Long lines for Celine

TRAFFIC has backed up for miles leading to the Greenfield venue in Trelawny where multiple Grammy award winning singer Celine Dion is expected to perform tonight.

The singer arrived in the island on her private jet this evening and expectations are high for a scintillating performance from her.

Long lines of traffic is snarling from as far as the Outameni Experience attraction and its taking longer than normal to reach the show site..

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Celine Dion arrives in Jamaica

MULTIPLE Grammy award-winning superstar Celine Dion arrived in Jamaica a short while ago for her much-anticipated performance tonight at the Jamaica Jazz and Blues Festival in the tourist resort city of Montego Bay.

Dion arrived at the private jet terminal at the Sangster International Airport in Montego Bay.

The singer, who has a huge fan base in Jamaica, is the headline act for tonight’s installment of the three-night festival, which also features American star Cee Lo Green.

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King Yellowman reigns at Jazz

KING Yellow Man gave a majestic performance at last night’s staging of the annual Jazz Festival which got off on a high note at the Trelawny Multi-purpose Stadium.

The veteran deejay who skipped from one side to the other on the stage held the cheering audience spell bound during an electrifying performance which lasted for about half hour.

In between deliveries such as ” Blue Berry Hill,” I am Getting Married”, “Mr Chin”, the deejay was hilarious in his interaction with the patrons who he held in stitches.

Before ending his performance he called on his sidekick, Medikal a medical practitioner in Trelawny who is a former Tastee Talent show winner.

Medikal held his own during his rendition of Dennis Brown’s “Should I”.

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Great Vibes At Jazz

NIGHT one of the Jamaica Jazz and Blues Festival held at the Greenfield Stadium in Trelawny yesterday, was full of great vibes and stellar performances.

Dedicated to the Jamaica 50 celebrations, it saw some entertaining performances from the likes of John Holt, George Nooks, Kymani Marley, Luciano, Marcia Griffiths, Maxi Priest and Pluto Shurvington.

Also, the organisers of the festival presented awards to five stalwarts of Reggae – Marcia Griffiths, Derrick Morgan, Lloyd Parks, Yellowman and John Holt.

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PICTORIAL: Jazz festival off to rousing start

THE Jamaica Jazz and Blues Festival kicked off in fine style at the Greenfield Stadium in Trelawny last night. Observer photographer Joseph Wellington was on hand and captured the moments in pictures.

See tomorrow’s Observer for a full review of last night’s event and more photos.

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Anticipation High for Celine Dion

WITH night one of the Jamaica Jazz and Blues Festival out of the way anticipation is high for tonight’s headliner Celine Dion.

“I can’t wait. I think her performance will be something,” said one of her fans who flew in from New York to enjoy the Jamica Jazz experience.

The occasion was special for Jamacian born England based R&B singer Ruby Turner.

 

“Its an experience to be back in my country enjoying the musical offerings” she said.

She also voiced her anticiapation for the Canadian songbird Celine Dion who has scored hits such as Because You Love Me, My Heart Will Go On and I’m Alive.

Sharing the stage tonight also with Celine Dion are Nicole Henry, Jully Black, Richie Stephens and Gentleman and Tami Chin and Tessanne Chynn.

 — Cecelia Campbell-Livingston

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Roald Dahl, Alfred Hitchcock leads UK honours snub

FILM director Alfred Hitchcock, author Roald Dahl and artist Lucian Freud are among the people who have snubbed honours from the British monarch, government records revealed for the first time.

Painters Francis Bacon and LS Lowry, the sculptor Henry Moore and Brave New World novelist Aldous Huxley are also on the list published by the Cabinet Office ministry.

The list names 277 people who refused honours between 1951 and 1999 and have since died.

It is the first official confirmation that hundreds of people have snubbed the offer of knighthoods and other prestigious accolades.

News of people refusing an honour is rare and normally only emerges if they volunteer the information themselves.

The Cabinet Office was ordered to release the details by the Information Commissioner’s Office public body following a 15-month battle.

Lowry, famous for his “matchstick men” style in portraying the urban landscapes of northern England, turned down a record five honours during the period.

He rejected an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) gong in 1955, the higher Commander (CBE) rank in 1961 and the even higher knighthood in 1968.

Bacon rejected a CBE in 1960, as did Freud in 1977.

Dahl turned down an OBE in 1986. Other writers who snubbed accolades included Chronicles of Narnia author CS Lewis, who rejected a CBE in 1952.

Cinema legend Hitchcock turned down a CBE in 1962 but accepted a knighthood in 1980, four months before his death.

Among others named on the list, writer JB Priestley snubbed the chance to become a lord in 1965, the only case of a life peerage being rejected.

Evelyn Waugh, who penned Brideshead Revisited, turned down a CBE in 1959.

Brief Encounter actor Trevor Howard refused a CBE offer in 1982.

Philip Larkin rejected an OBE in 1968, while fellow poet Robert Graves turned down the CBE in 1957.

“It is entirely an individual’s choice as to whether they accept an honour,” said a Cabinet Office spokesman.

“People refuse honours for a variety of reasons but the numbers are very small and represent around 2 per cent of nominations.”

Beatles legend John Lennon publicly returned his MBE medal in 1969 in protest over Britain’s hand in the Nigerian civil war.

Bound baby facebook photograph

By Sandrea: MY Gripe

It is unbelievable that Mr Curry is pleading not guilty to aggravated domestic battery for bounding is 22 month old baby and having the audacity to photograph the child and put the picture on facebook.

His behaviour is deplorable and in bad taste and if he believes that facebook user find anything funny in what he did, he is fooling himself in a big way.

Child abuse is one of the biggest issue that face our environment and nothing that promotes child abuse can be seen as funny and parents are suppose to protect their children not subject them that those ridiculous abuses and I hope that they throw the book at him.

How much more child abuse can we allow our society to tolerate and I suppose that Mr Curry believes that displaying is child in such a manner is cool, well he needs to know that I find that deplorable.

The video below, from YouTube is a typical example of abuse children and the numbers thereof, to see someone in a powerful country like the US using is child in that manner defy logic.

 

If you feel as angry as I do, please leave your comments, I would like to see how many people feel disgusted about Mr Curry behaviour.

Dad pleads not guilty in baby tape case

US man who bound his 22-month-old daughter with tape and posted the photo on Facebook has pleaded not guilty to aggravated domestic battery and unlawful restraint.

A spokesman for the Cook County state’s attorney’s office in Chicago says 21-year-old Andre Curry entered his plea during a brief hearing overnight.

Mr Curry remains in custody and is scheduled to return to court tomorrow for a hearing on his lawyer’s motion to reduce his $US100,000 ($95,750) bond.

Mr Curry’s lawyer has said his client was just trying to be funny with the photograph and that he didn’t harm his daughter.

The child’s mother tells WMAQ-TV that Mr Curry was just joking and adds that he’s a great father.

Muslims call for NYPD chief to resign over movie

NEW YORK—Muslim groups are calling for New York’s police commissioner to step down because of his appearance in a film they say paints their religion and its adherents in a bad light.

About 20 activists held a news conference on the steps of City Hall on Thursday and criticized Ray Kelly for giving an interview to the producers of the movie “The Third Jihad.”

The movie uses dramatic footage to warn against the dangers of radical Islam. Muslim groups say it encourages Americans to be suspicious of all Muslims.

“Terrorism is an evil that must be eliminated, but one cannot fight wrong with wrong,” said Talib Abdur-Rashid, a Muslim cleric.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg said Thursday he stood by Kelly and the commissioner’s spokesman, Paul Browne. Activists had also demanded Browne’s resignation.

However, the mayor said Kelly would have to redouble his outreach efforts to Muslims.

“Anything like this doesn’t help credibility, so Ray’s got to work at establishing, re-establishing or reinforcing the credibility that he does have,” Bloomberg said.

Kelly appears for about 30 seconds of the 72-minute movie. He originally said he was not involved but on Wednesday acknowledged he had given a 90-minute interview to the filmmakers in 2007.

The movie was later shown to police trainees. The police department said it was played in a continuous loop in the sign-in area of counterterrorism training sessions between October and December 2010. As many as 1,489 trainees may have seen the movie, according to documents released under New York’s public records law.

Kelly apologized Wednesday for his appearance and for the playing of the movie.

The Muslim leaders said they are worried that the police department is teaching officers to treat all Muslims as suspects. They demanded the resignation of Kelly and Browne, and a U.S. Department of Justice inquiry into the showing of the film.

The activists also want retraining of all 1,489 officers “that are walking this city with poison in their brains,” said Cyrus McGoldrick, civil rights director for the Council on American-Islamic Relations-New York. CAIR is one of the organizations that “The Third Jihad” accuses of being soft on terrorist groups.

Kelly has said the department does surveillance only when it is following leads. But an investigation by The Associated Press has revealed a secret intelligence program, set up with the aid of the Central Intelligence Agency, aimed at infiltrating religious groups and monitoring neighborhoods even when there is no evidence of wrongdoing.

The CIA has since decided to pull its officer from the NYPD after an internal investigation criticized poor oversight of the collaboration.