June 2010 Archives



According to Hello Beautiful website Trey Songz is rumored to have had sex in the bathroom at a after party at the BET Awards over the weekend.

A couple of party goers saw Trey and a female by the name of Charity walk into the restroom together. When they returned she was looking clearly disheveled.

It is also reported that this Charity chick has been making the rounds with different athletes and celebrities including Oklahoma City Thunder’s Kevin Durant and Milwaukee Bucks Brandon Jennings.

Hmm wonder if Lauren London knows about this little rendezvous?





Bounty free

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The DJ who has been dubbed as cross, angry and miserable now has a reason to smile as he can put the assault court case behind him.

Yesterday, Rodney Pryce aka Bounty Killer who was charged after allegedly beating his girlfriend during a domestic dispute, walked free from the Corporate Area Criminal Court

Prosecutors were forced to drop the charges after the complainant, Kadene Baker, told the court that she did not wish to pursue the matter against Bounty Killa, whose real name is Rodney Pryce.

Bounty, the self-described "Warlord", was arrested and charged in April with assault occasioning bodily harm stemming from a dispute with Ms Baker.

Bounty, who has had several run-ins with the police, has more cases pending before the courts.

In one of these cases, he is accused of pulling a gun on a policeman during an altercation in New Kingston.

That matter is now before the Gun Court.





The Daily Word - Wednesday, June 30, 2010

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NewEndeavor

I seek God's guidance as I begin anew.


Before I embark on a new endeavor in life, I take a few moments to engage in a visioning prayer. This type of prayer is an excellent tool for guiding me forward. I enter into a time of communion with God as I pray:

Dear God, I thank You for the opportunity to participate in this sacred enterprise. I feel the divine calling within me to step forward and take on new responsibilities. I ask specifically, What is my role? What is mine to do?

With these words resonating within me, I pause in quiet reflection. I allow images to dance across my mind and ideas to leap from my heart about the innovation, expertise or support I can bring to this new endeavor. My mission and goals come into sharp focus. With God's guidance, I begin.

The Lord will guide you continually.--Isaiah 58:11





Kartel to turn himself in today

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Controversial dancehall deejay Adidja Palmer, better known as Vybz Kartel, is anxious to know why he is listed as a ‘major person of interest’ by the police and as such will turn himself in to them this morning.

The artiste will be accompanied by his lawyer, Valrie Neita-Robinson.

Kartel, the president of the what some now describe now crumbling Gaza and the man in charge of the Portmore Empire, has always been an interesting personality within the dancehall.

“I’m a person of interest ... what’s new? People find me interesting,” the deejay said with a hint of sarcasm

Vybz Kartel is one of six persons from the parish of St Catherine named last evening as major persons of interest:

1. Adija Palmer, o/c ‘Vybz Kartel’ from Waterford, Portmore.

2. Omar Lawrence, o/c ‘Hommie’ from Anglin Lane, Newlands, Portmore.

3) Seymour Johnson, o/c ‘Bulb Eye’ from Braeton- Phase One, Portmore.

4) Paul Smith, o/c ‘Kerone’ or ‘Biggs’ from Big Lane, Central Village.

5) Oneil Myurrie, o/c ‘Neily’ from Little Lane, Central Village.

6) Damion Perry o/c ‘Tillyman’ from Old Harbour Bay.

They are asked to turn themselves in at any Police Station in Portmore or any Police Station across the island.





Teen held for ammo

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Fifty two men were taken into custody by the Clarendon Police on the second day of a curfew imposed in sections of the parish.

The 52 are still being processed and interviewed.

The Constabulary Communication Network says one of the men who was wanted by the Clarendon Police, has been identified and is being interviewed before charges are laid against him.

During the curfew, members of the security forces also seized more than 200 rounds of ammunition.

They include 203 nine millimeter rounds of ammunition, two 12 gauge rounds and two .38 rounds.

Following the discovery of the ammunition, a 16 year-old girl was arrested and charged for illegal possession of ammunition.





Vybz Kartel wanted by the police

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Deejay Adija Palmer, otherwise called Vybz Kartel, has been named together with five other men as, 'major persons of interest', by St Catherine South Police.

The six are all from the parish of St Catherine:

1. Adija Palmer, o/c 'Vybz Kartel' from Waterford, Portmore.

2. Omar Lawrence, o/c 'Hommie' from Anglin Lane, Newlands, Portmore.

3) Seymour Johnson, o/c 'Bulb Eye' from Braeton- Phase One, Portmore.

4) Paul Smith, o/c 'Kerone' or 'Biggs' from Big Lane, Central Village.

5) Oneil Myurrie, o/c 'Neily' from Little Lane, Central Village.

6) Damion Perry o/c 'Tillyman' from Old Harbour Bay.

They are asked to turn themselves in at any Police Station in Portmore or any Police Station across the island.





Kanye Sued over ‘Stronger’ Track

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A songwriter-producer who claims to have written Kanye West’s 2007 hit “Stronger” is now suing the rapper for compensation.


In the lawsuit filed Friday (June 25th) in United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, Vincent “Vince P.”

Peters says he wrote the track in 2006 and played it for West’s manager John Monopoly at his Chicago home on Nov. 12 of the same year.

Peters says he recorded his own version of “Stronger” about seven months after he gave a copy of the track to Monopoly. In the suit, Peters accuses West of copying significant portions of his original version.

Kanye’s track went on to become a Grammy-winning, No. 1 hit.

Peters is seeking an undisclosed amount of damages and a trial by jury, reports Allhiphop.com.









A former Jamaica Defence Force soldier, who was placed on trial for the 2008 fatal shooting of four persons at the Double Diamond nightclub off Washington Boulevard, has been found guilty.

Corporal Leslie Moodie was found guilty of four counts of murder before the Home Circuit Court Monday afternoon.

A 12-member mixed jury retired for nearly three hours before arriving at the guilty verdict.

The ex-soldier who is now facing the death penalty will be sentenced on August 16.

However, his attorneys are expected to appeal the conviction.

At the trial which began six weeks ago, prosecutors led evidence that on the night of October 20, 2008, the soldier was involved in a confrontation with a group of men in the nightclub.

They argued that the JDF soldier, who was drinking heavily and harassing women at the club, took offence when he was confronted about his behaviour.

Prosecutors say he pulled his nine millimeter automatic pistol and began firing at patrons.

Prosecutors say he fired 38 rounds in the club, forcing patrons to scamper for their lives.

Two of the victims, Lynchmore Forbes and Winston Wilberforce felt the brunt of the soldier's anger.

Forbes was shot seven times and Wilberforce nine times.

Witnesses testified that Wilberforce who was trying to escape slipped and fell.

They say Moodie went over him and shot him multiple times while he begged for his life.

The prosecutors say the other victims, Ejon Peart and Davian Carr were DJs at the club.

They say Moodie, who was shouting "Who next, who next!"...during his mad rage, walked over to the DJ booth and began shooting the men.

Peart was shot six times and Carr three times.

The brother of Carr who was also in the booth was shot seven times, but he survived to give testimony of his nightmare in the club.

The bloody rage ended when policemen came on the scene and shot Moodie.

However, in his defense....Mr. Moodie told the trial that he was acting in self-defense.

He claimed that he was attacked in the club by men who were armed with guns and knives.

His attorneys called four witnesses to back up his claim.

One of the witnesses, a forensic scientist at the government laboratory, testified that gun powder residue was found on the hands of three of the victims...suggesting that they fired weapons.

28 witnesses testified at the trial.





Rihanna Caught Smoking Marijuana?

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A blind item about an unnamed “diva” caught smoking weed in a Barbados hotel room was reported by a gossip Web site to be none other than Rihanna.


Media Take Out posted the blind item from an unnamed Barbados newspaper on its Web site.

Part of it read: “…It appears that the classy woman and her guests smoke, drank and partied nonstop in the room.

Security had to be constantly knocking on the door because the smoke alarm would not stop going off.

…Management at the hotel are now contemplating banning this guest from using its facilities.”

The blind item went on to suggest that the same hotel had issues with Rihanna before, when she and former boyfriend Chris Brown booked a room there.

“Apparently a few years ago, they had to send her a huge bill when she and her former boyfriend also wrecked the place.”





Clarendon now under curfew

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A curfew was imposed on sections of the Clarendon Police Division.

The curfew, which began at 2 o'clock Monday afternoon, will remain in place until 2 o'clock Wednesday afternoon.

The boundaries of the curfew are NORTH, along a dirt track on the bank of the Rio Minho in the vicinity of the Salvation Army Church, to the top section of Overline Farm district using an imaginary line.

It also extends SOUTH along Oliver Drive from the car wash to a dirt track in Long Gully.

The curfew boundaries also run EAST along Sevens Road from the telephone booth to the intersection of Sevens Estate Road in the vicinity of John Crow Lane, and WEST along a dirt track from Long Gully using an imaginary line to the top section of Buzz Rock.





A which artiste dem con?

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Bwoy, Yarflex get it from good source sey one certain conscious artiste a meet hell inna Europe right now.

From what wi source tell wi, di team leave sey dem a guh do how much tour and yuh believe sey dem duh ova 10 show and doan get a dime?


But from what we hear dat always happen when unno nuh have good people a teck charge a unno affairs.

Yuh must have a proper manager and people whey mean business round unno.

Cause how unno fi leave Jamaica and nuh have nuh form a financial commitment?

And di wus ting is, how dem duh more dan one show and neva collect a cent. It shouldn’t even reach suh much show at all.


Still wi hear sey promoter abandon dem inna hotel without di bills paid and all dese tings. No sah, a real almshouse affair dat still.





The Daily Word - Tuesday, June 29, 2010

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Grace

I am one with God's love, now and forever.


Taking time apart from outer activities, I consider the love of God within that never fades and never fails. It is my comfort, regardless of my past and despite any challenges today or tomorrow.

In the serenity of meditation and prayer, I contemplate the depth and breadth of the endless love which abides in the deepest part of me. The love of God sustains and nourishes me, heals and prospers me, inspires and calms me, no matter what.

The love of God is a constant support and resource within me and also within the people I care about. I give thanks for God's love that enables us all to respond to life in mindful and meaningful ways.

Neither death, nor life ... nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God.--Romans 8:38, 39





Scenes from Good Times

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Scenes from Fresh Friday June 26 2010

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Scenes from Street Vybez Thursdays

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David Smith’s fraud case set for September

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David Smith, former head of the failed investment club, Olint, on Monday had his case adjourned in the Supreme Court in the Turks and Caicos Islands.

He will return to court on September 23.

Neither his legal team nor the Royal Turks & Caicos Islands Police was willing to divulge the details of the proceedings in court.

When the case against the former Olint boss was heard on May 11, a preliminary hearing was held in a Magistrate's Court.

David Smith is on a total of 30 fraud-related charges.

He’s alleged to have lost billions of dollars in investments by club members in his unregulated scheme.





Track coach Raymond Stewart banned for life

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Former Jamaican track star Raymond Stewart, who went on to coach banished American sprinter Jerome Young and other Olympic medalists, has been kicked out of the sport for life for obtaining performance-enhancing drugs for his athletes.

The U.S. Anti-Doping Agency announced the ban Monday, after an arbitration panel determined Stewart bought drugs from Angel Memo Heredia, whose cooperation has been used in investigations of banned coach Trevor Graham and others.

Stewart was a 100-meter specialist who appeared in four Olympics for Jamaica and won a silver medal in the 400 relay at the 1984 Games.

He joins Graham and Remi Korchemny as the third coach USADA has had kicked out of track for a role in helping athletes obtain and take drugs.

"Violating the sacred responsibility and standards of a coach by aiding athletes with doping is truly reprehensible," USADA CEO Travis Tygart said.

Heredia was a whistle blower in the case against Graham and others who were found to have used drugs purchased from Heredia's lab in Mexico City.

The arbitrators relied on evidence stating Stewart met Heredia in 1997 and the two maintained a relationship through 2006.

The evidence lists Young among those who Stewart coached. Young was on the 1,600-meter, gold-medal relay team at the 2000 Olympics but has since been banned for life for doping.

Young did not run in the finals and his U.S. teammates were originally allowed to keep the gold medal, but the medal was later stripped after one of Young's teammates, Antonio Pettigrew, admitted he doped during the Sydney Games.

Others Stewart coached, according to the evidence, included J.J. Johnson, a member of the U.S. 2003 world champion 400 relay team;

Kenny Brokenburr, a member of America's gold-medal, 400 team from the 2000 Games; and three-time Olympic medalist Beverly McDonald of Jamaica, who later married Stewart.

(Source: AP)





Sections of Clarendon are now under curfew.

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The curfew became effective at 2 pm Monday and will remain in place until 2 p.m. on Wednesday.

The boundaries are north along a dirt track on the bank of the Rio Minho in the vicinity of the Salvation Army Church, to the top section of Overline Farm district.

South along Oliver Drive from the car wash to a dirt track in Long Gully.

East along Sevens Road from the telephone booth to the intersection of

Sevens Estate Road in the vicinity of John Crow Lane and west along a dirt track from Long Gully using an imaginary line to the top section of Buzz Rock.

During the hours of the curfew persons within its boundaries are required to remain within their premises unless otherwise authorised in writing by a member of the security forces who is in charge of enforcing the curfew.








A US judge on Monday did not grant bail to former Tivoli strongman, Christopher 'Dudus' Coke.

However, Coke has been given 30 days to conclude the details his legal representation and to prove that the money he will use to retain his lawyers is not from the proceeds of any alleged criminal activities.

Coke, who has a court appointed lawyer, appeared in court Monday with Judge Robert Patterson giving the defence 30 days to prepare a case and for him to finalize his legal representation.

He did not speak during the brief hearing which lasted for 15 minutes. The conditions of his solitary confinement were also discussed in the hearing.

His court appointed lawyer Russel Newfeld as well as government prosecutors also surveyed documents relating to the case.

Coke has the right to retain up to three lawyers.

Coke had last appeared in the Manhattan federal court in New York on Friday where he pleaded not guilty to charges that he ran a massive international drug and gun ring.





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6 women To Keep Away From Your Man

We can never control the actions of our men. We can never be with them 100 percent of the day and yes there must be elements of trust in every relationship. However! That does not mean that we must be so trusting that we are foolish. Some men are weak. So weak that they sometimes needs assistance in preventing themselves from getting in trouble. This is why there are certain women that you, as his wife/girlfriend/ fiancé, keep him as far away from as possible. There are certain circumstances where you may have no choice but to allow him near her due to the fact that they may work together, or dated once. However, my advice to you is that if you cannot find a way, then you make a way. Having said that, the following are a short list of chicks to keep your man away from.

1. The Low Self Esteem Chick

You know this girl. The girl with self esteem so low that she will do almost anything for attention from a male. It does not matter how minuscule the attention is, she will take it. She is the one that is lacking self love and wants someone to confirm it for her. She needs men to tell her how beautiful and wonderful she is constantly. Sometimes chicks like this are unfortunate enough to rarely receive any male acknowledgment which is why they have to seek it out so desperately. Her antics sometimes appear to be over the top because in essence they are a cry for attention from anyone with a penis.

2. The Sluttish Friend

She is the one chick in your crew of friends who is a sweet heart and would give you her whole paycheck and food stamps if you needed it BUT (there always is a but with people who are too nice) she is a whore. She might also be a border line nymphomaniac. She will sleep with anyone and I do mean anyone. It does not matter to her if he is in a relationship, married, single, your daddy. She could care less about his relationship status and who he fathered. Her only goal is to get hers. She is the chick that will side line hate on you when you guys are at the club and she notices that guys are giving you more attention than her. This enrages her inside but she does not show her annoyance. Instead this is her cue to do some hoe s**t. Like motion for everyone in the group to look at her and then stick an entire popsicle down her throat without gagging then innocently giggle the words “wow, that was cold” . Please ladies, I call upon all of you to pop this chick in the back of her damn head when she commits such debaucherous acts.

3. The Model Chick

I have some leniency with this chick because truth be told, she cannot help that she is gorgeous, or modelesque. Blame God for that one. This chick might be a good person at heart and have no ill intentions towards you or your relationship. The only problem with her is that she is every man’s dream girl and secretly every man fantasizes of boning a model chick. This has nothing to do with her necessarily being prettier than you but more so to do with egoism. It feels good to a man for him to utter the words “I nailed a model”. Why uttering those words is enough to make any strong, young vital man release some man ooze right in his pants legs. Despite her innocence in this, just to prevent temptation on your man’s part, keep these two as far apart as possible…..

4. The Needy/Annoying Ex-Girlfriend

This is your current boo’s ex lady friend. She is the one who had a “special bond” with. So much so that they still keep in contact and remain friends. Which would not be a problem if she did not still depend on him emotionally for comfort. She is the one who will call him crying after she gets laid off from her job or realizes she is in love with a loser who treats her like crap. Yet, she still sees your man as her place of solace and peace. He is the one man in her mind who truly “gets her”. Which is why she will never completely let him go. Secretly she is waiting on him to dump you so she can pounce on him like Beyonce does her leotards. Which is why she needs to get the boot. Or at least have some restrictions put on this chick. For instance, no she cannot call him after a certain time of night. It does not matter how horrible her date was. She better suck it up till the morning.

5. The Golddigger

This wallet muncher is the one who can smell a man with an IRA account from 10 miles away. She has a greyhound nose for mutual funds, and off shoe accounts. She may be someone your man works with but has a lower level position. Perhaps a secretary, or the cute receptionist he passes every day while coming into the office or his new young and bouncy personal assistant that the staffing agency sent over. Her subservient position matters not to her. She is not there to pursue her own career achievements and success. She has an agenda of the romantic nature. She is there to find a husband. If you are fortunate enough to have a man with some green backs then keep this heffa far away! I guarantee you she will do whatever it takes to try to get him to sleep with her. She has a plan. Part of that plan is to seduce your man, get him to leave you, and ultimately either have him impregnate her or have a pre-nup free marriage. She does not care about this man at all. She cares about his wallet and all roads leading to it. I guarantee you that she would not stay with him longer than the time required to receive the biggest divorce settlement. She is in it to win it and her financial security is the prize. Muff her hard in the face and tell her to keep it moving.

6. The Sex Kitten

She is similar to the sluttish friend and the low self esteem chick but different in the way that she is much more self aware. Her actions do not come from a place of inferiority, self consciousness, or pure nymphomania. See, she realizes that she has nothing to offer a man but her body. She has little to no personality, she isn’t the brightest bulb in the room. She might have been told these things all her life which is why now she focuses all her energies into increasing/maintaining her looks. She has nothing else to offer. Nothing . Not only does she realize this, she accepts it! She embraces her honey pot and treats it like a golden muffin. She also knows all men’s weakness. Sex. So, she purposely and boldly, uses sex to seduce men. She is the one who might be working anywhere! Anywhere! Even a Starbucks and will be the only barista with her blouse unbuttoned so far down that you can just make out the her sexy pink Victoria Secret bra. Pretty isn’t it? Yeah it is and your man will think so too as he is unsnapping it with his mouth. Bottom line. He needs to find a new Starbucks to go to.

Source: http://yeahshesaidit.com







If you believe the NY Post, there’s a big rift developing between Beyoncé and her father and manager, Mathew Knowles.

The Grammy winning singer reportedly is still refusing to speak to him since he became a baby daddy with a woman 20 years his junior. Now execs at her label, Columbia, are fearful the problems between the two could damage her career:

The superstar singer was horrified when it was alleged last year that Matthew had an 18-month affair with 38-year-old Alexsandra Wright and DNA tests confirmed he’d fathered her son, Nixon, while still married to Beyoncé’s mother, Tina Knowles.


Matthew guided Beyoncé’s career through her days with Destiny’s Child and is still her manager.

But one music industry insider said, “Beyoncé was horrified to find out her dad cheated on her mom.

She always looked up to him, and she is very close to her mom, so this has hit her really hard.

She is refusing to speak to him, which is making things difficult where it comes to managing her career.

Some people at Columbia now think it would be better to move him aside.”





PNP wants Dudus to ‘talk up di tings’

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Peter Bunting, Opposition spokesman on national security wants Dudus to ‘talk up di tings’ where his dealings in the criminal underworld are concerned.

"Many persons think that this will be the beginning of another episode if he decides to come clean, and we hope that is what he will do so we can have not just one individual apprehended, but we can have a general housing," Bunting said.

"All those who were his co-conspirators, all those who were his collaborators, they should be hopefully feeling very insecure now and that the due process of law will eventually catch up with them as well."

Bunting said now that Coke has been extradited, the country can begin to move forward.

He is, however, maintaining that the entire issue surrounding Coke's extradition was handled shabbily and that Prime Minister Bruce Golding and Justice Minister Dorothy Lightbourne should be held fully responsible.

Bunting made the comment while speaking to reporters at a National Executive Council (NEC) post-press conference at St Mary High school yesterday, where reporters were barred from recording the party leader Portia Simpson Miller's address.





Dudus back in court today

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Coke, who was extradited to the US last Thursday on drug and weapons charges, will make his second appearance in a Manhattan courtroom at 4:00 pm, where a bail application is one of the items likely to be dealt with by the court.

Accused Christopher 'Dudus' Coke could find out today if his extremely slim chance of obtaining bail will materialise.

Yardflex will keep you posted.





The Daily Word - Monday, June 28, 2010

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Inner Peace

I am now enfolded in the peace of God.


If I were to wait until the world's conflicts were resolved before discovering my own peace, I would be searching for something outside myself that is already within.

The spirit of God within me is my center of peace--so I gently bring my attention inward. Here is where I find peace and serenity.

Instead of waiting for the world to give me peace, I give my peace to the world. Centering my thoughts on the peace within, I let tranquillity flow from me through my words and actions.

To the person who is upset, I am a patient listener. To the child who is fearful, I am the soothing voice of composure. I fully participate in life from the peace of God within my soul. I am God's peace in expression.

To set the mind on the Spirit is life and peace.--Romans 8:6





The Daily Word, Sunday, June 27, 2010

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Determination

With Spirit as my guide, I do what is mine to do.


At times I may feel the need to proceed with caution, perhaps concerned that my actions might lead to less than desirable results.

However, when I feel led by Spirit, I can be more deliberate and forthright in my actions. Some of my greatest accomplishments have come from determination to do what God was guiding me to do.

The simple act of deciding sets the universe in motion. Spirit provides me with the ideas and means to achieve great things.

Once I have decided that Spirit is my guide, my way is made clear. I move beyond fears and limitations and have the resolve and determination to do what is mine to do.

You will decide on a matter, and it will be established for you, and light will shine on your ways.--Job 22:28





The Daily Word, Sunday - June 27, 2010

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Healing


God's restorative power is quickened within me. I am healed.


Just as the power of God gave me my first breath, it brings me healing now.

I call forth this perfect life force by speaking words of health and wholeness to my body and mind. I release anything that is unlike the perfect life and love that are the truth of my being.

God's power is the only power that can prevail in me. Every cell in my body is innately whole; every organ is a perfect part of the miracle of me.

With my thoughts clear and focused and my mind receptive to new ideas, I speak words that are powerful and loving. I speak words of wholeness and peace. As I affirm my healing, God's restorative power is quickened within me.

He sent out his word and healed them.--Psalm 107:20





Reggae Sumfest Nightly Line Up.....

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Nightly Line Up



Saturday, July 17

Beach Party, Cornwall Beach

Errol Lee & The Bare Essentials

Brown Sugar

Press Fyah

Bumpa

DJ Bambino

DJ Baby Thug

Danger Zone

Thursday, July 22


Catherine Hall, Montego Bay

Vybz Kartel
Mavado

Elephant Man

Spice

I-Octane

Demarco

Kiprich

Konshens

D'Angel

Assassin

Ce'Cile

Voicemail

Chino

Ding Dong

Khago

G-Mac

Tifa

Besenta

Chumps

Dada

King UJah

Taz


Friday, July 23


Catherine Hall, Montego Bay

Chris Brown

Jah Cure

Queen Ifrica

Etana

Tony Rebel

Gyptian

Hezron

Steele

Lymie Murray

Sophia Squire

Macka Conscious

Saturday, July 24


Catherine Hall, Montego Bay

Usher

Shaggy

Beenie Man

Tarrus Riley

Gramps Morgan

Chris Martin

Protoje

Richie Loop

Zamunda

Ras Penco

QQ

Fire Lion & Ferrari





Ghana eliminates US for 2nd straight World Cup

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RUSTENBURG, South Africa (AP)—Life on the edge came to an exhausting and disappointing end for the United States against a familiar foe.

Ghana sent the U.S. packing from the World Cup—again—eliminating the Americans in the second round Saturday night.

Asamoah Gyan scored 3 minutes into overtime, leading the Black Stars to a 2-1 victory that ended a thrilling but ultimately unfulling World Cup for the United States that was watched by record audiences back home

“A stinging, tough defeat,” U.S. coach Bob Bradley said. “We knew Ghana was a good team and we didn’t get the job done.”

Asamoah Gyan scored 3 minutes into overtime to win it.

Kevin Prince Boateng put Ghana ahead when he stripped the ball from Ricardo Clark in the 5th minute and beat goalkeeper Tim Howard from 16 yards.

Once again, the U.S. came back, and Landon Donovan tied the score with a penalty kick in the 62nd minute after Jonathan Mensah pulled down Clint Dempsey streaking in. But no matter how much the Americans pressured after Gyan scored, they couldn’t tie it again.

“We had already expended a lot of energy at that time,” Bradley said. “I think we put ourselves in trouble with giving up the early goal again.”

In the first-ever extra time World Cup game for the U.S., Gyan got the winning goal when he took a long ball from Andre Ayew over the defense and beat U.S. captain Carlos Bocanegra, his teammate on the French club Rennes. Gyan let the ball bounce, took a touch with his chest, and with Jay DeMerit vainly trying to catch up, scored over goalkeeper Tim Howard with a left-footed shot from 16 yards.

“We’ve made everybody proud,” Gyan said. “Not Ghana alone, but all of Africa.”

There was no late magic this time to equal Donovan’s injury-time goal against Algeria that moved the Americans into the second round. The closest the U.S. came to tying it again was in the 98th minute, when Maurice Edu’s header off Donovan’s corner kick went wide.

With Howard pushed up, DeMerit’s desperation long shot in the final minutes went over the crossbar. Then Dempsey sent a header wide.

At the final whistle, Howard consoled Bocanegra and Maurice Edu collapsed to the ground. Donovan exchanged jerseys with a Ghana player and walked off the field, put on a coat, sat on the bunch and hung his head.

“This is a terrific group and we’re proud,” Bradley said. “We’re also disappointed that we couldn’t take it further.”

Ghana, the only African team left in the tournament, celebrated moving into the quarterfinals against Uruguay on Friday in Johannesburg. In their second World Cup appearance, the Black Stars bettered their 2006 team, which lost to Brazil 3-0 in the second round. That teams beat the Americans 2-1 in the final game of the opening round to send the U.S. home.






Artistes get ready for Reggae Sumfest

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Reggae Sumfest traditionally brings out the best artistes to the stage and at the same time brings out the best in these artistes, and presently, the confirmed acts are undergoing rigorous preparation to ensure that their Reggae Sumfest performance lives up to the huge expectations of the Festival’s fans.

Reggae Sumfest’s prestige has traditionally pushed the artistes to take special care in their appearance and performance. The Festival is known for artistes donning flashy new wardrobes, and backing that up with dazzling performances.

The confirmed artistes for this year’s show have been hard at work in rehearsals, toning their vocals and writing lyrics to ensure this year they are at optimum performance. Expectedly, the bulk of them do not wish to reveal much and prefer to drop the surprise on the night of the show.

However, the rehearsals have been going on in earnest, the new tunes have been written, the choreography of their performances have been documented, and the artistes are practicing repeatedly to ensure their performances live up to the high Reggae Sumfest standard.

The confirmed list includes Chris Brown, Shaggy, Beenie Man, Tarrus Riley, Queen Ifrica, Tony Rebel, Jah Cure, Etana, Bounty Killer, Mavada, Elephant Man, I-Octane, Voicemail, D’Angel, Stacious, DeMarco, Chino, Konshens, Tifa, Cecile, and Ding Dong among others.

Traditional acts like Beenie Man have never been known to disappoint, always sizzling and dropping new hits while on the stage.

Shaggy is also known crowd pleaser as well who soothes as easily as he seduces while on stage, while Elephant Man will electrify as intensely as he will entertain.

One group that will be specially observed on the Sumfest stage is Voicemail, which is planning an extra-ordinary performance as a tribute to their fallen member Oneil Edwards.

Group member Craig is not revealing much, preferring to deliver the surprise to the audience that night. However, he explained that it will be no ordinary performance.

“We’re going to make it a very special one, definitely a good voicemail performance,” he stated.

“We have started putting things together already, for a lot of people who had not been to the funeral…there is a song we wrote called praise his name and that is one of the songs we looking forward to performing.”

Reggae Sumfest is the most celebrated and supported Reggae Festival in Jamaica, and attracts the world’s leading musicians and performers.

In its near 20 year history, the show has boasted a superb entertainment package, loaded with the best performances, food, music, and culture. This year’s Festival runs from July 17-24 at Catherine Hall, St James.

Red Stripe is back as a sponsor of Reggae Sumfest, after a one-year hiatus.

The brand now joins fellow Platinum sponsors Ibero Star, Digicel, Wysinco, and the Jamaica Tourist Board. Gold Sponsors include CVM, The Gleaner, and Irie Fm.






Festival songs hit the road

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The Second Festival Song Road Show heads for the eastern parish of Portland this Saturday.

The Port Antonio Square is the venue for the event which will feature the 10 finalists in this year’s competition.

This will be the second in the series of such shows following on the launch Junction, St Elizabeth last week. The winner of the 2010 competition will take home $1 million cash





Dudus pleads ‘not guilty

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Former Tivoli Gardens strongman, Christopher "Dudus" Coke, who was extradited to the United States from Jamaica, pleaded not guilty to drug and weapons charges in a New York courtroom Friday.

Dudus, or Prezie, as he is affectionately called, entered a full courtroom at 2:03 p.m. and acknowledged his few family members present with a nod. The judge greeted him with "Good afternoon, Mr. Coke," to which the seemingly calm Coke didn't respond. After entering his plea, Coke stood and answered "yes sir" to every question regarding understanding his indictments.

The court-assigned attorney told the judge he has not been permanently assigned to case because the Coke family hired attorneys Frank Doddato and Steven Rosen. Doddato is the lead attorney.

Coke was extradited Thursday, two days after he was taken into custody in Jamaica and several hours after he had waived his right to an extradition hearing there. Coke arrived at White Plains-Westchester County Airport outside New York City around 7 p.m.

Armed Drug Enforcement Administration agents and U.S. marshals escorted him to a waiting SUV. Coke was dressed in a blue shirt and black pants with his hands cuffed behind his back. He appeared subdued, a smirk on his face.

"I love the people of Jamaica," he said in response to a question from a Jamaican reporter.

Coke, 40, said in a statement that he decided to waive his right to an extradition hearing of his own free will, and did so "even though I am of the belief that my case would have been successfully argued in the courts of Jamaica."

According to a superseding indictment filed in Manhattan federal court, Coke has led a criminal organization known as the "Shower Posse" since the early 1990s, with members in the United States, Jamaica and other countries.

"At Coke's direction and under his protection, members of his criminal organization sold marijuana and crack cocaine in the New York area and elsewhere, and sent the narcotics proceeds back to Coke and his co-conspirators," the U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York said in a news release.

"Coke and his co-conspirators also armed their organization with illegally trafficked firearms," the release said.

Coke is charged with conspiracy to distribute cocaine and marijuana and conspiracy to illegally traffic in firearms. If convicted on the narcotics charge, he would face a maximum sentence of life in prison and a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years in prison, as well as a fine of up to $4 million.

He would face a maximum sentence of five years in prison on the firearms trafficking charge and a fine of up to $250,000.

Coke was arrested on Tuesday when Jamaican police recognized him at a checkpoint. He was wearing a woman's wig when he was caught, a federal law enforcement source told CNN.

Last month's failed attempt to arrest Coke sparked four days of gun battles between security forces and his supporters in Kingston that left 76 people dead.

Coke, who is also known as "President," "Shortman" and "General," said he was "deeply upset and saddened by the unnecessary loss of lives" and said the deaths "could have been avoided."

"Everyone, the whole country, has been adversely affected by the process that has surrounded my extradition and I hope that my action today will go some way towards healing all who have suffered and will be of benefit to the community of Tivoli Gardens," a neighborhood where violence erupted, he said Thursday.

(Source:CNN)






DUDUS VIDEO EXCLUSIVE

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Remembering Michael

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Exactly one year ago to today’s date the shocking news came that the King of Pop Michael Jackson died.
Today, Yardflex remembers the pop icon through one of the classic songs he has delivered



Man In The Mirror
Ooh ooh ooh aah
Gotta make a change
For once in my life
It's gonna feel real good
Gonna make a difference
Gonna make it right

As I turned up the collar on
A favorite winter coat
This wind is blowin' my mind
I see the kids in the street
With not enough to eat
Who am I to be blind
Pretending not to see their needs

A summer's disregard
A broken bottle top
And a one man's soul
They follow each other
On the wind ya' know
'Cause they got nowhere to go
That's why I want you to know

I'm starting with the man in the mirror
I'm asking him to change his ways
And no message could have been any clearer
If you wanna make the world a better place
Take a look at yourself and then make a change, yey
Na na na, na na na, na na na na oh ho

I've been a victim of
A selfish kinda love
It's time that I realize
There are some with no home
Not a nickel to loan
Could it be really pretending that they're not alone

A willow deeply scarred
Somebody's broken heart
And a washed out dream
(Washed out dream)
They follow the pattern of the wind ya' see
'Cause they got no place to be
That's why I'm starting with me

I'm starting with the man in the mirror
I'm asking him to change his ways
And no message could have been any clearer
If you wanna make the world a better place
Take a look at yourself and then make a change

I'm starting with the man in the mirror
I'm asking him to change his ways
And no message could have been any clearer
If you wanna make the world a better place
Take a look at yourself and then make that change

I'm starting with the man in the mirror
(Man in the mirror, oh yeah)
I'm asking him to change his ways, yeah
(Change)
No message could have been any clearer
If you wanna make the world a better place
Take a look at yourself and then make the change
You gotta get it right, while you got the time
'Cause when you close your heart
(You can't close your, your mind)
Then you close your mind

(That man, that man, that man)
(That man, that man, that man)
(With the man in the mirror, oh yeah)
(That man you know, that man you know)
(That man you know, that man you know)
I'm asking him to change his ways
(Change)
No message could have been any clearer
If you wanna make the world a better place
Take a look at yourself then make that change

(Na na na, na na na, na na na na)
Ooh
Oh yeah
Yeah yeah yeah yeah yeah yeah
(Na na na, na na na, na na na na)

Oh no
Oh no, I'm gonna make a change
It's gonna feel real good
Sure mon
(Change)
Just lift yourself
You know, you got to stop it yourself
(Yeah)
Oh
Make that change
(I gotta make that change today, oh)
(Man in the mirror)
You got to, you got to not let yourself, brother oh
Yeah
You know that
(Make that change)
(I gotta make that make me then make)
You got, you got to move
Sure mon, sure mon
You got to
(Stand up, stand up, stand up)
Make that change
Stand up and lift yourself, now
(Man in the mirror)
Make that change
(Gonna make that change, sure mon)
(Man in the mirror)
You know it, you know it, you know it, you know
(Change)
Make that change





IRIE FM’s founder to be laid to rest tomorrow

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Founder of IRIE and ZIP 103 FM Karl Young’s memorial service will be held tomorrow, Saturday, June 26 at the Buckfield Playfield in Ocho Rios, beginning at 1:00 pm

Among those participating in the service will be international singer and Minister Judy Mowatt, gospel artiste Jabez, the Cari Folk Singers and L’Cadco Dance Ensemble.

Karl Young died on June 10 in a hospital in Chicago, United States





Tiger Woods, You Are Not the Father

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Tiger Woods can get his “Maury” dance on after learning a paternity suit filed against him by porn star Devon James has no merit.


TMZ.com has been reporting that a DNA test conducted in 2002 has already proven that another man is the father of her nine-year-old son, Austin.

Today, the Web site produced the document showing the test result, which states a man named Pele Watkins is 99.99 percent the biological father of Austin.


Angered by TMZ’s initial report, James filed legal documents in Manatee County, Florida earlier this month, asking a judge to force Woods to take a DNA test to prove her son’s paternity.


James, whose real name is Melinda Brinling, alleged Woods had fathered her child after a reported fling in 2001.

She said she kept the pregnancy and birth of her son a secret from Woods, but decided to reveal everything after his 2009 cheating scandal.











The Nas and Kelis divorce drama continues…It looks like spousal support is not the most pressing problem for Nas.

According to TMZ, the rapper is having problems making the monthly mortgage for the home Kelis is living in. Nas is behind $52,989.22.

So Nas’ lawyer, Mark Vincent Kaplan, filed a payment plan with the court, in which the rapper agrees to pay $17,500 up front, and then pretty much double the $7,800 mortgage payment each month to catch up.

According to the docs, the plan is to sell the home stat.





Coke’s mother makes tear-filled plea

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While the nation may regard Christopher Coke as an alleged drug don awaiting his fate, to one person, he is simply a son.

A distraught Patsy Haliburton, Christopher "Dudus" Coke's mother spoke to RJR News after returning from a prayer meeting.

She toldthe news team that she was concerned about her son's well being.

In a tear-filled plea, Miss Haliburton begged for news about her son and said she was anxiously awaiting his phone call.

“Mikey needs to come back and see me. I can’t take it. God is going to take care of you. There are a lot of prayers for you. I want to be strong, I know your strong. Mikey call your mother, I will feel better, I won’t feel that depressed,” she said between sobs.

The love was no different on the other side of the fence as on Thursday morning in court, Mr. Coke left a reassuring message for his mother, promising to return to her and his people in his former enclave West Kingston.





Yard Charts

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The Daily Word - Friday, June 25, 2010

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Success


I enjoy my life's journey, and I am successful.


What does success mean to me? As I consider this question, I think of the story of the tortoise and the hare.

The tortoise moved slowly along his path, enjoying his journey and the animals he met along the way.

In contrast, the hare sped along, paying little attention to his surroundings, eventually falling asleep, and completely missing out on the joy of the journey.

I choose to enjoy my life's journey, experience exciting adventures and meet new people along the way. I am not preoccupied with material gains or outward demonstrations of success.

I measure success by the blessings I give and receive. True success comes from Spirit. At one with the indwelling Spirit, I am successful.

David had success in all his undertakings; for the Lord was with him.--1 Samuel 18:14





Carlene Davis thrills, saves souls in Canada

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Minister and gospel singer Dr. Carlene Davis thrilled thousands in Canada last week at the renowned Revival Time Tabernacles in Toronto, delivering another spiritually charged performance to the large gathering as the specially invited guest of Bishop Dr. Audley James, the church’s presiding pastor.

This postdates her recent trip to the African continent, where she and husband Tommy Cowan ministered in Uganda saving many lives while imparting the teachings of Christianity.

Now back in the island, Dr. Davis last Wednesday attended the launch of Denbeigh at the Hi-Pro Ace Supercentre in White Mall, St. Catherine.

Where she met with various executives to discuss the way forward for the upcoming Denbeigh Gospel Extravaganza, slated for August 1, 2010.

In attendance at the launch where Committee Chairman Senator - Norman Grant, Leon Mitchell - Marketing and Sales Promotion Executive at The Jamaica National Building Society, Glendon Harris - President of the Jamaica Agricultural Society, Dr. Christopher Tufton - Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries, Donovan White - Head of Marketing at Digicel Jamaica, Christopher Levy - President of the Jamaica Boilers Group among others.

The annual Agricultural Show will be staged at the Denbeigh Showground in Clarendon from July 31 to August 2 under the theme "Eat What We Grow and Grow What we Eat".

Meanwhile, Dr. Davis and her husband are due to return to Canada on August 2, for the Revival Time Tabernacles annual gospel concert alongside fellow Jamaican acts Judith Gayle and Papa San.





Spanish Town under curfew until Sunday

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The curfews imposed recently in Spanish Town and its environs have been extended for another 48 hours.


The curfews will therefore continue until Sunday, June 27, 2010, a release from the police stated.





BP spoof video is runaway hit for UCB website

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The most memorable comedic take on the oil spill disaster in the Gulf of Mexico hasn’t come from “Saturday Night Live,” “The Daily Show” or a late-night monologue.


Instead, a cheaply made video by an unlikely New York improv troupe has created the only commentary that has truly resonated online: a three-minute spoof that shows BP executives pathetically trying to clean up a coffee spill.


In the video, BP execs are in the middle of a meeting when someone overturns a coffee cup. The liquid oozes across the conference table. One exec says it will “destroy all the fish” (his sushi lunch); another says it’s encroaching on his map of Louisiana. They try to contain the coffee spill by wrapping their arms around the perimeter, dumping garbage on top to absorb the liquid, clipping hair over it and other stupid human tricks.
Three hours later, the spill remains with all the mess left from attempts to contain it: paper, hair, soil, plants, etc. Finally, they get Kevin Costner on the phone.


“He’ll know what to do for sure,” an exec says with great hope.
“Do you have a golf ball?” Costner asks. No. A pingpong ball? Yes. Costner tells them to throw it at the spill. They do. Nothing happens. Then: 47 days later. The spill and the mess are still there with BP execs no closer to a solution.
In the last two weeks, the video has been watched by nearly 7 million people on YouTube. By the count of Viral Video Chart, it’s been shared some 300,000 times on blogs, Facebook pages and Twitter feeds.


The video was dreamed up by the writers for the sketch show “Beneath Gristedes,” a monthly stage show at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre in New York. While meeting to work on the show, a germ of the concept came to Erik Tanouye, who worked out the script with fellow writers John Frusciante, Gavin Spieller and Eric Scott.


They shot it two days later and within a week, it was up on UCBComedy.com.

The site has had some viral hits — a parody of a Google ad, a spoof of the “David After the Dentist” video — but nothing on this level. UCBComedy.com’s servers immediately crashed under the traffic.

(Source AP)






Coke in America

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Christopher 'Dudus' Coke has arrived in Manhattan after leaving the today at 2:05 this afternoon. Now dat dem have him wah now....
Jamaica can go back to normal or not, hope we the people can see the difference.





The President Addresses the Country

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I have, today, instructed my Attorneys that I intend to waive my right to an extradition hearing in Jamaica and to proceed directly to the United States under the terms of the Extradition Laws and treaty between Jamaica and the United States of America.

I have taken this decision of my own free will and have done so even though I am of the belief that my case would have been successfully argued in the Courts of Jamaica.

I take this decision for now I believe it to be in the best interest of my family, community of Western Kingston and in particular the people of Tivoli Gardens and above all Jamaica.

Everyone, the whole country, has been adversely affected by the process that has surrounded my extradition and I hope that my action today will go some way towards healing all who have suffered and will be of benefit to the community of Tivoli Gardens.

Above all I am deeply upset and saddened by the unnecessary loss of lives which could have been avoided, be it of members of the Security Forces and over eighty (80) residents of Tivoli or any other innocent Jamaicans that has occurred during this time.


I leave Jamaica and my family in particularly Patsy (his mom) with a heavy heart but fully confident that in due course I will be vindicated and returned to them

Pray for me and God bless Jamaica

R u truly sry 4 the lives lost...hmm U cud hav avoided that by turning ureself in from the get go. U were just delaying the inevitable. I lost family n frenz there, sry u can keep ure apology.





REV MILLER CHARGED

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Reverend Merrick Miller popularly known as “Al Miller” has been charged by the Police for perverting the course of justice and harbouring a fugitive.


Miller was offered bail ($200,000) and is scheduled to face the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate’s Court on Friday, July 2, 2010.


The charges were levelled against Miller following two days of interviews conducted by detectives from the Organised Crime Investigation Division.





COKE EXTRADITION

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Christopher “Dudus” Coke was handed over by local law enforcement officials to the US Marshals at the Norman Manley International Airport at approximately 2 pm today. He, along with the Marshals left the island shortly after.


Coke waived his rights to an extradition hearing at a proceeding at the mobile reserve early this morning.


He was wanted in the United States on a number of drug trafficking and ammunition charges.






Dudus expected to leave Jamaica today

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It's official. Christopher 'Dudus' Coke has waived his rights to an extradition trial in Jamaica.

Authorities intend to take Coke to the United States by 3:00 pm today.

He was also served with a Restraint Order, which means that the State has frozen all his assets.

The extradition hearing which took 15 minutes, held at the Mobile Reserve along Camp Road in Kingston earlier this morning.

He was wearing a blue and white striped shirt, Clarks shoes and grey jeans pants, gold chain and white undershirt.

Nodding to reporters as he entered the courtroom about 9:55 am, Coke was escorted in without cuffs, accompanied by three policemen.

When he was heading to sign the consent form, he again looked up at reporters. The look on his face suggested he was now resigned to his fate, which his lawyer George Soutar confirmed to the Observer.

Soft-spoken, Coke said he understood that he will be facing trial in New York and confirmed that he wanted to waive his rights.

The signing of consent order took about five minutes.

His lawyers were Tom Tavares Finson and George Soutar.

After the hearing Coke was taken to a place called Red Fence on the Jamaica Defence Force Up Park Camp Headquarters where he will be held pending his extradition.

US representatives were also present in court. The only other persons allowed were press and local law enforcement officials

Resident Magistrate Georgianna Fraser presided.


Source: Jamaica Observer





Coke will be taken to the United States TODAY

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HOURS before his extradition to the United States, former Tivoli Gardens don Christopher ‘Dudus’ Coke asked Jamaicans to pray for him.


In a two-page typewritten statement issued through his lawyer Tom Tavares Finson, Coke said he was leaving with a heavy heart, but was convinced he would be “vindicated”.

“Pray for me and God bless Jamaica,” Coke said. “I leave Jamaica and my family, in particular Patsy [mother Pauline ‘Patsy’ Halliburton], with a heavy heart, but fully confident that in due course I will be vindicated and returned to them.”


He said he had taken the decision to waive his rights to an extradition trial “on my own free will and have done so even though I’m of the belief that my case would have been successfully argued in the court of Jamaica”.


“I take this decision for I now believe it to be in the best interest of my family, the community of West Kingston and in particular the people of Tivoli and above all Jamaica,” he said.


Coke will be taken to the United States today, where he faces drugs and gun-running charges.





Lawrence Taylor Indicted on Rape Charges

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NFL Hall of Famer Lawrence Taylor has been indicted by a suburban New York grand jury on charges of rape, criminal sexual act and sexual abuse, the AP reports.

The indictment Wednesday follows his May 6 arrest at a Holiday Inn, where he allegedly paid a 16-year-old girl $300 to have sex with him, according to prosecutors.

The former New York Giant was also indicted on charges of endangering the welfare of a child and patronizing a prostitute.

Rockland County District Attorney Thomas Zugibe says the teen victim told investigators that she had been verbally threatened and physically assaulted by Taylor after being brought to his hotel room by a pimp.

Taylor has denied the charges. The alleged pimp, Rasheed Davis, She was later arrested by New York City police.





Mariah Carey Sued for Unpaid Vet Bills

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It’s no secret that Mariah Carey loves her Jack Russell terriers, but paying for their vet bills? Not so much, according to the doctor responsible for their care.

Veterinarian Cindy Bressler sued Carey on Wednesday in a Manhattan state court claiming she owes nearly $30,000 in bills for her three dogs.

In her lawsuit, Bressler said she provided “extraordinary services” for the Jack Russell terriers — Cha-Cha, Dolomite and JJ — but the singer paid only about $8,200 of the roughly $37,800 in charges. The bills cover a little more than a month of care.

Bressler’s lawyer, Michael C. Posner, declined to elaborate on the treatment given the dogs.

Her Web site notes that she makes house calls in New York City and the Hamptons and caters to “prominent New Yorkers and celebrity clients.”

Carey and her husband, “America’s Got Talent” host Nick Cannon, recently welcomed a new addition to their household: a puppy named Jackie Lambchops, born to Cha-Cha this month, according to Carey’s Twitter feed.







Police say they have locked up hundreds of people, and seized a homemade shotgun, during curfews today, in and around Spanish Town, St. Catherine.

Two hundred and 77 persons, including two women, were detained.


70 persons have already been processed and released.


The curfews were imposed in and around Spanish Town, even as the entire parish of St. Catherine came under a state of emergency this morning.

Government says the efforts are to help curb crime.

People were picked up mainly in and around the St. Catherine capital, Spanish Town.

More than two hundred males were brought into the makeshift detention facility.

The media and other civilians were not allowed inside, but from the entrance of the facility, our news team saw detainees being processed.

There was an attempt to have juveniles done first.

Some two hundred detainees are spending tonight behind bars.

They are on the minds of relatives who converged outside the detention facility, desperately seeking information.

Some support the empowerment of the security forces, others don’t.

The security forces don’t mind, as they imposed curfews on several tough St. Catherine communities.

Despite the intensified operations of the security, the streets of Spanish Town were abuzz with activity.



Schools were open, so were several business places.

Commuters, bus and taxi operators, vendors and buyers, came to the old capital today, in their numbers.





Reverend Al Miller released from custody

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Reverend Al Miller, the man who has sparked controversy since the capture of Christopher "Dudus" Coke, has been released from police custody.

Reverend Miller who turned himself minutes after two o’clock Wednesday afternoon was released minutes after six in the evening.

He is to return to the Organised Crime Investigation Division on Thursday at about 11 o’clock.

Reverend Al Miller was brought to the headquarters of the Organised Crime Investigation Division for questioning on Wednesday afternoon by his attorney Wentworth Charles.

The Reverend, who was held in the company of "Dudus" Coke, was questioned for several hours by senior detectives about his connections to him.

It is widely speculated in legal circles that the cleric could be charged with harbouring a criminal when he declared that he was taking Mr. Coke to the US embassy instead of the police who had a warrant for his arrest.

Many senior cops have expressed disappointment in the actions of Reverend Miller, who is also the Director of the National Transformation Programme in the Office of the Prime Minister.

Police Commissioner Owen Ellington says a probe is being carried out to ascertain why the police involved in Tuesday's operation allowed Mr. Miller to go.

Three weeks ago, Mr. Miller played a role in the surrender of Dudus' sister Sandy Coke and his brother Leighton "Livity" Coke after they were identified as persons of interest.





The Dudus drama

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All eyes are now on the proceedings regarding Tivoli strongman Christopher ‘Dudus’ Coke.

Many are rooting for him to be extradited to the United States … for the simple reason that they want him to sing like a canary regarding his dealings with influential people in the society.

One woman told Yardflex, “I have no doubt that there is a lot of dirt to come out on some of these ‘upstanding’ people in society,” she said, adding that Jamaicans should be prepared for a rude awakening when all of this come out.

For others they are just happy that he has now been captured and they are hoping he will not suffer the same fate as his dad, Jim Brown, but will instead get the chance to “spill the beans.”

Dudus will get his chance in court today, at 10:00 am. There will be tight security and it will be in closed camera.

Stay tuned to Yardflex for on this case.





Voicemail moving on

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According to a story in the Star, the group Voicemail will not be seeking to replace O’Neil who was killed. They say his spirit will remain with them.


"Oneil is still here, we still a group we are just blessed now to have our own angel looking down on us. Him a guh deh deh, nobody else nah tek him place.

You just won't see a physical body in one of the spaces,” a member was quoted as saying in the story.

Well Yardflex wish them continued success as they trod on.





The Daily Word - Thursday, June 24, 2010

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Filter


Conscious of the Spirit, I contribute to the highest good of myself and others.


Often I find that less is more in life. For instance, a filter installed on a faucet produces water containing fewer impurities--a purer, more nourishing drink.

I have an inner filter, my consciousness of Spirit, that allows me to identify error thoughts that would not contribute to the highest good of myself and others.

Building on such a consciousness, I keep a stream of divine ideas moving into my awareness. I know when to release certain thoughts and beliefs. I know what to do, when to act and when not to act.

I live in the moment--prepared to give and receive unlimited blessings, prepared to seize opportunities to be a blessing to others.

To him who by the power at work within us is able to accomplish abundantly far more than all we can ask or imagine, to him be glory.--Ephesians 3:20-21





Smirnoff Dream Weekend 2010 Launch

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Photos By: MILTON RAYNOR





Scenes from The Expo At The Arena

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Photos By: ASHON WILLIAMS





Magnitude-5.5 earthquake reported in Canada

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TORONTO — A rare earthquake, measuring magnitude-5.5, struck at the Ontario-Quebec border region of Canada on Wednesday, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

The midday quake was felt in the city of Toronto in Canada and in a number of U.S. states, including Michigan, Vermont and New York.

There were no immediate reports of damage.

The USGS said the quake occurred at a depth of about 12 miles (19.2 kilometers). The quake occurred at 1:41 p.m. EDT (1741 GMT).

In New York state, people from Buffalo to Albany and north to Massena on the St. Lawrence River said pets were startled and plates rattled when the quake hit.

David French, 53-year-old state worker from Cicero, New York, said he was at his computer inside his home near Syracuse when he felt his chair shake.

"I thought the chair was breaking or something," he said. "I looked over and my filing cabinet was moving."

The quake prompted several calls to state police in the Adirondacks area.

"A little shake, nothing too big," is how Trooper Mark Revette described the temblor. "It happens. We get a couple of these a year."

Kellie Tassone, 40, was at home on Oneida Lake in Cicero.

"My dog picked his head up just before it happened and kind of looked at me," she said. Then the sliding door started to rattle "and the house was shaking."

Source: AP





POLICE RAISE THREAT LEVEL

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The Police High Command has again raised the threat level from criminal violence against their members and assets to extremely high. This means there is anticipation of imminent violent attacks on members as well as physical assets.

This upgrading of the threat level is based on intelligence suggesting that detained and displaced criminals as well as other criminal criminals are planning attacks on Security Forces personnel and assets.

The Police High Command is urging all members to take seriously this threat assessment and raise their level of awareness and anticipation on and off duty. Deployments must not fall below defensive levels and personnel should be prepared to act swiftly and decisively in defence of themselves and colleagues.

The Police High Command wishes to assure all members that they have the full backing of the High Command in any lawful action taken to defend themselves and citizens of Jamaica.

At the same time the High Command is reminding criminal elements and those who sympathise with them that the Police remain undeterred in the fight to defeat organized crime.





ALCOHOL’S DAMAGING EFFECTS ON THE BRAIN

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Difficulty walking, blurred vision, slurred speech, slowed reaction times, impaired memory: Clearly, alcohol affects the brain.

Some of these impairments are detectable after only one or two drinks and quickly resolve when drinking stops.

On the other hand, a person who drinks heavily over a long period of time may have brain deficits that persist well after he or she achieves sobriety.

Exactly how alcohol affects the brain and the likelihood of reversing the impact of heavy drinking on the brain remain hot topics in alcohol research today.

We do know that heavy drinking may have extensive and far–reaching effects on the brain, ranging from simple “slips” in memory to permanent and debilitating conditions that require lifetime custodial care.

And even moderate drinking leads to short–term impairment, as shown by extensive research on the impact of drinking on driving.

A number of factors influence how and to what extent alcohol affects the brain (1), including how much and how often a person drinks;
the age at which he or she first began drinking, and how long he or she has been drinking;
the person’s age, level of education, gender, genetic background, and family history of alcoholism;
whether he or she is at risk as a result of prenatal alcohol exposure; andhis or her general health status.


This Alcohol Alert reviews some common disorders associated with alcohol–related brain damage and the people at greatest risk for impairment.

It looks at traditional as well as emerging therapies for the treatment and prevention of alcohol–related disorders and includes a brief look at the high–tech tools that are helping scientists to better understand the effects of alcohol on the brain.



BLACKOUTS AND MEMORY LAPSES

Alcohol can produce detectable impairments in memory after only a few drinks and, as the amount of alcohol increases, so does the degree of impairment. Large quantities of alcohol, especially when consumed quickly and on an empty stomach, can produce a blackout, or an interval of time for which the intoxicated person cannot recall key details of events, or even entire events.

Blackouts are much more common among social drinkers than previously assumed and should be viewed as a potential consequence of acute intoxication regardless of age or whether the drinker is clinically dependent on alcohol (2).

White and colleagues (3) surveyed 772 college undergraduates about their experiences with blackouts and asked, “Have you ever awoken after a night of drinking not able to remember things that you did or places that you went?” Of the students who had ever consumed alcohol, 51 percent reported blacking out at some point in their lives, and 40 percent reported experiencing a blackout in the year before the survey. Of those who reported drinking in the 2 weeks before the survey, 9.4 percent said they blacked out during that time.

The students reported learning later that they had participated in a wide range of potentially dangerous events they could not remember, including vandalism, unprotected sex, and driving.

ARE WOMEN MORE VULNERABLE TO ALCOHOL’S EFFECTS ON THE BRAIN?

Women are more vulnerable than men to many of the medical consequences of alcohol use.

For example, alcoholic women develop cirrhosis (5), alcohol–induced damage of the heart muscle (i.e., cardiomyopathy) (6), and nerve damage (i.e., peripheral neuropathy) (7) after fewer years of heavy drinking than do alcoholic men.

Studies comparing men and women’s sensitivity to alcohol–induced brain damage, however, have not been as conclusive.

Using imaging with computerized tomography, two studies (8,9) compared brain shrinkage, a common indicator of brain damage, in alcoholic men and women and reported that male and female alcoholics both showed significantly greater brain shrinkage than control subjects.

Studies also showed that both men and women have similar learning and memory problems as a result of heavy drinking (10).

The difference is that alcoholic women reported that they had been drinking excessively for only about half as long as the alcoholic men in these studies. This indicates that women’s brains, like their other organs, are more vulnerable to alcohol–induced damage than men’s (11).

Yet other studies have not shown such definitive findings. In fact, two reports appearing side by side in the American Journal of Psychiatry contradicted each other on the question of gender–related vulnerability to brain shrinkage in alcoholism (12,13).

Clearly, more research is needed on this topic, especially because alcoholic women have received less research attention than alcoholic men despite good evidence that women may be particularly vulnerable to alcohol’s effects on many key organ systems.






Jay-Z Sued Over Unpaid Private Jet Bill

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A company that leases private jets has filed a lawsuit against Jay-Z over a number of bills that yet to be paid in full.

Air Platinum Holding is accusing the rapper of spending 55 hours on their planes in 2009, but only paying for 37 hours of service, reports TMZ.com. The company is seeking roughly $137,485 in total payments, broken down as follows:

– 18 hours of flight time at $4,500-per-hour (discounted from $6,000-per-hour) … $81,000 — Catering for 17 domestic flights ($500-per-flight) …. $8,500 — Catering for 4 international flights ($750-per-flight) … $3,000 — International fees … $8,500 — Taxes … $12,285 — Luxury trip to England … $24,200





Ciara Fans Bash The Dream via Twitter

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Dream shuts down his Twitter page after Ciara fans send him some pretty angry messages.

Their disturbing responses were caused from some hmm … mean comments he made in Parlour magazine. When answering if Ciara’s upcoming album “Basic Instinct” will be her last shot at fame.

“I think so. You only get so many times to, and I won’t say fail, but not achieve,” he said in the interview.

“There’s an expectation of where Ciara should be in her career. To others, she’s achieved but not to us, because we saw where her career was headed.

But now she’s back on the horse. When she first came out I, like Lil Jon and Jazze Pha, understood exactly who she was.

It was that whole Atlanta vibe because if I’m not Atlanta, no one is … I knew if I had a chance to get with her creatively, there’s a specific type of swagger that she’s got.

Tricky and I did her whole album, but it’s not all shallow songs like ‘Ride’. There’s play time but there’s substance too, it’s a great listen.”

Perhaps that response didn’t go over to well with fans.

But before he shut it down completely, he posted a message in his defense, telling his new haters club to get familiar with the context of the article? Situation? Industry? Or something and that he loves Ciara.

“Look up the word context. And also become familiar with the phrase ‘taken out of context’ it helps. I believed in Ciara when every1 else walked away &talked s**t I love her that’s my sister! Actions speak louder than words.”








Commissioner of Police Owen Ellington said this evening (June 22) that legal proceedings against captured fugitive, Christopher Coke, should commence within 48 hours.

"The legal proceedings will commence immediately; once we are able to settle on the issue of legal representation and reach an agreement with the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) on where the hearings will be held a court date will be set, and we anticipate that we can achieve that within 48 hours," Commissioner Ellington told a press briefing at his office, Hope Road, Kingston, some two hours after Mr. Coke's capture.

He also stated that the security threat level for members of the security forces has been raised to the level that they were on May 21 this year, three days before the security forces entered the Tivoli Gardens community in West Kingston in an effort to capture the fugitive.

"This means that our members have been alerted to the possibility of attacks on their persons or patrols on the road and our facilities, and we are urging members to raise their level of anticipation and alertness and remain professional while executing their duties," the Commissioner explained.

He said that Mr. Coke, in respect of whom the police are holding a warrant of arrest for the commencement of extradition proceedings to the United States on drug and gun running charges, was arrested at 4 p.m. by a party of policemen manning a vehicle checkpoint along the Mandela Highway, which runs between Kingston and St. Catherine, acting on intelligence.

"Coke is being held now in a secure facility and the security forces are taking every step possible to ensure his safety and wellbeing, while he is in our custody," Mr. Ellington assured.

"I would like to appeal to the families, friends and sympathizers of Christopher Coke to remain calm and to allow the law to take its course.

I also [would] like to assure the citizens of Jamaica that the situation remains normal, there is no need for alarm and they can get about their normal businesses in the usual way," the Commissioner went on.

"We would also like to reassure the country that we will continue our efforts to defeat organised crime and to restore law and order in this country while, at the same time, turning around the crime and security situation," he concluded.







Three members of a family in Hellshire in St. Catherine were on Tuesday afternoon shot, two fatally, in what the police say was sparked by domestic dispute.

Those killed are 18-year-old vendor Christopher Thomas otherwise called "Rammie” and his 42-year-old mother Melonie McCraw, a fish vendor.

Injured is Ms McCraw's 13-year-old niece.

It is understood that just after 2 0'clock, four men armed with handguns entered a cook shop on the beach.

The men then opened fire.

The three were who inside the shop were shot and injured.

They were taken to hospital where Ms McCraw and her son were pronounced dead.





State of Emergency declared for St. Catherine

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The Golding Administration has buttressed the Jamaica Constabulary Force and the Jamaica Defence Force with powers to enforce the State of Emergency in St Catherine for the next 30 days.

The Government also moved on Tuesday afternoon to extend the State of Emergency for Kingston and St. Andrew for another month after the security forces asserted state power in West Kingston in a massive onslaught on the criminal underworld last month.

Precisely one month ago St. Catherine MP Sharon Hay-Webster called for a State of Emergency to be imposed in the parish to stem the wave of rampant criminality gripping her constituency, Prime Minister Bruce Golding announced on Tuesday afternoon that the emergency powers have been approved for St. Catherine making it the third parish to be a meshed with the State of Emergency.

The recommendation was made by the Chief of the Jamaica Constabulary and the military during a briefing to the Cabinet on Monday.

“Having considered very seriously and carefully the advice of the security forces, yesterday gave approval and today conveyed to His Excellency the Governor General that a proclamation be issued declaring a State of Public Emergency in the parish of St. Catherine commencing 12 midnight and will continue in accordance with the provisions of the Constitution for one month unless revoked or extended by resolution of the House of Parliament,” Mr. Golding said.

He also stated that his government has take seriously reports of human rights abuses and promised that strong action will be taken against members of the security forces who are found wanting arising from their operations in the Corporate Area.

Meanwhile, the green light has been given for the State of Emergency for Kingston and St. Andrew to be extended until July 22.





The Daily Word - Wednesday, June 23, 2010

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Pray for Others


You make a difference.


The men and women who serve my community as police officers, firefighters and emergency responders take an oath to protect and provide comfort and peace of mind in times of crisis.

Each is trained to perform quickly and efficiently. I honor and respect everyone who serves my community, and I support them with prayer.

When I see an emergency vehicle, I know it is helping someone in need.

I bless everyone involved by affirming wisdom and safety for the responders and health, safety and divine order for all those affected. I affirm right outcomes, knowing that God is within each individual and in the circumstance.

I support all in my community with caring and affirmative prayer.

I am grateful to God ... when I remember you.--2 Timothy 1:3





Scenes from Fresh Friday June 19 2010

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Scenes from Flurtatious

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Roy Fowls Party - Photos by Ashon Williams

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THE police high command is asking the Reverend Al Miller to immediately turn himself in at any police station.


The reverend is being asked to come in with his lawyer for questioning, as he is a major person of interest on a matter currently being investigated by the police.


Al Miller was said to have accompanied fugitive Christopher 'Dudus' Coke when he turned himself in to police this afternoon.









Alicia Keys has had her unborn child blessed in a traditional Zulu ceremony while in South Africa for the World Cup.

The Grammy award-winning singer, who is around five months pregnant, joined hands with music producer fiance Swizz Beatz for the outdoor blessing near Durban, on the country's eastern coast.

Wearing tribal beads, Alicia and her baby were given Zulu names while standing under a fig tree known as the 'healing tree' by locals who believe it brings good fortune and health.

The star, 29, had the ritual performed by female elders on Wednesday after arriving in South Africa the previous week to headline the World Cup Kick-Off Concert in Johannesburg.

The R&B diva was given a blue robe to cover her shoulders, while Swizz, 31, donned a red sarong and leopard print sash.

Alicia was chosen to receive the blessing in return for her work with local children's charity Bobbi Bear, whose workers are paid by the singer.

Bobbi Bear director Jackie Bradfield said yesterday: 'Alicia has been made part of the tribal family because she really reached out to the people here.

'Two female priests who practise a mix of Christianity and tribal custom chose new names for her and the unborn child, as a mark of respect. The names were kept between them, but were chosen to reflect Alicia's character.

'Alicia had to do a special dance with drums banging in the background, and was embraced by abused children who she has helped. She was chosen for the ceremony as a thank-you, because she has done a lot to keep children's lives afloat and for us to afford our support staff.

'Her partner came too - he held her hand and helped her sit down when she needed rest.'

Alicia's mother and brother were among a crowd of around 50 people who watched her by the tree where Bobbi Bear runs a weekly HIV clinic.








The fugitive was handed over to police by Reverend Al Miller and is prepared to commit himself to due process and waive his right to an extradition hearing.


Early reports suggest that Coke is being held at a police station in St Catherine.


He is wanted by the United States on gun and drug trafficking charges.


A $5 million dollar reward was recently placed for information leading to his arrest.


More details to follow...





Photos By: MILTON RAYNOR





Get your dot on Michael Jackson portrait

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Poet Maya Angelou is inviting fans of Michael Jackson to be represented in a pointillism portrait of the late singer, who died almost a year ago.


Angelou met Monday at her home in North Carolina with artist David Ilan, who is putting together the tribute. Ilan placed a dot representing Angelou in the heart area on the portrait.


Ilan says he hopes one million people will each ask through a website to be represented by one of the free dots.

So far, the portrait has 250,000 dots, representing fans in 180 countries. Pointillism is an art technique in which small dots are used to form an image.

(Source AP)








Rapper Lil Wayne could avoid jail time in Arizona on drug and weapon charges after entering a plea agreement with prosecutors.


During a change of plea hearing Friday in which he appeared via video from a New York jail, the 27-year-old Grammy winner pleaded guilty to one count of possession of a dangerous drug.


The charge stems from an incident in January 2008 in which his tour bus was stopped at a U.S. Border Patrol checkpoint in Arizona. Authorities say they found cocaine, Ecstasy and a handgun on the tour bus.


Prosecutors say the rapper, whose real name is Dwayne Carter, is scheduled to be sentenced June 30 and could receive 36 months of probation.

He’s currently serving an eight-month jail term in New York after pleading guilty last October to attempted criminal possession of a weapon.

(Source AP)








Dancehall artiste, Buju Banton, singer of the hit 2002 song Wanna Be Loved, is a part of VEVO’s top 10 Reggae video’s of all time list on the popular VEVO.com website.


Joined by Damian ‘Jr. Gong’ Marley (as an individual and with songs featuring Stephen Marley and Bobby Brown), Matisyahu, Sean Kingston, Shaggy ft. Natasha Watkins and Patrice, Buju Banton’s video joins an elite group of 10 all time favourite video's as voted by the team at VEVO.com.


“It doesn’t surprise me that Buju is on the list” said longtime radio personality and radio station owner Rico Vibes. “Buju’s music is classic and has earned a permanent place on all lists that are Reggae and music related.”


For younger generations who are just getting to know Buju and his music, VEVO.com acts as a perfect portal as fans can access six of Buju’s popular and earlier works such as Champion, What Am I Gonna Do, featuring Nadine Sutherland and Untold Stories from the artists’ award winning ‘Til Shiloh’ album.


To date, over 2.8 million people have accessed Buju’s catalogue on VEVO.com ensuring the artists popularity in broader markets, as well as the Caribbean.

Buju is currently imprisoned in Florida awaiting trial on conspiracy charges relating to cocaine.





Romain Virgo hits Billboard

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Singer Romain Virgo made his Billboard debut with the release of his self-titled CD, which landed at number 14 on the Reggae Album charts.



Among the producers on the 15-track album are the heavyweights Donovan Germain of Penthouse Records, Shane Brown and Omar and Dawin Brown from the Vikings label. The official launch party for the album is scheduled to take place tonight at the Knutsford Court Hotel, St Andrew.

After winning the Digicel Rising Stars Competition in 2007, Romain aligned himself with some of the industry's top producers with the help of his management camp, Vikings Productions and thereafter recorded some of Reggae's biggest recent hits including Cyaan Sleep, Wanna Go Home, Murderer, This Love (the video for which was included in VH1's rotation), Who Feels It Knows It and others.





Lil Wayne Dodging More Jail Time

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In trouble again, rapper Lil’ Wayne is trying to avoid more jail time in Arizona on drug charges after making a plea deal with Yuma County prosecutors.

On Friday, the rapper videoed in from a New York jail and pleaded guilty to one count of possession of a dangerous drug in January 2008.

U.S. Border Patrol stopped his tour bus at a checkpoint 78 miles from Yuma. According to reports, cocaine, ecstasy, and a gun were found on the bus. Wayne is facing 36 months of probation and possible jail time. He is currently serving an eight-month sentence in New York for a weapons charge.





Fat Joe Detained over Alleged Sexual Assault

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Fat Joe was detained by police in Madison, Wisconsin Sunday night after a 33-year-old woman accused the rapper and his entourage of sexually assaulting her inside a Cadillac limo.

Citing the Madison police department, TMZ.com reports that the woman alleges the assault happened after the artist — real name Joseph Cartagena — performed at a concert at The Orpheum Theater last night.

According to police, the woman claims, “shortly after the concert had concluded … [she] found herself inside of a Cadillac limousine with Joseph Cartagena and other male subjects all with the destination of a hotel located on Madison’s west side.”

Cops tell TMZ Fat Joe was detained for questioning — but was not arrested. He was released this morning — sometime before 7 a.m.

So far, no arrests have been made and police say the investigation is ongoing.





Jaleel White Addresses Gay Rumors

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Jaleel White, best known for his TV role Steve Urkel, called Detroit’s WJLB to promote the first ever DVD release of “Family Matters” with COCO, Foolish and Mr. Chase In The Morning — but got more than he bargained for when they began questioning his sexuality and rumored relationship with former NBA player Anfernee “Penny” Hardaway.

The jocks said they heard rumors that Jaleel and Penny Hardaway were once secret lovers, and even lived together at one time. But when Foolish said he heard Jaleel and Penny were “roommates” Jaleel emphatically said, “Naaaah man, I wasn’t ever no damn roommates with Penny Hardaway.”

Mr. Chase was more blunt – stating, “We heard you guys were buTT-ddies!”

Jaleel said Penny was like a “big brother” to him, and compared their relationship to that of LeBron James and rapper Drake. He said, “If you see Drake and LeBron do you think they’re gay? It’s like… Get outta here man, that’s crazy.”

He went on to say that the gay rumors don’t really bother him because, “You’re not successful unless somebody thinks you’re gay.”

Foolish also asked him about the picture below that appears to be the actor in some Applebottom jeans. Jaleel said that it’s not him.





PM to make announcement on state of emergency

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After Cabinet heard progress reports from various stakeholders involved in the current hunt for criminals and guns, including the Jamaica Defense Force (JDF), the PM expected to make an announcement today on whether to extend the State of Emergency.

Member of Parliament for North West Manchester, Dean Peart has urged the JDF Chief of Defense Staff to recommend that the government extend the State of Emergency beyond the borders of the Corporate Area.

He thinks it should be extended to crime hot-spots in St. Catherine, Clarendon, St. Ann and St. James.

Let’s listen out and hear what the verdict will be.





LA Lewis do song bout Beenie beat up

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But really and truly, wi can believe sey di Star really gi LA Lewis front page story pon him fool fool song. Wi woan even waste fi wi and talk bout it, all wi a do is gi yuh some a di comment dem pon Youtube under him video.


riddle me this...how many failed songs can an artiste make before he realizes that he's a waste of sperm?


THIS YA BIG F##@ry!!! ITS BETTER IF HIM STICK TO DRAWIND HIS NAME ALL OVER JA AND WEAR WHITE!!!


Why Dem Neva Throw La Lewis ina Di Grave This Song Need a Funeral Home Real Fast Cause It Dead
cah belive mi jus waste mi r##@s time listen to thim..hear mi nuh u need fi find a 9-5 cuz music a nuh fi u
my youth why you no try fishing or do some charity work and stop waste time ........ the DJ thing is not for you my friend ................... Bless 





The Daily word - Tuesday, June 22, 2010

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Prosperity

By the grace of God, I am unlimited.


It may be fun to wonder: "If money were no object, where would I go, what would I do?" But money does not define my prosperity. My wealth is not limited to the dollars in my bank account.

The abundance of the universe is mine. Every blade of grass, every grain of sand and every particle of air is here for me and for all. By the grace and goodness of God, I am unlimited. I am wealthy beyond measure because I am one with God.

I give thanks for the unlimited good that surrounds me. All that I am, all that I have, all that I give and all that I receive are part of God's infinite and unlimited good flowing to me and through me right now.

For surely I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord, plans for your welfare and not for harm, to give you a future with hope.--Jeremiah 29:11







DJ Wah Wa of popular Kingston-based sound system Darkcide International is now the new campaign face of International fast food giants, Burger King, starring in their latest television commercial.

Making his advertising debut, Wah Wa was handpicked by company officials to represent the brand based on his vibrant personality for which he’s known on the entertainment circuit.

“It’s always a good look when Corporate Jamaica wants to align their product to you, especially an internationally renowned company like Burger King”. When asked about the feedback he added, “The response so far has been tremendous and hopefully this will be the beginning of a working relationship with other corporate interest.”

Meanwhile, after completing a month-long tour of the United States last December, DJ Wah Wa and other members of the Darkcide International family are now gearing up for the hectic summer season with several assignments throughout Jamaica, the Caribbean and North America.

On Thursday, June 24th, Dj Wah Wa will unravel his musical artistry at Wolmer's Girls High School Graduation Ball at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel.







Sunshine

The light of God surrounds me.


On this day, when half of our planet experiences the longest day of the year and half experiences the shortest day, I celebrate the light of the sun.

I am warmed by its rays, nurtured by its light, and awed by its colorful displays in the morning and evening sky. The sun's presence exemplifies the order of God's universe, which is as constant in me as it is in the heavens.


God is the light that surrounds me, the love that enfolds me, the power that protects me, and the presence that watches over me.


With gratitude, I celebrate the light of the sun that brings life to the planet and the light of God that brings life to me. I shine my light by being a presence for good in the world.


The sun rises and the sun goes down, and hurries to the place where it rises.--Ecclesiastes 1:5


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Following an operation by lawmen on the Coopers Hill Road in St. James last night, an unidentified man is dead and two others are now on the run.


The dead man is about 27 years old.


Detectives from the Montego Bay CIB reported that about 8:30 p.m., the operation was carried out in the Coopers Hill Road area, when the police approached three men who were walking along the roadway.


Upon their advance, the men pulled guns and opened fire at them. The police responded by returning fire, hitting one of the men, while the other two managed to escape.


The injured man was taken to the Cornwall Regional Hospital where he died.


None of the lawmen was injured in the operation.


Since then, the Montego Bay CIB has processed the scene and the hands of the officers involved in the shooting swabbed.








Dancehall fashionista Michelle Downer, aka D’Angel has once again hit the television screen, this time as the new spokeswoman for Access Financial Limited.

The television commercial released this week features her endorsing the company’s wide array of products and services while giving her own testimony and encouraging other to become a part of the growing financial institution.

Access Financial Services Limited is a provider of small and micro business and personal loans. Established in 2000, Access now operates from seven locations in Kingston, Morant Bay, Portmore, Spanish Town, Mandeville, Montego Bay and Ocho Rios.

According to the company’s Management, “Our vision is to provide financial solutions for every Jamaican with a mission to provide our customers with innovative financial solutions and unparalleled customer service, through a tailored range of products.”

And it was with this mindset that D’Angel was chosen to represent the company in an official capacity. She also endorses other brands locally including Digicel Jamaica, Coke Zero and G-Force.






A how did big time, hype selector outta Miami a flex so? The man have people a send out email a state all kinda sitten sitten bout him. We a hear bout flossing inna Port Antonio, rented vehicle and who owe who money and don’t want to pay back and dem a call him all kinda name. When oonu do tings oonu must remember the power of the Internet. Nutten cyan hide now. Just like how a certain artiste manager did a try a ting wid a producer outta Europe and last week the producer just send out a email to everybody pon di manager mailing list a ask bout him money. Dem tings really don’t look good. People must just know she honesty is the best policy. And if oonu don’t have money fi tek vacation, tan a you yaad. And, to the producer, we haffi seh: a long time you deh bout and people always have all kinda sitten fi seh bout you. Is about time you leggo dem lickle crooked ways, cause in the long run a did artiste a go suffer. Just free up did man outta Europe, cause him can do nuff tings fi help did artiste career.





Father’s Day Joke: Brag about parents

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An Army brat was boasting about his father to a Navy brat.

"My dad is an engineer. He can do everything. Do you know the Alps?"

"Yes," said the Navy brat.

"My dad has built them."

Then the naval kid spoke: "And do you know the Dead Sea?"

"Yes."

"It's my dad who's killed it!"





Those sperm donors

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Today, Father’s Day many sperm donors will be bigging up their chests and taking credit for a job they have no business celebrating.


It is disgusting the amount of children out there that are not being supported by these bums who are claiming the right to fatherhood.


The list could go on and on of the many single mothers out there who are juggling to make two ends meet, just so they can give their children a good education.


Then there are those who are trying their luck through the court system, to see if they can even get a stipend from the no good men who fathered their children.


It is our hope that today, will make some of these donors look into themselves and realize that they are badly lacking, and start to do something about it.


Anyone can father a child, but it takes something special to be a good dad.

It is a shame to hear men bragging about the many kids they have, but you don’t see them making an effort to spend quality time, or effectively take care of them.


Thumbs down to these dead beat dads.






Big up to the real Dads dem...

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He would give his last meal to ensure that his children have enough to eat.

He carefully plans his day, just to ensure he will be home in time to spend quality time with his kids.

He is never too busy to listen to whatever is troubling his child and he will move heaven and earth to make sure no harm comes to them.


That’s the perfect picture of a father who is looking out for his child. That man has earned the right to be called a father.

It doesn’t matter if his sperm brought that child into the world, as long as he is standing by that child for the long haul, being there for him/her every step of the way, then that will do.


There are so many negative stories out there regarding dead beat dads, that it is really special to see a father with his child, living an exemplary life.


Sometimes it can be a thankless job as for some strange reason a bigger deal is made about mothers than dads.


It can be a struggle trying to keep that wayward child in line, but look at the bigger picture, they will be thanking you committed dads in the long run.


Today, this is your day, enjoy it and continue to be the champion dads you are.





Food for thought for fathers

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· National Urban League Slogan
Don't make a baby if you can't be a father.

· Aldous Huxley
Sons have always a rebellious wish to be disillusioned by that which charmed their fathers.

· Helen Rowland
A man's desire for a son is usually nothing but the wish to duplicate himself in order that such a remarkable pattern may not be lost to the world.

· Austin O'Malley
The worst misfortune that can happen to an ordinary man is to have an extraordinary father.

· Confucius
The father who does not teach his son his duties is equally guilty with the son who neglects them.

· William Penn
He who is taught to live upon little owes more to his father's wisdom than he who has a great deal left him does to his father's care.

· Charles Wadworth
By the time a man realizes that maybe his father was right, he usually has a son who thinks he's wrong.

· Anonymous
Small boys become big men through the influence of big men who care about small boys.





Color Him Father

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The Winstons

There's a man at my house he's so big and strong
He goes to work each day, stays all day long
He comes home each night looking tired and beat
He sits down at the dinner table and has a bite to eat
Never a frown always a smile
When he says to me how's my child
I've been studying hard all day in school
Tryin' to understand the golden rule

Think I'll color this man father
I think I'll color him love
Said I'm gonna color him father
I think I'll color the man love, yes I will

He says education is the thing if you wanna compete
Because without it son, life ain't very sweet
I love this man I don't know why
Except I'll need his strength till the day that I die
My mother loves him and I can tell
By the way she looks at him when he holds my little sister Nell
I heard her say just the other day
That if it hadn't been for him she wouldn't have found her way
My real old man he got killed in the war
And she knows she and seven kids couldn't of got very far
She said she thought that she could never love again
And then there he stood with that big wide grin
He married my mother and he took us in
And now we belong to the man with that big wide grin

Think I'll color this man father
I think I'll color him love
Said I'm gonna color him father





Happy Father’s Day

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Today, Yardflex wishes all dads - biological and otherwise a happy Father’s Day.

We hope your kids take time out to make you feel special and appreciated. Enjoy the day and continue being the wonderful fathers you are or should be.





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Yard Flex Chart 6/18/2010

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Scenes from Uptown mondays

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Who can afford to run will run

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PNP MP Ian Hayles will be going to trial in the case brought against him by Donovan Earl Hamilton, the losing JLP candidate for the West Hanover constituency.

Hayles who had previously taken the case to the Court of Appeal, saying that the 21-day period had passed for the application to have him disqualified and the dual citizenship matter should not be tried had the Court of Appeal yesterday ruling that the dual citizenship case against him should go to trial.

What we have to say is this. Unless all politicians who are running for seats are willing to relinquish their dual citizenship status then they should take themselves out of the race.


The true fact of the matter is that they are not in the fight with us.

When push come to shove, they can just go back to the States and leave us to deal with whatever we have to face. Their level of commitment and caring won’t be the same as another MP who has no where else to turn but here.


It’s time we stop this foolishness of rewarding those who ‘jump ship’ so to speak and really look out for those who are in it through ‘thick and thin’ with them.





Poor Usain

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Boy we are really sorry for poor Usain Bolt. We always say when you are a superstar you leave yourself open to all kinds of expectations from people.

The latest now is that the Jamaican diaspora in the US are complaining that he is not giving them quality time whenever he is there.

The claim is that they can’t get interview ops with him as he is more available to foreign media than his ‘homies’ entities.


The truth is that, he will never be able to please everyone and he can’t grant every interview request. Really and truly, we wouldn’t want to be in his shoes right now where the heavy demand on his time is concerned.


Still, we hope he remains focused and continues to fly the Jamaican flag high doing what he does best.





Large ammo find

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Police in St. Andrew seized 701 rounds of ammunition on Thursday morning.

The Flying Squad Police were carrying out an operation on Weymouth Drive off Spanish Town Road, St. Andrew when the ammunition was found.

No one was arrested during the two hour operation from four to six o'clock.

The find was made at an abandoned gas station.

In a breakdown of the figures the police said 598 .22 rounds were seized.

One .40 round; one .38 round; six rounds of .380; 26 twin gauge cartridges; 25 .764 rounds; and 44 rounds of 20 gauge cartridges were also found.








Porn star Devon James filed legal papers in Florida Thursday hoping to prove that Tiger Woods is the father of her 9-year-old son.

James, whose real name is Melinda Janette, asked a judge to “establish paternity” after TMZ.com reported Thursday that a 2001 DNA test done on her son proved another man was his father.

The TMZ account is “false,” a source close to the 29-year-old told the New York Daily News. “The DNA test done in 2001 was on a man who is a white guy, a complete white guy. His name is Matt. The test showed he is not the father, and Tiger has never taken a DNA test.”

There was no comment from Woods, who is competing at Pebble Beach, Calif., in the U.S. Open.

James claims she was 19 and working on a Christian charity project in Hawaii when she hooked up with Woods. “She became pregnant, but she decided not to tell Tiger,” the source said.

James claims she told Woods years later about their love child, Austin, when she was working as an escort and allegedly hooked up with him again for a “dirty” threesome, which earned her and the other gal $2,000 a piece.

“She and Tiger both recognized each other,” the source said. Woods “was huge by then; he was married. Devon was afraid he would take her son away.”

James made no mention of Austin in March when she joined dozens of women who claimed to have slept with Tiger. James’ mother, Sandra Brinling, later called her daughter a “pathological liar” who was trying to squeeze Woods for money.








Open Heart

Through Christ within, I live a life of love.


When a tense situation develops with others, I breathe deeply, turn to the Christ within and allow inner wisdom to inspire my thoughts, words and actions.

The natural result is an open heart and inner calm. I hold loving thoughts, and I am gentler with others and myself. Christ within is the cause and the fulfillment of greater understanding, kindness and love.

I am the artist of my life, and I color my world with love. I picture myself in harmony with others, and my powerful feelings and thoughts create my experience.

Each person I welcome into my heart adds a richer dimension to my life, contributing to an evolving masterpiece of contrast, light and color.

Whoever loves a brother or sister lives in the light, and in such a person there is no cause for stumbling.--1 John 2:10






The man who made the world stand up and understand what the black community meant about racial profiling with his song “Ridin’ Dirty” has made a decision to let his $2 million dollar home go back on the market.

The media has painted a picture of poverty and mishandled funds by the rapper, but he couldn’t be further from that.

According to AOL’s Housing Watch, the rapper born Hakeem Seriki, has been spending his time taking care of business.

Something that a lot of celebrities don’t spend time taking care of once the money starts rolling in.

But, Seriki happens to own a record label called Chamilitary Entertainment and he co-owns a dealership in Houston called Fly Rydes, along with a tour bus company. He’s involved in a project with Quincy Jones as well.

The more than 7,000 square foot home was too much house for someone who is never enjoying the home.

In addition to that, the house had the largest payment of all of his properties.

When you finished applauding him, read here to find out more about his finances…that appear to be in tact. Or you can listen to him in his own words.







Earth Wind & Fire and the late Bob Marley are among the 2010 inductees into the Songwriters Hall of Fame, which will hold a ceremony Thursday (today) in New York City.

David Foster, who will also be inducted Thursday, cited “After the Love Has Gone,” a song he co-wrote for Earth, Wind & Fire, as one of the defining moments of his career.

“It was the first Grammy that I had won,” the 60-year-old told the Associated Press.

Former Genesis frontman Phil Collins, already a Songwriters Hall of Fame member, will receive its highest honour, the Johnny Mercer Award.

Country sensation Taylor Swift is getting the Hal David Starlight Award for emerging songwriters, while other hall inductees include Leonard Cohen, Jesse Stone, Laura Nyro, Jackie DeShannon, Johnny Mandel, Matt Dennis and Sunny Skylar.

The hall will also honour “Bridge Over Troubled Water,” written by Paul Simon, as it celebrates its 40th anniversary. Other special tributes include one for producer Phil Ramone and publisher Keith Mardak.








According to RJR News police are reportedly making arrangements to lay charges against Ochoa Ogilvie, son of Justin Ogilvie, a top associate of Christopher "Dudus" Coke.

A senior investigator told their news team that Ochoa Ogilvie will be charged in connection with the alleged theft and destruction of a police radio vehicle during the bloody battle between gunmen and members of the security forces on May 23.

Police personnel who were transporting medical personnel to the Kingston Public Hospital (KPH) were forced to abandon the police vehicle after they came under a hail of bullets along Slipe Pen Road near the Blood Bank.

Gunmen then stole the vehicle and set it ablaze along Drummond Street behind KPH.

The cops say they have the evidence that allegedly links Mr. Ogilvie to the theft and destruction of the vehicle.

Mr. Ogilvie's father Justin is now in custody being questioned about his connections to "Dudus" Coke.

Members of the police and military have searched his East Kirkland Heights residence on several occasions for evidence which they hope with bring down the multi-million dollar enterprise headed by Christopher Coke.







Protected

I am confident, safe and secure in oneness with the Presence.


Nature protects its own in various ways: Seeds are encased in protective pods as they grow and mature; a fawn is born with a dappled coat to better hide it from predators; chameleons change colors to blend with their surroundings.

I am protected by the divine Presence, which gives me wisdom to make right choices and love to harmonize with all that is good. Through the Presence, I am empowered to establish order, security, strength and peace in my life.

Any time I face uncertainty, I claim my oneness with divine Presence. I trust the wisdom, love and order inherent in me to guide my decision-making. I am safe and secure.

You will have confidence, because there is hope; you will be protected and take your rest in safety.--Job 11:18





Curry Market nuh good again

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Wi nearly drop down when wi hear a how much money it a guh cost fi fix Coronation Market (affectionately referred to as Curry).

Really and truly 1 billion dollars? No a how come? Is not nuh housing structure, a mostly stalls and it need some water infrastructure, but fi di most part, a wha dem a guh duh suh. It look like sey di nex’ time mi guh a curry, mi affi go pay close, close attention.

Big up to Digicel whey a contribute $100 million to the cost.

Di country did done pop dung aready and now dis, plus wi not even fling in the cost fi build back di police station dem.





Chicken price down

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Well, in the midst of all that’s going on, we can breathe a sigh of relief, at least something’s going down at last!

Jamaica Broilers Chris Levy says that as of today there will be a two percent decrease in the price of chicken.

The only thing we are now watching is to see if KFC, Burger King and all the other food entities that increased their prices will be taking something off their meals.

They increased the cost as soon as chicken price went up let’s see if that decrease will now be passed on to its consumers.





'Livity' pointed out in forced ID process

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Leighton 'Livity' Coke, the brother of the most wanted fugitive in the country, Christopher 'Dudus' Coke, was pointed out on Wednesday afternoon in an identification parade for crimes committed in West Kingston.

The cops were forced to hold what is called a "confrontational ID parade" after Livity refused to submit to the parade.

This means that the witness was taken to his cell to point him out.

The exercise was observed by at least three Justices of the Peace.

Livity--who was widely expected to take over the leadership of the Tivoli Gardens gang led by "Dudus" Coke, is scheduled to face a series of ID parades for shootings and other offences committed in West Kingston.

Livity is one of 95 persons being held by police under the State of Emergency Act with allows the authorities to arrest and detain any person deemed to be a threat to public safety.

He surrendered to the police two weeks ago in the company of Reverend Al Miller.





Curfew in the Corporate Area

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A curfew is now in place in sections of the Corporate Area. The boundaries of the curfew are as follows:

North


Along East Queen Street from Church Street to Victoria Avenue, along Victoria Avenue, Upper Elletson Road to Cumberland Avenue, along Cumberland Avenue and Lincoln Road to Camperdown Road.

South

Along Harbour Street and South Street between Church Street and Paradise Street.

East

Along Paradise Street from South Street to Windward Road continuing along Windward Road to Camperdown Road, and along Camperdown Road to Lincoln Road.

West

Along Church Street between Harbour Street and East Queen Street.

The curfew which began at 4:00 am today will continue until 4:00 am Friday.

During the hours of the curfew all persons within the boundaries are required to remain within their premises unless otherwise authorised in writing by the ground commander from the security forces, who is in charge of enforcing the curfew.

Because of the curfew no visitors will be allowed through the cordon to the Tower Street Adult Correctional Centre. Prison workers must provide proper identification to the ground commander to gain access.






Jazz on the Pier for Portland Friday

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The second annual Jazz on the Pier unfolds Friday night at the Errol Flynn Marina’s Ken Wright Pier.

The benefit event features a wide variety of both international and Jamaica artistes playing for the benefit of the Muirton Boys Home.

The 7 pm concert is being sponsored by the Custos of Portland and the Portland Lay Magistrates Association along with the Ocho Rios Jazz Festival outreach organisation.


Featured artistes include Jamaica’s Desi Jones Trio, Canadian songstress Kiralina and acclaimed saxaphonist Idris Ackamoor.

Between acts, the evening will also feature the stylings of Portland clothing designer Arlene Passley, founder of Aya Wear.

The company describes its offerings as “modern fashion with an African resurgence”.


Additional artistes scheduled to appear include singer-songwriter-guitarist Nadia Lowe, keyboard stylist Peter Stoddart, guitarist Lenford ‘Brutus’ Richards, Jeff Williams and his “Cosa Nostra” jazz quartet, plus the Maroons Drum and Dance troupe.








According to The Associated Press, a free concert by pop band Hanson and up-and-coming Canadian rapper Drake was canceled Tuesday after twice as many people as anticipated showed up and many became unruly, police said.


The concert organizers asked the New York Police Department for help dispersing the crowds around 7 p.m., police spokesman Paul Browne said.

Two people were arrested on minor charges; six suffered minor injuries, police said.


The concert was part of the “Sounds Like Paper” series presented by Paper magazine, an independent magazine focusing on arts, culture and music. The magazine apologized on its website: “Wow, the crowd was much larger than we anticipated, and unfortunately the show was canceled. But we will make it up to you guys!”


The show started at about 6 p.m. with an opening act at Pier 17 on Manhattan’s South Street Seaport, a popular summer locale for concerts. Hanson, the Tulsa, Oklahoma, brothers behind the 1997 hit “Mmmbop,” and headliner Drake, whose album “Thank Me Later” debuted Tuesday, were to appear on stage soon after.


Organizers were anticipating about 10,0000 people but nearly 20,000 showed up, police said. Many people climbed roofs and started throwing bottles, as concertgoers smashed together toward the stage, police said.


Witness Tamika Johnson told the Daily News newspaper: “People in the front started leaving because they were getting crushed.”


A spokesman for Drake, whose album features Kanye West and Alicia Keys and debuted to positive reviews, told the Daily News the rapper was disappointed the NYPD dispersed the crowds before he could perform.








CNN’s Anderson Cooper said Tuesday that he still hadn’t heard from BP after his attack on the company for failing to make its representatives available to talk about the Gulf oil spill on his nightly newscast.


On Monday night’s show, Cooper took the unusual step of playing tape of 14 different nights in which he told viewers that the company had either not responded to requests for interviews or declined. He said the company failed the test of transparency and its officials don’t like to be asked tough questions.


“It’s easy for me to kind of smile about this and almost kind of make a joke about it,” Cooper said on the air. “But it’s not a joking matter.”


BP has run into some trouble with the media during the nearly two-month oil spill, including reporters who have complained about restricted access to workers cleaning up the oil or areas affected by the spill.


Cooper’s harsh words were noteworthy, particularly given a lack of complaints from other networks. They left him walking a thin line between informing his viewers about BP’s unwillingness to answer questions on his newscast or appearing petulant that he’s not getting guests.
“I don’t yell at people,” Cooper said Tuesday. “I’m not trying to embarrass anybody. I think they just need to be held accountable for the public statements.

I think they’ll get a lot tougher questions Thursday on Capitol Hill than they would on my program, but it’s their right to pick and choose.”


BP representatives did not immediately return messages for comment on Cooper left by phone and e-mail.


BP Managing Director Bob Dudley did appear on Cooper’s program on May 19.

Cooper said he had not heard whether the company had been unhappy with the interview, although he noted that he had repeated questions that he did not feel Dudley answered at first.


He said the company had fibbed about the amount of oil leaking into the Gulf of Mexico and should be asked to explain contradictory statements.

(Source: AP)





Woman Claims Son is Tiger Woods’ Love Child

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One of Tiger Woods’ mistresses is now claiming that he fathered her secret love child.

Porn star and escort Devon James tells RadarOnline.com that the golfer is the father of her son, who was born in early 2001, before Woods and Elin Nordegren were married.

A source said James told him he was the father in 2006, when she claims they reconnected.

“She says Tiger is the father of her child,” one source told RadarOnline.com. “And she’s insistent about it.”

James claimed to have had a two-and-a-half year affair with Tiger after he paid her and another woman $2,000 each for a “two-girl party.”

Yet it wasn’t until a chance encounter with Woods, six years later, that the Florida woman told Woods that she believed her son was his, according to the source.

Tiger has not taken or been asked to take a paternity test, the Web site reported.





Lawyer demands Tesha Miller’s release

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Senior magistrate Judith Pusey is to decide on Thursday whether she has the powers to release from custody the reputed head of the Klansman gang, Tesha Miller.

Mr. Miller is now being held in custody under the Emergency Powers Act or State of Emergency.

However, his attorney Valerie Neita Robertson has filed a writ in court demanding his release.

Mr. Miller surrendered to the police on May 31 after the Police High Command placed him on a list of alleged dons being sought for questioning.

He was then served with a "detention order" under the State of Emergency Act which could keep him in custody indefinitely without charge.

However, Mrs. Neita-Robertson argued that her client, who is based in St. Catherine, does not fall under the State of Emergency, which is in place in Kingston and St. Andrew.

She accused the police of trying to “fit her client under the State of Emergency”.

Mrs. Neita-Robertson insisted to the magistrate that notwithstanding the awesome powers given to the police under the State of Emergency, she has the power to order his release.

Senior magistrate Pusey told her that she would need some time to examine the rules laid out under the Emergency Powers Act in order to make a determination in Mr. Miller's case.

The ruling is set for Thursday.

The Klansman leader was among several area leaders taken into custody by the police as part of moves to get a grip on violence in the Corporate area and St. Catherine.





US$20,000 reward for Dudus’ capture

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Bwoy the police want Dudus bad. US$20,000 reward for any information leading to his capture.

But is just one thing we have to ask, a just who gonna bell the cat? Honestly nuff Jamaican doan trust di system, so dem nah gin uh info.

Although a near two million dem can collect, the thought that they might nuh be around fi spend it, will meck dem tink twice.





ID parade for ‘Livity’ today

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Christopher ‘Dudus’ Coke's brother Leighton Coke popularly known as "Livity" is expected to face an identification parade today, (Wednesday).

Detectives from the Major Investigation Task Force (MIT) served documents on "Livity" Tuesday, signalling their intention to place him on a series of ID parades for crimes committed in the West Kingston Police Division.

The documents were served on him at the Half-Way-Tree Police lock-up.

However, sources say "Livity" refused to sign the documents and made it clear to the cops that he will not be attending any ID parade.

His attorney George Soutar confirmed to RJR news that the cops were arranging a series of ID parades for his client.

However, he declined to state whether his client will be attending the parades.

"Livity" who is widely considered heir apparent to Christopher "Dudus" Coke, surrendered to the police on June 1 after he was placed on a list of persons of interest.

He was handed over to the cops by Reverend Al Miller.

The police described "Livity" as a major player in the violent crime syndicate allegedly operated by his brother.






Reggae Sumfest to boost Mo bay’s economy

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Business interests are expecting this year’s Reggae Sumfest to bring a significant jolt to the Montego Bay economy, which should also extend to the wider Jamaica.


It is being seen as a welcome ease to the current economic crunch and a catapult for more growth.


Each year, the world- renowned Festival draws thousands of overseas visitors into the city and its environs, and with this influx, there comes a remarkable upswing in commerce and its related benefits.


Visitors have been known to travel from as far as Australia to attend the Festival, spending on Jamaican products liberally as they seek to enjoy every aspect of the Jamaican brand. From as far back as 2003, it was predicted that significant foreign exchange would flow into the island during the time of the festival.


This year’s Festival should bring substantial benefits to a wide variety of business interests primarily in the second city, but extending to other areas of the island.


“We expect Reggae Sumfest to be a major contributor to the economic landscape for this year,” states Johnny Gourzong, Executive Director of Summerfest Productions, producers of Reggae Sumfest.


“This Festival causes people to not just spend on it, but to spend in preparation for it, and in several other endeavours related to it, and this year should be no different.”


This reality has been duly noted by the Montego Bay Chamber of Commerce, which has over 200 members ranging from small family-run enterprises, to large scale businesses such as hotels and resorts.


They all thrive from the boom in the various forms of trade which are direct spin-offs from the Festival, during a period that has traditionally been considered slow in that part of the islandData from the Montego Bay Chamber of Commerce also indicate that villas, hotels, and guest houses become fully booked, restaurants, cook shops, and cafes get unprecedented patronage, clothing stores, beauty salons and countless other businesses get the spike in activity before, during, and even after the Festival.


In addition, the benefits are not confined to the second city, but spread widely to the major towns across the island. The fashion industry is one example, as the clothing stores, the tailors, dressmakers and those that provide accessories get major orders to fill within the period.


With the line-up this year that includes American R&B star Chris Brown, international superstars Shaggy and Beenie Man, Jah Cure, Etana, Queen Ifrica and Mavado, the package again promises to be an excellent lineup, and the expected benefits to the country should follow.


Reggae Sumfest is the most celebrated and supported Reggae festival in Jamaica, and attracts the world’s leading musicians and performers.


In its near 20 year history, the show has boasted a superb entertainment package, loaded with the best performances, food, music, and culture. This year’s Festival runs from July 22-24 at Catherine Hall, St James.


Red Stripe is back as the 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 Wisynco, for the 18th staging of the country’s premier Reggae Festival.






Randy Jackson hospitalized for chest pains

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Randy Jackson, brother of the late pop legend Michael Jackson, was hospitalized Tuesday in Southern California, a report carried by The Associated Press (AP), stated.

The 48 year-old Jackson reportedly experienced chest pains around noon on Tuesday and was taken to Huntington Memorial Hospital in Pasadena

According to the AP source, the doctors at the hospital thought it was a mild heart attack.

On Monday, Randy Jackson was in court with his family for a hearing in the involuntary manslaughter case of Dr. Conrad Murray who is accused in connection with Michael Jackson's death. Randy Jackson arrived after everyone else and stopped to hug his parents, his brothers and sister LaToya before the hearing began.

Last week, he made an appearance on CNN's "Newsroom" and expressed the opinion that Murray should be charged with first-degree murder. He also said he thought others were implicated in Michael's death.

In a series of posts on Twitter in the last few weeks, Randy Jackson said he had succeeded in stopping an unapproved tribute show to Michael in Rome which had been scheduled on June 25, the anniversary of his death.

He said he also had been talking to officials at Forest Lawn Glendale in an effort to have fans admitted to the area near Jackson's tomb on the anniversary.

He said in his posts that the fans had been a great source of comfort to him.

"At times, I'm sad & broken," he tweeted. "But ur supprt helps 2 encourage me and fuel my motivation 2 continue this fight 4 truth&justice."





The Daily Word - Wednesday, June 16, 2010

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Knock


I open my mind and heart to the goodness of God.


Prayer is the knocking that opens the door of my consciousness to the flow of God's good.

Prayer prepares me to receive by increasing my awareness of my oneness with God. Prayer focuses me inward and away from outer circumstances.

Becoming relaxed, calm and peaceful, I knock, and the door is opened.

I ask in faith, giving thanks in advance for the answers that are forthcoming. I wait in faithful knowing for the guidance and insight I seek.

I realize that my heart's desires first came to me through my soul's knowing that with God all things are possible. With confidence, I go about my day in peaceful expectancy, for I have opened my mind and heart to the continuous flow of God's goodness.

Ask, and it will be given you ... knock and the door will be opened for you.--Matthew 7:7











Joe Jackson is now blaming his estranged wife Katherine for the death of their son Michael Jackson, saying she could’ve done more to intervene when it appeared he was ailing in the months leading up to his death last June.

Speaking to the tabloid News of the World, Joe explained that he told Katherine that Michael was “looking kinda funny and frail” and wanted her to help him, but she refused.

“She didn’t want to do that because she was afraid she was invading his privacy,” he claims.

He added that, after the King of Pop’s death, he scolded his wife. “I said this would have never happened if you had went and been with him.”

Meanwhile, Katherine’s lawyers are coming to her defense in the press.

“The world knows that Mrs. Jackson has always been a loving mother and grandmother, and that she and Michael had a very special relationship,” her lawyer, Adam Streisand, tells TMZ, adding, “The world also knows who Joe Jackson is and he seems bent on never letting us forget.”

Howard Weitzman, a lawyer for the Jackson estate, also defended Michael’s mother. “The inference by Joe Jackson that Mrs. Jackson was in any way responsible for Michael’s death is preposterous.

Katherine Jackson was a supportive and loving mother throughout Michael’s life. His love and respect for her is reflected in his estate plan.”





McKnight Ordered to Pay $340K in Child Support

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A judge has ordered R&B star Brian McKnight to pay more than $340,000 to a woman who won a ruling naming the singer the father of her teenage son.

Miriam Lee filed paternity and child support documents against the artist in Orange County, Florida last year, claiming her 14-year-old was the product of a brief fling she had with McKnight.

McKnight never filed documents addressing her claim, so the judge has ruled him the father, according to TMZ.com. The artist has now been told he owes 14 years of child support – which amounts to $11,388 a month.

But McKnight isn’t done with fighting the paternity claim; a rep for the star says, “The judgment in Florida was a default judgment made without Brian present. He’s still looking to establish paternity, and is awaiting the results of a recent test.”





Cause of Death Announced for Gary Coleman

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Intl news

The official cause of death for Gary Coleman was a fall, according to a newly released death certificate.

Chronic renal failure was also listed as a contributing factor to the actor’s death, which was officially recorded as an accident, reports UsWeekly.com.

An autopsy was completed last week.

The newly-released death certificate also lists Shannon Price as Coleman’s spouse, although they were technically divorced at the time of Coleman’s death, on May 28 at age 42.

UsMagazine.com previously reported that Coleman underwent an intense four-hour dialysis treatment hours before he hit his head, which lead to his brain hemorrhage.





New owners for Hilton

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After June 30 the Hilton Hotel will have another name!

Yardflex understands that a press conference will be held at the hotel on Thursday wherein the new owners will be announced.

Listen out when we will have more details.








Through spiritual discernment, I make wise choices.


From time to time, I may question some of my decisions. If I have made a mistake, I make amends where appropriate, accept divine grace and move forward.

But how do I learn to make better choices now and in the future? I call upon my innate faculty of spiritual discernment.

Just as Jesus went up the mountain to pray, I go apart and listen deeply for divine insight. Spiritual understanding lies in the mind of God. In the silence, the highest and best for all is revealed.

Through meditation and prayer, I develop the power of spiritual discernment. I learn from the wisdom of the indwelling Spirit to make wise choices.

I did not receive it from a human source, nor was I taught it, but I received it through a revelation of Jesus Christ.--Galatians 1:12





Another security operation in Kirkland Heights

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A large contingent of police and soldiers carried out a major operation on Kirkland Avenue in the upscale community of East Kirkland Heights, St Andrew on Monday.

The security forces targeted two homes on the Avenue for intensive searches.

The operation took place close to the house where Keith Clarke, businessman and brother of former government minister Claude Clarke, was killed in a violent operation involving the security forces on May 27.

It has been reported that that police/military operation was part of efforts to track and capture Tivoli Gardens fugitive Christopher "Dudus" Coke.

Mr. Clarke's killing is now the subject of a high profile probe.










A United States (US) State Department Human Trafficking Report has implicated so called "Dons" as being part of the human trafficking problem within Jamaica.

The report was released on Monday showing the annual ranking of countries based on their level of compliance with established minimum standards for the elimination of human trafficking.

The report maintains Jamaica's Tier 2 ranking, which is the same as last year.

Tier 2 means that while the government does not fully comply with the minimum standards to prevent human trafficking, strides are being made to deal with the problem.

Nonetheless, it names Jamaica as a source, transit point and destination country for female and child trafficking victims, chiefly for forced prostitution and forced labour.

Some of the trafficking of people into what is called "modern day slavery" has been attributed to "Dons" who run so-called garrison communities.

The reported stated specifically, that human trafficking occurs within Jamaica’s poverty stricken garrison communities, territories which the US State Department said are ruled by criminal "dons" operating outside of the government’s control.

The report continued that some Jamaican women and girls have been subjected to forced prostitution in other countries such as Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom, the Bahamas, and other Caribbean destinations.

Indeed, it said that of the 1859 children that have gone missing in 2009, there is widespread belief that many were trafficked out of the country.

The preferred method used to lure victims the report said are the internet and text messages.

It has been recommended that the government vigorously investigate and prosecute sex and labour trafficking offenses and offenders in order to nip the problem at the root.

Under Jamaican law, human trafficking carries a penalty of up to 10 years imprisonment, but according to the report, "no discernible progress" had been made in prosecuting trafficking offenders.






Jamaicans got sold out

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All ears were tuned to the announcement that would come on the Office of Utility Regulations’s decision regarding the increase that JPS was asking for.

Businesses came out against it, consumers hit out against it and in the end, the anguish of the people made no difference, an increase was granted.

This is a new government, and whatever was signed in a contract needs to be revisited.

They wasted no time removing key heads in key positions when they came into power, well whatever damage was done with the signing of this stupid contract about yearly adjustment to JPS must now be revisited and done away with.

It’s a very callous and uncaring attitude to the people of this country, everything is going sky high and the only thing remaining stable is the low wages many are earning.

This people really got sold out and it’s time the people of Jamaica realize their true power and start rising up against these injustices.






Ninja nah si light ?

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No it really a get from bad to worse. Imagine he and his son went to court on Friday and his attorney was told that bail could not be considered because the depositions and certificates were not ready.

Then you mean to say after one year in jail, those things necessary for his bail can’t be prepared?

No star is a plot to keep him behind bars.





Was BP trying to cut costs?

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WASHINGTON — BP took measures to cut costs in the weeks before the catastrophic blowout in the Gulf of Mexico as it dealt with one problem after another, prompting a BP engineer to describe the doomed rig as a "nightmare well," according to internal documents released Monday.

The comment by BP engineer Brian Morel came in an e-mail April 14, six days before the Deepwater Horizon rig explosion that killed 11 people and has sent tens of millions of gallons of oil into the Gulf in the nation's worst environmental disaster.

The e-mail was among dozens of internal documents released by the House Energy and Commerce Committee, which is investigating the explosion and its aftermath.

In a letter to BP CEO Tony Hayward, Reps. Henry Waxman, D-Calif., and Bart Stupak, D-Mich., noted at least five questionable decisions BP made in the days leading up to the explosion.

"The common feature of these five decisions is that they posed a trade-off between cost and well safety," said Waxman and Stupak. Waxman chairs the energy panel while Stupak heads a subcommittee on oversight and investigations.

The hearing will be Hayward's first appearance before a congressional committee since the explosion and sinking of the BP-operated Deepwater Horizon rig. BP America President Lamar McKay and other officials represented the company at earlier hearings.

Despite warnings from its own engineers, "BP chose the more risky casing option, apparently because the liner option would have cost $7 to $10 million more and taken longer," Waxman and Stupak said.

BP apparently rejected advice of a subcontractor, Halliburton Inc., in preparing for a cementing job to close up the well. BP rejected Halliburton's recommendation to use 21 "centralizers" to make sure the casing ran down the center of the well bore. Instead, BP used six centralizers.

In an e-mail on April 16, a BP official involved in the decision explained: "It will take 10 hours to install them. I do not like this."

Later that day, another official recognized the risks of proceeding with insufficient centralizers but commented: "who cares, it's done, end of story, will probably be fine."

Source (AP)





6,000 Jamaicans facing deportation from the US

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Security attaché at the Jamaican Embassy in Washington, Clifford Chambers, says he doesn’t know exactly how many of the 6,000 Jamaican now in US custody facing deportation will be sent home.

Chambers, however, said each case would be considered on merit.

"In recent times, we are faced with an influx of Jamaicans in US custody who are facing deportation, and that has to do with the beefing up of staff in the immigration and customs sections by the US authorities," Chambers is quoted as saying in one daily newspaper.


Chambers said many persons fighting deportation were tasting success.

"In recent times, we find that a lot of these persons are being allowed to stay because of the reasons and circumstances behind their applications," Chambers said.

Mindful of the situation, Jamaica's ambassador to Washington, Audrey Marks, said it was an issue of great concern.

She urged Jamaicans living in the US, and who were eligible to become citizens there, to pursue that process.

Between 2002 and 2009, more than 13,000 Jamaicans were deported from the US, the Jamaican Embassy says. Last year, the US showed the red card to more than 1,400 persons.





Doc charged in Jackson death to keep licence

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LOS ANGELES — A judge has refused to suspend the California medical licence of the doctor charged in Michael Jackson’s death.


Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Michael Pastor made his ruling Monday, declining a request by California authorities to suspend the ability of Dr. Conrad Murray to practice medicine in the state.


Murray’s attorneys fought the restriction, arguing that it would prompt authorities in Texas and Nevada to take similar action.


Murray operates clinics in both states, which have ordered him not to use anesthetics on his patients.


California authorities sought the suspension after Murray was charged with involuntary manslaughter in February.


Murray is accused of giving the pop star a lethal dose of the anesthetic propofol last June. He has pleaded not guilty.


Source (AP)








Dennis Rodman’s estranged wife Michelle is suing the former NBA star for over a quarter million dollars worth of child support she claims he never paid.

According to the documents filed in Orange County Superior Court, D-Rod owes $305,244.67 in child support for his two children.

The former basketball star was last ordered to fork over $50,000 a month, plus an additional $1,083 in spousal support, but Michelle claims he’s delinquent on those payments.


Dennis’ rep tells TMZ, Rodman has already made several child support payments “and we intend on clearing up any discrepancy in that regard.”






Dudus jump ship

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It has been said that there is no honour among thieves, but in this case, it is every man for himself as is reported in the Jamaica Observer today.

According to a story, one of Dudus’ associate is complaining that he “ran like a puss” when the first missile was launched in Tivoli.

“The man tek off like a puss when him hear the first bum (bomb) drop,” the associate said of his former leader, who has been on the run since May 17 after a warrant was issued for his arrest in relation to an extradition matter.”

Other comments the source was quoted in the Observer were:

“Him just tek off so and lef’ everybody,” the associate said on the weekend. “The man move so fast that not even lightning coulda ketch him.”

“After him move, we no see whey him tun (turn). Him just bolt so. Yeah, me never rate how him do him thing.

Him just run way so and a him cause all a dis fe gwaan. It better if him did give up himself, because so much people woulda never dead,” the associate said.





Passenger bus attacked by gunmen

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Five persons are now nursing gunshot wounds after heavily armed men opened fire on a bus in which they were travelling in Central Village, St. Catherine Saturday.

Those injured include the conductor and a driver.

The incident occurred on Saturday morning.

It is understood that the bus was travelling from Kingston when a passenger signalled the driver to stop in Central Village.

The driver complied and seven men opened fire on the bus, hitting the crew and passengers.

The driver in a panic to escape drove off, lost control of the vehicle and crashed into a fence.

The occupants were taken to hospital.

The driver sustained more wounds than the passengers.

The shooting is believed to be a reprisal for an incident Friday in which three men boarded a bus and on reaching Central Village they attempted to rob the conductor of that bus.

The robbery attempt was foiled when the men were challenged by the conductor.

Two of them escaped, the third robber engaged the conductor in a fight.

He lost his balance and the bus ran over him killing him.

That man has not been identified.





West Indies need help!

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The West Indies crashed to an embarrassing 163 runs defeat against South Africa on Sunday’s fourth day of the first test at the Queen's Park Oval in Trinidad and Tobago.

South Africa, which began in the day on 155 for 2 in their second innings, declared on 206 for 4, setting the West Indies an unlikely 456 runs for victory.

Captain Graeme Smith top scored with 90, while Jacque Kallis fell for his overnight 40 against Suleiman Benn who finished with 3 for 74.

The West Indiesn as they did in the first inningsn started their reply badly losing the wicket of Travis Dowlin in the second over.

Brendan Nash again proved to the selector that they erred in promoting him to number 3, after he fell for 13, to leave the home team on 39 for 2 in the eighth over.

Despite a patient knock of 73 from Captain Chris Gayle, the regional side was not able to carry the match into day five as they were dismissed for 293 in their second innings.

Gayle shared in a 55 runs partnership with Shivnarine Chanderpaul who made 15.

Dwayne Bravo who made 46 and Narsingh Deonarine 23, took the score to 152 before they were separated, Bravo going with the score on 192 for 6.

Sulieman Benn with 42 and Shane Shillingford 27 gave the West Indies some hope of reaching the fifth day with a partnership of 66 for the eighth wicket.

However, they were not able to achieve that as they were dismissed for 293, when last man out Nelon Pascal was bowl by man of the match Dale Steyn who ended with match figures of 8 for 94.








Minister with responsibility for Information, Telecommunications and Special Projects, Hon. Daryl Vaz, has said that it will cost an estimated $58 million to restore two police stations, which were extensively damaged during the civil unrest in sections of West Kingston late last month.

"One (is) $8 million in terms of the repairs and the other is for $50 million, which will be for the complete reconstruction of that facility," he said, during yesterday
(June 9) post-Cabinet press briefing at Jamaica House.

The Hannah Town police station was gutted by fire while the Darling Street station was severely damaged during the unrest, which preceded the security operation in West Kingston.

He said that the Ministry of National Security has submitted estimates for the works and funding is being sought to undertake the repair and rebuilding of the facilities.

"I am not sure where the process has reached.but the estimates have been done, which is the first step and there is a commitment of refurbishing and rebuilding as quickly as possible based on the current situation," Mr. Vaz told journalists.





The Daily Word: Monday, June 14, 2010

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Let Go, Let God


Letting go and letting God, I am confident, peaceful and strong.


A young child may latch onto a favorite stuffed animal or an old blanket and carry it with them wherever they go.

When the child is lonely, scared or tired, this "security blanket" is comforting.

Eventually, the child learns to let go of the item and becomes aware of his or her ability to cope with these unsettling feelings.

As an adult, I may revert to fear, anxiety or doubt when I am faced with a life challenge.

The security of old thought patterns may be more comforting to me than taking a different path. However, as I learn to let go and let God, I find that God has instilled in me all that I need to face life with confidence and composure.

Today I put away my security blanket. I let go, and I let God. And I am at peace.

Do not worry about anything.--Philippians 4:6





Scenes from Fresh Friday June 11 2010

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Scenes from Street Vybez Thursdays

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Scenes from Rich Rave 2010

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Free World Cup 2010 Serbia Vs Ghana Live Stream

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I am beloved of God.


There may be one special person in my life whom I dearly love. It could be a parent, a child, a sibling, a spouse, a friend. I feel a special connection with this person that calls to me from deep within.

In much the same way, I am beloved of God. I am the son or daughter of the Creator. The love of God is shown to me in many ways--through the beauty of nature, through thoughts of kindness and compassion, through unexpected opportunities and through the love of other people.

I open my heart to find and feel the fullness of Spirit and my connection with God wherever I am. What a joy it is to know that there is no limit to God's love for me, this day and every day!

A voice came from heaven, "You are my Son, the Beloved; with you I am well pleased."--Mark 1:11






Yard Flex Chart 6/11/2010

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World Cup Match Live Stream

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A baby and wedding bells for Bling Dawg?

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Dancehall artiste Bling Dawg has lost weight and is on his way to looking fit and trim. Did you all catch him stepping out at ONeil’s funeral last Saturday? Bling was the man.

Anyway, could the recent weight loss and makeover be for a purpose? YardFlex sources understand that the deejay, who reportedly has a baby on the way, is getting ready to take that big step down the aisle.

While we haven’t heard of Bling getting down on his knees and actually proposing, and we haven’t yet seen a picture of any engagement ring, the prospective wife is beaming with joy and is just beginning to look round.



Sources say that the babymother is none other than the well-decorated Rasha Abbott, who says on her Facebook page that she likes DJ Delano and Renaissance, Richie Dee Muisc, Usain. Asafa … oops! No mention of Bling!

Whatever. Bling Dawg is off the mark and on his way to fatherhood, so for all of you who felt it couldn't happen, well, eat your words..






Di Empress and her schoolas

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Bwoy when Junie Platinum did a sing bout 40 And Over, we never know seh certain empress woulda did tek it so serious and go deh wid schoolas.

Everybody know seh big woman and young bwoy ting a galang long time, but we feel she there should be a age limit.

How can a big big Empress tek herself mek poppyshow bout she a date (yes, date) a lickle 21-year-old yute who a go school? And di empress bout 50 and have son who a brush 30. People, dat doan right.


And den, what mek it worse is dat di Empress ex-man and the lickle schoolas ketch up inna di club uppa New Kingston wha’ night. Bwoy, di poor man couldn’t tek it no longer — everywhere him go, did empress and did schoolas inna him face.

So him did haffi comment. And doan ask if the schoolas never mek him know what and what him a do to di Empress and how it sweet har.


Bwoy, we a call fi a bridge fi walk ova dis yah troubled waters, cause it stir up and messy bad.





New fast time for Powell in Rome

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Former world record holder Jamaican Asafa Powell highlighted the Rome Golden Gala, the fourth leg of the IAAF Diamond League, on Thursday.

Powell, the only Jamaican winner in the Italian capital, clocked another world leading time in the men's 100 metres, surpassing his previous world leading time of 9.83 seconds recorded at the Ostrava Golden Spike Meet in the Czech Republic on May 27, the third leg of the Diamond League.

The inform Powell lowered that mark by one hundredths of second though he had the second slowest reaction time off the blocks, of the nine runners.

He says but for an unusually slow start, the race could have been faster.

“It was real good race because I got a very slow start but came back to run 9.82 … the last half of this rate was a lot beeter than Oslo, (Norway). If I had gotten the start that I got in Ostrava of Oslo, this would have been a very fast race,” said Powell.

His winning, world leading time was 9.82 seconds.

Shelly Ann Fraser suffered poor luck at the same meet when she was the second of two runners to be disqualified from the 100 metres for women because of the false start rule.







One hundred fifty six men have been taken into police custody since a new curfew order came into effect in sections of downtown Kingston from 2 o’clock Thursday morning.


The detainees are to be processed and interviewed by detectives.


The police have also seized three firearms – an M-16, an AK 47 and a shotgun, along with several rounds of ammunition which were found in a bag.


The ammunition has not yet been counted.
The police say they have also seized a number of imitation firearms.
The boundaries of the curfew are north along Penn Street and Baker Street, south along Seventh Street, Asquith Street and Studley Park Road, east along Slipe Pen Road between Studley Park Road and Baker Street and west along Collie Smith Drive between Seventh Street and Penn Street using an imaginary line.


During the hours of the curfew, all persons within the boundaries are required to remain within their premises unless otherwise authorized in writing by a member of the security forces, who is in charge of enforcing the curfew.


The curfew ends at 2 o’clock Saturday morning.






Careful what you purchase

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Check out this story in Yesterday’s Star and you will think twice about purchasing things. Make sure it’s always from reputable sources and one you can always put back the heat on!



Singer Faith D'Aguilar appeared before the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate's Court on Tuesday to answer to a charge of unlawful possession of property.

The court heard that one of two missing cannons that were stolen from a heritage site in Runaway Bay, St Ann, was found at D'Aguilar's home in the Kingston 10 area. The other cannon was reportedly found in Constant Spring, St Andrew.

The court also heard that D'Aguilar had purchased the cannon from a man to add to her antique collection at her home.

D'Aguilar is known for songs such as Santa Ketch Up Inna Mango Tree. She was also a former festival gold and silver medal winner, but it was probably her work with the late Miss Lou in Jamaican theatre that propelled her to prominence.

The matter was stood down as D'Aguilar's attorney was absent. She returns to court on June 22.








JOHANNESBURG — Heartbreak intruded on the opening day of the soccer World Cup when Nelson Mandela’s 13-year-old great-granddaughter Zenani was killed in an auto accident here early on Friday.

In response, Mr. Mandela canceled a much-heralded appearance at a tournament depicted as a triumphant showcase for his country and his continent.


Zenani Mandela was returning home from the event’s Thursday night kickoff concert in Soweto, an extravaganza that included stars like Alicia Keys and Shakira that was meant to launch the contest on a joyous note. At its conclusion, the sky lit up with fireworks as happy attendees made way to their parked vehicles.

According to police, Zenani died in a one-car accident on a Johannesburg highway. The man behind the wheel, who has yet to be named, was accused of drunk driving and may also be charged with culpable homicide, the police said.

The World Cup is being played in Africa for the first time, and the presence of Mr. Mandela, the frail, 91-year-old liberation hero, was expected to be an emotional highpoint to one of South Africa’s proudest days.

“We are sure that South Africans and people all over the world will stand in solidarity with Mr. Mandela and his family in the aftermath of this tragedy,” the statement read.

“We continue to believe the World Cup is a momentous and historic occasion for South Africa and the continent and we are certain it will be a huge success. Madiba will be there with you in spirit today,” the statement said, using a title from the Xhosa language by which Mr. Mandela is widely known.

Details of the accident remain incomplete. The Associated Press quoted a police spokeswoman, Edna Mamonyane, saying the driver was found to be drunk: “He lost control of the vehicle and it collided with a barricade.”

Zenani had turned 13 on Wednesday. She is the grandchild of Nelson Mandela’s daughter Zindzi.

Early reports said that Zenani’s grandmothe — , Mr. Mandela’s second wife, Winnie Madikizela-Mandela — had been in the car, but this was later denied. A family spokesman told the South African Press Association that Ms. Mandela, herself an iconic figure in the freedom struggle, was briefly hospitalized for shock after learning the news.

Statements of condolence to the Mandela family immediately began circulating. President Jacob Zuma said, “The nation shares your loss and mourns with you, especially on the day in which our dreams and hopes come alive in the opening of the first FIFA World Cup on African soil.”

The Mandelas might rightly be considered the nation’s first family. Mr. Mandela’s triumphs are well known to his countrymen, and so are his tragedies.

His oldest child, Thembikele, died in a car accident in 1969. His second child, Makaziwe, died after living only nine months. His third child, Makgatho, died of an AIDS-related illness.

Zenani was one of Mr. Mandela’s nine great-grandchildren. She was the grandchild of Zindzi Mandela, the elder of two daughters born to Nelson and Winnie.

Winnie and Nelson Mandela divorced in 1996, ending a 38-year marriage that endured the persecution of apartheid and the separation caused by his 27 years in prison. In 1998, he married Graça Machel, the widow of the Mozambican leader, Samora Machel.

Even before the accident on Friday, there had been questions about whether his frail health would allow him to attend.

The cancellation of his appearance offered a sharp counterpoint to Mr. Mandela’s earlier and more vigorous years when, in a bold gesture as president, he saluted South Africa’s victorious team at the rugby World Cup in 1995, urging his countrymen — black and white — to support a squad associated by many black people with the Afrikaner elite of the apartheid years.

The opening ceremony Friday had inspired hopes for a similar transcendent moment, this time from soccer, the favorite sport of the nation’s blacks.





The Daily Word - Friday, June 11, 2010

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Comfort

I am comforted by the love and presence of God.


As my life moves forward over the years, I experience times of joy, times of peace and sometimes moments of sadness.

I may feel sorrow over a loss or discontentment over a condition or circumstance in my life. Especially at times such as these, I turn to God.

The love and presence of God provides me with comfort that calms my very soul. I look to the source of all good. As a result, my focus on any seeming upsets or difficult conditions begins to diminish.

Instead of discord, I find consolation and clarity. The warmth of the spirit of God brings serenity and harmony to my life, and I am at peace.

I will turn their mourning into joy, I will comfort them, and give them gladness for sorrow.--Jeremiah 31:13





Sam Wisdom charged

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Sam Wisdom of The Love Singers fame appeared in the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate's Court on Wednesday to answer to a charge of fraudulent conversion.

Wisdom, accused of using money given to him for the purchase of a keyboard for his own use and purpose, pleaded guilty with explanation before Resident Magistrate Judith Pusey.

Allegations are that Wisdom was given $160,000 by the Creative Production and Training Centre (CPTC) for the purchase of a special keyboard.

It was revealed, however, that the keyboard was never purchased, nor was the money returned. The police were subsequently called in and Wisdom arrested and charged.

Wisdom told the court he had suggested the particular keyboard to the CPTC and had indeed received the money.

He said when he suggested it, the keyboard was on special, however, when he went to purchase it, the sale had ended. He said he tried to find something similar to the one he had suggested and took the time he had and the money in his keeping for granted.

He said representatives from the institution had said they were no longer interested in the keyboard and instead wanted him to pay back the money. He told the court he would be able to do so at the end of the month.

Wisdom returns to court on July 1 when he is to repay the sum. His bail was extended until then.






Grange regrets Young’s passing

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Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture, Olivia Grange, MP has expressed deepest regret at the passing of media entrepreneur Carl Young.

In her tribute, Minister Grange said:

“Carl Young must be lauded for his belief in and passion for Jamaican music.

“He had foresight. Carl saw great possibilities for our music so much so that he decided to set up a radio station that would play only reggae music.

“I still remember how passionate he was when we met with me, nearly twenty years ago when I was Junior Minister for Information, to discuss the granting of a licence for this one-of-a-kind radio station.

“Today, Carl’s dream - IRIE FM - is alive and strong; and I am proud to have played a small role.

“I am very sad that this pioneer has passed away.

“It is a great loss for broadcasting and the wider creative and cultural industries

“I offer my sincerest condolences to his family, friends and team at IRIE FM and ZIP FM.”








This morning Karl Young affectionately known as “Chief”, the creator and owner of IRIE FM passed away. He was recovering from lung surgery in Chicago.

Through the vision of Karl Young, IRIE FM re-invigorated the reggae industry with its high powered 24 hour reggae format and the highly successful Reggae Bash concert series.

August 1, 1989 Karl Young launched roots rocking reggae radio IRIE FM.

This irreverent all Jamaican music radio station created a revolution in radio and stands as a true testament to the will, character, spirit and originality of the man. He went on to launch Zip 103 FM which again revolutionized the Jamaican airwaves.

In fact his career has been characterized by innovation dating back to his days as owner and operator of the Kon Tiki Restaurant in St. Ann’s Bay in the 1960’s.

He soon moved into the entertainment business by establishing “Boonoonoonoos Nights” at the Pineapple Hotel in Ocho Rios in the 1970’s, which was later moved to White River and has been credited with being a major influence in turning Ocho Rios into a tourism hot spot. He also operated the Basement Night Club where all major local acts performed.

Montego Bay also benefited from his hard work and vision with the “One Night Boonoonoonoos Beach Party” on Friday nights.

In the 1980’s, as all-inclusive hotels started to dominate the tourism scene Chief ventured into music production with Grove Music, which recorded Grammy winning albums “The Little Mermaid” and “Calling Rastafari” by Burning Spear. Soon after, he started IRIE FM.

Chief was loved and respected for his genius, wisdom, happy nature, infectious wit and overall character. The life of this humble, unassuming man has touched Jamaica and indeed the entire world.






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Irie Fm Founder and Owner Carl Young Is Dead

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Yardflex Understands that he died today.

Yardflex also send condolences to his Family and the entire Irie Fm cru.

Check back later for more on this story....





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Protect our children

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Mandeville residents came out in anger at the 23-year-old Columbian who is not facing charges for molesting a 10-year-old boy in a restaurant.


It is alleged that the child asked the Columbian for money, he received $500 with the instruction that he should go into the bathroom and wait for him.


When the police went into the bathroom they found the Columbian with his pants down, obviously a bit later and it would have been a sorry story for that child.


My problem with all this is what the 10-year-old was doing on the street begging in a restaurant at that time of the night.
Where was his mother? Why wasn’t he in bed, getting rest to go to school the following day?


Those same people are now exhibiting righteous indignation at the act, where were they before all that? Didn’t they think it strange to see a child of that age on the street? Didn’t they try to inquire about his parents’ whereabouts and try to get him home?


We are a reactive society, and that can’t work when it comes to protecting our children.

Let’s now be proactive. It’s time to start practicing community parenting. If we see the impending danger, let’s rescue the children, don’t wait until things happen then we come out in outrage.

That five year old’s life from Chapel ton might have been saved if those neighbours who knew of his circumstances had taken the time to make a report.






No stay of warrant for "Dudus"

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Lawyers representing Tivoli Gardens fugitive Christopher "Dudus" Coke have been thwarted in their attempts to get an injunction blocking the execution of the arrest warrant against him.

Chief Justice Zaila McCalla denied the motion seeking the injunction in Chambers on Wednesday.

The denial of the injunction means that members of the security forces will not be restricted from executing the arrest warrant for Mr. Coke as his lawyers had hoped.

They had asked the court to intervene pending the outcome of Mr. Coke's challenge of the Justice Minister's decision to sign off on the extradition request.

His attorneys, Paul Beswick and Don Foote, had filed a motion in the Supreme Court seeking judicial review of the Justice Minister's decision.

However, in handing down her ruling, Chief Justice McCalla said the application for leave to pursue judicial review of the Justice Minister's decision, was premature.

She added that it should not be invoked unless the fugitive has exhausted all other legal methods of fighting against the extradition.

In her 22 page judgement, the Chief Justice also said there were no special circumstances in this case that would allow for the court to grant leave to apply for review.

Despite her office's victory in this case, Paula Llewellyn, Director of Public Prosecutions, was reserved in her comments after the ruling was handed down.

“The applications which we had opposed were refused. The Chief Justice gave every thought to the very weighty submissions that were made on all sides and the precedents that were presented,” she said.

Mr. Coke has been on the run since the security forces' incursion into West Kingston on May 23 as they tried to arrest him.

The fugitive faces at least 45 years to life imprisonment if he is extradited and convicted before a United States court on drug and gun-running charges.







The National Enquirer claims that Whitney Houston’s recent weight gain is not the result of a pregnancy, but rather a combination of good old-fashioned junk food and the medication for her respiratory infection.


A headline-making May 27 photo of Whitney performing in Germany showed the singer has gained substantial weight.


The Enquirer quotes unnamed “experts” who believe some of the weight gain has been caused by steroid injections or prednisone treatments to treat her nagging respiratory infection.


“Insiders say Whitney’s been ‘pigging out’ on room service and fast food during her ‘Nothing But Love’ European tour,” the Enquirer stated.


“She’s ballooned to 175 pounds and there’s no sign of slowing down,” added a source.





Good news for JPS customers?

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Energy Minister James Robertson says Jamaica Public Service Company (JPS) customers may not see an actual increase in the non-fuel cost of electricity this year.

The company has applied for an adjustment to be made to non-fuel rates based on inflation.

But this increase may not be coming.

Under its licence, the JPS is allowed each year to apply for an adjustment to non-fuel costs of electricity based on the rate of inflation in the United States (US) and Jamaica.

This is based on the dependence on both local and imported inputs of production.

Inflation in the US last year ran at 2.7% and 10.65 in Jamaica.

However both the JPS and the Office of Utilities Regulation (OUR) have been tight lipped as to what level of increase, based on these rates, the JPS has applied for in its 2010 inflation adjustment application.

But on Wednesday, the Energy Minister said there are some developments which may mitigate against any increase and may even push rate adjustments in the opposite direction.

“The JPS is indicating that the numbers that they are seeing, that have been put forward and the performance of the Jamaican economy, for the first time, we could possibly be looking at a decrease in rates,” Mr. Robertson said.

The Energy Minister did not say how much of an increase will be tacked onto consumers' bills when the adjustment is announced as expected later this month.

However he did say he met with concerned manufacturers and tourism players to allay their fears over possible rate hikes this year.







The promoters are not the only ones who want to know just why Trinidad refused entry to Ding Dong in their country.

For real we would like to know just what’s the rationale behind it. I think they are just targeting Jamaican artistes out of spite.

According to a report carried in the Star Kemoni Richmond of Junglest International, organisers of 'Party Cup', which Ding Dong was scheduled to perform on, his lawyers were currently consulting with the Ministry of National Security and Immigration services in Trinidad to find out why the deejay would be placed on the 'blacklist.' On Friday night Ding Dong was unexpectedly denied entry upon arrival in the island.

'Party Cup' was to feature Ding Dong, as the main act but instead fans were treated to the Ravers Clavers crew, as well as Tony Matterhorn and Norris Man who gave last-minute performances in the place of the popular dancer-turned-deejay.

The promoter said the turnout was not as strong as it should have been approximating the loss from the event to be US$20,000.

Richmond said, "when he came here he was told he was on the list of artistes banned, which is a fact, but we the promoters didn't know about it.

I don't understand this, he is not an artiste known for profanity or violence, he even promotes abstinence in school. Everybody knows Ding Dong is a fun artiste who does dance songs."

According to Richmond, the event was being promoted on the Internet, on the radio, via flyers and in the national newspapers two months prior and they were not informed by the government that he would be unable to attend.

A first class ticket he says was also booked for Ding Dong on Caribbean Airlines.

"This is a total shock and disappointment to the country.

He's one of the biggest things in the dancehall music in Trinidad right now, (and) the country was looking forward to seeing him," he said.

Richmond said Ding Dong, who is known for songs like Holiday and Party Cup, was also booked by them in May of last year and performed with no problems.

He added, "I've heard that a lot of Jamaican artistes are on the list and the government should tell us who is on the list so we, the promoters, know who not to take bookings from. There is a lot of money involved and being lost."

The truth is that the show was being promoted all over, so why wait until the artiste is actually at immigration point to let him know.


That sucks…maybe Jamaican should start returning the ‘favour’ ban Trinidadian artistes too.





The Daily Word - Thursday, June 10, 2010

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Guidance

The wisdom of Spirit guides me.


Making big decisions--like buying a home, changing jobs or moving to a new city--requires me to take specific action. I may need to seek the guidance of an expert or do research.

I also take the most important step: I ask for divine guidance by consciously connecting with Spirit through prayer and meditation.

The answers I receive after time in the silence may surprise me.

I may move in a new direction or evaluate my plans from a different angle. Regardless, I recognize Spirit's guidance because it always comes from a place of love and wisdom.

In touch with Spirit, I make decisions for my highest good and move forward with confidence.

Then the angel of God said to me in the dream, "Jacob," and I said. "Here I am!"--Genesis 31:11





Weddy Weddy Club This Wednesday

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Weddy Weddy resumes its weekly party at 41 Burlington Avenue on Wednesday June 9 with a club vibe. Promoter Winston Powell guarantees great music and a party atmosphere with a new twist.

Weddy Weddy, since inception has been the model of consistency with unrivalled longevity and brand support that ensures good vibes and good music.

The party rules the Wednesday night party circuit and features the World Immortal ‘Stone Love' great music and rewarding patron’s involvement with great giveaways.

The party was postponed as a result of the state of emergency imposed on Kingston and St Andrew following an outbreak of violence.

This week’s club modified event signals the resumption of the weekly party of fashion, dance and great music from the legendary Stone Love.

The 6th anniversary of Weddy Weddy will be celebrated in fine style on Friday, July 16.

The party series came to life as a result of an alliance between the Energy god and Winston “Wee Pow” Powell which saw the revival of the uptown outdoor party atmosphere similar to the days when the House of Leo ruled.

Elephant man, “the energy god” has recorded the most instructional reggae dance songs to date.

In 2004 his single Weddy Weddy, describing the fun and for some back breaking dance swept the dancehall and has kept patrons dancing and having fun...

Since then the event has carved its place in the weekly night out pallet of local and international music lovers. Weddy Weddy has become synonymous with high fashion, high energy and highly sensual gyrations of various types and degrees.

The party series has always enjoyed the support of dancehall artistes and musicians.

Part of the allure is the impromptu stage shows where many acts deliver candid and sensational performances much to the delight of fans. Weddy Weddy “The Club Edition” takes place on Wednesday, June 9 at 41 Burlington Avenue at 9pm.






Beenie Man lucky

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Well it seem like the docta have the remedy fi everything bwoy.

He was arrested today by the Hunts Bay police, bail post fi him and now he is on his way to the Montego Bay airport to catch a flight to Europe.


Puss and dog really nuh have di same luck





Beenie Man detained by Hunts Bay police

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See it dey now. Beenie Man teck him hype self and go beat up LA Lewis.

Him did all deh pon Ragashanti show a talk bout how him haffi shut LA Lewis mouth and all dese tings. A brag bout how him Audi and how much it cost.


Well Yardflex understands that he is now in custody at the Hunts Bay Police Station.

Fi real and di wuss ting bout it is dat him supposed to leave the island today go a Europe. Meck wi si how dis ya one tun out.





"Jookie Jam" in court on fraud charges

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Bashment Granny and other well kn own plays personality Stede ‘Jookie Jam’ Flash appeared in court on Tuesday on charges that he solicited money from several persons promising to secure employment for them overseas.

Mr. Flash, who is charged with several counts of obtaining money by false pretence, amounting to over US$100,000, is to reappear in court on June 16.

Two other persons, Sophia Wilson and Dercia Smith, who are jointly charged with him, were remanded but did not appear in court.

They too, will return to court on June 16.

The court was told that the St. Catherine based "New Krew" Overseas Employment Agency, of which the trio are directors, had its license revoked in August 2008.

The accused persons allegedly continued to collect monies from clients for job placement overseas.

When the jobs were not forthcoming, the clients started to make inquiries, but were not satisfied with the company's answers.

The matter was reported to the police, which later led to the three being charged.

It is also understood that over 72 persons have so far come forward to claim money given to the company.






T-Pain Sued Over Jennifer Hudson Track

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T-Pain is reportedly being sued by singer Sara Stokes from Diddy’s MTV series “Making the Band” after he allegedly failed to credit her for a song she wrote for Jennifer Hudson.

Stokes claimed that she co-wrote Hudson’s track “What’s Wrong (Go Away)’ with the Auto-Tuned rapper, whose real name is Faheem Najm. The song appeared on J-Hud’s self-titled debut in 2008.

“The exploitation of musicians is a story as old as the music and recording industry itself,” said Stokes’ lawyer, according to AllHipHop.com.

“Unfortunately, too often in today’s popular music culture, the fame and notoriety of some performers may eclipse the considerable contributions and integrity of developing artists/writers, often at the expense of the legal and moral rights of lesser known co-authors.”

The attorney added: “Only slight deviations in the lyrics exist between Stokes’s version and the released version, whereas the whole musical composition is the exact same on which Stokes collaborated with Najm.”

Stokes is reportedly seeking royalty payments as well as a co-writing credit and legal fees.






World Cup Schedule

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Cops Shut Down Lil Kim Show in Vermont

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A Lil Kim concert in Vermont was cut short last week after police were called to break up a drunken brawl outside the venue.


The rapper was performing at the Higher Ground nightclub last Wednesday as part of her U.S. tour when a fight erupted just outside of the club. Vermont State Police rolled through and shut it down shortly after midnight.

Cops managed to put an end to the chaos, which led to one person being arrested and cited on suspicion of drink driving, reports AllHipHop.com.





A win for Kerron Stewart in France

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World and Olympic silver medalist Kerron Stewart and national record holder Dwight Thomas were winners at the international athletics meet in Montreuil, France on Tuesday.

Running into a negative 1.1 head wind, Stewart returned 11.21 seconds to win the women's 100 metres.

Compatriot Aileen Bailey was fourth in 11.57seconds.

Lerone Clarke 10.37 seconds and Mario Forsythe 10.38 seconds was second and third in the men's equivalent behind British winner Dwain Chambers who clocked 10.27 seconds.

Thomas clocked 13.37 seconds to win the men's 110 metre hurdles ahead of the American pair of David Payne 13.38 seconds and Ryan Wilson 13.42 seconds.





Scenes from Sake

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Photos By: MILTON RAYNOR





Another body discovered in Tivoli

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The security forces have found another body buried in the community of Tivoli Gardens.

The body was found Tuesday afternoon in a shallow grave in a heavily overgrown area behind a section of the community called "Rasta City".

The police say they were clearing the area of vegetation when they made the discovery.

The police also found three spent shells, one from an AK 47 rifle and two from a handgun, near the body.

Sources say it is not expected that the body will be removed for another two days as the forensic evidence needs to be collected.

Tuesday’s find is similar that which occurred on Friday when soldiers found what is believed to be a torture chamber.

The room, which bore evidence suggesting that humans were held, tortured and possibly killed there, was found near to the area in Tivoli known as "Java".

The security forces also found human skeletal remains there which appeared to have been buried upright.






The Daily Word - Wednesday, June 9, 2010

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Mindfulness

I am alive and awake in the present moment.


When I am mindful, I am fully conscious of the present moment. My thoughts are not fixed on the past or projected into the future.

Alive with awareness, I don't let life pass me by. I am present and able to make conscious choices.

If I find myself waiting in line or stalled in traffic, I do not indulge in frustration. Instead, I bring a sense of joy and aliveness into the moment.

I pause and give thanks. I am mindful, aware and appreciative of how Spirit breathes in and through me. I center myself in gratitude and acceptance.

Being mindful, I am clearheaded and aware of inner guidance. I don't hold on to doubt, worry or frustration. I create the life I desire one moment at a time.

The Lord has been mindful of us; he will bless us.--Psalm 115:12








Andrew Gallimore, Member of Parliament for North East St. Andrew has issued a release saying he is deeply saddened by the killing of Mr. Keith Clarke who was allegedly shot 20 times in his bedroom by members of the security forces in the early morning of 27th May — this after the breaking into of his home by the cutting of the external and internal grills and the destruction of the doors.


According to Mr Gallimore, “I was able to enter the house for the first time on Sunday evening when it was turned back over to the family; and I noted that there were hundreds of bullet marks on the interior and exterior walls of all three floors of the house.

Items in the home, such as pictures, chairs, and even the laundry machine had also been sprayed with bullets, as were his and his wife’s cars parked in his driveway.


“I believe that it would be important for Mr. Earl Witter, our Public Defender, and members of the media to visit the home, just as they have visited the homes in west Kingston so that they will appreciate, as I do, the intense ordeal that Mr. Clarke and his family experienced during this incident.


Stating that he was in full support of our security forces, he noted that in order to win the war on crime in our country “it is important that our security forces have the confidence and support of all our citizens.

I fear that this incident has further eroded the trust that should exist between our citizens and our security forces.”





Juvenile Slaps Woman at New York Nightclub?

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New Orleans rapper Juvenile has been accused of slapping a woman at a New York City nightspot.

According to popular gossip website Bossip, Juvenile was at the New York City club Amnesia last night, when a rowdy member of his entourage got into an altercation with a woman at the bar.

When asked by the civilian to refrain from "waving his arms," the entourage member began to argue.

Juvenile then entered the fray, threatening the woman, saying "B----, you better shut the f--- up before I smack you," according to Bossip's source.

The woman responded by challenging him and Juve allegedly "backhanded her so hard her contact fell out." The rapper and his entourage were then escorted from the club.

A representative for Juvenile has confirmed that an incident did take place between a woman and a member of Juve's entourage, but that "Juvenile was not around at the time the situation occurred."

Juvenile was in the news back in February, when he was arrested for possession of marijuana. He is currently working on his comeback album 'Beast Mode,' scheduled for a 2010 release





Kanye West's Car Crashes Into Honolulu House

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Kanye West's car was accidentally driven into a house in Honolulu over the weekend, though the Grammy-winning rapper/producer does not appear to have been involved.

According to reports, Kanye's black Porsche Panamera was driven directly into a multi-million dollar house at 4AM on Saturday morning, destroying the garage wall of the house.

Chris Cooper, a Honolulu resident who lives across the street, was awakened by the accident, which he described as "just a tremendous crash. As if a small building were coming down."

Apparently, the car missed a right turn, driving straight into the house instead, which is currently in construction, and thankfully unoccupied.

Though the car is registered to Kanye, who is currently recording his fifth album 'Good Ass Job,' in Hawaii, the controversial artist was not on the island at the time of the wreck.

Sources claim that a cousin of Kanye's was given permission to drive the Porsche, and according to witnesses at the scene, three men were seen fleeing the accident.

The car has been reported stolen, but at this time Kanye has yet to release a statement regarding the incident.








Dancer and deejay, Ding Dong, has made the ‘List’ in Trinidad. Reports are that entertainer, upon reaching the airport in Trinidad, was last weekend denied entry into the island, where he was scheduled to perform at a show on Saturday.

Reports coming out of the twin island republic are that SDing Dong is just one of a number of Jamaican artistes who has been placed on a “No Entry” list to that country and are said to be "threats to security"..

Efforts to get the entire list of names have so far proven futile
Other artistes scheduled for the event and who performed on Saturday were Timberlee and selector Tony Matterhorn.


Ding Dong, the leader of the popular Ravers Clavers dance group, last year scored a massive hit with the wholesome party song, Holiday.





Light bill a kill did people dem

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Seet it dey now, a long time did poor people dem inna did country a bawl sey dem caan kip up wid did high light bill whey JPS a lick dem wid. But nobaddy never did a pay dem nuh mind.

No Sah, did likkle madda wid did minimum wage haffi try and juggle did best way she know how and still did power company get more increase.


Now did Hotel circuit people dem a bawl bout did huge light bill whey dem haffi a pay now and how sake a dat, dem can hardly manage.
Well wi deh yah fi si wha a guh come outa it.


But fi real, JPS doan haffi charge suh much money and did next suggestion wi have is dat fi every house whey have light, dem fi ask fi meck dem si did meter, cause we tiad fi pay fi did tiefing light.







The Manchester Police have charged a man attached to the popular televised Columbian Trade Show who allegedly molested a 10-year-old boy in the town of Mandeville over the weekend.

George Miguel Silvera Santos, 23, a Dominican national has been charged with gross indecency.

Mr. Santos was approached in a popular fast food restaurant by the 10 year old asking for money.

He reportedly gave the boy $500 and escorted him to the bathroom.

The restaurant's security guard became suspicious and went to investigate and reportedly saw Mr. Carlos in a compromising position with the child.

The boy was sent for medical examination and then handed over to his mother.

A boisterous crowd gathered outside the police station in the town to voice their displeasure.

Since the incident, the Colombians have become concerned about their safety but police say that they will beef up their presence at the show's location in the town to quell these concerns.





Judgment still awaiting in "Dudus" case

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Chief Justice Zaila McCalla is yet to deliver her judgement in the application brought by West Kingston fugitive Christopher "Dudus" Coke who is seeking to stop the process to have him extradited.

Coke's legal team, headed by Don Foote is seeking leave to go to the Judicial Review Court to get orders to quash the decision of Senator Dorothy Lightbourne, Justice Minister, to sign extradition documents to begin the proceedings against him.

Coke's lawyers are also seeking an order from Chief Justice McCalla to stay the warrant of arrest which was issued last month.

Attorneys-at-law Don Foote and Paul Beswick made submissions in chambers over two days last week.

The Director of Public Prosecutions and the Justice Minister are the respondents in the case.

Coke is wanted by the US authorities on a range of criminal charges including, firearms and narcotics trafficking.








*As “The Oprah Winfrey Show” prepares to end next year, the TV host’s longtime boyfriend Stedman Graham went on a rant Saturday about the lack of props she’s been given in her home base of Chicago.

“I really don’t think they appreciate her. I don’t think they understand the value of who she is as a human being and what she’s done,” Graham said of Chicagoans in an interview with WFLD-Channel 32 news.

Graham was promoting a golf event taking place over the weekend for Athletes Against Drugs, a charity he founded. But when one of the anchors mentioned that the idea of Winfrey leaving town has yet to sink in for a lot of people, it apparently triggered some latent frustrations.

“I’m just saying from an insider’s point of view that I don’t think she gets her just due based on who she really is and what she’s done for the Chicagoland area. It’s home for her, and it’s just natural for people to kind of take her for granted — until you leave,” Graham said.

According to the Chicago Sun-Times, he pointed out that Winfrey reaches 20 million people a day in 115 countries, has done charitable work across the world and has drawn a lot of attention to Chicago.

“A prophet has no honor in its own town,” he said.

Asked if he will go to California with Winfrey, Graham said that though he intends to keep his business here, “I probably will be moving in that direction.”

The interview with Graham appeared to get off to a rocky start when an interviewer asked if she could call him “Mr. Oprah Winfrey.”






Gyptian involved in bike accident

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First it was Mavado who was involved in an accident while riding his bike now it’s the Hold Yuh Singer.

Yardflex understands that the singjay crashed last night about 7:00 pm in the vicinity of Molynes Road while riding his motor bike.

Reports coming in is that Gyptian suffered minor injuries during an accident involving a pedestrian and was admitted in the Andrews Memorial Hospital on Hope Road less than an hour after the incident.


According to the entertainer, whose real name is Windel Edwards, at approximately 7 o’clock last evening, he was riding alongside singer Nitty Kutchie when the incident occurred.

Gyptian explained that upon reaching the vicinity of the Olympia Crown Hotel, he spotted a man standing on the sidewalk.

However, as he rode nearer, the pedestrian, he said, walked into the path of the motorcycle and was hit.


Gyptian said in an attempt to save both his life and that of the pedestrian, he jumped off the moving bike and his body hit the pavement. The singer, who was not wearing his protective helmet, said he subsequently lost consciousness.


“When I opened my eyes I was in this hospital,” he said, adding that he actually saw what happened before it did, but there wasn’t much he could have done to prevent what occurred.


The singjay did an MRI scan and an x-ray and was awaiting results.








Yuh mean to sey after Beenie Man lick up LA Lewis him tun round a threaten him tuh.

Yardflex waan know if a really true sey him threaten him? Big and serious a almshouse Beenie Man a kip up still, cause whey happen, shouldn’t did teck place.

Mi and unno know sey if did same ting did happen and a Bounty, Kartel or Mavado did a drive did vehicle whey lick him, him woulda come out and all a grin wid dem.

Duppy really know who fi frighten.

A time LA stop meck everybody come lick, bax and kick him up like him a clown.





Curfew for sections of Downtown Kingston

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Sections of downtown Kingston remain under curfew on Monday morning as the police continue a major operation aimed at rounding up persons of interest and seizing illegal weapons.

The police/military teams are still conducting house to house searches in the area.

During an operation in the Matthew's Lane area Sunday, police personnel and soldiers detained just under 300 men and seized four guns as well as several hundred rounds of ammunition.

Some of the detainees were questioned and released while others are still being processed.

Among the weapons seized were an Uzi sub machine gun with 11 rounds, a Smith and Wesson nine millimetre pistol; a Luger and Stern semi automatic pistol and a Colt .45 semi automatic pistol.

The police and military also recovered a total of 140 assorted rounds of ammunition.


The three pistols were seized at a business place located on Princess Street.

The owner of the business who the police say is a close associate of former Matthews Lane area leader Donald "Zeeks' Phipps, is now in custody.

The Security Forces also discovered several illegal electrical connections on the premises.

The home of the businessman located at Kirkland Heights in St. Andrew was later searched.

The security forces found a large sum of cash and a BMW X5 vehicle.

And it is not known if the extended curfew imposed by the police in sections of downtown Kingston will affect business and commercial activities Monday.

The curfew which commenced at 2 o'clock Sunday morning will continue until 2 o'clock Tuesday morning.






Police find more guns and ammunition

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Following the imposition of a curfew by the security forces in sections of Downtown Kingston including Matthews Lane early Sunday morning (June 6, 2010), the police are reporting that 261 persons (all males were taken into custody.

Thus far 87 of the 261 persons taken into custody have been processed by detectives and released. The processing of persons still in custody continues today and tomorrow.

The police have so far recovered (seized) four (4) illegal guns and a total of 140 assorted rounds of ammunition. The guns seized are as follows:

1) Uzi sub machine gun – 11 rounds were recovered with the Uzi, the rest of the ammo find (129 rounds) were seized along with the three other guns listed below.
2) Smith and Wesson 9 mm pistol
3) Luger and Sterm semi-automatic pistol
4) Colt .45 semi-automatic pistol

The three pistols were seized at a business place located on Princess Street in Downtown Kingston. The owner of the business is now in Police custody.

The Security Forces also discovered that there were several illegal electrical connections on the said premises.

Following the seizure of the three pistols at the business place on Princess Street, the home of the businessman located at Kirkland Heights in St. Andrew was searched.

There the Security Forces found a large sum of cash and a BMW X5 vehicle. The businessman is being interviewed by members of the Criminal Investigation Branch (CIB).

The curfew will continue until 2:00 am Tuesday (June 8).







(This article has been sent to select persons for their education and feedback. YardFlex readers are asked to read and have their say.)

As the Dudus saga plays itself out in Kingston, two of the questions that remain unanswered are 'why is the United States pushing so hard?' and 'why now?'.

The world is full of dons and drug lords, not to mention the fact that the American plate is full with wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and a billion Muslims who are being encouraged to attack anywhere at anytime. You would think that they had more immediate things to concentrate on.

Yet they continued to poke and push, treating every Jamaican that went through U.S. customs like a criminal, openly questioned the personal honesty of the Prime Minister Bruce Golding and even suggested that the Jamaican Labour Party were in violation of their mandate to govern Jamaica.

In fact, the Americans haven't even got an Ambassador to Jamaica anymore. Obama has left the position open, a serious diplomatic slap in the face. All of this tension is for the Don of Tivoli Gardens? Something isn't right. Dudus just isn't that big of a problem.

The idea that outside interests have manipulated the situation for a long time begins to form when you question the truth of what we are being told.

For two years now Dudus has had an excellent run, controlling the docks in Kingston (on Tivoli Gardens turf, and the true value of the constituency) with his buddies running the government.

He has grown more powerful than ever before, with so much money that he doesn't have to rely on politicians for anything.

In the old days back in the 1970's, when the street gangs were first created by the political parties, they had to get their weapons and cash from the JLP or the PNP, but since the cocaine business showed up, that relationship has slowly turned full circle. Now the politicians need the gangs to control the vote, but the gangs don't need the politicians for support. They have become an independent power.

The outside control in this is that the international cocaine business is not run by Jamaicans. Nobody manufactures coke on the island, it all comes in from South America, mostly Colombia.

Somebody else determines how much of their product is moved through Jamaica, which in turn determines how much money ends up in the hands of the gangs.

Dudus is more powerful than ever before because whoever is controlling The Business decided that he would make him powerful. In fact, it looks like they wanted him to become a 'threat to national security', and be such a handful that outside military assistance might be necessary.

Since the Iran-Contra hearings in the United States in the early 1980's, the world has known that the biggest player in the illegal drug business is the U.S. military.

The enormous wealth involved is enough to weaponize entire armies of 'insurgents', which are then used to destabilize any country they choose. They have the best killers, the best weapons and the best intelligence, and it's all in cash.

No records. There are American military troops on the ground in Colombia and Afghanistan, by far the largest producers of cocaine and heroine respectively. This is no accident.

So it isn't a stretch to consider the idea that growing Dudus into a serious problem was a manipulation that was within the control of U.S. interests.

By why flare it up now, and why so hard? Why would the United States want Jamaica to descend into chaos now?

One idea that comes to mind is oil.

Try this one on for size - although Jamaica has never produced a single drop of oil, has no wells, no rigs, no infrastructure, the Minister of Mining and Energy, James Robertson, spent March, 2010 in England, and April, 2010 in the United States, presenting 'Jamaica's Second Formal Licensing Round 2010', billed as 'New Prospects, New Opportunities', to the Geological Society of England and the American Association of Petroleum Geologists. The agendas for these meetings are on the Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica's website.

He reviewed the new seismic data just before the first coffee break at 10:00 am, and the bid procedures info around 11:30, just before the lunch break, and in between talked about the investment climate in Jamaica. He was in New Orleans during the second week of April, and was in Texas at the end of the month.

By May 22nd, just three weeks after showing all of this data to the oil executives in the States, Jamaica found itself suddenly on the verge of crisis, and American military personnel were seen landing at Manley International in Kingston. The next day, May 23rd, the Prime Minister of Jamaica, Bruce Golding, went on national television to declare a state of emergency.

Add to this the fact that the Government of Jamaica signed a new $1.27 billion US '27 Month Standby Agreement' with the International Monetary Fund for balance of payment support in February, 2010, and a different set of motivators enter the picture.

Less than a month later the Jamaican Minister of Mining and Energy is out pimping a non-existent oil industry to England (controls the IMF) and the United States (controls the World Bank).

The per capita debt burden of Jamaica is the 4th highest in the world. Over 50% of the Capital Expense Budget goes to servicing the debt.

PM Golding has an impossible situation on his hands - he has to somehow find a way to impose financial discipline enough to keep up with the payments, but he has no way to build economy with what he has now. A Jamaican oil industry would help him out big time.

However, the real trick is going to be the fine print of that IMF restructuring agreement.

This same ploy was used on Argentina to force them to sell off State owned assets to raise the cash to pay the debt, which ended up with a Spanish oil company, Resopl YPF (odd in the fact that Spain has no oil, but is really a front for BP), owning all of the rights to Argentina's oil.

Later it was discovered that there are reserves of around 500 billion barrels just off the coast of the Falkland Islands. Argentina does not own it's oil because of IMF debt restructuring rules.

So in February Jamaica signs a new IMF debt restructuring package, and in March the Mining and Energy Minister is in England presenting new seismic data and bidding instructions on an industry that doesn't exist, and in April he's doing the same thing in the United States, which is about the time the Deep Horizon oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico exploded.

Three weeks into May, Kingston has been transformed into a war zone by unrelenting and unexplained American pressure, which includes American military on the ground.

Hmmm. Three weeks after showing the data to the Americans, there are armed U.S. troops on the ground in the capital city.

The Deep Horizon might have something to do with that.

One of the facts that CNN doesn't talk about much is that BP was drilling way, way deeper than anybody knew. The deepest working oil well on earth is around 20,000 feet, but six months ago the Deep Horizon drilling tapped 35,000 feet when they had some sort of 'catastrophic event', which ended when they sealed it up and left things alone.

They were drilling again at 30,000 feet when the explosion happened. Outside of the rule breaking, they proved that the technology exists to go almost twice as deep as any working well, which means that they can now access oil that was once thought to be unattainable, in places that have never produced oil before.

At the end of 2008, Cuba announced to the world that it was sitting on 20 billion barrels of oil, the 12th largest deposits among countries, and that it was involved in developing it with Venezuela, Russia, Spain, Norway and India. Cuba is about 70 miles from Jamaica.

If you stand on the top of the Blue Mountains and look north, you can see the lights in Cuba.

If they have oil that deep, you can bet that Jamaica has oil that deep, and Haiti, and the Domincan Republic.

That earthquake in Haiti last January was suspicious from the start, but the 'over the top' response from the United States might now make sense.

The American military controls Haiti. The foreign assistance was an army of occupation. This week they landed in Jamaica.

The bidding process for the contracts to develop these new Jamaican oil fields are in play right now.

An armed foreign military in the middle of your capital city is a very powerful negotiating tool, and that brand new $1.27 billion IMF loan restructuring came with some nasty conditions, and that runaway well is pumping out an enormous amount of oil, which is going to raise a few questions about just how much oil is down that deep and when can the rest of the world start drilling for it?

Jamaica needs an oil industry before it can sell it to the Americans to pay off the debt.

That's why the IMF and the World bank were created to begin with, to manipulate poor countries into such an enormous debt load that they would have to sell off their natural resources and utilities to pay it. This is the plan in action.

The cat jumped out of the bag before the deal was done when that well exploded, but now it's living proof of the size of the discovery, which is apparently big enough to destroy all life on the planet if BP can't figure a way to shut it down. That's a lot of oil. America wants to wrap this one up fast.

For 600 years they've taken all of the wealth from sugarcane and fruit. For the past 70 years they've taken all of the wealth from bauxite and alumina. For the past 40 years they've taken all of the wealth from tourism.

Now more money is in play than all of that combined. Black Gold. Texas Tea. The Devil's Blood.

One of the largest oil deposits ever discovered.

This whole Dudus soap opera is really just a manipulation to create a situation where America can get their hands on Jamaican oil, which most Jamaicans don't even know about.

If America is involved, you know it's about money.

The only solution is probably impossible. Every single Jamaican has to ask themselves if they love Jamaica enough to make peace with each other. This attack is on Jamaica, not Jamaicans.

They are just the victims, but the oil the Americans want is as much a part of the island as the snow white sand, the swaying palm trees, the spectacular ganja or the incredible reggae.

This trick works only if Jamaicans battle with each other.



























If America can somehow manage this flare up to get a military presence on the island, they will control the oil.

The only path out is for each person to raise his spiritual consciousness to the point where they are prepared to forgive and make peace with their brothers and sisters.

Only Jamaicans can do what is necessary.

They are the living, breathing soul of Jamaica, and it is up to them to stand as one and shout out 'No More!'. If they don't then Babylon will crush them down like never before.

This isn't about JLP, and PNP, and Posse's, and Matthew's Lane, or Rema, or Tivoli Gardens, or Dudus, or running the docks, or selling cocaine. It's about manipulating all of that so Jamaicans see each other as the enemy, and keep warring. It's about Babylon stealing the Big Money while Jamaicans fight like dogs over the Little Money. There are at least 50 Garrisons in Jamaica, with 16 in Spanish Town alone.

There are around 20 Posse's affiliated with the JLP, maybe 30 affiliated with the PNP, and at least 30 Posse's that are 'unaligned' and can be hired when needed. It's an unstable combination that is designed to break down and destroy.

Dudus and the others like him have been played like a piano. They are the perfect excuse for American military intervention, 'one of the world's most powerful drug lords', according to CNN ...over and over and over again. The reality is that the DEA estimates the total cocaine volume through Jamaica each year at 100 metric tonnes, which is worth $25,000 per kilo if it's sold in North America. About $2.5 billion US. The estimated world total consumption of illegal drugs is $400 billion a year. The cocaine going through Jamaica is worth about half of one percent of the market. Nobody in Jamaica is in the top 200, let alone one of the most powerful.

The oil deal can alleviate all of the debt, all of the poverty, all of the illiteracy, all of the hunger, for every Jamaican on the island ...forever.

The palace that Jamaica was intended to be can be built, but Bablyon knows it, and has no interest in seeing the island become strong and independent.

The only way out of this trap is peace. How's that for a Babylon trick?

This could also be the work of Jah, forcing the right kind of threat into action so that the spiritual consciousness of every Jamaican shakes itself awake and realizes that they are blessed to be born at this time, that they are warriors who have been forced to endure the humiliations of poverty and oppression so that when the time came they had a voice and were aware, and would raise their game to the level required to finally free themselves.

Right now might be the most pivotal time in the entire history of Jamaica. Not 1834 and the end of slavery, not 1962 and Independence, not 1981 with the death of the Prophet Robert Marley, but 2010 and the discovery of oil, the point in time the future generations of Jamaican children will always remember as either the greatest of achievements or the worst of failures, when their parents and grandparents faced the demon straight on and decided what the future of Jamaica would be.

Simply put, are Jamaicans strong enough to forgive each other the past, in return for a better future? If they can, they win BIG. More wealth than anyone ever thought possible.

If they can't, then their children, and their children, and their children, will be doomed to the same vicious cycle of poverty, violence and oppression.

Are Jamaicans strong enough to fix this? Do they love their children enough to accept the responsibility to give up their claim to vengeance, so that their children can live free of the burden?

It's all on the line right now. That's why America is pushing so hard.

On May 25th, a Jamaican born Congresswoman in the United States, Yvetee Clark, was on the front pages in both countries, saying that she was going to seek the help of the U.S. State Department to restore peace and stability in Jamaica.

A State of Emergency had been declared for less than 48 hours and already 'Jamaica's best friend in the U.S. Congress' was calling for the release of American soldiers on Jamaican soil to kill Jamaicans. Nice.

We are looking at the beginning of an American military occupation of Jamaica.

Once they get control of the oil and begin to invest billions to develop it, the term 'Strategic Resource' will apply, which also means 'vital to U.S. national security interests', which will require U.S. military bases to protect it. Think Iraq.

This is part of the militarization of the Caribbean. It started in Haiti after the earthquake in January and it has reached Jamaica by May.

With WWIII looming in the Middle East, America is going to need new sources of oil, and with the Russians, Spanish, Venezuelans, Norwegians and India already active off of the coast of Cuba, they are playing catch up in Jamaica.

What is at stake is enormous - a change in the balance of power among the nations of the world. Done right, Jamaica will rise up. Done wrong, Jamaica will drop to it's knees and beg forever.

With that much money in play the corruption of politicians will be child's play. This gambit is for the sovereignty of the country.

It has little or nothing to do with gangs, cocaine, ganja, guns, violence or even Dudus. It is all about oil, soldiers and America taking it all ...again.

In just over a year from Cuba announcing to the world that there are huge oil reserves deep under the Caribbean, events unfold that result in an American military build up on Haiti, the island closest to Cuba.

In less than 30 days since signing the IMF debt restructuring agreement, Jamaica has to present their 'non-existent yet' oil industry to the people who control the IMF and World Bank, and offer a bid process.

In less than 30 days after presenting this data in the United States, the Dudus extradition conflict is escalated and Jamaica is destabilized.

You do the math. What do you think?

Is Dudus just a pawn, nurtured to become the perfect excuse to provide the necessary conditions for the presence of heavily armed American soldiers, on the ground in the capital city at the same time as the most important contracts in the history of Jamaica are open for bidding, immediately after the government restructures a $1.27 billion US debt package with the IMF, who has always used that situation to strip away a country's control of it's own natural resources and utilities, just as the United States is mobilizing to engage in a war with the Middle East and will need to guarantee themselves some new supplies of oil?

Does that sound possible?

Every Jamaican involved in this conflict has to stop fighting if they are going to save their oil wealth. The gangs, the leaders, the constables, the military, the politicians, the people.

America is good at this. They've done it before.

Stop the fighting. Save your oil. Change your world.

THE TIMELINE

Why is America pushing so hard? Look at the timeline.

1) October 2008 - Cuba announces reserves are now double previous estimates.

2) January 2010 - Haiti earthquake. American military build up in Caribbean.

3) February 2010 - Jamaica signs $1.27 billion debt restructuring agreement with IMF.

4) March 2010 - Jamaican Minister of Mining and Energy presents 'Second Formal Licensing Round 2010' seminars in London, England, new seismic data and bid procedures to Geological Society of England.

5) April 2010 - Jamaican Minister of Mining and Energy presents 'Second Formal Licensing Round 2010' seminars in New Orleans and Houston, new seismic data and bid procedures to the American Association of Petroleum Geologists.

6) April 20, 2010 - Gulf of Mexico oil rig explosion.

7) April 2010 - American pressure on Jamaican government over extradition of Dudus escalates to red zone.

8) May 22, 2010 - American military personnel seen landing at Manley International in Kingston.

9) May 23, 2010 - State of Emergency declared by Prime Minister of Jamaica.

10) May 25, 2010 - American Congresswoman born in Jamaica calls for U.S. State Department intervention to stop the violence in Kingston.







(The following well-researched and extremely informative article can be found on the website News One for Black America and is written by Casey Gane-McCalla )

With the recent violence in Jamaica and the controversy over alleged drug lord, Christopher “Dudus” Coke, many people are talking about the infamous Jamaican Shower Posse and the neighborhood of Tivoli Gardens, where they have their base.

What is being is being ignored largely by the media, is the role that the American government and the CIA had in training, arming and giving power to the Shower Posse.

It is interesting that the USA is indicting Christopher “Dudus” Coke, the current leader of the Shower Posse for drug and gun trafficking, given that the CIA was accused of smuggling guns into Jamaica and facilitating the cocaine trade from Jamaica to America in the 70s and 80s.

In many ways Dudus was only carrying on a tradition of political corruption, drug running, guns and violence that was started with the help of the CIA.

Christopher “Dudus” Coke’s father was was Lester Coke, also known as Jim Brown, one of the founders of the Shower Posse and a fellow champion and protector of the impoverished Tivoli Gardens neighborhood in Kingston.

Coke was a political enforcer and bodyguard to Edward Seaga, the leader of the Jamaican Labour Party.

Seaga’s opponent Michael Manley had begun to adopt “socialist” stances and began openly criticizing American foreign policies and meeting with U.S. enemy, Fidel Castro, in the 1970s.

Given the cold war the US was having with Russia, the CIA did not want Jamaica to be friendly with communists.

According to Gary Webb’s book,”The Dark Alliance,” Norman Descoteaux, the CIA station chief in Jamaica began a destabilization program of the Manley government in late 70s.

Part of that plan was assassinations, money for the Jamaican Labour Party, labor unrest, bribery and shipping weapons to Manley’s opponents, like Lester “Jim Brown” Coke.

Author, Daurius Figueira writes in his book, “Cocaine And Heroin Trafficking In The Caribbean,” “In fact, it meant that illicit drug runners linked to the JLP were integrated into a CIA linked illicit drugs guns and criminal trafficking pipeline.”

Former CIA agent, Philip Agee, said “the CIA was using the JLP as its instrument in the campaign against the Michael Manley government, I’d say most of the violence was coming from the JLP, and behind them was the CIA in terms of getting weapons in and getting money in.”

One of Lester Coke’s associates, Cecil Connor, would claim that he was trained by the CIA to fight political wars for the JLP through killing and spying.

Connor would stuff ballot boxes and intimidate voters to help the JLP win elections.

Connor would go on from being a political thug to being part of the international Jamaican based cocaine ring known as the Shower Posse.

He wound up testifying against Lester Coke and his cohort Vivian Blake, only to return to his native St. Kitts to become a drug kingpin who almost held the country hostage.

Christopher “Dudus” Coke’s father, Lester Coke has also been accused of working with the CIA. Timothy White speculates, in his biography of Bob Marley, “Catch A Fire,” that Jim Brown was part of a team of armed gunman that attempted to assassinate Bob Marley led by JLP enforcer Carl “Byah” Mitchell.

Authors Laurie Gunst and Vivien Goldman also make the same assertions in their books, “Born Fi Dead” and “The Book Of Exodus.”

Marley’s manager Don Taylor claims that one of Marley’s attackers was captured and admitted that the CIA had agreed to pay him in cocaine and guns to kill Marley.

Lester Coke would later be burned to death in a Jamaican jail cell, while awaiting extradition the the United States.

Many people have claimed that he was killed so he wouldn’t reveal his secrets dealing with the CIA, JLP and criminal activity.

In its efforts to destabilize the Jamaican government in the 1970s, the CIA created a group of drug dealing, gun running, political criminals.

Through the cocaine trade, these criminals would eventually become more powerful than the politicians they were connected to.

The CIA destabilization program did not only destabilize Jamaica in the 70s, but it destabilized Jamaica for the next 40 years.

Given the secrecy of both CIA and Jamaican society, it is unclear exactly what was the CIA’s role in creating the Shower Posse.

Did they give them guns? Were they given cocaine? Were they trained how to smuggle drugs? Did the CIA use the Shower Posse to try and kill Bob Marley? These are all questions that the CIA should answer.

If what is alleged about the CIA is true, then they are partially responsible for the cycle of gun trafficking, gun smuggling and violence that plagues Jamaica today.

If the US can extradite the son of one of the CIA’s political enforcers for trafficking guns and cocaine, shouldn’t the CIA be investigated for training Jamaicans on how to conduct political warfare, arming them, giving them cocaine and helping them traffic it?

Given the revelation that the CIA allowed Nicaraguan drug dealers to sell cocaine in the US to fund their revolution against their communist government, it is not that far fetched to believe that they would arm Jamaicans to with guns and give them cocaine to fight communists in Jamaica.





The Daily Word - Sunday, June 6, 2010

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Faith

I plant seeds of faith, which grow into the garden of my life.


An acorn holds within it the promise of a vibrant oak tree but no potential for an apple tree.

The kind of faith seed I plant determines what will mature in my life as well.

I ask myself, Where am I placing my faith?

Am I focusing on those things I want to see growing in my life or focusing on my difficulties? When I want harmony and love, I put my faith in God's love.

When I desire prosperity, I put my faith in the always available abundance of God's kingdom.

Today I sow and nurture seeds of faith in God's goodness. I know these seeds will germinate in their own time.

I nourish my faith with prayers of gratitude, knowing that a glorious garden of harmony, love and prosperity is being prepared for me.

Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.--Hebrews 11:1





Oniel Edwards Funeral

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Photos By: MILTON RAYNOR





Beenie 'disciplines' LA Lewis

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But how come LA Lewis always manage fi find himself ina some mix up.

Imagine, ah Oniel Edwards funeral him go tek him car brush Beenie Man own.

Mi seh di docta couldnt find nuh more remidy dan fi gi LA four solid punch and couple good bax.

Beenie seh if him did run inna di back it woulda bad and nuh suh bad, but LA scrap off him car side.

All the same it neva look good, cah imagine we lose Oniel to violence so him shouldnt keep up dat deh armshouse deh.





Oniel Nigh Night

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Black Chiney’s Bobby Chin viciously beaten

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Reports are that selector Bobby Chin from Black Chiney sound system was viciously beaten at a dance which was held right after the Best of the Best in Miami Memorial weekend.

The dance held at Mansion, was called NY vs Miami. Words were reportedly thrown on stage by the selectors from NY and Miami and in the end, the selectors from NY punked out and did not want to play any more songs.

After security left and thought they squashed it, on the way out, Bobby Chin was attacked by a crew from the Bronx, New York and Queens and badly beaten.


Notably, Bobby wasn't the only selector representing from Miami, but reports are that he was the only one who the NY selectors felt strong enough to attack.

Bobby was subsequently rushed to the hospital, where he was admitted, but it is uncertain if his condition is critical.

Efforts by YardFlex to contact Bobby or any other member of Black Chiney proved futile.

We wish Bobby a speedy recovery.










According to gossip site MediaTakeOut.com actress Fran Drescher has finally come clean, and revealed that her former husband, to whom she was married for 21 years, is gay.

Fran is probably best known for playing Fran Fine on the 1990s TV series The Nanny. Well in this week’s issue of In Touch Weekly, she told them that he husband Peter Marc Jacobson came out to her after the two split in 1999.

But get this. Fran GOT OVER IT and stayed friends with dude. Here’s an excerpt from the report:


The former couple created The Nanny together, still work on entertainment projects, and remain "the best of friends."

"We love each other dearly," she says. "We have even fixed each other up - I more successfully than him, by the way.

"Peter and I feel so blessed to have met each other and to still have a caring, loving relationship. Love is what we’re all about."

Fran . . . child . . . there ain't that much LOVE IN THE WORLD. He'd have caught a BULLET if that was our hubby . .. .








The police have revealed a new list of persons they are interested in and that they should turn themselves in. Among them is businessman Danhai Williams.

THE Police High Command yesterday named East Kingston businessman Danhai Williams among a new list names of persons who they said are believed to be affiliated to criminal gangs in the Kingston metropolitan region and appealed to them to turn themselves in at any police station in Kingston or St Andrew.

The list include:

Sandra 'Sandy' Coke, sister of Christopher 'Dudus'; Orlando Ochoy O'Gilvie; Newton McLeod; Harold McLeod, otherwise called 'Harry Dog'; Danny Banton; David Heron, otherwise called 'Reagie'; Kevin Bryan; Michael Murray, otherwise called 'Bissi'; Donald Brown, otherwise called 'Negus'; Christopher Linton, otherwise called 'Dog Paw'; Ricardo Wynter, otherwise called 'Government'; Euriel James, otherwise called 'Rooksie'; Jerome Cunningham, otherwise called 'Rome'; Nyron Hawkins, otherwise called 'Ice'; Vascilion Lion, otherwise called 'Irons'; Anthony Harding, otherwise called 'Prince Pow'; Dennis Duhaney, otherwise called 'Danfrey'; Timothy Thompson, otherwise called 'Timmo'; Marlon Barnett, otherwise called 'Pastor'; Kevin Brian; Richard Francis, otherwise called 'Red Head'; Jevaughn Robinson, otherwise called 'Jav'; Damion Gray, otherwise called 'Sai'; Everton Minot, otherwise called 'Rado'; and Rohan Silvera.






New Rumor: Mariah Carey Pregnant with Twins

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As Nick Cannon continues to neither confirm nor deny that his wife Mariah Carey is pregnant, it hasn’t stopped the tabloids moving full steam ahead on the story.

The National Enquirer reported today that the couple is not only expecting, but Mariah is carrying twins.


An insider tells the publication, “Mariah is gushing that she’s going to have twins. Mariah and Nick both want a big family. And Carey has already begun to scale back her work commitments to prepare for motherhood, starting with Perry’s film.

Baby rumors have been following the Cannons since they got married two years ago, but talk went into overdrive after suddenly pulling out of Tyler Perry’s upcoming movie, “For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow Is Enuf.”

The source adds, “Mariah told her handlers that she’s taking an unofficial family time break, and she’s keeping her work load light for the rest of the year.”

Last year, the couple hired top designer Kenneth Bordewick to help style a nursery for the new Los Angeles-area home Carey and Cannon purchased.









Gary Coleman's ex-wife had a passion ... for getting pampered and spending money in Las Vegas -- and now she's begging Gary's fans to help her with his funeral costs.

In an interview shot the day after Gary's death -- and obtained by TMZ -- Shannon Price talks an awful lot about money ... bragging that she "bought high-end stuff" during trips to Vegas.


Price also says she's hard up for cash now because Gary couldn't get life insurance -- due to his kidney condition.







Tivoli Gardens to receive police post

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A police post is to be established in Tivoli Gardens, which, among other things, will serve as a hub for building a new positive relationship between the residents and the security forces.

Prime Minister, Hon. Bruce Golding, made the announcement in a statement in the House of Representatives on Tuesday (June 1) on the joint police/military operation in West Kingston.

He said that the police and military are maintaining a strong presence in the area "and will, at the appropriate time, transition to normal community policing mode."

He noted that the security operation is continuing and the area is stabilised, with residents now able to go about their normal business subject, of necessity, to random security checks.

The Prime Minister, in the meantime, while acknowledging that some residents are "bitter and angry" about the operation, appealed for understanding as the Government seeks to root out criminal elements that have embedded themselves in these and many other communities, and restore law and order.

He pointed out that the operation being carried out in West Kingston is about more than just executing an arrest warrant on Christopher Coke.

"That may have been the catalyst but it is more than that. It is the beginning of a concerted effort to dismantle the aggressive criminal networks that have embedded themselves in communities in many urban areas and even in some rural communities.

It is a campaign that will be sustained and intensified. It is a campaign that will target criminal gangs wherever they exist, irrespective of their political alliances or whether they have any such alliances," Mr. Golding stated.





The Daily Word - Friday, June 4, 2010

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Rejoice


I rejoice and give thanks for blessings great and small.
Today I look for blessings and find them all around me.

I pause to notice the brilliant sunshine or, perhaps, the refreshing rain. I choose to be thankful, no matter the weather.

I rejoice in the goodness of all people--those I hold near and dear and those who are a world away. I behold their divinity and pray they feel the joy of knowing God's love.

Blessings come in many forms. Some are welcomed and easy to distinguish, while others are recognized only through the lens of steadfast faith and overcoming.

Throughout this day, I remember to rejoice and give thanks for blessings great and small so that I may realize the sublime joy in each moment of communion with God.

Let your faithful rejoice in your goodness.--2 Chronicles 6:41







Prime Minister Bruce Golding, who is also Member of Parliament for West Kingston, finally made his first foray into the area Wednesday in the aftermath of violent clashes between police and gunmen last week.


Mr. Golding, along with Desmond McKenzie, Councillor for the area, went to Tivoli Gardens to hear first hand the stories of constituents who were impacted by the violence.


Mr. McKenzie said the Prime Minister was well received by some but not all residents of Tivoli Gardens.


Many again voiced concerns about how the operation was conducted and what, if any assistance would be rendered to aid residents in putting their lives back on track.


Mr. McKenzie steered clear of any analysis of how the incident would affect the governing Jamaica Labour Party's (JLP’s) political fortunes in the future, and instead called for focus to be directed on the lives of those impacted.


He stressed that a lot of work is already underway to help the people of Tivoli Gardens recover and heal.


“There's a lot of social workers in there gathering the necessary information … a lot is being done, so let us forget about politics.

Elections are not due until two years down the road, but West Kingston has to heal itself (and) no outside intervention can heal the community and we’re prepared to do that healing process.


“This is not about staying loyal to the JLP because you are loyal to something in good time and in bad times,” Mayor McKenzie said.





Livity still in jail

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The brother of Tivoli Gardens strongman, now fugitive, Christopher "Dudus" Coke, remains behind bars.


Leighton Coke otherwise called "Livity", who was one of the persons at the top of the security forces' list of suspects, was handed over to the Half-Way-Tree Police Wednesday night by Reverend Al Miller.


A senior police source described "Livity" as a key player in the massive network operated by Christopher "Dudus" Coke.


The source said arrangements are being made for senior investigators to interview "Livity" as early as possible.








By Rootzgirl


Mayor Mckenzie was in a tizzy over the fact that his house was raided by the police and added to that searched from top to bottom.

He is even requesting a meeting with the Commissioner of Police. Come on now, even the Prime Minister’s residence should be subjected to a thorough search by the police.


No one is above the law and no one is perfect – no matter what position they hold – whether Bishop, PM, MP they are all infallible.
Had it been the ordinary Jamaican house that was subjected to a search by the police that would have been that and nothing else. So why this big furor over the search.
He came on television stating that he didn’t know why they would think that criminals would be seeking refuge at his place – wow remember that Adams said that the best place to start searching for Dudus was at politician homes!.


An obviously upset Mayor McKenzie told RJR News that his son called him in a panic about 10 o'clock Wednesday morning to report that several police personnel were searching the house.


The Mayor, who hastily left a tour of Tivoli Gardens with Prime Minister Bruce Golding, to see about his house, said the incident left all his family members shaken up.


According to Mr. McKenzie, his family told him that the police personnel informed them that the search was being conducted based on intelligence that guns and gunmen were being harboured at the premises.


“I can't understand why because my place is the last place that anybody would come to seek refuge. I spoke to the Commissioner of Police and he told me one thing and what my family is telling me is something totally different.


“The Commissioner told me that the (police) saw a car which they deemed to be suspicious and because of the concerns, they came to search the car but they searched my entire house, so you can’t be protecting me and then be searching and looking for guns,” Mayor McKenzie said.


He added that the approach of the police personnel who went to his house was less than professional and questioned whether some police officers are abusing powers granted them under the current state of emergency.


“I can't prevent them from coming and searching and I don’t want to give the impression that because I (am a) victim. What I’m saying is that the powers must not be abused to cause embarrassment and I’m convinced that a lot of that is happening.


Well, the search has been done, nothing was found amiss so move on…next to another politician’s house.






The Daily Word - Thursday, June 3, 2010

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Forgive


Through forgiveness, I am free to live a full and joyful life.


If in the course of my day I accumulate resentments, it is like picking up rocks and putting them in my pocket.

If I collect the rocks and hold on to them day after day, month after month, I feel the burden grow.

When I refuse to let resentments go, I am weighed down by the hurt and anger I carry.

Forgiveness means looking beyond behaviors.

Without condoning hurtful actions, I accept that each of us is doing the best we can in that moment. The truth is that we are all children of God and nothing can diminish or change that.

As I release the belief that I can lose my good or lose my power, I let go of the negativity weighing me down and I forgive. Freed of resentment, I am ready to love others, to laugh and to live joyfully.

Whenever you stand praying, forgive, if you have anything against anyone.--Mark 11:25





Who Hotta... A or B...?

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Which one a dem Lady Yah Look Hotta..?
A B   





Knowles-Bynum Rumors Put to Rest

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Last week we reported that international minister Juanita Bynum has been getting close with her colleague Matthew Knowles.


The pair have been seen working close lately and rumors began to circulate the two were getting serious and were flirting with the idea of dating.

Well, in response to the report, Knowles’ Music World Entertainment submitted to EURweb a statement to nullify the false claims. The statement flatly says the two are not dating and their relationship is strictly professionals.

Bynum recently signed a management contract with Knowles’ company, Music World Entertainment, “which also includes a joint venture recording agreement between Music World and her record label Son Flower Records.” Her newest single, “Soul Cry (Oh Oh Oh)” from her upcoming album, “The Diary of Juanita Bynum” is set to release June 22.





Dry season

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A when Kingston a guh come alive again man.

What a piece a dry season. if people caan go out go enjoy demself a di weekly sessions and odda events den wi can just imagine wey dem a guh use as a form of entertainment.


Wi hear smady sey unno can expect nuff more pickney fi a born couple months from now, cause wid no activity man a guh stay home and unno kno wha dat mean? Yup, nuff nice time wid dem woman.






Bodies identification starts today

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The police are advising members of the public, especially those living in Tivoli Gardens, Denham Town and the environs, that the process of identifying deceased relatives and friends will commence today.


According to a release from the police photographs of the deceased persons will be displayed at the Tivoli Gardens Community Centre where the Police Complaints Office is located, and at 14 Metcalfe Street (the former Remand Centre). Viewing will start at 10:30 a.m.


In addition to photographs, the relatives and friends of deceased persons will be able to view images on computers provided by the Constabulary.


The Police are requesting persons coming to view photographs and other images to travel with photographs of their deceased relatives and friends in order to facilitate the process of identification.





The police have captured Leighton Coke otherwise called "Livity", the brother of Tivoli Gardens strongman Christopher "Dudus" Coke.

The police have not said where he was found apart from telling us it happened in the Corporate Area.

"Livity" was among the persons the police were looking for following the West Kingston operation.

His name was second on a list of wanted men released sometime last week.


The police have captured Leighton Coke otherwise called "Livity", the brother of Tivoli Gardens strongman Christopher "Dudus" Coke.

The police have not said where he was found apart from telling us it happened in the Corporate Area.

"Livity" was among the persons the police were looking for following the West Kingston operation.

His name was second on a list of wanted men released sometime last week.








Vendors who are trading their wares in the Three Miles area of St. Andrew, particularly those in the vicinity of the Hunts Bay Police Station, have two days to continue the practice.

Thursday will be the last day of selling in the area.

Vendors are being advised to return to the Coronation Market in downtown Kingston.

The Kingston and St Andrew Corporation- KSAC says it is in the process of cleaning that market to have it operational by Friday.

“We cant’ turn a blind eye to what is taking place at Three Miles anymore. We spent over $200,000 getting the DC Tavares Market in state of readiness and the vendors had agreed to go inside the facility.

“I don’t know what has happened, but is going on there now cannot continue. We’re cleaning up the Coronation Market and by the later this week, it should be ready to accommodate the vendors,” Desmond McKenzie, Mayor of Kingston said.

He added that the police have been giving the instruction to take the rid the streets of Three Miles of vending in the coming days.





The Daily Word - Wednesday, June 2, 2010

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Energy


I am energized by the power of God within me.


Energy is the inherent power of God within that responds to my desire to accomplish things.

In whatever I do today, I am expressing the power, vigor and strength of God. I am God-energy in action.

I am a force for good, expressing my talents in positive ways. I am mindful of the balance between work and rest, giving and receiving, striving to accomplish and letting things work out in their own time. Energized by the power of God within, I discern what is mine to do, and I accomplish it as Spirit directs.

From the smallest step to the longest journey, I know the spirit of God goes before me to guide my way. I move forward with confidence and gratitude.

The God who has girded me with strength has opened wide my path.--2 Samuel 22:33





O’Neil to be buried Saturday

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The funeral service for Voicemail member, O’Neil Edwards will be held on Saturday at the Church on the Rock, 7 Clifton Drive, Kingston 8.


O’Neil, who was shot on May 9, succumbed to his injuries last Thursday afternoon, while a patient in the Kingston Public Hospital.
The service is scheduled to begin at 10:00 am.





Police confirm arrest of Dudus ally

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Following days of media speculation, the police finally confirmed Monday that the man alleged to be among those closest to Christopher ‘Dudus’ Coke, is now in custody.

Justin O'Gilivie, the man who is said to be a close ally and the main spokesman for Mr. Coke, was arrested on the weekend.

However, there was no official acknowledgement of this from the police until Monday afternoon.

The details of Mr. O’Gilvie's arrest have not been communicated by the police.

They would only say he was picked up by senior detectives attached to the Flying Squad on the weekend.






Klansman leader surrenders

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As the police continue to round up men said to be alleged gang leaders, reputed head of the Klansman gang, Tesha Miller is now in custody.

Miller surrendered to members of Operation Kingfish Monday in the company of his attorney, Valerie Neita Robertson.

The Klansman leader is among several area leaders taken into custody over the past two weeks as the police move to get a grip on violence in the Corporate area and St. Catherine.

On Friday 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 had also issued an appeal for Justin Ogilvie; Harry McLeod otherwise called "Harry Dog", Prince Bucket otherwise called "Tugman" and Paul Kirkpatrick otherwise called "Teddy Paul" allegedly of the West Kingston based Shower posse to come in for questioning.


A number of the men named have been taken in by their attorneys.








Family members of persons allegedly slain in the massive operation by the security forces in West Kingston a week ago became enraged on Monday morning after they were told that scheduled autopsies would not begin Monday.

Scores of bereaved relatives congregated at one of the scheduled post mortem sites in downtown Kingston with pictures in hand ready to identify the bodies.

It was Commissioner of Police Owen Ellington who announced on Friday that the autopsies would start Monday.

As a result shell-shocked and grief stricken family members huddled at the North Street offices of Madden's Funeral Home on Monday morning, anxious to begin the painful process of identifying the remains of loved ones who were cut down in last weeks' fierce gun battles.

But as the sweltering afternoon temperatures increased so did the tempers of the bystanders, after they were unable to get word on when the post mortems would get underway.


A few minutes later, the proprietor of the funeral home, Ferdinand Madden, whose offices had become overcrowded with distraught relatives, quickly drafted a notice informing persons that the post mortems would not get underway Monday.

“We at Maddens will therefore not be facilitating any viewing by persons wishing to converge at our facilities today. The entire operation is being conducted by [the Ministry of] National Security. The identification procedure is most necessary before post mortem so I guess they are feverishly working to arrange for an identification procedure to be done,” Mr. Madden said.

Only after this, did the bereaved, bewildered and angry family members disperse.

The Police High Command said Monday that the relatives of those killed are free to appoint independent pathologists to observe the post mortems when they get underway.

These relatives may do so on their own or through the Office of the Public Defender or Jamaicans for Justice.

The post-mortems will be done at the Spanish Town Funeral Home, Spanish Town Hospital Morgue and Madden’s Funeral Home.

Pictures of those who died will be displayed at the Police Complaints Office at the Tivoli Gardens Health Centre as well as 14 Metcalfe Street and the Denham Town Police Station.

The Police say they will provide transportation to and from the morgue.





"Why Don't You Love Me" - Beyoncé from Beyoncé on Vimeo.



A man who claims he was inconvenienced by a Beyonce video filming across the street from his Hollywood Hills home has sued the singer for nuisance and trespassing, claiming his privacy was invaded by unnecessary noise and crowds.

Philip Markowitz filed the lawsuit Friday in Los Angeles seeking $25,000 from Bey, a liability company and Dina Ciccotello, a production coordinator for the video shoot for “Why Don’t You Love Me.”

Markowitz claims his expectations of privacy in his upscale neighborhood were “shattered” on March 26 when the crew came in the morning and didn’t leave until 11 p.m., and that his driveway was repeatedly blocked.






Yard Joke : The Ras ina Court

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A Rasta and his Empress are in court getting a divorce. The problem was, who should get custody of the child?

The Empress jumped up and said, "Your Honor. I brought the child into this world with pain and labor. She should be in my custody"

The judge turns to the dread and says, "What do you have to say in the matter?"

The Rasta sat for a while contemplating ... then slowly rose and said,

"Yow ... your Honour, If I and I put a dollar in a vending machine and a Pepsi come out, a who fa Pepsi ...

'I and I' or the machine?





Let Chris Brown perform

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According to a story in the Star a Facebook page has been created to protest Chris Brown's upcoming performance at Reggae Sumfest in the summer, but the promoters of the event are not deterred.


The page, 'Boycott Reggae Sumfest 2010 Unless They Drop Chris Brown!!!', was created last week after it was announced that the R&B singer would be on the show, which takes place in July. Almost 300 people have joined the page since its creation.


"We understand that people make mistakes and CB (Chris Brown) is probably a better person now.

But during these turbulent times in Jamaica, the country needs good influences.

There may be a time for CB in Jamaica, its just not right now," the creator of the webpage said about Chris Brown, who was sentenced last year to serve five years probation and to spend more than 1,400 hours in "labour-oriented service" for assaulting his former pop star girlfriend, Rihanna.


In another blog, the page creator said it was disturbing to hear that "convicted woman beater Chris Brown" has been added to the show's line up. "Sumfest should be embarrassed to have Chris Brown perform on international night; but instead, they are celebrating violence against women by having him on stage," it said.


We at Yardflex want to say that “he that is without sin first cast a stone.”

What’s big deal about young Chris Brown. We don’t see anyone petitioning for Beenie Man and Bounty Killer not to be on Sumfest…after all time and time again their women have come out and accused them of abuse.


How about sticking out on artistes with violent content and insisting promoters not book them. It’s time we do away with the hypocrisy.





The Daily Word - Tuesday, June 1, 2010

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Sanctity

My body temple is a sacred gift from God.


Today I make a commitment to observe the sanctity of my life. Looking at my physical body, I recognize what a miraculous gift it is.

I consider the complex chemical and electrical processes that take place without my attention or intervention. I thank God for this intelligent community of cells and organs.

I release any ego-based ideas about my appearance and instead affirm my divine perfection. God lives and moves through my body, making me whole and well.

I am a sacred creation, more unique and valuable than a masterpiece by Leonardo da Vinci or Michelangelo.

God has given me this amazing body temple and the opportunity to express my divine nature in human form.

Your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, which you have from God.--1 Corinthians 6:19





The Daily Word - Wednesday, June 30, 2010

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NewEndeavor

I seek God's guidance as I begin anew.


Before I embark on a new endeavor in life, I take a few moments to engage in a visioning prayer. This type of prayer is an excellent tool for guiding me forward. I enter into a time of communion with God as I pray:

Dear God, I thank You for the opportunity to participate in this sacred enterprise. I feel the divine calling within me to step forward and take on new responsibilities. I ask specifically, What is my role? What is mine to do?

With these words resonating within me, I pause in quiet reflection. I allow images to dance across my mind and ideas to leap from my heart about the innovation, expertise or support I can bring to this new endeavor. My mission and goals come into sharp focus. With God's guidance, I begin.

The Lord will guide you continually.--Isaiah 58:11





Kartel to turn himself in today

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Controversial dancehall deejay Adidja Palmer, better known as Vybz Kartel, is anxious to know why he is listed as a ‘major person of interest’ by the police and as such will turn himself in to them this morning.

The artiste will be accompanied by his lawyer, Valrie Neita-Robinson.

Kartel, the president of the what some now describe now crumbling Gaza and the man in charge of the Portmore Empire, has always been an interesting personality within the dancehall.

“I’m a person of interest ... what’s new? People find me interesting,” the deejay said with a hint of sarcasm

Vybz Kartel is one of six persons from the parish of St Catherine named last evening as major persons of interest:

1. Adija Palmer, o/c ‘Vybz Kartel’ from Waterford, Portmore.

2. Omar Lawrence, o/c ‘Hommie’ from Anglin Lane, Newlands, Portmore.

3) Seymour Johnson, o/c ‘Bulb Eye’ from Braeton- Phase One, Portmore.

4) Paul Smith, o/c ‘Kerone’ or ‘Biggs’ from Big Lane, Central Village.

5) Oneil Myurrie, o/c ‘Neily’ from Little Lane, Central Village.

6) Damion Perry o/c ‘Tillyman’ from Old Harbour Bay.

They are asked to turn themselves in at any Police Station in Portmore or any Police Station across the island.





Teen held for ammo

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Fifty two men were taken into custody by the Clarendon Police on the second day of a curfew imposed in sections of the parish.

The 52 are still being processed and interviewed.

The Constabulary Communication Network says one of the men who was wanted by the Clarendon Police, has been identified and is being interviewed before charges are laid against him.

During the curfew, members of the security forces also seized more than 200 rounds of ammunition.

They include 203 nine millimeter rounds of ammunition, two 12 gauge rounds and two .38 rounds.

Following the discovery of the ammunition, a 16 year-old girl was arrested and charged for illegal possession of ammunition.





Vybz Kartel wanted by the police

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Deejay Adija Palmer, otherwise called Vybz Kartel, has been named together with five other men as, 'major persons of interest', by St Catherine South Police.

The six are all from the parish of St Catherine:

1. Adija Palmer, o/c 'Vybz Kartel' from Waterford, Portmore.

2. Omar Lawrence, o/c 'Hommie' from Anglin Lane, Newlands, Portmore.

3) Seymour Johnson, o/c 'Bulb Eye' from Braeton- Phase One, Portmore.

4) Paul Smith, o/c 'Kerone' or 'Biggs' from Big Lane, Central Village.

5) Oneil Myurrie, o/c 'Neily' from Little Lane, Central Village.

6) Damion Perry o/c 'Tillyman' from Old Harbour Bay.

They are asked to turn themselves in at any Police Station in Portmore or any Police Station across the island.





Kanye Sued over ‘Stronger’ Track

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A songwriter-producer who claims to have written Kanye West’s 2007 hit “Stronger” is now suing the rapper for compensation.


In the lawsuit filed Friday (June 25th) in United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, Vincent “Vince P.”

Peters says he wrote the track in 2006 and played it for West’s manager John Monopoly at his Chicago home on Nov. 12 of the same year.

Peters says he recorded his own version of “Stronger” about seven months after he gave a copy of the track to Monopoly. In the suit, Peters accuses West of copying significant portions of his original version.

Kanye’s track went on to become a Grammy-winning, No. 1 hit.

Peters is seeking an undisclosed amount of damages and a trial by jury, reports Allhiphop.com.









A former Jamaica Defence Force soldier, who was placed on trial for the 2008 fatal shooting of four persons at the Double Diamond nightclub off Washington Boulevard, has been found guilty.

Corporal Leslie Moodie was found guilty of four counts of murder before the Home Circuit Court Monday afternoon.

A 12-member mixed jury retired for nearly three hours before arriving at the guilty verdict.

The ex-soldier who is now facing the death penalty will be sentenced on August 16.

However, his attorneys are expected to appeal the conviction.

At the trial which began six weeks ago, prosecutors led evidence that on the night of October 20, 2008, the soldier was involved in a confrontation with a group of men in the nightclub.

They argued that the JDF soldier, who was drinking heavily and harassing women at the club, took offence when he was confronted about his behaviour.

Prosecutors say he pulled his nine millimeter automatic pistol and began firing at patrons.

Prosecutors say he fired 38 rounds in the club, forcing patrons to scamper for their lives.

Two of the victims, Lynchmore Forbes and Winston Wilberforce felt the brunt of the soldier's anger.

Forbes was shot seven times and Wilberforce nine times.

Witnesses testified that Wilberforce who was trying to escape slipped and fell.

They say Moodie went over him and shot him multiple times while he begged for his life.

The prosecutors say the other victims, Ejon Peart and Davian Carr were DJs at the club.

They say Moodie, who was shouting "Who next, who next!"...during his mad rage, walked over to the DJ booth and began shooting the men.

Peart was shot six times and Carr three times.

The brother of Carr who was also in the booth was shot seven times, but he survived to give testimony of his nightmare in the club.

The bloody rage ended when policemen came on the scene and shot Moodie.

However, in his defense....Mr. Moodie told the trial that he was acting in self-defense.

He claimed that he was attacked in the club by men who were armed with guns and knives.

His attorneys called four witnesses to back up his claim.

One of the witnesses, a forensic scientist at the government laboratory, testified that gun powder residue was found on the hands of three of the victims...suggesting that they fired weapons.

28 witnesses testified at the trial.





Rihanna Caught Smoking Marijuana?

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A blind item about an unnamed “diva” caught smoking weed in a Barbados hotel room was reported by a gossip Web site to be none other than Rihanna.


Media Take Out posted the blind item from an unnamed Barbados newspaper on its Web site.

Part of it read: “…It appears that the classy woman and her guests smoke, drank and partied nonstop in the room.

Security had to be constantly knocking on the door because the smoke alarm would not stop going off.

…Management at the hotel are now contemplating banning this guest from using its facilities.”

The blind item went on to suggest that the same hotel had issues with Rihanna before, when she and former boyfriend Chris Brown booked a room there.

“Apparently a few years ago, they had to send her a huge bill when she and her former boyfriend also wrecked the place.”





Clarendon now under curfew

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A curfew was imposed on sections of the Clarendon Police Division.

The curfew, which began at 2 o'clock Monday afternoon, will remain in place until 2 o'clock Wednesday afternoon.

The boundaries of the curfew are NORTH, along a dirt track on the bank of the Rio Minho in the vicinity of the Salvation Army Church, to the top section of Overline Farm district using an imaginary line.

It also extends SOUTH along Oliver Drive from the car wash to a dirt track in Long Gully.

The curfew boundaries also run EAST along Sevens Road from the telephone booth to the intersection of Sevens Estate Road in the vicinity of John Crow Lane, and WEST along a dirt track from Long Gully using an imaginary line to the top section of Buzz Rock.





A which artiste dem con?

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Bwoy, Yarflex get it from good source sey one certain conscious artiste a meet hell inna Europe right now.

From what wi source tell wi, di team leave sey dem a guh do how much tour and yuh believe sey dem duh ova 10 show and doan get a dime?


But from what we hear dat always happen when unno nuh have good people a teck charge a unno affairs.

Yuh must have a proper manager and people whey mean business round unno.

Cause how unno fi leave Jamaica and nuh have nuh form a financial commitment?

And di wus ting is, how dem duh more dan one show and neva collect a cent. It shouldn’t even reach suh much show at all.


Still wi hear sey promoter abandon dem inna hotel without di bills paid and all dese tings. No sah, a real almshouse affair dat still.





The Daily Word - Tuesday, June 29, 2010

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Grace

I am one with God's love, now and forever.


Taking time apart from outer activities, I consider the love of God within that never fades and never fails. It is my comfort, regardless of my past and despite any challenges today or tomorrow.

In the serenity of meditation and prayer, I contemplate the depth and breadth of the endless love which abides in the deepest part of me. The love of God sustains and nourishes me, heals and prospers me, inspires and calms me, no matter what.

The love of God is a constant support and resource within me and also within the people I care about. I give thanks for God's love that enables us all to respond to life in mindful and meaningful ways.

Neither death, nor life ... nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God.--Romans 8:38, 39





Scenes from Good Times

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Scenes from Fresh Friday June 26 2010

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Scenes from Street Vybez Thursdays

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David Smith’s fraud case set for September

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David Smith, former head of the failed investment club, Olint, on Monday had his case adjourned in the Supreme Court in the Turks and Caicos Islands.

He will return to court on September 23.

Neither his legal team nor the Royal Turks & Caicos Islands Police was willing to divulge the details of the proceedings in court.

When the case against the former Olint boss was heard on May 11, a preliminary hearing was held in a Magistrate's Court.

David Smith is on a total of 30 fraud-related charges.

He’s alleged to have lost billions of dollars in investments by club members in his unregulated scheme.





Track coach Raymond Stewart banned for life

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Former Jamaican track star Raymond Stewart, who went on to coach banished American sprinter Jerome Young and other Olympic medalists, has been kicked out of the sport for life for obtaining performance-enhancing drugs for his athletes.

The U.S. Anti-Doping Agency announced the ban Monday, after an arbitration panel determined Stewart bought drugs from Angel Memo Heredia, whose cooperation has been used in investigations of banned coach Trevor Graham and others.

Stewart was a 100-meter specialist who appeared in four Olympics for Jamaica and won a silver medal in the 400 relay at the 1984 Games.

He joins Graham and Remi Korchemny as the third coach USADA has had kicked out of track for a role in helping athletes obtain and take drugs.

"Violating the sacred responsibility and standards of a coach by aiding athletes with doping is truly reprehensible," USADA CEO Travis Tygart said.

Heredia was a whistle blower in the case against Graham and others who were found to have used drugs purchased from Heredia's lab in Mexico City.

The arbitrators relied on evidence stating Stewart met Heredia in 1997 and the two maintained a relationship through 2006.

The evidence lists Young among those who Stewart coached. Young was on the 1,600-meter, gold-medal relay team at the 2000 Olympics but has since been banned for life for doping.

Young did not run in the finals and his U.S. teammates were originally allowed to keep the gold medal, but the medal was later stripped after one of Young's teammates, Antonio Pettigrew, admitted he doped during the Sydney Games.

Others Stewart coached, according to the evidence, included J.J. Johnson, a member of the U.S. 2003 world champion 400 relay team;

Kenny Brokenburr, a member of America's gold-medal, 400 team from the 2000 Games; and three-time Olympic medalist Beverly McDonald of Jamaica, who later married Stewart.

(Source: AP)





Sections of Clarendon are now under curfew.

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The curfew became effective at 2 pm Monday and will remain in place until 2 p.m. on Wednesday.

The boundaries are north along a dirt track on the bank of the Rio Minho in the vicinity of the Salvation Army Church, to the top section of Overline Farm district.

South along Oliver Drive from the car wash to a dirt track in Long Gully.

East along Sevens Road from the telephone booth to the intersection of

Sevens Estate Road in the vicinity of John Crow Lane and west along a dirt track from Long Gully using an imaginary line to the top section of Buzz Rock.

During the hours of the curfew persons within its boundaries are required to remain within their premises unless otherwise authorised in writing by a member of the security forces who is in charge of enforcing the curfew.








A US judge on Monday did not grant bail to former Tivoli strongman, Christopher 'Dudus' Coke.

However, Coke has been given 30 days to conclude the details his legal representation and to prove that the money he will use to retain his lawyers is not from the proceeds of any alleged criminal activities.

Coke, who has a court appointed lawyer, appeared in court Monday with Judge Robert Patterson giving the defence 30 days to prepare a case and for him to finalize his legal representation.

He did not speak during the brief hearing which lasted for 15 minutes. The conditions of his solitary confinement were also discussed in the hearing.

His court appointed lawyer Russel Newfeld as well as government prosecutors also surveyed documents relating to the case.

Coke has the right to retain up to three lawyers.

Coke had last appeared in the Manhattan federal court in New York on Friday where he pleaded not guilty to charges that he ran a massive international drug and gun ring.





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What do you say? As a Christian, should he have stayed out of it? Was he justified in what he did? Holla at us.









6 women To Keep Away From Your Man

We can never control the actions of our men. We can never be with them 100 percent of the day and yes there must be elements of trust in every relationship. However! That does not mean that we must be so trusting that we are foolish. Some men are weak. So weak that they sometimes needs assistance in preventing themselves from getting in trouble. This is why there are certain women that you, as his wife/girlfriend/ fiancé, keep him as far away from as possible. There are certain circumstances where you may have no choice but to allow him near her due to the fact that they may work together, or dated once. However, my advice to you is that if you cannot find a way, then you make a way. Having said that, the following are a short list of chicks to keep your man away from.

1. The Low Self Esteem Chick

You know this girl. The girl with self esteem so low that she will do almost anything for attention from a male. It does not matter how minuscule the attention is, she will take it. She is the one that is lacking self love and wants someone to confirm it for her. She needs men to tell her how beautiful and wonderful she is constantly. Sometimes chicks like this are unfortunate enough to rarely receive any male acknowledgment which is why they have to seek it out so desperately. Her antics sometimes appear to be over the top because in essence they are a cry for attention from anyone with a penis.

2. The Sluttish Friend

She is the one chick in your crew of friends who is a sweet heart and would give you her whole paycheck and food stamps if you needed it BUT (there always is a but with people who are too nice) she is a whore. She might also be a border line nymphomaniac. She will sleep with anyone and I do mean anyone. It does not matter to her if he is in a relationship, married, single, your daddy. She could care less about his relationship status and who he fathered. Her only goal is to get hers. She is the chick that will side line hate on you when you guys are at the club and she notices that guys are giving you more attention than her. This enrages her inside but she does not show her annoyance. Instead this is her cue to do some hoe s**t. Like motion for everyone in the group to look at her and then stick an entire popsicle down her throat without gagging then innocently giggle the words “wow, that was cold” . Please ladies, I call upon all of you to pop this chick in the back of her damn head when she commits such debaucherous acts.

3. The Model Chick

I have some leniency with this chick because truth be told, she cannot help that she is gorgeous, or modelesque. Blame God for that one. This chick might be a good person at heart and have no ill intentions towards you or your relationship. The only problem with her is that she is every man’s dream girl and secretly every man fantasizes of boning a model chick. This has nothing to do with her necessarily being prettier than you but more so to do with egoism. It feels good to a man for him to utter the words “I nailed a model”. Why uttering those words is enough to make any strong, young vital man release some man ooze right in his pants legs. Despite her innocence in this, just to prevent temptation on your man’s part, keep these two as far apart as possible…..

4. The Needy/Annoying Ex-Girlfriend

This is your current boo’s ex lady friend. She is the one who had a “special bond” with. So much so that they still keep in contact and remain friends. Which would not be a problem if she did not still depend on him emotionally for comfort. She is the one who will call him crying after she gets laid off from her job or realizes she is in love with a loser who treats her like crap. Yet, she still sees your man as her place of solace and peace. He is the one man in her mind who truly “gets her”. Which is why she will never completely let him go. Secretly she is waiting on him to dump you so she can pounce on him like Beyonce does her leotards. Which is why she needs to get the boot. Or at least have some restrictions put on this chick. For instance, no she cannot call him after a certain time of night. It does not matter how horrible her date was. She better suck it up till the morning.

5. The Golddigger

This wallet muncher is the one who can smell a man with an IRA account from 10 miles away. She has a greyhound nose for mutual funds, and off shoe accounts. She may be someone your man works with but has a lower level position. Perhaps a secretary, or the cute receptionist he passes every day while coming into the office or his new young and bouncy personal assistant that the staffing agency sent over. Her subservient position matters not to her. She is not there to pursue her own career achievements and success. She has an agenda of the romantic nature. She is there to find a husband. If you are fortunate enough to have a man with some green backs then keep this heffa far away! I guarantee you she will do whatever it takes to try to get him to sleep with her. She has a plan. Part of that plan is to seduce your man, get him to leave you, and ultimately either have him impregnate her or have a pre-nup free marriage. She does not care about this man at all. She cares about his wallet and all roads leading to it. I guarantee you that she would not stay with him longer than the time required to receive the biggest divorce settlement. She is in it to win it and her financial security is the prize. Muff her hard in the face and tell her to keep it moving.

6. The Sex Kitten

She is similar to the sluttish friend and the low self esteem chick but different in the way that she is much more self aware. Her actions do not come from a place of inferiority, self consciousness, or pure nymphomania. See, she realizes that she has nothing to offer a man but her body. She has little to no personality, she isn’t the brightest bulb in the room. She might have been told these things all her life which is why now she focuses all her energies into increasing/maintaining her looks. She has nothing else to offer. Nothing . Not only does she realize this, she accepts it! She embraces her honey pot and treats it like a golden muffin. She also knows all men’s weakness. Sex. So, she purposely and boldly, uses sex to seduce men. She is the one who might be working anywhere! Anywhere! Even a Starbucks and will be the only barista with her blouse unbuttoned so far down that you can just make out the her sexy pink Victoria Secret bra. Pretty isn’t it? Yeah it is and your man will think so too as he is unsnapping it with his mouth. Bottom line. He needs to find a new Starbucks to go to.

Source: http://yeahshesaidit.com







If you believe the NY Post, there’s a big rift developing between Beyoncé and her father and manager, Mathew Knowles.

The Grammy winning singer reportedly is still refusing to speak to him since he became a baby daddy with a woman 20 years his junior. Now execs at her label, Columbia, are fearful the problems between the two could damage her career:

The superstar singer was horrified when it was alleged last year that Matthew had an 18-month affair with 38-year-old Alexsandra Wright and DNA tests confirmed he’d fathered her son, Nixon, while still married to Beyoncé’s mother, Tina Knowles.


Matthew guided Beyoncé’s career through her days with Destiny’s Child and is still her manager.

But one music industry insider said, “Beyoncé was horrified to find out her dad cheated on her mom.

She always looked up to him, and she is very close to her mom, so this has hit her really hard.

She is refusing to speak to him, which is making things difficult where it comes to managing her career.

Some people at Columbia now think it would be better to move him aside.”





PNP wants Dudus to ‘talk up di tings’

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Peter Bunting, Opposition spokesman on national security wants Dudus to ‘talk up di tings’ where his dealings in the criminal underworld are concerned.

"Many persons think that this will be the beginning of another episode if he decides to come clean, and we hope that is what he will do so we can have not just one individual apprehended, but we can have a general housing," Bunting said.

"All those who were his co-conspirators, all those who were his collaborators, they should be hopefully feeling very insecure now and that the due process of law will eventually catch up with them as well."

Bunting said now that Coke has been extradited, the country can begin to move forward.

He is, however, maintaining that the entire issue surrounding Coke's extradition was handled shabbily and that Prime Minister Bruce Golding and Justice Minister Dorothy Lightbourne should be held fully responsible.

Bunting made the comment while speaking to reporters at a National Executive Council (NEC) post-press conference at St Mary High school yesterday, where reporters were barred from recording the party leader Portia Simpson Miller's address.





Dudus back in court today

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Coke, who was extradited to the US last Thursday on drug and weapons charges, will make his second appearance in a Manhattan courtroom at 4:00 pm, where a bail application is one of the items likely to be dealt with by the court.

Accused Christopher 'Dudus' Coke could find out today if his extremely slim chance of obtaining bail will materialise.

Yardflex will keep you posted.





The Daily Word - Monday, June 28, 2010

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Inner Peace

I am now enfolded in the peace of God.


If I were to wait until the world's conflicts were resolved before discovering my own peace, I would be searching for something outside myself that is already within.

The spirit of God within me is my center of peace--so I gently bring my attention inward. Here is where I find peace and serenity.

Instead of waiting for the world to give me peace, I give my peace to the world. Centering my thoughts on the peace within, I let tranquillity flow from me through my words and actions.

To the person who is upset, I am a patient listener. To the child who is fearful, I am the soothing voice of composure. I fully participate in life from the peace of God within my soul. I am God's peace in expression.

To set the mind on the Spirit is life and peace.--Romans 8:6





The Daily Word, Sunday, June 27, 2010

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Determination

With Spirit as my guide, I do what is mine to do.


At times I may feel the need to proceed with caution, perhaps concerned that my actions might lead to less than desirable results.

However, when I feel led by Spirit, I can be more deliberate and forthright in my actions. Some of my greatest accomplishments have come from determination to do what God was guiding me to do.

The simple act of deciding sets the universe in motion. Spirit provides me with the ideas and means to achieve great things.

Once I have decided that Spirit is my guide, my way is made clear. I move beyond fears and limitations and have the resolve and determination to do what is mine to do.

You will decide on a matter, and it will be established for you, and light will shine on your ways.--Job 22:28





The Daily Word, Sunday - June 27, 2010

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Healing


God's restorative power is quickened within me. I am healed.


Just as the power of God gave me my first breath, it brings me healing now.

I call forth this perfect life force by speaking words of health and wholeness to my body and mind. I release anything that is unlike the perfect life and love that are the truth of my being.

God's power is the only power that can prevail in me. Every cell in my body is innately whole; every organ is a perfect part of the miracle of me.

With my thoughts clear and focused and my mind receptive to new ideas, I speak words that are powerful and loving. I speak words of wholeness and peace. As I affirm my healing, God's restorative power is quickened within me.

He sent out his word and healed them.--Psalm 107:20





Reggae Sumfest Nightly Line Up.....

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Nightly Line Up



Saturday, July 17

Beach Party, Cornwall Beach

Errol Lee & The Bare Essentials

Brown Sugar

Press Fyah

Bumpa

DJ Bambino

DJ Baby Thug

Danger Zone

Thursday, July 22


Catherine Hall, Montego Bay

Vybz Kartel
Mavado

Elephant Man

Spice

I-Octane

Demarco

Kiprich

Konshens

D'Angel

Assassin

Ce'Cile

Voicemail

Chino

Ding Dong

Khago

G-Mac

Tifa

Besenta

Chumps

Dada

King UJah

Taz


Friday, July 23


Catherine Hall, Montego Bay

Chris Brown

Jah Cure

Queen Ifrica

Etana

Tony Rebel

Gyptian

Hezron

Steele

Lymie Murray

Sophia Squire

Macka Conscious

Saturday, July 24


Catherine Hall, Montego Bay

Usher

Shaggy

Beenie Man

Tarrus Riley

Gramps Morgan

Chris Martin

Protoje

Richie Loop

Zamunda

Ras Penco

QQ

Fire Lion & Ferrari





Ghana eliminates US for 2nd straight World Cup

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RUSTENBURG, South Africa (AP)—Life on the edge came to an exhausting and disappointing end for the United States against a familiar foe.

Ghana sent the U.S. packing from the World Cup—again—eliminating the Americans in the second round Saturday night.

Asamoah Gyan scored 3 minutes into overtime, leading the Black Stars to a 2-1 victory that ended a thrilling but ultimately unfulling World Cup for the United States that was watched by record audiences back home

“A stinging, tough defeat,” U.S. coach Bob Bradley said. “We knew Ghana was a good team and we didn’t get the job done.”

Asamoah Gyan scored 3 minutes into overtime to win it.

Kevin Prince Boateng put Ghana ahead when he stripped the ball from Ricardo Clark in the 5th minute and beat goalkeeper Tim Howard from 16 yards.

Once again, the U.S. came back, and Landon Donovan tied the score with a penalty kick in the 62nd minute after Jonathan Mensah pulled down Clint Dempsey streaking in. But no matter how much the Americans pressured after Gyan scored, they couldn’t tie it again.

“We had already expended a lot of energy at that time,” Bradley said. “I think we put ourselves in trouble with giving up the early goal again.”

In the first-ever extra time World Cup game for the U.S., Gyan got the winning goal when he took a long ball from Andre Ayew over the defense and beat U.S. captain Carlos Bocanegra, his teammate on the French club Rennes. Gyan let the ball bounce, took a touch with his chest, and with Jay DeMerit vainly trying to catch up, scored over goalkeeper Tim Howard with a left-footed shot from 16 yards.

“We’ve made everybody proud,” Gyan said. “Not Ghana alone, but all of Africa.”

There was no late magic this time to equal Donovan’s injury-time goal against Algeria that moved the Americans into the second round. The closest the U.S. came to tying it again was in the 98th minute, when Maurice Edu’s header off Donovan’s corner kick went wide.

With Howard pushed up, DeMerit’s desperation long shot in the final minutes went over the crossbar. Then Dempsey sent a header wide.

At the final whistle, Howard consoled Bocanegra and Maurice Edu collapsed to the ground. Donovan exchanged jerseys with a Ghana player and walked off the field, put on a coat, sat on the bunch and hung his head.

“This is a terrific group and we’re proud,” Bradley said. “We’re also disappointed that we couldn’t take it further.”

Ghana, the only African team left in the tournament, celebrated moving into the quarterfinals against Uruguay on Friday in Johannesburg. In their second World Cup appearance, the Black Stars bettered their 2006 team, which lost to Brazil 3-0 in the second round. That teams beat the Americans 2-1 in the final game of the opening round to send the U.S. home.






Artistes get ready for Reggae Sumfest

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Reggae Sumfest traditionally brings out the best artistes to the stage and at the same time brings out the best in these artistes, and presently, the confirmed acts are undergoing rigorous preparation to ensure that their Reggae Sumfest performance lives up to the huge expectations of the Festival’s fans.

Reggae Sumfest’s prestige has traditionally pushed the artistes to take special care in their appearance and performance. The Festival is known for artistes donning flashy new wardrobes, and backing that up with dazzling performances.

The confirmed artistes for this year’s show have been hard at work in rehearsals, toning their vocals and writing lyrics to ensure this year they are at optimum performance. Expectedly, the bulk of them do not wish to reveal much and prefer to drop the surprise on the night of the show.

However, the rehearsals have been going on in earnest, the new tunes have been written, the choreography of their performances have been documented, and the artistes are practicing repeatedly to ensure their performances live up to the high Reggae Sumfest standard.

The confirmed list includes Chris Brown, Shaggy, Beenie Man, Tarrus Riley, Queen Ifrica, Tony Rebel, Jah Cure, Etana, Bounty Killer, Mavada, Elephant Man, I-Octane, Voicemail, D’Angel, Stacious, DeMarco, Chino, Konshens, Tifa, Cecile, and Ding Dong among others.

Traditional acts like Beenie Man have never been known to disappoint, always sizzling and dropping new hits while on the stage.

Shaggy is also known crowd pleaser as well who soothes as easily as he seduces while on stage, while Elephant Man will electrify as intensely as he will entertain.

One group that will be specially observed on the Sumfest stage is Voicemail, which is planning an extra-ordinary performance as a tribute to their fallen member Oneil Edwards.

Group member Craig is not revealing much, preferring to deliver the surprise to the audience that night. However, he explained that it will be no ordinary performance.

“We’re going to make it a very special one, definitely a good voicemail performance,” he stated.

“We have started putting things together already, for a lot of people who had not been to the funeral…there is a song we wrote called praise his name and that is one of the songs we looking forward to performing.”

Reggae Sumfest is the most celebrated and supported Reggae Festival in Jamaica, and attracts the world’s leading musicians and performers.

In its near 20 year history, the show has boasted a superb entertainment package, loaded with the best performances, food, music, and culture. This year’s Festival runs from July 17-24 at Catherine Hall, St James.

Red Stripe is back as a sponsor of Reggae Sumfest, after a one-year hiatus.

The brand now joins fellow Platinum sponsors Ibero Star, Digicel, Wysinco, and the Jamaica Tourist Board. Gold Sponsors include CVM, The Gleaner, and Irie Fm.






Festival songs hit the road

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The Second Festival Song Road Show heads for the eastern parish of Portland this Saturday.

The Port Antonio Square is the venue for the event which will feature the 10 finalists in this year’s competition.

This will be the second in the series of such shows following on the launch Junction, St Elizabeth last week. The winner of the 2010 competition will take home $1 million cash





Dudus pleads ‘not guilty

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Former Tivoli Gardens strongman, Christopher "Dudus" Coke, who was extradited to the United States from Jamaica, pleaded not guilty to drug and weapons charges in a New York courtroom Friday.

Dudus, or Prezie, as he is affectionately called, entered a full courtroom at 2:03 p.m. and acknowledged his few family members present with a nod. The judge greeted him with "Good afternoon, Mr. Coke," to which the seemingly calm Coke didn't respond. After entering his plea, Coke stood and answered "yes sir" to every question regarding understanding his indictments.

The court-assigned attorney told the judge he has not been permanently assigned to case because the Coke family hired attorneys Frank Doddato and Steven Rosen. Doddato is the lead attorney.

Coke was extradited Thursday, two days after he was taken into custody in Jamaica and several hours after he had waived his right to an extradition hearing there. Coke arrived at White Plains-Westchester County Airport outside New York City around 7 p.m.

Armed Drug Enforcement Administration agents and U.S. marshals escorted him to a waiting SUV. Coke was dressed in a blue shirt and black pants with his hands cuffed behind his back. He appeared subdued, a smirk on his face.

"I love the people of Jamaica," he said in response to a question from a Jamaican reporter.

Coke, 40, said in a statement that he decided to waive his right to an extradition hearing of his own free will, and did so "even though I am of the belief that my case would have been successfully argued in the courts of Jamaica."

According to a superseding indictment filed in Manhattan federal court, Coke has led a criminal organization known as the "Shower Posse" since the early 1990s, with members in the United States, Jamaica and other countries.

"At Coke's direction and under his protection, members of his criminal organization sold marijuana and crack cocaine in the New York area and elsewhere, and sent the narcotics proceeds back to Coke and his co-conspirators," the U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York said in a news release.

"Coke and his co-conspirators also armed their organization with illegally trafficked firearms," the release said.

Coke is charged with conspiracy to distribute cocaine and marijuana and conspiracy to illegally traffic in firearms. If convicted on the narcotics charge, he would face a maximum sentence of life in prison and a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years in prison, as well as a fine of up to $4 million.

He would face a maximum sentence of five years in prison on the firearms trafficking charge and a fine of up to $250,000.

Coke was arrested on Tuesday when Jamaican police recognized him at a checkpoint. He was wearing a woman's wig when he was caught, a federal law enforcement source told CNN.

Last month's failed attempt to arrest Coke sparked four days of gun battles between security forces and his supporters in Kingston that left 76 people dead.

Coke, who is also known as "President," "Shortman" and "General," said he was "deeply upset and saddened by the unnecessary loss of lives" and said the deaths "could have been avoided."

"Everyone, the whole country, has been adversely affected by the process that has surrounded my extradition and I hope that my action today will go some way towards healing all who have suffered and will be of benefit to the community of Tivoli Gardens," a neighborhood where violence erupted, he said Thursday.

(Source:CNN)






DUDUS VIDEO EXCLUSIVE

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source AP





Remembering Michael

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Exactly one year ago to today’s date the shocking news came that the King of Pop Michael Jackson died.
Today, Yardflex remembers the pop icon through one of the classic songs he has delivered



Man In The Mirror
Ooh ooh ooh aah
Gotta make a change
For once in my life
It's gonna feel real good
Gonna make a difference
Gonna make it right

As I turned up the collar on
A favorite winter coat
This wind is blowin' my mind
I see the kids in the street
With not enough to eat
Who am I to be blind
Pretending not to see their needs

A summer's disregard
A broken bottle top
And a one man's soul
They follow each other
On the wind ya' know
'Cause they got nowhere to go
That's why I want you to know

I'm starting with the man in the mirror
I'm asking him to change his ways
And no message could have been any clearer
If you wanna make the world a better place
Take a look at yourself and then make a change, yey
Na na na, na na na, na na na na oh ho

I've been a victim of
A selfish kinda love
It's time that I realize
There are some with no home
Not a nickel to loan
Could it be really pretending that they're not alone

A willow deeply scarred
Somebody's broken heart
And a washed out dream
(Washed out dream)
They follow the pattern of the wind ya' see
'Cause they got no place to be
That's why I'm starting with me

I'm starting with the man in the mirror
I'm asking him to change his ways
And no message could have been any clearer
If you wanna make the world a better place
Take a look at yourself and then make a change

I'm starting with the man in the mirror
I'm asking him to change his ways
And no message could have been any clearer
If you wanna make the world a better place
Take a look at yourself and then make that change

I'm starting with the man in the mirror
(Man in the mirror, oh yeah)
I'm asking him to change his ways, yeah
(Change)
No message could have been any clearer
If you wanna make the world a better place
Take a look at yourself and then make the change
You gotta get it right, while you got the time
'Cause when you close your heart
(You can't close your, your mind)
Then you close your mind

(That man, that man, that man)
(That man, that man, that man)
(With the man in the mirror, oh yeah)
(That man you know, that man you know)
(That man you know, that man you know)
I'm asking him to change his ways
(Change)
No message could have been any clearer
If you wanna make the world a better place
Take a look at yourself then make that change

(Na na na, na na na, na na na na)
Ooh
Oh yeah
Yeah yeah yeah yeah yeah yeah
(Na na na, na na na, na na na na)

Oh no
Oh no, I'm gonna make a change
It's gonna feel real good
Sure mon
(Change)
Just lift yourself
You know, you got to stop it yourself
(Yeah)
Oh
Make that change
(I gotta make that change today, oh)
(Man in the mirror)
You got to, you got to not let yourself, brother oh
Yeah
You know that
(Make that change)
(I gotta make that make me then make)
You got, you got to move
Sure mon, sure mon
You got to
(Stand up, stand up, stand up)
Make that change
Stand up and lift yourself, now
(Man in the mirror)
Make that change
(Gonna make that change, sure mon)
(Man in the mirror)
You know it, you know it, you know it, you know
(Change)
Make that change





IRIE FM’s founder to be laid to rest tomorrow

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Founder of IRIE and ZIP 103 FM Karl Young’s memorial service will be held tomorrow, Saturday, June 26 at the Buckfield Playfield in Ocho Rios, beginning at 1:00 pm

Among those participating in the service will be international singer and Minister Judy Mowatt, gospel artiste Jabez, the Cari Folk Singers and L’Cadco Dance Ensemble.

Karl Young died on June 10 in a hospital in Chicago, United States





Tiger Woods, You Are Not the Father

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Tiger Woods can get his “Maury” dance on after learning a paternity suit filed against him by porn star Devon James has no merit.


TMZ.com has been reporting that a DNA test conducted in 2002 has already proven that another man is the father of her nine-year-old son, Austin.

Today, the Web site produced the document showing the test result, which states a man named Pele Watkins is 99.99 percent the biological father of Austin.


Angered by TMZ’s initial report, James filed legal documents in Manatee County, Florida earlier this month, asking a judge to force Woods to take a DNA test to prove her son’s paternity.


James, whose real name is Melinda Brinling, alleged Woods had fathered her child after a reported fling in 2001.

She said she kept the pregnancy and birth of her son a secret from Woods, but decided to reveal everything after his 2009 cheating scandal.











The Nas and Kelis divorce drama continues…It looks like spousal support is not the most pressing problem for Nas.

According to TMZ, the rapper is having problems making the monthly mortgage for the home Kelis is living in. Nas is behind $52,989.22.

So Nas’ lawyer, Mark Vincent Kaplan, filed a payment plan with the court, in which the rapper agrees to pay $17,500 up front, and then pretty much double the $7,800 mortgage payment each month to catch up.

According to the docs, the plan is to sell the home stat.





Coke’s mother makes tear-filled plea

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While the nation may regard Christopher Coke as an alleged drug don awaiting his fate, to one person, he is simply a son.

A distraught Patsy Haliburton, Christopher "Dudus" Coke's mother spoke to RJR News after returning from a prayer meeting.

She toldthe news team that she was concerned about her son's well being.

In a tear-filled plea, Miss Haliburton begged for news about her son and said she was anxiously awaiting his phone call.

“Mikey needs to come back and see me. I can’t take it. God is going to take care of you. There are a lot of prayers for you. I want to be strong, I know your strong. Mikey call your mother, I will feel better, I won’t feel that depressed,” she said between sobs.

The love was no different on the other side of the fence as on Thursday morning in court, Mr. Coke left a reassuring message for his mother, promising to return to her and his people in his former enclave West Kingston.





Yard Charts

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The Daily Word - Friday, June 25, 2010

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Success


I enjoy my life's journey, and I am successful.


What does success mean to me? As I consider this question, I think of the story of the tortoise and the hare.

The tortoise moved slowly along his path, enjoying his journey and the animals he met along the way.

In contrast, the hare sped along, paying little attention to his surroundings, eventually falling asleep, and completely missing out on the joy of the journey.

I choose to enjoy my life's journey, experience exciting adventures and meet new people along the way. I am not preoccupied with material gains or outward demonstrations of success.

I measure success by the blessings I give and receive. True success comes from Spirit. At one with the indwelling Spirit, I am successful.

David had success in all his undertakings; for the Lord was with him.--1 Samuel 18:14





Carlene Davis thrills, saves souls in Canada

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Minister and gospel singer Dr. Carlene Davis thrilled thousands in Canada last week at the renowned Revival Time Tabernacles in Toronto, delivering another spiritually charged performance to the large gathering as the specially invited guest of Bishop Dr. Audley James, the church’s presiding pastor.

This postdates her recent trip to the African continent, where she and husband Tommy Cowan ministered in Uganda saving many lives while imparting the teachings of Christianity.

Now back in the island, Dr. Davis last Wednesday attended the launch of Denbeigh at the Hi-Pro Ace Supercentre in White Mall, St. Catherine.

Where she met with various executives to discuss the way forward for the upcoming Denbeigh Gospel Extravaganza, slated for August 1, 2010.

In attendance at the launch where Committee Chairman Senator - Norman Grant, Leon Mitchell - Marketing and Sales Promotion Executive at The Jamaica National Building Society, Glendon Harris - President of the Jamaica Agricultural Society, Dr. Christopher Tufton - Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries, Donovan White - Head of Marketing at Digicel Jamaica, Christopher Levy - President of the Jamaica Boilers Group among others.

The annual Agricultural Show will be staged at the Denbeigh Showground in Clarendon from July 31 to August 2 under the theme "Eat What We Grow and Grow What we Eat".

Meanwhile, Dr. Davis and her husband are due to return to Canada on August 2, for the Revival Time Tabernacles annual gospel concert alongside fellow Jamaican acts Judith Gayle and Papa San.





Spanish Town under curfew until Sunday

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The curfews imposed recently in Spanish Town and its environs have been extended for another 48 hours.


The curfews will therefore continue until Sunday, June 27, 2010, a release from the police stated.





BP spoof video is runaway hit for UCB website

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The most memorable comedic take on the oil spill disaster in the Gulf of Mexico hasn’t come from “Saturday Night Live,” “The Daily Show” or a late-night monologue.


Instead, a cheaply made video by an unlikely New York improv troupe has created the only commentary that has truly resonated online: a three-minute spoof that shows BP executives pathetically trying to clean up a coffee spill.


In the video, BP execs are in the middle of a meeting when someone overturns a coffee cup. The liquid oozes across the conference table. One exec says it will “destroy all the fish” (his sushi lunch); another says it’s encroaching on his map of Louisiana. They try to contain the coffee spill by wrapping their arms around the perimeter, dumping garbage on top to absorb the liquid, clipping hair over it and other stupid human tricks.
Three hours later, the spill remains with all the mess left from attempts to contain it: paper, hair, soil, plants, etc. Finally, they get Kevin Costner on the phone.


“He’ll know what to do for sure,” an exec says with great hope.
“Do you have a golf ball?” Costner asks. No. A pingpong ball? Yes. Costner tells them to throw it at the spill. They do. Nothing happens. Then: 47 days later. The spill and the mess are still there with BP execs no closer to a solution.
In the last two weeks, the video has been watched by nearly 7 million people on YouTube. By the count of Viral Video Chart, it’s been shared some 300,000 times on blogs, Facebook pages and Twitter feeds.


The video was dreamed up by the writers for the sketch show “Beneath Gristedes,” a monthly stage show at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre in New York. While meeting to work on the show, a germ of the concept came to Erik Tanouye, who worked out the script with fellow writers John Frusciante, Gavin Spieller and Eric Scott.


They shot it two days later and within a week, it was up on UCBComedy.com.

The site has had some viral hits — a parody of a Google ad, a spoof of the “David After the Dentist” video — but nothing on this level. UCBComedy.com’s servers immediately crashed under the traffic.

(Source AP)






Coke in America

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Christopher 'Dudus' Coke has arrived in Manhattan after leaving the today at 2:05 this afternoon. Now dat dem have him wah now....
Jamaica can go back to normal or not, hope we the people can see the difference.





The President Addresses the Country

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I have, today, instructed my Attorneys that I intend to waive my right to an extradition hearing in Jamaica and to proceed directly to the United States under the terms of the Extradition Laws and treaty between Jamaica and the United States of America.

I have taken this decision of my own free will and have done so even though I am of the belief that my case would have been successfully argued in the Courts of Jamaica.

I take this decision for now I believe it to be in the best interest of my family, community of Western Kingston and in particular the people of Tivoli Gardens and above all Jamaica.

Everyone, the whole country, has been adversely affected by the process that has surrounded my extradition and I hope that my action today will go some way towards healing all who have suffered and will be of benefit to the community of Tivoli Gardens.

Above all I am deeply upset and saddened by the unnecessary loss of lives which could have been avoided, be it of members of the Security Forces and over eighty (80) residents of Tivoli or any other innocent Jamaicans that has occurred during this time.


I leave Jamaica and my family in particularly Patsy (his mom) with a heavy heart but fully confident that in due course I will be vindicated and returned to them

Pray for me and God bless Jamaica

R u truly sry 4 the lives lost...hmm U cud hav avoided that by turning ureself in from the get go. U were just delaying the inevitable. I lost family n frenz there, sry u can keep ure apology.





REV MILLER CHARGED

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Reverend Merrick Miller popularly known as “Al Miller” has been charged by the Police for perverting the course of justice and harbouring a fugitive.


Miller was offered bail ($200,000) and is scheduled to face the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate’s Court on Friday, July 2, 2010.


The charges were levelled against Miller following two days of interviews conducted by detectives from the Organised Crime Investigation Division.





COKE EXTRADITION

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Christopher “Dudus” Coke was handed over by local law enforcement officials to the US Marshals at the Norman Manley International Airport at approximately 2 pm today. He, along with the Marshals left the island shortly after.


Coke waived his rights to an extradition hearing at a proceeding at the mobile reserve early this morning.


He was wanted in the United States on a number of drug trafficking and ammunition charges.






Dudus expected to leave Jamaica today

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It's official. Christopher 'Dudus' Coke has waived his rights to an extradition trial in Jamaica.

Authorities intend to take Coke to the United States by 3:00 pm today.

He was also served with a Restraint Order, which means that the State has frozen all his assets.

The extradition hearing which took 15 minutes, held at the Mobile Reserve along Camp Road in Kingston earlier this morning.

He was wearing a blue and white striped shirt, Clarks shoes and grey jeans pants, gold chain and white undershirt.

Nodding to reporters as he entered the courtroom about 9:55 am, Coke was escorted in without cuffs, accompanied by three policemen.

When he was heading to sign the consent form, he again looked up at reporters. The look on his face suggested he was now resigned to his fate, which his lawyer George Soutar confirmed to the Observer.

Soft-spoken, Coke said he understood that he will be facing trial in New York and confirmed that he wanted to waive his rights.

The signing of consent order took about five minutes.

His lawyers were Tom Tavares Finson and George Soutar.

After the hearing Coke was taken to a place called Red Fence on the Jamaica Defence Force Up Park Camp Headquarters where he will be held pending his extradition.

US representatives were also present in court. The only other persons allowed were press and local law enforcement officials

Resident Magistrate Georgianna Fraser presided.


Source: Jamaica Observer





Coke will be taken to the United States TODAY

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HOURS before his extradition to the United States, former Tivoli Gardens don Christopher ‘Dudus’ Coke asked Jamaicans to pray for him.


In a two-page typewritten statement issued through his lawyer Tom Tavares Finson, Coke said he was leaving with a heavy heart, but was convinced he would be “vindicated”.

“Pray for me and God bless Jamaica,” Coke said. “I leave Jamaica and my family, in particular Patsy [mother Pauline ‘Patsy’ Halliburton], with a heavy heart, but fully confident that in due course I will be vindicated and returned to them.”


He said he had taken the decision to waive his rights to an extradition trial “on my own free will and have done so even though I’m of the belief that my case would have been successfully argued in the court of Jamaica”.


“I take this decision for I now believe it to be in the best interest of my family, the community of West Kingston and in particular the people of Tivoli and above all Jamaica,” he said.


Coke will be taken to the United States today, where he faces drugs and gun-running charges.





Lawrence Taylor Indicted on Rape Charges

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NFL Hall of Famer Lawrence Taylor has been indicted by a suburban New York grand jury on charges of rape, criminal sexual act and sexual abuse, the AP reports.

The indictment Wednesday follows his May 6 arrest at a Holiday Inn, where he allegedly paid a 16-year-old girl $300 to have sex with him, according to prosecutors.

The former New York Giant was also indicted on charges of endangering the welfare of a child and patronizing a prostitute.

Rockland County District Attorney Thomas Zugibe says the teen victim told investigators that she had been verbally threatened and physically assaulted by Taylor after being brought to his hotel room by a pimp.

Taylor has denied the charges. The alleged pimp, Rasheed Davis, She was later arrested by New York City police.





Mariah Carey Sued for Unpaid Vet Bills

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It’s no secret that Mariah Carey loves her Jack Russell terriers, but paying for their vet bills? Not so much, according to the doctor responsible for their care.

Veterinarian Cindy Bressler sued Carey on Wednesday in a Manhattan state court claiming she owes nearly $30,000 in bills for her three dogs.

In her lawsuit, Bressler said she provided “extraordinary services” for the Jack Russell terriers — Cha-Cha, Dolomite and JJ — but the singer paid only about $8,200 of the roughly $37,800 in charges. The bills cover a little more than a month of care.

Bressler’s lawyer, Michael C. Posner, declined to elaborate on the treatment given the dogs.

Her Web site notes that she makes house calls in New York City and the Hamptons and caters to “prominent New Yorkers and celebrity clients.”

Carey and her husband, “America’s Got Talent” host Nick Cannon, recently welcomed a new addition to their household: a puppy named Jackie Lambchops, born to Cha-Cha this month, according to Carey’s Twitter feed.







Police say they have locked up hundreds of people, and seized a homemade shotgun, during curfews today, in and around Spanish Town, St. Catherine.

Two hundred and 77 persons, including two women, were detained.


70 persons have already been processed and released.


The curfews were imposed in and around Spanish Town, even as the entire parish of St. Catherine came under a state of emergency this morning.

Government says the efforts are to help curb crime.

People were picked up mainly in and around the St. Catherine capital, Spanish Town.

More than two hundred males were brought into the makeshift detention facility.

The media and other civilians were not allowed inside, but from the entrance of the facility, our news team saw detainees being processed.

There was an attempt to have juveniles done first.

Some two hundred detainees are spending tonight behind bars.

They are on the minds of relatives who converged outside the detention facility, desperately seeking information.

Some support the empowerment of the security forces, others don’t.

The security forces don’t mind, as they imposed curfews on several tough St. Catherine communities.

Despite the intensified operations of the security, the streets of Spanish Town were abuzz with activity.



Schools were open, so were several business places.

Commuters, bus and taxi operators, vendors and buyers, came to the old capital today, in their numbers.





Reverend Al Miller released from custody

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Reverend Al Miller, the man who has sparked controversy since the capture of Christopher "Dudus" Coke, has been released from police custody.

Reverend Miller who turned himself minutes after two o’clock Wednesday afternoon was released minutes after six in the evening.

He is to return to the Organised Crime Investigation Division on Thursday at about 11 o’clock.

Reverend Al Miller was brought to the headquarters of the Organised Crime Investigation Division for questioning on Wednesday afternoon by his attorney Wentworth Charles.

The Reverend, who was held in the company of "Dudus" Coke, was questioned for several hours by senior detectives about his connections to him.

It is widely speculated in legal circles that the cleric could be charged with harbouring a criminal when he declared that he was taking Mr. Coke to the US embassy instead of the police who had a warrant for his arrest.

Many senior cops have expressed disappointment in the actions of Reverend Miller, who is also the Director of the National Transformation Programme in the Office of the Prime Minister.

Police Commissioner Owen Ellington says a probe is being carried out to ascertain why the police involved in Tuesday's operation allowed Mr. Miller to go.

Three weeks ago, Mr. Miller played a role in the surrender of Dudus' sister Sandy Coke and his brother Leighton "Livity" Coke after they were identified as persons of interest.





The Dudus drama

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All eyes are now on the proceedings regarding Tivoli strongman Christopher ‘Dudus’ Coke.

Many are rooting for him to be extradited to the United States … for the simple reason that they want him to sing like a canary regarding his dealings with influential people in the society.

One woman told Yardflex, “I have no doubt that there is a lot of dirt to come out on some of these ‘upstanding’ people in society,” she said, adding that Jamaicans should be prepared for a rude awakening when all of this come out.

For others they are just happy that he has now been captured and they are hoping he will not suffer the same fate as his dad, Jim Brown, but will instead get the chance to “spill the beans.”

Dudus will get his chance in court today, at 10:00 am. There will be tight security and it will be in closed camera.

Stay tuned to Yardflex for on this case.





Voicemail moving on

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According to a story in the Star, the group Voicemail will not be seeking to replace O’Neil who was killed. They say his spirit will remain with them.


"Oneil is still here, we still a group we are just blessed now to have our own angel looking down on us. Him a guh deh deh, nobody else nah tek him place.

You just won't see a physical body in one of the spaces,” a member was quoted as saying in the story.

Well Yardflex wish them continued success as they trod on.





The Daily Word - Thursday, June 24, 2010

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Filter


Conscious of the Spirit, I contribute to the highest good of myself and others.


Often I find that less is more in life. For instance, a filter installed on a faucet produces water containing fewer impurities--a purer, more nourishing drink.

I have an inner filter, my consciousness of Spirit, that allows me to identify error thoughts that would not contribute to the highest good of myself and others.

Building on such a consciousness, I keep a stream of divine ideas moving into my awareness. I know when to release certain thoughts and beliefs. I know what to do, when to act and when not to act.

I live in the moment--prepared to give and receive unlimited blessings, prepared to seize opportunities to be a blessing to others.

To him who by the power at work within us is able to accomplish abundantly far more than all we can ask or imagine, to him be glory.--Ephesians 3:20-21





Smirnoff Dream Weekend 2010 Launch

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Scenes from The Expo At The Arena

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Magnitude-5.5 earthquake reported in Canada

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TORONTO — A rare earthquake, measuring magnitude-5.5, struck at the Ontario-Quebec border region of Canada on Wednesday, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

The midday quake was felt in the city of Toronto in Canada and in a number of U.S. states, including Michigan, Vermont and New York.

There were no immediate reports of damage.

The USGS said the quake occurred at a depth of about 12 miles (19.2 kilometers). The quake occurred at 1:41 p.m. EDT (1741 GMT).

In New York state, people from Buffalo to Albany and north to Massena on the St. Lawrence River said pets were startled and plates rattled when the quake hit.

David French, 53-year-old state worker from Cicero, New York, said he was at his computer inside his home near Syracuse when he felt his chair shake.

"I thought the chair was breaking or something," he said. "I looked over and my filing cabinet was moving."

The quake prompted several calls to state police in the Adirondacks area.

"A little shake, nothing too big," is how Trooper Mark Revette described the temblor. "It happens. We get a couple of these a year."

Kellie Tassone, 40, was at home on Oneida Lake in Cicero.

"My dog picked his head up just before it happened and kind of looked at me," she said. Then the sliding door started to rattle "and the house was shaking."

Source: AP





POLICE RAISE THREAT LEVEL

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The Police High Command has again raised the threat level from criminal violence against their members and assets to extremely high. This means there is anticipation of imminent violent attacks on members as well as physical assets.

This upgrading of the threat level is based on intelligence suggesting that detained and displaced criminals as well as other criminal criminals are planning attacks on Security Forces personnel and assets.

The Police High Command is urging all members to take seriously this threat assessment and raise their level of awareness and anticipation on and off duty. Deployments must not fall below defensive levels and personnel should be prepared to act swiftly and decisively in defence of themselves and colleagues.

The Police High Command wishes to assure all members that they have the full backing of the High Command in any lawful action taken to defend themselves and citizens of Jamaica.

At the same time the High Command is reminding criminal elements and those who sympathise with them that the Police remain undeterred in the fight to defeat organized crime.





ALCOHOL’S DAMAGING EFFECTS ON THE BRAIN

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Difficulty walking, blurred vision, slurred speech, slowed reaction times, impaired memory: Clearly, alcohol affects the brain.

Some of these impairments are detectable after only one or two drinks and quickly resolve when drinking stops.

On the other hand, a person who drinks heavily over a long period of time may have brain deficits that persist well after he or she achieves sobriety.

Exactly how alcohol affects the brain and the likelihood of reversing the impact of heavy drinking on the brain remain hot topics in alcohol research today.

We do know that heavy drinking may have extensive and far–reaching effects on the brain, ranging from simple “slips” in memory to permanent and debilitating conditions that require lifetime custodial care.

And even moderate drinking leads to short–term impairment, as shown by extensive research on the impact of drinking on driving.

A number of factors influence how and to what extent alcohol affects the brain (1), including how much and how often a person drinks;
the age at which he or she first began drinking, and how long he or she has been drinking;
the person’s age, level of education, gender, genetic background, and family history of alcoholism;
whether he or she is at risk as a result of prenatal alcohol exposure; andhis or her general health status.


This Alcohol Alert reviews some common disorders associated with alcohol–related brain damage and the people at greatest risk for impairment.

It looks at traditional as well as emerging therapies for the treatment and prevention of alcohol–related disorders and includes a brief look at the high–tech tools that are helping scientists to better understand the effects of alcohol on the brain.



BLACKOUTS AND MEMORY LAPSES

Alcohol can produce detectable impairments in memory after only a few drinks and, as the amount of alcohol increases, so does the degree of impairment. Large quantities of alcohol, especially when consumed quickly and on an empty stomach, can produce a blackout, or an interval of time for which the intoxicated person cannot recall key details of events, or even entire events.

Blackouts are much more common among social drinkers than previously assumed and should be viewed as a potential consequence of acute intoxication regardless of age or whether the drinker is clinically dependent on alcohol (2).

White and colleagues (3) surveyed 772 college undergraduates about their experiences with blackouts and asked, “Have you ever awoken after a night of drinking not able to remember things that you did or places that you went?” Of the students who had ever consumed alcohol, 51 percent reported blacking out at some point in their lives, and 40 percent reported experiencing a blackout in the year before the survey. Of those who reported drinking in the 2 weeks before the survey, 9.4 percent said they blacked out during that time.

The students reported learning later that they had participated in a wide range of potentially dangerous events they could not remember, including vandalism, unprotected sex, and driving.

ARE WOMEN MORE VULNERABLE TO ALCOHOL’S EFFECTS ON THE BRAIN?

Women are more vulnerable than men to many of the medical consequences of alcohol use.

For example, alcoholic women develop cirrhosis (5), alcohol–induced damage of the heart muscle (i.e., cardiomyopathy) (6), and nerve damage (i.e., peripheral neuropathy) (7) after fewer years of heavy drinking than do alcoholic men.

Studies comparing men and women’s sensitivity to alcohol–induced brain damage, however, have not been as conclusive.

Using imaging with computerized tomography, two studies (8,9) compared brain shrinkage, a common indicator of brain damage, in alcoholic men and women and reported that male and female alcoholics both showed significantly greater brain shrinkage than control subjects.

Studies also showed that both men and women have similar learning and memory problems as a result of heavy drinking (10).

The difference is that alcoholic women reported that they had been drinking excessively for only about half as long as the alcoholic men in these studies. This indicates that women’s brains, like their other organs, are more vulnerable to alcohol–induced damage than men’s (11).

Yet other studies have not shown such definitive findings. In fact, two reports appearing side by side in the American Journal of Psychiatry contradicted each other on the question of gender–related vulnerability to brain shrinkage in alcoholism (12,13).

Clearly, more research is needed on this topic, especially because alcoholic women have received less research attention than alcoholic men despite good evidence that women may be particularly vulnerable to alcohol’s effects on many key organ systems.






Jay-Z Sued Over Unpaid Private Jet Bill

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A company that leases private jets has filed a lawsuit against Jay-Z over a number of bills that yet to be paid in full.

Air Platinum Holding is accusing the rapper of spending 55 hours on their planes in 2009, but only paying for 37 hours of service, reports TMZ.com. The company is seeking roughly $137,485 in total payments, broken down as follows:

– 18 hours of flight time at $4,500-per-hour (discounted from $6,000-per-hour) … $81,000 — Catering for 17 domestic flights ($500-per-flight) …. $8,500 — Catering for 4 international flights ($750-per-flight) … $3,000 — International fees … $8,500 — Taxes … $12,285 — Luxury trip to England … $24,200





Ciara Fans Bash The Dream via Twitter

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Dream shuts down his Twitter page after Ciara fans send him some pretty angry messages.

Their disturbing responses were caused from some hmm … mean comments he made in Parlour magazine. When answering if Ciara’s upcoming album “Basic Instinct” will be her last shot at fame.

“I think so. You only get so many times to, and I won’t say fail, but not achieve,” he said in the interview.

“There’s an expectation of where Ciara should be in her career. To others, she’s achieved but not to us, because we saw where her career was headed.

But now she’s back on the horse. When she first came out I, like Lil Jon and Jazze Pha, understood exactly who she was.

It was that whole Atlanta vibe because if I’m not Atlanta, no one is … I knew if I had a chance to get with her creatively, there’s a specific type of swagger that she’s got.

Tricky and I did her whole album, but it’s not all shallow songs like ‘Ride’. There’s play time but there’s substance too, it’s a great listen.”

Perhaps that response didn’t go over to well with fans.

But before he shut it down completely, he posted a message in his defense, telling his new haters club to get familiar with the context of the article? Situation? Industry? Or something and that he loves Ciara.

“Look up the word context. And also become familiar with the phrase ‘taken out of context’ it helps. I believed in Ciara when every1 else walked away &talked s**t I love her that’s my sister! Actions speak louder than words.”








Commissioner of Police Owen Ellington said this evening (June 22) that legal proceedings against captured fugitive, Christopher Coke, should commence within 48 hours.

"The legal proceedings will commence immediately; once we are able to settle on the issue of legal representation and reach an agreement with the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) on where the hearings will be held a court date will be set, and we anticipate that we can achieve that within 48 hours," Commissioner Ellington told a press briefing at his office, Hope Road, Kingston, some two hours after Mr. Coke's capture.

He also stated that the security threat level for members of the security forces has been raised to the level that they were on May 21 this year, three days before the security forces entered the Tivoli Gardens community in West Kingston in an effort to capture the fugitive.

"This means that our members have been alerted to the possibility of attacks on their persons or patrols on the road and our facilities, and we are urging members to raise their level of anticipation and alertness and remain professional while executing their duties," the Commissioner explained.

He said that Mr. Coke, in respect of whom the police are holding a warrant of arrest for the commencement of extradition proceedings to the United States on drug and gun running charges, was arrested at 4 p.m. by a party of policemen manning a vehicle checkpoint along the Mandela Highway, which runs between Kingston and St. Catherine, acting on intelligence.

"Coke is being held now in a secure facility and the security forces are taking every step possible to ensure his safety and wellbeing, while he is in our custody," Mr. Ellington assured.

"I would like to appeal to the families, friends and sympathizers of Christopher Coke to remain calm and to allow the law to take its course.

I also [would] like to assure the citizens of Jamaica that the situation remains normal, there is no need for alarm and they can get about their normal businesses in the usual way," the Commissioner went on.

"We would also like to reassure the country that we will continue our efforts to defeat organised crime and to restore law and order in this country while, at the same time, turning around the crime and security situation," he concluded.







Three members of a family in Hellshire in St. Catherine were on Tuesday afternoon shot, two fatally, in what the police say was sparked by domestic dispute.

Those killed are 18-year-old vendor Christopher Thomas otherwise called "Rammie” and his 42-year-old mother Melonie McCraw, a fish vendor.

Injured is Ms McCraw's 13-year-old niece.

It is understood that just after 2 0'clock, four men armed with handguns entered a cook shop on the beach.

The men then opened fire.

The three were who inside the shop were shot and injured.

They were taken to hospital where Ms McCraw and her son were pronounced dead.





State of Emergency declared for St. Catherine

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The Golding Administration has buttressed the Jamaica Constabulary Force and the Jamaica Defence Force with powers to enforce the State of Emergency in St Catherine for the next 30 days.

The Government also moved on Tuesday afternoon to extend the State of Emergency for Kingston and St. Andrew for another month after the security forces asserted state power in West Kingston in a massive onslaught on the criminal underworld last month.

Precisely one month ago St. Catherine MP Sharon Hay-Webster called for a State of Emergency to be imposed in the parish to stem the wave of rampant criminality gripping her constituency, Prime Minister Bruce Golding announced on Tuesday afternoon that the emergency powers have been approved for St. Catherine making it the third parish to be a meshed with the State of Emergency.

The recommendation was made by the Chief of the Jamaica Constabulary and the military during a briefing to the Cabinet on Monday.

“Having considered very seriously and carefully the advice of the security forces, yesterday gave approval and today conveyed to His Excellency the Governor General that a proclamation be issued declaring a State of Public Emergency in the parish of St. Catherine commencing 12 midnight and will continue in accordance with the provisions of the Constitution for one month unless revoked or extended by resolution of the House of Parliament,” Mr. Golding said.

He also stated that his government has take seriously reports of human rights abuses and promised that strong action will be taken against members of the security forces who are found wanting arising from their operations in the Corporate Area.

Meanwhile, the green light has been given for the State of Emergency for Kingston and St. Andrew to be extended until July 22.





The Daily Word - Wednesday, June 23, 2010

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Pray for Others


You make a difference.


The men and women who serve my community as police officers, firefighters and emergency responders take an oath to protect and provide comfort and peace of mind in times of crisis.

Each is trained to perform quickly and efficiently. I honor and respect everyone who serves my community, and I support them with prayer.

When I see an emergency vehicle, I know it is helping someone in need.

I bless everyone involved by affirming wisdom and safety for the responders and health, safety and divine order for all those affected. I affirm right outcomes, knowing that God is within each individual and in the circumstance.

I support all in my community with caring and affirmative prayer.

I am grateful to God ... when I remember you.--2 Timothy 1:3





Scenes from Fresh Friday June 19 2010

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Scenes from Flurtatious

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Roy Fowls Party - Photos by Ashon Williams

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THE police high command is asking the Reverend Al Miller to immediately turn himself in at any police station.


The reverend is being asked to come in with his lawyer for questioning, as he is a major person of interest on a matter currently being investigated by the police.


Al Miller was said to have accompanied fugitive Christopher 'Dudus' Coke when he turned himself in to police this afternoon.









Alicia Keys has had her unborn child blessed in a traditional Zulu ceremony while in South Africa for the World Cup.

The Grammy award-winning singer, who is around five months pregnant, joined hands with music producer fiance Swizz Beatz for the outdoor blessing near Durban, on the country's eastern coast.

Wearing tribal beads, Alicia and her baby were given Zulu names while standing under a fig tree known as the 'healing tree' by locals who believe it brings good fortune and health.

The star, 29, had the ritual performed by female elders on Wednesday after arriving in South Africa the previous week to headline the World Cup Kick-Off Concert in Johannesburg.

The R&B diva was given a blue robe to cover her shoulders, while Swizz, 31, donned a red sarong and leopard print sash.

Alicia was chosen to receive the blessing in return for her work with local children's charity Bobbi Bear, whose workers are paid by the singer.

Bobbi Bear director Jackie Bradfield said yesterday: 'Alicia has been made part of the tribal family because she really reached out to the people here.

'Two female priests who practise a mix of Christianity and tribal custom chose new names for her and the unborn child, as a mark of respect. The names were kept between them, but were chosen to reflect Alicia's character.

'Alicia had to do a special dance with drums banging in the background, and was embraced by abused children who she has helped. She was chosen for the ceremony as a thank-you, because she has done a lot to keep children's lives afloat and for us to afford our support staff.

'Her partner came too - he held her hand and helped her sit down when she needed rest.'

Alicia's mother and brother were among a crowd of around 50 people who watched her by the tree where Bobbi Bear runs a weekly HIV clinic.








The fugitive was handed over to police by Reverend Al Miller and is prepared to commit himself to due process and waive his right to an extradition hearing.


Early reports suggest that Coke is being held at a police station in St Catherine.


He is wanted by the United States on gun and drug trafficking charges.


A $5 million dollar reward was recently placed for information leading to his arrest.


More details to follow...





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Get your dot on Michael Jackson portrait

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Poet Maya Angelou is inviting fans of Michael Jackson to be represented in a pointillism portrait of the late singer, who died almost a year ago.


Angelou met Monday at her home in North Carolina with artist David Ilan, who is putting together the tribute. Ilan placed a dot representing Angelou in the heart area on the portrait.


Ilan says he hopes one million people will each ask through a website to be represented by one of the free dots.

So far, the portrait has 250,000 dots, representing fans in 180 countries. Pointillism is an art technique in which small dots are used to form an image.

(Source AP)








Rapper Lil Wayne could avoid jail time in Arizona on drug and weapon charges after entering a plea agreement with prosecutors.


During a change of plea hearing Friday in which he appeared via video from a New York jail, the 27-year-old Grammy winner pleaded guilty to one count of possession of a dangerous drug.


The charge stems from an incident in January 2008 in which his tour bus was stopped at a U.S. Border Patrol checkpoint in Arizona. Authorities say they found cocaine, Ecstasy and a handgun on the tour bus.


Prosecutors say the rapper, whose real name is Dwayne Carter, is scheduled to be sentenced June 30 and could receive 36 months of probation.

He’s currently serving an eight-month jail term in New York after pleading guilty last October to attempted criminal possession of a weapon.

(Source AP)








Dancehall artiste, Buju Banton, singer of the hit 2002 song Wanna Be Loved, is a part of VEVO’s top 10 Reggae video’s of all time list on the popular VEVO.com website.


Joined by Damian ‘Jr. Gong’ Marley (as an individual and with songs featuring Stephen Marley and Bobby Brown), Matisyahu, Sean Kingston, Shaggy ft. Natasha Watkins and Patrice, Buju Banton’s video joins an elite group of 10 all time favourite video's as voted by the team at VEVO.com.


“It doesn’t surprise me that Buju is on the list” said longtime radio personality and radio station owner Rico Vibes. “Buju’s music is classic and has earned a permanent place on all lists that are Reggae and music related.”


For younger generations who are just getting to know Buju and his music, VEVO.com acts as a perfect portal as fans can access six of Buju’s popular and earlier works such as Champion, What Am I Gonna Do, featuring Nadine Sutherland and Untold Stories from the artists’ award winning ‘Til Shiloh’ album.


To date, over 2.8 million people have accessed Buju’s catalogue on VEVO.com ensuring the artists popularity in broader markets, as well as the Caribbean.

Buju is currently imprisoned in Florida awaiting trial on conspiracy charges relating to cocaine.





Romain Virgo hits Billboard

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Singer Romain Virgo made his Billboard debut with the release of his self-titled CD, which landed at number 14 on the Reggae Album charts.



Among the producers on the 15-track album are the heavyweights Donovan Germain of Penthouse Records, Shane Brown and Omar and Dawin Brown from the Vikings label. The official launch party for the album is scheduled to take place tonight at the Knutsford Court Hotel, St Andrew.

After winning the Digicel Rising Stars Competition in 2007, Romain aligned himself with some of the industry's top producers with the help of his management camp, Vikings Productions and thereafter recorded some of Reggae's biggest recent hits including Cyaan Sleep, Wanna Go Home, Murderer, This Love (the video for which was included in VH1's rotation), Who Feels It Knows It and others.





Lil Wayne Dodging More Jail Time

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In trouble again, rapper Lil’ Wayne is trying to avoid more jail time in Arizona on drug charges after making a plea deal with Yuma County prosecutors.

On Friday, the rapper videoed in from a New York jail and pleaded guilty to one count of possession of a dangerous drug in January 2008.

U.S. Border Patrol stopped his tour bus at a checkpoint 78 miles from Yuma. According to reports, cocaine, ecstasy, and a gun were found on the bus. Wayne is facing 36 months of probation and possible jail time. He is currently serving an eight-month sentence in New York for a weapons charge.





Fat Joe Detained over Alleged Sexual Assault

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Fat Joe was detained by police in Madison, Wisconsin Sunday night after a 33-year-old woman accused the rapper and his entourage of sexually assaulting her inside a Cadillac limo.

Citing the Madison police department, TMZ.com reports that the woman alleges the assault happened after the artist — real name Joseph Cartagena — performed at a concert at The Orpheum Theater last night.

According to police, the woman claims, “shortly after the concert had concluded … [she] found herself inside of a Cadillac limousine with Joseph Cartagena and other male subjects all with the destination of a hotel located on Madison’s west side.”

Cops tell TMZ Fat Joe was detained for questioning — but was not arrested. He was released this morning — sometime before 7 a.m.

So far, no arrests have been made and police say the investigation is ongoing.





Jaleel White Addresses Gay Rumors

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Jaleel White, best known for his TV role Steve Urkel, called Detroit’s WJLB to promote the first ever DVD release of “Family Matters” with COCO, Foolish and Mr. Chase In The Morning — but got more than he bargained for when they began questioning his sexuality and rumored relationship with former NBA player Anfernee “Penny” Hardaway.

The jocks said they heard rumors that Jaleel and Penny Hardaway were once secret lovers, and even lived together at one time. But when Foolish said he heard Jaleel and Penny were “roommates” Jaleel emphatically said, “Naaaah man, I wasn’t ever no damn roommates with Penny Hardaway.”

Mr. Chase was more blunt – stating, “We heard you guys were buTT-ddies!”

Jaleel said Penny was like a “big brother” to him, and compared their relationship to that of LeBron James and rapper Drake. He said, “If you see Drake and LeBron do you think they’re gay? It’s like… Get outta here man, that’s crazy.”

He went on to say that the gay rumors don’t really bother him because, “You’re not successful unless somebody thinks you’re gay.”

Foolish also asked him about the picture below that appears to be the actor in some Applebottom jeans. Jaleel said that it’s not him.





PM to make announcement on state of emergency

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After Cabinet heard progress reports from various stakeholders involved in the current hunt for criminals and guns, including the Jamaica Defense Force (JDF), the PM expected to make an announcement today on whether to extend the State of Emergency.

Member of Parliament for North West Manchester, Dean Peart has urged the JDF Chief of Defense Staff to recommend that the government extend the State of Emergency beyond the borders of the Corporate Area.

He thinks it should be extended to crime hot-spots in St. Catherine, Clarendon, St. Ann and St. James.

Let’s listen out and hear what the verdict will be.





LA Lewis do song bout Beenie beat up

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But really and truly, wi can believe sey di Star really gi LA Lewis front page story pon him fool fool song. Wi woan even waste fi wi and talk bout it, all wi a do is gi yuh some a di comment dem pon Youtube under him video.


riddle me this...how many failed songs can an artiste make before he realizes that he's a waste of sperm?


THIS YA BIG F##@ry!!! ITS BETTER IF HIM STICK TO DRAWIND HIS NAME ALL OVER JA AND WEAR WHITE!!!


Why Dem Neva Throw La Lewis ina Di Grave This Song Need a Funeral Home Real Fast Cause It Dead
cah belive mi jus waste mi r##@s time listen to thim..hear mi nuh u need fi find a 9-5 cuz music a nuh fi u
my youth why you no try fishing or do some charity work and stop waste time ........ the DJ thing is not for you my friend ................... Bless 





The Daily word - Tuesday, June 22, 2010

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Prosperity

By the grace of God, I am unlimited.


It may be fun to wonder: "If money were no object, where would I go, what would I do?" But money does not define my prosperity. My wealth is not limited to the dollars in my bank account.

The abundance of the universe is mine. Every blade of grass, every grain of sand and every particle of air is here for me and for all. By the grace and goodness of God, I am unlimited. I am wealthy beyond measure because I am one with God.

I give thanks for the unlimited good that surrounds me. All that I am, all that I have, all that I give and all that I receive are part of God's infinite and unlimited good flowing to me and through me right now.

For surely I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord, plans for your welfare and not for harm, to give you a future with hope.--Jeremiah 29:11







DJ Wah Wa of popular Kingston-based sound system Darkcide International is now the new campaign face of International fast food giants, Burger King, starring in their latest television commercial.

Making his advertising debut, Wah Wa was handpicked by company officials to represent the brand based on his vibrant personality for which he’s known on the entertainment circuit.

“It’s always a good look when Corporate Jamaica wants to align their product to you, especially an internationally renowned company like Burger King”. When asked about the feedback he added, “The response so far has been tremendous and hopefully this will be the beginning of a working relationship with other corporate interest.”

Meanwhile, after completing a month-long tour of the United States last December, DJ Wah Wa and other members of the Darkcide International family are now gearing up for the hectic summer season with several assignments throughout Jamaica, the Caribbean and North America.

On Thursday, June 24th, Dj Wah Wa will unravel his musical artistry at Wolmer's Girls High School Graduation Ball at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel.







Sunshine

The light of God surrounds me.


On this day, when half of our planet experiences the longest day of the year and half experiences the shortest day, I celebrate the light of the sun.

I am warmed by its rays, nurtured by its light, and awed by its colorful displays in the morning and evening sky. The sun's presence exemplifies the order of God's universe, which is as constant in me as it is in the heavens.


God is the light that surrounds me, the love that enfolds me, the power that protects me, and the presence that watches over me.


With gratitude, I celebrate the light of the sun that brings life to the planet and the light of God that brings life to me. I shine my light by being a presence for good in the world.


The sun rises and the sun goes down, and hurries to the place where it rises.--Ecclesiastes 1:5


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Following an operation by lawmen on the Coopers Hill Road in St. James last night, an unidentified man is dead and two others are now on the run.


The dead man is about 27 years old.


Detectives from the Montego Bay CIB reported that about 8:30 p.m., the operation was carried out in the Coopers Hill Road area, when the police approached three men who were walking along the roadway.


Upon their advance, the men pulled guns and opened fire at them. The police responded by returning fire, hitting one of the men, while the other two managed to escape.


The injured man was taken to the Cornwall Regional Hospital where he died.


None of the lawmen was injured in the operation.


Since then, the Montego Bay CIB has processed the scene and the hands of the officers involved in the shooting swabbed.








Dancehall fashionista Michelle Downer, aka D’Angel has once again hit the television screen, this time as the new spokeswoman for Access Financial Limited.

The television commercial released this week features her endorsing the company’s wide array of products and services while giving her own testimony and encouraging other to become a part of the growing financial institution.

Access Financial Services Limited is a provider of small and micro business and personal loans. Established in 2000, Access now operates from seven locations in Kingston, Morant Bay, Portmore, Spanish Town, Mandeville, Montego Bay and Ocho Rios.

According to the company’s Management, “Our vision is to provide financial solutions for every Jamaican with a mission to provide our customers with innovative financial solutions and unparalleled customer service, through a tailored range of products.”

And it was with this mindset that D’Angel was chosen to represent the company in an official capacity. She also endorses other brands locally including Digicel Jamaica, Coke Zero and G-Force.






A how did big time, hype selector outta Miami a flex so? The man have people a send out email a state all kinda sitten sitten bout him. We a hear bout flossing inna Port Antonio, rented vehicle and who owe who money and don’t want to pay back and dem a call him all kinda name. When oonu do tings oonu must remember the power of the Internet. Nutten cyan hide now. Just like how a certain artiste manager did a try a ting wid a producer outta Europe and last week the producer just send out a email to everybody pon di manager mailing list a ask bout him money. Dem tings really don’t look good. People must just know she honesty is the best policy. And if oonu don’t have money fi tek vacation, tan a you yaad. And, to the producer, we haffi seh: a long time you deh bout and people always have all kinda sitten fi seh bout you. Is about time you leggo dem lickle crooked ways, cause in the long run a did artiste a go suffer. Just free up did man outta Europe, cause him can do nuff tings fi help did artiste career.





Father’s Day Joke: Brag about parents

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An Army brat was boasting about his father to a Navy brat.

"My dad is an engineer. He can do everything. Do you know the Alps?"

"Yes," said the Navy brat.

"My dad has built them."

Then the naval kid spoke: "And do you know the Dead Sea?"

"Yes."

"It's my dad who's killed it!"





Those sperm donors

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Today, Father’s Day many sperm donors will be bigging up their chests and taking credit for a job they have no business celebrating.


It is disgusting the amount of children out there that are not being supported by these bums who are claiming the right to fatherhood.


The list could go on and on of the many single mothers out there who are juggling to make two ends meet, just so they can give their children a good education.


Then there are those who are trying their luck through the court system, to see if they can even get a stipend from the no good men who fathered their children.


It is our hope that today, will make some of these donors look into themselves and realize that they are badly lacking, and start to do something about it.


Anyone can father a child, but it takes something special to be a good dad.

It is a shame to hear men bragging about the many kids they have, but you don’t see them making an effort to spend quality time, or effectively take care of them.


Thumbs down to these dead beat dads.






Big up to the real Dads dem...

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He would give his last meal to ensure that his children have enough to eat.

He carefully plans his day, just to ensure he will be home in time to spend quality time with his kids.

He is never too busy to listen to whatever is troubling his child and he will move heaven and earth to make sure no harm comes to them.


That’s the perfect picture of a father who is looking out for his child. That man has earned the right to be called a father.

It doesn’t matter if his sperm brought that child into the world, as long as he is standing by that child for the long haul, being there for him/her every step of the way, then that will do.


There are so many negative stories out there regarding dead beat dads, that it is really special to see a father with his child, living an exemplary life.


Sometimes it can be a thankless job as for some strange reason a bigger deal is made about mothers than dads.


It can be a struggle trying to keep that wayward child in line, but look at the bigger picture, they will be thanking you committed dads in the long run.


Today, this is your day, enjoy it and continue to be the champion dads you are.





Food for thought for fathers

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· National Urban League Slogan
Don't make a baby if you can't be a father.

· Aldous Huxley
Sons have always a rebellious wish to be disillusioned by that which charmed their fathers.

· Helen Rowland
A man's desire for a son is usually nothing but the wish to duplicate himself in order that such a remarkable pattern may not be lost to the world.

· Austin O'Malley
The worst misfortune that can happen to an ordinary man is to have an extraordinary father.

· Confucius
The father who does not teach his son his duties is equally guilty with the son who neglects them.

· William Penn
He who is taught to live upon little owes more to his father's wisdom than he who has a great deal left him does to his father's care.

· Charles Wadworth
By the time a man realizes that maybe his father was right, he usually has a son who thinks he's wrong.

· Anonymous
Small boys become big men through the influence of big men who care about small boys.





Color Him Father

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The Winstons

There's a man at my house he's so big and strong
He goes to work each day, stays all day long
He comes home each night looking tired and beat
He sits down at the dinner table and has a bite to eat
Never a frown always a smile
When he says to me how's my child
I've been studying hard all day in school
Tryin' to understand the golden rule

Think I'll color this man father
I think I'll color him love
Said I'm gonna color him father
I think I'll color the man love, yes I will

He says education is the thing if you wanna compete
Because without it son, life ain't very sweet
I love this man I don't know why
Except I'll need his strength till the day that I die
My mother loves him and I can tell
By the way she looks at him when he holds my little sister Nell
I heard her say just the other day
That if it hadn't been for him she wouldn't have found her way
My real old man he got killed in the war
And she knows she and seven kids couldn't of got very far
She said she thought that she could never love again
And then there he stood with that big wide grin
He married my mother and he took us in
And now we belong to the man with that big wide grin

Think I'll color this man father
I think I'll color him love
Said I'm gonna color him father





Happy Father’s Day

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Today, Yardflex wishes all dads - biological and otherwise a happy Father’s Day.

We hope your kids take time out to make you feel special and appreciated. Enjoy the day and continue being the wonderful fathers you are or should be.





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Yard Flex Chart 6/18/2010

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Scenes from Uptown mondays

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Who can afford to run will run

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PNP MP Ian Hayles will be going to trial in the case brought against him by Donovan Earl Hamilton, the losing JLP candidate for the West Hanover constituency.

Hayles who had previously taken the case to the Court of Appeal, saying that the 21-day period had passed for the application to have him disqualified and the dual citizenship matter should not be tried had the Court of Appeal yesterday ruling that the dual citizenship case against him should go to trial.

What we have to say is this. Unless all politicians who are running for seats are willing to relinquish their dual citizenship status then they should take themselves out of the race.


The true fact of the matter is that they are not in the fight with us.

When push come to shove, they can just go back to the States and leave us to deal with whatever we have to face. Their level of commitment and caring won’t be the same as another MP who has no where else to turn but here.


It’s time we stop this foolishness of rewarding those who ‘jump ship’ so to speak and really look out for those who are in it through ‘thick and thin’ with them.





Poor Usain

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Boy we are really sorry for poor Usain Bolt. We always say when you are a superstar you leave yourself open to all kinds of expectations from people.

The latest now is that the Jamaican diaspora in the US are complaining that he is not giving them quality time whenever he is there.

The claim is that they can’t get interview ops with him as he is more available to foreign media than his ‘homies’ entities.


The truth is that, he will never be able to please everyone and he can’t grant every interview request. Really and truly, we wouldn’t want to be in his shoes right now where the heavy demand on his time is concerned.


Still, we hope he remains focused and continues to fly the Jamaican flag high doing what he does best.





Large ammo find

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Police in St. Andrew seized 701 rounds of ammunition on Thursday morning.

The Flying Squad Police were carrying out an operation on Weymouth Drive off Spanish Town Road, St. Andrew when the ammunition was found.

No one was arrested during the two hour operation from four to six o'clock.

The find was made at an abandoned gas station.

In a breakdown of the figures the police said 598 .22 rounds were seized.

One .40 round; one .38 round; six rounds of .380; 26 twin gauge cartridges; 25 .764 rounds; and 44 rounds of 20 gauge cartridges were also found.








Porn star Devon James filed legal papers in Florida Thursday hoping to prove that Tiger Woods is the father of her 9-year-old son.

James, whose real name is Melinda Janette, asked a judge to “establish paternity” after TMZ.com reported Thursday that a 2001 DNA test done on her son proved another man was his father.

The TMZ account is “false,” a source close to the 29-year-old told the New York Daily News. “The DNA test done in 2001 was on a man who is a white guy, a complete white guy. His name is Matt. The test showed he is not the father, and Tiger has never taken a DNA test.”

There was no comment from Woods, who is competing at Pebble Beach, Calif., in the U.S. Open.

James claims she was 19 and working on a Christian charity project in Hawaii when she hooked up with Woods. “She became pregnant, but she decided not to tell Tiger,” the source said.

James claims she told Woods years later about their love child, Austin, when she was working as an escort and allegedly hooked up with him again for a “dirty” threesome, which earned her and the other gal $2,000 a piece.

“She and Tiger both recognized each other,” the source said. Woods “was huge by then; he was married. Devon was afraid he would take her son away.”

James made no mention of Austin in March when she joined dozens of women who claimed to have slept with Tiger. James’ mother, Sandra Brinling, later called her daughter a “pathological liar” who was trying to squeeze Woods for money.








Open Heart

Through Christ within, I live a life of love.


When a tense situation develops with others, I breathe deeply, turn to the Christ within and allow inner wisdom to inspire my thoughts, words and actions.

The natural result is an open heart and inner calm. I hold loving thoughts, and I am gentler with others and myself. Christ within is the cause and the fulfillment of greater understanding, kindness and love.

I am the artist of my life, and I color my world with love. I picture myself in harmony with others, and my powerful feelings and thoughts create my experience.

Each person I welcome into my heart adds a richer dimension to my life, contributing to an evolving masterpiece of contrast, light and color.

Whoever loves a brother or sister lives in the light, and in such a person there is no cause for stumbling.--1 John 2:10






The man who made the world stand up and understand what the black community meant about racial profiling with his song “Ridin’ Dirty” has made a decision to let his $2 million dollar home go back on the market.

The media has painted a picture of poverty and mishandled funds by the rapper, but he couldn’t be further from that.

According to AOL’s Housing Watch, the rapper born Hakeem Seriki, has been spending his time taking care of business.

Something that a lot of celebrities don’t spend time taking care of once the money starts rolling in.

But, Seriki happens to own a record label called Chamilitary Entertainment and he co-owns a dealership in Houston called Fly Rydes, along with a tour bus company. He’s involved in a project with Quincy Jones as well.

The more than 7,000 square foot home was too much house for someone who is never enjoying the home.

In addition to that, the house had the largest payment of all of his properties.

When you finished applauding him, read here to find out more about his finances…that appear to be in tact. Or you can listen to him in his own words.







Earth Wind & Fire and the late Bob Marley are among the 2010 inductees into the Songwriters Hall of Fame, which will hold a ceremony Thursday (today) in New York City.

David Foster, who will also be inducted Thursday, cited “After the Love Has Gone,” a song he co-wrote for Earth, Wind & Fire, as one of the defining moments of his career.

“It was the first Grammy that I had won,” the 60-year-old told the Associated Press.

Former Genesis frontman Phil Collins, already a Songwriters Hall of Fame member, will receive its highest honour, the Johnny Mercer Award.

Country sensation Taylor Swift is getting the Hal David Starlight Award for emerging songwriters, while other hall inductees include Leonard Cohen, Jesse Stone, Laura Nyro, Jackie DeShannon, Johnny Mandel, Matt Dennis and Sunny Skylar.

The hall will also honour “Bridge Over Troubled Water,” written by Paul Simon, as it celebrates its 40th anniversary. Other special tributes include one for producer Phil Ramone and publisher Keith Mardak.








According to RJR News police are reportedly making arrangements to lay charges against Ochoa Ogilvie, son of Justin Ogilvie, a top associate of Christopher "Dudus" Coke.

A senior investigator told their news team that Ochoa Ogilvie will be charged in connection with the alleged theft and destruction of a police radio vehicle during the bloody battle between gunmen and members of the security forces on May 23.

Police personnel who were transporting medical personnel to the Kingston Public Hospital (KPH) were forced to abandon the police vehicle after they came under a hail of bullets along Slipe Pen Road near the Blood Bank.

Gunmen then stole the vehicle and set it ablaze along Drummond Street behind KPH.

The cops say they have the evidence that allegedly links Mr. Ogilvie to the theft and destruction of the vehicle.

Mr. Ogilvie's father Justin is now in custody being questioned about his connections to "Dudus" Coke.

Members of the police and military have searched his East Kirkland Heights residence on several occasions for evidence which they hope with bring down the multi-million dollar enterprise headed by Christopher Coke.







Protected

I am confident, safe and secure in oneness with the Presence.


Nature protects its own in various ways: Seeds are encased in protective pods as they grow and mature; a fawn is born with a dappled coat to better hide it from predators; chameleons change colors to blend with their surroundings.

I am protected by the divine Presence, which gives me wisdom to make right choices and love to harmonize with all that is good. Through the Presence, I am empowered to establish order, security, strength and peace in my life.

Any time I face uncertainty, I claim my oneness with divine Presence. I trust the wisdom, love and order inherent in me to guide my decision-making. I am safe and secure.

You will have confidence, because there is hope; you will be protected and take your rest in safety.--Job 11:18





Curry Market nuh good again

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Wi nearly drop down when wi hear a how much money it a guh cost fi fix Coronation Market (affectionately referred to as Curry).

Really and truly 1 billion dollars? No a how come? Is not nuh housing structure, a mostly stalls and it need some water infrastructure, but fi di most part, a wha dem a guh duh suh. It look like sey di nex’ time mi guh a curry, mi affi go pay close, close attention.

Big up to Digicel whey a contribute $100 million to the cost.

Di country did done pop dung aready and now dis, plus wi not even fling in the cost fi build back di police station dem.





Chicken price down

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Well, in the midst of all that’s going on, we can breathe a sigh of relief, at least something’s going down at last!

Jamaica Broilers Chris Levy says that as of today there will be a two percent decrease in the price of chicken.

The only thing we are now watching is to see if KFC, Burger King and all the other food entities that increased their prices will be taking something off their meals.

They increased the cost as soon as chicken price went up let’s see if that decrease will now be passed on to its consumers.





'Livity' pointed out in forced ID process

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Leighton 'Livity' Coke, the brother of the most wanted fugitive in the country, Christopher 'Dudus' Coke, was pointed out on Wednesday afternoon in an identification parade for crimes committed in West Kingston.

The cops were forced to hold what is called a "confrontational ID parade" after Livity refused to submit to the parade.

This means that the witness was taken to his cell to point him out.

The exercise was observed by at least three Justices of the Peace.

Livity--who was widely expected to take over the leadership of the Tivoli Gardens gang led by "Dudus" Coke, is scheduled to face a series of ID parades for shootings and other offences committed in West Kingston.

Livity is one of 95 persons being held by police under the State of Emergency Act with allows the authorities to arrest and detain any person deemed to be a threat to public safety.

He surrendered to the police two weeks ago in the company of Reverend Al Miller.





Curfew in the Corporate Area

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A curfew is now in place in sections of the Corporate Area. The boundaries of the curfew are as follows:

North


Along East Queen Street from Church Street to Victoria Avenue, along Victoria Avenue, Upper Elletson Road to Cumberland Avenue, along Cumberland Avenue and Lincoln Road to Camperdown Road.

South

Along Harbour Street and South Street between Church Street and Paradise Street.

East

Along Paradise Street from South Street to Windward Road continuing along Windward Road to Camperdown Road, and along Camperdown Road to Lincoln Road.

West

Along Church Street between Harbour Street and East Queen Street.

The curfew which began at 4:00 am today will continue until 4:00 am Friday.

During the hours of the curfew all persons within the boundaries are required to remain within their premises unless otherwise authorised in writing by the ground commander from the security forces, who is in charge of enforcing the curfew.

Because of the curfew no visitors will be allowed through the cordon to the Tower Street Adult Correctional Centre. Prison workers must provide proper identification to the ground commander to gain access.






Jazz on the Pier for Portland Friday

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The second annual Jazz on the Pier unfolds Friday night at the Errol Flynn Marina’s Ken Wright Pier.

The benefit event features a wide variety of both international and Jamaica artistes playing for the benefit of the Muirton Boys Home.

The 7 pm concert is being sponsored by the Custos of Portland and the Portland Lay Magistrates Association along with the Ocho Rios Jazz Festival outreach organisation.


Featured artistes include Jamaica’s Desi Jones Trio, Canadian songstress Kiralina and acclaimed saxaphonist Idris Ackamoor.

Between acts, the evening will also feature the stylings of Portland clothing designer Arlene Passley, founder of Aya Wear.

The company describes its offerings as “modern fashion with an African resurgence”.


Additional artistes scheduled to appear include singer-songwriter-guitarist Nadia Lowe, keyboard stylist Peter Stoddart, guitarist Lenford ‘Brutus’ Richards, Jeff Williams and his “Cosa Nostra” jazz quartet, plus the Maroons Drum and Dance troupe.








According to The Associated Press, a free concert by pop band Hanson and up-and-coming Canadian rapper Drake was canceled Tuesday after twice as many people as anticipated showed up and many became unruly, police said.


The concert organizers asked the New York Police Department for help dispersing the crowds around 7 p.m., police spokesman Paul Browne said.

Two people were arrested on minor charges; six suffered minor injuries, police said.


The concert was part of the “Sounds Like Paper” series presented by Paper magazine, an independent magazine focusing on arts, culture and music. The magazine apologized on its website: “Wow, the crowd was much larger than we anticipated, and unfortunately the show was canceled. But we will make it up to you guys!”


The show started at about 6 p.m. with an opening act at Pier 17 on Manhattan’s South Street Seaport, a popular summer locale for concerts. Hanson, the Tulsa, Oklahoma, brothers behind the 1997 hit “Mmmbop,” and headliner Drake, whose album “Thank Me Later” debuted Tuesday, were to appear on stage soon after.


Organizers were anticipating about 10,0000 people but nearly 20,000 showed up, police said. Many people climbed roofs and started throwing bottles, as concertgoers smashed together toward the stage, police said.


Witness Tamika Johnson told the Daily News newspaper: “People in the front started leaving because they were getting crushed.”


A spokesman for Drake, whose album features Kanye West and Alicia Keys and debuted to positive reviews, told the Daily News the rapper was disappointed the NYPD dispersed the crowds before he could perform.






CNN’s Anderson Cooper attacks BP for staying away

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