crime-scene-gun.jpgDetectives are searching for clues in Wednesday morning's murder of businessman and fitness instructor Christopher Brown.

Mr. Brown was shot at a gym on Braemer Avenue in St Andrew.

Shortly after 6 o'clock, Mr Brown was about to enter the gym when he was attacked by two armed men.

He was the manager of several fighters in the Contender Series on TVJ.

It would seem that the government had intended to keep secret the fact that it had worked out a settlement with Yolande Ramharrack, the former Human Resource Manager at the state owned oil refinery Petrojam.

It had already been revealed that a confidentiality clause in the separation agreement required that the parties not disclose the terms of the agreement.

With the documents now tabled in the House of Representatives, however, it has emerged that the parties were barred from even disclosing the very existence of the agreement.

The confidentiality clause also stated that the parties to the agreement should not disclose the negotiations leading to the agreement or the subject of the agreement, except if required by the Supreme Court.

The decision to enter into a non-disclosure agreement with Miss Ramharrack and the details of the financial payments to her on separation from her job have been shrouded in controversy.

The issue will again be the subject of Wednesday's sitting of Parliament's Public Accounts Committee.

Six confirmed dengue deaths

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dengue.jpgThe Ministry of Health says there have been six confirmed deaths from dengue fever as at February 8.

Five of those deaths occurred in Kingston & St Andrew and one in Portland. All the victims are children under the age of 14 years old.

This was disclosed by Portfolio Minister Dr Christopher Tufton in an update to Parliament this afternoon.

Tufton said his ministry has since February 8, classified 1,166 suspected, presumed, or confirmed dengue cases with dates of onset in 2019, while there were 1,023 suspected and confirmed cases in 2018.

"The weekly number of cases appears to be plateauing, while we need to wait for another two to three weeks to be sure, this is an encouraging sign," he told the House.

The minister said that the largest number of suspected/presumed/confirmed dengue cases for 2019 to date was notified from St Catherine, with 313 people.

This is followed by Kingston and St Andrew, with 177; St Ann 121; St Mary 75; St Thomas six; St James 54 and Clarendon 49.

sangster-international-airport.jpgSangster International Airport (SIA), Jamaica's leading gateway to the world, was named the Caribbean's Leading Airport for the eleventh year in a row at the World Travel Awards (WTA) hosted at Sandals Montego Bay on 28 January. Operated by MBJ Airports Limited, SIA emerged as the winner from a pool of 13 Caribbean competitors nominated for the prestigious award. The accolade was first bestowed on SIA in 2005. It won again in 2009 and has won the title again every year since.

"We are honored to be named the Caribbean's Leading Airport for the eleventh consecutive year. This prestigious award validates our ongoing efforts to deliver world-class service and showcase Jamaica's rich culture at Sangster International Airport," commented MBJ CEO Rafael Echevarne.

"The fact that our dedication to improving the infrastructure of the airport and providing outstanding service has been noticed by the global travel industry and travelers using SIA is gratifying and we would like to extend our heartfelt thanks for voting us number one in the region year after year for more than a decade. Our entire staff, our airport partners and every citizen of Jamaica can be proud of this tremendous achievement," Echevarne added.

MBJ has led a number of initiatives over the past four years to improve the passenger experience within the arrivals and departures terminals while upgrading the taxiways and aprons on the airside. Several transformational projects are now underway to bring further upgrades to the airport, including a redesign of the ticketing hall, an expansion of the commercial concourse and automated parking facilities.

Miss Jamaica Festival Queen 2018, Ackera Gowie has shown that she is not just Most Culturally Aware, but also environmentally aware with the launch of her national project EcoMoney at the St. Mary High School on Thursday, February 7. Aimed at pulling communities together across Jamaica in an effort to both preserve the environment while increasing youth-based economic development, EcoMoney is designed to turn non-biodegradable waste into profit through up-cycling, also known as creative reuse. In this process, useless or otherwise unwanted products are transformed into new products of better environmental value.

"We are now transitioning from a linear economy to a circular economy, circular meaning we reduce waste and make the most of resources," Gowie said while giving the project overview at the EcoMoney launch.

"The overall mission of EcoMoney is to create partnerships between the private and public sector to engage communities and allow each citizen to play their part in the welfare of the whole human race," she continued.

Gowie also highlighted the importance of launching her national project out of her home parish of St. Mary, stating:

"A St. Mary Mi Come from is one my favourite phrases! I am so proud of my parish and my roots so it was important to launch EcoMoney here to show all the talent and potential St. Mary's youth have to offer as we lead the rest of the island on this eco-journey."

Hosted at the auditorium of Gowie's alma mater, the St. Mary High School, the launch of EcoMoney saw support from Member of Parliament for South East St. Mary, Dr. Norman Dunn, as well as the National Environment & Planning Agency (NEPA), the St. Mary chapter of the Jamaica 4-H Clubs and upcoming Jamaican recycling company, 360 Recycle.

The EcoMoney national project is sponsored by the National Environment and Planning Agency (NEPA), Lasco Money, Excelsior, Digicel Foundation and Popeyes.

etana-vprecords.jpgEtana dogged out a fan and even called him a cockroach and dropped a couple 'F' bombs on Twitter because he dared to criticise her consciousness, or lack thereof, at the recent Grammy awards. It was a strong and savage display from the Strong One, who played right into the fan's hands by cussing him out, a behaviour which is not in sync with her password of conscious queen.

Now critics are saying that Etana has damaged her brand with this emotional behaviour.

Some persons suggested that Etana was upset that she did not win the Grammy for Best Reggae album, and so the criticism of her AND her dress was just too much, the poor dear just had to unload/

More dates for Buju's Caribbean tour unveiled

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buju-banton-photo-10.jpgThe confirmed Caribbean dates for Buju Banton's Long Walk To Freedom Tour have been revealed.

Between March 30 and June 29, the artiste has seven dates across the Caribbean, and in an Instagram post, he stated that more dates are to be added.

Exactly two weeks after his first post-prison performance at the National Stadium in Jamaica, Buju Banton will head to Nassau, Bahamas, after which the red carpet will be rolled out on April 21 for his highly anticipated Trinidad engagement at the Queen's Park Savannah.

April 27 will see the Gargamel in Barbados, then one week later, on May 4, Buju will be off to Paramaribo, Suriname for a performance at the Andre Kamperveen Stadion.

There are two dates for June confirmed so far - June 15 in Tortola, British Virgin Islands and June 29 in St Kitts at the Kim Collins Athleteic Club.

The Grenada show, for which tickets have reportedly been selling quickly, is scheduled for May 11 and online news outlets report that "the tri-island state of Grenada, Carriacou and Petite Martinique is the only OECS island thus far to confirm a staging of the world-renowned tour".

The highly anticipated event is being staged in conjunction with Sunshine Promotions' annual Mother's Day event brand - Night of Love - which featured in 2018 another reggae legend, Beres Hammond.

Govana Embarks On 13-City European Tour

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govana.jpgRecording artiste Govana, currently riding high with 'The Light' featuring Dre Island, the second single from his upcoming anthology titled 'Humans and Monsters Are Not The Same', departed the island earlier this week for Europe.

The trip, a month-long solo sojourn which also signifies another career milestone for the 4th Genna deejay, will see him embarking on a thirteen-city tour of that continent with stops in major cities such as Berlin, Stuttgart, Stockholm, Amsterdam, Zurich, Hamburg, Venice, Rome, Bologna, Lecce and Dortmund among others. The first concert will commence on February 14 (Valentine's Day) in Berlin, Germany.

Despite this being his first solo run, Govana is no stranger to the continent. He previously accompanied labelmate Aidonia on several exploits while under his tutelage. Speaking with members of the international press Govana intimated that he intends to leave a memorable mark upon completion of the tour.

"Europe has always been a place that showed Govana a lot of love even though at the time they knew me as Deablo. Fast-forward to 2019, me returning with a new name and a catalogue of hits, I am very happy because it will be an entirely new experience for both me and the fans. Aside from introducing myself to new fans, it will also present the opportunity to reconnect with my the originals from the days of touring with Aidonia and I intend to make the tour memorable."

The sanguine entertainer is expected to return to the island mid-March to continue work on his upcoming anthology slated for release later this year.

A man who attacked his child's mother and cut her in the face with a pair of scissors after she ignored him when he asked her whether or not she loved him, narrowly missed being remanded for psychiatric evaluation in the St Andrew Parish Court last week.

Acting Parish Judge Chester Crooks after hearing the allegations told Domencia Campbell that he was going to revoke his bail and have him examined by a psychiatrist, but later extended his bail and warned him to stay away from the complainant.

But prior to extending his bail, the judge said that he found it unbelievable that the accused was now before the court for injuring his companion who had supported him unwaveringly when he was before the court recently and who had influenced his decision to give the accused a chance.

"You baby mother came to court and sat here religiously with you and it was because of her why I gave you a chance and that is how you repay her," Judge Crooks said.

On Wednesday when the case was mentioned, the court heard that on the day of the incident, the complainant was outside her house washing when Campbell said to her, "Yuh nuh love me," and she did not answer.

It was further reported that Campbell then told the complainant: "Mi wi stab yuh up seven times enuh," and she smiled.

Campbell, who was armed with the scissors then approached the complainant and stabbed her in the face and on her hand.

The man's lawyer told the court that the complainant had bitten his client on the chest prior to the stabbing.