After the brouhaha in the wake of Spice's controversial performance at the high profile gala ot honour Jamaica's athletes in Rio, the Minister of Culture had this to say:

"I recognize dancehall as an important Jamaican music genre. In that regard, I note some of the comments directed at Spice for her performance on Saturday night. I do not offer a defence for Spice who is a talented and bright performer, fully capable of producing lyrics in celebration of our athletic heroes. I would however, caution against the issue of vitriolic comment and a rush to judgement in this matter.

Most things went well but a few very important things did not on this occasion. Like our athletes we will review, improve and keep pushing ourselves to higher levels of performance."

Spice blasts the 'hypocrites'

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spicey-sting.jpgSpice's performance at the gala celebration for Jamaican athletes who competed at his year's Rio Olympics was met with blank stares from an audience which included the Prime Minister, sports personalities and other government officials.

The raunchy dancehall deejay was slapped with a string of harsh criticisms following her performance at the event. Meanwhile, some criticized the organizers for booking her.

The event's main organizer Lenford Salmon in an article was quoted as saying Spice failed to show up for a technical rehearsal. In addition, Mr. Salmon claims that they were assured by Spice's team that the deejay would have adjusted her lyrics and dress appropriately for the occasion.

But according to Spice, his claims are untrue. and she describes the saga as hypocritical and a harsh case of "classism".

court.jpgA seven member jury of five men and two women has been empanelled in the trial of businessman Patrick Powell arising from the 2011 shooting death of 17-year-old Kingston College student Khajeel Mais.

Mais' mother, Allana Mais was first to take the witness stand and broke down in tears at the start of her testimony.

Businessman Patrick Powell is being tried for murder and shooting with intent in relation to the 2011 death of 17-year-old Khajeel.

Khajeel was reportedly travelling in a taxi that collided with a BMW X6 motor vehicle. He is accused of murdering Mais, who was reportedly travelling in a taxi that collided with a BMW X6 motor vehicle. It is alleged that the driver of the BMW got out and fired at the car, hitting the boy.

Powell is also charged with shooting at taxi driver Wayne Wright with intent to cause harm.

court.jpgOn Tuesday morning, Allana Maise, mother of Khajeel Maise broke down on the witness stand as she recalled how she found out about her son's death.

The mother of slain Kingston College student Kahjeel Mais today fought back tears as she recalled watching her son die at the Kingston Public Hospital (KPH).

"I saw Khajeel laying on a bed in one of the cubicles. I saw nurses and doctors around him. I watched him take his last breath," Allana Mais testified.

She was giving evidence in the Home Circuit Court in downtown Kingston where businessman Patrick Powell is on trial for killing Mais in Havendale, St Andrew in 2011.

"I saw him (Khajeel) breathing for a while then there was a gasp then there was nothing," Allana Mais added as she was overcome with emotion.

Allana Mais testified that moments earlier she left her son at a taxi stand on Mannings Hill Road. According to her evidence, he was going to meet up with some friends before going to a fete at Meadowbrook High School.

She said she got a call from a family acquaintance who informed her that "dem shoot up" the taxi in which Kahjeel was travelling.

During cross-examination by Powell's attorney Deborah Martin, the married mother of three admitted that Kahjeel had "behaviourial issues" while at KC and outside of the institution.

"He had a matter at the Juvenile Court?" asked Martin.

"Yes", Mrs Mais replied.

"Where he was before the court?" Martin continued.

"Yes, he was," the mother replied.

Mrs Mais also conceded that administrators at Kingston College called her a few times about her son's conduct.

Before that, lead prosecutor Jeremy Taylor, in his opening address to the seven-member jury, outlined allegations against Powell before suggesting that 17-year-old Mais was killed in "an exaggerated form of road rage."

He charged that the taxi in which Mais was travelling hit a BMW X6 and the driver of the luxury vehicle came out and fired several shots into the taxi.

"They were new, they were the rave then ... the IT in luxury vehicle," Taylor said in reference to the BMW X6.

"Someone was angry because of what happened on the road, what happened to their vehicle. The allegation is that Mr Powell was this person who was angry and angry to the extreme," he added.

court.jpgThe murder trial of businessman Patrick Powell has been opened to the public after prosecutors today reversed their decision to have the case tried in camera.

High Court judge Lloyd Hibbert made the announcement in the Home Circuit Court a short while ago where the trial is about to begin.

After the announcement, several persons outside the courtroom were allowed to enter.

Firearm cases are generally tried on a Gun Court indictment which, under law, stipulates that they should be closed to the public.

Powell was charged with murder and shooting with intent arising from the death of 17-year-old Kingston College student Kahjeel Mais in July 2011 in Havendale, St Andrew.

Mais was travelling in a taxi that collided with a BMW X6 sports utility vehicle.

It's reported that after the crash the driver of the luxury vehicle got out of his car and fired a bullet into the taxi before fleeing the scene.

Powell has pleaded not guilty.

A seven-member jury has been selected comprising five men and two women.

hillary-clinton.jpgThe third and final presidential debate has ended, and it can now be said: Hillary Clinton crushed Donald Trump in the most effective series of debate performances in modern political history.

The polling tells the story. As Nate Silver notes, on the eve of the first presidential debate, Clinton led by 1.5 points. Before the second, she was up by 5.6 points. Before the third, she was winning by 7.1 points. And now, writing after the third debate -- a debate in which Trump said he would keep the nation "in suspense" about whether there would be a peaceful transition of power, bragged about not apologizing to his wife, and called Clinton "such a nasty woman" -- it's clear that Trump did himself no favors. Early polls also suggest Clinton won.

X6 Murder Trial: Judge clarifies social media ban

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court.jpgThe Judge in the so-called X6 murder trial has sought to clarify his ruling on social media postings on the case.

Last week, the judge ordered social media posts by the family of a murder victim to be removed.

However, the Jamaican Bar Association said it noted reports about the family of Khajeel Mais harshly criticising the justice system on social media and of a Supreme Court Judge ordering the removal of the posts.

It said it raised the issue of curtailment of freedom of speech.

However, 9n Tuesday, the judge clarified that his order was not meant to stop all social media posts about the case, but those which could prejudice the trial.

Justice Lloyd Hibbert said sought to make it clear that freedom of speech did not mean people can say anything they felt. He said statements that defame the court are not permitted and people can be cited for contempt of court. The trial took a break this morning to deal with procedural issues, but was expected to resume at noon.

Businessman, Patrick Powell, is on trial for the murder of schoolboy Kahjeel Mais. The prosecution is alleging that the 17-year-old school boy was killed in Havendale, St Andrew in 2011 by an enraged Powell after the taxi hit his BMW X6.

After the accident, Powell is alleged to have got out his X6 and opened fire on the taxi hitting the schoolboy.

One of St Elizabeth's 'most wanted' killed

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crime-scene-gun.jpgThe Police have confirmed that one of St Elizabeth's most wanted was shot and killed in Mocho district, St James, today.He is 30-year-old Dwight Williams, otherwise called 'Dewie', of Retirement district, St Elizabeth.

The police say residents of Mocho district reported hearing groans coming from a house and went to make checks. Williams was subsequently found on the floor with multiple gunshot wounds.

The Police were summoned and he was taken to the hospital where he was pronounced dead.

The police say Williams was wanted for the September 15 shooting death of 26-year-old Renaldo Wallace otherwise called 'Bumps', of Retirement district as well as several other shootings.

madonna.jpgPop musician Madonna will receive Billboard's 2016 Woman of the Year award, following a year where she extended her record as the highest-grossing female touring artist of all time.

She will be honoured at the 11th annual Billboard Women In Music event in New York City on December 9.

Her Rebel Heart Tour, which wrapped in March, solidified her status as one of the biggest touring acts of all time. Madonna sold more than 1 million tickets and walked away with US$170 million. That makes her the highest grossing solo touring artist in Billboard Boxscore history with a staggering US$1.31 billion in total concert grosses.

Madonna is also the best-selling female recording artist of all time. In addition to her ongoing chart dominance, her philanthropic efforts are said to be effecting real change in the world.

Madonna's Raising Malawi organization is currently constructing Malawi's first pediatric surgery and intensive care unit, which will double the number of life-saving surgeries performed on children each year, provide intensive care after critical surgeries, and train specialised Malawian medical staff.

The Mercy James Institute of Pediatric Surgery and Intensive Care facility will open in 2017.