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HAPPY 34TH INDEPENDENCE ANNIVERSARY DOMINICA!!!

Today the island of Dominica ‘Nature Isle of the Caribbean’ celebrates its 34th year as an Independent state. On November 3rd, 1978, the Commonwealth of Dominica was granted Independence from the United Kingdom.

Even before gaining Independence, November 3rd was recognized as, Discovery Day’, the day when Christopher Columbus discovered the island back in 1493.

As local Dominicans and in the Diaspora celebrate this milestone worldwide, we wish them a day of….continued beauty, forward thinking, fun, frolic and safety;)

Uhm?? A Jamaican patois version bible will be available on iTunes soon…

by Natalie Monique
So we all know there are many different versions to the Bible..but this one ‘Di Jamiekan Nyuu Testiment’ is new, a Patois translation of the New Testament.

The Patois bible was recently launched at the Jamaican High Commission in London. Reverend Courtney Stewart, General secretary of of the Bible society of the West Indies told the Gleaner, “It was a bit like “colonisation in reverse”. He noted that the Jamaican language came out of the country’s British colonial experience, and that the Patois translation was done by Jamaicans for Jamaicans in “our own language…We have come of age. We are doing the launch (in the UK) because of the strong ties. Our relatives live here and the Jamaican community is quite strong. So we thought it was appropriate that in the 50th year since our political Independence, this was a most appropriate place to do the launch and to show that we have come of age and that we have a history and a language together.”

Apparently, the ‘island-styled’ bible came about through an agreement between the Jamaica Bible Society and the Bible Society in the UK. Over a period of ten years, various translators collaborated on this effort, consisting of theological organizationsthe Department of Lingusitics at the University of the West Indies and the Bible Society.

Currently, there is a huge debate as to whether the native language, Patois should be taught in schools as opposed to the universal Standard English. Patois is somewhat of ‘broken English’, and for the most part is considered un-professional in formal/business like settings.

It will include many of the original bible stories and prayers, written in the Jamaican language ‘Patois’. Also included will be an English translation for each ‘scripture’. Rev. Stewart says the Bible has been getting much positive responses.

An audio version of the Patois bible will be available for download on iTunes on October 28th, and in stores in the United Kingdom on November 12th at a cost of £12.99.

Hmmm, my query though, is this a mere cultural venture or to enable further comprehension of the messages in the Bible…but hey..will you be purchasing your copy?

NEW!! Music Video: International artistes Busy Signal and Damian Marley team up in ‘Kingston Town’ (Remix)

International Dancehall and Reggae artistes’ Busy Signal and Damian ‘Jr Gong’ Marley have teamed up in the powerful track, ‘Kingston Town (Remix)’.
The original track ‘Kingston Town’ is from Busy Signal’s new album, ‘REGGAE Music Again’. The Music Video was directed by Jamaican Video Director Dameon Gayle.

Great collaboration…check it out

NEW!! Music Video: Nicki Minaj repping her Trinidad roots hard in ‘Pound The Alarm’

Muy, muy caliente!!! Love how Nicki Minaj always repping her Trinidadian roots…Pound the Alarm babyyy!!:)

Oh, and if you missed it, check out Nicki in the new ADIDAS Commercial (below):

NEW!! Former USA record breaking sprinter Carl Lewis hints that Usain Bolt may be using drugs


Whatchu talking bout Mr. Lewis?

In a recent interview with Sports Illustrated, American nine time Olympic Gold Medalist, Carl Lewis suggested that Usain Bolt may be using drugs to enhance his performance.

See excerpt(below):


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ALSO, back in July 2012, he also told CNN-IBN that ‘United States will outstrip Jamaica in the number of Sprint medals. he also added that he doesnt even expect Jamaica to continue its supremacy in Athletics. He was asked who he favors Usain Bolt or Yohan Blake, his response:

“I am going beyond that. I say America will win more medals on the track than anybody else. I think there are going to be more surprises in the sprint, and America will win more medals, not Jamaica.”

When asked about the talent in India, he said he always believed in India and “…you just got to believe in yourself, that you are as good as the rest of the world..”

Sigh, Mr. Lewis, Y U Mad? At the end of the day everyone is entitled to their own opinion, however Jamaica continues to prove natural prowess in Sports…Usain Bolt and the rest of Team Jamaica, the little pebble on the map will continue to soar;)