The Lady D Show - Thursday, July 17, 2008 With Mama ASID OnIrieATL.comJAVAA’s first 12 inductees in Jamaica music hall of fame impressive - JAMAICAOBSERVER.COM By Basil Walters Observer staff reporter - Monday, July 14, 2008
The Jamaican Association of Vintage Artistes and Affiliates (JAVAA), celebrated its fifth anniversary on Friday with the first induction for the Jamaica Music Hall of Fame, saluting a wide array of musical icons from mento to reggae. The salutation was not only for on-stage performers, but also for those behind-the-scene unsung heroes and one noteworthy institution. It was a well attended history-making ceremony held on the lawns of the Pegasus Hotel.
Seven of the individual inductees were honoured posthumously. These were legendary Folklorist/poet Louise “Miss Lou” Bennett-Coverly; master drummer and founder of the Mysic Revelation of Rastafari (MRR), Oswald Williams, aka Count Ossie; pioneer mento/calypsonian, Norman Thomas, better known as Lord Flea; founder of the Alpha Boys’ School, Sister Mary Ignatius Davies; legendary producer/director, Vere Johns, who founded the famous Opportunity Hour talent contest, legendary record producer, Clement ‘Sir Coxsone’ Dodd of Studio One fame; and giant record producer Arthur ‘Duke’ Reid.
Reggae Museum to Showcase Achievements of Jamaican Music
KINGSTON(JIS): Thursday, June 19, 2008
The Ministry of Information, Culture, Youth and Sports, is spearheading the drive to set up a reggae museum to showcase the challenges and achievements of Jamaican music.
Commissioner of Customs,Danville Walker, has confirmed that under-invoicing is ravaging some of the most prominent local businesses.
Items targeted by criminals range from poultry and tyres to appliances and clothing, which are smuggled into the country illegally to gain a competitive advantage over tax-compliant businesses.
Port… items targeted by criminals range from poultry and tyres to appliances and clothing, which are smuggled into the country illegally to gain a compe titive advantage over tax-compliant businesses.
Zimbabwe inflation at 2,200,000%
New bank notes have been issued to cope with soaring prices
Zimbabwe’s annual rate of inflation has surged to 2,200,000%, official figures have shown.
The figure is the first official assessment of prices in the troubled African nation since February, when the rate of inflation stood at 165,000%.
Zimbabwe, once one of the richest countries in Africa, has descended into economic chaos largely blamed on the policies of President Robert Mugabe.
Mr Mugabe was re-elected last month in a controversial one-man race.
Nigeria - This Week in Focus
Thousands flee Nigerian militants
The militant group responsible for the threat has not been identified
Thousands of Nigerians have fled the Niger Delta oil town of Bonny after militants threatened to behead people who are not originally from the area.
MORE than 40 members of the Deeper Life Church in and around Umuolighe in Alaoma community near Omoba in Isialangwa South Local Government Area of Abia State died mysteriously at the weekend shortly after a family deliverance prayer session.
Nuff US Political Stank This Week
Norml Asks - Are Lab Rats Smarter Than US Politicians ?Wednesday, July 16th, 2008
Are Lab Rats Smarter Than US Politicians?
Mon, 14 Jul 2008 22:26:12 By: Paul Armentano, NORML Deputy Director
So if rats can deduce that whole cannabis works better as a medicine than a single synthesized molecule, what’s stopping our federal Government and bureaucrats from reaching this same conclusion? Antihyperalgesic effect of a Cannabis sativa extract in a rat model of neuropathic pain: mechanisms involved via PubMed; This study aimed to give a rationale for the employment of phytocannabinoid formulations to treat neuropathic pain. It was found that a controlled cannabis extract, containing multiple cannabinoids, in a defined ratio, and other non-cannabinoid fractions (terpenes and flavonoids) provided better antinociceptive efficacy than the single cannabinoid given alone, when tested in a rat model of neuropathic pain.
On a separate but related note, am I the only one offended that most scientists appear to be more inclined to document pot’s healing powers in rats and mice than in, say, human beings?
Of course, if you want to enroll in clinical trials intent on documenting so-called “marijuana abuse,” you can take your pick of The So Called Abuse Trials Here.
Austria Allows Cannabis For Medical Purposes
Sun, 13 Jul 2008 15:08:18 By: Allen St. Pierre, NORML Executive Director
VIENNA (AFP) - Austria’s parliament has adopted a new bill allowing the cultivation of cannabis for medical and scientific purposes, under the Health Ministry’s control.The bill, approved by parliament during a late-night session Wednesday, will give the health and food safety agency AGES the exclusive right in Austria to grow the plant, which is otherwise categorised as a drug.
Michael Bach, president of the Austrian pain studies association OeSG, welcomed the new legislation, saying: “Any initiative that makes it possible to develop and provide new drugs for pain therapy is welcome.”
“Substances drawn from cannabis have been used for medical purposes more and more in the last few years,” he added.
Possession of or dealing in cannabis incurs a 6-month prison sentence in Austria.
Rastafarian Sacrament receives a blessing from rome
Wednesday, July 16th, 2008 URL: Italian Court Frees Weed July 12, 2008
a new ruling by the Supreme Court of Cassation has sided with the Rastafarian religion’s treatment of marijuana as a sacred sacrament.
The news from Rome hit the streets Friday morning, as a case brought before appeal judges against a reggae musician sentenced to 16 months in prison by a lower court in Perugia, was overturned.
Virtually unheard of in Roman Catholic Italy, Rastafarians were presented to the court as a faith that allows its members to smoke even 10 grams of marijuana daily.
HEALTH BLOG: Is pot really more potent these days?
Smoking pot in Italy is not a crime, but being caught with amounts considered too large for personal use can bring charges of trafficking.
By Christopher Lee - Washington Post Staff Writer
Wednesday, July 16, 2008; A02
The panel should examine whether the House Ways and Means Committee chairman broke ethics rules by using House stationery to solicit corporate donations for the Charles B. Rangel Center for Public Service at the City College of New York, said Kevin Smith, a spokesman for House Minority Leader John A. Boehner (R-Ohio), and Melanie Sloan, executive director for Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington.
Rangel (D-N.Y.), 78, drew criticism last year for obtaining a $1.9 million earmark to help start the center. He has met with potential donors such as Donald Trump and officials of insurance giant American International Group in an effort to help the college reach its $30 million goal. The center promotes diversity in public administration and will house Rangel’s official papers when he retires.
“This is yet another example of the hypocrisy of House Democrats who famously promised to ‘drain the swamp’ in Washington,” Smith said. “Using taxpayer resources to solicit donations for a ‘monument to me’ earmark fiasco raises serious questions, and the ethics committee has a responsibility to examine this issue.”
Sloan, a former federal prosecutor and Democratic House committee staffer, said there is no question that Rangel crossed an ethical line.
“It’s not a close call,” she said. “He’s clearly violated the rule against using the letterhead.”
Sloan pointed to a House ethics provision that allows members to solicit money for certain kinds of nonprofit groups but bars the use of office equipment and supplies. It specifically bans the implied official endorsement that accompanies use of congressional stationery.
“No official resources may be used,” the rule reads, in part.
Rangel, who could not be reached for comment yesterday, last week defended his fundraising efforts. “If it was an ethical problem, I wouldn’t do it,” he said.
Meanwhile, Rangel is facing a political controversy back home. The New York Times reported Friday that the 38-year veteran of Congress pays below-market rents on four apartments in the Harlem building in which he lives, sparking criticism in a city where affordable housing is in short supply.
Rangel, who defended the arrangement as legal and fair last week, said Monday that he would give up one of the apartments, which he uses as a campaign office.