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            [post_content] => Jamaica, the land of wood and water, had become a dry and thirsty land.The trees were thirsty, the farms were parched and the fruits and vegetables did not grow to their full potential. The natives lamented and called for rain. Some declared judgment, others called for prayer. It was a dry spell. For months the island hadn't seen a significant down pour. The nation was in a state of panic, it was drought. Drought in Jamaica, the land of wood, had no water.

The National Water Commission (NWC), and Minister of Water made a declaration that water be conserved in the midst of the fierce drought. They warned that anyone who used water apart from for the essentials would have to speak to the law. Still, water parties ads flooded our airwaves, and were seen vividly on our televisions screens. Those without water cried. Plants died. However, it would appear that the prayers that were being sent up, walked as if on ladders up, way up to the skies. And then it happened.

In the capital city of Jamaica, Kingston, the hub of all busyness, three days before the country's Emancipation celebration, the sky darkened. As if promising us a visitation of dew. Two days before the Emancipation celebration, the thunders of the heavens roared. The sky remained darkened. One day before the Emancipation celebration, in the capital city, the thunders roared louder. And then the sky broke. Sadly, but only a drizzle made it's way through the cracks made in the heavens.

On the day of Jamaica's Emancipation celebration, I was awaken from my slumber by the resounding sound of thunder. Peering through the window, eyes fixed to the darkened heavens, Father could it be... The thundered roared as if in reply. Maybe it meant "Yes, today your land shall thirst no more." Then within an hour the showers came. "Water!" Water was falling from the sky! And it stung the parched earth and I heard life being shouted from the ground! I ran outside and took a wash in the rain. Oh, how precious is water the source of life. Today the rain came!

As I write it falls, for how long? I know not; but it was great, rain fell - it fell on Jamaica's Emancipation Day!

Happy Emancipation Day Jamaica!

Written by: Laranzo Dacres
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A Promise Of Rain

August 1, 2014
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Jamaica, the land of wood and water, had become a dry and thirsty land.The trees were thirsty, the farms were parched and the fruits and vegetables did not grow to their full poten...Continue reading

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            [post_content] => The Barbados National Hurricane Center has reported that Invest 93L is now a "well-defined low pressure system located about 550 miles east of the southern Windward Islands."

According to the NHC 2 pm report, "interests in the Lesser Antilles should monitor the progress of this disturbance as it moves west-northwestward at 15 to 20 mph, and watches or warnings may be required for some of these islands later today." The latest NHC report indicates that "a Hurricane Hunter aircraft has begun investigating the low pressure system and preliminary reports from the aircraft indicate that this system is producing winds to near gale force."

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As of 2 pm EDT Thursday, the  Barbados National Hurricane Center is forecasting the 2-day and 5-day odds of a 70% tropical cyclone development. The system is currently located at 11.0N 51.4W and is moving WNW at 20 mph with a pressure of 1010 mb.

The weather systems has been producing organized shower and thunderstorm activity during the past several hours. According to experienced meteorologists Jeff Masters all reports "agree that 93L will arrive in the northeast Lesser Antilles Islands on Friday evening, move over Puerto Rico on Saturday evening, and approach the Southeast Bahamas and Turks and Caicos Islands on Sunday evening."

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"An ASCAT pass at 9:11 pm EDT Wednesday night showed top surface winds near 35 mph, just below tropical storm-force" says Masters. An Air Force C-130 hurricane hunter aircraft will explore the hurricane later this evening.

 
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July 31, 2014
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The Barbados National Hurricane Center has reported that Invest 93L is now a "well-defined low pressure system located about 550 miles east of the southern Windward Islands." Ac...Continue reading

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            [post_content] => The row between Usain Bolt and The Times as to whether he described the Commonwealth Games as "a bit shit" continues to rumble on with the Jamaican stating that the story is "nonsense" while the paper insists that they are "100% confident" he uttered those words. The triple world record holder ventured out of the athlete's village to watch Jamaica's Netball Team in their encounter against New Zealand.

Everything seemed to be going well with Bolt carrying on with his usual antics and posing with fans for a few photographs. Things turned sour after his entourage called for security when a journalist approach the track superstar for comments. The Daily Mail's Jonothan McEvoy, had his accreditation ripped off in a tussle with Bolt's security guard and was led away by officials.

According to Times reporter Katie Gibbons, she approached Bolt on Tuesday evening  while he waited for his vehicle at the athlete's village and upon showing her accreditation a conversation ensued.  She stated that he reportedly told her "the Olympics were better” and that he was “not really” having fun in Glasgow and felt the Games were “a bit shit” before he left “to do some business".

As Bolt passed Gibbons at the netball mixed zone on Wednesday, Gibbons shouted: "Why did you deny what you said to me yesterday?" His response "Awesome." suggested he did not hear the question.

Bolt’s manager, Ricky Simms, also claimed the reports were "utter rubbish", adding: "The atmosphere in and around the stadiums has been absolutely fantastic and I have absolutely no idea where these quotes have come from."

Yesterday, Bolt was bit more forthcoming as he took to Twitter.

Meanwhile,  officials were reluctant to admit that the ongoing row was a major distraction for the Games. Mike Hooper, the chief executive of the Commonwealth Games Federation, said: “We take Mr Bolt at his word. His tweet says it all. These are a fantastic Games. As you saw in his press conference last Saturday he is very upbeat. He is really positive about running the relay and I don’t wish to comment on the journalist and work of The Times.”

 
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Usain Bolt Denies Commonwealth Games Remarks

July 31, 2014
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The row between Usain Bolt and The Times as to whether he described the Commonwealth Games as "a bit shit" continues to rumble on with the Jamaican stating that the story is "nonse...Continue reading