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Giving the Lightning Bolt his spark: The sexy accounts worker from Dartford who inspired Usain to Olympic gold after string of romantic dates
Megan Edwards, 22, sprint legend during photoshoot to unveil Jamaica’s kit
Pair went on secret dates as Bolt powered to wins in 100m, 200m and relay
She also helped celebrate his success on night out in London’s Brick Lane
Source said: ‘Usain only had eyes for one girl that night and that was Megan’
A friend said: ‘Megan was in her element. She’s really smitten with Usain’

One is the fastest man in history with a personal fortune of more than £30million.
The other is an accounts worker from Dartford who trains part-time at an athletics club.
But that didn’t stop Usain Bolt falling for sexy 22-year-old Megan Edwards in a romance that is said to have inspired his triple gold-winning performance at London 2012, it was reported in the Sun on Sunday.

Hot to trot: Megan Edwards on the catwalk (left) and with Usain Bolt (right) at the unveiling of Jamaica’s team kit ahead of the London Olympic. The pair are believed to have been dating since meeting at the event

Influence: It has been reported that Megan went on a series of dates with Bolt as the 26-year-old powered his way to victories in the 100m, 200m and 4x100m relay
Bolt, who holds the 100m world record with a time of 9.58 seconds, swapped numbers with Megan when they appeared on the catwalk together to unveil Jamaica’s team kit earlier this year.
It is believed they went on a series of secret dates during the Games as 26-year-old Bolt powered his way to victories in the 100m, 200m and 4x100m relay.

Bolt and Blake cruise to victory in Zurich as Jamaican duo set meeting records
Like a Bolt from the blue! Couple’s shock as Olympic sprint hero Usain turns up at their hotel wedding and poses for pictures
Megan, a junior athlete at Dartford Harriers Athletics Club, then celebrated his unprecedented success at a party in London’s Brick Lane, where Bolt whipped the crowds into a frenzy with his DJ-ing skills.
A source told The Sun on Sunday: ‘It was crazy. Everyone was trying to get a piece of him – especially the girls. But Usain only had eyes for one girl that night and that was Megan. She was by his side all night.’

Smitten: Megan, an accounts manager from Dartford, is said to have swapped numbers with Bolt during the photoshoot and joined him in London to celebrate his triple gold-winning performance at the Games

Champagne moment: Megan, a junior athlete at Dartford Harriers Athletics Club, celebrated Bolt’s unprecedented success at a party in London’s Brick Lane

Stars in her eyes: A friend of Megan said the relationship was ‘nothing too serious’ and that they were just two adults having fun
They later went to West End club Movida along with Bolt’s teammate Yohan Blake, boxer Lennox Lewis and hip-hop artist Nas.
A friend of Megan said: ‘Megan was in her element. She’s really smitten with Usain. It’s nothing too serious at the moment as he’s jetting off all over the world – but they are two adults having fun.’
Bolt had ordered a £50,000 bottle of champagne, which apparently featured in a picture of the pair uploaded on Megan’s Facebook page.

Inspired: Bolt surges to gold in the 100m. It is said he dated Megan several times during the Games
On another picture she is said to have commented: ‘Me n my Baby!! The Bolt!! X’.
Bolt, who earns around £13million a year in sponsorship deals and appearance fees, met Megan around three months ago at the photoshoot.
His agent told MailOnline: ‘We do not make any comments on the privates lives of our athletes.’
Megan told The Sun she was not prepared to talk about ‘us two’.


This is Beyonce’s face photo shopped unto Nikki Minaj’s profile…How sick can you get?



– “A woman’s loyalty is tested when a man has nothing….but a man’s loyalty to his wife is tested when he has everything…”

An elderly man at Sirwa village is counting his loss and his family thanking lady luck for keeping him alive. The man left his wife after he received his pension and married off a young petite girl who ended up conning him.
The man had been struggling in his tea plantation after he left work in one of the companies in Kericho. The man went from office to office, town to town seeking his benefits and fortunately a week ago he received his benefits in bulk.
The man left his wife and eloped with a girl in her 20s to Chavakali town amid his wife’s plea that he uses the money to start a small business which will help them in their old age.
The man moved into a lodging at the town and made merry with his new wife. On one of their honey mooning days the man went in search of breakfast for his new bride. Unfortunately when he returned to the hotel room he did not find the young girl though her mobile phone and Sh. 200 lay on the table.
Relieved he lay on the bed waiting for his new bride but hours passed raising his suspicions and on checking for his cash which he had kept in a bag he did not find it but rather found a note telling him to use the Sh. 200 as transport home as she had left.
Shocked by the strange twist the man used the money to buy rat-and-rat poison and made his final call bidding his wife of many years good bye and told her to pick his body at the hotel room.
The man’s wife rushed to the hotel and made it in time to find him before he breathed his last. He was rushed to hospital where he was detoxified and is now recovering at his home.


Timing Can Make The Difference

Another section in the Church Epistles shows Paul’s tenacity and perseverance in prayer and action. Again Satan hindered him, but Paul’s persistence did result in his eventually getting to Rome.

Romans 1:8-15
(8) First, I thank my God through Jesus Christ for all of you, because your faith is being reported all over the world.
(9) God, whom I serve with my whole heart in preaching the gospel of his Son, is my witness how constantly I remember you
(10) In my prayers at all times; and I pray that now at last by God’s will the way may be opened for me to come to you.
(11) I long to see you so that I may impart to you some spiritual gift to make you strong —
(12) That is, that you and I may be mutually encouraged by each other’s faith.
(13) I do not want you to be unaware, brothers, that I planned many times to come to you (but have been prevented from doing so until now) in order that I might have a harvest among you, just as I have had among the other Gentiles.
(14) I am obligated both to Greeks and non-Greeks, both to the wise and the foolish.
(15) That is why I am so eager to preach the gospel also to you who are at Rome.

One thing we see in the above verses is that timing is often a critical factor in our accomplishing the will of God. Because of the configuration of spiritual forces that are beyond our perception, it is not always possible for us to “waltz along” on our mission from God. Sometimes we have to crawl through heavy artillery fire, and sometimes we must even stay in our foxhole for a while. The record in John 11 of Jesus raising Lazarus from the dead comes to mind.

John 11:6
Yet when he [Jesus] heard that Lazarus was sick, he stayed where he was two more days.

Why didn’t Jesus go immediately? We do not know, because God’s Word does not say, but certainly there was a reason. John 7:1-14 is also a most pertinent record, showing both the spiritual battle and Jesus’ concern for the right timing in his actions.

His brothers, who at that point did not believe in him, urged Jesus to go up to the Feast of Tabernacles and “show ‘em his stuff.” Note Jesus’ reply to them:

John 7:6-10, 14
(6) Therefore Jesus told them, “The right time for me has not yet come; for you any time is right.
(7) The world cannot hate you, but it hates me because I testify that what it does is evil.
(8) You go to the Feast. I am not yet going up to this Feast, because for me the right time has not yet come.”
(9) Having said this, he stayed in Galilee.
(10) However, after his brothers had left for the Feast, he went also, not publicly, but in secret.
(14) Not until halfway through the Feast did Jesus go up to the temple courts and begin to teach.

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Artistes Earn Big, Spend Big

Sadeke Brooks, taff Reporter

Money-throwing United States-based artiste Flippa Mafia described himself as the ‘Flossing King’ with expensive cars, jewellery, houses and clothes. While he may be a little extreme, other artistes, too, lead a flashy lifestyle. But what of savings, investments and their retirement?

Millions of dollars are earned in the entertainment industry yearly. While the actual figures might not be readily available and revenues are hard to track due to the mostly informal nature of the industry, it is quite obvious that entertainment is one of the big earners for Jamaica.

Among the earners is the usually colourful Elephant Man. Although he claims to invest in real estate, the artiste admits, “Yes, I am a flosser, but I floss with caution. If I have $20,000, mi floss wid $10,000 and put the other $10,000 in the bank.”

While he believes it is imperative for everyone to do less “flossing” due to the current economic landscape, Elephant Man says sometimes the liquor bill for him and his crew can reach as much as $30,000, sometimes more. In the same breath, Elephant Man says this is not necessarily a case of him squandering his money.

“It’s not really flossing, it’s going out. You work hard so you need to give your ears a breeze fi see what’s happening in the streets, stay inna di vibes a dancehall,” said the artiste whose Mercedes-Benz was seized by the Inland Revenue Department for unpaid taxes in 2010, and who was also in legal ramblings with the Jamaica Public Service (JPS) last year for abstracting electricity.

An entourage member, who wished to remain anonymous, was very vocal as he spoke about the spending habit of some entertainers. While it is not necessarily the norm among all artistes, he says on a daily basis some of them spend between $30,000 and $60,000 after they have made their rounds at the two or three weekly events each night. Making up the bill are top-shelf liquors like Hennesssy and Nuvo, as well as numerous bottles of Guinness, cranberry juice and water.

But portfolio adviser at Proven Wealth Investments, Stephanie Harris, says persons in the entertainment industry need to save for a “rainy day”. In order to advise a potential client, Harris says she would need to find out what the individual’s interests are so that she could put together a portfolio with their short-term, medium-term and long-term goals.

“Persons in the entertainment industry have to put in place a plan because their income stream is inconsistent. Usually they don’t have a pension plan so that is something that they should look to put in place,” she told The Sunday Gleaner.

In addition, she noted that most artistes don’t stay on top of the game for very long, so they also need to have a business plan. Some of the popular ventures for persons in this field are clothing lines, energy drinks, acting and restaurants.

“These can give them an income even when the entertainment dries up. Elizabeth Taylor, for instance, even after her death, her perfumes are still top sellers,” she said.

For the very long-term, Harris says it would be best to invest in things like stocks that appreciate over time.

Rebel invests

Although tight-lipped about some of his more personal ventures, reggae artiste Tony Rebel says he invests in his stage show Rebel Salute that was first held in 1994, his children and their education and his company, Flames Production.

“I think it is overly important to save. You have to save your reputation, you have to save your dignity and morals and save the money that you work because artistes will not be in demand all the days of his or her life. Save so that you can survive in tamarind season,” he told The Sunday Gleaner.

As it relates to his retirement, the 50-year-old says he has put a lot of thought into it.

“When it comes to artistes that have made good songs, that’s a wonderful retirement plan: royalties. Once your song plays, you will get paid from that,” Tony Rebel said.

A much younger dancehall artiste, Spice, says she has investments in the form of her clothing store, Spicey Couture, as well as Spicey Salon.

“My belief is that it is not what you make, it is what you save. You need to allow your money to make money for you. That is why I believe in investments, so that I can have continued income. As an artiste, today you are hot, tomorrow you are not. So when you do make that money, you have to know how to spend it wisely,” Spice said, noting that she wants Spicey Couture to become a franchise within the next 10 years.

Wiser than some, Spice says it is unfortunate that some entertainers squander their money.

“That is very foolish. Those who squander and floss, they are not thinking about the future. When you become a legend, you have nothing to look back at, you are just a name. They need to remember that they are going to get old,” she said.

See Part 2 of 3 in the ‘Dollars & Sense’ series, as we look at some artistes of yesteryear and how the financial choices they made then have impacted their lives today.

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