Saturday, July 26, 2008

Political Susu July 23, 2008 - with Mama ASID and Lady D

Political Susu July 23, 2008 - with Mama ASID and Lady D
July 26, 2008 06:56 PM PDT

Political Susu is a public service of ASID Hi-Power Radio and Irie ATL; co-produced by Mama ASID of BadGalsRadio and Lady D of Irie ATL's Drivetime Show. this show is new to our network, and will become a weekly feature - specifically to highlight Caribbean, and Global News about People Of Color.
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Happy Earthborn Strong Empress Michelle of the Musical Ambassadors Posse'

RIP Roy Shirley - Reggaes' High Priest




The Entire Family of Musical Ambassador Records, BadGalsRadio; ASID Hi-Power Sound; Trenchtones; and All of the affiliates of the FoundationSound Radio Network; Send our Warmest Wishes for a Blessed and Happy Birthday to Empress Dr. Michelle Elliott; co- owner of Musical Ambassador Records. May Jah grant your every wish and bless you in abundance always; may today be the beginning of the best for you; forever. Thanks for Your Support and Guidance during our trying times. your insight is invaluable and without you we could never be .. Bless Up Empress Michelle


RIP Roy Shirley - ‘Reggaes’ High Priest’ remembered

Wednesday, July 23rd, 2008 Jamaica Gleaner News - ‘High Priest’ remembered - Tuesday | July 22, 2008 ‘High Priest’ remembered published: Tuesday | July 22, 2008 Roy Shirley goes down on his knees as he wows the audience at the palace Theatre. - file ROY Shirley, the theatrical singer known as the High Priest of Reggae, has died. An entry on the Trojan Records website said Shirley passed away last week in Britain. No cause, or date of death, was given. Shirley was best known for the 1967 hit song, Hold Them, which was produced by a young Joe Gibbs. Several musicologists consider Hold Them to be the first rock steady song. Although he had other songs of note including I Am The Winner and Heartbreak Gypsy, a cover of soul singer Ben E King’s hit. Hold Them was the Kingston-born Shirley’s signature song. Early in his career, he worked with Jimmy Cliff and Ken Boothe, but never matched the chart success of those singers. Shirley’s penchant for drama (wore capes, ‘wept’ during performances) overshadowed his talent, but reggae historian Roger Steffens said there should be no disputing the mark he made on Jamaican music. “As an artiste, he was unique and inimitable. He had a voice like a squeezed mango, a stage manner that bordered on the absurd, and a strange offbeat sense of humour that found expression in odd songs like Dance the Auna and Music Field,” Steffens told The Gleaner. Shirley, who was 64, last performed in June at the Sierra Nevada World Music Festival in Boonville, California. He immigrated to England in 1973, and like many of his contemporaries, developed a cult following in that country. He last performed in Jamaica in 2004 at the Stars ‘R’ Us show. Roy Shirley facts Was born Ainsorth Roy Rushton Shirley. First song, Shirley, was done for producer Leslie Kong in 1962. Was founding member of vocal group The Uniques with singer Slim Smith. Founded the British Universal Talent Development Association. ---------------------------------------------------------------


________________________________________________________________________ A Georgia school gets the paddles ready for the fall To spank or not to spank … that’s the question in Twiggs County, Ga., where principals are breaking out their paddles this fall to deter misbehaving. It won’t be the first time that the school district puts the wood to students who act up. Last year, for example, a second-grader was swatted for throwing pencils, as were others who were deemed too unruly for the standard time-out or other methods of discipline, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports. But the policy was rarely used. Teachers and administrators can opt out if they desire, and parents must sign a permission slip to allow their children to be paddled. Read more of what the parents and teachers had to say at -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

SOUTHERN AFRICA - Our Africa Focus This Week

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Zimbabweans play the zero game

By Kathyrn Westcott BBC News
Quadrillion, quintillion, sextillion - crazy numbers with lots of zeros, that independent Zimbabwean economist John Robertson found himself chewing over with colleagues in the capital Harare this week.
Zimbabwe $10m note, January 2008
In January, the bank introduced a Z$10m note
The financial throes of the country are now so severe, that some people are seeking a new language to understand it. On Monday, the Zimbabwe government introduced the 100 billion Zimbabwe dollar note (for the uninitiated, a billion is nine zeros). The counting of zeros had already become a nightmare for bankers and shoppers before the introduction of the new note - which at the time of writing would buy about two loaves of bread. So far this year, the country ravaged by hyperinflation has been forced to print 100-million, 250-million and 500-million notes in rapid succession. All of them are now almost worthless. It has become common now for Zimbabweans to talk of their daily expenses in trillions (one trillion is 12 zeros). When John Robertson pinned a chart to the wall of office naming numbers up to twice as long, he says he “raised a bit of a laugh” from his colleagues. But for many officials and accountants, a quadrillion - a million billion - is the number of the day.
Quadrillion: 15 zeros
Quintillion: 18 zeros
Sextillion: 21 zeros
Septillion 24 zeros
This formulation is from the widely-used US system
Only last week, the Harare Herald advertised the Lotto bonanza prize being offered was 1.2 quadrillion Zimbabwean dollars. At the time, that was equivalent to around 4,000 US dollars. So how do Zimbabweans deal with such astronomical numbers? “I actually Googled what comes after trillion about a month ago, and sent that out to all my friends so they’d be prepared,” says 28-year-old Esther, a Harare resident who writes a regular diary for the BBC. Day-to-day transactions for ordinary people have not reached the quadrillion stage, she says, but even trillions present difficulties. “What is confusing is counting of the figures on your cheques as you try to make sure you are not under or over paying someone, or the struggling to read price tags in shops that have not yet knocked off zeros and so on,” she says. Hard currency This practice - knocking off zeros - is the most common way of preserving sanity. Most calculators simply cannot show enough digits.
Zimbabwe's $100bn note
The new note is three zeros short of Germany’s 1924 100-trillion-mark note
Tills throughout the country have been struggling to cope, as have banking computers, and accounting systems. As a result, the banks recently agreed to lop six zeros off transactions and documentation. Economist John Robertson predicts that within a month they will be forced to drop another three. The other main technique for keeping zeros under control, is to think in terms of a hard currency - in this case, US dollars. ----------------------------------------------------

S African police evict migrants

Foreigners at an informal gathering point in the centre of Cape Town, South Africa, 28 May 2008
Foreigners were forced into temporary camps in May

South African police have forcefully removed hundreds of immigrants from temporary shelters where they had taken refuge from xenophobic attacks.

Authorities say the immigrants, who were taken to a repatriation centre in Johannesburg, had not registered with the home affairs department. They now face deportation to their home countries, officials said. More than 60 immigrants were killed and tens of thousands more fled during the attacks against foreigners in May. A BBC reporter witnessed angry and emotional scenes at the Glenanda temporary centre as they were removed. Some immigrants chanted “human rights for refugees” as they were driven away by dozens of riot police. The BBC’s Mpho Lakaje said the immigrants taken from the camp, where about 2,000 people were sheltering, included women and children. “It is not the South African government’s intention to deport a huge group of people, but we want to identify the ring leaders [behind unrest at the camp] and deport them,” Home Affairs Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula told South Africa’s Independent newspaper. ‘Very disappointed’ Home Affairs spokeswoman Cleo Mosana said the immigrants had been offered exemption from deportation but had not taken it up. She said they had been given enough time to apply for proper documentation, but had refused to do so. Many foreigners said the registration process was not clearly explained, or that they did not register because they feared losing their refugee status. The government denied this would happen. One woman from the Democratic Republic of Congo said her sister was among those taken away. “They are going back to their country, but I know in our country there is still fighting,” she said. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------

JAMAICA - Our Caribbean Focus This Week

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GoodLawd The MP done made Marcus Garvey a Criminal Again?

Wednesday, July 23rd, 2008

Before You Quote History, or in this case Your Story, You Need To Know It.

Somebody PULLLLLEEEEEEEZEEE mandate history tests for all politicians globally; cause it they don’t know history how can they help develop the future. This is a pure example of pomposity in action LawdaMercy - to quote Shabba, who even knows better than this MP. ~RE Jamaica Gleaner News - Pardon us, Tom - King’s House gave senator wrong information on Garvey forgiveness - Tuesday | July 22, 2008 URL: Pardon us, Tom - King Pardon us, Tom - King’s House gave senator wrong information on Garvey forgiveness published: Tuesday | July 22, 2008 Tyrone Reid, Enterprise Reporter Tavares-finson King’s House has refused to say whether it has formally apologised to Senator Tom Tavares-Finson for incorrectly informing him that it had no record of a pardon being granted to Marcus Mosiah Garvey. By way of a letter, King’s House had told the senator that no such request was ever formally made on behalf of the country’s first National Hero, to expunge from the records two convictions for contempt of court on August 5 and September 26, 1929.But Rose-Marie Gibbs, the governor general’s acting secretary, said documents detailing the pardon were subsequently found. Grave embarrassment However, Gibbs refused to say where they were found. She also refused to say whether a formal apology has been made for misinforming the senator.The incorrect information was used by Tavares-Finson in his contribution to the State of the Nation Debate in the Senate on July 4 and has caused him much embarrassment, The Gleaner has learnt.

During the debate, Tavares-Finson called for a statutory declaration by Parliament to remove the designation of ‘convicted criminal’ from four National Heroes, including Marcus Garvey.

However, Garvey had already been pardoned in 1987 after the then Cabinet, led by Prime Minister Edward Seaga, petitioned then Governor General, Sir Florizel Glasspole, to posthumously grant the National Hero pardon.

Sources close to the senator told The Gleaner yesterday that since then, Tavares-Finson has been the butt of many jokes among his professional peers and members of the Senate.The source also revealed that Tavares-Finson had been even reprimanded by the prime minister for the boo-boo.

On the contrary, an article published in The Gleaner on August 18, 1987, confirmed that Garvey was post-humously granted pardon.The article also stated that Seaga made the announcement at Garvey Day ceremonies in St Ann’s Bay. When contacted yesterday, Seaga expressed certainty that the pardon sought by his Cabinet for Garvey was granted.

Tavares-Finson’s could not be reached yesterday, as he was said to be abroad on business. ---------------------------------------------------------------------------

Bruce’s super squad - Police, army to flood JA under new anti-crime plan

Wednesday, July 23rd, 2008 Jamaica Gleaner News - Bruce’s super squad - Police, army to flood communities under new anti-crime plan - Tuesday | July 22, 2008 URL: Riot inmates relocated to Horizon Remand Centre Riot inmates relocated to Horizon Remand Centre published: Tuesday | July 22, 2008 Michelle-Ann Letman, Staff Reporter A member of the Jamaica Defence Force on the compound of the Gun Court remand facility on South Camp Road, Kingston, yesterday. Soldiers were called in to help restore calm after inmates started a riot there. - Ricardo Makyn/Staff Photographer

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