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Pre-history and Discovery The original Arawak or Tainos from South America first settled in the island of Jamaica between 1000 and 4000 BC. After Christopher Columbus arrival in Jamaica in 1494, which he used as his familys private estate, the Spain took full control of the island and began occupation in 1509, naming the island Santiago or St. James. A few decades after Columbus death, almost all Arawakans were wiped out either by disease, slavery or war with some even committing suicide apparently to escape their conditions as slaves. Though some claim they became virtually extinct following contact with Europeans, others claim that some still survived. It was the Spain who first brought the first African slaves to Jamaica in 1517. The Spanish and the English Rule The Spanish settlers later moved to the Villa de la Vega, now known as the Spanish Town making it the capital of Jamaica. The 1640s saw many people coming to Jamaica for its stunning beauty, especially the pirates who had a reputation of deserting their raiding parties and staying on in the island. The attacks by the pirates in the Jamaican history can be traced back to nearly 100 years, between 1555 and 1655; the final attack leaving the island in the hands of the English. The island of Jamaica was finally seized by

amaica, an island nation of the Greater Antilles situated in the Caribbean Sea, was named the Xaymaca by the native Arawakan-speaking Tano people. It meant either the Land of Springs, or the Land of Wood and Water. When Christopher Columbus arrived at this largest Caribbean island, he claimed the land for Spain. The history of Jamaica can broadly be divided into the Pre-historic period, the period after the discovery of the island by other countries, the period of Spanish and English rule and the final phase of Jamaican Independence.


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the British forces in the form of a joint expedition by Admiral Sir William Penn and General Robert Venables in May 1655. The buccaneers were invited by the Governor to form their base at Port Royal to prevent Spanish aggression in 1657. The Spanish were defeated in the successive battles that followed starting a long drawn British rule in the Jamaican soil. Through the Treaty of Madrid in 1670, the British gained formal recognition of possession of Jamaica. Still part of the Island remained in the hands of some of the escaped slaves called the Maroons, with whom they signed a treaty on 1 March 1738. Even though much of the Spanish capital, Villa de la Vega, was burned during the English conquest, they renamed it the Spanish Town and kept it as the islands capital. By the 19th century, the revolt between the blacks and the whites increased with the blacks outnumbering the whites by a ratio 20 to 1. Following a series of uprisings, slavery was ultimately abolished on 1st August, 1834 with Jamaica becoming a Crown Colony. This lead to the establishment of the growth of a middle class of low-level public officials and police officers drawn from the mass of the population, whose social and political progress was blocked by the colonial authorities. The Great Depression followed in the 1930s and then the revolt by the sugar and the dock workers in 1938 leading to significant changes including the growth of an organized labor movement and a competitive party system. Modern History By the mid 1940s the Jamaican gained a degree of local political control. In 1938 the Peoples National Party (PNP) was founded and five years later their rival the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) came into being. Under the universal adult suffrage, the first election was held in 1944. Nine other UK territories in the Federation of


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the West Indies were joined by Jamaica in 1958. Finally on 6 th August 1962, Jamaica gained its independence, remaining a member of the Commonwealth of Nations. In the beginning, power switched between the two parties quite regularly. The first Prime Minister was chosen in 1972 and thus the present day government in Jamaica began to function.

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Jamaica land of beauty, We promise faithfully To serve thee with our talents and bring our gifts to thee Jamaica we will always in honor of thy name Work steadfastly and wisely and never bring thee ShameFrom riverside to mountain from cane-field to the sea Our hearts salute Jamaica Triumphant, proud and free, Together in our country, In love and brotherhood Well work and play in freedom, as all gods children should With hearts and hands united, In thanks for everything That God has givn unto us, together let us sing From riverside to mountain from cane-field to the sea Our hearts salute Jamaica, Triumphant, proud and free.

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Federal Judge James Moody denied Buju Bantons request for a new trial. In his decision, the judge wrote that there is no need for a new trial in light of an Atlanta appeals courts ruling that there was sufficient evidence to convict the reggae star on a gun charge. Under the new ruling, Bujus sentence could be extended from ten years to 15 years. Bujus attorney, David Oscar Markus, stated that he plans on appealing the case Dr. Rahsan Abdul Hakim Michelle Michy B Bailey Sister Monteque Stefy Famous

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again. A federal jury found Buju guilty of three drug charges and a gun charge. During a sentencing hearing last June, Moody tossed the gun charge due to the fact that Buju had never met or spoke with James Mack, a guy who drove to Florida from Georgia with a gun his car to buy five kilos of cocaine from a confidential informant. Its unclear if Buju was aware that the drug deal was even taking place; he was hundreds of miles away from the actual drug deal when the DEA arrested him. Markus tells reporters that a new sentencing hearing will be scheduled, but its unclear when that will happen. Rev. Dr. Mother Khoshhali Denise Lady D Gomez Shrivonne Browne

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rom Savannla-La-Mar to Morant Bay, from Above Rocks to Port Maria, as the clock struck midnight on August 5, 1962, the strains of our national anthem were heard for the first time while Union Jacks were lowered and the Jamaican flag unveiled. Ceremonies took place in parish capitals across the island. In many cases, fireworks lit up the skies punctuating the August 6 birth of the Dominion of Jamaica. At the National Stadium, then Prime Minister Sir Alexander Bustamante, decked out in formal wear, presided over what was described as a stirring event. The entire evening was just tremendous, says statesman Hector Wynter, enthusiastically recounting the shared excitement and delight that reverberated through the packed Stadium where over 20,000 people proudly joined in the celebration of movement from colonialism to self-government. Kingston and all other parish capitals were resplendent with flags and bunting, and many civic and social events took place, including dancing in the streets, maypoles in town squares, jonkonnu, bonfires, float parades overflowing with beauty queens, as well as tree planting and religious ceremonies. Theodore Sealy was appointed Chairman of the Independence Committee which was charged with choosing the islands national symbols, flag, and anthem. Hector Wynter, who, like all sitting Senators at the time, had the opportunity to serve on this committee, remembers that experience as a smooth process in which all were united by

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enthusiasm. As it turned out, Wynter recalls, the color choice and design for the flag proceeded quite smoothly. The only hitch was that our initial design was apparently very similar to that chosen by Tanganyika. So we made our gold saltire cross broader. Wynter adds, it may remind you of the Union Jack in design as both have saltire crosses, but our vibrant colors the gold set against black and green triangles made it our own. Our anthem married the words of the Reverend Hugh Sherlock to the music of Hon. Robert Lightbourne, both of which were chosen out of many anonymous entries submitted in a public contest. The 300-year-old coat of arms was retained but a new motto Out of Many, One People a reminder that the nation is composed of people of many races who have long lived and worked in harmony, was added. The Opening Of Parliament On August 7, 1962 - which had also been declared a holiday - the first session of Jamaicas parliament took place. Princess Margaret, wished Jamaica well on behalf of her sister, the Queen, and handed over the constitutional documents to Sir Alexander. She said she was proud to be associated with this event and welcomed the new nation to the Commonwealth Family. Independence Addresses Bustamante, responding to Princess Margaret and addressing Jamaicans at home and abroad as the islands first Prime Minister, cautioned on that same August 7 morning: Independence means


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the opportunity for us to frame our own destiny and the need for us to rely on ourselves in so doing. It does not mean a license to do as we would like. It means work and law and order. Let us resolve to build a Jamaica which will last and of which we and generations to come will be proud, remembering that especially at this time the eyes of the world are upon us. Bustamantes message was also carried in a special supplement in the New York Times commemorating Jamaicas independence. Norman Manley, then Leader of the Opposition, also reminded the nation: We stand here today surrounded by an unseen host of witnesses-who through all our history strove to keep alight the torch of freedom-and what of the future? We have come to Independence prepared and ready to shoulder our new responsibilities and united I believe in one single hope that we may make our small country a safe and happy home for all our people. The themes of both of these addresses and those of many others given that day and on countless anniversaries can aptly be summed up in the words of our National Anthem described by Sherlock and Bennett (1998) as a prayer of a small, newly-independent nation for guidance and protection for themselves and for the island they love.

The Minister of Development and Welfare, Rt . Hon. Edward Seaga, (left) presenting to the Prime Minister, Hon. Sir Alexander Bustamante, the first copy of a poster produced by the Governments Public Relations office as part of literature for Independence Celebrations.

H.R.H The Princess Margaret smiles as she talks with Rt.Hon Norman Manley, Leader of the opposition, who was presented shortly after her arrival at Palisados airport. Rt. Hon. Sir Alexander Bustamante, looks on.

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Eternal Father bless our land, Guard us with Thy Mighty Hand, Keep us free from evil powers, Be our light through countless hours. To our Leaders, Great Defender, Grant true wisdom from above. Justice, Truth be ours forever, Jamaica, Land we love. Jamaica, Jamaica, Jamaica land we love.

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Teach us true respect for all, Stir response to dutys call, strengthen us the weak to cherish, Give us vision lest we perish. Knowledge send us Heavenly Father, Grant true wisdom from above. Justice, Truth be ours forever, Jamaica, land we love. Jamaica, Jamaica, Jamaica land we love.

1962 Chris Blackwell moves Island Records (founded three years earlier in Kingston) to London.

1962 Seventeen year-old Bob Marley (aka Bobby Martell) records his first song, Judge Not, produced by Leslie Kong.

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1972 The movie, The Harder They Come, is released. 1972 Channel One studio opens at Maxfield Avenue, St Andrew. 1973 Island Records releases Catch a Fire and Burnin albums by The Wailers. Records in Queens, New York City.

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1962 The National Dance Theatre Company (NDTC) is founded by Rex Nettleford and Eddy Thomas. 1962 Dr. No, the first James Bond movie which was shot in Jamaica, is released. 1963 Producer Clement Dodd opens Studio One for business. 1963 Jamaica Broadcasting Corporations (JBC) television station launched.

1980 Singer Jacob Miller killed in auto accident in St. Andrew.

1964 The Skatalites, an all-star band including trombonist Don Drummond and saxophonists Tommy McCook and Roland Alphonso, is formed. 1964 The Jamaican government sends a group comprising Byron Lee and the Dragonaires, and singers Eric Monty Morris and Jimmy Cliff, to promote ska at the Worlds Fair in New York. 1966 The Festival Competition is launched. Toots and the Maytals Bam Bam is the first winner.

1963 Miss Jamaica, Carol Joan Crawford, is crowned Miss World.

1976 Legalize It, the major label debut album from Peter Tosh, is released by Columbia Records.

1975 Burning Spears seminal Marcus Garvey album released by Island.

1980 Marley performs in newly-independent Zimbabwe. 1981 Bob Marley dies in Miami, Florida at age 36.

1976 Miss Jamaica Cindy Breakespeare crowned Miss World.

1983 Marley statue by sculptor Christopher Gonzales rejected by government and singers family. 1984 Legend, a compilation of 14 of Bob Marleys best known songs, is released by Island Records. 1985 Black Uhurus Anthem wins first Reggae Grammy Award. 1987 Peter Tosh murdered at his home in St Andrew. He was 42 years old. 1992 As Raw As Ever by Shabba Ranks becomes first dancehall set to win Grammy for Best Reggae Album. 1984 The Sleng Teng rhythm, produced by Lloyd King Jammys James, is released.

1976 Bob Marley and his wife Rita among four persons shot and injured at his Hope Road, St Andrew home.

1964 Millie Smalls My Boy Lollipop tops British national chart and becomes the first million-selling song by a Jamaican.

1990 Irie FM, Jamaicas first all-reggae radio station, launched. 1993 Inaugural Reggae Sumfest launched at Catherine Hall in Montego Bay.

1993 Miss Jamaica, Lisa Hanna, crowned Miss World. 1995 Buju Bantons Til Shiloh album is released.

1966 Jamaica Labrish, a collection of poems by Louise Bennett, is released. 1966 Take It Easy, the first rock steady song, is recorded at Federal Records. 1967 Desmond Dekkers 007 (Shanty Town) makes the British national chart. 1969 Desmond Dekkers Israelites makes the Top 10 pop charts in Britain and the United States. 1972 A musical bandwagon including some of Jamaicas top artistes, helps bring Michael Manley and the Peoples National Party to power. 1969 Don Drummond dies at the Bellevue Asylum in Kingston.

1977 Island releases Exodus, Marleys fifth studio album for the label. 1977 Two Sevens Clash, an apocalyptic song by roots group Culture, helps spark island wide paranoia on July 7. 1978 The One Love Peace Concert takes place at the National Stadium. 1977 Uptown Top Ranking, by singjay duo Althea and Donna, tops the British national chart.

1999 Dennis Brown, Crown Prince of Reggae, dies in St Andrew at age 42. 2000 Hot Shot, deejay Shaggys fourth album, is released. Eventually sells 8.8 million units, making it the best-selling dancehall/reggae studio album ever. 2011 Buju Banton sentenced to 10 years in prison on drug trafficking charges.

1993 All She Wrote by Chaka Demus and Pliers is released by Island. Becomes first album in pop history to produce six songs that made the British Top 20 chart.

1969 Satta Masa Gana by the Abyssinians is recorded at Studio One.

1978 The first Reggae Sunsplash is held at Jarrett Park in Montego Bay. 1979 Vincent and Randy Chin start VP

1999 Time Magazine and the British Broadcasting Corporation name Marleys One Love and Exodus, Song of the 20th Century and Album of the Millennium, respectively.

1979 The inaugural Tastee Talent Contest takes place.


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Anthony Matthews, 31, was charged with attempted murder, kidnapping, assault and weapons possession, after police sources said he tortured the victim for weeks inside his Bainbridge St. home. The torture inflicted on a helpless woman who was allegedly held captive by a Brooklyn ex-con for a month, was detailed Friday in a court document. It makes for horrific reading. The 26-year-old woman suffered severe burns, when a screwdriver heated up with a cigarette lighter was placed against her crotch. Anthony Matthews, it says, burned the womans legs with a hot iron and broke some of her teeth when he shoved a handgun into her mouth. The suspect also repeatedly beat (the woman) with a large piece of wood. When the woman finally got to a hospital, she was in septic shock and had less that half the blood supply that a healthy woman her age should have. In addition to the painful burns all over her body, she had a broken nose and various open wounds and ulcers. Some of the wounds on (her) legs are so deep (her) bone is exposed, the papers state. The woman, whom we are not identifying, is in critical but stable condition in the intensive care unit at Woodhull Hospital. Matthews, 31, was charged with attempted murder, kidnapping, assault and weapons possession on Thursday after police raided his Bainbridge Street home. Cops say in the document that Matthews snatched the woman from her dads house in Peekskill on June 29 by threatening to shoot and kill her family. Matthews allegedly kept her from escaping by repeating that threat and by tying her up with various television, phone wires, and extension cords, the court record states. While neighbors described Matthews as a friendly man who liked to barbecue in the yard and drove a 14-year-old Mercedes, his police record shows a propensity for violence. Matthews served 11 years in Attica for assault, weapons possession and reckless endangerment, records show. He was also once arrested for trespassing. His rap sheet reveals at least one more arrest, but that case was sealed and no details were available.

Brooklyn Man Imprisoned Suspect In Custody In Brownsville Shooting That Wounded Girl, 2, Woman In His Apartment And Five Others A 19-year-old man has been Commissioner Raymond Kelly to that location after seeing the For A Month And busted in the drive-by shooting said. gunman and two accomplices as Tortured Her, that left a 2-year-old girl and five The 19-year-old man impli- they approached him at a bodega others wounded in Brooklyn, Po- cated himself in the shooting, a block and half away. Police Sources Say
lice Commissioner Raymond Kelly said Friday A suspect has been busted in the drive-by shooting that left a 2-year-old girl and five others wounded in Brooklyn, Police Kelly said. Charges are pending. Kelly said there could be more arrests. The shooting occurred at Bristol St. and Riverdale Ave. in Brownsville. The intended target, 17-year-old Andrew Void, had run The little girl, Ariyanna Prince, struck in the leg, underwent surgery and was released from hospital this week. Her dad was also struck and wounded.

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Second Dead Body Found at Queens Dameon Bodie, Suicide House Mount Vernon Killer of Rotting remains of uniden- tenant Devendra Autar, 32. Rival, Gets 20 to Life Autar, a police officers tified woman discovered in
attic of tenant Devendra Autar, who was found hanged to death on July 20. Autar left note that read: Hell is waiting for me. A woman whose dead body was found in the home of a Queens man who killed himself was knifed to death, officials said The rotting remains of the still-unidentified woman were found in the attic of brother who was found hanging from a pull up bar in his Richmond Hill home July 20, left behind a chilling suicide note. The note read: Hell is waiting for me, cops said. The murdered woman died of stab wounds to the neck and torso, according to a spokesperson for the citys medical examiner.

Two in passing car open fire on revelers leaving bash in Canarsie. Victims shot in torso. Two men were shot one fatally, in a drive-by shooting outside a Brooklyn party early Sunday. The men, ages 30 and 31, were leaving a bash on E. 84th St. in Canarsie when two men in a passing vehicle opened fire about 2:35 a.m., police said. Both victims were shot in the torso and taken to Brookdale University Hospital where the 30-yearold who had four prior arrests died. The other victim

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was in stable condition. Four hours earlier, Derrick Richardson, 21, who had 10 prior arrests including for assault, drugs and possession of a weapon was fatally shot on Valentine St. in the Tremont section of the Bronx just before 10:30 p.m. Saturday, cops said. Three other people were wounded Sunday night one stabbed and two others shot in separate incidents in Flushing, Queens, Gowanus, Brooklyn, and the upper West Side of Manhattan, officials said. They were all expected to survive.

A Mount Vernon man was sentenced Tuesday to 20 years to life in prison for fatally stabbing his girlfriends ex-boyfriend on a city street. Dameon Bodie, 31, was convicted June 1 by a Westchester County Court jury in White Plains of second-degree murder for the Sept. 2, 2011, slaying of 44-year-old Richard Reid of Mount Vernon. A lawyer for Bodie could not be reached for comment. The stabbing occurred on Franklin Avenue at about 11:15 p.m., when Reid found Bodie walking the woman home. Reid was the father of the womans baby. The two men began fighting on the corner of Franklin Avenue and Madison Street. The fight continued down Franklin Avenue to the front of the womans home. It was there that Bodie stabbed Reid multiple times in the neck, prosecutors said. Reid died at the scene. Bodie fled as a neighbor called 911. The girlfriend -- who was not identified by prosecutors -- tried to stop Reids bleeding, authorities said. Bodie ended up going to the emergency room at North Shore Medical Center in New Rochelle to be treated for injuries suffered in the fight, according to officials. He gave a false name and said he was hurt as he was being robbed. New Rochelle authorities ended up tipping off Mount Vernon police that Bodie was at the hospital. Mount Vernon police arrested Bodie the next day. The child was fatally shot in the head during a basketball tournament held in honor of Kellys younger sister, who was stabbed to death at the same housing project two years ago. An NYPD spokesperson could not say Friday which of the suspects allegedly fired the bullet that killed the tot.

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Cops arent sure who fired the bullet that killed little Lloyd Morgan during a basketball tournament. Police have charged a third suspect in the fatal shooting of 4-year-old Lloyd Morgan in the Bronx. Ronald Jeffrey, 19, was collared and charged with murder, attempted murder and criminal possession of a weapon, police said.

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Jeffery is allegedly one of three gunmen who opened fire on a basketball court near the Forest Houses in Morrisania about 9:30 p.m. on July 22, according to cops. Rondell Pinkerton, 17, was previously arrested and charged with murder and weapons possession. Courtney Kelly, 26, was charged with criminal possession of a weapon in connection with the tragedy.


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The entertainment fraternity was rocked on July 29th when news broke that popular promoter and CEO of Flava Squad Entertainment, Selvin Ewan McRae, was murdered in Florida.

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Inner Circle Headlines the Free Jamaica 50 Celebration Presented by AT&T at New York Citys Central Park Summer Stage also featuring Israel Vibrations and The Mighty Diamonds on August 19, 2012 starting at 3 p.m.. Summer Stage is New Yorks premier free performing arts festival hosted by the City Parks Foundation. It brings performances of superior artistic caliber, free of charge, to large and diverse audiences. To anyone whos familiar with Inner Circle, the Grammy winning bands 20 year plus history in reggae has had a long string of successes. Inner Circles special brand of pop-oriented Jamaican beats and energyfilled live performances have allowed the band to transcend the traditional reggae niche and enjoy widespread crossover appeal. From the launch of their first album in 1978 entitled, Everything Is Great, to the launch of the album, Bad Boys which became an international hit featuring the title Snoop Dogg experienced a spiritual and artistic rebirth while making a new album in Jamaica last February. The veteran rapper stated that he has abandoned rap as his preferred mode of expression, and wrote more than a dozen songs in a traditional Reggae style. He also told a documentary film crew about his long and sometimes violent journey from teenage gang member to a middle-aged hip-hop superstar. He has also shed the name and persona of Snoop Dogg and was rechristened Snoop Lion by Rastafarian priests. I have always said I was Bob Marley reincarnated, Snoop told a

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Singer Etana is sharing with all her fans, supporters and well wishers that she is expecting a new addition to her family. Known for not opening up much on her personal life, Etana felt compelled to respectfully enlighten her fans by announcing she had a bun in the oven. The rumors of pregnancy have been circulating since her marriage to model/ Award Winning Actor, Andre Morris in March of 2010. Morris is a Pulse Model, popularly known from numerous runway shows, television commercials and acting roles in local plays. Im Surprised with a new life, a precious gift! Jah works in mysterious ways... Etana The singer has kept herself busy throughout her pregnancy. Presently she is on tour in the UK preparing for her Jamaica Fifty perfor-

According to reports, McRae was killed after unknown assailants entered his Orlando home and shot him in the head on Sunday morning Information received is that the Orlando police have immediately opened their investigation into the matter. McRae is a former St. Elizabeth Technical High past student. After developing an aptitude for writing, he migrated to Florida where he continued his studies at the Valencian Community College in Orlando, Florida. McRae had spearheaded the promotional group Flava Squad and was instrumental in bringing to prominence the event called HYPE2K, which is held annually in Black River, St Elizabeth. The notable poet and music producer is also the brainchild of several rhythm productions such as the Quiet Storm, Addiction Reloaded and Hazardous. McRae, along with the support of his Flava Squad group, are also known to have worked alongside entertainers Sizzla, Gyptian, Warrior King and Lutan Fire among several other persons. Listed on PoemHunters.com, is one of his many peotic pieces titled Between Me and God in which McRae writes, The purpose of my life on Earth is to give God praise, after three scores plus 10, its the final stage; And if I should pass away at an early age, Dont you worry about me, please dont be afraid.

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crowd of reporters at a news conference at Miss Lilys, a Caribbean restaurant in New York. He added: I feel I have always been a Rastafari. I just didnt have my third eye open, but its wide open right now. The news confer-

track as well as the dance party favorite Sweat,Inner Circles brand of unforgettable hooks and island beats has kept the band a mainstay in the reggae world. About Summer Stage: Summer Stage is New Yorks premier free performing arts festival hosted by the City Parks Foundation. Through inclusive and eclectic programming, Summer Stage provides an important forum for emerging and established artists and ideas, and exposes its audiences to many different types of artistic and cultural expression. Programming areas include world and American music, modern dance, spoken word, electronic music, and family programming. three weeks in Jamaica. The rapper said he was tired of being a hip-hop artist, of the young mans macho bluster inherent in the form, and he felt the songs he had done so far did not reflect the wisdom he had gained from being a 40-yearold father of three. There comes a point where you say I done it all, or there isnt much more to do, he said. This was like a rebirth for me. Rap is not a challenge to me, he said. I had enough of that. Its not appealing to me no more. I dont have no challenges.

mance at the Tower Ballroom in Birmingham on August 4th. Kenya will be her next stop before she appears on the Chimsee Reggae Summer Festival in Germany. She will finally get a break for nesting and preparing for her newborn due for arrival this fall.

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Boy, 14, found dead of gunshot to head in Haffen Park. Different gun used in other nonfatal gunplay, police say Detectives Have ruled out any connection between the shooting death of a tennis-playing Bronx teen and a nearby shooting. But investigators are no closer to figuring out who killed Kemar Brooks, 14, in Haffen Park last week. A witness saw a man enter the park about 8 p.m. Thursday and fire in the direction of a pool, then leave the park, according to Deputy Commissioner Paul Browne.


Port-au-Prince, Haiti - The Office of Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe announced on Monday, August 6th that there will be a reshuffling of ministers in the cabinet of the government. In a press note, the Head of Government said the decision was approved by President Michel Martelly to appoint: Pierre Richard Casimir as Minister of Foreign Affairs and Worship. Prime Minister Lamothe had previously held this position and Casimir was Secretary of State for the ministry. Ronsard Saint-Cyr was appointed Minister of the Interior and Collective Territories. Saint-Cyr was previously the Minister of Social Affairs and Labor and replaces former Minister Thierry Mayard-Paul. Prime Minister Lamothe appointed himself Minister of Planning and External Cooperation, vacating his position as Minister of Foreign Affairs. In the past administration, Prime Minister Jean-Max Bellerive

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Near the pool is a gazebo where Kemar and an adult male, with whom he had been playing tennis and another man, were talking. Its not clear which of the three men, if any, were the target of the shootings, Browne said. But police say that while Kemar was killed with a single .380 shot to the back of the head, the bullet was fired from a gun different from the .380 used in the nonfatal shooting about two blocks away that night. Kemar was found in the park Friday morning by his father.

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Josefa Gauthier, who had been Minister of Planning and External Cooperation was appointed Minister of Social Affairs and Labour, the post vacated by Ronsard Saint-Cyr, now Interior Minister. Finally, Jean Vilmond Hilaire was appointed Minister of the Environment replacing Joseph Ronald Toussaint.

also held the Ministry of Planning as PM.

Vanneur Pierre was appointed Minister of Education and Vocational Training, replacing former Minister of Education, Reginald Paul.

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Guyana Civil Unrest Spirals Out Of Control

Georgetown, Guyana Criminal activities are reportedly spiraling out of control in Linden, Guyana, as some protestors continue to hold their ground. According to the government, political experts and newspaper columnists are of the opinion that opposition forces are using Lindeners as pawns in a plot to win mileage out of the volatile situation which started off as a peaceful protest three weeks ago against the proposed phased electricity tariff hike in the bauxite town. You have elements who I suspect are utilizing the protest activity for their own benefit and their own gain the question is what control the leadership still has in Linden, Parliamentary Secretary in the Ministry of Health and Parliamentarian Joseph Hamilton said in a three-man panel discussion on the National Communications Network (NCN) on Saturday. Police have arrested three persons in connection with robberies in the Rockstone area, where motorists were ambushed after stopping at a section of a main road that was apparently purposely destroyed. On Saturday, vehicles transporting fuel and other supplies to frontier communities were vandalized in their attempts to pass the logs, and debris and other objects used by protestors to create blockades on the Linden thoroughfare.

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Truck drivers and other motorists are reportedly being held to ransom while persons unknown to the town are being interrogated before passage is granted. The opposition parties have to come out and disassociate themselves now with what is happening on the ground in Linden. The extortion, the banditry, that is not the protest the good people of Linden had staged, Member of Parliament Manzoor Nadir said. The complement of Cuban and Chinese medical doctors who were supplementing the delivery of health care in the Region had to be safely evacuated as a result of the unrest and the quantity of pharmaceuticals are closely being monitored according to Hamilton.

Barbados - OVER 10 000 REVELLERS enjoyed the showers and cool conditions of Grand Kadooment as Crop Over 2012 came to a wet and loose climax on the Spring Garden Highway. With 24 registered bands wukking, wining and playing themselves from Warrens, past the National Stadium, through Bank Hall, Eagle Hall, Black Rock and onto Spring Garden, most paraded in the rain to Mikeys We Loose; while veteran masquerader Gwyneth Squires copped the titles for Large Band Of The Year, Best Band On The Road, Most Colourful Large Band, Topical, and Designer Of The Year with

Prime Minister Kamla PersadBissessar last night expressed deep concern upon learning of the sudden hospitalization of former president, Arthur NR Robinson. The former president was taken to the St Clair Medical Centre for observation, according to a statement issued by the Office of the Prime Minister. The Prime Minister sends her prayers and heartfelt wishes for a speedy recovery to the former president and extends her full support to his family, the statement said. In February 2010, Robinson was taken to the St Clair Medical Centre after collapsing during a funeral service in Maraval. Robinson, 85, has suffered in the past from a number of ailments, including high blood pressure and glaucoma, and has had surgery to correct heart complications and prostate problems. He had been admitted to hospital a number of times over the past few years.

Barbados In Living Colour. The bouncy, high-energy We Loose earned Mikey the Tune Of The Crop: his fourth 2012 title and an almost clean sweep of this seasons musical awards, following victories in the Sweet Soca, Party Monarch and Peoples Monarch last week. It is a great feeling. Its humbling. Im just thankful to the Lord. When you put God first, He opens doors, the 29-year-old member of Headliners calypso tent stated.


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We were robbed - Olympic Dream Turns Nightmare...

Bolt Frustrated By London's 'Weird' Olympic Rules

London, England Being the fastest man on Earth doesnt get you through security any quicker at the Olympics. Theres no cutting the line for Usain Bolt or getting Londons rigid regulations relaxed. And the Olympic champions not happy about it. Especially when the security guards hold him up ahead of his showpiece 100-metre event. I was in the line, we were waiting to run and the guy was telling me to line up straight, Bolt said early yesterday. I was like, Really? Were about to run and they are going to make me stand in a straight line? There are just some weird rules here. Such as not being allowed to get skipping ropes past security. They said I cant bring it in, and I asked, Why? Bolt recalled. They just said, It is the rules. So if I have a rubber band that I need to stretch, I cant take it in. And when I asked why, they say, Its just the rules. Its just some weird small rules that dont make any sense to me, personally. Security has been the only major problem area for games organizers. Thousands of soldiers, sailors and air force personnel had to be drafted to plug the gaps left by the failure by private security contractor G4S to supply all the guards it had promised. Since the games began, it is mainly G4S guards manning entry and exit points. Every venue is different. Wherever it happens to be in the world, there are different protocols in most places, London organizing committee chairman Sebastian Coe said. Thats the nature of it. But there will be an investigation into Bolts frustrations, which Coe initially tried to claim had been lost in the translation. I will look at this, Coe said. I am presuming the skipping rope was a warm-up aid, so I will, of course, look at that. Coe pointed out the bureaucracy that baffled Bolt didnt seem to slow him up too much. The Jamaican defended his 100-metre Olympic title

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Sunday in a games record 9.63 seconds, just .05 of a second off his world mark, to beat Jamaican training partner Yohan Blake. And Bolt has largely been impressed with the organization in London. Great Britain is a wonderful place. Theyve done so well, he said. Ive been

London, England The concept was sold as a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for small business operators in Leyton, East London: The tent-like food shops, which cost as much as 27,000 to rent, would attract thousands of persons attending the Olympic Games as many as up to 80,000 per day. But that dream has turned into a nightmare for the business operators, who are now forced to dump thousands of pounds of rotting food daily. The operators, who are made up of Jamaicans and other ethnic minorities, say they re-mortgaged their homes and borrowed high-interest rate loans to pay for the small tent-like shops, stocking them with goods in anticipation of a bumper Olympic crowd. However, a week after the start of the Games opened; the operators are yet to see even a handful of customers, as not even pedestrians are passing by the notraffic stop zone Health and safety inspectors are getting ready to dump hundreds of pounds of uncooked, seasoned meat which had gone bad. The jerk pans, which should have been brimming with tasty Jamaican cuisine, were cold and many of the shutters remained down as several of the 33 operators had closed shop. Those who remained were at loss for words as they contem-

watching the cycling and the rowing. Theyve done so well. Its just a great Olympics, its just a great place.

plated where they would get the money to repay their loans. I cant cry, said Talent MundyCastle, as she watched the health and safety officers inspecting hundreds of pounds of spoiled meat. The disappointment is huge.She stated that she had re-mortgaged her home for 70,000, 27,000 of which she used to secure a stall. Mundy-Castle explained further that she purchased 6,000 worth of meat and 10,0000 worth of other items as well as hired eight women to work for four days to clean and season the meat. Now I dont even have 3,000 left in my account, she said, looking around in a daze. The operators said they were only given one very small refrigerator to keep hundreds of pounds of meat, which they blamed for the spoilage. An article, posted earlier this year on the North London Business website, spoke of how the local businesses jumped at the opportunity to participate in the Leyton Market project during the Olympic Games, brought to life by Skateco and North London Business on behalf of Waltham Forest Council. It noted further that the purpose of the project was to ensure local businesses benefit from the increased footfall, estimated at 80,000 plus, that would flow through the Leyton area during the London 2012 Olympic Games.


St. Kitts Accountant Malchus Irvin Boncamper, 56, was sentenced to eight years in United States Federal Prison for his part in a massive fraud scheme. Prosecutors argued that Boncamper conspired to launder the proceeds of the fraud scheme through bank accounts in St. Kitts and elsewhere. Boncamper also acquired four insurance companies for the scheme in St. Kitts and Nevis (Commercial Acceptance Indemnity Ltd., United Re-insurance Group Ltd., Polaris International Ltd., and Brentwood Re Ltd.) and created financial statements for the companies listing assets he knew were worthless, including bonds purportedly guaranteed by a Swiss bank that was fictitious. Another person sent Boncampers financial statements to Shoreline Cruises Inc. in October 2004 to convince its owners to purchase the fictitious insurance offered through the scheme. Christopher Purser, 50, of Houston, has been handed a 188-month-term of federal imprisonment following his conviction for conspiracy to commit wire fraud, United States Attorney Kenneth Magidson announced, along with Internal Revenue Service Criminal Investigation (IRS-CI) Special Agent in Charge Lucy Cruz. Also sentenced was Edmund Hugh Benton, 63, of Scottsdale, Ariz. U.S. District Judge Sim Lake sentenced Purser to the more than 15-year-term and further ordered he serve three years of supervised release following completion of that prison term. Boncamper and Benton received respective sentences of 97 and 120 months for conspiring to launder proceeds of the scheme, also to be followed by three years of supervised release. Benton and Boncamper were also ordered to pay fines of $17,500 and $1,000, respectively. Judge Lake further ordered each defendant to pay restitution to their victims. A hearing to determine the amount of such restitution will be held within the next 90 days. Purser, who was banned in

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2003 by the Texas Department of Insurance from any involvement in the insurance business, admitted to selling liability insurance policies from 2004 to 2006 to apartment complexes, condominium associations, bars and restaurants while disguising his true identity and the existence of the ban.


St. Kitts Accountant Boncamper Sentenced to 8 Years in U.S. Federal Prison

was supposedly issued by Great Domestic Insurance Company of the Philippines and Commonwealth Insurance Company of Canada and reinsured by another Indonesian insurance company. Yet again, the policies were not real. In April 2003, the Texas Department of Insurance revoked

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the Ethan Allen on Oct. 2, 2005, gave rise to substantial claims against the policy. In response, Purser presented backdated documents to make it appear, falsely, that the policy did not cover the Ethan Allen while the boat was operating on Lake George. In fact, Shoreline Cruises Inc. had purchased exactly that type coverage. In any event, none of the purported insurance companies had any ability to pay the claims. Benton also conspired to launder the proceeds of the fraud scheme. Benton obtained liability insurance for GPOA members in 2003 from Heritage Mutual Surety Limited (Heritage), a company in St. Vincent. Heritage was controlled by someone in Barbados through another St. Vincent entity called Tri-Continental Exchange Ltd. Benton admitted knowing that GPOA was not licensed or authorized to sell insurance in Texas, that Heritage did not have the ability to pay claims, that TriContinental Exchange Ltd. was subject to cease and desist orders from insurance regulators, and that the fugitive, Robert Lewis Brown, was not using his real name. Benton also acknowledged receiving proceeds of the fraud in an account he maintained in The Bahamas. Robert Steve Mills, 57, of Bonita Springs, Fla., also pleaded guilty to conspiracy to launder money and will be sentenced by Judge Lake on Oct. 19, 2012. The charges are the result of an intensive investigation conducted by the IRS-CI with assistance from Homeland Security Investigations and the Texas, New York and California Departments of Insurance. During this four-year investigation, the U.S. government also received extensive and valuable assistance from the governments of St. Kitts and Nevis and also St. Vincent and the Grenadines. Investigators also received valuable assistance from the governments of The Bahamas, Nicaragua, The Philippines and Australia. Assistant U.S. Attorneys John R. Lewis and Belinda Beek are prosecuting the case.

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One of the companies that purchased the insurance was Shoreline Cruises Inc., which operated a 40foot tour boat called the Ethan Allen on Lake George, N.Y. The Ethan Allen sank on Oct. 2, 2005, in a tragic accident that claimed the lives of 20 elderly tourists. The fraud scheme began in 2000 when Purser sold liability insurance policies to nursing homes supposedly underwritten by Maryland Casualty Company, a subsidiary of Swiss-based Zurich Insurance Company. In fact, the policies were not real. In 2001, Purser sold insurance policies, supposedly underwritten by Westchester Surplus Lines Inc. and reinsured by companies in Indonesia. Again, the insurance and reinsurance was fake. Beginning in late 2002, Purser sold liability insurance policies to apartment complexes and condominium associations through a benefit association created in Belize called International Property Owners Association. The insurance

Pursers insurance license and ordered him to cease and desist from conducting any insurance business in Texas. In direct violation of this order, Purser spent the next several years selling liability insurance policies to apartment complexes, condominium associations, bars, restaurants and other businesses in Texas and throughout the United States through a new benefit association created in Florida called Global Property Owners Association (GPOA). The insurance was supposedly issued by a series of insurance companies located in Nevis, including Heritage Mutual Surety Limited, United Re-insurance Group Ltd., Polaris International Ltd., Commercial Acceptance Indemnity Ltd. and Brentwood Re Ltd. In fact, these companies were entirely fraudulent. Purser first sold marine liability insurance to Shoreline Cruises Inc. in May 2004. Purser renewed the policy a year later. The sinking of


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Where was yanks born? Jamaica. Grew up in Kingston Jamaica. What is some of Yanks background ? I went to all saint all age school in Kingston Jamaica, then I went to Kingston secondary school. From there I came to the U.S. and I attended NVCC. I had a very close family growing up. You have a natural love for music, does that mean that you have the ability to produce other music from other genres? YES I LOVE ALL MUSIC. I was born and raised around reggae music that is my passion. Tell me a little more about the singles Run the trees and Patrol. Run the Trees speak for itself because the trees is the healing of the nation and 99% of medicine made from the trees. Patrol was for all Jamaican soldiers who went to war and came back alive. After I finished recording it I was listening to the lyrics then I realize that I make a little mistake so I intro it by saying all artistic warriors because its a worldwide thing for all soldiers who went to war and returned alive. Are there singles you didnt mention? Yes I released 4 songs from my album at this time Its A Shame, Innocent Youth, Run The Trees, Patrol All of these songs are on: www.reverbnation.com/yanksmusic www.myspace.com/yanksrecording www.facebook.com/wayneyanks What difference would you bring to the table compared to the thousands of musicians around? As I said before I bring positive messages to the world which I will always do because thats what they need right now and in the future.

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What kind of personality does Yanks portray? I am a friendly person a humorous person a caring person who just wants to spread peace and love around the world through my music which is reggae.

What lessons did you learn from Bob Marley and Eddie Fitzroy? Bob Marley was and is a great messenger who preaches, peace and love to the nation which inspire me to always produce positive words through my music. Eddie Fitzroy gave me the courage to chant down Babylon because reggae music is not to friend Babylon it comes from the deep ghetto where people face a lot of great tribulation under the pressure of Babylon. So I use reggae music to express myself and reach out to all who have suffered from the system of Babylon. Why didnt you give up on music? I cant give up because Im a messenger sent from Jah and music is my mission so I have to accomplish that. What can the public expect from Yanks? First and foremost, positive lyrics out of the mouth of Yanks distributing to the world.

Do you convert it into your music? Yes I do, because I need to entertain my fans to the highest level. Where do you get your inspiration from, when writing your songs? I get my inspiration from any where at any time. What are some of your challenges? One of my biggest challenge is promotion.

Who produced the songs and what will the fans get from listening to them? They were produced by Yanks promotions and recording. Listening to my music gives people a positive vibe, uplifted spirits and make you happy dancing off your dancing shoes. Why would I want to listen to Yanks music? Because my music has positive lyrics, catchy tunes and influential to all.

How do you deal with your challenges? Hard work is the key to success so I will always continue to promote my music to the best of my ability because if I dont my music will never reach the ears of my people. Where do you see yourself in the coming years? I will always see myself where music is concerned and will pursue my musical career the best of my knowledge cause is righteousness Im promoting. For bookings and further information please call 203- 510-1285 or 347-229-2794.


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One Woman, Five Men Killed In Sikh Deadly Ebola Outbreak in Uganda was Spread at Funeral for Baby Temple Shooting
Oak Creek, USA The police chief of a Wisconsin city where a gunman opened fire at a Sikh temple says the six people killed ranged in age from 39 to 84 years old. Oak Creek Police Chief John Edwards released details about the victims of the August 5th shooting at the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin during a news conference. He says those killed included a 41-year-old woman and five men. The gunman was later killed by police. Edwards says two other men wounded in the shootings remain hospitalized in critical condition, along a police officer shot by the suspect. Balginder Khattra (KAH-trah), of Oak Creek, says the oldest victim was his 84-yearold father, Suveg Singh Khattra. The younger Khattra says his father moved to Wisconsin in 2004 and loved living in America. Funeral arrangements are often handled at home in the central African nation, without the proper safeguards to prevent the spread of disease. An Ebola outbreak in Western Uganda that has killed 14 people appears to have spread widely at the funeral of a 3-monthold infant, one of the first victims of the deadly virus. The group Doctors Without Borders said Wednesday that 65 people attended the babys funeral last month, 15 of whom became sick, and 11 of whom have since died. The infant appears to be the first known case of the outbreak. Both she and her mother fell ill around July 12, according to Dr. Olimpia de la Rosa, who has been coordinating the aid groups response in Uganda. Since the outbreak was officially declared July 28, 36 people have fallen ill and 14 have died. Ugandas president warned people this week to avoid unnecessary contact in which bodily fluids can be exchanged, including kissing, handshaking, and home funerals. In rural areas, bodies of loved ones can sometimes be prepared for burial by family members.

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Bodies Of Drowned Boys, 10 And 11, Found In New Jersey River

Francisco Perera, 10, and Devine Nicholas, 11, were seen wading into the water a mile away from the park where they had promised they were going to play. The search for two boys who went missing in New Jersey ended with the heartbreaking discovery of their bodies floating in a river. Police confirmed that they pulled 10-year-old Francisco Perera and 11-year-old Devine Nicholas from the Raritan River on Monday, The two friends from New Brunswick were reported missing Sunday night after Francisco told his mother he was going to a park

and then didnt come home. Marine units and a State Police helicopter were dispatched to search for them. Investigators do not yet know how the boys ended up at the river which is about a mile away from the park or what happened to them. Jennifer Smakolski told reporters that she saw them wading in the river Sunday evening and worried for their safety. I asked them, can you swim? she recalled. They said yes. After learning that the two boys drowned, she said, Ill be thinking about this forever. If only Id stayed a little longer.

Frustrated Annan Quits as Syria Peace Envoy

Funerals are a real concern, especially if protective measures are not taken when handling the body. The majority of deaths in this outbreak are of people who attended the little girls funeral, de la Rosa said. Doctors from the World Health Organization, the Atlanta-based Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Ugandan government have been working to contain the disease, which has been mostly centered in the western Kibaale district. Some residents there have been too scared to visit markets, bars, churches or mosques for fear of catching Ebola, Reuters reported. There is no known cure for Ebola, a hemorrhagic fever that kills between 50 and 90 percent of those infected.

Former U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan is quitting as international peace envoy for Syria in the face of an armed rebellion against President Bashar al-Assad whose violence shows no sign of abating after 17 months of strife. As battles raged on in Syrias between rebel fight- while bombarded the strateers and government forces using war planes and gic Salaheddine district in Aleppo itself artillery, U.N. Secretary Ban Ki-moon announced with tank and artillery fire supported in New York that Annan had said he would go at by combat aircraft while rebels tried the end of the month. to consolidate their hold on areas they Kofi Annan deserves our profound admira- have seized. The fighting for Syrias two biggest tion for the selfless way in which he has put his formidable skills and prestige to this most difficult cities highlights the countrys rapid and potentially thankless of assignments, Ban slide into full-scale civil war 17 months said. Talks were under way to find a succes- on from the peaceful street protests that marked sor. Annans mission, centered on an April cease the start of the anti-Assad uprising. fire that never took hold, has looked irrelevant as World powers have watched with mounting concern as diplomatic efforts to find a negotiated fighting has intensified in Damascus and Aleppo. A clearly frustrated Annan blamed finger solution have faltered and violence that has alpointing and name calling at the U.N. Security ready claimed an estimated 18,000 lives worsens. Heavily armed government troops are trying Council for his decision to quit. In Syria, the fight for Aleppo, the latest battlefield, intensified. to drive a force of a few thousand rebel fighters Rebels turned the gun of a captured tank against from the city in battle whose outcome could be a government forces on Thursday, shelling a mili- turning point in the conflict. Although government forces have made contary airbase used by war planes in the battle for certed efforts to take Salaheddine, a full-out Aleppo. President Bashar al-Assads troops mean- assault on the city as a whole has yet to take place.

Mobile phone connections have been cut, leading to speculation among residents that an increase in military action might be imminent. The rebels are consolidating areas they control in Aleppo, attacking police posts and minor military installations with some success. They claim to have seized three police stations. When the streets were clear we found the bodies of at least 35 men, a resident, who gave his name as Fares, said by phone from Jdeidet Artouz, southwest of Damascus. Almost all of them were executed with bullets to their face, head and neck in homes, gardens and basements.


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By Howard Renrut


New York Vibes

Singer Kafinal Thrills At Toronto International Jamaica Day Celebrations Singer Bushman Drops new Single
In his latest single, Somewhere, Bushman comes at you with the passion and strength for which he is known, especially when addressing serious issues. The singer says Somewhere was inspired by his love for all things African and also the current state of the global economy. The steady, rhythmic pattern of the drums over the music and mystery of the tribal language harkens to the Motherland, Africa, while setting the mood for this powerfully haunting single penned by the reggae singer. There are certain topics that we can never get away from, so its best to just face them squarely and keep the light on them through song, is how Bushman responds to the question how the plight of certain people affect him. Poverty, human rights and justice (or the lack thereof), threat of nuclear weapons and overall destruction are all highlighted in Somewhere, the first single from Bushmans upcoming album, Conquering Lion, which comes on the heels of his 2011 VP/Penthouse offering, Bushman Sings The Bush Doctor, a tribute to Peter Tosh. Staying true to his roots, Bushman is not afraid of making his voice heard. He gives thanks for knowledge and growth and a career path that is taking him somewhere. I

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ising singer Kafinal was in his element at the recently concluded Toronto International Jamaica Day celebrations. The entertainer, who has been making the rounds in Canada promoting his brand new single Falling in Love, delivered a professional and entertaining set which was appreciated by the large turnout of patrons. From the moment he hit the stage with a Michael Jackson impersonation, Kafinal could do no wrong. He began with an acapella version of Man in the Mirror; he then eased into a reggae version of Jacksons 1980s hit Rock with You. Incorporating a bit of humour and comedy into his routine, he then segued into imitating Jackson speaking in Jamaican patois. This went down well with the crowd. He further ignited the crowd when he performed Canadian Woman and his latest single Falling in Love. I feel really good about the performance and it just goes to show that people appreciate a performance which is well rounded and not something based on gimmicks, said Kafinal. The Toronto International Jamaica Day event also featured performances from LUST, Luciano, Leroy Sibbles, and Professor Nuts.

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Putnam County, New York will come alive for summer 2012 with the staging of the second annual Putnam County International Wine & Food Fest which takes place on Saturday, August 11 & Sunday, August 12, 2012 at the Veterans Memorial Park, 201 Gypsy Trail Road, Carmel, NY. The festival begins on Saturday at 11 am - 6 p.m. and commences on Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. The event, which promises to be one the biggest wine & food festivals in the state, will feature over 200 wines from New York, Massachusetts and beyond wineries, live music by Reignjah Band, The Pony Tails, Albert Del Rio, Greetings from Anywhere, Jim Marrone Trio and more. Reggae acts Nando and Leighton are booked to pro-

Nando Griffiths, Leighton To Perform At Putnam County International Wine & Food Fest

want to say a big thank you to the musicians who worked with me on making Somewhere. Respect to bass player Rupert Mckenzie, Courtney Pantan on Congo drums, keyboard player Phillip Winta Green, drummer Delon Jubba White and harmonisers Eleanor Brady Walters, Simone Gordon and Carolyn Traore.

vide entertainment on Sunday. Childrens entertainment will be provided by Kidz on the Go and Macaroni Kid. Lauren Drummond event host announced that Round Hill Hotel & Villas located in Montego Bay, Jamaica is on board this year, and will provide a 4 day vacation to a lucky couple. This classic luxury Jamaican resort has over the years hosted celebrities like the Dutchess of York, Sarah Ferguson; Paul Newman; Clarke Gable; fashion designer Ralph Lauren and Stevie Wonder. This years event will also be sponsored by Wine & Spirits Magazine, Proforma, Verizon Fios, Halston Media, News 12 Westchester and promotional partner Metro North.

Getting to the festival from New York City and Albany will be a breeze, as the Putnam County International Wine & Food Fest. has partnered with Metro-North Railroad to offer a discount rail and admission getaway package. Customers can take MetroNorths Harlem Line to the Southeast Station or the Hudson Line to Cold Spring Station to connect with free shuttle buses to/from the festival.


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Beauty Tips for Black Woman

The key to looking fabulous all the time is regular exercise regime, improving your eating habits and drinking plenty of water. While your favorite food dishes may be awesome and probably irresistible, they can appear to be silent killers like heart disease, hypertension and diabetes that are killers popular to run unrestrained in the black community. Maintaining your weight should be your ultimate target to strive for.

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Exercise and Eating Habits for Black Women

The Facts On Peas And Beans

Use sunscreen having an SPF of 15 or higher to inhibit skin cancer, along with wrinkles. The excess melanin in black skin offers some extra protection from the suns rays, but dont forget to use sunscreen also.

Use Sunscreen to Protect Skin

Moisturizer Shampoos and Conditioners for Hair

Moisture your hair with moisturizing shampoos followed by conditioners. Dont opt for formula of Normal hair. These formulas are often based on normal Caucasian hair, which has the tendency to be oilier than black hair. Also facilitate moisture into your locks with cholesterol deep conditioning every week. Todays black hairstyles manifest many choices that dont engage inundating your mane with several scalp greases, spray, or gels which can actually lead to breakage and dryness. If you wear hair extensions ensure you select a very high quality Remy hair or Indian hair as they will survive for a long time and will fuse with your natural hair very well.

Wearing a satin sleeping scarf at night to inhibit your black hairstyle or hair extensions is a good option. Dont opt for tight braids, ponytails, or other hairstyles that pull your hair back. This can pull at the root and cause damage. You should always don a cap underneath your wigs. Also, its imperative to try to reduce the quantity of heat on your hair.

Protecting Hair at Night

Keep skin soft by applying moisturizing lotion immediately after taking shower. Cocoa butter lotion can also prevent, but it cannot eliminate stretch marks. Also, leave your lips kissable every time you brush your teeth by washing your lips, too, discarding dead skin, and then administrating petroleum jelly or lip balm. Ward off products containing mineral oil, albeit, as this substance is meant to dehydrate your lips than keeping in hydrated.

Moisturize Your Skin

It is necessary to do everything possible to safeguard your skin, particularly during the summer months. Black women are very much prone to melanoma and other forms of skin disorder, so protection is a must. Essential beauty tips for black woman are: Always wear sun block when going outdoors in the sun. Use hats and sunglasses to protect your skin. Wear light colored attire that deflects the suns rays and protects your skin Check frequently for spots and blemishes on your skin and visit a skin care professional who understands the complex nature of black skin if something problematic develops.

Protecting Black Skin

is imperative to undertake a regular cleansing schedule every day. It is highly recommended that you perform right cleansing in the morning and before bedtime. Use a soap or skin treatment product designed not only for black skin, but specific type of skin as well i.e. oily, dry, etc. Never use hot water to wash your face, as it tends to dry out the skin prominently.

Skin lighteners can yield miraculous results, but it is necessary not to use products containing any steroids. These products can lead to permanent redness or thinning of the blood vessels lying beneath the skin. Use skin lightening product that diminishes the production of melatonin naturally.

Choosing a Skin Lightener

Maintain a mesmerizing smile by eliminating or minimizing your intake of tea, coffee, soda, and other toothstaining meals and beverages. If you find yourself down with depression and cant do without it, try restricting your intake by having a few small drinks using a straw.

Maintain a Mesmerizing Smile

Wear less makeup. Opt for concealers instead of complete face foundation, and highlight your good features i.e., eyes, lips, or cheeks, not all three with makeup shades that match and complement your skin texture. Purples, mauves, and deep pinks can be hot and ever green, while bronzes, bright reds, and gold probably appear best on lighter skin tones.

Wear Makeup Suiting your Skin

Dont use skin care products containing potential inflammatory components like alcohol, perfumes, and dyes that can damage your skin. One or two skin care regimens is suggested in a day, but anything more than that will just dry up the skin. Money isnt everything. You dont have to pay big dollars to enjoy the highest-quality skin products. Going through the label and looking for high-quality components is much more necessary than the style of the bottle or the high price tag.

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For the maintenance of natural radiance in your skin, it

Cleansing Black Skin

True beauty encompasses beautiful black hair dos, as well as a glowing personality, smooth, self-confident attitude, and steady, helpful approach. So dont forget to steal time to help others and help yourself, through physical exercise, thoughts or just a few hours of music, poetry, or dancing. Whatever makes your heart delighted will make the rest of you beautiful, also.


Peas and beans are classified as legumes in the Caribbean food groups. Examples of peas and beans include red peas (small and large), chick peas (garbanzo beans), lentils, broad beans, split peas (yellow or green), gungo (pigeon peas), broad beans and Jerusalem (rice peas). Peas and beans are low in fat and contain no cholesterol because they have no liver. They are an excellent source of protein - actually a great substitute for meat, which aids in growth and development, making of antibodies, enzymes and hormones. They are a good source of folate, potassium, iron, magnesium and fibre. Folate is important, especially for women in child-bearing age to aid in the development of the spinal cord of the unborn foetus in the first six weeks of pregnancy. Soluble and insoluble fibre Dried peas and beans are rich in iron to prevent anaemia. Peas and beans are a rich source of soluble and insoluble fibre. The outer coat has insoluble fibre and the inner part or flesh has soluble fibre. Insoluble fibre helps to increase the bulk in the faeces and attracts water to prevent constipation and cleans the intestines of fat and unwanted substances. Insoluble fibre also delays gastric emptying, extends the feeling of fullness, and hence reduces the risk of obesity. Soluble fibre slows the absorption of carbohydrates, protein and fat, hence its role in controlling blood sugar in persons living with diabetes and high blood-cholesterol levels. There are many benefits from consuming peas and beans. These include lowering the risk of developing heart disease and stroke because peas and beans are low in fat, are cholesterol free and the fibre traps fat and other harmful substances and removes them from the colon through the faeces. Blood-sugar levels are reduced by fibre, slowing the rate of glucose absorption from the intestines to the cells. Peas and beans help to prevent certain types of cancer such as colon cancer. Consumption of peas and beans prevents and relieves constipation by attracting water in the stool, causing them to be bulkier and easier to pass.


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African Vibz From escaping bullets in Sudan as a young boy to becoming a track and field Olympics star, U.S. athlete Lopez Lomong has been running and defying odds nearly all of his life. Lomong, who carried the American flag into the 2008 Olympic Opening Ceremony in Beijing, was among the thousands of refugees known as The Lost Boys, victims of Sudans long and brutal civil war. At the age of six, Lomong, who is competing for a medal in the 5,000-meter race at the London Games on Wednesday, was separated from his family when he was kidnapped by soldiers during a Sunday morning mass in his native country. Lomong was taken along with several other children to a prison where they would be trained to become child soldiers. I saw kids dying every day and I would say, OK, maybe next time its going to be me, remembers Lomong, 27. That basically changed my life and from that moment Im no longer six years old -- I became an adult. But a few weeks later Lomong managed to escape from the prison camp with the help of three older abducted children. Barefoot but determined, Lomong and his friends went a through a hole in the prison fence and started running as fast as they could, in what Lomong describes as their race to freedom. After running for three days and nights the boys finally reached

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Kenya, where Lomong spent the next 10 years of his life in a refugee camp. In 2001, Lomongs remarkable life journey took another turn. Aged 16, he was among the nearly 4,000 Lost Boys who were resettled in various cities across the United States as part of a U.N. and U.S. government program. He was adopted by a family in Tully, a small town in upstate New York, where he went to high school and first started thinking of running as a career. He became a U.S. citizen in July 2007 and one year later he made the national Olympics team, taking part in the 1,500-meter race in Beijing. Lomong didnt make it to the finals but was honored by his fellow athletes who selected him as the as flag bearer for Team USA. He returns to the Olympics for the second time. This time his goal is to achieve Olympic glory. I want to go back to do what I didnt do in 2008, says Lomong, a graduate of Northern Arizona University. I want to win the medal. Yes, I was a flag bearer in 2008; I dont want to be a flag bearer anymore, I want to bring the medal back home. Determined to win a medal for his adopted country, Lomong is also focused on making a difference in South Sudan. He has established a foundation in his name to help people in his native country, focusing on four pressing issues.

From War Child to Olympics Star

David Ojong, head of mission for Team Cameroon, said that the seven all currently hold visas which would allow them to remain in Britain until at least November. LONDON Cameroons Olympic chief says seven of the countrys Olympic competitors are missing from the London athletes village, prompting concern they may attempt to seek asylum in Britain. David Ojong, head of mission for Team Cameroon,

Seven Athletes from Cameroon Reported Missing from Olympic Village, group May be Seeking Asylum in Britain

said that the seven all currently hold visas which would allow them to remain in Britain until at least November. He said that five boxers, a swimmer and a football player had disappeared from the village, at the Olympic Park in Stratford, east London. Britains Home Office, responsible for immigration, said it could not comment on whether any of the seven had applied for asylum.


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See if you can name the 14 parishes in Jamaica and there location.

Fun and Facts

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Ackee is our national fruit, and although never officially declared as such, Ackee and Saltfish is our national dish by consensus. The ackee fruit was imported to Jamaica from West Africa before 1778. It is also known as Blighia sapida. The scientific name honors Captain William Bligh who took the fruit from Jamaica to the Royal Botanic Gardens in Kew, England in 1793 and introduced it to science.

Jamaicas National Dish Ackee and Saltfish

Ingredients: 2 dozen ackees, 2 - 20oz cans ackee 1 tsp salt 1/2 lb saltfish (salted cod) 1/4 cup coconut or vegetable oil 2 medium tomatoes, chopped 1 sweet pepper (bell pepper) chopped 1 large onion, chopped or in rings 2 cloves garlic, minced 1 hot pepper, diced (optional) 1/4 tsp ground pimento (allspice) or a few whole pimento grains black pepper

Heat the oil over medium heat and add tomatoes, sweet pepper, onion, hot pepper, garlic and pimento. Add saltfish and ackee, and stir lightly. Heat thoroughly, add black pepper to taste.

Remove ackees from pods. Clean, wash and drain. Place ackees in boiling water (enough water to cover ackees) with salt, and boil for about 15 minutes or until tender. Drain and set aside. If using canned ackees, there is no need to boil them. Simply drain off the liquid. Wash saltfish thoroughly. Place in a pot with enough cold water to cover saltfish. Boil uncovered for 15 minutes. Throw off the water. When cool enough, separate the saltfish into small pieces,discarding skin and bones. If fish tastes too salty, wash it again.


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Usain, Yohan reach out to Asafa


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Kirani James Wins Grenadas first Olympic Medal

Jamaican two-time Olympic 100m champion Usain Bolt and silver medalist Yohan Blake have extended best wishes to compatriot and fellow Olympic 100m finalist Asafa Powell, who pulled up midway the final after aggravating a groin injury. Bolt went on to win in 9.63, with Blake following him across the line in 9.75 while Justin Gatlin finished third in 9.79. Thats bad for Asafa because he was also a strong point in our relay team but it is also very sad to see a Jamaican and a fellow athlete go down injured and I hope its not too serious and I hope he can bounce back quickly, said Bolt. Im sure he would have done well if he was fit. Blake, was also sympathetic for his fellow Jamaican. That was really unfortunate for Asafa, its just one of those things and I hope he can get better soon. He is a big part of our team and our 4x100m relay team and I hope he can be ready soon, said Blake. Bolt also took to popular social media platform Twitter, where he also credited the former 100m world recordholder as the catalyst for Jamaicas current sprint dominance. Respect bossy..hope u get well soon.. You started this Jamaican take over, Bolt tweeted. Powell was scheduled to do a MRI to determine the extent of the injury and determine the lay off period. The only other African-American female gymnast to win any individual Olympic medal was Dominique Dawes, who took the bronze for her floor exercise in the 1996 Atlanta games. Gabby Douglas made Olympic history and shattered a color barrier by becoming the first black gymnast to win the all-around gold medal. The bubbly 16-year-old beat two Russians and teammate Aly Raisman to take the top medal in her sport. Gabby was so overjoyed and overwhelmed by her victory that she didnt appear to fathom at first that her trail-blazing triumph has done more than simply guarantee her spot on a Wheaties box. I kind of forgot about that, Gabby said, a big grin spreading across her face. Man, thats awesome, thats definitely an amazing feeling. I forgot about that.

Gabby Douglas Makes History In Womens Gymnastics As U.S. Has Golden Day At Olympics

The only other African-American female gymnast to win any individual Olympic medal was Dominique Dawes, who took the bronze for her floor exercise in the 1996 Atlanta games. She was one of my inspirations and role models growing up, Gabby said. With her stunning performance, Gabby capped a meteoric and unprecedented rise in a mostly-white sport by becoming the fourth U.S. gymnast to capture the all-around title joining the ranks of Mary Lou Retton, Carly Patterson and Nastia Liukin. Gabby, who was nicknamed The Flying Squirrel because of her aerial acrobatics on the uneven bars, also became the first American ever to win the team gold and the all-around gold in the same Olympics. I dont ever recall anybody this

The island of Grenada has erupted in celebration over the small Caribbean nations first-ever Olympic medal. People danced, cheered and waved flags in the streets after Kirani James won the gold medal in the 400-meter run with a time of 43.94 seconds. Hundreds had gathered at outdoor viewing sites to watch the race. The 19-year-old is the first non-U.S. runner to break the 44-second barrier in the race. His time is the fastest ever by a Caribbean athlete in the 400-meter. The government of Grenada has declared August 7th a holiday to mark the feat. Prime Minister Tillman Thomas calls James victory an inspiration to the country. The day after James traded name tags with double-amputee Oscar Pistorius, he picked up an even more valuable piece of Olympic history: the first medal for his tiny country of Grenada.

quickly rising from an average good gymnast to a fantastic one, marvelled U.S. womens national team coordinator Martha Karolyi. Gabbys victory also was vindication for her parents, Natalie Hawkins and Air Force Staff Sgt. Timothy Douglas, who, though separated, both contributed to her success. They made the painful decision to allow their then 14-year-old daughter to move away from her family in Virginia Beach, Va., to train in Des Moines, Iowa, with Liang Chow, who guided gymnast Shawn Johnson to an all-around silver medal in the 2008 Olympics. Letting go of Gabrielle (was) one of the hardest things Ive ever done in my life but its now one of the most rewarding things that Ive ever gotten to experience, her mom said. Theres no greater joy than for a parent to see their child reach their

With that, the celebration was on; because James had no doubt that back home in the small fishing community of Gouyave the people were partying. Probably crazy at home, said James, a two-time NCAA champion at Alabama. I dont think any words can describe the celebration out there. This is a huge step going out there and putting us on the map. Not only his country, but himself, too, by ending the Americans impressive string of wins in the 400. Before this race, an Olympic gold medal in the event was almost a lock for the U.S., which had won the past seven titles, dating to 1984. But none of the three American entrants qualified for Mondays final, including 2008 Olympic champion LaShawn Merritt, who pulled up with a hamstring injury in his opening heat and was sent home for treatment.



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London -- It was a big night for small islands at Olympic Stadium on Monday. Athletes from the Dominican Republic, Grenada, Trinidad and Tobago, Puerto Rico, Cuba and Jamaica wrapped themselves in their flags or heard their national anthems echo over Olympic Park. They imported warmth to chilly London with their smiles, their tears and their celebrations of home sweet home. Kirani James is a teenager from Grenada, which is always described as tiny Grenada. But James proved he runs with a giant heart when he commanded the excruciating 400 meters from start to finish in a time of 43.94seconds to win the first Olympic medal for Grenada, population 110,000. The spice island will be known for more than nutmeg thanks to James, who could be just the runner to break Michael Johnsons world record. This is not just for me, this is for my whole country, said James, the first non-American to break 44 seconds. I am so excited. Everyone in Grenada will be proud. They will be having a street party, everyone getting merry. Felix Sanchez splits his time between Los Angeles and Santo Domingo, where the national track stadium is named after him. With a picture of his late grandmother pinned inside his singlet and abuela written on his spikes, he won a second Olympic gold medal in the 400-meter hurdles eight years after he won his first. Sanchez wept on the medal podium. He was thinking of his grandmother, Lillian Morcello, who died on the eve of his qualifying heat in Beijing in 2008, where he lost, badly, burdened by grief. When it began to drizzle Monday, Sanchez couldnt contain his emotions. The raindrops, he said, were my abuelas tears of joy from heaven. Sanchez, 34 who was born in New York after his parents moved there, grew up in San Diego

Big Results From Caribbean Athletes In Track Fans Attack Asafa on Facebook Former 100m record holder And Field At London Olympics Asafa Powell, who has ended
and planned to play baseball until he broke his arm ran a flawless race in 47.63 while some of his opponents struggled to clear hurdles in the stretch. Javier Culson of Puerto Rico placed third to win the first Olympic track and field medal for la isla del encanto. Luguelin Santos of the Dominican Republic took second behind James in the 400, Lalonde Gordon of Trinidad and Tobago was third and Chris Brown of the Bahamas was fourth. Santos and James are both 19, and the London Games could mark the start of an interesting rivalry. Santos said he ran barefoot as a kid. The greatest pain I have suffered in my life didnt come from an injury, he said. It is called hunger. It was my companion when I started. I was really poor. Sometimes my feet would bleed until I wanted to cry. James grew up in the fishing village of Gouyve. He spent a year at the University of Alabama and still trains with Harvey Glance. On Sunday, he asked Oscar Pistorius to exchange bibs with him after the semifinals and graciously expressed his admiration for the South African double amputee, calling him an inspiration. Usain Bolt received his gold medal for a scintillating 100-meter victory and Yohan Blake was bestowed with silver Monday on the 50th anniversary of Jamaicas independence an occasion celebrated Aug.6, 1962, inside the national track stadium in Kingston. Jamaica was the first of 10 Caribbean nations to declare independence from Great Britain, 18 years after the mother country had issued a plea throughout the Commonwealth for help in the post-World WarII rebuilding effort. The first Jamaican immigrants arrived on the Empire Windrush steamship. Today, about 800,000 people of Jamaican heritage live in Britain. Jessica Ennis, who sent her country into rapture when she won the his track season early due to an aggravated groin injury received during the 100m finals at the Olympics in London, has been receiving tongue lashings from a number of persons on the social media site Facebook Powell pulled up during the race and eventually ended in last place with a time of 11.99 seconds. His fellow countrymen Usain Bolt and Yohan Blake won gold and silver medals, respectively. But despite Bolt and Blakes medals, some Jamaicans on Facebook yesterday blasted Powell for what they described as his poor performance, and for the explanation he gave following the race. One comment on the popular site read, Nothing is wrong with people being themselves but to create constant excuses is not a good thing for anyone. I think in Jamaica we have something called the Asafa syndrome, this is when someone gives a lot of excuses for failing instead of just accepting that you have failed. Another comment read, Mi boss need fi find Asafa cause Asafa can act. In a response to the message, the injured Powell yesterday also took to his Facebook fan page to address persons who have been disrespectful to him. He wrote, I ask one thing of all the persons who are making negative remarks about me. I can understand that and appreciate the fact that you expected me to medal, however, I have zero control over destiny. He went on to further state that; I do ask one thing though, please do not come on my page and disrespect my loyal and genuine fans who support my cause and justify my existence. Enjoy the rest of your day. One love 4 life! Following the injury, Powell did an ultrasound and an MRI. According to his agent, Paul Doyle; the ultrasound has shown that there are new damages to the adductor muscles and also some scar tissues damaged from an old injury in another area. Simpson were also in the mix. Cubas Yarisley Silva placed second in the pole vault to American Jenn Suhr after world-record-holder Yelena Isinbayeva missed on her final attempt at 15-9.


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heptathlon, has a Jamaican father. So, Jamaica (population 2.8million) had multiple reasons to celebrate. ShellyAnn Fraser-Pryce, who won the 100 meters. Jamaicas two-time Olympic champ Veronica Campbell-Brown and teammate Sherone


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Dignitaries in the Royal Box, (from left) Kingston Mayor Angela Brown Burke; Jamaicas Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller; General Colin Powell; CARICOM Secretary-General Irwin LaRocque, and South African President Jacob Zuma and his wife Nompumelelo Mantuli.

Members of uniformed groups stand at attention for the National Anthem at the start of the Independence Grand Gala.


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