Originally from St.Catherine, Calvin Curtis Whilby, also known as “Prodigal Son” began his early adult life on the mean streets of Kingston, but soon realized that this was not for him and that the Lord had a plan for his life.
He began producing reggae gospel music to give praise to God and in 2001 he released his debut album Radikal Prodigal followed by several more albums over the following years such as C.E.O. Christ’s Executive Officer, My Block, and Halfway There. He has also been the recipient of several notable awards as a gospel performer.
See him in action at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=21-USdjg1gY
Active as a mainstream reggae artist since the 1970’s, Carlene Davis who hails from the parish of Clarendon, became a full-time gospel singer in the mid 1990’s after her diagnosis with breast cancer when she recommitted her life to God.
Her work includes the albums Alive for Jesus 2002 and Author and Finisher 2003. She continues to record and produce gospel music with her husband Tommy Cowan.
You can see her perform one of her hit singles at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iUzRFT-NtSM
Monica Lewinsky says she would again apologize to former first lady Hillary Clinton and her daughter, Chelsea Clinton, over the 1998 sex scandal that embroiled the White House and led to former President Bill Clinton’s impeachment.
Lewinsky, who has become an activist for women’s rights and part of the #MeToo movement, wrote in a personal essay that 20 years later, amid the public reckoning over sexual harassment and gender-based power dynamics facing the United States, that she has chosen to again discuss her relationship with Bill Clinton while he was married.
Lewinsky says she participated in a 20-hour interview for an upcoming documentary titled “The Clinton Affair,” in which she and others unpack the turmoil that seized the nation’s attention and resulted in a special counsel investigation. The former president has come under fire this year for saying that he did not owe Lewinsky a public apology even in the era of #MeToo, the movement that aims to destigmatize the public sharing of sexual misconduct stories in the hopes of holding the perpetrators accountable.
“My first public words after the scandal … were an apology directly to Chelsea and Mrs. Clinton. And if I were to see Hillary Clinton in person today, I know that I would summon up whatever force I needed to again acknowledge to her—sincerely—how very sorry I am,” Lewinsky wrote in the article published in Vanity Fair, where she is a contributing editor.
Still, she criticized Bill Clinton for appearing dismissive of the idea that he might owe her a public apology.
“For the first time in more than 15 years, Bill Clinton was being asked directly about what transpired. If you want to know what power looks like, watch a man safely, even smugly, do interviews for decades, without ever worrying whether he will be asked the questions he doesn’t want to answer,” she wrote.
Kenyan pastor Rev. Njohi has raised not only a few eyebrows but red flags with his unorthodox suggestion of having his female congregants remove their bras and underwear before coming to church, so that Christ can freely enter their bodies with his spirit, according to The Kenyan Daily Post.
Njohi, who is the pastor of the Lord’s Propeller Redemption Church in Kenya, reportedly refers to undergarments as “ungodly.” The bible-toting minister called together a meeting with church officials and allegedly discussed banning the under garments because people “need to be free in body and spirit in order to receive Christ.”
After warning his female congregants about the evils of skivvies, the God-fearing pastor spoke of the damnation they will suffer if they dare not to go bare underneath.
In true fashion, the church’s female population reportedly did come to church sans their undies, the Post reports, in order to prepare for their spiritual taking.
This SICK Pastor probably wanted to lay hands on these unsuspecting women folk!
JetBlue mixed up two 5-year-olds and sent them to the wrong cities on August 17, leaving one panic-stricken mother waiting three hours while the airline located her son.
Andy Martinez Mercado, 5, was traveling alone from a family visit in the Dominican Republic to his home in New York after his mother had returned from the trip about two weeks prior. Instead, he wound up in Boston, over 200 miles away, his mother, Maribel Martinez, told the New York Daily News.
“I thought he was kidnapped,” she said. “I thought I would never see him again.”
JetBlue employees brought Martinez a different 5-year-old boy, who they thought was her son — and she said he was carrying her son’s passport.
“No, this is not my child,” Martinez said she told the employees. The boy was supposed to be on a flight to Boston, but was put on the flight to New York by mistake.
Three hours later, JetBlue figured out that Andy was in Boston and placed him on the next flight to New York.
“I was freaking out. I didn’t know if he was alive,” she said. “I still haven’t stopped crying.”
JetBlue confirmed the incident to BuzzFeed News in a statement, and said they “immediately took steps to assist the children in reaching their correct destinations” once they learned of the mistake.
They have refunded the flights, offered the families JetBlue credit for future flights, and are reviewing the incident to prevent similar ones in the future.
“While the children were always under the care and supervision of JetBlue crew members, we realize this situation was distressing for their families,” they said.
According to JetBlue’s website, “photo identification is required for both parties who drop off and pick up an unaccompanied minor” and “unaccompanied minors will not be accepted without the guardian’s photo ID.”
They also require a parent or guardian’s phone number and address to be included with the minor’s reservation.
Martinez said she will never use JetBlue again, and is now considering legal action against the airline for negligence.
“Any parent can understand the terrifying fear a mother goes through knowing that her child is missing,” Martinez’s lawyer, Sanford Rubenstein, told the Daily News.
“This never should have happened and the JetBlue employees should be ashamed of themselves.”
MINISTER OF TOURISM EDMUND BARTLETT (RIGHT) MEETS WITH EDI WRAY, FIRST MAN AND HEAD OF THE RASTAFARI INDIGENOUS VILLAGE AT IRWIN IN MONTEGO BAY, AFTER ADDRESSING CANEX JAMAICA, THE ISLAND’S FIRST CANNABIS-CENTRED CONFERENCE ON THE BUSINESS POTENTIAL OF THE MARIJUANA TRADE. LISTENING ATTENTIVELY IS MITZIE WILLIAMS.
Jamaica is trying to cash in on the multi-billion-dollar health and wellness tourism sector that several Caribbean countries are turning to in order to boost visitor numbers, but it won’t be traditional medicine it plans to use to reach a high in tourist arrivals.
Minister of Tourism Edmund Bartlett said Jamaica’s lush and rustic southwestern coast is ideally suited for the concept of “cannabis-infused tourism” where products made from the herb would play a major part in the tourism sector.
Health and wellness tourism has been identified as one of the key areas of focus under the ministry’s plan to grow visitor arrivals to five million annually, generating earnings of US$5 billion by 2021.
Speaking at Canex Jamaica, the first cannabis-centred conference on the business potential of the marijuana trade, Minister Bartlett said he recognized “how the cannabis product and its application could fit neatly in a network of health and wellness that could drive a new demographic into Jamaica with a higher spend and which will be able to establish us as a destination with a difference.”
The Tourism Minister said Jamaica should not be a destination with only all-inclusive properties and mass tourism: “We believe that we can do product differentiation and we can do a level of product diversification which enables us to be attractive to all demographics.”
An element of that, Bartlett added, was “rustic luxury” which combined nature with the benefit of a luxurious lifestyle, while enabling the utilization of “the nutraceutical values of the rich biodiversity of your neighbourhood.”
He said the global market for that kind of tourism stands at around US$494 billion and Jamaica wants a piece of it.
“What we’ve found also is that cannabis-infused experiences have added much to health and wellness across the United States,” the Minister added, citing the US state of Colorado where bookings increased by over 175 per cent when it entered that market, and Amsterdam which has also benefitted tremendously.
He said the Health and Wellness Network that he has established in the Tourism Ministry had been tasked with defining the policy that will provide the framework within which the cannabis-infused health and wellness experience will become a reality in Jamaica.
“And we’re going to have a full roll-out of that by the end of 2017,” Bartlett disclosed.
In an invitation to marijuana growers and prospective investors at the conference, the minister urged them to examine “how you can work with me to drive this new experience and to invest in the prosperity agenda that the country has.”