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Celine Dion pregnant with twins

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Canadian singer Celine Dion is 14 weeks pregnant with twins, CNN television reported Monday.


The television network said Dion, 42, and her husband-manager Rene Angelil, 68, will find out next month the gender of their twins.


The pregnancy was the result of Dion’s sixth in-vitro fertilization attempt, according to the report, which cited Dion’s spokeswoman Kim Jakwerth.


Dion turned to acupuncture therapy to improve her chances of getting pregnant, the report said. Angelil is the father.


The couple already has a nine-year-old son, Rene-Charles.
Dion, a five-time Grammy winner, will return to Las Vegas, Nevada, next March to begin a three-year residency at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace.

(Source: AFP)






More summer flights for Air Jamaica

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KINGSTON, May 31, 2010—Air Jamaica kicks off summer with the addition of flights to New York and Toronto, the reintroduction of service to Nassau and the suspension of flights to Baltimore.

Starting July 1, Air Jamaica’s summer schedule is as follows:

· 5 daily flights to New York

· 4 daily flights to Fort Lauderdale

· 2 daily flights to Toronto

· Daily flights to Philadelphia

· Daily flights to Nassau

Air Jamaica’s service to New York offers two daily flights from Montego Bay and three daily flights from Kingston including, the Nitebird which departs Kingston at 12:15 a.m., arriving in New York at 5:00 a.m.

The additional daily flight between Kingston and Toronto will depart Kingston at 1:25 a.m., allowing passengers to sleep on board, and then enjoy a full day of activities in Toronto. Passengers destined for Kingston will also have the option of an early arrival.

Air Jamaica’s summer schedule will see the return of flights to Nassau with an increase to daily service. Air Jamaica will suspend service to Baltimore effective July 1, 2010 utilizing the aircraft on other routes with stronger demand.


“In developing the new schedule we placed a lot of emphases on making flight times convenient, and we are sure this will prove a big win with our customers,” said Bruce Nobles, the airline’s President and CEO.









Following the start of security operations in West Kingston last week, the Police High Command has established a Police Complaints Office at the Tivoli Gardens Health Centre.

This is established to receive complaints from residents about the conduct of members of the police force during the current operations in the community.

Residents can go to the centre between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. or they can call the following numbers: 322- 8701 or 1- 888- 429- 5523





2 year old smokes 40 cigarettes per day

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Jakarta, Indonesia (CNN) -- Two-year-old Aldi yanked on his mother's hair and squirmed in her arms.


Tears formed a small pool in the folds of his double chin.
"He's crying because he wants a cigarette," said Diana, his mother, who like many Indonesians goes by only one name.


We caught up with Aldi, who is nearly twice the weight of other babies his age (20 kilograms or 44 pounds), and his mother at Jakarta's airport.


Video of him plopped on a brightly-colored toy truck inhaling deeply and happily blowing smoke rings had circulated on the Internet last week, turning him into a local celebrity.


As we spoke to his mother, a crowd gathered and a man taunted Aldi with a cigarette, blowing smoke in his direction.


"Smoking has been a part of our culture for so long it isn't perceived as being hazardous, as causing illness, as poisonous," said Seto Mulyadi, chairman of Indonesia's National Commission for Child Protection. "A lot of adults who are around children will smoke. They will carry a baby in one hand and a cigarette in another. Even mothers don't understand that they are poisoning their children."


Aldi smokes an average of 40 cigarettes daily.


"Well, I don't want to give him cigarettes, but what I am I supposed to do? I am confused," his mother said.

"I didn't let him smoke, I even forbade him from smoking, but I was trying to stop him from getting sick."


She showed us a scar on Aldi's head, where she said he smashed his head into a wall during one of his tantrums. She said he also vomits when he can't satisfy his addiction.


I was smoking when I was pregnant, but after I gave birth I quit," she said. "I don't remember when, but we went to the market and then suddenly he had a cigarette in his hand. Even when he was a baby and he would smell smoke he would be happy."


Both she and her husband have quit smoking. She said that Aldi had cut down his habit in Jakarta and hopefully he will soon quit.








Singer Tessanne Chin got more than a pleasant surprise yesterday afternoon when her beau, Michael Anthony Cuffe (Jr) got down on his knees in front of her family and his and asked for her hand in marriage.

This happened at 3:00 pm at the home of sister Tami and her husband Wayne Marshall, and a few hours later social network sites, Twitter and Facebook, were blowing up with the reports of the engagement.

Friends, fans and associates quickly spread the news while congratulating the happy couple.

Of course, there were some who expressed surprise, as they weren’t in the know that Tessanne and Cuffe were an item … and have been for quite some time. There have been speculations, as the two have been sighted around town on a few occasions, but “with some people, it’s hard to tell”, as one fan remarked.

It was an elated Cuffe who last night directed friends to Facebook and Twitter, where he said pictures had been posted.

Tessanne, the younger sister of singer Tami Chynn, — who last year wed deejay Wayne Marshall in a fabulous ceremony— is best known for songs such as the hauntingly beautiful, Hideaway, Broken Melody, Messenger and her curent single, Loving You, recorded with Trinidadian vocalist Kes. She has also collaborated with diamond-selling Reggae act, Shaggy, on the track, Never Let Me Go.


Michael Anthony Cuff (Jr) is the son of veteran broadcaster of the same name.






More Guns Unearthed in Tivoli

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As the search continues for illegal weapons in West Kingston, eight more guns have been found bringing the total number of guns recovered to date to 36. Of the total, five were found on Saturday (May 29) and three pistols (handguns) were located today.

The police reports that 356 assorted rounds of ammunition have also been unearthed, bringing the total number to 9,241.

Up to Friday evening (May 29), 28 guns and 8,885 rounds of assorted ammunition were recovered from the area of operation.

The ammunition comprises .357; 9mm; .45; 7.62 long, which are used in SLRs; 7.62 short, used in AK47s; and 5.56 used in M16s.

This is in addition to hand grenades, dynamite, ballistic helmets, and protective vests.

Commissioner of Police, Owen Ellington, said that the search process, which is ongoing, has so far proven to be "very successful."

"Now that we are able to conduct more indulgent searches in there, we have been coming up with weapons and ammunitions," he stated.







Deputy Commissioner of Police, Charles Scarlett, is calling for all Jamaicans to give their support to the security forces as they carry out their duties to eradicate criminals and gangs from the country.

"I just want to use the opportunity to appeal to all Jamaicans to support us in our legitimate lawful activity to pursue, apprehend and arrest persons involved in acts of violence and other acts of illegality across the country," he said at a briefing held at the Police Commissioner's Office in St. Andrew.

"Public support is critical to any police operation and we ask people to keep that in mind as we seek to restore law and order," DCP Scarlett continued.

A joint police/ military team has been in sections of West Kingston since Monday (May 24), following the breakout of violence, which coincided with the signing of an arrest warrant for Christopher Coke.

The conflict has left 73 people dead and more than 980 persons were detained by the police, with 10 still in custody for interrogation in relation to various crimes.







Nine suspects were rounded up at premises in Kirkland Heights, Red Hills, St. Andrew in the special police/military operation that lasted for several hours Sunday.


The massive operation was carried out in search of Christopher "Dudus" Coke days after the security forces combed the area in search of the Tivoli Gardens strongman.


According to the police, two of the nine persons are known to be very close to the West Kingston fugitive.


Sunday's operation comprised soldiers from the Jamaica Defense Force and police officers drawn from several formations including Kingfish and the Organised Crime Investigation Division.


Senior detectives will interrogate the nine, all of whom are from West Kingston addresses.


Police personnel and military troops have been combing Kirkland Heights since last week as they continue on their quest to execute an arrest warrant on Christopher "Dudus" Coke.
During the initial operation, Keith Clarke, the brother of former Government Minister Claude Clarke was shot dead in what investigators say was a case of mistaken identity.


The JDF has confirmed that four soldiers were shot and injured in that incident.


The security forces were reportedly engaged in a fire fight with men in a house said to be owned by Coke.


Head of the Crime Portfolio of the Jamaica Constabulary Force, Acting Deputy Commissioner Glenmore Hinds, told a press conference at Jamaica House last week that the security forces are engaged in co-ordinated efforts across the island to nab Mr. Coke.


And, as the police and military continue its operation in sections of Western Kingston, a woman was arrested on Saturday night after her home was search and an AK-47 riffle found.


The gun was found as the security forces conduct house to house searches in the Denham Town community.


In addition to the rifle, several rounds of ammunition were also found.


The woman, whose name has not yet been released, is expected to be charged soon.


It is understood that the woman's boyfriend was held in the operation in Tivoli Gardens on Monday and is still in police custody.
And, the number of guns seized in the ongoing operations in Western Kingston now stands at 36.


In a release issued on Sunday night the police said recent seizures upped the number from 33 to 36.


The police say the weapons were all handguns.


Meanwhile the amount of ammunition recovered is now at 9,241.





Glenn Beck Mocks 11-Year-Old Malia Obama

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Glenn Beck, the nationally recognized a-hole, who’s always telling his opponents to “leave the families alone,” went into hypocrite mode on Friday morning and spent most of his radio program mocking and attacking the intelligence of President Obama’s 11-year-old daughter, Malia, reports Media Matters (scroll down to listen to the audio and/or read transcript).


On Thursday, at his press conference, President Obama said that Malia asked him of the Gulf oil spill: “Did you plug the hole yet, Daddy?”
Beck, like the idiot/child he is, mockingly affected Malia’s voice … asking “Daddy” why he “hates black people so much.


Then he attacked Malia’s intelligence, saying:
“That’s the level of their education, that they’re coming to — they’re coming to Daddy and saying, ‘Daddy, did you plug the hole yet?’


The routine continued for several minutes, as Beck and his co-hosts touched on a variety of topics and laughed the entire time, all of it at the expense of an 11-year-old girl.


Transcript
BECK: (imitating Malia) Daddy? Daddy? Daddy, did you plug the hole yet? Daddy?

PAT GRAY (co-host): (imitating Obama) No I didn’t, honey.

BECK: (imitating Malia) Daddy, I know you’re better than [unintelligible]

GRAY: (imitating Obama) Mm-hmm, big country.

BECK: (imitating Malia) And I was wondering if you’ve plugged that hole yet.

GRAY: (imitating Obama) Honey, not yet.

BECK: (imitating Malia) Why not, daddy? But daddy–

GRAY: (imitating Obama) Not time yet, honey. Hasn’t done enough damage.

BECK: (imitating Malia) Daddy?

GRAY: (imitating Obama) Not enough damage yet, honey.

BECK: (imitating Malia) Daddy?

GRAY: (imitating Obama) Yeah?

BECK: (imitating Malia) Why do you hate black people so much?

GRAY: (imitating Obama) I’m part white, honey.

BECK: (imitating Malia) What?

GRAY: (imitating Obama) What?

BECK: (imitating Malia) What’d you say?

GRAY: (imitating Obama) Excuse me?

BECK: (laughing) This is such a ridiculous — this is such a ridiculous thing that his daughter– (imitating Malia) Daddy?

GRAY: It’s so stupid.

BECK: How old is his daughter? Like, thirteen?

GRAY: Well, one of them’s, I think, thirteen, one’s eleven, or something.

BECK: “Did you plug the hole yet, daddy?” Is that’s their — that’s the level of their education, that they’re coming to — they’re coming to daddy and saying ‘Daddy, did you plug the hole yet?’ ” Plug the hole!

GRAY: (imitating Obama) Yes, I was doing some deep-sea diving yesterday, and–

BECK: (imitating Malia) Daddy?

GRAY: (imitating Obama) Yeah, mm-hmm, mm-hmm, I was doing–

BECK: (imitating Malia) Why–

GRAY: (imitating Obama) Yeah, honey, I’m–

BECK (imitating Malia) Why, why, why, why, do you still let the polar bears die? Daddy, why do you still let Sarah Palin destroy the environment? Why are — Daddy, why don’t you just put her in some sort of a camp?








Remember

I lovingly remember others.


Remembering those who have given their lives in service, I reflect upon their sacrifice.

I learn from the lessons they taught and from their accomplishments. I also remember the people who have made a meaningful contribution in my life. Because of them I have learned to live more fully.

Just as I build upon the acts and achievements of those who have gone before me, others may build upon my life's example. As I remember others today, others may remember me in the future.

Today I take a few moments to appreciate those who taught me by example, to honor those who showed me the way.

Their love and their willingness have changed my life for the better, and I am grateful.

When I remember you in my prayers, I always thank my God.--Philemon 1:4







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The Daily Word - Sunday, May 30, 2010

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Intention


I fulfill my purpose as I share love with the world.


Mother Teresa once said, "It is not the magnitude of our actions but the amount of love that is put into them that matters." What a beautiful illustration of the power of right intention and the blessing of acting in love.

What is my intention today? What mark do I want to make in the world? I have a desire to be genuine with all whom I meet.

I have a desire to demonstrate my faith in God and to be a light in the world. As I share my light with others, I feel purposeful and my life follows a divinely directed path.

I attract unlimited good, and I experience relationships that are happy and fulfilling. I am a channel of love and light.

My purpose shall stand, and I will fulfill my intention.--Isaiah 46:10









Reggae heavy weights Shaggy, Beenie Man, Tarrus Riley, Queen Ifrica and International R&B star Chris Brown will bring the Reggae Sumfest stage to life this summer.

The greatest Reggae show on earth kicks off with a beach party on July 18 and continues at Catherine Hall, Montego Bay on July 22-24 despite challenges as a result of the country’s economic challenges.


Organizers, Summerfest Productions welcome Red Stripe who returns as main sponsor of Reggae Sumfest, after a one-year hiatus.

The brand now joins a growing list of sponsors which includes Digicel, Iberostar, JTB, and Wysinco, for the 18th staging of the country’s premier Reggae Festival.


Traditionally Reggae Sumfest has hosted a mixture of local and international acts that has distinguished the event as an eclectic mix of good music and performers. In light of the fiscal challenges organizers gave great consideration to omitting International Acts for this year’s Festival.

Stakeholders agreed that International Acts should be included on this year’s lineup as the Mix of genre and cultures is the essence of the event and such a cut back would adversely affect the marketability of the show.


As a result International R&B and Pop star Chris Brown who emerged on the scene in 2005 and quickly rose to stardom with his self-titled debut album has been confirmed for the Festival .

With the release of Graffiti his third album, the 20 year old singer-songwriter enters his prime as a widely accomplished multi-platinum artist.

Chris is set to thrill the audiences and make history with his first Reggae Sumfest performance.


Also included on the lineup are Jah Cure, Elephant Man, I-Octane, Konshens, Stacious, Chino, Tessanne Chin, Gramps Morgan and Tifa, with promises of much more to come.









The Security Forces are reporting that investigations into the operation in East Kirkland Heights which resulted in the death of Mr. Keith Clarke are progressing well.

The Bureau of Special Investigations has been tasked by the Commissioner of Police to conduct the investigation and has assigned the head of the BSI, ACP Granville Gause to be the lead investigator.

The Heads of the Security Forces express deep regret at the loss of lives since the commencement of the operation aimed at capturing fugitive Christopher Coke and to repel orchestrated criminal attacks against the Security Forces.

The conduct of the entire operation in East Kirkland Heights is being reviewed and security personnel involved in the incident have been withdrawn from frontline duties.

The Police High Command wishes to assure, the family, relatives, friends and colleagues of Mr. Clark, and the entire nation, that a swift, thorough and professional investigation will be conducted into the matter, so that the truth will be exposed and appropriate action taken.


Meanwhile, below is the updates from the Security Forces on guns and ammunition found in Tivoli Gardens and its environs since the start of operations on Monday, May 24, 2010.


GUNS 28


AMMO 8,885 assorted rounds





Buju Banton Trial Pushed ‘Til September

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Legal Team Files Motion Objecting Delay, Demands Speedy Trial!


Judge James Moody, Jr. did the unthinkable and inexplicably pushed Buju Banton’s trial, which was supposed to start on June 21st, back until September 2010.

This is actually the second time Moody has continued the trial merely weeks before its scheduled start date, and once again he had the gall to provide absolutely no explanation for his seemingly contemptible actions.

Banton’s trial was initially set for March 3, 2010 but due to scheduling conflicts, the defense moved to continue the trial until April 12, 2010.

The court granted the motion and set the trial to begin on April 19, 2010. However, on April 8, 2010, just 13 days before the start date, Moody postponed trial until June 21, 2010, and offered no reason for the delay.

Early this afternoon, Team Banton, led by esteemed legal eagle David Oscar Markus, filed a motion on behalf of his client objecting to the second continuance, and demanding a speedy trial, and a hearing on the matter. The motion reads in part:

MARK MYRIE’S OBJECTION TO SECOND SUA SPONTE CONTINUANCE, DEMAND FOR SPEEDY TRIAL, AND FOR HEARING

Previously, this court had specially set trial to begin on April 19, 2010. On April 8, 2010, with no motions pending, the Court sua sponte postponed trial for 74 days until June 21, 2010, in violation of the Speedy Trial Act, 18 U.S.C. * 3161 et seq. In addition to postponing the trial outside the 70-day limit, no explanation for the continuance was given in violation of law. Bloate v. United States, 139 S.Ct. 1345, 1349 (2010); Zedner v. United States, 126 S. Ct. 1976 (2006).

We objected. Now for the second time, this Court has sua sponte continued the trial until September 2010 without any explanation, again in violation of the Speedy Trial Act and Bloate. We file this objection and demand a speedy trial in this cause.

Today, on May 28, 2010, the Court has again continued the case another 70 days plus until the September trial calendar. No reason has been given for the continuance until September.

No findings have been made. Mr. Myrie remains incarcerated in the county jail. This is presenting an enormous burden on Mr. Myrie, his witnesses, and his counsel.

Through this pleading, we demand a speedy trial as required under the Act and the Constitution.

Mr. Markus also requested a hearing on this matter for next Thursday, June 3, 2010 and is awaiting the Court’s response.







Based on an advisory by its Brazilian corned beef supplier, Grace Foods USA has joined in the voluntary Class II recall of two batches of canned Corned Beef, which were produced for the USA market by that supplier.

A Class II recall signifies that there is a remote probability of adverse health consequences from the use of the product.

The following are the Grace Corned Beef products affected by the recall:


12 oz cans bearing CODES 100204 or 100205 with “Brasil Inspecionado 337 S.I. F.” stamped on the top of the can.

The supplier has advised that this recall was initiated after routine testing revealed higher than USDA allowable levels of Ivermectin, an anti-parasitic treatment routinely used for cattle, in two affected batches of the product.

Consumers who have purchased these products should return them to the point of purchase where the cost of the product will be refunded.

Consumers with questions may contact the company at gracekennedy@gkco.com







The media was today (May 28) presented with graphic evidence of the preparations criminals in Tivoli Gardens had made to wage an all-out assault on the security forces should they enter Tivoli Gardens.

At a press briefing at Up-Park Camp in St. Andrew, the security forces showed videos, as well as photos of improvised explosive devices, guns, strategic barricades and sniper posts set up by the criminals.

Major Ricardo Blackwood, who is in charge of media relations at the Jamaica Defense Force (JDF) said the community was so well fortified that it took the joint military and police team almost 12 hours just to enter the area.

He noted that the team had to resort to the use of explosives to breach walls in order to get into Tivoli Gardens.

"It took our troops three hours to get from Beckford Street to the MPM (Metropolitan Parks and Markets) building. This is a mere 200 metres in distance, an average three-minute walk for the average Jamaican. This speaks to the kind of armed resistance that was faced.

The gunfire was consistent and sustained and it was evident that the gunmen used the vantage of high-rise buildings to fire on the security forces; these high-rise buildings were also used as sniper positions," he illustrated.

Major Blackwood said it was also clear that the gunmen were highly trained, "well organised and knew what they were doing".

In fact, the Major disclosed that the security forces were of the view that in some instances, the gunmen received help from foreign sources.

There were photos of several undetonated explosives and Major Blackwood said that many of these were rigged to be detonated remotely. In some instances, he said, the detonating wires led into homes and on top of buildings.

He also conceded that although the security forces had recovered 22 firearms and thousands of assorted rounds of ammunition, finding them was not easy. Weapons were wrapped in black plastic bags and ingeniously concealed among garbage and in manholes.

"Over 7,000 assorted rounds were found, we have been able to distinguish that there are several types. what this suggests to us clearly is that these rounds were amassed for a range of weapons that were going to be used," he said.

However, the security forces expressed confidence that many more weapons were in the area to be found and the search will continue.

The JDF officer also informed that the police discovered a post where the criminals used closed circuit television (CCTV) to carry out their own surveillance of the area. Police uniforms and military kits were also recovered from the community.

Underground tunnels, through which criminals might have escaped, were also discovered in the community, some of which lead all the way to the Kingston Harbour, and the security forces say they are currently carrying out investigations.

The operation in Tivoli Gardens began on Monday (May 24) and is being carried out in three phases. The first two phases involved moving into the community and searching and establishing control.

The final stage is currently underway with the security forces attempting to restore normalcy in the community.





Wanted men heed the call to surrender

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Several of the men on the Police High Command’s wanted list are now making arrangements with their attorneys to surrender.


It is understood that the alleged head of the Klansman Gang, Tesha Miller, is one of them.


And late Friday afternoon Michael Pasley alias "Tony" of Crescent Road, St. Andrew, was handed over to the Kingston Central Police by his attorney Peter Champagnie.


Another alleged area leader, Rockwell Walker also known as "Vamps" of Rema was turned in on Friday morning by his attorney Christopher Townsend.


The appeal which comes from the Police High Command called for Tesha Miller, Jermaine Morrison otherwise called "Speedy", Nevardo Hodges and Michael Maragh, all of the Clansman gang operating out of the St. Catherine North division, to turn themselves in.


\The police have also issued this appeal for Justin Ogilvie also known as "Stingy" Harry Mcleod otherwise called "Harry Dog", Prince Bucket otherwise called "Tugman" and Paul Kirkpatrick otherwise called "Teddy Paul" of the West Kingston based Shower posse.


The police are also calling on Michael Pasley otherwise called "Tony", and Calvin Harris alias "Collie" both of the Rat Bat gang which operates in the St. Andrew South police division, to surrender.


Thursday the High Command issued an appeal to 12 alleged gang leaders including West Kingston strongman Christopher "Dudus" Coke to hand themselves over to the security forces.







Healing

I bless my mind and body with thoughts of perfect health.


I am perfect! What an amazing statement of faith.

I confidently affirm perfection, because I am one with God. I am one with divine life, divine wisdom and divine love.

Divine life fills every part of my being. In meditation, I visualize this life-giving energy as a powerful current infusing every cell, fiber and tissue with health and wholeness.

Divine wisdom guides my thoughts as I freely choose the best course for my well- being. My mind is open to the wisdom of God.

Divine love joins me with my universal family. As I affirm my own health, I also affirm the health and wholeness of all others. Connected in our oneness with God, we are healthy, whole and well in mind and body.

I shall dwell in the house of the Lord my whole life long.--Psalm 23:6







PROVO, Utah (AP) — Gary Coleman, the adorable, pint-sized child star of the smash 1970s TV sitcom “Diff’rent Strokes” who spent the rest of his life struggling on Hollywood’s D-list, died Friday after suffering a brain hemorrhage. He was 42.


Coleman was taken off life support and died with family and friends at his side, Utah Valley Regional Medical Center spokeswoman Janet Frank said.

Best remembered for “Diff’rent Strokes” character Arnold Jackson and his “Whatchu talkin’ ’bout?” catchphrase,
Coleman suffered the brain hemorrhage Wednesday at his home in Utah.
“It’s unfortunate. It’s a sad day,” said Todd Bridges, who played Coleman’s older brother, Willis, on “Diff’rent Strokes.”

“Diff’rent Strokes” debuted on NBC in 1978 and drew most of its laughs from Coleman, then a tiny 10-year-old with sparkling eyes and perfect comic timing.

He played the younger of two African-American brothers adopted by a wealthy white man. Race and class relations became topics on the show as much as the typical trials of growing up.

Coleman’s short stature added to his child-star charm but stemmed from a serious health problem, kidney failure.

After “Diff’rent Strokes” was canceled, Coleman continued to get credits for TV guest shotss, but he never regained more than a shadow of his old popularity
Coleman was among 135 candidates who ran in California’s bizarre 2003 recall election. In a 1993 television interview, he said he had twice tried to kill himself by overdosing on pills.

He remained estranged from his parents, Sue and Willie Coleman, who said they learned about his hospitalization and death from media reports.





Sean Paul off to France

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International Reggae act Sean Paul is scheduled to perform in five cities in five days across France.

The French market is Sean Paul’s second largest fan base and is in for a treat June 2-6.


The tour begins on Wednesday June 2, in Paris, at the Palais Omnisports de Paris Bercy.

The following day Sean Paul performs at Le Zenith in Toulouse, and on Friday June 4, St Herbalin at the Zenith. Saturday May 5 will see Sean Paul’s blazing entourage move to Marseille at Le Dome and the final performance takes place on Sunday June 5 at Mauguio at Le Seven Club.


Sean Paul has been touring in support of his album Imperial Blaze, which made its debut at number one in Japan and sold over 50,000 copies in its first week of release.

Tracks such as Press it up and Hold my hand continue to enjoy steady rotation on local and overseas stations and the tunes are still readily available for download at www.allseanpaul.com.


And while Sean digs into his French support this June, producer Bob Sinclair is this summer set to release a track he produced with the deejay back in October titled Made in Jamaica, with input from the Reggae giants Sly and Robbie.








SALT LAKE CITY -- Gary Coleman's family is asking fans to pray for the former child television star, who is in critical condition at a Utah hospital suffering from what they call a "serious medical problem."

Utah Valley Regional Medical Center spokeswoman Janet Frank said Friday morning that Coleman remains in critical condition, but said she couldn't release any other details.

The 42-year-old actor was admitted to the Provo hospital on Wednesday. He has lived in Utah since 2005.

He's best known for his stint on TV's "Diff'rent Strokes," which aired from 1978 to 1986.





Bolt wins 300m at Golden Spike meet

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Usain Bolt won a rarely contested 300-metre race in 30.97 seconds in the rain at the Golden Spike meet in Ostrava, Czech Republic, on Thursday.


Bolt, who holds world records in both the 100 and 200 metres, was boosted by a solid start and cruised to an easy victory.

But the wet track, marked by puddles, prevented him from challenging the world mark of 30.85 set by Michael Johnson at Pretoria in 2000.


Fellow Jamaican Jermaine Gonzales clocked 32.49 for second place and Jonathan Borlee of Belgium was third in 32.50.


The IAAF does not recognize world records in the 300, which is not part of any major events.


Bolt didn't blame the rain for not setting a new record.
"I'm used to weather in Europe, I'm getting used to rain," Bolt said. "I'm not in the shape I was last year or the year before.


"If I was in a good shape, I think I would get a record."
He didn't rule out giving the 300 another try to expand his sprint dominance.


"It was a good run, I really enjoyed it," he said. "I would do it again some time."


But after his first competitive 300, Bolt didn't appear to be in any hurry to race another.


"I'm done, I'm really tired. I knew it would be painful," he said. "It's really hard, especially in the cold weather in Europe, when the air is cool, it's kind of hard to breathe.


"The problem was I went too hard in the first 200 metres. The last hundred metres were too tough. This distance is a little different than 200 metres, you can't compare it."







The government remains mum on claims made by US news Network ABC News about a possible deal being brokered for the surrender of Christopher "Dudus" Coke.

In a story published Thursday, the news agency says it has information suggesting that US law enforcement officials have put Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Air Wing pilots on alert and planes on standby pending the outcome of ongoing negotiations between the alleged drug lord and the U.S. government.

The claim is being made by the same authors of the last controversial ABC News report, Richard Esposito and Mark Schone.

The reporters claim their information is that the DEA is in wait and see mode as to whether Coke will be brought out of hiding in handcuffs or in a body bag.

The ABC report further alleges that US Marshals, DEA agents and federal prosecutors are working hand in hand with senior Jamaican military and police officials in an effort to expedite the surrender and extradition of Coke, wanted on federal drug and firearms charges, to the United States.

Wednesday, the US State Department denied knowledge of an earlier ABC news report that claimed links between top-tier government officials and the gang-lord.

Prime Minister Golding has expressed outrage at the report and denied the allegations, claiming the report was part of a conspiracy to undermine the Government.





Burial in May Pen Cemetery sparks concern

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There are growing concerns on Thursday afternoon about the process of handling bodies in West Kingston.

Several bodies have been taken to the May Pen Cemetery with many residents charging that some were buried without their relatives consent.

Many family members camped outside the cemetery hoping to get the bodies of their loved ones for a private burial.

With the growing death toll comes the difficult task of handling dozens of bodies from the West Kingston conflict as well as from other parts of the city.

The police told our news centre on Wednesday night that several decomposing bodies were taken to the burial ground to be buried after on the spot postmortems were conducted.

Residents said about 20 pauper coffins were taken to the cemetery and on Thursday morning the police brought more corpses to the capital's largest cemetery.

But some residents who gathered at the gates of the facility complained that they wanted to see if any of the rotting bodies were their relatives.

Gladstone Wilson his face a reflection of the grief of losing a son stood at the gates of the May Pen Cemetery desperate to claim his 20-year old son Laviama's remains.

“We are asking the government if we can get the body to bury, he was brutally murdered and we would like to get his body to bury,” said Gladstone Wilson whose son's body lies unburied in the May Pen Cemetery.

Mr. Wilson believes his son was killed on Monday while visiting his sick mother in Tivoli Gardens.





Questions we a ask

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A how Keith Clarke dead?


Bwoy wi check out di news and it sey during di operation whey di cop dem a search fi Dudus, former PNP government minister Claude Clarke’s brother – Keith Clarke was killed.

Now whey we waan know is how him meet him death?

You just kick dung door and go in dey and start shoot first den ask question later? And how dem come fi pick dat particular house?

And how come dem a sey dem seize firearm when a di man license gun? Wi waan fi know?





Questions we a ask..?

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Who responsible fi di people dem a Tivoli death

Di death number a move up inna Tivoli Garden but whey dem nah sey is how di people dem get dem dead – especially di women and children.

Is it dat dem dead inna crossfire, or police and soldier shoot dem? Win uh know and dat a wha a di real problem.








The Security Forces are allowing residents of Tivoli Gardens and Denham Town freedom to move around in their communities in an effort to relieve restrictions imposed since the commencement of operations on Monday last.


Citizens are being reminded that there are still serious concerns about safety and security in the communities as criminal elements continue to fire at members of the security forces.


The Security Forces are requesting residents to heed their advice in relation to moving around the communities and to avoid coming into contact with barricades and strange objects which may be dangerous.


Parents are being asked not to allow children to move about unsupervised. In the event of any explosion, citizens are advised to go indoors.


Residents of these communities can call the Police to report any suspicious objects or security concerns at 119 and 946-1248.







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Alicia Keys is in a motherhood state of mind: She’s pregnant with her first child, from The Associated Press reports.


The Grammy Award-winning R&B singer has been dating producer Swizz Beatz, who has written hits for Beyonce, Jay-Z and others.

They’re engaged to be married at a private ceremony later this year.
Representatives for the couple confirmed the news Thursday night.


Keys last year teamed up with Jay-Z for a hit song about New York called “Empire State of Mind.”

She’s among a string of international artists slated to perform at a June 10 concert to mark the start of the World Cup soccer tournament in South Africa.


Beatz has been married before and has two sons.





The Daily Word - Friday, May 28, 2010

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Light of God


The light of God shines through me.


We have all heard the expression, "God never closes a door without opening a window."

Yet at times I may not see any windows open to me. If I'm seeing only lack and limitation, I look beyond appearances to the Truth.

I am the conduit, the passageway, through which possibilities appear.

I am actually the window that I seek, and the light of God shines through me.

As I open my heart and mind to my inner Christ Light, it shines forth, illuminating the way to my highest good.

I allow my creative energy to flow, becoming enthusiastic about new opportunities ahead.

I say yes to prospects for good, giving thanks to God, for I am a window through which the Christ Light shines.

Thanks be to God, who in Christ ... and through us spreads in every place the fragrance that comes from knowing him.--2 Corinthians 2:14





Scenes from Bounty And Ele Video Shoot

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Protected

I am divinely protected in all ways.


What a comfort it is to know that I am always guided and supported by the presence of God, especially in times of change or challenge.

There is only one Presence and one Power, God the good, omnipotent.

Nothing and no one has power greater than this. Centered in this truth, I know that all is well.

Whatever I may be experiencing, I know that God is in me and God is also in the situation.

Within me are the wisdom and strength I need to handle whatever circumstance may arise. Divine guidance and direction lead me through.

No matter what the appearance, I am divinely protected in all ways.

When you walk through fire you shall not be burned.... For I am the Lord your God.--Isaiah 43:2, 3





Eleven area leaders turn themselves in

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Red Hills Road area leader Cleveland Downer otherwise called ‘Cassie and the reputed head of the One Order Gang in Spanish Town Rohan Hope, otherwise called ‘Placka’, are among 11 area leaders now in custody.

The men surrendered to the police on Wednesday, hours after their names were released by the Police High Command as persons of interest.

Downer surrendered to the Constant Spring Police on Wednesday morning.

Crime Chief for the St. Andrew North Police Division, Deputy Superintendent Altemorth Campbell said Downer was among six men who surrendered to the Constant Spring Police.

‘Placka’ was handed over to the police on Wednesday afternoon by his attorney Peter Champagnie.

He has been taken to the Mobile Reserve Headquarters for processing.

A second man, Mark Walters also called ‘Mark 2’ of an Allman Town address was also handed over to the police by Mr. Champagnie.

Michaelous Phillips also called 'Zeekie', the reputed leader of Matthews Lane and son of convicted gangster Donald ‘Zeeks’ Phipps, turned in himself to the Kingston Central Police.

George Ellis, otherwise called ‘Bomb’, the reputed leader in Hermitage, August Town, St. Andrew was handed over to the Half-Way-Tree Police by his attorney Philmore Scott on Wednesday afternoon.

The others behind bars on Wednesday afternoon are Horace Ramsey otherwise called ‘Pugu’; Kareem Allen known as ‘Tavar’; Kevin Myers known as ‘Forehead’; Kevin Elliott otherwise called ‘Killer’; Andre Buchanan known as ‘Mills’; Richard Francis known as ‘Red Head’; Jermaine Smith and Audley Strachan.

On Tuesday night, the Police High Command released the names of 23 men they claim are wanted by the police.





OAS Backs Efforts to Repel Criminal Elements

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Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS), José Miguel Insulza, has said that he is in full support of the efforts of the Government of Jamaica to repel criminal elements in Western Kingston.

In a press statement on Tuesday (May 26), Mr. Insulza encouraged the Government to take advantage of the opportunity the crisis presented.

He noted that "the violent response of certain sections of society to the Government's attempt to serve an extradition order on an alleged gangster, is unacceptable in a democratic society."

"I have long lamented the threat that organised crime poses to the safety of citizens and the stability of governments in Latin America and the Caribbean. The confrontation that we are now witnessing in Western Kingston is just the latest manifestation of the threat that such groups pose to peace and security in the Americas."

Mr. Insulza stated that he welcomed the assurance given by the Government of Jamaica that its security forces will show restraint in their interactions with the public and will ensure that the rights of innocent Jamaicans are respected.

"In every challenge, there is also opportunity. I am hopeful that the Government and people of Jamaica will come out of this difficult situation even more committed to addressing the root causes of crime and violence in their society," he stated.





PM nuh mix up

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Well ABC news carry big big report to the world sey dem intercept conversation wid PM and Dudus and seet dey now, di State Department sey dem doan know nutten bout it.

Wi nah sey Bruce a nuh angel, but wi can teck how dem foreign media love soil up wi reputation suh.

Wi hope Bruce dem sue dem fi some money and put it back inna di country cause it can help fi go towards repaying the IMF loan.





Montego Hills police post firebombed

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The new police post being prepared in the Montego Hills area of St. James which is adjacent to volatile Salt Spring has been fire-bombed.


One person sustained minor injuries during the attack which has driven fear into some residents.


Commanding Officer for the parish Superintendent Merrick Watson says thugs set fire to mattresses in the basement of the facility, then fire-bombed doors, and lit the drapes in the wee hours of Tuesday morning.


He says patrols have been beefed up since the incident, and work is continuing on the facility.


He notes that while the damage is significant it will not deter the police from making their presence felt in the crime ridden Salt Spring area.


In the meantime, with threats leveled against the police in the parish yesterday, the commanding officer says the officers have their guard up at all times, which is putting a strain on some of them.


Superintendent Watson says within days, a 30-man team will begin operating from the facility even while construction is being undertaken there.


It was just last month that security minister Dwight Nelson and Tourism Minister Edmund Bartlett announced that the facility would be prepared for the cops in the wake of several murders, shootings and fire bombings in the Salt Spring area.





Questions we a ask

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Shout out to Voicemail

To di odda two members of Voicemail, wi just waan fi sey dat it a guh hard but unno haffi carry on di legacy.

We know whey unno a guh through cause wi did really a cling to di hope sey O’Neil woulda meck it, but di Father work in mysterious ways.

So just hang in there.





Questions we a ask

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A wha happen to di artistes dem?


From all dis ting start, wit ink di artistes dem woulda a flood di market wid nuff nuff social commentary?

A wha happen to dem, now a di time f idem join wid dem fans in solidarity and show sey dem understand and a feel f idem.

A wha a gwaan…if mi coulda sing or DJ, Jah know mi woulda have one out deh.





Questions we a ask

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A when entertainment a guh resume?


A when di entertainment activities a guh pick up back?

Bwoy it really dread, from all this start the people dem can even get an avenue to let off some stress.

Every weekly event put on hold, and to top it off the Mountain Dew Stunt Festival that a lot of people were looking forward to postpone, win uh know dat a guh keep.

Good Times not so good, cause dat put on hold too and wi just wonder if any ‘settlement’ a guh gwaan.

We have to say dat wi can wait fi tings return to normal, cause it really dread.








“As official reports surface of accused drug lord Christopher Coke’s escape from his barricaded Kingston, Jamaica neighbourhood, where Jamaican authorities have been attempting to arrest him for extradition to the US, ABC News has learned that a US government report refers to Jamaican Prime Minister Bruce Golding as a “criminal affiliate” of Coke.


Police patrol on May 24, 2010 in Kingston, Jamaica after two police officers were killed after coming under attack amid spreading unrest despite a state of emergency imposed by the government.
Golding, who led resistance to Coke’s extradition before public opinion forced him to reverse himself, is described in a document read to ABC News as a “known criminal affiliate” of Christopher ‘Dudus’ Coke. According to official US accounts, Golding’s Jamaican Labour Party (JLP) was voted into power through “Coke’s murderous and strong-arm tactics”.


Recently, Golding and other senior Jamaican officials have been electronically intercepted talking to Coke inside his fortified redoubt, US authorities say.


The major police action to capture Coke began Monday morning. On Tuesday, US authorities said they believed Coke had escaped through a ring of hundreds of cops and soldiers who had surrounded the West Kingston neighborhood of Tivoli Gardens.

Jamaican and US authorities report that Coke may have slipped through police lines and escaped into one of two adjoining areas, either Denham Town or Jones Town.


By Monday night, Coke’s gun-toting supporters had taken control of the Kingston Public Hospital, and the hospital’s one surgeon has been treating at least 14 Coke loyalists.


ABC News has learned that authorities believe at least 15 alleged gangsters have been slain.

Police and soldiers have been doing battle with the alleged drug lord’s heavily armed supporters and outside mercenaries that Jamaican authorities say Coke has hired.

US authorities say some of the mercenaries are believed to be Haitian.






So long O'Niel....

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O'niel edward from voicemail succombed to his injuries this afternoon, O’neil Edwards Was Alleged Robbed & Shot At His Gate In Duhaney Park three times (chest,side n head) and had been battling for life since may tenth, he passed on about an hour ago .


Yardflex extended condolence to his family, fellow vocemail members and friends.









Prime Minister Bruce Golding has categorically denied and dismissed as extremely offensive, reports on the US –ABC network which describe him as ‘a known criminal affiliate of hunted drug lord’, Christopher ‘Dudus’ Coke.

Mr Golding says he is also outraged by an article in The Independent, a UK newspaper, that the ‘drug gang was on (the) payroll of Jamaican Prime Minister’.

He said both publications, by seeking to link him personally with the alleged drug kingpin, were clearly part of a conspiracy to undermine the duly elected government of Jamaica.

The Prime Minister said the reports have made damaging and libellous assertions and he repudiated the scurrilous and malicious reporting, which he said must be dismissed with the contempt that it deserves.





Death figures go up

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Reports on television this morning indicate that 44 people were killed in Tivoli Gardens, this was confirmed by defender Earl Witter and Political Ombudsman Rev Herro Blair.

Witter said that 4 AK rifles were found.

He seemed to have a problem with the number of deaths as opposed to the number of guns seized. However, he is not saying anything yet.






This is war – Shields

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Former Deputy Commissioner of Police, Mark Shields, has labeled the current altercation between the security forces and criminals in West Kingston as a war.

“When you have a group of highly armed men as we have seen, who have gone out and recently attacked innocent people, police stations and innocent police officers, that’s declaring war on the State. This is a war situation; this has nothing to do with policing at all.

“At the moment, it’s a military operation to retake Tivoli and parts of West Kingston that are totally out of control … people are being ruled by the gun that’s the only way that the security forces can take the streets back,” said Shields.

According to him, the current operation in West Kingston should be the first step in ridding the nation of criminals.

“We're on the road to Baghdad, lets continue, lets not retreat back to Kuwait, we have go all the way and get total control down and move from Tivoli into other areas and give people the confidence that the can go about their business without being ruled by dons,” Shields said.





Yardflex update

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Yardflex understands that shots are now being fired in the Oakland Road area off Waltham Park Road. We urge residents to stay off the streets of they can and be safe.






What the hell is happening in Tivoli?

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What the hell is happening in Tivoli Gardens? Yardflex has been receiving phone calls about bodies being burnt.

Could this really be true?

People if you know anyting bout it give us a link, cause a couple call well wi a get, but wi caan believe sey something like dat coulda teck place and it woulda hold dung.


Wi all a hear sey a nuff nuff more people dan dat dead dan whey a report.









The ultra-modern multi-million-dollar recording studio in Aburi in Ghana’s eastern region belonging to Rita Marley, wife of the late reggae music icon Bob Marley, has been gutted by fire.


The reports state that the cause of the fire is unknown but have quoted sources close to Mrs Marley as saying it may have been caused by an electrical fault.


Fire service personnel from Akropong also in the Eastern Region were unsuccessful in putting out the inferno, necessitating reinforcement from the Madina Fire Station.
A close friend of Rita, Blakk Rasta, told Myjoyonline.com that he had gone to the studio around 16:00 GMT Saturday and “there was no sign of an impending inferno.”


The studio, which is also said to be the storehouse of most of Bob Marleys original tapes — was reportedly to be commissioning late last year but the event had to be postponed to allow Mrs Marley to attend to some personal issues in the USA, sources say.


The incident is perhaps one of the most tragic happenings to have rocked the reggae world as, according to sources, the studio was going to be one of the great symbols of the Rastafarian fraternity.


Meanwhile, Mrs Marley is said to be calm despite the incident.









The Minister of Health, Rudyard Spencer has indicated his outrage by a report carried in the media, suggesting that gunmen have taken over control of the Kingston Public Hospital and are forcing surgeons to treat “gangsters”.

The Minister would like to assure the public that the Kingston Public Hospital remains under the control of the Ministry of Health through the South East Regional Health Authority.

“The staff continues to provide excellent service of which we are proud in this difficult environment,” Minister Spencer said.

The hospital continues to accept emergency cases and is managing the increased patient load being experienced currently. Security has been increased on the compound however there continues to be concern about the safety of staff traveling to and from the area due to the continuing violence.

The Ministry is working with the relevant authorities to as best as possible address the security and welfare of staff.





The mayhem continues

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Reports reaching Yardflex are that thugs are invading buses heading from the Bull Bay area to Kingston and robbing passengers. Many are scared to leave their homes and take public transport.


"It is crazy out here.

It seems that most of the cops have their hands full in Kingston so the thugs down here have free reign to terrorise the people. One person said.


Yardflex will keep you up-to-date on this situation.






Scenes From Give Away Wednesdays

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Tyler Perry robbed

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While Tyler Perry is busy touring with his new stage show (Madea's Big Happy Family), someone stole his credit card number and was racking up charges left and right. In the end, the thief stole charged a total of $28,492.22 -- mostly in airline tickets.

In a post on his blog, Tyler wrote: "Some idiot stole my credit card number. Can you believe that? Take a look at all the stuff they charged. If you know any of these people, call the police."

Here are the charges:


4/25/10 - Southwest Airlines - M. Woods (Burbank-Las Vegas) - $3.00

4/25/10 - Southwest Airlines - M. Woods (Burbank-Las Vegas) - $158.70

4/28/10 - Best Buy - $734.00

4/29/10 - Lowe's (Greenville) - $6761.95

4/30/10 - Delta Airlines - S. Archer (NY/JFK-Las Vegas) - $1022.70

4/30/10 - Delta Airlines - Q. Hinton (NY/JFK-Las Vegas) - $1022.70

4/30/10 - Lowe's (Greenville) - $7278.70

5/1/10 - Southwest Airlines - Andre B. (Burbank-Las Vegas) - $158.70

5/1/10 - Southwest Airlines - Justin S. (Burbank-Las Vegas) - $158.70

5/1/10 - Delta Airlines Andre B. (Las Vegas-Los Angeles) - $573.70

5/1/10 - Delta Airlines Justin S. (Las Vegas-Los Angeles) - $573.70

5/1/10 - Fandango.com (movie tickets) - $120.00

5/1/10 - AMC Theatre (North Decatur) - $105.00

5/1/10 - Lowe's (Greenville) - $7000.00

5/1/10 - Abercrombie.com (clothing) - $500.00

5/2/10 - SVM Prepaid Card (retail) - $317.45

5/3/10 - Spirit Airlines - Q. Hinton (Ft. Lauderdale-NY/LGA) - $660.42

5/3/10 - Spirit Airlines - Q. Hinton (Ft. Lauderdale-NY/LGA) - $250.00

5/3/10 - Toys R Us (King of Prussia) - $505.00

5/3/10 - Amex Gift Card - $192.80

5/3/10 - Fandango.com (movie tickets) - $195.00

5/4/10 - Delta Airlines - P. Smith (Chicago-Atlanta) - $312.70 - REFUNDED BY DELTA (caught before use)

5/4/10 - Delta Airlines - P. Smith (Chicago-Atlanta) - $312.70 - REFUNDED BY DELTA (caught before use)

5/4/10 - Delta Airlines - Jason S. (Chicago-Atlanta) - $312.70 - REFUNDED BY DELTA (caught before use)

5/4/10 - Delta Airlines - John H. (Chicago-Atlanta) - $312.70 - REFUNDED BY DELTA (caught before use)

5/4/10 - Express.com (clothing) - $200.00


Ultimately, all of these monies will be refunded back to Tyler's credit card. The credit card company will go after the culprit(s).










The U.S. Embassy in Kingston announces that the Consular Section will be closed to the public on Tuesday, May 25, 2010.

American citizens and other individuals with appointments to apply for passports, non-immigrant and immigrant visas, or other routine consular services should not come to the Embassy on May 25.



The Consular Section will contact these individuals to reschedule their appointments.

American citizens in Jamaica requiring emergency assistance on May 25 should contact the American Citizens Services Unit at (876) 702-6450 or e-mail that office at KingstonACS@state.gov.








Mathew Knowles is on the prowl!!!

We’re hearing that Bey’s dad has yet another girlfriend, just months after becoming a dad with girlfriend Alexsandra Wright.

Yes, you read right, Mathew is supposedly dating TV evangelist Juanita Bynum!!

Apparently Mathew and Juanita have been friends for years and she has counseled him in the past through his hardships.

According to MediaTakeOut.com the two are, “exploring taking their friendship further.”

Mathew recently became Juanita’s manager…guess he wants to keep it all in the family.






The Daily Word Tuesday, May 25, 2010

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Gifts of Spirit

I am supported by the presence of God.


Holding an image in mind of what I can do and the gifts and powers that are available to me opens wide the doors of possibility.

In times of challenge, spiritual imagery helps me to recognize and gratefully accept the blessings I have been given.

To keep my thoughts and imagination on the divine gifts of Spirit, I pray and meditate on Spirit within and around me. I am in the midst of the presence of God right here and now. And through the Presence, I have all I need to succeed, to change my circumstances, to be the best that I can be.

I immerse myself in this inner knowing of divine support, and I move forward. I accept the gifts of Spirit and do what is mine to do.

The Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you everything, and remind you of all that I have said to you.--John 14:26
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One of the cops who died in line of duty, police sergeant Wayne Henriques went on the battlefield on his day off.

Added to that he was celebrating his 17th wedding anniversary – a day he should have been home with his wife and children.

But his love for the force and commitment saw him choosing instead to go on the frontline for the country.


Yardflex send condolence to his family and friends.








At least four soldiers have been shot as the security forces launched a massive offensive in the Tivoli Gardens enclave in West Kingston Monday.

In the absence of official confirmation of the death toll, there are reports in the overseas press that at least three of the soldiers shot, have died.

Scores of armed thugs have been reportedly killed in gun battles which reached fever pitch this afternoon as the soldiers penetrated the deepest corners of the community.

The military has been given strict orders to take every measure to arrest Tivoli Gardens strongman Christopher "Dudus" Coke and restore order.

In the meantime, reports are coming in that the Coronation Market has been set on fire by thugs who have since retreated into the community.


Road blocks mounted overnight in the Red Hills Road area of St. Andrew have since been cleared, although the police have been periodically engaged in a fire-fight with gunmen in the area since Sunday evening.

Other sections of the Corporate Area are also tense.

Over in East Kingston, there is heavy gunfire near the Rockfort Police Station.

In Whitefield Town several houses were fire-bombed by criminals and at least three persons shot.

They have been taken to hospital.

Earlier Monday there was tension in the old capital as residents attempted to block the Flat Bridge.

However, although they came under heavy fire, the police prevented them from sealing off the road.

Police and soldiers reportedly came under fire at the intersection of Walks Road and Brunswick Avenue.

Police were also fired on in Dempshire Pen.







The Jamaica Constabulary Force on Monday evening issued an official statement on its massive incursion into Tivoli Gardens in search of alleged drug baron Christopher ‘Dudus’ Coke and in order to restore order to the area that has been overrun by gunmen who claim to be preventing his arrest.


It reads as follows:

“Earlier today the Security Forces launched an operation in Tivoli Gardens and surrounding areas of Western Kingston.

This Joint Military/Police operation is aimed at executing a warrant issued by the Courts of Jamaica for the arrest of Michael Christopher Coke otherwise called “Dudus” as well as to restore the area to stability after three consecutive days of barricading by criminal elements and wanton attacks on the police force.

During the operation seven members of the Security Forces were injured. Six of the seven were shot, one succumbed to his injuries. The other was injured in an accident.

The operation is still ongoing and the Security Forces are resolute in bringing the area to stability so that law-abiding citizens of Western Kingston and its environs can get on with their lives in peace.

The Security Forces are reminding residents of Kingston and St. Andrew that there is a limited State of Emergency in effect and residents are asked to remain indoors.”





Liv-Up house bombed

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Yardflex understands that Liv-Up house was bombed today, but thankfully he was not hurt.

We pray for a peaceful end to all of this. We are also hearing rumours that Desmond McKenzie's nephew was also shot and killed.


Stay tuned as we try to keep you up to date with the latest happenings.





Air Jamaica cancels flights

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AIR Jamaica has announced the cancellation of three flights scheduled for this evening due to the unrest in Kingston.
The flights affected are:

JM 037, scheduled to depart Kingston at 5:35 pm for Fort Lauderdale
JM 036, scheduled to depart Fort Lauderdale at 9:25 pm for Kingston
JM 017, scheduled to depart Kingston at 7:25 pm for New York.


Passengers should contact the Reservations Centre at 1-888-FLYAIRJ (1-888-359-2475) for updates and to revise their itineraries.

Operations continue as scheduled at the Sangster International Airport in Montego Bay.

Air Jamaica staff members in Kingston are advised to monitor media reports for updates on the situation.





RJR Communications Group threatened

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RJR Communications Group has received word from the police force that there was a specific and credible threat to the company's operations in Kingston.


The Group says it is taking very seriously the threat even as its team tries to provide balanced and responsible coverage of the present situation to the Jamaican public.


The management of the RJR Group says it is unfortunate that in this stressful environment there is this added burden for its employees to handle.


This development also impaired some coverage activities in the day.
The Group says it will do all it can to keep Jamaicans informed under these difficulty circumstances.


Security has been increased as a result of the threat.







The Overseas Examinations Commission (OEC) wishes to advise the general public that all examinations [CXC, GCE & University of London] scheduled to be held on Tuesday, May 25, 2010, will be held as time-tabled.

However, having regard to the current situation, candidates from the following centres should go to the Overseas Examinations Commission, using the Manhattan Road entrance [across from the entrance to the NWC]:


• Charlie Smith High
• Kingston College
• Vauxhall High
• Trench Town High
• Kingston High
• National Academy
• Pentecostal Tabernacle
• Emanuel Apostolic
• National Academy

Exam venues have been changed for other schools as follows:

• Candidates from Kingston Technical High and St Andrew Technical High should report to The Mico University College, Marescaux Road;
• All private candidates scheduled to sit at East Queen Street Baptist Church should go to The Mico University College, Marescaux Road;
• Candidates from St George's College should go back to Ardenne High;
• Candidates writing CSEC examinations from Excelsior High and Exed Community College should report to Holy Childhood High;
• Candidates writing CAPE examinations from Excelsior High & Exed Community College should report to The Mico University College;

Examinations will remain at Camperdown High.

Those candidates who are unable to reach Camperdown should go to the Overseas Examinations Commission while other candidates who are not able to report to their centres should go to the nearest centre.

School officials and Examination Supervisors should make every effort to be available to facilitate the smooth running of the examinations. We are in touch with the Police to help us in this regard.

Candidates sitting at the Overseas Examinations Commission are to take their lunch.


For further information call: 920 3284, 926 6573, 629 1424/1571

Meanwhile, the Overseas Examination Commission is reporting that the transferral of students from examination centres in volatile areas to other locations went very well.

Head of the Commission, Hector Stephenson, says about 98 percent of the students transferred to alternative examination centres turned up today.

And, the Ministry of Education is advising parents and students that due to the current situation in Western Kingston, the following schools will be closed tomorrow:


Vauxhall High, Trench Town High, Charlie Smith High, St Andrew Technical High, Excelsior High, Excelsior Community College, Kingston College, St George's College, Tivoli Gardens High, Denham Town High, Kingston High.


In addition, Wolmer’s Boys’, Wolmer’s Girls’, Holy Childhood High, St Hugh's High and Ardenne High schools, which will serve as examination centres for students from the schools that will be closed, will not be opened for regular school tomorrow. These schools will only be opened to accommodate students that will sit examinations.


All other schools are to be opened for normal operations.

The Ministry will continue to monitor the situation and communicate any changes through the Media.






Blood bank appeals for blood

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The National Blood Transfusion Service (Blood Bank) is appealing to members of the public to donate blood to meet expected demand with the intensification of violence in downtown Kingston.


Meanwhile, the government has activated the Emergency Operations Centre to help coordinate the response of the health sector, including hospital security.


“It is important that we address the welfare of patients and staff as best as possible while ensuring the continuing function of our major health facilities.

We have therefore put a number of measures in place in an effort to continue to provide health care to the people of Jamaica in this difficult environment,” said minister of health Rudyard Spencer.


As part of measures to be immediately implemented:


- Kingston Public, Victoria Jubilee, Spanish Town hospitals as well as the Bustamante Hospital for Children will only be offering emergency services;


- Elective surgeries have been suspended;


- All outpatient clinics have been suspended until further notice;


- Seven health centres in the Kingston and St Andrew region remain open at this time. They are Harbour View, Glen Vincent, Gordon Town, Bull Bay, Mavis Bank, Dallahs and Windward Road Health Centres.


Individuals can visit other blood collection centres across the island including University Hospital of the West Indies, National Chest, May Pen, Mandeville, Cornwall Regional, Savanna-La-Mar, Falmouth, St Ann’s Bay and Port Antonio Hospitals.


They are, however, advised to avoid the Central Blood bank on Slipe Pen Road as no collection of blood will be done at that facility due to the current unrest in the area.






Tivoli under attack; residents cry foul

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“Two wrongs don’t make a right,” Tivoli residents are screaming as they have come under attack from aerial missiles.

Residents say that women and children have been the victims of bombs dropped on the West Kingston community by a combined police and military attack.

Heavy explosions are ringing out in West Kingston as a large contingent of police and soldiers try to move into the volatile community which has become a fortress.

Plumes of smoke can also be seen rising from the area.

Until now the security forces have taken a soft-handed approach even in the face of constant attacks by gunmen which resulted in the deaths of two cops and the injury of six others.

The cops were attacked as they attempted to clear a roadblock at Mountain View Avenue.

Stung by the deaths of their colleagues lawmen have launched on offensive on Tivoli Gardens, Coke's stomping ground and the power base of Prime Minister Bruce Golding's West Kingston constituency.

There were also reports that the violence had spread to sections of a community known as 'Southside' near to the Kingston Central Police station. Jamaica Defence Force soldiers and police have been deployed to that area to quell the disturbance.

Gunmen and police were also engaged in a running gunbattle in the Central Kingston community of Woodford Park.








Yesterday, Don Foote, the attorney for Tivoli strongman, Christopher "Dudus" Coke, announced that a meeting was scheduled for 10 o’clock this morning with US Charge d’affairs, Isaiah Parnell.


However, Acting Public Affairs officer at the United States Embassy in Kingston Rebecca Parke says no such meeting was planned.


The question is, who is not telling the truth here?


Parke is quoted as saying, "I can confirm at this time that no meeting has taken place with Mr. Foote or with attorneys that is today, this morning.”


Interestingly, Parke said that a meeting had been held last night, but there was none scheduled for today.





Commish gives police full backing

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Commissioner of Police, Owen Ellington is advising members of the Police Force to take swift and decisive action to protect themselves in the face of orchestrated attacks on police personnel and facilities by criminal gunmen supporting Christopher Coke of Tivoli Gardens for whom an arrest warrant has been issued by the Courts of Jamaica.

Commissioner Ellington made his comments after two policemen were brutally slaughtered and six others shot and injured last night on Mountain View Avenue, Kingston 2.

“Do not hesitate to respond quickly and take decisive action when attacked by these criminals as it is now patently clear that they are hell bent on causing mayhem in the society by their calculated, vile and cold actions against police personnel.

Police personnel have the full backing of the High Command to any response to protect themselves, their colleagues and the law abiding citizens of Jamaica ,” Ellington told members of the Force while visiting various formations early this morning.

The Police Commissioner is extending his profound sadness to the family, friends and colleagues of the two slain officers and the six who are currently nursing gunshot wounds in hospital.


“The lost of these two officers and the injury to the six, while difficult to deal with will only serve as a rallying call for the police to remain strong, committed and firm as we continue to encounter brazen criminals,” Ellington said.






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Eight policemen shot, two succumbed to injuries

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Two policemen were shot and killed and six others shot and injured during a shootout with gunmen on Mountain View Avenue, Kingston 2 last night.


They are from the Motorized Patrol and East Kingston Divisions.
Information is that about 11:26 p.m., a female turned up at the Rockfort Police Station and reported that she had been shot while driving along Mountain View Avenue.

She also told officers that another motorist had been attacked by armed men. Police from the East Kingston Division went to assist and came under sustained gunfire, during which two of them were hit.

Other officers who went to rescue their colleagues were also fired at, resulting in six of them being shot.


The situation was eventually brought under control and the injured policemen taken to hospital where the two died. Two of the lawmen have been discharged while four remain hospitalized in stable condition.






Police under attack

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The Police High Command says intelligence and surveillance of the zones of conflict in West Kingston indicates that criminal elements are determined to launch coordinated attacks on the security forces.


A release from Owen Ellington, Commissioner of Police, said the police have images and other surveillance data showing that members of several gangs across the country have joined criminal elements in Tivoli gardens in their attack on the security forces.


Commissioner Ellington said the security forces continue to respond in a manner appropriate to theses continued unprovoked attacks.


Earlier Sunday, members of the Jamaica Constabulary Force attempting to clear road blocks in downtown Kingston and Denham Town came under sustained gun fire from criminals firing rifles.


These attacks continued unabated and one member of the Island Special Constabulary Force was shot in the hand.
In addition, gunfire was directed at the Fletcher’s Land, Darling Street Denham Town and Hannah Town Police Stations forcing the police to employ extra ordinary measures to protect staff and secure the facilities.


The back of the Hannah Town Police Station was also set on fire.
Reports are also in that the Spanish Town Police came under attack last night from gunmen they had to beat a hasty retreat into the Spanish Town Hospital.


Old Harbour police vehicle was stoned by criminal elements too.





Evacuate Now

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The security forces have ordered all decent and law abiding residents of Tivoli Gardens and Denham Town to leave these respective communities immediately.


The residents are being asked to leave the areas via Industrial Terrace onto Marcus Garvey drive where buses will be waiting at the intersection of Marcus Garvey Drive and Industrial to transport them to a secured location.


The Police High Command says those persons opting to be evacuated should take with them, if possible, food and clothing to last them for at least twenty-four hours.


But even as the police issue that appeal residents of the affected communities said that they are unable to leave.


The residents say they fear being caught in cross fire if they attempt to do so.









Prime Minister, the Hon. Bruce Golding, has assured that the threats that have emerged against the safety of the Jamaican people will be driven back, with strong and decisive action by the country's security forces.


In a broadcast to the nation tonight (May 23), Mr. Golding appealed to all law-abiding citizens to remain calm and support the measures that have been implemented under the state of public emergency for the Corporate Area, as of 6 pm.


He emphasized that "the city is not being shut down", that people can move about freely and that schools will be in full session on Tuesday.


"I appeal to all law-abiding citizens to remain calm and support these necessary measures. My government is determined that Jamaica must be a land of peace, order and security," Mr. Golding stated.
Based on information from the security forces that actions were being carried out, which pose significant threats to law and order in the Corporate Area, Cabinet today advised the Governor-General to issue a proclamation declaring the State of emergency.


"Since this morning, violent, orchestrated attacks have been launched on a number of police stations.

Two members of the security forces have been shot and injured," Mr. Golding noted, describing the situation as "a calculated assault on the authority of the state that cannot be tolerated, and will not be allowed to continue".


He explained that the State of Emergency will enable the security forces to exercise extraordinary powers.


"These (powers) include the power to restrict the freedom of movement, search premises and detain persons suspected of involvement in unlawful activities without warrant," the Prime Minister explained.


"The security forces have been instructed to observe and respect the rights of citizens to go about their lawful business...there will be some inconvenience as the security forces intensify their surveillance and efforts to ferret out the criminals and return the Corporate Area to a state of calm," Mr. Golding outlined.


He stressed that this will be a turning point for the nation to confront the evil that has penalised the society with "determination and unqualified resolve".


The state of emergency will be effective for one month, unless it is revoked or extended by the House of Representatives.





Two policemen killed

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Two policemen were shot during last night battle with gunmen in the Mountain View area.

The men were rushed to the University hospital where they succumbed to their injuries.

The Commissioner of Police has expressed his condolences to the family and urge police to do whatever it takes to protect themselves.






The Daily Word - Monday, May 24, 2010

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World Peace

I promote harmony by being at peace.


We are the peace of God in expression right where we are.

As we join with one another in thought, prayer and action, we contribute to a sacred network of harmony, a powerful consciousness of peace that is growing person by person every day.

In every neighborhood, community, city and country, we promote harmony, mutual understanding and cooperation as expressions of our spiritual nature, our true nature.

We recognize and treat one another as sacred beings who are sharing in the abundance of our divine inheritance. Each thoughtful word and caring gesture is evidence of the love of God expressing through us to the world.

The dawn from on high will break upon us, ... to guide our feet into the way of peace.--Luke 1:78, 79







A limited State of Emergency will be implemented in Kingston and St. Andrew, Jamaica at 6:00 pm today.


The decision was made at an emergency cabinet meeting at earlier today.

The Cabinet met amidst growing unrest in the downtown Kingston region. There has been unrest in Tivoli Gardens and other sections of west Kingston since the Golding administration approved the extradition request for Coke who lives in Tivoli Gardens.

Sporadic gunfire has been heard throughout the community by men with high-powered weapons seen manning roadblocks. Men have also been seen roaming the streets with high-powered rifles and on roof tops.

A state of emergency is a governmental declaration that may suspend certain normal functions of government, alert citizens to alter their normal behaviours, or order government agencies to implement emergency preparedness plans.

It can also be used as a rationale for suspending civil liberties.

The last time a State of Emergency was imposed was during Hurricane Dean in 2007.






State of Emergency in force for one month

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The Proclamation for the State of Emergency shall remain in force for a period of one month unless extended by the House of Representatives or revoked earlier, a release from the Office of the Prime Minister said.



In a statement issued this afternoon, Prime Minister Bruce Golding said that based on an update and advice from the security forces, he summoned an emergency meeting of the Cabinet at 2.00 P.M today to consider the advice.

The Cabinet took the decision to advise the Governor-General to issue a Proclamation pursuant to Section 26 of the Constitution declaring that a state of public emergency exists in the parishes of Kingston and St. Andrew.

A state of public emergency, limited to the parishes of Kingston and St. Andrew, has been declared and will come into effect at 6.00 P.M. today.





POLICE APPEAL TO CITIZENS OF TIVOLI GARDENS

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The barricading of communities in the manner currently being observed in Tivoli Gardens and Denham Town to prevent the Security Forces from entering to a execute a warrant of arrest on Michael Christopher Coke is most unusual and is a clear indication that elements within the community believe they can operate outside the ambit of the law.

The Security Forces wish to make it very clear that they view the barricading of the Tivoli Gardens community as an act of cowardice on the part of selfish criminal elements mainly Mr. Christopher Coke.

These criminals are not to be confused with the decent law abiding citizens of Tivoli Gardens who want to get on with their lives as free citizens in a peaceful community and country.

By barricading the community, criminal elements are putting the safety and well being of citizens including women, children and the elderly at grave risk.

Residents are denied freedom to move about while supporting agencies are prevented from responding to citizens’ call for help.

The Police are publicly calling on Michael Christopher Coke otherwise called ‘Dudus’, ‘Short Man’, and ‘President’ to hand himself over to the nearest Police Station for the warrant of arrest to be executed.


The Security Forces are reassuring the citizens of Tivoli Gardens that they will move to clear the barricades and restore freedom of movement in their community.

The Security Forces intend to do so in a disciplined and professional manner, using no more force than is necessary.

We appeal to citizens of Tivoli Gardens to cooperate with the Security Forces as we move to clear the blockades from Tivoli Gardens.

Residents of Tivoli Gardens and Denham Town are asked to call the Police if they need assistance and to provide any information they might have. Persons can call Police Control at 119 or Senior Duty Officers at 927-3168 and 946-1248.






West Kingston under siege

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Reports coming into Yardflex is that the Hannah Town Police Station is now under fire, sporadic gunshots are being fired in the Kingston Public and Hannah Town area, it is understood that one person is injured. We are not sure if it is a civilian or a police.


West Kingston is now very very tense.


Stay tuned for more update.






The daily Word - Sunday May 23, 2010

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Sunday, May 23, 2010


Transcend


I transcend myself and my circumstances, for I am Spirit.


At times I may try to change or control a situation through the power of my will or thoughts. But with prayer, I move beyond willpower, beyond thought. With prayer, I am lifted above my problems.

As I pray, I release the situation to which I've been giving my attention and I affirm: I transcend myself and all my circumstances, for I am Spirit. I am a spiritual being, having a human experience. Centered in God, I am filled with divine light, life, love and power.

I have within me untapped spiritual resources, unused spiritual powers, unexplored realms of being. As I lift my consciousness through prayer, I lay hold of and call into expression spiritual qualities and powers that transcend my human understanding.

You will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you.--Acts 1:8








On June 18, 19, & 20, 2010 Mendocino county welcomes the 17th annual Sierra Nevada World Music Festival (SNWMF) produced by Epiphany Artists.


Created as an annual summer solstice and world peace celebration, the Sierra Nevada World Music Festival has been called "life changing" for many of its regular attendees the majority of whom come as campers, committing to a three-day bonanza for the senses.

Its name originates from its original festival location in the Sierra Nevada mountains. The event takes place for the fifth consecutive year at the Mendocino County Fairgrounds in Boonville.


This year's SNWMF lineup features some of music's greats in world, roots, vintage, dancehall, modern reggae and ska artists and sound system DJ's.

Bands are scheduled in tandem on the two stages, and conclude with a fire dance performance on what is known as the Valley stage, a site that is built from the ground up in the Grandstand area of the fairgrounds.

The show's varied offerings for children including music performers a parade, and opportunities for participation in free drum, dance, and yoga sessions throughout the weekend make it possible to for cultural exploration on many levels.


The Village stage and Kidz Zone host educational and multi-cultural entertainment. Sageman Drums workshops take place throughout the weekend and are open to all ages in the Drum Temple.

There is a full program of activities designated for the younger generation with kid performers, Arts & Crafts projects and a daily Kids Parade that will be led by the wonderful Samba Stilt Circus, a troupe of stilt performers.

Asheba returns to the Village stage Kidz Zone this year performing his unique blend of high









Prime Minister and Member of Parliament for West Kingston, Bruce Golding, has called on members of his constituency to remain calm and to continue to go about their legitimate business despite the tension that exists.

He said they should allow the courts to deal with the extradition matter.

The Prime Minister said he was concerned about the roadblocks that have been mounted in sections of the constituency.

‘I have been assured that the security forces are determined to carry out their duties in a professional manner in order to prevent any recurrence of the terrible atrocities that occurred in 2001’ He urged his constituents to cooperate with the security forces in the lawful execution of their duties.



Mr. Golding gave the re-assurance in the wake of widespread media reports that the residents of Tivoli Gardens were under siege, residents were being held as hostages and concerns about unlawful activities in the West Kingston constituency over the ‘extradition’ issue.

He noted that despite the tense atmosphere that prevails, commercial and social activities in West Kingston remain normal and people continue to go about their normal business.

Schools are fully functional, Coronation Market and the rest of the market district are doing brisk business and persons who travel to work or do business in the area continue to do so.








The Police are aware that criminals from Tivoli Gardens and Denham Town today blocked Industrial Terrace and sections of Spanish Town Road despite repeated public appeals not to block roads and to remove barricades constructed in the two communities.


The Police view this action by the criminals as a direct act of provocation and is a clear indication that they are not interested in the rule of law. Police, however, from the Kingston Western Division and the Mobile Reserve have cleared the blocked areas.


The Police High Command is warning citizens to refrain from participating in any acts of criminality and to help the security forces while they lawfully execute their duties.


The High Command is reassuring decent law abiding citizens of Tivoli Gardens and Denham Town that they have nothing to fear as the security forces will conduct themselves in a professional manner consistent with the laws of Jamaica.


Residents of Tivoli Gardens and Denham Town are asked to call the Police if they need assistance and to provide any information they might have.


Persons can call Police Control at 119 or Senior Duty Officers at 927-3168 and 946-1248.







Certified Divas, the music video for the single by Tami Chynn and Tifa had its premiere on Wednesday at the Quad Nightclub in New Kingston.


Celebrities, media and well-wishers came out to show support for dancehall’s darlings who have upped the ante with their hot new single.


The video directed by Dexter ‘3D’ Pottinger made what appeared to be an impressive debut at the by-invitation-only launch. Several wardrobe changes, lots of glam — think make-up for effect rather than just for the sake of using make up — high energy and details went into the making of this video.


Some scenes are a bit too fast, almost bordering on blurry. Maybe if they were slowed down just a bit, the effect would be greater.







The song is called One Life To Live and was recorded 6 month ago as one of the first tracks for the new Voicemail album Next Level.

In the last 6 months Voicemail has produced 14 more songs and 2 music videos. The first released single from the album One Life To Live have been mastered and an urban remix was also produced as well as cover and poster artwork.

A website for Oneil Edwards will be launched early next week under www.Voicemailgroup.com.

The track can be purchased on iTunes and will be up on 20 more sites soon (Amazon, Amie Street, Nokia Music..and several others).


The video companies, producers and marketers distributing the new album come from Germany, that shows the communication strength of the groups music.

Voicemail has had great success in Japan and are well loved in Germany, where there are already more than 2000 fans in a social network, united for Voicemail. Donations can also be made over paypal to voicemailgroup@yahoo.com.



O'Neil Edwards member of the band Voicemail was shot multiple times in the head, chest and abdomen and unfortunately lost his thumb during a robbery.

It happened at his house in Kingston - Jamaica on Monday 10th of March 1:30am. O’Neil is recovering from injuries sustained, however his condition is still critical and he remains hospitalized.


Please download remix and master copies below:

Description: One Life to Live Mp3

You can use the following link to retrieve your file:

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Prime Minister and Member of Parliament for West Kingston, Bruce Golding, has called on members of his constituency to remain calm and to continue to go about their legitimate business despite the tension that exists.

He said they should allow the courts to deal with the extradition matter.

The Prime Minister said he was concerned about the roadblocks that have been mounted in sections of the constituency.

‘I have been assured that the security forces are determined to carry out their duties in a professional manner in order to prevent any recurrence of the terrible atrocities that occurred in 2001’.

  He urged his constituents to cooperate with the security forces in the lawful execution of their duties.
 Mr. Golding gave the re-assurance in the wake of widespread media reports that the residents of Tivoli Gardens were under siege, residents were being held as hostages and concerns about unlawful activities in the West Kingston constituency over the ‘extradition’ issue.
He noted that despite the tense atmosphere that prevails, commercial and social activities in West Kingston remain normal and people continue to go about their normal business.

Schools are fully functional, Coronation Market and the rest of the market district are doing brisk business and persons who travel to work or do business in the area continue to do so








A top Malawian daily warned Friday the maximum 14-year jail sentence with hard labour handed down to a gay couple was too harsh and portrayed Malawi as a cruel nation, a report carried by the AFP said.


“Our worry is the message this sentence is sending, considering that we are in a democratic society where everyone is supposed to enjoy rights enshrined in the constitution,” said an editorial in the independent Nation newspaper.


“There is something grossly wrong” the paper said.
Tiwonge Chimbalanga and Steven Monjeza were sentenced Thursday after being convicted of sodomy for holding the southern African country’s first same-sex wedding in December.


Homosexuality is illegal in Malawi and most other African countries.
The Nation described Chimbalanga, 20, and Monjeza, 26, as “harmless citizens who committed a crime supposedly in the confines of their privacy”.


In South Africa, the only African nation to legalise same-sex marriage, newspapers said the ruling posed a challenge to the country’s own supposed tolerance.


The Times newspaper said protection of gay rights did not preclude lesbians being raped and gay men beaten up in South Africa, in an editorial headlined “Malawi gay trial a blow to human rights in Africa”.


“Sovereign rights aside, we should be talking about respecting and upholding a human rights culture that should prevail irrespective of a country’s sovereignty,” it said.







The 70-year-old wife of a 1970s heroin dealer who inspired the movie “American Gangster” has been arrested after officials said she tried to sell 2 kilograms (4 pounds) of cocaine at a hotel in Puerto Rico, an Associated Press report stated..


Julianna Farrait, appeared Thursday in court and did not say anything except to request that the judge speak to her in Spanish. She is charged with conspiracy to violate narcotics law, and has not yet entered a plea.


Farrait is married to Frank Lucas, the infamous Harlem heroin dealer who was arrested in January 1975 at his New Jersey home, where police seized more than half a million dollars. Lucas was convicted that year and sentenced to 40 years in prison. He was released in 1991.
Farrait served five years in that case.


Lucas was played by actor Denzel Washington in the 2007 film by Ridley Scott. Farrait was played by Puerto Rican actress Lymari Nadal, who is married to actor Edward James Olmos.


Federal agents in New York had been following Farrait since February 2009 with help from an informant, according to the complaint.
In a May 2008 interview with local newspaper Primera Hora, Farrait was quoted as saying that she was always attracted to danger.


She told the newspaper that she left Puerto Rico in 1969 for New York, where she met Lucas at a nightclub. She said she did not find out about his drug deals until a year later, and that she left him one time after fighting about it.


Farrait also said she missed taking trips and having diamonds and a Mercedes Benz.


“Those who say that money is not important are lying,” she was quoted as saying. “People say that money does not buy happiness. It doesn’t?”








Nas and Damian Marley meet in the middle to create an empowering collaborative album, titled “Distant Relatives.”

The New York street poet and the Jamaican reggae man take turns playing lead role over a mix of hip-hop and reggae beats melded with trumpets, congas and electric organs, among other instruments.


“Man, what happened to us? Geographically, they moved us, from Africa. We was once happiness pursuers. Now we backstabbing, combative and abusive,” raps Nas on the violin-infused “Tribes at War.”


From its title to its lyrics, the album drives home the idea of shared ancestry.

Nas and Marley find common ground in their connection to Africa. On each track, they detail the mindsets that divide related people, both on the continent and in the diaspora.


“Imagine Ghana like California, with Sunset Boulevard. And Johannesburg would be Miami. Somalia like New York,” sings Marley on “Land of Promise,” which samples reggae artist Dennis Brown’s “Promised Land.”


“Distant Relatives” entices listeners to imagine what could be. Nas, always the storyteller, details his kind of icon, a “misfit who handles business,” on “Leaders,” featuring another of Bob Marley’s sons, Stephen Marley.


“Africa Must Wake Up,” featuring K’naan, is a call to awareness, and like the rest of the album, the music is as much an inspirational force as the words.

(Source: AP)









O Habits: 40 Success Habits of Oprah Winfrey And The One Bad Habit She Needs To Stop (Morgan James Publishing) is the hot new book out this summer about American TV talk show queen, Oprah Winfrey.

The paperback is written by a Caribbean author, Montserrat attorney-at-law Warren Cassell.

He specialises in intellectual property, trademarks and entertainment law, and in this smooth flowing and delicious read, he showcases the winning ways of Oprah.


“The book is really a road map to success", Cassell recently told Devon Hunter on Jamaica’s Hot 102 Radio show Reasoning.


He admits he gets hounded daily by readers who want to know what is that one small imperfection that Oprah needs to correct.


“For that one bad habit and a lot more, readers can go to the web site Ohabits.com,” he quipped.








Dr Ronald Robinson yesterday became the first casualty in the ongoing Mannat Phelps and Philllips scandal that has rocked the ruling Jamaica Labour Party (JLP).

Robinson tendered his resignation as both a member of the Senate and
Minister of State in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, with immediate effect.


His letter of resignation, addressed to Prime Minister Bruce Golding, was received by Jamaica House.

Dr Robinson, who was appointed to the Senate and the ministry in September, 2007, gave as his reason his wife’s medical problem, but also acknowledged his contact with US law firm Manatt, Phelps & Phillips which “could be perceived as inappropriate”.

He accepted responsibility and apologized for his action.








The Police are calling on residents of Tivoli Gardens and Denham Town to dismantle the barricades they have erected at the main entry points and across roadways in the communities.

The Police are informing these residents that it is a breach of the law to erect barricades which impede the movement of the security forces during the lawful performance of their duties.

The Police are appealing to the lawyers retained by Christopher Coke to take their client to the nearest Police station in order for the extradition warrant to be executed.

Residents of the affected areas (mainly Tivoli Gardens and Denham Town) are advised to call the Police if they need assistance and to report any acts of criminality.

Law abiding citizens have nothing to fear from the presence of the security forces as the Police intend to conduct our operations in a professional manner in accordance with the law and in the interest of all concerned.


Persons can call Police Control at 119 or Senior Duty Officers at 927-3168 and 946-1248 to report any concerns or any information coming to their notice.





Question wi a ask

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A how dem get dat deh unity

Dem sey unity is strength, but whey wi waan ask is what is greater – unity or money?

Cause mi never know sey PNP gunman and JLP gunman could unite suh.

But when mi read likkle more mi si sey dem can get as much as $100,000 fi join di Tivoli defence squad. Lord watch over us cause it look like Jamaica world a guh mad.






Question wi a ask

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Why dem doan stop dis ganja foolishness

Why dem have Jah Cure a guh court every minute over dis ganja foolishness.

Please it was just an ounce of ganja.

You would think it was a whole shipment they found on him. Everybody know sey Rasta entertainer and some bald head to love to build a vibes wid dem SPliff so nuh meck a big deal outa it.

Now Jayh Cure affi guh back a court inna June pon di possession charge.
Lawks man.








Minister of Education, Hon. Andrew Holness, has called on parents to rely less on violent and aggressive methods of discipline in executing their parental duties.

"We still retain a cultural view that the use of aggression and violence is the most efficient way of 'bending the tree while it is young', and I think we need to relieve ourselves of that cultural view," the Minister said.

He was addressing participants at the mid-term review of Jamaica's National Strategic Plan (NSP) for Early Childhood Development, at the Knutsford Court Hotel in Kingston Wednesday (May 19).

He said that it is an accepted scientific fact that violence and aggression in adolescents and adults can be traced directly to the early development of children, in terms of their exposure in the general community and family, and as it relates to how their parents parented them.

Mr. Holness called for a revolution in cultural thinking in how children are parented in Jamaica.

"If we are serious about reducing violence and aggression in the society...then we must become serious about parenting," he said.

"Because, if parents can fail in their parental function, and they don't bear the cost, then they will continue to fail and other parents will continue to fail, as well.

The social cost is then borne by the society and we can see the social costs in our crime, violence, the money we spend on security (and) the quality of the lifestyle we live," he explained.

"Some of the parental failures that exist require that the Government take the approach of enforcing and developing new legislation, but the Government must also continue on the path of supporting the early childhood sector, working with parents, and particularly, developing the parental plan within the National Strategic Plan," he said.








Going for two: Usain Bolt-mania has swept the Orient like a tsunami.

The Jamaican Olympic and World champion wowed South Korea on Wednesday with a victory in the 100m at the Colorful Daegu Meeting, where his time of 9.86 seconds established a new world lead.

Bolt will look to double his pleasure with his second 200m race of the season.

He already owns the fastest time in the world at 19.56.

Don't be surprised to see that time dip into the 19.4 range before he boards the plane for Ostrava and a world-record attempt in the 300m at the Golden Spike next Thursday.





Big gun in Tivoli

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Police intelligence is reported that a very deadly weapon is in Tivoli Gardens and it’s called the Boara Gun.

Reports indicate that the gun is about 45 inches long and the bullet can go up to one and a half mile.

It seems that it is all out war we are heading for.

The big question is, can the police and the army handle this kind of situation. We at Yardflex, pray for a good solution to this situation.





The Daily Word - Saturday 22/05/10

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Kindness


I am a kind and loving human being.


When I am kind, I feel connected to my spiritual center, to the light of God within. When I am gracious to someone, I help light up the world. Through even the smallest act of kindness, the love of God is expressing through me.

When I offer my time and attention, when I offer a compassionate word or a caring touch, I am saying, "I honor your presence. I acknowledge and value you." In that instant of grace, we each connect with the Divine.

Kindness removes all tiredness and strain. It lightens my mood and floods my mind and body with joyous energy. In loving others, I am doing that which brings me closest to God, for God is love.

Whoever pursues righteousness and kindness will find life and honor.--Proverbs 21:21





Scenes from Fashionably Loud

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Scenes from Wet Sundayz

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Issued By: THE THE JAMAICA CONSTABULARY FORCE

Wednesday, May 19, 2010



The Police are aware that entry points leading into Tivoli Gardens and Denham Town have been blocked.


The Police have also observed that law abiding citizens are being prevented from leaving Tivoli Gardens and have had their cellular phones confiscated.


The Police are appealing to all law abiding residents of the affected areas (mainly Tivoli Gardens and Denham Town) to call the Police if they need assistance.

The Police are also appealing to these residents to report any acts of criminality and are assuring these citizens that they have nothing to fear from the presence of the security forces as we intend to conduct our operations in a professional manner in accordance with the law and in the interest of all concerned.


An appeal is again being made for persons to Call Police Control at 119 or Senior Duty Officers at 978-6462 and 927-7778 to report any concerns or any information coming to their notice.





JUTC Plane Crash Heroine For Disney World

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Annette Howard, the Jamaica Urban Transit Company (JUTC) bus operator who assisted over 100 passengers of an American Airline plane which overran the runway at the Norman Manley International Airport in December, will have her dream come through this week.


She and her family will travel to Disney World, Orlando, Florida on Thursday (May 20) fulfilling a wish she expressed to the Prime Minister, the Hon Bruce Golding, when she paid a courtesy call on him on December 31, last.

The Ministry of Transport and Works made the disclosure in a release issued Tuesday (May 18):

Annette Howard, the Jamaica Urban Transit Company (JUTC) bus operator whose heroics on the night of December 22, 2009, after an American Airlines jet overran a runway at the Norman Manley International Airport, is set to reap some material reward for her self-less action that won her wide-scale public acclaim.

In the face of extreme personal danger, Miss Howard, who was first on the crash scene, scrambled to get over 100 of the distraught airplane passengers onto her bus and drove them to safety at the airport police station.

Now Miss Howard, along with her two sons and her mom, are happily scheduled to depart for Miami, en route to Orlando, on Thursday, May 20, for a three-day visit to Disney World, in fulfillment of a wish she expressed to Prime Minister Bruce Golding during a courtesy call at Jamaica House on December 31.

The PM gave instruction then, for the necessary efforts to be made to help Miss Howard to accomplish her long-time dream.

Through a concerted effort led by Minister without Portfolio in the Office of the Prime Minister, Hon. Daryl Vaz; Transport and Works Minister, Hon. Mike Henry; and JUTC Managing Director, Paul Abrahams, a five-day trip was realised for Miss Howard and her family.

This involved securing United States visas for the family members and sponsorship to cover the cost of air transportation, hotel accommodation and tickets to Disney World. Their other travel expenses are being met by the JUTC.

The visitors, along with a family member from Florida in the capacity of a chaperone, will be accommodated at Holiday Inn Orlando, located within the Walt Disney World Resort, from where they will have access to all the Walt Disney theme parks. They are scheduled to return to Jamaica on Labour Day,Monday, May 24.





Tivoli under siege

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Yesterday National Reserves was called out by the Jamaica Defence Force as the security increased their presence in the trouble area of Tivoli Gardens, this as the court starts the preparation process on extradition proceedings against Tivoli strongman Christopher 'Dudus' Coke.

The army, in a release yesterday afternoon, said members of the Reserves were required to report by 6:00 pm today to their respective duty stations, prepared for duty.

There are reports coming to Yardflex that some residents in Tivoli movements have been restricted as their cell phones were ceased and they were prevented from leaving the community at will.





Comfort

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I rest in the steadfast love of God.


Comfort is expressed and experienced in many ways--a mother calming her child, a home-cooked meal, a trusted friend willing to listen in a time of need. Within and beyond these examples is the unfailing love of God.

I do not have to meet grief or loneliness alone. God strengthens me beyond my own human strength.

I lean on God in times of sorrow and find support, peace and rest. I am wrapped in the blanket of God's love, lifted up and cared for.

My heart finds peace in knowing that I will move through this experience, any experience, bravely and courageously, because I am not alone. God is with me.

Let your steadfast love become my comfort according to your promise to your servant.--Psalm 119:76







Kingston, Jamaica: The promoters of Reggae Sumfest, Summerfest Promotions have indicated that despite the challenges facing the event, the annual Festival will take place on July 18-24 at Catherine Hall, St James.

The organizers are also appealing to stakeholders to work with them in finding creative solutions to the challenges to stage the 18th edition of the Greatest Reggae Festival on Earth.

Johnny Gourzong, Executive producer of the Festival cites reduced sponsor support and increased production and artiste fees as some of the challenges being faced.

He said, “Reggae Sumfest is important to Jamaica’s tourism and impacts positively on the economy and despite reduced sponsorship, we decided it was important to beat the odds and host the Festival this year.”

Traditionally Reggae Sumfest has hosted a mixture of local and international acts that has distinguished the event as an eclectic mix of good music and performers. In light of the fiscal challenges organizers gave great consideration to omitting International Acts for this year’s Festival.

Stakeholders agreed that International Acts should be included on this year’s lineup as the Mix of genre and cultures is the essence of the event and such a cut back would adversely affect the marketability of the show.

Reggae Sumfest is an Annual event that provides an avenue for new and established local talent to demonstrate their prowess to an international audience as well as a wide cross section of the Jamaican society.

The brainchild of several Montego Bay businessmen, Reggae Sumfest was first held in 1993.

The show has traditionally featured top reggae and dancehall performers, but Hip-Hop and Rhythm and Blues acts like Snoop Dogg, 50 Cent, Ja Rule, Boyz II Men and Lionel Richie have also made appearances on the Sumfest stage.

The Festival kicks off on July 18 with a Beach Party. The Three day live event takes place at Catherine Hall, St James beginning on July 22.








Johnny Gourzong, executive producer of Reggae Sumfest, cites reduced sponsor support and increased production and artiste fees as some of the challenges being faced by the festival be he says the show must go on.


According to the promoters of Reggae Sumfest, Summerfest Promotions, despite the challenges facing the event, the annual festival will take place on July 18-24 at Catherine Hall, St James.


The organizers are also appealing to stakeholders to work with them in finding creative solutions to the challenges to stage the 18th edition of the Greatest Reggae Festival on Earth.

Traditionally Reggae Sumfest has hosted a mixture of local and international acts that has distinguished the event as an eclectic mix of good music and performers.

In light of the fiscal challenges organizers gave great consideration to omitting International acts for this year’s festival.

Stakeholders agreed that International scts should be included on this year’s lineup as the mix of genre and cultures is the essence of the event and such a cut back would adversely affect the marketability of the show.

Reggae Sumfest is the brainchild of several Montego Bay businessmen and was first held in 1993.

The show has traditionally featured top reggae and dancehall performers, but Hip-Hop and Rhythm and Blues acts like Snoop Dogg, 50 Cent, Ja Rule, Boyz II Men and Lionel Richie have also made appearances on the Sumfest stage.





Usain Bolt wins 3-D 100m in South Korea

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Usain Bolt won the 100 metres in 9.86 seconds in his season debut at the Daegu meeting today in South Korea, a report form the Associated Press says..


The time was 0.28 seconds off the world record of 9.58 he set at last year's world championships in Berlin, but he shaved 0.08 seconds off Tyson Gay's 2009 meet record of 9.94.


Jamaican countryman Michael Frater was second in 10.15.
"That race was really wonderful," Bolt told South Korean television network MBC. "I really loved it and I'm looking forward to next year because it was full of energy."


He said he came to South Korea to run in Daegu Stadium and determine what he should work on when he returns to the venue for next year's worlds.


"There is a high possibility of me setting a new world record next year," Bolt said.


He skipped the opening Diamond League meet in Doha, Qatar, last week but has entered Sunday's Diamond League meet in Shanghai.
Carmelita Jeter won the women's 100 in 11.00 followed by Beijing Olympic gold medalist Veronica Campbell-Brown of Jamaica in 11.05.
Ryan Bailey of the United States won the men's 200 in 20.58, and two-time Olympic champion Angelo Taylor won the 400 with 45.21.


German hammer thrower Betty Heidler came first with 75.28 metres, beating world record-holder Anita Wlodarczyk of Poland, who was fourth with 71.86, more than 6 meters below her record.


The meet, broadcast live in 3-D, was enjoyed by Seoul citizens on large television screens in city center plazas.





The tourist resort of Ocho Rios is gearing up for the second staging of the Let’s Go Dancin’ oldies party series set for the popular Ocean’s 11 on Saturday May 22 (during Labour Day weekend) beginning 7:00 pm.


This upcoming second time around will see Michael Barnett return behind the turntables (weaving his musical magic with real vinyl records) and sharing the duties with IRIE FM’s Bob Clarke - the acknowledged vintage king of St Ann St Mary and surrounding areas.


Patrons are again in for a memorable night of top class oldies spanning the eras of the 60s right into the early 80s and the selectors have promised no holding back, so be sure to wear your dancing shoes!


There will be great prizes available; including a $15,000 “early bird” cash prize sponsored by Links Cafe and Seafood Restaurant in St Thomas; and this will be drawn at 9:00 pm and is only open to paying patrons who arrive between 7:00 and 9:00 pm.


Another lucky patron will take home a $15,000 What Not courtesy of Care Furniture, Kingston; which will be raffled for $100 per ticket in addition to other attractive prizes provided by co-sponsors Appleton Estate Special Rum; Seals & Engravables; Ocean’s 11; Fisherman’s Point Ocho Rios, EVI International Inc and Sunset Villas Hotel and it’s a Kool 97FM - endorsed event.


Let’s Go Dancin’ is a brand new series of oldies parties, specifically designed for the town of Ocho Rios during the 2010 holiday periods.








The producers of the televised talent show, Magnum Kings and Queens of Dancehall have sought to clear the air regarding comments made by runner-up in the recently concluded season, Reggae Queen.


The contestant had previously stated that her chances of taking the title were sabotaged by the producers whom she claims vetted her lyrics, suggested changes, then gave her the green light.


However, assistant producer of the show, Sanjay Ramanand, maintains that Reggae Queen was warned about her content on several occasions: “We vet all contestants’ lyrics before they perform.

Reggae Queen was warned on several occasions before her Clash performance about the suggestive content in her lyrics.”


Ramanand says she was given specific instructions on how to frame her lyrics: “Reggae Queen’s lyrics for her clash against Bumpa were vetted by the producers of Magnum Kings and Queens of Dancehall, however, despite being told to change many of her lyrics, Reggae Queen adlibbed during the Clash and reverted to her original lyrics. She got into trouble because she did not follow instructions and did not adhere to the rules that were laid out to her.

Contrary to the rumours out there, Reggae Queen did not curse on stage, however her lewd lyrics breached the Broadcast Commission’s rules.”


Executive Producer of Magnum Kings and Queens of Dancehall, Mark Kenny, is very disappointed with the way the issue has evolved but maintains that the competition will continue to unearth authentic Jamaican talent and try to present palatable entertainment for the viewing public.


Kenny dismissed the accusation by Reggae Queen that she had won the competition but was robbed.

“The Producers of Magnum Kings and Queens of Dancehall stand by the votes 100 per cent as we have nothing to hide.

Bumpa is the clear winner as for last two weeks before the final night Bumpa had the highest votes and in the days following the Clash, Bumpa’s votes doubled that of Reggae Queen’s.





Patrick Roberts' file still at High Court

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The file has not been received from the High Court. That’s what the court has been told about the file for People’s National Party caretaker for West Central St Andrew Patrick Roberts.

Roberts is to answer to charges of failing to renew his firearm license and causing loss of firearm through negligence.

He was also charged with illegal possession of firearm, but that was dismissed after the prosecution told the court that a case could not be made out against him on the charge.

When the matter was mentioned on Tuesday before Resident Magistrate Judith Pusey, the court was informed by the prosecution that the file was not in their possession, As a result, the matter was rescheduled for mention next month and Roberts’ $300,000 bail was extended.

The charges against Roberts stem from the seizure of a Taurus firearm, which was recovered from a man who Police say engaged them in a shoot-out on Waltham Park Road, Kingston in January.


Police say that ballistics checks revealed that the gun was licensed to Roberts who told the police he did not know that the weapon was missing.

Roberts is being represented by attorney Valerie Neita-Robertson.





Fluffy Diva Miss Kitty told to chill?

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Will the self-proclaimed Fluffy Diva, Miss Kitty be the host of the Digicel Rising Stars Chill room, or has Kitty already been put on ice, even before the new season begins?

Kitty herself had confirmed in April that the job was hers and she was all ecstatic about it; now reports have surfaced that the Fluffy Diva will not be seen on the popular talent show aired on TVJ.

But, as the Diva was reported by one paper as saying, “This is all news to me, I have heard nothing of the sort. The producers asked me to do a job and therefore it is up to them if they feel I am no longer what they require...but nobody has said that to me.”

Miss Kitty had been confirmed as the replacement for petite dynamo, Kerie ‘Kiki’ Lewis, who had been doing a fantastic job in the Pepsi Chill Room.

However, there is the feeling that Kiki’s decision to do a tell-all documentary about spending time in a US prison because of drug trafficking charges, led to her dismissal from Digicel Rising Stars.

Kitty is the host the afternoon show on RJR 94Fm, a member of the RJR group under which TVJ falls. She is also a judge on another popular television talent show, Magnum Kings and Queens of Dancehall.







Tom Tavares-Finson a government senator and the defence lawyer for Tivoli Gardens strongman Christopher 'Dudus' Coke, says he is is no longer representing Coke.

Tavares-Finson, declaring that he wants to avoid a conflict of interest, yesterday withdrew as attorney for Dudus who is facing extradition to the United States on alleged drug- and gun-trafficking charges. The extradition order was finally signed yesterday.

Questions have frequently been raised about the fact that Tavares-Finson as a government senator, has been acting as Coke’s attorney.

He has been representing Coke since the Americans last August asked Jamaica to extradite the businessman and supporter of the governing Jamaica Labour Party.

Tavares-Finson is being replaced by Jacqueline Samuels-Brown and Paul Beswick.





Bomb thrown into JLP constituency office

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Police from the Papine Station and the bomb squad were summoned to the Jamaica Labour Party's (JLP) East Rural St. Andrew constituency office of Joseph Hibbert to investigate reports of an attempted bomb attack.

Reports are that the device was thrown into the building located on Gordon Town Road in St Andrew, at about two o'clock Tuesday morning, but did not explode.

The sole occupant at the time of the incident was the caretaker.

RJR News was informed by staff at the office that the suspected incendiary was pear or oval-shaped and had a lit wick at the time it was thrown inside the building.

However, the wick went out before igniting what appears to be an explosive.

The staff at the office spent several hours outside as the police and bomb squad investigated.





Youth leader’s vehicle firebombed

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The Opposition People's National Party is expressing concern about Tuesday morning's fire bombing of a car owned by President of the Kingston and St. Andrew Action Forum Youth Organization, Lawman Lynch.

Mr. Lynch's car was reportedly fire bombed.

The Opposition says it condemns this violent act against a young man who has been making positive change within inner city communities.

Spokesperson on Youth, Lisa Hanna, expressed concern that this was done in an attempt to send a "message" to Mr. Lynch after he appeared on a television programme on Monday night giving his views on matters relating to the extradition.

Ms Hanna lamented that while the nation continues to wrestle this monster of violence, the country should be mindful that democracy can only be strengthened if citizens are allowed their constitutional right of free speech devoid of threat, fear and reprisal.

The Opposition says it is grateful that Mr. Lynch was not hurt in the incident.





First Festival Queen Passes on

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Former Principal of G.C. Foster College, in St. Catherine, and the first winner of the Miss Jamaica Festival Queen title, Lydia Malcolm, has died.

Ms. Malcolm died in St. Luke's Hospice in Kenton, England, after a long battle with cancer. She was 59 years old.

She won the inaugural Festival Queen contest in 1975 but moved to London to take up a scholarship, leaving her runner-up, Pamela Alvaranga, to complete her reign.

In December 1986, she became Principal of the G. C. Foster College of Physical Education and Sport in Spanish Town, a post she held until 1990.

The funeral service for Ms. Malcolm will be held in London on Friday, May 21. A Memorial Service of Thanksgiving will also be held at the G.C. Foster College gymnasium on Sunday, May 23.





Tivoli blocked in!

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Yesterday a drive down Spanish Town road would reveal that all entrances to Tivoli Garden had blockades erected.


It is clear that residents are taking no chances since the announcement was made by the PM that the attorney general would be signing the authorization for the extradition process to begin against Christopher ‘Dudus’ Coke.


“Bwoy mi always feel free fi travel and guh bout mi business, but a di fuss time mi ever feel so fraid. Right now it come een like sey a doan even waan come outa mi house,” one person told Yardflex.


According to her she comes to town regular, but these days she just wants to stay out of “the mix up and trouble she can sense in the air.


“I wouldn’t say I am foreign minded, but I’m really thinking about giving this country a break for a couple of months. It nuh pretty,” she said.







Kevin Lyttle, Dollarman, Singing Melody, Lazo including among the Caribbean’s best talent on the Love the Music Compilation project

Atlanta, GA & New York, NY – Through a mutually beneficial strategic partnership, the Caribbean Tourism Organization Foundation (CTO) and Ryff Music have teamed up to create the ‘Love the Music’ Compilation CD project.

The project features vibrant music that represents the best of the Caribbean culture presented by artist from CTO member countries.

The compilation project promotes aspects of Caribbean culture through music & spoken word.

The CD will be made available in stores and on-line in June during Caribbean Heritage Month. A series of promotional activities to help promote the CD will take place during Caribbean Week in NY, June 7th –12th.

Portions of the proceeds from the CD sales will go to support the CTO Foundation.

The CD includes a respected roster of the Caribbean’s best artist including:

Kevin Lyttle (St. Vincent & The Grenadines) whose hit song ‘Turn Me On’ reached # 4 on the U.S. charts and # 2 on the UK charts, while his self titled album reached # 8 in the U.S. and was RIAA certified Gold;

Dollarman (Grenada) who is the featured artist on the songs ‘Rock this Party’ and ‘Soundz of Freedom’ both reached # 1 on the Billboard Dance Chart; Singing Melody (Jamaica) whose single ‘Want You Back’, reached 3 and 1 respectively on the New York Reggae Top 30 and the Star Top 40;

Natural Black (Guyana) has had several hits including ‘Far From Reality’ and ‘Nice It Nice’; Kamau Georges (British Virgin Islands) one of the BVI’s most talented artist and producers; KB (Bahamas) one of the Bahamas most popular artist; Dudley (Bermuda) whose song ‘Bermudian Gal’ was a big radio hit and still enjoys radio play on Bermuda’s Hot 107.5’s; Aloe Blacc (Panamanian) whose song ‘I Need a Dollar’ is the theme song for the HBO hit show ‘How to Make it in America’;

Lazo (Dominica) won a Juno Award in 2000 for Best Reggae Recording for ‘Heart and Soul’; Fae Simon (Carriacou and Jamaica) the UK’s upcoming artist and several other artist top out the roster of the Caribbean’s best. Producers that contributed to the project include Albert ‘Dvo’ Desilva (Guyana), Herbert Alexander (USVI), Kamau George (BVI), Max Tannone (USA) and several other talented Caribbean musicians.

In addition to the 12 full length songs on the album, there will be a bonus ‘Love the Mix’ CD produced by DJ Chigga featuring a variety of local Caribbean artist who submit their music on-line at www.ryffmusic.com.

The project will be distributed through Redeye distribution, the leading independent distributor for both physical and digital music around the world. Their retailers in the U.S. include chains such as Best Buy, Borders, f.y.e. and independent stores throughout the country. Redeye also exports records to Canada, Europe, Asia and Australia, and provides a digital distribution service that delivers content to iTunes, eMusic, Rhapsody and many other digital music stores. Redeye currently distributes such labels as Daptone Records, Alive Records, Bella Union Records, Revelation Records and artist such as Widespread Panic, The Donnas, Sun Public Enemy and Au Revoir Simone, to name a few.





Kingston lock down yesterday

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Yesterday there was all round panic in the downtown area of Kingston as businesses closed early and sent home their staff.

There was a huge pile up of traffic as many tried their best to get out of the city as word spread that Dudus was going to extradited.


Last night the PM addressed the nation confirming the rumour, he said Attorney General Dorothy Lightbourne will sign the authorisation for the extradition process to begin against West Kingston strongman Christopher 'Dudus' Coke.





Cobra house shot up again

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Days after being released from the hospital after being shot several times, Cobra house was shot up last night. Yardflex understands that the incident occurred around 11:00 pm monday night.

“Bwoy it wicked a way still, it come een like sey, whoever out fi di Dj nah stop till dem get him,” source told the the website.









Usain Bolt has officially touched down in Daegu, South Korea, where he’s set to run his first 100m of the year on Wednesday.


And just as we expected, the world record-holder in the 100m and 200m sounds legitimately rattled after Tyson Gay’s straight-line record 200m on Sunday.

“It’s my first time in South Korea so I’ll do my best and, hopefully, break the meeting record,” Bolt told the BBC, adding, “It will be a very fast time.”

Can’t you just hear the fear there? Meeting record? Very fast time? Clearly Gay has him rattled. Just look at the picture above. Can’t you see the sheer terror just below the surface as Bolt waves to a horde of fans and cameras on the streets of Daegu?

Okay, we tried to build some suspense, but the fact of the matter is that Bolt doesn’t appear to be scared at all. And nor should he be. Just like every other meet he runs these days, he’ll essentially be racing against the clock on Wednesday.

The good news is that the way he’s been running, Bolt vs. a stopwatch is more than enough theater to keep us captivated.

Source: Universal Sports








Maybe the American trend of older women and younger men, aka, the Cougar Phenomenon, has finally caught on officially in Jamaica, or maybe it’s just business as usual with a little misinterpretation, but whatever the situation is, according to many, it looks extremely suspicious.


He (Stephen) is a mere twenty years old , and Macka Diamond is in her thirties, but age is obviously not a factor in what is being whispered as dancehall’s latest union, because the word on the street is that lately, Macka has been spotted on more than one occasion, beating the sun on the way out of Stephen’s Havendale residence, incognito style, incognito car included; so with all this happening, the only logical question that’s left to ask is, what is the real story behind the rumours, is there something to the whispers, or is this merely another musical union interpreted as something else?

“That’s exactly what it is,” says Macka with a mischievous smile, which exploded into outright laughter.

“Me and Stephen!” she said with both a smile and in a shout, eventually composing herself and continuing with.

“Yuh si how people stay….Nothing like that, we have just been working together on a few singles, one of which is “Don’t talk to mi,” which was just released on his Catalog rhythm, which also features Aidonia, Assassin and Chino, and it has led to some late night and early morning movements.

Stephen’s studio is at his house, so wha dem a talk bout, if dem did sey me and Freddie, then dem woulda a talk,” states Macka, obviously making light of the rumour.

“Dem always have something fi sey bout me,” continues Macka, “but it’s all good, maybe it’s my grown and sexy side that’s keeping them talking, so what can I say?” asks Macka, obviously flattered by the rumour.

With that cleared up, and it now being obvious that Macka is not too old for Di Genius; his rhythms that is, Macka is at it as usual, jetting off to Canada later this week for a performance alongside Lady Saw, and then heading to South Florida for the Labour Day Celebrity Football Match, which will be followed by her much anticipated Book Launch, right there in the Sunshine state.









Organizers of the 1st Annual Atlanta Music Festival took to the radio airwaves in Atlanta Georgia to address the community who queried the strength of the first Festival.

Speaking to Rico Vibes and the listeners of his ‘Weekend Mix Show’ on Atlanta’s #1 radio station, Da Flava Radio, Stitchie set the record straight by addressing the most pressing concern: “Is this a fraud show?”


Armed with signed contracts from each artiste, Stitchie made it clear that he and his partner Papa from Jabari Productions have no affiliation to a similar show that was held last year, but not a successful due to the fact that artistes were not paid.


When asked by Rico, Stichie explained: “The line up this year is very similar to that of last year, but the show is not the same.

We wanted people like Bounty and Beenie, but due to the visa situation, we had no choice but to lean with this line up.”


Further on in the interview, Freddie McGregor called into the ‘Weekend Mix Show’ speaking directly to the people. Freddie acknowledged that he and the Big Ship family were in Atlanta to perform last year, however the promoter didn’t show up the night of the event.

McGregor also went on to say that Elephant Man, Chino, Laden, Spragga Benz, Etana as well as all other artistes advertised will be on the stage for the 1st Annual Atlanta Summer Festival.

The Reggae icon even sang a dubplate live on air for the festival using the melody of Gregory Isaacs hit song “Rumours!" Chino also called in after Freddie to echo the same sentiment — the entire Big Ship family, as well as all artists advertised will be there.


Jabari Productions also announced that Lil Wayne’s Young Money members Lil Chuckee, Jae Millz and Gudda Gudda will be on the show.

Out of the Gucci Mane camp, we have So Icy Rock Boyz. We also have ATL’s own Pastor Troy. For the ladies, we have R&B sensation Pleasure P, formerly lead singer from Pretty Ricky.


The 1st Annual Atlanta Summer Festival will be staged at the James R. Hallford stadium in Atlanta (Georgia Perimeter College – 3789 Memorial College Ave.), and will be hosted by Nikki Z, Juggla and Rico Vibes.









An Indonesian filmmaker said Monday that his upcoming movie about the childhood of President Barack Obama will portray how the diversity of Jakarta influenced the future president, a report on the Associated Pres said.


Obama lived in the city with his mother and Indonesian stepfather from 1967 to 1971.


Director Damien Dematra is basing his movie on a fictionalized account of Obama’s childhood that he published earlier this year, using interviews with neighbors and friends of Obama and his family.

The movie will be in both English and the Indonesian language.


“We want to show the world that Obama lived in Indonesia’s pluralistic environment, with different religions and races, and his experiences of pluralism led him to become a great man,” Dematra said.


“Obama Anak Menteng” (“Obama, the Menteng Kid”) began shooting last week in the west Java city of Bandung, about 110 miles (180 kilometers) southeast of Jakarta.


Dematra said parts of Bandung look similar to Jakarta in the 1970s, particularly Menteng, the upscale neighborhood where Obama lived.


A 12-year-old American, Hasan Faruq Ali, plays the title role. Ali, born in New Mexico, has lived in Jakarta for years with his parents, who are members of a popular musical group.


“He speaks fluent English, but not too fluent in Bahasa Indonesia,” Dematra said of Ali. “It fits with Obama’s character as a boy.”
Dematra said some former neighbors were hired as consultants to ensure the actor’s mannerisms matched the young Obama’s.


British model Clara Lachelle plays Obama’s late mother, Stanley Ann Dunham, who moved with her 7-year-old son to Indonesia after she married her second husband, Lolo Soetoro, whom she met when they were studying at the University of Hawaii.


Obama’s half-sister, Maya, was born in Indonesia, but after four years Dunham sent Obama back to Hawaii, where he lived with his maternal grandparents and attended school.


Dematra said the 100-minute film will be screened in Indonesian cinemas by June 17, in time for Obama’s expected visit to Indonesia.
He hopes the president will watch the movie but said it was not made just for Obama.


“This film is dedicated to Indonesian children,” Dematra said. “I hope this film will inspire children to achieve their dreams.”








“Right now, mi sorry seh mi apologise,” is the the passinate feeling from Reggae Queen, the runner-up in Saturday’s finals of the Magnum Kings and Queens of Dancehall.


The crowd favourite in the competition, Reggae Queen was accused of using expletives inher set and was asked by the organisers of the televised talent competition to apologise. But Black Queen now says she did not use any offensive language and tha the organsiers know exactly what she was going to say, as they had signed off on her set.


“They’re too disgusting … they had already disqualified me in their mind but they still allowed me to vote like I had a chance when they already made up their mind ,” she said angrily.


“But mi understand now why they did it because they want to make it look like I did something wrong.

I did nothing wrong, all they are saying is that my set sounded too vulgar but I never used any expletives, I never cursed, after mi no stupid.

I was leading, mi know say mi win so why would I do that?” said the crowd favourite in the recently concluded Magnum Kings and Queens of Dancehall.


She explained that the producers of the show were well aware of the content of the lyrics she would use in the clash, and had even suggested that she make changes to particular verses they found too provocative. “They messed up and they are trying to blame me for it,” she said, bluntly.


“We were instructed to do three eight bar verses for the clash, and the people who work behind the scenes had heard my verses and told me to change a line that said ‘face wear out like toilet seat’ to ‘face wear out like car seat’, but now on the night, when I deejayed the part about ‘she swallow Gibraltar like hot tea’ dem beep it out like dem a come try style me and they had heard it before,” she said.


And in a magnanimous display, she offered her congrats to Bumper.
“Bumper gave a good performance, and mi have to congratulate her, she win, but mi feel say dem never give me a fair chance but that is life. Right now, mi ready to move on.”


Reggae Queen is already booked to perform at The Settlement on June 12 at the Kingston Polo Club.






PM Golding addresses nation tonight

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Prime Minister Bruce Golding is scheduled to address the nation tonight.


A statement from the Office of the Prime Minister notes that he has been holding consultations with several interest groups since Thursday following his announcements in Parliament on Tuesday in relation to the Manatt, Phelps and Phillips issue.


Information minister Daryl Vaz said the Prime Minister has been consulting with the JLP's executive bodies, Parliamentarians, religious groups and representatives of the Partnership for Transformation .


Yesterday afternoon, the JLP's central executive met in Ocho Rios during which the party discussed the Manatt, Phelps and Phillips issue and the calls for Prime Minister Golding's resignation.


Tonight’s broadcast will be aired on all radio and television stations.






CHARITY SONG FOR VOICEMAIL’S ONEIL EDWARDS

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Voicemail group has done a charity for Oneil Edwards who was shot on Monday, May 10.

The song is entitled One Life To Live and was recorded six months ago as one of the first tracks for the new Voicemail album “Next Level”.

The group has done an urban remix for “One Life to Live” as well as cover and poster artwork.

A site for Oneil will be launched early next week under www.voicemailgroup.com

Donations can also be made over paypal to: voicemailgroup@yahoo.com or you can purchase the song on iTunes





Bruce is too brazen!

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On Sunday night everyone was expecting to hear that Prime Minister Bruce Golding had done the honourable thing and stepped down. Imagine the utter shock and surprise when Samuda faced the press with the words "No apology, no resignation".


I am now of the opinion that this government doesn't have any regard for the people and they take them for puppets where they can do anything and get away with it.


My suggestion is for the country to rise up and demand that the right thing be done. It's time that the people hold the government responsible for the affairs of the country. Until we realise that we are the ones with the power then they will always continue to do a they please.


It's time to let our voices be heard and stop allowing them to browbeat us.


Crime continue to soar with no real solutions, we we have an army that is considered among the best in the world, the police are out of their depths bring out the army and let them take over the troubled spots.


Guess the only time this government will think about doing something about the high crime rate is when the gun start to touch members of their own families - when they start to lose sons and daughters like the ordinary Jamaican.


Hope it never reaches that stage before they find a solution.


Peace out





No apology, no resignation!

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Prime Minister and Leader of the governing Jamaica Labour Party (JLP), Bruce Golding, has decided not to step aside despite a crescendo of calls for him to do so.


The Central Executive of the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) Sunday afternoon said the embattled Party Leader and Prime Minister Bruce Golding would be staying put.


"The members have expressed themselves fully and they have unanimously committed themselves to support our leader and they have sought to convince him that the proper thing to do is remain as JLP Leader and Prime Minister," said Karl Samuda, General Secretary of the JLP at a press conference at the Sandals Grande Hotel in Ocho Rios, St. Ann, Sunday afternoon.


The Central Executive spent most of Sunday locked in talks about issues evolving from the Mannatt, Phelps and Phillips affair.
In making this statement, the General Secretary insisted that Mr. Golding had done nothing wrong.








And … while her husband is embroiled in a political mess, wife of the Prime Minister, Lorna Golding, went to church on Sabbath (Sabbath) and declared to the congregation that her husband was unable to say everything.


Mrs. Golding listened as the Adventist preacher at Andrews Seventh Day Adventist Church on Hope Road in St Andrew called for the whole truth, even as he quoted Bible verses dealing with honesty and integrity.

The members of the choir held placards bearing the words, “We Want Truth”, which was the theme of the sermon preached by man of the cloth, Lorenzo King.


Lorna Golding, who is reportedly a Sabbath keeper, begged the congregation to “read between the lines”.


Meanwhile, the daughter of the Prime Minister was among a group of vigil keepers -- made up of members of the entertainment industry -- who took a stand against crime and violence in the Mandela Park in Half-Way-Tree last Monday.







The Associated Press has zeroed in on Jamaica’s political crisis with a story stating that the prime minister met with top advisers as calls mounted for him to resign. Golding met with them Sunday to deal with the matter.

The prime minister has been under fire since he acknowledged last week that he authorized a lobbying firm to help the government contest the extradition of Christopher "Dudus" Coke, who presides over a barricaded neighborhood in the west Kingston area that Golding represents in parliament, the AP story said.

Golding has not yet publicly addressed the outcry. The leadership of his Jamaica Labor Party called an emergency meeting for Sunday in the resort city of Ocho Rios to discuss its biggest political crisis since Golding was elected in 2007.

"He is calm and in good spirits and has the full support of the Cabinet," Information Minister Daryl Vaz said after the Cabinet meeting at Golding's office.

At the heart of the outcry is the appearance that Golding is helping a man described by the U.S. Justice Department as one of the world's most dangerous drug kingpins.

Coke, 41, is wanted in New York on charges he smuggled drugs and guns between the two countries as leader of the notorious "Shower Posse" gang.

The calls for Golding to resign have come from opposition parties, civic groups and hundreds of islanders who have expressed outrage on Facebook and other social networking sites.

"I think there is growing grounds that he no longer has the moral authority to lead the country," said Peter Bunting, a national security spokesman for the main opposition party, the People's National Party.

The human rights group Jamaicans for Justice said Golding should quit because he has abused citizens' trust and hurt the country's international standing.








Magnify

My mind stays centered on Spirit.


Whatever receives my attention is magnified.

So I ask myself, Where am I putting my attention? When I place my focus on a circumstance or thought, it expands.

When I notice a pain or an irritation and give it my attention, my aggravation increases.

Likewise, when I hold a thought of the many ways I am blessed, my sense of appreciation builds.

When I notice what I focus on, I become aware of where my attention lies.

If I wish to change, I can make a deliberate choice to switch my focus to that which uplifts my spirit and blesses others.

A simple shift in the direction of my thoughts changes my day, and my life, for the better.

The Lord was pleased, ... to magnify his teaching and make it glorious.--Isaiah 42:21





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The Daily Word - Sunday, May 16, 2010

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Sabbath

I open my mind to God's rest and peace.


I trust in the presence and power of God to provide whatever I need today.

God is creative energy and spiritual substance working in and through me. In prayer, I ask, give thanks and know that it is given. Even though I cannot yet see the results, I cease asking and wait.

I enter into a time of Sabbath as I rest from doubt and fear. Releasing any struggle or mental strain about how my good will come, I trust that God in me is doing the work. I let go, and I let God.

I anticipate the fulfillment of my needs with eagerness and joy. My highest good is now on its way.

I expect great things and give great thanks. In my time of Sabbath, my mind and heart are open to God's peace.

The Father who dwells in me does his works.--John 14:10





The Daily Word Saturday, May 15, 2010

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Grace

Through God's grace, I receive more good than I ever imagined.



God's grace appears in countless ways. It might be a helping hand when I'm in need, an unexpected check in the mail or the right person entering my life at the perfect time. It is God's grace that gives me the ability to tune in to the peace I seek at any given moment and to access an attitude of gratitude in every situation of life.


It is God's good pleasure to give me the kingdom. With my heart open to receive, I am able to see and experience the peace, joy and love of God that are always available to me.


Through grace I receive more good than I ever imagined. Grace is a blessing and a gift, and I am grateful.


Strive for his kingdom, and these things will be given to you as well. Do not be afraid, little flock, for it is your Father's good pleasure to give you the kingdom.--Luke 12:31-32








Rapper Lil Wayne’s efforts to keep up the beat behind bars have gotten him in trouble in jail, an official said Thursday.


The Grammy Award-winning rapper faces potential discipline after jail officers found a charger and headphones for a digital music player stashed in a potato chip bag in his cell Monday, city Correction Department spokesman Stephen Morello said.

Lil Wayne is serving a yearlong sentence after pleading guilty to a gun charge.
The items are considered contraband, as inmates can listen to music only on radios and headphones sold at the jail commissary. Lil Wayne’s lawyer, Stacey Richman, had no immediate comment Thursday.


Officers said the music player itself turned up in another inmate’s nearby cell.

Both men were charged with infractions that aren’t crimes and will be subject to a jail disciplinary process, not a court. Punishments can include being segregated from other inmates.


Lil Wayne began serving his term in March in the city’s Rikers Island jail complex. He pleaded guilty in October to attempted criminal possession of a weapon, admitting he had a loaded semiautomatic gun on his bus in 2007.





Mad Cobra released from Hospital

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Dancehall deejay Mad Cobra, who was last Tuesday evening shot and injured in Portmore, St Catherine has been discharged from hospital.


Cobra, whose real name is Ewart Everton Brown, had been admitted to the Spanish Town Hospital where he was treated for gunshot wounds to the upper body.

He was subsequently removed to the Tony Thwaites Wing of the University Hospital of the West Indies where he spent two days.


“He is resting comfortably at home,” a source close to the deejay told Chat!


Police say that they are following leads that Cobra had been involved in an altercation with a group of men in Braeton who claimed that, while driving, he had shone his bright lights on them.

Cobra’s attempts at appeasing the situation reportedly failed. One of the men later shot Cobra, the police said.


Cobra was the second artiste to be shot in two days.





Oneil taken briefly off respirator

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Official reports are that Voicemail member Oneil Edwards was taken off the respirator briefly on Thursday and was able to breathe on his own.

The doctors at the KPH are heartened by this and Edwards’s family and friends continue to pray for his full recovery.

Oneil was shot several times early Monday morning and remains in a critical but stable condition in the Intensive Care Unit at the Kingston Public Hospital (KPH). Reports are that the swelling in his brain has reduced.

Artistes on Monday and Tuesday held vigils at the Mandela Park and on the grounds of the Kingston Public Hospital. They sang and prayed for the singer’s recovery.





Gal Over Gun producer, Rado, shot

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Rado, the producer of dancehall deejay Mavado's popular anti-gun song, Gal Over Gun, was reportedly shot early this morning.


Information is sketchy, but reports reaching YardFlex are that the music producer was shot in Spanish Town and has been admitted to hospital in the old capital. Details of his condition have so far not been issued to the media.


Rado is the CEO of the Armz House Records label, which recently released the Double Action Riddim.


He is the third person in the entertainment industry to be shot and injured this week.

Oneil Edwards, a member of the trio Voicemail was shot and seriously injured on Monday and Mad Cobra was shot in the shoulder the following day.


Also, selector Richie Feelings was reportedly robbed on Wednesday night at his Havendale home.
He stated that his vehicle was broken into and his wallet stolen. The selector, however, is giving thanks for his life.






Who Hotta... A or B...?

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Which one a dem Lady Yah Look Hotta..?
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Courtney Porteous aka Papa Biggy is gearing up for his upcoming promotional tour for his lately released album Return To The Frontline.


Organised by promoter Thommo White Dread out of Nashville Tennessee the first leg of the tour will kick off in Charlotte, North Carolina on June 11, the following day June 12 it will be on to the Reggae Café.

Following that stint Papa Biggy will head for Club Genesis in Greensboro then North Carolina.


“Right now more dates are being worked out and I am happy for the direction my career is going,” the singer said.


Papa Biggy is also bemoaning the state of the music industry and he hopes that other artistes will now follow the stance he has taken a long time ago to record only conscious songs.


“I was really sad to hear the news of my fellow artistes being shot…I really wish them a speedy recovery,” said Connecticut based Papa Biggy.

The artiste said now is the time for dancehall acts to put out more socially conscious songs instead of glorifying the gun.





A Whey Bruce a guh do?

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A wonder a whey Bruce a guh do now that everybody a call fi him stept down.

It nuh look good at all, cause him is di Prime Minister so him can separate di PM job from di party leader role. JLP inna power and him a di leader fi it.

So him can sanction deal and den sey it neva have nutten fi do with the government. Why dis sound so familiar, whey yuh sey, somebody sey cock mouth kill cock.

A time fi di people dem a Jamaica demand more from dem leaders and stop gwaan like dme nuh got nuh sense.






A who shoot Cobra?

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Look how quick dem find suspects inna Oneil Edwards shooting, a wonda when dem a guh identify suspect inna Cobra shooting?

Wi really waan know a wha did guh dung meck dem duh di DJ dat.

Wi a listen out…well pon di good news side him get discharged from the di hospital and gone a him yard.

Wi just hope dem lef him alone now meck him recover in peace.








Bwoy wi affi ask da question yah, wha meck people nuh stop kill off di entertainer dem wid rumours?

Fi real every minute yuh hear bout one more entertainer sey him crash and dead or him get shot smady stab him up.

Di latest a I-Maroon sey dem find him body inna bush a country and him head chop off. Di odda day afta di shooting yuh know how much time dem sey Oneil dead. Di singer a fight on and him a guh meck it, wi sey suh!








Singer Bobby Melody, who was most famous for the song, Jah Bring I Joy, produced by Joe Gibbs, reportedly died recently in the UK.

Melody, who worked with producers such as Yabby You, Gregory Isaacs, Jah Thomas and Joe Gibbs, was also a member of The Prophets.


A prolific underground artiste during the 1970s and early 1980s, Bobby Melody, born Bobby Powell in the parish of Trelawny in Jamaica, recorded for almost 40 years and had been living in Britain since the early 1980s.


It is understood that he died of cancer late April in Nottingham, England. He is one of two Jamaican artistes based in England who recently succumbed to cancer.

The other was veteran studio engineer, producer, songwriter Sid Bucknor.





The Daily Word Thursday, Friday, May 14, 2010

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Forgive

Love is the answer.

If past or present mistakes have a hold on me, I can counteract them by letting love so permeate my whole being that it generates forgiveness. Love dissolves all my confusion, criticism and resentment.

The situations and circumstances in my life that have seemed hurtful, that have caused me unhappiness, loneliness or frustration, are not God's will for me; for God wills only good for me and for all others.

As I let love transform my pain into acceptance, wholeness and strength, I experience the peace of forgiveness. Divine love fulfills my every need.

My whole life is enriched with new and satisfying experiences of happiness, success, radiant health and right companionship.

Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you.--Matthew 5:44





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Rihanna Gets Drunk, Then Passes Out

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Rihanna is certainly enjoying the party life. Imagien buying over US$30,000 on booze for herself and her entourage. The young singer’s lifestyle caught up with her and she passed out.

There are photos on the internet of her lying against a wall dead to the world. Really now, she needs to clean up her act.








Rapper Bow Wow is claiming that the screen cap of a tweet he reportedly sent asking one of his followers for oral sex is actually a fake image that has been Photoshopped.


It all started with reports that the rapper was allegedly attempting to send a direct message to one of his fans asking for some “dome,” which is slang for oral sex. But instead, the tweet went to all 430,000 of his followers – some of whom saved a screen cap of the message, according to Allhiphop.com.

The tweet stated: “How much for some dome? How far are you from Richmond?” [See video below.] According to Bow Wow, the message is a doctored Photoshop image.


“The tweet that was posted was photo shopped. Just recently I did an interview on how I never pay for sex [Ozone's Sex issue], so I guess someone felt the need to write some bogus tweet before my original tweet,” Bow Wow told AllHipHop.com in a statement.

“I have damn near 500,000 followers on Twitter. If I were to tweet such foolishness it would have been all over Twitter in a matter of seconds.

I don’t know why people feel the need to try to s**t on my name or what I represent. All I want to do is please my fans, make more millions, make sure my family is straight and have fun.”


In related news, “Cuff Ur Chick” — a single featuring Fabolous and Drake from Bow Wow’s new album — leaked today (May 12) and his Cash Money Records debut has been pushed back as a result.

“My album not coming til next year!! I was holding on to that record. It was not suppose to drop. That was my dream project. F**K!” the rapper tweeted.

“[The] song was for my fans man! Any song could have leaked. But not that one. That was gone be surprise for yall. A yr [year] early? F**king yr early?”


The rapper, according to Allhiphop.com, was dumbfounded as to why someone would doctor up one of his tweets, leak his music and spread lies, just to make him look bad.


“I’ve never done nothing to no one. I don’t beef with n***as, I don’t waste time blogging about people, I just make hit movies, and #1 records,” Bow Wow told AllHipHop.com.

“I don’t know what they are set out to do but it wont work against someone who knows the game and has been successful at it for the past 10 years.

No matter how much you dislike me you cant take away that I’ve sold 10 million albums, 6 arena tours, and I’m still here.

I came out in 2000, I cant name u 5 artist who are still around from that time, but I am. I’m only 23 the best has yet to come.”





PNP calls for Golding’s resignation

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Prime Minister Bruce Golding is expected to face backlash and come under more public pressure Wednesday following his surprise admission in Parliament on Tuesday that he knew of the deal between the US law firm Manatt, Phelps and Phillips and attorney-at-law Harold Brady.

The Parliamentary Opposition is calling for the Prime Minister's resign.

The Prime Minister Bruce Golding in a statement during Tuesday's sitting of the House of Representatives that he sanctioned the engagement of Manatt Phelps and Phillips.

He added that he stands by his March 16 pronouncement that the Government of Jamaica (GOJ) had not engaged any legal firm to act in the extradition issue which is now before the courts.
According to Mr. Golding, the initiative was sanctioned by the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) and not the GOJ.

He added that the payment of nearly US$50,000 to Manatt, Phelps and Phillips was sourced from financial contributors to the JLP.
He further denied that the US firm was paid by Tivoli Gardens strongman Christopher Coke.

However the People's National Party (PNP) has declared that it will not allow the issue to die.






Pastor sexually assault 12-year-old

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The Old Harbour police in St Catherine are searching for a pastor who is accused of sexually assaulting a 12-year-old girl who went to him for counselling.

The police that in early April, the child was referred to the clergyman.

She reportedly went to the church where the pastor operated.

The police claim that when she was there she was lured inside a bathroom, where she was sexually molested.

The child is said to have related her ordeal to some of her relatives who reported the matter to the police. An investigation was launched into the matter.

So far the police claim that their search for the man of God has turned up empty. It is said that the accused man has left the church and has not been seen for sometime.

In the meantime, the child is still undergoing counselling as a result of the alleged incident.





Ciara Disturbing the Peace in L.A.

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Earlier this week, R&B singer Ciara was celebrating a friend’s birthday in Los Angeles when neighbors did not seem to appreciate the festivities. The police shut down the party, but that didn’t stop the group from celebrating a little more.

The party found a nearby parking lot to keep the festivities going. Although Ciara thought it was a great time to play some of her new music, nearby residents didn’t think so. Police came back around and shut the whole thing down for good.

She captured the whole night on her Twitter page:

“Tonight was sooo much fun!! I originally had plans to go to the Victoria Secret party, but that changed last minute and I headed to celebrate my friend’s birthday party!

It was sooo much fun, and the funny thing to top it off was we all decided to go to a parking lot and play a few of the newest songs I recorded and we realized we had the music just a little too loud because the police came by and said they had received reports of loud music!!

But thank God we had the music down in time, and there was no trouble with the po po.”

But that’s not all. The singer used her girly charm to win over the officers and ended up snapping a few pics with them.

She recently released two songs for her upcoming album, “Ride” and “Basic Instinct.” The album is due to release later this year.







Ascend

I allow my spirit to soar in oneness with God.
Anytime a situation seems confusing or hopeless, most likely I am viewing it from a perspective of human limitation.

Instead, I have the innate power to see any circumstance from a spiritual perspective by turning to God in prayer.

If I am seeing only problems and not solutions--illness and not wholeness, lack and not abundance--I sit quietly in the silence and re-establish my oneness with God. Affirming wisdom, wholeness and abundance, I begin to see things differently.

At one with infinite possibility, I scale the heights of human awareness and view the world as from above. Expressing oneness with God in all that I think, say and do, I allow my spirit to soar unimpeded.

The glory that you have given me I have given them, so that they may be one, as we are one.--John 17:22







LOS ANGELES – A gay rights group is demanding an apology from Newsweek magazine for a recent story that the group says suggested gay actors can't play straight characters, according to an Associated Press story.

"An actor's personal life should not be a factor in their believability in a role," said Jarrett Barrios, president of the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation.

"That would be tantamount to audiences not buying Ashton Kutcher and Katherine Heigl as lovers in their upcoming film 'Killers' because the two are happily married to different people in real life."

GLAAD spokesman Rich Ferraro said the magazine has not offered the apology sought by the group, but that the topic was discussed with Barrios and Dustin Lance Black, the Oscar-winning screenwriter of "Milk," during a Q&A with Newsweek on Wednesday. He said he believed that discussion would be published in the next issue.

Some Hollywood stars blasted the magazine and writer Ramin Setoodeh for an April 26 story that said it was OK for straight actors to play gay roles, but "it's rare for someone to pull off the trick in reverse."

In the story, Setoodeh criticized Sean Hayes' latest leading-man performance on Broadway, writing that the openly gay actor "comes off as wooden and insincere, like he's trying to hide something, which of course he is."







Lady Gaga parodies and tributes abound on the Interweb--some funny, some serious, some good, some not-so-good. But the school recital performance of "Paparazzi" by boy wonder Greyson Michael Chance just might be the best yet.

As the teacher emceeing the Edmond's Sixth Grade Festival says at the end of Greyson's stunning piano performance, this mega-talented kid could even "teach Lady Gaga a lesson.".

Greyson is bona fide prodigy (as his lovely original piano compositions "Stars" and "Broken Hearts" on his YouTube channel demonstrate), and his talents are being celebrated on a national scale now that his "Paparazzi" video--in which he bangs out the piano ballad while his classmates look on in shock and awe, mouths agape--has gone viral.

As of this writing, the video has gotten more than 5,254,742 views so far, and he's even been invited to perform on "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" today.







The main suspect in the shooting of Oneil Edwards, of the Entertainment group Voicemail was found dead in the Chancery Hall community this afternoon, several hours after escaping a police dragnet. Edwards cell phone was found in the dead mans possession.

Meanwhile a second suspect was picked up by the Manchester Police in that parish last night and is being transported to Kingston where he will be questioned by senior investigators.





A wha really a gwaan

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Oneil Edwards still a battle fi him life a hospital and now Mad Cobra come get three shot. What really a gwaan inna di entertainment fraternity? It a send a wronf message star. Perhaps di odda artiste dem better read di writing pon di wall and stop big up di shoota dem and bun out informer, cause seet deh now, di very people whey a get big up a dem a tun di gun pon dem.


We wish Cobra a speedy recovery and pray dat all a di madness stop.





MAD COBRA SHOT AND INJURED

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Ewart Brown popularly known as Mad Cobra, 42 years-old of Braeton, Portmore in St. Catherine was shot and injured by gunmen in his community last night.


Information is that about 7:30 p.m., he was traveling in a motor car along Marlin Avenue. The light from the vehicle shone on a group of men who were sitting on a nearby fence, and that aggravated them. Mr. Brown reportedly came out of the vehicle and tried to appease the men but was threatened then shot. He was taken to hospital where he was admitted in stable condition.


The Portmore CIB is investigating.








Faith

I use my faith in positive and intentional ways.


I may consider my faith to be weak or strong. While my faith is strengthened through prayer and attention, I must also make certain that my faith is rightly directed.

I use my faith when I pray for healing, yet I am also using faith when I worry about a loved one.

My intention in prayer is to experience a positive result, so I choose to recognize the feelings from which I pray.

I release any anxious feelings and pray with a sense of peace and positive faith. I become still and imagine only the best possible results.

I believe that these outcomes will come to pass. As I use intentional faith, my mind and heart are at ease and my trust in God grows ever stronger.

Jesus said, "Go; let it be done for you according to your faith." And the servant was healed in that hour.--Matthew 8:13





It’s Lex-I-con from Mr. Lexx

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It’s really such a cute play on words as just-freed-from-abuse-charge deejay, Mr Lexx, releases his mixed tape called Lex-icon.


Last year June Mr. Lexx teamed up with Santigold and created a hit called "Hold the Line' which opened new doors for him and Lexx says he is ready to take reggae music to another level.


"I am back and ready to work,” said Mr. Lexx.


On March 15th 2010, Mr. Lexx decided he wanted to create a mix tape for his fans.

Federation Sounds helped him in doing just that, by producing this cutting edge mix tape that satisfies a wide spectrum of individuals.


This Lex-I-con mix tape contains an assortment of sound throughout as well as collaborations with various artists including Gypian, Ce’Cille, and Santigold. One of the highlights on his mix tape is the new hit single “Wine Pon Mi”, which is making waves in the music industry.








The magic of Disney meets the magical isle of Jamaica, as Walt Disney Records readies an album of classic Disney songs newly recorded by a cross-section of top reggae musicians.

The Disney Reggae Club features songs from immortal Disney animated films — from The Little Mermaid to Jungle Book — recorded by Grammy winning reggae legend Toots (of Toots & the Maytals fame), five-time Grammy winner Ziggy Marley, reggae’s most prolific and long lasting production team Sly & Robbie, multiple Grammy winner Cedella Marley, Grammy winner Burning Spear, legendary British band UB40 and Hasidic rapper Matisyahu.

The album is set to arrive in stores and at online retailers June 8.








BERLIN, May 11, 2010 (AFP) - Heavily pregnant supermodel Claudia Schiffer is poised to appear naked on the cover of Germany’s Vogue magazine, snapped by fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld, the publication said Tuesday.


Schiffer, 39, will be proudly showing off her bump in the magazine’s June issue, which hits newsstands on Wednesday. She is expecting her third child “in a matter of days,” Vogue said.


“There are probably not many other women who have been photographed as often as Claudia. But she has never been seen in such a different way,” said the magazine’s editor, Christiane Arp.


Schiffer, who first graced the cover of German Vogue nearly 20 years ago and has appeared 11 times since, said: “It was important to show how beautiful womanhood is.”


The pose bears a striking resemblance to a controversial edition of Vanity Fair in 1991 when Hollywood film star Demi Moore, then seven months pregnant, appeared nude.


Lagerfeld himself is no stranger to controversy, making the news recently for saying that no one wanted to see “curvy” models, after a prominent German women’s magazine said it would publish only pictures of “real women.”





Playboy ‘readers’ get 3-D centerfold

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According to an Associated Press exclusive story, Playboy readers who can only imagine what it would look like if a nude centerfold jumped right off the page are getting new specs to help them see into Hef’s world.


The magazine’s June edition hits newsstands Friday equipped with 3-D glasses. Now the toy that has kids dodging dragons, meatballs and tall blue aliens at the movies will help adults focus on what is, at first glance, a very blurry Playmate of the Year.


“What would people most like to see in 3-D?” asked Playboy founder Hugh Hefner. “Probably a naked lady.”


Hefner makes no secret of hoping to capitalize on the popularity of 3-D movies such as “Avatar” and “How to Train Your Dragon,” even as he makes no secret of not quite getting what all the fuss is about.


“I’m not a huge enthusiast of 3-D,” he said in a telephone interview. “I leave real life to go to the movies and 2-D is fine with me.”
Playboy hopes that the issue featuring centerfold Hope Dworaczyk in 3-D also reminds people that for all the infatuation with the Internet, there is nothing quite like having a magazine in your hands.


“People want things that last and have meaning,” he said.
The thought hadn’t occurred to Hefner. But, now that you mention it:
“This particular picture is one example of how books and magazines are different (than computer images),” he said. “You can hold it in your hands, save them, and as Dad used to, put them under the mattress.”





Keep up the prayers for Oneil

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Voicemail member Oneil Edwards is still unconscious in the hospital following the shooting incident.

Yardflex just want to encourage his friends and family to keep up the prayers and know that miracles still happen.

We wish the artiste a speedy recovery. We also hope that the perpetrators will be brought to justice.





No justice for Kentucky Kid

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Seet deh, Kentucky Kid dead and gone and wi still nahy hear peep fire bout di policeman dem whey shoot him.

Di likkle youth come out and sey him life inna danger and all have video fi support it. But still nutten.

Kentucky Kid, you may be gone, but you certainly not forgotten





A how Ninja Case a guh

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Bwoy dem a guh meck Ninja rotten whey inna jail. Wi not even a hear it call up again. A wha really a gwaan?

It look like by di time the sentencing or verdict come round Ninja a guh over two years a jail.

Wi really waan know whey a gwaan.





A wha dat deh principal did a tink bout

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Deh principal fi di high school St Thomas whey dem accuse fi a deh wid him students well waan two lick.

A coulda wha him did a tink bout fi a do a ting like dat. Mercy a wha di world a come to eeh?

No Man yuh inna big authority ova di likkle pikney dem doan abuse yuh powers.





A who tief Charly Blacks car

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A who really tief Charly Blacks care man. Bwoy dem people yah a gwaan x you know.

Yardflex understand sey dem tief di youth car a St Mary.

Wi understand sey him discover it missing bout 5:00 am when him ask a friend fi check pon it fi him.

Suh if unno si di Toyota Carollo whey Blacks driv anyway pon di road, meck sure unno link di police seen.








Fears that the remnants of the Shower Posse recently rounded up in a raid in Toronto Canada may be deported to Jamaica may be unfounded.

Peter Sloly, Deputy Chief of the Toronto Police, who was a guest on Television Jamaica's "Smile Jamaica" Monday morning, said the majority of persons taken in the massive raid last week are not Jamaicans.

Accordingly, Deputy Chief Sloly, a Jamaican born Canadian, says many of those arrested in the May 4 raid will not be deported to Jamaica.

He says deportation will depend on the immigration status of these persons, many of whom are Canadian citizens.

He noted that the raid stifled other Canada based gangs and despite media reports not only the Jamaican linked Shower Posse gang was involved.

"Unfortunately the reporting on this has focused on one particular group; in this case there was a link to a posse that has its main roots coming from Jamaica but of the individuals (held) are naturalized Canadians, people who were born here, second generation Canadians, people from various backgrounds," Deputy Chief Sloly said.

A nine-month investigation culminated in the arrests of 78 people as police carried out several raids across Ontario, last week.

Apart from the arrests, the raids also resulted in the seizure of $30,000 in cash, 10,500 in casino cheques, 19 firearms, diamonds, drugs and vehicles.







One week after a woman was taken into custody for the murder of Robert Williams, Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) Councillor for the Norbrook Division in St. Andrew, no charges have been laid by the Constant Spring Police.

A senior investigator said Monday afternoon that they are still awaiting the arrival of the woman's attorney in order to question her before laying charges.


He said once the 20-year old woman is questioned, she will be charged.

The woman surrendered to the police last week Monday shortly after Mr. Williams was found dead along the roadway in Norbrook Road.

It was reported that about 11 o'clock last Monday night, Mr. Williams and the 20-year-old woman, his girlfriend, had a dispute along the Norbrook road.


She allegedly used a knife to stab him in the chest.

She later reported the matter to the Constant Spring Police.


Source: RJR





Scenes From Wet Sundaze

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The Daily Word Tuesday, May 11, 2010

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Guidance

I turn to God within and know my path is directed.


It is a blessing to turn within to God in prayer.

I make time every day to still my thoughts and focus my attention on the Presence.

When I face a challenging decision, I may want to ask friends and family what they think I should do. But the most direct path to an answer is to pray for divine guidance.


I offer up questions, both about the big decisions and the momentary choices, and I listen for the still small voice within.

Whether my guidance comes as an urging, a clear sense of direction or through the suggestion of a friend, I know it is meant for me. I am at peace when I act on this guidance.

I trust blessings to flow, knowing that all is working toward my highest good.


The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want. ... He leads me in right paths for his name's sake.--Psalm 23:1, 3








The soon to be commissioned, Boscobel Aerodrome, St. Mary welcomed its first international flight on Friday (May 7). The aerodrome is scheduled to be commissioned in July as Jamaica’s third international airport.


The single-engine private jet flew in from the Bahamas with singer/songwriter and businessman Jimmy Buffet, of “Margaritaville” fame, being the first international passenger to be processed by customs and immigration at the upgraded facility.


On hand to welcome Mr. Buffet, was Minister of Sports, Youth and Culture, Olivia “Babsy” Grange. She was accompanied by Chris Blackwell of Island Outpost and representatives of the Airports Authority of Jamaica. (AAJ)


Miss Grange told media representatives that the occasion was “a happy one”, and showed potential for more positive things happening in the Jamaican tourism sector.


“We could refer to this as a demonstration, which is a prelude to the official opening of the expanded and improved Boscobel Aerodrome which will become an international facility,” Miss Grange said.


Mr. Buffet, no stranger to the North Coast, said that he was elated to be the first person to get his passport stamped at the new Aerodrome.


Miss Grange commended Mr. Blackwell on his invaluable contribution to the improvements and expansion of the Aerodrome, pointing out that the work on the facility was being done in record time.


“It is not just the success of the Jamaican Government. It is a great day and I just want to thank Jimmy Buffet, Chris Blackwell and the team for really making Jamaica proud and for opening up this facility to the world,” she concluded.

Source: JIS







Oniel Edwards, one third of singing group, Voicemail was shot early this morning at his house in Duhaney Park in Kingston.


Allegations are that gunmen attempted to steal O’Neil’s car and he made an alarm, after which he was shot five times all over his body, including once in the head.


Reports are that the artiste underwent surgery at the Kingston Public Hospital this morning.
Oneil is the son well known Jamaican artiste and producer, Rupee Edwards.


The group Voicemail consist of 3 members — Oniel, Craig Jackson and Kevin Blaire. They originally started out with 5 members who became acquainted with each other in 1999 at a talent competition.

In 2003 the group “Voicemail” was formed new and 2 members made their exit.
Voicemail’s first big hit in Jamaica was entitled “Weh di Time”.

After a collaboration with the dancer Bugle and the artist Delly Ranks Voicemail became more famous internationally and their music video for the song “Do What You Feel Like” was played by several TV stations in America. It quickly became obvious, that Voicemail’s unique dancing-style, draws attention internationally.


Their 2007 debut album “Hey”, sold over 100,000 units in Japan alone and received a double platinum plaque.


The group scored their first number one in over two years on the Jamaican dancehall charts with their reggaefusion hit single, "Dance the Night Away" featuring Busy Signal, which reached it's peak in February of 2010.








We hear some tough rumours pon di street sey Oneil Savage from Voice mail get shot.

People unno check it out fi wi, cause from what wi a hear it nuh pretty. Wi hope is just a rumour and not true.

What di hell a happen inna dancehall people, if unno hear anyting, please link us at Yardflex.





Seet deh now

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People mi always tell yuh sey showoff bring disgrace and seet deh now, Ricky Trooper tail under fire. Cause him go hype up himself pon Youtube and a show gun …

well him sey a lighter gun, but di US people dem nuh believe dat deh story, suh nuh him under US probe.

Fi fi him sake, wi hope a never real gun. Ah bwoy, wi wish dem woulda just clean up dancehall image. Wi tiad a it.





Legendary Singer Lena Horne Has Died

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Lena Horne, the enchanting jazz singer and actress who reviled the bigotry that allowed her to entertain white audiences but not socialize with them, slowing her rise to Broadway superstardom, died Sunday. She was 92.


Horne died at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital, according to hospital spokeswoman Gloria Chin. Chin would not release any other details.


Horne, whose striking beauty and magnetic sex appeal often overshadowed her sultry voice, was remarkably candid about the underlying reason for her success.


“I was unique in that I was a kind of black that white people could accept,” she once said. “I was their daydream. I had the worst kind of acceptance because it was never for how great I was or what I contributed. It was because of the way I looked.”


In the 1940s, she was one of the first black performers hired to sing with a major white band, the first to play the Copacabana nightclub and among a handful with a Hollywood contract.

In 1943, MGM Studios loaned her to 20th Century-Fox to play the role of Selina Rogers in the all-black movie musical “Stormy Weather.” Her rendition of the title song became a major hit and her signature piece.









Residents of the Torrontum area in Salt River Clarendon are upset about the killing of one its residents Horace Campbell.

A Yardflex investigation revealed that the said man was in conflict with another man from the area. It is alleged that the man went to town and cooked up a plot with his friends from Kingston and the next thing they knew is this story of being seen with gun and shoot out.

“A murder dem murder di youth, Jah know him a hard working man. Him work as a gate man a di quarry and deh man deh a just him work and him wi check out a few girls,” said a good friend of his.

The friend said that man with whom he had the altercation is the cause of Campbell’s death.

“How police from town must come down and know exact location how fi find man house, dem not even did hitch. And di worse thing is Lionel Town Police don’t have a warrant out for his arrest, Hays police never have a complain pon him yet, but Kingston police come down and kill him off,” he ranted.

The police reports claims that at bout 5:15 Sunday morning, a group of police carrying out an operation in the Salt River proceeded to the premises occupied by Mr. Campbell.

The police say on their approach of the house Mr. Campbell was seen walking towards the front door with a gun in his hand and he immediately opened fire at them.

The retaliated and upon entering the house, he was found with gunshot wounds.

The police say a Pietro Beretta 9 millimetre pistol with five rounds of ammunition was taken from him.

Since the incident the firearms of the police officers involved in the shooting have been seized by investigators and taken to the Government Forensic Laboratory for ballistic testing and their hands were also swabbed.





The Daily Word Monday, May 10, 2010

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Joy


Joy is only a thought away. I choose joy.


As I look back on my life, I may notice how my spirits have ebbed and flowed. I may remember days of deep sadness and days overflowing with laughter. There have been periods of optimism and passion, and times of sorrow.

Awareness of my emotions creates an opening for change. As I connect with Spirit, I feel peace, love and happiness flow through me. I notice that when I change my thoughts, my emotions change.

When I am feeling sadness, fear or anxiety, I remember that the choice is mine to keep my mind and heart attuned to Spirit. My every thought, word and action is an expression of the Spirit within.

I choose joy right here and right now.

The kingdom of God is not food and drink but righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.--Romans 14:17





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Mama Dont Cry - Gytian






Nurture


I give thanks that I am loved and supported.
Mother Earth accepts each seed and enfolds it in love. She provides a place for roots to grow and nourishes the green shoots that reach toward the sun.


I give thanks today for my own mother. If I cannot speak with her or be with her, I send her my loving thoughts.

I give thanks for the arms that embraced me, for the nourishment of my body and soul, and for the encouraging words that inspired me to aim higher.


There are also ways that I may nurture and support others. No matter what my age or status in life, I have love to share.

The spirit of God is my ever-present source of support and encouragement. For love, both given and received, I am grateful.


He will feed his flock like a shepherd; ... and gently lead the mother sheep.--Isaiah 40:11





Chuckle a Day

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After putting her children to bed, a mother changed into old slacks and a worn out blouse and proceeded to wash her hair.

As she heard the children getting more and more rambunctious, her tolerance grew thin.

At last she put a towel around her head and stormed into their room, putting them back to bed with severe warnings.

While leaving the room, she overheard her three-year-old say with a shaky voice, "Who was 'that'?"





A Song For Mama: Performed by Boyz II Men

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A song for mom


Sometimes you want to find the right words to say ‘thank you’ to all those caring moms, but words just eludes you. Good thing there are songwriters out there who can effectively capture your thoughts and put it to sweet music. For all the great mom’s out there, this one is for you.



A Song For Mama

Written by Babyface

Performed by Boyz II Men

You taught me everything
And everything you've given me
I always keep it inside
You're the driving force in my life, yeah
There isn't anything
Or anyone I can be
And it just wouldn't feel right
If I didn't have you by my side

You were there for me to love and care for me
When skies were grey
Whenever I was down
You were always there to comfort me
And no one else can be what you have been to me
You'll always be you always will be the girl
In my life for all times

Mama, mama you know I love you
Oh you know I love you
Mama, mama you're the queen of my heart
Your love is like
Tears from the stars
Mama, I just want you to know
Lovin' you is like food to my soul

You're always down for me
Have always been around for me even when I was bad
You showed me right from my wrong

Yes you did
And you took up for me
When everyone was downin' me
You always did understand
You gave me strength to go on

There was so many times
Looking back when I was so afraid
And then you come to me
And say to me I can face anything
And no one else can do
What you have done for me
You'll always be
You will always be the girl in my life

Hook

Never gonna go a day without you
Fills me up just thinking about you
I'll never go a day without my mama

Hook





Bad Mothers: It’s time to grow up

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Sometimes you listen to the news and you just want to puke at the atrocities that are being committed against children by their parents – especially mothers.


Today, we celebrate mothers and it’s just wrong for some of these women who are just child bearers to be ‘hitching’ on to the title.
They give birth, but when it comes on to being a mother they don’t have the slightest inclination of what it really entails.


Having a child in the home is no deterrent for them to get the latest hairstyle, outfits and attend the bashiest events – never mind that in doing this it leaves their young ones exposed to all kinds of danger as they are often times left unsupervised at home. Or that their choices mean no food on the table for the hungry babies or that their child will have to miss another day of school.


Being a mother – for them means kids hanging around, but no change in their lifestyle…in fact some will even use their kids as an asset in their earning power –whether by having them hustling on the street or pimping their daughters.


‘Mother’ is an alien word to them and they don’t even have the grace to be ashamed.
This Mother’s Day it is our hope that they will change the vicious cycle and really start caring for their children.

Hopefully then they can bring up children who feel comfortable in their love and can in turn pass the same on to the next generation.





Good Mothers: Keep on caring

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Keep on caring

By Rootzgirl


Today, marks another celebration of Mother’s Day and for some there can never be enough praises heaped on them for their tireless efforts in ensuring they take care of their children in the right and proper way.


In the midst of all those careless mothers out there, who violate the very name of ‘mother’ are those who keep sacrificing to ensure that their children do not lack.


Their often selfless deeds go unacknowledged as no one will ever know the many times they deny eating a meal just so their child can have it, deny buying themselves a well needed pair of shoes just so their child can have a lunch money for school.


Sometimes she has to go it alone as fathers are nowhere around, but she doesn’t allow that to make her bitter, but instead she focus on her charges and make sure they don’t miss out.


Kudos to all the good mothers who are so lonely sometimes because they are working too hard to maintain their families that they can’t even find time to kick back with their girlfriends.


The sad part about this job is that sometimes the very children they have sacrificed for don’t even realize just how much it cost and how much she had to give up to make their dreams come true. They accept her nurturing and care as their due and don’t even spare the time to say ‘Thank You mom”. But still she presses on, knowing that her love cannot cease towards the child she bares.


This Mother’s Day, I just want to big up the real mothers out there – from the mother who farms first and then sells in the market, to the ones who are fatherless by choice and some not, the next kind are the ones who have to steal (butter) to maintain their children, to the ones who are incarcerating trying to make a dollar to survive, to the ones who are up high and low in the corporate sector we salute you and to the fathers who also have to play the motherly role.

Happy Mother’s Day you all - and no you don’t have to give birth to be a mom – if you are a great god-mother, a super aunt, a caring guardian, a woman who adores kids and is always looking out for their wellbeing, you fit just fine in the role.







Happy Mother’s Day

Yardflex wants to take this time out to wish all the mothers – both biological and those who those who are always there for the children of this world.
May you be washed with the love and care that you all deserve – if you are good mothers that is.


Have a blessed day.





Campbell-Brown, Frater win in Osaka

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Two-time Olympic champion Veronica Campbell-Brown of Jamaica has won the women's 100 meters at the Osaka Grand Prix.

Campbell-Brown finished in 11.02 seconds today for her first win in the 100 this season. Japan's Chisato Fukushima was second with a time of 11.27 while Australia's Melissa Breen was third in 11.47.

Campbell-Brown, who won gold in the women's 200 in Beijing and Athens, started had to quickly make up ground to finish comfortably ahead of Fukushima.

"I didn't get the start I wanted," Campbell-Brown said. "I didn't execute the way I wanted but am happy to get the win. It's always good to come back to Osaka."

Jamaica also won the men's 100, with Michael Frater clocking a time of 10:24.

American Michael Rodgers coasted to victory in the men's 200 with a time of 20.55, 0.11 seconds ahead of Canadian Jared Connaughton.

Ireland's Joanne Cuddihy took the women's 400 with a time of 52.15, 0.78 seconds ahead of Jamaica's Clora Williams while Ginnie Powell of the United States powered to victory in the women's 100 hurdles in 12.76. (Source: AP)






Scenes From Fresh fridays

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Sizzla gets farm, settles in Zim

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REGGAE superstar Sizzla Kalonji has ditched his native Jamaica and relocated to Zimbabwe after being rewarded with a farm for performing at President Robert Mugabe's 86th birthday celebrations in February.

“I am here to stay,” Sizzla told the state-owned Sunday Mail weekly newspaper. “Zimbabwe is home. I have received tremendous welcome.”

His spokesperson Olimatta Taal confirmed that rather than pay the artist in cash for performing at President Mugabe’s birthday bash Zanu-PF handed the Jamaican a farm located close to the town of Chegutu.

"Instead of giving him cash (for his performance) they gave him land. It is very honourable that he would take land instead of cash," Taal is reported as saying.

“He is in Zimbabwe because he loves Africa. He isn’t pro-Mugabe or anti-Mugabe, but he respects Mugabe as a leader.”


State-owned local media was quick to extol the development with the Sunday Mail declaring that the artist "was the latest and most important visitor to be swayed by the infectious Zimbabwean touch".

Olimatta Taal also said Sizzla’s Zimbabwe move had nothing to do with allegations that he was on the run from Jamaican authorities for gun crimes allegedly committed less than a month before President Mugabe's party.

"He (Sizzla) laughed when he heard the allegations," Olimatta Taal said. "He doesn't take it to heart."


A Jamaican online publication said the singer – born Miguel Orlando Collins – was arrested by police in Saint Andrew, Jamaica, on 29 January in connection with a shooting incident. He was released a day later when witnesses did not come forward.

A police spokesman said then that investigations were ongoing and suggested Sizzla "could be detained in the future, if the need arises".

Meanwhile Sizzla, 34, has been quite effusive in his praise for President Mugabe urging the veteran leader to "champion the cause of the return of the African people from the gates of hell they are living in Jamaica and the Caribbean."

"I think he's a good president, kind to his nation, just and true," Sizzla said of Mr Mugabe last month.


The Sunday Mail also stated that Kalonji had since been granted with a work permit and was working to consolidate business enterprises he has established locally to complement his singing profession.

“In Zimbabwe we have already started recording. I am also looking into areas Judgement Yard (his company) can invest in for the upliftment of Zimbabwean youths,” Sizzla said.


The singer said he plans to set up agro-industries on his farm to help local youths under his Jamaican social responsibility banner and has also made enquiries about investing in the local textile sector.

Kalonji has since set up a recording studio in the plush northern Harare suburb of Borrowdale where resides and is working with local reggae groups such as Transit Crew to put together his debut album on Zimbabwean soil.

Source: http://www.newzimbabwe.com





Catalogue Riddim

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The Daily Word Saturday, May 8, 2010

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Positive Outlook

I meet every change with a positive spirit.


Do I meet the changes that occur in my life graciously and easily with a positive attitude? Or do I resist change or feel overwhelmed when changes occur?

Many changes are so obviously good that I can only feel happy when I experience them. Other changes may seem daunting. I have the choice to adopt a positive outlook and look for the good in all of life's circumstances.

I prepare myself to meet each day and its developments with a positive outlook. When I am called upon to make changes, I do so readily and with ease.

I may feel that life is perfect just the way it is, but when I keep an open mind, I discover the blessing even in uncertainty. Meeting change in this way, I enjoy the experience, whatever it may be.

For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven.--Ecclesiastes 3:1





Scenes from Street Vybez Thursdays..

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Joe grind caught and killed

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Check out this story in the Star. You have to careful bout who yuh cheat wid!

Joe grind caught and killed

A man is on the run and a correctional officer dead following a fatal stabbing at Phase One, Seaview Gardens, St Andrew, after the deceased was reportedly caught by the other at the home of his child's mother.

The incident occurred at an area of the community known as 'Vietnam' on Monday.

Dead is Michael Andy, 36, of the community.

Police reports are that Andy visited Eagle Pathway, another section of Phase One, to see his girlfriend around 12:45 a.m. when another man, said to be the woman's ex-boyfriend, turned up.

Police said an argument developed between the two men and a knife was used to stab Andy several times. He later died at the Kingston Public Hospital.

Residents, however, gave a different version of the incident, saying the deceased man was 'Joe Grind'.

They said the alleged attacker, who is being sought by the police, revealed the ordeal before fleeing the community. He reportedly told the residents that he suspected his child's mother and Andy were in a relationship and so he conducted his own investigations.

A source from the Seaview Gardens Police Station admitted to hearing the explanation.

Residents said the man spoke about hiding in the closet on the day of the incident and then met up with Andy when he visited the house.

The incident has since become the hot topic on the lips of residents, some of whom blame the deceased for his own death by claiming he was wrong to go to the house.

"Him should a neva gone there. Di baby daddy nuh live deh eno, but him always deh bout. Di yute should a smarter than that," another resident said.





Government sticks to programming changes

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The Bruce Golding-led administration is standing firm behind a recent decision to radically change how it disseminates government information in commercial media.

Information Minister, Daryl Vaz made it clear Thursday that while the government is willing to accommodate discussions with local media owners, the administration has no plans to reverse its decision to repackage its messages.

The administration seems unmoved by a scorching campaign mounted by the Media Association of Jamaica (MAJ) against its revamped radio and television messages.

Under the law, free-to-air radio and television stations are mandated to allot 30 and 45 minutes respectively, per day, to government programmes produced by the Jamaica Information Service.

Instead of utilising the time en-block, as was the norm, the administration has decided to fragment the times into five-minute programmes which are aired with high frequency.

This has infuriated media owners who complain that the radical change has disrupted regular commercial programming.

Thursday the Information Minister told reporters that the administration is being proactive in how it communicates government programmes.

He asserted that decision will stand in spite of talks now underway with media owners.

"There is nothing that we are doing that is outside the law, we have already gotten our legal advice and the fact is that the 30 minutes and 45 minutes is no longer to be used en-block and that is a straight strategy of the government to make sure that we are able to communicate more often to the people of Jamaica," Mr. Vaz said.

Mr. Vaz states that the government's position has been validated by the Attorney General's Department as well as the Broadcasting Commission leaving what he calls limited scope for the administration's position to change anytime soon.

"I have received some correspondence to which we have to respond to again just to say that the discussions both formally and informally are reaching to the point where there is not going to be much more scope, there is not much more to discuss or negotiate,"

"There are two positions on the table, one is that the government is prepared to implement the changes but it is never the best option to get into back and forth," he said.


He says he does not consider it unfair for the government to make the changes despite the existence of the Public Broadcasting Corporation of Jamaica (PBCJ).

Media managers have suggested that the PBCJ would be a better vehicle for these frequent government messages as it broadcasts 24-hours daily on cable.








Yardflex commentary

We are observing with alarm the closure of a few music outlets with the latest being the Liguanea based Mobile Music which is now going through a closing down sale process.


Derrick Harriott was also quoted in the story as saying he is surviving through loans from friends and a little royalty.


He feels that the authorities are not doing enough to protect the intellectual property of artistes and its main stakeholders.


It’s a sad reality and this problem is being faced the world over, but in Jamaica it is even more chronic. Bootleggers are not afraid to come out on the streets and sell the illegal stuff.

They are even now walking around with their little boom boxes and peddling their wares.


The funny thing about it is that we have observed them on the streets, DVDs and CDs spread out in front of them and police officers passing to and fro with them comfortably doing business there.


Maybe it’s that we don’t really understand the law…but shouldn’t there be some kind of respect for the cops in terms of doing illegal stuff.
It’s sad that producers and artistes invest so much in their craft and at the end of the day can’t even reap anything from it.


While we see with them too, we have to acknowledge one argument put forward by someone who supports the bootlegging business.

According to her she will buy an original CD and only like one song on it, but when she buys from the man in the streets, she gets all the number ones on one CD for a minimum cost!


It’s a vicious cycle and the sad thing is that there seems no real solution in sight, except to produce your CDs and DVDs with an anti piracy software of something.
Peace out.





More trouble for Olint investors

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Boy them sey trouble doan set like rain and for OLINT investors this is so true. The latest development comes from the fact that the Turks and Caicos Bank is going into liquidation. Yes OLINT had US$10M tied up in it.

The decision by the courts to close down Turks and Caicos Bank (TCI Bank) means that funds from investors in the foreign currency trading outfit Olint are entombed in that bankrupt entity and now subject to the process of liquidation, adding further drama to this protracted affair.

It was hard before to receive their investments, now we wonder just where this will end.





Scenes from Weddy Weddy Wednesdays

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Yard Joke Of The Day

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Driving In Kingston

BASIC RULES FOR DRIVING IN KINGSTON

1. Turn signals will give away your next move. A real Kingston driver never uses them.

2. Under no circumstance should you leave a safe distance between you and the car in front of you, or the space will be filled in by somebody else, putting you in an even more dangerous situation.

3. The faster you drive through a red light, the smaller the chance you have of getting hit.

4. Never, ever come to a complete stop at a stop sign. No one expects it and it will result in you being rear-ended.

5. Never get in the way of an older car that needs extensive bodywork. The other guy doesn't have anything to lose.

6. Braking is to be done as hard and late as possible to ensure that your ABS kicks in, giving a nice, relaxing foot massage as the brake pedal pulsates. For those of you without ABS, it's a chance to stretch your legs.

7. Never pass on the right when you can pass on the left. It's a good way to scare people for a laugh.

8. Speed limits are arbitrary figures, given only as a suggestion and
are apparently not enforceable in Kingston.

9. Just because you're in the right lane and have no room to speed up or move over doesn't mean that a Kingston driver flashing his high beams behind you doesn't think he can go faster in your
spot.

10. Always slow down and rubberneck when you see an accident or even someone changing a tire.

11. Learn to swerve abruptly. Kingston is the home of the high-speed 'dally' , thanks to the KSAC, which puts pot-holes in key locations to test drivers' reflexes and keep them on their toes.

12. It is traditional in Kingston to honk your horn at cars that don't move the instant the light turns green.

13. Remember that the goal of every Kingston driver is to get there first --by whatever means necessary.





Ky-Mani Marley for St Kitts music festival

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Grammy nominee and son of reggae icon Bob Marley, Ky-mani Marley has joined the line-up for this year’s St. Kitts Music Festival, which will take place on that island from June 24-26.


“I am looking forward to delivering a spectacular performance at the St. Kitts Music Festival this June and eager to share my music with the audience,” stated Ky-Mani Marley.

Currently on a promotional tour for his book, Dear Dad, which was released on February 6, The young Marley is also working on his new clothing line Konfrontation, his non-profit organization Love Over All Foundation (LOAF) and recording new material for his upcoming album Evolution of a Revolution.


“We’re thrilled to add Ky-Mani Marley to this year’s Music Festival line-up,” states Rosecita Jeffers, CEO of the St. Kitts Tourism Authority.

“His eclectic style is a reflection of the diverse genres that will be showcased at this year’s event, which is sure to be a memorable experience with world class performances in our signature block party atmosphere.”


Now in its fourteenth consecutive year, the festival attracts both locals and visitors alike. It features various musical styles on the popular market, including R&B, Jazz, Hip-Hop, Reggae, Soca, Calypso, Gospel and Contemporary music.

Past artistes have included such prominent acts as John Legend, T-Pain, Michael Bolton, K.C. and the Sunshine Band, Wyclef Jean, Ne-Yo, Air Supply, Dionne Warwick, Billy Ocean, Sean Paul, Boyz II Men, King Konris, Stephen Marley, Regina Belle, Maxi Priest, Biggie Irie and Lord Nelson.





Face ready for face-off with Lisa Hyper

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DJ Face is ready to 'face off' with Lisa Hyper at this year's The Settlement scheduled for June 12, at the Kingston Polo Club.


"Mi talk to Tommy (Thompson) and him prepared to pay me what I want, so mi have to be a part of this show.

Mi nuh fraid a Lisa Hyper, the last stage show mi work wid her inna Negril, mi crush her corn dem wicked and the dancehall world know say mi have it," Face said.


DJ Face said that even though she has not been focusing on clash songs, she is willing to sit down and pen new lyrics to challenge Lisa Hyper.

"Mi ready fi this, mi born ready fi this, G Life to the world," the former Rising Stars finalist declared.


In the meantime, DJ Face said her combination song, Drive It In, featuring Gyptian, was doing well in the overseas markets, especially Japan.


"I am getting a lot of calls from Japan and from Trinidad about the song with Gyppy. It is very popular, we really need to do the video and promote it hard," she said.


DJ Face will be heading to Philadelphia this week to begin the promotion of the stage show called Jeans Out on May 22nd in Philadelphia. After that show, she will be flying to Canada to perform in Toronto and Montreal.





The Daily Word: Friday, May 7, 2010

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Prosperity


My life is abundant, and I share my abundance by serving others.


Sharing love and kindness comes naturally, like smiling at a stranger, helping a neighbor, cooking a meal, hugging a child.

When someone needs help or support, I give freely and easily. These are blessings of God expressing through me and as me.

My life in turn is abundantly blessed by all that I receive--a thoughtful note from a friend, the gift of a brilliant sunrise, a good night's sleep. My abundance is not measured by money or possessions. Instead, my abundance reflects the moment-to-moment blessings of God in my life.

Giving and receiving are bound tightly together. As I turn my thoughts to the blessings of life today, I am full of gratitude for each one given and received.

The measure you give will be the measure you get, and still more will be given you.--Mark 4:24





Do you have good Taste, then....

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At 8:30am EST, organizers of the Sugar Minott show in Toronto received sad news that Reggae’s veteran entertainer, producer and sound system owner, Sugar Minott, has fallen ill in his home in Jamaica.

Diagnosed with a heart condition (Angina Pectoris) by the medical team at the Kingston Public hospital in Kingston, Jamaica, Sugar is resting under doctor’s supervision.



Tamar Minott, Sugar’s daughter, who is a featured performer and currently in Toronto for a show they were to perform together, was saddened by the news of her Fathers health. “I spoke to my Father this morning, and he asked me to perform his catalogue telling me the show must go on.”



Intimate and Interactive, in association with Uncle Jonny, DJ Wiz and Lula Lounge have arranged for the Rebel Vibez camera crew to attend this evening show to record video get well messages from Sugar’s fans, friends and family. The video will be delivered when Tamar returns to Jamaica on Friday.



For additional information on the show, contact 416-880-5800. Tamar Minott, Uncle Jonny, Ammoye and Mel Boogie will perform as scheduled beginning at 9pm.


Accept as good whatever happens to you or affects you,
knowing that nothing happens without God.



- The Didache -








By: Liz Smith

The legacy of classic soul is about to be unleashed on Toronto’s Mother’s Day revelers who are about to be graced with the high energy and first rate musicianship of the SOS Band and Ready For The World.

Both vintage icons join leading comedian Kenny Robinson and ace disc jockey Starting From Scratch, for a night of nostalgic sounds and laughter.

On May 8, 2010 starting at 8:30pm, Toronto’s Kool Haus, that is located at 132 Queens Quay, will be the place to be, where all moms will be given special honor..

“It has been sometime since we played in Toronto – I think since the 1980s,” Willie Triplet, band member of Ready For The World, told Yardflex recently; and as the group’s name implies, they are more than ready to take Toronto by storm.

Having stuck together since their inception, Ready For The World remains relevant with their collection of memorable hits – all timeless classics.

Chart topping tracks like “Oh Sheila” and “Love You Down” have become undeniable marks of success that are chiseled in the minds of all soul music enthusiasts, young and old.


In the same vein, the SOS Band has maintained a steady global following since exploding onto the scene in 1980 with their first mega hit, “Take Your Time – Do It Right” - that went platinum.

Their Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis produced hits, “Weekend Girl” and “Just Be Good To Me” further sealed their fate as undisputed musical greats.

Initially known as Sounds Of Success, the band’s original lead vocalist Mary Davis and trumpeter/vocalist, Abdul Ra’oof still tour with the new band after more than 20 years.


Willie Triplet attributes his band’s longevity to their being constantly active and totally in house with their writing, producing and performing all their materials.

Working together on this regular basis has a lot to do with it, he explained. “Even though individual members’ focus sometimes diverts our working together has a lot to do with it,” Willie Triplet expounded.


Hosted by the hilarious Kenny Robinson, with musical transitions by DJ Starting From Scratch, this Mother’s Day concert will be the place to be and definitely the place to take your mothers this weekend. Tickets are available at www.ticketbreak.com. Call 416-731-9696 for more information.





Sizzla sets up home in Zimbabwe

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According to a report on Dancehall USA Sizzla has not been home to Jamaica since he pitched up at Mugabe’s birthday party at short notice.


The 34 year old Jamaican, who has scored a number of hits and is generally popular among dancehall fans, reportedly received a large farm in Chegutu as part of his payment for playing at Mugabe’s bash and he intends to set it up as a youth development centre.

His continued presence raises questions about Zimbabwe’s commitment to background checks for issuing work permits. Sizzla’s is reported to have been pushed through in record time.

He says he intends to set up agro- industries for young people. Zimdaily paid a visit to Chegutu and discovered that locals are either ecstatic that Sizzla will be staying in the area or reluctant to talk about him as they fear reprisals since most of his work is being pushed straight from Mugabe’s office.

A few cautioned Sizzla about losing his air of superstardom once he settled in the dust of Mashonaland West.

There is old saying- Familiarity breeds contempt- and Sizzla should be aware of this. Once he gets settled here, he will become like Lubumbashi Stars or Real Sounds- just another refugee trying to make a living in small clubs and at State functions,said a farmer in Zvimba.

A small section of Chegutu residents feels Sizzla could have a negative effect on young people in the area.

This is a man who is wanted for gun crimes and he is coming to settle here. He says he wants to start things with young people.

Our youths have been used many times and he wants to be the latest user.

This will not end well, said a pastor with a Chegutu church.





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We listened with horror the news about little six-year-old Evon Spencer whose life was brutally snuffed out when his throat was slashed. The Frankfield community is now in a uproar and everyone supposedly affected by his death.

For all that they could lead various news teams to the hell hole he was living in, they had horror stories to tell of the hard life the young child was living.

A graphic description came in yesterday’s Gleaner where neighbours claim to notice his “little eyes peeping through the hole” from time to time.

The sad reality about all this is that everyone seemed to have a clue what was happening and there was no one who felt concerned enough to help rescue the child.

Where were the mothers who should putting young Evon in the place of their child and therefore feel moved enough to do something about the situation.

A phone call to the police, a call to the Child Development Agency, a talk to the pastor…anything in an attempt to aid a helpless child.

In our eyes they are all just as guilt as the man who placed the knife at that little boy’s throat. They all KNEW what was happening and no one choose to do anything. That is the greatest sin of all. They should be ashamed of themselves now coming forward to talk about what was happening.

Young Evon is no ore but sadly there will be other cases of abused children with adults choosing to sit by and do nothing.

Our prayer is that the cycle will change and everyone will be everyone’s neighbor and do the right thing.







Three days after the life of six-year-old Evon Spencer was snuffed out, residents of Frankfield, Clarendon are calling for blood.

There was a great deal of grumbling about who might be guilty of slashing the child's throat and how justice should be extracted once the perpetrator was confirmed.

Others were just saddened by the brutality of the killing and the environment in which it occurred.

According to RJR news team who visited the scene where the tragedy occurred they were led down a flight of stairs and into a room which could only be described as a dungeon.

The room which brought to mind comparisons to a jail cell, because of how small it is, contained a single bed.

The mattress was stained with blood as was the floor.

Pieces of clothing and other articles were also strewn all over the ground.

The room had no windows and a single door was used as both entrance and exit.

Evon was found at home with his throat slashed.

His father, who had just returned from a nearby shop, made the discovery and raised an alarm.

The father reportedly told the police that he saw a man running from the house.

Meanwhile, there were mixed feelings Wednesday as classes resumed at the Frankfield Primary and Infant School which Evon attended.

An empty desk in the middle of the classroom was another grim reminder that Evon wouldn't show up for classes.

Ms Oram had fond memories of him.

"Evon was a quiet child; he liked to get involved in activities. He liked to drive his little car, he was always doing that. He was a friendly child and he liked to talk and play with his classmates and cooperate with teachers," Mr. Oram said.


Meanwhile, Principal Donald Johnson says the school is yet to come to terms with Evon's tragic killing.

"The entire school population is saddened at this time. This community is very quiet and you only hear of things like these happening in other communities but to know that it has happened here it has shocked the entire community in particular the school and the students," Mr. Johnson said.





The Daily Word, Thursday, May 6, 2010

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I am a spiritual being, an open channel for Spirit's expression.
Prayer is my path to successful living.

Prayer is seeking more light and more understanding. It is the deepening and expanding of my innate faith. Prayer is the enlivening of the Spirit within me.

To know myself as a spiritual being is to awaken in me a greater capacity for living and giving.

Bringing my thoughts and feelings into alignment with Divine Mind makes me a more open channel for Spirit's expression. By stirring up the God qualities within me, I create greater zeal and vitality.

The more I increase my awareness of the abundant spirit of God within me, the more richly I am blessed in everything I do and the more successfully I meet the experiences of life. For this, I am grateful.

Devote yourselves to prayer, keeping alert in it with thanksgiving.--Colossians 4:2







The Falstaff Crips and the Five Point Generals gangs which have reportedly terrorized neighborhoods in Toronto, Canada have been dealt a crippling blow by cops there.

A crackdown on the two notorious gangs which have links to the Shower Posse and allegedly operating in Toronto’s north end has resulted in more than 70 arrests and a haul of guns, drugs and diamonds, Toronto police Chief William Blair told a news conference Tuesday.


Reports on the Internet say that Staff Inspector Mike Earl told reporters that a nine-month investigation dubbed Project Corral began in August 2009 after a spiked increase in violence in the northwest area of Toronto.


Earl said the two gangs have been linked to the Shower Posse, an organization based in Jamaica which operates above the street gangs, supplying and controlling them.

More than 1,000 police officers conducted about 100 pre-dawn raids early Tuesday in Toronto and Ottawa.


They arrested 71 people and seized 19 firearms and at least $30,000 in cash, as well as body armour, vehicles and diamonds. Also seized were drugs including cocaine, crack cocaine, marijuana, hash oil and more than 10,000 ecstasy pills.


“(The) investigation has been successful in apprehending a significant number of individuals and has in our opinion, compromised the ability of these two very significant and dangerous street gangs to continue their criminal enterprise in Toronto,” Blair said.


Blair pointed out that the investigation uncovered more than just two local street gangs.


“We’ve also identified an international organised crime group which has tentacles into these street-level organisations and are supplying them with both firearms and guns and organising and profiting from their criminal activities,” he said.





Cops recover 6 guns in St James

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Anti-gang operations in the parish of St James have led to the recovery of six firearms and the fatal shooting of three alleged gunmen.


The guns recovered are:
• one 12 gauge shotgun;
• one AK 47 assault rifle;
• one .45 pistol;
• two .9mm pistol; and
• one .38 revolver.


The shotgun was taken from the body of Damian Reid, also called Que Que of Sammy Bush, Norwood, who was one of those implicated in the December 2, 2007 shooting death of Sergeant Allan Lindsay in the tough Dallas area of Glendevon.


On Monday, Reid was shot and killed in an alleged shoot-out with members of a joint police/military team who were carrying out an operation in Sammy Bush, Norwood.


The Bureau of Special Investigations (BSI) has since been called to probe the shooting.





Ban lifted on scrap metal exports

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The ban has been lifted the ban on the export of scrap metal effective Thursday (May 6), but there are a number of rules for those in the industry.

Industry Minister Karl Samuda explained that the measures to be implemented include the ban on export of all items made of copper, until further notice.


“Persons who purchased copper prior to April 28 and can substantiate the source of these items will be allowed to export them up to May 12. Also no smelted metal of any kind will be eligible for export,” Mr. Samuda explained.

Only members of the Scrap Metal Federation will be allowed to export scrap metal. These exporters must confirm membership and demonstrate that their statutory obligations have been met, prior to being allowed to export.

Any dealer who is unable to provide details as to the source of the scrap metal, in keeping with the provisions of the Trade Act, will not be granted a licence to export.

Teams inspecting the metals for export will include no less than three Custom Officers, a member of the police force and other stakeholders, including the National Water Commission (NWC), telecommunication companies, the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries, Ministry of Transport and Works and the Jamaica Public Service Company Limited (JPS).

Following each inspection, the signatures of all the members of the inspection team shall be affixed to the relevant documents, failing which, no export licence will be granted by the Trade Board.

Preparations will be made for the establishment of a central loading site, where containers for exports will be loaded under the direct supervision of the strengthened inspection team.

The Government had put a stop on all scrap metal trade effective April 28, with the exception of manufacturers who generate their own material and do not buy from other sources.









The Ministry of Health is advising distributors, wholesalers and retailers that sale of the following children’s preparations is to be suspended until further notice: Benadryl, Tylenol, Tylenol Plus, Motrin and Zyrtec.

McNeil Consumer HealthCare, a US based company issued a recall of the products because they did not meet required quality specifications.



The Ministry wishes to reassure the public that there is no cause for panic or serious concern at this time, as the issue is not related to the safety of any of the active ingredients in the products or an adverse event associated with use.

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA), United States chief medication watchdog, has advised that the potential for serious medical problems is “remote”.

Notwithstanding, the Jamaican public is being asked not to purchase any of these medicines and to stop using any which may have been previously purchased, until the Ministry issues further instructions.



For more information, persons can visit the website

www.mcneilproductrecall.com or call 1-888-222-6036.





Scenes From Tuesdays Live

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Federal agents intercepted a boat loaded with illegal immigrants from Jamaica and the Dominican Republic, after a high-seas chase that ended 10 miles east of Palm Beach, USA.


A report in the Palm Beach Post said four of the 13 people hoping to sneak onto Florida soil last week had previously been deported from the US.


The Palm Beach Post reports that passengers told immigration agents they paid between $2,700 and $8,000 to smugglers named “Yellow” or “Rambo”.


About 7:00 pm last Wednesday, US Customs and Border Patrol agents reportedly got a tip off about the operation aboard the boat, the Mary Carla.


The boat’s captain, Bahamian, Kelsey James McQueen told immigration agents he was to be paid $7,000 to ferry the immigrants between Nassau and Palm Beach County.


McQueen has been charged with alien smuggling.


Just recently it was reported that deejay Flippa Mafia had stowed away on a boat in an attempt to enter the United States. He was caught and is allegedly behind bars.





Scenes from Celebrity Tuesdays

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Man arrested for botched Times Sq bombing

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NEW YORK — A Pakistani-born US citizen was charged Tuesday with terrorism and attempting to use a weapon of mass destruction in the botched Times Square bombing.

The government said he confessed to receiving explosives training in Pakistan.

Faisal Shahzad — the son of an air force officer in a wealthy Pakistani family — was arrested Monday night, pulled off a plane that was about to fly to the Middle East.


According to the complaint, Shahzad confessed to buying an SUV, rigging it with a homemade bomb and driving it Saturday night into Times Square, where he tried to detonate it.


Shahzad admitted to receiving bomb-making training in Waziristan, the lawless tribal region where the Pakistani Taliban operates with near impunity, but there is no mention of al-Qaida in the complaint filed in Manhattan federal court.








ST. GEORGE'S, Grenada — A Grenada man with two severed human heads in a bucket walked into a precinct station and presented his haul to horrified police, authorities said Tuesday.

The 32-year-old, whose name wasn't released, was detained when he entered the Grenville station late Monday. He has yet to be charged, said police spokesman Troy Garvey.

Investigators released few details about the grisly slayings in St. Andrew parish, but said the man is a suspect. Garvey did not say if there were other suspects or a motive for the killings.


Police later found two hacked-up, headless bodies in a rural field, including the owner of a local tavern.

Prime Minister Tillman Thomas, who is also national security minister, called the beheadings an "indescribable act" that underscores the need for a "structured approach to anger management."



The beheadings have shocked islanders in the Caribbean country of 91,000 who are accustomed to crime reports of only robbery and theft.

— Source AP





Scenes from Socamaloo

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Scenes from Uptown Mondays

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Founder of BET ‘ashamed’ of channel

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Black Entertainment Television, which Sheila Crump Johnson and her husband Bob started three decades ago with $15,000 in seed money and a $500,000 investment from media mogul John Malone, made her one of wealthiest women in America.

When Viacom bought them out in 2000, Sheila and Bob pocketed $1.3 billion—making them, pre-Oprah, the nation’s first African-American billionaires.

So today she must be extremely proud of her baby, right?

“Don’t even get me started,” says the 60-year-old Johnson, who has since divorced and remarried (charmingly enough, to the Virginia circuit court judge who presided over her divorce).

“I don’t watch it. I suggest to my kids [a 20-something daughter and a college-age son] that they don’t watch it… I’m ashamed of it, if you want to know the truth.”

Johnson—who was at the Tribeca Film Festival this week for the premiere of The Other City, a searing, but ultimately hopeful documentary she produced about the AIDS epidemic in Washington, D.C.—says BET is making matters worse, and potentially contributing to the spread of AIDS, by promoting promiscuous, unprotected sex in raunchy late-night rap videos.





The Black man who saved New York City

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Saving the day is all in the family for Lance Orton, the T-shirt vendor credited with first telling cops about the bomb-packed SUV parked in the heart of Times Square.


His sister is a disaster response expert: Dr. Gina Orton 54, of Virginia, works as a psychiatrist with the Justice Department, counseling law enforcement officers traumatized by the unthinkable.


"My brother could have been killed," Gina Orton said, "and so could have thousands of people. ... It's a horrifying thought."


She's not surprised her brother acted the way he did. After all, he did such a good job looking out for her when they were kids, why shouldn't he now be looking out for all New York?


"He defended me from a lot of dangers and problems," she said. "He was a shield to me, a protector."


Growing up in Wakefield, the Bronx, he walked her home from school every day to protect her from bullies.


"He's always looking out for other people," she said.
Her brother has been inundated with calls from reporters.
"I'm overwhelmed," Lance Orton, 56, told the Daily News. "Do something good one day and you'll see."
The Vietnam veteran remains a reluctant hero.

"I'm just an average guy," he insisted.

"A glory hound seeks attention - that ain't me."
Still, his family is thrilled and his dad beamed after watching him on NBC's "Today" show.

"My son's pretty handsome," chuckled Horace Orton, 81. "He was smiling with Matt Lauer!"
President Obama also reached out, calling handbag seller Duane Jackson, who cops say also alerted them of the danger.
"He thanked me for taking notice when not a lot of people would have," said Jackson, 58, also a Vietnam vet.

"He said 'The nation is proud of you.'"





Project Corral rounds up 70 in gang bust

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A crackdown on two notorious gangs allegedly operating in the city's north end has resulted in more than 70 arrests and a haul of guns, drugs and diamonds.

The two gangs, known as the Falstaff Crips and the Five Point Generals, "have terrorized neighbourhoods in which they operate," said Toronto police Chief William Blair yesterday.

He said the gangs were allegedly involved in trafficking drugs and guns in the area, as well as a significant amount of violence.

After a nine-month investigation dubbed Project Corral, more than 1,000 police officers conducted about 100 pre-dawn raids early yesterday in Toronto and Ottawa.

Police arrested 71 people and seized 19 firearms and at least $30,000 in cash, as well as body armour, vehicles and diamonds.

Also seized were drugs including cocaine, crack cocaine, marijuana, hashish oil and more than 10,000 ecstasy pills.

Staff Inspector Mike Earl said Project Corral began in August 2009 after a "spiked increase in violence" in the northwest area of Toronto.

Earl said the two gangs have been linked to the Shower Posse, an organization based in Jamaica which operates above the street gangs, supplying and controlling them.

Along with Toronto police, Project Corral involved the RCMP, Ontario Provincial Police, Peel regional police, Hamilton police, the Canada Border Services Agency and the Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services.

Source: The Canadian Press





What a poppy show?

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But a wha dat we a read inn a di Star sah, sey LA Lewis a gi up sex fi a year fi focus more seriously pon him career?

Now di fuss ting, we wouldn’t even badda fi write dat story, cause it a di heights a comedy.

Now meck wi examine tings more closely…how unno know sey a nuh sex him can get meck him a sey suh.

Number two, if him have smady fi have sex wid, a who a guh deh deh fi talk sey him buss di vow.

Di next ting, him sey him friend dem a guh help him and stand by him through di rough period, a how dem a plan fi ‘help’ wi curious bout dat bad.

Well at least fi one no hit artiste him find a way fi get di cover a di Star wi haffi gi him credit fid at.

Maybe him shoulda share him secret with some more establish artistes cause dem have talent and still nutten nah gwaan fi dem.







The former CBS television producer who tried to shake down David Letterman over the comic icon’s office affairs started a six-month jail term Tuesday, closing a case that opened Letterman’s behind-the-scenes behavior to public scrutiny.


Robert “Joe” Halderman, 52, didn’t speak before he was led from a Manhattan court in handcuffs to begin his jail sentence, to be followed by 1,000 hours of community service. He agreed to both when he pleaded guilty in March to attempted grand larceny.


Letterman wasn’t on hand for Halderman’s sentencing Tuesday. But throughout the six-month saga, Letterman made himself a presence in the case, if not the courtroom.


He revealed the blackmail plot — and the workplace dalliances at the heart of it — before prosecutors unveiled the case. He dispatched his lawyers to many of Halderman’s court appearances with statements in hand for the press, and Letterman himself commented during a TV appearance last week on the toll the disclosures had taken on his personal life.


Halderman, 52, admitted in March that he demanded $2 million in hush money last fall to keep from revealing personal information about Letterman.

Halderman buttressed the threat with information he’d culled from peeking at a former girlfriend’s diary, which described a relationship with Letterman, her boss, officials have said.


Besides being stung by jealousy, Halderman also was under financial pressure, his lawyer has said.

Lawyers for Halderman’s ex-wife have said in court papers that he was struggling with money in the aftermath of their divorce, and Halderman told a Letterman lawyer in a secretly taped conversation about his demand that he needed money to visit his son.


“I feel great remorse for what I have done,” Halderman said when he pleaded guilty.


The case spurred Letterman to disclose on-air that he’d had sex with women on his staff, stunning viewers, stripping away his well-guarded privacy and initially tarnishing his good-guy image.


(Source AP)





By Lydia Patel





It was a night of glitz, glamour and definitely top Caribbean artists.

The best of the best in the industry got together on Sunday night for the 29th edition of the International Reggae And World Music Awards.

The event which is put on by Emphraim Martin of Martin’s International has become ‘the grammys’ of the industry. Tony Rebel and the Caribbean Queen, Alison Hinds were the pilots for the show which had close to 40 categories in total.



The red carpet event got started just before 7pm when the artists, special invites and dignitaries made their grand entrance.

The Soca King was the first artist to arrive and walk the red carpet. Dozens of media houses lined up to get pictures and interviews with the artist who took home best entertainer of the year, most outstanding show band and best soca/calypsonian of the year.

Other big contenders for the night included the ‘fyah mumma’ Queen Ifrica, Tarrus Riley and Gramps Morgan all who took home several awards each during the night. The Lioness Queen Ifrica proved true to her title, with five wins.



The York College Performing Arts Center over in Queens, NY was an excellent location and attendance was in great numbers for the show.

Following the fabulous performances was the after party over at Club Tobago. 2011 will mark the 30th staging of the IRAMAS and much is already in store for the major anniversary.




As always Yardflex was live with all of the action from the IRAMAS.

To view highlights and interviews from the awards click on the video below.










KARTEL'S PORNO MOVIE 'CUMMING' SOON

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If the deejay ting no work out, Kartel have another career in the
making as a porn star because mi ah hear say him have a full-length 60
minute movie wid a bag of woman, uptown, downtown girls, skets, go-gos
and bad man babymothers, you name it, the man have it pon film and ah
him ah the director.

Him film dem a tek sex inna dem mouth, a swallow and ah mek it spray all over dem face, the man have dem weak ah sort him out.

The man ah live a real celebrity life but him caan keep it to himself, and soon, the whole world ah go know, just gwaan check youporn.com, it soon pop up.





Questions wi a ask

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Wha govt a plan fi duh wid criminal

Chuck Fenda sey gash dem and light dem, but wi sey hang dem and nuh wait pon nuh long appeal either.

When you can a shoot five year old, and a slash dem throat, den dem pass all humanity stage. Govt need fi send a strong message now man, wi tiad a it.





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What meck US Embassy a go hard suh?

Bwoy it come een like US embassy to partial when it come to denying visa.

Look pon di likka pickney dem from Spanish Town whey did waan go a track meet a Miami, dem just tun dem dung suh.

No iya dem a guh real hard fi true.





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Who tief Mr Lexx gold chain?

But trouble nuh set like rain eeh.

Look how Mr Lexx beat di rape charge whey did a hang ova him head and now him inna barber shop a foreign and gunman rob him a him US$4500 chain.

But a dem deh expensive jewelery him a walk round wid pon him neck.

Obviously him nah watch TV and si di whole heap a cash for gold ad dem whey a teck ova di place.

Still a almshouse ting dat, but people, unno teck sleep mark death, nobadda profile wid tuh much a unno gold cause next ting dem ole tief get ideas inna dem head.








International news network Aljazeera, with headquarters in Quatar has called Jamaica one of the most violent societies on earth in a documentary highlighting 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.


“In the last 10 years, 1,900 of our Jamaican citizens, officially, have been killed by the police, more than 1,900. In that time, one policeman has been convicted of manslaughter and he has been freed on appeal,” Jamaicans for Justice’s Carolyn Gomes told the network.


Thirty-seven-year-old Kentucky Kid was shot and killed on Tuesday, December 8 in an alleged police shootout at his home in Kingston.

The police report that they went to a section of the city where Hill, fitting the description of a man they were searching for was seen and accosted. Kentucky Kid was shot and killed after allegedly firing at the lawmen.


For months prior to his death, the entertainer had been calling for help claiming his life was being threatened by cops.











It has now been nearly a year since pop icon Michael Jackson has passed away, but that isn't going to stop someone from coming out and revealing that towards the end of Jackson's life, he had an intimate gay relationship with a man named Jason Pfeiffer.

The story was broke to the tabloid Extra. Jackson - who's sexual orientation has often been in question - was obviously a private person personally with his children and his short-lived marriages, but was often in the media spotlight prior to his death in late June 2009.

His alleged relationship with Pfeiffer, his-then assistant to his dermatologist, began in 2008 when the two allegedly met in his father’s dermatology office. Pfeiffer told Extra that the relationship was both "passionate and sexual."

"We were just sitting there and we both started to cry and I got up and went over to him and said it’s going to be OK Michael," Pfeiffer revealed to the tabloid. "We hugged, and it was kind of then that the hug was a little bit more.

It wasn't until a few months later that it was obvious that Michael had feelings for me as well. I just assumed that he was probably bisexual. I know we loved each other, I know he told me that all the time. I believe that he was probably my soul mate."

The relationship has been confirmed by Pefifer’s father Dr. Arnold Klein. He even claims that he saw both of them together at one point. "When you see two people looking at each other you know what's happening. I was just very happy for both of them," the doctor said.

Pfeiffer has a dozens of voicemails that Jackson left him. He admits that the reason he came out with the story nearly a year after his death because he wanted to "set the record straight."





The Daily Word, Tuesday, May 4, 2010

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Mastery


Each day I grow in spiritual knowledge and practice.


Perhaps in the busyness of my daily activities I have overlooked spiritual practices that bring me peace and clarity. If that is the case, I simply seize the opportunity of this moment.

The presence of God is continually sharing itself with me.

In meditation, I clear my mind of distractions. I give no power to things that weaken or discourage me. I replenish my mind and soul with affirmations of Truth.

With faith and through practice, a new mastery is established in my consciousness. I am not so easily distracted by life's circumstances.

My connection with Spirit is deepened and strengthened as I grow in spiritual understanding and power.

They strengthened the souls of the disciples and encouraged them to continue in the faith.--Acts 14:22







Investigators are looking into the possibility that Saturday's failed attempt to ignite a car bomb in Times Square was carried out in reaction to a controversial recent South Park episode in which the show tackled the issue of censorship related to the Prophet Mohamed.

New York Republican Congressman Peter King confirmed to CNN that the NYPD Joint Terrorism Task Force was one of many possibilities being considered because the failed bomb was discovered near the headquarters of Viacom, the parent company of Comedy Central, which

"I know that it is being looked at by investigators as one of the possibilities, I was going down a list of possibilities and that is one of them," King said.

"All I know is that they themselves -- the police -- thought it was something that should be looked into and is being looked into, along with any number of other scenarios."

New York City Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly didn't rule out the possibility that the plot may have been planted in reaction to the South Park episode, but said that authorities had yet to establish a link.





Gulf condition worsens

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The developing disaster in the Gulf of Mexico, in which about 5,000 barrels of crude oil gushes into the ocean every day, continues to worsen.

The growing slick has begun touching shore in some areas, and frantic efforts are being made to prevent, contain, and clean up the spill, including treating wildlife affected by the slick.

The massive oil spill is due to the collapse of the Transocean Deepwater Horizon oil rig, based some 50 miles southeast of Venice, Louisiana.

The rig suffered an explosion and fire over a week ago, which caused the structure to eventually list and sink.

An oil pipe attached to a well under the sea floor ruptured, causing the 5,000 barrels (over 200,000 gallons) per day of black gold to spew forth. The emergency "blowout preventer," meant to cut off oil flow in the event of just this type of disaster, failed to work, meaning that there was nothing emergency crews could do to stop the flow of oil in the short term.

Strong wind and waves are helping to break down the slick itself, but they are also disrupting almost 80% of the thousands of feet of oil boom laid out along sensitive coastline and waterways, particularly in areas which have delicate wildlife that needs to be protected. Calmer seas later this week will allow the boom and surface vessels acting as oil skimmers to be more effective in prevention and cleanup efforts.

Here are several more major developments:

NOAA closed commercial and recreational fishing in a stretch of the Gulf from the Florida Panhandle to the mouth of the Mississippi.

Officials said the closure would last for at least 10 days and that government scientists were sampling for contamination.


The Environmental Protection Agency announced that air monitoring from Saturday showed no presence of benzene, hydrogen sulfide or sulfur dioxide at any coastal station between Venice, La., and Pensacola.


The Port of Mobile remained open and continued to order vessels to come and go from the east.





YardFlex Editorial

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How can we protect our children?

It is heart-wrenching to read reports that two five-year-olds are among the hundreds persons killed in Jamaica since January 1.

The figures are scary — 546 persons murdered in 122 days. And there seems to be no end in sight. The murders get more vicious and no one is spared — not even the children and not the elderly.

A five year old girl was shot and killed last week while on her way to school, sitting in her father’s car; a five year old boy’s throat was slashed as he lay at home in bed. Both of these killings are nothing short of vicious and leave parents to wonder just how much more we can do to protect our children.

While one daily newspaper carried the murder of the little boy as its lead story, the other paper tucked it away on Page four. Is it that we are getting so used to murders that our sense of outrage is numbed?

Let all of us join hands as we pledge to do all we can to nurture, love and treasure our children, especially during the month of May, which is being celebrated as Child Month.








The Canadian model told how the breakup of his 4½-year relationship was amicable, and denied the nine-year age gap between him and 43-year-old Berry was a factor, as had previously been reported.

He told Access Hollywood: "While I will not comment on all of the wild inaccuracies being speculated about in the media, I am sad to say that Halle and I have decided together to separate at this time.

"She is, and will forever be one of the most special and beautiful people that I have ever known, and I am certain that we will continue to have only love and respect for one another."

Since the couple split, which happened a few months ago, Aubry, 34, and Oscar-winning actress Berry have been working to resolve their finances and make arrangements for their two-year-old daughter, Nahla, whom they are said to be planning to equally share custody of.

Aubry added: "We have been blessed with the most amazing daughter in the world, and her happiness and well-being are the most important thing for both of us. Please respect our privacy during this very difficult time."

Aubry is believed to have ended the relationship with the Monster's Ball actress because they spent so much time apart.









Mayor calls for resumption of hanging

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The Chairman of the St. Catherine Parish Council is calling on the government to resume hanging.

Dr. Andrew Wheatley made his comments in light of what he called the wanton killings that have been plaguing Spanish Town and the country.

Mayor Wheatley said that based on the fact that criminals have no regard for human life it must be an eye for an eye.

"Based on the heinous crimes being committed by individuals across the island, we need to reintroduce capital punishment. We need to stop skirting around the issue

... the laws of the bible speaks about it, the laws of our land speak clearly about the matter and we need to act.

"We cannot allow convicted murderers to go to prisons at the expense of taxpayers after causing so much havoc to the lives of the people of this country," Mayor Wheatley said.

Since the start of the year, more than 500 Jamaicans have been murdered.

Last week, Deacon Michael Dixon who recently, who led the Ten Thousand Man Peace March in Spanish Town, was executed by gunmen as he prayed.





5-year old’s throat slashed

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The father of a 5-year old boy and another man are in custody after the little boy was found dead at his home in Frankfield Sunday morning.

The Clarendon Police are still trying to ascertain the motive for the gruesome murder of 5-year old Evan Spencer, a student of Frankfield Primary School.

Evan was found at home with his throat slashed.

His father, who had just returned from a nearby shop, made the discovery and raised an alarm.

The father reportedly told the police that he saw a man running from the house.







Thirty two boys from five children's homes across the country were special guests of double World and Olympic champion Usain Bolt at yesterday's Jamaica International Invitational track and field meet at the National Stadium.

The boys, from Summerfield, Muirton, Alpha Boys, National Children's, Mannings and St Augustine Boys' homes were seated in section F of the grandstand.

They were accompanied by national co-ordinator Audrey Budhi and managing director of United Way of Jamaica, Winsome Wilkins.

United Way of Jamaica operates as a Project Management Unit for the world record-holder. Bolt purchased all 32 tickets for the boys.





Rihanna into freaky sex?

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According to gossip site mediatakeoutcom Rihanna's currently on the European leg of her world tour – which means, she's been away from her boyfriend baseballer Matt Kemp for nearly a month.

Well what's a girl to do . . . visit a sexshop of course. The site said they got info from their buddies UK's News Of The World that Rihanna was spotted visiting a sexshop in Paris last week.

They even have pics posted of the toys in her hand, hmmn.





Life Fest 2010

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Photos By: MILTON RAYNOR





The Daily Word: Sunday, May 2, 2010

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Soar

I place my faith in God, and my spirit soars.


God within me is my spiritual strength, the power behind the unfolding of my life, the force that lifts me up in spirit, mind and body.

I am called to reach out beyond the parameters I have set for myself, aspiring to realize my divine potential.

I exercise my spiritual strength each time I do something new, whether it be starting a fitness program, entering into a business venture or awakening to a new day.

I may say a prayer before I begin, or my prayer may be the very act of beginning.

Like the eagle, I am meant to soar.

I am meant to let go of fear and limitation, to apply the strengths and abilities God has given me. I place my faith in God and my spirit soars to new heights.

Happy are those whose strength is in you.--Psalm 84:5





The Daily Word Sunday, May 1, 2010

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Inner Peace

I affirm the peace of God within me.


There is no other day like today. It is unique and special.

It is an opportunity to begin anew, to experience a clean slate, a new beginning.

As I begin this day, I feel the peace of living in this now moment, of experiencing God's good in all its splendor. Instead of looking back on the concerns of the past, I enjoy the moment--right here, right now--and the peace it brings.

Today is a new day, a day in which I lay down any fear or stress, a day in which I needn't be worried or concerned.

There is only now, only God, and with God, unlimited good is being revealed to me and through me.

Today is a special day, one in which I choose to live in peace.

This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.--Psalm 118:24





Scenes From Fresh fridays

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Yard Joke

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A Jamaican Love Poem

You're the ackee in my saltfish
Condensed milk in my tea
The patty in my coco bread
Without you there is no me.

Just like coconut water
You're good for my heart
And Mr.Wray without his nephew
Is like when we are apart.

When you wrap your arms around me
Like banana leaf on blue draaws
There is nothing I wouldnt do for you
You know that im all yours.

I want to be with you always
Like when tin milk get short
An dem marry it with it to de mackerel
to make sure de mackerel get bought.

Like carrot juice on Sunday
Mango in the summertime
I cant get enough of you
Please tell me you will be mine.








Following the start of security operations in West Kingston last week, the Police High Command has established a Police Complaints Office at the Tivoli Gardens Health Centre.

This is established to receive complaints from residents about the conduct of members of the police force during the current operations in the community.

Residents can go to the centre between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. or they can call the following numbers: 322- 8701 or 1- 888- 429- 5523





2 year old smokes 40 cigarettes per day

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Jakarta, Indonesia (CNN) -- Two-year-old Aldi yanked on his mother's hair and squirmed in her arms.


Tears formed a small pool in the folds of his double chin.
"He's crying because he wants a cigarette," said Diana, his mother, who like many Indonesians goes by only one name.


We caught up with Aldi, who is nearly twice the weight of other babies his age (20 kilograms or 44 pounds), and his mother at Jakarta's airport.


Video of him plopped on a brightly-colored toy truck inhaling deeply and happily blowing smoke rings had circulated on the Internet last week, turning him into a local celebrity.


As we spoke to his mother, a crowd gathered and a man taunted Aldi with a cigarette, blowing smoke in his direction.


"Smoking has been a part of our culture for so long it isn't perceived as being hazardous, as causing illness, as poisonous," said Seto Mulyadi, chairman of Indonesia's National Commission for Child Protection. "A lot of adults who are around children will smoke. They will carry a baby in one hand and a cigarette in another. Even mothers don't understand that they are poisoning their children."


Aldi smokes an average of 40 cigarettes daily.


"Well, I don't want to give him cigarettes, but what I am I supposed to do? I am confused," his mother said.

"I didn't let him smoke, I even forbade him from smoking, but I was trying to stop him from getting sick."


She showed us a scar on Aldi's head, where she said he smashed his head into a wall during one of his tantrums. She said he also vomits when he can't satisfy his addiction.


I was smoking when I was pregnant, but after I gave birth I quit," she said. "I don't remember when, but we went to the market and then suddenly he had a cigarette in his hand. Even when he was a baby and he would smell smoke he would be happy."


Both she and her husband have quit smoking. She said that Aldi had cut down his habit in Jakarta and hopefully he will soon quit.








Singer Tessanne Chin got more than a pleasant surprise yesterday afternoon when her beau, Michael Anthony Cuffe (Jr) got down on his knees in front of her family and his and asked for her hand in marriage.

This happened at 3:00 pm at the home of sister Tami and her husband Wayne Marshall, and a few hours later social network sites, Twitter and Facebook, were blowing up with the reports of the engagement.

Friends, fans and associates quickly spread the news while congratulating the happy couple.

Of course, there were some who expressed surprise, as they weren’t in the know that Tessanne and Cuffe were an item … and have been for quite some time. There have been speculations, as the two have been sighted around town on a few occasions, but “with some people, it’s hard to tell”, as one fan remarked.

It was an elated Cuffe who last night directed friends to Facebook and Twitter, where he said pictures had been posted.

Tessanne, the younger sister of singer Tami Chynn, — who last year wed deejay Wayne Marshall in a fabulous ceremony— is best known for songs such as the hauntingly beautiful, Hideaway, Broken Melody, Messenger and her curent single, Loving You, recorded with Trinidadian vocalist Kes. She has also collaborated with diamond-selling Reggae act, Shaggy, on the track, Never Let Me Go.


Michael Anthony Cuff (Jr) is the son of veteran broadcaster of the same name.






More Guns Unearthed in Tivoli

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As the search continues for illegal weapons in West Kingston, eight more guns have been found bringing the total number of guns recovered to date to 36. Of the total, five were found on Saturday (May 29) and three pistols (handguns) were located today.

The police reports that 356 assorted rounds of ammunition have also been unearthed, bringing the total number to 9,241.

Up to Friday evening (May 29), 28 guns and 8,885 rounds of assorted ammunition were recovered from the area of operation.

The ammunition comprises .357; 9mm; .45; 7.62 long, which are used in SLRs; 7.62 short, used in AK47s; and 5.56 used in M16s.

This is in addition to hand grenades, dynamite, ballistic helmets, and protective vests.

Commissioner of Police, Owen Ellington, said that the search process, which is ongoing, has so far proven to be "very successful."

"Now that we are able to conduct more indulgent searches in there, we have been coming up with weapons and ammunitions," he stated.







Deputy Commissioner of Police, Charles Scarlett, is calling for all Jamaicans to give their support to the security forces as they carry out their duties to eradicate criminals and gangs from the country.

"I just want to use the opportunity to appeal to all Jamaicans to support us in our legitimate lawful activity to pursue, apprehend and arrest persons involved in acts of violence and other acts of illegality across the country," he said at a briefing held at the Police Commissioner's Office in St. Andrew.

"Public support is critical to any police operation and we ask people to keep that in mind as we seek to restore law and order," DCP Scarlett continued.

A joint police/ military team has been in sections of West Kingston since Monday (May 24), following the breakout of violence, which coincided with the signing of an arrest warrant for Christopher Coke.

The conflict has left 73 people dead and more than 980 persons were detained by the police, with 10 still in custody for interrogation in relation to various crimes.







Nine suspects were rounded up at premises in Kirkland Heights, Red Hills, St. Andrew in the special police/military operation that lasted for several hours Sunday.


The massive operation was carried out in search of Christopher "Dudus" Coke days after the security forces combed the area in search of the Tivoli Gardens strongman.


According to the police, two of the nine persons are known to be very close to the West Kingston fugitive.


Sunday's operation comprised soldiers from the Jamaica Defense Force and police officers drawn from several formations including Kingfish and the Organised Crime Investigation Division.


Senior detectives will interrogate the nine, all of whom are from West Kingston addresses.


Police personnel and military troops have been combing Kirkland Heights since last week as they continue on their quest to execute an arrest warrant on Christopher "Dudus" Coke.
During the initial operation, Keith Clarke, the brother of former Government Minister Claude Clarke was shot dead in what investigators say was a case of mistaken identity.


The JDF has confirmed that four soldiers were shot and injured in that incident.


The security forces were reportedly engaged in a fire fight with men in a house said to be owned by Coke.


Head of the Crime Portfolio of the Jamaica Constabulary Force, Acting Deputy Commissioner Glenmore Hinds, told a press conference at Jamaica House last week that the security forces are engaged in co-ordinated efforts across the island to nab Mr. Coke.


And, as the police and military continue its operation in sections of Western Kingston, a woman was arrested on Saturday night after her home was search and an AK-47 riffle found.


The gun was found as the security forces conduct house to house searches in the Denham Town community.


In addition to the rifle, several rounds of ammunition were also found.


The woman, whose name has not yet been released, is expected to be charged soon.


It is understood that the woman's boyfriend was held in the operation in Tivoli Gardens on Monday and is still in police custody.
And, the number of guns seized in the ongoing operations in Western Kingston now stands at 36.


In a release issued on Sunday night the police said recent seizures upped the number from 33 to 36.


The police say the weapons were all handguns.


Meanwhile the amount of ammunition recovered is now at 9,241.





Glenn Beck Mocks 11-Year-Old Malia Obama

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Glenn Beck, the nationally recognized a-hole, who’s always telling his opponents to “leave the families alone,” went into hypocrite mode on Friday morning and spent most of his radio program mocking and attacking the intelligence of President Obama’s 11-year-old daughter, Malia, reports Media Matters (scroll down to listen to the audio and/or read transcript).


On Thursday, at his press conference, President Obama said that Malia asked him of the Gulf oil spill: “Did you plug the hole yet, Daddy?”
Beck, like the idiot/child he is, mockingly affected Malia’s voice … asking “Daddy” why he “hates black people so much.


Then he attacked Malia’s intelligence, saying:
“That’s the level of their education, that they’re coming to — they’re coming to Daddy and saying, ‘Daddy, did you plug the hole yet?’


The routine continued for several minutes, as Beck and his co-hosts touched on a variety of topics and laughed the entire time, all of it at the expense of an 11-year-old girl.


Transcript
BECK: (imitating Malia) Daddy? Daddy? Daddy, did you plug the hole yet? Daddy?

PAT GRAY (co-host): (imitating Obama) No I didn’t, honey.

BECK: (imitating Malia) Daddy, I know you’re better than [unintelligible]

GRAY: (imitating Obama) Mm-hmm, big country.

BECK: (imitating Malia) And I was wondering if you’ve plugged that hole yet.

GRAY: (imitating Obama) Honey, not yet.

BECK: (imitating Malia) Why not, daddy? But daddy–

GRAY: (imitating Obama) Not time yet, honey. Hasn’t done enough damage.

BECK: (imitating Malia) Daddy?

GRAY: (imitating Obama) Not enough damage yet, honey.

BECK: (imitating Malia) Daddy?

GRAY: (imitating Obama) Yeah?

BECK: (imitating Malia) Why do you hate black people so much?

GRAY: (imitating Obama) I’m part white, honey.

BECK: (imitating Malia) What?

GRAY: (imitating Obama) What?

BECK: (imitating Malia) What’d you say?

GRAY: (imitating Obama) Excuse me?

BECK: (laughing) This is such a ridiculous — this is such a ridiculous thing that his daughter– (imitating Malia) Daddy?

GRAY: It’s so stupid.

BECK: How old is his daughter? Like, thirteen?

GRAY: Well, one of them’s, I think, thirteen, one’s eleven, or something.

BECK: “Did you plug the hole yet, daddy?” Is that’s their — that’s the level of their education, that they’re coming to — they’re coming to daddy and saying ‘Daddy, did you plug the hole yet?’ ” Plug the hole!

GRAY: (imitating Obama) Yes, I was doing some deep-sea diving yesterday, and–

BECK: (imitating Malia) Daddy?

GRAY: (imitating Obama) Yeah, mm-hmm, mm-hmm, I was doing–

BECK: (imitating Malia) Why–

GRAY: (imitating Obama) Yeah, honey, I’m–

BECK (imitating Malia) Why, why, why, why, do you still let the polar bears die? Daddy, why do you still let Sarah Palin destroy the environment? Why are — Daddy, why don’t you just put her in some sort of a camp?








Remember

I lovingly remember others.


Remembering those who have given their lives in service, I reflect upon their sacrifice.

I learn from the lessons they taught and from their accomplishments. I also remember the people who have made a meaningful contribution in my life. Because of them I have learned to live more fully.

Just as I build upon the acts and achievements of those who have gone before me, others may build upon my life's example. As I remember others today, others may remember me in the future.

Today I take a few moments to appreciate those who taught me by example, to honor those who showed me the way.

Their love and their willingness have changed my life for the better, and I am grateful.

When I remember you in my prayers, I always thank my God.--Philemon 1:4







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The Daily Word - Sunday, May 30, 2010

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Intention


I fulfill my purpose as I share love with the world.


Mother Teresa once said, "It is not the magnitude of our actions but the amount of love that is put into them that matters." What a beautiful illustration of the power of right intention and the blessing of acting in love.

What is my intention today? What mark do I want to make in the world? I have a desire to be genuine with all whom I meet.

I have a desire to demonstrate my faith in God and to be a light in the world. As I share my light with others, I feel purposeful and my life follows a divinely directed path.

I attract unlimited good, and I experience relationships that are happy and fulfilling. I am a channel of love and light.

My purpose shall stand, and I will fulfill my intention.--Isaiah 46:10









Reggae heavy weights Shaggy, Beenie Man, Tarrus Riley, Queen Ifrica and International R&B star Chris Brown will bring the Reggae Sumfest stage to life this summer.

The greatest Reggae show on earth kicks off with a beach party on July 18 and continues at Catherine Hall, Montego Bay on July 22-24 despite challenges as a result of the country’s economic challenges.


Organizers, Summerfest Productions welcome Red Stripe who returns as main sponsor of Reggae Sumfest, after a one-year hiatus.

The brand now joins a growing list of sponsors which includes Digicel, Iberostar, JTB, and Wysinco, for the 18th staging of the country’s premier Reggae Festival.


Traditionally Reggae Sumfest has hosted a mixture of local and international acts that has distinguished the event as an eclectic mix of good music and performers. In light of the fiscal challenges organizers gave great consideration to omitting International Acts for this year’s Festival.

Stakeholders agreed that International Acts should be included on this year’s lineup as the Mix of genre and cultures is the essence of the event and such a cut back would adversely affect the marketability of the show.


As a result International R&B and Pop star Chris Brown who emerged on the scene in 2005 and quickly rose to stardom with his self-titled debut album has been confirmed for the Festival .

With the release of Graffiti his third album, the 20 year old singer-songwriter enters his prime as a widely accomplished multi-platinum artist.

Chris is set to thrill the audiences and make history with his first Reggae Sumfest performance.


Also included on the lineup are Jah Cure, Elephant Man, I-Octane, Konshens, Stacious, Chino, Tessanne Chin, Gramps Morgan and Tifa, with promises of much more to come.









The Security Forces are reporting that investigations into the operation in East Kirkland Heights which resulted in the death of Mr. Keith Clarke are progressing well.

The Bureau of Special Investigations has been tasked by the Commissioner of Police to conduct the investigation and has assigned the head of the BSI, ACP Granville Gause to be the lead investigator.

The Heads of the Security Forces express deep regret at the loss of lives since the commencement of the operation aimed at capturing fugitive Christopher Coke and to repel orchestrated criminal attacks against the Security Forces.

The conduct of the entire operation in East Kirkland Heights is being reviewed and security personnel involved in the incident have been withdrawn from frontline duties.

The Police High Command wishes to assure, the family, relatives, friends and colleagues of Mr. Clark, and the entire nation, that a swift, thorough and professional investigation will be conducted into the matter, so that the truth will be exposed and appropriate action taken.


Meanwhile, below is the updates from the Security Forces on guns and ammunition found in Tivoli Gardens and its environs since the start of operations on Monday, May 24, 2010.


GUNS 28


AMMO 8,885 assorted rounds





Buju Banton Trial Pushed ‘Til September

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Legal Team Files Motion Objecting Delay, Demands Speedy Trial!


Judge James Moody, Jr. did the unthinkable and inexplicably pushed Buju Banton’s trial, which was supposed to start on June 21st, back until September 2010.

This is actually the second time Moody has continued the trial merely weeks before its scheduled start date, and once again he had the gall to provide absolutely no explanation for his seemingly contemptible actions.

Banton’s trial was initially set for March 3, 2010 but due to scheduling conflicts, the defense moved to continue the trial until April 12, 2010.

The court granted the motion and set the trial to begin on April 19, 2010. However, on April 8, 2010, just 13 days before the start date, Moody postponed trial until June 21, 2010, and offered no reason for the delay.

Early this afternoon, Team Banton, led by esteemed legal eagle David Oscar Markus, filed a motion on behalf of his client objecting to the second continuance, and demanding a speedy trial, and a hearing on the matter. The motion reads in part:

MARK MYRIE’S OBJECTION TO SECOND SUA SPONTE CONTINUANCE, DEMAND FOR SPEEDY TRIAL, AND FOR HEARING

Previously, this court had specially set trial to begin on April 19, 2010. On April 8, 2010, with no motions pending, the Court sua sponte postponed trial for 74 days until June 21, 2010, in violation of the Speedy Trial Act, 18 U.S.C. * 3161 et seq. In addition to postponing the trial outside the 70-day limit, no explanation for the continuance was given in violation of law. Bloate v. United States, 139 S.Ct. 1345, 1349 (2010); Zedner v. United States, 126 S. Ct. 1976 (2006).

We objected. Now for the second time, this Court has sua sponte continued the trial until September 2010 without any explanation, again in violation of the Speedy Trial Act and Bloate. We file this objection and demand a speedy trial in this cause.

Today, on May 28, 2010, the Court has again continued the case another 70 days plus until the September trial calendar. No reason has been given for the continuance until September.

No findings have been made. Mr. Myrie remains incarcerated in the county jail. This is presenting an enormous burden on Mr. Myrie, his witnesses, and his counsel.

Through this pleading, we demand a speedy trial as required under the Act and the Constitution.

Mr. Markus also requested a hearing on this matter for next Thursday, June 3, 2010 and is awaiting the Court’s response.







Based on an advisory by its Brazilian corned beef supplier, Grace Foods USA has joined in the voluntary Class II recall of two batches of canned Corned Beef, which were produced for the USA market by that supplier.

A Class II recall signifies that there is a remote probability of adverse health consequences from the use of the product.

The following are the Grace Corned Beef products affected by the recall:


12 oz cans bearing CODES 100204 or 100205 with “Brasil Inspecionado 337 S.I. F.” stamped on the top of the can.

The supplier has advised that this recall was initiated after routine testing revealed higher than USDA allowable levels of Ivermectin, an anti-parasitic treatment routinely used for cattle, in two affected batches of the product.

Consumers who have purchased these products should return them to the point of purchase where the cost of the product will be refunded.

Consumers with questions may contact the company at gracekennedy@gkco.com







The media was today (May 28) presented with graphic evidence of the preparations criminals in Tivoli Gardens had made to wage an all-out assault on the security forces should they enter Tivoli Gardens.

At a press briefing at Up-Park Camp in St. Andrew, the security forces showed videos, as well as photos of improvised explosive devices, guns, strategic barricades and sniper posts set up by the criminals.

Major Ricardo Blackwood, who is in charge of media relations at the Jamaica Defense Force (JDF) said the community was so well fortified that it took the joint military and police team almost 12 hours just to enter the area.

He noted that the team had to resort to the use of explosives to breach walls in order to get into Tivoli Gardens.

"It took our troops three hours to get from Beckford Street to the MPM (Metropolitan Parks and Markets) building. This is a mere 200 metres in distance, an average three-minute walk for the average Jamaican. This speaks to the kind of armed resistance that was faced.

The gunfire was consistent and sustained and it was evident that the gunmen used the vantage of high-rise buildings to fire on the security forces; these high-rise buildings were also used as sniper positions," he illustrated.

Major Blackwood said it was also clear that the gunmen were highly trained, "well organised and knew what they were doing".

In fact, the Major disclosed that the security forces were of the view that in some instances, the gunmen received help from foreign sources.

There were photos of several undetonated explosives and Major Blackwood said that many of these were rigged to be detonated remotely. In some instances, he said, the detonating wires led into homes and on top of buildings.

He also conceded that although the security forces had recovered 22 firearms and thousands of assorted rounds of ammunition, finding them was not easy. Weapons were wrapped in black plastic bags and ingeniously concealed among garbage and in manholes.

"Over 7,000 assorted rounds were found, we have been able to distinguish that there are several types. what this suggests to us clearly is that these rounds were amassed for a range of weapons that were going to be used," he said.

However, the security forces expressed confidence that many more weapons were in the area to be found and the search will continue.

The JDF officer also informed that the police discovered a post where the criminals used closed circuit television (CCTV) to carry out their own surveillance of the area. Police uniforms and military kits were also recovered from the community.

Underground tunnels, through which criminals might have escaped, were also discovered in the community, some of which lead all the way to the Kingston Harbour, and the security forces say they are currently carrying out investigations.

The operation in Tivoli Gardens began on Monday (May 24) and is being carried out in three phases. The first two phases involved moving into the community and searching and establishing control.

The final stage is currently underway with the security forces attempting to restore normalcy in the community.





Wanted men heed the call to surrender

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Several of the men on the Police High Command’s wanted list are now making arrangements with their attorneys to surrender.


It is understood that the alleged head of the Klansman Gang, Tesha Miller, is one of them.


And late Friday afternoon Michael Pasley alias "Tony" of Crescent Road, St. Andrew, was handed over to the Kingston Central Police by his attorney Peter Champagnie.


Another alleged area leader, Rockwell Walker also known as "Vamps" of Rema was turned in on Friday morning by his attorney Christopher Townsend.


The appeal which comes from the Police High Command called for Tesha Miller, Jermaine Morrison otherwise called "Speedy", Nevardo Hodges and Michael Maragh, all of the Clansman gang operating out of the St. Catherine North division, to turn themselves in.


\The police have also issued this appeal for Justin Ogilvie also known as "Stingy" Harry Mcleod otherwise called "Harry Dog", Prince Bucket otherwise called "Tugman" and Paul Kirkpatrick otherwise called "Teddy Paul" of the West Kingston based Shower posse.


The police are also calling on Michael Pasley otherwise called "Tony", and Calvin Harris alias "Collie" both of the Rat Bat gang which operates in the St. Andrew South police division, to surrender.


Thursday the High Command issued an appeal to 12 alleged gang leaders including West Kingston strongman Christopher "Dudus" Coke to hand themselves over to the security forces.







Healing

I bless my mind and body with thoughts of perfect health.


I am perfect! What an amazing statement of faith.

I confidently affirm perfection, because I am one with God. I am one with divine life, divine wisdom and divine love.

Divine life fills every part of my being. In meditation, I visualize this life-giving energy as a powerful current infusing every cell, fiber and tissue with health and wholeness.

Divine wisdom guides my thoughts as I freely choose the best course for my well- being. My mind is open to the wisdom of God.

Divine love joins me with my universal family. As I affirm my own health, I also affirm the health and wholeness of all others. Connected in our oneness with God, we are healthy, whole and well in mind and body.

I shall dwell in the house of the Lord my whole life long.--Psalm 23:6







PROVO, Utah (AP) — Gary Coleman, the adorable, pint-sized child star of the smash 1970s TV sitcom “Diff’rent Strokes” who spent the rest of his life struggling on Hollywood’s D-list, died Friday after suffering a brain hemorrhage. He was 42.


Coleman was taken off life support and died with family and friends at his side, Utah Valley Regional Medical Center spokeswoman Janet Frank said.

Best remembered for “Diff’rent Strokes” character Arnold Jackson and his “Whatchu talkin’ ’bout?” catchphrase,
Coleman suffered the brain hemorrhage Wednesday at his home in Utah.
“It’s unfortunate. It’s a sad day,” said Todd Bridges, who played Coleman’s older brother, Willis, on “Diff’rent Strokes.”

“Diff’rent Strokes” debuted on NBC in 1978 and drew most of its laughs from Coleman, then a tiny 10-year-old with sparkling eyes and perfect comic timing.

He played the younger of two African-American brothers adopted by a wealthy white man. Race and class relations became topics on the show as much as the typical trials of growing up.

Coleman’s short stature added to his child-star charm but stemmed from a serious health problem, kidney failure.

After “Diff’rent Strokes” was canceled, Coleman continued to get credits for TV guest shotss, but he never regained more than a shadow of his old popularity
Coleman was among 135 candidates who ran in California’s bizarre 2003 recall election. In a 1993 television interview, he said he had twice tried to kill himself by overdosing on pills.

He remained estranged from his parents, Sue and Willie Coleman, who said they learned about his hospitalization and death from media reports.





Sean Paul off to France

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International Reggae act Sean Paul is scheduled to perform in five cities in five days across France.

The French market is Sean Paul’s second largest fan base and is in for a treat June 2-6.


The tour begins on Wednesday June 2, in Paris, at the Palais Omnisports de Paris Bercy.

The following day Sean Paul performs at Le Zenith in Toulouse, and on Friday June 4, St Herbalin at the Zenith. Saturday May 5 will see Sean Paul’s blazing entourage move to Marseille at Le Dome and the final performance takes place on Sunday June 5 at Mauguio at Le Seven Club.


Sean Paul has been touring in support of his album Imperial Blaze, which made its debut at number one in Japan and sold over 50,000 copies in its first week of release.

Tracks such as Press it up and Hold my hand continue to enjoy steady rotation on local and overseas stations and the tunes are still readily available for download at www.allseanpaul.com.


And while Sean digs into his French support this June, producer Bob Sinclair is this summer set to release a track he produced with the deejay back in October titled Made in Jamaica, with input from the Reggae giants Sly and Robbie.








SALT LAKE CITY -- Gary Coleman's family is asking fans to pray for the former child television star, who is in critical condition at a Utah hospital suffering from what they call a "serious medical problem."

Utah Valley Regional Medical Center spokeswoman Janet Frank said Friday morning that Coleman remains in critical condition, but said she couldn't release any other details.

The 42-year-old actor was admitted to the Provo hospital on Wednesday. He has lived in Utah since 2005.

He's best known for his stint on TV's "Diff'rent Strokes," which aired from 1978 to 1986.





Bolt wins 300m at Golden Spike meet

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Usain Bolt won a rarely contested 300-metre race in 30.97 seconds in the rain at the Golden Spike meet in Ostrava, Czech Republic, on Thursday.


Bolt, who holds world records in both the 100 and 200 metres, was boosted by a solid start and cruised to an easy victory.

But the wet track, marked by puddles, prevented him from challenging the world mark of 30.85 set by Michael Johnson at Pretoria in 2000.


Fellow Jamaican Jermaine Gonzales clocked 32.49 for second place and Jonathan Borlee of Belgium was third in 32.50.


The IAAF does not recognize world records in the 300, which is not part of any major events.


Bolt didn't blame the rain for not setting a new record.
"I'm used to weather in Europe, I'm getting used to rain," Bolt said. "I'm not in the shape I was last year or the year before.


"If I was in a good shape, I think I would get a record."
He didn't rule out giving the 300 another try to expand his sprint dominance.


"It was a good run, I really enjoyed it," he said. "I would do it again some time."


But after his first competitive 300, Bolt didn't appear to be in any hurry to race another.


"I'm done, I'm really tired. I knew it would be painful," he said. "It's really hard, especially in the cold weather in Europe, when the air is cool, it's kind of hard to breathe.


"The problem was I went too hard in the first 200 metres. The last hundred metres were too tough. This distance is a little different than 200 metres, you can't compare it."







The government remains mum on claims made by US news Network ABC News about a possible deal being brokered for the surrender of Christopher "Dudus" Coke.

In a story published Thursday, the news agency says it has information suggesting that US law enforcement officials have put Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Air Wing pilots on alert and planes on standby pending the outcome of ongoing negotiations between the alleged drug lord and the U.S. government.

The claim is being made by the same authors of the last controversial ABC News report, Richard Esposito and Mark Schone.

The reporters claim their information is that the DEA is in wait and see mode as to whether Coke will be brought out of hiding in handcuffs or in a body bag.

The ABC report further alleges that US Marshals, DEA agents and federal prosecutors are working hand in hand with senior Jamaican military and police officials in an effort to expedite the surrender and extradition of Coke, wanted on federal drug and firearms charges, to the United States.

Wednesday, the US State Department denied knowledge of an earlier ABC news report that claimed links between top-tier government officials and the gang-lord.

Prime Minister Golding has expressed outrage at the report and denied the allegations, claiming the report was part of a conspiracy to undermine the Government.





Burial in May Pen Cemetery sparks concern

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There are growing concerns on Thursday afternoon about the process of handling bodies in West Kingston.

Several bodies have been taken to the May Pen Cemetery with many residents charging that some were buried without their relatives consent.

Many family members camped outside the cemetery hoping to get the bodies of their loved ones for a private burial.

With the growing death toll comes the difficult task of handling dozens of bodies from the West Kingston conflict as well as from other parts of the city.

The police told our news centre on Wednesday night that several decomposing bodies were taken to the burial ground to be buried after on the spot postmortems were conducted.

Residents said about 20 pauper coffins were taken to the cemetery and on Thursday morning the police brought more corpses to the capital's largest cemetery.

But some residents who gathered at the gates of the facility complained that they wanted to see if any of the rotting bodies were their relatives.

Gladstone Wilson his face a reflection of the grief of losing a son stood at the gates of the May Pen Cemetery desperate to claim his 20-year old son Laviama's remains.

“We are asking the government if we can get the body to bury, he was brutally murdered and we would like to get his body to bury,” said Gladstone Wilson whose son's body lies unburied in the May Pen Cemetery.

Mr. Wilson believes his son was killed on Monday while visiting his sick mother in Tivoli Gardens.





Questions we a ask

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A how Keith Clarke dead?


Bwoy wi check out di news and it sey during di operation whey di cop dem a search fi Dudus, former PNP government minister Claude Clarke’s brother – Keith Clarke was killed.

Now whey we waan know is how him meet him death?

You just kick dung door and go in dey and start shoot first den ask question later? And how dem come fi pick dat particular house?

And how come dem a sey dem seize firearm when a di man license gun? Wi waan fi know?





Questions we a ask..?

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Who responsible fi di people dem a Tivoli death

Di death number a move up inna Tivoli Garden but whey dem nah sey is how di people dem get dem dead – especially di women and children.

Is it dat dem dead inna crossfire, or police and soldier shoot dem? Win uh know and dat a wha a di real problem.








The Security Forces are allowing residents of Tivoli Gardens and Denham Town freedom to move around in their communities in an effort to relieve restrictions imposed since the commencement of operations on Monday last.


Citizens are being reminded that there are still serious concerns about safety and security in the communities as criminal elements continue to fire at members of the security forces.


The Security Forces are requesting residents to heed their advice in relation to moving around the communities and to avoid coming into contact with barricades and strange objects which may be dangerous.


Parents are being asked not to allow children to move about unsupervised. In the event of any explosion, citizens are advised to go indoors.


Residents of these communities can call the Police to report any suspicious objects or security concerns at 119 and 946-1248.







Free

Alicia Keys is in a motherhood state of mind: She’s pregnant with her first child, from The Associated Press reports.


The Grammy Award-winning R&B singer has been dating producer Swizz Beatz, who has written hits for Beyonce, Jay-Z and others.

They’re engaged to be married at a private ceremony later this year.
Representatives for the couple confirmed the news Thursday night.


Keys last year teamed up with Jay-Z for a hit song about New York called “Empire State of Mind.”

She’s among a string of international artists slated to perform at a June 10 concert to mark the start of the World Cup soccer tournament in South Africa.


Beatz has been married before and has two sons.





The Daily Word - Friday, May 28, 2010

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Light of God


The light of God shines through me.


We have all heard the expression, "God never closes a door without opening a window."

Yet at times I may not see any windows open to me. If I'm seeing only lack and limitation, I look beyond appearances to the Truth.

I am the conduit, the passageway, through which possibilities appear.

I am actually the window that I seek, and the light of God shines through me.

As I open my heart and mind to my inner Christ Light, it shines forth, illuminating the way to my highest good.

I allow my creative energy to flow, becoming enthusiastic about new opportunities ahead.

I say yes to prospects for good, giving thanks to God, for I am a window through which the Christ Light shines.

Thanks be to God, who in Christ ... and through us spreads in every place the fragrance that comes from knowing him.--2 Corinthians 2:14





Scenes from Bounty And Ele Video Shoot

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Protected

I am divinely protected in all ways.


What a comfort it is to know that I am always guided and supported by the presence of God, especially in times of change or challenge.

There is only one Presence and one Power, God the good, omnipotent.

Nothing and no one has power greater than this. Centered in this truth, I know that all is well.

Whatever I may be experiencing, I know that God is in me and God is also in the situation.

Within me are the wisdom and strength I need to handle whatever circumstance may arise. Divine guidance and direction lead me through.

No matter what the appearance, I am divinely protected in all ways.

When you walk through fire you shall not be burned.... For I am the Lord your God.--Isaiah 43:2, 3





Eleven area leaders turn themselves in

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Red Hills Road area leader Cleveland Downer otherwise called ‘Cassie and the reputed head of the One Order Gang in Spanish Town Rohan Hope, otherwise called ‘Placka’, are among 11 area leaders now in custody.

The men surrendered to the police on Wednesday, hours after their names were released by the Police High Command as persons of interest.

Downer surrendered to the Constant Spring Police on Wednesday morning.

Crime Chief for the St. Andrew North Police Division, Deputy Superintendent Altemorth Campbell said Downer was among six men who surrendered to the Constant Spring Police.

‘Placka’ was handed over to the police on Wednesday afternoon by his attorney Peter Champagnie.

He has been taken to the Mobile Reserve Headquarters for processing.

A second man, Mark Walters also called ‘Mark 2’ of an Allman Town address was also handed over to the police by Mr. Champagnie.

Michaelous Phillips also called 'Zeekie', the reputed leader of Matthews Lane and son of convicted gangster Donald ‘Zeeks’ Phipps, turned in himself to the Kingston Central Police.

George Ellis, otherwise called ‘Bomb’, the reputed leader in Hermitage, August Town, St. Andrew was handed over to the Half-Way-Tree Police by his attorney Philmore Scott on Wednesday afternoon.

The others behind bars on Wednesday afternoon are Horace Ramsey otherwise called ‘Pugu’; Kareem Allen known as ‘Tavar’; Kevin Myers known as ‘Forehead’; Kevin Elliott otherwise called ‘Killer’; Andre Buchanan known as ‘Mills’; Richard Francis known as ‘Red Head’; Jermaine Smith and Audley Strachan.

On Tuesday night, the Police High Command released the names of 23 men they claim are wanted by the police.





OAS Backs Efforts to Repel Criminal Elements

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Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS), José Miguel Insulza, has said that he is in full support of the efforts of the Government of Jamaica to repel criminal elements in Western Kingston.

In a press statement on Tuesday (May 26), Mr. Insulza encouraged the Government to take advantage of the opportunity the crisis presented.

He noted that "the violent response of certain sections of society to the Government's attempt to serve an extradition order on an alleged gangster, is unacceptable in a democratic society."

"I have long lamented the threat that organised crime poses to the safety of citizens and the stability of governments in Latin America and the Caribbean. The confrontation that we are now witnessing in Western Kingston is just the latest manifestation of the threat that such groups pose to peace and security in the Americas."

Mr. Insulza stated that he welcomed the assurance given by the Government of Jamaica that its security forces will show restraint in their interactions with the public and will ensure that the rights of innocent Jamaicans are respected.

"In every challenge, there is also opportunity. I am hopeful that the Government and people of Jamaica will come out of this difficult situation even more committed to addressing the root causes of crime and violence in their society," he stated.





PM nuh mix up

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Well ABC news carry big big report to the world sey dem intercept conversation wid PM and Dudus and seet dey now, di State Department sey dem doan know nutten bout it.

Wi nah sey Bruce a nuh angel, but wi can teck how dem foreign media love soil up wi reputation suh.

Wi hope Bruce dem sue dem fi some money and put it back inna di country cause it can help fi go towards repaying the IMF loan.





Montego Hills police post firebombed

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The new police post being prepared in the Montego Hills area of St. James which is adjacent to volatile Salt Spring has been fire-bombed.


One person sustained minor injuries during the attack which has driven fear into some residents.


Commanding Officer for the parish Superintendent Merrick Watson says thugs set fire to mattresses in the basement of the facility, then fire-bombed doors, and lit the drapes in the wee hours of Tuesday morning.


He says patrols have been beefed up since the incident, and work is continuing on the facility.


He notes that while the damage is significant it will not deter the police from making their presence felt in the crime ridden Salt Spring area.


In the meantime, with threats leveled against the police in the parish yesterday, the commanding officer says the officers have their guard up at all times, which is putting a strain on some of them.


Superintendent Watson says within days, a 30-man team will begin operating from the facility even while construction is being undertaken there.


It was just last month that security minister Dwight Nelson and Tourism Minister Edmund Bartlett announced that the facility would be prepared for the cops in the wake of several murders, shootings and fire bombings in the Salt Spring area.





Questions we a ask

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Shout out to Voicemail

To di odda two members of Voicemail, wi just waan fi sey dat it a guh hard but unno haffi carry on di legacy.

We know whey unno a guh through cause wi did really a cling to di hope sey O’Neil woulda meck it, but di Father work in mysterious ways.

So just hang in there.





Questions we a ask

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A wha happen to di artistes dem?


From all dis ting start, wit ink di artistes dem woulda a flood di market wid nuff nuff social commentary?

A wha happen to dem, now a di time f idem join wid dem fans in solidarity and show sey dem understand and a feel f idem.

A wha a gwaan…if mi coulda sing or DJ, Jah know mi woulda have one out deh.





Questions we a ask

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A when entertainment a guh resume?


A when di entertainment activities a guh pick up back?

Bwoy it really dread, from all this start the people dem can even get an avenue to let off some stress.

Every weekly event put on hold, and to top it off the Mountain Dew Stunt Festival that a lot of people were looking forward to postpone, win uh know dat a guh keep.

Good Times not so good, cause dat put on hold too and wi just wonder if any ‘settlement’ a guh gwaan.

We have to say dat wi can wait fi tings return to normal, cause it really dread.








“As official reports surface of accused drug lord Christopher Coke’s escape from his barricaded Kingston, Jamaica neighbourhood, where Jamaican authorities have been attempting to arrest him for extradition to the US, ABC News has learned that a US government report refers to Jamaican Prime Minister Bruce Golding as a “criminal affiliate” of Coke.


Police patrol on May 24, 2010 in Kingston, Jamaica after two police officers were killed after coming under attack amid spreading unrest despite a state of emergency imposed by the government.
Golding, who led resistance to Coke’s extradition before public opinion forced him to reverse himself, is described in a document read to ABC News as a “known criminal affiliate” of Christopher ‘Dudus’ Coke. According to official US accounts, Golding’s Jamaican Labour Party (JLP) was voted into power through “Coke’s murderous and strong-arm tactics”.


Recently, Golding and other senior Jamaican officials have been electronically intercepted talking to Coke inside his fortified redoubt, US authorities say.


The major police action to capture Coke began Monday morning. On Tuesday, US authorities said they believed Coke had escaped through a ring of hundreds of cops and soldiers who had surrounded the West Kingston neighborhood of Tivoli Gardens.

Jamaican and US authorities report that Coke may have slipped through police lines and escaped into one of two adjoining areas, either Denham Town or Jones Town.


By Monday night, Coke’s gun-toting supporters had taken control of the Kingston Public Hospital, and the hospital’s one surgeon has been treating at least 14 Coke loyalists.


ABC News has learned that authorities believe at least 15 alleged gangsters have been slain.

Police and soldiers have been doing battle with the alleged drug lord’s heavily armed supporters and outside mercenaries that Jamaican authorities say Coke has hired.

US authorities say some of the mercenaries are believed to be Haitian.






So long O'Niel....

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O'niel edward from voicemail succombed to his injuries this afternoon, O’neil Edwards Was Alleged Robbed & Shot At His Gate In Duhaney Park three times (chest,side n head) and had been battling for life since may tenth, he passed on about an hour ago .


Yardflex extended condolence to his family, fellow vocemail members and friends.









Prime Minister Bruce Golding has categorically denied and dismissed as extremely offensive, reports on the US –ABC network which describe him as ‘a known criminal affiliate of hunted drug lord’, Christopher ‘Dudus’ Coke.

Mr Golding says he is also outraged by an article in The Independent, a UK newspaper, that the ‘drug gang was on (the) payroll of Jamaican Prime Minister’.

He said both publications, by seeking to link him personally with the alleged drug kingpin, were clearly part of a conspiracy to undermine the duly elected government of Jamaica.

The Prime Minister said the reports have made damaging and libellous assertions and he repudiated the scurrilous and malicious reporting, which he said must be dismissed with the contempt that it deserves.





Death figures go up

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Reports on television this morning indicate that 44 people were killed in Tivoli Gardens, this was confirmed by defender Earl Witter and Political Ombudsman Rev Herro Blair.

Witter said that 4 AK rifles were found.

He seemed to have a problem with the number of deaths as opposed to the number of guns seized. However, he is not saying anything yet.






This is war – Shields

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Former Deputy Commissioner of Police, Mark Shields, has labeled the current altercation between the security forces and criminals in West Kingston as a war.

“When you have a group of highly armed men as we have seen, who have gone out and recently attacked innocent people, police stations and innocent police officers, that’s declaring war on the State. This is a war situation; this has nothing to do with policing at all.

“At the moment, it’s a military operation to retake Tivoli and parts of West Kingston that are totally out of control … people are being ruled by the gun that’s the only way that the security forces can take the streets back,” said Shields.

According to him, the current operation in West Kingston should be the first step in ridding the nation of criminals.

“We're on the road to Baghdad, lets continue, lets not retreat back to Kuwait, we have go all the way and get total control down and move from Tivoli into other areas and give people the confidence that the can go about their business without being ruled by dons,” Shields said.





Yardflex update

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Yardflex understands that shots are now being fired in the Oakland Road area off Waltham Park Road. We urge residents to stay off the streets of they can and be safe.






What the hell is happening in Tivoli?

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What the hell is happening in Tivoli Gardens? Yardflex has been receiving phone calls about bodies being burnt.

Could this really be true?

People if you know anyting bout it give us a link, cause a couple call well wi a get, but wi caan believe sey something like dat coulda teck place and it woulda hold dung.


Wi all a hear sey a nuff nuff more people dan dat dead dan whey a report.









The ultra-modern multi-million-dollar recording studio in Aburi in Ghana’s eastern region belonging to Rita Marley, wife of the late reggae music icon Bob Marley, has been gutted by fire.


The reports state that the cause of the fire is unknown but have quoted sources close to Mrs Marley as saying it may have been caused by an electrical fault.


Fire service personnel from Akropong also in the Eastern Region were unsuccessful in putting out the inferno, necessitating reinforcement from the Madina Fire Station.
A close friend of Rita, Blakk Rasta, told Myjoyonline.com that he had gone to the studio around 16:00 GMT Saturday and “there was no sign of an impending inferno.”


The studio, which is also said to be the storehouse of most of Bob Marleys original tapes — was reportedly to be commissioning late last year but the event had to be postponed to allow Mrs Marley to attend to some personal issues in the USA, sources say.


The incident is perhaps one of the most tragic happenings to have rocked the reggae world as, according to sources, the studio was going to be one of the great symbols of the Rastafarian fraternity.


Meanwhile, Mrs Marley is said to be calm despite the incident.









The Minister of Health, Rudyard Spencer has indicated his outrage by a report carried in the media, suggesting that gunmen have taken over control of the Kingston Public Hospital and are forcing surgeons to treat “gangsters”.

The Minister would like to assure the public that the Kingston Public Hospital remains under the control of the Ministry of Health through the South East Regional Health Authority.

“The staff continues to provide excellent service of which we are proud in this difficult environment,” Minister Spencer said.

The hospital continues to accept emergency cases and is managing the increased patient load being experienced currently. Security has been increased on the compound however there continues to be concern about the safety of staff traveling to and from the area due to the continuing violence.

The Ministry is working with the relevant authorities to as best as possible address the security and welfare of staff.





The mayhem continues

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Reports reaching Yardflex are that thugs are invading buses heading from the Bull Bay area to Kingston and robbing passengers. Many are scared to leave their homes and take public transport.


"It is crazy out here.

It seems that most of the cops have their hands full in Kingston so the thugs down here have free reign to terrorise the people. One person said.


Yardflex will keep you up-to-date on this situation.






Scenes From Give Away Wednesdays

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Tyler Perry robbed

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While Tyler Perry is busy touring with his new stage show (Madea's Big Happy Family), someone stole his credit card number and was racking up charges left and right. In the end, the thief stole charged a total of $28,492.22 -- mostly in airline tickets.

In a post on his blog, Tyler wrote: "Some idiot stole my credit card number. Can you believe that? Take a look at all the stuff they charged. If you know any of these people, call the police."

Here are the charges:


4/25/10 - Southwest Airlines - M. Woods (Burbank-Las Vegas) - $3.00

4/25/10 - Southwest Airlines - M. Woods (Burbank-Las Vegas) - $158.70

4/28/10 - Best Buy - $734.00

4/29/10 - Lowe's (Greenville) - $6761.95

4/30/10 - Delta Airlines - S. Archer (NY/JFK-Las Vegas) - $1022.70

4/30/10 - Delta Airlines - Q. Hinton (NY/JFK-Las Vegas) - $1022.70

4/30/10 - Lowe's (Greenville) - $7278.70

5/1/10 - Southwest Airlines - Andre B. (Burbank-Las Vegas) - $158.70

5/1/10 - Southwest Airlines - Justin S. (Burbank-Las Vegas) - $158.70

5/1/10 - Delta Airlines Andre B. (Las Vegas-Los Angeles) - $573.70

5/1/10 - Delta Airlines Justin S. (Las Vegas-Los Angeles) - $573.70

5/1/10 - Fandango.com (movie tickets) - $120.00

5/1/10 - AMC Theatre (North Decatur) - $105.00

5/1/10 - Lowe's (Greenville) - $7000.00

5/1/10 - Abercrombie.com (clothing) - $500.00

5/2/10 - SVM Prepaid Card (retail) - $317.45

5/3/10 - Spirit Airlines - Q. Hinton (Ft. Lauderdale-NY/LGA) - $660.42

5/3/10 - Spirit Airlines - Q. Hinton (Ft. Lauderdale-NY/LGA) - $250.00

5/3/10 - Toys R Us (King of Prussia) - $505.00

5/3/10 - Amex Gift Card - $192.80

5/3/10 - Fandango.com (movie tickets) - $195.00

5/4/10 - Delta Airlines - P. Smith (Chicago-Atlanta) - $312.70 - REFUNDED BY DELTA (caught before use)

5/4/10 - Delta Airlines - P. Smith (Chicago-Atlanta) - $312.70 - REFUNDED BY DELTA (caught before use)

5/4/10 - Delta Airlines - Jason S. (Chicago-Atlanta) - $312.70 - REFUNDED BY DELTA (caught before use)

5/4/10 - Delta Airlines - John H. (Chicago-Atlanta) - $312.70 - REFUNDED BY DELTA (caught before use)

5/4/10 - Express.com (clothing) - $200.00


Ultimately, all of these monies will be refunded back to Tyler's credit card. The credit card company will go after the culprit(s).










The U.S. Embassy in Kingston announces that the Consular Section will be closed to the public on Tuesday, May 25, 2010.

American citizens and other individuals with appointments to apply for passports, non-immigrant and immigrant visas, or other routine consular services should not come to the Embassy on May 25.



The Consular Section will contact these individuals to reschedule their appointments.

American citizens in Jamaica requiring emergency assistance on May 25 should contact the American Citizens Services Unit at (876) 702-6450 or e-mail that office at KingstonACS@state.gov.








Mathew Knowles is on the prowl!!!

We’re hearing that Bey’s dad has yet another girlfriend, just months after becoming a dad with girlfriend Alexsandra Wright.

Yes, you read right, Mathew is supposedly dating TV evangelist Juanita Bynum!!

Apparently Mathew and Juanita have been friends for years and she has counseled him in the past through his hardships.

According to MediaTakeOut.com the two are, “exploring taking their friendship further.”

Mathew recently became Juanita’s manager…guess he wants to keep it all in the family.






The Daily Word Tuesday, May 25, 2010

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Gifts of Spirit

I am supported by the presence of God.


Holding an image in mind of what I can do and the gifts and powers that are available to me opens wide the doors of possibility.

In times of challenge, spiritual imagery helps me to recognize and gratefully accept the blessings I have been given.

To keep my thoughts and imagination on the divine gifts of Spirit, I pray and meditate on Spirit within and around me. I am in the midst of the presence of God right here and now. And through the Presence, I have all I need to succeed, to change my circumstances, to be the best that I can be.

I immerse myself in this inner knowing of divine support, and I move forward. I accept the gifts of Spirit and do what is mine to do.

The Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you everything, and remind you of all that I have said to you.--John 14:26
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One of the cops who died in line of duty, police sergeant Wayne Henriques went on the battlefield on his day off.

Added to that he was celebrating his 17th wedding anniversary – a day he should have been home with his wife and children.

But his love for the force and commitment saw him choosing instead to go on the frontline for the country.


Yardflex send condolence to his family and friends.








At least four soldiers have been shot as the security forces launched a massive offensive in the Tivoli Gardens enclave in West Kingston Monday.

In the absence of official confirmation of the death toll, there are reports in the overseas press that at least three of the soldiers shot, have died.

Scores of armed thugs have been reportedly killed in gun battles which reached fever pitch this afternoon as the soldiers penetrated the deepest corners of the community.

The military has been given strict orders to take every measure to arrest Tivoli Gardens strongman Christopher "Dudus" Coke and restore order.

In the meantime, reports are coming in that the Coronation Market has been set on fire by thugs who have since retreated into the community.


Road blocks mounted overnight in the Red Hills Road area of St. Andrew have since been cleared, although the police have been periodically engaged in a fire-fight with gunmen in the area since Sunday evening.

Other sections of the Corporate Area are also tense.

Over in East Kingston, there is heavy gunfire near the Rockfort Police Station.

In Whitefield Town several houses were fire-bombed by criminals and at least three persons shot.

They have been taken to hospital.

Earlier Monday there was tension in the old capital as residents attempted to block the Flat Bridge.

However, although they came under heavy fire, the police prevented them from sealing off the road.

Police and soldiers reportedly came under fire at the intersection of Walks Road and Brunswick Avenue.

Police were also fired on in Dempshire Pen.







The Jamaica Constabulary Force on Monday evening issued an official statement on its massive incursion into Tivoli Gardens in search of alleged drug baron Christopher ‘Dudus’ Coke and in order to restore order to the area that has been overrun by gunmen who claim to be preventing his arrest.


It reads as follows:

“Earlier today the Security Forces launched an operation in Tivoli Gardens and surrounding areas of Western Kingston.

This Joint Military/Police operation is aimed at executing a warrant issued by the Courts of Jamaica for the arrest of Michael Christopher Coke otherwise called “Dudus” as well as to restore the area to stability after three consecutive days of barricading by criminal elements and wanton attacks on the police force.

During the operation seven members of the Security Forces were injured. Six of the seven were shot, one succumbed to his injuries. The other was injured in an accident.

The operation is still ongoing and the Security Forces are resolute in bringing the area to stability so that law-abiding citizens of Western Kingston and its environs can get on with their lives in peace.

The Security Forces are reminding residents of Kingston and St. Andrew that there is a limited State of Emergency in effect and residents are asked to remain indoors.”





Liv-Up house bombed

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Yardflex understands that Liv-Up house was bombed today, but thankfully he was not hurt.

We pray for a peaceful end to all of this. We are also hearing rumours that Desmond McKenzie's nephew was also shot and killed.


Stay tuned as we try to keep you up to date with the latest happenings.





Air Jamaica cancels flights

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AIR Jamaica has announced the cancellation of three flights scheduled for this evening due to the unrest in Kingston.
The flights affected are:

JM 037, scheduled to depart Kingston at 5:35 pm for Fort Lauderdale
JM 036, scheduled to depart Fort Lauderdale at 9:25 pm for Kingston
JM 017, scheduled to depart Kingston at 7:25 pm for New York.


Passengers should contact the Reservations Centre at 1-888-FLYAIRJ (1-888-359-2475) for updates and to revise their itineraries.

Operations continue as scheduled at the Sangster International Airport in Montego Bay.

Air Jamaica staff members in Kingston are advised to monitor media reports for updates on the situation.





RJR Communications Group threatened

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RJR Communications Group has received word from the police force that there was a specific and credible threat to the company's operations in Kingston.


The Group says it is taking very seriously the threat even as its team tries to provide balanced and responsible coverage of the present situation to the Jamaican public.


The management of the RJR Group says it is unfortunate that in this stressful environment there is this added burden for its employees to handle.


This development also impaired some coverage activities in the day.
The Group says it will do all it can to keep Jamaicans informed under these difficulty circumstances.


Security has been increased as a result of the threat.







The Overseas Examinations Commission (OEC) wishes to advise the general public that all examinations [CXC, GCE & University of London] scheduled to be held on Tuesday, May 25, 2010, will be held as time-tabled.

However, having regard to the current situation, candidates from the following centres should go to the Overseas Examinations Commission, using the Manhattan Road entrance [across from the entrance to the NWC]:


• Charlie Smith High
• Kingston College
• Vauxhall High
• Trench Town High
• Kingston High
• National Academy
• Pentecostal Tabernacle
• Emanuel Apostolic
• National Academy

Exam venues have been changed for other schools as follows:

• Candidates from Kingston Technical High and St Andrew Technical High should report to The Mico University College, Marescaux Road;
• All private candidates scheduled to sit at East Queen Street Baptist Church should go to The Mico University College, Marescaux Road;
• Candidates from St George's College should go back to Ardenne High;
• Candidates writing CSEC examinations from Excelsior High and Exed Community College should report to Holy Childhood High;
• Candidates writing CAPE examinations from Excelsior High & Exed Community College should report to The Mico University College;

Examinations will remain at Camperdown High.

Those candidates who are unable to reach Camperdown should go to the Overseas Examinations Commission while other candidates who are not able to report to their centres should go to the nearest centre.

School officials and Examination Supervisors should make every effort to be available to facilitate the smooth running of the examinations. We are in touch with the Police to help us in this regard.

Candidates sitting at the Overseas Examinations Commission are to take their lunch.


For further information call: 920 3284, 926 6573, 629 1424/1571

Meanwhile, the Overseas Examination Commission is reporting that the transferral of students from examination centres in volatile areas to other locations went very well.

Head of the Commission, Hector Stephenson, says about 98 percent of the students transferred to alternative examination centres turned up today.

And, the Ministry of Education is advising parents and students that due to the current situation in Western Kingston, the following schools will be closed tomorrow:


Vauxhall High, Trench Town High, Charlie Smith High, St Andrew Technical High, Excelsior High, Excelsior Community College, Kingston College, St George's College, Tivoli Gardens High, Denham Town High, Kingston High.


In addition, Wolmer’s Boys’, Wolmer’s Girls’, Holy Childhood High, St Hugh's High and Ardenne High schools, which will serve as examination centres for students from the schools that will be closed, will not be opened for regular school tomorrow. These schools will only be opened to accommodate students that will sit examinations.


All other schools are to be opened for normal operations.

The Ministry will continue to monitor the situation and communicate any changes through the Media.






Blood bank appeals for blood

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The National Blood Transfusion Service (Blood Bank) is appealing to members of the public to donate blood to meet expected demand with the intensification of violence in downtown Kingston.


Meanwhile, the government has activated the Emergency Operations Centre to help coordinate the response of the health sector, including hospital security.


“It is important that we address the welfare of patients and staff as best as possible while ensuring the continuing function of our major health facilities.

We have therefore put a number of measures in place in an effort to continue to provide health care to the people of Jamaica in this difficult environment,” said minister of health Rudyard Spencer.


As part of measures to be immediately implemented:


- Kingston Public, Victoria Jubilee, Spanish Town hospitals as well as the Bustamante Hospital for Children will only be offering emergency services;


- Elective surgeries have been suspended;


- All outpatient clinics have been suspended until further notice;


- Seven health centres in the Kingston and St Andrew region remain open at this time. They are Harbour View, Glen Vincent, Gordon Town, Bull Bay, Mavis Bank, Dallahs and Windward Road Health Centres.


Individuals can visit other blood collection centres across the island including University Hospital of the West Indies, National Chest, May Pen, Mandeville, Cornwall Regional, Savanna-La-Mar, Falmouth, St Ann’s Bay and Port Antonio Hospitals.


They are, however, advised to avoid the Central Blood bank on Slipe Pen Road as no collection of blood will be done at that facility due to the current unrest in the area.






Tivoli under attack; residents cry foul

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“Two wrongs don’t make a right,” Tivoli residents are screaming as they have come under attack from aerial missiles.

Residents say that women and children have been the victims of bombs dropped on the West Kingston community by a combined police and military attack.

Heavy explosions are ringing out in West Kingston as a large contingent of police and soldiers try to move into the volatile community which has become a fortress.

Plumes of smoke can also be seen rising from the area.

Until now the security forces have taken a soft-handed approach even in the face of constant attacks by gunmen which resulted in the deaths of two cops and the injury of six others.

The cops were attacked as they attempted to clear a roadblock at Mountain View Avenue.

Stung by the deaths of their colleagues lawmen have launched on offensive on Tivoli Gardens, Coke's stomping ground and the power base of Prime Minister Bruce Golding's West Kingston constituency.

There were also reports that the violence had spread to sections of a community known as 'Southside' near to the Kingston Central Police station. Jamaica Defence Force soldiers and police have been deployed to that area to quell the disturbance.

Gunmen and police were also engaged in a running gunbattle in the Central Kingston community of Woodford Park.








Yesterday, Don Foote, the attorney for Tivoli strongman, Christopher "Dudus" Coke, announced that a meeting was scheduled for 10 o’clock this morning with US Charge d’affairs, Isaiah Parnell.


However, Acting Public Affairs officer at the United States Embassy in Kingston Rebecca Parke says no such meeting was planned.


The question is, who is not telling the truth here?


Parke is quoted as saying, "I can confirm at this time that no meeting has taken place with Mr. Foote or with attorneys that is today, this morning.”


Interestingly, Parke said that a meeting had been held last night, but there was none scheduled for today.





Commish gives police full backing

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Commissioner of Police, Owen Ellington is advising members of the Police Force to take swift and decisive action to protect themselves in the face of orchestrated attacks on police personnel and facilities by criminal gunmen supporting Christopher Coke of Tivoli Gardens for whom an arrest warrant has been issued by the Courts of Jamaica.

Commissioner Ellington made his comments after two policemen were brutally slaughtered and six others shot and injured last night on Mountain View Avenue, Kingston 2.

“Do not hesitate to respond quickly and take decisive action when attacked by these criminals as it is now patently clear that they are hell bent on causing mayhem in the society by their calculated, vile and cold actions against police personnel.

Police personnel have the full backing of the High Command to any response to protect themselves, their colleagues and the law abiding citizens of Jamaica ,” Ellington told members of the Force while visiting various formations early this morning.

The Police Commissioner is extending his profound sadness to the family, friends and colleagues of the two slain officers and the six who are currently nursing gunshot wounds in hospital.


“The lost of these two officers and the injury to the six, while difficult to deal with will only serve as a rallying call for the police to remain strong, committed and firm as we continue to encounter brazen criminals,” Ellington said.






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Eight policemen shot, two succumbed to injuries

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Two policemen were shot and killed and six others shot and injured during a shootout with gunmen on Mountain View Avenue, Kingston 2 last night.


They are from the Motorized Patrol and East Kingston Divisions.
Information is that about 11:26 p.m., a female turned up at the Rockfort Police Station and reported that she had been shot while driving along Mountain View Avenue.

She also told officers that another motorist had been attacked by armed men. Police from the East Kingston Division went to assist and came under sustained gunfire, during which two of them were hit.

Other officers who went to rescue their colleagues were also fired at, resulting in six of them being shot.


The situation was eventually brought under control and the injured policemen taken to hospital where the two died. Two of the lawmen have been discharged while four remain hospitalized in stable condition.






Police under attack

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The Police High Command says intelligence and surveillance of the zones of conflict in West Kingston indicates that criminal elements are determined to launch coordinated attacks on the security forces.


A release from Owen Ellington, Commissioner of Police, said the police have images and other surveillance data showing that members of several gangs across the country have joined criminal elements in Tivoli gardens in their attack on the security forces.


Commissioner Ellington said the security forces continue to respond in a manner appropriate to theses continued unprovoked attacks.


Earlier Sunday, members of the Jamaica Constabulary Force attempting to clear road blocks in downtown Kingston and Denham Town came under sustained gun fire from criminals firing rifles.


These attacks continued unabated and one member of the Island Special Constabulary Force was shot in the hand.
In addition, gunfire was directed at the Fletcher’s Land, Darling Street Denham Town and Hannah Town Police Stations forcing the police to employ extra ordinary measures to protect staff and secure the facilities.


The back of the Hannah Town Police Station was also set on fire.
Reports are also in that the Spanish Town Police came under attack last night from gunmen they had to beat a hasty retreat into the Spanish Town Hospital.


Old Harbour police vehicle was stoned by criminal elements too.





Evacuate Now

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The security forces have ordered all decent and law abiding residents of Tivoli Gardens and Denham Town to leave these respective communities immediately.


The residents are being asked to leave the areas via Industrial Terrace onto Marcus Garvey drive where buses will be waiting at the intersection of Marcus Garvey Drive and Industrial to transport them to a secured location.


The Police High Command says those persons opting to be evacuated should take with them, if possible, food and clothing to last them for at least twenty-four hours.


But even as the police issue that appeal residents of the affected communities said that they are unable to leave.


The residents say they fear being caught in cross fire if they attempt to do so.









Prime Minister, the Hon. Bruce Golding, has assured that the threats that have emerged against the safety of the Jamaican people will be driven back, with strong and decisive action by the country's security forces.


In a broadcast to the nation tonight (May 23), Mr. Golding appealed to all law-abiding citizens to remain calm and support the measures that have been implemented under the state of public emergency for the Corporate Area, as of 6 pm.


He emphasized that "the city is not being shut down", that people can move about freely and that schools will be in full session on Tuesday.


"I appeal to all law-abiding citizens to remain calm and support these necessary measures. My government is determined that Jamaica must be a land of peace, order and security," Mr. Golding stated.
Based on information from the security forces that actions were being carried out, which pose significant threats to law and order in the Corporate Area, Cabinet today advised the Governor-General to issue a proclamation declaring the State of emergency.


"Since this morning, violent, orchestrated attacks have been launched on a number of police stations.

Two members of the security forces have been shot and injured," Mr. Golding noted, describing the situation as "a calculated assault on the authority of the state that cannot be tolerated, and will not be allowed to continue".


He explained that the State of Emergency will enable the security forces to exercise extraordinary powers.


"These (powers) include the power to restrict the freedom of movement, search premises and detain persons suspected of involvement in unlawful activities without warrant," the Prime Minister explained.


"The security forces have been instructed to observe and respect the rights of citizens to go about their lawful business...there will be some inconvenience as the security forces intensify their surveillance and efforts to ferret out the criminals and return the Corporate Area to a state of calm," Mr. Golding outlined.


He stressed that this will be a turning point for the nation to confront the evil that has penalised the society with "determination and unqualified resolve".


The state of emergency will be effective for one month, unless it is revoked or extended by the House of Representatives.





Two policemen killed

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Two policemen were shot during last night battle with gunmen in the Mountain View area.

The men were rushed to the University hospital where they succumbed to their injuries.

The Commissioner of Police has expressed his condolences to the family and urge police to do whatever it takes to protect themselves.






The Daily Word - Monday, May 24, 2010

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World Peace

I promote harmony by being at peace.


We are the peace of God in expression right where we are.

As we join with one another in thought, prayer and action, we contribute to a sacred network of harmony, a powerful consciousness of peace that is growing person by person every day.

In every neighborhood, community, city and country, we promote harmony, mutual understanding and cooperation as expressions of our spiritual nature, our true nature.

We recognize and treat one another as sacred beings who are sharing in the abundance of our divine inheritance. Each thoughtful word and caring gesture is evidence of the love of God expressing through us to the world.

The dawn from on high will break upon us, ... to guide our feet into the way of peace.--Luke 1:78, 79







A limited State of Emergency will be implemented in Kingston and St. Andrew, Jamaica at 6:00 pm today.


The decision was made at an emergency cabinet meeting at earlier today.

The Cabinet met amidst growing unrest in the downtown Kingston region. There has been unrest in Tivoli Gardens and other sections of west Kingston since the Golding administration approved the extradition request for Coke who lives in Tivoli Gardens.

Sporadic gunfire has been heard throughout the community by men with high-powered weapons seen manning roadblocks. Men have also been seen roaming the streets with high-powered rifles and on roof tops.

A state of emergency is a governmental declaration that may suspend certain normal functions of government, alert citizens to alter their normal behaviours, or order government agencies to implement emergency preparedness plans.

It can also be used as a rationale for suspending civil liberties.

The last time a State of Emergency was imposed was during Hurricane Dean in 2007.






State of Emergency in force for one month

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The Proclamation for the State of Emergency shall remain in force for a period of one month unless extended by the House of Representatives or revoked earlier, a release from the Office of the Prime Minister said.



In a statement issued this afternoon, Prime Minister Bruce Golding said that based on an update and advice from the security forces, he summoned an emergency meeting of the Cabinet at 2.00 P.M today to consider the advice.

The Cabinet took the decision to advise the Governor-General to issue a Proclamation pursuant to Section 26 of the Constitution declaring that a state of public emergency exists in the parishes of Kingston and St. Andrew.

A state of public emergency, limited to the parishes of Kingston and St. Andrew, has been declared and will come into effect at 6.00 P.M. today.





POLICE APPEAL TO CITIZENS OF TIVOLI GARDENS

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The barricading of communities in the manner currently being observed in Tivoli Gardens and Denham Town to prevent the Security Forces from entering to a execute a warrant of arrest on Michael Christopher Coke is most unusual and is a clear indication that elements within the community believe they can operate outside the ambit of the law.

The Security Forces wish to make it very clear that they view the barricading of the Tivoli Gardens community as an act of cowardice on the part of selfish criminal elements mainly Mr. Christopher Coke.

These criminals are not to be confused with the decent law abiding citizens of Tivoli Gardens who want to get on with their lives as free citizens in a peaceful community and country.

By barricading the community, criminal elements are putting the safety and well being of citizens including women, children and the elderly at grave risk.

Residents are denied freedom to move about while supporting agencies are prevented from responding to citizens’ call for help.

The Police are publicly calling on Michael Christopher Coke otherwise called ‘Dudus’, ‘Short Man’, and ‘President’ to hand himself over to the nearest Police Station for the warrant of arrest to be executed.


The Security Forces are reassuring the citizens of Tivoli Gardens that they will move to clear the barricades and restore freedom of movement in their community.

The Security Forces intend to do so in a disciplined and professional manner, using no more force than is necessary.

We appeal to citizens of Tivoli Gardens to cooperate with the Security Forces as we move to clear the blockades from Tivoli Gardens.

Residents of Tivoli Gardens and Denham Town are asked to call the Police if they need assistance and to provide any information they might have. Persons can call Police Control at 119 or Senior Duty Officers at 927-3168 and 946-1248.






West Kingston under siege

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Reports coming into Yardflex is that the Hannah Town Police Station is now under fire, sporadic gunshots are being fired in the Kingston Public and Hannah Town area, it is understood that one person is injured. We are not sure if it is a civilian or a police.


West Kingston is now very very tense.


Stay tuned for more update.






The daily Word - Sunday May 23, 2010

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Sunday, May 23, 2010


Transcend


I transcend myself and my circumstances, for I am Spirit.


At times I may try to change or control a situation through the power of my will or thoughts. But with prayer, I move beyond willpower, beyond thought. With prayer, I am lifted above my problems.

As I pray, I release the situation to which I've been giving my attention and I affirm: I transcend myself and all my circumstances, for I am Spirit. I am a spiritual being, having a human experience. Centered in God, I am filled with divine light, life, love and power.

I have within me untapped spiritual resources, unused spiritual powers, unexplored realms of being. As I lift my consciousness through prayer, I lay hold of and call into expression spiritual qualities and powers that transcend my human understanding.

You will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you.--Acts 1:8








On June 18, 19, & 20, 2010 Mendocino county welcomes the 17th annual Sierra Nevada World Music Festival (SNWMF) produced by Epiphany Artists.


Created as an annual summer solstice and world peace celebration, the Sierra Nevada World Music Festival has been called "life changing" for many of its regular attendees the majority of whom come as campers, committing to a three-day bonanza for the senses.

Its name originates from its original festival location in the Sierra Nevada mountains. The event takes place for the fifth consecutive year at the Mendocino County Fairgrounds in Boonville.


This year's SNWMF lineup features some of music's greats in world, roots, vintage, dancehall, modern reggae and ska artists and sound system DJ's.

Bands are scheduled in tandem on the two stages, and conclude with a fire dance performance on what is known as the Valley stage, a site that is built from the ground up in the Grandstand area of the fairgrounds.

The show's varied offerings for children including music performers a parade, and opportunities for participation in free drum, dance, and yoga sessions throughout the weekend make it possible to for cultural exploration on many levels.


The Village stage and Kidz Zone host educational and multi-cultural entertainment. Sageman Drums workshops take place throughout the weekend and are open to all ages in the Drum Temple.

There is a full program of activities designated for the younger generation with kid performers, Arts & Crafts projects and a daily Kids Parade that will be led by the wonderful Samba Stilt Circus, a troupe of stilt performers.

Asheba returns to the Village stage Kidz Zone this year performing his unique blend of high









Prime Minister and Member of Parliament for West Kingston, Bruce Golding, has called on members of his constituency to remain calm and to continue to go about their legitimate business despite the tension that exists.

He said they should allow the courts to deal with the extradition matter.

The Prime Minister said he was concerned about the roadblocks that have been mounted in sections of the constituency.

‘I have been assured that the security forces are determined to carry out their duties in a professional manner in order to prevent any recurrence of the terrible atrocities that occurred in 2001’ He urged his constituents to cooperate with the security forces in the lawful execution of their duties.



Mr. Golding gave the re-assurance in the wake of widespread media reports that the residents of Tivoli Gardens were under siege, residents were being held as hostages and concerns about unlawful activities in the West Kingston constituency over the ‘extradition’ issue.

He noted that despite the tense atmosphere that prevails, commercial and social activities in West Kingston remain normal and people continue to go about their normal business.

Schools are fully functional, Coronation Market and the rest of the market district are doing brisk business and persons who travel to work or do business in the area continue to do so.








The Police are aware that criminals from Tivoli Gardens and Denham Town today blocked Industrial Terrace and sections of Spanish Town Road despite repeated public appeals not to block roads and to remove barricades constructed in the two communities.


The Police view this action by the criminals as a direct act of provocation and is a clear indication that they are not interested in the rule of law. Police, however, from the Kingston Western Division and the Mobile Reserve have cleared the blocked areas.


The Police High Command is warning citizens to refrain from participating in any acts of criminality and to help the security forces while they lawfully execute their duties.


The High Command is reassuring decent law abiding citizens of Tivoli Gardens and Denham Town that they have nothing to fear as the security forces will conduct themselves in a professional manner consistent with the laws of Jamaica.


Residents of Tivoli Gardens and Denham Town are asked to call the Police if they need assistance and to provide any information they might have.


Persons can call Police Control at 119 or Senior Duty Officers at 927-3168 and 946-1248.







Certified Divas, the music video for the single by Tami Chynn and Tifa had its premiere on Wednesday at the Quad Nightclub in New Kingston.


Celebrities, media and well-wishers came out to show support for dancehall’s darlings who have upped the ante with their hot new single.


The video directed by Dexter ‘3D’ Pottinger made what appeared to be an impressive debut at the by-invitation-only launch. Several wardrobe changes, lots of glam — think make-up for effect rather than just for the sake of using make up — high energy and details went into the making of this video.


Some scenes are a bit too fast, almost bordering on blurry. Maybe if they were slowed down just a bit, the effect would be greater.







The song is called One Life To Live and was recorded 6 month ago as one of the first tracks for the new Voicemail album Next Level.

In the last 6 months Voicemail has produced 14 more songs and 2 music videos. The first released single from the album One Life To Live have been mastered and an urban remix was also produced as well as cover and poster artwork.

A website for Oneil Edwards will be launched early next week under www.Voicemailgroup.com.

The track can be purchased on iTunes and will be up on 20 more sites soon (Amazon, Amie Street, Nokia Music..and several others).


The video companies, producers and marketers distributing the new album come from Germany, that shows the communication strength of the groups music.

Voicemail has had great success in Japan and are well loved in Germany, where there are already more than 2000 fans in a social network, united for Voicemail. Donations can also be made over paypal to voicemailgroup@yahoo.com.



O'Neil Edwards member of the band Voicemail was shot multiple times in the head, chest and abdomen and unfortunately lost his thumb during a robbery.

It happened at his house in Kingston - Jamaica on Monday 10th of March 1:30am. O’Neil is recovering from injuries sustained, however his condition is still critical and he remains hospitalized.


Please download remix and master copies below:

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You can use the following link to retrieve your file:

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Prime Minister and Member of Parliament for West Kingston, Bruce Golding, has called on members of his constituency to remain calm and to continue to go about their legitimate business despite the tension that exists.

He said they should allow the courts to deal with the extradition matter.

The Prime Minister said he was concerned about the roadblocks that have been mounted in sections of the constituency.

‘I have been assured that the security forces are determined to carry out their duties in a professional manner in order to prevent any recurrence of the terrible atrocities that occurred in 2001’.

  He urged his constituents to cooperate with the security forces in the lawful execution of their duties.
 Mr. Golding gave the re-assurance in the wake of widespread media reports that the residents of Tivoli Gardens were under siege, residents were being held as hostages and concerns about unlawful activities in the West Kingston constituency over the ‘extradition’ issue.
He noted that despite the tense atmosphere that prevails, commercial and social activities in West Kingston remain normal and people continue to go about their normal business.

Schools are fully functional, Coronation Market and the rest of the market district are doing brisk business and persons who travel to work or do business in the area continue to do so








A top Malawian daily warned Friday the maximum 14-year jail sentence with hard labour handed down to a gay couple was too harsh and portrayed Malawi as a cruel nation, a report carried by the AFP said.


“Our worry is the message this sentence is sending, considering that we are in a democratic society where everyone is supposed to enjoy rights enshrined in the constitution,” said an editorial in the independent Nation newspaper.


“There is something grossly wrong” the paper said.
Tiwonge Chimbalanga and Steven Monjeza were sentenced Thursday after being convicted of sodomy for holding the southern African country’s first same-sex wedding in December.


Homosexuality is illegal in Malawi and most other African countries.
The Nation described Chimbalanga, 20, and Monjeza, 26, as “harmless citizens who committed a crime supposedly in the confines of their privacy”.


In South Africa, the only African nation to legalise same-sex marriage, newspapers said the ruling posed a challenge to the country’s own supposed tolerance.


The Times newspaper said protection of gay rights did not preclude lesbians being raped and gay men beaten up in South Africa, in an editorial headlined “Malawi gay trial a blow to human rights in Africa”.


“Sovereign rights aside, we should be talking about respecting and upholding a human rights culture that should prevail irrespective of a country’s sovereignty,” it said.







The 70-year-old wife of a 1970s heroin dealer who inspired the movie “American Gangster” has been arrested after officials said she tried to sell 2 kilograms (4 pounds) of cocaine at a hotel in Puerto Rico, an Associated Press report stated..


Julianna Farrait, appeared Thursday in court and did not say anything except to request that the judge speak to her in Spanish. She is charged with conspiracy to violate narcotics law, and has not yet entered a plea.


Farrait is married to Frank Lucas, the infamous Harlem heroin dealer who was arrested in January 1975 at his New Jersey home, where police seized more than half a million dollars. Lucas was convicted that year and sentenced to 40 years in prison. He was released in 1991.
Farrait served five years in that case.


Lucas was played by actor Denzel Washington in the 2007 film by Ridley Scott. Farrait was played by Puerto Rican actress Lymari Nadal, who is married to actor Edward James Olmos.


Federal agents in New York had been following Farrait since February 2009 with help from an informant, according to the complaint.
In a May 2008 interview with local newspaper Primera Hora, Farrait was quoted as saying that she was always attracted to danger.


She told the newspaper that she left Puerto Rico in 1969 for New York, where she met Lucas at a nightclub. She said she did not find out about his drug deals until a year later, and that she left him one time after fighting about it.


Farrait also said she missed taking trips and having diamonds and a Mercedes Benz.


“Those who say that money is not important are lying,” she was quoted as saying. “People say that money does not buy happiness. It doesn’t?”








Nas and Damian Marley meet in the middle to create an empowering collaborative album, titled “Distant Relatives.”

The New York street poet and the Jamaican reggae man take turns playing lead role over a mix of hip-hop and reggae beats melded with trumpets, congas and electric organs, among other instruments.


“Man, what happened to us? Geographically, they moved us, from Africa. We was once happiness pursuers. Now we backstabbing, combative and abusive,” raps Nas on the violin-infused “Tribes at War.”


From its title to its lyrics, the album drives home the idea of shared ancestry.

Nas and Marley find common ground in their connection to Africa. On each track, they detail the mindsets that divide related people, both on the continent and in the diaspora.


“Imagine Ghana like California, with Sunset Boulevard. And Johannesburg would be Miami. Somalia like New York,” sings Marley on “Land of Promise,” which samples reggae artist Dennis Brown’s “Promised Land.”


“Distant Relatives” entices listeners to imagine what could be. Nas, always the storyteller, details his kind of icon, a “misfit who handles business,” on “Leaders,” featuring another of Bob Marley’s sons, Stephen Marley.


“Africa Must Wake Up,” featuring K’naan, is a call to awareness, and like the rest of the album, the music is as much an inspirational force as the words.

(Source: AP)









O Habits: 40 Success Habits of Oprah Winfrey And The One Bad Habit She Needs To Stop (Morgan James Publishing) is the hot new book out this summer about American TV talk show queen, Oprah Winfrey.

The paperback is written by a Caribbean author, Montserrat attorney-at-law Warren Cassell.

He specialises in intellectual property, trademarks and entertainment law, and in this smooth flowing and delicious read, he showcases the winning ways of Oprah.


“The book is really a road map to success", Cassell recently told Devon Hunter on Jamaica’s Hot 102 Radio show Reasoning.


He admits he gets hounded daily by readers who want to know what is that one small imperfection that Oprah needs to correct.


“For that one bad habit and a lot more, readers can go to the web site Ohabits.com,” he quipped.








Dr Ronald Robinson yesterday became the first casualty in the ongoing Mannat Phelps and Philllips scandal that has rocked the ruling Jamaica Labour Party (JLP).

Robinson tendered his resignation as both a member of the Senate and
Minister of State in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, with immediate effect.


His letter of resignation, addressed to Prime Minister Bruce Golding, was received by Jamaica House.

Dr Robinson, who was appointed to the Senate and the ministry in September, 2007, gave as his reason his wife’s medical problem, but also acknowledged his contact with US law firm Manatt, Phelps & Phillips which “could be perceived as inappropriate”.

He accepted responsibility and apologized for his action.








The Police are calling on residents of Tivoli Gardens and Denham Town to dismantle the barricades they have erected at the main entry points and across roadways in the communities.

The Police are informing these residents that it is a breach of the law to erect barricades which impede the movement of the security forces during the lawful performance of their duties.

The Police are appealing to the lawyers retained by Christopher Coke to take their client to the nearest Police station in order for the extradition warrant to be executed.

Residents of the affected areas (mainly Tivoli Gardens and Denham Town) are advised to call the Police if they need assistance and to report any acts of criminality.

Law abiding citizens have nothing to fear from the presence of the security forces as the Police intend to conduct our operations in a professional manner in accordance with the law and in the interest of all concerned.


Persons can call Police Control at 119 or Senior Duty Officers at 927-3168 and 946-1248 to report any concerns or any information coming to their notice.





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A how dem get dat deh unity

Dem sey unity is strength, but whey wi waan ask is what is greater – unity or money?

Cause mi never know sey PNP gunman and JLP gunman could unite suh.

But when mi read likkle more mi si sey dem can get as much as $100,000 fi join di Tivoli defence squad. Lord watch over us cause it look like Jamaica world a guh mad.






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Why dem doan stop dis ganja foolishness

Why dem have Jah Cure a guh court every minute over dis ganja foolishness.

Please it was just an ounce of ganja.

You would think it was a whole shipment they found on him. Everybody know sey Rasta entertainer and some bald head to love to build a vibes wid dem SPliff so nuh meck a big deal outa it.

Now Jayh Cure affi guh back a court inna June pon di possession charge.
Lawks man.








Minister of Education, Hon. Andrew Holness, has called on parents to rely less on violent and aggressive methods of discipline in executing their parental duties.

"We still retain a cultural view that the use of aggression and violence is the most efficient way of 'bending the tree while it is young', and I think we need to relieve ourselves of that cultural view," the Minister said.

He was addressing participants at the mid-term review of Jamaica's National Strategic Plan (NSP) for Early Childhood Development, at the Knutsford Court Hotel in Kingston Wednesday (May 19).

He said that it is an accepted scientific fact that violence and aggression in adol