Saturday, 30 May 2015

PEOPLE IN THE NEWS: Floyd Green's new mission + the latest on Rev. Al Miller + Stephen Marley in unstoppable mode

THE RIGHT START: An accomplished scholar in his own right, former G2K President Floyd Green firmly believes in the power of a solid education to transform the lives of young Jamaicans and brighten their future. For that very reason he is actively championing the Right from the Start project, and early childhood education rehabilitation programme newly introduced to South-West St. Elizabeth, for which he is the JLP caretaker. "[It] is geared towards setting a solid foundation and raising the level of education and positive stimulation in the early childhood institutions across the constituency," explains Green, adding that the project also seeks to improve the infrastructure standards of the area's basic schools. For Green, projects like Right from the Start form part of the groundwork being laid to ensure improvement in the socio-economic realities of residents. "This will augur well for the future of the communities, as the education and development of our children is of the utmost importance. Right from the Start will also boost the morale and increase the pride of the people in the community. It's a project that will be ongoing and one that I will take on on a larger scale when I become Member of Parliament." 

MILLER'S CROSSING: Embattled religious icon Rev. Al Miller is returning to court on June 5, the date that's been set aside for a final decision to be made concerning the non--case submission presented by his legal team to free him of the charge of attempting to pervert the course of justice, stemming from his involvement in the Christopher 'Dudus' Coke affair. Miller, who heads the Kingston-based Fellowship Tabernacle Church, was charged after police officers stopped him on Mandela Highway with the former Tivoli Gardens strongman in his motor vehicle. In his defence, Miller said he was transporting the fugitive to the US Embassy, where security officers were awaiting him for extradition to the United States. Miller's bail has been extended until his next court date. 

ROOTS ROCKER: Does Stephen Marley ever take a vacation? The Energize Bunny has got nothing on the workaholic musician and eight-time Grammy winner who you'll find either holed up in the studio laying down tracks or rocking a sold-out crowd on one of his regular tours. Sure enough, the hitmaker is gearing up to hit the road again.In support of his upcoming album, Revelations Part II: Fruit of Life, Marley is kicking off a multi-city run on August 1, when he'll headline Reggae on the River in Califormia. A series of festival and club dates in Europe will follow before he heads back to the United States on August 29 for Catch A Fire, a nationwide reggae tour which climaxes at the end of September. Completing the tour's star-studded lineup are Damian 'Jr. Gong' Marley, Morgan Heritage, Ghetto Youths and Tarrus Riley.

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