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Kartel remanded until November 3

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Deejay Vybz Kartel, has been remanded until November 3. Kartel, whose real name is Adidjah Palmer appeared in the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate's Court this morning to answer to the murder of a man in Havendale, St. Andrew. The DJ is charged jointly with Kiro Jones, alias 'Ray Jones', and Calvin Haye with the August 16 murder of Clive Williams. Haye was also remanded and has been ordered to give his fingerprints to the police. It is alleged that on that on August 16, Williams was led to a house where he was beaten and stabbed to death. Investigators are yet to find his body. The attack reportedly stemmed from the loss of an illegal gun. Meanwhile, the drug case against Kartel was also set to be called up in court today. Kartel is charged with illegal possession of ganja. A magistrate is to rule Wednesday on a bail application made by Kartel's lawyers in relation to another murder case against the controversial DJ. Kartel is accused of the shooting death of St. Catherine businessman and promoter, Barrington Burton. Burton was murdered while standing with friends in Gregory Park, St. Catherine, in July. Two other men are also charged with the murder of the businessman.
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Kim Kardashian Files For Divorce

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TMZ.com is reporting that socialite Kim Kardashian is filing for divorce from her husband Kris Humphries after 72 days of marriage. The two will have a divorce and not an annulment according to sources from the site. Lawyer Laura Wasser has been hired to handle the divorce by Kardashian. Kardashian had a tight-sealed prenup that reportedly prevents Humphries from receiving any funds.
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Cherine Anderson teams up with Yoplait

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Reggae/dancehall singer Cherine Anderson recently teamed up with Yoplait and the Jamaica Cancer Society for their 2011 Breast Cancer Awareness Month Campaign, Save Lids to Save Lives. Anderson will lead the charge as spokesperson for the campaign. The singer is asking everyone to support the initiative by Yoplait which will see the Jamaica Cancer Society benefiting eight dollars from every pink lid cup of Yoplait yogurt sold during the period October 1 to November 13. Other well known faces joining the cause includes beauty queen Yendi Phillips and Tami Chynn.
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Lena British makes 'Priceless' debut

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Two months ago, astute businesswoman and fashionista Lena British caused quite a stir when she announced that she had decided to spend quite a bit of time in the studio. She quickly pointed out, however, that her focus would be on the production side of the business, not as an artiste. Now, Lena, known for executing her projects with class, has made what could very well be considered her 'Priceless' debut. Lena teamed up with hit-making producer, Jam 2, to inject some energy into the dancehall with a riddim that is bouncy, fierce or friendly, depending on which artiste is riding it. According to Lena British, she is pleased with the outcome of her first production, which she will be strategically marketing in the dancehall and on iTunes prior to hitting radio. She declared with a smile, however, that "production is hard work." Jam 2, the son of legendary music producer, sound system operator and businessman, King Jammy's, explained that for this project he and his team went for "raw dancehall" rather than the hip hop-influenced dancehall riddims that currently abound. He stated that the Priceless Signature had a more old school feel and that is exactly what he and his creative director, Spider, were aiming for. "It's takes you back to the days of a Dave Kelly Showtime riddim," Jam 2 said. The Priceless Signature riddim, featuring artistes such as Tarrus Riley, Mr Vegas, Wayne Marshall, ZJ Liquid, Bugle, Lady Saw, Spice, D'Angel, Ishawna, Munga, Bling Dawg, Gappy Ranks, Flexx, Bridgez, Kibaki and others, is now being rotated in the dancehall and is also available on iTunes.
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Khago goes global

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Recording artiste Khago says he is pleased with the progress of his career over the last few months. The artiste has performed on shows in two continents and his latest hit, 'Tun Up De Ting' on the Overproof rhythm, is getting favorable airplay on HOT 97, a major urban radioNew York. According to Khago, he is finally getting to perform for his fans overseas. The singjay will be performing at shows in the Caribbean over the next couple of weeks with gigs in Antigua, and St. Lucia. He also has a number of shows in the United States with shows booked for Fort Lauderdale and Connecticut station in during the month of November.
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Cinema release for Ghetta Life Dec 2

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The latest film by Jamaican director, Chris Brown, is coming out in cinemas across the country on 2nd December. The film, whose Executive Producer is ex-World Heavyweight boxing champion, Lennox Lewis, is set in a suburb of Kingston, where each ghetto is under garrison law and run by gun toting gangs under the leadership of ruthless Mafia style 'dons'. Derrick is a talented boxer with a dream of representing his country at the Olympics but the best trainer and gym are in the no-go next door neighbourhood. Although he knows the risks, Derrick decides to 'cross over' in order to pursue his dreams but in doing so puts the lives of those he loves in mortal danger. This is a gritty, shocking, engrossing and ultimately uplifting story of the triumph of human spirit and hope. There's also a superb soundtrack featuring a mix of reggae and dancehall.
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The Wailers join Ricky Martin for the closing of the Pan Am Games The Wailers, the world's most celebrated reggae group, and tour-mate Duane Stephenson, recognized as one of reggae's most talented sons, performed with an all-star line-up for the closing ceremony for the XVI Pan American Games in Guadalajara, Mexico on Sunday, October 30, 2011. The Pan American Games is the largest international sporting event this year, representing the 6,000 athletes from 42 countries participating in 36. The Wailers and Duane Stephenson will perform a three-song set that begins with "A Step for Mankind," the track they released together last year to benefit the United Nations World Food Programme, as well as "Three Little Birds" and "One Love." Following this performance in Mexico, the Wailers will begin their Fall/Winter 2011 North American tour dates, which kicks off in Montreal, Quebec on November 18 at the Corona Theatre.
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Aidonia -Summer sun/One More Gyal

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A St. Andrew magistrate is to rule on November 2 whether she will offer bail to dancehall entertainer Vybz Kartel in one of the two cases of murder filed against him.
The artiste, whose given name is Adidjah Palmer, appeared in separate courts on Wednesday [October 26] on different counts of murder.
Attorneys for the entertainer applied for bail when he appeared before the Gun Court section of the Corporate Area Criminal Court for the murder of Barrington Burton.
During the bail hearing, held in chambers, the attorneys pointed to a statement given by one of the witnesses in which he recanted.
The witness recanted when he met with the public defender.
After hearing the submissions the presiding magistrate reserved her decision until November 2.
Two other men, Nigel Thompson and Lenburgh McDonald, who are charged jointly with Vybz Kartel, were also remanded.   
Earlier Wednesday morning, Vybz Kartel appeared before Senior Magistrate Judith Pusey for the murder of Clive Williams, otherwise call 'Lizard'.
Kartel has been charged with murder and conspiracy to murder in connection with that incident, which allegedly took place on August 16, at a house in Havendale, St Andrew.
In addressing the court, defence attorney Tom Tavares Finson accused the police of laying the new charge in order to keep the artiste in custody.
 
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Kartel's book still to be published

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Although dancehall artiste Vybz Kartel is behind bars, his team is hard at work.
The publishers of Kartel's book have decided that they are going ahead with the release of the book Voice of the Jamaican Ghetto in time for the Christmas holidays.
In a statement the publishers said there was never doubt on their part as to whether they were going to complete production of the book as they believe it has a very powerful message that Jamaica must be aware of.
According to the publicist, they originally planned for the book to be launched next year but Kartel had tried to advance the release date for this summer as his writing was complete.
In the Voice of the Jamaican Ghetto, Vybz Kartel, whose given name is Adidjah Palmer, speaks of poverty and a number of other social issues and according to the publishers release "readers will be surprised to read the things Kartel would have changed in his career and his true feelings about many other Reggae/Dancehall artistes; but most importantly, Kartel elaborates on the Jamaica he 'visions'."
 
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Kidnapped teen rescued

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The police have launched a manhunt for a group of men, who hijacked the motorcar of a woman Tuesday night [October 25] and kidnapped her 16-year-old daughter.
The teen was rescued around midnight, during a massive police dragnet in the Corporate Area.
It is reported that shortly after 7:00 p.m., the teen and her mother were driving home along the Sherbourne Heights main road in Stony Hill, St. Andrew, when men in a Black Honda motorcar blocked their path.
The men dragged the teenager from the vehicle and drove off with her.
Sometime later, the men, who also stole the mother's handbag, called and demanded a ransom of $3 million.
The police were alerted and launched a search for the teen and the kidnappers.
Around midnight, the teen was rescued, after she was thrown from the vehicle.
The police later found the Black Honda abandoned.
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Citizens protest in Half-Way-Tree

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A group of citizens, including Children's Advocate Betty Ann Blaine, has chained themselves to the median at Half Way Tree Square in St. Andrew.
Mrs. Blaine  has said that the action is in solidarity with the "Occupy Wall Street" Movement, as well as to bring attention to what the group has labeled the gross inequities and injustices in the Jamaican Society.
"People can't buy food, can't send their children to school, no lunch money, no bus fare, can't pay their light bills and we are saying enough is enough. We are fighting for justice and we are standing in solidarity with the 'Occupy Wall Street' Movement that has spread all over the world," she said.
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Shawn Storm back in police custody

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Two days after embattled dancehall artiste Vybz Kartel was slapped with a second murder charge, one of his proteges, Shawn Storm, was taken back into custody by the cops.
The Portmore Empire artiste, reportedly surrendered to the Constant Spring Police Wednesday, after being wanted for questioning in connection, with the murder of Clive Williams, aka Lizard.
Lizard was killed on August 16 in Havendale, St. Andrew. Kartel and another man have been jointly charged with the murder.
This is the second time in two weeks that Shawn Storm has been taken into custody for questioning. On October 10 he surrendered to the police after being named a person of interest. He was questioned and subsequently released.
Meanwhile, his mentor, Vybz Kartel, remains behind bars charged with two counts of murder, conspiracy to murder and illegal possession of a firearm.
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The year  2011 has been one in which recession has been the main profiler in the videolight and  the production of mammoth dancehall shows has declined significantly. However,  the promoters of the event  which has what is  arguably  the longest title  - Jagra  GT Taylor Christmas Extravaganza - have declared that recession or no recession, the show must go on.
Production is therefore  in high gear for this eagerly anticipated calendar event, held annually at Independence Park, Black River, St Elizabeth. Now celebrating its 12th staging, the show will continue with the theme that heralded its mega successful 10thanniversary, 'Caring and Sharing Through Music'.
The promoter is still savouring the success of last year's show, which pundits agree was the best show for the season, and which Taylor says was the best Christmas Extravaganza in the event's history. He had words of commendation for the sponsors, in particular title sponsor Jagra, the artistes, the band, the production team and, of course, the patrons.
 GT has promised that there will be lots of Christmas cheer  for 'Extravaganza' patrons come December 25, 2011. Asked if he would be jumping into his Santa Claus suit which is gathering dust, his answer was a decisive "No". He did point out, however, that Old St Nick comes in many forms and the sponsors will be sure to have goodies to give away, while the artistes will deliver special entertainment  packages to their  fans. 
As a matter of fact, the artiste line-up sports all the big - and not-so-big - names in reggae/dancehall  music. Among them are Mavado, Bounty Killer, I-Octane, Coco Tea, John Holt,  Spice, Romain Virgo, Hezron, Chuck Fenda, Twin of Twins, Macka Diamond, Wayne Marshall, Iley Dread, D'Angel, Lutan Fyah, Professor Nuts, Warrior King, Toya, Villa Dutch, Tiana, Specialist and a host of others.
 
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Vybz Kartel: the real truth?

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The present charge against Vybez Kartel that stemmed from the murder in Havendale only added to the  previous investigation, and charges the police had as they had other evidence of crimes committed allegedly by Kartel.
The young men working for Kartel were part of a street gang that allegedly worked in his operations that facilitated the movement of drugs allegedly from Jamaica to Haiti. These young men were "street boys", somewhat detached from family members or were desperate for money.
If  not privileged with travel documents before , they allegedly got them through the connections Kartel had. After obtaining the documents, their passports had 
to be turned over and kept by him.
Kartel is a known manipulator and was said to have kept abreast of his manipulation by reading books about those who seemed to have mastered the art. This became an obsession and  people who were drawn to him , did so, but subconsciously not knowing how or why.
One of his chief manipulative practices was blackmail, through recording. Young men and women with whom he thought there was too much to lose, were recorded secretly and then allegedly shown these recordings at a later time.
On the afternoon of the Havendale killing, it was said that Kartel had allegedly given instructions to two young men on a hit that they had to carry out on one of the men who had worked for him. It is alleged that Kartel got nervous because the police had picked up this young man and had questioned him. The young man was aid to have been of no help to the police as he did not supply them with the information they needed about Kartel. He was released.
Upon his release he reported back to Kartel that the police had brought him in for questioning but reassured him that he did not say anything .  Unknown to the young man, this did little to reassure him and it is alleged that Kartel thought it better to have him out of the way and allegedly a price was put on him.
The young men that were ordered to do this did not carry out his orders and were convinced to return to Havendale. (As previously reported by me, Kartel had missing guns, this is a correction as this was not the case).  Both young men were placed in separate rooms and Clive Williams aka Lizard was killed. It is said that the young man who got away is known as "-". -- got away by jumping over the fence surrounding the compound with Kartel and another young man in pursuit, to no avail. Kartel was subsequently bitten by his pitbull, which was later stabbed  to death by him. As reported, he went to St. Andrew's hospital where he sought medical attention.
During the production of Kartel's reality series it is alleged that he spoke about being bitten by his dog. The police was also said to have taken this information in as evidence.
As reported by a leading Jamaican media source, Kartel seemed surprised about the latest charge as the police are said to not be in possession of  a body, but he is said to have been charged on other evidence and testimony.
Kartel is reported to have teamed up with  well known funeral parlor owner , on Maxfield Ave.,. This gentleman can be seen in a few pictures with him (Details will be released at a later date). The funeral parlor  owner  is said to have allegedly to have been paid to cremate the bodies of the victims whenever there was one. Blood and brain matter were what were found on the property in Havendale which have been used in this latest charge.
This post is based on an email that was sent and in no way reflects the views and opinions of ''Met'' or Jamaicangroupiemet.com.) 
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Friday 14th October 2011 - Kingston, Jamaica: The West Indies are on a tour that will see them take on the Bangladesh Tigers in two Tests, three one-day internationals and a one-off Twenty20 match. While Tuesday's T20 booked a loss for the Windies, yesterday's opening ODI win has levelled the playing field.  West Indies Coach, Otis Gibson, spoke exclusively towww.digicelcricket.com on his thoughts for the remaining games and the importance of confidence among the team.

 

"In terms of preparation, it was very hot here yesterday and today so we are not getting in as much practice as we would like. We have the medical team on standby to make sure the players are fit and ready for tomorrow's second ODI. It is much more humid than what we are accustomed to so managing the heat and the players' fitness is the focus.

 

"Tomorrow I don't necessarily think we'll be doing anything differently. We'll look at the pitch and the players' fitness in the morning but we have our game plan and we are sticking to it. A few players are undergoing some physiotherapy so we're hoping they'll be fit for tomorrow also."

 

Talking about the Tiger's tradition as a strong test match team, Coach Gibson says he's not focusing on the tests just yet. 

 

"This tour of Bangladesh is a tough series and we are gearing ourselves up for it, strengthening our team and making sure everyone is in top form.

 

"The mood in the camp is very good at the moment. Obviously we are a bit disappointed at losing the T20 but yesterday we came out and played and our focus came through - and it hasgiven us a lot of confidence. Marlon Samuels was in great form and Lendl Simmons hit his first century. Overall the guys stuck with the plan they had - and the results speak for themselves."

 

With two tough series' behind them earlier this year against cricketing giants, Pakistan and India, has the team gained confidence from their efforts against them?

 

"Yes absolutely. Things are going well so far - we've started this series positively and the boys are even talking more about believing they can win - about what they need to do to win this series. Yesterday's win has put the opposition under pressure and a couple of more wins will see us win this series - something we haven't done in a while - so we're looking forward to it.

"Morale is very high and now going forward our consistency is a big focus. We have the confidence so now we need to maintain momentum and deliver consistently," continued Gibson.

 

Gibson was happy and optimistic when discussing the future of the young team - and who he thinks might go on to be a star...

 

"There are many future stars on the team. Young Bishoo has shown his capabilities on the international stage and Bravo continues to improve. Kirk Edwards and Simmons are also proving their worth so if they continue to put in the hard work and continue to improve; the sky is the limit for these guys."

 

Digicel, proud sponsor of West Indies Cricket, is also sponsoring the live radio coverage for all games in the West Indies away series against Bangladesh and India through its partnership with regional network broadcaster, Line & Length.

 

Thanks to Digicel's sponsorship, Line & Length Network will provide regional supporters with live ball-by-ball radio broadcasts of the away series. In addition, the Regional Super50 tournament in Guyana will also be aired on radio stations in the Caribbean.

 

The West Indies' tour of Bangladesh, which includes two Tests, three One-Day Internationals and one Twenty20, runs from Tuesday 11th October to Thursday 3rd November 2011, while the India series that follows immediately after will have three Tests and five One-Day Internationals and is expected to finish on Monday 12th December 2011.

 

ENDS

 

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ABS Radio

Anguilla

Radio Anguilla

St. Lucia

RSL 97 (The Experience)

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After ten years of operation, Digicel Group Limited has 11.5 million customers across its 32 markets in the Caribbean, Central America and the Pacific. The company is renowned for delivering best value, best service and best network.

 

Digicel is the lead sponsor of Caribbean, Central American and Pacific sports teams, including the Special Olympics teams throughout these regions. Digicel sponsors the West Indies cricket team and is also the title sponsor of the Digicel Caribbean Cup. In the Pacific, Digicel is the proud sponsor of several national rugby teams and also sponsors the Vanuatu cricket team.

 

Digicel also runs a host of community-based initiatives across its markets and has set upDigicel Foundations in Jamaica, Haiti and Papua New Guinea which focus on educational, cultural and social development programmes.

 

In 2004, Digicel developed Digicel Rising Stars - an annual talent show to support aspiring young music artists in the Caribbean. The show has spanned the Eastern Caribbean, Haiti, Jamaica and Trinidad & Tobago ranking as one of the top-rated shows.

 

Digicel is incorporated in Bermuda and its markets comprise: Anguilla, Antigua & Barbuda, Aruba, Barbados, Bermuda, Bonaire, the British Virgin Islands, the Cayman Islands, Curacao, Dominica, El Salvador, Fiji, French Guiana, Grenada, Guadeloupe, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Martinique, Nauru, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, St Kitts & Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent & the Grenadines, Suriname, Tonga, Trinidad & Tobago, Turks & Caicos and Vanuatu. Digicel also has coverage in St. Martin and St. Barts in the Caribbean.

 

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Keida & Shurwayne Winchester - Good Vibrations

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Sizzla - Love Jah and Live

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Seh Sup'm Poetry
This month's installment of  Seh Sup'm Poetry and Live Music on October 30th  will be a benefit performance for Ayala Bennett, a grade 13 student of Ardenne High School who has been diagnosed with cancer. Ayala is brilliant student and an ardent lover of poetry who herself shows much promise as a poet.  She has always supported poetry events such as Seh Sup'm Poetry as much as her schedule as a student allows and is known in the poetry circles as a "Friend of Poetry".
On receiving the news of her illness the decision was taken to have a benefit show of Seh Sup'm Poetry to help with her medical expenses with her parents' consent.
The event at the Village Blues Bar at the Orchid Plaza, 20 Barbican Road, will also feature rare performances from Professor Mervin Morris, renowned poet and university lecture and Dingo, a favourite of the poetry faithful. The "Friends of Ayala" which includes Ayala school mates at Ardenne will also feature on the program performing her favourite pieces as well as her own poetry.
Jamel Hall a recent UWI graduate and former president of the UWI based "Creative Writers Circle" features along with rising Dub Poet Iyunda who has recently released his debut album in Europe and Stevie "Lighting" Newland of the internationally acclaimed roots reggae group Rootz Underground doing an acoustic set.
African and World Beat maestro DJ Iset will provide the musical eclectic sounds which have become the signature sounds of Seh Sup'm poetry.
The show begins at 7pm at the Village Blues Bar until 11pm with admission for the benefit being $700 which will be hosted by Izemi-Clem.
Tickets are available at Bookophilia bookstore located at 92 Hope Rd
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Jamaican singer Duane Stephenson may be recognized as one of Reggae's most talented sons with his top selling releases August Town and Black Gold but he is also a dedicated philanthropist.
He has been spreading awareness of world hunger and supporting the efforts of the United Nations' World Food Programme to aid ending hunger worldwide.
Stephenson has joined fellow musicians Christina Aguilera and 50 Cent in supporting the efforts of the United Nations' World Food Programme to aid in ending hunger worldwide.
He has teamed up with Hiko Batik on the creation of FEED AFRICA! T-shirts.
All the proceeds from the sale of the t-shirts will benefit the World Food Programme and help to feed children in the Horn of Africa where a massive drought is causing a devastating famine.
Just last year, Stephenson wrote and recorded A Step for Mankind, which was recorded with The Wailers.
This is an exclusive track which calls for world unity and strength to support the ongoing struggle against world hunger.
In recognition of his efforts, Stephenson has been invited once again to attend the World Food Programme USA and Department of State's Global Hunger Conference hosted in part by US Secretary of State Hilary Clinton.
Stephenson will also be on tour with The Wailers starting November 18 but before he will be performing A Step for Mankind at the 2011 Pan American Games in Mexico on October 30.
This is the largest sporting event of the year, with the aim to inspire even more people to follow in his footsteps to support the efforts.
 
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(Reuters) - An 87-year-old Indiana man was arraigned on drug charges in federal court in Detroit on Monday after police found 228 pounds of cocaine worth an estimated $2.9 million in his pickup following a routine traffic stop.
A state trooper patrolling Interstate 94 near Ann Arbor pulled over Leo Earl Sharp on Friday for following too closely and executing an improper lane change, according to a complaint filed in U.S. District Court.
When the trooper asked Sharp if he could search the truck, the octogenarian refused. So the trooper requested a backup unit with a dog trained to detect bombs and illegal drugs.
As the animal walked around the rear of Sharp's truck, it alerted to the possible presence of narcotics, the complaint said. During a subsequent search of the truck bed, troopers found 104 bricks of cocaine stashed in five bags.
U.S. Magistrate Judge Mark Randon released Sharp, of Michigan City, Indiana, on $10,000 bond on Monday and scheduled a next hearing in the case for November.
Sharp was charged with conspiracy and possession with intent to distribute cocaine. If convicted, he faces at least 10 years in prison.
 
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Reggae Boy Winston Griffiths is dead

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Reggae Boy Winston Griffiths is dead.
Thirty-three-year-old Griffiths, a former star player for Glenmuir High, died on Sunday night at a hospital in Kingston after a bout of illness.
Griffiths, who made his debut for Jamaica's Reggae Boyz in 1998, made 28 appearances for the national team scoring two times.
A midfielder, Griffiths, who played for Humble Lion in the National Premier League last season, recently returned from Canada. Griffiths also represented Galaxy, Hazard and Arnett Gardens.
 
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The Andrew Holness-led Cabinet is expected to begin taking shape on Tuesday with the additional assignment of Ministerial portfolios.
Prime Minister Holness will approach most of the persons who will be asked to serve in his Cabinet.
The others will be identified on Wednesday.
According to a source the new Ministers will likely be sworn in on Thursday.
Reports are that there will be a few minor changes to some of the Ministerial responsibilities.
Monday's swearing in of Finance Minister Audley Shaw and National Security Minister Dwight Nelson as well as the delay in the naming of a full Cabinet fuelled speculation that changes would be made to the line up of Ministers who served in the Bruce Golding-led Cabinet.
Analysts said this was a clear sign that some former Ministers might not be returned, as they would have been sworn in on Monday.
However, the source said this will not be the case.
 
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The legal team for Vybz Kartel is still planning to apply for bail for the jailed entertainer despite him being charged with a second case of murder.
An application will be made Wednesday when Kartel returns to court.
Detectives from the Constant Spring Criminal Investigation Branch on Monday evening charged the entertainer and another man identified as Kiro Jones otherwise called 'Ray Jones' with the murder of Clive Williams alias 'Lizard'.
Mr. Williams was killed on August 16 in Havendale, St. Andrew. 
A statement on Monday night from the police said arrangements are being made to have Kartel and Mr. Jones appear in court shortly.     
One of the artiste's lawyers, Christian Tavares-Finson, reportedly  told RJR News the additional charge will not affect Wednesday's plan to seek bail on his behalf.
 "As far as the extent of any sort of involvement from Mr. Palmer, I can't say yet because we haven't been served with any documentation whatsoever to indicate if he even has any involvement in this matter. However, we will be going to court on Wednesday with a view to securing bail for him in this other matter so we are proceeding as planned at this stage," Mr. Tavares-Finson said.
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Four persons arrested after robbery

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Four persons have been arrested following the recovery of several items including a truck which were stolen from one of the country's telecommunication companies.
They were found during a four hour raid in St. Catherine on Monday.
According to a statement from the Constabulary Communication Network, a team from the Flying Squad recovered more than 1,000 gallons of stolen diesel fuel, a fuel pump and a Leyland truck during the operation in Cromarty, Spanish Town.
The men, including a father and son, were subsequently arrested.
Their names are being withheld pending further investigations.
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Another murder charge against Kartel

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Dancehall artiste Vybz Kartel has been slapped with another murder charge.
Detectives from the Constant Spring Criminal Investigation Branch have charged Kartel, whose given name is Adidjah Palmer, and Kiro Jones otherwise called 'Ray Jones' for the murder of Clive Williams otherwise called 'Lizard'.
Mr. Williams was murdered in Havendale, St. Andrew on August 16.
Vybz Kartel and Mr. Jones were charged Monday evening, October 24.
Arrangements are being made to have them brought before the courts.
Kartel is already facing murder charges.
He and Nigel Thompson and Linberg McDonald are charged with the July murder of Barrington Burton in Gregory Park, St Catherine.
Kartel is scheduled to return to the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate's Court on Wednesday, October 26 to answer to those murder charges.
The deejay was remanded at his previous court hearing after his lawyers deferred his bail application due to the absence of a witness statement.
Kartel was arrested on September 30 in New Kingston and charged with the possession of 4.3 ounces of marijuana.
He along with three other persons were taken into custody.
The deejay was slapped with more serious charges of murder, conspiracy to murder, and illegal possession of a firearm just days later.
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It was high drama and a very greasy situation on Lyndhurst Road in Kingston yesterday (March 30, 2009), as Patrick Marshall - a garage operator - stripped to his underwear and thoroughly covered himself in grease in order to prevent his imminent arrest by policemen who were at his business place.

Marshall took off all his clothes except his boxers, then proceeded to grease every part of his body in order to make it as difficult as possible for the police to hold and arrest him. According to Marshall, the police officers came to help a customer reclaim a vehicle from his garage, a vehicle that Marshall was refusing to release because he claims the customer owes him J$114,000 in storage fees and refuses to pay this sum.

Marshall was at least succesful for the day. The policemen were unable to arrest him and because of the intervention of other police officers, the vehicle was not allowed to be removed from his garage.
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The Daily Word - Tuesday, October 25, 2011

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OUTLOOK
My outlook improves when I appreciate God's blessings in my life.

A walk in the woods refreshes my mind and recharges my energy. Tree roots, fallen branches and rocks may make the walk tricky, but they don't prevent my progress. They are reminders to slow my pace. I stop occasionally to fully appreciate the beauty of my surroundings: the sunlight dancing in the brilliantly colored trees, the fresh forest air, the birds filling the air with song. Grateful for the beauty that surrounds me, I continue on my way.

Day-to-day life is like that walk. When challenges arise, I slow my pace, remembering to keep my feet firmly planted on holy ground. I gain a fresh outlook by appreciating the ways God's joy and peace bless my life.

You show me the path of life.In your presence there is fullness of joy.--Psalm 16:11
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First Photos of Mariah Carey and Nick Cannon's Twins

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Six months after Mariah Carey gave birth, we're finally getting the first glimpse of her adorable twins, Moroccan and Monroe.
Mariah and Nick Cannon opened up their New York home to Barbara Walters for a special 20/20 interview on Friday night. Mariah talked about her super difficult pregnancy and how she does not want to have more kids.
"I don't think I understood the enormity or the magnitude of what it really does to your body," she explained. "It's not just, oh you don't look pretty and you have a bump."
But difficult pregnancy aside, they're both super proud parents. "My family gives me everything," Cannon gushed. "It's just love," Carey said. "It's a beautiful place to be."
Nick Cannon spoke to Hollyscoop this week at KISS FM's JoJo Jam Tour on Thursday about how his life has changed since becoming a father. "I mean, [Mariah and I] are connected for life for real now, regardless of whatever goes on."
So what made the parents so long to show off their new brood? "I think it was a privacy thing. I don't really consider it showing them off to the world, that's not really what it was about. It was a timing thing to it," Nick told Hollyscoop.
He continued, "My wife has a wonderful relationship with Barbara Walters. It felt like if we were going to do anything we didn't want to selling our pictures and stuff like that. So you might as well invite someone into our home that we are comfortable with to do an interview and hopefully that would be that."
When Nick and Mariah got married after just a month of dating, people assumed it was just a publicity stunt, but three years later they're still going strong.
"I never believe that anybody really likes me," Mariah said after Nick Cannon showed off his ginormous "Mariah" tattoo on his back. "I always think it's some kind of joke or something." Geez, insecure much? Sometimes it's hard to believe someone as beautiful and talented as Mariah would be so insecure, but it just goes to show you, celebs, they're just like us.
"Initially I was afraid of the concept of marriage [again]," she said. "But this is a different situation and a different time in my life." Now, Mariah insists, "No one will steal my spirit."
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Now Jamaica's youngest prime minister, Andrew Holness accepted the appointment with a promise to work diligently in charting the way forward for a better Jamaica.
On the lawns of King's House in front of hundreds including Members of Parliament, Government officials and representatives of the Diplomatic Corps, Prime Minister Holness gave a commitment to tackle corruption, crime and injustice, as well as, to dismantle garrisons. The new prime minister promised to create a new political culture.
He paid tribute to his predecessor Bruce Golding, praising him for the leadership he provided during his tenure.
 
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Hundreds of rescue workers worked through the night attempting to dig out survivors after a 7.2-magnitude earthquake hit eastern Turkey, leveling dozens of buildings and killing hundreds.
Aftershocks with magnitudes of up to 6.0 were felt within 10 hours of when the quake hit Sunday afternoon. Turkey's interior minister Idris Naim Sahin said Monday that the death toll had risen to 270, but an estimated 1,000 people could have been killed based on the size of the quake, according to The Associated Press.
Sahin said that 80 multi-story buildings collapsed in the town of Ercis, with people trapped in 40 of them.
"Rescue work is ongoing, especially at buildings where [rescuers] have determined survivors," Sahin said.
The temblor's epicenter was in the village of Tabanli, near the city of Van close to the Iranian border, the AP reported.
Related: Major quakes of 2011
With a population of 75,000, Ercis was the hardest hit by the quake; about 55 miles south, Van sustained major damage. Turkey is highly susceptible to earthquakes as it sits on major geological fault lines.
The quake, which hit at 1:41 p.m. local time, was upgraded from a preliminary magnitude of 6.6 to 7.3 magnitude. The U.S. Geological Survey later revised the magnitude to 7.2.
The depth of the epicenter was considered shallow -- 12.4 miles, shallower than the earthquake that devastated Haiti in January 2010 -- and more potentially destructive, combined with the poor building codes in the region.
According to the Hakki Erskoy with the Turkish Red Crescent, there were at least 120 aftershocks on Sunday. Erskoy said that the high number aftershocks isn't affecting the search and rescue efforts, as most of the families have moved from their homes and settled in tents.
Residents spent the night outdoors and lit campfires, while others sought shelter with relatives in nearby villages.
 
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A Black Woman's Guide To Breast Cancer Awareness

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By Shanece Taylor/voicesofurburn.org
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and according to BlackDoctor.org "African-American females experience higher death rates from breast cancer than any other racial or ethnic group." This is partially due to African-American women tending to have more aggressive tumors. The fact is not meant to scare you, but it is meant as a wake up call.
Educate yourself and women you know on risk factors, discover ways to reduce the risk of breast cancer, learn how to give yourself a breast exam, and help to fight breast cancer. And remember, if you are over 40 years of age, it is important to schedule an annual mammogram.
Below is your own personal mini guide to help you get started on your breast cancer awareness.
Family history
Early puberty (before 12 years old) or Late menopause (after 55 years old)
Not having children or Having children after 30 years old
Obesity and high-fat diets
2 to 5 alcoholic drinks daily
Reduce the Risk:
Exercise or Being physically active
Eat Soy, Broccoli, Red Apples, Red Cabbage or Red Grapes
Drink green tea
Regular screening tests
Avoid hormone replacement therapy if possible
Breast cancer self-examinations should be done monthly at the same time of the month, and right after your period ends.
In the Shower
Fingers flat, move gently over every part of each breast. Use your right hand to examine the left breast, left hand for the right breast. Check for any lump, hard knot, or thickening. Carefully observe any changes in your breasts.
Before a Mirror
Inspect your breasts with your arms at your sides. Next, raise your arms high overhead. Look for any changes in the contour of each breast, a swelling, a dimpling of the skin, or changes in the nipples. Then rest your palms on your hips and press firmly to flex your chest muscles. Left and right breasts will not exactly match--few women's breasts do.
Lying Down
Place a pillow under your right shoulder and put your right arm behind your head. With the fingers of your left hand flat, press your right breast gently in small circular motions, moving vertically or in a circular pattern covering the entire breast. Use light, medium, and firm pressure. Squeeze the nipple; check for discharge and lumps. Repeat these steps for your left breast.
 
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October 17, 2011 - Multiple Grammy Award-winning Reggae Superstar Damian Marley has partnered with the Caribbean Education Foundation, Inc. (CEF) to headline its "STAND UP - Educate the Youths" BENEFIT CONCERT to help children in Jamaica attend high school.
The STAND UP Benefit Concert will be held on Thursday, November 17, 2011 at the beautiful outdoor music venue, Jannus Live in St. Petersburg, Florida.  Proceeds from the concert will be donated to the Caribbean Education Foundation Jamaica Scholarship Programs. 
The theme of the concert is "leadership, pride, compassion and action" and how they intertwine to "educate the youth".  "STAND UP - Educate the Youths", CEF's 2011 Education Benefit Concert, features Damian Marley and music artists who exemplify the qualities of leadership, pride, compassion and take action to support education for poor youths.  These global music leaders will lend their voices to the need for educational access in countries such as Jamaica.
When asked the reasons Caribbean Education Foundation chose international reggae superstar Damian Marley as its Partner and Headliner for STAND UP, CEF President & CEO, Nikiki T. Bogle, Esq. explains, "STAND UP exemplifies artists who are taking positive actions for a better world and Damian Marley is a natural fit with this tremendous effort.  Damian Marley is not only a Spectacular Entertainer and Musical Genius, but he is also a Humanitarian who deeply cares about disadvantaged children and understands there is a critical need to provide them with meaningful access to education.  Therefore, it was natural for us to request that Damian Marley partner with CEF and he immediately embraced our efforts and took action."
FOR TICKET INFORMATION: Visit  Jannus Live
VIP TICKETS AND SPONSORSHIPS: Contact CEF
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November 5th marks the 7th staging of Reggae Culture Salute.
This year's show is a salute to the future of roots reggae and presents several artists that are among the finest in the business. The organizers, the Coalition to Preserve Reggae (CPR) are especially proud of introducing Dubtonic Kru to the northeast.
Earlier this year, Dubtonic Kru competed with over 4,000 bands of various genres worldwide and journeyed to Malaysia for the finals where they walked away as the champions of the world.
Many are calling Dubtonic Kru the "Usain Bolt" of roots reggae music and deservedly so. Their music reflects the positive vibration that endeared reggae music to its worldwide audience.
The event is very reasonably priced at only $15 and all proceeds benefit CPR.
 
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Soul Train

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Soul Train has announced the nominees for this years Soul Train Award for Best Caribbean Performance! Last year the category was Best Reggae Performance so its good to know that Soul Train is broadening its horizons. Congratulations to this year's nominees.
Best Caribbean Performance


"Man Down" -Rihanna


"Summer Time" -Vybz Kartel



"Wotless" -Kes The Band


"Bend Over" - Machel Montano



"Delilah" - Mavado

Although Rihanna is also nominated in two other categories: Best Hip-Hop Song of the Year and Best Dance Performance. Her ex-lover Chris Brown leads the pack with five nominations.
Celebrating 40 years of the Soul Train brand, this year's Soul Train Awards is gearing up to be one of the biggest events of the year. Hosted by comedian and actor Cedric the Entertainer, the show will honor Gladys Knight and Earth, Wind & Fire, with the coveted Legend Award for their immense contributions to the world of music.
This year's nominees represent the best in R&B, soul, jazz, gospel and Carribean music. Music's bad-boy turned golden child Chris Brown leads the pack with an astounding five nominations, including Album of the Year for his critically acclaimed F.A.M.E. He is followed by Beyonce and Kanye West who tied with four nominations.
New categories to this year's line-up include awards for best traditional and contemporary jazz albums. These two categories will be viewers choice awards, and the winners will be determined through online voting.
This year's show will tape in Atlanta on November 17, but will air in simulcast on both Centric and BET on November 27 at 9pm/8c.
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Sunday, October 23, 2011
FREEDOM
My true freedom rests in Spirit.

I may feel powerless in certain difficult situations, but powerlessness is an illusion. Even though I may not know how I will find my way through, I know that true wisdom and power come from Spirit within.

To move beyond any standstill, I remember the Truth of my existence: I am divinely created, made in the image and likeness of God. In this Truth, there is no room for worry. I live in a consciousness that is limitless; I live in spiritual freedom.

I fully use the power of Spirit within me to be free from restraint. I break through chains that bind me and open to the understanding that I have the power here and now to do all things. Filled with Spirit, my life is bursting with God's promises.

For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has set you free.--Romans 8:2
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The police have made a breakthrough into a double killing in early October, in a section of the volatile St Catherine-North Police Division.
Reports are that a man was picked up this week, and is scheduled to be questioned, in the presence of a lawyer.
On the morning of October 5, gunmen went to 58 St John Road, on the outskirts of Spanish Town, where they killed two persons. The victims were identified as 16-year-old Chevaughan McLaren, a student and Raymond Franklyn, otherwise called 'Bingi'.
It is understood that the killings were viewed as an act of reprisal. It is reported that gunmen went into a lane in search of a man and when he was not found, they turned their weapon on the teenager and Franklyn, before escaping.
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American businessman Corey Todd plans to post new music every Tuesday via iTunes.
He will begin releasing dancehall and reggae music on iTunes this week.
The first wave of tracks will include the entire catalogue of music that he has produced in the past three months.
He has scored hits such as Jahvinci's 'In My Life' and 'Eagle and Hawk', both with producer Ainsley 'Not Nice' Morris.
Todd said he will be putting out projects that he has with the producers 'Not Nice', 'Black Spider' and 'Dre Day'.
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What is the retirement age for politicians?

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A new prime minister will be sworn in today. At 39, Andrew Holness will be one of the youngest heads of state in the world. That brings us to the question of the retirement age for politicians. Some leaders in their 80 refuse to step down and when they do hand over to "someone younger" that person is usually in their late seventies.
Here in Jamaica, there are loads of veteran politicians who think they can go on forever.
No disrespect, but it's time for them to pack their bags and go and make way for younger, fresher faces in the Cabinet.
Best of luck, Mr Holness, you will need it.
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What's up with Gyptian?

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Just as we were wondering what's up with Gyptian, we hear that the artiste is in the United States recording songs for an album scheduled for release next year.
Additionally, he performed at Howard University in Washington, DC this weekend. Later this month, he will be at the Dominica Creole Festival. In November, the reggae artiste will be doing shows in Nigeria and Dubai, before going back to New York where he will continue recording songs for the album.
Gypppie, we glad to know that you thing still set and you a eat a food.
And with your place  in the Top Ten lineup  for the MTV Iggy Award, you a fly Jamaica flag high.
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The main suspect in the murder of the daughter of reggae singer Thriller U is to be charged.
Police in Miramar, Florida say Kevin Lavon Pratt is to be charged with three counts of first-degree murder and one of attempted murder for the attack that left three people dead.
It was reported that on August 16, 2009, Thriller U's wife Camille Hamilton and their daughter Nekkita were visiting a friend and her son when Mr. Pratt and others barged into the house and shot all four persons. 
Mrs. Hamilton was the only survivor but was left partially mute and blind.
After identifying Pratt in a lineup at the North Florida prison, Mrs. Hamilton told reporters that she asked if she could speak to him in person and ask him why he committed the act.
Police reported that "Pratt just stared at Camille and did not say a word".
Pratt will be transported to Broward County to await trial.
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The Daily Word - Friday, October 21, 2011

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Harmony
The song in my heart celebrates life.

Harmony is found in the beat of our hearts. My heart beats with others, and the world's heart beats as one. The harmony of our hearts is the song of our lives. This global symphony is Spirit's gift.

I ask myself--what is my heart's song? Is it one of joy and peace, love and beauty? Does it reflect who I am and who I want to be?

The song of my heart sets the tone for each day and for my life. I choose songs of gratitude and thanksgiving. I choose songs that honor my connection with God and bring our world closer together. I choose songs that celebrate life, and with every note, my heart beats with joy.

You shall have a song as in the night when a holy festival is kept; and gladness of heart, as when one sets out to the sound of the flute to go to the mountain of the Lord.--Isaiah 30:29
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ECJ steps up election preparations

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The Electoral Commission of Jamaica (ECJ) is now in a position to intensify preparations for the General Elections as it has received the first tranche of the $350 million it requested from the Ministry of Finance
Some $200 million was released by the Ministry on Wednesday afternoon following a meeting of the ECJ.
The remaining $150 million is expected next month.
This was confirmed by Chairman of the Electoral Commission, Professor Errol Miller.
He told our news centre with the funds now in place the Electoral Office of Jamaica (EOJ) will move into high gear in preparing for the elections.
 "We will immediately move into gear and hope that we get the remainder as soon as possible because our job is to get the system ready for an election," Professor Miller said.
The People's National Party had warned the Government against calling the elections without first providing the EoJ with the funds it requested.
Director of Elections, Orrette Fisher, wrote to Financial Secretary Dr. Wesley Hughes last month stating that the ECJ needed the funds urgently as General Elections could be called at any time.
The bulk of the money will be used to recruit and train Election Day workers as well as purchase equipment.
In the meantime, with the electoral system going into full preparation mode the ECJ will again meet next week.
Professor Miller says it is likely that the Commission will meet weekly until the preparations are completed.
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Where have all the patrons gone?

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Bwoy it looking sticky bad. Dance still a keep, but gone are the days when you "can't find a bottle with a cork; can't get no place fi walk; want a food before the foodie sell off".
The promoters of open air sessions are bawling; five sessions on a Monday night alone, but no takers. People just don't have the money.
And, the situation inside the clubs just isn't any better. Some of the clubs are empty seven nights per weel. As far as we can see, the only place that seems to be getting their regular crowd is Palais Royale.
Palais is banging. Good music, good crowd and seemingly good everything else.
 
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The Daily Word - Thursday, October 20, 2011

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With a gentle spirit, I care for myself and others.

When I hold a newborn baby, I am gentle and caring. This new life is fragile and should be lovingly cared for. The same principle applies to myself and to others.

Today I focus on being gentle and kind. I am mindful of words and behaviors that might be rude or critical. In my interactions with others, I speak lovingly and quietly. I treat others with dignity and respect.

I am gentle with myself also. I slow my pace and take time to breathe. I walk with an ease of spirit and an awareness of God. I release worry or anxiety and see myself in a positive way. As I am gentle with myself and others, I find that my thoughts are peaceful and my life flows smoothly.

To speak evil of no one ... to be gentle, and to show every courtesy to everyone.--Titus 3:2
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Vybz Kartel still managing the Portmore Empire

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"Portmore Empire artists Vanessa Bling (Gaza Slim), Sheba, Tommy Lee, and Shawn Storm are still booked and managed by Adidjahiem Records. As such, any bookings or commitments coming through any other channels will not be honored."
That's the word from Adidjahiem Record, which emphasized that they are still the booking and management agents for Portmore Empire artists.
In a statement issued through his lawyer Michael Deans, Adidjahiem Records CEO Adidja 'Vybz Kartel' Palmer stated that booking and management related requests should be made to Calvin Haye.
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Wednesday, October 19th 2011 - Kingston, Jamaica: Digicel today announced the lucky winners of its latest online top-up competition in which four customers have won a trip for two to Jamaica to meet the World's Fastest Man and Digicel Brand Ambassador, Usain Bolt.
The winners - Venn Antonio Eustuce Gilkes from Barbados; Costin Tarsoaga from Bermuda; Stanford Brown from Jamaica and Stanley Harold Williams from Turks and Caicos - will each take a guest for this trip to meet Usain Bolt.
On Friday, October 21, the winners will be flown to Kingston's Norman Manley airport (or collected from their home in the case of the Jamaican winner) where they will be met and transported to their luxury hotel. On Saturday, they will be taken on an excursion which includes a visit to the Bob Marley museum and Trenchtown - the place where Bob Marley grew up.
On Saturday night, Usain will host the winners at his very own Kingston hot spot restaurant, Tracks and Records, where the winners will enjoy dinner and chat with the man himself.
Jamaican winner, Stanford Brown, said; "I was so excited when I got the call from Digicel to say I had won as it's the first time I've ever won anything. I'm really looking forward to meeting Usain Bolt and to talking to him all about his world record breaking wins - my friend and I are hugely excited about this whole trip."
The promotion - which ran from September 1 through September 30 - was open to Digicel customers who sent or received online top-up in the Diaspora as well as those in Barbados, Bermuda, Jamaica and Turks & Caicos.
Digicel's General Manager for the Diaspora, Valérie Estimé, said; "At Digicel, we're always looking for new and innovative ways to keep those customers connected with their loved ones and this latest online top-up promotion - offering customers a chance of a lifetime to meet Usain Bolt - has done just that.
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Reggae artist Bob Andy is set to write a full original song, this time for Legendary Reggae Singer/songwriter and Dominican opera singer Marie-Claire.
Bob Andy last penned songs for Marcia Griffiths some 20 years ago.
The song entitled Constellation has already been recorded and released.
Marie-Claire is set fly in from New York City for the Bob Andy Tribute concert to be held on Friday October 28.
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More artistes have been added to the line-up of the Bob Andy Unplugged concert, which is slated to take place next week Friday night at the Karl Hendrickson Auditorium on the grounds of Jamaica College.
Among them are Freddie McGregor, known for his timeless hits, Luciano, Queen Ifrica, Denyque, Della Manley, Sharon Tucker, Pam Hall, Earl 'Chinna' Smith and musician Peter Ashbourne. The night's line-up had already included Mutabaruka, Tony Rebel, Protoje, Carlene Davis, Duane Stephenson, Big Youth, John Holt, Ken Boothe and musical arrangers, Dean Fraser, Desi Jones and Ibo Cooper.
"It will be such a magical night. All these singers and musicians have come together to offer their musical interpretations of the legendary songs written by Bob Andy," said Junior Lincoln, concert promoter and a member of the Bob Andy Foundation, producers of the event.
Still, that's not all the organisers of the Bob Andy Unplugged concert will be offering to patrons. After the stellar concert, which begins sharply at 9 pm, ends an equally enjoyable Merritone after-party will be held inside the auditorium, which will be free of cost for persons who had purchased tickets for the preceding concert.
All proceeds from the Bob Andy Unplugged concert will go to the Bob Andy Song Foundation, which will benefit Bob Andy's medical care and recovery.
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We live in a Kardashian nation, but President Barack Obama isn't exactly a fan of reality TV's royal family!
First Lady Michelle Obama tells iVillage that her hubby, 50, doesn't like Sasha, 10, and Malia, 13, keeping up with Kim, Kourtney and Khloe Kardashian's antics on the boob tube.
Michelle, 47, says that like most parents, she and Barack regulate how much TV their daughters watch and what they're allowed to see. "Barack really thinks some of the Kardashians -- when they watch that stuff -- he doesn't like that as much," she told iVillage.
"But I sort of feel like if we're talking about it, and I'm more concerned with how they take it in -- what did you learn when you watched that," Michelle explained. "And if they're learning the right lessons, like, that was crazy, then I'm like, okay."
While the Kardashian family is known for their big spending (Kim purchased a $325,000 Ferrari earlier this month), their upbringing wasn't entirely different from Sasha and Malia's.
Michelle tells iVillage she doesn't want her girls raised as "little princesses."
"They have to make their own beds, to clean up their rooms," she says. "Sasha has started doing the laundry. Malia was supposed to be doing it but [Sasha] is really into laundry."
Khloe, 27, told Babycenter last month about her "Cinderella" upbringing. "When I turned twelve, my mom's housekeeper was not allowed to enter my room," she said. Kris Jenner told her at the time: "You're twelve now. You do all your own laundry. You make your bed."
Khloe said when Kendall and Kylie Jenner were born, "I had to do all the dishes and I cooked for them. But honestly now, I'm a great cook and I'm OCD clean and I like that my parents did that."
 
 
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Happy Earthstrong Peter Tosh

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Reggae superstar Peter Tosh, born Winston Hubert McIntosh (19 October 1944 - 11 September 1987), was a core member of The Wailers.
He then went on to have a successful solo career as well as being a trailblazer for the Rastafari movement.
Peter Tosh was born in Petersfield (Westmoreland, Jamaica) with a father and mother too young to take care of him. He grew up raised by his aunt.
Nicknamed 'Stepping Razor', he began to sing and learn guitar at an early age, inspired by American radio stations.
After an illustrious career with The Wailers and as a solo musician, he was murdered at his home during a robbery.
The Wailers Years
Peter Tosh, Bob Marley and Bunny Livingston (Bunny Wailer), were driving forces behind the Wailers for most of the 1960s and early 1970s.
Tosh was the most controversial of the trio. He ruffled many a feather with his unapologetic stance on issues including black liberation and the legalisation of marijuana.
Legalise It, Equal Rights, Wanted Dread and Alive and Mama Africa contain some of Tosh's most potent work. His No Nuclear War album, released in the year of his death, won the 1988 Grammy Award for Best Reggae Album.
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The Daily Word - Wednesday, October 19, 2011

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In Christ, I am poised and balanced.

Illness can be my first indication that I am out of balance. Beyond tending to my physical body with rest and recuperation, it is important for me to also look at my spiritual well-being.

If I feel sensitive, overwhelmed or disconnected from Source, I will feel the effect in mind, body and spirit. To find my center, I focus on the inflow and outflow of my breath. I become present with my Christ Nature and step aside from the noise of both the outer world and my own scattered thoughts. I become still and tune in to God.

As I find balance, I am able to use my energy more wisely. I cultivate a loving heart. At one with the serenity and wisdom within me, I am in balance--mind, body and spirit.

Do not neglect the gift that is in you.--1 Timothy 4:14
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Prime Minister Bruce Golding To Resign Sunday

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Prime Minister Bruce Golding is expected to formally tender his resignation to the Governor General on Sunday while a new prime minister is sworn in.
According to a release from the Office of the Prime Minister, the leadership transition will be completed Sunday and a new prime minister is sworn in.
This will take place at a special ceremony at King's House, commencing at 4:00 p.m.
Golding presided over his final Cabinet meeting today and used the occasion to thank his ministers for their support and hard work under his leadership.
He noted the Government had overcome significant challenges over the last four years but emphasized that much remains to be done to accelerate the pace of economic recovery in order to be able to tackle the country's urgent social needs.
Golding also noted that while some elements of the government's reform agenda had been completed, other important items are yet to be implemented.
These, he said, were at an advanced stage of preparation and urged his colleagues to complete the process as a matter of urgency.
The prime minister also thanked the Cabinet Secretary and the staff of the Cabinet Office as well as the Permanent Secretary and staff of the Office of the Prime Minister for their support during his tenure.
After the Cabinet adjourned, Golding convened a meeting of government MPs and received their unanimous formal endorsement of the Hon. Andrew Holness to succeed him as Prime Minister.
Golding will convey this advice to the Governor General and tender his resignation on Sunday afternoon shortly before the ceremony at King's House.

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Tina Knowles talks about Beyonce's pregnancy

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Or for you conspiracy theorists out there, her 'alleged' pregnancy. In four months, Tina Knowles will become a grandma for the second time (Beyonce's sister, Solange, has a seven year-old son). Beyonce and Jay-Z will welcome their child into the world in February.
Everyone is so excited about Beyonce's pregnancy, this is no longer her child. At this point, it's the world's. And we want to know details about our baby. Specifically, is it a girl or a boy?
 "They know what they're having," Tina tells Life and Style magazine. "But I'm not telling!"
Okay, Tina, you're not going to reveal the gender. So what will you reveal? Let's hear some big news about the most anticipated pregnancy of the decade!
 "She's craving waffles."
Oh, okay. Thanks.
 "The normal," Tina says. "Just wanting to eat!"
She also revealed that her daughter had morning sickness. "She went through it, but she's got past it now."
And like the rest of the world, Tina thinks her daughter is going to be an amazing mother.
 "She's going to be an awesome mom. I think it will slow her down somewhat, but I think she'll be the same great person she's been."
And Tina thinks Jay-Z will be just as great. "I think he's going to be awesome. They are very, very happy and just glowing. It's great to see."
Hollyscoop talked to ex-Destiny's Child Kelly Rowland, who agreed that Beyonce is going to wear motherhood well.
"I'm not pregnant but she seems to be fine and she seems happy and excited about the pregnancy," Rowland told us.
She added: "I know she'll be a wonderful mom." And even though she has only several months before a human being is ripped from her loins, Beyonce says she's not nervous about the pregnancy.
 "It's going really well, I am so happy with everything right now. I am not nervous because I know it's happening at the right time. I felt I got married at the right time for me, and now we are having the baby at the right time. I feel like we didn't rush anything, and now we are being blessed with everything naturally."
The singer also expressed her happiness over marrying her "best friend."
 "I am so blessed to have him as my husband. We have been together since I was 20, and he is my rock during everything."
 
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Famous women who have been cheated on

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Reese Witherspoon


If relationships aren't hard enough, an overactive libido can make them even harder, no pun intended. While both men and women are obviously capable of cheating, statistically, 22% of men admitted 
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to having sex outside of their marriage, while only 14% of women admitted to it. So let's be real, the dong is a sensitive organ.
When they're cheated on, some women choose to forgive the guy, some choose to forget about him. But almost all of them ask, "what's wrong with me?" The answer is, nothing. The penis wants what the penis wants and it usually wants everything. And just to prove that theory, here are some famous women who have been cheated on, despite having it all.
Sienna Miller: She was in a high profile relationship with Jude Law when news broke that the Brit was cheating with the nanny. Law admitted to it, and Sienna chose to forgive, but eventually their relationship crumbled. Men love cheating with nannies. You can't even hire an unattractive one and expect nothing to happen. She'll pull a Mildred Baena on your ass.
Eva Longoria: After rumors surfaced that Mr. Bean lookalike, Tony Parker, cheated on Eva, the two soon filed for divorce. Turns out the basketball player was cheating on a former teammates wife. Double douche.
Sandra Bullock: First of all, Sandra shouldn't have even been with Jesse James. She's an Oscar-winner, and he looks like he perpetually reeks of bacon. She's an A-list actress and he looks like an extra from Prison Break. She's one of the classiest--okay, you get the idea. James was rumored to have cheated on Sandra with a tatted up Kat Von D lookalike. Months later, he went from lookalike to the real thing. Now Jesse and Kat are on the outs, for like the third time this year. Actually, once this story is actually posted, they'll probably have gotten back together.
Reese Witherspoon: They're friends now, but Reese Witherspoon's marriage to Ryan Phillippe ended after he cheated on her with his co-star Abbie Cornish.
Elizabeth Hurley: This was the biggest WTF moment of 1995. Hugh Grant was caught soliciting Hollywood prostitute Divine Brown while he was dating longtime girlfriend Elizabeth Hurley. And I know her name says otherwise, but she really wasn't all that divine. Elizabeth and Hugh stuck it out for a while, but a couple years later, it ended.
Halle Berry: Halle's ex-husband, Eric Benet, had a sex addiction. So it makes sense that he would try to control it by dating the hottest woman in Hollywood. But that still wasn't enough for the guy. He cheated, and Halle ditched him.
Uma Thurman: Uma Thurman and Ethan Hawke were the coolest couple of 1998. Until Ethan had an affair with their kid's nanny. I'm serious about the nanny thing. Raise your own kids, people!
Christie Brinkley: Not even being a supermodel gets you a "get out of cheating free" card. Christie Brinkley's ex, Pete Cook, met an 18 year-old who worked in a toy store. He was later caught in the act when a sex tape of the two surfaced. Talk about wanting to get caught.
Jennifer Aniston: We couldn't get through this list without mentioning the legendary split between Brad & Jen. While Brangelina were dry humping onscreen in Mr. and Mrs. Smith, Jen was at home, thinking he was you know, acting. That thing he does for a living. Turns out, Brad fell for Angelina and the rest his history.
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Female artiste on police list?

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A which female artiste we a hear bout whoofa name deh pon the list of artiste who the police dem say a buy gun?
We hear a name a call up call up and it doan sound good. We really hope say it doan go so and it is just a baseless rumour.
But all we haffi tell the artiste dem is that now is the time for them to focus on dem music and stop gwaan like them want buy out a armory. Music money is to fix up Mama house and then fix up you pickeny den, youself and baby madda. And we know say nuff man hafi eat a food outta it to.
But just memba say the days of buys guns and ammunition are over. Or the cops are gonna get you.
 
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More endorsements for Holness

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Education minister, Andrew Holness is closer to ascending to the helm of the ruling party  Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) after he was overwhelmingly endorsed by another area council today.
The JLP's Area Council Three endorsed the St Andrew Central Member of Parliament (MP) during a meeting at the Osbourne Store Primary and Junior High School in Clarendon.
Today's endorsement paves the way for the 39-year-old, who is the current education minister, to be elected unopposed as the party's next leader and eventually, the country's ninth prime minister.
The western-based Area Council Four, led by deputy leader Dr Christopher Tufton, is also expected to nominate Mr Holness. Up to last week, Clarendon Central MP and JLP chairman, Mike Henry was expected to challenge Mr Holness for the leadership of the party.
However, it is now expected that Mr Henry will re-consider his intention due to overwhelming support for Mr Holness from several MPs and government ministers.
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Motive for St. Thomas triple murder unclear

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Motive for St. Thomas triple murder unclear
The St. Thomas police are seeking a male suspect in relation to the murder of 49-year-old farmer, Courtney Brown, and his two sons in Yallahs, St. Thomas on Saturday night.
Superintendent Mervin McNab, head of the St. Thomas police, said the police are following strong leads following an interview with a witness yesterday.
Superintendent McNab noted that the police believe the killings were carried out by a group.
He said he hopes that the suspect being sought will be able to lead them to the other persons who were involved.
Courtney Brown was killed by gunmen as he made his way home Saturday night.
His house was later set ablaze killing his two sons, nine-year-old Rod and 10-year-old Matadio.  The children's mother, who was also at home at the time, was hospitalised with gunshot wounds after managing to escape from the burning house.
Superintendent McNab said the motive for the killings remains unclear as they do not know who the main target was. But he said the police are optimistic the case will be solved soon.
 
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Three held for cocaine seizure

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Three persons, including a woman, were taken into custody following the discovery of two pounds of cocaine at the cargo section of the Sangster International Airport on Sunday.
The cocaine was found in a shipment of agricultural produce and other items which were destined for England.
The cocaine was found when the goods were examined on Sunday afternoon.
The three persons, who are alleged to be connected with the shipment, were taken into custody and are waiting to be questioned by the police.
 
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Digicel BlackBerry customers will be able to avail of up to US 100 worth of premium BlackBerry apps for free meaning they can enjoy an enhanced and more personalised BlackBerry service, it was announced today.
With free apps on offer from the likes of Gameloft, Electronic Arts, Shazam, iSpeech and Ice Cold Apps, Digicel BlackBerry customers will be able to experience a world of games, music and entertainment for free from the palm of their hand.
In addition, businesses that are BlackBerry customers will see an offer of one month of free RIM technical support.
The free app offer will be made available to Digicel BlackBerry customers in the next few weeks and customers will be contacted directly with details on how to access it.
The offer comes on the heels of last week's BlackBerry service outage which saw many BlackBerry users suffering a loss of data and messaging services.
Brian Finn, Digicel Group Commercial Director, comments; "Digicel is committed to providing customers with the best service - and we would like to apologise to our valued customers for the inconvenience caused to them as a result of RIM's service problems."
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During his three-song set for Saturday's "A Decade of Difference" concert for the William J. Clinton Foundation, Usher didn't let a wardrobe malfunction get the best of him.
He acknowledged the long rip in the left leg of his pants during his performance of his hit "OMG" and continued with his routine.
On Sunday night, he made light of the incident in a statement released exclusively to Yahoo! Music: "The show must go on," he said about his reaction to the mishap.
"I work hard and let it all hang out. ... Lol."
His ripped, baggy pants gave a new meaning to the phrase "hang loose."
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Police Recover More Stolen Chairs Taken From MCC

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The police say 1,143 chairs have been recovered from the 3,000 that went missing from the Montego Bay Convention Centre (MCC) last month.
Half of the 70,000 square feet of carpet which also disappeared has also been found.
The chairs and carpet, which were facilitated by the Jamaica Hotel and Tourist Association for the staging of Caribbean Marketplace 2011, the Caribbean's premier travel trade show, which was held January 16-18 at the centre, reportedly went missing in June.
The carpet is valued at US$60,000, while the waiver from customs to bring in the shipment is estimated at J$2.6 million.
In the meantime, the police are asking members of the public who unsuspectingly bought or received chairs or carpet which went missing to call Kingfish at 811, Crime Stop at 311 or 119.
 
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Lawyers in the US have come to the defence of a Jamaican man who has been languishing in prison due to challenges with his asylum hearing as he is illiterate and has a severe speech impediment.
He has been identified as 42-year-old farm worker Derrick Cotterel.
Mr. Cotterel had been living in the United States for 10 years picking citrus in Florida and apples in West Virginia before his arrest last year on robbery charges.
He ended up in immigration custody in Pennsylvania but judges there struggled for nearly a year to understand his request for political asylum as he speaks Jamaican patois and his speech is affected by a severe stutter that makes him nearly impossible to understand.
According to reports out of the US, Mr. Cotterel can neither read nor write.
It is reported that the Jamaican remained in York County Prison, from July last year until May this year while frustrated judges continued his bail and asylum hearings.
An immigration attorney and the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) have now offered to assist him.                
The ACLU agreed to file a friend-of-the-court brief that argues for the government to provide lawyers to disabled immigrants, based on fairness and disability law.
It also wants the government to provide a speech professional to determine whether an electronic device or other tools can help the Jamaican prisoner communicate to the court.
Last week lawyers for US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) said they would not oppose the motion for another asylum hearing.
In the meantime, Mr. Cotterrel remains in prison as he is yet to take up his $1,500 bail.
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Swagg Tuesdays : Photos by Milton Raynor

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Sizzla is not dead

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Why people so mix up and a call dung dead pon the Rastaman? Twitter light up on Saturday after some irresponsible website post an indepth article detailing an accident in which international reggae artiste Sizzla Kalonji was involved in.
The story looked so credible that people all over the world start to bawl and send a heap of RIP message. Then it was later discovered that it was all a hoax and that the website had 'killed off' celebrities like David Beckham in the past.
Bwoy, this Internet thing can cause real harm. But right now, we wish Sizzla all the best and that he continues the road to recovery without any mishaps.
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Polo: Photos by Milton Raynor

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Businessman Joseph Hanna murdered

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Businessman and operator of B.J. Hanna and Sons Limited, Joseph Hanna, was fatally shot Sunday afternoon meters from his business place on Retirement Crescent Kingston 5.
According to a police source about 5:30 Sunday afternoon, Mr. Hanna, 81, of Cherry Gardens, Kingston 8, drove out of his business place.
Reports are that shortly after two men on a motorbike drove up and ordered Mr. Hanna to return to his business place.
It is understood that Mr. Hanna refused and drove off.
The men opened fire on the vehicle hitting Mr. Hanna several times.
The injured businessman managed to drive several metres before crashing into the compound of a nearby woodwork shop.
Mr. Hanna died on the spot.
The killers made off with two bags containing various documents.
Investigators are trying to determine whether Mr. Hanna's death is a contract killing.
On November 2, 2006, general manager of the same establishment, 37-year-old Rosa Garcia was shot as she entered the company's compound.
A man on foot approached her and fired two shots hitting her.
Ms. Garcia was taken to hospital where she died while being treated.
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Bounty Sundays

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The Daily Word - Friday, October 14, 2011

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Monday, October 17, 2011
EASE
Spirit within me is expressing in wise and wonderful ways.

I recognize that worry-thoughts are stumbling blocks on my way toward achievement. Consequently, if I worry that something is going to be difficult, it likely will be. So I open to the underlying potential in what might seem to be a difficulty. I know that all matters can be handled with ease as I let Spirit within express as me in wise and wonderful ways. I can do what is mine to do and do it well.

I am neither timid nor boastful. A feeling of ease--fortified by my awareness of my innate divinity--nudges me along, from thinking to planning to doing. From my inner, sacred reservoir, I call on wisdom and understanding, life and vigor to move me forward in both simple and complex activities.

I can do all things through him who strengthens me.--Philippians 4:13
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Kartel still in jail

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Defence attorneys in Adidja 'Vybz Kartel' Palmer's murder case have indicated that there are doubts about reports that a key witness in the case has given a second statement to the Office of the Public Defender, recanting the one he gave police investigators.
The uncertainty, according to Palmer's attorney, Christian Tavares-Finson, caused a judge in the Gun Court Division of the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate's Court to issue an order yesterday directing police to check with the public defender's office to determine whether such a statement exists.
He said the judge also ordered that if the statement is found, it should be taken to court on October 26 when the case will again be mentioned.
This development scuttled plans by defence attorneys to seek bail for the entertainer.
"We don't know what is in the document ... it needs to be served on the defence so we can make a proper bail application for Mr Palmer," Tavares-Finson said.
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Kanye West, Maroon 5 to serenade lingerie models

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NEW YORK (AP) -- Top models Alessandra Ambrosio, Miranda Kerr and Doutzen Kroes will strut in the annual Victoria's Secret Fashion Show to live musical performances by Kanye West and Maroon 5.
The catwalk event, which also will include VS models Erin Heatherton, Candice Swanepoel, Lindsay Ellingson and Lily Aldridge, will be filmed on Nov. 9 for a televised special later in the month.
The Nov. 29 one-hour show on CBS will incorporate behind-the-scenes tidbits, model profiles and red-carpet interviews surrounding the much-hyped lingerie show. Of course, several models will step out in the elaborate wings that have become a signature of this runway, and one will wear the jewel-encrusted Fantasy Bra.
Last year, that honor went to Adriana Lima.
In 2007, West pulled out of a performance at the annual Victoria's Secret fashion show due to the sudden death of his mother after she underwent cosmetic surgery.
West has been a front-row regular at fashion shows for years, and earlier this month he debuted his own collection during Paris fashion week.
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Beenie Man will not be performing in Miami

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Beenie Man performing on August 10, 2008.



Reacting to a poster circulating on Facebook that suggests that Beenie Man will be performing live at a birthday party event at a club called Euro in Miami, Florida.
 Beenie Man's management team is asking promoters to desist from advertising events suggesting that the artiste will be performing when they know that he has not been granted a work permit.
"The person who is hosting the birthday party is a personal friend of mine and he invited Beenie Man to attend the event, but not to perform. We don't have a work permit, there is no contract, no fees have been paid over. Beenie Man would have made an appearance at the event just to party with the fans and not to perform, so I was upset when I went to a club oevr the weekend and somebody handed me a flyer advertising 'Beenie Man Live' this Friday at Club Euro in Miami. Beenie Man will not be performing at this event," an upset-sounding 'Blue', Beenie Man's manager said in a release.
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FIFA bans JFF's Horace Burrell

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President of the Jamaica Football Federation, Captain Horace Burrell, has been slapped with a six month ban by FIFA's Ethics Committee following investigations into bribery allegations against Caribbean Football Union (CFU) officials.
Burrell has been banned from taking part in any football related activity, be it administrative, sports or any other.
The Ethics Committee has however decided to suspend three months of the ban, subject to a probationary period of two years.
This ruling effectively rules Burrell out of the running for the presidency of the CFU.
CFU elections are due on November 20.
JFF General Secretary Horace Reid was given a warning along with David Hinds and Mark 'Bob' Forde of Barbados and Yves Jean-Bart of Haiti.
On Tuesday a video was posted on the internet showing former CFU President Austin 'Jack' Warner encouraging CFU executives to accept cash 'gifts' from Mohamed bin Hammam.
Burrell and Reid were Jamaica's representatives at the meeting.
The video was used by the FIFA Ethics Committee in its investigation.
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Noel 'Zambo' Heath murdered in St Kitts

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Oct. 14, St Kitts -- Four males have been taken into custody for questioning in connection with the early morning murder of Noel 'Zambo' Heath, police confirmed. Heath was ambushed outside of his home at about 5 o'clock this morning by at least two gunmen, who then escaped through a nearby alley after the shooting, reports indicate.
The St. Johnston Village resident was shot several times about his body and died shortly after being taken to the JNF Hospital.
Heath gained international notoriety when he made America's Top Ten Most Wanted list a few years ago. After being extradited from St. Kitts, he plead guilty to drug trafficking charges and spent four years in a U.S. Federal prison.
The shooting death marked the nation's 31st murder for 2011. Victim #30, 17-year old Vincent 'Pini' Williams, was gunned down less that 11 hours earlier, in Madhouse Alley, Newtown.
On arrival at the Heath murder scene, The Observer met armed law enforcement officers surrounding the areas close to the scene of the crime. A crowd begin gathering and many persons were bawling and saying they could not believe it was Zambo.
This media house was informed that Heath was exiting his home to get into his vehicle when yet-unidentified armed assailants opened fire. One resident said she heard 20 shots, but it could have been more.
Many in the large crowd assembled at the entrance of the hospital cried at the news that Heath had not survived. Some who said they had only heard of him, looked on in disbelief.
Heath, who despite the notoriety stemming from the drug conviction, was deemed a philanthropist to the people of his community, especially as it related to sporting activities.
Returning to St. Kitts in 2009, he received a 'hero's welcome' at the RLB International Airport. Since then, Heath had publicly condemned the gun violence in the nation and called on the youths to "put down the guns".
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Multi-million dollar drug bust at Port Bustamante

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There has been another multi-million dollar drug bust at one of the island's ports.
Fifty pounds of cocaine valued at $48 million was found on Wednesday at Berth Nine, Port Bustamante.
It was discovered on a vessel which arrived from Guyana.
According to a statement from Jamaica Customs, its Contraband Enforcement Team and officers from the Jamaica Constabulary Force searched a 40 foot refrigerated container which was declared as being empty.
However, five boxes labelled Coke, Pepsi and Canada Dry with a white powdery substance resembling cocaine were found inside.
It was removed and taken to the Trans-National Crime and Narcotics Division where it was tested and weighed.
No arrest was made in connection with the seizure.
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Shawn Storm released from custody

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Dancehall DJ Shawn Storm was on Friday morning released after his attorney Michael Dean entered a habeaus corpus when the Portmore Empire artiste appeared in the Corporate Area Criminal Court.
Shawn Storm, whose given name is Shawn Campbell, turned himself over to the police on Monday after being named a person of interest.
Mr. Dean asked the court to order the artiste's release as the police had not charged him with any crime.
Meanwhile, the case against the head of the Portmore Empire, Vybz Kartel is set for hearing about now.
Kartel's legal team made an application for the artiste, who is charged with murder, conspiracy to murder and illegal possession of a firearm, to be offered bail.
Kartel, whose given name is Adidjah Palmer, was charged on October 3 following investigations into the July shooting death of 27-year-old Barrington Burton in Gregory Park, St. Catherine.
Two other suspects in the case were charged earlier this week.
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JPS Head Quits

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Damian Obiglio has resigned as president and CEO of the Jamaica Public Service Company (JPS).
A release from the company yesterday said Obiglio, who has been at the helm of JPS for more than five years, indicated that he had opted not to renew his contract, which came to an end earlier this year. He will demit office as of November 11.
The JPS said Obiglio was departing for personal reasons.
Efforts to contact Energy Minister Clive Mullings proved futile.
Phillip Paulwell, opposition spokesman on energy, said Obiglio's replacement should be prepared to discuss the breaking of the JPS's monopoly on the distribution of electricity, as well as the contentious back-billing policy.
"I believe that the JPS will have to reflect, especially in light of recent occurrence, and look at how it is going to improve customer relations and customer service," he said.
Paulwell wished Obiglio well.
"I have found him to be always forthright and frank in his views, even when we differ and I appreciated that in him."
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Mavado wants to live in Africa

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Dancehall singjay Mavado may soon set up shop in the continent of Africa, ahead of an upcoming performance there.
Reports out of the West African nation of Ghana suggest that Mavado, whose given name is David Brooks, has expressed interest in migrating there, to local journalists at a pre-concert press conference in Accra.
He has hinted that he would love to move to Ghana in the near future as soon as he acquires land there; claiming that "Ghana reminds me of home. (I'm) an African due to ancestry and (I'm) very excited about the prospects of living in the Motherland."
Mavado is not the first Dancehall/Reggae act to signal his intentions to migrate to Ghana.
Rita Marley, widow of legendary Reggae singer, Bob Marley, currently resides at Konkonuru in the eastern region of the country.
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The Daily Word - Friday, October 14, 2011

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COMFORT
God's great love eases my mind and brings me comfort.

A child with a skinned knee, an Olympic competitor who finishes fourth, members of a family who lose their home--all experience different kinds of pain. In each case, the love and support of a dear friend or family member will help ease the hurt. And yet, as great as any love is, it pales in comparison to God's unconditional and eternal love. When I am sad or hurting, I turn to God's love to ease my mind and bring me comfort.

If my heart is aching, the soothing presence of God within brings me peace. In God's presence, I am encouraged and uplifted. We are all God's beloved children, and though, from time to time, we may become disheartened, the love of God is our eternal comfort.

As a mother comforts her child, so I will comfort you.--Isaiah 66:13
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Uptown Mondays Photos by Milton Raynor

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Rihanna and Chris Brown concert. Brisbane Ente...


NEW YORK -- Rihanna says she resented Chris 
Rihanna and Chris Brown concert. Brisbane Ente...


Brown for a time, but she's put that behind her and is happy Brown has found success in music again.
Rihanna tells Esquire magazine that disliking Brown was taking up too much of her time and she's "really excited to see the breakthrough he's had in his career."
Brown is serving five years of probation after pleading guilty to assault for the attack on Rihanna in February 2009. The singer released the CD "Graffiti" later that year and it was a commercial disappointment. His latest album "F.A.M.E." debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard albums chart in March.
Rihanna says she's impressed by Brown's perseverance "even when the world seemed like it was against him."
The November issue of Esquire hits newsstands on Oct. 16.
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The number of cholera cases in the Haitian capital has reportedly jumped about threefold in recent weeks.
Pascale Zintzen, the deputy head of mission for Doctors Without Borders, says the group's four treatment centers in the Port-au-Prince metropolitan area have handled as many as 850 cases in a single week lately.
That compares with about 250 cases a week more than a month ago.     
The rise has largely been attributed to the second rainy season of the year, when showers and floods cause the waterborne disease to spread freely in the crowded and unsanitary capital.
Health care workers for Doctors Without Borders treated as many as4 thousand 600 patients in one week at its treatment centers in the Port-au-Prince area and about half that number in late May, when the year's first rainy season kicked in.
Despite the jump in cases, the weekly number is said to be far below what foreign aid groups saw in the initial peak last November after the disease surfaced a year ago.
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Beware of con artists, cops warn

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The Hunts Bay Police are advising members of the public to be on the lookout for con artists, who claim to be able to source various appliances at cheap prices, including laptops, flat screen television sets and refrigerators.
The police say these men, who operate in the corporate area and St. Catherine, purport to be employees at the Kingston Wharf and the Courts Warehouse at Twickenham Close and have already swindled a number of persons.
They are asking members of the public who have fallen victim to this sham to make contact with them at 923-7111, or call the police emergency 119 number, or the nearest police station.
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PNP warns JLP to rein in supporters

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People's National Party (PNP) President Portia Simpson-Miller has issued a stern warning to the Jamaica Labour Party, to restrain its supporters from acts of political intimidation in the lead up to the General Elections.
This follows an incident in the North East St. Catherine constituency on the weekend.
The police have confirmed that persons broke into the Cheesefield Community Centre and tampered with the stage which was slated for use by the PNP at a meeting on Sunday night [October 9].
Investigators say the break-in took place between 10 o'clock Saturday night and 5 o'clock Sunday morning.
The intruders damaged a section of the stage.
Despite the incident, the PNP meeting was still held on Sunday night.
Mrs. Simpson-Miller who addressed the gathering urged party supporters to remain calm.
She said as the country moves closer to General Elections the political climate will heat up.
However, Mrs. Simpson-Miller urged the JLP to ensure that the period is devoid of acts of intimidation or violence.
"What happened here last night is sending a signal to us. I want to send a serious warning to the Jamaica Labour Party and call on the Jamaican people to deplore the action and forego any type of retaliation and I say to the People's National Party to hold out, no matter what be calm," Mrs. Simpson-Miller said.
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LIME plants trees in Portmore

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Green-thumbed executives of LIME last Thursday rolled up their sleeves to mark National Tree Planting day spearheaded by the Forestry Department.
Representatives of the telecommunications company led tree-planting efforts at Hellshire Beach and the Cumberland High School in St Catherine, as part of a move designed to reinforce the importance of preserving green spaces within the municipality.
"LIME has a vested interest in the city of Portmore and so along with the relevant agencies, we are determined to ensure its further development" said LIME head of marketing, Stephen Price.
The project, led by LIME, will see over 40 new trees planted within the Portmore area and the company will continue to spread the message of environmental preservation in and around the township.
"This partnership with the Forestry Department is another tangible way in which we can execute our commitment to the people of Portmore," Price added.
Since 2010, LIME has led numerous projects within the Portmore area, inclusive of a major environmental study and refurbishment project at the Hellshire beach as well as the development of several community parks and green areas.
 
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Lucius Thomas out of the race

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The People's National Party (PNP) will have to scramble to find another candidate to contest the North West St. Ann seat in the upcoming General Election.
RJR News can confirm that former Police Commissioner Lucius Thomas, who gained the party's stamp of approval in the run off for selection of a caretaker/candidate, has now been ruled out due to illness.
Mr. Thomas had earlier indicated that he would be on the PNP's ticket in the next General Election, but later reported a change of heart due to ill health.
The party's Secretariat had earlier indicated that the issues had been dealt with and the former top cop would be running.
However, well placed RJR sources are now saying that while Mr. Thomas went to Canada for treatment, his progress is not at the point where he can enter representational politics.
It is understood that the PNP will make an official announcement in another 24 hours.
Mr. Thomas has already told the party that he is unable to run.
Mr. Thomas defeated then St. Ann's Bay Mayor Ivan Anderson last year April in a contest to represent the PNP.
He replaced Dr. Michael Whittingham, who was the former PNP representative for the constituency.
The constituency is currently represented in Parliament by the Jamaica Labour Party's Othneil Lawrence.
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The life of a six year old male student of a St. Ann-based All Age School ended tragically when a goal post tumbled on his head at the institution Tuesday afternoon, October 11.
The child's identity has not been revealed but according to reports, just before 1:00 p.m., children at the Chester All Age School were on the play field when the grade one student climbed on to a goal post.
The goal post fell to the ground pinning the child underneath it.
The student was rushed to the St. Ann's Bay Hospital where he was pronounced dead.
Administrators at the school had reportedly put measures in place to prevent such accidents from happening.
Representatives from the Ministry of Education went to the school and spent most of the afternoon offering counseling to grief stricken students and teachers at the school.
The Runaway Bay police are investigating.
In March this year, a nine year old student of the Sts. Peter and Paul School in St. Andrew was crushed to death when a goal post on the school's play ground fell on him during play at lunch time.
In February, a child was also killed in a similar incident at the Coke View Primary in Westmoreland.
 
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Shawn Storm in police custody

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Dancehall singjay, Shawn Storm ,who is a member of the Vybz Kartel led PORTMORE Empire is now in police custody after being listed as a person of interest.
The artiste was turned in to the police by his attorney Michael Deans this morning.
The police said Shawn Storm is expected to be questioned later. It is still not clear as to why the dancehall deejay was named as a person of interest.
Meanwhile, Portmore Empire's leader, Vybz Kartel is expected to answer to murder, conspiracy to murder and firearm charges later this week in the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate's Court.
 
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Extradition proceedings are to begin on Wednesday, against Vincent Ashman, the Jamaican fugitive wanted in England for murder.
Ashman, a reputed member of the Dawg Paw Gang, appeared before the Corporate Area Criminal Court, Monday, where the hearing date was set.
Ashman was re-arrested two weeks ago, nearly six months after the Supreme Court ordered his release from custody.
Last year, Mr. Ashman agreed to return to the UK, to stand trial for murder.
However, the Full Court was forced to release him because then Justice Minister, Dorothy Lightbourne, refused to sign off on the surrender warrant, during the much-publicised dispute between her office and the Director of Public Prosecutions.
The law gives the state six months within which  to sign the surrender warrant, failing which the fugitive has to be released.
The attorneys for Mr Ashman have declared that they will be fighting the extradition.
Mr Ashman was captured in August Town, St Andrew, last November,  by members of the Flying Squad, during their manhunt for reputed leader of the Dawg Paw Gang, Christopher Linton.
He's wanted in the UK for the fatal shooting of a man at a nightclub in Brixton, in 2009.
The shooting was captured on video, but Ashman fled to Jamaica following the incident.
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New board for PBCJ

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After several months without an active board, a new 19-member  board has been appointed for a three-year period to the Public Broadcasting Corporation of Jamaica (PBCJ) .
Prominent Attorney, George Soutar, has been appointed Chairman, effective September 13.
His deputy is Attorney-at-Law, Arlene-Harrison Henry.
Information Minister, Daryl Vaz says the delay was necessary as the government moved to introduce new legislation governing the PBCJ's  operations.
 "Well it  has been long in coming. We hadserious issues in terms of amending legislation so we could appoint a board. It took longer than expected and I'm very happy that it has been approved by Cabinet" said Mr. Vaz.
The Board includes Merris Murray; Delroy A. Gordon; Journalist,Jennifer Grant; and Sandra Bennett.
Noted educator, Ray Howell; Afika Thompson; Adrienne Pinnock and Princess Lawes are also among the appointees.
Other members of the new board are former Sportscaster, Ian Andrews; Whitney Givans; Glenford Smith; and Businessman, Arnold J.J. Foote.
Rounding off the list of PBCJ board appointees are Reverend Lenworth Anglin and Dr. Alma Blair.
The Financial Secretary and the PBCJ's Chief Executive Officer or their nominees, as well as employee nominee, Kimberly Clarke, will also serve as board members.
 
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The female minister of religion, who attempted to smuggle 113 pellets of ganja out of the island, has been sentenced to a year in prison.
The sentence was handed down to Joan Elaine Brown, 54, in the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate's Court.
Brown, who pleaded guilty, was sentenced to six months, in relation to conspiracy to export the drug, and 12 months on the charge of taking preparatory steps to export ganja.
The sentences will run at the same time.
The pastor was arrested on September 24, after being held by the police as she attempted to board a flight at the Norman Manley International Airport.
 
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Desmond McKenzie nominated JLP deputy leader

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Kingston and St Andrew Mayor, Desmond McKenzie, was yesterday nominated for the post of deputy leader of the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) Area Council one, the umbrella group of the 15 corporate area constituencies.
McKenzie, who is a JLP deputy leader, was nominated yesterday at a massive meeting of the JLP constituents and delegates at the Girl Guide headquarters in Kingston.
The meeting was held largely to show support for education minister Andrew Holness who is expected to replace JLP leader and Prime Minister Bruce Golding.
McKenzie, was nominated by the constituency of St Andrew North Western, represented by Member of Parliament, Derrick Smith.
Two years ago, McKenzie replaced Smith as a JLP deputy leader after the withdrawal of Andrew Holness from the race.
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Designer plans to sue Elephant Man

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The Energy God, Elephant Man, seems not to like paying his bills.
Reports reaching YardFlex are that a certain designer has plans to sue the dancehall artiste for overdue bills. Ele reportedly owes over one million for designer clothing and this has been stretching out too long.
Ele, we are appealing to you to pay up and avoid the embarrassment.
 
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Finance and Planning Minister, Audley Shaw has been diagnosed with a middle ear infection and sinusitis, according to the latest statement from the Office of the Prime Minister.
Mr. Shaw remained under medical observation late Monday afternoon, after falling ill during the weekly Cabinet meeting.
The mid-morning Cabinet meeting was brought to a halt when Cabinet colleagues reportedly noticed that Mr. Shaw was not looking his usual perky self and rushed him to the Tony Thwaites Wing at the University Hospital.
 Daryl Vaz, the Minister with responsibility for Information said Mr. Shaw should be released shortly and would resume full ministerial duties.
Asked what impact Mr. Shaw's illness would have on the ongoing International Monetary Fund talks, Mr. Vaz said there was no need for panic.
 "Things are proceeding with the IMF team, he met with them this morning. The Prime Minister is carrying the ball in Cabinet.... I don't expect that Minister Shaw will be out for any extended period. I expect a day or two from the laymans point of view and even if he is not in office he will continue to give instructions" said the Information Minister
In October 2008, Mr.  Shaw fell ill during a special meeting with Prime Minister Bruce Golding .
He  had to be rushed to the University Hospital of the West Indies, where he was admitted for a few days.
Just days ago Mr. Shaw and his wife hurriedly left the island  on an emergency air ambulance, accompanying his two year old daughter Christiana to Florida, to seek urgent medical attention. Reports are that his daughter who was born with complications of the heart has been suffering recently from respiratory distress.
 
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Popcaan leaves the Gaza

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Popcaan
Confirmed reports are that Portmore Empire artiste, Popcaan is now being booked exclusively by Patrick Roberts of Shocking Vibes.
It is being said that it's a booking deal only, but we all know that that is just a part of the story.
If Patrick has a booking deal now, it will only be a matter of time before he and the artiste sign a management deal.
Pappie, we wish you all the very best.

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Big up to Khago

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We like how MOBO-nominated reggae act, Khago, is moving conscious.  As soon as it was announced that Alborosie had won the MOBO for 2011, Khago immediately sent out his congrats to the Sicilian-born sing
Khago, with the way how you ting tek off and you a fly out now, maybe next year the MOBO will be yours.
Other nominees were Nas and Damian Marley and Mavado. Jah Cure had been dropped after the organizers found out that he had been charged for rape at gun point.
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US warns citizens of Jamaican lottery scam

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State police in eastern Kentucky in the US have issued an advisory warning persons of the Jamaican lottery scam.
This follows the discovery of fraudulent activities which have been traced to a number in Jamaica.
It is reported that a man has been calling persons claiming that he is a representative from Publishers Clearing House or other well known sweepstakes.
The caller convinces the victim to do a money transfer in return for money and gifts, which the police say are never received.
State police say they have found that the company which owns the number is based in Jamaica.
The police in Jamaica have been kept busy trying to crush the lottery scam which has defrauded hundreds of millions of US dollars from unsuspecting Americans.
On Monday, detectives attached to the Organized Crime Investigation Division (OCID) laid several charges against a man believed to be one of the masterminds behind the racket.
His arrest followed months of investigations by US and local police.
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Calls for general elections intensify

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Calls are growing louder for general elections to be called as soon as a new Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) leader is installed.
Attorney-at-law Arnaldo Brown says outgoing Prime Minister Bruce Golding should bring forward the date for his departure from Jamaica House and clear the way for his successor to seek a mandate from electors.
 "The constitutional formula that is very clear and since they have taken this bold step, I believe that Mr. Golding should really revise his timetable for resignation and get out of the pen and allow Mr. Holness in there and allow Jamaican people to go to the polls sooner rather than later so they can give whoever they feel like the mandate to run this country," Mr. Brown said.
Some political analysts have expressed the view that the JLP should capitalize on the euphoria surrounding Mr. Holness' impending elevation to Party Leader and call the elections earlier than they are constitutionally due.
In the meantime, JLP Chairman Mike Henry says he is not aware that Mr. Golding has any intention of fast tracking his resignation ahead of the party's annual conference.
 "No I have not had any such discussion as chairman nor has the party, as far as I know, had any. The General Secretary is not here so that would be an issue, if it were ever to be discussed, it would have to be raised at Standing Committee and that won't happen until Monday," Mr. Henry said.
On Wednesday [October 5] political analyst, Dr. Paul Ashley, said the government being led by Mr. Golding has become untenable in light of fast-moving political developments.   
According to Dr. Ashley, Prime Minister Golding should fast forward his move from the front line of government and allow Mr. Holness to pick his Cabinet Ministers and get on with the country's business.
However a subsequent statement from the Office of the Prime Minister said Mr. Golding will remain as head of the Government until an official transition and swearing-in takes place at a time and date to be determined.   
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Cops Taken Off The Job

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Police Commissioner Owen Ellington has ordered the immediate removal of the police personnel involved in the fatal shooting of two prisoners under escort in Westmoreland last night.
The commissioner said he has found the explanation given unacceptable and it reflects a breakdown in standard operation procedures, which eventually resulted in the tragic deaths of two persons.
The Bureau of Special Investigations (BSI) and the Independent Commission of Investigations (INDECOM) are investigating the matter.
Ellington has asked that this investigation be quick and thorough.
He said he has also asked that the advice of the Director of Public Prosecutions be sought on the appropriate course of action to take.

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Kartel in court today

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Dancehall entertainer Vybz Kartel is expected to appear in court today in relation to a ganja possession charge.
The entertainer, whose given name is Adidja Palmer has been in custody since last week Friday when he and three other persons were arrested at a New Kingston hotel
He was also charged on Monday with murder, conspiracy to commit murder and illegal possession of firearm arising from the death of St. Catherine businessman Barrington Burton in July.
Palmer was expected to appear before the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate's Court on Tuesday on the murder charge, but that did not happen because the case file was not completed.
Another attempt was made on Wednesday, but defence attorneys said court officials told them that the case would not be listed because they had received an incomplete file.
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Cops Seek Nine Persons Of Interest

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The Kingston Western police have released the names of nine men they regard as persons of interest.
They are Romaine Stern, otherwise called 'Tete Ras', a man known only as 'Wasp', Devon Stewart, Cotterel King, otherwise called 'Wicked Walk' or 'Poo', a man known only as 'Thunder', Mario Green, a man known only as 'Loogie', and a man known only as 'Marvin'.
The police said the men can help them in their investigations into recent crimes in West Kingston, however investigators have not been able to locate them despite several attempts.
The nine persons of interests are to report to detectives at the Denham Town Police Station or the nearest police station by noon today.
Meanwhile, the police said anyone with information on the whereabouts of the men should contact the Denham Town CIB at 923-6443, 811 Kingfish, Crime Stop at 311, or Police 119 emergency number.
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Who do you 'Pic' A or B

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2011 Caribbean HIV Conference Nov 18 - 21

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NASSAU, The Bahamas, Oct. 4, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Distinguished experts, public officials, and HIV community members will come together at the 2011 Caribbean HIV Conference (November 18-21) to focus on HIV in the Caribbean, where adult HIV prevalence is higher than in any region in the world outside of Sub-Saharan Africa (UNAIDS 2010 Global Report).
Individuals from across the Caribbean are invited to attend this free conference to hear directly from authorities on the medical, social, and socio-political factors influencing the HIV epidemic in this region. Featured speakers and session moderators will include, among others:
          The Honorable Hubert A. Ingraham, Prime Minister of The Bahamas
          The Honorable Sarah Wescot-Williams, Prime Minister of St. Maarten
          Dr.  Jean William Pape, Weill Cornell Medical College, Les Centres GHESKIO, Haiti
          Dr. J. Peter Figueroa, The University of the West Indies at Mona, Jamaica
          Dr. Ernest Massiah, Caribbean Regional Support Team, Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS, Trinidad and Tobago
          Dr. Farley Cleghorn, Futures Group, United States
          Ms. Geeta Sethi, United Nations Population Fund, Jamaica
 
This event is the third Caribbean HIV conference in the past decade, and it is designed to build on successes of the previous events, which demonstrated that regional cooperation and collaboration are key to confronting HIV in the Caribbean. The multidisciplinary forum is designed to support local interests and education and is open to anyone who would like to attend.
"The conference provides a unique opportunity for attendees with diverse perspectives and backgrounds to share, learn, and network," said Conference Co-Chair Daisy M. Gely, Professor, Medical Sciences Campus, University of Puerto Rico. "It provides a venue in which to examine the many factors influencing HIV in the Caribbean in order to move forward collectively in our effort to prevent the spread of HIV, mitigate its impact in the region, and improve our overall response."
The conference will be conducted in both English and Spanish. To view the full conference program, visit http://www.2011CaribbeanHIVConference.org/agenda; to register, visit https://www.2011caribbeanhivconference.org/Registration.

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PNP Congratulates Andrew Holness

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The People's National Party (PNP) has congratulated Education Minister Andrew Holness on being endorsed for the leadership of the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) by his main challengers and parliamentary colleagues.
In a release this afternoon, the PNP extended the sentiment.
"The People's National Party (PNP) has noted the decision by a significant number of the Parliamentary group of the JLP to endorse Minister Andrew Holness as the next Prime Minister of Jamaica. This follows the recent announcement made by PM Bruce Golding of his imminent resignation from office," the release said.
The PNP ,however, said it would reserve its formal congratulations until an official announcement was made about the new leader of Jamaica.

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Kartel yet to appear before a magistrate

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For the second day running popular dancehall artiste, Vybz Kartel failed to appear before a Resident Magistrate.
It was highly anticipated that the entertainer would appear in the Corporate Area Criminal Court on Wednesday morning [October 5] for what would have been an early mention of his murder and firearm matter.
Minutes after the start of Wednesday's Court session, the father and son legal team of Tom and Christian Tavares-Finson emerged from the closed door matter with news that their client was denied an opportunity to appear before the magistrate. Mr. Tavares Finson was critical of the way in which the investigation is being handled.
Kartel has been charged with murder, conspiracy to murder and illegal possession of a firearm, arising from the July shooting death of 27-year-old Barrington Burton.
Mr. Burton was shot dead in Gregory Park. St. Catherine.
 
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EMERGING LEADERS... (from left) Andrew Holness, Christopher Tufton and Audley Shaw
Andrew Holness, the frontrunner for leadership of the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP), is pushing for equity and efficiency as he moves to take over the party's top job.
Mr. Holness, who was Wednesday morning, October 5, endorsed by members of the party's Parliamentary group after much anticipation and speculation, said he will be focused on making the right decisions in the interest of the country.
Those openly endorsing Mr. Holness were former aspirants for the leadership post.
It was not surprising that Mr. Holness received the nod of approval out of the six leadership aspirants.
The support from various quarters of the JLP in recent days for the 39-year old West Central St. Andrew Member of Parliament and Minister of Education, signalled that he would be the likely successor to Bruce Golding at the helm of the party, at its internal polls or by selection.
RJR News had earlier reported Mike Henry, JLP Chairman, as saying the party was not averse to arriving at a negotiated position in deciding on a leader, to avoid any damage to its chances in the next general election.
And having received the blessings of some members of the Parliamentary group, Andrew Holness said his leadership focus will be centred around unity and continuity.
With at least 12 of the 32 members of the Parliamentary group so far publicly endorsing Mr. Holness for JLP leader, it is now up to the party's area councils to ratify his selection.
The raftification is expected to come during meetings to be scheduled for next week.
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Apple's Steve Jobs dead at 56

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Steve Jobs, the Apple co-founder who used digital technology to resurrect animated feature films, reshape the music industry and shake up film and television distribution models, died Wednesday. He was 56.
Jobs, a computer genius who, with fellow college dropout Steve Wozniak, built the first Apple computers from the Jobs' family garage, died of complications from pancreatic cancer.
A Buddhist and vegetarian who once handed out bottles of carrot juice to trick-or-treaters, Jobs was diagnosed with the disease in 2004 when he disclosed that doctors had removed a cancerous tumor from his pancreas.
Jobs and Wozniak introduced the Apple II computer in 1977 and took their company public in 1980, an event that made Jobs a multimillionaire able to set his sights on conquering the entertainment industry. He succeeded by turning Pixar into what is arguably the most consistent film studio in history and by becoming the largest shareholder of Disney, the industry's most iconic company.
Born in San Francisco on Feb. 24, 1955, to an unmarried couple, Jobs was adopted by Clara and Paul Jobs. As early as high school, Jobs was plotting a course that included the creation of world-changing products leading to personal fame and fortune. Along the way, he feuded with some of the most powerful men in the fields of technology and entertainment, including Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates, longtime Disney CEO Michael Eisner and even The Beatles
 
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LIME Pulls Plug On "Teacha's Pet"

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Due to the serious nature of the charges against Vybz Kartel, LIME has taken the decision to discontinue its broadcast of "Teacha's Pet" on Mobile TV with immediate effect.
"The issue is a legal matter, which is the purview of the security forces and the courts; and LIME will not comment any further at this time," LIME said in a statement.
Kartel, whose real name is Adidjah Palmer, was yesterday charged with murder, conspiracy to murder and illegal possession of firearm.
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Kartel's Case To Be Rescheduled

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Controversial dancehall entertainer, Vybz Kartel, did not appear in the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate's Court yesterday as expected.
Kartel should have appeared on the charges of murder, conspiracy to murder and illegal possession of firearm.
But when his lawyer, Christian Tavares-Finson turned up, he was told the case would not get underway today.
Director of communications at the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF), Karl Angell, said Kartel was not taken to court because the case was not listed on the court docket.
He said it is expected to be listed later this week.
Major Investigation Taskforce investigators yesterday interrogated Kartel, who was then charged.
The dancehall entertainer, whose real name is Adidjah Palmer, is accused of conspiring with other men to kill 27-year-old businessman Barrington Burton otherwise called 'Bossie'.
The police said Burton was murdered while he was standing with friends along Walkers Avenue in Gregory Park, St. Catherine.
Kartel has been in police custody since Friday after being arrested and charged with illegal possession of ganja.
Following his arrest, a joint police-military team conducted an operation, during which several houses owned and frequented by the artiste were searched.
The search followed the discovery of a partially burnt and decomposing body at one of Kartel's St. Andrew premises.
 
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Kartel charged with murder

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Popular dancehall artiste Vybz Kartel has been charged with murder by investigators from the Major Investigation Taskforce (MIT).
The entertainer, whose given name is Adidjah Palmer, has been charged with murder, illegal possession of a firearm and conspiracy to murder.
Kartel was charged Monday evening after detectives from the MIT questioned the artiste in the presence of his attorneys Monday afternoon.
The allegation is that on Monday, July 11, Kartel along with other men conspired to murder Barrington Burton, who is otherwise called 'Bossie', a 27 year- old businessman/promoter of a Gregory Park address in St. Catherine.
Mr. Burton was murdered while he was standing with friends along Walkers Avenue in Gregory Park.
A preliminary hearing will take place on Tuesday, October 3 at the Half Way Tree Resident Magistrate's Court.
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LIME, oonu sour bad

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Just when it look like LIME have something to give them a lickle ratings, it blow up right inna dem face. The star of them show, Vybz Kartel, who dem spend millions on making the reality show, Teacha's Pet, is now on a murder charge.
But, tell me something now, LIME neva know say at any time tings coulda explode, because is Kartel dem dealing wid?
 And LIME doan even learn. Cause dem did sign up Mavado and then the Gully Gad go get himself inna whole heap a trouble and dem did haffi shelf him.
And now Teacha's Pet put pon pause... indefinitely.
But a long time LIME a tek dem money dash way gi Kartel. Cause last year December dem pay Kartel nearly a million dollars fi perform at one free show.
All we can say is LIME, oonu sour bad.
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Vybz Kartel to be questioned

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Dancehall artiste, Vybz Kartel, who is spending his third day in police custody, is to be questioned on Monday afternoon [October 3] by detectives from the Major Investigation Taskforce (MIT).
The entertainer has been in custody since his arrest at a New Kingston hotel on Friday [September 30].     
A member of his legal team, Christian Tavares-Finson, told RJR News on Sunday night [October 2] Kartel is scheduled to be questioned early Monday afternoon.
Assistant Commissioner Ealan Powell, head of the Criminal Investigation Branch, said after the interview session the detectives will determine the next move in the case.
 "So long as the lawyer is available at 2 o'clock the interviews will go on at 2 o'clock and then we will decide where we go from there. Whether or not the interviews go on depends on the availability of the lawyer, once he is available we are ready to roll," ACP Powell said.
It is reported that Kartel's arrest is linked to a wider investigation.
Sources close to the probe revealed that Kartel, whose given name is Adijah Palmer, is to be questioned about a recent fire and the discovery of a body at premises he frequents in St. Andrew.
Two other locations frequented by Kartel were also searched on the weekend and several items confiscated.
In the meantime, ACP Powell says investigators are making progress with their probe of persons who are said to be associates of the controversial entertainer.
 "We are still looking for those persons, we are continuing our investigations and hopefully we will be able to wrap up some significant investigations which we are doing around these persons," he said.
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Man charged with murder of Brian Holness

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A 19 year old man of Windsor Road off the Spanish Town Bypass in St Catherine has been officially charged for the death of 19 year old Brian Holness, the son of CEO at the Registrar General's Department, Patricia Holness.
Charged with murder and illegal possession of a firearm is Delano Hayden.
He was charged on Friday and is scheduled to make his first court appearance later this week.
Mr Hayden was said to have been in the company of Mr Holness, when he was shot in the chest on Monday night.
Brian, a University student had gone to Windsor Road in Spanish Town with friends.
While Brian and his friends were at premises in the community, a gun which was being displayed accidentally went off.
 Brian was injured and taken to the Spanish Town Hospital where he died.
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Commentators rip into Prime Minister's speech

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Prime Minister Bruce Golding is facing criticism for his address to the nation on Sunday night [October 2] with some commentators stating that it did not go far enough in shedding light on his decision to step down as head of the government.       
During the eight minute speech Mr. Golding cited lingering public perceptions about his handling of the Manatt/Coke Affair as one of the reasons which led to his decision to step down.
He said the entire episode had affected him deeply.
Mr. Golding also said it was also time to make way for a younger generation to take up leadership.
But trade unionist and commentator, Helene Davis-White, says the Prime Minister's speech contained nothing new. Mrs. Davis-White said she expected Mr. Golding would have provided a more detailed explanation for his impending departure.
And Reverend Karl Johnson, General Secretary of the Jamaica Baptist Union, said he expected more substance from the Prime Minister's address. He pointed to the manner in which Mr. Golding treated the Manatt/Coke Affair in his speech.
 "How I heard the Prime Minister is almost to say I have been the sacrificial lamb for standing up for principles which suggest to me that even the apology he made is now again brought into question. I think he hasn't gotten it, he hasn't gotten it that it would have had to taken somebody who would have been a political neophyte to have not known that to impose yourself in matter of that nature would have justly left a scar," Reverend Johnson said.
Meanwhile, the People's National Party has also been critical of Mr. Golding's speech.
According to Peter Bunting, General Secretary of the PNP, the Prime Minister did not show much remorse for the Manatt/Coke Affair.
 "The truth is that the Prime Minister had to resign because of a complete loss of credibility and in those circumstances you would have expected him to be more penitent and remorseful. He seemed instead to be attempting to use the occasion of resignation to give a fresh start to the over four year old JLP administration," Mr. Bunting said.
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Michael Jackson



LOS ANGELES (AP):After just a few moments in Michael Jackson's bedroom, the paramedic dispatched to save the singer's life knew things weren't adding up.
There was the skinny man on the floor, eyes open with a surgical cap on his head. His skin was turning blue. Paramedic Richard Senneff asked the sweating, frantic-looking doctor in the room what condition the stricken man had.
"He said, 'Nothing. He has nothing'," Senneff told jurors at the involuntary manslaughter trial of Jackson's doctor, Conrad Murray.
"Simply, that did not add up to me," Senneff said.
Over the course of the 42 minutes that Los Angeles paramedics tried to revive Jackson, several other things about the room and Murray's responses seemed inconsistent to Senneff.
After repeated prodding, Murray revealed a few details about his actions, saying he had only given Jackson a dose of the sedative lorazepam to help him sleep, Senneff testified.
In addition, there were bottles of medicine on Jackson's nightstand, and Murray finally offered that he was treating the singer for dehydration and exhaustion.
Senneff said Murray never mentioned that he had also been giving Jackson doses of the anaesthetic propofol and other sedatives, a key omission that prosecutors say shows he repeatedly tried to conceal his actions during the struggle to save the pop superstar.
Murray, 58, has pleaded not guilty. If convicted, he could face up to four years in prison and lose his medical licence.
Prosecutors contend the Houston-based cardiologist repeatedly lied to medics and emergency room doctors about medications he had been giving Jackson in the singer's bedroom. They claim Murray administered a fatal dose of propofol and other sedatives.
Defence lawyers claim Jackson gave himself the fatal dose after his doctor left the room.
Defence attorney Nareg Gourjian asked Senneff whether Jackson's appearance was consistent with someone who was a drug addict.
Senneff said that was a difficult determination to make, but he did think the singer "looked like he had a chronic health problem".
Another paramedic dispatched to the room, Martin Blount, agreed. He told jurors that they thought Jackson was dead soon after they arrived in the room.
Blount also said he saw three open bottles of lidocaine on the floor of the room but noted that Murray never mentioned giving Jackson the painkiller. He told jurors he saw the doctor scoop up the vials and drop them in a black bag.
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JLP members in shock - Holness

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Despite being viewed as a top contender to replace Prime Minister Golding as Leader of the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP), Andrew Holness says it is too early to speak about the future leadership of the party.
According to Mr. Holness, there are processes for the JLP to decide on the way forward.
He disclosed that the JLP is still absorbing Mr. Golding's announcement not to seek re-election as Party Leader and to step down as Prime Minister.
"I think most persons are in shock by the announcement ... there is a process that the party will have to go through to ensure that it remains strong, that the delegates are informed about what has happened and that they understand what it means. It's very important to keep the delegates and the party support and to find mechanisms for their impressions to be heard," Mr. Holness said.
He added that the public will be kept in the loop on developments in the JLP.
"It is also important for the party to communicate with the public so that there's no uncertainty during this period of time. It is going to be a very involved process of managing a transition, if a transition is to occur," Mr. Holness stated.
 
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JLP Officers To Meet Golding

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The resignation of Bruce Golding as leader of the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP), and Prime Minister is expected to feature highly at today's meeting of the party's officer corp.
Minister with responsibility for information, Daryl Vaz, said the officer core has requested to meet with Golding to discuss the development.
In a statement yesterday, Golding said the challenges of the last four years have taken a toll on him and it is now appropriate to make way for new leadership.
Hours later, the JLP's Central Executive unanimously rejected the resignation for the second time in just over a year.
However, Daryl Vaz said while Golding is open to dialogue, he is maintaining that his decision to step down is final.
According to him, Golding's decision to step down is one that has been under consideration for sometime now.
Vaz described Golding as a good leader who will be sadly missed.
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Golding stepping down: Tivoli speaks

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"A Bruce wi seh. Wi want Bruce," were some of the words that echoed from a few of the many high-rise buildings as residents waved their curtains to make their loyalty to their constituency representative known.
"From mi hear di news, mi turn off di fire underneath mi rice and peas. Mi knees dem weak. Mi cyaa believe," stated Euleene Morgan.
"Mi start t'ink all kind a t'ings. Bruce do nuff fi wi, but most people jus waan crucify him. Jus like how (Edward) Seaga step down and gave us di reason, wi need him fi come and tell wi why," she said.
Morgan, when asked which member of the party Tivoli Gardens would endorse as Golding's replacement, said, "Mi nuh know about anybody else, but anybody inna the JLP have mi backings. Mi love mi party, me nuh business a who."
"Them crucify Christ and him never do anything, him bear it," stated one 74-year-old resident of the community. "Mi stand up behind him all the way, mi nah give him up for nobody," she said.
A few chains down the road, the reaction from at least one resident was far different.
"A long time him fi lef'. Him bring Babylon (police) down here fi kill off him own people. Him fi go weh," one man inside the community stated.
Hours after Prime Minister Bruce Golding delivered the political bombshell that he will not be seeking re-election as head of the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) at its annual conference in November, the big question on the lips of many residents in the JLP stronghold of Tivoli Gardens was, why?
"We want him to write to us and tell us, in at least 200 words, why him a step down. We nah accept this! No sah!" said one young man who spoke to The Gleaner yesterday.
 
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WORLD PEACE
I live in peace with all humankind.

To watch the news, it may seem the world is consumed by chaos. What can I do to make a difference?

The Prayer of Saint Francis of Assisi suggests that we "not so much seek ... to be understood, as to understand." I open to greater understanding in my life, and I pray for world leaders to find and understand what binds us together rather than what tears us apart.

Through prayer and meditation, I find peace in my own heart. Peace begins with me. As I feel peaceful, I generate an energy of peace. Where there was stress, there is now calm. I know the Truth: All people are my brothers and sisters, and we can live in peace.

Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled.--John 14:27
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Congrats Mr & Mrs Golding

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Congrats to the newly-wed Steve Golding, son of the Prime Minister, and his bride, Empress.
Those two have been an item for quite a while now and we wish them a long and lasting love.
But, a how dem look like Jah Cure and fi him wife so when dem did get married the other day.
Anyway, congrats again and may your quiver be full of kids to keep the PM active in his retirement.
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The Daily Word - Monday, October 03, 2011

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HEALING
Divine life flows through me, healing my mind and body.

Within each seed is the perfect imprint of all it can become. Life flows out, mapping its growth into maturity. If a season is too warm or too cold, the leaves of a seedling may curl, but the imprint remains strong. With the proper nutrients, rain and sun, life surges forth into new leaves and blooms and fruit.

I may experience a season of doubt, sadness or physical challenge, but it is only a season. The imprint of perfect Life remains strong within me, ready to flow through me as renewed energy, health and peace. Each day in prayer I open my heart to the healing flow of God's Life in me. I am thankful for the healing seasons in my life.

Keep your heart with all vigilance, for from it flow the springs of life.--Proverbs 4:23
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Jay-Z Finally Talks About Beyonce's Pregnancy

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It's about time one of them talked about it without just rubbing her belly and smiling. It was cute the first time, but now it's like they're trying to get a genie to come out of that thing or something.
On Thursday, rapper/hip-hop king Jay-Z hosted a charity carnival for the Shawn Carter Foundation. In case you don't know, Jay-Z's real name is Shawn Carter. "The Jay-Z Foundation" just doesn't sound as official.
Shut up about his name and get to the baby talk! Alright, alright. At the event, E! News asked Jay-Z how he feels about the upcoming baby, and he said:
"I'm excited! I think that is pretty easy."
Yeah, that's all he said. And I'm not even entirely sure what he means. Sure, I guess it's easy for him. Although Beyonce makes it look pretty damn easy, too. She gets onstage in 4" heels and dances her ass off. I can't even do that, and I'm nowhere close to being pregnant right now. Unless a Chipotle burrito counts.
Jay-Z also talked about a humbling moment he had:
 "Someone emailed me this morning and said 'Some people climb the ladder and grab the ladder. And some people pull more people up the ladder and you are a person who pulls more people up the ladder.' I was very humbled by that."
The Shawn Carter Foundation gives scholarships to kids who can't afford college. At the event, Jay-Z threw a carnival to raise funds for the foundation. The rapper continued:
"If you want to be lazy, that's a different thing. But if you apply yourself and do everything that you have to do to get to a certain point and can't go further because of your financial situation, I think that is a shame."
And good news for Obama, he's got at least one vote in 2012:
"I still think he is the best man for the job," Jay-Z said. "Yes, I think he got a raw deal and a bad economy. You wouldn't be given anything you can't handle so he must be really special, because he has a lot of work to do!"
Speaking of a lot of work, Beyonce's pregnancy hasn't been holding her back one bit. She's been doing everything from performing to collaborating to promoting her latest fragrance. It might be kind of tricky, because the singer's sense of smell has been changing since being pregnant.
"I smell everything," she said. "If it smells bad, I smell it. My husband's fragrance, his one that I always love, I hate right now. So thank God I have this one!" 
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Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture has shelved plans  for  the October 7  to 9 homecoming celebration for the country's World Championships athletes because more than  two-thirds of the team including  4  of the  high profile  athletes will   not  be  able to attend. The ministry is now looking  at another option  and  a time more convenient to the athletes  to  host the  celebration
There is news that the  organizers  had  received responses from 13 of 49 athletes and of  the 13 responses, two would not have been able to attend
The celebration was slated to start with an all white beach party on the October 7 at the Grand Palladium Resort in Hanover, where the athletes would have spent the weekend.
Jamaica captured  4 gold,  4 silver  and a  bronze  medal  at  the  13th IAAF World Championships in Daegu, ending  with  a blistering world record run in the  sprint  relay.
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Government to pay NTCS $2 Billion

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The National Transport Co-operative Society, NTCS, has been awarded over 2 and a half billion dollars, in its long-standing battle with the government. The award, which was handed down, this afternoon, by the Appeal Court, brings to an end the decade-old legal battle between the Ezroy Millwood-led NTCS and the State.
In the judgment, the Appeal Court ruled that the government should pay the NTCS one-point-eight-five billion dollars.
The money is to be paid together with 50 percent of interest calculated at 6 percent per annum on the amount, from November 29, 2004 until today's judgment.
This would bring the total payment to above 2 and a half billion dollars.  
The cash strapped government will now have to find the money to compensate NTCS boss Ezroy Millwood and bus owners under the former bus franchise.
The NTCS sued the government for billions of dollars in damages in 2001 after the authorities decided to take back control of the public transportation system and end the private bus franchises.
The NTCS was originally awarded more than 4 billion dollars by the local courts.
However, the award was reduced by the UK based Privy Council in 2009.
The Privy Council ruled that the NTCS should be compensated for three years, instead of ten years under the original claim.
Meanwhile, Mr. Millwood says he welcomes the decision, but he expressed frustration with the legal process.
He says it took too long to settle the matter. The pain the strain the cost and the struggle, is only Jesus knows. Anyone who lives in a country where the government takes 15 years to give you justice, there is no justice....." he said
Mr. Millwood said he wants the government to expedite the payment.
 
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A reputed gang leader was shot dead by the police in Gully Bank, Savanna-la-Mar, Westmoreland, just before 6 o'clock, this morning.
He's 22-year-old Damion Campbell, otherwise called 'Baba'.
Campbell was wanted for several murders and shooting incidents in the parish.
A loaded Glock pistol was also reportedly seized in the incident. 
The matter has been reported to the Independent Commission of ivestigations (INDECOM).     
The Bureau of Special Investigations is also probing the circumstances surrounding the fatal shooting.
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Dr Horace Chang released from hospital

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Water, Environment and Housing Minister Dr. Horace Chang has been released from the University Hospital after a three day stay.
 Dr. Chang, who is also the Member of Parliament for North West St. James, was admitted to the Hospital on Wednesday after being involved in a motor vehicle crash.
 The Cabinet Member suffered a broken arm in the crash.
Dr. Chang's wife and bodyguard were also injured in the crash but were treated and released.
The Changs were on their way to the funeral for Prime Minister Bruce Golding's mother when the vehicle collided with another at the intersection of the Dyke Road and Passage Fort Drive in Portmore, St. Catherine.
The driver of the other vehicle was knocked unconscious and was taken to the Spanish Town Hospital.
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Police turn up the heat on Vybz Kartel

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Flying Squad detectives were up to late Friday afternoon combing a house in Independence City, St. Catherine, as they turn up the heat on popular dance hall artiste  Vybz Kartel.
Kartel whose given name is Adijah Palmer and who remains in police custody, was nabbed about 4 o'clock  this morning when police raided a New Kingston hotel.
Two other associates including a woman were held. A quantity of ganja was allegedly found in the room they occupied.
Assistant Commissioner of Police  Ealan Powell told RJR News Kartel's arrest is linked to a wider investigation.
ACP Powell declined to provide details, however well placed sources say murder charges could be laid against persons close to the controversial entertainer.
Investigators were kept busy as they swooped down on premises reportedly frequented by Kartel.
The detectives first visited the Norbrook community in St Andrew where the deejay resides.    
Following a raid by a team from the Caribbean Search Centre, Kartel was whisked away under heavy security to premises on Swallowfield Avenue in Havendale.The premises was the scene of a fire about two weeks ago.
A scorched computer hard-drive and other damaged computer paraphanelia were seized from that location.  Under heavy security, a handcuffed Kartel, was driven to Clarendon Avenue off Augusta Drive in Portmore St. Catherine.
That location is  believed  to be owned by a close relative of the deejay.Curious onlookers converged at each location as they tried to get a glimpse of the popular entertainer.
 After a near hour long search the police personnel left the Clarendon Avenue premises for an undisclosed location.
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Cherine Anderson teams up with Yoplait

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Reggae/dancehall singer Cherine Anderson recently teamed up with Yoplait and the Jamaica Cancer Society for their 2011 Breast Cancer Awareness Month Campaign, Save Lids to Save Lives. Anderson will lead the charge as spokesperson for the campaign. The singer is asking everyone to support the initiative by Yoplait which will see the Jamaica Cancer Society benefiting eight dollars from every pink lid cup of Yoplait yogurt sold during the period October 1 to November 13. Other well known faces joining the cause includes beauty queen Yendi Phillips and Tami Chynn.
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Lena British makes 'Priceless' debut

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Two months ago, astute businesswoman and fashionista Lena British caused quite a stir when she announced that she had decided to spend quite a bit of time in the studio. She quickly pointed out, however, that her focus would be on the production side of the business, not as an artiste. Now, Lena, known for executing her projects with class, has made what could very well be considered her 'Priceless' debut. Lena teamed up with hit-making producer, Jam 2, to inject some energy into the dancehall with a riddim that is bouncy, fierce or friendly, depending on which artiste is riding it. According to Lena British, she is pleased with the outcome of her first production, which she will be strategically marketing in the dancehall and on iTunes prior to hitting radio. She declared with a smile, however, that "production is hard work." Jam 2, the son of legendary music producer, sound system operator and businessman, King Jammy's, explained that for this project he and his team went for "raw dancehall" rather than the hip hop-influenced dancehall riddims that currently abound. He stated that the Priceless Signature had a more old school feel and that is exactly what he and his creative director, Spider, were aiming for. "It's takes you back to the days of a Dave Kelly Showtime riddim," Jam 2 said. The Priceless Signature riddim, featuring artistes such as Tarrus Riley, Mr Vegas, Wayne Marshall, ZJ Liquid, Bugle, Lady Saw, Spice, D'Angel, Ishawna, Munga, Bling Dawg, Gappy Ranks, Flexx, Bridgez, Kibaki and others, is now being rotated in the dancehall and is also available on iTunes.
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Khago goes global

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Recording artiste Khago says he is pleased with the progress of his career over the last few months. The artiste has performed on shows in two continents and his latest hit, 'Tun Up De Ting' on the Overproof rhythm, is getting favorable airplay on HOT 97, a major urban radioNew York. According to Khago, he is finally getting to perform for his fans overseas. The singjay will be performing at shows in the Caribbean over the next couple of weeks with gigs in Antigua, and St. Lucia. He also has a number of shows in the United States with shows booked for Fort Lauderdale and Connecticut station in during the month of November.
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Cinema release for Ghetta Life Dec 2

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The latest film by Jamaican director, Chris Brown, is coming out in cinemas across the country on 2nd December. The film, whose Executive Producer is ex-World Heavyweight boxing champion, Lennox Lewis, is set in a suburb of Kingston, where each ghetto is under garrison law and run by gun toting gangs under the leadership of ruthless Mafia style 'dons'. Derrick is a talented boxer with a dream of representing his country at the Olympics but the best trainer and gym are in the no-go next door neighbourhood. Although he knows the risks, Derrick decides to 'cross over' in order to pursue his dreams but in doing so puts the lives of those he loves in mortal danger. This is a gritty, shocking, engrossing and ultimately uplifting story of the triumph of human spirit and hope. There's also a superb soundtrack featuring a mix of reggae and dancehall.
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The Wailers join Ricky Martin for the closing of the Pan Am Games The Wailers, the world's most celebrated reggae group, and tour-mate Duane Stephenson, recognized as one of reggae's most talented sons, performed with an all-star line-up for the closing ceremony for the XVI Pan American Games in Guadalajara, Mexico on Sunday, October 30, 2011. The Pan American Games is the largest international sporting event this year, representing the 6,000 athletes from 42 countries participating in 36. The Wailers and Duane Stephenson will perform a three-song set that begins with "A Step for Mankind," the track they released together last year to benefit the United Nations World Food Programme, as well as "Three Little Birds" and "One Love." Following this performance in Mexico, the Wailers will begin their Fall/Winter 2011 North American tour dates, which kicks off in Montreal, Quebec on November 18 at the Corona Theatre.
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Aidonia -Summer sun/One More Gyal

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A St. Andrew magistrate is to rule on November 2 whether she will offer bail to dancehall entertainer Vybz Kartel in one of the two cases of murder filed against him.
The artiste, whose given name is Adidjah Palmer, appeared in separate courts on Wednesday [October 26] on different counts of murder.
Attorneys for the entertainer applied for bail when he appeared before the Gun Court section of the Corporate Area Criminal Court for the murder of Barrington Burton.
During the bail hearing, held in chambers, the attorneys pointed to a statement given by one of the witnesses in which he recanted.
The witness recanted when he met with the public defender.
After hearing the submissions the presiding magistrate reserved her decision until November 2.
Two other men, Nigel Thompson and Lenburgh McDonald, who are charged jointly with Vybz Kartel, were also remanded.   
Earlier Wednesday morning, Vybz Kartel appeared before Senior Magistrate Judith Pusey for the murder of Clive Williams, otherwise call 'Lizard'.
Kartel has been charged with murder and conspiracy to murder in connection with that incident, which allegedly took place on August 16, at a house in Havendale, St Andrew.
In addressing the court, defence attorney Tom Tavares Finson accused the police of laying the new charge in order to keep the artiste in custody.
 
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Kartel's book still to be published

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Although dancehall artiste Vybz Kartel is behind bars, his team is hard at work.
The publishers of Kartel's book have decided that they are going ahead with the release of the book Voice of the Jamaican Ghetto in time for the Christmas holidays.
In a statement the publishers said there was never doubt on their part as to whether they were going to complete production of the book as they believe it has a very powerful message that Jamaica must be aware of.
According to the publicist, they originally planned for the book to be launched next year but Kartel had tried to advance the release date for this summer as his writing was complete.
In the Voice of the Jamaican Ghetto, Vybz Kartel, whose given name is Adidjah Palmer, speaks of poverty and a number of other social issues and according to the publishers release "readers will be surprised to read the things Kartel would have changed in his career and his true feelings about many other Reggae/Dancehall artistes; but most importantly, Kartel elaborates on the Jamaica he 'visions'."
 
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Kidnapped teen rescued

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The police have launched a manhunt for a group of men, who hijacked the motorcar of a woman Tuesday night [October 25] and kidnapped her 16-year-old daughter.
The teen was rescued around midnight, during a massive police dragnet in the Corporate Area.
It is reported that shortly after 7:00 p.m., the teen and her mother were driving home along the Sherbourne Heights main road in Stony Hill, St. Andrew, when men in a Black Honda motorcar blocked their path.
The men dragged the teenager from the vehicle and drove off with her.
Sometime later, the men, who also stole the mother's handbag, called and demanded a ransom of $3 million.
The police were alerted and launched a search for the teen and the kidnappers.
Around midnight, the teen was rescued, after she was thrown from the vehicle.
The police later found the Black Honda abandoned.
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Citizens protest in Half-Way-Tree

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A group of citizens, including Children's Advocate Betty Ann Blaine, has chained themselves to the median at Half Way Tree Square in St. Andrew.
Mrs. Blaine  has said that the action is in solidarity with the "Occupy Wall Street" Movement, as well as to bring attention to what the group has labeled the gross inequities and injustices in the Jamaican Society.
"People can't buy food, can't send their children to school, no lunch money, no bus fare, can't pay their light bills and we are saying enough is enough. We are fighting for justice and we are standing in solidarity with the 'Occupy Wall Street' Movement that has spread all over the world," she said.
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Shawn Storm back in police custody

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Two days after embattled dancehall artiste Vybz Kartel was slapped with a second murder charge, one of his proteges, Shawn Storm, was taken back into custody by the cops.
The Portmore Empire artiste, reportedly surrendered to the Constant Spring Police Wednesday, after being wanted for questioning in connection, with the murder of Clive Williams, aka Lizard.
Lizard was killed on August 16 in Havendale, St. Andrew. Kartel and another man have been jointly charged with the murder.
This is the second time in two weeks that Shawn Storm has been taken into custody for questioning. On October 10 he surrendered to the police after being named a person of interest. He was questioned and subsequently released.
Meanwhile, his mentor, Vybz Kartel, remains behind bars charged with two counts of murder, conspiracy to murder and illegal possession of a firearm.
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The year  2011 has been one in which recession has been the main profiler in the videolight and  the production of mammoth dancehall shows has declined significantly. However,  the promoters of the event  which has what is  arguably  the longest title  - Jagra  GT Taylor Christmas Extravaganza - have declared that recession or no recession, the show must go on.
Production is therefore  in high gear for this eagerly anticipated calendar event, held annually at Independence Park, Black River, St Elizabeth. Now celebrating its 12th staging, the show will continue with the theme that heralded its mega successful 10thanniversary, 'Caring and Sharing Through Music'.
The promoter is still savouring the success of last year's show, which pundits agree was the best show for the season, and which Taylor says was the best Christmas Extravaganza in the event's history. He had words of commendation for the sponsors, in particular title sponsor Jagra, the artistes, the band, the production team and, of course, the patrons.
 GT has promised that there will be lots of Christmas cheer  for 'Extravaganza' patrons come December 25, 2011. Asked if he would be jumping into his Santa Claus suit which is gathering dust, his answer was a decisive "No". He did point out, however, that Old St Nick comes in many forms and the sponsors will be sure to have goodies to give away, while the artistes will deliver special entertainment  packages to their  fans. 
As a matter of fact, the artiste line-up sports all the big - and not-so-big - names in reggae/dancehall  music. Among them are Mavado, Bounty Killer, I-Octane, Coco Tea, John Holt,  Spice, Romain Virgo, Hezron, Chuck Fenda, Twin of Twins, Macka Diamond, Wayne Marshall, Iley Dread, D'Angel, Lutan Fyah, Professor Nuts, Warrior King, Toya, Villa Dutch, Tiana, Specialist and a host of others.
 
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Vybz Kartel: the real truth?

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The present charge against Vybez Kartel that stemmed from the murder in Havendale only added to the  previous investigation, and charges the police had as they had other evidence of crimes committed allegedly by Kartel.
The young men working for Kartel were part of a street gang that allegedly worked in his operations that facilitated the movement of drugs allegedly from Jamaica to Haiti. These young men were "street boys", somewhat detached from family members or were desperate for money.
If  not privileged with travel documents before , they allegedly got them through the connections Kartel had. After obtaining the documents, their passports had 
to be turned over and kept by him.
Kartel is a known manipulator and was said to have kept abreast of his manipulation by reading books about those who seemed to have mastered the art. This became an obsession and  people who were drawn to him , did so, but subconsciously not knowing how or why.
One of his chief manipulative practices was blackmail, through recording. Young men and women with whom he thought there was too much to lose, were recorded secretly and then allegedly shown these recordings at a later time.
On the afternoon of the Havendale killing, it was said that Kartel had allegedly given instructions to two young men on a hit that they had to carry out on one of the men who had worked for him. It is alleged that Kartel got nervous because the police had picked up this young man and had questioned him. The young man was aid to have been of no help to the police as he did not supply them with the information they needed about Kartel. He was released.
Upon his release he reported back to Kartel that the police had brought him in for questioning but reassured him that he did not say anything .  Unknown to the young man, this did little to reassure him and it is alleged that Kartel thought it better to have him out of the way and allegedly a price was put on him.
The young men that were ordered to do this did not carry out his orders and were convinced to return to Havendale. (As previously reported by me, Kartel had missing guns, this is a correction as this was not the case).  Both young men were placed in separate rooms and Clive Williams aka Lizard was killed. It is said that the young man who got away is known as "-". -- got away by jumping over the fence surrounding the compound with Kartel and another young man in pursuit, to no avail. Kartel was subsequently bitten by his pitbull, which was later stabbed  to death by him. As reported, he went to St. Andrew's hospital where he sought medical attention.
During the production of Kartel's reality series it is alleged that he spoke about being bitten by his dog. The police was also said to have taken this information in as evidence.
As reported by a leading Jamaican media source, Kartel seemed surprised about the latest charge as the police are said to not be in possession of  a body, but he is said to have been charged on other evidence and testimony.
Kartel is reported to have teamed up with  well known funeral parlor owner , on Maxfield Ave.,. This gentleman can be seen in a few pictures with him (Details will be released at a later date). The funeral parlor  owner  is said to have allegedly to have been paid to cremate the bodies of the victims whenever there was one. Blood and brain matter were what were found on the property in Havendale which have been used in this latest charge.
This post is based on an email that was sent and in no way reflects the views and opinions of ''Met'' or Jamaicangroupiemet.com.) 
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Friday 14th October 2011 - Kingston, Jamaica: The West Indies are on a tour that will see them take on the Bangladesh Tigers in two Tests, three one-day internationals and a one-off Twenty20 match. While Tuesday's T20 booked a loss for the Windies, yesterday's opening ODI win has levelled the playing field.  West Indies Coach, Otis Gibson, spoke exclusively towww.digicelcricket.com on his thoughts for the remaining games and the importance of confidence among the team.

 

"In terms of preparation, it was very hot here yesterday and today so we are not getting in as much practice as we would like. We have the medical team on standby to make sure the players are fit and ready for tomorrow's second ODI. It is much more humid than what we are accustomed to so managing the heat and the players' fitness is the focus.

 

"Tomorrow I don't necessarily think we'll be doing anything differently. We'll look at the pitch and the players' fitness in the morning but we have our game plan and we are sticking to it. A few players are undergoing some physiotherapy so we're hoping they'll be fit for tomorrow also."

 

Talking about the Tiger's tradition as a strong test match team, Coach Gibson says he's not focusing on the tests just yet. 

 

"This tour of Bangladesh is a tough series and we are gearing ourselves up for it, strengthening our team and making sure everyone is in top form.

 

"The mood in the camp is very good at the moment. Obviously we are a bit disappointed at losing the T20 but yesterday we came out and played and our focus came through - and it hasgiven us a lot of confidence. Marlon Samuels was in great form and Lendl Simmons hit his first century. Overall the guys stuck with the plan they had - and the results speak for themselves."

 

With two tough series' behind them earlier this year against cricketing giants, Pakistan and India, has the team gained confidence from their efforts against them?

 

"Yes absolutely. Things are going well so far - we've started this series positively and the boys are even talking more about believing they can win - about what they need to do to win this series. Yesterday's win has put the opposition under pressure and a couple of more wins will see us win this series - something we haven't done in a while - so we're looking forward to it.

"Morale is very high and now going forward our consistency is a big focus. We have the confidence so now we need to maintain momentum and deliver consistently," continued Gibson.

 

Gibson was happy and optimistic when discussing the future of the young team - and who he thinks might go on to be a star...

 

"There are many future stars on the team. Young Bishoo has shown his capabilities on the international stage and Bravo continues to improve. Kirk Edwards and Simmons are also proving their worth so if they continue to put in the hard work and continue to improve; the sky is the limit for these guys."

 

Digicel, proud sponsor of West Indies Cricket, is also sponsoring the live radio coverage for all games in the West Indies away series against Bangladesh and India through its partnership with regional network broadcaster, Line & Length.

 

Thanks to Digicel's sponsorship, Line & Length Network will provide regional supporters with live ball-by-ball radio broadcasts of the away series. In addition, the Regional Super50 tournament in Guyana will also be aired on radio stations in the Caribbean.

 

The West Indies' tour of Bangladesh, which includes two Tests, three One-Day Internationals and one Twenty20, runs from Tuesday 11th October to Thursday 3rd November 2011, while the India series that follows immediately after will have three Tests and five One-Day Internationals and is expected to finish on Monday 12th December 2011.

 

ENDS

 

REGIONAL RADIO STATIONS COVERAGE

COUNTRY

STATION

Barbados

CBC Radio 94.7FM

Trinidad

VIBE CT 105FM and Caribbean New Media (CNMG), Talk City 91.1FM

Jamaica

KLAS Sports FM 89 and Newstalk 93

Antigua

ABS Radio

Anguilla

Radio Anguilla

St. Lucia

RSL 97 (The Experience)

Grenada

Grenada Broadcasting

St. Vincent

NBC Radio

Guyana

NCN

Dominica

Kairee FM

St. Marteen

Pearl FM

St. Kitts

ZIZ Radio

Cayman Islands

Radio Cayman

 

ABOUT DIGICEL GROUP

After ten years of operation, Digicel Group Limited has 11.5 million customers across its 32 markets in the Caribbean, Central America and the Pacific. The company is renowned for delivering best value, best service and best network.

 

Digicel is the lead sponsor of Caribbean, Central American and Pacific sports teams, including the Special Olympics teams throughout these regions. Digicel sponsors the West Indies cricket team and is also the title sponsor of the Digicel Caribbean Cup. In the Pacific, Digicel is the proud sponsor of several national rugby teams and also sponsors the Vanuatu cricket team.

 

Digicel also runs a host of community-based initiatives across its markets and has set upDigicel Foundations in Jamaica, Haiti and Papua New Guinea which focus on educational, cultural and social development programmes.

 

In 2004, Digicel developed Digicel Rising Stars - an annual talent show to support aspiring young music artists in the Caribbean. The show has spanned the Eastern Caribbean, Haiti, Jamaica and Trinidad & Tobago ranking as one of the top-rated shows.

 

Digicel is incorporated in Bermuda and its markets comprise: Anguilla, Antigua & Barbuda, Aruba, Barbados, Bermuda, Bonaire, the British Virgin Islands, the Cayman Islands, Curacao, Dominica, El Salvador, Fiji, French Guiana, Grenada, Guadeloupe, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Martinique, Nauru, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, St Kitts & Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent & the Grenadines, Suriname, Tonga, Trinidad & Tobago, Turks & Caicos and Vanuatu. Digicel also has coverage in St. Martin and St. Barts in the Caribbean.

 

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Keida & Shurwayne Winchester - Good Vibrations

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Sizzla - Love Jah and Live

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Seh Sup'm Poetry
This month's installment of  Seh Sup'm Poetry and Live Music on October 30th  will be a benefit performance for Ayala Bennett, a grade 13 student of Ardenne High School who has been diagnosed with cancer. Ayala is brilliant student and an ardent lover of poetry who herself shows much promise as a poet.  She has always supported poetry events such as Seh Sup'm Poetry as much as her schedule as a student allows and is known in the poetry circles as a "Friend of Poetry".
On receiving the news of her illness the decision was taken to have a benefit show of Seh Sup'm Poetry to help with her medical expenses with her parents' consent.
The event at the Village Blues Bar at the Orchid Plaza, 20 Barbican Road, will also feature rare performances from Professor Mervin Morris, renowned poet and university lecture and Dingo, a favourite of the poetry faithful. The "Friends of Ayala" which includes Ayala school mates at Ardenne will also feature on the program performing her favourite pieces as well as her own poetry.
Jamel Hall a recent UWI graduate and former president of the UWI based "Creative Writers Circle" features along with rising Dub Poet Iyunda who has recently released his debut album in Europe and Stevie "Lighting" Newland of the internationally acclaimed roots reggae group Rootz Underground doing an acoustic set.
African and World Beat maestro DJ Iset will provide the musical eclectic sounds which have become the signature sounds of Seh Sup'm poetry.
The show begins at 7pm at the Village Blues Bar until 11pm with admission for the benefit being $700 which will be hosted by Izemi-Clem.
Tickets are available at Bookophilia bookstore located at 92 Hope Rd
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Jamaican singer Duane Stephenson may be recognized as one of Reggae's most talented sons with his top selling releases August Town and Black Gold but he is also a dedicated philanthropist.
He has been spreading awareness of world hunger and supporting the efforts of the United Nations' World Food Programme to aid ending hunger worldwide.
Stephenson has joined fellow musicians Christina Aguilera and 50 Cent in supporting the efforts of the United Nations' World Food Programme to aid in ending hunger worldwide.
He has teamed up with Hiko Batik on the creation of FEED AFRICA! T-shirts.
All the proceeds from the sale of the t-shirts will benefit the World Food Programme and help to feed children in the Horn of Africa where a massive drought is causing a devastating famine.
Just last year, Stephenson wrote and recorded A Step for Mankind, which was recorded with The Wailers.
This is an exclusive track which calls for world unity and strength to support the ongoing struggle against world hunger.
In recognition of his efforts, Stephenson has been invited once again to attend the World Food Programme USA and Department of State's Global Hunger Conference hosted in part by US Secretary of State Hilary Clinton.
Stephenson will also be on tour with The Wailers starting November 18 but before he will be performing A Step for Mankind at the 2011 Pan American Games in Mexico on October 30.
This is the largest sporting event of the year, with the aim to inspire even more people to follow in his footsteps to support the efforts.
 
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(Reuters) - An 87-year-old Indiana man was arraigned on drug charges in federal court in Detroit on Monday after police found 228 pounds of cocaine worth an estimated $2.9 million in his pickup following a routine traffic stop.
A state trooper patrolling Interstate 94 near Ann Arbor pulled over Leo Earl Sharp on Friday for following too closely and executing an improper lane change, according to a complaint filed in U.S. District Court.
When the trooper asked Sharp if he could search the truck, the octogenarian refused. So the trooper requested a backup unit with a dog trained to detect bombs and illegal drugs.
As the animal walked around the rear of Sharp's truck, it alerted to the possible presence of narcotics, the complaint said. During a subsequent search of the truck bed, troopers found 104 bricks of cocaine stashed in five bags.
U.S. Magistrate Judge Mark Randon released Sharp, of Michigan City, Indiana, on $10,000 bond on Monday and scheduled a next hearing in the case for November.
Sharp was charged with conspiracy and possession with intent to distribute cocaine. If convicted, he faces at least 10 years in prison.
 
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Reggae Boy Winston Griffiths is dead

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Reggae Boy Winston Griffiths is dead.
Thirty-three-year-old Griffiths, a former star player for Glenmuir High, died on Sunday night at a hospital in Kingston after a bout of illness.
Griffiths, who made his debut for Jamaica's Reggae Boyz in 1998, made 28 appearances for the national team scoring two times.
A midfielder, Griffiths, who played for Humble Lion in the National Premier League last season, recently returned from Canada. Griffiths also represented Galaxy, Hazard and Arnett Gardens.
 
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The Andrew Holness-led Cabinet is expected to begin taking shape on Tuesday with the additional assignment of Ministerial portfolios.
Prime Minister Holness will approach most of the persons who will be asked to serve in his Cabinet.
The others will be identified on Wednesday.
According to a source the new Ministers will likely be sworn in on Thursday.
Reports are that there will be a few minor changes to some of the Ministerial responsibilities.
Monday's swearing in of Finance Minister Audley Shaw and National Security Minister Dwight Nelson as well as the delay in the naming of a full Cabinet fuelled speculation that changes would be made to the line up of Ministers who served in the Bruce Golding-led Cabinet.
Analysts said this was a clear sign that some former Ministers might not be returned, as they would have been sworn in on Monday.
However, the source said this will not be the case.
 
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The legal team for Vybz Kartel is still planning to apply for bail for the jailed entertainer despite him being charged with a second case of murder.
An application will be made Wednesday when Kartel returns to court.
Detectives from the Constant Spring Criminal Investigation Branch on Monday evening charged the entertainer and another man identified as Kiro Jones otherwise called 'Ray Jones' with the murder of Clive Williams alias 'Lizard'.
Mr. Williams was killed on August 16 in Havendale, St. Andrew. 
A statement on Monday night from the police said arrangements are being made to have Kartel and Mr. Jones appear in court shortly.     
One of the artiste's lawyers, Christian Tavares-Finson, reportedly  told RJR News the additional charge will not affect Wednesday's plan to seek bail on his behalf.
 "As far as the extent of any sort of involvement from Mr. Palmer, I can't say yet because we haven't been served with any documentation whatsoever to indicate if he even has any involvement in this matter. However, we will be going to court on Wednesday with a view to securing bail for him in this other matter so we are proceeding as planned at this stage," Mr. Tavares-Finson said.
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Four persons arrested after robbery

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Four persons have been arrested following the recovery of several items including a truck which were stolen from one of the country's telecommunication companies.
They were found during a four hour raid in St. Catherine on Monday.
According to a statement from the Constabulary Communication Network, a team from the Flying Squad recovered more than 1,000 gallons of stolen diesel fuel, a fuel pump and a Leyland truck during the operation in Cromarty, Spanish Town.
The men, including a father and son, were subsequently arrested.
Their names are being withheld pending further investigations.
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Another murder charge against Kartel

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Dancehall artiste Vybz Kartel has been slapped with another murder charge.
Detectives from the Constant Spring Criminal Investigation Branch have charged Kartel, whose given name is Adidjah Palmer, and Kiro Jones otherwise called 'Ray Jones' for the murder of Clive Williams otherwise called 'Lizard'.
Mr. Williams was murdered in Havendale, St. Andrew on August 16.
Vybz Kartel and Mr. Jones were charged Monday evening, October 24.
Arrangements are being made to have them brought before the courts.
Kartel is already facing murder charges.
He and Nigel Thompson and Linberg McDonald are charged with the July murder of Barrington Burton in Gregory Park, St Catherine.
Kartel is scheduled to return to the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate's Court on Wednesday, October 26 to answer to those murder charges.
The deejay was remanded at his previous court hearing after his lawyers deferred his bail application due to the absence of a witness statement.
Kartel was arrested on September 30 in New Kingston and charged with the possession of 4.3 ounces of marijuana.
He along with three other persons were taken into custody.
The deejay was slapped with more serious charges of murder, conspiracy to murder, and illegal possession of a firearm just days later.
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It was high drama and a very greasy situation on Lyndhurst Road in Kingston yesterday (March 30, 2009), as Patrick Marshall - a garage operator - stripped to his underwear and thoroughly covered himself in grease in order to prevent his imminent arrest by policemen who were at his business place.

Marshall took off all his clothes except his boxers, then proceeded to grease every part of his body in order to make it as difficult as possible for the police to hold and arrest him. According to Marshall, the police officers came to help a customer reclaim a vehicle from his garage, a vehicle that Marshall was refusing to release because he claims the customer owes him J$114,000 in storage fees and refuses to pay this sum.

Marshall was at least succesful for the day. The policemen were unable to arrest him and because of the intervention of other police officers, the vehicle was not allowed to be removed from his garage.
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The Daily Word - Tuesday, October 25, 2011

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My outlook improves when I appreciate God's blessings in my life.

A walk in the woods refreshes my mind and recharges my energy. Tree roots, fallen branches and rocks may make the walk tricky, but they don't prevent my progress. They are reminders to slow my pace. I stop occasionally to fully appreciate the beauty of my surroundings: the sunlight dancing in the brilliantly colored trees, the fresh forest air, the birds filling the air with song. Grateful for the beauty that surrounds me, I continue on my way.

Day-to-day life is like that walk. When challenges arise, I slow my pace, remembering to keep my feet firmly planted on holy ground. I gain a fresh outlook by appreciating the ways God's joy and peace bless my life.

You show me the path of life.In your presence there is fullness of joy.--Psalm 16:11
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First Photos of Mariah Carey and Nick Cannon's Twins

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Six months after Mariah Carey gave birth, we're finally getting the first glimpse of her adorable twins, Moroccan and Monroe.
Mariah and Nick Cannon opened up their New York home to Barbara Walters for a special 20/20 interview on Friday night. Mariah talked about her super difficult pregnancy and how she does not want to have more kids.
"I don't think I understood the enormity or the magnitude of what it really does to your body," she explained. "It's not just, oh you don't look pretty and you have a bump."
But difficult pregnancy aside, they're both super proud parents. "My family gives me everything," Cannon gushed. "It's just love," Carey said. "It's a beautiful place to be."
Nick Cannon spoke to Hollyscoop this week at KISS FM's JoJo Jam Tour on Thursday about how his life has changed since becoming a father. "I mean, [Mariah and I] are connected for life for real now, regardless of whatever goes on."
So what made the parents so long to show off their new brood? "I think it was a privacy thing. I don't really consider it showing them off to the world, that's not really what it was about. It was a timing thing to it," Nick told Hollyscoop.
He continued, "My wife has a wonderful relationship with Barbara Walters. It felt like if we were going to do anything we didn't want to selling our pictures and stuff like that. So you might as well invite someone into our home that we are comfortable with to do an interview and hopefully that would be that."
When Nick and Mariah got married after just a month of dating, people assumed it was just a publicity stunt, but three years later they're still going strong.
"I never believe that anybody really likes me," Mariah said after Nick Cannon showed off his ginormous "Mariah" tattoo on his back. "I always think it's some kind of joke or something." Geez, insecure much? Sometimes it's hard to believe someone as beautiful and talented as Mariah would be so insecure, but it just goes to show you, celebs, they're just like us.
"Initially I was afraid of the concept of marriage [again]," she said. "But this is a different situation and a different time in my life." Now, Mariah insists, "No one will steal my spirit."
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Now Jamaica's youngest prime minister, Andrew Holness accepted the appointment with a promise to work diligently in charting the way forward for a better Jamaica.
On the lawns of King's House in front of hundreds including Members of Parliament, Government officials and representatives of the Diplomatic Corps, Prime Minister Holness gave a commitment to tackle corruption, crime and injustice, as well as, to dismantle garrisons. The new prime minister promised to create a new political culture.
He paid tribute to his predecessor Bruce Golding, praising him for the leadership he provided during his tenure.
 
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Hundreds of rescue workers worked through the night attempting to dig out survivors after a 7.2-magnitude earthquake hit eastern Turkey, leveling dozens of buildings and killing hundreds.
Aftershocks with magnitudes of up to 6.0 were felt within 10 hours of when the quake hit Sunday afternoon. Turkey's interior minister Idris Naim Sahin said Monday that the death toll had risen to 270, but an estimated 1,000 people could have been killed based on the size of the quake, according to The Associated Press.
Sahin said that 80 multi-story buildings collapsed in the town of Ercis, with people trapped in 40 of them.
"Rescue work is ongoing, especially at buildings where [rescuers] have determined survivors," Sahin said.
The temblor's epicenter was in the village of Tabanli, near the city of Van close to the Iranian border, the AP reported.
Related: Major quakes of 2011
With a population of 75,000, Ercis was the hardest hit by the quake; about 55 miles south, Van sustained major damage. Turkey is highly susceptible to earthquakes as it sits on major geological fault lines.
The quake, which hit at 1:41 p.m. local time, was upgraded from a preliminary magnitude of 6.6 to 7.3 magnitude. The U.S. Geological Survey later revised the magnitude to 7.2.
The depth of the epicenter was considered shallow -- 12.4 miles, shallower than the earthquake that devastated Haiti in January 2010 -- and more potentially destructive, combined with the poor building codes in the region.
According to the Hakki Erskoy with the Turkish Red Crescent, there were at least 120 aftershocks on Sunday. Erskoy said that the high number aftershocks isn't affecting the search and rescue efforts, as most of the families have moved from their homes and settled in tents.
Residents spent the night outdoors and lit campfires, while others sought shelter with relatives in nearby villages.
 
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A Black Woman's Guide To Breast Cancer Awareness

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By Shanece Taylor/voicesofurburn.org
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and according to BlackDoctor.org "African-American females experience higher death rates from breast cancer than any other racial or ethnic group." This is partially due to African-American women tending to have more aggressive tumors. The fact is not meant to scare you, but it is meant as a wake up call.
Educate yourself and women you know on risk factors, discover ways to reduce the risk of breast cancer, learn how to give yourself a breast exam, and help to fight breast cancer. And remember, if you are over 40 years of age, it is important to schedule an annual mammogram.
Below is your own personal mini guide to help you get started on your breast cancer awareness.
Family history
Early puberty (before 12 years old) or Late menopause (after 55 years old)
Not having children or Having children after 30 years old
Obesity and high-fat diets
2 to 5 alcoholic drinks daily
Reduce the Risk:
Exercise or Being physically active
Eat Soy, Broccoli, Red Apples, Red Cabbage or Red Grapes
Drink green tea
Regular screening tests
Avoid hormone replacement therapy if possible
Breast cancer self-examinations should be done monthly at the same time of the month, and right after your period ends.
In the Shower
Fingers flat, move gently over every part of each breast. Use your right hand to examine the left breast, left hand for the right breast. Check for any lump, hard knot, or thickening. Carefully observe any changes in your breasts.
Before a Mirror
Inspect your breasts with your arms at your sides. Next, raise your arms high overhead. Look for any changes in the contour of each breast, a swelling, a dimpling of the skin, or changes in the nipples. Then rest your palms on your hips and press firmly to flex your chest muscles. Left and right breasts will not exactly match--few women's breasts do.
Lying Down
Place a pillow under your right shoulder and put your right arm behind your head. With the fingers of your left hand flat, press your right breast gently in small circular motions, moving vertically or in a circular pattern covering the entire breast. Use light, medium, and firm pressure. Squeeze the nipple; check for discharge and lumps. Repeat these steps for your left breast.
 
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October 17, 2011 - Multiple Grammy Award-winning Reggae Superstar Damian Marley has partnered with the Caribbean Education Foundation, Inc. (CEF) to headline its "STAND UP - Educate the Youths" BENEFIT CONCERT to help children in Jamaica attend high school.
The STAND UP Benefit Concert will be held on Thursday, November 17, 2011 at the beautiful outdoor music venue, Jannus Live in St. Petersburg, Florida.  Proceeds from the concert will be donated to the Caribbean Education Foundation Jamaica Scholarship Programs. 
The theme of the concert is "leadership, pride, compassion and action" and how they intertwine to "educate the youth".  "STAND UP - Educate the Youths", CEF's 2011 Education Benefit Concert, features Damian Marley and music artists who exemplify the qualities of leadership, pride, compassion and take action to support education for poor youths.  These global music leaders will lend their voices to the need for educational access in countries such as Jamaica.
When asked the reasons Caribbean Education Foundation chose international reggae superstar Damian Marley as its Partner and Headliner for STAND UP, CEF President & CEO, Nikiki T. Bogle, Esq. explains, "STAND UP exemplifies artists who are taking positive actions for a better world and Damian Marley is a natural fit with this tremendous effort.  Damian Marley is not only a Spectacular Entertainer and Musical Genius, but he is also a Humanitarian who deeply cares about disadvantaged children and understands there is a critical need to provide them with meaningful access to education.  Therefore, it was natural for us to request that Damian Marley partner with CEF and he immediately embraced our efforts and took action."
FOR TICKET INFORMATION: Visit  Jannus Live
VIP TICKETS AND SPONSORSHIPS: Contact CEF
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November 5th marks the 7th staging of Reggae Culture Salute.
This year's show is a salute to the future of roots reggae and presents several artists that are among the finest in the business. The organizers, the Coalition to Preserve Reggae (CPR) are especially proud of introducing Dubtonic Kru to the northeast.
Earlier this year, Dubtonic Kru competed with over 4,000 bands of various genres worldwide and journeyed to Malaysia for the finals where they walked away as the champions of the world.
Many are calling Dubtonic Kru the "Usain Bolt" of roots reggae music and deservedly so. Their music reflects the positive vibration that endeared reggae music to its worldwide audience.
The event is very reasonably priced at only $15 and all proceeds benefit CPR.
 
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Soul Train

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Soul Train has announced the nominees for this years Soul Train Award for Best Caribbean Performance! Last year the category was Best Reggae Performance so its good to know that Soul Train is broadening its horizons. Congratulations to this year's nominees.
Best Caribbean Performance


"Man Down" -Rihanna


"Summer Time" -Vybz Kartel



"Wotless" -Kes The Band


"Bend Over" - Machel Montano



"Delilah" - Mavado

Although Rihanna is also nominated in two other categories: Best Hip-Hop Song of the Year and Best Dance Performance. Her ex-lover Chris Brown leads the pack with five nominations.
Celebrating 40 years of the Soul Train brand, this year's Soul Train Awards is gearing up to be one of the biggest events of the year. Hosted by comedian and actor Cedric the Entertainer, the show will honor Gladys Knight and Earth, Wind & Fire, with the coveted Legend Award for their immense contributions to the world of music.
This year's nominees represent the best in R&B, soul, jazz, gospel and Carribean music. Music's bad-boy turned golden child Chris Brown leads the pack with an astounding five nominations, including Album of the Year for his critically acclaimed F.A.M.E. He is followed by Beyonce and Kanye West who tied with four nominations.
New categories to this year's line-up include awards for best traditional and contemporary jazz albums. These two categories will be viewers choice awards, and the winners will be determined through online voting.
This year's show will tape in Atlanta on November 17, but will air in simulcast on both Centric and BET on November 27 at 9pm/8c.
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Sunday, October 23, 2011
FREEDOM
My true freedom rests in Spirit.

I may feel powerless in certain difficult situations, but powerlessness is an illusion. Even though I may not know how I will find my way through, I know that true wisdom and power come from Spirit within.

To move beyond any standstill, I remember the Truth of my existence: I am divinely created, made in the image and likeness of God. In this Truth, there is no room for worry. I live in a consciousness that is limitless; I live in spiritual freedom.

I fully use the power of Spirit within me to be free from restraint. I break through chains that bind me and open to the understanding that I have the power here and now to do all things. Filled with Spirit, my life is bursting with God's promises.

For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has set you free.--Romans 8:2
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The police have made a breakthrough into a double killing in early October, in a section of the volatile St Catherine-North Police Division.
Reports are that a man was picked up this week, and is scheduled to be questioned, in the presence of a lawyer.
On the morning of October 5, gunmen went to 58 St John Road, on the outskirts of Spanish Town, where they killed two persons. The victims were identified as 16-year-old Chevaughan McLaren, a student and Raymond Franklyn, otherwise called 'Bingi'.
It is understood that the killings were viewed as an act of reprisal. It is reported that gunmen went into a lane in search of a man and when he was not found, they turned their weapon on the teenager and Franklyn, before escaping.
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American businessman Corey Todd plans to post new music every Tuesday via iTunes.
He will begin releasing dancehall and reggae music on iTunes this week.
The first wave of tracks will include the entire catalogue of music that he has produced in the past three months.
He has scored hits such as Jahvinci's 'In My Life' and 'Eagle and Hawk', both with producer Ainsley 'Not Nice' Morris.
Todd said he will be putting out projects that he has with the producers 'Not Nice', 'Black Spider' and 'Dre Day'.
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What is the retirement age for politicians?

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A new prime minister will be sworn in today. At 39, Andrew Holness will be one of the youngest heads of state in the world. That brings us to the question of the retirement age for politicians. Some leaders in their 80 refuse to step down and when they do hand over to "someone younger" that person is usually in their late seventies.
Here in Jamaica, there are loads of veteran politicians who think they can go on forever.
No disrespect, but it's time for them to pack their bags and go and make way for younger, fresher faces in the Cabinet.
Best of luck, Mr Holness, you will need it.
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