Versi ditches fake friends

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He changed his name from Versatile to 'Versi' and purging a few fake friends from his coterie, Dancehall artiste Versi says the recent overhauling exercise appears to have lifted a great burden off his shoulder as he feels a greater sense of freedom annexed to a noticeable boost in both his career and online presence.

The Mountain View based deejay explained that his latter action was also the impetus for the single '3 Card Man' which continues to do well for him across the diaspora. Intent on seeing the song achieving its full potential, the artiste has enlisted the services of noted videographer Damaniac Visualz to shoot the official video which is expected to make its premiere in the days ahead.

Since the song's release, speculations have been rife about who it's aimed at. However, preferring to keep the vibe around the song positive as a form of encouragement to those dealing with 'fake friends', Versi said he will not give any credence to those speculations.

"Some people believe the song is aimed at a specific individual but the truth it's just a real song talking about real issues that we all face in life." - He said.

On the subject of his revised name, Versi added, "Changing my name was one of the best decisions I have ever made, now more people are able to find me and my content online and that is even more evident with the number of subscription and views I've received in recent months. My songs are definitely getting increased streams and radio rotations and for that I am grateful and lastly look out for the '3 Card Man' video premiering very soon."

Known for songs such as 'Wanted' and 'The Voice' the latter featuring Bounty Killer, Versi says he is pleased with the current direction of his career and will be making every effort to amplify his presence as the year draws to a close.

Known for songs such as 'Wanted' and 'The Voice' the latter featuring Bounty Killer, Versi says he is pleased with the current direction of his career and will be making every effort to amplify his presence as the year draws to a close.





omar-colleymore-and-wife.jpgOmar Collymore, who is before the courts for the alleged contract killing of his wife, Simone and a driver who was transporting her in January of this year, has been slapped with another murder-related charge. Collymore has been charged with attempted murder in relation to another woman, following a recent ruling by the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP).

Reports are that in late December last year, a former girlfriend of Collymore was ambushed and fired on by gunmen while she was driving in St Andrew. The intended victim, however, managed to escape the attack unharmed. That incident was reportedly followed up some days later by the attack on Simone Collymore and the driver, Winston Walters, who was in her company on arrival at her home. The same group of gunmen from the first attack reportedly took part in the attack on Simone Collymore and Walters. The two were shot dead on January 2 just inside the Forrest Hills, St Andrew apartment complex.

Following intense police investigations, Omar Collymore was charged with his wife's murder, this after being nabbed at a guesthouse in St Elizabeth, reportedly on a failed bid to illegally leave the island.

Reports are that a confession from one of the gunmen who was arrested alongside Collymore resulted in Collymore being linked to the attack on his previous acquaintance.

Five accused, including Collymore, appeared in the Gun Court section of the St Andrew Parish Court on Thursday, and were all remanded until October 12, when an application for bail is expected to be heard.





Labba Labba is NOT missing

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It has been a few weeks since rumours began circulating that veteran dancer Labba Labba was missing.

Several online news sources said the entertainer went missing from his home in Trench Town, following allegations he made against dancehall artiste Beenie Man early last month regarding the murder of Gerald 'Bogle' Levy.

Other news sources went as far as to say the entertainer was feared dead after a body believed to be his was discovered recently.

However, those news items have been confirmed to be fake and Labba Labba has re-surfaced and is talking. Labba Labba said he was aware of the rumours and wanted to assure his fans that he was "alive and well".

"People, this is Labba Labba, the dancer ... I'm alive and well. I been staying off the road for a couple of days now," he said. 'I'm well and I'm good, I stay in the house mostly. From the other day there have been a lot of things about whatever took place and so I don't too come on the road."

Labba Labba got his two minutes of fame a few weeks ago after he made claims to have knowledge of who was responsible for Bogle's death.

He implicated dancehall king Beenie Man in that video that went viral, and caused quite a stir on the local music scene.

Labba Labba's statement garnered so much attention that Beenie Man had to address the issue in a television interview days after the video caught fire on social media.

Labba Labba also had to do a video apologising to the veteran deejay.

In that video, the entertainer claimed that he was intoxicated when he named the artiste as the man responsible for Bogle's death, and said it was never his intention for things to blow up the way it did.





wayne-marshall-easton-funeral.jpgFormer Cabinet Minister and Member of Parliament, Hon. Easton Douglas, OJ, CD, was accorded an Official Funeral by the Government of Jamaica today at the St Andrew Parish Church.

Hundreds turned out to bid farewell to a man who served his country well, and rose from his modest beginnings to well-deserved heights.

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Among the dignitaries in attendance were Prime MInister Andrew Holness, Opposition leader Peter Phillips, former prime ministers P J Patterson and Portia Simpson-Miller, both former presidents of the PNP, of which Douglas was a member.

Many government ministers and officials as well as leading figures in the PNP and different sectors were also present.

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The congregation heard Douglas' story that started with him being born to peasant parents from Old Harbour to being a policy maker in Cabinet while serving as Member of Parliament for South East St Andrew from 1989 to 2002.

During that time, Douglas served as Minister of Health and the Public service as well as Housing, Land and Environment under Prime Ministers Michael Manley and Patterson.

Douglas' daughter Kari gave the remembrance with the sermon delivered by Reverend Robert Thompson.

Reggae artiste, Wayne Marshall performed his gospel hit "Glory to God".





Livingston Cain, the juror accused of bribing fellow jurors in the Vybz Kartel (Adidja Palmer) murder trial, had his bail extended and will return to the Kingston and St Andrew Parish Court on October 18.

On his last court appearance in September, Cain's attorney, Queen's Counsel Valerie Neita Robertson, made a no-case submission after the prosecution closed its case. Consequently, presiding Parish Judge Maxine Ellis, who had indicated that she needed time to familiarise herself with the evidence, postponed setting a date for the ruling.

But when the matter was mentioned the prosecutor asked for a new date to be scheduled. Cain's attorney had indicated from the last occasion that she would not be present as she would be in a trial in the Supreme Court.

Neita Robertson, in her no-case submission, argued that her client is entitled to his own analysis of the evidence regarding several areas of the evidence.

Cain is being tried on six counts of attempting to pervert the course of justice and one count of conspiracy to pervert the course of justice, following allegations that he was captured on a phone recording offering the jury foreman in the Kartel murder trial $500,000 for a not-guilty verdict.

He is also accused of approaching other jurors and promising one of them that he would "take care of him" if he returned a not-guilty verdict.

The charges stemmed from allegations that between the start of Vybz Kartel's murder trial in the Home Circuit Court on November 18, 2013 and the handing down of a verdict in March 2014, Cain tried to persuade his fellow jurors to return a verdict of not guilty and even offered the jury forewoman $500,000 for a result in favour of Vybz Kartel and his co-accused.





Sister Minnie passes; funeral September 28

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Pan Africanist and businesswoman, Minion Phillips, the ex-wife of PNP President and Opposition Leader, Dr. Peter Phillips, has died.

She was a restaurateur and championed the cause of pan-Africanism for several decades and was affectionately called Sister Minnie. She died on Monday at the Tony Thwaites Wing of the University Hospital of the West Indies. She passed away several days after she was admitted to hospital and placed on life support.

Mrs. Phillips is the mother of four of Dr. Phillips's children - including North West Manchester MP, Mikhael Phillips, who was elevated to the post of PNP Vice President a day before her death.

Prime Minister Andrew Holness paid tribute to Mrs. Phillips in the House of Representatives and sent his condolences to Mikhael and the Phillips family.

Dr. Phillips thanked his colleagues and paid tribute to his late ex-wife.

A thanksgiving service will be held on September 28.





Six ganja lovers needs for projects... hundreds apply

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ganja-image-5.jpgCanada (AFP) -- A Toronto marketing company is looking to recruit six "cannabis enthusiasts" to test strains of ganja and report back on their characteristics. So far, AHLOT says it has received more than 500 applications for the part-time positions -- an overwhelming number that is "slightly panicking" its marketing team.

The job, which is only open to Canadian adults, pays Can$50 (US$39) an hour for up to 12 hours a month "to evaluate the best that Canada's growers have to offer," it said.

"A self-avowed interest in cannabis together with the ability to distinguish the often nuanced characteristics of different strains is desirable," said the job posting.

The selected ganja "connoisseurs" will form a "cannabis curation committee" whose advice will help determine which strains the company includes in sample packages once recreational-use ganja becomes legal on October 17. The new hires would also be asked to write social media posts and appear in promotional videos for the company, as well as attend corporate events.

AHLOT itself does not produce cannabis. Rather it has partnered with licensed grower Solace Health to handle orders and distribute its branded products.





'Rock Star' wanted by police

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Detectives attached to the Morant Bay Criminal Investigation Branch have listed Brandon McIntosh, otherwise called 'Rock Star', of Ivan Scheme, Duckenfield as a Person of Interest in the incident involving the 19 students.

He is being asked to contact the police by noon today.

A news release from the Corporate Communicatons Unit of the Jamaica Constabulary Force says persons with information that can help the police locate Mr. McIntosh should call 982-1027, the 119 emergency number or contact the nearest police station.

Persons can also share information with the Police via the Stay Alert application.





Ministry investigates mystery pill given to students

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The Ministry of Education is investigating last week's incident at the Duckenfield Primary School in St Thomas where students were given unprescribed pills by an unauthorized person. The students fell ill and were taken to the Princess Margaret Hospital last Friday.

Director of Safety and Security in Schools, Assistant Superintendent Coleridge Minto, says the Education Ministry is conducting the probe along with the police. He is expecting to get an update on the case today.

Eighteen students of Duckenfield Primary were taken to the hospital on the advice of the Ministry of Health. Another student was treated at a private medical facility.

Some of the children had symptoms with the most common being abdominal pain and drowsiness.





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