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G Warren drops new video "Grip Me"

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Downsound Recording artiste G Warren who is known for the breakout hit single, Hustling Mood, that became a radio hit in Jamaica in 2011, is on his way to becoming a bonafide star. G Warren has a slew of new singles which have been forcing FM radio to sit up and pay attention to him. Those songs include 'Grip Me' which recently entered the HYPE TV Top 20 charts, and his high-energy cameo on the breakout ensemble hit, When We Roll, on the Down Sound Records label.

"Things have really been looking up over the last couple of months as I have fine tuned my sound, and the ladies are responding to me.The Grip Me song is doing well and mi have a next rude song called 'Gimme a Sex Look' that the ladies are working with, and whenever 'Roll' plays in the clubs, the cameras are trained on the Down Sound crew as we each perform the song, the ting tun up," he said.

The Grip Me' video was shot at Dover and features fast race cars and a smoking hot lead girl for the video. "People are going to love the video, I am in full racing car gear, it mad!"

G Warren is building his rep one stage show at a time, and creating a true loyal fan base for his career. He has been earning rave reviews at his recent local and overseas shows for his performances. He rocked a club gig in the Bahamas with his sweet vocals. He is now on a promotional tour in the USA.

"More people know about me now, especially since I did ER a few weeks ago. I am getting spins on Internet radio stations in the US and UK, plus I am getting dub requests from European selectors through Facebook and My Space, things are looking up," he said.

In the past, he has recorded new singles such as Guide Me Oh Jah for the Flava Squad label, and a single called Lightning & Thunder, new songs which he hopes will create a buzz in the dancehall when eventually released. G Warren's work ethic has given him the admiration and respect of his peers in the business, and won him a nomination in the Most Improved Artiste category at EME Awards 2011.

Born Warren Gordon, he is the only son of farm worker, Adolphus Gordon and Florence Gordon, a professional secretary; he grew up in a quaint rural town called Clarksonville in St. Ann. "I used to play the keyboard in the church and sing. I also do a bit with the drums, and I participated in after school jams and community events so I grew up wanting to do this," he said.

After graduating Holmwood Technical High school, he however, decided to attend classes at Brown's Town Community College to re-sit CXC subjects and to a do pre-university course in computing. However, financial difficulties soon scuttled such ambitions and he decided to head to Kingston to pursue a career as a singer.

"An uncle of mine knew Angel, who was the resident engineer for Down Sound Records and he brought me to Spanish Town and we made the link and I've been learning and developing my sound ever since," he said.The first song G Warren ever recorded was 'Show Us the Way' on the Gunman rhythm, and he has surged forward in his development since then. The artiste's cleverly arranged lyrics, and polished voice make him an exciting young prospect for 2012 and beyond.




 

Dead rodents found in food imports

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There is to be increased surveillance by the Government's Food Storage and Prevention of Infestation Division (FSPID) of goods coming into the island.

Commerce Minister Anthony Hylton says instructions have been issued to the department, which falls under his Ministry, to be extremely vigilant.

In recent weeks the agency seized two large shipments of contaminated food items.

Mr. Hylton says every effort will be made to prevent tainted foodstuff from entering the local distributive trade.

News came last week that 22 metric tonnes of red kidney beans imported by a local distributor was found to be contaminated with rodent droppings.

Prior to that seizure, the FSPID confiscated fifteen hundred tonnes of paddy rice imported from the United States at a cost of 15 million dollars. That shipment was found to contain the carcasses of dead frogs and rodents.








Xposed Skinz Bikini | Model: Tashie-Gay

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Model: Tashie-Gay
Agency: Lipstickk Smooches
Bikini Line: Xposed Skinz Bikini 
City: Mandeville
Country: Jamaica
Height: 5' 7"
Weight: 120lb

Location: Hedonism II
Photographer: Blista Inc Photography
Edited by: Blista Inc Photography.
City: Montego Bay
Country: Jamaica

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Xposed Skinz Bikinis

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Model: Erica Lynne
Agency: Oxygen's Bad Girls Club
Country: USA
Height: 5' 3"
Weight: 34D-27-41
Photographer: Blista Inc Photography

















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Name: Sasha (Owner/ Designer of Xposed Skinz)
Country: USA
Height: 5'2
Weight: 101
Hips: 33
Waist: 24
Bust: 33




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Rita Marley, widow of the great Robert Nesta "Bob" Marley and the first lady of Reggae will be among eight icons to be honored at the 31stannual International Reggae and World Music Awards returning to Chicago July 5th after 15 years on the road. In addition, for the first time ever the Awards will be held in conjunction with Chicago's 4th of July weekend celebration -- the 20th anniversary of the International Festival of Life. The festival takes place from July 4-8 in Washington Park with July 5th set aside for the Red Carpet IRAWMA Awards ceremony.

Ephraim Martin, IRAWMA and IFOL producer, said that after fifteen consecutive years on the road, the International Reggae and World Music Awards (IRAWMA) ceremony has come home. "It's going to be a grand celebration," he said. "Since The Taste of Chicago, one of America's biggest July 4th Independence celebrations begins later in the month the Festival of Life will serve as the main event for residents and visitors from around the world. The Chicago Office of Tourism will join IFOL in its effort to maximize tourists to Chicago for the July 4th holiday."

He added, "We're going to roll out the red carpet in Washington Park on the 5th of July right in the middle of the festival and just steps from President Barack Obama's home."

Eight Icons who are living legends were named for the Reggae 50 Honors. Two honorees will receive the Martin's International Award of Honor in Media. The 2012 Hall of Fame Inductee(s) will be named at a later date.

The REGGAE 50 HONOREES ARE:

RITA MARLEY - FOR HER WORK IN THE PERSERVATION AND PROMOTION OF REGGAE'S LEGACY

  • MARCIA GRIFFITHS EMPRESS OF REGGAE
  • JUDY MOWATT FOR SPIRITUAL SERVICE THROUGH MUSIC
  • FREDDIE MCGREGOR FOR 50 YEARS OF DEDICATED & UNTIRING SERVICE TO JAMAICA AND THE WORLD THROUGH MUSIC
  • KEN BOOTHE- FOR BEING MOST CONSISTENT IN THE PRESERVATION OF JAMAICA'S ROCKSTEADY MUSIC
  • ERIC DONALDSON - THE KING OF JAMAICAN SONG CONTEST IN PAST 50 YEARS
  • CHARLES CAMERON- FOR SIXTY YEARS OF UNTIRING CONTRIBUTION TO JAMAICAN MUSIC
  • COPELAND FORBES FOR 50 YEARS OF VALUABLE CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE MUSIC INDUSTRY

THE MARTIN'S INTERNATIONAL MEDIA AWARDEES ARE:

  • BERKO AKOTO OWUSU, AFRICAN SPECTRUM- FOR OUTSTANDING JOURNALISTIC CONTRIBUTION TO AFRICAN AND WORLD MUSIC
  • ONSTAGE TV- WINFORD WILLIAMS FOR MOST VALUABLE MEDIA CONTRIBUTIONS TO REGGAE IN THE LAST DECADE

Dedicated to "Jamaica's 50th Year of Independence," the Festival of Life will feature a pavilion showcasing "All Things Jamaican," and serving as a road to Jamaica's Golden Jubilee in August. Importers/exporters, hoteliers, shipping services, travel-oriented entrepreneurs and businesses that market Jamaica or Jamaican brand products are encouraged to contact Martin's International at 312/427-0266 or e-mail:irawmasponsor@gmail.com to be a part of the pavilion.
 
  • This history making 31st IRAWMA and the 20th anniversary IFOL is sponsored by NBC 5 TV- Chicago, The Chicago Park District, Chicago Office of Tourism, J.FC Jerk and Fried Chicken, Robert Scott - One Stop Studio, Rogers Park Fruit Market, Insurance Brokers, Inc, Captain Hooks Fish/Chicken and Firehouse, KCB Inc and others. The Marriott Chicago Midway Airport is the official hotel for the five days celebration. For reservation call 1-708-594-5500 and mention the code words "Festival/Awards".
 
Hours for the Festival of Life are 12:00 pm to 10:00 pm daily, except for July 5th and 6thfrom 3:00 pm to 10:00 pm. The IRAWMA red carpet arrival and Awards Ceremony will be held on Thursday, July 5th from 6:00 to 10:00 pm. Get tickets now at www.festivaloflife.biz,www.irawma.com or call 312/427-0266 . E-mail: festoflife@gmail.com.




Sex Position of the Day: The Octopus

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Erotic Instructions:
Have your guy sit on the floor with his hands on the ground behind him. Tell him to spread his legs and bend them slightly at the knees. Keeping your hands on the floor for support, straddle his lap, facing him, and raise your legs so your right leg rests on his left shoulder and your left leg on his right shoulder. Do it right and you two will look like a multi-limbed lust creature.

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Why You'll Love It:
Because your body is tilted upward, your guy enters you in up-and-down motions rather than circular or side-to-side, bringing on deep, direct G-spot orgasms. And you both get a prime bird's-eye view of the action - a male fantasy come true! Plus, if you can master this one, you two will have entered the Kama Sutra Hall of Fame. And what could be hotter than that?




Xposed Skinz Runner up (2nd Place)

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Model: Leesa 
Xposed Skinz Runner up (2nd Place)
State: New York City
Country: USA
Height 5'7
Measurements 34-26-41
Featured Magazine: Smooth Magazine

Location: Hedonism II
Photographer: Blista Inc Photography
Edited by: Blista Inc Photography.
City: Montego Bay
Country: Jamaica

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Xposed Skinz Bikini Winner

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Model: Stickky Nickky
Xposed Skinz Bikini Winner
City: Montego Bay
Country: Jamaica
Height: 5' 7"

Location: Hedonism II
Photographer: Blista Inc Photography
Edited by: Blista Inc Photography.
City: Montego Bay
Country: Jamaica

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75 Jamaican pilots to be laid off

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The Trinidad and Tobago-based Caribbean Airlines is to continue talks with the executive of the Jamaica Airline Pilots Association (JALPA) this week.

This follows confirmation that the positions of 75 Jamaican pilots employed through CARIBAL are to be made redundant as the company is being closed down. CARIBAL is a locally-based subsidiary of Caribbean Airlines which was established at the time of the Air Jamaica take-over by the Trinidad carrier.

Caribbean Airlines has said of the 75 Jamaican pilots to lose their jobs, 65 are to be offered new contracts. According the chairman of Air Jamaica, Denis Lalor, CARIBAL was always meant to be a transition company.

However last week, JALPA produced an October 2010 memorandum from Caribbean Airlines' vice president Charmaine Heslop DaCosta saying otherwise.

The memorandum which was addressed to JALPA said CARIBAL was not a transition company.

In the meantime, Caribbean Airlines says the Jamaican pilots set to lose their jobs will be required to express an interest in being re-hired by Caribbean Airlines.

The company said it has been agreed that where such interest is similar to, or less than the available positions, a formal interview process will not be required.




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A promoter called  Wrenroy Smith, is upset with dancehall selector Tony Matterhorn who he says is double-booking dates and not honouring his commitments. He is also demanding the return of a  90,000 deposit for a show on April 7, 2012.

The promoter has issued a letter which states:

I, Wrenroy Smith, am the promoter for an annual event on Annotto Bay, Jamaica billed as Girls Graduation - an all white edition fundraising event.

I booked the services of Dancehall DJ/artist Tony Matterhorn, in addition to other sound system DJ's, and invested money and promotional work into staging my event and had to cancel it because Tony Matterhorn pulled out of my event at the last minute, without returning my deposit.

Girls Graduation was scheduled for April 7, 2012. On December 29, 2011, I sent a deposit of $1,065.00 to Tony Matterhorn via Western Union, officially booking him for April 7, 2012. In January 2012, Tony Matterhorn called me to say that he had accepted another booking for April 7, 2012 (World Clash RESET in New York). He asked if I could change my date to April 6, 2012. I notified him that I couldn't as I already booked the venue in Jamaica, and made a deposit on the sound systems, Swatch and Jamrock. Over 20,000 flyers were already printed and I had already started street promotion in Jamaica.

Realizing that I couldn't change the date of my event, Tony Matterhorn said he would have to cancel with me and return my deposit ($1,065.00). April 7, 2012 has come and gone and Tony Matterhorn has not returned my deposit. I have reached out to him numerous times and he had set different dates with me as to when he would return my money. That hasn't been done. He has given me false numbers and BBM pin and has dodged and evaded every opportunity for me to reach him directly.

My reason for writing this letter is to make a public statement and appeal to Tony Matterhorn to contact me directly and refund the deposit that I had given him. His behavior is false, elusive, unprofessional and unbecoming of someone of his stature in the dancehall music business. I would like to resolve this matter as soon as possible.

Wrenroy Smith
Promoter




RIP Tyrone Blake of Merritone Music

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Yet another piece of Jamaica's rich musical legacy, in the form of Tyrone Blake of Merritone Music, has passed on.Called to the higher portals, may his soul rest in peace.The Merritone musical dynasty has been a key witness and participant in the most wonderful story which is the development of Jamaica's popular music culture since the early 1950's. The legendary sound system was established by father Val Blake, and continued through sons Trevor, Winston, Tyrone, Monte and a longstanding and loyal support team, represented by the charming Lorna Bess.Our condolences go out to the entire Merritone Music family in this time of their grief.

FUNERAL: Also, the funeral for Tyrone Blake is set for Wednesday, May 9, 2012 at Church of the Transfiguration, Meadowbrook Main, beginning at 11:00 a.m. Interment follows in the Dovecot Cemetery.












Di Matey Dem Ting Tun Up!! - by Buffilous

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love-groupie.jpgA China di ting reach!!! A which popular 'socialite' mi hear say get fly out gone a China?? No sah, dem mate ya a live good life!!

Di Rasta fly her gone a China because she did want go do some shopping and all dese tings!!

Mi like how dem matey ya a roll, dem nah waste no time!!! Dem a step up dem game! Go tru ya my girl. A nuff artiste you did deh wid, but you finally hit the jackpot now!!!




Scared AA passengers abandon flight

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aa-passengers.jpgAt least 12 American Airlines passengers who were scheduled to depart the Norman Manley International Airport in Kingston to Miami, this evening refused to board the aircraft which had mechanical and electrical problems earlier today.

Flight AA2038 was scheduled to depart at 8:45 yesterday, but never left until 7:53 p.m.

"They first told us that plane was defective and they had to get some parts from Miami, and the aircraft would leave at 10:00 a.m, then they said 2:00 p.m, which moved to 4:00 p.m and the time went on and on," says Margaret Wadsworth, a passenger who spent 13 hours waiting at the airport.

According to Wadsworth, when she and the other passengers eventually boarded the aircraft at 5:30 p.m, inside the plane was extremely hot.

"Some of us started to panic, and within minutes we were told there was an electrical problem," she said.

The airline was forced to disembark all the passengers, where further checks were made, after which the aircraft departed, but not before the 12 passengers and their bags were delisted.

An American Airlines official said once the passengers requested to be taken off, the airline was obliged to adhere to their request.

She also said there was no other flight that could accommodate the passengers all day today.

"There was nothing we could do but to have them wait until the problem was fixed."




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Name
:              Michael Biggs/BiggzShip Burbridge

D.O.B:              May 30

Profession
:       Videographer/Photographer

Describe yourself in 5 words: Determined, Happy, Focused, Loyal, Driven

Who is your favorite director and who are your influences?
Quinton Tarrantino, Spike Lee, Steven Spielberg, Chris Robinson, Collin Tilley, Gareth Cobran, Kimala Bennett ,Gareth Daley, Asha, Tyson, Kassa, Jay Will, Cushnie

How do you come up with the concepts for each video?
I listen to the lyrics, the Riddim and the melody.
I also get ideas from the artiste and some up with my own also.

Where would you like to be in 3-5 years?

I would love to be Co-Directing on the Big Screen and also be on the Cover of Forbes Magazine. LOL

How did you get started in Videography?
Attended CPTC... Mediamix

Was there ever a time when you came up with a concept and the artiste did not like it?
Yep, but then I did another and we were then good to go

Have you ever worked with other Directors?
Yea I have worked on videos with Gareth Cobran, Asha and Nadia Stanley

What are you currently working on now?
I am working on videos for Lady Saw, Chino, Kiprich, Aidonia, Tenement Yard Medley

Are there plans to branch out into directing movies, plays etc?
Ultimately that is my dream and life goal, most definitely, I'm Hollywood bound.




Seasplash Resort Special

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Seasplash Hotel in Negril is offering a special for the fun and adventurous persons!!

Price: $349 for 4 nights, breakfast for 2, transportation from Montego Bay Airport. Special ends April 28, 2012. Coupons are valid for 1 year.

Contact (876)957-4041 or email mrhurt@aol.com.

Sea Splash Resort is located near the beach in Negril and close to Seven Mile Beach, Kool Runnings Water Park, and Negril Hills Golf Club. Additional area points of interest include Negril Lighthouse.

Sea Splash Resort features a restaurant and a bar/lounge. Recreational amenities include an outdoor pool and a spa tub. Complimentary wireless Internet access is available in public areas. The property offers a roundtrip airport shuttle (surcharge). Wedding services and tour/ticket assistance are available. Guest parking is complimentary. Additional property amenities include a concierge desk, multilingual staff, and secure parking.

Air-conditioned guestrooms at Sea Splash Resort feature ceiling fans and windows that open. All accommodations have balconies. Bathrooms feature shower/tub combinations and hair dryers. In addition to safes, guestrooms offer phones with voice mail. Housekeeping is available daily.





the-mei-healthcare-group.jpgMEI Healthcare Inc., a leading provider of healthcare strategies and equipment solutions for medical facilities around the world, is partnering with the government of Antigua and Barbuda, the governments of the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) and Global Health Partners, Ltd., to begin construction of The Cancer Centre Eastern Caribbean at Mount St. John Medical Centre in St. John, Antigua. Groundbreaking for the new $13.5 million (EC dollars) facility will take place Thursday, April 26.

"Our partnership will provide accessible, high-quality cancer care for a population that is underserved," said Gordon Baltzer, CEO of MEI Healthcare Inc. Baltzer will be speaking at the groundbreaking. "Currently, patients need to be treated abroad, which is costly and incredibly difficult for patients and their families. As a result, many patients have gone without treatment."

The Cancer Centre Eastern Caribbean will provide high-quality medical, radiation and surgical oncology services. The facility will include state-of-the-art technology capable of administering intensity-modulated radiation therapy (IMRT). The centre will be used as the hub for consultation services being offered to the participating member countries.

"Nearly 1,000 new cases of cancer will be diagnosed each year in the OECS and, of those, approximately 400 will need radiotherapy at some time in their disease course," said Antigua and Barbuda Prime Minister, The Hon. Baldwin Spencer in a prepared statement. "I recognize that currently there are no facilities in the Eastern Caribbean that are truly comprehensive and offer both surgery and radiation...(and) it's important for us to develop the facilities necessary to provide support to patients who have cancer."

The Hon. Arthur T. Porter, M.D., Chair of the Board of MEI and a key driver of this project, stated, "MEI insures that the Eastern Caribbean will have the technology platform to deliver modern day cancer therapy at a level commensurate with that of the USA, Canada or Europe."

During a regional healthcare symposium in 2009, government officials expressed interest in developing a partnership with the private sector to equip a cancer center in Antigua with the latest oncology services and technical expertise. The "partnered care" model being used to create the facility is a cost-effective solution to bringing the latest technology to the region.

MEI provides business development, capital equipment funding strategies and growth consulting services to physicians, hospitals and healthcare systems worldwide.
















vybz-kartel-case.jpgInvestigators probing the murder-case against dancehall entertainer Vybz Kartel have now submitted the forensic material in the case.  The forensic reports were turned over to the Director of Public Prosecutions Monday.  A senior investigator told RJR News that they have now submitted the videotaped material; the telephone data, including text messages exchanged between the persons allegedly involved in the killing, and the forensic material.

The forensic material revealed that bloodstains taken from the scene of the alleged killing, were that of human blood.  The reports also revealed that persons who carried out the crime, attempted to destroy the evidence by setting fire to the house in which 24 year old Clive Williams otherwise called Lizard, was killed.  However, the senior investigator said they were able to retrieve bloodstain evidence at the crime scene. The telephone data or text messages reportedly give goring details as to how the body of the victim was disposed off.

Vybz Kartel, whose real name is Adidjah Palmer, is charged jointly with members of  his Gaza Empire for the murder of Mr Williams.  It's alleged that on August 16, last year, Mr. Williams was taken to a house in Havendale where he was beaten and stabbed to death.  The cops reported that they seized a cellular phone used to record the killing and that has helped them to show that Williams was killed although they didn't find his body.  The others accused of  the crime are deejay, Shawn Campbell, also known as "Shawn Storm"; fashion designer, Calvin Haye, also known as "Moonie"; Cayro Jones, Sean Williams, and Andre St John.  Justice Marjorie Cole Smith had given the police until Monday to submit the material following complaints from the attorneys for Vybz Kartel.  A bail hearing is tentatively set for Friday before the Home Circuit Court.





prime-minister-portia-simpson-miller.jpgPrime Minister Portia Simpson Miller leaves the island today for a number of engagements in New York and Philadelphia in the United States.

Her first engagement will be tonight where she will be honoured with the receipt of the TIME 100 Most Influential Persons Award at a special reception in New York.

Tomorrow she will meet with Jamaicans in the Diaspora and address a special town hall meeting in Brooklyn.

On Thursday April 26, she will engage in a series of meetings related to the economy including talks with important interests in the bauxite alumina industry.

On Friday April 27 and Saturday April 28 the Prime Minister will be in Philadelphia where, among other engagements, she will attend this year's staging of the Penn Relays.

The Prime Minister is being accompanied on the visit by a team including Information Minister Sen. Sandrea Falconer, Tourism Minister Wykeham McNeill, Energy Minister Phillip Paulwell, Special Advisors Delano Franklyn and Dr Carlton Davis and Chairman of Clarendon Alumina Partners, Dr Vin Lawrence.

The Prime Minister will return to the island on Sunday

Transport Minister Dr Omar Davies, will be in charge of the government during her absence.




Mavado set to star in Shottas 2

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Dancehall artiste David 'Mavado' Brooks, will reportedly have a major role in Shottas 2, the sequel to the gritty gangster urban classic, which starred Ky-Mani Marley, Spragga Benz and Munair Zacca.

While filming officially commenced on April 20, details are yet to emerge on what direction the story will take this time and when the film will be released.

Writer-director Cess Silvera confirmed via Twitter that, in addition to Mavado, the cast will again include Ky-Mani Marley.

Last year, Mavado - whose signature calling card is Gangsta For Life - played a a gangster in American rapper Drake's video Find Your Love. Since then he has inked a deal with DJ Khaled's We the Best Music Group. He has released singles such as Emergency which features hip-hop artiste Ace Hood and Survivor, a collaboration effort with Akon.




TV host pregnant for athlete????

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A which TV personality and dem say a breed fi the runner??? Dem say a yound lady who did enter Miss Jamaica Universe is pregnant for the young man who always a run and come second.

According to wha me hear, Amita pregnant fi Asafa. Some people say a nuh fi him and is fi a popular designer, some say him nuh want it and did tell her fi get rid of it! No sah, dem people ya a gwaan bad though.

It look like dem stop make condom!

It look like is a breeding season cause everybody belly start push out now!!

Who will be next.





Digicel sponsors The Penn Relays

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digicel.jpgDigicel is sponsoring the highly anticipated Penn Relay Carnival to be held at the University of Pennsylvania's Franklin Field in the United States, from April 26th to the 28th.

As a Jamaica born and bred company, Digicel has been a steadfast supporter of athletics since its launch in 2001.

Being a part of the Penn Relays is one way Digicel is showing its support of Jamaican athletes and their families living in the Diaspora. The Penn Relays is the longest uninterrupted track meet in the United States and has the record for having the most athletes competing at the event than at any single meet in the world. This includes a significant number of athletes from Jamaican high schools who are a major force at the event. Jamaican athletes have been attending the Penn Relays since 1964 with approximately 25 to 35% of patrons, attending the meet being of Jamaican descent, most of whom live in the Diaspora.

Digicel will set up booths on the ground at the meet offering top up services to patrons who want to send credit to their relatives and friends living in Jamaica. With the 50th anniversary of Jamaica's independence high on the minds for many Jamaicans, at home and abroad, Digicel is keen to help all Jamaicans, both at home and abroad, get involved in the celebrations by supporting our athletes competing at the Penn Relays - cheering them on as they go for gold and make Jamaicans proud.

The Digicel Diaspora team's Senior International Sales Operations Manager, Nadine Johnson, is encouraging Jamaicans living in the Diaspora to come out and support the athletes from their alma maters who will be competing. She also highlighted the work Digicel has been doing in Jamaica to move communities forward using the avenue of sport.

"Through the Digicel Foundation, launched in 2005, we support grassroots initiatives that contribute to the development of communities across the Jamaica. Over US$15 million dollars has been spent on over 200 community projects, including the construction of 12 recreational/sports facilities. Digicel is committed to keeping Jamaicans connected to their home country from their home country through innovative and convenient top up services that will be available at the Penn Relays."




Tommy Lee reportedly arrested in Grenada

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Police in Grenada say they have arrested an up-and-coming Jamaican dancehall deejay for alleged possession of marijuana hours after he headlined a concert.

Detectives arrested Jamaican rapper Tommy Lee on Sunday at Grenada's international airport. They did not disclose Monday how much marijuana the 24-year-old, whose real name is Leroy Junior Russell, was allegedly carrying.

If he is found guilty of drug possession in Grenada, Lee faces a maximum fine of $92,000 or a prison term of two years.

It's not clear if Lee has an attorney. He is expected to make his first court appearance in St. George's later Monday.

In recent years, numerous Jamaican stars of the brash reggae-rap hybrid of dancehall music have had run-ins with the law in the Caribbean and the U.S.





A panelist at the first green investment forum at the Caribbean Tourism Organization's Sustainable Tourism Conference believes waste to energy plants in the region could help solve the problems of high power cost.

Tony Fiddy, President of the Waste to Energy Division and Regional Vice President for Europe and Africa, Naanovo Energy Inc., says waste to energy plants could lower the power costs of many nations tremendously.

"In St. Kitts we will be building a plant and selling power for US.20 cents to the government there, resulting in a huge savings that will be passed along to the consumer," said Fiddy, a panelist on the"Going Green" Invest Caribbean Now Forum organized by Felicia Persaud's Hard Beat Communications and the CTO and held on Wednesday, April 18, 2012, from 8:30 to 10 a.m. at the Guyana International Conference Centre in Liliendaal, Guyana.

The forum also featured Loreto Duffy-Mayers, Project Manager for the Caribbean Hotel Energy Efficiency Action (CHENACT) Programme and Ujjwal Bhattacharjee, a specialist in renewable energy and energy efficiency with a focus on technology, investment and policy and a consultant on the CHENACT project.

The CHENACT Study found that green investments in the Caribbean hotel sector offers a sufficient critical mass to spur entrepreneurial activity and both Duffy-Mayers and Bhattacharjee expressed the hope that a Clean Energy Policy will be incorporated into the National Energy Policy of countries and replicated throughout the region.

The forum was a partnership between the CTO and Invest Caribbean Now, the brand founded by Felicia Persaud, the Guyana-born CEO of the New York-based digital media company Hard Beat Communications.

Persaud, who co-convened and moderated the forum, urged the 100 delegates to remember that "investing in clean energy is not just environmentally responsible, but good business."
"No region offers more long-term growth prospects for renewable energy than the Caribbean," said Persaud.

Last year, according to the UN Environment Program, investors pumped a record two hundred and 11 billion US dollars into renewables globally and this is projected to grow to 1.7 trillion by 2020. Of the 211 billion, $72 billion was invested in developing countries vs. $70 billion in developed economies. South and Central America secured $13.1 billion of that amount. The Caribbean was not accounted for in this study.

"And so it is a challenge to the Caribbean region to position itself to take advantage of this new sector sustainably and with transparency. Our leaders must begin to think outside the box and be unafraid to move beyond the traditional sectors - for instance out of a dying sugar industry, to ethanol," Persaud added. "We must tap investment into this sector to create new jobs and limit our dependence on the up and down prices of oil and grow our economies like our south American neighbors and really make a mark on this generation."

The Caribbean Tourism Organization has been staging its Annual Conference on Sustainable Tourism Development, otherwise known as the Sustainable Tourism Conference (STC), since 1997. The 2012 conference was presented by the CTO and hosted by the Government of Guyana from April 15-18, 2012.




Donations needed for Team 'Jamaica Bickle'

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Team Jamaica Bickle, Inc. is a 501(c)(3 ) not-for-profit organization, based in New York, formed in 1994 under the leadership of Irwine G. Clare Sr., to provide much needed support for Jamaican athletes who compete at the annual Penn Relays Carnival, held at the University of Pennsylvania. Team Jamaica Bickle, Inc.,has supported athletes and athletic programs for the past 17 years. Currently, TJB services extend to a delegation of approximately 750 Athletes, coaches and volunteers from Jamaica; other Caribbean countries (which includes Trinidad and Tobago and St. Vincent & The Grenadines, Grenada and Bahamas), as well as from the USA..

In 1999, Team Jamaica Bickle became the first Jamaican organization to be a participating sponsor at the Penn Relays, thus allowing us to partner with our corporate friends. As a result, the Jamaican flag became the first foreign nation's flag to be flown at the Penn Relays, a distinction unmatched. Over the years, TJB has received several proclamations and awards from numerous local and national entities.

Team Jamaica Bickle provides the following services:

  • Meals and other refreshments
  • Physical therapy, chiropractic, mentorship and medical services
  • Transportation to and from the stadium each day
  • Airport transportation: arrival & departure
  • Subsidized hotel rate
  • Subsidized air fare

In honor of Jamaica's & Trinidad and Tobago's 50th Anniversary of Independence, TJB's goal is to offer a $50 per night rate tot the athletes - a more than 50% discount.  We are asking for your help in making this a reality. The organization needs to raise $60,000 to meet that need. Every little bit counts. This is in addition to their annual budget of approximately $95,000.

A big push is welcome over the next 3-4 days. We do appreciate the help!!

Please visit http://teamjamaicabickle.com/. There is a donate button on the home page (right side). Your donations are tax deductible!

Please confirm with me one you have made your donation. Alternately you may write a check to Team Jamaica Bickle Inc. and mail to the following address. Please state 'PRO2012', on your check  so I can keep track of my records & efforts. Thank you so very much! And don't hesitate to call me if you need more information.

Please Mail to or I can make arrangements to pick-up:

Team Jamaica Bickle
c/o Irwine G. Clare
Managing Director
Caribbean Immigrant Services, Inc
159-05 Hillside Ave
Jamaica, NY 11432




Congrats Yendi and Chino

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Former Miss Universe World runner up Yendi Phillips and artiste Daniel "Chino" McGregor have announced that they are expecting a baby together.

Last night Yendi posted this message on her facebook and twitter page:

"17 weeks and counting...I wish we could have shared it earlier but you know they say it's bad luck to announce too soon. I'm so excited to finally tell you that we have a little 'McGregor' on the way! You know how much I value "you" as you've been such a support through my various ventures so I wanted you to know first-hand as this one is perhaps my most exciting to date! I feel truly blessed and am more amazed everyday to experience our creator in such a miraculous and organic way. Seasoned mommy's, don't hold back on the advice...hehe *wink* Love, Blessings...and Life :)"

This child, will be the second for McGregor who already has a three-year-old daughter from a previous relationship





Morgan Heritage returns to touring this year

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Morgan Heritage returns to touring this year.

'The Return' tour will make stops in Eastern and Western Europe, Africa,The Americas and Caribbean. The tour coincides with Jamaica's 50th Anniversary of Independence, and the 46th Anniversary of H.I.M. Haile Selase's first visit to Jamaica.

Morgan Heritage will mark these three events on Saturday, April 21, with the Global Premier of their new single 'The Return' available via Radio, Sound Systems & Social Media.





Woman slices man's testicles

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A man seemingly 40 years of age, is counting his lucky stars after his testicles were sliced by a pair of scissors. One of his sacks was sliced open and it fell out, the incident occurred in St. Elizabeth and he was admitted to the Mandeville Regional Hospital and was discharged on Wednesday. Police and residents reported that the man was in a dispute with his common law wife when she sliced his testicles, the victim however refutes this claim; he said he fell on the scissors and sliced himself.

According to residents they went to the couple's home after they heard several shouts for help. Upon arriving there, residents learned that the man was attacked in his sleep and his testicles cut it began to swell almost instantaneously.

Residents are reluctant to believe the man's story as they say the couple is always arguing and she has always abused him physically, added to that the damage doesn't seem consistent with his story of falling on a pair of scissors. In recent times she has stabbed him in the chest and broken his leg.

A source close to the victim says he seems to be recuperating very quickly.




























Happy Earthstrong Stephen Marley

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a-stephen-marley.jpgHappy Earthstrong to Stephen Marley from the YardFlex family!

As the son of reggae superstar Bob Marley, Stephen Marley had a lot to live up to. Born April 20, 1972, to Bob and wife Rita Marley, Stephen has managed to rise to the occasion, accumulating an impressive five Grammy Awards in a lengthy career that's wholly successful in its own right.

Stephen  began his career at age 8 alongside siblings Ziggy, Cedella, and Sharon in the preteen band Ziggy Marley and the Melody Makers.




Lesbian attack male student on Uwi Campus!!

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We have received reports of that a female attacked a male student because she suspected him of sleeping with her 'woman'. According to sources, residents of a particular top Hall at the University Of The West Indies Mona were awaken in the early hours of the morning by banging sounds coming from a particular room on a block/cluster. When they went out to investigate it was found that an angry female (said to be a lesbian) was using a stone to bang on the door of a male resident demanding that he released her partner from his room.

Minutes later the male came out of the room, a tussle ensued and he managed to get the stone from the lesbian. She was not very pleased and as such she left and came back with reinforcements, which came in the form of campus security and some fellow lesbian friends. This time they would have a verbal altercation, during which the police was summoned and both the male and female were taken into a room and questioned.

The police later released them and the female at the centre of the altercation was accompanied to her room by her female lover, the male has decided not to press charges but he was pretty shaken up by the incident.

According to some students these incidents are becoming too frequent and something needs to be done about it ASAP.




Bob Marley Documentary to premiere tonight

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'Marley- A definitive story', is set to premiere tonight at Emancipation Park in Kingston, Jamaica.

The documentary was directed by Kevin Macdonald and is the only film that is fully endorsed by the Marley family.

Telecommunications group Digicel will also be streaming aspects of the premiere including the Red, Green and Gold carpet arrivals on facebook throughout the night.

The premiere is free to the public and begins at 8pm




Snagga Puss planning to return to music

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Veteran artiste Snagga Puss says he is planning to make a comeback on the local dancehall scene. He now operates a herbal medicine business but says he never left dancehall, he only took some time off to study.

According to him he spent 5 years in Germany studying bio-chemistry and the human biological structure.  He also has a new label called 'Snagga Spragga Records' from which he will release his new album soon.

Snagga says he also has a new dance called NBA which he plans to expose to dancehall. He also plans to go on an island wide promotional campaign to promote his new music and added that he will distribute his 'Snagga Spragga Nile Valley' herbal products worldwide when he has completed his negotiations with the relevant local authorities.




Flexxx and Vado at Odds?

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Ever since Flexxx released the single Real Gangsta on the Aurora Skies rhythm, rumours have been circulating that it is a diss song aimed at members of the Gully Squad.

While members of the Gully side refused to comment about the matter, Flexxx had no qualms in speaking about the issue. Flexxx, whose real name is Omar Henry, said, He honestly just did a song and if they wish to see it as a diss well that's their business. He further went o to say Chase Cross and Mavado have been saying a lot of things and he is no weak fence, therefore if they seem it fit to throw words then he will do the same.

Flexxx believes that the song 'Action Pack' done by Mavado is aimed at him as well as Chase Cross has been doing songs criticising him. "Dem a say me sell out fi BMW. Mavado sell out everybody round him, a dat dem fi talk bout. Dem nah talk bout the real thing. Di least little thing dem talk bout bad mind."

Flexxx, who is now signed to Hapilos Entertainment, says since he has been signed to the group, his career has taken a turn for the better. He made it clear that Gully Side and Gully Squad has never done anything for him. 'Dem say mi sell out because mi sign to Hapilos, but him sign to We The Best wid DJ Khaled so him sell out to. The two a we sell out den,'

According to Flexxx he does not wish to reconcile with a nayone as he did not sell out anyone and he is good with God and himself so it matters not what anyone else wants to say.




Ms Kitty records song with Tifa and Mr. Vegas

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Radio and Television personality Khadine Hylton, more popularly known as Ms. Kitty has ventured into the world of music. Yardflex has come to understand that the "Fluffy Diva" has recorded a new single with dancehall stars Tifa and Mr. Vegas. She made it clear that she respects all recording artistes and other people's unique abilities, but she is all about 'having fun' at this point.

Miss Kitty further went on to say she is not one of those persons who sees something and say "mi can do it too and just jump een", as she never assumes that she is just as good as they are. She made reference to Comedian Owen Blacka Ellis saying 'even when I do a comedy show, I am nervous as hell because what Blacka Ellis does is incredible.' On Monday night she also recorded an intro for dancehall artiste Flexx on his new single, Pension, on the Mercury riddim.




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South Florida's biggest Memorial Weekend concert, Best Of The Best, proudly returns to Bicentennial Park on Sunday May 27th. The long running international music festival will once again bring the top acts in Reggae, Hip-Hop, Dancehall, Soca and R&B to the Miami stage. The blockbuster lineup for Best Of The Best 2012 includes:

Shaggy, Mavado, DJ Khaled, Marcia Griffiths, Fabolous, Admiral Bailey, Iwer George, French Montana,Frankie Paul, T-Vice, I-Octane, Ace Hood, Ghost, Brianna, Tony Matterhorn, Meek Mill, Demarco, 2 Chainz, Wayne Marshall, Laza Morgan, Serani, Khago  and Christopher Martin.

Most talent will be backed by New Kingston Band or Ruff Kut Band. The promoters will announce more superstar additions to the lineup on May 1st.

The Best Of The Best concert consistently draws visitors from urban centers across the United States, including New York, D.C., Atlanta, Houston, as well as from the Caribbean, South America and Europe. An estimated 30,000 people are expected to attend this year's show.




Thierry Mayard-Paul, Haiti's Chief of Staff and Minister of the Interior, Territorial Collectivities and National Defense, led the Haitian delegation that shared Haiti's disaster risk management and recovery experience with a cadre of top-level experts from approximately 38 nations, at the highly-regarded Consultative Group meeting of the Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery (GFDRR). Haiti was the only Western Hemispheric country invited to attend the event as a Developing Country, for the period 2012- 2013.

Mayard-Paul described the Martelly Administration's vision for emergency preparedness and response, stating: "the 2010 earthquake demonstrated that development will never be successful if we don't build risk reduction at our core. That is why the Martelly administration is committed to making disaster risk reduction and management, a critical priority across the government."

Coming into Office, President Martelly's new Government boosted preparedness and response capacity by strengthening the Civil Protection Directorate, as well as sub-national efforts. This work continues and will remain important as Haiti heads into the hurricane season. The Haitian delegation provided specific examples, for instance, of how the government has integrated risk reduction as a centerpiece of its recovery efforts within the 16/6 project. This is a US$78-million project seeking to rehabilitate 16 neighborhoods to relocate residents of six large camps in the metropolitan area, impacting 30,000 people.

Mayard-Paul gave many examples of fruitful collaborative efforts between donors, NGOs, and federal and local governments. "However, they are independent programs that are not fully integrated under one single, comprehensive Disaster Risk Reduction & Management strategy." As a result, the government --through the Ministry of the Interior-- is developing a policy framework for longer term disaster risk reduction and management that will be integrated into the new national development plan.

"Development progress and risk reduction will only be successful if they are tied to local development," added Mayard-Paul. "That is why we recently launched Katye Pam Poze, the cornerstone program for the government's National Decentralization Agenda." Disaster risk reduction and management are intrinsically embedded within KPP. This way, capacity is built at the community level across the country, under an innovative "bottom up" or grassroots approach, but in complete alignment with the national strategy.

Mayard-Paul encouraged potential partners present at the meeting to help Haiti make a significant impact in disaster risk reduction and management. "We know we can't do this alone. We need long-term development partners to support the government's identified priorities," said Mayard-Paul. "That's why organizations like GFDRR and the World Bank (WB) are critical, and why this meeting is so important to Haiti."

The Minister cited eight key areas of potential support from international partners:

  • Building institutional capacity at all levels-- for example, supporting Katye Pam Poze's emergency risk reduction and response modules.
  • Contributing to build infrastructure and processes -- from basic physical work space to the creation of a single national emergency warning system.
  • Supporting knowledge and innovation - by financing university research to identify new ways to tackle risk whilst channeling efforts of the young.
  • Funding research and assessments --information gathering and sharing is one of Haiti's major challenges.
  • IT/online infrastructure, software and training so that databases and critical information can be shared.
  • Helping build comprehensive disaster risk reduction programs in priority cities and departments since reducing risk across the whole country at the same speed is impossible.
  • Build national capacity to assess, monitor and reduce risks. In particular, build on the progress made on seismic risk reduction while also strengthening cyclone/hydro capacity.
  • Supporting communications and public awareness campaigns.

"The Government of Haiti is charting a new course on disaster reduction and management, one based on resilience, best practices and community integration ensuring sustainable development," concluded Mayard-Paul.




Studies Show that 55% of Americans believe Marijuana should be legalized.

Legalizing Marijuana would bolster a floundering economy.

Marijuana is the greatest revenue producer of all agricultural products grown in the US, the annual haul is $36 Billion.

Cannabis is the top cash crop in 12 states, top 3rd cash crop in 30 states and the top 5th cash crop in 39 states.

The number one crop is unregulated and untaxed.

Prohibition cost The US $7.7 Billion a year.

Teens between ages 12 and 17 say it's easier to get marijuana than buy cigarettes, beer and prescription drugs.

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Wray & Nephew Contender - Apr 11th, 2012

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Two of Jamaica's most prolific Olympians, Grace Jackson, OD and Bertland Cameron, OD, were both presented with proclamations from the office of Yvette D. Clarke, 11th Congressional District, New York; and ranking member of the Homeland Security Committee and member Small Business Committee, in the United Sates Congress; in honor of their outstanding contributions to sports both on and off the track.

The proclamations were presented recently at the Team Jamaica Bickle annual Reception and Awards Ceremony in New York, which was hosted by fellow Olympian and Master of Ceremonies Devon Harris, who captained Jamaica's 1998 Winter Olympic Bobsled Team. Other Olympians on hand to cheer them on were Alfred Daley, 400m specialist - who shared the stage with Lennox Miller, Donald Quarrie and later, a younger Bertland Cameron - Andria Lloyd, who represented Jamaica in the 4x100m relays at the 1996 Olympics and Danny McFarlane, silver medalist in the 4x400m, Olympic games.It was an evening filled with the highest accolades and recognition from all levels of representation on the political landscape here in New York.

The office of Leroy Comrie, Councilman, 27th District Queens, presented the honorees with citations and official letters for their exemplary service. Both awards were presented by Ms. Katherina Thompson, community Liaison Officer.  Ms. Monique D. Waterman, Director Community affairs, office of Council Member Jumaane Williams, Brooklyn's 45th District, presented citations to both honorees, as well as to Irie Jam Media (community service awardees) and to Team Jamaica Bickle for its work on behalf of the athletes."Both Bertland and myself are extremely grateful to be recognized by an entity (TJB) who like ourselves are working hard to make a difference in sports," said Jackson. "To do something that you love and be honored by your peers is an extraordinary feeling.  Bert has expressed the wish that those who benefit from TJB's efforts should get a chance to experience (as we just did) all the work that goes into making everything possible; kudos to the hardworking team of volunteers of TJB."

Jamaica's Minister of Sports without portfolio, Natalie Neita-Headley delivered a special recorded message to the honorees on behalf of the Government and people of Jamaica, in which she spoke of her, "delight in joining Team Jamaica Bickle and the Diaspora in celebrating Jamaica's best assets; her people...against the backdrop of Jamaica's 50th Anniversary of Independence."

It was a full house that bore witness to this momentous occasion, with members of the community, stakeholders of the sports and entertainment industry, the business community, and the media who came out in their hundreds to show their appreciation for the honorees. Jamaica's, Deputy Consul General to New York, Ms. Sharon Burrell Green and Mr. Christopher Castriota, newly appointed community relations officer, as well as a contingent from the Jamaica Tourist Board New York tri-state region: Kenton Senior, Ruth West, Marcia Sinclair and Anthony King were out in full force. Mr. Vincent HoSang and daughter Sabrina HoSang (TJB's partner and life-time sponsor), of Caribbean Food Delights, spoke of their steadfast support for the program. Sponsors Western Union, LIME, UJAA and Tower Isle Patties all brought messages of support.

"We are overwhelmed by the outpouring of love and we thank the community whole-heartedly. It was indeed a special evening as we celebrate the nation's 50th Anniversary of Independence," said Irwine Clare.

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Jah Cure rocks Panama

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Over 12,000 turned up at the Playa Serena, Gorgona Beach venue in Panama to get a glimpse of  International Reggae superstar Jah Cure perform his reggae hits last Easter weekend.

Thunderclouds and intermittent rain could not stop reggae fans from flocking to the beach to see his performance and they were not left disappointed.

Loud screams could be heard as Jah Cure's band struck up the first chords of Respect, after which he performed Jah Jah Bless Me as his followers chanted the words. The most popular songs during his set were the hits, Never Find, Longing For, Only You, Reflection, Respect, Unconditional Love, Nothing and Love is. The fans sang the words of each song and chanted 'Jah Cure Jah Cure' all around the venue in between the songs.

It was Cure's first time performing in Panama. The artiste has performed in sold-out venues during his last eight performances, playing to packed venues during onstage stints in St. Lucia, French Guiana, Trinidad, Antigua, Turks and Caicos, Guyana, and St. Vincent.

"Before we left the hotel, the promoter kept getting calls that the police were at the venue threatening to lock the show down.

This is because it is said that there were too many people at the venue.

Last month, thousands of Jah Cure fans in St. Vincent left Victoria Park disappointed and angry when he failed to appear onstage at a concert there because the promoter allegedly failed to meet his contractual obligations. At that time, there were reports that bottles were thrown and shots fired by security personnel to quell the angry crowd. The singer has since apologized to fans for the incident and promised to return to St. Vincent for a "responsible promoter".




Bacchanal Jouvert Gwaan good Friday night

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Appleton Bacchanal Jouvert gwaan good last night. Destra Garcia tun up di place and ting. Di girl dem come out inna dem shorts and t-shirt and di man dem come out come represent to.

When di painting start, everybody start get wild!! Dem dash out niceness over deh!! When dem drop 'Bruk it Dung' by Vegas, all a di girl dem start gwaan bad and when mi look some a di man dem aka the one dem whe nuh so straight, start gyrate and fling up dem bottom and grind up pon dem one another.

Trust me, the place gwaan good. Some people did a complain say it kinda boring and ting but it never bad at all.

When a time fi di march from Stadium, a deh so everybody start bruk way! Dem dash paint, wine up, jump pon di wall and just a dagger and gwaan!

Bacchanal Jouvert gwaan good!!! Road March tomorrow and Yardflex will be there!!!




















Demarco and Popcaan have beef??

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A wha dis mi a hear say Popcaan and Demarco have beef??

Mi get fi understand say Demarco say Popcaan tief him style and say Popcaan nuh popular like him and him travel the world already and bare ting.

No sah, a how dem artiste ya a go so hard??




2 year old bites 1 month child

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A 1month old baby was admitted in the Bustamante Children's hospital recently.

According to reports, a two year old who lives next door bit the one month old baby. It is also being reported that teeth impressions were left on the baby and some of the baby's flesh was bitten off.

The baby is said to be in stable condition








Lollie lowers the boom

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Upcoming artiste Lollie Lue is on his way to musical stardom. The artiste has released a new single "When We Roll' on the 'Imma Boss' instrumental.

The single has been blowing up all over FM radio the last couple of weeks, and a new video, shot in March, premiered to rave reviews on TVJ's Intense soon after.

"Things are looking up, the excitement in the streets is real, several selectors have come to me saying they love my couple of bars on the track, right now, The Force is a good look in the streets, when we roll into any club, dem haffi gi we props," Lollie said.

The deejay, whose real name is Othneil Johnson, has been thrilling audiences at school appearances in Portmore to stage shows in Negril with his complex metaphors and punchlines. Working as an engineer's assistant at the famous Down Sound Records, he has been building his rep one stage show at a time, and now he is ready to put down his engineer cap and take up the mic.

"I want to reach the top, and collect a few awards on US national television, and one day, I will set up my own production house and do songs that uplift the nation. For now, I am just messing around and getting my stuff out there," he said.

He is one of the utility persons at Down Sound Records who is always willing to lend a hand doing everything whether it is printing CDs, doing engineering work, or doing behind-the-scenes work on video shoots for Capleton, and Harry Toddler on Down Sound projects. But Lollie is getting more attention for his mic skills than those other activities.

He has a growing underground fan base in Portmore who love his material, straight gangster songs like Disrespect and songs that dabble in hottie hottie territory such as Hotta Dan a Gal, Dem Bwoy No Waan No Woman on the "This Is It" riddim and "Love it Yardcore" on the Spirited riddim. One of the juiciest cuts in Lolli's repertoire is the delicious combination Di Boy featuring Samantha on the Down Sound Records' riddim, Crackas which also features Harry Toddler, Pamputtae and Anthony B. That song has made FM radio sit up and pay attention to the young deejay.

He has performed at shows in Duckensfield, St. Thomas, Montego Bay, St. James and Bourbon Beach in Negril in the last few months. Earlier this year, he locked down a dance in Burnt Savannah in St. Elizabeth with his savvy rhymes at an event called 'Dons and Divas Blue Carpet' in January. He was also one of the main advertised acts at "Reggae in the Valley" 2011 in St. Elizabeth.

"The response to the When We Roll video has been incredible, it just fuel me to want more so I will be dropping another video this Summer, for another single on an upcoming riddim project by Down Sound, the company ah work wid me, dem see the potential so mi a work wid it as well," Lollie said in an interview.





Nature serenades mothers with 'Mama'

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Reggae singer Nature has inked a production and booking deal with independent record label, Down Sound Records (DSR).

Nature says: "It is a good look for my career right now because DownSound has a strong management, promotion and production team to get the music over the world, so right now, I am in the studio, working on several tracks for an album.

According to Billboard-charting producer Cordell 'Skatta' Burrell, who is in charge of production at DSR, the singer has recorded over 20 tracks so far.

"We're going to choose about 14 of them to do an album. We have some promising songs such as 'Mama You Saved Me' song which we believe is going is toset the reggae world on fire."

Nature has been in the studio for the past month,creating the right vibes for an album that he hopes will rekindle interest inthe art form of reggae among the Twitter generation of younger fans. "I am doing music to uplift the mind and the soul, and I wantto soothe the soul of all the Jamaicans who are going through a difficult time,whether they are old, middle-aged or teenagers. The people need spiritual foodand that is why I am doing music," he intoned seriously.

The artiste, whose real name is Andre Ellis, is known for singles like Wasting Time and Hold On. Both songs generated a lot of airplay on radio and television, and created a buzz in Europe a few years ago.

Downsound CEO Josef Bogdanovich said that signing Nature was a no-brainer.

"He is a phenomenal singer who can force FM radio in Jamaica to sit up and listen. He has a great work ethic, great songs and  a wonderful voice. He is coming up fast in theworld of reggae," he said.

Last year, Nature got rave reviews after a series of explosive performances on the island continent of Australia.

"My music is always positive and brings upliftment to themind. My music is to bring people together, not divide," the St Jamesnative said.

Nature has been involved in music since he was nine. The 26-year-old singer has received various accolades for his music including the best singer award at the Eastern Awards in 2008 and a trophy for his singingand songwriting in a competition put on in St James by Dangazone in 2002.

With a name that signifies his love for the environment,Nature started gettingserious about his career in 2002. Since then, he has recorded with Big Ship,King Jammy's, Truckback Records and Ricardo Gardener's Heart of Love Music label.

He has made a high-powered cameo on the new single, When We Roll, which includes the entire roster of the Down Sound Records team. His solid contribution has proven his versatility because it is not easy for a reggae singer to deliver the goods on a thumping, hardcore rap beat. Nature also has a number of other songs out such as Cry Out, Most High God and Dirty Closet,which was featured in the popular roots play, Talk Done, Time For Action.

Nature's move from St James to St Andrew has also helped to propel his career over the last few years, racking up gigs at Sting, GT Extravaganza, Reggae Sumfest,Champions In Action and Island Explosion.

He added: "I want to spread the music so that the worldcan be a better place. Mi have to big up producers like Ricardo Gardener who helped to get my music all over the world. The world can look forward to bigsongs from Nature in 2012 and beyond. DSR to the world."

Look out for his new Mama song on the DSR label.





Appleton to invade 'Dutty Mas' Jouvert

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Bacchanal Jamaica is promising "paint paint and more paint" for their Jouvert Fete and Road March, "Alien Invasion" on Friday April 13. The event dubbed 'Dutty Mas' guarantees that it will have all bacchanalists jumping from 10pm til Mornin', powered by their mugs full of Appleton, and the super nova turntable line up of Trini Soca masters DJ Duchess Alicia and DJ Private Ryan and local Soca revolutionaries DJ Smoke and DJ Bambino. Headlining the event will be the Soca Queen, Destra Garcia, who will lead the paint covered baddists out of the Lift Off arena and on to the streets of Kingston!

Known as the event that paints the streets of Kingston, Bacchanal Jouvert holds the "paint can't done" record over all other Jouverts, leading paint covered, rum-toting revellers through the streets of New Kingston. This year the route from the new Mas Camp is a bit longer, ensuring that revellers have plenty time to get on bad in the streets, enjoying the last hurrah before Carnival, until the wee hours of the early morning!

Appleton, who has been a regular sponsor of Jouvert in the past, promises patrons that they will enjoy their night to the last drop, with their regular Appleton Mug Madness as well as giveaways of one free Appleton drink plus a mug to party with for the first 250 persons.

Tickets for the ultimate Dutty Mas start at $2000 presold and $2500 at the gate for general entrance. But for patrons who want to be a bit closer to the stage and enjoy a night inclusive of food and premium top shelf Wray and Nephew liquor, VIP ticket prices go from $4000 presold to $4500 at the gate.




Sidonie say Ele nah mind him pickney!!!!

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People it look like say no money really nah make inna the industry. Mi just get a broadcast on me phone! Dem say a Sidonie, Elephant Man baby mother send it out:

"Frens of nasty ELEPHANT unuh tell him me SIDONIE gonna finish wa lef a him career. Floss everyday and expect man fi mine him pickney dem. Tell dat big black joncrow me on to him and I won't stop. Love run go media bout him take care of him kids u a wicked oneil caz u don't kno how dem eat or weh dem sleep. U love u dog dem more than u kids u wutless piece a shit...GoD ago beat u but u see tru mi LoVE GOD mi a give him a helping hand u fi gweh n mi don't care!!"
















Toronto Music Summit - May 26th, 2012!

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Are you an emerging artist who doesn't know where to start in the music industry, a student studying in the entertainment industry or just a professional who wants to network? Join us on May 26th from 10am-3pm at the Fairmont Royal York (100 Front Street West, Toronto, Ontario) for the Toronto International Music Summit a conference for the independent emerging artists to learn more about the music business, understand how to develop their careers and network with industry professionals.

The 2012 conference will be guided by four key areas. Music business experts will share their insights in; Music Training, Marketing & Branding, Understanding the Music Business and mentorship for emerging Artists. Attending the event will be music industry professionals, executives and various companies to provide their expertise - combining information and intensive conference sessions.

The conference will be followed by live performances at Hard Rock Cafe (279 Yonge Street) from the top indie artists who are honoured for their artistry and fan devotion. This is an event where emerging Canadian artists of the music scene are being scouted!

Proceeds will be donated to MusiCounts non-profit organization to support music programs for kids across Canada.

Feel free to visit the website: http://torontoims.com/ to learn more about the speakers and to register for VIP Tickets.

For more information contact: Tanya Michell, Executive Director via email at Tanya@torontoims.com or call 647-278-2528




Reggae Sumfest Kicks Off with Competitions

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The promoters of Reggae Sumfest are pulling out all stops to ensure that this year's staging surpasses everyone's expectations.

The promoters of the  internationally acclaimed event are taking on a slightly different path by setting the promotional phase of the festival into gear as early as this month.

Summerfest Productions recently revealed  the newly generated competition. Executive Director, Johnny Gourzong explained "As it's our 20th Birthday, we really wanted to involve our patrons in the behind the scenes preparations for the festival".

To kick-start what will be a series of action packed festivities, Gourzong revealed three competitions scheduled to begin this week; including a Sumfest T-shirt design contest, a collector's item poster design challenge and an official Reggae Sumfest Rhythm competition.

According to Gourzong, "These promotional contests will allow fans to take part in the production aspect of the festival and will ultimately determine the look and sound for this year's staging".

The poster contest will allow entrants to design a layout to be used on Reggae Sumfest artwork and kept as a collector's item for years to come. The t-shirt competition will also appeal to the visually artistic fans, who will be required to create a t-shirt design to be worn by all Sumfest fans. Lastly, the Rhythm competition will allow contestants to create and produce the official Reggae Sumfest rhythm, which will be used in electronic advertising and given to local artistes to record on. Three winners will be selected from each contest and given an attractive compensation package. Winners will be chosen by public vote, another decision made by the Sumfest team as a means to involve Jamaican and international fans alike. In addition to these fantastic party starters, Sumfest promoters also divulged that this year, the Birthday celebrations would be extended to a full week of activities, and further advised that supporters should keep posted to the event's Facebook and Twitter pages as a lot of promotional updates would be released there first. Reggae Sumfest is scheduled take place from July 15 - 21 in Montego Bay, Jamaica.




D'Angel apologizes to fans

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Most of the artiste billed to appear at D'Angels birthday party in Savanna-la-Mar, over the weekend was a no-show. D'Angel was rather disappointed and has since apologized to all the fans. Some of the artistes slated to perform at her birthday party held at Hotel Commingle in Savanna-la-Mar, Westmoreland, were Beenie Man, Capleton, Coco Tea, Ryno, Zamunda, Twin of Twins, Stacious, Ikaya, Tanto Blacks, Charly Black, Droop Lion and Hero. However, only Twin of Twins, Zamunda, Coco Tea, Droop Lion and some Westmoreland-based artistes showed.

D'Angel noted that the artistes did make a commitment to perform and only disclosed their inability to attend the event after it had already started. She said Capleton was the headliner for another show, Potential Kidd was in a minor accident and Beenie Man was minutes away when the police told her she had to end the event. She however managed to get Beenie Man on speaker phone to apologize to the people who were very upset.

In order to make it up to the fans she is planning to do a free show in the west. She said Beenie Man is already confirmed for that show and she is also asking all the other artistes who failed to turn up at the show contact her as soon as possible, as they owe it to the people of Savanna-la-Mar.




Liquid is back on air

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After four long months of being on suspension, ZJ Liquid made his much anticipated return to radio yesterday.  It is said that he allegedly breached directives that were issued by the Broadcasting Commission, hence the suspension. The discjock turned deejay/producer returned to his job at Zip 103 FM for his 2-6 p.m. slot (Throwback Tuesdays).

Liquid's absence was felt by his many fans who expressed themselves on social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter. They even went as far as creating a facebook group 'Put Liquid back on air', to express their displeasure and their need to have him back on radio.

Fans were overjoyed at his return yesterday. Facebook and twitter was buzzing with excitement as the word got out that the discjock was back on the airwaves.

Team Liquid sent out a press release following the discjock/deejay/producers return:

'Following a long four-month suspension, Liquid is ready to bring back that #goodmusic by providing the unique Jamaican radio experience that he has been renowned for. The multi-winning Zip jock of the year thanks his fans, supporters, Team Liquid, Zip 103 FM and the Broadcasting Commission for giving him another opportunity to showcase his talent. Having been at Zip 103 FM since its inception in 2002, Liquid recognises his social responsibility as an entertainer, educator and ambassador for Jamaican radio and dancehall music and aspires to maintain the highest standard of professionalism moving forward'.




Private School Teacher fondles child??

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A wha really a gwaan over Portmore. Mi just hear say a teacher from a private school ova deh fondled one of his students.

Mi hear say the 52 year old teacher touch di likkle girl on her private parts and di girl go home go tell her mother.

The mother report him to the Portmore Police station and dem charge him.

He was granted bail for $500,000 and is to reappear in court on June 5th.




Lesbian cop chops lover?

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A female police officer who is accused of chopping her female lover with a machete following claims that the complainant was having an affair with a man has been remanded in court until April 19. 

Sharnalee Lindsay, who is a member of the Island Special Constabulary Force is charged with wounding with intent.

According to reports, on March 27, Lindsay and the complainant left home together and went to a location on Marcus Garvey Drive in the Corporate Area where Lindsay lured the complainant into bushes. It is further being alleged that Lindsay used a machete to chop the complainant all over her body.

In the complainants statement, she explained that she and the accused were in a very close relationship but she told the defendant that she was now with a male which angered the defendant.

The complainant's lawyers dismissed the allegations that the females were lovers. He also argued that on the day of the incident, it was the complainant who lured his client into bushes where she and a third party, who is now on the run, attacked Lindsay.




School Teacher killed in St Catherine

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The body of a school teacher was found in a river which runs close her home in Bamboo District in the parish yesterday.

She has been identified as 33-year-old Paula Gordon.

Reports are that neighbours began a search for her yesterday after they observed blood spots near her house.

Her body was found with injuries and a wound to the head, which the police believe was inflicted by her attacker.

Gordon was a teacher at the Sergeantville All-Age School in Harker Hall, St Catherine.

She was to leave the island this week on a trip to Disneyland in the United States.

The police believe robbery was the motive for Gordon's murder as an undetermined sum of money she reportedly has was missing.

St Catherine North Police have launched an investigation into the murder.




Jamaica end Carifta with 77 medals

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Jamaica once again underlined its dominance of regional track and field, emphatically topping the competition at the 41st Carifta Games, which came to a close at the National Sports Centre in Bermuda yesterday. 

The Bahamas took second place with 14 gold medals, 14 silver and 12 bronze medals. The Bahamas was followed by Trinidad and Tobago who finished third on the medal table with six gold medals, nine silver and seven bronze.




Jamaica makes powerful start at Carifta Games

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Jamaica continues to dominate the Carifta Games with their medal count now standing at 52, including a staggering 26 golds.

Jamaica, who have long reigned supreme at the annual regional event, have almost double the amount of their nearest rivals, the Bahamas, who have 25 medals.

Jamaican pole vaulter Xavier Boland set the tone for the second day of the Games, winning gold in the open boys event with a jump of 4.40 metres. Paul Ann Gayle, shattered the Under-17 Girls discus record with a throws of 42.06 and 43.99 metres.

Gleneve Grange earned Jamaica another gold in the open girls pentathlon with 3292 points, with Bermuda pair Jordan Bascome (2310) and Aaliya Nolan (2098) finishing sixth and eighth respectively.

In the Girls Under-17 800 metres, Jamaica added to their massive medal haul with Tiffany James taking gold in a time of two minutes and 18.11 seconds. Her team-mate, Chantai Smith claimed silver (2:18.26) with British Virgin Islands Lakeisha Warner placing third (2:18.26).

Jamaica stormed their way to a one-two in the Under-17 Boys 800 metres with Ricardo McKenzie grabbing gold (2:02.73) and Orville Dixon taking silver (2:02.98). 

The gold medals kept rolling in for Jamaica with Simoya Campbell winning the Girls Under-20 800 metres in 2:08.48.

Okeen Williams also added a gold to Jamaica's mammoth medal tally, winning the boys 400 metres hurdles (53.15) ahead of his team-mate Marvin Williams who claimed silver (54.96). D'Mitry Charlton, of the Bahamas, won bronze in 54.99, however the biggest cheer of the race was saved for Bermuda's Jermiah Steede, 15, who won the hearts of the home crowd despite coming last.

The hero hurdler picked himself up after falling at the third jump to limp over the finish line in 1:34.00, and required medical treatment at the trackside for a suspected hamstring injury.

Jamaica is seeking to overhaul the 66 medals won last year. Jamaica's tally is currently at 26 gold, 14 silver and 12 bronze!




















The Panama Canal and the Caribbean

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In two years time, significantly larger ships will be able to pass via an enlarged Panama Canal between the Pacific Ocean and the Caribbean Sea. Together with other infrastructural developments this is leading some Caribbean governments to hope that with the support of investors from outside the region, Panama's development as a hub for the hemisphere could significantly improve the region's economic prospects.

There is a growing body of opinion that when in 2014 the enlarged Panama Canal opens, and the size of vessel able to pass across the isthmus will more than double, this could bring economic growth to nations at the western end of the region.

At present, the canal is limited to ships carrying 3,500 TEUs (twenty foot containers equivalent units) but after 2014 it will be able to convey post-Panamax vessels with a greater draught carrying up to 12,000 TEUs. This is expected to result in cargo volumes increasing by an average of three percent per year, the canal handling 510m tons of cargo per annum by 2025 compared with 313m tons 2007, and earnings for Panama projected to reach more than US$6 billion annually.

Because of the Caribbean's location at the intersection of east-west and north-south shipping routes, it is anticipated that one outcome will be for the region's deepwater ports to become significant transhipment and logistics centres and hubs for international commerce.

Jamaica is particularly well placed geographically to take advantage of the widening of the Canal. Minister of Industry, Investment and Commerce, Anthony Hylton, said that the Jamaican Government was moving quickly to encourage a broad range of investments aimed at taking advantage of the opportunity that changes to the Panama Canal will present. He told potential investors that Jamaica was well placed to become one of a small number of large trans-shipment and logistics centres that are going to emerge. The Port of Kingston, he said, would be at the heart of plans which involved the dredging of the Kingston harbour and expansion of port facilities; the establishment at various locations on the island of a dry dock, a bunkering facility, construction of a cargo and maintenance, repair and operations facility; and the development of an Economic Zone.

Panama has also made clear that it intends becoming the hub for Caribbean and Latin American air services.Until recently, the biggest disincentive to the creation of a deeper relationship between Latin America and the Caribbean has been the absence of any significant scheduled air services. This has been especially frustrating in the case of geographically near neighbours in Central America where the hoped for development of closer ties through commerce and tourism has largely remained unfulfilled. The only option for hundreds of thousands of Caribbean citizens, visitors and business people wishing to travel from the Caribbean to Latin America has been to fly to Miami and be subjected to delay, irritation, idiosyncratic security and unnecessary expense.

Now, the privately owned and profitable Panamanian airline, COPA, is rapidly developing air services into the Caribbean through its hub at Tocumen International Airport in Panama City. This provides, for most, a visa-free alternative to Miami, enabling rapid transfers to virtually everywhere in Latin America as well as to Caribbean destinations including Jamaica, the Bahamas, Haiti, Aruba, Trinidad, the Dominican Republic, Cuba, Puerto Rico, and St Maarten with o Barbados and elsewhere to be added shortly.




Immigrants to catch a break on processing fees

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The United States is set to lower some immigrant visa processing fees later this month. The lower rates are set to be effective on April 13, 2012 and immediate relative and family preference and employment-based applicants are among the big winners.

According to the U.S. State Department, spouses, children and relatives filing for their immigrant relatives will now pay a processing fee of $230, a savings of $100 as the current fee is $330.

Employers filing for employees will now pay $405, saving them a whopping $315 as the current fee is $720. Others saving will be winners of the Diversity Visa Program and applicants who are filing to have their residency status returned. Those fees will be lowered from $440 to $330 for the diversity program and from $380 to $275 for the returning resident status applications.

All other immigrant visa application fees will be lowered from $305 to $220.

The decrease in fees will also apply to K or fiancé (e) visa applicants and those seeking treaty investor and trader visas or the E visa as they are commonly called. The K visa application fee has been lowered from $350 to $240 while the E visa filing fee will cost $270 now, down from $390.

However, tourists and others who want to travel to the US will see an increase from $140 to $160 while applicants of Petition-based visas will now pay an application fee of $190 instead of $150. These visa categories include H (for temporary workers and trainees), L (for intra-company transferees), O (for aliens with extraordinary ability), P (for athletes, artists and entertainers), Q (for international cultural exchange visitors) and R (for religious occupations).

The State Department says the fee adjustments are necessary since it is required to recover, as far as possible, the cost of processing visas through the collection of application fees. The non-immigrant visa fee increase, officials explained, will support the addition and expansion of overseas facilities, as well as additional staffing required to meet increased visa demand.

The US Embassy says the fee adjustments are the result of a December 2011 worldwide cost-of-service study conducted by the Bureau of Consular Affairs in the Department of State. More information on the fees can be found at fee on the Bureau of Consular Affairs website, travel.state.gov.




Pregnant media personality shot in the face

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Twenty eight year old Jody Ann Gray, a broadcaster and journalist who worked at the KOOL FM station was shot on Wednesday night outside of her home in Portmore, St Catherine.

Gray, who is seven months pregnant, was shot in the face and twice in the arm.

According to detectives from the St Catherine South Police Division, they are in the process of interrogating 44-year-old Wayne Whyte, a broadcaster of an address in Harbour View, Kingston 17. Whyte is reported to be Jody Ann's boyfriend and the father of her unborn child.

Reports are that Jody Ann drove up to her gate and was pounced upon by a man who shot her once in the face and twice in the arm. The man then jumped into a waiting Corolla motorcar, which the police said was being driven by Whyte, and tried to escape in the area. However, the police, who were on the scene within minutes of the shooting, intercepted the motorcar which had three men aboard.

Two registration plates made out of cardboard were found covering the original registration plates of the Corolla motorcar, the police said. When those plates were removed, it was discovered that the motorcar was registered to Whyte and a woman who shared his last name, of a Harbour View address, police said.

The police also seized a firearm suspected to be the weapon used in the shooting. Gray is stable in hospital and her baby is said to be OK.




Traffic cop gets death threats

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It is being reported that police officials have stepped up security around head of the Traffic Division, Senior Superintendent Radcliffe Lewis, following threats made on his life. Some Police sources say they believe the threats came as a result of a series of intensified operations by the police to clamp down on illegal taxi operators in the Corporate Area. SSP Lewis yesterday said members of his team seized a total of 41 vehicles during a clampdown against illegal route taxis. Police said two persons who had warrants out for breaches of the Road Traffic Act were arrested and 13 license plates were removed from several of the vehicles during the operation.

Lewis also said that over the past two weeks police have stepped up their drive to go after rogue taxi operators. He warned that the operations would be intensify especially against taxi operators who ply the Half-Way-Tree to Papine route.

The clampdown came following reports that the taxi operators have begun to hike their fares.

"This was the final straw that broke the camel's back as these operators, not only are they operating illegally, but the move to increase the fares was illegal," said Lewis.

The Police said, students of the University of the West Indies and University of Technology as well as other commuters who usually pay $80 per trip were forced to pay $100 and in some cases, even $150.




Protect Our Children: A Yardflex Exclusive

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Yardflex recently visited the Bustamante Children's hospital to obtain more information about cases where children as young as 18 months old are being raped and abused by family members. Many of the children are left suffering from Herpes, Syphilis, gonorrhea, AIDS and other STI's.

After speaking with a Doc at the facility we were told of a more recent case where a five year old who had contracted HIV, Syphilis and Gonorrhea. The child reported that she was bing molested by her father.

According to the Doctor, most children come in to be treated for a cold or flu and when they are examined, it is discovered that they have been molested.

Many of the mothers of these young, innocent children are said to be aware of what is taking place but refuse to press charges against these men. Mothers are even said to be "selling" their children to make ends meet.

Our Government should NOT turn a blind eye to what is happening to the young, innocent children! Where are the social workers, who will protect our children?

Meanwhile, a young Jamaican, Brandon Allwood has founded the organization Help JA Children. The organization will be having a march on May 1st from the Bustamante Children's Hospital to Emancipation park.  At Emancipation Park, a rally is scheduled to take place which will include speakers from various stakeholder organizations. 

According to Allwood, "It is time we really look at the state of our nation's children. The first step in protecting them is making sure we have population that is aware of the true picture, and how they can help. This march will send a message to all persons who ill-treat children that Jamaica will not tolerate such behaviour, and we will fight for the safety and well-being of Jamaica's precious children."

Persons who wish to register for the march can log on to:




Ninja Man back in the studio

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Ninja Man is at it again. Mi hear say the original 'one teet, gold teet, don gorgan' inna di studio a record crazy song fi drop a road. 

Him just voice a song wid Kiprich name Don Gorgan is back and mi hear say it a go tun up di road when it drop!!!

Ninja Man look like him plan f come run dancehall. We just a wait and see because you know Ninja Man nuh fraid a nobody, him will talk di tings.




Queen Ifrica welcomes baby boy!

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According to wha mi hear, Queen Ifrica have baby fi Tony Rebel wha day yah. 

Mi hear say is a little boy she have and his name is Malawi. But mi really haffi ask, Tony Rebel nuh big man fi Ifrica, plus Tony Rebel nuh live wid him baby madda???

Anyway, congrats on the birth of your new baby and all the best to you and your family.








Vybz Kartel get back him Benz

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So a likkle birdie weh deh close to the 'Worl Boss' tell wi sey dem release the Benz and all a the other assets weh dem did cease. Dem no tell wi who exactly dem gi it to wi ongle hear sey a the family get it.......so a wonder if a Shortie have the key? Hhehehehe.

A the Benz deh inna the spotlight, but we a hear sey the police dem did tek weh him papers dem fi sum odda propert weh him own and him passport and computers to, all a dem deh send back to the family. The likkle birdie sey him see the Benz wid d family so a no lie, dem get back everything. So now dat all a dat a gwaan a wonda what going become of the cases dem set against him? Mek wi watch and see.




Collie Buddz launched radio station

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At 6am on Friday March 30th,  local reggae star Collie Buddz launched Bermuda's newest radio station - VIBE 103.3 FM.

The radio stion is owned and operated by Collie Buddz [Colin Harper] and his brother Matthew Harper. VIBE 103.3 FM is set to give audiences a mixture of Top 40, Caribbean and Dance music, and a blend of both local and overseas news, weather, sports and entertainment news. VIBE 103.3 FM is aiming for "minimal drive time commentary" and will be set apart from the rest by giving listeners "less talk, more music."

Collie Budz made it clear that Vibe 103 will only be about hit music from all genres played 24/7 automated and by live DJs. Whether it's a current hit song or a future hit song, they'll be playing it,

This new station will offer "Inside Edition," a daily news magazine that gives audiences a mix of investigations, interviews and human interest stories as well as celebrity and pop culture features; "ET Radio Minute" featuring the latest entertainment news highlights; "Doctor's Orders" which will feature four medical practitioners with four different specialties, and Sky Sports News, the latest news from the Sky Sports UK news desk. In addition listeners can tune into VIBE 103.3FM online via www.vibe103.com.




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Organisers of the Miss Universe Pageant has reversed their decision to remove a transgender contestant form the pageant. A statement was issued late Monday night, in which the Miss Universe Organization said Jenna Talackova can compete provided "she meets the legal gender recognition requirements of Canada, and the standards established by other international competitions."

The news came a day before Talackova was expected to hold a news conference with high-profile feminist lawyer Gloria Allred to talk about her experience. She has not spoken to reporters and it is still unclear whether or not the news conference will be held.

The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation, or GLAAD was very pleased with the decision taken by the pageant organisers, "The Miss Universe Organization made the right decision and has taken an important first step," the group said in a statement.

Talackova was one of the 65 finalists selected to contend for the title of Miss Universe Canada and the honor of representing her country in the Miss Universe competition. However last month the organisers found out that she had lied about undergoing a sexual reassignment surgery and told her she could no longer compete.

At the time, the Miss Universe Organization said current rules state that all contestants must be a "naturally born female."

In a 2010 interview in Thailand, where she was competing for Miss International Queen, a competition for transgender women, Talackova, 23, said she knew she was a girl at age 4. She said she started hormone therapy at age 14 and underwent sexual reassignment surgery at 19.

After Talackova's disqualification, social media users flooded Miss Universe Canada's Facebook page with comments criticizing the decision. A petition was then started on the social change website Change.org and it garnered more than 41,000 signatures calling for organizers to reverse their ruling.

The 61st annual Miss Universe Canada Pageant will be held in Toronto on May 19.




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People a wha really a gwaan inna di country? Mi tired fi ask unuh dis. Mi hear pon news last week say a prominent Doctor inna di Standpipe area inna jail because him do an abortion pon a likkle school girl and it never do good so her people dem go hospital and Police get involved and di Doctor get lock up.

Di Doctor say nutten nuh go so, but mi also hear pon di shout say it look like the Doctor and di young girl did inna tings and maybe a did fi him baby. Woooiiiiii, no sah, a wha wrong wid dem big, crusty, gray back man yah. Why dem nuh go look dem age. And why dem school girl yah no take dem book and stop feature man??

No sah, it nuh sound good at all and mi hope a lie because trust me, dem school girl ya a gwaan bad and not to mention the big man dem. Only young girl dem want, it look like say if you over 30 nuff big man nuh want you. 

God a come fi him world, because unuh a behave too bad down yah




Beenie Man's visa woes

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Dancehall artiste Beenie Man was unable to perform with International superstar Nicki Minaj yesterday due to Visa restrictions.

Beenie Man had initially planned to perform his collab "Gunshot" on BET'S 106 and Park with Minaj yesterday, but was told on Sunday that this performance would be a breach of his visitor's visa.

Beenie Man has still not be re-issued a work permit and was advised hat his appearance on BET would be considered as a paid performance because the station has to pay over royalties for live performances, so it would be a clear violation of the terms of his visitor's visa.  Beenie Man and his management team said they would not take the risk and would instead comply with the US Embassy.

Beenie Man has appeared on BET'S 106 and Park twice before. Beenie is currently working on his new album




Snoop Dogg doing reggae album

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Rapper Snoop Dogg is reportedly recording a reggae album. Sources say that Snoop is working with high-profile producer Diplo, who has worked with big names like Beyoncé, MIA and Usher.

According to Producer Diplo, he and Snoop have started work on 18 tracks but took a break from recording. They expect to resume some time this monSnoop Dogg is best known for hard-hitting projects like The Chronic and Murder She Wrote, both produced by Dr Dre.

He has performed twice in Jamaica, at Sashi in 2000 and at Reggae Sumfest the following yearth.




Wayne Wonder to drop album in the summer

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International artiste Wayne Wonder will be releasing a yet-to-be titled album this summer. The album will also feature collaborations with Grammy-winning artiste Shaggy, as well as female rap star Kalena of Diddy's Dirty Money.

Wayne Wonder's  chart topping single "No Letting Go" along with his songwriting, producing and smooth delivery made him a staple in clubs for the past decade.

Now, he is getting ready to make another serious push on the local dancehall scene with a slew of new singles such as Love Gets Sweeter (Cashflow Records), A Nuh Lie (for Mad Spider), They Don't Know (DJ Frass), and Caught Up (Washroom Production).

The singer is currently on a two-week stint in Europe, appearing in major clubs in cities across the continent. The tour will end on April 8.
















CHILDREN as young as four years old have been treated for gonorrhoea, syphilis, herpes and HIV at the Bustamante Hospital for Children after being raped by close family members including their fathers.

So overwhelming is the number of cases seen at the hospital yearly that one doctor is speaking out in the hope that more will be done by both individuals and communities to protect the nation's children, many of whom endure months and years of abuse before they are eventually rescued.

Dr Sandra A Knight, a general practitioner who has worked with the paediatric hospital in Kingston for the past 11 years, said more of these young patients are being brought in for sexually transmitted infections.

"The hospital sees several alleged sexual assault cases each year with the victims being anywhere from babies to 12 years old," she told the Jamaica Observer.

Many of these children are usually not taken to the hospital until they start to experience symptoms associated with the vagina, penis or anus.

Dr Knight said she treats an average of eight such cases each year while some of her colleagues see up to 13 children annually at the hospital.

Recalling some of the most disturbing cases she has dealt with during her tenure at the hospital, Dr Knight said they continue to have a long-lasting impact on her, personally.

One which still traumatises her to this day is the case of a nine-year-old boy who was buggered by the pastor his mother left him with while she went to work.

Although the boy became withdrawn and lost his appetite, the buggery was not discovered until his teacher complained that he was defecating on himself while at school.

Dr Knight said when the mother took him to the hospital his penis was swollen and scarred and his anus torn.

"You could literally look up the child's anus to the rectum," Dr Knight said.

The child later revealed that the pastor had been raping him for some time and would give him $20 each time he had sex with him.

Another case she will never forget was that of an 18-month-old boy who died after being buggered by an uncle, two years ago.

"I saw that baby two days before he died," a distraught Dr Knight said.

She recalled the day the near lifeless baby was brought to the hospital by his uncle and a pregnant girlfriend to be treated for a cold.

As she attempted to resuscitate the unconscious baby, she noticed his stomach was growing at an alarming pace.

"I was so busy resuscitating him that I didn't immediately think of turning the child over and when I turned him over the anus was destroyed," she said. "The uncle had raped the baby and when the penis went into the anus it tore off the colon (bowel) and the faeces started to run into the abdominal cavity," she explained, adding that the baby had no chance of living.

In yet another case, Dr Knight said she treated a little girl who was infected with HIV, gonorrhoea, syphilis and herpes by an uncle who was in and out of prison.

It was, however, the last two patients that Dr Knight treated a week ago that pushed her to make public the plight of these children.

In these cases, a four and a six-year-old were infected with gonorrhoea which had began to seriously ravish their young bodies by the time they were diagnosed.

"What traumatised me about the situation is when I look at the vagina of these little girls (and pardon the graphicness of what I am saying) the hymen is ripped apart, they have sores, the older child we had to evaporate the room when we were finished because pus was coming from her vagina," she said.

From the symptoms, Dr Knight said it would appear the girls would have been infected for weeks, however the younger one was only taken to the hospital after her mother noticed she was scratching her vagina while the older child had a smelly discharge.

In both cases, Dr Knight said the children refused to say who the perpetrators were, although the younger one reported that her father was sleeping in her bed, while the mother told the police that he should have been sleeping on the floor. That father has since been arrested. However, there is still no arrest made in the case of the six-year-old.

During the medical examination of these young rape victims a swab (the size of a cotton bud) is used to take a sample from the vagina and this procedure, Dr Knight said, often causes children to scream out in pain.

"And I say to myself, if this swab is so painful for them," [I can't imagine] "what the experience must have been like for these children," she said.

Once these children are found to have been sexually abused they are admitted at the hospital and are only discharged when a social worker gives the go ahead.

Knight said the doctors do not examine any child without an officer being present from the Centre for the Investigation of Sexual Offences and Child Abuse (CISOCA).

"Whenever a child comes in, CISOCA is called, and one officer will interview the family while another will remain with the doctor while the child is being examined," she explained.

She said that in most cases the children are taken to the hospital by the mothers who sometimes have been aware that these children are being molested but feel powerless to act.

In a lot of the cases, Dr Knight, said these mothers were themselves raped as children.

"Most of the mothers who I interviewed know the children are being abused, but they are economically and physically disadvantaged because the man is going to beat them, and some even send out children for men to have sex with them," she said.

One mother, Dr Knight said, admitted to her that she had a similar experience as a child and it did not affect her. "So the mentality is the child is going to be all right too," said the doctor.

There is, however, the other end of the spectrum where there are distraught mothers who will even blame themselves for not having figured out what was going on.

Head of CISOCA, Superintendent Gladys Brown-Campbell, said she had no readily available statistics to indicate whether there has been an increase in the number of carnal abuse cases involving children, but said a lot of the offences, which were committed some time ago, are now being reported.

The multi-agency approach at CISOCA, which sees all the relevant State agencies such as the Child Development Agency and Office of the Children's Registry operating under one roof, is said to make it easier for these young victims.

"Everyone is on board and so the child does not have to tell the story twice," Brown-Campbell said.

According to Brown-Campbell, a lot of these children are being abused by relatives and close family friends.

"So be careful who you entrust your children to," she warned, adding that this is often the reason why the sexual abuse is not discovered earlier.

While most of the cases she has dealt with involve persons from the lower socio-economic strata of society, Dr Knight suggested that this was so only because they are the persons who mostly access the public health system.

She also said that a lot of these children will not readily reveal the identity of the perpetrator as they find it difficult to consolidate the two ideas that the person who is supposed to love and protect them is the one hurting them.

"We had a three-year-old who it took hours for her to talk, and then she finally said "mi father say me nuffi talk," Dr Knight said.

She explained that this is usually a confusing place for a child to be, as they often do not know what they are feeling at that time.

"When these little children grow up and realise that what happened was not supposed to happen, then they start to feel ashamed and this affects their self-esteem and values and they then engage in voluntary sex at a young age," she said.

While the majority of rapes are committed by adults, there are those occasions when the sexual act is done by an older child.

Dr Knight cited a case that came to her attention only last week in which a mother brought in her 11-year-old son for treatment because he was beaten by a neighbour.

"I asked the mother why the neighbour beat the little boy and the boy said ....(name omitted) say me rape him son dem, but me neva rape dem, is go me go inna di room and see dem a f... and me join in," Dr Knight said, adding that she was taken aback by how casually he expressed himself.

So traumatic are these and several other cases she has dealt with, that Dr Knight said it has begun to impact her and some of her colleagues personally, especially after the birth of her now six year-old daughter.

"It is difficult to see a four-year-old suffering like this, and so I get obsessive about who my daughter is staying with," she said, adding that no one, regardless of social status, is safe from this demon.

The human sexual centre, she explained, is in the most primitive part of the brain and this is the area which is impacted least by what is called common sense and is instead controlled more by reflexes and urges.

According Dr Knight, it all comes down to the sexual indiscipline and the inability to control one's urges.

Dr Knight said another of the driving forces which has led her to speak out about this scourge affecting society, is the many sexual dysfunctions among adults which can be traced back to their childhood

"A physician who is being divorced confided in me that he was sexually abused as a child and was having difficulty maintaining a relationship with a woman as he was sexually abused by a woman," she said, explaining further that having grown up in a poor family he was sent to board at a lady's house during his high school years and the lady took sex for rent.

As for the wheels of justice, Dr Knight is not convinced they are turning as fast as they should, as of all the cases she has treated over the years, she has only been called three times to be a witness in court, which could suggest that a lot of them do not get resolved.

She feels helpless at not having any one solution to the problem. However, she is hoping that by speaking out public awareness will be raised and responsible adults will be prompted to take action.

"My solutions are, one, to make society aware of the fact that they need to protect their children, and two, if you are a perpetrator you will be punished and lastly, to let everyone know that it is wrong to do this," she said.

As for Jamaica having a sex offenders registry to alert communities to the identity sex offenders, Knight does not believe this would work as smoothly in Jamaica as in the United States, because Jamaicans might not be mature enough to handle this because of the vigilante culture.

***story taken from Jamaica Observer***




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Calabar High School last night captured their 23rd lien on the Mortimer Geddes Trophy for the ISSA/GraceKennedy Boys' and Girls' Athletics Championships at the National Stadium to celebrate their 100th anniversary in fine style.

The green and black-clad standard bearers from Red Hills Road amassed 287.5 to beat Kingston College (KC) 265, and dethroned champion Jamaica College (JC) 220.5, with Wolmer's Boys' fourth on 140.




 





Xposed Skinz Bikini | Model: Tashie-Gay

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Model: Tashie-Gay
Agency: Lipstickk Smooches
Bikini Line: Xposed Skinz Bikini 
City: Mandeville
Country: Jamaica
Height: 5' 7"
Weight: 120lb

Location: Hedonism II
Photographer: Blista Inc Photography
Edited by: Blista Inc Photography.
City: Montego Bay
Country: Jamaica

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Xposed Skinz Bikinis

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Model: Erica Lynne
Agency: Oxygen's Bad Girls Club
Country: USA
Height: 5' 3"
Weight: 34D-27-41
Photographer: Blista Inc Photography

















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Name: Sasha (Owner/ Designer of Xposed Skinz)
Country: USA
Height: 5'2
Weight: 101
Hips: 33
Waist: 24
Bust: 33




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Rita Marley, widow of the great Robert Nesta "Bob" Marley and the first lady of Reggae will be among eight icons to be honored at the 31stannual International Reggae and World Music Awards returning to Chicago July 5th after 15 years on the road. In addition, for the first time ever the Awards will be held in conjunction with Chicago's 4th of July weekend celebration -- the 20th anniversary of the International Festival of Life. The festival takes place from July 4-8 in Washington Park with July 5th set aside for the Red Carpet IRAWMA Awards ceremony.

Ephraim Martin, IRAWMA and IFOL producer, said that after fifteen consecutive years on the road, the International Reggae and World Music Awards (IRAWMA) ceremony has come home. "It's going to be a grand celebration," he said. "Since The Taste of Chicago, one of America's biggest July 4th Independence celebrations begins later in the month the Festival of Life will serve as the main event for residents and visitors from around the world. The Chicago Office of Tourism will join IFOL in its effort to maximize tourists to Chicago for the July 4th holiday."

He added, "We're going to roll out the red carpet in Washington Park on the 5th of July right in the middle of the festival and just steps from President Barack Obama's home."

Eight Icons who are living legends were named for the Reggae 50 Honors. Two honorees will receive the Martin's International Award of Honor in Media. The 2012 Hall of Fame Inductee(s) will be named at a later date.

The REGGAE 50 HONOREES ARE:

RITA MARLEY - FOR HER WORK IN THE PERSERVATION AND PROMOTION OF REGGAE'S LEGACY

  • MARCIA GRIFFITHS EMPRESS OF REGGAE
  • JUDY MOWATT FOR SPIRITUAL SERVICE THROUGH MUSIC
  • FREDDIE MCGREGOR FOR 50 YEARS OF DEDICATED & UNTIRING SERVICE TO JAMAICA AND THE WORLD THROUGH MUSIC
  • KEN BOOTHE- FOR BEING MOST CONSISTENT IN THE PRESERVATION OF JAMAICA'S ROCKSTEADY MUSIC
  • ERIC DONALDSON - THE KING OF JAMAICAN SONG CONTEST IN PAST 50 YEARS
  • CHARLES CAMERON- FOR SIXTY YEARS OF UNTIRING CONTRIBUTION TO JAMAICAN MUSIC
  • COPELAND FORBES FOR 50 YEARS OF VALUABLE CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE MUSIC INDUSTRY

THE MARTIN'S INTERNATIONAL MEDIA AWARDEES ARE:

  • BERKO AKOTO OWUSU, AFRICAN SPECTRUM- FOR OUTSTANDING JOURNALISTIC CONTRIBUTION TO AFRICAN AND WORLD MUSIC
  • ONSTAGE TV- WINFORD WILLIAMS FOR MOST VALUABLE MEDIA CONTRIBUTIONS TO REGGAE IN THE LAST DECADE

Dedicated to "Jamaica's 50th Year of Independence," the Festival of Life will feature a pavilion showcasing "All Things Jamaican," and serving as a road to Jamaica's Golden Jubilee in August. Importers/exporters, hoteliers, shipping services, travel-oriented entrepreneurs and businesses that market Jamaica or Jamaican brand products are encouraged to contact Martin's International at 312/427-0266 or e-mail:irawmasponsor@gmail.com to be a part of the pavilion.
 
  • This history making 31st IRAWMA and the 20th anniversary IFOL is sponsored by NBC 5 TV- Chicago, The Chicago Park District, Chicago Office of Tourism, J.FC Jerk and Fried Chicken, Robert Scott - One Stop Studio, Rogers Park Fruit Market, Insurance Brokers, Inc, Captain Hooks Fish/Chicken and Firehouse, KCB Inc and others. The Marriott Chicago Midway Airport is the official hotel for the five days celebration. For reservation call 1-708-594-5500 and mention the code words "Festival/Awards".
 
Hours for the Festival of Life are 12:00 pm to 10:00 pm daily, except for July 5th and 6thfrom 3:00 pm to 10:00 pm. The IRAWMA red carpet arrival and Awards Ceremony will be held on Thursday, July 5th from 6:00 to 10:00 pm. Get tickets now at www.festivaloflife.biz,www.irawma.com or call 312/427-0266 . E-mail: festoflife@gmail.com.




Sex Position of the Day: The Octopus

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Erotic Instructions:
Have your guy sit on the floor with his hands on the ground behind him. Tell him to spread his legs and bend them slightly at the knees. Keeping your hands on the floor for support, straddle his lap, facing him, and raise your legs so your right leg rests on his left shoulder and your left leg on his right shoulder. Do it right and you two will look like a multi-limbed lust creature.

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Why You'll Love It:
Because your body is tilted upward, your guy enters you in up-and-down motions rather than circular or side-to-side, bringing on deep, direct G-spot orgasms. And you both get a prime bird's-eye view of the action - a male fantasy come true! Plus, if you can master this one, you two will have entered the Kama Sutra Hall of Fame. And what could be hotter than that?




Xposed Skinz Runner up (2nd Place)

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Model: Leesa 
Xposed Skinz Runner up (2nd Place)
State: New York City
Country: USA
Height 5'7
Measurements 34-26-41
Featured Magazine: Smooth Magazine

Location: Hedonism II
Photographer: Blista Inc Photography
Edited by: Blista Inc Photography.
City: Montego Bay
Country: Jamaica

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Xposed Skinz Bikini Winner

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Model: Stickky Nickky
Xposed Skinz Bikini Winner
City: Montego Bay
Country: Jamaica
Height: 5' 7"

Location: Hedonism II
Photographer: Blista Inc Photography
Edited by: Blista Inc Photography.
City: Montego Bay
Country: Jamaica

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75 Jamaican pilots to be laid off

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The Trinidad and Tobago-based Caribbean Airlines is to continue talks with the executive of the Jamaica Airline Pilots Association (JALPA) this week.

This follows confirmation that the positions of 75 Jamaican pilots employed through CARIBAL are to be made redundant as the company is being closed down. CARIBAL is a locally-based subsidiary of Caribbean Airlines which was established at the time of the Air Jamaica take-over by the Trinidad carrier.

Caribbean Airlines has said of the 75 Jamaican pilots to lose their jobs, 65 are to be offered new contracts. According the chairman of Air Jamaica, Denis Lalor, CARIBAL was always meant to be a transition company.

However last week, JALPA produced an October 2010 memorandum from Caribbean Airlines' vice president Charmaine Heslop DaCosta saying otherwise.

The memorandum which was addressed to JALPA said CARIBAL was not a transition company.

In the meantime, Caribbean Airlines says the Jamaican pilots set to lose their jobs will be required to express an interest in being re-hired by Caribbean Airlines.

The company said it has been agreed that where such interest is similar to, or less than the available positions, a formal interview process will not be required.




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A promoter called  Wrenroy Smith, is upset with dancehall selector Tony Matterhorn who he says is double-booking dates and not honouring his commitments. He is also demanding the return of a  90,000 deposit for a show on April 7, 2012.

The promoter has issued a letter which states:

I, Wrenroy Smith, am the promoter for an annual event on Annotto Bay, Jamaica billed as Girls Graduation - an all white edition fundraising event.

I booked the services of Dancehall DJ/artist Tony Matterhorn, in addition to other sound system DJ's, and invested money and promotional work into staging my event and had to cancel it because Tony Matterhorn pulled out of my event at the last minute, without returning my deposit.

Girls Graduation was scheduled for April 7, 2012. On December 29, 2011, I sent a deposit of $1,065.00 to Tony Matterhorn via Western Union, officially booking him for April 7, 2012. In January 2012, Tony Matterhorn called me to say that he had accepted another booking for April 7, 2012 (World Clash RESET in New York). He asked if I could change my date to April 6, 2012. I notified him that I couldn't as I already booked the venue in Jamaica, and made a deposit on the sound systems, Swatch and Jamrock. Over 20,000 flyers were already printed and I had already started street promotion in Jamaica.

Realizing that I couldn't change the date of my event, Tony Matterhorn said he would have to cancel with me and return my deposit ($1,065.00). April 7, 2012 has come and gone and Tony Matterhorn has not returned my deposit. I have reached out to him numerous times and he had set different dates with me as to when he would return my money. That hasn't been done. He has given me false numbers and BBM pin and has dodged and evaded every opportunity for me to reach him directly.

My reason for writing this letter is to make a public statement and appeal to Tony Matterhorn to contact me directly and refund the deposit that I had given him. His behavior is false, elusive, unprofessional and unbecoming of someone of his stature in the dancehall music business. I would like to resolve this matter as soon as possible.

Wrenroy Smith
Promoter




RIP Tyrone Blake of Merritone Music

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Yet another piece of Jamaica's rich musical legacy, in the form of Tyrone Blake of Merritone Music, has passed on.Called to the higher portals, may his soul rest in peace.The Merritone musical dynasty has been a key witness and participant in the most wonderful story which is the development of Jamaica's popular music culture since the early 1950's. The legendary sound system was established by father Val Blake, and continued through sons Trevor, Winston, Tyrone, Monte and a longstanding and loyal support team, represented by the charming Lorna Bess.Our condolences go out to the entire Merritone Music family in this time of their grief.

FUNERAL: Also, the funeral for Tyrone Blake is set for Wednesday, May 9, 2012 at Church of the Transfiguration, Meadowbrook Main, beginning at 11:00 a.m. Interment follows in the Dovecot Cemetery.












Di Matey Dem Ting Tun Up!! - by Buffilous

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love-groupie.jpgA China di ting reach!!! A which popular 'socialite' mi hear say get fly out gone a China?? No sah, dem mate ya a live good life!!

Di Rasta fly her gone a China because she did want go do some shopping and all dese tings!!

Mi like how dem matey ya a roll, dem nah waste no time!!! Dem a step up dem game! Go tru ya my girl. A nuff artiste you did deh wid, but you finally hit the jackpot now!!!




Scared AA passengers abandon flight

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aa-passengers.jpgAt least 12 American Airlines passengers who were scheduled to depart the Norman Manley International Airport in Kingston to Miami, this evening refused to board the aircraft which had mechanical and electrical problems earlier today.

Flight AA2038 was scheduled to depart at 8:45 yesterday, but never left until 7:53 p.m.

"They first told us that plane was defective and they had to get some parts from Miami, and the aircraft would leave at 10:00 a.m, then they said 2:00 p.m, which moved to 4:00 p.m and the time went on and on," says Margaret Wadsworth, a passenger who spent 13 hours waiting at the airport.

According to Wadsworth, when she and the other passengers eventually boarded the aircraft at 5:30 p.m, inside the plane was extremely hot.

"Some of us started to panic, and within minutes we were told there was an electrical problem," she said.

The airline was forced to disembark all the passengers, where further checks were made, after which the aircraft departed, but not before the 12 passengers and their bags were delisted.

An American Airlines official said once the passengers requested to be taken off, the airline was obliged to adhere to their request.

She also said there was no other flight that could accommodate the passengers all day today.

"There was nothing we could do but to have them wait until the problem was fixed."




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Name
:              Michael Biggs/BiggzShip Burbridge

D.O.B:              May 30

Profession
:       Videographer/Photographer

Describe yourself in 5 words: Determined, Happy, Focused, Loyal, Driven

Who is your favorite director and who are your influences?
Quinton Tarrantino, Spike Lee, Steven Spielberg, Chris Robinson, Collin Tilley, Gareth Cobran, Kimala Bennett ,Gareth Daley, Asha, Tyson, Kassa, Jay Will, Cushnie

How do you come up with the concepts for each video?
I listen to the lyrics, the Riddim and the melody.
I also get ideas from the artiste and some up with my own also.

Where would you like to be in 3-5 years?

I would love to be Co-Directing on the Big Screen and also be on the Cover of Forbes Magazine. LOL

How did you get started in Videography?
Attended CPTC... Mediamix

Was there ever a time when you came up with a concept and the artiste did not like it?
Yep, but then I did another and we were then good to go

Have you ever worked with other Directors?
Yea I have worked on videos with Gareth Cobran, Asha and Nadia Stanley

What are you currently working on now?
I am working on videos for Lady Saw, Chino, Kiprich, Aidonia, Tenement Yard Medley

Are there plans to branch out into directing movies, plays etc?
Ultimately that is my dream and life goal, most definitely, I'm Hollywood bound.




Seasplash Resort Special

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Seasplash Hotel in Negril is offering a special for the fun and adventurous persons!!

Price: $349 for 4 nights, breakfast for 2, transportation from Montego Bay Airport. Special ends April 28, 2012. Coupons are valid for 1 year.

Contact (876)957-4041 or email mrhurt@aol.com.

Sea Splash Resort is located near the beach in Negril and close to Seven Mile Beach, Kool Runnings Water Park, and Negril Hills Golf Club. Additional area points of interest include Negril Lighthouse.

Sea Splash Resort features a restaurant and a bar/lounge. Recreational amenities include an outdoor pool and a spa tub. Complimentary wireless Internet access is available in public areas. The property offers a roundtrip airport shuttle (surcharge). Wedding services and tour/ticket assistance are available. Guest parking is complimentary. Additional property amenities include a concierge desk, multilingual staff, and secure parking.

Air-conditioned guestrooms at Sea Splash Resort feature ceiling fans and windows that open. All accommodations have balconies. Bathrooms feature shower/tub combinations and hair dryers. In addition to safes, guestrooms offer phones with voice mail. Housekeeping is available daily.





the-mei-healthcare-group.jpgMEI Healthcare Inc., a leading provider of healthcare strategies and equipment solutions for medical facilities around the world, is partnering with the government of Antigua and Barbuda, the governments of the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) and Global Health Partners, Ltd., to begin construction of The Cancer Centre Eastern Caribbean at Mount St. John Medical Centre in St. John, Antigua. Groundbreaking for the new $13.5 million (EC dollars) facility will take place Thursday, April 26.

"Our partnership will provide accessible, high-quality cancer care for a population that is underserved," said Gordon Baltzer, CEO of MEI Healthcare Inc. Baltzer will be speaking at the groundbreaking. "Currently, patients need to be treated abroad, which is costly and incredibly difficult for patients and their families. As a result, many patients have gone without treatment."

The Cancer Centre Eastern Caribbean will provide high-quality medical, radiation and surgical oncology services. The facility will include state-of-the-art technology capable of administering intensity-modulated radiation therapy (IMRT). The centre will be used as the hub for consultation services being offered to the participating member countries.

"Nearly 1,000 new cases of cancer will be diagnosed each year in the OECS and, of those, approximately 400 will need radiotherapy at some time in their disease course," said Antigua and Barbuda Prime Minister, The Hon. Baldwin Spencer in a prepared statement. "I recognize that currently there are no facilities in the Eastern Caribbean that are truly comprehensive and offer both surgery and radiation...(and) it's important for us to develop the facilities necessary to provide support to patients who have cancer."

The Hon. Arthur T. Porter, M.D., Chair of the Board of MEI and a key driver of this project, stated, "MEI insures that the Eastern Caribbean will have the technology platform to deliver modern day cancer therapy at a level commensurate with that of the USA, Canada or Europe."

During a regional healthcare symposium in 2009, government officials expressed interest in developing a partnership with the private sector to equip a cancer center in Antigua with the latest oncology services and technical expertise. The "partnered care" model being used to create the facility is a cost-effective solution to bringing the latest technology to the region.

MEI provides business development, capital equipment funding strategies and growth consulting services to physicians, hospitals and healthcare systems worldwide.
















vybz-kartel-case.jpgInvestigators probing the murder-case against dancehall entertainer Vybz Kartel have now submitted the forensic material in the case.  The forensic reports were turned over to the Director of Public Prosecutions Monday.  A senior investigator told RJR News that they have now submitted the videotaped material; the telephone data, including text messages exchanged between the persons allegedly involved in the killing, and the forensic material.

The forensic material revealed that bloodstains taken from the scene of the alleged killing, were that of human blood.  The reports also revealed that persons who carried out the crime, attempted to destroy the evidence by setting fire to the house in which 24 year old Clive Williams otherwise called Lizard, was killed.  However, the senior investigator said they were able to retrieve bloodstain evidence at the crime scene. The telephone data or text messages reportedly give goring details as to how the body of the victim was disposed off.

Vybz Kartel, whose real name is Adidjah Palmer, is charged jointly with members of  his Gaza Empire for the murder of Mr Williams.  It's alleged that on August 16, last year, Mr. Williams was taken to a house in Havendale where he was beaten and stabbed to death.  The cops reported that they seized a cellular phone used to record the killing and that has helped them to show that Williams was killed although they didn't find his body.  The others accused of  the crime are deejay, Shawn Campbell, also known as "Shawn Storm"; fashion designer, Calvin Haye, also known as "Moonie"; Cayro Jones, Sean Williams, and Andre St John.  Justice Marjorie Cole Smith had given the police until Monday to submit the material following complaints from the attorneys for Vybz Kartel.  A bail hearing is tentatively set for Friday before the Home Circuit Court.





prime-minister-portia-simpson-miller.jpgPrime Minister Portia Simpson Miller leaves the island today for a number of engagements in New York and Philadelphia in the United States.

Her first engagement will be tonight where she will be honoured with the receipt of the TIME 100 Most Influential Persons Award at a special reception in New York.

Tomorrow she will meet with Jamaicans in the Diaspora and address a special town hall meeting in Brooklyn.

On Thursday April 26, she will engage in a series of meetings related to the economy including talks with important interests in the bauxite alumina industry.

On Friday April 27 and Saturday April 28 the Prime Minister will be in Philadelphia where, among other engagements, she will attend this year's staging of the Penn Relays.

The Prime Minister is being accompanied on the visit by a team including Information Minister Sen. Sandrea Falconer, Tourism Minister Wykeham McNeill, Energy Minister Phillip Paulwell, Special Advisors Delano Franklyn and Dr Carlton Davis and Chairman of Clarendon Alumina Partners, Dr Vin Lawrence.

The Prime Minister will return to the island on Sunday

Transport Minister Dr Omar Davies, will be in charge of the government during her absence.




Mavado set to star in Shottas 2

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Dancehall artiste David 'Mavado' Brooks, will reportedly have a major role in Shottas 2, the sequel to the gritty gangster urban classic, which starred Ky-Mani Marley, Spragga Benz and Munair Zacca.

While filming officially commenced on April 20, details are yet to emerge on what direction the story will take this time and when the film will be released.

Writer-director Cess Silvera confirmed via Twitter that, in addition to Mavado, the cast will again include Ky-Mani Marley.

Last year, Mavado - whose signature calling card is Gangsta For Life - played a a gangster in American rapper Drake's video Find Your Love. Since then he has inked a deal with DJ Khaled's We the Best Music Group. He has released singles such as Emergency which features hip-hop artiste Ace Hood and Survivor, a collaboration effort with Akon.




TV host pregnant for athlete????

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A which TV personality and dem say a breed fi the runner??? Dem say a yound lady who did enter Miss Jamaica Universe is pregnant for the young man who always a run and come second.

According to wha me hear, Amita pregnant fi Asafa. Some people say a nuh fi him and is fi a popular designer, some say him nuh want it and did tell her fi get rid of it! No sah, dem people ya a gwaan bad though.

It look like dem stop make condom!

It look like is a breeding season cause everybody belly start push out now!!

Who will be next.





Digicel sponsors The Penn Relays

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digicel.jpgDigicel is sponsoring the highly anticipated Penn Relay Carnival to be held at the University of Pennsylvania's Franklin Field in the United States, from April 26th to the 28th.

As a Jamaica born and bred company, Digicel has been a steadfast supporter of athletics since its launch in 2001.

Being a part of the Penn Relays is one way Digicel is showing its support of Jamaican athletes and their families living in the Diaspora. The Penn Relays is the longest uninterrupted track meet in the United States and has the record for having the most athletes competing at the event than at any single meet in the world. This includes a significant number of athletes from Jamaican high schools who are a major force at the event. Jamaican athletes have been attending the Penn Relays since 1964 with approximately 25 to 35% of patrons, attending the meet being of Jamaican descent, most of whom live in the Diaspora.

Digicel will set up booths on the ground at the meet offering top up services to patrons who want to send credit to their relatives and friends living in Jamaica. With the 50th anniversary of Jamaica's independence high on the minds for many Jamaicans, at home and abroad, Digicel is keen to help all Jamaicans, both at home and abroad, get involved in the celebrations by supporting our athletes competing at the Penn Relays - cheering them on as they go for gold and make Jamaicans proud.

The Digicel Diaspora team's Senior International Sales Operations Manager, Nadine Johnson, is encouraging Jamaicans living in the Diaspora to come out and support the athletes from their alma maters who will be competing. She also highlighted the work Digicel has been doing in Jamaica to move communities forward using the avenue of sport.

"Through the Digicel Foundation, launched in 2005, we support grassroots initiatives that contribute to the development of communities across the Jamaica. Over US$15 million dollars has been spent on over 200 community projects, including the construction of 12 recreational/sports facilities. Digicel is committed to keeping Jamaicans connected to their home country from their home country through innovative and convenient top up services that will be available at the Penn Relays."




Tommy Lee reportedly arrested in Grenada

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Police in Grenada say they have arrested an up-and-coming Jamaican dancehall deejay for alleged possession of marijuana hours after he headlined a concert.

Detectives arrested Jamaican rapper Tommy Lee on Sunday at Grenada's international airport. They did not disclose Monday how much marijuana the 24-year-old, whose real name is Leroy Junior Russell, was allegedly carrying.

If he is found guilty of drug possession in Grenada, Lee faces a maximum fine of $92,000 or a prison term of two years.

It's not clear if Lee has an attorney. He is expected to make his first court appearance in St. George's later Monday.

In recent years, numerous Jamaican stars of the brash reggae-rap hybrid of dancehall music have had run-ins with the law in the Caribbean and the U.S.





A panelist at the first green investment forum at the Caribbean Tourism Organization's Sustainable Tourism Conference believes waste to energy plants in the region could help solve the problems of high power cost.

Tony Fiddy, President of the Waste to Energy Division and Regional Vice President for Europe and Africa, Naanovo Energy Inc., says waste to energy plants could lower the power costs of many nations tremendously.

"In St. Kitts we will be building a plant and selling power for US.20 cents to the government there, resulting in a huge savings that will be passed along to the consumer," said Fiddy, a panelist on the"Going Green" Invest Caribbean Now Forum organized by Felicia Persaud's Hard Beat Communications and the CTO and held on Wednesday, April 18, 2012, from 8:30 to 10 a.m. at the Guyana International Conference Centre in Liliendaal, Guyana.

The forum also featured Loreto Duffy-Mayers, Project Manager for the Caribbean Hotel Energy Efficiency Action (CHENACT) Programme and Ujjwal Bhattacharjee, a specialist in renewable energy and energy efficiency with a focus on technology, investment and policy and a consultant on the CHENACT project.

The CHENACT Study found that green investments in the Caribbean hotel sector offers a sufficient critical mass to spur entrepreneurial activity and both Duffy-Mayers and Bhattacharjee expressed the hope that a Clean Energy Policy will be incorporated into the National Energy Policy of countries and replicated throughout the region.

The forum was a partnership between the CTO and Invest Caribbean Now, the brand founded by Felicia Persaud, the Guyana-born CEO of the New York-based digital media company Hard Beat Communications.

Persaud, who co-convened and moderated the forum, urged the 100 delegates to remember that "investing in clean energy is not just environmentally responsible, but good business."
"No region offers more long-term growth prospects for renewable energy than the Caribbean," said Persaud.

Last year, according to the UN Environment Program, investors pumped a record two hundred and 11 billion US dollars into renewables globally and this is projected to grow to 1.7 trillion by 2020. Of the 211 billion, $72 billion was invested in developing countries vs. $70 billion in developed economies. South and Central America secured $13.1 billion of that amount. The Caribbean was not accounted for in this study.

"And so it is a challenge to the Caribbean region to position itself to take advantage of this new sector sustainably and with transparency. Our leaders must begin to think outside the box and be unafraid to move beyond the traditional sectors - for instance out of a dying sugar industry, to ethanol," Persaud added. "We must tap investment into this sector to create new jobs and limit our dependence on the up and down prices of oil and grow our economies like our south American neighbors and really make a mark on this generation."

The Caribbean Tourism Organization has been staging its Annual Conference on Sustainable Tourism Development, otherwise known as the Sustainable Tourism Conference (STC), since 1997. The 2012 conference was presented by the CTO and hosted by the Government of Guyana from April 15-18, 2012.




Donations needed for Team 'Jamaica Bickle'

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Team Jamaica Bickle, Inc. is a 501(c)(3 ) not-for-profit organization, based in New York, formed in 1994 under the leadership of Irwine G. Clare Sr., to provide much needed support for Jamaican athletes who compete at the annual Penn Relays Carnival, held at the University of Pennsylvania. Team Jamaica Bickle, Inc.,has supported athletes and athletic programs for the past 17 years. Currently, TJB services extend to a delegation of approximately 750 Athletes, coaches and volunteers from Jamaica; other Caribbean countries (which includes Trinidad and Tobago and St. Vincent & The Grenadines, Grenada and Bahamas), as well as from the USA..

In 1999, Team Jamaica Bickle became the first Jamaican organization to be a participating sponsor at the Penn Relays, thus allowing us to partner with our corporate friends. As a result, the Jamaican flag became the first foreign nation's flag to be flown at the Penn Relays, a distinction unmatched. Over the years, TJB has received several proclamations and awards from numerous local and national entities.

Team Jamaica Bickle provides the following services:

  • Meals and other refreshments
  • Physical therapy, chiropractic, mentorship and medical services
  • Transportation to and from the stadium each day
  • Airport transportation: arrival & departure
  • Subsidized hotel rate
  • Subsidized air fare

In honor of Jamaica's & Trinidad and Tobago's 50th Anniversary of Independence, TJB's goal is to offer a $50 per night rate tot the athletes - a more than 50% discount.  We are asking for your help in making this a reality. The organization needs to raise $60,000 to meet that need. Every little bit counts. This is in addition to their annual budget of approximately $95,000.

A big push is welcome over the next 3-4 days. We do appreciate the help!!

Please visit http://teamjamaicabickle.com/. There is a donate button on the home page (right side). Your donations are tax deductible!

Please confirm with me one you have made your donation. Alternately you may write a check to Team Jamaica Bickle Inc. and mail to the following address. Please state 'PRO2012', on your check  so I can keep track of my records & efforts. Thank you so very much! And don't hesitate to call me if you need more information.

Please Mail to or I can make arrangements to pick-up:

Team Jamaica Bickle
c/o Irwine G. Clare
Managing Director
Caribbean Immigrant Services, Inc
159-05 Hillside Ave
Jamaica, NY 11432




Congrats Yendi and Chino

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Former Miss Universe World runner up Yendi Phillips and artiste Daniel "Chino" McGregor have announced that they are expecting a baby together.

Last night Yendi posted this message on her facebook and twitter page:

"17 weeks and counting...I wish we could have shared it earlier but you know they say it's bad luck to announce too soon. I'm so excited to finally tell you that we have a little 'McGregor' on the way! You know how much I value "you" as you've been such a support through my various ventures so I wanted you to know first-hand as this one is perhaps my most exciting to date! I feel truly blessed and am more amazed everyday to experience our creator in such a miraculous and organic way. Seasoned mommy's, don't hold back on the advice...hehe *wink* Love, Blessings...and Life :)"

This child, will be the second for McGregor who already has a three-year-old daughter from a previous relationship





Morgan Heritage returns to touring this year

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Morgan Heritage returns to touring this year.

'The Return' tour will make stops in Eastern and Western Europe, Africa,The Americas and Caribbean. The tour coincides with Jamaica's 50th Anniversary of Independence, and the 46th Anniversary of H.I.M. Haile Selase's first visit to Jamaica.

Morgan Heritage will mark these three events on Saturday, April 21, with the Global Premier of their new single 'The Return' available via Radio, Sound Systems & Social Media.





Woman slices man's testicles

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A man seemingly 40 years of age, is counting his lucky stars after his testicles were sliced by a pair of scissors. One of his sacks was sliced open and it fell out, the incident occurred in St. Elizabeth and he was admitted to the Mandeville Regional Hospital and was discharged on Wednesday. Police and residents reported that the man was in a dispute with his common law wife when she sliced his testicles, the victim however refutes this claim; he said he fell on the scissors and sliced himself.

According to residents they went to the couple's home after they heard several shouts for help. Upon arriving there, residents learned that the man was attacked in his sleep and his testicles cut it began to swell almost instantaneously.

Residents are reluctant to believe the man's story as they say the couple is always arguing and she has always abused him physically, added to that the damage doesn't seem consistent with his story of falling on a pair of scissors. In recent times she has stabbed him in the chest and broken his leg.

A source close to the victim says he seems to be recuperating very quickly.




























Happy Earthstrong Stephen Marley

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As the son of reggae superstar Bob Marley, Stephen Marley had a lot to live up to. Born April 20, 1972, to Bob and wife Rita Marley, Stephen has managed to rise to the occasion, accumulating an impressive five Grammy Awards in a lengthy career that's wholly successful in its own right.

Stephen  began his career at age 8 alongside siblings Ziggy, Cedella, and Sharon in the preteen band Ziggy Marley and the Melody Makers.




Lesbian attack male student on Uwi Campus!!

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We have received reports of that a female attacked a male student because she suspected him of sleeping with her 'woman'. According to sources, residents of a particular top Hall at the University Of The West Indies Mona were awaken in the early hours of the morning by banging sounds coming from a particular room on a block/cluster. When they went out to investigate it was found that an angry female (said to be a lesbian) was using a stone to bang on the door of a male resident demanding that he released her partner from his room.

Minutes later the male came out of the room, a tussle ensued and he managed to get the stone from the lesbian. She was not very pleased and as such she left and came back with reinforcements, which came in the form of campus security and some fellow lesbian friends. This time they would have a verbal altercation, during which the police was summoned and both the male and female were taken into a room and questioned.

The police later released them and the female at the centre of the altercation was accompanied to her room by her female lover, the male has decided not to press charges but he was pretty shaken up by the incident.

According to some students these incidents are becoming too frequent and something needs to be done about it ASAP.




Bob Marley Documentary to premiere tonight

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'Marley- A definitive story', is set to premiere tonight at Emancipation Park in Kingston, Jamaica.

The documentary was directed by Kevin Macdonald and is the only film that is fully endorsed by the Marley family.

Telecommunications group Digicel will also be streaming aspects of the premiere including the Red, Green and Gold carpet arrivals on facebook throughout the night.

The premiere is free to the public and begins at 8pm




Snagga Puss planning to return to music

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Veteran artiste Snagga Puss says he is planning to make a comeback on the local dancehall scene. He now operates a herbal medicine business but says he never left dancehall, he only took some time off to study.

According to him he spent 5 years in Germany studying bio-chemistry and the human biological structure.  He also has a new label called 'Snagga Spragga Records' from which he will release his new album soon.

Snagga says he also has a new dance called NBA which he plans to expose to dancehall. He also plans to go on an island wide promotional campaign to promote his new music and added that he will distribute his 'Snagga Spragga Nile Valley' herbal products worldwide when he has completed his negotiations with the relevant local authorities.




Flexxx and Vado at Odds?

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Ever since Flexxx released the single Real Gangsta on the Aurora Skies rhythm, rumours have been circulating that it is a diss song aimed at members of the Gully Squad.

While members of the Gully side refused to comment about the matter, Flexxx had no qualms in speaking about the issue. Flexxx, whose real name is Omar Henry, said, He honestly just did a song and if they wish to see it as a diss well that's their business. He further went o to say Chase Cross and Mavado have been saying a lot of things and he is no weak fence, therefore if they seem it fit to throw words then he will do the same.

Flexxx believes that the song 'Action Pack' done by Mavado is aimed at him as well as Chase Cross has been doing songs criticising him. "Dem a say me sell out fi BMW. Mavado sell out everybody round him, a dat dem fi talk bout. Dem nah talk bout the real thing. Di least little thing dem talk bout bad mind."

Flexxx, who is now signed to Hapilos Entertainment, says since he has been signed to the group, his career has taken a turn for the better. He made it clear that Gully Side and Gully Squad has never done anything for him. 'Dem say mi sell out because mi sign to Hapilos, but him sign to We The Best wid DJ Khaled so him sell out to. The two a we sell out den,'

According to Flexxx he does not wish to reconcile with a nayone as he did not sell out anyone and he is good with God and himself so it matters not what anyone else wants to say.




Ms Kitty records song with Tifa and Mr. Vegas

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Radio and Television personality Khadine Hylton, more popularly known as Ms. Kitty has ventured into the world of music. Yardflex has come to understand that the "Fluffy Diva" has recorded a new single with dancehall stars Tifa and Mr. Vegas. She made it clear that she respects all recording artistes and other people's unique abilities, but she is all about 'having fun' at this point.

Miss Kitty further went on to say she is not one of those persons who sees something and say "mi can do it too and just jump een", as she never assumes that she is just as good as they are. She made reference to Comedian Owen Blacka Ellis saying 'even when I do a comedy show, I am nervous as hell because what Blacka Ellis does is incredible.' On Monday night she also recorded an intro for dancehall artiste Flexx on his new single, Pension, on the Mercury riddim.




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South Florida's biggest Memorial Weekend concert, Best Of The Best, proudly returns to Bicentennial Park on Sunday May 27th. The long running international music festival will once again bring the top acts in Reggae, Hip-Hop, Dancehall, Soca and R&B to the Miami stage. The blockbuster lineup for Best Of The Best 2012 includes:

Shaggy, Mavado, DJ Khaled, Marcia Griffiths, Fabolous, Admiral Bailey, Iwer George, French Montana,Frankie Paul, T-Vice, I-Octane, Ace Hood, Ghost, Brianna, Tony Matterhorn, Meek Mill, Demarco, 2 Chainz, Wayne Marshall, Laza Morgan, Serani, Khago  and Christopher Martin.

Most talent will be backed by New Kingston Band or Ruff Kut Band. The promoters will announce more superstar additions to the lineup on May 1st.

The Best Of The Best concert consistently draws visitors from urban centers across the United States, including New York, D.C., Atlanta, Houston, as well as from the Caribbean, South America and Europe. An estimated 30,000 people are expected to attend this year's show.




Thierry Mayard-Paul, Haiti's Chief of Staff and Minister of the Interior, Territorial Collectivities and National Defense, led the Haitian delegation that shared Haiti's disaster risk management and recovery experience with a cadre of top-level experts from approximately 38 nations, at the highly-regarded Consultative Group meeting of the Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery (GFDRR). Haiti was the only Western Hemispheric country invited to attend the event as a Developing Country, for the period 2012- 2013.

Mayard-Paul described the Martelly Administration's vision for emergency preparedness and response, stating: "the 2010 earthquake demonstrated that development will never be successful if we don't build risk reduction at our core. That is why the Martelly administration is committed to making disaster risk reduction and management, a critical priority across the government."

Coming into Office, President Martelly's new Government boosted preparedness and response capacity by strengthening the Civil Protection Directorate, as well as sub-national efforts. This work continues and will remain important as Haiti heads into the hurricane season. The Haitian delegation provided specific examples, for instance, of how the government has integrated risk reduction as a centerpiece of its recovery efforts within the 16/6 project. This is a US$78-million project seeking to rehabilitate 16 neighborhoods to relocate residents of six large camps in the metropolitan area, impacting 30,000 people.

Mayard-Paul gave many examples of fruitful collaborative efforts between donors, NGOs, and federal and local governments. "However, they are independent programs that are not fully integrated under one single, comprehensive Disaster Risk Reduction & Management strategy." As a result, the government --through the Ministry of the Interior-- is developing a policy framework for longer term disaster risk reduction and management that will be integrated into the new national development plan.

"Development progress and risk reduction will only be successful if they are tied to local development," added Mayard-Paul. "That is why we recently launched Katye Pam Poze, the cornerstone program for the government's National Decentralization Agenda." Disaster risk reduction and management are intrinsically embedded within KPP. This way, capacity is built at the community level across the country, under an innovative "bottom up" or grassroots approach, but in complete alignment with the national strategy.

Mayard-Paul encouraged potential partners present at the meeting to help Haiti make a significant impact in disaster risk reduction and management. "We know we can't do this alone. We need long-term development partners to support the government's identified priorities," said Mayard-Paul. "That's why organizations like GFDRR and the World Bank (WB) are critical, and why this meeting is so important to Haiti."

The Minister cited eight key areas of potential support from international partners:

  • Building institutional capacity at all levels-- for example, supporting Katye Pam Poze's emergency risk reduction and response modules.
  • Contributing to build infrastructure and processes -- from basic physical work space to the creation of a single national emergency warning system.
  • Supporting knowledge and innovation - by financing university research to identify new ways to tackle risk whilst channeling efforts of the young.
  • Funding research and assessments --information gathering and sharing is one of Haiti's major challenges.
  • IT/online infrastructure, software and training so that databases and critical information can be shared.
  • Helping build comprehensive disaster risk reduction programs in priority cities and departments since reducing risk across the whole country at the same speed is impossible.
  • Build national capacity to assess, monitor and reduce risks. In particular, build on the progress made on seismic risk reduction while also strengthening cyclone/hydro capacity.
  • Supporting communications and public awareness campaigns.

"The Government of Haiti is charting a new course on disaster reduction and management, one based on resilience, best practices and community integration ensuring sustainable development," concluded Mayard-Paul.




Studies Show that 55% of Americans believe Marijuana should be legalized.

Legalizing Marijuana would bolster a floundering economy.

Marijuana is the greatest revenue producer of all agricultural products grown in the US, the annual haul is $36 Billion.

Cannabis is the top cash crop in 12 states, top 3rd cash crop in 30 states and the top 5th cash crop in 39 states.

The number one crop is unregulated and untaxed.

Prohibition cost The US $7.7 Billion a year.

Teens between ages 12 and 17 say it's easier to get marijuana than buy cigarettes, beer and prescription drugs.

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Wray & Nephew Contender - Apr 11th, 2012

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Two of Jamaica's most prolific Olympians, Grace Jackson, OD and Bertland Cameron, OD, were both presented with proclamations from the office of Yvette D. Clarke, 11th Congressional District, New York; and ranking member of the Homeland Security Committee and member Small Business Committee, in the United Sates Congress; in honor of their outstanding contributions to sports both on and off the track.

The proclamations were presented recently at the Team Jamaica Bickle annual Reception and Awards Ceremony in New York, which was hosted by fellow Olympian and Master of Ceremonies Devon Harris, who captained Jamaica's 1998 Winter Olympic Bobsled Team. Other Olympians on hand to cheer them on were Alfred Daley, 400m specialist - who shared the stage with Lennox Miller, Donald Quarrie and later, a younger Bertland Cameron - Andria Lloyd, who represented Jamaica in the 4x100m relays at the 1996 Olympics and Danny McFarlane, silver medalist in the 4x400m, Olympic games.It was an evening filled with the highest accolades and recognition from all levels of representation on the political landscape here in New York.

The office of Leroy Comrie, Councilman, 27th District Queens, presented the honorees with citations and official letters for their exemplary service. Both awards were presented by Ms. Katherina Thompson, community Liaison Officer.  Ms. Monique D. Waterman, Director Community affairs, office of Council Member Jumaane Williams, Brooklyn's 45th District, presented citations to both honorees, as well as to Irie Jam Media (community service awardees) and to Team Jamaica Bickle for its work on behalf of the athletes."Both Bertland and myself are extremely grateful to be recognized by an entity (TJB) who like ourselves are working hard to make a difference in sports," said Jackson. "To do something that you love and be honored by your peers is an extraordinary feeling.  Bert has expressed the wish that those who benefit from TJB's efforts should get a chance to experience (as we just did) all the work that goes into making everything possible; kudos to the hardworking team of volunteers of TJB."

Jamaica's Minister of Sports without portfolio, Natalie Neita-Headley delivered a special recorded message to the honorees on behalf of the Government and people of Jamaica, in which she spoke of her, "delight in joining Team Jamaica Bickle and the Diaspora in celebrating Jamaica's best assets; her people...against the backdrop of Jamaica's 50th Anniversary of Independence."

It was a full house that bore witness to this momentous occasion, with members of the community, stakeholders of the sports and entertainment industry, the business community, and the media who came out in their hundreds to show their appreciation for the honorees. Jamaica's, Deputy Consul General to New York, Ms. Sharon Burrell Green and Mr. Christopher Castriota, newly appointed community relations officer, as well as a contingent from the Jamaica Tourist Board New York tri-state region: Kenton Senior, Ruth West, Marcia Sinclair and Anthony King were out in full force. Mr. Vincent HoSang and daughter Sabrina HoSang (TJB's partner and life-time sponsor), of Caribbean Food Delights, spoke of their steadfast support for the program. Sponsors Western Union, LIME, UJAA and Tower Isle Patties all brought messages of support.

"We are overwhelmed by the outpouring of love and we thank the community whole-heartedly. It was indeed a special evening as we celebrate the nation's 50th Anniversary of Independence," said Irwine Clare.

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Jah Cure rocks Panama

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Over 12,000 turned up at the Playa Serena, Gorgona Beach venue in Panama to get a glimpse of  International Reggae superstar Jah Cure perform his reggae hits last Easter weekend.

Thunderclouds and intermittent rain could not stop reggae fans from flocking to the beach to see his performance and they were not left disappointed.

Loud screams could be heard as Jah Cure's band struck up the first chords of Respect, after which he performed Jah Jah Bless Me as his followers chanted the words. The most popular songs during his set were the hits, Never Find, Longing For, Only You, Reflection, Respect, Unconditional Love, Nothing and Love is. The fans sang the words of each song and chanted 'Jah Cure Jah Cure' all around the venue in between the songs.

It was Cure's first time performing in Panama. The artiste has performed in sold-out venues during his last eight performances, playing to packed venues during onstage stints in St. Lucia, French Guiana, Trinidad, Antigua, Turks and Caicos, Guyana, and St. Vincent.

"Before we left the hotel, the promoter kept getting calls that the police were at the venue threatening to lock the show down.

This is because it is said that there were too many people at the venue.

Last month, thousands of Jah Cure fans in St. Vincent left Victoria Park disappointed and angry when he failed to appear onstage at a concert there because the promoter allegedly failed to meet his contractual obligations. At that time, there were reports that bottles were thrown and shots fired by security personnel to quell the angry crowd. The singer has since apologized to fans for the incident and promised to return to St. Vincent for a "responsible promoter".




Bacchanal Jouvert Gwaan good Friday night

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Appleton Bacchanal Jouvert gwaan good last night. Destra Garcia tun up di place and ting. Di girl dem come out inna dem shorts and t-shirt and di man dem come out come represent to.

When di painting start, everybody start get wild!! Dem dash out niceness over deh!! When dem drop 'Bruk it Dung' by Vegas, all a di girl dem start gwaan bad and when mi look some a di man dem aka the one dem whe nuh so straight, start gyrate and fling up dem bottom and grind up pon dem one another.

Trust me, the place gwaan good. Some people did a complain say it kinda boring and ting but it never bad at all.

When a time fi di march from Stadium, a deh so everybody start bruk way! Dem dash paint, wine up, jump pon di wall and just a dagger and gwaan!

Bacchanal Jouvert gwaan good!!! Road March tomorrow and Yardflex will be there!!!




















Demarco and Popcaan have beef??

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A wha dis mi a hear say Popcaan and Demarco have beef??

Mi get fi understand say Demarco say Popcaan tief him style and say Popcaan nuh popular like him and him travel the world already and bare ting.

No sah, a how dem artiste ya a go so hard??




2 year old bites 1 month child

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A 1month old baby was admitted in the Bustamante Children's hospital recently.

According to reports, a two year old who lives next door bit the one month old baby. It is also being reported that teeth impressions were left on the baby and some of the baby's flesh was bitten off.

The baby is said to be in stable condition








Lollie lowers the boom

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Upcoming artiste Lollie Lue is on his way to musical stardom. The artiste has released a new single "When We Roll' on the 'Imma Boss' instrumental.

The single has been blowing up all over FM radio the last couple of weeks, and a new video, shot in March, premiered to rave reviews on TVJ's Intense soon after.

"Things are looking up, the excitement in the streets is real, several selectors have come to me saying they love my couple of bars on the track, right now, The Force is a good look in the streets, when we roll into any club, dem haffi gi we props," Lollie said.

The deejay, whose real name is Othneil Johnson, has been thrilling audiences at school appearances in Portmore to stage shows in Negril with his complex metaphors and punchlines. Working as an engineer's assistant at the famous Down Sound Records, he has been building his rep one stage show at a time, and now he is ready to put down his engineer cap and take up the mic.

"I want to reach the top, and collect a few awards on US national television, and one day, I will set up my own production house and do songs that uplift the nation. For now, I am just messing around and getting my stuff out there," he said.

He is one of the utility persons at Down Sound Records who is always willing to lend a hand doing everything whether it is printing CDs, doing engineering work, or doing behind-the-scenes work on video shoots for Capleton, and Harry Toddler on Down Sound projects. But Lollie is getting more attention for his mic skills than those other activities.

He has a growing underground fan base in Portmore who love his material, straight gangster songs like Disrespect and songs that dabble in hottie hottie territory such as Hotta Dan a Gal, Dem Bwoy No Waan No Woman on the "This Is It" riddim and "Love it Yardcore" on the Spirited riddim. One of the juiciest cuts in Lolli's repertoire is the delicious combination Di Boy featuring Samantha on the Down Sound Records' riddim, Crackas which also features Harry Toddler, Pamputtae and Anthony B. That song has made FM radio sit up and pay attention to the young deejay.

He has performed at shows in Duckensfield, St. Thomas, Montego Bay, St. James and Bourbon Beach in Negril in the last few months. Earlier this year, he locked down a dance in Burnt Savannah in St. Elizabeth with his savvy rhymes at an event called 'Dons and Divas Blue Carpet' in January. He was also one of the main advertised acts at "Reggae in the Valley" 2011 in St. Elizabeth.

"The response to the When We Roll video has been incredible, it just fuel me to want more so I will be dropping another video this Summer, for another single on an upcoming riddim project by Down Sound, the company ah work wid me, dem see the potential so mi a work wid it as well," Lollie said in an interview.





Nature serenades mothers with 'Mama'

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Reggae singer Nature has inked a production and booking deal with independent record label, Down Sound Records (DSR).

Nature says: "It is a good look for my career right now because DownSound has a strong management, promotion and production team to get the music over the world, so right now, I am in the studio, working on several tracks for an album.

According to Billboard-charting producer Cordell 'Skatta' Burrell, who is in charge of production at DSR, the singer has recorded over 20 tracks so far.

"We're going to choose about 14 of them to do an album. We have some promising songs such as 'Mama You Saved Me' song which we believe is going is toset the reggae world on fire."

Nature has been in the studio for the past month,creating the right vibes for an album that he hopes will rekindle interest inthe art form of reggae among the Twitter generation of younger fans. "I am doing music to uplift the mind and the soul, and I wantto soothe the soul of all the Jamaicans who are going through a difficult time,whether they are old, middle-aged or teenagers. The people need spiritual foodand that is why I am doing music," he intoned seriously.

The artiste, whose real name is Andre Ellis, is known for singles like Wasting Time and Hold On. Both songs generated a lot of airplay on radio and television, and created a buzz in Europe a few years ago.

Downsound CEO Josef Bogdanovich said that signing Nature was a no-brainer.

"He is a phenomenal singer who can force FM radio in Jamaica to sit up and listen. He has a great work ethic, great songs and  a wonderful voice. He is coming up fast in theworld of reggae," he said.

Last year, Nature got rave reviews after a series of explosive performances on the island continent of Australia.

"My music is always positive and brings upliftment to themind. My music is to bring people together, not divide," the St Jamesnative said.

Nature has been involved in music since he was nine. The 26-year-old singer has received various accolades for his music including the best singer award at the Eastern Awards in 2008 and a trophy for his singingand songwriting in a competition put on in St James by Dangazone in 2002.

With a name that signifies his love for the environment,Nature started gettingserious about his career in 2002. Since then, he has recorded with Big Ship,King Jammy's, Truckback Records and Ricardo Gardener's Heart of Love Music label.

He has made a high-powered cameo on the new single, When We Roll, which includes the entire roster of the Down Sound Records team. His solid contribution has proven his versatility because it is not easy for a reggae singer to deliver the goods on a thumping, hardcore rap beat. Nature also has a number of other songs out such as Cry Out, Most High God and Dirty Closet,which was featured in the popular roots play, Talk Done, Time For Action.

Nature's move from St James to St Andrew has also helped to propel his career over the last few years, racking up gigs at Sting, GT Extravaganza, Reggae Sumfest,Champions In Action and Island Explosion.

He added: "I want to spread the music so that the worldcan be a better place. Mi have to big up producers like Ricardo Gardener who helped to get my music all over the world. The world can look forward to bigsongs from Nature in 2012 and beyond. DSR to the world."

Look out for his new Mama song on the DSR label.





Appleton to invade 'Dutty Mas' Jouvert

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Bacchanal Jamaica is promising "paint paint and more paint" for their Jouvert Fete and Road March, "Alien Invasion" on Friday April 13. The event dubbed 'Dutty Mas' guarantees that it will have all bacchanalists jumping from 10pm til Mornin', powered by their mugs full of Appleton, and the super nova turntable line up of Trini Soca masters DJ Duchess Alicia and DJ Private Ryan and local Soca revolutionaries DJ Smoke and DJ Bambino. Headlining the event will be the Soca Queen, Destra Garcia, who will lead the paint covered baddists out of the Lift Off arena and on to the streets of Kingston!

Known as the event that paints the streets of Kingston, Bacchanal Jouvert holds the "paint can't done" record over all other Jouverts, leading paint covered, rum-toting revellers through the streets of New Kingston. This year the route from the new Mas Camp is a bit longer, ensuring that revellers have plenty time to get on bad in the streets, enjoying the last hurrah before Carnival, until the wee hours of the early morning!

Appleton, who has been a regular sponsor of Jouvert in the past, promises patrons that they will enjoy their night to the last drop, with their regular Appleton Mug Madness as well as giveaways of one free Appleton drink plus a mug to party with for the first 250 persons.

Tickets for the ultimate Dutty Mas start at $2000 presold and $2500 at the gate for general entrance. But for patrons who want to be a bit closer to the stage and enjoy a night inclusive of food and premium top shelf Wray and Nephew liquor, VIP ticket prices go from $4000 presold to $4500 at the gate.




Sidonie say Ele nah mind him pickney!!!!

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People it look like say no money really nah make inna the industry. Mi just get a broadcast on me phone! Dem say a Sidonie, Elephant Man baby mother send it out:

"Frens of nasty ELEPHANT unuh tell him me SIDONIE gonna finish wa lef a him career. Floss everyday and expect man fi mine him pickney dem. Tell dat big black joncrow me on to him and I won't stop. Love run go media bout him take care of him kids u a wicked oneil caz u don't kno how dem eat or weh dem sleep. U love u dog dem more than u kids u wutless piece a shit...GoD ago beat u but u see tru mi LoVE GOD mi a give him a helping hand u fi gweh n mi don't care!!"
















Toronto Music Summit - May 26th, 2012!

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Are you an emerging artist who doesn't know where to start in the music industry, a student studying in the entertainment industry or just a professional who wants to network? Join us on May 26th from 10am-3pm at the Fairmont Royal York (100 Front Street West, Toronto, Ontario) for the Toronto International Music Summit a conference for the independent emerging artists to learn more about the music business, understand how to develop their careers and network with industry professionals.

The 2012 conference will be guided by four key areas. Music business experts will share their insights in; Music Training, Marketing & Branding, Understanding the Music Business and mentorship for emerging Artists. Attending the event will be music industry professionals, executives and various companies to provide their expertise - combining information and intensive conference sessions.

The conference will be followed by live performances at Hard Rock Cafe (279 Yonge Street) from the top indie artists who are honoured for their artistry and fan devotion. This is an event where emerging Canadian artists of the music scene are being scouted!

Proceeds will be donated to MusiCounts non-profit organization to support music programs for kids across Canada.

Feel free to visit the website: http://torontoims.com/ to learn more about the speakers and to register for VIP Tickets.

For more information contact: Tanya Michell, Executive Director via email at Tanya@torontoims.com or call 647-278-2528




Reggae Sumfest Kicks Off with Competitions

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The promoters of Reggae Sumfest are pulling out all stops to ensure that this year's staging surpasses everyone's expectations.

The promoters of the  internationally acclaimed event are taking on a slightly different path by setting the promotional phase of the festival into gear as early as this month.

Summerfest Productions recently revealed  the newly generated competition. Executive Director, Johnny Gourzong explained "As it's our 20th Birthday, we really wanted to involve our patrons in the behind the scenes preparations for the festival".

To kick-start what will be a series of action packed festivities, Gourzong revealed three competitions scheduled to begin this week; including a Sumfest T-shirt design contest, a collector's item poster design challenge and an official Reggae Sumfest Rhythm competition.

According to Gourzong, "These promotional contests will allow fans to take part in the production aspect of the festival and will ultimately determine the look and sound for this year's staging".

The poster contest will allow entrants to design a layout to be used on Reggae Sumfest artwork and kept as a collector's item for years to come. The t-shirt competition will also appeal to the visually artistic fans, who will be required to create a t-shirt design to be worn by all Sumfest fans. Lastly, the Rhythm competition will allow contestants to create and produce the official Reggae Sumfest rhythm, which will be used in electronic advertising and given to local artistes to record on. Three winners will be selected from each contest and given an attractive compensation package. Winners will be chosen by public vote, another decision made by the Sumfest team as a means to involve Jamaican and international fans alike. In addition to these fantastic party starters, Sumfest promoters also divulged that this year, the Birthday celebrations would be extended to a full week of activities, and further advised that supporters should keep posted to the event's Facebook and Twitter pages as a lot of promotional updates would be released there first. Reggae Sumfest is scheduled take place from July 15 - 21 in Montego Bay, Jamaica.




D'Angel apologizes to fans

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Most of the artiste billed to appear at D'Angels birthday party in Savanna-la-Mar, over the weekend was a no-show. D'Angel was rather disappointed and has since apologized to all the fans. Some of the artistes slated to perform at her birthday party held at Hotel Commingle in Savanna-la-Mar, Westmoreland, were Beenie Man, Capleton, Coco Tea, Ryno, Zamunda, Twin of Twins, Stacious, Ikaya, Tanto Blacks, Charly Black, Droop Lion and Hero. However, only Twin of Twins, Zamunda, Coco Tea, Droop Lion and some Westmoreland-based artistes showed.

D'Angel noted that the artistes did make a commitment to perform and only disclosed their inability to attend the event after it had already started. She said Capleton was the headliner for another show, Potential Kidd was in a minor accident and Beenie Man was minutes away when the police told her she had to end the event. She however managed to get Beenie Man on speaker phone to apologize to the people who were very upset.

In order to make it up to the fans she is planning to do a free show in the west. She said Beenie Man is already confirmed for that show and she is also asking all the other artistes who failed to turn up at the show contact her as soon as possible, as they owe it to the people of Savanna-la-Mar.




Liquid is back on air

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After four long months of being on suspension, ZJ Liquid made his much anticipated return to radio yesterday.  It is said that he allegedly breached directives that were issued by the Broadcasting Commission, hence the suspension. The discjock turned deejay/producer returned to his job at Zip 103 FM for his 2-6 p.m. slot (Throwback Tuesdays).

Liquid's absence was felt by his many fans who expressed themselves on social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter. They even went as far as creating a facebook group 'Put Liquid back on air', to express their displeasure and their need to have him back on radio.

Fans were overjoyed at his return yesterday. Facebook and twitter was buzzing with excitement as the word got out that the discjock was back on the airwaves.

Team Liquid sent out a press release following the discjock/deejay/producers return:

'Following a long four-month suspension, Liquid is ready to bring back that #goodmusic by providing the unique Jamaican radio experience that he has been renowned for. The multi-winning Zip jock of the year thanks his fans, supporters, Team Liquid, Zip 103 FM and the Broadcasting Commission for giving him another opportunity to showcase his talent. Having been at Zip 103 FM since its inception in 2002, Liquid recognises his social responsibility as an entertainer, educator and ambassador for Jamaican radio and dancehall music and aspires to maintain the highest standard of professionalism moving forward'.




Private School Teacher fondles child??

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A wha really a gwaan over Portmore. Mi just hear say a teacher from a private school ova deh fondled one of his students.

Mi hear say the 52 year old teacher touch di likkle girl on her private parts and di girl go home go tell her mother.

The mother report him to the Portmore Police station and dem charge him.

He was granted bail for $500,000 and is to reappear in court on June 5th.




Lesbian cop chops lover?

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A female police officer who is accused of chopping her female lover with a machete following claims that the complainant was having an affair with a man has been remanded in court until April 19. 

Sharnalee Lindsay, who is a member of the Island Special Constabulary Force is charged with wounding with intent.

According to reports, on March 27, Lindsay and the complainant left home together and went to a location on Marcus Garvey Drive in the Corporate Area where Lindsay lured the complainant into bushes. It is further being alleged that Lindsay used a machete to chop the complainant all over her body.

In the complainants statement, she explained that she and the accused were in a very close relationship but she told the defendant that she was now with a male which angered the defendant.

The complainant's lawyers dismissed the allegations that the females were lovers. He also argued that on the day of the incident, it was the complainant who lured his client into bushes where she and a third party, who is now on the run, attacked Lindsay.




School Teacher killed in St Catherine

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The body of a school teacher was found in a river which runs close her home in Bamboo District in the parish yesterday.

She has been identified as 33-year-old Paula Gordon.

Reports are that neighbours began a search for her yesterday after they observed blood spots near her house.

Her body was found with injuries and a wound to the head, which the police believe was inflicted by her attacker.

Gordon was a teacher at the Sergeantville All-Age School in Harker Hall, St Catherine.

She was to leave the island this week on a trip to Disneyland in the United States.

The police believe robbery was the motive for Gordon's murder as an undetermined sum of money she reportedly has was missing.

St Catherine North Police have launched an investigation into the murder.




Jamaica end Carifta with 77 medals

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Jamaica once again underlined its dominance of regional track and field, emphatically topping the competition at the 41st Carifta Games, which came to a close at the National Sports Centre in Bermuda yesterday. 

The Bahamas took second place with 14 gold medals, 14 silver and 12 bronze medals. The Bahamas was followed by Trinidad and Tobago who finished third on the medal table with six gold medals, nine silver and seven bronze.




Jamaica makes powerful start at Carifta Games

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Jamaica continues to dominate the Carifta Games with their medal count now standing at 52, including a staggering 26 golds.

Jamaica, who have long reigned supreme at the annual regional event, have almost double the amount of their nearest rivals, the Bahamas, who have 25 medals.

Jamaican pole vaulter Xavier Boland set the tone for the second day of the Games, winning gold in the open boys event with a jump of 4.40 metres. Paul Ann Gayle, shattered the Under-17 Girls discus record with a throws of 42.06 and 43.99 metres.

Gleneve Grange earned Jamaica another gold in the open girls pentathlon with 3292 points, with Bermuda pair Jordan Bascome (2310) and Aaliya Nolan (2098) finishing sixth and eighth respectively.

In the Girls Under-17 800 metres, Jamaica added to their massive medal haul with Tiffany James taking gold in a time of two minutes and 18.11 seconds. Her team-mate, Chantai Smith claimed silver (2:18.26) with British Virgin Islands Lakeisha Warner placing third (2:18.26).

Jamaica stormed their way to a one-two in the Under-17 Boys 800 metres with Ricardo McKenzie grabbing gold (2:02.73) and Orville Dixon taking silver (2:02.98). 

The gold medals kept rolling in for Jamaica with Simoya Campbell winning the Girls Under-20 800 metres in 2:08.48.

Okeen Williams also added a gold to Jamaica's mammoth medal tally, winning the boys 400 metres hurdles (53.15) ahead of his team-mate Marvin Williams who claimed silver (54.96). D'Mitry Charlton, of the Bahamas, won bronze in 54.99, however the biggest cheer of the race was saved for Bermuda's Jermiah Steede, 15, who won the hearts of the home crowd despite coming last.

The hero hurdler picked himself up after falling at the third jump to limp over the finish line in 1:34.00, and required medical treatment at the trackside for a suspected hamstring injury.

Jamaica is seeking to overhaul the 66 medals won last year. Jamaica's tally is currently at 26 gold, 14 silver and 12 bronze!




















The Panama Canal and the Caribbean

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In two years time, significantly larger ships will be able to pass via an enlarged Panama Canal between the Pacific Ocean and the Caribbean Sea. Together with other infrastructural developments this is leading some Caribbean governments to hope that with the support of investors from outside the region, Panama's development as a hub for the hemisphere could significantly improve the region's economic prospects.

There is a growing body of opinion that when in 2014 the enlarged Panama Canal opens, and the size of vessel able to pass across the isthmus will more than double, this could bring economic growth to nations at the western end of the region.

At present, the canal is limited to ships carrying 3,500 TEUs (twenty foot containers equivalent units) but after 2014 it will be able to convey post-Panamax vessels with a greater draught carrying up to 12,000 TEUs. This is expected to result in cargo volumes increasing by an average of three percent per year, the canal handling 510m tons of cargo per annum by 2025 compared with 313m tons 2007, and earnings for Panama projected to reach more than US$6 billion annually.

Because of the Caribbean's location at the intersection of east-west and north-south shipping routes, it is anticipated that one outcome will be for the region's deepwater ports to become significant transhipment and logistics centres and hubs for international commerce.

Jamaica is particularly well placed geographically to take advantage of the widening of the Canal. Minister of Industry, Investment and Commerce, Anthony Hylton, said that the Jamaican Government was moving quickly to encourage a broad range of investments aimed at taking advantage of the opportunity that changes to the Panama Canal will present. He told potential investors that Jamaica was well placed to become one of a small number of large trans-shipment and logistics centres that are going to emerge. The Port of Kingston, he said, would be at the heart of plans which involved the dredging of the Kingston harbour and expansion of port facilities; the establishment at various locations on the island of a dry dock, a bunkering facility, construction of a cargo and maintenance, repair and operations facility; and the development of an Economic Zone.

Panama has also made clear that it intends becoming the hub for Caribbean and Latin American air services.Until recently, the biggest disincentive to the creation of a deeper relationship between Latin America and the Caribbean has been the absence of any significant scheduled air services. This has been especially frustrating in the case of geographically near neighbours in Central America where the hoped for development of closer ties through commerce and tourism has largely remained unfulfilled. The only option for hundreds of thousands of Caribbean citizens, visitors and business people wishing to travel from the Caribbean to Latin America has been to fly to Miami and be subjected to delay, irritation, idiosyncratic security and unnecessary expense.

Now, the privately owned and profitable Panamanian airline, COPA, is rapidly developing air services into the Caribbean through its hub at Tocumen International Airport in Panama City. This provides, for most, a visa-free alternative to Miami, enabling rapid transfers to virtually everywhere in Latin America as well as to Caribbean destinations including Jamaica, the Bahamas, Haiti, Aruba, Trinidad, the Dominican Republic, Cuba, Puerto Rico, and St Maarten with o Barbados and elsewhere to be added shortly.




Immigrants to catch a break on processing fees

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The United States is set to lower some immigrant visa processing fees later this month. The lower rates are set to be effective on April 13, 2012 and immediate relative and family preference and employment-based applicants are among the big winners.

According to the U.S. State Department, spouses, children and relatives filing for their immigrant relatives will now pay a processing fee of $230, a savings of $100 as the current fee is $330.

Employers filing for employees will now pay $405, saving them a whopping $315 as the current fee is $720. Others saving will be winners of the Diversity Visa Program and applicants who are filing to have their residency status returned. Those fees will be lowered from $440 to $330 for the diversity program and from $380 to $275 for the returning resident status applications.

All other immigrant visa application fees will be lowered from $305 to $220.

The decrease in fees will also apply to K or fiancé (e) visa applicants and those seeking treaty investor and trader visas or the E visa as they are commonly called. The K visa application fee has been lowered from $350 to $240 while the E visa filing fee will cost $270 now, down from $390.

However, tourists and others who want to travel to the US will see an increase from $140 to $160 while applicants of Petition-based visas will now pay an application fee of $190 instead of $150. These visa categories include H (for temporary workers and trainees), L (for intra-company transferees), O (for aliens with extraordinary ability), P (for athletes, artists and entertainers), Q (for international cultural exchange visitors) and R (for religious occupations).

The State Department says the fee adjustments are necessary since it is required to recover, as far as possible, the cost of processing visas through the collection of application fees. The non-immigrant visa fee increase, officials explained, will support the addition and expansion of overseas facilities, as well as additional staffing required to meet increased visa demand.

The US Embassy says the fee adjustments are the result of a December 2011 worldwide cost-of-service study conducted by the Bureau of Consular Affairs in the Department of State. More information on the fees can be found at fee on the Bureau of Consular Affairs website, travel.state.gov.




Pregnant media personality shot in the face

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Twenty eight year old Jody Ann Gray, a broadcaster and journalist who worked at the KOOL FM station was shot on Wednesday night outside of her home in Portmore, St Catherine.

Gray, who is seven months pregnant, was shot in the face and twice in the arm.

According to detectives from the St Catherine South Police Division, they are in the process of interrogating 44-year-old Wayne Whyte, a broadcaster of an address in Harbour View, Kingston 17. Whyte is reported to be Jody Ann's boyfriend and the father of her unborn child.

Reports are that Jody Ann drove up to her gate and was pounced upon by a man who shot her once in the face and twice in the arm. The man then jumped into a waiting Corolla motorcar, which the police said was being driven by Whyte, and tried to escape in the area. However, the police, who were on the scene within minutes of the shooting, intercepted the motorcar which had three men aboard.

Two registration plates made out of cardboard were found covering the original registration plates of the Corolla motorcar, the police said. When those plates were removed, it was discovered that the motorcar was registered to Whyte and a woman who shared his last name, of a Harbour View address, police said.

The police also seized a firearm suspected to be the weapon used in the shooting. Gray is stable in hospital and her baby is said to be OK.




Traffic cop gets death threats

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It is being reported that police officials have stepped up security around head of the Traffic Division, Senior Superintendent Radcliffe Lewis, following threats made on his life. Some Police sources say they believe the threats came as a result of a series of intensified operations by the police to clamp down on illegal taxi operators in the Corporate Area. SSP Lewis yesterday said members of his team seized a total of 41 vehicles during a clampdown against illegal route taxis. Police said two persons who had warrants out for breaches of the Road Traffic Act were arrested and 13 license plates were removed from several of the vehicles during the operation.

Lewis also said that over the past two weeks police have stepped up their drive to go after rogue taxi operators. He warned that the operations would be intensify especially against taxi operators who ply the Half-Way-Tree to Papine route.

The clampdown came following reports that the taxi operators have begun to hike their fares.

"This was the final straw that broke the camel's back as these operators, not only are they operating illegally, but the move to increase the fares was illegal," said Lewis.

The Police said, students of the University of the West Indies and University of Technology as well as other commuters who usually pay $80 per trip were forced to pay $100 and in some cases, even $150.




Protect Our Children: A Yardflex Exclusive

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Yardflex recently visited the Bustamante Children's hospital to obtain more information about cases where children as young as 18 months old are being raped and abused by family members. Many of the children are left suffering from Herpes, Syphilis, gonorrhea, AIDS and other STI's.

After speaking with a Doc at the facility we were told of a more recent case where a five year old who had contracted HIV, Syphilis and Gonorrhea. The child reported that she was bing molested by her father.

According to the Doctor, most children come in to be treated for a cold or flu and when they are examined, it is discovered that they have been molested.

Many of the mothers of these young, innocent children are said to be aware of what is taking place but refuse to press charges against these men. Mothers are even said to be "selling" their children to make ends meet.

Our Government should NOT turn a blind eye to what is happening to the young, innocent children! Where are the social workers, who will protect our children?

Meanwhile, a young Jamaican, Brandon Allwood has founded the organization Help JA Children. The organization will be having a march on May 1st from the Bustamante Children's Hospital to Emancipation park.  At Emancipation Park, a rally is scheduled to take place which will include speakers from various stakeholder organizations. 

According to Allwood, "It is time we really look at the state of our nation's children. The first step in protecting them is making sure we have population that is aware of the true picture, and how they can help. This march will send a message to all persons who ill-treat children that Jamaica will not tolerate such behaviour, and we will fight for the safety and well-being of Jamaica's precious children."

Persons who wish to register for the march can log on to:




Ninja Man back in the studio

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Ninja Man is at it again. Mi hear say the original 'one teet, gold teet, don gorgan' inna di studio a record crazy song fi drop a road. 

Him just voice a song wid Kiprich name Don Gorgan is back and mi hear say it a go tun up di road when it drop!!!

Ninja Man look like him plan f come run dancehall. We just a wait and see because you know Ninja Man nuh fraid a nobody, him will talk di tings.




Queen Ifrica welcomes baby boy!

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According to wha mi hear, Queen Ifrica have baby fi Tony Rebel wha day yah. 

Mi hear say is a little boy she have and his name is Malawi. But mi really haffi ask, Tony Rebel nuh big man fi Ifrica, plus Tony Rebel nuh live wid him baby madda???

Anyway, congrats on the birth of your new baby and all the best to you and your family.








Vybz Kartel get back him Benz

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So a likkle birdie weh deh close to the 'Worl Boss' tell wi sey dem release the Benz and all a the other assets weh dem did cease. Dem no tell wi who exactly dem gi it to wi ongle hear sey a the family get it.......so a wonder if a Shortie have the key? Hhehehehe.

A the Benz deh inna the spotlight, but we a hear sey the police dem did tek weh him papers dem fi sum odda propert weh him own and him passport and computers to, all a dem deh send back to the family. The likkle birdie sey him see the Benz wid d family so a no lie, dem get back everything. So now dat all a dat a gwaan a wonda what going become of the cases dem set against him? Mek wi watch and see.




Collie Buddz launched radio station

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At 6am on Friday March 30th,  local reggae star Collie Buddz launched Bermuda's newest radio station - VIBE 103.3 FM.

The radio stion is owned and operated by Collie Buddz [Colin Harper] and his brother Matthew Harper. VIBE 103.3 FM is set to give audiences a mixture of Top 40, Caribbean and Dance music, and a blend of both local and overseas news, weather, sports and entertainment news. VIBE 103.3 FM is aiming for "minimal drive time commentary" and will be set apart from the rest by giving listeners "less talk, more music."

Collie Budz made it clear that Vibe 103 will only be about hit music from all genres played 24/7 automated and by live DJs. Whether it's a current hit song or a future hit song, they'll be playing it,

This new station will offer "Inside Edition," a daily news magazine that gives audiences a mix of investigations, interviews and human interest stories as well as celebrity and pop culture features; "ET Radio Minute" featuring the latest entertainment news highlights; "Doctor's Orders" which will feature four medical practitioners with four different specialties, and Sky Sports News, the latest news from the Sky Sports UK news desk. In addition listeners can tune into VIBE 103.3FM online via www.vibe103.com.




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Organisers of the Miss Universe Pageant has reversed their decision to remove a transgender contestant form the pageant. A statement was issued late Monday night, in which the Miss Universe Organization said Jenna Talackova can compete provided "she meets the legal gender recognition requirements of Canada, and the standards established by other international competitions."

The news came a day before Talackova was expected to hold a news conference with high-profile feminist lawyer Gloria Allred to talk about her experience. She has not spoken to reporters and it is still unclear whether or not the news conference will be held.

The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation, or GLAAD was very pleased with the decision taken by the pageant organisers, "The Miss Universe Organization made the right decision and has taken an important first step," the group said in a statement.

Talackova was one of the 65 finalists selected to contend for the title of Miss Universe Canada and the honor of representing her country in the Miss Universe competition. However last month the organisers found out that she had lied about undergoing a sexual reassignment surgery and told her she could no longer compete.

At the time, the Miss Universe Organization said current rules state that all contestants must be a "naturally born female."

In a 2010 interview in Thailand, where she was competing for Miss International Queen, a competition for transgender women, Talackova, 23, said she knew she was a girl at age 4. She said she started hormone therapy at age 14 and underwent sexual reassignment surgery at 19.

After Talackova's disqualification, social media users flooded Miss Universe Canada's Facebook page with comments criticizing the decision. A petition was then started on the social change website Change.org and it garnered more than 41,000 signatures calling for organizers to reverse their ruling.

The 61st annual Miss Universe Canada Pageant will be held in Toronto on May 19.




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People a wha really a gwaan inna di country? Mi tired fi ask unuh dis. Mi hear pon news last week say a prominent Doctor inna di Standpipe area inna jail because him do an abortion pon a likkle school girl and it never do good so her people dem go hospital and Police get involved and di Doctor get lock up.

Di Doctor say nutten nuh go so, but mi also hear pon di shout say it look like the Doctor and di young girl did inna tings and maybe a did fi him baby. Woooiiiiii, no sah, a wha wrong wid dem big, crusty, gray back man yah. Why dem nuh go look dem age. And why dem school girl yah no take dem book and stop feature man??

No sah, it nuh sound good at all and mi hope a lie because trust me, dem school girl ya a gwaan bad and not to mention the big man dem. Only young girl dem want, it look like say if you over 30 nuff big man nuh want you. 

God a come fi him world, because unuh a behave too bad down yah




Beenie Man's visa woes

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Dancehall artiste Beenie Man was unable to perform with International superstar Nicki Minaj yesterday due to Visa restrictions.

Beenie Man had initially planned to perform his collab "Gunshot" on BET'S 106 and Park with Minaj yesterday, but was told on Sunday that this performance would be a breach of his visitor's visa.

Beenie Man has still not be re-issued a work permit and was advised hat his appearance on BET would be considered as a paid performance because the station has to pay over royalties for live performances, so it would be a clear violation of the terms of his visitor's visa.  Beenie Man and his management team said they would not take the risk and would instead comply with the US Embassy.

Beenie Man has appeared on BET'S 106 and Park twice before. Beenie is currently working on his new album




Snoop Dogg doing reggae album

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Rapper Snoop Dogg is reportedly recording a reggae album. Sources say that Snoop is working with high-profile producer Diplo, who has worked with big names like Beyoncé, MIA and Usher.

According to Producer Diplo, he and Snoop have started work on 18 tracks but took a break from recording. They expect to resume some time this monSnoop Dogg is best known for hard-hitting projects like The Chronic and Murder She Wrote, both produced by Dr Dre.

He has performed twice in Jamaica, at Sashi in 2000 and at Reggae Sumfest the following yearth.




Wayne Wonder to drop album in the summer

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International artiste Wayne Wonder will be releasing a yet-to-be titled album this summer. The album will also feature collaborations with Grammy-winning artiste Shaggy, as well as female rap star Kalena of Diddy's Dirty Money.

Wayne Wonder's  chart topping single "No Letting Go" along with his songwriting, producing and smooth delivery made him a staple in clubs for the past decade.

Now, he is getting ready to make another serious push on the local dancehall scene with a slew of new singles such as Love Gets Sweeter (Cashflow Records), A Nuh Lie (for Mad Spider), They Don't Know (DJ Frass), and Caught Up (Washroom Production).

The singer is currently on a two-week stint in Europe, appearing in major clubs in cities across the continent. The tour will end on April 8.
















CHILDREN as young as four years old have been treated for gonorrhoea, syphilis, herpes and HIV at the Bustamante Hospital for Children after being raped by close family members including their fathers.

So overwhelming is the number of cases seen at the hospital yearly that one doctor is speaking out in the hope that more will be done by both individuals and communities to protect the nation's children, many of whom endure months and years of abuse before they are eventually rescued.

Dr Sandra A Knight, a general practitioner who has worked with the paediatric hospital in Kingston for the past 11 years, said more of these young patients are being brought in for sexually transmitted infections.

"The hospital sees several alleged sexual assault cases each year with the victims being anywhere from babies to 12 years old," she told the Jamaica Observer.

Many of these children are usually not taken to the hospital until they start to experience symptoms associated with the vagina, penis or anus.

Dr Knight said she treats an average of eight such cases each year while some of her colleagues see up to 13 children annually at the hospital.

Recalling some of the most disturbing cases she has dealt with during her tenure at the hospital, Dr Knight said they continue to have a long-lasting impact on her, personally.

One which still traumatises her to this day is the case of a nine-year-old boy who was buggered by the pastor his mother left him with while she went to work.

Although the boy became withdrawn and lost his appetite, the buggery was not discovered until his teacher complained that he was defecating on himself while at school.

Dr Knight said when the mother took him to the hospital his penis was swollen and scarred and his anus torn.

"You could literally look up the child's anus to the rectum," Dr Knight said.

The child later revealed that the pastor had been raping him for some time and would give him $20 each time he had sex with him.

Another case she will never forget was that of an 18-month-old boy who died after being buggered by an uncle, two years ago.

"I saw that baby two days before he died," a distraught Dr Knight said.

She recalled the day the near lifeless baby was brought to the hospital by his uncle and a pregnant girlfriend to be treated for a cold.

As she attempted to resuscitate the unconscious baby, she noticed his stomach was growing at an alarming pace.

"I was so busy resuscitating him that I didn't immediately think of turning the child over and when I turned him over the anus was destroyed," she said. "The uncle had raped the baby and when the penis went into the anus it tore off the colon (bowel) and the faeces started to run into the abdominal cavity," she explained, adding that the baby had no chance of living.

In yet another case, Dr Knight said she treated a little girl who was infected with HIV, gonorrhoea, syphilis and herpes by an uncle who was in and out of prison.

It was, however, the last two patients that Dr Knight treated a week ago that pushed her to make public the plight of these children.

In these cases, a four and a six-year-old were infected with gonorrhoea which had began to seriously ravish their young bodies by the time they were diagnosed.

"What traumatised me about the situation is when I look at the vagina of these little girls (and pardon the graphicness of what I am saying) the hymen is ripped apart, they have sores, the older child we had to evaporate the room when we were finished because pus was coming from her vagina," she said.

From the symptoms, Dr Knight said it would appear the girls would have been infected for weeks, however the younger one was only taken to the hospital after her mother noticed she was scratching her vagina while the older child had a smelly discharge.

In both cases, Dr Knight said the children refused to say who the perpetrators were, although the younger one reported that her father was sleeping in her bed, while the mother told the police that he should have been sleeping on the floor. That father has since been arrested. However, there is still no arrest made in the case of the six-year-old.

During the medical examination of these young rape victims a swab (the size of a cotton bud) is used to take a sample from the vagina and this procedure, Dr Knight said, often causes children to scream out in pain.

"And I say to myself, if this swab is so painful for them," [I can't imagine] "what the experience must have been like for these children," she said.

Once these children are found to have been sexually abused they are admitted at the hospital and are only discharged when a social worker gives the go ahead.

Knight said the doctors do not examine any child without an officer being present from the Centre for the Investigation of Sexual Offences and Child Abuse (CISOCA).

"Whenever a child comes in, CISOCA is called, and one officer will interview the family while another will remain with the doctor while the child is being examined," she explained.

She said that in most cases the children are taken to the hospital by the mothers who sometimes have been aware that these children are being molested but feel powerless to act.

In a lot of the cases, Dr Knight, said these mothers were themselves raped as children.

"Most of the mothers who I interviewed know the children are being abused, but they are economically and physically disadvantaged because the man is going to beat them, and some even send out children for men to have sex with them," she said.

One mother, Dr Knight said, admitted to her that she had a similar experience as a child and it did not affect her. "So the mentality is the child is going to be all right too," said the doctor.

There is, however, the other end of the spectrum where there are distraught mothers who will even blame themselves for not having figured out what was going on.

Head of CISOCA, Superintendent Gladys Brown-Campbell, said she had no readily available statistics to indicate whether there has been an increase in the number of carnal abuse cases involving children, but said a lot of the offences, which were committed some time ago, are now being reported.

The multi-agency approach at CISOCA, which sees all the relevant State agencies such as the Child Development Agency and Office of the Children's Registry operating under one roof, is said to make it easier for these young victims.

"Everyone is on board and so the child does not have to tell the story twice," Brown-Campbell said.

According to Brown-Campbell, a lot of these children are being abused by relatives and close family friends.

"So be careful who you entrust your children to," she warned, adding that this is often the reason why the sexual abuse is not discovered earlier.

While most of the cases she has dealt with involve persons from the lower socio-economic strata of society, Dr Knight suggested that this was so only because they are the persons who mostly access the public health system.

She also said that a lot of these children will not readily reveal the identity of the perpetrator as they find it difficult to consolidate the two ideas that the person who is supposed to love and protect them is the one hurting them.

"We had a three-year-old who it took hours for her to talk, and then she finally said "mi father say me nuffi talk," Dr Knight said.

She explained that this is usually a confusing place for a child to be, as they often do not know what they are feeling at that time.

"When these little children grow up and realise that what happened was not supposed to happen, then they start to feel ashamed and this affects their self-esteem and values and they then engage in voluntary sex at a young age," she said.

While the majority of rapes are committed by adults, there are those occasions when the sexual act is done by an older child.

Dr Knight cited a case that came to her attention only last week in which a mother brought in her 11-year-old son for treatment because he was beaten by a neighbour.

"I asked the mother why the neighbour beat the little boy and the boy said ....(name omitted) say me rape him son dem, but me neva rape dem, is go me go inna di room and see dem a f... and me join in," Dr Knight said, adding that she was taken aback by how casually he expressed himself.

So traumatic are these and several other cases she has dealt with, that Dr Knight said it has begun to impact her and some of her colleagues personally, especially after the birth of her now six year-old daughter.

"It is difficult to see a four-year-old suffering like this, and so I get obsessive about who my daughter is staying with," she said, adding that no one, regardless of social status, is safe from this demon.

The human sexual centre, she explained, is in the most primitive part of the brain and this is the area which is impacted least by what is called common sense and is instead controlled more by reflexes and urges.

According Dr Knight, it all comes down to the sexual indiscipline and the inability to control one's urges.

Dr Knight said another of the driving forces which has led her to speak out about this scourge affecting society, is the many sexual dysfunctions among adults which can be traced back to their childhood

"A physician who is being divorced confided in me that he was sexually abused as a child and was having difficulty maintaining a relationship with a woman as he was sexually abused by a woman," she said, explaining further that having grown up in a poor family he was sent to board at a lady's house during his high school years and the lady took sex for rent.

As for the wheels of justice, Dr Knight is not convinced they are turning as fast as they should, as of all the cases she has treated over the years, she has only been called three times to be a witness in court, which could suggest that a lot of them do not get resolved.

She feels helpless at not having any one solution to the problem. However, she is hoping that by speaking out public awareness will be raised and responsible adults will be prompted to take action.

"My solutions are, one, to make society aware of the fact that they need to protect their children, and two, if you are a perpetrator you will be punished and lastly, to let everyone know that it is wrong to do this," she said.

As for Jamaica having a sex offenders registry to alert communities to the identity sex offenders, Knight does not believe this would work as smoothly in Jamaica as in the United States, because Jamaicans might not be mature enough to handle this because of the vigilante culture.

***story taken from Jamaica Observer***




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Calabar High School last night captured their 23rd lien on the Mortimer Geddes Trophy for the ISSA/GraceKennedy Boys' and Girls' Athletics Championships at the National Stadium to celebrate their 100th anniversary in fine style.

The green and black-clad standard bearers from Red Hills Road amassed 287.5 to beat Kingston College (KC) 265, and dethroned champion Jamaica College (JC) 220.5, with Wolmer's Boys' fourth on 140.




 

Xposed Skinz Bikini | Model: Tashie-Gay

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Model: Tashie-Gay
Agency: Lipstickk Smooches
Bikini Line: Xposed Skinz Bikini 
City: Mandeville
Country: Jamaica
Height: 5' 7"
Weight: 120lb

Location: Hedonism II
Photographer: Blista Inc Photography
Edited by: Blista Inc Photography.
City: Montego Bay
Country: Jamaica

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Xposed Skinz Bikinis

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Model: Erica Lynne
Agency: Oxygen's Bad Girls Club
Country: USA
Height: 5' 3"
Weight: 34D-27-41
Photographer: Blista Inc Photography

















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Name: Sasha (Owner/ Designer of Xposed Skinz)
Country: USA
Height: 5'2
Weight: 101
Hips: 33
Waist: 24
Bust: 33




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Rita Marley, widow of the great Robert Nesta "Bob" Marley and the first lady of Reggae will be among eight icons to be honored at the 31stannual International Reggae and World Music Awards returning to Chicago July 5th after 15 years on the road. In addition, for the first time ever the Awards will be held in conjunction with Chicago's 4th of July weekend celebration -- the 20th anniversary of the International Festival of Life. The festival takes place from July 4-8 in Washington Park with July 5th set aside for the Red Carpet IRAWMA Awards ceremony.

Ephraim Martin, IRAWMA and IFOL producer, said that after fifteen consecutive years on the road, the International Reggae and World Music Awards (IRAWMA) ceremony has come home. "It's going to be a grand celebration," he said. "Since The Taste of Chicago, one of America's biggest July 4th Independence celebrations begins later in the month the Festival of Life will serve as the main event for residents and visitors from around the world. The Chicago Office of Tourism will join IFOL in its effort to maximize tourists to Chicago for the July 4th holiday."

He added, "We're going to roll out the red carpet in Washington Park on the 5th of July right in the middle of the festival and just steps from President Barack Obama's home."

Eight Icons who are living legends were named for the Reggae 50 Honors. Two honorees will receive the Martin's International Award of Honor in Media. The 2012 Hall of Fame Inductee(s) will be named at a later date.

The REGGAE 50 HONOREES ARE:

RITA MARLEY - FOR HER WORK IN THE PERSERVATION AND PROMOTION OF REGGAE'S LEGACY

  • MARCIA GRIFFITHS EMPRESS OF REGGAE
  • JUDY MOWATT FOR SPIRITUAL SERVICE THROUGH MUSIC
  • FREDDIE MCGREGOR FOR 50 YEARS OF DEDICATED & UNTIRING SERVICE TO JAMAICA AND THE WORLD THROUGH MUSIC
  • KEN BOOTHE- FOR BEING MOST CONSISTENT IN THE PRESERVATION OF JAMAICA'S ROCKSTEADY MUSIC
  • ERIC DONALDSON - THE KING OF JAMAICAN SONG CONTEST IN PAST 50 YEARS
  • CHARLES CAMERON- FOR SIXTY YEARS OF UNTIRING CONTRIBUTION TO JAMAICAN MUSIC
  • COPELAND FORBES FOR 50 YEARS OF VALUABLE CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE MUSIC INDUSTRY

THE MARTIN'S INTERNATIONAL MEDIA AWARDEES ARE:

  • BERKO AKOTO OWUSU, AFRICAN SPECTRUM- FOR OUTSTANDING JOURNALISTIC CONTRIBUTION TO AFRICAN AND WORLD MUSIC
  • ONSTAGE TV- WINFORD WILLIAMS FOR MOST VALUABLE MEDIA CONTRIBUTIONS TO REGGAE IN THE LAST DECADE

Dedicated to "Jamaica's 50th Year of Independence," the Festival of Life will feature a pavilion showcasing "All Things Jamaican," and serving as a road to Jamaica's Golden Jubilee in August. Importers/exporters, hoteliers, shipping services, travel-oriented entrepreneurs and businesses that market Jamaica or Jamaican brand products are encouraged to contact Martin's International at 312/427-0266 or e-mail:irawmasponsor@gmail.com to be a part of the pavilion.
 
  • This history making 31st IRAWMA and the 20th anniversary IFOL is sponsored by NBC 5 TV- Chicago, The Chicago Park District, Chicago Office of Tourism, J.FC Jerk and Fried Chicken, Robert Scott - One Stop Studio, Rogers Park Fruit Market, Insurance Brokers, Inc, Captain Hooks Fish/Chicken and Firehouse, KCB Inc and others. The Marriott Chicago Midway Airport is the official hotel for the five days celebration. For reservation call 1-708-594-5500 and mention the code words "Festival/Awards".
 
Hours for the Festival of Life are 12:00 pm to 10:00 pm daily, except for July 5th and 6thfrom 3:00 pm to 10:00 pm. The IRAWMA red carpet arrival and Awards Ceremony will be held on Thursday, July 5th from 6:00 to 10:00 pm. Get tickets now at www.festivaloflife.biz,www.irawma.com or call 312/427-0266 . E-mail: festoflife@gmail.com.




Sex Position of the Day: The Octopus

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Erotic Instructions:
Have your guy sit on the floor with his hands on the ground behind him. Tell him to spread his legs and bend them slightly at the knees. Keeping your hands on the floor for support, straddle his lap, facing him, and raise your legs so your right leg rests on his left shoulder and your left leg on his right shoulder. Do it right and you two will look like a multi-limbed lust creature.

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Why You'll Love It:
Because your body is tilted upward, your guy enters you in up-and-down motions rather than circular or side-to-side, bringing on deep, direct G-spot orgasms. And you both get a prime bird's-eye view of the action - a male fantasy come true! Plus, if you can master this one, you two will have entered the Kama Sutra Hall of Fame. And what could be hotter than that?




Xposed Skinz Runner up (2nd Place)

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Model: Leesa 
Xposed Skinz Runner up (2nd Place)
State: New York City
Country: USA
Height 5'7
Measurements 34-26-41
Featured Magazine: Smooth Magazine

Location: Hedonism II
Photographer: Blista Inc Photography
Edited by: Blista Inc Photography.
City: Montego Bay
Country: Jamaica

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Xposed Skinz Bikini Winner

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Model: Stickky Nickky
Xposed Skinz Bikini Winner
City: Montego Bay
Country: Jamaica
Height: 5' 7"

Location: Hedonism II
Photographer: Blista Inc Photography
Edited by: Blista Inc Photography.
City: Montego Bay
Country: Jamaica

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75 Jamaican pilots to be laid off

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The Trinidad and Tobago-based Caribbean Airlines is to continue talks with the executive of the Jamaica Airline Pilots Association (JALPA) this week.

This follows confirmation that the positions of 75 Jamaican pilots employed through CARIBAL are to be made redundant as the company is being closed down. CARIBAL is a locally-based subsidiary of Caribbean Airlines which was established at the time of the Air Jamaica take-over by the Trinidad carrier.

Caribbean Airlines has said of the 75 Jamaican pilots to lose their jobs, 65 are to be offered new contracts. According the chairman of Air Jamaica, Denis Lalor, CARIBAL was always meant to be a transition company.

However last week, JALPA produced an October 2010 memorandum from Caribbean Airlines' vice president Charmaine Heslop DaCosta saying otherwise.

The memorandum which was addressed to JALPA said CARIBAL was not a transition company.

In the meantime, Caribbean Airlines says the Jamaican pilots set to lose their jobs will be required to express an interest in being re-hired by Caribbean Airlines.

The company said it has been agreed that where such interest is similar to, or less than the available positions, a formal interview process will not be required.




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A promoter called  Wrenroy Smith, is upset with dancehall selector Tony Matterhorn who he says is double-booking dates and not honouring his commitments. He is also demanding the return of a  90,000 deposit for a show on April 7, 2012.

The promoter has issued a letter which states:

I, Wrenroy Smith, am the promoter for an annual event on Annotto Bay, Jamaica billed as Girls Graduation - an all white edition fundraising event.

I booked the services of Dancehall DJ/artist Tony Matterhorn, in addition to other sound system DJ's, and invested money and promotional work into staging my event and had to cancel it because Tony Matterhorn pulled out of my event at the last minute, without returning my deposit.

Girls Graduation was scheduled for April 7, 2012. On December 29, 2011, I sent a deposit of $1,065.00 to Tony Matterhorn via Western Union, officially booking him for April 7, 2012. In January 2012, Tony Matterhorn called me to say that he had accepted another booking for April 7, 2012 (World Clash RESET in New York). He asked if I could change my date to April 6, 2012. I notified him that I couldn't as I already booked the venue in Jamaica, and made a deposit on the sound systems, Swatch and Jamrock. Over 20,000 flyers were already printed and I had already started street promotion in Jamaica.

Realizing that I couldn't change the date of my event, Tony Matterhorn said he would have to cancel with me and return my deposit ($1,065.00). April 7, 2012 has come and gone and Tony Matterhorn has not returned my deposit. I have reached out to him numerous times and he had set different dates with me as to when he would return my money. That hasn't been done. He has given me false numbers and BBM pin and has dodged and evaded every opportunity for me to reach him directly.

My reason for writing this letter is to make a public statement and appeal to Tony Matterhorn to contact me directly and refund the deposit that I had given him. His behavior is false, elusive, unprofessional and unbecoming of someone of his stature in the dancehall music business. I would like to resolve this matter as soon as possible.

Wrenroy Smith
Promoter




RIP Tyrone Blake of Merritone Music

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Yet another piece of Jamaica's rich musical legacy, in the form of Tyrone Blake of Merritone Music, has passed on.Called to the higher portals, may his soul rest in peace.The Merritone musical dynasty has been a key witness and participant in the most wonderful story which is the development of Jamaica's popular music culture since the early 1950's. The legendary sound system was established by father Val Blake, and continued through sons Trevor, Winston, Tyrone, Monte and a longstanding and loyal support team, represented by the charming Lorna Bess.Our condolences go out to the entire Merritone Music family in this time of their grief.

FUNERAL: Also, the funeral for Tyrone Blake is set for Wednesday, May 9, 2012 at Church of the Transfiguration, Meadowbrook Main, beginning at 11:00 a.m. Interment follows in the Dovecot Cemetery.












Di Matey Dem Ting Tun Up!! - by Buffilous

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love-groupie.jpgA China di ting reach!!! A which popular 'socialite' mi hear say get fly out gone a China?? No sah, dem mate ya a live good life!!

Di Rasta fly her gone a China because she did want go do some shopping and all dese tings!!

Mi like how dem matey ya a roll, dem nah waste no time!!! Dem a step up dem game! Go tru ya my girl. A nuff artiste you did deh wid, but you finally hit the jackpot now!!!




Scared AA passengers abandon flight

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aa-passengers.jpgAt least 12 American Airlines passengers who were scheduled to depart the Norman Manley International Airport in Kingston to Miami, this evening refused to board the aircraft which had mechanical and electrical problems earlier today.

Flight AA2038 was scheduled to depart at 8:45 yesterday, but never left until 7:53 p.m.

"They first told us that plane was defective and they had to get some parts from Miami, and the aircraft would leave at 10:00 a.m, then they said 2:00 p.m, which moved to 4:00 p.m and the time went on and on," says Margaret Wadsworth, a passenger who spent 13 hours waiting at the airport.

According to Wadsworth, when she and the other passengers eventually boarded the aircraft at 5:30 p.m, inside the plane was extremely hot.

"Some of us started to panic, and within minutes we were told there was an electrical problem," she said.

The airline was forced to disembark all the passengers, where further checks were made, after which the aircraft departed, but not before the 12 passengers and their bags were delisted.

An American Airlines official said once the passengers requested to be taken off, the airline was obliged to adhere to their request.

She also said there was no other flight that could accommodate the passengers all day today.

"There was nothing we could do but to have them wait until the problem was fixed."




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Name
:              Michael Biggs/BiggzShip Burbridge

D.O.B:              May 30

Profession
:       Videographer/Photographer

Describe yourself in 5 words: Determined, Happy, Focused, Loyal, Driven

Who is your favorite director and who are your influences?
Quinton Tarrantino, Spike Lee, Steven Spielberg, Chris Robinson, Collin Tilley, Gareth Cobran, Kimala Bennett ,Gareth Daley, Asha, Tyson, Kassa, Jay Will, Cushnie

How do you come up with the concepts for each video?
I listen to the lyrics, the Riddim and the melody.
I also get ideas from the artiste and some up with my own also.

Where would you like to be in 3-5 years?

I would love to be Co-Directing on the Big Screen and also be on the Cover of Forbes Magazine. LOL

How did you get started in Videography?
Attended CPTC... Mediamix

Was there ever a time when you came up with a concept and the artiste did not like it?
Yep, but then I did another and we were then good to go

Have you ever worked with other Directors?
Yea I have worked on videos with Gareth Cobran, Asha and Nadia Stanley

What are you currently working on now?
I am working on videos for Lady Saw, Chino, Kiprich, Aidonia, Tenement Yard Medley

Are there plans to branch out into directing movies, plays etc?
Ultimately that is my dream and life goal, most definitely, I'm Hollywood bound.




Seasplash Resort Special

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Seasplash Hotel in Negril is offering a special for the fun and adventurous persons!!

Price: $349 for 4 nights, breakfast for 2, transportation from Montego Bay Airport. Special ends April 28, 2012. Coupons are valid for 1 year.

Contact (876)957-4041 or email mrhurt@aol.com.

Sea Splash Resort is located near the beach in Negril and close to Seven Mile Beach, Kool Runnings Water Park, and Negril Hills Golf Club. Additional area points of interest include Negril Lighthouse.

Sea Splash Resort features a restaurant and a bar/lounge. Recreational amenities include an outdoor pool and a spa tub. Complimentary wireless Internet access is available in public areas. The property offers a roundtrip airport shuttle (surcharge). Wedding services and tour/ticket assistance are available. Guest parking is complimentary. Additional property amenities include a concierge desk, multilingual staff, and secure parking.

Air-conditioned guestrooms at Sea Splash Resort feature ceiling fans and windows that open. All accommodations have balconies. Bathrooms feature shower/tub combinations and hair dryers. In addition to safes, guestrooms offer phones with voice mail. Housekeeping is available daily.





the-mei-healthcare-group.jpgMEI Healthcare Inc., a leading provider of healthcare strategies and equipment solutions for medical facilities around the world, is partnering with the government of Antigua and Barbuda, the governments of the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) and Global Health Partners, Ltd., to begin construction of The Cancer Centre Eastern Caribbean at Mount St. John Medical Centre in St. John, Antigua. Groundbreaking for the new $13.5 million (EC dollars) facility will take place Thursday, April 26.

"Our partnership will provide accessible, high-quality cancer care for a population that is underserved," said Gordon Baltzer, CEO of MEI Healthcare Inc. Baltzer will be speaking at the groundbreaking. "Currently, patients need to be treated abroad, which is costly and incredibly difficult for patients and their families. As a result, many patients have gone without treatment."

The Cancer Centre Eastern Caribbean will provide high-quality medical, radiation and surgical oncology services. The facility will include state-of-the-art technology capable of administering intensity-modulated radiation therapy (IMRT). The centre will be used as the hub for consultation services being offered to the participating member countries.

"Nearly 1,000 new cases of cancer will be diagnosed each year in the OECS and, of those, approximately 400 will need radiotherapy at some time in their disease course," said Antigua and Barbuda Prime Minister, The Hon. Baldwin Spencer in a prepared statement. "I recognize that currently there are no facilities in the Eastern Caribbean that are truly comprehensive and offer both surgery and radiation...(and) it's important for us to develop the facilities necessary to provide support to patients who have cancer."

The Hon. Arthur T. Porter, M.D., Chair of the Board of MEI and a key driver of this project, stated, "MEI insures that the Eastern Caribbean will have the technology platform to deliver modern day cancer therapy at a level commensurate with that of the USA, Canada or Europe."

During a regional healthcare symposium in 2009, government officials expressed interest in developing a partnership with the private sector to equip a cancer center in Antigua with the latest oncology services and technical expertise. The "partnered care" model being used to create the facility is a cost-effective solution to bringing the latest technology to the region.

MEI provides business development, capital equipment funding strategies and growth consulting services to physicians, hospitals and healthcare systems worldwide.
















vybz-kartel-case.jpgInvestigators probing the murder-case against dancehall entertainer Vybz Kartel have now submitted the forensic material in the case.  The forensic reports were turned over to the Director of Public Prosecutions Monday.  A senior investigator told RJR News that they have now submitted the videotaped material; the telephone data, including text messages exchanged between the persons allegedly involved in the killing, and the forensic material.

The forensic material revealed that bloodstains taken from the scene of the alleged killing, were that of human blood.  The reports also revealed that persons who carried out the crime, attempted to destroy the evidence by setting fire to the house in which 24 year old Clive Williams otherwise called Lizard, was killed.  However, the senior investigator said they were able to retrieve bloodstain evidence at the crime scene. The telephone data or text messages reportedly give goring details as to how the body of the victim was disposed off.

Vybz Kartel, whose real name is Adidjah Palmer, is charged jointly with members of  his Gaza Empire for the murder of Mr Williams.  It's alleged that on August 16, last year, Mr. Williams was taken to a house in Havendale where he was beaten and stabbed to death.  The cops reported that they seized a cellular phone used to record the killing and that has helped them to show that Williams was killed although they didn't find his body.  The others accused of  the crime are deejay, Shawn Campbell, also known as "Shawn Storm"; fashion designer, Calvin Haye, also known as "Moonie"; Cayro Jones, Sean Williams, and Andre St John.  Justice Marjorie Cole Smith had given the police until Monday to submit the material following complaints from the attorneys for Vybz Kartel.  A bail hearing is tentatively set for Friday before the Home Circuit Court.





prime-minister-portia-simpson-miller.jpgPrime Minister Portia Simpson Miller leaves the island today for a number of engagements in New York and Philadelphia in the United States.

Her first engagement will be tonight where she will be honoured with the receipt of the TIME 100 Most Influential Persons Award at a special reception in New York.

Tomorrow she will meet with Jamaicans in the Diaspora and address a special town hall meeting in Brooklyn.

On Thursday April 26, she will engage in a series of meetings related to the economy including talks with important interests in the bauxite alumina industry.

On Friday April 27 and Saturday April 28 the Prime Minister will be in Philadelphia where, among other engagements, she will attend this year's staging of the Penn Relays.

The Prime Minister is being accompanied on the visit by a team including Information Minister Sen. Sandrea Falconer, Tourism Minister Wykeham McNeill, Energy Minister Phillip Paulwell, Special Advisors Delano Franklyn and Dr Carlton Davis and Chairman of Clarendon Alumina Partners, Dr Vin Lawrence.

The Prime Minister will return to the island on Sunday

Transport Minister Dr Omar Davies, will be in charge of the government during her absence.




Mavado set to star in Shottas 2

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Dancehall artiste David 'Mavado' Brooks, will reportedly have a major role in Shottas 2, the sequel to the gritty gangster urban classic, which starred Ky-Mani Marley, Spragga Benz and Munair Zacca.

While filming officially commenced on April 20, details are yet to emerge on what direction the story will take this time and when the film will be released.

Writer-director Cess Silvera confirmed via Twitter that, in addition to Mavado, the cast will again include Ky-Mani Marley.

Last year, Mavado - whose signature calling card is Gangsta For Life - played a a gangster in American rapper Drake's video Find Your Love. Since then he has inked a deal with DJ Khaled's We the Best Music Group. He has released singles such as Emergency which features hip-hop artiste Ace Hood and Survivor, a collaboration effort with Akon.




TV host pregnant for athlete????

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A which TV personality and dem say a breed fi the runner??? Dem say a yound lady who did enter Miss Jamaica Universe is pregnant for the young man who always a run and come second.

According to wha me hear, Amita pregnant fi Asafa. Some people say a nuh fi him and is fi a popular designer, some say him nuh want it and did tell her fi get rid of it! No sah, dem people ya a gwaan bad though.

It look like dem stop make condom!

It look like is a breeding season cause everybody belly start push out now!!

Who will be next.





Digicel sponsors The Penn Relays

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digicel.jpgDigicel is sponsoring the highly anticipated Penn Relay Carnival to be held at the University of Pennsylvania's Franklin Field in the United States, from April 26th to the 28th.

As a Jamaica born and bred company, Digicel has been a steadfast supporter of athletics since its launch in 2001.

Being a part of the Penn Relays is one way Digicel is showing its support of Jamaican athletes and their families living in the Diaspora. The Penn Relays is the longest uninterrupted track meet in the United States and has the record for having the most athletes competing at the event than at any single meet in the world. This includes a significant number of athletes from Jamaican high schools who are a major force at the event. Jamaican athletes have been attending the Penn Relays since 1964 with approximately 25 to 35% of patrons, attending the meet being of Jamaican descent, most of whom live in the Diaspora.

Digicel will set up booths on the ground at the meet offering top up services to patrons who want to send credit to their relatives and friends living in Jamaica. With the 50th anniversary of Jamaica's independence high on the minds for many Jamaicans, at home and abroad, Digicel is keen to help all Jamaicans, both at home and abroad, get involved in the celebrations by supporting our athletes competing at the Penn Relays - cheering them on as they go for gold and make Jamaicans proud.

The Digicel Diaspora team's Senior International Sales Operations Manager, Nadine Johnson, is encouraging Jamaicans living in the Diaspora to come out and support the athletes from their alma maters who will be competing. She also highlighted the work Digicel has been doing in Jamaica to move communities forward using the avenue of sport.

"Through the Digicel Foundation, launched in 2005, we support grassroots initiatives that contribute to the development of communities across the Jamaica. Over US$15 million dollars has been spent on over 200 community projects, including the construction of 12 recreational/sports facilities. Digicel is committed to keeping Jamaicans connected to their home country from their home country through innovative and convenient top up services that will be available at the Penn Relays."




Tommy Lee reportedly arrested in Grenada

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Police in Grenada say they have arrested an up-and-coming Jamaican dancehall deejay for alleged possession of marijuana hours after he headlined a concert.

Detectives arrested Jamaican rapper Tommy Lee on Sunday at Grenada's international airport. They did not disclose Monday how much marijuana the 24-year-old, whose real name is Leroy Junior Russell, was allegedly carrying.

If he is found guilty of drug possession in Grenada, Lee faces a maximum fine of $92,000 or a prison term of two years.

It's not clear if Lee has an attorney. He is expected to make his first court appearance in St. George's later Monday.

In recent years, numerous Jamaican stars of the brash reggae-rap hybrid of dancehall music have had run-ins with the law in the Caribbean and the U.S.





A panelist at the first green investment forum at the Caribbean Tourism Organization's Sustainable Tourism Conference believes waste to energy plants in the region could help solve the problems of high power cost.

Tony Fiddy, President of the Waste to Energy Division and Regional Vice President for Europe and Africa, Naanovo Energy Inc., says waste to energy plants could lower the power costs of many nations tremendously.

"In St. Kitts we will be building a plant and selling power for US.20 cents to the government there, resulting in a huge savings that will be passed along to the consumer," said Fiddy, a panelist on the"Going Green" Invest Caribbean Now Forum organized by Felicia Persaud's Hard Beat Communications and the CTO and held on Wednesday, April 18, 2012, from 8:30 to 10 a.m. at the Guyana International Conference Centre in Liliendaal, Guyana.

The forum also featured Loreto Duffy-Mayers, Project Manager for the Caribbean Hotel Energy Efficiency Action (CHENACT) Programme and Ujjwal Bhattacharjee, a specialist in renewable energy and energy efficiency with a focus on technology, investment and policy and a consultant on the CHENACT project.

The CHENACT Study found that green investments in the Caribbean hotel sector offers a sufficient critical mass to spur entrepreneurial activity and both Duffy-Mayers and Bhattacharjee expressed the hope that a Clean Energy Policy will be incorporated into the National Energy Policy of countries and replicated throughout the region.

The forum was a partnership between the CTO and Invest Caribbean Now, the brand founded by Felicia Persaud, the Guyana-born CEO of the New York-based digital media company Hard Beat Communications.

Persaud, who co-convened and moderated the forum, urged the 100 delegates to remember that "investing in clean energy is not just environmentally responsible, but good business."
"No region offers more long-term growth prospects for renewable energy than the Caribbean," said Persaud.

Last year, according to the UN Environment Program, investors pumped a record two hundred and 11 billion US dollars into renewables globally and this is projected to grow to 1.7 trillion by 2020. Of the 211 billion, $72 billion was invested in developing countries vs. $70 billion in developed economies. South and Central America secured $13.1 billion of that amount. The Caribbean was not accounted for in this study.

"And so it is a challenge to the Caribbean region to position itself to take advantage of this new sector sustainably and with transparency. Our leaders must begin to think outside the box and be unafraid to move beyond the traditional sectors - for instance out of a dying sugar industry, to ethanol," Persaud added. "We must tap investment into this sector to create new jobs and limit our dependence on the up and down prices of oil and grow our economies like our south American neighbors and really make a mark on this generation."

The Caribbean Tourism Organization has been staging its Annual Conference on Sustainable Tourism Development, otherwise known as the Sustainable Tourism Conference (STC), since 1997. The 2012 conference was presented by the CTO and hosted by the Government of Guyana from April 15-18, 2012.




Donations needed for Team 'Jamaica Bickle'

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Team Jamaica Bickle, Inc. is a 501(c)(3 ) not-for-profit organization, based in New York, formed in 1994 under the leadership of Irwine G. Clare Sr., to provide much needed support for Jamaican athletes who compete at the annual Penn Relays Carnival, held at the University of Pennsylvania. Team Jamaica Bickle, Inc.,has supported athletes and athletic programs for the past 17 years. Currently, TJB services extend to a delegation of approximately 750 Athletes, coaches and volunteers from Jamaica; other Caribbean countries (which includes Trinidad and Tobago and St. Vincent & The Grenadines, Grenada and Bahamas), as well as from the USA..

In 1999, Team Jamaica Bickle became the first Jamaican organization to be a participating sponsor at the Penn Relays, thus allowing us to partner with our corporate friends. As a result, the Jamaican flag became the first foreign nation's flag to be flown at the Penn Relays, a distinction unmatched. Over the years, TJB has received several proclamations and awards from numerous local and national entities.

Team Jamaica Bickle provides the following services:

  • Meals and other refreshments
  • Physical therapy, chiropractic, mentorship and medical services
  • Transportation to and from the stadium each day
  • Airport transportation: arrival & departure
  • Subsidized hotel rate
  • Subsidized air fare

In honor of Jamaica's & Trinidad and Tobago's 50th Anniversary of Independence, TJB's goal is to offer a $50 per night rate tot the athletes - a more than 50% discount.  We are asking for your help in making this a reality. The organization needs to raise $60,000 to meet that need. Every little bit counts. This is in addition to their annual budget of approximately $95,000.

A big push is welcome over the next 3-4 days. We do appreciate the help!!

Please visit http://teamjamaicabickle.com/. There is a donate button on the home page (right side). Your donations are tax deductible!

Please confirm with me one you have made your donation. Alternately you may write a check to Team Jamaica Bickle Inc. and mail to the following address. Please state 'PRO2012', on your check  so I can keep track of my records & efforts. Thank you so very much! And don't hesitate to call me if you need more information.

Please Mail to or I can make arrangements to pick-up:

Team Jamaica Bickle
c/o Irwine G. Clare
Managing Director
Caribbean Immigrant Services, Inc
159-05 Hillside Ave
Jamaica, NY 11432




Congrats Yendi and Chino

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Former Miss Universe World runner up Yendi Phillips and artiste Daniel "Chino" McGregor have announced that they are expecting a baby together.

Last night Yendi posted this message on her facebook and twitter page:

"17 weeks and counting...I wish we could have shared it earlier but you know they say it's bad luck to announce too soon. I'm so excited to finally tell you that we have a little 'McGregor' on the way! You know how much I value "you" as you've been such a support through my various ventures so I wanted you to know first-hand as this one is perhaps my most exciting to date! I feel truly blessed and am more amazed everyday to experience our creator in such a miraculous and organic way. Seasoned mommy's, don't hold back on the advice...hehe *wink* Love, Blessings...and Life :)"

This child, will be the second for McGregor who already has a three-year-old daughter from a previous relationship





Morgan Heritage returns to touring this year

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Morgan Heritage returns to touring this year.

'The Return' tour will make stops in Eastern and Western Europe, Africa,The Americas and Caribbean. The tour coincides with Jamaica's 50th Anniversary of Independence, and the 46th Anniversary of H.I.M. Haile Selase's first visit to Jamaica.

Morgan Heritage will mark these three events on Saturday, April 21, with the Global Premier of their new single 'The Return' available via Radio, Sound Systems & Social Media.





Woman slices man's testicles

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A man seemingly 40 years of age, is counting his lucky stars after his testicles were sliced by a pair of scissors. One of his sacks was sliced open and it fell out, the incident occurred in St. Elizabeth and he was admitted to the Mandeville Regional Hospital and was discharged on Wednesday. Police and residents reported that the man was in a dispute with his common law wife when she sliced his testicles, the victim however refutes this claim; he said he fell on the scissors and sliced himself.

According to residents they went to the couple's home after they heard several shouts for help. Upon arriving there, residents learned that the man was attacked in his sleep and his testicles cut it began to swell almost instantaneously.

Residents are reluctant to believe the man's story as they say the couple is always arguing and she has always abused him physically, added to that the damage doesn't seem consistent with his story of falling on a pair of scissors. In recent times she has stabbed him in the chest and broken his leg.

A source close to the victim says he seems to be recuperating very quickly.




























Happy Earthstrong Stephen Marley

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As the son of reggae superstar Bob Marley, Stephen Marley had a lot to live up to. Born April 20, 1972, to Bob and wife Rita Marley, Stephen has managed to rise to the occasion, accumulating an impressive five Grammy Awards in a lengthy career that's wholly successful in its own right.

Stephen  began his career at age 8 alongside siblings Ziggy, Cedella, and Sharon in the preteen band Ziggy Marley and the Melody Makers.




Lesbian attack male student on Uwi Campus!!

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We have received reports of that a female attacked a male student because she suspected him of sleeping with her 'woman'. According to sources, residents of a particular top Hall at the University Of The West Indies Mona were awaken in the early hours of the morning by banging sounds coming from a particular room on a block/cluster. When they went out to investigate it was found that an angry female (said to be a lesbian) was using a stone to bang on the door of a male resident demanding that he released her partner from his room.

Minutes later the male came out of the room, a tussle ensued and he managed to get the stone from the lesbian. She was not very pleased and as such she left and came back with reinforcements, which came in the form of campus security and some fellow lesbian friends. This time they would have a verbal altercation, during which the police was summoned and both the male and female were taken into a room and questioned.

The police later released them and the female at the centre of the altercation was accompanied to her room by her female lover, the male has decided not to press charges but he was pretty shaken up by the incident.

According to some students these incidents are becoming too frequent and something needs to be done about it ASAP.




Bob Marley Documentary to premiere tonight

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'Marley- A definitive story', is set to premiere tonight at Emancipation Park in Kingston, Jamaica.

The documentary was directed by Kevin Macdonald and is the only film that is fully endorsed by the Marley family.

Telecommunications group Digicel will also be streaming aspects of the premiere including the Red, Green and Gold carpet arrivals on facebook throughout the night.

The premiere is free to the public and begins at 8pm




Snagga Puss planning to return to music

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Veteran artiste Snagga Puss says he is planning to make a comeback on the local dancehall scene. He now operates a herbal medicine business but says he never left dancehall, he only took some time off to study.

According to him he spent 5 years in Germany studying bio-chemistry and the human biological structure.  He also has a new label called 'Snagga Spragga Records' from which he will release his new album soon.

Snagga says he also has a new dance called NBA which he plans to expose to dancehall. He also plans to go on an island wide promotional campaign to promote his new music and added that he will distribute his 'Snagga Spragga Nile Valley' herbal products worldwide when he has completed his negotiations with the relevant local authorities.




Flexxx and Vado at Odds?

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Ever since Flexxx released the single Real Gangsta on the Aurora Skies rhythm, rumours have been circulating that it is a diss song aimed at members of the Gully Squad.

While members of the Gully side refused to comment about the matter, Flexxx had no qualms in speaking about the issue. Flexxx, whose real name is Omar Henry, said, He honestly just did a song and if they wish to see it as a diss well that's their business. He further went o to say Chase Cross and Mavado have been saying a lot of things and he is no weak fence, therefore if they seem it fit to throw words then he will do the same.

Flexxx believes that the song 'Action Pack' done by Mavado is aimed at him as well as Chase Cross has been doing songs criticising him. "Dem a say me sell out fi BMW. Mavado sell out everybody round him, a dat dem fi talk bout. Dem nah talk bout the real thing. Di least little thing dem talk bout bad mind."

Flexxx, who is now signed to Hapilos Entertainment, says since he has been signed to the group, his career has taken a turn for the better. He made it clear that Gully Side and Gully Squad has never done anything for him. 'Dem say mi sell out because mi sign to Hapilos, but him sign to We The Best wid DJ Khaled so him sell out to. The two a we sell out den,'

According to Flexxx he does not wish to reconcile with a nayone as he did not sell out anyone and he is good with God and himself so it matters not what anyone else wants to say.




Ms Kitty records song with Tifa and Mr. Vegas

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Radio and Television personality Khadine Hylton, more popularly known as Ms. Kitty has ventured into the world of music. Yardflex has come to understand that the "Fluffy Diva" has recorded a new single with dancehall stars Tifa and Mr. Vegas. She made it clear that she respects all recording artistes and other people's unique abilities, but she is all about 'having fun' at this point.

Miss Kitty further went on to say she is not one of those persons who sees something and say "mi can do it too and just jump een", as she never assumes that she is just as good as they are. She made reference to Comedian Owen Blacka Ellis saying 'even when I do a comedy show, I am nervous as hell because what Blacka Ellis does is incredible.' On Monday night she also recorded an intro for dancehall artiste Flexx on his new single, Pension, on the Mercury riddim.




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South Florida's biggest Memorial Weekend concert, Best Of The Best, proudly returns to Bicentennial Park on Sunday May 27th. The long running international music festival will once again bring the top acts in Reggae, Hip-Hop, Dancehall, Soca and R&B to the Miami stage. The blockbuster lineup for Best Of The Best 2012 includes:

Shaggy, Mavado, DJ Khaled, Marcia Griffiths, Fabolous, Admiral Bailey, Iwer George, French Montana,Frankie Paul, T-Vice, I-Octane, Ace Hood, Ghost, Brianna, Tony Matterhorn, Meek Mill, Demarco, 2 Chainz, Wayne Marshall, Laza Morgan, Serani, Khago  and Christopher Martin.

Most talent will be backed by New Kingston Band or Ruff Kut Band. The promoters will announce more superstar additions to the lineup on May 1st.

The Best Of The Best concert consistently draws visitors from urban centers across the United States, including New York, D.C., Atlanta, Houston, as well as from the Caribbean, South America and Europe. An estimated 30,000 people are expected to attend this year's show.




Thierry Mayard-Paul, Haiti's Chief of Staff and Minister of the Interior, Territorial Collectivities and National Defense, led the Haitian delegation that shared Haiti's disaster risk management and recovery experience with a cadre of top-level experts from approximately 38 nations, at the highly-regarded Consultative Group meeting of the Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery (GFDRR). Haiti was the only Western Hemispheric country invited to attend the event as a Developing Country, for the period 2012- 2013.

Mayard-Paul described the Martelly Administration's vision for emergency preparedness and response, stating: "the 2010 earthquake demonstrated that development will never be successful if we don't build risk reduction at our core. That is why the Martelly administration is committed to making disaster risk reduction and management, a critical priority across the government."

Coming into Office, President Martelly's new Government boosted preparedness and response capacity by strengthening the Civil Protection Directorate, as well as sub-national efforts. This work continues and will remain important as Haiti heads into the hurricane season. The Haitian delegation provided specific examples, for instance, of how the government has integrated risk reduction as a centerpiece of its recovery efforts within the 16/6 project. This is a US$78-million project seeking to rehabilitate 16 neighborhoods to relocate residents of six large camps in the metropolitan area, impacting 30,000 people.

Mayard-Paul gave many examples of fruitful collaborative efforts between donors, NGOs, and federal and local governments. "However, they are independent programs that are not fully integrated under one single, comprehensive Disaster Risk Reduction & Management strategy." As a result, the government --through the Ministry of the Interior-- is developing a policy framework for longer term disaster risk reduction and management that will be integrated into the new national development plan.

"Development progress and risk reduction will only be successful if they are tied to local development," added Mayard-Paul. "That is why we recently launched Katye Pam Poze, the cornerstone program for the government's National Decentralization Agenda." Disaster risk reduction and management are intrinsically embedded within KPP. This way, capacity is built at the community level across the country, under an innovative "bottom up" or grassroots approach, but in complete alignment with the national strategy.

Mayard-Paul encouraged potential partners present at the meeting to help Haiti make a significant impact in disaster risk reduction and management. "We know we can't do this alone. We need long-term development partners to support the government's identified priorities," said Mayard-Paul. "That's why organizations like GFDRR and the World Bank (WB) are critical, and why this meeting is so important to Haiti."

The Minister cited eight key areas of potential support from international partners:

  • Building institutional capacity at all levels-- for example, supporting Katye Pam Poze's emergency risk reduction and response modules.
  • Contributing to build infrastructure and processes -- from basic physical work space to the creation of a single national emergency warning system.
  • Supporting knowledge and innovation - by financing university research to identify new ways to tackle risk whilst channeling efforts of the young.
  • Funding research and assessments --information gathering and sharing is one of Haiti's major challenges.
  • IT/online infrastructure, software and training so that databases and critical information can be shared.
  • Helping build comprehensive disaster risk reduction programs in priority cities and departments since reducing risk across the whole country at the same speed is impossible.
  • Build national capacity to assess, monitor and reduce risks. In particular, build on the progress made on seismic risk reduction while also strengthening cyclone/hydro capacity.
  • Supporting communications and public awareness campaigns.

"The Government of Haiti is charting a new course on disaster reduction and management, one based on resilience, best practices and community integration ensuring sustainable development," concluded Mayard-Paul.




Studies Show that 55% of Americans believe Marijuana should be legalized.

Legalizing Marijuana would bolster a floundering economy.

Marijuana is the greatest revenue producer of all agricultural products grown in the US, the annual haul is $36 Billion.

Cannabis is the top cash crop in 12 states, top 3rd cash crop in 30 states and the top 5th cash crop in 39 states.

The number one crop is unregulated and untaxed.

Prohibition cost The US $7.7 Billion a year.

Teens between ages 12 and 17 say it's easier to get marijuana than buy cigarettes, beer and prescription drugs.

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Wray & Nephew Contender - Apr 11th, 2012

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Two of Jamaica's most prolific Olympians, Grace Jackson, OD and Bertland Cameron, OD, were both presented with proclamations from the office of Yvette D. Clarke, 11th Congressional District, New York; and ranking member of the Homeland Security Committee and member Small Business Committee, in the United Sates Congress; in honor of their outstanding contributions to sports both on and off the track.

The proclamations were presented recently at the Team Jamaica Bickle annual Reception and Awards Ceremony in New York, which was hosted by fellow Olympian and Master of Ceremonies Devon Harris, who captained Jamaica's 1998 Winter Olympic Bobsled Team. Other Olympians on hand to cheer them on were Alfred Daley, 400m specialist - who shared the stage with Lennox Miller, Donald Quarrie and later, a younger Bertland Cameron - Andria Lloyd, who represented Jamaica in the 4x100m relays at the 1996 Olympics and Danny McFarlane, silver medalist in the 4x400m, Olympic games.It was an evening filled with the highest accolades and recognition from all levels of representation on the political landscape here in New York.

The office of Leroy Comrie, Councilman, 27th District Queens, presented the honorees with citations and official letters for their exemplary service. Both awards were presented by Ms. Katherina Thompson, community Liaison Officer.  Ms. Monique D. Waterman, Director Community affairs, office of Council Member Jumaane Williams, Brooklyn's 45th District, presented citations to both honorees, as well as to Irie Jam Media (community service awardees) and to Team Jamaica Bickle for its work on behalf of the athletes."Both Bertland and myself are extremely grateful to be recognized by an entity (TJB) who like ourselves are working hard to make a difference in sports," said Jackson. "To do something that you love and be honored by your peers is an extraordinary feeling.  Bert has expressed the wish that those who benefit from TJB's efforts should get a chance to experience (as we just did) all the work that goes into making everything possible; kudos to the hardworking team of volunteers of TJB."

Jamaica's Minister of Sports without portfolio, Natalie Neita-Headley delivered a special recorded message to the honorees on behalf of the Government and people of Jamaica, in which she spoke of her, "delight in joining Team Jamaica Bickle and the Diaspora in celebrating Jamaica's best assets; her people...against the backdrop of Jamaica's 50th Anniversary of Independence."

It was a full house that bore witness to this momentous occasion, with members of the community, stakeholders of the sports and entertainment industry, the business community, and the media who came out in their hundreds to show their appreciation for the honorees. Jamaica's, Deputy Consul General to New York, Ms. Sharon Burrell Green and Mr. Christopher Castriota, newly appointed community relations officer, as well as a contingent from the Jamaica Tourist Board New York tri-state region: Kenton Senior, Ruth West, Marcia Sinclair and Anthony King were out in full force. Mr. Vincent HoSang and daughter Sabrina HoSang (TJB's partner and life-time sponsor), of Caribbean Food Delights, spoke of their steadfast support for the program. Sponsors Western Union, LIME, UJAA and Tower Isle Patties all brought messages of support.

"We are overwhelmed by the outpouring of love and we thank the community whole-heartedly. It was indeed a special evening as we celebrate the nation's 50th Anniversary of Independence," said Irwine Clare.

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Jah Cure rocks Panama

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Over 12,000 turned up at the Playa Serena, Gorgona Beach venue in Panama to get a glimpse of  International Reggae superstar Jah Cure perform his reggae hits last Easter weekend.

Thunderclouds and intermittent rain could not stop reggae fans from flocking to the beach to see his performance and they were not left disappointed.

Loud screams could be heard as Jah Cure's band struck up the first chords of Respect, after which he performed Jah Jah Bless Me as his followers chanted the words. The most popular songs during his set were the hits, Never Find, Longing For, Only You, Reflection, Respect, Unconditional Love, Nothing and Love is. The fans sang the words of each song and chanted 'Jah Cure Jah Cure' all around the venue in between the songs.

It was Cure's first time performing in Panama. The artiste has performed in sold-out venues during his last eight performances, playing to packed venues during onstage stints in St. Lucia, French Guiana, Trinidad, Antigua, Turks and Caicos, Guyana, and St. Vincent.

"Before we left the hotel, the promoter kept getting calls that the police were at the venue threatening to lock the show down.

This is because it is said that there were too many people at the venue.

Last month, thousands of Jah Cure fans in St. Vincent left Victoria Park disappointed and angry when he failed to appear onstage at a concert there because the promoter allegedly failed to meet his contractual obligations. At that time, there were reports that bottles were thrown and shots fired by security personnel to quell the angry crowd. The singer has since apologized to fans for the incident and promised to return to St. Vincent for a "responsible promoter".




Bacchanal Jouvert Gwaan good Friday night

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Appleton Bacchanal Jouvert gwaan good last night. Destra Garcia tun up di place and ting. Di girl dem come out inna dem shorts and t-shirt and di man dem come out come represent to.

When di painting start, everybody start get wild!! Dem dash out niceness over deh!! When dem drop 'Bruk it Dung' by Vegas, all a di girl dem start gwaan bad and when mi look some a di man dem aka the one dem whe nuh so straight, start gyrate and fling up dem bottom and grind up pon dem one another.

Trust me, the place gwaan good. Some people did a complain say it kinda boring and ting but it never bad at all.

When a time fi di march from Stadium, a deh so everybody start bruk way! Dem dash paint, wine up, jump pon di wall and just a dagger and gwaan!

Bacchanal Jouvert gwaan good!!! Road March tomorrow and Yardflex will be there!!!




















Demarco and Popcaan have beef??

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A wha dis mi a hear say Popcaan and Demarco have beef??

Mi get fi understand say Demarco say Popcaan tief him style and say Popcaan nuh popular like him and him travel the world already and bare ting.

No sah, a how dem artiste ya a go so hard??




2 year old bites 1 month child

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A 1month old baby was admitted in the Bustamante Children's hospital recently.

According to reports, a two year old who lives next door bit the one month old baby. It is also being reported that teeth impressions were left on the baby and some of the baby's flesh was bitten off.

The baby is said to be in stable condition








Lollie lowers the boom

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Upcoming artiste Lollie Lue is on his way to musical stardom. The artiste has released a new single "When We Roll' on the 'Imma Boss' instrumental.

The single has been blowing up all over FM radio the last couple of weeks, and a new video, shot in March, premiered to rave reviews on TVJ's Intense soon after.

"Things are looking up, the excitement in the streets is real, several selectors have come to me saying they love my couple of bars on the track, right now, The Force is a good look in the streets, when we roll into any club, dem haffi gi we props," Lollie said.

The deejay, whose real name is Othneil Johnson, has been thrilling audiences at school appearances in Portmore to stage shows in Negril with his complex metaphors and punchlines. Working as an engineer's assistant at the famous Down Sound Records, he has been building his rep one stage show at a time, and now he is ready to put down his engineer cap and take up the mic.

"I want to reach the top, and collect a few awards on US national television, and one day, I will set up my own production house and do songs that uplift the nation. For now, I am just messing around and getting my stuff out there," he said.

He is one of the utility persons at Down Sound Records who is always willing to lend a hand doing everything whether it is printing CDs, doing engineering work, or doing behind-the-scenes work on video shoots for Capleton, and Harry Toddler on Down Sound projects. But Lollie is getting more attention for his mic skills than those other activities.

He has a growing underground fan base in Portmore who love his material, straight gangster songs like Disrespect and songs that dabble in hottie hottie territory such as Hotta Dan a Gal, Dem Bwoy No Waan No Woman on the "This Is It" riddim and "Love it Yardcore" on the Spirited riddim. One of the juiciest cuts in Lolli's repertoire is the delicious combination Di Boy featuring Samantha on the Down Sound Records' riddim, Crackas which also features Harry Toddler, Pamputtae and Anthony B. That song has made FM radio sit up and pay attention to the young deejay.

He has performed at shows in Duckensfield, St. Thomas, Montego Bay, St. James and Bourbon Beach in Negril in the last few months. Earlier this year, he locked down a dance in Burnt Savannah in St. Elizabeth with his savvy rhymes at an event called 'Dons and Divas Blue Carpet' in January. He was also one of the main advertised acts at "Reggae in the Valley" 2011 in St. Elizabeth.

"The response to the When We Roll video has been incredible, it just fuel me to want more so I will be dropping another video this Summer, for another single on an upcoming riddim project by Down Sound, the company ah work wid me, dem see the potential so mi a work wid it as well," Lollie said in an interview.





Nature serenades mothers with 'Mama'

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Reggae singer Nature has inked a production and booking deal with independent record label, Down Sound Records (DSR).

Nature says: "It is a good look for my career right now because DownSound has a strong management, promotion and production team to get the music over the world, so right now, I am in the studio, working on several tracks for an album.

According to Billboard-charting producer Cordell 'Skatta' Burrell, who is in charge of production at DSR, the singer has recorded over 20 tracks so far.

"We're going to choose about 14 of them to do an album. We have some promising songs such as 'Mama You Saved Me' song which we believe is going is toset the reggae world on fire."

Nature has been in the studio for the past month,creating the right vibes for an album that he hopes will rekindle interest inthe art form of reggae among the Twitter generation of younger fans. "I am doing music to uplift the mind and the soul, and I wantto soothe the soul of all the Jamaicans who are going through a difficult time,whether they are old, middle-aged or teenagers. The people need spiritual foodand that is why I am doing music," he intoned seriously.

The artiste, whose real name is Andre Ellis, is known for singles like Wasting Time and Hold On. Both songs generated a lot of airplay on radio and television, and created a buzz in Europe a few years ago.

Downsound CEO Josef Bogdanovich said that signing Nature was a no-brainer.

"He is a phenomenal singer who can force FM radio in Jamaica to sit up and listen. He has a great work ethic, great songs and  a wonderful voice. He is coming up fast in theworld of reggae," he said.

Last year, Nature got rave reviews after a series of explosive performances on the island continent of Australia.

"My music is always positive and brings upliftment to themind. My music is to bring people together, not divide," the St Jamesnative said.

Nature has been involved in music since he was nine. The 26-year-old singer has received various accolades for his music including the best singer award at the Eastern Awards in 2008 and a trophy for his singingand songwriting in a competition put on in St James by Dangazone in 2002.

With a name that signifies his love for the environment,Nature started gettingserious about his career in 2002. Since then, he has recorded with Big Ship,King Jammy's, Truckback Records and Ricardo Gardener's Heart of Love Music label.

He has made a high-powered cameo on the new single, When We Roll, which includes the entire roster of the Down Sound Records team. His solid contribution has proven his versatility because it is not easy for a reggae singer to deliver the goods on a thumping, hardcore rap beat. Nature also has a number of other songs out such as Cry Out, Most High God and Dirty Closet,which was featured in the popular roots play, Talk Done, Time For Action.

Nature's move from St James to St Andrew has also helped to propel his career over the last few years, racking up gigs at Sting, GT Extravaganza, Reggae Sumfest,Champions In Action and Island Explosion.

He added: "I want to spread the music so that the worldcan be a better place. Mi have to big up producers like Ricardo Gardener who helped to get my music all over the world. The world can look forward to bigsongs from Nature in 2012 and beyond. DSR to the world."

Look out for his new Mama song on the DSR label.





Appleton to invade 'Dutty Mas' Jouvert

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Bacchanal Jamaica is promising "paint paint and more paint" for their Jouvert Fete and Road March, "Alien Invasion" on Friday April 13. The event dubbed 'Dutty Mas' guarantees that it will have all bacchanalists jumping from 10pm til Mornin', powered by their mugs full of Appleton, and the super nova turntable line up of Trini Soca masters DJ Duchess Alicia and DJ Private Ryan and local Soca revolutionaries DJ Smoke and DJ Bambino. Headlining the event will be the Soca Queen, Destra Garcia, who will lead the paint covered baddists out of the Lift Off arena and on to the streets of Kingston!

Known as the event that paints the streets of Kingston, Bacchanal Jouvert holds the "paint can't done" record over all other Jouverts, leading paint covered, rum-toting revellers through the streets of New Kingston. This year the route from the new Mas Camp is a bit longer, ensuring that revellers have plenty time to get on bad in the streets, enjoying the last hurrah before Carnival, until the wee hours of the early morning!

Appleton, who has been a regular sponsor of Jouvert in the past, promises patrons that they will enjoy their night to the last drop, with their regular Appleton Mug Madness as well as giveaways of one free Appleton drink plus a mug to party with for the first 250 persons.

Tickets for the ultimate Dutty Mas start at $2000 presold and $2500 at the gate for general entrance. But for patrons who want to be a bit closer to the stage and enjoy a night inclusive of food and premium top shelf Wray and Nephew liquor, VIP ticket prices go from $4000 presold to $4500 at the gate.




Sidonie say Ele nah mind him pickney!!!!

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People it look like say no money really nah make inna the industry. Mi just get a broadcast on me phone! Dem say a Sidonie, Elephant Man baby mother send it out:

"Frens of nasty ELEPHANT unuh tell him me SIDONIE gonna finish wa lef a him career. Floss everyday and expect man fi mine him pickney dem. Tell dat big black joncrow me on to him and I won't stop. Love run go media bout him take care of him kids u a wicked oneil caz u don't kno how dem eat or weh dem sleep. U love u dog dem more than u kids u wutless piece a shit...GoD ago beat u but u see tru mi LoVE GOD mi a give him a helping hand u fi gweh n mi don't care!!"
















Toronto Music Summit - May 26th, 2012!

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Are you an emerging artist who doesn't know where to start in the music industry, a student studying in the entertainment industry or just a professional who wants to network? Join us on May 26th from 10am-3pm at the Fairmont Royal York (100 Front Street West, Toronto, Ontario) for the Toronto International Music Summit a conference for the independent emerging artists to learn more about the music business, understand how to develop their careers and network with industry professionals.

The 2012 conference will be guided by four key areas. Music business experts will share their insights in; Music Training, Marketing & Branding, Understanding the Music Business and mentorship for emerging Artists. Attending the event will be music industry professionals, executives and various companies to provide their expertise - combining information and intensive conference sessions.

The conference will be followed by live performances at Hard Rock Cafe (279 Yonge Street) from the top indie artists who are honoured for their artistry and fan devotion. This is an event where emerging Canadian artists of the music scene are being scouted!

Proceeds will be donated to MusiCounts non-profit organization to support music programs for kids across Canada.

Feel free to visit the website: http://torontoims.com/ to learn more about the speakers and to register for VIP Tickets.

For more information contact: Tanya Michell, Executive Director via email at Tanya@torontoims.com or call 647-278-2528




Reggae Sumfest Kicks Off with Competitions

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The promoters of Reggae Sumfest are pulling out all stops to ensure that this year's staging surpasses everyone's expectations.

The promoters of the  internationally acclaimed event are taking on a slightly different path by setting the promotional phase of the festival into gear as early as this month.

Summerfest Productions recently revealed  the newly generated competition. Executive Director, Johnny Gourzong explained "As it's our 20th Birthday, we really wanted to involve our patrons in the behind the scenes preparations for the festival".

To kick-start what will be a series of action packed festivities, Gourzong revealed three competitions scheduled to begin this week; including a Sumfest T-shirt design contest, a collector's item poster design challenge and an official Reggae Sumfest Rhythm competition.

According to Gourzong, "These promotional contests will allow fans to take part in the production aspect of the festival and will ultimately determine the look and sound for this year's staging".

The poster contest will allow entrants to design a layout to be used on Reggae Sumfest artwork and kept as a collector's item for years to come. The t-shirt competition will also appeal to the visually artistic fans, who will be required to create a t-shirt design to be worn by all Sumfest fans. Lastly, the Rhythm competition will allow contestants to create and produce the official Reggae Sumfest rhythm, which will be used in electronic advertising and given to local artistes to record on. Three winners will be selected from each contest and given an attractive compensation package. Winners will be chosen by public vote, another decision made by the Sumfest team as a means to involve Jamaican and international fans alike. In addition to these fantastic party starters, Sumfest promoters also divulged that this year, the Birthday celebrations would be extended to a full week of activities, and further advised that supporters should keep posted to the event's Facebook and Twitter pages as a lot of promotional updates would be released there first. Reggae Sumfest is scheduled take place from July 15 - 21 in Montego Bay, Jamaica.




D'Angel apologizes to fans

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Most of the artiste billed to appear at D'Angels birthday party in Savanna-la-Mar, over the weekend was a no-show. D'Angel was rather disappointed and has since apologized to all the fans. Some of the artistes slated to perform at her birthday party held at Hotel Commingle in Savanna-la-Mar, Westmoreland, were Beenie Man, Capleton, Coco Tea, Ryno, Zamunda, Twin of Twins, Stacious, Ikaya, Tanto Blacks, Charly Black, Droop Lion and Hero. However, only Twin of Twins, Zamunda, Coco Tea, Droop Lion and some Westmoreland-based artistes showed.

D'Angel noted that the artistes did make a commitment to perform and only disclosed their inability to attend the event after it had already started. She said Capleton was the headliner for another show, Potential Kidd was in a minor accident and Beenie Man was minutes away when the police told her she had to end the event. She however managed to get Beenie Man on speaker phone to apologize to the people who were very upset.

In order to make it up to the fans she is planning to do a free show in the west. She said Beenie Man is already confirmed for that show and she is also asking all the other artistes who failed to turn up at the show contact her as soon as possible, as they owe it to the people of Savanna-la-Mar.




Liquid is back on air

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After four long months of being on suspension, ZJ Liquid made his much anticipated return to radio yesterday.  It is said that he allegedly breached directives that were issued by the Broadcasting Commission, hence the suspension. The discjock turned deejay/producer returned to his job at Zip 103 FM for his 2-6 p.m. slot (Throwback Tuesdays).

Liquid's absence was felt by his many fans who expressed themselves on social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter. They even went as far as creating a facebook group 'Put Liquid back on air', to express their displeasure and their need to have him back on radio.

Fans were overjoyed at his return yesterday. Facebook and twitter was buzzing with excitement as the word got out that the discjock was back on the airwaves.

Team Liquid sent out a press release following the discjock/deejay/producers return:

'Following a long four-month suspension, Liquid is ready to bring back that #goodmusic by providing the unique Jamaican radio experience that he has been renowned for. The multi-winning Zip jock of the year thanks his fans, supporters, Team Liquid, Zip 103 FM and the Broadcasting Commission for giving him another opportunity to showcase his talent. Having been at Zip 103 FM since its inception in 2002, Liquid recognises his social responsibility as an entertainer, educator and ambassador for Jamaican radio and dancehall music and aspires to maintain the highest standard of professionalism moving forward'.




Private School Teacher fondles child??

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A wha really a gwaan over Portmore. Mi just hear say a teacher from a private school ova deh fondled one of his students.

Mi hear say the 52 year old teacher touch di likkle girl on her private parts and di girl go home go tell her mother.

The mother report him to the Portmore Police station and dem charge him.

He was granted bail for $500,000 and is to reappear in court on June 5th.




Lesbian cop chops lover?

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A female police officer who is accused of chopping her female lover with a machete following claims that the complainant was having an affair with a man has been remanded in court until April 19. 

Sharnalee Lindsay, who is a member of the Island Special Constabulary Force is charged with wounding with intent.

According to reports, on March 27, Lindsay and the complainant left home together and went to a location on Marcus Garvey Drive in the Corporate Area where Lindsay lured the complainant into bushes. It is further being alleged that Lindsay used a machete to chop the complainant all over her body.

In the complainants statement, she explained that she and the accused were in a very close relationship but she told the defendant that she was now with a male which angered the defendant.

The complainant's lawyers dismissed the allegations that the females were lovers. He also argued that on the day of the incident, it was the complainant who lured his client into bushes where she and a third party, who is now on the run, attacked Lindsay.




School Teacher killed in St Catherine

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The body of a school teacher was found in a river which runs close her home in Bamboo District in the parish yesterday.

She has been identified as 33-year-old Paula Gordon.

Reports are that neighbours began a search for her yesterday after they observed blood spots near her house.

Her body was found with injuries and a wound to the head, which the police believe was inflicted by her attacker.

Gordon was a teacher at the Sergeantville All-Age School in Harker Hall, St Catherine.

She was to leave the island this week on a trip to Disneyland in the United States.

The police believe robbery was the motive for Gordon's murder as an undetermined sum of money she reportedly has was missing.

St Catherine North Police have launched an investigation into the murder.




Jamaica end Carifta with 77 medals

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Jamaica once again underlined its dominance of regional track and field, emphatically topping the competition at the 41st Carifta Games, which came to a close at the National Sports Centre in Bermuda yesterday. 

The Bahamas took second place with 14 gold medals, 14 silver and 12 bronze medals. The Bahamas was followed by Trinidad and Tobago who finished third on the medal table with six gold medals, nine silver and seven bronze.




Jamaica makes powerful start at Carifta Games

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Jamaica continues to dominate the Carifta Games with their medal count now standing at 52, including a staggering 26 golds.

Jamaica, who have long reigned supreme at the annual regional event, have almost double the amount of their nearest rivals, the Bahamas, who have 25 medals.

Jamaican pole vaulter Xavier Boland set the tone for the second day of the Games, winning gold in the open boys event with a jump of 4.40 metres. Paul Ann Gayle, shattered the Under-17 Girls discus record with a throws of 42.06 and 43.99 metres.

Gleneve Grange earned Jamaica another gold in the open girls pentathlon with 3292 points, with Bermuda pair Jordan Bascome (2310) and Aaliya Nolan (2098) finishing sixth and eighth respectively.

In the Girls Under-17 800 metres, Jamaica added to their massive medal haul with Tiffany James taking gold in a time of two minutes and 18.11 seconds. Her team-mate, Chantai Smith claimed silver (2:18.26) with British Virgin Islands Lakeisha Warner placing third (2:18.26).

Jamaica stormed their way to a one-two in the Under-17 Boys 800 metres with Ricardo McKenzie grabbing gold (2:02.73) and Orville Dixon taking silver (2:02.98). 

The gold medals kept rolling in for Jamaica with Simoya Campbell winning the Girls Under-20 800 metres in 2:08.48.

Okeen Williams also added a gold to Jamaica's mammoth medal tally, winning the boys 400 metres hurdles (53.15) ahead of his team-mate Marvin Williams who claimed silver (54.96). D'Mitry Charlton, of the Bahamas, won bronze in 54.99, however the biggest cheer of the race was saved for Bermuda's Jermiah Steede, 15, who won the hearts of the home crowd despite coming last.

The hero hurdler picked himself up after falling at the third jump to limp over the finish line in 1:34.00, and required medical treatment at the trackside for a suspected hamstring injury.

Jamaica is seeking to overhaul the 66 medals won last year. Jamaica's tally is currently at 26 gold, 14 silver and 12 bronze!




















The Panama Canal and the Caribbean

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In two years time, significantly larger ships will be able to pass via an enlarged Panama Canal between the Pacific Ocean and the Caribbean Sea. Together with other infrastructural developments this is leading some Caribbean governments to hope that with the support of investors from outside the region, Panama's development as a hub for the hemisphere could significantly improve the region's economic prospects.

There is a growing body of opinion that when in 2014 the enlarged Panama Canal opens, and the size of vessel able to pass across the isthmus will more than double, this could bring economic growth to nations at the western end of the region.

At present, the canal is limited to ships carrying 3,500 TEUs (twenty foot containers equivalent units) but after 2014 it will be able to convey post-Panamax vessels with a greater draught carrying up to 12,000 TEUs. This is expected to result in cargo volumes increasing by an average of three percent per year, the canal handling 510m tons of cargo per annum by 2025 compared with 313m tons 2007, and earnings for Panama projected to reach more than US$6 billion annually.

Because of the Caribbean's location at the intersection of east-west and north-south shipping routes, it is anticipated that one outcome will be for the region's deepwater ports to become significant transhipment and logistics centres and hubs for international commerce.

Jamaica is particularly well placed geographically to take advantage of the widening of the Canal. Minister of Industry, Investment and Commerce, Anthony Hylton, said that the Jamaican Government was moving quickly to encourage a broad range of investments aimed at taking advantage of the opportunity that changes to the Panama Canal will present. He told potential investors that Jamaica was well placed to become one of a small number of large trans-shipment and logistics centres that are going to emerge. The Port of Kingston, he said, would be at the heart of plans which involved the dredging of the Kingston harbour and expansion of port facilities; the establishment at various locations on the island of a dry dock, a bunkering facility, construction of a cargo and maintenance, repair and operations facility; and the development of an Economic Zone.

Panama has also made clear that it intends becoming the hub for Caribbean and Latin American air services.Until recently, the biggest disincentive to the creation of a deeper relationship between Latin America and the Caribbean has been the absence of any significant scheduled air services. This has been especially frustrating in the case of geographically near neighbours in Central America where the hoped for development of closer ties through commerce and tourism has largely remained unfulfilled. The only option for hundreds of thousands of Caribbean citizens, visitors and business people wishing to travel from the Caribbean to Latin America has been to fly to Miami and be subjected to delay, irritation, idiosyncratic security and unnecessary expense.

Now, the privately owned and profitable Panamanian airline, COPA, is rapidly developing air services into the Caribbean through its hub at Tocumen International Airport in Panama City. This provides, for most, a visa-free alternative to Miami, enabling rapid transfers to virtually everywhere in Latin America as well as to Caribbean destinations including Jamaica, the Bahamas, Haiti, Aruba, Trinidad, the Dominican Republic, Cuba, Puerto Rico, and St Maarten with o Barbados and elsewhere to be added shortly.




Immigrants to catch a break on processing fees

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The United States is set to lower some immigrant visa processing fees later this month. The lower rates are set to be effective on April 13, 2012 and immediate relative and family preference and employment-based applicants are among the big winners.

According to the U.S. State Department, spouses, children and relatives filing for their immigrant relatives will now pay a processing fee of $230, a savings of $100 as the current fee is $330.

Employers filing for employees will now pay $405, saving them a whopping $315 as the current fee is $720. Others saving will be winners of the Diversity Visa Program and applicants who are filing to have their residency status returned. Those fees will be lowered from $440 to $330 for the diversity program and from $380 to $275 for the returning resident status applications.

All other immigrant visa application fees will be lowered from $305 to $220.

The decrease in fees will also apply to K or fiancé (e) visa applicants and those seeking treaty investor and trader visas or the E visa as they are commonly called. The K visa application fee has been lowered from $350 to $240 while the E visa filing fee will cost $270 now, down from $390.

However, tourists and others who want to travel to the US will see an increase from $140 to $160 while applicants of Petition-based visas will now pay an application fee of $190 instead of $150. These visa categories include H (for temporary workers and trainees), L (for intra-company transferees), O (for aliens with extraordinary ability), P (for athletes, artists and entertainers), Q (for international cultural exchange visitors) and R (for religious occupations).

The State Department says the fee adjustments are necessary since it is required to recover, as far as possible, the cost of processing visas through the collection of application fees. The non-immigrant visa fee increase, officials explained, will support the addition and expansion of overseas facilities, as well as additional staffing required to meet increased visa demand.

The US Embassy says the fee adjustments are the result of a December 2011 worldwide cost-of-service study conducted by the Bureau of Consular Affairs in the Department of State. More information on the fees can be found at fee on the Bureau of Consular Affairs website, travel.state.gov.




Pregnant media personality shot in the face

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Twenty eight year old Jody Ann Gray, a broadcaster and journalist who worked at the KOOL FM station was shot on Wednesday night outside of her home in Portmore, St Catherine.

Gray, who is seven months pregnant, was shot in the face and twice in the arm.

According to detectives from the St Catherine South Police Division, they are in the process of interrogating 44-year-old Wayne Whyte, a broadcaster of an address in Harbour View, Kingston 17. Whyte is reported to be Jody Ann's boyfriend and the father of her unborn child.

Reports are that Jody Ann drove up to her gate and was pounced upon by a man who shot her once in the face and twice in the arm. The man then jumped into a waiting Corolla motorcar, which the police said was being driven by Whyte, and tried to escape in the area. However, the police, who were on the scene within minutes of the shooting, intercepted the motorcar which had three men aboard.

Two registration plates made out of cardboard were found covering the original registration plates of the Corolla motorcar, the police said. When those plates were removed, it was discovered that the motorcar was registered to Whyte and a woman who shared his last name, of a Harbour View address, police said.

The police also seized a firearm suspected to be the weapon used in the shooting. Gray is stable in hospital and her baby is said to be OK.




Traffic cop gets death threats

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It is being reported that police officials have stepped up security around head of the Traffic Division, Senior Superintendent Radcliffe Lewis, following threats made on his life. Some Police sources say they believe the threats came as a result of a series of intensified operations by the police to clamp down on illegal taxi operators in the Corporate Area. SSP Lewis yesterday said members of his team seized a total of 41 vehicles during a clampdown against illegal route taxis. Police said two persons who had warrants out for breaches of the Road Traffic Act were arrested and 13 license plates were removed from several of the vehicles during the operation.

Lewis also said that over the past two weeks police have stepped up their drive to go after rogue taxi operators. He warned that the operations would be intensify especially against taxi operators who ply the Half-Way-Tree to Papine route.

The clampdown came following reports that the taxi operators have begun to hike their fares.

"This was the final straw that broke the camel's back as these operators, not only are they operating illegally, but the move to increase the fares was illegal," said Lewis.

The Police said, students of the University of the West Indies and University of Technology as well as other commuters who usually pay $80 per trip were forced to pay $100 and in some cases, even $150.




Protect Our Children: A Yardflex Exclusive

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Yardflex recently visited the Bustamante Children's hospital to obtain more information about cases where children as young as 18 months old are being raped and abused by family members. Many of the children are left suffering from Herpes, Syphilis, gonorrhea, AIDS and other STI's.

After speaking with a Doc at the facility we were told of a more recent case where a five year old who had contracted HIV, Syphilis and Gonorrhea. The child reported that she was bing molested by her father.

According to the Doctor, most children come in to be treated for a cold or flu and when they are examined, it is discovered that they have been molested.

Many of the mothers of these young, innocent children are said to be aware of what is taking place but refuse to press charges against these men. Mothers are even said to be "selling" their children to make ends meet.

Our Government should NOT turn a blind eye to what is happening to the young, innocent children! Where are the social workers, who will protect our children?

Meanwhile, a young Jamaican, Brandon Allwood has founded the organization Help JA Children. The organization will be having a march on May 1st from the Bustamante Children's Hospital to Emancipation park.  At Emancipation Park, a rally is scheduled to take place which will include speakers from various stakeholder organizations. 

According to Allwood, "It is time we really look at the state of our nation's children. The first step in protecting them is making sure we have population that is aware of the true picture, and how they can help. This march will send a message to all persons who ill-treat children that Jamaica will not tolerate such behaviour, and we will fight for the safety and well-being of Jamaica's precious children."

Persons who wish to register for the march can log on to:




Ninja Man back in the studio

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Ninja Man is at it again. Mi hear say the original 'one teet, gold teet, don gorgan' inna di studio a record crazy song fi drop a road. 

Him just voice a song wid Kiprich name Don Gorgan is back and mi hear say it a go tun up di road when it drop!!!

Ninja Man look like him plan f come run dancehall. We just a wait and see because you know Ninja Man nuh fraid a nobody, him will talk di tings.




Queen Ifrica welcomes baby boy!

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According to wha mi hear, Queen Ifrica have baby fi Tony Rebel wha day yah. 

Mi hear say is a little boy she have and his name is Malawi. But mi really haffi ask, Tony Rebel nuh big man fi Ifrica, plus Tony Rebel nuh live wid him baby madda???

Anyway, congrats on the birth of your new baby and all the best to you and your family.








Vybz Kartel get back him Benz

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So a likkle birdie weh deh close to the 'Worl Boss' tell wi sey dem release the Benz and all a the other assets weh dem did cease. Dem no tell wi who exactly dem gi it to wi ongle hear sey a the family get it.......so a wonder if a Shortie have the key? Hhehehehe.

A the Benz deh inna the spotlight, but we a hear sey the police dem did tek weh him papers dem fi sum odda propert weh him own and him passport and computers to, all a dem deh send back to the family. The likkle birdie sey him see the Benz wid d family so a no lie, dem get back everything. So now dat all a dat a gwaan a wonda what going become of the cases dem set against him? Mek wi watch and see.




Collie Buddz launched radio station

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At 6am on Friday March 30th,  local reggae star Collie Buddz launched Bermuda's newest radio station - VIBE 103.3 FM.

The radio stion is owned and operated by Collie Buddz [Colin Harper] and his brother Matthew Harper. VIBE 103.3 FM is set to give audiences a mixture of Top 40, Caribbean and Dance music, and a blend of both local and overseas news, weather, sports and entertainment news. VIBE 103.3 FM is aiming for "minimal drive time commentary" and will be set apart from the rest by giving listeners "less talk, more music."

Collie Budz made it clear that Vibe 103 will only be about hit music from all genres played 24/7 automated and by live DJs. Whether it's a current hit song or a future hit song, they'll be playing it,

This new station will offer "Inside Edition," a daily news magazine that gives audiences a mix of investigations, interviews and human interest stories as well as celebrity and pop culture features; "ET Radio Minute" featuring the latest entertainment news highlights; "Doctor's Orders" which will feature four medical practitioners with four different specialties, and Sky Sports News, the latest news from the Sky Sports UK news desk. In addition listeners can tune into VIBE 103.3FM online via www.vibe103.com.




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Organisers of the Miss Universe Pageant has reversed their decision to remove a transgender contestant form the pageant. A statement was issued late Monday night, in which the Miss Universe Organization said Jenna Talackova can compete provided "she meets the legal gender recognition requirements of Canada, and the standards established by other international competitions."

The news came a day before Talackova was expected to hold a news conference with high-profile feminist lawyer Gloria Allred to talk about her experience. She has not spoken to reporters and it is still unclear whether or not the news conference will be held.

The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation, or GLAAD was very pleased with the decision taken by the pageant organisers, "The Miss Universe Organization made the right decision and has taken an important first step," the group said in a statement.

Talackova was one of the 65 finalists selected to contend for the title of Miss Universe Canada and the honor of representing her country in the Miss Universe competition. However last month the organisers found out that she had lied about undergoing a sexual reassignment surgery and told her she could no longer compete.

At the time, the Miss Universe Organization said current rules state that all contestants must be a "naturally born female."

In a 2010 interview in Thailand, where she was competing for Miss International Queen, a competition for transgender women, Talackova, 23, said she knew she was a girl at age 4. She said she started hormone therapy at age 14 and underwent sexual reassignment surgery at 19.

After Talackova's disqualification, social media users flooded Miss Universe Canada's Facebook page with comments criticizing the decision. A petition was then started on the social change website Change.org and it garnered more than 41,000 signatures calling for organizers to reverse their ruling.

The 61st annual Miss Universe Canada Pageant will be held in Toronto on May 19.




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People a wha really a gwaan inna di country? Mi tired fi ask unuh dis. Mi hear pon news last week say a prominent Doctor inna di Standpipe area inna jail because him do an abortion pon a likkle school girl and it never do good so her people dem go hospital and Police get involved and di Doctor get lock up.

Di Doctor say nutten nuh go so, but mi also hear pon di shout say it look like the Doctor and di young girl did inna tings and maybe a did fi him baby. Woooiiiiii, no sah, a wha wrong wid dem big, crusty, gray back man yah. Why dem nuh go look dem age. And why dem school girl yah no take dem book and stop feature man??

No sah, it nuh sound good at all and mi hope a lie because trust me, dem school girl ya a gwaan bad and not to mention the big man dem. Only young girl dem want, it look like say if you over 30 nuff big man nuh want you. 

God a come fi him world, because unuh a behave too bad down yah




Beenie Man's visa woes

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Dancehall artiste Beenie Man was unable to perform with International superstar Nicki Minaj yesterday due to Visa restrictions.

Beenie Man had initially planned to perform his collab "Gunshot" on BET'S 106 and Park with Minaj yesterday, but was told on Sunday that this performance would be a breach of his visitor's visa.

Beenie Man has still not be re-issued a work permit and was advised hat his appearance on BET would be considered as a paid performance because the station has to pay over royalties for live performances, so it would be a clear violation of the terms of his visitor's visa.  Beenie Man and his management team said they would not take the risk and would instead comply with the US Embassy.

Beenie Man has appeared on BET'S 106 and Park twice before. Beenie is currently working on his new album




Snoop Dogg doing reggae album

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Rapper Snoop Dogg is reportedly recording a reggae album. Sources say that Snoop is working with high-profile producer Diplo, who has worked with big names like Beyoncé, MIA and Usher.

According to Producer Diplo, he and Snoop have started work on 18 tracks but took a break from recording. They expect to resume some time this monSnoop Dogg is best known for hard-hitting projects like The Chronic and Murder She Wrote, both produced by Dr Dre.

He has performed twice in Jamaica, at Sashi in 2000 and at Reggae Sumfest the following yearth.




Wayne Wonder to drop album in the summer

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International artiste Wayne Wonder will be releasing a yet-to-be titled album this summer. The album will also feature collaborations with Grammy-winning artiste Shaggy, as well as female rap star Kalena of Diddy's Dirty Money.

Wayne Wonder's  chart topping single "No Letting Go" along with his songwriting, producing and smooth delivery made him a staple in clubs for the past decade.

Now, he is getting ready to make another serious push on the local dancehall scene with a slew of new singles such as Love Gets Sweeter (Cashflow Records), A Nuh Lie (for Mad Spider), They Don't Know (DJ Frass), and Caught Up (Washroom Production).

The singer is currently on a two-week stint in Europe, appearing in major clubs in cities across the continent. The tour will end on April 8.
















CHILDREN as young as four years old have been treated for gonorrhoea, syphilis, herpes and HIV at the Bustamante Hospital for Children after being raped by close family members including their fathers.

So overwhelming is the number of cases seen at the hospital yearly that one doctor is speaking out in the hope that more will be done by both individuals and communities to protect the nation's children, many of whom endure months and years of abuse before they are eventually rescued.

Dr Sandra A Knight, a general practitioner who has worked with the paediatric hospital in Kingston for the past 11 years, said more of these young patients are being brought in for sexually transmitted infections.

"The hospital sees several alleged sexual assault cases each year with the victims being anywhere from babies to 12 years old," she told the Jamaica Observer.

Many of these children are usually not taken to the hospital until they start to experience symptoms associated with the vagina, penis or anus.

Dr Knight said she treats an average of eight such cases each year while some of her colleagues see up to 13 children annually at the hospital.

Recalling some of the most disturbing cases she has dealt with during her tenure at the hospital, Dr Knight said they continue to have a long-lasting impact on her, personally.

One which still traumatises her to this day is the case of a nine-year-old boy who was buggered by the pastor his mother left him with while she went to work.

Although the boy became withdrawn and lost his appetite, the buggery was not discovered until his teacher complained that he was defecating on himself while at school.

Dr Knight said when the mother took him to the hospital his penis was swollen and scarred and his anus torn.

"You could literally look up the child's anus to the rectum," Dr Knight said.

The child later revealed that the pastor had been raping him for some time and would give him $20 each time he had sex with him.

Another case she will never forget was that of an 18-month-old boy who died after being buggered by an uncle, two years ago.

"I saw that baby two days before he died," a distraught Dr Knight said.

She recalled the day the near lifeless baby was brought to the hospital by his uncle and a pregnant girlfriend to be treated for a cold.

As she attempted to resuscitate the unconscious baby, she noticed his stomach was growing at an alarming pace.

"I was so busy resuscitating him that I didn't immediately think of turning the child over and when I turned him over the anus was destroyed," she said. "The uncle had raped the baby and when the penis went into the anus it tore off the colon (bowel) and the faeces started to run into the abdominal cavity," she explained, adding that the baby had no chance of living.

In yet another case, Dr Knight said she treated a little girl who was infected with HIV, gonorrhoea, syphilis and herpes by an uncle who was in and out of prison.

It was, however, the last two patients that Dr Knight treated a week ago that pushed her to make public the plight of these children.

In these cases, a four and a six-year-old were infected with gonorrhoea which had began to seriously ravish their young bodies by the time they were diagnosed.

"What traumatised me about the situation is when I look at the vagina of these little girls (and pardon the graphicness of what I am saying) the hymen is ripped apart, they have sores, the older child we had to evaporate the room when we were finished because pus was coming from her vagina," she said.

From the symptoms, Dr Knight said it would appear the girls would have been infected for weeks, however the younger one was only taken to the hospital after her mother noticed she was scratching her vagina while the older child had a smelly discharge.

In both cases, Dr Knight said the children refused to say who the perpetrators were, although the younger one reported that her father was sleeping in her bed, while the mother told the police that he should have been sleeping on the floor. That father has since been arrested. However, there is still no arrest made in the case of the six-year-old.

During the medical examination of these young rape victims a swab (the size of a cotton bud) is used to take a sample from the vagina and this procedure, Dr Knight said, often causes children to scream out in pain.

"And I say to myself, if this swab is so painful for them," [I can't imagine] "what the experience must have been like for these children," she said.

Once these children are found to have been sexually abused they are admitted at the hospital and are only discharged when a social worker gives the go ahead.

Knight said the doctors do not examine any child without an officer being present from the Centre for the Investigation of Sexual Offences and Child Abuse (CISOCA).

"Whenever a child comes in, CISOCA is called, and one officer will interview the family while another will remain with the doctor while the child is being examined," she explained.

She said that in most cases the children are taken to the hospital by the mothers who sometimes have been aware that these children are being molested but feel powerless to act.

In a lot of the cases, Dr Knight, said these mothers were themselves raped as children.

"Most of the mothers who I interviewed know the children are being abused, but they are economically and physically disadvantaged because the man is going to beat them, and some even send out children for men to have sex with them," she said.

One mother, Dr Knight said, admitted to her that she had a similar experience as a child and it did not affect her. "So the mentality is the child is going to be all right too," said the doctor.

There is, however, the other end of the spectrum where there are distraught mothers who will even blame themselves for not having figured out what was going on.

Head of CISOCA, Superintendent Gladys Brown-Campbell, said she had no readily available statistics to indicate whether there has been an increase in the number of carnal abuse cases involving children, but said a lot of the offences, which were committed some time ago, are now being reported.

The multi-agency approach at CISOCA, which sees all the relevant State agencies such as the Child Development Agency and Office of the Children's Registry operating under one roof, is said to make it easier for these young victims.

"Everyone is on board and so the child does not have to tell the story twice," Brown-Campbell said.

According to Brown-Campbell, a lot of these children are being abused by relatives and close family friends.

"So be careful who you entrust your children to," she warned, adding that this is often the reason why the sexual abuse is not discovered earlier.

While most of the cases she has dealt with involve persons from the lower socio-economic strata of society, Dr Knight suggested that this was so only because they are the persons who mostly access the public health system.

She also said that a lot of these children will not readily reveal the identity of the perpetrator as they find it difficult to consolidate the two ideas that the person who is supposed to love and protect them is the one hurting them.

"We had a three-year-old who it took hours for her to talk, and then she finally said "mi father say me nuffi talk," Dr Knight said.

She explained that this is usually a confusing place for a child to be, as they often do not know what they are feeling at that time.

"When these little children grow up and realise that what happened was not supposed to happen, then they start to feel ashamed and this affects their self-esteem and values and they then engage in voluntary sex at a young age," she said.

While the majority of rapes are committed by adults, there are those occasions when the sexual act is done by an older child.

Dr Knight cited a case that came to her attention only last week in which a mother brought in her 11-year-old son for treatment because he was beaten by a neighbour.

"I asked the mother why the neighbour beat the little boy and the boy said ....(name omitted) say me rape him son dem, but me neva rape dem, is go me go inna di room and see dem a f... and me join in," Dr Knight said, adding that she was taken aback by how casually he expressed himself.

So traumatic are these and several other cases she has dealt with, that Dr Knight said it has begun to impact her and some of her colleagues personally, especially after the birth of her now six year-old daughter.

"It is difficult to see a four-year-old suffering like this, and so I get obsessive about who my daughter is staying with," she said, adding that no one, regardless of social status, is safe from this demon.

The human sexual centre, she explained, is in the most primitive part of the brain and this is the area which is impacted least by what is called common sense and is instead controlled more by reflexes and urges.

According Dr Knight, it all comes down to the sexual indiscipline and the inability to control one's urges.

Dr Knight said another of the driving forces which has led her to speak out about this scourge affecting society, is the many sexual dysfunctions among adults which can be traced back to their childhood

"A physician who is being divorced confided in me that he was sexually abused as a child and was having difficulty maintaining a relationship with a woman as he was sexually abused by a woman," she said, explaining further that having grown up in a poor family he was sent to board at a lady's house during his high school years and the lady took sex for rent.

As for the wheels of justice, Dr Knight is not convinced they are turning as fast as they should, as of all the cases she has treated over the years, she has only been called three times to be a witness in court, which could suggest that a lot of them do not get resolved.

She feels helpless at not having any one solution to the problem. However, she is hoping that by speaking out public awareness will be raised and responsible adults will be prompted to take action.

"My solutions are, one, to make society aware of the fact that they need to protect their children, and two, if you are a perpetrator you will be punished and lastly, to let everyone know that it is wrong to do this," she said.

As for Jamaica having a sex offenders registry to alert communities to the identity sex offenders, Knight does not believe this would work as smoothly in Jamaica as in the United States, because Jamaicans might not be mature enough to handle this because of the vigilante culture.

***story taken from Jamaica Observer***




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Calabar High School last night captured their 23rd lien on the Mortimer Geddes Trophy for the ISSA/GraceKennedy Boys' and Girls' Athletics Championships at the National Stadium to celebrate their 100th anniversary in fine style.

The green and black-clad standard bearers from Red Hills Road amassed 287.5 to beat Kingston College (KC) 265, and dethroned champion Jamaica College (JC) 220.5, with Wolmer's Boys' fourth on 140.




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