I-Wayne prepares for US tour

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After what seems like a deliberate hiatus from the forefront of the music industry, Reggae crooner, I-Wayne as re-emerged with nothing short of his usual dominance; and any one in attendance at either his recent cameo alongside Kabaka Pyramid at Usian Bolt's Tracks & Records, or at the Roots FM event held recently at Ashanti's restaurant in New Kingston, will attest to the fact without reservation that fya Wayne as not lost a step, but may've even mastered a few new ones; but be that what it is, the questions remain, what's new, where as he been and what as I- Wayne been up to?

"Well Fya Wayne been up to what I am normally up to, creating music and preserving life," declares I- Wayne in his no-nonsense attitude, as he instructs his band in a rehearsal for his upcoming US Tour, set to kick off in late October.

According his publicist, Karl Larmond, "the tour, (The I & I Tour) which consists of over thirty-six stops, kicks off in California on October the 22nd and ends in Florida on the 29th of November, and at the same time is also a prelude to I-Wayne's upcoming acoustic album."

"The I & I tour, is mostly a west coast, mid-west tour," explains Larmond, "which is predominantly the Reggae market in the United States, so we are focusing carefully on our target audience."

The tour will also feature upcoming Reggae act, Black-Am-I from the Ghetto Youths Camp, who has been creating waves recently with his single, Sampson Strength, which was featured on Junior Gong's Set Up Shop Volume 1 compilation.

Fans can catch I-Wayne locally at Olympia Crown Hotel in concert on October 4th, or check out his new singles on youtube or on his facebook page - Reggae Music, Versitile, featuring Kabaka Pyramid, and Love and Honour for Mama.

Jamaican in coke bust at JFK Airport

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The cocaine in shoes and pocketbook at JFK. (US Customs and Border Patrol image).

News Americas, JFK, NY, Tues. Sept. 30, 2014: A 33-year-old Jamaican woman was last night being held without bail at the Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn after she was busted for cocaine in a pair of wedge heeled shoes and in her Chanel pocketbook.

Janisha Amalee Atkins , 33, was busted by U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers after she arrived at New York's Kennedy Airport aboard a JetBlue flight from Montego Bay.

Atkins now faces federal narcotics smuggling charges and will be prosecuted by the U.S. Attorney's Office in the U.S. Eastern District Court of New York.

During the course of the inspection on September 19th, CBP officers said they discovered two pairs of platform shoes that felt unusually heavy in the passenger's luggage.

Atkins was escorted to a private search room where the officers probed the shoes and discovered a white powdery substance that tested positive for cocaine.

CBP officers say they continued examining the luggage and discovered a pocketbook that also felt unusually heavy. Atkins' pocketbook was probed and it also revealed a white powdery substance that also tested positive for cocaine.

Atkins was arrested for the importation of a controlled substance and was turned over to Homeland Security Investigations. The total weight of cocaine seized was approximately 3.7 lbs. with an approximate street value of more than US$64,000.

"This latest seizure demonstrates the vigilance of our CBP officers, and their excellence in detecting those who would try to smuggle these illegal substances," said Robert E. Perez, Director, Field Operations New York.

In recent months, several Caribbean nationals have been busted with cocaine at JFK including a Trinidad national who had tried to hide the drug in cooked goat meat.

Video: Did Ishawna admit to sleeping with Skatta????

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Ishawna Interviewed by Ragashanti

Danielle DI's house robbed by unknown assailants

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Armed unknown assailants invaded the home of dancehall artiste Danielle DI recently, seeking jewellery and other valuables.

The artiste is currently off the island, however her mother said.

"I have a little young man here with me. The bell rang and someone came and said there was something that wasn't signed. I told him to go and sign it. As he went and opened the gate, three of them rushed in with their big guns," the artiste's mother, who still sounded frightened, stated.

"I was in my bedroom and they came in. When I saw the men, they wanted gold and money. I said I have no gold to give you, I am an Adventist and they ransacked the place. Everybody was tied with electric wire and clothes," she continued, pointing out that the men remained 15 minutes in her bedroom.

She added that her first cousin, who was in the house on her bed at the time of the home invasion, was robbed of approximately $500,000 in chains, rings, a wrist bracelet and a watch. She was also relieved of her diabetic bracelet which she had been wearing for more than 25 years.

"They asked me for the money. I told them I do not have any. I said take my hand, bag and they opened them out onto the bed," she explained. Danielle DI's room had been searched, but only a Movado watch valued at over US$1,200 and a ring were taken.

The woman has remained at a loss as to how the men escaped, as the gate to the premises could only be opened by herself and a caretaker.

The Matilda's Corner police has confirmed the incident and said investigations are underway.

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Leftside collaborates with Intl Producer Johnny Roxx

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Dancehall artiste Leftside, has collaborated with international producer Johnny Roxx for a single called Alcohol.

The song is a EDM inspired dance hall effort and is already receiving rotation on some media outlets.


Chronixx vs Lisa Hanna on Instagram!!

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Thieves target female artiste's home

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Reports are that thieves posing as delivery men made their way into the home of popular female artiste Danielle aka DI.

It is believed that the men made off with jewellery and money. The incident happened during the day. The artiste who is currently off the island has yet to respond to the reports.

PEMBROKE PINES, Fla., Sept. 22, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Florida-Caribbean Cruise Association's (FCCA) annual keynote event, the Conference & Trade Show, has a 20-year history of increasing cruise tourism's impact for its host destinations by spotlighting their products, experiences and infrastructure to the industry's most influential decision makers-over 100 executives, presidents and CEOs from FCCA's 15 Member Lines, which operate over 100 ships in Caribbean and Latin American waters.

St. Maarten is looking to build onto their past growth by hosting their second FCCA Conference & Trade Show from October 6 - 10. The destination knows the significance of hosting this event because of their progress after their first Conference in 2003. In 2001, St. Maarten Harbour Group of Companies reported 875,540 passenger arrivals. This number rose 70 percent to 1,490,386 in 2005, just two years after hosting the Conference.

As the destination knows, these numbers extend far beyond the cruise pier; they impact the entire economy. According to the Business Research & Economic Advisors (BREA) 2012 study, Economic Contribution of Cruise Tourism to the Destination Economies, the average expenditure per passenger in St. Maarten was $185.40, which benefitted numerous industries through purchases of goods that included food and beverage at restaurants and bars, clothing, shore excursions, ground transportation, local crafts and souvenirs, watches and jewelry, perfumes and cosmetics, electronics, entertainment/night clubs/casinos, retail purchases of liquor, and telephone and internet.

However, this is hardly the only economic contribution provided by cruise tourism. The same study showed that the average expenditure per crew in St. Maarten was $135.50 for similar products and services. Plus it revealed the direct and indirect employment generated by the cruise industry, totaling 8,123 jobs and $159.8 million in employee wages.

By these numbers, St. Maarten's 70 percent increase after hosting their first Conference would represent an increase of $114 million in passenger spending alone, along with the coinciding growth of crew spending, cruise line spending, and employment.

Projecting this same growth after this year's Conference would be aggressive, considering that in 2014 St. Maarten expects 1.67 million passenger arrivals onboard 523 vessels from FCCA Member Lines alone. But a single cruise ship has a large economic wake. BREA's figures show that just one average cruise vessel-130,000 GRT, 1,040 feet long, carrying 3,000 passengers and 500 crewmembers-would generate $556,200 in passenger spending and $67,750 in crew spending, along with roughly $15,000 in port fees, totaling $638,950 in direct economic contribution, not including employment and other indirect contributions.

Projecting a more conservative growth rate of 20 percent, or 105 additional cruise ship calls, would mean an extra $67 million per year directly contributed to St. Maarten's economy. Plus a 20 percent increase in cruise tourism-impacted employment would represent 1,625 more jobs with $32 million in wages.

Considering this potential economic impact, it becomes easy to understand why St. Maarten again decided to invest in its entire destination's economy by hosting the FCCA Conference & Trade Show.

About the Florida-Caribbean Cruise Association

Created in 1972, the FCCA is a not-for-profit trade organization that provides a forum for discussion on tourism development, ports, safety, security, and other cruise industry issue and builds bilateral relationships with destinations' private and public sectors. By fostering an understanding of the cruise industry and its operating practices, the FCCA works with governments, ports and private sector representatives to maximize cruise passenger, crew and cruise line spending, as well as enhance the destination experience and increase the amount of cruise passengers returning as stay-over visitors. For more information, visit F-CCA.com, the FCCA on Facebook, and @FCCAupdates on Twitter.

CONTACT: Omari Breakenridge 954 441 8881 Omari@f-cca.com