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The Daily Word - Thursday, March 31, 2011

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UNFOLDMENT
I claim God's good for me, and I bring my dreams to fruition.

Right now, I am perfectly poised to apply my talents and experience in new ways. I am blossoming, becoming the person I am meant to be. This is my time to stretch, grow and create the life I want. Regardless of my age or circumstances, divine power and potential are within me. I boldly move forward to accomplish lifelong aspirations.

Perhaps I have dreamt of writing a novel, traveling the world, creating a charitable foundation, mastering a new sport or playing a musical instrument. My destiny is mine to choose and mine to create. Now is the time to take action.

Like a flower stretching to the sun I reach out and open myself to God's good.

You may lead lives worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to him, as you bear fruit in every good work and as you grow in the knowledge of God.--Colossians 1:10
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New music festival goes to Montego Bay

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Live on the Waterfront, is another musical festival to look forward to in Montego Bay, St. James with four days of Jamaican music at Pier One from April 22 to 25.

Jason Russell, the promoter of the event, says that the aim of the festival is to bring back a lineup that is truly Jamaican and use this to attract visitors.

The festival kicks off on April 22, with a party night, with Reggae Night to follow on April 23, dancehall night on April 24 and gospel night on April 25 to conclude the event.

Russell believes the festival will pull in an estimated 30,000 patrons over the four nights coinciding with the 2011 Carifta Games which is expecting to bring hotel rooms in Montego Bay up to 100% occupancy.

Russell explained that a foundation to be called Live Alive is to be set up and much-needed funds will be distributed to schools, churches, children's homes and similar institutions that will use the money to develop programmes to teach children to play instruments and read music.

 

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$78M so far for Manatt Enquiry

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The Government has disclosed that $78 million has so far been allocated to compensate lawyers and the three Commissioners at the Manatt/Dudus Commission of Enquiry.

Prime Minister Bruce Golding, who made the disclosure in the House of Representatives Tuesday afternoon, stated that the final cost of the Commission of Enquiry cannot be determined until the Commissioners conclude their work in May.

The Golding-led Government had initially approved a budget of $37 million to cover legal bills as well as to compensate the three-member Commission headed by Queens Counsel (Q.C) Emil George.

However, during Tuesday's sitting of the House of Representatives, Mr. Golding said the cost to maintain the Enquiry was ballooning because of extensions that had been granted to complete the work of the Commission.

The Prime Minister told the House that so far, more than $20 million had been added to the original budget.

"It is estimated that costs to date amount to approximately $33 million (but) given that the deadline for the completion of the enquiry, which was originally set for February, has twice been extended, the last such extension being to May 16, 2011, it is estimated that the additional cost will be in the region of $21 million."

Mr. Golding added that Cabinet has approved just over $24 million to pay for the lawyers representing several public officials pushing the estimated cost for the Enquiry to $78 million.

Mr. Golding, who is being represented by Hugh Small Q.C. at the Commission, told Gordon House that he has taken a personal decision to pay his legal fees out of his pocket.

 

 

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D.A. Drops Battery Charges Against Lindsay

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Lindsay Lohan finally caught a break this week--the Riverside D.A. won't charge her for the fight she had during her stint in rehab.

Lindsay and Betty Ford employee Dawn Holland had a little scuffle one night when Lindsay returned a couple of minutes past her curfew, and after initially treating Lindsay like she had murdered someone, the D.A. decided not to pursue the claims.

Prosecutor's spokesman John Hall told CNN: "Our office has completed review of the case, and we will not file charges due to insufficient evidence."

Dawn Holland also decided not to press charges confessing she had been biased against Lindsay "since day one". We heard another story and it had to do with a nice cash settlement.

He said: "The woman who claims she was attacked in the house had it out for Lindsay since day one. She didn't want her to drive and didn't want to give her any passes to go out. This lady tried to do everything she could to not allow Lindsay to do the things she's entitled to."

But of course this isn't the end of Lindsay's legal problems. She still faces a charge of grand theft after allegedly stealing a $2,500 necklace. She rejected a plea deal in the case yesterday last Wednesday in exchange for a reduced sentence and now must face trial. Oh Lindsay, will she ever learn?

 

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Charlie Sheen Guitarist Reveals Tour Details

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The person who bought all the Violent Torpedo of Truth tickets and is now trying to scalp them on eBay will finally know what he wasted all his money on.

Filter guitarist, Rob Patterson, is performing in Charlie Sheen's Violent Torpedo of Truth Tour, and he's revealed some secret details.

Patterson told UsMagazine.com, "Charlie asked me if I could do some music for his live show. So I locked myself in my studio for about a day and recorded this epic intro for the show, which, people are going to be blown away by, and he loved it."

The audience is going to need something. Because there's only so much old man ranting we can handle. I can no longer tell from his Twitter feeds whether he's crazy talking, or if I'm just Twilliterate.

Apparently, the show will also have a soundtrack, and Patterson says Snoop Dogg

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 will be collaborating.

"He's working on the vocals for the tracks as we speak."

Patterson provides his insight as to why Sheen is doing the show: "I believe that he just wants to get his truth out to people without the filter, no pun intended, of the media. You know, like unadulterated, uncut, raw Charlie."

Between his tweets and short-lived series, Sheen's Korner, I think we get it. Why buy the random babbling when you can get the crazy for free?

Fans seemed to wonder the same thing, because while it was initially reported that his show was completely sold out, it turns out that most of them were bought by scalpers.

Maybe with a rock star and Snoop Dogg on the bill, scalpers can actually make their money back.

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Rihanna: I'm a Freak in the Sheets!

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Rihanna may be a lady on the streets, but she's a freak in the sheets.

Rihanna opens up about her sex life to Rolling Stone magazine confessing that she likes to be being "tied up and spanked". Insert Chris Brown joke here.

She told Rolling Stone magazine: "I think I'm a bit masochistic. I love feeling like I'm somebody's girl. I love to be tied up and spanked. I like to be whipped. And it's funny that I care. But I prefer to be spontaneous."

How about whips and chains, like she sings about in her S&M song? Nahh, it's too predictable.

"Using whips and chains is too planned ... you have to stop and look for the whip. I prefer them to use their hands."

She also talks about her turbulent childhood with her father Ronald Fenty, who smoked crack in front of her when she was just nine years old.

She said: "I think I'm a bit masochistic, and I did not realize until recently. I think that is common in people who witnessed abuse in their childhood."

Recalling her days as a youngster, she said: "I was always terrified on Friday because he (her dad) could come home drunk. That was pay day, and half of it went on alcohol."

 

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PM Golding faces Manna enquiry again

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Prime Minister Bruce Golding is to face further cross examination by People's National Party attorney KD Knight when the Manatt-Dudus commission of enquiry resumes today.

The enquiry had taken a two-day break because Prime Minister Golding was not available on Monday and yesterday.

Golding, who will take the witness stand for the fifth time is expected to face more intense questioning from Knight.

So far, there have been occasional clashes between the two with the Prime Minister appealing to Commission Chairman Emil George for his intervention.

Golding had sanctioned the hiring of the US law firm Manatt, Phelps and Phillips to handle matters relating to the extradition request for west Kingston alleged drug lord Christopher 'Dudus' Coke.

The prime minister has maintained that Manatt, Phelps and Phillips was hired by the Jamaica Labour Party, but the law firm has insisted it was working on behave of the Jamaican Government.

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Don Yute trying to reconnect

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Don YuteDancehall artiste Don Yute says he is trying to reconnect with the Jamaican audience through his world hop based CD 'Golden Child Allstars'.

The artiste, who is based mainly in the United States, says his new production has collaborations with new artistes on his label, as well as Akon, Pitbull and Amerika.

"Nothing is on the same rhythm. It's fresh and it's just quality and full of vibes," he told popular evening tabloid, THE STAR. Adding that he has had the Golden Child label for about 15 years on which he worked with artistes like Mr Vegas, Sean Paul, Kid Kurupt and Looga Man.

"The feedback is crazy with the success of the Richer Than Money album which has Da'Ville, Etana, Trick Daddy and Amerika."

Don Yute, whose real name is Jason Williams, said he decided to do the CD because he believes that there is an avenue for it.

"Just the popular demand, everybody wants to know what Don Yute is up to and seeing the space for it. I still see the space for freshness in what I call world -hop," he said.

The artiste added that this new CD has aspects of what people know him for in the 90s songs like Loving Excess, You Own The Man and Hardcore. With the right blend of then and now, he said, everyone can enjoy it.

 

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Gyptian looks to the future

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Coming off a successful year, reggae artiste Gyptian has several things in the pipeline which he hopes will propel his career even further.

The artiste recently recorded songs like Duggu Duggu, Come Out that is a collaboration with Chi Ching Ching and Laden and For Your Love. He has also done a collaboration with Shaggy called The Way You Look which is scheduled for release next month.

In addition, Gyptian takes the lead in We Are One Japan that is a tribute to the country that was hit by a major earthquake and tsunami recently. The song also features other artistes like Alison Hinds, Voicemail, Pressure, Wayne Wonder, Michael Rose and Japanese Fumibella.

Last year, he had a strong year with his song, Hold Yuh, gracing a few Billboard charts. The remix of the song with rapper Nicki Minaj also went on to gain success overseas on various charts. He also received MOBO and Soul Train awards in the best reggae artiste category, as well as numerous nominations locally and abroad.

Meanwhile, he has upcoming tours of the United States, Europe and Canada.

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Oliver Smith, the attorney representing David Smith, the former head of the collapsed Olint Corporation, has refused to comment on his client's guilty plea in the Orlando Federal Court Tuesday morning.

Smith, 41, pleaded guilty to 23 charges of fraud. The attorney, who was contacted Tuesday afternoon, would not budge when asked for a reaction to the outcome of the morning's court matter.

His client pleaded guilty to four counts of wire fraud and 18 counts of money laundering, with each count 

carrying a maximum penalty of 20 years in jail.

It is still unclear how much time Mr. Smith will serve; however it is understood that federal prosecutors are recommending that his sentence be adjusted downward.

The plea agreement, a copy of which was obtained by RJR News,   outlined that, for each count of wire fraud, the fine may be assessed at twice the amount of gross gain or loss.

He could be convicted for a total of 460 years.

The money laundering counts each carry a maximum penalty of 20 years in federal prison, a US$500 million fine, or twice the value of the property involved in the transaction, whichever is greater.

There is also a term of supervised release of not more than three years.

The plea agreement said Smith described Olint as a private investment club, where he pooled investors' money to engage in foreign currency trade on their collective behalf.

Smith admitted to operating a massive Ponzi scheme, in which he paid returns to investors from their own funds, or money paid by subsequent investors, rather than from any real profit.

Last year Smith, pleaded guilty to fraud and conspiracy charges filed in the Turks and Caicos Islands arising from his investment scam there, and he was sentenced to serve six and a half years in prison.


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The Daily Word - Wednesday, March 30, 2011

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Photo by Perry Rocky Mountain SunshineGRACE
With God, I co-create my world with grace and ease.

My tasks at home may range from picking up toys to caring for loved ones. My duties at work may vary from the trivial to the essential. No matter my day's activities, with God as my partner, I accomplish them all with grace and ease.

Relationships can present a challenge at times, but today, I speak directly and lovingly with grace and ease. Any rifts of the past or concerns about the future diminish in importance as I hold positive expectations for the interactions of this day.

Every decision, every choice, every relationship brings a gift or opportunity. I gratefully accept each one. With God as my partner, I co-create my world with grace and ease.

Grace is poured upon your lips; therefore God has blessed you forever. --Psalm 45:2
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The Daily Word - Tuesday, March 29, 2011

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BE STILL
I am comforted in the silence, knowing that all is well.

If I am feeling burdened by life's circumstances, I choose to become still. Turning inward, I affirm God's presence in me and all around me. While it may be easy to see divinity in a serene sunset or a newborn baby, I know that God is present in the difficult experiences of life also. Through stillness and silence, I become present to the Divine in me. I know that all is well.

When the mind and heart are still--when I no longer allow my thoughts to rest on external concerns--God is revealed. As I release my needs to God, I am comforted. I am led out of turmoil into peace.

As my worries transform into peace of mind, I become a sanctuary for others. My influence is calming and comforting.

Be still, and know that I am God! --Psalm 46:10
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Producers team up for Japan tribute riddim

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 Stephen 'Di Genius' McGregor of Big Ship, Mighty Crown and Gachapan Records will record Jamaican artistes on the Japan tribute riddim.

The Jamaican deejays are yet to be finalised. It follows a earlier move by the riddim's producer Pancho of Gachapan to record some 30 Japanese deejays in a 20-minute song entitled One For All.

"We and Big Ship (Di Genius) and Mighty Crown are team to make Jamaican artiste Japan tribute song," Pancho told the Observer via Twitter.

Japan-born Pancho lives in Jamaica and has produced I-Octane, Aidonia, G-Whizz, Konskens, Charly Blacks, Nesbeth, Laden, QQ, Ras Penco, Munga and more, under his label Gachapan Records. Di Genius has produced artistes including Mavado and Chino of Big Ship. Japan-based Mighty Crown is amongst the largest soundsystem in the world. But also contains a production house and its own Nike show deal.

This month's 9.0-earthquake and tsunami left more than 16,000 dead or missing. Japan called the disaster its worst crisis since World War II.

The single featuring Japanese artistes will be released in mid-April. The Japanese deejays include Masta Simon (Mighty Crown) Chehon, Ryo The Skywalker, Pushim, Jumbo Maatch, Takafin, Boxer Kid, Ng Head, Buggie Man.Vader, Armstrong, Peter Man, kenty Gross, Big Bear, Douraku, Rudeboy Face, Rueed, Micky Rich, Natural Wepon, Tak Z, Akane, Papa Ugee, Monkey Ken, G2,and Singj Roy.

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Investigations are continuing into an incident in which a Jamaican woman is alleged to have been cavity searched by an immigration officer in Barbados.

Jamaica's Foreign Affairs Ministry started the investigation following reports from Shanique Myrie that she was cavity searched in the CARICOM country.

Senator Maxine McClean, the Foreign Affairs Minister of Barbados and Erine Griffith, the Chief Immigration Officer in the country, have both refuted Ms Myrie's allegation in the Barbados media.

But Jamaica's Foreign Ministry says Barbados has not yet responded to its protest letter sent on March 25.

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Reggae group Morgan Heritage recently performed at the United Nations as part of the International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade.

The group participated in the Living Legacy Concert, at the General Assembly Hall of the UN in New York City on Friday, March 25.

With this concert, the band continues their mission of roots reggae music to all ends of the globe and through music.

"The story of the end of the slave trade deserves to be told here in the United Nations," stated UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.

The purpose of this day is to honour the memory of those who died as a result of slavery as well as those who have been exposed to the horrors of the middle passage and have fought for freedom from enslavement.

In addition, it is a day to discuss the causes, consequences, and lessons of the transatlantic slave trade in order to raise awareness about the dangers of racism and prejudice.

In addition to Morgan Heritage, the concert featured other prominent artistes from Africa, the Caribbean and North and South America.

The multi-media programme included slave narratives and a reading by Dr. Julius Garvey from the publications of his father, Marcus Garvey.

 

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Colin Levy prepares for one-month US tour

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The month of April will see reggae singer, Colin Levy, aka Iley Dred,  covering a lot of ground as he makes his way across the United States for a hectic, month-long promotional tour.
The versatile Levy, who wears many caps, including song-writer, producer, promoter and author, recently joined forces with some of reggae music's elite producers for his current album project, Unleashed. Among the producers who have worked on the album are Barry O'Hare, Bobby Digital, Dean Fraser, Stephen Marley and Stephen 'Di Genius' McGregor.
As Levy gets ready to hit the road, he confesses to being totally fired up and eager to unleash all the positive and uplifting tracks that represents this album. The debut single from the project, the Barry O'Hare-produced Lover's Holiday, has been embraced by radio and proving quite a booster in reggae circles. It is steadily climbing the chart locally and is now positioned at number 6 on Richie B's Jamaica Countdown, Top 25 Reggae Singles Chart.
"I feel good to know that my work is being appreciated and that this song is having the impact I had  envisioned," says Colin Levy, whose Kings of Kings label, established nearly two decades ago, is recognized the world over.
Levy, who is renowned in music circles as the man who is always ready to lend a helping hand, says he feels particularly blessed at the way this project is unfolding and the many doors that are being opened as he refocuses on his career as a singer. He noted that the release of this single came at a time when he was at one of his lowest points while recovering from a serious motor vehicle accident in Canada.
"Praise be  unto the Most High for his divine intervention," Levy declared. "This song has taken on wheels and wings at a time when I could hardly help myself and unable to work due to injuries sustained from an accident late last year," he explained. 
"I am looking forward to meet and greet all my fans, radio disc jockeys and media personalities in the United States," he stated.
 
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Mavado and DJ Khaled have teamed up for the monstrous megamix of hit single Welcome to My Hood.

The original version of Welcome to My Hood features Rick Ross, Lil Wayne, Plies and T-Pain but DJ Khaled gathered an all-star cast for the remix that reads like a who's who of rap over the last decade.

Mavado lines up with rappers Ludacris, T-Pain, Busta Rhymes, Twista, Birdman, Ace Hood, Fat Joe, Jadakiss, Bun B, Game and Waka Flocka Flame on the remix, with Mavado arriving fifth on the track.

In a release, DJ Khaled said "Everybody's saying they love Mavado's verse, I'm a big fan of Mavado's and his flava on the record just adds that different edge,"

Plans are already underway for a video to be shot for the remix, which is a staggering seven minutes long, but since Mavado is currently unable to travel to the US his part will be specially shot in Jamaica by a local director and slotted in.

"It's a great feeling to be on a record with such a list of stars and It helps position my career right in the mainstream as the record is getting airplay on radio in America already," Mavado said.

He is also going to be featured on Ace Hoods' new album.

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Vybz Kartel Devil Tattoo Vybz Kartel New Devil Tattoo, You Be The Judge [Photo]

Just when you thought you'd seen it all, Gaza Kingpin Vybz Kartel adds two more to his ever-growing list of tattoos. 

He now has the word 'Devil' written on his hand, while on his arm is a picture of the oh-so-evil Chucky.

What the hell will Kartel think of next? 

If this is for shock value, the it has surely gone wrong. If this is Kartel's outing as a devil-worshipper, then it has hit the target.

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Paris Hilton Interviews Lil Wayne About Prison

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Lil Wayne and Paris Hilton aren't exactly peas in a pod, but that didn't stop Interview magazine from pairing the two together for a chat about life, music, family and jail.

Lil Wayne spent eight months of 2010 in prison -- something Hilton is familiar with, to a lesser extent -- and has been enjoying time with his four children since being released.


"My main thing is to chill with my kids," Weezy tells Paris. "They live with their moms, but they're always with me."

Wayne is renowned for his tireless work ethic, and with 12-year-old daughter Reginae, the apple didn't fall far from the tree. "My daughter loves to work, as well -- she loves to record and stuff -- so I like to work with her."

Also, Lil Wayne has two pet sharks. Read on for more interview excerpts.

On solitary confinement in jail: "For me it was okay, because it just meant that I was alone with my thoughts. There were times when it was pretty tough to be by yourself, and to have no television, no sort of nothing. That was kind of tough. But I didn't have to be in there long. It was just a month. I was okay. I did fine."

 

On life after jail: "You're definitely more in tune to what you're doing. You're definitely more humble. I think that most people who come out of that situation just want to make the most of life afterwards. Honestly it was just one big humbling experience."

 

Lil Wayne on living up to his self-proclaimed best rapper alive title: "It's very exciting. I love pressure, so I guess if that brings forth pressure, then I'm up for it. But, you know, titles are titles, and names are names. As long as people remember me forever, that will be enough for me."

 

Does he worry about offensive lyrical content? "No. That's one thing about me, and I think that's what most of my fans enjoy about me, that I don't hold nothing back. I do exactly what I want to do, and say exactly what I want to say. Sometimes I consider the fact that I have a daughter, but I also think about the realities of the world, and just let her know that this is the reality and this world is crazy and there are people out there that are a certain kind of way. I mean, once I get through that hump, then, like I said, I just say what's on my mind."






The Daily Word - Monday, March 28, 2011

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ANSWERED PRAYER
I nourish my soul in prayer.

What happens after I pray? There are times when I seem to be waiting for something to happen when all the while the "happening" is in progress. When I pray for myself or another, I may not see evidence of healing right away; yet a healing is taking place.

As I pray and go about my day, I keep my faith strong even though I perceive no evidence of improvement in my or another's condition or circumstance. I continue to affirm the truth of innate wholeness, and my mind is at peace.

Quietly aware of the Presence of God, I have a thankful heart that is receptive to good. I receive confirmation that God is active in all and the goodness of God is for all.

And Mary said, "My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior."--Luke 1:46-47




Good Times goes to Mobay

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The long-running retro party Heineken Good Times, is scheduled to make its third appearance in the second city on Saturday April 2 at Pier One. According to Jerome Hamilton, executive member of The Quorum, Good Times will be held in that venue's interior to secure an intimate feel. This is the second Good Times event of the year, the first was held this month at the Chinese Benevolent Association in Kingston. It was first held in Montego Bay in 2000 at Pier One and returned four years later at The Brewery.

Hamilton said the decision to make it MoBay again stemmed from overwhelming fan demand. "We're looking to expand our base and Montego Bay is just one of the locations we will be playing. We will also be going to New York in April," Hamilton disclosed.

Heineken Good Times made its debut in the Big Apple last year at the Mingles Club in the Bronx and drew enthusiastic audience response, strong enough for promoters in the New York borough to request a follow-up.

 

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Nine-year-old Jeremiah Yson, who was tragically killed when a goal post fell on him at the Saints Peter and Paul Preparatory School in St. Andrew, last Thursday, was buried on Thursday.

The funeral service was held at the Holy Trinity Cathedral, in Kingston.

Tributes poured in for little Jeremiah, as many recalled how he touched their lives in just nine years.

Jeremiah, who was a Grade Four student, was killed after a goal post fell on him during recess at school, last Thursday.

It was the second deadly incident involving a goal post at a school.

Last month, a student died at the Coke View Primary School in Westmoreland, when a goal post also fell on him.

 

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Ganja seized in St. Elizabeth, three arrested

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Three men were taken into custody following the seizure of fifty-five pounds of ganja by police on the Appleton main road in St. Elizabeth this morning.

The Siloah Police reports that about 2:40 a.m this morning, officers were on patrol in the area when they saw a white Toyota Corolla motor car parked along the roadway with three men aboard.

The police say the men were acting in a suspicious manner. After conducting a search of the men and the vehicle three large garbage bags containing 55 pounds of ganja were found in the car.

The men were subsequently arrested and charged.

 

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Jamaica's dancehall comedic duo Twins of Twins have landed a major deal which could catapult their Stir It Up comedy sketches into mainstream television.

The Twins of Twins have inked a contract with the Platinum Camp to animate the latest volume of their Stir It Up series which has attracted a following in the dancehall community.

In a press release, Daddy Biggs from Platinum Camp said "this has never been done before in the history of the Caribbean. (we'll be) changing the format of Stir It Up series Volume 9 to an animated format, followed by the production and development of a thirty minutes animated sitcom for television based on the characters made famous by the Twins," he said.

Platinum Camp Records and Twin of Twins will be bank rolling the project.

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IRAWMA 2011 goes to Trinidad

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The 30th International Reggae and World Music Awards (IRAWMA) will be coming to the Caribbean region this year.

The 2011 staging of the awards is to be held at the National Academy of the Performing Arts in Port of Spain, Trinidad on May 28.

Topping the list of nominees this year is Reggae artiste Gyptian, who is nominated in eight categories.

Machel Montano, Trinidad and Tobago's King of Soca and recent winner of the Soca Monarch and Road March titles, is also nominated.

He is nominated in seven categories.

Damian 'Junior Gong' Marley is also nominated in seven categories while legendary producers Sly and Robbie received six nominations.

Dancehall artiste Vybz Kartel received five nominations.

Other multiple nominees include Jah Cure, Beenie Man, Elephant Man, I-Octane, Queen Ifrica, Shaggy, Rihanna, Nicki Minja, Tarrus Riley, Third World, Gramps Morgan and Marcia Griffiths.

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 Four alleged gunmen were shot, two fatally, and three firearms seized during a reported early morning confrontation with members of the security forces in Prospect, Riversdale in St. Catherine.

The police have identified the dead men as Richard Ellis, who is otherwise known as 'Richie' and Michael Smith, who also goes by the name "Scraper".

Mr. Smith and Mr. Ellis, both of whom were 21-years old, lived in Crawle.

Reports are that about 1:00 a.m. on Saturday, police patrols were being conducted in the Williamsfield community when officers observed a white motor car on a nearby road.

The driver was signalled to pull over and he complied.

Shortly after four men alighted from the vehicle and allegedly opened fire at the police team.

Investigators say the police returned fire and all four men were hit. They were later taken to hospital where Mr. Ellis and Mr. Smith died and the other two men hospitalised.

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Oprah's OWN network in jeopardy

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It's only been around a few months, but the Oprah Winfrey Network, aka OWN, might soon be seeing its end. In fact, sources tell Hollyscoop it's only a matter of time. One TV insider says, "I wouldn't be surprised that the network shuts down in two months."

Two months? We haven't even had a chance to get hooked on OWN's reality shows. Give us some time, producers!

After investing nearly $10 million in advertising, the network just isn't seeing the ratings it hoped for. So OWN recently had a makeover, moving around shows like "Behind the Scenes" and "Master Class".

 "Behind the Scenes", which follows the backstage antics of Oprah's daytime show, has had the most success on the network, so they've rescheduled it from Friday to Sunday night, when most people tend to turn on their TVs.

They've also cut back the number of days they show original programming, going from four days to three.

 "You have to fish where the fish are," a network spokesperson said.

But, unless Oprah finds those fish and garners enough ratings, the network will likely be axed.

This may be why it's now being reported that the Oprah Winfrey show will have its final episode aired on May 25th. The show is in its last season, but could Oprah be taking some time off early to focus on saving OWN?

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Why the people dem in Barbados so lie? After them subject the Jamaican woman to all kinds of mental abuse and finger rape, them turn round and say is lie she telling.  The woman give details how the Barbadian customs officer carry her into a room and tell her to bend over for a cavity search and then dem chuck  her in a cell with two other woman. And the customs officer did just a cuss straight, a tell how she no like Jamaicans and how all dem do is come a Barbados and tek people man.

And now dat it buss open, the Barbados government a mek up story how the Jamaican woman was going to stay with man who involved in human trafficking, that's why dem send neva let her in dem country. But since dem know that this man is involved in human trafficking why dem don't do something about it?

Di woman must sue dem.

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The Daily Word - Sunday, March 27, 2011

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HARMONY
I am one in Spirit with all people.

We are all connected by an invisible thread of Spirit that binds us as children of God. As we sing in a popular hymn: "We are one in the spirit, we are one in the Lord." If I am feeling out of harmony with the people in my life or perceive injustice or unfairness in the situations around me, I remember that we are all one in the spirit of God.

Looking beyond outer differences, I remember I am spiritually connected to every individual--from my neighbors, family and friends, to people of all nations around the world. I focus on the values that bind us together--such as harmony, cooperation and love. We are one in the spirit of God and the Spirit transcends any differences.

You are standing firm in one spirit, striving side by side with one mind.--Philippians 1:27




The Daily Word - Saturday, March 26, 2011

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RIGHT RELATIONSHIP
My divine nature guides my relationships into perfect alignment.

Many people wonder how to find their "special someone" or how to improve their current relationships. Before seeking someone or something outside myself, I first turn within to Spirit.

When Spirit takes priority in my life--guiding my thoughts and actions--all my relationships come into spiritual alignment. My oneness with Spirit gives me unparalleled security and joy. I relax in the silence of prayer and replenish my energy and my capacity to give. This positively impacts my partner, my children and my co-workers--as it positively impacts me. As I turn within to Spirit, I experience divine love. This love draws me to the right people and blesses every relationship in my life.

I want their hearts to be encouraged and united in love.--Colossians 2:2
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The Daily Word - Friday, March 25, 2011

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HEALING
I am a living expression of God's perfection.

When the skin is cut or bruised, healing begins in the tissues under the surface long before signs of repair appear on the skin. An injury is a call to clean and protect a vulnerable area so that deep healing can occur. In the same way, a health challenge reminds me to clear away thoughts that interfere with claiming my wholeness. When I see myself as the perfect creation of God that I am, it is like cleaning a wound.

I am the living expression of God's perfect idea. Healing begins within me as my thoughts, mind and heart begin to heal. I believe in my body expressing invigorating health and abundant energy, and the wholeness that I am surfaces.

Jesus turned, and seeing her he said, "Take heart, daughter; your faith has made you well." And instantly the woman was made well.--Matthew 9:22
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Tiger Woods' new 22-year-old girlfriend drew the golfing star crayon drawings before his tournaments to wish him luck, sources say.

Alyse Lahti Johnson, whose stepfather lives next door to Woods in Windermere, Florida, has known the sportsmen since she was young.

'They had photos in their house of their family with Tiger,' a friend told Us Weekly. 'But Alyse never said she was interested in him!'


The pair began dating after seeing each other at a New Year's function thrown by her stepfather, who is also an executive at Woods' sports agency IMG.

This week it emerged that Miss Johnston, a university student, was also close firneds with Elin Nordegren before her split from Tiger.

'Tiger Woods has been my next door neighbour for 15 years and Alyse has known him all her life,' her stepfather Alistair Johnston told the Scottish Sun newspaper.

'They are part of the same crowd that are the same age and go to the gym and out to dinner together.

'Do they spend time together? Yes', he added.

It is unclear how close Alyse and Elin's relationship was but they appear to have run in the same circles and met each other at several social events over the years.

But a former Ohio University classmate of Alyse's told RadarOnline: 'She sent a BBM to a mutual friend of ours saying she didn't consider herself Tiger's girlfriend. They were just having a good time hooking up'.

'She is a really nice girl, smart and super friendly. And she's also a bit of a wild child. She definitely likes to have fun', the classmate shared.

It has emerged that Alyse, a keen young golfer, was introduced to the superstar golfer by her coach.

The two have apparently been dating for several weeks and have been spotted lounging on Woods' super yacht in Palm Beach, close to where Lahti Johnston is studying.

Alyse told police she 'wanted to die' after she was busted for drink-driving last October.

According to an Orlando Police Department report, the blonde beauty said she felt 'humiliated' after her vehicle rear-ended a truck causing it to flip on Florida's busy Interstate 4.

Officers say the petite blonde emerged from her car with severely bloodshot eyes and proceeded to slur her words and stumble.

Bizarrely, she claimed she hadn't eaten anything apart from an apple for two days, and had only slept for 45 minutes in the previous four days

Although a breath test reportedly later showed she was three times over the alcohol limit, the charge was later downgraded to an improper lane change after several court appearances.

She was represented by a high-profile Florida attorney.


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Dressed in a high cut black body which reveals a little too much of her curvy derriere Serena Williams struts into shot in a pair of thigh-high laced up boots.

The tennis star gets her game face on as we meet her female opponent in an equally racy outfit consisting of an embellished low cut black body, fishnet tights and high-heels.

As the camera flicks between bottom and breast shots this could easily be mistaken for the latest raunchy music video but in actual fact the sequence of an advert - for a tennis game.

The 60 second commercial was made to promote Top Spin 4, a tennis game made for Wii, but the game's maker 2K Sports rejected it because it was too raunchy.

The opening sequence which introduces Serena as 'the world's sexiest tennis player' and her opponent 'the world's sexiest gamer' includes shots of the woman's bodies in their tight and highly revealing outfits.

And things get no better when the game is underway.

Grunting, perspiration and lots of body shots shown in slow-motion are interspersed with clips from the actual video game.

On Monday actress Rileah Vanderbilt, Serena's opponent in the raunchy advert, tweeted a link to the video.

She posted: 'Check out my newest commercial with @serenawilliams! Directed by : @waltercmayhttp://tinyurl.com/4shvgue'

On the same day Serena tweeted: 'Stay tuned for a (sic) awesomely sexy video I am tweeting later..... Stay tuned......'

But the video never came.

The games maker 2K Sports released a statement and said: 'As part of the process for creating marketing campaigns to support our titles, we pursue a variety of creative avenues. This video is not part of the title's final marketing campaign and its distribution was unauthorized,' The NY Daily News reported.

 

 





Barrington Levy, Chino, Ryno for Belize

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Singer Barrington Levy, Big Ship artiste Chino and dancehall artiste Ryno are off to Belize this week to perform at the official album release party of Def Jam recording artiste Shyne.

SHYNE_BARROW_CHINO_BARRINTON_LEVY.jpgThe event, which is to be held on Saturday, March 26 at the Princess Poolside and Casino in Belize City.

 Ryno, who is billed as one of the event's headliners, is very upbeat about the concert and says he plans to make the occasion a memorable one.

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Jah Cure on trial for drug possession

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International reggae artiste, Jah Cure, went on trial on Wednesday on drug possession charges.

The singer, whose real name is Siccaturie Alcock, was charged last April by the Constant Spring Police after ganja was reportedly found in his motor vehicle.

The cops say they found a small quantity of ganja in the singer's BMW motor car during a spot check along Dunrobin Avenue in St Andrew.

The singer was reportedly seen overtaking 11 vehicles in a line of traffic, when he was stopped by the police.

The arresting officer reported that when he went up to the vehicle, he detected the scent of ganja.

He said he asked Jah Cure, who was the only occupant of the vehicle, whether he had been smoking ganja and that the singer confirmed.

The policeman said he conducted a search of the vehicle and found a small quantity of ganja and two ganja spliffs.

But during testimony on Tuesday afternoon, Jah Cure denied the allegations.

He admitted that he smokes ganja, but told the trial that no drugs were in his car on the night of the incident.

The trial was partly heard on Wednesday, to allow Jah Cure to call an American witness who, he said, was in the car with him on the night in question.

The maximum fine for the minor offence is $100.

The trial continues on April 5.

Jah Cure has served eight years in prison for rape.


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Delroy Grant, the Jamaican man, branded one of the most prolific and depraved sex attackers in British history, has been convicted of a series of sex attacks on elderly people in south London. The police say Grant, 53, who has been dubbed the 'Night Stalker', raped and assaulted elderly victims over 17 years in south London.

They say he was responsible for some of the most "awful and disturbing crimes" in the history of Scotland Yard.

But they also apologised for missing chances which could have stopped him.

According to the police, Grant has been linked to incidents involving 203 separate surviving victims - but they fear his actual number of victims could be as many as 600.

They say many of these victims may have died without reporting their attack.

The British police branded Grant a "perverted, callous and violent individual" who attacked some of the most vulnerable people in society.

Grant, of Honor Oak, south London, denied the 29 charges, including burglary, rape and sexual assault, between 1992 and 2009, at Woolwich Crown Court.

The court heard the vulnerable victims were targeted in their homes at night.

 

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Two police constables, Javon Baker and Hansfield Earle, who reportedly solicited and collected $20,000 from a Chinese businessman after they raided his wholesale store in downtown Kingston and seized a number of skin bleaching products, were both offered $200,000 bail when they appeared in the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate's Court Tuesday.

The lawmen, who were assigned to City Centre Police Station in downtown Kingston, reportedly carried out the raid on September 13 of last year without a search warrant.

According to police reports, the cops were on patrol in downtown Kingston when they were stopped by a woman who complained to them of the service she received at the establishment on Princess Street and told the policemen that the operators were selling skin bleaching products.

The lawmen reportedly went to the store and seized 200 assorted skin-bleaching products and arrested the businessman. The policemen then reportedly drove around for a while with the businessman in the service vehicle before asking him, "What you can do for yourself".

The businessman reportedly told them that he only had $20,000 which he gave them and they then let him out of the vehicle. However, he later reported the matter to the police and the bleaching products were reportedly found in the service vehicle that the police officers were driving.

Following investigations, a file was submitted to the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions who ruled that they should be charged with two counts of breaching the Corruption Prevention Act and a count of simple larceny.

They are to return to court for trial on May 19.

 


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I-Octane for LIME All-Island Carnival

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Reggae singer, I-Octane, will grace the stage of the LIME All-Island Carnival, when it reaches the town of Linstead on Sunday at the Tru-Juice Sports Complex.

The popular entertainer joins soca star Oscar B and former Magnum Kings and Queens of Dancehall contestant, Tanto Blacks as the diet of live entertainment for the travelling soca fête.

The Clarendon-born I-Octane is undoubtedly one of the most popular and sought-after acts today, which drew the attention of Morgan and his team. He will bring with him his arsenal of chart-topping hit singles, such as Lose A Friend, Inna Dem, Min' Who You A Dis, Puff It, I Ah Cry, Study Yuh Fren and more.

The event is called 'Socawukup', and will also feature Kurt Riley, DJ Charm and the Urban Legend sound system.

 






Resident Magistrate, Simone Wolfe-Reece, has given the police until tomorrow to charge or release one of the men suspected of firing shots on the Spanish Town police station on March 10.

He is Sheldon 'Nana' Wilson of a Rivoli address in Spanish Town.

Resident Magistrate Wolfe-Reece made the ruling yesterday, following a Habeas Corpus application made by lawyer Earle Hamilton in the Spanish Town Resident Magistrate's Court.

In his application, the attorney said his client has been in custody for two weeks without being charged.

He told the court that if there is no evidence to charge his client, he should be released.

A senior investigator from the Spanish Town police told the court that the investigation is far advanced.

Wilson and another man, Nigel Hanson, were listed as suspects following an attack on the station.

 





Warmington disses the media again

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Less than two hours after a written apology was purportedly signed and released on behalf of Everald Warmington, the former parliamentarian reportedly hung up the telephone on another journalist, Halshane Burke of IRIE FM.

In a release yesterday, the Press Association of Jamaica (PAJ) and the Media Association Jamaica Ltd (MAJ) said they could only take Warmington's latest action as an indication that Tuesday's apology and promise to "commit to an ongoing review" of his public image was not genuine.

"Our associations therefore believe that we were correct in our original position in support of the Women in Media's call for Mr Warmington not being fit to be a candidate for the House of Representatives and not being fit for holding a future government position," the associations said in their joint release. "We repeat our call for those who are enabling him to regain such a role to see the disregard and disrespect that is being perpetuated on the nation by such actions."

Warmington will be seeking to reclaim the South West St Catherine constituency in the April 4 by-election after resigning over his dual-citizenship status at the time of nomination for the 2007 general election

 

 

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Prime Minister Bruce Golding is to continue facing tough questions when the Manatt-Dudus commission of enquiry resumes this morning.

Golding's attorney, Hugh Small, yesterday wrapped up his evidence in chief clearing the way for cross-examination of the prime minister to begin.

In that exchange, Golding admitted that the initiatives of the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) in the Christopher 'Dudus' Coke extradition issue did in fact merge with the Government's own efforts.

Later during cross examination by JLP attorney, Frank Phipps, Golding repeated that it was a regrettable move to have engaged US law firm Manatt, Phelps and Phillips.

However, he said he had to accept responsibility.

Earlier, Golding took issue with an aspect of the testimony given by former junior foreign affairs minister Dr Ronald Robinson.

Dr Robinson had testified that he did not know that he was acting on behalf of the JLP when he went to Washington to meet with US lobbyists regarding the Coke extradition.

However, Golding said he had made it clear to Dr Robinson that he was representing the JLP.

Golding maintained that the United States was stonewalling Jamaica in the extradition issue. According to Golding, the US was insistent that the extradition request should be signed.

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43,000 to sit GSAT today

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Approximately 43,000 primary school students are scheduled to sit the Grade Six Achievement Test (GSAT) today after months of preparation.

The students will be sitting the two-day examination at 1,100 centres across the island.

The Ministry of Education says 1,100 examiners and more than 2,000 invigilators are in place to administer the GSAT to the more than 40,000 students.

However, 6,000 grade six students will have to sit out the test after the ministry deemed them ineligible to take the exam because they have not reached the required literacy levels.

The Ministry says these children have not mastered the Grade Four Literacy Test, some of them after as many as four attempts.

They will be placed in the Alternative Secondary Transition Education Programme (ASTEP) programme in the next academic year.

The ASTEP is a new programme focusing on the development of basic literacy and numeracy skills for up to two years before students are transitioned into high school.

Meanwhile, up to yesterday, there were concerns about approximately 500 students who had not received their GSAT timetables.

However, the education ministry has instructed that schools allow students who are eligible to take the GSAT, but have not received their timetables, to sit the examination.

 

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The Daily Word - Thursday, March 24, 2011

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PROTECTED
I am strengthened by my foundation of faith.

Even in the midst of a storm, I know God is with me. I affirm, "I am never alone. I am fully protected. I am safe." My faith is strong, because of the foundation I have laid.

When winds were calm, I strengthened my faith with prayer, gratitude and meditation. Like a builder, I laid a foundation of faith deep within myself--and then I built on it.

Putting God's truth into practice daily has strengthened my faith. When a storm or crisis hits, I have an inner knowing that all is well. I have experienced God's loving and peaceful presence. God is with me, and I am always protected.

That one is like a man building a house, who dug deeply and laid the foundation on rock; when a flood arose, the river burst against that house but could not shake it, because it had been well built.--Luke 6:48
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Toya Rocked the EME Awards 2011

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Elizabeth Taylor dead at 79

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Elizabeth Taylor, the iconic Hollywood star whose tumultuous romances and precarious health challenges often played out as larger-than-life Elizabethan dramas, died of congestive heart failure at Los Angeles's Cedars-Sinai Hospital. She may have been 79, but with more than 65 years of screen time preserved for all time, she will remain a glorious, glamorous and full-blooded image.

Revered for her generous charity work but sometimes controversial for her turbulent personal life, the three-time Oscar honoree, fragrance and jewelry mogul and tenacious AIDS activist possessed many talents, including a remarkable gift for self-appraisal.

Just before turning 60 in 1992, she summed herself up for Life magazine, saying: "I've been lucky all my life. Everything was handed to me: looks, fame, wealth, honors, love. But I've paid for that luck with disasters. Terrible illnesses, destructive addictions, broken marriages."

Eight marriages, in fact - though she was quoted as saying the two great loves of her life were producer Michael Todd (husband No. 3) and actor Richard Burton (Nos. 5 and 6, given that they remarried, albeit briefly the second time).

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Born in Hampstead, England, the second child of Francis Taylor, a timid American art gallery owner working abroad, and his highly assertive wife Sara Sothern, a former actress, Elizabeth Rosemond Taylor moved with her family to Los Angeles in 1939.

Pushed by Sara, young Elizabeth made her movie debut in 1942's There's One Born Every Minute, and appeared with lifelong friend Roddy McDowall in 1943's Lassie Come Home. But it was 1944's National Velvet, with Mickey Rooney, that brought her stardom at age 12. Not only was she a natural before the camera, but also, even then, Technicolor - and movie audiences - just couldn't get enough of her remarkable violet-colored eyes.

A string of movies followed (such as 1946's Courage of Lassie and 1949's Little Women), but critics still were not impressed - a fact she would have to contend with to varying degrees throughout her career. (Taylor once told Johnny Carson that she'd been given a preview of some of her obituaries, "and they were the best reviews I'd ever gotten.")

Her first recognition as a serious screen presence, however, came with 1951's A Place in the Sun, in which she costarred with Montgomery Clift, who also would become a close friend. The drama, regarded as one of the best ever made in Hollywood, was a showcase for Taylor's erotic power as well as her maternal strength, even at her tender teen age. Her white party gown in the movie also inspired an entire generation of high-school prom dresses.

With her showy role opposite Rock Hudson and James Dean in 1956's Giant, the then-23-year-old Taylor cemented her place as an actress, and went on to be nominated for an Oscar three years in a row - 1958, 1959 and 1960 - before winning her first Academy Award in 1961 (for Butterfield 8). She would take home another in 1967, for her blowsy role as the drunken and unsatisfied wife in Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, and a third, a special humanitarian award, in 1993.

But for all the attention Taylor earned for her onscreen life, it was her personal dramas that kept her in the public eye nearly all the time.

"My troubles all started because I have a woman's body and a child's emotions," she once said. At 18 she wed for the first time, to hotel heir Conrad "Nicky" Hilton in May 1950. But Hilton couldn't tolerate Taylor's celebrity, and he "became sullen, angry and abusive, physically and mentally," she wrote in her memoir. Eight months later the marriage was over.

She followed the failed union with a brief affair with film director Stanley Donen (Singin' in the Rain). Shortly afterward, while in England filming Ivanhoe, Taylor met British actor Michael Wilding, and the pair wed in February 1952. "It's leap year, so I leapt!" Taylor told reporters at the time. That union lasted five years and produced two sons, Michael and Christopher.

Her next marriage was to producer Mike Todd (Around the World in 80 Days). Of Todd, Taylor wrote in Elizabeth Takes Off: "He was 25 years my senior and eternally young. I could hardly keep up with him. He was the most energetic man I've ever known, and he made our short 18 months together one of the most intensely glorious times of my life." Todd died a year after their wedding when his plane crashed, leaving his widow with their 7-month-old daughter, Liza. Taylor had been scheduled to travel with him, but she stayed behind with the flu.

A few months after Todd's death, Taylor outraged the world by taking up with popular singer Eddie Fisher (a friend of Todd's who was still married to sweet-faced Debbie Reynolds, the mother of Fisher's two young children), and exhibiting none of the requisite guilt. "What do you expect me to do, sleep alone?" she told columnist Hedda Hopper. Fisher divorced Reynolds and married Taylor in 1959, but it wouldn't last - two years later, on the set of Cleopatra, Taylor met her match in her costar, the swaggering Welsh actor Richard Burton.

 


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The Daily Word - Wednesday, March 23, 2011

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WORLD PEACE The spirit of God moves through all people to manifest peace on earth. The media often report unrest and distress throughout the world. I can choose to believe there is no resolution to the world's problems, or I can choose to know the truth that God--at the heart of each person--is a power for peace. As I know this for myself, I also know it for all people throughout the world. I envision the peace of God reaching into the world's farthest corners, showing the way to peace and acceptance. The power of God is greater than any human weakness, pride or prejudice. I have faith that every heart is open to receiving God's love and every mind is open to God's wisdom and understanding. The dawn from on high will break upon us, to give light to those who sit in darkness ..., to guide our feet into the way of peace. --Luke 1:78-79
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Twins perish in Langston Road fire

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Sanjiang FireA pair of twins perished in a fire at Langston Terrace in Kingston Monday morning.

The 2-year old twin girls were reportedly left locked in a small back room of a nine room house unattended by their mother.

Although others were in the house when the fire started, the toddlers perished.

Maxwell Hinds, Deputy Superintendent of the Fire Brigade, gave RJR News some preliminary information as to what happened.

"We got a call about 10.35 a.m. that a house was on fire. We responded and on our arrival, we saw a section of a nine bedroom house on fire. We quickly got into operation and started extinguishing the fire and during the cooling down operations, we discovered the bodies of the two babies," he said.

The twins' mother has been taken into custody.







Popular singer and activist Wyclef Jean is recovering after being shot in the hand on Saturday night in Haiti, while campaigning for presidential candidate Michel Martelly. 

 The shooting happened just hours before the country's presidential elections, as Jean stepped out of his car to take a phone call.  

 It's reported that the singer was released from a hospital outside of Port-au-Prince after being treated for his injuries.

Jean, refused to talk with police about the incident.

A spokesman for the campaign said that It was nothing.

"He's fine and out and about getting out the vote for us" the campaign spokesman said

"We have spoken to Wyclef, he is ok. Thank you for your thoughts and prayer. Despite the injured hand, Wyclef Jean is reported to be writing a new song, entitled Elections (Right Hand Man)" said Jean's spokesman.

Rapper Busta Rhymes and others on the scene at the time of the shooting were not injured.


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Video of Jamaican man beating woman goes viral

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A video on a popular United States website showing a Jamaican man beating a woman has drawn sharp condemnation from two local experts on women's rights.

The video, which up to 6:30 yesterday evening had had more than 170,000 views, is more than six minutes long. The video has gone viral, with more than 10,000 people sharing it on social networking website Facebook in the same time period.

Faith Webster, executive director or the Bureau of Women's Affairs, called the video "disturbing and distressing".

Dorothy Whyte, executive director of the Women's Resource and Outreach Centre (WROC), said she could not watch the video in its entirety due to its content.

"I cannot believe, in this day and age, that a community is condoning violence against this woman," Webster said.

Throughout the graphic video, the incensed man holds the woman and repeatedly hits her in the face and on the body.

The man, who is cheered on by others in the community, also kicks the woman more than once. At one point the woman throws a stone at the man.

At the start of the video, the man is heard cursing the woman for breaking his chain.

At least three times, other members of the unidentified community try to intervene, but that does not stop the fight. The assault finally ends when the victim is dragged away by another woman to her house, while some men in the community hold the enraged man.


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The media fraternity was yesterday plunged into mourning after journalist Patricia Roxborough-Wright lost her battle with cancer.

The 41-year-old is a past employee of The Gleaner and The Jamaica Observer.

"The fraternity has lost one of its brightest minds," said Janet Silvera, president of the Western Jamaica Media Association.

"Those who were fortunate to have been touched by Pat Roxborough will remember a vibrant, good-humoured and incredibly talented person who was a consummate professional never afraid to ask tough questions. Pat was a true example of what it takes to become a good journalist. She was ambitious, maintaining her competitiveness while ensuring good relations with her colleagues," Silvera said.

The Press Association of Jamaica (PAJ), of which Roxborough-Wright was a member, said, "The fraternity has lost a wonderful human being, one who had the highest regard for standards and values in the profession."

The PAJ added: "Her indelible contribution to journalism will never be forgotten."

Roxborough-Wright was married to fellow journalist Nodley.

She was a first-year student at the Norman Manley Law School when she became ill in 2010.

YardFlex send condolences to the family.

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All dem a talk, Toya nah hear dem, she nah see dem. She say she de pon

her Blackberry phone pon the beach pon a small Dutch island over the

weekend and ah read mi suss dem bout Fantan Mojah and a dead wid

laugh. She nuh care, she rich and happy, Joe loves her,,  thats why

she have the US million dollar trust fund inna her name, and Joey is

the White Gadd son and she have the DNA test fi prove it. Oonu

lucky!!!!!!!!Dem caan tek ner name dem outta the house dem, or the X6

or the Chrysler, and dem caan tek her name outta Heinz, or Weight

Watchers. All dem a chat and a suss her, dem caan stop her,

RAAAAAYYYY. All the gyal who write the suss fi the STAR, she bruk and

miserable, she nuh have no man fi harself, that's why she have time fi

a watch her. How she ah go so hard? How Fantan ah talk so, him need fi

go pon Maury and do the DNA fi him pickney dem before him come a road

come talk weh him nuh know. Toya, yu hot, yu a PEPPER!!!!!

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The Daily Word

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Tuesday, March 22, 2011
LET GO, LET GOD
I let go and trust the indwelling Spirit to bless and fulfill me.

The wisdom of God is within me. With divine wisdom, I have the power to make wise and right judgments. I let go of that which no longer serves me and treasure the blessings that fill my life with good.

I embrace supportive people, inspiring places and productive ideas. I let go of thoughts, beliefs and situations that are not in my best interest, that tear down rather than uplift.

I release any perceived power I may have given to people or situations outside me. As I pray, I rejoice in the truth that God is my indwelling power. I let go and trust God to bless and fulfill my life. My mind, heart and life are guided by the wisdom of God and filled with abundant treasures.

For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.--Matthew 6:21
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From D Krewe: Carnival with Love!

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To say that YardFlex didn't party hard in T&T would be an understatement. As always, carnival delivers a plethora of colors, culture and beautiful costumes and this year D Krewe's band was no exception. YardFlex was hosting in one of the top medium sized bands to date and every year it seems to get hotter and hotter. D Krewe's band was a mixture of locals and foreigners, gays, straight and in betweens and we all had a ball! When I think of D Krewe, one thing comes to mind and that is FUN! There's a vibe that everybody has that makes this one of the premier and safest bands to spend your carnival experience with. I miss it already......I guess you can say that I have a real 'carnival tabanca' and for my non-Trinis, I'm suffering from severe carnival withdrawl. Oh well, I'll just start my countdown for next year's uper event. By the way, carnival 2k12 is February 20th and 21st. Time to wine!!!




The Daily Word - Monday, March 21, 2011

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INNER PEACE
I am centered in the peace of God.

Even though I know the peace of God lies within me, there are times when I am drawn away from that peace. Perhaps I feel challenged by life's circumstances or overwhelmed by my responsibilities. If I wish to return to the peace of God, I needn't go looking for it outside myself. I need only take a moment to remember.

Jesus went apart from his followers to pray and center himself. Going apart can simply mean changing my thinking. I quiet my mind and feel the calmness of Spirit. I rest in the silence for a moment. When my thoughts return, I allow gratitude and appreciation to fill my mind and heart, reconnecting me with God's peace at the center of my being.

He woke up and rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, "Peace! Be still!" Then the wind ceased, and there was a dead calm.--Mark 4:39
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Brit Jam Fire In the City Part 2

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Wyclef Jean shot in hand in Haiti

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A spokesman for Wyclef Jean says the hip-hop star has been released from a hospital after being treated for a gunshot wound to his hand.

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Joe Mignon, senior programme director for Jean's Yele Foundation, says Jean was shot in the hand after 11 pm local time Saturday in the city of Delmas, just outside Port-au-Prince.

Jean's brother, Samuel, confirmed the musician was shot. Neither he nor Mignon had additional details.

The shooting came on the eve of presidential elections in Haiti. Jean is supporting fellow musician Michel Martelly.

A spokesman for the Haitian National Police could not be immediately reached for comment.


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Kiefa O'Gilvie sentenced

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Kiefa O'Gilvie, the son of a close ally and business partner of former west Kingston strongman Christopher 'Dudus' Coke, was this morning fined $500,000 or two years imprisonment for illegal possession of a firearm.

O'Gilvie pleaded guilty to the charge of illegal possession of a firearm on February 15.

He was also put on probation for two years for illegal possession of ammunition.

In handing down the sentence, Supreme Court Judge Martin Gayle noted that too many young men are behind bars and that it was not the best way to deal with them.

He said he also took O'Gilvie's good probation report into consideration.

O'Gilvie was held by the police in December last year during a cordon and search operation on Blake Road in the Kingston Central Police Division.

An illegal weapon was found in his possession.

He was arrested and later charged.

Meanwhile, Keifa O'Gilvie, is also on trial in the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate's Court.

He is facing the charges of assault, using abusive language and making a threat.

O'Gilvie is jointly charged with Tesha Miller, the alleged leader of the Spanish Town-based Clansman gang.

They are accused of assaulting a policeman while in custody during the State of Emergency last year.

 

 

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Another cop shot and injured

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A policeman was yesterday shot by gunmen along St. John's Road in Spanish Town St. Catherine.

The Gleaner/Power 106 news understands that he was among a group of police personnel on duty in the area yesterday evening when he was shot.

The Constabulary Communication Network (CNN) has reported that his injury was not life threatening, but was unable to provide further details up to late last night.

Yesterday's shooting is the third in which a policeman was injured since the start of the week.


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Light bill hike

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Jamaica Public Service Hunts Bay power station 0File Jamaicans are being advised to expect an increase in their electricity bills for this month.

The Jamaica Public Service Company Limited (JPS) says there will be an increase in the Fuel and IPP Charge on customers' March bills as a result of rising oil prices. 

The company says the Fuel & IPP charge on bills for March is almost $20.50 per kilowatt-hour, up from $17.57 in February. This means that a typical residential customer who uses 200 kilowatt hours will see an increase of approximately 10 per cent or $587 in this month's bill.

JPS explains that fuel is critical to the generation of electricity and represents approximately 60 per cent of customers' bills.

Customers are being encouraged to continue to use electricity efficiently, as the total amount on their bills is determined by the amount of electricity used.

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Fantan, a wha really a gwaan wid you and Joe

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Just when you tink everyting good between Fantan and Joe Bagdonovich, all hell bruk loose. After Fantan gone back a Joe good good, we now a hear sey Joe nah give Fantan no money fi deal wid tings. It so bad till all Fantan vehicle run outta gas on him way fi go do oe interview. We no care wha nobody waan sey, that is disgraceful!

We doan know if a true, but dem a spread rumour sey Fantan sey the baby wha Joe wife Toya have a jacket and Joe a no di puppa. We hear sey Joe hear back and him hopping mad. But why Fantan woulda sey sinting like date eh?

Fantan, if you know certain tings you haffi kibba yuh mout, and if you doan know certain tings then get out of di habit of telling lie. Caue it ca cost you yuh career.

 

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CMC - Two medical personnel have been charged with the death of a Jamaican psychiatric patient in 2008.

Prosecutors said a nurse and an aide at the sprawling Kings County Hospital in Brooklyn have been charged with allowing Esmin Green, 49, to die on the floor of the psychiatric ward and then covering up her death.

Green was recorded on a surveillance camera tape lying face-down in the emergency room for nearly an hour on June 19, 2008, ignored by staffers and security personnel.

Court documents revealed that nursing aide Easton Royal, 53, allegedly wrote in the observation sheet that Green was doing fine at 6.00 a.m., in the midst of the excruciating 57 minutes the dying woman spent on the floor.

Prosecutors said Royal was arrested on Tuesday and charged with reckless endangerment and falsifying business records. She was arraigned at Brooklyn Criminal Court and released without bail.

Another nurse, whose name was not released, had pleaded guilty last month to similar charges.

A previous report by the New York City's Department of Investigation mentioned that one nurse, identified only as Gonzalo, admitted to making false entries on Green's progress notes after she died.

The city's Medical Examiner's Office said the Jamaican immigrant, who waited some 24 hours in the hospital's psychiatric waiting room, died of blood clots.


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What a bangarang at EMEs

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Bwoy Richie B really get a nuff licks wid him EME Awards this year. After di ting did a gwaan good at Pegasus him get excited and move go up a Devon House, change up di date and mek di show flop.

Nobody doan give it no good review.

 So we don't know wha' kind a foolishness him a chat bout sey di show gwaan good cause nuff international media did deh deh. The whole organizing committee and sponsor dem shoulda feel bad sey so much press was dere and it was the worst show eva.

The sound did awful, a bare no-show artiste and the people dem did a read out bare foolishness. 

And den him a go sey dat di artiste dem who neva turn up and send a representative fi collect di trophy pon stage nah get dem award. A eediat ting dat. Cause a big big Satday night and it did right inna di miggle a springbreak. Di artiste dem haffi earn di money when it come f idem way. We sure sey Richie B nah emcee nobody show fi free and him nah go give up a emcee wuk fi go a no awards show, so him need fi know wah him a sey.





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Featuring a slew of reggae, dancehall and hip hop acts, Best of the Best is also advertising the Gaza Don, Vybz Kartel. But everyone knows that Kartel has no US work permit so he can't possibly travel to Florida.

However, the poster says that Kartel will be performing live via satellite from Jamaica. Let's see how this works out.

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Goalpost Tragedy at school! 9-y-o killed

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Tragedy at school! 9-y-o killed by goalpost A freak accident claimed the life of a student of the prestigious Sts Peter and Paul Preparatory School in St Andrew. Nine-year-old Jerimiah Yson Jr and other schoolmates were on the playing field close to the end of their lunch break when a heavy gust of wind reportedly toppled over a football goalpost, which fell on him. The goalpost appears to have been one of two that were tied together by a tarpaulin which was hit by the wind. The youngster was rushed to the University Hospital of the West Indies, but was pronounced dead at 12:25 p.m. at the. According to the police, the matter is being investigated and they would be collecting statements from persons who may have seen what occurred.
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The Gaza Don de pon TV a boast say him have new business ventures wid a lot of people but him neva tell Jamaica say him business partner already gone into new ventures WITHOUT him too. Wah really a gwaan inna the islant? Corey ah go open up QUAD wid a new Taboo, a new Christophers and a bagga other things and Kartel nah go involved inna dis ya one. Mi no psychic, but mi did smell da one ya ah come. Memba a few weeks ago when no Street Vybz Thursdaze never keep? Well, something big did gwaan over The Building a few days before that when a selector get 20 box, 15 kick and dem out a cigarette pon him skin after him play Bounty Killer 'Nuh Fren Fish'. One ah Kartel entourage punch up the club manager and the club manager punch in back him face and pure tings gwaan, pure bleaching cream and cake soap, rosary beads and tight jeans ah fling all over the place, big bangarang gwaan. Well, two day after that, the club lock up and nobody coulden get in because Corey lock it up wid a cow chain, change the padlock, so crazy people come that night and surprised say the club nah keep. Way down inna the night, dem mussi use a crowbar and tear off the lock but when dem go in, the music system disappear....no club caan keep. Anyway, dem mussi finally meet and work out things because the club start keep back, but now, Ribbi decide say Corey ah the real man, and ask him fi run the Quad so the ting tun up big time again. Mi hear say is a major renovation ah gwaan, Italian tiles, big money spending, and it ah go shot because this ah the club weh the whole ah uptown love. So Kartel ah do him shoes and him sneaker line and him cake soap without Corey , and Corey ah do Quad without him, ah just so it set. Dem collaborate pon Street Vybz and the Building but dem no join together. Oh! Wah really a go happen tonight?
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Brit Jam Spring Rave 2011

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Brit Jam Day

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RIP Nate DOG Playlist Listen Now

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Reggae musician Smiley Culture, who scored two chart hits in the eighties, died on Tuesday following an incident with police in England.

The 'Police Officer' singer, real name David Emmanuel, is believed to have stabbed himself after officers raided his home in Warlingham, Surrey, earlier Tuesday.

He was due to face trial after being charged with conspiracy to supply cocaine in September last year alongside four others.

A spokesman for the Independent Police Complaints Commission confirmed they were now investigating a "death following police contact".

The 47-year-old, born and raised in south London, rose to fame as a DJ with the Saxon Studio sound system.


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Air Jamaica has confirmed that Yendi Phillipps is the global ambassador for the airline.

Yendi will take the airline's message of renewal to customers and travel partners around the world as part of her new title and will also become the host of the airline's in-flight video, Island Stylee.

In a release, Air Jamaica stated that Yendi was selected not only for her visibility, but also because of her personal demonstration of Air Jamaica's new brand statement of redefinition.

The company said that Yendi's personal story is perfectly aligned with Air Jamaica, as like the airline, Yendi has reinvented herself in ways that delight her fans and prove that innovation is the first call of any brand - personal or corporate.

Kingsley Cooper, who manages Yendi, believes that Air Jamaica and his client make a "perfect fit" and he is confident that the "synergy between the brands will add tremendous value" to both Yendi and Air Jamaica.

Phillips said she is elated to be named Air Jamaica's first global ambassador and is looking forward to a long and successful relationship with the airline.

The new Island Stylee series, which airs on Air Jamaica flights, goes into production later this month, shooting in New York, Kingston and Montego Bay.

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Oblivious: Katie chatted to a friend while the four-year-old studied the packet very carefully

Katie Holmes won't be winning any prizes for her questionable parenting techniques.

Not only was she out with daughter Suri, four, until well after midnight, but her precocious toddler was later snapped clutching a box of very inappropriate sweeties.

Suri was seen closely examining a box of 'Penis Gummies' sweets as she and mother Katie, 32, paused to talk to friends before leaving 'dessert only' restaurant Serendipity 3.

The box features cartoon like drawings of male genitalia, and unsurprisingly Suri seemed somewhat captivated by the brightly coloured packaging which contained penis-shaped jelly sweets.

Katie seemed as oblivious to adult candy as she was to the late hour. The phallic shaped sweets were quite clearly an inappropriate choice for the four-year-old.

A spokesperson for the restaurant confirmed to MailOnline that the Penis Gummies sweets were purchased by the group at the gift shop in front of the restaurant, but it's unclear whether they were a gift or just Suri's takeaway treat.Not suitable for Suri: Katie Holmes and her daughter were out for a late dinner in NYC when Suri picked up a packet of Penis Gummies sweets

As usual, budding fashionista Suri was looked adorable in a cute bright red embellished dress with a pale pink fur coat and matching sheepskin boots.

 

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Members of the police force escorted international rap star DJ Drake from the well-attended Brit Jam stage show in Montego Bay early Monday morning. This after the Canadian act spewed profanities while he shared the stage with local dancehall stars Mavado and Aidonia.

The abrupt end to the rapper's set, also cut short the much-anticipated performance of the two Alliance members who were connecting nicely with the audience who seemed eager to receive them. Drake, who was summoned on stage by the top flight artiste Mavado, uttered obscenities as he greeted the patrons.

 Deejay Mavado and rapper Drake work the stage prior to the international act being removed by the police for profanity.

Prior to the rapper's removal from the stage, emcees Crazy Neil and DJ Skinny implored the performers to resist using obscene language during their performance at the behest of the cops in attendance.

 

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The Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) has requested a copy of the tape in which former member of parliament Everald Warmington told a CVM TV anchor to "go to hell", as well as a formal letter from the station's manager regarding a subsequent off-air conservation to assist with its investigations into the former MP's conduct.

This will quickly move along the investigative processes in the party which may lead to disciplinary action against Mr Warmington. Disciplinary action ranges from an apology, suspension from party events to expulsion," JLP General Secretary Aundre Franklin said in a statement yesterday.

"All members of the JLP are representatives of the party in the eyes of the wider public and are thus expected to act in a manner that is consistent with the highest levels of proper and professional conduct as outlined in the JLP's Operational Manual," said the general secretary.

The JLP, however, is expected to go ahead with the nomination today of Warmington as the party's candidate for the April 4, 2011 by-election in South West St Catherine, ignoring calls from groups which have asked that he be dropped from the party's ticket for the poll.

According to Franklin, the selection processes are determined by a constitutional and democratic process involving constituency workers and supporters, and expressed concern over what he said was the hardline position by the Women in Media group, which on Monday asked the prime minister to withdraw Warmington as its candidate. The women group's position has been supported by the Jamaica Chamber of Commerce, the Press Association of Jamaica and the Media Association of Jamaica.

 





8 more curfews for St Catherine

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THE Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) last night announced eight curfews in the parish of St Catherine in addition to the seven announced on Monday, which will remain in effect until 6:00 pm today. The eight new curfews will last until 6:00 pm tomorrow.

The boundaries of the new curfews are as follows:

Gravel Heights

NORTH along an imaginary line from Tredegar Park mining quarry to Gravel Heights entrance at Sligoville main road;

SOUTH along an imaginary line from Gravel Heights entrance at Tredegar Park to Silgoville main road at Clinton Drive;

EAST along Sligoville main road between Gravel Heights and Clinton Drive; and

WEST along Tredegar Park main road between Gravel Heights entrance and Tredegar Park mining quarry.

Quarry Hill

NORTH along the Canal Bank between the bridge at the train line and Bernard Lodge main road;

SOUTH along a dirt road between Bernard Lodge main road and an imaginary line;

EAST along Bernard Lodge main road between the bridge at the train and the Mount Zion Faith Temple Church; and

WEST along an imaginary line between the canal bank and the dirt road.

Dallas Lane

NORTH along Burke Road between White Church Street and Dallas Lane;

SOUTH along canal bank between White Church Street and Dallas Lane;

EAST along White Church Street between Burke Road and canal bank; and

WEST along Dallas Lain between Burke Road and canal bank.

Manchester Lane

NORTH along Williams Street between Cumberland Road and Prince Avenue;

SOUTH along Manchester Street between Prince Avenue an Cumberland Road;

EAST along Cumberland Road between Manchester Street and Williams Street; and

WEST along Prince Avenue between Williams Street and Manchester Street.

Tredegar Park

NORTH along an imaginary line at the cell tower between Tredegar Park main road and the Rio Cobre River;

SOUTH along Ervin Drive between Tredegar Park Mine Road to Jason Avenue to the banks of the Rio Cobre River;

EAST along Tredegar Park main road between the cell Tower and Carlisle Avenue; and

WEST along the bank of the Rio Cobre River between the cell tower and Carlisle Avenue.

Rivoli

NORTH along Monk Street from St Jago High School to Leach Avenue;

SOUTH along Barrett Street between Red Church Street and Rio Cobre River Bank;

EAST along an imaginary line along the Rio Cobre River Bank between St Jago High School and Barrett Street; and

WEST along Red Church Street between Leach Avenue.

March Pen and Corletts Road

NORTH along Spanish Town Bypass between Dunbeholden Road and Holness Plaza;

SOUTH along the Toll Road between Dun beholden Road Bignal;

EAST along Dunbeholden Road between Spanish Town Bypass and the Toll Road; and

WEST along Corletts Avenue between Holness Plaza and Bignal.

St Johns Road

NORTH along St Johns Road from the intersection with 31 Lane to the intersection with 33 Lane.

SOUTH along an imaginary line from the bottom of 31 Lane to the intersection with 33 Lane.

EAST along 31 Lane from the intersection with St Johns Road to the intersection with the imaginary line at the bottom of the lane; and

WEST along 33 Lane from the intersection with St Johns Road to the intersection with the imaginary line at the bottom of the lane.

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

 

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Organizers of the recently concluded Excellence in Music & Entertainment Awards (EME), 

disclosed today that award recipients who were not present at the 7th annual presentation ceremony at Devon House in Kingston on March 12 will not receive the actual trophies this year.

 "The executive committee of the EME Awards made the unanimous decision that award recipients who were in Jamaica at the time of the event and who choose not to attend the event or send a representative to collect the award(s) on their behalf, have forfeited their rights to the trophy. We realize this is an unprecedented decision but after careful consideration, we feel this is the right decision and something that must be done to protect the integrity and longevity of the event" founder and CEO Richard 'Richie B' Burgess said.

 "The EME awards was conceived to honor and recognize the accomplishments of our own local reggae/dancehall stars in categories such as DJ of the Year, Best New Artist, Vocalist of the Year, Producer of the Year and the new category Artist of the Decade. If those being honored don't see the need to attend or participate in the process, then they do not deserve to receive the award. Respect goes both ways. It is as simple as that" he reiterated.

Burgess said Shaggy and Wayne Wonder's appeal to their peers to support the 'local artistes and local music' points to a bigger problem in the industry.

 "It is sad when international acts like Trina or Eve commit to travel to Jamaica, just so they can be here to collect their awards, while our own reggae stars chose to stay home. This is a symptom of a bigger problem in our industry that has to be addressed sooner than later. The industry is on a downward spiral. If corrective actions are not take immediately, we stand to back pedal on some of the significant strides that were made by those who preceded us in the industry," he noted.

On the positive side, Burgess said the EME Awards had many things to celebrate, including the international coverage the event garnered this year.

 





Tax administration selling seized assets

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The Tax Administration is moving to dispose of assets seized by its Special Enforcement Team (SET) during operations carried out over the past several months.

The seized assets will be disposed of by way of sealed bids from qualified persons, the proceeds of which will be used to offset liabilities of the delinquent taxpayers.

Persons wishing to participate in the bidding exercise may contact the designated officer named in the advertisement published on the Tax Administration website http://www.jamaicatax.gov.jm.

A list of the assets available for disposal, along with details of the process and a copy of the bid form are also available on the website.

Interested persons must submit their sealed bids by 3:00 pm on Friday, March 25 addressed to the Inland Revenue Department.

The bidding process is only open to members of the public. Staff of the Tax Administration and their families are not eligible to participate.






Two of the five policemen who were implicated in the alleged rape of an exotic dancer at a nightclub in Dam Head, St. Catherine, last month, have been charged.

The two Constables were charged Monday, following a ruling by the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP).

They appeared before the Spanish Town Criminal Court on Tuesday afternoon, where they were each offered $500,000 bail.

Those charged are Constables Sheldon Taylor and Richard Jordon.

Constable Taylor is charged with rape, while Constable Jordon is charged with breaches of the Corruption Prevention Act, following allegations that he approached the victim, through a third party, and offered her $200,000 to drop the case.

In granting bail, the presiding magistrate imposed tough sanctions on Constable Taylor.

He has been ordered to live outside of St. Catherine until the case is decided.

He is also to report to the nearest police station daily, and should not be seen on the street after 7 p.m. and before six a.m.

Constable Jordon was one of the four cops ordered released last week, after the victim failed to identify them at two identification parades.

However, he found himself back in custody on Monday, based on allegations that he offered a bribe to the victim to remain silent.

However, defence attorney, Peter Champagnie, says his client will fight the allegations.

The policemen were taken into custody on February 17, following a report that they gang-raped the dancer at a nightclub in Dam Head, Spanish Town. 

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The Broadcasting Commission of Jamaica (BCJ) has issued a second directive to Nationwide News Network (NNN) in relation to the popular programme Ragashanti Live.

Following an order on Monday to immediately pull the show, the station aired past episodes of the programme on Tuesday, which also drew the ire of the Commission.

It again wrote to the station ordering that the repeat shows cease immediately in that time slot.

The BCJ warned that if this is not done, the non compliance will result in serious sanctions.

The Commission has also declared as false, claims made by the station that it was not given an opportunity to be heard before being ordered to pull the show on Monday.

The BCJ mentioned a meeting with the station's management on March 4, where it was given a deadline of March 11 to reply by letter and explain how the problematic broadcasts went out on air.

The BCJ said NNN replied by that date, but its response to the issue was not satisfactory.              

The Commission has cited close to 20 breaches of the station's user licence.





The Daily Word - Wednesday, March 16, 2011

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DIVINE ORDER
I align with Divine Mind and live in harmony with divine order.

During a busy day, my thoughts may seem scattered. I may be tempted to put more faith in what I perceive around me than I do in the kingdom of God within me. When confronted with inner distractions and outer influences, I focus my attention on the present moment and allow Divine Intelligence to rule.

No longer do my thoughts run to and fro. In alignment with Divine Mind, my thinking is ordered and clear. Because I seek first the kingdom of God, all else follows in divine order. My thoughts are inspired. I feel a sense of joy and ease as outer things fall effortlessly into place. Guided by Divine Mind, my outer life reflects the divine order within.

When a land rebels it has many rulers; but with an intelligent ruler there is lasting order. --Proverbs 28:2
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Usher & ex wife Tameka SEX TAPE.

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According to TMZ a sex tape starring R&B singer "Usher" and his ex wife/stylist "Tameka" is being shopped around.

The person shopping the tape around send a clip and pictures to TMZ, and in their words "The people in the video are both givers. The video and photos are clear -- it's Usher and Tameka."

While rep for Usher are not confirming nor denying, they are reminding the public that Usher had things stolen our of his car back in December 2009. Tameka released a statement not denying that such a tape exist, but that she would not shop it around. "Would I sanction a sextape being out? Absolutely not. I am a mother and entrepreneur. Sex tapes or pornography would not be my lane. I have no desire to be seen in that way."


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The Daily Word - Tuesday, March 15, 2011

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Each time I forgive, my heart opens.

Opening my heart to love, I find the strength to forgive. In some circumstances, I may find forgiveness nearly impossible. Holding on to feelings of resentment or judgment may feel safer. I may want people to change before I forgive them. But there is another answer: Allowing the indwelling Christ Spirit to open my heart to love.

Through the power of Christ in me, I have the strength to release the weight of unforgiveness. Christ love is stronger than any perceived injury or harm. Another person's unkindness toward me has no power to hurt me. To forgive is to love, and to love is to let the Christ Spirit heal my heart and my life.

Whenever you stand praying, forgive, if you have anything against anyone; so that your Father in heaven may also forgive you your trespasses.--Mark 11:25
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Gays attacked in St Lucia

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CASTRIES, St Lucia (CMC) - The St Lucia government today that the recent attack on three gay visitors to the island appeared to be perpetrated by individuals whose views do not reflect the sentiments of the majority of law abiding citizens.

In a statement, the authorities said that they were extending "sincere apologies" and a speedy recovery to United States citizens Todd Wiggins, Michael Baker and Nick Smith, who were assaulted while on the island.

"St Lucia does not condone such acts of violence appeared to be perpetrated by individuals whose views do not reflect sentiments of the majority of law-abiding citizens.  

"Whether or not this crime was motivated by anti-gay sentiment, or during the course of robbery, it is none-the-less unacceptable behaviour and our destination will not tolerate it. Our law enforcement authorities are pursuing this matter relentlessly," the statement noted.

The three visitors were attacked as they showered together in a cottage in the west coast town of Soufriere.

One of the men has since taken his story to several leading gay publications in the United States and has also documented his ordeal on various social networks, suggesting that the incident represented a hate crime directed at gays.

The visitors say that in addition to being attacked, robbed and beaten they were subjected to certain discriminatory remarks.

Police said they have arrested two of the five men involved in the incident and have recovered most of the stolen items.

In the statement, the government said that St Lucia has always been a safe destination, respectful of people's own choices for religion, beliefs and perspectives on life.

Tourism Minister Allen Chastanet over the weekend warned that the situation had the potential to tarnish the island's reputation and tourism sector.

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Specimen disgrace at KPH

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What a disgrace at the big big Kingston Public Hospital! Can you imagine that this is a place that is supposed to be providing health care for the citizens of Jamaica and dem have the specimen sitting down in some dutty box and bucket for God knows how long before it is sent to the lab. And the lab is just a few minutes away from the hospital!!

This is intolerable. According to one woman, a cancer patient, the specimen from his breast was left in the corridor in a box for over a week and when she went to collect it, there were others there for much longer than that. Just left there in the open unprotected from sunlight or anything else that could cause the specimen to change and perhaps look worse than it really is.

And now we have to wonder what exactly happens over at the government lab? How long is it before those workers get around to testing these samples and under what conditions?

Poverty is indeed a crime.


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Stricken Japan nuclear plant rocked by 2nd blast

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SOMA, Japan (AP) -- The second hydrogen explosion in three days rocked a Japanese nuclear plant today, sending a massive cloud of smoke into the air and injuring 11 workers. The blast was felt 25 miles (40 kilometres) away, but the plant's operator said the radiation levels at the affected unit were still within legal limits.

Later today, fuel rods at a separate reactor in the plant were fully exposed after it lost its ability to cool down, officials said. The exposure raises the risk of the unit overheating and adds to fears of a potential third explosion at the plant.

The morning blast occurred in Unit 3, which authorities have been trying to cool with sea water after a system failure in the wake of Friday's massive earthquake and tsunami, triggered an order for hundreds of people to stay indoors, said Chief Cabinet Secretary Yukio Edano. The two disasters left at least 10,000 people dead.

Operators knew the sea water flooding would cause a pressure buildup in the reactor containment vessel -- and potentially lead to an explosion -- but felt they had no choice if they wanted to avoid a complete meltdown. In the end, the hydrogen in the released steam mixed with oxygen in the atmosphere and set off the blast.

The inner containment shell surrounding the Unit 3 reactor was intact, Edano said, allaying some fears of the risk to the environment and public. But the outer building around the reactor appeared to have been devastated, with only a skeletal frame remaining.

Tokyo Electric Power Co, which operates the plant, said radiation levels at Unit 3 were well under the levels where a nuclear operator must file a report to the government.

A similar explosion occurred Saturday at the plant's Unit 1, injuring four workers, causing mass evacuations and destroying much of the outer building.

Shortly after today's explosion, Tokyo Electric warned it had lost the ability to cool Unit 2. Hours later, the company said fuel rods in that unit were fully exposed, at least temporarily.

The company was trying to channel sea water into the reactor to cover the rods, cool them down and prevent another explosion at the stricken plant.

More than 180,000 people have evacuated the area in recent days, and up to 160 may have been exposed to radiation -- pouring misery onto those already devastated by the twin disasters.

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Oakland Apartment murder trial begins

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The trial of businessman Stephen Causewell who is charged with the 2008 Oakland Apartment murder of his ex girlfriend is set to begin in the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate's Court today.

Causewell is alleged to have killed 27-year-old Nardia Mitchell on the evening of July 16, 2008 at her St Andrew apartment.

Mitchell's body was found on the grounds of the apartment complex.

It was initially reported that she died after falling from the building.

However, a post mortem revealed that her injuries were not consistent with a fall.

The police say the post mortem indicated that Mitchell died from injuries caused by a blunt object that was used to hit her on the head.





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After  leading the pack of nominees with a total of six nominations, deejay Vybz Kartel was the real winner at the Excellence in Music and Entertainment (EME) Awards at Devon House last night.

The deejay walked away with the trophies for Deejay of the Year, Song of the Year (Dancehall) -- 

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Clarks, Album of the Year, and Collaboration of the Year -- Clarks, featuring Popcaan and Gaza Slim.

The night's other big winners were Beenie Man and I-Octane with three awards each.  

Here is the full list of winners:

Deejay of the Year -- Male: Vybz Kartel

Deejay of the Year -- Female: Tifa

Vocalist of the Year -- Male: Tarrus Riley

Vocalist of the Year -- Female: Etana

Producer/Label of the Year -- Dancehall: Ainsley 'Notnice' Morris

Producer of the Year -- Reggae: Donovan 'Don Corleon' Bennett

Best New Artiste -- Male: Popcaan

Best New Artiste -- Female: Denyque

Duo/Group of the Year: Voicemail

Biggest Comeback Artiste: Future Fambo

Song of the Year -- Dancehall: Clarks

Song of the Year -- Reggae: My Life-- I-Octane

Album of the Year: Pon di Gaza 2.0-- Vybz Kartel

Cultural Artiste of the Year: Tarrus Riley

Breakthrough Artiste of the Year: I-Octane

Singjay of the Year -- Male: I-Octane

Collaboration of the Year: Clarks-- Vybz Kartel, Popcaan and Gaza Slim

Riddim of the Year -- Reggae: Pleasure-- Cash Flow Records

Riddim of the Year -- Dancehall: One Day-- Seanizzle Records

Most Improved Artiste Nicky B

Gospel Artiste of the Year: Prodigal Son

International Artiste of the Year: Gyptian

Best Theatrical Production: GhettOut

Best Instrumental Group with vocals: Live Wyaa

Video of the Year -- Reggae: Unconditional Love-- Jah Cure and Phyllisia

Video of the Year -- Dancehall: For Ur Eyes Only-- Shaggy and Alaine

Performance of the Year: Beenie Man and Bounty Killer -- Arthur Guinness Celebration

Best Dressed Artiste: Beenie Man

Show of the Year: Arthur Guinness Celebration

Best Original Dancer of the Year: Dance Xpressionz

Gospel Song of the Year: Drinking from my Saucer-- Jabez

International Friends of Reggae Awardees: Eve, Trina

Artiste of the Decade: Beenie Man, Shaggy

 

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Shaggy collaborates with rapper Pitbull

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Diamond-selling reggae act Shaggy continues his crossover surge into the international music market with the release of a brand new single entitled Fire Up / Forget The Recession which features Miami-based recording artiste Pitbull.

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The new single which boasts a Latin dance beat is centred around a celebration theme of making money. Fired Up comes on the wings of Shaggy & reggae vocalist Alaine's chart-topping hit single For Your Eyes Only which was released late last year.

Shaggy, who is also featured on a host of local singles including Stucky Teacher with teen reggae artist QQ and Cheap & Clean alongside Khago and Big Yard / Scikron label mate Red Fox is now focused on maintaining his presence in the music fraternity.

Shaggy is gearing up for a busy Easter and summer season with a number of bookings already confirmed.

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Portmore JUTC workers on strike

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Workers at the Jamaica Urban Transit Company's (JUTC) depot in Portmore St. Catherine are now on strike.

They are showing their anger over the dismissal of some of their colleagues and other disciplinary action taken by the company.

JUTC Communications Manger Reginald Allen says the company is working to resolve the situation.

 

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Jamaica, Japan Help Line set up

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Jamaica's Foreign Affairs ministry has set up a help line for people seeking information on their relatives in the Asian country.

Persons seeking information can call 936- 0942.

The ministry says persons can also call the Foreign National Affairs Division in Japan at 813-5501-8174.

Meanwhile,

 Ann- Margaret Lim, Head of Public Relations at Jamaica's foreign affairs ministry says so far contact has been made with 35 of the 55 Jamaicans on a teaching programme in Japan.





$18m worth of ganja found at Trinidadian port

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The police in Trinidad are probing the discovery of more than $18 million worth of compressed ganja concealed in a 40-foot container which arrived on a vessel from Jamaica.

A report in the Trinidad Express newspaper says the ganja was found at the port of Point Lisas on Wednesday.

Investigators say the original seal on the container had been replaced with a Trinidad and Tobago Customs and Excise seal.

Ten large luggage bags were found containing 118 packets of the illegal drug, which weighed close to 300 kilograms.

The original seal of the container was found in a black plastic bag tied to one of the bags containing the drugs.

Police said the container arrived in Port of Spain on March 1, on board a cargo ship from Jamaica.

The container was then transferred to the Point Lisas port, on March 4.

Over the past two months, the police have made several seizures and arrests in connection with the importation and trafficking of ganja and seedlings, which appear to be in high demand in Trinidad.

 

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The Daily Word - Monday, March 14, 2011

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NEW BEGINNING
Supported by Spirit, I begin anew!

Each moment of my life has the potential to be a new beginning. There are fresh choices to make, new ideas to adopt, new hopes to enliven. My life is under my authority, and I use this power to create the life I choose. At the start of any new venture, I may worry that it will be too hard or wonder whether I will know what to do. How I choose to respond to these worries is up to me.

I choose peace; I choose faith; I choose support from family and friends. I know that I am the very essence of the living, loving God within me. The indwelling Spirit supports and encourages me to take the next right step. It might just be the start of the most satisfying time of my life!

Jabez called on the God of Israel, saying, "Oh that you would bless me and enlarge my border...." And God granted what he asked.--1 Chronicles 4:10
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Mel Gibson Charged With Battery

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Mel Gibson avoided becoming someone's b*tch in jail, but he's not getting off clean either.

Because he agreed to a plea deal (Lindsay take note!), the D.A. will only charge Mel with misdemeanor battery charge.

According to TMZ, the actual charge will be California Penal Code, Section 243(e)(1), which is battery "against a person with whom the defendant is cohabiting, a person who is the parent of the defendant's child, or a person with whom the defendant currently has, or has previously had, a dating or engagement relationship."

Its too bad he didn't get just a couple of days of jail time. It would have been great to hear about him being someone's girlfriend in the pokey.


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Jay-Z helping Willow Smith with debut album

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Rap Royalty Jay-Z is helping ten year-old Willow Smith with her debut album.

Smith told Kiss FM, "Whenever I have a creative block, he's always like, 'Do what artists do when they have a block. Make a song about it.'"

This kid is so energetic, between watching her videos and listening to her talk about her "creative blocks", I just want to take a nap. She has the kind of energy I could only obtain through twelve hours of sleep and a few Red Bulls.

Recently Jay-Z told Hollyscoop, "When she comes in a room she lights up the room. She's ten years old, and just the way she carries herself is just amazing."

Smith is so confident in interviews it's almost intimidating. Most of us can only achieve that level of confidence after a bikini wax, a laser peel, and a glass bottle of merlot.


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Concern for Jamaicans in Japan after tsunami

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Prime Minister Bruce Golding has expressed concern at the safety of Jamaicans living in Japan after the tsunami that devastated the Asian country Friday.

Japanese police have announced that 200-300 bodies have just been found in a northeastern coastal area. Earlier today authorities said at least 40 people were killed and 39 missing.

 Houses and others burn in Natori, Miyagi state after Japan was struck by a strong earthquake off its northeastern coast earlier in the day. (AP

"Jamaica has had long, strong and very close ties with the people of Japan. There are several Jamaican nationals working and studying there so we are deeply concerned about their safety. We pray for all the people of Japan that they will be kept safe and that the rescue operations by international community will be as successful as is humanly possible," Golding said in a statement moments ago.

The prime minister added that he hoped that rescue efforts being offered by the international community will help keep the death toll to a minimum and save lives still under threat.

The 8.9 offshore earthquake, which is is the biggest to have hit Japan's northeast coast, this morning triggering a 7-metre tsunami that swept away buildings, ships and cars.

The quake was followed by at least 19 aftershocks, most of them of more than magnitude 6.0. The death toll is likely to continue climbing given the scale of the disaster.

Dozens of cities and villages along a 1,300-mile (2,100-kilometre) stretch of coastline were shaken by violent tremors that reached as far away as Tokyo, hundreds of miles (kilometres) from the epicentre.

Tsunami waves have since hit Hawaii and are sweeping through the island chain after an earthquake in Japan sparked evacuations throughout the Pacific and as far as the US western coast.

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre said Kauai was the first island hit early Friday by the tsunami. Water rushed ashore in Honolulu, swamping the beach in Waikiki and surging over the break wall in the world-famous resort but stopping short of the area's high-rise hotels.


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Flare-up at Manatt-Dudus enquiry

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Personnel had to rush in Thursday to quell a flare-up among rival political party officials and supporters before the Manatt-Dudus commission of enquiry was brought to a screeching halt inside the Jamaica Conference Centre, downtown Kingston, yesterday.

The disruption was sparked by a claim by Justice Minister and Attorney General Dorothy Lightbourne that the attorney for the People's National (PNP), K.D. Knight, had more than three decades ago declared that "all Labourites fi dead".

Three disruptions within a 45-minute period marred the afternoon session, with no solution to what threatens to become a major standoff between the two senators.

The last of the premature adjournments brought the day's proceedings to a close.

Knight described Lightbourne's claim as an egregious lie, possibly intended to put him in danger.

Earlier, addressing the commission at the adjournment, Knight had declared: "If tomorrow morning (today) the matter is not resolved in a way satisfactorily to me, then there will be some difficulty in proceeding."


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The Trinidad police are investigating the seizure of more than $18 million worth of compressed marijuana concealed in a 40-foot shipping container which arrived on a vessel from Jamaica.

According to the Trinidad Express, the weed was found at the port of Point Lisas on Wednesday.

The police said the original seal on the container had been replaced with a Trinidad and Tobago Customs and Excise seal.

A total of 10 large luggage bags were found containing 118 packets of the illegal drug, which weighed close to 300 kilogrammes.

Investigators said the original seal of the container was found in a black plastic bag tied to one of the bags containing the drugs.

Officers said they have not been furnished, even though they made repeated requests to Customs officers with any documentation regarding the importer.

Apart from the marijuana, the shipment consisted of power washers and hoses.


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The sentencing date for a prominent Jamaican-born media executive Karl Rodney has been set for April 14.

Judge Emmet G. Sullivan, United States federal judge, will determine whether to impose a prison term or a fine on Rodney, who is founder, publisher and president of the New York Carib News, for lying to the United States Congress.

Officials said that Rodney is expected to cop a plea deal with prosecutors.

Under US law, he cannot be imprisoned for more than five years.

US federal prosecutors last month charged Rodney, who runs a Caribbean foundation, with lying to the House of Representatives' Ethics Committee during an inquiry into who paid for several legislators to go on Caribbean trips.

Rodney has been charged with one count of making a false statement to Congress, according to the US Legal Times.

The sentencing date for a prominent Jamaican-born media executive Karl Rodney has been set for April 14.

Judge Emmet G. Sullivan, United States federal judge, will determine whether to impose a prison term or a fine on Rodney, who is founder, publisher and president of the New York Carib News, for lying to the United States Congress.

Officials said that Rodney is expected to cop a plea deal with prosecutors.

Under US law, he cannot be imprisoned for more than five years.

US federal prosecutors last month charged Rodney, who runs a Caribbean foundation, with lying to the House of Representatives' Ethics Committee during an inquiry into who paid for several legislators to go on Caribbean trips.

Rodney has been charged with one count of making a false statement to Congress, according to the US Legal Times.


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Lee Chin fails to make billionaire list

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Michael Lee-Chin has failed to make the cut on Forbes 2011 list of billionaires published Wednesday.

The magazine said that those who were dropped from the list - numbering some 47 people worldwide - either experienced declines in the value of their assets, or were culled because Forbes had got new information about their holdings.

Lee-Chin, who owns a number of Caribbean assets including National Commercial Bank, narrowly made the list in 2010 when his net worth fell to US$1 billion.

He made his fortune in mutual funds, but sold out his business, AIC Limited, to Manulife in 2009.

The current list of 1,210 billionaires control an estimated US$4.5 trillion of wealth.

Mexican telecoms magnate Carlos Slim, 71, widened his lead over other billionaires on Forbes' list - the same day his flagship company said he is a victim of monopolistic practices.

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US$56 billion and investor Warren Buffett's US$50 billion. French luxury-goods magnate Bernard Arnault was fourth with US$41 billion.

Slim, the owner of Claro, gained the most in the past year.

His wealth increased US$20.5 billion from last year's estimate of US$53.5 billion by Forbes, which attributed the increase to a rise in Mexican stock prices as well as successful mining and real-estate projects carried out through his Grupo Carso conglomerate.

A total of 332 Asians made the list, surpassing Europe's 300 for the first time. Moscow, with 79 billionaires, racked up more berths on the list than any other city in the world.

The United States still has the lead in total number of billionaires, with 413 of the 1,210 on the list.

 


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In response to Thursday's attack on the Spanish Town police station, Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) soldiers have been guarding the station.

The old capital has been tense and has required a heavy presence from security forces in recent weeks due an internal feud that has split members of the notorious Klansman gang. The feud has left a reported 10 persons dead in recent weeks.

Yesterday, gunmen said to be from the notorious Klansman gang, launched a brazen attack on the station and patrols in the vicinity, in what police believe to be an act of reprisal.

The police have reportedly killed three alleged Klansman gang members in the past week. Following the deaths the Police High Command raised the threat level against its personnel to 'extreme'.

Thursday night, the police high command described the attacks as "vicious and unprovoked" and said they indicated "the viciousness and the extraordinary lengths to which criminals from the Clansman gang will go in order to perpetuate their criminal way of life".

"The police will not cower in the face of these attacks and will respond appropriately and professionally," the high command said and praised "the bravery and the commitment of members who came under sustained gunfire ... and who were able to repel the criminals".

 

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Quite frankly, we are getting a bit tired of Flava and his rantings and accusations againt VP Records. He keeps on trying to stir up controversy by making wild accusations against Chris Chin and how VP tief him, but by the time you look around, he takes down the story. And a few weeks later, he jumps up and blasts VP again, only to subsequently erase all history of his accusations.

At one time lava was the main person at Tad's Records, working closely with Tad and doing all his projects. Then he disappeared and linked up back with Chris Chin, pretending that they were BFF's. But it looks as if Flava is kemar McGregor's best  and only friend. Notice how he always sends out a huge picture of himself, regardless of which artiste he claims to be promoting?

Flava, get your act together or everybody will have you as the boy who cried "wolf". Nuff said.


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THE St Catherine North Police have ratcheted up their hunt for wanted Klansman gang members Amal Roman, also called 'Satan' and Navardo Hodges, also called 'Dee Jay'.

Both are wanted

 in connection with gun and other serious crimes in Spanish Town and its environs.

The cops are appealing to persons with information on their whereabouts to share this information by calling Operation Kingfish at 811; Police Control Centre at 119, and Crime Stop at 311.

Rewards of $250,000 each are being offered for information leading to the arrest and charge of Hodges and Roman.

Following last night's brazen gun attack on the Spanish Town police station and other shooting incidents in Spanish Town and its environs, the police have listed Sheldon Wilson also called 'Nana' of a Rivoli address in Spanish Town and Nigel Hanson also called 'Nigel' of a De La Vega City address also in Spanish Town as major persons of interest.

Wilson and Hanson must report to the Spanish Town Police Station by 6:00 pm today, Friday March 11, 2011.


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Hundreds dead after quake, tsunami slam Japan

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TOKYO -- A magnitude 8.9 earthquake -- the biggest in modern Japanese history -- slammed the island nation's eastern coast Friday afternoon, unleashing a 23-foot tsunami that swept boats, cars, buildings and tons of debris miles inland and prompting a "nuclear emergency."  The death toll could well top 1,000 by the time all victims are counted.


A second quake struck central Japan hours later, causing buildings to sway. There were no immediate reports of deaths or damage.

The tsunami reached Hawaii, with initial reports citing little damage. Warnings blanketed the Pacific, putting areas on alert as far away as South America, Canada, Alaska and the entire U.S. West Coast, where some moored boats were damaged.

According to Japanese police, 200 to 300 bodies were found in Sendai, the coastal city closest to the epicenter. Another 137 people were confirmed killed, with hundreds missing. At least 600 people were injured. 

TV footage taken from a military plane showed fires engulfing a large waterfront area in northeastern Japan. Houses and other buildings were ablaze across large swathes of land in Kesennuma city in Miyagi prefecture, near Sendai. The city, with a population of 74,000, has residential, light industry and fishing areas.

According to reports, police told the Kyodo news agency that a passenger train with an unknown number of people aboard was missing in one coastal area.

The government ordered 3,000 residents near a nuclear power plant in Onahama to evacuate because the plant's cooling system failed and pressure inside the reactor is rising. The reactor's core remained hot even after a shutdown, and officials said they would release some slightly radioactive vapor to ease the pressure. The plant is 170 miles northeast of Tokyo.spot.com






Ladies Night Out

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The Daily Word

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Friday, March 11, 2011 GUIDANCE Divine guidance gives me clear direction. At times I may feel unsure and in need of clarity and guidance. Perhaps I have an important decision in front of me, and I need to discern my next steps. Wherever I am, God is, so I know there is clear direction available. I open my "spiritual ears" and listen. Guidance comes in clear and unmistakable ways. A divine idea, a new perspective or even a seeming coincidence may lead the way. When I seek inner guidance, I open my mind and heart to Spirit. I act on the divine direction I receive, which leaves me feeling relieved, confident and more aware of my Inner Guide. I will instruct you and teach you the way you should go; I will counsel you with my eye upon you. --Psalm 32:8
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Trinidad carnival 2k11 Monday mas is a day where masqueraders hit the streets of port of spain looking for a great time and preparation of the big day. Typically Monday day ware is provided by one of the numerous bands and is basically a cool down from j'ouvert morning just a few hours prior. I had the fortune of taking part in j'ouvert band called 'Think Pink' brought to you by Kampus Boys. By the time I came off the road and scrubbed the pink paint of my skin, it was time to get ready to line up on Ariapita Ave to start day 1 of carnival. Revellers jumped, waved, chipped and sung along to various soca and groovy soca tunes that were all part of the build up during the carnival season. Every night in the week leading up to the final two days on the road there are massive fetes, several of which are all inclusive and over night. The main fetes include bacchanal Wednesday, UWI splash, soca monarch, girl power and insomnia. Patrons got a treat to some great music and performances live every night. Kes the Band took home the title of groovy soca monarch for carnival 2k11 with the big tune 'wotless'. But let me be the first to tell you hands on that it was worth the entire $500,000 TTD each time he performed during the carnival season. Kes had his female fans in a frenzy especially with his fantastic wining ability and 'juking' skills. Machel Montano
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 was the big winner this year with the power soca monarch competition. Machel took 'advantage' of the People's partnership party offer to increase the prize money for this year's competition from one million to two million TTD. With that, Machel was back in the game after not entering the competition for close to a decade. Day two pon di road Carnival Tuesday was the true depiction of what Is coined 'the greatest show on earth'. That is the day where the entire island is on display wearing nothing but beaded bikinis covered in features and jewels. The parade gets started on the main avenue at 7am sharply and goes until roughly 10pm. some bands even doing a 'last lap', a final jump around the streets of woodbrook before the final lights out and official starting of the lenting season on ash Wednesday. This year was special with the return of the grand savannah stage which has been under construction. Masqueraders enjoyed themselves to the fullest waiting to break into their worst behavior, or display as little as they have for the judges. Trinidad carnival hosted tourists from all across the world this year, including areas where carnival is not even part of their culture but definitely one that can be enjoyed by many. The US, Canada, England, Africa, Russia, South Africa and the Philippines are among the countries who I observed and spoke it. Its great to see the culture so wide spread and of interest to so many non trinidadians. Infact, this years several other Caribbean islands came across to T&T for a little fun during the carnival festivities week. Best of all, day two is about having fun with your posse, especially since it's only one time of the year. And as much as I love it, one time is enough. When your legs feel like you want to buy a new pair, that means you truly enjoyed everything there was to offer.
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To say that Trini's like to party would be an understatement. Carnival festivities have been in motion for close to three months now with carnival 2k11 taking place in March. And one of the most loved sought after feature is the annual j'ouvert bash that kicks off the two days of carnival. Historically, j'ouvert is a term derived from the French when Trinidad was under the French colonial rule over two hundred years ago. Jouvert means jour overt which means opening of the day, and that's exactly what it is. The grand opening of Trinidad's largest spectacle. During the wee hours of the night participants get busy smearing paint, mud and more recently chocolate on one another while dancing behind several dj trucks and 40ft trailer trucks of liquor.
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Garcie Richie Birthday party

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Toronto: Canadian reggae songbird Bonnie Casey, who will join Toots & the Maytals, reggae messenger Luciano, Warrior King, Ernie Ranglin and The Messenjah Band on a world tour to Australia, New Zealand, Mexico and the USA in April, has earned two nominations for "Most Promising New Reggae Artist" and "Best Female Vocalists" at the 2011 Reggae Music Achievement Awards (RMAA). 

"Wow! I'm so excited and overwhelmed to have 2 nominations at the RMAA Awards," said Casey, from her home in Canada

"I feel so honored and blessed. This is a special moment that I will treasure for the rest of my life. Since I launched my solo career last year, it has been a whirlwind ride but I have enjoyed every minute of it. I must thank my fans, the media, family and my management team for the hard work that they have put into my career so far."

Bonnie, who was born to an Irish father and a Jamaican mother is described by those around her as vibrant, outspoken, unique, and as having a caring personality. She began singing at the age of 5 years old and benefited from voice and drama lessons at the Beckett School for the Arts in Toronto. The former Miss World Canada  Beauty pageant finalist and fashion model draws her influences from Etta James, Bob Marley, Alton Ellis and Gregory Isaacs. She sings jazz, blues and contemporary songs but is focused on lover's rock and rock steady rhythms as she seeks to build a long term career in the reggae industry. 


Her fresh approach to music, her unique song writing ability, along with her versatile vocal range will no doubt give listeners that 'wow factor' that has been missing with many young acts currently in the industry. Using music as a communication tool, she intents to write and perform songs that music lovers can relate to. Her debut album is set to drop in late 2011 and will feature Sly & Robbie and Dean Frazier, who are producers for the project. 


The 5th staging of the RMAA will be held on June 4th at the Jamaican Canadian Association, 995 Arrow Rd in Toronto, Canada. In addition to theawards presentation, fans will be treated to an all-star show with performances from award winning international reggae crooner Gramps Morgan, George Nooks and Trilla U. Supporting acts include Exco Levi, Jill Donaldson, Nicole Green, Jimmy Reid and Tony Anthony. Additional music will be provided by Massey Sound and Soul 2 Soul, and the event will be hosted by Ms. Danae Peart of CHRY 105.5 FM, with backing from EOP Band. Also attending this year's event will be Big A from Irie FM in Jamaica.


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The Daily Word

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Wednesday, March 09, 2011
RELEASE
My thoughts are lifted up, and my life is renewed.

The ashes used in many traditions for Ash Wednesday come from burning the prior year's palms. In the same way, I release old habits and thoughts as I prepare for the arising of new life in me. Today I pray:

"Lord, help me walk a path of renewal. I lift up my old life for purification, confident a new life rises from those ashes. I release every limitation I believe is true about my worth and power, my beauty and creativity. I sweep away every debt I believe anyone owes me. I cast off every condemnation I carry. I pray with an open heart, releasing limits, pain and false beliefs with ease. I accept new wisdom, understanding and peace with grace. For the gifts of my journey of purification and renewal, I am grateful. Amen."

No one puts new wine into old wineskins ... but one puts new wine into fresh wineskins.--Mark 2:22
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Bounty's ganja trial March 31

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The trial involving popular dancehall deejay Rodney 'Bounty Killer' Price on ganja-related charges should have started yesterday in the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate's Court.

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Instead, it was pushed back until March 31 after the entertainer's attorney Linda Wright, told the court that she could not begin the trial as she had another one that had already started in another courtroom of the courthouse.

The matter was then rescheduled by Resident Magistrate Maxine Ellis who extended Price's bail.

According to police reports, the deejay who heads the Alliance was reportedly seen smoking in the vicinity of First Caribbean Bank along Grenada Way in New Kingston in October 2009. He was accosted and searched and a small quantity of marijuana was allegedly found in his possession.

The artiste was subsequently charged with possession of and smoking marijuana, but has since denied the charges.

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KD says Dorothy lied

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Attorney representing the People's National Party at the Dudus/Manatt commission of enquiry, KD Knight, today suggested that Attorney General Dorothy Lightbourne was lying.

Knight made the allegation during his cross examination of Lightbourne about when she learnt Solicitor General Douglas Leys visited the law offices of Manatt, Phelps & Phillips.

Before responding, Lightbourne commented that Knight had all kinds of descriptions for people.

She said she was being truthful about her statement that she only learnt of Leys' visit to the firm when Phillips mentioned it in Parliament.

Knight had presented the Hansard report of Parliament which showed that Phillips did not mention the Solicitor General's visit in Parliament on March 16 last year.

 

 

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Assassin's lyrics not aimed at Kartel

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In his latest song, Run Di Place, deejay Assassin says: "How dem a gwaan like Assassin caan done the place/ Memba seh a wi have the fire tune dem weh a bun the place/ Oh? A mussi true mi nah bleach out mi face/ And true certain things you caan give mi fi taste/ Mi nah buy di chart dem/ Nah cheat the race/

 

Wi nah pick up no freaky ways/ Mi nah follow nuh bwoy mi a di boss fi miself/ Is like a big man deh school in a class to miself/ Dem all a seh mi mad so mek mi talk to miself/ But certain things mi nah do fi market miself/ Mi nah put out no freaky photographs wid miself/ The music haffi share, mi tek a part fi miself."

However, Assassin insists that despite people thinking that he's throwing stones at Vybz Kartel, he's not.

"It nuh have nothing fi do wid Kartel. When since Kartel have the monopoly on bleaching?" he asks in an interview with an evening tabloid.

Assassin said he spoke about bleaching in his song, Hype Up, years ago, but "all of a sudden yuh caan seh bleaching and a nuh Kartel yuh a talk."

Even with his recent song Talk How Mi Feel, he said people thought the song was in reference to Vybz Kartel even though he spoke about many issues like Voicemail member Oneil Edwards' death and fake friends, among other issues.

 

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Everald Warmington resigns

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Everald Warmington has resigned as Member of Parliament for South West St Catherine.

Speaker of the House of Representatives Delroy Chuck made the announcement in the House at the start of the sittings today. In a letter read by Chuck, Warmington said he resigned because he felt he had offended section 40(2) of the Constitution.

That section of the Constitution speaks to eligibility for membership to the House of Representatives and Senate.

Warmington was a United States citizen at the time of his nomination for the 2007 general election. He subsequently renounced his US citizenship, but that came during the squabble over other members of the House who had sworn allegiance to a foreign state.

Warmington won the South West St Catherine seat in the 2007 general election, polling 10,488 votes to the People's National Party's (PNP) Dr Dennis Jones, who grabbed 7,244 votes.

So far, members of the PNP have successfully challenged four members of the governing party who held dual citizenship at the time of nomination - Daryl Vaz, Michael Stern, Shahine Robinson, and Gregory Mair.

All four were subsequently re-elected in by-elections.

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Buju Banton to be sentenced in June

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The sentencing date for Jamaican reggae superstar Buju Banton has been tentatively set for June 16.

Buju Banton was found guilty of three cocaine related charges on February 22. The iconic Jamaican artiste faces up to life in prison.

Buju was found guilty of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute five kilogramsor more of a mixture and substance containing a detectable amount of cocaine, knowingly and intentionally possessing a firearm in furtherance of and during the course of a drug-trafficking crime, and aiding and abetting others in using a communication facility in the commission of a felony.

 

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The troubled Two and a Half Men actor - whose public attack on show creator Chuck Lorre has led to production on the hit series being halted - has revealed plans to visit the Caribbean country, which was devastated by an earthquake in January 2010, to help Sean who has been undertaking charity work in Haiti since the disaster.

Charlie told Access Hollywood Live: "We're going to do a couple things first and then it looks like we're heading down (to Haiti). And I'm excited because, you know, if I can bring the attention of the world down there, then clearly this tsunami keeps cresting."

In a recent interview with US GQ magazine, Sean defended his friend, revealing he believes Charlie simply wants the world to "lighten" up.

He said: "When you divorce the moral judgements, which I prefer to do, I see a guy who has a clearer view of the nature of the world around him than is sometimes comfortable to have. Those are the sort of people who have a tendency to find altered states. But he's a very ironic character. He's got pretension in the crosshairs of his wit. I think to a large degree he's saying, 'Guys, we're only going to be here once, so lighten up.'"

 

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PM Golding has no Manatt bombshell, says Small

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The Manatt-Dudus commission of enquiry this morning resumed with concerns being raised about Prime Minister, Bruce Golding's reported utterances at a Jamaica Labour Party central executive meeting on Saturday.

Referring to media reports, Attorney Patrick Atkinson who is representing former National Security Minister Dr Peter Phillips, said the Prime Minister has promised to reveal more secrets when he testifies at the Manatt enquiry.

But Atkinson says the Prime Minister would first be required to submit a new statement to the commission with the information he intends to disclose.

However, the Prime Minister's lawyer Hugh Small says it's the media which have claimed that Golding will be making a bombshell announcement.

According to Small, the Prime Minister had given no indication that new issues would be raised..


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UK to increase visa fees

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The United Kingdom immigration minister Damian Green has proposed a further increase in visa application fees.

The UK Government says the new proposed fees will be laid in Parliament in two separate regulations.

If approved, the increased fees will take effect on April 6.

The UK Government has reiterated that the new charges will not come into force until they have been debated and approved in Parliament.

According to the UK home office website under the current spending review, the ministry has to cut its budget by 20 per cent.

It says the UK Border Agency is already seeking to offset this income gap with efficiency savings of approximately £500 million by reducing support costs, increasing efficiencies, boosting productivity and targeting commercial suppliers.

But the UK home office says these measures will not go far enough, and to address the funding shortfall the UK Border Agency will need to increase fees for the 2011/2012 financial year.

According to the UK Border Agency, the proposed visa fees increase strike the right balance between maintaining secure and effective border controls and ensuring that the structure facilitates the UK's ability to attract migrants and visitors who can make a valuable contribution to the country.

 

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Freddie celebrates 50 years in music

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There were few hotter reggae acts in the 1980s and early 1990s than singer Freddie McGregor. But as he approaches his 50th year in the music business, getting airplay for his new songs is not something he takes for granted.

"I'm so worried right now, because I talk to a lot of artistes from my era and they will tell you that dem have new product, but dem don't know if it going get play,' McGregor told The Gleaner.

McGregor said he always wanted to cover A House is Not a Home which was originally a hit for Dionne Warwick in the 1960s. In addition to the keyboards and drumming of Steely and Clevie, McGregor's longtime guitarist Dalton Browne and saxophonist Dean Fraser played on the track which was first laid three years ago, one year before Steely's (Wycliffe Johnson) death.

"It's a hardcore reggae feel. It's what we would consider a real roots-lovers kind of groove," he explained. "What we have done is create an original melody that gives it that difference, 'cause we didn't want it to sound like the original."

McGregor started his career in the early 1960s at Studio One as a member of The Clarendonians alongside Peter Austin and Ernest Wilson. His big break as a solo act came in the late 1970s with the song Bobby Babylon and album of the same name, for that company.

Freddie McGregor and his Big Ship Crew, which includes sons Chino and Stephen and daughter Shema, perform on Friday's Tunn Up show at Dinthill High School in St Catherine.

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Ryno on week-long Caribbean tour

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Dancehall artiste Ryno left the island on Monday for a week-long Caribbean tour.

Earlier this week the artiste made stops in St. Maarten and St. Kitts before docking in Antigua to promote his annual birthday celebrations set for March 5 at the Coast Night Club in the capital.

Ryno is also scheduled to do a number of radio and television

 interviews to promote his latest singles namely: 'Wine & Balance', 'Fall in Love', 'Picture', 'Say Them A Friend' and 'Money Me A Pree', all of which are currently enjoying favourable rotation across the Caribbean.

 "The response from the people so far has been overwhelming, and they have taken on to the new songs," Ryno said.

The artiste is set to headline a concert in Montserrat over the weekend at the Bitter End Beach Club.

Later this month the artiste is expected to embark on assignments in Belize and Panama.

Aside from promoting his new singles, plans are also in place for Ryno to shoot two new videos on his return to Jamaica. 

 

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$100 million pumped into Trinidad carnival

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Trinidad's National Carnival Commission (NCC) has pumped TT$100 million into Trinidad and Tobago's 2011 Carnival.

Kenny de Silva, NCC Chairman, said the money injected is expected to generate in excess of $1 billion in business for Trinidad and Tobago, as the country moves to make Carnival a profitable business.

Of the $100 million spent, de Silva said $45 million will be distributed in prizes; $52 million went towards the building of two stands at Queen's Park Savannah, while the remaining $3 million will be expended on various aspects of the two day event.

 

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An evangelist is one of two Trinidad and Tobago nationals, remanded last week, after he was found guilty of attempting to smuggle marijuana out of Jamaica.

Twenty six year-old Neptune Dyson and Keron Wilson, 29, both pleaded guilty.

They are to be sentenced on Tuesday.

Mr. Dyson was held with 15 pounds of marijuana, while Mr. Wilson was nabbed with 14 pounds as they attempted to board a Caribbean Airlines flight at the Norman Manley International Airport in Kingston on February 27.

 





The Police High Command has raised the threat level against police officers to EXTREME; especially in the St. Catherine North, St. Catherine South, and Clarendon police divisions.

This follows the police killing of key members of the Klansman Gang over the weekend and receipt of a number of threats against police personnel.

The High Command says with the threat level now at EXTREME, all police personnel are being warned that imminent danger is decidedly possible and therefore, they should exercise great care while on and off duty and to take all necessary precautions to protect themselves and their colleagues from attacks.

The raising of the threat level to EXTREME comes hours after the police killing of known Klansman enforcer Donovan Topping, who was otherwise called 'Don Topping', in Manchester on Saturday and the fatally shooting of two other members of the gang in Old Harbour, St. Catherine on Sunday.

One of those fatally shot has been identified as Joel Jennings, who was otherwise called 'JJ.'

 





Gyptian and Etana's US tour cancelled

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Gyptian and Etana's tour of selected U.S. cities has been cancelled.

According to a release from their record label, VP Records, the tour "was cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances beyond the artistes' and label's control".

The release went on to state that both Gyptian and Etana have expressed disappointment about missing their fans for this tour.

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Machel Montano booed in Trinidad

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Hundreds of patrons booed the announcement that Machel Montano had won the 2011 International Power Soca Monarch competition, making off with the TT$2 million first prize.

There were reports that while many patrons expressed delight over Montano's victory as they exited the stadium, even more were crying foul, saying Iwer George, who placed second, was the true winner.

During Montano's performance a large portion of the audience kept chanting "Iwer, Iwer, Iwer" every time Montano instructed the band to lower the music for him to speak to the patrons.

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The Daily Word - GOOD - Sunday, March 7, 2011

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God is all, and God is good.

God's good flows without effort. It is ever present. When I open to that goodness, I feel the love of Spirit. I observe it in all I encounter.

As I become present to and aware of the goodness of God, I begin to see the world through the lens of Spirit. By shifting my focus from scarcity to abundance, I choose a new perception of the world. Staying centered in my good--the imprint of Spirit on my being--I easily see the goodness in others. I witness the presence of God's overflowing good, evident each day in the kindness of a stranger, in the ability to forgive, in the act of loving one another. God's good fills me with love and blesses my life. Love radiates from me. Peace and joy are mine.

Jesus said to him, "Why do you call me good? No one is good but God alone."--Mark 10:18
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Bounty Talks about Follow Di Arrow OnStage

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EME ARTISTE OF THE DECADE

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WILL IT BE SHAGGY, BEENIE MAN, JR. GONG, WAYNE WONDER, SEAN PAUL, LADY SAW OR BOUNTY KILLER ?




Kingston, JA: FOURTEEN of the most sought after reggae acts of the past decade, including current frontrunners Shaggy, Sean Paul, Damian Marley, Beenieman, Marcia Griffiths, Lady Saw, Bounty Killer and Wayne Wonder will do battle for the prestigious 'Artiste of the Decade' (2001-2010) award at the Excellence in Music and Entertainment (EME) Awards, set to take place on Saturday, March 12, 2011 at The East Lawn of the historical Devon House site, Hope Road in Kingston, Jamaica.

The very competitive category was established this year to honour the reggae artiste who had the biggest impact as a hit maker, performer and as a touring act, event founder and CEO Richard "Richie B" Burgess said.

Platinum artiste Shaggy stormed out to an early lead in the online voting (www.emeawards.com). Shaggy's biggest success came at the turn of the millennium with singles It Wasn't Me and Angel. The subsequent album Hotshot was not only certified diamond by the RIAA but soared to the top spot on the Billboard 200 and UK album chart. He scored again with Lucky Day which went Gold in 2002 and his 2008 album Intoxication, which earned a nominated for Best Reggae Album at the Grammy Awards
Beside his on stage accolades, Shaggy has championed many philanthropic initiatives including raising funds for the Bustamante Children's Home in Kingston. He also teamed with his peers on a tribute song titled Rise Again, which become the anthem in Haiti after the recent earthquake. In 2007, Shaggy's musical accomplishment was recognised by the Government of Jamaica when he was awarded the Order of Distinction in the rank of Commander (CD).

Another frontrunner for the Artiste of the Decade award is Beenieman. He may not have the international record sales of Damian, Shaggy or Sean Paul, however, he has the streets locked and is arguably the most seasoned and accomplished entertainer in the industry. His album on Virgin Records, Art and Life was certified gold and won him the Grammy for Reggae Album of the Year in 2001. On stage the 'Doctor' has enjoyed many exceptional live performances including his memorable set at Reggae Sumfest 2008 in Montego Bay, Jamaica, that some say, firmly established him as the "King of the Dancehall". On the local charts, Beenieman has had an impressive catalogue of hits including his current chart banger Rum and Red Bull and he continues to have a major presence at all the major reggae festivals around the world.

Wayne Wonder, born Von Wayne Charles, recorded Bonafide Love (Movie Star) with Buju Banton, and wrote several early hits for the cultural DJ early in his career. In 2000, Wonder launched his own record label, Singso, and collaborated with international artistes, Foxy Brown, and Lisa 'Left Eye' Lopes. His career achieved internationally success in 2003 with his Atlantic Records single No Letting Go. The single reached #11 in the US and #3 in the UK and was a major success on urban radio stations in the US.

Jr Gong Marley created mayhem in 2006 with his monster hit Welcome to Jamrock. The song sat atop charts in Jamaica, Europe, and Canada and created just as much fever state side, enjoying multiple spins on urban radio stations and cable channels like BET, MTV and VH1 TV. When the album was released in September 2005, it shot to #7 on the sales charts, making it the biggest opening for a reggae artiste in history. Two days after the 61st anniversary of his father's birth, Gong claimed another first when he became the first Jamaican artiste to win two Grammy awards at the same show -- the Best Reggae Album and Best Urban/Alternative Performance in the R&B category.

Sean Paul, who enjoyed unprecedented album sales with his debut album, Stage One in 2000, has had a string of successes including his song Gimme the Light that was a huge hit, and the multi-platinum album, Dutty Rock (2002), which earned him a Grammy award. Paul followed up with The Trinity in 2005, which also went platinum and won the American Music Award for Favourite Pop/Rock Male Artiste in 2006.

One only has to hear the punch line from monster tracks like -- She Loves Me Now, Step Aside, Tempted To Touch, Rockaway, Double Trouble, Putting Up Resistance or One Step Ahead to know that the "boss," Beres Hammond is in the house. On stage, whether it is at home in Jamaica or major markets like New York, Florida or London, Beres is in a class by himself.

The name Marcia Griffiths has always been associated with excellence. Dubbed the Queen of reggae music, Marcia has in the past decade, established herself as an Ambassador of Jamaican music. An original member of Bob Marley's legendary harmony singers, Marcia is credited with recording a number of big hits songs including Dreamland, I Shall Sing and the perennial favourite Electric Boogie. 
For the past 10 years, Grammy-nominated Bounty Killer has made a career of bussing young artistes such as Vybz Kartel, Mavado, Elephant Man and several members of his Alliance crew. He is a fearless performer who has waged numerous on-stage battles with his arch nemesis Beenieman. On the international scene, Bounty made his biggest mark in 2001 with a successful collaboration with No Doubt on the single Hey Baby. He also enjoy solo successes with albums such as Ghetto Dictionary Volume I: Art of War and Ghetto Dictionary Volume II: Mystery, the latter receiving a Grammy nomination.


Dancehall Queen Lady Saw is an accomplished international star who has the distinction of being 

the first female deejay to win a Grammy Award. Her international exploits also includes a gold certification for the single Smile with Vitamin C, a triple-platinum certification for Underneath It All for 

her 2003 collaboration with No Doubt. She has also earned a well-deserved Grammy Award for Best Performance by a Duo or Group for her featured performance on No Doubt's single 

Underneath It All, which reached number #3 on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart.

Other nominees for the Artiste of the Decade category includes Capleton, Elephant Man, Sizzla, Luciano and Buju Banton.

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ILLUMINATION

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The light of God guides my way.

Light in the outer world changes and shifts. A cloudy day appears dim; a moonless night appears dark. But within my own soul, the light of God is eternal. There is no darkness in the presence of God's light. Divine light illuminates my thoughts, revealing guidance when I am uncertain and understanding when I am confused. In the light of God, I find ways to forgive and new ways to serve my beloved community.

My illumination may come slowly or in a flash; yet the light of God is full and complete. What I could not see before is now clear. What I could not know is now certain. I go forward in confidence knowing the light of God guides my way.

Indeed, you are my lamp, O Lord, the Lord lightens my darkness. --2 Samuel 22:29
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DAVID BERNARD, a 46-year-old supervisor employed to one of the restaurants at the Norman Manley International Airport (NMIA), is the first Jamaican to be slapped with terrorism charges.

Personnel from the Organised Crime Investigation Division charged Bernard with terrorism activity, contrary to Section 3(2)(b) of the Terrorism Prevention Act.

He was also charged for committing an act endangering or likely to endanger aircraft safety, contrary to Section 17 (3) of the Tokyo, Hague and Montreal Conventions Act.

On February 27, this year, a call was received from a male by personnel from the Transnational Crime and Narcotics Division alleging that an employee of one of the duty-free shops at the NMIA was planning to place explosives on an American Airlines plane.

Investigations concluded that the information communicated to the police was false, malicious, and was a personal vendetta against the duty-free shop employee.

The charges against Bernard were made following a ruling by the director of public prosecutions.

Bernard was also charged with creating public mischief


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A.J. Nicholson, the leader of opposition business, joked in quiet cross-talk to government senator Dwight Nelson that come next week when Lightbourne is faced by Knight in cross-examination, it would be no laughing matter.

"Hataclapse Monday!" Nicholson promised in response to Nelson who had said: "No Manatt today."

Nicholson was in the process of taking his seat after informing the president of the Senate that he might not be able to sit beyond 11:30 a.m. He asked that the debate on the report on Jamaica's defamation law be postponed.

The debate on the report was not taken.

Knight is the lead attorney for the People's National Party at the Manatt-Dudus commission of enquiry to examine the manner in which the Government handled the extradition request for then fugitive Christopher 'Dudus' Coke.

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Grange regrets attack on Windies Team Bus

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GrangeSports Minister Olivia Grange has described Fridday's stoning of the West Indies team bus in Dhaka, Bangladesh, as "very unfortunate".

The incident followed the regional team's emphatic nine-wicket win over the hosts, in their International Cricket Council (ICC) Cricket World Cup, as Bangladesh were blasted out for the fourth-lowest total in World Cup history of 58 in 18.5 overs, in the Group B match at the Sher-e-Bangla Stadium.

The West Indies replied with 59 for one, with Chris Gayle leading the way with an unbeaten 37.

"I am so relieved that none of our players or team officials werre injured," said Minister Grange, while condemning the incident.

"The attack on the bus was not cricket. I have heard reports that the attack was really meant for the Bangladesh team. That would have been equally unacceptable. That is simply not the way to express displeasure at the performance of any team.

"As the minister for sports of Jamaica, I urge the International Cricket Council authorities and the host countries to do everything possible to ensure the safety of all teams and spectators at the tournament," Grange added.

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The police are yet to lay charges against a man who went berserk and attacked six persons with a machete and stones, in the Marlborough area of Balaclava, St. Elizabeth on Monday.

An infant was killed and four persons were injured in the incident.

The attacker, Demar Angel, 24, alias 'Tion', was set upon by residents and injured.

He remains in hospital under police guard.

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Two cops sentenced on corruption charges

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Two more members of the Jamaica Constabulary Force, JCF, have been sent to prison on corruption charges.

The cops, who were charged with breaches of the Corruption Prevention Act on March 4, 2008, were yesterday found guilty in the Santa Cruz Resident Magistrateís Court.

They are Corporal Sylvester Thaxter and Constable Kevin Whyte of the St. Elizabeth Police Division. Both men have been sentenced to twelve months at hard labour.

According to a statement from the JCF, a complaint was made to the Anti-Corruption Branch (ACB) by a motorist who reported that both policemen had corruptly solicited money from him. Detectives from the ACB then carried out an investigation.

The policemen were later arrested and charged.

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High Command sends warning to Tivoli

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The Police High Command has issued a stern warning to persons in  Tivoli Gardens, West Kingston to desist from attacking members of  the Force

It has come to the attention of  the High Command that elements in Tivoli Gardens, especially those in high-rise buildings are repeatedly attacking police personnel and vehicles by throwing missiles at them during patrols in the area.

On Thursday night, a cop from Mobile Reserve was reportedly injured while on duty in the area.

The policeman was hit several times in his chest with stones.

The High Command is appealing to all members of  the Force who work or patrol in Tivoli Gardens and its environs to do so with extra care and vigilance to ensure their safety.

It is also warning residents of  Tivoli Gardens who participate in the  attacks on the Police and its assets to immediately desist.

The High Command has warned that if  the attacks continue, the police will have no alternative but to respond appropriately.

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Morning Television Hosts Join Forces

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Television Jamaica's 'Smile Jamaica' and NBC's 'TODAY' show will collaborate to produce a special, unique episode that combines both programmes.

'TODAY' show's Kathie-Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb, along with Smile Jamaica's Simon Crosskill, Neville Bell, Simone Cooper-Clarke and Carlette DeLeon will co-host the show which will be broadcast live on TVJ from a picturesque Jamaican location today. Segments of the show will be broadcast on the 'TODAY' show in May and the entire show will be posted on the 'TODAY' show's website.

 

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HBO Latin America announced that the HBO Film, The Sunset Limited will premiere in the Caribbean this Saturday (March 5).

Starring Academy Award winner Tommy Lee Jones (No Country for Old Men, The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada) and Academy Award nominee Samuel L Jackson (the Iron Man series, Pulp Fiction), the film explores and debates the value of existence.

The Sunset Limited is a searing two-character drama that mixes humour and pathos while examining the relationship between strangers who are brought together by desperate circumstances. Locked in a philosophical debate, both passionately defend their personal credos and try to convert the other.

Set in a New York tenement apartment, the story focuses on two very different men - a deeply religious black ex-con (Samuel L Jackson) who thwarts the suicide attempt of an asocial white college professor (Tommy Lee Jones) who tried to throw himself in front of the Sunset Limited, a Harlem subway train. While one attempts to connect on a rational, spiritual and emotional level, the other remains steadfast in his hard-earned despair.

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Man held for bomb threat hoax

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The police have made a breakthrough in their probe into Sunday's bomb threat that led to a ban on air cargo from Jamaica to the United States.

Detectives from the Organised Crime Investigation Division (OCID) have arrested a man in connection with the incident at the Norman Manley International Airport in Kingston.

A statement issued by the Jamaica Constabulary Force says he was taken into custody Wednesday afternoon and is to be interviewed by investigators on Thursday.

Wednesday's arrest came a day after the United States lifted its suspension on air cargo from Jamaica.

The ban was imposed after a report was received that an explosive could be in cargo leaving Jamaica to the US.

However, it later discovered to have been a hoax.

In a statement to Parliament on Tuesday, Mike Henry, Transport and Works Minister said preliminary investigations suggested that the report was contrived to defame an employee of an airport concessionaire.  

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Detectives attached to the Major Investigations Taskforce are probing the circumstances surrounding the shooting death of one man and the injuring of two others on Ascot Avenue in Kingston Wednesday evening.

The dead man has been identified as Charles Dias, otherwise called 'Macky', of Dobsy Road in Kingston.

The St. Andrew Central Police report that about 6:40 p.m., Mr. Dias was travelling in a motor car along Ascot Avenue with two other men aboard.

On reaching a section of the road, the driver of another motor car, which had several men aboard, approached their vehicle.

The occupants of that motor car reportedly fired several shots at the vehicle being driven by Mr. Dias, before speeding away.

Mr. Dias and his two passengers were shot several times.

They were taken to hospital were Mr. Dias died while being treated and the other two admitted in serious condition.





Desmond McKenzie's daughter in visa scam

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The daughter of Kingston Mayor Desmond McKenzie was taken into custody by the Duhaney Park police Wednesday after a woman accused her of being involved in a visa scam.

The woman is reported to have claimed that she paid $297,000 in order to obtain visas to access three first-world countries of her choice. She said, however, that after this did not come through, she requested that her money be returned.

It is alleged that after her money wasn't returned in a reasonable time, she reported the matter to the police. The report was said to have been made on February 25 despite assurances that the situation was not a case of fraud.

It was reported that McKenzie's daughter told the woman, in an attempt to reassure her, that her reputable father had created access for visas on numerous occasions and could take care of everything.





Kartel and NotNice split?

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Deejay Vybz Kartel and producer NotNice are remaining quiet as to whether there is a rift between them.

Rumours were circulating that the two had stopped working together musically since mid-February. According to several sources, NotNice was assaulted and his studio equipment removed from his house where he was working. It is alleged that Kartel was behind the removal of the equipment. However, it is unclear as to the reasons behind the move.

When The Star reportedly spoke to Ainsley 'NotNice' Morris yesterday, he was silent on whether there is an existing rift between himself and Kartel. When asked about the musical projects he is currently working on, the producer said, "No comment towards nothing at all."

The normally talkative Kartel was also silent on the matter giving no comment at all except to say that he recently released Empire Universe the Second Chapter on iTunes. The album was released on the Adidjahiem and NotNice Records.

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Stephen Marley to team up with Dead Prez

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Stephen Marley will be teaming up with hip hop duo Dead Prez.

The group's co-founder, M1, has confirmed that while they are at work on their tenth album, Information Age, another higher profile project is in the works, which includes Stephen Marley.

Stephen, who worked on Nas and Damian Marley's Distant Relatives album last year, has recorded with Dead Prez in the past, on the Black & White soundtrac

k for "Dem Crazy".

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Legal pundits say Buju has chance of success

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Legal opinion is indicating that the motion filed in a Florida Court for an acquittal or new trial for reggae artiste, Buju Banton, stands a reasonable chance of being successful.

Buju's defence team filed the motion in court earlier this week.

 The 37-year old Grammy winning entertainer, whose real name is Mark Myrie, was found guilty last Tuesday of three of four charges - conspiracy to possess with the intent to possess 5 or more kilograms of cocaine, possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking offense and using wires to facilitate a drug trafficking offense.

However, the 12-member jury returned a not guilty verdict on a fourth charge of attempted possession with the intent to distribute five kilograms or more of cocaine.

United State-based attorney-at-law Oliver Smith believes the motion for acquittal may cause at least two of the counts to be overturned, and subsequently cut several years from Buju's possible sentence.

"As far as the gun count is concerned phone count, (using wires to facilitate a drug trafficking offense) I think is a real likelihood of success on those counts. I think the conspiracy count is doomed. The weapon was found on December 10, the date when Buju was not present, so it's highly unlikely, unless that there is some other evidence, that the jury could reasonably conclude that Buju would have knowledge that the person had the weapon and secondly, that that the weapon would be used in furtherance of the drug trafficking conspiracy. I think he has an excellent chance," said Mr. Smith, who was speaking Wednesday evening on RJR's current affairs discussion programme Beyond the Headlines.

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Rumours have been circulating that Reggae artiste Fantan Mojah was denied a US visa and his upcoming tour is facing cancellations.

However, Josef Bogdanovich, owner of Downsound Records, is refuting those allegations stating that the artiste's previous work visa has expired and he is in the process of filing for a new one.

He says that the promoters are all aware of this and there are no cancellations of any dates at this time.

 

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Charlie Sheen sued

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 Charlie Sheen has yet another problem ... he's going to be sued for allegedly derailing an attempt to replace Charlie with his estranged uncle on "Two and a Half Men."

The suit claims Charlie and his dad, Martin Sheen, along with his mom, Janet, conspired to "interfere and restrain" Chuck Lorre from replacing Charlie with Joe Estevez -- Charlie's estranged uncle.

The suit claims the plan was either to have Joe replace Charlie or appear in a spin-off of the sitcom, titled "Uncle Joe."

And the suit claims, Charlie, Martin and Janet also conspired to kill a proposed reality show titled "About the Sheens."

The plaintiff in the case is attorney Ed Meyer, who worked as Joe's manager -- Joe is not a named plaintiff. Meyer tells TMZ he was Joe's business partner in the reality show.  Meyer says he's now estranged from Joe.

The suit seeks at least $20 million in damages.

 


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Christina Aguilera Released From Jail

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Los Angeles County Sheriff's Dept. Steve Whitmore just gave a press conference about Christina Aguilera's arrest and he basically confirmed what we already knew--Xtina was a drunken mess!

"I think you all pretty much know what happened. At 2:45AM a gentleman was arrested for allegedly driving under the influence," he told reporters. Adding that Christina, who was not driving, was also arrested because "she wasn't able to take care of herself. She wasn't belligerent, she just wasn't capable of taking care of herself."

Officers arrested Christina's boyfriend Matt Rutler because he was "clearly intoxicated" around 2:45AM at the intersection of Sunset and Clarke in Los Angeles. "[Christina] was brought here and when she was unable to navigate and think on her own," so she was arrested and "released at about 7:30AM.

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Senior citizen drowns on his birthday

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Seventy-one-year-old taxi operator Daniel Edman drwoned on Sunday while at the bach with his grandson and a friend.
Reports are that Edman decided to go for one of his usual Sunday evening swims with his grandson, he had no idea it would have been his last.
Edman drowned after he and his 13-year-old grandson, Rushane Thomas, an eighth-grade student at Paul Bogle High School in St Thomas and a friend developed difficulty at Big Diamond beach, St Thomas, which is a stone's throw away from where he lived in Lyssons.
Some time after 4 p.m., the three spent their time enjoying the water. Rushane could not swim.
"When we were ready to go back out, it was hard; we couldn't move. I started sinking, I couldn't feel the bottom (sea floor). We started to call out for help, but no one heard us. The sea was rough. Then my grandfather said 'Rushane, trust God and see if you can leave me'," a distraught Rushane reportedly  told The Gleaner yesterday.
Rushane said he could not recall how he made it out of the water, but he remembered seeing his grandfather going under and did not resurface. The other little boy who could swim also made it back to shore. Edman's body was later taken from the water, after more than an hour.

Marva Edman, Daniel's widow, said she was informed that there were other people on the beach and had heard them crying out for help, but thought they were joking.

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Baby dies after being hit on head with rock

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A 13-month-old baby is dead after being hit in the head by a stone allegedly thrown by a man who the St Elizabeth police believe also attempted to rape the infant's mother.

Police yesterday identified the baby as Shana-Kay Robinson of Armstrong District in Balaclava, north-east St Elizabeth.

The alleged attacker, 25-year-old Donar Angell was caught and beaten by angry residents before being rescued by police who took him to hospital where he was undergoing treatment yesterday afternoon under police guard.

Police reports are that the baby's mother, 29-year-old Stephanie Morris Robinson of Armstrong District, was walking along the Balaclava main road at about 9:30 am when she was attacked by a man who threw stones at her.

A police spokesman told the Observer that one stone -- thrown so hard that it hit the "baby out of the mother's hand" -- connected on the left side of the infant's head, "exposing the brain".

The attacker allegedly chased and held on to the mother and in an apparent attempt to rape her, tore off her clothes. The woman managed to escape and made an alarm.

Residents returned with her to the scene and rushed baby Shana-Kay to hospital where she was pronounced dead.

A search party formed by citizens cornered Angell and were in the process of beating him when he was rescued by police. A police spokesman said yesterday that he was likely to be charged with murder.






Dubtonic Kru win Battle of the Bands

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Popular local band, Dubtonic Kru, were victorious at the global Battle of the Bands finals held in Malaysia over the weekend.

The band walked away with the trophy, a cheque for US$100,000 and the title of best new band in the world, after they competed against 24 other bands from various parts of the world.

Screams erupted from the audience after Dubtonic Kru was crowned the winner.

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The temporary suspension placed on cargo operations from Jamaica to Canada and the Bahamas has been lifted.

The Jamaica Civil Aviation Authority (JCAA) says the lifting of the suspension means that cargo and duty free items will now be allowed to leave Jamaica for these two countries.

However, the ban on cargo from Jamaica to the United States remains in effect until further notice.

The United States Transport Security Administration (TSA) imposed the ban Sunday night after it received a threat that an explosive device could be placed on a flight from Jamaica.

The ban was expanded to include the transportation of cargo to Canada and the Bahamas as these flights utilize US airspace.


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Two of the policemen accused of the gang rape of an exotic dancer will have to wait a while longer to hear if they will be released from custody.

The court, which on Monday heard an application seeking their release, gave investigators until the end of the week to complete their probe of the allegations against them.

"What happened is that the Resident Magistrate (RM) heard the application in respect of the policemen being held in St. Andrew and she has given the investigators until Friday to complete their investigation and submit a file to the Director of Public Prosecutions for a ruling and then on Friday we'll know exactly what the situation is with them," said Peter Champagnie, attorney-at-law representing the accused policemen.

The other two accused cops are being held in St. Catherine.

Mr. Champagnie believes there is no basis for their continued detention.

"That is in a different jurisdiction so it all depends on what sort of evidence they have, if any, in relation to the other two in St. Catherine RM Court. But my view is that if it is that there is no other evidence linking any of them to any offence that is being alleged then there is no basis for their continued detention," Mr. Champagnie added.

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Buju's lawyer files motion in Florida court

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Buju Banton's lawyer David Oscar Markus has filed a motion in the United States middle district court, Florida division, requesting a new trial for the Jamaican reggae superstar.

The attorney, David Oscar Markus, in a motion for judgment of acquittal pursuant to rules 29 and 33 of the federal rules of criminal procedure, respectfully moves for the entry of a judgment of acquittal or, in the alternative, requests that the court grant him a new trial.

Buju, whose real name is Mark Myrie, was last week convicted of three cocaine-related charges in the United States.

However, in the motion recently filed, Markus said "Mark Myrie respectfully submits that the interest of justice can only be achieved if the guilty verdicts obtained at trial are vacated and a judgment of acquittal entered or, alternatively, new trial ordered."

In the motion, Markus argued that " Myrie reiterates and incorporates by reference his motions for judgment of acquittal made at the close of the government's case and at the close of all the evidence based on the absence of substantial credible evidence sufficient to prove the allegations beyond a reasonable doubt."

 Markus has argued that the Court must consider whether it is in the interest of justice to let the verdicts stand.

He also pointed to what he said were issues of insufficient evidence presented by the United States Government.

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$78M so far for Manatt Enquiry

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The Government has disclosed that $78 million has so far been allocated to compensate lawyers and the three Commissioners at the Manatt/Dudus Commission of Enquiry.

Prime Minister Bruce Golding, who made the disclosure in the House of Representatives Tuesday afternoon, stated that the final cost of the Commission of Enquiry cannot be determined until the Commissioners conclude their work in May.

The Golding-led Government had initially approved a budget of $37 million to cover legal bills as well as to compensate the three-member Commission headed by Queens Counsel (Q.C) Emil George.

However, during Tuesday's sitting of the House of Representatives, Mr. Golding said the cost to maintain the Enquiry was ballooning because of extensions that had been granted to complete the work of the Commission.

The Prime Minister told the House that so far, more than $20 million had been added to the original budget.

"It is estimated that costs to date amount to approximately $33 million (but) given that the deadline for the completion of the enquiry, which was originally set for February, has twice been extended, the last such extension being to May 16, 2011, it is estimated that the additional cost will be in the region of $21 million."

Mr. Golding added that Cabinet has approved just over $24 million to pay for the lawyers representing several public officials pushing the estimated cost for the Enquiry to $78 million.

Mr. Golding, who is being represented by Hugh Small Q.C. at the Commission, told Gordon House that he has taken a personal decision to pay his legal fees out of his pocket.

 

 

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D.A. Drops Battery Charges Against Lindsay

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Lindsay Lohan finally caught a break this week--the Riverside D.A. won't charge her for the fight she had during her stint in rehab.

Lindsay and Betty Ford employee Dawn Holland had a little scuffle one night when Lindsay returned a couple of minutes past her curfew, and after initially treating Lindsay like she had murdered someone, the D.A. decided not to pursue the claims.

Prosecutor's spokesman John Hall told CNN: "Our office has completed review of the case, and we will not file charges due to insufficient evidence."

Dawn Holland also decided not to press charges confessing she had been biased against Lindsay "since day one". We heard another story and it had to do with a nice cash settlement.

He said: "The woman who claims she was attacked in the house had it out for Lindsay since day one. She didn't want her to drive and didn't want to give her any passes to go out. This lady tried to do everything she could to not allow Lindsay to do the things she's entitled to."

But of course this isn't the end of Lindsay's legal problems. She still faces a charge of grand theft after allegedly stealing a $2,500 necklace. She rejected a plea deal in the case yesterday last Wednesday in exchange for a reduced sentence and now must face trial. Oh Lindsay, will she ever learn?

 

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Charlie Sheen Guitarist Reveals Tour Details

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The person who bought all the Violent Torpedo of Truth tickets and is now trying to scalp them on eBay will finally know what he wasted all his money on.

Filter guitarist, Rob Patterson, is performing in Charlie Sheen's Violent Torpedo of Truth Tour, and he's revealed some secret details.

Patterson told UsMagazine.com, "Charlie asked me if I could do some music for his live show. So I locked myself in my studio for about a day and recorded this epic intro for the show, which, people are going to be blown away by, and he loved it."

The audience is going to need something. Because there's only so much old man ranting we can handle. I can no longer tell from his Twitter feeds whether he's crazy talking, or if I'm just Twilliterate.

Apparently, the show will also have a soundtrack, and Patterson says Snoop Dogg

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 will be collaborating.

"He's working on the vocals for the tracks as we speak."

Patterson provides his insight as to why Sheen is doing the show: "I believe that he just wants to get his truth out to people without the filter, no pun intended, of the media. You know, like unadulterated, uncut, raw Charlie."

Between his tweets and short-lived series, Sheen's Korner, I think we get it. Why buy the random babbling when you can get the crazy for free?

Fans seemed to wonder the same thing, because while it was initially reported that his show was completely sold out, it turns out that most of them were bought by scalpers.

Maybe with a rock star and Snoop Dogg on the bill, scalpers can actually make their money back.

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Rihanna: I'm a Freak in the Sheets!

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Rihanna may be a lady on the streets, but she's a freak in the sheets.

Rihanna opens up about her sex life to Rolling Stone magazine confessing that she likes to be being "tied up and spanked". Insert Chris Brown joke here.

She told Rolling Stone magazine: "I think I'm a bit masochistic. I love feeling like I'm somebody's girl. I love to be tied up and spanked. I like to be whipped. And it's funny that I care. But I prefer to be spontaneous."

How about whips and chains, like she sings about in her S&M song? Nahh, it's too predictable.

"Using whips and chains is too planned ... you have to stop and look for the whip. I prefer them to use their hands."

She also talks about her turbulent childhood with her father Ronald Fenty, who smoked crack in front of her when she was just nine years old.

She said: "I think I'm a bit masochistic, and I did not realize until recently. I think that is common in people who witnessed abuse in their childhood."

Recalling her days as a youngster, she said: "I was always terrified on Friday because he (her dad) could come home drunk. That was pay day, and half of it went on alcohol."

 

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PM Golding faces Manna enquiry again

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Prime Minister Bruce Golding is to face further cross examination by People's National Party attorney KD Knight when the Manatt-Dudus commission of enquiry resumes today.

The enquiry had taken a two-day break because Prime Minister Golding was not available on Monday and yesterday.

Golding, who will take the witness stand for the fifth time is expected to face more intense questioning from Knight.

So far, there have been occasional clashes between the two with the Prime Minister appealing to Commission Chairman Emil George for his intervention.

Golding had sanctioned the hiring of the US law firm Manatt, Phelps and Phillips to handle matters relating to the extradition request for west Kingston alleged drug lord Christopher 'Dudus' Coke.

The prime minister has maintained that Manatt, Phelps and Phillips was hired by the Jamaica Labour Party, but the law firm has insisted it was working on behave of the Jamaican Government.

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Don Yute trying to reconnect

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Don YuteDancehall artiste Don Yute says he is trying to reconnect with the Jamaican audience through his world hop based CD 'Golden Child Allstars'.

The artiste, who is based mainly in the United States, says his new production has collaborations with new artistes on his label, as well as Akon, Pitbull and Amerika.

"Nothing is on the same rhythm. It's fresh and it's just quality and full of vibes," he told popular evening tabloid, THE STAR. Adding that he has had the Golden Child label for about 15 years on which he worked with artistes like Mr Vegas, Sean Paul, Kid Kurupt and Looga Man.

"The feedback is crazy with the success of the Richer Than Money album which has Da'Ville, Etana, Trick Daddy and Amerika."

Don Yute, whose real name is Jason Williams, said he decided to do the CD because he believes that there is an avenue for it.

"Just the popular demand, everybody wants to know what Don Yute is up to and seeing the space for it. I still see the space for freshness in what I call world -hop," he said.

The artiste added that this new CD has aspects of what people know him for in the 90s songs like Loving Excess, You Own The Man and Hardcore. With the right blend of then and now, he said, everyone can enjoy it.

 

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Gyptian looks to the future

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Cover of Gyptian

Coming off a successful year, reggae artiste Gyptian has several things in the pipeline which he hopes will propel his career even further.

The artiste recently recorded songs like Duggu Duggu, Come Out that is a collaboration with Chi Ching Ching and Laden and For Your Love. He has also done a collaboration with Shaggy called The Way You Look which is scheduled for release next month.

In addition, Gyptian takes the lead in We Are One Japan that is a tribute to the country that was hit by a major earthquake and tsunami recently. The song also features other artistes like Alison Hinds, Voicemail, Pressure, Wayne Wonder, Michael Rose and Japanese Fumibella.

Last year, he had a strong year with his song, Hold Yuh, gracing a few Billboard charts. The remix of the song with rapper Nicki Minaj also went on to gain success overseas on various charts. He also received MOBO and Soul Train awards in the best reggae artiste category, as well as numerous nominations locally and abroad.

Meanwhile, he has upcoming tours of the United States, Europe and Canada.

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Oliver Smith, the attorney representing David Smith, the former head of the collapsed Olint Corporation, has refused to comment on his client's guilty plea in the Orlando Federal Court Tuesday morning.

Smith, 41, pleaded guilty to 23 charges of fraud. The attorney, who was contacted Tuesday afternoon, would not budge when asked for a reaction to the outcome of the morning's court matter.

His client pleaded guilty to four counts of wire fraud and 18 counts of money laundering, with each count 

carrying a maximum penalty of 20 years in jail.

It is still unclear how much time Mr. Smith will serve; however it is understood that federal prosecutors are recommending that his sentence be adjusted downward.

The plea agreement, a copy of which was obtained by RJR News,   outlined that, for each count of wire fraud, the fine may be assessed at twice the amount of gross gain or loss.

He could be convicted for a total of 460 years.

The money laundering counts each carry a maximum penalty of 20 years in federal prison, a US$500 million fine, or twice the value of the property involved in the transaction, whichever is greater.

There is also a term of supervised release of not more than three years.

The plea agreement said Smith described Olint as a private investment club, where he pooled investors' money to engage in foreign currency trade on their collective behalf.

Smith admitted to operating a massive Ponzi scheme, in which he paid returns to investors from their own funds, or money paid by subsequent investors, rather than from any real profit.

Last year Smith, pleaded guilty to fraud and conspiracy charges filed in the Turks and Caicos Islands arising from his investment scam there, and he was sentenced to serve six and a half years in prison.


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The Daily Word - Wednesday, March 30, 2011

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Photo by Perry Rocky Mountain SunshineGRACE
With God, I co-create my world with grace and ease.

My tasks at home may range from picking up toys to caring for loved ones. My duties at work may vary from the trivial to the essential. No matter my day's activities, with God as my partner, I accomplish them all with grace and ease.

Relationships can present a challenge at times, but today, I speak directly and lovingly with grace and ease. Any rifts of the past or concerns about the future diminish in importance as I hold positive expectations for the interactions of this day.

Every decision, every choice, every relationship brings a gift or opportunity. I gratefully accept each one. With God as my partner, I co-create my world with grace and ease.

Grace is poured upon your lips; therefore God has blessed you forever. --Psalm 45:2
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The Daily Word - Tuesday, March 29, 2011

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BE STILL
I am comforted in the silence, knowing that all is well.

If I am feeling burdened by life's circumstances, I choose to become still. Turning inward, I affirm God's presence in me and all around me. While it may be easy to see divinity in a serene sunset or a newborn baby, I know that God is present in the difficult experiences of life also. Through stillness and silence, I become present to the Divine in me. I know that all is well.

When the mind and heart are still--when I no longer allow my thoughts to rest on external concerns--God is revealed. As I release my needs to God, I am comforted. I am led out of turmoil into peace.

As my worries transform into peace of mind, I become a sanctuary for others. My influence is calming and comforting.

Be still, and know that I am God! --Psalm 46:10
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Producers team up for Japan tribute riddim

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 Stephen 'Di Genius' McGregor of Big Ship, Mighty Crown and Gachapan Records will record Jamaican artistes on the Japan tribute riddim.

The Jamaican deejays are yet to be finalised. It follows a earlier move by the riddim's producer Pancho of Gachapan to record some 30 Japanese deejays in a 20-minute song entitled One For All.

"We and Big Ship (Di Genius) and Mighty Crown are team to make Jamaican artiste Japan tribute song," Pancho told the Observer via Twitter.

Japan-born Pancho lives in Jamaica and has produced I-Octane, Aidonia, G-Whizz, Konskens, Charly Blacks, Nesbeth, Laden, QQ, Ras Penco, Munga and more, under his label Gachapan Records. Di Genius has produced artistes including Mavado and Chino of Big Ship. Japan-based Mighty Crown is amongst the largest soundsystem in the world. But also contains a production house and its own Nike show deal.

This month's 9.0-earthquake and tsunami left more than 16,000 dead or missing. Japan called the disaster its worst crisis since World War II.

The single featuring Japanese artistes will be released in mid-April. The Japanese deejays include Masta Simon (Mighty Crown) Chehon, Ryo The Skywalker, Pushim, Jumbo Maatch, Takafin, Boxer Kid, Ng Head, Buggie Man.Vader, Armstrong, Peter Man, kenty Gross, Big Bear, Douraku, Rudeboy Face, Rueed, Micky Rich, Natural Wepon, Tak Z, Akane, Papa Ugee, Monkey Ken, G2,and Singj Roy.

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Investigations are continuing into an incident in which a Jamaican woman is alleged to have been cavity searched by an immigration officer in Barbados.

Jamaica's Foreign Affairs Ministry started the investigation following reports from Shanique Myrie that she was cavity searched in the CARICOM country.

Senator Maxine McClean, the Foreign Affairs Minister of Barbados and Erine Griffith, the Chief Immigration Officer in the country, have both refuted Ms Myrie's allegation in the Barbados media.

But Jamaica's Foreign Ministry says Barbados has not yet responded to its protest letter sent on March 25.

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Reggae group Morgan Heritage recently performed at the United Nations as part of the International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade.

The group participated in the Living Legacy Concert, at the General Assembly Hall of the UN in New York City on Friday, March 25.

With this concert, the band continues their mission of roots reggae music to all ends of the globe and through music.

"The story of the end of the slave trade deserves to be told here in the United Nations," stated UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.

The purpose of this day is to honour the memory of those who died as a result of slavery as well as those who have been exposed to the horrors of the middle passage and have fought for freedom from enslavement.

In addition, it is a day to discuss the causes, consequences, and lessons of the transatlantic slave trade in order to raise awareness about the dangers of racism and prejudice.

In addition to Morgan Heritage, the concert featured other prominent artistes from Africa, the Caribbean and North and South America.

The multi-media programme included slave narratives and a reading by Dr. Julius Garvey from the publications of his father, Marcus Garvey.

 

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Colin Levy prepares for one-month US tour

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The month of April will see reggae singer, Colin Levy, aka Iley Dred,  covering a lot of ground as he makes his way across the United States for a hectic, month-long promotional tour.
The versatile Levy, who wears many caps, including song-writer, producer, promoter and author, recently joined forces with some of reggae music's elite producers for his current album project, Unleashed. Among the producers who have worked on the album are Barry O'Hare, Bobby Digital, Dean Fraser, Stephen Marley and Stephen 'Di Genius' McGregor.
As Levy gets ready to hit the road, he confesses to being totally fired up and eager to unleash all the positive and uplifting tracks that represents this album. The debut single from the project, the Barry O'Hare-produced Lover's Holiday, has been embraced by radio and proving quite a booster in reggae circles. It is steadily climbing the chart locally and is now positioned at number 6 on Richie B's Jamaica Countdown, Top 25 Reggae Singles Chart.
"I feel good to know that my work is being appreciated and that this song is having the impact I had  envisioned," says Colin Levy, whose Kings of Kings label, established nearly two decades ago, is recognized the world over.
Levy, who is renowned in music circles as the man who is always ready to lend a helping hand, says he feels particularly blessed at the way this project is unfolding and the many doors that are being opened as he refocuses on his career as a singer. He noted that the release of this single came at a time when he was at one of his lowest points while recovering from a serious motor vehicle accident in Canada.
"Praise be  unto the Most High for his divine intervention," Levy declared. "This song has taken on wheels and wings at a time when I could hardly help myself and unable to work due to injuries sustained from an accident late last year," he explained. 
"I am looking forward to meet and greet all my fans, radio disc jockeys and media personalities in the United States," he stated.
 
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Mavado and DJ Khaled have teamed up for the monstrous megamix of hit single Welcome to My Hood.

The original version of Welcome to My Hood features Rick Ross, Lil Wayne, Plies and T-Pain but DJ Khaled gathered an all-star cast for the remix that reads like a who's who of rap over the last decade.

Mavado lines up with rappers Ludacris, T-Pain, Busta Rhymes, Twista, Birdman, Ace Hood, Fat Joe, Jadakiss, Bun B, Game and Waka Flocka Flame on the remix, with Mavado arriving fifth on the track.

In a release, DJ Khaled said "Everybody's saying they love Mavado's verse, I'm a big fan of Mavado's and his flava on the record just adds that different edge,"

Plans are already underway for a video to be shot for the remix, which is a staggering seven minutes long, but since Mavado is currently unable to travel to the US his part will be specially shot in Jamaica by a local director and slotted in.

"It's a great feeling to be on a record with such a list of stars and It helps position my career right in the mainstream as the record is getting airplay on radio in America already," Mavado said.

He is also going to be featured on Ace Hoods' new album.

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Vybz Kartel Devil Tattoo Vybz Kartel New Devil Tattoo, You Be The Judge [Photo]

Just when you thought you'd seen it all, Gaza Kingpin Vybz Kartel adds two more to his ever-growing list of tattoos. 

He now has the word 'Devil' written on his hand, while on his arm is a picture of the oh-so-evil Chucky.

What the hell will Kartel think of next? 

If this is for shock value, the it has surely gone wrong. If this is Kartel's outing as a devil-worshipper, then it has hit the target.

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Paris Hilton Interviews Lil Wayne About Prison

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Lil Wayne and Paris Hilton aren't exactly peas in a pod, but that didn't stop Interview magazine from pairing the two together for a chat about life, music, family and jail.

Lil Wayne spent eight months of 2010 in prison -- something Hilton is familiar with, to a lesser extent -- and has been enjoying time with his four children since being released.


"My main thing is to chill with my kids," Weezy tells Paris. "They live with their moms, but they're always with me."

Wayne is renowned for his tireless work ethic, and with 12-year-old daughter Reginae, the apple didn't fall far from the tree. "My daughter loves to work, as well -- she loves to record and stuff -- so I like to work with her."

Also, Lil Wayne has two pet sharks. Read on for more interview excerpts.

On solitary confinement in jail: "For me it was okay, because it just meant that I was alone with my thoughts. There were times when it was pretty tough to be by yourself, and to have no television, no sort of nothing. That was kind of tough. But I didn't have to be in there long. It was just a month. I was okay. I did fine."

 

On life after jail: "You're definitely more in tune to what you're doing. You're definitely more humble. I think that most people who come out of that situation just want to make the most of life afterwards. Honestly it was just one big humbling experience."

 

Lil Wayne on living up to his self-proclaimed best rapper alive title: "It's very exciting. I love pressure, so I guess if that brings forth pressure, then I'm up for it. But, you know, titles are titles, and names are names. As long as people remember me forever, that will be enough for me."

 

Does he worry about offensive lyrical content? "No. That's one thing about me, and I think that's what most of my fans enjoy about me, that I don't hold nothing back. I do exactly what I want to do, and say exactly what I want to say. Sometimes I consider the fact that I have a daughter, but I also think about the realities of the world, and just let her know that this is the reality and this world is crazy and there are people out there that are a certain kind of way. I mean, once I get through that hump, then, like I said, I just say what's on my mind."






The Daily Word - Monday, March 28, 2011

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ANSWERED PRAYER
I nourish my soul in prayer.

What happens after I pray? There are times when I seem to be waiting for something to happen when all the while the "happening" is in progress. When I pray for myself or another, I may not see evidence of healing right away; yet a healing is taking place.

As I pray and go about my day, I keep my faith strong even though I perceive no evidence of improvement in my or another's condition or circumstance. I continue to affirm the truth of innate wholeness, and my mind is at peace.

Quietly aware of the Presence of God, I have a thankful heart that is receptive to good. I receive confirmation that God is active in all and the goodness of God is for all.

And Mary said, "My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior."--Luke 1:46-47




Good Times goes to Mobay

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The long-running retro party Heineken Good Times, is scheduled to make its third appearance in the second city on Saturday April 2 at Pier One. According to Jerome Hamilton, executive member of The Quorum, Good Times will be held in that venue's interior to secure an intimate feel. This is the second Good Times event of the year, the first was held this month at the Chinese Benevolent Association in Kingston. It was first held in Montego Bay in 2000 at Pier One and returned four years later at The Brewery.

Hamilton said the decision to make it MoBay again stemmed from overwhelming fan demand. "We're looking to expand our base and Montego Bay is just one of the locations we will be playing. We will also be going to New York in April," Hamilton disclosed.

Heineken Good Times made its debut in the Big Apple last year at the Mingles Club in the Bronx and drew enthusiastic audience response, strong enough for promoters in the New York borough to request a follow-up.

 

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Nine-year-old Jeremiah Yson, who was tragically killed when a goal post fell on him at the Saints Peter and Paul Preparatory School in St. Andrew, last Thursday, was buried on Thursday.

The funeral service was held at the Holy Trinity Cathedral, in Kingston.

Tributes poured in for little Jeremiah, as many recalled how he touched their lives in just nine years.

Jeremiah, who was a Grade Four student, was killed after a goal post fell on him during recess at school, last Thursday.

It was the second deadly incident involving a goal post at a school.

Last month, a student died at the Coke View Primary School in Westmoreland, when a goal post also fell on him.

 

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Ganja seized in St. Elizabeth, three arrested

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Three men were taken into custody following the seizure of fifty-five pounds of ganja by police on the Appleton main road in St. Elizabeth this morning.

The Siloah Police reports that about 2:40 a.m this morning, officers were on patrol in the area when they saw a white Toyota Corolla motor car parked along the roadway with three men aboard.

The police say the men were acting in a suspicious manner. After conducting a search of the men and the vehicle three large garbage bags containing 55 pounds of ganja were found in the car.

The men were subsequently arrested and charged.

 

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Jamaica's dancehall comedic duo Twins of Twins have landed a major deal which could catapult their Stir It Up comedy sketches into mainstream television.

The Twins of Twins have inked a contract with the Platinum Camp to animate the latest volume of their Stir It Up series which has attracted a following in the dancehall community.

In a press release, Daddy Biggs from Platinum Camp said "this has never been done before in the history of the Caribbean. (we'll be) changing the format of Stir It Up series Volume 9 to an animated format, followed by the production and development of a thirty minutes animated sitcom for television based on the characters made famous by the Twins," he said.

Platinum Camp Records and Twin of Twins will be bank rolling the project.

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IRAWMA 2011 goes to Trinidad

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The 30th International Reggae and World Music Awards (IRAWMA) will be coming to the Caribbean region this year.

The 2011 staging of the awards is to be held at the National Academy of the Performing Arts in Port of Spain, Trinidad on May 28.

Topping the list of nominees this year is Reggae artiste Gyptian, who is nominated in eight categories.

Machel Montano, Trinidad and Tobago's King of Soca and recent winner of the Soca Monarch and Road March titles, is also nominated.

He is nominated in seven categories.

Damian 'Junior Gong' Marley is also nominated in seven categories while legendary producers Sly and Robbie received six nominations.

Dancehall artiste Vybz Kartel received five nominations.

Other multiple nominees include Jah Cure, Beenie Man, Elephant Man, I-Octane, Queen Ifrica, Shaggy, Rihanna, Nicki Minja, Tarrus Riley, Third World, Gramps Morgan and Marcia Griffiths.

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 Four alleged gunmen were shot, two fatally, and three firearms seized during a reported early morning confrontation with members of the security forces in Prospect, Riversdale in St. Catherine.

The police have identified the dead men as Richard Ellis, who is otherwise known as 'Richie' and Michael Smith, who also goes by the name "Scraper".

Mr. Smith and Mr. Ellis, both of whom were 21-years old, lived in Crawle.

Reports are that about 1:00 a.m. on Saturday, police patrols were being conducted in the Williamsfield community when officers observed a white motor car on a nearby road.

The driver was signalled to pull over and he complied.

Shortly after four men alighted from the vehicle and allegedly opened fire at the police team.

Investigators say the police returned fire and all four men were hit. They were later taken to hospital where Mr. Ellis and Mr. Smith died and the other two men hospitalised.

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Oprah's OWN network in jeopardy

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It's only been around a few months, but the Oprah Winfrey Network, aka OWN, might soon be seeing its end. In fact, sources tell Hollyscoop it's only a matter of time. One TV insider says, "I wouldn't be surprised that the network shuts down in two months."

Two months? We haven't even had a chance to get hooked on OWN's reality shows. Give us some time, producers!

After investing nearly $10 million in advertising, the network just isn't seeing the ratings it hoped for. So OWN recently had a makeover, moving around shows like "Behind the Scenes" and "Master Class".

 "Behind the Scenes", which follows the backstage antics of Oprah's daytime show, has had the most success on the network, so they've rescheduled it from Friday to Sunday night, when most people tend to turn on their TVs.

They've also cut back the number of days they show original programming, going from four days to three.

 "You have to fish where the fish are," a network spokesperson said.

But, unless Oprah finds those fish and garners enough ratings, the network will likely be axed.

This may be why it's now being reported that the Oprah Winfrey show will have its final episode aired on May 25th. The show is in its last season, but could Oprah be taking some time off early to focus on saving OWN?

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Why the people dem in Barbados so lie? After them subject the Jamaican woman to all kinds of mental abuse and finger rape, them turn round and say is lie she telling.  The woman give details how the Barbadian customs officer carry her into a room and tell her to bend over for a cavity search and then dem chuck  her in a cell with two other woman. And the customs officer did just a cuss straight, a tell how she no like Jamaicans and how all dem do is come a Barbados and tek people man.

And now dat it buss open, the Barbados government a mek up story how the Jamaican woman was going to stay with man who involved in human trafficking, that's why dem send neva let her in dem country. But since dem know that this man is involved in human trafficking why dem don't do something about it?

Di woman must sue dem.

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The Daily Word - Sunday, March 27, 2011

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HARMONY
I am one in Spirit with all people.

We are all connected by an invisible thread of Spirit that binds us as children of God. As we sing in a popular hymn: "We are one in the spirit, we are one in the Lord." If I am feeling out of harmony with the people in my life or perceive injustice or unfairness in the situations around me, I remember that we are all one in the spirit of God.

Looking beyond outer differences, I remember I am spiritually connected to every individual--from my neighbors, family and friends, to people of all nations around the world. I focus on the values that bind us together--such as harmony, cooperation and love. We are one in the spirit of God and the Spirit transcends any differences.

You are standing firm in one spirit, striving side by side with one mind.--Philippians 1:27




The Daily Word - Saturday, March 26, 2011

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RIGHT RELATIONSHIP
My divine nature guides my relationships into perfect alignment.

Many people wonder how to find their "special someone" or how to improve their current relationships. Before seeking someone or something outside myself, I first turn within to Spirit.

When Spirit takes priority in my life--guiding my thoughts and actions--all my relationships come into spiritual alignment. My oneness with Spirit gives me unparalleled security and joy. I relax in the silence of prayer and replenish my energy and my capacity to give. This positively impacts my partner, my children and my co-workers--as it positively impacts me. As I turn within to Spirit, I experience divine love. This love draws me to the right people and blesses every relationship in my life.

I want their hearts to be encouraged and united in love.--Colossians 2:2
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The Daily Word - Friday, March 25, 2011

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HEALING
I am a living expression of God's perfection.

When the skin is cut or bruised, healing begins in the tissues under the surface long before signs of repair appear on the skin. An injury is a call to clean and protect a vulnerable area so that deep healing can occur. In the same way, a health challenge reminds me to clear away thoughts that interfere with claiming my wholeness. When I see myself as the perfect creation of God that I am, it is like cleaning a wound.

I am the living expression of God's perfect idea. Healing begins within me as my thoughts, mind and heart begin to heal. I believe in my body expressing invigorating health and abundant energy, and the wholeness that I am surfaces.

Jesus turned, and seeing her he said, "Take heart, daughter; your faith has made you well." And instantly the woman was made well.--Matthew 9:22
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Tiger Woods' new 22-year-old girlfriend drew the golfing star crayon drawings before his tournaments to wish him luck, sources say.

Alyse Lahti Johnson, whose stepfather lives next door to Woods in Windermere, Florida, has known the sportsmen since she was young.

'They had photos in their house of their family with Tiger,' a friend told Us Weekly. 'But Alyse never said she was interested in him!'


The pair began dating after seeing each other at a New Year's function thrown by her stepfather, who is also an executive at Woods' sports agency IMG.

This week it emerged that Miss Johnston, a university student, was also close firneds with Elin Nordegren before her split from Tiger.

'Tiger Woods has been my next door neighbour for 15 years and Alyse has known him all her life,' her stepfather Alistair Johnston told the Scottish Sun newspaper.

'They are part of the same crowd that are the same age and go to the gym and out to dinner together.

'Do they spend time together? Yes', he added.

It is unclear how close Alyse and Elin's relationship was but they appear to have run in the same circles and met each other at several social events over the years.

But a former Ohio University classmate of Alyse's told RadarOnline: 'She sent a BBM to a mutual friend of ours saying she didn't consider herself Tiger's girlfriend. They were just having a good time hooking up'.

'She is a really nice girl, smart and super friendly. And she's also a bit of a wild child. She definitely likes to have fun', the classmate shared.

It has emerged that Alyse, a keen young golfer, was introduced to the superstar golfer by her coach.

The two have apparently been dating for several weeks and have been spotted lounging on Woods' super yacht in Palm Beach, close to where Lahti Johnston is studying.

Alyse told police she 'wanted to die' after she was busted for drink-driving last October.

According to an Orlando Police Department report, the blonde beauty said she felt 'humiliated' after her vehicle rear-ended a truck causing it to flip on Florida's busy Interstate 4.

Officers say the petite blonde emerged from her car with severely bloodshot eyes and proceeded to slur her words and stumble.

Bizarrely, she claimed she hadn't eaten anything apart from an apple for two days, and had only slept for 45 minutes in the previous four days

Although a breath test reportedly later showed she was three times over the alcohol limit, the charge was later downgraded to an improper lane change after several court appearances.

She was represented by a high-profile Florida attorney.


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Dressed in a high cut black body which reveals a little too much of her curvy derriere Serena Williams struts into shot in a pair of thigh-high laced up boots.

The tennis star gets her game face on as we meet her female opponent in an equally racy outfit consisting of an embellished low cut black body, fishnet tights and high-heels.

As the camera flicks between bottom and breast shots this could easily be mistaken for the latest raunchy music video but in actual fact the sequence of an advert - for a tennis game.

The 60 second commercial was made to promote Top Spin 4, a tennis game made for Wii, but the game's maker 2K Sports rejected it because it was too raunchy.

The opening sequence which introduces Serena as 'the world's sexiest tennis player' and her opponent 'the world's sexiest gamer' includes shots of the woman's bodies in their tight and highly revealing outfits.

And things get no better when the game is underway.

Grunting, perspiration and lots of body shots shown in slow-motion are interspersed with clips from the actual video game.

On Monday actress Rileah Vanderbilt, Serena's opponent in the raunchy advert, tweeted a link to the video.

She posted: 'Check out my newest commercial with @serenawilliams! Directed by : @waltercmayhttp://tinyurl.com/4shvgue'

On the same day Serena tweeted: 'Stay tuned for a (sic) awesomely sexy video I am tweeting later..... Stay tuned......'

But the video never came.

The games maker 2K Sports released a statement and said: 'As part of the process for creating marketing campaigns to support our titles, we pursue a variety of creative avenues. This video is not part of the title's final marketing campaign and its distribution was unauthorized,' The NY Daily News reported.

 

 





Barrington Levy, Chino, Ryno for Belize

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Singer Barrington Levy, Big Ship artiste Chino and dancehall artiste Ryno are off to Belize this week to perform at the official album release party of Def Jam recording artiste Shyne.

SHYNE_BARROW_CHINO_BARRINTON_LEVY.jpgThe event, which is to be held on Saturday, March 26 at the Princess Poolside and Casino in Belize City.

 Ryno, who is billed as one of the event's headliners, is very upbeat about the concert and says he plans to make the occasion a memorable one.

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Jah Cure on trial for drug possession

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International reggae artiste, Jah Cure, went on trial on Wednesday on drug possession charges.

The singer, whose real name is Siccaturie Alcock, was charged last April by the Constant Spring Police after ganja was reportedly found in his motor vehicle.

The cops say they found a small quantity of ganja in the singer's BMW motor car during a spot check along Dunrobin Avenue in St Andrew.

The singer was reportedly seen overtaking 11 vehicles in a line of traffic, when he was stopped by the police.

The arresting officer reported that when he went up to the vehicle, he detected the scent of ganja.

He said he asked Jah Cure, who was the only occupant of the vehicle, whether he had been smoking ganja and that the singer confirmed.

The policeman said he conducted a search of the vehicle and found a small quantity of ganja and two ganja spliffs.

But during testimony on Tuesday afternoon, Jah Cure denied the allegations.

He admitted that he smokes ganja, but told the trial that no drugs were in his car on the night of the incident.

The trial was partly heard on Wednesday, to allow Jah Cure to call an American witness who, he said, was in the car with him on the night in question.

The maximum fine for the minor offence is $100.

The trial continues on April 5.

Jah Cure has served eight years in prison for rape.


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