On-Line Family and Friends: Greetings
to all of you!
this past week during these long days and nights my
heart have been heavy, and I am so very saddened about
what is transpiring in Jamaica.
A State of Emergency issued?????
As I watched the news all over the Internet and
Television, my eyes have constantly been full of
tears…tears of sorrow for the people who have been
shot down like they are nothing.
The gruesome pictures just rips me apart;
bloodied bodies in trucks, blood seeping out of victims
heads and other parts of their bodies as they lay in the
alleys and streets making West Kingston, particularly
little Tivoli Gardens in Jamaica look like it is the
biggest war zone ever.
Bombs being dropped, and homes and businesses
being burned to the ground…and the number of dead keep
last report I heard was 44, not to mention the many
bodies they have not gotten too so they could be
included in the count!]
thoughts however; cannot stop wondering off on the fact
that a child is now without a parent, a mother and
father is without a son or daughter, a wife is without a
husband and vice versa.
And why…why have they lost their lives?
I am outraged and just "freaking" mad
that Prime Minister Bruce Golding announced on May
17th to the entire island via a Television
address that he had decided to grant/sign the request
for the extradition of Mr. Christopher Dudus Coke
to the U.S. Government to face gun-trafficking and drug
you hear me…ANNOUNCED his decision to proceed with
authorizing Mr. Coke's
What? You think he didn’t know what was going
to happen after his announcement?
Yup, he knew without a doubt exactly what was
going to happen!!!!
certainly knew West Kingston was going to erupt over his
decision, because he is very aware of how much the
people of West Kingston and Mr. Coke's small town
of Tivoli Gardens are dedicated and committed to Mr.
the officials in the US see him as an international
drug lord and dangerous criminal, the people of West
Kingston see him as a leader or a "Don"
who provides for the welfare of the community, a
benefactor, who has ensured their safety, and who is
responsible for their children, school and putting food
on their tables.
Even Mr. Golding himself has been
dedicated to Mr. Coke because it is a known fact
that Mr. Coke was a strong supporter of the Prime
Minister's Party (The Jamaica Labour Party (JLP), and
was in control of the Prime Minister's constituency of
Tivoli Gardens. Yes,
it is certain that without Mr. Coke’s approval Prime
Minister Golding would not be the representative for
West Kingston nor even the Prime Minister.
personally have had enough with these freaking corrupt
politicians. YES, DO RESIGN Mr. Golding, because this unrest,
killings, mayhem and shame taking place in Jamaica today
is on your head…and you have the nerve to be sending
more artillery, and bombs into the city to kill more
innocent people over a man (one man), who YOU could have
retrieved/arrested swiftly and quietly without alarming
the entire island.
There must have been a better way to do this than
so many lives being lost.
a calmer note, I don’t mean to project that I condone
what the people and gangs are doing to protect Mr.
Coke; I most certainly do not!
It hurts my heart that they are continuing with
the gun warfare upon the police and soldiers, because it
results in their brothers and sisters being killed;
bombs are being dropped on the homes of innocent people
and their neighborhoods are being destroyed.
for a moment let’s tap into Mr. Coke's
all that is written about this man, a man who seem to
have business sense; actually a man with simple common
sense would have already fled the area.
As a matter of fact, I believe he is NO longer in
an idiot would sit in their home and wait for the
police/authorities to come and arrest them.
Nahhhhh, he is no longer in Jamaica…from all
the reports about Mr. Coke, we know he is not a
Mr. Golding, his Police Force and Soldiers know
Mr. Coke is no longer in West Kingston.
is so very weird that a gentleman and associate (a
native of Jamaica) whom I have known for some time,
but one who I have never had a real conversation
with, began talking to me today about the situation
in his country; and he pointed out something that I
didn’t think about.
He stated that: Mr. Golding must be trying
to wipe out the gangs in West Kingston.
He further stated that: Mr. Golding has
been "in bed" with these people for far
too long and his intention is to just get rid of all
of them. I
thought it was some shocking statements, but quite interesting
and one that is not far-fetched.
is indeed a sad day in Jamaica's history.
This beautiful island that we love…"Jamaica,
land we love…Jamaica, Jamaica, Jamaica, land we love."
Let us all pray for Jamaica…Pray that the
shootings and killings stop soon…Pray that the people
of West Kingston see that only their brothers and
sisters are being shot and killed…and cease the gun
battle…and bring calm to the city!
To all our many friends who are Jamaicans, our
hearts are with you.
We certainly know the sorrow you are experiencing
and the overwhelming shame you are feeling due to this
entire situation. Pray
that it all ends soon!!!!
have added the link to Mr. Golding's speech courtesy of
You Tube. Please
listen, it will give you some insight of his involvement
and the mess he is involved in due to him protecting
this Christopher Dudus Coke from being extradited
to the US to face charges for his crimes. He clearly spoke about it and apologized to the people during
this speech. Please feel free to comment and
discuss with us this situation further by e-mailing me
Part 1 of the Speech
Prime Minister Bruce Golding made as he addressed the
citizens of Jamaica on 5/17/2010
Part 2 of the
Speech Prime Minister Bruce Golding made as he
Addressed the citizens of Jamaica on 5/17/2010
another sad note young, talented, handsome O'Neil
Edwards, one-third of the popular dancehall singing and
dancing group Voicemail, succumbed to his gun
shot wounds yesterday, May 26th, 2010.
18 days ago Mr. O'Neil
was robbed and shot several times with one of the shots
piercing his head, at his gate in front of his home in
Duhaney Park, Jamaica.
He has been in the hospital battling for his
life, but sadly he did not make it.
From what I understand, there were two suspects
in this shooting, one is in custody and the other was
found dead with gun shot wounds over his entire body.
islands away - across the seas, my birth place Trinidad
and Tobago on Monday, May 24th held its snap legislative
election that was unexpectedly called by former Prime
Minister Patrick Manning; and the citizens of Trinidad
and Tobago spoke out loud and clear. They voted
for the candidate that promised and preached
CHANGE. Therefore, we at Arious would like to
congratulate Kamla Persad-Bissessar on her overwhelming
win and for making history - Becoming the First Woman
Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago. Ms.
Persad-Bissessar started her campaign on the premise of
Change, and we can only hope that overall Change is
about to come to Trinidad and Tobago.
are happy and many are saddened as well, because their
beloved People's National Movement Party lost the
elections, but again clearly the people have spoken and
they have spoken loudly and voted for Change to come to
T&T. Every Creed and Race find an equal
place and may God bless our Nation - Yes, may God
bless my country/nation Trinidad and Tobago.
Memorial Day. Let's salute the men and women who
have fought, and died in the service of their country.
Day - A day of remembrance of those who have died
serving our country. During
this time it's excellent to honor our veterans and
famous Americans by paying tribute to all those who have
passed on while serving their great country. Yes,
indeed it is the one day out of the year to memorialize
our loved ones, our ancestors, our neighbors, and our
friends who died in conflicts and wars -- giving the
For the history on Memorial Day PLEASE
Arious express our gratitude and appreciation for the
sacrifices the many brave women and men of the military
services made, and is currently making during these
peril times, by putting themselves in harm's way while
serving and defending this great nation for the sake of
freedom for all Americans.
Day Weekend is also known to be the official
"kick-off" of summer. Therefore, folks
used this weekend to spend time at family gatherings, at
cookouts barbecuing and having picnics, and even
attending and participating in sporting events.
This is also the time many rush to the beaches to relax
and to soak up the sun, while many spend enormous
amounts of time at their pools. Whatever you do,
please take some time to relax with friends and family,
laugh, talk, and just have fun. PRIMARILY, PLEASE
ENJOY THIS HOLIDAY WEEKEND, and be very safe if you are
traveling out of town.
of you our on-line family may know this Memorial weekend
marks the official "kick-off" of the North
Carnival Season. Atlanta Georgia Carnival, as well
as Orlando Florida Carnival, and out West the San
Francisco CA Carnival takes place, beginning on Friday,
May 28 - May 30th. I am certain many of you are
very familiar with the festive Caribbean Carnival, which
is similar to the "Mardi Gras" that takes
place in New Orleans, Louisiana. The Caribbean
Carnival is described as a festival full of color, full
of costumes (Mas), full of music, full of dance, and
filled with an array of ethnic foods and Caribbean art.
It is also known as a form of freedom - of letting
yourself go on the day(s) of the event, while enjoying
the music, parties, and all that is taking place during
this festive time. It's simply all about
FUN...LOTS AND LOTS OF FUN! Indeed
Carnival is fantastic and extremely exciting.
Therefore, if you are heading to Atlanta GA, Orlando FL
or San Francisco CA, check out the Carnivals and pay
attention to the "mas" bands along the parade
route with their lovely costumes. With these
electrifying events taking place Memorial Day Holiday
Weekend is sure to be an exciting one.
I must update you on the Outstanding Steel Pulse
reggae concert that took place last week at the 9:30
club here in Washington DC. It was absolutely
awesome and completely sold out - so much so that folks
were crowded in front of venue asking if anyone had
extra tickets for the show (so they could purchase
Pulse rocked the entire house. It was
especially nice to see a live show, with fantastic sound
(compliments of the best sound man Big D - Steel
Pulse sound engineer). The crowds were completely
entertained and erupted when the group sang Chant a
Psalm a day...get behind me Satan; and they
especially went wild when the group sang Rally round
the flag..Rally round the red, Gold, black and
green...Marcus say sir Marcus say... They sang
all our favorites and the vibe was nice, with people who
seemed very happy and was full of love. This was
really a treat and truly an awesome show. Thanks
to the venue and promoters for sponsoring the tickets
for our Steel Pulse Ticket Contest Giveaway!!!!
some reason you are not heading to the beaches or the
Carnivals, and you live in the Washington DC, Maryland
& Virginia areas please check out the events we have
See more events under our
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and Culture Band Launching Adelphia, MD.
Masters Steel Orchestra Steel Pan Jamboree in North
on the Boat in Baltimore, Maryland
This week Mr. Hollis P.
Lashley author of the book "Gifts From The
Heart" that is now available at www.xlibris.com
and from www.hollislashley.com
feels it is important to share with you a column he reads
on a daily basis. This column is not written by Mr.
Lashley, but by Dr Robert Anthony. Please read and
enjoy. Most importantly, Be inspired and Motivated
to increase your Spiritual Energy.
Forgiveness, by Dr. Robert Anthony.
If you feel
stuck in any area of your life it could very well be
due to a lack of forgiveness. Perhaps you are having
forgiving someone else or yourself. It doesn't matter.
to past memories or "stories" is guaranteed
to tie up your energy
and block your ability to attract what you want.
I struggled with forgiveness for many years because I
if I forgave someone they would not receive the
they deserved for what they had done to me. But as I
looked at that
belief I realized it was just that, a belief. In fact,
it was just
an assumption and an illusion.
What I learned is that the universe will always seek
balance and it
will deal with that person or situation in the
even if it that means letting them off the hook.
The outcome in
their life has nothing to do with the outcome in my
life unless I
choose to keep myself tied to it.
If you think about it, when you choose to forgive
someone, it is
nothing more than an ego trip. When you say "I
what you are really saying is you have some sort of
hold over them.
By saying "I forgive you", you decree that
you are pronouncing
them "free" of your resentment. That isn't
forgiveness. That's an
There is really nothing to forgive. What we call
simply letting go. It is not placing judgment on other
yourself. When you are truly conscious you
realize that nothing
"bad" or "wrong" happened. You may
judge it as "bad" or "wrong",
but from the view of ALL THAT IS what occurred is
occurred. It's over. It's done. It's history.
Because we believe something "bad" happened,
we still think of
ourselves as being victimized no matter how much we
try to forgive.
So we are caught up between two conflicting energies.
One is to
condemn and blame and the other is to forgive. This is
struggle with forgiveness.
However, when we are truly conscious we realize
"negative" or "evil" happened at
all. In fact, what happened didn't
happen TO you but FOR you. It happened to help you to
grow. It was part of your life lesson to bring you to
where you are
right now and to allow you to let go of your
So if you are stuck in any area of your life, take a
look at your
unwillingness to forgive yourself or others and just
let it go!
Realize there is nothing to forgive. You just have to
and move on.
Truly Caring for Your Success!
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