November 2010 Archives

20 injured I JUTC bus accident

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At least 20 persons received injuries in an accident involving a Jamaica Urban Transit Company (JUTC) bus on Slipe Road in Kingston today (November 29).


Two of the 20 are said to be in critical condition.
Communication Manager for the JUTC Reginald Allen says according to reports about 12:00 noon, the bus was proceeding along Slipe Road.
It’s further alleged that the driver of the bus and a taxi operator had a fracas.


He says a stone was reportedly thrown in the path of the bus and the driver swerved to avoid the stone.


The JUTC bus reportedly collided with a coaster bus.








Tameka Foster and Kandi Burruss are fighting on Twitter.

Last night, Kandi and her mom appeared on Bravo’s “Real Housewives of Atlanta” aftershow with host Andy Cohen.

When asked about celebrity crushes, Kandi admitted that if she had to choose, she’d sleep with Usher because she heard he was good in bed. However, in reality, she said she wouldn’t go for it because they’re friends.

Her response seemed to have rubbed Usher’s ex-wife Tameka the wrong way.

When a fan informed Tameka of Kandi’s response via Twitter, Tameka said:

“Girl that doesn’t surprise me, there isn’t many left in town that she hasn’t so…… Go figure…”

Kandi didn’t appreciate Tameka implying that she sleeps around, so she responded:

“You on some real bull**** i see…. wow.”

Tameka, calling Kandi’s bluff, Tweeted:

“See I like real live convos.. So anyone that wants to talk to me can DIAL or come SEE ME. I don’t play cyber games..”

We got dibs on our girl Kandi.










I let Divine Love guide my thoughts,words and actions.
I may feel either excited or apprehensive about upcoming holiday gatherings. Whether I'm hosting a party myself or attending a family or work gathering, I wish to remain peaceful, centered and joy-filled.

Letting go and letting God is how I release any anxious feelings I may have. As I let go of concern and let Divine Love guide my thoughts, words and actions, I experience the presence of God in my activities and relationships.

I participate joyfully in all holiday gatherings because I am letting God express fully through me. My expectations and attitude are positive as I share love, appreciation and joy with others.

For the sake of my relatives and friends I will say, "Peace be within you." --Psalm 122:8





Leslie Nielsen Dead At 84

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Leslie Nielsen has died.



Surely, you can't be serious. Yes, the comedy great and "Airplane!" star passed away on Sunday in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, at the age of 84 after being treated for pneumonia. And don't call me Shirley.

It was lines like the above, delivered in Nielsen's patented deadpan, that gave the dramatic stage and screen actor an unlikely comedic revival later in life.

After beginning his career in the 1950s as a matinee idol, taking on the roles of dashing heroes in films such as the sci-fi classic "Forbidden Planet" and the stalwart captain in 1972's "The Poseidon Adventure," the Canadian-born actor switched gears in 1980 and took a chance with a slapstick disaster-movie spoof that would forever change his life.

Nielsen was at first reluctant to take on the role of the clueless Dr. Alan Rumack, but the white-haired, hilariously dopey MD became the comedic find of a lifetime, as the actor managed to steal the show in a movie packed with dozens of classic one-liners thanks to his impeccable timing and serious delivery.

It was an unlikely, but ultimately lucrative left turn in a long career that spanned more than 100 movies and 1,500 television appearances.





Kanye Gets Booed During Thanksgiving Day Parade

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Kanye West participated in this year’s Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, travelling down the parade route in New York City on a float performing tracks from his recently released album, My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy.

When he passed by NBC’s cameras for the televised parade, everything seemed cool. Kanye performed “Lost In The World” in an…… interesting vest to a pleased crowd.

However things weren’t that smooth for all of the parade.

Amateur video recently surfaced showing Yeezy getting booed by parade attendees located far from NBC’s cameras.





Jamaica Pegasus sold

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The government has sold the majority shares in the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel for just under $1 b.
The Hendrickson family has completed the purchase for 60 % of the shares in one of Kingston’s best known pieces of real estate.


They are purchasing just over 71 million ordinary shares held by National Hotel and Properties, a subsidiary of the Urban Development Corporation (UDC).


The Hendrickson’s have paid US $11 m for 59.8 % of the shares in the 300 room Pegasus Hotel in New Kingston.
The Hendrickson’s are owners of several businesses including hotels, such as the Courtleigh Hotel (neighbours of Pegasus), the Knutsford Court -also in Kingston- and Holiday Inn Sunspree Resort, in Montego Bay, St. James.


The same entity had sent out a release September 14, more than two months ago, saying the sale had been done.
However, at the time Kevin Hendrickson said the process was then still in its early stages.


He confirmed then that the Hendrickson family was confirmed as the preferred bidders.
The Golding administration had indicated soon after coming to office in 2007 that it wanted to sell the government’s share in the Pegasus as well as other entities and get the UDC back into its core business of development.


In its statement today, the UDC said the agreement was signed on November 11.
It said the National Hotels and Properties (NHP), which holds the shares on behalf of the government, has appointed 6 persons to the Board of the Pegasus.


The Board is to be chaired by Milton Samuda.






Efforts to remove Pusey renewed by DPP

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The Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) has renewed her application for Senior Magistrate Judith Pusey to recuse herself from the Kern Spencer corruption trial.


DPP Paula Llewellyn renewed her application as the trial resumed in the Corporate Area Criminal Court Monday morning.
The renewed application comes days after High Court judge Justice Lloyd Hibbert dismissed the original application filed on November 24.


The DPP is insisting that the Senior Magistrate recuse herself from the trial on the basis of "apparent bias".


In making the application on Monday, Caroline Haye, Senior Deputy Director of Public Prosecutions, argued that Ms Pusey should remove herself from the case based on her conduct and posture at the trial.
Mrs. Haye chronicled a long list of utterances made by Ms Pusey during the trial.


According to the Senior Deputy DPP, the Senior Magistrate's hostility, direct entry into the fray, covert threats and words of ridicule aimed at the prosecution formed the basis of "apparent bias".


She argued that the conduct, words and posture of the Ms Pusey over the period amounted to conduct beyond the jurisdiction of the Magistrate and would give an observer the impression that the trial judge was not objective or impartial.


Mrs. Haye further accused Ms Pusey of prejudging the prosecution's case long before it is permitted by the court.
Mrs. Haye also accused the Senior Magistrate of being hostile towards the DPP, adding that she has crossed the line from which there is no return.

Veiled threats

She cited what she called veiled threats made to the DPP by the Magistrate who had accused the country's chief prosecutor of obstruction of justice, which is a criminal offence.


The senior prosecutor further accused Ms Pusey of subjecting the prosecution team to ridicule by her words throughout the trial.
The Senior Deputy DPP cited the words used by the Senior Magistrate during her submissions.


According to Mrs. Haye the court is not impartial and based on the many utterances, the senior magistrate should recuse herself from the trial.


However, she was careful to state that the complaint being filed against the magistrate is not one accusing her of having a personal interest in the matter.


Mr. Spencer and his former assistant Coleen Wright are on trial for alleged corruption arising from the Cuban Light Bulb Programme.





Foundation to be launched in Isaacs honour

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The family of Gregory Isaacs in Jamaica is continuing the charity work started by the late reggae artiste in the late 90’s.
June Isaacs, Gregory's widow, has setup a foundation in the late singer's honour which is to assist charitable organisations.


Colin Leslie, a long time family friend and close associate of the legendary singer, says Isaacs' family intended to establish a foundation to carry on the late artiste's charitable work and preserve his legacy.


A donation has already been made to the Walkers Place of Safety.
Isaacs, dubbed "The Cool Ruler", got involved with the institution to assist the children who have been indentified as being at risk.


For more than a decade, the home for orphans, abandoned and mentally challenged children founded in 1972 by the late Ivy Walker has been a beneficary of the late crooner and his widow has decided to keep alive his charitable contribution to the home.





What a poppy show

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Check out him promotion:
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For U.K. and European territories, outside show U$55,000. For Africa and the United States of America outside show U$57,000. For British and U.S. Virgin Islands outside show 50,000 pounds sterlings or U$50,000 and Alaska U$50,000 for outside show.


Canada and the Victorian Islands C$65,000 for outside show. For Sub- Mediterranean Islands, Pacific and Atlantic Islands U$55,000 for outside show.
Please Note; All promoters will of to meet the company criteria’s and safety policies before we sign off or commit the 7Star General L.A. Lewis for your event.


Please Note; this special offer only last from now until February 25, 2011. All promoters must submit your application at least 3 to 4 weeks in advance to book the 7 Star General L.A. Lewis.
Yuh a laugh yet!!






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2011 Concept Cars

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Optimism is back in style in the automotive world. The concept cars on display during the 2010 LA Auto Show prove that automakers are again willing to take risks and push boundaries. After a couple dismal years of sales due to a global recession, manufacturers are exhibiting a renewed sense of creativity.

Some of the concept cars seen in Los Angeles rely on heritage to spark a new ideas for the 21st century. The aggressive-looking Audi Quattro Concept is a modern interpretation of the German company's famous all-wheel-drive sport coupes from the 1980s.


Other automakers chose to break all the rules and display cars that look ready to take flight or travel through time. The Jaguar C-X75 and Mercedes-Benz Biome concepts are not only wildly futuristic, they're absolutely gorgeous, and a sign of even more good things to come.

Mercedes-Benz Biome

Mercedes-Benz Biome
Mercedes-Benz Biome

Mercedes-Benz Biome This is the Mercedes-Benz you'll aspire to own in, say, 2310. The bright white concept looks like it belongs on the set of Star Trek. Yet the Biome was actually designed at the German company's design studio in Carlsbad, California. There's room for four-passengers inside, or so we're told, and the seating position is in a diamond format.

The best part is that Mercedes-Benz says the Biome can be grown from seeds, and not built in a traditional factory. It sounds crazy, but that's part of the fun with any dream car. Using genetically modified trees and powered by something called BioNectar4534, Mercedes-Benz says the Biome's bio-fiber cloth body would be grown organically, and on the road, the car would emit pure oxygen. The Biome reportedly would weigh only 875 lbs.

It will be several generations before anyone starts pondering the spec sheet for a genetically-built Mercedes like the Biome.

Jaguar C-X75 Concept

Jaguar C-X75 Concept

Jaguar C-X75 Concept Following its impressive Paris debut, the Jaguar C-X75 turbine-electric hybrid supercar took center stage at the LA Auto Show. While very much a concept, the C-X75 represents Jaguar's new design face for upcoming models. That's excellent news, because this is one pretty kitty.

Even better is the fact that all this beauty is more than skin deep.

At each wheel is an electric motor that weighs 100 pounds and provides 195 horsepower (145 kW) of power. Power for the electric motors comes from a 506-pound lithium-ion battery pack, which Jaguar claims takes a full charge in just 6 hours at 240 volts. Running only on electric power, the C-X75 will provide a driving range of 68 miles.

With the help of two micro gas turbines, the C-X75's range jumps to 560 miles. Jaguar claims the C-X75 can accelerate from zero to 62 mph in 3.4 seconds, while top speed is reportedly 205 mph. All that turbine-generated power creates a lot of heat, as evidenced by sign at the exhaust outlets with the warning: Beware of blast.

Audi Quattro Concept

Audi Quattro Concept
Audi Quattro Concept
Audi Quattro Concept

The Audi Quattro Concept is another Paris Auto Show veteran, but that did little to dampen enthusiasm for this muscular show car. The inspiration for this sport coupe stretches back a few decades. The German automaker built the Quattro Concept to celebrate 30 years of its Quattro all-wheel drive system and the Quattro Sport that dominated rallying in the 1980s.

Finished in Col de Turini white paint, the Quattro Concept is powered by a compact turbocharged five-cylinder engine that puts out a whopping 408 hp and 354 ft-lbs of torque. The chassis beneath the car comes from an Audi RS 5, with its wheelbase shortened and roof lowered. To further trim weight, the two-passenger Quattro has an aluminum body and hood, plus hatch and bumpers made of carbon fiber. The car weighs just 2,866 lbs.

Based on the positive reactions to the Jaguar C-X75 in Paris and Los Angeles, we don't see how Audi could decide not to build the potent Quattro.


Nissan Ellure Concept

Nissan Ellure Concept
Nissan Ellure Concept

Nissan Ellure Concept
The Nissan Ellure Concept, a world debut at the LA Auto Show, is meant to bring excitement back to the sedan category while meeting consumer demands for environmentally friendly vehicles. Thankfully, the Ellure's elegant exterior and classy cabin help the car meet these high expectations. The design is expected to heavily influence the next Altima and Maxima sedan.

The Nissan Ellure has what the Japanese automaker refers to as "rhythmic" shapes around the body. The polished grille is aluminum and acrylic, its wing shape apparently inspired by "Kamishimo," the Samurai's formal outer coat. The headlights are LEDs, with a light ribbon adding depth to their appearance.

Inside, the front seats are covered with black recyclable suede fibers and feature slender acrylic seat backs. The front seat passenger can make use of an ottoman (no joke). Under the hood is Nissan's next-generation hybrid propulsion system: a supercharged 2.5-liter inline-four-cylinder engine mated to an electric motor with lithium-ion batteries.

Cadillac Urban Luxury Concept


Cadillac Urban Luxury Concept

Cadillac Urban Luxury Concept
Also seen for the first time in Los Angeles, Cadillac's Urban Luxury Concept addresses the move to smaller and more fuel-efficient city cars. The exterior shape of the Urban Luxury Concept carries Cadillac's strong and instantly recognizable sharp contours of its Art & Science design philosophy. The huge 19-inch wheels are pushed to the corners of the diminutive body to create a muscular stance and maximize interior volume.

A large windshield, overhead skylights and see-through A-pillars aid visibility while adding a spacious feel of the interior. The Cadillac Concept accommodates four passengers, with access to the cabin handled by huge chiseled door slabs that open scissor-style.

The Urban Luxury Concept's powertrain is a hybrid, featuring an electrically assisted turbocharged 1-liter inline-three-cylinder paired to a dual-clutch transmission. An engine start-stop function and regenerative braking help nudge the fuel economy to a claimed 56 mpg city and 65 mpg on the highway.

It remains to be seen whether the Cadillac family tree has room for a vehicle like the ULC. Yet itís exciting to see the American brand combine traditional luxury with the push towards greater fuel-efficiency.

Mazda Shinari Concept

Mazda Shinari Concept

Mazda Shinari Concept
The LA Auto Show was the first opportunity for the public to see the handsome Mazda Shinari concept. Pictures of the car have circulated online, yet this was the fist auto show appearance for the sedan that represents the brand's new design language.

Traditional Mazda design elements will be retained, such as the five-point grille and the prominent front fender shape, but the four-door Shinari embodies a new dynamic that blends sharp character lines with sculpted body shapes to convey a sense of power and elegance.

Crisp character lines, sculpted body panels, and a pronounced cab rearward proportion give the Shinari a powerful appearance. The attention to detail is remarkable for a show car. The satin-finish metal trim that frames the bottom of the grille splays out through the headlamp openings. This strip seems to travel through the wheel arch and re-emerges as a side vent accent.

Elements of this new design might soon appear on passenger sedans like the Mazda6, as well as replacements for sporty models like the MX-5 Miata and RX-8.

Subaru Impreza Design Concept

Subaru Impreza Design Concept

Subaru Impreza Design Concept
The Subaru Impreza Design Concept is an aggressive, but familiar, outlook for the all-wheel-drive-all-the-time company. Gone are the days of the three-box Subaru, as the overall line from the front of the car, through the bottom of the A-pillar, the roof, through the C-pillar and ultimately the trunk, is smooth and continuous. The front end -- with all the character lines, headlights, fog lights and air openings -- is much sharper and more pronounced than before.

For a company that has sometimes struggled to find its own look, the Impreza Design Concept is a safe step towards a more lasting long-term impression. The engine is a 2-liter version of Subaru's trademark Boxer configuration flat-four motor. It's mated to a continuously variable transmission that Subaru calls Lineartronic.

The EyeSight system is a clever tech touch, comprised of a series of cameras located at the front of the roof. EyeSight provides for collision mitigation, and can display the feed that it sees through the in-dash video system. The cabin is filled with video panels, including one located on the lower spoke of the steering wheel.





IRS Files Tax Lien Against Kelly Rowland

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Kelly Rowland is the latest celebrity to be hit with a tax lien by the IRS! The Detroit News is reporting the IRS filed a $98,634 lien against the ex-Destiny’s Child singer on Nov. 8 with the New York City Register.

Rowland, 29, rose to fame in the girl group, which broke through with the 1999 hit tune “Bills, Bills, Bills.” After the group broke up, she released a few solo albums and maintains an acting career that included portraying Motown legend (and ex-Detroit Councilwoman/tax delinquent) Martha Reeves in a 2003 episode of the TV show “American Dreams.”








Gay and lesbian activists are planning to protest against an appearance by Jamaican performer Capleton in California on Monday night.

They say his lyrics advocate violence against them.

Capleton is scheduled to appear at a nightclub in Sacramento.

Members of Equality Action Now, a civil rights group, have called a press conference for Monday afternoon to outline plans for the protest.

The group says the club in which Capleton will be appearing first agreed to cancel the performance in response to concerns, then rescheduled it after receiving e-mails from fans who were upset it had been called off.

This is the second time in a little over a month that Capleton has faced protest by a gay group in the US.

Threats of protest by gay rights activists last month forced the cancellation of a show featuring the artiste in Chicago.

According to an internet report, some persons also felt the singer's gig was inappropriate following news of a spate of young gay people committing suicide.





Chino drops singles

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Chino, has released a cluster of new singles ahead of his March 2011 US album.The artiste who has been busy in the studio, occupied doing interviews and engaged with local and international performances says, pulling a balancing act has been difficult but necessary.

Among his new singles are: Good Ole Days on ZJ Chrome's Dancehall Efx Riddim, Grapevine on Stephen 'Di Genius' McGregor's Championship Riddim, No Stylin' on the Smoking Riddim, Number one on the Street Swag Riddim, Tek Whe Gal on the Winnings Riddim and more.


"As an artiste I always try to remember that Jamaica isn't equivalent to the world, so I'm always recording and trying new things. Each market and country attracts a different vibe, so I try to make my catalogue as extensive as possible, but still very well put together," said Chino who was recently labelled as an artiste to watch by the Barbados Advocate's youth paper, HELLO! Magazine.


Chino's upcoming album will be distributed through the VP Records label.





Lawsuit coming from Vaz for Sunday Herald

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Seems as if Sunday Herald has touched Vaz's corn once again. The information Minister is breathing legal actions down at the cash strapped newspaper.


All this is stemming from a story that was carried in the Herald on Sunday which reported that he had negotiated a generous agreement with the tax department over an outstanding $74-million GCT bill owed by Ultimate Exotics Limited, a company of which he is a principal shareholder.
The article also said that Vaz's car dealership company owed over $400 million in taxes up to November 2010.


Vaz has dismissed the claims as erroneous and spurious, and said that the Sunday Herald has endeavoured over the last few weeks to sully his reputation and scupper his chances of being victorious at the upcoming internal elections of the ruling Jamaica Labour Party (JLP).
"The tax department cannot and does not divulge people's tax records, and so to make this despicable claim which has no foundation requires me to take legal action," Vaz said yesterday.


Vaz, who appears to be a strong favourite to win next Sunday's election for the post of JLP general secretary, gave what he said was an example of the Sunday Herald's unremitting efforts to besmirch his name and reputation. He pointed to a recent article about his ex-business partner which, he said, tried to marry him to the incident reported although it had nothing whatsoever to do with him.


"Nowhere in the article in question is it mentioned that my ex-partner is married to Deputy Prime Minister Ken Baugh's daughter, yet it chooses to focus on me," he said.


"This tabloid heaps abuses on me week in, week out, and it has got to stop', he said. "It is beginning to look like if I don't feature in some headline, the Sunday Herald cannot sell, which says a lot about that media house.


"I have been through a lot in my 47 years and I am a fighter. As old-time Jamaican folk say: "People don't throw stone at fluxy mango."






Third World Band Music Breaks All Language Barriers

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Time and time again, Third World Band has proven why they are deserving of the title "Reggae Ambassadors." This was evident this past weekend when the band traveled to the French island of Guadaloupe to perform at the 3rd edition of the Gwadloup Festival. The Festival, which was held at Parc Jarry, was attended by residents, visitors and various media outlets.

Third World performed to over 7000 predominately French speaking patrons, yet when the band took the stage screams and cheers were heard throughout the venue.

What was even more amazing was the fact that the audience sang along with the band for most of their 75 minute set which included hits such as Sense of Purpose, Forbidden Love, Committed, 96 Degrees, Try Jah Love, among others. Each song was ushered in by applause from the audience who stood to their feet and danced the night away.

The surprise of the night came when the band performed Reggae Ambassadors medley including Rumors and Front Door as a tribute to Gregory Isaacs, who recently passed away. Isaacs is featured on Third World's current album "Patriots." The album, which was released on August 10, 2010, also features Toots Hibbert, Marcia Griffiths, Sly Dunbar, Robbie Shakespeare, Dean Fraser, Inner Circle, Mykal Rose, Junior Reid, Capleton, Stephen & Damian Marley, Tarrus Riley and Tessanne Chin.

The energy filled set came to a close with a performance of Love Train. When they exited the stage the audience chanted their name, a clear sign that the performance was enjoyed by all.

Upcoming performances include, California: December 2nd Santa Rosa, December 3rd Garberville, December 4th San Diego and December 5th Oakland. On December 11, 2010, the band will perform at the 1st Annual Boom Tunz Festival in New Zealand alongside Ludacris, T-Pain and Kelly Rowland. January 29, 2011 at Love City Live in St. John, Virgin Islands and February 11, 2011 at the Palmyra Foundation Charity Event in Montego Bay, Jamaica on February 11, 2011.








I am a positive, confident and assured creation of God.
Although I want to grow and improve various aspects of my life, I sometimes feel self-doubt creeping in. "Am I really strong enough, good enough, smart enough?"

At such times, I can consciously stop the negative talk in my mind and begin a new kind of conversation. I remember that I am a whole, shining, beloved child of God with unlimited potential. Nothing stops me but my own worries and fears. I have everything I need to succeed through the wisdom and power of God within me.

As I listen to the indwelling Spirit, I am re-energized with hope, courage and confidence. Inspired by divine possibilities, I am ready to progress in positive ways.

Jesus looked at them and said, "For mortals it is impossible, but for God all things are possible."--Matthew 19:26





John Travolta suing over gay claims

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If you're going to talk about John Travolta's secret sex life, you better do it behind closed doors because he's ready to sue sue sue!


John's camp has sent our friends over at Gawker a nasty 5-page letter threatening to use them over a post detailing his secret sex life.


In the letter, John's attorney, Marty Singer, calls out the site posting “false and outrageous” claims made by Robert Randolph, whose story Gawker ran in a post called “The Secret Sex Life of John Travolta.”
The author gives detailed accounts of running in John at a men's spa and seeing him in...um...very compromising positions.


"I walked in and the guy was giving John a blowjob and, like guys do, he pulled his head up when I walked in. Then they left the room," Randolph described in the post.
This Randolph guy has A LOT of detailed stories of times he ran into John at the spa. Would he just make all that up and risk getting sued?!





Busy Signal for performance in Gambia

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The Gambia Observer featured internationally renowned Jamaican reggae dancehall star, Busy Signal, earlier Friday.


Busy is due on the Smiling Coast on 10 December 2010, ahead of his first live musical concerts in Africa.
Signal, is to perform live with his band at the Independence Stadium in Bakau on December 11 2010.


Supporting acts will constitute artistes from Jamaica, England and The Gambia including the most celebrated reggae-dancehall star, Singateh aka ‘Freaky Joe’ and other well established artistes.
The highly anticipated event is brought by Planet World and supported by Africell, one of the country's leading GSM providers.






Black Eyed Peas to perform Super Bowl halftime

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The Black Eyed Peas will be the featured halftime performer at the Super Bowl.


The Grammy award-winning group will perform Feb. 6 at Cowboys Stadium. The announcement was made Thursday during the Dallas Cowboys’ game against the New Orleans Saints.


Since forming in 1995, The Black Eyed Peas have sold more than 28 million albums worldwide and nearly 31 million digital tracks. Their new album, “The Beginning,” is set for release Tuesday.


Last year’s featured performer was The Who. Other halftime acts have included U2, the Rolling Stones, Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band, Paul McCartney and Prince.
The Super Bowl halftime show is sponsored by Bridgestone.





Maroon 5 for 2010 Jamaica Jazz & Blues Festival

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Multiple Grammy award-winning pop-rock band Maroon 5 will headline the 15th anniversary of the Jamaica Jazz & Blues Festival to be held at the Trelawny Multi-Purpose Stadium from January 23 to 29.


The Los Angeles based group, which released its third studio album, Hands All Over, this fall, has sold over 10 million albums in the United States and 15 million worldwide.


The three-time Grammy award-winning quintet, captured the attention of audiences worldwide with Songs About Jane, a mix of hybrid-rock, funk and R&B.


The multi-platinum album spawned the Billboard hits, This Love, Harder to Breathe and She Will Be Loved.
The band's second critically acclaimed album featured collaborations with Rihanna and Mary J. Blige, and produced the smash hits Makes Me Wonder and If I Never See Your Face Again.


According to Festival organizers TurnKey Productions, the event is more than a music festival; it’s a one-of-a-kind experience that brings together thousands of friends and family for one week of pure pleasure and relaxation.


"The Jamaica Jazz and Blues Festival has a special aura to it, unlike any other event with which I have been associated. It is a combination of the musicians, the people, the setting and the infectious vibe of Jamaica that creates an almost surreal experience for anyone who attends. I am looking forward to this 15th anniversary event in Jamaica and have assembled a top-quality line-up that is sure to please our patrons," stated Walter Elmore, CEO of TurnKey Productions.


The Jamaica Jazz & Blues Festival started in 1996, by the national airline, Air Jamaica, in association with the Jamaica Tourist Board and several other business entities.


The Festival now attracts over 25,000 patrons annually and has been expanded to a week-long event in resort towns of Montego Bay, St. James and Ocho Rios in St. Ann.









Patrons who attended One Love Reggae Concert Winter Series show at Negril Escape on Tuesday November 23rd had a wonderful time, as they were treated to some very exciting performances.


Headline act Kymani Marley appeared on stage about 11:10 PM, clad in a white T shirt and blue jeans, much to the delight of the audience, which was mostly made up of tourist.

From the moment he opened his mouth it was pure Marley magic, as he entertained the audience with original numbers such as Dear Dad, The March, Armed and Dangerous and Warriors. He also did several of his legendary father’s timeless classics including Concrete Jungle, I Shot the Sherriff and Johnny Was A Good Man.


Earlier on the opening acts were also well received. Timmi Burrell who is based in Negril was the first of the opening acts to perform. Performing songs such as Give Me A Ounce, Chill and Hold A Vibes, Make Doh (Hustle) and Dark Shades White Tee, the silky smoothed voice singer connected well with the audience. He was followed by fast rising reggae crooner Andy Livingston who poured out his heart for the ladies in the, crowd as delivered love songs such as Love Ain’t Enough, My Promise and Searching For Love. He also delivered cultural numbers Good People and Jam Dung






GhettOut Wraps Up Kingston Performances This Sunday

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This is the final week to watch Stages Productions hit comedy GhettOut as the show wraps up its Kingston performances on Sunday-November 28, 2010 at the Green Gables Theatre.

Since its gala premiere, GhettOut has received critical acclaim for its startling realistic portrayal of inner city life and its hugely entertaining content.


Starring Keith ‘Shebada’ Ramsay, GhettOut tells the story of Barbara, who is now a whopping two million dollars richer following the mysterious death of her husband in the United States. She however faces a major hurdle. How can she retrieve the cash and then transport it to Jamaica without being detected? She teams up with Ruler who, through his questionable connections, engineers a plot to transport the cash to Jamaica in its 'raw' state using a number of persons to ensure its 'safe' passage through customs.

Among his contacts is the Mayor who offers this safe passage if Barbara helps him persuade the ghetto people to sell their land in order to make way for a new housing development.

As the plot gets more complicated, Ruler’s association with Babara deepens; raising serious concerns for his wife Maude who is determined to hold on to her man. Then there are the two corrupt officers of the law, driven by greed and eager to get in on the business.


“Shebada” has his hands full with trying to solve the murder mystery of Barbara's husband, giving Maude advice on how to keep her man, getting entangled with the Mayor in defending the rights of the community, while keeping an eye on Ruler and the corrupt officers! It all adds up to GhettOut being a murder mystery topped with large portions of comedic entertainment.






Ladies Ready To Relive Good Times

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On Saturday, November 27, ladies and lady lovers will converge on the Mas Camp for Good Times: Ladies Night.


The Quorum, the producers of the event, in partnership with Heineken have planned a special staging of Good Times tailored to the ladies that have supported the popular party series since its start in 1996.

Jerome Hamilton, The Quorum Executive Member, was tight lipped about specifics of the special arrangements. "We are looking forward to surprising our guests at the party," explained Hamilton. "The team has worked hard to put in place a treat for the ladies and I am sure, they will enjoy it," he elaborated.


Good Times is highly regarded as the premiere oldies event on the entertainment calendar. Non-stop music, free flowing bars and excellent security are perennial features of party series. Good Times DJ's (another closely guarded secret before the party) collaborate to play the biggest hits from 19something (1970's, 1980's, 1990') without any talking or similar interruptions. The result is a party designed for dance; patrons work up a sweat moving to the grooves filling the venue.
Also filling the venue are countless Heineken buckets; Heineken bar specials and Heineken bucket deals are popular at the three super large bars that encompass the dance floor. The well trained bar tenders serve up quick drinks from the full service bars, including water for responsible Good Times drinkers.
At all Good Times events, ladies receive special attention from Atlas Security, the official security detail of Good Times. From courteous reception upon arrival, to the search, to the unobtrusive uniformed presence in the venue, to the car escort for those who request, ladies have praised the diligent security. "My girlfriends and I really enjoy good times," laughed Good Times patron Claudette Tucker. "We get together as a group and go to every Good Times event in Kingston," she added.





Chevelle Franklyn going to 'The Experience' in Lagos

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International gospel artiste and Minister, Chevelle Franklyn is preparing for her annual trip to Lagos, Nigeria to minister at one of the largest gospel concerts in the world.


This would be Chevelle's third consecutive year at the event called 'The Experience'.


Known as the largest musical concert in Africa, it is an inter-denominational gospel concert featuring swell-known musical talents.


Chevelle holds a special love for Africa "The Pleasant Land" and enjoys the diversity of the culture, the gifts and talents of the people and their intense passion and love for the Lord.


Chevelle considers Africa her second home.





Back-up ducta shot and killed during bus robbery

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Another Jamaican was added to the murder statistics after Dwayne Richards was shot dead by unknown assailants on Orange Street in downtown Kingston Thursday morning.


Richards was on a bus making its way to downtown Kingston when two men posing as passengers boarded. The men proceeded to rob the passengers. However, when the men reached Richards, who worked on the bus as a 'backup' conductor, he resisted and was shot in the chest.
The men then ran from the bus into a nearby community.


Richards was rushed to the Kingston Public Hospital, however, efforts by doctors to save his life proved futile.





What kind of news was that about the policeman who was bitten all over his hands by an irate female passenger, while issuing a traffic ticket to the driver of the taxi she was travelling in. The alleged offender, identified by police as 50-year-old Venice Thompson-Peart of Heathfield District in Manchester, was charged with unlawful wounding, resisting arrest, obstruction of justice, threatening a police officer and assaulting a police officer. She was offered bail with surety and is to appear in court on December 8.








President Barack Obama needed 12 stitches in his upper lip after taking an errant elbow during a pickup basketball game Friday morning with family and friends visiting for the Thanksgiving holiday, the White House said.


First word of the injury came in a statement from press secretary Robert Gibbs nearly three hours after the incident.


The White House did not initially name the person who caused the injury, but identified him later Friday as Rey Decerega, director of programs for the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute.


Obama received the stitches under local anesthesia in the doctor's office on the ground floor of the White House after returning home. Doctors used a smaller filament than typically used, which increases the number of stitches but makes a tighter stitch and leaves a smaller scar.


The president had gone to nearby Fort McNair to indulge in a game of basketball, one of his favorite athletic pursuits. It was a five-on-five contest involving family and friends. Among the players were Obama's nephew, Avery Robinson, Education Secretary Arne Duncan and Reggie Love, Obama's personal assistant, who played at Duke University.


The White House said the injury happened during their fifth and final game when Decerega turned to take a shot and hit Obama, who was playing defense, in the mouth with his elbow.


Obama emerged from the building after about 90 minutes of play, wearing a short-sleeve T-shirt and gym pants, and was seen dabbing at his mouth with what appeared to be a wad of gauze. A few hours later, reporters who had gathered on the White House driveway for the arrival of the Christmas tree saw the president in an upstairs window, pressing an ice pack against his mouth before he stood and walked away.


"After being inadvertently hit with an opposing player's elbow in the lip while playing basketball with friends and family, the president received 12 stitches today administered by the White House Medical Unit," Gibbs said.


Decerega issued a statement through the White House late Friday. He did not immediately respond to an e-mail request from The Associated Press for independent comment.
"I learned today the president is both a tough competitor and a good sport," the statement said. "I enjoyed playing basketball with him this morning. I'm sure he'll be back out on the court again soon."





Yendi Phillips contests Internet beauty competition

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Reigning Miss Jamaica Universe Yendi Phillips is in the top ten of idealbeauty.com's internet contest to find the most beautiful woman in the world.


Eighty beautiful young ladies have been selected from the Miss Universe pageant, Miss World, Miss International, Miss Earth and Miss USA competitions.


Voting for your favourite starts on December One and ends on December 15.





As the dancehall world turns ...

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Is Rosie Chin's sister Shantel really going around with Kartel? The picture dem really look like sitten a gwaan, but if a really so den that just don't look good.

First of all Rosie have a baby for Busy Signal and we all remember the drama with dat. Cause Busy say a jacket, just because of what Rosie did do. Then by the time that drama unfolding we her how Vegas wife pregnant fi Busy.

Then she did lose the baby and that was another drama as Busy was busy comforting her. And now the Shantel/Kartel affair.





The Daily Word - REST - Saturday, November 27, 2010

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As I surrender my cares to God, I enjoy a time of rest and renewal.


Day-to-day worries, and the belief that we need to do everything by ourselves, can interfere with the ability to rest and enjoy a good night's sleep. So instead of giving in to worry, I give in to God.

I keep in mind that in order to give the best of me, I must take care of myself. When I love and care for myself, I am able to experience the peace of mind and body that leads to a good night of rest and renewal, and a more joyful and productive life.

Spirit created a world of order, one that requires and encourages time for rest as well as action. From now on, every time I am tempted to give in to worry, I choose instead to release it to God and rest.

I will both lie down and sleep in peace; for you alone, O Lord, make me lie down in safety. --Psalm 4:8





STING LAUNCHES IN A TECHY STYLE

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“Sting has gone digital” that was the comment from some of the over 500 guests who attended the official launch of Sting 2010: The Collaboration at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel on Tuesday November 23rd. Guests were taken on a decade-long journey of Sting through the years via high-end visual technology and sound.


The show, dubbed “The Collaboration”, consists of several dynamic segments including the 13 Warriors, Spotlight, the 13 Bad Girls of Sting, Sting Disc Jocks, Sting Commentary and Starlights. “This year we will surprise all the patrons with higher production standards and technology. The show will be broadcasted live on LIME’s Mobile TV” said CEO of Supreme Promotions Limited, Isaiah Laing.


Persons who were unable to attend the event did not miss out on the festivities as the launch was broadcasted live on Hype TV and webcasts were available on stingjamaica.com.jm, jamaicalivetv.com and many other websites.


Up next for Sting 2010 is the Poster Launch which is to be held on Friday December 3, 2010 at Blaze Night Club in Portmore, St. Catherine. The Poster Launch will reveal the full lineup for the event.






From Brown Sugar to Shuga

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2009 Digicel Rising Stars winner Mitzy Campbell aka Brown Shuga has changed her stage moniker to “Shuga” and has undergone a few changes since her shot to stardom last year. The blond duchess from Montego Bay has been holding her own in the male dominated local music industry by creating waves with new material that she believes is destined to propel her career to the next level.


Campbell, who recently changed her stage name to “Shuga”, has been working feverishly in the studio and the effort has borne fruit with three new singles including Commander in Chief and Bloody Hands produced by Keely “B”. Her third single that has been out is Money Talk produced by Annex Records.


Shuga is proud of her work. “I have been out there doing my thing still recording and my latest work has been getting crazy reviews from fellow artiste and disc jockeys,” she says.


Shuga emphasized that the name change completely differentiates her from another personality that already uses a similar name.
Campbell is not perturbed by the recent scenario. “The name change for me is not a big issue, all I did was just to drop the brown from the Shuga, besides most of my friends and family call me Shuga anyway so nothing else has changed, I will still continue to put out the good quality music that my fans come to expect of me, and I believe it is a good move for my career.”


The 24 year singer has had her fair share of challenges since she won the Digicel Rising stars competition, as for the latter part of 2010 she has been without a manager. Shuga has nevertheless remained current in the business.

“I have done a couple of gigs locally working on the Hitz 92 Road show as well as some private events, but the work is still coming in and I know when I release the videos for my new singles things will definitely get even better.”


As part of the prize for winning the Digicel Rising Stars completion, Shuga will soon begin work on a medley video for her two recent singles Commander in Chief and Bloody Hands. The video, to be funded by telecommunications company Digicel, will be directed by acclaimed music video director Kevin Lee.


Digicel Rising Stars producer Sharon Schroeter says the video, for the motivational song Commander in Chief, will showcase positivity and to encourage children to strive twards their life goals. Part of the video will be shot in studio utilizing green screen technology. The video will begin production sometime next week.





Sting 2010 Launch

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No December show for Buju

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A request by Buju Banton's defence team for him to perform at a Boxing Day concert in the United States has been denied.

Buju, 37, whose given name is Mark Myrie, wanted to perform at a live concert in Miami on December 26.

However, the Tampa Bay Tribune reports that US Magistrate Judge Anthony Porcelli denied that request on Tuesday.

The US Magistrate argued that any financial pressures the international reggae singer faces do not outweigh the risk that he might flee.

On Wednesday, Buju's attorney asked the judge to reconsider, saying the 24-hour security detail ordered to monitor the singer as a condition of his release, costs US$20,000 a month.

In addition, Buju's attorney argued that there was the cost of preparing for his upcoming drug trafficking retrial.

It is understood that Buju's security detail does not object to him doing the concert and would be present for the show.

The prosecutor however, has objected to the artiste's request to perform.

There is no official word yet on whether Buju will be allowed to attend the show.










Five-time Grammy Award winning producer, singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, Stephen Marley along-side his brothers Damian Marley and Julian Marley are proud to announce the signing of reggae music singing sensation Christopher Ellis to the growing roster of musical talent featured on the Marley brothers record label imprint , Ghetto Youths International, Inc.


Christopher Lamour Ellis was born the youngest male progeny to “The Godfather of Jamaican Rocksteady”, the late Alton Ellis. Talented in his own right, the soulful 28 year-old roots reggae, r&b crooner has been astounding audiences with his incredibly natural, smooth vocal stylings since the age of 11.


In 2009, a mutual friend introduced Stephen Marley to Christopher Ellis in Jamaica. During that fateful meeting on Hope Road, Christopher sang A Capella for the iconic reggae producer.

Coincidentally, the very same day that Stephen Marley met with Christopher Ellis, Marley was also contacted by producer Baby G, son of the legendary producer King Jammy, who had a remix track by Alton Ellis that he wanted Stephen to hear. Stephen listened to the Alton Ellis remix and immediately invited Christopher Ellis to join him at King Jammy’s studio in Jamaica to sing on the track.

The session resulted in Marley recording Christopher Ellis’ first single entitled, ‘End of Time’, produced by Baby G. ‘End of Time’ is a moving, soul-stirring track featuring beautiful vocal works by Christopher Ellis , Stephen Marley and Jah Cure, and is inspired by Alton Ellis’ rendition of ‘You Made Me So Happy’.


The magnificent opportunity of working with Stephen Marley and the Marley Family has continued in 2010 in Miami where Christopher Ellis has spent quality time working in the studio on material that is being helmed and produced by mega-producer.


“I feel so incredibly Blessed to be working on my debut album with Stephen Marley for the Ghetto Youths Records family.” comments Ellis.
To date, Stephen Marley has executive produced and recorded two singles for Ellis, including the aforementioned ‘End of Time’ and a rendition of Alton Ellis’ song entitled, ‘Willow Tree’, a sweetly seductive lover’s ballad that showcases Christopher Ellis’ versatile musicality. ‘End of Time’ has an anticipated release, while a ballad version and a reggae version of Ellis’ ‘Willow Tree’ is available now on iTunes. Later this year, a video launch accompanying Ellis’ ‘Willow Tree’ single will mark Christopher Ellis’ international debut, including in the territories of London, Jamaica and the United States.


Stephen Marley has been the driving creative force behind Ghetto Youths International, Inc. and the music created by his brothers for the family owned label. Stephen's production, performance and writing credits have earned him more Grammy Awards than any other Marley family member or reggae artist in history.Blazing his own trail in the music world, combining reggae, hip-hop, and r&b styles to create his sound as a performer, songwriter, and producer, the accomplished Stephen Marley is known to take on more of the behind-the-scenes roll.


Stephen Marley comments, "I don't want to be just another artist, I want to make a statement, and I want to continue this musical legacy with my family. Just like my brothers, I aspire to be a reckoning force, when you hear my name, when you hear the Ghetto Youths name, you know the quality that comes with that: good music, good message, and good vibe."


Ghetto Youths International was founded by Ziggy Marley and Stephen Marley in 1989. In 2002, Stephen Marley, Damian Marley and Julian Marley went on to incorporate the family owned record label. Recent projects released by the premiere, reggae and hip-hop oriented imprint include the Grammy award winning and nominated albums by Damian Marley Welcome To Jamrock, Stephen Marley’s Mind Control and Julian Marley’s Awake.

A catalogue of reggae and hip-hop influenced artists signed to the Ghetto Youths record label include: Stephen Marley, Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley, Julian Marley, Mr. Cheeks, Illestr8, Christopher Ellis, Jonathon Malcolm, Javaughn, Black Am I , Daniel Bambaata, and Jo Mersa.






One Love Concert

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Hennesey Fridays - Toya Birthday

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QQ COMPLETES VIDEO TRILOGY WITH "WHINE YOUR WAIST"

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Thanks Giving Jamaican Style

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SIMPLE RICE AND PEAS RECIPE

INGREDIENTS:

Serves: 4-5

1 medium sized can red kidney beans
1 can coconut milk
2 cups of rice
1 small onion, chopped
1 clove garlic, chopped
1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
1 table spoon oil
1 scotch bonnet pepper (whole, do not chop up)
water


Drain the liquid from the can of beans into a measuring cup and add the can of coconut milk and enough water to make four cups of liquid. Place liquids in a pot with beans, onions, garlic, thyme and oil, bring to a boil. Add rice and stir for a minute. Reduce heat to Medium-Low. Place scotch bonnet pepper on top of liquid and cover tightly for 30 minutes or until rice is cooked. Remove scotch bonnet pepper before serving.

This recipes can also be made using other peas.

JAMAICAN SHRIMP PATTY RECIPE

INGREDIENTS:

*This recipe may require some trial and error to get it just right!
INGREDIENTS:
Below is a delicious recipe for Jamaican Shrimp Patties:
PASTRY
2 cups Flour
1/4 teaspoon Salt
1/2 tablespoon curry powder
1/4 cup Solid shortening
1/4 cup (1/2 stick) margarine
1/3 cup Cold water
Recipe by ©eatjamaican.com
Sift the flour, curry powder and salt into a large bowl. Cut in the shortening and margarine until crumbly. Add the cold water to make a stiff dough. Lightly flour a wooden cutting board and roll out the dough until about 1/8-inch thick. Cut out 8-inch circles. Cover with wax paper or damp cloth until ready to use. You can place the dough in the refrigerator overnight. If you do refrigerate, remove the dough at least 15 minutes before using.

SHRIMP FILLING
Recipe by ©eatjamaican.com
For this recipe to work just right the shrimp should be frozen and chopped up as it begins to thaw (the outside is soft but the inside is still frozen) or the shrimp should be chopped up and semi frozen otherwise the shrimp filling will be over cooked.
Ingredients:
12 raw medium to large shrimp chopped up in 1/2 to 3/4 inch pieces
1.5 teaspoon olive oil
2 teaspoon Kikoman soy or substitute
3/4 teaspoon jerk seasoning, preferably Walkers Wood
Process: mix oil, soy, and jerk seasoning then add shrimp and use as filling.

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
Uncover the dough circles and place 2 to 3 tablespoons of filling on half of each. Moisten the edges of the dough with water and fold the dough circle over the filling. Pinch the edges closed with a fork. Lightly brush the pastry with a mixture of the egg and water. Bake on a lightly greased baking sheet for 30 to 40 minutes or until the pastry are golden brown.
Serves: 10 Patties





Ugly Betty' Actor Michael Brea Charged With Murder

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31-year-old accused of killing his mother with a sword in their Brooklyn, N.Y., apartment.

Former "Ugly Betty" actor Michael Brea has been charged with murder and criminal possession of a weapon in connection with the death of his 55-year-old mother, according to multiple reports.

The 31-year-old Brea stands accused of holding his mother hostage and then slaying her with a 3-foot-long sword. Citing police sources, the New York Daily News reports that Brea was convinced his mother was possessed by Satan and that he yelled such statements as "Sinner! Sinner!" and "You never accepted Jesus" as neighbors listened in horror early Tuesday morning.

Neighbors in his Prospect Heights apartment eventually called the police. "I hear the brother chasing her [his mother] through the house and he's just saying a bunch of [Bible] passages like 'Repent, Repent, Repent,' " neighbor Gregory Clare told New York's WPIX. "I heard him chasing her through the house and I hear a loud scream, and so I have my father call the cops, call 911."

Officers responding to the call reportedly encountered an extremely bloody scene and the butchered body of Brea's mother. Brea himself was said to be clutching a bible and a sword (initial reports claimed it was a samurai sword, but the Daily News now says it was a Masonic ceremonial sword). The actor was aggressive and had to be Tasered before being placed on a stretcher and brought to Kings County Hospital for psychological evaluation.

WPIX reports that neighbors described Brea and his mother as "quiet people," and that Brea showed no previous indication of mental illness. The actor has had roles on "Ugly Betty" and, most recently, in this summer's "Step Up 3D."





Munga shines on 15-state US tour

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Dancehall star Munga Honourable recently returned to the island after completing a one month tour of the US. Munga, opened for 'the fireman' Capleton on the tour that saw him doing 26 performances in 15 states.

"It was just like it was back in the day when Capleton first brought me on the road with him. The tour feeling is amazing," Munga said.

The hectic tour had the artiste travelling for at least 12 to 13 hours each day in between performances. Munga performed in places like Albany, New York, Bentley House of Soul in Nashville, Tennessee, the Lincoln Theatre in Raleigh, North Corolina and many more. Yet the 'Gangsta Ras', said his most memorable performance was at the West Indian Club in Hartford, Connecticut.

"I was amazed at the welcome I received from the crowed and when I started to perform, that took the energy in the club to new level," Munga said.

Munga's set included hits like Earthquake, Gangstas do Dem Own Ting, Nuh Flesh Weh Mi Fraid A, Rise My Own, Bad From Mi Born - which was one of the most well received tracks performed while on tour. He also performed, Wanted Man and Whine Pon It, as well as newly released tracks Private Dancer, Cologne, Space Fi Di Gal Dem and Clean and Fresh which he is set to do the video for.

He returned to the island on October 26 and since then has been heavily promoting his new music. Munga has also gone into production, starting his own label, Hilltop Records, which he currently has two artistes Mad Rhymez and Nazari Bastik.

In addition to his already hectic life, the deejay has been working with the Portmore Society, which has resulted in a a track called Girl Dem Check Fi Mi recorded on the Portmore Society's Hot Is riddim.

Being on tour this time around Munga found that since his introduction into the dancehall industry, he has garnered followers from all over and his fan base has grown considerably. With all things being equal, both Europe and Africa will be seeing the 'Gangsta Ras' quite soon as he is now finalising appearances to concretise a two-month tour.





Musician Lloyd Hall is dead

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Renowned musician and music educator Lloyd Hall is dead.

He died in Kingston on Tuesday at age 87.

Hall who recently suffered a heart attack,had an illustrious career in music which spanned more than 50 years.

His contribution to the development and appreciation of music in Jamaica began shortly after his return from the Royal School of Music in 1949.

He taught for many years at both Mico and Shortwood teachers' colleges, before taking up an appointment with the Ministry of Education, becoming the first Music Officer.

Hall was later mandated to organize a structured programme in all primary and secondary schools teaching the rudiments of music, singing, establishing percussion bands and other skills.

Hall made his mark not only as a conductor but a composer, having written the music for the well known "Jamaica Land of Beauty".

When he retired from the Ministry in 1983, he had published four songbooks, compilations of songs for primary and secondary schools.

Over the years, Hall also presented programmes of classical music both at the St Andrew's Scots Kirk and the University Chapel.

He was well known for his children's choirs of massed voices which included conducting a 1,000-voice choir at the National Arena at a National Children’s Rally which was attended by Queen Elizabeth.

Lloyd Hall awarded the Order of Distinction Commander Class in 2005.

In 2008 he retired as conductor of the St Andrew Singers.








Grammy award-winning pop-rock band Maroon 5 is set to headline the 15th anniversary of the Jamaica Jazz & Blues Festival. The event will be held from January 23 – 29, at the Trelawny Multi-Purpose Stadium, located just east of the island’s tourist capital, Montego Bay.

The popular Los Angeles-based quintet, which this fall released its third studio album, Hands All Over, has built a growing industry and fan base since 2002, selling over 10 million albums in the United States and 15 million worldwide.

The three-time Grammy award-winners Maroon 5, who are set to grace the stage of this world-renowned music festival, captured the attention of audiences worldwide with Songs About Jane, a record filled with hybrid-rock, funk and R&B.

The multi-platinum album spawned the Billboard hits, “This Love,” “Harder to Breathe” and “She Will Be Loved.” The band’s second critically acclaimed album featured collaborations with Rihanna and Mary J. Blige, and produced the smash hits “Makes Me Wonder” and “If I Never See Your Face Again.”


“In securing such a high-profile act, we are enthusiastic about the growth prospects for this major festival, which has boosted visitor bookings significantly,” said Jamaica’s Director of Tourism John Lynch. “It’s a great time to be in Jamaica.

The festival now runs a full week, so visitors have an opportunity to experience the diversity of our attractions and cuisine while enjoying a great music event in a fun and relaxed setting.”

According to Festival organizers TurnKey Productions, the event is more than a music festival; it’s a one-of-a-kind experience that brings together thousands of friends and family for one week of pure pleasure and relaxation.

“The Jamaica Jazz and Blues Festival has a special aura to it, unlike any other event with which I have been associated.

It is a combination of the musicians, the people, the setting and the infectious vibe of Jamaica that creates an almost surreal experience for anyone who attends.

I am looking forward to this 15th anniversary event in Jamaica and have assembled a top quality lineup that is sure to please our patrons,” stated Walter Elmore, CEO of TurnKey Productions.





Mariah Carey Admits To Being Pregnant With Twins?

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Mariah Carey may have slipped up and revealed that she is pregnant with twins.While promoting her new CD “Merry Christmas II You,” the mom-to-be, who is expecting with husband Nick Cannon, was talking about how she sings songs from her new album to her baby bump when she referred to the fetus as “they.”

In an interview that aired today with Radio Disney’s Ernie D., Mariah joked, “I just hope that they don?t turn out hating Christmas!?...








Today I feel deepest gratitude.
When I consider the blessings in my life and the joy of my oneness with God, gratitude flows through me. My body is a temple of constantly renewing life. My mind is clear and bright. My abundance is from God, the source of all good.

This day offers a sacred opportunity to live in appreciation. Sowing seeds of love, I look for loving qualities in others. I nurture my own growth by accepting people as they are. I am grateful for everyone and everything, seeing the divine potential within every being and experience. I am growing into greater expression of my divine nature, and I feel deepest gratitude.

Let us come into his presence with thanksgiving; let us make a joyful noise to him with songs of praise! --Psalm 95:2





Turbulence sets sight on Australia

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Reggae artist Turbulence will be heading to Australia in December, for the first time.


For one night only, the Reggae hit maker will perform in Perth Western Australia alongside DJ Wade and Jah Clarity.

The event will kick off Friday, December 3.








Fantasia took the stand today to testify in her ex-boyfriend Antwaun Cook’s divorce proceedings and she admitted to getting pregnant by Antwaun and aborting the baby.

Fantasia Barrino has admitted she got pregnant by her married lover Antwaun Cook and had an abortion around the time of her failed suicide attempt, RadarOnline.com has learned exclusively.

The American Idol winner made the sensational confession in a North Carolina court on Monday during Cook’s divorce proceeding with his ex-wife Paula.

Facing questions before a Mecklenburg County Court judge, the famous singer, 26, was pressed on whether she knew Cook was living with Paula when they embarked on their illicit affair.

The Idol season three winner has acknowledged she dated Cook “off and on for about 11 months” but said she believed he had separated from his wife.






UK tour for Nas and Jr Gong

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Rapper Nas and Reggae royalty Damian “Jr.Gong” Marley will return to the United Kingdom this Spring.

According to reports, Nas and Damian Marley will perform in London, Glasgow and Manchester.

The pair will perform songs from their own catalogs, as well as selections from their collaborative album, Distant Relatives.





Happy birthday Asafa

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Yardflex wants to wish the big man Asafa Powell a happy birthday. Yeah man who know the Queen Yendi will ensure that this day is a very special one for you. From us here we hope you enjoy your day to the max and that you be shine even brighter on the tracks in seasons ahead.





Brad and Angelina Are All About Giving

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Brad and Angelina have done good again! They’ve donated $150,000 to a children’s charity.
All the people that are still not over the fact that Brad left Jen to be with Angie can hate all they want, but these two do a lot of good together.


They donated the money to SOS Children’s Villages, USA. SOS supports adoptive families and emphasizes on the needs of the kids.
“In this holiday season, many of us take for granted that we are surrounded by loving family members. The poor outcomes for foster children indicate that we must do a much better job of supporting them,” Brad said.


In 2008, the power couple reportedly donated a whopping $6.8 million to charity through their Jolie-Pitt Foundation.
That’s a big deal! There are so many celebrities that make make big bucks and are so greedy. It’s nice that Brad and Angie share the love.







New Tony Parker Mistress Comes Forward

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Tony Parker has been a naughty naughty boy! Not only was he getting down and dirty with his ex teammates wife, Eric Barry, he was reportedly sending half naked sexts to British model Sophia Egeler.


Eva Longoria is definitely going to be pissed about this one. Not only was Tony sending Sophia flirty sexts, he sent her half naked photos of himself begging her to meet up with him. He pulled a Brett Favre before Brett Favre pulled a Brett Favre.


Sophia told The UK Sun newspaper: "From the minute he met me he was trying it on. I had no idea he was Eva Longoria's husband. He would not take no for an answer and was telling me how much he liked me."


So how did these two meet? Tony met Sophia at an Ultimate Fighting show in London and afterwards persuaded her to join him at London nightspot Whisky Mist with Arsenal soccer player Bacary Sagna.
She added: "I decided at 1am I wanted to leave but Tony followed me into the street. He begged me to come back to a house he claimed was his. I said no."


Apparently Tony doesn't take no for an answer, he got her phone number from a friend and started sending her the naked photos and telling her he was coming to Brighton to see her.


Apparently the sexts stopped last week when news of the divorce broke. Sophia is probably just one of a dozen other girls that will most likely come forward in the next few weeks.


What was Eva thinking marrying a 25 year old athlete? Of course he's going to cheat! He's 25 and he's an athlete!








The date has been announced! Prince William and the luckiest woman in the world, Kate Middleton will get married on Friday, April 29.
They have chosen the Westminster Abbey as their location for the big day.


At this point, they want the Royal wedding to be a media circus. Chances are there are gonna be thousands of people outside watching Will and Kate get married. I’ve already booked my tickets for the Royal wedding, I’m just waiting for the actual invite. Don’t worry, I’m not holding my breath.
These two are in a hurry to tie the knot! Well, Will did wait 8 years before he actually proposed so Kate’s all about locking it in at this point.


“Kate and William both view this process rather like tooth extraction,” said one royal insider. “They want to get back to a life of relative normality as soon as possible to ‘get it over with and get back to our quiet life’, which is sweet but unrealistic.”


Quiet life? That’s so cute! Kate actually thinks she’s gonna have a quiet life. The only way she will have that kind of life is if she never leaves one of the many castles that she’s gonna be able to live in. Other than that her quiet life is OVA!







Go ahead and say it - Jennifer Grey is having the time of her life.
Jennifer put the finishing touches on her nearly perfect run on "Dancing with the Stars," as the former "Dirty Dancing" beauty captured the mirrorball trophy as the Season 11 champ!


On her way to the title, Jennifer strung together an impressive run of perfect scores, garnering five consecutive perfect 30 out of 30s during the semifinal and final rounds on Monday and Tuesday night.
The streak was broken with a 29 out of 30 on her final dance - an "instant" cha cha cha - but it wasn't enough to keep the title out of her hands.


Kyle Massey and partner Lacey Schwimmer were runners-up, and Bristol Palin and Mark Ballas finished in third place.


The victory also marked a special achievement for pro partner Derek Hough, who became the first "Dancing" pro to nab three mirrorball trophies (he previously won in Season 10 with Nicole Scherzinger and Season 7 with Brooke Burke).


"All we wanted to do for the final was go out there and do our best and just make sure we knew we did our best and that's really what it's about," Derek told Access Hollywood's Shaun Robinson following Monday's show. Jennifer and Derek chose to take on their very first dance of the season together - the Viennese Waltz to "These Arms of Mine" - a song from her "Dirty Dancing" days with the late Patrick Swayze.








Porn actress Capri Anderson threatened Charlie Sheen with a television appearance full of lies if the top-rated television actor didn't pay for her silence, Sheen's lawyer alleged today, firing back at Anderson's claims that she feared for her life during last month's altercation at the Plaza Hotel in New York City.


"They told us that if we did not write them a check that they were going to go on the air and they were going to lie about what occurred that night in the Plaza Hotel room," Sheen's attorney, Yale Galanter, told "Good Morning America" today.


Anderson and her attorney appeared on "Good Morning America" Monday to say that she would be filing a criminal complaint against the "Two and a Half Men" actor, alleging that Sheen abused her and threatened to kill her the night police responded to the posh hotel and found Sheen disoriented and reportedly naked while Anderson was hiding in the bathroom.


Sheen's camp responded later in the day with an extortion suit, claiming Anderson asked for $1 million to keep her story out of the media. It also alleged that Anderson stole a $165,000 watch from Sheen's hotel room.


"This girl has just changed her story. She has absolutely no credibility," Galanter said of Anderson's appearance Monday. "It's totally untrue. It's complete fabrication. It's just a complete pack of lies."


Anderson was scheduled to meet with a New York district attorney who is considering a second-degree harassment charge against Sheen. Although rarely enforced, a conviction could mean 15 days in jail.
Anderson's attorney, Keith Davidson, sent a statement to ABC News late Monday condemning Sheen's extortion suit and calling it "utter nonsense."


Anderson herself alleged extortion Monday, claiming Sheen sent her a text message the day after the incident, offering her $20,000 for her silence.


Galanter confirmed there were a series of text messages sent back and forth, but denied there was ever such an offer. Anderson, he said, was complaining about a damaged purse and Sheen offered to pay her whatever money she was out for the evening.


And while Anderson claimed she was paid simply for a dinner appearance with Sheen and his entourage -- including his ex-wife, Denise Richards -- Galanter countered that "she was hired to be the entertainment for the evening."


Both sides agreed Anderson was never paid to have sex with Sheen.






Gyptian makes his debut on the UK Singles chart

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Following his recent win at the Soul Train and MOBO awards, Gyptian has debuted on the UK Singles chart with Hold Yuh.
Hold Yuh which peaked at number 77 stateside on Billboard's Hot 100 chart and at number 69 on the Canada Hot 100 chart hops onto the UK Top 75 Singles chart at number 16.


This is the first time in four years that a Jamaican artiste is featured as lead on any single that has cracked the Top 30 portion of the UK Singles chart.


Sean Paul was the last artiste to have achieved this feat. In 2006, Temperature entered and peaked at number 11.


Hold Yuh has already peaked at number 54 on the European Hot 100.







The Manchioneal Police yesterday arrested three men suspected to have been involved in the burglary of a mimi supermarket at Zion Hill in Portland.


A Grey Toyota Townace minivan in which the three were allegedly travelling overturned at Ross Craig and plunged 150 feet into a ravine. The vehicle was allegedly loaded with items stolen from the mini supermarket earlier in the morning.


According to the police, the men were held close to the crash site some time after the accident.


The police said that the mini supermarket was broken into at about 3:00 am, following which they were summoned to the area. But before the police arrived, the thieves drove away, heading towards St Thomas when the accident occurred.


The quick action of the police prevented persons who had gathered near the crash site from removing the stolen goods that were seen strewn about the deep ravine. The goods included corned beef, sardines, syrup, beer, dragon stout, cooking oil, sanitary napkins and a cash register.


A bag containing a steel cutter, a crow bar, an iron pipe, a screw driver, a wrench and other items were recovered at the scene of the accident.


Shop owner Novelette Tummings said she was alerted to the burglary, but by the time she responded the thieves were long gone with over $200,000 worth of goods.


Police later said the vehicle has since been traced to an owner in St Thomas.


In recent times there has been a series of break-ins in the parish, especially on Monday nights.





Mavado a hit at LIME Christmas roadshow in Falmouth

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The crowd that gathered in Falmouth's Water Square for the Trelawny leg of LIME's Christmas Pon Di Remix Roadshow Tour had clearly come to see Movado.


Crowds surrounded the bus carrying the popular entertainer and his entourage when it arrived at the location as the concert was building to its climax. The DJ went directly from the bus to the stage where Aidonia, ended his set by jovially handing over the mic and leaving the platform free for the people's choice.


From then on the occasion belonged to Mavado who performed to an ecstatic reception and was mobbed by fan, including young children, when he eventually exited the stage.


Prior to the arrival of the 'Gully god', teenaged sensation QQ was the clear crowd pleaser as he delivered a lengthy set which was an engaging combination of dancehall and cabaret.


Showing confidence well beyond his years, the high schooler had an on-stage dance off with two young female fans before effortlessly incorporating the young ladies into the remainder of his performance.
"I've been definitely working on my stage performance," QQ said after the show.

"I've been watching live performances by people like Beenie Man and Michael Jackson and looking at ways that I can be a better entertainer and connect with my audience."


Falmouth also gave a warm reception to up and coming ladies Ishawna and Timberlee, the dependable Wayne Marshall and the smooth voiced Marlon Binns.







Bank of Jamaica Governor Brian Wynter is really living like a fat cat.


Finance Minister Audley Shaw provided Parliament with only the figures for Wynter's monthly living expenses, ranging from security costs to the lease amount for his temporary residence.

As to what would be the base salary of the present governor he would only say "the salary of the governor is the same base salary that was received by the previous governor".


The monthly living expenses for Wynter and his family, who had been relocated from Barbados to Jamaica, would be $1.057 million, compared to the just over $1.4 million it cost for his predecessor. Of that figure, $273,094 was to cover security costs, $140,980 household personnel, $50,000 electricity, $19,000 water, $15,000 telephone and US$6,500 for rental.


According to Shaw, $118,094 had been spent by the BOJ to prepare the premises for occupancy.
Like his predecessor, Derick Latibeaudiere – whose contract was terminated October 2009 because it was "unacceptable, embarrassing and repugnant" -- Wynter has a basic salary of $14.5 million, Shaw reported.


But it is not know just how many millions it will increase by when other allowances provided for under his contract are added.


Shaw, who gave the information in answer to questions tabled in Parliament by Opposition spokesman on finance Dr Omar Davies, said





Round-head pleads not guilty to ganja charge

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Dancehall entertainer Otis 'Round-head' Morrison pleaded not guilty to the charge of possession of ganja, when he appeared in the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate's Court on Monday.


Roundhead had his bail extended until December 8 but asked the court if he could get a later date as he would be going on tour.


Roundhead's request was granted and he is expected to return to court on January 31.


The entertainer was arrested in August when police found an ounce of vegetable matter resembling ganja in his pocket.









I am prepared and ready for action.
Preparing a recipe with multiple ingredients and steps requires planning and preparation. Baking an apple pie requires peeling and seasoning the apples, preparing the crust and preheating the oven. Pie-making goes more smoothly when I have all the things I need at my fingertips.

The same can be said about my life with Spirit. When I am prepared, aligned and at one with Spirit, I easily and effortlessly achieve my goals. I am less stressed and more peaceful. I prepare myself through prayer, meditation and by listening to inner guidance. Because I am ready, I easily step into right action. I know that all is well, because I have prepared for it.

Prepare your minds for action; discipline yourselves; set all your hope on the grace that Jesus Christ will bring you when he is revealed.--1 Peter 1:13





Lock up Zebra and dash whey di key

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It's obvious that this dangerous animal belongs in a cage. Cause one man caan charge suh much time fi di same crime star.


From di fuss time him rape dem shoulda neva let him out cause look much woman dem coulda spare di same fate.


Jah know star, di 30 years nuh sound enough, dem fi meck him star till dat dey sitting dry up and widder up.









Eva Longoria and Tony Parker's divorce looks like it's going to keep getting uglier. First, there were rumors of infidelity involving Parker, then Longoria appeared to blindside her soon-to-be-ex-husband by filing divorce papers in Los Angeles last Wednesday.

Then, Parker hit back by initiating his own surprise divorce proceedings in his native Texas. TMZ reported that the Friday (November 19) filing was a surprise to Longoria and her lawyers and that the "Desperate Housewives" star was "very upset" when she found out about it.

As for the reason for the divorce, Parker's petition reportedly states, "The marriage has become insupportable because of discord or conflict of personalities between Petitioner and Respondent that destroys the legitimate ends of the marriage relationships and prevents any reasonable expectation of reconciliation."

Citing unnamed sources, the gossip site reported that both sides wanted to enforce the prenup they signed before their lavish 2007 wedding. When Longoria's lawyer filed her divorce papers, the box that reserved her right to collect spousal support was checked, violating the terms of the prenup.

Fearing that Longoria's actions left open the chance that she would challenge the prenup, Parker's lawyers took preemptive action to protect his client in Texas by counter-filing. The move was made because it could be easier for Parker to enforce the prenup in Texas than in California. The site noted that Parker's divorce papers did not mention the prenup, but instead said that he believed Longoria "will enter into an agreement for the division of their estate."

After earlier denying that she and basketball player Parker, 28, were headed for divorce, Longoria, 35, filed papers on Wednesday citing "irreconcilable differences" and seeking spousal support from the San Antonio Spurs star.

TMZ reported that calm had been restored by Sunday and that there was no more drama over the dueling petitions, but as of press time there were still two divorce filings in two different states, so one of the stars is going to have to blink.






T.I. Blames His Dentist For Drug Addiction

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n his last magazine interview before going to jail Clifford T.I. Harris speaks candidly on his prescription drug addiction.

“I had a lot of work done to my teeth. Oral surgery, extractions, six, seven, eight root canals,” he tells Erik Parker for Vibe magazine. “Between January to February. As soon as I got out, I had a lot of stuff done. In the joint, you eat shit that is unhealthy for you. I had fillings that fell out and stuff that had to get dealt with. Of course for the pain they gave me oxycontin and hydrocodone.



And, mind you, on October 13, 2007, I had cut off everything―weed, alcohol. Then I get these pills and I start taking them for the pain at first. And then I’m like, Wait―this shit makes me feel good. And it’s legal.

After the pain went away, I kept taking it. I had like five, six prescriptions. So I had, like 80 pills.

Everybody else might have a drink or smoke a blunt, I took a pain pill. Times when I had 18-, 20-hour days, I’d take a pain pill. And eventually I developed―I guess―the beginning stages of dependence.”








Here we were thinking after Soulja Boy called Kat Stacks the “scum of the earth” that he hated her; we were sadly mistaken. Soulja Boy on KYSDC not only seems like he is coked up during the interview but said that he loves…I repeat LOVES, Kat Stacks!

He goes on to say that he doesn’t do coke, that he has never been to rehab and that he and Kat Stacks verbal scuffle over Twitter was nothing more than the typical break-up argument.

He wants to be called “Dre” in-fact he admits if you call him “Dre” he’ll like you.

All he’s missing is the “itch-less scratch”





Busy denies feud with Twin of Twins

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Dancehall artiste Reanno Gordon Busy Signal has denied having recently recorded a dub plate as a counteraction to a lyrical attack by Twin of Twins.

Reports are that the Deejay said that it was actually a dub plate; he recorded for sound system Cash Money in 2006. In addition, it did not involve the name of an artiste, and the dub was not done as a counteraction for any songs done by the dancehall duo.

The whole thing started over a recent mix tape that was released by the sound system which has a Busy song throwing a few choice words at the Twins. However, Busy claims that the Twins' name was spliced into the old dub, and a clip from Bling Dawg's Summer Jam earlier this year was added, in an effort to create excitement about a possible confrontation.

The Twins has a song called: Mix-Up, which made reference to a track done by Busy. So apparently, Cash Money is trying to start something, because before this, no response was ever heard from Busy regarding what the Twins said in their song.

The deejay, who says he is not interested in an confrontation with anyone, as if he was, he would have probably done that a long time ago, recently returned from a one-month European tour that covered countries such as Russia, France and Germany.






GREGORY ISAACS FUNERAL SERVICE

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DMX Arrested In Arizona…Again

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According to Allhiphop.com the candidate for the most arrests by a rapper was tagged in the Maricopa County section of Phoenix on Thursday for a parole violation and jailed. This is the sixth arrest in Maricopa County alone for DMX.

According to several sources X was cited for possession of Cocaine, Oxycontin without a prescription and driving with a suspended license.

The troubled MC was working his way back into the public eye for something other than arrests. Just last week he performed in Scottsdale, Arizona where he proclaimed “F*ck the industry and f*ck Jay-Z.”

That statement alone must have made his producer Swizz Beatz very uncomfortable, who just released a song with X call “Ya’ll Don’t Know” but is a frequent collaborator with Hov.








Nicki Minaj waited for the perfect time to speak on Lil’ Kim…Album release time! During an interview with Angie Martinez in the Hot 97 VIP lounge head Barbie Nicki went in, finally commenting on her beef with “The Queen.”

Nicki’s recent single “Roman’s Revenge” sparked a world of controversy for its subliminal shots at Kim. ”Yeah, I said it has-been, hang it up–flat screen” was just one of the many references to the Queen Bee.

Lil’ Kim has picked at Nicki for some time, without response but that’s all over. Nicki Minaj truly went in on Lil’ Kim and I think she may have started the next big rap beef!
Nicki seemed like she was bursting to get all this out:

“[Kim] just really jumped out of the window and you got to be careful when you pick fights. That’s what I learned in this business. You just never know. I think people get me mistaken wiht like a real Barbie… they forget where I’m from. If i have to revert back I can, and I will. Don’t play with me. I respect you and love you.

I’ve said it in every interview, time and time again. And if that’s not good enough for you mama, then it’s something deep rooted in you. Something is bothering you inside….”

“She picked a fight with Foxy, she picked a fight with Eve, then she picked a fight with Remy…Everytime you’re in the news it’s cause you getting at somebody”

“Put your music out and when I see your name on Billboard that’s when I’ll respond to you. Other than that. Goodbye!”

“And that doesn’t take away from the respect I have for you. You know when a mom got to beat you and she says this is going to hurt me more than it hurts you.”

Nicki goes on to say she asked LIl’ Kim during a Lil’ Wayne tour if there was a problem, and Kim responded “no” and asked to take a picture with her.

Foxy asked “Why you keep on giving props to Kim? She don’t like you, she be dissin’ you…”

Nicki thinks it’s because of her new found success.

“When you become competition people go wait”!

“You’re going to go down in history as a sore loser!”









President of the Republic of Colombia, His Excellency Dr. Juan Manuel Santos Calderón, has said that his country is willing to share its expertise with Caribbean countries, particularly Jamaica, in the fight against drug trafficking.

"We are aware that only by working together, Jamaica, Colombia and the rest of the world that are increasingly being affected by the drug cartels, that we can jointly overcome this problem," he said.

He was speaking at a public lecture at the University of the West Indies (UWI), Mona campus in Kingston on Friday November 19.


President Santos said that his nation continues to fight the phenomenon with more and more success, with a professional and trained police force that has been learning from over 40 years of fighting the drug cartels, adding that it has been a successful war to dismantle the big cartels.

"The subject of security and the effective fight against transnational crimes, such as drug trafficking, is a matter crucial to our nation's future. Many countries in the Caribbean and Central America are going through tremendous difficulties similar to those Colombia faced in the past because of drug trafficking and its terrible effects on society," he said.

He pointed out that, in its fight against drug trafficking, Colombia has lost some of its best politicians, police, judges and leaders, but has managed to preserve its principles and democracy, noting that it is from the lessons learnt that the country can help other nations.

President Santos said that Colombia wanted to help Jamaica become effective in the fight against drug trafficking, before it is too late.


We in Colombia committed a big mistake thinking that that problem is not such a big problem. When we discovered it was a big problem, it was too late and we had to fight very hard to overcome it. But, we are telling our Central American and our Caribbean friends, don't go into what drug and alcohol addicts usually go into, (that is) the state of denial," he said.

President Santos stated that Jamaica and Colombia share many common goals, and that his country's relationship with Jamaica and the wider Caribbean is important in tackling the problem of drug trafficking.





Police tyres allegedly slashed by JLP supporters

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The tyres to a police service vehicle in Clarendon were damaged by green clad supporters of the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) Sunday morning while on their way to the party 67th annual conference at the National Arena.

According to a report on RJR News just after 11 0'clock, the driver of a mini-bus was transporting supporters when on reaching a section of the Toll Gate main road, the driver reportedly caused two other motorists travelling in the opposite direction to take evasive action.

The bus driver was reportedly driving recklessly.

Police officers who were on patrol attempted to stop the vehicle however, the driver sped away.

The vehicle was chased by the police who managed to force the bus driver to stop short distance away.

It is reported that while the police were talking to the driver, JLP supporters came out of the mini-bus and began to behave boisterously.

It is further reported that members of the group slashed all four tyres on the police unit.

However, because the police were unable to pinpoint who carried out the attack, no action was taken and the supporters were allowed to continue on their journey.

Superintendent Dathan Henry, Head of the Clarendon Police, confirmed the incident.

However, he said the police on the scene took the particulars of the driver as it relates to a breach of the Road Traffic Act.






Dela Vega City under curfew

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A curfew, which began at 6:00 pm yesterday, is now on in sections of the St Catherine North Division (Dela Vega City). It will remain in effect until 6:00 pm tomorrow.

The boundaries are:

NORTH: Along an imaginary line at Dela Vega City playing field from Port Henderson Road to Salt Pond Road.

SOUTH: Along the Spanish Town Bypass from Port Henderson Road to Salt Pond Road.

EAST: Along Port Henderson Road from Dela Vega City playing field to the Spanish Town Bypass.

WEST: Along Salt Pond Road from the Spanish Town Bypass to Dela Vega City playing field.

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








I am one with the family of God.


Each day, we interact with people moving through their individual experiences. Some are encountering joy and love; some are meeting with trial and tribulation.

But we all walk the path of life together. Whether we know each other or not, we are all members of one spiritual family, for we are all children of God and united in Spirit. As we support each other in prayer, our bond is strengthened.

Prayer has the power to unite us one to another. We experience this power right now as we pray for others and as we reach out with support and encouragement. Through the power of our unity, we walk the path of life as one.

Now concerning love of the brothers and sisters ... you yourselves have been taught by God to love one another.--1 Thessalonians 4:9





The Daily Word - INNER PEACE - November 20th 2010

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Divine peace soothes my mind and heart.
At times, I feel the pull of life's circumstances. When I am immersed in a disagreement or drama, I may have difficulty remembering the stillness at my core. When I shift my focus and return to center, I am reminded of the deep peace within.

The love of God is my anchor. Nothing is required of me but to know that peace, love and harmony are found within.

As I rest in the stillness of the silence for a few moments, I allow the presence of God to arise in me. Peace soothes my mind and heart. When I return to face the situation at hand, I bring God's peace with me and experience its transformative qualities.

I will make a covenant of peace with them; it shall be an everlasting covenant with them; and I will bless them and multiply them, and will set my sanctuary among them forevermore.--Ezekiel 37:26





New York celebrates Bob Marley week

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THE US-based Americas Society has just wrapped its inaugural symposium on Bob Marley and his legacy, in New York.
The three-day event, exploring the life and work of Marley the musician, composer, Rastafarian and world cultural icon, brought together associates and compatriots of the first third world superstar including musicians, poets, and scholars.


Among the highlights was a conversation between Chris Blackwell, the founder of Island Records who launched Marley and the Wailers internationally and John Farley, author of Before the Legend:Rise of Bob Marley (2006).


It also featured Ibo Cooper music instructor of the Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts, Herbie Miller of Jamaica Music Museum/Institute of Jamaica, scholars Robert Hill in a panel discussion on Marley as a consummate musician and as national hero of Jamaica. The discussion was moderated by Queens College's Christopher Winks.


Related events, was the launch of Review 81 Bob Marley and His Legacy, featuring guest editors Lorna Goodison and Christopher Winks as well as poets/writers including Jacqueline Bishop, Kwame Dawes, and Shara McCallum.


The Americas Society is the premier forum dedicated to education, debate and dialogue in the Americas. Its mission is to foster an understanding of the contemporary political, social and economic issues confronting Latin America, the Caribbean and Canada.

And to increase public awareness and appreciation of the diverse cultural heritage of the Americas and the importance of the inter-American relationships.






A 40-year-old male teacher of a Clarendon school, who is charged with sexually molesting a 14-year-old female student, was offered bail on Thursday when he appeared before the May Pen Resident Magistrate’s Court.


The teacher, who is charged with carnal abuse, was offered bail in the sum of $300,000.
As part of his bail condition he is to report to the police three times a week.


The accused is to return to court on January 6 next year.
The court was told that on November 2 around 4 o'clock a student at the school was passing by a section of the building when he saw the teacher and another student having sex.


The student reported what he saw to school administrators who called in the police and the teacher was arrested and charged.





$120M worth of cigarettes stolen from Port Bustamante

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The Organised Crime Investigation Division and the customs department have launched an investigation into the theft of millions of dollars worth of cigarettes and tobacco products from two shipments, at Port Bustamante.

Cigarettes and other tobacco products worth more than $120 million were stolen from two transshipment containers, last week, at Port Bustamante.

The Customs Department issued a release on Thursday, warning wholesalers, retailers and consumers that they will be prosecuted to the full extent of the law, if they purchase any of these items from unauthorized dealers.

Persons who are found in possession of these products will be arrested for breaches of the Customs Act, and the full penalties will be applied.

       The Contraband Enforcement Team says it is now investigating the theft of the goods from two transshipment containers at Port Bustamante.

The contents of the containers included cigarettes of the “Capital” and “Marlboro” brand, which were destined for other countries within the Caribbean Region.

The CET says continuous operations have resulted in the retrieval of a number of boxes of the illegal cigarettes.

  The stolen items are easily identifiable, as they bear little or no health warning, as required by the Bureau of Standards, while others are marked “for duty free sale only”.

 





US marshals take David Smith into custody

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Olint boss David Smith is reported to be en route to the United States to face a raft of criminal charges stemming from operations surrounding his failed ponzi scheme empire.

US marshals swooped down in the Turks and Caicos Islands earlier Thursday to take custody of Smith who is now serving time in prison.

The Olint boss was sentenced to six and half years in prison after he pleaded guilty to conspiracy to money laundering and two counts of conspiracy to fraud in the Turks and Caicos.

On Thursday afternoon Mr. Smith’s lawyer, Oliver Smith says he expected is client to land in the United States where he will face criminal charges in a Florida Court.

The attorney swiftly dismissed speculation that David Smith was extradited.

 “He is on his way to the United States but it is not an extradition. We have agreed for him to go up so it’s not an extradition, pursuant to a consent agreement between myself and the US Attorney’s office,”

 “I don’t want it to be portrayed as an extradition, an extradition has certain connotations as if he is a fugitive. [I am expecting him to arrive in the United States] very shortly, in the next day or two,” Mr. Smith said.

Mr. Smith also said he does not know if the former Olint boss has left the Turks and Caicos Islands.

Meanwhile, legal documents filed in a Broward Country Court in Florida obtained by RJR News labelled David Smith as a self proclaimed religious genius, who convinced over one thousand investors from the US, Jamaica, St. Kitts, Panama, Greneda and the Dominican Republic, that he could produce a 10% return per month in foreign currency trading.

 

 





Bambino to host Youth View Awards

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The 4th annual Youth View Awards will be held on February 5 and popular artiste, producer and radio discjock Bambino will be the host. He was announced to huge crowd over the weekend and everyone there seemed pleased at the choice.

Bambino was quite happy at being selected and promises those who attend, a show like no other.

The Youth View Award winners are selected by teenagers and include categories such as Role Model of the Year, Artiste of the Year, and Best TV Show.








I am aware of the power of God within me.As I reflect on my life, I can see that each event has led me to a greater understanding of God. I see how one experience prepares me for another; there is divine order on my life's path. Every event and lesson has contributed to my understanding.

In close, loving relationships I discover the ways in which God's love shows itself to me. When a loved one passes, times of sorrow teach me that life and love are eternal. When I get up and try again, when I overcome challenges and succeed, I gain a new awareness of the power of God within me.

Whatever unfolds in my life today, I trust in divine order. A greater understanding of God is being revealed to me.

Truly I direct my steps by all your precepts. ... The unfolding of your words gives light. --Psalm 119:128, 130





Lawyer: Bruno Mars court appearance postponed

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Bruno Mars' lawyer says a court appearance for the singer-songwriter to appear on a Las Vegas cocaine charge is being postponed.


Attorney David Chesnoff tells The Associated Press the 25-year-old "Just the Way You Are" singer won't have to appear in person Thursday in a Las Vegas courtroom.


Chesnoff says Mars will get a new court date.


Mars' real name is Peter Hernandez. He's accused of having 2.6 grams of cocaine when he was arrested after a Sept. 19 performance at a Las Vegas nightclub.


If convicted on the possession of a controlled substance charge he could face up to four years in prison and a $5,000 fine.
Mars' lawyers are Chesnoff and attorney Blair Berk of Los Angeles, where Mars has lived since 2002.






Rihanna, Bieber, Santana, Pink ready for the AMAs

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The American Music Awards are typically so packed with performances, the actual awards are almost an afterthought.That's likely to be the case again this year, with at least 16 performances planned for Sunday night's ceremony at the Nokia Theatre."Each performance is like a show unto itself," said producer Larry Klein, adding that last year's show boasted a mile-long stack of set pieces.


His team encourages each artist to come up with a unique concept and look for their performance, and almost anything goes.


For Pink, that means a stage full of skateboard ramps, skateboarders and aerial artists. Another performer (Klein wouldn't say who) will appear on an industrial set with moving boxes and elevator lifts.


Carlos Santana, who is performing with Gavin Rossdale, says he doesn't have any special tricks up his sleeve other than to envelop the audience with music and "make the females happy."


"That delicious sensuousness, it's a whole galaxy in itself," he said in an interview. "When Gavin sings 'Bang a Gong' and Santana plays, you set the table... It's very sensuous, and that's one of the main ingredients to make women happy."
Santana said his fiancee, Cindy Blackman, will accompany them on drums.
Other performers scheduled to take the stage include Kid Rock, Justin Bieber, Taylor Swift, Katy Perry, Ke$ha, Christina Aguilera, Ne-Yo and Usher.


Santana said he's eager to see Ne-Yo perform: "He's the closest to Michael Jackson without wanting to be Michael Jackson, and I love Michael Jackson."


Bon Jovi will perform an extended set to celebrate the band's 25 years in music: A medley of fan favorites.


Rihanna will open the show "with a song no one's ever heard her do before," along with a track from her new album, Klein said.
Closing the show will be New Kids on the Block and the Backstreet Boys in their first-ever TV performance together.


Rapper Eminem and country trio Lady Antebellum lead nominees with five apiece. Bieber is up for four awards, while Ke$ha and Perry have three bids each.


Nominees were determined by radio play and music sales, but fans voted online for the winners.
The American Music Awards will be broadcast live on ABC.





Lady Gaga meets Rihanna in Nicki Minaj

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She may not be quite as famous as Lady Gaga and RIhanna, but Nicki Minaj is apparently hoping to change all that by mimicking their style.


The rapper caught plenty of attention as arrived for an appearance on the Wendy Williams talk show in New York today in a really outrageous outfit.


Her blonde, pink-dipped wig and pale pink lipstick emphasised looked like it was straight out of Lady Gaga's wig collection.
And her fluorescent pink tights, black lace bodysuit and pink bra seemed inspired by Rihanna's racy wardrobe.


Minaj, 26, accessorised with black and diamante ladder boots and multi-coloured square bangles to top off her look.


Surprisingly concerned about keeping out the cold in her skimpy outfit, Minaj wrapped a pink and blue scarf around her neck in case she got a bit chilly.


She stopped to pose for pictures with fans and signed autographs on her promotional tour for her debut album Pink Friday which is released this week.


But it's not just her outfit that has people talking.
She has been at the centre of rumours she has had buttocks implants to increase her substantial rear end.
The protege of rapper Lil Wayne has said she is not concerned by the speculation.


She said: 'People will pick anything to talk about, and that happens to be the thing at the moment. I love being a conversation piece'.
She has recently joined with Black Eyed Peas frontman Will.i.am for the track Check It Out in which Cheryl Cole has a cameo role in the UK version.


Having won a slew of new artiste awards this year, Minaj has claimed that she doesn't want to be defined by her sexual image.









Erin Barry has been revealed as the woman at the centre of Desperate Housewives's star Eva Longoria's divorce. Access Hollywood reports that Longoria's husband Tony Parker, 28, sent the mother of two, hundreds of 'sex texts' . Mrs Barry, 37, is estranged from her husband former NBA basketball star Brent Barry, Parker's former San Antonio Spurs's teammate. Her father-in-law confirmed to TMZ that she filed for divorce from her husband of 12 years just last month.

The sportsmen, seen posing together with their wives in an undated photo, became friends when they played together for the Spurs from 2004 to 2008. And yesterday, Longoria, 35, filed for divorce in Los Angeles after telling friend and television presenter Mario Lopez, that she had discovered texts alleged to be from Barry, on her husband's phone.

Erin, 37, has been married to Brent Barry, now an NBA TV host, for 12 years. And according to Access Hollywood, divorce papers were filed on October 29.

Barry's father, NBA Hall of Famer Rick Barry, told celebrity website TMZ: 'I feel horrible for my son. I'm in shock. I knew [Erin] was moving out of the house soon and she was the one that filed for divorce. This is the straw that broke the camel's back.'

Rick added: '[Brent] is going to be devastated. I can't even imagine him going through this ... the divorce was hard enough news.'
The couple married in San Francisco in 1998, and Erin has followed her husband from city to city as her husband played for six different teams before retiring last year.

Brent Barry played alongside Tony Parker for four years for the Spurs, during which time she got to know actress Eva.
The Barrys have two sons, Quin, nine, and Cade, four. Erin said in a 2006 interview that full-time mothers don't get the respect they deserve and need to stick together.

'Moms need to be more supportive of each other,' she told the San Antonio Woman.
'Being a mom is hard work, and it's taboo to admit that we're not perfect.'
As well as being a wife and mother, Barry has also worked as a special advocate for abused and neglected children.
She has said: 'It is very hard work. People ask me how I do it. I say, "How can I not do it?"'

But the reputation the WAG has carved out for herself as a devoted family woman and charity worker is being thrown into disrepute as the scandal unfolds. Access Hollywood reports that when they reached Mrs Barry over phone, she was 'audibly emotional' and declined to comment on the matter.
Tony Parker was tight-lipped when approached by reporters outside his team's locker rooms yesterday.






January 20, 2011 court date for Ryno

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Deejay Blak Ryno, who is accused of assaulting Vybz Kartel business partner Cory Todd, is scheduled to return to Corporate Area Resident Magistrate's Court on January 20, 2011. The artiste, whose real name is Romaine Anderson is charged with assault occasioning bodily harm and possession of an offensive weapon following an alleged fight with the businessman on September 30 at MegaMart Wholesale Club on Waterloo Road in Kingston.


Todd's wife Shemara, is also to return to court on the said day for reportedly assaulting the entertainer's girlfriend, Aneka McDonald during a second fight at the wholesale.


The matters were set for mention yesterday, but were rescheduled after Blak Ryno and his female companion did not appear. The artiste's attorney, Patrick Peterkin, told the court that his client who was recently involved in a motorcycle accident had a medical appointment.


The accused persons had their bail extended by Senior Magistrate Judith Pusey.


According to the police statement, the entertainer and Todd reportedly got involved in a fight after Anderson reportedly issued death threats to Todd.


During the fight Anderson reportedly pulled a knife at Todd. However, Todd only suffered a bruise to the top section of his back.
The female companions of both men who were present during the altercation reportedly got involved in fight of their own when McDonald reportedly went back inside the supermarket to search for her boyfriend's jewellery after his fight.


It is alleged that Todd's wife attacked her and used her fingers to inflict bruises to McDonald's face and neck.


According to Todd's statement, the entertainer attacked and accused him of not playing his songs in the club — The Building — where Todd is a manager.







Beenie Man, LA Lewis trial to begin January 5

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The trial involving dancehall deejay Beenie Man who is charged for assaulting LA Lewis, yesterday was delayed when the artiste failed to show up at the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate's Court.


Beenie Man, whose real name is Moses Davis, is charged along with Jeremy Wade, a sound system selector who is popularly known as Rolexx, following an alleged confrontation with the graffiti artiste on June 5.


Both are scheduled to return to court for trial on January 5.
According to police reports LA Lewis was driving along Perkins Boulevard in Kingston when his vehicle scratched the back of Beenie Man's car, an Audi Q7, damaging the vehicle.


It is alleged that Beenie Man became angry and refused to settle the matter with LA Lewis who claimed to have offered to pay the artiste $50,000 for the damage.


An altercation reportedly developed between Beenie Man and LA Lewis in which the graffiti artiste claims he was hit in the face, while Rolexx is said to have gotten involved in the scuffle.


But both men have denied the allegations with Beenie Man pleading not guilty to assault occasioning bodily harm and Rolexx pleading not guilty to assault at common law.


However, yesterday when the case was called up for the start of the trial, Beenie man was absent as a result Resident Magistrate Georgianna Fraser rescheduled the matter.





No clashes at Sting 2010

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Isaiah Laing, the promoter of Sting, has indicated that the 2010 staging of the show will shift from the traditional format, where clashes would be the predominant factor.


Sting is known for its many memorable clashes, but this year, Laing said the show will be built on unity.


“There will be no clash, this year but there might be a powerful collab,” he said.


There are lots of surprises in store for the fans of the event but this will not be divulged until the media launch on November 23.


This year artistes will be performing under six segments: The Thirteen Bad Girls of Sting featuring Cecile, Pamputae and Lisa Hyper; a comedy hour with Tanto Blacks and Twins of Twins, spotlight, disc jocks, starlight and the Thirteen Warriors of Sting.





PNP pushing for Robertson's removal

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The Opposition People's National Party (PNP) has repeated its call for Mining and Energy Minister James Robertson to be relieved of his post pending an investigation into controversial allegations against him.

The Party reiterated the call in a statement in which it accused Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) officials of trying to divert attention from the matter.
The Opposition said it noted comments made by Karl Samuda and G2K to the effect that the damming allegations are part of a plot by political opponents including the PNP.


The PNP says it strongly rejects the assertion.
It adds that the statements issued by the JLP are disparaging of the Police High Command which is treating the allegations seriously and warranting investigation.


On Wednesday, Information Minister Daryl Vaz told reporters although the matter came up for discussion during the last Cabinet meeting, there are no plans by Prime Minister Bruce Golding to make any statement concerning the allegations.







Taxi man killed in shootout in Mobay

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A man is dead and three others injured, including a police Inspector, following a gun battle in front of the Barnett Street Police Station in Montego Bay, St. James shortly after 7 o'clock Wednesday evening.


What began as a routine police check ended in a bloody shoot-out which claimed the life of taxi operator Sean Marshall, 27, of Spaldings in Clarendon and Providence in Flanker, St. James.


The bizarre series of events began when a police Inspector attempted to seize Mr. Marshall's vehicle in the vicinity of a gas station on Barnett Street.
The vehicle was allegedly transporting a gunman.


Mr. Marshall reportedly refused and used a piece of iron to inflict wounds to the Inspector who fell.


He then jumped into his car which he used to hit the cop before speeding onto Barnett Street.


However, he encountered a traffic jam.
Mobile cops who were nearby spotted the cab in front of the Barnett Street Police Station and an alleged shoot-out ensued during which Mr. Marshall and two bystanders were shot.


Mr. Marshall was pronounced dead at hospital while the by bystanders, a school boy and elderly man, were admitted in serious condition.
The gunman, who was in Mr. Marshall's car, reportedly escaped through the busy transport centre where the shootout ended.






Celebrity Photo Party in Jamaica

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Singer Toni Braxton appeared at a luncheon benefiting lupus awareness and research that revealed that she too is battling the potentially deadly autoimmune disease.“Take a look, this is what lupus looks like,” Braxton said to a surprised audience as she accepted one of two Women in Achievement awards at the 8th Annual bag Ladies Luncheon reports eonline.com.

Braxton who is an American Heart Association spokeswoman also suffers from pericarditis, an inflammation of the heart lining that has left her prone to high blood pressure and heart palpitations and has interfered with her performance schedule over the years.

This has been a rough year for the singer, she’s also dealing with financial difficulties.

We hope she gets through this.





The Blak Ryno saga continues

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January 20 will see former Portmore Empire member Blak Ryno back in court.
Ryno is accused of assaulting Vybz Kartel business partner Cory Todd.


Todd's wife Shemara, is also to return to court on the said day for reportedly assaulting the entertainer's girlfriend, Aneka McDonald during a second fight at the wholesale.

The matters were set for mention yesterday, but were rescheduled after Blak Ryno and his female companion did not appear.

The artiste's attorney, Patrick Peterkin, told the court that his client who was recently involved in a motorcycle accident had a medical appointment.

The accused persons had their bail extended by Senior Magistrate Judith Pusey.


DPP and senior magistrate to face off in the Supreme Court.






Wha meck Beenie and LA nuh stop waste court time?

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Jah know star, LA Lewis fi stop look him minute a glory inna di spotlight and fling out di court case.Chu, every time a read bout dem trial mi jus haffi hiss mi teeth. You woulda tink sey a dem big big case deh just a waste juror, judge and lawyer time.

Meck di two a dem guh settle out a court and work out whey dem a work out. Wi nuh need nuh big big trial fi dat.


Di latest from di case is dat Beenie Man neva show up
at the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate's Court.
Di poppy show case will continue January 5, 2011.






Sting all about unity this year

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Isaiah Laing, the promoter of Sting, has indicated that the 2010 staging of the show will shift from the traditional format, where clashes would be the predominant factor.

Sting is known for its many memorable clashes, but this year, Laing said the show will be built on unity.

“There will be no clash, this year but there might be a powerful collab,” he said.

There are lots of surprises in store for the fans of the event but this will not be divulged until the media launch on November 23.



This year artistes will be performing under six segments: The Thirteen Bad Girls of Sting featuring Cecile, Pamputae and Lisa Hyper; a comedy hour with Tanto Blacks and Twins of Twins, spotlight, disc jocks, starlight and the Thirteen Warriors of Sting.








I release anything and everything that no longer serves my unfolding good.The grace of God frees me from old habits and error-thinking. In this freedom, I align my mind and open my heart to the Christ Presence within.

By quieting any unnecessary thoughts, I awaken to the present moment and am freed of fear, doubt and worry.

I release beliefs that no longer serve me and prepare the way for greater good. I carefully monitor my thoughts and actions, inviting all that is right and good to take root and grow in my consciousness.

All else--any negative thought, careless word or inappropriate action--I relinquish to the power and presence of God within me.

Through the power of elimination, I grow. Through growth I become more Christ-like. In my Christ-likeness, I am happy, strong and free.

Perfect love casts out fear.--1 John 4:18








Red headed Ri Ri,granted Power 105.1 an exclusive interview where she discussed her embarrassing herpes rumor, Drake, and blog sites.

On hurting Drake’s feelings:

“I would definitely say, that was wrong, he doesn’t know what he’s talking about. We just became friends and we left it at that. We get along really well. Drake has a youthful thing about him and he is very melodic with the way he writes and I felt I needed someone like that for “Whats My Name”

She also spoke about her herpes rumor:

“I have a scar on my lip and they turned it into an std rumor. To see that they turned it into that, really hurt.”








Foxy Brown appeared in court on November 16th and vowed to defend herself against a charge that she violated a court order by mooning her neighbor during a dispute in July.Foxy is accused of violating a 2007 protective order filed by her Bed-Stuy neighbor Arlene Raymond, with whom she has infamously feuded since 2007, when Foxy was accused of hitting Raymond in the face with her Blackberry.

Tensions between the two allegedly boiled over this summer when the two had an exchange of words, during which Foxy allegedly called Raymond a “dirty b***h” and then flashed her bare bottom at the woman.

According to the New York Daily News, prosecutors have not offered Foxy any type of plea deal in the case, but her lawyer, Salvatore Strazzullo, stated that he wasn’t interested in a plea deal for the rapper anyway.

“We want them to dismiss the case,” Strazzullo said. “It’s really a case of nonsense.”





Scenes from Uptown mondays

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Scenes from Weddy Weddy Wednesdays

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Taylor Swift is a Serial Dater

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Taylor Swift is only 20-years old and she's already dated so many dudes. She claims she's a serial dater because she doesn't like wasting anyone's time when she knows she's in the wrong relationship.



"It's a little strange that I'm typically single a lot," Swift tells the December issue of Allure. Umm, she's actually always in a relationship or coming out of a relationship.

"I have a phobia about being in the wrong relationship," admits Swift. "So as soon as I establish it's not the right one, I don't want to waste their time."



Taylor has already dated Joe Jonas, Taylor Lautner, John Mayer, Glee's Cory Monteith and now Jake Gyllenhaal! Yeah, I lost count too!



I'm convinced that she only dates dudes to get material for her new albums. Once she gets her inspiration, she's out! And when it's time to promote the new album she starts dating another dude to get some press. Smart girl! Use 'em and leave 'em!






New Details on Nicole Richie's December Wedding

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Nicole Richie and Joel Madden are finally tying the knot after keeping us waiting for years!


As Hollyscoop has previously reported, RadarOnline.com says the two are getting hitched next month!


Sources say Nicole and Joel will marry at her dad Lionel Richie’s Beverly Hills home in front of a star-studded guest list of 75.

"Christmas has always been about family and faith for Nicole and Joel, so there is not better time of the year for them to wed," an insider said.


Come on, you two! Didn’t you get the memo that Christmas is the worst time for a wedding because everyone else in the world is either traveling to see their family or on an extreme budget? Oh yeah, guess that doesn’t apply to celebrities…


Two people who will reportedly def be in attendance? Christina Aguilera and Samantha Ronson—let’s hope the latter isn’t allowed a guest, just in case you-know-who weasels her way into the event.
Richie’s BFF Masha Gordon is apparently the maid of honor, and Joels twin bro Benji will be the best man. The flower girl is apparently Harlow, their daughter. Adorbs!


As for a honeymoon? A source says, "Nicole and Joel will spend Christmas with their family after the wedding, before heading off on honeymoon.”






Rosie O'Donnell Announces Breast Cancer Scare

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Rosie O'Donnell announced today via her blog that she may be facing a battle with breast cancer.


Rosie wrote one of her signature haikus to describe what she’s going through, which you can read here.



She explains that doctors found two lumps in her breasts last week, and they are currently being biopsied. She insists to her fans that the doctors say it’s "probably nothing."


But what’s scary is that her own mother died of breast cancer at age 39. Rosie herself had a lump removed at the age of 30 as well.


Take a look at Rosie’s piece—it’s pretty powerful.
We’re all keeping her in our thoughts…story developing…





Kate Middleton Surprised by Prince William Proposing

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Has Kate Middleton been living under a rock?


Apparently the new princess-in-training was “surprised” by Prince William’s proposal. The regal couple sat down with ITV News to discuss the engagement, which happened on a recent trip to Kenya.

"I didn't really expect it all," Middleton told Tom Bradby of ITV News in the U.K. "I thought that he had maybe sort of thought about it, but no, it was a total shock when it came – and I'm very excited."


Ok, she’s either really naïve or is just plain playing dumb. Did Kate just happen to miss the bazillions of articles about their looming engagement???


As for Willie, he said he’d been carrying that rock around with him for weeks—let’s hope he was traveling with security!


Prince William Proposed With Princess Diana's Enagagement Ring
"I'd been carrying around the ring with me ... for about three weeks before [proposing]," he says.

"I would not let it go. You hear a lot of horror stories about proposing and things go horribly wrong, but it went really, really well."






Eva Longoria and Tony Parker Divorce?

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Are Eva Longoria and Tony Parker getting a divorce? Longoria's rep has released a statement saying the report is "100% false."


However, according to TMZ, Parker was the one who filed for divorce!
He reportedly filed papers yesterday in Texas.


The two have been married since July of 2007. There were reports earlier on E! that there may be trouble in paradise—Eva pulled out of the taping of Anderson Cooper's CNN Heroes of 2010 television special last minute over the weekend.


Her rep is not talking at this point.
This is such sad news. And we’re shocked, since just a few months ago, Tony had gushed about wanting kids. He said back in June, "We're thinking about it. Pretty soon. She's got one more year with Desperate Housewives, so we'll see what happens."


He also talked about what a “great mom” Eva would make. Longoria said back in 2008, "I can't wait,” when asked about children.


Eva seemed so in love with Tony too—even getting the number “9” tattooed on the back of her neck, his initials on a mystery spot, and her wedding date "VII VII MMVII" on her wrist.


But as you may recall, there were rumors a couple years back that Tony had been cheating on his wife.

But Eva brushed them off, and stood by her husband, cheering him on at games and sharing public dinners.


"They are perfectly happy, despite everything that's going on," a source told People at the time.








With its drugs scandals, break-ups, engagements and more wild parties than anyone – particularly those involved – can remember, the past decade has certainly been turbulent for Kate Moss.


Yet throughout the turmoil the supermodel has maintained her ‘tousled sexiness’ – and yesterday she was named the best-dressed woman of the past ten years.


In the first list of its kind compiled by Vogue, Miss Moss was judged to have had more influence than any other model or celebrity on the way other women dress.


In a supplement, the magazine has named 11 of the world's most sartorially stylish celebrities.


And it has given them each a title, representing glamour to urban style and raw individuality.


But is Miss Moss, 36, who has clearly emerged as the most important.
Vogue style director Alexandra Kotur said: 'At every moment Kate Moss has looked chic and cool.
Carey Mulligan beats Scarlett Johansson and Keira Knightley as she secures £2million role in The Great Gatsby remake
'We chose people who were thinking out of the box, women who look as if they’re wearing what they really wanted to wear.
‘The whole Vogue editorial team and fashion staff brainstormed to come up with the list.


"Our parameters were to highlight from the year, and the overarching theme that we observed was to recognise an emphasis on the individual."


Although the list did not rank the women in league table, Miss Moss clearly emerged as the most important dresser for the magazine’s editors.


Elsewhere Lady Gaga was named as most ‘visionary’ for her astonishing array of bizarre outfits, whilst First Lady Michelle Obama was named the most independent.





Mystery surrounds killing of Hollywood publicist

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BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. – It was a scene befitting a Hollywood true crime drama: A prominent Beverly Hills publicist was gunned down in her Mercedes-Benz after attending a movie premiere, sending the luxury car careening into a light post near Sunset Boulevard.


Police said Ronni Chasen was shot in the chest several times and killed early Tuesday in an attack that stunned Hollywood, where she was a revered figure after promoting the Oscar-winning film "Driving Miss Daisy" and other major movies and stars over the years.


Police had no motive or suspects and said no threats had been reported against the 64-year-old Chasen.

The mystery deepened later in the day when police seized computers from her firm, Chasen and Co.
Fellow publicist Howard Bragman called the killing bizarre.
"She wasn't a shady character," he said. "It's a small community and she was one of the fixtures in it."


Calls and e-mails to representatives of Chasen and Co. were not immediately returned.
Witnesses said they heard gunshots in the serene Beverly Hills neighborhood and called 911 before going outside to help.


"I heard the 'Boom! Boom! Boom!' of gunshots, ran up to the window, and there was the back of the car," Nahid Schekarchian, who lives in an apartment above the crash site, told The Associated Press.


She said her daughter-in-law called 911 and her son and a neighbor ran down to the car and found Chasen, who was struggling to breathe and bleeding from her nose and chest.


The front passenger's window was shattered.
The killing took place after Chasen attended the premiere of the movie "Burlesque," which the trade publication Variety said she was promoting for Screen Gems to position the soundtrack for an Oscar nomination.


Chasen was struck down in the midst of her busiest time of year — Hollywood's award season, when the movie studios mount expensive campaigns to promote their better films for awards consideration using spin-specialists like Chasen.


She also was working with 20th Century Fox on a supporting actor Oscar campaign for Michael Douglas in "Wall Street 2: Money Never Sleeps," according to Allen Berry, a publicist for the actor.






Beenie Man teams up with dancehall friends

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Dancehall veteran, Beenie Man has enlisted the help of his superstar friends on the musical project he has dubbed “Beenie Man and Friends”.


In a release, Beenie Man says that no other artiste has attempted anything like this before as he wrote, arranged, co-produced and performed on all eight singles on the bouncy dancehall beat.


The project features the artistes such as Khago, D’Angel, Ding Dong, Fambo, Deva Bratt, Laden and others.


Beenie has also been trying to convince Bounty Killer to participate in the project, but Beenie claims the “logistics of getting him to voice the song is hard”.


Beenie Man has received mixed reactions to his invitations to some of the best and brightest stars in dancehall to put their voices on the track, but has waved off the disappointment by plowing forward.





Photos of reggae icons on exhibition in New York

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A collection of portraits, performance and personal shots by photographer Kim Gottlieb-Walker are now on exhibition in New York.


Through her photos, Gottlieb-Walker charts the rise of reggae with an unparalleled insight into the genre’s most iconic artists.


The images were captured in Jamaica and Southern California in the mid 1970s and many of them will go on display for the first time.


This collection of powerful and pivotal pictures features Bob Marley, Peter Tosh and Bunny Wailer, Lee “Scratch” Perry, Heptones, Inner Circle and Jacob Miller, Jimmy Cliff, Junior Murvin, Toots and the Maytals, George Harrison, Burning Spear and Third World.



The exhibition will close on November 18.








Grace Silvera has completed her interim posting with the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC), but Red Stripe Jamaica says she will not be taking up her old job with the beer company.


The disclosure came in a joint release commending Silvera for the work she did as executive director of the JCDC.


"After a 15-year career marked by significant achievements in interna-tional marketing and communications with Red Stripe, I thank Grace Silvera for her tremendous contribution to the business," said Alan Barnes, managing director of Red Stripe.


"I've really enjoyed my year of serving Jamaica. I thank everyone at the JCDC, Red Stripe and Diageo, for making this possibility a reality. I will remain a lifetime ambassador for Red Stripe and have enjoyed my 15 years unreservedly," Silvera said in the statement.


Silvera was seconded from the beer company last year to serve a one-year term with JCDC as its executive director. Her task was to help revitalise the national cultural programme.


Silvera's last public JCDC event was the launch of the agency's newly created website. During her tenure, an agreement was sealed with Claro Jamaica for an annual J$60-million sponsorship.


"She has done a fantastic job leading the development and operationalisation of the JCDC strategic development plan. She's been an outstanding leader, who has used her exceptional skills to help to build up this important cultural institution, which is at the centre of our cultural development strategy," said Olivia Grange, minister of youth, sports and culture.


At Red Stripe, Silvera last served as head of international marketing at the date of secondment - a job that was taken over by Marguerite Cremin.





Romain Virgo returns from successful US tour

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Jamaican singer Romain Virgo returned to the island after a very successful one-month tour of the USA.


The tour took the singer, along with fellow Reggae artist Capleton, to New York, Connecticut, Boston, North Carolina, Chicago, Kentucky, Colorado and New Mexico.


Virgo's European tour is scheduled to begin in two weeks.






Teen footballer murdered in Portmore

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The bodies of two Portmore residents, one of whom is a Manning Cup footballer, were discovered in their community on Tuesday morning.
They have been identified as 50-year-old Leonard Hamilton and 17-year-old Okeif Lewis, otherwise called ‘Bill’, both of Newland in Portmore, St. Catherine.


Reports from the Bridgeport Police are that about 12:55 a.m. residents heard loud explosions and summoned them.


Upon their arrival they saw a three-bedroom board house ablaze.
The Waterford Fire Department extinguished the blaze and conducted cooling down operations.


A search was conducted of the burnt structure and Lewis’ charred remains were found.
Further checks at the rear of the premises revealed the body of Hamilton.


It had a gunshot wound.
Detectives from the Portmore CIB are investigating.





Colombian President visits Jamaica, Friday-Saturday

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KINGSTON (JIS) -- Jamaica/Colombia relationship is expected to be strengthened through bilateral talks this week-end, particularly on the issue of national security, officials in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade have said.


Prime Minister Bruce Golding, is slated to meet with President of the Republic of Colombia, His Excellency Juan Manuel Santos Calderon, on his arrival in Jamaica on Friday (November 19).


The Colombian President is expected for a two-day State Visit, November 19 to 20, at the request of the Prime Minister, during which he will also meet with Leader of the Opposition, the Most Hon. Portia Simpson Miller. Mr. Golding had attended the President's swearing-in in Bogota in August, during which talks began between them on strengthening bilateral relations.


Colombia's experience in dealing with its own security-related problems makes the country an important partner for Jamaica, where security is high on the foreign policy agenda. It is expected that a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on the Sharing of Financial Intelligence will be signed.


They also share strong relations on the subject of education, and President Santos is expected to address the UWI community during his visit. He will be met by Minister of Education, Hon. Andrew Holness, UWI Principal, Professor Gordon Shirley and Vice Chancellor, Professor Nigel Harris.





West Kingston don on police wanted list

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The Area Four Police are now searching for a man by the name of Omar Miller who they say is seeking to take over the leadership of Western Kingston.


Superintendent of Police Arthur Brown of the Kingston Western Division told a press conference this morning that his team is moving to prevent a violent confrontation in West Kingston as Miller seeks to retrieve weapons that were issued in the lead-up to the bloody confrontation between thugs and the security forces in May.


Meanwhile, Assistant Commissioner of Police Gervis Taylor has appealed to the public to assist the police in apprehending Miller and 15 other wanted men, 10 who are wanted for murder and six for shootings.


Miller, better known as Andy Foul to his cohorts, heads a host of suspected gunmen for whom the police are searching.


Brown disclosed that Miller lived in Tivoli Gardens until the security forces operations in the community in May.


He described Miller as the interim leader of the Tivoli Gardens gang and said he’s wanted for his involvement in several murders.
Miller is of fair complexion, medium built and is about 170 centimetres tall.


He has a gold tooth and wears plaited hairstyle.
The police claim that this is being resisted by the gang members and violent confrontations are expected as a result.


Superintendent Brown also listed Collin Hugh Brooks and Ricardo Wright both from South St. Andrew among the list of those wanted.
Wright is said to be vying for the leadership of the Singer Gang in Arnett Gardens.


Another name which featured prominently on the Most wanted List is Christopher Linton otherwise called Dog Paw.


Linton, 24, is 177 centimetres tall, thick lips, bushy eye brows and wide nostrils.










I am at peace with the world around me.


Peace is always an option and today it is my choice. Peace guides my thoughts, responses, decisions and actions. There is nothing in the outer world to fear, for peace is my decision. What could possibly disturb the eternal peace of God that is the Source of my peace?

If I observe conflict, I remember to choose peace. Sending a prayer of peace to those in turmoil, I know peace is possible in every situation. I take a breath if the conflict involves me. In that breath, I recall that peace is my decision today.

Responding from my center of peace, I am calm and at ease as I move through the day. My words are kind, comforting and supportive. I am at peace with the world around me.

I will grant peace in the land, and you shall lie down, and no one shall make you afraid.--Leviticus 26:6





JA Pegasus records $14.6M third quarter loss

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An increase in operating expenses has left the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel in the red.


The hotel, which will soon have a new majority owner, suffered a $14.6 million loss during the July to September quarter.


This versus a $11.4 million profit during the corresponding period last year.


During the three months, Jamaica Pegasus saw revenue increase by $2.8 million to $240 million.


However, this was eroded by operating expenses rising by $15 million to $107 million as well as administrative and other costs being higher than was reported last year.






TT Prime Minister apologizes for post-Tomas comments

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Trinidadian Prime Minister, Kamla Persad-Bissessar, has apologised to the region for recent biting comments which drew the ire of several regional heads, the business community, and media.

Addressing a press conference in Trinidad, in late October, Mrs. Persad-Bissessar said that her administration had no intention of helping CARICOM countries hit by Tropical Storm Tomas without some benefit accruing to the twin-island republic.

Angry Caribbean people described her comments as insensitive and said they went against the principles of regionalism.

There were scores of stakeholders calling for a boycott of Trinidad products.

Now more than two weeks later Mrs. Persad-Bissesar has apologised on RJR's Beyond the Headlines.

“Ah maybe, it was most unfortunate and I do apologize for the statements that have been taken in this regard. I remain committed to regional integration and to our CARICOM brothers and sisters,” Mrs. Persad-Bissesar said.

The Trinidad Prime Minister says since the controversial comments were made, her administration has extended the hand of assistance in the form of several shiploads of containers dispatched to the islands affected by the recent flood rains.

She added that Haiti is also to receive assistance despite the logistical problems.

The Trinidad Prime Minister went on to clarify her comments.

“The way I envisioned it is that, I can only give from my home, I think [St. Lucia] Prime Minister Stephenson King put it in these words and I appreciate, when he said what Kamla is saying…that we don’t expect her to go out and shop for us and so she would give us goods and supplies out of Trinidad and Tobago, that is what I meant really. It is most unfortunate the way my comments have been received and I do apologize for that,” she said.





Are Whitney & Ray J Dating Again?

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Whitney Houston was spotted leaving The Capital Grille restaurant in Atlanta with her ex Ray J last night. Ray J” was all smiles as he escorted his favorite cougar to her car, followed by Whitney whispering what I think was something naughty in his ear before taking off together.

Ray J’s “Raydiation 2″ his fifth studio album is about to be released.









Kanye West has even more drama in his life…A few months ago, I told you guys that Kanye paid Amber Rose close to a million dollars to keep her mouth shut about their relationship, well I think I’ve finally found out what went down!!

According to mediatakeout, Kanye has a new song about which he talks about his relationship with Amber Rose. And in the song, he admits to CHOKING HER.

Here are the lyrics:

You weren’t perfect but you made life worth it

Stick around, some real feelings might surface

Been a long time since I spoke to you in a bathroom gripping you up and choking you

What the hell was I supposed to do

I know you ain’t getting this type of d**k from that local dude

And if you are I hope you are have a good time

Cause I’ll definitely be having mine

Oh Kanye, please get some help!!





Coke returns to court today

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Christopher 'Dudus' Coke, the former reputed Jamaican drugs and weapons dealer, will return to a Manhattan Court today for the next phase of his pre-trial preparations.

Coke has been in jail since June when he was extradited to face charges of allegations of illegal dealings in drugs and gun running.
Prosecutors at the United States Attorney's Office for the southern district of New York, have meticulously been preparing their case and providing material to Coke's defence team.



The case, which attracted worldwide attention following a stand off between US and Jamaican Government authorities over Coke's extradition earlier this year, is being presided over by US Federal Judge, Robert P Patterson.



Patterson will likely set a trial date for sometime in the Spring at tomorrow's hearing. In the meantime, defence attorneys who are still expecting more materials from prosecutors, will be submitting motions to the court within the next 60 days. These will likely include objections to some of the material.






Deputy DPP calls for an end to the Obeah Act

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Deputy Director of Public Prosecutions, Jeremy Taylor, has criticised the nation's legislators for the retention of the law which penalises the age-old practice of obeah.

Addressing Saturday's annual general meeting of the St. Catherine chapter of the Lay Magistrates Association of Jamaica, Mr. Taylor says such a law is inconsistent with section 21 of the Jamaican constitution.

“It cannot be shown in Jamaica where the practice of obeah is a danger to public safety, public order and public morality or public health of the nation. The retention of this law is repugnant to the spirit of the Constitution and must be repealed,” Mr. Taylor said.

He added that the police no longer seriously enforce the Obeah Act.





Babyface delivered big time

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Babyface, came saw and conquered. He was ahit at the National Indoor Sports Centre on Saturday when he performed on the event produced by Turnkey Productions.


Many women gathered at the front of the stage wnating to be as close to him as possible. Some had their hands outstretched as he delivered classic love anthems he is known for such as Never Keeping Secrets, Two Occasions, Wonderful Tonight and his mega hit Whip Appeal.


He could do no wrong for the many female fans who sang along full gusto song after song.


Babyface was not the only one who moved the crowd. Home girl Diana King was in full flight. She delivered with her hits including Shy Guy.


Nomaddz and failed to sparkle, but the same could not be said of the Silver Bird Steel Band. They were really delightful to watch.


While the venue wasn't packed to capacity, there could be no denying that those who turned out had a great time.


MC for the evening was Carlette DeLeon.





Brittny Gastineau Dating Michael Phelps

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Brittny Gastineau has a new man in her life and he's a bit of an overachiever.

Brittny has been dating gazillion Olympic winner Michael Phelps on the down low.

Sources tell Hollyscoop they were at the Mondrian Hotel together on Friday night and went to the Grove in Los Angeles the next day for some shopping.

"They're really into each other," a source close to the couple tells Hollyscoop.

Their only challenge? Living in different cities. Michael lives in Baltimore and Brittny lives in LA so they're trying out the long distance thing. What do you think of this hot new couple? Tell us your thoughts!





Kim Kardashian Confesses: I'm Married

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Kim Kardashian made an interesting claim this week--she's married!

No, she's not married to Reggie, Miles, or any other athlete. She's married to her job.

Kim admits that while she certainly thought she would be married with kids at 30, being married to her job has opened a lot of different doors. Like doors to $3 million dollar mansions in Beverly Hills.

“I was nervous about turning 30. But so far it’s been very fulfilling and thrilling,” she told Access Hollywood. “I’m sure there are lots of interviews from when I was 25 and people said, ‘Where do you see yourself when you’re 30?’ And I would have said, ‘Married with babies.’"

She added, “I feel like I’ve gone through enough to where I do know myself, but I’m like married to my work right now. I’m such a workaholic. That role is completely fine for me. I’m not looking.”

She can pretend she's fine with it, but we can tell she wants a man pretty bad in her life. Who do you think she should be set up with?





Haitians blame UN mission for cholera outbreak

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There have been violent protests in Haiti against United Nations peacekeepers, who have been blamed for the cholera epidemic that has killed more than 900 people, a report from BBC Caribbean states.

A senior UN official briefed the agency about the violence, and says he is expecting a significant increase in the number of cholera cases, following a nationwide review.

Nigel Fisher told journalists that United Nations has been using Haitian government figures for the number of sick and dead but these are based on those who seek treatment.

Mr. Fisher said he expected to find the real number significantly higher. This is the first cholera outbreak in Haiti and it has triggered fear and confusion.

Mr. Fisher said in some cases people had protested against attempts to build cholera clinics in their neighbourhoods.

The UN peacekeeping spokesman also confirmed reports of violent demonstrations outside a UN base north of the country, he said UN troops fired tear gas at protestors throwing stones and disrupting traffic.

Some Haitians hole UN peacekeepers responsible for the cholera outbreak.

The suspicions concern a different base of soldiers located on the river system where the epidemic broke out.

Mr. Fisher repeated UN statements that no evidence has been found to justify these accusations.







There was a chaotic scene along Haughton Avenue, in New Kingston, on Monday afternoon.

A licensed firearm holder reportedly fired several shots at two men who tried to rob a businesswoman along the busy thoroughfare.

It is reported that shortly after three o'clock, the woman was leaving a travel agency along Haughton Avenue, when she was accosted by two men who demanded her purse.

The woman refused their demands and this led to a scuffle.

A licensed firearm holder, who observed the woman resisting the robbers, intervened, and fired several shots at the men.

However, the men escaped.

It is believed one of them was hit.

The woman reportedly received minor bruises during her stout resistance to the men.

The police, who were summoned to the scene, combed the New Kingston area and its environs in search of the men.

The incident caused a massive traffic pile-up along Trafalgar Road.





Hundreds mourn Barry Chevannes

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Hundreds of mourners paid their last respects at the thanksgiving service for the late Professor Emeritus of the University of the West Indies Barry Chevannes on Monday afternoon.

Prime Minister Bruce Golding and Opposition Leader Portia Simpson Miller joined the academia and representatives of several organisations which Professor Chevannes represented at the UWI Chapel.

Representatives of the Peace Management Unit; Violence Prevention Alliance gave stirring tributes on the late Professor's work.

PMI representative and a longtime colleague, Horace Levy described Professor Chevannes as a peacemaker, fighting against the pain and despair upon which the island stands on.

Professor Chevannes, who was a noted sociologist, died on November 5 after a brief illness.

In addition to his contribution to public service, Professor Chevannes was chair of the Council of the Institute of Jamaica, and the founder of Fathers' Incorporated as well as Partners for Peace.

His interment will take place privately at a later date.








The Commissioner of Police, Owen Ellington, has directed that Assistant Commissioner of Police, Leslie Green, head of the Criminal Investigation Branch (CIB) investigate the reported media material concerning serious allegations against energy minister James Robertson, the police said in a release.

"The police have interviewed the complainant and a statement has been taken. Witness protection measures have been offered and appropriate steps taken to ensure the safety of the individual," said the police.

An appeal is being made for any persons with information on these incidents/allegations to contact the regular hotlines:

• 311 Crime Stop

• Police 119

• 811 Kingfish or

• to ACP Green's office on 960-1617 or cell 426-3252





Portmore carnival returns

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Popular promoter Errol Bailey, whose company owns the Portmore Carnival brand, said he has finally given in to pressure from residents who have been demanding a return of the event after a few years’ absence.

He said that he is bringing back the event because of the overwhelming demand from residents who grew up attending the fetes.

Bailey also said that he has earmarked a new carnival village for the rebirth of the event.

Portmore Carnival will launch the weekend of Ash Wednesday at the new carnival village in Portmore.

There will be eight weeks of carnival fetes every weekend leading up to carnival week.







I embody radiant health and vitality.
The human body is complex and beautiful. Every cell, tissue and organ is a masterpiece of divine engineering.

During my daily activities, my body protects, repairs, regenerates and revitalizes. It is a gift, worthy of my love and care.

I stem any negative thoughts about my physical self and embrace a deep sense of gratitude for my body.

I see that my body is blessed with the power and strength of God. I praise and give thanks for the divine life flowing through me.

As I see my body for the miraculous vessel and vehicle that it is, I experience greater fitness and health. I think health. I talk health. I see health expressing. I am the embodiment of radiant health and vitality.

Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, which you have from God, and that you are not your own?--1 Corinthians 6:19





DiCaprio attacker pleads no contest to assault

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A woman charged with smashing a wine glass into actor Leonardo DiCaprio's face at a Hollywood Hills party in 2005 pleaded no contest on Friday to assault with a deadly weapon.

Aretha Wilson, 40, is expected to be sentenced this month to two years in a California prison under a plea deal with the Los Angeles District Attorney. She will likely receive credit for the 330 days she has already served in jail.

Superior Court Judge Patricia Schnegg told Wilson in court on Friday, it was still unclear if she would get credit for home detention in Canada, where she was living before being extradited to the United States for trial.

Outside the courtroom, Wilson's defense attorney told reporters that he expected her to serve her time in prison then return to Canada. Her plea came as she was nearing her trial for the attack on the "Inception" star that injured his neck and ear.






Fiance reveals Miranda Lambert's birthday present

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What do you get for the girl who has everything? An iPad.

Country singer Miranda Lambert celebrated her 27th birthday at the CMA Awards in Nashville Wednesday night, taking home three awards. Before the show started, her fiance and fellow country singer, Blake Shelton, revealed to The Associated Press what he got her for her birthday.

"She's been after me wanting an iPad lately, or asking me if I've seen one," he said. "She's freaking rich, man. She can get whatever she wants. So, I just have to go buy things like right when they come out so she doesn't have a chance to get them yet."

The couple, who plan to wed in the spring, have been dating for five years.

"We're to the point in our relationship to where it's like, 'Hey, just tell me what you want. Well, give me an iPad.' I said, 'OK.'"

Shelton and Lambert are now the reigning male and female CMA vocalists of the year. In addition, Shelton won CMA musical event of the year for "Hillbilly Bone" with Trace Adkins, and Lambert won album and video of the year.





Kanye West cancels upcoming 'Today' performance

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Kanye West has backed out of a scheduled performance on NBC's "Today" show after getting upset with how his interview with host Matt Lauer this week was handled.

West's record company confirmed the cancellation to "Today" on Friday after the rapper said on his Twitter account that he wouldn't perform. He was scheduled to appear Nov. 26, part of a promotion drive for his new disc, "My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy," which is being released Nov. 22.

During the interview, which was taped Tuesday and aired Thursday, West appeared thrown when "Today" aired a video clip of an embarrassing moment - when he grabbed a microphone from Taylor Swift at the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards and said Beyonce should have won an award instead of Swift.

West tweeted this week that he felt "set up" by the interview and that Lauer tried to force his answers. His cancellation notice was accompanied by mixed messages.

"Much love to Matt and the whole Today show," he said in a Twitter message. "I accept ya'll future apology in advance LOL!"

In the interview, West talked about former President George W. Bush's angry response to West saying after Hurricane Katrina that Bush "doesn't care about black people." "Today" played a clip of Bush speaking about it in his recent interview with Lauer. In seeking a reaction, Lauer noted that it was the most emotional Bush had become during three and a half hours of talking with him.

"Don't even listen," Lauer said. "I want you to look at his face."

That appeared to upset West, who looked away.

"I don't need you guys to show me the tape in order to prompt my emotion about what I'm going to say," he said.





Jessica Simpson engaged to former NFLer Johnson

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Look out, Nick. Jessica is engaged now too.

Jessica Simpson representatives Lauren Auslander and Cindi Berger tell The Associated Press that the singer and sometime actress is engaged to former NFL player Eric Johnson.

The announcement comes less than two weeks after Jessica Simpson's former husband and "Newlyweds" co-star Nick Lachey announced his engagement to longtime girlfriend Vanessa Minnillo.

The 30-year-old Simpson and 31-year-old Johnson - who played for the San Francisco 49ers and New Orleans Saints - have been dating since May.

Simpson tells People magazine she'll be singing on a float in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, and her fiance and his family will be joining her.

Simpson and Lachey split in 2005 after three years of marriage.





Over 900 dead from cholera in Haiti

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Haiti's cholera toll has risen above 900, including dozens of deaths in the teeming capital, as the epidemic showed no sign of abating just two weeks ahead of presidential elections.

Health Ministry officials reported Sunday more than 120 new deaths since the previous toll, as authorities and international aid agencies struggled to contain the latest crisis afflicting the desperately poor Caribbean nation.

Nearly one month after cholera took hold, the confirmed fatalities rose to 917, up from Friday's 796 recorded deaths.

The recent increase in fatalities has been steady and not a spike, but it nonetheless highlights the difficulties of tamping down an outbreak in a country desperate for better infrastructure and health services.

As concerns rise over massive health challenges in the aftermath of the country's cataclysmic earthquake almost a year ago, Haiti confronts the hardening prospect of national elections two weeks from now in the midst of a series of disasters.

Of Haiti's 10 provinces, six now have been touched by the cholera epidemic according to the health ministry, which said 14,642 people so far had been treated in hospital, about 2,300 more than on Friday.

At least 27 of the deaths were recorded in the teeming capital Port-au-Prince, including its largest slum Cite Soleil and its suburbs.

Most of those treated already have been released, but a wave of new infections is swamping understaffed and ill-prepared hospitals and clinics across the country.

Officials fear the scale of the epidemic could increase exponentially if cholera infiltrates makeshift camps in Port-au-Prince where hundreds of thousands of earthquake survivors live in cramped and unsanitary conditions.

A cataclysmic earthquake flattened much of the capital in January, leaving more than a quarter people dead and an estimated 1.3 million of Haiti's 10 million population displaced.

Amid the crises, Haitians are due to vote for a new president and parliamentarians in late November.





Gyptian for Negril One Love Reggae concert

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Fresh on the heels of copping the Soul Train Award for Best Reggae Artiste, Gyptian will headline this week's One Love Reggae Concert tomorrow night at the Negril Escape Resort in Negril.

This will be his first appearance in Negril since he shot to international prominence earlier this year, with the smash Billboard hit Hold Yuh and his many fans in the west will no doubt expect a very exciting performance from him. The artiste, whose real name is Windel Edwards, has been having a great awards season so far, having also won the UK-based MOBO award for Best Reggae Artiste a few weeks ago.

Gyptian came to local prominence earlier this decade with the hit song Serious Times, and has since then grown steadily to become one of the consistent reggae singers in recent times. This can be attributed to quality of his songs and his electric personality along with the fact that he is a good stage performer.

Last Tuesday supporters of the weekly concert series in the resort town of Negril, were treated to a very exciting performance by veteran reggae artiste Tony Rebel. OTher Reggae acts scheduled to appear on the line-up in coming weeks are, Ky-Mani Marley, Richie Spice, Queen Ifrica, Tarrus Riley and Marcia Griffiths.





No repeat of bloody extraditions saga, vows PM

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Prime Minister Bruce Golding says his government will make legislative changes to prevent a repeat of the bloody melodrama surrounding the extradition of Jamaican Christopher 'Dudus' Coke, alleged by the United States to be a major criminal kingpin.

He made the announcement on Sunday but did not disclose the specific law or laws to be amended, but said the changes would remove the impediments that existed in the Coke case, which constituted a breach of Jamaican law.

He said the amendment has already been authorised by Cabinet and was now being prepared by the chief parliamentary counsel.

"As soon as that is completed, we will take that to Parliament and we will amend the law so that we do not run into this kind of problem in the future," Golding said.

The Golding administration argued, in nine months of toing and froing over the Coke extradition request - dating back to August 2009 - that US authorities did not provide enough information about the co-conspirators and that wiretap evidence, handed over to US authorities by a Jamaican policeman, was illegally obtained.








A new Deputy Leader has been crowned in the governing Jamaica Labour Party (JLP).

Dr. Christopher Tufton defeated the incumbent, Dr. Horace Chang during the private session of the annual conference of the JLP's Area Council Four Sunday.

Dr. Chang, who held the position for seven years, lost by more than 200 votes.

It was a very tense day which saw one of the largest turnouts ever at a Deputy Leader election.

Voting got off to a late start, but according to General Secretary Karl Samuda it was in a bit to ease the cluster and ensure a smooth election process.

“We started at 12 o’clock, but the organisation to get the people in, because it is a high profile election we wanted to make sure that everything runs smoothly. It is the Electoral Office that is conducting the elections for us and everything has to be in top shape,” Mr. Samuda said.

One thousand one hundred of the 1,251 eligible electors voted in 15 polling stations at the Green Island High School.








I discern what is mine to do.
Decisions come easily in some situations, but seem harder in others. If I find myself becoming overwhelmed in considering all the factors, I step back, remembering that I need never make a decision alone; the spirit of God is with me. Logic is helpful, but inner guidance leads the way.

There is a special sense of "rightness" in a solution that makes nobody wrong. Perhaps I am guided to make amends with another person or forgive someone. I let go of the mind chatter of worry and doubt to remember that God is with me. When I follow the urgings of Spirit, I am led to act in the most loving and productive way. I discern God's will for me and know what is mine to do.

So let us not grow weary in doing what is right, for we will reap at harvest time, if we do not give up.--Galatians 6:9






The Daily Word - FREE - Sunday, November 14, 2010

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I know the power of Spirit in me. I live free.
There is a power within me that does not depend on any outer circumstance. The power of Spirit, the Christ of my being, is fully present at all times.

Any limitation in my life is simply an illusion my mind creates when it gives power to a false belief. I now release any belief that a person or circumstance can block the flow of my good. I release any belief that I am less than a powerful expression of Spirit, capable of a mighty work. I release all negative beliefs about my body and mind.

I affirm there is only One Power and One Presence in my life and in the universe. I claim that power as the Christ of my being. I live free from any limiting beliefs. I am gloriously free.

For freedom Christ has set us free .... do not submit again to a yoke of slavery.--Galatians 5:1





The Daily Word- KINDNESS - Sunday November 14, 2010

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I express God-love through simple kindness.
Being a vibrant creation of God-love, I bring love into every situation through kindness. Even the simplest act of kindness has the power to transform an unpleasant experience, making the world a better place.

Expressing kindness is a love-based partnership with God. Simply by smiling in a tense moment, I can change the experience of everyone involved. I can feed someone else's parking meter, leave a generous tip or bake cookies for a neighbor. There are countless ways to express the love of God that are simple yet powerful.

Throughout my day, I affrim through prayer the best for all people. This spiritual act of kindness blesses us all with God's love.

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








Add Janet Jackson’s name to the list of Jackson family members upset by Oprah Winfrey’s interview with the kids of their late brother, Michael.

Even though Janet has appeared on “Oprah” several times, she didn’t think the kids should have done it,” says an insider.

Jackson’s handlers did not respond to requests for comment. Her brother Randy Jackson recently voiced his displeasure in a more public fashion.








After meeting with her boyfriend’s Antwaun Cook’s wife Paula Cook for 14 hours, Fantasia may still be facing a lawsuit for “stealing” Cook’s husband.

Radaronline is reporting the American Idol winner met with her boyfriend’s scorned wife, Paula Cook, earlier this month in an attempt to keep the details of Barrino’s alleged affair with Antwaun Cook private and out of the Mecklenburg County courthouse.

A source close to the situation says the two women attempted to settle their dispute through private mediation but the ladies were unable to reach a settlement, propelling Cook to move forward with a civil lawsuit against the singer.

“Fantasia was prepared to pay Paula as much as $100,000 to settle during their mediation, but it fell through,” another source told RadarOnline.com.

“Paula plans on going all the way and is going to sue Fantasia for Alienation of Affection.”

Poor Fanny!!!





Marubeni to be majority shareholder in JPS

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There is to be a change to the majority shareholding partnership in the Jamaica Public Service Company (JPS).

Abu Dhabi National Energy Company (TAQA) has announced its decision to withdraw from the Caribbean partnership with Marubeni in the first quarter of next year.

Since March last year, TAQA and Marubeni have had joint ownership of utility companies in the Caribbean, including majority shares in JPS.

According to a statement posted on JPS' website on Thursday, with the withdrawal of TAQA, Marubeni will continue as the majority shareholder in the utility company until a new investment partner is identified.

Tomofumi Fukuda, Chairman of JPS and Marubeni TAQA Caribbean, says TAQA's departure will not affect the operations of JPS, as TAQA was not directly involved in the day-to-day affairs.

In addition, the management team at JPS will continue unchanged.

TAQA has indicated that its decision to end the partnership with Marubeni is due to a change in its corporate strategy.

The sustained global financial instability is among the factors that prompted the change in strategy.

TAQA has signaled its intention to focus primarily on the power sector in the Middle East and North Africa.

Consequently, it has decided to close down its US operations by the end of this year and subsequently withdraw from the Caribbean.





Rita Marley to receive ICS Garvey Award

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Rita Marley, widow of Reggae superstar Bob Marley, is to receive the Institute of Caribbean Studies' (ICS) 2010 Marcus Garvey Lifetime Achievement Award.

The award will be presented to her at the ICS 17th Annual Caribbean American Heritage Awards Gala this evening (November 12), at the JW Marriott Hotel in downtown Washington D.C.

According to President and Founder of ICS, Dr. Claire Nelson, Rita Marley is the perfect recipient for the award this year. She told JIS news that the award recognizes persons who, unselfishly, advocate to empower and uplift people of Caribbean and African descent.

Dr. Nelson said that throughout the life of Rita Marley, her music and actions have demonstrated an unconditional will to help lift the image of Africa on the global stage, while assisting Jamaicans.

The Marcus Garvey Lifetime Award is presented annually, by the ICS, to an individual or organization that has demonstrated a commitment to the principles of human empowerment of the people of African descent. Since its inception, recipients have included Reggae superstar, Jimmy Cliff; Trinidad and Tobago's Calypso star, Slinger Francisco (The Mighty Sparrow); and Frederick "Toots" Hibberts of Toots and the Maytals fame.

Last year, the ICS conferred the Vanguard Award on world and Olympic champion sprinter, Usain Bol.





Gyptian cops Soul Train Award

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Reggae star Gyptian continues to rack up awards around the globe.

This time the singing sensation has copped the coveted Best Reggae Artist title at the 2010 Soul Train Awards. The reggae singer also performed live at the awards ceremony which took place last night at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre in Atlanta, Georgia.


Gyptian recently won the MOBO awards held in London and is currently gearing up to tour with the Queen of R&B Mary J Blige at the end of this month.


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


Gyptian will now head into the studios over the next couple of weeks to record a collaboration with R&B singer Ne Yo.

Damian Marley, Mr Vegas, Jah Cure, Vybz Kartel and Gramps Morgan were the other reggae acts nominated alongside Gyptian.





The Daily Word - COMFORT - Friday, November 12, 2010

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Divine love soothes and comforts me.


Many times I have experienced another's soothing presence. Perhaps I felt someone stroke my forehead to comfort me through illness.

Perhaps I rested in the arms of a loved one when I was overcome by sadness. Such tender care in the physical world is an outward manifestation of God's love.

Whenever I am afraid, whenever I am uncertain of my next step, I allow the spirit of God to comfort me. Wrapped in God's loving embrace, I know I will never be alone.

I breathe in that knowledge and settle into the depths of peace. The love of Spirit is unwavering. The embrace of God's love is all-encompassing. I am forever and in all ways in the care and comfort of God.

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





Michael Jackson song with Akon to be released

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Lenny Kravitz, Akon and 50 Cent will be featured on the upcoming posthumous album from Michael Jackson.


Epic Records and Jackson's estate released more details about the record simply called "MICHAEL" on Friday. The song "Hold My Hand" with Akon will be the first single and debut on Jackson's website on Monday.


Akon says the song was leaked two years ago before Jackson's death but it wasn't complete. Akon says now it's finished and he's proud to have worked with one of his idols.


"MICHAEL" will feature 10 songs and is due out Dec. 14. Some were recent recordings.


The song "Breaking News" debuted on Jackson's site this week. Some of his nephews say it's not Jackson's voice but a former producer and manager insist that it is.





Rapper Shyne resurrects his career in Holy Land

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The rapper Shyne is singing a new tune: After serving eight years in prison for a nightclub shooting, the former protege of Sean "Diddy" Combs has converted to Orthodox Judaism, come to Jerusalem, and is devoting his days to the study of Torah while plotting a musical comeback.


His arrival in the Holy Land caps an unorthodox journey that began in Flatbush, Brooklyn, where he grew up and was shot at the age of 15, passed through the high-flying hip-hop universe, and landed him in a maximum security state prison before he was eventually deported to Belize - where his father happens to be prime minister.


"Being in Israel is just the exclamation point," he said Thursday. "This is the ultimate place to be who you are."


During a two-hour conversation on a hotel balcony overlooking the walls of the Old City of Jerusalem, Shyne said his connection to Judaism goes back to his childhood - when he was still known as Jamaal Michael Barrow.
His mother claims Ethiopian Jewish ancestry, but the man who now calls himself Moshe Levi Ben-David says his roots go even deeper and that even as a boy in the streets, he was oddly drawn to Judaism and identified with its biblical heroes.


"I grew up in a war, constantly battling and the only person I could relate to was King David. Of course I love Michael Jordan, I love Mike Tyson, I love the typical people that people love, Muhammad Ali, but I had more of a connection with King David," he said.


Shyne, 32, has swapped his hip-hop attire of oversized basketball jerseys and diamond studded teeth with the traditional black suit and white knee-high stockings favored by the Belz Hassidic sect. He wears a black skullcap over his shaven head, but in a reminder of his former life, he still wears stylish black Ray Ban sunglasses.





2 workmen killed on construction site in Barbican

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Tragedy struck at a construction site on Barbican Road in St Andrew yesterday afternoon, leaving two workmen dead and another hospitalised.


The men were reportedly laying pipes in a trench in the vicinity of the Chinese Cultural Centre when the embankment caved in, trapping them beneath mounds of dirt.


The police and fire departments were summoned, but the men perished before help could reach them.



The dead men have been identified as 27-year-old Orlando Bennett and Kirk 'Cornerstone' Vernon.


The third man, Johnny Reid, was reportedly injured when he attempted to rescue the other two.


He was taken to the University Hospital of the West Indies where he was being treated.


In a release yesterday evening, the National Water Commission (NWC) said it had been advised of the accident by Ronham & Associates Ltd, an independent contractor undertaking the construction of sanitary collector sewers along a section of Barbican Road in St Andrew.


"Emergency services personnel have been called to the scene and various investigations are under way," the NWC said, adding that it deeply regretted the incident and that the commission had launched its own investigation into the incident to determine all the facts.







Briton jailed for stealing almost J$5 million

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A British man has been sentenced to 21 months in prison in connection with the theft of millions of dollars in Jamaican currency from the Royal Mint in South Wales.


Thomas Ramdas was sentenced in London on wednesday nearly two years after the discovery of more than J$5 million at a storage unit in the city.


On November 26, 2008, the police raided premises rented by Ramdas and found several bags of J$20 coins totalling J$4.8 million hidden in five sealed 45-gallon plastic drums.


The Royal Mint confirmed the stash was part of a shipment of J$48 million stolen from a freight yard in South Wales in September 2000.
The 600 boxes of J$20 coins were in transit to Jamaica.


During a three-day trial at Maidstone Crown Court, Ramdas claimed he had been storing the drums for a now-deceased relative.
He said he had no idea what was inside them until a week before his arrest, when he opened one.


Ramdas said he did not think about reporting his discovery to the police.






Vybz Kartel, Mavado released

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After spending Wednesday night in police custody, dancehall entertainers Vybz Kartel and Mavado were released yesterday evening.


The men were questioned by detectives from the St. Andrew North Police Division about a shooting incident along Mannings Hill Road on Friday in which two men were killed.


"Well there was an informal questioning yesterday and the police made checks today and have released both artistes. We want to ask the communities that are affiliated or aligned to both artistes to be very careful what they say and what they do because it reflects on the artists and we don't need to have their image going in the direction of violence or involvement in criminality," said Valerie Neita Robertson, who is Vybz Kartel's lawyer.


Mavado, whose given name is David Brooks and Kartel, whose name is Adijah Palmer, turned themselves in to the Constant Spring Police on Wednesday several hours after they were placed on a list of persons of interest.






Buju now under house arrest

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International Reggae singer Buju Banton in now under house arrest at his Tamarac, Florida home after almost a year in jail.


He was released on bail from the Pinellas County jail in Tampa on Wednesday.and made the more than three hour long journey to his home in Tamarac.


Buju, 37, whose given name is Mark Myrie, left the jail covering his face and refused to comment to the media. He was in the company of his court appointed security and wearing a tracking device, left the jail
Buju will be under house arrest and will be only allowed to leave to meet his lawyers or pick up prescribed mediation.


"He can come here at the office to have lunch and prepare for the case and then he's got to go home," defence attorney David Markus said.


There will also be strict regulations governing Buju's stay at home.
The lawyer noted that the reggae singer was very grateful for the support he had received form people all over the world especially those who have been contributing to his legal funds as he prepares for his re-trial in February.


Mr. Markus also praised the solidarity shown by fellow entertainer Stephen Marley, who took out a lien on his South Florida home for the US$300,000 to help secure bond for Buju.
Buju's next hurdle is his re-trial next February.






Men held in gas racket charged

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Two Kingston businessmen, who were arrested on Wednesday in a major cooking gas racket, have been charged.


Peter Wilson, 50, a resident of Rosalee Avenue in St Andrew has been slapped with a long list of charges, including misleading and deceptive conduct; breaches of the Consumer Protection Act; breaches of the Excise Duty and Control Act; breaches of the Petroleum Control Act and operating without a licence.


The other man, Michael Campbell, 44, otherwise called "Wesley", a resident of Gold Smith Villa in August Town, St Andrew, has been charged with misleading and deceptive conduct and breaches of the Petroleum Control Act.


Mr. Wilson who was offered $500,000 station bail is to appear in court on November 23, while Mr. Campbell was offered $200,000 bail and is to appear in court on November 19.


Both men were arrested after members of the Organised Crime Investigation Division (OCID) busted a major cooking gas racket.
The cops raided an illegal gas filling plant, reportedly operated by Mr. Wilson along Rosalee Avenue.


OCID says it seized more than 300 gas cyclinders with the IGL, Shell and Petcom brands at the plant.





Tivoli thugs do it

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See it deh now, how di Tivoli people dem come out an a cuss police sey a dem paint up dem building orange and all dese tings. Dem tink police have time fi waste fig uh teck brush and do dat? Now it come out inna Star sey a same thugs dem whey nuh please wid what a gwaan do it.

Look like JLP have to guh step up to di plate if dem waan regain dem vote deh suh, cause it woulda be history if di community switch…what a woulda backside!





NHT robbed

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Thieves broke into the National Housing Trust (NHT) headquarters on Park Boulevard in New Kingston Tuesday night and stole several computers.

This was disclosed by Howard Mitchell, NHT Chairman.

"It appears that we did have a break in some time in the early hours of the morning and we have lost five computers. We are evaluating how it happened and going through the video footage, so we're not sure what happened yet. We don't have any data compromise and so we're taking steps to make sure a recurrence does not happen," Mr. Mitchell was heard telling RJR News.







Kanye West took to Twitter last night to vent about an interview he did with Matt Lauer for the Today Show.

According to necolebitchie.com, Kanye appeared on the show to talk about how he empathizes with George Bush over his feelings when Kanye said he didn’t care about Black people. But according to Kanye , Matt had another agenda.

Here’s Kanye latest rant:

……Let me tell you how they did me at the Today show…

I went up there to express how I was empathetic to Bush because I labeled him a racist and years later I got labeled as a racist…. While I was trying to give the interview they started playing the “MTV” under me with audio!!!!!!! I don’t mess with Matt Lauer or the Today Show and that’s a very nice way for me to put it! HE TRIED TO FORCE MY ANSWERS. IT WAS VERY BRUTAL AND I CAME THERE WITH ONLY POSITIVE INTENT.

I feel very alone very used very tortured very forced very misunderstood very hollow very very misused. I don’t trust anyone but myself! Everyone has an agenda. I don’t do press anymore. I can’t be everything to everybody anymore. I can’t be everybody’s hero and villain savior and sinner Christian and anti Christ!





Is Lil Wayne Going To Be A Father AGAIN?

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Lil Wayne may have yet ANOTHER illegitimate child running around — this according to a Missouri woman who hit Weezy with paternity papers while the rapper was serving time at Rikers Island. According to tmz.com,Weezy was supposed to get tested before September 10, 2010 … but since he was behind bars at the time he got the letter (dated August 20), the judge pushed the deadline to December 9.

But the story doesn’t end here, get this…The woman going after Wayne is the child’s grandmother!!

Wayne has fathered 4 other kids, that we know of!!







Palace Amusement Company has joined forces with the Ministry of Education (MOE) to offer a movie special on November 12 at all Palace Cinemas, as part of efforts to celebrate Parent Month.

Senior Advisor in the Ministry of Education, Dr. Rebecca Tortello made the disclosure on November 9, during an interview with JIS News.

"The Family Movie Night is set to take place this Friday, November 12 for the 5:00 p.m. showing. The movie is 'Megamind', and if you take a child with you, the child (12 and under) will get in for free in all Palace Theatres islandwide," she informed.

The movie will be shown in 3D at Carib, Cross Roads; Palace Cineplex, Sovereign Centre; Palace Multiplex, Montego Bay and in 2D at the Odeon Cineplex in Mandeville.

In the meantime, Dr. Tortello said that a partnership has also been formed with Restaurant Week which kicks off on November 13. During Restaurant Week, several restaurants islandwide will offer discounted prices to customers.

"We also have Restaurant Week partnering with us and at about 15 participating restaurants, if you go with your children to eat during the week, you will see some activity placemats with literacy tips, games and so on that you can share with your children while eating," Dr. Tortello pointed out.

She said that like the movie night, dining out provides an opportunity to build family relationships.

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"We also recognise and understand that dining together is another way in which communication is established and bonding can be created. We don't always have to dine out but if you can afford to go out and celebrate Restaurant Week, take your children and have a family dinner," Dr. Tortello advised.

Parent Month is being celebrated under the theme: 'Parent the Right Way, Read, Talk, Play with your Child Every Day'.





Disc jocks stand together

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It’s about time these disc jocks realize that there is power in numbers and stop standing by and allowing their own to be taken advantage of.

Look what happened to the selector at The Building because he played a song that Kartel people them didn’t approve of, how he was abused.

This foolishness must stop man. Music is for everyone, we are sure it’s all kinds of people going to these events.

But honestly look what Brian Chung place come to? In the hey days of the Asylum this could never be? It’s a good thing it’s called the Building cause the vibes coming out of it is certainly not good at all.





London funeral service for Gregory Isaacs

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Following a funeral service that was held for the cool ruler yesterday in London the body of reggae legend, the late Gregory Isaacs, will be flown back to Jamaica today where he is expected to be given a state funeral.

Many of the UK's reggae artists were among the fans gathered to celebrate the life of the reggae giant.

The thanksgiving service for the late reggae singer in Jamaica will be held at the National Indoor Sports Centre in Kingston on Saturday November 20 starting at 10a.m.

Isaacs, 59, lost his battle against cancer last month at his home in London.





Cuban light bulb trial unveils new twist

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The Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) has filed papers before the Corporate Area Criminal Court and the Supreme Court asking for Senior Magistrate Judith Pusey to remove herself from the trial against Kern Spencer, former Junior Energy Minister and Coleen Wright, his former personal assistant.

DPP Paula Llewellyn has accused the Senior Magistrate Pusey of "apparent bias" and wants her to recuse herself from the case.

The trial had been set to resume on November 15.

However, prosecutors went Ms Pusey on Wednesday and asked that she hear an application related to the case.

She stoutly refused to hear them.

The prosecutors then went before Supreme Court Judge, Mr. Justice Horace Marsh who granted them a stay, blocking the continuation of the trial.

The Senior Magistrate was expected to rule on November 15 whether she accepts the submissions from Mr. Spencer's attorneys for the case to be dismissed.

However with Wednesday's stay, the ruling by Senior Magistrate Pusey has been put on hold indefinitely.

The parties are expected to go back before the Supreme Court in the see-saw affair.

Justice Marsh has ordered that the DPP serve documents on the Senior Magistrate on or before November 17 for the hearing set for November 25.

Ms Pusey is expected to attend that hearing in which Ms Llewellyn is expected to request that she recuse herself from the trial.

The Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) has filed papers before the Corporate Area Criminal Court and the Supreme Court asking for Senior Magistrate Judith Pusey to remove herself from the trial against Kern Spencer, former Junior Energy Minister and Coleen Wright, his former personal assistant.

DPP Paula Llewellyn has accused the Senior Magistrate Pusey of "apparent bias" and wants her to recuse herself from the case.

The trial had been set to resume on November 15.

However, prosecutors went Ms Pusey on Wednesday and asked that she hear an application related to the case.

She stoutly refused to hear them.

The prosecutors then went before Supreme Court Judge, Mr. Justice Horace Marsh who granted them a stay, blocking the continuation of the trial.

The Senior Magistrate was expected to rule on November 15 whether she accepts the submissions from Mr. Spencer's attorneys for the case to be dismissed.

However with Wednesday's stay, the ruling by Senior Magistrate Pusey has been put on hold indefinitely.

The parties are expected to go back before the Supreme Court in the see-saw affair.

Justice Marsh has ordered that the DPP serve documents on the Senior Magistrate on or before November 17 for the hearing set for November 25.

Ms Pusey is expected to attend that hearing in which Ms Llewellyn is expected to request that she recuse herself from the trial.





Kartel, Mavado spend the night in jail

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Dancehall artistes Vybz Kartel and the Gully God Mavado turned themselves in to the St Andrew North Police yesterday and slept behind bars last night.


The police named them as "persons of interest" on Tuesday and said they wanted to interview both men about a series of serious crimes that have been committed in sections of the St Andrew North Police Division.


Kartel, whose real name is Adidja Palmer showed up shortly after 9 in the morning, accompanied by his attorney Valerie Neita-Robinson.
Hours later, close to noon, his rival in the dancehall Mavado turned himself in. He was escorted by his attorney Christian Tavares-Finson.
Both deejays will be interviewed in the presence of their attorneys today.








I live my life in service to Spirit and to all humanity.
Many people have risked their lives in service to their countries, their communities, their families and all humanity. Those who have served have made our lives better, enhancing our security, well-being and peace.

As I contemplate their service, my heart is filled with gratitude. I pray a simple prayer that each one be blessed by Spirit. May every person who has served his or her nation enjoy a life enriched in return.

In serving others, we serve God. To give of ourselves--our time, energy, love and understanding--in joyous service to anyone in need is service that brings great happiness and satisfaction.

Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit; and there are varieties of services, but the same Lord.--1 Corinthians 12:4-5





More price increases coming

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BoJ Governor Brian Wynter said the expected stronger increase in living costs will follow a slower than forecast pace of price increases in the September quarter.



Mr. Wynter, who was speaking at the quarterly press briefing Wednesday morning, noted that higher costs of oil and food prices are expected to drive the price increases.



"For the December quarter, we are projecting that there will be an uptick in inflation with headline inflation expected to be within 2 to 3%. The projected acceleration in inflation in the December quarter is largely influenced by the above average rainfall brought by Tropical Storm Nicole," he said.



Despite the expected uptick in the pace of price increases, Mr. Wynter said he does not expect inflation for the fiscal year to be higher than the 6 to 8% that has been projected.






Cop chased through the streets of Falmouth

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The apprehension of a member of the Island's Special Constabulary Force (ISCF) by the Anti-Corruption Branch on reasonable suspicion of breaches of the Corruption Prevention Act provided excitement and drama for onlookers in Water Square, Falmouth yesterday afternoon.
Reports are that the ISCF member yesterday allegedly collected money from a motorist who was prosecuted for traffic violations and faced the Falmouth Resident Magistrate Court.


According to a senior police source, the motorist was freed by the judge after the cop failed to produce the relevant motor vehicle document.


It is alleged that after the motorist was freed, the policeman took money from him and placed it in his shoe.


The cop was later cornered by members of the Anti-Corruption Branch. He reportedly made a bid to escape but was chased in the full view of the many persons including shoppers returning from the popular Bend Down market.


He was held in a pharmacy where officers from the Anti-Corruption Branch retrieved the cash.





Security Company robbed of guns and ammo

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Three guns and more than 300 rounds of ammunition have been stolen from a security company in the Corporate Area.



Thieves broke into the offices Superforce Security Company at 56 Slipe Road between 9pm Tuesday and 7 o'clock Wednesday morning and made off with the weapons and ammunition.



It is understood that they pried open a window and grille to the building and then forced open the armoury and stole the guns and ammunition.

Two shotguns were left behind.



RJR News reported that the thieves removed the surveillance camera and video recorder, which is a major blow to investigators who were hoping the cameras would have provided leads to the perpetrators.






Illegal cooking gas station raided by police

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The police have seized 380 cooking gas cylinders from illegal filling stations in August Town and on Rosalie Avenue off Waltham Park Road in St Andrew.


The seizures were made over Monday and yesterday. Two men believed to be the operators of the illegal filling stations were arrested and were up to last night being interrogated by the police.


According to Sergeant Cheree Greaves from the Constabulary Communication Network -- who addressed reporters at the IGL Industrial Division on Mandela Highway, where the cylinders were on display -- said the items were seized in a joint operation carried out by police officers from Organised Crime Investigation Division and Mobile Reserve.


In the first operation on Tuesday, the police swooped down on a premises on Rosalie Avenue about midday and seized 320 cylinders. They then went to premises at Goldsmith Villa in August Town yesterday where another 60 cylinders were seized.


Cylinders of various sizes, including, 100, 25 and 30-pound, along with three mini storage tanks and gas pumps were seized.
The cylinders, some of which were filled with gas, belonged to Gas Pro, Petcom and IGL.





Buju Free at last

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The Gargamel Buju Banton this afternoon walked out of the Pinellas County Jail in Tampa, Florida after he was granted bail in an immigration court. Banton has been in jail since December last year when he was arrested for conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute five or more kilogrammes of cocaine.

A member of his legal team, Marc Seitles, said the artiste was overjoyed that he gained some measure of freedom.

Buju can’t wait to have a nice meal and sleep in his own bed,” Seitle said.

In September, Banton, whose real name is Mark Myrie, was left pondering his fate after a 12-member jury could not reach a unanimous decision about his innocence or guilt.

He will be retried in February next year.

Banton met the conditions bail set by US magistrate Anthony Porcelli after his friend and son of Reggae King Bob Marley, Stephen Marley, put up his US$300,000 house as collateral.

Myrie will have to wear a tracking device and will be under 24-hour surveillance from a security company. He has also signed an extradition waiver and will not be allowed to leave the Middle District of Souther District of Florida until his trial begins.

He will only be allowed to visit a doctor and his lawyer.

Also he must submit himself to urine tests to prove that he is not using banned substances.









When Kat Stacks was arrested this past Friday, there was a nearly audible sigh of relief in the hip-hop industry.

The controversial Venezuelan was arrested by officials in Nashville, TN under an immigration hold.

Vibe talked with authorities at the Nashville Criminal Justice Center who said that Kat has a 90% chance of being deported back to Venezuela this week.

“She didn’t get arrested for a state charge, so she must’ve missed an immigration court date in the past. Once that happens, they start looking for you, and once they got you… it’s a wrap,” Miss Pugh, a police assistant at Nashville’s CJC, told Vibe.

Kat is currently being held without bail at the Nashville Correctional Development Center For Females.

We can’









The political leaders of Caribbean nations, especially, Bruce Golding and others in Jamaica (both JLP and PNP) must begin to change their levels of thinking as they relate to governing.

The leadership styles continue to kindle the flames of lawlessness and civil disobedience in the island. Bruce Golding must stop the perception that criminals are cuddled by lawmakers. Bruce Golding and others, including Portia Simpson, must begin to teach some citizens who are ill-informed that it is the inalienable right of every citizen to vote for any political party that individual chooses.

For too long violence and disrespect of the country's laws have been perpetrated because our political leaders by their words and/or their deeds have encouraged such actions.

The many law-abiding citizens of Jamaica who want to live in peace and enjoy their prosperity cannot do so without great fear of losing their lives, their children's lives, and their friends' lives or encounter other acts of crimes against them.

It is time for our leaders (JLP and PNP) to demonstrate that aiding and abetting criminals is not a law of the country.

It is time for our leaders (JLP and PNP) to focus on the ills which afflict the country and fix them. The poverty and inadequacies which exist in Jamaica are life issues which should be comprehensively addressed by the leaders of both major political parties (JLP and PNP).

These leaders must turn away from the governing styles of the 50's, 60's, 70's, and 80's. The situations that existed during the leaderships of Bustamante, Manley, Sangster, Shearer, Manley, Seaga, Patterson, and Simpson must not continue.

Times have changed globally, we are in the internet age, so why is it that our current leaders in Jamaica are still stuck in the era of counter productiveness. As a nation we have made tremendous strides in many sectors. We have improved our educational institutions and also increased them in reasonable numbers.

We have improved our basic infrastructure (roads, utilities, and communications), our commerce, and our relationships with other nations. However, there is a lot more work that needs to be done.

The work that needs to be done will take the efforts of all Jamaicans at home and abroad. These efforts need the spirit of unity and trust of our fellow Jamaican brothers and sisters in order for them to be effective. The effectiveness of unity and trust cannot be achieved by continuing partisan politics as it exists in Jamaica. Unity and trust cannot be attained if we disrespect the civil rights of another person. Unity and trust will not be garnered if we rob, rape, murder, extort, and malign the lives of other citizens.

I am using this forum to express some of my concerns about my beloved Jamaica. I hope that others will express their concerns also. I believe that it is by demonstrating our will to incite change that change happens.

One Love, Let's Come Together and be Allright.

Karl Haughton








For the fourth time running, singer Alaine has made it onto the popular Strictly the Best compilation series.

Her sultry ballad You Are Me which she wrote and produced (released on her 1 Thirty 1 Records imprint), is featured on Volume 42 of the long running compilation.

Strictly the Best which culls the year’s biggest hits and future hits, is released annually by VP Records.

In a release to the media, Alaine who recently signed an endorsement deal with telecommunications giant LIME, said she was grateful to be a part of a tradition of great music.

Said Alaine, ‘Just to have a song that I produced, wrote and sang, and for it to be featured on such a prestigious compilation series, means a lot to me’.

Strictly the Best Volume 42 will be released on December 7 stateside.

Alaine’s previous releases that have been included on the Strictly the Best series were Wine (Volume 35), Deeper (Volume 36), and Sincerely (Volume 38).





Bad Bwoy Trevor to settle down

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Bad Bwoy Trevor will soon be respectable married man as he proposed to his girlfriend and business partner Carline Brown at the weekly Gal Farm Sundayz, held at Club Lucky 38, Old Hope Road.

According to a story in the Star the two, who had been dating for quite a while, are very excited about the new development in their relationship.

"She did plan a surprise birthday party for me at Scotchies (Chelsea Avenue) last Friday. A di first mi ever get a birthday like that. During the birthday mi tell some of her friends and some of my friends seh mi ago propose the Sunday," said Trevor.

He continued, "Di Sunday now, she thought I was going to dance for her at the club to mek up for the party, but when she realise seh mi a propose, she couldn't contain herself!"

The two are going forward as a couple as they have plans to open Club Impulse in New Kingston on December 15 and are also to start their own radio talkshow programme.

"I approached a radio station to start a programme with them. It will be called Night Shift - Battle Of The Sexes. We'll be starting from about 1 a.m., discussing sex and relationships and stuff like that. Most of the things we approach from now on will be as a couple," said Trevor.






Bounty Killer for court January

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Is it fear, threats, whatever the reason the complainant in the case involving involving popular dancehall deejay Bounty Killer, accused of using a hammer, a gold chain and mosquito zapper to beat her, was yesterday postponed for January 11, after she failed to show up for the trial.

The entertainer, whose real name is Rodney Price, was arrested in September on a charged of unlawful wounding following an alleged incident at his Oaklands apartment in Kingston, where he reportedly attacked his 19-year-old lover, Raquel Smith.

When the case was called up yesterday morning in the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate's Court, several calls for Smith went unanswered as a result the matter was delayed for a few minutes.

Price's attorney Christopher Townsend later informed Resident Magistrate Lorna Shelly Williams that he had been told by Smith's attorney Terrence Ballentine on the last occasion that he and his client might not be in the island for the beginning of the trial.

As a result, the magistrate rescheduled the trial for next year and issued a bench warrant for Smith. Townsend then asked the magistrate if his client's passport, which was taken by police as a condition of his $500,000 bail, could be returned.

However, he was instructed to return to court on November 26 to make the application.

On the last court date in October, Smith indicated through her lawyer, that she wanted the matter to be sent to mediation.

Ballentine said his client and Price had been together for three years and he had never hit her until the incident. He said Smith wanted to continue her relationship with the deejay.

However, Magistrate Shelly Williams firmly dismissed that notion.

Price's bail was extended.





Olint depositors concerned

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The Association of Concerned Olint Members says it has begun to officially register Olint Depositors with the Victims Support Division of the US District Attorney’s Office.



The association says it has been formally granted representational status by the US District Attorney to act on behalf of Olint Depositors.



According to the Association, checks with US Assistant District Attorney Bruce Ambrose has revealed that legal and diplomatic formalities are now in place for the imminent removal of David Smith from the Turks and Caicos Islands prison to face criminal charges in the United States of America.



The association also says the US Assistant District Attorney has hinted that significant sums of Olint Depositors’ money have been identified in America.











The United States is reportedly closer to having convicted former Olint boss David Smith flown to America to prosecute him.



David Smith is now in a Turks and Caicos prison serving a sentence on two counts of money laundering and two counts of conspiracy to defraud.



He is also wanted in America to face charges related to the collapse of the Olint.



Oliver Smith, the lawyer for David Smith told the Gleaner yesterday that he’s aware that the US is making efforts to have his client in America.



Oliver Smith also said that US officials have been in contact with him and Turks authorities.



On September 23, David Smith was sentenced to six and half years in prison in the Turks and Caicos after he pleaded guilty to two counts of money laundering and two counts of conspiracy to defraud.



As part of the deal for him to plead guilty, 26 other fraud related charges were dropped against David Smith and his wife was freed of similar charges.



David Smith is alleged to have lost billions of dollars in investments by Olint club members in his unregulated scheme.







PM wants answers on ‘PNP’ graffiti in Tivoli

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Prime Minister Bruce Golding wants answers from the police about who spray-painted pro-People's National Party (PNP) graffiti on several premises in the communities of Denham Town and Tivoli Gardens Tuesday morning.



According to a story carried by the Gleaner, the prime minister visited the constituency yesterday while residents were still enraged about the 'PNP' markings which had been painted.



"I don't want to speculate, but what is curious is that this area has been under tight police and military surveillance so there are several people who are going to have to answer some questions," Golding told journalists in Tivoli Gardens.

"Something like what has gone on throughout the area last night could not have happened without being observed," added Golding.



According to the West Kingston MP: "The one thing that I will dismiss is that the graffiti that was painted here was done by duppies from over the May Pen Cemetery."



Councillor for Tivoli, Desmond McKenzie, was also adamant that the police should provide quick answers.






Vybz Kartel and Mavado wanted by the police

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Jamaican dancehall stars Adijah Palmer otherwise called Vybz Kartel and David Brooks otherwise called Movado have been listed as persons of interest by the St. Andrew North Police.

 

According to a release from the police investigators want to interview Palmer and Brooks on a number of recent incidents in the Division.

 

Palmer and Brooks are to report to the Constant Spring Police Station by 3:00 pm today







Marques Houston resorted to filing for a restraining order against Raz-B (Demario Thornton) which he was granted.

Raz-B has been accusing Marques Houston and Chris Stokes of molesting he and the other B2K members. Instead of Marques Houston responding and denying said rumors, he filed for a restraining order.








Lil Wayne was sentenced to three years of unsupervised probation and 360 hours of community service for a 2008 arrest, in which border patrol agents found cocaine, ecstasy and a handgun on his tour bus.

He appeared in court November 5th in Yuma, Arizona and pled guilty to one count of felony possession of a dangerous drug. The more serious charges of gun possession and drug possession were thrown out.

According to the terms of his probation, Lil Wayne has been banned from consuming alcohol for the next three years.

The rap star is also banned from associating with any person with a criminal record without prior written approval, or from knowingly associating with any person engaged in criminal activity.

Additionally, Lil Wayne, who’s love of marijuana and other narcotics is well documented, cannot possess or use illegal drugs, toxic vapors or controlled substances.

Lil Wayne must submit to random drug and alcohol testing.





Nelly & Ashanti Spotted Together AGAIN!

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Ex-couple Nelly and Ashanti were spotted at a Charlotte Bobcats in North Carolina this weekend.

This is the third time we’ve seen Nelly and Ashanti hanging out together since their break up earlier this year.

Could the two be back together again? Take a look and you tell us!

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Trinidad says boycott talk originates from Jamaica

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We don’t care what Trade Minister Stephen Cadiz wants to say. Tere is no other way to look at the statement of their Pm than plain out of order and highhanded.

The trade minister went on air in Trinidad and has blamed "persons with other agendas" in Jamaica for leading the effort to boycott products from Trinidad and Tobago following recent comments by Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar suggesting that Port-of-Spain must benefit from any humanitarian aid to Caribbean islands devastated by Hurricane Tomas.

The comments, which Persad-Bissessar said had been taken out of context, have generated heated discussion across the region, including several Internet campaigns calling for the boycott of goods from Trinidad and Tobago.

"Now, Jamaica was not even affected by the storm, which will tell me that's a situation that is ongoing, this is not only about that statement (by the prime minister), it is not only about the issue of aid and storm and what have you, the statements coming out of Jamaica... these are issues that have been there for some time and I think certain persons, for whatever reasons, would have taken advantage of the statements that were made by our prime minister and to use it for their own benefit.

"So to say that they are going to boycott Trinidad goods, I really think that is a wrong reaction to the statement that was made. I don't support it of course," he added.

Come on now other countries have said the same thing, and he picks on Jamaica. It’s true though, Trinidad gives little but takes a lot. It’s time to balance the scale.

Can you imagine our PM didn’t say a word, he said he never heard the statement so he couldn’t give an opinion, my word, what utter cowardice!!





Vegas to perform at Soul Train Awards' Soulfusion

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Soul Train Awards Best Reggae Artist nominee Mr. Vegas has been added to the line up for the first annual Soulfusion, the official Soul Train Awards pre-show concert, slated for Tuesday, November 9 at the Atlanta Civic Center in Georgia.

He will share the stage with R&B singers Erykah Badu and Chrisette Michelle along with rapper Rick Ross and Hip Hop icon Doug E Fresh.

The awards ceremony will be held at Atlanta's Cobb Energy Center on Wednesday, November 10.

Vegas joins megastars Alicia Keys, Usher, Drake, and Sade as a prestigious 2010 Soul Train Award nominee.

In a release Vegas said it was an honor to be chosen to represent Reggae and Dancehall at Soulfusion, and to be nominated for a Soul Train Award. Mr. Vegas is expected to drop his fifth studio album in early 2011.





One more carelessness

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Our heart bleed for the parents who suffered the loss of their six-year-old in a drowning incident in Clarendon.
Residents have come out in protest against the tragic death of the little boy in Freetown, sparked by a massive demonstration in the community Monday morning.

Six-year-old Rajay Wright, a student of the Freetown Primary School, is suspected to have drowned in a pool of water in the community Sunday afternoon.

It is believed that Rajay went in search of water and fell into the hole filled with water and drowned.

Preliminary investigations revealed that the pool of water was about eight feet deep.

The residents claim that the hole was dug about three weeks ago by persons contracted by the National Irrigation Commission (NIC) to repair a pipe in the community.

The boy's mother explains what happened.

"When dem call to me and I dived in the water, I couldn't find him … I couldn't help my own (child)," Deidria Hayle, Rajay's mother said.

The angry residents took to the streets Monday morning saying Rajay's death could have been avoided.

Member of Parliament Rudyard Spencer spoke with them.

"You must get some redress ... there has to be some redress for your child. They have to come and deal with the hole right away," he said.

Meanwhile, the NIC's Chief Executive Officer, Stanley Rampair, led a management team to the scene of the tragedy.

According to Mr Rampair, the area where the little boy ventured is the site of a 30-inch pipeline which serves about 2,000 acres of farmland, and provides water to about 150 farmers. He disclosed that the pipeline was damaged resulting in a huge hole and gushing water.

Mr Rampair said attempts were made to repair the pipeline but poor weather conditions posed a challenge. However a work crew was expected to return to the location of the damaged pipe on Monday.

The NIC head said the agency learnt about the drowning and immediately launched an investigation in conjunction with the Clarendon Police.

Concerning Rajay's death, Mr Rampar said he would await the outcome of the investigators report before commenting publicly on the incident.

The NIC team also visited the grieving parents.

It’s said that a stitch in time saves nine, we would have preferred that this one life was spared. We are tired of the careless attitude towards these dangers that lurk.





Paul Lewis' trial begins

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The trial of Jamaican born United States Evangelist Paul Lewis got underway in the Savanna-la-mar Circuit Court in Westmoreland on Monday.

Reverend Lewis was charged last year with sexually assaulting two minors.

Reverend Lewis, who was in the island on the invitation of a local pastor, is alleged to have carnally abused one and sexually assault the other at a hotel following a crusade in Westmoreland.

In court on Monday, a jury was empanelled following a few hitches and the trial got underway in the late afternoon.

Last week, additional charges of perverting the course of justice were laid against Pastor Lewis him after he was accused of paying off the two witnesses to change their testimonies.

He was again offered bail by the presiding Magistrate, but the Director of Public Prosecution argued that he should have been kept in custody.

However, Appeal Court judge Mr. Justice Dennis Morrison ruled that the prosecutors should have raised their objection to bail while the Magistrate was sitting on the bench.

He was eventually granted bail.

Pastor Lewis, who is the head of the Paul Lewis Ministries, was charged on June 17, 2009 following allegations that he had sex with one of the minors in a Westmoreland hotel and made advances towards the other.





Send home the Jacans prisoners is British PM desire

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Jamaicans top the list of foreigners in the England and Wales prison system, who Prime Minister David Cameron wants sent home to complete their sentences.

The Daily Mail on Monday published the list which shows Jamaica holding the dubious number one position with 942 prisoners.

Nigeria is next with 727 followed by the Irish Republic with 681.

According to the article, Prime Minister Cameron, who is to spearhead a cost cutting drive, plans to tear up agreements that convicts cannot be returned home without their consent.

The article goes on to note that it costs British taxpayers £38,000 to keep someone in jail for a year, a figure that is higher than the cost to send a pupil to the prestigious Eton College.

And while the Prime Minister's move may be stymied by human rights laws, the article insisted that Mr. Cameron is determined to do everything in his power to get as many foreigners sent back to their countries of origin as possible.

Mr. Cameron is expected to speak to his counterparts in various countries and believes this will have an important effect.





Yendi Phillipps is the new American Toyota girl

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Yes, Yendi has done it again! The Jamaican beauty face could be seen on US network television in the new North American Toyota campaign in a lead role.

Shot in Hollywood for Toyota's producers by well-known film director Hype Williams, this commercial is one of several Jamaican, regional and international projects being undertaken by Yendi who was placed second at the Miss Universe in Las Vegas this past August.

Specially managed by Pulse's Kingsley Cooper, in consultation with Invyte Productions, licensees for Miss Jamaica Universe, Yendi has booked several assignments in the months since Las Vegas and has been travelling to the wider Caribbean and the United States to complete these assignments.

Phillipps is in hot demand globally for appearances, event hosting, speaking engagements, commercials and film roles. While she is not at liberty to disclose most of these assignments due to contractual 'gag' orders, she will, however, be able to announce a number of them, once they have been released.

No stranger to the international spotlight, Yendi was a finalist at Miss World 2007 in China, prior to her dramatic success at Miss Universe. In Sanya, China, Yendi was the only contestant to make all five fast-track competition finals.

Over the years, Yendi Amira Phillipps has added a wide range of credits to her résumé.

These include the Pepsi Refresh commercial in the US and the Sprite campaign in India. She has been a special guest on the Food Network show Throw down with Bobby Flay and has been host/presenter of Movie Hang Time and Digicel's Rising Stars in Kingston.

Yendi has done extensive runway work and her covers and editorial credits include several Caribbean and international publications, such as Skywritings magazine, Caribbean Beat magazine, Woman & Home, Fair Lady, Buzz, Collage, Soul, Basia, Ocean Style among several others.

Since her success at Miss Universe, requests for interviews, editorials and appearances have come from almost every corner of the globe.

In this regard, relocation to Los Angeles, alternating with New York and Atlanta has become a real possibility for the beauty queen.







I tune in to the wisdom of my being.


I enjoy being in harmony with myself and those around me. Yet sometimes I feel a bit off-center or ill at ease. What can I do to return to harmony?

When I feel tense, it is an invitation to listen. I am open to discovering the truth I need to restore myself to harmony.

As I consider alternative ways of responding to challenges in my life, I tune in to the wisdom of my being. I prayerfully consider my choices and listen to how my body responds to each possibility.

I notice when peace replaces tension. Then I know what to do and I take action. Returning to harmony within myself, I create vibrations of peace that resonate with those around me.

Speak the truth to one another, render in your gates judgments that are true and make for peace.--Zechariah 8:16





Bow Wow Wishes For Death On Twitter

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Bow Wow must be going through it…I recently came across some disturbing tweets from the pint-sized rapper talking about death.

Bow Wow tweeted that he wished for death sometimes, because it’s the only way he can find peace and went off about the music industry and how he had to put his “real life” on hold.

Can we get Bow Wow some help ASAP??? This sounds like someone calling out for help.

Take a look at his tweets below:

Brandy In Upscale Magazine: “People Still Call Me Murderer”

Brandy Norwood covers the December 2010 issue of Upscale Magazine’s upcoming December issue.

Inside, she talks about how her shady baby daddy’s toned it down; why we won’t be seeing Sy’rai on “Brandy & Ray J” even if we hear her; why Twitter makes her cry; and why she goes so hard on “Dancing With The Stars.”

“People call me a murderer, they taunt me and send pictures of cars that are basically annihilated. Every report has stated that I was not at fault. People still don’t care.”

The good news is, Brandy is rising above it to concentrate on the new album.

Hip-hop producer Bangladesh says fans should expect an organic sound from the upcoming opus.

“Well because she’s been away so long. I guess people’s attention spans are short now, and she comes from an era where music was more organic and everybody had their own sound, people were doing different things and albums were selling.

So, we’re just trying to re-invent or recreate the sound and mesh the two together. What I do and what she does, I think will be up-to-date…there’s something about her tone and her vocal skills…that [people that] can really sing love her. I always wanted to work with her and she reached out to me so we’re going to make it happen.”








The mistresses of Tiger Woods, Reggie Bush, and Sandra Bullock’s ex-husband Jesse James, are getting plastic surgery together in an attempt to be sculpted into the ideal woman.

The stars of this year’s biggest sex scandals are set to undergo head-to-toe transformations.

“The reason the girls are doing this is because they want a fresh start,” says Gina Rodriguez, the owner of DD Management Group, who is organizing the convention.

“It is for no other reason than to help these women re-invent themselves for there own personal reasons, including career and dating.”

Rodriguez, who runs the top agency representing porn actresses, has signed Tiger Woods’ ladies Joslyn James and Jamie Jungers, Reggie Bush’s one-night waitress January Gessert, and Jesse James’ mistress Melissa Smith.

While the makeovers would make for a great reality show, Rodriguez has insisted it is not.

“It is not for a reality show,” she said. “But of course we are hoping the press will cover it, to salute the girls and their doctors, physicians and contributors who are going to do an amazing job.”

You can expect from the ladies breast implants, butt implants, botox, nose jobs, collagen, hair extensions, spray tans, and teeth veneers and whitening.





Tarrus Riley releases video for Superman

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Reggae singer Tarrus Riley recently completed what could be said is his best music video to date. Riley teamed up with US based video director Rik Cordero to work on the video for Superman, a track on his most recent album Contagious.

Superman has been generating strong buzz across the Caribbean and this prompted Riley’s decision to shoot a video.

In a release to the media, Riley outlined his reasons for deciding to work the US based director. ‘Rik is friends with one of my friends Mabricio Wilson (owner of the Futbulr clothing line) and he suggested that I try a different look for my next video’, said Riley.

He added ‘Superman has been doing well in the Caribbean islands for over a year now, so based on the feedback from the fans, I decided to get the video done. Persons who are not familiar with the song will get to know it’.

Superman is a remake of an original recording by blue eyed soul singer Robin Thicke. Riley’s version was produced by Dean ‘Cannon’ Fraser.

The video for Superman was released to Tempo, as well as television stations in Jamaica last week. The video was also serviced to internet websites across the Caribbean.

Riley’s newest single is the powerful Nyabinghi Pickney in which he pays homage to his African ancestry as well as the national heroes of Jamaica. The track was produced by Roshaun ‘Bay C’ Clarke of TOK for Bombrush Records.






Danny Buchanan has colon cancer

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We are just about sick and tired of hearing about this disease and our prayer is that a cure will be found soon for cancer.


A story in today’s Observer list former Cabinet minister, state minister and member of parliament Donald Barrington Buchanan as the latest person battling the disease. He is fighting colon cancer.


Looking like former Cuban President Fidel Castro these days, Buchanan, 68, affectionately called ‘Danny Buck’, vows that he will put up a valiant fight against the disease, as his father before him did for 28 years.


BUCHANAN… I anticipate that, God willing, I will be around for a while
“I am sick… I am a very sick man,” Buchanan, a four-term MP for South West St Elizabeth, revealed in an interview with the paper.

“I have cancer of the colon. The doctors diagnosed a stage three tumour in June of this year. Prior to that I had started noticing a loss of weight and that might have gone on for about a year before we actually did the test that led to the conclusion that I was suffering from colon cancer,” he said.

Yardflex sends our best and hopes he will beat this thing.





Serani’s Skip To My Luu hits Hot 97

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Serani's career continues on an upward path as his popular dancefloor track Skip to My Luu, featuring Ding Dong and Razz n Biggy, has been added to daytime rotation on America's #1 radio station HOT 97 in New York.

It's a phenomenal feat for Serani as it is his third single to get added to mainstream daytime radio in the US in the last 2 years, following on from the Billboard-charting No Games and She Loves Me.

"It really is all about hard work," said Serani. "I've been putting in the groundwork over the last two years, constantly being out there on the road. We've been working Skip for a while at radio and now its paying off. HOT 97 always shows Reggae and Dancehall a lot of love and kudos to them for introducing Dancehall records to the mainstream."

Skip to My Luu is a fun track based off the dance of the same name that was #1 in Jamaica earlier this year and still a staple at dances across the globe. It crossed into American clubs over the last couple of months and was then picked up by US radio. Skip to My Luu was produced by top tier production trio Daseca.

"It looks good so far," he said. "Crossover stations in New York, Connecticut, Philly, Boston and Miami are all showing the record some love so we are looking to take it to the next level and get the record added in those markets next. I've got a lot of promotional appearances coming up to support the Skip movement"





Big ganja find at Hellshire Beach

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A large quantity of compressed ganja was seized by the police during a special operation in a section of Hellshire in Portmore, St. Catherine Sunday afternoon.

The police were conducting an operation along the Hellshire Beach just about one o'clock Sunday afternoon when they noticed several parcels on a section of the beach.

They went to investigate and found several packets of compressed ganja.

The ganja was removed to the Portmore Police Station where it was weighed.

It measured 712 pounds.

The police suspect that the drug was destined for export.

No one was arrested.





Mo Bay restaurant up in smoke

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Fire destroyed Highlights Café, a popular tourist stop in Montego Bay, St. James Sunday morning. Loss is estimated at $26 million and the property was not insured.


The Highlights Cafe located on Queens Drive, which is often used as a rest point, is popular with tourists because of its scenic view which overlooks the second city.


Deputy Superintendent Lloyd Scott of the St. James Fire Department, who was on the scene, says firefighters were alerted to the blaze shortly after 6 o'clock in the morning.


"We got the call that a light poll was on fire on Queens Drive. On arrival, we noticed that it wasn't a light poll fire but the Highlights Café that was on fire. We called for back up and four more units came and we got into operation and brought the fire under control two hours later. The entire building was destroyed," Deputy Superintendent Scott told RJR News.


He added that investigators were trying to determine the cause of the blaze.





Fab 5 celebrating 40 years

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One of Jamaica's most popular bands will be celebrating their 40th anniversary this month.

Fab 5, formed in 1970, is Jamaica's preeminent popular band.
The band comprises three 1970 foundation members manager Frankie Campbell (bass); Harold (Jr.) Bailey (guitar, flute and saxophone, now part-time and overseas sound engineer) and; musical director Grub Cooper (drums and lead vocals).

Former members include Sidney Thorpe (keyboards); Donovan Lee Palmer (Keyboards); Romeo Gray (trombone) and Glenroy Samuels (guitar) and Andre Palmer (Trumpet).

Other artistes perform from time to time as part of the wider Stage Records (the band’s recording company) family.

The group has dominated the Jamaican awards for show and dance bands for decades, as attested by the 29 awards they won between 1986 and 1996, the most amassed by any artiste in Jamaican music history.
Over the years, Fab 5 has taken almost its distinctive sound all over the world. The group has shared the stage with legends of the music industry, including Jimmy Cliff, Jerry Butler and Bob Marley and Ray Charles.

The band has won several international awards, including the 1996 award for Best Album and Best Single at the Miami reggae/soca awards and the 1999 "best international reggae album" award at the Canadian reggae music awards for Fab 5 live - the ultimate vintage Jamaican party mix part 1.

In 2003, Fab 5 received the Prime Minister’s Award for Excellence in The Performing Arts.






Crocodile Alert in Great Bay, St Elizabeth!

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The National Environment and Planning Agency (NEPA) is now on the ground investigating reports of a crocodile population in Great Pond, St Elizabeth which is allegedly hunting domestic animals.

NEPA has also received reports that members of the community are catching and restraining the crocodiles. This is a dangerous practice and community members are encouraged to allow the NEPA officers who are trained to handle the animals to conduct activities unhindered.
The Agency will be deploying teams over the weekend to conduct further assessments and devise a strategy for possibly removing the animals.


In the meantime, NEPA is encouraging members of the public to exercise extreme caution in areas close to swamps, wetlands and gullies as crocodiles are likely to be displaced from their natural habitats during this period of heavy rains. People should avoid bathing in or near rivers and canals as crocodiles are likely to move with flood waters.


The Agency is warning all persons not to provoke crocodiles. These are sensitive animals which may react dangerously if cornered and attacked. Crocodiles are one of Jamaica's many endangered animal species and are protected by law. Capturing or killing the animal is an offence under the Wild Life Protection Act. Persons found guilty of this offence are liable to a fine of up to $100,000 or twelve (12) months imprisonment.


The Public is also being advised that there is no payment for the apprehension or recovery of a crocodile. It should be the civic duty of individuals to ensure the protection of the country's endangered species. If crocodiles are seen in areas where they may pose threats to human activities, kindly call NEPA at 754-7540 or 1-888-991-5005.

You may also call 119 or the nearest police station. (Source: JIS)







Bolt named Commonwealth male athlete

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Jamaica's track and field super star Usain Bolt and veteran sports journalist Tony Becca picked up top awards at the prestigious 29th Annual Commonwealth Sports Awards held at in Birmingham, England Saturday night.



Bolt was awarded the Outstanding Male Athlete award while Britain's heptathlete Jessica Ennis collected the Outstanding Female Athlete award.


Mike Fennell, President of the Commonwealth Games Federation, praised both athletes although neither competed at last month's Commonwealth Games in Delhi, India.


Australia's men's hockey team, who won gold at the 19th Commonwealth Games in India, was named Team of the Year.


There was also the inauguration of the top journalist award which saw Becca of The Gleaner newspaper sharing the most Outstanding Sports Writer prize with Nick Pitt, Sunday Times journalist of England.


Squash icon Susie Simcock of New Zealand picked up the prestigious lifetime achievement award ahead of Jamaica's netball legend Molly Rhone, President of the international Federation of Netball Associations.






Red Stripe Gives Back This Holiday

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Red Stripe has announced a massive 'Christmas On The Rock Campaign', designed to offer rewards to its customers over the holiday season.
According to the company, the campaign will be led by its brewed brands Red Stripe, Red Stripe Light, Red Stripe Bold, Heineken and Guinness.


According to Jomo Cato, head of marketing for Red Stripe, consumers would also have the chance to win on-the-spot prizes in supermarkets, bars and restaurants.


These include $200 cash back with the purchase of any two six-packs. This will be a voucher, good for purchase in the same store.


There will also be two-for-one parties at several bars across Jamaica, where consumers get treated to two beers for the price of one every Friday night, along with gifts and giveaways.


Red Stripe will also reward some of its biggest customers, the route bars, by investing heavily in refurbishing select establishments and hosting weekly Friday night parties across the island at these community bars.


The Christmas On The Rock campaign will be held right across the island throughout the holiday and into the new year.





Queen Elizabeth II joins Facebook

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Now it's the socialite network - Britain's Queen Elizabeth II has joined Facebook, launching a series of official pages offering the website's 500 million users daily updates on her engagements, the royal household said yesterday.


The 84-year-old British monarch will be featured in videos, photos and news items on the site, which will be available today, alongside other members of the country's royal family, including Princes William and Harry.


Users will be able leave messages or comments for Buckingham Palace on the site and find details of royal events close to their homes.
However, because the pages will be corporate - and not a personal account - people won't be able to request to become friends with the queen.


A royal official said the queen had personally approved the plan, but acknowledged she has not actually used the site herself.
"The decision went right up to the queen," said the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity as he was not authorised to discuss the plan ahead of its official launch.
"If you are going to have an online presence in 2010, you just have to be on Facebook."


The Facebook page is the queen's latest social media venture - the royal family already have an account on the Flickr photography website, joined Twitter in 2009 and set up a video channel on YouTube in 2007.


Buckingham Palace set up its own website in 1997, which now allows people to apply for palace jobs online, track the royal family via Google Maps or read details in a section devoted to the queen's prized corgi dogs.


Her Facebook site will include Britain's court circular, the official daily record of the royal family's engagements. It lists all royal diary appointments from the previous day and was created by George III in 1803, reportedly after he became frustrated at inaccurate newspaper reports.





Police Federation condemn policeman's killing

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The Police Federation has expressed disappointment in what it says is the failure of communities to protect the police.


This, the group which represents rank and file members of the Jamaica Constabulary Force, says is despite the fact that police officers dedicate their lives to protecting communities.


The Federation comments come on the wake of the killing of Constable Dwayne Brown, 33, who was shot dead Friday night in Valentine Gardens, Kingston.


Constable Brown worked in the Protective Services Division of the Force.


He was talking to a woman at a gate on Cascade Way in Valentine Gardens shortly after 10 o'clock, when two men approached him and demanded money.


Constable Brown reportedly threw his wallet on the ground and one of the men shot him.
He died on the spot.
The men made off with his firearm.
The woman was not harmed.


While expressing condolences to the family of Constable Dwayne Brown, Sergeant Raymond Wilson Chairman of the Federation, said the entire police family was outraged by the murder of their colleague.
He said Federation's members would be taking all steps to bring the perpetrators to justice.










The theme for a thanksgiving service to celebrate the life of Reggae icon, Gregory Isaacs, which will be held at the National Indoor Sports Centre in Kingston on November 20 at 10:00 am, will be 'A red rose for Gregory'.


Members of the public who plan to attend are being asked to take along a red rose and to wear black or white or a combination of both and to be seated by at least 30 minutes before the scheduled start time.


Viewing of Gregory’s body will take place at the same venue on the day before between 11:00 am and 3:00 pm.


The body of the veteran Reggae crooner will be flown to Jamaica on Thursday.


Issacs died from the effects of lung cancer in England on October 25.
The Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture is assisting the Isaacs family with the arrangements for the thanksgiving service which is being planned by a committee comprising family members, music industry personnel and ministry staff.


The first hour of the Service will be a musical tribute to Gregory and will feature Reggae artistes such as Lloyd Parkes and We the People Band, Ken Boothe, Freddie McGregor, Mavado, the Tamlins and Bongo Herman, among others.


Isaacs' remains will be interred be at the Dovecot Cemetery.









I am at peace as I release the past and move forward.


Forgiveness is an act of release. Letting go of resentments from the past opens my heart to new experiences of joy.

Believing that I have been wronged leads to anger and resentment, but this belief does not serve me; it prevents me from being the person I want to be. I now choose to let those negative feelings go.

I realize true peace as I practice forgiveness. The slate is wiped clean and new life emerges--a life of freedom and inner peace.

Just as a leaf is gently carried away by the breeze, I release negativity and see it carried away by Spirit. As I release my resentment through forgiveness, I experience peace within.

Bear with one another and, if anyone has a complaint against another, forgive each other.--Colossians 3:13








Day by day I create a life of joy.


Like a master chef, I begin each day with an empty bowl. Whatever the "special of the day" turns out to be, I get to create it.

With God as my Source, I have everything I need. I reach for wisdom and compassion; imagination and zeal; strength and love; peace and change. I choose the ingredients of my day thoughtfully and prayerfully, co-creating with God. I add and take away in perfect measure, manifesting a life of joy day by day.

From morning to night my bowl fills. At the end of the day, I reflect on what I have created. I give thanks for the divine creativity flowing through me. I release what needs to be released and rest until tomorrow, when I will begin again with a fresh, new bowl.

Show by your good life that your works are done with gentleness born of wisdom.--James 3:13





The daily Word - PURPOSE

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Answering the call of Spirit, I move forward with purpose.
Some may think that the purpose of life is only to achieve material or financial success. This view, however, keeps us from achieving our full potential.

My world expands when my primary purpose is to express my spiritual self in all ways, to let more and more of the Christ shine through my being. I affirm that letting my light shine is my purpose. As I do, divine energy is activated within me. I have a zest for living. I am empowered, awake and responsive to Spirit's call.

The Christ Presence in me moves me to be a channel for good and to contribute to the well-being of others. As I do, I gain a deepened understanding of my own spiritual nature and gifts.

For this I was born, and for this I came into the world, to testify to the truth.--John 18:37









Pottinger, who was ailing for some time, passed away earlier this week.

She opened the Tip Top Record shop in 1965 and began producing local acts the following year.

The first single produced by Pottinger was Every Night by Joe White and Chuck. She also produced the singles, The Ethiopians by Delano Stewart and Swing and Dine by the Melodians.

Pottinger also produced albums by Bob Andy, Marcia Griffiths, U Roy, Big Youth and Culture.

In 1974 she bought Duke Reid's Treasure Isle label shortly before his passing.





Barry Chevannes is dead

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Social anthropologist, Professor Alton Barrington "Barry" Chevannes, has died.

Professor Chevannes passed away at the University Hospital of the West Indies Friday afternoon.

It is understood that he was hospitalized in early September with a serious illness.

Professor Chevannes had lectured at the University of the West Indies for many years, and was a leading activist for peace in Jamaica.

He was also chairman of the Violence Prevention Alliance, which launched a safe community campaign in 2006 and a founding member of Fathers Inc, a support group for fathers.

He was also an executive member of the Peace Management Initiative.

Professor Chevannes was also the head of the Institute of Jamaica and was the head of the National Ganja Commission, which was set up to study the viability of decriminalising marijuana.






Buju cleared to take up bail bond

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International reggae singer Buju Banton could be out of jail by next week.

This is after United States Federal District Judge James Mood denied a prosecution appeal regarding the musician's bail.

The prosecution had appealed against a previous ruling that approved the artiste's hiring of two security companies to ensure he stick to the conditions of his house arrest, as a condition for bail.

This clears the way for Buju, whose real name is Mark Myrie, to take up his bail bond.

The Jamaican reggae star has been behind bars since his arrest in December on federal drug trafficking charges.

A jury deadlocked in September, and another trial is scheduled for February.

"We are hopeful he will be able to sleep in his own bed by the end of next week," David Oscar Markus, Buju's lawyer said.

"The next step is posting the bond. Then we will address the immigration issues," he added.

Immigration authorities have placed a detainer on the singer, so if he is released from jail in the criminal case, an immigration judge will then determine whether to release him.

Last week, US Magistrate Anthony Porcelli ruled that Buju, 37, could be released under stringent conditions.

However, he stayed his ruling to allow the prosecution to appeal to U.S. District Judge James Moody.

Moody denied the appeal without comment.

Under the terms of Buju's bond, he must post US$300,000 worth of equity in the South Florida home of his friend reggae star Stephen Marley, son of icon Bob Marley.

Buju must also hire a private security detail to guard him so he does not flee.

Buju was required to sign an extradition waiver, ensuring his return if he flees the country, and will have to wear an electronic monitoring device.

Buju is charged with conspiracy to possess five kilograms, or 11 pounds of cocaine, with intent to distribute.

His first trial ended in a mistrial in September.





Dutty Rock Hitting The Streets of Colombo

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Jamaican Grammy winning Reggae/ Dancehall artiste Sean Paul will be here in Colombo this month!


Presented by 88.3 FM Your Radio, Sean Paul Live in Concert will bring Colombo’s music enthusiasts a grand treat on November 13 2010.


Sean Paul Henriques (born January 9) is the former lead vocalist of the Dutty Cup Crew. He was born in Kingston, Jamaica, and spent his early years in Upper Saint Andrew Parish, a few miles north of Kingston. In 2000, Sean Paul released his debut album, Stage One with VP Records.


However, the Jamaican dancehall superstar first sparked the world in 2002 with his breakout hit, Gimme The Light, and the fire has been burning brightly ever since. Hot on the heels of his multi-platinum, Grammy-winning classic album, Dutty Rock, he dropped the 2005 RIAA platinum smash The Trinity. That album led off with the Top 10 single We Be Burnin, followed by the #1 smash Temperature. Imperial Blaze was the fourth album by Sean Paul and was released on August 18, 2009.


The Kingston-born rhyme slinger has sold more than 10 million albums worldwide, and has become the most successful Jamaican artiste of all time on the U.S. charts - spurred by a trio of #1 pop singles, and five top ten hits. Media sponsors for Sean Paul Live in Concert are Daily Mirror and Sunday Times.






Prodigal Son to release new album Half Way There

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Gospel artiste Prodigal Son is on track to host the official release of his latest album, Half Way There, on Saturday, November 20 at the Emanuel Apostolic Church, 12 Slipe Road in Kingston.



Half Way There, as the name suggests, is an acknowledgement and a celebration of the Christian walk.



“This album is a testament to the fact that as Christians we are on a road that leads us to perfection. It doesn’t happen overnight and there will be stumbling blocks along the way. But as long as we recognize that we are half way there, that is enough assurance and encouragement for us to continue the rest of our journey,” Prodigal says of the album title.



Half Way There was released online on November 2 and individual songs are available on pre-order on Amazon.com, Itunes, Myspace Music, Emusic, Rhapsody and Napster.



A 20-track offering, the album features other gospel acts including Sherwin Gardner, Dwight Gordon, Shepherd, Jason Mighty, Teena Tamara, Murphy, Rayon and Professor. Half Way There is on Prodigal’s very own Radikal Yawd Music.






Ugandan tabloid publishes new 'gay list'

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The editor of a tabloid in Uganda who argues that homosexuality is more dangerous than smoking, has published a list of 10 gay and lesbian people in the African nation, urging readers to report them to the police.



It's the second time that Rolling Stone -- no relation to the iconic U.S. music magazine -- has published such a list.



Last time it listed 100 of what it called the country's top gays and lesbians, with photos and addresses alongside a yellow banner reading "hang them."


Gay rights groups in Uganda say at least four people have been attacked since then.
And a bill that would make homosexuality potentially punishable by death is working its way through Uganda's parliament.



The new gay list includes addresses and alleged intimate details about the anatomy of people on it.

Editor Giles Muhame, 22, has discouraged readers to physically attack people on the list, but he claims gay people are going to schools and "recruiting" schoolchildren.



He says the bill imposing harsh penalties for homosexuality will become law when Uganda begins drilling oil and becomes less dependent on foreign donors.



The Ugandan lawmaker behind the bill says told CNN last week it will become law "soon."









Stiletto Concepts wishes to advise patrons that ‘No Pain No Gain’ Betty Wright and Friends in Concert, scheduled for Saturday, November 6 at Liguanea Club, has been postponed owing to the inclement weather conditions expected due to the passing of Tropical Storm Tomas and in keeping with precautionary recommendations by Jamaica’s Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management (ODPEM).


The new dates of the show will be announced soon.
“In the light of the severe weather conditions that we are likely to experience we were forced to take this decision,” informed Tazhna Williams, Chief Executive Officer of Stiletto Concepts. “We will advise of the new concert date very soon.”


Patrons, who have already bought tickets to the concert, can use them at the next date.


“The tickets that have been sold will be honoured, Williams added.”
“We wish and pray everyone be prepared and is safe as Tropical Storm Tomas passes us by,” she said.


Look out for advisory for the next concert date.








Legendary reggae matriarch Rita Marley will be honored at the 17th Annual Caribbean American Heritage Awards Gala hosted by the Institute of Caribbean Studies.



Nana Rita, an endearment she acquired when she was enstooled in Ghana, will accept the award on Friday, November 12, during the gala dinner to be held at the JW Marriott in Washington, DC.
The widow of reggae icon Robert 'Bob' Nesta Marley and an artist in her own right, Nana Rita has an extensive career of advocacy and talent that spans the globe.



"Nana Rita was a perfect recipient for our Marcus Garvey award. This award recognizes those who unselfishly advocate to empower and to uplift the people of the Caribbean and Africa," said ICS president and founder Dr. Claire Nelson.

"Throughout her life, through her music and her numerous actions, Nana Rita has demonstrated an unconditional to helping youth, lifting the image of Africa on the global stage, and to assist her Jamaican people. We are honored that she has accepted this award."
The Marcus Garvey Lifetime Achievement Award is presented each year to an outstanding individual whose life work demonstrates a commitment to the principles of human empowerment and unity of people of African descent. Previous recipients include reggae artist Jimmie Cliff, Slinger Francisco, also known as 'The Mighty Sparrow', and Frederick 'Toots' Hibbert of Toots and Maytals.



As the executive director and founder of both the Bob Marley Foundation and the Rita Marley Foundation, Nana Rita has been instrumental in solidifying her husband's iconic status and empowering youth in Africa and Jamaica.

She transformed the Bob Marley house into the Bob Marley Museum, manages the renowned Tuff Gong International recording company, and has been recognized for her stellar voice as a member of the legendary I Threes.


The Caribbean American Heritage Awards Gala will be co-hosted by Maureen Bunyan, anchor of WJLA TV and John Blake, host of Caribbean Experience on WHUR FM 96.3. Lauded as the premier celebration of Caribbean-American achievement, the gala has attracted leaders and honorees such as Prime Minister of St. Lucia the Honorable Kenny Anthony and Prime Minister of Barbados the Honorable Owen Arthur, as well as Congresswoman Barbara Lee and Black Enterprise publisher Earl Graves.






Tropical Storm Warning for Jamaica lifted

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The Tropical Storm Warning for Jamaica has been lifted according to a bulletin from the US based National Hurricane Centre.



Jamaica has been under a Tropical Storm Warning since Thursday after Hurricane Tomas threatened to dump rains on the island and add to the misery of Tropical Storm Nicole which had left many parts of the island flooded.



The National Hurricane Centre said that the centre of Hurricane Tomas was passing between Haiti and Southeastern Cuba.



Yesterday forecasters, including the local Met Service, warned that flash-flooding was possible in areas of mainly eastern parishes.



Above-average wave heights were also reported over coastal areas of north-eastern parishes yesterday.



That caused local disaster preparedness experts to remain on full alert last night with an appeal to Jamaicans not to let down their guard.






Scenes from Ladies Night out

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Scenes from Ladies Night out

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Scenes from Weddy Weddy Wednesdays

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Mario’s mother has dropped all assault charges against her son.

The singer was charged last month with one count of second-degree assault for allegedly shoving his mother into a wall at their Baltimore home. He was later released after he posted a $50,000 bond.

However, Mario’s mother, Shawntia Hardaway, changed her story on the witness stand Tuesday.

Hardaway said she was under the influence of drugs and alcohol when she called police on Oct. 1 and that her son never laid a hand on her.

Mario’s attorney, Billy Murphy, says it was clear from the beginning that his client never struck his mother and that Mario “remains committed to helping his mother battle her addiction.”

Hardaway has battled alcohol and heroin addiction.

“It was clear from the beginning that Mario never touched or struck his mother,” Murphy added. “She was under the influence of drugs when she gave her statement to police. To her credit, she corrected her statement in court today.”






Charges Dropped Against Gucci Mane

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Gucci Mane caught a break today after Fulton County, GA authorities dropped several charges against the rapper after he was arrested yesterday on multiple traffic violations.

From Access Atlanta:

It was announced during a first appearance court hearing Wednesday morning the case was being dropped “for want of prosecution.” The judge told the performer, whose real name is Radric Davis, that the charges could be refiled.

Davis was jailed Tuesday, and held overnight, on charges of damage to government property, obstruction, driving without a license, reckless driving, running a red light or stop sign, failure to maintain a lane and driving on the wrong side of the road.








Willie D, a rap icon from The Geto Boys, has been sentenced to one year and a day in federal prison after he was convicted on wire fraud charges stemming from the false sale of Apple iPhones.

Willie D, real name William Dennis, was caught in a sting operation in May 2009 after fronting a company called Texas One Wireless and selling purported iPhones, but never sending the product to customers, according to an FBI report.

United States Attorney José Angel Moreno and FBI Special Agent in Charge Richard C. Powers made the announcement late afternoon on November 2.

Willie D was sentenced at a hearing before United States District Court Judge Gray Miller who committeed the rapper to 12 months and one day in federal prison.

In court, Willie D admitted to acting as an electronics salesman via eBay.

Willie D was ordered to pay $194,087.17 in restitution, the amount that 35 people were scammed between September of 2008 and April 2009.





5 Things Black Women Need To Stop Doing

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I love my black women, but there are some things that I notice need to stop. I won’t subject you to watching a seven-minute viral video of two robotic animations trading stereotypical insults. But here are five things I think will help us all if Black women would just cease and desist.

1. Asking Men to pay for Cosmetics

The only thing I’m paying for to enhance your body is soap. If you like Zest or Dove, the world is yours. The moment you start asking for me to get your hair done, I’ll sit you down and do it my damn self. You go get your hair done at some place that’s never close to where you live because of some suggestion from a friend. By the time you get back, I’m horny, but you don’t want to “sweat it out.” Do you think I’m going to pay for that? That’s the complete opposite of prostitution. In fact, it’s prohibition!

2. Hitting Men

This needs to stop immediately. I will never condone hitting women. Ever. But there are some women out there that I will not sympathize with. Sorry. It’s one thing when you are talking out your neck and waving your hands in our faces, but you don’t have to touch us. Just because the law is on your side does not mean you have to take advantage of it. There are a couple of men out there that don’t have a problem knocking you out.

3. Watching “The Game”

This useless show is destroying our women. I took the time to see what this show was all about since every black girl in the world watches it and won’t stop talking about it. Do you know what I found out fellas? The whole show centers around the “Sister, Sister” chick f***ing EVERYBODY. The football dude, the other other football dude, some other guy that lives with his mom for some reason even though he’s a grown ass man. It doesn’t make any sense.

4. Doobie wrap and pins, without a scarf (I Know Why the Caged Hair Sings)

Did every Black girl in America run out of scarves? Or did the salon catch on fire while your hair was getting done? Did you have to run out to save your life? If the answer is no, then find a damn scarf and put it on your head. You look stupid with all those pins in your hair.

5. Acting Like You Don’t…

Black women are notorious for going out of their way to let a man know that they will never go down (and have never been down) on a guy. There is always that same excuse “that’s just nasty.” We are all adults and we know what we all do. Stop fronting.






Willow Smith is already setting records with her hit single “Whip My Hair.”

At just 10-years-old, the budding pop star has sold 137,000 copies of her debut single in it’s first week of release making her the youngest artiste in history to do so.

The track placed right outside the top 10 at #11 on the Hot 100, but is expected to move into a higher position next week.





$300000 USD new figure for Banton’s bond

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Buju Banton continues to get a fight from the persecution as he tries to resolve the issues surrounding his bail in his ongoing drug battle.



New details are that, the court has increased Buju’s bail from $250,000US dollars to $300,000.00US. In addition to that, the magistrate has ordered that the security company post a $25,000.00US bond.


Buju, who still remain behind bars, was given bail under strict conditions. The international reggae entertainer will be placed under 24-hour surveillance with the costs being paid by the defense, he will have to sign a waiver of extradition, undergo random drug testing, wear a GPS ankle bracelet and surrender his passport.

Buju Banton has been in lockup since December 10 of last year. The Gargamel is expected to go before the courts for a retrial in his high profile drug battle against the United States government in February 2011.


Bwoy di DJ caan get a break, look like dem really want to break him down. Buju, yuh did know what yuh singing bout when you sey is not an easy road…inna your case it bumpy nuh hell.








The Bob Marley Museum will on Friday, November 5 observe the 80th anniversary of the coronation of His Imperial Majesty Haile Selassie I (The First) with a charity concert.

Fund raised will go towards the refurbishing of the Haile Selassie High.

"The school is in dire need of funds to assist with further development of the school, and it is with this in mind that the Friends of The Haile Selassie High School are doing their part in assisting in this project," said promoter Dr. Michael Barnett.

The concert line-up includes several well-known cultural reggae artistes such as Junior Reid with Andrew and Wada Blood, Determine, Warrior King, Andrew Tosh, Mikey General, Fred Locks, The Artist M, Herzon, The Uprising Roots Band, The Twelve Tribes of Israel and many more.

The show will also unveil a surprise vintage guest artiste.

The actual date of Haile Selassie’s coronation was November 2, 1930, but Dr. Barnett said the celebration was pushed back because of other events taking place on that day.





D’Angel pregnant?

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Bwoy when di rumour mill go fi spread it nuh easy at all. Memba couple weeks ago she come out and get front page a deny sey she pregnant.

She sey dat a nuh fi har focus right now, well di rumour start again and dis time it is fueled by di fact that some people close to har a speculate. Cause dem sey she put on weight and look like she have a likkle baby bump.

But den again nobady nuh affi wonder, after a nuh suppn a guh, nuh suppn a come. Suh if a true, everybody nuh wi know?








Jamaica remains under a tropical Storm Warning even as Tomas, which has been upgraded to a Category One Hurricane, continues to move away from the island.

This means that tropical storm conditions, including possible gusty winds are expected within three to six hours.

In the latest bulletin from the Meteorological Service, issued at 4:00 a.m., Hurricane Tomas was about 150 kilometres or 90 miles south of Morant Point, Jamaica or 280 kilometres or 175 miles west-southwest of Port-au-Prince, Haiti.

Tomas is moving towards the northeast near 15 kilometres per hour or 9 miles per hour and this general motion, with a further increase in forward speed, is expected over the next couple of days.

On the forecast track, the centre of Tomas will continue moving away from Jamaica and near southwestern Haiti Friday morning, before passing near extreme eastern Cuba Friday evening.

Maximum sustained winds of near 85 kilometres per hour or 50 miles per hour, with higher gusts are expected to strengthen during the next 48 hours.

Maximum sustained winds have increased to near 130 kilometres per hour or 80 miles per hour, with higher gusts, making Tomas a Category One hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson scale.

Additional strengthening is possible before Tomas again begins to weaken on Saturday.

Hurricane force winds extend outward up to 30 kilometres or 18 miles from the centre, and tropical storm force winds extend outward as far as 220 kilometres/140 miles.

Jamaica could still, therefore, come under the influence of tropical storm force winds over sections of eastern parishes Friday morning.

Satellite imagery and radar reports indicate that the heavy showers and thunderstorms associated with Tomas continue to skirt the eastern tip of Jamaica; however, scattered showers are being detected over sections of central and western parishes.

These will rapidly decrease as drier air moves into the area behind Hurricane Tomas.

Small craft operators are reminded to remain in safe harbour until all warning messages have been lifted and wind and sea conditions have returned to normal.





Blak Ryno apologises

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Following his recent brush with death on Waltham Park Road in Kingston over the Heroes Weekend, where he and a friend was knocked off their motorbike by a motorist that swerved in an effort to avoid hitting a man said to be of unsound mind; Dancehall artiste Blak Ryno said he would like apologise to his European fans for the postponement of his upcoming European tour slated to begin on November 23 in the United Kingdom.

However following a series of medical examinations to determine the extent of his head injury the ‘See You Again’ singer is expected to make a full recovery and fans across the European continent will get their chance to see the artiste up close in February 2011 when the tour officially commences making stops in the United Kingdom, Switzerland, Netherland, France, Germany and Italy over a three weeks timeline.





Cuban plane crash leaves all 68 dead

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A state airliner filled with Cubans and travellers from Europe and Latin America crashed and burst into flames in a mountainous area after declaring an emergency and losing contact with air traffic controllers. All 40 Cubans and 28 foreigners aboard died, authorities announced early today.


AeroCaribbean Flight 883 was en route from the eastern city of Santiago de Cuba to the capital when it reported an emergency at 5:42 pm local time yesterday, then lost contact with air traffic controllers. It went down near the village of Guasimal in Santi Spiritus province, carrying 61 passengers and a crew of seven.

Cuba's Civil Aviation Authority issued a statement hours later saying there were no survivors. It released a list of passengers that included nine Argentines, seven Mexicans, three Dutch citizens, two Germans, two Austrians, a French citizen, an Italian, a Spaniard, a Venezuelan and a Japanese. The seven member crew were all Cuban, as were 33 passengers.

A photo posted on the website of the local newspaper, Escambray, showed a large piece of the plane in flames, with rescue workers in olive-green military uniforms standing around it. It said the local Communist Party chief as well as Interior Ministry and other officials were at the scene helping with the effort.

The twice-a-week flight goes from Port-au-Prince, Haiti, to Santiago de Cuba to Havana. State media said that the plane was an ATR-72 twin turboprop and that the crash site was not far from the Zaza reservoir, the largest in Cuba. It said authorities had mobilized doctors and emergency workers in the rural area, which is about 220 miles (350 kilometers) east of Havana.

At Havana's national terminal, relatives of those on board the plane were kept isolated from other passengers and journalists.

"This is very sad," Caridad de las Mercedes Gonzalez, who was manning an airport information desk, said before officials announced that everyone had been killed. "We are very worried. This has taken us by surprise."

State media gave no details on what happened to the airliner, saying only that the cause of the crash was being investigated.







Divine substance overflows into my life.


Prosperity means many things to many people. To some, prosperity means employment, to others a home, to others more money in the bank.

These all signify prosperity, but prosperity is more than outer manifestations. Prosperity is the inner, underlying substance of God that permeates and penetrates all, the substance out of which all things are formed.

Material good is but evidence of the all-providing substance of God. Outer conditions come and go; they fluctuate and change, but the substance of God is enduring and unchanging. It can be depended on at all times, in all circumstances.

I am not anxious about my life, because my good is centered in God and I know my needs will be met.

All these things will be given to you.--Matthew 6:33






Mother of injured athlete finally granted US visa

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Jamaican athlete Dale Dunn who is still hospitalised in stable condition after being shot in the USA last week, will be welcoming the news that his mother, Marcia Crooks has finally been granted a US visa after being initially turned down.

Dunn, a star 800 and 1500 meter runner for Coppin State University was shot in an armed robbery attempt last week Tuesday while on his way from a supermarket in Baltimore.
He was actually on the phone speaking with his mother when he was shot.



Crooks who said she hardly ate since the terrifying experience says her ordeal became worse when she was denied a US visa.

Dunn who is on a full scholarship at Coppin State where he is majoring in management science was only this summer voted to ESPN’s Track and Field and Cross Country academic all America second team.






Wake for Gregory Isaacs held in the UK

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Hundreds of fans along with entertainers lit candles, chanted bible verses and brought flowers at a wake in honour of the late Gregory Issacs in London Tuesday night.

Among those paying tribute were singer A. J. Franklin, who described Isaacs as a loved icon whose fans have been hit hard by his passing as he was loved by the people.

Dennis Alcapone, who performed with Isaacs in the early days, remembered the entertainer as one of the sweetest singer to have come out of Jamaica.

Gregory Issacs died on October 25 in London.

He lost his battle with lungs cancer, a year after being diagnosed.

He was 59 years old.

Isaac's funeral service is to be held in North London on November 10 before his body is flown back to Jamaica the following day for burial.





Lil Wayne's Prison Release Delayed, Guard Says

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Lil Wayne will have to wait an additional day before he returns home, a Rikers Island corrections officer told MTV News on Thursday morning (November 4). The superstar rapper was expected to be released around 1 a.m. but apparently needs to ride out one more day before he is a free man.

"His time was miscalculated. He owed, he owes one day of 'good time,' so it's gonna be another night," Officer Caraballo said Thursday as MTV News awaited the New Orleans lyricist's release outside the rapper's jail. Caraballo added that "good time" is reduced when an inmate runs into trouble behind bars. "If you get an infraction in jail, they'll take away 'good time' — time that you accumulated for good behavior."

Although the officer did not confirm what may have caused the delay of Weezy's release, it is possible that a May incident in which the MC was caught with headphones and an MP3 player, which is a violation of prison rules, may have come into play. However, a spokesperson for the New York City Department of Correction told MTV News on October 5 that the MP3 player flap would not land Weezy additional jail time.

Caraballo said Wayne would be released "probably tomorrow" (Friday, November 5). A spokesperson for Rikers Island Correctional Facility, Officer Daniels, confirmed to MTV News that Weezy remains in prison but was unable to comment on when the rapper may be released.






Paul Lewis granted bail

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Embattled Jamaican born American evangelist, Paul Lewis, is breathing a sigh of relief as only hours after being taken back into custody, a High Court judge on Wednesday afternoon dismissed an application by the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) to keep in him custody.



Appeal Court judge, Justice Dennis Morrison, ruled that prosecutors had failed to file a timely objection to bail offered to the preacher, when he was slapped with a charge of perverting the course of justice, last week.



The DPP had applied to the judge to revoke the preacher's bail, claiming he violated the conditions of his bail.



Reverend Lewis was charged, last year, with sexually assaulting an underage girl, however additional charges of perverting the course of justice were laid against him last week, after he was accused of paying off two witnesses to change their testimonies.



He was offered fresh bail by the presiding magistrate, but the DPP argued that he should have been remanded in custody. But Justice Morrison ruled that the prosecutors should have raised their objection to bail while the magistrate was sitting on the bench.



The attorneys for Reverend Lewis had argued that the prosecutors raised their objections only after the judge had offered bail and adjourned court for the day.

Wednesday’s ruling means that the preacher can take up his bail until his trial.



Pastor Lewis, who is the head of the Paul Lewis Ministries, was charged on June 17, last year, following allegations that he had sex with a minor at a hotel in Westmoreland and made advances towards another. He's scheduled to return to the Westmoreland Circuit Court on

Monday, when the trial resumes.





York Castle High gets it too

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Laza was not the only one being terrorized by these thugs. It went to another level when two gunmen breached the security at the York Castle High School in Brown's Town St Ann about 1:30 Wednesday afternoon.

The hoodlums entered the canteen area where they held up staff and demanded money.

The masked gunmen reportedly ordered the staff to put all the day's sale into a bag that was thrown to them.

After their demands were not met, the gunmen fired shots in the building.

This caught the attention of scores of students who were nearby.

The students rushed to the area and raised an alarm.

The gunmen fled into bushes.

No one was hurt in the gunfire.





Laza Current robbed by gunmen

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Bwoy dem bad man yah a guh hard yuh nuh man. Yardflex got the news that upcoming artiste Laza Current was robbed by gunmen early this morning.

The man dem kick down his door and he and his girlfriend and two children had to run to the bushes in their bid to escape. It was very traumatic as the hoodlum fired several shots at them.

The gunmen escaped with Laza’s car. No star, dem man yah a guh hard.







I trust my God-given inner wisdom.


Through my mind I have contact with the mighty wisdom and intelligence of God, which governs all things by perfect law. I needn't try to solve problems on my own. I trust my inner wisdom to reveal to me the exact steps to realizing my good.

Turning within, I release any uncertainty and affirm my oneness with the mind of God. I let it direct and guide me. Looking continually to God as the governing power in my life, I know what to do and when to do it. Infinite wisdom is mine--I only need to turn to it and be receptive to its voice.

Conscious of God's directing wisdom, I find joy in working to bring forth good. Being true to inner wisdom, to the voice of God within, I trust and follow the guidance I receive.

Trust in the Lord with all your heart.--Proverbs 3:5





Gaga at yoga: Towering platform shoes?

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She's known for her outrageous outfits and her ability to constantly surprise fans with her utterly unique sense of style.


But Lady Gaga took her desire to always be fashionable to the extreme yesterday when she arrived at a bikram yoga class wearing a pair of towering black platform boots and sunglasses.
And the heels were so high that the 24-year-old singer had to be helped into the Sohot yoga centre by a gallant minder.


Bikram yoga involves devotees subjecting themselves to extraordinarily high temperatures in order to push their bodies as far as possible.


Gaga is a huge fan of bikram yoga, along with fellow celebrities such as Madonna and Cameron Diaz, and is often seen fitting in a quick session before going on stage.


And the regular yoga session are just one of the ways Gaga stays in shape.
According to her choreographer, Gaga sticks to a strict diet to maintain her slimline figure.
LaurieAnn Gibson told People.com recently: 'It's all about salsa with grain chips, tofu, turkey slices, hummus and coconut water.'


But in a tour rider released by the official X Factor magazine X, Gaga is also said to be partial to roast chicken, chocolate-covered almonds as well as 'non-smelly, non-sweaty cheese'.


After her yoga session, Gaga returned to her hotel before getting changed into an unusual white dress, reminiscent of a nurse's uniform, and her favourite black boots to head over to Abbey Road Studios for a recording session.






Students to be searched and ordered home

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The St Andrew Central Police will intensify efforts to stop and search students in Half-Way-Tree and surrounding areas, following two separate incidents over the past 48 hours that left a student dead.


Divisional head Superintendent Derrick 'Cowboy' Knight reportedly told the Observer that his office will be moving forward with a series of vigorous, robust stop-and-search operations to clamp down on this development.


He said investigators were probing reports that rivalry between schools in the Manning Cup football competitions may have been a factor.


Knight's comments followed the stabbing death of Shaquille Nelson, a 16-year-old student of the St Andrew College, and the injuring of another male student on Tuesday. Nelson was chased into a Toyota Coaster bus by two men and stabbed several times in the chest. He later died at hospital.
Hours earlier a student from City College was set upon by a group of teenagers from another school and seriously assaulted. He had to be hospitalised.







A campaign to boycott Trinidad and Tobago products is now underway as the backlash against comments made by Trinidad and Tobago Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar for her statement that the twin-island nation would have to get something in return for helping Caribbean neighbours affected by Hurricane Tomas continues.



“We will have to look at ways in which we would be able to assist. But you would recall my comments earlier this year, when I said there must be some way in which Trinidad and Tobago would also benefit,” she said at a press conference, adding that she would have to hold discussions with members of her Cabinet before deciding on what assistance could be provided.



These comments have not only drawn the condemnation of the opposition leader of that country, but of some members of the region who on Facebook, Twitter and through BlackBerry broadcast messages urged a boycott of Trinidad and Tobago products.

The BlackBerry broadcast message, which has been making the rounds, says, “Join me and many of my friends in the “BUY NOTHING MADE IN TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO” campaign. This is a result of the TNT PM’s open statement to the media saying she will not give any assistance to Caricom countries affected by Hurricane Tomas unless it is to the benefit of Trinidad. I wonder if she is aware of the amount of products we purchase daily that is made in Trinidad. PLEASE JOIN AND PASS IT ON. “



The campaign is also on the popular social networking website Facebook, with a St. Lucian who declined to give her name saying, “Seriously, that was simply heartless and plain selfish!!! We need to show her what can happen when serious, God-fearing and caring people unite. I think we (Saint Lucia) import a lot of snacks from T&T, I will try my best to avoid buying these things. Yes my taste buds will miss them but on the bright side I'll loose a few inches. Come on guys and join me!!”







VP Records is set to release its highly anticipated annual hit series, Strictly the Best Vol. 42 and Strictly the Best Vol. 43, on Tuesday, December 7, 2010. Now celebrating its 20th anniversary of showcasing the very best in reggae and dancehall music from throughout the year, the Strictly The Best (STB) series are a proven hit with fans and the longest running series in reggae music.



Strictly The Best Vol. 42 features the top reggae singers in the genre, including Gyptian, Jah Cure, Tarrus Riley, Romain Virgo, Tessanne, Alaine, Gramps Morgan, Sanchez and Marcia Griffiths, on a 16-track melodic montage that is bound to satisfy every reggae fan.


STB Vol. 42 lives up to its name with hit singles such as “Unconditional Love” by Jah Cure featuring Phylissa, “Dark Skin Girl” by singing sensation Romain Virgo, “So Much In Love” from Gyptian, “A Beer And A Girl” by the eternal Marcia Griffiths, and reggae rocker Tessanne on the glorious remake of Foreigner’s smash ballad, “I Want To Know What Love Is.”


Strictly The Best Vol. 43 sizzles with the hottest artists in dancehall music, including Sean Paul, Damian ‘Jr. Gong’ Marley, Gyptian, Busy Signal, Vybz Kartel, Beenie Man, Mavado, Elephant Man, Bounty Killer and even rap star Nas. From the titillating “Turn Me On” by Sean Paul, to Gyptian’s romantic new single “Nah Let Go,” the breakout hit “My Heart Remix” from Wayne Marshall featuring Mavado, dance anthem “How We Do It” by Elephant Man and Bounty Killer, and Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley and Nas featuring Dennis Brown on “Land Of Promise,” STB Vol. 43 smokes with 16 tracks guaranteed to blaze the dancehalls.









Reggae singer Andy Livingston says he is looking forward to bigger and better things as he continues to make progress with his career. He has been riding a wave of success in recent times with his hit single, My Promise, which was picked up by VP Records for the latest instalment of their highly respected Strictly The Best compilation.


In a recent interview, the singer said that he is very happy with the response his latest single, titled Love Ain't Enough, has received; it was released a little over a week ago. He also said that he and his management team are getting ready to step up the promotion of the single, as they intend to capitalise on the success gained earlier this year with My Promise.


Andy Livingston is also busy in studios working on several projects, including a cover version of the Teddy Pendergrass classic My Greatest Inspiration, which will be released soon.


A supporting music video for Love Ain't Enough will be shot and released before the end of December.






ODPEM orders schools closed

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THE Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management (ODPEM) and the Ministry of Education this morning directed that all schools in Kingston and St Andrew, St Thomas, St Mary and Portland be closed.


ODPEM is further advising that with the conditions of a tropical storm likely to be felt within the next 12-24 hours, it is recommended that businesses and Government entities in the above named parishes begin to initiate 12-24 hour pre impact activities which essentially entails the phasing down of operations for non- essential workers by mid day today.


The ODPEM continues to monitor the situation and will give updates accordingly.








Two boys were rushed to the hospital yesterday and two other taken into police custody following a stabbing incident at the Marcus Garvey Technical High School in St Ann's Bay.


A knife and machete fight involving students on the school’s morning shift led to the police being called in to get the situation under control. Teachers at Marcus Garvey have said that the school is suffering from uncontrolled violent attacks by students.


The principal labeled the incident “unfortunate” and noted that some of the students had serious disciplinary problems.


He said a review of the school's security arrangements will be done.
The school is one of several in the parish under the safe school programme.
Meanwhile, the police are still searching for two other boys involved in the incident.






Why men cheat - By Buffilous

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Since the beginning of the ages women have been trying to answer this question, why men cheat? Is it something in their genes?

Is it that that they can never be satisfied or is it that they feel there is always better out there. Of course we acknowledge that women cheat too, but it is so much more prevalent in men that we have to try and analyse this one.

In trying to come up with an answer I went to the real source, the men themselves who were more than willing to help with the answers.

One said the grass is always greener on the other side. According to him it’s the thrill of it. It soothes his ego and there is a lot of excitement in it.


Of course all this thrill comes with a price, he acknowledges that it could either lead to the demise of the relationship or the upliftment of it…but either way he doesn’t mind taking the risk.

There are those who admit that cheating wasn’t exactly on their minds, but the temptation was more than they could bear. For others it is just a sheer case of curiosity.

“You see a ting and she look a way and your imagination start to work over time, you wonder if she can perform in bed and how she gonna fling it up give up give you and before you know it, you start to fling on the lyrics,” one cheater confessed.

One man was blunt and to the point. He said if you found a girl and you are in lust with her, it better to give in, have sex with her and get it out of your system.

“why deny yourself the pleasure after all you only have one life to live,” according to him extra excitement is healthy.

His reasoning is that if the relationship was grounded in the first place the man would not have cheated.

“When you’re in love with someone you want to b with that person always. People take others for granted. Sex starts out hot ,then it fades. Always maintain those bedroom skills,” is his advice to women to avoid their men straying from the home front.


The final male we spoke to shared pretty much the same opinion. According to him the surest thing to have his eyes roving is neglect.

“When the woman forgot what she did to get the man and then slack off, always having one excuse or the other why she can’t give us some real loving in bed or being adventurous where sex is concerned then she should know that the hunter will be coming out!”


Other tips coming from him is that what attracts him to a woman is her smell, her tightness, the chemistry, then the conversation after sex, will determine if there is any commonality.


So there you have it ladies, it’s not our rules, but it won’t hurt to heed some of the useful advice the men dished out.





Is Nicki Minaj married?

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Has Nicki Minaj tied the knot? The rapper was spotted with her man last night in Miami and they were both sporting wedding bands.

According to mediatakeout.com, Nicki and SB have been dating off-and-on for nearly 5 years and got engaged last year.





Gucci Mane Arrested & Pepper Sprayed

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Rapper Gucci Mane has been arrested for myriad traffic infractions and had to be restrained with pepper spray, according to published reports.

Gucci, real name Radric Davis, is charged with driving on the wrong side of the road, running a red light or stop sign, damage to government property, obstruction, no license, no proof of insurance and other traffic charges, Atlanta Police spokesman Curtis Davenport told the Atlanta Journal Constitution.

Furthermore, the report says Gucci had to be subdued by police with pepper spray.

The rapper was taken to Grady Memorial Hospital for a medical check up. From there, he is expected to be moved to Fulton County Jail.

Gucci Mane was just released from Fulton County jail in May for violating parole.





Marijuana legalization measure loses in California

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California voters declined to make their trendsetting state the nation's first to legalize marijuana use and sales, heeding warnings of legal chaos and that pot smokers would get behind the wheel and show up to work while high.

The legalization effort was losing by nine percentage points with more than two-thirds of precincts reporting. Backers showed support for the measure by gathering outside the campaign's headquarters to watch returns come in — some of them lighting up joints to mark the occasion.

Supporters of Proposition 19 blamed Tuesday's outcome on the conservative leanings of older voters who participate in midterm elections. They also acknowledged that young voters had not turned out in sufficient numbers to secure victory, but said they were ready to try again in two years.

"It's still a historic moment in this very long struggle to end decades of failed marijuana prohibition," said Stephen Gutwillig, California director for the Drug Policy Project. "Unquestionably, because of Proposition 19, marijuana legalization initiatives will be on the ballot in a number of states in 2012, and California is in the mix."

Tim Rosales, who managed the No on 19 campaign, scoffed at that attitude from the losing side.

"If they think they are going to be back in two years, they must be smoking something," he said. "This is a state that just bucked the national trend and went pretty hard on the Democratic side, but yet in the same vote opposed Prop 19. I think that says volumes as far as where California voters are on this issue."

The campaign pitted the state's political and law enforcement establishment against determined activists. Images of marijuana leaves and smashed-up cars and school buses appeared in dueling ads during the campaign.

In a sign of what a tough sell it was, an exit poll conducted for The Associated Press showed opposition cutting across gender and racial lines, as well as income and education levels.

The ballot measure lost in the state's vaunted marijuana-growing region known as the "Emerald Triangle" of Humboldt, Mendocino and Trinity counties. Many in the region feared the system they have created would be taken over by corporations or lose its purpose.

Proponents pitched it as a sensible, though unprecedented, experiment that would provide tax revenue for the cash-strapped state, dent the drug-related violence in Mexico by causing pot prices to plummet, and reduce marijuana arrests that they say disproportionately target minority youth.

In the weeks leading to the election, federal officials said they planned to continue enforcing laws making marijuana possession and sales illegal and were considering suing to overturn the California initiative if voters approved it.

"Today, Californians recognized that legalizing marijuana will not make our citizens healthier, solve California's budget crisis, or reduce drug related violence in Mexico," White House Drug Policy Director Gil Kerlikowske said.

Voters in three other states cast ballots on medical marijuana-related measures.

In South Dakota, voters rejected for the second time a measure to legalize marijuana for medical use — a step taken by California in 1996 and 13 other states since. Oregon voters refused to expand their state's medical marijuana program to create a network of state-licensed nonprofit dispensaries where patients could have purchased the drug.

A medical marijuana measure on Arizona's ballot was too close to call early Wednesday.

California's marijuana proposal would have allowed adults 21 and over to possess up to an ounce of pot, consume it in nonpublic places as long as no children were present, and grow it in small private plots.

It also would have authorized local governments to permit commercial pot cultivation, as well as the sale and use of marijuana at licensed establishments.





Trinidad PM is something else

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Can you imagine! I was watching the news and saw Trinidad’s female Pm saying they won’t help any CARICOm countires unless something is in it for them. Well maybe we should all remind her that we all need to lean on each other.


How about not supporting the Trinidadian businesses in the various CARICOM countries. Let’s see if Jamaicans and other CARICOM countries start boycotting anything that has its origin from Trinidad what would Miss PM say to that?






Scenes from Richie_Stephen_Album_Launch

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Photos By: MILTON RAYNOR






Jamaica under Hurricane Watch

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A Hurricane Watch has now been issued for Jamaica as Tropical Storm Tomas continues to gain strength.



A Hurricane Watch means that within the next 48 hours Jamaica should start seeing hurricane conditions.



Tomas is now located near latitude 13.5 north and longitude 74.6 west.



It’s moving toward the west near 14 mph or 22 km/hr.



The National Hurricane Centre says a turn toward the west-northwest and northwest with a decrease in forward speed is expected during the next 48 hours.



Maximum sustained winds are near 40 mph or 65 km/hr with higher gusts and strengthening is forecast and Tomas could regain hurricane strength by Thursday.







The news that Demi Lovato is getting treatment for “emotional and physical issues” has shocked all of her fans. But new information has come out regarding why she decided to finally get help.



Sources tell Us Magazine that Demi has been dealing with numerous issues like cutting herself and an eating disorder, and wanted to seek help before the problem got any bigger.



"She needed help before a smaller problem got worse," an insider said. "She is doing OK."



Several sources say a recent physical altercation with a female member of her tour finally drove Lovato to the edge.



No word on the specifics of the fight, but Demi has talked about bullying in the past. She via her Myspace page back in 2008, "Sometimes [bullying] doesn't just end in high school. "Sometimes I get online and read blogs (which I probably shouldn't if I can't handle it) and read the horrible things that people say in comments ... and it can really take a toll on you."



Sources say her breakup from Joe Jonas also fueled a pre-existing eating disorder, and may have catapulted her cutting.



"She has been forced into showbiz from a young age and that puts tremendous pressure on someone,” said an insider. “Everyone is really happy she is getting help."



It’s great that she is accepting help at the age of 18. That’s a hard age to actually realize you do have a problem—just look at Miss Denial herself Lindsay Lohan.





NWC repair bill due to TS Nicole jumps to $655M

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The repair bill incurred by the National Water Commission (NWC) following the passage of Tropical Storm Nicole has been revised upwards.



A statement from the entity on Monday put the new figure at $655 million.



This is up from $300 million reported early last month.



The NWC says many of its systems have not yet recovered from the damage caused by the Storm





Students stab 16-y-o to death at bus centre

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The Half Way Tree Transportation Centre in St Andrew was the scene of an ugly stabbing incident yesterday as a male student of the St Andrew College was yesterday attacked and stabbed to death by a group of students.


Police at the Kingston Public Hospital (KPH) said 16-year-old Shakeal Nelson, who hails from Golden Spring, was attacked as he stood close to the Half-Way-Tree Transportation Centre.


According to the taxi driver who took the boy to hospital, "the youth was standing close to the bus centre when me hear shouts."
He said when he got to the scene he saw the bleeding boy on the ground and a group of other students running.


"A several stab him get all over him body. All I could do was rush with him," said the driver,.


Police from the KPH Police Post are investigating the matter.
In another incident, a male student from City College was beaten in his head with a piece of metal pipe by other students in the vicinity of the transportation centre.


He was taken to the University Hospital of the West Indies, where he was receiving treatment.





Bagga Brown hospitalized with cancer

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YardFlex understands that Popular entertainment and television Bagga Brown, of TVJ’s Weh Yuh Seh is now a patient at the Medical Associates hospital where he is being treated for cancer.

A blood drive is also underway and Baga’s family are appealing to all those who can to go and give a donation for him at the blood bank.


Yardflex adds its prayers to those of Bagga family, friends and close associates. Bagga, keep strong.





Police vehicle burnt in Pt Antonio

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The police are probing how one of their vehicles caught fire while officers were conducting an investigation.



The vehicle assigned to the Port Antonio Police Division in Portland caught fire just after 10:00pm Monday while officers were responding to a call about a missing teen.



Information is that the police received the call about the 16 year old girl in the Wayne Road area of Port Antonio.



When they responded, they parked the vehicle and went down a lane in search of the missing teen.



While in the lane they saw fire near to the vehicle, a Toyota Hilux pick-up.



The police said they turned back and went towards the vehicle to discover it was on fire.








Brenda Campbell, mother of gospel deejay Prodigal Son passed away two Friday’s ago, and the entertainer has been taking it so hard he reportedly ended up in hospital.

Yardflex sends condolences to Prodigal during this challenging time. The deejay also has a new album which should be released this month.





Lil Wayne to be released from prison tomorrow

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Lil Wayne is set to be released from prison, and is to record new raps on the plane home.



The 'I Am Not A Human Being' rapper is expected to be released from a jail term in New York for firearms offences on Thursday (04.11.10), and the team at his label Cash Money records are reportedly looking for a plane with studio equipment so he can lay down new rhymes as he flies, likely to either his native New Orleans or Miami.



Bryan Williams, a.k.a. Birdman, co-founder of Cash Money, said: 'You can't keep him out of the studio.'

He added that Wayne - who famously freestyles his raps in the studio without writing anything down - has taken to recording his lyrics for the first time since starring in one of his earliest groups while in jail.



Bryan added: 'He hasn't written out rhymes since the Hot Boys. There's a different swagger coming from Wayne, different things to talk about.'



Wayne's manager, Cortez Bryant, added: 'He's had time to take everything in from the early years to his going in. We've been at such a fast pace, moving, moving, moving, that he's finally been able to put some things in perspective.'



Wayne has had plenty of time to reflect in the latter part of his sentence, which he started in March, after he was moved to a solitary confinement cell earlier this month after he was caught with a contraband MP3 player and charger in his cell.



Meanwhile fellow rapper Eminem has said he's looking forward to Lil Wayne's release.










Katy Perry and Russell Brand apparently didn't have sex on their honeymoon! But it wasn't because they didn't want to!



Poor Katy reportedly got bitten by a spider while in the Maldives, and was forced into taking medicine to combat the nasty rash.



But that's not what stopped them--Perry's sheer exhaustion from the medication did! According to Grazia magazine, Katy felt "too exhausted" to perform for her new hubby.



Pretty ironic for a girl who recently claimed she was a "10 out of 10" in bed!!

To make matters even worse, Katy and Russell hadn't had sex for an entire month leading up to the wedding because they wanted their first time as husband and wife to be special.



Russell had even made a joke saying that he was going to be “taking Katy through Karma Sutra” during the honeymoon.



So much for that! Guess they'll have to have makeup sex when they return home!





T.I.'s wife pleads not guilty to drug possession

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Rapper T.I.'s wife has pleaded not guilty to a misdemeanor charge of ecstasy possession.


Los Angeles County District Attorney's spokeswoman Jane Robison says Tameka "Tiny" Cottle entered the plea through her attorney on Monday.
She was arrested Sept. 1 along with her husband during a traffic stop on Los Angeles' Sunset Strip.


The 35-year-old is not required to appear in person on the case. It will be called for a pretrial hearing on Jan. 6.


Cottle's attorney, Blair Berk, declined to comment.
Prosecutors declined to charge T.I., citing a federal judge's decision to send him to prison for 11 months for violating his probation on weapons charges and because only four ecstasy pills were found on him.









Ricky welcomed cameras to his home for a candid portrait of his happy family home life for his interview with Oprah, in which he talks about his sons and his sexuality for the first time.

He tells Oprah in the show which will air tomorrow on the day he sent out an e-mail announcing, “I am proud to say that I am a fortunate homosexual man,” Martin says he first felt “numb” and then “relieved.”

Then, he said, the magnitude of what he’d done hit him.

“When I realized, okay, I just pressed send, whoo … I was alone,” Martin, 38, says. “I was in my studio alone for a minute. My assistant walked in and I just started crying like a little baby. I started crying.”

The singer had previously refused to comment on speculation that he was gay, saying: ‘I don’t think I should say whether I’m gay or not, or who I’ve slept with or not.’





Naked Charlie Sheen Shouted N-Word During Meltdown

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Charlie Sheen was naked and high on drugs while yelling the n-word during his meltdown with pornstar, Capri Anderson in New York City, for no apparent reason according to Radar Online.


“He was punching the walls of the hotel room and going crazy and shouting ‘n**ger, n**ger, n**ger for no reason at all,” the source told RadarOnline.com. “It was absolutely bizarre. At this point the porn star he was with locked herself in the bathroom.






T.I.’s Wife Tiny Charged With Drug Possession

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T.I.’s wife Tameka Cottle aka “Tiny” was charged with one misdemeanor count of possession of a controlled substance. While T.I.’s drug case was dropped by L.A. County District Attorney earlier this week, Tiny wasn’t so lucky.

According to the Atlanta Journal Constitution, Tiny will be arraigned on Monday in Los Angeles for misdemeanor drug possession — the same day her husband, rapper T.I., 30, is due to turn himself in to start serving an 11-month sentence at an Arkansas prison.

Police arrested the Atlanta-based newlyweds on suspicion of drug possession but only Cottle was charged. The Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced Monday it would not prosecute Clifford Harris Jr., the rapper’s birth name, despite finding four ecstasy tablets on him.





Jah Cure robbed in Dominica

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Reggae artiste Jah Cure was robbed in Dominica while there for a show on Sunday, October 31.

"It was unconditional disappointment, not unconditional love for me," the artiste said on a radio station in Roseau on Monday.

He told the listeners that the stolen items were in his bag in the hotel room and he thought it to be safe.

The singer, whose real name is Siccature Alcock, gave no indication as to the value of the stolen items, but said his room had been entered into by someone using a master key while his entire entourage was on stage.

"I still love Dominica and I will return," he said.

Jah Cure also urged listeners to help the police in the investigations.

Police said they had questioned several individuals at the hotel.

The Jamaican was one of the headline performers on the last day of the 14th World Creole Music Festival at the Windsor Park Stadium on Sunday





Another delay in Buju’s trial

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The retrial of international reggae singer Buju Banton is being delayed until February at the defense’s request.

Buju's defense attorneys are reported to have said that the singer hopes to make bail for the holidays.

In addition, a December trial date reportedly would have been bad for the defense attorney and witnesses.

The government did not oppose the delay.

Last Wednesday, a judge set new bail conditions for the entertainer which included a US$300,000 bond secured by the Miami-Dade County home of Stephen Marley, son of reggae legend Bob Marley.

A security company must also post a separate US$25,000 bond to keep Buju on house arrest at his home in Tamarac, Florida; fit him with a GPS monitor and install new locks and an alarm system at his house.

Buju would not get the keys or the alarm code.

Buju, whose real name is Mark Myrie, 37, is charged with conspiracy to possess five kilograms, or 11 pounds of cocaine, with intent to distribute.

His first trial ended in a mistrial in September.





Norma Shirley is dead

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Jamaica's most famous chef is dead.

Norma Shirley, purveyor of food to stylish audiences locally and overseas, died in the University Hospital of the West Indies Sunday afternoon following a brief illness.

She was 70 years old.

Ms. Shirley was a former partner in the popular restaurant, Norma's on the Terrace, at Devon House.

Prior to her passing Ms. Shirley had branched off into her own restaurant business, which was also housed on the Devon House compound.





No Bail for the Ninja

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Things really not looking up for Ninja Man.

The way things are looking now, it seems that he will be missing yet another Sting.


The veteran dancehall deejay had a bail hearing set for October 29, however, the crown prosecution was not prepared and the hearing slated for last Friday was unable to proceed in court.


Ninja Man and his lawyers were optimistic after a request for judicial review was positively received. Now, the deejays junior lawyer Ms. Hannah Harris-Barrington says though her client is disappointed, they will continue the fight for justice.


Ninja Man’s lawyers have made after numerous attempts for bail since his arrest in March of last year.


The Veteran deejay 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.


Ninja Man is to return to court on November 26.





It’s Gun court for Bounty 2011

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Bounty Killer's legal troubles continue.


Controversial deejay appeared before the High Court Division of the gun court Monday morning to answer charges of assault, unlawful wounding and illegal possession of a firearm.


A new court date has been set for January 27, 2011 after claims that bounty’s co defendant was stranded in st Lucia due to the inclement weather.

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.


Meanwhile, this month, 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.





Tropical Storm Tomas strengthens

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It could be a rainy weekend for Jamaicans if Tropical Storm Tomas continues on the course it is on. Let us also pray for our sister island Haiti that it weakens and fizzle out.

Storm tracking has show that tomas has started to strengthen over the south-central Caribbean Sea as it continues on its westward track.

At four o'clock Tuesday morning, the centre of Tropical Storm Tomas was located near Latitude 13.5 degrees North, Longitude 72.0 degrees West; about 670 kilometres or 415 miles southeast of Morant Point or 570 kilometres or 355 miles south of Port-au-Prince, Haiti.

Tomas is moving towards the west near 19 kilometres per hour or 12 miles per hour and maximum sustained winds have increased to near 85 kilometres per hour or 50 miles per hour, with higher gusts.

Tropical storm force winds extend outward up to 185 kilometres or 115 miles from the centre.

Satellite imagery indicates that there has been an increase in heavy rainfall around the centre of Tomas, indicating that conditions are becoming more favourable for the tropical storm’s development.

The current projection is for Tomas to gradually strengthen into a hurricane over the next couple of days while gradually turning towards the west-northwest and then northwest.

The system is then expected to begin moving towards Haiti by Thursday passing over the waters east of Jamaica on Friday.

There is a five to 10% chance that eastern sections of Jamaica could experience hurricane force winds as Tomas passes by.

Bands of heavy showers and thunderstorms could also start affecting the island by Friday morning.

Above-normal wave heights should also be expected over coastal areas of northern and southeastern parishes.







I choose wisely and co-create a world of beauty and peace.


As a mason builds a wall, he carefully chooses the next brick, the one that will fit most precisely, lend the greatest strength to the finished product and contribute to the desired result.

I am the mason of my own life. I choose the building blocks of strength, stability and endurance. Daily, I learn from the Master Builder how to recognize the thoughts, words and actions that create the design I desire.

The choices I make today affect me and those around me. I consider the impact of each choice and trust divine wisdom for direction. As I listen to Spirit within, my decisions become clear. I choose wisely and co-create my world with God and others.

Like a skilled master builder I laid a foundation .... Each builder must choose with care how to build on it.--1 Corinthians 3:10







Nicki Minaj visited 106 & Park to chat with Terrence and Rocsi about her album Pink Friday where she spilled the beans about wanting to kiss Lil’ Wayne.

When asked about Lil’ Wayne being released from jail, she said she hopes he lets her kiss him for the “first time.” The audience, Terrence and Rocsi all looked confused.





Rapper Diamond’s Car Repossessed At Video Shoot

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Female rapper Diamond recently went through the embarassment of having her car repossessed during a recent Young Money video shoot.

What’s even more embarassing?

It was all caught on video.

The folks at BlazinStreetz.com were there and captured every embarassing moment as Diamond goes into the car to gather a few of her belongings after failing to persuade the repo men not to take her ride.





Lawyer disbarred

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A St. Elizabeth lawyer has been struck from the roll of attorneys allowed to practise in Jamaican courts.

Joseph Allen, who has offices in Balaclava, was struck from the roll of practising attorneys on October 14, following a meeting of the Disciplinary Committee of the General Legal Council.

He was disbarred after the Council heard evidence that he failed to turn over to his client nearly $500,000 entrusted to him by the client.

After hearing the evidence, the Disciplinary Council concluded that Mr. Allen was guilty of professional misconduct and acted in a manner which discredited the legal profession.

Mr. Allen was arrested in December last year after his client reported to the Balaclava Police that he had failed to turn over the money, which he had received as part of a settlement following a motor vehicle accident.

Mr. Allen, a drug addict, is slated to return to court next year.

He is being treated for his addiction while in custody.





Jamaica a big winner at World Travel Awards

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Jamaica came out a big winner in the 2010 World Travel Awards, copping some 18 major awards in the travel and tourism categories.

At the gala ceremony held at the swanky Sandals Whitehouse European Village and Spa in Westmoreland on Friday (October 22), Jamaica took home honours for being Caribbean Leading Destination; Caribbean Leading Cruise Destination Excursion; Caribbean Leading Airport (Sangster International); Caribbean Leading Meeting and Conference Centre (Jamaica Conference Centre); Leading Hotel (Sandals Negril Beach Resort); Leading Resort (Sandals Whitehouse) and Leading Spa Resort (Half Moon, Montego Bay), among others.

Hundreds of representatives of the travel and tourism industry from the Caribbean, North, Central and South America attended the event, which is known as the Oscars of tourism.

Minister of Tourism, Hon. Edmund Bartlett, who addressed the gathering, said that Jamaica was proud to be hosting the prestigious awards ceremony for the 17th year, which was testimony to the world class destination that the country had become.

He said that the accolades and recognition from the World Travel Awards, "speak to the excellence and service quality assurance that an international visitor can expect when selecting a destination or travel brand".

"It is well known that once a traveller sees the World Travel Awards symbol, they can be assured of the quality and they will know that they are getting the absolute best. It is a renowned badge of service excellence," he stated.

The Minister credited the achievement to the various stakeholders in the sector, noting that "it is the service quality and a visitor experience that epitomises excellence, which depicts a world class destination and resort. While Jamaica boasts the most diverse and largest number of attractions in the Caribbean, it is the warmth and tenacity of our people that create the winning experience."





Hurricane Tomas take two lives in St Lucia

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St. Lucia Prime Minister Stephenson King told a local radio station that an unidentified American tourist drowned Saturday at Cas En Bas beach in the island's north and a 31-year-old St. Lucian woman also died in a road accident during the passage of Hurricane Tomas over the weekend.

High winds ripped the roofs off a hospital, a school and a stadium and toppled a large concrete cross from the roof of a century-old church, St Lucian government officials said. A landslide blocked a main highway linking the capital to the island's south.

The island was deluged by 21 hours of sustained rain starting Saturday morning. On Sunday, dead animals floated in swollen rivers and people in the capital of Castries took to streets to clear fallen branches, broken glass and other debris.

Authorities in neighbouring St. Vincent and the Grenadines also said two workers were hospitalised after they were blown off a roof by high winds.

St. Vincent Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves said fierce winds tore roofs from scores of homes and more than 1,000 people sought emergency shelter as the islands plunged into darkness. Widespread flooding triggered landslides that cut off as many as 30 roads, marooning hundreds of residents.

"I have been told that over 300 houses have suffered some level of damage," Gonsalves said Sunday. "There is also serious damage to fruit trees, bananas and other infrastructure, and this is going to cost the state millions."

Meanwhile Hurricane Tomas weakened yesterday after ripping through the eastern Caribbean. Forecasters said the storm could regain force and veer toward earthquake-stunned Haiti, where some 1.3 million people living under tarps and in tents are vulnerable to heavy rains and wind.

With maximum sustained winds of 75 mph (120 kph), Tomas was barely a hurricane. The U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami predicted more weakening during the next 24 hours before it begins to strengthen again around midweek.

Daniel Brown, a center forecaster, said Tomas is "likely to strengthen when it's over the central Caribbean," and Haiti could be hit by rains from outer bands in another couple of days.

Late yesterday afternoon, Tomas' center was steaming west near 12 mph (19 kph). It was expected to continue on that track for the next two days, then gradually turn toward the north.

Brown said it's too early to say how strong Tomas could be later in the week or if Haiti might suffer a direct hit, but "there's certainly going to be the threat of heavy rainfall" in the impoverished nation, where widespread deforestation and ramshackle homes mean even moderate rains can cause devastation.

Aid workers in Haiti fear the worst. Hundreds of thousands of people there have only rudimentary shelter nearly 10 months after the Jan. 12 earthquake, and a cholera epidemic has killed more than 330 and hospitalised nearly 5,000.

At least 20,000 people were without power on Martinique, and streets flooded and tree branches were down. A cruise ship carrying nearly 2,000 tourists docked instead in Dominica.

Tomas also toppled power lines and damaged houses in Barbados as a tropical storm.

In Haiti, food and fuel were being stockpiled in southern areas expected to be most directly affected by Tomas, and emergency shelter materials were being distributed to the camps in Port-au-Prince.

Tomas is the 12th hurricane of the season in the Atlantic.





Who Is Denyque Dontre?

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She is undoubtedly pop princess! With an effervescent personality and spectacular work ethic, Denyque Dontre is earnestly building a catalogue of music and fans as she climbs up the ladder of the entertainment industry.



Denyque lives by the quote "Nulli Secunda" [Latin for "Second to None"], firmly believing that aiming for the top and never settling for less is the only way to achieve one's dreams.

At 20 years old, this singer/songwriter has reached a level of musical maturity that is far beyond her years; & with a distinctive and innate talent that promises to be one of Jamaica's finest,

After winning several medals in Jamaica National Festival Competitions at 11 & 12 years of age, Denyque went on to be a straight "A" student whilst attending the prestigious Belair High School in

Mandeville, Jamaica.

After

graduating with honors in 2006, financial restrictions kept her from accepting a scholarship to the

Berklee College of Music in Boston the following year, but Denyque still couldn't resist her calling to music and decided to keep following her passion.

Scoring her first hit single Can't Breathe in early 2009 she soon followed up with the catchy tune Pieces, produced by veteran producer Don Corleon.

Now, she regularly records for notable producers such as Neil "Cashflow" Mitchell, Conroy Forte from Washroom Productions, and another industry veteran, producer Jeremy Harding, who produced the current high-riding single Juggling Hearts as well as the song Supergirl.

In the summer of 2010, Denyque released her first music video for the chart-topping, radio-popular single Summer Love to rave reviews from entertainment insiders across the Caribbean.





Miss World beauty contest turns ugly

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The Miss World contest was mired in controversy today amid claims that the hot favourite was frozen out because of a diplomatic feud.

American teenager Alexandria Mills was crowned the winner of the 60th anniversary beauty contest on Saturday.

But the 18-year-old Miss USA’s celebrations were tainted by claims that her biggest rival, Miss Norway, was cheated out of the title by the competition’s Chinese hosts.

The stunning 23-year-old Norwegian university graduate Mariann Birkedal - the odds on favourite - didn’t even make the top five.

According to reports, observers speculated the judges bowed to pressure from Beijing, which is involved in a bitter international spat with Norway.

China is said to be furious after the Oslo-based Nobel Peace Prize committee awarded the coveted prize to the jailed Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo earlier this month.

Before the results were announced, Miss Norway was the shortest-priced favourite in Miss World history at 6/5, while Miss USA lagged behind at 7/1. Kathrine Sorland, a Norwegian TV personality who came fourth in Miss World 2002, said she believed China’s fury at the Nobel Peace Prize committee had influenced the outcome.

‘I was sure she would win,’ she said. ‘They must have mixed politics and business. Without jumping to conclusions I would stress that Miss World competitions have always been political. And the relations between China and Norway are very strained at the moment.’

Miss Birkedal herself was more cautious on whether she had been cheated of the crown.





Breakthrough in murder of baker

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Investigators have made a breakthrough in the death of a man whose burnt body was found last Tuesday in an industrial oven at a bakery on Collins Green Avenue in Kingston.

According to RJR News,sources have confirmed that a man who investigators theorise is linked to the death of Oneil Douglas, 30 of Monaltrie Lane in Kingston, surrendered to the police over the weekend.

Mr. Douglas was an employee at the bakery where the incident occurred.

The sources say the man whose name is being withheld confessed to killing Mr. Douglas.

The suspect remains in police custody and is expected to be questioned in the presence of his attorney early this week.

Family members say Mr. Douglas left for work last Monday but did not return.

They visited his workplace to make enquiries, and found his burnt bones shortly after six o'clock Tuesday evening.

Blood stains and large stone with blood spots were seen near the oven.





Gregory Isaacs' body to be flown home November 11

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

Gregory Isaacs died in London on Monday, October 25, after being diagnosed with lung cancer.





Hurricane Tomas still a threat to Jamaica

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Hurricane Tomas has weakened from a Category Two to a Category One storm.

It was located near latitude 14.4 degrees north and longitude 64.9 degrees west or about 465 kilometres south southeast of San Juan Puerto Rico or about 425 kilometres west of St. Lucia yesterday evening.

It is moving toward the west near 19 kilometres per hour.

This general motion is expected to continue for the next couple of days.

In its latest update, the Met Office said maximum sustained winds have decreased to near 120 kilometres an hour with higher gusts.

The Met Office forecast that Tomas could weaken into a Tropical Storm over the next 24 hours followed by little change in strength Monday night and Tuesday.

However, the Met Office warned that Hurricane Tomas still has the potential to become a significant threat to weather conditions over Jamaica and its territorial waters over the next few days.

At the same time, the Met Office has advised fishers on the cays and banks to complete their preparations and be on alert to evacuate.







I begin my day in sacred prayer and communion with God.


Establishing an early morning prayer practice is the single most important thing I can do to ensure that each day has a good start. This sacred routine sets a positive tone for my activities ahead.

Even five minutes makes a positive difference, as it demonstrates that God comes first in my life. When I make my relationship with Spirit my top priority, all else falls into perfect harmony and order.

In prayerful communion, I give love and gratitude to my Creator and I receive blessings of peace, health, patience and wisdom. I am refreshed and recharged, ready to meet the responsibilities of my day with confidence.

"You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind." This is the greatest and first commandment.--Matthew 22:37









I let Divine Love guide my thoughts,words and actions.
I may feel either excited or apprehensive about upcoming holiday gatherings. Whether I'm hosting a party myself or attending a family or work gathering, I wish to remain peaceful, centered and joy-filled.

Letting go and letting God is how I release any anxious feelings I may have. As I let go of concern and let Divine Love guide my thoughts, words and actions, I experience the presence of God in my activities and relationships.

I participate joyfully in all holiday gatherings because I am letting God express fully through me. My expectations and attitude are positive as I share love, appreciation and joy with others.

For the sake of my relatives and friends I will say, "Peace be within you." --Psalm 122:8





Leslie Nielsen Dead At 84

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Leslie Nielsen has died.



Surely, you can't be serious. Yes, the comedy great and "Airplane!" star passed away on Sunday in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, at the age of 84 after being treated for pneumonia. And don't call me Shirley.

It was lines like the above, delivered in Nielsen's patented deadpan, that gave the dramatic stage and screen actor an unlikely comedic revival later in life.

After beginning his career in the 1950s as a matinee idol, taking on the roles of dashing heroes in films such as the sci-fi classic "Forbidden Planet" and the stalwart captain in 1972's "The Poseidon Adventure," the Canadian-born actor switched gears in 1980 and took a chance with a slapstick disaster-movie spoof that would forever change his life.

Nielsen was at first reluctant to take on the role of the clueless Dr. Alan Rumack, but the white-haired, hilariously dopey MD became the comedic find of a lifetime, as the actor managed to steal the show in a movie packed with dozens of classic one-liners thanks to his impeccable timing and serious delivery.

It was an unlikely, but ultimately lucrative left turn in a long career that spanned more than 100 movies and 1,500 television appearances.





Kanye Gets Booed During Thanksgiving Day Parade

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Kanye West participated in this year’s Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, travelling down the parade route in New York City on a float performing tracks from his recently released album, My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy.

When he passed by NBC’s cameras for the televised parade, everything seemed cool. Kanye performed “Lost In The World” in an…… interesting vest to a pleased crowd.

However things weren’t that smooth for all of the parade.

Amateur video recently surfaced showing Yeezy getting booed by parade attendees located far from NBC’s cameras.





Jamaica Pegasus sold

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The government has sold the majority shares in the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel for just under $1 b.
The Hendrickson family has completed the purchase for 60 % of the shares in one of Kingston’s best known pieces of real estate.


They are purchasing just over 71 million ordinary shares held by National Hotel and Properties, a subsidiary of the Urban Development Corporation (UDC).


The Hendrickson’s have paid US $11 m for 59.8 % of the shares in the 300 room Pegasus Hotel in New Kingston.
The Hendrickson’s are owners of several businesses including hotels, such as the Courtleigh Hotel (neighbours of Pegasus), the Knutsford Court -also in Kingston- and Holiday Inn Sunspree Resort, in Montego Bay, St. James.


The same entity had sent out a release September 14, more than two months ago, saying the sale had been done.
However, at the time Kevin Hendrickson said the process was then still in its early stages.


He confirmed then that the Hendrickson family was confirmed as the preferred bidders.
The Golding administration had indicated soon after coming to office in 2007 that it wanted to sell the government’s share in the Pegasus as well as other entities and get the UDC back into its core business of development.


In its statement today, the UDC said the agreement was signed on November 11.
It said the National Hotels and Properties (NHP), which holds the shares on behalf of the government, has appointed 6 persons to the Board of the Pegasus.


The Board is to be chaired by Milton Samuda.






Efforts to remove Pusey renewed by DPP

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The Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) has renewed her application for Senior Magistrate Judith Pusey to recuse herself from the Kern Spencer corruption trial.


DPP Paula Llewellyn renewed her application as the trial resumed in the Corporate Area Criminal Court Monday morning.
The renewed application comes days after High Court judge Justice Lloyd Hibbert dismissed the original application filed on November 24.


The DPP is insisting that the Senior Magistrate recuse herself from the trial on the basis of "apparent bias".


In making the application on Monday, Caroline Haye, Senior Deputy Director of Public Prosecutions, argued that Ms Pusey should remove herself from the case based on her conduct and posture at the trial.
Mrs. Haye chronicled a long list of utterances made by Ms Pusey during the trial.


According to the Senior Deputy DPP, the Senior Magistrate's hostility, direct entry into the fray, covert threats and words of ridicule aimed at the prosecution formed the basis of "apparent bias".


She argued that the conduct, words and posture of the Ms Pusey over the period amounted to conduct beyond the jurisdiction of the Magistrate and would give an observer the impression that the trial judge was not objective or impartial.


Mrs. Haye further accused Ms Pusey of prejudging the prosecution's case long before it is permitted by the court.
Mrs. Haye also accused the Senior Magistrate of being hostile towards the DPP, adding that she has crossed the line from which there is no return.

Veiled threats

She cited what she called veiled threats made to the DPP by the Magistrate who had accused the country's chief prosecutor of obstruction of justice, which is a criminal offence.


The senior prosecutor further accused Ms Pusey of subjecting the prosecution team to ridicule by her words throughout the trial.
The Senior Deputy DPP cited the words used by the Senior Magistrate during her submissions.


According to Mrs. Haye the court is not impartial and based on the many utterances, the senior magistrate should recuse herself from the trial.


However, she was careful to state that the complaint being filed against the magistrate is not one accusing her of having a personal interest in the matter.


Mr. Spencer and his former assistant Coleen Wright are on trial for alleged corruption arising from the Cuban Light Bulb Programme.





Foundation to be launched in Isaacs honour

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The family of Gregory Isaacs in Jamaica is continuing the charity work started by the late reggae artiste in the late 90’s.
June Isaacs, Gregory's widow, has setup a foundation in the late singer's honour which is to assist charitable organisations.


Colin Leslie, a long time family friend and close associate of the legendary singer, says Isaacs' family intended to establish a foundation to carry on the late artiste's charitable work and preserve his legacy.


A donation has already been made to the Walkers Place of Safety.
Isaacs, dubbed "The Cool Ruler", got involved with the institution to assist the children who have been indentified as being at risk.


For more than a decade, the home for orphans, abandoned and mentally challenged children founded in 1972 by the late Ivy Walker has been a beneficary of the late crooner and his widow has decided to keep alive his charitable contribution to the home.





What a poppy show

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Bwoy wi caan hold de one yah in. We get a letter from LA Lewis people dem a advertise Christmas special pon him performance. Now wi haffi wonda ia monopoly money him a talk or if a real dollaz, cause wi nuh know if him tink nobay waan si him dat bad dat dem woulda fork out dem deh money fi him.

Check out him promotion:
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Please Note; this special offer only last from now until February 25, 2011. All promoters must submit your application at least 3 to 4 weeks in advance to book the 7 Star General L.A. Lewis.
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2011 Concept Cars

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Optimism is back in style in the automotive world. The concept cars on display during the 2010 LA Auto Show prove that automakers are again willing to take risks and push boundaries. After a couple dismal years of sales due to a global recession, manufacturers are exhibiting a renewed sense of creativity.

Some of the concept cars seen in Los Angeles rely on heritage to spark a new ideas for the 21st century. The aggressive-looking Audi Quattro Concept is a modern interpretation of the German company's famous all-wheel-drive sport coupes from the 1980s.


Other automakers chose to break all the rules and display cars that look ready to take flight or travel through time. The Jaguar C-X75 and Mercedes-Benz Biome concepts are not only wildly futuristic, they're absolutely gorgeous, and a sign of even more good things to come.

Mercedes-Benz Biome

Mercedes-Benz Biome
Mercedes-Benz Biome

Mercedes-Benz Biome This is the Mercedes-Benz you'll aspire to own in, say, 2310. The bright white concept looks like it belongs on the set of Star Trek. Yet the Biome was actually designed at the German company's design studio in Carlsbad, California. There's room for four-passengers inside, or so we're told, and the seating position is in a diamond format.

The best part is that Mercedes-Benz says the Biome can be grown from seeds, and not built in a traditional factory. It sounds crazy, but that's part of the fun with any dream car. Using genetically modified trees and powered by something called BioNectar4534, Mercedes-Benz says the Biome's bio-fiber cloth body would be grown organically, and on the road, the car would emit pure oxygen. The Biome reportedly would weigh only 875 lbs.

It will be several generations before anyone starts pondering the spec sheet for a genetically-built Mercedes like the Biome.

Jaguar C-X75 Concept

Jaguar C-X75 Concept

Jaguar C-X75 Concept Following its impressive Paris debut, the Jaguar C-X75 turbine-electric hybrid supercar took center stage at the LA Auto Show. While very much a concept, the C-X75 represents Jaguar's new design face for upcoming models. That's excellent news, because this is one pretty kitty.

Even better is the fact that all this beauty is more than skin deep.

At each wheel is an electric motor that weighs 100 pounds and provides 195 horsepower (145 kW) of power. Power for the electric motors comes from a 506-pound lithium-ion battery pack, which Jaguar claims takes a full charge in just 6 hours at 240 volts. Running only on electric power, the C-X75 will provide a driving range of 68 miles.

With the help of two micro gas turbines, the C-X75's range jumps to 560 miles. Jaguar claims the C-X75 can accelerate from zero to 62 mph in 3.4 seconds, while top speed is reportedly 205 mph. All that turbine-generated power creates a lot of heat, as evidenced by sign at the exhaust outlets with the warning: Beware of blast.

Audi Quattro Concept

Audi Quattro Concept
Audi Quattro Concept
Audi Quattro Concept

The Audi Quattro Concept is another Paris Auto Show veteran, but that did little to dampen enthusiasm for this muscular show car. The inspiration for this sport coupe stretches back a few decades. The German automaker built the Quattro Concept to celebrate 30 years of its Quattro all-wheel drive system and the Quattro Sport that dominated rallying in the 1980s.

Finished in Col de Turini white paint, the Quattro Concept is powered by a compact turbocharged five-cylinder engine that puts out a whopping 408 hp and 354 ft-lbs of torque. The chassis beneath the car comes from an Audi RS 5, with its wheelbase shortened and roof lowered. To further trim weight, the two-passenger Quattro has an aluminum body and hood, plus hatch and bumpers made of carbon fiber. The car weighs just 2,866 lbs.

Based on the positive reactions to the Jaguar C-X75 in Paris and Los Angeles, we don't see how Audi could decide not to build the potent Quattro.


Nissan Ellure Concept

Nissan Ellure Concept
Nissan Ellure Concept

Nissan Ellure Concept
The Nissan Ellure Concept, a world debut at the LA Auto Show, is meant to bring excitement back to the sedan category while meeting consumer demands for environmentally friendly vehicles. Thankfully, the Ellure's elegant exterior and classy cabin help the car meet these high expectations. The design is expected to heavily influence the next Altima and Maxima sedan.

The Nissan Ellure has what the Japanese automaker refers to as "rhythmic" shapes around the body. The polished grille is aluminum and acrylic, its wing shape apparently inspired by "Kamishimo," the Samurai's formal outer coat. The headlights are LEDs, with a light ribbon adding depth to their appearance.

Inside, the front seats are covered with black recyclable suede fibers and feature slender acrylic seat backs. The front seat passenger can make use of an ottoman (no joke). Under the hood is Nissan's next-generation hybrid propulsion system: a supercharged 2.5-liter inline-four-cylinder engine mated to an electric motor with lithium-ion batteries.

Cadillac Urban Luxury Concept


Cadillac Urban Luxury Concept

Cadillac Urban Luxury Concept
Also seen for the first time in Los Angeles, Cadillac's Urban Luxury Concept addresses the move to smaller and more fuel-efficient city cars. The exterior shape of the Urban Luxury Concept carries Cadillac's strong and instantly recognizable sharp contours of its Art & Science design philosophy. The huge 19-inch wheels are pushed to the corners of the diminutive body to create a muscular stance and maximize interior volume.

A large windshield, overhead skylights and see-through A-pillars aid visibility while adding a spacious feel of the interior. The Cadillac Concept accommodates four passengers, with access to the cabin handled by huge chiseled door slabs that open scissor-style.

The Urban Luxury Concept's powertrain is a hybrid, featuring an electrically assisted turbocharged 1-liter inline-three-cylinder paired to a dual-clutch transmission. An engine start-stop function and regenerative braking help nudge the fuel economy to a claimed 56 mpg city and 65 mpg on the highway.

It remains to be seen whether the Cadillac family tree has room for a vehicle like the ULC. Yet itís exciting to see the American brand combine traditional luxury with the push towards greater fuel-efficiency.

Mazda Shinari Concept

Mazda Shinari Concept

Mazda Shinari Concept
The LA Auto Show was the first opportunity for the public to see the handsome Mazda Shinari concept. Pictures of the car have circulated online, yet this was the fist auto show appearance for the sedan that represents the brand's new design language.

Traditional Mazda design elements will be retained, such as the five-point grille and the prominent front fender shape, but the four-door Shinari embodies a new dynamic that blends sharp character lines with sculpted body shapes to convey a sense of power and elegance.

Crisp character lines, sculpted body panels, and a pronounced cab rearward proportion give the Shinari a powerful appearance. The attention to detail is remarkable for a show car. The satin-finish metal trim that frames the bottom of the grille splays out through the headlamp openings. This strip seems to travel through the wheel arch and re-emerges as a side vent accent.

Elements of this new design might soon appear on passenger sedans like the Mazda6, as well as replacements for sporty models like the MX-5 Miata and RX-8.

Subaru Impreza Design Concept

Subaru Impreza Design Concept

Subaru Impreza Design Concept
The Subaru Impreza Design Concept is an aggressive, but familiar, outlook for the all-wheel-drive-all-the-time company. Gone are the days of the three-box Subaru, as the overall line from the front of the car, through the bottom of the A-pillar, the roof, through the C-pillar and ultimately the trunk, is smooth and continuous. The front end -- with all the character lines, headlights, fog lights and air openings -- is much sharper and more pronounced than before.

For a company that has sometimes struggled to find its own look, the Impreza Design Concept is a safe step towards a more lasting long-term impression. The engine is a 2-liter version of Subaru's trademark Boxer configuration flat-four motor. It's mated to a continuously variable transmission that Subaru calls Lineartronic.

The EyeSight system is a clever tech touch, comprised of a series of cameras located at the front of the roof. EyeSight provides for collision mitigation, and can display the feed that it sees through the in-dash video system. The cabin is filled with video panels, including one located on the lower spoke of the steering wheel.





IRS Files Tax Lien Against Kelly Rowland

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Kelly Rowland is the latest celebrity to be hit with a tax lien by the IRS! The Detroit News is reporting the IRS filed a $98,634 lien against the ex-Destiny’s Child singer on Nov. 8 with the New York City Register.

Rowland, 29, rose to fame in the girl group, which broke through with the 1999 hit tune “Bills, Bills, Bills.” After the group broke up, she released a few solo albums and maintains an acting career that included portraying Motown legend (and ex-Detroit Councilwoman/tax delinquent) Martha Reeves in a 2003 episode of the TV show “American Dreams.”








Gay and lesbian activists are planning to protest against an appearance by Jamaican performer Capleton in California on Monday night.

They say his lyrics advocate violence against them.

Capleton is scheduled to appear at a nightclub in Sacramento.

Members of Equality Action Now, a civil rights group, have called a press conference for Monday afternoon to outline plans for the protest.

The group says the club in which Capleton will be appearing first agreed to cancel the performance in response to concerns, then rescheduled it after receiving e-mails from fans who were upset it had been called off.

This is the second time in a little over a month that Capleton has faced protest by a gay group in the US.

Threats of protest by gay rights activists last month forced the cancellation of a show featuring the artiste in Chicago.

According to an internet report, some persons also felt the singer's gig was inappropriate following news of a spate of young gay people committing suicide.





Chino drops singles

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Chino, has released a cluster of new singles ahead of his March 2011 US album.The artiste who has been busy in the studio, occupied doing interviews and engaged with local and international performances says, pulling a balancing act has been difficult but necessary.

Among his new singles are: Good Ole Days on ZJ Chrome's Dancehall Efx Riddim, Grapevine on Stephen 'Di Genius' McGregor's Championship Riddim, No Stylin' on the Smoking Riddim, Number one on the Street Swag Riddim, Tek Whe Gal on the Winnings Riddim and more.


"As an artiste I always try to remember that Jamaica isn't equivalent to the world, so I'm always recording and trying new things. Each market and country attracts a different vibe, so I try to make my catalogue as extensive as possible, but still very well put together," said Chino who was recently labelled as an artiste to watch by the Barbados Advocate's youth paper, HELLO! Magazine.


Chino's upcoming album will be distributed through the VP Records label.





Lawsuit coming from Vaz for Sunday Herald

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Seems as if Sunday Herald has touched Vaz's corn once again. The information Minister is breathing legal actions down at the cash strapped newspaper.


All this is stemming from a story that was carried in the Herald on Sunday which reported that he had negotiated a generous agreement with the tax department over an outstanding $74-million GCT bill owed by Ultimate Exotics Limited, a company of which he is a principal shareholder.
The article also said that Vaz's car dealership company owed over $400 million in taxes up to November 2010.


Vaz has dismissed the claims as erroneous and spurious, and said that the Sunday Herald has endeavoured over the last few weeks to sully his reputation and scupper his chances of being victorious at the upcoming internal elections of the ruling Jamaica Labour Party (JLP).
"The tax department cannot and does not divulge people's tax records, and so to make this despicable claim which has no foundation requires me to take legal action," Vaz said yesterday.


Vaz, who appears to be a strong favourite to win next Sunday's election for the post of JLP general secretary, gave what he said was an example of the Sunday Herald's unremitting efforts to besmirch his name and reputation. He pointed to a recent article about his ex-business partner which, he said, tried to marry him to the incident reported although it had nothing whatsoever to do with him.


"Nowhere in the article in question is it mentioned that my ex-partner is married to Deputy Prime Minister Ken Baugh's daughter, yet it chooses to focus on me," he said.


"This tabloid heaps abuses on me week in, week out, and it has got to stop', he said. "It is beginning to look like if I don't feature in some headline, the Sunday Herald cannot sell, which says a lot about that media house.


"I have been through a lot in my 47 years and I am a fighter. As old-time Jamaican folk say: "People don't throw stone at fluxy mango."






Third World Band Music Breaks All Language Barriers

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Time and time again, Third World Band has proven why they are deserving of the title "Reggae Ambassadors." This was evident this past weekend when the band traveled to the French island of Guadaloupe to perform at the 3rd edition of the Gwadloup Festival. The Festival, which was held at Parc Jarry, was attended by residents, visitors and various media outlets.

Third World performed to over 7000 predominately French speaking patrons, yet when the band took the stage screams and cheers were heard throughout the venue.

What was even more amazing was the fact that the audience sang along with the band for most of their 75 minute set which included hits such as Sense of Purpose, Forbidden Love, Committed, 96 Degrees, Try Jah Love, among others. Each song was ushered in by applause from the audience who stood to their feet and danced the night away.

The surprise of the night came when the band performed Reggae Ambassadors medley including Rumors and Front Door as a tribute to Gregory Isaacs, who recently passed away. Isaacs is featured on Third World's current album "Patriots." The album, which was released on August 10, 2010, also features Toots Hibbert, Marcia Griffiths, Sly Dunbar, Robbie Shakespeare, Dean Fraser, Inner Circle, Mykal Rose, Junior Reid, Capleton, Stephen & Damian Marley, Tarrus Riley and Tessanne Chin.

The energy filled set came to a close with a performance of Love Train. When they exited the stage the audience chanted their name, a clear sign that the performance was enjoyed by all.

Upcoming performances include, California: December 2nd Santa Rosa, December 3rd Garberville, December 4th San Diego and December 5th Oakland. On December 11, 2010, the band will perform at the 1st Annual Boom Tunz Festival in New Zealand alongside Ludacris, T-Pain and Kelly Rowland. January 29, 2011 at Love City Live in St. John, Virgin Islands and February 11, 2011 at the Palmyra Foundation Charity Event in Montego Bay, Jamaica on February 11, 2011.








I am a positive, confident and assured creation of God.
Although I want to grow and improve various aspects of my life, I sometimes feel self-doubt creeping in. "Am I really strong enough, good enough, smart enough?"

At such times, I can consciously stop the negative talk in my mind and begin a new kind of conversation. I remember that I am a whole, shining, beloved child of God with unlimited potential. Nothing stops me but my own worries and fears. I have everything I need to succeed through the wisdom and power of God within me.

As I listen to the indwelling Spirit, I am re-energized with hope, courage and confidence. Inspired by divine possibilities, I am ready to progress in positive ways.

Jesus looked at them and said, "For mortals it is impossible, but for God all things are possible."--Matthew 19:26





John Travolta suing over gay claims

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If you're going to talk about John Travolta's secret sex life, you better do it behind closed doors because he's ready to sue sue sue!


John's camp has sent our friends over at Gawker a nasty 5-page letter threatening to use them over a post detailing his secret sex life.


In the letter, John's attorney, Marty Singer, calls out the site posting “false and outrageous” claims made by Robert Randolph, whose story Gawker ran in a post called “The Secret Sex Life of John Travolta.”
The author gives detailed accounts of running in John at a men's spa and seeing him in...um...very compromising positions.


"I walked in and the guy was giving John a blowjob and, like guys do, he pulled his head up when I walked in. Then they left the room," Randolph described in the post.
This Randolph guy has A LOT of detailed stories of times he ran into John at the spa. Would he just make all that up and risk getting sued?!





Busy Signal for performance in Gambia

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The Gambia Observer featured internationally renowned Jamaican reggae dancehall star, Busy Signal, earlier Friday.


Busy is due on the Smiling Coast on 10 December 2010, ahead of his first live musical concerts in Africa.
Signal, is to perform live with his band at the Independence Stadium in Bakau on December 11 2010.


Supporting acts will constitute artistes from Jamaica, England and The Gambia including the most celebrated reggae-dancehall star, Singateh aka ‘Freaky Joe’ and other well established artistes.
The highly anticipated event is brought by Planet World and supported by Africell, one of the country's leading GSM providers.






Black Eyed Peas to perform Super Bowl halftime

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The Black Eyed Peas will be the featured halftime performer at the Super Bowl.


The Grammy award-winning group will perform Feb. 6 at Cowboys Stadium. The announcement was made Thursday during the Dallas Cowboys’ game against the New Orleans Saints.


Since forming in 1995, The Black Eyed Peas have sold more than 28 million albums worldwide and nearly 31 million digital tracks. Their new album, “The Beginning,” is set for release Tuesday.


Last year’s featured performer was The Who. Other halftime acts have included U2, the Rolling Stones, Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band, Paul McCartney and Prince.
The Super Bowl halftime show is sponsored by Bridgestone.





Maroon 5 for 2010 Jamaica Jazz & Blues Festival

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Multiple Grammy award-winning pop-rock band Maroon 5 will headline the 15th anniversary of the Jamaica Jazz & Blues Festival to be held at the Trelawny Multi-Purpose Stadium from January 23 to 29.


The Los Angeles based group, which released its third studio album, Hands All Over, this fall, has sold over 10 million albums in the United States and 15 million worldwide.


The three-time Grammy award-winning quintet, captured the attention of audiences worldwide with Songs About Jane, a mix of hybrid-rock, funk and R&B.


The multi-platinum album spawned the Billboard hits, This Love, Harder to Breathe and She Will Be Loved.
The band's second critically acclaimed album featured collaborations with Rihanna and Mary J. Blige, and produced the smash hits Makes Me Wonder and If I Never See Your Face Again.


According to Festival organizers TurnKey Productions, the event is more than a music festival; it’s a one-of-a-kind experience that brings together thousands of friends and family for one week of pure pleasure and relaxation.


"The Jamaica Jazz and Blues Festival has a special aura to it, unlike any other event with which I have been associated. It is a combination of the musicians, the people, the setting and the infectious vibe of Jamaica that creates an almost surreal experience for anyone who attends. I am looking forward to this 15th anniversary event in Jamaica and have assembled a top-quality line-up that is sure to please our patrons," stated Walter Elmore, CEO of TurnKey Productions.


The Jamaica Jazz & Blues Festival started in 1996, by the national airline, Air Jamaica, in association with the Jamaica Tourist Board and several other business entities.


The Festival now attracts over 25,000 patrons annually and has been expanded to a week-long event in resort towns of Montego Bay, St. James and Ocho Rios in St. Ann.









Patrons who attended One Love Reggae Concert Winter Series show at Negril Escape on Tuesday November 23rd had a wonderful time, as they were treated to some very exciting performances.


Headline act Kymani Marley appeared on stage about 11:10 PM, clad in a white T shirt and blue jeans, much to the delight of the audience, which was mostly made up of tourist.

From the moment he opened his mouth it was pure Marley magic, as he entertained the audience with original numbers such as Dear Dad, The March, Armed and Dangerous and Warriors. He also did several of his legendary father’s timeless classics including Concrete Jungle, I Shot the Sherriff and Johnny Was A Good Man.


Earlier on the opening acts were also well received. Timmi Burrell who is based in Negril was the first of the opening acts to perform. Performing songs such as Give Me A Ounce, Chill and Hold A Vibes, Make Doh (Hustle) and Dark Shades White Tee, the silky smoothed voice singer connected well with the audience. He was followed by fast rising reggae crooner Andy Livingston who poured out his heart for the ladies in the, crowd as delivered love songs such as Love Ain’t Enough, My Promise and Searching For Love. He also delivered cultural numbers Good People and Jam Dung






GhettOut Wraps Up Kingston Performances This Sunday

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This is the final week to watch Stages Productions hit comedy GhettOut as the show wraps up its Kingston performances on Sunday-November 28, 2010 at the Green Gables Theatre.

Since its gala premiere, GhettOut has received critical acclaim for its startling realistic portrayal of inner city life and its hugely entertaining content.


Starring Keith ‘Shebada’ Ramsay, GhettOut tells the story of Barbara, who is now a whopping two million dollars richer following the mysterious death of her husband in the United States. She however faces a major hurdle. How can she retrieve the cash and then transport it to Jamaica without being detected? She teams up with Ruler who, through his questionable connections, engineers a plot to transport the cash to Jamaica in its 'raw' state using a number of persons to ensure its 'safe' passage through customs.

Among his contacts is the Mayor who offers this safe passage if Barbara helps him persuade the ghetto people to sell their land in order to make way for a new housing development.

As the plot gets more complicated, Ruler’s association with Babara deepens; raising serious concerns for his wife Maude who is determined to hold on to her man. Then there are the two corrupt officers of the law, driven by greed and eager to get in on the business.


“Shebada” has his hands full with trying to solve the murder mystery of Barbara's husband, giving Maude advice on how to keep her man, getting entangled with the Mayor in defending the rights of the community, while keeping an eye on Ruler and the corrupt officers! It all adds up to GhettOut being a murder mystery topped with large portions of comedic entertainment.






Ladies Ready To Relive Good Times

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On Saturday, November 27, ladies and lady lovers will converge on the Mas Camp for Good Times: Ladies Night.


The Quorum, the producers of the event, in partnership with Heineken have planned a special staging of Good Times tailored to the ladies that have supported the popular party series since its start in 1996.

Jerome Hamilton, The Quorum Executive Member, was tight lipped about specifics of the special arrangements. "We are looking forward to surprising our guests at the party," explained Hamilton. "The team has worked hard to put in place a treat for the ladies and I am sure, they will enjoy it," he elaborated.


Good Times is highly regarded as the premiere oldies event on the entertainment calendar. Non-stop music, free flowing bars and excellent security are perennial features of party series. Good Times DJ's (another closely guarded secret before the party) collaborate to play the biggest hits from 19something (1970's, 1980's, 1990') without any talking or similar interruptions. The result is a party designed for dance; patrons work up a sweat moving to the grooves filling the venue.
Also filling the venue are countless Heineken buckets; Heineken bar specials and Heineken bucket deals are popular at the three super large bars that encompass the dance floor. The well trained bar tenders serve up quick drinks from the full service bars, including water for responsible Good Times drinkers.
At all Good Times events, ladies receive special attention from Atlas Security, the official security detail of Good Times. From courteous reception upon arrival, to the search, to the unobtrusive uniformed presence in the venue, to the car escort for those who request, ladies have praised the diligent security. "My girlfriends and I really enjoy good times," laughed Good Times patron Claudette Tucker. "We get together as a group and go to every Good Times event in Kingston," she added.





Chevelle Franklyn going to 'The Experience' in Lagos

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International gospel artiste and Minister, Chevelle Franklyn is preparing for her annual trip to Lagos, Nigeria to minister at one of the largest gospel concerts in the world.


This would be Chevelle's third consecutive year at the event called 'The Experience'.


Known as the largest musical concert in Africa, it is an inter-denominational gospel concert featuring swell-known musical talents.


Chevelle holds a special love for Africa "The Pleasant Land" and enjoys the diversity of the culture, the gifts and talents of the people and their intense passion and love for the Lord.


Chevelle considers Africa her second home.





Back-up ducta shot and killed during bus robbery

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Another Jamaican was added to the murder statistics after Dwayne Richards was shot dead by unknown assailants on Orange Street in downtown Kingston Thursday morning.


Richards was on a bus making its way to downtown Kingston when two men posing as passengers boarded. The men proceeded to rob the passengers. However, when the men reached Richards, who worked on the bus as a 'backup' conductor, he resisted and was shot in the chest.
The men then ran from the bus into a nearby community.


Richards was rushed to the Kingston Public Hospital, however, efforts by doctors to save his life proved futile.





What kind of news was that about the policeman who was bitten all over his hands by an irate female passenger, while issuing a traffic ticket to the driver of the taxi she was travelling in. The alleged offender, identified by police as 50-year-old Venice Thompson-Peart of Heathfield District in Manchester, was charged with unlawful wounding, resisting arrest, obstruction of justice, threatening a police officer and assaulting a police officer. She was offered bail with surety and is to appear in court on December 8.








President Barack Obama needed 12 stitches in his upper lip after taking an errant elbow during a pickup basketball game Friday morning with family and friends visiting for the Thanksgiving holiday, the White House said.


First word of the injury came in a statement from press secretary Robert Gibbs nearly three hours after the incident.


The White House did not initially name the person who caused the injury, but identified him later Friday as Rey Decerega, director of programs for the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute.


Obama received the stitches under local anesthesia in the doctor's office on the ground floor of the White House after returning home. Doctors used a smaller filament than typically used, which increases the number of stitches but makes a tighter stitch and leaves a smaller scar.


The president had gone to nearby Fort McNair to indulge in a game of basketball, one of his favorite athletic pursuits. It was a five-on-five contest involving family and friends. Among the players were Obama's nephew, Avery Robinson, Education Secretary Arne Duncan and Reggie Love, Obama's personal assistant, who played at Duke University.


The White House said the injury happened during their fifth and final game when Decerega turned to take a shot and hit Obama, who was playing defense, in the mouth with his elbow.


Obama emerged from the building after about 90 minutes of play, wearing a short-sleeve T-shirt and gym pants, and was seen dabbing at his mouth with what appeared to be a wad of gauze. A few hours later, reporters who had gathered on the White House driveway for the arrival of the Christmas tree saw the president in an upstairs window, pressing an ice pack against his mouth before he stood and walked away.


"After being inadvertently hit with an opposing player's elbow in the lip while playing basketball with friends and family, the president received 12 stitches today administered by the White House Medical Unit," Gibbs said.


Decerega issued a statement through the White House late Friday. He did not immediately respond to an e-mail request from The Associated Press for independent comment.
"I learned today the president is both a tough competitor and a good sport," the statement said. "I enjoyed playing basketball with him this morning. I'm sure he'll be back out on the court again soon."





Yendi Phillips contests Internet beauty competition

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Reigning Miss Jamaica Universe Yendi Phillips is in the top ten of idealbeauty.com's internet contest to find the most beautiful woman in the world.


Eighty beautiful young ladies have been selected from the Miss Universe pageant, Miss World, Miss International, Miss Earth and Miss USA competitions.


Voting for your favourite starts on December One and ends on December 15.





As the dancehall world turns ...

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Is Rosie Chin's sister Shantel really going around with Kartel? The picture dem really look like sitten a gwaan, but if a really so den that just don't look good.

First of all Rosie have a baby for Busy Signal and we all remember the drama with dat. Cause Busy say a jacket, just because of what Rosie did do. Then by the time that drama unfolding we her how Vegas wife pregnant fi Busy.

Then she did lose the baby and that was another drama as Busy was busy comforting her. And now the Shantel/Kartel affair.





The Daily Word - REST - Saturday, November 27, 2010

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As I surrender my cares to God, I enjoy a time of rest and renewal.


Day-to-day worries, and the belief that we need to do everything by ourselves, can interfere with the ability to rest and enjoy a good night's sleep. So instead of giving in to worry, I give in to God.

I keep in mind that in order to give the best of me, I must take care of myself. When I love and care for myself, I am able to experience the peace of mind and body that leads to a good night of rest and renewal, and a more joyful and productive life.

Spirit created a world of order, one that requires and encourages time for rest as well as action. From now on, every time I am tempted to give in to worry, I choose instead to release it to God and rest.

I will both lie down and sleep in peace; for you alone, O Lord, make me lie down in safety. --Psalm 4:8





STING LAUNCHES IN A TECHY STYLE

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“Sting has gone digital” that was the comment from some of the over 500 guests who attended the official launch of Sting 2010: The Collaboration at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel on Tuesday November 23rd. Guests were taken on a decade-long journey of Sting through the years via high-end visual technology and sound.


The show, dubbed “The Collaboration”, consists of several dynamic segments including the 13 Warriors, Spotlight, the 13 Bad Girls of Sting, Sting Disc Jocks, Sting Commentary and Starlights. “This year we will surprise all the patrons with higher production standards and technology. The show will be broadcasted live on LIME’s Mobile TV” said CEO of Supreme Promotions Limited, Isaiah Laing.


Persons who were unable to attend the event did not miss out on the festivities as the launch was broadcasted live on Hype TV and webcasts were available on stingjamaica.com.jm, jamaicalivetv.com and many other websites.


Up next for Sting 2010 is the Poster Launch which is to be held on Friday December 3, 2010 at Blaze Night Club in Portmore, St. Catherine. The Poster Launch will reveal the full lineup for the event.






From Brown Sugar to Shuga

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2009 Digicel Rising Stars winner Mitzy Campbell aka Brown Shuga has changed her stage moniker to “Shuga” and has undergone a few changes since her shot to stardom last year. The blond duchess from Montego Bay has been holding her own in the male dominated local music industry by creating waves with new material that she believes is destined to propel her career to the next level.


Campbell, who recently changed her stage name to “Shuga”, has been working feverishly in the studio and the effort has borne fruit with three new singles including Commander in Chief and Bloody Hands produced by Keely “B”. Her third single that has been out is Money Talk produced by Annex Records.


Shuga is proud of her work. “I have been out there doing my thing still recording and my latest work has been getting crazy reviews from fellow artiste and disc jockeys,” she says.


Shuga emphasized that the name change completely differentiates her from another personality that already uses a similar name.
Campbell is not perturbed by the recent scenario. “The name change for me is not a big issue, all I did was just to drop the brown from the Shuga, besides most of my friends and family call me Shuga anyway so nothing else has changed, I will still continue to put out the good quality music that my fans come to expect of me, and I believe it is a good move for my career.”


The 24 year singer has had her fair share of challenges since she won the Digicel Rising stars competition, as for the latter part of 2010 she has been without a manager. Shuga has nevertheless remained current in the business.

“I have done a couple of gigs locally working on the Hitz 92 Road show as well as some private events, but the work is still coming in and I know when I release the videos for my new singles things will definitely get even better.”


As part of the prize for winning the Digicel Rising Stars completion, Shuga will soon begin work on a medley video for her two recent singles Commander in Chief and Bloody Hands. The video, to be funded by telecommunications company Digicel, will be directed by acclaimed music video director Kevin Lee.


Digicel Rising Stars producer Sharon Schroeter says the video, for the motivational song Commander in Chief, will showcase positivity and to encourage children to strive twards their life goals. Part of the video will be shot in studio utilizing green screen technology. The video will begin production sometime next week.





Sting 2010 Launch

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No December show for Buju

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A request by Buju Banton's defence team for him to perform at a Boxing Day concert in the United States has been denied.

Buju, 37, whose given name is Mark Myrie, wanted to perform at a live concert in Miami on December 26.

However, the Tampa Bay Tribune reports that US Magistrate Judge Anthony Porcelli denied that request on Tuesday.

The US Magistrate argued that any financial pressures the international reggae singer faces do not outweigh the risk that he might flee.

On Wednesday, Buju's attorney asked the judge to reconsider, saying the 24-hour security detail ordered to monitor the singer as a condition of his release, costs US$20,000 a month.

In addition, Buju's attorney argued that there was the cost of preparing for his upcoming drug trafficking retrial.

It is understood that Buju's security detail does not object to him doing the concert and would be present for the show.

The prosecutor however, has objected to the artiste's request to perform.

There is no official word yet on whether Buju will be allowed to attend the show.










Five-time Grammy Award winning producer, singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, Stephen Marley along-side his brothers Damian Marley and Julian Marley are proud to announce the signing of reggae music singing sensation Christopher Ellis to the growing roster of musical talent featured on the Marley brothers record label imprint , Ghetto Youths International, Inc.


Christopher Lamour Ellis was born the youngest male progeny to “The Godfather of Jamaican Rocksteady”, the late Alton Ellis. Talented in his own right, the soulful 28 year-old roots reggae, r&b crooner has been astounding audiences with his incredibly natural, smooth vocal stylings since the age of 11.


In 2009, a mutual friend introduced Stephen Marley to Christopher Ellis in Jamaica. During that fateful meeting on Hope Road, Christopher sang A Capella for the iconic reggae producer.

Coincidentally, the very same day that Stephen Marley met with Christopher Ellis, Marley was also contacted by producer Baby G, son of the legendary producer King Jammy, who had a remix track by Alton Ellis that he wanted Stephen to hear. Stephen listened to the Alton Ellis remix and immediately invited Christopher Ellis to join him at King Jammy’s studio in Jamaica to sing on the track.

The session resulted in Marley recording Christopher Ellis’ first single entitled, ‘End of Time’, produced by Baby G. ‘End of Time’ is a moving, soul-stirring track featuring beautiful vocal works by Christopher Ellis , Stephen Marley and Jah Cure, and is inspired by Alton Ellis’ rendition of ‘You Made Me So Happy’.


The magnificent opportunity of working with Stephen Marley and the Marley Family has continued in 2010 in Miami where Christopher Ellis has spent quality time working in the studio on material that is being helmed and produced by mega-producer.


“I feel so incredibly Blessed to be working on my debut album with Stephen Marley for the Ghetto Youths Records family.” comments Ellis.
To date, Stephen Marley has executive produced and recorded two singles for Ellis, including the aforementioned ‘End of Time’ and a rendition of Alton Ellis’ song entitled, ‘Willow Tree’, a sweetly seductive lover’s ballad that showcases Christopher Ellis’ versatile musicality. ‘End of Time’ has an anticipated release, while a ballad version and a reggae version of Ellis’ ‘Willow Tree’ is available now on iTunes. Later this year, a video launch accompanying Ellis’ ‘Willow Tree’ single will mark Christopher Ellis’ international debut, including in the territories of London, Jamaica and the United States.


Stephen Marley has been the driving creative force behind Ghetto Youths International, Inc. and the music created by his brothers for the family owned label. Stephen's production, performance and writing credits have earned him more Grammy Awards than any other Marley family member or reggae artist in history.Blazing his own trail in the music world, combining reggae, hip-hop, and r&b styles to create his sound as a performer, songwriter, and producer, the accomplished Stephen Marley is known to take on more of the behind-the-scenes roll.


Stephen Marley comments, "I don't want to be just another artist, I want to make a statement, and I want to continue this musical legacy with my family. Just like my brothers, I aspire to be a reckoning force, when you hear my name, when you hear the Ghetto Youths name, you know the quality that comes with that: good music, good message, and good vibe."


Ghetto Youths International was founded by Ziggy Marley and Stephen Marley in 1989. In 2002, Stephen Marley, Damian Marley and Julian Marley went on to incorporate the family owned record label. Recent projects released by the premiere, reggae and hip-hop oriented imprint include the Grammy award winning and nominated albums by Damian Marley Welcome To Jamrock, Stephen Marley’s Mind Control and Julian Marley’s Awake.

A catalogue of reggae and hip-hop influenced artists signed to the Ghetto Youths record label include: Stephen Marley, Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley, Julian Marley, Mr. Cheeks, Illestr8, Christopher Ellis, Jonathon Malcolm, Javaughn, Black Am I , Daniel Bambaata, and Jo Mersa.






One Love Concert

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Hennesey Fridays - Toya Birthday

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QQ COMPLETES VIDEO TRILOGY WITH "WHINE YOUR WAIST"

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Thanks Giving Jamaican Style

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SIMPLE RICE AND PEAS RECIPE

INGREDIENTS:

Serves: 4-5

1 medium sized can red kidney beans
1 can coconut milk
2 cups of rice
1 small onion, chopped
1 clove garlic, chopped
1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
1 table spoon oil
1 scotch bonnet pepper (whole, do not chop up)
water


Drain the liquid from the can of beans into a measuring cup and add the can of coconut milk and enough water to make four cups of liquid. Place liquids in a pot with beans, onions, garlic, thyme and oil, bring to a boil. Add rice and stir for a minute. Reduce heat to Medium-Low. Place scotch bonnet pepper on top of liquid and cover tightly for 30 minutes or until rice is cooked. Remove scotch bonnet pepper before serving.

This recipes can also be made using other peas.

JAMAICAN SHRIMP PATTY RECIPE

INGREDIENTS:

*This recipe may require some trial and error to get it just right!
INGREDIENTS:
Below is a delicious recipe for Jamaican Shrimp Patties:
PASTRY
2 cups Flour
1/4 teaspoon Salt
1/2 tablespoon curry powder
1/4 cup Solid shortening
1/4 cup (1/2 stick) margarine
1/3 cup Cold water
Recipe by ©eatjamaican.com
Sift the flour, curry powder and salt into a large bowl. Cut in the shortening and margarine until crumbly. Add the cold water to make a stiff dough. Lightly flour a wooden cutting board and roll out the dough until about 1/8-inch thick. Cut out 8-inch circles. Cover with wax paper or damp cloth until ready to use. You can place the dough in the refrigerator overnight. If you do refrigerate, remove the dough at least 15 minutes before using.

SHRIMP FILLING
Recipe by ©eatjamaican.com
For this recipe to work just right the shrimp should be frozen and chopped up as it begins to thaw (the outside is soft but the inside is still frozen) or the shrimp should be chopped up and semi frozen otherwise the shrimp filling will be over cooked.
Ingredients:
12 raw medium to large shrimp chopped up in 1/2 to 3/4 inch pieces
1.5 teaspoon olive oil
2 teaspoon Kikoman soy or substitute
3/4 teaspoon jerk seasoning, preferably Walkers Wood
Process: mix oil, soy, and jerk seasoning then add shrimp and use as filling.

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
Uncover the dough circles and place 2 to 3 tablespoons of filling on half of each. Moisten the edges of the dough with water and fold the dough circle over the filling. Pinch the edges closed with a fork. Lightly brush the pastry with a mixture of the egg and water. Bake on a lightly greased baking sheet for 30 to 40 minutes or until the pastry are golden brown.
Serves: 10 Patties





Ugly Betty' Actor Michael Brea Charged With Murder

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31-year-old accused of killing his mother with a sword in their Brooklyn, N.Y., apartment.

Former "Ugly Betty" actor Michael Brea has been charged with murder and criminal possession of a weapon in connection with the death of his 55-year-old mother, according to multiple reports.

The 31-year-old Brea stands accused of holding his mother hostage and then slaying her with a 3-foot-long sword. Citing police sources, the New York Daily News reports that Brea was convinced his mother was possessed by Satan and that he yelled such statements as "Sinner! Sinner!" and "You never accepted Jesus" as neighbors listened in horror early Tuesday morning.

Neighbors in his Prospect Heights apartment eventually called the police. "I hear the brother chasing her [his mother] through the house and he's just saying a bunch of [Bible] passages like 'Repent, Repent, Repent,' " neighbor Gregory Clare told New York's WPIX. "I heard him chasing her through the house and I hear a loud scream, and so I have my father call the cops, call 911."

Officers responding to the call reportedly encountered an extremely bloody scene and the butchered body of Brea's mother. Brea himself was said to be clutching a bible and a sword (initial reports claimed it was a samurai sword, but the Daily News now says it was a Masonic ceremonial sword). The actor was aggressive and had to be Tasered before being placed on a stretcher and brought to Kings County Hospital for psychological evaluation.

WPIX reports that neighbors described Brea and his mother as "quiet people," and that Brea showed no previous indication of mental illness. The actor has had roles on "Ugly Betty" and, most recently, in this summer's "Step Up 3D."





Munga shines on 15-state US tour

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Dancehall star Munga Honourable recently returned to the island after completing a one month tour of the US. Munga, opened for 'the fireman' Capleton on the tour that saw him doing 26 performances in 15 states.

"It was just like it was back in the day when Capleton first brought me on the road with him. The tour feeling is amazing," Munga said.

The hectic tour had the artiste travelling for at least 12 to 13 hours each day in between performances. Munga performed in places like Albany, New York, Bentley House of Soul in Nashville, Tennessee, the Lincoln Theatre in Raleigh, North Corolina and many more. Yet the 'Gangsta Ras', said his most memorable performance was at the West Indian Club in Hartford, Connecticut.

"I was amazed at the welcome I received from the crowed and when I started to perform, that took the energy in the club to new level," Munga said.

Munga's set included hits like Earthquake, Gangstas do Dem Own Ting, Nuh Flesh Weh Mi Fraid A, Rise My Own, Bad From Mi Born - which was one of the most well received tracks performed while on tour. He also performed, Wanted Man and Whine Pon It, as well as newly released tracks Private Dancer, Cologne, Space Fi Di Gal Dem and Clean and Fresh which he is set to do the video for.

He returned to the island on October 26 and since then has been heavily promoting his new music. Munga has also gone into production, starting his own label, Hilltop Records, which he currently has two artistes Mad Rhymez and Nazari Bastik.

In addition to his already hectic life, the deejay has been working with the Portmore Society, which has resulted in a a track called Girl Dem Check Fi Mi recorded on the Portmore Society's Hot Is riddim.

Being on tour this time around Munga found that since his introduction into the dancehall industry, he has garnered followers from all over and his fan base has grown considerably. With all things being equal, both Europe and Africa will be seeing the 'Gangsta Ras' quite soon as he is now finalising appearances to concretise a two-month tour.





Musician Lloyd Hall is dead

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Renowned musician and music educator Lloyd Hall is dead.

He died in Kingston on Tuesday at age 87.

Hall who recently suffered a heart attack,had an illustrious career in music which spanned more than 50 years.

His contribution to the development and appreciation of music in Jamaica began shortly after his return from the Royal School of Music in 1949.

He taught for many years at both Mico and Shortwood teachers' colleges, before taking up an appointment with the Ministry of Education, becoming the first Music Officer.

Hall was later mandated to organize a structured programme in all primary and secondary schools teaching the rudiments of music, singing, establishing percussion bands and other skills.

Hall made his mark not only as a conductor but a composer, having written the music for the well known "Jamaica Land of Beauty".

When he retired from the Ministry in 1983, he had published four songbooks, compilations of songs for primary and secondary schools.

Over the years, Hall also presented programmes of classical music both at the St Andrew's Scots Kirk and the University Chapel.

He was well known for his children's choirs of massed voices which included conducting a 1,000-voice choir at the National Arena at a National Children’s Rally which was attended by Queen Elizabeth.

Lloyd Hall awarded the Order of Distinction Commander Class in 2005.

In 2008 he retired as conductor of the St Andrew Singers.








Grammy award-winning pop-rock band Maroon 5 is set to headline the 15th anniversary of the Jamaica Jazz & Blues Festival. The event will be held from January 23 – 29, at the Trelawny Multi-Purpose Stadium, located just east of the island’s tourist capital, Montego Bay.

The popular Los Angeles-based quintet, which this fall released its third studio album, Hands All Over, has built a growing industry and fan base since 2002, selling over 10 million albums in the United States and 15 million worldwide.

The three-time Grammy award-winners Maroon 5, who are set to grace the stage of this world-renowned music festival, captured the attention of audiences worldwide with Songs About Jane, a record filled with hybrid-rock, funk and R&B.

The multi-platinum album spawned the Billboard hits, “This Love,” “Harder to Breathe” and “She Will Be Loved.” The band’s second critically acclaimed album featured collaborations with Rihanna and Mary J. Blige, and produced the smash hits “Makes Me Wonder” and “If I Never See Your Face Again.”


“In securing such a high-profile act, we are enthusiastic about the growth prospects for this major festival, which has boosted visitor bookings significantly,” said Jamaica’s Director of Tourism John Lynch. “It’s a great time to be in Jamaica.

The festival now runs a full week, so visitors have an opportunity to experience the diversity of our attractions and cuisine while enjoying a great music event in a fun and relaxed setting.”

According to Festival organizers TurnKey Productions, the event is more than a music festival; it’s a one-of-a-kind experience that brings together thousands of friends and family for one week of pure pleasure and relaxation.

“The Jamaica Jazz and Blues Festival has a special aura to it, unlike any other event with which I have been associated.

It is a combination of the musicians, the people, the setting and the infectious vibe of Jamaica that creates an almost surreal experience for anyone who attends.

I am looking forward to this 15th anniversary event in Jamaica and have assembled a top quality lineup that is sure to please our patrons,” stated Walter Elmore, CEO of TurnKey Productions.





Mariah Carey Admits To Being Pregnant With Twins?

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Mariah Carey may have slipped up and revealed that she is pregnant with twins.While promoting her new CD “Merry Christmas II You,” the mom-to-be, who is expecting with husband Nick Cannon, was talking about how she sings songs from her new album to her baby bump when she referred to the fetus as “they.”

In an interview that aired today with Radio Disney’s Ernie D., Mariah joked, “I just hope that they don?t turn out hating Christmas!?...








Today I feel deepest gratitude.
When I consider the blessings in my life and the joy of my oneness with God, gratitude flows through me. My body is a temple of constantly renewing life. My mind is clear and bright. My abundance is from God, the source of all good.

This day offers a sacred opportunity to live in appreciation. Sowing seeds of love, I look for loving qualities in others. I nurture my own growth by accepting people as they are. I am grateful for everyone and everything, seeing the divine potential within every being and experience. I am growing into greater expression of my divine nature, and I feel deepest gratitude.

Let us come into his presence with thanksgiving; let us make a joyful noise to him with songs of praise! --Psalm 95:2





Turbulence sets sight on Australia

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Reggae artist Turbulence will be heading to Australia in December, for the first time.


For one night only, the Reggae hit maker will perform in Perth Western Australia alongside DJ Wade and Jah Clarity.

The event will kick off Friday, December 3.