jamaica-cocaine-seized.jpgBUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA (AFP) -- Police have seized nearly 400 kilos of cocaine from the Russian embassy in Buenos Aires and arrested several members of a drug trafficking gang, Argentina's security minister announced Thursday.

Patricia Bullrich told a press conference that the drugs discovered in an annex of the embassy had a street value of around 50 million euros (about US$62 million).

"A gang of narco-criminals was trying to use the diplomatic courier service of the Russian embassy" to ship the drugs to Europe, she said.

She told reporters that Russian and Argentine police had decided to mount a sting operation after the Russian ambassador informed them of the drugs find in December 2016.

"The cocaine was replaced by flour and monitoring devices were placed to monitor delivery" of the 16 bags of the drug, Bullrich said. She said the sting had resulted in the arrest of five suspects -- two in Argentina and three in Russia.

The drug, of "very high purity," was destined for Russia and probably also Germany, where the suspected mastermind lives. "We believe the German police will arrest this fugitive," Bullrich said.

The minister said Russian security service agents "came to Argentina on three occasions to assist in the investigation", which took more than a year.

The cocaine was replaced by flour and monitoring devices were placed to monitor delivery"

Meanwhile, social media has been asking pertinent questions of the Jamaican police: "JCF are you looking? This is how you set traps and capture the drug dealers. Not by anouncing every drug find to the media and calling it a dent in the drug trade."

Another user wrote: "Maybe we need the JCF to take note of how to handle sensitive information and how to track them down. They can start with putting tracking devices in the bags of rice which it is claimed that the residents send to the gun men who are hiding in the hills after fleeing August Town. The JCF must remember that these are smart criminals because they listen to the news and know what and when to expect the police."





 

reggae-sumfest-2018-confirmed.jpgThe latest additions to this Summer's reggae sumfest are Aidonia, Cham and Ding Dong, The organizers made this news public yesterday. Last week iconic Jamaican reggae artiste Damian Marley was also confirmed to perform on his birthday Saturday July 21st at Reggae Sumfest 2018.

Fresh back from the 2018 grammys after winning the award Damian Marley's next major show in Jamaica is expected to be at Sumfest, joining what will be an all star Festival lineup for both nights featuring Beres Hammond, Maxi Priest, Popcaan, Spice, Sizzla, Capleton, Aidonia, Cham, Ding Dong and many more.

Damian was born on July 21, 1978 and is now age age 39 hence he will be 40 on the day of his sumfest performance.

The greatest reggae show on earth will in full swing this summer June 15 to June 21 in Montego Bay, Jamaica. In case u missed the 1st round of early bird tickets, the organizers will be selling a 2nd set of Early Bird Tickets which will go on sale February 1st 2018 on http://www.reggaesumfest.com/





 

Patrick Byrne (Overstock.com CEO), Anthony Di Iorio (Ethereum Co-Founder), and Bill Tai (BitFury Board Member & VC) will each present a Keynote Address in Nassau, Bahamas

CaribPR Wire, NEW YORK, Feb. 22, 2018: Polymath, the security token issuance platform, today announced in partnership with Grit Capital, keynote speakers for POLYCON18 (https://www.polycon18.com/), the world's first event dedicated to securities tokens. The event will be held at the Grand Hyatt Baha Mar in Nassau, Bahamas from February 28th through March 2nd.

Overstock.com CEO, Patrick Byrne, Ethereum Co-Founder, Anthony Di Iorio and venture capitalist and BitFury board member, Bill Tai, will each give a keynote address at this year's inaugural conference.

The worlds of high finance and blockchain will gather at the event, which brings together institutional investors, retail advisors and high net worth individuals, as well as some of the most exciting and fastest-growing blockchain companies from around the world.

The conference features 35+ companies, 450+ attendees, a $100k ICO pitch competition sponsored by Victory Square, 1x1 meetings, keynote dinners, a cabana pool party, a casino night, and much more.

Attendees include former NFL players Israel Idonije and Ryan Mundy, as well as top-rated radio show host Todd Shapiro of The Todd Shapiro Show on SiriusXM Canada, whose weekly listenership tops over 1 million.

Featured POLYCON18 thought leaders include Matthew Roszak, chairman and co-founder of Bloq; Brock Pierce, co-founder of Block.one; Shawn Owen, CEO of SALT Lending; Yasmeen Drummond, co-founder of Women in Blockchain; Halsey Minor, CEO and co-founder of Live Planet and VideoCoin, Jason White, senior lead equity of crypto and ICO crowdfunding at Indiegogo, and many, many more!

"We're excited to arrange this meeting of the minds at the first-ever conference dedicated to securities tokens," said CEO of Polymath, Trevor Koverko. "POLYCON18 will connect the industry's top thought leaders and investors with the most innovative blockchain companies for an exclusive opportunity to network in an intimate and exciting environment."

POLYCON18 is hosted in partnership with Grit Capital, a leading consultancy service provider for investment relations and corporate development, and organized by Untraceable, the world's first blockchain and cryptocurrency event management and marketing agency.





PROVIDENCIALES, Turks and Caicos Islands, Feb. 22, 2018 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ -- interCaribbean Airways celebrating 26 years of continuous services, is pleased to announce new nonstop schedule services from Dominica to St Lucia and Tortola, with 1 stop easy connections via Tortola to St Thomas, St Croix, Sint Maarten, San Juan, Providenciales and Santo Domingo.

Travelers can make two-stop connections via interCaribbean flights to Kingston and Nassau. Even allowing for two stops this is still one of the fastest travel times in the Caribbean.

Flights to and from Dominica begin on March 22 with 3 weekly flights as follows:.

FL# FROM TO EFFECTIVE UNTIL DAYS DEP ARR

521 EIS DOM 22-Mar-18 03-Nov-18 Mo Th Su 4:25 p.m 5:45 p.m

621 DOM SLU 22-Mar-18 03-Nov-18 Mo Th Su 6:15 pm 6:55 pm

622 SLU DOM 22-Mar-18 03-Nov-18 Mo Tu Fr 9:00 am 9:40 am

522 DOM EIS 22-Mar-18 03-Nov-18 Mo Tu Fr 10:10 am 11:30 am

DOM = Dominica Douglas Charles Airport, EIS = Tortola Terrence B. Lettsome International Airport, SLU = St. Lucia - Castries International Airport.

interCaribbean has expanded its schedule to new points throughout the Caribbean connecting more of the Caribbean than any other Caribbean Airline.

CEO Trevor Sadler, stated: "We are pleased to begin connecting Dominica with our Caribbean, bringing affordable air fares to this latest interCaribbean destination". We look forward to welcoming Citizens and Residents aboard and adding new connections and cities that Dominica can enjoy.

Colin Piper. Director of Tourism, Dominica welcomes the new service, stating: "interCaribbean is giving Dominicans new choices to fly to and from Dominica and more connections to more places, the service is very timely and very welcome. We look forward to the launch and anticipation of service to further islands."





Science lab explosion at Mona High school

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Several students of the Mona High School in St Andrew were on Thursday afternoon rushed to the University Hospital of the West Indies following an explosion during a scientific experiment.

It is understood that following the explosion there were cries for help from students.

Several students, along with one teacher, were immediately rushed hospital for medical treatment.

The conditions of the students and teacher could not be immediately ascertained.





omar-colleymore-and-wife.jpgWord is that accused killer Omar Collymore paid contract killers $500,000 to kill his wife, Simone Campbell-Collymore. Mrs. Campbell-Collymore was shot and killed on January 2. She was killed shortly after she boarded a taxi in Red Hills, St Andrew and the taxi driver was also murdered during the incident.

Two men who're believed to be Collymore's co-conspirators are in custody in connection with the crime and Collymore himself has been remanded following his first court appearance.

Statements have been given to the police alleging that Collymore paid $500,000 to contract killers to have his wife murdered.

Investigators are theorizing that he killed his wife in pursuit of life insurance proceeds. Collymore, who has two children with Simone, is also a person of interest in the 2008 murder of Angela Aguiar in Florida. Both Aguiar and Omar Collymore late wife, Simone, had taken out life insurance policies and had named him as their beneficiary.

Although Omar Collymore is a United States citizen, he is originally from Barbados.





St Thomas machete mom loses custody of children

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machete-beaten.jpgWhen St Thomas mother Doreen 'Da' Dyer received her suspended sentence recently, her greatest desire was to be reunited with her children. However, that is not to be. The two children, including the daughter she was seen in a video beating with a machete, will remain in the custody of their aunt until they are 18 years old.

That was the verdict of Senior Parish Judge Fiona Feare-Gregory when Dyer, her sister, and the two children appeared before the Yallahs Children's Court this weeky.

The children, who are twins, are 13 years old.

They were placed in the custody of their aunt after their mother was charged last year October.

The court ruled that Dyer will be able to have supervised visits with her children with her sister present.

Forty-four-year-old Dyer was sentenced to three years' probation after pleading guilty to cruelty to a child in the St Thomas Parish Court on February 9.

She was charged by the police last year and was subsequently offered bail.

The partially nude mother was seen in a video beating the girl violently with a machete while uttering expletives.





Jamhuri Reggae Festival 2017 Reloaded at KICC

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jamhuri-reggae-festival-2017-reloaded-at-kicc.jpgKenyatta Hill and Freddie McGregor

Saturday, March 3rd, 2018

Gates Open at 6 PM

Early Bird Tickets

Regular: 700 | Vip: 3500

Tickets available on www.ticketsasa.com





Outpouring of tributes as Billy Graham dies at 99

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billy-graham.jpgThe Rev. Billy Graham, a North Carolina farmer's son who preached to millions in stadium events he called crusades, becoming a pastor to presidents and the nation's best-known Christian evangelist for more than 60 years, died on Wednesday at his home in Montreat, N.C. He was 99.

His death was confirmed by Jeremy Blume, a spokesman for the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association.

Mr. Graham had dealt with a number of illnesses in his last years, including prostate cancer, hydrocephalus (a buildup of fluid in the brain) and symptoms of Parkinson's disease.

Mr. Graham spread his influence across the country and around the world through a combination of religious conviction, commanding stage presence and shrewd use of radio, television and advanced communication technologies.

Tributes are pouring in from across the world for Graham, who was a confidant and advisor to several presidents, from Eisenhower to Bush.





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