July 2010 Archives

Cops caught in video killing man arrested

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The three policemen who were ordered arrested last evening by Commissioner of Police, Owen Ellington following a shooting incident in Buckfield, St. Ann on Thursday have been arrested.


Investigators from the Bureau of Special Investigations, the JCF Branch which has responsibility for investigating controversial police shootings have interviewed one of the arrested policemen. The other arrested policemen will be interviewed during the course of this weekend.


The Police are also asking members of the public who witnessed the incident in Buckfield to assist the process by providing information.
Persons with information can call Crime Stop at 311, Operation Kingfish at 811 and Police Control at 119.


Video footage which was shown on local television Friday evening revealed that a man, Ian ‘Ching Sing’ Lloyd, who had reportedly attacked and fatally stabbed a woman Thursday was beaten and shot to death by police in Buckfield, St. Ann.


Lloyd appeared subdued and unarmed.


Viewers saw a policeman using his baton to beat Lloyd, after which he was shot and killed by a policeman wearing civilian clothing.


Early reports from the constabulary are that Lloyd haqd used bottles and stones attacked lawmen who had gone to apprehend him, injuring four of them.

The video footage was shot by an amateur.





 

Wild wild west

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For real, we thought we were watching an episode of the wild, wild west on television Friday night.

Did you see the video, there the police has the man subdued and they were beating him still. Then this cop walk around to face the man lying on the ground and calm as you please, he fired a shot and killed him.

Then you should see the release they sent out, how in the ensuing battle they were forced to shoot him. But justice is served this time as the video tape surfaced showing that they were lying. Such a pity there weren’t any video in the Kentucky Kid shooting incident. We are still awaiting justice for him.

Below is the Commissioner’s response to the incident.

Commissioner of Police Owen Ellington last night ordered the immediate arrest of the policemen involved in the beating and shooting death of a man in Buckfield, St Ann yesterday.

The police chief ordered the arrest of the men following the viewing of an amateur video which showed the man lying on the ground, appearing to be unarmed and subdued.

Commissioner Ellington has also instructed that stop orders be placed on the policemen involved at all ports of entry.

Ellington, according to a release from the constabulary, applauded the bravery of the citizen who brought this incident to public notice and has encouraged others who witness any act of police misconduct to do likewise, "as this provides the best opportunity for the police to rid the force of those members who would want to act outside of the law".

"The entire JCF family deeply regrets this incident, and we want to apologise to the family of the person involved and all decent citizens of Jamaica. I will take every action necessary to prevent any future occurrence and I am asking citizens to be courageous, strong, and alert," Ellington said.








Youth, Sports and Culture Minister Olivia Grange has asked business enterprises and Government offices nationwide to fly the national flag and include the national colours in their decorations and displays as Jamaica prepares to celebrate its 48th anniversary of independence.

The colours of the national flag and other national symbols, said Grange, "will heighten visual impact and strengthen the national spirit".

At the same time, the minister has reminded Jamaicans that the flag must be raised at 8:00 am and lowered at sunset.

"...Make creative uses of the national colours — black, gold and green — in dress and fashion accessories over the seven days of celebrations, which begins this Saturday (today) and climaxes on Independence Day, Friday, August 6," said the minister.

According to Minister Grange, there will be "a burst of festivities and creative cultural events" beginning with the Emancipation Jubilee today at the Seville Heritage Park in St Ann.

"The Emancipation Jubilee will retrace the experience of our ancestors on their journey to and arrival in Jamaica," she said.

The National Independence Thanksgiving Service will be held at the Emmanuel Apostolic Church, 12 Slipe Road, Kingston tomorrow, beginning at 9:30 am, while the Augus' Fair and Culinary Show will take place on Monday, August 2 at the Ranny Williams Entertainment Centre in Kingston, starting at 10:00 am.

The World Reggae Dance Championship Finals are also scheduled for Monday at the Ranny Williams Entertainment Centre, beginning at 8:00 pm, and 'Mello Go Roun' is on Wednesday at 8:00 pm at the National Arena.

On Independence Day there will be islandwide celebrations for the entire day, including parades, street dances, the Western Gala in Montego Bay and the Grand Gala at the National Stadium.

The theme of Jamaica Festival this year is "I Believe in Jamaica".





Right Attitude

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I overcome difficulty through the power of right attitude.


Children get excited by the challenge of swimming in the deep end of a pool or climbing to the top of a playground tower.

They expect to overcome any difficulties they may encounter. Their faith in a successful outcome--their right attitude--empowers them to reach their goal.

Today I look upon any challenge as an opportunity to demonstrate God at work in my life. Through the power of faith, I am already well on my way to success.

I maintain a divine expectation. Because I am one with God, I am capable of great feats and accomplishments.

I overcome any difficulty through the power of right attitude and see success as a stepping-stone to my highest good.

Those who conquer will inherit these things, and I will be their God and they will be my children.--Revelation 21:7





FULLY LOADED 2010 Flyer

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Ishmael Turner - Jamaica's Golden Son

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Jamaica has given birth to another great musical treasure- the organic and soulful singer/songwriter Ishmael Turner.

"One of Jamaica's next great exports" hails from the water house area of kingston that gave us Junior Reid, Mykal Rose, Don Carlos, Beenie Man, Half Pint and Garth Dennis.

A shining star, Ishmael Turner first international release "No More" is an engaging, heartfelt debut single with impressive vocals and strong lyrical content. His cutting edge style but classic form creates a sensational sound in the roots reggae genre.

Seeing Ishmael Turner perform is to experience a champion showman with a great voice and powerful stage presence.

The new reggae explosion is promised to create waves throughout the music scene with his hot new single “No More”. Ishmael musical testimonies captivate the listener, reflecting his intense passion and love for music.

"Jamaica's Golden Son is more than just good looks and charm he is a great talent with a lot to offer and the world will come to know and love Ishmael Turner. Download the new hit "No more" on www.ishmaelturner.com view pics, videos, tour dates and more.

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Former OLINT head under US probe

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Former OLINT boss, David Smith, and a young wealthy businessman, are among 15 Jamaicans under investigation by the United States government, for alleged money-laundering, following the collapse of the multi-billion dollar foreign exchange trading scheme.


A judge has given the local authorities, the green light to investigate the Jamaican accounts of Mr. Smith and other persons named on a list submitted by the U.S. government.


Just days after a high ranking US official made it clear that they would be coming after locals involved in money laundering, there is word that the US is going after David Smith and persons who were closely connected to his collapsed OLINT empire.


Just two weeks ago, the Director of Public Prosecutions, acting on behalf of the United States government, obtained a court order giving local investigators the power to dig into the accounts of Mr. Smith and a long list of individuals and companies.


The application which was made under the Mutual Legal Assistance (Criminal Matters) Act, requested the sharing of all documents, records and articles relating to the accounts of the individuals named and their companies.
The Bank of Jamaica has been instructed to disclose the information.
The BOJ, which regulates the financial sector, is in turn expected to instruct one of the country's major financial institutions to turn over the documents and information on the accounts.


Among those also under investigation are Mr. Smith's wife, Tracy Ann Simone Smith; his brother Gilbert; OLINT; OLINT Foundation and OLINT Corporation.


The son of a major figure within the governing Jamaica Labour Party is also on the list submitted by the US authorities.


The US government says it also wants to look into the account of a petroleum company and a major figure in the football fraternity as well as several well known Jamaican business persons.


Mr. Smith was arrested and charged last year with fraud and money laundering in the Turks and Caicos Islands following the collapse of OLINT.


All his assets and those of OLINT have since been frozen.





9.4 possible Says athletic superstar Bolt

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Usain Bolt thinks about winning the gold medal more than setting another world record.


He worries about entertaining the fans as much as establishing a legacy.


Track's fun-loving Jamaican star told The Associated Press he still believes 100 metres can be run in the 9.4-second range, but that his biggest goal at the London Olympics in two years will be simply to win the gold medal again.


"I'm always just happy with a gold medal," he said. "If we go there and nobody breaks a record, I'll always have the record and there's no worries for me."


At Beijing in 2008, he smashed the world record in both the 100 and 200 and celebrated in style -- shooting that fake bow and arrow into the sky before the race, dancing after the finish line and turning the Bird's Nest into his own private playground. He improved on his 100-metre record last year at the World Championships. It currently stands at 9.58 seconds and he thinks he can go lower.


"I always say that probably 9.4 is possible," Bolt said. "I hope I can be the one to get there because I work very hard and I want nothing but to be the best."


To be a "legend," though, he doesn't believe he'll have to set another record in London. He'll merely have to win.


"I don't think I'm a legend now," he said. "A lot of people have done it one time. If I can double, few people in the world can say they're double Olympic gold medallists. I want to be one of those few people."


Carl Lewis is the only male runner to repeat in the 100 at the Olympics.
Bolt is also looking beyond 2012, when he would consider competing in the long jump for a change of pace. Earlier this year, he said he might have to do something else "because people are probably tired of seeing me."
People getting tired of Usain Bolt? Hardly seems possible.
"I think definitely they can if you win all the time," he said. "The reason people enjoy seeing me is because I'm different from other athletes. It's fun to watch me. If I keep that up, they probably won't get bored. If I just win, win, win like a normal athlete and don't make it fun, they probably will."


One way Bolt is keeping things fresh is by changing his racewear for each of this year's Diamond League meets in Europe. An artist in each city is designing a new singlet for him to wear.


"People really enjoy it and it's something to look forward to," he said. "It's something new. I think people like it. I'm the one who does things like this that no one else will do."


Bolt is scheduled to face Tyson Gay and Asafa Powell in the 100 for the first time this year at a meet next week in Stockholm.
Meanwhile, Bolt and Gay will race when Jamaica and the United States field teams in the 4x100 metre relay at the Diamond League meet in Zurich.


Organisers of the August 19 Weltklasse meet said yesterday that Olympic and world champion Bolt will anchor a Jamaica team including Mario Forsythe, Yohan Blake, and Marvin Anderson.


Gay, the second-fastest man in history behind Bolt's record of 9.58 seconds, heads a US lineup featuring Walter Dix, Wallace Spearmon and Trell Kimmons.


Bolt and Gay are skipping the individual 200 at Zurich, which splits the Diamond League finals with Brussels the following week.


Bolt, Gay and former world record-holder Asafa Powell of Jamaica will race the 100 at Stockholm's Diamond League meet next week.





Ele want back him car

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A wonder how Elephant Man can get back him Benz whey di tax people dem teck whey sah? Fi real di DJ a gi out sound sey him want back him car.

Yeah man di lawyer weh a represent him sey di DJ angry and vex and him want him car back.


A tax collection team, supported by the St. Andrew Police, seized the DJ's red Mercedes Benz.

The car was seized because he failed to pay the tax collectors millions of dollars in unpaid taxes.


Mr. Gordon says Elephant Man feels he is being abused by the authorities.


In March, the tax department had placed Elephant Man on a list of 50 high profile delinquent taxpayers.


Mr. Gordon assumes that the tax department wants to give the public a bad impression of his client.


In this case, Elephant Man may have to pay off his arrears within a specific period or his vehicle could be sold.


And if the proceeds from the sale of the vehicle do not cover the debt, the artiste could face criminal or civil charges.







Usher and Chris Brown are rumored to have hit the studio together while they were in Jamaica this weekend.
The rumors were confirmed by a source close to Usher but no details were given about the collaboration with Chris Brown.
Usher brought out Chris Brown as his guest and both performed at Sumfest in Jamaica.
People are STILL talking about the dance competition that ensued after they took the stage.
Native Jamaican Dancehall artist Elephant man even joined in the dance-off but nobody has officially declared a clear winner yet.
You can view the dance-off in the related video section below.





Foxy Brown Involved Massive Brawl?

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Foxy Brown was reportedly caught up in the middle of massive brawl the other night in the lobby of an apartment building in New York City.

Foxy Brown was apparently in the apartment building visiting a friend when the fight broke up, and left just before NYPD arrived on the scene.

Witnesses say she just missed the cops and what would have been her second incident with police in almost a week.

The apartment building is a luxury high-rise on 43rd Street and sources say the fight was huge.

Foxy was spotted throwing blows in the lobby after the fight broke out. The details are scarce and authorities are uncertain what actually started the fight, but it took more than 10 people to break it up.

Reportedly, no one was arrested and Foxy Brown's manager, who was also spotted in the brawl, refused to comment.





Adidas pirates Bunny Wailer

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Company uses singer's image and likeness on T-shirt without permission



There are many enterprises that profit tremendously from merchandizing in various areas of sports, among these giants is Adidas.

There are no barriers or boundaries that hasn’t been penetrated territorially or otherwise by Adidas’s dominance in the world’s sporting market-place globally.


Even The Blackheart Man, Bunny Wailer surviving member of the Bob Marley And The Wailers fame, supports Adidas by purchasing and wearing Adidas sportsware during all the years of his sporting experience and up until this present time, especially in the sport of soccer.


However, there has been a violation of the privacy of Bunny Wailer. A photograph of Bunny Wailer playing soccer in the privacy of his home in the mountains, was used by Solomonic Productions on an album cover titled “Bunny Wailer Sings The Wailers” (see album) in 1980.

In later years, the full image of said photograph was first seen on an unauthorized reproduction on T-shirt with the logo, trademark and trade name Adidas incorporated. This action by Adidas is illegal and a violation of Bunny Wailers rights and privileges incorporated in said photograph and which does not use the name of the singer.

For over 15 years Adidas has sold and withheld to themselves all the profits derived from the returns from the exploitation of the illegal Bunny Wailer product globally, beginning from in the late 80’s up until 2008.


On two separate occasions, it was brought to the attention of Bunny Wailer, but he could not have addressed the matter based on certain circumstances. An approach was made in writing to Adidas by Solomonic Productions’ on behalf of Bunny Wailer in accordance with the discovery of piracy.


Adidas’s negative and disappointing response to Solomonic Productions letter, was passed on to Bunny Wailers legal representative.

The lawyer in response to Adidas’s letter to Solomonic Productions’ pointed out the violations and damages done to Bunny Wailer in accordance with the illegal exploitation of his image and likeness.

The lawyer therefore, introduced a method and means of correcting the abuse in an appropriate and civilized manner, which was ignored and dismissed by Adidas, continuing the demonstration of their selfishness, disrespect and disregard for justice and fair play.


Bunny Wailer is therefore faithfully depending and relying upon the unified power of support from the ever loving Reggae and Bunny Wailer fans, friends, family and populace globally, to rally along with Reggae’s Living Legend in this legal claim and battle for justice from the world sporting giant Adidas.


“LET JUSTICE REIGN”





Scenes from Lady Saw Video Shoot

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Scenes from Girls Night out

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Scenes from Uptown Mondayz

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Jahna Sebastian is a singer/songwriter/producer in the UK that claims that she had a baby girl by Swizz Beatz.

According to a letter her friend shared with a website, Swizz is aware of the child as he showed up with Alicia Keys last year for a paternity test that eventually proved he was the father.

Anyway, the other day she may have posted subliminal shots at Alicia Keys on her blog. In a blog titled “I give thanks for being a producer myself so I don’t have to f*ck for tracks as if I was just a singer” she concluded with:

Hearing about some of today’s successful artists, who for their career sleep with producers jumping from one to another, break up marriages even when kids are involved and take everything for themselves with no sense of morality, building their image by speculating on sacred things, then get Grammys and worldwide promotion, I think to myself that somehow they get away with it too easy, but what is happening within their soul?





Bolt-Powell-Gay showdown ready

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All is in place for a showdown featuring the three fastest men over 100 metres at the Stockholm Diamond League meet in Sweden on August 6.

Meet organisers say Usain Bolt has confirmed his participation against Powell and Gay who were previously confirmed.

It will be the first meeting by all three athletes since last year’s World Championships where Bolt set the world record of 9.58 seconds, with Gay second in 9.71, and Powell third in 9.72.

Bolt and Powell are joint world leaders having each run 9.82 seconds.

It was in Stockholm that Powell beat Bolt in 2008.





Chris Tucker Owes $11 Million In Taxes

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TMZ is reporting that actor Chris Tucker owes more that $11 million in federal back taxes.

Here’s how it all breaks down:

2001 — $4,007,794.34
2002 — $5,060,074.23
2004 — $55,544.84
2005 — $660,414.94
2006 — $1,788,080.91

Total –$11,571,909.26

TMZ reported earlier that Tucker owed more that $3 million to the state of California for state taxes as well.





Beyonce Gets Ticket For Texting While Driving

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Beyonce may be receiving a call from Oprah soon and it isn’t to be featured on her talk show. Oprah, who endorsed the ‘No Texting While Driving’ campaign, is probably upset that her friend Beyonce ignored the rules, as she was recently pulled over for texting while driving.

But even beauty and a superstar status couldn’t get the singer out of a ticket with the NYPD. As a result, Beyonce, who recently obtained her driver’s license, received what us regular folks would have gotten, a $100 ticket.





Job loss looms over public sector workers

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The months are flying fast and it seems as if by the time the Christmas season rolls around some public sector workers could find it not being a merry one.

Word has emerged that come this year, heads may begin to roll.

Head of the Public Sector Transformation Team, Patricia Sinclair-McCalla, says the numbers are being worked and could not give a time line on when the cuts will commence.

The update came on Wednesday at the weekly post-cabinet press briefing at Jamaica House

It is expected that by October public sectors workers will know how many of them will be sent packing.

Head of the Public Sector Transformation Unit Patricia Sinclair-McCalla told journalists that a recent audit of government workers revealed that there are approximately 113,000 of them.

However when asked how many jobs will be cut or realigned Mrs. Sinclair-Mccalla could not provide any figures.

“We honestly don’t know because it is being worked out. We have one finance specialist working with an organizational officer and they are now crunching the numbers. We don’t want to spew out figures because unless we have something substantive in terms of the analysis to provide you with a ball park figure we don’t want to do that,” Mrs. Sinclair-Mccalla said.

Head of the Public Sector Transformation Unit Patricia Sinclair-McCalla

Speculation is rife that the job cuts could be anywhere from 40,000 to 50,000. Mrs. Sinclair-McCalla said that within the next two to three months all the figures will be crunched, and stressed that the loss of jobs are not the only issues that will have to be addressed.

Meanwhile, Information Minister Daryl Vaz says debate on the matter is expected to commence when parliament returns from its current break.





Where is Patrick Roberts case file?

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Surrender

Lawyers representing former People's National Party caretaker for West Central St. Andrew Patrick Roberts, are up in arms.

Senior counsel, Valerie Neita Robertson, complained on Wednesday, that months after Roberts' gun-related case was transferred from the Gun Court to the Half-Way-Tree Court, the case file cannot be located.

This led to a verbal clash between Neita-Robertson and senior magistrate, Judith Pusey.

The magistrate objected to the attorney bashing the court staff, and accusing them of being inefficient.

Roberts has been charged with breaching the Firearms Act, in the wake of an incident, in January.

The police reported that on January 20, they seized two illegal firearms from a man who engaged them in a shootout, on Dellamar Avenue, off Waltham Park Road.

One of the weapons, a .38 Taurus revolver, was traced, and found to be the property of Roberts.

On March 30, Roberts was interviewed by investigators, and he reported that he was just being made aware of the disappearance of the weapon.

He was subsequently charged with illegal possession of a firearm and ammunition.

However, the Director of Public Prosecutions later withdrew the charge, and referred the matter to the RM Court, for the politician to answer to a lesser charge of losing his firearm through negligence.

Roberts is to return to court on September 7.









Surrender

I surrender to the Christ Presence within me.


As I read today's affirmation, I feel the weight of personal striving give way to the relief that comes from letting go. I yield to the Christ Presence within me and find rest, help and inspiration.

Relaxing my mind, I let my steady stream of thoughts diminish and fade away. With every breath, the tension in my body is released. I bask in the warmth of divine love.

I surrender and open my mind and heart to the flow of God's good. Surrender is a gentle yielding, a willingness to receive.

I open the way to receive ideas, healing energy and answered prayer. Surrendered to the Christ Presence within me, I go forth at ease and assured of the good that is coming to me.

Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.--Matthew 11:28





Al Goodman of Ray, Goodman & Brown Dies

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Al Goodman, one-third of Ray, Goodman & Brown as well as the Moments ("Love on a Two Way Street"), has died at age 63 of an undisclosed illness.

Part of two of the most underrated soul groups of the past half century, Goodman provided the "bottom end" on hits such as "Special Lady" and "Take It To the Limit."

Part of the generation of soul music groups that arose in the late 60s and early 70s, the combination of Harry Ray, Al Goodman and Billy Brown became most notable as perhaps the greatest live performing group of that elite bunch. While many groups of that era had more successful recording careers, few have equaled the stage presence and consistent crowd pleasing shows of RG&B.

The trio was brought together by Stang Records in 1970 as replacement members of the label's soul group the Moments.

As the Moments, they hit the top of the pop and soul charts in 1970 with the falsetto ballad, "Love On A Two Way Street."

That began a string of major soul hits throughout the 70s, including "If I Didn't Care," "Gotta Find a Way," "Sexy Mama" and another soul chart topper, "Look At Me (I'm In Love)."

As the decade came to a close, the group experienced significant creative differences with Stang and label founder Sylvia Robinson (later known as a rap pioneer through her Sugar Hill label).

Unfortunately, Stang owned the "Moments" name, and the group's departure from the label meant leaving their well established moniker behind -- a tough pill to swallow after a decade as the Moments.

Yardflex sends condolence to his family and friends. He will truly be missed on the musical landscape.





Usher ruled on Sumfest International Night 2

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The Muddy conditions of the Catherine Hall Entertainment Complex was not enough to keep away patrons from coming to enjoy what turned to be night of pure pleasure with the closing night lineup.

American R&B star Usher totally dominated as he made his entrance on stage to shouts from the ladies. He was in total control, oozing sexuality he played it to the hilt.

Going through the paces with some of his super hits which included U Got It Bad, Confessions Pt II among others he kept the pleasure vibes flowing.

It was twice the thrill when he called on stage Mavado, and chaos when Elephant Man and Chris Brown joined him for another stint on stage.

They ‘wrecked the place’ as they both showed they were more than up to par with the Jamaican moves and lingua.

There were other acts who also impressed on Saturday night and these include Shaggy who from the minute he took centrestage with his hit song Church Heathen had the crowd going.

He was the consummate performer as he did some of his top songs. Shaggy really know how to entertain and did it in fine style on Saturday.

Etana could do no wrong on Saturday and she seemed to be in a playful mood, we wondered if it had anything to do with the man dancing in the shadows to her songs – the same one she acknowledged in her song saying “Andre gives me crazy love!”

Queen Ifrica was on her usual conscious mission, she bat for the Jamaican men, the craft market vendors and the country as she performed songs such as Montego Bay, Below the Waist and others.

QQ gave some real ‘go go’ like dancing on stage and he gyrated away most of the times through his numbers.

Chris Martin delivered as did the early segments artistes such as Steele, Hezron, Sophia Squire and Lymie Murray.

All in all there were no losers for the night and patrons more than got their money’s worth on Saturday.





The Daily Word - Tuesday, July 27, 2010

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Pray for Others


As I pray for others, I see them in the flow of divine love.


When my loved ones are struggling in some way, my heart goes out to them. Rather than worry, however, I hold them in prayer.

As I pray for others, I feel divine love rising up within me and flowing out from me. I share the strength of my faith, for I know that we all have instant access to divine strength and wisdom.

In my mind's eye, I see my loved ones peacefully and gratefully moving beyond any seeming limitation or obstacle.

As I affirm that God within them is greater than any outer condition, I prayerfully create a sacred space for their success. Through the power of my loving, peaceful thoughts, I see them joyfully accepting their highest good.

Pray for one another, so that you may be healed. The prayer of the righteous is powerful and effective.--James 5:16





Sumfest Suss

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Sugar deserve a betta tribute




Really now people, what kinda fool-fool pap dung tribute dat the veteran artiste dem do fi Sugar Minott at Sumfest Saturday night. We cyaan believe say the big big Dean Fraser did have no part inna dat. A lie dem a tell pon Dean, cause him wouldn’t did mek Tony Tuff go up and a hog the microphone so. As a matter of fact, Tony Tuff shouldn’t did sing more dan one line inna any tribute song to Sugar. And we did expect much better from Tristan casue Tristan have sense. And look how much good song Sugar have, why Jimmy Riley did haffi choose the nursery rhyme bout Simple Simon. We neva hear Sugar sing dat deh sond deh yet. And look how Sumfest did a promote the ting like say it was going to be sinting sensible. We lose big time. Sugar, may your soul find peaceful rest after dat deh bag a foolishness.


Wha’ kinda mess Zamunda did inna?


A wha kinda mess Zamunda find himself inna mek him just run off the stage so at Reggae Sumfest? By the time the MC hand him did mike, him dash it back and flee di stage. What we a hear don’t smell too right, so all did people who a mess wid did artiste we haffi tell oonu fi flush that one straight dung did toilet. Bwoy, it look strange how di whole ting do dung , but we still a listen out fi di real story.

Pamputtae tickness nuh normal




People onnu see wid oonu owna two eye how Pamputtae tick! Dat deh tickness deh no normal … it supernormal. When Pamputtae tan up trong and slap her thigh dem and ask, “Oonu see how mi tick? … well … People Dead! But we haffi big up di fluffy girl doah, cause she and har two fluffy dem mash up di Sumfest stage; we doan know how it neva pap dung a grung. When the two trong, healthy, fluffy dem climb up pon di lighting rig one time we did a hol’ we breath cause it did look sticky. But all’s well that ends well and we haffi say Fluffy to di flippin’ werllll!

Why a man haffi catch Chris Brown hat?




What a way blogger Tyrone Reid nuh stop pose up inna Chris Brown baseball cap dat the singer throw inna did crowd to him female fans dem. Tyrone mek sure say him wear the cap come a Sumfest Saturday night and doan ask if did woman dem nah look pon him and cut demy eye. But him couldn’t care less, him just a walk up and dung fi di betta. And, if you don’t want to be embarrassed, don’t ask him to borrow it to take a picture, cause you aint getting it.


Is a churchman or a Kingman di empress married to?



So people deh pon stage a call up dem husband name inna song and all these tings. But like how di husband did a watch her perform she shoulda did jus call him up pon stage and introduce him to har fans dem. Cause everybody want fi find out if the empress who did baptize ina Christian church married to a churchman or a Kingman cause it sound like a some crazy love a gwaan inna dat deh relationship.


Beenie and D’Angel must stop tek people fi fool



Is high time Beenie Man and D’Angel stop tek dem fans fi eeediat. It look like everytime a big show come round the two a dem find themselves pon di people dem stage a chat bout reunion and a act all lovey dovey. And two day after the show you hear dem a deny say dem deh. But people couldn’t care less anymore what did two a dem want fi do cause we all know that it’s all about giving dem career a hype, so we wish dem luck and prosperity inna dem foolishness.





ANN MARIE LAING WINS JCDC GOSPEL 2010 TITLE

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Monday, July 26, 2010


Kingston, Jamaica: Ann Marie Laing, a music teacher at the Balaclava High School demonstrated her trust to win top honours, $500,000 and a recording contract for a single for her entry entitled “I Can Trust God” at the Grace Tropical Rhythms Jamaica Gospel Song finals on Sunday (July 25) at the Ranny Williams Entertainment Centre.

Before being announced as winner Laing swept sectional prizes for being the “Best Performer” and tied with 2nd place contestant Leroy ‘Ancient Priest’ Johnson for having the “Best Arranged Song”. Laing was also selected by the group of finalists to win the “Spirit of Praise Award” for being the most congenial finalist.

Johnson, who copped $200,000 for his reggae entry “My Prayer”, won the sectional prize for the “Best Lyrics” and took home an additional $50,000 and a trophy courtesy of the Jamaica Cooperative Credit Union League (JCCUL).

19 year old Tiffany Hall, the youngest contestant, took third place for her entry “Lost Without You”, winning $100,000.

The “Popular Vote” prize of $25,000 and a trophy from competition sponsor CLARO went to Raylene Lindo for her entry “I Just Cant Give Up” who also collected a recording contract for a single.

An elated Laing said singing is her passion and thanked the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC) for the experience, which she described as refreshing and rewarding. The other finalists included: Jason ‘God Son” Lunan, Miriam Levy, Omar Douglas, Terrence Myers, Murron Lindo and Micah Ministry.


The competition which was hosted under the theme “One Voice, One Heart” saw the finalists engaged in outreach ministry at children’s homes across the island; a new element added to the programme.






Digicel Next Generation Sumfest Pictures

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The Daily Word - Monday, July 26, 2010

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Vision


I hold a vision of peace, love and harmony for myself and the world.


What is my vision for my life? What do I hope to accomplish? Where do I see myself in the near future and in the years ahead?

As I think about the vision I hold for myself, I give thanks to God. I give thanks that my future is a clean slate. It is mine to plan, mine to choose and mine to live. What a freeing feeling this is!

Right now, I sit in the quiet of prayer and open my mind and heart to God.

I release my past, give thanks for the present moment and look forward to the hopes and dreams of my future. Day by day, my vision becomes clearer and my faith becomes stronger as I let go and trust God to guide me forward.

See, the former things have come to pass, and new things I now declare.--Isaiah 42:9







Sumfest gossip: Queen Ifrica mother fit

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When Queen Ifrica deh pon stage Friday night, har madda meck sure come a front, flag in hand come support har daughter.

Yeah har moves dem nuh bad either, she did really up to di time as she dance and keep pace. A suh wi love fi si how mothers support dem children. Yeah man, wi haffi big up dey move deh.






Sumfest gossip: Beenie and D’Angel good now?

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Well Sumfest come and gaan but wi still haffi talk up di tings dem. Dancehall night a pure lovie dovie a gwaan between di doctor and him wife D’Angel.

Kiss kiss and tings. Memba sey Beenie Man nuh deh pon Dancehall night such a muss him wife him come support. Den Saturday night D’Angel meck sure sey she deh a front fi cheer har husband on. Yeah man, something a gwaan.





Sumfest gossip : Oops!

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A which artiste did haffi cut him performance short because him waan do a number 2. Backside all now wi still a laugh cause di way how him lef di stage quick and rush fi di loo yuh couldn’t help yuhself.

Not even too song him nuh do. Is a good ting it was a young artiste cause people woulda really galang bad if it did happen to one a di big artiste dem.





Chris Brown ruled at Sumfest Intl Night 1

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By Joan Wilson



American artiste Chris Brown, came, saw and totally conquered at Reggae Sumfest on International Night 1, held at the Catherine Hall Entertainment Complex in Montego Bay.

The youthful 21-year-old singer went into full gear as he danced, lip synced and sang his way into the hearts of the Sumfest fans.

He could absolutely do no wrong for the entertainment hungry crowd as they lapped up every thing he dished out.

The singer performed some of his big hits which included Gimme Dat, Run It, Say Yow, Brown Skin Girl, and With You.

It was even more exciting when he drew for Kartel’s Clarkes and showed that when it comes on to the Jamaican dance moves, he is also up to speed.

But Sumfest wasn’t just about Chris Brown, good as he was. There were other impressive acts for the night.

Coming after a fully charged, performance from Brown Jah Cure managed to hold his own on stage by choosing his better known songs such as Call on Me. He exited stage to the premiering of his music video for Unconditional Love which was shot on location in Cuba.

The Hold Yuh artiste Gyptian also put up a good showing, while thrilling fans, he also encouraged them to “support his new album by buying it.”

Gyptian called on stage a well dressed Nitty Kutchie who used the few minutes to make the connection with the crowd. Sugar Roy and Conrad Crystal also gave a cameo performance courtesy of Gyptian.

Young acts represented well such as upcoming singer Hezron and Canada-based artistes Steele who was making his Sumfest debut.

The females were not outmatched in any way by their male counterparts as the Strong One Etana gave a well received performance.

She was in fine form as she went through her paces singing songs such as Warrior Love, Wrong Addres, August Town and when she drew for Crazy Love, she acknowledged her husband by saying, “Andre gives me crazy love,” much to the crowd’s delight.

Etana made way for the Fyah Mumma Queen Ifrica who did a fiery, cultural stint.

When Yardflex exited the venue Tony Rebel was on stage holding his own.





Red Stripe Sumfest Great Escape

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Next Generation ignites Reggae Sumfest stage

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Digicel’s Next Generation campaign ambassadors, I-Octane and Agent Sasco, showed a packed-to-capacity Catherine Hall entertainment complex just how bright the future of Jamaican music is when they delivered sterling performances on Dancehall Night at the 2010 staging of Reggae Sumfest.

Dressed in purple and white, I-Octane first of the two Next Generation artistes to christen the stage on Thursday July 22 and made no qualms mystifying the thousands of patrons with his smooth vocals, powerful messages and positive music.

Born Byiome Muir, I-Octane’s soul-stirring 45-minute stint on stage showed Montego Bay exactly the stuff real performers are made of. He never lost the vital connection between himself and the crowd, made evident by the constant streams of torches and lighters dotting the dark Montego Bay sky.

Signs that the reggae singer got the thumbs up from Reggae Sumfest came each time the first chords of his many hit songs started to emanate from the towering speaker boxes at the front of the stage.

Fireworks, firecrackers and fire-rockets competed with screams of approval as I-Octane’s voice reverberated through the venue, and he took the crowd to entertainment ecstasy.

Sharply clad in a clean-lined metallic suit and a black skinny tie, dancehall’s most versatile artiste Agent Sasco indelibly wrote his name in the minds of Reggae Sumfest patrons in true Next Generation style.

Masterfully going through a seemingly endless arsenal of hit songs, Agent Sasco owned his stage and engaged his audience – which wasn’t hard to do. After all, from his first minute on-stage, the crowd had their hands in the air and only took them down when the artsite spoke to them or transitioned through songs.

Agent Sasco would satisfy the entertainment-hungry audience for almost an hour with his usual and unmistakable energy, which was rewarded with constant crowd approval. Shouts for encores were instantaneous when his time onstage ended.

Digicel’s Sponsorships and Events Manager, Tahnida Nunes was beaming with joy after the two artistes performed, emphatically stating, “The Next Generation is here, and it is bright”.

“We are so proud of I-Octane and Agent Sasco and their performances tonight,” the dreadlocked Nunes said as she happily congratulated the two faces of Digicel’s campaign on their on-stage antics.

Nunes also reiterated that the telecommunications giant is dedicated to “the next generation in totality, to Jamaica, and Jamaican entertainment.”

“Definitely, there are bigger, better things to look forward to from Digicel and The Next Generation.”








The experience that is the Greatest Reggae Show on Earth, Reggae Sumfest, was made bigger and better for patrons thanks to the Festival’s official telecommunications partner Digicel.

The mobile phone company, for the 4th year in a row, presented its acclaimed and exciting Digicel Talent Stage, which featured the likes of upcoming artistes performing at different intervals during the night.


With the likes of Denyque, Raine Seville, Natel, D-Major, Tanto Blacks, Keida, Princess Tia and more, the stage shone bright with the young talented stars, something that Digicel is known to encourage and support.


“Without a doubt we are proud that we have the opportunity to enhance the Reggae Sumfest experience with our talent stage, and are even more elated that we get the chance to shine some light on the next generation of talent.

The response was amazing, the artistes were magnificent and exciting and we are happy that the festival patrons enjoyed our entertainment package,” said Tahnida Nunes.


Nunes continued, saying what a major experience the talent stage represents for these artistes.


“Our stage remains a major platform for the exposure of talent, and all our acts go on to do great things in the entertainment industry. Immediately, I think of Tifa who made her debut at Reggae Sumfest on our stage in 2009 and this year she rocked the main stage, and she is just one on the list of many who have gone on to do big things,” she remarked.


Nunes, Digicel’s Sponsorship and Events Manager, isn’t the only person who had praises for the talent stage, as patrons enjoyed the activity which gave them more entertainment while band changes were undertaken on the main stage.


“Boy, it always give me something to look forward to, and all we haffi do is really turn round. So I enjoy it, especially Tanto Blacks and Kedia on Friday,” said one male patron. His female companion concurred, saying she enjoyed performer Denyque on Saturday night. Teenaged patrons also took pleasure in the talent stage as a large throng of them could be found each time activity on the stage commenced.


“It really is something that we are committed to doing and will continue doing as we expose more talent, and make Reggae Sumfest a bigger, better experience for all,” Nunes commented.


Digicel has been a major part of the Reggae Sumfest family for 10 consecutive stagings, as a part of its commitment to Jamaican entertainment, culture, and people.






Scenes from Fresh Friday

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Scenes from Street Vybez Thursdays

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Scenes from Weddy Weddy Wednesdays

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Red Stripe Reggae Sumfest The Great Escape

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The Daily Word - Sunday, July 25, 2010

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Guided by Love


I am guided by the love of God.


I am immersed in the flow of God's love that continually guides and blesses me. It is my guiding presence, strengthening me in mind and body and helping me be a greater expression of peace and love in the world.

Just as a leaf effortlessly flows along on a river, gently floating around and over any obstacle in its path, I effortlessly flow along on the river of life.

As I relax and allow myself to be guided by the love of God, I experience the gentle peace of knowing that regardless of appearances, I am being divinely led along the path of life that is right for me.

Led by the love of God, I learn the lessons I am meant to learn and reach the spiritual understanding that only I can experience for myself.





Photo by: Alan Lewin






Reggae Sumfest 2010 Dancehall night review

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Surprises and let downs on Sumfest Dancehall Night The field was muddy, but dancehall patrons did not mind as they turned out in their numbers for the 18th staging of Reggae Sumfest, held at the Catherine Hall Entertainment Complex on Thursday, July 22.The show saw several interesting twists and a lot of delightful  moments coming from some  of the top performers for the night which included Aidonia,  the war lord Bounty Killer, Elephant Man, Demarco and Spice just to name a few.  Johnny Gourzong  of summerfest Productions presented Bounty Killer with a Lifetime Achievement Award for his contribution  to the dancehall scene and 15 straight performances at Sumfest.  In last year’s performance, Beenie Man was officially crowned as the King of Dancehall so it comes  as no major surprised that this year Bounty received an award of some sort.Singjay I-Octane was a hit on stage and through his performance he literally had the place on fire as flares lit up the sky. However, the only damper on his set was when he called on ZJ Liquid on stage who turned out to be a total flop.Elephant was somewhat off key with his raspy voice at some point but still rocked his fans  out with his one piece black spandex jump suit.  Spice definitely represented and even showed her remixing skills with her version  of Hold You dedicated to Prime minister Bruce Golding ‘Bruce mi wan fi hold yuh’. Before wrapping her up set, Miss Kitty and Pamputtae were on stage together doing a tribute to the ladies. Kiprich also went  more towards the political avenue, taking a shot at Golding and the continued state of emergency. Mavado failed to strike any real spark and his performance could be described as weak at best.Vybz Kartel  who was the main headliner of the night and a heavy ticket  did his entire performance on tracks – the only artiste who did not use a full band. His sets was filled his usual line up of hits and crowd pleasing tunes but for the high ticket price that Vybz received more could have definitely been done to spice up the performance.  Before closing the show, Russian was brought up on stage to perform alongside the head of the Portmore Empire. Nothing out of the ordinary except for the fact that Vybz was  lacking a bit of vybz for the closing of Jamaica’s top reggae festival.Dancehall night in previous years has been the most attended of the three day festival. This year, with Chris Brown and Usher on the  bill, the figures may show differently.  Many patrons are interested in coming out to see two  of the top stars grace the stage here in Jamaica.





picture by: Alan Lewin








Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie accepted undisclosed damages Thursday in London’s High Court to settle a privacy claim against a British tabloid that had reported they were planning to split.


The celebrity couple began legal action against the News of the World after it reported in January that they had agreed to separate. The pair argued the newspaper had made false and intrusive allegations in saying that they had planned to divide assets worth 205 million pounds ($320 million) and had made arrangements regarding the custody of their six children.


“When the News of the World failed to publicly retract the allegations and apologize for them — thereby leaving their readers in the dark as to the true position — the couple felt they had no alternative than to sue,” the couple’s attorney, Keith Schilling, said in a statement. “Today’s victory marks the end of the litigation brought by Brad and Angelina.”


The newspaper confirmed that a settlement had been reached, but declined to comment further.


The movie star couple did not attend the hearing. (Source: AP)







TMZ is reporting that Christina Milian’s soon-to-be ex-husband, The-Dream, filed for divorce nine days before she gave birth to their only child.

The documents were filed on Feb. 17 in Georgia, but never surfaced until the Web site discovered them recently. Milian gave birth to their daughter on Feb. 26.

In the docs, The-Dream, whose real name is Terius Nash, claims the marriage is “irretrievably broken,” and “there is no hope for reconciliation.”





Cops cut down Stinger gang leader

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The leader of the feared Maxfield Avenue gang Stinger Gang Ricardo Wynter aka Government was yesterday fatally shot after he engaged the police in a gun fight at Hellshire, St Catherine.

Investigators from the St Andrew South Police Division are also reporting that three other members of the Stinger gang were yesterday arrested.

According to the investigators these three persons are part of the main leadership structure of the gang.


Wynter, who was listed by the police as a major person of interest following the May 24 operation in Western Kingston and others members of the Stinger gang are responsible for a number of murders in and around Maxfield Avenue. He did not turn himself in to the police.

Wynter was a close associate of former Tivoli Gardens strongman, Christopher 'Dudus' Coke and regularly visited a section of Tivoli Gardens known as 'Java'.

Wynter was wanted by the police for various crimes including several murders committed on May 24, 2010 on Whitfield Ave when Wynter and his cronies ordered residents of the area to block roads in support of criminals in Tivoli Gardens and they refused.

Police also said Wynter and his cronies were responsible for searching cellular phones of residents from Maxfield Avenue as they hunted for ‘police informers’.

The Stinger gang is based in the Raphael Avenue/Ramsey Road area of the Kingston Western Police Division. Police say the gang is involved in contract killings and drug running.





David McBean quits CVM TV

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Dr. David McBean, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the CVM Group, is leaving the company. Dr. McBean will be leaving to pursue other opportunities.

Details surrounding his departure are not yet available.

Dr. McBean has been CEO of CVM since September 2003.





The Daily Word - Friday, July 23, 2010

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Comfort


I am enfolded in infinite love.


At the end of the day, I look forward to the comfort of my favorite chair. As I relax into the cushions, I begin to let go of the day's events. I feel secure and peaceful.

I turn my attention now to the presence of God within me. God's loving presence is always with me.

As my awareness of this divine love deepens, I have the strength to meet any challenge and the peace of knowing that I am never alone.

I hold others in thoughts of love and strength, knowing that God's comforting presence is active within them.

Whether we are in the same room or separated by a great distance, the spirit of God shelters us and enfolds us with infinite love.

If you sit down, you will not be afraid; when you lie down, your sleep will be sweet.--Proverbs 3:24





What the hell...

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What the hell!Bwoy di hottest news pon di internet now is di gay list that blogger 876grapevine released.Yes man seems like  Kizzy a talk up di tings dem. Yeah she sey she wouldn't post it unless it was confirmed and some nam whey wi a si nuh pretty at all. Because wi fraida lawsuit, we just a paste di link fi unno check it out.www.876grapevine.blogspot.com





$1.6 back taxes or prison: MP’s choice!

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A PNP North TrelawnyMP, Dr EV Patrick Harris is now facing an immediate prison term if he does not pay up the $1.6M he owes in back property taxes.


According to a story in Jamaica Observer a local court issued a 'forthwith order' yesterday, meaning that Dr Harris, 54, must pay the money immediately, or face the prospect of making prison his temporary home for the next 30 days.


The court ruling means that Dr Harris can be taken into police custody at any time, but the politician can in the meantime go into any tax office and make arrangements for the money to be paid.


Resident Magistrate for Trelawny Sheron Barnes made the order yesterday in the Falmouth RM Court.


Neither Dr Harris nor his legal representative appeared in court and the order was made in the medical practitioner's absence.
In a statement to the paper the MP said "I am a taxpayer, a proud taxpayer. I can't run and go anywhere, I will deal with the matter.”.


"Money is tough and it is not that we don't want to pay taxes, but we are all facing hardships," he said.






Police issues warning: No profanities at Sumfest

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The police in St James have issued a reminder to performers and patrons attending the Reggae Sumfest Festival this weekend to obey the rules of the land.


The festival continues with Dancehall Night tonight, followed by International Nights One and Two on Friday and Saturday. The St James police are cautioning the artistes about their language and behaviour on stage.


Commanding Officer for the Division, Superintendent Merrick Brown, says the no profanity rule will be strictly enforced.
"Sometimes when we have these events the artistes tend to go on stage and use profanity. We want to communicate it to them, it's in their contract not to do it, but we want to let them know if they do so, then police officers are going to take action," he cautioned.


"We're not backing down where that is concerned. It's zero tolerance where the use of profanity is concerned at this event."
The show's production team says it acknowledges the artistic creativity that comes with being on stage, but urges some sensitivity towards the use of profanity.


Executive producer of Reggae Sumfest Johnny Gourzong, also noted that there is a contractual obligation for them to avoid the use of profanity and to refrain from singling out certain groups in their lyrics.


"In the contracts we have already set out what they should not be doing, and in addition, we sent them a letter which reinforced it, providing information about the show, length of performance, and other requirements," he explained.


"We just urge them to understand these conditions and focus on putting out good quality music," Gourzong continued.
Superintendent Brown extended the caution towards patrons attending the event as well.


Firearms will not be allowed in the venue unless carried by the police or by private security personnel.


"We asking those persons who have licensed firearms to leave the firearms at home, but if they come to the venue with it, it will be taken and stored until after the event," he explained.


The Superintendent added that the Police will be out in large numbers to tackle any breaches of the law from the sale of drugs, to traffic infringements in and around the venue.


"The police will be out there in numbers, so we are just sending out the warning from now," he stated.
Reggae Sumfest, scheduled for Catherine Hall Montego Bay July 22-24, remains 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.





Scenes from Boasey Tuesdays

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Dexter Lee makes Jamaica proud

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Jamaica continues to shine on the world stage.

The latest comes from Dexter Lee who yesterday created history at the Stadium du Moncton last night as he sped to the island's first gold at the 13th IAAF World Junior Championships, to defend the title he won two years ago in Bydgoszcz, Poland.


Lee, who ran out of lane seven after posting the seventh fastest time in the semi-finals, stopped the clock at 10.21 seconds, well below his personal and season best 10.16, beating American Charles Silmon, who ran a personal best 10.23, while France's Jimmy Vicaut, the joint world leader, was third in 10.28.


Yardflex congratulates the athlete on his achievement





'Livity' charged

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POLICE have charged Leighton ‘Livity’ Coke, brother of former Tivoli strongman Christopher ‘Dudus’ Coke, for various crimes.


Coke is charged with shooting with intent, illegal possession of a firearm and wearing a Jamaica Defence Force uniform, said a release from the Constabulary Communication Network this evening.
His court date is tentatively set for July 30.










In the wake of a perceived easing of tensions between Washington and the Bruce Golding government over the extradition of Christopher "Dudus" Coke, RJR News understands that the US is to apply for the extradition of two high profile subjects.


Highly confidential sources told RJR News that the US government has prepared indictments for the extradition of two businessmen from Western Jamaica on drug trafficking charges.


One of the men is said to be connected to a well known family in Montego Bay, St. James.


Our sources reported that the US government prepared the indictments on statements given to them by a powerful Jamaican fugitive who was given a reduced sentence last year, after he decided to cut a deal with US prosecutors.


It is understood that US agents are now in the island working with local agents to monitor the movements of the fugitives.
Our sources say they do not expect any resistance from the Golding administration.


The Obama administration and the Jamaican government were reportedly at bitter odds last year over the release of Montego Bay businessman Presley Bingham, who was being sought for drug trafficking.


The initial refusal of the State to extradite Christopher Coke is also believed to have cost the Jamaican government friends in Washington.


Neither government have officially admitted to a diplomatic impasse however, Washington finally appointed a US ambassador within weeks after Christopher Coke’s extradition.





Tesha Miller charged for assault

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Defence attorneys representing Tesha Miller, the reputed head of the Klansman Gang, are now pondering their next move, after criminal charges were laid against him on Monday.


Miller, who surrendered to the police under the State of Emergency, was expected to be released Thursday, when the State of Emergency ends.


However, he was charged with assaulting a policeman while in custody, and was refused bail on Tuesday when he appeared before the Corporate Area Criminal Court.
Miller is charged jointly with 24-year-old Keifa Ogilvie, son of Justin Ogilvie, a close confidant of former Tivoli Gardens strongman, Christopher "Dudus" Coke.


The police alleged that on July 14, a policeman at the Kingston Central Police lock-up attempted to confiscate a cellular phone found in the possession of Mr. Ogilivie.


It is alleged that the prisoner punched the policeman in the face.


During the fracas, Tesha Miller, who was also in the cell, joined in the attack on the policeman.


Both were later charged with assault.
However, the attorneys for the men disputed the allegations and claim that this was a ploy the keep them in custody.
Miller and Ogilvie were remanded until September 2, when they are to stand trial.


Lawyers for Miller have consistently accused the authorities of targeting their client, although they have no evidence against him.


They have applied to the court release him, but failed on each occasion





Lil Kim Goes In On Foxy Brown

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One of the most famous feuds in hip-hop just got more interesting.

Lil’ Kim recently sat down for an interview with our friends over at AOL Black Voices and went in on her 90’s rival:
On whether she’ll reconcile with Foxy Brown
“I don’t even want to mention her (Foxy).

No, because she’s just somebody that’s just…No, I don’t even want to mention her. One moment she got something bad to say about me, one moment she got something good to say. I don’t like that flip flop sh–, that just means that you’re still crazy!

My mom always told me if you know there’s a snake in the grass, and you know it’s a snake that bit you before, why would you pick it back up? I’m not picking back up anymore snakes no more.

Everyone that’s around me now are very genuine, positive, and love me. You never know, time goes by and people show their real skin so I don’t give people 100% anymore.

I brought so many people in this game, I rocked with so many people, showed so many people homage and love. But they don’t show it back to me. It doesn’t bother me, I just move on. That’s why I’m always quiet about things, I just take it on the chin because I’m God’s child.”






Scenes from Girls Night out

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The Daily Word - Thursday, July 22, 2010

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Life



The perfect life of God within renews me day by day.


The energy of God renews the earth after fire, earthquakes or floods.

New life pushes up through the ash, the debris and the mud. In the same way, God in me renews and heals me no matter what the appearance or experience.

Regardless of what happens in the outer world, there is an eternal, unchanging perfect life beyond the visible.

As I calm my thoughts, release my fears, and open my heart to that perfect life, I open to the flow of healing that is always available.

Healing flows freely into my body and mind from the infinite Source of life. It cannot be limited or damaged by the physical world. This life is the truth of my being and through it I experience renewal.

We look not at what can be seen but at what cannot be seen; for what can be seen is temporary, but what cannot be seen is eternal.--2 Corinthians 4:18





ITS SUMMER, TIME TO PARTY

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The long, hot and lazy days of summer are definitely here.

Schools are out and it’s 96 degrees in the shade.

The major question is what to do? The answer, the Smirnoff Dream Weekend set for Negril during the Emancipation weekend, July 30 to August 2, 2010.

What better way is there to spend the long weekend than to assemble a group of friends and head out of town, drink cold beer, eat the best food and have a fun-filled adventure in one of the best tourist destinations in the country?

As Heineken, as the official beer and Smirnoff, as the title sponsor and world’s top vodka, partner with the dream team, this one is expected to be the best yet.

The promoters of the seven major parties for the weekend are promising that each of those parties is going to be ‘off the chain’.

The stellar line up includes Smirnoff Xclusive, Daydreams, Smirnoff Flavours, Twisted Spiritz, YUSH and Beer Vibes. And what better way is there to cool off than with the Xtreme Wet ‘n’ Wild party at the Kool Runnings Water Park?

Each of these parties, in addition to their own special qualities, will feature some of Jamaica’s best sound systems and accomplished disc jockeys, which together, are sure to create the ultimate party vibe for the thousands expected to attend.

In between parties there will also be lots of fun activities designed to ensure that there will never be a dull moment for party fans.

Besides hosting some of the parties on the Dream Weekend, Margaritaville Negril, will add food and drink specials that feature ice-cold Heineken beer and Smirnoff cocktails.

So why not get an affordable armband, call up your ‘bredrens’ and take the trip down to Negril? After all, aren’t summers supposed to be memorable?






State of Emergency Dilemma

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Yardflex have to weigh in on this one for real.

Yesterday was chaos in the house as the votes that the PM needed to extend the State of Emergency for another month was not forthcoming as it wasn’t supported by the JLP.

Now from what we observed of the PM needed this to continue so bad, why didn’t he take the 15 day olive branch offered by the JLP with the option of exploring another 15 days. Isn’t half a loaf of bread better than none?


He instead stick out for the 30 days or not at all?

We are confused. We are not really into taking sides, we are just looking at the facts and what it is saying is that the PM wasn’t too enthusiastic in maintain the State of Emergency at all cost.

He now has gotten a way out and can blame the PNP while he is at it.





Ele you must pay up your taxes

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Yardflex touched a piece of this saga yesterday, here are some more details.


Staying true to their word to go after tax dodgers, officials from the Tax Administration Department on Tuesday raided the Upper St. Andrew apartment of popular dancehall artiste, Elephant Man.
Members of the Special Enforcement Team seized a convertible Mercedes Benz motor car owned by the international artiste, whose real name is O'Neil Bryan. Elephant Man declined to comment when our news team arrived on the scene on Hope Road.


It is understood that Elephant Man owes the Tax Department more than $10 million, in outstanding taxes.


In March, the DJ was barred from leaving the island after the Tax Department took out a stop order on him.


It is understand that the artiste paid over $3 million in March however; he reportedly failed to pay over the balance of the tax debt which led to Tuesday's operation.


Elephant Man's attorneys rushed to the scene on Tuesday morning, and are now negotiating with tax officials.
Meanwhile, Director of Communications at the Tax Administration Department, Meris Haughton, says the raid on Elephant Man's apartment, is a clear warning to those who continue to evade the tax net.


She said assets seized by the tax department are normally liquidated to recover the debt.


She said since the crackdown on delinquent tax payers began, this year, the government has seen a steady stream of revenue into its coffers.


“For the first quarter of the year we actually met the revenue target that was given to us, we are at 100.1% of the target so we are actually over the target.

A number of methods and strategies have been used in the operations of the special enforcement team that allow us to meet our targets,” Ms. Haughton said.





Wha dis fada

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Imagine we come cross a story in di Observer business section and we shock so till.

You know that even though Bank of Jamaica (BOJ) has reduced the reserve requirements for commercial banks, a new kind of banking fee is making customers pay for having too little money in their accounts.


According to the story the two largest commercial banks in Jamaica by branch network charge depositors a fee for balances below a certain amount.

Scotiabank charges $150 per month for balances below $5,000, while the National Commercial Bank (NCB) charges $50 per month for balances below $2,000.

Estimates are that up to 60 per cent of the deposits in commercial banks are below $5,000.


Now, the only thing we have to say to savers is this, if you find that you nuh have no money to bank and you have below those two figures quoted.

Instead of losing $50 and $150 monthly until there’s nothing left in the book. Close the account and open one with the credit union instead and forget bout di bank dem star.

From now on more of my money will be going into the credit union, cause at the end of the day, we looking for the banks to come up with more fees to dig into your savings.







Yardflex gets an exclusive with Gyptian for the release of Hold You.

By Lydia Patel

Yardflex TV caught up with Gyptian for an exclusive one on one at the VP records office in Queens. His album is officially launched worldwide and the VP artist is definitely looking forward to a great run. “It’s a lot of work, and it’s not a bed of roses/ You have to be dedicated to make it happen’. Gyptian is currently in NY promoting his brand new album and making numerous appearances at radio station and shows in the tri state area. The title track of the album, ‘Hold You’ has been a mega success for most of this year and remixed by major acts like Niki Minaj and Ricky Blaze. Hold You is available at all major retail outlets and digitally on itunes.






The Daily Word - Wednesday, July 21, 2010

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Ability


I am confident in my ability to succeed.


I am naturally drawn to the idea of improving my life and discovering greater meaning and purpose.

Today I have the courage to step out of my comfort zone and turn my desire for improvement into action.

Perhaps there is something I have always dreamed of doing. God has given me the tools that I need, and I am confident of my ability to succeed.

I sense divine timing--I can do this now; I have all that I require; I am ready! This is the call of Spirit and it is a precious testament to Holy Spirit working in me.

Empowered by my faith in God, I answer the call. I move into new circles, stepping forward to new breakthroughs.

I am confident that with every step, Spirit within lovingly supports and guides me. I have the ability, the faith and the confidence to succeed.

They replied, "We are able."--Mark 10:39





Sugar Minott Nigh Night

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Elephant man Benz seized

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Bwoy wi caan believe sey afta dem dis stop Ele a airport because him neva pay him taxes dat him meck di same situation reach him again.


Wi did tink sey afta him meck deal wid dem dat him a guh sort out tings him did meck sure dat was him first priority.


No sah, police and tax people dem swoop dung a him yard and seize him Benz sey him owe 8 million dollar.


Wi hope Ele set him business straight, cause it nuh look good at all. Even if him haffi stop buy up di hennessy and save more.








Guidance


The wisdom of God is revealed through me.


Through the wisdom of God deep within me, I am connected with all life and all creation. Through my intuition, I perceive God's guidance and allow it to enlighten and inspire me. I allow it to show me the way.

Trusting my intuition, I know what to do and where to go in any situation. The wisdom of God enables me to anticipate the good in my life and discover new ways to bring it into expression.

As I allow the wisdom of God to express through my intuition, I become a means through which God's wisdom is revealed in the world. I trust my intuition and give thanks for each opportunity to be inwardly guided.

I am about to do a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it?--Isaiah 43:19





Buju Banton supporters launch writing campaign

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Supporters of jailed international reggae artiste Mark Anthony Myrie, popularly known as Buju Banton, have launched an official writing campaign to US. Attorney General Eric Holder.


The campaign is being described as a consolidated effort to bring even more attention to what they claim are flimsy Federal charges being wielded against the artiste.


At the same time, the supporters want to ensure that the US Government is keenly aware that the public is monitoring this case closely.


The letter to Mr. Holder noted that the incarceration of Banton without bail is unconscionable, and the charges are a result of information provided by a professional informant who relentlessly pursued Mr. Myrie for six months to participate in a drug deal.


"In our great system of justice, the accused is innocent until proven guilty, therefore, persons accused of crime are entitled to bail," the letter outlined.


The letter also outlined that Buju meets all of the requirements for bail, yet it has not been granted.
In addition, his trial has been postponed three times despite his attorney’s objections.


The supporters urged Mr. Holder to do whatever possible to end this injustice.


Organisers of the Letter Writing Campaign are encouraging friends, fans and supporters worldwide to print out this letter— or write a version of their own, sign and mail it directly to Mr. Holder.






Sections of East Kingston now under curfew

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A curfew has been imposed in sections of the East Kingston under the State of Emergency.


The curfew began at 4:00 am today and will remain in effect until 4:00 am Thursday.


The boundaries of the curfew are:
North along Langston Road between the foot of Long Mountain and Mountain View Avenue;


South along Windward Road and Commission Road between Portland Avenue and the foot of Long Mountain;
East along the western foot of Long Mountain between Longsford Road and Commission Road; and
West along Deanery Road, Langston Road, St James Avenue and Portland Road, between Windward Road and Mountain View Avenue.


During the hours of the curfew persons within its boundaries are required to remain within their premises unless otherwise authorised in writing by the ground commander.









The other day some of the down town business operators claimed they were still coming under pressure from those trying to extort money from them. Well the appeal is now out for them to come forward and report it.


We are totally in support of this as the only way to stop it is to face it head on. Without money, these hoodlums can’t buy guns and bullets, if they want to bring back the country to the beautiful place it was then they have to stop giving criminals the means of setting up back their empires.


The police want persons who have had to fork over money to extortionists or who have been approached by them, to call the secure Operation Kingfish telephone line, 811 and report it.
Persons using 811 to report any act of extortion are not required to give their names.


All they need to do is give enough information for the Police to start investigating.


The Police have also established an e-mail address for persons who want to share information with the Police.


Two Chinese businessmen whose stores were robbed in downtown Kingston, last week, have reportedly refused to come forward with information to assist the police.


A police source assigned to the West Kingston Police Division, confirmed the robberies of the two wholesales in close proximity to the Coronation Market on Spanish Town Road.


Further investigations have been hampered by the lack of information being provided.


Do we want this thing to stop or not.






Telecom providers beware!

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The government agency which regulates market competition has taken aim at local cellular service providers following complaints from consumers that they were not being given adequate warning about changes to certain services.

The Fair Trading Commission (FTC) on Monday issued guidelines to guard against misleading advertising in accordance with the Fair Competition Act.

Executive Director of the FTA, David Miller, says the failure of local telecoms providers to notify the public about changes to their terms and conditions of service will give rise to problems for members of the public.
Mr. Miller states that the guidelines will encourage telecoms providers to be as aggressive about promoting changes of the terms and conditions of service as they are about other consumer promotions.

“Overtime we have seen quite a few complaints where consumers are not clear in what the service offerings are from one or two of the major telecommunications providers.


So what we are asking the telecoms providers to do is, if you make a change to your promotional offer then please communicate it clearly and in a similar manner as the original promotion was put out through the media,” Mr. Miller said.






The police continue to mess up

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See, no wonder fighting crime is so darned hard. How can we move on when the people charged with getting rid of it are the problems.


Check out this story.
A police sergeant from the Portland Division was arrested Friday at St Mar-garet's Bay, Port Antonio, for breaches of the Corruption Prevention Act following a sting operation carried out by the Anti Corruption Branch (ACB).


It is alleged that about 5:40 p.m., the sergeant, who was investigating a case, approached the accused and offered to dispose of the case for $50,000.


The ACB was then informed and arrangements were made for the money to be paid to the sergeant. During a sting operation which was set up, the sergeant was caught collecting the money. He was consequently arrested.


The sergeant is presently in custody and a case file is being prepared for submission to the Director of Public Prosecutions for a ruling.









Shannon Price, the ex-wife of late actor Gary Coleman, is asking a judge to formally recognize her as the child star’s surviving spouse.


According to the AP, Price filed documents last week in Salt Lake City claiming she and Coleman continued to live together and represent themselves as married despite their 2008 divorce.


Price wants a judge to recognize their common law marriage from the date of the divorce through his May 28 death. She is seeking the declaration as part of the ongoing battle over Coleman’s estate.


A note handwritten by Coleman days after his 2007 marriage names Price his sole heir. However, Coleman’s ex-girlfriend, Anna Gray, contends a 2005 document awards her the estate.





Beyonce Escapes Being Hit By Car

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Beyonce had an amazing escape when she opened her car door — and it got ripped off its hinges by a London taxi.


Beyonce with hubby Jay-Z was about to step out of the car and enter Harrods for some quick shopping, but the cab missed her by inches as it collided with their Mercedes.


A source said:
“It was terrifying to watch. It all happened so quickly, the taxi came out of nowhere. She seemed very shaken and was lucky to be alive. A couple of seconds difference and God knows what could have happened.”


Beyonce was out for a romantic evening in London with her husband.





Scenes from Bounty Sundays

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Fashion Connection

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• Portland mada woman pulls nail out of Sugar’s ‘balls’

There is absolutely no doubt that Lincoln ‘Sugar’ Minott was an icon in Reggae/Dancehall music.

The singer passed away on Saturday, July 10, at the University Hospital of the West Indies and even as family await the autopsy report there have been ‘other reports’ regarding the cause of death of the great man, who also had a heart condition.


Yardflex sources close to Sugar have revealed that in the week leading up to his death, Sugar had reported feeling unwell and had been carried to a highly respect “mada woman” in Portland for healing.

Reports are that the obeah woman freed up Sugar by pulling a nail, a half a CD and ring from various parts of his body. Immediately after this “surgery” was performed, Sugar declared that he was feeling much better, only to take ill on his way back to Kingston and died two days later.


“Bwoy, you waan see, Miss Roberts pull a nail outta Sugar balls and a half a CD outta him head,” the source stated.


He continued, “Even a ring wha' dem couldn't find fi years, Mis Roberts pull it ouuta Sugar side.”


Reports are that Miss Roberts also told Sugar Minott that one of his six baby mothers was trying to 'tie' him and that was one of the reasons for him feeling so sick.


“Afterwards, she give him something to drink and give him a bath and when him leave him seh him feel betta,” the YardFlex source reported.


However, Sugar Minott reportedly fell ill subsequently and had to be hospitalized.

The cause of death is still unknown, but there are reports that his belly became swollen and in some quarters there are speculations that the singer had been poisoned.


Among Sugar Minott’s hits is the song with the line, “More than one woman in my life/And all a dem a fight to be my wife/But I have enough love for everyone…”


Funeral arrangements have not yet been finalized.





Who do you pick....?

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Newly crowned Miss Jamaica Festival Queen,Johnnel Smith poses with Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture, Olivia Grange at the grand coronation show hosted by the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission ( JCDC) at the Ranny Williams Entertainment Centre on Saturday, July 17, 2010.

Smith who hails from Manchester also copped sectional prizes for being the "Most Culturally Aware" and the "Most Involved in her Community".





Miss Jamaica Festival Queen 2010, Johnnel Smith( centre) is flanked by 1st Runner up, Miss Kingston & St. Andrew, Tyesha Turner (left) and 2nd Runner up, Miss Trelawny, Chloe Trowers (right).

The Miss Jamaica Festival Queen 2010 grand coronation show was hosted by the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission ( JCDC) on Saturday,July 17, 2010 at the Ranny Williams Entertainment Centre.





Scenes from Fresh Friday

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Scenes from Street Vybez Thursdays

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Scenes from Weddy Weddy Wednesdays

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Poor Buju

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A wonder if anybody memba sey Thursday gone was Buju Banton’s birthday. Yeah man man him tun 37, and what a way fi spend yuh birthday… inna lock up.

Bwoy tings really look sticky fi di DJ, imagine him inna jail from December 10 and now a July and him case nah call up till way a September…and den there is no telling what the outcome will be.

A status conference hearing is scheduled for Wednesday, August 4.

It come een like sey Buju did a prophecy when him chant the song Not an Easy Road, and Til I’m Laid To Rest.





Do you know where your children are?

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Bet most mothers would come on television crying and carrying on about how police shot down their teens in cold blood?

But where was the mother or father of the 16-year-old who found his way on the premises of the Spanish Town Hospital in St Catherine, robbed and terrorized patients and staff.?

Investigators in the St. Catherine North Police Division have not yet laid charges again a juvenile who was arrested for Friday’s robbery at the Spanish Town Hospital.

Senior detectives say they are waiting on the 16-year old boy's lawyer to be present before he is interrogated.


The teenager, along with three of his peers, invaded the King of Spain Wing at the hospital where two of them pulled guns and robbed seven members of staff of cash, jewellery and other items.
His cronies fled the compound leaving him behind.


He was nabbed by officers from the nearby Spanish Town Police station who found him hiding in a section of the hospital.
Just can’t vouch for anyone anymore.






The Daily Word - Friday, Monday, July 19, 2010

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Excellence


It is not I, but the Christ within who does the work.


From time to time I may notice my thoughts have turned to finding fault in either myself or others. A better choice is to strive for excellence in all that I think, say and do.

There is a higher standard of being I wish to live up to--one that is not found in criticism, blame or guilt. It is achieved through a conscious and mindful connection with the Christ within.

Through the wisdom of the Christ within, I make healthier, more positive, productive choices. Success manifests in my life as I become the very best person I can be.

Living each day in a Christ-centered way, I affirm: It is not I, but the Christ within who does the work. With that statement as my mantra, I reach the heights of living excellently.

Show yourself in all respects a model of good works.--Titus 2:7






3.6 Magnitude Earthquake Strikes Maryland

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WASHINGTON — A minor earthquake shook residents awake in the DC area early Friday.


The quake hit at 5:04 a.m. EDT and had a magnitude of 3.6.
The quake was centered in the Rockville, Md., area said Randy Baldwin, a physicist with U.S. Geological Survey’s National Earthquake Information Center.


Police in Washington and in nearby Montgomery County, Md., said there were no immediate reports of injuries or damage.


On the U.S. Geological Survey’s website, people as far away as Pennsylvania and West Virginia reported feeling the quake.


Lucille Baur, public information officer for the Montgomery County Police Department, said the department received a lot of calls from people wondering what had happened.


Debby Taylor Busse said she was in the basement of her home in Vienna, Va., in Fairfax County when she felt the quake hit. She was already awake watching television, but her husband had been asleep in a second-floor bedroom when the tremor woke him.
“I didn’t know what it was,” Busse said. “I have never been in an earthquake before. It felt like an airplane going overhead or thunder, but it wasn’t coming from above.”


She said it lasted just a few seconds and compared it to a strong thunder strike — enough to rattle the house, but not enough to knock anything over.


Brett Snyder, who lives in Gaithersburg, Md., told AP Radio he was awakened by the quake but said it wasn’t a big deal.
“It happened very instantaneously and then off to a day’s work,” Snyder said.





Tropical wave affects Jamaica

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The National Meteorological Service has issued a warning to fishers and marine interests due to rainfall from the tropical wave now affecting sections of the island.


The office, in an early morning release, said increased showers were expected to affect various parishes resulting from a Tropical wave, currently east of Jamaica.


It said satellite imagery indicated showers and thunderstorms across sections of most parishes from the system as it moved across the island Saturday.


The office which said it would continue to monitor the situation also warned that widespread showers and thunderstorms, which may be heavy at times, along with gusty winds, are also expected as the tropical wave moves across the island.


It said fishers and other marine interests are advised to exercise caution as strong, gusty winds are likely in showers and thunderstorms over inshore and offshore areas.


In the three-day forecast, starting tomorrow, it is expected that there will be mostly cloudy conditions with scattered showers and thunderstorms especially during the afternoon over into Monday with partly cloudy conditions expected for Tuesday and scattered afternoon showers and thunderstorms over central and western parishes.


Director General of the Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management (ODPEM) Ronald Jackson, said there had been no reports of flooding so far.





Threat level still high — Police

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THE police high command today issued an advisory to members of the constabulary that the threat level against them and police installations remains high.

In a media release the police said their intelligence indicates that criminal elements from gangs which operated in western Kingston are regrouping in order to resume their criminal activities.


"This regrouping is being done primarily in Denham Town and comes against the background of continued and effective Police operations being carried out in western Kingston especially in the Coronation Market area. Several threats have since been made on the lives of Police personnel," the release stated.


In light of the threats the police high command urged its members to 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," the release said.


The police also announced their commitment to remain undeterred in the fight to defeat organised crime.










Paris Hilton was briefly detained in Corsica after sniffer dogs detected a “quite small” quantity of marijuana in her bag, a French newspaper reported Saturday.


Corse Matin newspaper said officers at the airport in Figari found about one gram’s worth of marijuana. Hilton, who was transiting the French Mediterranean island in a private jet on Friday, was hauled in for questioning and released about 30 minutes later, the report said.


In a story posted on its Web site, the newspaper said Hilton was traveling along with “personalities close to power in Malaysia” from the French capital to Porto-Cerno, in Sardinia.


In a posting on the TwitLonger site Saturday, Hilton wrote, “Just to put an end to these rumors. The stories saying I have been arrested are completely false!”


“I am having the best vacation of my life,” the posting said.
Earlier this month, Hilton was arrested after the Brazil-Netherlands World Cup match in Port Elizabeth, South Africa, on suspicion of possession of marijuana. The case was then dropped at a midnight court hearing.


Hilton pleaded no contest in 2007 to alcohol-related reckless driving and was sentenced to 45 days in jail.

After spending about 23 days in jail, Hilton told U.S. television host Larry King that the experience caused her to re-evaluate the role partying played in her life. She said she wanted “to help raise money for kids and for breast cancer and multiple sclerosis.”

(Source: AP)





Cops name major persons of interest

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The Police are listing the following five persons as Major Persons of Interest. They are –

1. Dwight Turner o/c Nose
2. Ian Tyrell o/c Bulla Head
3. Lawrence Stewart o/c Ritchie; o/c O’Neil
4. Ernestico Campbell o/c Marlon Brando
5. Wayne Martin o/c Houdini

These five persons of interest to the Police are asked to make contact with the Police by handing themselves over to the nearest Police Station.





Curfew update

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Since the imposition of a curfew in the Western Kingston area early Sunday morning (mainly Rema) 191 persons (all males) have been taken into custody.

One of those taken into custody is on the Most Wanted List for the Kingston Western Police Division.

He was arrested and is expected to be charged tomorrow. Of the 191, so far taken into custody, 35 have been processed, interviewed and released.






What the heck is happening?

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Bwoy wi nuh like wha a happen at all.

Since Sugar Minott dead all of a sudden everybody a talk to Maxine Stowe and figet sey a years him a live wid Marcia.


Wha happen, she nah go have nuh talk inna di man funeral planning? No sah, di way wi si tings a shape up, it look like sey dem soon all ask har fi leave di house tuh. Wi haffi kip a close watch pon dis yah situation yah fi real.





Kartel free!

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Should make it to Sumfest after all

DJ Vybz Kartel was released last night after spending 14 days at the Portmore lock-up.



The deejay's release came one day after his legal team got the minister of national security, Dwight Nelson, to sign his detention release form.


Kartel release puts an end to the many speculations about his being able to perform on Sumfest’s Dancehall Night.
Kartel turned himself over to the police on July 2 after he was identified among other individuals as'persons of interest' by the police.


In reports in the media the DJ stated that he had been puzzled about the fact that he was wanted as a person of interest.


The Dj eventually turned himself on the third day.
The police say that they have completed their investigations involving the artiste.






Marley coffee.

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Marley Coffee from Safehouse Coffee on Vimeo.



David has a chat with Rohan Marley about his involvement with Marley coffee.







Justin Bieber’s music video for “Baby” is the most-watched video ever on YouTube.

The summer is already off to a great start for singer, songwriter and producer, Alaine Laughton, more popularly known as “Alaine”, who has not only just released a new song, but also her own record label – proving once again what an amazing talent she has to share with the world.


The 16-year-old pop star’s video passed Lady Gaga’s “Bad Romance” video to take the all-time lead. More than 246 million have watched Bieber’s video on the Google Inc.-owned website.
Bieber tweeted a thank you to “Beliebers” and said the video’s success was “crazy.” The singer wrote: “I started on youtube so ... WOW!”


The summer is already off to a great start for singer, songwriter and producer, Alaine Laughton, more popularly known as “Alaine”, who has not only just released a new song, but also her own record label – proving once again what an amazing talent she has to share with the world.


Bieber’s video and Lady Gaga’s switched positions briefly Friday, but as of late afternoon, Bieber was ahead by more than 600,000 views.


The summer is already off to a great start for singer, songwriter and producer, Alaine Laughton, more popularly known as “Alaine”, who has not only just released a new song, but also her own record label – proving once again what an amazing talent she has to share with the world.


The most-watched clip on YouTube that isn’t a music video is the popular “Charlie bit me” viral video, which more than 210 million have watched.

The summer is already off to a great start for singer, songwriter and producer, Alaine Laughton, more popularly known as “Alaine”, who has not only just released a new song, but also her own record label – proving once again what an amazing talent she has to share with the world.





Mek we just mourn Sugar without di foolishness

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We a beg everybody fi just mek we mourn the sudden passing of the Godfather of Dancehall, Sugar Minott in a decent and respectful way.

We haffi ask why is it that when important people drop out those who leave back always have a bag a tings fi chat.

The amount of story we hear as to what kill Sugar, it doan pretty. But now is not the time for that so we not even going to repeat them, cause all now no autopsy doan do.

We nah tell no lie, Sugar passing really reach we and we hope seh there will be no bickering and fighting over dead lef.

Memba she a Sugar sing seh ‘more than one woman in my life, and all a dem want to be my wife’. And from him dead we notice seh did ‘wife’ who people did tink she she and Sugar divorce a she a talk to all did media, when the other ‘wife’ who live a house with Sugar and did deh wid him when him a tek him last breath just a grieve and hold her corner.

And then you have Sugar kids dem. All we a she is that we must just come together and mourn the passing of a icon without the foolishness.





Alaine breaks boundaries with You Are Me

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The summer is already off to a great start for singer, songwriter and producer, Alaine Laughton, more popularly known as “Alaine”, who has not only just released a new song, but also her own record label – proving once again what an amazing talent she has to share with the world.


You Are Me, the first single produced by Alaine’s 1Thirty1 record label, is already receiving good reviews and garnering heavy rotation on both local and International airwaves.

The song isn’t the typical kind of music that we have grown to expect from the artist, this song is deeply personal and touches listeners to their very core.


“I was inspired to write You Are Me by the events that happened in West Kingston.

I was really affected by the negative images from the media coverage and negative, fearful sentiments being expressed on the talk shows and the sounds of gunshots being fired all around while locked up in my house.

I started crying for my country, for my brother and sisters, and I followed my tears to my piano.

As soon as I sat down and started playing, the song came pouring out of my soul,” stated Alaine on her decision to write this song.
A video was also recently shot for the single at a beautiful location in St Thomas late last month and directed by Ras Shac.

It’s a performance video, that includes use of metaphorical imagery, and features Alaine interacting with a band, which mirrored the recording process, which actually took place in the studio.


The video also features a scene with Alaine playing an upright piano on the beach with surfers in the background, surfing over insurmountable waves, much like our seeming problems in Jamaica and our world. The video will be released in mid-July.


Alaine will also be going on month long tour to Europe with fellow RETV High School Tour veterans, Voicemail at the end of July.








Free

The grand coronation show for the TVJ Miss Jamaica Festival Queen Competition 2010 will be hosted on Saturday, July 17, 2010 at the Ranny Williams Entertainment Centre, beginning at 8:00 pm.


Under the theme “Jamaican Women…Shaping Our Culture”, thirteen parish queens will compete in the areas of talent, poise and general awareness for the title of ‘Miss Jamaica Festival Queen 2010’ and the opportunity to represent Jamaica as a Cultural ambassador.


Special guest performers include Fab 5, Aisha Davis, Ana and Samantha Strachan, Wolmer’s Dance Troupe, the Spanish Town Dance Theatre Company and Trio Bello.





The Daily Word - Saturday, July 17, 2010

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Prosperity


I have all the time, energy and money needed to do what is mine to do.


True prosperity is not found in the outer world, nor is it determined by the amount of money we possess. True prosperity comes from the wisdom that God is blessing us at all times and in all ways.

Prosperity is not something I have to seek; it is already here, waiting to be discovered. I find prosperity by having faith that God provides for me in every needed way.

Prosperity must be cultivated on the inside. As I begin to understand the power of God within me, it is as if I have inherited millions.

I am rich in all ways and enjoy lasting abundance in all areas of my life--my health, wealth and relationships. Mere possessions can never replace the joy I feel when I am filled with the presence of God.

Those who seek the Lord lack no good thing.








Reggae act Chaka Demus and Pliers, best known for their nineties hit “Murder She Wrote,” are suing their record company for more than $10 million in unpaid royalties and trademark infringement.

According to Reuters, the duo claims Universal Music Group misappropriated and diverted monies that were owed to them.

The artists claimed they signed a worldwide recording deal with Universal-owned label Island Records in October 22 1992, which allowed the artists to retain all rights to the trademark Chaka Demus and Pliers.

It said Universal Music had “withheld the monies and royalties payments” from the inception of the contract.

Not only are the two reggae stars asking for a court award of more than $10 million, but also demanding an injunction ordering Universal Music to cease the sale, production and performances of the their music.

The suit was filed this week at the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York in Manhattan under the artists’ real names John Taylor (aka Chaka Demus) and Everton Bonner (aka Pliers).





Sean Kingston didn't do it

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On Wednesday we carried a story where singer Sean Kingston was accused of sexual assault. In Yesterday’s Star a story was carried indicating that the singer was innocent of the charge.

Check out the report.

According to www.tmz.com, Kingston has been accused of sexual assault for an incident that allegedly took place on Sunday night at the Crowne Plaza in Seattle, USA.

According to the report, cops are sceptical of the women's claim. TMZ stated that sources told them the two women showed up for a party in one of the hotel rooms and Kingston was present.

The report said, "law enforcement sources tell TMZ the women were both intoxicated when they arrived, with bottles of vodka and beer in hand.

We're told one of the women claims Kingston had sex with her." It is also reported that Kingston left the party and went to another room on the same floor when one of the women became aggressive.

They claim that sources say the woman then proceeded to have sex with two other men in the room. The second woman also had sex with someone in the room.

A hotel manager told TMZ "an incident" did indeed occur in the hotel on Sunday night, though he was not specific.

They added that the fire department claims that an ambulance was called and transported both women - who are 19 and 20 years of age - to a hospital where rape tests were conducted. We're told the women were also tested for Rufinol, but the results are not in.

Sources say Kingston, who is scheduled to perform tonight with Justin Bieber in Portland in the United States, was initially asked by cops to come in for an interview, but police have determined the case is not credible and they now say an interview is unnecessary.

TMZ said that it is claimed that the women might file civil lawsuits.

Originally from Jamaica, Sean Kingston became an international success a few years ago with the break-out hit Beautiful Girls. The singer was recently in the island in Ocho Rios for the shooting of his video for the single Letting Go (Dutty Love) with rapper Nicki Minaj.

On his Twitter page, in what seems to be connected to the incident, Kingston commented, "I have the best management team and mother so the truth will soon surface only God knows right now so I don't have no problem, fans I luv you all."

He also added: "Just read my Bible and had a convo with the Lord and I'm gonna be fine ... . I just hate to get lied on, that's all."






Careful of how you look overseas jobs

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Check out this story that was carried in the Star. It’s an ongoing case with the director of JobQuest. Before you you think you have found a better opportunity…think long and hard.


JobQuest International director Christine Kelly, charged with 10 counts of obtaining money by false pretence, was granted bail in the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate's Court yesterday.

The allegations are that between 2007-2009, she collected between US$300 (J$25,800) - US$1,500 (J$129,000) from the various complainants with the promise that they could receive employment in Canada, England, The United States and Dubai.

It is alleged that after failing to hear about a job, the complainants tried to get a refund but were also unable to do so.

One complainant told the court that the accused told him to come to her at 2 p.m., but he later find out that was the time the office closes.

It is also alleged that Kelly had been on the run, however, she denied that claim yesterday saying she made several payments to register the company and could not have done so if she had been hiding.

Kelly's attorney told the court that the company had indeed provided many jobs over the years but said changes in some foreign policies and the recession had affected the business.

Kelly was granted $600,000 bail with a surety and was ordered to surrender her travel documents. A stop order was also enforced. She returns to court on August 4.









PARIS, France (AP) — Jamaican sprinters Usain Bolt and Asafa Powell go head-to-head for the first time this year in the 100 metres at the Diamond League meet in Paris on Friday.

Bolt and Powell, who share the fastest time this year of 9.82 seconds, meet in a much-anticipated showdown at the Areva meet at the Stade de France.

"Asafa Powell taking the start, plus runners like Yohan Blake and Daniel Bailey, I know the 100 will be a great race," Bolt said. "My goal will be not to lose this race. I plan to go 9.7. It should be a good race. Asafa is ready."

Following an Achilles' tendon injury, Bolt returned to competition in Lausanne, Switzerland, on July 9 and clocked 9.82 seconds. That matched Powell's time in Rome on June 10.

Missing today will be American sprinter Tyson Gay, who beat Powell in Gateshead last weekend. The Stade de France race will be Bolt's third 100 competition of the season.

"I no longer feel the slightest discomfort as far as my Achilles' tendon goes," Bolt said. "I'm, however, remaining careful and being really attentive during training sessions. According to my doctor, I should be running at 100 per cent again in two or three weeks."

Powell is the last man to have beaten Bolt in the 100, two years ago in Stockholm. Bolt, the Olympic and world champion and world record-holder in the 100 and 200, said he improved a lot after that defeat.






Mike Tyson: My Whole Life Is A F****** Waste!

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In the 25 years since he first stormed onto the boxing scene at age 19, Mike Tyson has seen more than his share of ups and downs.

Now at age 44, Mike Tyson has been in a reflective mood, starting with the Tyson documentary which was released in 2008.

In a recent interview with Details Magazine, Tyson looks back at his past with much disgust.

Details: Twenty years ago, you were one of the most famous men on the planet. Is there a big plan for Act 2?


Mike Tyson: The first stage of my life was just a whole bunch of selfishness. Just a whole bunch of gifts to myself and people who didn’t necessarily deserve it. Now I’m 44, and I realize that my whole life is just a f*****g waste. “Greatest man on the planet”?

I wasn’t half the man I thought I was. So if there’s a big plan now, it’s just to give—it’s selflessness, caring for the people who deserve it. Because I think I’m a pig. I have this uncanny ability to look at myself in the mirror and say, “This is a pig. You are a f*****g piece of s**t.”






The Daily Word - Friday, July 17, 2010

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Patience


I patiently await answered prayer.


When attempting to undo a knot, I know that patiently working to loosen one thread at a time is more effective than tugging fiercely in all directions.

If I'm faced with a complex problem, I know that patiently taking my time, working gently with one issue at a time, is more effective and less stressful.

Guidance comes with each movement, and I patiently allow the process to unfold.

As I gently work with one aspect of the situation at a time, I remain calm and clear-headed. I continue forward with faith. All sense of stress has left me. I am content and confident that all is well.

Lead a life worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love.--Ephesians 4:1-2





Scenes from Girls Night out

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Scenes from Uptown mondays

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Mary J. Blige and production crew “The Clutch,” which includes R&B singer Keri Hilson, are being sued for copyright infringement over Blige’s hit single “Take Me As I Am.”

In the lawsuit filed in US District Court in the Central District of Californi, songwriters Jay Ballard and Kim Jones claim Blige and The Clutch stole their track, which was released in 1995, and used it for her hit 2005 song of the same name.

Ballard and Jones seek an accounting for all singles and albums sold in all formats, royalties and an accounting of publishing income derived from using the song in advertisements.

The Clutch has produced a number of hits for artists like Justin Bieber, Keri Hilson, Omarion, Britney Spears, Ciara, Jennifer Lopez, Timbaland and others.







One hundred and thirty persons were detained by the security forces yesterday during a curfew imposed on the Eastern St Andrew communities of Papine, Kintyre and August Town.

The curfew, which began at four o'clock yesterday morning, will remain in effect until 4:00 am tomorrow.

Soldiers on patrol in August Town, St Andrew, yesterday. (Photo: Lionel Rookwood)
Mostly males, were arrested following several searches carried out by police and members of the military.

The boundaries of the curfew are north along an imaginary line from Papine Square to the Kintyre community; south along an imaginary line along the foot of Long Hill Mountain, between the August Town Quarry and Princess Alice Drive; east along the Bedward Gardens main road between Kintyre and August Town Quarry and west along Hermitage main road, University Drive and Golding Avenue.

It also runs between Papine Square and Princess Alice Drive.

During 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, police said in a statement.

Yesterday, several men were seen at the August Town Police Station waiting to be processed. Those who were left in the community had worried looks on their faces.

Meanwhile, all motorists entering and leaving the community were stopped and their vehicles searched by police and soldiers.

August Town, known for its frequent gang fights, has always been on the police radar.








Check out this story on blackplanet.com. It is really disgusting. Whether it’s in Jamaica, the States or any part of the world, it’s is getting terrible the way kids are treated.

Are Italians Raping Our Children in Luxury Villas & Hotels in Malindi Kenya


If you come across a tourist whose passport reveals multiple entries to Cambodia, Sri Lanka and Singapore, it is most likely that when you continue flipping the pages, you will come across a couple of entries to Kenya.


If you forcefully examine his luggage, you may find old chattered airline tickets or taxi receipts evidencing frequent tours to Malindi, on more investigation will confirm short stays in a range of Malindi Beach Resorts and exclusive Malindi private beach villas (primarily owned by Italians).

At this stage, a man of average intelligence acting prudently will not want to view the tourists' picture album.especially if it is resting on a box of assorted candies, lollipops and bubble gum.

Guys we are at the advent of the most profitable child sex tourism industry in Africa.


Pictures of lions hunting impalas at Tsavo National Park are slowly being replaced with those of white pony-tailed sandal wearing Italian tourists preying on beautiful black young Kenyan girls. Elephant tusks, leopard skins and rhino horns are no longer the much sort out trophies; Instead, local virgin boys and girls define the holy grail, guys the child sex pest has arrived and his/her mighty thirst will not be quenched by the award winning kenya Tusker beer.

This particular beast will only drink the juice of innocence spewing from the undeveloped private parts of our most treasured assets i.e. our children or in other words, our future.


The debate on how Kenya finds itself depicted in child pornographic videos is endless.

We all agree that poverty has been known to skew perceptions of morality. The story of the thief stealing the bread to feed his starving family conveniently comes into play.

You see, the parents who choose to turn the other way as their own children bring home a couple of sleazy dollars after spending nights in Italian villas and beach resorts, are quick to accept that the 'end justifies the means'.


The society have chosen to ignore the awkward walking style of these toddlers, after all, how are they supposed to feed themselves. We all know what happens to our young girls when they get married to old German men and are shipped to the land of the third Reichso long as they send back some Deutschmarks (now Euros), we are all set.


Oh, by the way, some of our very own grown Kenyans gleefully indulge in this rape. My point here is that we are all complacent to this evil that is slowly tainting the image of our country. So what next? How do you stop a buibui clad girl from succumbing to the scourge from Italians with huge resources and Mafia connections? Education? How do you explain the ruinous behavior to parents whose only means of survival is the sleazy dollar? What about disease?


To what extend is personal responsibility the only answer? Are some of us just born sexually deviant?

What would happen if lets say, the government used the police to consistently swoop the villas, discos and prominent hotels that are conduits to this evil?

How about billboards of caution at every corner? Maybe deportation of perpetrators and repossession of filthy villas? How about genuine tourists blacklisting hotels, resorts lodges and private villas known to practice child prostitution?


It would be unfortunate if we allow our country to be listed in the yellow pages of sleaze holiday vacation destinations.





Police focus on crime in downtown Kingston

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The Kingston Central Police have embarked on an anti-crime initiative to crack down on criminal elements involved in extortion, drug peddling and robberies in the downtown Kingston.

Over the past three weeks, six men believed to be major players in criminal activity in the Kingston Central Police Division were taken into custody.

Members of the Kingston Central Special squad conducted an operation in Maiden Lane on Tuesday which led to the arrest of a 40-year-old woman who was found in possession of 60 pieces of crack cocaine and a quantity of ganja.





The Daily Word - Thursday, July 15, 2010

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Joy

Centered in God, I joyfully allow my good.


I am joyful even as I feel the need for something more in my life.

Whether I desire financial abundance, a healthy body or a closer walk with God, I know with complete faith and trust that it is now coming into being.

I'm willing to experience the joyful stage of waiting in the creative process. My life is always expanding, so I choose to be joyful while anticipating my highest good!

I put my mind on God and appreciate the continuous creative process of asking and receiving. I am deeply grateful as I receive the blessings of answered prayer.

Every day is a miracle, filled with opportunities to give and to receive. In joyful awareness of God, I am open and receptive to my greatest good.

If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, ask for whatever you wish, and it will be done for you.--John 15:7








Another twist has surfaced in Tiger Woods’ attempt to squash a paternity scandal involving one of his mistresses. The man alleged to be the child’s real father is now insisting he never took a DNA test.

Lawyers for the golfer filed papers earlier this month to dismiss Devon James’ claims that Woods fathered her nine-year-old son, Austin, following a fling in 2001. The porn star, whose real name is Melinda Brinling, wanted the court to force Woods to take a DNA test.

Woods’ legal team had hoped to get the case thrown out after it was revealed a man named Pele Watkins took a medical test in 2002 which proved he fathered the baby.

But in a letter dated August 1, 2009 — and obtained by TMZ — Watkins, writing from prison, tells James he never took a DNA test. At one point he wrote, “They will never get DNA from me.”

He closes the letter, “I never took a DNA test but tell your mom I will fight her for messing wit [sic] me in jail.”

James is reportedly planning to file the alleged letter in response to Woods’ latest legal bid to have the case dismissed.





Sean Kingston Accused of Sexual Assault

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TMZ is reporting that 20-year-old pop singer Sean Kingston has been accused of sexual assault following an alleged incident Sunday night at a Seattle hotel. However, cops aren’t buying the woman’s story, the site claims.

In fact, the singer was initially asked to come in for questioning, but police have determined the case is not credible and they now say an interview is unnecessary, the Web site reported.

According to sources, two women attended a party in one of the rooms of a Crowne Plaza hotel, where Kingston was present. Law enforcement sources say both women were drunk when they arrived, toting bottles of vodka and beer.

One of the women claims Kingston had sex with her, and, as one source says, “She was very aggressive.” TMZ reported. Kingston then reportedly left the party and went to another room on the same floor.

“Sources say the woman then proceeded to have sex with two other men in the room. The second woman, we’re told, also had sex with someone in the room,” TMZ reported.

A hotel manager confirms that “an incident” did indeed occur in the hotel Sunday night, though he was not specific. Fire department sources say an ambulance was called and transported both women — 19 and 20 years of age — to a hospital where rape tests were conducted.

“We’re told one of the women is going to file a civil lawsuit, and maybe both,” TMZ stated.

Kingston, meanwhile, is scheduled to perform tonight with Justin Bieber in Portland.





The Lyn/Shaw dramas

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The whole drama with Ian Lyn and Shaw has taken a new twist. Check out this interview that was posted on
Source link.
There you will see photos of all the players involved.
Wow, can we say it’s hot!!!

Kizzy Clarke July 13 at 5:04pm
Roshan why did u put out the video?

Roshan Shaw July 13 at 5:15pm
cause ian needs to be stopped in his tracks as he messes with underaged boys


Kizzy Clarke July 13 at 5:18pm
giv me ure side cuz a video with no explanation wont get the truth out. sen mi ure side n i will post it


Kizzy Clarke July 13 at 7:15pm
whr u disappear 2...????? u ok...

Roshan Shaw July 13 at 7:19pm
was inna meetin with my dad hun


Roshan Shaw
just dove in my house with secuirty, can u believe it

Kizzy Clarke
r u serious? why?

Roshan Shaw
death threats im gettin from Ians cronies

Kizzy Clarke
wat did ure dad say?

Roshan Shaw
he is on top of it, im stressed right now

Roshan Shaw
please post this and get my word out for me princess


Roshan Shaw July 13 at 7:29pm


1. How long were u together?

4yrs

2. How did u meet him?

he worked with my mother at motor sales before they fired him for embezzlement

3. How old r u?

College Grad, 28

4. Wat hapened 2 btwn u both that caused u 2 release this tape?

i got tired of his foolishness and him manipulating folks expecially young and underaged boys with hiss so called influence and then hide behind his false religions, louis farakhan has denounced him today.

5. Has he hurt u in the past?

when he attepted to get my mom fired, robbed me discreetly and continually tried to deficate on my character

6 How does he feel about the release of the tape?
he is Ian Lyn and he can turn around any circumstances and make it work for him and make him more poerful and popular

7 Hav u spoken 2 him since?

yes on sunday last

8 What caused u 2 tape him n was this ure 1st time taping him?

i just senced him going to betray me as he have done so in the past, yes it was the first time

9 Hav u had sexual relations with him n how long its been going on?

yes for 4 yrs but he was cheatin on me woith SLoane Jackson and Steven Ellis

10 Did ure dad know about ure relationship with him? '

Heavens no, he would have killed me as he depises Ian ErrolLyn!

AMEN SO LET IT BE.......HE GAVE ME HIS SIDE I POSTED IT





The Daily Word - Wednesday, July 14, 2010

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Harmony


I fulfill my divine purpose as I bring God's love into the world.
Perhaps my loved ones and I hold different opinions on certain topics or issues. No matter how different our perspectives appear to be, we share one thing in common--we are each expressions of God's love.

When we have a difference of opinion, I look beyond the seeming boundaries of the disagreement to find our common ground. I listen with respect and love in order to gain a greater understanding of myself, my loved one and our life experiences.

Focused on the love of God that guides the mind and soothes the soul, I look for solutions that will be mutually fulfilling and harmonious. With a generous spirit and a desire for common good, I strive to bring God's love into the world.

I appeal to you ... that you be united in the same mind and the same purpose.--1 Corinthians 1:10





Kentucky Kid death file sent to Coroner's Court

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See it there now, just when you think there might be some justice for slain deejay, Kentucky Kid, we hear that his file has been sent to Coroner’s Court.


From what we understand Coroner’s Court is where get killed.

Police claimed Hill was killed at his home at Ivy Green Mews near Cross Roads during a shoot-out, but human rights groups and his relatives have challenged the police, saying Hill was murdered in cold blood.

The entertainer and the police had been at loggerheads since a speeding vehicle owned by the constabulary smashed his car in July 2009. Hill claimed that he was badly beaten by the cops involved and said they had threatened to kill him.

He also that the same set of officers visited his home and mauled him and his pregnant wife.

He made a video recording of the beating and handed it over to the police high command, pleading with them to rein in the officers. However, his pleas fell on deaf ears.

Hill also penned a letter naming the officers who had threatened his life and asked that it be handed over to the JFJ in the event of his death.

Robert Hill is one of 224 persons who were cut down by the security forces last year.

His case drew international attention and prompted international news network Al Jazeera to dub Jamaica as one of the most violent societies on earth in a documentary.









South Africa’s Heat magazine is claiming that Rihanna and her ex-boyfriend Chris Brown have been in telephone contact since his emotional performance at the BET Awards.

The two had reportedly not been in touch since Brown was sentenced to 180 days of community labour and five years of probation for beating her in February 2009.

An unnamed source told Heat: “It’s been almost a year since they last spoke, but Rihanna felt like she could try to be friends with Chris again. Seeing how emotional he was on set [at the BET Awards] really touched her.

She’d never seen him like that before.”

The source added: “Chris told her that he felt like he’s grown up in the past year.

He’s said he’s so happy to be back in touch with her. They were each other’s first love and he’s missed her so much. Rihanna knows that if she wanted him back, he’d be there in a second.”

The pair have reportedly text messaged one another since their telephone conversation, with a friend of Rihanna’s suggesting that she’s hoping for a face-to-face meeting.

But under the terms of his August 2009 probation, Brown must stay at least 100 yards away from RiRi for five years.







After photos surfaced Monday morning with The Dream’s Terius Nash on the beach in the Caribbean with his arms around another woman, he confirms his separation to wife of two years, Christina Milian. They have a 5-month-old daughter together named Violet.

The pictures and the confirmation of separation are coming just one month after the couple refuted allegations of marital strife.

In a statement released to US magazine, The Dream’s rep said:

Christina Milian and The-Dream have decided to separate, his rep confirms to UsMagazine.com. Terius ‘The-Dream’ Nash is saddened to announce that his marriage to Christina Milian was unsuccessful.

The couple reached this decision in late 2009, but decided to keep the news private in efforts to protect their baby daughter Violet. They ask for consideration and respect for their family moving forward,” his rep tells Us.

Something appears fishy though, as the couple had their second wedding ceremony in December of 2009.

Christina Milian appears to have addressed and confirmed the cheating on her Twitter account with the following:

I'VE officially lost my appetite

AND

WHATEVER YOU THINK...BELIEVE IT





Bounty’s gun case for October trial

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Controversial deejay Rodney Price, more popularly known as Bounty Killer will have to face the courtson October 20 when his trial on gun-related charges officially begins.

The deejay and a former policeman are jointly charged with illegal possession of a firearm, unlawful wounding and assault.

The charges stem from an alleged attack on a police constable in New Kingston in 2007.


According to reports Bounty and the former cop were travelling in a convoy along St Lucia Avenue in New Kingston on September 27, 2007, when the constable requested that he be allowed the cross.


This reportedly led to an altercation between the cop and Bounty Killer’s party. It is alleged the Bounty pulled a gun, and then members of the group including the ex-police proceeded to beat the policeman.


The matter was reported to the Police High Command and an internal investigation conducted which ruled that Calis Brown be dismissed from the police force, This took effect in January of 2008.


Investigations and a file was submitted to the Director of Public Prosecutions who ruled that the deejay and the ex-cop face charges.





Skeleton found hanging from tree

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Residents who were reportedly searching for ackees in bushes in the New River district, St Elizabeth, on Sunday, reportedly stumbled upon the skeletal remains of a human body, hanging from a tree.


According to the Lacovia Police, due to the advanced state of decomposition, the sex of the body could not be determined.

The pathologist who was summoned was also unable to determine a cause of death. Samples were therefore collected and sent to the Government Forensic Lab for a detailed examination.


Detectives attached to the Savanna-la-mar CIB are investigating.





Grange pays tribute to Sugar Minott

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The Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture, Olivia Grange, has paid tribute to the Jamaican Reggae singer Sugar Minott.


Minister Grange said “Sugar Minott was a talented singer, songwriter, musician, performer and producer.”


According to Minister Grange, Sugar Minott “followed in the footsteps of the pioneers of Reggae, producing great music and helping younger artistes to make their mark.”
“We have lost a great artiste.”


Minister Grange offered condolences to Sugar Minott’s family, friends and the entire Reggae music fraternity.






Bolt runs from Britain's tax laws

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Usain Bolt will not compete at next month's London Grand Prix at Crystal Palace because of Britain's tax laws.


That would put pay to organisers' hopes of setting up a three-way clash between Bolt and his chief 100metre rivals Asafa Powell and Tyson Gay.


"I am definitely not going to run," Bolt told a news conference ahead of Friday's Diamond League meeting in Paris.


Ricky Simms, the world 100 and 200m record holder's agent, confirmed to Press Association Sport that the reason was "the tax situation".


Bolt could lose money by competing at the Diamond League meeting which takes place on August 13 and 14 as British tax law stipulates that foreign sports stars have to pay taxes on their worldwide endorsements.


Bolt will go head to head with fellow Jamaican Powell at Friday's Diamond League meeting in Paris.


The 23-year-old equalled Powell's fastest time of the year by clocking 9.82 seconds last week in Lausanne on his return to competition following an Achilles' tendon injury.





The Daily Word -Tuesday, July 13, 2010

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Spiritual Life

I am a spiritual being, living a spiritual life.


As a spiritual being, I am blessed with freedom--freedom from negative thoughts and fear, freedom to celebrate the goodness of God in all its glory. With this freedom comes an inner wisdom that guides my thoughts, words and actions.

I celebrate this freedom now by giving thanks for abundant blessings--for family and friends, success and fulfillment, joy and peace. I give thanks that as a spiritual being, I live in awareness of God's good.

Through this awareness, I am receptive to the gifts of Spirit--truth, peace, joy and abundance. I see beyond situations that I find troubling and focus on the truth that I am one with the all-knowing, all-providing presence of God.

This day shall be a day of remembrance for you. You shall celebrate it as a festival to the Lord.--Exodus 12:14





Scenes from Fresh Friday July 9 2010

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Sources familiar with the police report tell us ... the alleged victim claims White allegedly punched her in one of her breast implants while they were driving on Pacific Coast Highway two weeks ago, with an infant in the car.


We're told, she claims when they got home White allegedly slapped her, and pushed her into a toilet so hard it broke the tank.


Sources connected with White's baby mama, Bridget Hardy, tell TMZ Hardy is in fact the alleged victim. We're told she did not report any injuries.


The alleged victim filed a report with the LAPD Tuesday. The investigation is ongoing.


A rep for Jaleel tells TMZ, "There was absolutely no battery ... no abuse ... and the incident never happened."


The rep continues, "This is just a ploy in an ongoing custody battle over their young daughter to tarnish his name.





Rihanna Keeps Cancelling! Two More Shows Axed!

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Her tour promoters Live Nation announced today that 3 major city dates have been canceled due to ’scheduling conflicts’ (of course):


Due to a change in Rihanna’s schedule, she can no longer appear in Englewood, CO (July 15), Atlanta, GA (July 28) and Noblesville, IN (August 3). Fans who purchased tickets will receive a refund. Rihanna apologizes to her fans and hopes to make it up to them on the next tour.


She’s also canceled her Denver stop.
Including the cancellation of 1 date in Phoenix, AZ, 1 in Dallas, TX, and 1 in Auburn, WA, these l

atest additions bring the total tally up to SEVEN!








Hust when you thought you have heard it all, check out this story…a gay Christian, can you use both in the same sentence!

If you know anything about gospel music the name Tonex will strike a chord. In 2004 he took the gospel world by storm when he released his Grammy nominated album Out The Box. Not only was it number one on the gospel charts, it also made a mark on the Top R&B charts.
While, Tonex, the artist was at the pinnacle of his career, Anthony Williams - the man -was facing controversy and turbulence.
In 2004, Tonex's father passed away of a heart attack and then assumed the pastoral duties of his church.
"I was more of a skittish person then because I was torn between career and, and calling. And that's the plight of many people who love God -- have a calling to do something between the construct of the church and religion," Tonex said.
But Tonex had yet to face his greatest challenge. It's been less than a year now that he come out and let people know that he is a homosexual.
"That's the quintessential difference, is to first struggle with it and then to know that that's the least of who you are. That's a portion that's actually technically private, but because we live in such a repressed society -- particularly in the African American church and congregation -- those type of topics seem to keep surfacing," Tonex said.
Tonex says he felt shunned from his peers--separated and alone.
"I just felt discriminated against. I felt like I was in the 60s or something. I couldn't drink out the white water fountain. I am the same guy and they're the same people," Tonex said.
The backlash was not just facing the criticism within the Christian and Gospel community. For Tonex--it seemed--like his busy schedule suddenly stopped.
"Well recently I was booked to perform on Sunday's Best season-three and the day of the event, I get a call and they mysteriously no longer need my services after the network had already approved it. So that let me know it's not that I am going to stop singing gospel, but that I am going to present the gospel on my own terms," Tonex said.
BET responded to Tonex's claim by saying "the show was over-booked which resulted in the cancellation of Tonex's performance."
Despite the controversy, Tonex's story has become an inspiration.
"By him coming out it kind of sets the tone for other people to follow the lead. It gives me that hope that I can still be successful, you know, within the mainstream society and I can still be who I am," Keisha Brown, a church parishioner.
These days, when he is not singing for his fans as Tonex, Pastor Williams travels across the country preaching a message of acceptance.
Now his audience is a congregation and his stage a pulpit.





US to appoint a new Ambassador to Jamaica

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Oh wow, isn’t the timing for this great?


Right after Dudus has been extradited Jamaica is now getting a new Ambassador.

Yup they denied that it had nothing to do with the case, but how coincidental that this kind of talk has resumed now.

Check out the story:


After almost two years the appointment of a new US Ambassador to Jamaica appears imminent.


US President Barack Obama announced on Saturday his intention to nominate Pamela E. Bridgewater to the post.


The development comes several weeks after former West Kingston strongman Christopher "Dudus" Coke was extradited to the United States.


Speculation was rife that the two year hold-up to appoint a new Ambassador was linked to the extradition request of Mr. Coke.
Spokesman on Foreign Affairs, Anthony Hylton said the extradition issue had been an obstacle to greater cooperation between the US and Jamaica.


That aside, Mr. Hylton welcomed Ambassador Bridgewater's impending appointment.


Ambassador Bridgewater had on a previous occasion served as Deputy Chief of Mission to Jamaica.


She currently works with the Department of State and is a career member of the Foreign Service with the rank of Minister.
She has also served as Ambassador to Benin and Ghana.


Ambassador Bridgewater holds a Bachelor of Arts degree with honours from Virginia State University and a Master of Arts from the University of Cincinnati.





J-Lo threatened with $40M lawsuit

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A hotel in Turkish-occupied northern Cyprus has threatened Jennifer Lopez with a 40 million dollar lawsuit after she cancelled a concert there for "political" reasons, press reports said yesterday.


The chief executive of the Turkish company which runs the hotel and casino complex said Lopez still had time to change her mind about the July 24 gig


"The contract has not been terminated. If she does not show up for the concert, we will begin a procedure in the courts to claim 35-40 million dollars in damages," warned Murat Bozoglu, speaking from the company's headquarters in Istanbul.


"The cancellation....is not covered by any clause in the contract she signed with us," said Bozoglu.


Lopez drew the wrath of Greek-Cypriots in the southern half of the divided island after the new Cratos Premium hotel and casino complex announced the singer would perform there on her 41st birthday.


But the singer scrapped the plans after criticism that the appearance would make a political statement, entertainment website TMZ.com reported Thursday.


"Jennifer Lopez would never knowingly support any state, country, institution or regime that was associated with any form of human rights abuse," a representative for the American singer and actress told TMZ.


The US-based American Hellenic Educational Progressive Association claimed the concert would "lend credence to an illegal entity recognised only by Turkey".


Cyprus has been divided since Turkey occupied the north in 1974 in response to an Athens-engineered coup in Nicosia aimed at uniting the Mediterranean island with Greece.






Kartel a guh meck it a Sumfest?

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Even dough police extend Kattel’s detention to 30 more days, the Sumfest people dem still hopeful that something can be worked out and Kartel will be able to make it to perform.

Needless to say, we will be looking out to see how it all unfolds.





Fight, fight, black people a get a big fight

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Is one of the wuss ting when you own a fight you pon every ting.

Look deh how Mel Gibson rant and rave and dem a investigate him fi assault on him girlfriend and all dese tings.

You see the white community a go into uproar, bout him must not do no more movie.

I don’t read one thing cussing him out on his actions. Yet, Chris Brown who was’'t as disrespectful incident was all over the place, on Oprah, suh till all people a Jamaica a buy it out bout him dem nuh want him on Sumfest. Bwoy Jackass sey di world nuh level and a true.





What’s poppin - A who rob Ryno publicist

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Bwoy dem people can stop di almshouse ting man.

We hear sey Black Ryno publicist Rickardo Smith get rob in MoBay di odda day by one unknown assailant. Jah know you can go bout yuh business in peace again.






The Daily Word - Monday, July 12, 2010

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Service


I offer my service to people in need.


In our increasingly interconnected world, there is a vast spectrum of experiences at any given moment.

We are all part of the human family, and when our brothers and sisters suffer, we suffer as well. What affects one family member affects us all.

If we are unsure about how to help someone in need, we look to God for guidance.

We might be called to volunteer at a local nursing home, donate books to a library, mentor school children or send money to a worthy charity.

We choose activities that resonate with our hearts and match our talents and resources.

Today we begin the cycle of giving. Serving fellow members of our human family brings joy and fulfillment, for we know we are participating in truly sacred work.

This is the message you have heard from the beginning, that we should love one another.--1 John 3:11





Scenes From Wayne Marshall Video Launch

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Scenes from Street Vybez Thursdays

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Sugar Minott is dead

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Unconfirmed reports are that Lincoln “Sugar” Minott is dead.

Yardflex sources reported that the veteran reggae singer died from a heart attack in Jamaica late Saturday night.

Sugar Minott, who has contributed significantly to the development of reggae music through his Youthman Promotions, had earlier this year confirmed that he had been experiencing heart problems.

Yardflex sends out condolences to the family of Mr Lincoln ‘Sugar’ Minott. May his soul rest in peace.





Celine Dion says her expected twins are boys

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Celine Dion says the twins she’s expecting are boys.
The superstar singer revealed the sex of the babies in a brief statement Friday on her website.


Dion already has a son, Rene Charles, with her husband and manager, Rene Angelil.


The 42-year-old singer had undergone several rounds of in-vitro fertilization to become pregnant again and has spoken openly about her difficulties having children.


A representative for the singer was not immediately available to comment on the posting.








The two-minute clip of Mel Gibson using a racial slur and calling his ex-girlfriend a “whore” during an argument are unlikely to be the last ugly words the public hears from the actor.


RadarOnline.com, the celebrity website that posted the recording Friday, says there’s more where that came from.


For 10 days, the site has posted written transcripts of secret recordings it said Gibson’s former girlfriend, Russian singer Oksana Grigorieva, had made. The snippet released Friday is the first audio of the confrontations that have been aired.


The clip includes segments in which a voice that sounds distinctly like the Academy Award winner is heard telling Grigorieva that she is dressing too provocatively and that it would be her fault if she were raped. He uses the N-word, a racial epithet, at one point, and the recording is laced with his profanity.


Shortly after the posting, entertainment news outlets reported that Gibson had been dropped by talent agency William Morris Endeavor, although that decision appeared to have been made days ago. The agency did not return phone calls and an e-mail seeking comment.
David Perel, RadarOnline’s founder and executive vice president, told The Associated Press that the site had heard “a substantial portion” of 30 minutes of recordings Grigorieva had made. Perel said more audio clips will likely be released in coming days.


The site reported the 40-year-old made the recordings because she was afraid Gibson might harm her.


The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department is investigating allegations that Gibson was involved in a domestic violence incident with Grigorieva, with whom he has an 8-month-old daughter. That inquiry is expected to take several weeks before it reaches prosecutors, who will decide whether to press charges.


Gibson’s camp, for its part, remained silent Friday about the recording. Spokesman Alan Nierob did not issue a comment on the audio’s contents.


Grigorieva’s attorney, Marci Levine, also did not return a phone message seeking comment.


It is the second high-profile incident in which Gibson has been accused of using slurs and degrading women. He apologized after his drunken driving arrest in 2006 after it was revealed by another celebrity website, TMZ, that he had made anti-Semitic and sexist comments.


In the recordings released Friday, the actor is heard criticizing Grigorieva, 40, for the way she dresses. He accuses her of lying to him about having breast implants.


“They just look stupid,” Gibson tells her at one point in the recording. “Keep them if you want to. They look like a Vegas bitch, a Vegas whore.”


“You look like a (expletive) bitch in heat, and if you get raped by a pack of (N-word), it will be your fault,” Gibson is heard telling Grigorieva. “You provoked it. You are provocatively dressed.”

(Source: AP)





Charlie Sheen’s court date postponed

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A court hearing during which actor Charlie Sheen was expected to plead guilty to a charge stemming from a Christmas Day dispute with his wife has been postponed.


Court officials say the hearing has been delayed from Monday to Aug.

2. Yale Galanter, one of Sheen’s attorneys, says the defense needs more time to work out details of an agreement that calls for Sheen to plead guilty to misdemeanor assault in exchange for prosecutors dropping more serious charges.


Galanter previously said the agreement calls for Sheen to serve 30 days in jail.


Sheen, star of “Two and a Half Men” on CBS, is charged with felony menacing, criminal mischief and assault against his wife, Brooke Mueller Sheen.






Scenes from Weddy Weddy Wednesdays

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This Week on Digicel Rising Stars

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The first studio final for Season 7 of Digicel Rising Stars introduced us to a new Host, a new stage and set, and the first eight of Digicel’s 2010 Rising Stars finalists.


July 7, 2010 Kingston Jamaica:-If you missed Sunday’s show, you missed the introduction of the Digicel Rising Stars’ new host, the lady Jamaica voted for the most, RETV and FAME presenter, Lady Rennae.

Jamaica’s vibes queen took the title over her four competitors, who include fellow FAME presenter, Lady Deidre, Kemesha Bolton, Julie Malcolm and Kimone McRae. Lady Rennae, says that she is: “Humbled, ecstatic and ready fi wuk!”


Also, if you missed Sunday’s show, you missed the introduction of the first eight finalists, who include the six that Jamaica voted for: Crystal Matherson, the only finalist from Montego Bay this year, Travaugne Ming, Dreams of Memories, Toni Blair, Latoya Chambers and Dellese Douglas, and Rising Star’s judges Clyde McKenzie’s and Nadine Sutherland’s Wild Cards, Simone Hamilton, better known as Camaley, and Jermaine Michael respectively.


Also judging the competition this year is Rising Star’s seven year veteran and unofficial star of the show, Anthony Miller.

Between Miller’s quick witted and usually abrasive comments - which have already started - the raw talent shown in these finalists and the vibes queen who “don’t jus’ go hard, ova do it!”, this season promises to be one of the most talent-fun- excitement filled seasons yet!


Outstanding Performances


Though all the contestants brought their all to the stage, three young ladies outshone the rest, setting the trend for the Season 7.

Toni, who shone at the Portmore auditions, lit up the stage with her vivacity in her upbeat yet soulful rendition of Try Sleeping with a Broken Heart by Alicia Keys.


Toni was also the first contestant to get positive feedback from Anthony, who said: "She seized the moment, she brought some energy to it, some oomph, and that's a good thing!"
Nadine, agreeing with Anthony, added: "I think you're going to do very well in this competition."


While Cylde asked: "Are you an American? Cause you really brought some fireworks on the fourth of July!"
The next lady to wow the judges and the audience was Latoya, who had made it to the Rising Stars Live Stage last year, but was quickly cut down by Killer Miller.

Before her performance of Lisa Fischer's How Can I Ease the Pain, Latoya warned Miller that he better "watch out!", and that's all he could do, as she rocked her song and rocked the stage, even busting a Michael Jackson move, sparking the crowd and further putting the audience on her side.


All Anthony could say was: “That was a great song and easily the most accomplished performance I have seen all evening.”
Nadine who agreed with him, added:“To handle that tune deh, yuh haffi bad! And I really like your image.”


Clyde gave the most specific comment of the three judges, saying that he liked her “confident vocal styling, you were right on! You brought it as you promised you would, and I like the way you were prowling across that stage like a cougar!”


But even after all those positive comments; it was Camaley, Clyde’s Wild Card who stole the show.

Though she didn’t have the advantage of moving around the stage, because of a disability, Camaley hit every note from her seat, centre stage, bringing Celine Deon’s Love You More to life with just her voice, and face.

Ending to a standing ovation by the audience, she faced the judges who could only sing her praise.
Clyde who was touching his head afterwards said, “I’m feeling for my hat, I have to take it off to you, it was beautiful. I really felt that.”


Anthony, who seemed somewhat stunned said: “I am not a Celine Deon fan but I thought she did more than justice to that song. Clyde won the Wild Card selection for tonight.”


And Nadine closed the comments with: “There is something coming from inside and I felt it, you sat there and... you used your hands and you used your eyes. Apart from the vocal delivery, that was so great. You sing with something from inside.”


Fashion


Being the first Live Show, the season has yet to break into fashion setting trends, though there were a few honourable mentions. Dellese stepped on stage looking ready to rock in her black and red Mohawk, black mini dress with silver studs and black strappy pumps with a fringed, suede ankle to complete the look. While Toni brought back the funk and pop of the eighties in a floral, strapless, eighties style ‘ra ra’ mini dress, with hot pink patent leather peep toe pumps. And Latoya went for an earthier feel in a dark brown, pin stripe mini dress with silver gladiator platforms, earrings and shoulder cuff.


Judges Comments


The judges expressed a general contentment with the first show, though Anthony expressed his disappointment with the guys so far. But all three agreed that there was definitely room for improvement further on in the season. However, some contestants got some very less than positive comments from the judges.

Leading the pack is the quartet from Ocho Rios, Dreams of Memories, whose rendition of Under the Board Walk left the audience dissatisfied.
Nadine gave it to them straight, saying: “I like the lead singer, but I really don’t think you’re ready for this competition in terms of your harmonies, technique, you need to grow a little bit more into your selves...you’re all cute young men, but in terms of musicality, it’s just not there at this point”
Clyde, agreeing with her said: “That was a big song... I think that was a little bit above you.”


Miller however didn’t hold back when he said: “Two years ago we had the chipmunks, those were the Rugrats... against all odds, you guys got a chance to make it this far, but you just totally blew it.”


After his performance of Air Supply’s Lonely is the Night, Nadine congratulated her Wild Card, Jermaine, telling him that he did her proud, and that he would continue to grow in the competition. Clyde, agreeing, called the performance, “easy and natural”.

Miller however saw things differently, stating:
“Let me just be brief, I thought Nadine should have picked somebody else.”


Another contestant to get sauced by the judges was Dellese, who unfortunately did not rock her rocker outfit, leaving the audience and two judges impressed by her vocals but little else after her performance of Cher’s Believe.
Clyde was the first Judge to comment, stating: “That was pretty good, but given the get up you would have expected more spark from the performance”.


Nadine, who agreed complemented her on her “nice strong tone and powerful delivery” but reminded her that it was her first show and that she would “grow into it.”


Miller however went three for three with his comment: “Dellese you looked the part, but there it ended... the song selection was as dull as the delivery, sorry.”


Audience Comments


The audience for the most part, left the auditorium satisfied, though some were still in awe. One audience member was overheard saying” “Wow that Camaley girl done win, I don’t even care who in the next eight!”


While another member who seemed to be pulling for the under dogs said” “I think Crystal and Trevaune goin’ do better next timw. Them neva do too bad this week, them just need likkle more excitement.”


If you missed Sunday’s show, ensure that you don’t miss another Digicel Rising Stars episode. Tune in to TVJ every Sunday at 8pm, and don’t forget to vote.






RedBones the Blues Party

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Poor Shelly Ann Fraser

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Those who wanted to see Shelly Ann Fraser run yesterday in Switzerland were disappointed as the she withdrew from the Diamond League event after she tested positive for a banned substance.

The runner tested positive for 'Oxycodone' at the Shanghai Diamond League Meeting in China on May 23, which is named on the World Anti-Doping Agency's 2010 Prohibited Substances list as a narcotic in the same vein as morphine.

The Internet website www.drugs.com defines Oxycodone as a painkiller used for the treatment of moderate to severe pain, while www.wikipedia.com says its most commonly reported effects include euphoria, constipation, fatigue, dizziness, nausea, light-headedness, headache, dry mouth, anxiety, itchy skin, and excessive sweating.

In a report carried in the Observer Bruce James explained that Fraser underwent a dental procedure in Jamaica for which she was prescribed painkillers prior to travelling to Shanghai.

In accordance with IAAF rules, the athlete declared that substance to the sports world governing body. However, said James, that medication was not effective enough and just prior to the women's 100m in Shanghai, Fraser took another over-the-counter medication which she failed to report to the IAAF.

"The flight to China made things worse. It (Oxycodone) is an extremely strong painkiller," he explained.

"She declared everything else because as a professional athlete she knows she has to declare everything she is taking... she literally took this thing a little before running (and) she forgot to declare it after the race."

He added that while the substance is neither performance enhancing nor a masking agent, because Fraser had failed to declare the drug prior to competing, she has been sanctioned.

"Once you tell them, you are all right," he said.





It’s Bolt again!

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Usain Bolt marked his return from a 42-day injury lay-off by equalling the year's fastest time over 100 metres at the IAAF Diamond League meet yesterday.

The sprint megastar from Jamaica out sprinted his rivals easily, and clocked 9.82 seconds to equal the year's fastest time by compatriot Asafa Powell in Rome on June 10.

Bolt, the 100 and 200 World record holder, conceded he felt a slight pain from the Achilles tendon injury that sidelined him for over a month.

"I would not say it was painful, but that it takes time to heal," he said.

"I was feeling extremely nice and good. It's getting better, and the weather was warm, so it was good."





Red Stripe to cut staff

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Several employees of Jamaica's largest beer company will join the ranks of the unemployed on July 23.

Red Stripe's Head of Corporate Relations, Margaret Cremin says 60 people will lose their jobs in the latest redundancy exercise to be undertaken at the company.

Red Stripe's management also revealed that a number of vacant positions will not be filled, and have been cancelled.

Ms. Cremin says line staff and management personnel are among those to lose their jobs.

According to Mrs. Cremin Red Stripe's business performance had declined progressively over the last two years.

This, despite numerous initiatives implemented to mitigate against the severe economic challenges worldwide and taxation inequities in the Jamaican market.

At the same time the company's management was forced to revise its business model to maintain viability and prepare for future growth.

Ms. Cremin says the redundancies came as no surprise to the employees, as the company undertook a thorough assessment exercise, in an effort to minimise the impact.

She says employees were also alerted through a town hall meeting, on the state of business and the different initiatives implemented to turn around the company's fortunes.

All impacted employees also had one-on-one discussions with line managers and were provided with one month's notice.

They received out-placement support and counselling, including extension of benefits and offers for vocational training.

Red Stripe declined to share details on the cost of the redundancy exercise, noting that it is a last resort and follows on the heels of cost reduction efforts implemented since the start of 2010.

In an effort to reposition itself for future growth, Ms. Cremin says the company is reviewing its business performance, and will be taking the necessary and appropriate actions to maintain viability and facilitate growth.









Mary J. Blige made headlines over the weekend with her announcement that she had received an honorary NYC high school diploma and was to attend Howard University in the fall, making her a member of the class of 2014.

However, that was apparently news to the folks at Howard University.

The Washington Post decided to follow-up MJB’s claims with the folks at Howard:

Early Tuesday, a rep for the school declined to address Blige’s prospects at the school, noting that information about applicants and admissions is confidential.

By late in the day, the university put out a statement suggesting Blige’s comments may have been somewhat premature.

They were kind about it, though, praising her “resilience and dedication” to her craft: “We encourage Ms. Blige to continue her studies and welcome her consideration of Howard University in the future. We are happy to work with Ms. Blige on completing the formal process for admission.”

Sounds like somebody got ahead of herself.








Clearly LeBron James’ decision to leave Cleveland and its Cavaliers NBA franchise, to join the Miami Heat, is not sitting well with the citizens of the city by Lake Erie and the team’s desperate fans.

The heartbreak and anger they are feeling is captured in an emotional, if not ill-advised, open letter from Cavaliers majority owner Dan Gilbert.

In his scathing missive, Gilbert angrily calls James “the self-titled former King” while claiming that his televised announcement was “shameful display of selfishness and betrayal.”

And it gets better, or worse, depending on one’s point of view. Read it for yourself:

*Dear Cleveland, All Of Northeast Ohio and Cleveland Cavaliers Supporters Wherever You May Be Tonight;

As you now know, our former hero, who grew up in the very region that he deserted this evening, is no longer a Cleveland Cavalier.

This was announced with a several day, narcissistic, self-promotional build-up culminating with a national TV special of his “decision” unlike anything ever “witnessed” in the history of sports and probably the history of entertainment.

Clearly, this is bitterly disappointing to all of us.

The good news is that the ownership team and the rest of the hard-working, loyal, and driven staff over here at your hometown Cavaliers have not betrayed you nor NEVER will betray you.

There is so much more to tell you about the events of the recent past and our more than exciting future. Over the next several days and weeks, we will be communicating much of that to you.

You simply don’t deserve this kind of cowardly betrayal.

You have given so much and deserve so much more.

In the meantime, I want to make one statement to you tonight:

“I PERSONALLY GUARANTEE THAT THE CLEVELAND CAVALIERS WILL WIN AN NBA CHAMPIONSHIP BEFORE THE SELF-TITLED FORMER ‘KING’ WINS ONE”

You can take it to the bank.

If you thought we were motivated before tonight to bring the hardware to Cleveland, I can tell you that this shameful display of selfishness and betrayal by one of our very own has shifted our “motivation” to previously unknown and previously never experienced levels.

Some people think they should go to heaven but NOT have to die to get there.

Sorry, but that’s simply not how it works.

This shocking act of disloyalty from our home grown “chosen one” sends the exact opposite lesson of what we would want our children to learn. And “who” we would want them to grow-up to become.

But the good news is that this heartless and callous action can only serve as the antidote to the so-called “curse” on Cleveland, Ohio.

The self-declared former “King” will be taking the “curse” with him down south. And until he does “right” by Cleveland and Ohio, James (and the town where he plays) will unfortunately own this dreaded spell and bad karma.

Just watch.

Sleep well, Cleveland.

Tomorrow is a new and much brighter day….

I PROMISE you that our energy, focus, capital, knowledge and experience will be directed at one thing and one thing only:

DELIVERING YOU the championship you have long deserved and is long overdue….

Dan Gilbert Majority Owner Cleveland Cavaliers







A curfew has been imposed in sections of the Corporate Area as of 4:00 am today. The curfew will remain in effect until 4:00 am Sunday.

The boundaries of the curfew are as follows:

North along Bay Farm Road between Penwood Road and Waltham Park Road.

South along Spanish Town Road between Penwood Road and Hagley Park Road.

East along Waltham Park Road into Hagley Park Road between Bay Farm Road and Spanish Town Road and;

West along Penwood Road between Spanish Town Road and Bay Farm Road.

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.





No Sumfest for Vybez Kartel

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Now we know why deejay Vybz Kartel didn’t want to turn himself in to the police. See there now him going to miss Reggae Sumfest and all the other shows he has been booked for.

Yup, Yardflex has it on good authority that he has been detained for another 30 days.

The DJ will have to spend another 30 days behind bars after the authorities extended his five-day detention order.

However, his lawyer Tavares-Finson said that the legal team would be seeking the entertainer's release at the Emergency Powers Review Tribunal set up in the wake of the calling on May 23 of a State of Public Emergency to combat criminals loyal to accused drug lord and former Tivoli Gardens strongman Christopher 'Dudus' Coke.

Vybz Kartel's five-day detention order was scheduled to end today, his lawyer said.

Due to the extension of his detention, the artiste will now miss several bookings, both local and overseas, including the annual summer show Reggae Sumfest in a few weeks time






Crocodile Pool

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There was a man who had nuff riches ... big car, house on the hill, gal, money and odda ray ray ray.

Many men wished to be in his shoes. Since the rich man knew this, he took it upon himself to put some of these men on a little test for his riches.

He invited them to his place and told each that if they can swim across his swimming pool without getting bitten or scratched by the crocodiles in there, they could then have anyting dem want ... his car, his gal, his house .. whatever.

All of them ketch dem fraid and said them wouldn't do it.

As he turned to start letting them out, he heard a splash in the pool, and saw one swimming across it.

When he got out, the rich man said to him, "Wow, yuh come een like Superman, yuh nuh get nuh bite or scratch ... so wha yuh want ... mi car, mi gal, mi house, what?" The guy responded, "Mi no wha none a yuh riches again, mi jus wha know a which man push mi in dey"!





The Daily Word, Friday, July 9, 2010

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Faith


My faith brings results.


By focusing on my blessings, it's easy to prove my faith. As I pay close attention, I notice the small gifts that come my way--a smile, a word of thanks, the sun breaking through the clouds, a succession of green lights on my drive home. These little blessings add up as I choose to focus on the daily miracles in my life.

It is the everyday moments and my present awareness in those moments that define my experience of life. They reflect where I focus my attention and energy.

I choose to focus on Spirit's unfailing presence. I have faith that whatever I need is here with me right now. I have faith that every prayer is answered. I have faith that with Spirit all is well.

Jesus turned, and seeing her he said, "Take heart, daughter; your faith has made you well." And instantly the woman was made well.--Matthew 9:22







After a meeting with gay and lesbian activists on Thursday, NBC TV’s “Today” show said it is changing the rules for its annual wedding contest to allow same-sex couples to apply for a ceremony conducted on morning TV.


NBC extended the deadline for applications until Monday. Already thousands of couples have expressed interest in the on-air wedding, which the top-rated morning show has sponsored for a decade, a spokeswoman said.


Viewers plan every aspect of the wedding, from the cake to the clothing styles of attendants. NBC picks four couples from thousands of applicants, and viewers vote on which of those couples will participate.


Same-sex couples have been excluded because New York state law does not allow them to get wedding licenses. But NBC said GLAAD pointed out that a same-sex couple would be able to get a license from another state and still have their ceremony in New York.


Although “Today” viewers will decide which couple to get married on TV, it will choose from among four that “Today” producers screen and put up for a vote. So there’s no guarantee that even if same-sex couples apply for the on-air wedding, viewers will have a chance to select one to participate.





Usher releasing 8 new songs on ’Versus’

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NEW YORK (AP) — Usher’s album is barely 4-months-old and he’s already on to his next project.


The singer is releasing eight new songs on a new disc, “Versus,” which will be out Aug. 24. The songs will also be released on a special deluxe version of “Raymond V. Raymond,” which was released in March. That album includes hits like the No. 1 song “OMG.”


Usher follows in the footsteps of Lady Gaga, who released “The Fame Monster” as a separate disc and also as a deluxe version of “The Fame” after the success of that album.


Usher is slated to headline International Night II at Reggae Sumfest in Montego Bay on July 24.






Mysterious Man Claims to Be LeBron’s Daddy

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Just as he’s getting ready to announce where he’ll play the coming years, basketball superstar, LeBron James, and his mother, Gloria James, are being sued for a whole-lot-of money by some guy who claims to be the b-ball super star’s biological father.

According to TMZ, the man says he attempted to prove that he is LeBron’s biological father, but LeBron and his mother tampered with the evidence to cover it all up … bizarre.

Leicester Bryce Stovell, who is 55-years-old, claims in the lawsuit that he met Gloria in a D.C. bar in 1984 and had unprotected sex the night they met. He later found out she was only 15 at the time and he was 29. Wowzers!

Get this, he isn’t some crazy old man trying to make a buck, at least he doesn’t appear that way. He’s a Princeton graduate who earned a law degree from the University of Chicago! He became the senior legal advisor for the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

The details of the lawsuit are tremendous. He says his memory is recalls him apologizing for a mediocre performance to Gloria that evening!

He also claims that Gloria took her pregnant self back to Ohio but showed back up several months later to inform him she was carrying a boy she named LeBron, but never specified whom the father was.

Stovell says he recalls telling the 15 year-old that if it is his to make sure he plays basketball. That was the last the two were in contact.

In 2007, the educated man contacted Gloria, telling her how he thinks LeBron may be his son, as he was intrigued with how similar he and the basketball player look. After threatening Leicester to stay away from LeBron’s money, a few days later, he claims LeBron agreed to take a DNA test.

Allegedly, the test came back negative, but Leicester became

suspicious of the claim and suspected the Jameses tampered with the test. He says LeBron tampered with it due to pent up anger.

So now he’s suing them for $4 million for fraud, defamation, and misrepresentation. Hmm, his guy just might know what he’s doing.





Secens from Girls Night out

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Scenes from Strawberry B-day Party

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One on One with DJ Sunshine

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DJ Sunshine has been one of the fresh voices on IRIE FM Radio. She positively just lightsa up your day when her creative approach and musical selections.

Born and raised St Andrew, she grew up in the Stony Hill area. She attended the Miami Dade Community College and after a while returned to Jamaica where she is now a part of Jamaican radio. Yardflex had a one on one with the talented Sunshine. Check out her answers.


Did you have any other career choice outside of a radio disc jock?
Architecture.
What arose your interest in radio
I was offered the job.
What do you enjoy most, selecting at a dance or playing on air?
Seeing people have fun.
Tell us about DJ Sunshine:
What gets you excited?
When mi voice a good tune
What gets you upset?
Vampires
What qualities should your ideal man possess?
Way too much to mention lol.
What’s your favourite genre of music?
I jus love music
What’s relaxation for you?
Vegging
Your most embarrassing moment?
Don’t have one everything is about the lesson.
Your most fulfilling memory?
I don’t know I have a lot of good memories.
Any plans on branching off as a producer?
I have produced many songs.
Which artiste do you admire the most and why?
Oh Lord! a so much a dem!
If you could change anything in the music biz what would it be?
Sas crisse! Where should I start?!





A who a charge di pickney dem fi results

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Honestly this one really takes the cake. Imagine parents from other schools collected their children GSAT results without any hassle and now comes the report that some schools are charging as much as $4000 for others to get theirs.

Chief Education Officer in the Ministry Grace McLean Wednesday reacted to howls of protest from parents about fees being levied by high school administrators to register new students.

Mrs. McLean says an investigation has been launched into the reports.

Since the publication of GSAT results, various high schools have been informing parents that special fees upwards of $4,000 must be paid in order to collect packages needed to complete the registration process.

The Chief Education Officer said the Ministry is extremely concerned about the practise.

“The Ministry feels that it is rather unfortunate that schools should be charging these elaborate fees for students or for parents just to pick up their GSAT packages,”

“We are doing an investigation into those schools that have been brought to our attention and we are also making the other schools aware that they are not supposed to be charging the parents and we will be sending out a bulletin to all the schools to advise them of this,” Ms. McLean said.

All we can say is – that’s really low. And if the ministry knows nothing about it, just who is the money going to?

Another thing the Ministry should look into is the amount of teachers who are more concerned about making a profit in the classroom by selling patties and other food stuff than teaching. They spend more time trying to make a sale than ensuring the kids get something into their head.

Yup that one came straight to us from frustrated parents who say their kids can’t even eat properly at school as the teachers are persuading them not to buy cooked meals from the canteen, but instead buy their patties and bun and cheese, jeez!





The Daily Word - Thursday, July 8, 2010

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World Peace

The world is awakening to the truth that divine love prevails.


Through global media, I have continual access to information on world events. I know about earthquakes, floods, famine and wars.

I know about success and upheaval. But all I really need to know is: Divine love prevails. This is the truth that I hold in my heart.

The power of divine love begins with me. Because of love, I reach out to family, friends and the world community and act with compassion and understanding.

Because of love, I keep a positive attitude, beholding the absolute good in each one of us. Because of love, I affirm wholeness and peace for all as I hold the world in prayer.

Prayer by prayer, thought by thought, moment by moment, the heart of every person is touched by the grace and truth of love.

Love covers all offenses.--Proverbs 10:12








Dancehall entertainer Rodney Pryce popularly known as "Bounty Killa" is to stand trial on September 27 on drug possession charges.

The trial date was set Wednesday when Bounti Killa appeared before the Half-Way-Tree Criminal Court.

Bounti was charged earlier this year with possession of ganja and smoking ganja following an incident in New Kingston.

The DJ was reportedly standing outside a night club in New Kingston when he was spotted by a policeman smoking a ganja spliff.

He was arrested and charged.

However, the artiste has pleaded not guilty to the charges which attract a small fine.

In the meantime, another entertainer who has run afoul of the law also appeared in court Wednesday.

Andre "Popcaan" Sutherland whose collaboration with Vybz Kartal called "Clarks" has been climbing the charts, pleaded not guilty to drug possession charges.

He was also caught smoking ganja.

The police reported that on May 9, they were on patrol duty in the St. Andrew North Police Division when a car with four men was seen at a service station on Mannings Hill Road.

The cops approached the vehicle and "Popcaan" who was the driver, was seen with a ganja spliff in his mouth.

He was arrested and taken to the Constant Spring Police Station where he was charged.

He is to return to court on August 17.







By: Liz Smith

Separated into the themed nights of Caribbean Night; Dancehall Night and Vintage Night, the 7th annual Montreal International Reggae Festival has returned to the Quays of The Old Port in picturesque Old Montreal.

On August 6th, 7th and 8th 2010 this riverside venue will come alive with pulsating rhythms from some of the world’s best Caribbean cultural icons and Canadian based acts.


The festival opens up with a salute to celebrated and adored Caribbean musicians like Byron Lee’s Dragonaires, whose recent golden anniversary brought light to a custom of them literally bringing Caribbean music around the world.

They will carry on that tradition; and will be joined by the witty Pluto Shervington. St Vincent’s ace calypsonian/composer Becket, whose illustrious career spans over 30 years of churning out top hits, will be featured with CKUT’s Howard “Stretch” Carr hosting what organizers promise to be a solid fusion of the old and brand new.
Montreal International Reggae Festival (MIRF) President, Eric Blagrove said, “This year we have created a sense of lasting legacy by show-casing internationally respected Caribbean musicians whose music continues to bring people from all walks of life together.”

Blagrove and the MIRF team will uphold their commitment to presenting an artistic platform of excellence.
Dubbed “Dance-hall Night” – August 7 will feature Lady Saw, the first female dancehall Dee-Jay to win a Grammy. Also called “the red hot night” by festival organizers, it will sizzle with artists like, Mr. Vegas, Sustain, Little John and Baby Cham, who has international collaborations with artists such as Rihanna and Alicia Keys.

Canadian based Lady Shelly, Damien Jackson and JLogix will add to the steam that will wind up a full day of festive activities designed for all ages.

Cultural displays, a children’s corner, information booths and food from all corners of the world, will be on the Saturday festival agenda.
On the final day, August 8, “The Living Legend” Bunny Wailer from the trio of Original Wailers with Bob Marley and Peter Tosh, will be making his first appearance in Montreal in many years. Other performers for this vintage night include Leroy Gibbons, Frankie Paul, Tony Gits and Peter Tosh’s son ; Tosh 1.


As is customary MIRF identifies heavily with their running theme of “United Against Violence” and they strive to produce events that mirror this sentiment.

From the eldest to the youngest – all are encouraged to check out the rocking rhythms of MIRF under the river breezed Quays of the Old Port in Montreal. Go to www.montrealreggaefest.com for more information or call 514-482-7921.







LOS ANGELES – A moderate earthquake rocked Southern California on Wednesday, but there were no immediate reports of injuries or major damage.

The magnitude-5.4 quake was centered 28 miles south of Palm Springs, the U.S. Geological Survey said. It struck at 4:53 p.m.

It was initially reported as a magnitude-5.9 but later downgraded.

Sheriff's departments in Riverside, Los Angeles and Orange counties have no reports of damage or injuries.

The quake was felt as a long rolling motion in downtown Los Angeles.





Mr G gets his swagger on

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“I am taking ‘swagger’ to new heights,” dancehall artiste Mr G proudly proclaims with a smile of complete satisfaction.

Truth be told, he has a lot to smile about. With his newest song Swaggerific swaggering its way on radio and in the dancehall, Mr G has again been thrust into the artiste spotlight and loving it.

Having taken an hiatus of sorts from the performance side of the music business, Mr G had been exploring his own creativity behind the mixing board as producer and had gained many accolades in this area.

But now is time to take up the deejay mantle and he has done that with so much zest that he has been rechristened Mr Swaggerific by his friends and fans.

According to the artiste, who is known for songs such as Before The Year Done, Wine Pon It and of course, Fudgie, he is totally focused and ready to claim all that music has to offer.

“This is a travelling song,” he says of Swaggerific, a Seanizzle production which has been included on the roster of powerful radio station in the US, Hot 97. “I am expecting calls from the US and the Caribbean, and Mr G is ready,” he declares.

Additionally, his other single, How Me Sound, a collaboration with Alliance artiste Angel Doulas, has also been receiving power play locally.

This song was produced by Mr G and co-written by Doulas. It explores the idea of putting a woman over one’s career, a reality that many artistes have lived..

“It’s really a fun song,” Mr G explains. “It’s about me meeting a new girl and wanting to go out with her when I get a phone call from Shaggy to come to the studio. After listening to excuses he asks if I am putting woman over my career,” he elaborated.

But, in real life, Mr g has no intention of putting a woman over his career. He has been spending quite a bit of time in the studio and securing a spot on the hot riddims.

“Right now Sean has his energy level up there and he’s doing a lot of work. So even if it’s not his personal riddim and it sounds good, then I am on it. This is not the time to hitch. It’s all about making good music,” Mr G said.

And, last but not least, what about his imminent clash with graffiti artist LA Lewis at The Settlement? Having whipped LA Lewis at Settlement Part 1 earlier this year, the rematch is set for this month, but on a much bigger scale.

“There will be no clash with LA Lewis and I have already informed the








A mek Yendi did a bawl and carry on so when she win di beauty contest Saturday night.

Everybody did dun know seh a she did a go tek di title so we nuh know why she did a galang so dramatic. But we haffi ask why people so bad mind?

Why dem a seh dat the contest did rig? But then again, maybe dem know sitten dat dem nah tell di rest a we. Anyway, Yendi, di people dem seh dem want to see how you look without di hair extension, cause some people a run we dung say a you owna long hair you have a wear and we a tell dem say is weave.

So, just fi one night just tek off di weave and show di world seh you a still pretty girl inna you owna hair.

Anyway Yendi, congratulations and we hope fi hear soon seh you and ‘Safa a go married. Cause we know seh ‘Safa mommy who is a big church woman don’t like di concubinage lifestyle.

After all, she never did even like it when ‘Safa did a dance uppa Olympics, so you can imagine how she feel bout oonu a sleep inna house together!





This how we do it Official music video

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Men and their mixed signals

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By BUffilous

Peeps, fi a while mi did give up dis writing ting cause mi tink mi did find di love a mi life. It happen one day while mi a teck a trip outa di country.

Yeah man dis BlackBerry connection ting start it up. Mi meet dis guy and to tell di truth it come een like di two a wi did a pree each other. Him send mi a request and mi add him to mi ping list.

Needless to say by di time wi reach wi destination we did well acquainted. Fi real wi did have some real magnetic connection…we all over each odda and ting.

Mi did really tink mi find mi mate…suh much so mi couldn’t tink bout nutten else. For a while mi tink sey di two a wi get suh much hurt and now wi a guh bi di balm fi each other.

No sah, him neva have dat dey plan dey at all.

Mi perfect love tun inna one big problem as mi find out sey mi dream man constantly de pon Facebook a look more woman, him a entertain foreign women when dem come a him country, and plus him have an entertainer friend whey him crazy bout. So whenever she come round a pure hott flex.


All of a sudden him nuh available nuh more and to meck matters worse him claim people a tell him tings bout me, sey mi sleep round and all dat.

Mi nah guh sey mi a nuh virgin, but di way him meck it look is like no penis nuh pass mi.

On di man birthday, mi fly in and cook mi ass off, tried my best to make him a happy man. Yuh know sey di man neva even eat, even di food that a put up was gone.

Hm maid prips me and tell mi that they see me as a money tree around there. Mi peeps how unno woulda feel if unno did hear dat?

Mi nah lie yuh mi teck whey myself and come back a mi yard and as usual unno know mi haffi share mi experience dem wid unno.

And fit ink sey mi did all go pon a trip and shop fi di man and him daughter. Yuh eva hear sey yuh nuffi kick a man when him down? Kacka, afta a bad experience wid mi brodda and mi need a friend di man bail pon mi, stop answer him BB and all dese ting.

Imagine while I was there and begged him to travel with me, he tell mi how him meet some chick from there he has money to go there with his daughter.

Had the nerve to ask me if I had any hotel hook up there. We have not officially seen each other to close that chapter, we should. Even so he wants me to pay for my ticket, the hotel, car. I feel he used me while came out a winner.

Bwoy it look like dis serious connection ting nah guh work, so hear wha, from now on mi just a easy myself and gwaan chill.

Ongle question mi haffi ask, wha meck man suh wicked eeh?








A woman is seeking $20 million in damages against Chris Rock, Sony Pictures and other producers of the April comedy “Death at a Funeral” claiming the film ripped off her 1995 book about her embarrassment at a funeral in Jamaica when she was stripped of her clothing.

Pamela Lawrence, who is representing herself in court, is also claiming racism, a plot to eradicate the female population of urban cities and allegations of inside jokes within the movie that were specifically intended to humiliate her, Reuters reports.

The 54-page complaint comes stuffed with applicable laws and case citations (although none are required in complaints), copyright registrations, numerous exhibits and, Reuters notes, a frame work intended to bypass the legal pitfalls that typically trip up those asserting idea theft in Hollywood.

Two versions of “Death at a Funeral” have come out in the past three years. The first was a British comedy directed by Frank Oz and released as a modest hit in 2007.

The second – a U.S. film directed by Neil LaBute and starring Rock, Tracy Morgan and Martin Lawrence – came out earlier this year to lukewarm reviews and so-so box office. The plots of both movies center on a planned funeral service gone horribly wrong.

Pamela Lawrence claims these two films infringed her copyright on the book “Caught on Video … The Most Embarrassing Moment de Funeral, July 11, 1994, Jamaican Volume 1.” She lists similarities in incidents, characters and settings between the works.

For example, Martin Lawrence plays a writer who is traveling from L.A. to New York and complains that if he doesn’t get money, he’ll have to do a reality show. In her book, Pamela Lawrence is a writer from New York traveling to Los Angeles with problems worthy of a talk show.

Pamela Lawrence says her work (including a videotape of her real life experience) was strong enough that agents at William Morris signed her as a client.

In 1998, Lawrence says she was contacted by the co-vice chairman of Sony’s Columbia TriStar to attend a “pitch meeting.” At the meeting, executives at the studio were left a copy of the book, videotape and other research materials. Later, she was allegedly told by them to “get lost, if you can afford to prove our action see you in court, we employee (sic) the best attorneys.”

According to the complaint, Lawrence responded by filing a lawsuit against them about a decade ago.

In 2001, that case was allegedly settled on undisclosed terms, a fact which Lawrence claims made its way into the 2010 film as a joke about Col. Harland Sanders stealing the recipe for KFC fried chicken from a slave and then settling a claim.

In short, Lawrence goes beyond mere copyright infringement to assert breach of implied contract, unfair competition, interference with prospective economic advantage, tortious breach of confidence, deceit and fraud.

Lawrence is demanding $20 million in damages, 66% of gross profits and an injunction. Among the many defendants are Sony, Columbia Pictures, Tristar, Target Media, Screen Gems, Lawrence Malkin, Frank Oz, Chris Rock and Neil LaBute. Sony had no comment.





Daily Word - Wednesday, July 7, 2010

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Forgive

I release; I forgive; I am free and at peace.


Cleaning out a drawer or closet brings a sense of order and satisfaction. Letting go of what is no longer needed makes room for what is fresh and new.

Similarly, I can choose to keep or release the stored feelings and replayed thoughts that occupy my mind. Old feelings of resentment or blame serve no useful purpose; rather, they weigh heavily on my mind and body and hold me back. If I find it difficult to let go, I call upon God's grace to free me from the weight of unforgiveness.

Gently, I accept God's help. I let go, knowing this is not my burden to carry. I forgive myself and others and open the way to freedom and peace of mind and heart.

Do not judge, and you will not be judged; do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven.--Luke 6:37





Gunwoman pleads guilty

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Seet deh now, this story only goes to prove that when you hear bout some woman death unno mussi jump up and sey how dem a kill off di poor woman dem. Look how dis ya one yah challenge di police inna shoot out.

Dem woman yah a gi all woman bad name.

Check out dah story yah.

A woman, who was accused of armed robbery in Harbour View, St. Andrew and later engaged the police in a shoot out, has pleaded guilty. Terry-Ann Brown, who also goes by the name Tracy-Ann Miller, pleaded guilty on Tuesday to one count of illegal possession of a firearm and robbery.

Prosecutors then withdrew the other count of illegal possession of a firearm and one count of shooting with intent after she was accused of engaging the police in a shoot out.

The Crown conceded that it did not have enough evidence to prove that she fired on the cops during their bid to capture her. Miller's bail was restored by the presiding judge following an application by her attorney Christopher Townsend. She is to be sentenced on July 23 after the court receives a social enquiry report.

Prosecutors led evidence that on February 27, 2008, at about two in the morning, Ms Miller and her boyfriend went to the Total Service Station in Harbour View. Miller then pulled a gun at pointed it at an attendant on duty. Her boyfriend who was unarmed then robbed the attendant of $4,000. The couple also robbed several phone cards and snacks before escaping in a car. An alarm was made and the Elletson Road Police gave chase. The vehicle with the two was intercepted in Rema, St. Andrew.

Ms Miller reportedly jumped from the vehicle with gun blazing. She challenged the police in a shoot-out while her boyfriend made his escape.

Miller, a resident of Buck Town in Rema, also made a successful escape after exchanging gunfire with the cops. However, two hours later she turned up at the Kingston Public Hospital with a gunshot wound to her back. She was subsequently arrested and charged. The boyfriend remains at large.





Seeking Kartel’s release

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Bwoy nuh wonda Kartel neva waan turn himself him, dem sure have a whole heap a questions fi him, and wi curious nuh backside fi find out a wha bout.

Lawyers representing popular entertainer Vybz Kartel are awaiting word from the Police High Command on whether their client will be released from custody.

Kartel, whose given name is Adijah Palmer, turned himself over to the police on Friday.

He was questioned by detectives at the Greater Portmore Station Monday evening.

According to one of his attorneys, Christian Tavares-Finson, during the questioning, there was no specific mention of the artiste being involved in any criminal activity.

As a result, Mr. Tavares-Finson is hoping that Kartel will be released from custody later this week.

“It was general questions … it was nothing specific about any particular criminal activity. We’re now waiting to see whether or not the Police High Command will form the view that he is to be detained further.

“His period of detention should be up by Friday at which point in time, the (National Security) Minister will make a decision whether or not to detain him further ... we’re hoping he’ll be out by then,” Mr. Tavares Finson.

The entertainer was among six persons who were named by the St. Catherine South Police as major persons of interest.







Ex-Celtic Williams, once a top scorer, is now looking for an assist

POMPANO BEACH, Fla. Every night at bedtime, former Celtic Ray Williams locks the doors of his home: a broken-down 1992 Buick, rusting on a back street where he ran out of everything.

The 10-year NBA veteran formerly known as ‘Sugar Ray’ leans back in the driver’s seat, drapes his legs over the center console, and rests his head on a pillow of tattered towels. He tunes his boom box to gospel music, closes his eyes, and wonders.

Williams, a generation removed from staying in first-class hotels with Larry Bird and Co. in their drive to the 1985 NBA Finals, mostly wonders how much more he can bear. He is not new to poverty, illness, homelessness. Or quiet desperation.

In recent weeks, he has lived on bread and water.

“They say God won’t give you more than you can handle,” Williams said in his roadside sedan. “But this is wearing me out.”

A former top-10 NBA draft pick who once scored 52 points in a game, Williams is a face of big-time basketball’s underclass. As the NBA employs players whose average annual salaries top $5 million, Williams is among scores of retired players for whom the good life vanished not long after the final whistle.

Dozens of NBA retirees, including Williams and his brother, Gus, a two-time All-Star, have sought bankruptcy protection.





Missy Elliot Kicked Off Stage

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What can we say about Missy Elliot … hmm… she’s a bad mutha – shut yo mouth, she’s a creative genius, and she’s a showstopper … literally.


This past weekend at the London Wireless Music Festival, the rapper got booted off the stage after exceeding her allotted time to perform, according to aceshowbiz.com.

She appeared 20 minutes late on stage and figured she’d make up the time by going over time. Psssh … sorry Missy, but that’s not what festival organizers were thinking. In fact, they pulled the plug shortly after her segment was scheduled to end and stopped the music.

She was joined by a friendly round of boos as she walked off the stage. Her lovely response to the crowd, “(I’m the) flyest s**t in the house.”

We just love Missy.

Her next album “Block Party” is scheduled to release some time this year.





A Senior Director in the Ministry of Finance has been charged with fraud.

Cherry Gordon, Senior Director for Tax policy at the Ministry of Finance, was charged on the weekend following investigations into a tax waiver racket at the Finance Ministry.

Ms Gordon, who was reportedly sent on leave in April, pending the outcome of a probe into the alleged waiver scam, was arrested last Thursday by fraud squad detectives.

She was charged on Friday and later released on $300,000 station bail.

It is alleged that in February, Ms Gordon in her capacity in the Finance Ministry, prepared or caused to be prepared, a fraudulent waiver letter which she later signed on behalf of the Financial Secretary in the Ministry.

The letter was used to waive duty to the tune of $1.2 million on a 2005 Nissan Titan Pick-up.

The alleged irregularity was unearthed by the Revenue Protection Division in the Ministry and the fraud squad called in.

Ms Gordon has been charged with six counts of breaches of the Corruption Prevention Act; six counts of breaches of the Customs Act; forgery and conspiracy.

She is booked to appear before the Corporate Area Criminal Court on July 19.





Don’t expect no tracing match from Lewin

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No matter what’s happening the former commissioner of police, Rear Admiral Hardley Lewin will not allow them to ‘draw him out’ into any tracing match.

Yeah man we love how him talking up the things them. It’s getting so bad that they are now looking at some secret clause to implement to shut him up.

Yes, we just love it.

Lewin, who was speaking at a Rotary Club of Port Royal dinner at the Morgan's Harbour Hotel, said that he was not into "anything controversial" while apologising to media representatives present for not giving them what they had expected to hear from him.

"I am in no tracing match with anybody. I said what I've said, what I've said, done. Besides that, it's not me, I don't know how to trace," he said.

Lewin was apparently making reference to last week's broadside against him by National Security Minister Dwight Nelson. Nelson had described Lewin as an abject failure, following the former commissioner's suggestion on a television programme that Coke was tipped off about the United States extradition request, minutes after he informed Nelson.







Yesterday we ran a story with the cops who were involved in the botched kidnapping attempt today cops are still in the crime thing.

It’s amazing how many bullets they were prepared to let get into the wrong hands. Lord deliver us from the people are in charge of securing this country.

There was a major development Monday in the highly publicised case involving four men accused of stealing a cache of weapons and ammunition from the Police Armoury at Elletson Road in St. Andrew.

Three of the four men threw in the towel and pleaded guilty to multiple counts of illegal possession of firearm and ammunition.

The three; Garnett Pennington, David Blagrove and Charles Anthony Morris pleaded guilty when they appeared before the Gun Court.

But the man said to be the mastermind behind the theft, Sergeant Russell Robinson pleaded not guilty to the charges.

When the matter came up for trial Monday, Blagrove and Morris, who worked as grounds-men at the Elletson Road Police Station, pleaded guilty to possession of 18 guns seized in a police operation on Munster Road in the East Kingston Police Division in February.

Pennington, who used his premises to store the weapons and ammunition, pleaded guilty to one count of illegal possession of a firearm and possession of 660 rounds of ammunition.

The three, through their attorneys then declared their willingness to become Crown witnesses against Sergeant Robinson.

As part of an apparent plea deal, Deputy Director of Public Prosecutions Dirk Harrison withdrew charges of store-house breaking and illegal possession of 9,000 rounds of ammunition against Blagrove, Morris and Pennington.

The men are to return to court on Friday for a trial date to be set.

They were charged in February after the police raided premises on Munster Road and seized 18 guns and 11,000 rounds of ammunition.

Investigators alleged that Sergeant Robinson, who had full access to the police armoury, used his influence to move the guns and ammunition out of the building under the cover of night.

The weapons and ammunition were later sold to elements in the criminal underworld.





Kartel faced more questions yesterday

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Dancehall entertainer Adeejah Palmer popularly known as 'Vybz Kartel' was still being questioned by detectives assigned to the Greater Portmore Police Station on Monday afternoon.

A member of the artiste's legal team, Christian Tavares Finson says the question and answer session got underway about two Monday afternoon and is expected to end shortly.

Mr. Finson says all is going well and that the exercise is expected to be completed shortly.

However Mr. Finson said there is no guarantee that his client will be released or be charged by the police.

Kartel, who was among six persons being sought by the St. Catherine Police surrendered to the police last week.

The police had named those being sought as major persons of interest.

The entertainer says he has no idea why he is wanted by the police.





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The Daily Word - Tuesday, July 6, 2010

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Confident

I am a powerful, confident child of God.


Taking a moment to measure my level of self-confidence, I ask myself several important questions: How do I carry myself? Do I have good posture?

Do I have a positive self-image? Do I communicate clearly to others? Am I able to say "no" when necessary? Am I living authentically? The answers give me a sense of my level of confidence.

I then turn to God in prayer, allowing God's presence to illumine my mind and heart. In the silence, I reconnect with the essence of my being. Newfound energy surges within me, and my heart fills with optimism.

Prayer readies me for any challenge or adventure. I meet the day ahead with ease and grace. My words, actions and manner convey the power of the Christ at work within me.

Do not, therefore, abandon that confidence of yours; it brings a great reward.--Hebrews 10:35





Scenes from Fresh Friday July 3 2010

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Scenes from Street Vybez Thursdays

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The Village Voice recently reported on the capture of Christopher ‘Dudus’ Coke, who was found wearing a wig and a pair of women’s glasses.

​You could be the baddest-assed, meanest, most gun-and-drug toting/smuggling monster of a dude around. Your nickname might literally even be "Dudus," and your last name "Coke".

You might have been responsible for riots and gunplay and fires set in your own country; you might even be responsible for people dying.

But you put on a wig and a pair of granny glasses in an attempt to evade the agents who want to extradite and punish you, and suddenly you become a made-for-the-big-screen character that folks might actually kinda root for once they settle in and figure out whether you're a man or a lady.

Jamaican Christopher Coke, who a month ago set off a deadly siege in Kingston by failing to deliver himself to the authorities and then went missing altogether, used a tried-and-true yet deceptively simple method of escape. Disguise!

Now, let's just acknowledge that this is a bad man who did bad things. However, the fact that he resorted to something as old-world clever as donning various wigs to conceal his identity, well, it kind of brings out just a little bit of the adorable in him!

We know it's wrong, but frantically running from the cops while wearing a pink wig and woman's glasses (both found in his car), well, it shows a kind of Mrs.

Doubtfire creativity sadly lacking in today's modern criminal.

We can all rest easy, at any rate, because Mr. Coke was stopped by the police on Tuesday afternoon and arrested as peaceably as those things go. He arrived in New York on Thursday and will face trial in federal district court in Manhattan. What do we have to do to get him to wear the wig at trial?

Coke's rather hilarious obsession with costuming (something that apparently is not exclusive to him; other Jamaican gangsters have been found dead in women's clothing, the Times reports) brings up an interesting theory:

If all baddies wore hilarious gender-altering wigs -- imagine Osama with long, luxuriant Barbie hair, or Hitler with an Orphan Annie 'do -- wouldn't the world somehow be just a little bit better? Not better than not having any bad people at all, of course, but at least more amusing.

Until girly wigs became the criminal norm and the rest of us have to resort to buzz cuts and shiv tats to proclaim our innocence.

It may be, at any rate, that this particular eccentricity of criminality is confined to the Caribbean.

As Annie Paul, a Jamaican critic and blogger observed, "In Jamaica farce, intrigue, and tragedy remain inextricably intertwined."








In the 2 1/2 months since the spill began, the gulf has been examined by an armada of researchers — from federal agencies, universities and non-profit groups.

They have brought back vivid snapshots of a sea under stress: sharks and other deep-water fish suddenly appearing near shore, oil-soaked marshes turning deathly brown, clouds of oil swirling in deep water.

But, with key gaps remaining in their data, there is wide disagreement about the big picture.

Some researchers have concluded that the gulf is being spared an ecological disaster. Others think ecosystems that were already in trouble before the spill are now being pushed toward a brink.

"The distribution of the oil, it's bigger and uglier than we had hoped," said Roger Helm, a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service official and the lead scientist studying the spill for the Interior Department.

"The possibility of having significant changes in the food chain, over some period of time, is very real. The possibility of marshes disappearing . . . is very real."

Helm said that his prognosis for the spill had worsened in the past week — as the amount of oily shoreline increased from Louisiana to Florida, despite cleanup efforts. "This just outstrips everybody's capability" to clean it up, he said.

The official toll of dead birds is about 1,200, a fraction of the 35,000 discovered after the Exxon Valdez spill in 1989.

But this, too, has been called into question. Officials can only count the birds they can find, and many think a number of oily birds have sought refuge in the marshes.

Other scientists have focused on more subjective measures of the gulf's health — not counting the dead, but studying the behavior of wildlife, the movements of oil and the state of larger ecosystems. For them, solid answers are even more elusive.

Further offshore, federal scientists and university researchers have disagreed about the existence of "plumes" or "clouds" of dissolved or submerged oil.

Several educators have reported finding underwater oil dozens of miles from the spill: Sometimes, they reported it was so well dissolved that the water appeared clear. In other situations, they found what they thought to be oil globs the size of golf balls.

Doug Inkley, senior scientist at the National Wildlife Federation, said he did not think the government had studied these areas well enough yet.

“I've been frustrated with the calm reassurances that we've been receiving, because . . . I don't know what they're based on," Inkley said.

In Sarasota, Fla., scientists found an 11-foot tiger shark, normally an open-water fish, drifting near the surf. That, plus sightings of whale sharks and other creatures outside their normal environmental range, raised concerns that oily water or low oxygen in the central gulf might be driving fish toward land.

"It would be like, to these fish, almost like an island, a huge island rising up in the middle of the gulf," said Bob Hueter of the Mote Marine Laboratory in Sarasota.

Seeing this and other strange patterns in fish, Hueter said, "I just, all of a sudden, just felt this impending sense of doom, that the place that I loved was going to be changed in a very dramatic way."








See it there now, the very same people are charged with the responsibility to serve and protect at the very ones committing the crimes. What are the poor citizens to do when they don’t know just who to trust?


A cop was arrested by his fellow police officers following an attempted robbery and kidnapping in St. James on Saturday.


Constable Derron Nish, was picked up Sunday afternoon at an apartment complex in the Corporate Area.


Constable Derron Nish, of the Matilda's Corner Police Station, was implicated in the attempted kidnapping of two men and a woman in Catherine Hall, Montego Bay.


It is reported that shortly after 6pm Saturday, the two men and the woman were in the parking lot of Mega Mart in Catherine Hall when two policemen forced them into a vehicle and drove away.


The police hierarchy was alerted and a search launched for the two cops and the victims.


The police managed to intercept the vehicle and rescue the three persons.


One of the cops, a Constable, was captured but the other policeman, Constable Nish, managed to escape the dragnet.


The police officer held at the scene was interrogated on Sunday.
The Police High Command had asked Constable Nish to turn himself in to the nearest police station.


He is being questioned by detectives from the Organized Crime Investigation Division.


No man, they need to do much better than that.





Vybz Kartel to be questioned again today

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The Portmore Empire, Gaza leader, Vybz Kartel will again be questioned by the cops after turning in himself on Friday.

He is expected to be questioned about involvement in gun runnings and involvement in a rival gang in Portmore.

His lawyers are confident he is not involved. We await the outcome of the police questioning.


A who Etana Married to?


From di people dem read di story in di Star that Etana married dem just a send on di questions dem to wi and win uh have nuh ansa fi dem.

Dem waan fi know a who Etana married to? Well win uh know, wi only know dat she was dating Marlon Davis, so we don’t know if it go all di way.

Yardflex peeps, we have to turn to you guys for the information. If you know, then holla at us that the curious can get the answer they are seeking.






The Daily Word - Monday, July 5, 2010

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Understanding


My understanding of Truth deepens and directs my life.


My understanding of the truth has changed over time. I now see that there is ultimate Truth--the Truth of God--and there is my understanding of this Truth.

Since "my truth" is subject to my perception at any moment, it changes as I grow in spiritual awareness.

Daily I am given opportunities to grow. Often, deeper understanding comes from simply listening--listening without judgment, without feeling a need to defend a position or change another's point of view.

As I listen to others share their thoughts and feelings and as I attune to God in prayer and meditation, I find greater truth to guide my life.

Through my spiritual unfolding, I move closer to discerning the Truth of God.

For the Lord searches every mind, and understands every plan and thought.--1 Chronicles 28:9





The Daily Word - Sunday, July 4, 2010

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Free


Standing in the fullness of my true nature, I am free.


I am free. What a powerful statement!

By speaking these three simple words, I create the space for true freedom in my life. I release the chains of the past and invite the possibilities of the future.

To be free is to no longer stand in a place of pain, anger and hurt but to move forward into peace, joy and happiness. It is as simple as choosing to accept my divine birthright of freedom rather than the restrictions I have accepted as truth.

I am a spiritual being, unhampered by the limitations of the world. I am free.

No longer do I buy into a limited story of my life. Instead, I stand in the fullness of my true nature.

I accept that in Spirit and in Truth, I am absolutely and unconditionally free.

If the Son makes you free, you will be free indeed.--John 8:36





The Daily Word - Saturday, July 3, 2010

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Slow Down


I slow down, simplify and enjoy life.


At any moment, I can restore a sense of peaceful presence in my life. I close my eyes and become aware of my thoughts.

I notice my body. I notice my breath. I inhale deeply and exhale slowly.

As I take another breath, I consciously connect with Spirit within me and around me. I relax, knowing that in this instant, all is in perfect order.

Throughout the day, no matter how busy I become, I do this simple exercise.

While driving to work, preparing for an important meeting, or getting ready to visit with family or friends, I take a moment to enjoy my oneness with Spirit.

Choosing to consciously slow down and become fully present helps me enjoy every single moment of my life.

There is nothing better for them than to be happy and enjoy themselves.--Ecclesiastes 3:12





Scenes from Weddy Weddy Wednesdays

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Scenes from Boasey Tuesdays

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Scenes from Street Uptown Mondays

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(The Associated Press published the following headline story on Friday.)

Jamaican rapper Vybz Kartel has surrendered to island police three days after they announced he was wanted for questioning.


The popular entertainer is reportedly suspected of violating the state of emergency imposed during May street battles between police and gang members.


The 33-year-old rapper whose real name is Adijah Palmer was accompanied Friday by his lawyer to a police station outside Kingston.


Defense attorney Tom Tavares-Finson said his client would be held overnight for questioning but declined to say why he is being held.


Authorities say a rivalry between Vybz Kartel and another Jamaican artiste, David “Mavado” Brooks, for promoting violence between their followers on the Caribbean island.





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The Daily Word - Friday, July 2, 2010

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Expect Good

I step confidently into each new experience, expecting only good.
Every day offers a variety of encounters and experiences.

Often I find my experience mirrors my expectations. If I begin with fear or dread, I often have an unpleasant experience.

If I am looking forward to what's next, anticipating a new adventure, I often have a rewarding experience.

Since I get to choose my thoughts, I choose to expect good.

And why wouldn't I expect good? The indwelling Spirit is my constant companion.

Even in the face of difficult circumstances, Spirit does not fail. I receive wisdom and guidance through divine ideas.

I receive strength and energy through the power of Spirit within me. I am fully supported. In faith, I expect only good in my life.

For I, the Lord your God, hold your right hand; it is I who say to you, "Do not fear, I will help you."--Isaiah 41:13





A wha Vybz Kartel fraida

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Wi can believe a di DJ whey everybody rate as di don fi Gaza a if and but bout turning himself in at the police station.

No sah, about three times him promise sey him a guh report to do station and him nuh tun up.

Him lawyer Valrie Neita Robertson, wait a di station till 9 pm and eventually leave cause she realize she get post.


Di question whey everybody inna di street a ask is what a gwaan dawdie? A wha Kartel fraida suh, if him nuh do anything, why him nuh just go report and clear up everyting? No star, wi start fi a wonda now.





Support good music

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Bwoy wi love how L’Antonette Stines of L’Acdaco talk up di tings dem at the Reggae ay Tree Planting ceremony at Emancipation Park yesterday (Thursday, July 1).

Yes she lash out at the media for promoting too much negative tings and not pushing the positive.

Bwoy from how wi a listen she just stop short a saying through di poor cultural artiste dem nuh have no money fi push airplay dem get left. Read between di lines, cause she use words like Media fi exercise charity towards di talented artistes dem.

We have to say we agree wid di sentiment whey she express, cause fi real dem deserve a break.





Switzz Beatz Owes IRS Huge Taxes

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Producer Swizz Beatz not only has the attention of Alicia Keys, who’s pregnant by him, but the tax man, too. Beatz has been hit with an IRS lien for $652,787 for unpaid 2008 income taxes.


Unfortunately, this is not a first time issue for Beatz who, along with his former wife Mashonda, has had several liens filed against him amounting to a whopping $2.2 Million:

2006 – Somerset County, N.J.: $842,645 lien


2008 – Rockland County, NY: $556,989 lien


2009 – Rockland County, NY: $162,300 tax warrant

“We have been discussing the issue with the government for years and are currently negotiating an amicable resolution of the dispute,” Beatz’ attorney said.









Celebrity pastor Rev Al Miller, who has been making front page headlines since he was caught with fugitive Christoper “Dudus’ Coke and subsequently charged with harbouring a fugitive, has taken a leave of absence as National Director of the Transformation Programme, amidst calls for his resignation from the post.

In a release, Miller satated, “I am taking a leave of absence for the following reasons:


1. To ensure that there is no distraction or prejudice to this critical programme of National Transformation, while the legal process is being engaged over the next few weeks.


2. To give full attention to the preparation of my defence but more importantly, the defense of the principles of trust, truth, responsibility and justice!

These matters speak to some of the fundamental issues facing our nation that will enable us to make a quantum leap toward the transformation of Jamaica land we love.


3. To spend more time with my family to ensure we are strengthened by this experience.



I want to thank all those who through their prayers, encouraging emails, calls and letters have shown overwhelming support to us during this time.



I am also happy and thankful to God for the resolution of this issue, which has cost the country dearly in image, resources and lives. It was a resolution without any further loss, while serving the process of justice.



The National Transformation Programme (NTP), known as "Fresh Start Jamaica", is a Civil Society led, value based, socioeconomic programme with the State as a major partner along with Church and the Private Sector. It's intent is to trigger a process of positive transformation for all Jamaicans.





Who is the real Crime Minister?

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That’s the question Twin of Twins pose in their latest song of the same name — Who Is the real Crime Minister?

A very witty and thought-provoking take on the situation Jamaica finds itself in, the Twins don’t hold back anything.

Of course the songs makes some not very subtle references to politicians, Dudus, the PM and gangsters. A nuh Dudus get the bulb free and den sell dem, they sing is wobbling on the edge and the Twins clearly have a winner here.

If only they could get more main stream attention ….

By the way, Who is the real criminal inna did country? Who have poor people a trick up like monkey?









R. Kelly returned from World Cup festivities in South Africa to a fresh lawsuit in the United States.

Anthony Navarro, a former employee, is accusing the R&B singer of failing to compensate him for the overtime hours he earned in 2007 while Kelly was on tour.

In his legal papers, filed in an Illinois court, Navarro claims he and his fellow workers were sometimes forced to toil more than 80 hours a week to help with studio and tour preparations.

They were reportedly contracted to be paid time-and-a-half for the additional hours but Navarro alleges he was only paid at the normal rate.

Navarro has also named Kelly’s production company, Bass Productions Ltd., in the lawsuit and has cited the U.S. Fair Labor Standards Act and the Illinois Minimum Wage Law in his court filing.

He is seeking undisclosed damages and court costs.







Randall Cunningham’s 2-year-old son Christian has died after apparently drowning in a backyard hot tub, according to authorities.

Las Vegas police Lt. Dennis Flynn says it appeared to have been an accident.

He says a woman at the house with several other children found the boy at about 4:30 p.m. Tuesday and began trying to resuscitate him, reports the Associated Press.

Christian was pronounced dead at St. Rose Dominican Hospital Siena campus in Henderson.

Cunningham, 47, starred at UNLV and played for 16 years in the NFL, mostly for the Philadelphia Eagles. He is now an ordained minister and pastor of a church in Las Vegas.

Cunningham was not at home when Christian was found.





Karl Samuda robbed by gunmen

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The St. Catherine Police have launched a major manhunt for armed thugs who invaded the home of Karl Samuda, Industry, Commerce and Investment Minister and Jamaica Labour Party General Secretary.

Gunmen reportedly terrorised workers and Mr. Samuda’s sister-in-law, who were at the St. Catherine property at the time.

They made off with a 12 gauge shotgun and an undetermined amount of ammunition.

Mr. Samuda has expressed outrage at the invasion of his home.

“I got a call at about 2 o’clock to say that two gunmen invaded my home, held up my helper and forced her to take them throughout the house. One of them held up my sister-in-law who was at a cottage next door.

“The gunmen forced workers who were there to cut open a safe and they stole a 12 gauge shot gun and about four packs of 12 gauge cartridges and generally ransacked the entire house and left,” Mr. Samuda said.

The senior ranking member of the Bruce Golding Cabinet was unable to say whether the attack may have been triggered by the government's crack-down on organised criminal networks across the country.

“It's just a serious assault on me and my home, my relatives and staff. We have to drive the fear of God into every gunman who carries a gun so that they will understand that to hold an illegal gun is to subject themselves to the most severe punishment that this country can render,” Mr. Samuda heard telling RJR News in an interview.


Hmm, maybe now the strong measure will continue in fighting crime as it’s closer to home. Ordinary Jamaicans have been dealing with this kind of home invasion for ever.





Dons money a guh dry up

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According to police reports since January 2007 more than $700 million (J$92m and almost US$7m) under the Proceeds of Crime Act (POCA).


The constabulary, in a release yesterday, said the money was confiscated by different arms of the force — Fraud Squad, Organised Crime Investigation Division, Trans-National Crime and Narcotics Division — as well as the Customs Department.

"Other monetary seizures under POCA for the same period include Can$165,000 and £90,000," the constabulary said.
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The Proceeds of Crime Act, which was enacted on January 23, 2007, allows the police — through the courts — to freeze, seize and forfeit the assets of persons involved in criminal enterprises.

And that’s not all the Police Commissioner has announced that the court would be moving to freeze the assets of former Tivoli Gardens don Christopher 'Dudus' Coke, who was last Thursday extradited to the United States to answer to charges related to gun and drug-trafficking.

Ellington also announced that as part of efforts to clamp down on criminal gangs, the police would be looking to use similar legislation to go after assets of at least 20 other 'dons' who have been taken into custody in the past month.

The police commissioner, who was speaking at a Private Sector Organisation of Jamaica breakfast at the Hilton Hotel, said that efforts would be made to trace, locate and strip the influential persons of their assets.

He said papers have already been served on one of the 'dons'.






The Daily Word - Thursday, July 1, 2010

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Divine Order


I live in the divine order of peace and love.


Today I claim my Truth. The presence and power of God work in, through and as my life, blessing others and blessing me.

I recognize the interconnectedness of all human beings and trust that every situation and person has the potential to contribute to my life in a positive way.

I create order in my life and seek only the good, assured that as I seek, so I shall find.

Through divine order, my life is transformed. Every cloud has a silver lining.

Every apparent problem brings with it a divine solution. Every solution held in mind brings a greater expression of divine love. Divine order is always present and active in my life allowing me to live in peace and love.

Great peace have those who love your law; nothing can make them stumble.--Psalm 119:16





 




Youth, Sports and Culture Minister Olivia Grange has asked business enterprises and Government offices nationwide to fly the national flag and include the national colours in their decorations and displays as Jamaica prepares to celebrate its 48th anniversary of independence.

The colours of the national flag and other national symbols, said Grange, "will heighten visual impact and strengthen the national spirit".

At the same time, the minister has reminded Jamaicans that the flag must be raised at 8:00 am and lowered at sunset.

"...Make creative uses of the national colours — black, gold and green — in dress and fashion accessories over the seven days of celebrations, which begins this Saturday (today) and climaxes on Independence Day, Friday, August 6," said the minister.

According to Minister Grange, there will be "a burst of festivities and creative cultural events" beginning with the Emancipation Jubilee today at the Seville Heritage Park in St Ann.

"The Emancipation Jubilee will retrace the experience of our ancestors on their journey to and arrival in Jamaica," she said.

The National Independence Thanksgiving Service will be held at the Emmanuel Apostolic Church, 12 Slipe Road, Kingston tomorrow, beginning at 9:30 am, while the Augus' Fair and Culinary Show will take place on Monday, August 2 at the Ranny Williams Entertainment Centre in Kingston, starting at 10:00 am.

The World Reggae Dance Championship Finals are also scheduled for Monday at the Ranny Williams Entertainment Centre, beginning at 8:00 pm, and 'Mello Go Roun' is on Wednesday at 8:00 pm at the National Arena.

On Independence Day there will be islandwide celebrations for the entire day, including parades, street dances, the Western Gala in Montego Bay and the Grand Gala at the National Stadium.

The theme of Jamaica Festival this year is "I Believe in Jamaica".





Right Attitude

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I overcome difficulty through the power of right attitude.


Children get excited by the challenge of swimming in the deep end of a pool or climbing to the top of a playground tower.

They expect to overcome any difficulties they may encounter. Their faith in a successful outcome--their right attitude--empowers them to reach their goal.

Today I look upon any challenge as an opportunity to demonstrate God at work in my life. Through the power of faith, I am already well on my way to success.

I maintain a divine expectation. Because I am one with God, I am capable of great feats and accomplishments.

I overcome any difficulty through the power of right attitude and see success as a stepping-stone to my highest good.

Those who conquer will inherit these things, and I will be their God and they will be my children.--Revelation 21:7





FULLY LOADED 2010 Flyer

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Ishmael Turner - Jamaica's Golden Son

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Jamaica has given birth to another great musical treasure- the organic and soulful singer/songwriter Ishmael Turner.

"One of Jamaica's next great exports" hails from the water house area of kingston that gave us Junior Reid, Mykal Rose, Don Carlos, Beenie Man, Half Pint and Garth Dennis.

A shining star, Ishmael Turner first international release "No More" is an engaging, heartfelt debut single with impressive vocals and strong lyrical content. His cutting edge style but classic form creates a sensational sound in the roots reggae genre.

Seeing Ishmael Turner perform is to experience a champion showman with a great voice and powerful stage presence.

The new reggae explosion is promised to create waves throughout the music scene with his hot new single “No More”. Ishmael musical testimonies captivate the listener, reflecting his intense passion and love for music.

"Jamaica's Golden Son is more than just good looks and charm he is a great talent with a lot to offer and the world will come to know and love Ishmael Turner. Download the new hit "No more" on www.ishmaelturner.com view pics, videos, tour dates and more.

www.ishmaelturner.com


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Former OLINT head under US probe

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Former OLINT boss, David Smith, and a young wealthy businessman, are among 15 Jamaicans under investigation by the United States government, for alleged money-laundering, following the collapse of the multi-billion dollar foreign exchange trading scheme.


A judge has given the local authorities, the green light to investigate the Jamaican accounts of Mr. Smith and other persons named on a list submitted by the U.S. government.


Just days after a high ranking US official made it clear that they would be coming after locals involved in money laundering, there is word that the US is going after David Smith and persons who were closely connected to his collapsed OLINT empire.


Just two weeks ago, the Director of Public Prosecutions, acting on behalf of the United States government, obtained a court order giving local investigators the power to dig into the accounts of Mr. Smith and a long list of individuals and companies.


The application which was made under the Mutual Legal Assistance (Criminal Matters) Act, requested the sharing of all documents, records and articles relating to the accounts of the individuals named and their companies.
The Bank of Jamaica has been instructed to disclose the information.
The BOJ, which regulates the financial sector, is in turn expected to instruct one of the country's major financial institutions to turn over the documents and information on the accounts.


Among those also under investigation are Mr. Smith's wife, Tracy Ann Simone Smith; his brother Gilbert; OLINT; OLINT Foundation and OLINT Corporation.


The son of a major figure within the governing Jamaica Labour Party is also on the list submitted by the US authorities.


The US government says it also wants to look into the account of a petroleum company and a major figure in the football fraternity as well as several well known Jamaican business persons.


Mr. Smith was arrested and charged last year with fraud and money laundering in the Turks and Caicos Islands following the collapse of OLINT.


All his assets and those of OLINT have since been frozen.





9.4 possible Says athletic superstar Bolt

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Usain Bolt thinks about winning the gold medal more than setting another world record.


He worries about entertaining the fans as much as establishing a legacy.


Track's fun-loving Jamaican star told The Associated Press he still believes 100 metres can be run in the 9.4-second range, but that his biggest goal at the London Olympics in two years will be simply to win the gold medal again.


"I'm always just happy with a gold medal," he said. "If we go there and nobody breaks a record, I'll always have the record and there's no worries for me."


At Beijing in 2008, he smashed the world record in both the 100 and 200 and celebrated in style -- shooting that fake bow and arrow into the sky before the race, dancing after the finish line and turning the Bird's Nest into his own private playground. He improved on his 100-metre record last year at the World Championships. It currently stands at 9.58 seconds and he thinks he can go lower.


"I always say that probably 9.4 is possible," Bolt said. "I hope I can be the one to get there because I work very hard and I want nothing but to be the best."


To be a "legend," though, he doesn't believe he'll have to set another record in London. He'll merely have to win.


"I don't think I'm a legend now," he said. "A lot of people have done it one time. If I can double, few people in the world can say they're double Olympic gold medallists. I want to be one of those few people."


Carl Lewis is the only male runner to repeat in the 100 at the Olympics.
Bolt is also looking beyond 2012, when he would consider competing in the long jump for a change of pace. Earlier this year, he said he might have to do something else "because people are probably tired of seeing me."
People getting tired of Usain Bolt? Hardly seems possible.
"I think definitely they can if you win all the time," he said. "The reason people enjoy seeing me is because I'm different from other athletes. It's fun to watch me. If I keep that up, they probably won't get bored. If I just win, win, win like a normal athlete and don't make it fun, they probably will."


One way Bolt is keeping things fresh is by changing his racewear for each of this year's Diamond League meets in Europe. An artist in each city is designing a new singlet for him to wear.


"People really enjoy it and it's something to look forward to," he said. "It's something new. I think people like it. I'm the one who does things like this that no one else will do."


Bolt is scheduled to face Tyson Gay and Asafa Powell in the 100 for the first time this year at a meet next week in Stockholm.
Meanwhile, Bolt and Gay will race when Jamaica and the United States field teams in the 4x100 metre relay at the Diamond League meet in Zurich.


Organisers of the August 19 Weltklasse meet said yesterday that Olympic and world champion Bolt will anchor a Jamaica team including Mario Forsythe, Yohan Blake, and Marvin Anderson.


Gay, the second-fastest man in history behind Bolt's record of 9.58 seconds, heads a US lineup featuring Walter Dix, Wallace Spearmon and Trell Kimmons.


Bolt and Gay are skipping the individual 200 at Zurich, which splits the Diamond League finals with Brussels the following week.


Bolt, Gay and former world record-holder Asafa Powell of Jamaica will race the 100 at Stockholm's Diamond League meet next week.





Ele want back him car

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A wonder how Elephant Man can get back him Benz whey di tax people dem teck whey sah? Fi real di DJ a gi out sound sey him want back him car.

Yeah man di lawyer weh a represent him sey di DJ angry and vex and him want him car back.


A tax collection team, supported by the St. Andrew Police, seized the DJ's red Mercedes Benz.

The car was seized because he failed to pay the tax collectors millions of dollars in unpaid taxes.


Mr. Gordon says Elephant Man feels he is being abused by the authorities.


In March, the tax department had placed Elephant Man on a list of 50 high profile delinquent taxpayers.


Mr. Gordon assumes that the tax department wants to give the public a bad impression of his client.


In this case, Elephant Man may have to pay off his arrears within a specific period or his vehicle could be sold.


And if the proceeds from the sale of the vehicle do not cover the debt, the artiste could face criminal or civil charges.







Usher and Chris Brown are rumored to have hit the studio together while they were in Jamaica this weekend.
The rumors were confirmed by a source close to Usher but no details were given about the collaboration with Chris Brown.
Usher brought out Chris Brown as his guest and both performed at Sumfest in Jamaica.
People are STILL talking about the dance competition that ensued after they took the stage.
Native Jamaican Dancehall artist Elephant man even joined in the dance-off but nobody has officially declared a clear winner yet.
You can view the dance-off in the related video section below.





Foxy Brown Involved Massive Brawl?

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Foxy Brown was reportedly caught up in the middle of massive brawl the other night in the lobby of an apartment building in New York City.

Foxy Brown was apparently in the apartment building visiting a friend when the fight broke up, and left just before NYPD arrived on the scene.

Witnesses say she just missed the cops and what would have been her second incident with police in almost a week.

The apartment building is a luxury high-rise on 43rd Street and sources say the fight was huge.

Foxy was spotted throwing blows in the lobby after the fight broke out. The details are scarce and authorities are uncertain what actually started the fight, but it took more than 10 people to break it up.

Reportedly, no one was arrested and Foxy Brown's manager, who was also spotted in the brawl, refused to comment.





Adidas pirates Bunny Wailer

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Company uses singer's image and likeness on T-shirt without permission



There are many enterprises that profit tremendously from merchandizing in various areas of sports, among these giants is Adidas.

There are no barriers or boundaries that hasn’t been penetrated territorially or otherwise by Adidas’s dominance in the world’s sporting market-place globally.


Even The Blackheart Man, Bunny Wailer surviving member of the Bob Marley And The Wailers fame, supports Adidas by purchasing and wearing Adidas sportsware during all the years of his sporting experience and up until this present time, especially in the sport of soccer.


However, there has been a violation of the privacy of Bunny Wailer. A photograph of Bunny Wailer playing soccer in the privacy of his home in the mountains, was used by Solomonic Productions on an album cover titled “Bunny Wailer Sings The Wailers” (see album) in 1980.

In later years, the full image of said photograph was first seen on an unauthorized reproduction on T-shirt with the logo, trademark and trade name Adidas incorporated. This action by Adidas is illegal and a violation of Bunny Wailers rights and privileges incorporated in said photograph and which does not use the name of the singer.

For over 15 years Adidas has sold and withheld to themselves all the profits derived from the returns from the exploitation of the illegal Bunny Wailer product globally, beginning from in the late 80’s up until 2008.


On two separate occasions, it was brought to the attention of Bunny Wailer, but he could not have addressed the matter based on certain circumstances. An approach was made in writing to Adidas by Solomonic Productions’ on behalf of Bunny Wailer in accordance with the discovery of piracy.


Adidas’s negative and disappointing response to Solomonic Productions letter, was passed on to Bunny Wailers legal representative.

The lawyer in response to Adidas’s letter to Solomonic Productions’ pointed out the violations and damages done to Bunny Wailer in accordance with the illegal exploitation of his image and likeness.

The lawyer therefore, introduced a method and means of correcting the abuse in an appropriate and civilized manner, which was ignored and dismissed by Adidas, continuing the demonstration of their selfishness, disrespect and disregard for justice and fair play.


Bunny Wailer is therefore faithfully depending and relying upon the unified power of support from the ever loving Reggae and Bunny Wailer fans, friends, family and populace globally, to rally along with Reggae’s Living Legend in this legal claim and battle for justice from the world sporting giant Adidas.


“LET JUSTICE REIGN”





Scenes from Lady Saw Video Shoot

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Scenes from Girls Night out

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Scenes from Uptown Mondayz

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Jahna Sebastian is a singer/songwriter/producer in the UK that claims that she had a baby girl by Swizz Beatz.

According to a letter her friend shared with a website, Swizz is aware of the child as he showed up with Alicia Keys last year for a paternity test that eventually proved he was the father.

Anyway, the other day she may have posted subliminal shots at Alicia Keys on her blog. In a blog titled “I give thanks for being a producer myself so I don’t have to f*ck for tracks as if I was just a singer” she concluded with:

Hearing about some of today’s successful artists, who for their career sleep with producers jumping from one to another, break up marriages even when kids are involved and take everything for themselves with no sense of morality, building their image by speculating on sacred things, then get Grammys and worldwide promotion, I think to myself that somehow they get away with it too easy, but what is happening within their soul?





Bolt-Powell-Gay showdown ready

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All is in place for a showdown featuring the three fastest men over 100 metres at the Stockholm Diamond League meet in Sweden on August 6.

Meet organisers say Usain Bolt has confirmed his participation against Powell and Gay who were previously confirmed.

It will be the first meeting by all three athletes since last year’s World Championships where Bolt set the world record of 9.58 seconds, with Gay second in 9.71, and Powell third in 9.72.

Bolt and Powell are joint world leaders having each run 9.82 seconds.

It was in Stockholm that Powell beat Bolt in 2008.





Chris Tucker Owes $11 Million In Taxes

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TMZ is reporting that actor Chris Tucker owes more that $11 million in federal back taxes.

Here’s how it all breaks down:

2001 — $4,007,794.34
2002 — $5,060,074.23
2004 — $55,544.84
2005 — $660,414.94
2006 — $1,788,080.91

Total –$11,571,909.26

TMZ reported earlier that Tucker owed more that $3 million to the state of California for state taxes as well.





Beyonce Gets Ticket For Texting While Driving

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Beyonce may be receiving a call from Oprah soon and it isn’t to be featured on her talk show. Oprah, who endorsed the ‘No Texting While Driving’ campaign, is probably upset that her friend Beyonce ignored the rules, as she was recently pulled over for texting while driving.

But even beauty and a superstar status couldn’t get the singer out of a ticket with the NYPD. As a result, Beyonce, who recently obtained her driver’s license, received what us regular folks would have gotten, a $100 ticket.





Job loss looms over public sector workers

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The months are flying fast and it seems as if by the time the Christmas season rolls around some public sector workers could find it not being a merry one.

Word has emerged that come this year, heads may begin to roll.

Head of the Public Sector Transformation Team, Patricia Sinclair-McCalla, says the numbers are being worked and could not give a time line on when the cuts will commence.

The update came on Wednesday at the weekly post-cabinet press briefing at Jamaica House

It is expected that by October public sectors workers will know how many of them will be sent packing.

Head of the Public Sector Transformation Unit Patricia Sinclair-McCalla told journalists that a recent audit of government workers revealed that there are approximately 113,000 of them.

However when asked how many jobs will be cut or realigned Mrs. Sinclair-Mccalla could not provide any figures.

“We honestly don’t know because it is being worked out. We have one finance specialist working with an organizational officer and they are now crunching the numbers. We don’t want to spew out figures because unless we have something substantive in terms of the analysis to provide you with a ball park figure we don’t want to do that,” Mrs. Sinclair-Mccalla said.

Head of the Public Sector Transformation Unit Patricia Sinclair-McCalla

Speculation is rife that the job cuts could be anywhere from 40,000 to 50,000. Mrs. Sinclair-McCalla said that within the next two to three months all the figures will be crunched, and stressed that the loss of jobs are not the only issues that will have to be addressed.

Meanwhile, Information Minister Daryl Vaz says debate on the matter is expected to commence when parliament returns from its current break.





Where is Patrick Roberts case file?

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Surrender

Lawyers representing former People's National Party caretaker for West Central St. Andrew Patrick Roberts, are up in arms.

Senior counsel, Valerie Neita Robertson, complained on Wednesday, that months after Roberts' gun-related case was transferred from the Gun Court to the Half-Way-Tree Court, the case file cannot be located.

This led to a verbal clash between Neita-Robertson and senior magistrate, Judith Pusey.

The magistrate objected to the attorney bashing the court staff, and accusing them of being inefficient.

Roberts has been charged with breaching the Firearms Act, in the wake of an incident, in January.

The police reported that on January 20, they seized two illegal firearms from a man who engaged them in a shootout, on Dellamar Avenue, off Waltham Park Road.

One of the weapons, a .38 Taurus revolver, was traced, and found to be the property of Roberts.

On March 30, Roberts was interviewed by investigators, and he reported that he was just being made aware of the disappearance of the weapon.

He was subsequently charged with illegal possession of a firearm and ammunition.

However, the Director of Public Prosecutions later withdrew the charge, and referred the matter to the RM Court, for the politician to answer to a lesser charge of losing his firearm through negligence.

Roberts is to return to court on September 7.









Surrender

I surrender to the Christ Presence within me.


As I read today's affirmation, I feel the weight of personal striving give way to the relief that comes from letting go. I yield to the Christ Presence within me and find rest, help and inspiration.

Relaxing my mind, I let my steady stream of thoughts diminish and fade away. With every breath, the tension in my body is released. I bask in the warmth of divine love.

I surrender and open my mind and heart to the flow of God's good. Surrender is a gentle yielding, a willingness to receive.

I open the way to receive ideas, healing energy and answered prayer. Surrendered to the Christ Presence within me, I go forth at ease and assured of the good that is coming to me.

Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.--Matthew 11:28





Al Goodman of Ray, Goodman & Brown Dies

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Al Goodman, one-third of Ray, Goodman & Brown as well as the Moments ("Love on a Two Way Street"), has died at age 63 of an undisclosed illness.

Part of two of the most underrated soul groups of the past half century, Goodman provided the "bottom end" on hits such as "Special Lady" and "Take It To the Limit."

Part of the generation of soul music groups that arose in the late 60s and early 70s, the combination of Harry Ray, Al Goodman and Billy Brown became most notable as perhaps the greatest live performing group of that elite bunch. While many groups of that era had more successful recording careers, few have equaled the stage presence and consistent crowd pleasing shows of RG&B.

The trio was brought together by Stang Records in 1970 as replacement members of the label's soul group the Moments.

As the Moments, they hit the top of the pop and soul charts in 1970 with the falsetto ballad, "Love On A Two Way Street."

That began a string of major soul hits throughout the 70s, including "If I Didn't Care," "Gotta Find a Way," "Sexy Mama" and another soul chart topper, "Look At Me (I'm In Love)."

As the decade came to a close, the group experienced significant creative differences with Stang and label founder Sylvia Robinson (later known as a rap pioneer through her Sugar Hill label).

Unfortunately, Stang owned the "Moments" name, and the group's departure from the label meant leaving their well established moniker behind -- a tough pill to swallow after a decade as the Moments.

Yardflex sends condolence to his family and friends. He will truly be missed on the musical landscape.





Usher ruled on Sumfest International Night 2

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The Muddy conditions of the Catherine Hall Entertainment Complex was not enough to keep away patrons from coming to enjoy what turned to be night of pure pleasure with the closing night lineup.

American R&B star Usher totally dominated as he made his entrance on stage to shouts from the ladies. He was in total control, oozing sexuality he played it to the hilt.

Going through the paces with some of his super hits which included U Got It Bad, Confessions Pt II among others he kept the pleasure vibes flowing.

It was twice the thrill when he called on stage Mavado, and chaos when Elephant Man and Chris Brown joined him for another stint on stage.

They ‘wrecked the place’ as they both showed they were more than up to par with the Jamaican moves and lingua.

There were other acts who also impressed on Saturday night and these include Shaggy who from the minute he took centrestage with his hit song Church Heathen had the crowd going.

He was the consummate performer as he did some of his top songs. Shaggy really know how to entertain and did it in fine style on Saturday.

Etana could do no wrong on Saturday and she seemed to be in a playful mood, we wondered if it had anything to do with the man dancing in the shadows to her songs – the same one she acknowledged in her song saying “Andre gives me crazy love!”

Queen Ifrica was on her usual conscious mission, she bat for the Jamaican men, the craft market vendors and the country as she performed songs such as Montego Bay, Below the Waist and others.

QQ gave some real ‘go go’ like dancing on stage and he gyrated away most of the times through his numbers.

Chris Martin delivered as did the early segments artistes such as Steele, Hezron, Sophia Squire and Lymie Murray.

All in all there were no losers for the night and patrons more than got their money’s worth on Saturday.





The Daily Word - Tuesday, July 27, 2010

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Pray for Others


As I pray for others, I see them in the flow of divine love.


When my loved ones are struggling in some way, my heart goes out to them. Rather than worry, however, I hold them in prayer.

As I pray for others, I feel divine love rising up within me and flowing out from me. I share the strength of my faith, for I know that we all have instant access to divine strength and wisdom.

In my mind's eye, I see my loved ones peacefully and gratefully moving beyond any seeming limitation or obstacle.

As I affirm that God within them is greater than any outer condition, I prayerfully create a sacred space for their success. Through the power of my loving, peaceful thoughts, I see them joyfully accepting their highest good.

Pray for one another, so that you may be healed. The prayer of the righteous is powerful and effective.--James 5:16





Sumfest Suss

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Sugar deserve a betta tribute




Really now people, what kinda fool-fool pap dung tribute dat the veteran artiste dem do fi Sugar Minott at Sumfest Saturday night. We cyaan believe say the big big Dean Fraser did have no part inna dat. A lie dem a tell pon Dean, cause him wouldn’t did mek Tony Tuff go up and a hog the microphone so. As a matter of fact, Tony Tuff shouldn’t did sing more dan one line inna any tribute song to Sugar. And we did expect much better from Tristan casue Tristan have sense. And look how much good song Sugar have, why Jimmy Riley did haffi choose the nursery rhyme bout Simple Simon. We neva hear Sugar sing dat deh sond deh yet. And look how Sumfest did a promote the ting like say it was going to be sinting sensible. We lose big time. Sugar, may your soul find peaceful rest after dat deh bag a foolishness.


Wha’ kinda mess Zamunda did inna?


A wha kinda mess Zamunda find himself inna mek him just run off the stage so at Reggae Sumfest? By the time the MC hand him did mike, him dash it back and flee di stage. What we a hear don’t smell too right, so all did people who a mess wid did artiste we haffi tell oonu fi flush that one straight dung did toilet. Bwoy, it look strange how di whole ting do dung , but we still a listen out fi di real story.

Pamputtae tickness nuh normal




People onnu see wid oonu owna two eye how Pamputtae tick! Dat deh tickness deh no normal … it supernormal. When Pamputtae tan up trong and slap her thigh dem and ask, “Oonu see how mi tick? … well … People Dead! But we haffi big up di fluffy girl doah, cause she and har two fluffy dem mash up di Sumfest stage; we doan know how it neva pap dung a grung. When the two trong, healthy, fluffy dem climb up pon di lighting rig one time we did a hol’ we breath cause it did look sticky. But all’s well that ends well and we haffi say Fluffy to di flippin’ werllll!

Why a man haffi catch Chris Brown hat?




What a way blogger Tyrone Reid nuh stop pose up inna Chris Brown baseball cap dat the singer throw inna did crowd to him female fans dem. Tyrone mek sure say him wear the cap come a Sumfest Saturday night and doan ask if did woman dem nah look pon him and cut demy eye. But him couldn’t care less, him just a walk up and dung fi di betta. And, if you don’t want to be embarrassed, don’t ask him to borrow it to take a picture, cause you aint getting it.


Is a churchman or a Kingman di empress married to?



So people deh pon stage a call up dem husband name inna song and all these tings. But like how di husband did a watch her perform she shoulda did jus call him up pon stage and introduce him to har fans dem. Cause everybody want fi find out if the empress who did baptize ina Christian church married to a churchman or a Kingman cause it sound like a some crazy love a gwaan inna dat deh relationship.


Beenie and D’Angel must stop tek people fi fool



Is high time Beenie Man and D’Angel stop tek dem fans fi eeediat. It look like everytime a big show come round the two a dem find themselves pon di people dem stage a chat bout reunion and a act all lovey dovey. And two day after the show you hear dem a deny say dem deh. But people couldn’t care less anymore what did two a dem want fi do cause we all know that it’s all about giving dem career a hype, so we wish dem luck and prosperity inna dem foolishness.





ANN MARIE LAING WINS JCDC GOSPEL 2010 TITLE

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Monday, July 26, 2010


Kingston, Jamaica: Ann Marie Laing, a music teacher at the Balaclava High School demonstrated her trust to win top honours, $500,000 and a recording contract for a single for her entry entitled “I Can Trust God” at the Grace Tropical Rhythms Jamaica Gospel Song finals on Sunday (July 25) at the Ranny Williams Entertainment Centre.

Before being announced as winner Laing swept sectional prizes for being the “Best Performer” and tied with 2nd place contestant Leroy ‘Ancient Priest’ Johnson for having the “Best Arranged Song”. Laing was also selected by the group of finalists to win the “Spirit of Praise Award” for being the most congenial finalist.

Johnson, who copped $200,000 for his reggae entry “My Prayer”, won the sectional prize for the “Best Lyrics” and took home an additional $50,000 and a trophy courtesy of the Jamaica Cooperative Credit Union League (JCCUL).

19 year old Tiffany Hall, the youngest contestant, took third place for her entry “Lost Without You”, winning $100,000.

The “Popular Vote” prize of $25,000 and a trophy from competition sponsor CLARO went to Raylene Lindo for her entry “I Just Cant Give Up” who also collected a recording contract for a single.

An elated Laing said singing is her passion and thanked the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC) for the experience, which she described as refreshing and rewarding. The other finalists included: Jason ‘God Son” Lunan, Miriam Levy, Omar Douglas, Terrence Myers, Murron Lindo and Micah Ministry.


The competition which was hosted under the theme “One Voice, One Heart” saw the finalists engaged in outreach ministry at children’s homes across the island; a new element added to the programme.






Digicel Next Generation Sumfest Pictures

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The Daily Word - Monday, July 26, 2010

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Vision


I hold a vision of peace, love and harmony for myself and the world.


What is my vision for my life? What do I hope to accomplish? Where do I see myself in the near future and in the years ahead?

As I think about the vision I hold for myself, I give thanks to God. I give thanks that my future is a clean slate. It is mine to plan, mine to choose and mine to live. What a freeing feeling this is!

Right now, I sit in the quiet of prayer and open my mind and heart to God.

I release my past, give thanks for the present moment and look forward to the hopes and dreams of my future. Day by day, my vision becomes clearer and my faith becomes stronger as I let go and trust God to guide me forward.

See, the former things have come to pass, and new things I now declare.--Isaiah 42:9







Sumfest gossip: Queen Ifrica mother fit

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When Queen Ifrica deh pon stage Friday night, har madda meck sure come a front, flag in hand come support har daughter.

Yeah har moves dem nuh bad either, she did really up to di time as she dance and keep pace. A suh wi love fi si how mothers support dem children. Yeah man, wi haffi big up dey move deh.






Sumfest gossip: Beenie and D’Angel good now?

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Well Sumfest come and gaan but wi still haffi talk up di tings dem. Dancehall night a pure lovie dovie a gwaan between di doctor and him wife D’Angel.

Kiss kiss and tings. Memba sey Beenie Man nuh deh pon Dancehall night such a muss him wife him come support. Den Saturday night D’Angel meck sure sey she deh a front fi cheer har husband on. Yeah man, something a gwaan.





Sumfest gossip : Oops!

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A which artiste did haffi cut him performance short because him waan do a number 2. Backside all now wi still a laugh cause di way how him lef di stage quick and rush fi di loo yuh couldn’t help yuhself.

Not even too song him nuh do. Is a good ting it was a young artiste cause people woulda really galang bad if it did happen to one a di big artiste dem.





Chris Brown ruled at Sumfest Intl Night 1

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By Joan Wilson



American artiste Chris Brown, came, saw and totally conquered at Reggae Sumfest on International Night 1, held at the Catherine Hall Entertainment Complex in Montego Bay.

The youthful 21-year-old singer went into full gear as he danced, lip synced and sang his way into the hearts of the Sumfest fans.

He could absolutely do no wrong for the entertainment hungry crowd as they lapped up every thing he dished out.

The singer performed some of his big hits which included Gimme Dat, Run It, Say Yow, Brown Skin Girl, and With You.

It was even more exciting when he drew for Kartel’s Clarkes and showed that when it comes on to the Jamaican dance moves, he is also up to speed.

But Sumfest wasn’t just about Chris Brown, good as he was. There were other impressive acts for the night.

Coming after a fully charged, performance from Brown Jah Cure managed to hold his own on stage by choosing his better known songs such as Call on Me. He exited stage to the premiering of his music video for Unconditional Love which was shot on location in Cuba.

The Hold Yuh artiste Gyptian also put up a good showing, while thrilling fans, he also encouraged them to “support his new album by buying it.”

Gyptian called on stage a well dressed Nitty Kutchie who used the few minutes to make the connection with the crowd. Sugar Roy and Conrad Crystal also gave a cameo performance courtesy of Gyptian.

Young acts represented well such as upcoming singer Hezron and Canada-based artistes Steele who was making his Sumfest debut.

The females were not outmatched in any way by their male counterparts as the Strong One Etana gave a well received performance.

She was in fine form as she went through her paces singing songs such as Warrior Love, Wrong Addres, August Town and when she drew for Crazy Love, she acknowledged her husband by saying, “Andre gives me crazy love,” much to the crowd’s delight.

Etana made way for the Fyah Mumma Queen Ifrica who did a fiery, cultural stint.

When Yardflex exited the venue Tony Rebel was on stage holding his own.





Red Stripe Sumfest Great Escape

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Next Generation ignites Reggae Sumfest stage

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Digicel’s Next Generation campaign ambassadors, I-Octane and Agent Sasco, showed a packed-to-capacity Catherine Hall entertainment complex just how bright the future of Jamaican music is when they delivered sterling performances on Dancehall Night at the 2010 staging of Reggae Sumfest.

Dressed in purple and white, I-Octane first of the two Next Generation artistes to christen the stage on Thursday July 22 and made no qualms mystifying the thousands of patrons with his smooth vocals, powerful messages and positive music.

Born Byiome Muir, I-Octane’s soul-stirring 45-minute stint on stage showed Montego Bay exactly the stuff real performers are made of. He never lost the vital connection between himself and the crowd, made evident by the constant streams of torches and lighters dotting the dark Montego Bay sky.

Signs that the reggae singer got the thumbs up from Reggae Sumfest came each time the first chords of his many hit songs started to emanate from the towering speaker boxes at the front of the stage.

Fireworks, firecrackers and fire-rockets competed with screams of approval as I-Octane’s voice reverberated through the venue, and he took the crowd to entertainment ecstasy.

Sharply clad in a clean-lined metallic suit and a black skinny tie, dancehall’s most versatile artiste Agent Sasco indelibly wrote his name in the minds of Reggae Sumfest patrons in true Next Generation style.

Masterfully going through a seemingly endless arsenal of hit songs, Agent Sasco owned his stage and engaged his audience – which wasn’t hard to do. After all, from his first minute on-stage, the crowd had their hands in the air and only took them down when the artsite spoke to them or transitioned through songs.

Agent Sasco would satisfy the entertainment-hungry audience for almost an hour with his usual and unmistakable energy, which was rewarded with constant crowd approval. Shouts for encores were instantaneous when his time onstage ended.

Digicel’s Sponsorships and Events Manager, Tahnida Nunes was beaming with joy after the two artistes performed, emphatically stating, “The Next Generation is here, and it is bright”.

“We are so proud of I-Octane and Agent Sasco and their performances tonight,” the dreadlocked Nunes said as she happily congratulated the two faces of Digicel’s campaign on their on-stage antics.

Nunes also reiterated that the telecommunications giant is dedicated to “the next generation in totality, to Jamaica, and Jamaican entertainment.”

“Definitely, there are bigger, better things to look forward to from Digicel and The Next Generation.”








The experience that is the Greatest Reggae Show on Earth, Reggae Sumfest, was made bigger and better for patrons thanks to the Festival’s official telecommunications partner Digicel.

The mobile phone company, for the 4th year in a row, presented its acclaimed and exciting Digicel Talent Stage, which featured the likes of upcoming artistes performing at different intervals during the night.


With the likes of Denyque, Raine Seville, Natel, D-Major, Tanto Blacks, Keida, Princess Tia and more, the stage shone bright with the young talented stars, something that Digicel is known to encourage and support.


“Without a doubt we are proud that we have the opportunity to enhance the Reggae Sumfest experience with our talent stage, and are even more elated that we get the chance to shine some light on the next generation of talent.

The response was amazing, the artistes were magnificent and exciting and we are happy that the festival patrons enjoyed our entertainment package,” said Tahnida Nunes.


Nunes continued, saying what a major experience the talent stage represents for these artistes.


“Our stage remains a major platform for the exposure of talent, and all our acts go on to do great things in the entertainment industry. Immediately, I think of Tifa who made her debut at Reggae Sumfest on our stage in 2009 and this year she rocked the main stage, and she is just one on the list of many who have gone on to do big things,” she remarked.


Nunes, Digicel’s Sponsorship and Events Manager, isn’t the only person who had praises for the talent stage, as patrons enjoyed the activity which gave them more entertainment while band changes were undertaken on the main stage.


“Boy, it always give me something to look forward to, and all we haffi do is really turn round. So I enjoy it, especially Tanto Blacks and Kedia on Friday,” said one male patron. His female companion concurred, saying she enjoyed performer Denyque on Saturday night. Teenaged patrons also took pleasure in the talent stage as a large throng of them could be found each time activity on the stage commenced.


“It really is something that we are committed to doing and will continue doing as we expose more talent, and make Reggae Sumfest a bigger, better experience for all,” Nunes commented.


Digicel has been a major part of the Reggae Sumfest family for 10 consecutive stagings, as a part of its commitment to Jamaican entertainment, culture, and people.






Scenes from Fresh Friday

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Scenes from Street Vybez Thursdays

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Scenes from Weddy Weddy Wednesdays

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Red Stripe Reggae Sumfest The Great Escape

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Photos By: Alan Lewin





The Daily Word - Sunday, July 25, 2010

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Guided by Love


I am guided by the love of God.


I am immersed in the flow of God's love that continually guides and blesses me. It is my guiding presence, strengthening me in mind and body and helping me be a greater expression of peace and love in the world.

Just as a leaf effortlessly flows along on a river, gently floating around and over any obstacle in its path, I effortlessly flow along on the river of life.

As I relax and allow myself to be guided by the love of God, I experience the gentle peace of knowing that regardless of appearances, I am being divinely led along the path of life that is right for me.

Led by the love of God, I learn the lessons I am meant to learn and reach the spiritual understanding that only I can experience for myself.





Photo by: Alan Lewin






Reggae Sumfest 2010 Dancehall night review

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Surprises and let downs on Sumfest Dancehall Night The field was muddy, but dancehall patrons did not mind as they turned out in their numbers for the 18th staging of Reggae Sumfest, held at the Catherine Hall Entertainment Complex on Thursday, July 22.The show saw several interesting twists and a lot of delightful  moments coming from some  of the top performers for the night which included Aidonia,  the war lord Bounty Killer, Elephant Man, Demarco and Spice just to name a few.  Johnny Gourzong  of summerfest Productions presented Bounty Killer with a Lifetime Achievement Award for his contribution  to the dancehall scene and 15 straight performances at Sumfest.  In last year’s performance, Beenie Man was officially crowned as the King of Dancehall so it comes  as no major surprised that this year Bounty received an award of some sort.Singjay I-Octane was a hit on stage and through his performance he literally had the place on fire as flares lit up the sky. However, the only damper on his set was when he called on ZJ Liquid on stage who turned out to be a total flop.Elephant was somewhat off key with his raspy voice at some point but still rocked his fans  out with his one piece black spandex jump suit.  Spice definitely represented and even showed her remixing skills with her version  of Hold You dedicated to Prime minister Bruce Golding ‘Bruce mi wan fi hold yuh’. Before wrapping her up set, Miss Kitty and Pamputtae were on stage together doing a tribute to the ladies. Kiprich also went  more towards the political avenue, taking a shot at Golding and the continued state of emergency. Mavado failed to strike any real spark and his performance could be described as weak at best.Vybz Kartel  who was the main headliner of the night and a heavy ticket  did his entire performance on tracks – the only artiste who did not use a full band. His sets was filled his usual line up of hits and crowd pleasing tunes but for the high ticket price that Vybz received more could have definitely been done to spice up the performance.  Before closing the show, Russian was brought up on stage to perform alongside the head of the Portmore Empire. Nothing out of the ordinary except for the fact that Vybz was  lacking a bit of vybz for the closing of Jamaica’s top reggae festival.Dancehall night in previous years has been the most attended of the three day festival. This year, with Chris Brown and Usher on the  bill, the figures may show differently.  Many patrons are interested in coming out to see two  of the top stars grace the stage here in Jamaica.





picture by: Alan Lewin








Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie accepted undisclosed damages Thursday in London’s High Court to settle a privacy claim against a British tabloid that had reported they were planning to split.


The celebrity couple began legal action against the News of the World after it reported in January that they had agreed to separate. The pair argued the newspaper had made false and intrusive allegations in saying that they had planned to divide assets worth 205 million pounds ($320 million) and had made arrangements regarding the custody of their six children.


“When the News of the World failed to publicly retract the allegations and apologize for them — thereby leaving their readers in the dark as to the true position — the couple felt they had no alternative than to sue,” the couple’s attorney, Keith Schilling, said in a statement. “Today’s victory marks the end of the litigation brought by Brad and Angelina.”


The newspaper confirmed that a settlement had been reached, but declined to comment further.


The movie star couple did not attend the hearing. (Source: AP)







TMZ is reporting that Christina Milian’s soon-to-be ex-husband, The-Dream, filed for divorce nine days before she gave birth to their only child.

The documents were filed on Feb. 17 in Georgia, but never surfaced until the Web site discovered them recently. Milian gave birth to their daughter on Feb. 26.

In the docs, The-Dream, whose real name is Terius Nash, claims the marriage is “irretrievably broken,” and “there is no hope for reconciliation.”





Cops cut down Stinger gang leader

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The leader of the feared Maxfield Avenue gang Stinger Gang Ricardo Wynter aka Government was yesterday fatally shot after he engaged the police in a gun fight at Hellshire, St Catherine.

Investigators from the St Andrew South Police Division are also reporting that three other members of the Stinger gang were yesterday arrested.

According to the investigators these three persons are part of the main leadership structure of the gang.


Wynter, who was listed by the police as a major person of interest following the May 24 operation in Western Kingston and others members of the Stinger gang are responsible for a number of murders in and around Maxfield Avenue. He did not turn himself in to the police.

Wynter was a close associate of former Tivoli Gardens strongman, Christopher 'Dudus' Coke and regularly visited a section of Tivoli Gardens known as 'Java'.

Wynter was wanted by the police for various crimes including several murders committed on May 24, 2010 on Whitfield Ave when Wynter and his cronies ordered residents of the area to block roads in support of criminals in Tivoli Gardens and they refused.

Police also said Wynter and his cronies were responsible for searching cellular phones of residents from Maxfield Avenue as they hunted for ‘police informers’.

The Stinger gang is based in the Raphael Avenue/Ramsey Road area of the Kingston Western Police Division. Police say the gang is involved in contract killings and drug running.





David McBean quits CVM TV

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Dr. David McBean, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the CVM Group, is leaving the company. Dr. McBean will be leaving to pursue other opportunities.

Details surrounding his departure are not yet available.

Dr. McBean has been CEO of CVM since September 2003.





The Daily Word - Friday, July 23, 2010

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Comfort


I am enfolded in infinite love.


At the end of the day, I look forward to the comfort of my favorite chair. As I relax into the cushions, I begin to let go of the day's events. I feel secure and peaceful.

I turn my attention now to the presence of God within me. God's loving presence is always with me.

As my awareness of this divine love deepens, I have the strength to meet any challenge and the peace of knowing that I am never alone.

I hold others in thoughts of love and strength, knowing that God's comforting presence is active within them.

Whether we are in the same room or separated by a great distance, the spirit of God shelters us and enfolds us with infinite love.

If you sit down, you will not be afraid; when you lie down, your sleep will be sweet.--Proverbs 3:24





What the hell...

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What the hell!Bwoy di hottest news pon di internet now is di gay list that blogger 876grapevine released.Yes man seems like  Kizzy a talk up di tings dem. Yeah she sey she wouldn't post it unless it was confirmed and some nam whey wi a si nuh pretty at all. Because wi fraida lawsuit, we just a paste di link fi unno check it out.www.876grapevine.blogspot.com





$1.6 back taxes or prison: MP’s choice!

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A PNP North TrelawnyMP, Dr EV Patrick Harris is now facing an immediate prison term if he does not pay up the $1.6M he owes in back property taxes.


According to a story in Jamaica Observer a local court issued a 'forthwith order' yesterday, meaning that Dr Harris, 54, must pay the money immediately, or face the prospect of making prison his temporary home for the next 30 days.


The court ruling means that Dr Harris can be taken into police custody at any time, but the politician can in the meantime go into any tax office and make arrangements for the money to be paid.


Resident Magistrate for Trelawny Sheron Barnes made the order yesterday in the Falmouth RM Court.


Neither Dr Harris nor his legal representative appeared in court and the order was made in the medical practitioner's absence.
In a statement to the paper the MP said "I am a taxpayer, a proud taxpayer. I can't run and go anywhere, I will deal with the matter.”.


"Money is tough and it is not that we don't want to pay taxes, but we are all facing hardships," he said.






Police issues warning: No profanities at Sumfest

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The police in St James have issued a reminder to performers and patrons attending the Reggae Sumfest Festival this weekend to obey the rules of the land.


The festival continues with Dancehall Night tonight, followed by International Nights One and Two on Friday and Saturday. The St James police are cautioning the artistes about their language and behaviour on stage.


Commanding Officer for the Division, Superintendent Merrick Brown, says the no profanity rule will be strictly enforced.
"Sometimes when we have these events the artistes tend to go on stage and use profanity. We want to communicate it to them, it's in their contract not to do it, but we want to let them know if they do so, then police officers are going to take action," he cautioned.


"We're not backing down where that is concerned. It's zero tolerance where the use of profanity is concerned at this event."
The show's production team says it acknowledges the artistic creativity that comes with being on stage, but urges some sensitivity towards the use of profanity.


Executive producer of Reggae Sumfest Johnny Gourzong, also noted that there is a contractual obligation for them to avoid the use of profanity and to refrain from singling out certain groups in their lyrics.


"In the contracts we have already set out what they should not be doing, and in addition, we sent them a letter which reinforced it, providing information about the show, length of performance, and other requirements," he explained.


"We just urge them to understand these conditions and focus on putting out good quality music," Gourzong continued.
Superintendent Brown extended the caution towards patrons attending the event as well.


Firearms will not be allowed in the venue unless carried by the police or by private security personnel.


"We asking those persons who have licensed firearms to leave the firearms at home, but if they come to the venue with it, it will be taken and stored until after the event," he explained.


The Superintendent added that the Police will be out in large numbers to tackle any breaches of the law from the sale of drugs, to traffic infringements in and around the venue.


"The police will be out there in numbers, so we are just sending out the warning from now," he stated.
Reggae Sumfest, scheduled for Catherine Hall Montego Bay July 22-24, remains 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.





Scenes from Boasey Tuesdays

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Dexter Lee makes Jamaica proud

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Jamaica continues to shine on the world stage.

The latest comes from Dexter Lee who yesterday created history at the Stadium du Moncton last night as he sped to the island's first gold at the 13th IAAF World Junior Championships, to defend the title he won two years ago in Bydgoszcz, Poland.


Lee, who ran out of lane seven after posting the seventh fastest time in the semi-finals, stopped the clock at 10.21 seconds, well below his personal and season best 10.16, beating American Charles Silmon, who ran a personal best 10.23, while France's Jimmy Vicaut, the joint world leader, was third in 10.28.


Yardflex congratulates the athlete on his achievement





'Livity' charged

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POLICE have charged Leighton ‘Livity’ Coke, brother of former Tivoli strongman Christopher ‘Dudus’ Coke, for various crimes.


Coke is charged with shooting with intent, illegal possession of a firearm and wearing a Jamaica Defence Force uniform, said a release from the Constabulary Communication Network this evening.
His court date is tentatively set for July 30.










In the wake of a perceived easing of tensions between Washington and the Bruce Golding government over the extradition of Christopher "Dudus" Coke, RJR News understands that the US is to apply for the extradition of two high profile subjects.


Highly confidential sources told RJR News that the US government has prepared indictments for the extradition of two businessmen from Western Jamaica on drug trafficking charges.


One of the men is said to be connected to a well known family in Montego Bay, St. James.


Our sources reported that the US government prepared the indictments on statements given to them by a powerful Jamaican fugitive who was given a reduced sentence last year, after he decided to cut a deal with US prosecutors.


It is understood that US agents are now in the island working with local agents to monitor the movements of the fugitives.
Our sources say they do not expect any resistance from the Golding administration.


The Obama administration and the Jamaican government were reportedly at bitter odds last year over the release of Montego Bay businessman Presley Bingham, who was being sought for drug trafficking.


The initial refusal of the State to extradite Christopher Coke is also believed to have cost the Jamaican government friends in Washington.


Neither government have officially admitted to a diplomatic impasse however, Washington finally appointed a US ambassador within weeks after Christopher Coke’s extradition.





Tesha Miller charged for assault

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Defence attorneys representing Tesha Miller, the reputed head of the Klansman Gang, are now pondering their next move, after criminal charges were laid against him on Monday.


Miller, who surrendered to the police under the State of Emergency, was expected to be released Thursday, when the State of Emergency ends.


However, he was charged with assaulting a policeman while in custody, and was refused bail on Tuesday when he appeared before the Corporate Area Criminal Court.
Miller is charged jointly with 24-year-old Keifa Ogilvie, son of Justin Ogilvie, a close confidant of former Tivoli Gardens strongman, Christopher "Dudus" Coke.


The police alleged that on July 14, a policeman at the Kingston Central Police lock-up attempted to confiscate a cellular phone found in the possession of Mr. Ogilivie.


It is alleged that the prisoner punched the policeman in the face.


During the fracas, Tesha Miller, who was also in the cell, joined in the attack on the policeman.


Both were later charged with assault.
However, the attorneys for the men disputed the allegations and claim that this was a ploy the keep them in custody.
Miller and Ogilvie were remanded until September 2, when they are to stand trial.


Lawyers for Miller have consistently accused the authorities of targeting their client, although they have no evidence against him.


They have applied to the court release him, but failed on each occasion





Lil Kim Goes In On Foxy Brown

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One of the most famous feuds in hip-hop just got more interesting.

Lil’ Kim recently sat down for an interview with our friends over at AOL Black Voices and went in on her 90’s rival:
On whether she’ll reconcile with Foxy Brown
“I don’t even want to mention her (Foxy).

No, because she’s just somebody that’s just…No, I don’t even want to mention her. One moment she got something bad to say about me, one moment she got something good to say. I don’t like that flip flop sh–, that just means that you’re still crazy!

My mom always told me if you know there’s a snake in the grass, and you know it’s a snake that bit you before, why would you pick it back up? I’m not picking back up anymore snakes no more.

Everyone that’s around me now are very genuine, positive, and love me. You never know, time goes by and people show their real skin so I don’t give people 100% anymore.

I brought so many people in this game, I rocked with so many people, showed so many people homage and love. But they don’t show it back to me. It doesn’t bother me, I just move on. That’s why I’m always quiet about things, I just take it on the chin because I’m God’s child.”






Scenes from Girls Night out

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The Daily Word - Thursday, July 22, 2010

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Life



The perfect life of God within renews me day by day.


The energy of God renews the earth after fire, earthquakes or floods.

New life pushes up through the ash, the debris and the mud. In the same way, God in me renews and heals me no matter what the appearance or experience.

Regardless of what happens in the outer world, there is an eternal, unchanging perfect life beyond the visible.

As I calm my thoughts, release my fears, and open my heart to that perfect life, I open to the flow of healing that is always available.

Healing flows freely into my body and mind from the infinite Source of life. It cannot be limited or damaged by the physical world. This life is the truth of my being and through it I experience renewal.

We look not at what can be seen but at what cannot be seen; for what can be seen is temporary, but what cannot be seen is eternal.--2 Corinthians 4:18





ITS SUMMER, TIME TO PARTY

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The long, hot and lazy days of summer are definitely here.

Schools are out and it’s 96 degrees in the shade.

The major question is what to do? The answer, the Smirnoff Dream Weekend set for Negril during the Emancipation weekend, July 30 to August 2, 2010.

What better way is there to spend the long weekend than to assemble a group of friends and head out of town, drink cold beer, eat the best food and have a fun-filled adventure in one of the best tourist destinations in the country?

As Heineken, as the official beer and Smirnoff, as the title sponsor and world’s top vodka, partner with the dream team, this one is expected to be the best yet.

The promoters of the seven major parties for the weekend are promising that each of those parties is going to be ‘off the chain’.

The stellar line up includes Smirnoff Xclusive, Daydreams, Smirnoff Flavours, Twisted Spiritz, YUSH and Beer Vibes. And what better way is there to cool off than with the Xtreme Wet ‘n’ Wild party at the Kool Runnings Water Park?

Each of these parties, in addition to their own special qualities, will feature some of Jamaica’s best sound systems and accomplished disc jockeys, which together, are sure to create the ultimate party vibe for the thousands expected to attend.

In between parties there will also be lots of fun activities designed to ensure that there will never be a dull moment for party fans.

Besides hosting some of the parties on the Dream Weekend, Margaritaville Negril, will add food and drink specials that feature ice-cold Heineken beer and Smirnoff cocktails.

So why not get an affordable armband, call up your ‘bredrens’ and take the trip down to Negril? After all, aren’t summers supposed to be memorable?






State of Emergency Dilemma

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Yardflex have to weigh in on this one for real.

Yesterday was chaos in the house as the votes that the PM needed to extend the State of Emergency for another month was not forthcoming as it wasn’t supported by the JLP.

Now from what we observed of the PM needed this to continue so bad, why didn’t he take the 15 day olive branch offered by the JLP with the option of exploring another 15 days. Isn’t half a loaf of bread better than none?


He instead stick out for the 30 days or not at all?

We are confused. We are not really into taking sides, we are just looking at the facts and what it is saying is that the PM wasn’t too enthusiastic in maintain the State of Emergency at all cost.

He now has gotten a way out and can blame the PNP while he is at it.





Ele you must pay up your taxes

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Yardflex touched a piece of this saga yesterday, here are some more details.


Staying true to their word to go after tax dodgers, officials from the Tax Administration Department on Tuesday raided the Upper St. Andrew apartment of popular dancehall artiste, Elephant Man.
Members of the Special Enforcement Team seized a convertible Mercedes Benz motor car owned by the international artiste, whose real name is O'Neil Bryan. Elephant Man declined to comment when our news team arrived on the scene on Hope Road.


It is understood that Elephant Man owes the Tax Department more than $10 million, in outstanding taxes.


In March, the DJ was barred from leaving the island after the Tax Department took out a stop order on him.


It is understand that the artiste paid over $3 million in March however; he reportedly failed to pay over the balance of the tax debt which led to Tuesday's operation.


Elephant Man's attorneys rushed to the scene on Tuesday morning, and are now negotiating with tax officials.
Meanwhile, Director of Communications at the Tax Administration Department, Meris Haughton, says the raid on Elephant Man's apartment, is a clear warning to those who continue to evade the tax net.


She said assets seized by the tax department are normally liquidated to recover the debt.


She said since the crackdown on delinquent tax payers began, this year, the government has seen a steady stream of revenue into its coffers.


“For the first quarter of the year we actually met the revenue target that was given to us, we are at 100.1% of the target so we are actually over the target.

A number of methods and strategies have been used in the operations of the special enforcement team that allow us to meet our targets,” Ms. Haughton said.





Wha dis fada

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Imagine we come cross a story in di Observer business section and we shock so till.

You know that even though Bank of Jamaica (BOJ) has reduced the reserve requirements for commercial banks, a new kind of banking fee is making customers pay for having too little money in their accounts.


According to the story the two largest commercial banks in Jamaica by branch network charge depositors a fee for balances below a certain amount.

Scotiabank charges $150 per month for balances below $5,000, while the National Commercial Bank (NCB) charges $50 per month for balances below $2,000.

Estimates are that up to 60 per cent of the deposits in commercial banks are below $5,000.


Now, the only thing we have to say to savers is this, if you find that you nuh have no money to bank and you have below those two figures quoted.

Instead of losing $50 and $150 monthly until there’s nothing left in the book. Close the account and open one with the credit union instead and forget bout di bank dem star.

From now on more of my money will be going into the credit union, cause at the end of the day, we looking for the banks to come up with more fees to dig into your savings.







Yardflex gets an exclusive with Gyptian for the release of Hold You.

By Lydia Patel

Yardflex TV caught up with Gyptian for an exclusive one on one at the VP records office in Queens. His album is officially launched worldwide and the VP artist is definitely looking forward to a great run. “It’s a lot of work, and it’s not a bed of roses/ You have to be dedicated to make it happen’. Gyptian is currently in NY promoting his brand new album and making numerous appearances at radio station and shows in the tri state area. The title track of the album, ‘Hold You’ has been a mega success for most of this year and remixed by major acts like Niki Minaj and Ricky Blaze. Hold You is available at all major retail outlets and digitally on itunes.






The Daily Word - Wednesday, July 21, 2010

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Ability


I am confident in my ability to succeed.


I am naturally drawn to the idea of improving my life and discovering greater meaning and purpose.

Today I have the courage to step out of my comfort zone and turn my desire for improvement into action.

Perhaps there is something I have always dreamed of doing. God has given me the tools that I need, and I am confident of my ability to succeed.

I sense divine timing--I can do this now; I have all that I require; I am ready! This is the call of Spirit and it is a precious testament to Holy Spirit working in me.

Empowered by my faith in God, I answer the call. I move into new circles, stepping forward to new breakthroughs.

I am confident that with every step, Spirit within lovingly supports and guides me. I have the ability, the faith and the confidence to succeed.

They replied, "We are able."--Mark 10:39





Sugar Minott Nigh Night

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Elephant man Benz seized

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Bwoy wi caan believe sey afta dem dis stop Ele a airport because him neva pay him taxes dat him meck di same situation reach him again.


Wi did tink sey afta him meck deal wid dem dat him a guh sort out tings him did meck sure dat was him first priority.


No sah, police and tax people dem swoop dung a him yard and seize him Benz sey him owe 8 million dollar.


Wi hope Ele set him business straight, cause it nuh look good at all. Even if him haffi stop buy up di hennessy and save more.








Guidance


The wisdom of God is revealed through me.


Through the wisdom of God deep within me, I am connected with all life and all creation. Through my intuition, I perceive God's guidance and allow it to enlighten and inspire me. I allow it to show me the way.

Trusting my intuition, I know what to do and where to go in any situation. The wisdom of God enables me to anticipate the good in my life and discover new ways to bring it into expression.

As I allow the wisdom of God to express through my intuition, I become a means through which God's wisdom is revealed in the world. I trust my intuition and give thanks for each opportunity to be inwardly guided.

I am about to do a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it?--Isaiah 43:19





Buju Banton supporters launch writing campaign

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Supporters of jailed international reggae artiste Mark Anthony Myrie, popularly known as Buju Banton, have launched an official writing campaign to US. Attorney General Eric Holder.


The campaign is being described as a consolidated effort to bring even more attention to what they claim are flimsy Federal charges being wielded against the artiste.


At the same time, the supporters want to ensure that the US Government is keenly aware that the public is monitoring this case closely.


The letter to Mr. Holder noted that the incarceration of Banton without bail is unconscionable, and the charges are a result of information provided by a professional informant who relentlessly pursued Mr. Myrie for six months to participate in a drug deal.


"In our great system of justice, the accused is innocent until proven guilty, therefore, persons accused of crime are entitled to bail," the letter outlined.


The letter also outlined that Buju meets all of the requirements for bail, yet it has not been granted.
In addition, his trial has been postponed three times despite his attorney’s objections.


The supporters urged Mr. Holder to do whatever possible to end this injustice.


Organisers of the Letter Writing Campaign are encouraging friends, fans and supporters worldwide to print out this letter— or write a version of their own, sign and mail it directly to Mr. Holder.






Sections of East Kingston now under curfew

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A curfew has been imposed in sections of the East Kingston under the State of Emergency.


The curfew began at 4:00 am today and will remain in effect until 4:00 am Thursday.


The boundaries of the curfew are:
North along Langston Road between the foot of Long Mountain and Mountain View Avenue;


South along Windward Road and Commission Road between Portland Avenue and the foot of Long Mountain;
East along the western foot of Long Mountain between Longsford Road and Commission Road; and
West along Deanery Road, Langston Road, St James Avenue and Portland Road, between Windward Road and Mountain View Avenue.


During the hours of the curfew persons within its boundaries are required to remain within their premises unless otherwise authorised in writing by the ground commander.









The other day some of the down town business operators claimed they were still coming under pressure from those trying to extort money from them. Well the appeal is now out for them to come forward and report it.


We are totally in support of this as the only way to stop it is to face it head on. Without money, these hoodlums can’t buy guns and bullets, if they want to bring back the country to the beautiful place it was then they have to stop giving criminals the means of setting up back their empires.


The police want persons who have had to fork over money to extortionists or who have been approached by them, to call the secure Operation Kingfish telephone line, 811 and report it.
Persons using 811 to report any act of extortion are not required to give their names.


All they need to do is give enough information for the Police to start investigating.


The Police have also established an e-mail address for persons who want to share information with the Police.


Two Chinese businessmen whose stores were robbed in downtown Kingston, last week, have reportedly refused to come forward with information to assist the police.


A police source assigned to the West Kingston Police Division, confirmed the robberies of the two wholesales in close proximity to the Coronation Market on Spanish Town Road.


Further investigations have been hampered by the lack of information being provided.


Do we want this thing to stop or not.






Telecom providers beware!

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The government agency which regulates market competition has taken aim at local cellular service providers following complaints from consumers that they were not being given adequate warning about changes to certain services.

The Fair Trading Commission (FTC) on Monday issued guidelines to guard against misleading advertising in accordance with the Fair Competition Act.

Executive Director of the FTA, David Miller, says the failure of local telecoms providers to notify the public about changes to their terms and conditions of service will give rise to problems for members of the public.
Mr. Miller states that the guidelines will encourage telecoms providers to be as aggressive about promoting changes of the terms and conditions of service as they are about other consumer promotions.

“Overtime we have seen quite a few complaints where consumers are not clear in what the service offerings are from one or two of the major telecommunications providers.


So what we are asking the telecoms providers to do is, if you make a change to your promotional offer then please communicate it clearly and in a similar manner as the original promotion was put out through the media,” Mr. Miller said.






The police continue to mess up

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See, no wonder fighting crime is so darned hard. How can we move on when the people charged with getting rid of it are the problems.


Check out this story.
A police sergeant from the Portland Division was arrested Friday at St Mar-garet's Bay, Port Antonio, for breaches of the Corruption Prevention Act following a sting operation carried out by the Anti Corruption Branch (ACB).


It is alleged that about 5:40 p.m., the sergeant, who was investigating a case, approached the accused and offered to dispose of the case for $50,000.


The ACB was then informed and arrangements were made for the money to be paid to the sergeant. During a sting operation which was set up, the sergeant was caught collecting the money. He was consequently arrested.


The sergeant is presently in custody and a case file is being prepared for submission to the Director of Public Prosecutions for a ruling.









Shannon Price, the ex-wife of late actor Gary Coleman, is asking a judge to formally recognize her as the child star’s surviving spouse.


According to the AP, Price filed documents last week in Salt Lake City claiming she and Coleman continued to live together and represent themselves as married despite their 2008 divorce.


Price wants a judge to recognize their common law marriage from the date of the divorce through his May 28 death. She is seeking the declaration as part of the ongoing battle over Coleman’s estate.


A note handwritten by Coleman days after his 2007 marriage names Price his sole heir. However, Coleman’s ex-girlfriend, Anna Gray, contends a 2005 document awards her the estate.





Beyonce Escapes Being Hit By Car

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Beyonce had an amazing escape when she opened her car door — and it got ripped off its hinges by a London taxi.


Beyonce with hubby Jay-Z was about to step out of the car and enter Harrods for some quick shopping, but the cab missed her by inches as it collided with their Mercedes.


A source said:
“It was terrifying to watch. It all happened so quickly, the taxi came out of nowhere. She seemed very shaken and was lucky to be alive. A couple of seconds difference and God knows what could have happened.”


Beyonce was out for a romantic evening in London with her husband.





Scenes from Bounty Sundays

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Fashion Connection

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• Portland mada woman pulls nail out of Sugar’s ‘balls’

There is absolutely no doubt that Lincoln ‘Sugar’ Minott was an icon in Reggae/Dancehall music.

The singer passed away on Saturday, July 10, at the University Hospital of the West Indies and even as family await the autopsy report there have been ‘other reports’ regarding the cause of death of the great man, who also had a heart condition.


Yardflex sources close to Sugar have revealed that in the week leading up to his death, Sugar had reported feeling unwell and had been carried to a highly respect “mada woman” in Portland for healing.

Reports are that the obeah woman freed up Sugar by pulling a nail, a half a CD and ring from various parts of his body. Immediately after this “surgery” was performed, Sugar declared that he was feeling much better, only to take ill on his way back to Kingston and died two days later.


“Bwoy, you waan see, Miss Roberts pull a nail outta Sugar balls and a half a CD outta him head,” the source stated.


He continued, “Even a ring wha' dem couldn't find fi years, Mis Roberts pull it ouuta Sugar side.”


Reports are that Miss Roberts also told Sugar Minott that one of his six baby mothers was trying to 'tie' him and that was one of the reasons for him feeling so sick.


“Afterwards, she give him something to drink and give him a bath and when him leave him seh him feel betta,” the YardFlex source reported.


However, Sugar Minott reportedly fell ill subsequently and had to be hospitalized.

The cause of death is still unknown, but there are reports that his belly became swollen and in some quarters there are speculations that the singer had been poisoned.


Among Sugar Minott’s hits is the song with the line, “More than one woman in my life/And all a dem a fight to be my wife/But I have enough love for everyone…”


Funeral arrangements have not yet been finalized.





Who do you pick....?

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Newly crowned Miss Jamaica Festival Queen,Johnnel Smith poses with Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture, Olivia Grange at the grand coronation show hosted by the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission ( JCDC) at the Ranny Williams Entertainment Centre on Saturday, July 17, 2010.

Smith who hails from Manchester also copped sectional prizes for being the "Most Culturally Aware" and the "Most Involved in her Community".





Miss Jamaica Festival Queen 2010, Johnnel Smith( centre) is flanked by 1st Runner up, Miss Kingston & St. Andrew, Tyesha Turner (left) and 2nd Runner up, Miss Trelawny, Chloe Trowers (right).

The Miss Jamaica Festival Queen 2010 grand coronation show was hosted by the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission ( JCDC) on Saturday,July 17, 2010 at the Ranny Williams Entertainment Centre.





Scenes from Fresh Friday

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Scenes from Street Vybez Thursdays

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Scenes from Weddy Weddy Wednesdays

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Poor Buju

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A wonder if anybody memba sey Thursday gone was Buju Banton’s birthday. Yeah man man him tun 37, and what a way fi spend yuh birthday… inna lock up.

Bwoy tings really look sticky fi di DJ, imagine him inna jail from December 10 and now a July and him case nah call up till way a September…and den there is no telling what the outcome will be.

A status conference hearing is scheduled for Wednesday, August 4.

It come een like sey Buju did a prophecy when him chant the song Not an Easy Road, and Til I’m Laid To Rest.





Do you know where your children are?

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Bet most mothers would come on television crying and carrying on about how police shot down their teens in cold blood?

But where was the mother or father of the 16-year-old who found his way on the premises of the Spanish Town Hospital in St Catherine, robbed and terrorized patients and staff.?

Investigators in the St. Catherine North Police Division have not yet laid charges again a juvenile who was arrested for Friday’s robbery at the Spanish Town Hospital.

Senior detectives say they are waiting on the 16-year old boy's lawyer to be present before he is interrogated.


The teenager, along with three of his peers, invaded the King of Spain Wing at the hospital where two of them pulled guns and robbed seven members of staff of cash, jewellery and other items.
His cronies fled the compound leaving him behind.


He was nabbed by officers from the nearby Spanish Town Police station who found him hiding in a section of the hospital.
Just can’t vouch for anyone anymore.






The Daily Word - Friday, Monday, July 19, 2010

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Excellence


It is not I, but the Christ within who does the work.


From time to time I may notice my thoughts have turned to finding fault in either myself or others. A better choice is to strive for excellence in all that I think, say and do.

There is a higher standard of being I wish to live up to--one that is not found in criticism, blame or guilt. It is achieved through a conscious and mindful connection with the Christ within.

Through the wisdom of the Christ within, I make healthier, more positive, productive choices. Success manifests in my life as I become the very best person I can be.

Living each day in a Christ-centered way, I affirm: It is not I, but the Christ within who does the work. With that statement as my mantra, I reach the heights of living excellently.

Show yourself in all respects a model of good works.--Titus 2:7






3.6 Magnitude Earthquake Strikes Maryland

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WASHINGTON — A minor earthquake shook residents awake in the DC area early Friday.


The quake hit at 5:04 a.m. EDT and had a magnitude of 3.6.
The quake was centered in the Rockville, Md., area said Randy Baldwin, a physicist with U.S. Geological Survey’s National Earthquake Information Center.


Police in Washington and in nearby Montgomery County, Md., said there were no immediate reports of injuries or damage.


On the U.S. Geological Survey’s website, people as far away as Pennsylvania and West Virginia reported feeling the quake.


Lucille Baur, public information officer for the Montgomery County Police Department, said the department received a lot of calls from people wondering what had happened.


Debby Taylor Busse said she was in the basement of her home in Vienna, Va., in Fairfax County when she felt the quake hit. She was already awake watching television, but her husband had been asleep in a second-floor bedroom when the tremor woke him.
“I didn’t know what it was,” Busse said. “I have never been in an earthquake before. It felt like an airplane going overhead or thunder, but it wasn’t coming from above.”


She said it lasted just a few seconds and compared it to a strong thunder strike — enough to rattle the house, but not enough to knock anything over.


Brett Snyder, who lives in Gaithersburg, Md., told AP Radio he was awakened by the quake but said it wasn’t a big deal.
“It happened very instantaneously and then off to a day’s work,” Snyder said.





Tropical wave affects Jamaica

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The National Meteorological Service has issued a warning to fishers and marine interests due to rainfall from the tropical wave now affecting sections of the island.


The office, in an early morning release, said increased showers were expected to affect various parishes resulting from a Tropical wave, currently east of Jamaica.


It said satellite imagery indicated showers and thunderstorms across sections of most parishes from the system as it moved across the island Saturday.


The office which said it would continue to monitor the situation also warned that widespread showers and thunderstorms, which may be heavy at times, along with gusty winds, are also expected as the tropical wave moves across the island.


It said fishers and other marine interests are advised to exercise caution as strong, gusty winds are likely in showers and thunderstorms over inshore and offshore areas.


In the three-day forecast, starting tomorrow, it is expected that there will be mostly cloudy conditions with scattered showers and thunderstorms especially during the afternoon over into Monday with partly cloudy conditions expected for Tuesday and scattered afternoon showers and thunderstorms over central and western parishes.


Director General of the Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management (ODPEM) Ronald Jackson, said there had been no reports of flooding so far.





Threat level still high — Police

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THE police high command today issued an advisory to members of the constabulary that the threat level against them and police installations remains high.

In a media release the police said their intelligence indicates that criminal elements from gangs which operated in western Kingston are regrouping in order to resume their criminal activities.


"This regrouping is being done primarily in Denham Town and comes against the background of continued and effective Police operations being carried out in western Kingston especially in the Coronation Market area. Several threats have since been made on the lives of Police personnel," the release stated.


In light of the threats the police high command urged its members to 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," the release said.


The police also announced their commitment to remain undeterred in the fight to defeat organised crime.










Paris Hilton was briefly detained in Corsica after sniffer dogs detected a “quite small” quantity of marijuana in her bag, a French newspaper reported Saturday.


Corse Matin newspaper said officers at the airport in Figari found about one gram’s worth of marijuana. Hilton, who was transiting the French Mediterranean island in a private jet on Friday, was hauled in for questioning and released about 30 minutes later, the report said.


In a story posted on its Web site, the newspaper said Hilton was traveling along with “personalities close to power in Malaysia” from the French capital to Porto-Cerno, in Sardinia.


In a posting on the TwitLonger site Saturday, Hilton wrote, “Just to put an end to these rumors. The stories saying I have been arrested are completely false!”


“I am having the best vacation of my life,” the posting said.
Earlier this month, Hilton was arrested after the Brazil-Netherlands World Cup match in Port Elizabeth, South Africa, on suspicion of possession of marijuana. The case was then dropped at a midnight court hearing.


Hilton pleaded no contest in 2007 to alcohol-related reckless driving and was sentenced to 45 days in jail.

After spending about 23 days in jail, Hilton told U.S. television host Larry King that the experience caused her to re-evaluate the role partying played in her life. She said she wanted “to help raise money for kids and for breast cancer and multiple sclerosis.”

(Source: AP)





Cops name major persons of interest

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The Police are listing the following five persons as Major Persons of Interest. They are –

1. Dwight Turner o/c Nose
2. Ian Tyrell o/c Bulla Head
3. Lawrence Stewart o/c Ritchie; o/c O’Neil
4. Ernestico Campbell o/c Marlon Brando
5. Wayne Martin o/c Houdini

These five persons of interest to the Police are asked to make contact with the Police by handing themselves over to the nearest Police Station.





Curfew update

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Since the imposition of a curfew in the Western Kingston area early Sunday morning (mainly Rema) 191 persons (all males) have been taken into custody.

One of those taken into custody is on the Most Wanted List for the Kingston Western Police Division.

He was arrested and is expected to be charged tomorrow. Of the 191, so far taken into custody, 35 have been processed, interviewed and released.






What the heck is happening?

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Bwoy wi nuh like wha a happen at all.

Since Sugar Minott dead all of a sudden everybody a talk to Maxine Stowe and figet sey a years him a live wid Marcia.


Wha happen, she nah go have nuh talk inna di man funeral planning? No sah, di way wi si tings a shape up, it look like sey dem soon all ask har fi leave di house tuh. Wi haffi kip a close watch pon dis yah situation yah fi real.





Kartel free!

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Should make it to Sumfest after all

DJ Vybz Kartel was released last night after spending 14 days at the Portmore lock-up.



The deejay's release came one day after his legal team got the minister of national security, Dwight Nelson, to sign his detention release form.


Kartel release puts an end to the many speculations about his being able to perform on Sumfest’s Dancehall Night.
Kartel turned himself over to the police on July 2 after he was identified among other individuals as'persons of interest' by the police.


In reports in the media the DJ stated that he had been puzzled about the fact that he was wanted as a person of interest.


The Dj eventually turned himself on the third day.
The police say that they have completed their investigations involving the artiste.






Marley coffee.

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Marley Coffee from Safehouse Coffee on Vimeo.



David has a chat with Rohan Marley about his involvement with Marley coffee.







Justin Bieber’s music video for “Baby” is the most-watched video ever on YouTube.

The summer is already off to a great start for singer, songwriter and producer, Alaine Laughton, more popularly known as “Alaine”, who has not only just released a new song, but also her own record label – proving once again what an amazing talent she has to share with the world.


The 16-year-old pop star’s video passed Lady Gaga’s “Bad Romance” video to take the all-time lead. More than 246 million have watched Bieber’s video on the Google Inc.-owned website.
Bieber tweeted a thank you to “Beliebers” and said the video’s success was “crazy.” The singer wrote: “I started on youtube so ... WOW!”


The summer is already off to a great start for singer, songwriter and producer, Alaine Laughton, more popularly known as “Alaine”, who has not only just released a new song, but also her own record label – proving once again what an amazing talent she has to share with the world.


Bieber’s video and Lady Gaga’s switched positions briefly Friday, but as of late afternoon, Bieber was ahead by more than 600,000 views.


The summer is already off to a great start for singer, songwriter and producer, Alaine Laughton, more popularly known as “Alaine”, who has not only just released a new song, but also her own record label – proving once again what an amazing talent she has to share with the world.


The most-watched clip on YouTube that isn’t a music video is the popular “Charlie bit me” viral video, which more than 210 million have watched.

The summer is already off to a great start for singer, songwriter and producer, Alaine Laughton, more popularly known as “Alaine”, who has not only just released a new song, but also her own record label – proving once again what an amazing talent she has to share with the world.





Mek we just mourn Sugar without di foolishness

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We a beg everybody fi just mek we mourn the sudden passing of the Godfather of Dancehall, Sugar Minott in a decent and respectful way.

We haffi ask why is it that when important people drop out those who leave back always have a bag a tings fi chat.

The amount of story we hear as to what kill Sugar, it doan pretty. But now is not the time for that so we not even going to repeat them, cause all now no autopsy doan do.

We nah tell no lie, Sugar passing really reach we and we hope seh there will be no bickering and fighting over dead lef.

Memba she a Sugar sing seh ‘more than one woman in my life, and all a dem want to be my wife’. And from him dead we notice seh did ‘wife’ who people did tink she she and Sugar divorce a she a talk to all did media, when the other ‘wife’ who live a house with Sugar and did deh wid him when him a tek him last breath just a grieve and hold her corner.

And then you have Sugar kids dem. All we a she is that we must just come together and mourn the passing of a icon without the foolishness.





Alaine breaks boundaries with You Are Me

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The summer is already off to a great start for singer, songwriter and producer, Alaine Laughton, more popularly known as “Alaine”, who has not only just released a new song, but also her own record label – proving once again what an amazing talent she has to share with the world.


You Are Me, the first single produced by Alaine’s 1Thirty1 record label, is already receiving good reviews and garnering heavy rotation on both local and International airwaves.

The song isn’t the typical kind of music that we have grown to expect from the artist, this song is deeply personal and touches listeners to their very core.


“I was inspired to write You Are Me by the events that happened in West Kingston.

I was really affected by the negative images from the media coverage and negative, fearful sentiments being expressed on the talk shows and the sounds of gunshots being fired all around while locked up in my house.

I started crying for my country, for my brother and sisters, and I followed my tears to my piano.

As soon as I sat down and started playing, the song came pouring out of my soul,” stated Alaine on her decision to write this song.
A video was also recently shot for the single at a beautiful location in St Thomas late last month and directed by Ras Shac.

It’s a performance video, that includes use of metaphorical imagery, and features Alaine interacting with a band, which mirrored the recording process, which actually took place in the studio.


The video also features a scene with Alaine playing an upright piano on the beach with surfers in the background, surfing over insurmountable waves, much like our seeming problems in Jamaica and our world. The video will be released in mid-July.


Alaine will also be going on month long tour to Europe with fellow RETV High School Tour veterans, Voicemail at the end of July.








Free

The grand coronation show for the TVJ Miss Jamaica Festival Queen Competition 2010 will be hosted on Saturday, July 17, 2010 at the Ranny Williams Entertainment Centre, beginning at 8:00 pm.


Under the theme “Jamaican Women…Shaping Our Culture”, thirteen parish queens will compete in the areas of talent, poise and general awareness for the title of ‘Miss Jamaica Festival Queen 2010’ and the opportunity to represent Jamaica as a Cultural ambassador.


Special guest performers include Fab 5, Aisha Davis, Ana and Samantha Strachan, Wolmer’s Dance Troupe, the Spanish Town Dance Theatre Company and Trio Bello.





The Daily Word - Saturday, July 17, 2010

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Prosperity


I have all the time, energy and money needed to do what is mine to do.


True prosperity is not found in the outer world, nor is it determined by the amount of money we possess. True prosperity comes from the wisdom that God is blessing us at all times and in all ways.

Prosperity is not something I have to seek; it is already here, waiting to be discovered. I find prosperity by having faith that God provides for me in every needed way.

Prosperity must be cultivated on the inside. As I begin to understand the power of God within me, it is as if I have inherited millions.

I am rich in all ways and enjoy lasting abundance in all areas of my life--my health, wealth and relationships. Mere possessions can never replace the joy I feel when I am filled with the presence of God.

Those who seek the Lord lack no good thing.








Reggae act Chaka Demus and Pliers, best known for their nineties hit “Murder She Wrote,” are suing their record company for more than $10 million in unpaid royalties and trademark infringement.

According to Reuters, the duo claims Universal Music Group misappropriated and diverted monies that were owed to them.

The artists claimed they signed a worldwide recording deal with Universal-owned label Island Records in October 22 1992, which allowed the artists to retain all rights to the trademark Chaka Demus and Pliers.

It said Universal Music had “withheld the monies and royalties payments” from the inception of the contract.

Not only are the two reggae stars asking for a court award of more than $10 million, but also demanding an injunction ordering Universal Music to cease the sale, production and performances of the their music.

The suit was filed this week at the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York in Manhattan under the artists’ real names John Taylor (aka Chaka Demus) and Everton Bonner (aka Pliers).





Sean Kingston didn't do it

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On Wednesday we carried a story where singer Sean Kingston was accused of sexual assault. In Yesterday’s Star a story was carried indicating that the singer was innocent of the charge.

Check out the report.

According to www.tmz.com, Kingston has been accused of sexual assault for an incident that allegedly took place on Sunday night at the Crowne Plaza in Seattle, USA.

According to the report, cops are sceptical of the women's claim. TMZ stated that sources told them the two women showed up for a party in one of the hotel rooms and Kingston was present.

The report said, "law enforcement sources tell TMZ the women were both intoxicated when they arrived, with bottles of vodka and beer in hand.

We're told one of the women claims Kingston had sex with her." It is also reported that Kingston left the party and went to another room on the same floor when one of the women became aggressive.

They claim that sources say the woman then proceeded to have sex with two other men in the room. The second woman also had sex with someone in the room.

A hotel manager told TMZ "an incident" did indeed occur in the hotel on Sunday night, though he was not specific.

They added that the fire department claims that an ambulance was called and transported both women - who are 19 and 20 years of age - to a hospital where rape tests were conducted. We're told the women were also tested for Rufinol, but the results are not in.

Sources say Kingston, who is scheduled to perform tonight with Justin Bieber in Portland in the United States, was initially asked by cops to come in for an interview, but police have determined the case is not credible and they now say an interview is unnecessary.

TMZ said that it is claimed that the women might file civil lawsuits.

Originally from Jamaica, Sean Kingston became an international success a few years ago with the break-out hit Beautiful Girls. The singer was recently in the island in Ocho Rios for the shooting of his video for the single Letting Go (Dutty Love) with rapper Nicki Minaj.

On his Twitter page, in what seems to be connected to the incident, Kingston commented, "I have the best management team and mother so the truth will soon surface only God knows right now so I don't have no problem, fans I luv you all."

He also added: "Just read my Bible and had a convo with the Lord and I'm gonna be fine ... . I just hate to get lied on, that's all."






Careful of how you look overseas jobs

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Check out this story that was carried in the Star. It’s an ongoing case with the director of JobQuest. Before you you think you have found a better opportunity…think long and hard.


JobQuest International director Christine Kelly, charged with 10 counts of obtaining money by false pretence, was granted bail in the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate's Court yesterday.

The allegations are that between 2007-2009, she collected between US$300 (J$25,800) - US$1,500 (J$129,000) from the various complainants with the promise that they could receive employment in Canada, England, The United States and Dubai.

It is alleged that after failing to hear about a job, the complainants tried to get a refund but were also unable to do so.

One complainant told the court that the accused told him to come to her at 2 p.m., but he later find out that was the time the office closes.

It is also alleged that Kelly had been on the run, however, she denied that claim yesterday saying she made several payments to register the company and could not have done so if she had been hiding.

Kelly's attorney told the court that the company had indeed provided many jobs over the years but said changes in some foreign policies and the recession had affected the business.

Kelly was granted $600,000 bail with a surety and was ordered to surrender her travel documents. A stop order was also enforced. She returns to court on August 4.









PARIS, France (AP) — Jamaican sprinters Usain Bolt and Asafa Powell go head-to-head for the first time this year in the 100 metres at the Diamond League meet in Paris on Friday.

Bolt and Powell, who share the fastest time this year of 9.82 seconds, meet in a much-anticipated showdown at the Areva meet at the Stade de France.

"Asafa Powell taking the start, plus runners like Yohan Blake and Daniel Bailey, I know the 100 will be a great race," Bolt said. "My goal will be not to lose this race. I plan to go 9.7. It should be a good race. Asafa is ready."

Following an Achilles' tendon injury, Bolt returned to competition in Lausanne, Switzerland, on July 9 and clocked 9.82 seconds. That matched Powell's time in Rome on June 10.

Missing today will be American sprinter Tyson Gay, who beat Powell in Gateshead last weekend. The Stade de France race will be Bolt's third 100 competition of the season.

"I no longer feel the slightest discomfort as far as my Achilles' tendon goes," Bolt said. "I'm, however, remaining careful and being really attentive during training sessions. According to my doctor, I should be running at 100 per cent again in two or three weeks."

Powell is the last man to have beaten Bolt in the 100, two years ago in Stockholm. Bolt, the Olympic and world champion and world record-holder in the 100 and 200, said he improved a lot after that defeat.






Mike Tyson: My Whole Life Is A F****** Waste!

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In the 25 years since he first stormed onto the boxing scene at age 19, Mike Tyson has seen more than his share of ups and downs.

Now at age 44, Mike Tyson has been in a reflective mood, starting with the Tyson documentary which was released in 2008.

In a recent interview with Details Magazine, Tyson looks back at his past with much disgust.

Details: Twenty years ago, you were one of the most famous men on the planet. Is there a big plan for Act 2?


Mike Tyson: The first stage of my life was just a whole bunch of selfishness. Just a whole bunch of gifts to myself and people who didn’t necessarily deserve it. Now I’m 44, and I realize that my whole life is just a f*****g waste. “Greatest man on the planet”?

I wasn’t half the man I thought I was. So if there’s a big plan now, it’s just to give—it’s selflessness, caring for the people who deserve it. Because I think I’m a pig. I have this uncanny ability to look at myself in the mirror and say, “This is a pig. You are a f*****g piece of s**t.”






The Daily Word - Friday, July 17, 2010

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Patience


I patiently await answered prayer.


When attempting to undo a knot, I know that patiently working to loosen one thread at a time is more effective than tugging fiercely in all directions.

If I'm faced with a complex problem, I know that patiently taking my time, working gently with one issue at a time, is more effective and less stressful.

Guidance comes with each movement, and I patiently allow the process to unfold.

As I gently work with one aspect of the situation at a time, I remain calm and clear-headed. I continue forward with faith. All sense of stress has left me. I am content and confident that all is well.

Lead a life worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love.--Ephesians 4:1-2





Scenes from Girls Night out

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Photos By: MILTON RAYNOR





Scenes from Uptown mondays

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Photos By: MILTON RAYNOR





Photos By: Diane Issachar








Mary J. Blige and production crew “The Clutch,” which includes R&B singer Keri Hilson, are being sued for copyright infringement over Blige’s hit single “Take Me As I Am.”

In the lawsuit filed in US District Court in the Central District of Californi, songwriters Jay Ballard and Kim Jones claim Blige and The Clutch stole their track, which was released in 1995, and used it for her hit 2005 song of the same name.

Ballard and Jones seek an accounting for all singles and albums sold in all formats, royalties and an accounting of publishing income derived from using the song in advertisements.

The Clutch has produced a number of hits for artists like Justin Bieber, Keri Hilson, Omarion, Britney Spears, Ciara, Jennifer Lopez, Timbaland and others.







One hundred and thirty persons were detained by the security forces yesterday during a curfew imposed on the Eastern St Andrew communities of Papine, Kintyre and August Town.

The curfew, which began at four o'clock yesterday morning, will remain in effect until 4:00 am tomorrow.

Soldiers on patrol in August Town, St Andrew, yesterday. (Photo: Lionel Rookwood)
Mostly males, were arrested following several searches carried out by police and members of the military.

The boundaries of the curfew are north along an imaginary line from Papine Square to the Kintyre community; south along an imaginary line along the foot of Long Hill Mountain, between the August Town Quarry and Princess Alice Drive; east along the Bedward Gardens main road between Kintyre and August Town Quarry and west along Hermitage main road, University Drive and Golding Avenue.

It also runs between Papine Square and Princess Alice Drive.

During 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, police said in a statement.

Yesterday, several men were seen at the August Town Police Station waiting to be processed. Those who were left in the community had worried looks on their faces.

Meanwhile, all motorists entering and leaving the community were stopped and their vehicles searched by police and soldiers.

August Town, known for its frequent gang fights, has always been on the police radar.








Check out this story on blackplanet.com. It is really disgusting. Whether it’s in Jamaica, the States or any part of the world, it’s is getting terrible the way kids are treated.

Are Italians Raping Our Children in Luxury Villas & Hotels in Malindi Kenya


If you come across a tourist whose passport reveals multiple entries to Cambodia, Sri Lanka and Singapore, it is most likely that when you continue flipping the pages, you will come across a couple of entries to Kenya.


If you forcefully examine his luggage, you may find old chattered airline tickets or taxi receipts evidencing frequent tours to Malindi, on more investigation will confirm short stays in a range of Malindi Beach Resorts and exclusive Malindi private beach villas (primarily owned by Italians).

At this stage, a man of average intelligence acting prudently will not want to view the tourists' picture album.especially if it is resting on a box of assorted candies, lollipops and bubble gum.

Guys we are at the advent of the most profitable child sex tourism industry in Africa.


Pictures of lions hunting impalas at Tsavo National Park are slowly being replaced with those of white pony-tailed sandal wearing Italian tourists preying on beautiful black young Kenyan girls. Elephant tusks, leopard skins and rhino horns are no longer the much sort out trophies; Instead, local virgin boys and girls define the holy grail, guys the child sex pest has arrived and his/her mighty thirst will not be quenched by the award winning kenya Tusker beer.

This particular beast will only drink the juice of innocence spewing from the undeveloped private parts of our most treasured assets i.e. our children or in other words, our future.


The debate on how Kenya finds itself depicted in child pornographic videos is endless.

We all agree that poverty has been known to skew perceptions of morality. The story of the thief stealing the bread to feed his starving family conveniently comes into play.

You see, the parents who choose to turn the other way as their own children bring home a couple of sleazy dollars after spending nights in Italian villas and beach resorts, are quick to accept that the 'end justifies the means'.


The society have chosen to ignore the awkward walking style of these toddlers, after all, how are they supposed to feed themselves. We all know what happens to our young girls when they get married to old German men and are shipped to the land of the third Reichso long as they send back some Deutschmarks (now Euros), we are all set.


Oh, by the way, some of our very own grown Kenyans gleefully indulge in this rape. My point here is that we are all complacent to this evil that is slowly tainting the image of our country. So what next? How do you stop a buibui clad girl from succumbing to the scourge from Italians with huge resources and Mafia connections? Education? How do you explain the ruinous behavior to parents whose only means of survival is the sleazy dollar? What about disease?


To what extend is personal responsibility the only answer? Are some of us just born sexually deviant?

What would happen if lets say, the government used the police to consistently swoop the villas, discos and prominent hotels that are conduits to this evil?

How about billboards of caution at every corner? Maybe deportation of perpetrators and repossession of filthy villas? How about genuine tourists blacklisting hotels, resorts lodges and private villas known to practice child prostitution?


It would be unfortunate if we allow our country to be listed in the yellow pages of sleaze holiday vacation destinations.





Police focus on crime in downtown Kingston

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The Kingston Central Police have embarked on an anti-crime initiative to crack down on criminal elements involved in extortion, drug peddling and robberies in the downtown Kingston.

Over the past three weeks, six men believed to be major players in criminal activity in the Kingston Central Police Division were taken into custody.

Members of the Kingston Central Special squad conducted an operation in Maiden Lane on Tuesday which led to the arrest of a 40-year-old woman who was found in possession of 60 pieces of crack cocaine and a quantity of ganja.





The Daily Word - Thursday, July 15, 2010

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Joy

Centered in God, I joyfully allow my good.


I am joyful even as I feel the need for something more in my life.

Whether I desire financial abundance, a healthy body or a closer walk with God, I know with complete faith and trust that it is now coming into being.

I'm willing to experience the joyful stage of waiting in the creative process. My life is always expanding, so I choose to be joyful while anticipating my highest good!

I put my mind on God and appreciate the continuous creative process of asking and receiving. I am deeply grateful as I receive the blessings of answered prayer.

Every day is a miracle, filled with opportunities to give and to receive. In joyful awareness of God, I am open and receptive to my greatest good.

If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, ask for whatever you wish, and it will be done for you.--John 15:7








Another twist has surfaced in Tiger Woods’ attempt to squash a paternity scandal involving one of his mistresses. The man alleged to be the child’s real father is now insisting he never took a DNA test.

Lawyers for the golfer filed papers earlier this month to dismiss Devon James’ claims that Woods fathered her nine-year-old son, Austin, following a fling in 2001. The porn star, whose real name is Melinda Brinling, wanted the court to force Woods to take a DNA test.

Woods’ legal team had hoped to get the case thrown out after it was revealed a man named Pele Watkins took a medical test in 2002 which proved he fathered the baby.

But in a letter dated August 1, 2009 — and obtained by TMZ — Watkins, writing from prison, tells James he never took a DNA test. At one point he wrote, “They will never get DNA from me.”

He closes the letter, “I never took a DNA test but tell your mom I will fight her for messing wit [sic] me in jail.”

James is reportedly planning to file the alleged letter in response to Woods’ latest legal bid to have the case dismissed.





Sean Kingston Accused of Sexual Assault

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TMZ is reporting that 20-year-old pop singer Sean Kingston has been accused of sexual assault following an alleged incident Sunday night at a Seattle hotel. However, cops aren’t buying the woman’s story, the site claims.

In fact, the singer was initially asked to come in for questioning, but police have determined the case is not credible and they now say an interview is unnecessary, the Web site reported.

According to sources, two women attended a party in one of the rooms of a Crowne Plaza hotel, where Kingston was present. Law enforcement sources say both women were drunk when they arrived, toting bottles of vodka and beer.

One of the women claims Kingston had sex with her, and, as one source says, “She was very aggressive.” TMZ reported. Kingston then reportedly left the party and went to another room on the same floor.

“Sources say the woman then proceeded to have sex with two other men in the room. The second woman, we’re told, also had sex with someone in the room,” TMZ reported.

A hotel manager confirms that “an incident” did indeed occur in the hotel Sunday night, though he was not specific. Fire department sources say an ambulance was called and transported both women — 19 and 20 years of age — to a hospital where rape tests were conducted.

“We’re told one of the women is going to file a civil lawsuit, and maybe both,” TMZ stated.

Kingston, meanwhile, is scheduled to perform tonight with Justin Bieber in Portland.





The Lyn/Shaw dramas

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The whole drama with Ian Lyn and Shaw has taken a new twist. Check out this interview that was posted on
Source link.
There you will see photos of all the players involved.
Wow, can we say it’s hot!!!

Kizzy Clarke July 13 at 5:04pm
Roshan why did u put out the video?

Roshan Shaw July 13 at 5:15pm
cause ian needs to be stopped in his tracks as he messes with underaged boys


Kizzy Clarke July 13 at 5:18pm
giv me ure side cuz a video with no explanation wont get the truth out. sen mi ure side n i will post it


Kizzy Clarke July 13 at 7:15pm
whr u disappear 2...????? u ok...

Roshan Shaw July 13 at 7:19pm
was inna meetin with my dad hun


Roshan Shaw
just dove in my house with secuirty, can u believe it

Kizzy Clarke
r u serious? why?

Roshan Shaw
death threats im gettin from Ians cronies

Kizzy Clarke
wat did ure dad say?

Roshan Shaw
he is on top of it, im stressed right now

Roshan Shaw
please post this and get my word out for me princess


Roshan Shaw July 13 at 7:29pm


1. How long were u together?

4yrs

2. How did u meet him?

he worked with my mother at motor sales before they fired him for embezzlement

3. How old r u?

College Grad, 28

4. Wat hapened 2 btwn u both that caused u 2 release this tape?

i got tired of his foolishness and him manipulating folks expecially young and underaged boys with hiss so called influence and then hide behind his false religions, louis farakhan has denounced him today.

5. Has he hurt u in the past?

when he attepted to get my mom fired, robbed me discreetly and continually tried to deficate on my character

6 How does he feel about the release of the tape?
he is Ian Lyn and he can turn around any circumstances and make it work for him and make him more poerful and popular

7 Hav u spoken 2 him since?

yes on sunday last

8 What caused u 2 tape him n was this ure 1st time taping him?

i just senced him going to betray me as he have done so in the past, yes it was the first time

9 Hav u had sexual relations with him n how long its been going on?

yes for 4 yrs but he was cheatin on me woith SLoane Jackson and Steven Ellis

10 Did ure dad know about ure relationship with him? '

Heavens no, he would have killed me as he depises Ian ErrolLyn!

AMEN SO LET IT BE.......HE GAVE ME HIS SIDE I POSTED IT





The Daily Word - Wednesday, July 14, 2010

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Harmony


I fulfill my divine purpose as I bring God's love into the world.
Perhaps my loved ones and I hold different opinions on certain topics or issues. No matter how different our perspectives appear to be, we share one thing in common--we are each expressions of God's love.

When we have a difference of opinion, I look beyond the seeming boundaries of the disagreement to find our common ground. I listen with respect and love in order to gain a greater understanding of myself, my loved one and our life experiences.

Focused on the love of God that guides the mind and soothes the soul, I look for solutions that will be mutually fulfilling and harmonious. With a generous spirit and a desire for common good, I strive to bring God's love into the world.

I appeal to you ... that you be united in the same mind and the same purpose.--1 Corinthians 1:10





Kentucky Kid death file sent to Coroner's Court

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See it there now, just when you think there might be some justice for slain deejay, Kentucky Kid, we hear that his file has been sent to Coroner’s Court.


From what we understand Coroner’s Court is where get killed.

Police claimed Hill was killed at his home at Ivy Green Mews near Cross Roads during a shoot-out, but human rights groups and his relatives have challenged the police, saying Hill was murdered in cold blood.

The entertainer and the police had been at loggerheads since a speeding vehicle owned by the constabulary smashed his car in July 2009. Hill claimed that he was badly beaten by the cops involved and said they had threatened to kill him.

He also that the same set of officers visited his home and mauled him and his pregnant wife.

He made a video recording of the beating and handed it over to the police high command, pleading with them to rein in the officers. However, his pleas fell on deaf ears.

Hill also penned a letter naming the officers who had threatened his life and asked that it be handed over to the JFJ in the event of his death.

Robert Hill is one of 224 persons who were cut down by the security forces last year.

His case drew international attention and prompted international news network Al Jazeera to dub Jamaica as one of the most violent societies on earth in a documentary.









South Africa’s Heat magazine is claiming that Rihanna and her ex-boyfriend Chris Brown have been in telephone contact since his emotional performance at the BET Awards.

The two had reportedly not been in touch since Brown was sentenced to 180 days of community labour and five years of probation for beating her in February 2009.

An unnamed source told Heat: “It’s been almost a year since they last spoke, but Rihanna felt like she could try to be friends with Chris again. Seeing how emotional he was on set [at the BET Awards] really touched her.

She’d never seen him like that before.”

The source added: “Chris told her that he felt like he’s grown up in the past year.

He’s said he’s so happy to be back in touch with her. They were each other’s first love and he’s missed her so much. Rihanna knows that if she wanted him back, he’d be there in a second.”

The pair have reportedly text messaged one another since their telephone conversation, with a friend of Rihanna’s suggesting that she’s hoping for a face-to-face meeting.

But under the terms of his August 2009 probation, Brown must stay at least 100 yards away from RiRi for five years.







After photos surfaced Monday morning with The Dream’s Terius Nash on the beach in the Caribbean with his arms around another woman, he confirms his separation to wife of two years, Christina Milian. They have a 5-month-old daughter together named Violet.

The pictures and the confirmation of separation are coming just one month after the couple refuted allegations of marital strife.

In a statement released to US magazine, The Dream’s rep said:

Christina Milian and The-Dream have decided to separate, his rep confirms to UsMagazine.com. Terius ‘The-Dream’ Nash is saddened to announce that his marriage to Christina Milian was unsuccessful.

The couple reached this decision in late 2009, but decided to keep the news private in efforts to protect their baby daughter Violet. They ask for consideration and respect for their family moving forward,” his rep tells Us.

Something appears fishy though, as the couple had their second wedding ceremony in December of 2009.

Christina Milian appears to have addressed and confirmed the cheating on her Twitter account with the following:

I'VE officially lost my appetite

AND

WHATEVER YOU THINK...BELIEVE IT





Bounty’s gun case for October trial

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Controversial deejay Rodney Price, more popularly known as Bounty Killer will have to face the courtson October 20 when his trial on gun-related charges officially begins.

The deejay and a former policeman are jointly charged with illegal possession of a firearm, unlawful wounding and assault.

The charges stem from an alleged attack on a police constable in New Kingston in 2007.


According to reports Bounty and the former cop were travelling in a convoy along St Lucia Avenue in New Kingston on September 27, 2007, when the constable requested that he be allowed the cross.


This reportedly led to an altercation between the cop and Bounty Killer’s party. It is alleged the Bounty pulled a gun, and then members of the group including the ex-police proceeded to beat the policeman.


The matter was reported to the Police High Command and an internal investigation conducted which ruled that Calis Brown be dismissed from the police force, This took effect in January of 2008.


Investigations and a file was submitted to the Director of Public Prosecutions who ruled that the deejay and the ex-cop face charges.





Skeleton found hanging from tree

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Residents who were reportedly searching for ackees in bushes in the New River district, St Elizabeth, on Sunday, reportedly stumbled upon the skeletal remains of a human body, hanging from a tree.


According to the Lacovia Police, due to the advanced state of decomposition, the sex of the body could not be determined.

The pathologist who was summoned was also unable to determine a cause of death. Samples were therefore collected and sent to the Government Forensic Lab for a detailed examination.


Detectives attached to the Savanna-la-mar CIB are investigating.





Grange pays tribute to Sugar Minott

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The Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture, Olivia Grange, has paid tribute to the Jamaican Reggae singer Sugar Minott.


Minister Grange said “Sugar Minott was a talented singer, songwriter, musician, performer and producer.”


According to Minister Grange, Sugar Minott “followed in the footsteps of the pioneers of Reggae, producing great music and helping younger artistes to make their mark.”
“We have lost a great artiste.”


Minister Grange offered condolences to Sugar Minott’s family, friends and the entire Reggae music fraternity.






Bolt runs from Britain's tax laws

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Usain Bolt will not compete at next month's London Grand Prix at Crystal Palace because of Britain's tax laws.


That would put pay to organisers' hopes of setting up a three-way clash between Bolt and his chief 100metre rivals Asafa Powell and Tyson Gay.


"I am definitely not going to run," Bolt told a news conference ahead of Friday's Diamond League meeting in Paris.


Ricky Simms, the world 100 and 200m record holder's agent, confirmed to Press Association Sport that the reason was "the tax situation".


Bolt could lose money by competing at the Diamond League meeting which takes place on August 13 and 14 as British tax law stipulates that foreign sports stars have to pay taxes on their worldwide endorsements.


Bolt will go head to head with fellow Jamaican Powell at Friday's Diamond League meeting in Paris.


The 23-year-old equalled Powell's fastest time of the year by clocking 9.82 seconds last week in Lausanne on his return to competition following an Achilles' tendon injury.





The Daily Word -Tuesday, July 13, 2010

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Spiritual Life

I am a spiritual being, living a spiritual life.


As a spiritual being, I am blessed with freedom--freedom from negative thoughts and fear, freedom to celebrate the goodness of God in all its glory. With this freedom comes an inner wisdom that guides my thoughts, words and actions.

I celebrate this freedom now by giving thanks for abundant blessings--for family and friends, success and fulfillment, joy and peace. I give thanks that as a spiritual being, I live in awareness of God's good.

Through this awareness, I am receptive to the gifts of Spirit--truth, peace, joy and abundance. I see beyond situations that I find troubling and focus on the truth that I am one with the all-knowing, all-providing presence of God.

This day shall be a day of remembrance for you. You shall celebrate it as a festival to the Lord.--Exodus 12:14





Scenes from Fresh Friday July 9 2010

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Photos By: MILTON RAYNOR










Sources familiar with the police report tell us ... the alleged victim claims White allegedly punched her in one of her breast implants while they were driving on Pacific Coast Highway two weeks ago, with an infant in the car.


We're told, she claims when they got home White allegedly slapped her, and pushed her into a toilet so hard it broke the tank.


Sources connected with White's baby mama, Bridget Hardy, tell TMZ Hardy is in fact the alleged victim. We're told she did not report any injuries.


The alleged victim filed a report with the LAPD Tuesday. The investigation is ongoing.


A rep for Jaleel tells TMZ, "There was absolutely no battery ... no abuse ... and the incident never happened."


The rep continues, "This is just a ploy in an ongoing custody battle over their young daughter to tarnish his name.





Rihanna Keeps Cancelling! Two More Shows Axed!

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Her tour promoters Live Nation announced today that 3 major city dates have been canceled due to ’scheduling conflicts’ (of course):


Due to a change in Rihanna’s schedule, she can no longer appear in Englewood, CO (July 15), Atlanta, GA (July 28) and Noblesville, IN (August 3). Fans who purchased tickets will receive a refund. Rihanna apologizes to her fans and hopes to make it up to them on the next tour.


She’s also canceled her Denver stop.
Including the cancellation of 1 date in Phoenix, AZ, 1 in Dallas, TX, and 1 in Auburn, WA, these l

atest additions bring the total tally up to SEVEN!








Hust when you thought you have heard it all, check out this story…a gay Christian, can you use both in the same sentence!

If you know anything about gospel music the name Tonex will strike a chord. In 2004 he took the gospel world by storm when he released his Grammy nominated album Out The Box. Not only was it number one on the gospel charts, it also made a mark on the Top R&B charts.
While, Tonex, the artist was at the pinnacle of his career, Anthony Williams - the man -was facing controversy and turbulence.
In 2004, Tonex's father passed away of a heart attack and then assumed the pastoral duties of his church.
"I was more of a skittish person then because I was torn between career and, and calling. And that's the plight of many people who love God -- have a calling to do something between the construct of the church and religion," Tonex said.
But Tonex had yet to face his greatest challenge. It's been less than a year now that he come out and let people know that he is a homosexual.
"That's the quintessential difference, is to first struggle with it and then to know that that's the least of who you are. That's a portion that's actually technically private, but because we live in such a repressed society -- particularly in the African American church and congregation -- those type of topics seem to keep surfacing," Tonex said.
Tonex says he felt shunned from his peers--separated and alone.
"I just felt discriminated against. I felt like I was in the 60s or something. I couldn't drink out the white water fountain. I am the same guy and they're the same people," Tonex said.
The backlash was not just facing the criticism within the Christian and Gospel community. For Tonex--it seemed--like his busy schedule suddenly stopped.
"Well recently I was booked to perform on Sunday's Best season-three and the day of the event, I get a call and they mysteriously no longer need my services after the network had already approved it. So that let me know it's not that I am going to stop singing gospel, but that I am going to present the gospel on my own terms," Tonex said.
BET responded to Tonex's claim by saying "the show was over-booked which resulted in the cancellation of Tonex's performance."
Despite the controversy, Tonex's story has become an inspiration.
"By him coming out it kind of sets the tone for other people to follow the lead. It gives me that hope that I can still be successful, you know, within the mainstream society and I can still be who I am," Keisha Brown, a church parishioner.
These days, when he is not singing for his fans as Tonex, Pastor Williams travels across the country preaching a message of acceptance.
Now his audience is a congregation and his stage a pulpit.





US to appoint a new Ambassador to Jamaica

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Oh wow, isn’t the timing for this great?


Right after Dudus has been extradited Jamaica is now getting a new Ambassador.

Yup they denied that it had nothing to do with the case, but how coincidental that this kind of talk has resumed now.

Check out the story:


After almost two years the appointment of a new US Ambassador to Jamaica appears imminent.


US President Barack Obama announced on Saturday his intention to nominate Pamela E. Bridgewater to the post.


The development comes several weeks after former West Kingston strongman Christopher "Dudus" Coke was extradited to the United States.


Speculation was rife that the two year hold-up to appoint a new Ambassador was linked to the extradition request of Mr. Coke.
Spokesman on Foreign Affairs, Anthony Hylton said the extradition issue had been an obstacle to greater cooperation between the US and Jamaica.


That aside, Mr. Hylton welcomed Ambassador Bridgewater's impending appointment.


Ambassador Bridgewater had on a previous occasion served as Deputy Chief of Mission to Jamaica.


She currently works with the Department of State and is a career member of the Foreign Service with the rank of Minister.
She has also served as Ambassador to Benin and Ghana.


Ambassador Bridgewater holds a Bachelor of Arts degree with honours from Virginia State University and a Master of Arts from the University of Cincinnati.