ORieL releases lead single from debut album

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oriel-photo-1.jpgInternational reggae artiste, ORieL, has hit the ground running for 2017, with a new single that looks to set the tone for a successful year for the Afar Music Group artiste.

A smoky love ballad best describes ORieL's latest single People Say, and although the title may sound like the song is mired in mix-up, don't be deceived...it isn't. Rather it's a smooth, credible offering which explores the various thoughts on this thing called love. As ORieL himself points out, "Love is the eternal theme and it is so mis-understood, but ironically, so easy to understand. There are so many different types of love that we could spend a lifetime talking about them, and we all know that when it comes to this particular topic, people always have a lot to say."

No stranger to exploring the love theme, ORieL, the self-proclaimed Love Souljah delivers this latest track with his usual confidence and he is satisfied that it will resonate with his ever-growing fan base.

The Afar Music Group-produced single is a track from his upcoming debut album, a project which ORieL and his team, which includes Ludwig Grant and Lloyd Willacy, are particularly excited about. The natural successor to the reggae singer's Confidence 2.0 and Love Souljah EPs, the as-yet-untitled album, which is also highly anticipated, has a April 2017 release date.

The single, People Say is currently being streamed on Soundcloud (https://soundcloud.com/afarmu sicgroup/oriel-people-say) and, according to the artiste's team, it will soon be available on all major online digital stores.





Lacklustre line-up for Trump inauguration

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donald-trump-photo-1.jpgOn Friday, US President-elect Donald Trump will be officially sworn into office, taking the title President of the United States. But the day before the vows are taken, as is tradition, a celebratory concert should take place featuring a whole host of celebrity performers.

For Barack Obama's first inauguration concert - "We Are One" - the likes of Bruce Springsteen, Stevie Wonder and Beyoncé graced the stage.

However, Trump's line-up has been described as a little lacklustre by comparison, with majority of the A-List celebrities including Elton John, Jennifer Holliday and R. Kelly turning down a request to perform.

So far, the performers include The Mormon Tabernacle Choir, Toby Keith and band 3 Doors Down, highlighting what the team is calling "The Make America Great Again! Welcome Celebration.





Cops shot during tussle with detainee

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crime-scene-7.jpgTwo police constables were Wednesday night rushed to hospital after they were shot while taking a detainee into custody at the Coral Gardens Police Station.

The Corporate Communications Unit says the detainee attempted to disarm one of the cops who lost his balance in the attempt.

That's when the cop's weapon reportedly went off firing one round injuring him and another constable.

The constables were taken to hospital for treatment.





crime-scene-gun.jpgTwo children were among three people who were last night shot dead during a series of attacks in Williamsfield, Hanover.

One-year-old Daquan Davidson and five-year-old Kimani Johnson were killed about 10.50 p.m. when gunmen opened fire on their house.

Their mother and two teenagers were injured.

The police say about five minutes earlier, the same gunmen kicked off the door to the nearby house of 34-year-old Hopeton Lee and fired several shots killing him.

However, Lee's girlfriend and children who were also at home were not harmed.





hampton-heather-murray-principal.jpgCEO of the Hampton School Board, Trevor Blake, says that.principal of Hampton School, Heather Murray, will not be sent on leave, as was announced last week by Education Minister, Ruel REid.

The CEO, In a letter to Reid -- and copied to the media --- said the Board had concluded that Murray's actions "did not amount to evidence of professional misconduct in her capacity as a teacher".

Blake further stated that the school is approaching a period of examinations and the withdrawal of Murray would have 'deleterious' effects on those taking exams, and the whole student body.

Last Wednesday, Reid told the media in a release that Murray had been sent on leave. According to him, the decision was taken at a meeting with senior ministry officers, Murray, members of the Hampton School Board, and the Munro and Dickerson Trust at the ministry's head office at National Heroes' Circle.





Farewell Mr. Obama

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obama-family-photo.jpgBarack Obama's presidency is nearing its end, which begs the question -- what will he do with his last morning in power?

If he follows the lead of past presidents, an exit prank and over 100 last-minute pardons could be on the agenda.

Will Obama pen a letter for Trump?

barack-and-michelle-obama.jpgIt is likely Mr Obama will pen some personal words of advice to Donald Trump to leave on the Oval Office desk.

However, the content of the letter may not be made public for years to come.

Some of the most famous last words of presidents have included:

  • "Don't let the turkeys get you down." -- Ronald Reagan to George H W Bush.
  • "I wish you great happiness here. I never felt the loneliness some presidents have described." -- George H W Bush to Bill Clinton.
  • "If you are as happy, my dear sir, on entering this house as I am in leaving it and returning home, you are the happiest man in this country." -- James Buchanan to Abraham Lincoln.

Tea with the Trumps

donald-trump-photo-1.jpgMr Obama will enjoy his last cup of White House brew alongside Mr Trump and his wife Melania.

Like presidents before him, Mr Obama has invited the Trumps to come for tea before they all head together to the Capitol for the inauguration.

Tom Barrack, chairman of the inaugural committee, called the invite "very gracious".

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Will Obama grant more pardons? Is Buju Banton on the list?

barack-obama-and-daughters.jpgWhile tying up loose ends, past presidents have issued commutations and pardons during their final hours in office.

In 2009, George W Bush pardoned two former Border Patrol agents on his last day, and in 2001 Mr Clinton drew controversy by pardoning 141 people, including Marc Rich, a billionaire fugitive indicted on tax evasion.

barack-obama-photo-3.jpgMr Obama has already commuted 209 sentences and granted 64 pardons in his final days.

On Wednesday, he issued the most high-profile commutation of his eight-year tenure to Chelsea Manning, who was jailed for leaking classified files to WikiLeaks.

There has been speculation he could issue former secretary of state Hillary Clinton a pre-emptive pardon over any offences committed in her use of a private email server.

Doing so would protect Mrs Clinton if Mr Trump decided to pursue his threats of prosecuting her.

This would be reminiscent of former president Gerald Ford pardoning Richard Nixon before any charges were made over the Watergate scandal.





marvin-the-dancer-photo-1.jpgAnd....speaking of obeah.....Marvin the Beast, who was involved in a very public spat with his estranged wife, who is in the process of seeking a divorce, has reportedly broken his ankle. Well if he didn't, then he certainly suffered bad injury to himself when he fell during a dance routine early this week.

Actually, Marvin, who is known for his questionable dance moves, which have been criticised as sexual abuse, is now dating a prominent dancer, both of whom have been 'entertaining' on the circuit. His sisiter-in-law had taken him to task recently on social media and then the wife and Marvin's new dancer girlfriend also got into the fray. It went gutter.





robert-montague-photo-1.jpgMinister of National Security Robert Montague sent a message to criminals that his uncle is an obeah-man."This minister no fraid a oonu, my uncle is a obeah man," Montague boasted of his uncle who is practising an illegal craft for which he can be charged.

Montague advised criminals to keep their lawyers on speed dial as the security forces will be pursuing them relentlessly and without fear.

"Oonu goin run weh because we goin to pursue oonu. he warned, at an interactive session with heads of security held at the Jamaica Conference Centre in downtown Kingston.

Montague said a number of criminals go about with New Testament Bibles in their back pockets and guard rings claiming that "when dem turn the ring (Senior Superintendent of Police) Mr [Steve] McGregor, dem disappear an police cyaan see dem".

However, he noted that a new 304-bed facility is being constructed at the Tamarind Farm Adult Correctional Centre, and said "Commissioner Hunter a fix up a nice place fi dem... and we need people to occupy them".





Kingston, Jamaica: The University of the West Indies, Mona Campus and the Private Sector Organization of Jamaica (PSOJ) have announced a unique arrangement, where PSOJ member companies will be able to benefit from evidence-based research from the Mona Campus when focusing on areas that contribute to the growth agenda. The university will also be paying more attention to those research areas guided by the Economic Growth Council's eight identified areas of growth.

The plans were announced as part of the launch of the 18th staging of the UWI Mona's Research Days at the Exhibition Seminar Room, Faculty of Medical Sciences Teaching & Research Complex on Tuesday, January 10.

The 2017 Research Days will present a range of research projects across the Mona Campus' various faculties departments and institutes, showcasing the immense scope of its efforts to add to the region's existing body of knowledge. It also will highlight the relevance of Mona's research to the lives of everyday Jamaicans.

Professor Archibald McDonald, Pro Vice Chancellor and Principal, UWI Mona, said his organization's contribution is to the benefit all communities.

"Research and innovation are only worthwhile if they have direct beneficial and positive impact on the welfare and livelihoods of the community we serve," said Prof McDonald in his welcome.

PSOJ president Paul B. Scott revealed that the two entities have brokered an agreement to offer more scholarships to fund research.

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Prof. Archibald McDonald (second right), Pro Vice-Chancellor and Principal of UWI Mona Campus discusses future plans for the UWI/Private Sector Organisation of Jamaica (PSOJ) partnership with (from left) Dennis Chung, PSOJ CEO; Former Governor General of Jamaica, Professor Sir Kenneth Hall; Prof. Denise Eldemire-Shearer, Chairman of the Research Days Steering Committee and Paul B Scott, President of the PSOJ at the UWI Research Days 2017 launch held on Tuesday, January 10 at the Exhibition Seminar Room at the Faculty of Medical Sciences Teaching and Research Complex, UWI Mona Campus.

"In our small island nation we must realize that we cannot develop businesses without research. We the private sector must drive innovation," said Mr. Scott.

He went on to say that the private sector must engage partnerships relevant to their own goals.

"We must support research and development, done efficiently and scientific as it is at the UWI... You have our support and confidence," Scott declared.

UWI Research Days 2017 will give insight on over 70 areas of research across the University's programmes under the theme, "Driving Development through Research and Innovation". The research on display will include work from Humanities and Education, Medical Sciences, Faculty of Law, Institute for Gender and Development Studies, Mona Social Sciences, Mona Geoinfomatix Limited, The Centre for Disability Studies, The Disaster Risk Prevention Centre, Caribbean Child Development Centre and The Consortium for Social Development And Research.

"Partnerships such as these show the importance of UWI Research Days, which is relevant to this country," said Professor Denise Eldemire-Shearer, UWI Mona Research Days Steering Committee Chairperson. "UWI facilitated and executed research is necessary, because since we are a local institution, we have an understanding of the local situation -- culturally, economically, politically, and socially."

Professor Eldemire-Shearer went on to outline a few of UWI's contributions to national policies.

"Firstly, the PATH (Programme of Advancement Through Health and Education) was influenced by the early research of Patricia Anderson and Michael Witter in 1991. Our environmental law has been fashioned by the research done by Professor Mona Webber and company over in the Marine Sciences; and currently, the climate change policies are being influenced by the work of Professor Michael Taylor and his group. UWI research has shaped Jamaican national policies from 20 years ago through to now," she expounded.

Attendees at UWI Research Days 2017 on the Mona Campus will also be able to view interactive displays over three days from February 1 - 3, 2017.

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About The UWI: Since its inception in 1948, The University of the West Indies (UWI) has evolved from a fledgling college in Jamaica with 33 students to a full-fledged, regional University with well over 40,000 students. Today, UWI is the largest, most longstanding higher education provider in the Commonwealth Caribbean, with four campuses in Barbados, Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago, and the Open Campus. The UWI has faculty and students from more than 40 countries and collaborative links with 160 universities globally; it offers undergraduate and postgraduate degree options in Food & Agriculture, Engineering, Humanities & Education, Law, Medical Sciences, Science and Technology and Social Sciences. UWI's seven priority focal areas are linked closely to the priorities identified by CARICOM and take into account such over-arching areas of concern to the region as environmental issues, health and wellness, gender equity and the critical importance of innovation. For more information, visit www.uwi.edu (Please note that the proper name of the university is The University of the West Indies, inclusive of the "The", hence The UWI.)

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