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Tomas now a Category One Hurricane

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Tropical Storm Tomas is now a Hurricane, and Jamaicans are being urged to heighten their level of alert.

Hurricane Tomas, a Category One Storm, is the 12th system of the 2010 Atlantic Hurricane Season.

Tomas is moving towards the west northwest at about 24 kilometres per hour and is packing maximum sustained winds of 120 kilometres per hour.

The centre of Hurricane Tomas will pass near St. Lucia and St. Vincent Saturday afternoon and enter the eastern Caribbean Sea by Saturday night.

Tomas is forecast to strengthen over the next 24 hours.

Meanwhile, the Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management (ODPEM) is closely monitoring the movement of Hurricane Tomas.





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Isaac's body to be flown to JA

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The body of international reggae singer Gregory Isaacs will be flown to Jamaica on November 11.

The body will be escorted by his children and grand-children who reside in Britain.

His wife, Linda, who resides in the United Kingdom, says a memorial service will be held in London before the body is returned home.

The UK service is scheduled to held at 2pm on November 10 at the 'All Saints' Church in Harrow Weald, Isaac's London hometown.

Mrs. Isaacs told RJR News that Culture Minister, Olivia 'Babsy' Grange, has organised an official funeral to be held at the National Arena.

Gregory Isaacs, known for hits including Tune In, Night Nurse, and All I Need Is Love, died in London on Monday, October 25, after being diagnosed with lung cancer.





The Daily Word - GRACE - Sunday, October 31, 2010

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The grace of God blesses and fulfills me.


The grace of God is both a loving force and a gentle activity in my life. It is a gift that I give thanks for each day.

I see God's grace in outer ways--moments spent with friends and family, the receipt of unexpected blessings, the beauty of nature. I experience it in inner ways--the wisdom of spiritual understanding, the love of a partner or pet, the peace of my oneness with God.

Through my oneness with God, I become more aware of the activity of God's grace and its many avenues of expression. I give thanks for the appearance of grace in my life, knowing that it continually blesses and fulfills me.

Like a refreshing wind on a peaceful day, the grace of God is always with me and with those I love.

Know that I am with you and will keep you wherever you go.--Genesis 28:15





Tomas devastates Barbados

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Barbados is reporting that Hurricane Tomas did some damage on the island.

According to the Reuters news agency, heavy winds downed power lines and caused damage to some houses as it passed the eastern side of the island.

The Barbados Nation reported that shelters remained closed and Barbadians were being asked to ride out the storm, or stay with relatives who live in safe areas.

There are also reports that the island was without electricity.

The Governments of Grenada, St Vincent and the Grenadines and St Lucia have now issued Hurricane warnings for their citizens, while the government of France issued the same warning for Martinique.






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Mix up and Blenda

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Bwoy mi sey a pure mix up when it comes to artistes and dem woman, di latest mecking the rounds now is that Kartel love unprotected sex. Yeah it look like him get a child wid browning name Amanda.


Sources a sey she was seen at a doctor office recently with a nice baby boy.
Nuff people a sey how come dem woman can go to dem without some form a protection?


And dat a nuh di ongle rumour a float bout Kartel, dem also a talk sey him a date Busy baby madda Shantel Smith. Yup dem spot in several popular spots around town restaurants and clubs.


But den again some other rumour a float sey a hype dem a look affa dat so wi nah guh nuh further wid it yah.






Akon Banned From Performing In Australia

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Akon fans in Melbourne, Australia won’t get a chance to see the star perform when the Summerbeatz 2010 tour rolls into their hometown because of a past incident at an Akon show.

Tour organizer Dwayne Cross says that Akon has been banned from performing at Melbourne’s Rod Laver Arena after an incident at a different arena in 2009 in which Akon jumped into the crowd to break up a fight.

All other performers on the bill, which include Ciara, Soulja Boy, Flo Rida, Jay Sean and Stan Walker, have been cleared to perform in Melbourne.

Akon will perform on the tour’s other stops which include Brisbane, Sydney and Perth.








Ray-J has a new album coming out entitled Raydiation 2(R2) and he spoke with us at TheUrbanDaily.com for an EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW about it, Kat Stacks, Nicki Minaj, Lil’ Kim, Raz-B, Chris Stokes,Marques Houston, groupies, his new girlfriend, Brandy and reality T.V.Ray-J went from “Brandy’s brother” to being the beacon carrying on the Norwood legacy.

While Brandy took a hiatus to focus on her beautiful daughter, Ray-J took to the limelight with reality shows stemmed from his found super-stardom over a sex tape with ex-girlfriend Kim Kardashian. He and Kim didn’t last but Ray was determined to have longevity in the game and hasn’t stopped grinding since he entered it over ten years ago. The name of the album is “Raydiation 2” a grown man version of his third album Raydiation. Raydiation featured the hit single “One Wish” and R2 features the current single “Last Wish” which is the final chapter in his longing aspiration for a complete love.

He claims that he has grown a lot and the album is reminiscent of a mature Ray-J; one that has been through and felt more heart ache. Rodney Jerkins returns to the studio with him, so you are guaranteed to hear some hot ish.


Ray is done with the groupies, the hollywood hungered women, and his reckless behavior.

What is something extremely personal you are going through that’s on the album?

“I’m dealing with trust issues, trying to keep a solid relationship with a girl I like, and balance it out with my career, the industry and temptation. My first single is just wishing for that truth and that love that you have for this girl”

Ray-J is in a relationship right now then?

“Fo’ Sho, I feel good about it. I’m much more responsible I’m in a better place in my life. It has nothing to do with the television show, Miss Berry, or For The Love Of Ray-J.”

How is she so different from the other women you have dated?

“She’s a regular girl she goes to college she has her head on straight, and she’s just focused she’s not into the limelight Hollywood scene and that alone is attractive to me.”

How do you stay away from the groupies like Kat Stacks?


“I’m tryna stay wayyy away from her. It comes from experience, I’m at a point in my life where I feel like I’ve done that. At some point you can’t drown yourself in that, you have to grow. If I ran into a chick like Kat Stacks I would know what it was.”

Why would anyone mess with Kat Stacks?

“They’re just high, intoxicated, you’re not in you’re right mind. When you come back to the world mentally you realize that you didn’t make the right decision”









Serial dater Diddy can dish it out but he sure can’t take it, as rumor has it he’s been threatening to kill his baby mama’s Kim Porter’s “special friend”.

According to carltonjordan.com,Diddy is so obsessed with actor Jackie Long’s relationship with Kim Porter that he’s made death threats to him. Apparently Diddy has made several phone calls to Jackie saying “he will erase him off the face of the earth” and “he is going to have Jackie killed!”

Jackie Long isn’t taking Diddy’s threats lightly and is filing a police report, supposedly Jackie is going to handle this in the courts and not in the streets!





SuperPlus sells one more branch

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The SuperPlus chain has further rationalised its operations with the sale of another supermarket.

The branch in Portmore Pines, St. Catherine has been sold to Empire Supermarket.

The deal was inked a week ago.

Chief Executive Officer of SuperPlus, Richard Chen reported on Radio Jamaica that “An opportunity came up, there were persons that were interested and we thought it was an opportune time. From time to time as businesses look at their strategies, they divest themselves of operations and locations and from time to time take on new ones,” Mr. Chen said.

The number of SuperPlus supermarkets still in operation has now been reduced from just over 20 to nine.






Some of LIME's LimeWire service killed

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Telecommunications company LIME, whose LimeWire software allows people to share songs and other files over the internet, has received a federal injunction to disable key parts of its service.

LimeWire's founder, Mark Gorton, has been wrestling in court with the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) for the last four years.

The RIAA contends that LimeWire's software encourages illegal sharing of copyright-protected music.

In May, LIME was found liable for copyright infringement.

The injunction, issued by US District Court in New York, compels LIME to disable LimeWire's searching, downloading, uploading, file trading and distribution features, effective immediately.

A release issued by LimeWire said they are out of the file sharing business however they are working on a new piece of software that will comply with copyright laws.










He has not made his name big in the music biz yet, but he is one determined artiste who is sure it is only a matter of time before his big break comes.


Born Michael Lewis and performing under the moniker Juss Ice, he is sure that with the right kind of songs and attitude, he will impact the way he wants to.


Hailing from Kingston, Juss Ice spent his growing up year between Kingston and Brown’s Town in St Ann.


The music bug hit him when he was 10 years old, that love continued to grow and saw him doing his first recording at Jeremy Harding’s studio.
At times it seemed that Juss Ice’s dream was an elusive thing, but he told Yardflex “I never gave up, I was always pushing forward through the roughest and toughest times.”
Things has started looking up for the singjay with the release of his songs TGIF (Thank God Its Friday) on the Top Notch label; Get hype on ZJ Chrome’s Kingston Town riddim and he has also done a single and a video for My First Real Love single on the Kapachi label.


As far as the singjay is concerned things are definitely looking up where his career is concerned.


“Well I’m always working on my music day in and day out,” he said indicating that upward mobility will also be his focus.


When it comes to his recordings Juss Ice says it’s all about performing songs that make him happy.


“I love all music from it sound good it good! Jamaica has always been a place to love music of all types but one thing for sure all my music has a Jamaican Influence,” he said as he told Yardflex about the kind of songs he records.


Inspiration for Juss Ice comes in many forms, but he admits to his main influence coming from life itself – its ups and downs but as he says, “to me I find the best time to write a song is when you just fall in love or just breaking up that’s when your emotions are easy to understand after all I write how I feel,” he shared.
Since his emergence on the scene Juss Ice has performed on several top shows including Sumfest 2004 Intl night, he has also made his presence felt on the international scene in places such as London, Canada, Florida.


Talking about the music scene right now, Juss Ice told Yardflex “We are having a musical evolution it’s no longer just dancehall and reggae to be found on our island. We have a huge Rap, Pop and Alternative scene building by the minute but apart from that I have also noticed that the problem makers in music have been replaced by the problem solvers. It’s almost as if the Jamaican people are tired of all the violence and negative vibes in the music so all Jamaican music lovers listen out for the change hits we making,” is the promise given by Juss Ice.


Looking ahead, the artiste hopes that in another five years he will be just where he is working towards “I hope to accomplish value and recognition. We working to be a corporation not just putting Jamaica on the map again, for me Juss Ice to play a major part in the future on Jamaican music.”


The parting words were aimed at upcoming artistes “Love cause if you love what you do you won’t have to work a day in your life. At least it won’t feel like work and also come with a positive outlook.









With each breath I breathe, I am aware of God's peaceful presence.


To enter into a time of meditation, I relax my body and take a few deep breaths. I become aware of God's peaceful presence. The rhythm of my breath becomes steady and even.

Breathing in, I envision my soul filling with the spirit of God. Breathing out, I release any anxiety or dissatisfaction. Thoughts of peace, images of peace, give way to a deep serenity that expands into every cell and organ of my body. I rest in the silence.

When I return my attention to the activities of the day, the peace I feel within reflects in every word I speak and every action I take. Nothing can disrupt the serenity I carry within me, for each breath I breathe is filled with God's peaceful spirit.

He breathed on them and said to them, "Receive the Holy Spirit."--John 20:22





Dancehall's Most Versatile Deejay Busy Signal

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Busy Signal is at it again with the release of his VP produced album D.O.B. He is not an artist to follow the beaten path. This album displays his innovation and lyrical skills that has broken down barriers and has taken Dancehall to places no other artist could.

The new album D.O.B. represents the rebirth of Busy Signal. It contains 15 new tracks plus an iTunes exclusive track. To call this album Groundbreaking would be an understatement. The opening track How U Bad Suh is signature Busy Signal.

His distinct and robust baritone voice accompanied by an up-tempo rhythm sets the right mood for the album. Busy Signal is not afraid to venture into music territories that others would not dare.

He gives us a taste of Dancehall with a Spanish feel on Picante, then goes full throttle on Busy Latino which is a scorching Dancehall blend with Elvis Crespo’s Suavemente” Busy Signal proves that he is a master of his craft by incorporating his flavor into classic tunes and making them his own.

His smooth track “Sweet Love” (Night Shift) that uses elements from The Commodores song “Nightshift” displays the Deejays Singjay capabilities.

Not stopping there, he continues to prove why he holds the title of Dancehall’s most popular artist with his rub a dub hit of Phill Collins “One More Night.” Busy Signal joins Dancehall Icon and mentor Bounty Killer on the hard hitting and thought provoking track “Summn' A Guh Gwaan.” Busy Signal displays the gamut of his abilities from the rapid fire lyrics on “Nuh Fraid” to the inspiring “Peace Reign” track.

A person’s voice is their most powerful asset and Busy Signal’s voice is in its full glory on the ingenious a cappella track “Nuh Boy Caan Buy Wi Out.”

He proves that without a backing instrumental he can hold your attention.

Busy Signal and Major Lazer team up on the amazing iTunes Exclusive track “Pon Me” which is destined for greatness and to ring out in clubs around the globe. D.O.B. is not only the rebirth of Busy Signal it is a rebirth of a new sound and era for Dancehall music. It is the perfect presentation and representation of Dancehall without limits.

Born Reanno Gordon on January 24, 1982, he cultivated his artistry under the watch of dancehall icon Bounty Killer.

With his outstanding mic techniques and restless creativity, Busy became a member of The Alliance-Bounty Killer’s musical powerhouse that spawned dancehall stars like Elephant Man, Mavado and Wayne Marshall.

Busy began to receive widespread attention in 2005 with breakthrough hits like “Born and Grow” & “Step Out.” He continued to gain fans and recognition with the 2008 release of his album Loaded that included the hits “Jail”, “These Are The Days”, “Unknown Number” and “Wine Pon Di Edge” to name a few.

D.O.B. is a pinnacle stage of Busy Signal’s career that’ll spread his gift far and wide, beyond the confines of his original audience.






Singer Ieye overwhelmed by Argentina experience

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A week after coming home from the South American country of Argentina, where she performed on the Pepsi Music Festival held in the capital, Buenos Aires, on October 16, Jamaican reggae singer, Ieye is still revelling in the one-of-a-kind experience.

"There was just something different in the air. Everything and everybody seemed to be saying 'welcome'. The language proved not to be a barrier as love and music are the universal language and there was plenty of that. As we stepped off the plane and go through the airport, is like a barrage of happiness greeted us," Ieye said of her Argentina debut.

"Because people heard me on the radio, some of them just turned up to take pictures and get autographs and tell me they love me and I am their queen," Ieye said, adding that Argentina is "really a reggae-loving land". During that on-air interview session, she performed Mama's Hand and Johnny. Both songs are from her debut Fevergrass album, due next year on Shang Records.

Another treasured moment for Ieye came at the festival, where she performed for 20 minutes in front of a whopping crowd of about 55,000 people - easily the largest crowd to converge on the venue during the three nights of the Pepsi Music Festival.

"The show," she said, her voice brimming with excitement, "was amazing."

"It was as if a higher power took control and it was a totally different Ieye. I was transformed on the stage," she said. Smiling with satisfaction, she added, "My performance was greatly received and I think I left a lasting impact on Argentina."

There was a third surprise when, along with reggae superstar Alborosie, she attended the launch of Rototom in Argentina. Ieye says that with the audience and the press' reaction "it was like a show. Persons were in line to give us presents and do photographs. Imagine, people line up to give you something".

"I am speechless ... . It was like crazy, crazy fun and overwhelming joy," Ieye said, adding that she wants to go back to Argentina very soon. "I feel like Argentina is officially Ieye's own now," she declared. "On my next visit there, I will definitely be able to 'habla espanol'," Ieye said confidently.





8 persons of interest being sought

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The Kingston Eastern Police Division has released the name of eight persons of interest, who they believe are able to assist in their investigations into violence in McWhinney Street in Kingston.

Featured on the list are Mario Davis otherwise called "Bredda Dog" and Quamy Williams.

Others being sought are known only by their alias - "Big Timothy", "Little Timothy", "Mad Dog" and "Ninja".

Also on the list are "Kino" and "Charlie".

These persons are being asked by the police to turn themselves in to the Elletson Road Police Station.

Anyone with information can contact the Elletson Road CIB at 928-4200, the Emergency Numbers 119, 811, 311, or the nearest Police Station.





$80M worth of jewellery stolen from uptown store

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Gunmen made off with about $80 million in jewellery from Kraft Jewellery Limited in Premier Plaza on Constant Spring Road in St. Andrew Thursday morning.

The seven armed men also escaped with $160,000 in cash when they surprised the operators minutes after 9 o'clock, when they opened the store's doors.

It is reported that the about five men gunmen barged into the store and held employees and the manager at gunpoint.

Two other gunmen remained outside the establishment on a motorcycle and a motorcar.

The thieves proceeded to rob the store of cash and jewellery while barking orders at the employees not to alert the police.

A few nearby store operators expressed surprise noting that they were not aware that a robbery was taking place.

The robbers were reportedly in the store for about 10 minutes and exited the store without drawing much attention.

They later fled on the motorbike and in the motorcar.









As more Caribbean artistes branch out into merchandising, a few of dancehall-reggae's best have started an internet-based entrepreneurial venture in the United States, reggaemerch.com.

The newly launched online store hosts a range of dancehall reggae street gear from Busy Signal, Gramps Morgan and Bunji Garlin with a slew of other artistes including Etana, Konshens and the Alliance brand to follow the fast growing trend.

Also available on the reggae online store are lifestyle brands Repja and Cyclothing.

Reggaemerch.com inventory currently consists mainly of t-shirts mainly, but the online inventory will increase shortly to offer a wider variety of products.

Reggaemerch.com ships to more than 190 countries worldwide and offers the option to pay through Western Union for those who do not hold a credit card.





Stop spread rumour pon Beres

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Why people don't stop stop spread rumour pon Beres? Yesterday one website have it up big big how it CONFIRMED that him have throat cancer. But we love how Mervys just come right out immediately and blast them to hell.

Reggae must be the only music form where the media love kill off the artiste dem so. Beres, we glad fi hear seh you alright, caus wid Gregory and Sugar Minott mek him exit inna June and O'Neil from Voicemail dead at the start of the year, we really cyaan tek no more right ya now.






Pastor Paul Lewis flung back in jail

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The new Bail Act has apparently stung renowned televangelist Dr. Paul Lewis, as he was remanded on Wednesday evening; mere hours after he was granted bail in the Savanna-la-Mar Resident Magistrate’s Court in Westmoreland, Jamaica.

This reversal occurred after the prosecution - represented by deputy director of public prosecution (DPP) Dirk Harrison - made an out-of-court appeal that caught the Lewis’ defense team off guard.

Defense attorney Keith Bishop had originally secured bail in the sum of $300,000 before Resident Magistrate Collymore Gordon on the new charges of perversion of the course of justice.

Section 3A of the new Bail Act states that: “where the prosecution intends to appeal the decision to grant bail to a defendant, the prosecution at the conclusion of the proceedings in which the decision was communicated and before the release from the custody of the defendant, give oral notice to the Court of that intention”.

Under the new Bail Act, the Office of the DPP is allowed to make such a request. He also said that the relevant documents had been filed in the Court of Appeal.

New charges were levelled against Dr. Lewis on Wednesday in light of allegations that the pastor paid and arranged to have Nadine Fray – a colleague – coach the girls on what to say in court.





Stephen Marley puts up his house for Buju

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They say good friend is better than pocket money and in deejay Buju Banton's case this is especially true as Stephen Marley has put up his Miami Dade house for bond in an effort to secure his friend Buju Banton's release from the Pinellas County Jail.

Two weeks ago Banton was offered bail with stringent conditions by United States Magistrate, Anthony Porcelli as he awaits a second trial for conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute five or more kilogrammes of cocaine.

One of the conditions stipulated that Banton had to secure a US$250,000 bond which was co-signed by his friend Joseph Chavalier, who had put up his St Petersburg home as security for the bond.

However, an appraisal of Chavalier's property revealed that its value was less than the US$250,000.

Stephen Marley then stepped up to fill the breach and has offered his house as security.

"Mr Myrie hereby notifies the Court that Stephen Marley, well-known entertainer and son of Bob Marley, and his wife Kertia DeCosta Marley, are willing to substitute as the signator for the bond in lieu of Mr Chavalier. His property is located in Miami-Dade county and has an approximate equity of $350,000.

As evidence, Mr Myrie will provide the Court with a recent appraisal of the residence, a title search, a copy of deed and mortgages, outstanding mortgage balances, and affidavits from Mr Marley and his wife," court documents filed by Markus stated.

Banton, whose real name is Mark Myrie, is set to return to the US Gibbons Court today to show that he has met the bail requirements.

He must wear a tracking device and must have a security detail at all times. Under US law, the defendant must bear the cost of the security detail.

Myrie has contacted two private security companies willing to provide the service but they have been rejected by lead prosecutor James Preston who contends that the detail must include off-duty police officers.

But Markus contends that hiring off-duty cops is too expensive and is an additional burden to his client.

A representative of the security companies, the Florida Agency Of Investigations Inc based in Key Largo, Florida, will be present at the hearing today.

The other company is Guardian Professional Security, which is located in Hollywood, Florida.

If Banton secures bail his attorney will immediately seek a bond in the Immigration Court as his entertainment visa was revoked upon his arrest.

He will also have to sign an extradition waiver.






Careful how you mix those energy drinks

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Yardflex has been checking out some rumours regarding the energy drink and alcohol. Unofficially we have heard about at least six deaths where rum and energy drinks have been mixed.


The latest we are now seeing is a report in the yesterday’s Star where two men died under suspicious circumstances in Lawrence Tavern after attending a drink up event.


According to the story the men were among a group at the event when they became ill after drinking the mixture. Two of the men are said to have died later while another was hospitalised. Another man is said to have been ill after the event.
Mixing energy drink with rum is living dangerously.





Obviously Hollywood has run out of ideas.

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The only way we would even consider this to be a good idea would be if Michael Jackson himself were starring in the film, and we all know that the chances of that happening are… well… It ain’t happening.

We’d rather see the long-overdue-and-still-not-in-the-works DVD release of the Making Of Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” home video.





Scenes from Hennesey Fridays

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Photos By: MILTON RAYNOR








Alicia Keys took to her blog to gush about her new baby boy today, October 26, almost two weeks after his birth.

The new mom posted a letter to her fans singing the praises of her son and expressing her amazement at the miracle of life.

“Every moment is beautiful; delicious even! Every moment I’m learning and living in a way I never have before. Being present in a way I never have before. Existing in moments I never have before.

Never have I felt so calm, so purposeful in taking the time to truly observe the world around me, to live in it fully and watch it, discuss it, put time toward it. It feels really incredible – so peaceful, so complete and long overdue.

I’m grown, I’m confident, I’m secure, and so blessed to be these things.

I’m most enamored with anatomy at this point. The miracle of the human body. The ability to create all these small amazing machines of veins, capillaries, digestive systems, eyes, ears and noses.

I can spend HOURS looking at one little EAR! Have u ever noticed how complex just an ear is?

A tiny maze of art. It may sound silly but it’s so true. Or a heartbeat? Everyday we wake up and in some way, take for granted the fact that this beautiful pulsating organ in our body is the reason, and yet now that’s all I can think of…

And breath; invisible as it may be, how necessary!

Ain’t it true that things we really can’t see are of the greatest importance?

I’ve never seen a more beautiful face in my LIFE! The most perfect eyes and beautiful nose, the sweetest lips and skin so soft and kissable!

Never have I felt such disbelief, such awe, humility, godliness, such strength, power and possibility.

I’ve never believed in greatness and the never ending Higher Power more than now!

And I can’t believe he’s mine!









Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” music-video-slash-short film changed the game upon its release in 1983.

27 years after its release, talks are underway that may turn the 14 minute music video into a full length feature film.

According to Deadline.com, the film idea is being shopped around to a few interested parties.

I’m told that GK Films is in active negotiations to acquire a package for a film that is being fashioned around his groundbreaking hit song Thriller.

The film, which has been quietly shopped over the past several weeks by Real Effects Entertainment, has Kenny Ortega attached to direct, and The Hangover scribe Jeremy Garelick to write the screenplay. While GK is in the driver’s seat, I’m told that Fox 2000, Mandate/Lionsgate and Summit Entertainment are all in the mix on what will shape up as a pricey rights deal, but which will turn out to be a film budgeted at under $50 million.

Plot is being kept under wraps but I understand it has to do with the song’s folklore, involving Vincent Price and the town he grew up in.

All of this deal making is subject to a deal being completed with Jackson’s estate, but that has been in the works for some time and is expected to be sealed. Thriller songwriter Rod Temperton is also in the mix.







Young Buck is breathing a sigh of relief after the IRS canceled an auction of his possessions that were seized during a raid on his home earlier this year.

Thousands of dollars worth of recording equipment, jewelry, clothing, and other items were to go on the auction block on Thursday.

Buck’s attorney filed suit earlier this week in an attempt to stop the auction stating that Buck would sell real estate worth over $638,000 to pay his debt.





Jookie jam in the clear

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Popular comedian Jookie Jam has reasons to be thanking his lucky stars are he was freed in the Magistrate's Court yesterday.

The comedian, whose real name is Stead Flash, was told by Resident Magistrate Simone Maddix that the Crown failed in its bid to have a prima facie case against him

Flash's lawyer, Christopher Townsend, agreed and told the court that from the onset his client was innocent.

The comedian's appearance in court stems from an incident where persons claimed to have paid over US$60,000 ($5,160,000) to a company in which he was a director. He was charged along with Dericia Smith and Sophia Wilson who are to return to court on December 7.

The court learnt that in September 2009, money was paid to Nu Kru Recruitment Company in Portmore, St Catherine, by persons seeking jobs. It is alleged that they did not get any jobs and the money was not returned.

Still it is hard when people spend their money in that way and there is nothing to show.





Pastor Lewis faces more charges

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Charges of perverting the course of justice were laid against Jamaican-born American evangelist Paul Lewis when he appeared in the Westmoreland Circuit Court on Wednesday.

Lewis is accused of sexually assaulting two teenaged girls at a hotel in Westmoreland.

Prosecutors say they have evidence to suggest that individuals close to the accused contacted the alleged victims and offered them money to change their accounts of the incidents which led to the charge against the preacher.

Despite this new revelation, Pastor Lewis was granted $300,000 bail and is to return to the Westmoreland Resident Magistrate's court on November 3 and the Circuit Court on November 11.

His travel documents were taken and he must not make contact with the girls involved in the cases.

Mr. Lewis, who is the head of the Paul Lewis Ministries, was charged on June 17 last year.

At that time the pastor, was in Jamaica on the invitation of a local church Ministry.





Will Buju Banton make bail before December trial?

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Will Jamaican reggae star Buju Banton make bail before his December trial?

The judge in the case has expressed his reservations following the prosecutors being given more time to appeal the judgment of the Florida court and the need for the entertainer to appear in front of an immigration judge.



Prosecutors have five days to appeal the judgment of the court, which has said Stephen Marley, son of reggae legend Bob Marley, should be allowed to put his house up as bond for Buju, whose given name is Mark Myrie.



The court ruled yesterday that Marley, who was attempting to replace Buju's friend, Joseph Chavalier, as co-signer to the bond should be accepted.



Buju's lawyer, David Markus, also put forward two security companies which would ensure the entertainers house arrest is upheld. That submission was also accepted by the court.



It became necessary fo r Marley to replace Chavalier after it came to light that the value of the latter's home could not cover the US$250,000 bond.

Marley and his wife, Kertia DeCosta Marley, have US$350,000 equity in their home.

Porcelli also set new conditions for Buju's bail.



A security company must also put up a separate US$25,000 bond, to keep Buju on house arrest at his home in Tamarac, South Florida, fit him with a GPS monitor and install new locks and an alarm system at his house. Buju is not to be provided with the keys or the alarm code.










Tributes have been pouring in for the late "Cool Ruler" Gregory Isaacs, one of which came from legendary producer Lowell Dunbar, more populary known as "Sly Dunbar".



Dunbar said "Gregory’s voice and writing ability was wicked."



"He was one of those soulful singers you could sit and listen to for hours," he added.



Isaacs teamed up with Sly Dunbar who is one half of the duo, Sly and Robbie, one of reggae's most prolific and long lasting production teams, for several hit songs including Soon Forward and What a feeling.





Sean Paul to perform in Cayman November 5

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Reggae artiste Sean Paul will light up the stage at Royal Palms in the Cayman Islands on November 5.



The Jamaican dancehall act exploded onto the international music scene in 2002 with his breakout hit Gimme The Light and has not slowed down since.



His debut album Dutty Rock went multi-platinum and earned him a Grammy award for Best Reggae Album in 2004.



Sean Paul's next album The Trinity released in 2005 also went platinum.



It led off with the top 10 single We Be Burnin', followed by the number 1 smash Temperature.
The Jamaican is again stoking the flames with his latest album, Imperial Blaze, which was launched in 2009.

The Kingston-born rhyme slinger has already sold more than 10 million albums worldwide, and has become the most successful Jamaican artist of all time on the US charts - spurred by a trio of #1 pop singles, and five top ten hits.



He is also the second biggest selling Jamaican artist of all time behind the legendary Bob Marley.





The Daily Word -FREE-Thursday, October 28, 2010

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I let go of the need to be in control, and I am free.
Believing that I must control the situation at hand may leave me feeling tense and burdened. Prayer helps me release these overwhelming feelings.

In prayer I remember that there is only God, and God is in control. I shift my thoughts to the good and release control. This is not my burden to carry. I am not in charge of other people or situations. I am not in control of another's life or behavior. I thank God for restoring me to peace.

As my thoughts quiet, my concerns dissipate. I gratefully affirm that with God all things are possible. I let go of the need to be in control, and I am free.

Out of my distress I called on the Lord; the Lord answered me and set me in a broad place.--Psalm 118:5





Jay-Z Speaks On Beyonce’s Fake Pregnancy

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After Beyonce and Hov’s latest pregnancy rumor, Jay decided to put an end to the 5th rumor himself. He released this statement.Jay-Z and Beyonce:


“It’s not going to happen. I’m just shooting down the rumors before they start. They do that every slow news day.

This is like the fifth time. I think we have five kids now,” he said. No truth, but I wonder when people will stop giving it relevance? You can’t do the same subject. At least change the subject, they have to find a new one.”






T.I. Ordered Back To Federal Prison By November 1st.

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ATLANTA — Federal authorities have ordered rapper T.I. to report directly to a federal prison in Arkansas by Nov. 1 to start serving his 11-month prison sentence.


U.S. Marshal Beverly Harvard on Tuesday ordered T.I., whose real name is Clifford Harris Jr., to report to the Forrest City low-security prison where he served parts of an earlier 10-month stint on federal weapons charges.

A federal judge in Atlanta sentenced the rapper this month to serve another 11 months in prison for breaking his federal probation after he was arrested Sept. 1 in Los Angeles on drug charges.

Prosecutors in Los Angeles said Monday they will not file a felony drug charge against the rapper.








United States R&B singer Kenneth 'Babyface' Edmonds is set to perform at National Indoor Sports Centre on November 13.

This is a benefit concert organized by United Way with the hope of raising awareness and money.

The show will be produced by Turnkey Productions and will be a signature event in the series of activities taking place during United Way Week from November 8 to 14 which commemorates 25 years of service in Jamaica.

Edmonds is a 10-time Grammy winner with 11 solo albums.

His music has crossed several boundaries and genres, as he has written and produced songs for many artistes including Prince, Al Green, Beyoncé, Diana Ross, Toni Braxton, Michael Jackson, Michael Bolton, Paula Abdul, Tevin Campbell, Bobby Brown, Whitney Houston, Brandy, Mary J Blige, Janet Jackson, Celine Dion, Mariah Carey, Madonna, Kenny G, and Lil Wayne, among others.

According to Marcia McDonnough, Marketing Manager of Turnkey Productions and volunteer on the Communications Committee of the United Way, Mr. Edmonds is an ideal icon to help to celebrate the establishment of an organisation such as the United Way of Jamaica.

"In trying to assist the United Way in planning their celebratory and fund-raising activities for this year, it seemed like a perfect match.

A superstar such as Kenny 'Babyface' Edmonds, who is so well loved in Jamaica, would naturally be able to help us not only raise funds, but also help to raise the awareness for the work that is done by this organisation.

We also know that many persons missed seeing him at the Jazz and Blues Festival and so this is the perfect opportunity for all his fans to come out and spend an evening with him," she said.

Jamaican Diana King, well known for her first hit single Shy Guy, will also perform at the show, providing a thrill to fans who have not seen her in perform locally for some time.

Fast-rising group Nomaddz and the Silver Bird Steel Orchestra, well known especially on the North Coast for their exciting and stimulating performances, and for twice winning the World Championship of the Performing Arts, join the line-up along with Abdel Wright.





Stephen Marley prepared to post bail for Buju Banton

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Stephen Marley, son of music legend Bob Marley, has reportedly offered to post his South Florida home as bond to get reggae star Buju Banton out of jail.

According to the Tampa Tribune newspaper, Buju's attorney Tuesday notified a Florida Court of the offer.

The property is valued at US$350,000.

The newspaper says outstanding matters relating to bail granted to the entertainer, whose given name is Mark Myrie, will be heard today in court.

Stephen Marley is a Grammy winner who beat Buju for best reggae album this year.

As a non-citizen of the United States, the Immigration Court will have to decide if Buju can remain in the US as an undocumented resident since his visa was revoked at the time of his arrest.





Probation for Bob Marley’s youngest child

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The youngest child of reggae legend Bob Marley will spend seven years on probation for growing marijuana in her Chester County home in Pennsylvania in the United States.

A judge offered 29-year-old Makeda Jahnesta Marley a choice on Tuesday: a shorter prison term or a long stint on probation.

She opted for the latter and risks being jailed if she violates her probation terms.

Miss Marley was arrested in 2008 after police said they found her removing plants from her basement in Caln Township when officers arrived on a domestic-dispute call.

She pleaded guilty in September.

Marley's probation calls for her to undergo random drug tests and stay away from drug users.





Ity and Fancy Cat new tune Tan Deh Deh

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Comedic duo Ity and Fancy Cat are at it again, this time they have recorded a song on a popular skit that came on their show.

In the skit the maid used the slang Tan Deh Deh. It has now become a popular slang on the streets – so much so that the duo could not resist putting it into a song. Check it out.





Bail extended for Sharon Marley

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Sharon Marley, the daughter of Reggae King Bob Marley, had her bail extended when she appeared in the Family Court to answer to child cruelty charges yesterday morning.

Marley was arrested and charged after the mother of a six-year-old boy who attends a learning centre she operates lodged a complaint with the police that Marley had physically abused her child.

The child was reportedly playing with a toy when Marley allegedly carried him inside a room. Shortly after the child was heard screaming.

It is also alleged that the child had bruises and bite marks.

The boy, who is autistic, is the son of a woman who works at the learning centre which is located at Lady Musgrave Road.

Marley was ordered to return to court on November 8.

Family Court cases are en camera trials which means the media and members of the public are barred.





Dogs kill 3-year-old

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We have to admit we could not control the anger after reading about the three-year-old girl who was bitten to death by dogs in St Catherine.


It is sad that the mother left the child in the care of a relative and went to work thinking that her baby was in good hands.


Can you imagine the shock and heartbreak when the news broke that that relative left the house – leaving the child alone so much so that the child wandered outside and was attacked by dogs from a nearby yard.


Our hearts bleed, how that little child must have been crying out from the vicious attack of the dogs. That relative must have been really far away not to have heard the noise and commotion. What bout neighbours, didn’t they find the sounds strange and want to see what was really happening?


What about the dog owners, if he knew the dogs were vicious, why weren’t they chained or locked up?


It is a sad situation all around, the only reality coming out of this mess is that a little innocent angel’s life has been lost.
May we take better care of our children.






A who tief Chino’s identity?

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Entertainer Chino is the latest victim to experience identity theft.


This caused widespread concern, after an email making rounds suggested that the BIGSHIP Singjay is stuck in the UK after losing his credit cards and passport and is desperately in need of funds.


Chino who reveals that he’s not such predicament, is warning fans, friends and the media that the claims are fraudulent. The Sinjay says that his email account was hacked and it is all a scam.





Lady Saw wants a baby?

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It’s been all over the gossip mill, ever since Lady Saw tweeted that she wants to try again in her quest for a child.


The singjay says she is her own big woman and expressed her desire for a child and her intention to try again. Well one thing we can say about Saw she is living out what her album says “My Way”.

You go girl, we wish you all the best in your quest to bear a child…although we still think you are already a great mom.









The New York-based VP Records has hailed reggae giant, Gregory Isaacs, who passed away on Monday, as a musical legend.


The reggae community mourns the loss of one of its legends, Gregory Isaacs. Best known for his lovers' rock anthems, the versatile and velvet-voiced crooner was recognized by the international masses for his talent and contribution to music for decades, and remains an icon for the genre.


Isaacs was born on July 15, 1951 in Kingston, Jamaica and gained appeal and acclaim in the 1970s and 1980s for hits such as "Night Nurse" and "Rumors." Nicknamed the 'Cool Ruler' by his fans, Isaacs pioneered his own sound by fusing traditional reggae with dancehall, thereby reinventing the genre and expanding its global fan base into what it is today.


"Gregory Isaacs leaves behind an iconic history and catalog that is unparalleled," reveals VP Records CEO, Christopher Chin. "He devoted his entire life to music and his memory will forever live on with us - through his music and the legacy he leaves behind. We mourn the loss of this legend."


Isaacs fought a year-long battle with lung cancer before passing away on October 25, 2010 at his home in London, at the age of 59. Condolences and prayers go out to his family and loved ones during this trying time, VP Records stated in its release.









• RICHIE SPICE, CHUCK FENDA, JOHN HOLT TO PERFORM

Cultural singer Richie Spice and Chuck Fenda, two of the acts who were initially signed to the Fifth Element Records when the label was first established years ago will join Guyanese roots singer Natural Blacks, veteran singer John "1000 Volts" Holt, Ky-enie, Jessie Jendah, Spanner Banner, Tony Curtis, Kristopher and Boom Blast at the 10 anniversary celebration for the label in New York later this month

The two-day celebration, which will be a reunion of sorts for Spice and Fenda, will kick off on Saturday, October 30 at the C-Pac in Brooklyn and will close out on Sunday, October 31 with another massive concert at Macedonia Hall in Mt. Vernon, New York.
"We are exited about this milestone celebration and thrilled that Richie and Fenda - two of the acts that were there when we initially launched the Fifth Element vision years ago - are able to join our current artiste Natural Black for this historic occasion. " Devon Wheatley, CEO of Fifth Element Record and event producer commented.

Wheatley said the New York promotions team is working feverishly to ensure that the weekend of activities will be one of total enjoyment.

"Everyone is definitely hyped and ready to have a marvelous time and with the bevy of stars we have lined up, we are expecting this to be a massive celebration" he said.

Wheatley expressed joy in working with Richie again and gives credit to the Rastafarian sing-jay for what he has accomplished in his career.

“It is rare that you find someone with Richie’s extraordinary voice and, potent writing ability, yet so humble and disciplined. Through guidance and good management, his skills have been honed to achieve musical greatness and we are pleased to have contributed to his success and happy to have him booked for this 10th anniversary concert" he commented.

The laid back reggae crooner who has won several local and international awards over the years remains grounded despite his international success.

"If I get awards for putting out music that is loved and appreciated by the masses, it’s not the objective, just merely one of the rewards” he said.

When questioned on his ability to maintain clean lyrical content despite the onslaught by dancehall artistes, he said "It is the conscious positive vibes that will uplift those who are socially and economically downtrodden and provide the youth who are particularly vulnerable, with the hope they need."







International reggae singer Gramps Morgan could not contain his excitement when he broke the news that his facebook and website www.grampsmorgan.com have both enjoyed a 100 per cent increase in visitors compared to earlier weeks.

The increased traffic he credits to the international exposure garnered from snagging the "Best Reggae Artiste" nomination at the Soul Train Awards.

“Our numbers have gone up dramatically since the nominations were announced on Monday, October 18. There is real enthusiasm in the market for reggae right now and I am grateful for the nomination and looking to benefit from exposure opportunities like these" he said.

Gramps has been having a world wind year since launching his solo career in 2009. Aside for the Soul Train nomination, he has won numerous awards including "Album of the Year" at the Reggae Music Appreciation Awards in Toronto; Album of the year (EME), Best New Entertainer, Best Song (Wash The Tears) and Best Cross Over (Therapy) at the IRAWMA in New York.

"I'm so excited and overwhelmed by the success that I have enjoyed since launching my solo career. The Soul Train nomination is is my first mainstream nomination which makes it all the better" he said

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Last year, Sean Paul walked away with the Soul Train Award, the very first time the category was introduced at the ceremony. This year's event, which again take place in Atlanta, will be hosted by Terrence Howard and Taraji P. Henson and will air on Centric and BET TV Sunday, November 28, 2010. This year's celebration will honor not only current movers and shakers but veterans Anita Baker and Ronald Isley.

His achievements this year has no doubt brought enormous pride to Jamaicans at home and in the Diaspora. Aside from winning awards, he toured with Grammy winners India Arie and John Legend and performed at back to back, sold out events at the World famous Madison Square Gardens in New York.

He then electrified over 15,000 reggae fans at the Queen's Park Savannah in Soca country Trinidad and roused thousands more with astonishing performances on his European summer tour with brother Peetah Morgan. Earlier this year, he and his management company Dada Son Entertainment formed a charity organization called Music Orchestrating Miracles (MOM).

"Music has the power to move, inspire, heal, and to bring people together like no other art form. It makes miracles happen every day and has the power to change lives. Through the power of music, MOM seeks to bring people together to impact those in need, creating miracles both big and small" he said.





Scenes from Street Vybez Thursdays Oct 21 2010

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Janet Jackson Denies Engagement On Air

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Janet Jackson appeared on ABC’s “Good Morning America” to deny recent rumors that she is engaged.

Though her intention was to promote the upcoming Tyler Perry drama “For Colored Girls,” the candid interview with Robin Roberts soon took a turn to her love life.

During the interview, Janet explained how she learned of “For Colored Girls” by visiting her brother Michael when he appeared in The Wiz on Broadway, and how she played such a passionate role in the film.

Of her boyfriend Wissam Al Mana, she said, “He’s a very private man, so I don’t talk about our relationship.






Khago - Keeping it real

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Fast rising artiste Khago has been busy making a name for himself on the music scene. With his hard hitting social commentaries and songs that tell it like it is, the cultural deejay is ready to mark his name amongst the best of the best.

As much as he is now embraced as a cultural artiste, it has not always been this way for him. He will be the first to tell you that when he just started out, he wasn’t so particular on what he recorded. Well, to be honest, he never really took music that seriously.


According to Khago, with age comes maturity and with it comes the realization that music can’t be just about putting anything out there.



"The more you grow up, you become more responsible,", adding that this maturity has now seen him embracing the positive side of the music.

For Khago, it's all about appealing to the masses. He says doing conscious music is the best thing.

"It doesn't make sense doing it for one set in the matches box. Music is a global thing. I sing music for the white collar and the barefoot man; it must be balanced. I'm doing music to uplift Jamaica and the world itself," he pointed out.

Born Ricardo Gayle, ‘Chicago' also popularly known as 'Cago or Khago' is no stranger to the local music scene. In 2006 he placed third in the Jamaica Cultural Development Commissions' annual Popular Song Contest with his entry "only if you know" with which he also won best video. He re-entered the contest in 2007 with a song entitled 'Been There'; the song is a very mellow lovers rock which expresses his emotions of gratitude and abundant love for a significant other who has stayed by his side through difficulties and while facing severe adversity.

The song received very favorable rotation on radio stations in Jamaica and the video has also been received a lot of attention. He has consistently been one of the crowd favorites at all the JCDC road shows and is greatly admired by the young people (especially the ladies) for all his performances he has delivered during the school tours organized by the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission.

At the end of the competition he placed 2nd in the contest with the single "been there”, produced by himself and Dillon Reid, but has not considered it as a loss but as a growing process. He has since then been focusing on taking his career to the next step as a professional recording artist bent on delivering uplifting and entertaining music to the world.


Khago is presently enjoying a big buzz on the scene with the red hot single Nah Sell Out.









High Commissioner to the United Kingdom (UK), Anthony Johnson, on Monday (October 25), expressed condolence at the death of veteran Jamaican singer, Gregory Isaacs.

Johnson described Isaacs as an outstanding talent who did much to bring Jamaican music to an international audience.

"He had a very smooth romantic voice that was able to be entertaining in any genre of music. It is our good fortune that he chose the medium of reggae where he became famous as the 'Cool Ruler'."

Mr. Isaacs, who died at his home in London today, had been suffering from a serious illness for sometime. In 2006 at a special event held at the Jamaican High Commission in London, he launched a special collection of love songs to mark his 30th anniversary in music.

The High Commissioner said Mr. Isaacs faced many challenges, but remained committed writing and performing good music with a positive message.

"He was loved by many people, his fans and his family, and he worked hard to make sure he delivered the quality music that people all over the world enjoyed. I offer deepest condolence to his family and friends," Mr. Johnson said.





About 120 jobs could be lost in Carib Cement cuts

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As many as 120 workers at Caribbean Cement Company Limited could lose their jobs when the cement manufacturer carries out a planned redundancy exercise.

According to a report on RJR News Caribbean Cement has been prepping some 80 workers from all categories of permanent staff for cuts.

A further 40 casual workers are likely to be let go.

When contacted, Caribbean Cement Company said they will not comment on the amount of jobs being targeted to be cut.

However, the company reiterated that the redundancy exercise will form part of an effort to cut its fixed costs by 20%.

The expectation is that the job cuts will start taking place as early as Friday, but at least one union official said his organisation has yet to receive all the documentation that usually accompany redundancy exercises.

"I have not received any listing of person or category of workers as yet.

There is a number being bandied around, but that is not confirmed. We are of the view that the (redundancy) list must be properly perused and all the legal aspects of it must be clearly followed (as) people losing their jobs is never easy to deal with.

We would rather find other mitigating circumstances to use but the company is clearly suggesting that it is in serious crisis," Granville Valentine, Vice President of the National Workers Union said in an interview with the station.

Last month, Caribbean Cement announced the planned redundancy exercise saying it had been hit badly by the downturn in the economy which was exacerbated by duty waivers on imported cement and dumped cement from the Dominican Republic.





Gregory finally got the peace he was seeking

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Yesterday Gregory’s widow Linda was on air with the BBC new and she said her husband may not have gotten the peace he was seeking in life, but he has now finally found the peace he was seeking.

She said he died peacefully at their London home. “He went peacefully, very peacefully; he had been pain-free for weeks and passed on surrounded by his family, including children and grandchildren,” she stated.

She continued: “We were expecting it, he hung on for over a week... he hasn’t suffered; Gregory has found peace finally, a peace he never had while on Earth,” she said.

She said that Gregory, also known as the ‘Cool Ruler’, was only diagnosed with cancer in August of this year. However, he had been ailing from problems with his knees and had difficulty walking.

When asked what was her lasting memory of her late husband, Mrs Isaacs said that there were too many, but said he was a wonderful person who was misjudged by many.









The drug case against T.I. that has sent him back to federal prison has been dropped by the L.A. County District Attorney.


The rap star was recently sentenced to 11 months in federal prison, after police stopped him for making an illegal U-turn on the Sunset Strip in Los Angeles on September 1st.

When police approached the car, they allegedly smelled marijuana. A search of the occupants of the car found the rapper and his wife, Tameka “Tiny” Cottle in possession of the drug ecstasy.

Police never booked any of the marijuana they allegedly smelled into evidence and LAPD officers allegedly pulled the rapper out of his $250,000 Maybach before they asked for any registration or identification.

The D.A.’s office said that since the rapper was sentenced to federal prison for violating his probation, there was no need for the state to pursue the charges.





Report: Mariah Carey Is Pregnant With a Baby Boy

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Although Mariah Carey and husband Nick Cannon are still playing coy about her growing belly, the couple are reportedly having a baby boy, HollyBaby reports.

"She's having a boy, but the reason that Mariah didn't want to say anything is because she is 40, and she's superstitious," the source said. "But she's going to appear on 'Oprah' and 'The View,' so she's planning on making the announcement soon."

While the couple, who wed in 2008, has yet to confirm the news, sources close to the singer tell PopEater the 40-year-old diva is indeed pregnant.

In June, Carey abruptly dropped out of Tyler Perry's new film, setting off speculation that the singer was expecting. Her rep quickly squashed the reports at the time.

Cannon has been the most vocal about the rumors, hinting that the couple's first child is on the way.

"I've said it before and I'll say it time and time again -- when my wife feels like talking about whatever she wants to talk about, you will hear it directly from her," Cannon said on his radio show in August. "There's a certain time limit that you're supposed to wait before you actually can officially say that you are."

The pair have not been shy when it comes to talking about babies. According to PEOPLE, Canon has been vocal about wanting to start a family. "We're going to do it," he said in March 2009.

We anxiously await the final word from Mariah!





Producer Sly Dunbar praises Gregory Isaacs

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Gregory Isaacs, the Jamaican reggae singer whose smooth style earned him the nickname "Cool Ruler," has died. He was 59.


Isaacs had been diagnosed with lung cancer a year ago, but continued performing until weeks before his death.


His wife Linda said Isaacs was "well-loved by everyone, his fans and his family, and he worked really hard to make sure he delivered the music they loved and enjoyed."


Born in a Kingston, Jamaica slum in 1951, Isaacs began recording in his teens, and went on to produce scores of albums .


With his sinuous baritone and romantic songs, Isaacs became a leading proponent of the mellow "Lovers Rock" style of reggae. He hit his stride in the mid-1970s with ballads like "Love is Overdue" and "All I Have Is Love."


Later that decade he teamed up with the Jamaican production duo of Sly Dunbar and Robbie Shakespeare for several hit songs including "Soon Forward" and "What A Feeling."


"Gregory's voice and writing ability was wicked. He was one of those soulful singers you could sit and listen to for hours," Dunbar said in a story carried by The Associated Press.


Isaacs was best known internationally for the title song from his 1982 album "Night Nurse," a club favourite which later became a hit for Simply Red.


His career was stalled by a cocaine habit that landed him in jail on several occasions. Isaacs said ruefully in 2007 that he'd gone to "Cocaine High School ... the greatest college ever, but the most expensive school fee ever paid."


Drug abuse took a toll on his voice but he kept making music, releasing a well-received final album, "Brand New Me," in 2008.


Suggs, lead singer of reggae-influenced British band Madness, said the dapper, fedora-sporting Isaacs was "a great reggae artist and also one of the most sartorially elegant stars on the world stage."





Buju back in court tomorrow

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International reggae superstar, Mark 'Buju Banton' Myrie will be heading back to the Sam M Gibbons Federal Court for the matter of his bail bond to be reviewed by Magistrate Judge Anthony E Porcelli tomorrow.


According to reports, the four-time Grammy nominee and his legal team are in a disagreement with the prosecution over the security company they want to hire for Banton’s round-the-clock security detail.


As part of his bail conditions, it was stipulated that Banton be placed under house arrest, have a 24-hour security detail, at his expense, and wear an electronic monitoring device. The security detail is to ensure that Banton does not violate the terms of his house arrest.


Judge Porcelli had also ruled that the government agree with whatever security arrangement Banton is putting in place.


Buju Banton was offered bail in the sum of $250,000 bail after his cocaine and gun trial ended in September with a hung jury.







God fulfills my heart's desire. I am well satisfied.
William Shakespeare said, "He is well paid that is well satisfied."

What brings me satisfaction? A good meal? A job well done? Acknowledgment from my employer? All of these are wonderful, but they may not leave me feeling "well paid."

In order to be satisfied with anything, I must first be satisfied with myself. I achieve that satisfaction by remembering that I am a child of God.

I give thanks that God supplies my every need, fills my heart and mind with a sense of well-being, and enfolds me continually in goodness and light. In this awareness, I am truly well satisfied and well paid.

With appreciation, I acknowledge God as the Source of all things good.

My God will fully satisfy every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus.--Philippians 4:19





REGGAE MOURNS THE LOSS OF A LEGEND - GREGORY ISAACS

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Reggae Singer Passes Away in London from Lung Cancer
Gregory Isaacs
[July 15, 1951 - October 25, 2010]


October 25, 2010

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

(VP RECORDS, NEW YORK) - The reggae community mourns the loss of one of its legends, Gregory Isaacs. Best known for his lovers' rock anthems, the versatile and velvet-voiced crooner was recognized by the international masses for his talent and contribution to music for decades, and remains an icon for the genre.

Isaacs was born on July 15, 1951 in Kingston, Jamaica andgained appeal and acclaim in the 1970s and 1980s for hits such as "Night Nurse" and "Rumors." Nicknamed the 'Cool Ruler' by his fans, Isaacs pioneered his own sound by fusing traditional reggae with dancehall, thereby reinventing the genre and expanding its global fan base into what it is today.

"Gregory Isaacs leaves behind an iconic history and catalog that is unparalleled," reveals VP Records CEO, Christopher Chin. "He devoted his entire life to music and his memory will forever live on with us - through his music and the legacy he leaves behind."

Isaacs fought a year-long battle with lung cancer before passing away on October 25, 2010 at his home in London, at the age of 59. Condolences and prayers go out to his family and loved ones during this trying time.

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Arther Guiness Greatness Show Jam_national stadium

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Cholera outbreak in Haiti

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A cholera outbreak that already has left 250 people dead and more than 3,000 sickened is at the doorstep of an enormous potential breeding ground: the squalid camps in Port-au-Prince where 1.3 million earthquake survivors live.

Health authorities and aid workers are scrambling to keep the tragedies from merging and the deaths from multiplying.

Five cholera patients have been reported in Haiti's capital, heightening worries that the disease could reach the sprawling tent slums where abysmal hygiene, poor sanitation, and widespread poverty could rapidly spread it.

But government officials said Sunday that all five apparently got cholera outside Port-au-Prince, and they voiced hope that the deadly bacterial disease could be confined to the rural areas where the outbreak originated last week.

"It's not difficult to prevent the spread to Port-au-Prince. We can prevent it," said Health Ministry director Gabriel Timothee.

He said tightly limiting movement of patients and careful disposal of bodies can stave off a major medical disaster.

If efforts to keep cholera out of the camps fail, "The worst case would be that we have hundreds of thousands of people getting sick at the same time," said Claude Surena, president of the Haiti Medical Association. Cholera can cause vomiting and diarrhea so severe it can kill from dehydration in hours.

Doctors Without Borders issued a statement saying that some Port-au-Prince residents were suffering from watery diarrhea and were being treated at facilities in the capital city.

Cholera infection among the patients had not been confirmed, however, and aid workers stressed that diarrhea has not been uncommon in Port-au-Prince since the earthquake.





Guinness Greatness was really great

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We love how Beenie and Bounty show unity over at the Guinness show Saturday night. The segment was the highlight of the show and the two of them really delivered, and when Bounty bring up Cham, it was all over --- hand in the air and excess amount of gun finger. Stadium field nearly sink. But the other acts did gwaan good to. Wyclef did wicked and we love Shaggy, Lady Saw and Wayne Wonder.

But Freddy McGregor mash it up; Chino and Stephen gwaan good to, but Freddy tek it over the young turks this time. Freddy haffi pull up him tune dem two times and it was real real forward, no hype ting. Big Ship captain, we salute you. The people dem love you bad.





Cops still hunting for 2 men from West Kingston

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The police are reporting that the two men named as persons of interest in the West Kingston division remain at large.

Detectives from the division are seeking Ernesta Keiting, otherwise called ‘Damion’ and a man only known by the alias ‘Woody’.

The police say Keiting, who is of Harris Street in Rose Town, Kingston 13, is about six feet tall, of dark complexion, slim build, with a long face and a straight nose.

‘Woody’ is said to be about five feet seven inches tall, of slim build and dark complexion.

The police say Keiting and ‘Woody’ should turn themselves in to the Tivoli Gardens Police Post or the Denham Town Police Station.

The men are wanted for questioning in relation to crimes committed within the West Kingston police division.






$200 million judgement for Skeng Don

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Businessman and People’s National Party activist, Kenneth 'Skeng Don' Black has reportedly been awarded $200 million in a default judgement by the Supreme Court against the Housing Agency of Jamaica (HAJ). However, the matter will be appealed by the agency.

Black’s company, Black Brothers Ltd, took the agency to court in May 2009 to recover money that he said was owed to him for construction work done under the PNP administration.

Black, in a rare interview, said the case came out of a "personal thing" against him

"It's some sort of victimisation," he said.

Black sued the Housing Agency in a bid to recover over $200 million, which he said was owed to him for work done on construction projects.

He undertook several projects for the Government during the administrations of P J Patterson and Portia Simpson Miller, stretching from the 1990s. They have worked with several Provident Societies under the Operation Pride programme, most of which the then NHDC managed and financed.

The main job for which he is owed is the Whitehall housing project near Negril in Westmoreland.

Both parties will return to court in December to present arguments.








As tributes pour in for the late Gregory Isaacs, the captain of the Big Ship, veteran singer Freddy McGregor, has sent condolences to the family of the late reggae superstar.

In an interview with Irie FM’s Ron Muschette this morning, Freddy said he was sad to hear about the passing of Gregory.

“I saw Gregory two weeks ago in London and he was in high spirits. He made us laugh and despite him being sick we shared a good time. The Big Ship family regrets his passing,” he said.

Gregory Isaacs reportedly passed away this morning in England from cancer which had spread over his entire body.

Gregory is best known for the song Night Nurse and has a rich, extensive catalogue of reggae hits. Reports are that his body will be flown back to Jamaica by the end of this week and a committee has been established by the government and the family to handle funeral arrangements for the reggae legend.







Christina Milian wrote an e-mail to her ex-husband The-Dream’s mistress.

The mistress, named Melissa Santiago, used to be Christina’s friend, but began a relationship with The-Dream while he was still married.

In the e-mails back and forth, Milian mentions that Santiago’s actions we’re inappropriate and that she and Dream were still working on their broken marriage.

Santiago’s e-mail back details that Milian should have paid as much attention to her husband as she did to the photos that surfaced of them on the beach.





Churchgoers killed in crash

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Two women who were on their way to church were killed after they were hit by a motorcar on Spanish Town Road in the vicinity of White Lane, Kingston 11, Sunday morning.

They have been identified as 65-year-old Bernice Gray and Elser Stone, 51, both of Henley Road, Kingston 11.

Reports from the Hunts Bay Police are that about 8:30 am, the driver of a Honda Partner motorcar was driving along Spanish Town Road to Three Miles.

On reaching the vicinity of White Lane, another car reportedly drove into the path of the Honda motorcar.

The driver of the Honda motorcar lost control of the vehicle which reportedly mounted the sidewalk and crashed into the bus stop. Gray died on the spot. Stone sustained multiple injuries and was taken to the Kingston Public Hospital where she was pronounced dead.

The driver of the Honda motorcar was arrested and charged for two counts of manslaughter and is to appear in the Half-Way-Tree Resident Magistrate’s court on Tuesday.





Bounty Killer & Dave Kelly team up again

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Dancehall artist Bounty Killer is back in studio with ace producer, Dave Kelly.


This time Bounty Killer, whose given name is Rodney Price, has recorded the single "The Message".


This is the second song these two giants have done in the last few weeks.


Their last production "Stronger", a collaboration with Baby Cham and Mykal Rose, is getting heavy rotation both locally and internationally.









The "Queen of the Dancehall", Lady Saw, recently launched an online contest.


Fans are invited to make a short video of themselves performing a song off Lady Saw's My Way album, which was released last month. The video should then be uploaded to YouTube and then a link to the video posted to Lady Saw's Facebook page.

The number of time the video is viewed will be tallied on November
15 and the three videos with the most views will be the winners.

Lady Saw, whose given name is Marion Hall, will personally pick the grand prize winner from the three.





Despite Bail, Buju still behind bars

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More than a week after international reggae star, Buju Banton was granted bail in a Florida court in the United States, the artiste remains behind bars.

Buju, whose given name is Mark Myrie, has been in custody since December charged with conspiracy to traffic narcotics.

It has been over a week since the dreadlocked artiste was granted US$250,000 bail, nearly three weeks after a jury failed to reach a unanimous verdict in his trial.

The Judge also ordered, at Buju's expense, that he be placed under house arrest, employ 24-hour security and wear a monitoring device.

Buju’s lead attorney David Markus explained in a radio interview that the defence has been ensuring that he is in a position to satisfy the bail conditions.

He will then appear in Immigration Court to see if he will be allowed bond.

As a non citizen of the United States, the Immigration Court will have to decide if he can remain in the US as an undocumented resident since his visa was revoked at the time of his arrest.

If Buju fails to secure bond, he will be deported.

Mr. Markus says the team is hopeful that he will be able to meet all the criteria to secure bail next week.

The four time Grammy nominee was arrested at his Tamarac home in December and slapped with charges of conspiracy to possess and distribute five kilograms of cocaine and possession of a firearm.

A new trial is to take place in December.








Dancehall recording artiste Blak Ryno has becoming the latest entertainer to fall victim to a spate of motorbike accident, following similar encounters weeks earlier by fellow dancehall and reggae acts, Gyptian, Mavado and Nitty Kutchie.

The incident unfolded over the Heroes Weekend when Ryno (the pillion) and a friend were riding in the vicinity of Waltham Park Road and was hit off the motorbike by a car travelling in the opposite direction after the driver was forced to swerve when a man said to be of unsound mind suddenly walk out into the driver’s path.

Blak Ryno was flung from the bike hitting his head against the asphalt while the rider suffered some minor bruises.

The entertainer was rushed to the Medical Associates Hospital but was minutes later taken to another facility to be X-Rayed. Miraculously the deejay escaped with only a gash to the side of his head but was ordered by the doctor to stay at home and recuperate.

“Mi haffi gives thanks to Father GOD, because it coulda worse. Mi alright and nobody never dead but me just a beg the authorities to do something about the mad people them on the streets.”





Janet Jackson engaged

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Janet Jackson is engaged to her billionaire boyfriend, Iranian businessman Wissam Al Mana, according to In Touch Weekly.

The couple has only been dating since last spring and sources are reporting that not too long ago, in “mid-October”, Wissam got down on one knee and proposed to Janet with a 15-carat diamond ring.

The pair is attempting to keep the engagement a secret, though not too long ago, Janet revealed to Access Hollywood that she was more than ready to be married again and maybe even start a family!






Sharon Marley charged with cruelty to a child

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Daughter of reggae icon, Bob Marley and former member of the hit group, Melody Makers, Sharon Marley has been charged with cruelty to a child.

Sharon Marley was questioned by detectives following an alleged incident involving a six-year-old boy at her learning centre.

According to reports, the incident occurred at a Learning Centre, along Lady Musgrave Road, St. Andrew.

It is understood that about two o'clock on Thursday afternoon, Ms. Marley, reportedly confronted the six-year-old boy, whose mother is employed at the institution.

The child, who has special needs, was playing with a toy while awaiting his mother.

It is not clear what transpired; however, it is alleged that following a commotion, Ms. Marley held onto the child and took him inside a room.

Minutes after the child was overheard screaming, and when he emerged from the room, he was crying, and reportedly bore bruises and other marks.

The child who is reportedly autistic had bite marks on the shoulder and hand.

The mother of the child subsequently filed a report with the Centre for the Investigation of Sexual Offences and Child Abuse (CISOCA).

Ms. Marley reportedly surrendered to the police on Friday afternoon and was subsequently charged.

She was offered station bail in the sum of $30,000 and is booked to appear in court on Tuesday.

Attorney-at-law, Christopher Townsend, confirmed that he had been contacted by the parents of the injured child.

He says he could not divulge details on the matter, as investigations are still underway.





Goodbye to an icon

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Yardflex regrets the passing of a true Jamaican icon Gregory Isaacs. He has done a lot in waving the reggae flag. We wish his family, friends and fans the strength to go through this difficult time.



Our prayers remain for you all.






Gregory Isaacs is dead

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International reggae crooner Gregory Isaacs is dead.

Gregory passed away on Monday in London, England at age 59 after battling cancer.

Vice Chairman of the Jamaica Association of Vintage Artistes and Affiliates Jimmy Sinclair gave this reaction.

“We have lost a great brother, we all loved him, he has done so much for Jamaica’s music and his shoes will be hard to fill. We are saddened right now, I don’t have words to express how sad I am personally,”

“I have worked for the brother all over the world. The last show I did with him was in Portmore just a few months ago, I’ve worked with him on Heineken Star Time, Stars R Us, Foundation Music Showcase, I have worked with him in Canada, the United States all over, so I am really saddened by the passing of Gregory Issacs, may God bless his soul,” Mr. Sinclair said.

Gregory Isaacs, known for his silky smooth voice which resulted in him being nicknamed the ‘Cool Ruler’, is known for several hits including Night Nurse, Tune In, My Number One, Love Overdue, Rumours and The Border.









I trust God to protect me and everyone I care about.
I am a creation of God, as are my loved ones. When I trust that we are protected by God's presence, I am calm, secure and poised to make wise choices.

God has given me and all others love and safety, along with the desire and capacity for growth. Growth challenges us to go outside our comfort zones, beyond the familiar. Anytime I face an uncertain outcome, I know every opportunity for transformation is supported by the protecting presence of God.

I trust God to protect me and everyone I care about, because nothing can separate us from God. I relax and make wise choices, helping others make wise choices as well.

You who live in the shelter of the Most High, ... will say to the Lord, "My refuge and my fortress; my God, in whom I trust."--Psalm 91:1, 2








It seems Brahim Zaibat may have underestimated the level of attention he would receive as Madonna's new man.

The backup dancer made a bizarre attempt to hide from the cameras as he escorted his older lover









Antigua, Barbados, St. Kitts and Jamaica have already selected lucky consumers of Guinness to experience musical greatness at the national Stadium in Kingston, Jamaica.

Guinness, an international beer, celebrates 251 years, and is currently executing the Arthur Guinness celebration promotion in 12 Caribbean territories, a feat never before attempted in the region.

The Arthur Guinness Day celebration, scheduled for Saturday, October 23 at the National Stadium in Kingston, will be attended by 13 winners from nine Caribbean islands. Winners will receive all- expense-paid trips to the event.

Guinness is sold in 26 territories in the Caribbean, and for the first time, 11 of these territories are holding consumer-based activations in celebration of the founding father, Sir Arthur Guinness.

The promotion is currently being run in Antigua, Bahamas, Barbados, Haiti, St. Kitts, St. Lucia, St. Vincent, Trinidad and Jamaica.

Antigua, Barbados and St. Kitts have already selected their lucky consumers. Guinness is underwriting travel costs to Jamaica as well as accommodation and transportation for each winner.

The lucky consumers will also be given the Guinness treatment at the concert set to feature Wyclef Jean, Busta Rhymes, Lady Saw, Wayne Wonder, Shaggy, among several other hot Jamaican stars.

Gareth Geddes, regional brand manager for Diageo, a global alcoholic beverages company, is happy with the response from the region. He explained: "During my visit to several of the participating territories recently, the response was tremendous.

We continue to showcase Guinness, which is an international brand in the region. No other brand has sought to revere its founding father in this manner.

Guinness is a brand of 251 years and remains relevant and we are pleased to continue our habit of putting consumers at the heart of our activation. That is what this promotion represents."





Cops, gunmen in shootout in Claremont, St Ann

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A gunman is battling for life while his accomplice has been arrested following a shoot out with the police on Wednesday night in Orange Park, Claremont, St. Ann.

Shortly before 10 o'clock the two men boarded a taxi in St. Ann's Bay.

While the vehicle was travelling towards Lime Hall, one of them reportedly pulled a firearm and ordered the driver to stop.

The driver obeyed and ran from the vehicle, after which the men took the steering wheel amd drove off.

Following a report to the St. Ann's Bay Police Station a search was carried out and the vehicle was later spotted in Orange Park. The driver was signalled by the police to stop but he sped off and a chase ensued.

A few minutes later the men were cornered on a road and there was a gun battle with the police.

One of the men was hit and taken to hospital in critical condition.

His accomplice was arrested.









A Jamaican woman is in police custody in St Maarten, accused of stabbing her Guyanese lover to death on Monday, the Star newspaper has reported.

Sandra Hall, who is employed by a security firm, Sherriff Security, is being accused of the brutal murder of 45-year-old Radford Seaford, who was also known as 'Skinny'. He was a Dutch citizen and had been living on the island for several years.

The St Maarten police said detectives were called to Christiansted Drive in Dutch Quarter at about 1:20 a.m. When they arrived, they found Skinny lying on the ground bleeding profusely from several stab wounds. Hall, who was in a relationship with the victim, was arrested on the spot.

Police reports said Hall claimed that she was in an abusive relationship with Skinny, who beat her frequently. She further stated that Skinny threatened her with a knife and she responded by taking up a knife and swinging it in his direction, wounding him several times.

However, neighbours of the man claimed that he was a peaceful man who was quite jovial. "Skinny was no trouble to anyone, he lived here for years and we never had problems with him," said his landlord, Angela Paul.

"We did not even know he was killed until the police and the doctor arrived here. As for the woman, I don't know her. The first time I saw her was when the police brought her down to go with her."

Other neighbours who live nearby said they did not hear any sounds of arguing or fighting. "We don't know the woman, it's only about a week now she moved in with him. Skinny was a hard-working and very jovial person," another neighbour said.

Prosecutor Rienk Mud confirmed that there was a stabbing incident and the alleged killer had been arrested.





Jamaica prepares for more rain from Richard

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Richard, the 17th named storm of the Atlantic Hurricane Season, is forecast to develop into a hurricane tomorrow and Jamaica is bracing itself for another battering.

The Meteorological Office says the forecast is for rainfall accumulations of four to eight inches across the island with possible isolated amounts of 12 inches in areas of higher terrain.

At 4:00 pm yesterday, the centre of Richard was located near latitude 16.0 degrees north and longitude 80.4 degrees west or about 375 kilometres south southeast of Grand Cayman and was drifting toward the south-southeast near six km/h with maximum sustained winds of near 65 km/h, with higher gusts.

According to the Met Office, the storm’s centre is projected to remain southwest of the island until late today, before moving further west away from the island.

“As a result, unstable weather conditions are expected to continue over Jamaica (into today),” the Met Office said in its 5:00 pm bulletin.

“The forecast is for heavy and at times very heavy showers and thunderstorms across the island; flooding and flash flooding of low-lying and floodprone areas is therefore expected,” the Met Office added.

Motorists and pedestrians were warned to avoid attempting to cross flooded roadways or other low-lying areas as strong currents are likely.

The Met Office also urged residents in low-lying areas to be on the alert for rising waters and be ready to move quickly to higher ground.

Last night, NWA communications manager, Stephen Shaw, said the works agency had cleared some of the drains that caused the flooding in the western end of the island, but admitted that more work needed to be done.

Among some of these areas, he said, were the Golf Club in Negril, Toby Hole and Seven Rivers in St James.

In the meantime, the Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management (ODPEM), which had its officers across the island on standby, said it had not received any call for assistance.








My body and mind are aligned with Spirit.


In alignment with Spirit, I feel deep inner peace. My body is relaxed. My mind is clear and open.

I know the grace of being at one with God. When I am out of alignment, my body feels out of sorts, my mind races with thoughts of yesterday or tomorrow. I feel unsettled.

At such times, I have not lost my connection to Spirit, I've just become distracted. In conscious awareness, I pause, say a prayer and step away for a few moments in the silence. I immediately begin to feel Spirit flowing within and through me.

When I am harmonious, the right people, places and direction are clearly revealed to me. I know what to do, and I am at peace.

All of us, with unveiled faces, seeing the glory of the Lord as though reflected in a mirror, are being transformed.--2 Corinthians 3:18









Miami Heat star Dwyane Wade told a Chicago judge Monday he would be prepared to give up his “partying” lifestyle if he was awarded sole custody of his two sons.

Testifying for a second day in a custody battle with his estranged wife Siohvaughn Wade, the NBA All-Star said his oldest son, who is eight, had been “alienated” from him.

Dwyane Wade said that, if he got sole custody of the two children — the younger son is three years old — he would allow Siohvaughn to have a role in the boys’ lives, but only if she got help with her anger.

During his first day of testimony on Friday, Wade said he was the victim of domestic violence at the hands of his ex-wife and denied allegations he used drugs, owned guns, or had ever had a sexually transmitted disease.






Tyler Perry Cries On Oprah

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Tyler Perry appeared on the Oprah Winfrey show today and cried after sharing the details of his horrific childhood and abusive father.

In addition to being beaten by his father (once, so badly that he blacked out for three days), Tyler Perry was also sexually abused by four different adults when he was a child.

Perry details his traumatic childhood, saying, “[It was] a living hell,” adding, “I feel like I died as a child.”

He spoke about using his imagination to escape the pain:

“I could go to this park [in my mind] that my mother and my aunt had taken me to. … I’m there in this park running and playing, and it was such a good day. So, every time somebody was doing something to me that was horrible, that was awful, I could go to this park in my mind until it was over.”

He wept when Oprah asked him what he would say to the little boy left behind? “I would say, ‘It’s going to be all right.”

Perry wasn’t the only who cried today, he brought tears to Oprah’s eyes by thanking her for all she’s done for viewers for 25 years.





Ziggy Marley releases pro hemp/marijuana song

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Ziggy Marley has released his latest song, a pro-hemp anthem entitled "A Fire Burns for Freedom".

This song will be offered as part of a larger set of free downloads, called the Wild and Free Singles offered by the reggae star and his record label, Tuff Gong Worldwide.

The Wild and Free Singles available at www.ziggymarley.com, indicates that the songs are freely available but also highlighted what Ziggy believes should be the natural state of marijuana and the related plant hemp.

"We need to enlighten people about the multiple uses the plant has beyond its recreational, spiritual and medicinal uses. This plant in both its forms, hemp and marijuana, is a gift from nature to us.

It has medicinal value, environmental value, nutritional value, as well as energy value.

The seeds of the plant could cheaply provide nutrition for malnourished children all over the world. We should free the plant in all aspects of its uses," Ziggy said.

In the song, he goes further to make his point, "Denied the tree of life, sold us your lies, this damned hypocrisy costs so many lives."

"A Fire Burns For Freedom" is the second song released in his Wild and Free Series, and comes on the heels of his first release, "Africa Land", which supported another historic moment: Africa's hosting of the 2010 World Cup for the first time.

Ziggy Marley is a five-time Grammy winner and reggae icon, whose early immersion in music came at age ten when he sat in on recording sessions with his father.

Then, as front man to Ziggy Marley and The Melody Makers, Marley released eight best-selling albums, generating three Grammys, with such chart-topping hits as "Tomorrow People" and "Tumbling Down."

Marley's solo debut, Dragonfly, was released in 2003.

His second solo release, Love Is My Religion, which was released on his own record label, Tuff Gong Worldwide, won a Grammy to much critical acclaim in 2006.

His third solo release, Family Time, also on his own label, scored him his fifth Grammy.

His next album, slated for release in the summer of 2011, is tentatively entitled Wild and Free.








The Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) has decided not to prosecute the soldiers and policemen implicated in the 2008 shooting death of five men in Tivoli Gardens.

The two soldiers were charged with murder on Tuesday after the Coroner ordered that warrants be served on them.

However, when the case came up before the Home Circuit Court on Thursday, DPP Paula Llewellyn announced that she was not proceeding with the case.

The Director explained that she did not have the evidence to challenge the men's claims that they were acting in self defence when they killed the five alleged gunmen.

A Coroner's jury recommended last month that charges be laid against members of the security forces involving in the shooting.

However, Ms Llewellyn said it would be impossible to bring a case against the men based on the evidence before her.

She added that there were no independent or civilian witnesses to the shooting.

Ms Llewellyn further argued that the forensic evidence backed up the claim of the security forces.

After hearing the Director, the jury was instructed by the presiding judge to return a verdict of not guilty.

Members of the security forces raided Tivoli Gardens in 2008 in search of the leader of the Stone Crusher Gang.

This led to a shoot out in a house in the community.

Five men were killed and five guns seized.

A soldier and a policeman were shot and injured in the incident.





Jennifer Lopez's Twins Make Modeling Debut!

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Jennifer Lopez's 2 1/2-year-old twins, Max and Emme, make their modeling debut as the faces of Gucci's new children's line — and UsMagazine.com has your first peek.

They appear in the ads along with mom.

"It's the first time I have worked with my kids in that way," Lopez, 40, tells the new Us Weekly (on newsstands now). "It was a totally special experience."

In honor of the collection (with pieces ranging from $80 to $1,600, in stores in November), Gucci donated $1 million to UNICEF's Schools for Africa initiative and $50,000 to Lopez's charity the Maribel Initiative, which promotes greater access to health care for women and children worldwide.

"It's exactly why I'm excited to be a part of this," says Lopez, who admits she and husband Marc Anthony were hesitant to have their kids participate until they learned of the charity connection. "Now there are two Gucci spokesbabies for a beautiful cause!"





Tina Knowles: “Beyonce Is Not Pregnant”

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Beyonce’s mom Tina Knowles say her daughter is not pregnant. Tina Knowles taped Ellen DeGeneres’ show today and she told Ellen that the rumor is not true.

“I heard that, but I’m here to clear the rumors up. The truth is that it’s not Beyoncé that’s pregnant, it’s me,” joked Tina. “I’m kidding ya’ll. I’m 56.”

However, she remained good-natured about the gossip. “No, it’s not true. Not right now. I’m looking forward to it. With all the rumors, by now I should have five or six grandchildren.”








Although Mariah Carey has yet to confirm her pregnancy, Nick Cannon is glad to open up about parenthood.

During the Running Russell Simmons party on Tuesday night (October 19), Us magazine asked if Cannon had thought about how many kids the couple wants.

Cannon said, “Not really. I mean, it’s just whatever God blesses us with at that time. We’ll be happy with whatever it is.”

Not caring whether he and Mariah have a boy or girl, Cannon said, “We just want a healthy child.”

Recognizing that he’ll be a young father, Nick continued, “My parents were actually kids when had me. My parents were still in high school and teenagers — and we have a beautiful relationship. I’ll probably be that same way.”





Brandy Reveals Why She Hasn't Had Sex in Years

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On 'Dancing With the Stars,' Brandy admitted she hasn't been intimate with a man for six years -- now she tells Life & Style why.

"I haven't been with a man seriously and in love in six years. And, honestly, I tend to abstain if I'm not in a relationship," Brandy says.

Although it hasn't actually been a full six years, the singer says, "It's been a long time. We're talking years."

Brandy has tried getting back in the dating game, though. "I actually went on a blind date a couple months ago that was very interesting but nothing serious."

There was a time when Brandy had a thing for rapper Flo Rida. "I was very interested in him. I mean, how can you not be -- he's very attractive. But there was just something about us that didn't click."

Last week, Howard Stern took major issue with Brandy's 'Dancing' partner Maksim Chmerkovskiy getting a little too ... comfortable, we'll say, with the singer.

"This guy is yelling at her, giving her the business about how she has to work harder," Stern said. "She's being a good sport about it, pretending like this actually matters if they're dancing the f***ing samba correctly. All of the sudden, while he's training her he starts smacking her on the ass."

"This guy is training a woman, a black woman," a perturbed Stern added. "You know when a man walks by a woman and makes a sound like she's a fine horse? He's smacking her on the ass like she's his personal property, like back in the slave days. I was astounded they were showing this on TV."









Gyptian received his trophy for the 2010 MOBO Award live during the ceremony at the Echo Arena in Liverpool, England on Tuesday, October 20, 2010.

Awarded the 'Best Reggae Artist of the Year,' Gyptian took the stage to accept his prestigious statue infront of a packed house and millions viewing around the world.

"It's an overwhelming feeling winning my first international award," reveals an elated Gyptian. "Give thanks to VP Records, miles ahead in reggae, give thanks to my fans, my management and everyone who has been supporting me on this incredible journey."

Gyptian's singles "Hold You" and "Nah Let Go" and the respective videos have been receiving steady airplay across the UK ever since the release of his album, Hold You, from VP Records in July 2010.

He is currently touring Europe and took a quick break to attend the MOBO Awards, which was televised live on BBC 3. Gyptian resumes his tour tonight, opening for Omarion in Manchester, and will also join Mary J. Blige for her UK tour in November, opening for her London and Birmingham shows.

Gyptian now heads to the Soul Train Awards on November 10 in Atlanta, Georgia, where he is nominated for "Best Reggae Artist" and will also be a featured performer during the show, airing on BET and CENTRIC on November 28 at 9pm.


The Music of Black Origin or MOBO Awards are held annually in the U.K. and is the first awards show in Europe to honor urban music. It attracts the largest primetime multicultural audience and reaches over 250 million people, worldwide. Gyptian shared the nomination with fellow VP Records artist, Gappy Ranks.





Another girl claims romance with Usain

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If we had any doubts that our Usain Bolt is a superstar it’s all gone now. Wow, one woman after another keep coming out of the works about her romance with him.


The latest, Rebeckah Passley, made quite a big thing in the Sun tabloid in the United Kingdom on Tuesday that Usain was involved in a relationship before bolting away and leaving her behind.

"I feel heartbroken. He's the best lover I've ever had. Usain might be quick on the track but he takes his time in bed. He knows how to treat a woman," she is reported as saying in the article.

Passley said that they were dating for about a year before their relationship hit the rocks after rumours started circulating that he was dating other women.

"Girls were popping up in the press claiming they were dating him. He told me it was all nonsense. But it did have a bad effect on our relationship and we have had no contact for a month," she said.

Passley is said to have gone to a track meet at Crystal Palace, near her home, when Bolt got his manager to invite her to a team party in West Ham. She is said to have shared the back seat of Bolt's chauffeured car.

The heartbroken Passley said he loves dominoes, hugs and kisses. She also reasoned, "Friends tell me we'll get back together but I'm not sure we will."

We wonder, who’s next on the love train?





BOUNTY KILLER BAIL EXTENDED

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Troubled dancehall deejay Bounty Killer is AGAIN before the courts!!!


This time, the Alliance leader appeared before the High Court Division of the gun court to answer charges of assault, unlawful wounding and illegal possession of a firearm.


Court adjourned this morning with the judge ruling that Bounty Killer is to return to court at a later date
All this is stemming from an altercation with an off-duty policeman in New Kingston in September 2007.


It is alleged that on the day in question, a motor vehicle was blocking the road, when the policeman asked Bounty Killer and his followers to clear the road. Allegations are that the policeman was assaulted and Killer allegedly threatened him with a gun.


Bounty Killer was charged with assault, unlawful wounding and illegal possession of a firearm.


But the troubles continue for the controversial deejay. In November, Bounty Killer is to face the court on two separate charges. On November 8, Killer is to face charges for ganja possession while on November 9 his most recent domestic abuse case alleging that he used a hammer to beat his girlfriend is set for mention.





Revenues down at RJR

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Gary Allen, Managing Director of the RJR Communications Group, says he does not expect any bouyancy to return to the advertising market in the next two quarters.

Allen, who was speaking Wednesday morning at the RJR Communications Group's Annual General Meeting, disclosed that the depressed advertising market has already seen the company's profits tumbling by 50% in the April to June quarter.

He said the financial results of the just concluded July to September quarter will soon be published, but he gave a synopsis of a picture which is not much improved.

"For that period, our net profits are 33% behind the performance at September 2009, slightly lower than what the management had projected. Up to the end of September, revenues are down by 3% and our total expenses are up by 12%,” Allen told share holders,

He added that despite the outlook, the RJR Communications Group will continue to seek opportunities where they exist to grow revenues and profits.

Overall the RJR Group is expected to remain profitable in this financial year, but profits are expected to be lower than the $221 million that was recorded in the last year.









My way is made clear as I move forward in faith.


At certain points in my life, I may have felt alone and lost. I may have gone through a difficult time in a relationship, been displaced from a job or simply come to a point where I questioned my purpose.

Yet, deep within me, I know I have never been alone. God is with me at all times and in every circumstance. I find peace in remembering that my way is made clear as I move forward in faith.

I may not know what will happen in a week, or a month, or a year, but I know I am being guided, step by step.

I open my heart and mind to clarity and confidence. I thank God for the inner wisdom that moves my life forward, in divine order and with divine timing.

In your steadfast love you led the people whom you redeemed.--Exodus 15:13





Vybez Kartel Live at the building

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Scenes from Fresh Friday

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Christopher Martin joins Gentleman on European tour

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Singer Christopher Martin heads to Europe this winter for five solo shows and then joins European reggae star Gentleman as they embark on a multi-city European tour in November and December.

Christopher Martin and Gentleman have seen significant success in their careers as individual artiste but recently teamed up and merged their solo success and created a number one hit song called To The Top.

The video, shot in Marrakech, Morocco saw the two blending their musical styles with the captivating backdrop of the ancient city. This November, Christopher Martin and Gentleman will further emphasise their collaborative genius on stages all over Europe.

Christopher Martin will start his tour of Europe, solo, for five shows beginning on October 30 in Mannheim, Germany. Martin then moves to Cologne, Germany on November 2, Oslo in Norway on November 5, back to Cologne on November 6 and finally in Helsinki, Finland on November 7.

The intensity of the tour will increase when Martin joins Gentleman on his Diversity tour from November 18 to December 22. This is the second leg of the tour with the first leg, a six-week summer tour, being sold.

The upcoming tour will see Christopher Martin and Gentleman taking the stage in nine countries for 22 shows. The two will perform in Germany, Switzerland, France, Holland, Spain, Luxemburg, Poland, Macedonia, and the Czech Republic.

Gentleman's latest album Diversity entered the German Album Charts directly in pole position.

This year MTV pays tribute to the artiste and, for the first time, Gentleman is nominated in the category "Best German Artiste" for the MTV European Music Awards in Madrid on November 11, 2010.





Taylor Swift not ready for marriage

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Taylor Swift has made a living off of writing cute love songs, but when it comes to her own life, she seems really confused about relationships.

Taylor, who has previously dated Joe Jonas and Taylor Lautner, admits that she's not sure marriage is for everyone and is ruling out the concept for the time being.

She said: "I've seen marriages be really great, and I've seen them be not so great. I've seen that people have to really work through love and fight for it, and I've been in relationships where you have to fight for it. And is it worth it?

“I don't think that love can possibly be easy all the time, in fact, most of the time it's going to be hard. I think it's important to try to find someone who's going to tell you, 'This is worth it,' when you're scared, and tell you, 'I'm never leaving you,' when you're doubting it. I think that's the most important thing."

Taylor is such a sweet girl and any guy would be lucky to date her, but she needs to stop dating these teenie boppers and go on a date with a real man for a change. Who would you love to see Taylor date?





Rihanna addresses marriage rumours

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If you were waiting for a wedding announcement from Rihanna and her beau Matt Kemp--you should stop holding your breath.

Rihanna admits that things are going great between them, but she has no plans to walk down the aisle.

“I’m only 22!” she said. “I’ve heard the word marriage 400 times in the past few days, but no I’m not ready for that yet.”

But just because she had a public fallout with her ex Chris Brown doesn't mean she's not willing to take risks in her new relationship.

“If I was scared to do something wrong I wouldn’t be where I am today,” she said. “And that would totally restrict me. You learn from your mistakes.

She added, “To remember that every day I got a tattoo of the sentence ‘Never a failure always a lesson’ mirror-inverted under my collarbone. Now I can read that sentence every day in the mirror.”





Beyonce pregnant with first child

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We've all heard the rumors before, but could Beyonce really be pregnant this time? According to Us Weekly, the answer is yes!

Beyonce, who married Jay Z back in 2008, was reportedly shocked when she discovered she was expecting because they weren't planning to have their first child for a few more years.

A source told Us Weekly magazine: "B was shocked. She loves kids, but she wasn't ready to be a mother just yet. She really wanted to get her album done and tour the world again."

Another insider added: “She now knows this is a gift from God and she's so happy."

And friends and family members are already sending their best wishes. Beyonce’s sister Solange added: "She's got the most beautiful heart. She'll be a great mom."

Record executive Kevin Liles, a close friend of Jay-Z, added: "Jay has been all about family since I met him, and he's always going to be. I wish them the best."

Beyonce seems like such a natural when she's with her nephew so we have no doubt she'll be an excellent mother. We really hope the news is true! Congrats you two!





Flash Flood Watch for all parishes

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The Meteorological Service yesterday warned citizens in low-lying and flood-prone areas to be on the alert for rising waters and be ready to move quickly to higher ground, as it extended a flash flood watch for all parishes until 5:00 this afternoon.

The Met Service said heavy showers and thunderstorms were expected to continue affecting the island into Friday, with the possibility of flash flooding in low-lying and flood-prone areas.

At the same time, it warned that the area of low pressure west of Jamaica continued to show signs of developing into a tropical depression.

"Although the system has drifted towards the island, the centre is projected to remain offshore over southwestern waters. Due to the presence of this system, unstable weather conditions are expected to continue over Jamaica... Thursday and Friday," the Met Service said.

Fishers and other marine interests were strongly advised to exercise caution over southern and northwestern waters as strong winds and rough seas were expected near areas of showers and thunderstorms.





US $80M added to budget

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Finance Minister Audley Shaw on Wednesday announced an additional J$6.9 billion or US$80 million to the budget, resulting from an IMF deal.

This sum was announced as part of the Government's revised budget for 2010/2011.

The original budget of $503.9 billion will now be increased to $510.8 billion.

Mr. Shaw who made the announcement at Wednesday's Post Cabinet press briefing, said most of the additional money will go towards major road and bridge repairs and to facilitate other projects.

He said the money will come from multilateral agencies and shifts in the Jamaica Development Infrastructure Programme (JDIP).

The Government in August had announced that the West Kingston operation in May as well as certain health concerns would force it to draft a new budget.






Reggae music gets a boost in new Jamaican film

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RISEUP, the feature-length documentary showcasing Jamaica's underground music scene, has been capturing the attention of industry insiders on three continents.

RiseUp follows the distinct lives of three artistes struggling in their unique way for their big break into Jamaica's highly competitive music industry.

Since its world premiere at the International Documentary Festival Amsterdam (IDFA), where it received the Top Ten Audience Award, RiseUp has been racking up awards, official selections for world-renowned festivals, rave reviews and screening in over 20 countries on its way to the Jamaican audience.

RiseUp scored when it won the Best Music Documentary Award from the Silver Docs, an American Film Institute, and Discovery Channel Film Festival. Earlier this year, RiseUp was chosen by New York's Lincoln Center Film Society to celebrate Black History Month and a one-hour version of the film was broadcasted by many television networks worldwide including the BBC on its Storyville programme.

The film was officially selected for HotDocs, the Canadian International Documentary Festival in Toronto, DocAviv Film Festival, Camden International Film Festival, Bahamas International Film Festival, Salem Film Fest and KAPU Film Festival in Austria.

RiseUp acclaim also intensified with its selection as closing night film at Lemesos Doc Festival in Cyprus.

It opens in Jamaica October 27.






Beyonce Pregnant!

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Beyonce Knowles better brush up on her lullabies.

The 29-year-old singer is pregnant with her first child, the new Us Weekly reports.

Despite the happy news, no one was more surprised than the singer herself.

"B was shocked. She loves kids, but she wasn't ready to be a mother just yet," says a source of the singer, who married rapper Jay-Z in 2008. "She really wanted to get her album done and tour the world again."

Still, another insider says that the singer, who is in her first trimester, realizes that "this is a gift from God and she's so happy."

Friends of the couple are already expressing their well-wishes for the parents-to-be.

"Jay has been all about family since I met him, and he's always going to be," record executive Kevin Liles, who has known the rapper for years, tells Us. "I wish them the best."

Knowles' sister Solange -- and mom to Julez, 6 -- agrees.

"She's got the most beautiful heart," she tells Us of her big sis. "She'll be a great mom."









NBA superstar Dwyane Wade took the stand last Friday in the custody trial of his two sons and told the court his ex-wife needs help, reports the Chicago Sun Times.

Wade admitted that his ex-wife Siovaughn is a loving parent but that she has issues:

“Her rages show a lot when she’s dealing with the kids.” On an anger scale of one to 10, he said, “She’s a 10.”

He said when she didn’t drop off the boys for a court-ordered visit March 12 and he couldn’t get in touch with her or the kids for more than a day, he thought the worst.

“I immediately thought the worst that she probably took them away, that she hurt herself or even hurt the kids.”

Wade, who is recovering from a minor hamstring injury, said he will be spending time with his boys while he is in Chicago this week.





Nicki Minaj Did NOT Fire Diddy As Her Manager

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Yesterday, a press release from Nicki Minaj’s camp hit the internet, stating that she had dropped Diddy as her manager and replaced him with Benny Medina.

Turns out, the press release was a fake.

Nicki Minaj took to her Twitter account yesterday to explain that all is good on her end.

She also said she’s never even met her supposed “new” manager.





Tyler Perry Opens Up To Oprah About Child Abuse

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Tyler Perry recently taped an interview with Oprah Winfrey where he spoke about being abused while growing up in New Orleans. He also tells the daytime host that he once tried to commit suicide.

According to acesshowbiz.com, Tyler breaks down when he spoke about being raped by a family member.

He told Oprah, “It’s so disgusting.”

Tyler says this is the most revealing interview he has ever done. He previously disclosed on his website that he was abused as a child.

The show is scheduled to air this Wednesday, October 20.









Kanye West told an audience that he had contemplated suicide during a Los Angeles premiere screening of his “Runaway” short film.

“There were times that I contemplated suicide,” Yeezy told the crowd. “I will not give up on life again.”

Don’t worry Kanye! It gets better.

Yahoo News was at the premiere and gives a thorough description of the film.

After a prelude featuring narration from rapper Nicki Minaj, West’s character, Griffin, is seen driving a black MTX Tatra supercar down a country road. Lying next to a hole in the pavement is a phoenix fallen to Earth, played by model Selita Ebanks in pink, gray and brown feathers.

He takes her home and offers this advice: “First rule in this world, baby: Don’t pay attention to anything you see on the news.”

The phoenix sits on a lawn with a deer, rabbit and sheep, then joins West at a private parade featuring fireworks, a marching band and a float depicting Michael Jackson.

Playing over those visuals are West’s next single, “All of the Lights,” which he said features Elton John on piano and an all-star chorus including Alicia Keys, Rihanna, Fergie and John Legend.

Ballerinas in black tutus perform in a scene featuring his current single, “Runaway.” When the tune ended, there was applause from both the on-screen and live audience.

Kanye’s new album, My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, drops November 22nd.





ZUMJAY RETURNS FROM IRAQ

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US army recruit and dancehall DJ Zumjay is excited after he successfully completed his second tour of duty.


The deejay who was deployed to the Middle East is currently home in the United States. In an extensive interview, Zumjay reveals that he will spend time with his fam before he returns to Jamaica at the end of this month to resume work on his musical career.


Despite the length of his deployment in the Middle East, Zumjay adds that he kept up with the happenings in dancehall by surfing the Internet.


The deejay who is known for songs such as Zumjay News, Courtney and I'm High, was last in the island during the Summer to shoot the music video for Move It Around with video director Jay Will.


for that," he argued.





Stacious ventures into the Café business

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Female deejay Stacious is following in the footsteps of fellow deejays like Spice and D’Angel by adding another dimension to her career.


The deejay will now be putting her business savvy to work when she launches the opening of her new hot spot Scrumptious Café at 50 Molynes Road, St Andrew, next Wednesday.


Scrumptious café will offer an assortment of smoothies, ice-cream, fruit vegetable and coffee for all to enjoy.


Stacious is currently working on her music and collaborations for the rest of 2010, and also gearing up for a European tour in February.





Ill-fated JUTC bus driver denied bail

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The driver of the Jamaica Urban Transit Company (JUTC) bus which crashed in St. Ann on Friday night killing a 16-year-old girl and leaving 40 persons injured is to spend more time in a police lock-up.

Jeremy Stewart was denied bail when he appeared in the St. Ann's Bay Resident Magistrate's Court Tuesday.

Stewart was charged on the weekend with manslaughter.

He is booked to return to court on Monday.

He was taken into custody after the bus, which was chartered for a church trip, plunged 30 feet into a ravine near the Faith's Pen refreshment stop.

Most of the passengers were seriously hurt.

Sixteen-year-old Jodian Henry, a student of the Bridgeport High School, succumbed to her injuries.

A statement issued by the Ministry of Transport on the weekend said Stewart was not authorised to drive the bus.

Transport Minister Mike Henry who ordered a speedy investigation into the accident has received a report from the JUTC management on the preliminary findings.





Another trial for Bounty Killer

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Dancehall artiste Bounty Killer is again scheduled to go on trial today (Wednesday) on gun charges.

The entertainer is charged jointly with ex-policeman, Calis Brown, for 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.

Investigators reported that the constable encountered Bounty Killer and his entourage in their vehicles along St. Lucia Avenue in New Kingston.

The Constable blew his horn to be allowed through and this led to an altercation with members of the DJ's entourage.

Bounty Killer allegedly pulled a gun and Brown who was in the group, proceeded to beat the Constable.

The matter was reported to the Police High Command and following an internal investigation Mr. Brown was dismissed from the Force in January 2008.

The matter was further investigated and a filed submitted to the Director of Public Prosecutions who ruled that Bounti Killa and the ex-cop be charged.








I am at home in the presence of God and comforted by the Holy Spirit.
Surrounded by comfortable items--like a well-worn pair of blue jeans, a warm bathrobe or a favorite chair--I feel at home and relaxed. While these are material comforts, there is an eternal comfort that lies beyond the physical world.

Jesus declared, "I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you forever." This Comforter--the Holy Spirit--is with me always. The Holy Spirit comforts my soul, eases my mind and calms my emotions.

When I center my thoughts on God and wrap myself in an awareness of God's loving presence, I experience the ultimate comfort. Filled with the Holy Spirit, I am home.

But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things.--John 14:26 (KJV)







We always told you to give the youth a chance. Everyone coming down on him like he is a super monster. Well check out this scoop from Mediatakeout.com and maybe you will get some understanding where he was coming from. Note we are still not condoning violence…just for you to have a little more understanding.


Private e-mails between Rihanna and Chris Brown have surfaced.

In November 2009, nine months after Rihanna’s infamous beating, she appeared on 20/20 with Diane Sawyer and gave an interview in an attempt to clear her name of any blame for her and Chris’ abusive relationship.


However, people have always had their doubts. Many believe Rihanna was equally abusive, at least verbally, prompting Chris’ disturbing reaction.


Now, MediaTakeout has obtained photos of Rihanna’s e-mail account (allegedly) from just 3 months before the incident.

It seems Chris wasn’t responding to Rihanna’s phone calls, so she sent him a nasty note.


(Note: Robyn Fenty is Rihanna’s real name. You will also see e-mails to and from Mariel Haenn, Rihanna’s well-known stylist.)






Females want back the video light

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This is one time we have to agree with the females and hope they are successful in their fight. According to a story in the Star artistes such as Macka Diamond and others are trying to get their share of the video light.


If you go to the dances these days the video is on most of the male dance crews or men dancing, the poor women can’t even get a chance to bask in the video light.


Well Macka Diamond, ZJ Sparks, Mad Michelle, Lastisha, Myster and other female dancers names were quoted in the story that it’s now their chance to shine in the light.
"Look at the DVDs, look at the videos, look at the parties, everywhere you go di man dem tek ova di ting like a fi dem sitten, so we just decided to do a song and address it. We not trying to cause any controversy, we are just calling a spade a spade," Mystic told the paper.





Omarion Owes Over $100k In Taxes

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Former B2K star Omarion owes $110,585 in federal taxes to the IRS.

The Detroit News’ Tax Watchdog put the “Ice Box” singer on blast detailing his federal debts.

What’s owed:

- The IRS filed a $35,210 lien against Omarion on May 18 with the Orange County (Calif.) Recorder of Deeds.

- The IRS filed a $25,660 lien Oct. 29, 2009, in Orange County.

- The IRS filed a $49,715 lien Aug. 6, 2009, with the Los Angeles County Recorder of Deeds. He owes income taxes from 2003, 2005 and 2006, according to the lien.

We’re gonna resist the urge to make any You Got Served jokes.





Nicki’s Statement:

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“By now, everyone should now that I am really strict when it comes to my representation.

I had sympathy for Sean however I feel as if I haven’t gotten the guidance the manager is supposed to give his client.

Personally, I feel like I’m being managed by mother. Even if you play the smallest role on my team, I wish to see progress. I’d like to thank him for everything he has done for me; for taking me under his wing. I wish him the best with repping Rick [Ross].

But now that my album is about to drop, its time to get serious and stop playing games. If I could turn back time…I wouldn’t have made the decision to let Troy go.”










Nicki reportedly broke the news in a press release yesterday, October 18, stating that Diddy did not meet her standards.

She has replaced Diddy with star-maker Benny Medina, who currently manages mogul Jennifer Lopez, and whose oast clients include Mariah Carey, Gwen Stefani, Brandy and Usher.

She expresses regret over letting Troy Carter go; Carter manages Lady Gaga





Heavy flooding kills 10 in Haiti

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Heavy flooding in Haiti has killed at least 10 persons after rivers burst their banks in the capital, Port-Au-Prince, following torrential rains.

Several residents were reported missing.

Displaced people living at a tent city for the victims of the January earthquake were strengthening their makeshift homes to cope with the bad weather.






JUTC employee among those honoured yesterday

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JUTC employee Annette Howard was among the over 100 who were honoured yesterday at the Kings House. Howard was awarded the Badge of Honour for assisting passengers who were aboard American Airlines Flight number 331, which crash landed near the Norman Manley International Airport on December 22, 2009.

The awards were presented in various categories including the Order of Jamaica, Order of Distinction (OD) in the ranks of Commander and Officer, the Medal of Honour for Meritorious Service and the Badges of Honour for Meritorious, Long and Faithful Service.

Five Jamaicans received the nation's fifth highest honour, the Order of Jamaica, for outstanding contribution in the fields of public service, community development, education, and diplomacy.

They are the Very Reverend Monsignor Gregory Ramkissoon for service to community development and the care of the poor and disadvantaged; Arnold Foote, for service in advertising, sports and diplomacy and Dr. Marshall Hall, for public service and contribution in the fields of agriculture, industry and education.Professor Emeritus Sylvia Wynter, was awarded for service to education, history and culture; and Ambassador Sue Cobb, received an Honourary Award for Service as United States Ambassador to Jamaica and her continuing efforts to promote Jamaica's interests and support development.

Additionally, 18 persons were conferred with the Order of Distinction, in the rank of Commander (CD), including Dr. Marion Bullock-DuCasse, for service to the heath sector, particularly in the field of Emergency and Disaster Management.Ken Chaplain (OD) continued the list of awardees, bestowed with the Order of Distinction, Commander class for his achievements in journalism, public service and sports.Honorary Justice Howard Cooke, for service to the judiciary; Joseph Mayer Matalon for contribution to the private and public sectors and community service; while Karl Young was honoured posthumously for contribution to broadcasting and the promotion of reggae music.Lee Roy Bailey, Major Frederick Barnett and Carlton Chin were among 29 persons, who received the Order of Distinction in the Officer class (OD).

The list also included Merline Daley, who was awarded for her contribution to the insurance industry, local government and community development; Barrington Gordon for contribution to broadcasting; Lorraine Fenton for contribution to athletics; and Cleveland Stewart for contribution to public service and community development.

Meanwhile, the Badge of Honour for Meritorious Service was conferred on 17 persons for their contribution to community service and development, education and public service; and 25 others received the Badge of Honour for Long and Faithful Service.Three Jamaicans were conferred with the Badge of Honour for Gallantry, including two members of the uniformed service, who received the award posthumously.

They were Constable Jason Davis and Sergeant Wayne Henriques, for their courage in going to the assistance of injured colleagues, who had come under heavy gunfire from criminals in the vicinity for Excelsior High School on May 23, 2010.








One man is dead and four members of a family are nursing gunshot wounds after gunmen went on the rampage in Hellshire, St. Catherine, on Monday night.


Up to late Monday night the police were combing the Hellshire community in search of the gunmen.


The dead man has been identified only as "Blackie Bud" of a Sand Hill address in Hellshire.


It is reported that shortly after 8 o'clock, armed thugs invaded a house along Canary Way in the Hellshire Park Housing Scheme and opened fire on the occupants.


The man and four teens, ages 18, 17, 15 and 13, who were in the house, were shot.


Terrified residents ran in different directions on hearing the explosions.


The five victims were rushed to hospital where the man known as "Blackie Bud" was pronounced dead.
The teenagers who are siblings were admitted in serious but stable condition.


The police theorise that the shooting was triggered by the murder of 20-year-old Romaine Emmanuel, a resident of Basalt Drive in Hellshire Glades, earlier in the day.


Mr. Emmanuel and a group of friends were walking home after attending a wake in Hellshire Park at about three o'clock in the morning, when they were attacked by a gunman.


The man opened fire hitting Mr. Emmanuel and a 22-year-old man.
Mr. Emmanuel was pronounced dead at hospital and the other man admitted.
The police believe the shootings stem from a gang feud in the Hellshire area.








In everything I do, I express peace.


Peace in the world begins with me. I may think, "But, I am only one person--how can I make a difference?" It only takes one person to create a ripple of peace.

As when a pebble is tossed into a lake, ripples of peace spread from me, to my family, to my community and across the world.

When I am centered in Spirit, I express peace in everything I do.

I am the first to smile at someone. I focus on the good in everyone and drop feelings of resentment or anger.

I feel unlimited love, boundless compassion and infinite gratitude. I express peace by being peace. I initiate ripples of peace--and my peace combines with the ripples of others to wash over the world.

He came and proclaimed peace to you who were far off and peace to those who were near.--Ephesians 2:17







VP Records recording artiste, Gyptian, continues to rack up nominations this awards' season with his nomination for 'Best Reggae Artist' at this year's Soul Train Awards.

The reggae singer will also be performing live at the awards ceremony, taking place on Wednesday, November 10 at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Center in Atlanta, Georgia.

Hosted by Oscar-nominated actors Terrence Howard and Taraji P. Henson, the Soul Train Awards will premiere on both CENTRIC and BET on Sunday, November 28 at 9pm.

Gyptian joins a hotlist of the top entertainers in music today at CENTRIC's second undertaking of the annual awards, including Alicia Keys and Usher who both lead the pack with four nominations, Drake with three nods, and Monica, Nicki Minaj, Janelle Monae, Erykah Badu and Sade with two each.

Also joining Gyptian on stage for live performances are Ne-Yo, Rick Ross, Keyshia Cole, R. Kelly, Badu, Cee-Lo and more, proving to be an exciting night for music and for reggae's reigning star.

Gyptian currently has two songs in rotation on radio with his breakout hit "Hold You" and his new smash "Nah Let Go," both singles from his current album, Hold You, released from VP Records in July 2010.

With a solid foundation and fan base, the versatile entertainer now sees his international acclaim grow, and has already seen collaborations with the likes of Nicki Minaj, Busta Rhymes and Mary J. Blige, and will be joining Blige for her UK tour on November 2-3 in England.

This is the second major award nomination for Gyptian, as he's also nominated for the 2010 MOBO Award in the UK, also for 'Best Reggae Artist.' He will be attending the MOBO Awards on Wednesday, October 20 in Liverpool, England.








Dancehall artistes Baby Cham and Bounty Killer who have not recorded together in almost a decade have reunited on a new single from producer Dave Kelly.


The new song is titled Stronger and also features Mykal Rose.
Stronger was released locally this week and is already spreading its wings on mainstream radio stations around the world.


Baby Cham, whose given name is Damian Beckett and Bounty Killer, whose real name is Rodney Price, were close friends in the 1990s but parted ways over unknown disagreements.


The two have reportedly worked out their differences and will also be working together to produce another mega hits like Another Level.
According to reports, Baby Cham is also an official member of the Bounty Killer-led Alliance.








The police were able to remove 28 tonnes of debris and vending paraphernalia off the streets of downtown Kingston, as the operation there continued on Monday.

Seventy-three illegal Jamaica Public Service Company connections were also disconnected and about 10 pounds of marijuana seized during the operation.

The areas included in the operation were New Chapel Lane, Princess Street, Luke Lane, West Street, Beckford Street and Heywood Street.

The police will continue their operation during the course of this week.





VP Records to release Dennis Brown compilation

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VP Records says they will be releasing a three-disc compilation of his hit singles from legendary reggae singer Dennis Brown.


The compilation of 47 of Dennis Brown's greatest work also includes a bonus DVD which features the reggae singer live in some concert and includes seven additional hits that are not included on the audio discs.


Dennis Brown prematurely passed away in 1997 at the age of 42.
His death left a huge void in reggae music similar to the void that Bob Marley’s passing left in 1980.


Brown earned himself the title of Crown Prince of Reggae.








Greetings to my fellow Jamaicans at home and in the Diaspora as we celebrate Heritage Week.


It is important that in our quest to build a bright future for Jamaica, we pause to reflect on the past and renew our hope in our people, our land and our heritage. Heritage week offers us that opportunity to reconnect with our roots and embrace the possibilities they offer us in the future.


Our history, heritage and culture are important factors in determining and identifying who we are as Jamaicans. They tell us who we must still be, and where we must still go as we build the nation.
The journey of nationhood has many challenges that either originate locally or are caused by external factors.

But despite our setbacks and the events that sometimes cause us to despair, we must believe in our people, our land and our heritage, and, encouraged by the knowledge of the strength and courage of our heroes, ensure that Jamaica becomes a peaceful, productive and prosperous nation.


We are getting closer to our own 50th year of becoming an independent State within the Commonwealth of Nations.

It is important that as Jamaicans, at home and in the Diaspora, we consolidate our efforts, our talents and our resources, so that together we can achieve the dreams and visions of our heroes.

May the challenging words of National Hero the Rt. Excellent Norman Manley be realised in your generation:


"Who with blood in his veins and pride in his heart would not give himself to service, when to serve is to help build your own country, for his own people, for your children and mine?"


Encouraged by the life and work of our heroes, Jamaicans continue to excel at home and in the global arena in areas such as academics, sports, scientific research, among others.

Within these achievements are the seeds of prosperity which I believe we must harness for the good of the nation.


As we celebrate our heritage and the contributions of our national heroes, I encourage all Jamaicans to get into action now for the sake of our nation. Believe in yourselves and each other, so that together we can make Jamaica a habitable place.





Some JUTC crash survivors remain hospitalised

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Some of the more than 50 people hurt in the Jamaica Urban Transit Company (JUTC) bus crash in St. Ann Friday night, remain in hospital many with serious injuries.

Acording to a TVJ news report carried on about 10 people from the crash are still hospitalised.

Ann Marie Dickens-Palmer, the mother of one of the youngster injured when the JUTC bus went over a cliff near Faith's Pen said that her daughter was at Spanish Town Hospital with serious internal injuries.

"She has done an operation that cost us a great sum of money but we had to do it to save her.

She has lost a lot of blood … they had given her units of blood before the operation and she'll be getting more. They say that her spleen is damaged, they'll have to take it out and her spine is also damaged," Mrs. Dickens-Palmer said.

Fifty four people were on the JUTC bus when it went over a precipice near Faith's Pen on the way to a retreat at Moneague College in At. Ann.

More than 50 of them were seriously injured and one - 16 year old Jodian Henry, a student of Bridgeport Comprehensive High School was killed.

Meanwhile, it has been a difficult two days for Jodian's family.

Her mother Elita Henry said that it was her daughter's first trip to the yearly retreat.

"We have this annual retreat and she couldn't go because she was under age at the time but this year, she reached the age of acceptance. I didn't have the money to send her, so one of her aunts at church paid the fare for her to go," Mrs. Henry said.






Cop’s death now being investigated as homicide

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The Clarendon Police have switched the focus of their investigation into the death of a Constable who was attached to the Traffic Department at the May Pen Police Station.

The matter involves Constable Andrew Mighty, 49, who was found dead at his home in the Longville Park Housing Scheme, on September 28 about 2:30 in the afternoon.

According to a recent autopsy, Constable Mighty died as a result of a broken neck.

Investigations have now revealed that his death is now being treated as a Homicide.

The source added that several people, including a brother of Constable Might, who were initially questioned, will face further questioning.





So what if Spice is pregnant

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Honestly the things that make our front page.

Spice pregnant! So what? Isn’t she a woman, isn’t she with her fiancé? For gossip sake it could be n the inside pages but news nah!

If you were paying close attention anyway you would have noticed that something wsas not right in her Jim Screechie video.

She did her best to hide her tummy and she really looked blown up in it. Watching the video that’s the thought that came to our mind that she is pregnant./Now that the news isout, go back and take a look at the video.

With the announcement out, Yardflex wants to wish the deejay all the best on a safe delivery process when the time comes.





Etana to go on European tour

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Songstress Etana will be going on a three week European tour, her first for the year.

She will depart the island next week and will be touring alongside Gyptian and Busy Signal.

The ‘Strong One’ is also featured on the cover of this month’s European Riddim magazine.

Etana is looking forward to the tour and anticipates the response from her fans.





Kat Stacks: “I Was A Teenage Prostitute

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Groupie of the year Kat Stacks recently sat down with our partners at Hot 107.9’s studios and gave an exclusive, Patron-fueled interview to The Durtty Boyz.

Stacks spoke in detail about being a stripper at 14 and turning tricks in Brooklyn as a teenage prostitute for her former pimp, who is also the father of her son.

Despite the heavy subject matter, Kat seemed to be having fun until she broke down in tears.





Monica & Shannon Brown Are Engaged!

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Monica and her baller boyfriend Shannon Brown are engaged. Shannon popped the question with a ten-karat diamond.

Monica was spotted at the “Black Girls Rock” awards/concert rocking this stunning piece of jewelry, and before the night was over, she confirmed her engagement.

The couple met on the set of Monica’s “Love All Over Me” video back in June., and started dating right after that.


Monica and her baller boyfriend Shannon Brown are engaged. Shannon popped the question with a ten-karat diamond.

Monica was spotted at the “Black Girls Rock” awards/concert rocking this stunning piece of jewelry, and before the night was over, she confirmed her engagement.

The couple met on the set of Monica’s “Love All Over Me” video back in June., and started dating right after that.








I am attuned to the wisdom of God and blessed with new ideas.
Anew idea may present itself at the oddest moment. When I am driving or grocery shopping or taking a walk, a new idea may simply come to me. It is an "aha" moment, a blessing.

Ideas are the activity of God working in and through me, guiding my thoughts and inspiring me to right action. I may not always recognize the ideas that come to me. Sometimes they are fleeting. However, I can make a conscious effort to be open and receptive to them whenever they appear.

As I move through my day with an expectant attitude and a peaceful heart, I am an open channel for the wisdom of God. I look forward to wisdom's expression each day.

If any of you is lacking in wisdom, ask God, who gives to all generously and ungrudgingly, and it will be given you.--James 1:5





The Daily Word - Sunday, October 17, 2010 ZEAL

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I enthusiastically accept my good and go forward to achieve my purpose.


My good comes to me in ways too numerous to count. Opportunities abound as I keep my mind, heart and vision focused on God. With each opportunity comes the chance to do something meaningful, to be of service to others or to follow through on a divine idea.

As I pursue the desires of my heart, all I need is provided. I have the energy, the will and the clarity to accomplish that which is calling me. I move forward in faith, and let God do through me all that is mine to do. With God as my guide, I am joy-filled, enthusiastic and excited about my life.

I know that all things are possible for one who believes, and with God, I contribute in positive and powerful ways.

Do not lag in zeal, be ardent in spirit, serve the Lord.--Romans 12:11





Scenes from Boasey Tuesdays

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Scenes from Uptown mondays

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Jamaican athlete, triple jump gold medalist Trecia Kaye Smith has been declared the most outstanding athlete at the recently-concluded 2010 Commonwealth Games, held in Delhi, India.


Smith was given the David Dixon award.The winner of the award is based on performance, fair play and an overall contribution to their team's participation.


She won gold with a leap of 14.19 metres in the women's triple jump, at what was her third Commonwealth Games.
She won gold in the 2006 Games in Melbourne, Australia and claimed bronze in 1998.






Beenie Man, Ruff Cut to perform in Zimbabwe

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Jamaican dancehall artiste Moses Davis, more popularly known as Beenie Man, left the island with the Ruff Cut band on Tuesday for the African nation of Zimbabwe.


Beenie Man has been confirmed for one show only and will perform at the Lion Lager Summer Festival to be held at the Old Hararians Sports Club on Saturday, October 16.


The deejay, whose United States visa was revoked earlier this year, and who has seen a shrink in his global market owing to his anti-gay lyrics, has been enjoying success with a number of songs in rotation.

He and Ruff Cut are scheduled to return to the island next week,
This is just time for the Arthur Guinness celebration where he and fellow dancehall deejay, Bounty Killer, whose given name is Rodney Price, will be performing on the same stage









Some 48 persons have been detained and a Bushmaster rifle seized in the downtown market district and West Kingston area following a flare up of violence and a police operation which saw several stalls being destroyed and over 300 illegal connections dismantled.


The police operation to clean up downtown by demolishing vending stall illegally placed in the area, was put into effect at 1:00 am Thursday morning, the same time a curfew blanketed nearby Denham and Hannah Town.


By 4:00 am when the Heywood Street stall owners started emerging, it was clear that it would be an ugly day.

They reacted when they saw that what was once their livelihood had been reduced to rubble. Vendors complained of losses in the hundreds of thousands of dollars said they were not “illegal” as they had paid their fees of $2,500 to register and $500 weekly for market fees. Many said they were not informed of the planned clean-up. However, the police say notices had been sent out.


Amidst a strong police presence, vendors who sell on West Queen and Princess Streets decided to march to the offices of the Kingston and St Andrew Corporation (KSAC), but the cops would have none of it. In between strong words of condemnation for Prime Minister Bruce Golding (Bruce ginnal we”) and Mayor of Kingston Desmond McKenzie, they then decided that the storeowners should not be allowed to open their shops either. The displaced vendors started banging on shutters shouting “no vendors, no store”. The police again intervened.
The Constabulary Communication Network says the police estimated that about 10 tonnes of debris and other material were cleared from the streets. Jamaica Public Service Company work crews also disconnected 330 illegal connections.


Meanwhile, the vendors, who have been demanding to know where they will be placed, are to meet with Mayor Desmond McKenzie at noon today at the offices of the KSAC.

McKenzie is reported as saying that he was not a part of the early planning of the clean-up operation.


The curfew remains in effect unti Saturday morning. The boundaries of the curfew are:
NORTH along Asquith Street on to Studley Park Road between East and Slipe Pen roads
SOUTH along Barry Street from Darling Street to Church Street
EAST along Slipe Pen Road on to North Street to Church Street continue to Barry Street
WEST along Darling Street on to Spanish Town Road continue on to Little King Street to East Road.





Buju offered bail but still in custody

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It is not clear exactly when embattled reggae artiste, Buju Banton, will be released from the US jail which has been his home for several months. This, despite being offered US$250,000 bail in a US Federal Court on Thursday.


Banton’s bail bond, which was secured by the equity in a friend's house, has not yet been posted and there is the issue of an immigration bond which has to be posted to prevent the entertainer from being deported. Buju Banton, whose real name is Mark Myrie has no legal status in the US as his visas were revoked following his arrest on cocaine charges there last December.


As part of the bail condition, the four-time Grammy nominee will have to wear an electronic monitor, and undergo drug testing.And there are also costs to the defence that are associated with the bail bond.
The round-the-clock security detail to scrutinise his every move, which the court has ordered, will have to be paid for by a cash-strapped Buju Banton.


Buju can only leave the house, accompanied by his security detail, to meet his lawyer, go to court, see the doctor or pick up prescribed medicine.


A pre-trial services officer will also have to approve every trip ahead of time or Buju will go back to jail.


US Magistrate, Judge Anthony Porcelli, said if Buju made bail, he would essentially be under house arrest at his home in Tamarac in Broward County as the court's main concern is a risk of flight.


If Buju's attorney manages to make the arrangements, the US government still could request another hearing before he is released.
Last month, a federal judge declared a mistrial, after jurors said they were deadlocked on charges that Buju conspired to buy five kilograms of cocaine.







I celebrate and honor the Divine within.
Noticing the tender petals of a flower, the gentle smile of a baby, or the warm hug of a friend, I am filled with awe at the wonder of the Divine. I stand in gratitude for the blessings that manifest in and through me and others.

I embrace my life, and I look for ways to further honor the divine Presence in me through my words and work. I am grateful for the experiences that have brought me to this moment.

Even in times of struggle, I can see that God was present. Through moments of darkness, I discovered a deeper appreciation for the light. I celebrate and honor the Divine within. I celebrate who I am and the blessings of this lifetime.

Out of Zion, the perfection of beauty,





How Jay will trick Star suh?

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This week gone we reading a story in the Star saying that popular video director Jay Will denied allegations that he was married.

He even stated that if a man caan relax on him vacation and all that. Just when we believe and a sey how people love spread rumour suh, we buy di Observer and check out Page 2.

Guess what we si, some photos a Jay Will at him wedding!!

Di only ting wi coulda sey is a wha meck him duh di paper suh man? Fi real, we couldn’t be nuh more embarrass f idem if we try.

But you know big and serious if a did we hear something bout marriage, a photo we woulda a try hunt dung, or get some other inside source fi talk up di tings, smady mus buss.





T.I. Talks Suicidal Atlanta Man Off Ledge

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Though T.I. has recently been on the wrong side of the law, he worked with police in Atlanta to prevent a man from jumping off a ledge of the 22-story building.


The building happened to be where Atlanta radio station V103 is located. T.I. heard about the jumper on the radio and called in to Ryan Cameron’s show on the station to see if there was any way he could help.


TMZ has the scoop:


Ryan Cameron tells us … he told T.I. to roll over to the building, where the rapper met with police and recorded a heartfelt video message which cops then played for the man on the roof.


We’re told after the man saw T.I.’s video he agreed to step off the ledge … and met T.I. in the lobby, where the two were able to talk things out.


Sources have revealed to TMZ what T.I. said in the video message: “Nothing is that bad. Nothing in life is worth taking your life. I’m here to help you. Please come down to talk to me.”






Kanye West Caught Up In Nude Photo Scandal

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Add Kanye West to the list of celebrities caught in a nude photo scandal. Kanye is said to have taken the pictures himself and sent them out to numerous women.

According to Radaronline, the self-snapped pictures of the music icon, showing his private parts, were reportedly sent to a number of women, and are now for sale and being shopped to various media outlets.

One image shows a nude Kanye from the chest up, wearing sunglasses and a gold chain, while the second photo shows the singer’s genitals provocatively exposed from his boxer briefs.

“These pics have been floating around since he hit so many girls up on MySpace,” according to the source of the images.









BET is reporting that Morgan Freeman’s ex-wife, Myrna Colley-Lee, is writing a tell all book stating that she received $400 million in their divorce settlement. Now, I must say, does Morgan Freeman even have $400 million to give away?

It was originally speculated that Myrna would receive a $170 million settlement, but the source says she got much more – a whopping $400 million. That would be the fifth-largest divorce payout EVER!

Morgan – who won an Oscar for Million Dollar Baby and Oscar nominations for The Shawshank Redemption, Driving Miss Daisy and Street Smart – is the seventh-highest grossing actor of all time. His movies have brought in an estimated $2.79 billion worldwide.





Feb 2011 trial date for Rev Al Miller

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A February 2011 trial date has been set for Rev Al Miller in whose company extradited fugitive Christopher 'Dudus' Coke was found when he was arrested.

The February 1 date was set yesterday when Rev Miller appeared in the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate's Court. His bail was extended.

He is to face charges of harbouring a fugitive and attempting to pervert the course of justice. He and Coke were travelling along the Mandela Highway in St Catherine in June when they were stopped by a police team who had them under surveillance.

Miller claimed he was taking Coke to the United States Embassy in Liguanea, St Andrew but the police said that, based on their investigations, no arrangement had been made with the embassy to accept Coke.

The reverend, who has maintained his innocence, was responsible for the handing over of Coke's younger brother Leighton 'Livety' Coke to the police.





Hike in flour

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The price gone up! That is the song Jamaicans will be singing when it comes on to a lot of food items. With chicken meat price sent to be increased by as much as 10%, flour is hot on its heels, and you know that will automatically reflect on all baked products.

Increases in the price of wheat on the global market have forced the Jamaica Flour Mills to announce a hike in the price of flour effective Monday, October 18.

"There is to be a movement in the price of flour upwards from a low of just under 12% for bakery and just under 18% for counter flour," Derick Nembhard, General Manager of the Jamaica Flour Mills said on Thursday.

The price of baked products is expected to go up as well.

Already the Consumer Affairs Commission says its calculations suggest that the price of baked products such as bread and water crackers will increase by an average 6 to 8%.

Nembhard added that this increase will be last for the rest of the year.

"All things being equal, we do not expect there to be any further adjustment for the rest of the year. However, that only takes us to the end of the year and the way prices are rising right now, we expect slightly higher prices in January and February," he said.





A wha teck Bounty?

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Bounty did deejay sey him caan believehim eye, and we totally understand dat cause right now wi caan believe we a read sey him a bat fi abused women.

Is this the same Bounty Killer who in and out of court with one abuse charge after another?



Well, Reports are that the troubled dancehall DJ is set to join forces with the UNiTE campaign to end violence against women.

From what we understands under this campaign, the UN collaborates with influential individuals which include entertainers who will assist with their mission to put an end to violence against women in all its forms.

Bounty Killer who has been dragged in the news about numerous accusations of domestic abuse involving a few women was unable to confirm his participation with UNiTE’s campaign.

Bounty Killer is to return to court on November 9 to answer charges regarding his most recent domestic abuse case. While on November 8 the deejay is to face charges for ganja possession.





Buju gets bail

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JAILED Reggae artiste Buju Banton was this afternoon offered $250,000 bail in the Sam M Gibbons Federal Court in the United States.

But Banton, real name Mark Myrie, is still not in the clear as his lawyer David Oscar Markus will now have to seek bond in the immigration court to prevent his deportation to Jamaica. Banton’s entertainment visa was revoked when he was arrested last December.

As part of Banton's bail condition, he will have to wear a monitoring device and will be subject to house arrest and 24 hour security, to be paid for by the defence.

He can only leave his house for meetings with his attorney and for doctors’ appointments and to purchase medication. He will also be subjected to drug testing.

Source: Jamaica Observer








New solutions are revealed to the challenges at hand.


As the saying goes, "Necessity is the mother of invention."

When supplies appear limited, it is our nature to become inventive. During the Great Depression, women used scraps of old fabric to make quilts and rag rugs--keeping their families warm and their feet cushioned.

God has given us the tools to outwit any dilemma. Seeing a challenge in a new light, I approach it differently and find a creative solution.

To prepare myself for innovation, I take a moment to acknowledge my blessings, such as the love of family and friends, physical health and my own mind and creativity.

New ideas flow freely when I am grateful and open to the inventive good that lies ahead.

From this time forward I make you hear new things, hidden things that you have not known.--Isaiah 48:6







Warner Bros. is preparing for the limited release of a collection of controversial racist cartoons that were pulled from syndication in 1968.

Called the “Censored Eleven,” these eleven Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies cartoon shorts feature blatantly stereotypical depictions of blacks and have been deemed to controversial for contemporary general audiences.

The offensive material is so pervasive in these cartoons that no amount of editing could make them suitable for airing on television.

Though a few of them are currently in the public domain and pop up periodically on low-budget compilations, they have been largely unseen since 1968 and have been sought after by animation collectors for decades for their historical significance.

Warner Bros, who owns the cartoons, will be releasing the cartoons in 2011 as part of their Warner Archive series of releases, which are available in limited quantities through their website.

Included in the set are the following clips:

1. Hittin’ the Trail for Hallelujah Land (1931, directed by Rudolf Ising)
2. Sunday Go to Meetin’ Time (1936, directed by Friz Freleng)
3. Clean Pastures (1937, directed by Friz Freleng)
4. Uncle Tom’s Bungalow (1937, directed by Tex Avery)
5. Jungle Jitters (1938, directed by Friz Freleng)
6. The Isle of Pingo Pongo (1938, directed by Tex Avery)
7. All This and Rabbit Stew (1941, directed by Tex Avery)
8. Coal Black and de Sebben Dwarfs (1943, directed by Robert Clampett)
9. Tin Pan Alley Cats (1943, directed by Robert Clampett)
10. Angel Puss (1944, directed by Chuck Jones)
11. Goldilocks and the Jivin’ Bears (1944, directed by Friz Freleng)

Several of the shorts that will be on this set have been uploaded to sites like YouTube over the years.







Randy Jackson, the second youngest of the Jackson clan, was upset to find out that his parents, Joseph and Katherine Jackson, were being interviewed by Oprah Winfrey in the family home.

He claims that Michael wouldn’t have approved of the interview.

Like all other people in 2010, Randy chose to vent his frustrations and anger in a series of posts on Twitter.

I know [everyone] wants to know my position on the Oprah interview. [First] let me say that I love my mother and father. I am humbly grateful to have them as my parents, but I don’t always agree with the choices they make. this is [one] of those times.

[I] found out Oprah was at our family home, my stomach ached and it still hasn’t gone away. I had no prior knowledge this was going to happen. It was deliberately kept from me because they knew I would have tried to stop it. I know how Oprah feels about my brother and family. I also know that he would not have wanted this. In fact, she is the last person on earth he would want around his children.

I can never forget when she had the show on pedophilia during the jury deliberation process in my brother’s Santa Maria case. That was no coincidence. I know there are a lot of you out there upset and angry over this. I don’t blame you. Can you imagine how I feel? I’m angry too…

Let our anger be the fuel that ignites our desire for truth, and keeps us unified on the road to justice for [Michael]. I will continue to do my best with my family. All I need is your love and support. I will never give up.

Randy has been using his Twitter account (@RandyJackson8) mostly to vent about developments in the many legal situations surrounding the death of Michael Jackson.





Downtown under curfew

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A curfew has been imposed in sections of the Kingston Western Division beginning at 1:00 am today. It will remain in effect until 1:00 am Saturday.

The boundaries of the curfew are as follows:

NORTH: Along Asquith Street onto Studley Park Road between East Road and Slipe Pen Road.

SOUTH: Along Barry Street from Darling Street to Church Street.

EAST: Along Slipe Pen Road onto North Street and to Church Street and Barry Street.

WEST: Along Darling Street onto Spanish Town Road and Little King Street to East 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 in charge of enforcing the curfew.





Woman abducted & murdered

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The police have identified the woman who was shot and thrown from a vehicle on Sundown Crescent in Kingston on Tuesday.

She is Carol Henry, 46, otherwise called "Curly”, a resident of Central Village in St Catherine.

It is reported that shortly after nine o'clock Tuesday morning; Henry was abducted by men in Central Village.

Hours later; about 3 o'clock, she was shot and thrown from a Honda Fit motorcar on Aintree Avenue off Sundown Crescent off Molynes Road, in St Andrew.

Homicide detectives are trying to gather clues which could lead them to her killers.

Residents of Aintree Avenue called the police after they found Henry's body lying in the road.





Tesha Miller trial date set for December

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The reputed leader of the Klansman gang, Tesha Miller, is to stand trial in December for the alleged assault of a policeman at the Kingston Central Police lock-up while he was being held under the State of Emergency in July.

The trial date was set when he appeared in the Corporate Area Criminal Court on Tuesday.

Miller is charged jointly with Keifa O'Gilvie, 24, the son of Justin O'Gilvie, a close confidante of former Tivoli Gardens strongman Christopher "Dudus" Coke.

The police allege that on July 14, a policeman at the Kingston Central Police Station tried to confiscate a cellular phone found in O'Gilvie's possession.

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

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

Both were later charged with assault.

The men's attorneys have disputed the allegation and claim it is a ploy to keep them in custody.







Bob Marley's Buffalo Soldier played as Victor Zamora Burgueno, one of 33 miner trapped underground in Chile since August 5, was rescued on Wednesday.

Burgueno, the 14th miner to be rescued, is a huge fan of Marley and to celebrate his safe rescue, a global news station played the song.

The last of the 33 miners trapped deep underground in northern Chile for more than two months has been rescued.

Luis Urzua, the shift supervisor who was credited with helping the men survive the first 17 days before rescue teams made contact, was greeted by his family and President Sebastian Pinera.

The six rescuers sent down to assist the miners must now be lifted through the hole in the cave.

Many of the miners have severe dental infections and some have eye problems.

One has been diagnosed with pneumonia.

However, Health Minister Jaime Manalich, stressed that all appeared to be in far better condition than expected.

The men were trapped underground when a rockfall caused a tunnel to collapse.

President Pinera meanwhile says he believed the rescue operation would change his country's image in the world.








Work on Will Smith’s “Men in Black 3″ has been temporarily halted amid rumours the star clashed with producers about the script.

The movie, which went into pre-production here last month, has been shut down for a second time because of arguments among Smith, director Barry Sonnenfeld and the producers, sources told Page Six.

While Sony studio bosses blame the delay on a change in New York state movie incentives, a source said,

“‘Men in Black 3′ has gone on hiatus again, this time for two weeks, after having shut down for a week and started back up. Smith, Sonnenfeld and the producers have been fighting. The start date for filming had already been put off.”

The disputes are believed to be about the script for the film, which also stars Tommy Lee Jones and will be released in 3-D.

A Sony Pictures rep denies the story saying, “The only reason production will begin in mid-November as opposed to late October is to take advantage of recent changes affecting New York State film incentives. Suggesting that a disagreement triggered the shift is complete fiction.”









In light of former B2K member Raz-B’s recent video accusing Marques Houston and TUG Entertainment CEO Chris Stokes of being pedophiles, another artist associated with Stokes & Houston has come forward claiming that he was molested while in their camp.

Quindon Tarver had a brush with fame in 1996 after appearing in Baz Luhrmann’s film adaptation of Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Claire Danes. Tarver appeared in the movie as a member of a church choir, where he sang a popular rendition of Prince’s “When Doves Cry.”

NecoleBitchie.com was forwarded an email from Quindon where he addressed Raz-B’s latest video and had his own two cents about the behavior of Marques Houston and Chris Stokes.

I wanted to say a personal thank you for supporting me and my story.

Chris Stokes is a predator and a manipulator so is Marques Houston who is the ring leader in all of this.

Yes i have been forced to kiss Marques Houston, yes i have been asked when u masturbate who do u think about in IMx, the list goes on and on…there are also numerous members of various groups that were involved with Chris Stokes that were molested or touched in the wrong way that are AFRAID of speaking out. Also Michael Houston knew about this and did NOTHING….

I don’t know why or what they were thinking when this was done to me and others but i have been scarred for life from it. I hate that i settled and didn’t take it into court but at the time we were threatened with death and i was afraid for my family as well as myself.

He and Chris are still denying all this…its disgusting. But after all has been said and done I’m fine and I’m blessed…God will get the last laugh..as he knows what is true and what isn’t…but once again thanks for your support…God bless

TUG Entertainment made their name off of signing young artists like Marques Houston’s group Immature (later IMX), Monteco, O’Ryan (Omarion’s brother), and B2K.








Boris Kodjoe, star of the new NBC spy series “Undercovers,” is facing tax liens.

According to the Detroit News, the IRS claims the actor owes more than $230,000 in delinquent federal taxes.

It is being reported that Kodjoe, 37, had three different liens filed against him:

The IRS filed a $37,497 lien against him July 28 with the Los Angeles County Recorder of Deeds.


The IRS filed an $82,745 lien against him Jan. 28, 2009, in Los Angeles.


The IRS filed a $110,202 lien March 3, 2008, in Los Angeles.

Kodjoe’s representatives could not be reached for comment.





Beenie Man, others reach out to flood victims

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Beenie Man, Richie Stephens and Khago are just a few of the entertainers lending their voices to help Jamaicans who were badly affected by the recent flood rains that battered sections of the island.

Beenie Man stated in a radio report that when he was approached to participate in the event he could not deny the opportunity to help those who are less fortunate.

The recent flood rains associated with tropical storm Nicole lashed the island damaging agricultural crops, flooded roadways, homes and left many homeless.

Organisers say all the proceeds generated from the event slated for later this evening at the Sandy Park Basic School in Kingston will go to those affected.





No Barefoot for I-Octane

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Despite reports and advertisements to the contrary, rising reggae artiste, I-Octane will not be going Barefoot this Heroes weekend.

The artiste and his management team have stated that I-Octane is confirmed for shows in Trelawny, Negril, Hanover and Montego Bay and are apologising to the singer's fans for all misleading advertising.

I-Octane said that although he will not be on Barefoot, his MoBay fans are in for a treat come next Monday at the second city's Catherine Hall Complex.

"It will be lots of great vibes, special requests and your favourite songs," he has promised his fans.

Meanwhile, the plug was pulled on I-Octane's busy weekend when the rain put a damper on several events.

The artiste had been scheduled to perform at the Kokomo Beach Bar in St Mary on Saturday and at the Junction Bike Fest in St Elizabeth on Sunday.





One of three charges against Jerome Taylor dropped

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One of the three charges against Jamaica and West Indies fast bowler Jerome Taylor, 25, has been dropped.

Taylor who appeared in the Santa Cruz Resident Magistrate's Court in St. Elizabeth on Tuesday is scheduled to reappear on December 16 to answer the remaining charges.

The charge of improper conduct has been dropped.

He is still charged with assaulting a police officer and resisting arrest.

The charges stemmed from an incident at a bar in Bull Savannah, St. Elizabeth, on December 31 last year.

Police officers went to the establishment to enquire about its licence and its closing time.

Mr. Taylor, who was a patron at the bar, reportedly became boisterous and when spoken to, he assaulted a Police Sergeant who tried to arrest him.

In court on Tuesday, after an application by defence attorney Velma Hylton QC and consultation with the prosecution, the charge of improper conduct was withdrawn.





Cops remain hospitalised

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Two policemen who were injured when the police vehicle in which they were travelling crashed, while rushing to one of Monday's shootings in St. Catherine remain in critical condition in hospital.

The policemen were leaving the scene of the drive-by shooting along the Spanish Town bypass, and heading towards another shooting in the Old Harbour road area when their service vehicle collided with a taxi cab at the entrance to the Innswood Villa Housing Scheme on Featherbed Lane.

The van overturned into a trench.

The two cops suffered serious injuries and were rushed to hospital.

The taxi driver and his passenger escaped injuries.





Enquiry coming for Coke/Manatt Commission

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The Government has announced that a Commission of Enquiry is to be established to investigate the extradition request for former West Kingston strongman Christopher "Dudus" Coke and the controversial engagement of the United States-based law firm Manatt, Phelps and Phillips.

Prime Minister Bruce Golding made the announcement in the House of Representatives Tuesday afternoon.

This comes five months after a bloody incursion in West Kingston which preceded the capture of Coke.

"The Government has decided to establish a Commission of Enquiry to enquiry into the issues relating to the request by the US Government for the extradition of Christopher Coke, the manner in which the request was dealt with and the engagement by Harold Brady and Company of US law firm Manatt, Phelps and Phillips.

The composition of the Commission and the more precise terms of reference will be announced shortly," Golding said in a terse statement in the House of Representatives.

Dr. Peter Phillips, senior People's National Party Parliamentarian then asked if the Opposition would be involved in determining the terms of reference for the proposed Commission of Enquiry arriving from previous political talks at Vale Royal.

"In the particular circumstances that have attached to this particular issue, it may well be to the benfit of the country if there was to be some sharing of views," Dr. Phillips said.

Golding responded that he would be engaging Opposition Leader Portia Simpson-Miller on the matter.





Di Killa's New Look

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After a decade or two of carrying hair from flat top kid and plays to cain-row and braid. One would thnk bounty would conclude as a rasta. Despite his ways in handling women, killa has a another long journey to re-trod. It is unfortunate that this had to happen to my Artiste...Bullit.







I rejoice in the full expression of God's good in my life.


My work is one expression of my prosperity. Into my work I put the joy of God, and from my work I receive joy. Whatever I am doing, I am happy in it.

My work is not difficult when I approach it in the same spirit as I approach my time off. When I see it in the right light, it becomes something that has my all-absorbing interest.

I grow happier in my work day by day by beholding it as a blessing.

I carry the joy of God into whatever I do. My work life responds to my mental attitude and in turn compensates me with joy and prosperity. I am well paid for my effort.

With joy and thanks, I see my position grow as I grow.

You shall eat there in the presence of the Lord your God ... rejoicing in all the undertakings in which the Lord your God has blessed you.--Deuteronomy 12:7





Chaka Demus recovering after emergency surgery

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International recording artiste Chaka Demus, one half of the most
successful deejay-singer recording duo in reggae history Chaka Demus and Pliers, is recovering in hospital after a major life-saving surgical operation.



The deejay had gone to the Andrews Memorial Hospital last Tuesday for a routine check-up to prepare for an upcoming European tour. However, the attending physician immediately realized that the deejay was bleeding internally, and arranged to have a team of specialists perform emergency surgery.

“I was rushed into surgery, and I looked up and a team of specialists
surrounded me and then I was out,” Chaka Demus said.



He is now recuperating after the grueling four-and-a-half hour
operation that successfully stopped the bleeding.

It is not clear when the deejay, whose real name is John Taylor, will be released to recuperate at home, but he is thankful to members of the reggae industry and his fans for lending their support in his time of need.



“This was my first major surgery, and I just want to give thanks to
God Almighty, and to my fans. I had Pliers and my family and my
bredrin at my bedside, and mi give thanks for all the support,” he
said.



Last month, Chaka Demus had reunited with his long-time friend and musical partner Pliers to record a new single called ‘California One
Night Stand’ on the Free People Entertainment label.

He apologized
for ‘scaring’ his fans and promised that he would be completing his album once he regains his strength.



“As mi recover, and get stronger physically, I am going to start
working on my album again. And make sure that certain that things I
used to do, I will stop…I am just sorry to have given my fans this
scare, ah my fault,” he said.

Chaka Demus admitted that health scare has strengthened his belief in a higher power.



"I knew there was a God from ever since, but now God ah show me some signs fi take care of myself.

Over the years, I have not taken the
best care of myself or done regular checks-ups but now I have learned
my lesson, I am going to change my lifestyle," he said.



The duo was the first Jamaican act to have three consecutive Top 5
hits on the UK Singles Chart.

The duo’s first hit, "Tease Me", stayed
in the Top 5 of the UK Singles Chart, for three months in 1993,
reaching number three in July of that year. They followed up that with the #1 hit, “Twist and Shout’, a cover of the Isley Brothers' single


that topped the UK Singles Chart in early 1994. The duo also scored
major hits on the UK top 20 charts with "She Don't Let Nobody" (UK #4), "I Wanna Be Your Man" (UK #19), and "Gal Wine" (UK #20).



Earlier this year, the duo filed a US$10 million lawsuit against
Universal Music for trademark infringement and unpaid royalties.








Extortion, unlawful vending, and other illegal activities, will be the main targets of a major law enforcement operation scheduled for Thursday, in the downtown Kingston market and business districts.


Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) Gervis Taylor, who is in charge of Area 4, told journalists Tuesday afternoon that members of the security forces will be carrying out sweeps in specific sections of the Corporate Area.


According to ACP Taylor, the security forces will seek to address several problems which contribute significantly to major crimes in the business district.


"This operation that we planned is a continuation of that operation which started back in May. The goal of the operation is to primarily address robberies and extortion," he said.


ACP Taylor added that the Jamaica Constabulary Force has sensitised key stakeholders including the Kingston and St. Andrew Corporation as well as business operators about aspects of the crime offensive.


He said most of the stakeholders are concerned that the illegal activities pose a serious problem for public safety, public order and general public interest.


Vendors must use designated areas
ACP Taylor also noted that the security forces will be removing all illegal stalls and vending paraphernalia, and seize goods being sold unlawfully, or being peddled in no vending areas.


The security forces say the activities will also see the restriction and control of movements on certain roads in downtown, as well as the enforcement and monitoring of public passenger vehicles.


ACP Taylor also warned that the police will not be entertaining any excuses.





Another step in Buju’s bail hearing Thursday

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Magistrate Anthony Porcelli will on Thursday hear follow up arguments before he makes a decision on bail for Reggae star Buju Banton at the US Gibbons Court in Tampa, Florida, a newspaper has reported.


Banton's attorney David Markus had last week applied for bail for his client after a 12 member panel of jurors failed to arrive at a united verdict which resulted in the singer's trial for drug-related offenses ending in a mistrial.


He is set to be re-tried in December and Markus is seeking to have his client released until the trial starts. But Banton's immigration status has caused some worry as he is likely to be picked up by immigration authorities even if he is granted bail.


But United States prosecutor James Preston is not letting up and has asked the court to throw out Markus' application without a hearing.
Banton , whose real name is Mark Myrie, has been in jail since December when he was arrested at his Tamarac home in South Florida on cocaine conspiracy charges.


Mack and Thomas have signed plea deal arrangements and will be sentenced next month.


The singer's supporters and fans have started a drive to get 15,000 signatures on a petition to US Attorney General Eric Holder, urging him to step in and thwart the prosecution's bid to keep him languishing in jail.









Duane Stephenson was recently invited by the World Food Programme (WFP) to perform in honour of the United States Secretary of State, Hillary Rodham Clinton. The event took place at the George McGovern Leadership Award ceremony in Washington, DC.


Stephenson was at the tail end of his US tour with the Wailers, and the two parties previously teamed up for a song that manifested a partnership with the WFP. "The Wailers and I are partners with the World Food Programme," says Stephenson. "Our song A Step for Mankind has helped to spread the message of the need for more action in addressing the issue of world hunger."


Duane Stephenson and US Secretary of State, Hillary Rodham Clinton, meet in Washington, DC during a World Food Programme award ceremony.


Stephenson was thus invited to perform at the ceremony that included political dignitaries and social activists from around the world at the prestigious event, where Secretary Clinton was presented with The George McGovern Leadership Award for her work to curb global hunger.


Stephenson reveals he is humbled and excited by the experience. "It's so inspiring to be in the company of global politicians and dedicated corporate partners who share the same values and aspirations to eradicate hunger," states Stephenson.

"Food is a common bond that unites every single life form on this planet, we all require it to live, yet a billion people each night go to bed hungry and 25,000 of them die."
Stephenson disclosed his work with the World Food Programme will continue as he sees the issue of world hunger as one that is very important to him.

"I was happy to be there to see Secretary Clinton get this award as she has fought for this issue for years now.

Hunger affects a billion of our brothers, sisters and children in 80 countries. This award will bring added attention and raise awareness of the issue."


Duane Stephenson just wrapped up touring the US as the opening act for the legendary Wailers, and promoting his sophomore album Black Gold, released by VP Records on September 28, 2010.





PM denies green card report

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Prime Minister Bruce Golding has denied a report carried by a US-based media entity that he currently holds a US green card.


A statement issued on Monday night by the Office of the Prime Minister (OPM) said there is no truth to the claim by the "Caribbean Voice” newspaper.


The statement explained that Golding applied for and obtained a green card in 1978.


It said Mr. Golding had decided to pursue post-graduate studies abroad and was accepted into Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia.


At that time, he applied for permanent residence so that he could work part-time in the United States in order to meet the cost of living and studying.


The OPM says the visa was surrendered when Mr. Golding deferred plans to study in the US and returned to Jamaica to support the JLP in its preparations for the 1980 general election.


Before being sworn in as a Government Minister in November of that year, Mr. Golding went to the US Embassy and surrendered his green card.


The OPM statement says Mr. Golding was granted a non-immigrant visa which has consistently been renewed.






T.I.’s Probation Officer Recommends Prison

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Prison time for T.I. is inevitable, although prosecutors and defense lawyers representing the rap star are arguing in court over how much time he should spend in prison for violating his probation.


According to reports, T.I.’s probation officer has recommended a sentence of eight to 14 months in prison, while lawyers for the rapper countered that at most, T.I. should be sent to prison for 5 to 11 months.


At 2:00 PM on October 15th, T.I. will find out just how much time he will spend behind bars, for violating the terms of his probation on September 1st in Los Angeles.


Chris Brown Says “I Have No Friends In The Industry”

As much as you hate Chris Brown, during his latest interview with Hot 97 you can tell he has grown up and learned a lot from the “domestic violence” situation with ex Rihanna.

He says that a friend should be there through the good and bad times and that he was very disappointed when he needed some people the most that they weren’t there.

He says he has no friends in the industry and as harsh as that may sound, he is telling the truth.
Breezy also talks about Usher and why they aren’t going on tour together anymore–he says they were more in love with the idea than the business.


“I don’t need no more friends.”






Buju Banton still waiting

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It's not an easy road for embattled reggae entertainer Buju Banton who patiently awaits a decision for bail.


Last month Buju’s lawyer filed a motion for bond. However, after the bail hearing last week, the judge felt he needed time to access the arguments made by the prosecution and the defense before his final decision.


As previously reported, a mistrial was declared in Buju Banton’s ongoing drug battle against the United States government after the jury was unable to reach a unanimous verdict.


The Gargamel, who has been in custody since December 10 of last year, had his entertainment visa revoked upon his arrest.


Buju Banton’s lawyer David Markus in his application for bail stated that the entertainer is not a flight risk or a threat to the community.


However, The Gargamel's court battle does not end there, as if Buju is granted bail he will then be turned over to immigration authorities where another bail hearing will take place, which means, long days still ahead.









West Indies and Jamaican fast bowler Jerome Taylor is scheduled to go on trial Tuesday in the Santa Cruz Resident Magistrate’s Court on charges of disorderly conduct.


is charged with indecent conduct, abusive language, resisting arrest and assaulting a police officer arising from an incident last December in Bull Savannah in the parish.


The cricketer has pleaded not guilty to the charges.


It is alleged that on December 31, personnel from the Junction Police Station went to a bar where Mr. Taylor was a patron.


The police were enquiring about the bar's licence and the establishment's closing hour when the cricketer reportedly became boisterous and started to curse the officers.


When cautioned Mr. Taylor reportedly became more boisterous and while the police were trying to arrest him he allegedly resisted and assaulted a sergeant.
Mr. Taylor spent a night in lock up and was later offered $20,000 bail.










Ninja Man and his lawyers are optimistic after a request for judicial review for bail hearing for the deejay was positively received.


Last Friday, the matter was brought to a judge in chambers.

The veteran dancehall deejay who has been behind bars for almost two years is to go before the courts on October 29 where his application for bail will be heard.


Ninja Man’s Lawyer Hannah Harris-Barrington says the decision is a positive one as they went from not having a bail hearing, to being granted the opportunity for her client to plead his case for bail.
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Ms. Hannah Harris-Barrington expressed that once at the bail hearing, there will be a request for a trial date at which point Ninja Man’s ongoing case will be mentioned.


Ninja Man along with his 20 year old son and two others have been charged with murder, conspiracy to murder, shooting with intent and illegal possession of a firearm in connection with the death of a 20 yr old man in March 2009.





Woman acquitted in Winfrey SAfrica school scandal

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JOHANNESBURG (AP) -- A woman accused of abusing teenagers at Oprah Winfrey's school for girls in South Africa was acquitted of the charges Monday, and Winfrey said she was "profoundly disappointed" by the trial's outcome.


Prosecutors had accused former school matron Tiny Virginia Makopo of trying to kiss and fondle girls at the school soon after it opened in 2007 outside Johannesburg.
Makopo also had been accused of assaulting one of the teens as well as a fellow supervisor.


"The matron who was working at the Oprah Winfrey school was found not guilty on all the sexual assault charges," Mthunzi Mhaga, a spokesman for South Africa's National Prosecuting Authority, said Monday.

"The magistrate was of the view that the state had failed to prove beyond reasonable doubt that she was guilty. We won't be appealing the judgment."


Winfrey had called the allegations crushing given her own stated history of childhood sexual abuse and promised an overhaul of the school.


"I will forever be proud of the nine girls who testified with the courage and conviction to be heard," Winfrey said in a statement Monday.


The lavish $40 million Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls, which opened in January 2007, aims to give girls from deprived backgrounds a quality education in a country where schools are struggling to overcome the legacy of apartheid.









Information released by the police show that the crime rate is trending down.

Between January 1 and September 30 this year, 1,065 murders were recorded, 135 fewer than to the same period last year. In 2008, the total recorded over the same period was 1,241.


The statistics show a 42 per cent dip in murders for the month of September, which saw 77 murders — including that of four children, two women and two cops — being committed in comparison to 132 in September 2009. This is the first time since July 2002 that the monthly tally has dipped below 80.


The gun was the most-used weapon. Fifty-seven persons were shot to death, 12 were killed by knives and three were chopped to death; while five murders were committed with implements listed as 'other'. There were also two drive-by shootings and four double murders last month.


Fatal shootings by the police also declined from 21 in September last year to 12 last month.


Police statistics indicate that 81 persons were shot and injured last month, a 39 per cent drop from the 132 shootings documented in September 2009.


Twelve revolvers, 15 pistols, a submachine gun, one homemade gun and a rifle, a total of 30 guns, were seized last month, 13 less than in September last year. A total of 175 rounds of assorted ammunition were also seized last month.






George Michael released from jail after 4 weeks

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LONDON (AP) -- George Michael has regained his freedom.


The wayward singer was released from jail Monday after serving almost four weeks for driving under the influence of drugs.


Michael thanked those who had supported him while he was jailed and said outside his north London home: "I just want to start again."


The former Wham! singer received an eight-week sentence on Sept. 14 for crashing his car into a London photo shop in July while high on prescription drugs and marijuana.


The judge ordered Michael to serve four weeks of the sentence in prison and the rest on parole.


The musician, whose hits include "Faith" and "Freedom," also received a 1,250 pound (about $2,000) fine and lost his driver's license for five years.





Man killed at murder scene being processed by cops

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Three shootings including one at a crime scene that was being processed by the officers from the Savanna-La-Mar Police Station in Westmoreland Monday morning, has sparked a major increase in police operations in that town.

The melee began about 10:30 in the morning when a gunman shot dead Glendon Barrett, 27, a painter of Russia along the busy Great George's Street in the parish capital.

About an hour later, gunmen opened fire at the crowd gathered to watch the police processing that crime scene.
Mark Duhaney, 30, a higgler of Savanna-la-Mar, who was one of the onlookers, was hit
This sent both the crowd and cops at the scene scampering for cover.
About two hours later; the police received reports of a third shooting not far the first two scenes.

That man has since been hospitalized in serious condition.
According to Superintendent Delzeita Taylor, Head of the Westmorland Police, Mr. Duhaney's Killing is believed to have stemmed from him witnessing the first killing.

She says Damian Hart also known as "Monkey Man", one of three men wanted in connection with Mr. Barrett's killing, has since surrendered to the police who are also seeking Troy McIntosh who is also known as "Idonia" and Duane Drummond otherwise called "Bow Wow".
The police are asking them to turn themselves in.
A man known as Joseph Williams was also held in connection with Barrett's killing.






Stone Crusher gang leader to be tried February 28

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The of head of the Montego Bay based Stone Crusher gang, Eldon Calvert, appeared in the Home Circuit Court on Monday.


Calvert and three alleged members of his gang were scheduled to go on trial on Monday but the court was forced to adjourn the hearing after one of the defence attorneys, Tom Tavares Finson, withdrew from the case.


The trial has been scheduled for February 28, 2011.


Eldon Calvert; his brother Cleason Calvert and Michael Heron are to stand trial on five counts of murder committed in Montego Bay, St James.


The victims were gunned down in 2007 during a reign of terror by the gang.


Orett Grant, another alleged member of the gang, also appeared in court Monday on a separate charge of murder.


Documents submitted by prosecutors alleged that the men shot dead six persons during their rampage in the second city.


Eldon Calvert has been in custody since his capture in 2008.
Operation Kingfish says he is responsible for nearly twenty murders.
These include the shooting of three policemen and the 2007 killing of five men in Flower Hill, one of whom was beheaded.









US soul singer Solomon Burke, who wrote the classic song ‘Everybody Needs Somebody to Love’, has died at Amsterdam's Schiphol airport.
He was 70 years old.


The former preacher turned singer had been due to perform at a well-known club in the city on Tuesday.


The self-proclaimed King of Rock & Soul was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2001 and won a Grammy in 2003.


Burke leaves behind 21 children and 90 grandchildren.
Dutch national broadcaster NOS said he died on a plane early on Sunday after arriving on a flight from Los Angeles.


The cause of death has not yet been announced.









The search-and-rescue operation for missing Special Sergeant Eric Haughton, 58, in the Great River had to be aborted as the three boats assigned to the marine police are out of service, as well as the Jamaica Defence Force Coast Guard vessel

Efforts by the St James police were thwarted as private divers searched rough seas for who went missing in the Great River area late Sunday evening.

Haughton, who has been with the police force for 32 years, was allegedly responding to a report that a privately owned boat had been stolen.

The boat was spotted and the policeman was assisting the complainant to pilot the boat into Montego Bay when it capsized because of strong currents.

The complainant was rescued but Haughton has not been seen since.According to newspaper reports, late yesterday, contact was made with Noranda Bauxite Company in St Ann, which sent two employees with a specialized underwater camera to aid with the search.

By then, however, a private Captain's Water sports boat, which had been assisting with the search, was already back at at base, forcing activities to be called off.






Scenes from 'Ladies' Night out

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Scenes from Weddy Weddy Wednesdays

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Scenes from Inclusive Saturdays

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Reverend Paul Lewis case postponed

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The sexual assault case against the reverend Dr. Paul Lewis has been put off in the Westmoreland Circuit court in Jamaica.


The matter was first mentioned in the circuit session today after being transferred from the Resident Magistrate’s Court.


Reverend Lewis is scheduled to return October 19.
By that time deputy director of public prosecutions Dirk Harrison should have
reviewed the case file and determine whether the case should be tried.


Following yesterday’s court appearance Reverend Lewis’ lawyer, Keith Bishop, told
reporters that the evidence against his client is weak.
He also says the matter should have been dismissed long ago.


In the meantime, Reverend Lewis’ $300,000 bail has been extended.
It’s alleged that in June 2009, Reverend Lewis met a 15-year-old girl at a church convention in Little London, Westmoreland, where he was a guest preacher.


He reportedly exchanged telephone numbers with the girl, and in a subsequent
meeting, took her and a 14-year-old female companion on a trip to Clarendon.


On their return to Westmoreland, the girls reportedly stayed with him at his Negril hotel.


It’s alleged that on that same night that the alleged sexual encounter took place with the 15-year-old girl while her companion watched.





Ashanti Denies Dating Nelly

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Ashanti is going on record to squash the rumors that she dated rapper Nelly.

Nelly set the internet ablaze recently when media outlets reported that he denied ever dating Murder Inc.’s former first lady.

Speaking with BET.com shortly after her performance for “106 & Park’s” 10th anniversary, the R&B singer responded to rumors that Pimp Juice denied their relationship.

“So one of the rumors that I would like to clear up, the whole Nelly-Ashanti, and Nelly’s denying and Nelly’s not claiming; let’s clear that up right now,” she told BET.com.

“Me and Nelly are good friends. I never said I was his girl, I never quote, unquote, “claimed him,” I never said we were an item and neither has he, so there you have it. We’re good friends. The whole, ‘oh he’s denying and she’s denying,’ no claiming. Come on, son!”





Nicki Minaj Sets New Billboard Record

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Even though she hasn’t even released an album yet, Nicki Minaj is setting records.

Billboard magazine just named the Young Money rapper as the female emcee with the most chart entries on the chart. She’s also appeared on seven of Soundscan’s biggest selling singles of 2010 with over 4 million sold:

- Nicki Minaj “Your Love” (755k)
- Luda’s “My Chick Bad” (1,246,000)
- Lil Wayne’s “Knockout” (519k)
- Trey Songz’ “Bottoms Up” (518k)
- Usher’s “Lil Freak” (508k)
- Sean Kingston’s “Letting Go (Dutty Love)” (377k)
- Jay Sean’s “It Ain’t The End” (355k)








Halle Berry was spotted with her new boyfriend, actor Olivier Martinez in LA after arriving from France yesterday.

According to x17online.com, the couple got into Olivier’s vintage Aston Martin and headed to a hip West Hollywood art gallery and right after that proceeded to Halle’s mom’s house!

Wow, this must be serious, meeting the parents already!!

Halle, 44, started dating Kylie Minogue’s ex around a month ago after meeting on the set of Dark Tide before debuting their romance during a break in France together.





Six medals for JA at Commonwealth Games

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Jamaica's medal count at the 19th Commonwealth Games in Delhi, India stands at six after Lansford Spence, Nickeisha Wilson and Sheree Francis landed silver and bronze respectively on Sunday's seventh day of competition.

This puts Jamaica is 13th position in the overall medal standings with two gold, three silver and one bronze.

Australia continues to lead all countries with 137 medals including 61 gold.

Spence, 28, who is better known as a quarter-miler, turned in the performance of his life in the 200 metres in Delhi, to produce 20.60 seconds in the heats, 20.54 seconds in the semifinals and 20.49 seconds, which got him on the podium.

Leon Baptiste of England took the gold in 20.45 seconds.

Rasheed Dwyer missed out on a spot in the final after finishing fifth in the semifinals in 21.13 seconds.





Tight hold put on artistes by VP Record

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VP Records is showing their strength in the reggae industry.


According to a letter released from the company’s director of business affairs Alexander Threadgold, anyone who desire to exploit master recordings embodying the performances of VP records artistes must request and explicitly obtain from VP a waiver of exclusivity which VP may elect to grant or not grant in its sole discretion.


Some of the entertainers listed by VP Records include Beres Hammond, Assassin, Bounty Killa, Busy Signal, Capleton, Elephant Man, Gyptain, I-Wayne, Luciano, Sean Paul, Queen Ifrika and a host of others.






Old Harbour High Teacher found dead at home

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For the third time in one week, the Old Harbour High School family in St. Catherine has been plunged into mourning.

The latest incident to grip the institution occurred Saturday morning after a teacher was found murdered inside his Manchester home.

The body of Trevor Sheckleford, 50, was found at his Grove Lane home in Mandeville.

The residents called the police after they found Mr. Sheckleford's Toyota Mark Two motor car partially burnt in front of his home just after 9 o'clock Saturday morning.

The lawmen who responded searched the house and found Mr. Sheckleford's body in the living room.

He had been stabbed several times.

The house was also ransacked.

Linton Weir, Principal of Old Harbour High School, said while news of Mr. Sheckleford's death has reached the teaching staff, the general school population is yet to hear.

He adds that since last week, Guidance Counsellors have been offering their services to students regarding another incident and this will be extended to teachers.

Mr. Sheckleford had been on three years study leave.








I am open to the joy of discovery.


Children are fascinated with life. They marvel at every aspect of nature they can touch, see or feel.

They enjoy every trip in the car, visit to the park or walk in the neighborhood as if it were a big adventure. They connect with the people they meet and the animals they encounter. To them, every day is a day of discovery.

With childlike joy and excitement, I awaken each morning open to new discoveries and ideas, anticipating new opportunities.

What a wonderful way to begin the day! What a powerful way to live. I choose to be fascinated with life and its mysteries. As I do, I discover more of myself and more of the world around me.

Let the little children come to me, and do not stop them; for it is to such as these that the kingdom of God belongs.--Luke 18:16





Gospel Queen Albertina Walker is dead

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Gospel Queen, Albertina Walker, died early this morning in Chicago, a report from Martin’s International stated.

“The internationally known Queen of Gospel and former member of The Caravans gospel group, Albertina Walker died at approximately 4:30am this morning with her grand-daughter Tina at her bedside.

The Queen was hospitalized hours before her annual Scholarship concert in August. She has been known for several gospel hits, but one that stays with us always is I'm Still Here, “ the release said.

Ephraim Martin of Martin’s International, stated, “On behalf of my wife Justice Shelvin Hall and staff/associates of Martin's International, our condolences go out to our senior associate Sherrilinda (Tina) Nance, her son Jordan and her mother; also to Pam Morris, Sheila and other family members of our dear Queen Albertina Walker-Brooks. She will always be "Still Here" in our hearts






Livity’s trial set for January

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Leighton 'Livity' Coke, brother of former Tivoli Gardens strongman Christopher 'Dudus' Coke, was denied bail yesterday when he appeared in court.


Defence lawyers George Soutar and Peter Champagnie who are representing Coke had applied last month to inspect the station diary to see if any entry was made in relation to the charges brought against him, it was reported in a popular newspaper.


The prosecutor informed the court yesterday that the police made no entry in any station diary concerning the incident.


Champagnie, in applying for bail for the second time, said bail was being opposed because of the accused man's surname and not because of the allegations.

He said it was unfair for someone who is said to be wanted by the police to surrender himself and then told that he was not eligible for bail.


Justice Daye turned down the bail application.
Last month, Coke was denied bail when the prosecution opposed bail on the grounds that things were under control in west Kingston and there was a fear that if Coke got bail, crime could escalate.


Coke is facing charges of shooting with intent at the police and illegal possession of a firearm. The charges are allegedly related to the unrest in west Kingston in May when Christopher Coke was being sought by the police in connection with a warrant for his extradition.





Roger Clarke gets bail

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Bail was set at $250,000 this morning for former Minister of Agriculture Roger Clarke, when he appeared in the Spanish Town Resident Magistrate's Court

Clarke, who is the Opposition People's National Party Spokesman on Agriculture, was charged with causing death by dangerous driving following a collision with a motor cyclist. A ruling handed down by the Director of Public Prosecutions on Wednesday that Clarke should be charged.

The motor cyclist Derron Nicholson died when a vehicle driven by Clarke collided with his bike along the Nightingale Grove Road in St. Catherine on August 23.

The politician was driving his Toyota Prado Land Cruiser towards Spanish Town, when he reportedly swerved and collided with the motor bike.Mr. Nicholson suffered severe injuries and was rushed to hospital, where he later died. Clarke is to return to court on December 16.





Back to the polls for North East St Ann residents

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The people of North East St. Ann will have to go back to the polls to elect a new Member of Parliament. The seat, which was formerly occupied by the Jamaica Labour Party's Shahine Robinson, has been declared vacant.

The ruling paved the way for a by-election Friday morning.

Robinson, who was forced to vacate the seat after lawyers representing Senior-Smith presented proof that she was a citizen of the United States, has indicated that she will be offering herself as a candidate when a date for a by-election is announced by the Electoral Office of Jamaica.

Robinson was ordered to pay legal costs





Sugar workers employers wicked sah

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It’s a hard thing when you have worked your whole life and is now looking to relax and receiving your pension only to find out there isn’t any.

Although it is chicken feed, you still would like the assurance that you at least have something to help out. After all for years employers were deducting NIS from your pay, so it’s natural to expect to see the results, right? Wrong in the case of the sugar workers who are now facing the rude reality that no payment was made on their behalf.

It sucks and government must come with some harsh punishment for employers like these who gives their employees such a raw deal.





Tax Department raids the Sunday Herald again

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The Tax Administration Services Department on Thursday seized assets at the Sunday Herald as it seeks to collect unpaid taxes.

This is not the first time that the Sunday Herald has found itself in trouble, with the Tax Department.

When the tax collectors swooped down on the Norwood Road office of the Herald on Thursday, they confiscated several items including about 20 office chairs, a fax machine, three computers and a photocopier.

The items were not removed from the premises but were brought to a "quarantined" area.

The tax administrators explained that they have changed the locks on the door and will be keeping the keys.

Gladston Turner, Leader for the Inland Revenue Special Enforcement Team, did not want to say exactly how much money the Sunday Herald owes the Government but he noted that it is millions of dollars.

"We visited premises at 17 Norwood Avenue where there's a company operating (there) owes taxes. We were not able to collect the monies so we did a constructive levy, we seized the goods but we left them in the taxpayers’ possession and we're the only ones that have access to them.

"They haven't paid (any taxes) for about a year," Turner said.

The Tax Administration Services Department said it has had discussions with the Sunday Herald on numerous occasions but the money has not been forthcoming.

It is understood that the Sunday Herald and the Tax Office were scheduled to sign off on a new payment plan on Monday.

The Special Enforcement Team now wants the Sunday Herald to communicate directly with it.

Last year, a team of investors headed by Garnet Roper took over the Sunday Herald with the hope of salvaging the newspaper, which is more than a decade old.

That buyout followed a dispute with the tax administrators for more than $145 million in unpaid taxes, which the Herald had asked the Finance Ministry to write off.





Second Bahamian plane crash

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Four Bahamian passengers were treated at a Florida hospital for injures sustained in a plane crash on Wednesday.

It was the second such incident in a week.

Eight people died on Tuesday when a charter flight crashed into a Lake after taking off from the capital Nassau.

"It's an unfortunate coincidence with these two things happening one behind the other. If you look at the number of take offs and landing within the commonwealth of the Bahamas, this is a very small fraction of the numbers and our volume is much higher than anybody else in the region in terms of people traveling by air," said Vincent Vanderpool Wallace, Minister of Tourism and Aviation in the Bahamas.

"From everything we've seen, there's really no reason to be concerned about the level of air safety in the Bahamas as it is obvious from the absence of incidents over a long period of time, that it's generally very, very safe. We have a great group of people working in the civil aviation to make sure that we maintain a high safety record," he added.






Another show cancelled for Capleton

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The fireman receiving more heat from the gay community than he would like.

Threats of protest by gay rights activists have forced the cancellation of a show featuring Jamaican artiste Capelton this weekend in Chicago in the United States.

The Gay Liberation Network's warning of protest against the entertainer's October 9 gig at the Kinetic Playground reportedly led to the operators of the venue calling off the concert.

The group last week sent a letter urging venue owner Jim Gouskos to cancel the show due to Capleton's contentious lyrics referring to gay people.

According to an internet report, some persons also felt the singer's gig was inappropriate following news of a spate of gay young people committing suicide in recent weeks.

This is not the first time that Capelton has faced opposition from international gay rights activists.

In 2005, at least six concert venues in France cancelled shows involving the popular Jamaican singer, whose lyrics, seen as inciting violence against homosexuals, prompted protests by gay rights groups.





4.5 magnitude earthquake rock JA

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The Earthquake Unit at the University of the West Indies has confirmed reports from caller to RJR News that an earthquake rocked sections of Jamaica Thursday afternoon.

The epicentre of the quake was at Hope Bay, Portland, with a focal depth of 17 point 8 kilometres.

The intensity was reportedly also felt in St Andrew, St. Mary, St. James Clarendon and St. Catherine.






Ninja Man head to court today

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Dancehall DJ Ninja man will have his day in court today. The veteran entertainer who has been incarcerated since March of last year will go before the Judge in Chambers to present his case for bail application. Ninja Man’s Lawyer Hanna Barrington-Harris says they are aiming for a judicial review to explore the decision not to grant Ninja Man bail.

Ninja Man along with his 20 year old son and two others have been charged with murder, conspiracy to murder, shooting with intent and illegal possession of a firearm in connection with death of a 20 yr old man in March 2009.


Ninja you must really understand what fellow DJ Buju is going through.









I forgive myself and others, and I find peace.


Forgiveness brings peace and healing to me and to my relationships. Beyond any fear, anger or resentment, I find peace through forgiveness. Troubled relationships are given freedom. Transformation is possible, which blesses and heals all concerned.

I forgive by letting love dissolve all bitterness in my heart, opening the way for peace, joy and love. When I utter, even silently, the words "I forgive," I invite love to enter the experience. In that moment, the hurt and pain slips away and love rushes in.

As I extend forgiveness to myself and others, I invite freedom. I release the burdens of my heart and settle into the love of God.

I tell you, her sins, which were many, have been forgiven; hence she has shown great love. But the one to whom little is forgiven, loves little.--Luke 7:47





Christina Milian May Be Pregnant AGAIN!

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Rumor has it that singer Christina Milian is pregnant with her second child and guess who’s the father???? It pains me to even type these words…The Dream!

This could possibly be the biggest FAIL EVER!!

According to mediatakeout, Christina “announced” to her friends that she was expecting her SECOND child.

The gossip site tracked down a family member of Christina’s who was surprised by the news of Cristina’s pregnancy. The insider explained, “I had no idea she was [preggers].

I do know that her ex [The Dream] has been staying with her and the baby when he’s in town. So it makes sense that she’d end up [pregnant].”

The insider had more to say too. They explained, “I actually think they might bet back together, the ball is in The Dream’s court . . . if he wants, he can have his family back.”

If you don’t remember, The Dream served Christina divorce papers while she was pregnant with their first child.






Toni Braxton Files For Bankruptcy, Owes $50 Million

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R&B singer Toni Braxton’s financial woes continue to spiral – the singer has filed for bankruptcy again.

TMZ is reporting that the “Un-break My Heart” singer has filed papers in California, claiming she owes between $10 million and $50 million in unpaid debts.

Braxton also claims she may owe money to the City of L.A. Parking Violations Bureau — and the DMV in both California and Nevada. The singer has a history of financial problems — she filed for bankruptcy back in 1998 … and earlier this year, the IRS filed a lien against her for $396k.





Tax Man Comes for Beanie Sigel

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Beanie Sigel is facing criminal charges for alleged tax fraud in his native Pennsylvania.

Federal prosecutors in Philadelphia say the rapper, born Dwight Grant, made $1.5 million from 2002 to 2004, but filed no tax returns.

Sigel has been jailed on drug and weapons charges, and for prescription drug use while on federal probation. But he has also led anti-violence rallies in his hometown and spoken to high school students about life choices.

His albums include “The Truth,” “The B. Coming” and “The Solution.”





Wasn’t me says comedian Pretty Boy Floyd

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Well known comedian Pretty Boy Floyd is coming out against the report that he beathis baby mother.

Wasn’t me is the song he is singing as the false assumption was made that he was the one in court. In a comment to the Star the comedian joked that the only way that could have happened is if he was two places at one time –in Jamaica and los Angeles.

Pretty Boy Floyd, born Ludlow Peynado, found himself in a not-so-funny spot after a man who reportedly uses the same alias appeared in the Spanish Town Resident Magistrate's Court in St Catherine, Jamaica and pleaded guilty to assaulting the mother of his child.


"Well, I was in LA (Los Angeles) today so unless I was in court there," he said before interjecting, "But no mi neva deh a no court, a nuh me," he declared to the paper.


"Of course it can affect me because I'm somebody that's in the spotlight. If I was a normal person then it wouldn't be so bad," he added.


He admitted he was aware of the matter and had even been contacted by a number of corporate entities with whom he works, and which were trying to see if there was any truth to reports about him assaulting his baby's mother and ending up in court yesterday.


Checks with the police in Spanish Town found that the man at the centre of the mix-up, Corney Henry, is to be sentenced on December 7.
Both men are of St Catherine addresses in Jamaica.









Well if Tony Rebel’s baby mother was counting on topping up her allotted allowance for the five children aged 10 – 15 for the month to $128,000 then she was in for a big disappointment as the deejay will only pay $88,000 for the month.

Rebel was taken to court by Alicia Lawson the mother of his children.

The case came before the Supreme Court in March and it was reported then that Tony Rebel was paying approximately $88,000 monthly for the five children he has with Lawson. However, it was said that Lawson wanted the amount increased to $128,000 monthly.

The matter was adjourned to other dates and finally came for hearing before Supreme Court judge Lennox Campbell in chambers last week Monday. The judge ordered Tony Rebel to pay $4,400 weekly for each of the five children.

The parents are to pay equal shares for all medical, dental and optical expenses. Tony Rebel is to pay all educational expenses in respect of the children. The maintenance order is to remain in force until each child attains the age of 18. In the event they are attending a tertiary institution, the order will remain in force until they are 23.





Profits down at Red Stripe

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Brewing giant Red Stripe has unveiled audited results showing its profits fell by half in the financial year which ended on June 30.

The company said on Wednesday that its profits were just under $790 million for the period under review.

This is less than the 1.5 billion recorded by the company for the corresponding last year.

Red Stripe blamed the reduction in the profits on the increased special consumption tax which was implemented as part of the Government's tax package.

Moving forward, Red Stripe says it will unleash "fantastic brands" to captivate the marketplace and go after volume building in the local and export market for added growth.





Roger Clarke to be charged

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The Director of Public Prosecutions has ruled that Roger Clarke, former Government minister and People's National Party (PNP) Spokesman on Agriculture, be charged arising from the August 23 motor vehicle death of a motor cyclist in St. Catherine.

Clarke, a powerful figure in the Opposition PNP, is to be charged with causing death by dangerous driving.

The police say they are now in contact with Clarke' attorney, K.D Knight, to arrange a date for his appearance in court.

The victim, Derron Nicholson, died when a vehicle driven by Clarke collided with his motorbike along the Nightingale Grove Road in St. Catherine on August 23.

Clarke was reportedly driving his Toyota Prado Land Cruiser along the Nightingale Grove Road, heading towards Spanish Town, when he swerved to the right and collided with a motor bike being driven by Nicholson.

Nicholson suffered severe injuries and was rushed to hospital where he later died.

Officials of the PNP have declined to comment on the matter.






Sean Paul’s punk hairstyle

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Yardflex just wants to ask one question, did you see Sean Paul’s new hairstyle? If you haven’t then you have not been paying close attention to the pics we have been posting on our site.

We just had to comment, the new spiked hair brings one thing to mind and that is punk rap! Yeah, we are just wondering if the new hairstyle is an indication that he could be coming with some new beats. We are just saying!





Gyptian joins Mary J Blige on UK tour

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Reggae star Gyptian continues to sizzle this year as he now joins forces with the iconic Mary J. Blige.


Gyptian will be breaking from his tour schedule to join the R&B queen on the England leg of her UK tour. He takes the stage on November 2 at The O2 Arena in London, the same venue Michael Jackson was slated to headline for his infamous 'This Is It' concert. Gyptian then heads with Blige to the LG Arena in Birmingham on November 3, before resuming his own tour.

Gyptian has been touring consistently since releasing his current album Hold You this summer, even joining Damian "Jr. Gong" Marley and Nas on several dates of their recent 'Distant Relatives' tour in the US.


Gyptian was enlisted for Blige's new single, “Anything You Want”, which is expected to be on her new album. The reggae-infused track also features Busta Rhymes and has been receiving steady airplay since its release in early September.
This exciting concert collaboration was secured by Planet Reggae, the new booking division of VP Records/Greensleeves Records, with AEG, the world's #1 concert production company.


"These are the opportunities that come about by having the #1 record label in reggae enter the live-touring business," states Neil Robertson, head of Planet Reggae. "Our brand lends credibility and comfort for the major international talent buyers.

When you combine that with a great artist like Gyptian and a manager like Ivor Ruddock, who both understand the bigger picture, you can expect more high profile opportunities which are good for the whole genre."


Gyptian has been heating up the UK scene recently, with his performance at BBC Radio 1Xtra Live in late September, and will return on October 20 for the MOBO Awards, where he's nominated for 'Reggae Artist of the Year.'





Gibson's ex says she feared for life after fight

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Mel Gibson's ex-girlfriend Oksana Grigorieva (gree-GOR'-yeh-vuh) says she feared for her life and thought the Academy Award winner might kill her during a fight earlier this year.



The 40-year-old musician also tells People magazine in a story published Wednesday that she did not leak audio purportedly of Gibson in a series of racist and misogynistic rants.


Grigorieva offers her account of a January argument during which she claims Gibson hit and choked her. She didn't report the alleged abuse until months later, and a potential case against the actor-director has been turned over to prosecutors.


Authorities also are investigating Grigorieva for alleged extortion.
The former couple have been locked in a bitter custody battle over their infant daughter.






Court to hear Joe Jackson’s estate appeal

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An appeals court will hear arguments Wednesday on whether Michael Jackson's father should be allowed to challenge the administrators of his son's already lucrative estate.


Joe Jackson has appealed a probate court's dismissal of his objections to the appointment of attorney John Branca and music executive and family friend John McClain to oversee the pop singer's estate.


A judge ruled in November that the elder Jackson did not have standing to intervene in the case and was not entitled to an evidentiary hearing to contest the administrators.


Such a hearing would allow Joe Jackson's attorney, Brian Oxman, to air complaints about potential conflicts of interest and the validity of the pop singer's 2002 will, which specifically omitted his father from receiving any money.


Attorneys for Michael Jackson's estate have noted the probate court's findings against the elder Jackson, and said in motions to the appeals court that the ruling came after considering Oxman's arguments in the most favorable light.


Oxman was also allowed to argue at length during the November hearing, the estate also said in its filings.


The attorney raised issues on behalf of Joe Jackson after the singer's mother, Katherine, dropped any of her potential objections to the appointment of Branca and McClain.

Katherine Jackson and her son's three children are the primary beneficiaries of the singer's estate, which has earned tens of millions since his death at age 50 in June 2009.





Fisherman found with 500 pounds of ganja

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A 33-year-old fisherman was yesterday arrested in connection with the seizure of nearly 500 pounds of ganja during a raid at a fishing beach in St Elizabeth.


According to reports, the fisherman was seen removing parcels from a parked Mazda onto premises located on the Parottee fishing beach. The car was searched and the ganja was found.


A search of the premises also uncovered more parcels of the weed and also a gun and ammunition.


His name has been withheld pending further investigations.






PNPYO to hold vigil calling for PM’s resignation

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The PNP Youth Organization is calling for the resignation of Prime Minister Bruce Golding and will hold a candlelight vigil this evening .


The vexed issue of the Manatt, Phelps and Phillips affair which continues to haunt the JLP administration is the reason for the group’s demand that Mr Golding should no longer be allowed to lead the country.


Just last week, another chapter in the saga was written as attorney Harold Brady reportedly indicated that the Jamaican Government had entered a deal with the US law-firm Manatt to lobby against the extradition request for alleged crime lord Christopher ‘Dudus’ Coke.


Mr Brady reportedly made the claim in a letter which forms part of an affidavit in a lawsuit filed against Mr Golding claiming damages for libel arising from statements made by the Prime Minister.


Mr Golding has insisted that the Manatt deal was a Jamaica Labour Party initiative.


On September 14, he told reporters that Mr Brady disobeyed his instructions when he led Manatt to believe that it was representing the Government of Jamaica instead of the JLP.


As a result, Mr Golding said Mr Brady was asked to resign from all state boards and that he was no longer a member of the JLP.


Mr Brady swiftly rejected those claims saying he was still a member of the JLP and that he was never asked to step down from any public board.






Digicel-sponsored West Indies Cricket Captain, Chris Gayle; Digicel Jamaica Sports Sponsorship Manager, Paula Pinnock-MacLeod; and Digicel-sponsored Olympic Gold medallist, Usain Bolt.



Trinidadian West Indies Cricketer, Dwayne Bravo, with Jamaican dancehall artiste, Beenie Man



West Indies Captain, Chris Gayle, and Olympic Gold medallist, Usain Bolt, walk to the crease at the Digicel-sponsored Pro15/15 in aid of the Heart Foundation of Jamaica which took place on Saturday


Beenie Man visits Usain Bolt, Chris Gayle, and Dwayne Bravo in the changing room before their match at the Digicel-sponsored Chris Gayle Pro 15/15 held in St. Ann, Jamaica on Saturday


The World’s Fastest Man, Usain Bolt, bowls during the Digicel-sponsored Chris Gayle Pro 15/15 held in St. Ann, Jamaica, on Saturday as Gayle looks on. Bolt’s team beat Gayle’s on faster run-rate during an exciting day of cricket.


Monday, October 4th 2010 – Kingston, Jamaica: The second Digicel-sponsored Chris Gayle Pro 15/15 cricket tournament took place on Saturday at the Kaiser Sports Ground in St. Ann, Jamaica.

Thousands of cricket fans braved the rainy weather to see the fastest man in the world, Usain Bolt, and a host of West Indies cricketers such as Chris Gayle, Dwayne Bravo, Kieron Pollard and Xavier Marshall, take part in the 15 over game to raise much-needed funds for the Heart Foundation of Jamaica.

Highlights of the day included Usain Bolt’s magnificent catch off one of Chris Gayle’s big hits which brought the crowd to their feet, as well as an impromptu performance from Jamaican dancehall artiste, Beenie Man. Digicel also added to the excitement with a host of competitions and giveaways taking place throughout the day.

Chris Gayle said; “We’ve had a really good turnout despite the rain and I’d like to thank the fans for coming out in support of this initiative – all the proceeds of which go towards the Heart Foundation of Jamaica. I would also like to give a special thanks to Digicel for its support and to Usain Bolt, Beenie Man and all of the cricketers who gave their time for a worthwhile cause.”

Usain Bolt said; “This is the second year that I’ve taken part in this tournament and I’m delighted to be here. I love to give back to Jamaica in any way I can – and obviously a day of cricket with West Indies cricketers is a fun way to do so.
It’s great for the fans to see other celebrities come out to play different sports and support each other like this.”

Also speaking at the event was West Indies all-rounder, Dwayne Bravo, who said; “I’m thrilled to be here today to support Chris in this initiative – particularly as last year I was unavailable due to cricket commitments.
It’s a fantastic opportunity for fans to come out and rub shoulders with their cricketing heroes – and all for a good cause. It’s something I’m very happy to be a part of.”

For more information visit www.digicelcricket.com




ENDS

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Digicel is the lead sponsor of Caribbean, Central American and Pacific sports teams, including the Special Olympics teams throughout these regions. Digicel sponsors the West Indies cricket team and is also the title sponsor of the Digicel Caribbean Cup. In the Pacific, Digicel is the proud sponsor of several national rugby teams and also sponsors the Vanuatu cricket team.

Digicel also runs a host of community-based initiatives across its markets and has set up Digicel Foundations in Jamaica, Haiti and Papua New Guinea which focus on educational, cultural and social development programmes.

In 2004, Digicel developed Digicel Rising Stars – an annual talent show to support aspiring young music artists in the Caribbean. The show has spanned the Eastern Caribbean, Haiti, Jamaica and Trinidad & Tobago ranking as one of the top-rated shows.

Digicel is incorporated in Bermuda and its markets comprise: Anguilla, Antigua & Barbuda, Aruba, Barbados, Bermuda, Bonaire, the British Virgin Islands, the Cayman Islands, Curacao, Dominica, El Salvador, Fiji, French Guiana, Grenada, Guadeloupe, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Martinique, Nauru, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, St Kitts & Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent & the Grenadines, Suriname, Tonga, Trinidad & Tobago, Turks & Caicos and Vanuatu. Digicel also has coverage in St. Martin and St. Barts in the Caribbean.

Visit www.digicelgroup.com for more information.





Scenes from Coruba Sundays

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Photos By: MILTON RAYNOR






One more week in jail for Buju

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The Gargamel Buju Banton will have to wait one more week in Tampa jail to find out if he will be granted bail.


United States Judge Anthony Porcelli today reserved judgement in the bail hearing for the artiste and said he would make a ruling next week.

Porcelli said he wanted to thoroughly review the arguments put forth by the defence and prosecution before making a judgement.
It's really not an easy road for Buju.






Scenes from Uptown mondays

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Note to Kanye, you don’t want to piss Oprah off!! The rapper was scheduled to appear on the Queen of daytime TV show and decided to cancel at the last minute via email!!!

According to perezhilton.com, the show arranged for a rooftop location for the concert and he canceled in a short email.

“All the arrangements had been made …. She was going to ask Kanye everything,” said an insider. “Oprah is not happy.”

Seriously Kanye, this is Oprah, what were you thinking???






Be careful about bank charges

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If you have not been paying keen attention to the latest survey of bank charges done by the Ministry of Industry then you should.

After reading it, we are determined to make as few withdrawals as possible and try to curtail any bank transactions. My word when you add up all the charges combined, you might see the money in your accounts dwindling fast.

I mean, are these the same banks that are using our money to invest and accumulate their wealth and then they turn around and charge us big for affording them the opportunity to do just that?

People, it’s time to start using up the Credit Unions, one they don’t have these hever service charge burdens, their interest rates are much lower and I think they are really cool otherwise.

Check out of the charges the banks are hitting you with:

NCB had the highest number of increases with 45 out of 58 (78 per cent) followed by RBTT, which increased the rates on 40 out of 58 of its fees and charges. PCB had the least amount of changes, according to the survey, which showed it increasing 28 per cent of its fees.

FGB recorded the highest increase of all the charges, with the balance enquiry fee at its ABMs and its fee for declined transactions at the bank's point-of-sale (POS) machines increasing 400 per cent from $6 to $30. Withdrawal fees at FGB's ABM also increased 144 per cent to $33. However, this is still in line with the charges for a similar transaction at other banks, which charge within the range of $30.

Only RBTT charges below this at $15. In general, ABM fees have increased across all banks with increases ranging from as low as one per cent to as much as 65 per cent at Scotiabank and 114 per cent at NCB.

Fees on personal services, including withdrawal and deposit in savings accounts, minimum balance violation and dormant account charges have also increased as much as 127 per cent. While the banks charge as much as $200 for in-bank withdrawals, only Scotiabank charges a fee to make deposits in savings accounts in-bank, that charge being $150.

The contentious minimum balance fees range from $124.06 at FCIB to $180 at NCB, which increased its minimum balance violation fee by 125 per cent over the $80 charged last year. Scotiabank charges $150 per month for balances below $5,000, while customers at NCB pay $180 for balances below $2,000. Estimates are that up to 60 per cent of the deposits in commercial banks are below $5,000.

Customers will also have to pay as much as 127 per cent more per year if the account falls dormant. Charges range between $155.32 at FCIB to $1000 at Scotiabank, while customers of NCB will pay $350 for the same infraction.






More rains on the horizon

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The country should expect more rains this week.

The Met Office says a broad area of Low Pressure over the eastern Caribbean is producing widespread showers and thunderstorms, across the Leeward Islands.

It says there is a medium chance of this system becoming a tropical cyclone, during the next 48 hours.

According to the Met Service, it is projected that this area of low pressure will move northward across Hispaniola on Wednesday and that another low-pressure centre will develop southwest of Jamaica on Thursday.

The forecast is for the island to experience an increase in showers and thunderstorms, starting late Wednesday and continuing through the weekend.

And the Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management is placing persons who live in flood prone areas on high alert because of the pending inclement weather.





Gunmen went on shooting rampage in Clarendon

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Boy the gunmen going hard, this time they have turned the gun on an entire family in Havanna Heights, Clarendon, two nights ago killing two and injuring about three others.

Police identified the dead as 20-year-old Orane Grey and his brother Dane, who, as well as three others aged 13, 17, and 27, where shot by a thug who invaded their Havannah Heights home in Clarendon about midnight.

According to the cops, residents of Havannah Heights heard explosions coming from the house where Grey and the other four lived, and later saw a man running from the rear of the premises with a gun in his hand. They later discovered that the five had been shot.

They were taken to hospital where Dane and Orane died. The others were listed in serious condition.

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6-months ban for Fraser from IAAF

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World and Olympic champion Shelly Ann Fraser has been officially handed a six months ban by the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF), for using the prohibited substance Oxycodone.

According to the world governing body's list of sanctioned athletes, Fraser will become eligible for competition again on January 7, 2011.

Fraser was provisionally suspended in May after returning a positive test for Oxycodone at the IAAF Diamond League meet in Shanghai,C china on May 23.

With the ban now official, it means the IAAF has effectively accepted the ruling handed down last month by the Jamaica Amateur Athletic Association's three member Disciplinary Panel led by retired Chief Justice Lensely Wolfe.

The panel had initially recommended to the IAAF review board that Fraser be given less than maximum two year ban for her first violation based on special circumstances surrounding her case.

Fraser ingested Oxycodone, a non-performance enhancing drug, for a toothache prior to competing at the Shanghai leg of the Diamond League meet.





Buju's latest album doing well

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International Reggae singer Buju Banton, whose real name is Mark Myrie, has managed to garner much publicity from his high profile cocaine trial ahead of the released of his latest album Before the Dawn.

The album hit stores last Tuesday and debuted at the number two spot on the United States iTunes Reggae Chart.

The album is second to Bob Marley's Legend album.

An expert in album sales says Buju's ninth album could reach the number one spot next week, as sales are projected to pick up when the album drops in the United Kingdom and Japan.

After his trial last week, Buju said that his album was written before he found himself in his current situation.

He said all his songs speak profoundly to what he is going through right now.

He ended his statement by saying "you might can lock the flesh but you can never lock the spirit of rasta".









Popular comedian and MC, Pretty Boy Floyd, whose given name is Corney Henry, on Tuesday pleaded guilty to physically assaulting the mother of his child, when he appeared before the Spanish Town Resident Magistrate's Court, in St. Catherine.

Mr. Henry, who is charged with assault occasioning bodily harm, and malicious destruction of property, is to be sentenced on December 7.

Presiding judge Marcia Dunbar-Green ordered that a social enquiry be done into his background before the sentencing date.

In pleading guilty to the charges, Pretty Boy Floyd admitted to the court that he would compensate the complainant for the property that he destroyed.

He also said he had spoken about the issue with the woman with the view that she drop the charges against him.

However, the judge would not facilitate this and ordered the matter to go to mediation.

The court was told that on September 25, Mr. Henry went to the woman's home and they got into an argument, during which he punched her in the face, destroyed her laptop and kicked in a door.

The matter was reported to the police, and he was arrested and charged.





Crying shame!

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People remember the big outrage about the woman from Seaview who was murdered in her bed. Yeah they found a big stone at her head and she was naked? There were speculations that she was raped and then killed.


Well Yardflex has it from good source that there has been a shocking twist to this story. Everyone is keeping it hush hush, but honestly we have to tell you.

The shocker being whispered in the community is that the woman was actually murdered by her 15-year-old daughter!


From what we can glean she beat the teen on Friday after seeing her with a man, then by Sunday her daughter turned on her.


We understand that she confessed and has ran away from the community.
What is this world coming to?







Bail hearing for Buju today

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Once again everyone will be tuning in to the media, internet, wherever they can get news on the latest happenings in the Buju Banton case.


The will find out today if he will be granted bail by a United States court. Banton has been in custody at the Pinellas County Jail in Tampa, Florida; for almost 10 months after being hauled out of his South Florida home in December last year.


His attorney David Oscar Markus, last week filed a motion for his client to be granted bail citing that he was not a flight risk because of his popularity. Markus also said that he would apply for a bond in an Immigration Court if Banton, whose real name is Mark Myrie, was granted bail.


Banton...bail hearing set for today.


But US prosecutor James Preston, has lodged an objection to the artiste being granted bail and requested that the bail application be flung out of the US Gibbons Court without further hearing.

Yardflex will keep you posted on the latest development.





Wyclef Jean named fellow at RI's Brown University

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Rhode Island's Brown University says hip-hop singer Wyclef Jean (WY'-klef zhahn) has accepted an appointment as a visiting fellow in its Department of Africana Studies for the 2010-11 academic year.


The Ivy League school says the Haitian Grammy Award winner will engage in activities related to its Haiti Initiative, including lectures, faculty conversations and classes.


Brown says Jean made his first visit to campus Monday and attended two inaugural lecturers.


The 37-year-old singer says his time at Brown will be "a period of learning and reflection."
Jean announced a bid for Haiti's presidency in August but ended it last month. No official reasons were given for his exclusion although he's presumed not to have met constitutional requirements such as living in Haiti.


Jean grew up in New York and lives in New Jersey.






Duane Stephenson invited to honour Hillary Clinton

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Duane Stephenson has been invited by the World Food Programme to The George McGovern Leadership Award ceremony for United States Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Tuesday October 5 in Washington DC.


Stephenson is being invited to join the WFP's Board of Directors, US Congressional Committee Members and Special Representative for Global Partnerships in the Office of the Secretary of State, Ambassador Elizabeth Frawley Bagley.

At the prestigious event, US Secretary of State, Hillary Rodham Clinton, will be presented with The George McGovern Leadership Award for her work in addressing the issue of global hunger. This award is given to individuals who have done stellar work in tackling the issue and Mrs Clinton is the tenth awardee.


Stephenson says he is humbled and excited at the same time: "It's so inspiring to be in the company of global leaders and dedicated corporate partners who share the same values and aspirations to eradicate hunger.

Food is a common bond that unites every single life form on this planet, we all require it to live, yet a billion people each night go to bed hungry and 25,000 of them die," he stated.



Stephenson continued, "the Wailers and I are partners with the World Food Programme and our song, A Step for Mankind, has helped to spread the message of the need for more action in addressing the issue of world hunger".


The young Reggae act says his work with the World Food Programme will continue as he sees the issue of world hunger as one that is very important to him.

Duane Stephenson is currently touring the US promoting his sophomore album Black Gold which was released on September 28.

Black Gold follows Stephenson's debut album, From August Town which was release by VP Records in 2007 and was hailed as one of that year's best reggae albums.






Taxman seized Patrick Roberts SUV

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Operatives of the Tax Administrative Services Department on Monday swooped down on the house of another prominent member of the entertainment fraternity.

Tax collectors turned up at the Havendale, St. Andrew house of Patrick Roberts, executive of Shocking Vibes Production Limited and seized a BMW X-Five.

Gladston Turner, Team Leader at the Enforcement Unit of the Tax Department, has confirmed that the vehicle was seized as part of efforts to collect unpaid taxes owed by another person.

He said the BMW X5 had been spotted at various times throughout the year bearing blue license plates, which are only assigned to motor vehicle dealers and are temporary.

While he declined to give names, Mr. Turner said the taxpayer to whom the vehicle is registered owes a lot of money.

Members of the Enforcement unit on Monday tracked the vehicle to property in St. Andrew owned by Roberts.

When contacted Roberts confirmed that his vehicle was seized but declined to speak on the record.

However, he noted that the vehicle was purchased about three years ago from a car dealer, and that the paperwork was still in the name of the dealer, Parchment Motor Works.

Roberts said he contacted the dealer and advised him of the development and requested that he clear up the matter with the tax authorities.

Meanwhile, Richard Parchment, People's National Party Councillor and the operator of Parchment Motor Works, the car dealership where Mr. Roberts bought the SUV, says it was an unfortunate incident.

However, he contends that he is not linked to the vehicle.

"With regards to the issue this morning, I have to reacquaint myself to the situation because this happened more than four years ago. The company in question, Parchment Motor Works, is a company that was placed in liquidation and I would have to check with the liquidators to see the current status," said Parchment in a comment to radio station RJR.

According to him, the operation came as a surprise as he was not contacted by the tax authorities about Monday's development.

In regards to issue of the plates, Parchment conceded they should have been turned over to the tax authorities a long time ago, as the company had been liquidated.

He expressed concern and said he would be investigating why they were not turned over.





The Daily Word - TEACH - Tuesday, October 05, 2010

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The indwelling Christ is active in me as I teach and learn.
Life offers many opportunities to learn. Often those opportunities involve difficult experiences through which we achieve greater understanding of ourselves and the world.

When teachers teach in a classroom or other situation, they pass along knowledge from textbooks and their experiences as well as wisdom from their own hearts. They make the way easier for others. They also open themselves to learning from their students.

A sacred sharing occurs among students and teachers when all are open to giving and receiving their insights. Sharing reveals the love and wisdom we carry within us, and all are blessed.

Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly; teach and admonish one another in all wisdom.--Colossians 3:16








Last week, Mario was arrested for attacking his mother in a Baltimore apartment that they share.

We suspected that the fight was over her heroin addiction – something Mario tried to put an end to back in 2007 when he appeared on the MTV documentary special “I Won’t Love You To Death” in which he had cameras follow his attempt at an intervention.

Mario’s lawyer, Hassan Murphy, has confirmed our suspicions. He released a statement on Saturday, saying that the arrest was:

“An unfortunate incident between a loving son and a mother who continues to struggle with a devastating addiction.

Anyone who has waged the battle to save loved ones from the forces of drugs knows the irrational behavior that almost always accompanies their actions. Despite the allegations, Mario remains committed to supporting his mother.”





Nicki Minaj Wins Big at BET Hip-Hop Awards

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The 2010 BET Hip-Hop Awards took place last night in Atlanta, and MTV News reports that Nicki Minaj continued her hot streak by picking up three trophies: Rookie of the Year, People's Champ and the Made You Look award, bestowed for her unforgettable fashions.

"I'm paving the way for girls," she said. "I wanna thank all the girls of hip-hop."

Although he was absent from the ceremony, Jay-Z also picked up three awards: Best Live Performer, Perfect Combo (for his Alicia Keys duet "Empire State of Mind"), CD of the Year (for 'The Blueprint 3').

The ladies of Salt-N-Pepa were recipients of the I Am Hip-Hop Award.

The show opened with Rick Ross (who won two trophies during the evening), along with Diddy and DJ Khaled, performing his hit "B.M.F. (Blowin' Money Fast)." As the stars segued into "MC Hammer," the rapping led up to an appearance from MC Hammer himself -- who performed his classic "2 Legit 2 Quit."

B.o.B., Cam'ron, Jim Jones, Juelz Santana, Freekey Zekey, Big Boi, Yelawolf, Soulja Boy Tell'em, J. Cole, Cali Swag District, Digital Underground, Gucci Mane and Waka Flocka Flame were among the other performers.

The awards, hosted by Mike Epps, will air Oct. 12 (8 p.m. EST).






Lauren London May Be Pregnant AGAIN

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Rumor has it that Lauren London is pregnant again. The actress has a son with Lil Wayne who is a little over a year old now.

London has been seen out and about wearing maternity clothes and a source close to Lauren told Mediatakeout.com that she is pregnant and guess who may be the father?

If you guessed Trey Songz, you’re right!

The two have reportedly been dating on and off for the past year or so. Trey recently said Lauren met his mom, but they were just friends.





Tanto Blacks stabbed three times

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The Spanish Town Police station is investigating the stabbing incident of upcoming DJ Tanto Blacks.

According to reports, the quirky DJ was recently stabbed three times in the back by his tenant.

According to reports on Friday, Tanto, went to evict the man from a place he rented where the tenant showed no signs of leaving the premises. An altercation ensued between the two men and it is alleged that the tenant proceeded to stab the DJ in the back.

The alleged assaulter was later arrested and charged and Tanto Blacks was treated and released from hospital.





Kartel was a hit Amsterdam Reggae Festival

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Dancehall artiste Vybz Kartel is back on the island after an impressive performance at the second annual Amsterdam Reggae Festival in Europe.

Vybz Kartel, whose real name is Adijah Palmer, was reportedly one of the most anticipated acts at the festival with people placing bets on whether or not he would actually perform.

However, Kartel had the crowd on his side when he introduced himself to the audience in French, by declaring "Je M'apelle Kartel" before delivering a powerful performance.

Although he is not able to go to the United States, the dancehall artiste is set to fly off to Suriname in November to perform on another big show.





Marley for Education

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As the 2010 – 2011 school year kicks into full gear, the Bob Marley Foundation continues to support the educational needs of rural and inner city youths.

’Marley for Education’ the educational project funded by the Bob Marley Foundation has already paid out grants and awarded full and partial scholarships to students from inner city communities in Kingston & St. Catherine. The Foundation has assisted with their tuition fees, auxiliary fees, books and uniforms.



Mrs. Jacqueline Lynch – Stewart, the General Manager of The Bob Marley Foundation noted that “We are pleased to be able to perpetuate Bob’s legacy through the assistance provided to these students by his Foundation.”



In his childhood, the Hon. Robert Nesta Marley, O.M. attended Stepney Primary and Junior High which is located on the outskirts of his hometown, Nine Mile, St. Ann.



The Bob Marley Foundation’s main mandate is to keep the name, image and legacy of the Hon. Robert Nesta Marley O.M. alive and to continue the caring, loving and giving spirit of this great Jamaican Reggae Music Legend.






Lil Wayne goes solo in NY jail solitary punishment

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Lil Wayne is facing the music music after being accused of breaking jail rules by having gear for listening to tunes: He can expect to go solo for the rest of his time behind bars in a gun case.


The Grammy Award-winning rapper was moved Monday into what city jail officials call "punitive segregation" for a month, until his expected November release date, Correction Department spokesman Stephen Morello said. It's his punishment for stashing a charger and headphones for a digital music player in his cell earlier this year, officials said.


Lil Wayne generally will now be confined to his new cell 23 hours a day, with such exceptions as visits and showers, instead of being allowed to mingle with other inmates most of the day. He'll eat in his cell and won't get to socialize even during his hour a day of recreation, Morello said.


Lil Wayne also will have to forego TV, and he'll be limited to one phone call a week instead of a chat a day or more, except for calls to his lawyer, Morello said.
The lawyer, Stacey Richman, had no immediate comment.
The 28-year-old rapper, one of the genre's biggest stars, has been held since March in the Rikers Island jail complex. He pleaded guilty in October 2009 to attempted criminal possession of a weapon, admitting he had a loaded semiautomatic gun on his bus in 2007.


He got a one-year sentence but is expected to serve eight months because of time off for good behavior, despite the music-player gear episode.


Officials said the headphones and charger were found in May, tucked in a potato chip bag in a garbage can in the rapper's cell.


The items are considered contraband, as inmates can listen to music only on radios and headphones sold at the jail commissary. Officers said the music player itself turned up in another inmate's nearby cell.


Born Dwayne Carter, Lil Wayne had the best-selling album of 2008 with "Tha Carter III," which won a best rap album Grammy.









I am energized with perfect life.

True healing goes beyond the physical. It extends beyond the mending of a broken bone to the mending of a broken spirit. Deep healing requires that I release fear--release regret, worry, doubt and judgment--and embrace forgiveness.

True healing starts in the silence, where I experience the healing power of the Divine--the healing presence of Spirit. It is there that I connect with the essence of my being--the perfection of all that I am.

Centered in divine love, I allow peace and joy to rise up in me. I am healed at all levels. Attuned to Christ consciousness, I know that all is in order right here, right now. Anchored in the love of God, I am perfect health, perfect wholeness.


Ask and you will receive, so that your joy may be complete.--John 16:24









California Governor, Arnold Scwarzenegger has signed a bill reducing deciminalizing marijuana for anybody caught carrying under an ounce, NORML is reporting.

Yesterday outgoing California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger signed Senate Bill 1449 — which reduces adult marijuana possession charges from a criminal misdemeanor to a civil infraction.

Senate Bill 1449 amends the California Health and Safety Code so that the adult possession of up to 28.5 grams of marijuana is classified as an infraction, punishable by no more than a $100 fine — no court appearance, no court costs, and no criminal record.







Fifty Cent’s mouth has gotten him into trouble again. He’s now defending his outrageous tweets this past week about oral sex.

“If you a man and your over 25 and you don’t eat pu**y just kill your self damn it. The world will be a better place. Lol,” he tweeted on Thursday.

Even though his statement was a flippant comment to men, it was interpreted by some in the gay community as being offensive in light of the gay teen suicide at Rutgers, one of four similar tragedies within a month.

In the process of trying to clarify his comment, Fiddy may have offended again by saying that gays “choose an alternative lifestyle.” In a series of tweets he wrote:

The other night I made a joke about a blow job. My male followers enjoyed it. So I then went on to joke about women receiving the same. Some how they turned a simple joke about oral sex into a anti gay statement.

I have nothing against people who choose and alternative lifestyle in fact iv publicly stated my mom loved women. It funny how people think negative statements are news worthy but positive statements are not worthy of coverage. Access holly wood for got to put laughing out loud lol that was at the end of that statement.

In 2004, 50 Cent told Playboy that his mother was bisexual. He also said this:

“I ain’t into f—-ts. I don’t like gay people around me, because I’m not comfortable with what their thoughts are. I’m not prejudiced. I just don’t go with gay people and kick it–we don’t have that much in common. I’d rather hang out with a straight dude. But women who like women, that’s cool.”





Allan ‘Skill’ Cole among 10 honoured by JFF

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Former footballer Allan ‘Skill’ Cole were among ten people who were honoured by the JFF for their significant contribution to the development of football in Jamaica. They were honoured at a reception held on the occasion of the visit of the president of the Federation of International Football Associations (FIFA), Joseph Sepp Blatter, at the Terra Nova All-Suite Hotel September 26.

"It is great, great pleasure for me to be with you," said Blatter. "I am grateful now to be with you when awards are being presented to those who have served over the years and all volunteers in this sport."

The awardees were former prime minister and current chairman of the Premier League Clubs' Association, Edward Seaga; former prime minister P.J. Patterson; former St Catherine FA president for 42 years, Lincoln 'Happy' Sutherland; former national footballer and coach, Allan 'Skill' Cole; coach of Seba United, Weston King; football administrator and coach, John Green; former president of Kingston and St Andrew Footbal Association (KSAFA) and former vice-president of the Jamaica Football Federation (JFF), David 'Billy' Marston; former general secretary of KSAFA and the JFF, Russell Bell; former Trelawny FC president, Neville Glanville; and JFF administrator and Santos coach, Carlton Dennis.

JFF President Captain Horace Burrell pointed out that there are other persons deserving of awards who will be acknowledged in the future.

"There are many others who are quite deserving of awards ... your time will come, don't worry about it," he affirmed. "We are only awarding 10 persons tonight; in the future we will be awarding more."

Cole, who is the youngest player to represent Jamaica at the national level - age 16 - was very pleased to finally be honoured in his own country.

"I lived in Ethiopia for three years and in one season I got a lot of accolades in the country," said Cole. "I have played for Jamaica from I was 16 and just getting an award, so I must cherish and honour it.

"I feel very honoured and it is good to know people recognise what you are doing and you are honoured before you pass away," said Dennis in response to being recognised.





Doctors Mad at Shaw

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Local doctors are upset with the finance minister as news reports surfaced that he bought a house in Miami and is treating his young daughter overseas for her sickness.

The doc here according to an Observer story feels that Shaw is sending a wrong message that the health system here is not good enough.

But then again why aren’t we surprised at this movement? This is not a problem that is reserved to the health sector alone, aren’t politicians sending their children to universities and colleges oversees instead of using up our wonderful educational institutions?





Talk about drastic actions!

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Talk about radical actions! A call from Paul Buchanan who was once the head for Operation Pride programme has been made for the physical tearing down of communities like Tivoli Gardens, Arnett Gardens and Spanish Town.

It is so bad that he doesn’t see any other way of transforming those places into livable communities than getting rid of them totally.

Hmm, we would just like to say that there is nothing wrong with any given place it’s just the people living there. They could be transformed into ordinary residential areas and criminal activities would still be going on.

The solution is for government to take some serious steps in dismantling the garrison, get rid of the favouritism that sees some community escaping paying bills and getting preferred treatment. Stop petting criminals and for everyone to stop washing the bloody clothes and hiding their brothers, friends, man, son etc.

When residents stop hiding criminals and coming out rigorously against them, then there will be no need to tear down anywhere.





Elderly man added to storm death toll

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The death toll from heavy rains associated with Tropical Storm Nicole, has increased to 13.

A fourteenth person is still missing, and is believed to be from the family of six, whose house collapsed in the Sandy Gully in St. Andrew, on Wednesday.

According to the Constabulary Communications Network, the latest body was found in the Toms River, in St. Andrew, Friday.

It has been identified as that of 61-year-old Winston Samuels, of Peter Hill.

Reports from the Lawrence Tavern Police are that, on Wednesday, Mr. Samuels was walking along a bridge, when he was swept away by flood waters.

Four bodies from one family were also discovered at different locations in Kingston, Friday afternoon.

The other deaths occurred in St. Elizabeth, St. Andrew, St. Catherine and Westmoreland.

Five children are listed among the victims.





Met Office lifts Flash Flood Warning

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The Met Service has discontinued the Flash Flood Warning for low-lying and flood-prone areas of all parishes with immediate effect.

The broad area of Low Pressure over the central Caribbean has drifted northward, thereby reducing influence over Jamaica.

The forecast is for a gradual improvement in weather conditions across the island as this system continues northward.

Isolated showers and thunderstorms are tonight.

A Tropical Wave currently across the eastern Caribbean is, however, expected to enter the central Caribbean and move across Jamaica late Tuesday evening.

This is likely to produce another increase in rainfall across the country.

As this Tropical Wave drifts westward, there is chance of cyclone development west of the island.







My life is a reflection of the love of God.


When Jesus spoke of love, he used one of four words. Translated into Greek they are: storge to describe familial love, philia to describe love for a friend and eros for sensual love. The word he used most often, though, was agape--God's love--the highest form of love.

God's love is my foundation, the source from which I draw my strength, and the power that enables me to live each day in an awareness of God's presence. I may experience many types of love, but it is agape that gives each experience meaning and substance.

When I pray for others, I express agape. When I rest in God's presence, I experience agape. God's love empowers and completes my life.

Now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; and the greatest of these is love.--1 Corinthians 13:13





Recovery of bodies from TS Nicole still on

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In the aftermath of the deadly Tropical Storm Nicole which ravaged the island this week, the body count is rising as 11 persons have been confirmed dead while several others are still missing.


More bodies were recovered yesterday, including those of 42-year-old William Bailey and his common-law-wife 34-year-old Skeeta Young were found in the sea near Seaview Gardens. The bodies were fished from the sea in Kingston shortly after they were spotted by residents.
Bailey and Young were among six persons declared missing after a two bed room house in Sandy Park, St. Andrew collapsed into the Sandy Gully early Wednesday morning.


Bailey and Young were the third bodies to be recovered from the collapsed house.


The body of Young's 14-year-old son Kevani Bailey was recovered on the scene trapped under the top floor of the collapsed building on Wednesday morning.


Three other children and a female who were in the house when it collapsed are still numbered among the missing feared dead.
Also, the body of 68-year-old Lenford Blake was found in a drain Friday after he was swept away by strong currents in Flagaman district, St. Elizabeth.


The body of 63-year-old farmer Rupert Wright of Piper Corner was found in Westmoreland this morning after he was washed away on Wednesday while the police have recovered the bodies of two men believed to be of unsound mind who were swept away by the flood waters in Havendale St. Andrew.


Among those missing is 81-year-old Robert Johnson who was reportedly washed away by the Gobey Gully yesterday morning.
Residents say Johnson had gone to use the latrine when he slipped and was washed away by the raging water.





Rihanna to marry?

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Rihanna and her boyfriend Matt Kemp have only been dating for eight months, but the marriage rumors have already begun.
Sources close to Matt are telling Us Weekly that the L.A. Dodger is ready to pop the question.


"They are in love," says a source. "Seeing them interact, it's definitely possible he could propose -- but it'd have to be a long engagement, because they're both so focused on their careers."
The two have such busy lives that they barely see each other, so what makes their relationship work?


"He centers her, as he has a more normal life," a pal close to Rihanna says. "He allows her space, but they text and talk all the time. And they really have fun like kids when they're together. They like to laugh and be silly."


Rihanna is only 22 years old and at the peak of her career. It's probably a little too soon for her to think about marriage.






Bruno Mars charged with cocaine possession

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Bruno Mars has officially been charged with cocaine possession.


TMZ reports that the singer was charged with one felony count of possession of a controlled substance following his cocaine arrest last month in Las Vegas.


Mars was arrested at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino on September 19 -- after a bathroom attendant told hotel security that Mars took a "baggie of white powdery substance" into one of the stalls.
If convicted, Mars could spend up to four years behind bars and faces up to a $5,000 fine.


That’s a little scary! We hope he’s learned his lesson because his career is really taking off! We’re looking forward to seeing Bruno on Saturday Night Live on October 9.





New GM appointed at Newstalk radio station

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The Board of Directors of Universal Media Company Limited, operators of NewsTalk 93 FM has appointed a new general manager for the radio station.



Jennifer Cheesman’s appointment took effect on Monday, September 20.



Cheesman served as Head of the Office of Planning and Institutional Research at the University of the West Indies, Mona since 2003 and, prior to that, in other executive management positions both locally and regionally.



As General Manager, she’s charged with strengthening the NewsTalk 93FM product and presence locally, regionally and internationally.



Universal Media Company says Cheesman’s appointment is in keeping with the strategic direction of the station and the overall strategic plan of the UWI, Mona campus.






Eminem, Lil Wayne debut new video

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Eminem and Lil Wayne have just debuted their brand new music video for the song “No Love.”


It’s their second collaboration together—the first was “Drop The World” off of Weezy’s Rebirth. The duo's new single is off Em's Recovery album which is currently dominating the sales charts.


Eminem recently talked of Weezy in an interview saying, "I've always respected what Wayne does. Wayne to me is definitely one of the greatest in the game right now."


He returned the compliment, saying, "Em is him, and he's back in a major way," he told Funkmaster Flex, on a call from prison. "He's a great dude. He's been keeping up with me since I've been in here, and I appreciate his support."


Maybe the prison guards at Riker’s Island will be nice enough to show Lil Wayne his latest piece of art.









Dancehall’s favourite diva, Marion ‘Lady Saw’ Hall, has signed on as the Caribbean spokesperson for a dynamic new advertising campaign for a major international brand.


“I can’t talk much about it now .. but it’s something really positive. I really wish I could say more,” she said with an impish smile and sounding very excited.


She did reveal, however, that the ad is being shot in the Big Apple.
Meanwhile, Lady Saw is getting ready to release the second single from her recently released album, My Way, which is on her very own Divas Records imprint along with Toasting Music/Universal.


“I did a few collaborations on the album, and we have chosen the song with me and US rapper Eve as the next single. The song is called He’s At My House and it’s a ladies’ anthem. I think fans will love it,” she said.


The synergy between Lady Saw and Eve on this track is evident the in-your-face posture on the single is reminiscent of Saw’s “I’ve got your man and you can’t do anything about it” declaration on her previous album.


He’s At My House is produced by Lady Saw and Lloyd ‘John John’ James.
The first single off the album was her self-produced single, Party Till December, a club banger which has been receiving increasing airplay on radio and in the dancehall.


According to Lady Saw’s management team, the sales for My Way have remained steady since its release during the first week of September. The album is available on iTunes and Amazon.com.





Vybrant happy with Japan debut

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A recent visit to Japan to perform on four shows was really a dream come true for fast- rising reggae act, Vybrant.

According to the lyrically conscious artiste, whenever he rehearsed, he would visualize places such as Japan and imagine being on stage in that reggae-loving land. Therefore, when he got the call to perform there, he did mental somersaults and gave thanks.



Vybrant packed his bags and headed out on July 8, stopping briefly in Canada before continuing his sojourn to Asia, where he stayed an entire month.


“Japan was truly a great experience,” the Major Links recording artiste stated. “The important thing was absorbing the culture and the love from the people. The Japanese people really feel the energy and I really ‘appreci-love’ that,” he added.


The singer did four shows in all, two of them at stadiums, while the other performances took place at intimate club settings inside the Japanese capital, Tokyo.

Among his repertoire were his breakthrough single, Ears Hard, Ceasefire, Everyday, Concrete Jungle and Lightning Bolt. On all shows, however, Vybrant was the only Jamaican reggae act, as all the others were Japanese.


According to Vybrant, the Japanese love for dancehall over reggae was apparent, but “they can be persuaded”.


“The Japanese really gravitate towards dancehall, but as a good reggae act, you can hold your own and enjoy a piece of the pie,” was how the singer summed it up.


Vybrant, a son of St. Thomas, attended the Yallahs High School where he performed on the choir, honing his skills.

A practising Rastafarian, Vybrant’s career has gone through numerous phases as initially he was a hardcore deejay who used the name of Squeechie Killer.

Serious medical issues slowed down his career and caused a life that was heading in a devastating direction of gang and violence to find Rastafari and as a result his direction and views on life took a 360 degree turn.





Jae Blaze calls all dancers to Lindsay Cres. Sunday

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If anyone knows what it is to work their way up from the bottom to the top in the world of dance and music visualization, it's Toronto native Jae Blaze.


Beginning her dance career at a time when the use dancers and dance choreography was not such a major focus for artists, Jae has come a long way! In 2010, she choreographed the electrifying dance routine by Bree Wasylenko and Edgar Gilbert-Reyes on the hit television show So You Think You Can Dance Canada.

The routine, was performed to Vybz Kartel’s hit song, “Clarks.” Jae also choreographed dance for the ‘Songs Segment’ at the 81st Academy Awards (held in Hollywood on February 22nd, 2009), and for the movies “Make It Happen,” starring Mary Elizabeth Winstead, “The Cheetah Girls” starring Raven Symoné, and “New York Minute” starring Ashley and Mary-Kate Olsen.

Jae understands that in order to get there, dancers have to go through the early stages which includes music videos.


“Some of the first people who embraced me along my journey were music video directors like Hype Williams who directed Nelly Furtado’s song “On The Radio,” Little X (now named Mr. X) who directed Sean Paul’s song Get Busy and Kardinal Offishall’s Belly Dancer. That’s why this casting call for dancers is special to me – I know what it can do for a dancers’ career!”


The casting call that Jae is referring to is for Dancehall artiste Razor B’s song “Hot Girls to the Ring” which is receiving significant airplay on stations Irie FM, Zip FM and Fame FM within Jamaica, and a host of radio stations internationally.

The video, which will be directed by Wayne Lowers of Burnt Facez Productions will use Jae’s choreography experience and expertise for the dancers routines.


When asked why this shoot is so special to Jae, she said “shooting a video in my home country of Jamaica, and to a song as hot as ‘Hot Girls to the Ring,’ yuh done know!”


Dancers are invited to attend Victoria House, 11 Lindsay Crescent on Sunday at 12:00 noon for auditions. Jae Blaze will personally be on hand to choose the dancers who will work best for the video’s dance segment.

The video shoot will take place at various locations in Kingston on Monday an d Tuesday.





David Beckhan named in bizarre lawsuit

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David Beckham’s name has come up in a bizarre lawsuit against a Beverly Hills jewelry designer who is claiming that her millionaire lawyer husband tried to run over Becks at their kids school. Why you ask? Because he falsely accused his wife of having an affair with the soccer stud.


Shery Shabani filed for divorce from her husband, Kambiz, and he was reportedly so angry that he tried to ram into Beckham's car at their children's private school, which happens to be the same school the Beck's kids attend.


Shery, who is a jewelry designer to the stars has actually created pieces for the Beckham's and they are friends. But that's the extent of their relationship according to Shery. Her husband thinks otherwise apparently.


According to Radar Online, who has the court documents Shery says the accusations are "irrelevant and untrue".


"He (Joseph) has accused me of having extra-marital affairs, most often with David Beckham (which is untrue)," Shery says in the docs.


"On my most recent birthday, in front of the children, he yelled at me: "I know why you're upset, it's your birthday and you didn't get a text message from David Beckham!"





More rain forecast for the rest of the week

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More rains are in the forecast for the island on Thursday night, Friday and into the weekend.

As a result the Met Office has extended the Flash Flood Warning for low-lying and flood prone areas of all parishes until 5:00 p.m. Friday.

However, the weather agency says Jamaica could get a break from the torrential rains on Sunday.

Although Tropical Storm Nicole has dissipated there is a broad area of low pressure that extends from the Bahamas, across Cuba, Jamaica and sections of the western Caribbean.

This broad area of low pressure will continues to influence weather conditions across the island for the next 48 to 72 hours.

Radar reports and data collected from weather stations across the island indicate that throughout the day, scattered light to moderate showers and thunderstorms which were heavy at times, affected most parishes.

The forecast is for continued showers and thunderstorms to affect Jamaica for the next 48 hours.

Due to the gusty wind conditions and above normal wave heights north and south of the island, fishers and other marine interests, are being advised not to venture far from.





Artistes need to step up to the plate

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It’s a sad day in Reggae and Dancehall music when a comment like “no creativity” can be made about it.


In an Observer article Jon Baker, band manager for Jolly’s Boys the mento band that topped the Reggae/Dancehall charts attributed this comment to the business.


In the story he was quoted as saying "We going through a stagnation of creativity in Reggae for the last five years. Dancehall artistes sing about the same old stuff. It has not had anything dynamic to crossover into the mainstream”.

"I don't want you to take this in a non-patriotic way but to look at it fairly. When I got requests to do Reggae festivals and to do Reggae press, I vehemently declined the request," he stated.

"I have watched the genre of Reggae stagnate certainly in the last few years and I have seen the perception of the international market look at reggae and say 'that's cool but that niche or specialist'. If we started to position Jolly Boys as Reggae that's would have immediately put the perception of what they are at a disadvantage."

Wow, honestly though, the beats are mostly the same, the business need some new energies and stop cramming so many songs on one beat!





437 Persons in 22 Shelters

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The Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management (ODPEM) is reporting that approximately 437 persons are being housed in 22 shelters across the island.

The shelters are spread across the parishes of St. James, Trelawny, St. Catherine, Kingston and St. Andrew, Westmoreland and St. Mary.

Shelters opened in St. Catherine are the Shiloh Basic School in Lauriston, Ensom City Primary, Old Harbour High, Faith Fire House on Beacon Hill Road (Thompson Pen), Bog Walk High, Spanish Town Primary, Praise Prayer House, and Clifton Basic School.

Persons in Kingston and St. Andrew may access shelters at the Langston Terrace Community Centre, The Holy Rosary Primary School, The Dunoon Technical High School, First Community Church (Kintyre), St. Michaels and Sandy Park Basic Schools.

Shelters have also been established at Holland High School in Trelawny; Eldin Basic School and Little London, Savanna-La-Mar, and Peggy Barry Primary Schools in Westmoreland; Kirk United Church in St. Mary; and the Granville Training Centre in St. James.

The Ministry of Labour is working feverishly to provide assistance to persons in shelters. Other shelters are on standby and will be opened as soon as the need arises.

To date a total of 128 communities have been affected - 76 by flooding, 6 by landslide, 3 by freak storm, 1 by lightning and 1 by storm surge. The others have not been directly impacted, but have been marooned by landslide or flooding. Central parishes have been the worst affected so far.








I am bold in spirit. I speak and act from Spirit within.
Just as surely as Spirit guides me, so, too, does Spirit prepare and empower me to accomplish every good I have been guided to seek. As I listen in the silence of my soul, I open to receive wisdom and understanding.

Any tendency to be timid about carrying through on divine understanding vanishes. I am bold in spirit. I feel at ease in making decisions, and I am open to better ways and means of doing my best--for myself and for others.

Being bold in spirit does not mean that I force or coerce others to believe or act as I do. Understanding and compassion, patience and cooperation flow from Spirit in all I think, say and do. I do my best, and I help to bring out the best in others.

Since, then, we have such a hope, we act with great boldness.--2 Corinthians 3:12





Coruba Sundays Sept 26 2010

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Dancehall deejay Blak Ryno after being detained overnight by the police was released on bail Thursday afternoon.

He is set to go before the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate Court on this morning (Friday) to plead his innocence. The artiste whose correct is Romane Anderson said he would like to set the record straight regarding statements echoed in the press by Vybz Kartel business partner Corey Todd.

In Thursday’s edition of the Jamaica Star Todd was quoted saying “that he and his wife were in the supermarket shopping when his wife was approached by Ryno.

Todd said, "he saw my wife in the store and came to her and said 'is yuh is Corey Todd wife?' She never said anything to him and he later came by the counter where I was cashing and said, 'why yuh nah play my music in da club'?"

According to Todd, Ryno stormed outside and returned with a knife. "He came up to me wid di knife and said '....yuh gonna dead'.

He got in my face and I pushed him off. He pulled the knife and tried coming at me wid it.

I jumped back and grabbed him by the neck and had him on the ground when the security came and he (Ryno) ran and left the knife." Todd said he sustained a minor cut to his back.

Ryno after reading the statement fired back calling Todd a confused liar, “Due to the inclement weather I was at the supermarket with my baby mother doing some shopping for home when he (Corey) confronted me.”

Ryno continued, “Let me ask you Jamaica, why would I without a valid reason attack Corey Todd knowing he is of a larger stature than me compounded by the fact that I would be putting myself, the life of my partner and child at risk? Secondly Corey is not a selector, so why would I be talking to him about music?, finally I had absolutely no dialog with him nor his partner leading up to the altercation“

“I left their musical outfit because I no longer wanted to be associated with that brand, so based on that criterion getting into a confrontation with the same people I’ve been trying to avoid would be cretinous.

Corey was clearly the instigator/villain trying to play the victim. He said he sustained a minor cut, but the official police report stated otherwise. What transpired was merely me acting in self defense”

The article further stated, when asked about Ryno's accusation that his music wasn't being played in the Building Todd said, "Mi nuh know bout dat, it's up to the selectors what gets played, they play what's hot, and he has no hot songs."

A calm Ryno who was being examined by a medical practitioner at the time added, “I have never asked him or anyone else affiliated to that club/camp to play my music at any point, also if what he says is true explain my recent performances in Trinidad, French Guiana, Tobago, Guyana, North and South America etc.

Sadly a lot of what gets played inside that club will never make it pass the Norman Manley International Airport.”

In closing Ryno said he had one final message for Todd stating “Instead of going around trying to create public mischief, crusading against me and my music, he should try and focus on his own business interests and how to make himself a better person in society.”

Ryno also implored all media houses, radio jocks and selectors not to allow this non-Jamaican to continue to create division and rift in our music with his hidden agenda.






Prosecutors urge no bail for Buju

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Prosecutors in the United States have urged the Middle District Court of Florida say that Buju Banton’s lawyer had presented "no legal support for his request and wholly ignores this court's earlier order of detention".

"The defendant has presented nothing new, other than a hung jury, for the court's consideration," said assistant US attorney James Preston Jr.

He said Buju had failed to rebut the presumption that no condition or combination of conditions would reasonably assure that he was not a flight risk.

According to the prosecutor, the court should rule that the, "Order of Detention remain in place and the bail application dismissed without further hearing."

The prosecutors were responding to an application filed on Tuesday by attorney David Oscar Markus who asked the court to grant bail to the reggae superstar whose correct name is Mark Myrie.

In his application, made two days after a judge declared a mistrial in the illegal drug and gun case, Markus argued that Buju was not a flight risk and was an internationally known reggae star who could stay at his house in South Florida with an ankle monitor.

"Mr Myrie is not a danger to the community. He has no felony convictions and the government has never suggested that he poses a danger," Markus added as he pointed to the hung jury at Buju's trial on charges of conspiracy to possess cocaine and possession of a firearm during a drug deal.

Buju Banton has been behind bars since December last year. A bond hearing has been scheduled for October 6






8 dead, 16 missing after Tropical Storm Nicole

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The official death toll in Jamaica from Tropical Storm Nicole stands at eight after six more people were killed in separate incidents in St Andrew and St Catherine.


Another 16 persons have been reported missing and are feared dead.
Listed among the dead are three men who were crushed to death in Norbrook Heights, St Andrew, and two men, believed to be of unsound mind, who were washed away by strong currents in Havendale, St Andrew.


A five-year-old girl also died in in Christian Pen, St Catherine, after a tree fell on her house, forced inside and killed her in bed.
The victims of the Norbrook Heights incident are Anthony Parnell, Denzel Malcolm and his nephew, Ryan Malcolm.


The two other male victims have not been identified.
Ryan Malcolm, Denzel Malcolm and Parnell were killed when a section of a retaining wall they constructed several months ago collapsed on to a shed made from ply board and zinc while they slept inside.


The shed was built as a sleeping area for the men, who were reportedly contracted to build a five-storey house at the Rainbow Crescent premises.


Police Commissioner Owen Ellington visited the scene, but declined to say much insisting that the investigation is still in the preliminary stages.






Schools re-open today

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It’s back to school today for students who have been ordered the Ministry of Education to stay at home since Wednesday as Tropical Storm Nicole battered the island.


Following reports that the weather system was weakening, the ministry said it’s safe for most schools to reopen today.


However, both the ministry and the ODPEM have advised that a thorough evaluation should be undertaken to determine whether normal operations can be restored at schools in areas hardest hit by the inclement weather.


"Parents are also reminded to assess the situation to ensure their children can commute safely to and from school," a joint press release from the two entities said.


In the meantime, Chief Education Officer Grace McLean said that a team from the ministry was in the field doing assessments of damage to schools.


"Our officers are on the ground monitoring the situation and assessing whether there are any major repairs to be done to some of the schools so we can start effecting the repairs next week," she said. "But if the weather continues as it is now, then I am sure everything should be normal for" today.


According to McLean, at least four schools were reported open in St Ann yesterday. However, schools remained closed across the rest of the island she said.





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The Daily Word - GRACE - Sunday, October 31, 2010

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The grace of God blesses and fulfills me.


The grace of God is both a loving force and a gentle activity in my life. It is a gift that I give thanks for each day.

I see God's grace in outer ways--moments spent with friends and family, the receipt of unexpected blessings, the beauty of nature. I experience it in inner ways--the wisdom of spiritual understanding, the love of a partner or pet, the peace of my oneness with God.

Through my oneness with God, I become more aware of the activity of God's grace and its many avenues of expression. I give thanks for the appearance of grace in my life, knowing that it continually blesses and fulfills me.

Like a refreshing wind on a peaceful day, the grace of God is always with me and with those I love.

Know that I am with you and will keep you wherever you go.--Genesis 28:15





Tomas devastates Barbados

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Barbados is reporting that Hurricane Tomas did some damage on the island.

According to the Reuters news agency, heavy winds downed power lines and caused damage to some houses as it passed the eastern side of the island.

The Barbados Nation reported that shelters remained closed and Barbadians were being asked to ride out the storm, or stay with relatives who live in safe areas.

There are also reports that the island was without electricity.

The Governments of Grenada, St Vincent and the Grenadines and St Lucia have now issued Hurricane warnings for their citizens, while the government of France issued the same warning for Martinique.






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Mix up and Blenda

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Bwoy mi sey a pure mix up when it comes to artistes and dem woman, di latest mecking the rounds now is that Kartel love unprotected sex. Yeah it look like him get a child wid browning name Amanda.


Sources a sey she was seen at a doctor office recently with a nice baby boy.
Nuff people a sey how come dem woman can go to dem without some form a protection?


And dat a nuh di ongle rumour a float bout Kartel, dem also a talk sey him a date Busy baby madda Shantel Smith. Yup dem spot in several popular spots around town restaurants and clubs.


But den again some other rumour a float sey a hype dem a look affa dat so wi nah guh nuh further wid it yah.






Akon Banned From Performing In Australia

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Akon fans in Melbourne, Australia won’t get a chance to see the star perform when the Summerbeatz 2010 tour rolls into their hometown because of a past incident at an Akon show.

Tour organizer Dwayne Cross says that Akon has been banned from performing at Melbourne’s Rod Laver Arena after an incident at a different arena in 2009 in which Akon jumped into the crowd to break up a fight.

All other performers on the bill, which include Ciara, Soulja Boy, Flo Rida, Jay Sean and Stan Walker, have been cleared to perform in Melbourne.

Akon will perform on the tour’s other stops which include Brisbane, Sydney and Perth.








Ray-J has a new album coming out entitled Raydiation 2(R2) and he spoke with us at TheUrbanDaily.com for an EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW about it, Kat Stacks, Nicki Minaj, Lil’ Kim, Raz-B, Chris Stokes,Marques Houston, groupies, his new girlfriend, Brandy and reality T.V.Ray-J went from “Brandy’s brother” to being the beacon carrying on the Norwood legacy.

While Brandy took a hiatus to focus on her beautiful daughter, Ray-J took to the limelight with reality shows stemmed from his found super-stardom over a sex tape with ex-girlfriend Kim Kardashian. He and Kim didn’t last but Ray was determined to have longevity in the game and hasn’t stopped grinding since he entered it over ten years ago. The name of the album is “Raydiation 2” a grown man version of his third album Raydiation. Raydiation featured the hit single “One Wish” and R2 features the current single “Last Wish” which is the final chapter in his longing aspiration for a complete love.

He claims that he has grown a lot and the album is reminiscent of a mature Ray-J; one that has been through and felt more heart ache. Rodney Jerkins returns to the studio with him, so you are guaranteed to hear some hot ish.


Ray is done with the groupies, the hollywood hungered women, and his reckless behavior.

What is something extremely personal you are going through that’s on the album?

“I’m dealing with trust issues, trying to keep a solid relationship with a girl I like, and balance it out with my career, the industry and temptation. My first single is just wishing for that truth and that love that you have for this girl”

Ray-J is in a relationship right now then?

“Fo’ Sho, I feel good about it. I’m much more responsible I’m in a better place in my life. It has nothing to do with the television show, Miss Berry, or For The Love Of Ray-J.”

How is she so different from the other women you have dated?

“She’s a regular girl she goes to college she has her head on straight, and she’s just focused she’s not into the limelight Hollywood scene and that alone is attractive to me.”

How do you stay away from the groupies like Kat Stacks?


“I’m tryna stay wayyy away from her. It comes from experience, I’m at a point in my life where I feel like I’ve done that. At some point you can’t drown yourself in that, you have to grow. If I ran into a chick like Kat Stacks I would know what it was.”

Why would anyone mess with Kat Stacks?

“They’re just high, intoxicated, you’re not in you’re right mind. When you come back to the world mentally you realize that you didn’t make the right decision”









Serial dater Diddy can dish it out but he sure can’t take it, as rumor has it he’s been threatening to kill his baby mama’s Kim Porter’s “special friend”.

According to carltonjordan.com,Diddy is so obsessed with actor Jackie Long’s relationship with Kim Porter that he’s made death threats to him. Apparently Diddy has made several phone calls to Jackie saying “he will erase him off the face of the earth” and “he is going to have Jackie killed!”

Jackie Long isn’t taking Diddy’s threats lightly and is filing a police report, supposedly Jackie is going to handle this in the courts and not in the streets!





SuperPlus sells one more branch

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The SuperPlus chain has further rationalised its operations with the sale of another supermarket.

The branch in Portmore Pines, St. Catherine has been sold to Empire Supermarket.

The deal was inked a week ago.

Chief Executive Officer of SuperPlus, Richard Chen reported on Radio Jamaica that “An opportunity came up, there were persons that were interested and we thought it was an opportune time. From time to time as businesses look at their strategies, they divest themselves of operations and locations and from time to time take on new ones,” Mr. Chen said.

The number of SuperPlus supermarkets still in operation has now been reduced from just over 20 to nine.






Some of LIME's LimeWire service killed

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Telecommunications company LIME, whose LimeWire software allows people to share songs and other files over the internet, has received a federal injunction to disable key parts of its service.

LimeWire's founder, Mark Gorton, has been wrestling in court with the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) for the last four years.

The RIAA contends that LimeWire's software encourages illegal sharing of copyright-protected music.

In May, LIME was found liable for copyright infringement.

The injunction, issued by US District Court in New York, compels LIME to disable LimeWire's searching, downloading, uploading, file trading and distribution features, effective immediately.

A release issued by LimeWire said they are out of the file sharing business however they are working on a new piece of software that will comply with copyright laws.










He has not made his name big in the music biz yet, but he is one determined artiste who is sure it is only a matter of time before his big break comes.


Born Michael Lewis and performing under the moniker Juss Ice, he is sure that with the right kind of songs and attitude, he will impact the way he wants to.


Hailing from Kingston, Juss Ice spent his growing up year between Kingston and Brown’s Town in St Ann.


The music bug hit him when he was 10 years old, that love continued to grow and saw him doing his first recording at Jeremy Harding’s studio.
At times it seemed that Juss Ice’s dream was an elusive thing, but he told Yardflex “I never gave up, I was always pushing forward through the roughest and toughest times.”
Things has started looking up for the singjay with the release of his songs TGIF (Thank God Its Friday) on the Top Notch label; Get hype on ZJ Chrome’s Kingston Town riddim and he has also done a single and a video for My First Real Love single on the Kapachi label.


As far as the singjay is concerned things are definitely looking up where his career is concerned.


“Well I’m always working on my music day in and day out,” he said indicating that upward mobility will also be his focus.


When it comes to his recordings Juss Ice says it’s all about performing songs that make him happy.


“I love all music from it sound good it good! Jamaica has always been a place to love music of all types but one thing for sure all my music has a Jamaican Influence,” he said as he told Yardflex about the kind of songs he records.


Inspiration for Juss Ice comes in many forms, but he admits to his main influence coming from life itself – its ups and downs but as he says, “to me I find the best time to write a song is when you just fall in love or just breaking up that’s when your emotions are easy to understand after all I write how I feel,” he shared.
Since his emergence on the scene Juss Ice has performed on several top shows including Sumfest 2004 Intl night, he has also made his presence felt on the international scene in places such as London, Canada, Florida.


Talking about the music scene right now, Juss Ice told Yardflex “We are having a musical evolution it’s no longer just dancehall and reggae to be found on our island. We have a huge Rap, Pop and Alternative scene building by the minute but apart from that I have also noticed that the problem makers in music have been replaced by the problem solvers. It’s almost as if the Jamaican people are tired of all the violence and negative vibes in the music so all Jamaican music lovers listen out for the change hits we making,” is the promise given by Juss Ice.


Looking ahead, the artiste hopes that in another five years he will be just where he is working towards “I hope to accomplish value and recognition. We working to be a corporation not just putting Jamaica on the map again, for me Juss Ice to play a major part in the future on Jamaican music.”


The parting words were aimed at upcoming artistes “Love cause if you love what you do you won’t have to work a day in your life. At least it won’t feel like work and also come with a positive outlook.









With each breath I breathe, I am aware of God's peaceful presence.


To enter into a time of meditation, I relax my body and take a few deep breaths. I become aware of God's peaceful presence. The rhythm of my breath becomes steady and even.

Breathing in, I envision my soul filling with the spirit of God. Breathing out, I release any anxiety or dissatisfaction. Thoughts of peace, images of peace, give way to a deep serenity that expands into every cell and organ of my body. I rest in the silence.

When I return my attention to the activities of the day, the peace I feel within reflects in every word I speak and every action I take. Nothing can disrupt the serenity I carry within me, for each breath I breathe is filled with God's peaceful spirit.

He breathed on them and said to them, "Receive the Holy Spirit."--John 20:22





Dancehall's Most Versatile Deejay Busy Signal

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Busy Signal is at it again with the release of his VP produced album D.O.B. He is not an artist to follow the beaten path. This album displays his innovation and lyrical skills that has broken down barriers and has taken Dancehall to places no other artist could.

The new album D.O.B. represents the rebirth of Busy Signal. It contains 15 new tracks plus an iTunes exclusive track. To call this album Groundbreaking would be an understatement. The opening track How U Bad Suh is signature Busy Signal.

His distinct and robust baritone voice accompanied by an up-tempo rhythm sets the right mood for the album. Busy Signal is not afraid to venture into music territories that others would not dare.

He gives us a taste of Dancehall with a Spanish feel on Picante, then goes full throttle on Busy Latino which is a scorching Dancehall blend with Elvis Crespo’s Suavemente” Busy Signal proves that he is a master of his craft by incorporating his flavor into classic tunes and making them his own.

His smooth track “Sweet Love” (Night Shift) that uses elements from The Commodores song “Nightshift” displays the Deejays Singjay capabilities.

Not stopping there, he continues to prove why he holds the title of Dancehall’s most popular artist with his rub a dub hit of Phill Collins “One More Night.” Busy Signal joins Dancehall Icon and mentor Bounty Killer on the hard hitting and thought provoking track “Summn' A Guh Gwaan.” Busy Signal displays the gamut of his abilities from the rapid fire lyrics on “Nuh Fraid” to the inspiring “Peace Reign” track.

A person’s voice is their most powerful asset and Busy Signal’s voice is in its full glory on the ingenious a cappella track “Nuh Boy Caan Buy Wi Out.”

He proves that without a backing instrumental he can hold your attention.

Busy Signal and Major Lazer team up on the amazing iTunes Exclusive track “Pon Me” which is destined for greatness and to ring out in clubs around the globe. D.O.B. is not only the rebirth of Busy Signal it is a rebirth of a new sound and era for Dancehall music. It is the perfect presentation and representation of Dancehall without limits.

Born Reanno Gordon on January 24, 1982, he cultivated his artistry under the watch of dancehall icon Bounty Killer.

With his outstanding mic techniques and restless creativity, Busy became a member of The Alliance-Bounty Killer’s musical powerhouse that spawned dancehall stars like Elephant Man, Mavado and Wayne Marshall.

Busy began to receive widespread attention in 2005 with breakthrough hits like “Born and Grow” & “Step Out.” He continued to gain fans and recognition with the 2008 release of his album Loaded that included the hits “Jail”, “These Are The Days”, “Unknown Number” and “Wine Pon Di Edge” to name a few.

D.O.B. is a pinnacle stage of Busy Signal’s career that’ll spread his gift far and wide, beyond the confines of his original audience.






Singer Ieye overwhelmed by Argentina experience

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A week after coming home from the South American country of Argentina, where she performed on the Pepsi Music Festival held in the capital, Buenos Aires, on October 16, Jamaican reggae singer, Ieye is still revelling in the one-of-a-kind experience.

"There was just something different in the air. Everything and everybody seemed to be saying 'welcome'. The language proved not to be a barrier as love and music are the universal language and there was plenty of that. As we stepped off the plane and go through the airport, is like a barrage of happiness greeted us," Ieye said of her Argentina debut.

"Because people heard me on the radio, some of them just turned up to take pictures and get autographs and tell me they love me and I am their queen," Ieye said, adding that Argentina is "really a reggae-loving land". During that on-air interview session, she performed Mama's Hand and Johnny. Both songs are from her debut Fevergrass album, due next year on Shang Records.

Another treasured moment for Ieye came at the festival, where she performed for 20 minutes in front of a whopping crowd of about 55,000 people - easily the largest crowd to converge on the venue during the three nights of the Pepsi Music Festival.

"The show," she said, her voice brimming with excitement, "was amazing."

"It was as if a higher power took control and it was a totally different Ieye. I was transformed on the stage," she said. Smiling with satisfaction, she added, "My performance was greatly received and I think I left a lasting impact on Argentina."

There was a third surprise when, along with reggae superstar Alborosie, she attended the launch of Rototom in Argentina. Ieye says that with the audience and the press' reaction "it was like a show. Persons were in line to give us presents and do photographs. Imagine, people line up to give you something".

"I am speechless ... . It was like crazy, crazy fun and overwhelming joy," Ieye said, adding that she wants to go back to Argentina very soon. "I feel like Argentina is officially Ieye's own now," she declared. "On my next visit there, I will definitely be able to 'habla espanol'," Ieye said confidently.





8 persons of interest being sought

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The Kingston Eastern Police Division has released the name of eight persons of interest, who they believe are able to assist in their investigations into violence in McWhinney Street in Kingston.

Featured on the list are Mario Davis otherwise called "Bredda Dog" and Quamy Williams.

Others being sought are known only by their alias - "Big Timothy", "Little Timothy", "Mad Dog" and "Ninja".

Also on the list are "Kino" and "Charlie".

These persons are being asked by the police to turn themselves in to the Elletson Road Police Station.

Anyone with information can contact the Elletson Road CIB at 928-4200, the Emergency Numbers 119, 811, 311, or the nearest Police Station.





$80M worth of jewellery stolen from uptown store

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Gunmen made off with about $80 million in jewellery from Kraft Jewellery Limited in Premier Plaza on Constant Spring Road in St. Andrew Thursday morning.

The seven armed men also escaped with $160,000 in cash when they surprised the operators minutes after 9 o'clock, when they opened the store's doors.

It is reported that the about five men gunmen barged into the store and held employees and the manager at gunpoint.

Two other gunmen remained outside the establishment on a motorcycle and a motorcar.

The thieves proceeded to rob the store of cash and jewellery while barking orders at the employees not to alert the police.

A few nearby store operators expressed surprise noting that they were not aware that a robbery was taking place.

The robbers were reportedly in the store for about 10 minutes and exited the store without drawing much attention.

They later fled on the motorbike and in the motorcar.









As more Caribbean artistes branch out into merchandising, a few of dancehall-reggae's best have started an internet-based entrepreneurial venture in the United States, reggaemerch.com.

The newly launched online store hosts a range of dancehall reggae street gear from Busy Signal, Gramps Morgan and Bunji Garlin with a slew of other artistes including Etana, Konshens and the Alliance brand to follow the fast growing trend.

Also available on the reggae online store are lifestyle brands Repja and Cyclothing.

Reggaemerch.com inventory currently consists mainly of t-shirts mainly, but the online inventory will increase shortly to offer a wider variety of products.

Reggaemerch.com ships to more than 190 countries worldwide and offers the option to pay through Western Union for those who do not hold a credit card.





Stop spread rumour pon Beres

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Why people don't stop stop spread rumour pon Beres? Yesterday one website have it up big big how it CONFIRMED that him have throat cancer. But we love how Mervys just come right out immediately and blast them to hell.

Reggae must be the only music form where the media love kill off the artiste dem so. Beres, we glad fi hear seh you alright, caus wid Gregory and Sugar Minott mek him exit inna June and O'Neil from Voicemail dead at the start of the year, we really cyaan tek no more right ya now.






Pastor Paul Lewis flung back in jail

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The new Bail Act has apparently stung renowned televangelist Dr. Paul Lewis, as he was remanded on Wednesday evening; mere hours after he was granted bail in the Savanna-la-Mar Resident Magistrate’s Court in Westmoreland, Jamaica.

This reversal occurred after the prosecution - represented by deputy director of public prosecution (DPP) Dirk Harrison - made an out-of-court appeal that caught the Lewis’ defense team off guard.

Defense attorney Keith Bishop had originally secured bail in the sum of $300,000 before Resident Magistrate Collymore Gordon on the new charges of perversion of the course of justice.

Section 3A of the new Bail Act states that: “where the prosecution intends to appeal the decision to grant bail to a defendant, the prosecution at the conclusion of the proceedings in which the decision was communicated and before the release from the custody of the defendant, give oral notice to the Court of that intention”.

Under the new Bail Act, the Office of the DPP is allowed to make such a request. He also said that the relevant documents had been filed in the Court of Appeal.

New charges were levelled against Dr. Lewis on Wednesday in light of allegations that the pastor paid and arranged to have Nadine Fray – a colleague – coach the girls on what to say in court.





Stephen Marley puts up his house for Buju

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They say good friend is better than pocket money and in deejay Buju Banton's case this is especially true as Stephen Marley has put up his Miami Dade house for bond in an effort to secure his friend Buju Banton's release from the Pinellas County Jail.

Two weeks ago Banton was offered bail with stringent conditions by United States Magistrate, Anthony Porcelli as he awaits a second trial for conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute five or more kilogrammes of cocaine.

One of the conditions stipulated that Banton had to secure a US$250,000 bond which was co-signed by his friend Joseph Chavalier, who had put up his St Petersburg home as security for the bond.

However, an appraisal of Chavalier's property revealed that its value was less than the US$250,000.

Stephen Marley then stepped up to fill the breach and has offered his house as security.

"Mr Myrie hereby notifies the Court that Stephen Marley, well-known entertainer and son of Bob Marley, and his wife Kertia DeCosta Marley, are willing to substitute as the signator for the bond in lieu of Mr Chavalier. His property is located in Miami-Dade county and has an approximate equity of $350,000.

As evidence, Mr Myrie will provide the Court with a recent appraisal of the residence, a title search, a copy of deed and mortgages, outstanding mortgage balances, and affidavits from Mr Marley and his wife," court documents filed by Markus stated.

Banton, whose real name is Mark Myrie, is set to return to the US Gibbons Court today to show that he has met the bail requirements.

He must wear a tracking device and must have a security detail at all times. Under US law, the defendant must bear the cost of the security detail.

Myrie has contacted two private security companies willing to provide the service but they have been rejected by lead prosecutor James Preston who contends that the detail must include off-duty police officers.

But Markus contends that hiring off-duty cops is too expensive and is an additional burden to his client.

A representative of the security companies, the Florida Agency Of Investigations Inc based in Key Largo, Florida, will be present at the hearing today.

The other company is Guardian Professional Security, which is located in Hollywood, Florida.

If Banton secures bail his attorney will immediately seek a bond in the Immigration Court as his entertainment visa was revoked upon his arrest.

He will also have to sign an extradition waiver.






Careful how you mix those energy drinks

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Yardflex has been checking out some rumours regarding the energy drink and alcohol. Unofficially we have heard about at least six deaths where rum and energy drinks have been mixed.


The latest we are now seeing is a report in the yesterday’s Star where two men died under suspicious circumstances in Lawrence Tavern after attending a drink up event.


According to the story the men were among a group at the event when they became ill after drinking the mixture. Two of the men are said to have died later while another was hospitalised. Another man is said to have been ill after the event.
Mixing energy drink with rum is living dangerously.





Obviously Hollywood has run out of ideas.

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The only way we would even consider this to be a good idea would be if Michael Jackson himself were starring in the film, and we all know that the chances of that happening are… well… It ain’t happening.

We’d rather see the long-overdue-and-still-not-in-the-works DVD release of the Making Of Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” home video.





Scenes from Hennesey Fridays

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Alicia Keys took to her blog to gush about her new baby boy today, October 26, almost two weeks after his birth.

The new mom posted a letter to her fans singing the praises of her son and expressing her amazement at the miracle of life.

“Every moment is beautiful; delicious even! Every moment I’m learning and living in a way I never have before. Being present in a way I never have before. Existing in moments I never have before.

Never have I felt so calm, so purposeful in taking the time to truly observe the world around me, to live in it fully and watch it, discuss it, put time toward it. It feels really incredible – so peaceful, so complete and long overdue.

I’m grown, I’m confident, I’m secure, and so blessed to be these things.

I’m most enamored with anatomy at this point. The miracle of the human body. The ability to create all these small amazing machines of veins, capillaries, digestive systems, eyes, ears and noses.

I can spend HOURS looking at one little EAR! Have u ever noticed how complex just an ear is?

A tiny maze of art. It may sound silly but it’s so true. Or a heartbeat? Everyday we wake up and in some way, take for granted the fact that this beautiful pulsating organ in our body is the reason, and yet now that’s all I can think of…

And breath; invisible as it may be, how necessary!

Ain’t it true that things we really can’t see are of the greatest importance?

I’ve never seen a more beautiful face in my LIFE! The most perfect eyes and beautiful nose, the sweetest lips and skin so soft and kissable!

Never have I felt such disbelief, such awe, humility, godliness, such strength, power and possibility.

I’ve never believed in greatness and the never ending Higher Power more than now!

And I can’t believe he’s mine!









Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” music-video-slash-short film changed the game upon its release in 1983.

27 years after its release, talks are underway that may turn the 14 minute music video into a full length feature film.

According to Deadline.com, the film idea is being shopped around to a few interested parties.

I’m told that GK Films is in active negotiations to acquire a package for a film that is being fashioned around his groundbreaking hit song Thriller.

The film, which has been quietly shopped over the past several weeks by Real Effects Entertainment, has Kenny Ortega attached to direct, and The Hangover scribe Jeremy Garelick to write the screenplay. While GK is in the driver’s seat, I’m told that Fox 2000, Mandate/Lionsgate and Summit Entertainment are all in the mix on what will shape up as a pricey rights deal, but which will turn out to be a film budgeted at under $50 million.

Plot is being kept under wraps but I understand it has to do with the song’s folklore, involving Vincent Price and the town he grew up in.

All of this deal making is subject to a deal being completed with Jackson’s estate, but that has been in the works for some time and is expected to be sealed. Thriller songwriter Rod Temperton is also in the mix.







Young Buck is breathing a sigh of relief after the IRS canceled an auction of his possessions that were seized during a raid on his home earlier this year.

Thousands of dollars worth of recording equipment, jewelry, clothing, and other items were to go on the auction block on Thursday.

Buck’s attorney filed suit earlier this week in an attempt to stop the auction stating that Buck would sell real estate worth over $638,000 to pay his debt.





Jookie jam in the clear

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Popular comedian Jookie Jam has reasons to be thanking his lucky stars are he was freed in the Magistrate's Court yesterday.

The comedian, whose real name is Stead Flash, was told by Resident Magistrate Simone Maddix that the Crown failed in its bid to have a prima facie case against him

Flash's lawyer, Christopher Townsend, agreed and told the court that from the onset his client was innocent.

The comedian's appearance in court stems from an incident where persons claimed to have paid over US$60,000 ($5,160,000) to a company in which he was a director. He was charged along with Dericia Smith and Sophia Wilson who are to return to court on December 7.

The court learnt that in September 2009, money was paid to Nu Kru Recruitment Company in Portmore, St Catherine, by persons seeking jobs. It is alleged that they did not get any jobs and the money was not returned.

Still it is hard when people spend their money in that way and there is nothing to show.





Pastor Lewis faces more charges

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Charges of perverting the course of justice were laid against Jamaican-born American evangelist Paul Lewis when he appeared in the Westmoreland Circuit Court on Wednesday.

Lewis is accused of sexually assaulting two teenaged girls at a hotel in Westmoreland.

Prosecutors say they have evidence to suggest that individuals close to the accused contacted the alleged victims and offered them money to change their accounts of the incidents which led to the charge against the preacher.

Despite this new revelation, Pastor Lewis was granted $300,000 bail and is to return to the Westmoreland Resident Magistrate's court on November 3 and the Circuit Court on November 11.

His travel documents were taken and he must not make contact with the girls involved in the cases.

Mr. Lewis, who is the head of the Paul Lewis Ministries, was charged on June 17 last year.

At that time the pastor, was in Jamaica on the invitation of a local church Ministry.





Will Buju Banton make bail before December trial?

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Will Jamaican reggae star Buju Banton make bail before his December trial?

The judge in the case has expressed his reservations following the prosecutors being given more time to appeal the judgment of the Florida court and the need for the entertainer to appear in front of an immigration judge.



Prosecutors have five days to appeal the judgment of the court, which has said Stephen Marley, son of reggae legend Bob Marley, should be allowed to put his house up as bond for Buju, whose given name is Mark Myrie.



The court ruled yesterday that Marley, who was attempting to replace Buju's friend, Joseph Chavalier, as co-signer to the bond should be accepted.



Buju's lawyer, David Markus, also put forward two security companies which would ensure the entertainers house arrest is upheld. That submission was also accepted by the court.



It became necessary fo r Marley to replace Chavalier after it came to light that the value of the latter's home could not cover the US$250,000 bond.

Marley and his wife, Kertia DeCosta Marley, have US$350,000 equity in their home.

Porcelli also set new conditions for Buju's bail.



A security company must also put up a separate US$25,000 bond, to keep Buju on house arrest at his home in Tamarac, South Florida, fit him with a GPS monitor and install new locks and an alarm system at his house. Buju is not to be provided with the keys or the alarm code.










Tributes have been pouring in for the late "Cool Ruler" Gregory Isaacs, one of which came from legendary producer Lowell Dunbar, more populary known as "Sly Dunbar".



Dunbar said "Gregory’s voice and writing ability was wicked."



"He was one of those soulful singers you could sit and listen to for hours," he added.



Isaacs teamed up with Sly Dunbar who is one half of the duo, Sly and Robbie, one of reggae's most prolific and long lasting production teams, for several hit songs including Soon Forward and What a feeling.





Sean Paul to perform in Cayman November 5

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Reggae artiste Sean Paul will light up the stage at Royal Palms in the Cayman Islands on November 5.



The Jamaican dancehall act exploded onto the international music scene in 2002 with his breakout hit Gimme The Light and has not slowed down since.



His debut album Dutty Rock went multi-platinum and earned him a Grammy award for Best Reggae Album in 2004.



Sean Paul's next album The Trinity released in 2005 also went platinum.



It led off with the top 10 single We Be Burnin', followed by the number 1 smash Temperature.
The Jamaican is again stoking the flames with his latest album, Imperial Blaze, which was launched in 2009.

The Kingston-born rhyme slinger has already sold more than 10 million albums worldwide, and has become the most successful Jamaican artist of all time on the US charts - spurred by a trio of #1 pop singles, and five top ten hits.



He is also the second biggest selling Jamaican artist of all time behind the legendary Bob Marley.





The Daily Word -FREE-Thursday, October 28, 2010

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I let go of the need to be in control, and I am free.
Believing that I must control the situation at hand may leave me feeling tense and burdened. Prayer helps me release these overwhelming feelings.

In prayer I remember that there is only God, and God is in control. I shift my thoughts to the good and release control. This is not my burden to carry. I am not in charge of other people or situations. I am not in control of another's life or behavior. I thank God for restoring me to peace.

As my thoughts quiet, my concerns dissipate. I gratefully affirm that with God all things are possible. I let go of the need to be in control, and I am free.

Out of my distress I called on the Lord; the Lord answered me and set me in a broad place.--Psalm 118:5





Jay-Z Speaks On Beyonce’s Fake Pregnancy

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After Beyonce and Hov’s latest pregnancy rumor, Jay decided to put an end to the 5th rumor himself. He released this statement.Jay-Z and Beyonce:


“It’s not going to happen. I’m just shooting down the rumors before they start. They do that every slow news day.

This is like the fifth time. I think we have five kids now,” he said. No truth, but I wonder when people will stop giving it relevance? You can’t do the same subject. At least change the subject, they have to find a new one.”






T.I. Ordered Back To Federal Prison By November 1st.

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ATLANTA — Federal authorities have ordered rapper T.I. to report directly to a federal prison in Arkansas by Nov. 1 to start serving his 11-month prison sentence.


U.S. Marshal Beverly Harvard on Tuesday ordered T.I., whose real name is Clifford Harris Jr., to report to the Forrest City low-security prison where he served parts of an earlier 10-month stint on federal weapons charges.

A federal judge in Atlanta sentenced the rapper this month to serve another 11 months in prison for breaking his federal probation after he was arrested Sept. 1 in Los Angeles on drug charges.

Prosecutors in Los Angeles said Monday they will not file a felony drug charge against the rapper.








United States R&B singer Kenneth 'Babyface' Edmonds is set to perform at National Indoor Sports Centre on November 13.

This is a benefit concert organized by United Way with the hope of raising awareness and money.

The show will be produced by Turnkey Productions and will be a signature event in the series of activities taking place during United Way Week from November 8 to 14 which commemorates 25 years of service in Jamaica.

Edmonds is a 10-time Grammy winner with 11 solo albums.

His music has crossed several boundaries and genres, as he has written and produced songs for many artistes including Prince, Al Green, Beyoncé, Diana Ross, Toni Braxton, Michael Jackson, Michael Bolton, Paula Abdul, Tevin Campbell, Bobby Brown, Whitney Houston, Brandy, Mary J Blige, Janet Jackson, Celine Dion, Mariah Carey, Madonna, Kenny G, and Lil Wayne, among others.

According to Marcia McDonnough, Marketing Manager of Turnkey Productions and volunteer on the Communications Committee of the United Way, Mr. Edmonds is an ideal icon to help to celebrate the establishment of an organisation such as the United Way of Jamaica.

"In trying to assist the United Way in planning their celebratory and fund-raising activities for this year, it seemed like a perfect match.

A superstar such as Kenny 'Babyface' Edmonds, who is so well loved in Jamaica, would naturally be able to help us not only raise funds, but also help to raise the awareness for the work that is done by this organisation.

We also know that many persons missed seeing him at the Jazz and Blues Festival and so this is the perfect opportunity for all his fans to come out and spend an evening with him," she said.

Jamaican Diana King, well known for her first hit single Shy Guy, will also perform at the show, providing a thrill to fans who have not seen her in perform locally for some time.

Fast-rising group Nomaddz and the Silver Bird Steel Orchestra, well known especially on the North Coast for their exciting and stimulating performances, and for twice winning the World Championship of the Performing Arts, join the line-up along with Abdel Wright.





Stephen Marley prepared to post bail for Buju Banton

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Stephen Marley, son of music legend Bob Marley, has reportedly offered to post his South Florida home as bond to get reggae star Buju Banton out of jail.

According to the Tampa Tribune newspaper, Buju's attorney Tuesday notified a Florida Court of the offer.

The property is valued at US$350,000.

The newspaper says outstanding matters relating to bail granted to the entertainer, whose given name is Mark Myrie, will be heard today in court.

Stephen Marley is a Grammy winner who beat Buju for best reggae album this year.

As a non-citizen of the United States, the Immigration Court will have to decide if Buju can remain in the US as an undocumented resident since his visa was revoked at the time of his arrest.





Probation for Bob Marley’s youngest child

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The youngest child of reggae legend Bob Marley will spend seven years on probation for growing marijuana in her Chester County home in Pennsylvania in the United States.

A judge offered 29-year-old Makeda Jahnesta Marley a choice on Tuesday: a shorter prison term or a long stint on probation.

She opted for the latter and risks being jailed if she violates her probation terms.

Miss Marley was arrested in 2008 after police said they found her removing plants from her basement in Caln Township when officers arrived on a domestic-dispute call.

She pleaded guilty in September.

Marley's probation calls for her to undergo random drug tests and stay away from drug users.





Ity and Fancy Cat new tune Tan Deh Deh

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Comedic duo Ity and Fancy Cat are at it again, this time they have recorded a song on a popular skit that came on their show.

In the skit the maid used the slang Tan Deh Deh. It has now become a popular slang on the streets – so much so that the duo could not resist putting it into a song. Check it out.





Bail extended for Sharon Marley

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Sharon Marley, the daughter of Reggae King Bob Marley, had her bail extended when she appeared in the Family Court to answer to child cruelty charges yesterday morning.

Marley was arrested and charged after the mother of a six-year-old boy who attends a learning centre she operates lodged a complaint with the police that Marley had physically abused her child.

The child was reportedly playing with a toy when Marley allegedly carried him inside a room. Shortly after the child was heard screaming.

It is also alleged that the child had bruises and bite marks.

The boy, who is autistic, is the son of a woman who works at the learning centre which is located at Lady Musgrave Road.

Marley was ordered to return to court on November 8.

Family Court cases are en camera trials which means the media and members of the public are barred.





Dogs kill 3-year-old

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We have to admit we could not control the anger after reading about the three-year-old girl who was bitten to death by dogs in St Catherine.


It is sad that the mother left the child in the care of a relative and went to work thinking that her baby was in good hands.


Can you imagine the shock and heartbreak when the news broke that that relative left the house – leaving the child alone so much so that the child wandered outside and was attacked by dogs from a nearby yard.


Our hearts bleed, how that little child must have been crying out from the vicious attack of the dogs. That relative must have been really far away not to have heard the noise and commotion. What bout neighbours, didn’t they find the sounds strange and want to see what was really happening?


What about the dog owners, if he knew the dogs were vicious, why weren’t they chained or locked up?


It is a sad situation all around, the only reality coming out of this mess is that a little innocent angel’s life has been lost.
May we take better care of our children.






A who tief Chino’s identity?

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Entertainer Chino is the latest victim to experience identity theft.


This caused widespread concern, after an email making rounds suggested that the BIGSHIP Singjay is stuck in the UK after losing his credit cards and passport and is desperately in need of funds.


Chino who reveals that he’s not such predicament, is warning fans, friends and the media that the claims are fraudulent. The Sinjay says that his email account was hacked and it is all a scam.





Lady Saw wants a baby?

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It’s been all over the gossip mill, ever since Lady Saw tweeted that she wants to try again in her quest for a child.


The singjay says she is her own big woman and expressed her desire for a child and her intention to try again. Well one thing we can say about Saw she is living out what her album says “My Way”.

You go girl, we wish you all the best in your quest to bear a child…although we still think you are already a great mom.









The New York-based VP Records has hailed reggae giant, Gregory Isaacs, who passed away on Monday, as a musical legend.


The reggae community mourns the loss of one of its legends, Gregory Isaacs. Best known for his lovers' rock anthems, the versatile and velvet-voiced crooner was recognized by the international masses for his talent and contribution to music for decades, and remains an icon for the genre.


Isaacs was born on July 15, 1951 in Kingston, Jamaica and gained appeal and acclaim in the 1970s and 1980s for hits such as "Night Nurse" and "Rumors." Nicknamed the 'Cool Ruler' by his fans, Isaacs pioneered his own sound by fusing traditional reggae with dancehall, thereby reinventing the genre and expanding its global fan base into what it is today.


"Gregory Isaacs leaves behind an iconic history and catalog that is unparalleled," reveals VP Records CEO, Christopher Chin. "He devoted his entire life to music and his memory will forever live on with us - through his music and the legacy he leaves behind. We mourn the loss of this legend."


Isaacs fought a year-long battle with lung cancer before passing away on October 25, 2010 at his home in London, at the age of 59. Condolences and prayers go out to his family and loved ones during this trying time, VP Records stated in its release.









• RICHIE SPICE, CHUCK FENDA, JOHN HOLT TO PERFORM

Cultural singer Richie Spice and Chuck Fenda, two of the acts who were initially signed to the Fifth Element Records when the label was first established years ago will join Guyanese roots singer Natural Blacks, veteran singer John "1000 Volts" Holt, Ky-enie, Jessie Jendah, Spanner Banner, Tony Curtis, Kristopher and Boom Blast at the 10 anniversary celebration for the label in New York later this month

The two-day celebration, which will be a reunion of sorts for Spice and Fenda, will kick off on Saturday, October 30 at the C-Pac in Brooklyn and will close out on Sunday, October 31 with another massive concert at Macedonia Hall in Mt. Vernon, New York.
"We are exited about this milestone celebration and thrilled that Richie and Fenda - two of the acts that were there when we initially launched the Fifth Element vision years ago - are able to join our current artiste Natural Black for this historic occasion. " Devon Wheatley, CEO of Fifth Element Record and event producer commented.

Wheatley said the New York promotions team is working feverishly to ensure that the weekend of activities will be one of total enjoyment.

"Everyone is definitely hyped and ready to have a marvelous time and with the bevy of stars we have lined up, we are expecting this to be a massive celebration" he said.

Wheatley expressed joy in working with Richie again and gives credit to the Rastafarian sing-jay for what he has accomplished in his career.

“It is rare that you find someone with Richie’s extraordinary voice and, potent writing ability, yet so humble and disciplined. Through guidance and good management, his skills have been honed to achieve musical greatness and we are pleased to have contributed to his success and happy to have him booked for this 10th anniversary concert" he commented.

The laid back reggae crooner who has won several local and international awards over the years remains grounded despite his international success.

"If I get awards for putting out music that is loved and appreciated by the masses, it’s not the objective, just merely one of the rewards” he said.

When questioned on his ability to maintain clean lyrical content despite the onslaught by dancehall artistes, he said "It is the conscious positive vibes that will uplift those who are socially and economically downtrodden and provide the youth who are particularly vulnerable, with the hope they need."







International reggae singer Gramps Morgan could not contain his excitement when he broke the news that his facebook and website www.grampsmorgan.com have both enjoyed a 100 per cent increase in visitors compared to earlier weeks.

The increased traffic he credits to the international exposure garnered from snagging the "Best Reggae Artiste" nomination at the Soul Train Awards.

“Our numbers have gone up dramatically since the nominations were announced on Monday, October 18. There is real enthusiasm in the market for reggae right now and I am grateful for the nomination and looking to benefit from exposure opportunities like these" he said.

Gramps has been having a world wind year since launching his solo career in 2009. Aside for the Soul Train nomination, he has won numerous awards including "Album of the Year" at the Reggae Music Appreciation Awards in Toronto; Album of the year (EME), Best New Entertainer, Best Song (Wash The Tears) and Best Cross Over (Therapy) at the IRAWMA in New York.

"I'm so excited and overwhelmed by the success that I have enjoyed since launching my solo career. The Soul Train nomination is is my first mainstream nomination which makes it all the better" he said

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Last year, Sean Paul walked away with the Soul Train Award, the very first time the category was introduced at the ceremony. This year's event, which again take place in Atlanta, will be hosted by Terrence Howard and Taraji P. Henson and will air on Centric and BET TV Sunday, November 28, 2010. This year's celebration will honor not only current movers and shakers but veterans Anita Baker and Ronald Isley.

His achievements this year has no doubt brought enormous pride to Jamaicans at home and in the Diaspora. Aside from winning awards, he toured with Grammy winners India Arie and John Legend and performed at back to back, sold out events at the World famous Madison Square Gardens in New York.

He then electrified over 15,000 reggae fans at the Queen's Park Savannah in Soca country Trinidad and roused thousands more with astonishing performances on his European summer tour with brother Peetah Morgan. Earlier this year, he and his management company Dada Son Entertainment formed a charity organization called Music Orchestrating Miracles (MOM).

"Music has the power to move, inspire, heal, and to bring people together like no other art form. It makes miracles happen every day and has the power to change lives. Through the power of music, MOM seeks to bring people together to impact those in need, creating miracles both big and small" he said.





Scenes from Street Vybez Thursdays Oct 21 2010

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Janet Jackson Denies Engagement On Air

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Janet Jackson appeared on ABC’s “Good Morning America” to deny recent rumors that she is engaged.

Though her intention was to promote the upcoming Tyler Perry drama “For Colored Girls,” the candid interview with Robin Roberts soon took a turn to her love life.

During the interview, Janet explained how she learned of “For Colored Girls” by visiting her brother Michael when he appeared in The Wiz on Broadway, and how she played such a passionate role in the film.

Of her boyfriend Wissam Al Mana, she said, “He’s a very private man, so I don’t talk about our relationship.






Khago - Keeping it real

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Fast rising artiste Khago has been busy making a name for himself on the music scene. With his hard hitting social commentaries and songs that tell it like it is, the cultural deejay is ready to mark his name amongst the best of the best.

As much as he is now embraced as a cultural artiste, it has not always been this way for him. He will be the first to tell you that when he just started out, he wasn’t so particular on what he recorded. Well, to be honest, he never really took music that seriously.


According to Khago, with age comes maturity and with it comes the realization that music can’t be just about putting anything out there.



"The more you grow up, you become more responsible,", adding that this maturity has now seen him embracing the positive side of the music.

For Khago, it's all about appealing to the masses. He says doing conscious music is the best thing.

"It doesn't make sense doing it for one set in the matches box. Music is a global thing. I sing music for the white collar and the barefoot man; it must be balanced. I'm doing music to uplift Jamaica and the world itself," he pointed out.

Born Ricardo Gayle, ‘Chicago' also popularly known as 'Cago or Khago' is no stranger to the local music scene. In 2006 he placed third in the Jamaica Cultural Development Commissions' annual Popular Song Contest with his entry "only if you know" with which he also won best video. He re-entered the contest in 2007 with a song entitled 'Been There'; the song is a very mellow lovers rock which expresses his emotions of gratitude and abundant love for a significant other who has stayed by his side through difficulties and while facing severe adversity.

The song received very favorable rotation on radio stations in Jamaica and the video has also been received a lot of attention. He has consistently been one of the crowd favorites at all the JCDC road shows and is greatly admired by the young people (especially the ladies) for all his performances he has delivered during the school tours organized by the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission.

At the end of the competition he placed 2nd in the contest with the single "been there”, produced by himself and Dillon Reid, but has not considered it as a loss but as a growing process. He has since then been focusing on taking his career to the next step as a professional recording artist bent on delivering uplifting and entertaining music to the world.


Khago is presently enjoying a big buzz on the scene with the red hot single Nah Sell Out.









High Commissioner to the United Kingdom (UK), Anthony Johnson, on Monday (October 25), expressed condolence at the death of veteran Jamaican singer, Gregory Isaacs.

Johnson described Isaacs as an outstanding talent who did much to bring Jamaican music to an international audience.

"He had a very smooth romantic voice that was able to be entertaining in any genre of music. It is our good fortune that he chose the medium of reggae where he became famous as the 'Cool Ruler'."

Mr. Isaacs, who died at his home in London today, had been suffering from a serious illness for sometime. In 2006 at a special event held at the Jamaican High Commission in London, he launched a special collection of love songs to mark his 30th anniversary in music.

The High Commissioner said Mr. Isaacs faced many challenges, but remained committed writing and performing good music with a positive message.

"He was loved by many people, his fans and his family, and he worked hard to make sure he delivered the quality music that people all over the world enjoyed. I offer deepest condolence to his family and friends," Mr. Johnson said.





About 120 jobs could be lost in Carib Cement cuts

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As many as 120 workers at Caribbean Cement Company Limited could lose their jobs when the cement manufacturer carries out a planned redundancy exercise.

According to a report on RJR News Caribbean Cement has been prepping some 80 workers from all categories of permanent staff for cuts.

A further 40 casual workers are likely to be let go.

When contacted, Caribbean Cement Company said they will not comment on the amount of jobs being targeted to be cut.

However, the company reiterated that the redundancy exercise will form part of an effort to cut its fixed costs by 20%.

The expectation is that the job cuts will start taking place as early as Friday, but at least one union official said his organisation has yet to receive all the documentation that usually accompany redundancy exercises.

"I have not received any listing of person or category of workers as yet.

There is a number being bandied around, but that is not confirmed. We are of the view that the (redundancy) list must be properly perused and all the legal aspects of it must be clearly followed (as) people losing their jobs is never easy to deal with.

We would rather find other mitigating circumstances to use but the company is clearly suggesting that it is in serious crisis," Granville Valentine, Vice President of the National Workers Union said in an interview with the station.

Last month, Caribbean Cement announced the planned redundancy exercise saying it had been hit badly by the downturn in the economy which was exacerbated by duty waivers on imported cement and dumped cement from the Dominican Republic.





Gregory finally got the peace he was seeking

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Yesterday Gregory’s widow Linda was on air with the BBC new and she said her husband may not have gotten the peace he was seeking in life, but he has now finally found the peace he was seeking.

She said he died peacefully at their London home. “He went peacefully, very peacefully; he had been pain-free for weeks and passed on surrounded by his family, including children and grandchildren,” she stated.

She continued: “We were expecting it, he hung on for over a week... he hasn’t suffered; Gregory has found peace finally, a peace he never had while on Earth,” she said.

She said that Gregory, also known as the ‘Cool Ruler’, was only diagnosed with cancer in August of this year. However, he had been ailing from problems with his knees and had difficulty walking.

When asked what was her lasting memory of her late husband, Mrs Isaacs said that there were too many, but said he was a wonderful person who was misjudged by many.









The drug case against T.I. that has sent him back to federal prison has been dropped by the L.A. County District Attorney.


The rap star was recently sentenced to 11 months in federal prison, after police stopped him for making an illegal U-turn on the Sunset Strip in Los Angeles on September 1st.

When police approached the car, they allegedly smelled marijuana. A search of the occupants of the car found the rapper and his wife, Tameka “Tiny” Cottle in possession of the drug ecstasy.

Police never booked any of the marijuana they allegedly smelled into evidence and LAPD officers allegedly pulled the rapper out of his $250,000 Maybach before they asked for any registration or identification.

The D.A.’s office said that since the rapper was sentenced to federal prison for violating his probation, there was no need for the state to pursue the charges.





Report: Mariah Carey Is Pregnant With a Baby Boy

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Although Mariah Carey and husband Nick Cannon are still playing coy about her growing belly, the couple are reportedly having a baby boy, HollyBaby reports.

"She's having a boy, but the reason that Mariah didn't want to say anything is because she is 40, and she's superstitious," the source said. "But she's going to appear on 'Oprah' and 'The View,' so she's planning on making the announcement soon."

While the couple, who wed in 2008, has yet to confirm the news, sources close to the singer tell PopEater the 40-year-old diva is indeed pregnant.

In June, Carey abruptly dropped out of Tyler Perry's new film, setting off speculation that the singer was expecting. Her rep quickly squashed the reports at the time.

Cannon has been the most vocal about the rumors, hinting that the couple's first child is on the way.

"I've said it before and I'll say it time and time again -- when my wife feels like talking about whatever she wants to talk about, you will hear it directly from her," Cannon said on his radio show in August. "There's a certain time limit that you're supposed to wait before you actually can officially say that you are."

The pair have not been shy when it comes to talking about babies. According to PEOPLE, Canon has been vocal about wanting to start a family. "We're going to do it," he said in March 2009.

We anxiously await the final word from Mariah!





Producer Sly Dunbar praises Gregory Isaacs

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Gregory Isaacs, the Jamaican reggae singer whose smooth style earned him the nickname "Cool Ruler," has died. He was 59.


Isaacs had been diagnosed with lung cancer a year ago, but continued performing until weeks before his death.


His wife Linda said Isaacs was "well-loved by everyone, his fans and his family, and he worked really hard to make sure he delivered the music they loved and enjoyed."


Born in a Kingston, Jamaica slum in 1951, Isaacs began recording in his teens, and went on to produce scores of albums .


With his sinuous baritone and romantic songs, Isaacs became a leading proponent of the mellow "Lovers Rock" style of reggae. He hit his stride in the mid-1970s with ballads like "Love is Overdue" and "All I Have Is Love."


Later that decade he teamed up with the Jamaican production duo of Sly Dunbar and Robbie Shakespeare for several hit songs including "Soon Forward" and "What A Feeling."


"Gregory's voice and writing ability was wicked. He was one of those soulful singers you could sit and listen to for hours," Dunbar said in a story carried by The Associated Press.


Isaacs was best known internationally for the title song from his 1982 album "Night Nurse," a club favourite which later became a hit for Simply Red.


His career was stalled by a cocaine habit that landed him in jail on several occasions. Isaacs said ruefully in 2007 that he'd gone to "Cocaine High School ... the greatest college ever, but the most expensive school fee ever paid."


Drug abuse took a toll on his voice but he kept making music, releasing a well-received final album, "Brand New Me," in 2008.


Suggs, lead singer of reggae-influenced British band Madness, said the dapper, fedora-sporting Isaacs was "a great reggae artist and also one of the most sartorially elegant stars on the world stage."





Buju back in court tomorrow

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International reggae superstar, Mark 'Buju Banton' Myrie will be heading back to the Sam M Gibbons Federal Court for the matter of his bail bond to be reviewed by Magistrate Judge Anthony E Porcelli tomorrow.


According to reports, the four-time Grammy nominee and his legal team are in a disagreement with the prosecution over the security company they want to hire for Banton’s round-the-clock security detail.


As part of his bail conditions, it was stipulated that Banton be placed under house arrest, have a 24-hour security detail, at his expense, and wear an electronic monitoring device. The security detail is to ensure that Banton does not violate the terms of his house arrest.


Judge Porcelli had also ruled that the government agree with whatever security arrangement Banton is putting in place.


Buju Banton was offered bail in the sum of $250,000 bail after his cocaine and gun trial ended in September with a hung jury.







God fulfills my heart's desire. I am well satisfied.
William Shakespeare said, "He is well paid that is well satisfied."

What brings me satisfaction? A good meal? A job well done? Acknowledgment from my employer? All of these are wonderful, but they may not leave me feeling "well paid."

In order to be satisfied with anything, I must first be satisfied with myself. I achieve that satisfaction by remembering that I am a child of God.

I give thanks that God supplies my every need, fills my heart and mind with a sense of well-being, and enfolds me continually in goodness and light. In this awareness, I am truly well satisfied and well paid.

With appreciation, I acknowledge God as the Source of all things good.

My God will fully satisfy every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus.--Philippians 4:19





REGGAE MOURNS THE LOSS OF A LEGEND - GREGORY ISAACS

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Reggae Singer Passes Away in London from Lung Cancer
Gregory Isaacs
[July 15, 1951 - October 25, 2010]


October 25, 2010

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

(VP RECORDS, NEW YORK) - The reggae community mourns the loss of one of its legends, Gregory Isaacs. Best known for his lovers' rock anthems, the versatile and velvet-voiced crooner was recognized by the international masses for his talent and contribution to music for decades, and remains an icon for the genre.

Isaacs was born on July 15, 1951 in Kingston, Jamaica andgained appeal and acclaim in the 1970s and 1980s for hits such as "Night Nurse" and "Rumors." Nicknamed the 'Cool Ruler' by his fans, Isaacs pioneered his own sound by fusing traditional reggae with dancehall, thereby reinventing the genre and expanding its global fan base into what it is today.

"Gregory Isaacs leaves behind an iconic history and catalog that is unparalleled," reveals VP Records CEO, Christopher Chin. "He devoted his entire life to music and his memory will forever live on with us - through his music and the legacy he leaves behind."

Isaacs fought a year-long battle with lung cancer before passing away on October 25, 2010 at his home in London, at the age of 59. Condolences and prayers go out to his family and loved ones during this trying time.

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Arther Guiness Greatness Show Jam_national stadium

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Photos By: MILTON RAYNOR





Cholera outbreak in Haiti

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A cholera outbreak that already has left 250 people dead and more than 3,000 sickened is at the doorstep of an enormous potential breeding ground: the squalid camps in Port-au-Prince where 1.3 million earthquake survivors live.

Health authorities and aid workers are scrambling to keep the tragedies from merging and the deaths from multiplying.

Five cholera patients have been reported in Haiti's capital, heightening worries that the disease could reach the sprawling tent slums where abysmal hygiene, poor sanitation, and widespread poverty could rapidly spread it.

But government officials said Sunday that all five apparently got cholera outside Port-au-Prince, and they voiced hope that the deadly bacterial disease could be confined to the rural areas where the outbreak originated last week.

"It's not difficult to prevent the spread to Port-au-Prince. We can prevent it," said Health Ministry director Gabriel Timothee.

He said tightly limiting movement of patients and careful disposal of bodies can stave off a major medical disaster.

If efforts to keep cholera out of the camps fail, "The worst case would be that we have hundreds of thousands of people getting sick at the same time," said Claude Surena, president of the Haiti Medical Association. Cholera can cause vomiting and diarrhea so severe it can kill from dehydration in hours.

Doctors Without Borders issued a statement saying that some Port-au-Prince residents were suffering from watery diarrhea and were being treated at facilities in the capital city.

Cholera infection among the patients had not been confirmed, however, and aid workers stressed that diarrhea has not been uncommon in Port-au-Prince since the earthquake.





Guinness Greatness was really great

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We love how Beenie and Bounty show unity over at the Guinness show Saturday night. The segment was the highlight of the show and the two of them really delivered, and when Bounty bring up Cham, it was all over --- hand in the air and excess amount of gun finger. Stadium field nearly sink. But the other acts did gwaan good to. Wyclef did wicked and we love Shaggy, Lady Saw and Wayne Wonder.

But Freddy McGregor mash it up; Chino and Stephen gwaan good to, but Freddy tek it over the young turks this time. Freddy haffi pull up him tune dem two times and it was real real forward, no hype ting. Big Ship captain, we salute you. The people dem love you bad.





Cops still hunting for 2 men from West Kingston

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The police are reporting that the two men named as persons of interest in the West Kingston division remain at large.

Detectives from the division are seeking Ernesta Keiting, otherwise called ‘Damion’ and a man only known by the alias ‘Woody’.

The police say Keiting, who is of Harris Street in Rose Town, Kingston 13, is about six feet tall, of dark complexion, slim build, with a long face and a straight nose.

‘Woody’ is said to be about five feet seven inches tall, of slim build and dark complexion.

The police say Keiting and ‘Woody’ should turn themselves in to the Tivoli Gardens Police Post or the Denham Town Police Station.

The men are wanted for questioning in relation to crimes committed within the West Kingston police division.






$200 million judgement for Skeng Don

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Businessman and People’s National Party activist, Kenneth 'Skeng Don' Black has reportedly been awarded $200 million in a default judgement by the Supreme Court against the Housing Agency of Jamaica (HAJ). However, the matter will be appealed by the agency.

Black’s company, Black Brothers Ltd, took the agency to court in May 2009 to recover money that he said was owed to him for construction work done under the PNP administration.

Black, in a rare interview, said the case came out of a "personal thing" against him

"It's some sort of victimisation," he said.

Black sued the Housing Agency in a bid to recover over $200 million, which he said was owed to him for work done on construction projects.

He undertook several projects for the Government during the administrations of P J Patterson and Portia Simpson Miller, stretching from the 1990s. They have worked with several Provident Societies under the Operation Pride programme, most of which the then NHDC managed and financed.

The main job for which he is owed is the Whitehall housing project near Negril in Westmoreland.

Both parties will return to court in December to present arguments.








As tributes pour in for the late Gregory Isaacs, the captain of the Big Ship, veteran singer Freddy McGregor, has sent condolences to the family of the late reggae superstar.

In an interview with Irie FM’s Ron Muschette this morning, Freddy said he was sad to hear about the passing of Gregory.

“I saw Gregory two weeks ago in London and he was in high spirits. He made us laugh and despite him being sick we shared a good time. The Big Ship family regrets his passing,” he said.

Gregory Isaacs reportedly passed away this morning in England from cancer which had spread over his entire body.

Gregory is best known for the song Night Nurse and has a rich, extensive catalogue of reggae hits. Reports are that his body will be flown back to Jamaica by the end of this week and a committee has been established by the government and the family to handle funeral arrangements for the reggae legend.







Christina Milian wrote an e-mail to her ex-husband The-Dream’s mistress.

The mistress, named Melissa Santiago, used to be Christina’s friend, but began a relationship with The-Dream while he was still married.

In the e-mails back and forth, Milian mentions that Santiago’s actions we’re inappropriate and that she and Dream were still working on their broken marriage.

Santiago’s e-mail back details that Milian should have paid as much attention to her husband as she did to the photos that surfaced of them on the beach.





Churchgoers killed in crash

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Two women who were on their way to church were killed after they were hit by a motorcar on Spanish Town Road in the vicinity of White Lane, Kingston 11, Sunday morning.

They have been identified as 65-year-old Bernice Gray and Elser Stone, 51, both of Henley Road, Kingston 11.

Reports from the Hunts Bay Police are that about 8:30 am, the driver of a Honda Partner motorcar was driving along Spanish Town Road to Three Miles.

On reaching the vicinity of White Lane, another car reportedly drove into the path of the Honda motorcar.

The driver of the Honda motorcar lost control of the vehicle which reportedly mounted the sidewalk and crashed into the bus stop. Gray died on the spot. Stone sustained multiple injuries and was taken to the Kingston Public Hospital where she was pronounced dead.

The driver of the Honda motorcar was arrested and charged for two counts of manslaughter and is to appear in the Half-Way-Tree Resident Magistrate’s court on Tuesday.





Bounty Killer & Dave Kelly team up again

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Dancehall artist Bounty Killer is back in studio with ace producer, Dave Kelly.


This time Bounty Killer, whose given name is Rodney Price, has recorded the single "The Message".


This is the second song these two giants have done in the last few weeks.