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Scenes from Street Vybez Thursdays..

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Scenes From Xpressions Thursdays

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Digicel Rising Stars judge promotes Cougar

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Judge on popular talent series, Digicel Rising Stars, Nadine Sutherland, is promoting her newest single, Cougar, which is fast becoming one of the hottest songs requested on radio.

The controversial theme explores relationships between younger men and older women, citing some world renowned cougars, and it also depicts incidents of ‘Cougarism’ in Jamaica.


Popular disc jockey Ragashanti on his Mix up and Blenda show, says that Cougar is one of the hottest songs on his show at the moment, as the requests for it, on his Facebook fan-page speaks for itself.

Listeners to his show have been writing e-mails, and calling, wanting to hear, and also discuss the hot topic, and Ragashanti, willingly obliges his massive radio audience, by pulling up Cougar several times for his fans.


South Florida and the Tri-State areas of America have picked up on the buzz, and disc jockeys are being requested to play the song by their listeners, as the word on the streets has propelled the single to a new realm of popularity.


The song is increasing in rotation and should get an extra push, as Nadine will be doing a promotional tour of North America in support of it.







A British charity promoting homeopathy that was founded by Prince Charles says it is shutting down, days after police arrested a former official for alleged fraud and money laundering, a report carried by he Associated Press said.


The Prince’s Foundation for Integrated Health said in a statement today the fraud investigation speeded up a closure that had been planned for many months.


Police arrested a 40-year-old man and a 54-year-old woman Tuesday, saying the pair were linked to a complaint about fraud at the charity.


Prince Charles set up the charity in 1993 to promote “integrated health care” — combining conventional medicine with alternative therapies including acupuncture, aromatherapy, homeopathy and massage.

— (Source Associated Press)





Fantastic Tanya at Christopher’s

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Tanya Stevens is "the realest girl out deh".
Last night, she took fans on an exciting journey at Christopher’s in New Kingston and had the club rocking, singing, saluting, even as the seams threatened to burst.


It was the diva’s first performance for the year, and indeed, her first full length performance in Kingston in quite some time, and her fans were determined to see her in action.


A nominal $500.00 cover charge was perhaps too reasonable for this intimate experience and Christopher’s was unable to comfortable hod the patrons who turned out and demanded entry, even when they were told that there was no room in the inn.


Perfect strangers rubbed shoulders inside the too-packed venue and seemed delighted to be counted among those privileged enough to be a part of this experience. Tanya came, saw and conquered and still managed to leave fans wanting more.


She is scheduled to host the launch of her album, Infallible, tonight at the same venue.







In a documentary entitled Vigilante In Uniform, international news network Aljazeera, calls the Jamaican police force one of the deadliest in the world.

Jamaica is described as one of the most violent societies on earth in the documentary which highlights the turf wars, armed gangs and police killings on the island.


“With a population of less than three million people, police kill hundreds of people every year in what they claim are crime-related shoot-outs, making Jamaica’s police force among the deadliest in the world,” said an AlJazeera.net report, which used as example the police killing of deejay Robert ‘Kentucky Kid’ Hill last year.


“Rights groups say that these shootings add up to a campaign of extra-judicial executions carried out by police who have taken the law into their own hands,” it added.


Kentucky Kid was one of 224 people killed in police shootings last year, Al Jazeera said.


Al Jazeera is headquartered in Quatar .





Letterman picking up the pieces after scandal

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David Letterman says the scandal surrounding his workplace dalliances "knocked him down" and depressed him, but that he's putting the pieces of his life back together.

During a guest appearance on Friday's "Live with Regis and Kelly," the CBS late-night star said his behavior hurt his family and himself.

But he sounded hopeful that life with his wife and young son can "even be better, in a different way" than before the explosive revelations that he had had sex with co-workers.

Letterman made no reference to the $2 million shakedown attempt over his sex life that spurred him to acknowledge the affairs on his show last October.

Former television producer Robert Halderman, who pleaded guilty to the blackmail attempt, is scheduled to be sentenced next week.





Adventist GG signs casino gambling Bill

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The Bill to legislate casino gaming in Jamaica has now been signed into law by the Governor General, His Excellency Sir Patrick Allen, following passage in both houses of Parliament in March, a release from the JIS said..


Minister of State in the Ministry of Finance and the Public Service, Senator Arthur Williams outlined the next steps to be taken, including the Finance Minister’s appointment date notice in the Gazette, the establishment of the Casino Gaming Commission and the crafting and implementation of appropriate regulations.


“Now that the law has been passed, the Ministerial order is imminent,” he said.

However, he noted, that great care has to be taken in ensuring that the contingent regulations comprehensively address the details governing the roll-out of casino gaming in Jamaica.


He said that the major challenge is to ensure that the casinos are run according to the strict rules that are set down.






Cash Plus investors urged to submit claims

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Friday is the deadline for Cash Plus investors to submit claims to the Liquidator of the failed investment scheme.

The cut off date was extended last month to accommodate persons who had not yet presented claims to Cash Plus Liquidator, Hugh Wildman.

There were also reports of new developments which could impact on future pay outs to Cash Plus investors.

A notice from Mr. Wildman says persons who placed money in Cash Plus should complete a Proof of Debt Form and provide copies of contracts as well as valid identification and their Tax Registration Number.

The information should be sent to the Office of the Trustee in Bankruptcy situated at 52 to 60 Grenada Crescent in New Kingston.

Cash Plus investors have been awaiting word on the status of their investments since the scheme collapsed two years ago.

Not much information has been forthcoming since Mr. Wildman reported late last year that money belonging to the scheme was found in a bank account in Dubai.





Questions wi a ask

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Crying shame


A wha meck dem really kill di pastor man whey march fi peace di odda day in Spanish Town.

Jah know star, dem people yah a teck it to another level, when di man a sey peace and him a do him morning prayers and dem drag him outa di house and shoot him execution style.

Whey wi waan fi know is, dem nuh fraida God?





To-Isis Member Escapes Harm In Accident

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Reggae singer, Renardo Lewis of the longstanding Reggae group, To-Isis, survived a near-fatal car accident early Wednesday morning.


Some minutes after 12:30 a.m. Renardo says he was on his way to New Kingston to pick his wife up from work and upon reaching the Waterloo/South Avenue intersection, he stopped at the red traffic light.


"I was waiting for it to change to green and I proceeded to remove my jacket which I had worn to a performance earlier in the day.

When I was finished putting it on my seat, that's when I saw two bright lights in my rear view but it was already too late for me to do anything.

The JUTA hiace bus already hit me so hard that my car was sent all the way from the traffic light to the sidewalk area where I ran headfirst into the wall of JO JO's Market," he said.


"I was being tossed around inside the car like a rag doll. When it all stopped I tried to get out but my door was stuck, I had to give it a couple hard pushes to finally get it open.

The first thing I saw was someone in a green and white shirt and I just want to say thank you to all the people on the scene who helped me out and made sure I was ok," he said.


The motor car which was totalled in the accident was removed from the scene after the police arrived and Renardo was taken to the UWI hospital after giving his statement at the Half Way Tree police station.

There, tests were conducted and "all my x-rays came back clean; I however have whiplash and a lower back strain.

I'm extremely grateful to be alive. When I think about being sailed from one side of the road, through a red light into a wall, I know God is good.

I'm also happy I was wearing a seatbelt or I could have been flung from the car. Now I'm kind of apprehensive to drive and I'm going to get nervous whenever I see a vehicle getting too close the back of my car," said Renardo.





Questions wi a ask

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Wicked, wicked wicked

A how come di gunman dem shoot di two schoolers dem suh and di church deacon.

Dem kill di five year old pickney, and now di father and teenaged daughter a battle fi life dung a MoBay. A how dem wicked suh?





Alicia Keys is Pregnant, Swizz Beatz The Daddy?

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According to gossip site MediaTakeOut.com R&B singer Alicia Keys and her boyfriend, rapper/producer Swizz Beatz were expecting a child together.


The website claims that people over at the popular weekly hip hop gossip magazine, Hip Hop Weekly, Alicia's with child.

Here's what they are reporting on their new issue - which hits stands in A FEW DAYS:
HHW has received some shocking news! Sources have come forward alleging that R&B singer Alicia Keys is pregnant by her boyfriend, hip hop producer Swizz Beatz.

The pair, who have been an item since 2008 when Swizz and his estranged wife, singer Mashonda, announced that they were splitting up, and are also rumored to be engaged.

While HHW cannot confirm the pregnancy at this time, the source is someone close to the couple.

Well it ain't confirmed yet, but CONGRATS to the happy couple. We have to say . . . behind JIGGA and QUEEN BEY . . . . these guys are our SECOND favorite celebrity couple!!!









London, England - In the Spirit of his father Bob Marley, Julian "Ju Ju" Marley is the next generation of Reggae pioneers proudly paying it forward in his home town of London, England.

Along-side a list of Reggae luminaries that have spawned out of England such as Aswad and Steel Pulse, Julian "Ju Ju" Marley firmly plants his roots in London, inherently influencing the U.K. music scene with his rich legacy.

Born in London, England to Lucy Pounder on June 4, 1975, Julian Marley has been blessed by his father's great talent and by the unique perspective that comes with an upbringing in a multicultural community.

As the only son of Bob Marley born and raised in the U.K., Julian has credited his British upbringing as a deep influence on his musical career.

Julian reflects, "Growing up in London remains a large part of who I am today. Musically, I have become increasingly aware of how self-motivating the history of the U.K. Reggae scene has been on my work.

I feel privileged to be a part of the musical roots that my father laid in England, and as the next generation of British born reggae artists, I look forward to relating the cultural gifts that have been bestowed on to me back onto the U.K. music scene through my musical creations, visions and contributions."

Reggae and Bob Marley in particular, have always had a unique part in British popular culture since the 1970s. The masterpiece that was Bob Marley's Exodus was recorded in the U.K. and transformed Bob Marley's career.

Resonating with audiences around the world, the legendary Marley influenced an array of musicians, including some of today's largest British pop icons including, The Police.

Transcending musical genres, Julian Marley has become a spiritual, moral, musical visionary with an international mission.

Just as his father, "Ju Ju" Marley ranks higher in the consciousness movement of music than most international reggae artists of today.

In 2009, Julian Marley's fame rose to new heights with the success of his Grammy Award Nominated release entitled, Awake (Ghetto Youths / Universal).

Julian's Awake world tour with his band The Uprising flourished in 2009, and stemmed into a major North American, Caribbean and European run that included the Raggamuffin 2010 tour of Australia and New Zealand.

Marley's continually expanding performance dates will see the reggae singer-songwriter headlining venues throughout Europe in 2010, with Julian and The Uprising scheduled to perform close to one dozen dates in the U.K., including several performances in his home town of London, England in July and August of 2010.





Of teachers and education

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By Joan Wilson


Times are hard and everyone wouldn’t mind getting top ups where salaries are concerned. But there is the danger that in seeking more money the real purpose of the profession is lost.

Next week, depending on how things work out between teachers and government they could be on strike.


Now the sad thing about all this is that the real losers are the future of our country – the students.

In the midst of all the argument about increased pay and retroactive salary comes the news about the poor performance of students of did the Grade Four Achievement test. Guess which group of students performed the worst? Yes, the public school students.


This is sending a dangerous message, that something is wrong. Whose fault is it? Parents must play their role in helping but teachers MUST do their jobs properly too. If they are giving half hearted service then the real losers will always be the students.


An informal investigation carried out by Yardflex revealed that a lot of schools now have teachers selling patties, bag juice and other stuff in class – to supplement their salaries.

Not to mention the disruption in lessons through various fundraising activities being put on by the school. Maybe the education ministry should send their spies out there to comb through the schools with a fine tooth comb and find out just what exactly is happening in the school system.





Wah Unu Seh A or B People.....

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Yardflex Who Hotta....?
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Divine Idea

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I am a divine idea in expression, guided and inspired by God.
My mind and heart are like fertile soil as I turn to God in prayer.

Relaxing into the silence, I open my awareness to divine ideas, which lead me to manifest wholeness and abundance in my life.

Just as I might plant a tiny seed that will someday grow into a mighty tree, I plant the seeds of divine ideas within my consciousness through my thoughts and words.

I feed these ideas with wisdom and enthusiasm, and I nurture them with my actions and interactions.

Guided and inspired by God, I am alert to all the new possibilities life presents.

Giving thanks for right outcomes, I respond to life with passion as I mature mentally, emotionally and spiritually.

He will give rain for the seed with which you sow the ground.--Isaiah 30:23





Scenes from Weddy Weddy Wednesdays

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Scenes from Turbulance video shoot

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Vote For Ashling Final Days to Vote!

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Media house to be sentenced for tax evasion

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The operators of a local media house are scheduled to be sentenced on Thursday for tax evasion.


The owners of the Sunday Herald Newspaper, New Media Communications and its Principal Desmond Richards will return to the Sutton Street Tax Court for failing to pay over taxes.


The parties appeared in Court last month for breaches of the Income Tax, Education Tax, General Consumption Tax and Company Tax Acts.

The Tax Administration Department said the case was brought before the Sutton Street Court after all attempts to arrive at a settlement failed.

During the hearing, the attorneys for New Media requested time to make suitable payment arrangements.

However this was denied by Resident Magistrate Owen Parkin, who indicated that the Inland Revenue Department had given enough time.

The court then ordered that nearly $36 million for GCT and $58,000 for Company Tax be paid in six monthly installments.

The order takes effect on Thursday.



The Tax Department says if the parties default on the court order, more drastic action will be taken.

In the criminal matters relating to PAYE and Education Tax, the company and the director were each summoned to answer to 136 offences brought by the tax authorities, resulting from failure to pay for the period 2003 to 2008.





Meck the world remain level

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When you have someone in lock-up whether them popular or not meck sure the same rule applies to all.

From what we reading in the paper the lawmen – who allowed persons to unlawfully visit Bounty Killer while in lock-up are now being interdicted and place on three quarters salary.


According to a story in the Star investigation revealed that the alleged visits occurred about 10 p.m. on April 10, which was not a visiting day.

Information unearthed revealed that persons connected to the entertainer were caught in the visiting area with three bags of grocery.


It was further revealed that the corporal and the constable were on duty in that area and were asked to account for the foul-up.


Senior personnel at the station called in the Anti-Corruption Branch, which has since launched an investigation into the matter.





Poor Flippa

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Bwoy di only flossing Flippa Mafia a do these days is in whey ever dem have him inna lock up..

Poor soul, a wonda a who a live inna di big house whey him did a sing bout inna him song? If only him did remain patient and nuh badda try fi enter di US illegally. Everyting would happen in its time, cause him wife did done a file fi him.


But come to think about it a how come so much a wi dancehall DJ dem a get lock away, Buju, Flippa, Ninja…a hope no more cause before you know it, we won’t have any big name pon di stage show dem.





Smokey Robinson Mourns Death of Sister

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Smokey Robinson was reportedly at the bedside of his sister Rose Ella Jones, affectionately known as “Aunt Woody,” when she passed away Monday in Los Angeles. She was 82.

Roland Bynum of LA radio station KJLH reported that Jones died at approximately 4 p.m. at Olympia Hospital (formerly Midway Hospital).

Jones co-wrote many songs with Robinson, including “Quiet Storm,” “Daylight & Darkness” and “Virgin Man.”

Bynum said Jones was instrumental in raising Robinson along with Bynum’s mother and Robinson’s sister, Geraldine Burston.

Jones is survived by a daughter, Stacey and other relatives. Funeral arrangements are pending.76672.jpg





Thursday, April 29, 2010

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Let Go, Let God

I am peaceful, free and secure as I release my concerns to God.


I may at times feel a strong desire to control a situation. What I may be affirming, however, is that certain events need to unfold in a particular way for me to feel happy and successful.

If I am being inflexible, I may not be allowing for the presence of God to work freely and completely in my life. But how do I let go of my desire to control?

One way is to step back, breathe and trust Spirit. In trusting, I release my need to control and turn instead to divine wisdom.

I trust this wisdom to guide me; to guide my thoughts, words and actions; and to lead me in right ways.

By allowing the situation to unfold as it will, I free myself from the need to control. In letting go, I experience peace and freedom.

The human mind plans the way, but the Lord directs the steps.--Proverbs 16:9





A woman for Gyptian

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Bwoy the rumour mill going in overdrive regarding reggae singer Gyptian and which woman he is dating.

First wi hear that there is something brewing between him and Face and then it is Ikaya.

Big and serious Gyptian, you need to come forward with you official woman and meck dem stop speculate a who a di real queen.

But den again if you want to kick back and enjoy the single life, a nuh nobody business but yours, why dem nuh just low you star?





Scenes from Boasey Tuesdays

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Sandra Bullock has filed for divorce from her husband, Jesse James, and is adopting a baby boy as a single parent, a story posted Wednesday on People magazine’s website said.


“Yes, I have filed for divorce,” the 45-year-old Oscar-winning actress said in an interview. “I’m sad and I am scared.”


Bullock and James, 41, began the adoption process four years ago, the report said, and brought 3 1/2-month-old Louis Bardo Bullock home in January but decided to keep the news to themselves until after the Oscars. The baby was born in New Orleans, the story said.


James and Bullock separated in March after five years of marriage, following reports that James had been unfaithful.


Bullock won the Oscar for best actress for her role in the blockbuster hit “The Blind Side” on March 7. Within days of her win, the cheating allegations became public and Bullock went into seclusion.


The motorcycle mogul publicly apologized to Bullock and his children, Sunny, 6; Jesse Jr., 12; and Chandler, 15.


He recently returned home after a 30-day stay in a treatment facility where he sought help for “personal issues,” the story on People’s website said.


She said of her relationship with Jesse’s three children: “I don’t want to know what life is like without those kids. ... Whatever we need to do, in the healthiest way, we are going to be co-parenting.”







Deejay Mr Lexx is jubilant that his sexual assault case in a New York court has been dismissed, however he will still be required to do three days of community service.


In October last year, the deejay was picked up at a hotel in Queens, NY, after a woman reported that he had forced himself on her.

He was arrested and his travel documents seized, forcing him to remain in the United States while on bail.


At the time of his arrest, his manager, Earlton Clarke had boldly declared that his artiste was innocent and it would be proven.


The arrest came at a point in his career when Mr Lexx was resurfacing and poised to make another breakthrough with two hot singles.


After nearly six months off the dancehall scene, Mr Lexx will have to work double time to get his career on a level.





A woman’s real worth

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By Rootsgirl


Big and serious, I just need to point out that some women really need to know their real worth. Alicia Keys said it best in her popular song – A woman’s Worth.


The only problem is, how can we make more women realize their real worth enough to put a stop to the disrespect being meted out to them.

When a man treats them like a football and disrespects them in the most way, they should have enough pride to walk away and make life on their own terms.


Sometimes I have to wonder if some men really realize what the role of a mother is from childbearing to nurturing them to adulthood. I have to ask cause some expect women to be homemakers, single caregiver and still they turn around and play these women.


I am on a deep thought path right now, and part of that is wondering what exactly do men need? They get some really great women who would move the earth for them, but instead of cherishing they they treat them like dogs and then turn around and pick up trash…treat them like queens only to end up being dissed in the worst ways by them.


Women need to examine their real worth. If you are with a man and he is giving you crap and you try reasoning with him no ends, then maybe it’s time to step and take care of yourself.


The biggest disrespect I think come from some of these DJs in the kind of songs they do and what’s so bad about it all is that the women are their greatest supporters? If they start putting a little more value on themselves then we might just see a change in the kind of songs DJs record about woman.





What a bust

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Bwoy di odda day when di cigarette company a talk bout how much money dem a lose ova di illegal sale a fake Craven A wi did a wonder if sinting couda really guh suh. But last night when wi a watch di news and si di big bust whey carry out a Beverly Hills wi shock.

One big box a money – US and local and whole heap a goods, di Nissin soup, fake craven A and odda stuff. Dats why mi glad sey a Lasco cup soup mi start buy.

But what a want yuh to look at is di fact whey di big criminal activity a teck place – Beverly Hills – yes not downtown…now maybe dem shoulda raid more place up deh suh and wi might be surprised.





Guard yuh Clarks boot dem

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Well it come een like sey di song whey Kartel and Popcaan duh a create havoc over di place.

Not only is the song making its way on the charts, but it could be the reason for this big interest in Clarks boot, so much so that thieves are breaking into stores and helping themselves to them!


Yes siree, according to the police thieves are targeting stores that sell Clarkes as two stores in Linstead were robbed recently of some pairs of the shoes.


Si what wi tell unno bout bigging up material possession – it just meck people more redeye. Maybe dem should start deejaying bout love and hard work and meck wi see what effect it will have on crime and labour.





Nuffy a a go wed

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Suh Nuffy a leave di single life behind and a tie di knot?

Yes star, wi a read it inna one a dem paper sey him done wid dat dey kinda life. Him a guh tie di knot wid him girlfriend of 11 years.

Di ongle ting wi a wonder is why a man haffi live wid a woman so long before him realize sey him can married to har?

From what we read no date no set yet, but him a plan big engagement party fi har on Saturday, May 29.

In a comment to the paper Nuffy said about his girlfriend "Melecia is real to me, she keeps me clean, she does all the things a man wants a woman to do. She massage my body; she cook my food; she burst bump inna mi face; yow, she bathe me!"

Well wi hope him doing all dese tings to har too and more – best wishes to them from Yardflex.





Tupac's Mom Arrested

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LUMBERTON (WTVD) -- State alcohol agents arrested the mother of legendary rapper Tupac Shakur earlier this month.

According to the Fayetteville Observer, 63-year-old Afeni Shakur Davis was charged on April 16 with felony possession of marijuana, maintaining a vehicle, dwelling or place for a controlled substance and simple possession of a controlled substance.

She is out of jail on a $10,000 bond, and her court date is scheduled for May 10.

Shakur is a Lumberton native who is best known for her work as a political activist and former Black Panther. She also is the mother of rapper Tupac, who was gunned down in Las Vegas in 1996.

His murder remains unsolved.Since her son's death, Afeni has managed Tupac's unreleased music and poetry, selling millions of albums since his death.

With the money from album sales, she found the Tupac Amaru Shakur Foundation, which is based in Stone Mountain, Georgia.

The foundation provides art programs for youth. She also launched a clothing line called Makaveli Branded. Proceeds from those sales go to the Shakur foundation.





The Daily Word Wednesday, March 28, 2010

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Choices
My choices are guided by God.


Each day, I make a number of decisions. They may be mundane, like choosing what to wear, or they may be vital, addressing health, relationship or financial challenges.

Even when my choices seem limited, I know there is always a choice that reveals the highest and best in me.

In all my life's circumstances, if I listen closely, I am being clearly guided.

The guidance of God may show up in many ways--as an unlikely coincidence, a word or phrase that stands out in conversation or an inner knowing that needs no explanation.

I take comfort knowing that I am continually directed to make wise decisions that bless me and strengthen my faith in God's guidance.

If we live by the Spirit, let us also be guided by the Spirit.--Galatians 5:25





How Magnum can invite LA Lewis as judge?

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Magnum really want a 10 long 10 strong lick somewhere where it will hurt bad.


A really from the other day we fi write bout this, but it not too late.

Imagine, we a watch the Magnum Kings and Queens of Dancehall the other day and when we look, is really LA Lewis we see the Magnum people have as judge.

Now, LA Lewis is not an artiste, he doesn’t have any songs that anybody knows, he knows nothing about music and yet there he was judging people who are trying to break in the music business.

Now, if that is not poppyshow, then I don’t know what is.





Fowl free as a bird; Lena spreading her wings

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Who could ever have believed that Fowl would be back in the place and he and Lena British are not together.

While Fowl was away, Lena was waiting ... and waiting ... and waiting. As a matter of fact, we are sure that Ce’cile sang the I’m Waiting song just for Lena.

Then when Fowl made his appearance, Lena took a vacation away from the island. Can’t really say whay that was so, but all we know is that the man himself has been seen at almost every session, always with a buxom browning.


And, we know that Lena friends must have told her, because when Lena returned the other day and step inna di session, she have everybody weak.

That little lace black dress was the ultimate statement and it showed off her gym body to perfection. Well, Lena British was always the fashionista and now she’s opening her own boutique, right upstairs her salon in Central Plaza. We know Lena’s going to get a lot of customers and we wish her all the best.


Maybe she and Spice and D’Angel can have a special link-up, as they are all boutique owners involved in entertainment.










Hundreds of frenzied teenagers mobbed pop star Justin Bieber as he arrived in New Zealand, knocking down his mother and stealing his hat as he was rushed through the airport to escape the fans, the Associated Press reported yesterday..



The Canadian singer tweeted his 2.1 million fans Wednesday to report: "Finally got to New Zealand last night. The airport was crazy. Not happy that someone stole my hat and knocked down my mama. Come on people."



His mother, Pattie Mallette, tweeted that she was "OK" after being pushed over by rampaging fans at Auckland Airport.



Bieber earlier told fans that he wanted to sign autographs and have pictures taken. But police and security had to shut the opportunity down because fans were pushing.

The frenzy followed similar scenes in Sydney, Australia, earlier in the week, where police canceled a Bieber concert after surging crowds crushed some fans. The most serious injury was a fractured kneecap.



A similar situation occurred at a mall in Long Island, New York, in November. Bieber's free concert was canceled at the 11th hour when hundreds of fans stampeded after a reported sighting of the teen star.



In New Zealand, a mob of mainly teen girls screamed their welcome and swarmed toward Bieber, 16, at the airport. Escorted by security, police and minders, Bieber quickly left the airport out a side door.








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Scenes from Uptown Mondays

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SPRAGGA BENZ,STEPHEN MARLEY AND JUNIOR GONG INVITES (TOSH-1) TO JOIN THEM LIVE ONSTAGE THIS SATURDAY MAY 1ST AT THE RANNY WILLIAMS CENTER IN KINGSTON JAMAICA, THIS THE FIRST TIME A TOSH AND MARLEY WILL PERFORM TOGETHER IN JAMAICA SINCE THE PASSING OF BOB MARLEY AND PETER TOSH,


THIS EVENT HAVE EVERYONE TALKING ABOUT IT,WHERE THEY WAITING TO SEE TOSH-1 BECAUSE THEY DID NOT KNOW THAT PETER TOSH HAS ANOTHER SON BESIDE HIS BROTHER ANDREW TOSH,SO SINCE YOUNG TOSH BEEN ADDED IT JUST PUT JAMAICA INTO A HYPE TO SEE THIS EVENT.



TONIGHT AT 10 PM EASTERN TIME ON CVN TV THEY WILL HAVE A RE-RUN WITH TOSH.SPRAGGA AND THE MARLEY SON,S WITH WINFORD ONSTAGE,EVERY MEDIA IN JAMAICA AND OVERSEAS IS COVERING THIS,ALSO IT WILL BE HOSTED AND FILM BY --BET--GO TO WWW.SHOTTACULTURE.COM TO SEE FULL LINEUP OF ARTIST.







NEW YORK (AP) — Rapper DMX says he’s been ripped off for years by a company hired to collect his song royalties, but he’s been behind bars so much that he only recently realised the problem.


The platinum-selling but troubled hip-hop artiste — who’s currently in an Arizona jail — said in a lawsuit filed Monday that Rich Kid Entertainment Inc and related companies paid him nothing while collecting royalties on some of his most popular work.

The company also made deals letting record labels reproduce his work without telling him, the lawsuit claims.


No telephone number could be found for Englewood, New Jersey-based Rich Kid. Its president didn’t immediately respond to a fax sent to a possible number for him.


DMX, whose real name is Earl Simmons, scored such hits as Get At Me Dog and Party Up in the 1990s. He also appeared in films including 2000’s Romeo Must Die and 2003’s Cradle 2 the Grave.


But the 39-year-old rapper has repeatedly been arrested and jailed during the last decade. He’s currently serving a six-month term in a Phoenix jail for violating probation by failing a drug test, according to the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office.


He was jailed there for nearly three months last year on animal cruelty, theft and drug-possession charges. Some stemmed from an August 2007 raid in which authorities found three dead dogs, guns, ammunition and drug paraphernalia at his suburban home.


His other run-ins with the law include pleading guilty in 2008 to attempted cocaine and marijuana possession in Miami, being arrested and released in London in 2006 after police said he refused to put on a seat belt and became abusive on an airplane, and pleading guilty in a 2004 incident in which he posed as an undercover federal agent and crashed his sport-utility vehicle through a security gate at New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport.


“From 2000 through 2008, (DMX) was in and out of jail and changed representatives numerous times.

These were some of the factors contributing to any delay” in bringing the case, the lawsuit notes.


It says Rich Kid has stolen from him for nearly a decade, but he didn’t know that until last year.





Trini police failed to keep out Ryno

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The Express newspaper in Trinidad says that the police in that soca-loving island have attempted to block Jamaican deejay Blak Ryno, -- also known as Ryno Di Stinga – from entering the country, but their plan failed.

Ryno performed at a concert there on Saturday, and reports are that the event was well attended and went very well.


Acting Deputy Commissioner of Police Gilbert Reyes said he had written a letter to National Security Minister Martin Joseph, requesting that Ryno, whose real name is Romaine Anderson, be debarred from entering the country.

The artiste “managed to slip into the country even though the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service had been put on alert to prevent his entry,” Reyes said.


“Apparently by the time the letter reached the Minister, it was too late because he (Anderson) had already arrived in the country and was given clearance (by Immigration officials) to enter,” Reyes is quoted by the newspaper assaying.


Reyes says he is moving to block from entering the island, any regional or international artiste whose music contributes and appears to influence gang-related activity and behaviour.


“We are already trying to deal with that (gang-related activities) and we cannot afford any longer for these artistes to come here with their music, which influences and ignites gang behaviour, which leads to serious crimes being committed.”


And, while he did not name any of Blak Ryno’s songs, the Trinidad cop declared that Ryno’s “music has gang lyrical content and we do not want that here.

Anyone who has that type of lyrical content in their music, we are going to write to the government and ask that they be blocked from entering the country,” Reyes added.





Beenie Man - Swagga Mi Flow VIDEO

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The Daily Word - Tuesday, April 27, 2010

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Comfort


I feel the comfort of God's presence in every moment.


Many people find that in times of great need, they have a profound realization of the presence of God.

The sacred Presence is our unfailing source of strength and reassurance.

If I am in need, I let my awareness of God's presence wash over me, calming me.

I whisper reminders to myself: God is closer than my breath. Spirit is my comfort and my guidance. My fears and concerns melt away. My mind clears, and my heart steadies.

God is my wellspring of support at all times.

I move ahead now with confidence, for I know I am never alone. I live each day knowing that God guides me through both challenges and opportunities.

This is my comfort in my distress, that your promise gives me life.--Psalm 119:50





Stop call down gun shot pon Ryno

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Why people so idle? The whole day Saturday we phone nuh stop ring off with news say Blak Ryno get shot inna Trinidad.


We hear how him and some Trini youth go inna a certain area and nex man try rob dem and end up shoot Ryno.


Fom what we hear, the promoter did haffi deh pon radio a tell people say nutten don’t go so and that Ryno would be performing at the show Saturday night.


Well, the show gwaan good and Ryno should be back in the island by now, safe and sound.


Ryno, just try build some good tune and focus pon you career, cause that is the only thing that can help you to move forward in life right now.






D’Angel gets straight up with Versatile

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Question: What is going on between D’Angel and Versatile?

We hear people a say how the two a dem sound good together pon did song and dem a say how the song too straight up wid man and woman business.

But it’s music still and dem really have a nice chemistry on stage, but with a song that name Me Need You, what you expect? We all see dem inna picture and it look like the real ting.

And Versatile a talk up di tings dem bout how Angel a di best person fi do the song. But people a wonder a how Versatile sound like Beenie Man so? And him slim just like Beenie.

A wonder if him can perform just like Beenie?







LOS ANGELES – Playboy magazine founder Hugh Hefner on Monday donated the last $900,000 sought by a conservation group for a land purchase needed to save the famed vista of the Hollywood sign from being spoiled by development, a report by news agency Reuters stated..

Hefner's key role in reaching the group's fund-raising goal was announced by Los Angeles city officials, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and the San Francisco-based Trust for Public Land at a news conference in the Hollywood Hills.

The land trust needed to collect a total of $12.5 million by this Friday under a deal with a group of Chicago investors who bought the 1,820-foot (555-meter) ridge, called Cahuenga Peak, from the estate of billionaire Howard Hughes in 2002.

The trust will now purchase the 138-acre (56-hectare) adjacent parcel and turn it over to the city to be incorporated into the surrounding Griffith Park, preventing any construction that would mar the postcard-perfect view of the Hollywood sign nearby.

"My childhood dreams and fantasies came from the movies, and the images created in Hollywood had a major influence on my life and Playboy," Hefner said in a statement. "As I've said before, the Hollywood sign is Hollywood's Eiffel Tower and I'm pleased to help preserve such an important cultural landmark."

Other private donors to the Hollywood sign preservation effort included actor Tom Hanks and director Steven Spielberg, the land trust said.





Scences from igloo

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Prominent attorney to appear in court

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Former head of the now defunct Securities Commission and attorney at law Earl Melhado, who is accused of defrauding his clients of more than $6 million is to return to court on Monday.

Mr. Melhado last appeared in court in January when the case against him was mentioned.

Mr. Melhado was charged last year by Fraud Squad detectives following allegations that he defrauded two of his clients.

He is accused of collecting $4.5 million from the sale of a matrimonial property arising from a divorce case in 2007, but failed to pay over the money.

In the second case, Mr. Melhado is accused of failing to repay to his client $1.5 million in a collapsed real estate deal.

Mr. Melhado has pleaded not guilty to the charges.





Five killed in Salt Spring MoBay

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Armed thugs reportedly went into the Salt Spring community on Sunday and forced two men to lie face down on the road before shooting them in the back of the head.


The gunmen then went to a nearby house where three occupants were also forced to lay face down on the ground.


They too were killed execution style.

The gunmen then set the house ablaze before making their escape.

The police say they were called to the scene around 5:30 when residents found the bodies of the first two victims along the road.

This is one of several gruesome incidents which have occurred in the community in recent days.

It has been speculated that the killings stem from a fall out among members of the Stone Crusher Gang.

The police so far have identified four of the men who were killed and they are Cornel Brown, 20, Elton Hines, 23, both of Bird Hill in Salt Spring and Damion Brooks and Byron Powell, 20 whose addresses are not known.





Eek-a-mouse in trouble

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Check out this story carried in the Saturday Star. As we said before Reggae a get a big fight. Imagine Eek-A-mouse could not help the fact that he couldn’t be in court and look at the result.


Barbara White of Eek-A-Mouse Entertainment Group is now fuming, as she says a US$1 million warrant has been issued for the artiste because he did not appear in court earlier this week.


Eek-a-Mouse, real name Ripton Joseph Hylton, was scheduled to appear in court on Monday to answer to charges against him from 2008.

In that year, he was arrested for the first degree kidnapping of a female, second degree rape and possession of cocaine and marijuana by Kill Devil Hill police department in North Carolina.


However, when his case was called up on Monday, he was a no-show. But White said this was beyond his control.


"They put out a US$1 million arrest warrant. He could not get into the US because they denied his visa application and the airways were closed because of the volcanic ash.

There is no way he could have travelled to the United States," she told THE STAR, noting that the artiste has been on tour in Europe doing shows in places like Sweden, Italy and Germany.


"He is stuck in Amsterdam. He wasn't able to get into the United States so our attorney asked for a motion to continue and they refused."


White further explained that Eek-A-Mouse applied for a US visa in March and found out that the visa was denied in April.
"They informed him that he would not be getting a visa to the US. He applied for a waiver and that was denied.

We don't know why the US denied his visa 'cause he has travelled back and forth for more than 20 years," she told the paper.


Eek-A-Mouse became popular in the 1970s. He is known for songs like Do You Remember, Virgin Girl and Wa-Do-Dem.





No Rototom Reggae Festival for Italy

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Fight, fight, fight – Reggae a get a big fight!! Boy who would imagine that we would live to see the reality of the sentiments expressed in this song across the board.

The latest blow to Reggae is that after 16 years as one of the major summer reggae festivals in Europe, Rototom Reggae Sunsplash, has moved from Italy to Spain because the authorities (in Italy) have accused the organisers of promoting the use of marijuana via reggae music and Rasta culture.
According to a report we read in the Observer the excuse given is

that “we facilitate the use of ganja because we are promoting reggae music and Rasta culture.

So Rasta culture and reggae bring the people to smoke marijuana," publicist/art director for the Rototom Sunsplash, Sabrina Trovant told the publication after the launch of the festival at the Ashanti Restaurant at Hope Garden in Kingston last Tuesday.


Big up to all the stalwarts who are still waving the Reggae flag high.





Yard Joke Of The Day

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The Dunn's River Genie


A woman was walking along the banks of Dunn's River Falls when she stumbled upon an old empty bottle.

She picked it up and rubbed it, and lo-and- behold a Genie appeared. She talked with him awhile, then the Genie told her he would grant her ONE wish.

She said she heard from a cousin that she would get three wishes if she ever found a Genie.

The Genie said, 'Nope, sorry, three-wish genies nuh real, me is strictly a ONE-WISH Genie. So ... what yuh want?'

The woman didn't hesitate. She said, 'I want peace in the Middle East.

See this map, I want these countries to stop fighting with each other and I want all the Arabs to love Jews and Americans and vice-versa. It will bring about world peace and harmony'.

The Genie looked at the map and exclaimed, 'Lawd Lady, A wah wrang wid yu? PLEASE BE REASONABLE! Dem countries yah a war fi how much thousands of years.

Mi shut up inna dis bockle fi 'bout five hundred of dem dey years! Mi good but mi nuh dat good! Mi nuh know if mi can grant dis one. Do Lady, mek another wish!! Mi a beg yuh... Be reasonable.'

The woman thought for a minute and said, 'Well, I've never been able to find the right man...

You know, one that is considerate and fun, likes to dance and helps with the cooking and house cleaning, is great in bed and is FAITHFUL. That's what I wish for ... a good man.

The Genie let out a long sigh, shook his head and said, 'Mek mi see di map again!!!!'





Monday, April 26, 2010

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Teamwork

I am a spiritual being, expressing my divine nature.


When we work as a team, we give expression to our inner divine qualities and unite our creativity and inventiveness.

The result of what we accomplish together is greater than the sum of our individual efforts.

Synergy arises and energizes us as we collectively apply our hearts and minds to the task.

Whether at home, at work or in the community, our cooperation is evident. Everyone benefits from these interactions.

Cooperation enhances all ventures, keeping confrontation and impatience at bay.

As we express our higher spiritual natures, we enliven the work of our hands and our minds. We get the job done, and we do it well.

All things work together for good for those who love God, who are called according to his purpose.--Romans 8:28





Scenes from Fresh Firdays

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The Daily Word - Sunday, April 25, 2010

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Grace

God loves me right where I am.


As a child I may have learned that I must earn all good things in life.

In school, awards are handed out for special achievement; at work, promotions are given to high achievers.

I may also have believed that God, too, rewards only those who make an extra effort.

Grace teaches me that I am loved right where I am, regardless of what I have or have not done.

I do not have to earn God's love. I do not have to achieve a certain status or reach a certain milestone to be loved. Right where I am, God loves me.

In gratitude, I become more aware of the gifts of life and love that are mine every day. I relax as I awaken to the wonder of being God's beloved, right here and now.

You make him glad with the joy of your presence.--Psalm 21:6





Mr Vegas, di Star story, poison and bare ray ray

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What can we say? Dis ya one yah too much.


A bare ray ray inna di music business as Mr Vegas and him former manager start a war of words.

(Oh, by the way, when we say former manager, is not Chin we talking bout, is the one who tek over after Chin.) And we all know say once we call certain name is bare mix up and blenda.

Dat deh one have the mix up title inna real world and Mr Vegas have the mix up title inna the virtual world.


As we get it, last week, Star run a story how Vegas a go start website fi man who get rape. Now, if you really examine it, that don’t sound too right. But as it turn out a neva so Vegas say.

Of course, Vegas go pon Twitter and blast Star out of the heavens straight to hell.

Star did haffi run big apology bout it, but Mr V neva satisfied. Him go dung a Star and meet wid di editor and say di Star reporter fi get fired.


And then, Mr Vegas go pon radio and say how him former manager is the poison inna di biz. What can we say to that? Raaaayyyyyyy!!!! Anyway, di ray ray and the drama don’t stop there. Cause we know say di former manager must haffi respond inna some way some how.

And as to Mr Vegas, look for him on Twitter every morning as him rise says his prayer of thanksgiving to the Father, spends the day cursing out the haters the poison in the biz and then says his prayers at teh end of the day, after which he signs out and goes to bed.

Raaaaayyyyyyyy!!!!!!!







News out of the Penn Relays is that the Usain Bolt-anchored Jamaica men's 4x100 team won their race in a meet record of 37.90 seconds.
USA Blue was second in 38.33.


USA Red, on which Portland-based Ryan Bailey had the lead-off leg, was third in 38.50.


At the end of the race, the crowd -- in keeping with the Bolt-mania that has seized fans of all ages ever since the sprint dynamo’s arrival -- went crazy as Bolt acknowledged the cheers after the victory by Jamaica's Gold team.


Bolt's anchor split was reportedly timed in 8.79.
Congrats to the team.





Scenes from Street Vybez Thursdays..

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Yard Video

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Vybz Kartel ft Popcaan & Gaza Slim - Clarkes {OFFICIAL VIDEO} MAR 2010.





The Daily Word - Saturday, April 24, 2010

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Protected

The power of God protects me.


At times, birds will gather and drive away predators that approach their nesting sites.

Mother birds may pretend to be injured to draw would-be attackers away from the chick that has just flown from the nest.

Similarly, human parents often go to great lengths to protect their children.

God provides no less protection for me, for I am a child of God, created in the image and likeness of God.

I have powerful, built-in protection. As I choose love over fear, I consciously co-create a world of love.

Whenever I feel vulnerable or alone, I hold to the truth. I can never be apart from God's love; I am a part of God's love.

As a radiating center of life-affirming energy, I am enfolded in God's powerful protection.

Protect them in your name that you have given me, so that they may be one, as we are one.--John 17:11





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Lil Wayne being sued

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Incarcerated rap star, Lil Wayne, has been hit with a $500,000 lawsuit over unpaid royalties from his hit 2008 single Lollipop.

Reports are that producer Jim Jonsin filed the suit on Tuesday claiming that he’s yet to receive any royalties despite holding a co-writing credit for the track.

Lollipop was the lead single from the hit album Tha Carter III, which was the best-selling album of 2008 with 2.88 million copies sold. The single reached number 1 on Billboard, and has been certified 3x platinum.

The pair had previously collaborated on the 2006 song Leather So Soft, off the Lil Wayne and Birdman album Like Father, Like Son.

Wayne has been in jail since March after receiving a 1 year sentence on gun possession charges








Radar Online is reporting that Oscar-winner Mo’Nique is not only upset with her brother’s appearance on “The Oprah Winfrey Show” this week, but is frustrated with the talk show host as well, claiming Oprah’s interview was not sympathetic enough to her ordeal.

On Monday’s show, Gerald Imes admitted that he molested his younger sister for “a year or two,” starting when he was 13 and Mo’Nique was 7 or 8. Oprah began the broadcast by stating that she had Mo’Nique’s blessing to interview Gerald, although the star herself turned down an invitation to appear.

Citing a source, Radar Online reported that Mo’Nique “was particularly upset that Gerald lied to Oprah that he molested her while she was sleeping because she was wide awake and scared of him.

“Also, she is angry that he did not get any help or enter a rehab and she does not trust him around children.”

“Oprah asked her to appear on her show again for another interview but at this point she has declined the invitation. If anything it has made the situation worse between Mo’Nique and her family and she doesn’t know if she will ever speak to them again now.”

On “The View” this morning, Barbara Walters said that Gerald contacted her in February after Mo’Nique discussed the molestation on her Oscar special.

Walters said she declined his request to interview him, sensing that Gerald’s desire to repair his relationship with Mo’Nique may have been financially motivated.

A source close to Mo’Nique told RadarOnline.com: “Gerald made the first move and called Oprah asking her if he could appear on the show. So, Oprah called Mo’Nique to see if she was okay about him appearing on her show to discuss the abuse and although she was not entirely happy about it she gave Oprah her blessing.”

Gerald said he decided to appear on Winfrey’s show to apologize to Mo’Nique and bring their family back together. Imes said he himself was molested and he was using drugs and alcohol at age 11.

He said: “I abused and betrayed the trust of another sibling, my sister, my blood sister, I’m sorry, Mo’Nique. I’m sorry.”

“Hopefully somewhere, somehow as siblings we can come back together as brother and sister.”





Jah Cure for court Monday

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Jah Cure found himself on the wrong side of the law again as he was arrested by cops in St Andrew North Police Division for smoking a ganja spliff.

The singer was granted $5,000 station bail and is scheduled to appear in the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate's Court on Monday.

But seriously, what is one little ganja spliff, from our side it’s a total waste of time.





How Poor and Boasy a do

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Yeah man, Poor and Boasy teck di Magnum King crown and get a million dollar, but people a wonder if some big tings a gwaan fi him.


Cause between him trial whey pop up shortly after and spending $180,000 pon di wedding ring dem fi him 19-year-old university student wife, him must really a gwaan well.


Well wi nuh really si him pon nuh whole heap a show, but di yute have talent so wi a look out.






Questions wi a ask

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Whey dem plan fi duh wid Buju


Yuh know sey by the time Buju new trial date come bout on June 21, him woulda already spend six months inna lock up?

A wha really a gwaan doan star, it look like dem have a big plan fi di gargamel.

It come een like dem waan frustrate di hell outa him and all dese things. Well him did done sing sey is not an easy road and now we a si fi real.





A wha a gwaan wid Ray Alexander and di artiste?

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Bwoy wi listen one recording pon IRIE FM whey Vegas give it to Ray Alexander big time wid some dangerous allegations.

But whey wi a wonder is how di reporter coulda put herself and har station at risk by allowing the sentiments dem fi air.

A straight defamation wi a look pon dey suh.





Scenes From Give Away Wednesdays

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The Daily Word Friday, April 23, 2010

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Miracles




Miracles are ever-present and all around me.

Caught up in the busyness of the day or temporarily distracted by the challenges of life, I may overlook the miracles that surround me. But when I am fully present, I notice miracles everywhere--in nature, in others and in me.

The day I was born was miraculous--but so is every day when I take time to notice.
When I focus my attention here and now, I see the divine in everyone.
I see Spirit expressing in everything and every life situation. I am aware of the amazing manifestations of God. I wake up, pay attention and allow Spirit to flow through me. I remember that I, too, am a miracle and my life--right now--is blessed beyond measure.

Open my eyes, so that I may behold wondrous things out of your law.--Psalm 119:18







According the International Air Transport Association (IATA), airlines have lost over $1.7 billion in revenues since the volcano blast in southern Iceland, causing cancellations of flights to Europe.


The airlines lost the most from April 17 to 19, when there was the most disruptions in air services. They were losing revenues of $400 million per day in those days.


"Lost revenues now total more than $1.7 billion for airlines alone. At the worst, the crisis impacted 29% of global aviation and affected 1.2 million passengers a day. The scale of the crisis eclipsed 9/11 when US airspace was closed for 3 days," said Giovanni Bisignani, IATA’s Director General and CEO.


He also warned that the volcano crisis could put a loss of record $2.2 billion this year for the European carriers.


The global aviation industry incurred loss of $9.4 billion in 2009 due to the economic crisis. However, the industry was forecast to lose $2.8 billion in 2010.





No DNA test from Oprah

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Media mogul, Oprah Winfrey, is refusing to take a DNA test after several men emerged claiming to be her father.


The TV titan was raised in Milwaukee, Wisconsin by her single mother and never knew her dad.


Her life has come under scrutiny in new tell-all book Oprah: A Biography, with writer Kitty Kelley alleging to know the real identity of the father of the star.


Noah Robinson, 84, a Second World War veteran, came forward earlier this month (Apr10) claiming he is the star's dad and alleged he had requested a DNA test from Winfrey last year (09).


The chat show host was left fuming at the claims. "New daddies are saying, 'Hello daughter, call me, I need a new roof.'"


Winfrey is adamant she will not be reaching out to any of them and is refusing to agree to any requests for a DNA test.





Rihanna visits European hospital

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After a Monday night performance in Switzerland, Rihanna was rushed to the hospital after suffering from an injured rib.


Rihanna is currently going around Europe for a 27-date tour.


Rihanna had injured her rib, and just wanted to have it checked out.


After the show, the pop-star visited a private clinic and left around 3am. There was nothing serious with her injury.


The singer was back on the stage rocking out with a sold-out arena the following night in Lyon, France.


Rihanna's Last Girl on Earth tour will make its way through France, Germany, the United Kingdom, and Spain. After finishing the European tour on June 5, Rihanna will start her North American tour in Seattle in July.


She will go up to Canada, and head East at the end of summer. Ke$ha will join Rihanna for her North American tour; the Tik Tok singer is ecstatic to be on the same stage as her.


MTV reports that her representative revealed: "All is OK and the tour is going great."


Rihanna has revealed that she is currently in a relationship with Los Angeles Dodger, Matt Kemp. Earlier this month she announced her status to Ryan Seacrest. The international superstar just wants to have fun and enjoy her time with her new beau.





Sizzla is not on the run

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An article published in the The Zimdiaspora on Monday, claimed that Sizzla “is on the run from Jamaican authorities for gun related and robbery cases in Kingston and is preparing to set up base in Zimbabwe after he was offered a farm.


Indications are that he will not be returning to his native Jamaica where he is under investigation for several violent crimes which include armed robbery and murder."


The article continued, "Zanu PF is allocating a farm to Sizzla so that the Jamaican star would do international public relations for the former ruling party whose fortunes are fast waning following its drubbing at the March 2008 harmonised elections by the Movement for Democratic Change."


But his publicist Olimatta Taal is denying that claim saying the artiste has been touring Africa since February and he not under investigation for murder.


All we want to ask is “Where do these stories come from?”





What Claro doesn't say

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By Rootzgirl

Digicel, Claro, LIME have all been bragging about their various benefits and for the most part there is nothing wrong with that. Customers should have the chance to to hear all the wonderful things as they enjoy the fierce phone servers competitiveness.


Being the owner of a LIME and a Digicel the thought of walkign around with three phones had little appeal in spite of all the adverts going around about the new phone company Claro...but they held my attention with the 'free call to two numbers - one local and one in foreign."


Now there I was thinking that I had a good alternative in international call with at least adding the number I call the most on the list.


I have since purchased a Claro phone with my husband being the only free number on it but must say I feel like I got 'stick up'.


Do you know that Claro's only gives you 21 days to use up the credit you bought? Unlike Digicel which has never given me a reminder on when to use up my credit or I would be unable to make calls (even if credit is still on my phone) Of course LIME does that too but they at least extend it to the month. Kudos to Digi, on this one.


Re the overseas free number, you have to maintain at least $200 on your Claro phone to make that free intl call.


Hmm, see why I bypass the free foreign number.


So all my phone peeps, just want to tell you that the next time you are making a choice, make sure you try to remember to "ask every little thing!"





The Daily Word Thursday, April 22, 2010

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Our World

I am a conscious, conscientious part of a living world.


The abundant life on this planet provides for all my physical needs.

Everything I need comes directly or indirectly from the bounty of the earth.

Conscious of the interconnection of all life systems, I am amazed by the order that governs it all. I, too, am part of that order, an integral part of the web of life.

I live responsibly as a citizen of Earth, and I consciously do my part to protect and restore this beautiful planet. I join with my children, my grandchildren, neighbors and friends in living harmoniously with nature.

Aware of the impact I and others have on the systems that support all life, I am a conscientious inhabitant of God's abundant Earth.

This is my prayer, that your love may overflow more and more with knowledge and full insight to help you to determine what is best.--Philippians 1:9-10





Scenes from Celebrity Tuesdays

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Scenes from Uptown Mondays

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Scenes from Bounty Sundaze

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Vybz Kartel ft Popcaan & Gaza Slim - Clarkes {OFFICIAL VIDEO} MAR 2010.





More porn from Vybz Kartel?

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Kartel’s youtube channel is all about him and a lot of it is about sex. Kartel uses the site to get back at people who made negative comments about his recently released pictures of a youthful browning performing oral sex on him.


“Some people see mi pon de Internet and nuh like the picture dem...some bwoy weh from dem born nuh gyal neva su-k dem d--k yet. But the gal weh dem a f—k a my d--k she a su-k, and mi friend dem also. So all the haters dem weh nuh like it star, you know wah fi do,” he states.


This is filmed in a bedroom, which seems to be the same one in which the sexually explicit photos of Kartel himself were shot and the scene where former Gaza Princess, Lisa Hype shot her infamous picture where she was engaged in oral sex.


“Look at this room, oonu recognize it,” Kartel, with braces on his teeth asks as the video camera roves around the room.
Also taking place in the same room is the music video for the track, Turn ‘N’ Whine, featuring Kartel and a scantily-dressed, constantly-gyrating video vixen.


Reports are that Kartel sent the following message via BlackBerry messenger last night: “Vybz Kartel has a porn movie coming out called Beg you a f--k. Go to (name of website) for a ‘R’ rated trailer.”
Recipients are directed to Kartel’s very own YouTube channel where one can see a teaser of the upcoming release.


Reports are that one scene in the porn movie clearly shows the Teacha having sex with two girls.





Dr. Heather Little-White robbed again

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In an email sent to close friends over the weekend, Food and nutrition consultant Dr. Heather Little-White warned: “Please be careful as the monster of crime has overrun most of the good we have come to know about Jamaica.
Through prayer and right action we have to claim back our country. I will be starting a campaign for that -- Jamaicans United Against Crime (JUAC).
Dr. Little-White was the victim of yet another robbery last Friday when the pillion rider on a motorcycle snatched important documents and money from her.


Eleven years ago, armed carjackers shot her and while she survived to tell the tale, it left Little-White a paraplegic. She was also the victim of a break-in and robbery two years ago.






Opposition Senator released from hospital

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Opposition Senator K.D. Knight has been released from hospital after being involved in a motor vehicle accident in St. Elizabeth Sunday.

Mr. Knight was taken to the Black River Hospital for observation.

It is reported that Mr. Knight was returning to Kingston after attending a funeral when his car crashed into another vehicle.

"The vehicle was slightly damaged and he was taken to the hospital just to do some preliminary checks. I spoke to K.D. and he said that everything was ok it was just a minor accident," Mr. Pickersgill said.





Foster-Hylton injured at UTECH Track Classic

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World 100 metre hurdles champion Brigitte Foster-Hylton will be visiting specialist doctor on Monday after picking up a left ham string injury at the University of Technology Track Classic at the national stadium on Saturday.
Running in wet and rainy conditions, Foster-Hylton pulled up midway the women's 100 metres which was won by MVP Club mate Sherone Simpson in 11.58 seconds.









Dancehall’s bad boy, and CEO of the Alliance, Bounty Killer, stepped out of jail last Friday and onto hallowed ground Sunday, as he worshipped in church beside mom, Miss Ivy.


Exchanging his legendary “cross, angry miserable” demeanor for “charming, angelic, mannersable”, Rodney Price held his Bible in his hand and participated enthusiastically in praise and worship.

While many of the worshippers at the Agape Christian Tabernacle Church stared at him in awe, Rodney maintained his composure during the service and listened attentively to the evangelists as they encouraged the congregation in committing to the ways of the Lord.


Towards the end of the service, the church leaders held a special prayer and consecration for Rodney right at the altar.


At the end of the service, church-goers and residents of the Gregory Park community crowded the dancehall deejay, some hugging him, others asking for autographs and some young boys just wanting to get their pictures taken with the Warlord.





Danny Glover Arrested in Maryland

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Danny Glover was arrested in Maryland today -- after armed police cracked down on a massive protest rally.

Glover -- along with 11 other people -- was taken into custody outside of the headquarters of Sodexo, Inc. ... where protesters were rallying against the business practices of the food management giant.

He was given a citation and later released, telling cameras, "We're moving to make some real positive changes."

Read more: http://www.tmz.com/2010/04/16/danny-glover-arrested-in/#ixzz0lOSWYQ6k





The Daily Word Sat April 17 2010

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Playful

I relax into Spirit and have fun!


Play comes easily to children. They spend entire days engaged in joyful activity.

As an adult, I often become immersed in the seriousness of life and lose touch with the fun-loving child in me.

But when I allow myself to play, I feel connected to Spirit. I am in tune with the lighter side of life. Life seems more amusing when I realize it's not meant to be focused on stress and worry, but on freedom and joy.


When I turn within, I reconnect with my playful spirit. I embrace the happiness that is here for me every day. Play is a natural expression of my being, and another aspect of my growth. When I let go and let God, I enjoy life and play!


And all the people went up following him, playing on pipes and rejoicing with great joy, so that the earth quaked at their noise.--1 Kings 1:40





Flight disruptions in Europe get even worse

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LONDON – Thick drifts of volcanic ash blanketed parts of rural Iceland on Friday as a vast, invisible plume of grit drifted over Europe, emptying the skies of planes and sending hundreds of thousands in search of hotel rooms, train tickets or rental cars.

Polish officials worried that the ash cloud could threaten the arrival of world leaders for Sunday's state funeral for President Lech Kaczynski and his wife Maria in the southern city of Krakow.

So far, President Barack Obama, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev and German Chancellor Angela Merkel are among those coming and no one has canceled. Kaczynski's family insisted Friday they wanted the funeral to go forward as planned but there was no denying the ash cloud was moving south and east.

The air traffic agency Eurocontrol said almost two-thirds of Europe's flights were canceled Friday, as air space remained largely closed in Britain and across large chunks of north and central Europe.

"The skies are totally empty over northern Europe," said Brian Flynn, deputy head of Eurocontrol, adding "there will be some significant disruption of European air traffic tomorrow."

The agency said about 16,000 of Europe's usual 28,000 daily flights were canceled Friday — twice as many as were canceled a day earlier. Only about 120 trans-Atlantic flights reached European airports compared to 300 on a normal day, and about 60 flights between Asia and Europe were canceled.

The International Air Transport Association said the volcano was costing the industry at least $200 million a day.

In France, airports in Paris and about 20 other locations in northern France will remain closed until at least midday Saturday.

Belgium extended its flight restrictions until late Saturday morning.

Switzerland, Slovakia, Croatia and Hungary closed their airspace, and Poland expanded its no-fly zone to most of the country, excluding Krakow.

Iceland, a nation of 320,000 people, sits on a large volcanic hot spot in the Atlantic's mid-oceanic ridge and has a history of devastating eruptions. One of the worst was the 1783 eruption of the Laki volcano, which spewed a toxic cloud over Europe, killing tens of thousands.








Controversial deejay Bounty Killer, who has had more than his fair share of court-related woes, in addition to having his US visas revoked recently, was this morning granted bail in the sum of $200,000.00.

The deejay who had been arrested on assault charges, spent close to two weeks in police lock-up as he awaited hearing on the mater.

Bounty had twice been denied bail, even though the complainant, his girlfriend of three years, Kadeem Baker, had told the court that she wanted to drop the charges against her lover.

Meanwhile, in a somewhat ironic twist of event, Baker was charged with creating public mischief and could very well spend the weekend behind bars, perhaps even in the same cell just made vacant by her lover.





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What is a perfect relationship?

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By Buffilous

Trust me, bwoy the way how tings a run right now, mi have to say that I have started doing some real deep thinking. Yeah man, these days mi stay inna mi space and a hold a meds as a ponder certain things about life and one a dem is “what really is a perfect relationship?”

Thinking about it, a wondering if such a thing exist on earth, are we as women setting ourselves – and men up for what can never happen?

Even the Bible tells you that there is only one perfect person and that is Jesus Christ, so how can we expect mere mortals to live up to this kind of strain?

Don’t ask me what has gotten me on this trend of thought, but if I dig deep enough I suppose I would have to take into consideration some of the failed relationships and the fact that they have been used as a marker for future ones.

We expect our men to treat us like real queens, but be honest do we treat them like kings? Do we just want to lap up their tender treatment as our due but don’t think it is just as important to shower them with the same kind of favour?

Oftentimes we say they disrespect us…and maybe they do. But we need to consider just what ‘disrespect’ is in the first place, it could be because we want to have our own way and he doesn’t oblige then we feel dissed.

No, I am not picking up for the men, I am just seeking something as close to perfection as possible.

With that quest, I have come to the conclusion that the only thing we can do is try for a good compromise, where we meet each other half way and try to achieve that “near perfection” if it is possible.

Is there such a thing as a ‘perfect relationship’?

No, don’t think so, but there is such as a thing as working hard to keep the love, respect and caring going in it.





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...if you are used to throwing away your receipts stop! You never know what evidence you are getting rid of. If you thought you had a bad deal in a purchased item, read this story and start making tabs now.

CAC secures millions for disgruntled consumers

The Consumer Affairs Commission (CAC) has secured $22.6 million in refunds and compensation for aggrieved persons between April 2009 and last month.

The CAC handled 2,138 complaints during the period.

They concerned the purchase of various goods and services.

Eighty-six percent or 1,834 of the cases were resolved.

During the 12 months just under 50,000 persons were impacted by the Commission's consumer education programme, and the agency conducted surveys to provide updated information on market prices.

The 79 surveys involved grocery, petrol, hardware, textbook and bank charges.






Bounty back in court today

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The cross, miserable and angry DJ Bounty Killer will be back in court today and it’s left to be seen whether he will finally walk free.

In a report in the Star his attorney Linda Wright says she is ready and confident where the DJ’s case is concerned.

She said that she will attempt to question the complainant's credibility during the trial. "We plan to attack her credibility," she said.

When the case was first mentioned in the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate's Court last week, Wright had told the court that the investigating officer had seen no marks of violence on the complainant.

She also pointed out that the medical certificate had not given a detailed description of the supposed injuries, but had instead only listed "injuries to the hand and behind the chest".

Yardflex stands ready to update you on the latest regarding this case.





The Daily Word - Friday, April 16, 2010

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Guidance


The Christ light within guides my every step.

When the twists and turns of life leave me feeling disoriented, I allow myself to rest for a moment in order to find my direction again. When my mind is quiet, the Christ light within me is able to dispel the appearance of darkness or doubt.

To move forward again with ease and grace, I do not need to see the entire path before me. As I look for what is good, what is whole and what is holy, the right path unfolds. I find my direction easily and I move ahead with confidence.

I give thanks for every challenge and every opportunity, knowing that as I look only for the good, the Christ light illumines my way.

When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth.--John 16:13






Scenes From Celebrity Tuesdays

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Scenes From Give Away Wednesdays

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Quake in western China kills 589

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XINING, China – Soldiers and civilians used shovels and their bare hands to dig through collapsed buildings in search of survivors after strong earthquakes struck a mountainous Tibetan region of China on Wednesday, killing at least 589 people and injuring more than 10,000.


The series of quakes flattened buildings across remote western Yushu county and sent survivors, many bleeding from their wounds, flooding into the streets of Jiegu township.

State television showed block after devastated block of toppled mud and wood homes. Local officials said 85 percent of the structures had been destroyed.


Several schools collapsed, with the state news agency saying at least 56 students died.

Worst hit was the Yushu Vocational School, where Xinhua cited a local education official as saying 22 students died.


Footage on Qinghai Satellite TV showed bodies wrapped in blankets lying on the ground while rescuers pulled shards of concrete from a pancaked school building.


Tens of thousands of the town's 70,000 people were without shelter, state media said.


The local quake relief headquarters put the death toll at 589 and the injured at 10,000 by early Thursday morning, according to the Xinhua news agency.





463 Jamaicans murdered in 104 days

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Since the start of the year, some 463 persons have been murdered, leading one prominent newspaper to write a hard-hitting front page editorial.

Included in this number are five policemen.

The question remains, who is responsible for these murders and is the government doing enough to win the fight against crime in the society?





Claro gives J$60m to JCDC

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The Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture, Olivia Grange, MP has praised a new partnership between the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC) and the telecommunications company Claro which will invest J$60 million into the government’s cultural programme over the next three years.

It is the largest sponsorship package for the JCDC, an agency of the Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture.

Addressing a news conference to announce the new sponsorship package, Minister Grange said:
“I have the greatest pleasure to announce today that the JCDC and Claro have agreed the biggest sponsorship package in the 48-year history of the Commission.

Minister Grange said the fact that the JCDC could attract such significant support from the private sector at this time was a result of the strategic moves by the Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture to revitalise the national cultural programme and to develop the cultural and creative industries.

Marketing Manager for Claro, Joseph Oates said the company valued cultural development.



“Claro immediately jumped at this opportunity to partner with the JCDC because we are dedicated to the development of Jamaica. And this venture will no doubt enhance the cultural development of young Jamaicans islandwide.”

Mr Oates said Claro would bring its “special touch” to JCDC activities which would “delight not only participants, but patrons alike”.

In February, the JCDC undertook major re-branding exercise under the leadership of the new Executive Director, Miss Grace Silvera, which saw the introduction of a new logo, museum, gift shop and a raft of other initiatives which form part of a comprehensive three-year strategy.






Ernie Smith & Leroy Sibbles for Studio 38

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Vintage Kings Ernie Smith and Leroy Sibbles are set to take the stage at the next instalment of the Studio 38 series at the Pulse Centre in New Kingston this Sunday April 18.

The legendary songwriters, musicians and entertainers follow the likes of John Holt, Ken Booth, Freddie McGregor, Beres Hammond, Toots & The Maytals and AJ Brown, who have performed to rave reviews at Studio 38 since the start of the year.

With a catalogue spanning 37 years, 12 albums, countless live performances and a significant fan base, Ernie has made an indelible mark on Jamaican music.


Leroy Sibbles, is one of the founders of reggae music. He began his career as the lead singer of the rock steady group, The Heptones.
While with that group, he recorded many classic reggae tunes including Party Time, Fatty Fatty, Book Of Rules, Baby Be True and Heptones Gonna Fight.







Veteran television interviewer Larry King filed for divorce from his seventh wife on Wednesday, but it is his eighth divorce.


Although Shawn Southwick is King’s seventh wife, it is the eighth time the septuagenarian television personality has filed for a divorce. He was twice married and divorced to Alene Akins, with whom he split in 1972.


The couple cited “irreconcilable differences” for the breakdown of the 13-year marriage.


A spokesman for King, 76, told AFP the wiry CNN icon would not be commenting on his split from Southwick, 50, citing concerns for the welfare of the couple’s two children.


An attorney for King said the interviewer was hoping for an “amicable” divorce. “It’s a very sad day in Larry’s life and he hopes the divorce will be amicable,” lawyer Susan Carter told the TMZ.com entertainment website. “Larry loves his children very much and will be an integral part of their lives.”


News of the split created a media scrum at the Sunset Boulevard office block in Hollywood where King regularly records his show, with photographers staking out the the entrance to the building hoping to grab a shot of King.


King is one of the most recognizable figures on US television, hosting a nightly interview program “Larry King Live” on CNN since 1985 after previously anchoring a national nightly radio show for seven years.






40 pairs of Clarks, Dawdie?

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We haffi ask Kartel — a how you a move so Pardie?

Forty pairs of Clarks … all when him wear one a day fi a month, him still have some leave over that him don’t wear.

But still, we like what him say bout opening a store and all these things.

Nuff Clarks shoes a go sell inna Kartel store and the Clarks tune a go beat inna the customer them head. Just mek the best use of the Clarks season and gwan eat a food.








Triple world record holder Usain Bolt will be sponsoring 32 boys who are in the care of the state to attend the Jamaica International Invitational Track and Field Meet at the National Stadium on May 1.

The boys who were selected from five children homes across the Jamaica were feted by Bolt, at the Alhambra Inn Hotel in Kingston on Wednesday as part of his way of giving back.

"Some of these boys have been abandoned and some of the time they're down, so I'm just trying to motivate them to let them know that not because they don't have a lot, they can try to make opportunities out of nothing. I want to tell them to work and just enjoy life because life is hard but if you work hard, you can make a lot of it," Bolt said.

The youngsters were all given autograph cards by the world's fastest man.

Audry Budhi, from the Child Development Agency, said it was a good gesture as the boys prepared for adulthood.

Bolt will contest the 200 metres at the Jamaica International Invitational.

He will then open his international season next weekend at the Penn Relays in Pennsylvania.

Meanwhile, Bolt said the prospect of him living overseas anytime soon is out of the question.

The athlete who hold the world record for the 100 and 200 metres and is also the world and Olympic champion over the same distances, says, he is not living any where else but in Jamaica.





Patrick Roberts charged with Firearm breach

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Shocking Vibes CEO and People’s National Party caretaker, Patrick Roberts, 45, of Delamere Avenue in Kingston 13 was yesterday evening charged by the Hunt's Bay police for breaching the Firearms Act.

According to reports from the police last night on January 20 this year, the police seized two illegal firearms from a man who engaged them in a shoot-out on Waltham Avenue, Kingston 13. One of the weapons -- a .38 Taurus revolver -- was later traced and found to be the property of Roberts

The Constabulary Communication Network reported that when Roberts was interviewed by investigators last month he said that was just being made aware of the disappearance of the weapon.

A file was prepared and sent to the director of public prosecution, who ruled that Roberts be charged for breaching the Firearms Act. He is scheduled to appear in court tomorrow.





Quake ! ! !

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The Seismic Unit at the University of the West Indies has confirmed that an earthquake was felt in sections of Jamaica about 3:56 Wednesday afternoon.

Persons in St. Mary, Portland, St. Thomas and Kingston and St. Andrew reported feeling the tremor.

The magnitude of the earthquake or its location is not clear as the Earthquake Unit says it is still deciphering the information.

The epicenter was located near Chestervale in St. Andrew with a magnitude of 3.7 and a focal depth of 9.9 kilometres.






Yard Joke Of The Day

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Monkey and Lion In The Zoo

A Jamaican living in the States was down on his luck. Out of work and broke, he started going around to various companies in the city begging for a job, any job. Finally he got to the zoo. The zookeeper looked stressed out.

"The monkey escaped last night", the zoo-keeper said, "if you are willing to put on a monkey suit and stand in the monkey's cage for a couple days, I'll pay you"


The Jamaican immediately accepted. The pay was OK and the work wasn't hard. He swung from the tree, and the kids fed him fruits and nuts. He actually started enjoying himself. He even started adding a few acrobatic moves that he had seen on TV. Late in the afternoon he swung a bit too vigorously, lost his grip and flew clean out of the monkey cage and landed in the lion cage next door.


The lion let out a huge roar and our friend in the monkey suit bawled out, "LAWD GOD, MI DEAD NOW". The huge lion immediately pounced on him, grabbed him by the throat and whispered, "Man shut yuh R@@$, if yuh evah mek mi lose di likkle wuk yuh si..."





New Money Tree Riddim - Live up Records

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After locking down 2009 with the award-winning "Good Life" riddim, Livup Records returns with the Money Tree riddim. The Good Life not only ran away with all "Riddim of the Year" titles, it broke the mould by selling well on iTunes, physical CDs and had tracks licensed in places such as the US, Canada and Japan. After releasing the timeless "Stronga" one-drop riddim towards the end of last year, the hot production outfit have returned with their latest project, the Money Tree, an authentic Dancehall beat.

Vybz Kartel leads out with the title track, with an ode to currency that is sure to follow up his Good Life smash "Dollar Sign." Vegas, another artist who had a anthem on the Good Life, goes with a similar theme on "Jah Never Fail Me." And also as with the Good Life, multi-talented Serani built the Money Tree riddim and has another banger on the riddim titled "Got to Survive."

More smashes from Bugle, Demarco, Stacious, Matterhorn and more round out the riddim, with a strong collaboration from Konshens and Livup Records Recording Artist Tuff Enuff. There's also more scathing social commentary from Twin of Twins.

Following a number of recent releases that are focusing on promotion, marketing and placing the product for sale online, the Money Tree is getting a digital release on iTunes, Amazon, Zune and all other digital outlets on Tuesday April 27.

And in a first for a Jamaican release, the Money Tree is getting its world premier in Africa! Friday morning tune into Kenya's number 1 urban radio station 95.1FM will plant the Money Tree on the musical map. Catch that live via www.homeboyzradio.co.ke

Bobby Konders and Jabba of HOT 97 will drop it on Sunday night, aswell as DJ Spex on Toronto's 93.5 FLOW FM. IRIE FM and ZIP will premier the Money Tree locally first over the weekend, with KISS FM's David Rodigan, BBC 1Xtra's Robbo Ranx and Young Lion doing the honours in the UK. Waggy T in Miami and other premieres will be announced via Twitter.com/livup_records



The Genesis Riddim is now available on iTunes @

http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/still-stand-up/id360833886?i=360834134&ign-mpt=uo%3D6

MONEY TREE TRACKLIST

MONEY TREE
Almidon -Hustle
Bramma - This Anthem
Bugle -Never Scared
Demarco -Work Hard
Elephant Man - Dem Gaan
Flippa - Can’t Buy Respect
Kibaki - Mi Want It
Konshens and Tuff Enuff - Money Double
Munga-Inna 2010
Pamputtae-Money
Serani - Got to Survive
Stacious - Slow it Down
Tony Matterhorn - Lock Down di Endz
Vegas - Jah Never Fail Me
Twin of Twins - Too Much
Vybz Kartel - Money Tree





The Daily Word Thursday, April 15, 2010

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Prosperity


I prosper as I live a life of purpose.


Plans and goals are ways I focus my attention on getting where I want to go.

I may feel disappointed when a plan does not work out the way I want or a goal seems out of reach. Then I remember to redirect my attention on how to serve God.

I trust that all the good I desire will flow to me, even in ways I did not plan.

My purpose in life is to be the hands and feet of God. There are so many ways I can do that, my days are filled to overflowing.

When I remember this is my purpose, no matter what tasks are before me, I live in joy. Focused on my purpose, I notice that prosperity is also mine. When my purpose is to serve God, I am supported in all I do.

Wealth and riches are in their houses, and their righteousness endures forever.--Psalm 112:3





PATRICK ROBERTS ARRESTED

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Yardflex understands that businessman and music producer Patrick Roberts has been arrested and charged for breaches of the Firearms Act.


According to the Constabulary Communications Network, 45 year-old businessman Patrick Roberts of Delamere Avenue, Kingston 13, was this evening charged by the Hunts Bay Police for breaching the Firearms Act.


Reports are that on Wednesday January 20 this year, the police seized two illegal firearms from a man who engaged them in a shootout at Waltham Avenue, Kingston 13. One of the weapons, a .38 Taurus Revolver was traced and found to be the property of Mr.Roberts. On Tuesday March 30, the businessman was interviewed by investigators and he reported that he was just being made aware of the disappearance of the weapon.


A file was prepared and sent to the director of public prosecution (DPP), who ruled that Mr. Roberts be charged for breaching the firearms act. He is scheduled to appear in court on Friday of this week.





No bail for Bounty

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Dancehall star Bounty Killer who has been behind bars for a little over a week will have to stay a little longer as he was denied bail yet again. His next court date will be on Friday.


Bounty Killer, whose real name is Rodney Price is accused of physically assaulting his girlfriend during a domestic dispute.


Guess the DJs troubles are far from over





Singer Says 50 cent is Gay!!!

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Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson might just want to think twice before he starts anymore beefs with rappers as his own sexuality is being placed into question.


“I think he's just the sexiest, and a brilliant writer. And I know he's gay.” – Rufus Wainwright


According to singer Rufus Wainwright, who has already professed his love for the rapper, he makes the claims that 50 might have more than just a sweet tooth for candy.


People always did wonder about those G-Unit tank tops too…


Speaking with Details Magazine, Wainwright elaborated more on his fantasy where the lead role is none other than Jackson.


“That cute little voice of his. It's okay, 50 Cent. Feel free to call me anytime. My boyfriend and I are experts. You can come over for dinner. And maybe
dessert,” Wainwright said.


Well 50, might want to stand clear and be aware of exactly what that international love is from here on out. Female groupies are one thing to handle, but dudes can only me
an even more trouble brewing.





What was she doing in the cop's car

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We listened in shock the news report about the 17-year-old girl who was shot to death while seated in a police car in Sav, Westmoreland. Now the obvious questions that begs for answers are: what was she doing in the car with the cop? Are they supposed to transport civilians (unless of course it's an arrest, accident or some emergency).


Were they so engrossed in conversation that the cop who should be very alert and quick to spot anything suspicious, did not see the shooter coming?


Guess there are more questions than answers, but until then we will be listening out.





Usain Bolt drives up ticket sales!

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Since the announcement was made that Usain Bolt would be taking part in the Penn Relays in Philly Yardflex understands that tickets are being gobbled up like crazy!


One mention of the Jamaican track star name and there is a different kind of energy.





Bounty to answer to assault charges today in court

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Rodney Price, aka Bounty Killer, is scheduled to return to the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate’s Court today to answer to assault charges.


When he appeared in court last Wednesday, killer was denied bail by Senior Magistrate Judith Pusey on the grounds that he committed the new offences while on bail on charges of illegal possession of a firearm and unlawful wounding of a police officer during an altercation with an off-duty cop in New Kingston in 2007.


On Monday, April 4, the Alliance leader was charged with assault occasioning bodily harm and threatening the complainant, his girlfriend of three years, Kadeem Baker.


Police say the 38-year-old dancehall artiste was picked up at his East Avenue residence, after receiving a complaint on March 26 that Price had physically attacked Baker when she informed him that their three-year relationship was over.


Yardflex will keep you posted on the developments





Uptown mondays

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The Daily Word - Wednesday, April 14, 2010

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World Peace

A new day dawns as we awaken to our Christ consciousness.


Each person on Earth is like a seed, a dormant shell of pure potential, waiting to be transformed into a flower.

We may not have discovered some of our divine attributes, but they are safely tucked within us, waiting to be called forth. Our perfect potential--the very essence of our wholeness--is there inside.

This divine essence is our Christ consciousness. As we awaken to it, we are transformed into wholeness. As we awaken, we live as Jesus lived; we love as Jesus loved. We experience a world of peace and joy.

As a new day dawns, we behold the promise of peace in our hearts and in our world. We are all part of God's radiant garden of humanity, growing into the perfect expression of peace and harmony.

Peace be with you.--Luke 24:36





Students injured as gunmen shoot at bus

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Irate gunmen, upset that the bus they were stopping drove past them, took out their guns and fired at the vehicle, hitting three children who were passengers.


The children, two girls and a boy, all students from high schools in Kingston, were rushed to hospital following the daring daylight attack, as the bus drove along Slipe Road.


According to the police, the gunmen were waiting on the bus and as it reached close to Torrington Bridge the men signalled the bus to stop. However, another report says that the gunmen mistook the driver for another one who had attacked them earlier in Half-Way-Tree..


The police say that the students were listed in stable condition, as their injuries were not said to be life-threatening.





Scrap metal industry a nightmare; out of control

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Mayor of Kingston, Councillor Desmond McKenzie, says the scrap metal industry is out of control and that this activity has been a “nightmare” for the country in terms of cost and value. He recommends that the National Solid Waste Management Authority (NSWMA) be appointed the only agency to collect and export scrap metal.


“How can we operate a country in which people are stealing bridges, water mains, street signs, to sell as scrap metal? It cannot continue like this!” he commented.


Mayor McKenzie, while speaking at the launch of the NSWMA's 2010/11 Public Relations Campaign, at the Courtleigh Hotel and Suites, New Kingston, release from the Jamaica Information Service (JIS) stated.


He noted that the said that the scrap metal industry is developing “scrap metal criminals” who have become one of the major destroyers of the environment.


The Mayor lamented that 45 per cent of all directional street signs and stop signs in downtown Kingston have been stolen overnight and sold as scrap metals.







When the seventh season of Digicel Rising Stars commences on July 4, it will get real ‘Fluffy’ in the Chill Room as the producers of the popular talent show say out with the old -- Kiki – and in with the new – Miss Kitty.


Kitty, who uses her ample size to her decided advantage, is reported as saying that she was “elated” to be chosen as the host to replace the petite, cutie pie, Kiki. It was Kiki’s tell-all documentary and self-appointed role in anti-drugs awareness campaign that quite likely contributed to her getting the cold shoulder from the show. But, for Kitty, it’s all about thanking God.


“I’m grateful to God for taking me so far as I understand that it is no small feat to be chosen to be a part of a big show like this in Jamaica,” Kitty is quoted as saying.


Miss Kitty promises to bring a different vibe and lots of fun to the Digicel Rising Stars Chill Room.


“I will bring fun by being jovial and real. Just a bright attitude and giving the contestants a real chance to reach out to voters by asking them certain questions to keep it real and not superficial. Questions that will leave a mark in the voters minds so that they remember something special about each contestant.”


And, to those who think the The Fluffy Diva isn’t Chill Room material, she says, “I have made my reputation and built my name and my brand on being a multi faceted person. I’m an individual that is not one dimensional. I can do uptown, downtown, round town.”


Kitty, who is also a judge on the Magnum Kings and Queens of Dancehall says the Digicel Rising Stars opportunity will allow Jamaicans to see another side of her: “Normally I’m passing down judgment to people on Magnum and this time it’s gelling with people, understanding their point of view, understanding where they’re coming from, understanding their journey and bringing that story to the viewing public.


Miss Kitty is also encouraging Digicel Rising Stars’ fans to embrace.





New collabo from Mary J Blige, Jah Cure

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R&B superstar Mary J Blige has collaborated with reggae singer, Jah Cure, on a song called Each Tear, which will be released as the lead single on Mary J Blige’s album, Stronger With Each Tear.


The two artists were brought together by ace producer Dwayne Chin-Quee aka Supa Dups.


According to Jah Cure, “Mary J has been one of my favourite artistes from the day I heard Real Love in 1992. It is a dream come true to be able to work with an artiste of such immense talent on such a beautiful song. I think the song will connect with my fans and also help me to connect with hers.”


Jah Cure’s manager, Delmar ‘Della Danger’ Drummond, explained that “Supa Dups wanted to do a reggae version and he thought Jah Cure was the perfect artiste to team up with Mary J Bilge. Each Tear is one of the best songs on Mary J’s album and the fact that Jah Cure can be part of an international effort by her to include international artistes on her music is great.”


Supa Dups is not only a member of the Black Chiney Sound System but is also an internationally recognised producer. He has produced for the who’s who in international music from the likes of Estelle, Sean Paul, John Legend and Rihanna to Kardinal Officiall, Collie Budz and Pitbull.

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Police outline the laws regarding public marches

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In light of reports that a number of organisations are planning to march on Gordon House today, the police are, therefore, advising members of the public of the relevant laws pertaining to public marches and public processions.


According to the police high command, under the Public Order Act (Section 4) it is unlawful for public marches to take place during the night. It is also unlawful for any public marches to take place in daylight unless a permit has been issued by the police.


The police further advise that persons who desire to organise any public march in daylight should apply for a permit at least three days before such intended public march. Applications for such a permit should be made to the senior officer of the Jamaica Constabulary Force in all parishes except in the Corporate Area.


In the Corporate Area of St Andrew and Kingston, applications should be made to the Commissioner of Police. The granting of permission for marches and processions remains the sole prerogative of the police.


If permission is granted by the police for any public march or procession, these activities should not take place within 200 yards from any scheduled premises. Scheduled premises are Jamaica House, Gordon House, Kings House, the headquarters of all ministries, the offices of the Kingston and St Andrew Corporation, and the Cabinet Offices.





The Daily Word - Tuesday, April 13, 2010

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Self-Care

I take care of myself. I honor my needs.


Sometimes I may feel overwhelmed with the many responsibilities in my life. I may begin to feel sorry for myself or blame others for my situation. I know then it is time to reconnect with Spirit.I become quiet and listen to the still small voice within, guiding me in loving and caring for myself.


I take specific actions to ensure my health, my happiness and my peace of mind.I may say "no" to a request. I might take a nap or turn off the cell phone or take a solitary walk around the block.

By providing the self-care I need, when I need it, I replenish my mind, body and soul.I can more easily achieve my goals, be present to the people around me and fully realize Spirit within me. I move into a higher state of consciousness and directly into feelings of love--for myself and others.


You are our glory and joy!--1 Thessalonians 2:20





Scenes from Who Hotta Boat Ride

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Scenes from Raw Glamour

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*Kitty Kelley’s unauthorized tell-all book on Oprah Winfrey will hit stores tomorrow stuffed with explosive revelations about the TV host from the least likely person – her own father.

Kelley followed up a lengthy April 22, 2008 telephone interview with Vernon Winfrey with a visit to his East Nashville barber shop two days later – at his invitation – where she spoke to him for “many more hours,” Kelley writes in the preface.

Among other things, Mr. Winfrey calls his daughter’s best friend Gayle a “heifer,” insinuates that she has a romantic crush on Barack Obama

Below are some book excerpts from their conversations:

“Oprah had a way of keeping my blood up. If I pulled east, she’d tug west. If I pointed north, she was hell-bent on south. She wasn’t an unpleasant child. In fact, her company was a great joy to me. But she did have a problem with directions.” (Page 38)

“It disappoints me that she has changed so much over the years. She’s become too close to that woman Gayle, and she no longer believes in Jesus Christ as her personal savior. That’s just not how I raised her.” (Page 29)

“Gayle is nothing but a street heifer.” (Page 28)

“Forget about a wedding…It will never happen…She won’t ever marry Stedman because…she’s all for herself and not about to give up anything for anyone. She’s content with who she is. With Oprah, it’s root hog or die poor… (Page 152)

“She may be admired by the world, but I know the truth. So does God and so does Oprah. Two of us remain ashamed.” [He then pointed to a sign hanging above his barber chair that read: "Live so the preacher won't have to tell lies at your funeral."] (Page 29)

“I’m supporting (Obama) on the issues. Oprah might be supporting him for something else…her adoring eyes and all…I can tell you that Stedman isn’t getting any of that.”





Time for a change in Spanish Town

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Church leaders and residents of Spanish Town took to the streets in a move of solidarity against criminal gangs and the hope that there will be a change in the area.


Dubbed the '10,000-man march' it did not live up to its name as only a few hundred people turned out to give their support to the cause.


Some of the residents claim that they are fed up with what's happening in the area and want to see a change.


However, it is clear that only a handful of people really want change if the turnout is anything to go by.


"Herein lies the real problem. Until those who have information are willing to be an agent of change then dem coulda march one million time nutten nah change," one resident told Yardflex.


Why march then? The resident said he wants a change, but the people who are really harbouring the criminals are benefiting and therefore they won't do anything. "Is ongle when it tun pon dem, den dem a guh feel it," he said sadly.





Former national striker shot dead in the USA

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Former national striker Patrick Beech was shot and killed in Oregon in the United States of America yesterday.


At a Digicel Premier League football match at Spanish Town Prison Oval yesterday, members of the St Catherine football family expressed grief at his passing and said he will be sadly missed.


"He was such an effervescent person, one who would be constantly motivating the players around him. He is sadly missed by us, "said former Jamaica Football Federation and St Catherine Football Association president, Lincoln 'Happy' Sutherland.


Beech also represented Rivoli for a number of years.


great footballer


"Beech was a great footballer who scored many brilliant goals for his team. He was one of the talents discovered by René Simoes," said Omar Parker, Rivoli's captain.


Ann-marie Reid, manager of Rivoli United, said Beech was a good person who made football his life.


"He played for several teams and still had a desire to contribute, as he last played for Duhaney Park," Reid said.


His death brings to two the number of former Rivoli players to be killed in the United States as Mark Wisdom was shot to death three years ago.


Rivoli ended their game in a 1-1 tie with Humble Lion. Elsewhere, Tivoli clipped Waterhouse 1-0, Harbour View beat Village 3-0, while Portmore and August Town played to a 0-0 draw.


Source: Star





Careful of those family members

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Check this out, even your own relatives are turning on you. The world is in shambles.


An ex convict in Trelawny went berserk over the weekend killing of his sisters and injuring two others.


According to reports Dwayne Anderson who hails from Hague went to a wake consumed quite a bit of alcohol and was smoking pot, came home and got into an argument with one of his sisters. Another intervened and the brother ended up stabbing all three.


Dead is 26-year-old Shakira Frame, while those suffering from knife wounds are Anderson’s sisters Donnette Grey-Lynch and Aneisha Edwards.


Police reports are that about 10:30 pm the siblings were involved in an altercation during which Anderson used a knife to inflict wounds to the three, killing Frame on the spot.


Dwayne tried to escape but was caught by neighbours who inflicted wounds he is now in the hospital also.





The Daily Word - Monday April 12 2010

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Faith

I have everything I need--now and always.


In the spring, I have faith that the air will begin to warm and new sprouts and blossoms will appear. This has happened every spring before now, and it will happen every spring to come.

With this same faith, I know that when I am hungry, food will be available. When I am thirsty, my thirst will be quenched. When I am cold, I will have clothing and shelter.

Right now, I have everything I need. As I become aware of the truth of this statement, I am able to drop any worries about what is to come.

In this moment, I let go of any fear or anxiety about the future and rest in unwavering faith. All is well. I am at peace knowing I have everything I need.

Do not worry, saying, "What will we eat?" or "What will we drink?" or "What will we wear?"--Matthew 6:31





Fresh Friday

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6 DIGICEL RISING STARS' HOST HOPEFULS CHOSEN

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Sunday April 11; Kingston, Jamaica: After seeing hundreds of hopefuls during two open auditions in Montego Bay and Kingston over a week ago, Digicel Rising Stars’ producers have chosen the top six candidates in the race to become the new host of the popular television show.



The chosen six are: Kemesha Bolton, Cameka McRae, Deidre James, Julie Malcolm, Terri-Karelle Reid and Lady Rennae.



Kemesha Bolton
The first Digicel Rising Stars’ host hopeful to face an audience will be Kemesha Bolton as she’ll be holding things down at the Clarendon audition in May Pen on Saturday April 11. Kemesha who is from Kingston is a student at Mico University College where she is completing a bachelor’s degree in Primary Education.



Kemesha says she’s excited about facing the Clarendon audience and she’s looking forward to having a great time in May Pen: “I’m definitely looking forward to it, I love television, I love hosting and performing.”



Kemesha says she’s nervous about facing the crowd on Saturday but she has been practicing: “I’m very nervous about the audition but I plan to do my best. I’ve been in front of the mirror everyday practicing, trying to think about the things I love about the show and how I can make them better.”



Cameka McRae
The next day the Digicel Rising Stars auditions will be in the sunshine city where Cameka McRae will get her chance to shine. Cameka says she’s happy to have been selected: “I’m excited, I just can’t wait to show Jamaica my bubbly personality and that I’m capable of being the next host”.



Cameka who is from Portmore says she doesn’t think that hosting a show in her home town will give her an edge: “I don’t think it will, I don’t think it’s easier either and I would be comfortable hosting in any of the five locations.”



Cameka who is a television producer by profession has a communications degree from Northern Caribbean University.

She is quick to point out that she’s a church girl with spunk who is not afraid to speak her mind: “What you see is what you get. I’m very real. I don't think I'm better than a soul. I like to think I speak my mind most of the time. I’m very creative and I have a wild imagination and I'm not afraid of new things.”





Deidra James
The Digicel Rising Stars team is on the north coast with week two of auditions in Montego Bay and Ocho Rios. The Montego Bay auditions is on Saturday April 17 at the Wexford Hotel and Deidra James will be performing hosting duties. Despite growing up in Kingston, Deidre is no stranger to the north coast as she was born in St.Ann.



Deidre is probably best known for working as a presenter on Fame FM. She says she hopes that experience will help her in the drive to be the next Digicel Rising Stars host: “I've always had an affinity for entertainment, hence my natural drive for the industry… I do have some experience in TV & broadcasting, so that may work to my advantage, hopefully.”



Deidre says she plans to bring lots of fun and excitement to the audition: “I really just want to be myself. I truly enjoy making people happy and making them laugh, even at my own expense, in fact, MOSTLY at my own expense.”



Julie Malcolm
On Sunday April 18 at the Hibiscus Lodge in Ocho Rios, Julie Malcolm will be putting her best hosting skills on the line trying to win over Jamaicans.

Julie who is from Clarendon says she went crazy with excitement when she was told she made it to the top six: “I felt like screaming and rolling on the floor and I actually did. Seriously though, I felt humbled that out of so many qualified applicants; even television presenters that I admire, the judges chose me...wow!...I still have goose pimples.”



Julie says she hopes the experience she’s garnered from teaching for over a decade and entering several competitions helps her shine on the Digicel Rising Stars stage. She’s also banking heavily on her personality to help win over voters: “My warm and bubbly personality enables me to connect with people from varying cultures.”



Terri-Karelle Reid
The final host hopefuls Terri-Karelle Reid and Lady Rennae will take the mic when the Digicel Rising Stars auditions come to Kingston for back to back shows at the Girl Guides Headquarters on April 24 and 25.



Former Miss Jamaica World Terri-Karelle Reid will take control of the Saturday audition and she says she’s looking forward to a big day: “Day one of the Kingston Auditions usually has one of the highest volumes of hopefuls. I plan on being myself: spunky, bubbly, down-to earth.

I think it is very important to have fun with it but also relate to the participants and create a relaxing vibe and a comfortable environment for them so that they can put their best foot forward when facing the judges (which can be very intimidating).”
Terri-Karelle says her reign as Miss Jamaica World in 2005 has given her a platform to showcase her personality and be a public servant which has prepared her for several challenges including this one.



Lady Rennae
Digicel Rising Stars wraps up Season 7 audition shows with day 2 of the Kingston auditions hosted by Lady Rennae and she can’t wait to see what Kingston has to offer.



Lady Rennae says she thinks she has a good chance of being the next Digicel Rising Stars’ host: “I'm a person who loves music and am a great supporter of Jamaican talent...with all the chaos and excitement that will be taking place in the competition, the auditioners really need someone they can feel comfortable around and the voters want someone real and relatable.”



Lady Rennae points out that she’s been in the media industry since her early teens and now, as a stable presenter on Fame FM and RETV, she says she’s quite comfortable behind the microphone.



Despite coming pretty close the last time Digicel Rising Stars was looking for a new host, she points out that this time things will be different: “Bwoy last time I was so in awe of it all, but this time I'm going to show the Digicel Rising Stars audience and the producers of the show more of Lady Rennae, more of my charisma, versatility, charm, raw talent - and most importantly the professionalism required for a show of this calibre.”



Jamaica will get a chance to see Kemesha Bolton, Cameka McRae, Deidre James, Julie Malcolm, Terri-Karelle Reid and Lady Rennae host Digicel Rising Stars’ auditions when they air on TVJ starting on Sunday June 13. Rising Stars’ fans will then be able to vote and choose who they want to be the new series host.





Will Buju’s June 21 drug trial be delayed again?

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It’s been four months since reggae singer Buju Banton has been behind bars in Florida awaiting trial on drugs related charges and, for the second time, the trial date has been postponed.

The trial had been scheduled to start April 19, after Banton requested that date. Without explanation, and much to the distress of lawyer David Oscar Markus, who represents Banton, U.S. District Judge James Moody changed it to June 21.

"We really want to go to trial and were ready to go on April 19," Marcus is reported as saying.

Markus filed a motion asking the judge to reconsider the change.

"We have been working very hard to be ready for this date," he wrote. "We have potential witnesses flying in from Jamaica who have made their plans. We have made our flight and hotel plans. We have lawyers on the team flying in from Houston and Washington, DC, who have also made their flight and hotel plan.

"Perhaps most importantly, Mr. Myrie is in custody and wants to go to trial as
soon as possible."

Buju's legions of fans are disappointed with this new date and hope that come June 20, the judge will not issue a new date yet again.







KINGSTON (JIS) — The Ministry of Justice has sought to clarify the the suspension of Senator KD Knight on March 26, 2010 for two sittings of the Senate.


According to a statement from the ministry, the discussion which has taken place has focused primarily on Senator Knight's offensive references to Senator Dorothy Lightbourne, Minister of Justice and Attorney General and discussion as to whether he should be given an opportunity to be heard in regard to his use of offensive language to Senator Lightbourne.


The fact of the matter as recorded in Hansard, is that Senator Knight was directed by the President of the Senate to withdraw the offensive statement, which he refused to do, and instead picked up his papers and walked out of the Senate.


This was the more compelling reason for the disciplinary action taken against Senator Knight.

No amount of opportunity given to Senator Knight to respond could avail him in justifying his gross disrespect to the President of the Senate.





Polish leader, 96 others dead in Russia jet crash

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Polish President Lech Kaczynski and some of the country's highest military and civilian leaders died Saturday when the presidential plane crashed as it came in for a landing in thick fog in western Russia, killing 97, officials said.

According to a story by the Associated Press, Russian and Polish officials said there were no survivors on the 26-year-old Tupolev, which was taking the president, his wife and staff to events marking the 70th anniversary of the massacre in Katyn forest of thousands of Polish officers by Soviet secret police.

The crash devastated the upper echelons of Poland's political and military establishments. On-board were the army chief of staff, national bank president, deputy foreign minister, army chaplain, head of the National Security Office, deputy parliament speaker, civil rights commissioner and at least two presidential aides and three lawmakers, the Polish foreign ministry said.

Although initial signs pointed to an accident with no indication of foul play, the death of a Polish president and much of the Polish state and defence establishment in Russia en route to commemorating one of the saddest events in Poland's long, complicated history with Russia was laden with tragic irony.

Reflecting the grave sensibilities of the crash to relations between the two countries, Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin personally assumed charge of the investigation.








Lucius Thomas the former Commissioner of Police is the new People’s National Party (PNP) representative for North West St Ann.


Thomas defeated St Ann's Bay Mayor Ivan Anderson in a contest to gain the right to represent the PNP in North West St Ann. Some 312 delegate voted in favour of Thomas, while Anderson managed to pick up only 58 votes.


The selection conference was held Sunday at the Brown's Town Community College in the parish.
Lucius Thomas spent two years and nine months as police commissioner and resigned the post shortly after the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) won the general election in October 2007.

He will now replace Michael Whittingham, who was the former PNP representative for the constituency.

The seat is currently held by the ruling JLP's Othneil Lawrence.





US intelligence people taking over Jamaica?

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What’s going on in this little dot on the world map called Jamaica? If the Sunday Observer story is to be believed, then it would seem that FBI and DEA agents --- and should we assume Interpol as well? -- are crawling all over the island.


According to the report, “agents from two American intelligence-gathering organisations have descended on Jamaica in unusual numbers over the last six months in what political watchers believe is a move by the United States to add more muscle to its request for Jamaica to extradite Christopher 'Dudus' Coke.


A highly placed source told the Sunday Observer that some of the agents have been given strict instructions to pay close attention to three Government ministers, several members of the security forces, and two major downtown business operations.”


Anybody cares to guess which businesses the Observer story is referring to?


It continues, “Sunday Observer sources say that a batch of 23 arrived in the island during the last three months to complement others already here.”


Well, it comes as no surprise that they are here, but the question is, are these US intelligence people here in the numbers that this story would expect us to believe?





The Daily Word - Sunday, April 11, 2010

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Inner Peace

Divine love and grace fill me with peace.


Wherever I am, God is. These words are an affirmation of divine love and grace.

They provide reassurance of God's everlasting presence, and they are an effective prayer any time I need a greater sense of inner peace.

In this blessed state, I face each day assured and confident. As I focus on the abiding presence of God, I feel an inner calm. Any troubled thoughts release their hold on my mind.

I simply remember and affirm the truth: Wherever I am, God is. My quiet affirmation strengthens me, calms my mind and allows me to open my heart to divine love and grace.

In the presence of God, I am peaceful and secure.

I will make a covenant of peace with them; ... and will set my sanctuary among them forevermore.--Ezekiel 37:26





Today's Daily Word - Saturday, April 10, 2010

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Free


I am alive with the freedom of Spirit.


What adventures lie before me today? What lessons will I learn as I open my mind and heart to Spirit? As I embrace these questions and the endless possibilities, I experience a renewed sense of freedom and anticipation at the thought of all that awaits me. I am free to learn all I want to learn. I am free to experience unlimited goodness. I am free to explore new avenues of success, prosperity and wholeness. I am free because the spirit of God is alive in me.


As I experience this freedom within me, I hold thoughts of freedom for others. The spirit of God is within each of us, providing wisdom, clarity and inspiration. In faith, I greet each day knowing I am alive with the freedom of Spirit.


You were called to freedom, brothers and sisters.--Galatians 5:13





Kadeem want tek Killer fi gal clown or what?

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After Bounty Killer girl Kadeem .. yeah, the same tall browning who dem call Hennessey and who related to a next entertainer ... yeah, after she mek police lock up Killer, she now a say she sorry cause she never mean it.

But how the story so conflicting?

One minute Killer a beat her up cause she tell him say the relationship done, then now that Killer inna jail and cyan get bail, Kadeem a talk up a next set a tings how she and Bounty want to get on wid them life – TOGETHER. A what really a gwaan. She saya di first time that Killer ever lick her (wink, wink) and everybody know how fi Bounty hand nimble and don’t join church.

So a really love him love her so? But everybody know say him did love and still love Angel and that neva stop him from kill har wid lick.

But, back to this model girl name Kadeem. It come in like say she waan tek Killer fi gal clown. But like Killer say, Kadeem know what you a do.





Jah Cure sings the visa blues

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The recent cancellation of the US visas of several prominent Jamaican performers, has inspired international reggae star and SoBe/Danger Zone recording artiste Jah Cure to pen the visa blues and record the track Save Yourself.

It was 12:05 am on April 1, 2010, so Jah Cure naturally assumed the Internet news he was reading about the United States cancelling the visas of several top Jamaican dancehall artistes was an April Fools' Day joke.

He said: "I couldn't believe that the Jamaican government or the US government would violate the privacy rights of citizens and publish their legal names, their birth dates, their actual Jamaican passport numbers and their US Visa Control numbers, I did not believe it."

Sadly, by mid-day on April 1st, the news was official -- the US Embassy in Kingston, Jamaica had cancelled the visas.

While sitting in his living room, Jah Cure said he began to hear the words of his idol Bob Marley singing: "Get Up, Stand Up, Stand Up for Your rights." Cure immediately felt inspired and compelled to go on record, so he headed straight to the studio and recorded Save Yourself as his message to Jamaica and all Caribbean nations.

In the opening lines of the song, Cure exclaims: "You can't change my pride, you can't take my power.

" Jah Cure urges his Jamaican and Caribbean brethren to save themselves, to save their countries, to save their economies, to save their families, and to save their children.

A line of the song is telling: "We must 'Save Ourselves' ... we must save ourselves from Babylon."

Cure believes that Save Yourself is an appropriate song for the circumstance as he says: "We cannot depend on Big Brother to help us, we must depend on each other and ourselves.

Jah Cure said he is releasing the record via the Internet hoping it will challenge his Jamaican brethren to stand up for their rights as he chants at the end of the song: "We have come too far to turn back now, we cannot let them take our freedom or our pride. They can never hold us down."

Save Yourself will be released online today







With the recent cancellation of the visas of top deejays Beenie Man, Bounty Killer, Mavado and Aidonia – and remember that Sizzla, Kartel, Busy, and Jah Cure do not have US visas – it has been felt that those artistes who are still eligible to fly will be eating a lot of food.

Artistes like Lady Saw, Elephant Man, Assassin, Chino and Voice Mail would naturally be high on any promoter’s list as main acts on dancehall shows/festivals. But according to booking agencies, this is not so.

Bookings agents are reported as saying that the cancellation of visas of the top artistes has affected the entire music industry, making promoters a bit wary of booking even those acts who still have visas.

“The entire music industry has been tainted,” is the message from the booking agents.

Promoters are nervous, and this is justified as there is a strong possibility that they can book an act for a show next month, only to hear a few days before the show that the artiste’s visa has been revoked by the US embassy.

The fact that the embassy is giving no explanation as to why the artistes’ visas were revoked has set the entire industry on edge.

People are afraid to travel because they might turn up at the airport only to hear that their names are on ‘The List’.

“This is mashing up the industry, and we can’t allow that to happen. We just have to find other markets to explore.

Artistes like Busy Signal and Kartel have been eating good food despite their ban from entering the great America, so artistes haffi just rise and know that them can’t allow Merry Macka to keep them down,” one artiste manager said.





The female deejay still has her US visa

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The rumour mill has been spinning out of control with reports that a certain female deejay has been added to the list of artistes whose US visas have been revoked.

But, according to sources close to her – nutten don’t go so. The artiste recently went to Florida and returned without any problems.

“She fly out and come back good good and nobody neva harass her,” the source stated. Well, that’s a relief.





Rihanna has a new boyfriend

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It’s confirmed. Rihanna has a new boyfriend ... Rihanna has a new boyfriend.

Reports are that three months after RiRi was spotted getting hands- and lips-on with Los Angeles Dodger Matt Kemp, Rihanna has finally used the b-word.

"Umm, he's my boyfriend," the effervescent chanteuse, 22, happily confirmed to Ryan Seacrest on his radio show Thursday (definitely not confirmed: engagement rumors).

"It's new, and it's fun, and it's nothing too serious, you know. I don't want anything that's going to take up so much of my energy and time right now in a bad way. I just want to have fun, and that's what it's about."

Rihanna who deserves some fun after the nightmare that was Chris Brown, also spilled details (maybe a few too many) about the upcoming wedding of her BFF Katy Perry to funnyman Russell Brand.







Bwoy, it come in like we cyan keep up with the artiste dem and how dem a dominate the headlines.

Imagine a man like Louie Culture inna wrangling and then him also pick up a gun shot; then it was the All Fool Day revelation say the US revoke some a dem visa and it look like that just set things in motion.

The next ting was that Mavado crash, then police lock up Bounty fi beat up him woman and a bag a tings. A Wednesday before Killer go back a court, and maybe the judge still don’t give him bail. Ninjaman inna jail fi one year now and him go a court this week and still don’t get bail. And then the Ras Junior Reid plead guilty to selling liquor without a licence.

We still don’t understand how the Ras ting and the liquor ting mix up and blend up, but all we can say is that it is the new world order.

It come in like say one week cyan pass without the artiste dem involved inna some court ting.

We a mek a appeal to all the artiste dem fi mek we start hear some positive tings inna di news. We a get tired a di mix up mix up.

That not putting reggae and dancehall music on top.





Street Vybez Thursdays

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SWIMWEAR SHADES AFFAIR

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The Daily Word - Friday April 09 2010

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Divine Order
My life is in divine order.


When I affirm that divine order is established in my life, I am consciously acknowledging my oneness with the principle of order and harmony.

When I open my mind and heart to the wisdom of God, I am laying the foundation for order to take hold. I may feel guided to take a specific action, feel the urge to create something new, or find an elusive solution to a troubling situation easily falling into place.

Realizing that I live in a world of order and harmony, I no longer allow minor disturbances to confuse me. Looking beneath the appearance of disorder to the divine order that underlies it, I maintain my inner calm and serenity.

I am confident that my life is on the right path and that all is in divine order.

Those of steadfast mind you keep in peace.--Isaiah 26:3





Tears for Buju

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Boy what a whay the Trinidad promoter feel it dat Buju in jail. According to the Trinidad Express Buju's presence was missed at I am Legend III that was held.


But then again he is not the only one shedding tears for the artiste who gave us hits such as Browning, Til I'm Laid To Rest, Destiny among others.


Keep the faith Buju "remember it's not an easy road."





Jail time a waste time

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What a way Bounty Killer gwaan have to spend another week in jail?

Even when the girl whey him lick sey she not interested in pressing charges gainst him, dem still remand him till di next court date.

Dats why wi always sey temper a nuh good someting, cause anyting yuh duh have consequences. Di ongle advice wi have fi Bounty is fi tell him sey, jail time a waste time, so him fi just pree di dollar sign and stop getting cross, miserable and angry.






Poor Ninjaman

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Boy it seems that Ninja Man will not be seeing the light of day any time soon. He was again remanded when he appeared in the Supreme Court yesterday. The DJ is set to return to court on April 23.


Ninjaman, whose real name is Desmond Ballentine, his son Janeil, Dennis Clayton and Seymour Samuels, have been jointly charged with the murder of Robert Johnson, who was shot and killed in Tower Hill, St Andrew last year.


Police alleged that the four were in a grey motorcar, which drove up to Johnson’s home at Marl Road and fired several shots hitting Johnson.


Ninjaman, who is being represented by attorney Norma Linton, appeared in court with his face bushy and his hair unkempt.
No application was made for bail by his attorney and the case is set to continue on April 23.





Gas him and light him

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A man accused of burying a 12-year-old girl alive three weeks ago has been charged.

He is 26-year-old Garsha Wilson, a taxi operator, of a St Andrew address.

He was charged by detectives from the Centre for the Investigation of Sexual Offences (CISOCA) on Monday with attempted murder, abduction, rape, cruelty to a child and malicious destruction of property.

Reports from CISOCA reported that the little girl disappeared from the Transport Centre in Half-Way Tree, St Andrew, on March 22.

Later that same day, Wilson is alleged to have accompanied the child's mother to the Transport Centre to report her missing at the centre's police post.

Girl Found

However, while there, the police received a call that the little girl had been found.

Wilson is said to have then fled the scene but was arrested three days later following investigations.

Detectives are alleging that the child was picked up at the Transport Centre and taken to Smokey Vale, St Andrew, where she was sexually assaulted.

It is also being alleged that the child was choked to the point of unconsciousness and then buried by her attacker, who thought she was dead.

The child was reportedly buried in a shallow grave covered with rocks but later regained consciousness and dug herself out. She was walking along the roadway and helped by a resident who took her to the police.

Wilson is scheduled to appear before the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate's Court on Friday.





Scenes From Weddy Weddy

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Cellular giant Claro, which is run by the world’s richest man Carlos Slim Helu, a Mexican telecommunications tycoon, whose worth is an estimated mind-boggling $53.5 billion, is taking the advertising and promotions war to directly to Digicel.


Their ads are creative, fearless and they are hitting home the point that Digicel is a dinosaur – “that old cell service”—is how they always describe the number one cell phone company in Jamaica. Claro also makes no bones about calling Digicel’s name in their ads and seems to have a team whose job it is to challenges all Digicel promotions.


“Free nights, what kinda free is that?” Claro quizzes as they point out that to qualify for ‘free’ comes with a price tag of topping up with $200 or more during the day.


Claro scored when they introduced former Digicel Rising Stars host, Denise Hunt as one of the voices of their promotional campaigns. “And the old cell – digi sell it yet?” Denise asks quite innocently in one of the first Claro ads.


On Wednesday, Claro muscled its way in three newspapers with full page ads designed to hit out at Digicel and even calling Digicel’s name. And that was in addition to their regular full page ads showing off their range of phones.


But, the truth is that there are still far less persons owning Claro phones than Digicel phones and owning a Claro phone for some is seen as a purchase made when one already owns a Digicel phone.


Digicel has, for the most part, been ignoring the campaigns striking at them and instead has focused on selling phones and getting more people on their network and making noise through the events they sponsor.

While Claro dominated with their must-see full page ad, Digicel was having their early morning function to signal the start of a brand new South Africa World Cup campaign which gives customers a chance to win cool prizes, including tickets to the World Cup in South Africa.


Claro is working hard, but it seems they will have to work harder and hard work is something their owner knows a lot about. Carlos Slim Helu is described By Forbes Magazine as a self-made billionaire.

Helu, who knocked Microsoft’s Bill Gates, into second place on the Forbes list, holds a controlling interest in several Mexican telecommunications companies, including American Movil, the largest mobile phone business in Latin America. His net worth climbed $18.5 billion just in the past year.


And, of course, the question must be asked: Where is LIME in all of this?





GQ meets Vogue

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Scenes fromTurbulence Album Launch

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Scenes From Yellow and White

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The Daily Word - Thursday, April 8, 2010

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Centered

I am centered in the present moment.


The present moment can easily elude me. Every time my mind jumps to the future or the past, I miss the delight of the here and now.

But when I am centered in the present moment, I am always grateful. I feel calm. I feel peace.

As I concentrate on my breathing, I connect to the Infinite within me.

My scattered thoughts begin to focus, and I become present to this now moment and all its potential.

Stress and worry disappear.

In this centered state of being, I know that all is well. I am one with the living God, undistracted by what is happening "out there" and at peace with what is happening "in here." I am awake and aware, blessed and grateful.

Seek the Lord and his strength, seek his presence continually.--1 Chronicles 16:11





Junior Reid and him spirit license

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Bwoy Junior we glad yuh never stretch out di whole courtroom drama and just plead guilty and done sey yuh never authorize fi a sell nuh liquor.

nuh you a di first and yuh certainly nah go be di last whey caan wait pon di official ting fi sell the goodly liquor. $2000 a nuh nuten fi yuh pay, so wi know di serving time wouldn’t come into the deal.

Well di ongle question wi haffi ask is, why it teck so long fi get a license fi sell liquor? And if you do it illegally till permission come, a $2000 fine worth it, cause by dat dey time yuh done sell whole heap more dan data ready!





Prince In Serious Trouble!

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Tax season is not looking too great for PRINCE, as the singer apparently has to come up with $506,000 to hand over to the government. Carver County tax records show the “Purple Rain” singer – real name Prince Rogers Nelson – and hiscompanies PRN Music Corp. and Paisley Park Enterprises Inc. owe thecombined sum in delinquent property taxes to the state of Minnesota for 2009


PRN Music Corp., which is based in the musician’s Paisley Park Studios in Chanhassen, which is located west of Minneapolis, alone owes more than $227,000 in taxes to the state and other government bodies.


Prince, 51, now has until April 21 to file an objection to the sum he and his businesses are alleged to owe, if he does not “a court judgment will be entered against the properties for the unpaid tax, penalty, interest, and costs”,according to local newspaper the Chaska Herald.


However, he has until now and May 2013 to pay off the sum until any forfeiture process could start against Prince’s listed properties. According to Laurie Engelen,taxpayer services manager for Carver County, the pop legend was late in


paying taxes on his studio in 2006 and 2008





Daryl Vaz son enters not guilty plea

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The son od Daryl Vaz, Information Minister, who is on a drug possession charge appeared in the Corporate Area Criminal Court on Tuesday.

Adam Vaz, 18, pleaded not guilty to the charge as the court was told that the forensic report was still outstanding.

The young Mr. Vaz was arrested on March 26 in possession of ganja at the Tinson Pen Aerodrome in St. Catherine.

He was preparing to board a flight to Montego Bay, St. James when his luggage was searched and a small quantity of ganja found.

He was charged and later released on $10,000 station bail.

He is to return to court on May 19.





Scenes From Girls Rush

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Today's Daily Word - Wednesday, April 7, 2010

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Healing


Vitality radiates through every cell of my body.


Myrtle Fillmore, co-founder of Unity, affirmed, "I am a child of God. Therefore, I do not inherit sickness." Using this affirmation, she overcame tuberculosis. I, too, am a child of God, and I do not inherit sickness. Nor do I inherit self-doubt, lack or negativity. What I do inherit are strength, wisdom, hope and vitality.


During my daily time in the silence, I become aware of the vital physical sensation of each part of my body, beginning with my head and spreading to my toes. To each individual organ, limb and cell, I affirm, "I am well. The spirit of love, light and healing flows through me." I am blessed by this knowing and by the prayers of those who affirm health and wholeness for me.


Daughter, your faith has made you well; go in peace, and be healed of your disease.--Mark 5:34





Usain Bolt Takes on Health Centre in Hometown

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World and Olympic Sprint Champion, Usain Bolt, has taken another step towards improving his community of Sherwood Content, Trelawny, by signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for refurbishing and maintaining the community's health centre.

The MOU was signed Wednesday (March 31) with the Ministry of Health and the National People's Co-operative Bank of Jamaica Limited (NPCB), at the Development Bank of Jamaica (DBJ), New Kingston.

Bolt's Manager, Norman Peart, signed on behalf of the athlete, who was ill and unable to attend the function.

Mr. Peart noted that, under the MOU, Bolt's organisation, Sherwood Holdings Limited, would renovate and maintain the health centre, through a lease from the NPCB, which owns the land, while the Health Ministry will continue to provide health services.

The agreement will remain in place for 10 years, with the option of renewal when it expires.

All projects will be executed by the United Way of Jamaica and are set to begin in April, with repairs to the roof, which is deemed a priority. Other projects such as painting and provision of equipment will be undertaken thereafter.

Mr. Peart said that Sherwood Holdings Limited is also planning to provide facilities for dental procedures to be carried out.

"Basic dental care is very expensive right now, and we have been talking to the parish manager, and she has said she should be able to have, at least, a dental nurse to assist. I think that would be a big boost to the clinic," he outlined.

Mr. Peart shared that the project was one of several being undertaken by Bolt in Trelawny, his home parish, and that he intends to do a lot more for the community.

Chairman of the NPCB, Howard Paulwell, reiterated the NPCB's commitment to rural communities.

"We are open to form any alliance that will bring value and support to the people we serve.It is our distinct pleasure to be a part of this venture, and we look forward to a long and beneficial association," he stated.

Chairman of the Western Regional Health Authority, Noel Donaldson, expressed his appreciation to Bolt and his team for undertaking the project, and pledged that the Authority would keep its end of the bargain by delivering the best quality service to the residents of Sherwood Content.

The Sherwood Content Health Centre delivers primary health services, including antenatal care, to approximately 1,000 residents per year.

Funds were raised to begin work on the facility through Bolt's "9.58 Super Party", held in December, 2009, which yielded over $1 million.





Congrats team Jamaica

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Yardflex would like to congratulate team Jamaica on their outstanding performance at the recently held CARIFTA games in Cayman.


In all Jamaica copped 72 medals - 35 of which were gold.
Big up and continue to make us proud.





Rihanna Engaged!?

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After moving into her home a few weeks ago, Matt Kamp is making it official…the baseball player has proposed to girlfriend Rihanna. According to bossip.com a source close to Rihanna gave the gossip site the exclusive:

Rihanna and Matt are spending a lot of time together at the couples spot in L.A.. Matt surprised Rihanna last week when he approached her and asked for her hand in marriage. She said yes, but also relayed the message of feeling that this may be too soon and a long
engagement should follow.





Today's Daily Word - Tuesday, April 6, 2010

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Empowered


I attune myself to the power of God within.


When I am attuned to God and aligned with God's purpose for me, nothing can stand between me and my bliss.I am a divine being, blessed with miraculous gifts that allow me to rise above any challenge and live my dreams.


I have within me the power of divine love. This love dissolves any obstacle, heals any condition, overcomes any inequity. I am empowered to fulfill my potential and to make this world a better place.


I have the courage and grace to face any situation in life and triumph over it. I share my successes with friends and loved ones, and I help them discover their own inner power.


For God did not give us a spirit of cowardice, but rather a spirit of power and of love and of self- discipline.--2 Timothy 1:7





Bounty cross real bad

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Bounty Killer who has been described as cross, miserable and angry most times is living up to that reputation it seems as he is now behind bars for beating his girlfriend.


The DJ will be going to court this Wednesday, April 7 to answer to charges of assault occasioning bodily harm. Bounty will then know his fate.


The DJ was recently in the news when his name appeared on the list of artistes whose visas will be revoked.





YARD FLEX EXCLUSIVE!!!!!

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Mavado involved in accident

Yardflex understands that singjay Mavado has been involved in an accident.Information reaching us that the artiste was riding his bike when a motor vehicle driven by a female collided in him.


Reports are sketchy regarding the extent of his injuries, but what we do know is that the artiste is now at the hospital undergoing treatment.


Yardflex will keep you up to date as more information is made available.





Easter Jam

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The Daily Word, Monday, April 5, 2010

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Resurgence
I act on the desires of my heart.
Have I fulfilled my hopes and dreams in life? Am I where I planned to be? Any discontentment I feel with my present circumstances may be an inner nudge to reawaken the desires I have allowed to become dormant.

Perhaps now is the time to display my creativity, travel to far-off places or serve God and others in a whole new way. Acknowledging this urge, I allow myself to consider new possibilities. My soul surges as I expand my horizons.


Remaining flexible and open, I don't limit myself to any preconceived ideas of what I can or cannot do. Spirit within provides all I need to satisfy the longings that once seemed lost, but now are found.


When she has found it, she calls together her friends and neighbors, saying, "Rejoice with me, for I have found the coin that I had lost."--Luke 15:9





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The Daily Word, Sunday, April 4, 2010

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Resurrection


I am renewed by the Christ Presence resurrected in me.


When Mary discovered that the body of Jesus was no longer in the tomb where it had been laid, she could not imagine that he was alive again. But later, she recognized her Teacher and the miracle that had occurred.

When I contemplate in prayer the indwelling Christ Presence, I may experience a resurrection, a restoration, a revival within me.

Letting go of the old and opening myself to the new, I am changed in ways that are vital to my spiritual unfolding. I am raised into a greater experience of the God-life within me.

I may not recognize the transformation immediately, but as I rise to the realization of the Christ Presence, miracles happen.

Jesus said to her, "Mary!" She turned and said to him in Hebrew, "Rabbouni!" (which means Teacher).--John 20:16





Fight on Louie

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Yardflex is glad that conscious artiste Louie Culture is still among the living after coming under gun attack. He received two gunshots in the arm and was taken to hospital. The only question we want ask is What the hell is happening in entertainment?

Visas being canceled, violence in the dances, no man seem as of we need a breath of fresh air in the business. Let's bring back love and fun in the dancehall, clean up the lyrics and see how new life will flow in it.





The Daily Word, Friday, April 3, 2010

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New Creation
The power of God transforms my life.


I may associate darkness with fear or sadness. Yet darkness may also mark a new beginning, a time of transformation. Out of what was, something new emerges.

The chick emerges from the egg; the butterfly emerges from the cocoon. Time in the darkness is an important and essential part of the process of life.

Jesus knew that the darkness of the tomb held the promise of eternal life. In faith I move through times of challenge, even of sorrow, expecting good to be revealed through the activity of Spirit.

In the midst of what may appear to be darkness, I open myself to new wisdom. With each experience, I emerge a new creation of Spirit.

Very truly, I tell you, you will weep and mourn, but the world will rejoice; you will have pain, but your pain will turn into joy.--John 16:20





Scenes From Celebrity Rollout

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Check out This Weeks A and B Girl

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US Embassy silent on visa issue

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There is no confirmation on Thursday afternoon from the United States Embassy on reports that the US visas of at least five Jamaican dancehall entertainers have been revoked.


The list, which is being circulated by email to media houses, is headed by a major Grammy artiste and popular local acts.


The list purportedly from the US Embassy Fraud Prevention Unit carries the full names of the DJs.


The list also gives numbers claiming to be the dates of birth, passport numbers and visa control numbers of the entertainers.


However there is no indication on the list authenticating the document as coming from the Embassy neither is the list signed by any Embassy official.


The advisory issues instructions to airport authorities and airlines to bar them from travelling to the United States as the Embassy was not able to physically revoke their visas.


However the document does not make it clear what has led the Embassy to go this route.


National Security Minister Senator Dwight Nelson told RJR News his office is not aware of the development.


"Speaking for myself as Minister of National Security, I can say no, nothing of that nature has come to my attention neither formally nor informally.

We have not been advised in the Ministry of National Security of that development. It would not come across the desk of the Ministry of National Security," Senator Nelson said.


Efforts by our News team to make contact with the entertainers and their handlers have been unsuccessful so far.


When contacted, representatives of the US Embassy advised that we send our queries via email.


However there has not been a response to our email.





Flippa corner dark

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You see when people hard of hearing things can go wrong for them. Yardflex source understands that Flippa was warned not to come to Jamaica in December and he insisted on making the trip. See it is alleged that the had to resort to going back to the States via a boat from Miami and that's where his luck ran out. Check out the story in Thursday's Star for more details.


Deejay Flippa Mafia is currently being held in the Federal Detention Centre (FDC) in Miami as a material witness in an illegal alien smuggling case.


The deejay is alleged to have attempted to enter the United States on a boat from The Bahamas with the assistance of two men.


Flippa, whose real name is Andrew Kendrick Davis, is now being held as a prosecution witness against the men, Julio Santiesteban and Armando Amat, who are charged with encouraging and inducing an alien to enter or reside in the United States.


The artiste was arrested on March 16 and is scheduled to appear before the Duty Magistrate of the United States District Court of the Southern District of Florida tomorrow.


When THE WEEKEND STAR contacted Alicia O Valle, special counsel to the US Attorney, she emailed a document detailing the allegations against Davis. A summary of the case against Davis and two other men was included in an affidavit sworn by Matthew Parker, a special agent with the Department of Homeland Security, United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).


immigration status


According to Special Agent Parker in the affidavit, during questioning; "Davis, a Jamaican national stated that he left the United States for Jamaica in December of 2009. Davis said that he knew he had no current legal immigration status in the US and that he knew he would not be able to lawfully re-enter the United States."


It further stated that, "on March 5, 2010, Davis flew from Jamaica to The Bahamas in order to see some friends and find a way to be smuggled into the United States."


While in The Bahamas, Davis allegedly met with a friend who agreed to smuggle him into the US. The friend then introduced Davis to two Cubans, Santiesteban and Amat, who had arrived to pick up a load of Chinese people that never arrived. Davis reportedly paid US $3000 (J$270,000) for passage to the United States.


The money was reportedly accepted and on March 15 an attempt was allegedly being made to transport Davis to United States on the boat. The United States Coast Guard intercepted the vessel, however, and conducted a search.


unaccounted person


Upon boarding the vessel, Parker said that the Coast Guard found Santiesteban and Amat, and during a search later found one unaccounted person (Davis) laying down in the cabin of the vessel. The men were taken in for questioning.


Davis is known for songs such as Dem Yah and Repeat. He is popularly known as the 'Flossing King' for his antics of throwing champagne and money into the crowd during performances.





Happy Easter for you and yours

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Yardflex takes this time to wish one and all of our readers a happy Easter season. Remember it's not all about bun, cheese and fish, it's really about the great sacrifice Jesus paid on the cross when he died for our sins.


Take this time to reflect on the supreme sacrifice and if you can try and spread that love to your fellow man.





YardFlex Top 10 Chart

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The Daily Word, Friday, April 2, 2010

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Pray for Others


I pray for others from God's love within me.


As I pray for family and friends, God's love flows in and through me. Yet, I am also called to pray for those I may consider enemies.

A true measure of love is the ability to show love to those who have harmed me. Whenever I'm feeling mistreated, I pray.

I am lifted by God's powerful love, which frees me from any negativity.

Since love is my very nature, I feel profoundly peaceful when I share the love of God with others. I begin to see hurtful behaviors as a misguided call for love.

Rather than condemn another for his or her actions, I behold the divine within each person and respond with love. As I pray for others, the spiritual wisdom, understanding and unconditional love of God fill my heart.

Bless those who curse you, pray for those who abuse you.--Luke 6:28





"Dudus" matter to go to the courts

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There is a new development in the row between Jamaica and the United States over the extradition request for Tivoli Gardens strongman Christopher "Dudus" Coke.


In an attempt to end the deepening controversy, Prime Minister Bruce Golding has announced that the extradition matter will be brought before the courts.


An application is to be made seeking a declaration on the powers that the Minister of Justice has in dealing with breaches of treaties between Jamaica and the United States.


According to Mr. Golding who was speaking on his monthly radio call in programme "Jamaica House Live" Wednesday night, the application will be made in a matter of days as he anxious to bring closure to the issues surrounding the "Dudus" extradition saga.


"Based on the advice that we have received, I have instructed the Minister of Justice to prepare to seek a declaration from the courts of Jamaica, not in relation to the breach of the treaty because as I've said before, that's not a matter that the courts in either the United States or Jamaica can determine; but to seek a declaration from the courts as to whether the minister has a, the authority and b, the obligation to consider breaches of our laws and breaches which lead to a breach of the treaty in coming to her decision," the Prime Minister said.


He made it clear that the government will abide by whatever declaration is issued by the court.


In a bid to ensure transparency, private legal counsel will be retained to handle the legal proceedings.


Mr. Golding disclosed that Jamaica has been engaged in discussions with the US authorities on the extradition matter but the parties have failed to reach an agreement.


The extradition saga has been deepening since the Prime Minister rejected America's arguments for the extradition of Mr. Coke to face narcotics and gun-smuggling charges.


Concern has been raised in several quarters that the issue could result in a major breakdown in relations between Jamaica and the US.





Happy birthday D’Angel

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Yardflex would like to wish D’Angel happy birthday as she is celebrating her big day today. We hear that there is crazy plans for celebrations lata, so enjoy yuh day girl, “di battle dem only meck yuh “stronger”.





Faith Evans Has IRS Issues

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According to published reports, it appears that singer Faith Evans is having some tax problems. Evans is in arrears to the IRS to the tune of $360,000 in federal and state taxes.


According to the Detroit News, here’s what’s owed by the first female singer signed by Bad boy Records:


* The IRS filed a $36,360 lien against Evans on March 4 with the New York City Register’s office.


* The IRS filed a $119,821 lien against Evans on Feb. 16 with the Los Angeles County Recorder of Deeds.


* The state of New Jersey filed a $204,000 lien against Evans on Oct. 30, 2008, with the New Jersey State Superior Court.


Meanwhile, Evans, the former wife of the late Notorious B.I .G., is scheduled to star in a new reality show called “It’s All About Faith,” which will chronicle her musical comeback and family life.





What a gwaan!!

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Backside a what a gwaan inna di entertainment industry. The US Embassy send out notice that some entertainers cannot board any flights to US as they are now in the process of revoking their visas. Yeah man Beenie Man, Aidonia, Bounty Killer, Ricky Trooper and Mavado are the artistes in question.


But di wickedest ting is dat wi doan even know why dem a get revoke. No sah, wi haffi get the full hundred pon deh one yah.





Today's Daily Word - Thursday, April 1, 2010

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Preparation


I am prepared for life's blessings.


In the Garden of Gethsemane, Jesus took time for prayer, contemplation and conversation with God. This example of Jesus struggling to accept the path before him has inspired humanity through the ages.


Just as Jesus prepared himself for his final ordeal and ultimate triumph, I prepare myself for challenges with prayer. I affirm the aspects of my personal and spiritual nature that I want to express more fully. At the same time, I am fearless in examining the ways I do not yet apply those qualities in daily life.


By staying "prayed up," I make wise choices in all that I think, say and do. Every challenge becomes an opportunity for new growth and transformation, and every blessing becomes a lesson in the power of prayer.


He said to his disciples, "Sit here while I go over there and pray."--Matthew 26:36





Reggae Sumfest 2018

Digicel Rising Stars judge promotes Cougar

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Judge on popular talent series, Digicel Rising Stars, Nadine Sutherland, is promoting her newest single, Cougar, which is fast becoming one of the hottest songs requested on radio.

The controversial theme explores relationships between younger men and older women, citing some world renowned cougars, and it also depicts incidents of ‘Cougarism’ in Jamaica.


Popular disc jockey Ragashanti on his Mix up and Blenda show, says that Cougar is one of the hottest songs on his show at the moment, as the requests for it, on his Facebook fan-page speaks for itself.

Listeners to his show have been writing e-mails, and calling, wanting to hear, and also discuss the hot topic, and Ragashanti, willingly obliges his massive radio audience, by pulling up Cougar several times for his fans.


South Florida and the Tri-State areas of America have picked up on the buzz, and disc jockeys are being requested to play the song by their listeners, as the word on the streets has propelled the single to a new realm of popularity.


The song is increasing in rotation and should get an extra push, as Nadine will be doing a promotional tour of North America in support of it.







A British charity promoting homeopathy that was founded by Prince Charles says it is shutting down, days after police arrested a former official for alleged fraud and money laundering, a report carried by he Associated Press said.


The Prince’s Foundation for Integrated Health said in a statement today the fraud investigation speeded up a closure that had been planned for many months.


Police arrested a 40-year-old man and a 54-year-old woman Tuesday, saying the pair were linked to a complaint about fraud at the charity.


Prince Charles set up the charity in 1993 to promote “integrated health care” — combining conventional medicine with alternative therapies including acupuncture, aromatherapy, homeopathy and massage.

— (Source Associated Press)





Fantastic Tanya at Christopher’s

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Tanya Stevens is "the realest girl out deh".
Last night, she took fans on an exciting journey at Christopher’s in New Kingston and had the club rocking, singing, saluting, even as the seams threatened to burst.


It was the diva’s first performance for the year, and indeed, her first full length performance in Kingston in quite some time, and her fans were determined to see her in action.


A nominal $500.00 cover charge was perhaps too reasonable for this intimate experience and Christopher’s was unable to comfortable hod the patrons who turned out and demanded entry, even when they were told that there was no room in the inn.


Perfect strangers rubbed shoulders inside the too-packed venue and seemed delighted to be counted among those privileged enough to be a part of this experience. Tanya came, saw and conquered and still managed to leave fans wanting more.


She is scheduled to host the launch of her album, Infallible, tonight at the same venue.







In a documentary entitled Vigilante In Uniform, international news network Aljazeera, calls the Jamaican police force one of the deadliest in the world.

Jamaica is described as one of the most violent societies on earth in the documentary which highlights the turf wars, armed gangs and police killings on the island.


“With a population of less than three million people, police kill hundreds of people every year in what they claim are crime-related shoot-outs, making Jamaica’s police force among the deadliest in the world,” said an AlJazeera.net report, which used as example the police killing of deejay Robert ‘Kentucky Kid’ Hill last year.


“Rights groups say that these shootings add up to a campaign of extra-judicial executions carried out by police who have taken the law into their own hands,” it added.


Kentucky Kid was one of 224 people killed in police shootings last year, Al Jazeera said.


Al Jazeera is headquartered in Quatar .





Letterman picking up the pieces after scandal

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David Letterman says the scandal surrounding his workplace dalliances "knocked him down" and depressed him, but that he's putting the pieces of his life back together.

During a guest appearance on Friday's "Live with Regis and Kelly," the CBS late-night star said his behavior hurt his family and himself.

But he sounded hopeful that life with his wife and young son can "even be better, in a different way" than before the explosive revelations that he had had sex with co-workers.

Letterman made no reference to the $2 million shakedown attempt over his sex life that spurred him to acknowledge the affairs on his show last October.

Former television producer Robert Halderman, who pleaded guilty to the blackmail attempt, is scheduled to be sentenced next week.





Adventist GG signs casino gambling Bill

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The Bill to legislate casino gaming in Jamaica has now been signed into law by the Governor General, His Excellency Sir Patrick Allen, following passage in both houses of Parliament in March, a release from the JIS said..


Minister of State in the Ministry of Finance and the Public Service, Senator Arthur Williams outlined the next steps to be taken, including the Finance Minister’s appointment date notice in the Gazette, the establishment of the Casino Gaming Commission and the crafting and implementation of appropriate regulations.


“Now that the law has been passed, the Ministerial order is imminent,” he said.

However, he noted, that great care has to be taken in ensuring that the contingent regulations comprehensively address the details governing the roll-out of casino gaming in Jamaica.


He said that the major challenge is to ensure that the casinos are run according to the strict rules that are set down.






Cash Plus investors urged to submit claims

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Friday is the deadline for Cash Plus investors to submit claims to the Liquidator of the failed investment scheme.

The cut off date was extended last month to accommodate persons who had not yet presented claims to Cash Plus Liquidator, Hugh Wildman.

There were also reports of new developments which could impact on future pay outs to Cash Plus investors.

A notice from Mr. Wildman says persons who placed money in Cash Plus should complete a Proof of Debt Form and provide copies of contracts as well as valid identification and their Tax Registration Number.

The information should be sent to the Office of the Trustee in Bankruptcy situated at 52 to 60 Grenada Crescent in New Kingston.

Cash Plus investors have been awaiting word on the status of their investments since the scheme collapsed two years ago.

Not much information has been forthcoming since Mr. Wildman reported late last year that money belonging to the scheme was found in a bank account in Dubai.





Questions wi a ask

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Crying shame


A wha meck dem really kill di pastor man whey march fi peace di odda day in Spanish Town.

Jah know star, dem people yah a teck it to another level, when di man a sey peace and him a do him morning prayers and dem drag him outa di house and shoot him execution style.

Whey wi waan fi know is, dem nuh fraida God?





To-Isis Member Escapes Harm In Accident

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Reggae singer, Renardo Lewis of the longstanding Reggae group, To-Isis, survived a near-fatal car accident early Wednesday morning.


Some minutes after 12:30 a.m. Renardo says he was on his way to New Kingston to pick his wife up from work and upon reaching the Waterloo/South Avenue intersection, he stopped at the red traffic light.


"I was waiting for it to change to green and I proceeded to remove my jacket which I had worn to a performance earlier in the day.

When I was finished putting it on my seat, that's when I saw two bright lights in my rear view but it was already too late for me to do anything.

The JUTA hiace bus already hit me so hard that my car was sent all the way from the traffic light to the sidewalk area where I ran headfirst into the wall of JO JO's Market," he said.


"I was being tossed around inside the car like a rag doll. When it all stopped I tried to get out but my door was stuck, I had to give it a couple hard pushes to finally get it open.

The first thing I saw was someone in a green and white shirt and I just want to say thank you to all the people on the scene who helped me out and made sure I was ok," he said.


The motor car which was totalled in the accident was removed from the scene after the police arrived and Renardo was taken to the UWI hospital after giving his statement at the Half Way Tree police station.

There, tests were conducted and "all my x-rays came back clean; I however have whiplash and a lower back strain.

I'm extremely grateful to be alive. When I think about being sailed from one side of the road, through a red light into a wall, I know God is good.

I'm also happy I was wearing a seatbelt or I could have been flung from the car. Now I'm kind of apprehensive to drive and I'm going to get nervous whenever I see a vehicle getting too close the back of my car," said Renardo.





Questions wi a ask

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Wicked, wicked wicked

A how come di gunman dem shoot di two schoolers dem suh and di church deacon.

Dem kill di five year old pickney, and now di father and teenaged daughter a battle fi life dung a MoBay. A how dem wicked suh?





Alicia Keys is Pregnant, Swizz Beatz The Daddy?

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According to gossip site MediaTakeOut.com R&B singer Alicia Keys and her boyfriend, rapper/producer Swizz Beatz were expecting a child together.


The website claims that people over at the popular weekly hip hop gossip magazine, Hip Hop Weekly, Alicia's with child.

Here's what they are reporting on their new issue - which hits stands in A FEW DAYS:
HHW has received some shocking news! Sources have come forward alleging that R&B singer Alicia Keys is pregnant by her boyfriend, hip hop producer Swizz Beatz.

The pair, who have been an item since 2008 when Swizz and his estranged wife, singer Mashonda, announced that they were splitting up, and are also rumored to be engaged.

While HHW cannot confirm the pregnancy at this time, the source is someone close to the couple.

Well it ain't confirmed yet, but CONGRATS to the happy couple. We have to say . . . behind JIGGA and QUEEN BEY . . . . these guys are our SECOND favorite celebrity couple!!!









London, England - In the Spirit of his father Bob Marley, Julian "Ju Ju" Marley is the next generation of Reggae pioneers proudly paying it forward in his home town of London, England.

Along-side a list of Reggae luminaries that have spawned out of England such as Aswad and Steel Pulse, Julian "Ju Ju" Marley firmly plants his roots in London, inherently influencing the U.K. music scene with his rich legacy.

Born in London, England to Lucy Pounder on June 4, 1975, Julian Marley has been blessed by his father's great talent and by the unique perspective that comes with an upbringing in a multicultural community.

As the only son of Bob Marley born and raised in the U.K., Julian has credited his British upbringing as a deep influence on his musical career.

Julian reflects, "Growing up in London remains a large part of who I am today. Musically, I have become increasingly aware of how self-motivating the history of the U.K. Reggae scene has been on my work.

I feel privileged to be a part of the musical roots that my father laid in England, and as the next generation of British born reggae artists, I look forward to relating the cultural gifts that have been bestowed on to me back onto the U.K. music scene through my musical creations, visions and contributions."

Reggae and Bob Marley in particular, have always had a unique part in British popular culture since the 1970s. The masterpiece that was Bob Marley's Exodus was recorded in the U.K. and transformed Bob Marley's career.

Resonating with audiences around the world, the legendary Marley influenced an array of musicians, including some of today's largest British pop icons including, The Police.

Transcending musical genres, Julian Marley has become a spiritual, moral, musical visionary with an international mission.

Just as his father, "Ju Ju" Marley ranks higher in the consciousness movement of music than most international reggae artists of today.

In 2009, Julian Marley's fame rose to new heights with the success of his Grammy Award Nominated release entitled, Awake (Ghetto Youths / Universal).

Julian's Awake world tour with his band The Uprising flourished in 2009, and stemmed into a major North American, Caribbean and European run that included the Raggamuffin 2010 tour of Australia and New Zealand.

Marley's continually expanding performance dates will see the reggae singer-songwriter headlining venues throughout Europe in 2010, with Julian and The Uprising scheduled to perform close to one dozen dates in the U.K., including several performances in his home town of London, England in July and August of 2010.





Of teachers and education

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By Joan Wilson


Times are hard and everyone wouldn’t mind getting top ups where salaries are concerned. But there is the danger that in seeking more money the real purpose of the profession is lost.

Next week, depending on how things work out between teachers and government they could be on strike.


Now the sad thing about all this is that the real losers are the future of our country – the students.

In the midst of all the argument about increased pay and retroactive salary comes the news about the poor performance of students of did the Grade Four Achievement test. Guess which group of students performed the worst? Yes, the public school students.


This is sending a dangerous message, that something is wrong. Whose fault is it? Parents must play their role in helping but teachers MUST do their jobs properly too. If they are giving half hearted service then the real losers will always be the students.


An informal investigation carried out by Yardflex revealed that a lot of schools now have teachers selling patties, bag juice and other stuff in class – to supplement their salaries.

Not to mention the disruption in lessons through various fundraising activities being put on by the school. Maybe the education ministry should send their spies out there to comb through the schools with a fine tooth comb and find out just what exactly is happening in the school system.





Wah Unu Seh A or B People.....

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Divine Idea

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I am a divine idea in expression, guided and inspired by God.
My mind and heart are like fertile soil as I turn to God in prayer.

Relaxing into the silence, I open my awareness to divine ideas, which lead me to manifest wholeness and abundance in my life.

Just as I might plant a tiny seed that will someday grow into a mighty tree, I plant the seeds of divine ideas within my consciousness through my thoughts and words.

I feed these ideas with wisdom and enthusiasm, and I nurture them with my actions and interactions.

Guided and inspired by God, I am alert to all the new possibilities life presents.

Giving thanks for right outcomes, I respond to life with passion as I mature mentally, emotionally and spiritually.

He will give rain for the seed with which you sow the ground.--Isaiah 30:23





Scenes from Weddy Weddy Wednesdays

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Scenes from Turbulance video shoot

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Vote For Ashling Final Days to Vote!

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Media house to be sentenced for tax evasion

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The operators of a local media house are scheduled to be sentenced on Thursday for tax evasion.


The owners of the Sunday Herald Newspaper, New Media Communications and its Principal Desmond Richards will return to the Sutton Street Tax Court for failing to pay over taxes.


The parties appeared in Court last month for breaches of the Income Tax, Education Tax, General Consumption Tax and Company Tax Acts.

The Tax Administration Department said the case was brought before the Sutton Street Court after all attempts to arrive at a settlement failed.

During the hearing, the attorneys for New Media requested time to make suitable payment arrangements.

However this was denied by Resident Magistrate Owen Parkin, who indicated that the Inland Revenue Department had given enough time.

The court then ordered that nearly $36 million for GCT and $58,000 for Company Tax be paid in six monthly installments.

The order takes effect on Thursday.



The Tax Department says if the parties default on the court order, more drastic action will be taken.

In the criminal matters relating to PAYE and Education Tax, the company and the director were each summoned to answer to 136 offences brought by the tax authorities, resulting from failure to pay for the period 2003 to 2008.





Meck the world remain level

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When you have someone in lock-up whether them popular or not meck sure the same rule applies to all.

From what we reading in the paper the lawmen – who allowed persons to unlawfully visit Bounty Killer while in lock-up are now being interdicted and place on three quarters salary.


According to a story in the Star investigation revealed that the alleged visits occurred about 10 p.m. on April 10, which was not a visiting day.

Information unearthed revealed that persons connected to the entertainer were caught in the visiting area with three bags of grocery.


It was further revealed that the corporal and the constable were on duty in that area and were asked to account for the foul-up.


Senior personnel at the station called in the Anti-Corruption Branch, which has since launched an investigation into the matter.





Poor Flippa

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Bwoy di only flossing Flippa Mafia a do these days is in whey ever dem have him inna lock up..

Poor soul, a wonda a who a live inna di big house whey him did a sing bout inna him song? If only him did remain patient and nuh badda try fi enter di US illegally. Everyting would happen in its time, cause him wife did done a file fi him.


But come to think about it a how come so much a wi dancehall DJ dem a get lock away, Buju, Flippa, Ninja…a hope no more cause before you know it, we won’t have any big name pon di stage show dem.





Smokey Robinson Mourns Death of Sister

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Smokey Robinson was reportedly at the bedside of his sister Rose Ella Jones, affectionately known as “Aunt Woody,” when she passed away Monday in Los Angeles. She was 82.

Roland Bynum of LA radio station KJLH reported that Jones died at approximately 4 p.m. at Olympia Hospital (formerly Midway Hospital).

Jones co-wrote many songs with Robinson, including “Quiet Storm,” “Daylight & Darkness” and “Virgin Man.”

Bynum said Jones was instrumental in raising Robinson along with Bynum’s mother and Robinson’s sister, Geraldine Burston.

Jones is survived by a daughter, Stacey and other relatives. Funeral arrangements are pending.76672.jpg





Thursday, April 29, 2010

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Let Go, Let God

I am peaceful, free and secure as I release my concerns to God.


I may at times feel a strong desire to control a situation. What I may be affirming, however, is that certain events need to unfold in a particular way for me to feel happy and successful.

If I am being inflexible, I may not be allowing for the presence of God to work freely and completely in my life. But how do I let go of my desire to control?

One way is to step back, breathe and trust Spirit. In trusting, I release my need to control and turn instead to divine wisdom.

I trust this wisdom to guide me; to guide my thoughts, words and actions; and to lead me in right ways.

By allowing the situation to unfold as it will, I free myself from the need to control. In letting go, I experience peace and freedom.

The human mind plans the way, but the Lord directs the steps.--Proverbs 16:9





A woman for Gyptian

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Bwoy the rumour mill going in overdrive regarding reggae singer Gyptian and which woman he is dating.

First wi hear that there is something brewing between him and Face and then it is Ikaya.

Big and serious Gyptian, you need to come forward with you official woman and meck dem stop speculate a who a di real queen.

But den again if you want to kick back and enjoy the single life, a nuh nobody business but yours, why dem nuh just low you star?





Scenes from Boasey Tuesdays

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Sandra Bullock has filed for divorce from her husband, Jesse James, and is adopting a baby boy as a single parent, a story posted Wednesday on People magazine’s website said.


“Yes, I have filed for divorce,” the 45-year-old Oscar-winning actress said in an interview. “I’m sad and I am scared.”


Bullock and James, 41, began the adoption process four years ago, the report said, and brought 3 1/2-month-old Louis Bardo Bullock home in January but decided to keep the news to themselves until after the Oscars. The baby was born in New Orleans, the story said.


James and Bullock separated in March after five years of marriage, following reports that James had been unfaithful.


Bullock won the Oscar for best actress for her role in the blockbuster hit “The Blind Side” on March 7. Within days of her win, the cheating allegations became public and Bullock went into seclusion.


The motorcycle mogul publicly apologized to Bullock and his children, Sunny, 6; Jesse Jr., 12; and Chandler, 15.


He recently returned home after a 30-day stay in a treatment facility where he sought help for “personal issues,” the story on People’s website said.


She said of her relationship with Jesse’s three children: “I don’t want to know what life is like without those kids. ... Whatever we need to do, in the healthiest way, we are going to be co-parenting.”







Deejay Mr Lexx is jubilant that his sexual assault case in a New York court has been dismissed, however he will still be required to do three days of community service.


In October last year, the deejay was picked up at a hotel in Queens, NY, after a woman reported that he had forced himself on her.

He was arrested and his travel documents seized, forcing him to remain in the United States while on bail.


At the time of his arrest, his manager, Earlton Clarke had boldly declared that his artiste was innocent and it would be proven.


The arrest came at a point in his career when Mr Lexx was resurfacing and poised to make another breakthrough with two hot singles.


After nearly six months off the dancehall scene, Mr Lexx will have to work double time to get his career on a level.





A woman’s real worth

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By Rootsgirl


Big and serious, I just need to point out that some women really need to know their real worth. Alicia Keys said it best in her popular song – A woman’s Worth.


The only problem is, how can we make more women realize their real worth enough to put a stop to the disrespect being meted out to them.

When a man treats them like a football and disrespects them in the most way, they should have enough pride to walk away and make life on their own terms.


Sometimes I have to wonder if some men really realize what the role of a mother is from childbearing to nurturing them to adulthood. I have to ask cause some expect women to be homemakers, single caregiver and still they turn around and play these women.


I am on a deep thought path right now, and part of that is wondering what exactly do men need? They get some really great women who would move the earth for them, but instead of cherishing they they treat them like dogs and then turn around and pick up trash…treat them like queens only to end up being dissed in the worst ways by them.


Women need to examine their real worth. If you are with a man and he is giving you crap and you try reasoning with him no ends, then maybe it’s time to step and take care of yourself.


The biggest disrespect I think come from some of these DJs in the kind of songs they do and what’s so bad about it all is that the women are their greatest supporters? If they start putting a little more value on themselves then we might just see a change in the kind of songs DJs record about woman.





What a bust

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Bwoy di odda day when di cigarette company a talk bout how much money dem a lose ova di illegal sale a fake Craven A wi did a wonder if sinting couda really guh suh. But last night when wi a watch di news and si di big bust whey carry out a Beverly Hills wi shock.

One big box a money – US and local and whole heap a goods, di Nissin soup, fake craven A and odda stuff. Dats why mi glad sey a Lasco cup soup mi start buy.

But what a want yuh to look at is di fact whey di big criminal activity a teck place – Beverly Hills – yes not downtown…now maybe dem shoulda raid more place up deh suh and wi might be surprised.





Guard yuh Clarks boot dem

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Well it come een like sey di song whey Kartel and Popcaan duh a create havoc over di place.

Not only is the song making its way on the charts, but it could be the reason for this big interest in Clarks boot, so much so that thieves are breaking into stores and helping themselves to them!


Yes siree, according to the police thieves are targeting stores that sell Clarkes as two stores in Linstead were robbed recently of some pairs of the shoes.


Si what wi tell unno bout bigging up material possession – it just meck people more redeye. Maybe dem should start deejaying bout love and hard work and meck wi see what effect it will have on crime and labour.





Nuffy a a go wed

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Suh Nuffy a leave di single life behind and a tie di knot?

Yes star, wi a read it inna one a dem paper sey him done wid dat dey kinda life. Him a guh tie di knot wid him girlfriend of 11 years.

Di ongle ting wi a wonder is why a man haffi live wid a woman so long before him realize sey him can married to har?

From what we read no date no set yet, but him a plan big engagement party fi har on Saturday, May 29.

In a comment to the paper Nuffy said about his girlfriend "Melecia is real to me, she keeps me clean, she does all the things a man wants a woman to do. She massage my body; she cook my food; she burst bump inna mi face; yow, she bathe me!"

Well wi hope him doing all dese tings to har too and more – best wishes to them from Yardflex.





Tupac's Mom Arrested

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LUMBERTON (WTVD) -- State alcohol agents arrested the mother of legendary rapper Tupac Shakur earlier this month.

According to the Fayetteville Observer, 63-year-old Afeni Shakur Davis was charged on April 16 with felony possession of marijuana, maintaining a vehicle, dwelling or place for a controlled substance and simple possession of a controlled substance.

She is out of jail on a $10,000 bond, and her court date is scheduled for May 10.

Shakur is a Lumberton native who is best known for her work as a political activist and former Black Panther. She also is the mother of rapper Tupac, who was gunned down in Las Vegas in 1996.

His murder remains unsolved.Since her son's death, Afeni has managed Tupac's unreleased music and poetry, selling millions of albums since his death.

With the money from album sales, she found the Tupac Amaru Shakur Foundation, which is based in Stone Mountain, Georgia.

The foundation provides art programs for youth. She also launched a clothing line called Makaveli Branded. Proceeds from those sales go to the Shakur foundation.





The Daily Word Wednesday, March 28, 2010

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Choices
My choices are guided by God.


Each day, I make a number of decisions. They may be mundane, like choosing what to wear, or they may be vital, addressing health, relationship or financial challenges.

Even when my choices seem limited, I know there is always a choice that reveals the highest and best in me.

In all my life's circumstances, if I listen closely, I am being clearly guided.

The guidance of God may show up in many ways--as an unlikely coincidence, a word or phrase that stands out in conversation or an inner knowing that needs no explanation.

I take comfort knowing that I am continually directed to make wise decisions that bless me and strengthen my faith in God's guidance.

If we live by the Spirit, let us also be guided by the Spirit.--Galatians 5:25





How Magnum can invite LA Lewis as judge?

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Magnum really want a 10 long 10 strong lick somewhere where it will hurt bad.


A really from the other day we fi write bout this, but it not too late.

Imagine, we a watch the Magnum Kings and Queens of Dancehall the other day and when we look, is really LA Lewis we see the Magnum people have as judge.

Now, LA Lewis is not an artiste, he doesn’t have any songs that anybody knows, he knows nothing about music and yet there he was judging people who are trying to break in the music business.

Now, if that is not poppyshow, then I don’t know what is.





Fowl free as a bird; Lena spreading her wings

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Who could ever have believed that Fowl would be back in the place and he and Lena British are not together.

While Fowl was away, Lena was waiting ... and waiting ... and waiting. As a matter of fact, we are sure that Ce’cile sang the I’m Waiting song just for Lena.

Then when Fowl made his appearance, Lena took a vacation away from the island. Can’t really say whay that was so, but all we know is that the man himself has been seen at almost every session, always with a buxom browning.


And, we know that Lena friends must have told her, because when Lena returned the other day and step inna di session, she have everybody weak.

That little lace black dress was the ultimate statement and it showed off her gym body to perfection. Well, Lena British was always the fashionista and now she’s opening her own boutique, right upstairs her salon in Central Plaza. We know Lena’s going to get a lot of customers and we wish her all the best.


Maybe she and Spice and D’Angel can have a special link-up, as they are all boutique owners involved in entertainment.










Hundreds of frenzied teenagers mobbed pop star Justin Bieber as he arrived in New Zealand, knocking down his mother and stealing his hat as he was rushed through the airport to escape the fans, the Associated Press reported yesterday..



The Canadian singer tweeted his 2.1 million fans Wednesday to report: "Finally got to New Zealand last night. The airport was crazy. Not happy that someone stole my hat and knocked down my mama. Come on people."



His mother, Pattie Mallette, tweeted that she was "OK" after being pushed over by rampaging fans at Auckland Airport.



Bieber earlier told fans that he wanted to sign autographs and have pictures taken. But police and security had to shut the opportunity down because fans were pushing.

The frenzy followed similar scenes in Sydney, Australia, earlier in the week, where police canceled a Bieber concert after surging crowds crushed some fans. The most serious injury was a fractured kneecap.



A similar situation occurred at a mall in Long Island, New York, in November. Bieber's free concert was canceled at the 11th hour when hundreds of fans stampeded after a reported sighting of the teen star.



In New Zealand, a mob of mainly teen girls screamed their welcome and swarmed toward Bieber, 16, at the airport. Escorted by security, police and minders, Bieber quickly left the airport out a side door.








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Scenes from Uptown Mondays

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SPRAGGA BENZ,STEPHEN MARLEY AND JUNIOR GONG INVITES (TOSH-1) TO JOIN THEM LIVE ONSTAGE THIS SATURDAY MAY 1ST AT THE RANNY WILLIAMS CENTER IN KINGSTON JAMAICA, THIS THE FIRST TIME A TOSH AND MARLEY WILL PERFORM TOGETHER IN JAMAICA SINCE THE PASSING OF BOB MARLEY AND PETER TOSH,


THIS EVENT HAVE EVERYONE TALKING ABOUT IT,WHERE THEY WAITING TO SEE TOSH-1 BECAUSE THEY DID NOT KNOW THAT PETER TOSH HAS ANOTHER SON BESIDE HIS BROTHER ANDREW TOSH,SO SINCE YOUNG TOSH BEEN ADDED IT JUST PUT JAMAICA INTO A HYPE TO SEE THIS EVENT.



TONIGHT AT 10 PM EASTERN TIME ON CVN TV THEY WILL HAVE A RE-RUN WITH TOSH.SPRAGGA AND THE MARLEY SON,S WITH WINFORD ONSTAGE,EVERY MEDIA IN JAMAICA AND OVERSEAS IS COVERING THIS,ALSO IT WILL BE HOSTED AND FILM BY --BET--GO TO WWW.SHOTTACULTURE.COM TO SEE FULL LINEUP OF ARTIST.







NEW YORK (AP) — Rapper DMX says he’s been ripped off for years by a company hired to collect his song royalties, but he’s been behind bars so much that he only recently realised the problem.


The platinum-selling but troubled hip-hop artiste — who’s currently in an Arizona jail — said in a lawsuit filed Monday that Rich Kid Entertainment Inc and related companies paid him nothing while collecting royalties on some of his most popular work.

The company also made deals letting record labels reproduce his work without telling him, the lawsuit claims.


No telephone number could be found for Englewood, New Jersey-based Rich Kid. Its president didn’t immediately respond to a fax sent to a possible number for him.


DMX, whose real name is Earl Simmons, scored such hits as Get At Me Dog and Party Up in the 1990s. He also appeared in films including 2000’s Romeo Must Die and 2003’s Cradle 2 the Grave.


But the 39-year-old rapper has repeatedly been arrested and jailed during the last decade. He’s currently serving a six-month term in a Phoenix jail for violating probation by failing a drug test, according to the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office.


He was jailed there for nearly three months last year on animal cruelty, theft and drug-possession charges. Some stemmed from an August 2007 raid in which authorities found three dead dogs, guns, ammunition and drug paraphernalia at his suburban home.


His other run-ins with the law include pleading guilty in 2008 to attempted cocaine and marijuana possession in Miami, being arrested and released in London in 2006 after police said he refused to put on a seat belt and became abusive on an airplane, and pleading guilty in a 2004 incident in which he posed as an undercover federal agent and crashed his sport-utility vehicle through a security gate at New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport.


“From 2000 through 2008, (DMX) was in and out of jail and changed representatives numerous times.

These were some of the factors contributing to any delay” in bringing the case, the lawsuit notes.


It says Rich Kid has stolen from him for nearly a decade, but he didn’t know that until last year.





Trini police failed to keep out Ryno

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The Express newspaper in Trinidad says that the police in that soca-loving island have attempted to block Jamaican deejay Blak Ryno, -- also known as Ryno Di Stinga – from entering the country, but their plan failed.

Ryno performed at a concert there on Saturday, and reports are that the event was well attended and went very well.


Acting Deputy Commissioner of Police Gilbert Reyes said he had written a letter to National Security Minister Martin Joseph, requesting that Ryno, whose real name is Romaine Anderson, be debarred from entering the country.

The artiste “managed to slip into the country even though the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service had been put on alert to prevent his entry,” Reyes said.


“Apparently by the time the letter reached the Minister, it was too late because he (Anderson) had already arrived in the country and was given clearance (by Immigration officials) to enter,” Reyes is quoted by the newspaper assaying.


Reyes says he is moving to block from entering the island, any regional or international artiste whose music contributes and appears to influence gang-related activity and behaviour.


“We are already trying to deal with that (gang-related activities) and we cannot afford any longer for these artistes to come here with their music, which influences and ignites gang behaviour, which leads to serious crimes being committed.”


And, while he did not name any of Blak Ryno’s songs, the Trinidad cop declared that Ryno’s “music has gang lyrical content and we do not want that here.

Anyone who has that type of lyrical content in their music, we are going to write to the government and ask that they be blocked from entering the country,” Reyes added.





Beenie Man - Swagga Mi Flow VIDEO

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The Daily Word - Tuesday, April 27, 2010

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Comfort


I feel the comfort of God's presence in every moment.


Many people find that in times of great need, they have a profound realization of the presence of God.

The sacred Presence is our unfailing source of strength and reassurance.

If I am in need, I let my awareness of God's presence wash over me, calming me.

I whisper reminders to myself: God is closer than my breath. Spirit is my comfort and my guidance. My fears and concerns melt away. My mind clears, and my heart steadies.

God is my wellspring of support at all times.

I move ahead now with confidence, for I know I am never alone. I live each day knowing that God guides me through both challenges and opportunities.

This is my comfort in my distress, that your promise gives me life.--Psalm 119:50





Stop call down gun shot pon Ryno

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Why people so idle? The whole day Saturday we phone nuh stop ring off with news say Blak Ryno get shot inna Trinidad.


We hear how him and some Trini youth go inna a certain area and nex man try rob dem and end up shoot Ryno.


Fom what we hear, the promoter did haffi deh pon radio a tell people say nutten don’t go so and that Ryno would be performing at the show Saturday night.


Well, the show gwaan good and Ryno should be back in the island by now, safe and sound.


Ryno, just try build some good tune and focus pon you career, cause that is the only thing that can help you to move forward in life right now.






D’Angel gets straight up with Versatile

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Question: What is going on between D’Angel and Versatile?

We hear people a say how the two a dem sound good together pon did song and dem a say how the song too straight up wid man and woman business.

But it’s music still and dem really have a nice chemistry on stage, but with a song that name Me Need You, what you expect? We all see dem inna picture and it look like the real ting.

And Versatile a talk up di tings dem bout how Angel a di best person fi do the song. But people a wonder a how Versatile sound like Beenie Man so? And him slim just like Beenie.

A wonder if him can perform just like Beenie?







LOS ANGELES – Playboy magazine founder Hugh Hefner on Monday donated the last $900,000 sought by a conservation group for a land purchase needed to save the famed vista of the Hollywood sign from being spoiled by development, a report by news agency Reuters stated..

Hefner's key role in reaching the group's fund-raising goal was announced by Los Angeles city officials, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and the San Francisco-based Trust for Public Land at a news conference in the Hollywood Hills.

The land trust needed to collect a total of $12.5 million by this Friday under a deal with a group of Chicago investors who bought the 1,820-foot (555-meter) ridge, called Cahuenga Peak, from the estate of billionaire Howard Hughes in 2002.

The trust will now purchase the 138-acre (56-hectare) adjacent parcel and turn it over to the city to be incorporated into the surrounding Griffith Park, preventing any construction that would mar the postcard-perfect view of the Hollywood sign nearby.

"My childhood dreams and fantasies came from the movies, and the images created in Hollywood had a major influence on my life and Playboy," Hefner said in a statement. "As I've said before, the Hollywood sign is Hollywood's Eiffel Tower and I'm pleased to help preserve such an important cultural landmark."

Other private donors to the Hollywood sign preservation effort included actor Tom Hanks and director Steven Spielberg, the land trust said.





Scences from igloo

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Scenes From Passion Sunday

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Prominent attorney to appear in court

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Former head of the now defunct Securities Commission and attorney at law Earl Melhado, who is accused of defrauding his clients of more than $6 million is to return to court on Monday.

Mr. Melhado last appeared in court in January when the case against him was mentioned.

Mr. Melhado was charged last year by Fraud Squad detectives following allegations that he defrauded two of his clients.

He is accused of collecting $4.5 million from the sale of a matrimonial property arising from a divorce case in 2007, but failed to pay over the money.

In the second case, Mr. Melhado is accused of failing to repay to his client $1.5 million in a collapsed real estate deal.

Mr. Melhado has pleaded not guilty to the charges.





Five killed in Salt Spring MoBay

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Armed thugs reportedly went into the Salt Spring community on Sunday and forced two men to lie face down on the road before shooting them in the back of the head.


The gunmen then went to a nearby house where three occupants were also forced to lay face down on the ground.


They too were killed execution style.

The gunmen then set the house ablaze before making their escape.

The police say they were called to the scene around 5:30 when residents found the bodies of the first two victims along the road.

This is one of several gruesome incidents which have occurred in the community in recent days.

It has been speculated that the killings stem from a fall out among members of the Stone Crusher Gang.

The police so far have identified four of the men who were killed and they are Cornel Brown, 20, Elton Hines, 23, both of Bird Hill in Salt Spring and Damion Brooks and Byron Powell, 20 whose addresses are not known.





Eek-a-mouse in trouble

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Check out this story carried in the Saturday Star. As we said before Reggae a get a big fight. Imagine Eek-A-mouse could not help the fact that he couldn’t be in court and look at the result.


Barbara White of Eek-A-Mouse Entertainment Group is now fuming, as she says a US$1 million warrant has been issued for the artiste because he did not appear in court earlier this week.


Eek-a-Mouse, real name Ripton Joseph Hylton, was scheduled to appear in court on Monday to answer to charges against him from 2008.

In that year, he was arrested for the first degree kidnapping of a female, second degree rape and possession of cocaine and marijuana by Kill Devil Hill police department in North Carolina.


However, when his case was called up on Monday, he was a no-show. But White said this was beyond his control.


"They put out a US$1 million arrest warrant. He could not get into the US because they denied his visa application and the airways were closed because of the volcanic ash.

There is no way he could have travelled to the United States," she told THE STAR, noting that the artiste has been on tour in Europe doing shows in places like Sweden, Italy and Germany.


"He is stuck in Amsterdam. He wasn't able to get into the United States so our attorney asked for a motion to continue and they refused."


White further explained that Eek-A-Mouse applied for a US visa in March and found out that the visa was denied in April.
"They informed him that he would not be getting a visa to the US. He applied for a waiver and that was denied.

We don't know why the US denied his visa 'cause he has travelled back and forth for more than 20 years," she told the paper.


Eek-A-Mouse became popular in the 1970s. He is known for songs like Do You Remember, Virgin Girl and Wa-Do-Dem.





No Rototom Reggae Festival for Italy

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Fight, fight, fight – Reggae a get a big fight!! Boy who would imagine that we would live to see the reality of the sentiments expressed in this song across the board.

The latest blow to Reggae is that after 16 years as one of the major summer reggae festivals in Europe, Rototom Reggae Sunsplash, has moved from Italy to Spain because the authorities (in Italy) have accused the organisers of promoting the use of marijuana via reggae music and Rasta culture.
According to a report we read in the Observer the excuse given is

that “we facilitate the use of ganja because we are promoting reggae music and Rasta culture.

So Rasta culture and reggae bring the people to smoke marijuana," publicist/art director for the Rototom Sunsplash, Sabrina Trovant told the publication after the launch of the festival at the Ashanti Restaurant at Hope Garden in Kingston last Tuesday.


Big up to all the stalwarts who are still waving the Reggae flag high.





Yard Joke Of The Day

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The Dunn's River Genie


A woman was walking along the banks of Dunn's River Falls when she stumbled upon an old empty bottle.

She picked it up and rubbed it, and lo-and- behold a Genie appeared. She talked with him awhile, then the Genie told her he would grant her ONE wish.

She said she heard from a cousin that she would get three wishes if she ever found a Genie.

The Genie said, 'Nope, sorry, three-wish genies nuh real, me is strictly a ONE-WISH Genie. So ... what yuh want?'

The woman didn't hesitate. She said, 'I want peace in the Middle East.

See this map, I want these countries to stop fighting with each other and I want all the Arabs to love Jews and Americans and vice-versa. It will bring about world peace and harmony'.

The Genie looked at the map and exclaimed, 'Lawd Lady, A wah wrang wid yu? PLEASE BE REASONABLE! Dem countries yah a war fi how much thousands of years.

Mi shut up inna dis bockle fi 'bout five hundred of dem dey years! Mi good but mi nuh dat good! Mi nuh know if mi can grant dis one. Do Lady, mek another wish!! Mi a beg yuh... Be reasonable.'

The woman thought for a minute and said, 'Well, I've never been able to find the right man...

You know, one that is considerate and fun, likes to dance and helps with the cooking and house cleaning, is great in bed and is FAITHFUL. That's what I wish for ... a good man.

The Genie let out a long sigh, shook his head and said, 'Mek mi see di map again!!!!'





Monday, April 26, 2010

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Teamwork

I am a spiritual being, expressing my divine nature.


When we work as a team, we give expression to our inner divine qualities and unite our creativity and inventiveness.

The result of what we accomplish together is greater than the sum of our individual efforts.

Synergy arises and energizes us as we collectively apply our hearts and minds to the task.

Whether at home, at work or in the community, our cooperation is evident. Everyone benefits from these interactions.

Cooperation enhances all ventures, keeping confrontation and impatience at bay.

As we express our higher spiritual natures, we enliven the work of our hands and our minds. We get the job done, and we do it well.

All things work together for good for those who love God, who are called according to his purpose.--Romans 8:28





Scenes from Fresh Firdays

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The Daily Word - Sunday, April 25, 2010

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Grace

God loves me right where I am.


As a child I may have learned that I must earn all good things in life.

In school, awards are handed out for special achievement; at work, promotions are given to high achievers.

I may also have believed that God, too, rewards only those who make an extra effort.

Grace teaches me that I am loved right where I am, regardless of what I have or have not done.

I do not have to earn God's love. I do not have to achieve a certain status or reach a certain milestone to be loved. Right where I am, God loves me.

In gratitude, I become more aware of the gifts of life and love that are mine every day. I relax as I awaken to the wonder of being God's beloved, right here and now.

You make him glad with the joy of your presence.--Psalm 21:6





Mr Vegas, di Star story, poison and bare ray ray

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What can we say? Dis ya one yah too much.


A bare ray ray inna di music business as Mr Vegas and him former manager start a war of words.

(Oh, by the way, when we say former manager, is not Chin we talking bout, is the one who tek over after Chin.) And we all know say once we call certain name is bare mix up and blenda.

Dat deh one have the mix up title inna real world and Mr Vegas have the mix up title inna the virtual world.


As we get it, last week, Star run a story how Vegas a go start website fi man who get rape. Now, if you really examine it, that don’t sound too right. But as it turn out a neva so Vegas say.

Of course, Vegas go pon Twitter and blast Star out of the heavens straight to hell.

Star did haffi run big apology bout it, but Mr V neva satisfied. Him go dung a Star and meet wid di editor and say di Star reporter fi get fired.


And then, Mr Vegas go pon radio and say how him former manager is the poison inna di biz. What can we say to that? Raaaayyyyyyy!!!! Anyway, di ray ray and the drama don’t stop there. Cause we know say di former manager must haffi respond inna some way some how.

And as to Mr Vegas, look for him on Twitter every morning as him rise says his prayer of thanksgiving to the Father, spends the day cursing out the haters the poison in the biz and then says his prayers at teh end of the day, after which he signs out and goes to bed.

Raaaaayyyyyyyy!!!!!!!







News out of the Penn Relays is that the Usain Bolt-anchored Jamaica men's 4x100 team won their race in a meet record of 37.90 seconds.
USA Blue was second in 38.33.


USA Red, on which Portland-based Ryan Bailey had the lead-off leg, was third in 38.50.


At the end of the race, the crowd -- in keeping with the Bolt-mania that has seized fans of all ages ever since the sprint dynamo’s arrival -- went crazy as Bolt acknowledged the cheers after the victory by Jamaica's Gold team.


Bolt's anchor split was reportedly timed in 8.79.
Congrats to the team.





Scenes from Street Vybez Thursdays..

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Yard Video

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Vybz Kartel ft Popcaan & Gaza Slim - Clarkes {OFFICIAL VIDEO} MAR 2010.





The Daily Word - Saturday, April 24, 2010

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Protected

The power of God protects me.


At times, birds will gather and drive away predators that approach their nesting sites.

Mother birds may pretend to be injured to draw would-be attackers away from the chick that has just flown from the nest.

Similarly, human parents often go to great lengths to protect their children.

God provides no less protection for me, for I am a child of God, created in the image and likeness of God.

I have powerful, built-in protection. As I choose love over fear, I consciously co-create a world of love.

Whenever I feel vulnerable or alone, I hold to the truth. I can never be apart from God's love; I am a part of God's love.

As a radiating center of life-affirming energy, I am enfolded in God's powerful protection.

Protect them in your name that you have given me, so that they may be one, as we are one.--John 17:11





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Lil Wayne being sued

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Incarcerated rap star, Lil Wayne, has been hit with a $500,000 lawsuit over unpaid royalties from his hit 2008 single Lollipop.

Reports are that producer Jim Jonsin filed the suit on Tuesday claiming that he’s yet to receive any royalties despite holding a co-writing credit for the track.

Lollipop was the lead single from the hit album Tha Carter III, which was the best-selling album of 2008 with 2.88 million copies sold. The single reached number 1 on Billboard, and has been certified 3x platinum.

The pair had previously collaborated on the 2006 song Leather So Soft, off the Lil Wayne and Birdman album Like Father, Like Son.

Wayne has been in jail since March after receiving a 1 year sentence on gun possession charges








Radar Online is reporting that Oscar-winner Mo’Nique is not only upset with her brother’s appearance on “The Oprah Winfrey Show” this week, but is frustrated with the talk show host as well, claiming Oprah’s interview was not sympathetic enough to her ordeal.

On Monday’s show, Gerald Imes admitted that he molested his younger sister for “a year or two,” starting when he was 13 and Mo’Nique was 7 or 8. Oprah began the broadcast by stating that she had Mo’Nique’s blessing to interview Gerald, although the star herself turned down an invitation to appear.

Citing a source, Radar Online reported that Mo’Nique “was particularly upset that Gerald lied to Oprah that he molested her while she was sleeping because she was wide awake and scared of him.

“Also, she is angry that he did not get any help or enter a rehab and she does not trust him around children.”

“Oprah asked her to appear on her show again for another interview but at this point she has declined the invitation. If anything it has made the situation worse between Mo’Nique and her family and she doesn’t know if she will ever speak to them again now.”

On “The View” this morning, Barbara Walters said that Gerald contacted her in February after Mo’Nique discussed the molestation on her Oscar special.

Walters said she declined his request to interview him, sensing that Gerald’s desire to repair his relationship with Mo’Nique may have been financially motivated.

A source close to Mo’Nique told RadarOnline.com: “Gerald made the first move and called Oprah asking her if he could appear on the show. So, Oprah called Mo’Nique to see if she was okay about him appearing on her show to discuss the abuse and although she was not entirely happy about it she gave Oprah her blessing.”

Gerald said he decided to appear on Winfrey’s show to apologize to Mo’Nique and bring their family back together. Imes said he himself was molested and he was using drugs and alcohol at age 11.

He said: “I abused and betrayed the trust of another sibling, my sister, my blood sister, I’m sorry, Mo’Nique. I’m sorry.”

“Hopefully somewhere, somehow as siblings we can come back together as brother and sister.”





Jah Cure for court Monday

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Jah Cure found himself on the wrong side of the law again as he was arrested by cops in St Andrew North Police Division for smoking a ganja spliff.

The singer was granted $5,000 station bail and is scheduled to appear in the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate's Court on Monday.

But seriously, what is one little ganja spliff, from our side it’s a total waste of time.





How Poor and Boasy a do

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Yeah man, Poor and Boasy teck di Magnum King crown and get a million dollar, but people a wonder if some big tings a gwaan fi him.


Cause between him trial whey pop up shortly after and spending $180,000 pon di wedding ring dem fi him 19-year-old university student wife, him must really a gwaan well.


Well wi nuh really si him pon nuh whole heap a show, but di yute have talent so wi a look out.






Questions wi a ask

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Whey dem plan fi duh wid Buju


Yuh know sey by the time Buju new trial date come bout on June 21, him woulda already spend six months inna lock up?

A wha really a gwaan doan star, it look like dem have a big plan fi di gargamel.

It come een like dem waan frustrate di hell outa him and all dese things. Well him did done sing sey is not an easy road and now we a si fi real.





A wha a gwaan wid Ray Alexander and di artiste?

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Bwoy wi listen one recording pon IRIE FM whey Vegas give it to Ray Alexander big time wid some dangerous allegations.

But whey wi a wonder is how di reporter coulda put herself and har station at risk by allowing the sentiments dem fi air.

A straight defamation wi a look pon dey suh.





Scenes From Give Away Wednesdays

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Scenes from Weddy Weddy 21 04 10

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The Daily Word Friday, April 23, 2010

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Miracles




Miracles are ever-present and all around me.

Caught up in the busyness of the day or temporarily distracted by the challenges of life, I may overlook the miracles that surround me. But when I am fully present, I notice miracles everywhere--in nature, in others and in me.

The day I was born was miraculous--but so is every day when I take time to notice.
When I focus my attention here and now, I see the divine in everyone.
I see Spirit expressing in everything and every life situation. I am aware of the amazing manifestations of God. I wake up, pay attention and allow Spirit to flow through me. I remember that I, too, am a miracle and my life--right now--is blessed beyond measure.

Open my eyes, so that I may behold wondrous things out of your law.--Psalm 119:18







According the International Air Transport Association (IATA), airlines have lost over $1.7 billion in revenues since the volcano blast in southern Iceland, causing cancellations of flights to Europe.


The airlines lost the most from April 17 to 19, when there was the most disruptions in air services. They were losing revenues of $400 million per day in those days.


"Lost revenues now total more than $1.7 billion for airlines alone. At the worst, the crisis impacted 29% of global aviation and affected 1.2 million passengers a day. The scale of the crisis eclipsed 9/11 when US airspace was closed for 3 days," said Giovanni Bisignani, IATA’s Director General and CEO.


He also warned that the volcano crisis could put a loss of record $2.2 billion this year for the European carriers.


The global aviation industry incurred loss of $9.4 billion in 2009 due to the economic crisis. However, the industry was forecast to lose $2.8 billion in 2010.





No DNA test from Oprah

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Media mogul, Oprah Winfrey, is refusing to take a DNA test after several men emerged claiming to be her father.


The TV titan was raised in Milwaukee, Wisconsin by her single mother and never knew her dad.


Her life has come under scrutiny in new tell-all book Oprah: A Biography, with writer Kitty Kelley alleging to know the real identity of the father of the star.


Noah Robinson, 84, a Second World War veteran, came forward earlier this month (Apr10) claiming he is the star's dad and alleged he had requested a DNA test from Winfrey last year (09).


The chat show host was left fuming at the claims. "New daddies are saying, 'Hello daughter, call me, I need a new roof.'"


Winfrey is adamant she will not be reaching out to any of them and is refusing to agree to any requests for a DNA test.





Rihanna visits European hospital

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After a Monday night performance in Switzerland, Rihanna was rushed to the hospital after suffering from an injured rib.


Rihanna is currently going around Europe for a 27-date tour.


Rihanna had injured her rib, and just wanted to have it checked out.


After the show, the pop-star visited a private clinic and left around 3am. There was nothing serious with her injury.


The singer was back on the stage rocking out with a sold-out arena the following night in Lyon, France.


Rihanna's Last Girl on Earth tour will make its way through France, Germany, the United Kingdom, and Spain. After finishing the European tour on June 5, Rihanna will start her North American tour in Seattle in July.


She will go up to Canada, and head East at the end of summer. Ke$ha will join Rihanna for her North American tour; the Tik Tok singer is ecstatic to be on the same stage as her.


MTV reports that her representative revealed: "All is OK and the tour is going great."


Rihanna has revealed that she is currently in a relationship with Los Angeles Dodger, Matt Kemp. Earlier this month she announced her status to Ryan Seacrest. The international superstar just wants to have fun and enjoy her time with her new beau.





Sizzla is not on the run

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An article published in the The Zimdiaspora on Monday, claimed that Sizzla “is on the run from Jamaican authorities for gun related and robbery cases in Kingston and is preparing to set up base in Zimbabwe after he was offered a farm.


Indications are that he will not be returning to his native Jamaica where he is under investigation for several violent crimes which include armed robbery and murder."


The article continued, "Zanu PF is allocating a farm to Sizzla so that the Jamaican star would do international public relations for the former ruling party whose fortunes are fast waning following its drubbing at the March 2008 harmonised elections by the Movement for Democratic Change."


But his publicist Olimatta Taal is denying that claim saying the artiste has been touring Africa since February and he not under investigation for murder.


All we want to ask is “Where do these stories come from?”





What Claro doesn't say

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By Rootzgirl

Digicel, Claro, LIME have all been bragging about their various benefits and for the most part there is nothing wrong with that. Customers should have the chance to to hear all the wonderful things as they enjoy the fierce phone servers competitiveness.


Being the owner of a LIME and a Digicel the thought of walkign around with three phones had little appeal in spite of all the adverts going around about the new phone company Claro...but they held my attention with the 'free call to two numbers - one local and one in foreign."


Now there I was thinking that I had a good alternative in international call with at least adding the number I call the most on the list.


I have since purchased a Claro phone with my husband being the only free number on it but must say I feel like I got 'stick up'.


Do you know that Claro's only gives you 21 days to use up the credit you bought? Unlike Digicel which has never given me a reminder on when to use up my credit or I would be unable to make calls (even if credit is still on my phone) Of course LIME does that too but they at least extend it to the month. Kudos to Digi, on this one.


Re the overseas free number, you have to maintain at least $200 on your Claro phone to make that free intl call.


Hmm, see why I bypass the free foreign number.


So all my phone peeps, just want to tell you that the next time you are making a choice, make sure you try to remember to "ask every little thing!"





The Daily Word Thursday, April 22, 2010

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Our World

I am a conscious, conscientious part of a living world.


The abundant life on this planet provides for all my physical needs.

Everything I need comes directly or indirectly from the bounty of the earth.

Conscious of the interconnection of all life systems, I am amazed by the order that governs it all. I, too, am part of that order, an integral part of the web of life.

I live responsibly as a citizen of Earth, and I consciously do my part to protect and restore this beautiful planet. I join with my children, my grandchildren, neighbors and friends in living harmoniously with nature.

Aware of the impact I and others have on the systems that support all life, I am a conscientious inhabitant of God's abundant Earth.

This is my prayer, that your love may overflow more and more with knowledge and full insight to help you to determine what is best.--Philippians 1:9-10





Scenes from Celebrity Tuesdays

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Scenes from Uptown Mondays

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Scenes from Bounty Sundaze

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Yard Video

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Vybz Kartel ft Popcaan & Gaza Slim - Clarkes {OFFICIAL VIDEO} MAR 2010.





More porn from Vybz Kartel?

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Kartel’s youtube channel is all about him and a lot of it is about sex. Kartel uses the site to get back at people who made negative comments about his recently released pictures of a youthful browning performing oral sex on him.


“Some people see mi pon de Internet and nuh like the picture dem...some bwoy weh from dem born nuh gyal neva su-k dem d--k yet. But the gal weh dem a f—k a my d--k she a su-k, and mi friend dem also. So all the haters dem weh nuh like it star, you know wah fi do,” he states.


This is filmed in a bedroom, which seems to be the same one in which the sexually explicit photos of Kartel himself were shot and the scene where former Gaza Princess, Lisa Hype shot her infamous picture where she was engaged in oral sex.


“Look at this room, oonu recognize it,” Kartel, with braces on his teeth asks as the video camera roves around the room.
Also taking place in the same room is the music video for the track, Turn ‘N’ Whine, featuring Kartel and a scantily-dressed, constantly-gyrating video vixen.


Reports are that Kartel sent the following message via BlackBerry messenger last night: “Vybz Kartel has a porn movie coming out called Beg you a f--k. Go to (name of website) for a ‘R’ rated trailer.”
Recipients are directed to Kartel’s very own YouTube channel where one can see a teaser of the upcoming release.


Reports are that one scene in the porn movie clearly shows the Teacha having sex with two girls.





Dr. Heather Little-White robbed again

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In an email sent to close friends over the weekend, Food and nutrition consultant Dr. Heather Little-White warned: “Please be careful as the monster of crime has overrun most of the good we have come to know about Jamaica.
Through prayer and right action we have to claim back our country. I will be starting a campaign for that -- Jamaicans United Against Crime (JUAC).
Dr. Little-White was the victim of yet another robbery last Friday when the pillion rider on a motorcycle snatched important documents and money from her.


Eleven years ago, armed carjackers shot her and while she survived to tell the tale, it left Little-White a paraplegic. She was also the victim of a break-in and robbery two years ago.






Opposition Senator released from hospital

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Opposition Senator K.D. Knight has been released from hospital after being involved in a motor vehicle accident in St. Elizabeth Sunday.

Mr. Knight was taken to the Black River Hospital for observation.

It is reported that Mr. Knight was returning to Kingston after attending a funeral when his car crashed into another vehicle.

"The vehicle was slightly damaged and he was taken to the hospital just to do some preliminary checks. I spoke to K.D. and he said that everything was ok it was just a minor accident," Mr. Pickersgill said.





Foster-Hylton injured at UTECH Track Classic

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World 100 metre hurdles champion Brigitte Foster-Hylton will be visiting specialist doctor on Monday after picking up a left ham string injury at the University of Technology Track Classic at the national stadium on Saturday.
Running in wet and rainy conditions, Foster-Hylton pulled up midway the women's 100 metres which was won by MVP Club mate Sherone Simpson in 11.58 seconds.









Dancehall’s bad boy, and CEO of the Alliance, Bounty Killer, stepped out of jail last Friday and onto hallowed ground Sunday, as he worshipped in church beside mom, Miss Ivy.


Exchanging his legendary “cross, angry miserable” demeanor for “charming, angelic, mannersable”, Rodney Price held his Bible in his hand and participated enthusiastically in praise and worship.

While many of the worshippers at the Agape Christian Tabernacle Church stared at him in awe, Rodney maintained his composure during the service and listened attentively to the evangelists as they encouraged the congregation in committing to the ways of the Lord.


Towards the end of the service, the church leaders held a special prayer and consecration for Rodney right at the altar.


At the end of the service, church-goers and residents of the Gregory Park community crowded the dancehall deejay, some hugging him, others asking for autographs and some young boys just wanting to get their pictures taken with the Warlord.





Danny Glover Arrested in Maryland

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Danny Glover was arrested in Maryland today -- after armed police cracked down on a massive protest rally.

Glover -- along with 11 other people -- was taken into custody outside of the headquarters of Sodexo, Inc. ... where protesters were rallying against the business practices of the food management giant.

He was given a citation and later released, telling cameras, "We're moving to make some real positive changes."

Read more: http://www.tmz.com/2010/04/16/danny-glover-arrested-in/#ixzz0lOSWYQ6k





The Daily Word Sat April 17 2010

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Playful

I relax into Spirit and have fun!


Play comes easily to children. They spend entire days engaged in joyful activity.

As an adult, I often become immersed in the seriousness of life and lose touch with the fun-loving child in me.

But when I allow myself to play, I feel connected to Spirit. I am in tune with the lighter side of life. Life seems more amusing when I realize it's not meant to be focused on stress and worry, but on freedom and joy.


When I turn within, I reconnect with my playful spirit. I embrace the happiness that is here for me every day. Play is a natural expression of my being, and another aspect of my growth. When I let go and let God, I enjoy life and play!


And all the people went up following him, playing on pipes and rejoicing with great joy, so that the earth quaked at their noise.--1 Kings 1:40





Flight disruptions in Europe get even worse

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LONDON – Thick drifts of volcanic ash blanketed parts of rural Iceland on Friday as a vast, invisible plume of grit drifted over Europe, emptying the skies of planes and sending hundreds of thousands in search of hotel rooms, train tickets or rental cars.

Polish officials worried that the ash cloud could threaten the arrival of world leaders for Sunday's state funeral for President Lech Kaczynski and his wife Maria in the southern city of Krakow.

So far, President Barack Obama, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev and German Chancellor Angela Merkel are among those coming and no one has canceled. Kaczynski's family insisted Friday they wanted the funeral to go forward as planned but there was no denying the ash cloud was moving south and east.

The air traffic agency Eurocontrol said almost two-thirds of Europe's flights were canceled Friday, as air space remained largely closed in Britain and across large chunks of north and central Europe.

"The skies are totally empty over northern Europe," said Brian Flynn, deputy head of Eurocontrol, adding "there will be some significant disruption of European air traffic tomorrow."

The agency said about 16,000 of Europe's usual 28,000 daily flights were canceled Friday — twice as many as were canceled a day earlier. Only about 120 trans-Atlantic flights reached European airports compared to 300 on a normal day, and about 60 flights between Asia and Europe were canceled.

The International Air Transport Association said the volcano was costing the industry at least $200 million a day.

In France, airports in Paris and about 20 other locations in northern France will remain closed until at least midday Saturday.

Belgium extended its flight restrictions until late Saturday morning.

Switzerland, Slovakia, Croatia and Hungary closed their airspace, and Poland expanded its no-fly zone to most of the country, excluding Krakow.

Iceland, a nation of 320,000 people, sits on a large volcanic hot spot in the Atlantic's mid-oceanic ridge and has a history of devastating eruptions. One of the worst was the 1783 eruption of the Laki volcano, which spewed a toxic cloud over Europe, killing tens of thousands.








Controversial deejay Bounty Killer, who has had more than his fair share of court-related woes, in addition to having his US visas revoked recently, was this morning granted bail in the sum of $200,000.00.

The deejay who had been arrested on assault charges, spent close to two weeks in police lock-up as he awaited hearing on the mater.

Bounty had twice been denied bail, even though the complainant, his girlfriend of three years, Kadeem Baker, had told the court that she wanted to drop the charges against her lover.

Meanwhile, in a somewhat ironic twist of event, Baker was charged with creating public mischief and could very well spend the weekend behind bars, perhaps even in the same cell just made vacant by her lover.





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What is a perfect relationship?

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By Buffilous

Trust me, bwoy the way how tings a run right now, mi have to say that I have started doing some real deep thinking. Yeah man, these days mi stay inna mi space and a hold a meds as a ponder certain things about life and one a dem is “what really is a perfect relationship?”

Thinking about it, a wondering if such a thing exist on earth, are we as women setting ourselves – and men up for what can never happen?

Even the Bible tells you that there is only one perfect person and that is Jesus Christ, so how can we expect mere mortals to live up to this kind of strain?

Don’t ask me what has gotten me on this trend of thought, but if I dig deep enough I suppose I would have to take into consideration some of the failed relationships and the fact that they have been used as a marker for future ones.

We expect our men to treat us like real queens, but be honest do we treat them like kings? Do we just want to lap up their tender treatment as our due but don’t think it is just as important to shower them with the same kind of favour?

Oftentimes we say they disrespect us…and maybe they do. But we need to consider just what ‘disrespect’ is in the first place, it could be because we want to have our own way and he doesn’t oblige then we feel dissed.

No, I am not picking up for the men, I am just seeking something as close to perfection as possible.

With that quest, I have come to the conclusion that the only thing we can do is try for a good compromise, where we meet each other half way and try to achieve that “near perfection” if it is possible.

Is there such a thing as a ‘perfect relationship’?

No, don’t think so, but there is such as a thing as working hard to keep the love, respect and caring going in it.





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...if you are used to throwing away your receipts stop! You never know what evidence you are getting rid of. If you thought you had a bad deal in a purchased item, read this story and start making tabs now.

CAC secures millions for disgruntled consumers

The Consumer Affairs Commission (CAC) has secured $22.6 million in refunds and compensation for aggrieved persons between April 2009 and last month.

The CAC handled 2,138 complaints during the period.

They concerned the purchase of various goods and services.

Eighty-six percent or 1,834 of the cases were resolved.

During the 12 months just under 50,000 persons were impacted by the Commission's consumer education programme, and the agency conducted surveys to provide updated information on market prices.

The 79 surveys involved grocery, petrol, hardware, textbook and bank charges.






Bounty back in court today

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The cross, miserable and angry DJ Bounty Killer will be back in court today and it’s left to be seen whether he will finally walk free.

In a report in the Star his attorney Linda Wright says she is ready and confident where the DJ’s case is concerned.

She said that she will attempt to question the complainant's credibility during the trial. "We plan to attack her credibility," she said.

When the case was first mentioned in the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate's Court last week, Wright had told the court that the investigating officer had seen no marks of violence on the complainant.

She also pointed out that the medical certificate had not given a detailed description of the supposed injuries, but had instead only listed "injuries to the hand and behind the chest".

Yardflex stands ready to update you on the latest regarding this case.





The Daily Word - Friday, April 16, 2010

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Guidance


The Christ light within guides my every step.

When the twists and turns of life leave me feeling disoriented, I allow myself to rest for a moment in order to find my direction again. When my mind is quiet, the Christ light within me is able to dispel the appearance of darkness or doubt.

To move forward again with ease and grace, I do not need to see the entire path before me. As I look for what is good, what is whole and what is holy, the right path unfolds. I find my direction easily and I move ahead with confidence.

I give thanks for every challenge and every opportunity, knowing that as I look only for the good, the Christ light illumines my way.

When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth.--John 16:13






Scenes From Celebrity Tuesdays

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Scenes From Give Away Wednesdays

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Quake in western China kills 589

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XINING, China – Soldiers and civilians used shovels and their bare hands to dig through collapsed buildings in search of survivors after strong earthquakes struck a mountainous Tibetan region of China on Wednesday, killing at least 589 people and injuring more than 10,000.


The series of quakes flattened buildings across remote western Yushu county and sent survivors, many bleeding from their wounds, flooding into the streets of Jiegu township.

State television showed block after devastated block of toppled mud and wood homes. Local officials said 85 percent of the structures had been destroyed.


Several schools collapsed, with the state news agency saying at least 56 students died.

Worst hit was the Yushu Vocational School, where Xinhua cited a local education official as saying 22 students died.


Footage on Qinghai Satellite TV showed bodies wrapped in blankets lying on the ground while rescuers pulled shards of concrete from a pancaked school building.


Tens of thousands of the town's 70,000 people were without shelter, state media said.


The local quake relief headquarters put the death toll at 589 and the injured at 10,000 by early Thursday morning, according to the Xinhua news agency.





463 Jamaicans murdered in 104 days

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Since the start of the year, some 463 persons have been murdered, leading one prominent newspaper to write a hard-hitting front page editorial.

Included in this number are five policemen.

The question remains, who is responsible for these murders and is the government doing enough to win the fight against crime in the society?





Claro gives J$60m to JCDC

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The Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture, Olivia Grange, MP has praised a new partnership between the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC) and the telecommunications company Claro which will invest J$60 million into the government’s cultural programme over the next three years.

It is the largest sponsorship package for the JCDC, an agency of the Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture.

Addressing a news conference to announce the new sponsorship package, Minister Grange said:
“I have the greatest pleasure to announce today that the JCDC and Claro have agreed the biggest sponsorship package in the 48-year history of the Commission.

Minister Grange said the fact that the JCDC could attract such significant support from the private sector at this time was a result of the strategic moves by the Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture to revitalise the national cultural programme and to develop the cultural and creative industries.

Marketing Manager for Claro, Joseph Oates said the company valued cultural development.



“Claro immediately jumped at this opportunity to partner with the JCDC because we are dedicated to the development of Jamaica. And this venture will no doubt enhance the cultural development of young Jamaicans islandwide.”

Mr Oates said Claro would bring its “special touch” to JCDC activities which would “delight not only participants, but patrons alike”.

In February, the JCDC undertook major re-branding exercise under the leadership of the new Executive Director, Miss Grace Silvera, which saw the introduction of a new logo, museum, gift shop and a raft of other initiatives which form part of a comprehensive three-year strategy.






Ernie Smith & Leroy Sibbles for Studio 38

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Vintage Kings Ernie Smith and Leroy Sibbles are set to take the stage at the next instalment of the Studio 38 series at the Pulse Centre in New Kingston this Sunday April 18.

The legendary songwriters, musicians and entertainers follow the likes of John Holt, Ken Booth, Freddie McGregor, Beres Hammond, Toots & The Maytals and AJ Brown, who have performed to rave reviews at Studio 38 since the start of the year.

With a catalogue spanning 37 years, 12 albums, countless live performances and a significant fan base, Ernie has made an indelible mark on Jamaican music.


Leroy Sibbles, is one of the founders of reggae music. He began his career as the lead singer of the rock steady group, The Heptones.
While with that group, he recorded many classic reggae tunes including Party Time, Fatty Fatty, Book Of Rules, Baby Be True and Heptones Gonna Fight.







Veteran television interviewer Larry King filed for divorce from his seventh wife on Wednesday, but it is his eighth divorce.


Although Shawn Southwick is King’s seventh wife, it is the eighth time the septuagenarian television personality has filed for a divorce. He was twice married and divorced to Alene Akins, with whom he split in 1972.


The couple cited “irreconcilable differences” for the breakdown of the 13-year marriage.


A spokesman for King, 76, told AFP the wiry CNN icon would not be commenting on his split from Southwick, 50, citing concerns for the welfare of the couple’s two children.


An attorney for King said the interviewer was hoping for an “amicable” divorce. “It’s a very sad day in Larry’s life and he hopes the divorce will be amicable,” lawyer Susan Carter told the TMZ.com entertainment website. “Larry loves his children very much and will be an integral part of their lives.”


News of the split created a media scrum at the Sunset Boulevard office block in Hollywood where King regularly records his show, with photographers staking out the the entrance to the building hoping to grab a shot of King.


King is one of the most recognizable figures on US television, hosting a nightly interview program “Larry King Live” on CNN since 1985 after previously anchoring a national nightly radio show for seven years.






40 pairs of Clarks, Dawdie?

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We haffi ask Kartel — a how you a move so Pardie?

Forty pairs of Clarks … all when him wear one a day fi a month, him still have some leave over that him don’t wear.

But still, we like what him say bout opening a store and all these things.

Nuff Clarks shoes a go sell inna Kartel store and the Clarks tune a go beat inna the customer them head. Just mek the best use of the Clarks season and gwan eat a food.








Triple world record holder Usain Bolt will be sponsoring 32 boys who are in the care of the state to attend the Jamaica International Invitational Track and Field Meet at the National Stadium on May 1.

The boys who were selected from five children homes across the Jamaica were feted by Bolt, at the Alhambra Inn Hotel in Kingston on Wednesday as part of his way of giving back.

"Some of these boys have been abandoned and some of the time they're down, so I'm just trying to motivate them to let them know that not because they don't have a lot, they can try to make opportunities out of nothing. I want to tell them to work and just enjoy life because life is hard but if you work hard, you can make a lot of it," Bolt said.

The youngsters were all given autograph cards by the world's fastest man.

Audry Budhi, from the Child Development Agency, said it was a good gesture as the boys prepared for adulthood.

Bolt will contest the 200 metres at the Jamaica International Invitational.

He will then open his international season next weekend at the Penn Relays in Pennsylvania.

Meanwhile, Bolt said the prospect of him living overseas anytime soon is out of the question.

The athlete who hold the world record for the 100 and 200 metres and is also the world and Olympic champion over the same distances, says, he is not living any where else but in Jamaica.





Patrick Roberts charged with Firearm breach

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Shocking Vibes CEO and People’s National Party caretaker, Patrick Roberts, 45, of Delamere Avenue in Kingston 13 was yesterday evening charged by the Hunt's Bay police for breaching the Firearms Act.

According to reports from the police last night on January 20 this year, the police seized two illegal firearms from a man who engaged them in a shoot-out on Waltham Avenue, Kingston 13. One of the weapons -- a .38 Taurus revolver -- was later traced and found to be the property of Roberts

The Constabulary Communication Network reported that when Roberts was interviewed by investigators last month he said that was just being made aware of the disappearance of the weapon.

A file was prepared and sent to the director of public prosecution, who ruled that Roberts be charged for breaching the Firearms Act. He is scheduled to appear in court tomorrow.





Quake ! ! !

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The Seismic Unit at the University of the West Indies has confirmed that an earthquake was felt in sections of Jamaica about 3:56 Wednesday afternoon.

Persons in St. Mary, Portland, St. Thomas and Kingston and St. Andrew reported feeling the tremor.

The magnitude of the earthquake or its location is not clear as the Earthquake Unit says it is still deciphering the information.

The epicenter was located near Chestervale in St. Andrew with a magnitude of 3.7 and a focal depth of 9.9 kilometres.






Yard Joke Of The Day

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Monkey and Lion In The Zoo

A Jamaican living in the States was down on his luck. Out of work and broke, he started going around to various companies in the city begging for a job, any job. Finally he got to the zoo. The zookeeper looked stressed out.

"The monkey escaped last night", the zoo-keeper said, "if you are willing to put on a monkey suit and stand in the monkey's cage for a couple days, I'll pay you"


The Jamaican immediately accepted. The pay was OK and the work wasn't hard. He swung from the tree, and the kids fed him fruits and nuts. He actually started enjoying himself. He even started adding a few acrobatic moves that he had seen on TV. Late in the afternoon he swung a bit too vigorously, lost his grip and flew clean out of the monkey cage and landed in the lion cage next door.


The lion let out a huge roar and our friend in the monkey suit bawled out, "LAWD GOD, MI DEAD NOW". The huge lion immediately pounced on him, grabbed him by the throat and whispered, "Man shut yuh R@@$, if yuh evah mek mi lose di likkle wuk yuh si..."





New Money Tree Riddim - Live up Records

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After locking down 2009 with the award-winning "Good Life" riddim, Livup Records returns with the Money Tree riddim. The Good Life not only ran away with all "Riddim of the Year" titles, it broke the mould by selling well on iTunes, physical CDs and had tracks licensed in places such as the US, Canada and Japan. After releasing the timeless "Stronga" one-drop riddim towards the end of last year, the hot production outfit have returned with their latest project, the Money Tree, an authentic Dancehall beat.

Vybz Kartel leads out with the title track, with an ode to currency that is sure to follow up his Good Life smash "Dollar Sign." Vegas, another artist who had a anthem on the Good Life, goes with a similar theme on "Jah Never Fail Me." And also as with the Good Life, multi-talented Serani built the Money Tree riddim and has another banger on the riddim titled "Got to Survive."

More smashes from Bugle, Demarco, Stacious, Matterhorn and more round out the riddim, with a strong collaboration from Konshens and Livup Records Recording Artist Tuff Enuff. There's also more scathing social commentary from Twin of Twins.

Following a number of recent releases that are focusing on promotion, marketing and placing the product for sale online, the Money Tree is getting a digital release on iTunes, Amazon, Zune and all other digital outlets on Tuesday April 27.

And in a first for a Jamaican release, the Money Tree is getting its world premier in Africa! Friday morning tune into Kenya's number 1 urban radio station 95.1FM will plant the Money Tree on the musical map. Catch that live via www.homeboyzradio.co.ke

Bobby Konders and Jabba of HOT 97 will drop it on Sunday night, aswell as DJ Spex on Toronto's 93.5 FLOW FM. IRIE FM and ZIP will premier the Money Tree locally first over the weekend, with KISS FM's David Rodigan, BBC 1Xtra's Robbo Ranx and Young Lion doing the honours in the UK. Waggy T in Miami and other premieres will be announced via Twitter.com/livup_records



The Genesis Riddim is now available on iTunes @

http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/still-stand-up/id360833886?i=360834134&ign-mpt=uo%3D6

MONEY TREE TRACKLIST

MONEY TREE
Almidon -Hustle
Bramma - This Anthem
Bugle -Never Scared
Demarco -Work Hard
Elephant Man - Dem Gaan
Flippa - Can’t Buy Respect
Kibaki - Mi Want It
Konshens and Tuff Enuff - Money Double
Munga-Inna 2010
Pamputtae-Money
Serani - Got to Survive
Stacious - Slow it Down
Tony Matterhorn - Lock Down di Endz
Vegas - Jah Never Fail Me
Twin of Twins - Too Much
Vybz Kartel - Money Tree





The Daily Word Thursday, April 15, 2010

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Prosperity


I prosper as I live a life of purpose.


Plans and goals are ways I focus my attention on getting where I want to go.

I may feel disappointed when a plan does not work out the way I want or a goal seems out of reach. Then I remember to redirect my attention on how to serve God.

I trust that all the good I desire will flow to me, even in ways I did not plan.

My purpose in life is to be the hands and feet of God. There are so many ways I can do that, my days are filled to overflowing.

When I remember this is my purpose, no matter what tasks are before me, I live in joy. Focused on my purpose, I notice that prosperity is also mine. When my purpose is to serve God, I am supported in all I do.

Wealth and riches are in their houses, and their righteousness endures forever.--Psalm 112:3





PATRICK ROBERTS ARRESTED

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Yardflex understands that businessman and music producer Patrick Roberts has been arrested and charged for breaches of the Firearms Act.


According to the Constabulary Communications Network, 45 year-old businessman Patrick Roberts of Delamere Avenue, Kingston 13, was this evening charged by the Hunts Bay Police for breaching the Firearms Act.


Reports are that on Wednesday January 20 this year, the police seized two illegal firearms from a man who engaged them in a shootout at Waltham Avenue, Kingston 13. One of the weapons, a .38 Taurus Revolver was traced and found to be the property of Mr.Roberts. On Tuesday March 30, the businessman was interviewed by investigators and he reported that he was just being made aware of the disappearance of the weapon.


A file was prepared and sent to the director of public prosecution (DPP), who ruled that Mr. Roberts be charged for breaching the firearms act. He is scheduled to appear in court on Friday of this week.





No bail for Bounty

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Dancehall star Bounty Killer who has been behind bars for a little over a week will have to stay a little longer as he was denied bail yet again. His next court date will be on Friday.


Bounty Killer, whose real name is Rodney Price is accused of physically assaulting his girlfriend during a domestic dispute.


Guess the DJs troubles are far from over





Singer Says 50 cent is Gay!!!

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Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson might just want to think twice before he starts anymore beefs with rappers as his own sexuality is being placed into question.


“I think he's just the sexiest, and a brilliant writer. And I know he's gay.” – Rufus Wainwright


According to singer Rufus Wainwright, who has already professed his love for the rapper, he makes the claims that 50 might have more than just a sweet tooth for candy.


People always did wonder about those G-Unit tank tops too…


Speaking with Details Magazine, Wainwright elaborated more on his fantasy where the lead role is none other than Jackson.


“That cute little voice of his. It's okay, 50 Cent. Feel free to call me anytime. My boyfriend and I are experts. You can come over for dinner. And maybe
dessert,” Wainwright said.


Well 50, might want to stand clear and be aware of exactly what that international love is from here on out. Female groupies are one thing to handle, but dudes can only me
an even more trouble brewing.





What was she doing in the cop's car

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We listened in shock the news report about the 17-year-old girl who was shot to death while seated in a police car in Sav, Westmoreland. Now the obvious questions that begs for answers are: what was she doing in the car with the cop? Are they supposed to transport civilians (unless of course it's an arrest, accident or some emergency).


Were they so engrossed in conversation that the cop who should be very alert and quick to spot anything suspicious, did not see the shooter coming?


Guess there are more questions than answers, but until then we will be listening out.





Usain Bolt drives up ticket sales!

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Since the announcement was made that Usain Bolt would be taking part in the Penn Relays in Philly Yardflex understands that tickets are being gobbled up like crazy!


One mention of the Jamaican track star name and there is a different kind of energy.





Bounty to answer to assault charges today in court

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Rodney Price, aka Bounty Killer, is scheduled to return to the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate’s Court today to answer to assault charges.


When he appeared in court last Wednesday, killer was denied bail by Senior Magistrate Judith Pusey on the grounds that he committed the new offences while on bail on charges of illegal possession of a firearm and unlawful wounding of a police officer during an altercation with an off-duty cop in New Kingston in 2007.


On Monday, April 4, the Alliance leader was charged with assault occasioning bodily harm and threatening the complainant, his girlfriend of three years, Kadeem Baker.


Police say the 38-year-old dancehall artiste was picked up at his East Avenue residence, after receiving a complaint on March 26 that Price had physically attacked Baker when she informed him that their three-year relationship was over.


Yardflex will keep you posted on the developments





Uptown mondays

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The Daily Word - Wednesday, April 14, 2010

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World Peace

A new day dawns as we awaken to our Christ consciousness.


Each person on Earth is like a seed, a dormant shell of pure potential, waiting to be transformed into a flower.

We may not have discovered some of our divine attributes, but they are safely tucked within us, waiting to be called forth. Our perfect potential--the very essence of our wholeness--is there inside.

This divine essence is our Christ consciousness. As we awaken to it, we are transformed into wholeness. As we awaken, we live as Jesus lived; we love as Jesus loved. We experience a world of peace and joy.

As a new day dawns, we behold the promise of peace in our hearts and in our world. We are all part of God's radiant garden of humanity, growing into the perfect expression of peace and harmony.

Peace be with you.--Luke 24:36





Students injured as gunmen shoot at bus

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Irate gunmen, upset that the bus they were stopping drove past them, took out their guns and fired at the vehicle, hitting three children who were passengers.


The children, two girls and a boy, all students from high schools in Kingston, were rushed to hospital following the daring daylight attack, as the bus drove along Slipe Road.


According to the police, the gunmen were waiting on the bus and as it reached close to Torrington Bridge the men signalled the bus to stop. However, another report says that the gunmen mistook the driver for another one who had attacked them earlier in Half-Way-Tree..


The police say that the students were listed in stable condition, as their injuries were not said to be life-threatening.





Scrap metal industry a nightmare; out of control

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Mayor of Kingston, Councillor Desmond McKenzie, says the scrap metal industry is out of control and that this activity has been a “nightmare” for the country in terms of cost and value. He recommends that the National Solid Waste Management Authority (NSWMA) be appointed the only agency to collect and export scrap metal.


“How can we operate a country in which people are stealing bridges, water mains, street signs, to sell as scrap metal? It cannot continue like this!” he commented.


Mayor McKenzie, while speaking at the launch of the NSWMA's 2010/11 Public Relations Campaign, at the Courtleigh Hotel and Suites, New Kingston, release from the Jamaica Information Service (JIS) stated.


He noted that the said that the scrap metal industry is developing “scrap metal criminals” who have become one of the major destroyers of the environment.


The Mayor lamented that 45 per cent of all directional street signs and stop signs in downtown Kingston have been stolen overnight and sold as scrap metals.







When the seventh season of Digicel Rising Stars commences on July 4, it will get real ‘Fluffy’ in the Chill Room as the producers of the popular talent show say out with the old -- Kiki – and in with the new – Miss Kitty.


Kitty, who uses her ample size to her decided advantage, is reported as saying that she was “elated” to be chosen as the host to replace the petite, cutie pie, Kiki. It was Kiki’s tell-all documentary and self-appointed role in anti-drugs awareness campaign that quite likely contributed to her getting the cold shoulder from the show. But, for Kitty, it’s all about thanking God.


“I’m grateful to God for taking me so far as I understand that it is no small feat to be chosen to be a part of a big show like this in Jamaica,” Kitty is quoted as saying.


Miss Kitty promises to bring a different vibe and lots of fun to the Digicel Rising Stars Chill Room.


“I will bring fun by being jovial and real. Just a bright attitude and giving the contestants a real chance to reach out to voters by asking them certain questions to keep it real and not superficial. Questions that will leave a mark in the voters minds so that they remember something special about each contestant.”


And, to those who think the The Fluffy Diva isn’t Chill Room material, she says, “I have made my reputation and built my name and my brand on being a multi faceted person. I’m an individual that is not one dimensional. I can do uptown, downtown, round town.”


Kitty, who is also a judge on the Magnum Kings and Queens of Dancehall says the Digicel Rising Stars opportunity will allow Jamaicans to see another side of her: “Normally I’m passing down judgment to people on Magnum and this time it’s gelling with people, understanding their point of view, understanding where they’re coming from, understanding their journey and bringing that story to the viewing public.


Miss Kitty is also encouraging Digicel Rising Stars’ fans to embrace.





New collabo from Mary J Blige, Jah Cure

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R&B superstar Mary J Blige has collaborated with reggae singer, Jah Cure, on a song called Each Tear, which will be released as the lead single on Mary J Blige’s album, Stronger With Each Tear.


The two artists were brought together by ace producer Dwayne Chin-Quee aka Supa Dups.


According to Jah Cure, “Mary J has been one of my favourite artistes from the day I heard Real Love in 1992. It is a dream come true to be able to work with an artiste of such immense talent on such a beautiful song. I think the song will connect with my fans and also help me to connect with hers.”


Jah Cure’s manager, Delmar ‘Della Danger’ Drummond, explained that “Supa Dups wanted to do a reggae version and he thought Jah Cure was the perfect artiste to team up with Mary J Bilge. Each Tear is one of the best songs on Mary J’s album and the fact that Jah Cure can be part of an international effort by her to include international artistes on her music is great.”


Supa Dups is not only a member of the Black Chiney Sound System but is also an internationally recognised producer. He has produced for the who’s who in international music from the likes of Estelle, Sean Paul, John Legend and Rihanna to Kardinal Officiall, Collie Budz and Pitbull.

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Police outline the laws regarding public marches

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In light of reports that a number of organisations are planning to march on Gordon House today, the police are, therefore, advising members of the public of the relevant laws pertaining to public marches and public processions.


According to the police high command, under the Public Order Act (Section 4) it is unlawful for public marches to take place during the night. It is also unlawful for any public marches to take place in daylight unless a permit has been issued by the police.


The police further advise that persons who desire to organise any public march in daylight should apply for a permit at least three days before such intended public march. Applications for such a permit should be made to the senior officer of the Jamaica Constabulary Force in all parishes except in the Corporate Area.


In the Corporate Area of St Andrew and Kingston, applications should be made to the Commissioner of Police. The granting of permission for marches and processions remains the sole prerogative of the police.


If permission is granted by the police for any public march or procession, these activities should not take place within 200 yards from any scheduled premises. Scheduled premises are Jamaica House, Gordon House, Kings House, the headquarters of all ministries, the offices of the Kingston and St Andrew Corporation, and the Cabinet Offices.





The Daily Word - Tuesday, April 13, 2010

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Self-Care

I take care of myself. I honor my needs.


Sometimes I may feel overwhelmed with the many responsibilities in my life. I may begin to feel sorry for myself or blame others for my situation. I know then it is time to reconnect with Spirit.I become quiet and listen to the still small voice within, guiding me in loving and caring for myself.


I take specific actions to ensure my health, my happiness and my peace of mind.I may say "no" to a request. I might take a nap or turn off the cell phone or take a solitary walk around the block.

By providing the self-care I need, when I need it, I replenish my mind, body and soul.I can more easily achieve my goals, be present to the people around me and fully realize Spirit within me. I move into a higher state of consciousness and directly into feelings of love--for myself and others.


You are our glory and joy!--1 Thessalonians 2:20





Scenes from Who Hotta Boat Ride

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Scenes from Raw Glamour

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*Kitty Kelley’s unauthorized tell-all book on Oprah Winfrey will hit stores tomorrow stuffed with explosive revelations about the TV host from the least likely person – her own father.

Kelley followed up a lengthy April 22, 2008 telephone interview with Vernon Winfrey with a visit to his East Nashville barber shop two days later – at his invitation – where she spoke to him for “many more hours,” Kelley writes in the preface.

Among other things, Mr. Winfrey calls his daughter’s best friend Gayle a “heifer,” insinuates that she has a romantic crush on Barack Obama

Below are some book excerpts from their conversations:

“Oprah had a way of keeping my blood up. If I pulled east, she’d tug west. If I pointed north, she was hell-bent on south. She wasn’t an unpleasant child. In fact, her company was a great joy to me. But she did have a problem with directions.” (Page 38)

“It disappoints me that she has changed so much over the years. She’s become too close to that woman Gayle, and she no longer believes in Jesus Christ as her personal savior. That’s just not how I raised her.” (Page 29)

“Gayle is nothing but a street heifer.” (Page 28)

“Forget about a wedding…It will never happen…She won’t ever marry Stedman because…she’s all for herself and not about to give up anything for anyone. She’s content with who she is. With Oprah, it’s root hog or die poor… (Page 152)

“She may be admired by the world, but I know the truth. So does God and so does Oprah. Two of us remain ashamed.” [He then pointed to a sign hanging above his barber chair that read: "Live so the preacher won't have to tell lies at your funeral."] (Page 29)

“I’m supporting (Obama) on the issues. Oprah might be supporting him for something else…her adoring eyes and all…I can tell you that Stedman isn’t getting any of that.”





Time for a change in Spanish Town

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Church leaders and residents of Spanish Town took to the streets in a move of solidarity against criminal gangs and the hope that there will be a change in the area.


Dubbed the '10,000-man march' it did not live up to its name as only a few hundred people turned out to give their support to the cause.


Some of the residents claim that they are fed up with what's happening in the area and want to see a change.


However, it is clear that only a handful of people really want change if the turnout is anything to go by.


"Herein lies the real problem. Until those who have information are willing to be an agent of change then dem coulda march one million time nutten nah change," one resident told Yardflex.


Why march then? The resident said he wants a change, but the people who are really harbouring the criminals are benefiting and therefore they won't do anything. "Is ongle when it tun pon dem, den dem a guh feel it," he said sadly.





Former national striker shot dead in the USA

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Former national striker Patrick Beech was shot and killed in Oregon in the United States of America yesterday.


At a Digicel Premier League football match at Spanish Town Prison Oval yesterday, members of the St Catherine football family expressed grief at his passing and said he will be sadly missed.


"He was such an effervescent person, one who would be constantly motivating the players around him. He is sadly missed by us, "said former Jamaica Football Federation and St Catherine Football Association president, Lincoln 'Happy' Sutherland.


Beech also represented Rivoli for a number of years.


great footballer


"Beech was a great footballer who scored many brilliant goals for his team. He was one of the talents discovered by René Simoes," said Omar Parker, Rivoli's captain.


Ann-marie Reid, manager of Rivoli United, said Beech was a good person who made football his life.


"He played for several teams and still had a desire to contribute, as he last played for Duhaney Park," Reid said.


His death brings to two the number of former Rivoli players to be killed in the United States as Mark Wisdom was shot to death three years ago.


Rivoli ended their game in a 1-1 tie with Humble Lion. Elsewhere, Tivoli clipped Waterhouse 1-0, Harbour View beat Village 3-0, while Portmore and August Town played to a 0-0 draw.


Source: Star





Careful of those family members

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Check this out, even your own relatives are turning on you. The world is in shambles.


An ex convict in Trelawny went berserk over the weekend killing of his sisters and injuring two others.


According to reports Dwayne Anderson who hails from Hague went to a wake consumed quite a bit of alcohol and was smoking pot, came home and got into an argument with one of his sisters. Another intervened and the brother ended up stabbing all three.


Dead is 26-year-old Shakira Frame, while those suffering from knife wounds are Anderson’s sisters Donnette Grey-Lynch and Aneisha Edwards.


Police reports are that about 10:30 pm the siblings were involved in an altercation during which Anderson used a knife to inflict wounds to the three, killing Frame on the spot.


Dwayne tried to escape but was caught by neighbours who inflicted wounds he is now in the hospital also.





The Daily Word - Monday April 12 2010

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Faith

I have everything I need--now and always.


In the spring, I have faith that the air will begin to warm and new sprouts and blossoms will appear. This has happened every spring before now, and it will happen every spring to come.

With this same faith, I know that when I am hungry, food will be available. When I am thirsty, my thirst will be quenched. When I am cold, I will have clothing and shelter.

Right now, I have everything I need. As I become aware of the truth of this statement, I am able to drop any worries about what is to come.

In this moment, I let go of any fear or anxiety about the future and rest in unwavering faith. All is well. I am at peace knowing I have everything I need.

Do not worry, saying, "What will we eat?" or "What will we drink?" or "What will we wear?"--Matthew 6:31





Fresh Friday

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6 DIGICEL RISING STARS' HOST HOPEFULS CHOSEN

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Sunday April 11; Kingston, Jamaica: After seeing hundreds of hopefuls during two open auditions in Montego Bay and Kingston over a week ago, Digicel Rising Stars’ producers have chosen the top six candidates in the race to become the new host of the popular television show.



The chosen six are: Kemesha Bolton, Cameka McRae, Deidre James, Julie Malcolm, Terri-Karelle Reid and Lady Rennae.



Kemesha Bolton
The first Digicel Rising Stars’ host hopeful to face an audience will be Kemesha Bolton as she’ll be holding things down at the Clarendon audition in May Pen on Saturday April 11. Kemesha who is from Kingston is a student at Mico University College where she is completing a bachelor’s degree in Primary Education.



Kemesha says she’s excited about facing the Clarendon audience and she’s looking forward to having a great time in May Pen: “I’m definitely looking forward to it, I love television, I love hosting and performing.”



Kemesha says she’s nervous about facing the crowd on Saturday but she has been practicing: “I’m very nervous about the audition but I plan to do my best. I’ve been in front of the mirror everyday practicing, trying to think about the things I love about the show and how I can make them better.”



Cameka McRae
The next day the Digicel Rising Stars auditions will be in the sunshine city where Cameka McRae will get her chance to shine. Cameka says she’s happy to have been selected: “I’m excited, I just can’t wait to show Jamaica my bubbly personality and that I’m capable of being the next host”.



Cameka who is from Portmore says she doesn’t think that hosting a show in her home town will give her an edge: “I don’t think it will, I don’t think it’s easier either and I would be comfortable hosting in any of the five locations.”



Cameka who is a television producer by profession has a communications degree from Northern Caribbean University.

She is quick to point out that she’s a church girl with spunk who is not afraid to speak her mind: “What you see is what you get. I’m very real. I don't think I'm better than a soul. I like to think I speak my mind most of the time. I’m very creative and I have a wild imagination and I'm not afraid of new things.”





Deidra James
The Digicel Rising Stars team is on the north coast with week two of auditions in Montego Bay and Ocho Rios. The Montego Bay auditions is on Saturday April 17 at the Wexford Hotel and Deidra James will be performing hosting duties. Despite growing up in Kingston, Deidre is no stranger to the north coast as she was born in St.Ann.



Deidre is probably best known for working as a presenter on Fame FM. She says she hopes that experience will help her in the drive to be the next Digicel Rising Stars host: “I've always had an affinity for entertainment, hence my natural drive for the industry… I do have some experience in TV & broadcasting, so that may work to my advantage, hopefully.”



Deidre says she plans to bring lots of fun and excitement to the audition: “I really just want to be myself. I truly enjoy making people happy and making them laugh, even at my own expense, in fact, MOSTLY at my own expense.”



Julie Malcolm
On Sunday April 18 at the Hibiscus Lodge in Ocho Rios, Julie Malcolm will be putting her best hosting skills on the line trying to win over Jamaicans.

Julie who is from Clarendon says she went crazy with excitement when she was told she made it to the top six: “I felt like screaming and rolling on the floor and I actually did. Seriously though, I felt humbled that out of so many qualified applicants; even television presenters that I admire, the judges chose me...wow!...I still have goose pimples.”



Julie says she hopes the experience she’s garnered from teaching for over a decade and entering several competitions helps her shine on the Digicel Rising Stars stage. She’s also banking heavily on her personality to help win over voters: “My warm and bubbly personality enables me to connect with people from varying cultures.”



Terri-Karelle Reid
The final host hopefuls Terri-Karelle Reid and Lady Rennae will take the mic when the Digicel Rising Stars auditions come to Kingston for back to back shows at the Girl Guides Headquarters on April 24 and 25.



Former Miss Jamaica World Terri-Karelle Reid will take control of the Saturday audition and she says she’s looking forward to a big day: “Day one of the Kingston Auditions usually has one of the highest volumes of hopefuls. I plan on being myself: spunky, bubbly, down-to earth.

I think it is very important to have fun with it but also relate to the participants and create a relaxing vibe and a comfortable environment for them so that they can put their best foot forward when facing the judges (which can be very intimidating).”
Terri-Karelle says her reign as Miss Jamaica World in 2005 has given her a platform to showcase her personality and be a public servant which has prepared her for several challenges including this one.



Lady Rennae
Digicel Rising Stars wraps up Season 7 audition shows with day 2 of the Kingston auditions hosted by Lady Rennae and she can’t wait to see what Kingston has to offer.



Lady Rennae says she thinks she has a good chance of being the next Digicel Rising Stars’ host: “I'm a person who loves music and am a great supporter of Jamaican talent...with all the chaos and excitement that will be taking place in the competition, the auditioners really need someone they can feel comfortable around and the voters want someone real and relatable.”



Lady Rennae points out that she’s been in the media industry since her early teens and now, as a stable presenter on Fame FM and RETV, she says she’s quite comfortable behind the microphone.



Despite coming pretty close the last time Digicel Rising Stars was looking for a new host, she points out that this time things will be different: “Bwoy last time I was so in awe of it all, but this time I'm going to show the Digicel Rising Stars audience and the producers of the show more of Lady Rennae, more of my charisma, versatility, charm, raw talent - and most importantly the professionalism required for a show of this calibre.”



Jamaica will get a chance to see Kemesha Bolton, Cameka McRae, Deidre James, Julie Malcolm, Terri-Karelle Reid and Lady Rennae host Digicel Rising Stars’ auditions when they air on TVJ starting on Sunday June 13. Rising Stars’ fans will then be able to vote and choose who they want to be the new series host.





Will Buju’s June 21 drug trial be delayed again?

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It’s been four months since reggae singer Buju Banton has been behind bars in Florida awaiting trial on drugs related charges and, for the second time, the trial date has been postponed.

The trial had been scheduled to start April 19, after Banton requested that date. Without explanation, and much to the distress of lawyer David Oscar Markus, who represents Banton, U.S. District Judge James Moody changed it to June 21.

"We really want to go to trial and were ready to go on April 19," Marcus is reported as saying.

Markus filed a motion asking the judge to reconsider the change.

"We have been working very hard to be ready for this date," he wrote. "We have potential witnesses flying in from Jamaica who have made their plans. We have made our flight and hotel plans. We have lawyers on the team flying in from Houston and Washington, DC, who have also made their flight and hotel plan.

"Perhaps most importantly, Mr. Myrie is in custody and wants to go to trial as
soon as possible."

Buju's legions of fans are disappointed with this new date and hope that come June 20, the judge will not issue a new date yet again.







KINGSTON (JIS) — The Ministry of Justice has sought to clarify the the suspension of Senator KD Knight on March 26, 2010 for two sittings of the Senate.


According to a statement from the ministry, the discussion which has taken place has focused primarily on Senator Knight's offensive references to Senator Dorothy Lightbourne, Minister of Justice and Attorney General and discussion as to whether he should be given an opportunity to be heard in regard to his use of offensive language to Senator Lightbourne.


The fact of the matter as recorded in Hansard, is that Senator Knight was directed by the President of the Senate to withdraw the offensive statement, which he refused to do, and instead picked up his papers and walked out of the Senate.


This was the more compelling reason for the disciplinary action taken against Senator Knight.

No amount of opportunity given to Senator Knight to respond could avail him in justifying his gross disrespect to the President of the Senate.





Polish leader, 96 others dead in Russia jet crash

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Polish President Lech Kaczynski and some of the country's highest military and civilian leaders died Saturday when the presidential plane crashed as it came in for a landing in thick fog in western Russia, killing 97, officials said.

According to a story by the Associated Press, Russian and Polish officials said there were no survivors on the 26-year-old Tupolev, which was taking the president, his wife and staff to events marking the 70th anniversary of the massacre in Katyn forest of thousands of Polish officers by Soviet secret police.

The crash devastated the upper echelons of Poland's political and military establishments. On-board were the army chief of staff, national bank president, deputy foreign minister, army chaplain, head of the National Security Office, deputy parliament speaker, civil rights commissioner and at least two presidential aides and three lawmakers, the Polish foreign ministry said.

Although initial signs pointed to an accident with no indication of foul play, the death of a Polish president and much of the Polish state and defence establishment in Russia en route to commemorating one of the saddest events in Poland's long, complicated history with Russia was laden with tragic irony.

Reflecting the grave sensibilities of the crash to relations between the two countries, Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin personally assumed charge of the investigation.








Lucius Thomas the former Commissioner of Police is the new People’s National Party (PNP) representative for North West St Ann.


Thomas defeated St Ann's Bay Mayor Ivan Anderson in a contest to gain the right to represent the PNP in North West St Ann. Some 312 delegate voted in favour of Thomas, while Anderson managed to pick up only 58 votes.


The selection conference was held Sunday at the Brown's Town Community College in the parish.
Lucius Thomas spent two years and nine months as police commissioner and resigned the post shortly after the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) won the general election in October 2007.

He will now replace Michael Whittingham, who was the former PNP representative for the constituency.

The seat is currently held by the ruling JLP's Othneil Lawrence.





US intelligence people taking over Jamaica?

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What’s going on in this little dot on the world map called Jamaica? If the Sunday Observer story is to be believed, then it would seem that FBI and DEA agents --- and should we assume Interpol as well? -- are crawling all over the island.


According to the report, “agents from two American intelligence-gathering organisations have descended on Jamaica in unusual numbers over the last six months in what political watchers believe is a move by the United States to add more muscle to its request for Jamaica to extradite Christopher 'Dudus' Coke.


A highly placed source told the Sunday Observer that some of the agents have been given strict instructions to pay close attention to three Government ministers, several members of the security forces, and two major downtown business operations.”


Anybody cares to guess which businesses the Observer story is referring to?


It continues, “Sunday Observer sources say that a batch of 23 arrived in the island during the last three months to complement others already here.”


Well, it comes as no surprise that they are here, but the question is, are these US intelligence people here in the numbers that this story would expect us to believe?





The Daily Word - Sunday, April 11, 2010

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Inner Peace

Divine love and grace fill me with peace.


Wherever I am, God is. These words are an affirmation of divine love and grace.

They provide reassurance of God's everlasting presence, and they are an effective prayer any time I need a greater sense of inner peace.

In this blessed state, I face each day assured and confident. As I focus on the abiding presence of God, I feel an inner calm. Any troubled thoughts release their hold on my mind.

I simply remember and affirm the truth: Wherever I am, God is. My quiet affirmation strengthens me, calms my mind and allows me to open my heart to divine love and grace.

In the presence of God, I am peaceful and secure.

I will make a covenant of peace with them; ... and will set my sanctuary among them forevermore.--Ezekiel 37:26





Today's Daily Word - Saturday, April 10, 2010

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Free


I am alive with the freedom of Spirit.


What adventures lie before me today? What lessons will I learn as I open my mind and heart to Spirit? As I embrace these questions and the endless possibilities, I experience a renewed sense of freedom and anticipation at the thought of all that awaits me. I am free to learn all I want to learn. I am free to experience unlimited goodness. I am free to explore new avenues of success, prosperity and wholeness. I am free because the spirit of God is alive in me.


As I experience this freedom within me, I hold thoughts of freedom for others. The spirit of God is within each of us, providing wisdom, clarity and inspiration. In faith, I greet each day knowing I am alive with the freedom of Spirit.


You were called to freedom, brothers and sisters.--Galatians 5:13





Kadeem want tek Killer fi gal clown or what?

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After Bounty Killer girl Kadeem .. yeah, the same tall browning who dem call Hennessey and who related to a next entertainer ... yeah, after she mek police lock up Killer, she now a say she sorry cause she never mean it.

But how the story so conflicting?

One minute Killer a beat her up cause she tell him say the relationship done, then now that Killer inna jail and cyan get bail, Kadeem a talk up a next set a tings how she and Bounty want to get on wid them life – TOGETHER. A what really a gwaan. She saya di first time that Killer ever lick her (wink, wink) and everybody know how fi Bounty hand nimble and don’t join church.

So a really love him love her so? But everybody know say him did love and still love Angel and that neva stop him from kill har wid lick.

But, back to this model girl name Kadeem. It come in like say she waan tek Killer fi gal clown. But like Killer say, Kadeem know what you a do.





Jah Cure sings the visa blues

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The recent cancellation of the US visas of several prominent Jamaican performers, has inspired international reggae star and SoBe/Danger Zone recording artiste Jah Cure to pen the visa blues and record the track Save Yourself.

It was 12:05 am on April 1, 2010, so Jah Cure naturally assumed the Internet news he was reading about the United States cancelling the visas of several top Jamaican dancehall artistes was an April Fools' Day joke.

He said: "I couldn't believe that the Jamaican government or the US government would violate the privacy rights of citizens and publish their legal names, their birth dates, their actual Jamaican passport numbers and their US Visa Control numbers, I did not believe it."

Sadly, by mid-day on April 1st, the news was official -- the US Embassy in Kingston, Jamaica had cancelled the visas.

While sitting in his living room, Jah Cure said he began to hear the words of his idol Bob Marley singing: "Get Up, Stand Up, Stand Up for Your rights." Cure immediately felt inspired and compelled to go on record, so he headed straight to the studio and recorded Save Yourself as his message to Jamaica and all Caribbean nations.

In the opening lines of the song, Cure exclaims: "You can't change my pride, you can't take my power.

" Jah Cure urges his Jamaican and Caribbean brethren to save themselves, to save their countries, to save their economies, to save their families, and to save their children.

A line of the song is telling: "We must 'Save Ourselves' ... we must save ourselves from Babylon."

Cure believes that Save Yourself is an appropriate song for the circumstance as he says: "We cannot depend on Big Brother to help us, we must depend on each other and ourselves.

Jah Cure said he is releasing the record via the Internet hoping it will challenge his Jamaican brethren to stand up for their rights as he chants at the end of the song: "We have come too far to turn back now, we cannot let them take our freedom or our pride. They can never hold us down."

Save Yourself will be released online today







With the recent cancellation of the visas of top deejays Beenie Man, Bounty Killer, Mavado and Aidonia – and remember that Sizzla, Kartel, Busy, and Jah Cure do not have US visas – it has been felt that those artistes who are still eligible to fly will be eating a lot of food.

Artistes like Lady Saw, Elephant Man, Assassin, Chino and Voice Mail would naturally be high on any promoter’s list as main acts on dancehall shows/festivals. But according to booking agencies, this is not so.

Bookings agents are reported as saying that the cancellation of visas of the top artistes has affected the entire music industry, making promoters a bit wary of booking even those acts who still have visas.

“The entire music industry has been tainted,” is the message from the booking agents.

Promoters are nervous, and this is justified as there is a strong possibility that they can book an act for a show next month, only to hear a few days before the show that the artiste’s visa has been revoked by the US embassy.

The fact that the embassy is giving no explanation as to why the artistes’ visas were revoked has set the entire industry on edge.

People are afraid to travel because they might turn up at the airport only to hear that their names are on ‘The List’.

“This is mashing up the industry, and we can’t allow that to happen. We just have to find other markets to explore.

Artistes like Busy Signal and Kartel have been eating good food despite their ban from entering the great America, so artistes haffi just rise and know that them can’t allow Merry Macka to keep them down,” one artiste manager said.





The female deejay still has her US visa

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The rumour mill has been spinning out of control with reports that a certain female deejay has been added to the list of artistes whose US visas have been revoked.

But, according to sources close to her – nutten don’t go so. The artiste recently went to Florida and returned without any problems.

“She fly out and come back good good and nobody neva harass her,” the source stated. Well, that’s a relief.





Rihanna has a new boyfriend

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It’s confirmed. Rihanna has a new boyfriend ... Rihanna has a new boyfriend.

Reports are that three months after RiRi was spotted getting hands- and lips-on with Los Angeles Dodger Matt Kemp, Rihanna has finally used the b-word.

"Umm, he's my boyfriend," the effervescent chanteuse, 22, happily confirmed to Ryan Seacrest on his radio show Thursday (definitely not confirmed: engagement rumors).

"It's new, and it's fun, and it's nothing too serious, you know. I don't want anything that's going to take up so much of my energy and time right now in a bad way. I just want to have fun, and that's what it's about."

Rihanna who deserves some fun after the nightmare that was Chris Brown, also spilled details (maybe a few too many) about the upcoming wedding of her BFF Katy Perry to funnyman Russell Brand.







Bwoy, it come in like we cyan keep up with the artiste dem and how dem a dominate the headlines.

Imagine a man like Louie Culture inna wrangling and then him also pick up a gun shot; then it was the All Fool Day revelation say the US revoke some a dem visa and it look like that just set things in motion.

The next ting was that Mavado crash, then police lock up Bounty fi beat up him woman and a bag a tings. A Wednesday before Killer go back a court, and maybe the judge still don’t give him bail. Ninjaman inna jail fi one year now and him go a court this week and still don’t get bail. And then the Ras Junior Reid plead guilty to selling liquor without a licence.

We still don’t understand how the Ras ting and the liquor ting mix up and blend up, but all we can say is that it is the new world order.

It come in like say one week cyan pass without the artiste dem involved inna some court ting.

We a mek a appeal to all the artiste dem fi mek we start hear some positive tings inna di news. We a get tired a di mix up mix up.

That not putting reggae and dancehall music on top.





Street Vybez Thursdays

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SWIMWEAR SHADES AFFAIR

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Yarflex Girl A or B of The Week

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The Daily Word - Friday April 09 2010

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Divine Order
My life is in divine order.


When I affirm that divine order is established in my life, I am consciously acknowledging my oneness with the principle of order and harmony.

When I open my mind and heart to the wisdom of God, I am laying the foundation for order to take hold. I may feel guided to take a specific action, feel the urge to create something new, or find an elusive solution to a troubling situation easily falling into place.

Realizing that I live in a world of order and harmony, I no longer allow minor disturbances to confuse me. Looking beneath the appearance of disorder to the divine order that underlies it, I maintain my inner calm and serenity.

I am confident that my life is on the right path and that all is in divine order.

Those of steadfast mind you keep in peace.--Isaiah 26:3





Tears for Buju

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Boy what a whay the Trinidad promoter feel it dat Buju in jail. According to the Trinidad Express Buju's presence was missed at I am Legend III that was held.


But then again he is not the only one shedding tears for the artiste who gave us hits such as Browning, Til I'm Laid To Rest, Destiny among others.


Keep the faith Buju "remember it's not an easy road."





Jail time a waste time

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What a way Bounty Killer gwaan have to spend another week in jail?

Even when the girl whey him lick sey she not interested in pressing charges gainst him, dem still remand him till di next court date.

Dats why wi always sey temper a nuh good someting, cause anyting yuh duh have consequences. Di ongle advice wi have fi Bounty is fi tell him sey, jail time a waste time, so him fi just pree di dollar sign and stop getting cross, miserable and angry.






Poor Ninjaman

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Boy it seems that Ninja Man will not be seeing the light of day any time soon. He was again remanded when he appeared in the Supreme Court yesterday. The DJ is set to return to court on April 23.


Ninjaman, whose real name is Desmond Ballentine, his son Janeil, Dennis Clayton and Seymour Samuels, have been jointly charged with the murder of Robert Johnson, who was shot and killed in Tower Hill, St Andrew last year.


Police alleged that the four were in a grey motorcar, which drove up to Johnson’s home at Marl Road and fired several shots hitting Johnson.


Ninjaman, who is being represented by attorney Norma Linton, appeared in court with his face bushy and his hair unkempt.
No application was made for bail by his attorney and the case is set to continue on April 23.





Gas him and light him

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A man accused of burying a 12-year-old girl alive three weeks ago has been charged.

He is 26-year-old Garsha Wilson, a taxi operator, of a St Andrew address.

He was charged by detectives from the Centre for the Investigation of Sexual Offences (CISOCA) on Monday with attempted murder, abduction, rape, cruelty to a child and malicious destruction of property.

Reports from CISOCA reported that the little girl disappeared from the Transport Centre in Half-Way Tree, St Andrew, on March 22.

Later that same day, Wilson is alleged to have accompanied the child's mother to the Transport Centre to report her missing at the centre's police post.

Girl Found

However, while there, the police received a call that the little girl had been found.

Wilson is said to have then fled the scene but was arrested three days later following investigations.

Detectives are alleging that the child was picked up at the Transport Centre and taken to Smokey Vale, St Andrew, where she was sexually assaulted.

It is also being alleged that the child was choked to the point of unconsciousness and then buried by her attacker, who thought she was dead.

The child was reportedly buried in a shallow grave covered with rocks but later regained consciousness and dug herself out. She was walking along the roadway and helped by a resident who took her to the police.

Wilson is scheduled to appear before the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate's Court on Friday.





Scenes From Weddy Weddy

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Cellular giant Claro, which is run by the world’s richest man Carlos Slim Helu, a Mexican telecommunications tycoon, whose worth is an estimated mind-boggling $53.5 billion, is taking the advertising and promotions war to directly to Digicel.


Their ads are creative, fearless and they are hitting home the point that Digicel is a dinosaur – “that old cell service”—is how they always describe the number one cell phone company in Jamaica. Claro also makes no bones about calling Digicel’s name in their ads and seems to have a team whose job it is to challenges all Digicel promotions.


“Free nights, what kinda free is that?” Claro quizzes as they point out that to qualify for ‘free’ comes with a price tag of topping up with $200 or more during the day.


Claro scored when they introduced former Digicel Rising Stars host, Denise Hunt as one of the voices of their promotional campaigns. “And the old cell – digi sell it yet?” Denise asks quite innocently in one of the first Claro ads.


On Wednesday, Claro muscled its way in three newspapers with full page ads designed to hit out at Digicel and even calling Digicel’s name. And that was in addition to their regular full page ads showing off their range of phones.


But, the truth is that there are still far less persons owning Claro phones than Digicel phones and owning a Claro phone for some is seen as a purchase made when one already owns a Digicel phone.


Digicel has, for the most part, been ignoring the campaigns striking at them and instead has focused on selling phones and getting more people on their network and making noise through the events they sponsor.

While Claro dominated with their must-see full page ad, Digicel was having their early morning function to signal the start of a brand new South Africa World Cup campaign which gives customers a chance to win cool prizes, including tickets to the World Cup in South Africa.


Claro is working hard, but it seems they will have to work harder and hard work is something their owner knows a lot about. Carlos Slim Helu is described By Forbes Magazine as a self-made billionaire.

Helu, who knocked Microsoft’s Bill Gates, into second place on the Forbes list, holds a controlling interest in several Mexican telecommunications companies, including American Movil, the largest mobile phone business in Latin America. His net worth climbed $18.5 billion just in the past year.


And, of course, the question must be asked: Where is LIME in all of this?





GQ meets Vogue

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Scenes fromTurbulence Album Launch

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Scenes From Yellow and White

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The Daily Word - Thursday, April 8, 2010

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Centered

I am centered in the present moment.


The present moment can easily elude me. Every time my mind jumps to the future or the past, I miss the delight of the here and now.

But when I am centered in the present moment, I am always grateful. I feel calm. I feel peace.

As I concentrate on my breathing, I connect to the Infinite within me.

My scattered thoughts begin to focus, and I become present to this now moment and all its potential.

Stress and worry disappear.

In this centered state of being, I know that all is well. I am one with the living God, undistracted by what is happening "out there" and at peace with what is happening "in here." I am awake and aware, blessed and grateful.

Seek the Lord and his strength, seek his presence continually.--1 Chronicles 16:11





Junior Reid and him spirit license

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Bwoy Junior we glad yuh never stretch out di whole courtroom drama and just plead guilty and done sey yuh never authorize fi a sell nuh liquor.

nuh you a di first and yuh certainly nah go be di last whey caan wait pon di official ting fi sell the goodly liquor. $2000 a nuh nuten fi yuh pay, so wi know di serving time wouldn’t come into the deal.

Well di ongle question wi haffi ask is, why it teck so long fi get a license fi sell liquor? And if you do it illegally till permission come, a $2000 fine worth it, cause by dat dey time yuh done sell whole heap more dan data ready!





Prince In Serious Trouble!

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Tax season is not looking too great for PRINCE, as the singer apparently has to come up with $506,000 to hand over to the government. Carver County tax records show the “Purple Rain” singer – real name Prince Rogers Nelson – and hiscompanies PRN Music Corp. and Paisley Park Enterprises Inc. owe thecombined sum in delinquent property taxes to the state of Minnesota for 2009


PRN Music Corp., which is based in the musician’s Paisley Park Studios in Chanhassen, which is located west of Minneapolis, alone owes more than $227,000 in taxes to the state and other government bodies.


Prince, 51, now has until April 21 to file an objection to the sum he and his businesses are alleged to owe, if he does not “a court judgment will be entered against the properties for the unpaid tax, penalty, interest, and costs”,according to local newspaper the Chaska Herald.


However, he has until now and May 2013 to pay off the sum until any forfeiture process could start against Prince’s listed properties. According to Laurie Engelen,taxpayer services manager for Carver County, the pop legend was late in


paying taxes on his studio in 2006 and 2008





Daryl Vaz son enters not guilty plea

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The son od Daryl Vaz, Information Minister, who is on a drug possession charge appeared in the Corporate Area Criminal Court on Tuesday.

Adam Vaz, 18, pleaded not guilty to the charge as the court was told that the forensic report was still outstanding.

The young Mr. Vaz was arrested on March 26 in possession of ganja at the Tinson Pen Aerodrome in St. Catherine.

He was preparing to board a flight to Montego Bay, St. James when his luggage was searched and a small quantity of ganja found.

He was charged and later released on $10,000 station bail.

He is to return to court on May 19.





Scenes From Girls Rush

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Today's Daily Word - Wednesday, April 7, 2010

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Healing


Vitality radiates through every cell of my body.


Myrtle Fillmore, co-founder of Unity, affirmed, "I am a child of God. Therefore, I do not inherit sickness." Using this affirmation, she overcame tuberculosis. I, too, am a child of God, and I do not inherit sickness. Nor do I inherit self-doubt, lack or negativity. What I do inherit are strength, wisdom, hope and vitality.


During my daily time in the silence, I become aware of the vital physical sensation of each part of my body, beginning with my head and spreading to my toes. To each individual organ, limb and cell, I affirm, "I am well. The spirit of love, light and healing flows through me." I am blessed by this knowing and by the prayers of those who affirm health and wholeness for me.


Daughter, your faith has made you well; go in peace, and be healed of your disease.--Mark 5:34





Usain Bolt Takes on Health Centre in Hometown

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World and Olympic Sprint Champion, Usain Bolt, has taken another step towards improving his community of Sherwood Content, Trelawny, by signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for refurbishing and maintaining the community's health centre.

The MOU was signed Wednesday (March 31) with the Ministry of Health and the National People's Co-operative Bank of Jamaica Limited (NPCB), at the Development Bank of Jamaica (DBJ), New Kingston.

Bolt's Manager, Norman Peart, signed on behalf of the athlete, who was ill and unable to attend the function.

Mr. Peart noted that, under the MOU, Bolt's organisation, Sherwood Holdings Limited, would renovate and maintain the health centre, through a lease from the NPCB, which owns the land, while the Health Ministry will continue to provide health services.

The agreement will remain in place for 10 years, with the option of renewal when it expires.

All projects will be executed by the United Way of Jamaica and are set to begin in April, with repairs to the roof, which is deemed a priority. Other projects such as painting and provision of equipment will be undertaken thereafter.

Mr. Peart said that Sherwood Holdings Limited is also planning to provide facilities for dental procedures to be carried out.

"Basic dental care is very expensive right now, and we have been talking to the parish manager, and she has said she should be able to have, at least, a dental nurse to assist. I think that would be a big boost to the clinic," he outlined.

Mr. Peart shared that the project was one of several being undertaken by Bolt in Trelawny, his home parish, and that he intends to do a lot more for the community.

Chairman of the NPCB, Howard Paulwell, reiterated the NPCB's commitment to rural communities.

"We are open to form any alliance that will bring value and support to the people we serve.It is our distinct pleasure to be a part of this venture, and we look forward to a long and beneficial association," he stated.

Chairman of the Western Regional Health Authority, Noel Donaldson, expressed his appreciation to Bolt and his team for undertaking the project, and pledged that the Authority would keep its end of the bargain by delivering the best quality service to the residents of Sherwood Content.

The Sherwood Content Health Centre delivers primary health services, including antenatal care, to approximately 1,000 residents per year.

Funds were raised to begin work on the facility through Bolt's "9.58 Super Party", held in December, 2009, which yielded over $1 million.





Congrats team Jamaica

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Yardflex would like to congratulate team Jamaica on their outstanding performance at the recently held CARIFTA games in Cayman.


In all Jamaica copped 72 medals - 35 of which were gold.
Big up and continue to make us proud.





Rihanna Engaged!?

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After moving into her home a few weeks ago, Matt Kamp is making it official…the baseball player has proposed to girlfriend Rihanna. According to bossip.com a source close to Rihanna gave the gossip site the exclusive:

Rihanna and Matt are spending a lot of time together at the couples spot in L.A.. Matt surprised Rihanna last week when he approached her and asked for her hand in marriage. She said yes, but also relayed the message of feeling that this may be too soon and a long
engagement should follow.





Today's Daily Word - Tuesday, April 6, 2010

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Empowered


I attune myself to the power of God within.


When I am attuned to God and aligned with God's purpose for me, nothing can stand between me and my bliss.I am a divine being, blessed with miraculous gifts that allow me to rise above any challenge and live my dreams.


I have within