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What a way Khago a talk up di tings dem bout I-Octane? But a what really a gwaan? When Khago did do the diss tune, him manager Bankeylous did come out and say him never endorse it. Now that Khago a go hard and a call Octan bad mind and all these tings, we doan hear a word outta Bankey. That clearly mean say Bankey support it. And Khago a talk bout I-Octane fi stop walk round and talk how a him give Khago him name. But really, at the end of the day, who really cares who give Khago him name?
Now that Khago do a good performance at Sumfest and get some air time him and Bankeylous shoulda focus on some positive tings and stop walk round and promote nonsense.

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Robert Sutherland have up #1 swagger

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A number one tune is really a hell of a ting eeh? Robert Sutherland tune Times So Hard reach number one pon Richie B chart and is like him is a whole new man. We nah say the yute no humble still, but dem days yah Robert have up a different walk. Fi real. A di people dem inna Philly must tell oonu bout the swagger. Anyway yute, gwaan hold di vibes. You a one person who cyaan complain bout how times hard. You haffi go find a different tune fi sing.
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Great performances at Sumfest 2011

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Johnny Gourzong and his team must take a bow, because this Sumfest high on entertainment value. 
All the artistes performed well (except Kartel) and although R Kelly was missing, Friday night was still a great night. Beres, Coco Tea, Bunny Wailer, Tanya Stephens, Half Pint, Prophecy and others were in fine form and gave patrons their money's worth. 
Jah B closed the show in fine style, despite the fact that many of the patrons had left the venue by then. But he put on a world class performance that turned Catherine Hall into a real dancehall.
We know the numbers weren't so right, but the vibes could not have been better. And when Beres call up Marion Hall, aka Lady Saw on stage for a collaboration, it was quite a show.
Dancehall Night was awesome and the outstanding performers were I-Octane, Assassin, Konshens and Beenie Man. 
One word of caution though, has to do with the flares and the fire crackers. It needs to be banned before somebody gets hurt. During I-Octane's peroformance the fire looked like it was getting out of control; the artistes need to stop buying these things and then pretend that it's their fans who are doing it spontaneously.
Nicki Minaj did what was expected on Saturday night but she had stiff competition from the likes of Wayne Wonder who performed right after her. Wayne Wonder was truly awesome. After the crowd disappeared following Nicki's performance, Wayne started singing and by his third song, people were standing should-to-shoulder, hands in the air, shouting and singing as they showed approval for reggae's golden boy.
Chalice closed the show doing all their hits and included in their segment was a tribute to the late Cool Ruler, Gregory Isaacs by none other than Geore Nooks. Well done George!
Next year marks 20 continuous years of Reggae Sumfest. Already the anticipation is running high.

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Lauryn Hill


Lauryn Hill has revealed Rohan Marley - the father of five of her children - is not the daddy of her new baby boy.
The former Fugees singer, 36, who gave birth on Saturday, released a statement on her website to deny reports that her long-time on/off partner abandoned her while she was pregnant.
She described her relationship with Rohan, Bob Marley's son, as having a 'long and complex history' with 'long periods of separation over the years' - but pointedly referred to them have just five children together - not six.
As to who is the father of her latest addition, Lauryn was not giving anything away, saying she was reserving her right to privacy.
Her statement in full read: 'Mr Marley and I have a long and complex history about which MANY inaccuracies have been reported since the beginning. 
'To speculate without the facts can only cause people to form the WRONG conclusions. 
'We both value privacy and for that reason defend and preserve our right to it.
'Contrary to the numerous reports, Mr Marley did not abandon me while pregnant with his child. We have had long periods of separation over the years but our five children together remain a joy to both of us. 
'Thank you for your concern and I appreciate all of the well wishes regarding the birth of my new son.'
News of Hill giving birth was broken by the website 'Black Celeb Kids'. The website reported she 'had a little scare because the baby came out the womb with the umbilical cord wrapped around his neck'.
The source added: 'All is well now and everyone is happy.'
It emerged just two months ago that the singer was pregnant.
At the time Rohan confused fans, by hinting he was not the father of Hill's then unborn child - but not categorically ruling it out.
Over the weekend he tweeted: 'I'm forwarding all well wishes to Ms Hill on the birth of her new son. I'm sure she'll appreciate the love being sent to her.'
The 39-year-old has been in a relationship with Hill for 15 years.
But rumours are circulating that he is dating 28-year-old Brazilian model Isabeli Fontana.
Miss Fontana posted a photo of her and Marley on Twitter with the caption, 'I'm in love with @Romarley 's heart.'
After rumours of an affair started, Marley hit back on Twitter, saying: 'Ms. Hill is the mother of my children, whom I have a tremendous amount of love and respect for. I would never do that.'
Hill and Rohan are parents to Zion, 14, Selah, 13, Joshua, nine, John, eight and three-year-old Sarah. She is yet to reveal the name of her new son.
 
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Body of missing teen found in shallow grave

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The decomposing body of  17-year-old Khadeja Daley, who had been missing from her home since July 22, was found in a shallow grave about 5 p.m. in Nutts River, St Thomas, on Tuesday.
Items, which included a wig and a pair of shoes believed to belong to the deceased, were also found on the scene.
The body had wounds to the head and knees.
A large crowd gathered on the scene after Silford Brown, Khadeja's stepfather, found the body. He recounted that he had a vision in which the deceased told him to come and look for her.
Family members said Khadeja, who graduated from Paul Bogle High School last month, was at home when she got a call. She told her family that she would return soon, but never did.
The police have since taken three men into custody.
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Golding agrees with scrap metal ban

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Bruce Golding


Prime Minister Bruce Golding speaking on his monthly radio call in programme Jamaica House Live, defended the recent ban on the scrap metal trade..
Although his administration is coming under intense pressure from angry scrap metal dealers Mr. Golding has declared that there will be no backing down from the decision to ban exports from the sector.News came on Wednesday, July 27, that members of the Scrap Metal Federation have hired a law firm and are considering the possibility of mounting a challenge against the imposition of the ban.
But speaking on Jamaica House Live Wednesday night, Mr. Golding insisted that the Government made the right decision in the country's interest.
He made it clear that there will be no turning back.
"Some people are going to be upset and my apologies to them, and we're going to hear how many people are put of work but we're not supporting any kind of employment if that employment depends on thieving off people's things, so we're taking a tough position on it," the Prime Minister said.
He added that if in January when Cabinet conducts a review and there are still signs of illegal activity in the sector the export ban will remain in effect.
 
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Dancehall artiste Mavado will appear in the Montego Bay Resident Magistrate's Court in St. James on August 8 to answer the two charges which were laid against him on Wednesday, July 27.
The 30-year old artiste, whose given name is David Brooks, was  charged with assault occasioning bodily harm and malicious destruction of property.
The charges are in connection with an incident on Friday evening, July 22.
Mavado is accused of assaulting a man and damaging his Toyota Camry motorcar, after an argument along the Belmont main road in  St. James.
It was reported that the complainant stopped along the road to allow a line of traffic to pass, when he and his son were attacked by the artiste and members of his entourage.
The complainant sustained injuries to his back, leg and forehead.    
Martin Thomas, the attorney, who accompanied Mavado to the police on Wednesday, says the artiste is eager to clear his name.
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The Daily Word - Wednesday, July 27, 2011

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INSPIRED
I allow my divine inner wisdom its full expression.

Inspiration is always available to me. To feel inspired, I can discuss stimulating ideas with friends, listen to music, or stroll through an art gallery. Likewise, I can gain inspiration from reading a thought-provoking book, allowing my thoughts to wander, or sitting in quiet meditation. Whether I am praying, spending time with loved ones, or communing with nature, my open and receptive mind invites divinely inspired ideas.

Feelings of divine discontent may also inspire me to make changes and grow as I strive to reach my full potential. Creative inspiration may produce a song, a book or a painting. When I embrace and allow full expression of my divine inner wisdom, I am inspired.

I will lead the blind by a road they do not know. --Isaiah 42:16
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Amy Winehouse laid to rest

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Three days after her death, Amy Winehouse's funeral took place in London today at Edgwarebury Cemetery.

The private service drew about 200 attendees, including Marc Ronson (who produced Winehouse'sBlack to Black and recently called Winehouse his "musical soulmate") and longtime Winehouse friend Kelly Osbourne. Also present: Reg Traviss, Winehouse's most recent ex-boyfriend. Blake Fielder-Civil, Winehouse's ex-husband, requested a leave from jail to attend the service (he is serving a 32-month sentence for burglary and weapon transgressions) but was denied.

The service reportedly lasted about 45 minutes and, according to the AP, was to be followed by "cremation and a family gathering at a local synagogue".

Many of the female guests -- including Osbourne -- wore their hair in Winehouse's trademark beehive.

Amy's father Mitch delivered the eulogy, which he closed with the line "Goodnight, my angel. Sleep tight."

The service was conducted as soon as possible after Winehouse's death, in accordance with Jewish law, and was presided over by Rabbi Frank Hellmer.

There is still no official world on what caused Winehouse's death, as Monday's autopsy was inconclusive and results of toxicology reports aren't expected for two to four weeks.

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Yardflex to stream Dancehall Queen live!

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It will be non-stop excitement from 10:00 PM to 7:00 AM on Saturday July 30, as the crowning of the Red Label Wine International Dancehall Queen show get underway.

And, this year, the event will be streamed live via Yardflex (www.yardflex.com).

"Every year the interest in the show builds and with the number of hits Yardflex received on its last year video, the decision was taken to do a live stream this year," said Yardflex CEO, Deborah Cole.

The cost will be minimal, just US$9.99, and viewers the world over will have be able to be a part of this year's staging of the event.

Dancehall Queen contest is sponsored by Red Label Wine and is produced by Big Head Promotions.

Already some of the overseas contestants are in the island and were seen chilling out at Cornwall Beach in Montego Bay on Sunday, where they put on quite a show and dazzled beachgoers with their skills.

"Me haffi deh deh pon mi eyelash," was how one beach bum summed it up after seeing the three foreigners display their prowess.

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Teen shot dead at her home in St. Elizabeth

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Seventeen year Rochelle Chin, who recently graduated from the Manchester High School, was shot dead at her home in Junction, St. Elizabeth Monday night, July 25.

It is reported that the teenager had just returned home about 9:00 p.m., when explosions were heard.

Rochelle was later found outside her yard suffering from a gunshot wound to her head.

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Nicki Minaj - BET Awards '11 - Show
US rapper Nicki Minaj was fined $1,000 on Monday, July 25, for using indecent language during her performance on Reggae Sumfest at Catherine Hall in Montego Bay, St. James on Saturday, July 23.

Nicki, whose given name is Onika Maraj, was served with a summons to appear in court on Thursday, July 28, on the charges.

However, her attorney made an appeal for the matter to be put forward to Monday.

He then pleaded guilty on her behalf and was fined $1,000.

It was the Trinidadian-born superstar's very first stage performance in Jamaica.

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The European Union (EU) has millions of dollars in grant funds waiting for requests from non-governmental organisations (NGOs) dealing with human rights and conflict resolution.

Under its crime-management programme, the EU is willing to provide grants to human-rights groups, conflict-management entities and other NGOs working in related areas, but not many have submitted requests.

"The EU is currently launching another call to organisations in need of support, with a special interest in work against the death penalty, and NGOs which are attentive to this issue," the EU delegation in Jamaica said yesterday.

Entities, including Jamaicans for Justice, the Dispute Resolution Foundation and the Rise Life Management Services, have already benefited from the EU grants.

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Warrant no longer out for Rev Al Miller

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Senior Resident Magistrate Lorna Williams has withdrawn the warrant she issued yesterday for the arrest of popular clergyman Reverend Al Miller.

The warrant was withdrawn when Miller and his lawyer turned up in court yesterday afternoon, four hours after the matter was initially called up.

Attorney-at-law Leslie Campbell explained that there was an apparent mix-up with the time that Miller's firearm case was scheduled to be heard.

According to Campbell, he and Miller had expected a 2 p.m. hearing.

The hearing was, however, called up at 10 a.m.

The trial is now set for August 18.

Miller, who is out on $100,000 bail, is charged with negligence in relation to the theft of his licensed firearm.

 

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The attorneys for dancehall artiste, Mavado, are now having discussions with the Anchovy police in St James, following an incident involving the singer on the weekend.

The police had requested that the artiste, whose given name is David Brooks, contact them, in relation to an alleged attack on a man and his son in second city.

The artiste's attorney, Christian Tavares-Finson, says he's now in contact with the police.

 "I have made contact with the police who are responsible for the matter, I am trying to ascertain what the matter is , if they want to speak to him or if they want to charge him ....as far as we are concerned it really is a non issue and I'm confident that it will be sorted out." said Mr Tavares-Finson

The police named Mavado as a person of interest after receiving a report on an incident which occurred on Friday night. It's understood that the man had parked his car on Belmont Road, on Friday night, when Mavado and an entourage drove up.

The artiste reportedly demanded that the man move his vehicle to allow them to pass and avoid a pothole. However, the man refused.

Members of Mavado's entourage reportedly emerged from the vehicle and began attacking the man and his son with a machete. Mavado is alleged to have backed the vehicle into the man's car as well, injuring him. The man reportedly sustained face, back, and foot injuries.

His son was also reportedly injured. He lost several of his teeth and also sustained injuries to his hand.

The alleged attack was reported to the Anchovy Police, and the injured man and his son were treated at hospital.

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A heap of scrap metal.

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Dr. Christopher Tufton, the Minister of Industry, will make a crucial announcement on Tuesday, July 26, about the future of the multi-billion dollar scrap metal trade.

A press conference is to be held during which Dr. Tufton will outline several wide ranging changes for the industry.

It was temporarily shut down a week ago, due to the increase in theft of metal infrastructure from private and public entities.

Proposals were submitted to Cabinet on Monday, July 25, from various interest groups, on the most effective way to monitor activities in the trade.

Dr. Tufton explains that based on these proposals and other consultations, a decision was made.

The Opposition has already signalled that it is against any plan to place the scrap metal industry under state control.

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The Daily Word - Tuesday, July 26, 2011

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FAITH
I respond to life's circumstances according to my faith.

Every circumstance is temporary. If I am struggling, I respond to the challenge according to my faith. I turn within for direction and gently release thoughts of lack, limitation or unworthiness. Gratefully I acknowledge that in every moment I am divinely supported.

I am a powerful co-creator. In prayer, I connect with the Christ within, knowing that I am being guided toward my highest expression. I have faith that on this journey of becoming the best me I can be, all things are possible. I listen to the wisdom within and know that according to my faith, I make choices that are right for me. I have faith that all is well as I live, move and have my being enfolded in God's goodness.

Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.--Hebrews 11:1
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Amy Winehouse's autopsy results inconclusive

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The cause of Amy Winehouse's death will remain a mystery for at least a few more weeks.

An autopsy performed Monday at St. Pancras Mortuary in London did not establish a formal cause of death, Metropolitan Police tell Us Weekly in a statement. "We are awaiting the results of further toxicology tests," they add.

Further information regarding the 27-year-old singer's death is not expected for at least another two to four weeks. An inquest was opened at St. Pancras Coroner's Court Monday afternoon and was adjourned until October 26.

Sky News has reported her parents Mitch and Janis "formally identified" Winehouse's body Monday morning and that there "no suspicious circumstances surrounding the death of Amy Winehouse."

A spokesperson for the Winehouse family told BBC News that they are hoping to hold their daughter's funeral as soon as possible, but the post-mortem and police investigation have "made it impossible" to set a date.

Early Monday morning, Mitch and Janis Winehouse joined their daughter's boyfriend, Reg Traviss, to meet with mourner's outside the singer's Camden Square home in London.

"I can't tell you what this means to us. It really is making this a lot easier for us," Mitch said. "We're devastated and I'm speechless, but thanks for coming."

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Drug bust, ammunition find in St. Thomas

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Twelve people are in police custody following the seizure of a gun, several rounds of ammunition and ganja in St. Thomas on Sunday, July 24.

The seizure occurred about 6:00 a.m. during an operation in Grants Pen involving teams from the St. Thomas and Marine Divisions assisted by the Caribbean Search Centre.

During the operation, four premises were searched and approximately 300 pounds of compressed ganja, a semi-automatic pistol, and an assortment of ammunition were seized.

They found 59 .4.5 millimetre cartridges, 48 5.56 millimetre cartridges, 6 .38 millimetre cartridges, 28 nine millimetre cartridges and 5 magazines including an extended magazine for a Glock pistol.

Two boats, 4 boat engines, approximately 100 gallons of boat fuel, one Global Positioning System (GPS) and a compass were also seized.

The identities of those in custody are being withheld pending further investigations.                                                  

The police have theorised that the seizure of the items are linked to the guns for drugs trade involving Jamaicans and Haitians.    


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Freddie Mcgregor



The legendary Freddie McGregor, who boasts an enviable discography of memorable songs and albums released over the last 40 years, is releasing yet another that he believes Jamaica needs right now.

Titled Move up Jamaica, the song McGregor says, sounds more like a 'Festival song', and he believes everyone will come to love it.

"Every Jamaican haffi love this song, they have no choice," he said, a sly smile breaking out on his face, "they have no choice in the matter."

Move Up Jamaica is reportedly already in heavy rotation on 93.5 FM in New York, after DJ Rai heard the song and requested that McGregor send him a copy.

It was recorded recently at Sting Ray Records in the United Kingdom, McGregor recalls.

It was at Sting Ray, where he recorded Key to the City and the Grammy-nominated Anything for You.

"I was thinking about all the violence in Jamaica and realised that we needed a song to lift the spirits, and the words just started to flow," he recalled, adding that everything came together in about 10 to 15 minutes. They also added background vocals immediately after. The mixing was recently complete and the song is set to drop immediately, the veteran entertainer said.

And the timing of the song's release, he feels, could not have been better given that Independence celebrations are right around the corner and the Festival song competition is also close. "It's appropriate for this Festival season," he said.

McGregor, who has released about 35 albums and more than 150 singles and EPs over a stellar career spanning more than four decades, is uncharacteristically upbeat about Move up Jamaica.

"I'm not known to brag, but this song is going to lead the way for a long time," he declared.

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That is the advice from a senior crime fighter in the wake of the fourth beheading in days on Saturday, July 23.

Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) Ealan Powell, who heads the Criminal Investigation Branch, has warned that silence on the part of people with information on the incident will result in more heinous murders.

"This is like terrorism ... that's how terrorists operate. What they do is engender fear ... you hear that these people have been beheaded, it's going to engender fear and fear cripples a society. That's why it's important that we get on board now," ACP Powell said.

He pointed to the killing of two women, who he said the police have not linked to any crime, in Lauriston, St. Catherine last week.

"If these persons could be dealt with that way (then), who is going to next? And so I appeal to (Jamaicans) ... because what I know is that when a head is cut, blood will spew (and) it must have caught some clothes. Who washed those clothes? Who saw blood on anybody's clothes that they think is suspicious? Have they reported it to the police (and) if not, why not. These are questions I think the general society should ponder," ACP Powell stated.

He was speaking on RJR's Hotline programme Monday, morning, July 25.

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Court orders Al Miller's arrest

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Senior Resident Magistrate Lorna Williams has ordered that an arrest warrant be issued for Reverend Merrick Al Miller.

Williams made the order after Miller, and his attorneys, failed to appear in the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate's Court.

Upon asking the clerk of the court if Reverend Miller, or his representatives, had given any indication that they would not be present in court, she was told no.

In issuing the order, Williams said that the reverend has to be treated like any other accused.

Miller, who is out on $100,000 bail, was charged with negligence causing the loss or theft of his licensed firearm.

It is alleged that in January, Miller parked his vehicle in the Shortwood Road area of St Andrew and left to conduct business nearby.

Allegedly, on his return, it was discovered that a pouch with the firearm was missing.

Miller reported the incident to the police, who later charged him with negligence.

The clergyman is already facing charges of perverting the course of justice, and harbouring a fugitive.

Those charges stem from an incident in June last year, in which he was found in the company of fugitive, Christopher 'Dudus' Coke.

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Cops want to talk to Mavado and his entourage

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Dancehall artiste Mavado is again being sought by the police.

This follows an attack on a man and his son in St. James Saturday night, July 23.

It is understood that the complainant parked his car along a section of the Belmont Road about 7:00 p.m. when Mavado, whose given name is David Brooks, and his friends drove up.

The artiste reportedly demanded that the man move his vehicle further down the road so they could pass and avoid a pothole.

But the man refused.

Members of his entourage then reportedly emerged from the vehicle and began attacking the man and his son with a machete.

The man reportedly received face, back and foot injuries.

His son was also reportedly injured.

He lost several of his teeth and also sustained injuries to his hand.

The matter was reported to the Anchovy Police and the injured man and his son were treated at hospital.

The police are asking Mavado and his entourage to report to the station.

The incident occurred less than 24 hours after the artiste performed at the annual Reggae Sumfest Show at Catherine Hall in Montego Bay.

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Lawyers representing businessman Patrick Powell, who is charged with murder in connection with the shooting death of 17-year old Khajeel Mais, are to apply for bail when he returns to the Home Circuit Court on Friday, July 29.

The date for the bail hearing was set Monday morning, July 25, when Mr. Powell appeared in court.

Prosecutors told the court they have submitted some statements to the defence and they will serve additional material on Friday.

This after defence attorneys complained that they had not been served with all the material in the matter.

Powell, 50, is charged with murder, shooting with intent, illegal possession of a firearm, illegal possession of ammunition and failure to produce a firearm for inspection.

Khajeel was shot dead by the driver of a BMW X6 sports utility vehicle after the taxi in which he was travelling hit the motor vehicle.

Mr. Powell, who was identified as the driver, left the island but was arrested after he returned to the country and surrendered to the police.

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The Daily Word - Friday, July 22, 2011

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TURNING POINTS
God is always with me.

I have been through turning points in my life--times in which I overcame fear, changed my way of thinking, or found inner reserves of courage and strength. As I look back on these times, I realize I was never alone; God was with me as a guiding hand, a comforting presence and a strengthening power. This gives me comfort and peace.

I give thanks for the turning points in my life, for through them, I have emerged stronger and wiser. I have been blessed with new ideas and attitudes, new ways of seeing the world around me and the people in it. What a blessing to know that God is with me in these moments and in every moment of my life!

You have stripped off the old self with its practices and have clothed yourselves with the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge according to the image of its creator.--Colossians 3:9-10
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'Vado swag tun up!

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Vado flys again...

People, Mavado swag tun up yah now. The Gully God get back him visa and fly go foreign and come back and the ting tun all di way up. We spy him uppa di studio Tuesday night and Vado have a entourage that bigger than the whole a Cassava Piece. Him can work a foreign now so the US dollars a go start stock and pile again. Artiste, you hot like Peppa

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G2K threatens media critics

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The Jamaica Labour Party's young professional affiliate, Generation 2000, G2K says it plans to launch an all-out attack against sections of the media it deems biased against the ruling party.

The Delano Seiveright-led G2K called a press conference, Monday  morning at which it complained that some stakeholders in the local media are hostile to the governing administration.

The G2K president claimed that it is obvious that sections of the media are politically biased against the Bruce Golding led administration.

"Several radio talk shows, political analysts, news commentators are hostile to the JLP.  Additionally discussion panels are too frequently biased and include persons deceptively positioned as being neutral but are usually political activists themselves, " he noted.

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Another Kingston College student killed

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The Kingston College High School fraternity is mourning the death of another student, who died under tragic circumstances.

Dead is 15-year-old Timon Thompson, a resident of Bull Retreat in Gordon Town in St. Andrew.

According to police reports, Timon was walking along the Mavis Bank main road about 5:00 a.m. Tuesday morning, July 19, when he was approached by a relative.

An argument reportedly developed between the two during which a sharp implement was used to stab Timon.

The police were summoned and he was transported to hospital where he was pronounced dead.

The accused has since turned himself in to the police, but his identity is being withheld pending further investigations.


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Fans across the globe were shocked to hear Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony announce their marriage was over. But apparently it's been over for quite some time now.

The decision to split actually came "after months of nonstop arguing," a source close to the family tells People magazine.

J.Lo has suspected for months that Marc has been unfaithful and his controlling jealous ways became too much for her to handle.

He would reportedly tell her what to wear, how to act and who to hang around, which proved to be too much for someone like J.Lo.

"They started to see life differently," the source says.

Earlier this week there were rumors that J.Lo was involved with her smoking hot 'I'm Into You' music video co-star William Levy, aka: the Cuban Brad Pitt. But both J.Lo and William denied the false reports.

Levy denied the rumors telling Hollyscoop: "My thoughts are with Jennifer and Marc during this very hard time. My relationship with Jennifer has been strictly professional. These alleged rumors suggesting something more personal are 100% false and inaccurate. My best wishes go out to them and their family."

Some reports suggest J.Lo is devastated by the split, and while might be going through a high-profile split, but you didn't actually think that was going to keep Jennifer Lopez down, did you? She flew to the Ukraine yesterday to sing at a very high profile wedding, in which she got a million bucks.

Her personal life may be hurting, but nothing can keep J.Lo down!

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No R. Kelly for Sumfest

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R. Kelly has been hospitalized after emergency throat surgery in Chicago, forcing him to give up performing for an unknown period while he recuperates, the singer's spokesman said Wednesday.

Kelly, 44, had complained of throat pain and was rushed on Tuesday to Northwestern Memorial Hospital, where surgeons the same day drained an abscess on one of his tonsils, spokesman Allan Mayer said.

The Chicago native will be "laid up indefinitely" as he heals, therefore making it impossible for him to perform at Reggae Sumfest in Montego Bay this weekend.

Kelly alluded to discomfort in his throat last week in a tweet, which was also posted on his official website, saying optimistically, "I feel like my throat is coming back. I've been in bed sweating like crazy."

Kelly won a Grammy in 1997 for his gospel-tinged "I Believe I Can Fly," and is also known for his musical melodrama "Trapped in the Closet," a multipart saga about an ever-expanding cast of characters.

The medical issue comes soon after reports that Kelly faces a $2.9 million foreclosure on his suburban Chicago mansion.

Kelly's spokesman has declined to discuss the home but has said the singer is not in financial trouble.

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The Jamaican Deaf Community erupted in ecstasy last Saturday night as news broke that their queen, Miss Deaf Jamaica - Cassandra Whyte, had won Miss Deaf International 2011 in Orlando, Florida.

It was the first time that a deaf contestant representing Jamaica was competing at an international event. Out of a field of more than 20 young deaf ladies, representing China, The United States of America, Peru, South Africa, Poland, France, Korea, Brazil, Cuba, Argentina, Bolivia, Costa Rica, Hungary, India, Malaysia, Mexico, Sweden, Mongolia and Switzerland, all competing at the 2nd Annual Miss Deaf International, an organisation whose aim is to empower deaf women worldwide, Cassandra walked away, the winner.

First runner-up was Miss Deaf Brazil, while second runner-up went to Miss Deaf France, and third to Miss Deaf Korea.

As the winner, Whyte will be the ambassador for deaf women worldwide.

The competition which lasted two days, from July 14-16, involved a swimsuit section, talent show, national costume section and evening gown.

Whyte, who was the winner of the inaugural Miss Deaf Jamaica last year, is a deaf social worker at the Jamaica Association for the Deaf.

Miss Deaf Jamaica, a new entity formed last year, aims to develop Deaf Jamaican women into role models, advocates ambassadors and spokeswomen.

Whyte's victory is expected to have a huge impact on young Deaf girls in Jamaica.

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Mother and daughter beheaded

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The decapitated bodies of the two women, which were found at their home in Lauriston on the outskirts of Spanish Town in St. Catherine Wednesday morning, July 20, have been identified.

They are Charmaine Couver-Rattray, 40, and her 19-year old daughter Joyette Lynch otherwise called "Crystal".

It is understood that shortly after 6:00 a.m., a relative of the dead women called Joyette on her cellular phone, but did not receive a response.

The relative then went to the home of the women, where their headless bodies were found on a bed.

The police were called to scene and the bodies subsequently removed.

The heads of the women were not found at the scene.

The women were killed close to where the decapitated body of Scott Thomas, 18, was found on Monday.

The police say Mr. Thomas, who was a member of the Clansman gang, was wanted for at least 10 murders in the division and was killed after he fell out of grace with the members of his gang.

Investigators are still searching for his head.

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X6 suspect Patrick Powell charged

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The police have finally charged the main suspect in the killing of Kingston College student Khajeel Mais.

Fifty-year-old Patrick Powell, a businessman of Belgrade Loop, St Andrew who was implicated in the shooting death of 17-year-old Khajeel Mais on Friday, July 1, 2011 has been charged.

He was charged Monday by detectives from the Major Investigations Taskforce (MIT).

Powell has been charged with murder, shooting with intent, illegal possession of firearm, illegal possession of ammunition and failure to produce firearm for inspection.

He is to appear in the Half Way Tree Criminal Court tomorrow, July 21, 2011.

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Fashion Connection Photos by: Milton Raynor

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The Daily Word - Tuesday, July 19, 2011

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LET GO, LET GOD
I trust in the activity of Spirit, and my faith grows.

Letting go brings me peace and freedom. As I trust in the activity of Spirit, I am free to release the weight of resentment or unforgiveness. As I let go of worry about a job, the economy, my health or a loved one, I allow Spirit to work in these situations. When I let go of self-doubt and unworthiness, I let divine inner wisdom be my guide.

My life is uplifted and sustained by the spirit of God active in me. My faith grows as I surrender any doubts and trust in Spirit. Letting go does not mean I do nothing. It simply means I am less willful and more willing. I let go of the need to control or solve every problem and marvel at the way life is forever moving in the direction of my highest good.

But I trust in you, O Lord; I say, "You are my God." --Psalm 31:14
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Khajeel Mais laid to rest

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The Right Reverend Robert Thompson, Bishop of Kingston on Saturday urged family members of 17 year old Khajeel Mais to take comfort and reminded them that they had the support of  many others who had lost loved ones to violent circumstances.

 "We lift you up because in many ways we know that you are mourning not only for your son but you are mourning for the thousands of innocents and the blood that flows from their lives because of violence in this country," he told the Mais family during the thanksgiving service for the life of Khajeel at the Holy Trinity Cathedral in Kingston.

The incident surrounding the late former Kingston College student's death came to prominence two weeks ago following a bizarre shooting incident in which he was shot in the head.

The case has since sparked public outcry of an innocent life cut short.

Family and friends described Kajeel as "kind and full of promise" as they paid tribute at the thanksgiving service.

The teen was shot dead on July 1, while driving in a taxi, in Havendale, St Andrew. 

Khajeel was reportedly heading to a school fete, when the taxi collided with an X-6 SUV.   The driver of the SUV allegedly fired on the taxi in which the teen was a passenger.                 

 

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REDjet all clear to fly to Trinidad

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PORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad, (CMC): The Barbadian low-cost airline REDjet is set to fly to Trinidad in less than two weeks after the airline took the local civil aviation authority to court, the Trinidad Express newspaper has reported, possibly ending one of the more hectic chapters in recent Caribbean aviation history.

The report is the latest twist in a three month-old saga that began with Trinidad and Tobago and Jamaica denying entry to the carrier.

It escalated to verbal brawling between Caribbean Community (CARICOM) leaders, accusations and denials, a flurry of political and bureaucratic meetings, questions about the safety of the airline's 24-year-old fleet of passenger jets, and withering inter-island criticism by regional people both of their governments and of each other.

The paper, citing court records and anonymous sources, said the airline and the Trinidad and Tobago Civil Aviation Authority reached a 'compromise' Friday afternoon after a hearing in the Port of Spain High Court before Justice Mira Dean Armorer.

Sources told the Express that under the compromise, the airline whose registered company name is Airone Ventures Ltd, is expected to begin flying the route on July 28.

But the paper said all parties in the court case "may be subjected to a confidentiality agreement" and that the airline's business development manager Robbie Burns declined to comment on the matter. Director of Civil Aviation Ramesh Lutchmedial could not be reached for comment, it said.

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Grammy Award winning American singer-songwriter, Mýa, is all set to hit the Reggae Sumfest stage with international reggae singer, Wayne Wonder.

The duo recently collaborated on a powerful remix of Wayne Wonder's popular, chart-topping single, If I Ever, which is impacting radio in a huge way. According to Wayne Wonder's management, they thought it appropriate to invite Mya to perform the song live with Wayne at the greatest reggae festival on earth.

If I Ever made its debut on the iTunes Reggae Chart at number four in December last year and subsequently climbed its way up; in Jamaica, it topped the Jamaica Countdown Chart in June and remained in pole position for two weeks. Internationally, the single has received massive airplay and loads of positive feedback.

"Undoubtedly the single has performed commendably, but we are always looking to take things up a few notches and reach a wider audience ... and this is what we are confidently hoping to achieve with the collaboration with Mya," Wayne Wonder explained.

He said he was grateful to Mya for graciously accepting the invitation to perform with him at Reggae Sumfest.

"Mya is a wonderful talent, a great person and she gives the single added flavor. I am really looking forward to working the Sumfest stage with her," the Grammy-nominated artiste declared.

Mýa, born Marie Harrison was raised in Washington D.C., USA. Her eponymous debut album with Interscope Records was released in April 1998, and sold over one million copies in the United States, but it was her second studio album, platinum-selling Fear of Flying, (2000) that produced Mya's breakthrough hit single Case of the Ex, reaching number-one on the Australian Singles Chart.

Reggae Sumfest takes place July 17 - 23. Wayne Wonder is scheduled to perform on the closing night of the festival, International Night II, on Saturday.

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A man, who was arrested two weeks ago along with the son of the St. Andrew businessman being investigated for the shooting death of Khajeel Mais, is expected to be released from police custody.

Sources say the man appeared on an identification parade (ID) on Friday, July 15, in connection with another matter, but was not pointed out.

He was detained along with the businessman's 21-year old son, who was charged on Tuesday, July 12, with assault occasioning grievous bodily harm arising from an incident two years ago in which a man was left paralysed.

Investigators alleged that on November 12, 2009, the 42-year-old complainant was walking along Belgrade Loop in Upper St Andrew, when he was attacked by four men, including the businessman's son.

He was hit in the back with a stone and suffered damage to his spine which left him paralysed.

The businessman's son is to appear in court on Friday.

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X6 man to face ID parade

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Noel Mais (left) comforts his sister, Kimberly, after she broke down in tears while reading the eulogy at their brother Khajeel's funeral service at the Holy Trinity Cathedral yesterday.- Ian Allen/PhotographerThe legal team representing the St Andrew businessman being investigated for the shooting death of 17-year old Khajeel Mais is crying foul ahead of a planned identification parade (ID) scheduled for Monday, July 18.

Lead attorney, Patrick Atkinson, QC, told RJR News that he has serious concerns about the ID parade having regard to the fact that his client's name has been bandied about elsewhere in the media.

"On one talk show on Friday [July 15], I overheard a caller pointing to a location on the internet where details concerning the suspect could be found including his name and the properties he allegedly owns, so I'm wondering how fair any parade is going to be since it's likely witnesses could go look (him) up the internet before they come to the ID parade," Mr. Atkinson said.

He declined to state whether he will be challenging the holding of the ID parade.

However, he acknowledged that it appears that the investigators have decided to do away with interrogating his client and instead will be placing him on an ID parade.

Mr. Atkinson agreed that the police can lay charges against his client without questioning him.

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International Dancehall Queen

July 17, 2011:- There is definitely excitement in the air as the date draws near for the annual Red Label Wine International Dancehall Queen Contest 2011. The much anticipated contest will be held on July 30, 2011 at its usual home - Pier One in Montego Bay, Jamaica.

Promoted by Big Head Promotions, the International Dancehall Queen Contest is the premier and only authentic dancing contest for dancehall queens from across the world.

Already the contestants have been chosen and with the event now numbered in days, the big question is: Who will wear the4 crown of Miss Red Label Wine International Dancehall Queen 2011?

Last year's show featured queens from Jamaica, Austria, Poland, Germany, Estonia, Belgium, Italy, Japan, England, Martinique, Trinidad, USA, Canada and France. The winner was 23-year-old Kristal Anderson from Falmouth, Trelawny.

She was crowned by 2009 winner Tavia Morris from Montego Bay, Jamaica.

The crown has been in Jamaica for two consecutive years, Will Jamaica be able to keep a grip on the coveted Dancehall Queen trophy for a third straight year?

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The Daily Word - Friday, July 15, 2011

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CLARITY
Returning to my Christ nature, I see all things clearly.

When asked to heal a blind man, Jesus put his hands on the man's eyes. The man's vision was restored, but it was blurred. To him, people looked "like trees, walking." After Jesus laid his hands on him a second time, the man could see clearly.

As I turn within for guidance and direction, I affirm the clarity I seek and give thanks in advance for the ability to see things clearly. Even if doubts arise, I do not turn away. I continue to return to the Christ Presence within for clear vision. With spiritual clarity, I affirm wholeness despite any physical condition. I see abundance where others may only see lack. By returning to my Christ nature, I can see all things clearly.

Then Jesus laid his hands on his eyes again; and he looked intently and his sight was restored, and he saw everything clearly.--Mark 8:25
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Kingston: US based Elektra Atlantic recording artist Laza Morgan, a singjay and rapper whose raspy, rhythmic 'DJ' style flows on his new single "One By One" featuring Mavado will on Tuesday, July 19, 2011 join his dad, veteran reggae hitmaker Denroy Morgan as "Father & Son" performers at Studio 38 in New Kingston.

"I am excited about my upcoming performances at Studio 38 in Kingston and Reggae Sumfest in Montego Bay" the young Morgan beamed. "Studio 38 has a rich tradition of featuring top reggae, dancehall, ska and rocksteady stars. The fact that that I will share the stage with my dad makes this performance even more special" he disclosed. 

Born in Springfield, Massachusetts, Laza was literally raised in a musical cradle. He was heavily influenced by the reggae music of his household and the records made by his father, Jamaican music legend and hit-maker Denroy Morgan. With his family's strong Jamaican roots and frequent trips to Kingston and St.Thomas as driving inspirations, it didn't take long forLaza to completely embrace the world of reggae.

2010 proved to be the culmination of many years of hard work that Laza has put into his craft. After signing with Elektra records in February, Laza was featured on British pop sensation Alexandra Burke's hit single "Start Without You" which topped the UK and European singles charts in September. He was also featured on Flo Rida's hit single '21' from the album "The Only One." His forthcoming Elektra debut has already yielded a single, This Girl that was featured in Disney's feature film Step Up 3D and its smash soundtrack. This Girl has generated over seven million hits on YouTube and has created a buzz that spans the globe.

Laza's dad Denroy Morgan, a musical prodigy, a pioneer and a musical perfectionist bulldozed his way onto the Billboard charts and saturated American urban radio stations with his smash single I'll Do Anything for You. It has been more than a decade since his last performance in Jamaica and he has something extra special his fans at home.

"The last time I performed in Jamaica was in the late 90s at Cinema 2 following the historic qualification of the Reggae Boyz for the World Cup finals in France. I am excited about going back home to launch my album and proud to be part of this father and son showcase. I have something special in store for fans and plan to rock the stage at Studio 38 with Laza when we perform" he said.

Denroy's new album titled Linkup to Ethiopia is scheduled for release this summer on Asaph Records and it is being distributed by VP Records. 





Shaggy to drop new album

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(New York, NY) July 14, 2011 - Grammy-award winning, multiplatinum reggae star Shaggy is back with SUMMER IN KINGSTON, out July 19, 2011. The lead single "Sugarcane" has already impacted the reggae world and has been in the Top 10 on the iTunes reggae chart for weeks. Shaggy has three (3) songs there, including his smash hits "It Wasn't Me" and "Angel," which are mainstays on the chart.

As a summer time special, SUMMER IN KINGSTON will be available at all digital retailers for USD $2.99 for a limited time. In addition, Shaggy will perform "Sugarcane" on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno on July 15. The show airs at 11:30pm EST on NBC. He will perform again on July 26 on Lopez Tonight, which airs at 12:00am EST on TBS.

In an unprecedented promotion, Shaggy will premiere the "Sugarcane" video to thousands of fans that line up in Knutsford Square in Kingston, Jamaica on July 16 at 7:00pm EST. Four screens will show the clip for maximum viewing in the square, and fans will be treated to performances from Shaggy, joined by Agent Sasco, Chino, Stephen "Di Genius" McGregor and more, to celebrate the launch in true Kingston style.






October 19 new trial date for Bounty Killer

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The Gun Court trial of dancehall entertainer Bounty Killer has again been stalled.

The case was put off because the co-accused in the case, former police constable Calis Bowen, did not have a lawyer.

The court was told that Bowen has since retained attorney-at-law, Christopher Townsend, to represent him.

The new trial date has been set for October 19.

Bounty Killer, whose real name is Rodney Pryce, and Bowen are before the Gun Court on the charges of illegal possession of a firearm, assault at common law and unlawful wounding.

The police had reported that on September 27, 2007, Bounty Killer and a group of men assaulted an off-duty policeman along St Lucia Avenue in New Kingston.

It's reported that the policeman had left a club and noticed a number of vehicles blocking a section of the roadway.

He reportedly signalled the men to clear the roadway when he was attacked.

It's also reported that shots were fired at the off-duty policeman.

Bounty Killer is accused of pointing the gun at the policeman's face.






Jamaica Festival 2010

Two albums with the compilation of songs of the 20 finalists for the 2011 Jamaica Independence Festival and Gospel Song competitions have been produced by the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC).

Olivia Grange, the Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture, unveiled the albums at a studio launch of the 2011 Jamaica Festival and national Independence celebrations last week.

The Jamaica Independence Festival will be staged during the period July 29 to August 6 under the theme: 'The Journey Continues...' Among the activities being organised by the JCDC are the Miss Jamaica Festival Queen Coronation Show, August Fair, World Reggae Dance Championships, Mello Go Roun' and Independence Day Gala.

Winner of the Festival Song competition will receive $1 million, donated by telecommunications company Claro and a new 2011 Nissan Tida, given by Fidelity Motors Limited.






The Opposition People's National Party (PNP) says it is full speed ahead for its two day island tour next week, in protest over the results of the Manatt/Dudus Commission of Enquiry report and the governance of the country.

The activities which are scheduled to begin on Wednesday will cover 10 parishes. Peter Bunting, the PNP's General Secretary, says while the idea for the protest emanated from the handling of the Commission of Enquiry, other national and local issues will be discussed.

"The handling of the Coke extradition is really representative of the Government's whole approach but it could be equally represented by the JDIP, so this in a sense, is a catalyst but it's not only about the Coke Extradition. But the Coke extradition is emblematic of the Government putting the party's interest above the country's," he said.

Senator K.D. Knight, the Head of the PNP's legal team at the Manatt/Coke Commission of Enquiry, had promised that if the results of the commission were not reflective of the views of the population, there would be street protests.

Mr. Bunting said with the party's confidence bolstered by the various media polls, the protest will serve as a tool to regain the trust of Jamaicans.

He said he hopes that the positive results from the polls will translate to votes in the next General Elections.

Mr. Bunting also revealed that the two day protest is being funded with the help of supporters.


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The inaugural staging of the Grace Jamaican Jerk Festival in New York will take place on Sunday, July 24 at Roy Wilkins Park in Queens.

Local celebrities, professional chefs and amateurs will fire up their grills and compete for cash, prizes and bragging rights in the Jerk Cook Off, one of the many activities scheduled to take place at the event.

The producers of the highly successful and popular Grace Jamaican Jerk Festival in Florida, Jamaican Jerk Festival USA, Inc. has partnered with VP Records to stage this exciting family-friendly festival in New York.

Participants are required to provide everything they need for cooking, and each entrant must prepare any three dishes from four categories jerk chicken and jerk pork, a seafood category, and a fourth that includes beef, mutton, lamb, vegetable or vegetarian items such as tofu or veggie meat.

Contestants will be awarded points on presentation, chef's appearance, neatness of work area, taste, texture and tenderness of their food, and the "want more factor."

The victor gets, US$500 in cash and the prestigious Dutch Pot trophy, runners up and third place finishers will be awarded US$250 and US$100 respectively.                                           

In the past, the Grace Jamaican Jerk Festival has showcased menu items such as Jerk rice, jerk burgers, jerk tofu, jerk lobster, jerk ice cream and jerk popcorn and this year, patrons attending the event in New York will have an opportunity to sample some of the culinary treats.


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The Police High Command has withdrawn controversial statements made by a senior police officer.

This comes a day after the High Command was forced to address speculations about its handling of a high profile case.

The controversial statements from a senior police officer  had led to accusations of bias from the gay community.

On Monday, July 11, Senior Superintendent of police (SSP) Fitz Bailey, the Head of the Organised Criminal Investigations Division (OCID), set the proverbial cat among the pigeons when he said homosexuals were largely responsible for the lottery scam.

That statement infuriated the Jamaica Forum of Lesbians, All-Sexuals and Gays (J-FLAG), the umbrella organisation representing gays in Jamaica.

Human rights group Jamaicans for Justice and some attorneys also voiced their concern that the statement could expose homosexuals to violence.

In his release Thursday morning, July 14, Commissioner of Police, Owen Ellington, who is on vacation leave until Friday, July 15, declared that SSP Bailey fully understands the basis of concern for the safety and well-being of members of the gay community who may be targeted by misguided individuals simply because of the statements.  

The High Command was also at pains to point out that it has no policy of singling out any particular social grouping for special police attention and that it will continue to listen and review a position, which generates concern and anxiety.

When SSP Bailey spoke on RJR's daily current affairs discussion programme Beyond The Headlines a day after making the controversial statement, he insisted there was no need to apologise as his statement was based on fact and not bias.


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Smirnoff

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A lucky consumer will be given the chance to build their Ultimate Dream Weekend party through a promotion by the world's most popular vodka, Smirnoff. The promotion dubbed the Smirnoff Build the Dream Competition is designed to give the opportunity to conceptualize a party and then implement that idea. This exciting promotion is a part of the many activities the brand will be doing to engage its consumers over the Summer.
Competitors are required to submit a three minute long video outlining in detail, their idea of the ultimate Dream Weekend party, to the Smirnoff Jamaica Facebook page.
The winning party plan will be determined based on the best ideas of theme, dress code, entertainment and of course Smirnoff signature mixes. The Ultimate Dream Weekend party planner will receive three Smirnoff Dream Weekend armbands valued at $45,000. The winning party concept will be executed on July 29 at Smirnoff Flavours, the first party slated for the Smirnoff Dream weekend party series.
Another element of Smirnoff Jamaica's consumer engaging activities which has been creating quite a stir on the web are the Smirnoff Summer Experience Webisodes orchestrated and hosted by Smirnoff's Student Brand Ambassador, Andy Heaven. The Smirnoff Summer Experiences is a short 3 to 4 minute long video that captures different elements of what the brand Smirnoff is all about, creating experiences that will last a lifetime in the memories of our viewers.
These audiovisual presentations depict the true Smirnoff experience and were filmed at various Smirnoff sponsored events as well as hot spots, highlighting the contributions of Smirnoff as a premium brand, to sophisticated night life and responsible drinking.
The Webisodes have become an instant hit since the recent posting of the first two episodes.
As Student Brand Ambassador, Heaven is enjoying the best of both worlds attending top ranked events as well as gaining hands on experience while learning from the best of the entertainment world.
"For me the past month has been filled with organizing creative social media strategies as well as promoting the brand at socials and parties. The experience has opened many portals for other business opportunities; also it has lead to networking with many influential persons," Heaven said.
Andy also speaks highly of his experience while working with Smirnoff and shares his desire to maintain his relationship with the brand in the future.
"I've been given the opportunity to work with talented people such as Marsha Lumley and Kamal Powell, both of whom I look forward to learning a lot from. Smirnoff Jamaica is a brand that breathes boldness, confidence and sophistication and to be honest everyone that works for Smirnoff has these attributes. I believe that it is one of the reasons why the company functions as a family. I really look forward to continue working with Smirnoff Jamaica after finishing my degree in Management Studies at the University of the West Indies, maybe even becoming Brand Manager in the future, who knows, because at Smirnoff anything is possible," he ended.
Andy's next big webisode will be around the Build the Ulitmate Dream party. This party will be featured online for fans to see and enjoy.
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Commissioner of Police Owen Ellington has responded to criticisms over the decision by the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) not to name the suspect who was being sought for the murder of 17-year old Kingston College student Khajeel Mais.

The JCF had come under fire and accusations of double standard for not revealing the man's identity.

In a statement released early Wednesday morning, July 13, Commissioner Ellington noted that the main suspect is a citizen of a foreign country and was in that country at the time the Jamaican police discovered his possible involvement in Khajeel's death.

He said that the Mutual Legal Assistance Treaty dictated that the JCF prepare a case file and obtain a warrant for the suspect's arrest.

The JCF had to ensure that the necessary due diligence was done and in a timely manner in order to facilitate the suspect's return to Jamaica.

The Commissioner said the premature release of information about the suspect would therefore only complicate the case and possibly hinder the police investigation.

Now that the individual has since returned to Jamaica, is in police custody and will be interviewed he says there is now no need to publicly name the suspect as a person of interest.

He added that the JCF will not hesitate to name the accused when it is appropriate to do so. Commissioner Ellington also urged members of the public to allow the Police to investigate the case without hindrance.

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Jamaica Cultural Development Commission

Jamaica Festival 2010
Two albums with the compilation of songs of the 20 finalists for the 2011 Jamaica Independence Festival and Gospel Song competitions have been produced by the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC).

Olivia Grange, the Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture, unveiled the albums at a studio launch of the 2011 Jamaica Festival and national Independence celebrations last week.

The Jamaica Independence Festival will be staged during the period July 29 to August 6 under the theme: 'The Journey Continues...' Among the activities being organised by the JCDC are the Miss Jamaica Festival Queen Coronation Show, August Fair, World Reggae Dance Championships, Mello Go Roun' and Independence Day Gala.

Ms Grange said Jamaicans have a lot to celebrate.

"Jamaica, this small dot in the ocean has made such a mark on the big world that we must celebrate... We are a great little country."

The minister added that there is much more to be achieved and called for Jamaicans to re-double their efforts to realise the dreams of the ancestors.

The winner will be selected at the Jamaica Festival Song and Gospel Song Finals scheduled to take place at the National Indoor Sports Centre in Kingston on Friday, July 29 and Sunday, July 31, respectively.

Winner of the Festival Song competition will receive $1 million, donated by telecommunications company Claro and a new 2011 Nissan Tida, given by Fidelity Motors Limited.


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Prolific song writer and singer Tanya Stephens, the "Lyrical Queen of Dancehall" who wrote the title track for the soundtrack for the full feature film, Ghett'a Life, has just completed the video for the single. 

The highly anticipated film, which has already copped two awards at the prestigious Cannes Film Festival, opened on Friday, June 29 in theatres islandwide.

Catalysitic words emanate from the chorus of the title track for new Jamaican film Ghett'a Life, from the Reggae visionary, Tanya Stephens, who has written an analytic and thought-provoking tune that closely matches the groundbreaking storyline of the film.

 'So let the rain fall, and let the wind blow, Cause after the rainfall must come a rainbow,I keep dreaming of a better life, cause me must get a life.'

So reads the chorus of the tune, which echoes the essence of Ghett'a Life, which is an action drama which tells the story of overcoming obstacles despite social and economic obstacles.

Tanya's involvement in Ghett'a Life was fitting, as she has penned some of the most memorable and touching reggae tracks for her growing worldwide audience.

It was only appropriate that she would team up with the talented pool of people who put together one of Jamaica's most authentic and touching films.

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More problems for Caribbean Airlines

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The management of Caribbean Airlines Limited (CAL) faced further problems on Tuesday as a result of delayed flights.

An early morning flight from the Norman Manley International Airport destined for JFK Airport in New York did not leave at its scheduled departure time, leaving scores of passengers angry.

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This follows a similar flight delay on July one, when CAL and Air Jamaica began sharing a single code. The Air Jamaica JM Code was dropped on June 30, in favour of the BW code used by Caribbean Airlines.

A distraught passenger, Racquel Brown said angry passengers demanded an explanation and were advised by a CAL representative that the plane's computer system was experiencing problems and attempts were being made to correct it.   

In the end, passengers were asked to leave the boarding gate and return  to the departure lounge.

Attempts by some passengers to rebook on other flights were futile.

On Sunday, Caribbean Airlines spokespersons attributed the July 1 delay to "teething problems" associated with the "migration of large amounts of data", and the learning curve for staff to deal with the new process.

 

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Two of the sons of Patrick Powell, aka Nigger Charley, the St Andrew businessman who is under investigation for the murder of 17-year-old Khajeel Mais, have also found themselves in trouble with the law.

One of  Powell's sons, aged 21, was charged, on Tuesday with the offence of assault occasioning grievous bodily harm, arising from a 2009 incident in which a man was left paralysed.

The second son is now awaiting an identification parade in relation to the same incident.

This information was disclosed in court by the police, during an application by defence attorney, Peter Champagnie.

Champagnie had filed a writ before the Half-Way-Tree Criminal Court, demanding the release of the men.

He complained that the basis of the charge has no merit, and that he was of the view that the charge was to apply unwarranted pressure on the father.

The Powell brothers were picked up by the police on July 5, during the manhunt for their father, Patrick Powell. Investigators alleged that on November 12, 2009, the 42-year-old complainant was walking along Belgrade Loop in Upper St Andrew, when he was attacked by four men, including Powell's two sons.

The man was hit in the back with a stone and suffered damage to his spine. He is now paralysed and is a patient at the Sir John Golding Rehabilitation Centre in St Andrew.

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Jamaica Music 50: Taking control of the music

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The celebration of Fifty Years of Jamaican Music, incorporating The Wailers and The Skatalites

, will provide the soundtrack for a worldwide movement designed to develop and activate strategies to reclaim and take control of reggae music, while positioning it for the next Fifty Years.




Under the theme "Free Jah People With Music", Bunny Wailer's Solomonic Productions, in association with Talawa IndiGenius, will create the illuminating backdrop designed to inform and empower singers and players of reggae music, producers and its adherents.

 Simply entitled Jamaica Music 50, this movement aims to secure representation with the approval for reclaiming 


this great musical wealth and legacy presently qualified for public domain.  This approaching reality encourages and motivates the purpose, will, reason and challenge for Talawa to transform the past and present experience into a beneficial, progressive and prosperous future going into the next Fifty Years of Jamaica's music.


Talawa IndiGenius, spearheaded 

by Maxine Stowe and incorporating a team of qualified like minded creative professionals, is the qualified management capable of implementing this change.


As Bunny Wailer pointed out, "Jamaica's music 


surviving the first Fifty Years of its 

existence as an industry was only mainly due to the faith, devoted love, respect, hope and expectation that the freedom and liberty agitated for on behalf of the African oppressed people would be possible to achieve due to the constant pounding of Reggae Music,"


He noted that Jamaica Music 50 has been created as a device to correct related abuses inflicted upon the authors, composers, 

artists, musicians and producers. Jamaica Music 50 will be engaging the artist community to create unique 50 track compilations of their respective careers, while unveiling the truth about the creators of reggae music.

It cannot be denied that the impact of The Wailers and their solo careers will benefit from a fresh, true and historically grounded narrative which will give voice to the solidarity of their musical expression.

"It will also properly align this period of their career with the foundation of The Wailers Legacy, which, despite being disturbed by corporate machinations and greed, remained together as a musical family of brothers, peers, cousins, nieces and nephews," Maxine Stowe stated, while noting that living legend, Bunny Wailer, will be the face of this campaign.

To this end, there will be an official launch on July 23 at the Coral Cliff Hotel in Montego Bay. Quite appropriately, July 23 is the birthday of HIM Emperor Haile Selassie.

Jamaica Music 50 Campaign is marketed through Talawa/Street Virus. 

Street Virus is a marketing and branding agency located in Los Angeles that specializes in placing brands in the forefront of people's minds by designing and implementing brand and marketing campaigns that surprise, delight and leave a lasting impression.


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The Daily Word - Wednesday, July 13, 2011

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TIME ENOUGH
This is a day of accomplishment and fulfillment.

Whenever I seem to be running out of time to do what I need to do, I take a reality check. Starting with this simple observation: There is the same amount of minutes and hours in each day. Check! I am the "master" of my time because I can make choices. Check! I have no reason to feel out of control as I look forward to the next few hours or days. Check!

I gain confidence about being the authority over my time by first starting my day with prayer. Centered and relaxed, I don't fight time; I go with the flow. I think with clarity and act efficiently. I know when to say yes and when to say no. I feel composed, and my day flows smoothly.

But the Lord answered her, "Martha, Martha, you are worried and distracted by many things; there is need of only one thing."--Luke10:41-42





The brand known for creating 

the most original experiences and best drink mixes, Smirnoff Vodka, is rewarding its consumers by giving them an opportunity to partake in the highly anticipated launch of the Smirnoff Dream weekend. The digital media promotion will be open to all Facebook and Twitter fans. The launch is set for next week and it is expected that the promoters will present details of the weekend events as well as disclose the early bird and regular band prices.

According to Marsha Lumley, Brand Manager Smirnoff,  Smirnoff has experienced a revolution through social media over the past few months and with Smirnoff launching its biggest activation for the year, the brand wanted to celebrate the occasion with its consumers.

 "We have been having great engagement with our consumers through Facebook and Twitter recently and this is an opportunity for our consumers to share in a Smirnoff experience with the brand," said Lumley.

"The launch will be a teaser to Smirnoff Dream Weekend and it promises to a be an event you wouldn't want to miss."

Persons interested in participating simply have to post a picture of themselves at a past Smirnoff-sponsored event to the Smirnoff Jamaica Facebook page, Facebook.com/Smirnoffjamaica. The picture must clearly show either a branded Smirnoff cup, armband or Smirnoff background. The name of the event must be posted with the picture.

The persons with the most 'likes' will be rewarded with an invite for them and a friend to attend the launch. Fifteen (15) persons will be chosen using this route. Tweeters are also being given an opportunity to post to their time lines a photo fitting the criteria mentioning @SmirnoffJamaica.

The top 10 twitter fans with the most re-tweets will also be rewarded with an invite to the Smirnoff Dream Weekend launch and will also be featured as 'Smirnoff Tweet Ambassadors'.

"Smirnoff Jamaica has seen the support of thousands of fans using Facebook and Twitter and this is a way in which we can show them that we are thankful for the support," Ms. Lumley added.

The winners of this digital promotion will be chosen before Wednesday June 15, so potential participants are encouraged to start posting their pictures and have their friends vote and tweet.

Smirnoff Dream Weekend is one of the staple events on the annual entertainment calendar and is scheduled for July 29-August 1. It boasts seven of the most premium events including Extreme Wet n Wild, Daydreams, Yush, Twisted Spirits, Smirnoff Xclusive, Smirnoff Flavours and Beer Vibes.

 

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5 Star T-shirt party Photos by: Ashon Willams

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Reggae Luau Part 1 Photos: by Ashon Willams

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Reggae Luau Part 2 Photos: by Ashon Willams

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The Daily Word - Tuesday, July 12, 2011

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PRAY FOR OTHERS
I pray for others, holding to the vision of their wholeness.

When I see others moving through painful experiences, my heart is touched and I want to love and support them. Though I may or may not be able to take immediate action, I make a meaningful contribution through prayer. I seek Spirit's guidance in seeing beyond any problem to the Truth that lies within.

God is greater than any situation. I need not pray from a place of fear; the loving power of God is at work. As I allow the spirit of God to transform my heart and mind, I know that healing has already begun. I feel strengthened as I pray for others, and they are strengthened as I pray with them, holding to the vision of their wholeness.

Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness ...that very Spirit intercedes with sighs too deep for words.--Romans 8:26
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Yaad Swagg Thursdays

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Guidance scores with City of Love

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Guidance's collaboration single with Lutan Fyah, City of Love looks set to give the artiste the break he has been deserving of for such a long time.

Known for his reality lyrics, this conscious Rastaman is definitely no pretender. Asked in a recent interview about the direction of his career, he stated that Bob Marley and the Wailers is his benchmark. Simply put, Guidance is aiming for the highest of the high in taking reggae music to the world.

His breakout single Love What You Got, signaled that a new voice in reggae music was ready to take the mantle. But the interesting thing is that Guidance isn't new in the strictest sense of the word. The singer has been around for a minute, and even before Anthony B got his break, it was Guidance with whom he would par, as they both focused on their respective careers.

With more than a decade and a half of experience, Guidance is now ready to really ruffle some feathers and let his voice be heard, both locally and internationally. He is confident that under the management of Brown Brothers Production his career will soar to the top.

Regarding the single, City of Love, Guidance has great expectations. He describes it as a 'feel good' song, which can definitely take him "past the airport". 

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Security presence has been increased in the volatile community of York Town and its environs in Clarendon, after 10 persons were shot, two fatally by gunmen, on Friday, July 8.

Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Dathan Henry, the Head of the Clarendon Police Division, told RJR News,on Saturday, July 9, that police personnel have been deployed to the troubled community, with an aim to restore peace to the area and to look for the gunmen behind yesterday's attack.

SSP Henry added that the police are having a hard time getting information from residents of the York Town area, where the Settlement gang is based, as it relates to illegal activity in the community.

Three of the 10 wounded persons were shot just before 7:00 a.m. on Friday when a group of people were dropped off at work in the heart of York Town.

A car reportedly drove up and the armed occupants shot at the group, hitting five of them.

Otis Beckford, 44, otherwise called 'Tex', and Alex Simms, 33, died on the spot.

It is alleged that moments later, the same gunmen went to the community of Bullards Content and opened fire, hitting five persons who were at a grave-digging event.

The police believe that both incidents are linked to an internal gang feud in the community.    

 

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Controversy is brewing in the United Kingdom (UK) Diaspora community as members of the Jamaica Diaspora Future Leaders want to re-brand the organisation without consulting senior members.

The Jamaica Diaspora Future Leaders is the youth arm of the UK Diaspora group.

A senior member of the body told RJR's London correspondent that the change is expected to create a more effective youth organisation that is fit for the purpose.

The UK Diaspora youth arm and its seniors have been at loggerheads for quite sometime with the youths demanding more autonomy in decisions being made.

The seniors and the youths were also in controversy about arrangements for tavelling and accommodation to the recent Diaspora conference held in Ochio Rios, St. Ann.

When contacted about the impending changes by the youth arm, Celia Grandison-Markey, a member of the Jamaica Diaspora UK advisory board, told RJR News that she was not aware of any such plans.

She said the name Future Leaders cannot be changed as it is an integrated part of the entire Diaspora movement that originates out of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Asked if such a move by the youths would mean they are breaking away from the Diaspora, Mrs. Grandison-Markey said that may be so but there is room for everyone and no need for a breaking away.

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Scrap-metal thieves have been removing various components from the rail. - FILEThe bauxite industry is beginning to feel the effects of scrap metal thieves who are removing railway lines and equipment.

The St. Catherine-based Ewarton plant of the West Indies Alumina Company (WINDALCO) is reporting that it has lost a significant number of equipment on its rail lines.

Dillon Fraser, Manager of Ports and Railway Services at the Bodles-based WINDALCO port facility, told RJR News that items such as screw spikes, which are like nails used to pin rail lines to the cross boards, are being removed on a frequent basis.

He added that frequent checks by the company along the railways from Bodles to Ewarton and the Bodles to the Kirkvine plant in Manchester, show that the screw spikes are also being removed on a regular basis.

Mr. Fraser said several kilometres of railway lines, which link the WINDALCO operations to the Jamalco bauxite plant in Clarendon, were recently stolen by scrap metal thieves.

According to Mr. Fraser, this has affected the companies' operations as those lines were used to send equipment, oil and other materials between the bauxite companies.

 

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Reggae Sumfest donates to Mo Bay groups

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The organisers of the annual international reggae music festival Reggae Sumfest have donated $400,000 in cash and computer equipment to two groups in St. James.

The beneficiaries are the Montego Bay Boys' and Girls' Club, which has received  $300,000 to assist in procuring musical instruments for its band, while a computer, valued at approximately $100,000, was presented to the Jamaica Fire Brigade's Montego Bay Office.

Johnny Gouzong, Executive Director of Reggae SumFest, made the presentations on Tuesday, July 5, during the official launch of the 19th staging of the Reggae Sumfest at the Iberostar Rosehall Hotel in Montego Bay.

Howard Deers, the director in charge of transportation for Reggae SumFest Promotions, said the donations were the organiser's way of giving back to society "which has given tremendous support to the festival over the past many years."

The Montego Bay Boys' and Girls' Club was the national parish project for St. James for Labour Day activities on May 23, receiving overwhelming support from the business community and citizens of Montego Bay and the parish.

Mr. Gouzong, in the meantime, announced that at this year staging of Reggae SumFest "we will be honouring some of those entertainers, who have contributed to the development of Jamaica's music, such as Beres Hammond, E.T. Webster and the late Gregory Isaacs."

Dubbed the greatest reggae show on earth, Reggae Sumfest will be held from July 17 to 23 at Catherine Hall in Montego Bay.

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Mavado #1 in the UK

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Gully Gad Mavado has reached number 1 in the UK once more. Mavado's collab with UK rapper Chipmunk, Every Gyal, has quickly become the hottest Dancehall record in the UK hands down, creating havoc in the dances across the UK with countless pull ups. Every Gyal has now climbed to the top of the BBC 1XTRA Dancehall Chart, where it is expected to ride the Summer wave to commercial success.

Both Mavado and Chipmunk called in to Robbo Ranx's show live on BBC 1XTRA on Thursday night in a transatlantic link up to celebrate the song's success.

Produced by Dready, Every Gyal is on Chipmunk's sophomore album Transition (Sony Records) that also featured Trey Songz, Keri Hilson and Chris Brown. Chipmunk has been a longtime fan of Mavado and said he didnt want his album to come out without a feature with Mavado on it. Chipmunk actually did a freestyle on Mavado's On The Rock back in 2008 that was an underground smash in the UK - that can be viewed here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vnJiupZvJdw

The video for Every Gyal, shot in Ocho Rios earlier this year, has already gone over 2 million views on YouTube.

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The Daily Word - Monday, July 11, 2011

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GUIDANCE
Spirit inspires my decisions.

Athletes have coaches who train them on skills and technique. Actors have directors to guide their movements on stage. Cars have global positioning devices that give driving directions. These are all useful aids when external guidance is needed.

When I am making a decision, choosing a path, or finding my way out of difficulty, I rely on my inner guidance system--the light of Spirit within me. Subtle thoughts or flashes of inspiration are cues from my Divine Director. I listen to my heart and trust the signals I receive. I open my eyes to the Light so that I may clearly see my options. Divine guidance is free and unwavering. It leads me on the path to happiness and fulfillment.

In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths. --Proverbs 3:6
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Former Portmore Empire deejay Ryno has dished out insults to the Gaza in his latest single.

The Garrison recording artiste has vented his frustration in a new track titled "Walk and Talk". Based on lyrical content the song appears to be aimed at addressing the infamous 'sell out accusation" leveled against him by the Gaza outfit. 

In the track, Ryno also takes a series of swipes at both Vybz Kartel and Popcaan with the lines:

"bwoy yuh lucky mi nuh deh bout

since yuh skull hot den step out...

badman neva neva sell out..

and anyweh mi see yuh is a shell out..

poppi yuh badness green like banana..

bet yuh stamma-a when yuh see the bomma-a

run an guh hide yuh head unda wig like yuh fada"

When contacted for a comment Ryno stated "who di cap fit mek dem wear it".

The song is featured on the soon-to-be-released African Robot Riddim produced by Unknown Records.

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Tarrus Riley performs at Negril Escape Resorts



After touring the United States with the Wailers for the first half of the year, reggae recording artist Duane Stephenson is now in Europe on a three week tour with the She's Royal singer Tarrus Riley.

Stephenson and Riley are scheduled to visit countries like Spain, Norway, France, Switzerland and Italy on the tour which ends on July 24.

The two left Jamaica last week for Germany where they performed on the annual Summer Jam Festival with John Holt, Barrington Levy, Andrew Tosh and dancehall deejay Busy Signal.

They are also slated to head to Barcelona, Spain for the Nowa Reggae Festival from July 8 to 9.


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Ex-cop linked to gang-related activities

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Investigators in St. Ann have reportedly unearthed more startling details about an ex-cop who was nabbed earlier this week and his connections with a notorious gang in St. Catherine.

The ex-policeman, who has not been named, was allegedly caught with an illegal firearm in St. Ann on Tuesday, July 5.

He could face an identification parade on Thursday, July 7.

A police source told RJR News that checks have uncovered a series of dubious involvement by the ex police constable in gang-related activities.

The source says the investigations have so far linked the weapon which was seized from the ex cop to the un-named St. Catherine gang.

According to reports, the ex-cop, who was assigned to the St. Ann Division up to last year, was nabbed after he was stopped and searched in St. Ann's Bay, just after 3:00 p.m. on Tuesday.

A .45 pistol with two rounds was taken from his waistband.

The ex-cop was given marching orders by the Jamaica Constabulary Force following what a police source confirmed was a string of infractions.  

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Buju Banton Begins Appeal

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Dancehall star Buju Banton has started the second round in his battle for freedom.

But it could take up to 18 months before Buju, whose real name is Mark Myrie, knows if he will escape a 10-year prison sentence which was imposed on him by a United States judge after he was convicted on drug charges.

Lawyers representing Buju on Tuesday filed a formal notice of appeal in the US Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit.

Attorney-at-law David Oscar Markus told The Gleaner that he is moving ahead with his appeal of the guilty verdict handed down against the artiste.

Markus will also be challenging the 10-year sentence imposed by US judge, Jim Moodie.

"Our appeal is due to be filed 40 days after we receive the transcripts (of the trial) which we are still waiting for," Markus said.

"We will not give up for Buju, who is thankful to all of his fans and friends for their continued support," Markus added yesterday.

He could not say when the appeal would be heard, but noted that it generally takes about 18 months to get a decision from the US Court of Appeal Eleventh Circuit.

The Appeal Court is based in Atlanta Georgia, but has satellite courts in Florida, Mississippi and Alabama.

Three judges will hear the case and Markus is prepared for the fight.

Minutes after the sentence was handed down last month, Markus told reporters outside the court that his appeal would be based on the argument that there was insufficient evidence to convict Buju on the drug count.

Buju is now languishing in a minimum security Federal prison serving his sentence.

 

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Influential business magazine, Forbes, has ranked Jamaica as one of the worst economies in the world.

Forbes says Jamaica has the 5th worst economy in 2011, a position which the magazine says is due to Jamaica being a victim of the global financial crisis.

Forbes said it based the ranking on the devastating impact the crisis had on Jamaica's vital tourism industry.

It's a claim which flies in the face of official statistics which indicate that even though, tourism bookings were tempered, growth in that industry was realised through the throes of the recession.

And what Forbes has told them, is that Jamaica is the world's fifth worst economy, behind only Madagascar, Armenia, Guinea and the Ukraine. 

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KC boy's killer flees the island

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Reports are that the man fingered in the murder of Kingston College student, Khajeel Mais left the island last Saturday for Ft Lauderdale, Florida.

A raid of his home in Belgrade Loop, upper St Andrew, on Tuesday night, saw the police seizing two BMW X6s which are now being processed.

A senior police officer attached to the case reportedly told The Gleaner that the man's family was also questioned by the police yesterday.

During Tuesday night's operations, two men were also arrested and charged for possession of marijuana. They have since been released on station bail.

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Veronica Campbell-Brown (JAM)



Veronica Campbell-Brown, the double Olympic 200 metres champion and former world 100 metres champion, is still expressing disappointment about Tuesday's [July 5], disqualification for a false start in the 100 metres at a meeting in France.

Campbell-Brown came out of the blocks well before the other sprinters and received a red card.

She says she will now have to re-program herself mentally to make sure it does not happen again.

Campbell-Brown, who recently ran 10.76 seconds in Ostrava, will again be in action on Friday, July 8, in Saint-Denis in France.

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The Daily Word - Thursday, July 07, 2011

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PATIENCE
Patience is my gift to hold and to share.

Patience is defined as "quiet, steady perseverance." I move confidently through each day with quiet, steady perseverance because my faith is strong. I know there is a time and a season for all things.

Every day I have the opportunity to practice patience. As I wait in line or in traffic, I use the idle moments to rest from the busyness of the day. I fill any unexpected time with a simple prayer or thoughts of gratitude.

Being patient helps me mature spiritually and emotionally. When I am quiet and calm, I see the good that fills my life. Other people become aware that I am unhurried, and they, too, become calmer and more patient.

Patience is a gift to share. I cultivate it within myself and demonstrate patience at every opportunity.

Rejoice in hope, be patient.--Romans 12:12
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The Daily Word - Wednesday, July 06, 2011

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FORGIVENESS
I forgive from my heart and enrich all my relationships.

I would not consider carrying a heavy backpack filled with things I don't need and can't use. Neither do I choose to carry the heavy load of anger or resentment about something I or someone else has said or done.

Forgiveness is possible when I act from the spirit of God within me. If it is suitable, I may speak to someone directly or write a note, giving us both a chance to renew our relationship. If the other person isn't willing, my willingness brings me immediate relief.

If for some reason contact is not appropriate or safe, I forgive quietly in my heart. God's spirit within me is greater than any disagreement. My heart is softened and my burden is relieved through the power of forgiveness.

If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained.--John 20:23
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Why people a say Kartel sick?

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Vybz Kartel has been so quiet recently that all kinda people a try stir up all kinda rumour bout him. We hear how Kartel sick and suppose to release a tell-all youtube video bout it. But we know say Kartel a no eediat, everything him do is calculate, so this is probably just another novel PR stunt to get some attention. Kartel, you sick fi true?

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A Thomas Cook Airlines Boeing B757-28A (civil ...


A Boeing 757 aircraft headed from Montego Bay in St. James to Atlanta was forced to divert to Tallahassee Regional Airport in Florida Monday afternoon, June 4, due to bad weather.

The Delta flight landed about 4:30 p.m., took fuel, waited out the storms in Atlanta and took off one hour later.

There were 181 passengers on the flight.

Jim Durwin, the Assistant Superintendent of Airport Operations at Tallahassee Regional, said all the passengers stayed on the aircraft.

Mr. Durwin said the 757 is larger than what the airport normally sees, but it is not uncommon in the summer months to get planes diverted to Tallahassee.

He explained that the Regional Airport is one of Delta's designated diversion stops.

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Fried rice from Fried rice from Andy's Chinese...


The Ministry of Health has identified the source of 20 confirmed cases of food poisoning in Mandeville, Manchester.

The ministry has received an official report which points to a Chinese restaurant at the centre of the cases, which were reported over a two week period.

According to Dr. Eva Lewis-Fuller, the Acting Chief Medical Officer, the Health Department identified fried rice sold by the establishment as the cause of the illness.

"That particular item on June 20, seemed to have been either contaminated or because it wasn't kept at the correct temperature, there was a multiplication of bacteria in it, which caused person(s) who ate from that particular source  to become ill with diarrhoea, abdominal cramps, chills, headaches, symptoms of food poisoning," Dr. Lewis-Fuller told RJR News.

She added that instructions were issued to the operators of the restaurant to improve the preparation and handling of food as well as the general sanitation of the kitchen and they have complied.

As a result, she says no decision has been made to close the establishment.

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PM to name attorney general

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Prime Minister Bruce Golding has announced he has identified a new attorney general.

Golding said the prospective chief government lawyer will be named this week.

He also said the new attorney general is drawn from the private bar.

The new attorney general will replace Dorothy Lightbourne who was sacked as justice minister and attorney general in a cabinet reshuffle last week.

Golding was speaking this morning at the swearing-in for the new justice minister Delroy Chuck and Senator Arthur Williams, the new minister without portfolio in charge of the public service.

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The police are refusing to say whether they had anyone in custody for the murder of Kingston College student,  Khajeel Mais.

Reports are that Mais, a student of Kingston College, was travelling in a taxi along Fairfax Avenue in Havendale en route to a fête at his former school, Meadowbrook High, when the cab bumped into the X5.

The driver of the X5 reportedly became angry and retaliated by blocking the road and firing wildly into the taxi. When the taxi driver realised he was under attack, he turned his vehicle around and headed in the opposite direction, but could not outrun the luxury SUV, whose driver shot out his back window, hitting young Mais in the head.

Mais was taken to the Kingston Public Hospital where he later died. The taxi driver escaped injury.

Since last Friday night, the police have undertaken a massive investigation into the killing and have been reportedly working around the clock to ascertain the identity of the person who was driving the X5.

"We have been taking statements from persons who have been coming forward and who were at the scene at the time and are robustly trying to find the vehicle in question," Angell said.

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Damarni Francis and Fellesha Francis Seven-year-old Damarni Francis, and his sister Fellesha Francis, 11, both of a Windsor Heights, Central Village address, have been missing since Friday, July 1, 2011.

Both children are of dark complexion and slim build, but Damarni is about 3 feet 7 inches (tall, while Fellesha is about 4 feet tall.

The police say both children were last seen at home about 10.00 a.m. They have not been seen or heard from since.

Their mode of dress at the time they went missing is unknown.

Anyone knowing the whereabouts of Damarni Francis and/or Fellesha Francis is being asked to contact the Central Village Police at 984-2644, police 119 emergency number or the nearest police station.

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Bolt saddened by for coach's passing

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TRELAWNY,  Pablo McNeil (right) poses with Usain Bolt after his 200m victory at the 2002 World Junior Championships in Kingston.Jamaica - Olympian Pablo McNeil, the first of Usain Bolt's five High School coaches, passed away on Monday night. McNeil, born September 12, 1939, died at the Falmouth Hospital at 8:30 pm Jamaica time. Bolt, winner of the Olympic Games 100m, 200m and 4x100m titles, in a statement said: "I am saddened by the passing of one of my first coaches in high school, Pablo McNeil."

"Coach McNeil was a part of my early track and field life. I appreciate all he sought to pass on to me. I would like to offer my condolences and sympathies to his family and close friends," added Bolt, the 2009 World Championships 100, 200, 4x100m winner, who runs on Friday in Paris.

McNeil represented his country at the 1964 1968 Summer

Olympic Games. At the 1964 Games, McNeil reached the semifinal of the 100 metres, finishing sixth, and later ran the first leg on Jamaica's 4x100m team, which was fourth in the final, the time 39.4secs. Patrick Robinson, Lyndie Headley and Dennis Johnson completed the quartet.

He did not reach the final of the 1968 Games.

McNeil, however, did win several medals from the British West Indies Championships.

After his retirement, McNeil took on the sprint coaching job at Ardenne High before moving to William Knibb Memorial High School in Trelawny. While at William Knibb he identified and according to many, convinced Usain Bolt to give up cricket in favour of track & field.

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The Daily Word - Tuesday, July 05, 2011

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GRACE

I accept God's gift of grace.

The parable of the prodigal son illustrates God's grace. The son, returning to his father's house, did not have to journey the full distance alone. His father ran toward him to welcome him, to care for him and to offer him sustenance.

The nature of God is love, and grace is an expression of divine love. It is the infinite support and benevolence of God given unconditionally. If I turn away from God's presence within me, it is the activity of grace that guides me home again.

A favorite Unity poem reads, "Though you fail to find Me, I do not fail you. Though your faith in Me is unsure, My faith in you never wavers, because I know you, because I love you. Beloved, I am there."

While he was still far off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion.--Luke 15:20
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Niayoma Thursday by Ashon Williams

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The Daily Word - Monday, July 04, 2011

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FREE
I express my true self and enjoy life to the fullest.

Many years ago, Marlo Thomas wrote the book Free to Be ... You and Me, which celebrated the importance of the individual and challenged society's stereotypes. As I remember that premise, I give thanks for the freedom to be the unique person God created me to be.

All people "live and move and have our being" in God. Knowing that I am a spiritual being, that I am divinely guided and blessed, brings me peace and freedom. It reminds me that I have a unique place in this world and a special role to fulfill.

Today and every day, I celebrate the truth of who I am--a unique and precious child of God. I embrace and give thanks for the freedom to be me!

You will know the truth, and the truth will make you free.--John 8:32
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Mavado's US visa returned

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Him a 'Star Bwoy'. Dem cyaan stop the Gully Gad now. Uncle Sam let him in through the front gate and Mavado is now in the US on a United States Visitor's visa.
Yardflex sources have confirmed that the deejay touched down on US soil earlier today.
'Vado is one lucky yute. Congrats and please keep on the right side of the law. Uncle Sam is watching you!


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A week after his former business partner announced his partnership with rival deejay Beenie Man on a new brand of rum called Yaad Swag, Vybz Kartel is planning to announced his own brand of rum due this summer.

Although details are still being withheld, http://urbanislandz.com exclusively learned from sources inside the Gaza that the "World Boss" will be making an announcement soon on the release date and name of the spirit.

"Vybz Kartel is the biggest brand in dancehall and we know anything di teacha touch turn gold," the source disclosed. "I can't release too much detail because we are currently working on the business and legal aspect before the official launch but it will be the biggest launch in dancehall history."

The source told http://urbanislandz.com that Vybz Kartel will be partnering with Dennis Gordon for the new rum, who he also partner with on Vybz Cake Soap.

Vybz Kartel and his former business partner Corey Todd severed their business ties earlier this month putting an end to the popular Street Vybz Rum brand. The two will go head to head for market share since Todd has partnered with dancehall heavy weight Beenie Man on a new brand of spirit.






Commish warns cops about moonlighting

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Two weeks after the fatal shooting of a member of dancehall deejay  Mavado's entourage by a policeman outside a New Kingston nightclub, the Police High Command is threatening strong disciplinary action against moonlighting cops.

Conroy Edwards of Cassava Piece, St. Andrew died in hospital three days after being shot during a fracas involving the club's security detail and Mavado's entourage.

An investigation has been launched to ascertain whether the policeman and other police personnel were working privately on the night of the incident.

In this week's Force Orders, Police Commissioner Owen Ellington says he has taken note of several incidents, which have attracted national attention, in which members of the JCF and its auxiliaries are engaging in extra work arrangements.

These include working as body guards, promoters, stakeholders and participants in dances and stage shows, where breaches of the law are being committed, and the driving of public passenger vehicles.

Mr. Ellington says these activities are not consistent with policy guidelines and any duty conducted outside of the official programme is a  breach of the JCF's Anti-Corruption Policy.    

He's therefore reminding the policemen and women of the force that approval for members to engage in private service is only to perform regular policing functions and duties.

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Jamaicans living in Toronto, Canada, have joined those expressing  shock at the sudden passing of former Consul General, Margarietta St. Juste.

Mrs. St. Juste, who served as Jamaica's Consul General to Toronto from 1993 to 1997, died earlier this week in Kingston.

She was 74 years old.

According to a JIS release, Mrs. St. Juste served Jamaica with distinction in several capacities in Canada; first as the Regional Manager of the Jamaica National Investment Promotion, then as the country's Trade Commissioner to Canada, following the formation of JAMPRO.

But, the JIS says it was in her role as Consul General that she shone and endeared a community to her, so much so that hundreds came out to bid her farewell when she demitted office in July 1997.

Prior to being appointed Consul General in 1993, she served as Deputy Consul General in New York for six months.

Mrs. St. Juste is survived by her 103-year-old mother, two sons, Brian and Francois who is RJR's General Manager for the Radio Division, and two grandchildren.

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For the second straight week, reggae singer Robert Sutherland's piercing single, Times So Hard, has held on to the number two slot on the competitive Jamaica Countdown Chart.

 Sutherland hit an important milestone in his career when the single reached the number 1  position on the Jamdown Vershun Top 10 Reggae Chart in Australia, attracting quite a bit of attention to the Philadelphia-based singer.

As Robert himself likes to say with a serious expression, "a work we a work", and that phrase aptly sums up this entertainer's attitude to his craft. For Sutherland, It is, and has always been, all about reggae music - in good times and in bad. So it's not surprising that he should have chosen 'hard times' as the theme of this, his most popular song to date.

When asked if he thinks Times So Hard will claim the number one position on the Jamaican chart, Sutherland was a bit cautious in his response.

"Well, to be honest, the fact that after 12 weeks on the chart Times So Hard reached number two, then anything is possible. I am really happy and thankful that the work is being recognized in such a powerful way. Of course, I would be overjoyed if there is a repeat of what it did on the chart in Australia, and I am being positive about it," Robert Sutherland declared.

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Andy Holness, the CEO of St Bess Records has his sights set on breaking his St Bess All Stars crew this summer and, like he does everything else, he's giving it his all.

Ash, as he is called, has hitched his wagon to the extremely popular summer session, ATI, and has produced a song which he hopes will become the theme song of the event. Hey Now, as the song is titled, is the debut from the St Bess All Stars which comprises Tresan Dray and Face Dadda, among others.

"ATI is the summer party event and if I can get this song playing like a theme song at ATI, then that will be enough expose for us to capitalize on," the producer explained.

He has recruited Damian 'Keezy' Hewitt, a master at building riddim and together they have pledged to give talented youth from the area a voice.

Hey Now, the ATI song is the first official release from the studio and there are two versions - the studio version and the live version.

Of course, Holness' hope is that Hey Now will "get a big buss".

"Let's say this ATI song  gets a big buss - If it even comes second right behind Kartel's summer song that will be quite fine," he declared.

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Tiefin' lawyer fi start get lock up

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The tiefin woman lawyer wid the loud mouth need to have her assets confiscated so that the people dem can get back dem money. Why is it that in Jamaica laws don't mek fi lawyers and politicians?

Can you imagine that after the youth father leave all him money - 12 million dollars - for him son, the youth get release from prison, only to find that the very popular lawyer sign for the money and now living in the States. And she cannot be found ... yet.

But as the saying goes, Fada God nah sleep, him don't wear pyjamas and him don't have no pillow. Justice will be served.

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Nuff puss selling at the royal court

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It's just another night of puss selling at the apartment with the royal name right opposite Oaklands. It look like the word a spread fast, cause the taxi man dem have it as dem favourite spot for quickies, threesomes, backas... you name it.

Bwoy, the brown girl who run the shop no easy - a straight business she a deal with. Price list on point; spell out what you pay for and what you get, right down to the minute. $800 can get you all of 15 minutes, but you need $3,300 for a threesome.

But dem say it sound like wither the puss price drop or is sale she having, cause dem price deh is very cheap. But maybe true she recruit the girl dem from country she just give dem anything. And plus, every crevice and corner of the apartment get use up. If business slow, the owner will leave the two slimmas and the mampy fi gwaan do dem ting, but if business brisk, she will join in the selling to.

But we hear that dem haffi get some bigger condoms, cause the ones them have giving out too small for the clients. One man complain that it could only fit halfway and that the bed wasn't so clean at all, so it was straight backas.

But dem people yah don't easy eeh? Look pon di kinda activity dem have inna di people dem queenly apartment.

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The Daily Word - Friday, July 01, 2011

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INTENTION
With determination and faith, I create a life I love.

What is my intention today? What do I want to feel and experience over the next 24 hours? As I begin to probe these questions, I connect with Spirit in oneness and gratitude. I visualize the day ahead--who will I see and what actions will I take? Then I consider what qualities I will demonstrate and what attitude I will hold. Will I be patient, adventurous, loving?

Life is made up of the choices I make, the love I give and receive, and the faith I hold every moment of every day. If I have been waiting for "someday" to come, I stop waiting and make the decision to live fully and freely right now. I set the intention to live a life I love--and I start today.

Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path. --Psalm 119:105
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Robert Sutherland have up #1 swagger

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A number one tune is really a hell of a ting eeh? Robert Sutherland tune Times So Hard reach number one pon Richie B chart and is like him is a whole new man. We nah say the yute no humble still, but dem days yah Robert have up a different walk. Fi real. A di people dem inna Philly must tell oonu bout the swagger. Anyway yute, gwaan hold di vibes. You a one person who cyaan complain bout how times hard. You haffi go find a different tune fi sing.
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Great performances at Sumfest 2011

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Johnny Gourzong and his team must take a bow, because this Sumfest high on entertainment value. 
All the artistes performed well (except Kartel) and although R Kelly was missing, Friday night was still a great night. Beres, Coco Tea, Bunny Wailer, Tanya Stephens, Half Pint, Prophecy and others were in fine form and gave patrons their money's worth. 
Jah B closed the show in fine style, despite the fact that many of the patrons had left the venue by then. But he put on a world class performance that turned Catherine Hall into a real dancehall.
We know the numbers weren't so right, but the vibes could not have been better. And when Beres call up Marion Hall, aka Lady Saw on stage for a collaboration, it was quite a show.
Dancehall Night was awesome and the outstanding performers were I-Octane, Assassin, Konshens and Beenie Man. 
One word of caution though, has to do with the flares and the fire crackers. It needs to be banned before somebody gets hurt. During I-Octane's peroformance the fire looked like it was getting out of control; the artistes need to stop buying these things and then pretend that it's their fans who are doing it spontaneously.
Nicki Minaj did what was expected on Saturday night but she had stiff competition from the likes of Wayne Wonder who performed right after her. Wayne Wonder was truly awesome. After the crowd disappeared following Nicki's performance, Wayne started singing and by his third song, people were standing should-to-shoulder, hands in the air, shouting and singing as they showed approval for reggae's golden boy.
Chalice closed the show doing all their hits and included in their segment was a tribute to the late Cool Ruler, Gregory Isaacs by none other than Geore Nooks. Well done George!
Next year marks 20 continuous years of Reggae Sumfest. Already the anticipation is running high.

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Lauryn Hill


Lauryn Hill has revealed Rohan Marley - the father of five of her children - is not the daddy of her new baby boy.
The former Fugees singer, 36, who gave birth on Saturday, released a statement on her website to deny reports that her long-time on/off partner abandoned her while she was pregnant.
She described her relationship with Rohan, Bob Marley's son, as having a 'long and complex history' with 'long periods of separation over the years' - but pointedly referred to them have just five children together - not six.
As to who is the father of her latest addition, Lauryn was not giving anything away, saying she was reserving her right to privacy.
Her statement in full read: 'Mr Marley and I have a long and complex history about which MANY inaccuracies have been reported since the beginning. 
'To speculate without the facts can only cause people to form the WRONG conclusions. 
'We both value privacy and for that reason defend and preserve our right to it.
'Contrary to the numerous reports, Mr Marley did not abandon me while pregnant with his child. We have had long periods of separation over the years but our five children together remain a joy to both of us. 
'Thank you for your concern and I appreciate all of the well wishes regarding the birth of my new son.'
News of Hill giving birth was broken by the website 'Black Celeb Kids'. The website reported she 'had a little scare because the baby came out the womb with the umbilical cord wrapped around his neck'.
The source added: 'All is well now and everyone is happy.'
It emerged just two months ago that the singer was pregnant.
At the time Rohan confused fans, by hinting he was not the father of Hill's then unborn child - but not categorically ruling it out.
Over the weekend he tweeted: 'I'm forwarding all well wishes to Ms Hill on the birth of her new son. I'm sure she'll appreciate the love being sent to her.'
The 39-year-old has been in a relationship with Hill for 15 years.
But rumours are circulating that he is dating 28-year-old Brazilian model Isabeli Fontana.
Miss Fontana posted a photo of her and Marley on Twitter with the caption, 'I'm in love with @Romarley 's heart.'
After rumours of an affair started, Marley hit back on Twitter, saying: 'Ms. Hill is the mother of my children, whom I have a tremendous amount of love and respect for. I would never do that.'
Hill and Rohan are parents to Zion, 14, Selah, 13, Joshua, nine, John, eight and three-year-old Sarah. She is yet to reveal the name of her new son.
 
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Body of missing teen found in shallow grave

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The decomposing body of  17-year-old Khadeja Daley, who had been missing from her home since July 22, was found in a shallow grave about 5 p.m. in Nutts River, St Thomas, on Tuesday.
Items, which included a wig and a pair of shoes believed to belong to the deceased, were also found on the scene.
The body had wounds to the head and knees.
A large crowd gathered on the scene after Silford Brown, Khadeja's stepfather, found the body. He recounted that he had a vision in which the deceased told him to come and look for her.
Family members said Khadeja, who graduated from Paul Bogle High School last month, was at home when she got a call. She told her family that she would return soon, but never did.
The police have since taken three men into custody.
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Golding agrees with scrap metal ban

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Bruce Golding


Prime Minister Bruce Golding speaking on his monthly radio call in programme Jamaica House Live, defended the recent ban on the scrap metal trade..
Although his administration is coming under intense pressure from angry scrap metal dealers Mr. Golding has declared that there will be no backing down from the decision to ban exports from the sector.News came on Wednesday, July 27, that members of the Scrap Metal Federation have hired a law firm and are considering the possibility of mounting a challenge against the imposition of the ban.
But speaking on Jamaica House Live Wednesday night, Mr. Golding insisted that the Government made the right decision in the country's interest.
He made it clear that there will be no turning back.
"Some people are going to be upset and my apologies to them, and we're going to hear how many people are put of work but we're not supporting any kind of employment if that employment depends on thieving off people's things, so we're taking a tough position on it," the Prime Minister said.
He added that if in January when Cabinet conducts a review and there are still signs of illegal activity in the sector the export ban will remain in effect.
 
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Dancehall artiste Mavado will appear in the Montego Bay Resident Magistrate's Court in St. James on August 8 to answer the two charges which were laid against him on Wednesday, July 27.
The 30-year old artiste, whose given name is David Brooks, was  charged with assault occasioning bodily harm and malicious destruction of property.
The charges are in connection with an incident on Friday evening, July 22.
Mavado is accused of assaulting a man and damaging his Toyota Camry motorcar, after an argument along the Belmont main road in  St. James.
It was reported that the complainant stopped along the road to allow a line of traffic to pass, when he and his son were attacked by the artiste and members of his entourage.
The complainant sustained injuries to his back, leg and forehead.    
Martin Thomas, the attorney, who accompanied Mavado to the police on Wednesday, says the artiste is eager to clear his name.
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The Daily Word - Wednesday, July 27, 2011

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INSPIRED
I allow my divine inner wisdom its full expression.

Inspiration is always available to me. To feel inspired, I can discuss stimulating ideas with friends, listen to music, or stroll through an art gallery. Likewise, I can gain inspiration from reading a thought-provoking book, allowing my thoughts to wander, or sitting in quiet meditation. Whether I am praying, spending time with loved ones, or communing with nature, my open and receptive mind invites divinely inspired ideas.

Feelings of divine discontent may also inspire me to make changes and grow as I strive to reach my full potential. Creative inspiration may produce a song, a book or a painting. When I embrace and allow full expression of my divine inner wisdom, I am inspired.

I will lead the blind by a road they do not know. --Isaiah 42:16
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Amy Winehouse laid to rest

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Three days after her death, Amy Winehouse's funeral took place in London today at Edgwarebury Cemetery.

The private service drew about 200 attendees, including Marc Ronson (who produced Winehouse'sBlack to Black and recently called Winehouse his "musical soulmate") and longtime Winehouse friend Kelly Osbourne. Also present: Reg Traviss, Winehouse's most recent ex-boyfriend. Blake Fielder-Civil, Winehouse's ex-husband, requested a leave from jail to attend the service (he is serving a 32-month sentence for burglary and weapon transgressions) but was denied.

The service reportedly lasted about 45 minutes and, according to the AP, was to be followed by "cremation and a family gathering at a local synagogue".

Many of the female guests -- including Osbourne -- wore their hair in Winehouse's trademark beehive.

Amy's father Mitch delivered the eulogy, which he closed with the line "Goodnight, my angel. Sleep tight."

The service was conducted as soon as possible after Winehouse's death, in accordance with Jewish law, and was presided over by Rabbi Frank Hellmer.

There is still no official world on what caused Winehouse's death, as Monday's autopsy was inconclusive and results of toxicology reports aren't expected for two to four weeks.

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Yardflex to stream Dancehall Queen live!

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It will be non-stop excitement from 10:00 PM to 7:00 AM on Saturday July 30, as the crowning of the Red Label Wine International Dancehall Queen show get underway.

And, this year, the event will be streamed live via Yardflex (www.yardflex.com).

"Every year the interest in the show builds and with the number of hits Yardflex received on its last year video, the decision was taken to do a live stream this year," said Yardflex CEO, Deborah Cole.

The cost will be minimal, just US$9.99, and viewers the world over will have be able to be a part of this year's staging of the event.

Dancehall Queen contest is sponsored by Red Label Wine and is produced by Big Head Promotions.

Already some of the overseas contestants are in the island and were seen chilling out at Cornwall Beach in Montego Bay on Sunday, where they put on quite a show and dazzled beachgoers with their skills.

"Me haffi deh deh pon mi eyelash," was how one beach bum summed it up after seeing the three foreigners display their prowess.

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Teen shot dead at her home in St. Elizabeth

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Seventeen year Rochelle Chin, who recently graduated from the Manchester High School, was shot dead at her home in Junction, St. Elizabeth Monday night, July 25.

It is reported that the teenager had just returned home about 9:00 p.m., when explosions were heard.

Rochelle was later found outside her yard suffering from a gunshot wound to her head.

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Nicki Minaj - BET Awards '11 - Show
US rapper Nicki Minaj was fined $1,000 on Monday, July 25, for using indecent language during her performance on Reggae Sumfest at Catherine Hall in Montego Bay, St. James on Saturday, July 23.

Nicki, whose given name is Onika Maraj, was served with a summons to appear in court on Thursday, July 28, on the charges.

However, her attorney made an appeal for the matter to be put forward to Monday.

He then pleaded guilty on her behalf and was fined $1,000.

It was the Trinidadian-born superstar's very first stage performance in Jamaica.

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The European Union (EU) has millions of dollars in grant funds waiting for requests from non-governmental organisations (NGOs) dealing with human rights and conflict resolution.

Under its crime-management programme, the EU is willing to provide grants to human-rights groups, conflict-management entities and other NGOs working in related areas, but not many have submitted requests.

"The EU is currently launching another call to organisations in need of support, with a special interest in work against the death penalty, and NGOs which are attentive to this issue," the EU delegation in Jamaica said yesterday.

Entities, including Jamaicans for Justice, the Dispute Resolution Foundation and the Rise Life Management Services, have already benefited from the EU grants.

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Warrant no longer out for Rev Al Miller

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Senior Resident Magistrate Lorna Williams has withdrawn the warrant she issued yesterday for the arrest of popular clergyman Reverend Al Miller.

The warrant was withdrawn when Miller and his lawyer turned up in court yesterday afternoon, four hours after the matter was initially called up.

Attorney-at-law Leslie Campbell explained that there was an apparent mix-up with the time that Miller's firearm case was scheduled to be heard.

According to Campbell, he and Miller had expected a 2 p.m. hearing.

The hearing was, however, called up at 10 a.m.

The trial is now set for August 18.

Miller, who is out on $100,000 bail, is charged with negligence in relation to the theft of his licensed firearm.

 

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The attorneys for dancehall artiste, Mavado, are now having discussions with the Anchovy police in St James, following an incident involving the singer on the weekend.

The police had requested that the artiste, whose given name is David Brooks, contact them, in relation to an alleged attack on a man and his son in second city.

The artiste's attorney, Christian Tavares-Finson, says he's now in contact with the police.

 "I have made contact with the police who are responsible for the matter, I am trying to ascertain what the matter is , if they want to speak to him or if they want to charge him ....as far as we are concerned it really is a non issue and I'm confident that it will be sorted out." said Mr Tavares-Finson

The police named Mavado as a person of interest after receiving a report on an incident which occurred on Friday night. It's understood that the man had parked his car on Belmont Road, on Friday night, when Mavado and an entourage drove up.

The artiste reportedly demanded that the man move his vehicle to allow them to pass and avoid a pothole. However, the man refused.

Members of Mavado's entourage reportedly emerged from the vehicle and began attacking the man and his son with a machete. Mavado is alleged to have backed the vehicle into the man's car as well, injuring him. The man reportedly sustained face, back, and foot injuries.

His son was also reportedly injured. He lost several of his teeth and also sustained injuries to his hand.

The alleged attack was reported to the Anchovy Police, and the injured man and his son were treated at hospital.

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A heap of scrap metal.

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Dr. Christopher Tufton, the Minister of Industry, will make a crucial announcement on Tuesday, July 26, about the future of the multi-billion dollar scrap metal trade.

A press conference is to be held during which Dr. Tufton will outline several wide ranging changes for the industry.

It was temporarily shut down a week ago, due to the increase in theft of metal infrastructure from private and public entities.

Proposals were submitted to Cabinet on Monday, July 25, from various interest groups, on the most effective way to monitor activities in the trade.

Dr. Tufton explains that based on these proposals and other consultations, a decision was made.

The Opposition has already signalled that it is against any plan to place the scrap metal industry under state control.

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The Daily Word - Tuesday, July 26, 2011

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FAITH
I respond to life's circumstances according to my faith.

Every circumstance is temporary. If I am struggling, I respond to the challenge according to my faith. I turn within for direction and gently release thoughts of lack, limitation or unworthiness. Gratefully I acknowledge that in every moment I am divinely supported.

I am a powerful co-creator. In prayer, I connect with the Christ within, knowing that I am being guided toward my highest expression. I have faith that on this journey of becoming the best me I can be, all things are possible. I listen to the wisdom within and know that according to my faith, I make choices that are right for me. I have faith that all is well as I live, move and have my being enfolded in God's goodness.

Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.--Hebrews 11:1
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Amy Winehouse's autopsy results inconclusive

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The cause of Amy Winehouse's death will remain a mystery for at least a few more weeks.

An autopsy performed Monday at St. Pancras Mortuary in London did not establish a formal cause of death, Metropolitan Police tell Us Weekly in a statement. "We are awaiting the results of further toxicology tests," they add.

Further information regarding the 27-year-old singer's death is not expected for at least another two to four weeks. An inquest was opened at St. Pancras Coroner's Court Monday afternoon and was adjourned until October 26.

Sky News has reported her parents Mitch and Janis "formally identified" Winehouse's body Monday morning and that there "no suspicious circumstances surrounding the death of Amy Winehouse."

A spokesperson for the Winehouse family told BBC News that they are hoping to hold their daughter's funeral as soon as possible, but the post-mortem and police investigation have "made it impossible" to set a date.

Early Monday morning, Mitch and Janis Winehouse joined their daughter's boyfriend, Reg Traviss, to meet with mourner's outside the singer's Camden Square home in London.

"I can't tell you what this means to us. It really is making this a lot easier for us," Mitch said. "We're devastated and I'm speechless, but thanks for coming."

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Drug bust, ammunition find in St. Thomas

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Twelve people are in police custody following the seizure of a gun, several rounds of ammunition and ganja in St. Thomas on Sunday, July 24.

The seizure occurred about 6:00 a.m. during an operation in Grants Pen involving teams from the St. Thomas and Marine Divisions assisted by the Caribbean Search Centre.

During the operation, four premises were searched and approximately 300 pounds of compressed ganja, a semi-automatic pistol, and an assortment of ammunition were seized.

They found 59 .4.5 millimetre cartridges, 48 5.56 millimetre cartridges, 6 .38 millimetre cartridges, 28 nine millimetre cartridges and 5 magazines including an extended magazine for a Glock pistol.

Two boats, 4 boat engines, approximately 100 gallons of boat fuel, one Global Positioning System (GPS) and a compass were also seized.

The identities of those in custody are being withheld pending further investigations.                                                  

The police have theorised that the seizure of the items are linked to the guns for drugs trade involving Jamaicans and Haitians.    


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Freddie Mcgregor



The legendary Freddie McGregor, who boasts an enviable discography of memorable songs and albums released over the last 40 years, is releasing yet another that he believes Jamaica needs right now.

Titled Move up Jamaica, the song McGregor says, sounds more like a 'Festival song', and he believes everyone will come to love it.

"Every Jamaican haffi love this song, they have no choice," he said, a sly smile breaking out on his face, "they have no choice in the matter."

Move Up Jamaica is reportedly already in heavy rotation on 93.5 FM in New York, after DJ Rai heard the song and requested that McGregor send him a copy.

It was recorded recently at Sting Ray Records in the United Kingdom, McGregor recalls.

It was at Sting Ray, where he recorded Key to the City and the Grammy-nominated Anything for You.

"I was thinking about all the violence in Jamaica and realised that we needed a song to lift the spirits, and the words just started to flow," he recalled, adding that everything came together in about 10 to 15 minutes. They also added background vocals immediately after. The mixing was recently complete and the song is set to drop immediately, the veteran entertainer said.

And the timing of the song's release, he feels, could not have been better given that Independence celebrations are right around the corner and the Festival song competition is also close. "It's appropriate for this Festival season," he said.

McGregor, who has released about 35 albums and more than 150 singles and EPs over a stellar career spanning more than four decades, is uncharacteristically upbeat about Move up Jamaica.

"I'm not known to brag, but this song is going to lead the way for a long time," he declared.

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That is the advice from a senior crime fighter in the wake of the fourth beheading in days on Saturday, July 23.

Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) Ealan Powell, who heads the Criminal Investigation Branch, has warned that silence on the part of people with information on the incident will result in more heinous murders.

"This is like terrorism ... that's how terrorists operate. What they do is engender fear ... you hear that these people have been beheaded, it's going to engender fear and fear cripples a society. That's why it's important that we get on board now," ACP Powell said.

He pointed to the killing of two women, who he said the police have not linked to any crime, in Lauriston, St. Catherine last week.

"If these persons could be dealt with that way (then), who is going to next? And so I appeal to (Jamaicans) ... because what I know is that when a head is cut, blood will spew (and) it must have caught some clothes. Who washed those clothes? Who saw blood on anybody's clothes that they think is suspicious? Have they reported it to the police (and) if not, why not. These are questions I think the general society should ponder," ACP Powell stated.

He was speaking on RJR's Hotline programme Monday, morning, July 25.

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Court orders Al Miller's arrest

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Senior Resident Magistrate Lorna Williams has ordered that an arrest warrant be issued for Reverend Merrick Al Miller.

Williams made the order after Miller, and his attorneys, failed to appear in the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate's Court.

Upon asking the clerk of the court if Reverend Miller, or his representatives, had given any indication that they would not be present in court, she was told no.

In issuing the order, Williams said that the reverend has to be treated like any other accused.

Miller, who is out on $100,000 bail, was charged with negligence causing the loss or theft of his licensed firearm.

It is alleged that in January, Miller parked his vehicle in the Shortwood Road area of St Andrew and left to conduct business nearby.

Allegedly, on his return, it was discovered that a pouch with the firearm was missing.

Miller reported the incident to the police, who later charged him with negligence.

The clergyman is already facing charges of perverting the course of justice, and harbouring a fugitive.

Those charges stem from an incident in June last year, in which he was found in the company of fugitive, Christopher 'Dudus' Coke.

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Cops want to talk to Mavado and his entourage

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Dancehall artiste Mavado is again being sought by the police.

This follows an attack on a man and his son in St. James Saturday night, July 23.

It is understood that the complainant parked his car along a section of the Belmont Road about 7:00 p.m. when Mavado, whose given name is David Brooks, and his friends drove up.

The artiste reportedly demanded that the man move his vehicle further down the road so they could pass and avoid a pothole.

But the man refused.

Members of his entourage then reportedly emerged from the vehicle and began attacking the man and his son with a machete.

The man reportedly received face, back and foot injuries.

His son was also reportedly injured.

He lost several of his teeth and also sustained injuries to his hand.

The matter was reported to the Anchovy Police and the injured man and his son were treated at hospital.

The police are asking Mavado and his entourage to report to the station.

The incident occurred less than 24 hours after the artiste performed at the annual Reggae Sumfest Show at Catherine Hall in Montego Bay.

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Lawyers representing businessman Patrick Powell, who is charged with murder in connection with the shooting death of 17-year old Khajeel Mais, are to apply for bail when he returns to the Home Circuit Court on Friday, July 29.

The date for the bail hearing was set Monday morning, July 25, when Mr. Powell appeared in court.

Prosecutors told the court they have submitted some statements to the defence and they will serve additional material on Friday.

This after defence attorneys complained that they had not been served with all the material in the matter.

Powell, 50, is charged with murder, shooting with intent, illegal possession of a firearm, illegal possession of ammunition and failure to produce a firearm for inspection.

Khajeel was shot dead by the driver of a BMW X6 sports utility vehicle after the taxi in which he was travelling hit the motor vehicle.

Mr. Powell, who was identified as the driver, left the island but was arrested after he returned to the country and surrendered to the police.

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The Daily Word - Friday, July 22, 2011

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TURNING POINTS
God is always with me.

I have been through turning points in my life--times in which I overcame fear, changed my way of thinking, or found inner reserves of courage and strength. As I look back on these times, I realize I was never alone; God was with me as a guiding hand, a comforting presence and a strengthening power. This gives me comfort and peace.

I give thanks for the turning points in my life, for through them, I have emerged stronger and wiser. I have been blessed with new ideas and attitudes, new ways of seeing the world around me and the people in it. What a blessing to know that God is with me in these moments and in every moment of my life!

You have stripped off the old self with its practices and have clothed yourselves with the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge according to the image of its creator.--Colossians 3:9-10
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'Vado swag tun up!

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Vado flys again...

People, Mavado swag tun up yah now. The Gully God get back him visa and fly go foreign and come back and the ting tun all di way up. We spy him uppa di studio Tuesday night and Vado have a entourage that bigger than the whole a Cassava Piece. Him can work a foreign now so the US dollars a go start stock and pile again. Artiste, you hot like Peppa

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G2K threatens media critics

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The Jamaica Labour Party's young professional affiliate, Generation 2000, G2K says it plans to launch an all-out attack against sections of the media it deems biased against the ruling party.

The Delano Seiveright-led G2K called a press conference, Monday  morning at which it complained that some stakeholders in the local media are hostile to the governing administration.

The G2K president claimed that it is obvious that sections of the media are politically biased against the Bruce Golding led administration.

"Several radio talk shows, political analysts, news commentators are hostile to the JLP.  Additionally discussion panels are too frequently biased and include persons deceptively positioned as being neutral but are usually political activists themselves, " he noted.

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Another Kingston College student killed

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The Kingston College High School fraternity is mourning the death of another student, who died under tragic circumstances.

Dead is 15-year-old Timon Thompson, a resident of Bull Retreat in Gordon Town in St. Andrew.

According to police reports, Timon was walking along the Mavis Bank main road about 5:00 a.m. Tuesday morning, July 19, when he was approached by a relative.

An argument reportedly developed between the two during which a sharp implement was used to stab Timon.

The police were summoned and he was transported to hospital where he was pronounced dead.

The accused has since turned himself in to the police, but his identity is being withheld pending further investigations.


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Fans across the globe were shocked to hear Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony announce their marriage was over. But apparently it's been over for quite some time now.

The decision to split actually came "after months of nonstop arguing," a source close to the family tells People magazine.

J.Lo has suspected for months that Marc has been unfaithful and his controlling jealous ways became too much for her to handle.

He would reportedly tell her what to wear, how to act and who to hang around, which proved to be too much for someone like J.Lo.

"They started to see life differently," the source says.

Earlier this week there were rumors that J.Lo was involved with her smoking hot 'I'm Into You' music video co-star William Levy, aka: the Cuban Brad Pitt. But both J.Lo and William denied the false reports.

Levy denied the rumors telling Hollyscoop: "My thoughts are with Jennifer and Marc during this very hard time. My relationship with Jennifer has been strictly professional. These alleged rumors suggesting something more personal are 100% false and inaccurate. My best wishes go out to them and their family."

Some reports suggest J.Lo is devastated by the split, and while might be going through a high-profile split, but you didn't actually think that was going to keep Jennifer Lopez down, did you? She flew to the Ukraine yesterday to sing at a very high profile wedding, in which she got a million bucks.

Her personal life may be hurting, but nothing can keep J.Lo down!

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No R. Kelly for Sumfest

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R. Kelly has been hospitalized after emergency throat surgery in Chicago, forcing him to give up performing for an unknown period while he recuperates, the singer's spokesman said Wednesday.

Kelly, 44, had complained of throat pain and was rushed on Tuesday to Northwestern Memorial Hospital, where surgeons the same day drained an abscess on one of his tonsils, spokesman Allan Mayer said.

The Chicago native will be "laid up indefinitely" as he heals, therefore making it impossible for him to perform at Reggae Sumfest in Montego Bay this weekend.

Kelly alluded to discomfort in his throat last week in a tweet, which was also posted on his official website, saying optimistically, "I feel like my throat is coming back. I've been in bed sweating like crazy."

Kelly won a Grammy in 1997 for his gospel-tinged "I Believe I Can Fly," and is also known for his musical melodrama "Trapped in the Closet," a multipart saga about an ever-expanding cast of characters.

The medical issue comes soon after reports that Kelly faces a $2.9 million foreclosure on his suburban Chicago mansion.

Kelly's spokesman has declined to discuss the home but has said the singer is not in financial trouble.

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The Jamaican Deaf Community erupted in ecstasy last Saturday night as news broke that their queen, Miss Deaf Jamaica - Cassandra Whyte, had won Miss Deaf International 2011 in Orlando, Florida.

It was the first time that a deaf contestant representing Jamaica was competing at an international event. Out of a field of more than 20 young deaf ladies, representing China, The United States of America, Peru, South Africa, Poland, France, Korea, Brazil, Cuba, Argentina, Bolivia, Costa Rica, Hungary, India, Malaysia, Mexico, Sweden, Mongolia and Switzerland, all competing at the 2nd Annual Miss Deaf International, an organisation whose aim is to empower deaf women worldwide, Cassandra walked away, the winner.

First runner-up was Miss Deaf Brazil, while second runner-up went to Miss Deaf France, and third to Miss Deaf Korea.

As the winner, Whyte will be the ambassador for deaf women worldwide.

The competition which lasted two days, from July 14-16, involved a swimsuit section, talent show, national costume section and evening gown.

Whyte, who was the winner of the inaugural Miss Deaf Jamaica last year, is a deaf social worker at the Jamaica Association for the Deaf.

Miss Deaf Jamaica, a new entity formed last year, aims to develop Deaf Jamaican women into role models, advocates ambassadors and spokeswomen.

Whyte's victory is expected to have a huge impact on young Deaf girls in Jamaica.

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Mother and daughter beheaded

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The decapitated bodies of the two women, which were found at their home in Lauriston on the outskirts of Spanish Town in St. Catherine Wednesday morning, July 20, have been identified.

They are Charmaine Couver-Rattray, 40, and her 19-year old daughter Joyette Lynch otherwise called "Crystal".

It is understood that shortly after 6:00 a.m., a relative of the dead women called Joyette on her cellular phone, but did not receive a response.

The relative then went to the home of the women, where their headless bodies were found on a bed.

The police were called to scene and the bodies subsequently removed.

The heads of the women were not found at the scene.

The women were killed close to where the decapitated body of Scott Thomas, 18, was found on Monday.

The police say Mr. Thomas, who was a member of the Clansman gang, was wanted for at least 10 murders in the division and was killed after he fell out of grace with the members of his gang.

Investigators are still searching for his head.

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X6 suspect Patrick Powell charged

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The police have finally charged the main suspect in the killing of Kingston College student Khajeel Mais.

Fifty-year-old Patrick Powell, a businessman of Belgrade Loop, St Andrew who was implicated in the shooting death of 17-year-old Khajeel Mais on Friday, July 1, 2011 has been charged.

He was charged Monday by detectives from the Major Investigations Taskforce (MIT).

Powell has been charged with murder, shooting with intent, illegal possession of firearm, illegal possession of ammunition and failure to produce firearm for inspection.

He is to appear in the Half Way Tree Criminal Court tomorrow, July 21, 2011.

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Fashion Connection Photos by: Milton Raynor

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The Daily Word - Tuesday, July 19, 2011

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LET GO, LET GOD
I trust in the activity of Spirit, and my faith grows.

Letting go brings me peace and freedom. As I trust in the activity of Spirit, I am free to release the weight of resentment or unforgiveness. As I let go of worry about a job, the economy, my health or a loved one, I allow Spirit to work in these situations. When I let go of self-doubt and unworthiness, I let divine inner wisdom be my guide.

My life is uplifted and sustained by the spirit of God active in me. My faith grows as I surrender any doubts and trust in Spirit. Letting go does not mean I do nothing. It simply means I am less willful and more willing. I let go of the need to control or solve every problem and marvel at the way life is forever moving in the direction of my highest good.

But I trust in you, O Lord; I say, "You are my God." --Psalm 31:14
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Khajeel Mais laid to rest

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The Right Reverend Robert Thompson, Bishop of Kingston on Saturday urged family members of 17 year old Khajeel Mais to take comfort and reminded them that they had the support of  many others who had lost loved ones to violent circumstances.

 "We lift you up because in many ways we know that you are mourning not only for your son but you are mourning for the thousands of innocents and the blood that flows from their lives because of violence in this country," he told the Mais family during the thanksgiving service for the life of Khajeel at the Holy Trinity Cathedral in Kingston.

The incident surrounding the late former Kingston College student's death came to prominence two weeks ago following a bizarre shooting incident in which he was shot in the head.

The case has since sparked public outcry of an innocent life cut short.

Family and friends described Kajeel as "kind and full of promise" as they paid tribute at the thanksgiving service.

The teen was shot dead on July 1, while driving in a taxi, in Havendale, St Andrew. 

Khajeel was reportedly heading to a school fete, when the taxi collided with an X-6 SUV.   The driver of the SUV allegedly fired on the taxi in which the teen was a passenger.                 

 

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REDjet all clear to fly to Trinidad

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PORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad, (CMC): The Barbadian low-cost airline REDjet is set to fly to Trinidad in less than two weeks after the airline took the local civil aviation authority to court, the Trinidad Express newspaper has reported, possibly ending one of the more hectic chapters in recent Caribbean aviation history.

The report is the latest twist in a three month-old saga that began with Trinidad and Tobago and Jamaica denying entry to the carrier.

It escalated to verbal brawling between Caribbean Community (CARICOM) leaders, accusations and denials, a flurry of political and bureaucratic meetings, questions about the safety of the airline's 24-year-old fleet of passenger jets, and withering inter-island criticism by regional people both of their governments and of each other.

The paper, citing court records and anonymous sources, said the airline and the Trinidad and Tobago Civil Aviation Authority reached a 'compromise' Friday afternoon after a hearing in the Port of Spain High Court before Justice Mira Dean Armorer.

Sources told the Express that under the compromise, the airline whose registered company name is Airone Ventures Ltd, is expected to begin flying the route on July 28.

But the paper said all parties in the court case "may be subjected to a confidentiality agreement" and that the airline's business development manager Robbie Burns declined to comment on the matter. Director of Civil Aviation Ramesh Lutchmedial could not be reached for comment, it said.

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Grammy Award winning American singer-songwriter, Mýa, is all set to hit the Reggae Sumfest stage with international reggae singer, Wayne Wonder.

The duo recently collaborated on a powerful remix of Wayne Wonder's popular, chart-topping single, If I Ever, which is impacting radio in a huge way. According to Wayne Wonder's management, they thought it appropriate to invite Mya to perform the song live with Wayne at the greatest reggae festival on earth.

If I Ever made its debut on the iTunes Reggae Chart at number four in December last year and subsequently climbed its way up; in Jamaica, it topped the Jamaica Countdown Chart in June and remained in pole position for two weeks. Internationally, the single has received massive airplay and loads of positive feedback.

"Undoubtedly the single has performed commendably, but we are always looking to take things up a few notches and reach a wider audience ... and this is what we are confidently hoping to achieve with the collaboration with Mya," Wayne Wonder explained.

He said he was grateful to Mya for graciously accepting the invitation to perform with him at Reggae Sumfest.

"Mya is a wonderful talent, a great person and she gives the single added flavor. I am really looking forward to working the Sumfest stage with her," the Grammy-nominated artiste declared.

Mýa, born Marie Harrison was raised in Washington D.C., USA. Her eponymous debut album with Interscope Records was released in April 1998, and sold over one million copies in the United States, but it was her second studio album, platinum-selling Fear of Flying, (2000) that produced Mya's breakthrough hit single Case of the Ex, reaching number-one on the Australian Singles Chart.

Reggae Sumfest takes place July 17 - 23. Wayne Wonder is scheduled to perform on the closing night of the festival, International Night II, on Saturday.

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A man, who was arrested two weeks ago along with the son of the St. Andrew businessman being investigated for the shooting death of Khajeel Mais, is expected to be released from police custody.

Sources say the man appeared on an identification parade (ID) on Friday, July 15, in connection with another matter, but was not pointed out.

He was detained along with the businessman's 21-year old son, who was charged on Tuesday, July 12, with assault occasioning grievous bodily harm arising from an incident two years ago in which a man was left paralysed.

Investigators alleged that on November 12, 2009, the 42-year-old complainant was walking along Belgrade Loop in Upper St Andrew, when he was attacked by four men, including the businessman's son.

He was hit in the back with a stone and suffered damage to his spine which left him paralysed.

The businessman's son is to appear in court on Friday.

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X6 man to face ID parade

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Noel Mais (left) comforts his sister, Kimberly, after she broke down in tears while reading the eulogy at their brother Khajeel's funeral service at the Holy Trinity Cathedral yesterday.- Ian Allen/PhotographerThe legal team representing the St Andrew businessman being investigated for the shooting death of 17-year old Khajeel Mais is crying foul ahead of a planned identification parade (ID) scheduled for Monday, July 18.

Lead attorney, Patrick Atkinson, QC, told RJR News that he has serious concerns about the ID parade having regard to the fact that his client's name has been bandied about elsewhere in the media.

"On one talk show on Friday [July 15], I overheard a caller pointing to a location on the internet where details concerning the suspect could be found including his name and the properties he allegedly owns, so I'm wondering how fair any parade is going to be since it's likely witnesses could go look (him) up the internet before they come to the ID parade," Mr. Atkinson said.

He declined to state whether he will be challenging the holding of the ID parade.

However, he acknowledged that it appears that the investigators have decided to do away with interrogating his client and instead will be placing him on an ID parade.

Mr. Atkinson agreed that the police can lay charges against his client without questioning him.

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International Dancehall Queen

July 17, 2011:- There is definitely excitement in the air as the date draws near for the annual Red Label Wine International Dancehall Queen Contest 2011. The much anticipated contest will be held on July 30, 2011 at its usual home - Pier One in Montego Bay, Jamaica.

Promoted by Big Head Promotions, the International Dancehall Queen Contest is the premier and only authentic dancing contest for dancehall queens from across the world.

Already the contestants have been chosen and with the event now numbered in days, the big question is: Who will wear the4 crown of Miss Red Label Wine International Dancehall Queen 2011?

Last year's show featured queens from Jamaica, Austria, Poland, Germany, Estonia, Belgium, Italy, Japan, England, Martinique, Trinidad, USA, Canada and France. The winner was 23-year-old Kristal Anderson from Falmouth, Trelawny.

She was crowned by 2009 winner Tavia Morris from Montego Bay, Jamaica.

The crown has been in Jamaica for two consecutive years, Will Jamaica be able to keep a grip on the coveted Dancehall Queen trophy for a third straight year?

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The Daily Word - Friday, July 15, 2011

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CLARITY
Returning to my Christ nature, I see all things clearly.

When asked to heal a blind man, Jesus put his hands on the man's eyes. The man's vision was restored, but it was blurred. To him, people looked "like trees, walking." After Jesus laid his hands on him a second time, the man could see clearly.

As I turn within for guidance and direction, I affirm the clarity I seek and give thanks in advance for the ability to see things clearly. Even if doubts arise, I do not turn away. I continue to return to the Christ Presence within for clear vision. With spiritual clarity, I affirm wholeness despite any physical condition. I see abundance where others may only see lack. By returning to my Christ nature, I can see all things clearly.

Then Jesus laid his hands on his eyes again; and he looked intently and his sight was restored, and he saw everything clearly.--Mark 8:25
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Kingston: US based Elektra Atlantic recording artist Laza Morgan, a singjay and rapper whose raspy, rhythmic 'DJ' style flows on his new single "One By One" featuring Mavado will on Tuesday, July 19, 2011 join his dad, veteran reggae hitmaker Denroy Morgan as "Father & Son" performers at Studio 38 in New Kingston.

"I am excited about my upcoming performances at Studio 38 in Kingston and Reggae Sumfest in Montego Bay" the young Morgan beamed. "Studio 38 has a rich tradition of featuring top reggae, dancehall, ska and rocksteady stars. The fact that that I will share the stage with my dad makes this performance even more special" he disclosed. 

Born in Springfield, Massachusetts, Laza was literally raised in a musical cradle. He was heavily influenced by the reggae music of his household and the records made by his father, Jamaican music legend and hit-maker Denroy Morgan. With his family's strong Jamaican roots and frequent trips to Kingston and St.Thomas as driving inspirations, it didn't take long forLaza to completely embrace the world of reggae.

2010 proved to be the culmination of many years of hard work that Laza has put into his craft. After signing with Elektra records in February, Laza was featured on British pop sensation Alexandra Burke's hit single "Start Without You" which topped the UK and European singles charts in September. He was also featured on Flo Rida's hit single '21' from the album "The Only One." His forthcoming Elektra debut has already yielded a single, This Girl that was featured in Disney's feature film Step Up 3D and its smash soundtrack. This Girl has generated over seven million hits on YouTube and has created a buzz that spans the globe.

Laza's dad Denroy Morgan, a musical prodigy, a pioneer and a musical perfectionist bulldozed his way onto the Billboard charts and saturated American urban radio stations with his smash single I'll Do Anything for You. It has been more than a decade since his last performance in Jamaica and he has something extra special his fans at home.

"The last time I performed in Jamaica was in the late 90s at Cinema 2 following the historic qualification of the Reggae Boyz for the World Cup finals in France. I am excited about going back home to launch my album and proud to be part of this father and son showcase. I have something special in store for fans and plan to rock the stage at Studio 38 with Laza when we perform" he said.

Denroy's new album titled Linkup to Ethiopia is scheduled for release this summer on Asaph Records and it is being distributed by VP Records. 





Shaggy to drop new album

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(New York, NY) July 14, 2011 - Grammy-award winning, multiplatinum reggae star Shaggy is back with SUMMER IN KINGSTON, out July 19, 2011. The lead single "Sugarcane" has already impacted the reggae world and has been in the Top 10 on the iTunes reggae chart for weeks. Shaggy has three (3) songs there, including his smash hits "It Wasn't Me" and "Angel," which are mainstays on the chart.

As a summer time special, SUMMER IN KINGSTON will be available at all digital retailers for USD $2.99 for a limited time. In addition, Shaggy will perform "Sugarcane" on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno on July 15. The show airs at 11:30pm EST on NBC. He will perform again on July 26 on Lopez Tonight, which airs at 12:00am EST on TBS.

In an unprecedented promotion, Shaggy will premiere the "Sugarcane" video to thousands of fans that line up in Knutsford Square in Kingston, Jamaica on July 16 at 7:00pm EST. Four screens will show the clip for maximum viewing in the square, and fans will be treated to performances from Shaggy, joined by Agent Sasco, Chino, Stephen "Di Genius" McGregor and more, to celebrate the launch in true Kingston style.






October 19 new trial date for Bounty Killer

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The Gun Court trial of dancehall entertainer Bounty Killer has again been stalled.

The case was put off because the co-accused in the case, former police constable Calis Bowen, did not have a lawyer.

The court was told that Bowen has since retained attorney-at-law, Christopher Townsend, to represent him.

The new trial date has been set for October 19.

Bounty Killer, whose real name is Rodney Pryce, and Bowen are before the Gun Court on the charges of illegal possession of a firearm, assault at common law and unlawful wounding.

The police had reported that on September 27, 2007, Bounty Killer and a group of men assaulted an off-duty policeman along St Lucia Avenue in New Kingston.

It's reported that the policeman had left a club and noticed a number of vehicles blocking a section of the roadway.

He reportedly signalled the men to clear the roadway when he was attacked.

It's also reported that shots were fired at the off-duty policeman.

Bounty Killer is accused of pointing the gun at the policeman's face.






Jamaica Festival 2010

Two albums with the compilation of songs of the 20 finalists for the 2011 Jamaica Independence Festival and Gospel Song competitions have been produced by the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC).

Olivia Grange, the Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture, unveiled the albums at a studio launch of the 2011 Jamaica Festival and national Independence celebrations last week.

The Jamaica Independence Festival will be staged during the period July 29 to August 6 under the theme: 'The Journey Continues...' Among the activities being organised by the JCDC are the Miss Jamaica Festival Queen Coronation Show, August Fair, World Reggae Dance Championships, Mello Go Roun' and Independence Day Gala.

Winner of the Festival Song competition will receive $1 million, donated by telecommunications company Claro and a new 2011 Nissan Tida, given by Fidelity Motors Limited.






The Opposition People's National Party (PNP) says it is full speed ahead for its two day island tour next week, in protest over the results of the Manatt/Dudus Commission of Enquiry report and the governance of the country.

The activities which are scheduled to begin on Wednesday will cover 10 parishes. Peter Bunting, the PNP's General Secretary, says while the idea for the protest emanated from the handling of the Commission of Enquiry, other national and local issues will be discussed.

"The handling of the Coke extradition is really representative of the Government's whole approach but it could be equally represented by the JDIP, so this in a sense, is a catalyst but it's not only about the Coke Extradition. But the Coke extradition is emblematic of the Government putting the party's interest above the country's," he said.

Senator K.D. Knight, the Head of the PNP's legal team at the Manatt/Coke Commission of Enquiry, had promised that if the results of the commission were not reflective of the views of the population, there would be street protests.

Mr. Bunting said with the party's confidence bolstered by the various media polls, the protest will serve as a tool to regain the trust of Jamaicans.

He said he hopes that the positive results from the polls will translate to votes in the next General Elections.

Mr. Bunting also revealed that the two day protest is being funded with the help of supporters.


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The inaugural staging of the Grace Jamaican Jerk Festival in New York will take place on Sunday, July 24 at Roy Wilkins Park in Queens.

Local celebrities, professional chefs and amateurs will fire up their grills and compete for cash, prizes and bragging rights in the Jerk Cook Off, one of the many activities scheduled to take place at the event.

The producers of the highly successful and popular Grace Jamaican Jerk Festival in Florida, Jamaican Jerk Festival USA, Inc. has partnered with VP Records to stage this exciting family-friendly festival in New York.

Participants are required to provide everything they need for cooking, and each entrant must prepare any three dishes from four categories jerk chicken and jerk pork, a seafood category, and a fourth that includes beef, mutton, lamb, vegetable or vegetarian items such as tofu or veggie meat.

Contestants will be awarded points on presentation, chef's appearance, neatness of work area, taste, texture and tenderness of their food, and the "want more factor."

The victor gets, US$500 in cash and the prestigious Dutch Pot trophy, runners up and third place finishers will be awarded US$250 and US$100 respectively.                                           

In the past, the Grace Jamaican Jerk Festival has showcased menu items such as Jerk rice, jerk burgers, jerk tofu, jerk lobster, jerk ice cream and jerk popcorn and this year, patrons attending the event in New York will have an opportunity to sample some of the culinary treats.


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The Police High Command has withdrawn controversial statements made by a senior police officer.

This comes a day after the High Command was forced to address speculations about its handling of a high profile case.

The controversial statements from a senior police officer  had led to accusations of bias from the gay community.

On Monday, July 11, Senior Superintendent of police (SSP) Fitz Bailey, the Head of the Organised Criminal Investigations Division (OCID), set the proverbial cat among the pigeons when he said homosexuals were largely responsible for the lottery scam.

That statement infuriated the Jamaica Forum of Lesbians, All-Sexuals and Gays (J-FLAG), the umbrella organisation representing gays in Jamaica.

Human rights group Jamaicans for Justice and some attorneys also voiced their concern that the statement could expose homosexuals to violence.

In his release Thursday morning, July 14, Commissioner of Police, Owen Ellington, who is on vacation leave until Friday, July 15, declared that SSP Bailey fully understands the basis of concern for the safety and well-being of members of the gay community who may be targeted by misguided individuals simply because of the statements.  

The High Command was also at pains to point out that it has no policy of singling out any particular social grouping for special police attention and that it will continue to listen and review a position, which generates concern and anxiety.

When SSP Bailey spoke on RJR's daily current affairs discussion programme Beyond The Headlines a day after making the controversial statement, he insisted there was no need to apologise as his statement was based on fact and not bias.


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Smirnoff

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A lucky consumer will be given the chance to build their Ultimate Dream Weekend party through a promotion by the world's most popular vodka, Smirnoff. The promotion dubbed the Smirnoff Build the Dream Competition is designed to give the opportunity to conceptualize a party and then implement that idea. This exciting promotion is a part of the many activities the brand will be doing to engage its consumers over the Summer.
Competitors are required to submit a three minute long video outlining in detail, their idea of the ultimate Dream Weekend party, to the Smirnoff Jamaica Facebook page.
The winning party plan will be determined based on the best ideas of theme, dress code, entertainment and of course Smirnoff signature mixes. The Ultimate Dream Weekend party planner will receive three Smirnoff Dream Weekend armbands valued at $45,000. The winning party concept will be executed on July 29 at Smirnoff Flavours, the first party slated for the Smirnoff Dream weekend party series.
Another element of Smirnoff Jamaica's consumer engaging activities which has been creating quite a stir on the web are the Smirnoff Summer Experience Webisodes orchestrated and hosted by Smirnoff's Student Brand Ambassador, Andy Heaven. The Smirnoff Summer Experiences is a short 3 to 4 minute long video that captures different elements of what the brand Smirnoff is all about, creating experiences that will last a lifetime in the memories of our viewers.
These audiovisual presentations depict the true Smirnoff experience and were filmed at various Smirnoff sponsored events as well as hot spots, highlighting the contributions of Smirnoff as a premium brand, to sophisticated night life and responsible drinking.
The Webisodes have become an instant hit since the recent posting of the first two episodes.
As Student Brand Ambassador, Heaven is enjoying the best of both worlds attending top ranked events as well as gaining hands on experience while learning from the best of the entertainment world.
"For me the past month has been filled with organizing creative social media strategies as well as promoting the brand at socials and parties. The experience has opened many portals for other business opportunities; also it has lead to networking with many influential persons," Heaven said.
Andy also speaks highly of his experience while working with Smirnoff and shares his desire to maintain his relationship with the brand in the future.
"I've been given the opportunity to work with talented people such as Marsha Lumley and Kamal Powell, both of whom I look forward to learning a lot from. Smirnoff Jamaica is a brand that breathes boldness, confidence and sophistication and to be honest everyone that works for Smirnoff has these attributes. I believe that it is one of the reasons why the company functions as a family. I really look forward to continue working with Smirnoff Jamaica after finishing my degree in Management Studies at the University of the West Indies, maybe even becoming Brand Manager in the future, who knows, because at Smirnoff anything is possible," he ended.
Andy's next big webisode will be around the Build the Ulitmate Dream party. This party will be featured online for fans to see and enjoy.
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Commissioner of Police Owen Ellington has responded to criticisms over the decision by the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) not to name the suspect who was being sought for the murder of 17-year old Kingston College student Khajeel Mais.

The JCF had come under fire and accusations of double standard for not revealing the man's identity.

In a statement released early Wednesday morning, July 13, Commissioner Ellington noted that the main suspect is a citizen of a foreign country and was in that country at the time the Jamaican police discovered his possible involvement in Khajeel's death.

He said that the Mutual Legal Assistance Treaty dictated that the JCF prepare a case file and obtain a warrant for the suspect's arrest.

The JCF had to ensure that the necessary due diligence was done and in a timely manner in order to facilitate the suspect's return to Jamaica.

The Commissioner said the premature release of information about the suspect would therefore only complicate the case and possibly hinder the police investigation.

Now that the individual has since returned to Jamaica, is in police custody and will be interviewed he says there is now no need to publicly name the suspect as a person of interest.

He added that the JCF will not hesitate to name the accused when it is appropriate to do so. Commissioner Ellington also urged members of the public to allow the Police to investigate the case without hindrance.

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Jamaica Cultural Development Commission

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Two albums with the compilation of songs of the 20 finalists for the 2011 Jamaica Independence Festival and Gospel Song competitions have been produced by the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC).

Olivia Grange, the Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture, unveiled the albums at a studio launch of the 2011 Jamaica Festival and national Independence celebrations last week.

The Jamaica Independence Festival will be staged during the period July 29 to August 6 under the theme: 'The Journey Continues...' Among the activities being organised by the JCDC are the Miss Jamaica Festival Queen Coronation Show, August Fair, World Reggae Dance Championships, Mello Go Roun' and Independence Day Gala.

Ms Grange said Jamaicans have a lot to celebrate.

"Jamaica, this small dot in the ocean has made such a mark on the big world that we must celebrate... We are a great little country."

The minister added that there is much more to be achieved and called for Jamaicans to re-double their efforts to realise the dreams of the ancestors.

The winner will be selected at the Jamaica Festival Song and Gospel Song Finals scheduled to take place at the National Indoor Sports Centre in Kingston on Friday, July 29 and Sunday, July 31, respectively.

Winner of the Festival Song competition will receive $1 million, donated by telecommunications company Claro and a new 2011 Nissan Tida, given by Fidelity Motors Limited.


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Prolific song writer and singer Tanya Stephens, the "Lyrical Queen of Dancehall" who wrote the title track for the soundtrack for the full feature film, Ghett'a Life, has just completed the video for the single. 

The highly anticipated film, which has already copped two awards at the prestigious Cannes Film Festival, opened on Friday, June 29 in theatres islandwide.

Catalysitic words emanate from the chorus of the title track for new Jamaican film Ghett'a Life, from the Reggae visionary, Tanya Stephens, who has written an analytic and thought-provoking tune that closely matches the groundbreaking storyline of the film.

 'So let the rain fall, and let the wind blow, Cause after the rainfall must come a rainbow,I keep dreaming of a better life, cause me must get a life.'

So reads the chorus of the tune, which echoes the essence of Ghett'a Life, which is an action drama which tells the story of overcoming obstacles despite social and economic obstacles.

Tanya's involvement in Ghett'a Life was fitting, as she has penned some of the most memorable and touching reggae tracks for her growing worldwide audience.

It was only appropriate that she would team up with the talented pool of people who put together one of Jamaica's most authentic and touching films.

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More problems for Caribbean Airlines

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The management of Caribbean Airlines Limited (CAL) faced further problems on Tuesday as a result of delayed flights.

An early morning flight from the Norman Manley International Airport destined for JFK Airport in New York did not leave at its scheduled departure time, leaving scores of passengers angry.

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This follows a similar flight delay on July one, when CAL and Air Jamaica began sharing a single code. The Air Jamaica JM Code was dropped on June 30, in favour of the BW code used by Caribbean Airlines.

A distraught passenger, Racquel Brown said angry passengers demanded an explanation and were advised by a CAL representative that the plane's computer system was experiencing problems and attempts were being made to correct it.   

In the end, passengers were asked to leave the boarding gate and return  to the departure lounge.

Attempts by some passengers to rebook on other flights were futile.

On Sunday, Caribbean Airlines spokespersons attributed the July 1 delay to "teething problems" associated with the "migration of large amounts of data", and the learning curve for staff to deal with the new process.

 

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Two of the sons of Patrick Powell, aka Nigger Charley, the St Andrew businessman who is under investigation for the murder of 17-year-old Khajeel Mais, have also found themselves in trouble with the law.

One of  Powell's sons, aged 21, was charged, on Tuesday with the offence of assault occasioning grievous bodily harm, arising from a 2009 incident in which a man was left paralysed.

The second son is now awaiting an identification parade in relation to the same incident.

This information was disclosed in court by the police, during an application by defence attorney, Peter Champagnie.

Champagnie had filed a writ before the Half-Way-Tree Criminal Court, demanding the release of the men.

He complained that the basis of the charge has no merit, and that he was of the view that the charge was to apply unwarranted pressure on the father.

The Powell brothers were picked up by the police on July 5, during the manhunt for their father, Patrick Powell. Investigators alleged that on November 12, 2009, the 42-year-old complainant was walking along Belgrade Loop in Upper St Andrew, when he was attacked by four men, including Powell's two sons.

The man was hit in the back with a stone and suffered damage to his spine. He is now paralysed and is a patient at the Sir John Golding Rehabilitation Centre in St Andrew.

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Jamaica Music 50: Taking control of the music

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The celebration of Fifty Years of Jamaican Music, incorporating The Wailers and The Skatalites

, will provide the soundtrack for a worldwide movement designed to develop and activate strategies to reclaim and take control of reggae music, while positioning it for the next Fifty Years.




Under the theme "Free Jah People With Music", Bunny Wailer's Solomonic Productions, in association with Talawa IndiGenius, will create the illuminating backdrop designed to inform and empower singers and players of reggae music, producers and its adherents.

 Simply entitled Jamaica Music 50, this movement aims to secure representation with the approval for reclaiming 


this great musical wealth and legacy presently qualified for public domain.  This approaching reality encourages and motivates the purpose, will, reason and challenge for Talawa to transform the past and present experience into a beneficial, progressive and prosperous future going into the next Fifty Years of Jamaica's music.


Talawa IndiGenius, spearheaded 

by Maxine Stowe and incorporating a team of qualified like minded creative professionals, is the qualified management capable of implementing this change.


As Bunny Wailer pointed out, "Jamaica's music 


surviving the first Fifty Years of its 

existence as an industry was only mainly due to the faith, devoted love, respect, hope and expectation that the freedom and liberty agitated for on behalf of the African oppressed people would be possible to achieve due to the constant pounding of Reggae Music,"


He noted that Jamaica Music 50 has been created as a device to correct related abuses inflicted upon the authors, composers, 

artists, musicians and producers. Jamaica Music 50 will be engaging the artist community to create unique 50 track compilations of their respective careers, while unveiling the truth about the creators of reggae music.

It cannot be denied that the impact of The Wailers and their solo careers will benefit from a fresh, true and historically grounded narrative which will give voice to the solidarity of their musical expression.

"It will also properly align this period of their career with the foundation of The Wailers Legacy, which, despite being disturbed by corporate machinations and greed, remained together as a musical family of brothers, peers, cousins, nieces and nephews," Maxine Stowe stated, while noting that living legend, Bunny Wailer, will be the face of this campaign.

To this end, there will be an official launch on July 23 at the Coral Cliff Hotel in Montego Bay. Quite appropriately, July 23 is the birthday of HIM Emperor Haile Selassie.

Jamaica Music 50 Campaign is marketed through Talawa/Street Virus. 

Street Virus is a marketing and branding agency located in Los Angeles that specializes in placing brands in the forefront of people's minds by designing and implementing brand and marketing campaigns that surprise, delight and leave a lasting impression.


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The Daily Word - Wednesday, July 13, 2011

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TIME ENOUGH
This is a day of accomplishment and fulfillment.

Whenever I seem to be running out of time to do what I need to do, I take a reality check. Starting with this simple observation: There is the same amount of minutes and hours in each day. Check! I am the "master" of my time because I can make choices. Check! I have no reason to feel out of control as I look forward to the next few hours or days. Check!

I gain confidence about being the authority over my time by first starting my day with prayer. Centered and relaxed, I don't fight time; I go with the flow. I think with clarity and act efficiently. I know when to say yes and when to say no. I feel composed, and my day flows smoothly.

But the Lord answered her, "Martha, Martha, you are worried and distracted by many things; there is need of only one thing."--Luke10:41-42





The brand known for creating 

the most original experiences and best drink mixes, Smirnoff Vodka, is rewarding its consumers by giving them an opportunity to partake in the highly anticipated launch of the Smirnoff Dream weekend. The digital media promotion will be open to all Facebook and Twitter fans. The launch is set for next week and it is expected that the promoters will present details of the weekend events as well as disclose the early bird and regular band prices.

According to Marsha Lumley, Brand Manager Smirnoff,  Smirnoff has experienced a revolution through social media over the past few months and with Smirnoff launching its biggest activation for the year, the brand wanted to celebrate the occasion with its consumers.

 "We have been having great engagement with our consumers through Facebook and Twitter recently and this is an opportunity for our consumers to share in a Smirnoff experience with the brand," said Lumley.

"The launch will be a teaser to Smirnoff Dream Weekend and it promises to a be an event you wouldn't want to miss."

Persons interested in participating simply have to post a picture of themselves at a past Smirnoff-sponsored event to the Smirnoff Jamaica Facebook page, Facebook.com/Smirnoffjamaica. The picture must clearly show either a branded Smirnoff cup, armband or Smirnoff background. The name of the event must be posted with the picture.

The persons with the most 'likes' will be rewarded with an invite for them and a friend to attend the launch. Fifteen (15) persons will be chosen using this route. Tweeters are also being given an opportunity to post to their time lines a photo fitting the criteria mentioning @SmirnoffJamaica.

The top 10 twitter fans with the most re-tweets will also be rewarded with an invite to the Smirnoff Dream Weekend launch and will also be featured as 'Smirnoff Tweet Ambassadors'.

"Smirnoff Jamaica has seen the support of thousands of fans using Facebook and Twitter and this is a way in which we can show them that we are thankful for the support," Ms. Lumley added.

The winners of this digital promotion will be chosen before Wednesday June 15, so potential participants are encouraged to start posting their pictures and have their friends vote and tweet.

Smirnoff Dream Weekend is one of the staple events on the annual entertainment calendar and is scheduled for July 29-August 1. It boasts seven of the most premium events including Extreme Wet n Wild, Daydreams, Yush, Twisted Spirits, Smirnoff Xclusive, Smirnoff Flavours and Beer Vibes.

 

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5 Star T-shirt party Photos by: Ashon Willams

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Reggae Luau Part 1 Photos: by Ashon Willams

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The Daily Word - Tuesday, July 12, 2011

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PRAY FOR OTHERS
I pray for others, holding to the vision of their wholeness.

When I see others moving through painful experiences, my heart is touched and I want to love and support them. Though I may or may not be able to take immediate action, I make a meaningful contribution through prayer. I seek Spirit's guidance in seeing beyond any problem to the Truth that lies within.

God is greater than any situation. I need not pray from a place of fear; the loving power of God is at work. As I allow the spirit of God to transform my heart and mind, I know that healing has already begun. I feel strengthened as I pray for others, and they are strengthened as I pray with them, holding to the vision of their wholeness.

Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness ...that very Spirit intercedes with sighs too deep for words.--Romans 8:26
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Guidance scores with City of Love

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Guidance's collaboration single with Lutan Fyah, City of Love looks set to give the artiste the break he has been deserving of for such a long time.

Known for his reality lyrics, this conscious Rastaman is definitely no pretender. Asked in a recent interview about the direction of his career, he stated that Bob Marley and the Wailers is his benchmark. Simply put, Guidance is aiming for the highest of the high in taking reggae music to the world.

His breakout single Love What You Got, signaled that a new voice in reggae music was ready to take the mantle. But the interesting thing is that Guidance isn't new in the strictest sense of the word. The singer has been around for a minute, and even before Anthony B got his break, it was Guidance with whom he would par, as they both focused on their respective careers.

With more than a decade and a half of experience, Guidance is now ready to really ruffle s