Six killed in plane crash in the Bahamas

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crime-scene-7.jpgAt least six people, including a child, were killed when a Piper Aztec plane crashed near Andros Island yesterday.

Aviation officials confirmed the discovery of one body floating in waters just east of North Andros.

Transport and Aviation Minister Dionsio D'Aguilar confirmed that a private plane crashed in Andros shortly after take-off Wednesday morning, killing all six people on board.

The Bahamas Coast Guard has so far recovered two bodies, according to Mangrove Cay Administrator Glenn Lightbourne.

The parliamentary representative for North Andros and Berry Islands, Carlton Bowleg Jr, who offered condolences to the victims of the crash, said he knew all of the victims





 

marcia-griffiths-fans.jpgVeteran reggae songstress Marcia Griffiths recently signed an exclusive booking deal with the New York based Donsome Booking Agency.

The company which has secured bookings for many local and international artistes, is well known throughout the music industry for its professionalism and commitment to its clients.

In a media release, Marcia who was a part of Bob Marley's backing vocal trio The I-Threes and who recently celebrate 54 years in the music industry, explained why she chose to work with the agency.

'Donsome Booking Agency is well known in the music fraternity for their meticulous work and how they collaborate with their artistes and guide them in a professional manner to elevate their musical career. So, because of their track record I decided to acquire their services to represent me', said Griffiths.

The booking agency is headed by Adrian 'Donsome' Hanson. Griffiths is confident that her association with the company will elevate and enhance her career.

She spoke about new projects that her fans can look forward to.

'Presently I am in the studio preparing and recording my new single that will be released in a few weeks, so my fans, can look out for it', said Griffiths whose latest single Too Good at Goodbyes is currently riding the South Florida and Foundation Radio Network Reggae charts.

Hanson who is ecstatic about working with Griffiths, shared some of his plans for her career.

'The plan is to take the Queen of Reggae to the zenith path of her musical career and rejuvenate and expand her fan base across the world, so her faithful fans will once again have the opportunity to see her on tour in Africa, Europe, Asia, South America, North America and the Caribbean'.





 

andrew-holness-photo-5.jpgAccording to Jamaica's prime minister, Andrew Holness, the recently declared state of emergency which many person have long been calling for took some time because of a number of reasons.

"The Government has been contemplating this action for some time. This is not an action that can be taken in an arbitrary way. It requires a great deal of planning and it is not just an action for show. It is an action where we have to plan out both the opening and the ending game and that kind of planning takes time but more importantly it takes resources to be behind it and I believe that we are now at the point where the actions are now aligned with resources. But there is one other important alignment. The Government cannot act without public support and as the person in charge of the Government and given the context in which we are calling this state of emergency having gone through one in 2010, we must always be considerate of what happened before, we must make sure that we learn from the errors and that this is not something that is arbitrary. It is not done in an arbitrary way. This is an instrumental, well planned out action. And yes it took some time. Some persons may have felt it should have happened a long time ago, but I am now of the view that this has happened when we have an alignment of all the variables to make this operation successful."





State of Emergency declared for St James

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state-of-emergency.jpgPrime Minister Andrew Holness has declared a state of emergency in St James.

This means that extraordinary powers have been given to the security forces and some rights have been suspended.

Members of the security forces may also search places without a warrant.

The declaration coincides with an increase in violence including murders and shootings.

The latest incidents occurred three hours apart near the round-a-bout to the Sangster International Airport on Tuesday leaving one man dead and three others seriously hurt.

St James ended 2017 with a record 332 murders, that's 67 more than reported in 2016.

Since early this morning soldiers and police have been blanketing parts of St James carrying out searches.

In making the declaration this morning, Holness said in as much as some rights have been suspended, the security forces were expected to be humane to all citizens.





Cardi B shouts out Alkaline in her Insta story

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cardi-b-wide-feature.jpgBodak Yellow rapper Cardi B on Friday, Bardi uploaded a video to her Instagram story listening to vendetta deejay Alkaline's smash hit single "Champion Boy" so her over 16.3 million followers could watch.

This is not the first time Cardi who is engaged to Migos member Offset has endorsed Alkaline however its sure to make a greater impact with her massive and fast growing fan base.

The "No Limit" rapper previously gave shoutouts to Dancehall superstars Vybz Kartel, Vanessa Bling and Spice. She also worked with Rvssian, Popcaan, Konshens and Shaggy in the past and there's rumors of a track with the self-proclaimed 'Worl Boss' in the works.





Aidonia says 'Yeah' to four YVA nominations

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aidonia-photo-8.jpgCapping off a tremendous epoch and entering the new year as one of the most sort after acts in the dancehall space, 4th Genna recording artiste Aidonia continues to reap the rewards from the substantial volume of work outputted in 2017.

After breaking into the international mainstream via BBC Radio and snatching a corporate endorsement courtesy of J. Wray & Nephew. The deejay's career appears to be on an upward trajectory following the recent announcement of the nominees for the 2018 instalment of the Your View Awards (YVAs), formerly known as Youth View Awards.

At the launch, held at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel in New Kingston on Thursday, January 11. Aidonia walked away with four nominations in the following categories: Hottest Summer Song for 'Yeah Yeah'; Favourite Dancehall Artiste of the Year; Favourite Local Male Artiste of the Year and Favourite Chart Topping Song of the Year. This comes in the wake of a double nod from the upcoming International Reggae and World Music Awards (IRAWMA), where the 4th Genna boss has also been nominated for 'Deejay of the Year' and Song of the Year with 'Banga'.





'Shy Guy' Diana King marries her lesbian lover

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(Photo Credit: Diana King's Facebook Page)

Jamaican singer, Diana King, who was once married to a man and has a child with him, five years ago revealed that ditched being heterosexual in order to become a lesbian.

Well, the lesbian singer announced on her Facebook page on Saturday that she got married to her female lover the day before.

Best known for her big hit, 'Shy Guy', King proudly showed off her "wifey" to the world. .

Below is the text of her post announcing the marriage to her partner, Mijanne Webster, who is also a performer:

AS AN ARTIST WHO IS LGBTQ, BORN and RAISED IN JAMAICA I NEVER THOUGHT I'D EVER SAY "MY WIFE" IN THIS LIFETIME. I AM COMPLETELY and SINCERELY GRATEFUL TO ALL WHO FOUGHT and CONTINUE to FIGHT WORLDWIDE FOR OUR DESERVED EQUALITY AND HUMAN RIGHTS. MY TRUE PERSONALITY IS INTROVERTED and PRIVATE, TOTALLY DIFFERENT FROM the ME ON STAGE. IT'S A CONSTANT BATTLE BETWEEN WHAT TO SHARE PUBLICLY OR NOT. MY HANDS R SHAKING AS I WRITE THIS POST. FOR ME IT'S A SIGN THAT I AM ABOUT TO EXERCISE COURAGE BECAUSE THEY SHOOK LIKE THIS WHEN I CAME OUT IN 2012. I'M SHARING THIS BECAUSE I STRONGLY BELIEVE VISIBILITY IS VITAL FOR CHANGE! AND LIFE IS SHORT, SO I'M GONNA LIVE IT ... AUTHENTICALLY β€’ I's MARRIED NOW CELIE! LOVE WINS! πŸ–€πŸ–€πŸ•ΊπŸΎπŸ•ΊπŸΎ Diana King Mijanne

Dai Dai Mijanne Webster #TheKINGs #WebsterKing #KingMij GRATITUDE_/|\_ @dianakingdom @mijjymijj #justmarried #Jan12 #gratitude #visibilityIsVital #blackceramic #lgbtlove #marriedartists #lgbt #jamaicanlesbian #lgbtq #history #herstory #lgbtqjamaican #blacklove #lesbianlove #queerlove #lovewins #ilovemywife #WIFEY.





bob-marley-photo-7.jpgBillboard Magazine is reporting that he revitalized Primary Wave, backed by institutional investors including BlackRock, has acquired a share of reggae legend Bob Marley's music publishing catalog.

The New York Times reports that Blackwell signed a $50 million deal that gives Primary Wave an 80 percent share of Island Records founder Chris Blackwell's share of two publishing catalogs, Marley's songs and Blue Mountain Music.

Blue Mountain's catalog includes songs from Marley, Toots and the Maytals, Free, U2 and the Waterboys, among others, according to the company's website. An 80 percent stake costing $50 million implies a $62 million valuation for Blackwell's entire publishing assets involved in the sale.

According to sources, Blackwell's Blue Mountain has a co-publishing stake in the Marley catalog, which means that Marley estate also still retains a stake in the publishing. Typical publishing deals comprise 50 percent publishing and 50 percent writer share, while a co-publishing deal might give the writer with any where from an additional 10 percent to 25 percent slice. So, if the Marley estate had a typical co-publishing deal (half the publishing, that means it still has a 75 percent stake while Blackwell's share would be a 25 percent stake in the catalog's revenue, with Primary Wave owning 80 percent of the latter.

Blackwell, according to sources, has been willing to sell his Blue Mountain catalog for almost the last decade, but would only agree to do so for a high multiple of net publishers' share -- i.e. gross profit, or what's left for the publisher after paying writer's share, co-publishing, and administrative fees for sub-publishers, etcetera.





Breakthrough in quadruple murder

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police-constable.jpgThe police have made a breakthrough into November's quadruple murder in Brighton, Westmoreland with the arrest of a man on the weekend.

The police say a Smith and Wesson pistol with 13 rounds were also taken from him.

On November 24, firefighters found the remains of four bodies following cooling down operations on a burned out unfinished housed.

The police have since confirmed that the persons found had been murdered.

News reports had identified the victims as 48-year-old Swedish woman Suzan Clarke; her husband, 32-year-old Alwin Clarke, also called Ziggy; his brother 30-year-old Derron Walters; and 31-one-year old Wayne Thompson, also called Bruckie.

The police say other people are being sought in connection with the murders.

They are urging people with information to call the Savanna-la-Mar Police at at 955-2758.





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