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Reigning champion Fay-Ann Lyons Trinidad & Tobago - Monday January 18th, 2010 - According to the Caribbean Prestige Foundation (CPF - organizers of the 2010 bMobile Blackberry Int'l Soca Monarch & Play Whe Groovy Soca Monarch), a record 300 entries were received for this year's competition. Of the 300, 43 will move on to 'Power' Soca Monarch semi-finals and 39 will compete in the 'Groovy' category. Semi finalists include reigning champion Fay-Ann Lyons; past champions Shurwayne Winchester, Biggie Irie & Iwer George; plus many returning competitors and a slew of newcomers to the Soca Monarch stage. Veterans Ronnie Mc Intosh and KMC also make their returns to the competition after a brief hiatus. The semi-finals takes place on Sunday January 24th the Arima Velodrome. The finalists are listed below. bMobile Blackberry In'tl 'POWER' Soca Monarch Semi-Finalists 1. Asha Kamachee 2. Benjai 3. Blaxx 4. Blaze & JW 5. Brenty 6. Carlene Wells 7. Cassi & Shoalin 8. Da Mastermind 9. Damon Hinds 10. Denise Belfon 11. Erphaan Alves 12. Farmer Nappy 13. Formal 14. Iwer George 15. Jamesy P 16. KMC 17. Lucky 18. Makamillion family 19. Nnika Francis 20. Olatunji Yearwood 21. Patch 22. Patrice Roberts 23. Peter C…
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Jah Cure - file Singer Jah Cure is now requesting privacy following DNA test results that revealed that he is not the father of a child as was previously claimed. The singer yesterday released a statement after getting the results of the paternity test on Tuesday. There has been ongoing controversy on the Internet surrounding the paternity of the child in question. Rumours have been circulating that Jah Cure was not the father early into the babymother's pregnancy and persisted up until recently. Yesterday the reports continued when it was revealed that the test that the singer took confirmed that he was not the father of the ten-month-old girl. Rumours have also been circulating that the child's father could be another entertainer or person involved in the business. Efforts to contact the mother were unsuccessful. According to Jah Cure's release, he has been supporting the mother of the child throughout her pregnancy and when the child was born. The release said, "now that the DNA test has been done and it has been shown that he is not the father, Jah Cure wishes to move on. The fact is that the most important individual in this whole affair is the…
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Published: Sunday | January 24, 2010 Capleton's 'Tour' remix sampled Slick Rick's 'Children's Story'. While the original Tour for African Star rocked the dancehall it was the video for the remix which made it to BET and MTV, carrying Capleton along to an album deal with Def Jam. The arrangement yielded two albums, Prophecy (which contained the Tour remix) and I-Testament. Capleton tells The Sunday Gleaner that Dynamik Duo, with Lil' John, did the hip-hop remix for Signet, "then it start blow up the place. The big station them (in the United States (US) take it up, like Hot 97". This naturally led to a number of offers from record companies, but there was one that had an inside track - literally. Capleton says Def Jam owned the rights to the sample of Slick Rick's Children's Story which was used in the remix, so he "just work with Def Jam". The success of the Tour remix also led the large US-based, music-driven cable television stations taking a trip of their own to the source of the music. Capleton says "it mek wi bring BET and MTV in the heart of the ghetto, which was never seen before". The visits were…
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Published on Monday, January 25, 2010 By Dave Clark PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AFP) -- It's not immediately clear where the crowd gathered in prayer ends and where the refugee encampment begins, as one group of listless, traumatised people bleeds into another. With a symbol of state strength, Haiti's once magnificent National Palace, lying in ruins behind them, thousands left homeless by the devastating quake pin their hopes of salvation on God rather than on the works of man. A woman prays during the funeral service for Haitian Archbishop Joseph Serge Miot who was killed in last week's devastating earthquake outside Notre Dame d'Assumption Cathedral in Port-au-Prince. AFP PHOTO The reading is Psalm 102, and the reader has a high, clear voice, sometimes distorted by feedback through the massive rock concert-size speakers. "Hear my prayer, O Lord, and let my cry come unto thee," she declares. "Hide not thy face from me in the day when I am in trouble; incline thine ear unto me: in the day when I call answer me speedily." Worshippers in the crowd follow the text with their fingers in battered copies of the Bible salvaged from their demolished homes. In a break in the text their…
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Published on Monday, January 25, 2010 KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) -- Minister of Transport and Works, Michael Henry, says his ministry will re-engage the development of the domestic air transport sector, as a critical part of the multi-modal transport policy it is seeking to implement in Jamaica. Minister of Transport and Works, on Mike Henry. -JIS photo- Henry pointed to the Boscobel Aerodrome, in St Mary, as a case in point which, he says, will soon be the third international port of call within the Jamaican aviation network. "It will be the third international port of entry into Jamaica, (and) it will be equipped with all the Immigration and Customs (facilities) that is necessary," he stated. He added that the overall focus would be to create a network of airports, with a view to expanding communications. He was addressing a joint function to mark the opening of MBJ Airports Limited's new domestic terminal at the Sangster International Airport, Montego Bay, and the launch of Jamaica Air Shuttle, a new domestic inter-island air service. Henry stated that the airport development programme is just part of the multi-modal transportation policy of his ministry, which involves the development and connectivity of road, sea, rail…