Why Would The BBC Scrap TV Licence for Over 75’s

A proposal by the BBC, according to media reports, to scrap or means test TV licence for the over 75’s is one of the most disgrace decision, in my opinion, an organisation with more money than sense could do this to our senior citizen in our community.

Now the question must be what the heck is the BBC thinking? There are many senior citizens over the age of 75 that their only means of connection to the world is through their televisions and some idiotic people who can afford much more than a TV Licence decides to the deprive our elderly of their TV licence privileges.

The mere fact that over 500,000 signed their signature opposing this idiotic decision is a testament that most decent people within our society believe that our protection. There is no doubt that some of the people who the BBC want to take away their free television licence are people who fought in a war to give these insensitive people the privilege to make these pathetic decisions.

To know that over 3.7 million senior citizens will be affected by this decision should it come in force in 2020 is frightening and an absolute disgrace. The BBC ought to be ashamed of themselves how archaic. But we should not be surprised because this is how capitalism works. Squeeze the already poor so that the rich can get richer.

Will Boris Johnson Become The UK Prime Minister?

Following the resignation of Theresa May as Conservative party leader and Prime Minister, the race is on to see who will be her successor.

According to media reports, the current front runner is Boris Johnson, who has 114 Tory members of parliament backing him. Although the race is in its early stages, several people believe that he will be successful in not just become the conservative leader but the next UK Prime Minister.

However there are several pitfalls before him, firstly if he becomes PM will he be calling a general election so that he can get a mandate from the British people. He accused Gordon Brown in 2007 of ruling the country by default and not the will of the people so will he honour his words and go to the country.

According to a media report, the Chair of the Conservative Muslim accused Boris Johnson of targeting the Muslin community so that he can acquire votes. He is also threating to leave the party should Boris become Prime Minister.

Boris Johnson as not state yet whether he will be calling a general election, so the comments he made back in 2007 about Gordon Brown taking over Downing Street, and it amounts to a ‘palace coup’ and that without him winning an election tantamount to massive fraud. It is something that we cannot call him a hypocrite for yet because we still do not know what his plans are.

In my opinion, any individual that takes over the role of Prime Minister by default must go to the electorate to get a mandate to govern and if Boris wins his party support and become PM and fail to do so would make him the biggest hypocrite of all time.

Bible Verses Transformed Into Healing Prayers For Any Sickness

Everlasting Father have mercy upon me, O Lord; for I am weak: O Lord, heal me; for my bones are vexed. (Psalm 6:2)

Lord, I listen to your voice and will do that which is right in your sight, and will heed your commandments and keep all statutes, you have taken away this diseases that are upon me for you are the Lord that healed this body. (Exodus 15:26)

Mighty God, I shall serve you as the Lord my God, and you shall bless my bread and water; and will take this sickness away from the midst of me. (Exodus 23:25)

I am your people, which is called by your name, I shall humble myself, and pray, and seek thy face, and turn from any wicked ways; then shall I hear from heaven, and you shall forgive my sin, and will heal my broken body. (2 Chronicles 7:14).

Mighty God, you have kept all my bones: not one of them is, broken. (Psalm 41:3). Lord, you will strengthen me upon my sick bed, and thou shall heal me from all sickness and disease. (Psalm 34:20).

Most precious God, you have healed this broken body bind, bound and cast away this terrible disease that the adversary as inflicted upon me, in the name of Jesus. (Psalm 147:3).

Your powerful words are as a honeycomb, sweet to my soul, and health to my body and bones, that healed all of me. (Proverbs 16:24).

O Lord, by your words we live, and in all things is the life of your spirit: so thou art healed me, and make me whole to live. (Isaiah 38:16).

Then I cry unto the Lord in my trouble, and he saves me and takes me out of my distress. You placed your hands on me and healed, and delivered me from all my sickness, thank you for covering me under the blood of Jesus. (Psalm 107:19-20).

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..

http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Long-lines-for-Celine

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.

http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Celine-Dion-arrives-in-Jamaica

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”.

http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/King-Yellowman-reigns-at-Jazz

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.

http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Great-Vibes-At-Jazz

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.

http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/PICTORIAL–Jazz-festival-off-to-rousing-start

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

http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Anticipation-High-for-Celine-Dion

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.