'Mavado is not in the island', says his lawyer

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mavado-photo-11.jpgTameka Harris, one of the lawyers for the Gully Gad, Mavado, says that the entertainer is not in the island, as is being speculated.

"I don't know about that and I doubt he is in the island because if he was, he would have shared that with me," Harris reportedly told Jamaican tabloid, Teh Star, in an interview.

The artiste left Jamaica in June after being shot at in his Cassava Piece, St Andrew, community.

According to the police, Mavado got into an argument with an individual who left the scene only to return to fire shots at the Big League singer.

Mavado escaped uninjured. Just days later, the entertainer's 16-year-old son was slapped with several charges including conspiracy to commit murder in connection to the gruesome killing of Cassava Piece resident, 23-year-old Lorenza Thomas.

The teenager is currently being held in a juvenile detention centre.

Somebody in the Education Ministry needs to answer this question....and quickly too.

Rojae Kirlew, the principal of the Cassava River Primary and Infant school in St Catherine, has reportedly objected to food with this label being distributed at his school, and there are suggestions that this rice, which will have to be cooked is the food that the ministry is giing this school, which no longer receives the popular bullas.

Kirlew, who is also the councillor for Mount Industry Division, said the school received four boxes of MannaPack Rice from Nutritional Products Limited earlier this month but none have been prepared for his students.

"I have to ask my colleagues in the cluster how this thing is prepared because we didn't know how to. This is not the first time I have seen them because I know Food for the Poor has it. Some years ago, they sent a few here, but I didn't have a problem with that because to send them to the school in general is OK. But to send them to replace the nutritional products is where I have a big problem," he said.

Manna Pack Rice is a formula created to meet the nutritional needs of children around the world who are severely malnourished. It is distributed by a Christian organisation called Feed My Starving Children.

The government has removed bullas from schools as part of a campaign to promote healthier eating among students. But Kirlew, whose school once received the popular bulla, is insisting that the MannaPack Rice will never be accepted in his institution. He said that the product is unhealthy and contains excessive sodium and starch.

"It is very high in sodium and even the chefs here was wondering how to prepare it. The nutritional snack was normally a ready snack so if a meal was going to replace it, I would expect it to be a ready snack as well. Also, something that is so high in sodium and salt cannot be beneficiary to my children," Kirlew said.

PM Holness and Joe Bogdanoich talk entertainment

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downsound-josef-bogdanovich.jpgPrime Minister Andrew Holness is making big plans with Joe Bogdanovich on how to transform Jamaica into the premier entertainment destination in the Caribbean. The Prime Minister took to Instagram earlier this week to post a photo of himself and the Downsound Records CEO at Jamaica house holding a discussion about entertainment tourism.

"I spent some time earlier this week in discussion with one of Jamaica's main investors in the entertainment sector, Mr. Joe Bogdanovich," said Holness, "We spoke about his ideas to expand the industry, making Jamaica the premiere entertainment destination in the Caribbean. I am confident of our prospects in that regard and look forward to working with him."

Many people took to social media commending the move while also offering their own advice. "Musical theater in downtown Kingston. Live concerts. Sounds like a plan," one person posted while another said, "It's a good look for our country."

Bogdanovich, who is also the director for Reggae Sumfest, has long been one of the prime investors in the entertainment industry and has frequently advocated for the government to through their support behind Reggae/Dancehall music.

grammy-awards.jpgThe first round of voting for the 2019 Grammy Awards started Wednesday with a total of 141 albums presented in the Best Reggae Album category.

Voting from this long list will run until October 31 and the results will determine the list of nominations for reggae Grammy, usually between five and seven albums. The nominees will be announced on December 5.

To be eligible, recordings must have been released between October 1, 2017 and September 30 this year. Only voters have access to the complete list that is available on the on line ballot, however, among the main contenders on the ballot are eight-time Grammy Award winner Ziggy Marley, who is up for his seventh full-length solo studio album, Rebellion Rises, which was released on May 18. British rocker Sting and local diamond-selling artiste Shaggy are also on the ballot for their collaborative album 44/876, released in April of this year.

Hardcore deejay Popcaan is also on the reggae Grammy ballot for his album Forever which he dropped a few months ago. The Strong One -- Etana is also in on the running with her latest project Reggae Forever. Lovesick, the lover's rock project from Romain Virgo, has also been put to members of the Academy for their consideration, as is Lily of the Valley -- the d├ębut album from Jesse Royal, and Protoje's latest project A Moment in Time.

Black Uhuru, the first winner of the reggae Grammy back in 1986 for Anthem, has also made this year's long list. Should this veteran reggae band make it with a nomination for the just-released As the World Turns, this would mark their eighth nomination in the reggae Grammy category. The other projects for which they have been nominated include Brutal (1987), Now (1991), Iron Storm (1992), and Mystical Truth (1994).

International reggae acts have also contributed to this year's long list. Italian reggae artiste Alborosie and his project Unbreakable: Alborosie Meets the Wailers United is on the ballot. American acts Soja, Rebelution, and Common Kings are also up for contention. Soja is there with Poetry in Motion, Rebelution has Free Rein and Common Kings is in with their EP One Day. The perennial favourites British reggae outfit UB40 has also made it onto the ballot with A Real Labour of Love.

Past winners in the Best Reggae Album category have included Burning Spear, Sean Paul, Stephen Marley, Ziggy Marley, Jimmy Cliff, Steel Pulse, Peter Tosh, Sly and Robbie, Toots and the Maytals, Buju Banton and Damian "Junior Gong" Marley.

The 61st annual Grammy Awards will be held at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, United States on Sunday, February 10.

Cannabis now legal in Canada: All You Need To Know

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ganja-use.jpgPeople in Canada are cheering, enduring long lines and honking their car horns in support as the country's first marijuana dispensaries open their doors Wednesday.

"I'm having a plaque made with the date and time and everything. This is never actually going to be smoked. I'm going to keep it forever," said Ian Power, who was among the first to buy marijuana in St. John's, a city in the country's easternmost province of Newfoundland and Labrador.internat

Canada becomes second nation in the world to legalize marijuana

Canada becomes second nation in the world to legalize marijuana

Like Power, hundreds are now legally buying recreational marijuana all over Canada, but not without adjusting to a few rules.

As marijuana enthusiasts continue celebrating this historic day for Canada, here's a quick primer to get you up to speed.

Who can buy marijuana in Canada?

Adults will be allowed to buy, use, possess and grow recreational marijuana, under the law. In Quebec and Alberta, the legal age is 18; it's 19 in the remainder of the country. The measure legalizing the recreational use of the drug passed the Senate in June.

Where can I buy it?

The supply of recreational marijuana could be limited, at least early on, in some stores.

Officials in Nova Scotia and Manitoba said they won't have a large selection, at least not on the first day, CNN affiliate CBC News reported.

"My father is going to be my first customer, and my second customer is going to be a lady who has [multiple sclerosis]," Thomas Clarke, who owns Thomas H. Clarke's Distribution cannabis retail store in Portugal Cove-St. Philip's, told CBC News.

Marijuana will not be sold in the same location as alcohol or tobacco. Consumers are expected to purchase the drug from retailers regulated by provinces and territories or from federally licensed producers when those options are not available.

Can I travel in and out of Canada with weed?


Please, save yourself a lot of trouble. Whether you are entering or leaving Canada, it is illegal to have marijuana with you, and you could face criminal charges.

You can't travel across international borders with it, even if it you are going to Colorado or any of the other eight US states where it has been legalized.

What about previous pot charges?

Authorities will soon announce plans to pardon Canadians who have been convicted of possession of 30 grams or less of marijuana, CNN partner CTV reported.

The production, distribution or sale of cannabis products will still be an offense for minors.

Canada was the second country in the world -- and the first G7 nation -- to implement legislation permitting a nationwide marijuana market.

Canada was the second country in the world -- and the first G7 nation -- to implement legislation permitting a nationwide marijuana market.

Why did they legalize it?

The Canadian legislation, known as the Cannabis Act, stems from a campaign pledge of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to keep marijuana away from underage users and curb marijuana-related crime.

Some health care professionals in Canada have said they are afraid of the consequences of legalizing marijuana. Stringent rules will still govern the purchase and use of marijuana.

Canada's government also made changes to impaired driving laws to address repercussions for driving under the influence of cannabis.

Legalizing cannabis is expected to create an industry worth more than $4 billion in Canada.

Where else is it legal?

Not in many places. Canada is only the second country in the world -- and the first G7 nation-- to allow a nationwide marijuana market. In December 2013, Uruguay was the first country to legalize the production, sale and consumption of marijuana.

Nine states in the United States and the District of Columbia now allow recreational marijuana use. Medical marijuana is legal in some form in 30 states, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.

The pot industry took in nearly $9 billion in sales in 2017 in the United States, according to BDS Analytics. The revenue from those sales is equivalent to the entire snack bar industry.

bail.jpgDelando Brissette, the man charged with killing a taxi driver and one of his passengers, was on Tuesday granted bail in the sum of $1 million with one or two sureties when he appeared in the St. Thomas Parish Court in Yallahs.

As part of his bail condition, he is to surrender his travel document and a stop order placed on him.

He is to report to the Yallahs police Monday to Friday.

Brissette is to return to court on December 11.

He was charged with the murder of taxi operator Jerome Bogle of Aeolus Valley and Jevaughn Russell of Pondside, Yallahs.

Former footballer on murder charge

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charged.jpgFormer Premier League football player Roberto Fletcher, popularly known as Haiti, has been charged by the Hunts Bay police with murder and wounding with intent.

He is booked to appear in court later this week. Fletcher, who played for several Premier League clubs, was arrested two weeks ago during a special police operation in Newport West.

Investigators alleged that on October 9, 2017, the 38 year-old football player and another man opened gunfire on two men along 4-40 Drive in Waterhouse, St. Andrew during a reported gang feud in the area.

One of the men, Ashley Thompson, died.

The second man was hospitalised.

Loom get-rich-quick scheme probed

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Financial Services Commission (FSC) says an investigation has started into the operations of the latest get rich quick scheme to emerge on the market. Loom, which is also advertised as the Birthday Club and a Blessing Plan, uses mainly Instagram and Facebook or direct messages through WhatsApp to attract customers, promising up to 300 per cent return on each investment.

People are invited to invest as little as $5,000 and to invite at least two more persons to join. The operators then promise that after one week of the initial investment, persons will see returns of up to $20,000.

David Geddes, Communication and International Relations Manager at the FSC, says the agency's Investigations and Enforcement Division is trying to locate the operators of the illegal scheme so it can issue a cease and desist order. Geddes pointed out that the operators of Loom would fail at any attempt to become licensed because of their unsustainable business model.

missing-teen-shavaun-wignall.jpgEighteen-year-old Shavaun Wignall of Wondy Way, Bamberry, Connecticut, USA and Lime Hall in St Ann has been missing since Monday, October 15.

He is of dark complexion, slim built, and is about 180 centimetres (five feet 11 inches) tall.

Reports from the St Ann's Bay police are that Wignall was last seen at home in Lime Hall at about 5:00 p.m. wearing a brown and white T-shirt, brown shorts and a pair of blue slippers.

All efforts to contact him since then have been unsuccessful.

Anyone knowing the whereabouts of Shavaun Wignall is being asked to contact the St Ann's Bay police at 876-972-2211, the police 119 emergency number, or the nearest police station.