Reggae SumFest - July 17-23 - Montego Bay - Jamaica

Big gospel concert for Bronx

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Fun In The Son NYC 2016 and NYC Council Member Andy King and The High School of Contemporary Arts will stage a Community Engagement Day Parade on Saturday, August 6, 2016 featuring internationally renowned pastor and gospel artist Rev. Donnie McClurkin.

Local performing acts will include Glacia Robinson, Dwight Schroeter, Jairus McNeil, Vill E. Wright, Nadje` Leslie and Brotha George. Lady D of Linkage Radio and Bob Lee of WBLS will host the event on the grounds of Evander Childs soccer field, 800 East Gun Hill Road in the Bronx starting at 10:00a.m.

The family oriented festival serves to promote the Jamaican and wider Caribbean cultures by showcasing the region's music, foods, arts, and craft, a healthy village, and childrens village.

The event has served to satisfy the recreational needs of a diverse demographic and is a uniting force in the city.

The festival has attracted over 12,000 persons and after three years has become a staple on the North American entertainment calendar. It has attracted people from the Caribbean, Canada and from across the United States.

Tami and Wayne's baby is named Atlas

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tessanne-chin-nephew.jpgOh oh, we notice that one website had the name of Tami Chynn and Wayne Marshall's baby spelt wrong in the headline of their article. The baby is named the book we use in school for Geography...not Atlast.

Yardflex congratulates Tami and Wayne on thebirth of their son Atlas.

Mayor Harris of Montego Bay says the St James Parish Council has unanimously supported a resolution which calls for promoters applying for an entertainment permit to put in place cameras at their own expense.

Additionally, the security minister has outlined that children are not to be found in dances and has advocated for the banning of promoters who are found in breach more than once after being warned.

But, noting that children "of a lesser circumstance" have little alternative but to do vending in order to send themselves to school, the Montego Bay mayor went on to declare that there are legitimate reasons why some children may be found at a dance. He said this is something that the Council will also have to look at in finding the best way to deal with the situation.

One thousand rounds of ammunition seized

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bullets.jpgMembers of the Contraband Enforcement Team have seized 1,000 rounds of ammunition at a warehouse at Newport West in Kingston.

A statement from the police, on Wednesday, said the seizure was made on July 14.

It is reported that about 3:50 p.m. on July 14, Customs personnel where conducting checks and found the ammunition in a plastic bag.

No one was taken into custody.

Public Defender Arlene Harrison Henry says she finds the video footage of the arrest of an unarmed woman, troubling.

Mrs. Harrison Henry says what is equally troubling, is that the Independent Commission of Investigations (Indecom), seems to have arrived at conclusions though the investigations are incomplete.

A statement from the Public Defender's office quotes a newspaper report where the Deputy Commissioner of Indecom, Hamish Campbell is reported to have said that the lawmen were doing their best to restrain her.

The Public Defender says it seems he made findings of facts, has drawn conclusions and has arrived at decisions even though the investigations are ongoing. Mrs. Harrison Henry adds that Mr. Campbell's utterances may have influenced the outcome of the investigations.

The Public Defender reiterated that she disapproves of the excessive use of force by the police to restrain the woman and that the police could have dealt with the situation differently.

A Jamaican man who spent nine years in and out of prison in the Bahamas has been awarded a settlement of US$125,000.

Matthew Sewell appeared in a Bahamas court on Tuesday. The hearing was held to update the judge concerning discussions between counsel for Mr. Sewell and the Crown on an appropriate amount in damages and taxation for the time he was detained at the Department of Correctional Services and the Detention Centre without trial.

Last October, the judge, Stephen Isaacs, ordered Mr. Sewell's immediate release from the detention facility. The 28 year old Jamaican was in and out the prison system; however he was never tried on any of the charges he faced.

In 2006, while in the Bahamas, visiting his father, Mr. Sewell was arrested for the alleged rape of a six-year-old girl. He was released on bail in 2008, but was arrested in April 2009, and charged with the alleged rape of a girlfriend. He received bail for that charge in August 2013, only to be arrested two months later for allegations of housebreaking and murder.

However, those charges were thrown out in 2014 when it was found that Mr. Sewell was in custody when the alleged crimes occurred. He was later detained at the Carmichael Road Detention Centre.

In addition to ordering his immediate release last October, the judge also ordered that his travel documents be returned to him and that he be allowed 60 days to resolve his legal status in The Bahamas upon making an application to the Immigration Department.

hands-behind-bars.jpgThree Chinese nationals were arrested in a suspected international fraud scheme that fleeced Jamaicans out of millions.

According to investigators, the men defrauded millions from unsuspecting victims in Jamaica and across the Caribbean through identity theft.

The three suspects have been identified as 38-year-old Zhong Jianping; Guo Shanghai, 37 years old and 37-year-old Zhong Fulin, all of addresses in China.

Investigators say the men were arrested on Wednesday, July 13 after being discovered with electronic devices suspected to be card readers, card writers, skimmers items commonly used in identity theft.

They were also found with close to $6 million dollars in cash and over 400 credit cards, which are suspected to have been fraudulently made.

busy-signal-photo-12.jpgNo sah, dis a tek nastiness to di next level!! A which guttersnipe deejay 'hawk and pit' pon di people dem big big international fabulowshous stage a Reggae Sumfest last week? All becausen say di promoter dem inform him dat him stay overtime and him fi cuum offa stage.

Dem say di man get so angry dat him SPIT pon di stage before him leave. What a nasty crowbait! Smaddy couldn't call police fi arrest him and charge him fi sinting...anyting at all....public disturbance, littering, gross indecency. Just charge di animal. Dem behaviour yah show say him is just a dumb animal. But then again, mi haffi beg di animal dem pardon, cause, on reflection, not even a dumb animal woulda behave like such a swine.

So why Busy Signal did haffi fling di microphone pon di security at Sumfest?

Here we go again. Why di hell dem artiste here cyaan behave dem damn self! After the organiser dem repeatedly signal to Busy Signal that him was going overtime at Reggae Sumfest Saturday night him ignore dem and continue fi work. So dem do what good stage managers do - they cut his mic.

Eh eh. Di artise get so bex when him realise dat no sound nah come outta di mic dat him fling it way and mek it lick one security.

A wha do dem yah ole crasses jailbud yah man?

usain-bolt-in-rio.jpgSix-time Olympic champion Usain Bolt occupies the number two spot on the list of the top 10 greatest athletes in the world in 2016.

The list, compiled by, is based solely on performances and achievements of the past 12 months.

Bolt, who last week ran 19.89 seconds over 200m at the London Anniversary Games, has over the past year won gold in both the 100m and 200m events at the 2015 IAAF World Athletics Championships in Beijing.

He is ranked behind Serbian tennis star Novak Djokovic who earlier this year won the French Open to become just the third player in history to hold all four Grand Slam titles at the same time.

World no.1 Serena Williams holds the third spot on the list. Earlier this month she won her 7th Wimbledon singles crown to equal Steffi Graf's open era record of 22 Grand Slam titles.

The top 5 is completed by Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo who are joint 4th and three time Tour de France winner Chris Froome.