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The Daily Word - Friday, April 29, 2011

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I am the artisan of my own life.

When God asked Moses to build the tabernacle, Moses was reassured that the people called to construct the building and its furnishings would be gifted with wisdom, understanding and knowledge. Most importantly, they would be filled with the Spirit of God.

God has blessed me with the talent to create and accomplish whatever I set my mind and heart to accomplish. If I am not happy with my current experiences, I become the artisan of my own life.

Remembering to honor my true essence, I reconnect with my indwelling gifts. I am a powerhouse of divine creative energy, leading to the fulfillment of my dreams. God has filled me with the Spirit.

I have put wisdom in the hearts of all who are gifted artisans.--Exodus 31:6 (NKJV)
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Wray & Nephew Contender

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Sexi Heels Part pics

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Rihanna makes Billboard history

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Grammy award winner Bajan beauty Rihanna has scored big on the Billboard with
her tenth Number 1 hit.
"Rihanna's tenth Number 1 single is a monumental accomplishment and a testament
to her incredible artistry," said Steve Bartels, President and COO of the Island
Def Jam Music Group.
Rihanna made Billboard history as the first artiste ever to have a lead single
go Number 1 after her second single What's My Name featuring Drake went Number
one on the Hot 100.
Now S&M is at the top of the national audience chart with over 150 million in audience with the S&M Remix featuring Britney Spears rocketing to the top of the iTunes chart.
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Most Jamaicans are of the view that the recently-concluded Manatt/Dudus
Commission of Enquiry was unfairly conducted and was a waste of money.
These are among the results of the latest RJR Group/Boxill poll which was
conducted between April 9 and 15.
For nearly three months since January 17, many Jamaicans were glued to the
intense hearings and submissions by high profile appearances of Government and
public officials.
Many who watched the daily live coverage of the proceedings were drawn to the
gripping testimonies before the Emile George-led commission.
But while many welcomed the startling revelations, 78 per cent of Jamaicans felt
that the enquiry was a waste of money.
The Prime Minister had announced that the enquiry would cost 78 million dollars
but only 20 % of Jamaicans think that this is money well spent.
And not many were of the view that anything would change as a result of the
enquiry which was set up to examine the circumstances which led to the hiring of
US law firm Manatt, Phelps and Phillips, and events leading up to the
extradition of Christopher 'Dudus' Coke.
That is at least how 75 % of Jamaicans who followed the proceedings felt.
Only 23 % agreed that some change wiould occur as a result of the hearings. And
59 % of Jamaicans believed the enquiry was not conducted in a fair and
transparent manner.     Only 33 % believed the proceedings were fair and
transparent.
Of those polled, a majority 93 % of respondents said they followed the
proceedings via television, 43 % monitored the enquiry on radio, while only 4
point 8 per cent opted for the internet.
The poll conducted among 1,015 Jamaicans has a margin of error of +/- 4.
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Reggae singer from August Town, Duane Stephenson, has just released his new
single and video, "Better Tomorrow."  The video was artistically shot by Ras
Kassa at the famous Ward Theatre in downtown Kingston, showing the creative side
of the artist.
 "Better Tomorrow" vividly displays his velvety voice while highlighting his
humanitarian side.   The Handel Tucker-produced single has been described as "a
true song of hope for mankind."
Duane's involvement in the United Nations World Food Programme has become a
personal commitment.  "Better Tomorrow" promotes his desire for love and peace,
so much so that in the video, his virtual message cannot be separated from the
music.
In Europe for Easter, Duane Stephenson performed on a series of shows beginning
April 24th, Easter Sunday in Rotterdam,Netherlands, alongside headliners Vybz
Kartel and Jah Cure.
The event in Rotterdam was the first-ever Rotterdam Reggae Festival, the largest
reggae festival ever held in the Netherlands and which took place at Ahoy, a
10,000 capacity arena.  Other artistes on the lineup included Jah Cure, Richie
Spice, Elephant Man, Chaka Demus & Pliers,Tanya Stephens & Gappy Ranks, all of
whom were backed by the Kaution band.
On Easter Monday, the site was Zenith in Paris, France for the first-ever
Rockers Rockers Rockers Festival where Duane Stephenson shared the bill with
this all-star lineup with the addition of Gyptian.  And on April 26th, the
Rockers Festival moved to the south of France to Le Phare, in Toulouse, where
the artistes included Vybz Kartel, Jah Cure, Chaka Demus & Pliers, as well as
Duane Stephenson.
Duane Stephenson will return to Europe this summer with the Black Soil band led
by Dean Fraser with performances including Germany's Summerjam festival and a
coinciding tour with Tarrus Riley.
The artist is well known in The Netherlands and France after several European
appearances from 2007-2010. He tours in celebration of his current VP Records
release BLACK GOLD. His single "Rescue Me" a combination with Gramps Morgan has
maintained a strong presence on charts worldwide with continuous rotation
throughout 2011.
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Which DJ have icy talent?

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Wah dis message ah go round pon bb bout a certain deejay who ah use him long
tune fi suck ice outta the gal dem vajayjay. How dem so talented?




DI ting hot up

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How Danielle career ah get back hot so? She ah par straight up wid Sly Dunbar
and him give her a big international hit, all ah France and Switzerland, mi hear
the tune ah sell pon iTunes. Gwaan DI.




Milla 9 ting still a gwaan

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Mi hear say Milla 9 start him owna record company and all these things. Just
cause him nah spar wid Kartel no more mean say him come outta music. Mi hear say
him sell him BMWand buy up nuff studio equipment and him have a new riddim weh
him ah go put a road soon. Gwaan do yu ting Milla 9, mi see Bomber who par wid
Mavado ah go hard wid him new vehicle and ting, yu affi get yours.
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Guyana mad over Pamputtae

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Pamputtae have the Guyana people lock. Easter Monday, she mash up the Victoria
Community Centre pon the east coast of Guyana; she one inna concert and the
venue pack wid 5,000 people. This ah her first time over de and dem treat her
like a Goddess. The same day, Beenie Man and Jahvinci dem did inna Guyana inna
the capital and Pamputtae ting still sell off. Gwaan my girl. Rohan, big up
yuself.
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Marriage feva ketching hard

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People, the way everybody ah get married, mi a wonder if it a run outta style,
right now, all mi a look a husband. The other day, Assassin buss a married inna
Las Vegas with the love of him life, mi hear say Tessanne Chin engaged and she
have a big wedding plan like Wayne and Tami, and mi hear say Beenie and Angel
might RENEW DEM VOWS inna August this year.  Then mi ah hear say Nicky Minaj ah
fly go England fi take part inna William and Kate wedding even though dem no
invite her because she say ah William ah fi har man and a bagga tings. Ah
married fever and it a ketch?
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Deejay inna rent cass cass

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How dem say dem have money and dem ting set right and dem still nah live right?
Ah bout one year now a certain deejay have him girl inna the people dem
apartment and stop pay rent. Mi hear say ah almost $500,000 dem owe now and it
ah get sticky, mi hear say police and courts about to get involved. Wah dat Mr.
Hammer Man?
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The Daily Word - Thursday, April 28, 2011

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COMFORT
I am in the presence of pure being. I am not alone.

I am not alone. I hold this thought in mind and feel comforted. The evidence of love begins to show. A ray of sunshine strikes a crystal and the rainbow of colors dances on my wall. A tiny bird comes near to sing its song just for me. In books and music, through the gentle touch and kindness of others, God speaks to me of love. What reassurance comes when I take time to listen for and experience that still small voice of God.

In the quiet place within my heart, I feel God's loving presence. No burden is mine to carry alone. With each breath I draw upon the infinite strength and peace of the Divine. I gently release any sorrow or worry weighing me down. Enfolded in the embrace of sweet Spirit I know that I am not alone.

Yet I am not alone because the Father is with me.--John 16:32




The Daily Word - Wednesday, April 27, 2011

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I am grateful for everyone and everything.

As I awake, I take a deep, body-filling breath in and out. With each breath, I express love and gratitude for the new day and the many opportunities that await me. Gratitude and praise open the way for greater joy and richer life experiences.

Appreciation fills me with vitality and enthusiasm. I feel renewed and filled with life's energy. My heart is open and receptive to new experiences, knowing that whatever comes my way, I will see and feel the good in it.

As I go about the activities of my day, I feel myself swaying with the rhythm of love and gratitude. I audibly say, "Thank you!" as if the whole world could hear it, and I imagine it responding back to me, "You are welcome!"

Bless the Lord, O my soul, and all that is within me. --Psalm 103:1
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A Jamaican man, who is facing deportation in the United States, has found
himself in more problems.
Kenneth Bailey, 42, is now in custody in Pennsylvania, after he was held last
week chasing a woman with a sword.
Mr. Bailey was charged with simple assault and placed in Franklin County Jail on
a US Immigration and Customs Enforcement order.
According to reports, the police were called to Mr. Bailey's home on April 21.
A woman reported that she and the Jamaican man had got into an argument.
Investigators say Mr. Bailey reportedly chased her from her home threatening her
with a large sword.

During the investigation, the police discovered the outstanding warrant for Mr.
Bailey and he was arrested and charged.
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Gang leader Rookie arrested and charged

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The alleged leader of the Rose Town based Discipline Gang, 41-year-old Uriel
James, otherwise called 'Rookie', has been charged by the police.
James was charged on Tuesday afternoon by detectives from the Major
Investigation Taskforce with shooting with intent and illegal possession of a
firearm.
The charges are in connection with an incident which took place earlier this
year.
James is booked to appear in court later this week.
News of James being charged comes days after the police seized ten guns and 39
assorted rounds of ammunition believed to be part of the arsenal of the
Discipline Gang.
The seizure was made on Saturday during a search operation in Rose Town.
And the police are looking to lay more charges against the leader of the
Discipline Gang.
Assistant Commissioner Ealan Powell, Head of the Criminal Investigation Branch,
told RJR News on Tuesday night that Mr. James is being investigated for murder.
 "He has been charged for shooting with intent and he now faces other charges as
a result of some other investigations that we are doing. In short order he could
very well be charged for two or more counts of murder," ACP Powell said.
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"Harry Dog" pointed out in ID parade

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A major figure in Christopher 'Dudus' Coke's criminal network was pointed out in
an identification parade which took place Tuesday.
Harry McLeod, otherwise called 'Harry Dog', was pointed out in the line up which
was held in connection with a murder committed two years ago.
McLeod, 40, was arrested at an apartment in New Kingston three weeks ago after
being placed on the police most wanted list.
More than 40 rounds of ammunition were allegedly seized in the operation.
Harry Dog was also named as a person of interest six years ago following the gun
slaying of Police Inspector, Lascelles Walsh and District Constable, Canute
Brown.
Inspector Walsh and Constable Brown were gunned down in May 2005, when gunmen
from West Kingston attacked members of the police force at several spots across
the Corporate Area.
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What is all dis bangarang we a hear bout Iley Dread new song, Lover's Holiday?
We hear sey people all deh pon radio a talk bout a no di Dread write di song.
But a coulda wha dat! After Lovers Holiday a no di first song di Dread a write,
so wha all di fuss about? A wonder if a true di song deh a number 2 pon Richie B
chart mek all a di haters a crawl out from unda all sort a place.

Oonu muss know sey it bad when Iley haffi a put out release how him get di
inspiration di write di tune one evening when him a watch the sunset a Rick's
café.

Iley, just gwaan do yuh ting, cause you US college radio tour just done and it
did mad and you  a come fi Western Consciousness and yuh have nuff show line up.
Plus you heart eva clean. All when dem a beg you yuh tings and a stab you inna
you back after dem get it, you still cyan hate dem. So just go through clean
hearted dread.
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Trini yute how you diss up di singer so?

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How some man so good? All now we cyan believe how the little singer yute from
Trinidad use up the big big singer girl fi get a bus and pretend how him soo in
love with har, and it was all lies.
After the 28-year-old yute get him big break, him no do nutten but walk and diss
up the woman, bout him no waan no 41-year-old inna him bed. So him neva know dat
when she did a carry him pon stage all over the Caribbean and a try buss him
career.
Now, all di woman husband find out bout she and the youngas and move outta di
house. And now di singer yute stop tek her calls, not responding to her BB pin -
him shut her out and a daub her up.
We hear true dat home girl all cut off har locks. But the yute betta know sey
sitten name karma and it a go ketch him.
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Addi fool we again; but careful wha yu eat!

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Bwoy Addi, you learn from the best. You pull a Beenie Man pon wi fi get a
headline. Bout people splice up di song and mek it look like seh you eat unda di
table. But mout seh a yu same one splice up di ting cause you know seh the media
a go swoop dung pon it like dead meat. Cause, fi real, a long time you no get
nuh Star headline. And see, everybody a talk bout di song now.

But Addi, you haffi careful wha you eat and who you eat from. Cause some girl a
chat nuff tings and all a sey you put ice up in deh and suck it out. We cyaan
sey a true; we just a talk wha we hear and wha you sing bout.
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The Daily Word - Tuesday, April 26, 2011

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PRAY FOR OTHERS
I see the Christ in each person who touches my life.

In life we can experience challenging circumstances. In prayer, I look beyond temporary conditions to see the perfection in whatever may be happening and to behold the Christ within each person.

All people have within them the sacred presence that Jesus demonstrated. This is the Christ Presence. I pray in the awareness of the Christ in me honoring the Christ in another. Whether at the store, on the phone, at work or in traffic--each interaction I have is an invitation for me to bless those I encounter.

As I think of others, I enfold them in love. Living from the love, joy and peace in me, I bless and share these gifts with others.

I pray that ... Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith, as you are being rooted and grounded in love.--Ephesians 3:16, 17
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Lindsay Lohan bailed out of jail

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Lindsay Lohan was bailed out of Lynwood Correctional Facility Friday night after
being held for over 5 hours.
A bondsman put up the cash to get her out of jail...again. Her bail was set at
$75,000.
She's gone to jail so many times in the last year, this guys full time job has
practically been being on standby to bail her a** out of jail. They should
really consider just leaving her there. She never learns her lesson.
And the judge agrees. Judge Stephanie Sautner said: "She is to serve 120
days...forthwith. Perhaps she might see how women who have fallen on real hard
times have to live and maybe she will change."

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Lady Gaga Confesses: 'I Feel Like a Loser'

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Lady Gaga is one of the most successful artists on the planets, but even she has
some down days.

In a new YouTube video, taken from her upcoming HBO special, Gaga tearfully
confesses that she thinks "people are trying to destroy her."

She talks about how much she fear criticism and feels like a "loser kid in High
School." Um...I'm pretty sure there were no kids like you in High School. Maybe
it's the blood. I dunno.

In the video she says, "I still sometimes feel like a loser. It's crazy, 'cos
it's like we're at the Garden, but I still feel like a loser kid in high school.
Sometimes I still feel like people are trying to destroy me... I cannot be
destroyed and I will not be destroyed. And you will never destroy the kingdom
that is my fans.
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One woman was killed while three men were wounded in three separate shooting
incidents in the St. Catherine North Police Division on Saturday.
The dead woman has been identified as 33-year-old Karen Welch, a cosmetologist
from the Lauriston community.
She was killed in the first incident, which happened about 5:30 pm. It is
reported that Ms Welch was at her business place on the Thompson Pen main road
when gunmen barged in and shot her in the head.
She died on the spot.
The second incident occurred just after 9:00 p.m. when a group of gunmen went to
a bar on Fairfield road, off St. Johns Road and started shooting.
One man was wounded in that incident.
It is suspected that sometime later Saturday night, the same set of gunmen
struck at another bar in the old capital along Cumberland road.
There they shot and wounded two people in the bar.
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Baby severely burnt in fire

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A one year old baby boy was severely burnt in a fire in Manchester Sunday
morning.
It is reported that about 10:30 am, residents in Downs saw fire coming from a
seven apartment house in the community and called the fire brigade.
The little boy's father was outside the house when he too noticed the fire and
rushed inside for his son.
However, the one year old baby had already sustained severe burns.
He was taken to the Mandeville Hospital where he was admitted.
A unit from the Santa Cruz fire department put out to the blaze.
The house was gutted.
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Colin Levy happy with US college radio tour

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As singer Colin Levy winds down his month-long US college radio tour, he
confesses to being in extremely high spirits and ready to share his music with
the world.

The reggae artiste, who has been in the States since the first week in April,
was on a  promotional blitz of his most recent song, Lovers' Holiday, from his
soon-to-be-released album, Unleashed. Already the single has found favour in
Jamaica, where it is enjoying good rotation on radio and has made its way onto
the Jamaica Countdown Chart.
Levy, who also uses the moniker Iley Dred, is accompanied on the road  by his
marketing manager, Brian 'Daddy Biggs' Muntz, who single-handedly put together
the radio station package.
Muntz, the IT Coordinator for computing services in a university in Canada, is
also part time in the music business working in the field of Artist &
Repertoire, music production and marketing.  Muntz, who took on Colin Levy as a
client and started working with him immediately after hearing the Lovers'
Holiday single feels very strongly about his project and the upcoming album.
Biggs explained that the artiste has been making inroads by showcasing his music
to one of the largest audiences anywhere - college students. He noted that
college radio stations are quite powerful and said this was an excellent
opportunity for Levy to take his career to the next level.
"Obviously, this is not about money, since this tour is purely promotional, but
the potential for making money down the road because of this is immense," Muntz
stated.
Muntz took the singer to visit on a seemingly endless list  of college radio
stations in Washington, New York,  Atlanta and several other states, and he and
Levy were in one accord as they hit the road for close to 30 days while
journeying on this musical labour of love.
"I have wrapped up my North America College Radio promotional tour, on a
positive note," Levy said from Washington, which was among his last stops on the
trip.
"I have  finally started living my dreams as an artiste and this has always been
my desire," he concluded.
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Chino to release self titled album

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Reggae and dancehall artiste, Chino, will release his self-entitled United
States album Chino in five weeks.
"It won't be just one genre and that's in an effort to cater to not only the US
market, but also the European and Caribbean territories," he said.
The album will be available online and in stores on May 24.
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The Jamaican police will have to wait until next month before being able to quiz
dancehall artisteSpragga Benz in relation to Friday night's triple murder in
McIntyre Villa, also known as 'Dunkirk' in Kingston.
According to the police,  Spragga Benz, whose real name is Carlton Grant, is
overseas and is not due back in the island before May 17.
The artiste was asked to turn himself over to investigators at the Elletson Road
Police Station by 2:00 pm Sunday for questioning in relation to the murder of
Kenrique Richards of Lincoln Terrace and the shooting of two other men.
According to investigators, 49-year-old Peter Escoffery, otherwise called
'Stumpy' of McIntyre Villa; Richards, otherwise called 'Runkus', and an
unidentified man, were shot by a carload of men armed with high-powered rifles.
Richards died on the spot while Escoffery and the unidentified man died at
hospital.
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Finger rape case could head to CCJ

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Jamaica's dispute with Barbados over the alleged ill-treatment of 20-year-old
Shanique Myrie could be headed to the Trinidad and Tobago-based Caribbean Court
of Justice (CCJ).
Dr Kenneth Baugh, minister of foreign affairs and foreign trade, has warned that
the CCJ could be asked to rule on the case if the two countries cannot work out
their differences.
This would be the first time that the Jamaican Government would be taking a case
to the CCJ since it was established in 2001.
With the Myrie dispute now at the level of government to government and a probe
under way in Bridgetown, the Jamaican authorities are demanding that the
Barbadian government does all that is necessary to establish the facts.
The dispute stems from claims by Myrie that she was subjected to verbal
harassment and a demeaning cavity search on arrival in Bridgetown.
Myrie said she was subjected to an invasive cavity search by a female
immigration officer when she arrived in Barbados on March 14.
No contraband was found on her during the search and she was denied clearance to
enter the country before being held in immigration detention and sent back to
Jamaica the following day.
The young woman has since retained the services of Hylton, who is the former
minister of foreign affairs and foreign trade.
She has also been invited to Barbados to identify the officer who conducted the
search.
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The Daily Word - Saturday, April 23, 2011

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EARTH BLESSINGS
I am rich in the wonders of the Earth.

In nature, I am reminded of God's wonder. I feel a commitment and desire to do all I can to sustain the health of Mother Earth. From a place of stewardship and love, I know I can effect change.

Each day, I am grateful for the ways my life is enriched by the earth. Through my actions, I honor and respect her. Every time I nurture and love myself and others, I extend the same love and support to Mother Earth.

Her ability to survive and thrive is apparent as I lovingly work the soil or sink my feet into the sand. The pulsating energy of Spirit is alive in her. I am comforted by that knowledge. In awareness of her splendor, I silently express joy and thanks to God.

Then God said, "Let the earth put forth vegetation: plants yielding seed, and fruit trees of every kind...." And it was so.-Genesis 1:11
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Ziggy Marley to release Wild and Free

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International reggae singer Ziggy Marley, the son of reggae legend Bob Marley,
is poised for the June 14 release of his album Wild and Free.
The album is being released by his family's Tuff Gong Worldwide label.
Wild and Freecarries  themes of global and personal changes and revolutions.
According to Marley, "social revolutions and group revolutions are good and we
need that, but we also need personal revolution, revolution within ourselves
that change who we are as people."
In addition a theme of marijuana and hemp also runs through the album and
according to Marley, he speaks of the whole idea of using the cannabis plant for
more than what it is used for now.
"It can be used for environmental reasons and industrial reasons and nutritional
reasons, to benefit the planet," he said.

Following his Marijauna Man action figure, Ziggy explained that the story is
about utilizing all the properties of the plant.
He does not think people understand how much good it can do.
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LeAnn Rimes (album)

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It's been two years since LeAnn Rimes started her scandalous affair with then
married Eddie Cibrian--and she's still talking about it.

LeAnn, who loves playing the victim, has a new TV special airing this Sunday,
"Backstory: LeAnn Rimes", so she's talking up a storm about the affair.

"I didn't have the tools to know how to do it the right way, how to let go the
right way. I'd never been taught that," she says of cheating on then-husband
Dean Sheremet. At the time Eddie was married to Brandi Glanville, with whom he
has two sons.

After the affair went public, she said she was surprised about the backlash.
Really? You were shocked that people were upset you broke up a home?

"I think I felt abandoned -- I think abandoned is a really good word -- because
of our divorce," Rimes says.

"Not only that," she observes, "our divorce became so much bigger because it was
publicized."

Sadly she really wouldn't be relevant if it wasn't for this scandalous affair.
The affair happened two years ago and it's still the only thing she talks about.

Go do something productive. Record an album. I'm tired of listening to her try
to play the victim when she played an active role in breaking up two marriages.
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LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 11:  Actor Mel Gibson ...

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Mel Gibson has something to say--but this time he's going to try to keep his
voice down.
Crazy Mel has a new movie to promote, The Beaver, so he's desperately trying to
do some damage control. First on the list: talking about those infamous
voicemails he left ex Oksana Grigorieva .
"Who anticipates being recorded?" Gibson tells Deadline in an epic interview.
"Who could anticipate such a personal betrayal?"
He said most of the voicemails were taken out of context and he's really not a
homophobe, a racist and an anti-Semite. Uh, Mel...It's a little hard to take
things like 'I will kill you and bury you in a rose garden' out of context.
He continued, "I've never treated anyone badly or in a discriminatory way based
on their gender, race, religion or sexuality -- period," Gibson says. "I don't
blame some people for thinking that though, from the garbage they heard on those
leaked tapes, which have been edited.
 "You have to put it all in the proper context of being in an irrationally
heated discussion at the height of a breakdown, trying to get out of a really
unhealthy relationship. It's one terribly awful moment in time, said to one
person, in the span of one day and doesn't represent what I truly believe or how
I've treated people my entire life."
But regardless of how many times he tries to clear the air, he knows his
reputation may be permanently damaged. Ya think?
"I don't care if I don't act anymore," he says, adding that he's "beyond" caring
whether fans misjudge him. "The whole experience has been most unfortunate. And
so it's not without all the downside."
"I could easily not act again. It's not a problem. I'm going to do something now
because I want to do it and because it's fun."
He's had so many f**k ups it's a little hard to give him the benefit of the
doubt and assume things were taken out of context. Sure, her reaction to his
crazy rants seemed edited, but his craziness on those tapes were raw--and they
were real.
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Tiana Continues to climb the charts

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Kingston Jamaica: Dancehall fast rising female star Tiana has made her second
appearance on the Hype TV Top 20 Reggae/Dancehall Chart with her female anthem
No Man Cant Talk Bad Bout Mi. Tiana's Hype TV debut was Skippin Feelin ft Chi
Ching Ching.
No Man Cant Talk Bad Mi is currently rocking the 11 position on Richie B's
Dancehall Chart...#8 on the OutAroad Top 20 Hot Singles Chart.
Since the start of the year Tiana has released several new tracks including No
Other Ladyn No Ring Pon Mi Finger and You Mi Want ft Darrio. Other
soon-to-be-released tracks are Betta Luv Tell,  produced by Billboard hit
producer Snow Cone; Gyal Mi Love You ft Konshens a Famshouse Production, My
Story produced by Very Huge Records and Hot Gyal Step Out produced by Miami
based radio disc jock Dj Snypa.
According to Tiana, "This music industry is a very challenging one but at the
same time I must give thanks to God for giving me the strength to keep pushing
on and I also have to give thanks to my manager Carlington Wilmot because he has
certainly been working none stop around the clock. However another thing that
gives me the drive are the wonderful emails I have received by fans from all
over the world via facebook, youtube, twitter and reverbnation."
Tiana is also breaking new grounds in Costa Rica, Sweden and Kenya.
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$50M for Independence celebrations

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Members of parliament are engaged in a discussion during yesterday's sitting of the Standing Finance Committee of Parliament at Gordon House. - Norman Grindley/Chief Photographer
Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture, Olivia Grange, said yesterday that the
stage is set for a rich 50th anniversary national celebrations with a
$50-million injection from the national budget.
Jamaica won its Independence from Britain on August 6, 1962.
The stated aim of the Independence celebrations are, among other things, to
strengthen and enhance the cultural identity of the Jamaican people, and provide
spaces for reflection and meditation on the achievements, struggles, challenges
and aspiration of Jamaicans.
The ministry is also seeking to create opportunities for economic advancement
through the planning and implementation of trade fairs, market penetration
activities, expositions and festivals.
"You will notice that we have an allocation and that is to get us started, we
are setting up a secretariat within the ministry," Grange said in reference to
the $50 million.
She said a core staff will be employed, but the plan is to rely heavily on
volunteers from the culture movement across the island.
"We haven't officially launched the committee as yet, but that it is broken up
into sector groups dealing with special through to legacy projects," said
Grange.
Grange said all members of parliament will be encouraged to set aside funds from
their allocations from Constituency Development Fund for the celebrations.
The anniversary celebrations coincide with that of the general election year,
due in 2012.
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Reggae Sumfest gears up

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For the past 18 years, Reggae Sumfest has built a solid reputation for providing
world class entertainment. Last year's show stands out as one of the best in the
entertainment industry as the festival presented international superstars  Usher
and Chris Brown alongside Jamaica's hottest and best performers. This year's
event which runs from Saturday July 16 to Saturday July 23 is anticipated to be
even better.
Stage manager Junior Taylor describes the ambitious new plans for 2011, "We are
bringing our patrons the same top quality service, but with a new twist. Sumfest
is gearing up to produce some new and exciting elements for the crowd."
The festivities will kick off with the annual beach party moving into the always
highly anticipated Dancehall night on Thursday and culminating with
International Nights 1 and 2 on Friday and Saturday.  "We are stepping up our
game this year," commented promoter Robert Russell, "fans can expect to see
Sumfest like it has never been seen before, virtually and in person."
The Sumfest team is also working to address some of the physical problems
experienced at last year's event.  "We have listened to our audience and are
making adjustments to the venue to accommodate any possible incidence of rain
have, "  remarked organizer John Gurzong. "Also, in light of the current
economic strains we have begun our campaign earlier than usual, to allow people
the time to prepare for this year's amazing showcase."
So it's time to get in the game and start preparing for "The Greatest Reggae
Show On Earth", between July 16 to 23, when Montego Bay opens its doors to the
world.
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Fantan Mojah

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BULLETIN! Reggae is not dead. There is a new standard bearer who encapsulates
the spirit of Jacob Miller and the high energy shenanigans of a Capleton. His
name is Fantan Mojah and he is the tour de force rocking the world of reggae
music today.
Down Sound Recording artiste Fantan Mojah delivered a marquis peformance at
Negril Escape that had hundreds of tourists in a state of awe on Tuesday night
as the One Love Reggae concert series came to a climactic end.
Dressed in a white ensemble which imbued him with a majestic quality, like a
lion surveying his kingdom, Fantan was absolutely brilliant from start to
finish. He delivered all the songs from his 2005 full length album Hail the
King, earning the biggest forwards for Hungry and Nuh Build Great Man.
Backed by his own Macka Tree band, he had the audience in a virtual trance,
their hands aloft, their eyes awestruck and expectant as they swayed to the
sweet reggae harmonies as he did emotionally charged songs such as Corruption,
Thanks and Praise, Love Grows and She Makes Me Feel So Nice.
Even though he had injured his knee a few days earlier, Fantan was able to
transfigure the pain into positive energy and strength, and thrill the patrons
in the venue in a performance they will not soon forget.  They were drawn to his
Bobo Ashanti faith as he praised Jah, condemned immorality, glorified women in a
positive way and called for a revolution against Babylon system. Fantan showed
off his dancing ability during the instrumental sections as the band played a
delicious reggae groove.
Fantan Mojah's one hour and 20 minute performance so captivated the audience
that the promoters waited almost 45 minutes for Julian Marley's onstage stint. A
seasoned performer, Julian Marley did a great job, and the audience were wowed
once again by the Marley magic as he performed wonderful hits from his latest
album, Awake and crowd
favourites from his 2003 album, A Time and Place.
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Fantan Mojah and the Down Sound Records crew have been doing  a blizzard of
performances over the Easter holidays.
Fantan Mojah's latest hit 'Through The Fire' has been blowing up all over radio
and he is getting a lot of requests for shows in Europe. He performed in Negril
on April 19th, bringing an exciting end to the popular One Love Reggae concert
series.
"Yea, Down Sound to the world, things are looking up, I have a 10 city European
tour planned for the Summer, there are plans to shoot a video for Through the
Fire...the ting definitely a tun up," Fantan Mojah said.
Toya and Harry Toddler will perform alongside Mavado on Tipsy. Toya, G Warren
and Tempricher will also be performing
on the eighth staging of the Jamaica International Kite Fest in St. Ann's Bay.
Toya released her new single '12 Speed Blender' last week and the song has been
getting favourable airplay on FM radio. There are plans to shoot a video for the
song as well.
Toya is trying to shrug off the gloom shrouding her life since the
murder of her father, Brian Jackson almost a month ago.
"I am just trying to move on, I am going to leave everything in God's hands, and
try to go on with my life and just be happy you know," she said, in a release.
DSR is also releasing a riddim project called Spirited this weekend which will
feature Capleton, Anthony B, Tempricher, Lollie Lue, G Warren, Toya and Sizzla.
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How the First Earth Day Came About

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By Senator Gaylord Nelson, Founder of Earth Day 

What was the purpose of Earth Day? How did it start? These are the questions I am most frequently asked. 

Actually, the idea for Earth Day evolved over a period of seven years starting in 1962. For several years, it had been troubling me that the state of our environment was simply a non-issue in the politics of the country. Finally, in November 1962, an idea occurred to me that was, I thought, a virtual cinch to put the environment into the political "limelight" once and for all. The idea was to persuade President Kennedy to give visibility to this issue by going on a national conservation tour. I flew to Washington to discuss the proposal with Attorney General Robert Kennedy, who liked the idea. So did the President. The President began his five-day, eleven-state conservation tour in September 1963. For many reasons the tour did not succeed in putting the issue onto the national political agenda. However, it was the germ of the idea that ultimately flowered into Earth Day.

I continued to speak on environmental issues to a variety of audiences in some twenty-five states. All across the country, evidence of environmental degradation was appearing everywhere, and everyone noticed except the political establishment. The environmental issue simply was not to be found on the nation's political agenda. The people were concerned, but the politicians were not. 

After President Kennedy's tour, I still hoped for some idea that would thrust the environment into the political mainstream. Six years would pass before the idea that became Earth Day occurred to me while on a conservation speaking tour out West in the summer of 1969. At the time, anti-Vietnam War demonstrations, called "teach-ins," had spread to college campuses all across the nation. Suddenly, the idea occurred to me - why not organize a huge grassroots protest over what was happening to our environment? 

I was satisfied that if we could tap into the environmental concerns of the general public and infuse the student anti-war energy into the environmental cause, we could generate a demonstration that would force this issue onto the political agenda. It was a big gamble, but worth a try. 

At a conference in Seattle in September 1969, I announced that in the spring of 1970 there would be a nationwide grassroots demonstration on behalf of the environment and invited everyone to participate. The wire services carried the story from coast to coast. The response was electric. It took off like gangbusters. Telegrams, letters, and telephone inquiries poured in from all across the country. The American people finally had a forum to express its concern about what was happening to the land, rivers, lakes, and air - and they did so with spectacular exuberance. For the next four months, two members of my Senate staff, Linda Billings and John Heritage, managed Earth Day affairs out of my Senate office. 

Five months before Earth Day, on Sunday, November 30, 1969, The New York Times carried a lengthy article by Gladwin Hill reporting on the astonishing proliferation of environmental events: 

"Rising concern about the environmental crisis is sweeping the nation's campuses with an intensity that may be on its way to eclipsing student discontent over the war in Vietnam...a national day of observance of environmental problems...is being planned for next spring...when a nationwide environmental 'teach-in'...coordinated from the office of Senator Gaylord Nelson is planned...." 

It was obvious that we were headed for a spectacular success on Earth Day. It was also obvious that grassroots activities had ballooned beyond the capacity of my U.S. Senate office staff to keep up with the telephone calls, paper work, inquiries, etc. In mid-January, three months before Earth Day, John Gardner, Founder of Common Cause, provided temporary space for a Washington, D.C. headquarters. I staffed the office with college students and selected Denis Hayes as coordinator of activities. 

Earth Day worked because of the spontaneous response at the grassroots level. We had neither the time nor resources to organize 20 million demonstrators and the thousands of schools and local communities that participated. That was the remarkable thing about Earth Day. It organized itself.

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The Daily Word - Friday, April 22, 2011

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SURRENDER
I surrender to Spirit and find rest for my soul.

When I am experiencing darkness or difficulty, my belief in the power and love of Spirit brings me comfort and direction. In the face of any challenge, I am never alone. I remember there is value and promise even in the toughest times. During hardship or heartache, I become truly teachable. In the transition from darkness to light, I gain new understanding about myself and about life. I find the strength and resilience to go on.Good Friday

Resurrection follows a crucifixion experience; a magnificent rebirth follows uncertain or demanding times. As I surrender to Spirit, I am enfolded in love and peace. I am ready to rise to all life has to offer.

Then Jesus, crying with a loud voice, said, "Father, into your hands I commend my spirit." Having said this, he breathed his last.--Luke 23:46
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The Daily Word - Thursday, April 21, 2011

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Last Supper

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COMMANDMENT
I act lovingly toward others.

Before the Last Supper, Jesus washed his disciples' feet as a demonstration of love and humility. As he did, he commanded them to love one another. As I think about Jesus' words, I consider the ways in which I express love to others.

There are many types of love: the love of a parent for a child and of family members for one another; the love experienced in friendship and companionship; the love expressed in sharing ideas and beliefs.

Considering Jesus' commandment, I make a new commitment to actively express love toward others. I look for opportunities to give and receive love, knowing that I am putting into motion the truth that Jesus shared--that love is the greatest power of all.

I give you a new commandment, that you love one another. Just as I have loved you.--John 13:34
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JAHVINCI HEADS TO GUYANA THIS WEEKEND

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Portmore Empire singer Jahvinci, known for the number one hit Watch Yu
Friends, is amping up the promotion of his singles for the busy
Summer. Jahvinci recently shot a video for his new single, Draw the
Line, which will debut on local TV soon.

"My songs are really doing well in Europe, there is a lot of interest
over there from promoters who
heard how well the Empire tour did early this year. I am getting ready
to do some great things this
year. I am working hard, writing and voicing songs, I am about to step
things up," Jahvinci said in a release.

However it is Jahvinci's 'Mama Love' tune that is creating the
greatest buzz in the streets.

"Yea, man. I heard that the Mama tune is popping on Internet radio
charts in France, and another one in Belgium, the response has been
amazing...the song seems to be touching people and the feedback is the
reason we're shooting a video in early May when I get back from
Guyana," he said.

He will be performing in Guyana on a show on April 23rd. Other
Jahvinci singles to look out for are Holding On, Rising, Hear My Cry
and Know Jah featuring Lutan Fyah.
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The Daily Word - Wednesday, April 20, 2011

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DIRECTION
Wherever I choose to go, the spirit of God guides me safely home.

Traveling into unfamiliar territory, I look for landmarks to help me find my way back. I may take note of a school, a farmhouse or a lake to mark my path. On my return, seeing those landmarks brings me comfort and peace. I am assured that I will find my way home again.

Similarly, when I am in an unfamiliar situation--perhaps facing a new challenge or opportunity in a job or relationship--I look for spiritual landmarks. These come my way as a sense of serendipity or a familiar feeling of confidence, clarity or peace.

The spirit of God provides my route and guides my course of action. Wherever I go, I am confident that God will guide me home.

The Lord went in front of them in a pillar of cloud by day, to lead them along the way, and in a pillar of fire by night, to give them light.--Exodus 13:21
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Bachannal Jamaica 2011

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The Star Tribute To Lady Saw

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The Daily Word - Tuesday, April 19, 2011

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CELEBRATE
I celebrate the light of God within me and everyone.

The Bible story of God's people securing their freedom from bondage in Egypt reflects my own road to freedom from limiting ideas. In the past, I may have held limiting thoughts about myself and the world. Just as the Hebrew people followed the light of God and celebrated their new life, I celebrate mine.

With an awareness of God's light, I view my life unfolding just as it should. Every success and even seeming missteps are celebrated. Inspired by the light of God, I celebrate my ability to learn, grow and conceive new thoughts and ideas, which will enable me to be a blessing to myself, my family and all humanity.

I will cause your name to be celebrated in all generations. --Psalm 45:17
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Steamy: Jennifer Lopez cosies up to her hunky co-star on her new music video shoot in MexicoIt's been 12 years since she writhed on to our screens in the music video for
her first major single Love Don't Cost A Thing in 1999, instantly cementing
herself as one of the world's most beautiful women.
But Jennifer Lopez proved she's still got it in a steamy beach shoot with the
man dubbed 'the Brad Pitt of Mexico' for her latest offering.
The singer, 41, looks like no time has past in these newly-released pictures
from the set of I'm Into You video shoot, romping on the beach in a revealing
diamond dress.
The American Idol judge cozies up to shirtless actor William Levy, 30, in
sensual beach scenes filmed at Turtle Beach, that are sure to make husband Marc
Anthony a little nervous.
Cuban-born Levy, called 'the Brad Pitt of Mexico' according to Us Weekly, says
of his gorgeous leading lady: 'It was wonderful. I felt very comfortable. She is
a very sincere and fun person.
'The truth is I had a really great time,' he added. 'It was wonderful to see
that someone so huge could be so down to earth, in addition to being really
funny.'
Jennifer was recently named People magazine's World's Most Beautiful woman 2011,
despite revealing she 'went grey at 23.'.
'My mom and my dad both went grey at a young age and I did too. At 23,' she told
the magazine
'Once I got started doing movies I started to grey. It was the stress, theRomance: The singer's love interest is William Levy, dubbed 'the Brad Pitt of Mexico'
pressure,' she joked.
She then quipped that since she married Mark Anthony she had to get her hair
done 'every two weeks.'
But despite having a little trouble in the hair department, Jennifer's famous
figure appears unchanged since her early days in the business.
Her revealing diamond dress shows off her famous curves just as the tiny white
dress she wore in the If You Have My Love video made hers one of the world's
most lusted after bodies.
Jennifer will also wear a low-cut snakeskin print dress and turban for scenes
filmed at the Mayan archaeological site, Chichen Itza.
The star was given unprecedented access to the site to film her video.
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Opposition tense over Tony Ashman extradition

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The Opposition wants the Government to move to avoid jeopardising Jamaica's
relationship with the United Kingdom over the Tony Ashman extradition matter.

Tony Ashman was in Jamaican police custody for more than two months awaiting
extradition to the UK, but was released last Tuesday on a Supreme Court order.

Ashman's lawyer secured his release on the grounds that he had been detained for
more than 60 days after waiving his right to an extradition hearing.

Holding a subject for more than 60 days, after he or she has waived his or her
right to an extradition hearing, is in breach of the law.

Ashman, 27, was supposed to have been extradited to England to face a murder
charge.

The justice minister, Dorothy Lightbourne, said she did not sign the authority
to proceed with the extradition because she did not receive the necessary
authenticated documents from the British government.

But the chairman of the PNP's Human Rights Commission, Clyde Williams accused
Miss Lightbourne of ineffectiveness and poor leadership.

He also called for a probe into the Ashman extradition matter.
According to Mr Williams, the PNP is concerned about what he claims is a
strained relationship between the Ministry of Justice and the Office of the
Director of Public Prosecutions.

He said, this could have resulted in the bungling of the extradition request.

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Three persons charged for salesman's murder

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The St. Catherine South police have made a breakthrough in their investigation
into the circumstances which led to the death of a 46-year-old salesman whose
body was found on the Dyke Road in Portmore on March 30.
Two men and a woman have been charged in connection with the death of Brian
Jackson, who was employed to Rumbar Rum Estates in Worthy Park, St. Catherine.
An autopsy revealed that he was strangled.
The three suspects, who were arrested last week, were charged on Sunday with
murder, conspiracy to murder, robbery with aggravation and accessory after the
fact.
They are Adeshia Johnson, 20, her brother Marlon Johnson, 25 and Jeffery Powell,
24.
It was reported that Mr. Jackson went to a house in Greater Portmore to transact
business when he washeld, tied up and strangled.
His body was then dumped on the Dyke Road.
Several items that were in his car were stolen.
Mr. Jacksons' grey Nissan motorcar was later found in the St. Andrew South
Police Division.
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Tribute to The Dragon

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The Byron Lee Foundation will, on Saturday, April 30, pull together four of
Jamaica's top Bands to perform on a show billed "Tribute to The Dragon".
The show is scheduled to take place in the Jamaica Pegasus Gardens.
"Tribute to The Dragon" will see Fabulous 5 Inc., Errol Lee & the Bare
Essentials, and Lloyd Parks & We the People Band, joining the rebranded Byron
Lee's Dragonaires to honour the `live' big band legacy which Byron Lee helped
forge.
This show will be the first big entertainment event that the Byron Lee
Foundation will be staging.

However, it is the second major activity being undertaken by the Foundation -
following, the April 8 dedication of the Sports Field at Hillel Academy to which
the Foundation donated seating for the bleachers.

Sheila Lee, Byron Lee's widow and head of the Foundation added that, in keeping
with its mandate, the Byron Lee Foundation also intended to offer support for
projects in which record major milestones in the development of Jamaica's music.
Tickets for the April 30 "Tribute to The Dragon" will go on sale on April 27.
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Kartel's Colouring Book Party Blocked By Police

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Partygoers who expected to frolic at the Colouring Book Party headlined by
VybzKartel on Saturday were forced to stay at home with their crayons over the
weekend.

Based on a statement from the promoter, the police ordered organizers to
postpone the event suggesting that the show is likely to attract criminal
elements.
Although several tickets were sold for the party that was expected to take place
at Lime Village in Portmore on Saturday, April 16, organizers say patrons were
refunded.
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Government prosecutors on Monday morning withdrew criminal charges that were
laid against the leader of the Clansman gang, Tesha Miller, before the Corporate
Area Criminal Court. Prosecutors withdrew the charges of assaulting police and using abusive
language, when Miller appeared in court this morning under heavy police/military
guard. He was accused of assaulting a policeman at the Kingston Central Police lock up
while he was in custody during last year's State of Emergency.
He was charged jointly with Keifa Ogilvie, son of Tivoli Gardens strongman
Justin Ogilvie.
The Crown said it will be proceeding against Ogilvie.
He is to stand trial on June 13.
Keifa Ogilvie was recently fined $500,000 by a judge in the Gun Court after he
pleaded guilty to possession of an illegal gun and 20 rounds of ammunition. Tesha Miller was sentenced to 15 years in prison on Friday after he was convicted of gun and robbery charges.
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Residents of the Melrose in Manchester are trying to deal with news of the
tragic death of four members of a family on Monday morning.
The case of the murder/suicide stemmed from an apparent love triangle involving
a policewoman and an ex-policeman.
Those killed are Corporal Bevon Hutchinson- Anderson, 43, Rohan Shaw, 45 and 12
year-old Keinon Shaw.
The retired Sergeant, 58-year-old Osbourne Whitton then took his life.
The policewoman, who was a corporal attached to the Mandeville Police Station,
was at home with her son and his father, shortly after midnight.
The ex-policeman, who is said to have had a love affair with the policewoman,
entered the house to which he had a key.
He allegedly went into a rage and pu
lled a firearm and shot all three persons
killing them on the spot.
George Powell, a resident, was on the scene when the policeman killed himself.
"To be honest I am really surprised. I knew the gentleman over the years and I
am really surprised to know that something like this could really happen. I
heard about it in St. Mary and I said this is impossible to happen in
Manchester," Mr. Powell said.
It is reported that Whitton took early retirement from the force three years
ago.

A little more than a week ago, Corporal Wayne Llewellyn killed four members of
his wife's family before taking his life in Three Hill, St Mary.
His wife sustained a bullet wound to the neck and is still recuperating.
In the meantime, grief councillors from the Education Ministry are at the
McIntosh Memorial Primary School, which 12-year-old Keinon Shaw attended.
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Rihanna's Family Secret revealed

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Rihanna has a three older siblings from her father Ronald's past flings that she never knew about.

The hit singer already has two younger brothers from her dad's 14-year marriage to her momMonica, but now Rihanna is discovering she's the younger sister and an aunt.  Each older brother is from a different mother.

And Rihanna has only known her 32-year-old half sister Kandy for a few years, meeting her when Rihanna was 15-years-old.  Kandy, who works as a pharmacy assistant in Rihanna's native Barbados, insists her daughters Brandy, 14, and 11-year-old Crystal, are very proud of their aunt.  She tells Britain's The Sun newspaper,

"My girls thought she was great fun and now, of course, they love the fact their auntie is one of the most famous singers in the world. They love her music and are always singing her songs at the top of their voices."

Ronald also reveals that Rihanna has a 30-year-old half-sister, Samantha, as well as a 27-year-old half-brother Jamie.

And the family keeps growing!  How would you feel if you discovered you had all these half brothers and sisters?

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The Daily Word - Monday, April 18, 2011

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HEALING
I am renewed by the healing power of God.

Spring rains bring relief from the harshness of winter. Under their gentle caress, the earth returns to its lushness, the fog of winter is washed away and signs of new life appear.

My time in meditation is like the healing rains of spring. As I open my heart to the grace of God, I am renewed. In God's loving presence, I feel restored. My fears dissolve, my needs are met and my soul is refreshed. Hope, health and well-being blossom within me.

The healing power of God is eternal. Though darkness may at times seem to obscure it, the quiet of prayer washes away any doubt. The life of God enlivens my being. I am whole and well.

It will be a healing for your flesh and a refreshment for your body. --Proverbs 3:8
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The Daily Word - Saturday, April 16, 2011

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WORLD PEACE
I share the peace in my heart with the world.

I care deeply about the world and everyone in it, and though I may feel a yearning to help others, I do not always know how. Because events around the world can seem distant and separate from me, my first response occurs within my own awareness.

When I see images or hear reports of discord, I take the situation into prayer. I hold thoughts of peace, and I visualize peace prevailing within every heart and mind. I resolve to speak in peaceful ways and share the potential for peace with others.

Through prayer, I allow God to heal me of any fear or sense of separation. I realize my oneness with others. Peace is alive in my heart, and this makes a difference in the world.

The Lord lift up his countenance upon you, and give you peace. --Numbers 6:26
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STAR BWOY - Mavado (Official VIdeo)

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The popular roots play 'Ova Mi Dead Body' is on its way to West
Kingston for a special performance on Holy Thursday, the 21st of
April,  at 8 p.m.to help raise funds to feed the elderly and the
indigent in this community.

The initiative is the brain child of Stages Production which has once
again teamed up with the 'What a brother can do for Another'
foundation to present  top class entertainment and a belly full of
laughter to inner city residents.

"The Denham Town high school will erupt in pandemonium and laughter as
Delcita and the Stages crew which also includes  Jukky Jam, Bad Boy
Trevor and String Bean hit the stage for a rare downtown performance.
Showtime is at 8pm, and judging by the last play held a month ago you
better be early or you get lef," Deborah 'Foxy' Golding, a director of
the 'What a Brother Can Do for Another' Foundation, said in a release.

Actress Andrea 'Delcita' Wright promises an all out performance "full
of madness and excitment" for her many fans from the inner city.

"Mi coming fi talk di things dem, teach woman how fi deal wid dem man
ya. Money ova words, cause good romance caan carry go shop," Delcita
said in a release.

Admission is $1000. Tickets are availible at Jah T's wholesale, at  23
Spanish Town road.

Two months ago the popular roots play 'Ghett Out' pulled a large crowd
to West Kingston.

"The last show was a great success, it was well organised the patrons
enjoyed themselves to the fullest. It was a great fundraiser and the
money went a long way to fulfilling the needs of our shut-ins and sick
people. We hope that this will be just as successful. We have worked
out a few kinks in the show as last time, Shebada's arrival caused
many people to rush in at once but  this show you're going to feel
like the Grammy's in LA," Ms. Golding said.
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She got fans all over the world doing her Single Ladies dance - and it looks
like Beyonce won't be leaving the choreography to chance for her new record
either.
The 29-year-old star was directing a troupe of twinkle-toed, suspender-clad
beauties on a sand-covered set in Los Angeles as she shot the video for a new
track, apparently called Who Rule The World.
And in her trademark leg-baring style, she was wearing a wisp of a yellow dress
that barely covered her bottom with kinky over-the-knee black stiletto boots and
elbow-length black gloves.
Scroll down to watch Beyonce strut her stuff to Single Ladies...
The star has reportedly hired 200 backing dancers for the shoot, which has been
taking place over the past few days.

The track, described as a 'stomping club banger' will be the first from her
as-yet-untitled new album, the follow-up to 2008's I Am ...Sasha Fierce.
It samples 2009 cult dance track Pon De Floor by London-based fidget house
outfit Major Lazer, Mail Online can reveal.
And it looks like Beyonce is hoping to reclaim her throne as the queen of the
charts in her new video - quite literally.
She was spotted filming wearing a huge gold crown earlier this week.
She continued the regal theme with a red flag bearing her initial 'B' and lots
of gold jewellery.
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It was her first time back on the tennis court since her health scare and Serena
Williams couldn't be missed in this hot pink jumpsuit.
Wearing a one-piece fluorescent Lycra suit is one way to make a comeback and the
13-time Grand Slam singles champion did just that.
Serena posted the photograph on her Twitter page and tweeted: 'Look who I
spotted on the court. Her first day back.'
The 29-year-old was diagnosed in February with a blood clot 'the size of a
grapefruit' in her lung, which she had an operation to remove.
She had developed a haematoma from a pulmonary embolism, stemming from an
incident when she cut her foot on broken glass in Munich last July.
And she has not played an official match since winning the title at Wimbledon
last July.
Wimbledon begins on June 20, but it is also not yet known whether Williams will
compete this year.
Her agent said the No.10 ranked player is still on medication and said she's 'in
consultation on a daily basis with her medical team.
Due to the blood clot, Serena has also not yet been cleared to take long-haul
flights, unlike her sister Venus, who is travelling to Germany this week to
cheer on the United States Fed Cup in Stuttgart.
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WASHINGTON, USA -- A leading Caribbean newspaper publisher and philanthropist,
who for years arranged for members of the US Congress to attend business
conferences in the Caribbean, has pleaded guilty to misleading congressional
staff about who paid for the travel expenses.
The US Justice Department said Karl B Rodney, who is also the chief executive
officer of the weekly New York Carib News newspaper and its foundation, pleaded
guilty to the charge in the US District Court for the District of Columbia.
Rodney, 73, is the only person to have been charged in the scandal, which
prompted an ethics inquiry of several lawmakers, said Assistant US Attorney
General, Lanny A Breuer.
The Justice Department said that Judge Emmet G Sullivan will now sentence him on
July 22.
Rodney faces a maximum of five years in prison and a US$250,000 fine on the
false statement charge.
Breuer said Rodney, through the Carib News foundation and Carib News, organised
an annual conference for more than a decade in the Caribbean, called the Annual
Caribbean Multi-National Business Conference. Many of the conferences have been
attended by members of Congress, he said.
In 2007, the House of Representatives modified its travel rules to require,
among other things, that all privately-funded travel by members of Congress be
pre-approved by the House of Representatives Committee on Standards of Official
Conduct (Ethics Committee.)
The pre-approval process required the private sponsor to submit a Private
Sponsor Travel Certification Form disclosing, among other things, the source of
funding for the member's trip, including transportation, lodging and meals.

"In pleading guilty, Rodney admitted that he made false statements on the
Private Sponsor Travel Certification Form submitted to the Ethics Committee in
connection with the 12th Annual Caribbean Multi-National Business Conference
held in Antigua and Barbuda from November 8-11, 2007," the Justice Department
said.
It said Rodney acknowledged several times in court on Thursday that he was
guilty of the crime of false statements.
At the end of the 45-minute hearing, he blamed a "lapse of judgment" and said,
"I regret that deeply," the Justice Department said.
According to court documents, in connection with the 2007 conference, "Rodney
provided round-trip airfare, hotels and meals for the members attending the
conference, using money and in-kind support provided by the foreign host country
and a private corporation.
"Instead of listing the foreign host country and private corporation on the
certification form that he submitted, Rodney falsely stated that Carib News
Foundation was the only entity that paid for the members' travel and that the
foundation had not accepted funds from any other source earmarked for that
purpose," it said.
According to the House Ethics Committee's initial inquiry, money from several
major corporations, including American Airlines, AT&T and Verizon, paid for at
least six lawmakers to go on the Caribbean trips in 2007 and 2008, "but Rodney
failed to disclose their involvement,"
As a result of Rodney's actions, "the public was denied the right to know the
true source of financial support for travel by Members to the Conferences,"
prosecutors wrote in a court filing.
In a letter, dated March 2009 and addressed to the Office of Congressional
Ethics, lawyers for Rodney described him as a "pillar of the Caribbean American
community.
"It is clear that it has always been our clients'; intention to complete all of
the necessary paperwork, including the House's Private Sponsor Certification
Form, accurately and honestly," wrote the lawyers, Joel Cohen and Danielle
Walsman.
Court documents do not show that Faye Rodney or Louis has been charged.
Five members of the Congressional Black Caucus were cleared by the Ethics
Committee because the committee said they "did not knowingly violate the House's
Code of Official Conduct."
But the committee admonished a sixth lawmaker, veteran Harlem Democratic
Congressman Charles Rangel, because it said "Rangel's staff knew corporations
had contributed money for the conferences."
The committee said it did not have sufficient evidence that Rangel was aware of
what his staff knew.

Psychiatrist Discusses Catherine Zeta-Jones' Bipolar Disorder
Catherine Zeta Jones made headlines yesterday with a simple announcement that
she was getting treated for Bipolar Disorder.

Bipolar Disorder affects about 6 million Americans, and its primary
characteristic is depression. Hollyscoop talked to famed psychiatrist Dr.
Charles Sophy, and he shed some light on how Jones will receive treatment.

"[Bipolar Disorder] is treated with a combination of a good diagnosis and
medication and therapy," Dr. Sophy told Hollyscoop.

He added that the goal of treatment is "getting it into remission, which
translates to mood stability."

Now that her husband has officially beaten cancer, we're hoping achieving that
stability will be easier for Catherine.

Dr. Sophy also explained that Bipolar Disorder is genetic, and that although
she's been under a great deal of stress, stress isn't what caused it.

"Stress brings it out, but it doesn't cause it," Dr. Sophy told us. "Bipolar is
something you are born with."

Catherine was reportedly receiving treatment at Connecticut's Silver City
Hospital, but has since checked out. Her rep says this week she'll be working on
her two upcoming films. Here's hoping Catherine gets all the help she needs so
we can see her shine on the silver screen!

Alleged murderer released before extradition
The Ministry of Justice denied that an alleged fugitive was allowed to go free
because of a dispute between the Ministry and the Office of the Director of
Public Prosecutions.

Yesterday, the Supreme Court ordered the immediate release of Tony Vincent
Ashman, 27, who had been in custody for more than 60 days since he waived his
right to an extradition hearing.

He was not held longer than the time prescribed by the law because the Ministry
did not sign the documents for him to be extradited.

But the justice ministry contends that it did not sign the authority to proceed
because did not receive the documents from the British Government.

The justice ministry said, the British authorities requested the Jamaican
authorities to issue a provisional warrant for Ashman's arrest pending the
submission of authenticated documents for his extradition.

The Ministry noted that Justice Minister Dorothy Lightbourne is prepared to sign
the authority to proceed as soon as she receives the authenticated documents,
provided that they satisfy the requirements of the Extradition Act.

It is alleged that Ashman fatally shot a man at a nightclub in Brixton in 2009
and later fled to Jamaica.

Ashman was captured in August Town, St. Andrew, in November last year, by
members of the Flying Squad during their manhunt for reputed leader of the Dog
Paw Gang, Christopher Linton.
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The 24-year-old man who is accused of the February 28 assault on six residents
in Marlborough, St. Elizabeth, is to face the courts on Friday on a charge of
murder.
Demar Angel, otherwise called Tian, should have answered to the murder charge in
the Black River Resident Magistrate's Court on Wednesday.
However, the case was put off because of administrative issues.
It is alleged that Mr. Angel went on a rampage killing a 13 month old child and
injuring five other residents.
He was seriously injured by an angry mob and had to be hospitalised under police
guard for about two weeks.
He has since undergone a psychiatric evaluation to determine if he is fit to
plead.
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A high school teacher who broke the arm of his daughter was released on bail
Thursday after spending nearly two weeks in police custody.
The teacher, who is employed to a school in Kingston was offered $50,000 bail by
Senior Magistrate Judith Pusey, when he appeared before the Corporate Area
Criminal Court.
It is reported that two weeks ago, the man instructed his daughter not to attend
the Boys and Girls Athletics Championship, but she disobeyed him.
He allegedly used a piece of board to hit her, resulting in the child suffering
a broken arm.
Her brother went to her assistance, but he was flogged.
The matter was reported to the police and following an investigation, the man
was charged with assault occasioning grievous bodily harm under the Child Care
and Protection Act.
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Bunny Wailer and Maxi Priest, two of the most successful reggae solo artistes in
the world, will be performing at this year's annual St. Kitts Music Festival,
which will take place from June 23 to 25.
Bunny Wailer is a musical legend and is considered one of the longtime standard
bearers of reggae music.
He has been named by Newsweek Magazine as one of the three most important
musicians in world music while Maxi Priest is considered to be one of the most
successful reggae fusion acts of all-time.In its 15th consecutive year, the St. Kitts Music Festival attracts persons from
all across the world and features various musical styles including rhythm and
blues, jazz, hip-hop, Reggae, soca, calypso, gospel and contemporary music.
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Clansman 'hit man' shot dead by the police

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The police say they have made a major breakthrough in their quest to dismantle
the Spanish Town-based Clansman Gang.
This follows the shooting death of 24-year old Amal Roman, otherwise called
'Satan'.
Mr. Roman and another alleged member of the gang were fatally shot during a
confrontation with the police in Kent Village, St Catherine Thursday afternoon.
'Satan' was said to be a prominent member of the Clansman Gang, linked to a
string of shootings and murders in the St. Catherine South and North Police
Divisions.
He was regularly listed as a person of interest by the police, in their bid to
smash the Clansman Gang.
The police say he was considered one of the main "hit men" in the gang.
The police say they seized an AK47 rifle, a nine millimeter pistol and a
quantity of ammunition, in the operation.
The police have yet to release the identity of the other man.
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Kingston Pon Di River launched

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Saxophonist Fred Robertson of Ardenne High entertains the audience at the launch of Kingston Pon Di River literary, arts and music festival at the Spanish Court Hotel on Tuesday. - Contributed
Saxophonist Fred Robertson of Ardenne High entertains the audience at the launch of Kingston Pon 
Di River literary, arts and music festival at the Spanish Court Hotel on Tuesday.

Kingston Pon Di River was launched at a 'baby' Boone Hall Oasis at the Spanish
Court Hotel on Tuesday. Organisers Dynamic Event Services (DES) say they believe
the event was capable of sending a different view of the hustle-and-bustle city
to others locally and internationally.
This the organisers explained, could be achieved through using a combination of
literature and nature.
The event which is to take place on May 29 at Boone Hall Oasis in Stony Hill, St
Andrew, is a literary arts festival which will include aspects of the visual,
performing and culinary arts - all under one umbrella.
Part of the proceeds from the event is slated to go toward aiding in the
restoration of The Ward Theatre.
Calabash, a similar festival, came to an end after 10 years, out of that
Kingston Pon Di River was born.
The organisers did not seek to replace the event, however, but offer their
version, opting not to go to Calabash's Treasure Beach, St Elizabeth venue, but
to the Boone Hall Oasis where the soothing flow of the river and the
picturesque, natural surroundings will appeal to the senses.
They want to show the rest of the world that Kingston is also a destination for
fun and relaxation.
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The Daily Word - Friday, April 15, 2011

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PROSPERITY
I give thanks that I am now and forever one with Source.

God is the inexhaustible Source of all good. Divine currency circulates in the flow of inspiration, divine ideas, creativity and courage to take action.

If I have a concern about my finances, I pray for light and understanding, for new and fulfilling ideas. True wealth is a state of consciousness. My good is already present, in me and all around me. I need only say "yes" to it!

In the midst of any circumstance, I have the power to receive. I affirm my unity with God and my oneness with all that I need or desire. I give thanks that I am now and forever one with my Source, that I am now and forever in touch with the free-flowing stream of divine ideas.

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




Brit Jam Photos by: Milton Raynor

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Gully Gad Mavado has been amping up his visuals from the top of the year,
appearing in videos for Daseca's just-released Category 5 medley video, his

collabo with Shaggy - Girls Dem Love We, DJ Khaled's mega-remix for Welcome To
My Hood, a collab with Sony Records UK artist Chipmunk and his very own
Dancehall smash Star Bwoy.

The Winston 'Tyson' Mayhew-directed video is unique as it incorporates
never-seen-before footage from Mavado's triumphant return to New York after a
year absence due to the loss of his visa in 2008. A camera followed Mavado and his entourage around New York as he was in studio, in the streets, shopping and
performing in front of thousands of people,
"We had Tyson travel with us on that trip to capture the history as it
unfolded," says manager Julian Jones-Griffith. "
It was a moment in time that needed to be captured and the footage we got was even more than we expected. ItStar Bwoy vid 4.jpg

was a very memorable weekend and we have it all recorded. We are going to
release a DVD/music package this Summer made from that weekend and a couple
other trips we shot as well. It's going to give Mavado's fans a chance to see
him like never before and this Star Bwoy video will give them a teaser of that.
It all came together perfectly when we decided to also use Tyson to shoot the
Star Bwoy video."

Upon Mavado's return to New York in 2008, he recorded Caribbean Connection with
Wyclef and Lil Kim, who both make cameo appearances in the Star Bwoy video.
Wyclef also surprised a packed Roseland Ballroom by calling out Mavado during in
his set at the HOT 97 On Da Reggae Tip show. The 2008 Labor Day weekend's climax
was Mavado's official first performance in front of a 20,000-strong crowd at the
IRIE Jamboree show in Roy Wilkins Park, Queens.

"You know we always do our ting different," says Mavado. "My fans are always
asking me for more visuals but we have to make sure everything is right and
stands out from everybody else. The way we put this video together with new and
old footage makes it really unique, I know my fans are going to love it. They
can expect a lot more from me this year too, no ease up."

Star Bwoy will get a special feature on mega-popular website WorldStarHipHop.com
Thursday morning, debuting on local TV this Friday. Mavado and his team plan to
break more new ground be posting the clip on iTunes for sale.

DJ Khaled's Welcome To My Hood remix video, that features Mavado alongside
Ludacris, T Pain, Busta Rhymes and a host of other rappers will debut on BET's
106 & Park in the coming weeks.

Mavado's long-awaited single, Delilah, will be released in two weeks, followed
shortly after by an accompanying video. Stulla Wine is expecting to be launched
to the marketplace in July. The hunt for the Ultimate Stulliesha - the face and
body of Stulla Wine - will be announced with a major media partner soon.
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Brand Jamaica

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What is Jamaica, the brand? What is the image your mind conjures when you think of Jamaica? Sunny beaches, ganja and guns perhaps? Or, how about laid back work ethic, homophobia or backward banana republic on the brink of civil unrest? Credible words or great misnomers?

An American colleague remarked, "My wife and I have been going to Jamaica now for eight years we just love it."

Then he paused, took a deep breath and said, "But don't you feel as you drive to the compound and see those shanty huts that any minute now they might rise up with machetes!"

This is 'Brand Jamaica"? Is this fear of a black planet or fear of the folklorist bravado that Yaad likes to perpetuate; the bombastic bad bwoy Buccaneer. We know this is the media image of Jamaica, search online and you will be floored by the amount of off-balance reporting and negative reports on gangs and drugs.

During the time of the Dudus drama you would think the whole isle was ablaze with unrest and uncertainty. A time that cost Jamaica dearly. Meanwhile, in Bangkok, street riots took many lives but still Conde Nast placed the city as the Best Place to Visit. Proof that it is perception not reality that reaps the revenue.

Ironically, it's the tourist beach hustlers who understand Brand Jamaica more than anyone. It's a symbiotic relationship; the tourist start with their need for drugs or their yearning for sex and it ends in a toxic trade and an understanding that the more brazen they are the more most tourists will, in intimidation, pay.

They understand that the key factor in revenue for Brand Jamaican spending is entrenched with fear and distrust. They have cleverly capitalized on this with Lotharian tactics that flip on a dime to aggressive hustling and intimidating swagger.

More sluggish to catch on is the Jamaican Tourist Board (JTB). The approach of the JTB is that of a band-aid on a cancer. When your brand image is that of unrest, corruption, danger, drugs and guns, a pretty picture of an exotic beach won't work. More pretty-picture campaigns and a social media push that posts banal "How is your day" messages to the thousands of potential customers.

However, it is clear their strategy is to build up "all inclusive" market (a mainly foreign owned industry). A strategy that shoots the brand in the foot as it fortifies the salient factors that Jamaica is not safe and the locals are not to be trusted.

When there's negative brand connotations the key strategy is to change that perception fast before it spreads. Deflection is a weak tactic when you are up against a media tsunami of negative misinformation.

 

Key factors

Identify the main issues as fear and distrust in the brand. Knowledge, perspective and exposure to facts will reinvigorate the lost revenue. Steering revenue to the smaller hotels of Jamaica and encouraging tourists to visit Kingston is key towards the transparent drip of trust. The fact that JTB pretty much ignores the smaller hotels and Kingston again strengthen the fear.

JTB needs to stop herding their social media masses to endless banal clips of reggae artists' videos but post human interest stories of real people in real communities doing great initiatives alongside pretty pictures. Show the cosmopolitan aspects of the people and the culture. Applaud the victories in education, industry and the arts. Bombard people with facts and real perspective.

During the Dudus drama not one major media put out that Tivoli was the size of Sandals resort in a small contained area miles from any tourist area. Huddled masses of foreign journalists descend on the island and relish in the scaremongering.

 "A city on the brink of Civil Unrest" I heard last time on CNN. Then there are other media reports like that video report on the Wall Street Journal about returning Jamaicans who come home for retirement but invariably get killed in robberies. Who is managing Brand Jamaica here? Where are the global media watchdogs who protect Brand Jamaica and where are the lobbyist groups who instigate the more truthful real balance in reporting? What litigation surrounds to protect Brand Jamaica when such unbalanced reporting continues?

This re-brand needs to be a cross platform initiative to survive and really reap the potential global revenue. Manufacturers of Jamaica need to protect and promote "Buy Jamaica" to rebuild that trust and knowledge that the country has authority and is worthy of investment. Education should have a component in it to build back the pride the people have in the land and culture and should also tie into the Buy Jamaica ethos.

Politicians need to be mindful of the Brand Jamaica image when they play verbal ping pong throughout each campaign promoting crime stats and the other party's corruption. Jamaica is the only nation in Caricom who prints so grandiosely the crime statistics. Meantime, throughout the rest of the world crime statistics are 're-classified'. What use is this negative branding?

Local media needs too to be held accountable with watchdog monitoring committees. Accountability is key in order to bring back Jamaica the positive brand onto a global stage for revenue potential.

Who is driving this brand and what is their strategy? I think they are asleep at the wheel.


 Jane Nina Buchanan

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YF Feature - AC Money

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Now Available On I-tunes

Yardflex:      How did you get your artist name?

AC Money:   My label is A.C.M. which means ability to Create Millions.

I made up the name Ac.Money from that when I was in the studio before I began recording. It has since stuck with me so I decided to make my artist name Ac.Money.

 




YF: how long have you been in the business?

AC: Money: I have been in the business for seven years but I've been influenced by music ever since I could remember.

 

YF: What is the inspiration for your sound?

AC: Money: My

 inspiration comes from nature and all different genres of music. I always seem to drift away listening to the sound of the music I hear.

 

YF: how do you best describe your music and style?

AC: Money: My music and style is based on nature and my daily life.

 

YF: Where do you see yourself going musically?

AC: Money: I see myself working with major artists in the industry and creating an new era for myself, and the artists on my label.

 

YF: Who do you look up to musically?

AC: Money: Musically I look up to Beres Hammond, Beenie Man, Sizzla, Baby Wayne, Jay-Z, Celine Dion, Jadakiss and Tupac.

 

YF: Do you play any instruments?

AC: No, but I build beats and I like trying new things with music

 

YF: What do you like best about being an entertainer?

AC: Money: I like when other cultures can see and hear my music, and those same people can relate to my music and understand my point of view.

 

YF: Who would you like to collaborate with for a track?

AC: Money: I would like to collaborate with Beenie Man, Sizzla, Beres Hammond, Tarrus Riley and Jadakiss.


www.facebook.com/acm.millionswww.facebook.com/ac.money 

www.twitter.com/13money14 

www.reverbnation/acmrecordswww.jango.com/music/ac+money 

www.acmoney.fanbridge.com and www.youtube.com/megaacmoney 

You can use 757-701-8422 as the booking number.


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The Daily Word - Wednesday, April 13, 2011

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GUIDANCE
In the quiet, I am aware of divine possibilities.

Whether I call it intuition or insight, inner knowing emanates from the spirit of God within me. I know the right action to take and when to take no action at all as I remain open to Spirit for guidance and illumination.

Clearing my mind of any uncertainty about what I can do, I open myself to what God's Presence can do through me. In quiet times of prayer, I receive divinely inspired direction. Free of any doubt or fear, I let divine possibilities flow into my conscious awareness.

Through prayer and meditation, I become attentive to the still small voice of intuition, the "inner teaching" of Spirit. I know when to speak and act and when to be still.

After he had dismissed the crowds, he went up the mountain by himself to pray.--Matthew 14:23
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The Daily Word - Tuesday, April 12, 2011

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GRACE
There is no place that is beyond God's love.

As part of God's creation, I am blessed with the gift of grace. Grace is bestowed upon me unconditionally, without my needing to earn it or prove I deserve it. Like the father rushing to meet his returning prodigal son, God meets me when I seek the kingdom. Moreover, grace is active in me even when I am not consciously seeking, for there is no place in mind or heart that is beyond God's love.

Grace is visible in my life when the consequences of a mistake are gentler than they might have been. Grace is tangible when I feel blessed beyond all imagining. Love wells up within my heart until I feel the full impact of God's presence.

Thank you, God, for your gift of grace. I know I am always in your loving care.

Grace be with all of you.--Hebrews 13:25
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Amber Rose has never been shy of showing off her body - so there was little
surprise to fellow sunbathers when she spotted topless in Barbados at theweekend.

However, the 27-year-old model soon saw fit to cover up again - and hide her two
nipple piercings - with her pink and purple polka dot bikini top.

The crop haired beauty - Kanye West's ex - has been spending a few days on the
tropical island with some girlfriends.
She wrote on her Twitter: 'Went snorkeling today it was awesome we were petting
the turtles and saw a Humpback Whale Super cool s*** :-)'
However, it's not been all happy holidays for Amber.
She posted on her Twitter earlier today: 'Its really beautiful here but I'm
starting to get a lil Home sick I miss my Mommy, Pauly & Franky (her dogs) so
much :-('
Not only that, but she unhappily revealed that she could only send BlackBerry
messages and not text from her phone.
She also complained of feeling seasick when she went for a cruise off the coast
of the Caribbean island last week, moaning: 'Taking a cruise in Barbados I get a
lil sea sick tho I need sum (anti-nausea drug) Dramamine.'
The star also said she was missing her boyfriend, hip hop star Wiz Khalifa, 23, who she described as her 'husband'.





The St James High School fraternity is still reeling from last Wednesday's
suspected suicide of a 14-year-old eighth grade female student after a romantic
relationship with a male student went sour.
The suspected suicide victim is Annalise Authurs of Rose Mount Gardens, Mount
Salem, St James.
According to Annalise's distressed father, Gary Authurs, his daughter eventually
succeeded in killing herself on Tuesday after trying to take her life three
times in the last two years.
He said that a couple of years ago, while Annalise was a student at Howard Cooke
Primary, she attempted to jump from an upstairs balcony at the school after the
Grade Six Achievement Test (GSAT) results were announced and students she
perceived to be of an inferior academic standard were placed in traditional high
schools, while she was placed at St James High.
In January, according to the father, his daughter again tried to end her life as
a result of a problematic love affair with a male student.
"I heard of another incident at St James High, that she had a boyfriend problem
and said if she don't get the guy she going to kill herself. She was moving
towards the [rear of the school] and it was other students who stopped her from
carrying out the act," the girl's father revealed.
He said that on Tuesday Annalise's most recent boyfriend was said to have broken
up with her, triggering another suicide attempt the following day.
"What her friends have been saying is that the guy broke up with her on Tuesday,
and after that she became erratic and threatened to kill herself. The students
talked to her, trying to get her to calm down. Her father picked her up the same
day but persons who would have got the information did not inform him of
everything until afterwards," the visibly upset teacher, Mrs. Hayles Selby
revealed.
Hayles Selby recounted that while marking the attendance register she realised
that Annalise was absent from class but said she was not alarmed as the young
student was "actually doing two CXCs [subjects] outside of the school, so
sometimes she gets here late".
But after she completed marking the register she inquired, as was customary, if
any of the students had any issues. It was at that point that one of Annalise's
close friends informed her that she was worried that Annalise was not in class,
as the previous day she took from another student two shoelaces which she
threatened to use to hang herself.
The teacher explained that her husband is a friend of Annalise's father, so
shortly after, she called her husband to get the teen's father's telephone
number. It was then that she received the tragic news.
"By the time I called my husband to ask him the number, my husband gave me the
news that she had committed suicide," Hayles Selby explained.
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Commentary over the PA system. A cricket wicket with stumps in place. Batsmen
frozen in position after playing glorious shots and a buzz from the growing
audience in amphitheatre-style seating.
Not Sabina Park, Camp Road, on a glorious afternoon of cricket lovely cricket,
but the Courtleigh Auditorium, New Kingston, on Saturday night, for graphic
reflection on the halcyon days of the West Indies cricket team.
The Digicel-supported documentary Fire in Babylon made its Kingston premiere to
a standing ovation, as just before the credits rolled former fast bowler and
current cricket commentator, Michael Holding, stated that between February/March
1960 and February/March 1995, the West Indies did not lose a match.
Fire in Babylon puts that West Indies dominance in the context of striking back
against colonialism and racism - literally, with the quick, hostile bowling
quartet core of Holding, Joel Garner, Colin Croft and Andy Roberts, and later,
Malcolm Marshall, and the mighty batting of Viv Richards.
And, of course, there was the stoic, savvy Clive Lloyd's leadership.
So the development of a team that turned out to be magical, after wilting under
the salvos of the fast, ferocious and feared pair of Australian quickies, Dennis
Lillee and Jeff Thompson Down Under in 1975, was interwoven with the surrounding
historical times. There was the Black Power movement through the Caribbean in
the early 1970s, the wave of black migrants to England, apartheid and socialism.
Although the team's dominance continued for another decade, Fire in Babylon
culminates with the 'Black Wash' of England in 1984.
The sole surviving Wailer, Bunny Wailer, is central to the documentary, which is
steeped in heavy reggae rockers and has a couple touches of mento and dancehall.
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AP: Skin bleaching a growing problem in Jamaica

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KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) -- Mikeisha Simpson covers her body in greasy white cream
and bundles up in a track suit to avoid the fierce sun of her native Jamaica,
but she's not worried about skin cancer.
The 23-year-old resident of a Kingston ghetto hopes to transform her dark
complexion to a cafe-au-lait-colour common among Jamaica's elite and favoured by
many men in her neighborhood. She believes a fairer skin could be her ticket to
a better life. So she spends her meager savings on cheap black-market
concoctions that promise to lighten her pigment.
Simpson and her friends ultimately shrug off public health campaigns and reggae
hits blasting the reckless practice.
"I hear the people that say bleaching is bad, but I'll still do it. I won't stop
'cause I like it and I know how to do it safe," said Simpson, her young daughter
bouncing on her hip.
People around the world often try to alter their skin color, using tanning
salons or dyes to darken it or other chemicals to lighten it. In the gritty
slums of Jamaica, doctors say the skin lightening phenomenon has reached
dangerous proportions.
"I know of one woman who started to bleach her baby. She got very annoyed with
me when I told her to stop immediately, and she left my office. I often wonder
what became of that baby," said Neil Persadsingh, a leading Jamaican
dermatologist.
Most Jamaican bleachers use over-the-counter creams, many of them knockoffs
imported from West Africa. Long-term use of one of the ingredients,
hydroquinone, has long been linked to a disfiguring condition called ochronosis
that causes a splotchy darkening of the skin. Doctors say abuse of bleaching
lotions has also left a web of stretch marks across some Jamaicans' faces.
In Japan, the European Union, and Australia, hydroquinone has been removed from
over-the-counter skin products and substituted with other chemicals due to
concerns about health risks. In the United States, over-the-counter creams
containing up to 2 per cent hydroquinone are recognised as safe and effective by
the US Food and Drug Administration. A proposed ban by the FDA in 2006 fizzled.
Lightening creams are not effectively regulated in Jamaica, where even roadside
vendors sell tubes and plastic bags of powders and ointments from cardboard
boxes stacked along sidewalks in market districts.
"Many of the tubes are unlabelled as to their actual ingredients," said Dr
Richard Desnoes, president of the Dermatology Association of Jamaica.
Hardcore bleachers use illegal ointments smuggled into the Caribbean country
that contain toxins like mercury, a metal that blocks production of melanin,
which give skin its colour, but can also be toxic.
Some impoverished people resort to homemade mixtures of toothpaste or curry
powder, which can stain skin with a yellowish tint.
The Jamaican Ministry of Health does not have data on damage caused by
skin-bleaching agents, though dermatologists and other health officials say they
have been seeing more cases.
Eva Lewis-Fuller, the ministry's director of health promotion and protection, is
redoubling education programs to combat bleaching in this predominantly black
island of 2.8 million people, where images of fair-skinned people predominate in
commercials for high-end products and in the social pages of newspapers.
"Bleaching has gotten far worse and widespread in recent years," she said.
"(Bleachers) want to be accepted within their circle of society. They want to be
attractive to the opposite sex. They want career opportunities. But we are
saying there are side effects and risks. It can disfigure your face."
Health officials are running warnings on local radio stations, putting up
posters in schools, holding talks and handing out literature about the dangers.
But a similar anti-bleaching campaign in 2007 called "Don't Kill the Skin" did
nothing to slow the craze.
The bleaching trend is sparking a growing public debate. Even dancehall reggae
hits celebrate the practice, or condemn it.
The most public proponent of bleaching is singing star Vybz Kartel, whose own
complexion has dramatically lightened in recent years. His 'Look Pon Me'
contains the lines: "Di girl dem love off mi brown cute face, di girl dem love
off mi bleach-out face."
Kartel, whose real name is Adijah Palmer, insists that skin bleaching is simply
a personal choice like tattooing.
Christopher AD Charles, an assistant professor at Monroe College in New York
City who has studied the psychology of bleaching, said many young Jamaicans
perceive it "as a modern thing, like Botox, to fashion their own body in a
unique way."
Others, however, say it raises awkward questions about identity and race.
"If we really want to control the spread of the skin-bleaching virus, we first
have to admit that there's an epidemic of colour prejudice in our society," said
Carolyn Cooper, a professor of literary and cultural studies at the University
of the West Indies, writing in The Jamaica Gleaner newspaper.
Felicia James, a 20-year-old resident of the Matthews Lane slum, said skin
bleaching just makes her feel special, like she's walking around in a spotlight.
She was taught to bleach by her older sister and her friends.
"It's just the fashionable thing to do. After I bleach, I'm cris," she said,
using a Jamaican term for cool. "Plus, a lot of the boys are doing it now, too."
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Members of the public are being asked to visit the offices of the Flying Squad to identify items of jewellery that have been seized in a number of police aids, particularly in the Corporate Area.
"Persons wishing to identify jewellery at the Flying Squad offices must carry
proper identification," stated a release from Karl Angell, director of
communication for the Jamaica Constabulary Force.
The Flying Squad offices can be located on East Queen Street (next door to the
Central Police Station), downtown Kingston, and persons can visit to identify
their jewellery, beginning at 9 a.m. today.
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Remake of Harder They Come coming 2012

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There will be a remake of The Harder They Come, the popular 1972 sensational
low-budget movie of filmmaker Perry Henzell.
Henzell's daughter, Justine Henzell, reportedly told The Gleaner last week that
filming is scheduled to start later this year in Jamaica and London.
Chris Salewicz, the respected British writer, did most of the writing for the
new-look movie but Henzell said a cast is still being assembled.
Salewicz has written extensively on reggae including the book, Songs of Freedom,
as well as an authorised Bob Marley biography.
He also wrote the screenplay for the 1999 movie, Third World Cop.
The Harder They Come remake is a joint venture between Henzell, British company
Xingu Films and Conquering Lion Pictures which is based in Toronto.
"Over the years, many people have approached us with remake ideas but for the
first time I am confident we have a team that will honour the original, while
creating a new narrative worthy of the legacy," Henzell said.
The Harder They Come is expected to be released in 2012, 40 years after the
original, which starred singer Jimmy Cliff, was first shown in Jamaica.
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The Daily Word - Monday, April 11, 2011

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FREE
Today and every day, I am unbound and unlimited.

I am free, and I choose the responsibility that comes with spiritual freedom. Free to say what I want, I speak words that uplift and support my growth and the

 well-being of others. Free to think as I please, I hold thoughts of love for myself 

and everyone.

If a situation arises where my freedom seems limited, I look more deeply. Nothing and no one can hold me in bondage. I am only limited by limited thinking. 

A consciousness of freedom 

delivers me from all self-imposed restrictions.

Today and every day I am unbound and unlimited, because no condition or situation can limit the freedom of my soul. Responsive to life and responsible for my choices, I am the spirit of freedom in expression.

Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.--2 Corinthians 3:17




The Daily Word - Sunday, April 10, 2011

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FRESH START
This day is a new beginning for me, and I embrace it with enthusiasm!

No matter what has happened in the past--no matter what crisis or disappointment occurred one moment ago or a day, a year or a decade ago--I can make a fresh start today.

I begin by letting all thoughts and beliefs that do not contribute to the well-being of myself or my loved ones fall away. With a fresh start, I embrace all that enriches me in mind, body and spirit. Aware of my Creator, and aware of myself as a creation of God, I see myself and all others in the light of divine love. This love blesses my relationships and activities. With Spirit guiding and inspiring me, I am on my way to a new life that is waiting for me.

So if anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation: everything old has passed away; see, everything has become new!--2 Corinthians 5:17
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Tarrus Riley performs at Negril Escape Resorts

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Scam artistes pretending to be authorized booking agents for reggae singer
Tarrus Riley, have been making life miserable for some promoters.
Recently, a promoter from Canada was swindled out of thousands of dollars, when
he became a victim to these scam artistes.
Riley's Management Team pointed out that persons wishing to contract Tarrus
Riley for events and functions need to contact the authorized booking agents who
work on the artiste's behalf.
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In a major Grammys overhaul, organisers of the music industry's top awards said
on Wednesday they would slash the number of categories to 78 from 109
for next year's ceremony. However, fans of reggae music can rest comfortably
that the Best Reggae Album category remains on the list of 78.
Many existing categories will be merged, while some will be dropped outright
with contenders from different musical genres required to compete in new,
all-purpose categories.
The top awards -- album, record and song of the year, and best new artist --
will remain untouched.
Recording Academy president Neil Portnow said the changes followed discussions
that involved "some pretty passionate discomfort" and would be "a little
unsettling" to some musicians.
The R&B field suffered one of the biggest cuts, with the number of awards halved
to four. The three R&B vocal performance awards for males, females and groups
have been merged into a single R&B performance award.
The Recording Academy's Vice President of Awards, Bill Freimuth, said some of
the R&B categories had not received many submissions in years past.
Among other changes, the separate awards for male and female vocal performance
will now be combined into a new pop solo performance category.
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Singer Patrick Spence, better known in music circles as Orthodox Issachar, has
once again teamed up some of reggae's greatest producers and musicians as he
celebrates his Rasta heritage.
Rasta Man is the title of Issachar's latest musical offering which makes full
use of the expertise of renowned veterans including Sangie Davis, Earl 'Chinna'
Smith, Dean Fraser and the duo of Sly Dunbar and Robbie Shakespeare. Rasta Man
is the follow up to the singer's previous albums - his debut, Great and
Marvellous and his sophomore, He Created Everything.
Of this album, Issachar says, "Rasta Man is all about the message - preaching
the gospel through the music. This is the theme that I have chosen for all my
works because I really believe in the power of music to change, heal and
soothe."
Orthodox Issachar, the brother of reggae singer Colin 'Iley Dred' Levy, was born
in Jamaica, but migrated to Canada in the seventies. He confesses to being
inspired by the talent, achievement and message of some of the great
artistes/musicians within the music business as well as great leaders such as
Haile Selassie I, Prophet Gad (Dr. Vernon Carrington) founder of the Twelve
Tribes of Israel, Marcus Garvey, Martin Luther King Jr., and Nelson Mandela
Issachar's debut album, Great and Marvellous, crossed the boundaries of chant,
reggae and gospel on a spiritual level, while covering a broad spectrum of sound
from soft and devotional to up-tempo heart-rocking tunes.
The singer/songwriter has also been working in conjunction with Twelve Tribes of
Israel, New York branch with a single called Dem Gone. This song was featured on
the Shine Your Light compilation CD.
Orthodox Issachar will officially launch his newest album, Rastaman, on Tuesday,
April 12, at Flava Nite Club on Mannings Hill Road in St. Andrew.
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He couldn't stay away from the silver screen for long. After being King of
California for nearly eight years, Arnold Schwarzenegger is ready to take on a
new role.

Schwarzenegger is currently working on a deal with Lionsgate for a screenplay
titled The Last Stand, and according to insiders, he's not far from committing
to the project.

Schwarzenegger would play the main character of the story, a small-town sheriff
who tries to stop a drug lord from fleeing to the Mexican border.

Screenwriter Andrew Knauer wrote the original spec script. Knauer eloquently
described the concept to HOLLYSCOOP as "awesomeness meets badassery."

Sounds right up Arnold's alley.
The world has been waiting for Arnold's first major post-office role, and it
sounds like The Last Stand has "comeback" written all over it.
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Vybz Kartel for Colouring Book Party at LIME Village, Portmore
Next Saturday, April 16  at the LIME Village in Portmore  the man who has been
dominating the headlines Vybz Kartel, will be in action.
The deejay is currently enjoy a romp with all the major charts with songs such
as No Lie, Colouring Book, Cake Soap and Touch A Button Nuh.
From all indications he has got the midas touch when it comes on to churning out
the hits - whether as an artiste or an entrepreneur.
The event will also see the Portmore dancehall fans getting a chance to see an
artiste who has not been active on the stage show circuit for some time Terror
Fabulous known for his mega hit with Nadine Sutherland Action.
Presented by Golden Promotion the event will also feature performances from
other artistes such as Macka Diamond, Macho Kid, Lady G, Venjance, Kibba Ranks,
Johnny and Amanda Cat.
Music will be provided by Flava Unity with emcee duties coming from Shaka Fame.
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Bob Andy recovering

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Rocksteady and Reggae pioneer Bob Andy is currently in hospital recovering after
reportedly suffering from a bleeding stomach ulcer.
Bob Andy's hits include I've Got to Go Back Home, Fire Burning and Too
Experienced. He has written popular tracks for the likes of reggae frontrunners
Ken Boothe and Marcia Griffith including her hits Feel Like Jumping and Truly.
Bob Andy is currently involved in writing and recording music for Dominican
opera singer Marie Claire.





Shaggy arriving

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Orville Burrell, Jamaican reggae singer and rapper who is better known by his
stage name, "Shaggy" is to be honored with the 2011 International Humanitarian
Award on Saturday,  at Jungle Island in Miami, Florida.
The Seventh Annual Peacock Soiree is being hosted by Ambassador Sue Cobb, the
president of the American Friends of Jamaica and the board of directors.
The proceeds of the event which will include entertainment by the Jolly Boys,
are to benefit Jamaican charities in education, healthcare and economic
development.
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Holmwood principal threatened

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Principal of Holmwood Technical High School, Paul Bailey, said he has had to put
personal security measures in place as a result of death threats reportedly made
against him.
Bailey said while he has not personally received any threats, his staff has told
him that persons have accused him of being part of a superstitious and sinister
plot to guarantee Holmwood's success at the national high-school athletics
championships.
"The argument going around is that every time after Champs, we have a fatal
accident. They are saying I am a Lodge member and that I am sacrificing students
in order to win," Bailey said.
He added: "That is utter rubbish! I am not a lodge member, and I have never been
a lodge member."
He said he was advised by friends and students to stay away from the hospital
where several of his injured students had been taken, and not to sleep on the
school's compound.
Three Holmwood students died in a traffic crash in Christiana Thursday morning.
The crash followed one in May, 2008, just after the school won Girls' Champs.
One student died in that crash.
Last Saturday, Holmwood retained the championship for the ninth consecutive
year.
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The Police have not yet identified the bodies of the three men, which were found
in Duanvale Trelawny last night.

The who men appear to be in their mid 20s were found by residents.
It's believed that the men were murdered, as residents reported hearing
explosions earlier in the afternoon.

Up to late Friday, the Police were at the scene conducting investigations.

Police searching for 'Harry Dog' and 'Andy Fowl'
The police have named Harry Augustus McLeod, otherwise called 'Harry Dog', as a
wanted person and Omar Miller, who is also known as 'Andy Fowl', as a major
person of interest.

The Kingston Western Police Division said McLeod is wanted for murder, illegal
possession of ammunition and larceny.

He is about 40 years old, six feet tall and frequents Denham Town and Tivoli
Gardens in Kingston.
The police said he is believed to be armed and dangerous.
Detectives want to interview Miller for several crimes committed in the
Division.

Both McLeod and Miller must report to the Denham Town Police Station by six
o'clock on Friday.

The police are also asking persons with information on the whereabouts of Harry
Dog and Andy Fowl to call the Denham Town Police Station at 923-6441.
Persons with information can also call Operation Kingfish at 811, Crime Stop at
311 and Police Control Centre at 119.
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The daily Word - Saturday, April 09, 2011

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STILLNESS
I am renewed in the stillness between thoughts.

When I enter into meditation, I may find my thoughts tumbling and stumbling over one another in an attempt to be recognized. The most refreshing moments in meditation are those moments of silence--the serene space of stillness in between thoughts.

To create that space, I acknowledge and recognize each thought, but I do not dwell on my thoughts. I gently release them or set them aside. I honor the healing space between thoughts, the stillness which renews and energizes me. Gradually, that space widens and I go deeper into the silence where I am in communion with the essence of my being, the Spirit within.

For God alone my soul waits in silence, for my hope is from him. --Psalm 62:5
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The Daily Word - Friday, April 08, 2011

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DIVINE ORDER
There is divine order in the activity of Spirit in my life.

In good mystery stories, we cannot predict the ending, yet we know there will be resolution. Affirming divine order in my life, I am at peace with the mystery of how my good will unfold.

When there is an unexpected challenge, I keep my mind centered on God as the Source of my healing, my peace and my abundance. I expect good to be revealed even if I cannot see it now. I am grateful for the everyday angels who help me and for the surprising channels of good that flow through my life.

Trusting in the divine order that unfolds when I keep my focus on God, I am confident that each day is a step on the path to my highest good.

Righteousness will go before him, and will make a path for his steps. --Psalm 85:13
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Four members of one family are dead and another is in critical condition after a
policeman went berserk in St. Mary early Thursday morning.
The policeman has been identified as Corporal Wayne Llewellyn, who was attached
to the Accident Reconstruction Unit in Area 3.
Those he is alleged to have killed are his 16-year-old stepdaughter Jorgihan
Flynn, his mother-in-law Rachel Brown, father-in-law, Valda Brown and
brother-in-law John Townsend.
Tears flowed freely as stunned residents gathered at the chilling scene on
Goshen Street in Three Hill, St. Mary, where the elderly couple, their son and
granddaughter lay dead.
It was reported that Corporal Llewellyn had been recently transferred from St.
Mary to Manchester and his wife and stepdaughter went with him.
However, his wife and stepdaughter returned to St. Mary after the relationship
reportedly soured.
It was reported that the cop entered the family house through a back door on
Thursday morning, armed with his gun.
He first shot dead his parents-in-law in their room.
His brother-in-law ran on seeing him but was also shot dead.
Corporal Llewellyn then entered Jorgihan's room and shot her, before shooting
his wife in her room.
The enraged cop reportedly went a short distance where another set of family
members live, and demanded to be let in.
However, those residents barricaded themselves in their house.
The policeman then shot himself.
At newstime, the cop's widow, who is listed in critical condition, was being
airlifted to another hospital for further treatment.
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Lawyers to fight for Shanique Myrie

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The lawyer representing Shanique Myrie, the woman who reported being abused by
immigration officials at a Barbadian airport, says he will be pursuing her case
vigorously in every national, regional and international fora possible.

Myrie had retained the services of Patrick Hylton after reporting that on March
14, she was subjected to two demeaning cavity searches by a female Barbadian
immigration officer and that she was detained for hours for interrogation.

In a release this afternoon, Hylton said his law firm has conducted its own
preliminary investigation and has found Myrie's report to be credible and
compelling.

His release follows one sent out yesterday by the Minister of Foreign Affairs,
Dr. Ken Baugh, following the return of a delegation which visited Barbados on
March 30.

In that release, the Government indicated that it believed that Myrie's report
was worthy of further investigation, especially in light of widespread
perceptions of negative attitudes towards Jamaicans in Barbados.

Hylton says the posture of the Barbadian government, which has denied that the
incident occurred, is very disturbing to his client.
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3 Holmwood students killed in bus crash

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Three students of Holmwood Technical High School in Christiana and the driver of
the minibus in which they were travelling were all killed  in terrible a crash
Thursday morning.
The loaded bus was reportedly travelling from southern Trelawny into Manchester
when it failed to negotiate a corner, crashed into an embankment and overturned.
The vehicle crashed in to a wall and a light post and the entire top of the bus
was sheared off.
Meanwhile, Holmwood Technical High School has been plunged into mourning. The
three students who died were identified as Lyonisa Whyte, a 10th grade netball
player; and two sixth formers, Petrina Clarke and Vanessa Buckle
Twenty other Holmwood students were also injured in the accident, and doctors
had to carry out an emergency operation on one student before they could move
her off the ward.

Another student had to be airlifted to the University Hospital in Kingston.
Holmwood dismissed distraught and grieving students at lunch time today.
The mood at Holmwood has been very somber since this morning as students
received group counselling with the assistance of the Manchester regional
chapter of the Guidance Counsellors Association.






Uptown Mondays April 2011

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Cops attacked in St. Ann

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The Police expressed alarm following an incident in Grant's Hill, St. Ann
yesterday evening, when Police personnel were attacked and service vehicles
badly damaged by community members.

According to the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF), four officers were injured,
and three service vehicles were badly damaged when the police responded to a
homicide that was committed by a licensed firearm holder.

The police, in a release, also noted that residents blocked roads. This,
according to the JCF, prevented the Fire Brigade from responding to a fire set
by residents.

A hearse, which arrived at the scene of the homicide to collect the body was
also extensively damaged, according to the JCF.

"While the Police can understand the anger of residents that is not a reason for
them to take the law into their own hands. After the homicide was committed, the
Police were able to apprehend the person involved," said Carlton Wilson, senior
superintendent of police and divisional commander for St. Ann.

"There was absolutely no need to attack Police personnel or damage Police
service vehicles and other assets," he said.

Wilson noted, in the release, that the police do not approve of "vigilante
justice" as this leads of chaos and confusion. He also called for more respect
of the law.

The matter is being investigated.
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Bounty Killer

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Bwoy, Bounty Killa just cyaan tame. The Killa vengeance let loose pon him baby
mada, Sabrika, last night a Uptown Mondayz. A bare knee, punch and hook reach
her inna di early mawning deh. But a she did wrong fi go put fight to Killa
cause she chuck him nearly mek him drop a grung. And a so him just deal wid her
case bitter and send har home. But from wha day yah, it look like Killa a try
put har pon pause, cause him give her $150,00 to go find apartment and she eat
off di money. Den Killa send Sabrika go a Oaklands go live wid him madda, but
she and Miss Ivy couldn't gree. Then Bounty put her in one of Ennis apartments
and that cause problems with him and Ennis cause Ennis neva like Sabrika
behavior. And see, she gwaan and gwaan till it tun out inna public disgrace. And
guess which song did a play while Bounty a put on di licks? The same one whe him
say him nah go back before no more judge go sey 'Your Honour' and him nah swing
no more hammer.
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Nick Cannon Regretting Naked Photos

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Get a room.

Apparently, Nick Cannon had artistic nude photographs taken with his pregnant
wife, Mariah Carey. Which means that somewhere, there's a photographer curled upin the fetal position, weeping over the image burned into his retinas.
On his radio show, Rollin' with Nick Cannon, the soon-to-be father said that
taking the pictures might not be the genius idea he originally thought it was.
He and Carey plan to display the photos in their home.

 "My children are going to have to see these pictures," Cannon said. "It's a
little weird."

Has the option of, I don't know, not hanging up these photos crossed his mind?
 "When they get older and their friends come over, they will see the pictures
and say, 'Your daddy's butt naked'. I don't want my naked booty out there for
everyone to see."

I guess not. Cannon also added, "It's a little nasty. Have you ever seen your
parents naked?"
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1302016751_miley-charlie-290.jpgMiley Cyrus and Charlie Sheen have been stroking each others' egos since Cyrus
rejoined Twitter on Sunday.

 "'Do not fear...the Sheenius is here!' I'm not gonna lie. I came back to twitter
for 2 reasons. My fans and to follow Charlie Sheen."
Really, that's gonna be your first tweet? A played out pun and a sad attempt at
pretending you still have fans? If she does have fans, her joining twitter
doesn't really make a difference, because I'm guessing most of them can't read
anyway.
Except for Sheen, maybe, who responded to Cyrus' tweet with another tweet. To
save you some time, I'll just post the dialogue.

SHEEN: Dear Miley, Welcome back to Twitter! Always felt you were epic! Now you
proved it! Thanks for the love.

CYRUS: I always felt the same about you! You have taught me everything I know
about WINNING. Duh!
 (later)
CYRUS: Honey sesame chicken, garlic rice & salad. There's only one thing missing
& that's Charlie Sheen!
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The St. Ann Police were forced to quell a major disturbance in the community of
Copper in Grant's Mountain in the parish.
Scores of police personnel were stranded in the area for close to eight hours
after angry residents set up barricades to protest against a fatal shooting in
the community earlier Monday.
More than a dozen persons were detained and two members of the Jamaica
Constabulary Force are nursing injuries.
It was reported that persons fired shots at the police and set fire to
properties in the community.
The drama unfolded about 2 o'clock Monday afternoon when a resident of the area
shot and killed a man who allegedly trespassed on his property.
The shooter, who is said to be licensed firearm holder, later went to the
Alexandria Police Station and reported the incident.
A team from the station went to the area to conduct an investigation.
While the police were carrying out their probe, news of the shooting spread in
the neighbouring communities of Grants Mountain and Murray Mountain and scores
of residents descended on Copper demanding justice for the man's death.
It was at that time that there was a major face off involving the residents and
the police.
Shots were reportedly fired and residents threw stones at a service vehicle
resulting in a member of the Force sustaining a broken leg and another suffering
various wounds.
It was reported that a resident was also shot during the melee.
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Jah Cure returns to court for ganja trial

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Reggae singer Siccaturie Alcock, also known as Jah Cure, is scheduled to face
court Tuesday in his ongoing trial for ganja possession.
The trial began last month.
Jah Cure is challenging the allegation that the Constant Spring Police found
marijuana in his car during a traffic stop in April last year.
The cops contend they found a small quantity of ganja in his BMW during a spot
check along Dunrobin Avenue in St. Andrew.
At the start of the trial, the arresting officer testified that when he
approached the vehicle, he detected the scent of ganja, and when he asked the
singer about it, he confirmed he had been smoking ganja.
The policeman added that he searched the vehicle and found a small quantity of
ganja and two ganja spliffs.
But during testimony, Jah Cure denied the allegations.
He admitted that he smokes ganja, but told the court that no drugs were in his
car on the night of the incident.

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The Daily Word - Tuesday, April 05, 2011

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FAITH
I am strong, positive and powerful.

Every person has a purpose. I may discover mine when I am troubled by a situation and feel called to be part of the solution. The path may not be perfectly clear; I may not know what action to take. Nevertheless, I begin right where I am. I trust my inner wisdom to show me the way.

Rather than worry about making a mistake, I pray and take one small step. I trust that God will place a lamp before my feet, guiding me as I go.

As I give of myself in sacred service, everything I need is provided. I joyfully do what is mine to do. My faith grows even deeper as I give from my abundance. As I step out in faith, I am strong, positive and powerful.

You see that faith was active along with his works.--James 2:22

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Richie Stephens for One Love Reggae Concert

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Top flight Reggae singer Richie Stephens will be the featured artiste at this week's One Love Reggae Concert, which will be held on Tuesday the 5th of April at the Negril Escape Resort. 

Stephens has been a household name in the local music industry since the early 90s.

 

Over the years he has amas

sed a huge catalog of reggae and dancehall hits which includes songs such as Winner, Come Give Me Your Love, Buss Di Place, Street Life and Heart of Love. He is also known for his innovative vocal style which can be described as a mix of reggae, soul and R&B and his classy stage performances.

 

Without a doubt Richie Stephens will be coming to Negril to please his fans and he is fully aware that supporters of the weekly concert series will accept no less than a stellar performance from a top class act like him.

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Mavado trini ban

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After much persistence the ban preventing Mavado from performing in Trinidad has been lifted.

After being banned from the country in 2008 due to the supposedly violent and sexually explicit content of his lyrical repertoire, the artiste was finally allowed into the island to perform last Tuesday. He headlined RF Promotions' 'A Better Tomorrow' concert that was held at the Centre of Excellence, Macoya.

Promoter for the event, Roy Francis, said he had been trying to get the ban lifted for years and was finally given the permission merely days before the event.

"For years we tried and we end up going through the proper channels like the government and the government realised that he changed up his lyrics. That's how they decided to lift the ban. They only gave us one week to advertise. The concert pull off real nice," he told THE STAR.

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However, there were restrictions. Francis said Mavado was only allowed to sing his positive songs. In addition, he was not allowed to put out flyers, as only radio promotion was permitted.

"We had a smooth crime-free concert. The government even said he could come back and I am bringing him back on the 30th of July. I feel good 'cause for years we fight and it finally come through," he said.

When the next concert is held in July, Francis said, "it will be better 'cause people had doubts that he could come to Trinidad."

Mavado was also pleased with going to the island neighbour after such a long hiatus.

"Trinidad was alrite enuh because I was banned like for four and a half years. Because people didn't really believe that I was there, the crowd turnout wasn't as large as I had expected but we're supposed to go again soon and next time I know it's going to be bigger. It's just like in Guyana when that ban was lifted. When we first went back it was like 4,000 people and the next time was like 25,000 people," he told THE STAR.

Mavado's manager, Julian Jones-Griffiths described the ban being lifted as a positive move.

"The ban being lifted, albeit temporary, is a very positive sign even for other artistes," he said.

In addition, he said the issue of Caribbean countries banning Jamaican artistes from performing in their islands needs to be addressed.

"Other Caribbean countries have other bans and I am working with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to address it. The music industry deserves the government's support and lobbying, especially with CARICOM and CSME. The legality of banning CARICOM citizens working in CARICOM territories needs to be addressed. Mavado does not have a criminal record so there are no grounds to ban him on," Jones-Griffiths told THE STAR.

He added that Mavado is still unable to perform in countries like St Vincent and the Bahamas.

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The Daily Word - JOY

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Monday, April 04, 2011
Joy is within and all about me.

I want to live in joy. So rather than depend on something or someone to change so that I can be joyful, I choose to be joyful right now!

Speaking words that are uplifting, I share my joy with others. I greet them with a warm smile and kind words. Joy increases as I give from the limitless wellspring within me. The positive energy that flows from me is multiplied as others, in turn, bless and encourage those with whom they connect.

Joy is my very nature because my heart is full of the spirit of God. By choosing to focus on the positive aspects of every person and situation, I feel the joy of God that is within me and all around me. As I share joy, my own joy is complete.

Be glad in the Lord and rejoice. -Psalm 32:11
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Wrestling wives team up for reality show

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First there was the "Real Housewives." Then came "Basketball Wives." Now TMZ has learned a show currently in production centers around a new group of famous spouses -- "Wrestler Wives."

Multiple sources tell us the guys behind "Pit Boss" have teamed up with VH1 to produce a show which follows the wives of famous wrestlers -- and the pilot has already begun shooting in Houston.

Sources say Sharmell Sullivan-Huffman (Booker T's wife), Stacy Carter (Jerry Lawler's ex-wife) and Jackie Haas (Charlie Haas' wife) are the main focus of the show.

We're told the show will also be centered around WWE wrestler Booker T's wrestling school in Texas -- which Sharmell helps runs. 

Get ready for some catfights!!!

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He was booed and heckled as he made his one-man show debut in Detroit.

But Charlie Sheen managed to get back on top last night and received a standing ovation in Chicago.

The actor took to the stage with a revamped show that was completely different in every way from the opening night that saw him booed offstage in Detroit.

Sheen arrived onstage fifteen minutes later after the crowd started a 'Detroit suck' chant.

And as well as relying on a completely new format - with a Q&A rather than solo rants - Sheen also pulled attention-grabbing stunts to win over fans.

At one point he stripped off his shirt, swapping it with a man in the audience, before pulling his 'goddesses' on stage and kissing them.

His performance featured fewer video clips than his first show.

Sheen told stories about how he was supposed to be in The Karate Kid, but declined after adivce from his father Maritn Sheen, and smoking weed with Chris Penn, according to celebrity website TMZ.

And he said he would consider returning to Two and a Half Men if he was offered the chance.

But he lashed out at the show's makers, branding them 'blood suckers'. He did however have good words to say about co-star Jon Cryer, whom he called a 'rock star.'

During the question and answer session Sheen jokingly defended his decision to pay prostitutes for sex.

He justified it by saying: 'Because I had millions to blow [and] I ran out of things to buy'.

At the end of the performance he received a standing ovation, according to audience members who tweeted from the event at the 3,600-seat Chicago Theater, which reportedly sold out last night.

Earlier, crowds of fans erupted into thunderous applause as Sheen's megabus arrived at the theatre.

The star handed out shirts and jerseys to the excited crowds who had waited for hours in the cold.

The former star of Two And A Half Men greeted the fans alongside his girlfriend Natalie Kenly. His other girlfriend Bree Olsen was not with them.

One small boy from the Emonds family in Indiana was given a Charlie Sheen brand baseball jersey that read SHEEN on the back.

The father, who posed with his two sons outside the theatre, was not aware that Sheen had been booed off the stage in Detroit until told of the incident by reporters.

Last night angry fans booed the actor, demanding their money back, but Sheen was unapologetic, telling one audience member: 'I've already got your money, dude.'

Sheen is going to need it, since he was fired from his $2million an episode job on the CBS comedy show Two And A Half Men.

In Detroit, Sheen's 70-minute show hadn't even ended when the first reviews were in, and they were brutal.

Twitter was awash with comments from the audience, with the hash-tag 'bombing' becoming one of the most tweeted.

The capacity crowd at the 5,100-seat Fox Theater in Detroit rebelled before Sheen left the stage, chanting 'refund!' and walking out in droves.

Linda Fugate, 47, from Lincoln Park, Detroit, walked up and down the block outside, shouting: 'I want my money back!'

She said she had paid $150 for two seats.


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Baby mauled by pitbull recovering

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Eight-month-old Oshawn Obermann Jnr is recovering at the Bustamante Hospital for Children where he underwent major surgery for severe head injuries he sustained at his home here on March 23 when he was brutally attacked and mauled by a pitbull, owned by his parents.

According to Oshawn Obermann Snr, the toddler's distraught father who was in the US at the time of the attack, the ruthless animal rushed inside the house where the baby was on the floor about three feet from his mother and two other persons who were watching television.

The dog is said to have gripped the left leg of the infant in its powerful jaws as the toddler crept towards the settee where his mother was sitting.

The dog dragged the baby along the rough concrete steps leading from the house, causing a portion of his scalp to be ripped off.

The traumatised infant is being treated for major lacerations to the scalp, his right eye and face, his left leg, a compound fracture of the skull, among other injuries.

This attack came a day after a three-year-old child was mauled to death by a pack of stray dogs in Kingston

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'Dudus' returns to court today

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Accused drug and weapons dealer Christopher 'Dudus' Coke, will make another appearance in Court here today.

His appearance -- the sixth such since being extradited last year -- will likely be a routine pre-trial conference between prosecutors and defence attorneys, during which motions could be filed.

Today's court appearance was set by US Federal Judge Robert P Patterson at Coke's last appearance in February, to allow his defence more time to review discovery materials and to prepare whatever motions they are likely to file.

The wire-tapping evidence against Coke is emerging as one of the likely pieces of evidences against which a motion could be filed, as there is a feeling within his defence team that it is not admissible in Court here.

However, his lawyers would not elaborate as they have been instructed by Coke not to speak to the Press.

 

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Commissioner of Police Owen Ellington is one tough guy who is determined to stick to his policy of ridding the police force of corruption.

He has repeated his threat to take strong action against members of the Jamaica Constabulary Force, (JCF), who engage in selling tickets for events to motorists.

The Commissioner first warned of the practice last October, but says he needs to remind personnel of the dangerous practice.

According to the Commissioner, despite previous warnings, police personnel continue to attempt to sell motorists tickets for fund raising events.

He asserts that the practice reflects negatively on the JCF and is tantamount to an abuse of the office of the constable which will not be countenanced.

He ordered that the activity cease with immediate effect.

 

 

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The organizers of this year's edition of the "Bob Marley Commemorations", a three-day festival in Zimbabwe, have already started preparations.

More than 30 reggae groups from Jamaica, England, South Africa and Zimbabwe are expected to appear at the festival.

This year's edition of the festivities will be held from May 13 to 15 and promises to be bigger and better than the previous years.

There will be nights dedicated to reggae, dancehall, lovers rock and one dedicated only to female reggae musicians.

The promoter guarantees nonstop music over the festivals three days.

The "Bob Marley Commemorations" event seeks to celebrate the life and times of the legendary Jamaican musician who put the genre on the world map and also popularised the Rastafarian Movement.

 

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A kidnapping, which was in revenge for brawl at a wedding in Jamaica, has landed three men in Sheffield, England behind bars for a total of 40 years.

Leslie Noel, James Allen and Matthew Hibbert were convicted of kidnapping, blackmailing and threatening to kill two brothers in what the police believe was a reprisal attack.

Neither Noel, Allen nor Hibbert were involved in the brawl, which took place at the wedding in Jamaica.

However, Allen, a relative of one of the persons injured in the brawl, was asked to seek revenge on a man who was also involved in the disturbance.

Noel, Allen and Hibbert lured their victim to a house on Queen Mary Road in Manor, Sheffield and held him hostage, threatening to shoot him unless they were paid £15,000.

The hostage's brother was also held captive by the trio until he volunteered to get them the cash they demanded.

While he was being taken to get the money, the brother managed to escape by jumping from the moving car.

He raised an alarm.

Noel and Hibbert escaped but Allen was found in the house along with the other hostage.

Noel and Hibbert were held four months later when they again tried to demand money from one of the victims.

The police say they were able to charge the trio for both offences thanks to "persistent and protracted enquiries, the latest technological advances and data-sharing arrangements" as the brother who was involved in the dispute at the Jamaican wedding refused to co-operate with them.

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One Barbadian journalist says the authorities in the country may have erred in their initial handling of the sexual and verbal abuse allegation made by Jamaican Shanique Myrie.

David Ellis, the Manager of News and Public Affairs at Starcom Network in Barbados, says the preliminary assessment by the Barbados Foreign Affairs Ministry was flawed as Ms Myrie's claims were not totally investigated before they were declared a fabrication.

But he says the issue highlights the wider issue of free movement of persons within CARICOM while at the same time, countries protecting their borders.

Mr. Ellis says prison statistics show why there is the discussion about the treatment of Jamaicans in Barbados.

"At the moment, there are 30 Jamaicans in prison in Barbados on drug convictions. Six of them left prison this year and they say that there were six searches of the persons. I did not get enough time to find out what searches of the person really means but if searches of the person means cavity searches, they said there were six searches, five of (those persons were) Jamaicans and four (of them) were positive for drugs.

"That's the kind of background that we're dealing with and that helps to perhaps put in perspective, why there is this deep discussion about the treatment of Jamaicans" Mr. Ellis said.

He was speaking Sunday evening on RJR's weekly news review programme That's a Rap!

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The Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) has reacted to shameful allegations of inhumane treatment and abuse of residents of the Golden Age Home in Vineyard Town, Kingston.

A vivid tale of horrid conditions at the infirmary for elderly indigent and disabled persons was painted in an article in the Sunday Gleaner.    

The JLP is calling for a swift investigation into the matter.

According to the newspaper article, the 427 residents of the Golden-Age Home are subjected to instances of verbal abuse and inhumane treatment.

The report says many of the elderly residents are subjected to mass bathing where both men and women are stripped, lathered and then sprayed with water from a hose before they are forced to walk back to their dorms stark naked.

It said several of the severely disabled residents spend most of their days wallowing on dirty floors surrounded by flies or tied to beds with strips of white cloth.

The article also documents instances of verbal abuse by workers to the residents.

Other issues raised by the story include the work load of the workers at the facility, and the pay, which is considered inadequate.

The JLP has called for the claims to be immediately investigated, citing its disgust after perusing the article.

 

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Britney Spears Needs Nicki Minaj

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Before she settles for Rebecca Black, Britney Spears is trying to find a less egomaniacal opening act since losing Enrique Iglesias.

Spears is hoping Nicki Minaj will open the tour, and lawyers for the two performers have been in talks, expecting to reach an agreement within the next couple of days.

Looks like Britney is hoping to find a newcomer who hasn't yet realized they're too good to open for her. Which is going to be hard to do.

If Nicki flakes, Britney could always try to get that little Asian girl that covered the Lady Gaga song. On second thought, she's probably too good. How about uh, the talking baby twins? Or Charlie bit my finger? Those guys might not mind opening for her.

Right now Nicki is on tour with Lil Wayne, but should be done by the end of April. Britney will begin her tour on June 17th.

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Shurwayne to jump onto the Bacchanal stage

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Pure Country and Appleton Jamaica Rum are set to take-over tonight's staging of Bacchanal Fridays at the Mas Camp in St Andrew.

Adding to the bill is the line up of Shurwayne Winchester and his band YOU, who are set for Bacchanal Jamaica' s big stage. Full of melody and lyrical structure that both men and women love, Shurwayne has been composing and delivering soca from the tender age of twelve. He hails from Tobago and is acclaimed and awarded for both his singing and songwriting abilities.

Shurwayne' s on-stage performance has been noted as one that commands the crowd, brings energy and momentum to any event. Throughout the years Shurwayne has performed with many soca bands but many first noticed him in 1998 when he joined the dynamic band Caribbean Traffik Jam as a frontline singer. No stranger to the big competitions he has won the coveted Trinidad and Tobago Road March in 2004 with The Band Coming and again in 2005 with Dead or Alive an infectious track that still receives great airplay in many Carnival celebrations today.

 

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Holmwood girls on top at Champs

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Edwin Allen High's Danique Bryan in action in the Class-Three girls' high jump final on the second day of the Inter-Secondary Schools Sports Association (ISSA)/GraceKennedy Boys and Girls' Championships at the National Stadium yesterday. - Ian Allen/PhotographerKellion Knibb of St Jago High accounted for the first female record to fall at the 2011 staging of the Inter-Secondary Schools Sports Association (ISSA)/GraceKennedy Boys and Girls' Championships at the National Stadium.

St Jago, however, were knocked off the lead by defending champions Holmwood Technical, who have 38.50 points after six finals over two days of competition. The top five is completed by Edwin Allen High (36), St Jago (34), Vere Technical (27) and Manchester High 18.

 

Knibb had a throw of 13.64 metres to capture the girls' shot put open and in the process eclipse Candicea Bernard's record of 13.52, which was established last year. Vere's Serena Canegan (12.10m) took the silver, while Edwin Allen's Danniel Thomas (12.04m) claimed the bronze.

Despite picking up the bronze medal, Edwin Allen were left disappointed as favourite Sasha-Gay Marston, who earlier this year threw 13.71m and had, on the opening day, captured the Class One girls discus title finished fourth with a throw of 11.98m.

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The police in St James are reporting that foul play has been ruled out in the death of New York undercover cop Roxroy Bucknor, 49, who was found dead last weekend.

An autopsy done on Mr. Bucknor's body on Thursday revealed that death was caused by asphyxia after the policeman apparently choked on food.

Drowning was the secondary cause of death.

Mr. Bucknor's body was discovered Sunday morning in a pool at his family's house where he was staying.

His aunt said he was in the pool with his father and two friends who accompanied him to Jamaica on Friday.

She said he got out of the pool and went inside, however he was not seen after that.

His body was later seen floating in the pool.


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A United States resident, who fled to Jamaica after allegedly shooting and killing a man in Norristown, Philadelphia, last fall, waived his arraignment and pleaded not guilty to all charges when he appear in court on Thursday.

Garfield Williams, 39, was charged with the fatal shooting of Marcus Bates outside a club after his wife 28-year old Alexis Morris-Williams, allegedly took the gun there in her purse.

Hours later, Williams flew to Jamaica.

However, he returned two weeks later and was taken into custody.

At a preliminary hearing in February, the Montgomery County District Attorney's Office withdrew first-degree murder charges against Mr. Williams.

However, he is still charged with third-degree murder, possession of an instrument of crime and firearm offenses.

Over protests from county prosecutors, Judge Garrett D. Page on Thursday set Williams' bail at US$350,000 in cash.

His wife posted US$100,000 bail on December 3 and was released from the Montgomery County Correctional Facility.

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PM says he did not tip off Dudus

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Prime Minister Bruce Golding today reacted sharply to a question that he tipped off former Tivoli Gardens "Don" Christopher 'Dudus' Coke during the diplomatic stand-off with the United States, following the arrival of the extradition request in August 2009.

 "No, certainly not," declared Golding in response to the question from Patrick Atkinson, the lawyer for former National Security Minister, Dr. Peter Phillips.

The Prime Minister told the Manatt-Dudus commission of enquiry that he had not spoken to Coke for some time.

 "I had not seen nor spoken to Coke for at least a year and a half before the extradition request," Golding said.

 "The last time I spoke with him was during the Christmas period of 2007."

In earlier testimonies, Golding described Coke as a person who wielded considerable influence in his Western Kingston constituency.

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Did Sean Paul Come Between Beyonce & Jay-Z?

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Word on the street is that Reggae star Sean Paul is writing a biography, and he admits he dated Beyonce when she was taking a break from Jay-Z.

The insider explained, "Jay-Z was very jealous . . . to this day he has a problem with [Sean Paul]."

Could this be the reason why Jay-Z prevented Sean Paul from performing "Baby Boy" with Beyonce at the 2003 MTV Video Music Awards. Jay-Z wanted to be the only performer to share the stage with Beyonce who was his girlfriend at the time.

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Foxy Brown's fingernails have once again landed the singer in hot water -- this time, she was booted off a Royal Caribbean cruise because she flipped out after missing her at-sea manicure appointment ... TMZ has learned.
Passengers on the cruise tell TMZ, Foxy set up a nail appointment on the cruise ship last Monday -- a day after the cruise took off -- and showed up three hours late.

We're told the people at the salon couldn't accommodate her when she rolled around -- and Foxy went completely ballistic.

According to sources, security removed her from the salon and sent her back to her room -- where she remained under supervision until Wednesday ... when the ship dropped anchor somewhere in the Cayman Islands ... and authorities kicked her off.

We're told Foxy -- who performed on board the day before the incident -- was then escorted to an airport and flown home. Royal Caribbean had no comment. Attempts to reach Foxy were unsuccessful.

Brown has a storied history when it comes to cosmetics -- in 2004, she faced assault charges for allegedly beating up two nail salon employees ... and again in 2007 after allegedly beating up a beauty store employee.
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The Daily Word - Friday, April 01, 2011

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FIRST STEPS
Ready to take on this day, I claim the abundant life I was created to live!

Children taking their first steps teach us an important lesson: With confidence, drive and a strong desire to walk, these little ones push past their comfort zone and move forward.

I know that as a child of God, I can tap into my own adventurous nature and determination to do whatever is before me this day. I might be taking my first steps in physical or emotional recovery. I might be beginning a new relationship or renewing a previous one. I can do anything I set my heart on.

As I search my soul, I know that God provides me with whatever is needed to step forward. I confidently take on any challenge or adventure that leads me to claim the abundant life I was created to live.

God is able to provide you with every blessing in abundance.--2 Corinthians 9:8
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Rihanna makes Billboard history

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Grammy award winner Bajan beauty Rihanna has scored big on the Billboard with
her tenth Number 1 hit.
"Rihanna's tenth Number 1 single is a monumental accomplishment and a testament
to her incredible artistry," said Steve Bartels, President and COO of the Island
Def Jam Music Group.
Rihanna made Billboard history as the first artiste ever to have a lead single
go Number 1 after her second single What's My Name featuring Drake went Number
one on the Hot 100.
Now S&M is at the top of the national audience chart with over 150 million in audience with the S&M Remix featuring Britney Spears rocketing to the top of the iTunes chart.
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Most Jamaicans are of the view that the recently-concluded Manatt/Dudus
Commission of Enquiry was unfairly conducted and was a waste of money.
These are among the results of the latest RJR Group/Boxill poll which was
conducted between April 9 and 15.
For nearly three months since January 17, many Jamaicans were glued to the
intense hearings and submissions by high profile appearances of Government and
public officials.
Many who watched the daily live coverage of the proceedings were drawn to the
gripping testimonies before the Emile George-led commission.
But while many welcomed the startling revelations, 78 per cent of Jamaicans felt
that the enquiry was a waste of money.
The Prime Minister had announced that the enquiry would cost 78 million dollars
but only 20 % of Jamaicans think that this is money well spent.
And not many were of the view that anything would change as a result of the
enquiry which was set up to examine the circumstances which led to the hiring of
US law firm Manatt, Phelps and Phillips, and events leading up to the
extradition of Christopher 'Dudus' Coke.
That is at least how 75 % of Jamaicans who followed the proceedings felt.
Only 23 % agreed that some change wiould occur as a result of the hearings. And
59 % of Jamaicans believed the enquiry was not conducted in a fair and
transparent manner.     Only 33 % believed the proceedings were fair and
transparent.
Of those polled, a majority 93 % of respondents said they followed the
proceedings via television, 43 % monitored the enquiry on radio, while only 4
point 8 per cent opted for the internet.
The poll conducted among 1,015 Jamaicans has a margin of error of +/- 4.
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Reggae singer from August Town, Duane Stephenson, has just released his new
single and video, "Better Tomorrow."  The video was artistically shot by Ras
Kassa at the famous Ward Theatre in downtown Kingston, showing the creative side
of the artist.
 "Better Tomorrow" vividly displays his velvety voice while highlighting his
humanitarian side.   The Handel Tucker-produced single has been described as "a
true song of hope for mankind."
Duane's involvement in the United Nations World Food Programme has become a
personal commitment.  "Better Tomorrow" promotes his desire for love and peace,
so much so that in the video, his virtual message cannot be separated from the
music.
In Europe for Easter, Duane Stephenson performed on a series of shows beginning
April 24th, Easter Sunday in Rotterdam,Netherlands, alongside headliners Vybz
Kartel and Jah Cure.
The event in Rotterdam was the first-ever Rotterdam Reggae Festival, the largest
reggae festival ever held in the Netherlands and which took place at Ahoy, a
10,000 capacity arena.  Other artistes on the lineup included Jah Cure, Richie
Spice, Elephant Man, Chaka Demus & Pliers,Tanya Stephens & Gappy Ranks, all of
whom were backed by the Kaution band.
On Easter Monday, the site was Zenith in Paris, France for the first-ever
Rockers Rockers Rockers Festival where Duane Stephenson shared the bill with
this all-star lineup with the addition of Gyptian.  And on April 26th, the
Rockers Festival moved to the south of France to Le Phare, in Toulouse, where
the artistes included Vybz Kartel, Jah Cure, Chaka Demus & Pliers, as well as
Duane Stephenson.
Duane Stephenson will return to Europe this summer with the Black Soil band led
by Dean Fraser with performances including Germany's Summerjam festival and a
coinciding tour with Tarrus Riley.
The artist is well known in The Netherlands and France after several European
appearances from 2007-2010. He tours in celebration of his current VP Records
release BLACK GOLD. His single "Rescue Me" a combination with Gramps Morgan has
maintained a strong presence on charts worldwide with continuous rotation
throughout 2011.
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Which DJ have icy talent?

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Wah dis message ah go round pon bb bout a certain deejay who ah use him long
tune fi suck ice outta the gal dem vajayjay. How dem so talented?




DI ting hot up

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How Danielle career ah get back hot so? She ah par straight up wid Sly Dunbar
and him give her a big international hit, all ah France and Switzerland, mi hear
the tune ah sell pon iTunes. Gwaan DI.




Milla 9 ting still a gwaan

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Mi hear say Milla 9 start him owna record company and all these things. Just
cause him nah spar wid Kartel no more mean say him come outta music. Mi hear say
him sell him BMWand buy up nuff studio equipment and him have a new riddim weh
him ah go put a road soon. Gwaan do yu ting Milla 9, mi see Bomber who par wid
Mavado ah go hard wid him new vehicle and ting, yu affi get yours.
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Guyana mad over Pamputtae

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Pamputtae have the Guyana people lock. Easter Monday, she mash up the Victoria
Community Centre pon the east coast of Guyana; she one inna concert and the
venue pack wid 5,000 people. This ah her first time over de and dem treat her
like a Goddess. The same day, Beenie Man and Jahvinci dem did inna Guyana inna
the capital and Pamputtae ting still sell off. Gwaan my girl. Rohan, big up
yuself.
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Marriage feva ketching hard

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People, the way everybody ah get married, mi a wonder if it a run outta style,
right now, all mi a look a husband. The other day, Assassin buss a married inna
Las Vegas with the love of him life, mi hear say Tessanne Chin engaged and she
have a big wedding plan like Wayne and Tami, and mi hear say Beenie and Angel
might RENEW DEM VOWS inna August this year.  Then mi ah hear say Nicky Minaj ah
fly go England fi take part inna William and Kate wedding even though dem no
invite her because she say ah William ah fi har man and a bagga tings. Ah
married fever and it a ketch?
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Deejay inna rent cass cass

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How dem say dem have money and dem ting set right and dem still nah live right?
Ah bout one year now a certain deejay have him girl inna the people dem
apartment and stop pay rent. Mi hear say ah almost $500,000 dem owe now and it
ah get sticky, mi hear say police and courts about to get involved. Wah dat Mr.
Hammer Man?
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The Daily Word - Thursday, April 28, 2011

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COMFORT
I am in the presence of pure being. I am not alone.

I am not alone. I hold this thought in mind and feel comforted. The evidence of love begins to show. A ray of sunshine strikes a crystal and the rainbow of colors dances on my wall. A tiny bird comes near to sing its song just for me. In books and music, through the gentle touch and kindness of others, God speaks to me of love. What reassurance comes when I take time to listen for and experience that still small voice of God.

In the quiet place within my heart, I feel God's loving presence. No burden is mine to carry alone. With each breath I draw upon the infinite strength and peace of the Divine. I gently release any sorrow or worry weighing me down. Enfolded in the embrace of sweet Spirit I know that I am not alone.

Yet I am not alone because the Father is with me.--John 16:32




The Daily Word - Wednesday, April 27, 2011

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I am grateful for everyone and everything.

As I awake, I take a deep, body-filling breath in and out. With each breath, I express love and gratitude for the new day and the many opportunities that await me. Gratitude and praise open the way for greater joy and richer life experiences.

Appreciation fills me with vitality and enthusiasm. I feel renewed and filled with life's energy. My heart is open and receptive to new experiences, knowing that whatever comes my way, I will see and feel the good in it.

As I go about the activities of my day, I feel myself swaying with the rhythm of love and gratitude. I audibly say, "Thank you!" as if the whole world could hear it, and I imagine it responding back to me, "You are welcome!"

Bless the Lord, O my soul, and all that is within me. --Psalm 103:1
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A Jamaican man, who is facing deportation in the United States, has found
himself in more problems.
Kenneth Bailey, 42, is now in custody in Pennsylvania, after he was held last
week chasing a woman with a sword.
Mr. Bailey was charged with simple assault and placed in Franklin County Jail on
a US Immigration and Customs Enforcement order.
According to reports, the police were called to Mr. Bailey's home on April 21.
A woman reported that she and the Jamaican man had got into an argument.
Investigators say Mr. Bailey reportedly chased her from her home threatening her
with a large sword.

During the investigation, the police discovered the outstanding warrant for Mr.
Bailey and he was arrested and charged.
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Gang leader Rookie arrested and charged

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The alleged leader of the Rose Town based Discipline Gang, 41-year-old Uriel
James, otherwise called 'Rookie', has been charged by the police.
James was charged on Tuesday afternoon by detectives from the Major
Investigation Taskforce with shooting with intent and illegal possession of a
firearm.
The charges are in connection with an incident which took place earlier this
year.
James is booked to appear in court later this week.
News of James being charged comes days after the police seized ten guns and 39
assorted rounds of ammunition believed to be part of the arsenal of the
Discipline Gang.
The seizure was made on Saturday during a search operation in Rose Town.
And the police are looking to lay more charges against the leader of the
Discipline Gang.
Assistant Commissioner Ealan Powell, Head of the Criminal Investigation Branch,
told RJR News on Tuesday night that Mr. James is being investigated for murder.
 "He has been charged for shooting with intent and he now faces other charges as
a result of some other investigations that we are doing. In short order he could
very well be charged for two or more counts of murder," ACP Powell said.
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"Harry Dog" pointed out in ID parade

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A major figure in Christopher 'Dudus' Coke's criminal network was pointed out in
an identification parade which took place Tuesday.
Harry McLeod, otherwise called 'Harry Dog', was pointed out in the line up which
was held in connection with a murder committed two years ago.
McLeod, 40, was arrested at an apartment in New Kingston three weeks ago after
being placed on the police most wanted list.
More than 40 rounds of ammunition were allegedly seized in the operation.
Harry Dog was also named as a person of interest six years ago following the gun
slaying of Police Inspector, Lascelles Walsh and District Constable, Canute
Brown.
Inspector Walsh and Constable Brown were gunned down in May 2005, when gunmen
from West Kingston attacked members of the police force at several spots across
the Corporate Area.
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What is all dis bangarang we a hear bout Iley Dread new song, Lover's Holiday?
We hear sey people all deh pon radio a talk bout a no di Dread write di song.
But a coulda wha dat! After Lovers Holiday a no di first song di Dread a write,
so wha all di fuss about? A wonder if a true di song deh a number 2 pon Richie B
chart mek all a di haters a crawl out from unda all sort a place.

Oonu muss know sey it bad when Iley haffi a put out release how him get di
inspiration di write di tune one evening when him a watch the sunset a Rick's
café.

Iley, just gwaan do yuh ting, cause you US college radio tour just done and it
did mad and you  a come fi Western Consciousness and yuh have nuff show line up.
Plus you heart eva clean. All when dem a beg you yuh tings and a stab you inna
you back after dem get it, you still cyan hate dem. So just go through clean
hearted dread.
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Trini yute how you diss up di singer so?

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How some man so good? All now we cyan believe how the little singer yute from
Trinidad use up the big big singer girl fi get a bus and pretend how him soo in
love with har, and it was all lies.
After the 28-year-old yute get him big break, him no do nutten but walk and diss
up the woman, bout him no waan no 41-year-old inna him bed. So him neva know dat
when she did a carry him pon stage all over the Caribbean and a try buss him
career.
Now, all di woman husband find out bout she and the youngas and move outta di
house. And now di singer yute stop tek her calls, not responding to her BB pin -
him shut her out and a daub her up.
We hear true dat home girl all cut off har locks. But the yute betta know sey
sitten name karma and it a go ketch him.
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Addi fool we again; but careful wha yu eat!

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Bwoy Addi, you learn from the best. You pull a Beenie Man pon wi fi get a
headline. Bout people splice up di song and mek it look like seh you eat unda di
table. But mout seh a yu same one splice up di ting cause you know seh the media
a go swoop dung pon it like dead meat. Cause, fi real, a long time you no get
nuh Star headline. And see, everybody a talk bout di song now.

But Addi, you haffi careful wha you eat and who you eat from. Cause some girl a
chat nuff tings and all a sey you put ice up in deh and suck it out. We cyaan
sey a true; we just a talk wha we hear and wha you sing bout.
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The Daily Word - Tuesday, April 26, 2011

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PRAY FOR OTHERS
I see the Christ in each person who touches my life.

In life we can experience challenging circumstances. In prayer, I look beyond temporary conditions to see the perfection in whatever may be happening and to behold the Christ within each person.

All people have within them the sacred presence that Jesus demonstrated. This is the Christ Presence. I pray in the awareness of the Christ in me honoring the Christ in another. Whether at the store, on the phone, at work or in traffic--each interaction I have is an invitation for me to bless those I encounter.

As I think of others, I enfold them in love. Living from the love, joy and peace in me, I bless and share these gifts with others.

I pray that ... Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith, as you are being rooted and grounded in love.--Ephesians 3:16, 17
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Lindsay Lohan bailed out of jail

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Lindsay Lohan was bailed out of Lynwood Correctional Facility Friday night after
being held for over 5 hours.
A bondsman put up the cash to get her out of jail...again. Her bail was set at
$75,000.
She's gone to jail so many times in the last year, this guys full time job has
practically been being on standby to bail her a** out of jail. They should
really consider just leaving her there. She never learns her lesson.
And the judge agrees. Judge Stephanie Sautner said: "She is to serve 120
days...forthwith. Perhaps she might see how women who have fallen on real hard
times have to live and maybe she will change."

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Lady Gaga Confesses: 'I Feel Like a Loser'

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Lady Gaga is one of the most successful artists on the planets, but even she has
some down days.

In a new YouTube video, taken from her upcoming HBO special, Gaga tearfully
confesses that she thinks "people are trying to destroy her."

She talks about how much she fear criticism and feels like a "loser kid in High
School." Um...I'm pretty sure there were no kids like you in High School. Maybe
it's the blood. I dunno.

In the video she says, "I still sometimes feel like a loser. It's crazy, 'cos
it's like we're at the Garden, but I still feel like a loser kid in high school.
Sometimes I still feel like people are trying to destroy me... I cannot be
destroyed and I will not be destroyed. And you will never destroy the kingdom
that is my fans.
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One woman was killed while three men were wounded in three separate shooting
incidents in the St. Catherine North Police Division on Saturday.
The dead woman has been identified as 33-year-old Karen Welch, a cosmetologist
from the Lauriston community.
She was killed in the first incident, which happened about 5:30 pm. It is
reported that Ms Welch was at her business place on the Thompson Pen main road
when gunmen barged in and shot her in the head.
She died on the spot.
The second incident occurred just after 9:00 p.m. when a group of gunmen went to
a bar on Fairfield road, off St. Johns Road and started shooting.
One man was wounded in that incident.
It is suspected that sometime later Saturday night, the same set of gunmen
struck at another bar in the old capital along Cumberland road.
There they shot and wounded two people in the bar.
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Baby severely burnt in fire

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A one year old baby boy was severely burnt in a fire in Manchester Sunday
morning.
It is reported that about 10:30 am, residents in Downs saw fire coming from a
seven apartment house in the community and called the fire brigade.
The little boy's father was outside the house when he too noticed the fire and
rushed inside for his son.
However, the one year old baby had already sustained severe burns.
He was taken to the Mandeville Hospital where he was admitted.
A unit from the Santa Cruz fire department put out to the blaze.
The house was gutted.
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Colin Levy happy with US college radio tour

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As singer Colin Levy winds down his month-long US college radio tour, he
confesses to being in extremely high spirits and ready to share his music with
the world.

The reggae artiste, who has been in the States since the first week in April,
was on a  promotional blitz of his most recent song, Lovers' Holiday, from his
soon-to-be-released album, Unleashed. Already the single has found favour in
Jamaica, where it is enjoying good rotation on radio and has made its way onto
the Jamaica Countdown Chart.
Levy, who also uses the moniker Iley Dred, is accompanied on the road  by his
marketing manager, Brian 'Daddy Biggs' Muntz, who single-handedly put together
the radio station package.
Muntz, the IT Coordinator for computing services in a university in Canada, is
also part time in the music business working in the field of Artist &
Repertoire, music production and marketing.  Muntz, who took on Colin Levy as a
client and started working with him immediately after hearing the Lovers'
Holiday single feels very strongly about his project and the upcoming album.
Biggs explained that the artiste has been making inroads by showcasing his music
to one of the largest audiences anywhere - college students. He noted that
college radio stations are quite powerful and said this was an excellent
opportunity for Levy to take his career to the next level.
"Obviously, this is not about money, since this tour is purely promotional, but
the potential for making money down the road because of this is immense," Muntz
stated.
Muntz took the singer to visit on a seemingly endless list  of college radio
stations in Washington, New York,  Atlanta and several other states, and he and
Levy were in one accord as they hit the road for close to 30 days while
journeying on this musical labour of love.
"I have wrapped up my North America College Radio promotional tour, on a
positive note," Levy said from Washington, which was among his last stops on the
trip.
"I have  finally started living my dreams as an artiste and this has always been
my desire," he concluded.
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Chino to release self titled album

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Reggae and dancehall artiste, Chino, will release his self-entitled United
States album Chino in five weeks.
"It won't be just one genre and that's in an effort to cater to not only the US
market, but also the European and Caribbean territories," he said.
The album will be available online and in stores on May 24.
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The Jamaican police will have to wait until next month before being able to quiz
dancehall artisteSpragga Benz in relation to Friday night's triple murder in
McIntyre Villa, also known as 'Dunkirk' in Kingston.
According to the police,  Spragga Benz, whose real name is Carlton Grant, is
overseas and is not due back in the island before May 17.
The artiste was asked to turn himself over to investigators at the Elletson Road
Police Station by 2:00 pm Sunday for questioning in relation to the murder of
Kenrique Richards of Lincoln Terrace and the shooting of two other men.
According to investigators, 49-year-old Peter Escoffery, otherwise called
'Stumpy' of McIntyre Villa; Richards, otherwise called 'Runkus', and an
unidentified man, were shot by a carload of men armed with high-powered rifles.
Richards died on the spot while Escoffery and the unidentified man died at
hospital.
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Finger rape case could head to CCJ

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Jamaica's dispute with Barbados over the alleged ill-treatment of 20-year-old
Shanique Myrie could be headed to the Trinidad and Tobago-based Caribbean Court
of Justice (CCJ).
Dr Kenneth Baugh, minister of foreign affairs and foreign trade, has warned that
the CCJ could be asked to rule on the case if the two countries cannot work out
their differences.
This would be the first time that the Jamaican Government would be taking a case
to the CCJ since it was established in 2001.
With the Myrie dispute now at the level of government to government and a probe
under way in Bridgetown, the Jamaican authorities are demanding that the
Barbadian government does all that is necessary to establish the facts.
The dispute stems from claims by Myrie that she was subjected to verbal
harassment and a demeaning cavity search on arrival in Bridgetown.
Myrie said she was subjected to an invasive cavity search by a female
immigration officer when she arrived in Barbados on March 14.
No contraband was found on her during the search and she was denied clearance to
enter the country before being held in immigration detention and sent back to
Jamaica the following day.
The young woman has since retained the services of Hylton, who is the former
minister of foreign affairs and foreign trade.
She has also been invited to Barbados to identify the officer who conducted the
search.
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The Daily Word - Saturday, April 23, 2011

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EARTH BLESSINGS
I am rich in the wonders of the Earth.

In nature, I am reminded of God's wonder. I feel a commitment and desire to do all I can to sustain the health of Mother Earth. From a place of stewardship and love, I know I can effect change.

Each day, I am grateful for the ways my life is enriched by the earth. Through my actions, I honor and respect her. Every time I nurture and love myself and others, I extend the same love and support to Mother Earth.

Her ability to survive and thrive is apparent as I lovingly work the soil or sink my feet into the sand. The pulsating energy of Spirit is alive in her. I am comforted by that knowledge. In awareness of her splendor, I silently express joy and thanks to God.

Then God said, "Let the earth put forth vegetation: plants yielding seed, and fruit trees of every kind...." And it was so.-Genesis 1:11
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Dancehall Diva Poll

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Ziggy Marley to release Wild and Free

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International reggae singer Ziggy Marley, the son of reggae legend Bob Marley,
is poised for the June 14 release of his album Wild and Free.
The album is being released by his family's Tuff Gong Worldwide label.
Wild and Freecarries  themes of global and personal changes and revolutions.
According to Marley, "social revolutions and group revolutions are good and we
need that, but we also need personal revolution, revolution within ourselves
that change who we are as people."
In addition a theme of marijuana and hemp also runs through the album and
according to Marley, he speaks of the whole idea of using the cannabis plant for
more than what it is used for now.
"It can be used for environmental reasons and industrial reasons and nutritional
reasons, to benefit the planet," he said.

Following his Marijauna Man action figure, Ziggy explained that the story is
about utilizing all the properties of the plant.
He does not think people understand how much good it can do.
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LeAnn Rimes (album)

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It's been two years since LeAnn Rimes started her scandalous affair with then
married Eddie Cibrian--and she's still talking about it.

LeAnn, who loves playing the victim, has a new TV special airing this Sunday,
"Backstory: LeAnn Rimes", so she's talking up a storm about the affair.

"I didn't have the tools to know how to do it the right way, how to let go the
right way. I'd never been taught that," she says of cheating on then-husband
Dean Sheremet. At the time Eddie was married to Brandi Glanville, with whom he
has two sons.

After the affair went public, she said she was surprised about the backlash.
Really? You were shocked that people were upset you broke up a home?

"I think I felt abandoned -- I think abandoned is a really good word -- because
of our divorce," Rimes says.

"Not only that," she observes, "our divorce became so much bigger because it was
publicized."

Sadly she really wouldn't be relevant if it wasn't for this scandalous affair.
The affair happened two years ago and it's still the only thing she talks about.

Go do something productive. Record an album. I'm tired of listening to her try
to play the victim when she played an active role in breaking up two marriages.
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LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 11:  Actor Mel Gibson ...

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Mel Gibson has something to say--but this time he's going to try to keep his
voice down.
Crazy Mel has a new movie to promote, The Beaver, so he's desperately trying to
do some damage control. First on the list: talking about those infamous
voicemails he left ex Oksana Grigorieva .
"Who anticipates being recorded?" Gibson tells Deadline in an epic interview.
"Who could anticipate such a personal betrayal?"
He said most of the voicemails were taken out of context and he's really not a
homophobe, a racist and an anti-Semite. Uh, Mel...It's a little hard to take
things like 'I will kill you and bury you in a rose garden' out of context.
He continued, "I've never treated anyone badly or in a discriminatory way based
on their gender, race, religion or sexuality -- period," Gibson says. "I don't
blame some people for thinking that though, from the garbage they heard on those
leaked tapes, which have been edited.
 "You have to put it all in the proper context of being in an irrationally
heated discussion at the height of a breakdown, trying to get out of a really
unhealthy relationship. It's one terribly awful moment in time, said to one
person, in the span of one day and doesn't represent what I truly believe or how
I've treated people my entire life."
But regardless of how many times he tries to clear the air, he knows his
reputation may be permanently damaged. Ya think?
"I don't care if I don't act anymore," he says, adding that he's "beyond" caring
whether fans misjudge him. "The whole experience has been most unfortunate. And
so it's not without all the downside."
"I could easily not act again. It's not a problem. I'm going to do something now
because I want to do it and because it's fun."
He's had so many f**k ups it's a little hard to give him the benefit of the
doubt and assume things were taken out of context. Sure, her reaction to his
crazy rants seemed edited, but his craziness on those tapes were raw--and they
were real.
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Tiana Continues to climb the charts

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Kingston Jamaica: Dancehall fast rising female star Tiana has made her second
appearance on the Hype TV Top 20 Reggae/Dancehall Chart with her female anthem
No Man Cant Talk Bad Bout Mi. Tiana's Hype TV debut was Skippin Feelin ft Chi
Ching Ching.
No Man Cant Talk Bad Mi is currently rocking the 11 position on Richie B's
Dancehall Chart...#8 on the OutAroad Top 20 Hot Singles Chart.
Since the start of the year Tiana has released several new tracks including No
Other Ladyn No Ring Pon Mi Finger and You Mi Want ft Darrio. Other
soon-to-be-released tracks are Betta Luv Tell,  produced by Billboard hit
producer Snow Cone; Gyal Mi Love You ft Konshens a Famshouse Production, My
Story produced by Very Huge Records and Hot Gyal Step Out produced by Miami
based radio disc jock Dj Snypa.
According to Tiana, "This music industry is a very challenging one but at the
same time I must give thanks to God for giving me the strength to keep pushing
on and I also have to give thanks to my manager Carlington Wilmot because he has
certainly been working none stop around the clock. However another thing that
gives me the drive are the wonderful emails I have received by fans from all
over the world via facebook, youtube, twitter and reverbnation."
Tiana is also breaking new grounds in Costa Rica, Sweden and Kenya.
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$50M for Independence celebrations

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Members of parliament are engaged in a discussion during yesterday's sitting of the Standing Finance Committee of Parliament at Gordon House. - Norman Grindley/Chief Photographer
Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture, Olivia Grange, said yesterday that the
stage is set for a rich 50th anniversary national celebrations with a
$50-million injection from the national budget.
Jamaica won its Independence from Britain on August 6, 1962.
The stated aim of the Independence celebrations are, among other things, to
strengthen and enhance the cultural identity of the Jamaican people, and provide
spaces for reflection and meditation on the achievements, struggles, challenges
and aspiration of Jamaicans.
The ministry is also seeking to create opportunities for economic advancement
through the planning and implementation of trade fairs, market penetration
activities, expositions and festivals.
"You will notice that we have an allocation and that is to get us started, we
are setting up a secretariat within the ministry," Grange said in reference to
the $50 million.
She said a core staff will be employed, but the plan is to rely heavily on
volunteers from the culture movement across the island.
"We haven't officially launched the committee as yet, but that it is broken up
into sector groups dealing with special through to legacy projects," said
Grange.
Grange said all members of parliament will be encouraged to set aside funds from
their allocations from Constituency Development Fund for the celebrations.
The anniversary celebrations coincide with that of the general election year,
due in 2012.
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Reggae Sumfest gears up

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For the past 18 years, Reggae Sumfest has built a solid reputation for providing
world class entertainment. Last year's show stands out as one of the best in the
entertainment industry as the festival presented international superstars  Usher
and Chris Brown alongside Jamaica's hottest and best performers. This year's
event which runs from Saturday July 16 to Saturday July 23 is anticipated to be
even better.
Stage manager Junior Taylor describes the ambitious new plans for 2011, "We are
bringing our patrons the same top quality service, but with a new twist. Sumfest
is gearing up to produce some new and exciting elements for the crowd."
The festivities will kick off with the annual beach party moving into the always
highly anticipated Dancehall night on Thursday and culminating with
International Nights 1 and 2 on Friday and Saturday.  "We are stepping up our
game this year," commented promoter Robert Russell, "fans can expect to see
Sumfest like it has never been seen before, virtually and in person."
The Sumfest team is also working to address some of the physical problems
experienced at last year's event.  "We have listened to our audience and are
making adjustments to the venue to accommodate any possible incidence of rain
have, "  remarked organizer John Gurzong. "Also, in light of the current
economic strains we have begun our campaign earlier than usual, to allow people
the time to prepare for this year's amazing showcase."
So it's time to get in the game and start preparing for "The Greatest Reggae
Show On Earth", between July 16 to 23, when Montego Bay opens its doors to the
world.
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Fantan Mojah

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BULLETIN! Reggae is not dead. There is a new standard bearer who encapsulates
the spirit of Jacob Miller and the high energy shenanigans of a Capleton. His
name is Fantan Mojah and he is the tour de force rocking the world of reggae
music today.
Down Sound Recording artiste Fantan Mojah delivered a marquis peformance at
Negril Escape that had hundreds of tourists in a state of awe on Tuesday night
as the One Love Reggae concert series came to a climactic end.
Dressed in a white ensemble which imbued him with a majestic quality, like a
lion surveying his kingdom, Fantan was absolutely brilliant from start to
finish. He delivered all the songs from his 2005 full length album Hail the
King, earning the biggest forwards for Hungry and Nuh Build Great Man.
Backed by his own Macka Tree band, he had the audience in a virtual trance,
their hands aloft, their eyes awestruck and expectant as they swayed to the
sweet reggae harmonies as he did emotionally charged songs such as Corruption,
Thanks and Praise, Love Grows and She Makes Me Feel So Nice.
Even though he had injured his knee a few days earlier, Fantan was able to
transfigure the pain into positive energy and strength, and thrill the patrons
in the venue in a performance they will not soon forget.  They were drawn to his
Bobo Ashanti faith as he praised Jah, condemned immorality, glorified women in a
positive way and called for a revolution against Babylon system. Fantan showed
off his dancing ability during the instrumental sections as the band played a
delicious reggae groove.
Fantan Mojah's one hour and 20 minute performance so captivated the audience
that the promoters waited almost 45 minutes for Julian Marley's onstage stint. A
seasoned performer, Julian Marley did a great job, and the audience were wowed
once again by the Marley magic as he performed wonderful hits from his latest
album, Awake and crowd
favourites from his 2003 album, A Time and Place.
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Fantan Mojah and the Down Sound Records crew have been doing  a blizzard of
performances over the Easter holidays.
Fantan Mojah's latest hit 'Through The Fire' has been blowing up all over radio
and he is getting a lot of requests for shows in Europe. He performed in Negril
on April 19th, bringing an exciting end to the popular One Love Reggae concert
series.
"Yea, Down Sound to the world, things are looking up, I have a 10 city European
tour planned for the Summer, there are plans to shoot a video for Through the
Fire...the ting definitely a tun up," Fantan Mojah said.
Toya and Harry Toddler will perform alongside Mavado on Tipsy. Toya, G Warren
and Tempricher will also be performing
on the eighth staging of the Jamaica International Kite Fest in St. Ann's Bay.
Toya released her new single '12 Speed Blender' last week and the song has been
getting favourable airplay on FM radio. There are plans to shoot a video for the
song as well.
Toya is trying to shrug off the gloom shrouding her life since the
murder of her father, Brian Jackson almost a month ago.
"I am just trying to move on, I am going to leave everything in God's hands, and
try to go on with my life and just be happy you know," she said, in a release.
DSR is also releasing a riddim project called Spirited this weekend which will
feature Capleton, Anthony B, Tempricher, Lollie Lue, G Warren, Toya and Sizzla.
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How the First Earth Day Came About

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By Senator Gaylord Nelson, Founder of Earth Day 

What was the purpose of Earth Day? How did it start? These are the questions I am most frequently asked. 

Actually, the idea for Earth Day evolved over a period of seven years starting in 1962. For several years, it had been troubling me that the state of our environment was simply a non-issue in the politics of the country. Finally, in November 1962, an idea occurred to me that was, I thought, a virtual cinch to put the environment into the political "limelight" once and for all. The idea was to persuade President Kennedy to give visibility to this issue by going on a national conservation tour. I flew to Washington to discuss the proposal with Attorney General Robert Kennedy, who liked the idea. So did the President. The President began his five-day, eleven-state conservation tour in September 1963. For many reasons the tour did not succeed in putting the issue onto the national political agenda. However, it was the germ of the idea that ultimately flowered into Earth Day.

I continued to speak on environmental issues to a variety of audiences in some twenty-five states. All across the country, evidence of environmental degradation was appearing everywhere, and everyone noticed except the political establishment. The environmental issue simply was not to be found on the nation's political agenda. The people were concerned, but the politicians were not. 

After President Kennedy's tour, I still hoped for some idea that would thrust the environment into the political mainstream. Six years would pass before the idea that became Earth Day occurred to me while on a conservation speaking tour out West in the summer of 1969. At the time, anti-Vietnam War demonstrations, called "teach-ins," had spread to college campuses all across the nation. Suddenly, the idea occurred to me - why not organize a huge grassroots protest over what was happening to our environment? 

I was satisfied that if we could tap into the environmental concerns of the general public and infuse the student anti-war energy into the environmental cause, we could generate a demonstration that would force this issue onto the political agenda. It was a big gamble, but worth a try. 

At a conference in Seattle in September 1969, I announced that in the spring of 1970 there would be a nationwide grassroots demonstration on behalf of the environment and invited everyone to participate. The wire services carried the story from coast to coast. The response was electric. It took off like gangbusters. Telegrams, letters, and telephone inquiries poured in from all across the country. The American people finally had a forum to express its concern about what was happening to the land, rivers, lakes, and air - and they did so with spectacular exuberance. For the next four months, two members of my Senate staff, Linda Billings and John Heritage, managed Earth Day affairs out of my Senate office. 

Five months before Earth Day, on Sunday, November 30, 1969, The New York Times carried a lengthy article by Gladwin Hill reporting on the astonishing proliferation of environmental events: 

"Rising concern about the environmental crisis is sweeping the nation's campuses with an intensity that may be on its way to eclipsing student discontent over the war in Vietnam...a national day of observance of environmental problems...is being planned for next spring...when a nationwide environmental 'teach-in'...coordinated from the office of Senator Gaylord Nelson is planned...." 

It was obvious that we were headed for a spectacular success on Earth Day. It was also obvious that grassroots activities had ballooned beyond the capacity of my U.S. Senate office staff to keep up with the telephone calls, paper work, inquiries, etc. In mid-January, three months before Earth Day, John Gardner, Founder of Common Cause, provided temporary space for a Washington, D.C. headquarters. I staffed the office with college students and selected Denis Hayes as coordinator of activities. 

Earth Day worked because of the spontaneous response at the grassroots level. We had neither the time nor resources to organize 20 million demonstrators and the thousands of schools and local communities that participated. That was the remarkable thing about Earth Day. It organized itself.

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The Daily Word - Friday, April 22, 2011

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SURRENDER
I surrender to Spirit and find rest for my soul.

When I am experiencing darkness or difficulty, my belief in the power and love of Spirit brings me comfort and direction. In the face of any challenge, I am never alone. I remember there is value and promise even in the toughest times. During hardship or heartache, I become truly teachable. In the transition from darkness to light, I gain new understanding about myself and about life. I find the strength and resilience to go on.Good Friday

Resurrection follows a crucifixion experience; a magnificent rebirth follows uncertain or demanding times. As I surrender to Spirit, I am enfolded in love and peace. I am ready to rise to all life has to offer.

Then Jesus, crying with a loud voice, said, "Father, into your hands I commend my spirit." Having said this, he breathed his last.--Luke 23:46
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The Daily Word - Thursday, April 21, 2011

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Last Supper

Image by Martin LaBar via Flickr

COMMANDMENT
I act lovingly toward others.

Before the Last Supper, Jesus washed his disciples' feet as a demonstration of love and humility. As he did, he commanded them to love one another. As I think about Jesus' words, I consider the ways in which I express love to others.

There are many types of love: the love of a parent for a child and of family members for one another; the love experienced in friendship and companionship; the love expressed in sharing ideas and beliefs.

Considering Jesus' commandment, I make a new commitment to actively express love toward others. I look for opportunities to give and receive love, knowing that I am putting into motion the truth that Jesus shared--that love is the greatest power of all.

I give you a new commandment, that you love one another. Just as I have loved you.--John 13:34
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JAHVINCI HEADS TO GUYANA THIS WEEKEND

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Portmore Empire singer Jahvinci, known for the number one hit Watch Yu
Friends, is amping up the promotion of his singles for the busy
Summer. Jahvinci recently shot a video for his new single, Draw the
Line, which will debut on local TV soon.

"My songs are really doing well in Europe, there is a lot of interest
over there from promoters who
heard how well the Empire tour did early this year. I am getting ready
to do some great things this
year. I am working hard, writing and voicing songs, I am about to step
things up," Jahvinci said in a release.

However it is Jahvinci's 'Mama Love' tune that is creating the
greatest buzz in the streets.

"Yea, man. I heard that the Mama tune is popping on Internet radio
charts in France, and another one in Belgium, the response has been
amazing...the song seems to be touching people and the feedback is the
reason we're shooting a video in early May when I get back from
Guyana," he said.

He will be performing in Guyana on a show on April 23rd. Other
Jahvinci singles to look out for are Holding On, Rising, Hear My Cry
and Know Jah featuring Lutan Fyah.
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The Daily Word - Wednesday, April 20, 2011

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DIRECTION
Wherever I choose to go, the spirit of God guides me safely home.

Traveling into unfamiliar territory, I look for landmarks to help me find my way back. I may take note of a school, a farmhouse or a lake to mark my path. On my return, seeing those landmarks brings me comfort and peace. I am assured that I will find my way home again.

Similarly, when I am in an unfamiliar situation--perhaps facing a new challenge or opportunity in a job or relationship--I look for spiritual landmarks. These come my way as a sense of serendipity or a familiar feeling of confidence, clarity or peace.

The spirit of God provides my route and guides my course of action. Wherever I go, I am confident that God will guide me home.

The Lord went in front of them in a pillar of cloud by day, to lead them along the way, and in a pillar of fire by night, to give them light.--Exodus 13:21
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Bachannal Jamaica 2011

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The Star Tribute To Lady Saw

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The Daily Word - Tuesday, April 19, 2011

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CELEBRATE
I celebrate the light of God within me and everyone.

The Bible story of God's people securing their freedom from bondage in Egypt reflects my own road to freedom from limiting ideas. In the past, I may have held limiting thoughts about myself and the world. Just as the Hebrew people followed the light of God and celebrated their new life, I celebrate mine.

With an awareness of God's light, I view my life unfolding just as it should. Every success and even seeming missteps are celebrated. Inspired by the light of God, I celebrate my ability to learn, grow and conceive new thoughts and ideas, which will enable me to be a blessing to myself, my family and all humanity.

I will cause your name to be celebrated in all generations. --Psalm 45:17
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Steamy: Jennifer Lopez cosies up to her hunky co-star on her new music video shoot in MexicoIt's been 12 years since she writhed on to our screens in the music video for
her first major single Love Don't Cost A Thing in 1999, instantly cementing
herself as one of the world's most beautiful women.
But Jennifer Lopez proved she's still got it in a steamy beach shoot with the
man dubbed 'the Brad Pitt of Mexico' for her latest offering.
The singer, 41, looks like no time has past in these newly-released pictures
from the set of I'm Into You video shoot, romping on the beach in a revealing
diamond dress.
The American Idol judge cozies up to shirtless actor William Levy, 30, in
sensual beach scenes filmed at Turtle Beach, that are sure to make husband Marc
Anthony a little nervous.
Cuban-born Levy, called 'the Brad Pitt of Mexico' according to Us Weekly, says
of his gorgeous leading lady: 'It was wonderful. I felt very comfortable. She is
a very sincere and fun person.
'The truth is I had a really great time,' he added. 'It was wonderful to see
that someone so huge could be so down to earth, in addition to being really
funny.'
Jennifer was recently named People magazine's World's Most Beautiful woman 2011,
despite revealing she 'went grey at 23.'.
'My mom and my dad both went grey at a young age and I did too. At 23,' she told
the magazine
'Once I got started doing movies I started to grey. It was the stress, theRomance: The singer's love interest is William Levy, dubbed 'the Brad Pitt of Mexico'
pressure,' she joked.
She then quipped that since she married Mark Anthony she had to get her hair
done 'every two weeks.'
But despite having a little trouble in the hair department, Jennifer's famous
figure appears unchanged since her early days in the business.
Her revealing diamond dress shows off her famous curves just as the tiny white
dress she wore in the If You Have My Love video made hers one of the world's
most lusted after bodies.
Jennifer will also wear a low-cut snakeskin print dress and turban for scenes
filmed at the Mayan archaeological site, Chichen Itza.
The star was given unprecedented access to the site to film her video.
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Opposition tense over Tony Ashman extradition

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The Opposition wants the Government to move to avoid jeopardising Jamaica's
relationship with the United Kingdom over the Tony Ashman extradition matter.

Tony Ashman was in Jamaican police custody for more than two months awaiting
extradition to the UK, but was released last Tuesday on a Supreme Court order.

Ashman's lawyer secured his release on the grounds that he had been detained for
more than 60 days after waiving his right to an extradition hearing.

Holding a subject for more than 60 days, after he or she has waived his or her
right to an extradition hearing, is in breach of the law.

Ashman, 27, was supposed to have been extradited to England to face a murder
charge.

The justice minister, Dorothy Lightbourne, said she did not sign the authority
to proceed with the extradition because she did not receive the necessary
authenticated documents from the British government.

But the chairman of the PNP's Human Rights Commission, Clyde Williams accused
Miss Lightbourne of ineffectiveness and poor leadership.

He also called for a probe into the Ashman extradition matter.
According to Mr Williams, the PNP is concerned about what he claims is a
strained relationship between the Ministry of Justice and the Office of the
Director of Public Prosecutions.

He said, this could have resulted in the bungling of the extradition request.

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Three persons charged for salesman's murder

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The St. Catherine South police have made a breakthrough in their investigation
into the circumstances which led to the death of a 46-year-old salesman whose
body was found on the Dyke Road in Portmore on March 30.
Two men and a woman have been charged in connection with the death of Brian
Jackson, who was employed to Rumbar Rum Estates in Worthy Park, St. Catherine.
An autopsy revealed that he was strangled.
The three suspects, who were arrested last week, were charged on Sunday with
murder, conspiracy to murder, robbery with aggravation and accessory after the
fact.
They are Adeshia Johnson, 20, her brother Marlon Johnson, 25 and Jeffery Powell,
24.
It was reported that Mr. Jackson went to a house in Greater Portmore to transact
business when he washeld, tied up and strangled.
His body was then dumped on the Dyke Road.
Several items that were in his car were stolen.
Mr. Jacksons' grey Nissan motorcar was later found in the St. Andrew South
Police Division.
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Tribute to The Dragon

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The Byron Lee Foundation will, on Saturday, April 30, pull together four of
Jamaica's top Bands to perform on a show billed "Tribute to The Dragon".
The show is scheduled to take place in the Jamaica Pegasus Gardens.
"Tribute to The Dragon" will see Fabulous 5 Inc., Errol Lee & the Bare
Essentials, and Lloyd Parks & We the People Band, joining the rebranded Byron
Lee's Dragonaires to honour the `live' big band legacy which Byron Lee helped
forge.
This show will be the first big entertainment event that the Byron Lee
Foundation will be staging.

However, it is the second major activity being undertaken by the Foundation -
following, the April 8 dedication of the Sports Field at Hillel Academy to which
the Foundation donated seating for the bleachers.

Sheila Lee, Byron Lee's widow and head of the Foundation added that, in keeping
with its mandate, the Byron Lee Foundation also intended to offer support for
projects in which record major milestones in the development of Jamaica's music.
Tickets for the April 30 "Tribute to The Dragon" will go on sale on April 27.
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Kartel's Colouring Book Party Blocked By Police

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Partygoers who expected to frolic at the Colouring Book Party headlined by
VybzKartel on Saturday were forced to stay at home with their crayons over the
weekend.

Based on a statement from the promoter, the police ordered organizers to
postpone the event suggesting that the show is likely to attract criminal
elements.
Although several tickets were sold for the party that was expected to take place
at Lime Village in Portmore on Saturday, April 16, organizers say patrons were
refunded.
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Government prosecutors on Monday morning withdrew criminal charges that were
laid against the leader of the Clansman gang, Tesha Miller, before the Corporate
Area Criminal Court. Prosecutors withdrew the charges of assaulting police and using abusive
language, when Miller appeared in court this morning under heavy police/military
guard. He was accused of assaulting a policeman at the Kingston Central Police lock up
while he was in custody during last year's State of Emergency.
He was charged jointly with Keifa Ogilvie, son of Tivoli Gardens strongman
Justin Ogilvie.
The Crown said it will be proceeding against Ogilvie.
He is to stand trial on June 13.
Keifa Ogilvie was recently fined $500,000 by a judge in the Gun Court after he
pleaded guilty to possession of an illegal gun and 20 rounds of ammunition. Tesha Miller was sentenced to 15 years in prison on Friday after he was convicted of gun and robbery charges.
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Residents of the Melrose in Manchester are trying to deal with news of the
tragic death of four members of a family on Monday morning.
The case of the murder/suicide stemmed from an apparent love triangle involving
a policewoman and an ex-policeman.
Those killed are Corporal Bevon Hutchinson- Anderson, 43, Rohan Shaw, 45 and 12
year-old Keinon Shaw.
The retired Sergeant, 58-year-old Osbourne Whitton then took his life.
The policewoman, who was a corporal attached to the Mandeville Police Station,
was at home with her son and his father, shortly after midnight.
The ex-policeman, who is said to have had a love affair with the policewoman,
entered the house to which he had a key.
He allegedly went into a rage and pu
lled a firearm and shot all three persons
killing them on the spot.
George Powell, a resident, was on the scene when the policeman killed himself.
"To be honest I am really surprised. I knew the gentleman over the years and I
am really surprised to know that something like this could really happen. I
heard about it in St. Mary and I said this is impossible to happen in
Manchester," Mr. Powell said.
It is reported that Whitton took early retirement from the force three years
ago.

A little more than a week ago, Corporal Wayne Llewellyn killed four members of
his wife's family before taking his life in Three Hill, St Mary.
His wife sustained a bullet wound to the neck and is still recuperating.
In the meantime, grief councillors from the Education Ministry are at the
McIntosh Memorial Primary School, which 12-year-old Keinon Shaw attended.
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Rihanna's Family Secret revealed

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Rihanna has a three older siblings from her father Ronald's past flings that she never knew about.

The hit singer already has two younger brothers from her dad's 14-year marriage to her momMonica, but now Rihanna is discovering she's the younger sister and an aunt.  Each older brother is from a different mother.

And Rihanna has only known her 32-year-old half sister Kandy for a few years, meeting her when Rihanna was 15-years-old.  Kandy, who works as a pharmacy assistant in Rihanna's native Barbados, insists her daughters Brandy, 14, and 11-year-old Crystal, are very proud of their aunt.  She tells Britain's The Sun newspaper,

"My girls thought she was great fun and now, of course, they love the fact their auntie is one of the most famous singers in the world. They love her music and are always singing her songs at the top of their voices."

Ronald also reveals that Rihanna has a 30-year-old half-sister, Samantha, as well as a 27-year-old half-brother Jamie.

And the family keeps growing!  How would you feel if you discovered you had all these half brothers and sisters?

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The Daily Word - Monday, April 18, 2011

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HEALING
I am renewed by the healing power of God.

Spring rains bring relief from the harshness of winter. Under their gentle caress, the earth returns to its lushness, the fog of winter is washed away and signs of new life appear.

My time in meditation is like the healing rains of spring. As I open my heart to the grace of God, I am renewed. In God's loving presence, I feel restored. My fears dissolve, my needs are met and my soul is refreshed. Hope, health and well-being blossom within me.

The healing power of God is eternal. Though darkness may at times seem to obscure it, the quiet of prayer washes away any doubt. The life of God enlivens my being. I am whole and well.

It will be a healing for your flesh and a refreshment for your body. --Proverbs 3:8
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The Daily Word - Saturday, April 16, 2011

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WORLD PEACE
I share the peace in my heart with the world.

I care deeply about the world and everyone in it, and though I may feel a yearning to help others, I do not always know how. Because events around the world can seem distant and separate from me, my first response occurs within my own awareness.

When I see images or hear reports of discord, I take the situation into prayer. I hold thoughts of peace, and I visualize peace prevailing within every heart and mind. I resolve to speak in peaceful ways and share the potential for peace with others.

Through prayer, I allow God to heal me of any fear or sense of separation. I realize my oneness with others. Peace is alive in my heart, and this makes a difference in the world.

The Lord lift up his countenance upon you, and give you peace. --Numbers 6:26
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STAR BWOY - Mavado (Official VIdeo)

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The popular roots play 'Ova Mi Dead Body' is on its way to West
Kingston for a special performance on Holy Thursday, the 21st of
April,  at 8 p.m.to help raise funds to feed the elderly and the
indigent in this community.

The initiative is the brain child of Stages Production which has once
again teamed up with the 'What a brother can do for Another'
foundation to present  top class entertainment and a belly full of
laughter to inner city residents.

"The Denham Town high school will erupt in pandemonium and laughter as
Delcita and the Stages crew which also includes  Jukky Jam, Bad Boy
Trevor and String Bean hit the stage for a rare downtown performance.
Showtime is at 8pm, and judging by the last play held a month ago you
better be early or you get lef," Deborah 'Foxy' Golding, a director of
the 'What a Brother Can Do for Another' Foundation, said in a release.

Actress Andrea 'Delcita' Wright promises an all out performance "full
of madness and excitment" for her many fans from the inner city.

"Mi coming fi talk di things dem, teach woman how fi deal wid dem man
ya. Money ova words, cause good romance caan carry go shop," Delcita
said in a release.

Admission is $1000. Tickets are availible at Jah T's wholesale, at  23
Spanish Town road.

Two months ago the popular roots play 'Ghett Out' pulled a large crowd
to West Kingston.

"The last show was a great success, it was well organised the patrons
enjoyed themselves to the fullest. It was a great fundraiser and the
money went a long way to fulfilling the needs of our shut-ins and sick
people. We hope that this will be just as successful. We have worked
out a few kinks in the show as last time, Shebada's arrival caused
many people to rush in at once but  this show you're going to feel
like the Grammy's in LA," Ms. Golding said.
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She got fans all over the world doing her Single Ladies dance - and it looks
like Beyonce won't be leaving the choreography to chance for her new record
either.
The 29-year-old star was directing a troupe of twinkle-toed, suspender-clad
beauties on a sand-covered set in Los Angeles as she shot the video for a new
track, apparently called Who Rule The World.
And in her trademark leg-baring style, she was wearing a wisp of a yellow dress
that barely covered her bottom with kinky over-the-knee black stiletto boots and
elbow-length black gloves.
Scroll down to watch Beyonce strut her stuff to Single Ladies...
The star has reportedly hired 200 backing dancers for the shoot, which has been
taking place over the past few days.

The track, described as a 'stomping club banger' will be the first from her
as-yet-untitled new album, the follow-up to 2008's I Am ...Sasha Fierce.
It samples 2009 cult dance track Pon De Floor by London-based fidget house
outfit Major Lazer, Mail Online can reveal.
And it looks like Beyonce is hoping to reclaim her throne as the queen of the
charts in her new video - quite literally.
She was spotted filming wearing a huge gold crown earlier this week.
She continued the regal theme with a red flag bearing her initial 'B' and lots
of gold jewellery.
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It was her first time back on the tennis court since her health scare and Serena
Williams couldn't be missed in this hot pink jumpsuit.
Wearing a one-piece fluorescent Lycra suit is one way to make a comeback and the
13-time Grand Slam singles champion did just that.
Serena posted the photograph on her Twitter page and tweeted: 'Look who I
spotted on the court. Her first day back.'
The 29-year-old was diagnosed in February with a blood clot 'the size of a
grapefruit' in her lung, which she had an operation to remove.
She had developed a haematoma from a pulmonary embolism, stemming from an
incident when she cut her foot on broken glass in Munich last July.
And she has not played an official match since winning the title at Wimbledon
last July.
Wimbledon begins on June 20, but it is also not yet known whether Williams will
compete this year.
Her agent said the No.10 ranked player is still on medication and said she's 'in
consultation on a daily basis with her medical team.
Due to the blood clot, Serena has also not yet been cleared to take long-haul
flights, unlike her sister Venus, who is travelling to Germany this week to
cheer on the United States Fed Cup in Stuttgart.
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WASHINGTON, USA -- A leading Caribbean newspaper publisher and philanthropist,
who for years arranged for members of the US Congress to attend business
conferences in the Caribbean, has pleaded guilty to misleading congressional
staff about who paid for the travel expenses.
The US Justice Department said Karl B Rodney, who is also the chief executive
officer of the weekly New York Carib News newspaper and its foundation, pleaded
guilty to the charge in the US District Court for the District of Columbia.
Rodney, 73, is the only person to have been charged in the scandal, which
prompted an ethics inquiry of several lawmakers, said Assistant US Attorney
General, Lanny A Breuer.
The Justice Department said that Judge Emmet G Sullivan will now sentence him on
July 22.
Rodney faces a maximum of five years in prison and a US$250,000 fine on the
false statement charge.
Breuer said Rodney, through the Carib News foundation and Carib News, organised
an annual conference for more than a decade in the Caribbean, called the Annual
Caribbean Multi-National Business Conference. Many of the conferences have been
attended by members of Congress, he said.
In 2007, the House of Representatives modified its travel rules to require,
among other things, that all privately-funded travel by members of Congress be
pre-approved by the House of Representatives Committee on Standards of Official
Conduct (Ethics Committee.)
The pre-approval process required the private sponsor to submit a Private
Sponsor Travel Certification Form disclosing, among other things, the source of
funding for the member's trip, including transportation, lodging and meals.

"In pleading guilty, Rodney admitted that he made false statements on the
Private Sponsor Travel Certification Form submitted to the Ethics Committee in
connection with the 12th Annual Caribbean Multi-National Business Conference
held in Antigua and Barbuda from November 8-11, 2007," the Justice Department
said.
It said Rodney acknowledged several times in court on Thursday that he was
guilty of the crime of false statements.
At the end of the 45-minute hearing, he blamed a "lapse of judgment" and said,
"I regret that deeply," the Justice Department said.
According to court documents, in connection with the 2007 conference, "Rodney
provided round-trip airfare, hotels and meals for the members attending the
conference, using money and in-kind support provided by the foreign host country
and a private corporation.
"Instead of listing the foreign host country and private corporation on the
certification form that he submitted, Rodney falsely stated that Carib News
Foundation was the only entity that paid for the members' travel and that the
foundation had not accepted funds from any other source earmarked for that
purpose," it said.
According to the House Ethics Committee's initial inquiry, money from several
major corporations, including American Airlines, AT&T and Verizon, paid for at
least six lawmakers to go on the Caribbean trips in 2007 and 2008, "but Rodney
failed to disclose their involvement,"
As a result of Rodney's actions, "the public was denied the right to know the
true source of financial support for travel by Members to the Conferences,"
prosecutors wrote in a court filing.
In a letter, dated March 2009 and addressed to the Office of Congressional
Ethics, lawyers for Rodney described him as a "pillar of the Caribbean American
community.
"It is clear that it has always been our clients'; intention to complete all of
the necessary paperwork, including the House's Private Sponsor Certification
Form, accurately and honestly," wrote the lawyers, Joel Cohen and Danielle
Walsman.
Court documents do not show that Faye Rodney or Louis has been charged.
Five members of the Congressional Black Caucus were cleared by the Ethics
Committee because the committee said they "did not knowingly violate the House's
Code of Official Conduct."
But the committee admonished a sixth lawmaker, veteran Harlem Democratic
Congressman Charles Rangel, because it said "Rangel's staff knew corporations
had contributed money for the conferences."
The committee said it did not have sufficient evidence that Rangel was aware of
what his staff knew.

Psychiatrist Discusses Catherine Zeta-Jones' Bipolar Disorder
Catherine Zeta Jones made headlines yesterday with a simple announcement that
she was getting treated for Bipolar Disorder.

Bipolar Disorder affects about 6 million Americans, and its primary
characteristic is depression. Hollyscoop talked to famed psychiatrist Dr.
Charles Sophy, and he shed some light on how Jones will receive treatment.

"[Bipolar Disorder] is treated with a combination of a good diagnosis and
medication and therapy," Dr. Sophy told Hollyscoop.

He added that the goal of treatment is "getting it into remission, which
translates to mood stability."

Now that her husband has officially beaten cancer, we're hoping achieving that
stability will be easier for Catherine.

Dr. Sophy also explained that Bipolar Disorder is genetic, and that although
she's been under a great deal of stress, stress isn't what caused it.

"Stress brings it out, but it doesn't cause it," Dr. Sophy told us. "Bipolar is
something you are born with."

Catherine was reportedly receiving treatment at Connecticut's Silver City
Hospital, but has since checked out. Her rep says this week she'll be working on
her two upcoming films. Here's hoping Catherine gets all the help she needs so
we can see her shine on the silver screen!

Alleged murderer released before extradition
The Ministry of Justice denied that an alleged fugitive was allowed to go free
because of a dispute between the Ministry and the Office of the Director of
Public Prosecutions.

Yesterday, the Supreme Court ordered the immediate release of Tony Vincent
Ashman, 27, who had been in custody for more than 60 days since he waived his
right to an extradition hearing.

He was not held longer than the time prescribed by the law because the Ministry
did not sign the documents for him to be extradited.

But the justice ministry contends that it did not sign the authority to proceed
because did not receive the documents from the British Government.

The justice ministry said, the British authorities requested the Jamaican
authorities to issue a provisional warrant for Ashman's arrest pending the
submission of authenticated documents for his extradition.

The Ministry noted that Justice Minister Dorothy Lightbourne is prepared to sign
the authority to proceed as soon as she receives the authenticated documents,
provided that they satisfy the requirements of the Extradition Act.

It is alleged that Ashman fatally shot a man at a nightclub in Brixton in 2009
and later fled to Jamaica.

Ashman was captured in August Town, St. Andrew, in November last year, by
members of the Flying Squad during their manhunt for reputed leader of the Dog
Paw Gang, Christopher Linton.
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The 24-year-old man who is accused of the February 28 assault on six residents
in Marlborough, St. Elizabeth, is to face the courts on Friday on a charge of
murder.
Demar Angel, otherwise called Tian, should have answered to the murder charge in
the Black River Resident Magistrate's Court on Wednesday.
However, the case was put off because of administrative issues.
It is alleged that Mr. Angel went on a rampage killing a 13 month old child and
injuring five other residents.
He was seriously injured by an angry mob and had to be hospitalised under police
guard for about two weeks.
He has since undergone a psychiatric evaluation to determine if he is fit to
plead.
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A high school teacher who broke the arm of his daughter was released on bail
Thursday after spending nearly two weeks in police custody.
The teacher, who is employed to a school in Kingston was offered $50,000 bail by
Senior Magistrate Judith Pusey, when he appeared before the Corporate Area
Criminal Court.
It is reported that two weeks ago, the man instructed his daughter not to attend
the Boys and Girls Athletics Championship, but she disobeyed him.
He allegedly used a piece of board to hit her, resulting in the child suffering
a broken arm.
Her brother went to her assistance, but he was flogged.
The matter was reported to the police and following an investigation, the man
was charged with assault occasioning grievous bodily harm under the Child Care
and Protection Act.
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Bunny Wailer and Maxi Priest, two of the most successful reggae solo artistes in
the world, will be performing at this year's annual St. Kitts Music Festival,
which will take place from June 23 to 25.
Bunny Wailer is a musical legend and is considered one of the longtime standard
bearers of reggae music.
He has been named by Newsweek Magazine as one of the three most important
musicians in world music while Maxi Priest is considered to be one of the most
successful reggae fusion acts of all-time.In its 15th consecutive year, the St. Kitts Music Festival attracts persons from
all across the world and features various musical styles including rhythm and
blues, jazz, hip-hop, Reggae, soca, calypso, gospel and contemporary music.
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Clansman 'hit man' shot dead by the police

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The police say they have made a major breakthrough in their quest to dismantle
the Spanish Town-based Clansman Gang.
This follows the shooting death of 24-year old Amal Roman, otherwise called
'Satan'.
Mr. Roman and another alleged member of the gang were fatally shot during a
confrontation with the police in Kent Village, St Catherine Thursday afternoon.
'Satan' was said to be a prominent member of the Clansman Gang, linked to a
string of shootings and murders in the St. Catherine South and North Police
Divisions.
He was regularly listed as a person of interest by the police, in their bid to
smash the Clansman Gang.
The police say he was considered one of the main "hit men" in the gang.
The police say they seized an AK47 rifle, a nine millimeter pistol and a
quantity of ammunition, in the operation.
The police have yet to release the identity of the other man.
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Kingston Pon Di River launched

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Saxophonist Fred Robertson of Ardenne High entertains the audience at the launch of Kingston Pon Di River literary, arts and music festival at the Spanish Court Hotel on Tuesday. - Contributed
Saxophonist Fred Robertson of Ardenne High entertains the audience at the launch of Kingston Pon 
Di River literary, arts and music festival at the Spanish Court Hotel on Tuesday.

Kingston Pon Di River was launched at a 'baby' Boone Hall Oasis at the Spanish
Court Hotel on Tuesday. Organisers Dynamic Event Services (DES) say they believe
the event was capable of sending a different view of the hustle-and-bustle city
to others locally and internationally.
This the organisers explained, could be achieved through using a combination of
literature and nature.
The event which is to take place on May 29 at Boone Hall Oasis in Stony Hill, St
Andrew, is a literary arts festival which will include aspects of the visual,
performing and culinary arts - all under one umbrella.
Part of the proceeds from the event is slated to go toward aiding in the
restoration of The Ward Theatre.
Calabash, a similar festival, came to an end after 10 years, out of that
Kingston Pon Di River was born.
The organisers did not seek to replace the event, however, but offer their
version, opting not to go to Calabash's Treasure Beach, St Elizabeth venue, but
to the Boone Hall Oasis where the soothing flow of the river and the
picturesque, natural surroundings will appeal to the senses.
They want to show the rest of the world that Kingston is also a destination for
fun and relaxation.
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The Daily Word - Friday, April 15, 2011

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PROSPERITY
I give thanks that I am now and forever one with Source.

God is the inexhaustible Source of all good. Divine currency circulates in the flow of inspiration, divine ideas, creativity and courage to take action.

If I have a concern about my finances, I pray for light and understanding, for new and fulfilling ideas. True wealth is a state of consciousness. My good is already present, in me and all around me. I need only say "yes" to it!

In the midst of any circumstance, I have the power to receive. I affirm my unity with God and my oneness with all that I need or desire. I give thanks that I am now and forever one with my Source, that I am now and forever in touch with the free-flowing stream of divine ideas.

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




Brit Jam Photos by: Milton Raynor

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Gully Gad Mavado has been amping up his visuals from the top of the year,
appearing in videos for Daseca's just-released Category 5 medley video, his

collabo with Shaggy - Girls Dem Love We, DJ Khaled's mega-remix for Welcome To
My Hood, a collab with Sony Records UK artist Chipmunk and his very own
Dancehall smash Star Bwoy.

The Winston 'Tyson' Mayhew-directed video is unique as it incorporates
never-seen-before footage from Mavado's triumphant return to New York after a
year absence due to the loss of his visa in 2008. A camera followed Mavado and his entourage around New York as he was in studio, in the streets, shopping and
performing in front of thousands of people,
"We had Tyson travel with us on that trip to capture the history as it
unfolded," says manager Julian Jones-Griffith. "
It was a moment in time that needed to be captured and the footage we got was even more than we expected. ItStar Bwoy vid 4.jpg

was a very memorable weekend and we have it all recorded. We are going to
release a DVD/music package this Summer made from that weekend and a couple
other trips we shot as well. It's going to give Mavado's fans a chance to see
him like never before and this Star Bwoy video will give them a teaser of that.
It all came together perfectly when we decided to also use Tyson to shoot the
Star Bwoy video."

Upon Mavado's return to New York in 2008, he recorded Caribbean Connection with
Wyclef and Lil Kim, who both make cameo appearances in the Star Bwoy video.
Wyclef also surprised a packed Roseland Ballroom by calling out Mavado during in
his set at the HOT 97 On Da Reggae Tip show. The 2008 Labor Day weekend's climax
was Mavado's official first performance in front of a 20,000-strong crowd at the
IRIE Jamboree show in Roy Wilkins Park, Queens.

"You know we always do our ting different," says Mavado. "My fans are always
asking me for more visuals but we have to make sure everything is right and
stands out from everybody else. The way we put this video together with new and
old footage makes it really unique, I know my fans are going to love it. They
can expect a lot more from me this year too, no ease up."

Star Bwoy will get a special feature on mega-popular website WorldStarHipHop.com
Thursday morning, debuting on local TV this Friday. Mavado and his team plan to
break more new ground be posting the clip on iTunes for sale.

DJ Khaled's Welcome To My Hood remix video, that features Mavado alongside
Ludacris, T Pain, Busta Rhymes and a host of other rappers will debut on BET's
106 & Park in the coming weeks.

Mavado's long-awaited single, Delilah, will be released in two weeks, followed
shortly after by an accompanying video. Stulla Wine is expecting to be launched
to the marketplace in July. The hunt for the Ultimate Stulliesha - the face and
body of Stulla Wine - will be announced with a major media partner soon.
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Brand Jamaica

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What is Jamaica, the brand? What is the image your mind conjures when you think of Jamaica? Sunny beaches, ganja and guns perhaps? Or, how about laid back work ethic, homophobia or backward banana republic on the brink of civil unrest? Credible words or great misnomers?

An American colleague remarked, "My wife and I have been going to Jamaica now for eight years we just love it."

Then he paused, took a deep breath and said, "But don't you feel as you drive to the compound and see those shanty huts that any minute now they might rise up with machetes!"

This is 'Brand Jamaica"? Is this fear of a black planet or fear of the folklorist bravado that Yaad likes to perpetuate; the bombastic bad bwoy Buccaneer. We know this is the media image of Jamaica, search online and you will be floored by the amount of off-balance reporting and negative reports on gangs and drugs.

During the time of the Dudus drama you would think the whole isle was ablaze with unrest and uncertainty. A time that cost Jamaica dearly. Meanwhile, in Bangkok, street riots took many lives but still Conde Nast placed the city as the Best Place to Visit. Proof that it is perception not reality that reaps the revenue.

Ironically, it's the tourist beach hustlers who understand Brand Jamaica more than anyone. It's a symbiotic relationship; the tourist start with their need for drugs or their yearning for sex and it ends in a toxic trade and an understanding that the more brazen they are the more most tourists will, in intimidation, pay.

They understand that the key factor in revenue for Brand Jamaican spending is entrenched with fear and distrust. They have cleverly capitalized on this with Lotharian tactics that flip on a dime to aggressive hustling and intimidating swagger.

More sluggish to catch on is the Jamaican Tourist Board (JTB). The approach of the JTB is that of a band-aid on a cancer. When your brand image is that of unrest, corruption, danger, drugs and guns, a pretty picture of an exotic beach won't work. More pretty-picture campaigns and a social media push that posts banal "How is your day" messages to the thousands of potential customers.

However, it is clear their strategy is to build up "all inclusive" market (a mainly foreign owned industry). A strategy that shoots the brand in the foot as it fortifies the salient factors that Jamaica is not safe and the locals are not to be trusted.

When there's negative brand connotations the key strategy is to change that perception fast before it spreads. Deflection is a weak tactic when you are up against a media tsunami of negative misinformation.

 

Key factors

Identify the main issues as fear and distrust in the brand. Knowledge, perspective and exposure to facts will reinvigorate the lost revenue. Steering revenue to the smaller hotels of Jamaica and encouraging tourists to visit Kingston is key towards the transparent drip of trust. The fact that JTB pretty much ignores the smaller hotels and Kingston again strengthen the fear.

JTB needs to stop herding their social media masses to endless banal clips of reggae artists' videos but post human interest stories of real people in real communities doing great initiatives alongside pretty pictures. Show the cosmopolitan aspects of the people and the culture. Applaud the victories in education, industry and the arts. Bombard people with facts and real perspective.

During the Dudus drama not one major media put out that Tivoli was the size of Sandals resort in a small contained area miles from any tourist area. Huddled masses of foreign journalists descend on the island and relish in the scaremongering.

 "A city on the brink of Civil Unrest" I heard last time on CNN. Then there are other media reports like that video report on the Wall Street Journal about returning Jamaicans who come home for retirement but invariably get killed in robberies. Who is managing Brand Jamaica here? Where are the global media watchdogs who protect Brand Jamaica and where are the lobbyist groups who instigate the more truthful real balance in reporting? What litigation surrounds to protect Brand Jamaica when such unbalanced reporting continues?

This re-brand needs to be a cross platform initiative to survive and really reap the potential global revenue. Manufacturers of Jamaica need to protect and promote "Buy Jamaica" to rebuild that trust and knowledge that the country has authority and is worthy of investment. Education should have a component in it to build back the pride the people have in the land and culture and should also tie into the Buy Jamaica ethos.

Politicians need to be mindful of the Brand Jamaica image when they play verbal ping pong throughout each campaign promoting crime stats and the other party's corruption. Jamaica is the only nation in Caricom who prints so grandiosely the crime statistics. Meantime, throughout the rest of the world crime statistics are 're-classified'. What use is this negative branding?

Local media needs too to be held accountable with watchdog monitoring committees. Accountability is key in order to bring back Jamaica the positive brand onto a global stage for revenue potential.

Who is driving this brand and what is their strategy? I think they are asleep at the wheel.


 Jane Nina Buchanan

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YF Feature - AC Money

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Now Available On I-tunes

Yardflex:      How did you get your artist name?

AC Money:   My label is A.C.M. which means ability to Create Millions.

I made up the name Ac.Money from that when I was in the studio before I began recording. It has since stuck with me so I decided to make my artist name Ac.Money.

 




YF: how long have you been in the business?

AC: Money: I have been in the business for seven years but I've been influenced by music ever since I could remember.

 

YF: What is the inspiration for your sound?

AC: Money: My

 inspiration comes from nature and all different genres of music. I always seem to drift away listening to the sound of the music I hear.

 

YF: how do you best describe your music and style?

AC: Money: My music and style is based on nature and my daily life.

 

YF: Where do you see yourself going musically?

AC: Money: I see myself working with major artists in the industry and creating an new era for myself, and the artists on my label.

 

YF: Who do you look up to musically?

AC: Money: Musically I look up to Beres Hammond, Beenie Man, Sizzla, Baby Wayne, Jay-Z, Celine Dion, Jadakiss and Tupac.

 

YF: Do you play any instruments?

AC: No, but I build beats and I like trying new things with music

 

YF: What do you like best about being an entertainer?

AC: Money: I like when other cultures can see and hear my music, and those same people can relate to my music and understand my point of view.

 

YF: Who would you like to collaborate with for a track?

AC: Money: I would like to collaborate with Beenie Man, Sizzla, Beres Hammond, Tarrus Riley and Jadakiss.


www.facebook.com/acm.millionswww.facebook.com/ac.money 

www.twitter.com/13money14 

www.reverbnation/acmrecordswww.jango.com/music/ac+money 

www.acmoney.fanbridge.com and www.youtube.com/megaacmoney 

You can use 757-701-8422 as the booking number.


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The Daily Word - Wednesday, April 13, 2011

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GUIDANCE
In the quiet, I am aware of divine possibilities.

Whether I call it intuition or insight, inner knowing emanates from the spirit of God within me. I know the right action to take and when to take no action at all as I remain open to Spirit for guidance and illumination.

Clearing my mind of any uncertainty about what I can do, I open myself to what God's Presence can do through me. In quiet times of prayer, I receive divinely inspired direction. Free of any doubt or fear, I let divine possibilities flow into my conscious awareness.

Through prayer and meditation, I become attentive to the still small voice of intuition, the "inner teaching" of Spirit. I know when to speak and act and when to be still.

After he had dismissed the crowds, he went up the mountain by himself to pray.--Matthew 14:23
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The Daily Word - Tuesday, April 12, 2011

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GRACE
There is no place that is beyond God's love.

As part of God's creation, I am blessed with the gift of grace. Grace is bestowed upon me unconditionally, without my needing to earn it or prove I deserve it. Like the father rushing to meet his returning prodigal son, God meets me when I seek the kingdom. Moreover, grace is active in me even when I am not consciously seeking, for there is no place in mind or heart that is beyond God's love.

Grace is visible in my life when the consequences of a mistake are gentler than they might have been. Grace is tangible when I feel blessed beyond all imagining. Love wells up within my heart until I feel the full impact of God's presence.

Thank you, God, for your gift of grace. I know I am always in your loving care.

Grace be with all of you.--Hebrews 13:25
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Amber Rose has never been shy of showing off her body - so there was little
surprise to fellow sunbathers when she spotted topless in Barbados at theweekend.

However, the 27-year-old model soon saw fit to cover up again - and hide her two
nipple piercings - with her pink and purple polka dot bikini top.

The crop haired beauty - Kanye West's ex - has been spending a few days on the
tropical island with some girlfriends.
She wrote on her Twitter: 'Went snorkeling today it was awesome we were petting
the turtles and saw a Humpback Whale Super cool s*** :-)'
However, it's not been all happy holidays for Amber.
She posted on her Twitter earlier today: 'Its really beautiful here but I'm
starting to get a lil Home sick I miss my Mommy, Pauly & Franky (her dogs) so
much :-('
Not only that, but she unhappily revealed that she could only send BlackBerry
messages and not text from her phone.
She also complained of feeling seasick when she went for a cruise off the coast
of the Caribbean island last week, moaning: 'Taking a cruise in Barbados I get a
lil sea sick tho I need sum (anti-nausea drug) Dramamine.'
The star also said she was missing her boyfriend, hip hop star Wiz Khalifa, 23, who she described as her 'husband'.





The St James High School fraternity is still reeling from last Wednesday's
suspected suicide of a 14-year-old eighth grade female student after a romantic
relationship with a male student went sour.
The suspected suicide victim is Annalise Authurs of Rose Mount Gardens, Mount
Salem, St James.
According to Annalise's distressed father, Gary Authurs, his daughter eventually
succeeded in killing herself on Tuesday after trying to take her life three
times in the last two years.
He said that a couple of years ago, while Annalise was a student at Howard Cooke
Primary, she attempted to jump from an upstairs balcony at the school after the
Grade Six Achievement Test (GSAT) results were announced and students she
perceived to be of an inferior academic standard were placed in traditional high
schools, while she was placed at St James High.
In January, according to the father, his daughter again tried to end her life as
a result of a problematic love affair with a male student.
"I heard of another incident at St James High, that she had a boyfriend problem
and said if she don't get the guy she going to kill herself. She was moving
towards the [rear of the school] and it was other students who stopped her from
carrying out the act," the girl's father revealed.
He said that on Tuesday Annalise's most recent boyfriend was said to have broken
up with her, triggering another suicide attempt the following day.
"What her friends have been saying is that the guy broke up with her on Tuesday,
and after that she became erratic and threatened to kill herself. The students
talked to her, trying to get her to calm down. Her father picked her up the same
day but persons who would have got the information did not inform him of
everything until afterwards," the visibly upset teacher, Mrs. Hayles Selby
revealed.
Hayles Selby recounted that while marking the attendance register she realised
that Annalise was absent from class but said she was not alarmed as the young
student was "actually doing two CXCs [subjects] outside of the school, so
sometimes she gets here late".
But after she completed marking the register she inquired, as was customary, if
any of the students had any issues. It was at that point that one of Annalise's
close friends informed her that she was worried that Annalise was not in class,
as the previous day she took from another student two shoelaces which she
threatened to use to hang herself.
The teacher explained that her husband is a friend of Annalise's father, so
shortly after, she called her husband to get the teen's father's telephone
number. It was then that she received the tragic news.
"By the time I called my husband to ask him the number, my husband gave me the
news that she had committed suicide," Hayles Selby explained.
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Commentary over the PA system. A cricket wicket with stumps in place. Batsmen
frozen in position after playing glorious shots and a buzz from the growing
audience in amphitheatre-style seating.
Not Sabina Park, Camp Road, on a glorious afternoon of cricket lovely cricket,
but the Courtleigh Auditorium, New Kingston, on Saturday night, for graphic
reflection on the halcyon days of the West Indies cricket team.
The Digicel-supported documentary Fire in Babylon made its Kingston premiere to
a standing ovation, as just before the credits rolled former fast bowler and
current cricket commentator, Michael Holding, stated that between February/March
1960 and February/March 1995, the West Indies did not lose a match.
Fire in Babylon puts that West Indies dominance in the context of striking back
against colonialism and racism - literally, with the quick, hostile bowling
quartet core of Holding, Joel Garner, Colin Croft and Andy Roberts, and later,
Malcolm Marshall, and the mighty batting of Viv Richards.
And, of course, there was the stoic, savvy Clive Lloyd's leadership.
So the development of a team that turned out to be magical, after wilting under
the salvos of the fast, ferocious and feared pair of Australian quickies, Dennis
Lillee and Jeff Thompson Down Under in 1975, was interwoven with the surrounding
historical times. There was the Black Power movement through the Caribbean in
the early 1970s, the wave of black migrants to England, apartheid and socialism.
Although the team's dominance continued for another decade, Fire in Babylon
culminates with the 'Black Wash' of England in 1984.
The sole surviving Wailer, Bunny Wailer, is central to the documentary, which is
steeped in heavy reggae rockers and has a couple touches of mento and dancehall.
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AP: Skin bleaching a growing problem in Jamaica

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KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) -- Mikeisha Simpson covers her body in greasy white cream
and bundles up in a track suit to avoid the fierce sun of her native Jamaica,
but she's not worried about skin cancer.
The 23-year-old resident of a Kingston ghetto hopes to transform her dark
complexion to a cafe-au-lait-colour common among Jamaica's elite and favoured by
many men in her neighborhood. She believes a fairer skin could be her ticket to
a better life. So she spends her meager savings on cheap black-market
concoctions that promise to lighten her pigment.
Simpson and her friends ultimately shrug off public health campaigns and reggae
hits blasting the reckless practice.
"I hear the people that say bleaching is bad, but I'll still do it. I won't stop
'cause I like it and I know how to do it safe," said Simpson, her young daughter
bouncing on her hip.
People around the world often try to alter their skin color, using tanning
salons or dyes to darken it or other chemicals to lighten it. In the gritty
slums of Jamaica, doctors say the skin lightening phenomenon has reached
dangerous proportions.
"I know of one woman who started to bleach her baby. She got very annoyed with
me when I told her to stop immediately, and she left my office. I often wonder
what became of that baby," said Neil Persadsingh, a leading Jamaican
dermatologist.
Most Jamaican bleachers use over-the-counter creams, many of them knockoffs
imported from West Africa. Long-term use of one of the ingredients,
hydroquinone, has long been linked to a disfiguring condition called ochronosis
that causes a splotchy darkening of the skin. Doctors say abuse of bleaching
lotions has also left a web of stretch marks across some Jamaicans' faces.
In Japan, the European Union, and Australia, hydroquinone has been removed from
over-the-counter skin products and substituted with other chemicals due to
concerns about health risks. In the United States, over-the-counter creams
containing up to 2 per cent hydroquinone are recognised as safe and effective by
the US Food and Drug Administration. A proposed ban by the FDA in 2006 fizzled.
Lightening creams are not effectively regulated in Jamaica, where even roadside
vendors sell tubes and plastic bags of powders and ointments from cardboard
boxes stacked along sidewalks in market districts.
"Many of the tubes are unlabelled as to their actual ingredients," said Dr
Richard Desnoes, president of the Dermatology Association of Jamaica.
Hardcore bleachers use illegal ointments smuggled into the Caribbean country
that contain toxins like mercury, a metal that blocks production of melanin,
which give skin its colour, but can also be toxic.
Some impoverished people resort to homemade mixtures of toothpaste or curry
powder, which can stain skin with a yellowish tint.
The Jamaican Ministry of Health does not have data on damage caused by
skin-bleaching agents, though dermatologists and other health officials say they
have been seeing more cases.
Eva Lewis-Fuller, the ministry's director of health promotion and protection, is
redoubling education programs to combat bleaching in this predominantly black
island of 2.8 million people, where images of fair-skinned people predominate in
commercials for high-end products and in the social pages of newspapers.
"Bleaching has gotten far worse and widespread in recent years," she said.
"(Bleachers) want to be accepted within their circle of society. They want to be
attractive to the opposite sex. They want career opportunities. But we are
saying there are side effects and risks. It can disfigure your face."
Health officials are running warnings on local radio stations, putting up
posters in schools, holding talks and handing out literature about the dangers.
But a similar anti-bleaching campaign in 2007 called "Don't Kill the Skin" did
nothing to slow the craze.
The bleaching trend is sparking a growing public debate. Even dancehall reggae
hits celebrate the practice, or condemn it.
The most public proponent of bleaching is singing star Vybz Kartel, whose own
complexion has dramatically lightened in recent years. His 'Look Pon Me'
contains the lines: "Di girl dem love off mi brown cute face, di girl dem love
off mi bleach-out face."
Kartel, whose real name is Adijah Palmer, insists that skin bleaching is simply
a personal choice like tattooing.
Christopher AD Charles, an assistant professor at Monroe Coll