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The Carnival Destiny docked in St. Lucia in Ap...


The sounds of gospel music will ring out in Jamaica's tourist capital of Montego
Bay as PraiseFest Ministries' Cruise With A Cause arrives via cruise ship
Carnival Destiny. Famous passengers will include the best in gospel music such
as Donnie McClurkin, Hezekiah Walker, Casting Crowns, and Tye Tribbett, as well
as world-renowned ministers, including Franklin Jentezen, Pastor John Hagee, and
Bishop Paul Morton.  Cruise With A Cause will host a gospel concert on
Wednesday, June 1, at the UDC Beach in Montego Bay, starting at 5:30 p.m. The
concert will feature the internationally known performers and ministers. An
estimated 80,000 people are expected to participate in this praise and worship
event, which is free and open to the public.

The Jamaica Tourist Board (JTB) is sponsoring Cruise With a Cause as part of its
faith-based tourism efforts. Along with the performance, Jamaica tours and
excursions, cruise guests will facilitate mission activities such as visiting
over 230 schools.
"Cruise With a Cause combines a Jamaican vacation with a goodwill missions trip,
supporting Jamaicans in need," said John Lynch, Jamaica's Director of Tourism.
"The Jamaica Tourist Board is excited to partner with PraiseFest Ministries. We
congratulate them for the nearly sold-out cruise and look forward to welcoming
everyone to our destination. Volunteerism is a growing area within the tourism
sector and Jamaica is actively working on more of these initiatives."

Cruise With a Cause, which travels each year to various locations, will provide
participants a chance to experience Jamaica's diverse vacation offerings and a
chance to take part in ministry activities. PraiseFest Ministry teams will spend
two days in Jamaica during which time they'll visit schools, prisons, and
minister to locals.
Officials begin talks on revocation of Robertson's visa
Meetings have taken place between Jamaican and American officials regarding the
revocation of the United States visa of James Robertson, the former Minister of
Energy and Mining.
Dr. Ken Baugh, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, told RJR News Sunday night he
has held talks with US Ambassador to Jamaica, Pamela Bridgewater.
He disclosed that a meeting took place on Thursday and he will be reporting back
to Prime Minister Bruce Golding.
Dr. Baugh said, in the interim, he will not make any public statements on the
issue.
The Prime Minister had instructed Dr. Baugh to meet with the US Ambassador to
seek further information through diplomatic channels on the revocation of the
former minister's visa.
Mr. Robertson resigned from the Cabinet last Tuesday, a day after confirming a
report that his visa had been withdrawn.
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Singer Barbie is currently in Jamaica on a promotional blitz that has seen her
getting connected with media and fans as she unveils her latest offering --  the
completed video for Come See About Me, featuring US rapper, Trina.
Perhaps the one thing that is most striking about Barbee (let's forget her
derriere for a minute) is the fact that she has matured so much as an artiste
and is totally focused on her career and on being a good role model. She is
steadily meeting her goals and the Come See About Me video is testament to this
fact.
Shot on location in LA, the video is clean, full of energy, overflowing with a
glitzy wardrobe, beautiful bodies and a bit of passion.
"The video shoot was a lot of fun," Barbee recalled. "Trina was just fabulous,
the dancers strutted their stuff and the leading man was a dream to work with.
The video director is amazing and all the elements combined to produce a quality
video that we can all be proud of," the reggae singer said.
Many of those who have seen the video are already singing it high praises. It
was officially premiered on CVM's On Stage with Winford Williams, last Saturday.
Barbee has surely come a far way from the budding starlet of a couple years ago
who did the hot combination single, Missing You, with Junior Kelly.

"Missing You did a whole lot for my career and I really thank Junior Kelly for
taking the time to work with a young artiste like I was at the time and playing
a part in making good things happen for me. Of course, I would welcome the
opportunity to work with him again, especially since it's been years since we
have linked up," Barbee said.
With this collaborative effort that is poised to expose her to other markets,
Barbee is hell-bent on working it. Hip hop princess, Trina, who has great
credibility in both hip hop and reggae/dancehall worlds, was this year given the
'Friend of Reggae Award' from the Excellence in Music and Entertainment Awards
(EMEs in Jamaica).

Although Trina and Barbee didn't perform the song together at the event, a
dolled up Barbee added her own signature glam tp the proceedings by appearing on
stage with Trina for the official presentation by event organizer, Richard
'Richie B' Burgess.
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Machel Montano for Caribbean Fashionweek

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Soca singer Machel Montano performing at the 2...

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Machel Montano, winner of Trinidad's Soca Monarch and Road March titles this
year, headlines Caribbean Fashionweek's (CFW) first ever Caribbean Night,
Saturday June 11.
Montano's performance comes as part of Pulse's latest innovation to CFW, where
full, extended play concert performances become part of the package.
Each of the three show nights will now see superstar performances immediately
following the fashion shows.
The themed show nights are Jamaica Night on Friday June 10, Caribbean Night on
Saturday, June 11 and International Night on Sunday June 12.
In the past, CFW has showcased international star performances and celebrities,
who have performed (or hosted the event), while the fashion shows are being
presented.
The performances will take place on the event's sound stage, after the runway
shows are over. After parties follow each night at Studio 38, Fiction and
Previlege.
Generally acclaimed as the King of Soca, Montano continued his dominance of
carnival with his hit song Advantage, which took him to both the Road March and
Soca Monarch titles in Trinidad this February.
After 28 years, the former child star is still commanding the top of the heap
and he brings his charisma, chart-topping hits and unparalleled energy to CFW
this year.
One of the biggest hits of Trinidad and Tobago's (T&T) Carnival 2008 was
Montano's irresistibly upbeat Blazin D Trail. The song's lyrics capture the
effervescence of carnival's climactic street parade, while its title provides an
accurate summation of Montano's exhaustive musical pursuits.
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Rapper Sean Kingston earned his first number-o...

Sean Kingston

MIAMI - Hip-hop singer Sean Kingston has been stabilized and moved to the
intensive care unit at a hospital after crashing his watercraft into a Miami
Beach bridge, his publicist said Monday.
The publicist, Joseph Carozza, said Kingston's family is grateful for everyone's
prayers and support.
Kingston and a female passenger were injured when the watercraft hit the Palm
Island Bridge around 6 p.m. Sunday, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation
Commission spokesman Jorge Pino said.
The Miami Herald reports that a passing boater saw the accident and took the two
on board his vessel.
Both were hospitalized early Monday at Ryder Trauma Center, but Pino said he
didn't know their conditions.
Authorities are investigating the crash, and "nothing at this point would
indicate that alcohol played a role," Pino said.
Kingston rose to fame with his 2007 hit "Beautiful Girls" and was also featured
on songs by artists including Justin Bieber. His self-titled debut album sold
over 1 million copies worldwide.
On Twitter, Bieber posted a message of support for Kingston.
"Got my friend Sean Kingston in my prayers tonight," Bieber tweeted early
Monday. "A true friend and big bro. Please keep him in your prayers tonight as
well."
A number of hip-hop musicians were in Miami Beach over the weekend for Urban
Beach Week.
In a 2007 interview with The Associated Press, Kingston described his music as a
fusion of reggae, pop, rap and R&B.
"It's Sean Kingston genre. I have my own genre," Kingston told the AP at the
time. "No disrespect to no artist or dudes out there. I feel like I am my own
person. I am doing my own thing."
His music has been unique among hip-hop offerings, as Kingston refused to use
profanity.
"To put it in my music, that's not the message I am trying to send out," he said
in the 2007 interview. "That's not the type of artist I am trying to be."
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The Daily Word - Monday, May 30, 2011

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REMEMBRANCE
With gratitude and kindness, I remember all who have served.

Today I remember with gratitude the men and women who have died in military service. I pray for all who have lost a loved one. I pray for the safety of those serving today.

I may shed tears when I think of those who are no longer with us. I feel tenderness for families, spouses, children and communities who mourn their lost heroes. Today I share a kind word, give a loving embrace, or say an extra prayer of peace and serenity.

With an open heart, I remember that we are all one with Spirit. As my heart opens wider, I feel my connection to others expand and grow. I am forever connected to those who came before me and those who will follow, and I am grateful.

I do not cease to give thanks for you as I remember you in my prayers.--Ephesians 1:16
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Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt at the Cannes fil...


They've been together for six years and have as many children, but have been
vocal in the past about not making their union official.
However, Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie may be changing their views on marriage
and may be ready to take a trip up the aisle.
In a recent interview the 47-year-old actor says his brood may be the driving
force behind him getting married a second time as they have shown interest in
their mother and father tying the knot.
'The kids ask about marriage,' he told USA Weekend. 'It's meaning more and more
to them. So it's something we've got to look at.'
Back in 2009 Brad said that he would maybe marry again 'when it's legal for
everyone else' in a stance to support gay marriage.
In the meantime however, Brangelina have their hands full raising their six
children - Maddox, nine, Pax, seven, Zahara, six, Shiloh, who turned five
yesterday and two-year-old twins Knox and Vivienne.
Their lives are busy ones where they are constantly criss-crossing around the
globe and Angelina has called her children citizens of the world.
But Brad says they are trying to raise the brood in as normal a way as possible
despite the lap of luxury they live in.
'Angie and I do everything we can to carve out some semblance of normalcy for
them, to recreate the kinds of moments that were special for us.
'It's not unusual for the kids to be covered in paint. We have mud fights. It's
chaos from morning until the lights go out, and sometimes after that,' Brad said
giving an insight into their home life.
'We're hunted. Our kids have to live behind a gate. Outside, there are people
with cameras. But I'll take the trade-off.
'I never knew I was capable of experiencing so much love,' Brad gushed about his
family.
But although he is a dedicated father, he says he still makes time to keep the
spark in his relationship with the woman he calls his 'soul mate'.
'There are no secrets at our house. We tell the kids, "Mom and Dad are going off
to kiss." They go, "Eww, gross!" But we demand it,' he said
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Two shot and killed in Park Lane

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Sections of Red Hills Road are tense after gunmen struck on Saturday, leaving
two men dead and two others injured, during an attack on the Park Lane
community.
The dead have been identified as Almond Stevens,55, otherwise called "Boo-kie
Steve", a reputed area leader; and Tola Stevens.
The men were fatally shot when armed thugs invaded the Park Lane community and
opened fire on a group of persons, around 4:30 pm.
Two other persons were injured in the deadly attack.
Crime Chief for the St Andrew-North Police Division, Deputy Superintendent
Altemorth Campbell, told RJR News that the police have received information that
the shooting may have stemmed from an internal gang feud.
He said the attack was carried out by members of a breakaway group, who recently
fled the Park Lane community.
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Cops to monitor funeral for "Satan"

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The St Catherine police will be keeping a close watch on today's funeral for
slain Clansman gang member, Amal Romans, otherwise called "Satan".
Romans, a prominent member of the gang, was shot dead by the police, last month.
He's scheduled to be buried in St Catherine on Sunday afternoon.
Teams from the St Catherine North and South Police Divisions will be keeping a
close watch on the funeral.
The cops have declared that they will not allow the body of Romans to be paraded
in his community in Portmore.
Romans was linked to more than a dozen murders and numerous shootings in St
Catherine, until his demise.
In the meantime, sections of Central Village were placed under heavy security
presence, last night.
The cops say they had received information that a group of armed men was
planning to attack a wake held for a man killed in the community several weeks
ago.
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Harold Camping in 2008

Harold Camping

OAKLAND, Calif. - A California preacher who foretold of the world's end only to
see the appointed day pass with no extraordinarily cataclysmic event has revised
his apocalyptic prophecy, saying he was off by five months and the Earth
actually will be obliterated on Oct. 21.
Harold Camping, who predicted that 200 million Christians would be taken to
heaven Saturday before catastrophe struck the planet, apologized Monday evening
for not having the dates "worked out as accurately as I could have."
He spoke to the media at the Oakland headquarters of his Family Radio
International, which spent millions of dollars_ some of it from donations made
by followers -- on more than 5,000 billboards and 20 RVs plastered with the
Judgment Day message.
It was not the first time Camping was forced to explain when his prediction
didn't come to pass. The 89-year-old retired civil engineer also prophesied the
Apocalypse would come in 1994, but said later that didn't happen then because of
a mathematical error.
The globe will be completely destroyed in five months, he said, when the
apocalypse comes. But because God's judgment and salvation were completed on
Saturday, there's no point in continuing to warn people about it, so his network
will now just plays Christian music and programs until the final end on October
21.
Camping offered no clues about Family Radio's finances Monday, saying he could
not estimate how much had been spent advertising his prediction nor how much
money the nonprofit had taken in as a result. In 2009, the nonprofit reported in
IRS filings that it received $18.3 million in donations, and had assets of more
than $104 million, including $34 million in stocks or other publicly traded
securities.
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The police in St Catherine have extended curfews imposed in sections of the St
Catherine - North and South divisions in lght of the funeral for slain Clansman
gang member, Amal Romans.
The curfews, which were imposed on Saturday evening, will remain in effect until
6:00 p.m. on Sunday.
In the St. Catherine-North Division, members of the military have been deployed
to the communities of Gravel Heights, March Pen and Corletts Roads, Rivoli,
Railway and Dallas Lane, Damhead, sections of Crescent, Jones Avenue, Quarry
Hill, Manchester Lane, and Tredegar Park.
In St. Catherine South, the affected communities include Rat Town in Waterford;
Big Lane, Zambia and Brown's Lane in the Central Village area.
And as the police and military step up their crackdown on criminal activity, a
curfew was imposed in the Rockfort community in the Kingston Eastern Division.
The curfew began at 6:00 p.m. on Saturday, and will remain in effect until 8:00
a.m. on Monday.
The boundaries of the curfew are north along Harbour road from Hillcrest Avenue
to Wareika road.

South along St.Georges road from Wareika road to St.
Johns road; East  along Wareika road from Harbour road to St.
Georges road west  along St. Johns road from St.Georges road, continuing along
an imaginary line unto Hillcrest road to Harbour road.
During the hours of the curfew, all persons within the boundaries are required
to remain within their premises unless otherwise authorized, in writing, by the
member of the security forces who is in charge of enforcing the operation.
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Michel Martelly in Bois Neuf

MICHEL MARTELLY IN BOIS NEUF

Haiti's new president, who came to power pledging to house earthquake victims,
is now under fire as they are being evicted from refugee camps.
The destruction of about 200 tents in the Delmas Three camp outside the Haitian
capital, Port-au-Prince, was the latest in a wave of evictions across the
capital, just weeks after President, Michel Martelly, took office.
Guerin Pierre, a resident of the Delmas Three camp, described the action as the
work of animals, and the worst kind of humiliation someone could experience.
"They chose to do this at the start of the hurricane season,'' he said.
US congress members who support aid to Haiti have protested the move to evict
the refugees.
The International Organization for Migration reports that nearly a quarter of
the estimated 668-thousand Haitians still living camps 16 months after the
catastrophic earthquake are under threat of eviction, despite Mr. Martelly's
campaign promise of permanent housing.
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A pensive James Robertson (right) is the centre of attention for colleague government MPs Michael Stern (left), Robert Montague (second right) and Rudyard Spencer in Gordon House last Tuesday. - Ricardo Makyn/Staff Photographer
Britain and Canada are set to join the United States of America in revoking
visas issued to Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) deputy leader James Robertson, a
reliable US Government official has revealed.
"There is ongoing collaboration between Britain, Canada and ourselves, and it is
almost certain that, like the USA, those countries will also cancel visas issued
to him, as long as it is established that he has those in his possession," the
Washington, DC-based US official is reported as saying in a Jamaican newspaper,
The official stated that the US was convinced that the right thing was done in
revoking the former Cabinet minister's visa. The official added that the final
decision was taken after careful analysis of the situation and the impact that
it was likely to have on the administration of Prime Minister Bruce Golding.
The prime minister, according to a report, had been informed as a matter of
courtesy, of the US' intention to withdraw Robertson's visa and that of his
wife, before action was taken on May 20.
Robertson, the member of parliament for St Thomas West and former minister of
energy and mining, confirmed that his United States visitor's visa was revoked,
in a statement issued last week Monday.
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Sean Paul releases 'Blaze Fia'

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International superstar Sean Paul has added producer to his list of
accomplishments with the release of his rhythm, 'Blaze Fia'.
The multi-platinum, Grammy Award winning artiste has reportedly wanted to do
work behind the scenes as a producer since he began his career 16 years ago.
The deejay stepped out of the spotlight and behind the mixing board for his
album Imperial Blaze, which saw production work from Don Corleon, Coppershot,
Craig 'Leftside' Parks, Jeremy Harding and Stephen 'Di Genius' McGregor.
Sean's first production work was on the single I Know You Like and since then,
the deejay-turned-producer has decided to work with other artistes to produce a
number of rhythms from one drop to hip hop and countless fusions.
However, for his first released rhythm, he decided to stick to his true love -
dancehall.
 'Blaze Fia' is a hard-core old school dancehall vibe, which features 18
artistes from veteran in the business Bounty Killer to newcomers such as Chino
and more.
According to Sean Paul, he realized that the rhythm was packed with artistes but
said he really wanted to get his work out there.
In addition to producing other artistes, Sean Paul is back in the studio working
on his next album, which includes tracks from Akon and the Europe based Stargate
Productions.

Tracklist

01. ASSASSIN - WE LOVE THE GIRL DEM
02. BUSY SIGNAL - TALK 2 MI NUH
03. CECILE - PREE MI
04. CHARLY BLACK FEATURING TIMBERLEE - DO WHAT I SAID
05. CHICKEN - 1 MORE
06. CHINO - BEDROOM WAR
07. ELEPHANT MAN - TURN ME ON
08. FUTURE FAMBO - BUBBLE NUH GIRL
09. HOLLOW POINT - MI NUH GONE
10. KIP RICH - MI LOVE YUH BABY
11. LADEN - MONEY
12. LOOGAMAN - BLAZE UP
13. MR VEGAS - MI TUFF LIKE STEEL
14. SEAN PAUL - GAL A BAWL FOR MORE
15. SUKU [WARD 21] - LONG TIME
16. TARRUS RILEY - NATURAL
17. WAYNE MARSHALL - WE HUSTLIN
18. ZJ LIQUID - HOTTER THAN DEM






Scotty McCreery takes Idol crown

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It was pretty obvious--after three consecutive seasons of cute, guitar-strumming
male "Idol" winners--that the "American Idol" powers-that-be wanted a female
champion this season. And in finalist Lauren Alaina, a girl that judge Steve
Tyler declared "The One" after her very first audition--they had a very strong
contender.

Many fans actually thought she did better than Scotty on Tuesday's final
showdown. But even Lauren, a likable girl next door in the
Clarkson/Underwood/Sparks mold, could not break the girls' dry spell on this
show.

Yes, baby lock them doors and turn the lights down low, because it's just been
announced that, despite all of the show's blatant Lauren pimping this
week...Scotty McCreery is the tenth American Idol.
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Arnold Schwarzenegger, 2003 Cannes film festival

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Arnold Schwarzenegger Investigated by California Attorney General
While he was running for governor, Arnold Schwarzenegger said he knew he would
have a difficult time with the press because the tabloids would try to portray
him as a "womanizer."

And Arnold's bad behavior might cost him more than a divorce. Radaronline is
reporting that the Office of the Attorney General is conducting a preliminary
evaluation into Arnold's conduct, which allegedly includes using tax money to
help escort women into his hotel room.

Hotel security officer William Taylor says he witnessed Arnold using California
Highway Patrol officers and vehicles to bring questionable women in and out of
his suite at Sacramento's Hyatt Regency hotel.

"On three differed occasions after the governor arrived alone at the Hyatt
Regency, CHP Dignitary Protection Services arrived in their official vehicles,
black Ford Crown Victoria sedans - about one to two hours later with one or two
young females," Taylor said.

But Retired CHP Sergeant Mark Hammond is singing a different tune. He tells TMZ
"As a supervisor, if anything had occurred, I would have been notified, even if
it was technically off the record on his private time."

Retired CHP officer Manny Trevino also denies the cover-up allegations ...
saying, "I never witnessed the Governor acting in a less than honorable manner."

But it's not looking good for Arnold, because Taylor took a polygraph test and
passed.

"They'd hurriedly escort the women through the service entrance on the second
floor parking garage to the elevator that went to the governor's private wing...
the women would usually stay for two to four hours and either leave through the
hotel's main entrance or be driven away by the CHP in the same official
vehicles."

UPDATE:


"Today's story from the National Enquirer is totally and completely false.
Unfortunately, the media's relentless desire for new information has some
outlets running stories that are made up by paying sources that have zero
credibility. My client stated from the beginning that he takes full
responsibility for his actions and deserves the public and media criticism. This
does not entitle some in the media to be totally irresponsible."
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Jamaica To Host First Green Festival

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On July 2, Earthbound Jamaica, in association with the United Nations
Environmental Programme and the Environmental Foundation of Jamaica, will be
presenting an event called Green 4 Life Eco-Music Festival, the first of its
kind in the Caribbean region.
Rivfalls, located in Maggotty, St Elizabeth will provide the ideal backdrop for
this first festival. Rivfalls houses natural waterfalls, a spring water stream
and a large, beautiful green landscape.
"Our mission is to raise awareness about Jamaica's environment, using audio and
visual aids. For patrons to see why we need to preserve Jamaica and its beauty;
to discover our country and its important resources; introduce new products and
methods for today's lifestyle, in a surrounding built by nature and filled with
Jamaican music and healthy foods," said Yolande Rattray-Wright, the festival's
producer.
Green 4 Life seeks to highlight quality products here in Jamaica, healthy eating
habits, natural medicines, Jamaican fashion, and more. A grand farmers' market
will also be organised to assist local area farmers with cash crops.
Stone Love Movements will lead off the entertainment package for Green 4 Life,
playing roots reggae all day. The live show will feature some of Jamaica's top
entertainers, such as Stevie Face, Jack Radics, Lady G, Professor Nuts, Admiral
Tibet, Lovindeer, The Jays and G-Whizz, with more to be added.
The team of Earthbound Jamaica, the first Jamaican company specialising in 100
per cent biodegradable food containers and packaging, and The Wright Agency,
which has more than 18 years of experience in entertainment, show production,
event planning and promotions at the international and local levels are expected
to produce a world-class event for the entire family.
For more information send emails to earthboundja@gmail.com.
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Chino, the Album Launch May 24, 2011

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Birmingham Museum of Arts in Gavin Douglas' latest campaign. Both Gavin and Nell
will be at CFW2011, June 8-13. At CFW 2011, Gavin Douglas will make a
presentation for the 'CFW Gavin Douglas Young Designer' Award. - Contributed
Vogue designer Gavin Douglas will be the judge at the Caribbean Fashion-week
(CFW) Young Designer Award for 2011 at Caribbean Fashionweek in June.
Himself the winner of Britain's Prince's Trust Young Designer Award, Europe's
Fashion Fringe Award, The Avant Garde Designer of the Year Award, as well as the
Smirnoff Originator Award and the CFW Master Designer designation, Douglas has
been a key young talent on the runways of Paris, London and Milan in recent
years.
Interestingly, he first showed a collection at Caribbean Fashionweek in the
mid-2000s and continues to be inspired by the Caribbean. He has decided to give
back to the region through the CFW Young Designer project, selecting a fresh new
talent every year for mentorship and development.
The award is open to designers across the wider Caribbean.
A release from Pulse Inter-national, organisers of Caribbean Fashionweek, said
the organisation was "pleased to facilitate this initiative at CFW and believes
it has the potential to play a key role in talent discovery and development".
Young designers between the ages of 18 and 28 years are encouraged to submit
sketches of their designs to info@pulsecaribbean.com.
Designers should have been designing for five years or less and should be able
to produce two to three looks from their sketches. The competition is now open
and the deadline for submission of sketches is June 3, 2011.
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Uptown Mondays May 2011

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Bolt nervous about upcoming season

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Usain Bolt

Usain Bolt, the world 100 and 200 metre record holder, has admitted to feeling
some nerves ahead of his season debut at Wednesday's Rome Diamond League meet in
Italy.
Bolt will be contesting his first race since his two year unbeaten streak was
ended by American rival Tyson Gay last August.
"The Diamond League is not my main focus right now. We're going to take the
Diamond League as a stepping stone leading to the World (Athletic) Championship
to determine how good my slot is and what I need to adjust. If me and Tyson meet
before the World Championship that will be good because I can determine what I
need to do (and) what I don't need to do, so these are the things that we want
to (use) the Diamond League (for), to see where I'm at in my training and what I
need to improve," Bolt said.
The sprint sensation will go up against fellow Jamaican Asafa Powell in Rome on
Wednesday.
But, Bolt, who suffered from back and achilles' tendon problems last season,
said he stopped in Munich to check with his doctor to make sure everything was
ok and was given the go ahead to compete.
"This season now, I'm ready, I'm just working hard trying to get into shape and
as along as I'm in shape, I have no worries," he said.
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Prodigal Son endorses Gospel in Harmony

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Prodigal Son endorses Gospel in Harmony/Best Care Home partnership
Gospel deejay Prodigal Son has come out in support of the Best Care Home, the
charity selected as the beneficiary for the event,  Gospel in Harmony.

Scheduled for this Sunday at the National Arena in Kingston, it will see the
home receiving proceeds from the event headlined by international duo, Mary
Mary, along with Prodigal Son, the Kencot Youth Choir, Thrillers United and One
Voice.
According to the deejay, the cause is not just worthy, but the effort on the
part of a private entity is one that should be emulated.
"Part proceeds from the show will be going to the Best Care Home and, honestly,
government can't do everything. It is commendable that they are willing to do
what they can," Prodigal Son explained.
The gospel deejay said he would be playing his part at the National Arena on
Sunday by worshipping God and getting the crowd excited about Jesus.
"If you want to experience some crazy praise, then you had better make sure you
come out and let's all have a grand time. There is no greater joy than just
lifting up the name of Jesus," he said.
Among Prodigal's many popular gospel numbers are I Wish, Head Cyaan Hot Suh,
Don't Push Me, He's Jesus Christ and Journey.
According to the gospel artiste, who has been enjoying a great year, collecting
several awards and receiving rave reviews from his latest album, "Gospel in
Harmony will be a great event. It's one of those shows that even if I were not
performing, I would have been there in the audience having a fulfilling musical
experience."
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Damian Marley (Junior Gong; Damian "Junio...

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Three-time Grammy Award winning artiste Damian "Jr. Gong" Marley has reportedly
teamed up with Mick Jagger of The Rolling Stones, Dave Stewart of the
Eurythmics, British soul singer Joss Stone and Indian musician and producer A.R.
Rahman, to  form a new super 
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group.  The group has apparently been recording
together for the last 18 months but has yet to release an album or give a public
performance.
They are currently calling themselves Super Heavy.
The New York Post has received conflicting information as to the seriousness of
the group.
One source claims that Super Heavy has completed a record and a video and is in
the process of negotiating a deal with at least one major label.
Another source, a representative for Jagger, says the group simply "thought it
would be interesting and great fun to go into the studio and play some music."
According to this source, no video has been shot and there is no record label
involved.
The Rolling Stones has not released an album since 2005 and have not toured as a
group since 2007.
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The Daily Word - Thursday, May 26, 2011

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HARMONY
I live in harmony with all of God's creation.

Whether at a mountain top or the ocean's depths, on a fertile plain or an arid desert, each life system maintains a delicate balance. Growth, rest and renewal can be seen in every corner of the earth. Human beings move freely among diverse regions and adapt wherever we go. We have a responsibility to use our understanding and wisdom to help maintain balance and harmony within the system.

Harmony does not seek to destroy; it builds up and sustains. As a loving steward of the planet, I live in harmony with all of God's creation. I am aware of what I take from the earth and what I give back. I take no more than I need and leave the earth a place of beauty for generations to come.

Think of us in this way, as servants of Christ and stewards of God's mysteries.--1 Corinthians 4:1
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$50,000 bail for 'Star Bwoy' Mavado

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Dancehall deejay Mavado who was in police custody in St Ann after an incident on
Sunday, has been charged with malicious destruction of property and was
yesterday offered bail at a sum of $50,000.
Reports are that Mavado headlined the event 'Star Light' at Club Jamaica Jamaica
in Runaway Bay and was arrested after an incident at the club.
Reports are that Mavado's entourage was involved in a confrontation with a
delivery man, that left the delivery man 'bloody'.
In a release, the Constabulary Communication Network said, "Reports from the
Runaway Bay police are that the men reportedly damaged a Nissan motor car and a
Toyota Tacoma motor truck during an altercation at a club in Runaway Bay on
Sunday morning. A truck with assorted liquor was also reportedly driven away
during the incident."
It is alleged the that police had to chase Mavado's bus to arrest him.
Mavado, whose real name is David Brooks, was arrested along with several members
of his entourage including his manager.
The members of his entourage who were charged are; 41-year-old David Hunter, who
was charged with assault occasioning bodily harm and unlawful wounding, George
Morris, also called 'Val', who was charged with simple larceny and resisting
arrest and 21-year-old Kevin Palmer who has been charged with simple larceny.
All four are booked to appear in the St Ann's Bay Resident Magistrate's Court on
June 9 to answer to the charges. The other men are still being processed.
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PNP unveils new shadow cabinet

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Message from Party Leader Portia Simpson Miller
The People's National Party is acutely aware of the difficult challenges the
Jamaican people are currently facing.

We note that much of these challenges have been compounded by the mishandling
and mismanagement of the country's affairs by the incumbent Administration.


Through the Progressive Agenda, we have been actively engaged in a process of
policy review and policy development; designed to quickly and adequately respond
to the new global economic realities and to take the country on a path of
genuine inclusive growth and development.

As Party President and as Leader of the Opposition, I have determined the set of
portfolio assignments best suited to respond to the emerging global challenges
while stimulating growth and development in a measurable way. The persons
assigned to each portfolio reflect a blend of youth and experience.

Leader of the Opposition Portia Simpson Miller - Development, Information,
Gender Affairs and Sports among other areas*

Dr. Peter Phillips - Finance, Planning and the Public Service
Dr. Omar Davies - Transport and Works
Peter Bunting - National Security
A.J. NicholsonForeign Affairs and Foreign Trade
Robert Pickersgill - Lands, Water, Environment and Climate Change
Anthony Hylton - Industry, Investment and Commerce
Dr. Morais Guy - Housing
Dr. Fenton Ferguson - Health
Roger Clarke - Agriculture and Fisheries
Dr. Wykeham McNeil - Tourism and Entertainment
Ronald Thwaites       - Education
Lisa Hanna - Youth and Culture
Mark Golding - Justice
Phillip Paulwell - Energy, Science and Technology
Derrick Kellier - Labour and Social Security
Colin Fagan - Local Government and Community Development
Noel Arscott - Mining
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Mary Mary


Gospel In Harmony, a gospel showcase featuring some of the very best acts in the
genre, will be staged by Premier Events on Sunday at the National Arena in
Kingston, Jamaica.
Popular international gospel duo, Mary Mary, will be headlining the event and
they will be joined onstage by Thrillers United, Prodigal Son, One Voice and the
Kencot Youth Choir.
According to a spokesperson for Premier Events, "We recognise that there is a
plethora of reggae and dancehall concerts on the island and, for that reason,
Premier Events has taken the bold step to inject a breath of fresh air into the
mix, with a cutting-edge gospel event catering to the entire family.
"The success of gospel shows, such as the recently concluded Fun in the Son,
points to a dire need for more family-oriented events such as Gospel In
Harmony."
Sister act Mary Mary will undoubtedly prove a huge drawing card, as their
contemporary, cross-over hits have garnered for them millions of fans worldwide,
both within and outside of the gospel arena.
Ever since the siblings - Erica and Tina Campbell - broke through in 2000 with
the pioneering crossover hit Shackles (Praise You), the chart-topping sister act
has not wavered from defying convention to fulfil its mission: sending uplifting
messages through music and words that are relatable to everyone.
Eleven years later, having earned three Grammy Awards, two American Music
Awards, an NAACP Image Award and a BET Award, the 'Mary Mary way' sounds just as
fresh and innovative on the duo's sixth album, aptly titled Something Big.
Among Mary Mary's popular numbers are Can't Give Up Now, Yesterday and Heaven
and The Real Party.
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Colin Levy's Lover's Holiday remains at #1

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Lover's Holiday, the single written by Colin Levy and produced by Barry O'Hare,
 has taken control of the number one spot on the popular and highly respected
Jamaica Countdown Top 25 Reggae Singles Chart for two consecutive weeks.
Lover's Holiday, which entered the chart 18 weeks ago, has been steadily making
upward movement, in line with its increasing popularity on radio and in the
clubs/dancehall. The single, on Levy's Kings of Kings label, is the first one
from the singer's soon-to-be-released album, Unleashed.
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Minister James Robertson's US visa revoked

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Member of Parliament and Energy and Mining Minister James Robertson still
doesn't know why his visa to travel to the United States of America has been
cancelled.
In a release Monday night, Robertson said that last Friday the US government
cancelled his visa as well as that of his wife, Charlene.
"We readily acknowledge that as a sovereign nation it is the prerogative of the
US government to issue and revoke visas," Robertson said.
"However, no details have been provided as to the basis for the cancellations,
although we are of the view that this could have resulted from the
uncorroborated statements forwarded to various departments of the US government
in support of a failed application for political asylum. The allegations made in
those statements have been, and remain, wholly rejected."
Robertson said that he and his wife have dispatched their US- based attorney to
Washington, DC, to "seek audience" with the relevant officials in an effort to
ascertain the basis for the cancellations.
However, diplomatic cables accessed by The Gleaner, through the international
whistle-blowing non-profit media entity WikiLeaks, show that the US Embassy in
Kingston is convinced that an American visa is a major prize for Jamaicans and
one which many would do anything to get their hands on - and keep.
"The ability to travel to the US for familial, educational, recreational and
other reasons is extremely important and/or desirable to most Jamaicans, making
the potential loss of this privilege a source of considerable leverage," embassy
officials said in an October 2005 cable sent to several American agencies.
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The Daily Word - Wednesday, May 25, 2011

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Freely and with love, I accept myself and others.

Great freedom comes from accepting people and circumstances as they are. Through acceptance, I release my need to control or change people or situations that are not mine to control. Peace comes from allowing things to unfold as they will. Through acceptance, I am free to embrace every situation and every person in a spirit of love.

The most important person for me to accept is me. I see myself as a child of God following a divinely inspired path to spiritual unfoldment. I let go of self-criticism and trust God. With a renewed sense of freedom and peace, I accept the people and circumstances in my life with love. I give thanks for the blessings they bring.

By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.--John 13:35
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The Daily Word - Tuesday, May 24, 2011

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GUIDANCE
With Divine Spirit as my guide, I make wise choices.

When we are troubled or confused, it is human nature to turn to others and ask, "What do you think?" Feeling the need to search outside ourselves for answers is understandable, but I am blessed when I keep in mind that my guidance is not outside of me. It is within.

When I sit in the silence and open to Divine Spirit, I find the answers I seek. In the quiet, I am rewarded with Truth. When I ask, I receive. Spirit's wisdom awaits my invitation. I need only be still enough to hear.

My simple request is "Lead me. Show me the way." Divine Spirit is always present, willing to assist me. Following this lead, I make wise choices.

Happy is the one who listens to me, watching daily at my gates. --Proverbs 8:34
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Chino, the Album Launch May 24, 2011

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Not relying on solely older means of marketing his album Chino, singjay Chino McGregor hosted his own social media listening party at the Big Ship studios to get the buzz popping around the album's May 24 release.

Social networking sites Twitter.com and Facebook.com got a sneak peek from social media insiders from the listening party, as persons tweeted their views on the album, track by track. Last Wednesday night, popular twitter persons Toniann Lindo, Wayne Jones Jr, as well as Jamaicansmusic.com, Skkan Media Entertainment, Miss Jamaica Universe Yendi Phillipps, singer Denyque, Laden, Shema, Stephen McGregor and STAR of the Month Chino were all present to share in the excitement.

give-aways

The listening party was streamed live online as fans logged on to their computers to hear the songs, some of which have never been heard before. Representatives from Guinness were also present at the studio doing give-aways as Chino soon kicked off the night by giving a little introduction to each of the songs.

The album started off with known hits such as From Mawning and Protected as Chino commented, "this song is wid me and Di Genius, di baddest producer in dancehall and reggae music." The recently released I Am followed after which Yeah Yeah from the Pepper rhythm. Then it was on to the new songs such as Badness which Chino explained was recorded live at Tuff Gong Studios, and was a big hit with those present.

Another exclusive was God Nah Sleep as Chino explained, "This is probably one of my favourites if not my favourite from the album. It's a deeply story telling song, two verses, with two different (but) similar stories ... listen keenly to every single lyric." Another song which got a strong forward from persons at the listening party was My Soul which talks about persons selling their souls for fame.

More popular songs followed such as Ruff It Up, Before Dem Gone and another new song Driving Me Insanewhich features Denyque. Driving Me Insane has a Shabba-like sound, which Chino says he wanted to make the first release but was outvoted.

Judging by persons who followed the response on twitter www.twitter.com/jamaicastar and facebook, the social media listening party was a huge success. A pleased Chino reminded fans online that the album is available for pre-order on iTunes

Want to be a part of the launch of Chino's upcoming album?

The Big Ship artiste will be launching his album on Tuesday, May 24 at Devonshire, Devon House. To win two passes to the launch and a VIP table as the special guest to Chino's album launch, all you have to do is answer the following questions!

1) What is Chino's real name?

2) What are the titles of the two albums he released in Japan?

3) What is the name of his upcoming album?

4) What do you love most about Chino and his music?

Email your answers to: ChinoMay24@gmail.com!

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American businessman Corey Todd has chosen to immediately dissolve his business partnership with Adidja Palmer a.k.a Vybz Kartel in the wake of alleged threats made against Todd's life.


"I cannot be associated with or do business with someone I don't trust. Kartel and I haven't seen eye to eye in a while, and late last week, after a disagreement, he threatened me on the phone because I "refused to tek chat". I don't take kindly to threats against me and my family, and I have contacted my lawyers and the relevant authorities to deal with this issue immediately," Todd said.


"I am my own man, I have never worked for Vybz Kartel, I helped to build his career, but I was never about the division in music, or his need to pigeonhole everything as Gaza or not Gaza. I don't understand

the creative direction he's moving in with regards to his image or his music. I don't know this new Vybz Kartel, I haven't known him for quite a while. Enough is enough. I wish him the best with his career," Todd said.


Todd and Palmer started the Unlimited Daggering company three years ago to manufacture, market and distribute Street Vybz Rum. The company also employs several people at a St. Andrew-based factory. The two also operate the Building nightclub in New Kingston.


Todd sought to reassure his workers that he would find employment for them in his other business ventures if they are displaced.


'I am not keeping any events at the Building nightclub for the foreseeable future, I am not doing anymore business with Vybz Kartel. However, I will be doing another product soon, so I am moving forward and I hope to work with other artistes to help build their careers as well," he said.


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'Macho Man' Randy Savage dies in car crash

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Wrestling star Randy Savage died today in a car accident in Tampa, Florida.
The 58-year-old, known as Macho Man, is understood to have suffered a heart
attack at the wheel of his vehicle.

He lost control of the car and hit a tree around 10am this morning, Savage's
brother, Lanny Poffo, told TMZ.
Savage began his WWF career in 1985 and became famous for his catchphrase 'Ooh
yeah!'
He is also well known for his deep, raspy voice and flashy attire, typically
including sunglasses, a bandana or head band, flashy robes, and a cowboy hat.
Savage is also well known for his long-time endorsement of Slim Jim beef jerky,
as he starred in many colourful TV commercials to promote the product.
A rep for Slim Jim told TMZ; 'We're saddened by the loss. Randy was a beloved
ambassador for the Slim Jim brand for many years and will be greatly missed.
'Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends at this time'.
Fellow pro wrestler Hulk Hogan wrote on his Twitter page: 'I'm completely
devastated, after over 10 years of not talking with Randy, we've finally started
to talk and communicate.
'He had so much life in his eyes & in his spirit, I just pray that he's happy
and in a better place and we miss him.

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NYC signing September 1,2009 Nintendo Store - NYC

Justin Beiber


Just when you thought Justin Beiber's influence on his teenage fans could not
get any bigger, he's now deciding what they should smell like.
The 17-year-old is launching a fruity floral scent for girls next month.
And he is cheekily calling it Someday, offering a glimmer of hope to his fans -
who call themselves Beliebers - that one day he might be all theirs.
'Let's be real, the way a girl smells is very important to a guy!'  Bieber told
WWD.

'I have such a deep connection with my fans, so creating a fragrance that I
personally love is another way I can bring them closer to my world.'
If that sounds a little creepy, there is a huge silver lining to the
endorsement.

Proceeds from sales of the perfume, which is expected to raise millions, will
all go to the singer's favourite charities including Pencils of Promise and the
Make-a-Wish Foundation.
Someday will sell for $35 or $55 depending on the size of the bottle, and the
fringe fanatic will also be launching a hair mist version of the scent.
Yes, world domination is clearly just weeks away.
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MIAMI, CMC - The United States' National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
(NOAA) is predicting an above-average hurricane season this year.

NOAA said there is a 70 per cent chance of 12 to 18 named storms, which could
become one of the six to 10 projected hurricanes.

NOAA said three to six of those weather patterns could become major hurricanes,
with sustained winds from 111 miles per hour (mph) or higher.

The six-month Atlantic hurricane season begins June 1 and ends November 30.
NOAA said last year's hurricane season was one of the busiest on record, with 19
named storms, including 12 hurricanes.
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Cocoa Tea to perform at London 2012

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2012 Summer Olympics


Reggae artiste Cocoa Tea is booked to perform at the 2012 Olympics in London,
England.
At present he is the only reggae artist who has been requested to sing for the
Queen of England and millions of viewers worldwide.

When asked if he was prepared to meet Her Majesty, his only response was "I'm
ready and waiting".
Not only is he ready to meet the Queen, but he is also ready to meet the world
press.

Cocoa Tea's new single "A Love Like Yours and Mine" is about to hit the world
stage.

His song "Obama" became a hit and a favorite for the Obama's and among Kenyans
during the '08 election campaign.
He says he is ready to go back into the studio to record another song for the
upcoming 2012 election as well.

Cocoa Tea is currently preparing for his Summer Tour that kicks off on June 26th
in Brooklyn, New York and continues on to Boston, Portland and Seattle.
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5.9 magnitude earthquake rocks Turkey

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A magnitude 5.9 earthquake struck north-west Turkey, killing at least two people
and injuring 79 just before midnight local time.
The earthquake centred on the town of Simav, in Kutahya province, 190 miles west
of the capital Ankara.
Terrified residents ran into the streets, and many spent the night in cars after
being warned not to go back to their homes.
One person died after jumping from a window in panic, officials said.
Environment Minister Veysel Eroglu put the death toll at two, and said that of
the 79 injured only one was in a serious condition.
Kutahya Governor Kenan Ciftci said three people had died.
State media reported that at least one derelict building collapsed and the
windows in some buildings were shattered by the quake.
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Arnold and Maria Shiver

Maria Shriver confronted her husband's mistress over suspicions she was
secretly raising his love child, it has been claimed today.
The mother of four, 55, is said to have asked her family's housekeeper, Mildred
Baena, 50, if her son was fathered by Arnold Schwarzenegger.
During the dramatic showdown, Baena broke down and confessed, according to
America's Radar Online.
The Terminator star only came clean about the sordid affair after Shriver told
him she new the truth about his 13-year secret, insiders say.

'Maria has suspected this for a long time and she asked the housekeeper,' a
source told the website. 'The housekeeper admitted it.
'Maria then went to Arnold and he confessed.'
Insiders also claim Baena was not fired from her position with the family as
previously reported.
'Yes, her employment ended, but it ended without animosity,' the source added.
'She was upset with Arnold at the time and didn't know what to do, she thought
about going public, but it was a fleeting thought. Ultimately she didn't want to
hurt Arnold.'
TMZ reported that Arnold showered Mildred's family with money during her time in
the family's employ.
According to the website, the former Governor of California funded a lavish
party for the daughter of Mildred's sister Maria - who also worked for the
family.
Arnold and his family attended the Quinceanera - a traditional Latin 'coming of
age' party where he made a speech telling relatives that he wanted to 'take care
of' them as Mildred and Maria were so close to him for so many years.
Additionally, TMZ claims that Mildred was obsessed with former TV newswoman
Maria and wanted to 'be just like her.'
Sources claim that the housekeeper would wear the former NBC presenter's clothes
and jewellery and that after Maria left for work in the morning Mildred would
'climb into bed' with Arnold.
According to sources Mildred would go to Maria for advice on her love life and
sought advice from her employer during her pregnancy - which coincided with
Shriver's, it emerged yesterday.
Mildred Baena's son, believed to be the star's love child, was born on October
2, 1997, according to documents.

The actor and his wife Maria Shriver welcomed their second son, Christopher, on
September 27 that same year.
Baena and Shriver would have encountered one another daily while pregnant, with
Baena working in the family home but living elsewhere.

Schwarzenegger and Shriver have three other children together: Katherine, 21,
Christina, 19, and Patrick, 17.
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Harold Camping in 2008


SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - The U.S. evangelical Christian broadcaster predictingthat Judgment Day will come on Saturday says he expects to stay close to a TV or
radio to monitor the unfolding apocalypse.
Harold Camping, 89, previously made a failed prediction that Jesus Christ would
return to Earth in 1994.
The head of the Christian radio network Family Stations Inc says that he is sure
an earthquake will shake the Earth on May 21, sweeping true believers to heaven
and leaving others behind to be engulfed in the world's destruction over a few
months.
"We know without any shadow of a doubt it is going to happen," Camping told
Reuters.
The end of the world!

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His Family Radio has 66 U.S. stations and broadcasts in more than 30 languages
through international affiliates.
His supporters have posted about 2,200 billboards around the United States about
the coming apocalypse, and dozens of followers have driven across the country to
spread the news.
Camping, a civil engineer who once ran his own construction business, plans to
spend May 21 with his wife in Alameda, in northern California, and watch the
doomsday unfold.
"I'll probably try to be very near a TV or a radio or something," he said. "I'll
be interested in what's happening on the other side of the world as this
begins."
Like his last prediction, Camping's doomsday date is based on his reading of the
Bible and a timeline dating back to ancient events including the Biblical flood
survived by Noah.
'IT MAKES US LOOK WORSE'
Camping's pronouncement of a specific date for the apocalypse puts him outside
the Christian mainstream.
Jerry Jenkins, co-author with Tim LaHaye of the "Left Behind" series of
apocalyptic novels that have sold millions of copies worldwide, has a problem
with the prediction.
"As a believer, I'm already a kook compared to most people, so for someone to
choose a date and get everyone excited about a certain time, my problem is it
makes us look worse," said Jenkins, 61.
Stephen O'Leary, an expert in religious communication at the University of
Southern California, said the idea of rapture espoused by Camping and somemore
mainstream Christians first appeared in Christian teaching in the 19th century.
"It is very appealing to people," said Barbara Rossing, professor of the New
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Testament at the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago who describes a huge
apocalyptic "prophecy industry" including video games, board games and books.
Atheists are reacting to Camping's pronouncement in their own way.
In Tacoma, Washington, atheists have organized a party for Saturday night at an
arcade, under the banner "countdown to backpedaling," on the assumption that
Camping and Family Radio will change their story if Judgment Day does not come.
At least 100 people are expected at the party, said Sam Mulvey, 33, an organizer
of the event and the producer of a weekly atheist radio show in Tacoma.
"If the world still exists the next day, Family Radio is going to have to say
something and most of the time they backpedal, and that's what we're counting
down to," he said.
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Coloring Book, Photos by: Milton Raynor

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Sky Juice Boat Ride, Photos by Milton Raynor

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Pink And Blue Party, Photos by:Miton Raynor

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The Daily Word - Friday, May 20, 2011

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STRESS-FREE
I attune my soul to the melody of Spirit, and I am stress-free.

The strings of a cello, guitar or harp can make no music without tension--but when too much pressure is applied, the sound is off key and the strings may even break. With the proper tuning, however, the same strings can produce beautiful music.

Like the strings of an instrument, if the pressures of my family or workplace are high, I can experience stress. This provides an opportunity for growth and awareness. I turn within, breathe deeply, and attune my soul to the melody of Spirit. The stress is relieved.

Bringing my heart, mind and body back into harmony, I once again vibrate with positive energy. Attuned to Spirit, I resonate with the "music of the spheres."

I will incline my ear to a proverb; I will solve my riddle to the music of the harp. --Psalm 49:4
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The Daily Word - Thursday, May 19, 2011

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I am immersed in abundant life.

Believing that my prosperity is measured only by the money in my bank account may leave me feeling vulnerable and concerned about scarcity and lack. But prosperity is not the possession of things, rather a recognition of divine supply.

There is no scarcity of air to breathe, no scarcity of love to share, no scarcity of divine ideas, substance or supply. When I recognize this and open my consciousness to it, I see divine substance everywhere. I affirm it not only for myself, but for everyone.

Realizing the boundlessness of my spiritual inheritance, I see that nothing is lacking in my world. I recognize and appreciate my abundant blessings. Prosperity is mine.

And may the Lord make you increase and abound in love for one another and for all, just as we abound in love for you.--1 Thessalonians 3:12
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It is the moment most parents look forward to as they finally get to take their
new baby home.
And for Mariah Carey and husband Nick Cannon they were delighted to be taking
their first car ride with their precious twins Moroccan and Monroe as they drove
the bundles of joy home from the hospital on Saturday.
In first pictures of Mariah since she gave birth to her son and daughter on
April 30, the singer looked glowing and very happy to finally be a mother.
The first time parents of course took 'Roc and Roe' home in style and drove
their longed-for cargo in a black Rolls Royce.
Mariah sat proudly in the passenger seat as her husband of three years took
control behind the wheel.
In the back of the vehicle were two car seats - one covered in a blue blanket
and one covered in pink.
The Butterfly songstress has been in hospital with the babies for two weeks and
looked relieved to finally be going home.
Mariah tweeted over the weekend that she is already singing to her double
bundles of joy.
The 42-year-old said that she is 'on a tweet spree' because she is so excited to
be back home.
Moroccan and Monroe were released from hospital three days ago but it was marred
by the investigation into the family after an anonymous person complained to
Child Protective Services that drugs and alcohols were used near the babies in
hospital.
Cannon, 30, and Carey have been under investigation after the television host
said someone may have overheard a nurse suggesting to Mariah to 'drink
Guinness... the yeast improves breast-feeding'.
The couple have already been visited by CPS but the case will officially be
closed after they receive a visit by a case worker at their home which should
only last approximately 30 minutes.
Moroccan Scott and Monroe were born on April 30, both weighing under 6lbs, and
are already one of the most famous sets of twins in the world.
They are being sang lullabies by their soulful mother who's Grammy award winning
tone is now being used to soothe them to sleep.
'Dembabies aka Roc+Roe are sleeping peacefully :)', she wrote on Saturday of her
son and daughter.
'I just finished singing 2 them(softly!) Feeling so blessed. LYM :) x0x0',
Mariah added.
But husband and television personality Nick Cannon is not taking to fatherhood
too well and says he is 'freaked out about being a new dad'.
On his radio show today, Cannon said he is worried about the babies suffocating
or having to possibly give them CPR one day.
'This is the kind of stuff that is making me go crazy when you have two new
babies', he shared. 'I cannot relax. I am OCD-ing. They don't tell you this part
about being a new parent.'
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"Dougie" rapper M-Bone gunned down

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Rapper M-Bone of the group Cali Swag District died on Sunday night in what
police said was a drive-by shooting in his hometown, Inglewood, California.
Inglewood Police Lieutenant Steve Overly said M-Bone, whose real name was Montae
Talbert, was sitting in a car on North LaBrea Avenue when a car pulled up next
to his and someone fired two rounds that struck the rapper in his head.
Twenty-two year old Talbert died later at a hospital.
Preliminary reports on the model of car that was involved have not been
confirmed.
Cali Swag District's biggest hip-hop hit came in 2010 with the song "Teach Me
How to Dougie".
Greg Miller, the rap group's representative, said Talbert was "the victim of a
random act of violence".
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A woman is among six persons who were taken into custody as the St. Elizabeth
Police step up their investigation into last Saturday night's robbery in Santa
Cruz.
They were held during a police operation in New River and Braes River early
Tuesday morning in search of suspects involved in the robbery at the gambling
shop.
The woman, who is being interrogated along with the men in relation to several
robberies and murders in the parish, has been slapped with charges of illegal
possession of and dealing in ganja, after eight pounds of the weed was found.
One of the five men is reportedly a suspect in Saturday's robbery.
The gunmen held up the gambling shop just after closing on Saturday but were
challenged by a licensed firearm holder.
They fired several rounds while leaving and three passersby were shot. Gavin
Earl, an employee of Solomon's Funeral Home was killed in the confrontation.
It is believed that at least one of the gunmen was also shot.
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A 37-year old Jamaican man has been sentenced to 98 years in prison in Costa
Rica after being convicted on two counts of murder and one count of attempted
murder.
The sentence was handed down on Monday.
Lionel Delphus Perkins who is from Glendevon in Montego Bay, St. James and other
Jamaicans were arrested late last year in connection with the murder of a
university student who was also the daughter of a Costa Rican Ambassador.
Perkins and his cronies were also charged with the death of a judicial police
officer.
He was gunned down while trying to apprehend them.
Earlier this year Perkins' co-accused, who included an 18-year old boy, were
sentenced to jail time.
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Four J'cans held for ganja bust at sea

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Four Jamaicans were nabbed and more than 200 pounds of ganja seized in a police
operation off the north coast of Grand Cayman on the weekend.

A Cayman police spokesperson said shortly after ten Saturday officers on
maritime patrol along the north coast of Grand Cayman sighted what was
determined to be a Jamaican canoe.
A helicopter was notified and after a short pursuit the marine vessel
intercepted the canoe which had four Jamaicans aboard.

A task force team was contacted and a search was undertaken of the beach where
the vessel was first sighted.
The search yielded ganja weighing 275 pounds.
All the men were arrested for illegal entry into the Cayman Islands as well as
suspicion of importation of drugs.
Investigations are on-going at this time and all four men remain in custody.
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Risto Benjie killed in Old Harbour

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An entertainer was one of two persons shot and killed in separate incidents in
Old Harbour, St. Catherine Monday night.
The killings occurred ten minutes apart.Thirty six year old Michael Benjamin also known as "Risto Benjie" of Unity in
St. Andrew was shot dead by a gunman in an area known as "Vietnam" in Church Pen
about 10:00 p.m.
It's reported that Mr. Benjamin was sitting outside a house when the man walked
up.
He opened fire hitting Mr. Benjamin several times.
He later died at hospital.
In the second incident, Kemar Foster, a resident of a community called "Africa"
was walking when he was also shot by a gunman.
He died while undergoing treatment at hospital.
No motive has been established for either killing.
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Ashton Kutcher at Time 100 Gala



Ashton Kutcher Officially on Two and a Half Men!
Ashton Kutcher is going to have it pretty easy. Basically, just show up for work
and try not to overdose.

"I can't wait to get to work with this ridiculously talented 2.5 team and I
believe we can fill the stage with laughter that will echo in viewers' homes,"
said Kutcher.

"I can't replace Charlie Sheen but I'm going to work my ass off to entertain the
hell out of people!"

Even before Sheen's official firing, Warner Bros. and CBS were reportedly in
talks with several A-list actors. Here's a list of who's been rumored to replace
Charlie Sheen, and what they might bring to the show:

No, it wasn't just a really coincidental math question. The answer is: 2.5! So
now the only question is, how will they incorporate Ashton Kutcher into the
show? Our guess is he'd play the typical hot-but-no-bright meathead we all know
and love.

Well, I guess there's also the possibility of turning Two and a Half Men into a
prank show.

Well, there you have it. It's that simple. Charlie Sheen's motto is basically,
"if I don't like it, it sucks", then he sticks out his bottom lip, crosses his
arms in a huff and goes and sits in a corner.

Chuck Lorre is pleased with Kutcher replacing Sheen, saying, "We are so lucky to
have someone as talented, joyful and just plain remarkable as Ashton joining our
family. Added to that is the deep sigh of relief knowing that our family stays
together. If I was any happier, it'd be illegal."

So a big congrats to Ashton Kutcher. We can't wait to see the character he plays
on Two and a Half Men.
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I'm in full support of Child Protective Services, but how they can allow a show
like Teen Mom to go on, but then harass Mariah Carey for a tabloid rumor is
beyond me.

Husband Nick Cannon told Piers Morgan in an interview, "It all started when a
nurse suggested to my wife that if you drink Guinness, the dark beer, the yeast
improves breastfeeding... I don't know if someone heard that, but then they were
saying my wife was drinking beer. People will do anything to try to conjure up a
story."

I've never given birth, but I imagine the last thing you'd want to drink after
going into labor is a Guinness. You'd probably rather have a shot of whiskey or
something less filling.

 "To even have to deal with that, my wife in the state that she's in, we're in
the hospital, to even have to think about someone possibly wanting to
investigate your children... it's sad at the end of the day," Cannon continued.

He also added that people have gone to ridiculous lengths to try to snap photos
of the babies.

 "There's been photographers actually in the hospital posing as different people
or people trying to get pictures of the kids," Cannon explained. "Which is
really sad when you think about people trying to make a buck off newborn
babies."
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Dominique Strauss-Kahn, head of the International Monetary Fund NEW YORK (AP) --
Dominique Strauss-Kahn's reputation with women earned him the nickname "the
great seducer," and not even an affair with a subordinate could knock the
International Monetary Fund leader off a political path pointed in the direction
of the French presidency. All that changed with charges that he sexually
assaulted a maid in his hotel room, a case that generated shock and revulsion,
especially in his home country.

Police said the maid picked Strauss-Kahn out of a lineup. Unless the charges are
quickly dropped, they could destroy his chances in a presidential race that is
just starting to heat up.

The IMF, which plays a key role in efforts to control the European debt crisis,
named an acting leader and said it remains "fully functioning and operational"
despite Saturday's arrest.

Strauss-Kahn's lawyer, Benjamin Brafman, told The Associated Press that his
client will plead not guilty. He and another lawyer went in and out of the
Harlem police precinct where Strauss-Kahn was being held early Sunday afternoon,
and declined to answer reporters' questions until the arraignment, which was
expected later Sunday.

"He denies all the charges against him," Brafman said. "And that's all I can
really say right now."

Brafman is one of the city's most high-profile defense attorneys. His clients
have included mobsters and such celebrities as Sean "P. Diddy" Combs and ex-New
York Giants star Plaxico Burress.

Strauss-Kahn, 62, was arrested less than four hours after the alleged assault,
plucked from first class on a Paris-bound Air France flight that was just about
to leave the gate at John F. Kennedy International Airport.

The white-haired, well-dressed, thrice-married father of four was alone when he
checked into the luxury Sofitel hotel, not far from Manhattan's Times Square, on
Friday afternoon, police said. It wasn't clear why he was in New York. The IMF
is based in Washington, and he had been due in Germany on Sunday to meet with
Chancellor Angela Merkel.

The 32-year-old maid told authorities that when she entered his spacious,
$3,000-a-night suite early Saturday afternoon, she thought it was unoccupied.
Instead, Strauss-Kahn emerged from the bathroom naked, chased her down a hallway
and pulled her into a bedroom, where he sexually assaulted her, New York Police
Department spokesman Paul J. Browne said.

The woman told police she fought him off, but then he dragged her into the
bathroom, where he forced her to perform oral sex on him and tried to remove her
underwear. The woman was able to break free again, escaped the room and told
hotel staff what had happened, authorities said.

Strauss-Kahn was gone by the time detectives arrived moments later. He left his
cellphone behind. "It looked like he got out of there in a hurry," Browne said.

The NYPD discovered he was at JFK and contacted officials at the Port Authority
of New York and New Jersey, which runs the airport. Port Authority officers
arrested him.
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Teacher missing

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Forty-one year-old teacher, Ann-Marie Scafe has been reported missing.
Scafe, who is from Seaview Gardens, Kingston 11, has been missing from home
since Friday, May 13.

She is of brown complexion, medium build and about 5 feet 6 inches tall.
The Seaview Gardens Police said about 11 a.m. last Friday, Scafe left her home
to conduct business but did not return home as expected.

Her relatives have not been able to reach her.
Anyone knowing the whereabouts of Ann-Marie Scafe is being asked to contact the
Seaview Gardens Police at 901-9423, police 119 emergency number or the nearest
police station.
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Music director says he's no conman

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Music video director Wayne South is dismissing claims made by TOK that he took
off with money paid to him to create a video for their Friend For Life song.
TOK's Craigy T told the Star newspaper that  South was a con artist for
disappearing with money for a video that hasn't been produced.
"Yuh have some youth out deh weh a some con artist who only a pose as video
directors. Wi give him (South) some money fi deliver a video an' all now di
video cyaan deliver. If yuh a do yuh ting yuh do yuh ting professionally," said
Craigy T
"All now him nuh deliver, him owe wi a video or wi money. We get whole heap of
stories 'bout hard drive crash an' dis an' dat," he said.
According to South, he is not a con man and shortly after the video shoot he was
going through a very rough period. He had heart problems and was to be admitted
to the Medical Associates Hospital but resisted because of his determination not
to pass up opportunities to make a name for himself.
He is to do an operation to help with his condition in two months.
South said he has had the problem for quite a while and things took a turn for
the worse about a week after TOK's videoshoot so he was unable to finish the
video.
He said tending to his heart condition created backlogs in his work.
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Deejay Wayne Marshall has dedicated a song to his wife and fellow artiste, Tami
Chynn. The song, Good Ole Wife, was released recently on the Matrimony rhythm
for which Marshall is a co-producer.
Wayne said he decided that he was going to dedicate it to "my good ole wifey.
It's also a creative play on words depending on how you look at it."
According to Marshall, Chynn was also very pleased with the dedication.
"She loves it. From the time I was building it she busted out laughing. Who
would not want a song dedicated to them? I also notice that it is getting a big
response from the ladies," he said.
In addition to this being his first song about his wife, this is also the first
rhythm that he has produced. The rhythm also has songs from Gyptian, Assassin,
Lady Saw and Liquid. He said the rhythm will not have more than six songs, all
relating to matrimony.
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Bolt to walk for kids

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KINGSTON, JAMAICA - APRIL 04:  Usain Bolt of J...


More accustomed to breaking records at high speed, sprint sensation Usain Bolt
will slow his pace later this year with the staging of the 'Usain Bolt
Walkathon'.
The event is being planned in partnership with Chain of Hope Jamaica to help
raise funds towards the creation of a paediatric cardiac centre at the
Bustamante Hospital for Children.
"I run really fast but the truth is that I'm a really slow walker," Bolt laughed
during Sunday's launch at the Bustamante Hospital for Children for the event,
which is scheduled for sometime in November this year.
Details of the event are yet to be ironed out, but it was announced at the press
launch that the walkathon will take place later this year in the month of
November and will take place over a 2.3km course, which is expected to start at
Emancipation Park in New Kingston.
Bolt, who pointed out that he will be asking his sponsors to contribute by
paying for at least two surgeries, was excited to be involved with this
initiative and explained why he decided to join the project.
"This partnership is very important and will help to protect the future of this
country," Bolt said. "It's a big step for me. Over the years, I have been saying
that kids are the future so when I was approached to do this, it was a real
honour and I'm looking forward to continue doing my best to do what I can to
help the kids."
Over 150 children are on the waiting list for surgery at the Bustamante Hospital
for Children.
Charmaine Scott, paediatric cardiologist and chairperson of Chain of Hope
Jamaica, said Bolt's support will help to pull even more corporate support
towards the construction of the centre.
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The Daily Word - Saturday, May 14, 2011

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CHOICE
Following inner guidance, I make positive choices.

Every day I have decisions to make. With each choice, I experience both loss and opportunity. Each choice reveals expected and unexpected outcomes.

I treasure the gift of free will, and I make choices for the highest good of all concerned. As I prepare to make a decision, I go within for guidance. I get in touch with the still small voice within and let the flurry of my thoughts rest in a moment of silence. I find that the best choices have a sense of "rightness" to them.

It is comforting to know that the guidance of Spirit is within me. From a place of inner knowing, I make the right choice.

You will decide on a matter, and it will be established for you, and light will shine on your ways. --Job 22:28
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HABQADAR, Pakistan (AP) -- A pair of Taliban suicide bombers attacked
paramilitary police recruits eagerly heading home for a break after months of
training, killing 80 people this morning in the first act of retaliation for the
US raid that killed Osama bin Laden.

In claiming responsibility, the al-Qaida linked militant group cited anger at
Pakistan's military for failing to stop the American incursion on their soil.

The blasts in the northwest were a reminder of the savagery of Islamist
insurgents in Pakistan.

Tensions have also risen between the US and Islamabad over allegations that some
elements of Pakistani security forces had been harboring bin Laden, who died in
a May 2 raid in Abbottabad, a garrison town about three hours' drive from the
scene of the bombing.

"We have done this to avenge the Abbottabad incident," Ahsanullah Ahsan, a
spokesman for the Pakistani Taliban, told The Associated Press in a phone call.

He warned that the group was also planning attacks on Americans living inside
Pakistan.

The bombers blew themselves up in Shabqadar at the main gate of the facility for
the Frontier Constabulary, a poorly equipped but front-line force in the battle
against al-Qaida and allied Islamist groups like the Pakistani Taliban close to
the Afghan border. Like other branches of Pakistan's security forces, it has
received US funding to try to sharpen its skills.

At least 80 people were killed, including 66 recruits, and around 120 people
were wounded, said police officer Liaqat Ali Khan.

Unruly Gang member nabbed at hospital
The Police have reported that they captured Jeremy Stewart, who they say is one
of the most wanted criminals of the St. Catherine South Police Division.

According to the police, Stewart, who is said to be a member of the
Portmore-based Unruly Gang, was held this morning while attempting to receive
medical treatment at a hospital.

The police revealed he was accosted before he could escape.
Stewart remains in hospital this afternoon under police guard.
Detectives from the St. Catherine South Police Division yesterday said they
wanted to question the alleged gang member in relation to several shootings in
the Washington Mews community and other areas of Portmore.
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On Sunday, the Jamaica Military Band will return to the Hope Botanical Gardens
with a free 'Concert in the Garden' beginning at 4 p.m.
The afternoon event will take place at the Shell Bandstand, opposite the Hope
Zoo, and will be dedicated to the memory of Karl Binger, a former executive
director of Nature Preservation Foundation, operators of Hope Gardens and Hope
Zoo. Binger, the husband of broadcaster Dorraine Samuels,  passed away on
Sunday.
The Jamaica Military Band is the oldest continuous-service unit of the Jamaica
Defence Force. It consists of descendants of the first West India Regiment,
which was formed in 1795 in the Windward Islands.
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Sisters killed in Spanish Town

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The St. Catherine North police are keeping a close watch on sections of Spanish
Town after two vendors were killed last night.

The victims have been identified as 32-year-old Tamara Reddy and her sister
Nadine Cassanova both of Tawes Meadows in Spanish Town.

Another man who witnessed the shooting was also shot. He has since been
hospitalised.

Reports said the sisters were selling at the corner of French and Adelaide
streets in the vicinity of the market, when a gunman walked up to them and shot
them.
The gunman then fled the scene.
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Lover's Holiday, the single written by Colin Levy and produced by Barry O'Hare,
has taken control of the number one spot on the popular Jamaica Countdown Top 25
Reggae Singles Chart.
Lover's Holiday, which entered the chart 17 weeks ago, has been steadily making
upward movement, in line with its increasing popularity on radio and in the
clubs/dancehall. The single, on Levy's Kings of Kings label, is the first one
from the singer's soon-to-be-released album, Unleashed.
Colin Levy, who is also known by the moniker Iley Dread, recently completed a
successful. month-long US college radio tour in support of Lover's Holiday and
the upcoming album. Both he and his marketing manager, Brian Muntz, who
organized the US tour, have expressed their gratitude to the fans who have
contributed in a major way to this chart-topping success.
"This is fantastic news," an elated Muntz said from his university base in
Toronto, Canada. "I knew the song was a winner from the first time I heard it."
The quiet, soft-spoken Levy, was a bit more reserved in his speech, but no less
thankful.
"All praises to the Father, first of all ... and definitely we have a lot of
gratitude to the fans, the team who has been working with me on this project and
those who have always been there assisting with my career. This is a joyful
moment and I know that this album has more songs of this caliber and something
for everyone," Colin Levy stated.
The video for Lover's Holiday has also been enjoying favourable rotation on
television.
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"FIRST OFF ID LIKE TO SAY THAT ALL THE FUSS ABOUT MY HAIR,AS WITH EVERY OTHER
THING THAT I DO HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH ANYTHING EXCEPT PLAIN OLD
"BADMIND".BECAUSE WHEN I WAS INVOLVED IN THE NINJA MAN INCIDENT A FEW YEARS AGO
,I HAD IN EXTENTIONS THEN,WHY DIDNT THE HULLABALOO COMMENCE THEN,?BECAUSE I
WASN'T ON TOP SO THE HATING WASNT NECESSARY.WHEN I DID "NEVER LOVE ANOTHER GIRL"
VIDEO IN 2005(http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GPl_P_vdhdk),MY HAIR WAS PERMED,WHY
DIDNT THE INQUISITION COMMENCE?BECAUSE I WASN'T ON TOP SO THE HATING WASNT
NECESSARY...WHAT IM SAYING IS THAT WHEN UR ON TOP,PEOPLE FIND ALL KINDS OF
FAULTS AND FLAWS TO POINT OUT IN THEIR QUEST TO TEAR YOU DOWN BUT GUESS WHAT. I
COUDNT CARE LESS WHAT PEOPLE SAY OR THINK ABOUT KARTEL BECAUSE IF EVERYONE LOVES
YOU,UR AN OBVIOUS "KISS ASS" .P.S. MAVADO,ELEPHANT MAN,MACHEL MONTANO(who's hair
is done by the same girl who did mine) I OCTANE T.O.K. ETC HAVE ALL HAD
EXTENTION PUT IN.TALK BOUT THAT"
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Singer I-Octane has categorically denied ever putting extensions in his hair in
the wake of statements made by fellow entertainer on Thursday.
"I can't control what another artiste chooses to say," I-Octane stated. "But
I've been growing my locks for several years now and the people at Jus Natural
in Portmore can vouch for that."
When prodded to respond about how he feels about the allegation, I-Octane made
things very clear. "In this industry you come to expect that people will do and
say anything. Is music mi a deal with and I won't allow anyone to shift my focus
from that. As far as I'm concerned, it doesn't make sense for me to spend a lot
of time thinking or even talking about this issue. Jah teach me that you empower
what you focus on, and as mi seh, music is my focus. Nobody can draw me out or
try to involve me inna mix up. Anyone who has been following my career can look
at me through the years and see that my locks grow natural. Its not an overnight
thing. As a matter of fact, people a suffer all over the world. Mek wi focus on
dem type a tings."
In response to questions as to whether he would respond in a song, the singjay
laughed. "No sah! Mi nuh haffi do nuttn. Memba dat in mi song mi seh Touch not
the Lord's anointed. Mi nuh haffi do a ting."
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T.O.K. members appear to be quite upset with Vybz Kartel for sending out an
email and BB blast saying that they have put in hair extensions.

One member of the group, Bay-C, has since sent out a Blackberry broadcast
message of his own.

It reads: 'To all who seem to be confused, T.O.K. has never worn extensions. To
each his own, it's not for me to judge. Having said that, make it clear ... mi a
Rasta! Lion of the tribe of Judah! Don't confuse the mane of a lion with the
tail of a horse! Bombrush dem!'
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Lychee Recipes

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Litchi chinensis.


Lychee-ade

2 quarts of lychee juice
12 oz Vodka

Pour lychee juice into a blender and fill the now empty can with vodka and add to the blender.

Fill the remaining space in the blender with ice. Blend and serve.



Lychee Daiquiri

1 ½ ounce white rum
1 teaspoon fine sugar
1 ounce of lychee juice
Crushed ice

Place rum, sugar, and lychee juice in a cocktail shaker with crushed ice.

Shake swiftly - do not over mix.

Strain thoroughly into a cocktail glass and serve at once.



Baked Lychees

1 lb lychee fruit, peeled & seeded
½ cup brown sugar
4 tablespoons butter
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
Mix brown sugar, butter and cinnamon together.
Roll or shake lychees in the sugar mixture and place in a casserole or baking dish.
Bake for 10-15 minutes until sugar begins to caramelize.




Lychee Fish

1 kg (2.2 lbs.) firm white fish, cut into quite small pieces
2 large eggs
1 tablespoon oil
1 tablespoon vinegar
Pinch salt
Pinch baking soda
1 cup water
Flour to mix

Sauce:
10 oz. lychee jam
4 tablespoons lychee or other rice wine vinegar
1 tablespoon soy sauce
3 pieces chopped ginger
Cashew nuts (optional)

Clean and dry fish. Make up the ingredients into a batter and fry the fish.

Sauce: Heat all the ingredients together. Mix in 1 tablespoon cornstarch to thicken. Pour over fish.

Sprinkle over some cashew nuts, lightly fried if you prefer, for a slightly better look and taste.

Chill well. 




Lychee-Orange Salad

1 head of Boston or bibb lettuce, torn into bite-sized pieces
1 orange, peeled and cut into 1" pieces
½ cup fresh or canned lychees
2 thin slices of red onion, separated into rings
2 Tbsp reduced-fat chicken broth
1 Tbsp Lychee Vinegar
1 Tbsp orange juice
1 tsp olive oil

In a large bowl, combine the lettuce, oranges, lychees and onions. In a small bowl, whisk the broth, vinegar, juice and oil. Pour the dressing over the lettuce mixture, then toss gently until all ingredients are coated with dressing.

Servings: 4 



Lychee-BBQ Sauce


1/2 Cup ketchup
1/2 Cup white wine
1/4 cup brown sugar or lychee honey
1 Tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
2 cloves garlilc crushed
1/2 teaspoon chili powder
3 dashes hot sauce
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon onion powder
1/2 Cup peeled and drained seedless lychees


Finely dice lychees and combine with other ingredients.
Bring to a boil. 
Simmer 30 minutes or until desired thickness.

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The Daily Word - Thursday, May 12, 2011

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FORGIVE
I choose to forgive and free myself to move forward.

The act of forgiveness is a conscious choice to let go, to move past feelings of resentment, and to move forward in light and love. Holding on to unforgiveness is like carrying a bucket of stones. With each step the bucket seems to get heavier and heavier until it is exhausting to bear.

Choosing a quiet time and place, I examine the stones of unforgiveness that fill my bucket. One by one, I take them out, lay them aside and release them to God. Without the stones of unforgiveness and resentment, I move freely and can now use the bucket to gather flowers of light, peace and freedom. I choose to forgive and release to remain free of resentment.

And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. --Matthew 6:12
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The Supreme Court will on Thursday start hearing the lawsuit filed on behalf of
convicted crime boss, Donald 'Zeeks' Phipps, for the return of millions of
dollars seized from him by the authorities.
'Zeeks' is trying to get back $18 million.
His attorneys want the money returned to the former Matthews Lane area leader
and his family.
They have pointed to the fact that when the Director of Public Prosecutions
dropped the charges against 'Zeeks' for unlawful possession of property two
years ago, she did not apply for the forfeiture or confiscation of the money.
They also intend to argue that a portion of the money was stolen while in the
custody of the police.
The $18 million was seized at Phipps' St Andrew home during a murder
investigation.
Phipps is now serving life behind bars, following his conviction for a double
murder.
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They have three biological children and three that they have adopted from around
the world.
But despite speculation in the past couple of years that Angelina Jolie and Brad
Pitt would be soon adding to their brood again, the actress today ruled it out.
Speaking at the Cannes Film Festival, she told Extra that another adoption
wasn't a possibility, 'at this time'.
Angelina adopted son Maddox, now nine, from an orphanage in Cambodia in 2002,
and then she and Pitt adopted daughter Zahara, now five, from Ethiopia in 2005
and then in 2007, they adopted Pax, now seven, from Vietnam.
Angelina also gave birth to daughter Shiloh in 2006 and twins Vivienne and Knox
in 2008.
 Angelina is in France promoting her new film Kung Fu Panda 2 and showed off her
latest latitude and longitude arm tattoo.

When asked about the new etching in the interview with Extra today, the
obviously annoyed mother-of-six confirmed that the co-ordinates are a tribute to
long-time partner  Pitt.

In a rather snappy retort, the actress was irritated when an interviewer asked
whether it related to a possible new adoption.
'Well, if they know that it's latitude and longitude they would have figured out
quickly that it was Brad's birthplace,' she snapped.
'It doesn't take much investigation to figure that one out. The coordinates are
Shawnee, Oklahoma.'
She also explained that Kung Fu Panda 2 'deals with family and adoption,' and
that initially she was nervous about how her mix of biological and adopted
children would deal with 'such a heavy issue'.
But she said she was relieved with their reaction to the film and said they all
discussed it.
'The kids loved it!' They laughed out loud, hysterical,' she said.
'We talk very openly in our house. Orphanage and birth parents are happy words
in our house.'
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End of the world May 21?

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There has been a 200 percent jump in searches on Yahoo! for "May 21st." Searches
are also spiking for "the rapture," "end of the world," and "Harold Camping."
What do these have in common? Camping, an 89-year-old radio host and Christian
fundamentalist, says judgment day is less than two weeks away.
Camping said he pinned down May 21 as doomsday using clues and prophesies he found in the Bible. "It is absolutely going to happen without any question at all," Camping said in an interview. But if you look at his track record, you may not be so convinced. Camping
previously predicted judgment day would be in September 1994.
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So why Digicel Rising Stars dash way di three judge dem? Sinting look fishy,
cause everybody tek on to di judge dem. Killer Miller a di boss, everybody love
to hate him, and Miller couldn't care less. Sometimes him too harsh, but smaddy
haffi talk up di tings dem. And den Clyde him wid fi him big wud dem and Nadine
who always a feel sorry fi di people dem. We cyan wait fi hear what dem a come
wid fid is yah season, cause last season neva so hot at all. We hope a sinting
sensible dem come wid or else we just a go watch Magnum Kings and Queens and no badda wid Rising Stars.
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Obeah and bare tings at Manchester court

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If you want drama, excitement and nuff obeah, the place to be is the courthouse
in the cool cool hills of Manchester. We always hear bout country court and the
drama with bare from wid padlock pon dem mouth, but fi real, the obeah oil and
rub up and mix up dung a Manchester no ordinary. At one point we did haffi go
outside cause when di smell a di obeah oil rub up lick we, we did feel like we
did a go faint. We neva know say sinting could a really go so. Anyway, a we
friend we did go help out and as soon as tings sort out we put di vehicle inna
drive and neva look back. All we know is dat Manchester obeah man a wuk hard and
mus a get nuff money. Dem cyan bawl bout no recession.
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Magnum Kings & Queens to open a mansion

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The Magnum Kings and Queens of Dancehall competition will reach anew level on
Saturday as the contestants of Castle Red and Castle Blue join up to create the
Magnum Mansion.
Twelve contestants, who were selected by the public, will perform on Saturday.
Each will try to outshine the other with the best lyrical content.
This week, all contestants who performed last week will be brought on stage to
have the two with the lowest votes eliminated.
Magnum Kings and Queens of Dancehall airs on Television Jamaica every Saturday
night at 9:30.
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A principal shareholder in Creditinfo Jamaica, one of the companies vying for a credit bureau licence in Jamaica, says other jurisdictions have seen as much as a 50 per cent decline in bad debts after establishing a credit bureau system.

Creditinfo Jamaica is owned 20 per cent by Creditinfo Group, a Germany-based credit-information and risk-management solutions company, and 41 per cent by Jamaican shareholders, including Damion Franklin, general manager of the local entity.

"It will bring about increased transparency, good business conduct and help customers," said Kristinn Agnarsson, business developer of CreditInfo Group, at a credit bureau seminar hosted jointly by his company and the Jamaica Chamber of Commerce in Kingston last Thursday.

"For example, a French bank in Ukraine we have been working with, where we introduced application processing and credit scoring, we saw some initial benefits with default rate in new loans decreasing by 25 per cent, three to four months after using credit-bureau data they saw up to a 50 per cent drop," added Paul Randal, general manager of Creditinfo Group.

"Credit-bureau data can dramatically change what obtains in a market," he said.

But the executives were not able to give specifics about the Jamaican market or an estimate of how much the delinquency rate in institutions here would likely decline.

Non-performing loans in the 13 deposit-taking financial institutions regulated by the Bank of Jamaica (BOJ) have more than doubled since the financial crisis, from J$9.8 billion in December 2008 to J$16.3 billion at December 2009 and J$22.4 billion at December 2010.

The commercial and merchant banks and building societies have reported that they are working with borrowers to clear outstanding debt.

The credit-bureau system is supposed to create a credit history on borrowers that serves as a more objective measure of their risk, but it also has a larger function in economic planning, says CreditInfo.

"Authorities can also use the statistics for decision making," said Agnarsson.

"Bureau data is not just about bad debts," he said.

still awaiting feedback

Creditinfo Jamaica put its bid in for a licence from the BOJ earlier this year, and is still awaiting feedback.

"It takes 120 days maximum for the application to be approved and we believe we have around 60 more days to wait for some words," said Franklin.

"The system is ready to be localised for the Jamaica environment, so all we have to do is to start the implementation."

CreditInfo, which already operates in 10 countries, including Czech Republic, Georgia, Romania, Greece and Malta, among others, said it would take nine to 12 months after the licence is granted to begin offering services to the Jamaican public.

Radek Bittner, project manager at Creditinfo Solutions, said the implementation process will go through at least four phases:

Three to four months to consult with providers of data, to analyse the scope of the data to be received, functionality of system, migration plan and description and design of statistical reporting;

Four months for system development, internal stress testing and building connectivity to subscribers;

About two months for customer testing; and

One to three months for a pilot run of the system and final acceptance test by financial institutions.

Critical to the whole process though, Bittner said, is that the correct and relevant data is received.

"Subscribers must be prepared to give the data," he said.

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Arnold and Maria Shiver

Arnold Schwarzenegger has spoken out for the first time since he and Maria
Shriver announced their separation.
"I just talked to Maria an hour ago before I came here and we both were saying
the same thing we are amazed to be extremely blessed to be surrounded by so many
wonderful people and so many wonderful friends," Schwarzenegger said at the 63rd
Israel Independence Day Celebration at the Skirball Cultural Center in Los
Angeles on Tuesday night.
"We both love each other very much," the actor and former Governor of California
continued. "We are very fortunate that we have four extraordinary children and
we're taking one day at a time."
Adding, "But the bottom line is I wanted to take this opportunity to say thank
you to all the people for their great, great support."
On Monday, after 25 years together, Schwarzenegger, 63, and Shriver, 55,
announced their split in a joint statement saying that this is "a time of great
personal and professional transition."
"After a great deal of thought, reflection, discussion, and prayer, we came to
this decision together," the statement continued. "At this time, we are living
apart, while we work on the future of our relationship. We are continuing to
parent our four children together. They are the light and the center of both of
our lives."
On Tuesday, the couple's daughter, Katherine Tweeted, "Just wanted to thank
everyone for the sweet comments and ur concern and love in this changing time!
It means a lot!"
Their son, Patrick also Tweeted on Tuesday, writing, "Appreciate all your
messages. Small speed bump in life, luckily we own hummers, we will cruise right
over it. All will be okay. #peace"
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So what's new? The scenario of Jamaican men getting 'jacket' is age-old, and as
many persons observe, "The man dem always end up loving the jacket pickney more
than how them love the real one dem."
So we can't understand why it's 'news' that up to seventy percent of Jamaican
men are wearing 'jackets'. It's just that with the availability of DNA, more and
more men are finding out for sure that the kids aren't theirs.
But, it is interesting that court records also show that many of these fathers,
after the devastation of finding out that the child they have loved and nurtured
for so long is a jacket, simply bounce back and go through the legal system and
legally adopt the children.
So big up to all Jamaican man who love up dem jacket pickney. After all, it's
not the child's fault.
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Dubdem Sound System :: Jamaican Tour 2006


KINGSTON, Jamaica (AFP) -- Bob Marley's musical legacy may be waning 30 years
after his death as Jamaica's youth prefers dancehall to reggae, but the singer
remains a cult, if highly commercialised, figure.
Marley has become a merchandiser's dream, with everything from shoes to
snowboards bearing his image, but his friends say it would be tragic if his
message of justice for the oppressed gets lost to corporate greed.
"He was never about commercialism," one friend, Herbie Miller, told AFP. "Money
was not his greatest motivation."
For loyal fans of the Third World's first pop superstar, who died from cancer at
the age of 36 on May 11 1981, this year's milestone anniversary is not about
grieving but about celebrating.
"His music was so full of life, it doesn't seem right to mourn him," 24-year-old
Bernadette Hellwanter of Vocklabruck, Austria told AFP as she toured the Bob
Marley Museum in the Jamaican capital Kingston.
Fans flock to the museum, an English-style building where Marley lived and wrote
many of his songs.
Tours are also conducted daily in the village of Nine Mile in the rural St Ann
parish where Marley was born in February 1945 and where a mausoleum now provides
his final resting place.
But despite all the T-shirts, the mugs and the many iconic images of the
pot-smoking, football-loving Rastafarian, there is a sense his star could be
beginning to fade.
The Marley Foundation, which oversees the singer's estate, says no events are
planned to mark the 30th anniversary of his death.
Music from the rebel who introduced reggae to an international audience gets
only token play nowadays on the local radio and his message appears lost on
today's Jamaican youth.
Feel-good songs like Three Little Birds and One Love are preferred to more
militant tracks such as Exodus or The Heathen.
In Trench Town, the Kingston ghetto that inspired some of Marley's most
memorable songs, there are few visitors to the tenement where he once lived
during the 1960s.
Artefacts include the shell of a Volkswagen van that Marley used to sell his
records and a bed he slept on.
Overseas, perhaps, there is more room for nostalgia.
Marley performed twice in his life in Belgium, but according to Brice DePasse, a
Belgian journalist with the Nostalgie television station, he left an indelible
mark.
"He's been big in Belgium since 1977 when he first performed there. There's not
a day that his music is not played," said DePasse.
To commemorate his death, Nostalgie will air the hour-long documentary In The
Footsteps of Bob Marley today.
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Tax cheat hotline a success

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The new tip-off line for alleged or assumed tax cheats got 33 reports in its
first week, Tax Administration Jamaica (TAJ) said Tuesday.
The tax-cheat hotline, 1-888-292-4328, became operational May 1 and is manned by
"trained agents, the tax agency said.
The reports were referred to senior investigators for follow-up.
The hotline is one of the tools employed by the TAJ to "widen the tax net and to
stem the practice of under-reporting", and promote "a more equitable and
transparent tax system".
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Seven time Grammy award winning singer-songwriter, Stephen Marley, is set to
release his third solo project, Revelation Pt 1: The Root of Life on May 23.
Conceived as a celebration and preservation for roots rock reggae, and anchored
in reggae's scorching drum and bass backbeat, The Root of Life delivers 14
tracks of powerful messages and encouragement for the struggling masses.
The first single, Jah Army, features Damian "Jr. Gong" Marley and Buju Banton
over a thunderous one-drop rhythm.
The Root of Life will be followed by Revelation Pt 2: The Fruit of Life, which
is due this fall.
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The Spanish Town-based Clansman Gang in St. Catherine has been linked to another
fatal shooting in the old capital.
The incident took place near the Spanish Town Bridge, Tuesday evening and
resulted in the death of man who has only been identified as "Ricky", a resident
of De la Vega City.
He was killed about 7:00 p.m. while walking.
It is reported that he was approached by men who opened fire hitting him several
times.
He died on the spot.
The attack occurred as the police continued operations aimed at dismantling the
Clansman Gang which has been implicated in several fatal shootings in Spanish
Town.
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Is Lindsay Lohan become a Scientologist? It sure sounds like it. And believe it
or not, it may be the reason she got the role on the new Gotti flick shortly
after being fired.

John Travolta has reportedly told producers of the movie he would take her
"under his wing" and make sure that she stays committed to the movie if they
agree to rehire her. But he had a separate agreement with Lindsay.

An insider told the National Enquirer magazine: "Even though producers were
hesitant to hire Lindsay because of her troubled past. Travolta assured them
he'd take her under his wing.

"He feels confident he'll be able to keep her on the straight and narrow ... now
and forever."

If it's true, it'll do wonders for Lindsay's career.
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Jermaine Dupri sued by babymama

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Jermaine Dupri in April 2005.

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Jermaine Dupri is being sued by the mother of his seven-month-old daughter over
missed child support payments after being ordered by a judge to pay up.
A Fulton County Superior Court judge ordered Duprit to pay $2,500 a month in
child support and an additional $7,500 to Sarai Jones pending the results of a
paternity test.
Jones' attorney, Randy Kessler, says that Jones hopes the two can reach an
agreement and settle the matter quickly so the two can "work together to
co-parent their beautiful baby girl."
Dupri recently made headlines after saving his house from foreclosure.  He also
owes nearly $500,000 in back taxes.
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They started their romance with secret dates on the back of tour buses, making
every effort to hide their relationship.
But the days of sneaking around are long gone for Justin Bieber and Selena
Gomez, who are now officially dating.
And the young pop stars couldn't have found a more public place to express their
love than at a press conference, in front of the media.
The two have been quietly dating for months, before making their first red
carpet appearance together at the Oscars.
But they have not been seen openly kissing until now.
Selena recently revealed that they had made a decision to go public with their
romance.
'I don't like hiding,' she told Seventeen magazine.
'I do like to keep certain things to myself, but at the end of the day, I'm
eighteen, and I'm going to fall in love.
'I'm going to hang out with people, and I'm going to explore myself, and I'm
okay with that.'
When asked if she ever felt she had been in love before the Wizards Of Waverly
Place star responded: 'I don't know. I maybe had a first love and had my heart
broken, but reflecting on it, I don't think that was love.
'I think as I'm getting older and having more in-depth relationships, maybe I'll
experience it. At the moment, I don't know, exactly, if I've been in love.'
But while they are clearly smitten with one another, the young stars are both
equally committed to the careers.
Bieber is currently in the middle of the Asian leg of his world tour, while
Selena is touring this summer with her group the Scene, and wrapping up the
final season of her Disney show.
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Yesterday, one website reported a story claiming that Bobbi Kristina Brown, the
daughter of Whitney Houston and Bobby Brown, was arrested in connection with a
drunken fight that involved a gun. Police are saying that Bobbi Kristina was not
arrested in the incident.
Lt. James McGee of the Roswell, GA police department says that many facts that
were initially reported were wrong. McGee confirms that an incident took place
involving a gun, and that Bobbi Kristina was there.  McGee says that no shots
were fired from the gun. McGee believes that the incident was the result of an
issue between a boyfriend and a girlfriend.
 "By the time officers arrived, everything had calmed down," McGee said Monday
night. "She was there, but she wasn't issued a citation. Nobody was taken into
custody."
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The findings of a study conducted by a United States-based agency have revealed
that more challenging times are on the horizon for Jamaica as far as its debts
are concerned.
This is despite the much touted Jamaica Debt Exchange Programme (JDX) and the
country's standby facility with the International Monetary Fund (IMF).
The study by the Washington-based Centre for Economic and Policy Research has
concluded that the JDX has done little to resolve the country's debt problems or
place its public finances on sustainable footing.
While the JDX succeeded in lowering interest rates on the Government's domestic
debt, the researchers said Jamaica's debt burden nevertheless remains large with
nearly half of the amount owed coming due within one to five years.
The US researchers say this leaves Jamaica vulnerable to potential difficulties
at the time of refinancing, threatening to erase the fiscal gains made by the
JDX.
At the same time, they say Jamaica's agreement with the IMF, which involves
public spending cuts, could lead to low growth, exacerbating the public debt
burden.
In the absence of plans to tackle Jamaica's debt problems with a broader concern
for growth and employment, they expressed concern that the economy will likely
continue to stagnate.
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Man drowns while fishing

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A St .Thomas man drowned while fishing with a friend in the Race Course
community in St. Mary Monday night.
He is 55-year old Clinton Green, who is otherwise called 'Mr. Bunny'.
The friend says they went to the sea coast to fish but when they were ready to
leave, he noticed that Mr. Green had not followed him out of the water.
He said he saw Mr. Green's flashlight floating in the water.
Mr. Green's body was found by the Jamaica Defence Force Coast Guard Tuesday
morning.




BingerKarl Binger, actor, tourism executive, who was also the husband of broadcaster,
Dorraine Samuels, has died.
Playwright Basil Dawkins, Binger's friend for over 30 years, told The Gleaner
that he passed away Sunday evening after a long illness.
Binger worked at the Urban Development Corporation and the Tourism Product
Development Company (TPDCo) for several years. He was executive director at the
TPDCo, and served in a similar capacity at the Nature Preservation Foundation (NPF) for the last six years.
At the NPF, he was in charge of maintaining the Hope Botanical Gardens in St
Andrew. Binger was also a former chairman of the Lay Magistrates Association. In 2002,
he was awarded the Order of Distinction, Jamaica's fifth-highest civic honour.
Many in the local arts community knew Binger best as an actor who appeared in
several major productions including the 1962 pantomime Busha Bluebeard, and the
classic plays Smile Orange and Old Story Time, which were both written and
directed by Trevor Rhone.
Actress Leonie Forbes worked with Binger in Busha Bluebeard and Old Story Time.
In the latter, he played her son Len, which is widely considered his finest
performance.
Karl Binger is survived by his widow, broadcaster Dorraine Samuels.
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We love how di dancer dem a step up to di ting. Ovamarz song pon di Star Bwoy
riddim Now You See Me Now You Don't a gwaan and him tun it up wid the new video.
And we know say di dance did mad from long time. But a wha dis we a hear bout
the video and how everybody want a piece a di action just true it look like
tings a go gwaan fi di yute. But a true dem no waan acknowledge di ting say Marz
a big international dancer from long time and him get nuff props a yaad and
foreign, especially now dat him have di song  and it deh pon chart and all these
tings. A three show inna three different State Marz do wha day and him gwaan
good. Fi real. So all who a gwaan like dem a do di yute favour and now want more
than dem fi get muss guweh. Marz, you ting solid and it a go from strength to
strength. A you a di Dancer of the Year fi 2011. Celebrity Promotions and Donna
Celebrity to di werl!
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No sah, this is one for the history books. When oonu ever hear say artiste bus
and have big chune and follow-up chune and almost two year now and him no fly
out? No sah, this a real almshouse. Why di manager and di co-manager a keep dung
the yute career so? Khago bus out wid di chune Cyaan Cool, den him get a big
follow-up Nah Sell Out Mi Friend Dem and den him put together a nice lickle
catalogue and a do him local show dem, Him bun dung Reggae Sumfest last year and
after dat the foreign call dem nuh stop. Him manager phone just a ring off, but
Bankeylous chat bout him nuh ready fi send di artiste go a foreign yet. A what
dem really a deal wid? Dem fi free up di yute and stop stifle him. Too much
eediat ting can tek place inna dis yah dancehall and people just kibba dem mout.
Khago fi go a foreign. Look how much lickle yute come up wid dem one chune and
nuh stop tek plane. Bankeylous must talk up di tings and tell people di real
reason why him nah mek di yute fly out. Cause everybody know seh a stage show
put money inna artiste and dem manager pocket, cause no record nah sell. So
Bankeylous fi stop di eediat ting and get di artiste a work permit fi di US.
And, while him at it, him can buy some clothes fi Khago to. We tiad fi see di
yute inna di two piece a garment when him manager nuh stop dress up and a gwaan
like seh a him a di artiste.
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Whoiee! What a way di Swedish girl who lef har yard and track dung Jahvinci a
Yaad, go gi way di ting to Addi and now she haffi a hide out.  Dem groupie girl
here doan easy at all, no matter which country dem come from. Dem two Swedish
sister yah love off Popcaan and Jahvinci  bad bad and dem arrange fi meet inna
Jamaica. Dem reach a yaad, but Jahvinci did deh overseas and neva did a come
back till di next day. While this girl a hold her cawna, up rides Addi on a
bike, and di next ting you know, di Swedish gal jump on and ride off in di wind
with Addi. It was a six-hour long session and after Addi drop her off, him mek
sure tell di whole a di Gaza how Jahvinci girl gi up di ting. Now, di girl cyan
go near Jahvinci and, of course, di Teacha nah pay she no mind. Miss Swede, tek
our foolish advice and pack you bag and go back a you country.
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WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama ordered the commando raid that killed
terrorist leader Osama bin Laden after deciding the risks were outweighed by the
possibility "of us finally getting our man" following a decade of frustration,
he said in a Sunday broadcast interview.
The helicopter raid "was the longest 40 minutes of my life," Obama told CBS' "60
Minutes," with the possible exception of when his daughter Sasha became sick
with meningitis as an infant.
Monitoring the commando raid operation in the White House Situation Room a week
ago, Obama said he and top aides "had a sense of when gunfire and explosions
took place" halfway around the world, and knew when one of the helicopters
carrying Navy SEALs made an unplanned hard landing. "But we could not get
information clearly about what was happening inside the compound," he said.
Public opinion polls have shown a boost in Obama's support in the days since the
raid, and his re-election campaign was eager to draw attention to the interview.
Jim Messina, the president's campaign manager, emailed supporters encouraging
them to watch the program. The note included a link to a listing of all of the
network's local affiliates around the country -- and another one requesting
donations to Obama's re-election effort.
In the interview, Obama said that as nervous as he was about the raid, he didn't
lose sleep over the possibility that bin Laden might be killed. Anyone who
questions whether the terrorist mastermind didn't deserve his fate "needs to
have their head examined," he said.
Obama said bin Laden had "some sort of support network" inside Pakistan to be
able to live for years at a high-security compound in Abbottabad, a city that
houses numerous military facilities. But he stopped short of accusing Pakistani
officials of harboring the man who planned the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks
that killed nearly 3,000.
"We don't know who or what that support network was. We don't know whether there
might have been some people inside of government, people outside of government."
He said the United States wanted to investigate further to learn the facts, "and
more importantly, the Pakistani government has to investigate."
Some members of Congress have called for a cessation of U.S. aid to Pakistan, at
least until it becomes clear what role, if any, the government played in bin
Laden's ability to avoid detection for years. But Obama said that since the
Sept. 11 attacks, "Pakistan has been a strong counter-terrorism partner with us"
despite periodic disagreements.The president was guarded in discussing any of the details of the raid, and
offered no details that have not yet been made public.Discussing his own role, he said the decision to order the raid was very
difficult, in part because there was no certainty that bin Laden was at the
compound, and also because of the risk to the SEALs.
"But ultimately, I had so much confidence in the capacity of our guys to carry
out the mission that I felt that the risks were outweighed by the potential
benefit of finally getting our man," he said.
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The Daily Word - Monday, May 09, 2011

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RECOVERY
I am healthy and whole and continually renewed by the spirit of God within me.

Prayer is primary to my healing, whether I am recovering from an illness, surgery or even a broken heart. I begin each day with quiet moments of prayer. I give thanks for the life within me. I visualize the healthy, happy, energetic life I desire.

Healing takes time, and recovery takes many forms. A positive outcome will result if I give my body and mind the time they need. Patiently, I pray for the wisdom to know and do all I can to facilitate my recovery.

Turning my attention to the needs of others often helps my own recovery. Volunteering, even in a seemingly small way, renews me. Praying for others helps us all. Each prayer and every healthful activity supports my ongoing recovery.

Whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.--Mark 11:24
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Paul McCartney engaged

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Paul McCartney is ready to tie the knot with girlfriend Nancy Shevell. The
couple, who have been dating for four years, are now engaged, a rep for
McCartney tells CNN.
According to People, McCartney, 68, first began romancing Shevell, 51, during a
summer in the Hamptons in 2007. A source tells the magazine that the two are
made for each other.
"They have the right chemistry," the source said. "They're both cool, chilled
out and optimistic."
This trip down the aisle will be McCartney's third.
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The GRAMMY Museum in Los Angeles will debut a new exhibit entitled Bob Marley,
Messenger.
Housed on the museum's second floor, the exhibit will focus on Bob Marley as a
private, spiritual man, and as a powerful performer who has inspired legions of
fans in the 30 years since his death.Bringing together more than 40 diverse artifacts, rare photographs and more, the
exhibit features items from the private collection of the Marley family.
 "Bob Marley gave the world something no other artist has. Not only did he give
us brilliant music, but he also became a heroic figure. His music spread a
message of hope and unity. That message is as relevant today as it was three
decades ago, and it's our hope to help share that message with a new
generation," said GRAMMY Museum Executive Director Bob Santelli.
On display, visitors will see a broad array of items, including Marley's famous
Les Paul guitar; an interactive drumming station that allows visitors to learn
how to play a reggae beat; more than 40 photographs of Marley both on and off
stage; ticket stubs, concert posters, tour books and fan memorabilia.
Additionally, the GRAMMY Museum has conducted interviews with several artists
and musicians who have been influenced by Marley and the role that he played not
only as the catalyst to the reggae evolution, but also his influence on music
and culture.
Interview footage will be featured in the exhibit and includes conversations
with Blondie, Carlos Santana, Nas and more.
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Gaga "Judas" video stirs controversy

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Lady Gaga's "Judas" video got jaw dropping responses after the leak and then the
official premiere on Thursday night.
Gaga sat down to chat with sources about the funky, pop-culture-influenced clip
revolving around a love triangle between Mary Magdalene played by Gaga, Judas
played by Norman Reedus and Jesus portrayed by Rick Gonzalez.
Fashion, longing and betrayal rule in the video, directed by Lady Gaga and her
creative director, Laurieann Gibson.
But, Gaga notes, the video isn't meant to cause controversy.
She says in her opinion the only controversial thing about this video is that
she is wearing Christian Lacroix and Chanel in the same frame.
She also said the video is not meant to be an attack on religion and that she
respects and love everyone's beliefs.
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New Regime For UK Visa Applicants

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Worldbridge Visa Centre in St Andrew, which has been operating the UK Visa
Application Centre of the British High Commission will close on May 12 and its
services transferred to the high commission's premises.
The high commission says as of May 16, all visa applicants for the UK should go
to the West Gate of the British High Commission on 28 Trafalgar Road to submit
the applications.
The high commission is also warning that applicants will not be admitted without
an appointment.
It also says application fees must now be paid online using the high
commission's secure credit card facility.
Applications should still be completed online at www.visa4uk.fco.gov.uk before
any visit to the high commission. Applicants will not be admitted without an
appointment.
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A treat for mothers

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This Sunday, Mother's Day, local-based artistes on the upcoming event Gospel in
Harmony, will be at the Emancipation Park signing autographs between the hours
of 4 and 6 pm.
Among the artistes who will be present are Prodigal Son, Thrillers United,
Kencot Youth Choir  and One Voice. Overseas act, Mary Mary is the headliner for
the event, which takes place on Sunday, May 29 at the National Arena in
Kingston.
Come out and rap with the stars on Mother's Day.
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Danielle Curacao performance postponed

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Rebel deejay Danielle (D.I.) will not appear for a scheduled performance this
weekend in Curacao. The big Mother's day event for Mambo Beach also features
reggae star, Gyptian. "We are disappointed about the last minute changes but
it's beyond our control. We are currently in talks with the promoters, Sky World
International for an even larger affair on July 30th. D.I. apologizes to her
fans and is looking forward to the new date." said her manager, Keona Williams.
Danielle's is currently in Florida promoting for her Best of the Best
performance in Miami on May 29th.  Other upcoming events include, the US Virgin
Islands of St. Thomas and St. Croix next week, in addition to other bookings for
Connecticut, Philadelphia, New York, California and London.
The dancehall deejay has been in high demand since the release of her Sly and
Robbie produced hit song, "Rebel" that features Cherine Anderson. The music
video is now on heavy rotation throughout the Caribbean. The song has been
swiftly climbing up the music charts locally and overseas. Danielle's next
project is "Single Girl" also produced by Sly and Robbie for Taxi records. The
video will be released in early summer.
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R&B diva Mariah Carey has revealed the names of her newborn twins with husband
Nick Cannon.
In a message on her official website, Carey announced that their son's name is
Moroccan Scott Cannon, inspired by the top tier of Mariah's New York City
apartment called the Moroccan Room.
This is the same room that Cannon proposed to Carey in.
Their daughter is named Monroe Cannon, inspired by the iconic Hollywood actress
Marilyn Monroe, a favorite of Carey's.
Carey gave birth to Moroccan Scott and Monroe Cannon on Saturday, the same day
as her and Nick Cannon's wedding anniversary.
The couple renewed their vows in the hospital, with Rev. Al Sharpton presiding
over the ceremony.
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Bob Marley takes the spotlight on NBC

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Reggae legend Bob Marley takes the spotlight next week on American station NBC's
popular 'Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.'
This year marks 30 years since the reggae legend died on May 11, 1981 of cancer.
Actor, comedian and television host Jimmy Fallon will be honouring the singer on
his late night talk show, starting this Monday.
Marley's eldest son, Ziggy Marley, will make a special appearance on the NBC
show for the first time. Ziggy Marley, rock artiste Chris Cornell, pop idol
Jennifer Hudson, rock singer Jakob Dylan and Lenny Kravitz are all scheduled to
appear. Each night, one of the guests will perform a classic Marley song.
Fallon's house band 'The Roots' will also be present to pay tribute to the
singer.
According to reports online, no word has been leaked as to which Marley classics
will be performed. "Big up Jimmy Fallon for honouring the memory of my father,"
said Ziggy Marley in a press release sent to the media. "Much respect." Ziggy
will talk about his father in addition to performing. Ziggy Marley's next album,
Wild and Free, is due out June 14.
In more Marley news, the anticipated documentary on the late reggae star's life,
by Oscar-winning director Kevin Macdonald, is expected for release late this
year. Universal Music Enterprise will also be promoting its recent release of
Marley's final concert held at the Stanley Theatre in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.,
on September 23, 1980.
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Mr. Lexx loses his US visa

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The list of Jamaican entertainers being denied United States visas seems to be
expanding as its now being reported that Dancehall star, Mr. Lexx has had his visa revoked.
It has been reported that Mr. Lexx was at the Norman Manley International airport expecting to leave for a show in the U.S. when he was turned back by
officials who told him that his visa was revoked.
When contacted regarding the matter, Mr. Lexx had no comment.
Mr. Lexx joins the likes of Bounty Killer, Mavado, Beenie Man, Ricky Trooper and
Aidonia who also had their visas revoked last year.
Despite the setback, Mr. Lexx is scheduled to leave the island to perform at a
show in Toronto on May 11.
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The police have released the identities of a woman and her mother, who were
brutally attacked and killed at their house in Temple Hall, St. Andrew Thursday
afternoon.
They are 66-year old Euceylin Gordon and 28-year old Topozion Gordon.
The man accused of their gruesome murders is now in police custody.
It is reported that shortly after 1:00 p.m., the man had a dispute with the
younger Miss Gordon, who was his common law wife.
During the dispute, the man went into a rage and used a pick axe to inflict
wounds all over her body.
He then turned on the woman's mother.
The police say the women died on the spot.
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Popcaan makes strides in the Caribbean

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Dancehall deejay Popcaan has been making steady strides in Jamaica and the
Caribbean and with summer on the way, the Gaza Prefect's itinerary is said to be
already overloaded with shows.
Popcaan performed in Tobago and Guyana over the weekend to an appreciative
audience and according to sources, the reactions were no different in Suriname
and French Guiana the day before.
The artiste is next scheduled to perform in Dominica alongside Gaza Slim on May
5.
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ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - Al Qaeda confirmed Osama bin Laden was dead on Friday,
dispelling some of the fog around the killing of the "holy warrior," and vowed
to mount more attacks on the West.
The announcement by the Islamist network, which promised to publish a taped
message from bin Laden soon, appeared likely to silence doubts expressed by some
that he had died at all.
In a statement online, it said bin Laden's blood "is more precious to us and to
every Muslim than to be wasted in vain."
"It will remain, with permission from Allah the Almighty, a curse that hunts the
Americans and their collaborators and chases them inside and outside their
country."
Al Qaeda urged Pakistanis to rise up against their government to "cleanse" the
country of what it called the shame brought on it by bin Laden's shooting and of
the "filth of the Americans who spread corruption in it."
"Before the sheikh passed from this world and before he could share with the
Islamic nation in its joys over its revolutions in the face of the oppressors,
he recorded a voice recording of congratulations and advice which we will
publish soon, God willing," the militant group said.
"We warn the Americans not to harm the corpse of the sheikh or expose it to any
indecent treatment or to harm any members of his family, living or dead, and to
deliver the corpses to their families," it added. U.S. officials say bin Laden's
body has been buried at sea.
Anger and suspicion between Washington and Islamabad showed no sign of
dispersing.
A U.S. drone killed 17 in northwest Pakistan, despite warnings from the
Pakistani military against the mounting of attacks within its borders. Islamists
in the south rallied to vow revenge for the shooting of the "martyr" bin Laden.
Afghan Taliban and Islamist Indonesian youths made similar threats.

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The Daily Word - Friday, May 06, 2011

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ENTHUSIASM
I live life with enthusiasm, positivity and hope.

I begin this day filled with the spirit of God. My positive energy and enthusiasm are contagious. My mind and heart are open to living life fully. I experience life differently when my attitude is positive and hopeful. Where I previously saw obstacles, I now see opportunities.

I check in with myself midday to refocus my energy and to assure I am living from an awareness of the Divine. If I have allowed outer conditions to distract me or pull me off course, I adjust my attitude and outlook.

As I end this day, I once again check in with myself and notice I have much to be thankful for. I live my life with enthusiasm, recognizing and appreciating the spirit of God that enlivens me.

Do not lag in zeal, be ardent in spirit, serve the Lord.--Romans 12:11
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Anybody with the pics, "Shubb out" please.
Obama, holla.




Suicide at the Rio Minho

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So unfortunate that our Fellow Jamaicans handle hard times so  sensitively, will the string of suicides that have been occurring over the previous  weeks, one would hope that we all would understand, that no matter how hard life is, it could always be worse than it already is. 

The man was seen jumping off the bridge, yesterday may 04 2011, no one knew why, or who he was. Traffic as far as from May Pen to the Rio Minho. By-standers filled the bridge as they watched the forensic officers handle the situation. Person say they were in traffic trying to get to work for hours. Until they finally removed the body.
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The Daily Word - Thursday, May 05, 2011

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"Praying Hands" (study for an Apostl...


In communion with the indwelling Christ, I bring my good into manifestation.

In prayer, I am one with the Christ within. Prayer is a mental and spiritual attitude that lifts me up. I cease to believe that fear, disease or past choices have any power over me. My thoughts turn to Truth. My attention shifts from the world and is directed Christward. In prayer, I do not beseech God for blessings; I open to God and all that God is and offers. I consciously identify with the good that I seek, bringing my good into manifestation.

I am praying when I cease to see lack and limitation and realize the riches of the presence of Christ. I am praying when love instead of hate fills my heart. I am praying when I still any clamoring thoughts and feel the presence of the indwelling Christ.

For everyone who asks receives, and everyone who searches finds.--Matthew 7:8
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The Daily Word - Wednesday, May 04, 2011

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I am mindful of the presence of God within and all about me.

Mindfulness is a spiritual practice that leads to a richer life experience. It infuses ordinary activities with love and joy. When I am mindful of my relationships, I become fully present with my loved ones, listening with love and sharing from my heart. When I am mindful of my physical well-being, I hold thoughts of health and wholeness. When I am mindful of my finances, I appreciate my prosperity and give thanks by sharing from my abundance.

When I am mindful of the presence of God within and all about me, I am more patient, loving and kind to myself and others. Mindful living allows me to enjoy all that life offers, one moment at a time.

For the Lord their God will be mindful of them and restore their fortunes. --Zephaniah 2:7
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Lady Carlines Sweet Seduction B & W edition

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Raw Glamour 2011

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Black and White Boat Ride 2011

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Jamaica Carnival 2011

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Easter Jam 2011 Pics Photos by Milton Raynor

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PENN RELAYS 2011 - FINAL DAY SAT APR 30

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Wolmers Boys 4x100m winners of the Championship of america for second year in a row.JPG
Wolmers Boys 4x100m winners of the Championship of america for second 
year in a row.


Ristianana Tracey of Edwin Allen, champion girl,winner of the 400m hurdles in record time fastest leg in the 4x800m relay and fastest leg in the 4x400m relay.JPG
Ristianana Tracey of Edwin Allen, champion girl,winner of the 400m hurdles 
in record time fastest leg in the 4x800m relay and fastest leg in the 4x400m
relay.

Munro college, winner of Championship of america 4x400m relay sponsored by Grace Foods.JPG
Munro college, winner of Championship of america 4x400m relay sponsored 
by Grace Foods.

Munro college, winner of Championship of america 4x400m relay show off their Timex'.JPG
Munro college, winner of Championship of america 4x400m relay show off their Timex'.

KEMARKI ABSALOM,OF ST GEORGES WINNER OF THE BOYS HIGH JUMP WITH A LEAP OF 6FT 10 IN.JPG
KEMARKI ABSALOM,OF ST GEORGES WINNER OF THE BOYS HIGH JUMP WITH A LEAP OF 6FT 10 IN.JPG

KEMARKI ABSALOM,OF ST GEORGES WINNER OF THE BOYS HIGH JUMP WITH A LEAP OF 6FT 10 IN. EVENT SPONSORED BY GRACE FOODS.JPG

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The Daily Word - Tuesday, May 03, 2011

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nature.6.jpgDIVINE ORDER
My life is unfolding in perfect order.

If I am feeling overwhelmed, I may have difficulty recognizing that divine order is at hand. I remind myself to release my need to know how things will work out and trust the Universe for right outcomes.

I turn to nature for an example. A soft caterpillar plods through countless hazards to find food. Over time, he wraps himself in a cocoon, transforms his body, and pushes himself through a tiny opening to stretch and fill out his new butterfly wings. Observing the process, I see why each phase is necessary. I see order in his unfoldment.

My evolution is even more complex and miraculous. With renewed calm and appreciation for the order present in all life, I continue on my path of transformation.

Put things in order ... and the God of love and peace will be with you.--2 Corinthians 13:11




 President Barack Obama got revenge on mogul Donald Trump last night (April 30th) at the annual White 
House Correspondents' Association Dinner at the Washington Hilton

Over 2,500 politicians, journalists and celebrities, including Hip-Hop mogul Russell Simmons and will.I.am, attended the annual dinner, which honors excellence in journalism. 

President Obama and Saturday Night Live comedian/dinner host Seth Meyers centered the majority of their jokes on Donald Trump, who had been questioning if the President was born in Hawaii. 

President Obama began his speech by immediately addressing the "birthers" who claimed he wasn't born in Hawaii. 

He then set his sites on Donald Trump, who was booed as he arrived at the dinner. 

"Donald Trump is here. I know he's taken some flack recently, but no one is more ready to put the birther issue to rest than the Donald," President Obama said. "So he can focus real issues at hand facing America, like 'Did we really land on the moon?' 'What really happened in Roswell?' And, 'Where are Biggie and Tupac?'"

The rap name checking didn't stop there. President Obama also made fun of Donald Trump's aspirations to run for the oval office. 

"We all know about your credentials, and your breadth of experience," President Obama said. "For example, on a recent episode of Celebrity Apprentice, at the steakhouse, the men's cooking team did not impress the men from Omaha Steaks. There was lots of blame to go around, but you, Mr. Trump, recognized that the real problem was a lack of leadership. Ultimately, you didn't blame [rapper] Lil Jon or [singer] Meatloaf, you fired Gary Busey. These are the kinds of decisions that keep me up at night. Well handled, sir! Well handled."

Donald Trump claimed he didn't think President Obama would address him during the White House Correspondence Dinner and called the ribbing "inappropriate." 

"I had no idea it would be to that extent, where you know, it was just joke after joke after joke," Donald Trump said on Fox and Friends earlier this morning (May 1st). "It was almost like, is there anyone else they could talk about?"
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How carnival so dead?

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Jamaica_Carnival 2011.jpgBwoy it look like the church people dem prayer finally a pay off. Look how
carnival did dead Sunday.We couldn't believe sey a da lickle handful a people
did really dress up and a parade di streets and dare fi call it carnival. And
when you think it bad, the heavens open and pour dung a piece a rain nuh stop
yaso. Fi real, a long time dat deh cleansing did needed. Mi say, tambourine nuh
stop beat a church during di rain. A straight V-I-C-T-O-R-Y. Church ova carnival
we sey.
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Colin Levy_iley _dread.jpgReggae singer, Colin Levy, has been enjoying quite a bit of success with his
latest single - the Barry O'Hare-produced Lover's Holiday.

Levy recently concluded a grueling month-long US college radio tour which has
set the stage for great things. Both he and his manager, Brian Muntz, have
expressed their satisfaction with the progress made, especially as it regards
the promotion and attention being given to Lover's Holiday, the first single
from Colin Levy's soon-to-be-released album, Unleashed.

However, Colin Levy is being forced to respond to allegations that Lover's
Holiday is not his original song.
In response to those allegations, Levy declares, "Everywhere I go I have been
asked the question, 'What inspired you to write this song?' I had never
explained the full story. However, now that it's being rumoured that it's a
cover that I did to someone else's song, I just want to make it known to all my
fans that this song is just one out of the catalogue of many more Lover's Rock.

I have been writing Lover's Rock songs from I was 14 and my first hit single was
a Lover's Rock song, Flowers of my Garden, followed by Friends for Life.
"All my songs came from different source of inspirations.  This one is straight
out of Negril Point.  I was at Rick's Cafe on October 30th, 2009 with a female
friend from Seychelles who always had the desire to visit Jamaica and to see
what it's like at the famous Rick's Cafe. While we were there enjoying the
beautiful sunset, I got the inspiration to pen the lyrics to the song Lover's
Holiday.  A few days later I went to see Jeffrey Star at his home studio.  He
told me that he had some tracks from Barry O'Hare of World a Music that he
wanted me to listen to.  The very first track on the CD caught my attention, so
I started vibing the lyrics of Lover's Holiday to it.

 "The following morning we went to Barry's studio at Jack Ruby's Lawn, James
Avenue, Ocho Rios and recorded the song.  So the truth about the song is that it
was written by Colin Levy, produced  and arranged by Jeffrey Forrest, mixed and
mastered by Barry O'Hare ."
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Mariah Carey and Nick Cannon were blessed with two beautiful healthy babies on
Saturday. They were so thrilled to become new parents to dem babies, they even
renewed their vows.

Writing on twitter, Nick said: "I'm in the happiest place I've ever been in my
life. I never had more amazing things happening. I am humbled by God's Favor!
(sic)"

Mariah gave birth just days shy of their three year wedding anniversary. And no
one thought they'd last. You guys showed us!

Despite previously saying they had their baby names picked out from the first
day they met, they still haven't named their newborn son and daughter. But they
did find the time to renew their vows--in the hospital!
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Miami readies for Best of the Best

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(Miami, FL - April 29, 2011) The City of Miami will be jumping May 26th-30th for
Best Of The Best Weekend 2011. Promoters Rocker's Island Entertainment, in
association with Radio One and XO Management, have confirmed a stellar list of
performers scheduled for back-to-back blockbuster concerts on Saturday, May 28th
and Sunday, May 29th at Bicentennial Park (1075 Biscayne Blvd).
Day one, dubbed Spring Fest, will feature the best of the best in contemporary
R&B, including Chris Brown, Keri Hilson, Lloyd, Jeremih, Miguel and Marsha
Ambrosius (formerly of the duo Floetry), Travis Porter and Big Sean. Nationally
syndicated radio personality and comedian Rickey Smiley will host with Russ Parr
and Jabba of Massive B.
Dancehall icon, Shabba Ranks, will perform on day two, alongside some of the
biggest acts in Reggae, Hip-Hop, Dancehall and Soca, including Stephen and
Damian "Jr. Gong" Marley, DJ Khaled, Vybz Kartel (who will appear with his band
live via satellite from Jamaica), Tarrus Riley, Alison Hinds, Trina, Assassin,
Etana, Sanchez, I-Octane, Ace Hood, Stephen McGregor, Chino, Richie Loop,
Demarco, Gappy Ranks, Romain Virgo, Tifa, Big A.C., Qwote, Danielle D.I., ZJ
Liquid.


Tickets for the Best Of The Weekend 2011 concerts can be purchased at
www.Ticketmaster.com 

and

Best Of The Best Weekend 2011 is presented by FEVER -- The World's 1st
Stimulation Drink (www.feverusa.com). Additional sponsors include Swift Kick
Sneaker Wipes
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Victims of suicide cop laid to rest

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FuneralD20110501.jpgFour family members who were shot dead at their home in Three Hills, St Mary, on
April 7 were laid to rest in St Ann yesterday.
The four, 72-year-old Valdie Brown; his wife Rachel, 79; her son Fitzroy
Townsend, and the couple's granddaughter, 17-year-old Jorgjhan Flynn ('JJ'),
were buried in the St Ann's Bay cemetery after an emotional thanksgiving service
at the Ocho Rios Seventh-day Adventist Church.
International Evangelist, Pastor Glen O. Samuels in his homily, reflecting on
the spate of multiple murders in Jamaica, said politicians at Gordon House
cannot solve Jamaica's ills.
The church was jam-packed and overflowing into the yard and on to Milford Road
long before the scheduled 11 o'clock start and this forced the service to begin
early.
Relatives, friends, well-wishers and even strangers turned out to pay their last
respects to a family many remember as being "a good family".
They included Cadets and students from Manchester and York Castle high schools,
and members of the Montego Bay-based Dynasty Sports and Games Club.
The four victims were shot and killed by a policeman, Wayne Llewellyn, who
became a part of the family after he married the Browns' daughter, Joan.
Llewellyn shot himself to death after committing the murders.
Joan, meanwhile, is recovering in hospital after she was shot in the neck by her
husband.
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osama_bin_laden_is_dead.jpg(CNN) -- The operation that killed Osama bin Laden was designed to do just that,
not to take him alive, a U.S. government official told CNN Monday.
DNA matching is under way on samples from the body of the slain terrorist
leader, the official said. There are photographs of the body with a gunshot
wound to the side of the head that shows an individual who is not unrecognizable
as bin Laden, the official said.
No decision has yet been made on whether to release the photographs and if so,
when and how.
The mastermind of the worst terrorist attacks on American soil was killed by
U.S. forces Monday in a mansion in Abbottabad, about 50 kilometers (30 miles)
north of the Pakistani capital of Islamabad, U.S. officials said.
Four others in the compound also were killed. One of them was bin Laden's adult
son, and another was a woman being used as a shield by a male combatant, the
officials said.
Bin Laden's body was later buried at sea, an official said. Many Muslims adhere
to the belief that bodies should be buried within one day.
The official did not release additional details about the burial, but said it
was handled in keeping with Muslim customs.
The death of the founder and leader of al Qaeda comes almost 10 years after the
September 11, 2001, attacks that killed about 3,000 people.
In an address to the nation Sunday night, U.S. President Barack Obama called bin
Laden's death "the most significant achievement to date in our nation's effort
to defeat al Qaeda." Washington is nine hours behind Pakistan.
"Today, at my direction, the United States launched a targeted operation against
that compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan," Obama said. "A small team of Americans
carried out the operation with extraordinary courage and capability. No
Americans were harmed. They took care to avoid civilian casualties. After a
firefight, they killed Osama bin Laden and took custody of his body."
A congressional source familiar with the operation said bin Laden was shot in
the head.
The killing of bin Laden was the culmination of years of intelligence work and
months of following a specific lead, senior U.S. administration officials said.
The key break involved one of the few couriers trusted by bin Laden, according
to the officials. About two years ago, intelligence work identified where the
courier and his brother lived and operated in Pakistan, and it took until August
to find the compound in Abbottabad that was raided, they said.
According to the senior administration officials, intelligence work determined
at the beginning of 2011 that bin Laden might be located at the compound.
Obama chaired five National Security Council meetings from mid-March until late
April, with the last two on April 19 and April 28 -- last Thursday.
On Friday morning -- even as he visited Alabama's tornado-ravaged areas -- Obama
gave the order for the mission, the officials said.
Senior Obama administration officials believe the compound was built five years
ago for the specific purpose of hiding bin Laden. U.S. forces carried out
several so-called "practice runs" in order to minimize casualties.
Footage that aired Monday on CNN affiliate GEO TV showed fire and smoke spewing
from the compound where bin Laden was killed.
What was Pakistan's part? Bin Laden death 'a victory for U.S.' 9/11 responder:
Justice was served Chants of 'U.S.A' at Mets-Phillies game
One resident in the city of Lahore said Monday she was stunned to hear bin Laden
was in the country.
"But was it really him?" the woman said.
A senior national security official told CNN that officials had multiple
confirmations that the body was bin Laden's, saying they had the "ability to run
images of the body and the face."
A resident in Abbottabad, who did not want to be fully identified, said he was
wary of making any personal statements or giving his reaction to the news. But
he said the house where bin Laden allegedly was killed has been occupied by many
people for the past five years.
Half a world away, the scene outside the White House was one of pure jubilation.
Hundreds reveled through the night, chanting "USA! USA!" Others chanted "Hey,
hey, hey, goodbye!" in reference to the demise of bin Laden. Many also
spontaneously sang the national anthem.
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The Daily Word - Monday, May 02, 2011

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GRACE
Through the grace of God, I am led to my highest good.

I am God's beloved child and the kingdom of God is my inheritance. I know this is the truth of who I am and that I am worthy of it--but at times, I may waiver in this certainty. God's grace is what brings me back. Grace allows me to remember the truth. It leads me home.

Whatever choices I have made, grace assures me I am still on the path to my highest good. God's love flows through me to bless and release me. I cannot fall from grace. I am spiritually secure, and my progress is steady and unimpeded. The grace of God shows me the way and reveals to me my next step. Even when I falter, I know I am moving forward. Through the grace of God, I am being led to my highest good.

I commend you to God and to the message of his grace.--Acts 20:32
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A still of 2004 Osama bin Laden video

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A senior U.S. official tells CNN that Osama bin Laden was killed by the U.S.
forces in a mansion outside the Pakistani capital of Islamabad along with other
family members.
Bin Laden's death affects the world
Congressional and administration sources say U.S. officials have the body of bin
Laden. Further details around his death were not immediately available.
U.S. President Barack Obama is expected to address the nation shortly.

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Reggae Sumfest 2018

Machel Montano for Caribbean Fashionweek

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Soca singer Machel Montano performing at the 2...

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Machel Montano, winner of Trinidad's Soca Monarch and Road March titles this
year, headlines Caribbean Fashionweek's (CFW) first ever Caribbean Night,
Saturday June 11.
Montano's performance comes as part of Pulse's latest innovation to CFW, where
full, extended play concert performances become part of the package.
Each of the three show nights will now see superstar performances immediately
following the fashion shows.
The themed show nights are Jamaica Night on Friday June 10, Caribbean Night on
Saturday, June 11 and International Night on Sunday June 12.
In the past, CFW has showcased international star performances and celebrities,
who have performed (or hosted the event), while the fashion shows are being
presented.
The performances will take place on the event's sound stage, after the runway
shows are over. After parties follow each night at Studio 38, Fiction and
Previlege.
Generally acclaimed as the King of Soca, Montano continued his dominance of
carnival with his hit song Advantage, which took him to both the Road March and
Soca Monarch titles in Trinidad this February.
After 28 years, the former child star is still commanding the top of the heap
and he brings his charisma, chart-topping hits and unparalleled energy to CFW
this year.
One of the biggest hits of Trinidad and Tobago's (T&T) Carnival 2008 was
Montano's irresistibly upbeat Blazin D Trail. The song's lyrics capture the
effervescence of carnival's climactic street parade, while its title provides an
accurate summation of Montano's exhaustive musical pursuits.
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Rapper Sean Kingston earned his first number-o...

Sean Kingston

MIAMI - Hip-hop singer Sean Kingston has been stabilized and moved to the
intensive care unit at a hospital after crashing his watercraft into a Miami
Beach bridge, his publicist said Monday.
The publicist, Joseph Carozza, said Kingston's family is grateful for everyone's
prayers and support.
Kingston and a female passenger were injured when the watercraft hit the Palm
Island Bridge around 6 p.m. Sunday, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation
Commission spokesman Jorge Pino said.
The Miami Herald reports that a passing boater saw the accident and took the two
on board his vessel.
Both were hospitalized early Monday at Ryder Trauma Center, but Pino said he
didn't know their conditions.
Authorities are investigating the crash, and "nothing at this point would
indicate that alcohol played a role," Pino said.
Kingston rose to fame with his 2007 hit "Beautiful Girls" and was also featured
on songs by artists including Justin Bieber. His self-titled debut album sold
over 1 million copies worldwide.
On Twitter, Bieber posted a message of support for Kingston.
"Got my friend Sean Kingston in my prayers tonight," Bieber tweeted early
Monday. "A true friend and big bro. Please keep him in your prayers tonight as
well."
A number of hip-hop musicians were in Miami Beach over the weekend for Urban
Beach Week.
In a 2007 interview with The Associated Press, Kingston described his music as a
fusion of reggae, pop, rap and R&B.
"It's Sean Kingston genre. I have my own genre," Kingston told the AP at the
time. "No disrespect to no artist or dudes out there. I feel like I am my own
person. I am doing my own thing."
His music has been unique among hip-hop offerings, as Kingston refused to use
profanity.
"To put it in my music, that's not the message I am trying to send out," he said
in the 2007 interview. "That's not the type of artist I am trying to be."
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The Daily Word - Monday, May 30, 2011

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REMEMBRANCE
With gratitude and kindness, I remember all who have served.

Today I remember with gratitude the men and women who have died in military service. I pray for all who have lost a loved one. I pray for the safety of those serving today.

I may shed tears when I think of those who are no longer with us. I feel tenderness for families, spouses, children and communities who mourn their lost heroes. Today I share a kind word, give a loving embrace, or say an extra prayer of peace and serenity.

With an open heart, I remember that we are all one with Spirit. As my heart opens wider, I feel my connection to others expand and grow. I am forever connected to those who came before me and those who will follow, and I am grateful.

I do not cease to give thanks for you as I remember you in my prayers.--Ephesians 1:16
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Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt at the Cannes fil...


They've been together for six years and have as many children, but have been
vocal in the past about not making their union official.
However, Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie may be changing their views on marriage
and may be ready to take a trip up the aisle.
In a recent interview the 47-year-old actor says his brood may be the driving
force behind him getting married a second time as they have shown interest in
their mother and father tying the knot.
'The kids ask about marriage,' he told USA Weekend. 'It's meaning more and more
to them. So it's something we've got to look at.'
Back in 2009 Brad said that he would maybe marry again 'when it's legal for
everyone else' in a stance to support gay marriage.
In the meantime however, Brangelina have their hands full raising their six
children - Maddox, nine, Pax, seven, Zahara, six, Shiloh, who turned five
yesterday and two-year-old twins Knox and Vivienne.
Their lives are busy ones where they are constantly criss-crossing around the
globe and Angelina has called her children citizens of the world.
But Brad says they are trying to raise the brood in as normal a way as possible
despite the lap of luxury they live in.
'Angie and I do everything we can to carve out some semblance of normalcy for
them, to recreate the kinds of moments that were special for us.
'It's not unusual for the kids to be covered in paint. We have mud fights. It's
chaos from morning until the lights go out, and sometimes after that,' Brad said
giving an insight into their home life.
'We're hunted. Our kids have to live behind a gate. Outside, there are people
with cameras. But I'll take the trade-off.
'I never knew I was capable of experiencing so much love,' Brad gushed about his
family.
But although he is a dedicated father, he says he still makes time to keep the
spark in his relationship with the woman he calls his 'soul mate'.
'There are no secrets at our house. We tell the kids, "Mom and Dad are going off
to kiss." They go, "Eww, gross!" But we demand it,' he said
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Two shot and killed in Park Lane

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Sections of Red Hills Road are tense after gunmen struck on Saturday, leaving
two men dead and two others injured, during an attack on the Park Lane
community.
The dead have been identified as Almond Stevens,55, otherwise called "Boo-kie
Steve", a reputed area leader; and Tola Stevens.
The men were fatally shot when armed thugs invaded the Park Lane community and
opened fire on a group of persons, around 4:30 pm.
Two other persons were injured in the deadly attack.
Crime Chief for the St Andrew-North Police Division, Deputy Superintendent
Altemorth Campbell, told RJR News that the police have received information that
the shooting may have stemmed from an internal gang feud.
He said the attack was carried out by members of a breakaway group, who recently
fled the Park Lane community.
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Cops to monitor funeral for "Satan"

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The St Catherine police will be keeping a close watch on today's funeral for
slain Clansman gang member, Amal Romans, otherwise called "Satan".
Romans, a prominent member of the gang, was shot dead by the police, last month.
He's scheduled to be buried in St Catherine on Sunday afternoon.
Teams from the St Catherine North and South Police Divisions will be keeping a
close watch on the funeral.
The cops have declared that they will not allow the body of Romans to be paraded
in his community in Portmore.
Romans was linked to more than a dozen murders and numerous shootings in St
Catherine, until his demise.
In the meantime, sections of Central Village were placed under heavy security
presence, last night.
The cops say they had received information that a group of armed men was
planning to attack a wake held for a man killed in the community several weeks
ago.
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Harold Camping in 2008

Harold Camping

OAKLAND, Calif. - A California preacher who foretold of the world's end only to
see the appointed day pass with no extraordinarily cataclysmic event has revised
his apocalyptic prophecy, saying he was off by five months and the Earth
actually will be obliterated on Oct. 21.
Harold Camping, who predicted that 200 million Christians would be taken to
heaven Saturday before catastrophe struck the planet, apologized Monday evening
for not having the dates "worked out as accurately as I could have."
He spoke to the media at the Oakland headquarters of his Family Radio
International, which spent millions of dollars_ some of it from donations made
by followers -- on more than 5,000 billboards and 20 RVs plastered with the
Judgment Day message.
It was not the first time Camping was forced to explain when his prediction
didn't come to pass. The 89-year-old retired civil engineer also prophesied the
Apocalypse would come in 1994, but said later that didn't happen then because of
a mathematical error.
The globe will be completely destroyed in five months, he said, when the
apocalypse comes. But because God's judgment and salvation were completed on
Saturday, there's no point in continuing to warn people about it, so his network
will now just plays Christian music and programs until the final end on October
21.
Camping offered no clues about Family Radio's finances Monday, saying he could
not estimate how much had been spent advertising his prediction nor how much
money the nonprofit had taken in as a result. In 2009, the nonprofit reported in
IRS filings that it received $18.3 million in donations, and had assets of more
than $104 million, including $34 million in stocks or other publicly traded
securities.
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The police in St Catherine have extended curfews imposed in sections of the St
Catherine - North and South divisions in lght of the funeral for slain Clansman
gang member, Amal Romans.
The curfews, which were imposed on Saturday evening, will remain in effect until
6:00 p.m. on Sunday.
In the St. Catherine-North Division, members of the military have been deployed
to the communities of Gravel Heights, March Pen and Corletts Roads, Rivoli,
Railway and Dallas Lane, Damhead, sections of Crescent, Jones Avenue, Quarry
Hill, Manchester Lane, and Tredegar Park.
In St. Catherine South, the affected communities include Rat Town in Waterford;
Big Lane, Zambia and Brown's Lane in the Central Village area.
And as the police and military step up their crackdown on criminal activity, a
curfew was imposed in the Rockfort community in the Kingston Eastern Division.
The curfew began at 6:00 p.m. on Saturday, and will remain in effect until 8:00
a.m. on Monday.
The boundaries of the curfew are north along Harbour road from Hillcrest Avenue
to Wareika road.

South along St.Georges road from Wareika road to St.
Johns road; East  along Wareika road from Harbour road to St.
Georges road west  along St. Johns road from St.Georges road, continuing along
an imaginary line unto Hillcrest road to Harbour road.
During the hours of the curfew, all persons within the boundaries are required
to remain within their premises unless otherwise authorized, in writing, by the
member of the security forces who is in charge of enforcing the operation.
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Michel Martelly in Bois Neuf

MICHEL MARTELLY IN BOIS NEUF

Haiti's new president, who came to power pledging to house earthquake victims,
is now under fire as they are being evicted from refugee camps.
The destruction of about 200 tents in the Delmas Three camp outside the Haitian
capital, Port-au-Prince, was the latest in a wave of evictions across the
capital, just weeks after President, Michel Martelly, took office.
Guerin Pierre, a resident of the Delmas Three camp, described the action as the
work of animals, and the worst kind of humiliation someone could experience.
"They chose to do this at the start of the hurricane season,'' he said.
US congress members who support aid to Haiti have protested the move to evict
the refugees.
The International Organization for Migration reports that nearly a quarter of
the estimated 668-thousand Haitians still living camps 16 months after the
catastrophic earthquake are under threat of eviction, despite Mr. Martelly's
campaign promise of permanent housing.
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A pensive James Robertson (right) is the centre of attention for colleague government MPs Michael Stern (left), Robert Montague (second right) and Rudyard Spencer in Gordon House last Tuesday. - Ricardo Makyn/Staff Photographer
Britain and Canada are set to join the United States of America in revoking
visas issued to Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) deputy leader James Robertson, a
reliable US Government official has revealed.
"There is ongoing collaboration between Britain, Canada and ourselves, and it is
almost certain that, like the USA, those countries will also cancel visas issued
to him, as long as it is established that he has those in his possession," the
Washington, DC-based US official is reported as saying in a Jamaican newspaper,
The official stated that the US was convinced that the right thing was done in
revoking the former Cabinet minister's visa. The official added that the final
decision was taken after careful analysis of the situation and the impact that
it was likely to have on the administration of Prime Minister Bruce Golding.
The prime minister, according to a report, had been informed as a matter of
courtesy, of the US' intention to withdraw Robertson's visa and that of his
wife, before action was taken on May 20.
Robertson, the member of parliament for St Thomas West and former minister of
energy and mining, confirmed that his United States visitor's visa was revoked,
in a statement issued last week Monday.
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Sean Paul releases 'Blaze Fia'

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International superstar Sean Paul has added producer to his list of
accomplishments with the release of his rhythm, 'Blaze Fia'.
The multi-platinum, Grammy Award winning artiste has reportedly wanted to do
work behind the scenes as a producer since he began his career 16 years ago.
The deejay stepped out of the spotlight and behind the mixing board for his
album Imperial Blaze, which saw production work from Don Corleon, Coppershot,
Craig 'Leftside' Parks, Jeremy Harding and Stephen 'Di Genius' McGregor.
Sean's first production work was on the single I Know You Like and since then,
the deejay-turned-producer has decided to work with other artistes to produce a
number of rhythms from one drop to hip hop and countless fusions.
However, for his first released rhythm, he decided to stick to his true love -
dancehall.
 'Blaze Fia' is a hard-core old school dancehall vibe, which features 18
artistes from veteran in the business Bounty Killer to newcomers such as Chino
and more.
According to Sean Paul, he realized that the rhythm was packed with artistes but
said he really wanted to get his work out there.
In addition to producing other artistes, Sean Paul is back in the studio working
on his next album, which includes tracks from Akon and the Europe based Stargate
Productions.

Tracklist

01. ASSASSIN - WE LOVE THE GIRL DEM
02. BUSY SIGNAL - TALK 2 MI NUH
03. CECILE - PREE MI
04. CHARLY BLACK FEATURING TIMBERLEE - DO WHAT I SAID
05. CHICKEN - 1 MORE
06. CHINO - BEDROOM WAR
07. ELEPHANT MAN - TURN ME ON
08. FUTURE FAMBO - BUBBLE NUH GIRL
09. HOLLOW POINT - MI NUH GONE
10. KIP RICH - MI LOVE YUH BABY
11. LADEN - MONEY
12. LOOGAMAN - BLAZE UP
13. MR VEGAS - MI TUFF LIKE STEEL
14. SEAN PAUL - GAL A BAWL FOR MORE
15. SUKU [WARD 21] - LONG TIME
16. TARRUS RILEY - NATURAL
17. WAYNE MARSHALL - WE HUSTLIN
18. ZJ LIQUID - HOTTER THAN DEM






Scotty McCreery takes Idol crown

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It was pretty obvious--after three consecutive seasons of cute, guitar-strumming
male "Idol" winners--that the "American Idol" powers-that-be wanted a female
champion this season. And in finalist Lauren Alaina, a girl that judge Steve
Tyler declared "The One" after her very first audition--they had a very strong
contender.

Many fans actually thought she did better than Scotty on Tuesday's final
showdown. But even Lauren, a likable girl next door in the
Clarkson/Underwood/Sparks mold, could not break the girls' dry spell on this
show.

Yes, baby lock them doors and turn the lights down low, because it's just been
announced that, despite all of the show's blatant Lauren pimping this
week...Scotty McCreery is the tenth American Idol.
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Arnold Schwarzenegger, 2003 Cannes film festival

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Arnold Schwarzenegger Investigated by California Attorney General
While he was running for governor, Arnold Schwarzenegger said he knew he would
have a difficult time with the press because the tabloids would try to portray
him as a "womanizer."

And Arnold's bad behavior might cost him more than a divorce. Radaronline is
reporting that the Office of the Attorney General is conducting a preliminary
evaluation into Arnold's conduct, which allegedly includes using tax money to
help escort women into his hotel room.

Hotel security officer William Taylor says he witnessed Arnold using California
Highway Patrol officers and vehicles to bring questionable women in and out of
his suite at Sacramento's Hyatt Regency hotel.

"On three differed occasions after the governor arrived alone at the Hyatt
Regency, CHP Dignitary Protection Services arrived in their official vehicles,
black Ford Crown Victoria sedans - about one to two hours later with one or two
young females," Taylor said.

But Retired CHP Sergeant Mark Hammond is singing a different tune. He tells TMZ
"As a supervisor, if anything had occurred, I would have been notified, even if
it was technically off the record on his private time."

Retired CHP officer Manny Trevino also denies the cover-up allegations ...
saying, "I never witnessed the Governor acting in a less than honorable manner."

But it's not looking good for Arnold, because Taylor took a polygraph test and
passed.

"They'd hurriedly escort the women through the service entrance on the second
floor parking garage to the elevator that went to the governor's private wing...
the women would usually stay for two to four hours and either leave through the
hotel's main entrance or be driven away by the CHP in the same official
vehicles."

UPDATE:


"Today's story from the National Enquirer is totally and completely false.
Unfortunately, the media's relentless desire for new information has some
outlets running stories that are made up by paying sources that have zero
credibility. My client stated from the beginning that he takes full
responsibility for his actions and deserves the public and media criticism. This
does not entitle some in the media to be totally irresponsible."
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Jamaica To Host First Green Festival

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On July 2, Earthbound Jamaica, in association with the United Nations
Environmental Programme and the Environmental Foundation of Jamaica, will be
presenting an event called Green 4 Life Eco-Music Festival, the first of its
kind in the Caribbean region.
Rivfalls, located in Maggotty, St Elizabeth will provide the ideal backdrop for
this first festival. Rivfalls houses natural waterfalls, a spring water stream
and a large, beautiful green landscape.
"Our mission is to raise awareness about Jamaica's environment, using audio and
visual aids. For patrons to see why we need to preserve Jamaica and its beauty;
to discover our country and its important resources; introduce new products and
methods for today's lifestyle, in a surrounding built by nature and filled with
Jamaican music and healthy foods," said Yolande Rattray-Wright, the festival's
producer.
Green 4 Life seeks to highlight quality products here in Jamaica, healthy eating
habits, natural medicines, Jamaican fashion, and more. A grand farmers' market
will also be organised to assist local area farmers with cash crops.
Stone Love Movements will lead off the entertainment package for Green 4 Life,
playing roots reggae all day. The live show will feature some of Jamaica's top
entertainers, such as Stevie Face, Jack Radics, Lady G, Professor Nuts, Admiral
Tibet, Lovindeer, The Jays and G-Whizz, with more to be added.
The team of Earthbound Jamaica, the first Jamaican company specialising in 100
per cent biodegradable food containers and packaging, and The Wright Agency,
which has more than 18 years of experience in entertainment, show production,
event planning and promotions at the international and local levels are expected
to produce a world-class event for the entire family.
For more information send emails to earthboundja@gmail.com.
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Chino, the Album Launch May 24, 2011

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Birmingham Museum of Arts in Gavin Douglas' latest campaign. Both Gavin and Nell
will be at CFW2011, June 8-13. At CFW 2011, Gavin Douglas will make a
presentation for the 'CFW Gavin Douglas Young Designer' Award. - Contributed
Vogue designer Gavin Douglas will be the judge at the Caribbean Fashion-week
(CFW) Young Designer Award for 2011 at Caribbean Fashionweek in June.
Himself the winner of Britain's Prince's Trust Young Designer Award, Europe's
Fashion Fringe Award, The Avant Garde Designer of the Year Award, as well as the
Smirnoff Originator Award and the CFW Master Designer designation, Douglas has
been a key young talent on the runways of Paris, London and Milan in recent
years.
Interestingly, he first showed a collection at Caribbean Fashionweek in the
mid-2000s and continues to be inspired by the Caribbean. He has decided to give
back to the region through the CFW Young Designer project, selecting a fresh new
talent every year for mentorship and development.
The award is open to designers across the wider Caribbean.
A release from Pulse Inter-national, organisers of Caribbean Fashionweek, said
the organisation was "pleased to facilitate this initiative at CFW and believes
it has the potential to play a key role in talent discovery and development".
Young designers between the ages of 18 and 28 years are encouraged to submit
sketches of their designs to info@pulsecaribbean.com.
Designers should have been designing for five years or less and should be able
to produce two to three looks from their sketches. The competition is now open
and the deadline for submission of sketches is June 3, 2011.
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Uptown Mondays May 2011

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Bolt nervous about upcoming season

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Usain Bolt

Usain Bolt, the world 100 and 200 metre record holder, has admitted to feeling
some nerves ahead of his season debut at Wednesday's Rome Diamond League meet in
Italy.
Bolt will be contesting his first race since his two year unbeaten streak was
ended by American rival Tyson Gay last August.
"The Diamond League is not my main focus right now. We're going to take the
Diamond League as a stepping stone leading to the World (Athletic) Championship
to determine how good my slot is and what I need to adjust. If me and Tyson meet
before the World Championship that will be good because I can determine what I
need to do (and) what I don't need to do, so these are the things that we want
to (use) the Diamond League (for), to see where I'm at in my training and what I
need to improve," Bolt said.
The sprint sensation will go up against fellow Jamaican Asafa Powell in Rome on
Wednesday.
But, Bolt, who suffered from back and achilles' tendon problems last season,
said he stopped in Munich to check with his doctor to make sure everything was
ok and was given the go ahead to compete.
"This season now, I'm ready, I'm just working hard trying to get into shape and
as along as I'm in shape, I have no worries," he said.
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Prodigal Son endorses Gospel in Harmony

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Prodigal Son endorses Gospel in Harmony/Best Care Home partnership
Gospel deejay Prodigal Son has come out in support of the Best Care Home, the
charity selected as the beneficiary for the event,  Gospel in Harmony.

Scheduled for this Sunday at the National Arena in Kingston, it will see the
home receiving proceeds from the event headlined by international duo, Mary
Mary, along with Prodigal Son, the Kencot Youth Choir, Thrillers United and One
Voice.
According to the deejay, the cause is not just worthy, but the effort on the
part of a private entity is one that should be emulated.
"Part proceeds from the show will be going to the Best Care Home and, honestly,
government can't do everything. It is commendable that they are willing to do
what they can," Prodigal Son explained.
The gospel deejay said he would be playing his part at the National Arena on
Sunday by worshipping God and getting the crowd excited about Jesus.
"If you want to experience some crazy praise, then you had better make sure you
come out and let's all have a grand time. There is no greater joy than just
lifting up the name of Jesus," he said.
Among Prodigal's many popular gospel numbers are I Wish, Head Cyaan Hot Suh,
Don't Push Me, He's Jesus Christ and Journey.
According to the gospel artiste, who has been enjoying a great year, collecting
several awards and receiving rave reviews from his latest album, "Gospel in
Harmony will be a great event. It's one of those shows that even if I were not
performing, I would have been there in the audience having a fulfilling musical
experience."
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Damian Marley (Junior Gong; Damian "Junio...

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Three-time Grammy Award winning artiste Damian "Jr. Gong" Marley has reportedly
teamed up with Mick Jagger of The Rolling Stones, Dave Stewart of the
Eurythmics, British soul singer Joss Stone and Indian musician and producer A.R.
Rahman, to  form a new super 
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group.  The group has apparently been recording
together for the last 18 months but has yet to release an album or give a public
performance.
They are currently calling themselves Super Heavy.
The New York Post has received conflicting information as to the seriousness of
the group.
One source claims that Super Heavy has completed a record and a video and is in
the process of negotiating a deal with at least one major label.
Another source, a representative for Jagger, says the group simply "thought it
would be interesting and great fun to go into the studio and play some music."
According to this source, no video has been shot and there is no record label
involved.
The Rolling Stones has not released an album since 2005 and have not toured as a
group since 2007.
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The Daily Word - Thursday, May 26, 2011

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HARMONY
I live in harmony with all of God's creation.

Whether at a mountain top or the ocean's depths, on a fertile plain or an arid desert, each life system maintains a delicate balance. Growth, rest and renewal can be seen in every corner of the earth. Human beings move freely among diverse regions and adapt wherever we go. We have a responsibility to use our understanding and wisdom to help maintain balance and harmony within the system.

Harmony does not seek to destroy; it builds up and sustains. As a loving steward of the planet, I live in harmony with all of God's creation. I am aware of what I take from the earth and what I give back. I take no more than I need and leave the earth a place of beauty for generations to come.

Think of us in this way, as servants of Christ and stewards of God's mysteries.--1 Corinthians 4:1
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$50,000 bail for 'Star Bwoy' Mavado

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Dancehall deejay Mavado who was in police custody in St Ann after an incident on
Sunday, has been charged with malicious destruction of property and was
yesterday offered bail at a sum of $50,000.
Reports are that Mavado headlined the event 'Star Light' at Club Jamaica Jamaica
in Runaway Bay and was arrested after an incident at the club.
Reports are that Mavado's entourage was involved in a confrontation with a
delivery man, that left the delivery man 'bloody'.
In a release, the Constabulary Communication Network said, "Reports from the
Runaway Bay police are that the men reportedly damaged a Nissan motor car and a
Toyota Tacoma motor truck during an altercation at a club in Runaway Bay on
Sunday morning. A truck with assorted liquor was also reportedly driven away
during the incident."
It is alleged the that police had to chase Mavado's bus to arrest him.
Mavado, whose real name is David Brooks, was arrested along with several members
of his entourage including his manager.
The members of his entourage who were charged are; 41-year-old David Hunter, who
was charged with assault occasioning bodily harm and unlawful wounding, George
Morris, also called 'Val', who was charged with simple larceny and resisting
arrest and 21-year-old Kevin Palmer who has been charged with simple larceny.
All four are booked to appear in the St Ann's Bay Resident Magistrate's Court on
June 9 to answer to the charges. The other men are still being processed.
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PNP unveils new shadow cabinet

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Message from Party Leader Portia Simpson Miller
The People's National Party is acutely aware of the difficult challenges the
Jamaican people are currently facing.

We note that much of these challenges have been compounded by the mishandling
and mismanagement of the country's affairs by the incumbent Administration.


Through the Progressive Agenda, we have been actively engaged in a process of
policy review and policy development; designed to quickly and adequately respond
to the new global economic realities and to take the country on a path of
genuine inclusive growth and development.

As Party President and as Leader of the Opposition, I have determined the set of
portfolio assignments best suited to respond to the emerging global challenges
while stimulating growth and development in a measurable way. The persons
assigned to each portfolio reflect a blend of youth and experience.

Leader of the Opposition Portia Simpson Miller - Development, Information,
Gender Affairs and Sports among other areas*

Dr. Peter Phillips - Finance, Planning and the Public Service
Dr. Omar Davies - Transport and Works
Peter Bunting - National Security
A.J. NicholsonForeign Affairs and Foreign Trade
Robert Pickersgill - Lands, Water, Environment and Climate Change
Anthony Hylton - Industry, Investment and Commerce
Dr. Morais Guy - Housing
Dr. Fenton Ferguson - Health
Roger Clarke - Agriculture and Fisheries
Dr. Wykeham McNeil - Tourism and Entertainment
Ronald Thwaites       - Education
Lisa Hanna - Youth and Culture
Mark Golding - Justice
Phillip Paulwell - Energy, Science and Technology
Derrick Kellier - Labour and Social Security
Colin Fagan - Local Government and Community Development
Noel Arscott - Mining
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Mary Mary


Gospel In Harmony, a gospel showcase featuring some of the very best acts in the
genre, will be staged by Premier Events on Sunday at the National Arena in
Kingston, Jamaica.
Popular international gospel duo, Mary Mary, will be headlining the event and
they will be joined onstage by Thrillers United, Prodigal Son, One Voice and the
Kencot Youth Choir.
According to a spokesperson for Premier Events, "We recognise that there is a
plethora of reggae and dancehall concerts on the island and, for that reason,
Premier Events has taken the bold step to inject a breath of fresh air into the
mix, with a cutting-edge gospel event catering to the entire family.
"The success of gospel shows, such as the recently concluded Fun in the Son,
points to a dire need for more family-oriented events such as Gospel In
Harmony."
Sister act Mary Mary will undoubtedly prove a huge drawing card, as their
contemporary, cross-over hits have garnered for them millions of fans worldwide,
both within and outside of the gospel arena.
Ever since the siblings - Erica and Tina Campbell - broke through in 2000 with
the pioneering crossover hit Shackles (Praise You), the chart-topping sister act
has not wavered from defying convention to fulfil its mission: sending uplifting
messages through music and words that are relatable to everyone.
Eleven years later, having earned three Grammy Awards, two American Music
Awards, an NAACP Image Award and a BET Award, the 'Mary Mary way' sounds just as
fresh and innovative on the duo's sixth album, aptly titled Something Big.
Among Mary Mary's popular numbers are Can't Give Up Now, Yesterday and Heaven
and The Real Party.
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Colin Levy's Lover's Holiday remains at #1

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Lover's Holiday, the single written by Colin Levy and produced by Barry O'Hare,
 has taken control of the number one spot on the popular and highly respected
Jamaica Countdown Top 25 Reggae Singles Chart for two consecutive weeks.
Lover's Holiday, which entered the chart 18 weeks ago, has been steadily making
upward movement, in line with its increasing popularity on radio and in the
clubs/dancehall. The single, on Levy's Kings of Kings label, is the first one
from the singer's soon-to-be-released album, Unleashed.
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Minister James Robertson's US visa revoked

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Member of Parliament and Energy and Mining Minister James Robertson still
doesn't know why his visa to travel to the United States of America has been
cancelled.
In a release Monday night, Robertson said that last Friday the US government
cancelled his visa as well as that of his wife, Charlene.
"We readily acknowledge that as a sovereign nation it is the prerogative of the
US government to issue and revoke visas," Robertson said.
"However, no details have been provided as to the basis for the cancellations,
although we are of the view that this could have resulted from the
uncorroborated statements forwarded to various departments of the US government
in support of a failed application for political asylum. The allegations made in
those statements have been, and remain, wholly rejected."
Robertson said that he and his wife have dispatched their US- based attorney to
Washington, DC, to "seek audience" with the relevant officials in an effort to
ascertain the basis for the cancellations.
However, diplomatic cables accessed by The Gleaner, through the international
whistle-blowing non-profit media entity WikiLeaks, show that the US Embassy in
Kingston is convinced that an American visa is a major prize for Jamaicans and
one which many would do anything to get their hands on - and keep.
"The ability to travel to the US for familial, educational, recreational and
other reasons is extremely important and/or desirable to most Jamaicans, making
the potential loss of this privilege a source of considerable leverage," embassy
officials said in an October 2005 cable sent to several American agencies.
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The Daily Word - Wednesday, May 25, 2011

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Freely and with love, I accept myself and others.

Great freedom comes from accepting people and circumstances as they are. Through acceptance, I release my need to control or change people or situations that are not mine to control. Peace comes from allowing things to unfold as they will. Through acceptance, I am free to embrace every situation and every person in a spirit of love.

The most important person for me to accept is me. I see myself as a child of God following a divinely inspired path to spiritual unfoldment. I let go of self-criticism and trust God. With a renewed sense of freedom and peace, I accept the people and circumstances in my life with love. I give thanks for the blessings they bring.

By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.--John 13:35
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The Daily Word - Tuesday, May 24, 2011

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GUIDANCE
With Divine Spirit as my guide, I make wise choices.

When we are troubled or confused, it is human nature to turn to others and ask, "What do you think?" Feeling the need to search outside ourselves for answers is understandable, but I am blessed when I keep in mind that my guidance is not outside of me. It is within.

When I sit in the silence and open to Divine Spirit, I find the answers I seek. In the quiet, I am rewarded with Truth. When I ask, I receive. Spirit's wisdom awaits my invitation. I need only be still enough to hear.

My simple request is "Lead me. Show me the way." Divine Spirit is always present, willing to assist me. Following this lead, I make wise choices.

Happy is the one who listens to me, watching daily at my gates. --Proverbs 8:34
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Chino, the Album Launch May 24, 2011

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Not relying on solely older means of marketing his album Chino, singjay Chino McGregor hosted his own social media listening party at the Big Ship studios to get the buzz popping around the album's May 24 release.

Social networking sites Twitter.com and Facebook.com got a sneak peek from social media insiders from the listening party, as persons tweeted their views on the album, track by track. Last Wednesday night, popular twitter persons Toniann Lindo, Wayne Jones Jr, as well as Jamaicansmusic.com, Skkan Media Entertainment, Miss Jamaica Universe Yendi Phillipps, singer Denyque, Laden, Shema, Stephen McGregor and STAR of the Month Chino were all present to share in the excitement.

give-aways

The listening party was streamed live online as fans logged on to their computers to hear the songs, some of which have never been heard before. Representatives from Guinness were also present at the studio doing give-aways as Chino soon kicked off the night by giving a little introduction to each of the songs.

The album started off with known hits such as From Mawning and Protected as Chino commented, "this song is wid me and Di Genius, di baddest producer in dancehall and reggae music." The recently released I Am followed after which Yeah Yeah from the Pepper rhythm. Then it was on to the new songs such as Badness which Chino explained was recorded live at Tuff Gong Studios, and was a big hit with those present.

Another exclusive was God Nah Sleep as Chino explained, "This is probably one of my favourites if not my favourite from the album. It's a deeply story telling song, two verses, with two different (but) similar stories ... listen keenly to every single lyric." Another song which got a strong forward from persons at the listening party was My Soul which talks about persons selling their souls for fame.

More popular songs followed such as Ruff It Up, Before Dem Gone and another new song Driving Me Insanewhich features Denyque. Driving Me Insane has a Shabba-like sound, which Chino says he wanted to make the first release but was outvoted.

Judging by persons who followed the response on twitter www.twitter.com/jamaicastar and facebook, the social media listening party was a huge success. A pleased Chino reminded fans online that the album is available for pre-order on iTunes

Want to be a part of the launch of Chino's upcoming album?

The Big Ship artiste will be launching his album on Tuesday, May 24 at Devonshire, Devon House. To win two passes to the launch and a VIP table as the special guest to Chino's album launch, all you have to do is answer the following questions!

1) What is Chino's real name?

2) What are the titles of the two albums he released in Japan?

3) What is the name of his upcoming album?

4) What do you love most about Chino and his music?

Email your answers to: ChinoMay24@gmail.com!

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American businessman Corey Todd has chosen to immediately dissolve his business partnership with Adidja Palmer a.k.a Vybz Kartel in the wake of alleged threats made against Todd's life.


"I cannot be associated with or do business with someone I don't trust. Kartel and I haven't seen eye to eye in a while, and late last week, after a disagreement, he threatened me on the phone because I "refused to tek chat". I don't take kindly to threats against me and my family, and I have contacted my lawyers and the relevant authorities to deal with this issue immediately," Todd said.


"I am my own man, I have never worked for Vybz Kartel, I helped to build his career, but I was never about the division in music, or his need to pigeonhole everything as Gaza or not Gaza. I don't understand

the creative direction he's moving in with regards to his image or his music. I don't know this new Vybz Kartel, I haven't known him for quite a while. Enough is enough. I wish him the best with his career," Todd said.


Todd and Palmer started the Unlimited Daggering company three years ago to manufacture, market and distribute Street Vybz Rum. The company also employs several people at a St. Andrew-based factory. The two also operate the Building nightclub in New Kingston.


Todd sought to reassure his workers that he would find employment for them in his other business ventures if they are displaced.


'I am not keeping any events at the Building nightclub for the foreseeable future, I am not doing anymore business with Vybz Kartel. However, I will be doing another product soon, so I am moving forward and I hope to work with other artistes to help build their careers as well," he said.


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'Macho Man' Randy Savage dies in car crash

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Wrestling star Randy Savage died today in a car accident in Tampa, Florida.
The 58-year-old, known as Macho Man, is understood to have suffered a heart
attack at the wheel of his vehicle.

He lost control of the car and hit a tree around 10am this morning, Savage's
brother, Lanny Poffo, told TMZ.
Savage began his WWF career in 1985 and became famous for his catchphrase 'Ooh
yeah!'
He is also well known for his deep, raspy voice and flashy attire, typically
including sunglasses, a bandana or head band, flashy robes, and a cowboy hat.
Savage is also well known for his long-time endorsement of Slim Jim beef jerky,
as he starred in many colourful TV commercials to promote the product.
A rep for Slim Jim told TMZ; 'We're saddened by the loss. Randy was a beloved
ambassador for the Slim Jim brand for many years and will be greatly missed.
'Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends at this time'.
Fellow pro wrestler Hulk Hogan wrote on his Twitter page: 'I'm completely
devastated, after over 10 years of not talking with Randy, we've finally started
to talk and communicate.
'He had so much life in his eyes & in his spirit, I just pray that he's happy
and in a better place and we miss him.

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NYC signing September 1,2009 Nintendo Store - NYC

Justin Beiber


Just when you thought Justin Beiber's influence on his teenage fans could not
get any bigger, he's now deciding what they should smell like.
The 17-year-old is launching a fruity floral scent for girls next month.
And he is cheekily calling it Someday, offering a glimmer of hope to his fans -
who call themselves Beliebers - that one day he might be all theirs.
'Let's be real, the way a girl smells is very important to a guy!'  Bieber told
WWD.

'I have such a deep connection with my fans, so creating a fragrance that I
personally love is another way I can bring them closer to my world.'
If that sounds a little creepy, there is a huge silver lining to the
endorsement.

Proceeds from sales of the perfume, which is expected to raise millions, will
all go to the singer's favourite charities including Pencils of Promise and the
Make-a-Wish Foundation.
Someday will sell for $35 or $55 depending on the size of the bottle, and the
fringe fanatic will also be launching a hair mist version of the scent.
Yes, world domination is clearly just weeks away.
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MIAMI, CMC - The United States' National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
(NOAA) is predicting an above-average hurricane season this year.

NOAA said there is a 70 per cent chance of 12 to 18 named storms, which could
become one of the six to 10 projected hurricanes.

NOAA said three to six of those weather patterns could become major hurricanes,
with sustained winds from 111 miles per hour (mph) or higher.

The six-month Atlantic hurricane season begins June 1 and ends November 30.
NOAA said last year's hurricane season was one of the busiest on record, with 19
named storms, including 12 hurricanes.
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Cocoa Tea to perform at London 2012

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2012 Summer Olympics


Reggae artiste Cocoa Tea is booked to perform at the 2012 Olympics in London,
England.
At present he is the only reggae artist who has been requested to sing for the
Queen of England and millions of viewers worldwide.

When asked if he was prepared to meet Her Majesty, his only response was "I'm
ready and waiting".
Not only is he ready to meet the Queen, but he is also ready to meet the world
press.

Cocoa Tea's new single "A Love Like Yours and Mine" is about to hit the world
stage.

His song "Obama" became a hit and a favorite for the Obama's and among Kenyans
during the '08 election campaign.
He says he is ready to go back into the studio to record another song for the
upcoming 2012 election as well.

Cocoa Tea is currently preparing for his Summer Tour that kicks off on June 26th
in Brooklyn, New York and continues on to Boston, Portland and Seattle.
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5.9 magnitude earthquake rocks Turkey

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A magnitude 5.9 earthquake struck north-west Turkey, killing at least two people
and injuring 79 just before midnight local time.
The earthquake centred on the town of Simav, in Kutahya province, 190 miles west
of the capital Ankara.
Terrified residents ran into the streets, and many spent the night in cars after
being warned not to go back to their homes.
One person died after jumping from a window in panic, officials said.
Environment Minister Veysel Eroglu put the death toll at two, and said that of
the 79 injured only one was in a serious condition.
Kutahya Governor Kenan Ciftci said three people had died.
State media reported that at least one derelict building collapsed and the
windows in some buildings were shattered by the quake.
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Arnold and Maria Shiver

Maria Shriver confronted her husband's mistress over suspicions she was
secretly raising his love child, it has been claimed today.
The mother of four, 55, is said to have asked her family's housekeeper, Mildred
Baena, 50, if her son was fathered by Arnold Schwarzenegger.
During the dramatic showdown, Baena broke down and confessed, according to
America's Radar Online.
The Terminator star only came clean about the sordid affair after Shriver told
him she new the truth about his 13-year secret, insiders say.

'Maria has suspected this for a long time and she asked the housekeeper,' a
source told the website. 'The housekeeper admitted it.
'Maria then went to Arnold and he confessed.'
Insiders also claim Baena was not fired from her position with the family as
previously reported.
'Yes, her employment ended, but it ended without animosity,' the source added.
'She was upset with Arnold at the time and didn't know what to do, she thought
about going public, but it was a fleeting thought. Ultimately she didn't want to
hurt Arnold.'
TMZ reported that Arnold showered Mildred's family with money during her time in
the family's employ.
According to the website, the former Governor of California funded a lavish
party for the daughter of Mildred's sister Maria - who also worked for the
family.
Arnold and his family attended the Quinceanera - a traditional Latin 'coming of
age' party where he made a speech telling relatives that he wanted to 'take care
of' them as Mildred and Maria were so close to him for so many years.
Additionally, TMZ claims that Mildred was obsessed with former TV newswoman
Maria and wanted to 'be just like her.'
Sources claim that the housekeeper would wear the former NBC presenter's clothes
and jewellery and that after Maria left for work in the morning Mildred would
'climb into bed' with Arnold.
According to sources Mildred would go to Maria for advice on her love life and
sought advice from her employer during her pregnancy - which coincided with
Shriver's, it emerged yesterday.
Mildred Baena's son, believed to be the star's love child, was born on October
2, 1997, according to documents.

The actor and his wife Maria Shriver welcomed their second son, Christopher, on
September 27 that same year.
Baena and Shriver would have encountered one another daily while pregnant, with
Baena working in the family home but living elsewhere.

Schwarzenegger and Shriver have three other children together: Katherine, 21,
Christina, 19, and Patrick, 17.
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Harold Camping in 2008


SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - The U.S. evangelical Christian broadcaster predictingthat Judgment Day will come on Saturday says he expects to stay close to a TV or
radio to monitor the unfolding apocalypse.
Harold Camping, 89, previously made a failed prediction that Jesus Christ would
return to Earth in 1994.
The head of the Christian radio network Family Stations Inc says that he is sure
an earthquake will shake the Earth on May 21, sweeping true believers to heaven
and leaving others behind to be engulfed in the world's destruction over a few
months.
"We know without any shadow of a doubt it is going to happen," Camping told
Reuters.
The end of the world!

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His Family Radio has 66 U.S. stations and broadcasts in more than 30 languages
through international affiliates.
His supporters have posted about 2,200 billboards around the United States about
the coming apocalypse, and dozens of followers have driven across the country to
spread the news.
Camping, a civil engineer who once ran his own construction business, plans to
spend May 21 with his wife in Alameda, in northern California, and watch the
doomsday unfold.
"I'll probably try to be very near a TV or a radio or something," he said. "I'll
be interested in what's happening on the other side of the world as this
begins."
Like his last prediction, Camping's doomsday date is based on his reading of the
Bible and a timeline dating back to ancient events including the Biblical flood
survived by Noah.
'IT MAKES US LOOK WORSE'
Camping's pronouncement of a specific date for the apocalypse puts him outside
the Christian mainstream.
Jerry Jenkins, co-author with Tim LaHaye of the "Left Behind" series of
apocalyptic novels that have sold millions of copies worldwide, has a problem
with the prediction.
"As a believer, I'm already a kook compared to most people, so for someone to
choose a date and get everyone excited about a certain time, my problem is it
makes us look worse," said Jenkins, 61.
Stephen O'Leary, an expert in religious communication at the University of
Southern California, said the idea of rapture espoused by Camping and somemore
mainstream Christians first appeared in Christian teaching in the 19th century.
"It is very appealing to people," said Barbara Rossing, professor of the New
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Testament at the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago who describes a huge
apocalyptic "prophecy industry" including video games, board games and books.
Atheists are reacting to Camping's pronouncement in their own way.
In Tacoma, Washington, atheists have organized a party for Saturday night at an
arcade, under the banner "countdown to backpedaling," on the assumption that
Camping and Family Radio will change their story if Judgment Day does not come.
At least 100 people are expected at the party, said Sam Mulvey, 33, an organizer
of the event and the producer of a weekly atheist radio show in Tacoma.
"If the world still exists the next day, Family Radio is going to have to say
something and most of the time they backpedal, and that's what we're counting
down to," he said.
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Coloring Book, Photos by: Milton Raynor

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The Daily Word - Friday, May 20, 2011

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STRESS-FREE
I attune my soul to the melody of Spirit, and I am stress-free.

The strings of a cello, guitar or harp can make no music without tension--but when too much pressure is applied, the sound is off key and the strings may even break. With the proper tuning, however, the same strings can produce beautiful music.

Like the strings of an instrument, if the pressures of my family or workplace are high, I can experience stress. This provides an opportunity for growth and awareness. I turn within, breathe deeply, and attune my soul to the melody of Spirit. The stress is relieved.

Bringing my heart, mind and body back into harmony, I once again vibrate with positive energy. Attuned to Spirit, I resonate with the "music of the spheres."

I will incline my ear to a proverb; I will solve my riddle to the music of the harp. --Psalm 49:4
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The Daily Word - Thursday, May 19, 2011

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I am immersed in abundant life.

Believing that my prosperity is measured only by the money in my bank account may leave me feeling vulnerable and concerned about scarcity and lack. But prosperity is not the possession of things, rather a recognition of divine supply.

There is no scarcity of air to breathe, no scarcity of love to share, no scarcity of divine ideas, substance or supply. When I recognize this and open my consciousness to it, I see divine substance everywhere. I affirm it not only for myself, but for everyone.

Realizing the boundlessness of my spiritual inheritance, I see that nothing is lacking in my world. I recognize and appreciate my abundant blessings. Prosperity is mine.

And may the Lord make you increase and abound in love for one another and for all, just as we abound in love for you.--1 Thessalonians 3:12
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It is the moment most parents look forward to as they finally get to take their
new baby home.
And for Mariah Carey and husband Nick Cannon they were delighted to be taking
their first car ride with their precious twins Moroccan and Monroe as they drove
the bundles of joy home from the hospital on Saturday.
In first pictures of Mariah since she gave birth to her son and daughter on
April 30, the singer looked glowing and very happy to finally be a mother.
The first time parents of course took 'Roc and Roe' home in style and drove
their longed-for cargo in a black Rolls Royce.
Mariah sat proudly in the passenger seat as her husband of three years took
control behind the wheel.
In the back of the vehicle were two car seats - one covered in a blue blanket
and one covered in pink.
The Butterfly songstress has been in hospital with the babies for two weeks and
looked relieved to finally be going home.
Mariah tweeted over the weekend that she is already singing to her double
bundles of joy.
The 42-year-old said that she is 'on a tweet spree' because she is so excited to
be back home.
Moroccan and Monroe were released from hospital three days ago but it was marred
by the investigation into the family after an anonymous person complained to
Child Protective Services that drugs and alcohols were used near the babies in
hospital.
Cannon, 30, and Carey have been under investigation after the television host
said someone may have overheard a nurse suggesting to Mariah to 'drink
Guinness... the yeast improves breast-feeding'.
The couple have already been visited by CPS but the case will officially be
closed after they receive a visit by a case worker at their home which should
only last approximately 30 minutes.
Moroccan Scott and Monroe were born on April 30, both weighing under 6lbs, and
are already one of the most famous sets of twins in the world.
They are being sang lullabies by their soulful mother who's Grammy award winning
tone is now being used to soothe them to sleep.
'Dembabies aka Roc+Roe are sleeping peacefully :)', she wrote on Saturday of her
son and daughter.
'I just finished singing 2 them(softly!) Feeling so blessed. LYM :) x0x0',
Mariah added.
But husband and television personality Nick Cannon is not taking to fatherhood
too well and says he is 'freaked out about being a new dad'.
On his radio show today, Cannon said he is worried about the babies suffocating
or having to possibly give them CPR one day.
'This is the kind of stuff that is making me go crazy when you have two new
babies', he shared. 'I cannot relax. I am OCD-ing. They don't tell you this part
about being a new parent.'
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"Dougie" rapper M-Bone gunned down

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Rapper M-Bone of the group Cali Swag District died on Sunday night in what
police said was a drive-by shooting in his hometown, Inglewood, California.
Inglewood Police Lieutenant Steve Overly said M-Bone, whose real name was Montae
Talbert, was sitting in a car on North LaBrea Avenue when a car pulled up next
to his and someone fired two rounds that struck the rapper in his head.
Twenty-two year old Talbert died later at a hospital.
Preliminary reports on the model of car that was involved have not been
confirmed.
Cali Swag District's biggest hip-hop hit came in 2010 with the song "Teach Me
How to Dougie".
Greg Miller, the rap group's representative, said Talbert was "the victim of a
random act of violence".
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A woman is among six persons who were taken into custody as the St. Elizabeth
Police step up their investigation into last Saturday night's robbery in Santa
Cruz.
They were held during a police operation in New River and Braes River early
Tuesday morning in search of suspects involved in the robbery at the gambling
shop.
The woman, who is being interrogated along with the men in relation to several
robberies and murders in the parish, has been slapped with charges of illegal
possession of and dealing in ganja, after eight pounds of the weed was found.
One of the five men is reportedly a suspect in Saturday's robbery.
The gunmen held up the gambling shop just after closing on Saturday but were
challenged by a licensed firearm holder.
They fired several rounds while leaving and three passersby were shot. Gavin
Earl, an employee of Solomon's Funeral Home was killed in the confrontation.
It is believed that at least one of the gunmen was also shot.
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A 37-year old Jamaican man has been sentenced to 98 years in prison in Costa
Rica after being convicted on two counts of murder and one count of attempted
murder.
The sentence was handed down on Monday.
Lionel Delphus Perkins who is from Glendevon in Montego Bay, St. James and other
Jamaicans were arrested late last year in connection with the murder of a
university student who was also the daughter of a Costa Rican Ambassador.
Perkins and his cronies were also charged with the death of a judicial police
officer.
He was gunned down while trying to apprehend them.
Earlier this year Perkins' co-accused, who included an 18-year old boy, were
sentenced to jail time.
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Four J'cans held for ganja bust at sea

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Four Jamaicans were nabbed and more than 200 pounds of ganja seized in a police
operation off the north coast of Grand Cayman on the weekend.

A Cayman police spokesperson said shortly after ten Saturday officers on
maritime patrol along the north coast of Grand Cayman sighted what was
determined to be a Jamaican canoe.
A helicopter was notified and after a short pursuit the marine vessel
intercepted the canoe which had four Jamaicans aboard.

A task force team was contacted and a search was undertaken of the beach where
the vessel was first sighted.
The search yielded ganja weighing 275 pounds.
All the men were arrested for illegal entry into the Cayman Islands as well as
suspicion of importation of drugs.
Investigations are on-going at this time and all four men remain in custody.
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Risto Benjie killed in Old Harbour

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An entertainer was one of two persons shot and killed in separate incidents in
Old Harbour, St. Catherine Monday night.
The killings occurred ten minutes apart.Thirty six year old Michael Benjamin also known as "Risto Benjie" of Unity in
St. Andrew was shot dead by a gunman in an area known as "Vietnam" in Church Pen
about 10:00 p.m.
It's reported that Mr. Benjamin was sitting outside a house when the man walked
up.
He opened fire hitting Mr. Benjamin several times.
He later died at hospital.
In the second incident, Kemar Foster, a resident of a community called "Africa"
was walking when he was also shot by a gunman.
He died while undergoing treatment at hospital.
No motive has been established for either killing.
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Ashton Kutcher at Time 100 Gala



Ashton Kutcher Officially on Two and a Half Men!
Ashton Kutcher is going to have it pretty easy. Basically, just show up for work
and try not to overdose.

"I can't wait to get to work with this ridiculously talented 2.5 team and I
believe we can fill the stage with laughter that will echo in viewers' homes,"
said Kutcher.

"I can't replace Charlie Sheen but I'm going to work my ass off to entertain the
hell out of people!"

Even before Sheen's official firing, Warner Bros. and CBS were reportedly in
talks with several A-list actors. Here's a list of who's been rumored to replace
Charlie Sheen, and what they might bring to the show:

No, it wasn't just a really coincidental math question. The answer is: 2.5! So
now the only question is, how will they incorporate Ashton Kutcher into the
show? Our guess is he'd play the typical hot-but-no-bright meathead we all know
and love.

Well, I guess there's also the possibility of turning Two and a Half Men into a
prank show.

Well, there you have it. It's that simple. Charlie Sheen's motto is basically,
"if I don't like it, it sucks", then he sticks out his bottom lip, crosses his
arms in a huff and goes and sits in a corner.

Chuck Lorre is pleased with Kutcher replacing Sheen, saying, "We are so lucky to
have someone as talented, joyful and just plain remarkable as Ashton joining our
family. Added to that is the deep sigh of relief knowing that our family stays
together. If I was any happier, it'd be illegal."

So a big congrats to Ashton Kutcher. We can't wait to see the character he plays
on Two and a Half Men.
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I'm in full support of Child Protective Services, but how they can allow a show
like Teen Mom to go on, but then harass Mariah Carey for a tabloid rumor is
beyond me.

Husband Nick Cannon told Piers Morgan in an interview, "It all started when a
nurse suggested to my wife that if you drink Guinness, the dark beer, the yeast
improves breastfeeding... I don't know if someone heard that, but then they were
saying my wife was drinking beer. People will do anything to try to conjure up a
story."

I've never given birth, but I imagine the last thing you'd want to drink after
going into labor is a Guinness. You'd probably rather have a shot of whiskey or
something less filling.

 "To even have to deal with that, my wife in the state that she's in, we're in
the hospital, to even have to think about someone possibly wanting to
investigate your children... it's sad at the end of the day," Cannon continued.

He also added that people have gone to ridiculous lengths to try to snap photos
of the babies.

 "There's been photographers actually in the hospital posing as different people
or people trying to get pictures of the kids," Cannon explained. "Which is
really sad when you think about people trying to make a buck off newborn
babies."
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Dominique Strauss-Kahn, head of the International Monetary Fund NEW YORK (AP) --
Dominique Strauss-Kahn's reputation with women earned him the nickname "the
great seducer," and not even an affair with a subordinate could knock the
International Monetary Fund leader off a political path pointed in the direction
of the French presidency. All that changed with charges that he sexually
assaulted a maid in his hotel room, a case that generated shock and revulsion,
especially in his home country.

Police said the maid picked Strauss-Kahn out of a lineup. Unless the charges are
quickly dropped, they could destroy his chances in a presidential race that is
just starting to heat up.

The IMF, which plays a key role in efforts to control the European debt crisis,
named an acting leader and said it remains "fully functioning and operational"
despite Saturday's arrest.

Strauss-Kahn's lawyer, Benjamin Brafman, told The Associated Press that his
client will plead not guilty. He and another lawyer went in and out of the
Harlem police precinct where Strauss-Kahn was being held early Sunday afternoon,
and declined to answer reporters' questions until the arraignment, which was
expected later Sunday.

"He denies all the charges against him," Brafman said. "And that's all I can
really say right now."

Brafman is one of the city's most high-profile defense attorneys. His clients
have included mobsters and such celebrities as Sean "P. Diddy" Combs and ex-New
York Giants star Plaxico Burress.

Strauss-Kahn, 62, was arrested less than four hours after the alleged assault,
plucked from first class on a Paris-bound Air France flight that was just about
to leave the gate at John F. Kennedy International Airport.

The white-haired, well-dressed, thrice-married father of four was alone when he
checked into the luxury Sofitel hotel, not far from Manhattan's Times Square, on
Friday afternoon, police said. It wasn't clear why he was in New York. The IMF
is based in Washington, and he had been due in Germany on Sunday to meet with
Chancellor Angela Merkel.

The 32-year-old maid told authorities that when she entered his spacious,
$3,000-a-night suite early Saturday afternoon, she thought it was unoccupied.
Instead, Strauss-Kahn emerged from the bathroom naked, chased her down a hallway
and pulled her into a bedroom, where he sexually assaulted her, New York Police
Department spokesman Paul J. Browne said.

The woman told police she fought him off, but then he dragged her into the
bathroom, where he forced her to perform oral sex on him and tried to remove her
underwear. The woman was able to break free again, escaped the room and told
hotel staff what had happened, authorities said.

Strauss-Kahn was gone by the time detectives arrived moments later. He left his
cellphone behind. "It looked like he got out of there in a hurry," Browne said.

The NYPD discovered he was at JFK and contacted officials at the Port Authority
of New York and New Jersey, which runs the airport. Port Authority officers
arrested him.
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Teacher missing

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Forty-one year-old teacher, Ann-Marie Scafe has been reported missing.
Scafe, who is from Seaview Gardens, Kingston 11, has been missing from home
since Friday, May 13.

She is of brown complexion, medium build and about 5 feet 6 inches tall.
The Seaview Gardens Police said about 11 a.m. last Friday, Scafe left her home
to conduct business but did not return home as expected.

Her relatives have not been able to reach her.
Anyone knowing the whereabouts of Ann-Marie Scafe is being asked to contact the
Seaview Gardens Police at 901-9423, police 119 emergency number or the nearest
police station.
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Music director says he's no conman

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Music video director Wayne South is dismissing claims made by TOK that he took
off with money paid to him to create a video for their Friend For Life song.
TOK's Craigy T told the Star newspaper that  South was a con artist for
disappearing with money for a video that hasn't been produced.
"Yuh have some youth out deh weh a some con artist who only a pose as video
directors. Wi give him (South) some money fi deliver a video an' all now di
video cyaan deliver. If yuh a do yuh ting yuh do yuh ting professionally," said
Craigy T
"All now him nuh deliver, him owe wi a video or wi money. We get whole heap of
stories 'bout hard drive crash an' dis an' dat," he said.
According to South, he is not a con man and shortly after the video shoot he was
going through a very rough period. He had heart problems and was to be admitted
to the Medical Associates Hospital but resisted because of his determination not
to pass up opportunities to make a name for himself.
He is to do an operation to help with his condition in two months.
South said he has had the problem for quite a while and things took a turn for
the worse about a week after TOK's videoshoot so he was unable to finish the
video.
He said tending to his heart condition created backlogs in his work.
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Deejay Wayne Marshall has dedicated a song to his wife and fellow artiste, Tami
Chynn. The song, Good Ole Wife, was released recently on the Matrimony rhythm
for which Marshall is a co-producer.
Wayne said he decided that he was going to dedicate it to "my good ole wifey.
It's also a creative play on words depending on how you look at it."
According to Marshall, Chynn was also very pleased with the dedication.
"She loves it. From the time I was building it she busted out laughing. Who
would not want a song dedicated to them? I also notice that it is getting a big
response from the ladies," he said.
In addition to this being his first song about his wife, this is also the first
rhythm that he has produced. The rhythm also has songs from Gyptian, Assassin,
Lady Saw and Liquid. He said the rhythm will not have more than six songs, all
relating to matrimony.
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Bolt to walk for kids

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KINGSTON, JAMAICA - APRIL 04:  Usain Bolt of J...


More accustomed to breaking records at high speed, sprint sensation Usain Bolt
will slow his pace later this year with the staging of the 'Usain Bolt
Walkathon'.
The event is being planned in partnership with Chain of Hope Jamaica to help
raise funds towards the creation of a paediatric cardiac centre at the
Bustamante Hospital for Children.
"I run really fast but the truth is that I'm a really slow walker," Bolt laughed
during Sunday's launch at the Bustamante Hospital for Children for the event,
which is scheduled for sometime in November this year.
Details of the event are yet to be ironed out, but it was announced at the press
launch that the walkathon will take place later this year in the month of
November and will take place over a 2.3km course, which is expected to start at
Emancipation Park in New Kingston.
Bolt, who pointed out that he will be asking his sponsors to contribute by
paying for at least two surgeries, was excited to be involved with this
initiative and explained why he decided to join the project.
"This partnership is very important and will help to protect the future of this
country," Bolt said. "It's a big step for me. Over the years, I have been saying
that kids are the future so when I was approached to do this, it was a real
honour and I'm looking forward to continue doing my best to do what I can to
help the kids."
Over 150 children are on the waiting list for surgery at the Bustamante Hospital
for Children.
Charmaine Scott, paediatric cardiologist and chairperson of Chain of Hope
Jamaica, said Bolt's support will help to pull even more corporate support
towards the construction of the centre.
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The Daily Word - Saturday, May 14, 2011

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CHOICE
Following inner guidance, I make positive choices.

Every day I have decisions to make. With each choice, I experience both loss and opportunity. Each choice reveals expected and unexpected outcomes.

I treasure the gift of free will, and I make choices for the highest good of all concerned. As I prepare to make a decision, I go within for guidance. I get in touch with the still small voice within and let the flurry of my thoughts rest in a moment of silence. I find that the best choices have a sense of "rightness" to them.

It is comforting to know that the guidance of Spirit is within me. From a place of inner knowing, I make the right choice.

You will decide on a matter, and it will be established for you, and light will shine on your ways. --Job 22:28
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HABQADAR, Pakistan (AP) -- A pair of Taliban suicide bombers attacked
paramilitary police recruits eagerly heading home for a break after months of
training, killing 80 people this morning in the first act of retaliation for the
US raid that killed Osama bin Laden.

In claiming responsibility, the al-Qaida linked militant group cited anger at
Pakistan's military for failing to stop the American incursion on their soil.

The blasts in the northwest were a reminder of the savagery of Islamist
insurgents in Pakistan.

Tensions have also risen between the US and Islamabad over allegations that some
elements of Pakistani security forces had been harboring bin Laden, who died in
a May 2 raid in Abbottabad, a garrison town about three hours' drive from the
scene of the bombing.

"We have done this to avenge the Abbottabad incident," Ahsanullah Ahsan, a
spokesman for the Pakistani Taliban, told The Associated Press in a phone call.

He warned that the group was also planning attacks on Americans living inside
Pakistan.

The bombers blew themselves up in Shabqadar at the main gate of the facility for
the Frontier Constabulary, a poorly equipped but front-line force in the battle
against al-Qaida and allied Islamist groups like the Pakistani Taliban close to
the Afghan border. Like other branches of Pakistan's security forces, it has
received US funding to try to sharpen its skills.

At least 80 people were killed, including 66 recruits, and around 120 people
were wounded, said police officer Liaqat Ali Khan.

Unruly Gang member nabbed at hospital
The Police have reported that they captured Jeremy Stewart, who they say is one
of the most wanted criminals of the St. Catherine South Police Division.

According to the police, Stewart, who is said to be a member of the
Portmore-based Unruly Gang, was held this morning while attempting to receive
medical treatment at a hospital.

The police revealed he was accosted before he could escape.
Stewart remains in hospital this afternoon under police guard.
Detectives from the St. Catherine South Police Division yesterday said they
wanted to question the alleged gang member in relation to several shootings in
the Washington Mews community and other areas of Portmore.
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On Sunday, the Jamaica Military Band will return to the Hope Botanical Gardens
with a free 'Concert in the Garden' beginning at 4 p.m.
The afternoon event will take place at the Shell Bandstand, opposite the Hope
Zoo, and will be dedicated to the memory of Karl Binger, a former executive
director of Nature Preservation Foundation, operators of Hope Gardens and Hope
Zoo. Binger, the husband of broadcaster Dorraine Samuels,  passed away on
Sunday.
The Jamaica Military Band is the oldest continuous-service unit of the Jamaica
Defence Force. It consists of descendants of the first West India Regiment,
which was formed in 1795 in the Windward Islands.
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Sisters killed in Spanish Town

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The St. Catherine North police are keeping a close watch on sections of Spanish
Town after two vendors were killed last night.

The victims have been identified as 32-year-old Tamara Reddy and her sister
Nadine Cassanova both of Tawes Meadows in Spanish Town.

Another man who witnessed the shooting was also shot. He has since been
hospitalised.

Reports said the sisters were selling at the corner of French and Adelaide
streets in the vicinity of the market, when a gunman walked up to them and shot
them.
The gunman then fled the scene.
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Lover's Holiday, the single written by Colin Levy and produced by Barry O'Hare,
has taken control of the number one spot on the popular Jamaica Countdown Top 25
Reggae Singles Chart.
Lover's Holiday, which entered the chart 17 weeks ago, has been steadily making
upward movement, in line with its increasing popularity on radio and in the
clubs/dancehall. The single, on Levy's Kings of Kings label, is the first one
from the singer's soon-to-be-released album, Unleashed.
Colin Levy, who is also known by the moniker Iley Dread, recently completed a
successful. month-long US college radio tour in support of Lover's Holiday and
the upcoming album. Both he and his marketing manager, Brian Muntz, who
organized the US tour, have expressed their gratitude to the fans who have
contributed in a major way to this chart-topping success.
"This is fantastic news," an elated Muntz said from his university base in
Toronto, Canada. "I knew the song was a winner from the first time I heard it."
The quiet, soft-spoken Levy, was a bit more reserved in his speech, but no less
thankful.
"All praises to the Father, first of all ... and definitely we have a lot of
gratitude to the fans, the team who has been working with me on this project and
those who have always been there assisting with my career. This is a joyful
moment and I know that this album has more songs of this caliber and something
for everyone," Colin Levy stated.
The video for Lover's Holiday has also been enjoying favourable rotation on
television.
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"FIRST OFF ID LIKE TO SAY THAT ALL THE FUSS ABOUT MY HAIR,AS WITH EVERY OTHER
THING THAT I DO HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH ANYTHING EXCEPT PLAIN OLD
"BADMIND".BECAUSE WHEN I WAS INVOLVED IN THE NINJA MAN INCIDENT A FEW YEARS AGO
,I HAD IN EXTENTIONS THEN,WHY DIDNT THE HULLABALOO COMMENCE THEN,?BECAUSE I
WASN'T ON TOP SO THE HATING WASNT NECESSARY.WHEN I DID "NEVER LOVE ANOTHER GIRL"
VIDEO IN 2005(http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GPl_P_vdhdk),MY HAIR WAS PERMED,WHY
DIDNT THE INQUISITION COMMENCE?BECAUSE I WASN'T ON TOP SO THE HATING WASNT
NECESSARY...WHAT IM SAYING IS THAT WHEN UR ON TOP,PEOPLE FIND ALL KINDS OF
FAULTS AND FLAWS TO POINT OUT IN THEIR QUEST TO TEAR YOU DOWN BUT GUESS WHAT. I
COUDNT CARE LESS WHAT PEOPLE SAY OR THINK ABOUT KARTEL BECAUSE IF EVERYONE LOVES
YOU,UR AN OBVIOUS "KISS ASS" .P.S. MAVADO,ELEPHANT MAN,MACHEL MONTANO(who's hair
is done by the same girl who did mine) I OCTANE T.O.K. ETC HAVE ALL HAD
EXTENTION PUT IN.TALK BOUT THAT"
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Singer I-Octane has categorically denied ever putting extensions in his hair in
the wake of statements made by fellow entertainer on Thursday.
"I can't control what another artiste chooses to say," I-Octane stated. "But
I've been growing my locks for several years now and the people at Jus Natural
in Portmore can vouch for that."
When prodded to respond about how he feels about the allegation, I-Octane made
things very clear. "In this industry you come to expect that people will do and
say anything. Is music mi a deal with and I won't allow anyone to shift my focus
from that. As far as I'm concerned, it doesn't make sense for me to spend a lot
of time thinking or even talking about this issue. Jah teach me that you empower
what you focus on, and as mi seh, music is my focus. Nobody can draw me out or
try to involve me inna mix up. Anyone who has been following my career can look
at me through the years and see that my locks grow natural. Its not an overnight
thing. As a matter of fact, people a suffer all over the world. Mek wi focus on
dem type a tings."
In response to questions as to whether he would respond in a song, the singjay
laughed. "No sah! Mi nuh haffi do nuttn. Memba dat in mi song mi seh Touch not
the Lord's anointed. Mi nuh haffi do a ting."
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T.O.K. members appear to be quite upset with Vybz Kartel for sending out an
email and BB blast saying that they have put in hair extensions.

One member of the group, Bay-C, has since sent out a Blackberry broadcast
message of his own.

It reads: 'To all who seem to be confused, T.O.K. has never worn extensions. To
each his own, it's not for me to judge. Having said that, make it clear ... mi a
Rasta! Lion of the tribe of Judah! Don't confuse the mane of a lion with the
tail of a horse! Bombrush dem!'
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Lychee Recipes

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Litchi chinensis.


Lychee-ade

2 quarts of lychee juice
12 oz Vodka

Pour lychee juice into a blender and fill the now empty can with vodka and add to the blender.

Fill the remaining space in the blender with ice. Blend and serve.



Lychee Daiquiri

1 ½ ounce white rum
1 teaspoon fine sugar
1 ounce of lychee juice
Crushed ice

Place rum, sugar, and lychee juice in a cocktail shaker with crushed ice.

Shake swiftly - do not over mix.

Strain thoroughly into a cocktail glass and serve at once.



Baked Lychees

1 lb lychee fruit, peeled & seeded
½ cup brown sugar
4 tablespoons butter
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
Mix brown sugar, butter and cinnamon together.
Roll or shake lychees in the sugar mixture and place in a casserole or baking dish.
Bake for 10-15 minutes until sugar begins to caramelize.




Lychee Fish

1 kg (2.2 lbs.) firm white fish, cut into quite small pieces
2 large eggs
1 tablespoon oil
1 tablespoon vinegar
Pinch salt
Pinch baking soda
1 cup water
Flour to mix

Sauce:
10 oz. lychee jam
4 tablespoons lychee or other rice wine vinegar
1 tablespoon soy sauce
3 pieces chopped ginger
Cashew nuts (optional)

Clean and dry fish. Make up the ingredients into a batter and fry the fish.

Sauce: Heat all the ingredients together. Mix in 1 tablespoon cornstarch to thicken. Pour over fish.

Sprinkle over some cashew nuts, lightly fried if you prefer, for a slightly better look and taste.

Chill well. 




Lychee-Orange Salad

1 head of Boston or bibb lettuce, torn into bite-sized pieces
1 orange, peeled and cut into 1" pieces
½ cup fresh or canned lychees
2 thin slices of red onion, separated into rings
2 Tbsp reduced-fat chicken broth
1 Tbsp Lychee Vinegar
1 Tbsp orange juice
1 tsp olive oil

In a large bowl, combine the lettuce, oranges, lychees and onions. In a small bowl, whisk the broth, vinegar, juice and oil. Pour the dressing over the lettuce mixture, then toss gently until all ingredients are coated with dressing.

Servings: 4 



Lychee-BBQ Sauce


1/2 Cup ketchup
1/2 Cup white wine
1/4 cup brown sugar or lychee honey
1 Tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
2 cloves garlilc crushed
1/2 teaspoon chili powder
3 dashes hot sauce
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon onion powder
1/2 Cup peeled and drained seedless lychees


Finely dice lychees and combine with other ingredients.
Bring to a boil. 
Simmer 30 minutes or until desired thickness.

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The Daily Word - Thursday, May 12, 2011

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FORGIVE
I choose to forgive and free myself to move forward.

The act of forgiveness is a conscious choice to let go, to move past feelings of resentment, and to move forward in light and love. Holding on to unforgiveness is like carrying a bucket of stones. With each step the bucket seems to get heavier and heavier until it is exhausting to bear.

Choosing a quiet time and place, I examine the stones of unforgiveness that fill my bucket. One by one, I take them out, lay them aside and release them to God. Without the stones of unforgiveness and resentment, I move freely and can now use the bucket to gather flowers of light, peace and freedom. I choose to forgive and release to remain free of resentment.

And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. --Matthew 6:12
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The Supreme Court will on Thursday start hearing the lawsuit filed on behalf of
convicted crime boss, Donald 'Zeeks' Phipps, for the return of millions of
dollars seized from him by the authorities.
'Zeeks' is trying to get back $18 million.
His attorneys want the money returned to the former Matthews Lane area leader
and his family.
They have pointed to the fact that when the Director of Public Prosecutions
dropped the charges against 'Zeeks' for unlawful possession of property two
years ago, she did not apply for the forfeiture or confiscation of the money.
They also intend to argue that a portion of the money was stolen while in the
custody of the police.
The $18 million was seized at Phipps' St Andrew home during a murder
investigation.
Phipps is now serving life behind bars, following his conviction for a double
murder.
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They have three biological children and three that they have adopted from around
the world.
But despite speculation in the past couple of years that Angelina Jolie and Brad
Pitt would be soon adding to their brood again, the actress today ruled it out.
Speaking at the Cannes Film Festival, she told Extra that another adoption
wasn't a possibility, 'at this time'.
Angelina adopted son Maddox, now nine, from an orphanage in Cambodia in 2002,
and then she and Pitt adopted daughter Zahara, now five, from Ethiopia in 2005
and then in 2007, they adopted Pax, now seven, from Vietnam.
Angelina also gave birth to daughter Shiloh in 2006 and twins Vivienne and Knox
in 2008.
 Angelina is in France promoting her new film Kung Fu Panda 2 and showed off her
latest latitude and longitude arm tattoo.

When asked about the new etching in the interview with Extra today, the
obviously annoyed mother-of-six confirmed that the co-ordinates are a tribute to
long-time partner  Pitt.

In a rather snappy retort, the actress was irritated when an interviewer asked
whether it related to a possible new adoption.
'Well, if they know that it's latitude and longitude they would have figured out
quickly that it was Brad's birthplace,' she snapped.
'It doesn't take much investigation to figure that one out. The coordinates are
Shawnee, Oklahoma.'
She also explained that Kung Fu Panda 2 'deals with family and adoption,' and
that initially she was nervous about how her mix of biological and adopted
children would deal with 'such a heavy issue'.
But she said she was relieved with their reaction to the film and said they all
discussed it.
'The kids loved it!' They laughed out loud, hysterical,' she said.
'We talk very openly in our house. Orphanage and birth parents are happy words
in our house.'
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End of the world May 21?

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There has been a 200 percent jump in searches on Yahoo! for "May 21st." Searches
are also spiking for "the rapture," "end of the world," and "Harold Camping."
What do these have in common? Camping, an 89-year-old radio host and Christian
fundamentalist, says judgment day is less than two weeks away.
Camping said he pinned down May 21 as doomsday using clues and prophesies he found in the Bible. "It is absolutely going to happen without any question at all," Camping said in an interview. But if you look at his track record, you may not be so convinced. Camping
previously predicted judgment day would be in September 1994.
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So why Digicel Rising Stars dash way di three judge dem? Sinting look fishy,
cause everybody tek on to di judge dem. Killer Miller a di boss, everybody love
to hate him, and Miller couldn't care less. Sometimes him too harsh, but smaddy
haffi talk up di tings dem. And den Clyde him wid fi him big wud dem and Nadine
who always a feel sorry fi di people dem. We cyan wait fi hear what dem a come
wid fid is yah season, cause last season neva so hot at all. We hope a sinting
sensible dem come wid or else we just a go watch Magnum Kings and Queens and no badda wid Rising Stars.
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Obeah and bare tings at Manchester court

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If you want drama, excitement and nuff obeah, the place to be is the courthouse
in the cool cool hills of Manchester. We always hear bout country court and the
drama with bare from wid padlock pon dem mouth, but fi real, the obeah oil and
rub up and mix up dung a Manchester no ordinary. At one point we did haffi go
outside cause when di smell a di obeah oil rub up lick we, we did feel like we
did a go faint. We neva know say sinting could a really go so. Anyway, a we
friend we did go help out and as soon as tings sort out we put di vehicle inna
drive and neva look back. All we know is dat Manchester obeah man a wuk hard and
mus a get nuff money. Dem cyan bawl bout no recession.
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Magnum Kings & Queens to open a mansion

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The Magnum Kings and Queens of Dancehall competition will reach anew level on
Saturday as the contestants of Castle Red and Castle Blue join up to create the
Magnum Mansion.
Twelve contestants, who were selected by the public, will perform on Saturday.
Each will try to outshine the other with the best lyrical content.
This week, all contestants who performed last week will be brought on stage to
have the two with the lowest votes eliminated.
Magnum Kings and Queens of Dancehall airs on Television Jamaica every Saturday
night at 9:30.
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A principal shareholder in Creditinfo Jamaica, one of the companies vying for a credit bureau licence in Jamaica, says other jurisdictions have seen as much as a 50 per cent decline in bad debts after establishing a credit bureau system.

Creditinfo Jamaica is owned 20 per cent by Creditinfo Group, a Germany-based credit-information and risk-management solutions company, and 41 per cent by Jamaican shareholders, including Damion Franklin, general manager of the local entity.

"It will bring about increased transparency, good business conduct and help customers," said Kristinn Agnarsson, business developer of CreditInfo Group, at a credit bureau seminar hosted jointly by his company and the Jamaica Chamber of Commerce in Kingston last Thursday.

"For example, a French bank in Ukraine we have been working with, where we introduced application processing and credit scoring, we saw some initial benefits with default rate in new loans decreasing by 25 per cent, three to four months after using credit-bureau data they saw up to a 50 per cent drop," added Paul Randal, general manager of Creditinfo Group.

"Credit-bureau data can dramatically change what obtains in a market," he said.

But the executives were not able to give specifics about the Jamaican market or an estimate of how much the delinquency rate in institutions here would likely decline.

Non-performing loans in the 13 deposit-taking financial institutions regulated by the Bank of Jamaica (BOJ) have more than doubled since the financial crisis, from J$9.8 billion in December 2008 to J$16.3 billion at December 2009 and J$22.4 billion at December 2010.

The commercial and merchant banks and building societies have reported that they are working with borrowers to clear outstanding debt.

The credit-bureau system is supposed to create a credit history on borrowers that serves as a more objective measure of their risk, but it also has a larger function in economic planning, says CreditInfo.

"Authorities can also use the statistics for decision making," said Agnarsson.

"Bureau data is not just about bad debts," he said.

still awaiting feedback

Creditinfo Jamaica put its bid in for a licence from the BOJ earlier this year, and is still awaiting feedback.

"It takes 120 days maximum for the application to be approved and we believe we have around 60 more days to wait for some words," said Franklin.

"The system is ready to be localised for the Jamaica environment, so all we have to do is to start the implementation."

CreditInfo, which already operates in 10 countries, including Czech Republic, Georgia, Romania, Greece and Malta, among others, said it would take nine to 12 months after the licence is granted to begin offering services to the Jamaican public.

Radek Bittner, project manager at Creditinfo Solutions, said the implementation process will go through at least four phases:

Three to four months to consult with providers of data, to analyse the scope of the data to be received, functionality of system, migration plan and description and design of statistical reporting;

Four months for system development, internal stress testing and building connectivity to subscribers;

About two months for customer testing; and

One to three months for a pilot run of the system and final acceptance test by financial institutions.

Critical to the whole process though, Bittner said, is that the correct and relevant data is received.

"Subscribers must be prepared to give the data," he said.

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Modified version of Image:Arnold Schwarznegger...

Arnold and Maria Shiver

Arnold Schwarzenegger has spoken out for the first time since he and Maria
Shriver announced their separation.
"I just talked to Maria an hour ago before I came here and we both were saying
the same thing we are amazed to be extremely blessed to be surrounded by so many
wonderful people and so many wonderful friends," Schwarzenegger said at the 63rd
Israel Independence Day Celebration at the Skirball Cultural Center in Los
Angeles on Tuesday night.
"We both love each other very much," the actor and former Governor of California
continued. "We are very fortunate that we have four extraordinary children and
we're taking one day at a time."
Adding, "But the bottom line is I wanted to take this opportunity to say thank
you to all the people for their great, great support."
On Monday, after 25 years together, Schwarzenegger, 63, and Shriver, 55,
announced their split in a joint statement saying that this is "a time of great
personal and professional transition."
"After a great deal of thought, reflection, discussion, and prayer, we came to
this decision together," the statement continued. "At this time, we are living
apart, while we work on the future of our relationship. We are continuing to
parent our four children together. They are the light and the center of both of
our lives."
On Tuesday, the couple's daughter, Katherine Tweeted, "Just wanted to thank
everyone for the sweet comments and ur concern and love in this changing time!
It means a lot!"
Their son, Patrick also Tweeted on Tuesday, writing, "Appreciate all your
messages. Small speed bump in life, luckily we own hummers, we will cruise right
over it. All will be okay. #peace"
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So what's new? The scenario of Jamaican men getting 'jacket' is age-old, and as
many persons observe, "The man dem always end up loving the jacket pickney more
than how them love the real one dem."
So we can't understand why it's 'news' that up to seventy percent of Jamaican
men are wearing 'jackets'. It's just that with the availability of DNA, more and
more men are finding out for sure that the kids aren't theirs.
But, it is interesting that court records also show that many of these fathers,
after the devastation of finding out that the child they have loved and nurtured
for so long is a jacket, simply bounce back and go through the legal system and
legally adopt the children.
So big up to all Jamaican man who love up dem jacket pickney. After all, it's
not the child's fault.
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Dubdem Sound System :: Jamaican Tour 2006


KINGSTON, Jamaica (AFP) -- Bob Marley's musical legacy may be waning 30 years
after his death as Jamaica's youth prefers dancehall to reggae, but the singer
remains a cult, if highly commercialised, figure.
Marley has become a merchandiser's dream, with everything from shoes to
snowboards bearing his image, but his friends say it would be tragic if his
message of justice for the oppressed gets lost to corporate greed.
"He was never about commercialism," one friend, Herbie Miller, told AFP. "Money
was not his greatest motivation."
For loyal fans of the Third World's first pop superstar, who died from cancer at
the age of 36 on May 11 1981, this year's milestone anniversary is not about
grieving but about celebrating.
"His music was so full of life, it doesn't seem right to mourn him," 24-year-old
Bernadette Hellwanter of Vocklabruck, Austria told AFP as she toured the Bob
Marley Museum in the Jamaican capital Kingston.
Fans flock to the museum, an English-style building where Marley lived and wrote
many of his songs.
Tours are also conducted daily in the village of Nine Mile in the rural St Ann
parish where Marley was born in February 1945 and where a mausoleum now provides
his final resting place.
But despite all the T-shirts, the mugs and the many iconic images of the
pot-smoking, football-loving Rastafarian, there is a sense his star could be
beginning to fade.
The Marley Foundation, which oversees the singer's estate, says no events are
planned to mark the 30th anniversary of his death.
Music from the rebel who introduced reggae to an international audience gets
only token play nowadays on the local radio and his message appears lost on
today's Jamaican youth.
Feel-good songs like Three Little Birds and One Love are preferred to more
militant tracks such as Exodus or The Heathen.
In Trench Town, the Kingston ghetto that inspired some of Marley's most
memorable songs, there are few visitors to the tenement where he once lived
during the 1960s.
Artefacts include the shell of a Volkswagen van that Marley used to sell his
records and a bed he slept on.
Overseas, perhaps, there is more room for nostalgia.
Marley performed twice in his life in Belgium, but according to Brice DePasse, a
Belgian journalist with the Nostalgie television station, he left an indelible
mark.
"He's been big in Belgium since 1977 when he first performed there. There's not
a day that his music is not played," said DePasse.
To commemorate his death, Nostalgie will air the hour-long documentary In The
Footsteps of Bob Marley today.
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Tax cheat hotline a success

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The new tip-off line for alleged or assumed tax cheats got 33 reports in its
first week, Tax Administration Jamaica (TAJ) said Tuesday.
The tax-cheat hotline, 1-888-292-4328, became operational May 1 and is manned by
"trained agents, the tax agency said.
The reports were referred to senior investigators for follow-up.
The hotline is one of the tools employed by the TAJ to "widen the tax net and to
stem the practice of under-reporting", and promote "a more equitable and
transparent tax system".
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Seven time Grammy award winning singer-songwriter, Stephen Marley, is set to
release his third solo project, Revelation Pt 1: The Root of Life on May 23.
Conceived as a celebration and preservation for roots rock reggae, and anchored
in reggae's scorching drum and bass backbeat, The Root of Life delivers 14
tracks of powerful messages and encouragement for the struggling masses.
The first single, Jah Army, features Damian "Jr. Gong" Marley and Buju Banton
over a thunderous one-drop rhythm.
The Root of Life will be followed by Revelation Pt 2: The Fruit of Life, which
is due this fall.
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The Spanish Town-based Clansman Gang in St. Catherine has been linked to another
fatal shooting in the old capital.
The incident took place near the Spanish Town Bridge, Tuesday evening and
resulted in the death of man who has only been identified as "Ricky", a resident
of De la Vega City.
He was killed about 7:00 p.m. while walking.
It is reported that he was approached by men who opened fire hitting him several
times.
He died on the spot.
The attack occurred as the police continued operations aimed at dismantling the
Clansman Gang which has been implicated in several fatal shootings in Spanish
Town.
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