Man charged fo shooting at relative in church

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Dwayne Barrett, otherwise called "Nooksie", a resident of Rockfort, was charged on Thursday evening with illegal possession of a firearm and shooting with intent, this after opening gunfire on one of his relatives while she worshipped at a church in Rockfort, St Andrew last month.

Barrett, who was placed on the police Most Wanted list, following the incident, was captured on Monday. He is also an alleged gang leader in Rockfort and is under investigation in the guns-for-drugs trade. He's scheduled to appear before the Gun Court next week.

It's reported that on December 4, the woman was among worshippers at a church on D'Aguillar Road when he pointed a gun through the window and fired at her. Frightened worshippers scampered for cover under a hail of bullets. It's further alleged that Barrett again fired on the woman when she fled from the building.

Investigators say the incident stemmed from a family feud.




Not an easy road for Buju

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Imprisoned reggae/dancehall artiste, Mark Myrie, better known as Buju Banton will not be able to get a new trial on two of the offences for which he was found guilty.

US Court of Appeals judges, sitting in Atlanta Georgia on Wednesday ruled that they did not have the jurisdiction to hear the matter as they are without the power to dispose of the issues.

This means, that for now, Buju Banton, whose given name is Mark Myrie, will have to continue to serve his ten-year prison sentence.

Buju Banton was arrested in the US on drug charges in 2009 and convicted in 2011 on a charge of conspiracy to distribute cocaine. He is scheduled to be released in 2019.

He had filed a motion in court, in an attempt to secure an earlier release date, under a recent change in federal drug sentencing guidelines.




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The wreckage of the small private air craft carrying US citizens, Larry and Jane Glazer, which crashed off the coast or Portland four months ago has been found.

With the cooperation and collaboration of the Government of Jamaica, through the services of the Maritime Authority of Jamaica (MAJ) and the Jamaica Civil Aviation Authority, the Managing Director of the ECLIPSE Group mobilized a highly specialized, technical and sophisticated team, utilising the platform of the specially adapted ship, the MV OCEAN PIONEER.

The salvage operation was conducted to identify and recover the remains and aircraft wreckage from the seabed, at a position 19 miles north of Port Antonio.

The operation commenced on January 13with technologically-advanced, underwater detection and recovery equipment from the vessel MV OCEAN PIONEER.

The debris from the aircraft along with human remains was recovered unto the OCEAN PIONEER, where the ECLIPSE Group team carried out post-recovery and preservation arrangements.

On Monday, the operation was terminated and the MV OCEAN POWER is now on passage to the USA, where the various authorities will observe the necessary post-incident protocols consistent with the national requirements of the USA.

The private aircraft with the Glazers onboard was reported to be unresponsive to air traffic control directions, while in flight from Rochester, New York, to Naples, Florida, USA, last year October.




JAMAICA Jazz and Blues Honoring a Musical Legend

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Organisers of the Jamaica Jazz and Blues Festival have tapped some of the best roots rock Reggae stalwarts to present a Tribute to the Late John Holt. Few singers have influenced generations of reggae acts than John Holt, the consummate lovers rock artiste. The tribute features nine acts is a pulsating Reggae party on Thursday, January 29 at the Trelawny Stadium.

Holt died in October in London at age 69, leaving a remarkable catalogue of music. That legacy will be recognised on opening night of the Jamaica Jazz and Blues Festival on January 29. The lineup includes singers Errol Dunkley, George Nooks, Judy Mowatt, Cornell Campbell, vocal group The Tamlins and deejay Josey Wales all backed by Lloyd Parks and We The People Band, each artiste will dedicate part of their set to Holt. Also on Thursday night is soca artiste Oscar B with his band Oscar B and Vibes, promising an energetic, fun-filled performance.

According to the Jazz team, Holt's enduring career and massive cache of hit songs influenced the selection of acts on opening night.

Holt hailed from Greenwich Town, a fishing community in Kingston with a rich music heritage. He set the pace for other singers from the area by winning the Vere Johns Opportunity Hour contest multiple times in the 1950s while still a student at Calabar High School.

He had numerous hits in the rocksteady era with harmony trio, The Paragons (On the Beach, The Tide is High and Danger in Your Eyes), before going on to an even more successful solo career.

As a solo act, Holt racked up hits such as Stick by Me, A Love I Can Feel, Ali Baba and Police in Helicopter. The latter announced Holt as a dancehall performer in 1981. John Holt inspired a generation of reggae singers who emerged during the 1970s, including Dennis Brown, Gregory Isaacs, Johnny Clarke and Freddie McGregor.

The 2015 staging of the JAMAICA Jazz and Blues Festival, The Art of Music is slated to take place from January 29 - January 31 at the Trelawny Multi-purpose Stadium. This year's Festival will feature extraordinary acts such as the multi Grammy-Award winning vocalist Mariah Carey, the energetic sibling group The Pointer Sisters, 2014 Billboard Chart toppers Magic, former lead singer of Chicago and soloist Peter Cetera, R&B Soul icon Charlie Wilson, North American based Reggae band, Soja, Bajan Saxophonist, Arturo Tappin, Roots Reggae group Morgan Heritage Reggae Crooner and Richie 'Ska Teck' Stephens.

The Festival is proudly sponsored by the Jamaica Observer, Half Moon Hotel, Jet Blue, Flow, First Global Bank, Knutsford Express, Sea Board Marine, Intelligent Media Ltd., Sunset Beach Resort and Spa, Charmin and more.
 
Tickets available at Bill Express Locations island-wide.

Visit their website at www.jamaicajazzandblues.com.

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John Holt - Stick By Me - (Holt)





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The Bill outlining the proposed changes to the Dangerous Drugs (Amendment) Act has been approved by the Cabinet and will be taken to the Senate on Friday, Justice Minister, Senator Mark Golding, has stated.

Among the recommendations are: the removal of the possession two ounces or less of ganja as a criminal offence and allowing for the cultivation of five or less ganja plants on any premises which will be regarded as being for medical or therapeutic use of the leaves or horticultural purposes.

It will also permit the possession of ganja for religious purposes as a sacrament in adherence to the Rastafarian faith.

Some events where the use of ganja is prevalent will also be exempt from prosecution.

Patients will also be allowed to use ganja for medical or therapeutic purposes as prescribed or recommended in writing from a medical or health practitioner approved by the Minister of Health.

Visitors to Jamaica will also be allowed to possess up to two pounds of ganja, once they are able to provide satisfactory evidence, along with a permit from their jurisdiction proving they use ganja for medical or therapeutic purposes.

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Clansman members will have to wait another 12 months before seeing former boss, Tesha Miller, the police are now saying. This, after the police had reported that Miller had completed his sentence would be sent back to Jamaica next week Monday.

A senior policeman confirmed to Yardflex that the Clansman gangster will be released from the Coleman penal institution in the United States on January 16, 2016.

The 35-year-old Miller, who is still a force within the Spanish Town based Clansman Gang, was convicted in the US last year on a charge of illegal entry and possessing false documents.

The police were on high alert about Miller's impending return, especially in light of the fact that another rival gangster from Spanish Town is also set to be released from prison next week. The gun slaying of Tesha's brother Craig "Gizzarda" Miller less than a week ago and reports of another brother being killed last week, were cause for great concern from the police and many residents in and around Spanish Town.




Big story of the weekend: Plot to kill Kartel in prison uncovered.

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It is being reported all over the place that prison personnel uncovered the plot to kill Kartel that involved an ancillary worker and a fellow inmate at the Horizon Adult Remand Centre. The ancillary worker confessed that she was directed by the inmate to pick up two bottles of lotion (bleaching cream perhaps?) and three ratchet knives. The bottles are reported to have contained poison which is said to be able to penetrate the skin. She managed to smuggle the items into the high-security institution. Following investigations the items were supposedly discovered in a section of the facility. The ancillary worker confessed to being involved in the plot to pass the items to the inmate who was allegedly planning to attack Kartel when both would be released from their cells. The ancillary worker is in custody and will be questioned.

Meanwhile on the streets it is being said that this story is just a ploy to keep Kartel in the news and keep him current so that he continues to dominate the music scene.

"A new single or a album soon drop... so that's why them a come with this story. Whe man a go kill man inna prison nobody nah know til it happen."

Did Kartel switch from Tesha to Blackman?

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Amid reports of a plot to kill the so called Worl Boss, Vybz Kartel in prison, there has been much talk of him switching allegiance from one Clansman gangster to another.

According to informed sources, Kartel is "protected by the Klansman (Clansman) gang which runs Spanish Town", so it is unlikely that anybody would try to put a hit on him. 

However, there are also reports that Kartel has switched allegiance from soon-to-be-deported former Klans boss, Tesha Miller to Blackman. According to one blogger: "Clansman ah get rid ah him. Dem nuh play informing businss mek bwoy dissapear dem nah protect yuh no more. From you switch from Tesha to Blackman."

Kartel and three co-accused were convicted last year and sentenced to life imprisonment for the murder of Clive Lizard Williams.