March 2010 Archives
The rumour mill has been churning since two weeks ago, spitting out various things about the Flossing King, Flippa Mafia.
First we heard that Flippa was in Jamaica lying low, waiting for his papers to come through. Then it was said that he had gone back up to the US safe and sound.And now, there is word that the deejay has been detained at the Miami Federal Detention Centre in Florida.
The rumour mill has it that Flippa was trying to get into the US through another route when he was held.
Right now, information is sketchy, but what we do know is that Flippa has not been answering his phone for nearly two weeks and has not been responding to emails and text messages.
The Cabinet has approved the establishment of a Committee and Secretariat to lead the celebration of Jamaica’s 50th anniversary of independence in 2012.
The Planning Committee will be drawn from representatives of the private cultural sector; tourism, education, youth, financial, agriculture and mining sectors; as well as the religious community, among other sectors.
The Planning Committee along with the Secretariat which will be housed at the Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture, will be responsible for the planning and implementation of activities toward the Jamaica 50 celebrations including the staging of CARIFESTA as part of Jamaica 50 celebrations.
Minister Grange said:“We want to our jubilee celebrations in 2012 to be the best yet. Jamaica 50 will be memorable. We will celebrate our strengths as a nation as we plan for the future with purpose, faith and confidence.”<
The Secretariat will be supported by the agencies of the Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture, in particular the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission.
Jamaica will celebrate 50 years as an independent nation on August 6, 2012.
R&B singer Erykah Badu, who performed earlier this year at the Jamaica Jazz & Blues Festival in Trelawny, has struck a raw nerve in the United States, not just for stripping off in her new video but for being completely comfortable in her own skin precisely where John F. Kennedy was slain, according to a report from AFP.
In her new video “Window Scene,” filmed in Dallas, which lasts a longer-than-average five minutes and 35 seconds, Badu — once known for her towering turbans — progressively loses her clothes, keeps walking in black lingerie and then peacefully strips.
Badu, who was born in Dallas, in February 1971, just released a new CD “New Amerykah Part Two: Return of the Ankh.”
Some of her fans were surprised at the public undress but she sent a message on microblog site Twitter saying “the people caught in the shot were trying hard to ignore me.LOL 'cept one guy grabbing clothes... it was the peeps off camera yelling.”
Once appalled onlooker told her “THIS IS A PUBLIC PLACE : YOU OUGHTA BE ASHAMED : PUT YOUR CLOTHES ON : DAMN GIRL! etc,” Badu added on the site, saying she has always shared her own vulnerable, naked truth.
A Dallas Morning News report cited police as saying Badu could face a charge for indecent exposure.
Ms Llewellyn told him "this is not the Senate" in reference to his well documented clashes with the leader of government business and Minister of Justice Dorothy Lightbourne in the Senate.
The Presiding magistrate told the two to keep the tension down.
Mr. Spencer and his former assistant Colleen Wright are on trial for alleged corruption and money laundering related to the Cuban light bulb distribution programme.
The trial continues Wednesday.
And, there were heated exchanges Tuesday between Mr. Knight and Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Paula Llewellyn during the cross examination of Rodney Chin by the Defence.
Mr. Knight told the DPP that "she was protecting Mr. Chin and the public wants to know why". Ms Llewellyn shot back that "because he's innocent".
Mr. Knight also warned the DPP that he is going to be tough on her in the case, to which she replied that she is not "intimidated".
But the bombshell on Tuesday was when Mr. Chin admitted he received millions of dollars in government contracts while he was charged in the case and out on bail.
Armed with the figures, Mr. Knight read them out in court. Between November and December 2008, Mr. Chin received contracts from government in the sums of $66 million; $71 million; $16 million; $20 million and $29 million.
Mr. Chin admitted that he got the $16 million contract just one week before he decided to cooperate with the police and that he got the contract for $29 million one week after he gave a statement to the police on Mr. Spencer.
He also admitted under further cross examination that he received millions of dollars in other government contracts in February 2008 while he was under investigation in the lightbulb case.
Mr. Chin agreed with suggestions from Mr. Knight that none of the contracts he received went to public tender.
He said he was invited by the National Works Agency to submit tenders for the contract.
Mr. Chin also testified that most of the contract work was carried out in the constituency of MP, Karl Samuda.
Mr. Knight also hammered Mr. Chin on information that he was now under investigation in the National Housing Trust/Office of the Contractor General probe.
Mr. Chin denied suggestions that he had falsify documents in that case.
The minute government prosecutors announced they had completed taking evidence from Mr. Chin, lead defence attorney K.D. Knight declared to the St. Andrew businessman that it was "D-day" and that they would be making it difficult for him in the witness box.Mr. Knight then proceeded to pick apart Mr. Chin's testimony and questioned whether he has been a witness of truth.
Under intense fire from Mr. Knight, Mr. Chin denied that he was a liar.
But he admitted to Mr. Knight that he had lied to Mr. Spencer in some of the controversial audio recordings played in court.
He confessed he was lying when he was heard on the tape telling Mr. Spencer that he had spoken to MP for St. Andrew North Central Karl Samuda about the light bulb matter and that the MP had said "everything" was ok.
He said, "I lied about Mr. Samuda to Mr. Spencer."
He said he did this as part of his operation to record the conversations with Mr. Spencer.
Why would govt be giving a man under investigation so many of our tax dollars in contracts? What about open bids and the best offer wins? If it smells like it...
Chin drops a bombshell during cross examination
The star government witness in the Cuban light bulb trial, Rodney Chin, on Tuesday admitted that he received more than $200 million in government contracts while he was an accused in the case.
Mr. Chin made the admission while under cross examination from defence attorneys for former junior minister Kern Spencer and his former executive assistant Coleen Wright.
We glad that things worked out the way they are supposed to. Louie Culture went to court in Port Antonia and the judge threw out the case.
After hearing evidence in the mix up charges thrown against him, the judge didn’t see any need to proceed in the case, the Gangalee was told to walk.He could be heard on Irie FM yesterday expressing joy that the system worked. We glad too imagine they had the dread locked up for over three days.
Chu man dem people must careful before dem fling innocent people inna jail.
I forgive, and I am free.
Every now and then, we all fall short of our highest and best selves. When I become aware of this in myself or in another, I hear the voice of Jesus say, "Father, forgive them; for they do not know what they are doing.
" From the Christ Presence in me, I look beyond my own behavior or that of my brother or sister, and I pray. I pray that I may accept the peace of forgiveness.
I know that mistakes are due to failure to accept God's gifts of wisdom and understanding. In this awareness, I forgive.
I take responsibility for what I have done, and I do what I can to make it right. Most important, I accept the power of redeeming love.
In forgiving myself and others, I am free. The indwelling Christ has awakened in me.
First be reconciled to your brother or sister, and then come and offer your gift.--Matthew 5:24
Ricky Martin is no longer denying the rumours: He’s gay.
In a statement posted via Twitter in both Spanish and English, and later confirmed with his representative, Martin said: “I am proud to say that I am a fortunate homosexual man. I am very blessed to be who I am.”
For many, Monday’s announcement will come as no surprise; the Livin’ La Vida Loca singer’s sexuality has been speculated about for years. But the Puerto Rican star, who got his start as a child in the teen group Menudo, never directly addressed it and was usually seen at events with beautiful women on his arm.
Martin, 38, said he decided to reveal the truth after working on his memoirs helped him realise that he had to be free with himself, and not keep any more secrets.
“From the moment I wrote the first phrase I was sure the book was the tool that was going to help me free myself from things I was carrying within me for a long time.Things that were too heavy for me to keep inside,” he said. “Writing this account of my life, I got very close to my truth. And this is something worth celebrating.”
Martin said one of the reasons why he kept his homosexuality hidden was because he was told by some that it would hurt his career. While his US career peaked after the release of his 1999 self-titled English album, a multiplatinum success that included the hits Livin’ La Vida Loca and Shake Your Bon-Bon, he is still a hugely successful Latin artiste.
“Because all this advice came from people who I love dearly, I decided to move on with my life not sharing with the world my entire truth,” he said in his statement.“Allowing myself to be seduced by fear and insecurity became a self-fulfilling prophecy of sabotage. Today I take full responsibility for my decisions and my actions.”
Martin, who is the father of two boys born via surrogate in 2008, said he couldn’t continue to hide his sexuality now that he is a father: “Enough is enough. This has to change.”
Martin’s book is still a work in progress.
Kiki new job
Rising Star former Chill Room host Kiki said she had a better offer that’s why she left the show.
Now we wish her good luck on her new ventures but still people a ask if she a suh it guh or she just saving face? Don’t hate us we are just di voice of di people.
The tax department Monday acted on its threat to step up efforts to collect outstanding revenue.
The Special Enforcement Unit from the Inland Revenue Department swooped down on popular used car dealer, Mack D's auto sales in Kingston and seized several vehicles.
The team on Monday morning went to the Mack D's lot on Old Hope road intent on collecting monies owed to the government.
The officials did not reveal the dollar figure and were only prepared to say that the company owed a substantial sum.
Head of the Enforcement Unit Gladstone Turner told our news centre that when no money was forthcoming several vehicles were seized.
"The taxpayer owes a tremendous amount of money for taxes; they seem to defer the payment of taxes. This morning we went with a view to collect more of the taxes and when that wasn't forthcoming we had to make a decision although it was last resort.We had to resort to taking some assets in order to recover the outstanding taxes," Mr. Turner said.
The officials from the unit said the vehicles seized are owned by the tax payer involved.
Mr. Turner added that other vehicles on the compound were inspected but when the records were examined it was discovered that they were registered to another company.
Eight high-end vehicles, including a Mercedes Benz, were taken away to the pound.
However, the Special Enforcement Unit said the vehicles will not cover the outstanding monies owed by Mack D's.
Mr. Turner noted that the auto sales company has a short window within which to settle the outstanding amounts.
"If they are not redeemed within ten days then we will seek to dispose of them and that will only pay down a part of the liability, so you can imagine how much money we are talking about," he said.
The team members have expressed hope of an amicable solution with the proprietors of Mack D's.
Over the past few months, the Inland Revenue Department has increased efforts to clamp down on delinquent taxpayers.
In addition to seizing assets, the tax department has also placed stop orders on delinquent tax payers to prevent them from leaving the country.
Two men who recently attracted the country's attention when it was revealed that one of them was accused of digging out the eyes of the other during a lovers' argument, have been evicted from their Red Hills Road, St Andrew apartment.
The men, who reportedly lived together before the incident and even after the accused man was granted bail, were recently kicked out by their landlord.
Two men who recently attracted the country's attention when it was revealed that one of them was accused of digging out the eyes of the other during a lovers' argument, have been evicted from their Red Hills Road, St Andrew apartment.
It is believed that the men's eviction is directly related to the incident and the subsequent investigations by the police.
Two men who recently attracted the country's attention when it was revealed that one of them was accused of digging out the eyes of the other during a lovers' argument, have been evicted from their Red Hills Road, St Andrew apartment.
A correspondence sent to residents of the apartment complex, explained that the landlord had evicted the men and was sorry for any disturbances they might have caused the neighbours. The circular also asked neighbours to be on the lookout for any suspicious persons hanging around the complex and revealed that the men are not to be allowed on the property.
Two men who recently attracted the country's attention when it was revealed that one of them was accused of digging out the eyes of the other during a lovers' argument, have been evicted from their Red Hills Road, St Andrew apartment.
The allegations are that on November 22 last year, the men got into a fight after the accused man challenged the complainant about where he had been. It is alleged that the complainant had gone to a party.
The court was told that the accused attacked the complainant, and dug out his eyes, rendering him blind. It was also alleged that the accused left the complainant alone in the house and he, in his state of blindness, had to crawl to the door to seek help.
Two men who recently attracted the country's attention when it was revealed that one of them was accused of digging out the eyes of the other during a lovers' argument, have been evicted from their Red Hills Road, St Andrew apartment.
Further allegations are that the accused turned himself into the Constant Spring Police Station and admitted that during a fight, he had dug out the complainant's eyes.
When the matter was taken before the court, the complainant revealed that he did not wish to pursue the matter and had no interest in pressing charges. Before the accused was granted bail, the complainant had also sent messages to the court begging for him to be released so he could come home to care for him.
Two men who recently attracted the country's attention when it was revealed that one of them was accused of digging out the eyes of the other during a lovers' argument, have been evicted from their Red Hills Road, St Andrew apartment.
On one court date, the accused also went as far as to tell the court that he was willing to give one of his own eyes to the complainant.
Two men who recently attracted the country's attention when it was revealed that one of them was accused of digging out the eyes of the other during a lovers' argument, have been evicted from their Red Hills Road, St Andrew apartment.
I quietly tune in to the wisdom of God and receive divine direction.
All day long, wherever I go, whatever I do, I tune in to the wisdom of God.
If I have an important decision to make or I am puzzled about which course of action to take, I find my answer through prayer.
I affirm that divine light is shining in and through me now, showing me what to do and how to do it. Then I practice the art of listening in the silence, which fills me with new spiritual understanding.
The transcendent, indwelling Spirit lifts me up and makes all the ways of my life clear, all my needs understandable, all my decisions easy and all my questions answerable.
I joyously accept and follow the spiritual guidance I receive, and my life is established in peace, love and harmony.
When a trumpet is blown, listen!--Isaiah 18:3
Colin ‘Iley Dread’ Levy has now found the time to work on the novel that he has been “forever promising himself” to do.
“The time is now right for it. I have some free time on my hands and what better way to use it than to focus on this novel,” he said about his upcoming book Life Experience Vol 1.According to Iley Dread he expects it to be done and ready for publishing in 2011.
“The book will be about, my triumph and trials, my thoughts and beliefs of this world we live in," commented Iley Dread about the upcoming project.
That’s not the only thing that is keeping the artiste busy these days, he is now in the studio working on some gospel tracks.
Iley says he intends to promote gospel music as it has always been a way of life for him. “For me as an individual, gospel music has always been a way of life for me.Listening to gospel music is one of the only times I smile and not feel depressed,” he shared adding that it’s one of the reason why he has to do it and share his passion and belief.
3.25pm – The Met office is reporting severe lightening in Abaco.
3:20pm – The Met office has extended its severe thunderstorm warning to include Nassau and parts of Andros. While the impact is not expected to be as severe as in Grand Bahama, flooding, intense lightening, hail and funnel clouds are a possibility. The weather system is expected to hit the capital between 5pm and 7pm today.
1:20pm – Grand Bahama was left damaged and residents in shock after two suspected tornadoes touched ground along the southern portion of the island around noon today.
One tornado struck the Freeport Container Port, setting off a domino-effect of toppled cranes. There have been reports of injuries and possible deaths on site.
There have also been reports of damage at the Island Seas Resort in Williams Town and roof damage at houses along the canal in Fortune Bay and in Port Lucaya. In the popular tourist centre of Port Lucaya, massive madeira trees were split in half and fell across the street and a bus stop was flipped upside down.
The suspected tornado activity occurred just minutes before the Department of Meteorology issued a severe weather alert for Grand Bahama advising of strong thunderstorm activity, heavy rainfall, frequent lightning, funnel clouds including tornadoes and waterspouts as well as possible hail and heavy flooding.
Residents who were outside at the time say it was like being in the middle of a hurricane.
As word got out about the extent of possible injuries at the Freeport Container Port, crowds gathered outside the Rand Memorial Hospital. Public schools on the island were closed and parents asked to pick their children up early, even though a weather notice was issued advising residents to remain inside until 2pm.
Rewind and come again!
By Lydia Patel
That was the theme of the big show that featured Shabba Ranks, Barrington Levy, Tiger, Frankie Paul, Brigerdier Jerry and many more heads of dancehall at the Amazura club in Queens, NY. It was an eclectic mix, having the artists intertwined into each other performances, real Jamaica style. It was over 2hrs long and the artists gave fans exactly what they wanted to hear and more.
YARDFLEX was there live to capture all of the action of the show and check out the following links to watch the entire show and exclusive interviews:
Lydia interview Shabba Ranks & Tiger
Dats di million dollar question but the artiste sey him want dem back and he will leave no stones unturned to reclaim them. According to Flexx this act took place while he was on his way to US Virgin Island to perform. After leaving his luggae to be tagged and put on the plane, he discovered when he reached his destination that the jewellery was missing. Well people him a chaw fire, so whoever teck it, bring it back.
A frame dem a frame di Gangalee?
A how come di police dem did teck Louie Culture inna custody at the Port Antonio Police Station? But a coulda wha dat, sey dem a investigate him fi one shooting incident whey did teck place March 20.
No sah, although win uh know much bout di case wi caan believe sey di old Ganagalee woulda get himself mix up inna dem tings dey. So Louie link Yardflex and meck wi talk up di real tings seen.
The internet is swirling with rumors that Beyonce is pregnant with her, and Jay-Z's first child. Mediatakeout.com reported that Beyonce is expecting, but nobody has been able to confirm reports with either camp.
Well as Jamaicans love to say...it's not something going, it's coming so we will see.
Buju Banton will have to suffer a little longer in jail as yet another bail request was denied for him on Friday. That wasn’t the only request that was turned down for him either – the magistrate denied a request too for him to be moved to a non-maximum security penal institution.
Boy, they are taking no chances as they claimed the Gargamel could flee come a him yard if he is not properly secured.
Well as the DJ said, It’s not an easy road and who know that better now than himself.
Check out this article that appeared in today’s Observer. It maad!! Just had to bring it to your attention. After reading it tell us which of the titles you would give Kartel, DJ, porn star, or gangsta!
Kartel: Deejay, gangsta, or porn star?
Deejay Vybz Kartel surely knows how to grab head lines (no pun intended.) He has positioned himself as the top deejay locally and last year released a slew of songs which ensured that he claimed the coveted DJ of the Year title for 2009.
Kartel, as the self-proclaimed President of the Gaza and the leader of the now crumbling Portmore Empire, has had his fair share of criticism as being a 'gangsta', just like many deejays of this era have been labelled. However, the name Gaza speaks for itself, as the Gaza Strip which borders Egypt and Israel is known for some of the fiercest gun battles between the Palestinians and the Israelis.
Kartel has been accused of (and has denied) beating wayward members of the Portmore Empire into submission and the recent shooting up and fire-bombing of deejay Blak Ryno's house sent tongues wagging. Blak Ryno subsequently released a song in which he said the he was not "him pickney" and therefore had no right to beat him.
In September 2008, Kartel was picked up by police and questioned in the death of Christopher 'Nunu Puss' Miller, whose bullet-riddled body was found in Bernard Lodge, St Catherine. Kartel's Norbrook house was also raided by the cops. However, he was released without charge and subsequently declared his innocence. He was reported as saying then, "A jus some people a try mek it look like Kartel a di evilest man inna di world."
Kartel, in true deejay style proclaimed that he would write a song about that particular tribulation. He has however done so many songs since then, that it's hard to recall whether or not he kept his promise. But the theme of his songs, however, have been constant -- guns and sex. Included in his repertoire is a popular song dedicated to the "girl dem inna di go-go club', in which he vividly describes oral sex, an act which is considered taboo within the dancehall.
Late last year, Lisa Hype, while still a Gaza Princess and the aspiring First Lady of the Gaza, was booted from the territory when pictures surfaced of her performing this illicit activity on a man whose face was hidden. A release said that "The members of the Empire have unanimously agreed to end our professional relationship especially in light of certain 'developments' that have come to our attention regarding her overall conduct, conduct that is not consistent with the decorum expected of a member of the Portmore Empire."
After that mouthful from Kartel, who wouldn't be shocked when pictures surfaced late last week of him being the recipient of the very act for which Lisa Hype was kicked out.
Kartel, to put it mildly, had the Internet -- Facebook, Twitter and even mediatakeout.com -- blowing up last week when two photos of himself and two female companions indulging in oral sex in separate incidents. Many asked the question online if Kartel had quit deejaying and had turned into a porn star.
And here's what Kartel had to say about the picture on his Twitter page: "Why should these photos cause such chaos when everyone an dem mumma kno that Vybz Kartel is the 2 Live Luke of dancehall. Haven't they been listening to my lyrics all these years?"
Interestingly, rapper 2 Live Luke's latest album, (2006) was a triple disc featuring glorious titles such as My Life & Freaky Times, The Best of Uncle Luke's Freak Shows, Foreplay aka the Introduction, Luke and Mike Tyson: Saved by P----, Beauty and the Bestiality and Golden Shower Weekend.
Beyonce Knowles is officially a big sister again. A DNA test has confirmed that Mathew Knowles is the father of Alexsandra Wright's brand new baby boy this according to gossip website TMZ.
With the DNA test a match, lawyers for Knowles and Wright are in the final stages of negotiating a settlement for baby Nixon's child support.
Wright filed a paternity suit last October against Knowles -- who was temporarily ordered to pay $8,200 in monthly child support.
Wright claims she had an 18-month affair with Knowles.
I am one with the limitless grace of God.
These words from the poem "I Am There" by James Dillet Freeman beautifully describe God's grace in action.
Do you need me? I am there. You cannot see Me, yet I am the light you see by. You cannot hear Me, yet I speak through your voice. You cannot feel Me, yet I am the power at work in your hands.
God's grace is constant and true, providing all I could ever ask for, and more. Grace is at work within me and around me. It is the light that illumines my path, the wisdom that guides my thoughts and actions, and the power that fills me with strength and peace.
Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.--2 Corinthians 1:2
by Lydia Patel
It was a full house of screaming Kymani fans. Many know him for great looks, acting skills and soultry reggae voice. But Kymani has added penmanship to his long list if accolades. The official book launch and autograph session took place in NY at club SOB’s. The event was hosted live on stage by Squeeze and Lydia Patel. Fans were not only treated to a meet and greet session with Kymani but got to witness fashion show that included live performances from Tall Pree and Lyrikal.
Shortly after the signing Kymani went unplugged for a 30 minute acoustic session. Mellow vibes and interacting closely with his fans, talking about the book ‘Dear Dad’ and why certain things are highlighted in the book.
Check out clips of the show exclusively on YARDFLEX and an interview by Lydia Patel with Kymani Marley.
I celebrate my spiritual nature and the presence of Spirit within others.
What Jesus taught and demonstrated was exciting! God is not far away, but the very life and breath within us. I am not alone.
I am a child of the One Creator, related through Spirit to all of those around me. I am not less than others; neither am I more than others. The gifts of Spirit are given equally to all.
The power of Spirit to heal, prosper and uplift is available to me and to everyone.
In Jesus' time, as people began to hear the words and witness the transformational power of Spirit, they gathered together in celebration. Today I celebrate anew my awareness that Spirit dwells in me and in all others.
The whole multitude of the disciples began to praise God joyfully with a loud voice for all the deeds of power that they had seen.--Luke 19:37
Country Baby Fada
A young Jamaican father-to-be living dung inna country awakened the village doctor in the middle of the night saying "Docta! Docta! Come fas! A mi wife sah! Ar water bruk an shi bout fi av di pikni!"
The doctor came over and told the father "Hold up di lamp higher. Hold di lamp higher nuh!" The father obliged, and behold, a baby's cry was soon heard. The father cried out: "Praise di Laad! A wan boy! Me a de proud faada a wan baby boy!"
The doctor again told the father, "Hold up di lamp higher. Hold di lamp higher nuh man!". The father again complied, and to be sure,another cry was heard.The father excitedly proclaimed: "A wan twin!! Mi get twin baby! Me doubly bless! Glory to Gad!"
The doctor instructed, "Hold up di lamp higher. Hold di lamp higher nuh!" Sure enough, a THIRD cry was heard! The father, somewhat subdued, in a nervous tone, muttered, "Oh. Tank Jesus."
The doctor repeated, "Hold up di lamp higher. Hold di lamp higher nuh man!", and a short while yet a FOURTH cry was heard. The father said nothing, being lost in deep thought.
The doctor for a fifth time commanded "Hold up di lamp higher man. Hold di lamp higher nuh!" The father then asked; "Doc, yuh tink maybe a di light a attrac dem?"
I am grateful for the energy and strength of my healthy body.
Sometimes I forget to take care of my body, but my body never forgets to take care of me.
It spontaneously pumps blood, digests food, inhales and exhales air. I am amazed by the workings of my body. It renews itself and responds to my choices, whether I realize it or not.
Life is in motion within me. I feel divine life flowing through me as I stop for a moment and pay attention to it. I stretch my muscles. I feel energized and renewed.
I make conscious choices which affect the health and vitality of my body. When I lie down at the end of the day, I bless my body from head to toe. I thank God for my life and health. I am the embodiment of divine life.
The light of the eyes rejoices the heart, and good news refreshes the body.--Proverbs 15:30
The Mavado, Vybz Kartel unity concert scheduled for this weekend in Barbados has been officially cancelled. Prime Minister David Thompson made the announcement at a press conference held yesterday, exactly two days before the event.
Thompson is quoted in the Barbados Advocate as saying: “That quest to do the right thing by Barbadians prompted my request for the meeting with the organisers of the proposed show and I am happy to announce that in deference to the expressed wishes and the anxieties of a very wide cross-section of Barbadians, that the organisers of the Mavado/Vybz Kartel show and Youth Forum have agreed to the revamping of initiatives resulting in the cancellation of this weekend’s activities.”
The prime minister said that persons were mainly concerned with the idea of these artistes being portrayed as role models.
Interestingly, Vybz Kartel, the Gaza president and Mavado, the Gully god performed in Barbados on separate occasions in October and November of last year, during what was then the height of Gully/Gaza tensions between them and their respective supporters.No attempt was reportedly made then by the government nor the police to prevent those concerts, which progressed incident-free.
The already popular Hennessy Fridayz, which joined the exciting mix of weekly and bi-monthly events on February 19, will have another edition this Friday night at its 36 Burlington Avenue home.
This event, which initially was intended to be staged weekly, will now take place every other week. “One week on, the other week off,” is how the promoters described the event.
The organisers are emphasising, however, that patrons need to come out early to party and enjoy their drink of choice — Henny.
“Ladies will be free before 12 midnight, and our cut off time is promptly at 2:00 am,” the promoter explained. “The first few weeks, the vibe has been great, but the only problem is that by the time the crowd gets into the venue, its lock off time. So we have to stick by the letter of the law … come out early and we will all have a grand Henny time.”
This eagerly anticipated event, which is held at a location right across from Stone Love HQ where Weddy Weddy is held each Wednesday night, has gained momentum in a relatively short time and has been given support from a the dancehall fraternity.
Keeping the juggling intense on Friday will be Supa Hype, Foota Hype and ZJ Liquid as special’s guest.
And, as a special give-away, the promoters say “buy a Hennessy and get a Canei free for the ladies”.
The Jamaican government has a hit list of 50 prominent tax evaders, and somehwere on that list is flambouyant, colour-colour hair deejay, Oneil ‘Elephant Man’ Bryan.
The dancehall artiste was scheduled to leave the island on Wednesday but was turned back at the airport by oficials who picked up his name on the Top 50.
Since then, the artiste has resolved his outstanding tax obligations and left the island on Thursday to join the rest of his entourage for a tour of Europe.
In a press release, his management stated that Elephant Man held discussions with local tax authorities on Thursday morning which cleared the way for the subsequent lifting of the travel ban placed on him by immigration officials at the island’s ports.
One source close to the deejay revealed that between 2000 and 2005, Elephant Man’s tax returns totalled more than $5 million. However, the source could not confirm how much was owing at this time, and whether or not he had made payments since 2005.
Elephant Man who is booked to perform at venues in Switzerland, France, Germany and Holland should return to Jamaica in mid-April.
It’s been one year since Wet Sundaze debuted on the social calendar, creating quite a stir among partygoers as one of the most hyped and popular weekly events.
The brainchild of promoter Darren Virtue, Wet Sundaze will, this Sunday, March 28, 2010, be a celebration of the one-year anniversary and will see patrons partying with a new bottle in their hands: Guinness.
The launch of Guinness as the premium sponsor of Wet Sundaze is not to be missed as patrons will embody the Guinness lifestyle: ladies making bold choices, and the men on top of the world, and not afraid to show it.
As a dynamic and diverse brand, Guinness is armed and ready to bring Wet Sundaze to the next level, by introducing some new elements, like live music once per month.
Gary Dixon, Brand Manager for Guinness, is confident that with this changing of the guard, Wet Sundaze and Guinness are on a journey to GREATNESS.
“As one of the biggest and most-hyped weekly parties, we couldn’t have asked for a better collaboration. Guinness is a strong brand, and we needed a party that could handle that and match it,” said Dixon. “Guinness is, of course perfect for any occasion with greatness in every drop.”
Guinness Sundaze is set to drive the energy, passion and grass roots sensibilities that embody the Guinness brand. It keeps its usual venue, at AutoVision on 8 Hillview Ave, and this Sunday, March 28, gates will open at 10pm. cates, Stakeholders, friends.
There was explosive evidence presented Thursday at the trial of former Junior Energy Minister Kern Spencer.
According to evidence submitted, officials of the People's National Party, including President Portia Simpson-Miller, were caught off guard and began their own probe into the Cuban Light bulb scandal after the matter came to light in 2007.
On several tapes played in court on Thursday morning Mr. Spencer is heard telling the chief prosecution witness Rodney Chin that senior members of the Peoples National Party were enquiring and trying to piece together the men's connection to the programme.
Mr. Spencer is heard on the tape calling the names of Party President Portia Simpson Miller and senior officers Robert Pickersgill and Dr. Omar Davies.
Mr. Chin was also heard telling Mr. Spencer that he should tell the leaders of his party the truth about the matter and for them to guide on his next move.
He is also heard telling Mr. Spencer that the party president wanted him to get an attorney and to tell them (the attorneys) the truth about what was happening in the name of the programme.
On one of the tapes, Mr. Chin is heard getting very upset with Mr. Spencer and his constant questioning whether he (Chin) has spoken to the party leaders.
Mr. Chin said he had not spoken to anyone about the matter.
He told Mr. Spencer that he had revealed everything about the setting up of the companies to his attorney Valerie Netia Robertson, and if she in turn reported what he had said to the PNP leadership he could not do anything about it.
Mr. Chin was heard encouraging Mr. Spencer to turn over all the invoices and cheques of the companies involved in the programme to the attorney so that they can properly represent them.
Mr. Spencer was heard telling Mr. Chin that he was uncomfortable about being quizzed by Dr. Davies who was seeking answers.
Mr. Chin then told him to trust Dr. Davies and tell him the truth about everything.
Defence attorneys objected to the court allowing the playing of these tapes with the names of persons being mentioned who they say have no connection to the case.
They say Mr. Spencer is discussing with Mr. Chin what the party leaders are saying about the matter and this is hearsay evidence.
Mr. Chin, a former accused turned state witness, testified that he began making the cell-phone recordings in 2007 after he became concerned about activities under the Cuban light bulb programme.
He maintained that he was the front-man for Mr. Spencer in forming several dummy companies which benefited from the programme.
The trial continues Friday.
Bwoy wi nah tell nuh lie how come photos wid girls a gi Vybz Kartel blow job nuh stop circulate pon di internet?
Di last time Lisa Hyper picture show she a go dung pon him now here comes a next one wid another girl a gi him a job. But how come him look suh bored like nutten nah reach him?
And di nex ting a suh every time dem a alone a gi him job, him nuh do it back to dem?
Wha happen nuh photo nuh out deh wid him a dweet? Jah know star a time fi woman meck him use him han and jerk off an nuh gi him nutten cause him a high risk fi pleasure, cause even di simple act a sex might just end up pon di internet tuh.
Dem sey you must teck sleep mark death and a dat wi want to tell unno dat who nuh clear up dem tax ting betta duh suh now.
Wi understand sey whey dem a guh duh from now on is leave names of not just entertainers,but business people and anybody else who owe tax a di airports and at the embassies sey dem barred from leaving the country. Caan sey mi nuh warn dem.
As we express the peace of God, our world is transformed.
We all desire to see a peaceful world, but what can I, as one person, do to bring it about? I know that for peace to occur, I must cultivate peace in my heart and mind each day.I help create peace on a global level when I am on good terms with my neighbor, my partner, my employer and members of my family.As I find inner peace at home, it expands across the world.
Peace is my natural state. It comes from within me, not outside me. When I forgive myself and others, peace flows easily through my entire being.When I release any ill will against a perceived enemy, I feel peace instead of anger and hostility. As I consciously give peace a chance, all around me is transformed.
Let them turn away from evil and do good; let them seek peace and pursue it.--1 Peter 3:11.
Can you imagine Elephant Man turned up at the airport all set to fly to Europe where he performance obligations only to be told that he cannot leave the country!
Yes, Mr Tax man caught up with him right where it hurts. He had to them make some arrangements to settle his bill and then he was allowed to eventually leave for Europe.
But what we want to ask a dis…Elephant Man nuh have nuh accountant who takes care of things like these?
It neva enter him head sey him must check up on di status of his tax standing?
Or is it dat di government teck him by surprise by leaving him name a airport?
So di fada so di son, him fada was a ooman beater/A same so him come.
Is this woman beating thing genetic or what? All we know is that it don’t look good. And to think that both the father and the son a big big Ras.
But we love how the lickle sistren fight back and neva gwaan like she a no weakling. A strength we say, straight. But how him fi beat her ... beat her?
Auditions for the position of host for the new season of hugely popular talent show, Digicel Rising Stars, will take place next week.
The producers of the series are seeking a replacement for beauty queen Yendi Phillips, who has been filling the slot since the still-shocking departure of the vibrant Denise Hunt, who is now the voice of rival cell company, Claro.
Denise’s is the voice heard on the cheeky Claro ad which asks innocently ‘What about you old cell phone? Digi sell it yet?’
Auditions for the new host will reportedly be held next week Tuesday in Montego Bay at the Wexford Court Hotel and on April 1 in Kingston at the Knutsford Court Hotel.
Reports are that Jamaica will be asked to vote for who they want as the new host of the programme.
When ‘it’ girl Kiki Lewis got the job as host of the Digicel Rising Stars Chill Room – the place where specially invited artistes and the contestants hang out each week on the popular talent hunt – it was a match made in heaven.
Well, two seasons and one tell-all documentary later, Kiki has been given the boot.The cutesy, media darling will not be chilling with the stars this season, according to reports.
Although the producers have not given any official statement, the general opinion of John Public is that Kiki’s documentary in which she candidly speaks about spending time in prison overseas on drugs trafficking charges, played a major role in their decision.
It is expected that the Chill Room will remain, but a new host is definitely in the making.
The documentary, Our Very Own: Locked Up Abroad, produced by Advanced Media Productions, explores drug trafficking in Jamaica and shows Kiki as a misguided 18-year-old who made a bad choice.
Now an anti-drug trafficking advocate, Kiki is quoted as saying that she “shared private details of her past in an effort to deter the youth from making the same mistakes” that she made.
Usain Bolt has now become the source of a fierce battle between two of Britain's leading television broadcasters.
The Jamaican sprint megastar has the British Broadcasting Corporation and Sky battling over the television broadcast right to see him run during this season's IAAF Diamond League.
Last October, Glen Mills, the sprinter's coach, disclosed that Bolt would contest seven of the 14 Diamond League events this year.
Neither Mills nor Bolt have yet revealed the seven meets at which he will run in the Diamond League.
The BBC will televise two of the 14 meets, in Gateshead and Crystal Palace, as part of a six-year deal with UK Athletics.
But some of the 14 meets will clash with football World Cup games, including England's opener against the United States on June 12, so Sky has stepped in with a rival bid for British broadcast rights to the remaining 12 events.
Bolt is the Olympic and World 100 and 200 metres sprint champion and World record holder in both events.
Bwoy Sunday Herald look like dem inna one deep hole a debt. Dem bring Desmond Richards before di tax court and dem owe over $35 million inna tax debt.But dat a nuh di wuss ting, come April 29 dem a guh pass down sentence fi di PAYE and odda deductions whey dem teck from employee pay and never pay ova to di government. Still time hard dough.
Wi hear one likkle whispering in the street sey a popular weekly tabloid soon close its doors.
We hope it is not true and if it guh suh, wi hope sey one investor wid sense wi come on and teck it ova, pump some money inna it and carry out di true vision a it.
Cause dem did change it up tuh much from what it was anyway.
Whoever says honesty is the best policy should see the results for those who practice it. Yeah man Kiki thought she was doing a good thing when she came out and confessed that she was a drug mule and did all documentary on it.She said she wanted to be an example to young people that that is not the way to go. But seet deh now, she will not be in the chill room when the next season of Rising Star returns.
And nuh tell wi sey a true she a guh have baby. Woman flexible nowadays, dem bounce back and look good afta dem give birth.l No sah a just true she go let go dat dem drama whey did guh dung inna har life.
But come to think of it, a pure new faces a go deh pon Rising Stars, Yendi nah come back either so is a new host too. Meck wi si how it pan out nuh.
Yuh seet afta di government raise up everyting, from bus fare to tax pon light bill and not to mention all kind a food items dem decide sey dem caan raise minimum wage.
To us that is really cruel. If the words of one trade union is anything to go by then those who are earning minimum wage should not hold their breaths expecting an increase as he doesn’t see any forthcoming on the horizon.
But we hope the trade union leader is reading wrong cause only God knows how these struggling people will make it through the year.
The Holy Spirit is my source of joy forever.
An artesian well is a natural water source that emanates from layers of rock deep within the earth. Without priming or pumping, it sends an ever-flowing supply of cool, refreshing water to the surface. Spirit is an artesian well that fills me with joy, a wellspring of joy from which I may draw at any time. I may experience this joy as profound bliss or a simple awareness of well-being.
If circumstances weigh me down, I go to this well. If I am troubled or hurting, I go to this well.If I am lonely or afraid, I go to this well. There, in quiet prayer, I turn within and experience the cool, refreshing free-flowing Spirit as joy and peace
The water that I will give will become in them a spring of water gushing up to eternal life.--John 4:14
Just when you thought things could not get any worse comes this story in the Star. Remember we wrote about things reaching a new low when criminal going into the classroom and robbing students. Well it seems we were wrong, things can indeed get worse, check out this story in the Star.
It is said that in recent weeks armed thugs have been relieving students of their valuables in a bushy area which is a short distance from the school.
The Clarendon police say they have heard of the situation and school officials are expected to submit a formal report.Head of the Clarendon police, Superin-tendent Dathan Henry, said a report will be needed so the police can carry out their duty.
"We are yet to receive an official report ... We need school officials to communicate with us so we can look into the matter, and urge the kids not to go to the area while we maintain a presence there," Superintendent Henry said.
Efforts to speak with the school's principal were unsuccessful as she was said to be unavailable on several occasions.
However, one teacher, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said the students have been told not to go to the area where the robberies are taking place but they still do so. The students reportedly claim that they go there to get transportation.
One police source said that in the latest robberies, last Thursday, at least 10 students were robbed of cellphones, cash and other valuables.
That same day, in a similar incident, men armed with knives entered the campus of the Meadowbrook High School in St Andrew and tried to rob students.
One man was reportedly held.
I live in harmony with all of life.
My life reflects the harmony I feel inside and the harmony I experience with others, with nature and with Spirit. Living in harmony feeds me and brings balance to my life.
In quiet moments of meditation and prayer, I am at peace and in tune with the absolute power of the universe. Centered in love, I cannot hold a grudge or harbor unforgivingness.Enfolding others in prayer, I see them filled with light, strengthened and supported by the love of God. In harmony with nature, I recognize the importance of all creation. I honor it by respecting the world in which I live.
In harmony with myself and others, with nature and all of life, I am happy and free.
Clothe yourselves with love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony.--Colossians 3:14.
AA 331 Plane Crash Jamaican Eyewitness Reports
An American Airlines plane crashed and broke in two after landing at the Norman Manley International Airport in Kingston on December 22, 2009. The aircraft carried over 145 passengers and crew, most of them Jamaicans coming home for the Christmas holidays. Boardlane TV news was on site to interview some of the passengers that were able to speak to us about the events that took place after the crash.
Boardlane TV: Hi sir could you could you give us a moment and tell us how are you feeling and what happened when you realized your flight crashed?
Lincoln: Lady mi sey a Jah save wi cause a di back mi dey enoh Miss and all of a sudden mi si di miggle a di plane hice up ina di air and a dat time mi a penny sey di rahtid sinting bruck ina 2. Mi all si wan suitcase drap outta di ova head bin siting and lick out wan white man flat a grung. Im mite ina di plane still kunk out an cyan git up cause everybody tep ova im ... man an woman a try cum outt before di plane boom up!
Boardlane TV : No one stopped to assist the injured man?
Lincoln: Look yah lady when plane boom flick pan dry land is all about survival yuh no seeit. Every man fi dem self cause yuh noh know if all a nex suitcase a goh shoot out fram di ova head sinting an lick yuh out.. Trus mi!
Boardlane TV : Ok sir thanks very much and glad you are Ok.. Miss Over here. Can you tell us how you feel and give us some insights on what took place on your flight?
Matilda: Glorry Glorry… I sey Glorrrrrreeeeeeee!! Lady a cyan talk … Sweeet Jesas. A nearly si di coming of mi Creata an mi nat even a wear desent drawz.. I sey Glorrrrrreeeeeeee!! Alli-jullaaa!!!
Boardlane TV: Ok Mam thanks. Hi Miss over here Boardlane TV here. Can you tell us what happened on your flight as it was landing?
Millicent: Dat Razzklaat Pilot noh know wey di Bongo Cyat im a do.. Im nearly kill aff di whole a wi ina di big Chrismus haliday yah ..a fly di Bummbeet Plane like im a deh pan Jet Ski pan di tarmac. A waan smaddy buss im Klaat an sen im back a Flying school. Dung to mi lickle 9 yr ole yout lan kite betta dan how dat suckka lan dis big ole Bongo Cyat plane.. cho Blood Kleet .. come outta mi way yah man.
Boardlane TV: Oookk?? Clearly she is upset with the pilot and understandably so. Let’s see .. Little one can you come over here and talk with us..How are you doing?
Celine: Mi cyan fine mi mummy. Yuh si har fi mi?
Boardlane TV: No but maybe you can describe her and we can get some help for you.
Celine: Mi mummy have wan b@tty big an wear wan Burgundy head weave..an har finga nail dem have Chrismuss tree paint pan dem.. When di plane crash shi tek aff an run wey lef mi… like shi figat sey shi have pickney pan di plane wid har.. Dats how shi behave when har head tek har yuh mam ..shi noh memba nutten bout mi.
Boardlane TV : Oh no. Go to the officer and find some help. Be safe. Let’s get one more comment from this gentleman. Hi sir do you care to comment on the incident that just took place?
Percy: Sure I would loves to comments. Miss Lady, I and my mistress was in the bock aff di plane han was very hestinguished when wi realize dot di plane do nat landed good pan di runaway. So I jess tell di mistress to pick up di suitcase dem han faller backa me.
Boardlane TV : You made her carry both suitcases by herself?
Percy : What mek yuh hosk? Yuh noh si how shi strapting an have trang back? A wan cow dis yuh noh lady! Anyways hofta shi falla backs a me, wi truck aff troo di side exit door an landed ina wan whole heapa gravel. Si hall my helbow chip up fram di rackstone dem an yuh si mi mistress nat even get a scrotch how shi tough. Dats why mi loves her so. A very trong women dis. Wi aroight dowes.. just wont to find a batroom now fi change mi brief. Mi cyan ston ina di pee-pee no longer.
Boardlane TV : Ok Sir God bless you and the mistress. Well ladies and gentlemen there you have it. A very lucky set of passengers given the serioness of the accident.We will have more comments from passengers as they get sorted out.
Boardlane TV: We are now back on the air speaking with a few more of the passengers from flight 331. Mister can you step over here and have a chat with us. How are you doing.. you look a little Shaken up?
Trevor : Bway I neva experience anyting like dis ina my life sistren. A lissen mi a lissen some trune pan mi Ipod an feel di plane a skid wey to blurtnaught. Di betern nex to mi look out a di window an start bawl out sey wi ago drap ina sea wata to birdbeak!. Lady mi start pray unto Jah cause I man cyan swim a lick an plus mi all hear sey nuff Alligator ina di sea.
Boardlane TV: Alligators in the sea sir? Where have you heard such a thing? That’s not true.
Trevor : Yuh a fool man .. Alligata ina di sea mi sey. Nuff time mi si dem lie dung pan di banking when mi a fly out.. soh mi noh know wey yuh a chat sey. If wid di crash ina di sea an hear sey Alligata nyam up all a wi wey yuh woulda sey eeh? How unu can behave like a ongle unu wan have educatian soh? Tek man fi fool an illeterate.. GO WEY!!
Boardlane TV: Ok. Clearly that is a very misguided passenger but we are glad he wasn’t eaten by Alligators nonetheless. Looks like another shaken passenger heading our way. Over here sir. Can you tell us what this experience was like for you?
Neville: Ioyoo cyooon taalkk naw iss.. mknot a ood hime
Boardlane TV: Sir what are saying? I’m sorry we can’t hear you so good. Repeat that.
Neville’s Daughter: Sarry lady.. Papa cyan talk to yah now …im false teet fly outta im mout when im head lick up pan di seat. Nat a soul cyan fine di teet all now. Gad eeh know how dis man a goh nyam im Chrismuss dinna now widout’en di teet. Lawd a mercy pan wi Pupa Jesas!
Boardlane TV: Ok Sorry to hear that. Well let's hope he will have a Merry Christmas despite his missing teeth. God bless you. Hi Hi young man come and talk to us over here. What’s going through you mind after going through what just occurred?
Rorie: Yuh really waan know what a goh troo my mine sistren? Is a spliff I waan bun yuh noh seeit.. jah rastafari know. Dem kina ting wi mash up yuh nerval system when rasta dey pan plane an it bruck up wid yuh ina it yuh noh seeit . Mi teet dem noh tap rakkle fram mi lef outta di plane. I man need a weefah fi calm I nerves but di bloodseed police bway dem a walk roun wid di sniffa daag dem sed speed mek I man cyan draw fi di good herb. **Chaaaaa** Easy yaah mi sistren .. I an I ago get ouuta dis Babylon cage..zeen? More time!
Boardlane TV: Ok we have time for just one more passenger .. Looks like this lady is one of the more injured. Lets see what she has to say.. Sppptttt can you share with Boadlane TV how you got your injuries?
Silvia: Noh wan b@ttybway push mi dung a try race mi outta di plane mam. Mi sey dem noh have no mannas enoh lady. Imagine dis American Airlines likle punk fling mi dung ina fuss class an kick mi ina mi side when a jump ova mi.. Mi sey if a neva fi mi artritis ina mi right han a tump im dung if a eva si im bout yah. Look how mi frack dutty up like mi naah come fram nohweh!
Boardlane TV: Wait a minute you said he was an American Airline person?
Silvia: Yes lady! A wan a di Hair hostess bway do mi soh .. All yuh hear dem a chat bout lef plane ardaly in case of emergency dem a di fuss wan a bulldoza yuh when plane crash. Dem is jus like dem dam hooligan yuh si a stage show. Dam set a viagro dem ..Lady dem only ina di stoosh unifarm like dem desent but dem noh betta dan di hag dem yuh si ina pig style. Dutty Jankro dem!
Boardlane TV: Very interesting. Well there you have it folks. A very traumatic day for the passengers as you have you heard. We wish all a pleasant evening and thanks for tuning in to Boardlane TV.
Unno done know sey Yardflex deh pon top a di game when it come to hearing di latest scoop out deh.But sometimes we just haffi ask question cause wi caan too talk up di tings dem suh, who know, know and if when unno read and waa check out di ansa den a suh it guh.
Di big question wi a ask is which artiste gun butt him bredda and put on some decent lick pon top a it tuh. Jah know star yuh must can find di cure f idem type a behavior deh.
The police have confirmed that 62 Haitian nationals landed in Portland this morning in two boats.
The first boat landed at approximately 3:30 am at Manchioneal carrying 35 Haitians (24 men – 6 women and five children).
The second boat landed at Winifred’s Beach at approximately 8:30 am with 27 Haitians (24 male – two women and one child).
The 62 Haitians are being medically checked by representatives of the Ministry of Health. Other agencies of government including representatives from the Immigration Department are at the centres where the Haitians are now located.
Selector Ricky Trooper had a bad case of ‘Vybz Rum Moment’ in Atlanta over the weekend and it seemed as if all the seven devils of hell were unleashed.
Trooper stood up, rum glass and gun in hand — yes, a Glock if you please — and gave a drunken, expletive filled recitation that was shocking, disturbing and totally uncalled for. And what made it even more pathetic was his continuous demand for the video director to “Mek sure say oonu put this up pon youtube.”
First of all, Ricky Trooper is no youngster in the business; he’s been there and done that, and for Trooper to behave in this manner is pathetic. He is clearly angry at Chin (from Irish and Chin) for not putting him on the World Clash and figures that the best way to get back at Chin is to call him battyman.
(Trooper, that is so gutter. You were beaten good and proper at the Guinness Sounds of Greatness Clash, so just take you beating and try build back your sound. The fact is that you do not qualify to be a part of the World Clash. That is strictly big man thing, and your behavior shows that you are anything but. Chin would be out of his mind to even think of putting you on the World Clash.)
At his age, Ricky Trooper should be trying to set an example for younger selectors and for his children “who a no jacket cause a him f--- and get dem”.
Why is he calling up Bounty’s name? If Trooper wants to pledge allegiance to Kartel’s crumbling empire, nobody is stopping him.
Ricky Trooper, sober up and accept the fact that you are no the number one selector. Not now … not ever.
Unno si how long mi a cool and nah chat nobady business? Well fi tell di truth mi kinda did a kip myself to myself cause whether yuh believe it or not after a while people problem just meck yuh get depressed. No matter how yuh did deh inna yuh good mood some a yuh friend come to yuh wid dem story and by di time dem done talk yuh depress nuh backside.
Dats why mi try fi kip outa di mix up more time, but nuh matta how mi try sometime mix up find mi! Like dis sistren a mine whey mi got she and fi har man a have major troubles. She deh wid him from wappy kill Phil and mi tink sey dem have dem tink sort out proper by dis, ongle fi mi find out sey har man nuh have no regard fi har madda and she nuh teck tea wid dat deh kinda behaviour at all.
Imagine har madda a get married and him a lick out gainst har going to the wedding.
Yuh nuh get nuh lower dan dat at all. But mi sey she fi go cause a one madda she got. Den pon top a all dat him nuh stop accuse har sey she a guh a har madda country fi go have sex all over di place.
Him nah sleep wid har again cause him claim sey she start aready and all dese things.
Now mi friend hopping mad cause she sey since as she a get di blame dis as cheap she play di game and gi him a whole heap a bun fi di Easter season.
Still mi tell har sey she fi just hol it in and nuh badda go sleep wid nobaddy just fi spite him.
Citing health concerns, the attorney for reggae star Buju Banton wants his client moved out of the Pinellas County Jail where he has been since December.
David Markus, Banton's attorney, filed an emergency motion for bond with the federal courts on Monday afternoon.
The hearing is set for 10 a.m. this Friday.
The motion says Buju Banton, born Mark Myrie, has lost 40 pounds and not been provided with a diet in accordance with his religious view.
The 36-year-old, Jamaican-born singer is a Rastafarian, a religion that places importance on a vegetable and fruit based diet.
Last Thursday, Buju Banton was moved from jail's general population area to a higher security section-- a punishment for giving his food to another inmate.
Pinellas County Sheriff's Office spokesman Sgt. Tom Nestor said "The inmate handbook says you are not to be trading food or handing out food" as "Food is considered currency".
But since the move, Banton's "physical and mental health has been rapidly deteriorating," Markus said.
The Grammy-nominated reggae artist is charged with conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute more than five kilograms of cocaine, accused of participating with two associates in a drug deal in early December to buy cocaine from undercover federal agents in Sarasota.
Banton did not seek a bond when he originally was incarcerated because of his immigration status.
He is in the United States on an entertainer's visa.
If he is awarded a bond, he will be immediately taken to an immigration detention facility.
The state's two immigration detention facilities are in South Florida at least four hours from Tampa.
U.S. marshals would have to transport Banton back and forth for hearings at Tampa's federal courthouse, Markus said.
Despite the distance, Banton and his attorney believe the move would be better for his health.
"We need him to be treated humanely," Markus said.
God's unlimited good flows to me and through me.
Today I affirm my oneness with the all-ness of God. I am a channel of God's abundance, energy and power. I am a vehicle of expression for the spirit of the living God. Unlimited good comes to me and flows through me. Divine inspiration is my inspiration. It lifts my spirit and motivates me to act, filling me with energy and confidence, faith and clarity.
My awareness of the abundance of God expands each time I pray, each time I unify myself with the presence of God. In prayer, my mind opens to the blessings I may have missed and the unlimited possibilities before me. I am prosperous, for I live in the flow of God's unlimited good.
For the Lord will again take delight in prospering you, just as he delighted in prospering your ancestors.--Deuteronomy 30:9
Reggae singer-songwriter Julian “Ju Ju” Marley has been nominated for four International Reggae & World Music Awards (IRAWMA) in the category’s of : Bob Marley Award for Entertainer of the Year, Best Album of the Year, Most Cultural / Educational Entertainer of the Year and Emperor Haile Selassie I Award for Spiritual Service Through Music . The IRAWMA ceremony will host the top names in reggae, soca, and world music, with a scheduled performance by Julian Marley and other nominees.
Marley’s IRAWMA Award nominations comes on the heels of a Grammy Nod for Best Reggae Album that the talented artist received for his third studio album entitled, Awake.Co-produced with his brothers Damian "Jr. Gong" Marley and Stephen Marley, Awake was released on April 28, 2009 on Ghetto Youths / Universal Records.
“Ju Ju” Marley responds to the nominations, “It is such a great honour to be recognized.I give thanks to the IRAWMA award staff and to all the fans that continue to show their love and support.”
Born in London in 1975, Julian Marley has been blessed both by the great talent and legacy of his father Bob Marley and by the unique perspective that comes with an upbringing in a multicultural community.Having been exposed to music all his life, Julian Marley has become a skillful veteran performer, producer and songwriter with numerous successful international tours and albums under his belt.
In 2009, Julian Marley and his band The Uprising spanned the globe in support of Awake. Having just finished a major European leg, Julian has extended his Awake world tour with The Uprising to include performance dates in Europe, the Caribbean and the United States throughout 2010.
The 29th Annual International Reggae & World Music Awards ceremony, produced annually by Martin’s International & Associates, will be held on Sunday, May 2nd at York College Performing Arts Center in Jamaica (Queens), New York.Watched by over 20 million viewers on television, fans may cast ballots online at the official awards website: www.IRAWMA.com.
Di people dem a wonda how di police dem so bias and unfair. Dem just go in and lock off Weddy Weddy di odda night. A di wus ting bout it a did Wee Pow birthday and all dat, dem couldn’t even sey alright, happy birthday, we a ease yuh up tonight. Di nex ting dem waa fi know is how come a certain place dance can kip til mawning, not to mention stage show can go on until sun a pelt people skin and dem nuh touch it.
Donkey sey di world nuh level and it look like a true.
Bwoy from Desmond McKenzie meck di statement a one function whey him did a speak sey Peter Philips fi easy himself cause he is not without sin, everybody a wonder a which sin him have a hide. Yeah man wi all know dat politicians a nuh saint, but wi caan wait f idem buss out dem one anodda secret. Talki up di tings man di country waan fi know.
Wi read one story inna yesterday Observer bout dis rich businessman whey US want bad bad bad. Dem sey him amass how much millions and dem nuh know how him come by it. After dem check it out, dem nuh sin uh ligit business whey him a operate whey coulda meck him get suh much, Him a one a dem whey request come from cause dem suspect him fi money laundering.
People wi a mad fi find out a who. Wi woulda love di mystery fi solve. Help wi nuh
Vivian Blake who is renowned as the former Shower Pose boss died yesterday at the University hospital of the West Indies of a heart attack which he suffered on Saturday.
From what Yardflex gleaned Blake was sick for some time.
Blake spent eight years in prison in the States returning to Jamaica last year.He was fingered as the mastermind behind the ruthless Shower Posse, which had established drug bases in more than 20 US cities, Canada and the United Kingdom and was reportedly responsible for more than 1,400 murders.
I am at peace when my heart and mind are on God.
When I insert a key into a lock, the tiny parts move into alignment and the lock opens. When I focus my thoughts on the center of my being, I feel the door to my inner space of peace spring open.
I take just a moment to let my mind align with Divine Mind. I may have a favorite word or prayer that centers me. I gently surrender any thought of lack, discord or disease. I let it drift away. No temporary circumstance can disturb my peace. Aligned with Divine Mind, I feel the transformational energy of peace and love awaken in me. At one now with perfect peace, I am whole and complete.
Having rested in a time of silence, I am ready to return to my activities. I am peaceful, renewed and refreshed.
Be still before the Lord, and wait patiently for him.--Psalm 37:7
March 19, 2009 Kingston Jamaica:-The recent discovery of a fake Jah Cure Facebook page has forced Jah Cure’s management to take a zero tolerance in protecting Jah Cure’s intellectual property. The page which was connected to the email ‘email@example.com’, since been taken down by Facebook,sought to lure unsuspecting fans and promoters with promises of dubs and information on the artiste. The page also offered booking services for the artiste.
This fraud was brought to the attention of Danger Zone Music Group (DZMG) by an unsuspecting promoter from Belize who paid for dubs through this page and when the dubs weren’t furnished approached DZMG querying the transaction.It was at this moment that the promoter realized that he had been scammed.
CEO of the Danger Zone Music Group Delmar ‘Della Danger’ Drummond while upset about the situation believes promoters need to be extra care
ful when dealing with international transactions with artistes, he stated:“Only DZMG, SoBe Entertainment and Caribbean Entertainment are authorized to handle Jah Cure's bookings.I would like to extend my sincerest apologies to whoever has fallen victim to this scam but we have to be ever vigilant as with the advances in modern technology many nefarious characters are using the web to rob innocent unsuspecting persons”.
DZMG has acted with urgency in seeking to curtail the proliferation of fake Jah Cure pages on social networking sites like Facebook. The company will also cooperate with legal authorities in anyway possible to ensure that the intellectual property of Jah Cure is not violated.
DZMG wishes to advise those interested in legally procuring Jah Cure material to contact them at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I am unfolding in meaningful ways.
I may have thought transformation would strike as a bolt of lightning.
I may have believed there would be a physical change, visible for others to see. They'd say to me, "You've been transformed."
Now I know transformation is a moment-by-moment realization. It takes place in incremental steps.I look back and realize I am different than I was before. I make better choices. I listen. I learn. I reach out to others, and I see glory in every face.
These small changes signal a new me emerging. I am living transformation with each small step and every new choice, moving into higher and higher awareness of the unfoldment of my soul.
And you shall be called by a new name that the mouth of the Lord will give.--Isaiah 62:2.
Saturday, March 20, 2010
Wisdom, strength and love are reborn in me today.
Every year I see the rebirth of spring as the grass turns green, flowers bud and leaves and blossoms burst forth on the trees.
Each sign of spring occurs at the right and perfect time, when the earth is ready to generate new life.
My personal springtime occurs as I open my heart and mind to the Divine. To prepare my soul for rebirth, I pray and meditate. In quiet times with God, I shift my attention from thoughts and feelings that no longer serve me.
I invite wisdom, strength and love into my life knowing that these powers propel me on my way to growth and renewal. As in nature, my renewal comes precisely when my soul is receptive and ready.
In his hand is the life of every living thing and the breath of every human being.--Job 12:10
The Police have decided to deny permission for school marches, during the week of Boys' and Girls' Athletics Championships (CHAMPS).
In addition, the Police will not be granting permission for the staging of any pre or post CHAMPS fetes or parties during the same period.
These and other announcements were made Thursday morning(March 18) by Acting Deputy Commissioner of Police in charge of the Operations Portfolio, Glenmore Hinds, during a meeting at the Police Officers' Club with principals and other representatives of various high schools in the Corporate Area and St. Catherine, according to a release from the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF).
"Having done our risk assessment, we have decided to take these measures in order to ensure that we are best able to properly secure this major sporting event. It is not something that we want to do, but we have noticed that, as CHAMPS date gets closer, there has been an increase in the incidents of violence involving high school students," he stated.
Mr. Hinds urged supporters of the schools participating in CHAMPS to go to the event and cheer on their schools with vigour, but without the attendant violence which has occasioned CHAMPS, especially over the last five years.
He said that the police will be looking out for individuals going to, or entering the National Stadium with offensive weapons.
"Persons, whether adults or students, who are found with offensive weapons will be prosecuted. So, we are asking those persons attending CHAMPS to do so without carrying any offensive weapons," Mr. Hinds said.
The Acting Deputy Commissioner emphasized, during the meeting, that the police will significantly increase levels of deployment from the first day of CHAMPS to the end of the event. These deployments include motorized and foot patrols.
Attention will be given to specific areas where the presence of the police will be marked and visible. These areas include: Cross Roads, leading to Tom Redcam Drive to include South Camp Road; Arthur Wint Drive to the National Stadium; Stanton Terrace, leading to Liguanea; Mountain View Avenue and Half Way Tree, with an emphasis on the Transport Centre.
Divisional Commanders in the various Geographic Divisions, and other police personnel, will be visiting schools in the country to talk to students and teachers, with the aim of sensitizing these persons on the importance of staging an incident free CHAMPS.
We have really hit rock bottom now when students can no longer concentrate on doing their school work in an environment where they are supposed to.
Yesterday completely shattered that notion when four students were robbed at Meadowbrook High school and a teacher stabbed after armed men invaded the school compound and walked into a grade 11 classroom about midday.
According to reports they took two laptops, a computer game, some flash drives and other things before making their escape.
Can you imagine how traumatized those students are now? We really have sunken to a new low and it’s time some drastic actions taken to take back control of our country.
One of Brown’s daughters reportedly claims that the singer’s body has gone missing from its crypt — part of an elaborate plot to prevent her from carrying out an autopsy that will determine whether he was really killed.
“My daddy’s body has disappeared. I have no clue where it was taken, but I need to know where,” said LaRhonda Pettit, 48. “I’m convinced his death was suspicious and I want the people responsible brought to justice.”
The R&B great — famous for his feverish dance moves and songs like “Papa’s Got A Brand New Bag” and “It’s A Man’s Man’s Man’s World” — died on Dec. 25, 2006 at age 73.
Pettit said the official cause of her father’s death — determined by doctors to be a heart attack brought on by a bout with pneumonia — is not the real reason behind the passing of “The Godfather of Soul.”
“The only way to do that is to exhume his body and have an autopsy,” Pettit said in an interview with The Globe newspaper. “I cannot understand why one was never conducted.”
Brown’s body was sealed in a crypt at the South Carolina home of his daughter Deanna Brown-Thomas while arrangements are made for a permanent grave.
The road not travelled…
We all have to do what we have to do to survive and I am no different. I figured a long time ago that I wasn’t cut out for the books and I was damned if I was going to be left behind. From high school days I had a problem dealing with maths and those things. I knew I wasn’t gonna make the cut to graduate and all those wonderful things so in fourth form I befriended my form teacher who luckily was a man and in all honesty he tried to coach me in my books, but it became clear to him also that I was a hopeless case. I sensed he was about to throw in the towel and that’s when the brilliant idea came to seduce him…and that I needed no special lessons for!
From then he was putty in my hands. He marked up my grades, somehow managed to make me look good in school. But questions were asked when I left high school without one single subject against the fact that he always had glowing reports about me. But that wasn’t my problem, he had served his purpose.
After high school I made sure I socialized with the right kind of men and soon I was placed into a very good job…yes with no subject and not too bright upstairs either. But I had the wickedest slam and it was serving its own purpose.
Sleeping with the boss ensured I kept moving up…but then his wife got suspicious and started making a nuisance of herself.
I realized I could use that scenario to my advantage and so I told him to allow me to run one of the branches in the country and that way he could tell her there was nothing between us so he was transferring me, that she could feel more secure. I made a show of course of protesting and acting as if he was being paranoid and I didn’t want to leave!
She bought it hook line and sinker and from then on we set up our own little love nest when time allowed. It’s been almost 10 years now and I am still not married and that branch shut down due to the economy.
I now have to be living off him because I have no qualification to apply for anything with substance. Now I would give anything to have done things differently. I only share this story to let you know that your body can only take you so far in life…so don’t make my mistakes.
THE club-bumping Do You Remember by British pop sensation Jay Sean and Jamaican dancehall star, Sean Paul, will be featured on the 75th edition of the compilation series, Now That's What I Call Music.
Do You Remember found instant Billboard success as it debuted in the top ten of its Hot 100 chart, and was a favourite of iTunes users all over the world, staying in the top ten of those charts as well. Born at the MTV Video Music Awards, the collaboration also features rap/hip-hop crunk king Lil' Jon.
Also featured on Now 75 are other chart-topping artistes such as Lady Gaga, Katy Perry, Black Eyed Peas, Iyaz, Justin Bieber, Rihanna, Owl City and Alicia Keys. Having returned to Jamaica after concert appearances in Miami last weekend, Sean Paul said that he was overjoyed that the track would be featured on the iconic compilation.
"When we did the collaboration, I sensed the energy. You know anywhere there is real good music and real good artistes, everything just alright.The track and the video turned out well, and it was fun putting a yardie flavour on the song.And the ladies dem love it! It's an all-round good song," the Grammy-winning artiste said.
So far, more than 30-million people have checked out the official video of the song on YouTube, and some 11-million people have given Do You Remember a listening ear on Jay Sean's MySpace page.
Sean Paul released his fourth studio album in late 2009, Imperial Blaze, which nabbed a Grammy nomination, became the first dancehall album to top the Billboard Rap/Hip-Hop charts, and made Sean Paul the first Jamaican and dancehall artiste to do so. The album also charted well on other Billboard Charts, debuted at number one in Japan, was certified gold in France, and dominated charts in Europe and the middle east.
Reggae singer and songwriter Tarrus Riley ended his 2009-2010 Europe and North America ‘Contagious’ tour on a high note closing with a sensational set at the 17th annual Bob Marley Movements Caribbean Festival in Miami, Florida.
After a successful leg in US and Canada late last year, the artiste resumed his album title tour this January through March making waves in some thirty cities across France, Belgium, London, Sweden, Spain, Holland, Italy, Switzerland, Czech Republic and Germany as well as completing stints in California and Florida.His first extended set in Europe, while the cold whistled and howled outside, Riley warmed patrons up with some sweet music.
The set list had a great mix of material - hits from the previous albums including ‘She’s Royal’, and ‘Lion Paw’ as well as current material from the Contagious album including ‘Start Anew’, ‘Love’s Contagious’, ‘Human Nature’, ‘Living The Life of A Gun’ among others.
Performing to sold out stops each night across Europe including Ghent in Belgium, the Sapphire Club and the Brixton Academy in London, Stockholm in Sweden and the U- Club in Wuppertal, Germany, Riley was joined by rising Reggae stars I-Octane, Duane Stephenson and the Blak Soil band led by saxophonist extraordinaire Dean Fraser.
And while Riley was covering significant ground on tour, he was also doing well at local awards presentations as well as receiving international nods and securing top spots on international music charts.
At the Excellence in Music and Entertainment (EME) he copped the Cultural Artiste of the Year and he won the Best Cultural Artiste category at the local Youth View Awards.Riley has also picked up a nomination for “International Reggae Artist” at RMAA (Reggae Music Achievement Awards) which will be held in Toronto, Canada on June 12.
I rest in the comfort of Spirit's abundant love.
At times I may find myself struggling to find an answer to a problem in my life. I may search for a quick and easy solution or look for someone else to fix things for me. But rather than search outside myself, I choose to look within.
I breathe deeply. I relax. I realize that temporary outer conditions are not the truth of me. I release them, and as I let them go, I slowly and surely feel the presence of God. God has been here all along, right here inside me. I feel now the comfort, care and ever-present love. I know that all is well.
In any moment, no matter the circumstances, I can turn within to find that God is here as my steadfast guide on life's journey. I rest in the comfort of this awareness.
The Lord said to him, "Peace be to you; do not fear."--Judges 6:23.
It broke my heart to read the story in today's Star about a two year old who was strangled to death.
The police we understand arrested the child's mother for the crime. But what got to me is that the entire community and her relatives knew that since she gave birth she has not been in her right mind and yet they allowed the child to be in her care under those conditions.
According to the Star about 6:30 a.m. the child's aunt went to the house and discovered the disheartening sight of the child's body laying on a bed with a piece of yellow cord tied around his neck.
Police said the frightened relative picked up the chap and rushed over to the house of the youngster's grandparents', in the same Albion community, and raised an alarm.
The police were subsequently called in. The lawmen then went back to the house where the child's body was found and arrested the mother of the deceased infant. Her name is yet to be released.
The woman is not of a sound mind and has been that way since she gave birth to the infant. A policeman who spoke with this newspaper could not say when the woman developed mental problems but confirmed that information in the investigation thus far suggests that she was not mentally well.
It's obvious that this woman needed help herself and never got it. why are we so cold that we can just callously go about our business and not giving a thought for our fellow human beings.
Poor child, poor mother
Fresh concern is being raised about security on the compound of the Kingston Public Hospital (KPH) in downtown Kingston.
This follows reports that gunmen and unauthorized persons are constantly invading the hospital, creating a nightmare for employees, patients and visitors.
The issue has been raised by the Nurses Association of Jamaica (NAJ) which in a statement Wednesday, called on the government to intensify efforts to strength security measures at the hospital.
According to Edith Allwood-Anderson, NAJ President, the situation has worsened with recent incidents of shooting occurring in the vicinity of the KPH.
She says as a result, nurses are afraid of reporting for duties.
"I'm saying nurses are fearful of coming to work and government must take urgent steps to immediately reduce the impact of the gun violence within the geographic area where nurses live, work and stay," she said.
Dancehall enthusiasts brace yourself! Don't miss your Excitement at schools as Etana and RETV deliver prize.
Etana's music video competition on RETV had an exciting finale with two winners hailing from Kingston, Jamaica and one from St. Lucia.
Etana, with RETV in tow, delivered a Macbook and Ipod to the Kingston, Jamaica winners, who were students from Mona High School and U-Tech respectively.
What a great way for the winners to receive their prizes, face-to-face with one of their favorite artists. When Etana and RETV reached the winner from Mona High school in her classroom, who was in 2nd form, excitement was brewing.The winner and fellow students were gushing with glee.
After presenting the winner with the Macbook laptop, Etana was urged by teachers to stay an additional five minutes.She was then greeted with quite a surprise when students from the choir serenaded her with a charming musical selection.
From there, the crew went on to U-Tech to deliver the Ipod to a first year student of the Hospitality Department.She was thrilled and visibly nervous, as she kept asking what to say. Etana stayed for about 10 minutes and chatted with students under a tree.
"It feels so rewarding that two of the competition's winners were very deserving students," says Etana happily. "I couldn't ask for a better outcome."
The video which earned the most votes was "Free" by popular Reggae music video director JayWill. "Happy Heart" by Scorpio 21 and "August Town" by Winston Mayhew followed closely.
In response to his video's win, JayWill says "I am very happy to know that people are feeling the work that I put out.
I think that these three videos were the best Reggae music videos on TV last year and I am humbled and privileged that my video was chosen as the winner."
The Etana/RETV music video competition was created by Etana's manager Garfield "Chin" Bourne as a vehicle of further promoting Etana's new music videos in a unique way.The response to the competition was grand, as votes poured in from through out the Caribbean. There was a great demand for the live finale, which had a two week delay due to Etana being stuck in inclement New York weather.
"Etana has gained the love of so many people in such a short time," says Garfield "Chin" Bourne. "This is just one of many avenues that we will use to keep Etana well connected to her fans."
Fans can look forward to future competitions and contests via Etana's fan club that will soon have an online home.
New York, New York -- March 16, 2010-- Amazura will resemble an all-out, sweat-soaked session when legendary King Stur Gav deejays Brigadier Jerry, Ranking Joe and General Trees take center stage at "Reeewind." on Saturday, March 27.
The King Stur Gav sound, owned by Daddy U-Roy, has been at the forefront of Reggae music and culture for four decades.During its reign in the 70's and 80's, the sound traveled with forceful deejays who rose to fame as artists and forefathers of dancehall music and culture. Now, some of the sound's most prosperous disciples will rule "Reeewind & Come Again."
When one mentions King Stur Gav, they can't help but think of one of the sound's most visible and influential students -- Brigadier Jerry (affectionately known as Briggy).Truly every dancehall artist's deejay, Brigadier Jerry has been emulated by legions of dancehall artists for his innovative style and piercing delivery. Briggy set the standard for style and live performances for all deejays to follow.
Since Shabba Ranks was tapped for "Reeewind & Come Again," he has repeatedly expressed his excitement of being on the same stage with his icon and favorite deejay Brigadier Jerry.
The name Ranking Joe carries just as much weight for the King Stur Gav sound.This deejay was the first artist, outside of U-Roy, to play the sound.Actually, Ranking Joe dominated King Stur Gav, while Selector Jah Screw held down the turntables. Ranking Joe helped King Stur Gav become one of the biggest sounds of the era, only challenged by Stereophonic.Often, these two sounds had unforgettable sound clashes.
General Trees came on board King Stur Gav in the later years, but quickly, his popular "speed talkin" style caught the attention of the massive. As a leading 80's deejay, General Trees became a sound system star, finding his way to numerous prominent sounds, including Black Scorpio.
General Trees recorded a slew of hit songs during the 80's. But it was his 1986 song "Mini Bus," which was named "Song of the Year" by the Jamaica Broadcasting Corporation, that thrust his career as an artist to another level.
With such rich history under their belts, this trio of deejays will be a force to be reckoned with at "Reeewind & Come Again".Indisputably, Brigadier Jerry and General Trees stole the show during the first installment of Irish and Chin's "Reeewind" series in Fall 2009.
Popular radio jock ZJ Bambino who also doubles as entertainer Trevor off Key has been creating waves since he began igniting the airwaves a year ago.
Bambino has found audience with a wide cross section of listeners, mainly teenagers, who are bowled over by his bubbly personality and hilarious parodies.
As the recording artiste Trevor off Key, he has kept music lovers on the edge of their seats with his spin on several hit songs including Chino’s Woman Pon Yuh Head, Taylor Swift’s You Belong with Me; and Owl City’s Fireflies.
Bambino, who recently served as a presenter and performer on the Youth View Awards, was in Trinidad and Tobago recently for the Carnival celebrations.
Adding another chapter to his emerging career in entertainment, Bambino has taken on the role of producer, having just completed a collaborative effort with producer Jus Bus, called the Caribbean Girl rhythm.
Featured on the project are Trevor off Key, Beenie Man, Busy Signal, Assassin, Charley Black, Notch and Mr. Easy among others.
I contribute to an expanding universe.
Growth and change are natural and necessary for life.
Throughout our lives, we grow physically, emotionally and spiritually. It would be folly to tell a child to stop growing! Yet, as adults, we may resist our own growth and expansion.
My motivation to change and grow may come from feelings of restlessness or boredom.
I am a creative being who wants to expand my spiritual consciousness. The same divine intelligence that directs the expansion of the universe is urging me to express more of who I am.
In a state of greater awareness, I dream of what I want. I act upon the good desires of my heart, and I grow.
We have not ceased praying for you ... as you bear fruit in every good work and as you grow in the knowledge of God.--Colossians 1:9, 10
Yeah man afta all a did passa passa whey gwaan a did studio di people dem inna did area nuh stop complain till di KSAC people dem come lock it down.
Wi dun know sey from yuh have yuh money yuh can go to any studio go record, but tink bout di convenience and dem ting deh whey dem did have a di facility.
A hope wherever dem go dis time dem memba fi have good behaviour and nuh carry di bad vibes wid dem again.
LOS ANGELES, March 16, 2010 (AFP) - Sony and administrators for Michael Jackson’s estate confirmed Tuesday they signed a 250-million-dollar deal that will include releasing new music the pop icon was working on before his death.
The landmark deal would give the entertainment giant distribution rights for all of Jackson’s material until 2017, a source close to the matter told AFP, adding the deal would be worth about 250 million dollars.
Thanks to the agreement, which smashes all music industry records, Sony Music’s Columbia Epic Label Group and Legacy Recordings would maintain their long-held rights to Jackson’s catalog of music.
They would also score distribution of new products, including never before published song albums, with some of the music now due to be released in November.
The blockbuster deal involving as many as 10 new Jackson projects, or “musical items,” will include computer video games as well as music and film releases, a source close to the matter said.
“It could be a DVD, a stage show, music video. The creative possibilities are very open,” the source added.
Jackson, who had been with the Epic Label for three decades, died suddenly on June 25 at his rented mansion in Los Angeles after an overdose of powerful prescription drugs, as he was preparing to perform a series of comeback concerts in London.
In a controversial comment after his son’s death, Joe Jackson said the pop star was “worth more dead than when he was alive.” He may be proven right.
The King of Pop was the artist with the most record sales in the United States last year, with 8.3 million copies sold, nearly twice as much as the artist in the number two spot -- country-pop star Taylor Swift with 4.6 million album copies.
I am an expression of perfect divine love.
Divine love is an aspect of my spiritual nature. As a human being I also have a physical nature, a mental nature and an emotional nature through which I can express the love of God within me.
I express God's love through my physical nature by sharing an authentic smile and a sincere hug with family and loved ones.
I am expressing the love of God through my mental nature by thinking loving thoughts of wholeness and abundance and by showing compassion and understanding.
Emotionally, I express love by forgiving myself and others, by releasing attachments to the past and holding hope for the future. In all these ways and many more, I express divine love.
You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength.--Mark 12:30
According to the Nation, Farrell has called on the police chief to rethink his position of giving the thumbs down to the March 27 event.
"We don't have anything against the police or the commissioner, but we would like him and the force to reconsider their previous position, since the show is intended to be a peace concert promoting positive vibes for the youth," Farrell is quoted as saying, adding that he was still in favour of the police being a part of the security team for the concert.
Farrell, according to the report in the Saturday Sun, also spoke of Commissioner of Police Darwin Dottin's comments about the controversial Jamaican dancehall artistes' possible negativity on the youth.
"The reason why we had to bring these two men together is because the youth had this thing going too far.
"Hamilton Lashley approached me and asked me if I could get these two men to come to Barbados and get them to go into the schools and let the youth know that this thing with Gully and Gaza is just a Jamaican thing and they were carrying it too far," he said.
"That is why we are bringing the show to Barbados to show the people that what they are saying about the men (Vybz Kartel and Mavado) is not so right now and the men realised that they made mistakes," the Saturday Sun reported.
The police chief recently said he did not support the idea of bringing the two entertainers to Barbados for a show and urged the promoters to rethink their position.
Jamaican reggae legend Jimmy Cliff, Britain's Genesis, Swedish pop group Abba, punk pioneers the Stooges and The Hollies entered the rock star firmament Monday on being inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
These were the big names honoured in New York at a ceremony at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in front of music industry big wigs and celebrities.
The inclusion of Abba raised eyebrows of fans questioning whether the light pop group qualifies as a rock band.
But Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Foundation CEO Joel Peresman said the collection "represents a great cross-section of artistes".
The Stooges' Iggy Pop was on hand to pick up his award as were five of The Hollies, Genesis frontman Phil Collins, and Abba's Benny Andersson and Anni-Frid Lyngstad.
Jimmy Cliff raised the roof with The Harder They Come, while the Stooges gave a thunderous performance that ended with guests jamming on stage alongside a shirtless Iggy Pop.
The event was an Oscars-style black tie and tuxedo event, except this being the rock world many guests came without the tie or without the jacket, or either.
Iggy Pop joked to Rolling Stone magazine about the un-punk-like sartorial code, saying he owned a dinner jacket, but was hardly itching to put it on.
"I've got these things. I'm at the time of life where people sort of pick me up by the collar and exhibit me on various occasions," he said.
True to his bad boy image he immediately made an obscene gesture -- with both hands -- at the audience from the podium, then removed his shirt to go on stage for a raucous rendition of Search and Destroy.
Musicians already in the hall of fame include Eric Clapton, Madonna, the Beatles, The Byrds and Simon and Garfunkel.
The only official requirement for candidacy is having released an album or record at least 25 years ago. Record sales are not considered important.
Ky-Mani Marley, one of the sons of reggae legend, Bob Marley, has written a new book claiming he was deprived of his father's fortune for years unlike his half-brothers and half-sisters, sparking a row that could trigger legal action, a report carried by AFP says.
Ky-Mani Marley's Dear Dad hit booksellers' stands February 6, when the late reggae icon would have turned 65.
It has quickly become a major headache for this 34-year-old son of Marley.
Ky-Mani, aware of the family squabbling it could unleash, tried to delay its release, and to tweak the content. but he failed.
Now, there is a dispute between Ky-Mani Marley and his editor Farrah Gray, a young businessman of 24, over the truth of content of the book. Their clash could end up in court, both told media in the United States and Jamaica in recent days.
"The book was not an attack on my family. I love my brothers and sisters more than anyone can know," Ky-Mani Marley, a Jamaican actor and musician who is the son of Bob Marley and table tennis champ Anita Belnavis, said in a statement on his MySpace page.
The book says on its cover that it contains the "story the Marley family apparently didn't want you to know".
Among other themes, the book claims its author was kept from accessing his fathers' fortune by Marley's widow Rita. It also claims Rita Marley tried to keep the money for her children with Marley while denying financial support to his children with six other women.
"I did not expect that Dr Gray would have unprofessionally and maliciously twisted my words or use things that were discussed in confidence to create controversy in an attempt to sell a book," Ky-Mani Marley added.
"During the final edit of the book, I spoke with my sister, Cedella, and I advised Dr Farrah Gray that some changes had to be made and until the changes were made, I was not willing to do any promotion for the book," the author added.
But the editor was unmoved by what he said was the younger Marley's backtracking.
"His denials have thrown me and the publishing company under the bus. I didn't write his book, I published it. This is his story; these are his words and now I have to prove it," Gray argued.
This article is long but it is worth the read. Check it out.
Your new Facebook ‘friend’ may be the FBI
Agents are logging on to exchange messages with suspects, and more
WASHINGTON - The Feds are on Facebook. And MySpace, LinkedIn and Twitter, too.
U.S. law enforcement agents are following the rest of the Internet world into popular social-networking services, going undercover with false online profiles to communicate with suspects and gather private information, according to an internal Justice Department document that offers a tantalizing glimpse of issues related to privacy and crime-fighting.
Think you know who's behind that "friend" request? Think again. Your new "friend" just might be the FBI.
The document, obtained in a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit, makes clear that U.S. agents are already logging on surreptitiously to exchange messages with suspects, identify a target's friends or relatives and browse private information such as postings, personal photographs and video clips.
Among other purposes: Investigators can check suspects' alibis by comparing stories told to police with tweets sent at the same time about their whereabouts. Online photos from a suspicious spending spree — people posing with jewelry, guns or fancy cars — can link suspects or their friends to robberies or burglaries.
The Electronic Frontier Foundation, a San Francisco-based civil liberties group, obtained the Justice Department document when it sued the agency and five others in federal court. The 33-page document underscores the importance of social networking sites to U.S. authorities. The foundation said it would publish the document on its Web site on Tuesday.
With agents going undercover, state and local police coordinate their online activities with the Secret Service, FBI and other federal agencies in a strategy known as "deconfliction" to keep out of each other's way.
"You could really mess up someone's investigation because you're investigating the same person and maybe doing things that are counterproductive to what another agency is doing," said Detective Frank Dannahey of the Rocky Hill, Conn., Police Department, a veteran of dozens of undercover cases.
A decade ago, agents kept watch over AOL and MSN chat rooms to nab sexual predators. But those text-only chat services are old-school compared with today's social media, which contain mountains of personal data, photographs, videos and audio clips — a potential treasure trove of evidence for cases of violent crime, financial fraud and much more.
The Justice Department document, part of a presentation given in August by top cybercrime officials, describes the value of Facebook, Twitter, MySpace, LinkedIn and other services to government investigators. It does not describe in detail the boundaries for using them.
"It doesn't really discuss any mechanisms for accountability or ensuring that government agents use those tools responsibly," said Marcia Hoffman, a senior attorney with the civil liberties foundation.
The group sued in Washington to force the government to disclose its policies for using social networking sites in investigations, data collection and surveillance.
Covert investigations on social-networking services are legal and governed by internal rules, according to Justice Department officials. But they would not say what those rules are.
The Justice Department document raises a legal question about a social-media bullying case in which U.S. prosecutors charged a Missouri woman with computer fraud for creating a fake MySpace account — effectively the same activity that undercover agents are doing, although for different purposes.
The woman, Lori Drew, helped create an account for a fictitious teen boy on MySpace and sent flirtatious messages to a 13-year-old neighborhood girl in his name. The girl hanged herself in October 2006, in a St. Louis suburb, after she received a message saying the world would be better without her.
A jury in California, where MySpace has its servers, convicted Drew of three misdemeanor counts of accessing computers without authorization because she was accused of violating MySpace's rules against creating fake accounts. But last year a judge overturned the verdicts, citing the vagueness of the law.
"If agents violate terms of service, is that 'otherwise illegal activity'?" the document asks. It doesn't provide an answer.
Facebook's rules, for example, specify that users "will not provide any false personal information on Facebook, or create an account for anyone other than yourself without permission." Twitter's rules prohibit its users from sending deceptive or false information. MySpace requires that information for accounts be "truthful and accurate."
A former U.S. cybersecurity prosecutor, Marc Zwillinger, said investigators should be able to go undercover in the online world the same way they do in the real world, even if such conduct is barred by a company's rules. But there have to be limits, he said.
In the face-to-face world, agents can't impersonate a suspect's spouse, child, parent or best friend. But online, behind the guise of a social-networking account, they can.
"This new situation presents a need for careful oversight so that law enforcement does not use social networking to intrude on some of our most personal relationships," said Zwillinger, whose firm does legal work for Yahoo and MySpace.
Undercover operations aren't necessary if the suspect is reckless. Federal authorities nabbed a man wanted on bank fraud charges after he started posting Facebook updates about the fun he was having in Mexico.
Maxi Sopo, a native of Cameroon living in the Seattle area, apparently slipped across the border into Mexico in a rented car last year after learning that federal agents were investigating the alleged scheme. The agents initially could find no trace of him on social media sites, and they were unable to pin down his exact location in Mexico. But they kept checking and eventually found Sopo on Facebook.
While Sopo's online profile was private, his list of friends was not. Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael Scoville began going through the list and was able to learn where Sopo was living. Mexican authorities arrested Sopo in September. He is awaiting extradition to the U.S.
The Justice document describes how Facebook, MySpace and Twitter have interacted with federal investigators: Facebook is "often cooperative with emergency requests," the government said. MySpace preserves information about its users indefinitely and even stores data from deleted accounts for one year. But Twitter's lawyers tell prosecutors they need a warrant or subpoena before the company turns over customer information, the document says.
"Will not preserve data without legal process," the document says under the heading, "Getting Info From Twitter ... the bad news."
Twitter did not respond to a request for comment for this story.
The chief security officer for MySpace, Hemanshu Nigam, said MySpace doesn't want to be the company that stands in the way of an investigation.
"That said, we also want to make sure that our users' privacy is protected and any data that's disclosed is done under proper legal process," Nigam said.
MySpace requires a search warrant for private messages less than six months old, according to the company.
Facebook spokesman Andrew Noyes said the company has put together a handbook to help law enforcement officials understand "the proper ways to request information from Facebook to aid investigations."
The Justice document includes sections about its own lawyers. For government attorneys taking cases to trial, social networks are a "valuable source of info on defense witnesses," they said. "Knowledge is power. ... Research all witnesses on social networking sites."
But the government warned prosecutors to advise their own witnesses not to discuss cases on social media sites and to "think carefully about what they post."
It also cautioned federal law enforcement officials to think prudently before adding judges or defense counsel as "friends" on these services.
"Social networking and the courtroom can be a dangerous combination," the government said.
it’s the stuff fairytales are made of one minute you're thinking about how to pursue your lifelong dream to be on stage, the next you are preparing for your fourth show and all in one year! That’s the story of Felisha Lord and she is absolutely amazed at how quickly her career in theatre has developed. No stranger to the public, Lord was initially a host on Hype TV and has also appeared on Royal Palm Estate as well as in several commercials. The stage is however where she mostly had her eyes set and as luck would have it, a golden opportunity presented itself. "I was doing some production work with the television series Me and Mi Kru and mentioned to Deon Silvera that I wanted to do theatre. She suggested that I make a pitch to Paul Beale, the writer of the series who is also responsible for several hit comedies, and he invited me to audition", she explains.
Since that fateful meeting, Lord has starred in Like Father Like Son, Money Worries and The Extortionitz and while she feels honoured that Stages Productions has shown such faith in her abilities, she believes that her constant presence on stage has mainly been due to her disciplined approach. “I am always determined to make my character stand out and that whatever I do is memorable to the audience. That not only requires hard work but a willingness to step out of the box" she stressed. Her latest role is that of Darling in Passa Passa Daily, the third production in the extremely popular Passa Passa series. Darling is the wife of community leader Nyah (Orville Hall) and Lord describes her as having a multi-layered personality. While trying not to give too much away she gave us a little insight into the character "Darling is a fun-loving person but she is also very unpredictable as she tries to adapt to whatever situation comes her way. She’ll be nice and sweet but that can change to aggressive and demanding in just one moment". It is these changes in mood, coupled with an intriguing South American accent that Lord promises will get audiences caught up every single night.
Passa Passa Daily has a stellar cast led by Cleve Warren (Chu Chu) and also including Audrey Reid (Bibsy), Stede Flash (Officer Roy Lickshot), Orville Hall (Nyah), Suzette Barrett (Pearl), Patrick Smith (Mayor Blackwood), Luke Ellington (Stylish) and Eveylyn Forbes (Icilda). Written by Everton Dawkins and directed by Garfield Reid, Passa Passa Daily plays Wednesday to Saturday at 8-30 pm and on Sundays at 5:00 pm and 8:30 pm.
CEO of dancehall’s Alliance, Rodney Price, aka Bounty Killer will ,headline the concert called Release the Chains 2010 as SIBR Entertainment, the organizers and promoters of the event, attempt to make a big bang with its inaugural event in Sligoville, St. Catherine.
"This dynamic event vows to unite communities through sports and music. No doubt this will be achieved at “Release The Chains 2010”. The theme which highlights the ability of Jamaicans to overcome obstacles, seeks to align Release The Chains 2010, with the rich heritage of Sligoville – the first Free Village in Jamaica," Champie, the head of SIBR Entertainment, said.
SIBR is an acronym for Success Is the Best Revenge.
According to Champie, Release The Chains will offer an extensive schedule of games and competitions for all ages. Ranging from football to potato sack races to trivia contests, prizes will be awarded for the winners of all competitions. Various food stations will be located throughout the entire venue, serving authentic Jamaican cuisine, while jerseys and t-shirts will be provided for official competitors. The VIP area will have a tent areas set up for media workers, performing artistes as well as sponsors.
"Once the day events are completed at 5 p.m., the venue will be
transformed to make way for the nightly performances. We would like to enforce the message of love and unity throughout the event," Champie said. "This event promises to be a full day of fun for all. It will deliver never-ending vibes coupled with an enhanced ambience and high energy performances."
SIBR Entertainment aims to utilize proceeds from this event to implement infrastructure which will support education programs as well as extra-curricular activities for the youth of the community.
We have already established strong relationships with community leaders (churches, Members of Parliament, business-owners) to assist in implementation of the various programmes.
Reggae singer Iley Dread is getting ready to release a single from his Unleashed album entitled Lover’s Holiday. The video for the single is expected to be released shortly after also.
“The video is now in the editing stages and it should be ready real soon to be premiered,” Iley informed.
According to him he has been getting a lot of positive feedback from those who listened to Lover’s Holiday. “I believe this single will be one of my biggest hit to date, based on the response I have already received from everyone who heard it so far,” he said.
Looking ahead Iley says while he is forced to cool it for a while, due to injuries he sustained in the motor bike accident, he is still planning ahead. “I am still not fully recovered from the injuries sustained in the accident, but I am planning and preparing for my album release and showcase, scheduled to be held on Mother’s Day weekend in Kingston.”
As for his album Unleashed, it will be released online in April.
Portmore Empire deejay Popcaan wants the world to know that he is alive and poppin. This following rumours over the weekend that he had been shot and killed.
"From Saturday, it ah get stink say mi get shot and mi ah wonder who is trying to perpetrate this rumour but I just want the fans to know that I am alive and kicking. I am not dead," he is reported as saying.
Popcaan is widely regarded as the artiste most likely to carry the banner for the next generation of young artistes emerging out of the Vybz Kartel-led Gaza camp.
Boisterous and fun-loving, Papi, as he is called by friends, has found a commercially viable hit, Nuh Ordinary Girl, which has been blowing up all over FM radio over the last couple of weeks.
The song, which appears on the popular England Town riddim, is a big fave among females. He also has a controversial single called Sell We Out which labels departing ex-Empire member Blak Ryno a traitor. One of his most popular song is a Clarks song alongside Vybz Kartel himself.
"The fans dem can look out for great things from Popcaan this year, the Empire goes on and on and on."
He was detained last week Thursday in a raid on Father Romie's Exodus studio in Havendale, but was released later that night.
Now celebrating 17 years, the "greatest reggae festival on earth", Reggae Sumfest is scheduled to take place in Montego Bay, Jamaica from July 18 - 24, 2010.
Reggae Sumfest enjoyed record breaking numbers at the festival last year. The stellar line-up included dancehall stalwarts Beenie Man, Bounty Killer, Elephant Man, Mavado and Busy Signal, international stars Ne-Yo, Keri Hilson, Jazmine Sullivan and Toni Braxton, reggae favourites Queen Ifrica, Etana, Tarrus Riley, Jah Cure and Morgan Heritage and a rare performance by Inner Circle.
The buzz has already started as patrons speculate who will be featured on the line up for the 2010 staging of the week-long event.
Reggae Sumfest kicks off in Montego Bay, Jamaica on Sunday with a beach party on July 18, then moves to the main concert grounds on Thursday, July 22 with three nights of music.
Bwoy yesterday nuff people avoid Spanish Town Road especially near the Denham Town Police Station (well it did all lock dung too).
Pure gunshot as police and bad man engaged in a shootout. Three policemen were shot and two gunmen killed – up to filing this report they had not yet been identified.
From what our sources in the vicinity told us, the shooting went on for about two hours. The cops who were hurt in the incident are not considered serious.
What the hell is happening in our little island. Please we are pleading for peace and for people to roam the streets free from fear.
Wi friend dem from foreign link wi and tell wi sey Ryno did fi perform a two show inna di States over di weekend and him neva turn up. Dem a ask wi question whey wi couldn’t ansa. Dem a ask wi sey if a true sey Kartel seize him documents through him walk whey from di camp. Wi nuh know, but wi hope not cause it bad if yuh waan stop a nex man food.
Yardflex has been hearing some rumblings surrounding this case and we hope it’s not true. We will just say that we hope all the funds are in place for him to build a good defense and that nothing is frozen. Cause some bad mind people a talk sey him a seek out money. It’s not an easy road yah Buju, so just gwaan fight “til yuh laid to rest.”
A wha Q45 do Elephant Man meck him stop go ova di studio. Fi real a coulda wha cause it. Dem two deh a come from far and fi him just huff and puff suh and stop go ova deh…no sah. Dis a one mystery Yardflex waan fi solve. A wonder if it have anyting fi duh wid di ultimatum whey Ele did gi him one time bout a certain artiste?
The long awaited VP Records album from Junior Kelly Red Pond’ arrives on April 6, 2010‘
The People’s Rasta, Junior Kelly is back with his fourth VP Records album ‘Red Pond’. The album features 15 new Junior Kelly tracks, with the majority of the production coming from the world famous Firehouse Crew.
‘Red Pond’ continues on his mission of uplifting the people and providing positive music content.
The album begins with the up-tempo track ‘Celebrate Life’ spreading the messages of; love is what it’s all about and what’s the point of living if we don’t celebrate it?
The first single from ‘Red Pond’ is the passionate track ‘My African Child’ in which Junior Kelly professes his unconditional love and the joy that is brought on by his African Child. The track ‘Nuthin’ Wrong with the World’ bluntly states that the earth isn’t to blame for the various problems we are all faced with, instead, the inhabitants are responsible.
Switching gears and embarking on the subject of lost love, Junior Kelly collaborates with Lukie D on the R&B flavored track ‘She’s Gone’. On ‘Waan Lef De Ghetto’, Junior Kelly expresses his torn feelings of wanting to stay in the neighborhood that he knows and loves but at the same time the conditions that make him want to leave and strive for a better life elsewhere.
The duty of man is to help one another and the strong should lift up the weak, if we as people don’t follow this Junior Kelly asks the simple question on the track ‘How Better Ah Go Come?’ From Collaborating with Queen Ifrica on ‘Too Late’ or Ras Shiloh on ‘Papa’s Song’, Red Pond is the reemergence of the Junior Kelly we all know and love.
The perfect solution is clear and available now.
If something is bothering me, I know where to turn for insight. I close my eyes, and I go within. Taking a few cleansing breaths, I allow any sense of burden to melt away.
I focus on the gentle rise and fall of my chest and abdomen as I inhale and exhale.
As I go deeper, I experience my oneness with God. Every cell in my body is filled with God's life force; every aspect of who I am is an expression of God's creation.
Knowing that I am one with my source, I am at peace.
In prayer I open myself to the infinite options and divine possibilities I never knew existed. New insights and ideas fill my mind. I realize the perfect solution is clear and available to me now.
For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways.--Isaiah 55:9
The Barbados Youth Action Programme, a Government affiliate under the chairmanship of Member of Parliament Hamilton Lashley, has scheduled performances of the Jamaican duo for a reggae show on March 27 at the Midway House carpark, Bay Street, The City.
However, Commissioner of Police Darwin Dottin said the force was concerned about the negativity associated with both entertainers.
"The force views this matter with concern. We have been following the developments in Jamaica in relation to these artistes and it seems clear to us that their performances seemed to be a motivation for violence," he told the WEEKEND NATION yesterday.
Noting that the force did not have the authority to ban artistes wishing to perform in Barbados, given the provisions of the CARICOM Treaty on freedom of movement, Dottin urged the organisers to "look again".
His comments came against the backdrop of organisers stating that the show was not to acquire financial reward alone, but to use the popularity of the two dancehall artistes to "put at bay some of the violence that is plaguing our society".
"Movado and Vybz Kartel think it crucial that they join forces to clear any misconception that their music is anything other than what it was intended to be, that is, entertainment, and instead bring a concept of love and unity and the importance of a need to show respect for authority . . . ," a letter to police stated.
It also spoke of arranging group sessions with students of various secondary schools as part of a social intervention strategy.
But Dottin said there were many other alternatives that could be pursued instead of the two artistes.
"Our crime analysts have been looking at the impact of these artistes on the youth of Barbados, drawing attention to the violent lyrics and the disrespect for women.
"I've had some calls and I questioned whether there are not different methods that we can use to reach the young people in Barbados; whether these are the correct role models. We have a number of role models [who] can reach out to our students to teach them to be productive and responsible citizens," the top lawman said.
He also said the force was very busy and not in a position to police a show of such magnitude.
In Jamaica, there have been violent gang clashes between groups supporting the two dancehall artistes.
The Jamaica Gleaner newspaper described the controversy between the entertainers as fuelling a "clannish divide" in various segments of that society.
Shape up or suffer di consequences
First Guyana now Barbados nuh want nuh part a Kartel and Mavado kinda music. A long time we a preach sey dem fi tecik di slackness and di violence outa di music and just concentrate pon doing good songs inna di dancehall. But dem nah listen, yuh soon hear sey States, Europe and all deese places doan want nuh part a dancehall. And just we fool fool people a Jamaica a gwaan like sey win uh realize sey di business a guh dung di toilet. If more boos did a come pon stage when slackness a chant di music woulda change long time.
Why Lisa nuh stop defend sey she put di c..k inna har mouth. Everybody know sey she dweet aready dem seet inna paper and pon di internet. Suh it it neva surprising dat when she a defend it dung a Negril dem boo out har backside. Still she a try suh unno just gi har a break seen. She young dem fi just advise har fi cool it.
Family ties are the ties that bind, but when unraveled, they can be the threads that nearly hang us to death. In fact, sometimes our most vehement enemies emerge from the same sources from which we yearn to receive so much love—our families.
Ky-Mani Marley knows this firsthand. As he says, ‘Family politics can be a straight bitch.’ Although born the tenth child of Bob Marley, Ky-Mani grew up estranged from his internationally renown family—without the power, wealth, and influence they enjoyed.
Ky-Mani says,when I would visit my siblings, it was like night and day.’ He goes on, ‘I’d be coming back home [from Kingston] from two weeks of helpers, cooks, gardeners, and a lawn man to bathing and cooking outside in our front yard [in Falmouth, Jamaica].
Never fully included in the Marley Family, things only worsened after his father’s untimely death. Ky-Mani was completely locked out of his iconic father’s shelter. He was forced to survive the impoverished and predator-infested streets of one of Miami’s most violent ghettoes, determined to stay alive any way he could. ‘This is not the life I would have had to live if he were here—my dad,’ Ky-Mani says.
This compelling narrative chronicles young Ky-Mani’s gritty ascent out of the bullet-riddled life of street conflict and crack selling. An internationally known recording and performing artist, Ky-Mani shares his own story of personal redemption through his music, writing about his experiences, his struggles, and what he has survived to make it to the world stages he now commands as a Grammy-nominated musical artist and philanthropist.
THE STORY THE MARLEY FAMILY APPARENTLY DOESN’T WANT YOU TO KNOW
This memoir is the book the Marley Family tried to stop. By legal standards, they committed tortious interference as an attempt to stop it from going into print and to censor the author from telling his story. You now have in your hand that story in its uncensored form.
‘The harder the battle, the sweet of Jah victory.’ — Bob Marley
About the Author Ky-Mani Marley,is a Grammy nominated reggae-music artist, film actor and son to legendary reggae icon Bob Marley. Born in Falmouth, Jamaica in 1976, his road to the world stage was wrought with challenge and even poverty growing up on the streets of Miami, Florida. Estranged to his 10 other siblings and family fortune early in his life, Ky-Mani fatefully discovered his inherent musical talent and arose to record 4 critically acclaimed albums, including the mega-hit entitled “Dear Dad”. Marley now is a father, family-man and sought-after reggae artist traveling to all corners of the world doing no less than 100-shows a year world-wide.
Amazon User Reviews
I’m glad he wrote the book. I just can’t understand why Rita stayed with a man who had all those kids by other women. A child is inocent so don’t take it out on them or their mother’s. Bob Marley just loved women. If I was Rita she should have found love herself. But those are his kids.. HELP THEM – Carolyn A. Smith
London based producer Curtis Lynch, of Necessary Mayhem Records, is riding high from the buzz of "August Town" -- a song that he produced for the soulful.
Reggae crooner Etana. Although Etana has a wealth of red-hot Reggae music on the rise, "August Town" has exploded in Europe.
"August Town," the lead single on Lynch's "Inner City Lady" riddim, propels Etana outside of her soul-infused rootsy style of music -- introducing her to dubwise -- a sub-genre of Reggae that is heavy on drum, bass and dub effects with very sparse rhythm. Based on the overwhelming response to "August Town" in Europe, it's clear that the Curtis Lynch/Etana combination could possibly result in a number one song.
To further display the success of "August Town" in Europe, the single has touched down on numerous charts including dubvendor (England's Choice FM), soundquake (Germany) and Riddim (Germany). Additionally, many Radio and club DJs through out Europe find
"August Town" to be a powerful record, one that speaks to their listeners. In the Fall, Etana went to England to promote "August Town" and other new music, which sparked the interest in the single.
Scores of Reggae music fans have embraced "August Town" for it's piercing social commentary and Etana's silky smooth vocals. And of course, the massive have taken to the raw and edgy dubwise riddim that "August Town" is built over. Although "August Town" is an isolated incident in Etana's community, it speaks to people all over.
"The thing about 'August Town' is that its real and heartfelt," says the song's producer Curtis Lynch. "Real Reggae fans can relate to this tune because it reminds us of what's going on in and around Jamaica and worldwide." "The day the events in August Town took place Etana came to the studio with them fresh in her mind and I wanted to capture these feelings.....this tune just has all of the ingredients for it to continue rocking Europe for years to come and it stays true to Etana and what she stands for," adds Lynch.
In addition to "August Town," Lynch produced the lover's rock tune "Heart Broken" for Etana. This new single, which is a riveting love song over a slower paced dubwise track, is also making an impression in Europe. Notably, "Heart Broken" recently made it's debut on the dubvendor chart.
Curtis Lynch is one of Europe's most visible Reggae music producers. Over the years, he has produced for many great artists. Describing himself as someone blessed with a hunger to achieve, Lynch regularly lends his talents to established artists and newcomers. His discography speaks for itself. Proudly, Lynch runs Necessary Mayhem Records, one of Europe's biggest Reggae labels, and the online music portal www.reggaesoundnetwork.com.
I have everything I need.
So much to do and so little time! When I feel hurried or overwhelmed, I may have forgotten one simple truth. Created in the image and likeness of God, I've inherited all of the qualities of God. I have enough time, resources and strength to do all that is mine to do. Not only do I have enough, I am enough.
I am a spiritual being having a human experience. I am worthy and deserving of bountiful goodness, not only because of what I do, but because of who I am. My potential is unlimited, and I am free to be my best and to see the best in all others. I am an eternal being.
Today I am fully present to my experience, taking time to appreciate everyone and everything around me.
You are not in the flesh; you are in the Spirit, since the Spirit of God dwells in you.--Romans 8:9
Billionaire Michael Lee Chin just barely kotch on to did bottom a did world rich people list. Him is 937 out of 1000. And him value one billion Canadian dollars.
But Missa Lee Chin drop off bad, cause just four year ago di man did worth Canadian 2.1 billion. Dem call him turn in fortunes the ‘global financial meltdown’, which some people say is just a nice term fi di word 'reaction'.
Missa Lee Chin haffi a sell off all a him sinting dem including him Canadian wealth management and mutual fund business, AIC. What a prekeh! And him owe him investor dem inna Barbados US$50 million and him miss three deadline fi repay. That kinda sound familiar. And NCB inna Jamaica just say dem a go lay off how much people.
It don’t look pretty at all. But all we can do is watch and see how this story is gonna unfold. Missa Lee Chin, we wish you all did best.
And … the new richest man in the world is — Carlos Slim
Mexican telecom giant Carlos Slim has topped Forbes magazine's billionaire's list - the first time since 1994 that an American has not led the rankings.
His telecommunications company America Movil is the parent company of Claro Jamaica.
Mr. Slim's fortune rose by US$18.5 billion last year to US$53.5 billion.
That beat Microsoft founder Bill Gates US$53 billion into second place, with US investor Warren Buffet with $43 billion at third.
Forbes said in 2009, 332 names left the list after a tough year, but the total number of billionaires on this year's list rose from 793 to 1,011.
A spokesman for Carlos Slim refused to confirm the Forbes estimate of the Mexican tycoon's wealth, saying they did not waste time on such calculations, but welcomed the result.
The year's biggest gainer, Brazilian mining tycoon Eike Batista, broke into the top 10 for the first time.
He came in at number seven, having boosting his wealth by US$19.5 billion to US$27 billion.
How some man so billias? After Miss Kitty have up herself as the Fluffy Diva and she a dress sexy and a try change round the ting and mek fat look good, and all these tings, some man a talk bout Kitty go a gym. Dem say bout how a lazy Kitty lazy and she fi stop hide behind the ‘fluffy’ act and start shape up. Dem say like how Kitty face cute and ting she fi mek her body start match up. But we say a bad mind dem bad mind. Fluffy to did flippin werl!!!!!
I am free!
I choose to use my freedom to experience something wonderful and life-affirming, rather than something I consider negative. I affirm what is true: I was created out of the life, love and intelligence of God. I was created to live a full and fulfilling life. I speak my affirmations of truth aloud or hold them silently in mind; then I act with confidence and faith.
There is no need to blame others or myself for mistakes or missteps. I am not held back by any past condition or circumstance. I let go of all ideas that restrict my free expression and embrace each new day as another opportunity to give expression to my spiritual nature. The indwelling Spirit is the source of my freedom to be all that I want to be. I am free!
You will know the truth, and the truth will make you free.--John 8:32
All things work together for good.
Looking back, it is sometimes easy to see how events have worked together for good. In the midst of a challenge, however, it can be more difficult to see. When in doubt, I remember that Joseph was put in prison and Daniel was cast into the den with lions. Throughout these trials, they were protected and a new good was revealed for them.
With faith in God, I trust that my highest good is arising from the situation at hand, no matter what the outward appearance. Focused on this truth, I open to divine direction. One moment leads to the next; each step deepens my understanding. Releasing any fear or judgment, I know that all things work together for the highest good of all.
Joseph said to them, "Do not be afraid! ... Even though you intended to do harm to me, God intended it for good."--Genesis 50:19, 20
The heated dispute between popular dancehall artiste Vybz Kartel and his protege' Blak Ryno has caught the attention of the police.
The reported dispute has reportedly led to a spate of shootings, fire-bombings and in one case, the fatal shooting of a man along Mannings Hill Road in St. Andrew.
This has prompted the Area 5 police to step in and both men were summoned on the weekend for a stern warning.
Superintendent Newton Amos told the RJR News Centre that Vybz Kartel whose real name is Adijah Palmer and Blak Ryno whose real name is Romaine Anderson, were cautioned that the police will be coming down hard on them if the violence continued.
Superintendent Amos says there have been a series of reprisal attacks in several police divisions, including St. Andrew North; St. Andrew Central and St. Catherine South since the highly publicised dispute between the artistes began.
"We have told them in no uncertain way that we will not tolerate the type of violence that has been associated with some of the incidents that have taken place in these divisions, we are saying to them, get your act together. We are not going to allow the school children to be involved and we have no intention to allow them to perpetuate this type of behaviour further in other areas," Superintendent Amos said.
He has also warned that members of the artistes' entourage, including members of the police force, will be coming under the constabulary's spotlight.
In the meantime, Superintendent Amos says the police have written to the Kingston and St. Andrew Corporation (KSAC) requesting that it shut down the recording studios of Vybz Kartel.
"We have discussed and consulted with the KSAC, the Town Clerk as it relates to a studio it is reported is being operated by Mr. Palmer at 14 Kirk Avenue in Havendale which as far as we know ought not to be operating there as a studio. This is a community where people live and the type of noise and obstruction that is being created there we are going to be looking at very seriously," he said.
He says the KSAC has reported that no permit was granted for the construction of the studio in the area.
We read a story in the Star yesterday and think it’s our duty to warn all Jamaican card holders…well maybe it’s being practiced overseas too. But from what we understand there are some unscrupulous persons who have devised new means through which to capture and steal account information.
The new developments, which include the installation of various pieces of equipment which are able to clone the user's card, and copy all the required information, are forcing local banks to come up with strong measures to combat these practices. A number of the banks using the popular multi-link network have been affected.
Here are ways to protect your pin:
Keep your pin information safe.
Don’t ask strangers for help at the ATM.
Try to shield your keypad when using the ATM or at point of sale machines.
Check out the ATMs to see if there is anything suspicious
If your card is stuck report it to the bank right away
Check your account from time to time to ensure there is no sus
Reggae crooner Gramps is still on a musical high, this after a whirlwind year in 2009 which culminated with him winning the "Album of the Year" at the 2010 EME Awards in Jamaica for his debut album "Two Sides Of My Heart Vol 1." The 6"2 inch former football superstar is currently in studios recording tracks for his next big project - a Country and R&B album that he is passionate about. The disc, tentatively titled "2 Sides Of My Heart Vol. 2" will feature an all-star cast including collaborations with R&B singer Musiq Soulchild and reggae superstar Ziggy Marley while Willie Lat from LA, Shannon Sanders and Blu Miller from Nashville will produce a few tracks. The disc hit stores later this year.
“It's like coming full circle for me because I have always had a fascination with Country and R&B music. This is my second solo project and I am feeling really great about how things are coming together so far,” he confided.
The album promises to be an eclectic blend of R&B and Country songs that he says will make a bold statement once it is completed. While a country and R&B album is not something most people expect from a reggae crooner, as he explains, he is doing the album to keep the fun going in the industry and to do the unexpected.
"I wanna have fun with the music without becoming predictable... plus it has been a dream of my father to see this day" he confessed. "It is a project that my entire family is very proud of and they have been very supportive."
Among the featured tracks that are already completed are "Delicate Balance," "Jamaica" and "Better Man."
We love the way how Trilla U is taking something negative to inject some positive energy in it. After suffering the tragic loss of his daughter the singer, while still hurting is now focusing on doing something to benefit kids.
He is promising that from now on his focus will be on lover’s rock, gospel and songs for children. In an interview with a newspaper he said that he is trying to bring kids to the right kinds of music as a lot of the songs have no musical value to it.
Paula and Peter Imafidon are just like any other 9-year-olds. They love laughing, playing on the computer and fighting with each other. What sets these twins apart from their peers, though, is that they are, hands down, prodigies who are about to enter high school and make British history as the youngest to do so.
The precocious London-based tykes, known as the "Wonder Twins," floored academics a year ago when they aced University of Cambridge 's advanced mathematics exam. They are the youngest students to ever pass the test.
The future little scholars' father, Chris, and mother, Ann, immigrated to Britain from Nige ria more than 30 years ago and have actually been down this prodigy route before with their three older children, who are also overachievers.
The couple's oldest daughter, Anne-Marie, is now 20, but at age 13, she won a British government scholarship to take undergraduate courses at John s Hopkins University in Baltimore . Christiana, 17, their other daughter, is the youngest student ever to study at the undergraduate level in any British University at the age of 11. Youngest daughter, Samantha, now 12, passed two rigorous high school–level mathematics and statistics exams at the age of 6. She mentored the twins to pass their own math secondary school test when they were also 6.
Even with all of this, the proud dad denies that there is any particular genius in his family. He does credit his children's success to the Excellence in Education program for disadvantaged inner-city youth. "Every child is a genius," he said. "Once you identify the talent of a child and put them in the environment that will nurture that talent, then the sky is the limit. Look at Tiger Woods or the Williams sisters -- they were nurtured. You can never rule anything out with them. The competition between the two of them makes them excel in anything they do."
The darling duo are competitive to say the least, and this is what fuels them to out-achieve each other. Paula said, "I am excited to pass, but I should have got higher than Peter."
As far as career paths Paula says she wants to be a math teacher, while Peter aspires to be prime minister one day.
All it takes is a dream....
Let Go, Let God
I let go of expectations and let God renew my life.
Sometimes when a family member is late arriving home or something unexpected happens in my life, I erroneously imagine a worrisome outcome. As soon as I am aware of my thoughts, I wake up to faith and remember God is present with and within me and my loved ones. All is well.
With my focus on the presence of God, I recover my sense of calm and balance. I clear my thoughts of everything except God, and I pray. As I relinquish control and settle into faith and love, I am restored to peace and joy.
Faith fills my soul. I feel lighter and my heart is uplifted. I see my loved ones safe and whole. I release any worry and let God restore my inner peace.
May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.--Romans 15:13
Last night, the show inna Negril wid Mavado and Kartel sell right off, the place cork, ram till people ah spill outside and they were treated to a great performance by the Gully Gaad, the man just a get forward after forward after forward, the ting did madddd. But people, mi no know wah happen to Kartel? Mi nuh know if ah the hype ah get to him, or the whole heap of controversy wid everybody ah leave, but the man pap down, no energy at all. In fact, ah just one real forward him get and ah when him walk out. Wah a gwaan wid the Gaza? People, mi still ah say Gaza, but something no right, dem need fi go consult the Grandmaster and sort out the b....cl..... ting.
Bwoy, it well sticky pon Tori Shaes artiste, Mad Dog; everybody a call di youth fi find out if him dead. Just true police kill a man who name Mad Dog, the artiste phone nuh stop ring off. Luckily, Mad Dog is alive and well ans still a bark. Ruff … ruff!
Friday, March 12 is the new deadline for entries in the Festival Song Competition 2010. Along with the extension, the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC), organizer of the annual competition, also announced that the value of the top prize has been increased to over two million dollars with an additional $100,000 cash prize being offered to the writers of the top ten songs selected.
According to newly appointed Festival Song Coordinator, David Reid, “This year will see the return of the programme in a fresh and exciting way”. “We are looking for songs with a catchy sound that also inspires a feeling of celebration and the competition is open to all new, aspiring and established artistes” he also pointed out.
Reid also highlighted that as a new feature of the competition, the top ten finalists will be aligned with some of Jamaica’s top music and video producers for the final production of their entries. This strategy he said is intended to broaden the scope of the competition by involving some of the industry’s major players in the programme.
Selecting the winning song will begin with the submission of a recorded version of the entry followed by rigorous live eliminations, before the top ten finalists are selected. Workshops and other training will also be an integral part of the selection process.
The 2010 finalists will be involved in the production of a compilation album and an island-wide tour before the finals set for July. In addition, finalists will also benefit from increased marketing and public relations support to be provided by the Commission this year.
Over the years, the Festival Song Competition has been responsible for developing the careers of many artistes, including reggae icon Bob Marley, Ernie Smith, Toots Hibbert and more recently, Bescenta, Khago and Ieye.
Interested persons may contact the offices of the JCDC or log on to www.jcdc.org.jm for more information and to get entry forms.
This one is deep. Why would anybody want to kill I-Octane? And use the police to do it. Some things are not adding up. One minute you hear that I-Octane is running scared and has moved out of Portmore because the cops run in on his house because the got a tip-off that wanted man/gun man/drugs man were all hiding there. Then the next thing we hear is that I-Octane was shooting a music on Monday when the cops showed up and searched everybody, looking for what — we don’t know. But, if Octane so fraid and a live underground, how the hell him a shoot music video inna did open?
But we still woulda like know bout this 11million dollar insurance policy. If Octane really get bump off, a who a go get the money — him manager or him family?
Deejay Spraga Benz, in memory of his late son Carlyle, established the Carlyle Foundation which gives hope to needy students who show an aptitude for learning. The foundation’s second annual fundraiser, Life Fest Peace and Love Concert is scheduled for Saturday May 01, at the Ranny Williams Entertainment Centre in St Andrew.
According to the organizers, “This venue, when compared to the previous one is much larger and central and has excellent parking facility.”
The concert will feature performances from some of Spragga’s friends who have joined their voices to the cause and have committed their total support to this worthy charity. The line up can be described as diverse with exceptional artiste from different genre of music, both local, Caribbean and international. Keep a listening ear for the soon to be release lineup.
With the success of last year’s inaugural staging, the event's coordinator, D’ Empire Management, has promised to make it an annual event, with the surety that this year will be even bigger and better than 2009.
From di club lock down because a electrical problems wit ink it woulda open back aready. But wi si one story inna di Star so wi a wonder if we a guh get fi vibes de still. Check it out.
The popular Pure: Plush nightclub is uncertain whether its doors will be re-opened to the public in the immediate future.
Since the closing of the lounge/nightclub's doors a few weeks ago due to electrical problems, rumours have been circulating as to whether it will once again be operational.
When contacted, a director of the club, who wished to be unnamed, says that despite rumours, the club has not been officially closed.
He said, "we've had to re-wire the club and we're still doing that now, we're evaluating our options in terms of re-wiring. As soon as we figure that out, we'll decide what's going to happen. But it's definitely not closed for good, it could be, but we haven't made that decision final yet."
As for the plans for the future of the club, he stated, "I think right now we're evaluating the situation. We still have to get some information back from the electrician and Jamaica Public Service. They want to change some of the wiring, the electrician has to move the meter and all kinds of things, we need to know what that situation is first before we can make that decision."
According to the director, since Pure: Plush has been closed they have had to turn down approximately 15 bookings from party promoters who have wanted to use the club.
Pure: Plush, which is located on Trinidad Terrace in New Kingston, was officially established by owner Kimani Robinson in February of 2009. Pure is the all white lounge located downstairs the two-storey building and Plush the nightclub which operates upstairs.
Since its opening, the company has been host to events such as birthday parties, launches, Pure: Plush Saturdays, and Blitz Tuesdays.
Wi just a send out a warning dat di female artiste dem nuh pick up whey Mavado and Kartel drop off. It nuh look good dem at each other’s throat like dat. Wi tiad a di on stage cas cas and di whole heap a song whey dem a sing a throw diss words at each other.
Fi tell di truth dat’s why wi rate artiste like Lady G and Macka Diamond, no matter who a throw dem word, dem just a do dem ting and go through. Dats not the way to go, dis crab in a barrel attitude wid di female artistes dem a get a real ugly star.
Congrats to Usain Bolt from Yardflex on picking up yet another award for his outstanding achievements on the track.
The Jamaican track and field superstar won his second consecutive Laureus Sportsman of the Year Award.
Bolt who won three gold medals at the 2009 World Athletics Championships in Berlin Germany including world records in the 100 and 200 meters collected his award in Abu Dhabi on Wednesday.
The outstanding Jamaican says he was not surprised at picking up the award for the second year running.
In the meantime, Bolt who ran a superb 43.58 seconds split on the anchor leg of the 4 by 400 meters relay at the recent Gibson Relays explained how he intends to move up to the flat 400 meters.
"I don't want to do the 400 until I defend both my titles in the World Championships and the Olympics because if I can defend my titles I think I can make myself a legend. Then after that if I want to do 400 to ensure that I am a legend then I would probably do it," Bolt said.
Meanwhile, American tennis player Serena Williams won the female award for second time in her career after winning the 2009 Australian Open and Wimbledon, as well as regaining the world number one ranking.
Belgian tennis player Kim Clijsters earned the award for the Comeback of the Year.
Beenie Man and his estranged wife D’Angel seem to have put their differences aside and are back in love again.
The two have recently put out a combination single, You Are My First Lady in which Beenie showers praise on his wife (of course he mentions her cooking for him) and the wife speaks of her love for him. “No odda woman cyan love you like mi,” she declares. “Mi a you queen.”
Quite frankly, it’s one of those songs that you listen to and you don’t know whether to laugh or cry or do both at the same time. Angel mentions the fact that she wasn’t a virgin when he met her — oh goodness, why even go there??!!! We were listening to hear of the number of men she slept with before meeting her husband, but maybe they are saving that for Part II.
Anyway, she does single out one woman — her nemesis, Barbee, the main woman who has been giving D’Angel nuff headache. However, in an interesting twist, Bar-bee’s name is cleared, as Beenie’s response is that his relationship with Bar-bee was “just music”.
Hopefully they will both get some hype from this song. And we really wish them all the best this time around.
NEW YORK (AP) -- After saying goodbye on concert stages and online video streams, Lil Wayne had nothing to add as he was sentenced Monday to a year in jail for having a loaded gun on his tour bus.
The Grammy Award-winning rapper delivered only a brief bow to fans and supporters as he was led out of a courtroom in handcuffs to start serving his sentence.
With that, Lil Wayne headed off to face his punishment in a case that had shadowed him as he became one of music's most prolific and profitable figures in recent years. Arrested in July 2007, he pleaded guilty in October to attempted criminal possession of a weapon. He admitted he had the loaded .40-caliber semiautomatic gun on his bus.
His lawyer, Stacey Richman, said the rapper was resolute as he was taken away.
"He knew what he had to do, and he's doing it," she said.
Lil Wayne arrived later Tuesday at the Rikers Island jail complex, where he was being held apart from the general population of inmates because of his fame. He has a cell to himself but the option of spending time in a TV room with 17 other inmates who also have been separated from the general population because of notoriety or other reasons, according to the city Correction Department.
It wasn't immediately clear what work assignment he might have, if any. The 27-year-old rap star could be released in about eight months with good behavior.
Lil Wayne, born Dwayne Carter, is going behind bars with his career in full throttle. His Tha Carter III was the best-selling album of 2008 and won a Grammy for best rap album. His latest album, Rebirth, was released last month.
He made a point of leaving fans with fanfare, from a "farewell tour" in recent months to a series of videos on the Web site Ustream on Sunday.
"Law is mind without reason ... I'll return," he wrote on his Twitter account Monday morning.
In the Flow
I am in the flow of divine abundance.
When walking the beach at low tide, I may find dry sand where an hour before the waves washed over my toes. Yet, there's no worry; the tide will return. Similarly, I need not worry about the temporary appearance of lack in my life, because I know there is abundant supply.
Worry does not change the tide nor can it change my circumstances. Matthew 6:26 reminds me to "Look at the birds of the air; they
neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns.... Are you not of more value than they?" I realize my worth and claim my good. I allow blessings to flow to me, and I freely draw from the limitless ocean of good. As I deepen my trust, I am in the flow of divine abundance.
If God so clothes the grass of the field ... will he not much more clothe you?--Matthew 6:30
Contrary to what has been reported in the media, below is a statement from VP Records.
VP Records can confirm that is released Mavado from his recording agreement.Contrary to reports which have been circulated, however, it was VP that elected, in its sole discretion, not to exercise its option for a further album.
A Jamaican man who was on the brink of deportation got that decision reversed when he told them that he was a homosexual and is afraid to go back home as he was scared they would kill him!
Bap bap! That was the key word to have them showing him mercy. Blow wow it really serious star.
Americans Tyson Gay, Sanya Richards and Carmelita Jeter along with Britain's Christina Ohuruogu are among big names expected for the fifth staging of the Jamaica International Invitational track and field meet at the national stadium on May 1.
With the impending Jamaica vs. the United States yet to be finalized, this meet could be billed as a preview to the Jamaica vs. USA match-ups.
Four of the world's top six sprinters including Gay could line up in the men's 100 meters while Jeter is expected to head the women's 100 meter field.
Olympic champion, Britain's Christina Ohuruogu and world champion Sanya Richards of the United States could line up in the women's 400 meters.
Interestingly President of the JAAA Aris Howard disclosed that one challenge that the organizers could face are the requests by management of the athletes including Jamaican athletes, for certain races, which could prevent potential clashes.
Athletes will be able to gain points from the meet to qualify for the IAAF World Athletics final at the end of the season.
The event will cost $61.9 million of which the Government of Jamaica has provided $27 million.
During her announcement, Sports Minister Olivia "Babsy" Grange outlined welfare plans for athletes.
Already her ministry has earmarked a $17 million Athletes Welfare Package and a $10 million insurance benefit package.
Whey dem a duh?
A wha really guh dung wid Mavado and VP Records? Yeah man dem part ways but apart from dat wi nuh know nutten more. VP exec confirm di split but she neva come out and a what a di cause.
Him did have a three year album deal wid dem, but from what wi gather, him nuh have fi do nutten more even dough a ongle two him duh.
But whey wi waan know is how Mavado manage fi get whey out of di deal and nuff artistes always have trouble fi come out – even when dem dissatisfied wid di arrangement.
Bwoy it nuh easy when smady have $11M insurance pony uh head ynuh.
Because when you check it out if anyting happen to you dat dey smady get it all and yuh family nuh get none. Teck di odda day, police get one tip off bout gun man live a whey Octane live and swoop dung a him yard look like dem ready fi kill. A good ting sey him neva deh a him yard and di misunderstanding sort off before it get deadly. Den dem turn up a him video shoot again sey dem get tip off bout gun man deh pon set. People start talk now sey it look like smady waan do whey wid Octane.
It nuh pretty at all
With understanding, I honor our common purpose.
When I encounter differing opinions or personal disputes, I choose to see beyond the outward appearance of conflict and notice the commonality. We all want the best for ourselves and those we love. I resist the impulse to take offense. Instead, I focus on God's unconditional love. Demonstrating love in my thoughts, words and actions, I see disagreements dissolve into empathy and understanding.
If mistakes have been made, I bless them and look for the lesson to be learned. My outlook remains positive. With God's unconditional love as my example, I honor my divine nature and the divine nature of all others.
For the Lord gives wisdom; from his mouth come knowledge and understanding.--Proverbs 2:6
With God's guidance, I choose the right path.
Through the course of our lives there are defining moments. Perhaps I am at one of those crucial junctures now, contemplating options that could have a dramatic impact on my future. Do I choose the path that keeps my status quo intact? Or do I choose a path that could transform me as well as my circumstances?
Whenever I reach a crossroads, I turn to God for divine guidance. This guidance may show up in a variety of forms, but I recognize it by the way it resonates throughout my body, mind and soul. As I open my heart and listen, I understand which direction to take, and I move forward with confidence and joyful anticipation.
Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.--Psalm 119:105
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Iraq War drama “The Hurt Locker” won best picture and five other prizes at the Academy Awards, including best director for Kathryn Bigelow, the first woman ever to earn Hollywood’s top prize for filmmakers.
First-time winners took all four acting prizes Sunday: Sandra Bullock as best actress for “The Blind Side”; Jeff Bridges as best actor for “Crazy Heart”; Mo’Nique as supporting actress for “Precious”; and Austria’s Christoph Waltz as supporting actor for “Inglourious Basterds.”
Bigelow is the first woman in the 82-year history of the Oscars to earn Hollywood’s top prize for filmmakers.
“There’s no other way to describe it. It’s the moment of a lifetime,” Bigelow said. “It’s so extraordinary to be in the company of my fellow nominees, such powerful filmmakers, who have inspired me and I have admired, some of them for decades.”
Among those Bigelow and “The Hurt Locker” beat are ex-husband James Cameron and his sci-fi spectacle “Avatar.” Bigelow and Cameron were married from 1989-91.
Cameron was seated right behind Bigelow at the Oscars and joined a standing ovation for her, clapping vigorously and saying, “Yes, yes” after she won.
The Oscar marks a career peak for Bridges, a beloved Hollywood veteran who had been nominated four times in the previous 38 years without winning. Bridges, who played a boozy country singer trying to clean up his act, held his Oscar aloft and thanked his late parents, actor Lloyd Bridges and poet Dorothy Bridges.
Bullock, an industry darling who had never before been nominated, won for her role as a real-life wealthy woman who takes in homeless future football star Michael Oher, who was living on the streets as a teen.
The award wraps up a wild year for Bullock, who had box-office smashes with “Blind Side” and “The Proposal” and a flop with “All About Steve,” which earned her the worst-actress trophy at the Razzies the night before the Oscars.
The supporting-acting winners capped remarkable years, Mo’Nique startling fans with dramatic depths previously unsuspected in the actress known for lowbrow comedy.
“I would like to thank the academy for showing that it can be about the performance and not the politics,” said Mo’Nique, who plays the heartless, abusive mother of an illiterate teen in the Harlem drama “Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire.”
Mo’Nique added her gratitude to the first black actress to win an Oscar, Hattie McDaniel, the 1939 supporting-actress winner for “Gone With the Wind.” - Source: AP
The family of Cedric Im Brooks has expressed their appreciation to his fans and well wishers for their out pouring of love and tremendous support in these real trying times. We would also like to take this time to keep all concerned abreast of his situation.
Brooks has been a patient at the Bronx Lebanon Hospital in NY since Thursday, February 18 when he was admitted to the facility in an unconscious state. He was found unresponsive by a family member in his Bronx apartment. After a week and a half in the ICU in a comatose state, and a host of extensive test, it was later diagnosed that his situation was brought on by a severe case of pneumonia, which in turn led to other complications.
On Monday, March 1, he was transferred to a different floor, to better monitor his respiratory needs. Although he is now opening his eyes his condition is still considered critical.
In these past two weeks, the family and the medical staff at the Bronx Lebanon has been totally blown away and overwhelmed by all the calls - local and international - along with the scores of visitors for Cedric.
Since 1998 Cedric was a permanent member of popular band the Skatalites. He was schedule to leave the USA this past Monday to embark on a tour of Australia and Japan with the group. He was presently in the process of re-establishing his Light of Saba Band, which is a part of his Journey to Africa project. He was also in the beginning stages of writing his autobiography.
Check out this story in today’s Jamaica Observer, it mad! I find it really funny. For people who are so straight, how come they have so many men hanging around? And why do promoters give them so many arm bands? If they want their ‘mantourage’ to come to the show then let them pay for them and not for backstage passes either!
THANKS to comedienne Elva for introducing the word 'mantourage' to the dancehall lexicon. What a wonderful word to describe an entire 'district of men' who walk aimlessly
behind homophobic artistes swearing loyalty and devotion and who have to be clothed and fed.
It's a regular thing to see artistes roll into a stage-show with a bus load of people and when we say a bus load, we mean a bus load. Just watching them bail out is an experience in itself. It's just people on top of people -- in some cases it looks like at least four persons share a seat made for two. And this is the norm for deejays like Vybz Kartel and the Alliance.
At the recent Follow Di Arrow stage show in St Mary, the horse and pony show with the 'mantourages' -- fortunately there were a few women to balance off things a bit -- was something else. As soon as Alliance/Gully artistes worked and made their exit with their district in tow, in came the Gaza mantourage with what looked like a never-ending stream of people.
The backstage area could hardly breathe.
While enterting the venue, we observed young act, Deejay Face -- remember her from Digicel Rising Stars? She arrived with her mantourage in tow, a whole coaster bus 'full a people' all duly accredited.
At events like these, the mantourage's presence is clearly the promoter's expense, as they usually have special armbands that sometimes give them even more access than working press. Repeatedly, artistes and promoters are at loggerheads because the artistes make what promoters consider unreasonable de-mands for up to 50 backstage passes. And, what is even more distressing is when all 50 persons think it's their right to follow the artiste on stage. We have witnessed some royal battles between mantourages and stage managers.
That aside, however, there is one fascinating thing about mantourages -- they have to be maintained. How on earth do these artistes manage to feed so many hungry mouths? Day in day out? There are stories of artistes who, on their way from stage shows with their mantourage spend up to $35,000 just buying food at the popular food stops.
Our survey has shown however, that 'Dada' gets it right.
"Every day Dada mek them put on one big pot and full it up with dumplin, yam, banana and is that them eat with some veggie stew. And him buy things in bulk -- like the 100 lb bag of rice, flour sugar," one source close to Judgement Yard explained.
And then, there is their obligations when they go to "foreign" to buy clothes for the mantourage and their families and to give them hard cash as well. And we won't even mention the unmentionable.
Considering all these expenses, perhaps the artistes could make a case for themselves when the tax collectors come a-calling. The money they spend supporting these men and their familes should qualify artistes for some kind of tax break.
A group of Jamaicans who were drafted in the Canadian Farm Work programme is venting anger at the Ministry of Labour and Social over their inability to access funds deducted as compulsory savings.
According to some of the frustrated farmers, several queries with the Labour Ministry have yielded no adequate answers about the monies which they have not been able to access since late last year.
One of the farm work programme employees said that the affected persons will be stepping their efforts to get answers from the government this week.
But big and serious this government must do better than that.
Nuff people fraid fi go a US embassy now. Because a whey a gwaan wid di Jamaican and di US government dem a wonda if dem fi pay dem big big money and go embassy go look a visa. But wi nah tell nuh lie, it woulda hard f idem fork out almost $11,000 fi apply fi a visa and it just guh dung di drain suh. Still wi can tell dem sey dem fi still try cause wi know sey no matter what it is still a business. Yuh tink sey dem want it to come down to a case whey nobady nuh apply? Den how dem meck money fi pay dem staff?
I assert my power in a positive, spiritually centered way.
From time to time I may need to remind myself that the power of God is within me, especially if I'm feeling weak or small. The power of God is no small power. It is the kind of power that claims the truth: I am strong. I am whole. I am worthy. This power fuels me to live a positive, spiritually centered life--the life I was born to live.
True power springs from the understanding that I am co-creating at all times with Spirit; that at any moment, I can step into the all-ness of being. When I am in touch with my true spirit, I am bursting with energy and enthusiasm. I know that the One Power is within me and I can draw on that power at any time. In truth, I AM that power.
So I have looked upon you in the sanctuary, beholding your power and glory.--Psalm 63:2
I clearly see love and opportunity.
How well I see does not depend on the quality of my eyesight. The clarity of my vision depends on my ability to see with the eyes of faith and look beyond appearances in the world around me.
My human vision sees only the images of the material world, and my mind recalls past experiences, analyzing the relationship between past and present. It is my spiritual vision that sees God in every person and situation. My spiritual vision perceives the potential for all good things. My heart sees what my eyes cannot see.
When I look in the mirror I behold a child of God. When I look at others, I behold my brothers and sisters. I know I am seeing clearly when I see only love and opportunity.
One thing I do know, that though I was blind, now I see.--John 9:25
Irish and Chin, Etana's management company, apologizes that the live drawing for the Etana Music Video Competition did not air as scheduled.
The live drawing, originally slated for Saturday, February 27, has been rescheduled to Saturday, March 13 at 5:00 PM. Irish and Chin regrets any inconvenience caused.
Last week, Etana was in New York busy working on tracks for her upcoming album.
Unfortunately, a snow storm in the New York area prevented her from getting to Jamaica in time for the live finale.
Voters should tune into RE TV for the drawing and keep their phones on in case they are one of the lucky winners!
Famed promoters Irish and Chin, who have been at the forefront of sound clash culture for more than 12 years, recently announced the final staging of their annual sound clash Death Before Dishonor -- dubbed "The Final Warrr." This prestigious competition, which is now in it's 10th year, will formally close its curtain on Easter Monday, April 5, 2010 at Pier 1 in Montego Bay, Jamaica.
Known for producing epic events, Irish and Chin single handedly groomed Death Before Dishonor into the Caribbean's most successful and well attended sound clash. Keeping up with its raw sound system entertainment tradition, Death Before Dishonor 10 will not only serve as the event's finale — it will also represent a historical moment in sound clash culture.
Sounds from all over the world have graced the Death Before Dishonor stage in hopes of becoming the next big thing. And although many have entered, only five sounds have been champions in the event’s nine-year history. Among all of the past contenders, the sounds that have made the biggest impact on the crowd of die hard, often brutal sound clash fans include Bass Odyssey, Mighty Crown, Black Kat, Tony Matterhorn and David Rodigan.
The final showdown will feature a return of the champions, plus Sentinel and Bredda Hype. According to Chin, "It's only right that the champions fight it out for a final cup." So, fans can look forward to a dub plate heavy battle between past winners Bass Odyssey, Tony Matterhorn, Black Kat, Mighty Crown, German killers Sentinel and the new kid on the block Bredda Hype.
I abide in the presence of God's love.
I bless my home as a place of comfort and rest, a place where beauty and graciousness are expressed and experienced. The atmosphere of my home is permeated with love and peace, light and sunshine. My home is a space for refreshment, renewal and mental and physical well-being because the love of God is reflected in this space.
I bless and value everyone who enters my home. I practice patience, cooperation and respect and do all I can to create a haven where every family member and guest feels God's spirit of love, peace and joy within these walls.
I am grateful for my home and for the privilege it affords me of expressing grace, beauty and hospitality.
Those who love me ... we will come to them and make our home with them.--John 14:23
According to a report in the Tampa Bay online, the informant who helped federal agents build a drug case against deejay Buju Banton pestered the artiste for months to join him in a cocaine deal.
It was revealed in court yesterday that the informant has been paid $3.3 million by law enforcement to assist them in numerous cases over several years.
However, despite receiving some details about the informant, Buju’s attorney, David Oscar Markus told US Magistrata Thomas Wilson that prosecutors have not provided enough information about the informant for him to be prepared to cross-examine him at Myrie's trial, scheduled for April 19.
Marcus also asked for a list of the amounts of money the informant was paid in each case. Marcus said he thinks the amount has escalated over the years.
Assistant US Attorney James Preston said he has complied with court requirements and turned over all information that might help the defense. Providing details on every case the informant has worked could put the informant in danger, Preston said.
Although Wilson said Marcus wasn't necessarily entitled to more information, the judge ordered the prosecution to give the defense any communications by law enforcement or prosecutors asking for beneficial treatment in the informant's tax case and immigration file. Wilson also ordered the prosecutor to give the defense a list of cases in which the informant has testified for the prosecution.
• The informant's name, which Markus did not disclose in court.
• He was paid more than $35,000 for his cooperation in the case against Myrie and is also paid on a contingency basis, receiving a portion of the money the judge orders the defendant to forfeit.
• He was convicted in South Florida in 1993 of distributing cocaine in a case that brought a minimum mandatory prison sentence of 10 years.
• He transported large amounts of cocaine and marijuana between 1984 and 1993.
• He is a legal, permanent resident of the United States from Colombia and was granted that immigration status after law enforcement requested it.
• When he testified in one case, a judge questioned his credibility.
• He is involved in a tax dispute with the IRS.
• He has worked with the prosecutor in Myrie's case for more than 10 years.
Star dem did wicked to Rhyno no backside yuh nuh. A after dem blaze him apartment wi realize sey him did a pay nuf nuff money more dan di rest a tenants dem inna di same complex. On average dem pay $35,000 but Black Rhyno bill did a $60,000 whew, yuh si sey dem did really tink is a high risk.
Bwoy it come een like sey di Gaza strip waan sort out proper, sit deh, dem bun dung Rhyno apartment and police go round up some man from big yard and di poor likkle tyre man dead. No sha, Gaza need some serious sorting out…Kartel a whey yuh a guh do fi fix tings now.
A buh faas wi faas, but from di odda day people a pree wi a ask if Chino and Alaine a still one item, dem hear sey di two a dem nuh so chummy. So straight, a true or a just rumours?
From di last time wi ask wha a gwaan wid Ninjaman case wi still nuh hear peep fire bout it. No man Ninja yuh need fi get a real super criminal lawyer cause di way how wi si it, you nah come out fi now. Wi not even a hear di case a call up again.
A whey West Indies cricket team really need star. Wi caan understand how dem just pop dung suh. Dem tun everybody beating stick and wha hot dung to Zimbabwe come buss dem ass di odda day. Di cricket fans dem a rue star.
Pray for Others
I am blessed by the people in my life.
Each piece of a quilt has its own color, pattern, texture and design with unique beauty and charm. But when the individual pieces of a quilt are sewn together, they become one magnificent work of art.
Just as the pieces of a quilt have unique beauty, the people in my life have unique personalities, talents and skills. Their presence blesses me in countless ways.
Who are the people in the patchwork of my life? They are those I am close to as well as those I meet in passing. I give thanks for all of the people who touch my life in some way. I enfold them in prayer and hold them in a special place in my heart. They are an important part of the fabric of my life--a tapestry of love.
All who believed were together and had all things in common.--Acts 2:44
The Government has assured United States (U.S.) authorities of its full support in extradition and other matters, consistent with its obligations and upholding Jamaican law, Prime Minister the Hon. Bruce Golding told the House of Representatives, Tuesday (March 2).
"We have assured the U.S. authorities of our full support in all extraditions, and other matters consistent with our obligations under these treaties and arrangements, and the upholding of Jamaican law," Mr. Golding said.
The Prime Minister said his Government has taken note of the US Narcotics Control Strategy Report of March 2010.
"The report, while acknowledging that co-operation between Jamaican and U.S. law enforcement agencies remains strong, reflects negatively on the effectiveness of our efforts to combat organised crime, drug trafficking and corruption, as well as the delays in enacting legislation to strengthen these efforts," he said.
Mr. Golding rejected the report's accusation of "unfounded allegations questioning U.S. compliance with the Mutual Legal Assistance Treaty and Jamaican law," and questioning the Government's commitment to law enforcement co-operation with the United States.
"The Minister of Justice, in authorising extradition proceedings, has a duty to satisfy herself that they conform to the provisions of Jamaican law. As Minister and, specifically, as Attorney-General, she cannot authorise processes which she knows to be in violation of Jamaican law," he stated.
The Prime Minister assured the House the report is being carefully examined and a detailed statement will be made in the Senate on Friday by the Minister of National Security, Hon. Dwight Nelson
The 24 hour all Caribbean channel TEMPO is scheduled to go off air in just over a month. Flow, the cable provider in Trinidad & Tobago will not be renewing TEMPO’s contract to continue broadcasting the channel. Low ratings and poor viewership were listed at the primary reason in the Trinidad Express.
As of April 1st TEMPO will be replaced from Trinidad’s basic line up on both digital and analog systems and replaced by a new sports channel WI Sports. Rhea Yaw Ching, the director of sales for FLOW says that poor sales and advertising on TEMPO have also contributed to the decision to have it removed from line up. Flow fundamentally supports local music and entertainment and its evident that Synergy has proven it’s sustainability over the last five years.
Right now FLOW feels it’s more profitable to support networks that have already proven to draw audiences and fresh content.
In Grenada, TEMPO has already been removed and replaced by the Jamaican based channel RETV. TEMPO’s three largest markets were Trinidad, Jamaica and Grenada. With Grenada already gone and Trinidad soon to be off, this leaves question about TEMPO’s real viability and reach. There are talks that Jamaica may be the next market to pull TEMPO from it’s basic line up since it is under the same FLOW umbrella. Most of the islands were given a five year term with their expirations reaching the end of the term all over the next few months.
2010 marks TEMPO’s five year anniversary but what lies ahead is most definitely uncertain.
An excellent show, but lack of proper management is perhaps the best way to describe international singer’s Beyoncé’s first ever solo performance in the Caribbean region. It was the much anticipated grand finale of her mega successful ‘I Am’ tour.
Sponsored by telecoms giant, Bmobile, tickets ranged from VVIP of $1,600 TT ($270 USD) to VIP $1000 TT ($165 USD) and $500 TT ($85) for general admission. Those in VVIP had extremely long line ups for food and washrooms and in both the general and VIP sections, the view of the stage was non-existent. The screens that were set up were far too low to properly enjoy the show and turned out to be such a waste.
The night’s opening act was soca favourite, Machel Montano but it was not a good night for Machel as he ended up receiving quite a few ‘boos’ of disapproval. Patrons were unable to see the soca star who also had Destra Garcia on as his special guest, and despite shouts to let the stage people aware of what was happening, nothing was done. So Machel was waved away.
During the intermission some attempt was made to elevate the screens but this was nothing significant and not much changed.
But Beyoncé, as they say, was “da bomb”. She did just over 90 minutes straight complete with costume changes, costume changes.
Beyone recalled her Destiny’s Child days and had those fans singing along to some classics and even some of her new material as well. It didn’t take Beyonce long while on stage to realize that the people of Trinidad like to enjoy themselves. She then started singing and dancing to the road march tune ‘Palance’ by JW & Blaze.
Her all female band was on point and obviously comprises the best of the best on the keys, guitar, drums and bass.
Fireworks signaled the end of the show making the grand finale even more spectacular for Beyonce and her crowd.
Bwoy mi a tell yuh some man nuh easy a rhatid yuh know. Mi tink sey mi si it all when it comes to how dem can manipulate and trick woman. But wha fi mi friend go thru di odda day meck mi haffi shake mi head and sey, “Oh Bowy”. But di ongle reason meck mi nah too sey nutten a cause it play out like a bun fi bun story.
She go out and have har good time wid a man and come inna di house bout 2 o clock a mawning. But when she reach home di man look like him did just done finish wid fi him catty, and she a gear up fi leave.
Because him neva want him woman fi found out sey one next catty inna di house wey him just done solder, him pick argument wid har and a cuss sey how come she look so fresh 2 o clock inna dim awning and sey a sinting she guh do. Him gi har a rhatid beating, claim sey him vex, when all di time a distraction him waan create so di woman coulda lef trhough di back door and go bout har business.
Donkey sey di world nuh level and a ediot ting dat, bun fi bun…him shouldn’t touch di ooman.
Yardflex send condolence to Alton ‘Fancy Cat’ Hardware who lost his dad a few days ago in a rather shocking manner. His 72-year-old father committed suicide last Wednesday by jumping from a balcony at the University Hospital of the West Indies.
According to reports Hardware, who had been admitted in hospital for about a week, walked on to the balcony and jumped off, despite efforts by a female nurse to restrain him.
The comedian was informed about the death while in England visiting family members.
Yardflex share his account about the whole incident from his conversation with the Star.
"Family is around, so I have support. We just cry on each other's shoulders. We have a really big family."
The comedian said he grew up with his father and they had a "close enough" bond. He said he visited his father before he left the island and told him that he would soon return. At that time, his father had not yet been hospitalised. "Mi go check him before mi leave, cause mi know him did a go through some pressure."
About two weeks into his trip, he learnt that his father had been admitted to hospital because he was having trouble breathing. He said his father had done heart surgery in the past, so when the family got the news that he had passed, they assumed that his heart had finally given out.
"It was shocking," the comedian said about the news, "everybody couldn't believe. Wi neva prepare fi dis." He said before he got the news he was encouraging a sibling to come to Jamaica to visit their father as he was ill.
Fancy Cat said because he had just arrived in the island he had not been able to get much information about the days or hours leading up to his father's death. He, however, said he had been told that his father was "seeing things" and had been imagining that people were out to kill him.
Though facing turbulent times at home, Fancy Cat said he would continue working as this would give him an escape. He said he is to perform in New York soon. "Being onstage is my happiest time," he said. "It allows me to just block out the world."
The best is yet to be!
I notice how much thought, time and effort I give to my work, my relationships, my finances and, most important, my spiritual growth. The more I let divine light shine through my thoughts and interactions, the greater value I bring to all I do. As I gain spiritual understanding, my relationships at work and at home are enhanced.
When I am true to divine inspiration, I am more confident and others have more confidence in me. Divine ideas lead me to my good. I progress in all areas of my life as I remain open to inspiration.
Continually guided forward, I move with the flow of Spirit and live with enthusiasm. The best is yet to be, and I contribute to its unfoldment.
Master, you handed over to me five talents; see, I have made five more talents.--Matthew 25:20
EAST HAMPTON, New York (AP) — A woman claiming to be the wife of Sean “Diddy” Combs has been arrested after making two visits to a Long Island house she erroneously believed was the home of the hip-hop superstar.
Cemelia Green has pleaded not guilty to criminal mischief and trespassing and has been freed on $5,000 bail.
Police say the Jacksonville, Florida, woman appeared at a home in East Hampton on Feb. 12, claiming to be Combs’ wife. A maintenance worker called police, but she fled.
On Feb. 22, she asked directions to Combs’ home at the East Hampton police station, but was refused. Shortly after, police arrested Green at the house where she was seen February 12.
Combs is not married. His spokeswoman did not immediately comment.
So again it’s Gaza for Life.
But it would seem that “life” on the Gaza simply means, “until we get fed up and leave”.
In this tracing tune, Empire artiste Popcorn hits out at Blak Ryno for leaving the Gaza and accuses him being upset “because the General sign Popcorn”.
The song is called Sell We Out on the Adidjahiem/Notnice Records and makes reference to Ryno as the Biblical ‘Peter’ who denied Jesus
“Dem sell we out/Wha you do dat for Peter/A coulda chicken or pizza."
How Kartel mean say Ryno confused?
“How you mean mi confused? You no hear mi say mi lef/A you deaf.”
That’s how former Portmore Empire artiste, Blak Ryno, introduces his new tell-all song entitled Mi Lef, on Supa Blunt’s Burnout riddim.
Ryno, who just a few weeks ago had sworn fidelity to the Gaza President, Vybz Kartel, is now admitting that all the rumours of beatings on the Gaza were not unfounded.
“Go lick you pickney/How mi fi mek a bwoy kick me/No man cyan call me pon nuh ends fi diss me.”
Already, Empire protege, Popcorn, has released single bashing Blak Ryno.
Female deejay Lisa Hyper, is cross, miserable and angry that a member of Bounty Killer’s entourage kicked her female friend on Saturday night after the stage show, Follow Di Arrow.
A former member of the Vybz-Kartel-led Portmore Empire, which has maintained a at-daggers-drawn relationship with Bounty’s Alliance, Lisa Hyper issued out the ultimate diss to Killer during her set.
“Bounty a junky and him go St Thomas go ride monkey,” the petite dynamo said, in obvious reference to obeah practices, and the crowd roared. This, however, was swiftly followed by stout rounds of boos, which Lisa took in her stride.
“When mi get boo me just laugh, cause a music,” Lisa said.
Things, however, got ugly as following Lisa’s exit from stage the Alliance hangers-on decided to take matters in their own hands.
Prior to she and her friend leaving the venue, the young girl was held and kicked by one of the clownies.
“But mi friend see him face and me see him to. And I don’t want anybody to think say because mi leave Gaza anything change. I could come to Follow Did Arrow with a hundred man, but I never choose to,” Lisa declared.
Bwoy a one ting wi know yuh nuh, people fi stay out a politics. Si it deh now all kind a strings a pull true Vegas did do a show fi one a dem political party a Grenada and now him work permit cancel. But a ediat ting dat straight. Nuh worry yah Vegas, as yuh sey yuh blessed so gwaan easy yuhself.
But a wha really a gwaan, wi get di news dat a section of Mannings Hill Road popularly called Big Yard was shot up early dis mawning and a man killed. Wi nuh know much right now but what wi do know is dat police confirm di report and dat is di poor likkle Tyre man dem kill. You can be sure yardflex will be staying on top of dis one.
But a who really box DJ Patra sah. We hear sey she was assaulted by a man who har in di face after she refuse fi perform at a show in Minnesota last weekend. From whey wi understand, one a di youth dem yound di promoter feel sey she a disrespect di big man and discipline har. But a whey dem teck big woman fah sah, dem can just jump up and box people pickney suh. Bwoy dem really a treat di woman dem a way inna di biz.
I communicate with wisdom and love.
In every interaction with others, I choose to communicate wisely, responsibly and authentically. Using positive, affirming words to express my ideas and desires enables me to be a force for good in the world, a powerful co-creator with God in every activity and in all arenas of life.
In every word spoken by phone or typed into a computer or handheld device, I am transmitting powerful ideas that can either discourage or uplift the person with whom I am communicating. So I choose to interact thoughtfully through every medium.
Authentic communication builds trust and understanding. My words have a positive impact on my relationships as I communicate with wisdom and love in every way.
Jesus stood still and called them, saying, "What do you want me to do for you?"–Matthew 20:32
Ce'Cile we have to say t hat we happy you alright, cause di whole entertainment fraternity woulda grieve if anyting did happen to you. We a read inna di Star bout you near death experience and wi haffi thank God dat Him did take care of you.
According to the report last Friday night her BMW motor car was forced off the road by an errant trailer driver.
The singer's luxury car was damaged when it broke through a stone wall as she tried to avoid being crushed by the trailer. The front end was damaged leaving the car 'wobbling'. The left fog light was broken, the tyres were damaged and there was also damage to the fender. However, the airbags did not deploy and the grateful singer isn't worried much about the damage.
She said she thought she was going to die.
Ce'Cile told the Star that on Friday, she was in a hurry to get to Montego Bay, but got an early warning that she needed to slow down. "I got a speeding ticket at Faith's Pen and from there I decided to drive moderately," she said.
Keen on driving safely, she took a detour through Chalky Hill and when she got to an area known as Hermitage about 8:38 p.m, she said she saw a car coming in the opposite direction. She also noticed, 'a long flat-bed trailer' overtaking the car and bearing down on her. The trailer's lights were not on.
Startled, but remaining calm under the circumstance, she quickly decided that if she could get enough of the car out of the way she would perhaps sustain only minor injuries. She swerved the car towards the embankment. "The car broke through the wall and got completely out of the way of the truck," she said, still in a state of disbelief.
The driver braked causing the truck to jack-knife and a car travelling behind the trailer suffered windshield damage. Ce'Cile said the truck driver, perhaps believing she was badly hurt or worse, sped off. Another motorist, who witnessed what happened, chased the trailer and managed to write down the licence plate numbers and took them back to Ce'Cile. She said the motorist told her the trailer driver "was driving like a maniac trying to get away".
While the trailer was being chased, the badly shaken singer was still sitting inside the vehicle. It was only after being prompted by onlookers that she alighted from the damaged car. She said it took seven men to get the car back onto the road from off the embankment. "I want to thank all the people who helped and for chasing the trailer and getting the licence plate numbers," she said.
She was in such shock, she said, that it was only after she eventually got to Montego Bay later that night and while talking to someone about the incident that it finally sunk in and she broke into tears. It didn't help that she reported the matter to the Coral Gardens police who told her that they were unable to help because the truck did not hit her.
But fi real though dem trailer driver muss gwaan better star.
The Bruce Golding administration is reeling after a US State Department report revealed that all is not well between America and Jamaica over its refusal to extradite Tivoli Gardens strongman Christopher "Dudus" Coke.
In its annual International Narcotics Control Strategy Report released on Tuesday, the State Department raked the Jamaican Labour Party government over the coals for its refusal to extradite Mr. Coke seven months after a request was made.
It said the delay in responding to the extradition request calls into question the government's commitment to law enforcement cooperation with the United States.
The report added that the government's unusual handling of the request marked a dramatic change in its previous cooperation on extradition.
In a damning comment, the State Department said Jamaica's processing of the extradition request has been subjected to unprecedented delays and unexplained disclosure of law enforcement information to the press.
The report also took issue with what it said were unfounded allegations made by the government questioning US compliance with the Mutual Legal Assistance Treaty which facilitates evidence sharing with Jamaica.
Last August, US prosecutors said they wanted the Jamaican government to hand Mr. Coke over to them to face gun and drug-running charges.
If convicted, the 40-year old faces a maximum sentence of life in prison.
However, the government has defended its decision not to release Mr. Coke stating that it would not act hastily and violate the Extradition Treaty between Jamaica and America.
So far, there has been no official response from the government and concern is growing that the issue could lead to a strain in Jamaica/US relations.
One member of the Cabinet told RJR News Monday night that he would not comment on the issue due to the highly sensitive nature of the case.
Not enough being done about corruption & organised crime
In the meantime, the State Department has blasted the government's anti corruption efforts saying a bill creating an Anti-Corruption Special Prosecutor remains stuck in Parliament despite having the requisite legislative majority needed.
Jamaica also received a failing grade for its effort in tackling organised crime.
According to the US State Department, Operation Kingfish has not been able to exclusively focus on high powered leaders of criminal gangs as many of these persons are given community and in some cases police and political protection.
But a what the country a come to. Cost a living a get to people head, cause Customers and staff at the Passport, Immigration and Citizenship Agency offices on Half-Way-Tree Road in St Andrew, yesterday had to evacuate the facility after reports surfaced that a bomb had been planted in the building.
The incident caused a two-hour suspension of operations at the facility as police, using bomb-sniffing dogs, combed the area. However, no explosive was found inside the building.
The disturbance inconvenienced more than 200 customers, who waited, some impatiently, outside the facility to carry on with their businesses.
For the most part, they were glad the authorities responded appropriately, even though no explosives were discovered.
Chu all dem tings deh wi just meck people nervous nuh hell
Dem ketch two women a New Habour housing scheme a dance love song together inna dem living room and when di neaighbour a flip up bout it, di women dem sey, "leave wi alone, a wi a pay wi mortgage."
Dat a true still a dem a pay dem mortgage, but dem coulda exercise likkle discretion and do dem ting in privatte. Father help us cause wi nuh know what a guh happen to dis yah likkle island with all a di brazenness whey a gwaan.
Through my mind's eye I can see every possibility.
Theodor Geisel, known to the world as Dr. Seuss, inspired generations of children to imagine the world in new ways. By using his imagination, he invented worlds where eggs were green and cats wore hats, yet meaningful lessons were shared.
I use the power of my imagination purposefully and prayerfully. I discern the difference between fantasy and divine possibility, discovering the power of imagining the best rather than fearing the worst. My spiritual faculty of imagination enables me to see an outcome I desire, then shape and direct my thoughts, words and actions toward that outcome. I am empowered and inspired by the vision in my mind's eye as I see the world in new--and sometimes fanciful--ways.
Whoever welcomes one such child in my name welcomes me.--Matthew 18:5
Jamaican reggae star Sizzla Kalonji came to the rescue of his fans in Zimbabwe on the weekend after they were beaten by riot police and soldiers at a concert for President Robert Mugabe's 86th birthday.
The artiste whose give name is Miguel Collins was performing during the 21st February Movement Gala on Saturday.
Sizzla was greeted by wild scenes as he appeared on stage under heavy police security.
Ecstatic fans broke a barricade that was formed by the police to have a closer look at the reggae artiste, who was the star performer among a line up of local and foreign musicians.
Suddenly, the police started beating the fans to control them.
The commotion caused a brief stoppage of Sizzla's performance.
He later pleaded with the police to stop the beatings.
Agitated fans responded by throwing missiles at the police and were only restrained after the reggae artiste appealed for calm.
The gala was also broadcast live on national television.
Yardflex did deh a one event a Mandeville and one big shot poet go pon di stage and meck a statement and di ongle ting wi coulda do was say 'Ouch!"
After di big man dead and all kind a country a big up contribution to culture, di poet guh call him name and sey, "di big black dog Rex" just tru him a lick out gainst certain practices. No sah, it never sound suh right at all.
What a bam bam a Follow di Arrow Saturday night a James Bond Beach. Ikay guh pon stage and pick pon Macka Diamond and bring up Unicorn fi gi har some strength tuh. Den Stacious go on next and she talk up a bag a tings. Suh when Lisa Hyper teck har on, Stacious was more dan ready fi di war and she empty everyting inna Lisa Hyper and fling har sexual practices inna har face.
Whooi it did too much, wi caan wait fi di DVD come out dat unno can si fi unnoself.
I walk by faith, not by sight.
Today I stand firmly in my faith. I meet life courageously and confidently, seeing beyond appearances to the underlying good.
Through faith I overcome every limitation. I know that God's power in me is greater than any situation I may have to meet or overcome; God is greater than any condition or circumstance.
Through faith I am fearless and free. Faith dispels fear, for faith knows the nothingness of fear. Faith reminds me that God is the only presence and power in my life.
Through faith I am steady and strong. I am assured that with God there is always a way, with God there are always right answers.
Through faith I walk in the light. I am shown the way of my highest good. I am healed. I am blessed.
We walk by faith, not by sight.--2 Corinthians 5:7