Coca cola looking at cannabis-infused drinks market

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ganja-image-5.jpgDope in your coke soon a reality? Cola giant mulls 'ganja-infused' drinks in this region.

Coke would join a rush by major alcohol makers and a cigarette company to test the cannabis market and find partners ahead of the Oct. 17 launch of legal recreational marijuana in Canada.

Coca-Cola Co is closely watching the fast-growing marijuana drinks market as a possible entry that would expand the world's largest soft drink maker's ambitions further away from sugary sodas. Coca-Cola announced its interest in a statement on Monday, responding to a report from BNN Bloomberg that said it was in talks with Canada's Aurora Cannabis Inc to develop drinks infused with cannabidiol (CBD), the non-psychoactive chemical found in marijuana.Coke would join a rush by major alcohol makers and a cigarette company to test the cannabis market and find partners ahead of the Oct. 17 launch of legal recreational marijuana in Canada. Coke and Aurora, in separate statements, each said they were interested in cannabidiol-infused beverages but would not comment on any specifics or talks. Aurora's stock soared 17 percent, while Coke's edged up slightly. The CBD drinks would likely aim to ease inflammation, pain and cramping, the BNN report said.Wells Fargo analyst Bonnie Herzog called the news "an exciting potential development" as it would take Coke into another fast-growing healthier segment following last month's $5.1 billion deal for Costa Coffee and expand cannabis-infused drinks in the area of functional wellness products.The CBD products likely would be different from those produced by alcohol makers, which would likely give drinkers a buzz from tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the main psychoactive chemical in marijuana. Beer makers Constellation Brands, Molson Coors, and Heineken are all playing in the market for cannabis products. For example, Heineken's craft beer Lagunitas recently launched Hi-Fi Hops, a beer-flavored sparkling water with THC and CBD."The THC beverages probably sit better with the beer makers, and maybe CBD fits better with Coke, in terms of playing off the health trend," said Liberum analyst Nico von Stackelberg.Cowen analyst Vivien Azer cited growing consumer interest in CBD and said its properties lend the ingredient well to a sports recovery drink. She said she would not be surprised to hear of a similar deal by PepsiCo for its Gatorade drink. Pepsi did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the cannabis market.Besides Aurora, she said cannabis companies Tilray and Aphria were likely targets for partnerships with big consumer companies looking to get into the market.LEGAL HIGHCanada is the first major economy to legalise recreational marijuana, and shares in cannabis producers have rallied in anticipation. New Cannabis Ventures' global cannabis stock index has risen about 87 percent over the past year. Several US states have legalised marijuana but it remains against federal law.Sales in US legal markets should nearly triple to $16 billion by 2020 from $5.4 billion in 2015, according to market research firm Euromonitor International, and Constellation says cannabis globally could be worth $200 billion in 15 year

Jamaica Music Conference November 15 - 18

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Artistes and music industry professionals are set to gather in Kingston from November 15 - 18 for the 2018 Jamaica Music Conference (JMC). The conference, now in its sixth year, is slated to offer a series of enlightening and resourceful panel discussions aimed at ensuring that industry professionals have the tools, education, networking opportunities and resources necessary to maximise their financial opportunities, as well as benefit from the digitalisation of music.

According to the organisers, there will also be discussions on other matters relating to the entertainment industry, including solidifying a stake in the global music market. Entities interested or involved in any aspect of music and culture are invited to attend. Hundreds of participants are anticipated and registration is now open at Open to all creatives and professionals across music genres, the JMC is hoping to set the landscape for building and sustaining a healthy Jamaican music industry.

Participants at the conference will be given a platform to discuss current industry challenges with peers and music industry influencers and identify solutions under the theme "Constructive Conversations: Dialogue, Discussion and Development'.

More than 15 critical panel discussions, workshops, independent music artiste showcases, and a community service day are slated to be held at various venues, including the Edna Manley College of Visual and Performing Arts, University of the West Indies (Mona), House of Dancehall, Jamnesia, Kingston Dub Club, and Boardwalk Beach in Portmore.

The JMC was founded by Kwasi Osei Bonsu, Julian Haffner, and Kairee 'S.I.G.H.' Griffin.


In the meantime, Jah Cure has been silent on the matter. To date he has not addressed the matter on social media, his favourite platform for his voice to be heard.

Commuters in some sections of the Corporate Area were facing additional difficulties in their movement on Tuesday morning, with two major roads having been damaged by heavy rains.

A section of Constant Spring Road, in the vicinity of the Rubis service station, collapsed overnight.

Traffic was reduced to single-lane for a while but was subsequently restored to two lanes.

A section of the intersection of Hagley Park Road and Waltham Park Road has also collapsed, badly disrupting the flow of traffic from Waltham Park Road onto Hagley Park Road, according to Senior Superintendent Calvin Allen, head of the Public Safety and Traffic Enforcement Branch.

On Monday morning, there was a four hour delay caused by a bomb threat, however, the Michaelmas Session of the Home Circuit Court resumed Monday afternoon with several cases being mentioned.

Court officials were forced to shut down the operations of the Supreme Court in downtown Kingston Monday morning after the Police High Command informed them of the bomb threat.

Several judges were removed from the precincts with the assistance of the military.

Firefighters and police personnel combed the building in search of any possible devices.

None was found.

Prosecutors from the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions reported Monday afternoon that 979 cases are listed to be heard in the Michaelmas Session, which ends in December.444 cases of murder and 342 cases of sexual offence are down to be tried during the term.

There are also 12 cases involving lottery scamming, 10 anti-gang cases, four abductions, 15 cases of wounding, attempted murder, manslaughter, arson and forgery slated to be heard in the term.

Manning High student shot dead in Westmoreland

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crime-scene-gun.jpgThree persons, including a 16-year-old student, were killed in separate incidents in Westmoreland, between Sunday and Monday.

Perhaps most telling among the deaths was the killing of Manning's School fifth form student, Shamar Tomlinson, otherwise called 'JT', of Crowder District in Grange Hill, Westmoreland, early on Monday morning.

Reports are that about 2:40 a.m., Tomlinson was at his home, when gunmen kicked open the door and opened fire on him. He was hit in the head and died on the spot.

In May of this year, a shooting spree involving gangsters in Grange Hill left seven persons, including two children, dead and 10 others nursing gunshot wounds.

On Sunday in the same parish, 20-year-old Davian Malcolm, unemployed of Ricketts Street, Savanna-la-Mar, was shot and killed by unknown assailant(s) at his home.

Reports from the Savanna-la-Mar police are that about 8:30 p.m., Malcolm and two other men were standing at a shop when it is alleged that a motorcar was driven up, from which two men alighted with guns and opened fire at them.

The police were alerted and on their arrival, Malcolm, along with the two other men, were seen with gunshot wounds. They were taken to hospital, where Malcolm was pronounced dead the others were admitted.

The third murder in the parish was that of 32-year-old Renaldo Reid, otherwise called 'Boom', a farmer of Coolie Town, Forth Williams, who was shot and killed at his home on Monday. Reports from the Whithorn police are that about 2:30 a.m., Reid was at home when the door to his house was kicked in by armed men.

It is alleged that the men robbed him and then opened gunfire at him.

He received multiple gunshot wounds and was taken to hospital, where death was confirmed.

Truck driver murdered at Riverton City dump Saturday

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crime-scene-gun.jpgThe police have reported that a truck driver was shot dead and a woman shot and injured by unknown assailant/s at the Riverton City Landfill, Kingston 11 on Saturday.

The deceased has been identified as 32-year-old Anthony Francis, otherwise called 'Pops', of Ferguson Drive in Riverton City.

Reports from the Hunts Bay police are that residents heard explosions about 5:30 pm and summoned them.

The responding officers said Francis was found with multiple gunshot wounds, while the woman had a wound to one of her legs. They were both taken to hospital where Francis was pronounced dead and the woman treated and released.

Investigations continue.

Opposition Leader, Dr Peter Phillips, has vowed that a future People's National Party (PNP) government will abolish what he describes as "the apartheid system of education in Jamaica".

Apartheid was the system of government that existed in South Africa up to the early 1990s, in which the black majority was segregated from the white minority, excepting for work. The majority black population was poorly educated and mostly impoverished. Phillips made the promise on Sunday as he addressed the public session of the PNP's 80th annual conference inside the National Arena in St Andrew. He was presenting what he called the PNP's 'covenant with the people'. The Opposition leader stressed that the covenant that is to also address matters related to land ownership in order to resolve the longstanding squatting problem, "will not cover everything". Neither is it a manifesto.

peter-phillips-photo-4.jpgDr Phillips told cheering Comrades on Sunday that one of the biggest problems facing the country at the moment is that of inequality.

"This vast gap that exists between the few and the many is (at) the heart of what is holding us back as a country," he said.

Apart from the inequality issue, Phillips noted that 60 per cent of the country's labour force earns the minimum wage, with 80 per cent of what is earned spent on food.

"They live at low wages, but we can't get out of the low wage trap if we not educating the majority of our children," Phillips argued.

In addressing what he called the reality of education in Jamaica today, Phillips pointed to 45 schools where three out of every four children get five subjects, including mathematics and English Language. He said those students were effectively getting a "world-class education".

"And you have 118 non-traditional high schools where not even two (students) in 10 getting the same results. Those youngsters in the non-traditional high schools are the people that end up a bette'n (betting) shop door a roll a spliff a morning time, and we see them. Sometimes we see them so often we don't even see them. We get used to it. Life can't gwaan so. So our commitment is to change these structures of inequality by assaulting these structures and the institutions that keep poverty entrenched in this country, and inequality scarring our lives," Phillips said to strong applause.

"We give our commitment that we will abolish the apartheid system of education in Jamaica," Phillips added.

He told the crowd that the party will harness the support of the entire country to get it done, including the churches, the private sector, teachers, parents and community-based organisations.

"We make the commitment that the next PNP government will provide every student in Jamaica with at least one meal daily, because pickney can't learn on a hungry belly," he said.

Chozenn chooses controversy

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affluent-jamaica-on-instagram-listen-di-fruit-a-di-spirit-anuh.jpgSome social media users are today blasting gospel act Chozenn for his latest single. They were responding after the gospel entertainer uploaded his rendition of Jada Kingdom's song Banana to Instagram.

According to the controversial gospel entertainer, he made the post after seeing school girls doing a banana challenge on the social media platform.

However, some social media users have bashed the gospel singer with some accusing him of taking it too far, and others suggesting that he should write his own gospel songs instead of remaking secular tracks.

In the IG post, Chozenn said; "the fruit of the spirit is not banana."

Earlier this year, Chozenn received heavy backlash for his remake of Dovey Magnum's popular dancehall track "Bwaal Out" and Rygin King's Tuff. The gospel singer was especially chastised by church goers.

Affluent Jamaica on Instagram: "Listen!! Di fruit a di spirit, anuh banana 🤣🍌 #Chozenn #chozennbelike #bananaremixchallenge #bananaremix"