March 2011 Archives
To say that YardFlex didn't party hard in T&T would be an understatement. As always, carnival delivers a plethora of colors, culture and beautiful costumes and this year D Krewe's band was no exception. YardFlex was hosting in one of the top medium sized bands to date and every year it seems to get hotter and hotter. D Krewe's band was a mixture of locals and foreigners, gays, straight and in betweens and we all had a ball! When I think of D Krewe, one thing comes to mind and that is FUN! There's a vibe that everybody has that makes this one of the premier and safest bands to spend your carnival experience with. I miss it already......I guess you can say that I have a real 'carnival tabanca' and for my non-Trinis, I'm suffering from severe carnival withdrawl. Oh well, I'll just start my countdown for next year's uper event. By the way, carnival 2k12 is February 20th and 21st. Time to wine!!!
Joe Mignon, senior programme director for Jean's Yele Foundation, says Jean was shot in the hand after 11 pm local time Saturday in the city of Delmas, just outside Port-au-Prince.
Jean's brother, Samuel, confirmed the musician was shot. Neither he nor Mignon had additional details.
The shooting came on the eve of presidential elections in Haiti. Jean is supporting fellow musician Michel Martelly.
A spokesman for the Haitian National Police could not be immediately reached for comment.
Kiefa O'Gilvie, the son of a close ally and business partner of former west Kingston strongman Christopher 'Dudus' Coke, was this morning fined $500,000 or two years imprisonment for illegal possession of a firearm.
O'Gilvie pleaded guilty to the charge of illegal possession of a firearm on February 15.
He was also put on probation for two years for illegal possession of ammunition.
In handing down the sentence, Supreme Court Judge Martin Gayle noted that too many young men are behind bars and that it was not the best way to deal with them.
He said he also took O'Gilvie's good probation report into consideration.
O'Gilvie was held by the police in December last year during a cordon and search operation on Blake Road in the Kingston Central Police Division.
An illegal weapon was found in his possession.
He was arrested and later charged.
Meanwhile, Keifa O'Gilvie, is also on trial in the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate's Court.
He is facing the charges of assault, using abusive language and making a threat.
O'Gilvie is jointly charged with Tesha Miller, the alleged leader of the Spanish Town-based Clansman gang.
They are accused of assaulting a policeman while in custody during the State of Emergency last year.
A policeman was yesterday shot by gunmen along St. John's Road in Spanish Town St. Catherine.
The Gleaner/Power 106 news understands that he was among a group of police personnel on duty in the area yesterday evening when he was shot.
The Constabulary Communication Network (CNN) has reported that his injury was not life threatening, but was unable to provide further details up to late last night.
Yesterday's shooting is the third in which a policeman was injured since the start of the week.
Jamaica Public Service Hunts Bay power station 0File Jamaicans are being advised to expect an increase in their electricity bills for this month.
The Jamaica Public Service Company Limited (JPS) says there will be an increase in the Fuel and IPP Charge on customers' March bills as a result of rising oil prices.
The company says the Fuel & IPP charge on bills for March is almost $20.50 per kilowatt-hour, up from $17.57 in February. This means that a typical residential customer who uses 200 kilowatt hours will see an increase of approximately 10 per cent or $587 in this month's bill.
JPS explains that fuel is critical to the generation of electricity and represents approximately 60 per cent of customers' bills.
Customers are being encouraged to continue to use electricity efficiently, as the total amount on their bills is determined by the amount of electricity used.
Just when you tink everyting good between Fantan and Joe Bagdonovich, all hell bruk loose. After Fantan gone back a Joe good good, we now a hear sey Joe nah give Fantan no money fi deal wid tings. It so bad till all Fantan vehicle run outta gas on him way fi go do oe interview. We no care wha nobody waan sey, that is disgraceful!
We doan know if a true, but dem a spread rumour sey Fantan sey the baby wha Joe wife Toya have a jacket and Joe a no di puppa. We hear sey Joe hear back and him hopping mad. But why Fantan woulda sey sinting like date eh?
Fantan, if you know certain tings you haffi kibba yuh mout, and if you doan know certain tings then get out of di habit of telling lie. Caue it ca cost you yuh career.
CMC - Two medical personnel have been charged with the death of a Jamaican psychiatric patient in 2008.
Prosecutors said a nurse and an aide at the sprawling Kings County Hospital in Brooklyn have been charged with allowing Esmin Green, 49, to die on the floor of the psychiatric ward and then covering up her death.
Green was recorded on a surveillance camera tape lying face-down in the emergency room for nearly an hour on June 19, 2008, ignored by staffers and security personnel.
Court documents revealed that nursing aide Easton Royal, 53, allegedly wrote in the observation sheet that Green was doing fine at 6.00 a.m., in the midst of the excruciating 57 minutes the dying woman spent on the floor.
Prosecutors said Royal was arrested on Tuesday and charged with reckless endangerment and falsifying business records. She was arraigned at Brooklyn Criminal Court and released without bail.
Another nurse, whose name was not released, had pleaded guilty last month to similar charges.
A previous report by the New York City's Department of Investigation mentioned that one nurse, identified only as Gonzalo, admitted to making false entries on Green's progress notes after she died.
The city's Medical Examiner's Office said the Jamaican immigrant, who waited some 24 hours in the hospital's psychiatric waiting room, died of blood clots.
Bwoy Richie B really get a nuff licks wid him EME Awards this year. After di ting did a gwaan good at Pegasus him get excited and move go up a Devon House, change up di date and mek di show flop.
Nobody doan give it no good review.
So we don't know wha' kind a foolishness him a chat bout sey di show gwaan good cause nuff international media did deh deh. The whole organizing committee and sponsor dem shoulda feel bad sey so much press was dere and it was the worst show eva.
The sound did awful, a bare no-show artiste and the people dem did a read out bare foolishness.
And den him a go sey dat di artiste dem who neva turn up and send a representative fi collect di trophy pon stage nah get dem award. A eediat ting dat. Cause a big big Satday night and it did right inna di miggle a springbreak. Di artiste dem haffi earn di money when it come f idem way. We sure sey Richie B nah emcee nobody show fi free and him nah go give up a emcee wuk fi go a no awards show, so him need fi know wah him a sey.
Featuring a slew of reggae, dancehall and hip hop acts, Best of the Best is also advertising the Gaza Don, Vybz Kartel. But everyone knows that Kartel has no US work permit so he can't possibly travel to Florida.
However, the poster says that Kartel will be performing live via satellite from Jamaica. Let's see how this works out.
The Gaza Don de pon TV a boast say him have new business ventures wid a lot of people but him neva tell Jamaica say him business partner already gone into new ventures WITHOUT him too. Wah really a gwaan inna the islant? Corey ah go open up QUAD wid a new Taboo, a new Christophers and a bagga other things and Kartel nah go involved inna dis ya one. Mi no psychic, but mi did smell da one ya ah come. Memba a few weeks ago when no Street Vybz Thursdaze never keep? Well, something big did gwaan over The Building a few days before that when a selector get 20 box, 15 kick and dem out a cigarette pon him skin after him play Bounty Killer 'Nuh Fren Fish'. One ah Kartel entourage punch up the club manager and the club manager punch in back him face and pure tings gwaan, pure bleaching cream and cake soap, rosary beads and tight jeans ah fling all over the place, big bangarang gwaan. Well, two day after that, the club lock up and nobody coulden get in because Corey lock it up wid a cow chain, change the padlock, so crazy people come that night and surprised say the club nah keep. Way down inna the night, dem mussi use a crowbar and tear off the lock but when dem go in, the music system disappear....no club caan keep. Anyway, dem mussi finally meet and work out things because the club start keep back, but now, Ribbi decide say Corey ah the real man, and ask him fi run the Quad so the ting tun up big time again. Mi hear say is a major renovation ah gwaan, Italian tiles, big money spending, and it ah go shot because this ah the club weh the whole ah uptown love. So Kartel ah do him shoes and him sneaker line and him cake soap without Corey , and Corey ah do Quad without him, ah just so it set. Dem collaborate pon Street Vybz and the Building but dem no join together. Oh! Wah really a go happen tonight?
Reggae musician Smiley Culture, who scored two chart hits in the eighties, died on Tuesday following an incident with police in England.
The 'Police Officer' singer, real name David Emmanuel, is believed to have stabbed himself after officers raided his home in Warlingham, Surrey, earlier Tuesday.
He was due to face trial after being charged with conspiracy to supply cocaine in September last year alongside four others.
A spokesman for the Independent Police Complaints Commission confirmed they were now investigating a "death following police contact".
The 47-year-old, born and raised in south London, rose to fame as a DJ with the Saxon Studio sound system.
Yendi will take the airline's message of renewal to customers and travel partners around the world as part of her new title and will also become the host of the airline's in-flight video, Island Stylee.
In a release, Air Jamaica stated that Yendi was selected not only for her visibility, but also because of her personal demonstration of Air Jamaica's new brand statement of redefinition.
The company said that Yendi's personal story is perfectly aligned with Air Jamaica, as like the airline, Yendi has reinvented herself in ways that delight her fans and prove that innovation is the first call of any brand - personal or corporate.
Kingsley Cooper, who manages Yendi, believes that Air Jamaica and his client make a "perfect fit" and he is confident that the "synergy between the brands will add tremendous value" to both Yendi and Air Jamaica.
Phillips said she is elated to be named Air Jamaica's first global ambassador and is looking forward to a long and successful relationship with the airline.
The new Island Stylee series, which airs on Air Jamaica flights, goes into production later this month, shooting in New York, Kingston and Montego Bay.
Katie Holmes won't be winning any prizes for her questionable parenting techniques.
Not only was she out with daughter Suri, four, until well after midnight, but her precocious toddler was later snapped clutching a box of very inappropriate sweeties.
The box features cartoon like drawings of male genitalia, and unsurprisingly Suri seemed somewhat captivated by the brightly coloured packaging which contained penis-shaped jelly sweets.
Katie seemed as oblivious to adult candy as she was to the late hour. The phallic shaped sweets were quite clearly an inappropriate choice for the four-year-old.
A spokesperson for the restaurant confirmed to MailOnline that the Penis Gummies sweets were purchased by the group at the gift shop in front of the restaurant, but it's unclear whether they were a gift or just Suri's takeaway treat.
As usual, budding fashionista Suri was looked adorable in a cute bright red embellished dress with a pale pink fur coat and matching sheepskin boots.
Members of the police force escorted international rap star DJ Drake from the well-attended Brit Jam stage show in Montego Bay early Monday morning. This after the Canadian act spewed profanities while he shared the stage with local dancehall stars Mavado and Aidonia.
The abrupt end to the rapper's set, also cut short the much-anticipated performance of the two Alliance members who were connecting nicely with the audience who seemed eager to receive them. Drake, who was summoned on stage by the top flight artiste Mavado, uttered obscenities as he greeted the patrons.
Deejay Mavado and rapper Drake work the stage prior to the international act being removed by the police for profanity.
Prior to the rapper's removal from the stage, emcees Crazy Neil and DJ Skinny implored the performers to resist using obscene language during their performance at the behest of the cops in attendance.
The Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) has requested a copy of the tape in which former member of parliament Everald Warmington told a CVM TV anchor to "go to hell", as well as a formal letter from the station's manager regarding a subsequent off-air conservation to assist with its investigations into the former MP's conduct.
This will quickly move along the investigative processes in the party which may lead to disciplinary action against Mr Warmington. Disciplinary action ranges from an apology, suspension from party events to expulsion," JLP General Secretary Aundre Franklin said in a statement yesterday.
"All members of the JLP are representatives of the party in the eyes of the wider public and are thus expected to act in a manner that is consistent with the highest levels of proper and professional conduct as outlined in the JLP's Operational Manual," said the general secretary.
The JLP, however, is expected to go ahead with the nomination today of Warmington as the party's candidate for the April 4, 2011 by-election in South West St Catherine, ignoring calls from groups which have asked that he be dropped from the party's ticket for the poll.
According to Franklin, the selection processes are determined by a constitutional and democratic process involving constituency workers and supporters, and expressed concern over what he said was the hardline position by the Women in Media group, which on Monday asked the prime minister to withdraw Warmington as its candidate. The women group's position has been supported by the Jamaica Chamber of Commerce, the Press Association of Jamaica and the Media Association of Jamaica.
THE Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) last night announced eight curfews in the parish of St Catherine in addition to the seven announced on Monday, which will remain in effect until 6:00 pm today. The eight new curfews will last until 6:00 pm tomorrow.
The boundaries of the new curfews are as follows:
NORTH along an imaginary line from Tredegar Park mining quarry to Gravel Heights entrance at Sligoville main road;
SOUTH along an imaginary line from Gravel Heights entrance at Tredegar Park to Silgoville main road at Clinton Drive;
EAST along Sligoville main road between Gravel Heights and Clinton Drive; and
WEST along Tredegar Park main road between Gravel Heights entrance and Tredegar Park mining quarry.
NORTH along the Canal Bank between the bridge at the train line and Bernard Lodge main road;
SOUTH along a dirt road between Bernard Lodge main road and an imaginary line;
EAST along Bernard Lodge main road between the bridge at the train and the Mount Zion Faith Temple Church; and
WEST along an imaginary line between the canal bank and the dirt road.
NORTH along Burke Road between White Church Street and Dallas Lane;
SOUTH along canal bank between White Church Street and Dallas Lane;
EAST along White Church Street between Burke Road and canal bank; and
WEST along Dallas Lain between Burke Road and canal bank.
NORTH along Williams Street between Cumberland Road and Prince Avenue;
SOUTH along Manchester Street between Prince Avenue an Cumberland Road;
EAST along Cumberland Road between Manchester Street and Williams Street; and
WEST along Prince Avenue between Williams Street and Manchester Street.
NORTH along an imaginary line at the cell tower between Tredegar Park main road and the Rio Cobre River;
SOUTH along Ervin Drive between Tredegar Park Mine Road to Jason Avenue to the banks of the Rio Cobre River;
EAST along Tredegar Park main road between the cell Tower and Carlisle Avenue; and
WEST along the bank of the Rio Cobre River between the cell tower and Carlisle Avenue.
NORTH along Monk Street from St Jago High School to Leach Avenue;
SOUTH along Barrett Street between Red Church Street and Rio Cobre River Bank;
EAST along an imaginary line along the Rio Cobre River Bank between St Jago High School and Barrett Street; and
WEST along Red Church Street between Leach Avenue.
March Pen and Corletts Road
NORTH along Spanish Town Bypass between Dunbeholden Road and Holness Plaza;
SOUTH along the Toll Road between Dun beholden Road Bignal;
EAST along Dunbeholden Road between Spanish Town Bypass and the Toll Road; and
WEST along Corletts Avenue between Holness Plaza and Bignal.
St Johns Road
NORTH along St Johns Road from the intersection with 31 Lane to the intersection with 33 Lane.
SOUTH along an imaginary line from the bottom of 31 Lane to the intersection with 33 Lane.
EAST along 31 Lane from the intersection with St Johns Road to the intersection with the imaginary line at the bottom of the lane; and
WEST along 33 Lane from the intersection with St Johns Road to the intersection with the imaginary line at the bottom of the lane.
During the hours of the curfew all persons within the boundaries are required to remain within their premises unless otherwise authorised in writing by the member of the security forces who is in charge of enforcing the curfew.
Organizers of the recently concluded Excellence in Music & Entertainment Awards (EME),
"The executive committee of the EME Awards made the unanimous decision that award recipients who were in Jamaica at the time of the event and who choose not to attend the event or send a representative to collect the award(s) on their behalf, have forfeited their rights to the trophy. We realize this is an unprecedented decision but after careful consideration, we feel this is the right decision and something that must be done to protect the integrity and longevity of the event" founder and CEO Richard 'Richie B' Burgess said.
"The EME awards was conceived to honor and recognize the accomplishments of our own local reggae/dancehall stars in categories such as DJ of the Year, Best New Artist, Vocalist of the Year, Producer of the Year and the new category Artist of the Decade. If those being honored don't see the need to attend or participate in the process, then they do not deserve to receive the award. Respect goes both ways. It is as simple as that" he reiterated.
"It is sad when international acts like Trina or Eve commit to travel to Jamaica, just so they can be here to collect their awards, while our own reggae stars chose to stay home. This is a symptom of a bigger problem in our industry that has to be addressed sooner than later. The industry is on a downward spiral. If corrective actions are not take immediately, we stand to back pedal on some of the significant strides that were made by those who preceded us in the industry," he noted.
On the positive side, Burgess said the EME Awards had many things to celebrate, including the international coverage the event garnered this year.
The Tax Administration is moving to dispose of assets seized by its Special Enforcement Team (SET) during operations carried out over the past several months.
The seized assets will be disposed of by way of sealed bids from qualified persons, the proceeds of which will be used to offset liabilities of the delinquent taxpayers.
Persons wishing to participate in the bidding exercise may contact the designated officer named in the advertisement published on the Tax Administration website http://www.jamaicatax.gov.jm.
A list of the assets available for disposal, along with details of the process and a copy of the bid form are also available on the website.
Interested persons must submit their sealed bids by 3:00 pm on Friday, March 25 addressed to the Inland Revenue Department.
The bidding process is only open to members of the public. Staff of the Tax Administration and their families are not eligible to participate.
Two of the five policemen who were implicated in the alleged rape of an exotic dancer at a nightclub in Dam Head, St. Catherine, last month, have been charged.
The two Constables were charged Monday, following a ruling by the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP).
They appeared before the Spanish Town Criminal Court on Tuesday afternoon, where they were each offered $500,000 bail.
Those charged are Constables Sheldon Taylor and Richard Jordon.
Constable Taylor is charged with rape, while Constable Jordon is charged with breaches of the Corruption Prevention Act, following allegations that he approached the victim, through a third party, and offered her $200,000 to drop the case.
In granting bail, the presiding magistrate imposed tough sanctions on Constable Taylor.
He has been ordered to live outside of St. Catherine until the case is decided.
He is also to report to the nearest police station daily, and should not be seen on the street after 7 p.m. and before six a.m.
Constable Jordon was one of the four cops ordered released last week, after the victim failed to identify them at two identification parades.
However, he found himself back in custody on Monday, based on allegations that he offered a bribe to the victim to remain silent.
However, defence attorney, Peter Champagnie, says his client will fight the allegations.
The policemen were taken into custody on February 17, following a report that they gang-raped the dancer at a nightclub in Dam Head, Spanish Town.
The Broadcasting Commission of Jamaica (BCJ) has issued a second directive to Nationwide News Network (NNN) in relation to the popular programme Ragashanti Live.
Following an order on Monday to immediately pull the show, the station aired past episodes of the programme on Tuesday, which also drew the ire of the Commission.
It again wrote to the station ordering that the repeat shows cease immediately in that time slot.
The BCJ warned that if this is not done, the non compliance will result in serious sanctions.
The Commission has also declared as false, claims made by the station that it was not given an opportunity to be heard before being ordered to pull the show on Monday.
The BCJ mentioned a meeting with the station's management on March 4, where it was given a deadline of March 11 to reply by letter and explain how the problematic broadcasts went out on air.
The BCJ said NNN replied by that date, but its response to the issue was not satisfactory.
The Commission has cited close to 20 breaches of the station's user licence.
The person shopping the tape around send a clip and pictures to TMZ, and in their words "The people in the video are both givers. The video and photos are clear -- it's Usher and Tameka."
While rep for Usher are not confirming nor denying, they are reminding the public that Usher had things stolen our of his car back in December 2009. Tameka released a statement not denying that such a tape exist, but that she would not shop it around. "Would I sanction a sextape being out? Absolutely not. I am a mother and entrepreneur. Sex tapes or pornography would not be my lane. I have no desire to be seen in that way."
CASTRIES, St Lucia (CMC) - The St Lucia government today that the recent attack on three gay visitors to the island appeared to be perpetrated by individuals whose views do not reflect the sentiments of the majority of law abiding citizens.
In a statement, the authorities said that they were extending "sincere apologies" and a speedy recovery to United States citizens Todd Wiggins, Michael Baker and Nick Smith, who were assaulted while on the island.
"St Lucia does not condone such acts of violence appeared to be perpetrated by individuals whose views do not reflect sentiments of the majority of law-abiding citizens.
"Whether or not this crime was motivated by anti-gay sentiment, or during the course of robbery, it is none-the-less unacceptable behaviour and our destination will not tolerate it. Our law enforcement authorities are pursuing this matter relentlessly," the statement noted.
The three visitors were attacked as they showered together in a cottage in the west coast town of Soufriere.
One of the men has since taken his story to several leading gay publications in the United States and has also documented his ordeal on various social networks, suggesting that the incident represented a hate crime directed at gays.
The visitors say that in addition to being attacked, robbed and beaten they were subjected to certain discriminatory remarks.
Police said they have arrested two of the five men involved in the incident and have recovered most of the stolen items.
In the statement, the government said that St Lucia has always been a safe destination, respectful of people's own choices for religion, beliefs and perspectives on life.
Tourism Minister Allen Chastanet over the weekend warned that the situation had the potential to tarnish the island's reputation and tourism sector.
What a disgrace at the big big Kingston Public Hospital! Can you imagine that this is a place that is supposed to be providing health care for the citizens of Jamaica and dem have the specimen sitting down in some dutty box and bucket for God knows how long before it is sent to the lab. And the lab is just a few minutes away from the hospital!!
This is intolerable. According to one woman, a cancer patient, the specimen from his breast was left in the corridor in a box for over a week and when she went to collect it, there were others there for much longer than that. Just left there in the open unprotected from sunlight or anything else that could cause the specimen to change and perhaps look worse than it really is.
And now we have to wonder what exactly happens over at the government lab? How long is it before those workers get around to testing these samples and under what conditions?
Poverty is indeed a crime.
SOMA, Japan (AP) -- The second hydrogen explosion in three days rocked a Japanese nuclear plant today, sending a massive cloud of smoke into the air and injuring 11 workers. The blast was felt 25 miles (40 kilometres) away, but the plant's operator said the radiation levels at the affected unit were still within legal limits.
Later today, fuel rods at a separate reactor in the plant were fully exposed after it lost its ability to cool down, officials said. The exposure raises the risk of the unit overheating and adds to fears of a potential third explosion at the plant.
The morning blast occurred in Unit 3, which authorities have been trying to cool with sea water after a system failure in the wake of Friday's massive earthquake and tsunami, triggered an order for hundreds of people to stay indoors, said Chief Cabinet Secretary Yukio Edano. The two disasters left at least 10,000 people dead.
Operators knew the sea water flooding would cause a pressure buildup in the reactor containment vessel -- and potentially lead to an explosion -- but felt they had no choice if they wanted to avoid a complete meltdown. In the end, the hydrogen in the released steam mixed with oxygen in the atmosphere and set off the blast.
The inner containment shell surrounding the Unit 3 reactor was intact, Edano said, allaying some fears of the risk to the environment and public. But the outer building around the reactor appeared to have been devastated, with only a skeletal frame remaining.
Tokyo Electric Power Co, which operates the plant, said radiation levels at Unit 3 were well under the levels where a nuclear operator must file a report to the government.
A similar explosion occurred Saturday at the plant's Unit 1, injuring four workers, causing mass evacuations and destroying much of the outer building.
Shortly after today's explosion, Tokyo Electric warned it had lost the ability to cool Unit 2. Hours later, the company said fuel rods in that unit were fully exposed, at least temporarily.
The company was trying to channel sea water into the reactor to cover the rods, cool them down and prevent another explosion at the stricken plant.
More than 180,000 people have evacuated the area in recent days, and up to 160 may have been exposed to radiation -- pouring misery onto those already devastated by the twin disasters.
The trial of businessman Stephen Causewell who is charged with the 2008 Oakland Apartment murder of his ex girlfriend is set to begin in the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate's Court today.
Causewell is alleged to have killed 27-year-old Nardia Mitchell on the evening of July 16, 2008 at her St Andrew apartment.
Mitchell's body was found on the grounds of the apartment complex.
It was initially reported that she died after falling from the building.
However, a post mortem revealed that her injuries were not consistent with a fall.
The police say the post mortem indicated that Mitchell died from injuries caused by a blunt object that was used to hit her on the head.
Cover of Vybz Kartel
The deejay walked away with the trophies for Deejay of the Year, Song of the Year (Dancehall) --
Cover of Beenie Man
The night's other big winners were Beenie Man and I-Octane with three awards each.
Here is the full list of winners:
Deejay of the Year -- Male: Vybz Kartel
Deejay of the Year -- Female: Tifa
Vocalist of the Year -- Male: Tarrus Riley
Vocalist of the Year -- Female: Etana
Producer/Label of the Year -- Dancehall: Ainsley 'Notnice' Morris
Producer of the Year -- Reggae: Donovan 'Don Corleon' Bennett
Best New Artiste -- Male: Popcaan
Best New Artiste -- Female: Denyque
Duo/Group of the Year: Voicemail
Biggest Comeback Artiste: Future Fambo
Song of the Year -- Dancehall: Clarks
Song of the Year -- Reggae: My Life-- I-Octane
Album of the Year: Pon di Gaza 2.0-- Vybz Kartel
Cultural Artiste of the Year: Tarrus Riley
Breakthrough Artiste of the Year: I-Octane
Singjay of the Year -- Male: I-Octane
Collaboration of the Year: Clarks-- Vybz Kartel, Popcaan and Gaza Slim
Riddim of the Year -- Reggae: Pleasure-- Cash Flow Records
Riddim of the Year -- Dancehall: One Day-- Seanizzle Records
Most Improved Artiste Nicky B
Gospel Artiste of the Year: Prodigal Son
International Artiste of the Year: Gyptian
Best Theatrical Production: GhettOut
Best Instrumental Group with vocals: Live Wyaa
Video of the Year -- Reggae: Unconditional Love-- Jah Cure and Phyllisia
Performance of the Year: Beenie Man and Bounty Killer -- Arthur Guinness Celebration
Best Dressed Artiste: Beenie Man
Show of the Year: Arthur Guinness Celebration
Best Original Dancer of the Year: Dance Xpressionz
Gospel Song of the Year: Drinking from my Saucer-- Jabez
International Friends of Reggae Awardees: Eve, Trina
Artiste of the Decade: Beenie Man, Shaggy
Diamond-selling reggae act Shaggy continues his crossover surge into the international music market with the release of a brand new single entitled Fire Up / Forget The Recession which features Miami-based recording artiste Pitbull.The new single which boasts a Latin dance beat is centred around a celebration theme of making money. Fired Up comes on the wings of Shaggy & reggae vocalist Alaine's chart-topping hit single For Your Eyes Only which was released late last year.
Shaggy, who is also featured on a host of local singles including Stucky Teacher with teen reggae artist QQ and Cheap & Clean alongside Khago and Big Yard / Scikron label mate Red Fox is now focused on maintaining his presence in the music fraternity.
Shaggy is gearing up for a busy Easter and summer season with a number of bookings already confirmed.
They are showing their anger over the dismissal of some of their colleagues and other disciplinary action taken by the company.
JUTC Communications Manger Reginald Allen says the company is working to resolve the situation.
Jamaica's Foreign Affairs ministry has set up a help line for people seeking information on their relatives in the Asian country.
Persons seeking information can call 936- 0942.
The ministry says persons can also call the Foreign National Affairs Division in Japan at 813-5501-8174.
Ann- Margaret Lim, Head of Public Relations at Jamaica's foreign affairs ministry says so far contact has been made with 35 of the 55 Jamaicans on a teaching programme in Japan.
Ten large luggage bags were found containing 118 packets of the illegal drug, which weighed close to 300 kilograms.
The original seal of the container was found in a black plastic bag tied to one of the bags containing the drugs.
Police said the container arrived in Port of Spain on March 1, on board a cargo ship from Jamaica.
The container was then transferred to the Point Lisas port, on March 4.
Over the past two months, the police have made several seizures and arrests in connection with the importation and trafficking of ganja and seedlings, which appear to be in high demand in Trinidad.
Mel Gibson avoided becoming someone's b*tch in jail, but he's not getting off clean either.
Because he agreed to a plea deal (Lindsay take note!), the D.A. will only charge Mel with misdemeanor battery charge.
According to TMZ, the actual charge will be California Penal Code, Section 243(e)(1), which is battery "against a person with whom the defendant is cohabiting, a person who is the parent of the defendant's child, or a person with whom the defendant currently has, or has previously had, a dating or engagement relationship."
Its too bad he didn't get just a couple of days of jail time. It would have been great to hear about him being someone's girlfriend in the pokey.
Smith told Kiss FM, "Whenever I have a creative block, he's always like, 'Do what artists do when they have a block. Make a song about it.'"
This kid is so energetic, between watching her videos and listening to her talk about her "creative blocks", I just want to take a nap. She has the kind of energy I could only obtain through twelve hours of sleep and a few Red Bulls.
Recently Jay-Z told Hollyscoop, "When she comes in a room she lights up the room. She's ten years old, and just the way she carries herself is just amazing."
Smith is so confident in interviews it's almost intimidating. Most of us can only achieve that level of confidence after a bikini wax, a laser peel, and a glass bottle of merlot.
Japanese police have announced that 200-300 bodies have just been found in a northeastern coastal area. Earlier today authorities said at least 40 people were killed and 39 missing.
"Jamaica has had long, strong and very close ties with the people of Japan. There are several Jamaican nationals working and studying there so we are deeply concerned about their safety. We pray for all the people of Japan that they will be kept safe and that the rescue operations by international community will be as successful as is humanly possible," Golding said in a statement moments ago.
The prime minister added that he hoped that rescue efforts being offered by the international community will help keep the death toll to a minimum and save lives still under threat.
The 8.9 offshore earthquake, which is is the biggest to have hit Japan's northeast coast, this morning triggering a 7-metre tsunami that swept away buildings, ships and cars.
The quake was followed by at least 19 aftershocks, most of them of more than magnitude 6.0. The death toll is likely to continue climbing given the scale of the disaster.
Dozens of cities and villages along a 1,300-mile (2,100-kilometre) stretch of coastline were shaken by violent tremors that reached as far away as Tokyo, hundreds of miles (kilometres) from the epicentre.
Tsunami waves have since hit Hawaii and are sweeping through the island chain after an earthquake in Japan sparked evacuations throughout the Pacific and as far as the US western coast.
The Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre said Kauai was the first island hit early Friday by the tsunami. Water rushed ashore in Honolulu, swamping the beach in Waikiki and surging over the break wall in the world-famous resort but stopping short of the area's high-rise hotels.
Personnel had to rush in Thursday to quell a flare-up among rival political party officials and supporters before the Manatt-Dudus commission of enquiry was brought to a screeching halt inside the Jamaica Conference Centre, downtown Kingston, yesterday.
The disruption was sparked by a claim by Justice Minister and Attorney General Dorothy Lightbourne that the attorney for the People's National (PNP), K.D. Knight, had more than three decades ago declared that "all Labourites fi dead".
Three disruptions within a 45-minute period marred the afternoon session, with no solution to what threatens to become a major standoff between the two senators.
The last of the premature adjournments brought the day's proceedings to a close.
Knight described Lightbourne's claim as an egregious lie, possibly intended to put him in danger.
Earlier, addressing the commission at the adjournment, Knight had declared: "If tomorrow morning (today) the matter is not resolved in a way satisfactorily to me, then there will be some difficulty in proceeding."
According to the Trinidad Express, the weed was found at the port of Point Lisas on Wednesday.
The police said the original seal on the container had been replaced with a Trinidad and Tobago Customs and Excise seal.
A total of 10 large luggage bags were found containing 118 packets of the illegal drug, which weighed close to 300 kilogrammes.
Investigators said the original seal of the container was found in a black plastic bag tied to one of the bags containing the drugs.
Officers said they have not been furnished, even though they made repeated requests to Customs officers with any documentation regarding the importer.
Apart from the marijuana, the shipment consisted of power washers and hoses.
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The sentencing date for a prominent Jamaican-born media executive Karl Rodney has been set for April 14.
Judge Emmet G. Sullivan, United States federal judge, will determine whether to impose a prison term or a fine on Rodney, who is founder, publisher and president of the New York Carib News, for lying to the United States Congress.
Officials said that Rodney is expected to cop a plea deal with prosecutors.
Under US law, he cannot be imprisoned for more than five years.
US federal prosecutors last month charged Rodney, who runs a Caribbean foundation, with lying to the House of Representatives' Ethics Committee during an inquiry into who paid for several legislators to go on Caribbean trips.The sentencing date for a prominent Jamaican-born media executive Karl Rodney has been set for April 14.
Judge Emmet G. Sullivan, United States federal judge, will determine whether to impose a prison term or a fine on Rodney, who is founder, publisher and president of the New York Carib News, for lying to the United States Congress.
Officials said that Rodney is expected to cop a plea deal with prosecutors.
Under US law, he cannot be imprisoned for more than five years.
US federal prosecutors last month charged Rodney, who runs a Caribbean foundation, with lying to the House of Representatives' Ethics Committee during an inquiry into who paid for several legislators to go on Caribbean trips.
Rodney has been charged with one count of making a false statement to Congress, according to the US Legal Times.
The magazine said that those who were dropped from the list - numbering some 47 people worldwide - either experienced declines in the value of their assets, or were culled because Forbes had got new information about their holdings.
Lee-Chin, who owns a number of Caribbean assets including National Commercial Bank, narrowly made the list in 2010 when his net worth fell to US$1 billion.
He made his fortune in mutual funds, but sold out his business, AIC Limited, to Manulife in 2009.
The current list of 1,210 billionaires control an estimated US$4.5 trillion of wealth.
Mexican telecoms magnate Carlos Slim, 71, widened his lead over other billionaires on Forbes' list - the same day his flagship company said he is a victim of monopolistic practices.Slim's fortune was estimated to have risen to US$74 billion, well ahead of Bill Gates'
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Slim, the owner of Claro, gained the most in the past year.
His wealth increased US$20.5 billion from last year's estimate of US$53.5 billion by Forbes, which attributed the increase to a rise in Mexican stock prices as well as successful mining and real-estate projects carried out through his Grupo Carso conglomerate.
A total of 332 Asians made the list, surpassing Europe's 300 for the first time. Moscow, with 79 billionaires, racked up more berths on the list than any other city in the world.
The United States still has the lead in total number of billionaires, with 413 of the 1,210 on the list.
The old capital has been tense and has required a heavy presence from security forces in recent weeks due an internal feud that has split members of the notorious Klansman gang. The feud has left a reported 10 persons dead in recent weeks.
Yesterday, gunmen said to be from the notorious Klansman gang, launched a brazen attack on the station and patrols in the vicinity, in what police believe to be an act of reprisal.
The police have reportedly killed three alleged Klansman gang members in the past week. Following the deaths the Police High Command raised the threat level against its personnel to 'extreme'.
Thursday night, the police high command described the attacks as "vicious and unprovoked" and said they indicated "the viciousness and the extraordinary lengths to which criminals from the Clansman gang will go in order to perpetuate their criminal way of life".
"The police will not cower in the face of these attacks and will respond appropriately and professionally," the high command said and praised "the bravery and the commitment of members who came under sustained gunfire ... and who were able to repel the criminals".
Quite frankly, we are getting a bit tired of Flava and his rantings and accusations againt VP Records. He keeps on trying to stir up controversy by making wild accusations against Chris Chin and how VP tief him, but by the time you look around, he takes down the story. And a few weeks later, he jumps up and blasts VP again, only to subsequently erase all history of his accusations.
At one time lava was the main person at Tad's Records, working closely with Tad and doing all his projects. Then he disappeared and linked up back with Chris Chin, pretending that they were BFF's. But it looks as if Flava is kemar McGregor's best and only friend. Notice how he always sends out a huge picture of himself, regardless of which artiste he claims to be promoting?
Flava, get your act together or everybody will have you as the boy who cried "wolf". Nuff said.
THE St Catherine North Police have ratcheted up their hunt for wanted Klansman gang members Amal Roman, also called 'Satan' and Navardo Hodges, also called 'Dee Jay'.
Both are wanted
in connection with gun and other serious crimes in Spanish Town and its environs.
The cops are appealing to persons with information on their whereabouts to share this information by calling Operation Kingfish at 811; Police Control Centre at 119, and Crime Stop at 311.
Rewards of $250,000 each are being offered for information leading to the arrest and charge of Hodges and Roman.
Following last night's brazen gun attack on the Spanish Town police station and other shooting incidents in Spanish Town and its environs, the police have listed Sheldon Wilson also called 'Nana' of a Rivoli address in Spanish Town and Nigel Hanson also called 'Nigel' of a De La Vega City address also in Spanish Town as major persons of interest.
Wilson and Hanson must report to the Spanish Town Police Station by 6:00 pm today, Friday March 11, 2011.
TOKYO -- A magnitude 8.9 earthquake -- the biggest in modern Japanese history -- slammed the island nation's eastern coast Friday afternoon, unleashing a 23-foot tsunami that swept boats, cars, buildings and tons of debris miles inland and prompting a "nuclear emergency." The death toll could well top 1,000 by the time all victims are counted.
A second quake struck central Japan hours later, causing buildings to sway. There were no immediate reports of deaths or damage.
The tsunami reached Hawaii, with initial reports citing little damage. Warnings blanketed the Pacific, putting areas on alert as far away as South America, Canada, Alaska and the entire U.S. West Coast, where some moored boats were damaged.
According to Japanese police, 200 to 300 bodies were found in Sendai, the coastal city closest to the epicenter. Another 137 people were confirmed killed, with hundreds missing. At least 600 people were injured.
TV footage taken from a military plane showed fires engulfing a large waterfront area in northeastern Japan. Houses and other buildings were ablaze across large swathes of land in Kesennuma city in Miyagi prefecture, near Sendai. The city, with a population of 74,000, has residential, light industry and fishing areas.
According to reports, police told the Kyodo news agency that a passenger train with an unknown number of people aboard was missing in one coastal area.
The government ordered 3,000 residents near a nuclear power plant in Onahama to evacuate because the plant's cooling system failed and pressure inside the reactor is rising. The reactor's core remained hot even after a shutdown, and officials said they would release some slightly radioactive vapor to ease the pressure. The plant is 170 miles northeast of Tokyo.spot.com
To say that Trini's like to party would be an understatement. Carnival festivities have been in motion for close to three months now with carnival 2k11 taking place in March. And one of the most loved sought after feature is the annual j'ouvert bash that kicks off the two days of carnival. Historically, j'ouvert is a term derived from the French when Trinidad was under the French colonial rule over two hundred years ago. Jouvert means jour overt which means opening of the day, and that's exactly what it is. The grand opening of Trinidad's largest spectacle. During the wee hours of the night participants get busy smearing paint, mud and more recently chocolate on one another while dancing behind several dj trucks and 40ft trailer trucks of liquor.
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The matter was then rescheduled by Resident Magistrate Maxine Ellis who extended Price's bail.
According to police reports, the deejay who heads the Alliance was reportedly seen smoking in the vicinity of First Caribbean Bank along Grenada Way in New Kingston in October 2009. He was accosted and searched and a small quantity of marijuana was allegedly found in his possession.
The artiste was subsequently charged with possession of and smoking marijuana, but has since denied the charges.
Before responding, Lightbourne commented that Knight had all kinds of descriptions for people.
She said she was being truthful about her statement that she only learnt of Leys' visit to the firm when Phillips mentioned it in Parliament.
Knight had presented the Hansard report of Parliament which showed that Phillips did not mention the Solicitor General's visit in Parliament on March 16 last year.
In his latest song, Run Di Place, deejay Assassin says: "How dem a gwaan like Assassin caan done the place/ Memba seh a wi have the fire tune dem weh a bun the place/ Oh? A mussi true mi nah bleach out mi face/ And true certain things you caan give mi fi taste/ Mi nah buy di chart dem/ Nah cheat the race/
Wi nah pick up no freaky ways/ Mi nah follow nuh bwoy mi a di boss fi miself/ Is like a big man deh school in a class to miself/ Dem all a seh mi mad so mek mi talk to miself/ But certain things mi nah do fi market miself/ Mi nah put out no freaky photographs wid miself/ The music haffi share, mi tek a part fi miself."
However, Assassin insists that despite people thinking that he's throwing stones at Vybz Kartel, he's not.
"It nuh have nothing fi do wid Kartel. When since Kartel have the monopoly on bleaching?" he asks in an interview with an evening tabloid.
Assassin said he spoke about bleaching in his song, Hype Up, years ago, but "all of a sudden yuh caan seh bleaching and a nuh Kartel yuh a talk."
Even with his recent song Talk How Mi Feel, he said people thought the song was in reference to Vybz Kartel even though he spoke about many issues like Voicemail member Oneil Edwards' death and fake friends, among other issues.
Everald Warmington has resigned as Member of Parliament for South West St Catherine.
Speaker of the House of Representatives Delroy Chuck made the announcement in the House at the start of the sittings today. In a letter read by Chuck, Warmington said he resigned because he felt he had offended section 40(2) of the Constitution.
That section of the Constitution speaks to eligibility for membership to the House of Representatives and Senate.
Warmington was a United States citizen at the time of his nomination for the 2007 general election. He subsequently renounced his US citizenship, but that came during the squabble over other members of the House who had sworn allegiance to a foreign state.
Warmington won the South West St Catherine seat in the 2007 general election, polling 10,488 votes to the People's National Party's (PNP) Dr Dennis Jones, who grabbed 7,244 votes.
So far, members of the PNP have successfully challenged four members of the governing party who held dual citizenship at the time of nomination - Daryl Vaz, Michael Stern, Shahine Robinson, and Gregory Mair.
All four were subsequently re-elected in by-elections.
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Buju was found guilty of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute five kilogramsor more of a mixture and substance containing a detectable amount of cocaine, knowingly and intentionally possessing a firearm in furtherance of and during the course of a drug-trafficking crime, and aiding and abetting others in using a communication facility in the commission of a felony.
The troubled Two and a Half Men actor - whose public attack on show creator Chuck Lorre has led to production on the hit series being halted - has revealed plans to visit the Caribbean country, which was devastated by an earthquake in January 2010, to help Sean who has been undertaking charity work in Haiti since the disaster.
Charlie told Access Hollywood Live: "We're going to do a couple things first and then it looks like we're heading down (to Haiti). And I'm excited because, you know, if I can bring the attention of the world down there, then clearly this tsunami keeps cresting."
In a recent interview with US GQ magazine, Sean defended his friend, revealing he believes Charlie simply wants the world to "lighten" up.
He said: "When you divorce the moral judgements, which I prefer to do, I see a guy who has a clearer view of the nature of the world around him than is sometimes comfortable to have. Those are the sort of people who have a tendency to find altered states. But he's a very ironic character. He's got pretension in the crosshairs of his wit. I think to a large degree he's saying, 'Guys, we're only going to be here once, so lighten up.'"
The Manatt-Dudus commission of enquiry this morning resumed with concerns being raised about Prime Minister, Bruce Golding's reported utterances at a Jamaica Labour Party central executive meeting on Saturday.
Referring to media reports, Attorney Patrick Atkinson who is representing former National Security Minister Dr Peter Phillips, said the Prime Minister has promised to reveal more secrets when he testifies at the Manatt enquiry.
But Atkinson says the Prime Minister would first be required to submit a new statement to the commission with the information he intends to disclose.
However, the Prime Minister's lawyer Hugh Small says it's the media which have claimed that Golding will be making a bombshell announcement.
According to Small, the Prime Minister had given no indication that new issues would be raised..
The United Kingdom immigration minister Damian Green has proposed a further increase in visa application fees.
The UK Government says the new proposed fees will be laid in Parliament in two separate regulations.
If approved, the increased fees will take effect on April 6.
The UK Government has reiterated that the new charges will not come into force until they have been debated and approved in Parliament.
According to the UK home office website under the current spending review, the ministry has to cut its budget by 20 per cent.
It says the UK Border Agency is already seeking to offset this income gap with efficiency savings of approximately £500 million by reducing support costs, increasing efficiencies, boosting productivity and targeting commercial suppliers.
But the UK home office says these measures will not go far enough, and to address the funding shortfall the UK Border Agency will need to increase fees for the 2011/2012 financial year.
According to the UK Border Agency, the proposed visa fees increase strike the right balance between maintaining secure and effective border controls and ensuring that the structure facilitates the UK's ability to attract migrants and visitors who can make a valuable contribution to the country.
There were few hotter reggae acts in the 1980s and early 1990s than singer Freddie McGregor. But as he approaches his 50th year in the music business, getting airplay for his new songs is not something he takes for granted.
"I'm so worried right now, because I talk to a lot of artistes from my era and they will tell you that dem have new product, but dem don't know if it going get play,' McGregor told The Gleaner.
McGregor said he always wanted to cover A House is Not a Home which was originally a hit for Dionne Warwick in the 1960s. In addition to the keyboards and drumming of Steely and Clevie, McGregor's longtime guitarist Dalton Browne and saxophonist Dean Fraser played on the track which was first laid three years ago, one year before Steely's (Wycliffe Johnson) death.
"It's a hardcore reggae feel. It's what we would consider a real roots-lovers kind of groove," he explained. "What we have done is create an original melody that gives it that difference, 'cause we didn't want it to sound like the original."
McGregor started his career in the early 1960s at Studio One as a member of The Clarendonians alongside Peter Austin and Ernest Wilson. His big break as a solo act came in the late 1970s with the song Bobby Babylon and album of the same name, for that company.
Ryno is also scheduled to do a number of radio and television
interviews to promote his latest singles namely: 'Wine & Balance', 'Fall in Love', 'Picture', 'Say Them A Friend' and 'Money Me A Pree', all of which are currently enjoying favourable rotation across the Caribbean.
"The response from the people so far has been overwhelming, and they have taken on to the new songs," Ryno said.
The artiste is set to headline a concert in Montserrat over the weekend at the Bitter End Beach Club.
Aside from promoting his new singles, plans are also in place for Ryno to shoot two new videos on his return to Jamaica.
Trinidad's National Carnival Commission (NCC) has pumped TT$100 million into Trinidad and Tobago's 2011 Carnival.
Kenny de Silva, NCC Chairman, said the money injected is expected to generate in excess of $1 billion in business for Trinidad and Tobago, as the country moves to make Carnival a profitable business.
Of the $100 million spent, de Silva said $45 million will be distributed in prizes; $52 million went towards the building of two stands at Queen's Park Savannah, while the remaining $3 million will be expended on various aspects of the two day event.
An evangelist is one of two Trinidad and Tobago nationals, remanded last week, after he was found guilty of attempting to smuggle marijuana out of Jamaica.
Twenty six year-old Neptune Dyson and Keron Wilson, 29, both pleaded guilty.
They are to be sentenced on Tuesday.
Mr. Dyson was held with 15 pounds of marijuana, while Mr. Wilson was nabbed with 14 pounds as they attempted to board a Caribbean Airlines flight at the Norman Manley International Airport in Kingston on February 27.
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According to a release from their record label, VP Records, the tour "was cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances beyond the artistes' and label's control".
The release went on to state that both Gyptian and Etana have expressed disappointment about missing their fans for this tour.
Hundreds of patrons booed the announcement that Machel Montano had won the 2011 International Power Soca Monarch competition, making off with the TT$2 million first prize.
There were reports that while many patrons expressed delight over Montano's victory as they exited the stadium, even more were crying foul, saying Iwer George, who placed second, was the true winner.
During Montano's performance a large portion of the audience kept chanting "Iwer, Iwer, Iwer" every time Montano instructed the band to lower the music for him to speak to the patrons.
DAVID BERNARD, a 46-year-old supervisor employed to one of the restaurants at the Norman Manley International Airport (NMIA), is the first Jamaican to be slapped with terrorism charges.
Personnel from the Organised Crime Investigation Division charged Bernard with terrorism activity, contrary to Section 3(2)(b) of the Terrorism Prevention Act.
He was also charged for committing an act endangering or likely to endanger aircraft safety, contrary to Section 17 (3) of the Tokyo, Hague and Montreal Conventions Act.
On February 27, this year, a call was received from a male by personnel from the Transnational Crime and Narcotics Division alleging that an employee of one of the duty-free shops at the NMIA was planning to place explosives on an American Airlines plane.
Investigations concluded that the information communicated to the police was false, malicious, and was a personal vendetta against the duty-free shop employee.
The charges against Bernard were made following a ruling by the director of public prosecutions.
Bernard was also charged with creating public mischief
A.J. Nicholson, the leader of opposition business, joked in quiet cross-talk to government senator Dwight Nelson that come next week when Lightbourne is faced by Knight in cross-examination, it would be no laughing matter.
"Hataclapse Monday!" Nicholson promised in response to Nelson who had said: "No Manatt today."
Nicholson was in the process of taking his seat after informing the president of the Senate that he might not be able to sit beyond 11:30 a.m. He asked that the debate on the report on Jamaica's defamation law be postponed.
The debate on the report was not taken.
Knight is the lead attorney for the People's National Party at the Manatt-Dudus commission of enquiry to examine the manner in which the Government handled the extradition request for then fugitive Christopher 'Dudus' Coke.
The incident followed the regional team's emphatic nine-wicket win over the hosts, in their International Cricket Council (ICC) Cricket World Cup, as Bangladesh were blasted out for the fourth-lowest total in World Cup history of 58 in 18.5 overs, in the Group B match at the Sher-e-Bangla Stadium.
The West Indies replied with 59 for one, with Chris Gayle leading the way with an unbeaten 37.
"I am so relieved that none of our players or team officials werre injured," said Minister Grange, while condemning the incident.
"The attack on the bus was not cricket. I have heard reports that the attack was really meant for the Bangladesh team. That would have been equally unacceptable. That is simply not the way to express displeasure at the performance of any team.
"As the minister for sports of Jamaica, I urge the International Cricket Council authorities and the host countries to do everything possible to ensure the safety of all teams and spectators at the tournament," Grange added.
The police are yet to lay charges against a man who went berserk and attacked six persons with a machete and stones, in the Marlborough area of Balaclava, St. Elizabeth on Monday.
An infant was killed and four persons were injured in the incident.
The attacker, Demar Angel, 24, alias 'Tion', was set upon by residents and injured.
He remains in hospital under police guard.
Two more members of the Jamaica Constabulary Force, JCF, have been sent to prison on corruption charges.
The cops, who were charged with breaches of the Corruption Prevention Act on March 4, 2008, were yesterday found guilty in the Santa Cruz Resident Magistrateís Court.
They are Corporal Sylvester Thaxter and Constable Kevin Whyte of the St. Elizabeth Police Division. Both men have been sentenced to twelve months at hard labour.
According to a statement from the JCF, a complaint was made to the Anti-Corruption Branch (ACB) by a motorist who reported that both policemen had corruptly solicited money from him. Detectives from the ACB then carried out an investigation.
The policemen were later arrested and charged.
The Police High Command has issued a stern warning to persons in Tivoli Gardens, West Kingston to desist from attacking members of the Force
It has come to the attention of the High Command that elements in Tivoli Gardens, especially those in high-rise buildings are repeatedly attacking police personnel and vehicles by throwing missiles at them during patrols in the area.
On Thursday night, a cop from Mobile Reserve was reportedly injured while on duty in the area.
The policeman was hit several times in his chest with stones.
The High Command is appealing to all members of the Force who work or patrol in Tivoli Gardens and its environs to do so with extra care and vigilance to ensure their safety.
It is also warning residents of Tivoli Gardens who participate in the attacks on the Police and its assets to immediately desist.
The High Command has warned that if the attacks continue, the police will have no alternative but to respond appropriately.
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'TODAY' show's Kathie-Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb, along with Smile Jamaica's Simon Crosskill, Neville Bell, Simone Cooper-Clarke and Carlette DeLeon will co-host the show which will be broadcast live on TVJ from a picturesque Jamaican location today. Segments of the show will be broadcast on the 'TODAY' show in May and the entire show will be posted on the 'TODAY' show's website.
Starring Academy Award winner Tommy Lee Jones (No Country for Old Men, The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada) and Academy Award nominee Samuel L Jackson (the Iron Man series, Pulp Fiction), the film explores and debates the value of existence.
The Sunset Limited is a searing two-character drama that mixes humour and pathos while examining the relationship between strangers who are brought together by desperate circumstances. Locked in a philosophical debate, both passionately defend their personal credos and try to convert the other.
Set in a New York tenement apartment, the story focuses on two very different men - a deeply religious black ex-con (Samuel L Jackson) who thwarts the suicide attempt of an asocial white college professor (Tommy Lee Jones) who tried to throw himself in front of the Sunset Limited, a Harlem subway train. While one attempts to connect on a rational, spiritual and emotional level, the other remains steadfast in his hard-earned despair.
The police have made a breakthrough in their probe into Sunday's bomb threat that led to a ban on air cargo from Jamaica to the United States.
Detectives from the Organised Crime Investigation Division (OCID) have arrested a man in connection with the incident at the Norman Manley International Airport in Kingston.
A statement issued by the Jamaica Constabulary Force says he was taken into custody Wednesday afternoon and is to be interviewed by investigators on Thursday.
Wednesday's arrest came a day after the United States lifted its suspension on air cargo from Jamaica.
The ban was imposed after a report was received that an explosive could be in cargo leaving Jamaica to the US.
However, it later discovered to have been a hoax.
In a statement to Parliament on Tuesday, Mike Henry, Transport and Works Minister said preliminary investigations suggested that the report was contrived to defame an employee of an airport concessionaire.
Detectives attached to the Major Investigations Taskforce are probing the circumstances surrounding the shooting death of one man and the injuring of two others on Ascot Avenue in Kingston Wednesday evening.
The dead man has been identified as Charles Dias, otherwise called 'Macky', of Dobsy Road in Kingston.
The St. Andrew Central Police report that about 6:40 p.m., Mr. Dias was travelling in a motor car along Ascot Avenue with two other men aboard.
On reaching a section of the road, the driver of another motor car, which had several men aboard, approached their vehicle.
The occupants of that motor car reportedly fired several shots at the vehicle being driven by Mr. Dias, before speeding away.
Mr. Dias and his two passengers were shot several times.
They were taken to hospital were Mr. Dias died while being treated and the other two admitted in serious condition.
The daughter of Kingston Mayor Desmond McKenzie was taken into custody by the Duhaney Park police Wednesday after a woman accused her of being involved in a visa scam.
The woman is reported to have claimed that she paid $297,000 in order to obtain visas to access three first-world countries of her choice. She said, however, that after this did not come through, she requested that her money be returned.
It is alleged that after her money wasn't returned in a reasonable time, she reported the matter to the police. The report was said to have been made on February 25 despite assurances that the situation was not a case of fraud.
It was reported that McKenzie's daughter told the woman, in an attempt to reassure her, that her reputable father had created access for visas on numerous occasions and could take care of everything.
Deejay Vybz Kartel and producer NotNice are remaining quiet as to whether there is a rift between them.
Rumours were circulating that the two had stopped working together musically since mid-February. According to several sources, NotNice was assaulted and his studio equipment removed from his house where he was working. It is alleged that Kartel was behind the removal of the equipment. However, it is unclear as to the reasons behind the move.
When The Star reportedly spoke to Ainsley 'NotNice' Morris yesterday, he was silent on whether there is an existing rift between himself and Kartel. When asked about the musical projects he is currently working on, the producer said, "No comment towards nothing at all."
The normally talkative Kartel was also silent on the matter giving no comment at all except to say that he recently released Empire Universe the Second Chapter on iTunes. The album was released on the Adidjahiem and NotNice Records.
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The group's co-founder, M1, has confirmed that while they are at work on their tenth album, Information Age, another higher profile project is in the works, which includes Stephen Marley.
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Legal opinion is indicating that the motion filed in a Florida Court for an acquittal or new trial for reggae artiste, Buju Banton, stands a reasonable chance of being successful.
Buju's defence team filed the motion in court earlier this week.
The 37-year old Grammy winning entertainer, whose real name is Mark Myrie, was found guilty last Tuesday of three of four charges - conspiracy to possess with the intent to possess 5 or more kilograms of cocaine, possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking offense and using wires to facilitate a drug trafficking offense.
However, the 12-member jury returned a not guilty verdict on a fourth charge of attempted possession with the intent to distribute five kilograms or more of cocaine.
United State-based attorney-at-law Oliver Smith believes the motion for acquittal may cause at least two of the counts to be overturned, and subsequently cut several years from Buju's possible sentence.
"As far as the gun count is concerned phone count, (using wires to facilitate a drug trafficking offense) I think is a real likelihood of success on those counts. I think the conspiracy count is doomed. The weapon was found on December 10, the date when Buju was not present, so it's highly unlikely, unless that there is some other evidence, that the jury could reasonably conclude that Buju would have knowledge that the person had the weapon and secondly, that that the weapon would be used in furtherance of the drug trafficking conspiracy. I think he has an excellent chance," said Mr. Smith, who was speaking Wednesday evening on RJR's current affairs discussion programme Beyond the Headlines.
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Rumours have been circulating that Reggae artiste Fantan Mojah was denied a US visa and his upcoming tour is facing cancellations.
However, Josef Bogdanovich, owner of Downsound Records, is refuting those allegations stating that the artiste's previous work visa has expired and he is in the process of filing for a new one.
He says that the promoters are all aware of this and there are no cancellations of any dates at this time.
Charlie Sheen has yet another problem ... he's going to be sued for allegedly derailing an attempt to replace Charlie with his estranged uncle on "Two and a Half Men."
The suit claims Charlie and his dad, Martin Sheen, along with his mom, Janet, conspired to "interfere and restrain" Chuck Lorre from replacing Charlie with Joe Estevez -- Charlie's estranged uncle.
The suit claims the plan was either to have Joe replace Charlie or appear in a spin-off of the sitcom, titled "Uncle Joe."
And the suit claims, Charlie, Martin and Janet also conspired to kill a proposed reality show titled "About the Sheens."
The plaintiff in the case is attorney Ed Meyer, who worked as Joe's manager -- Joe is not a named plaintiff. Meyer tells TMZ he was Joe's business partner in the reality show. Meyer says he's now estranged from Joe.
The suit seeks at least $20 million in damages.
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"I think you all pretty much know what happened. At 2:45AM a gentleman was arrested for allegedly driving under the influence," he told reporters. Adding that Christina, who was not driving, was also arrested because "she wasn't able to take care of herself. She wasn't belligerent, she just wasn't capable of taking care of herself."
Officers arrested Christina's boyfriend Matt Rutler because he was "clearly intoxicated" around 2:45AM at the intersection of Sunset and Clarke in Los Angeles. "[Christina] was brought here and when she was unable to navigate and think on her own," so she was arrested and "released at about 7:30AM."
Reports are that Edman decided to go for one of his usual Sunday evening swims with his grandson, he had no idea it would have been his last.
Edman drowned after he and his 13-year-old grandson, Rushane Thomas, an eighth-grade student at Paul Bogle High School in St Thomas and a friend developed difficulty at Big Diamond beach, St Thomas, which is a stone's throw away from where he lived in Lyssons.
Some time after 4 p.m., the three spent their time enjoying the water. Rushane could not swim.
"When we were ready to go back out, it was hard; we couldn't move. I started sinking, I couldn't feel the bottom (sea floor). We started to call out for help, but no one heard us. The sea was rough. Then my grandfather said 'Rushane, trust God and see if you can leave me'," a distraught Rushane reportedly told The Gleaner yesterday.
Rushane said he could not recall how he made it out of the water, but he remembered seeing his grandfather going under and did not resurface. The other little boy who could swim also made it back to shore. Edman's body was later taken from the water, after more than an hour.
Marva Edman, Daniel's widow, said she was informed that there were other people on the beach and had heard them crying out for help, but thought they were joking.
A 13-month-old baby is dead after being hit in the head by a stone allegedly thrown by a man who the St Elizabeth police believe also attempted to rape the infant's mother.
Police yesterday identified the baby as Shana-Kay Robinson of Armstrong District in Balaclava, north-east St Elizabeth.
The alleged attacker, 25-year-old Donar Angell was caught and beaten by angry residents before being rescued by police who took him to hospital where he was undergoing treatment yesterday afternoon under police guard.
Police reports are that the baby's mother, 29-year-old Stephanie Morris Robinson of Armstrong District, was walking along the Balaclava main road at about 9:30 am when she was attacked by a man who threw stones at her.
A police spokesman told the Observer that one stone -- thrown so hard that it hit the "baby out of the mother's hand" -- connected on the left side of the infant's head, "exposing the brain".
The attacker allegedly chased and held on to the mother and in an apparent attempt to rape her, tore off her clothes. The woman managed to escape and made an alarm.
Residents returned with her to the scene and rushed baby Shana-Kay to hospital where she was pronounced dead.
A search party formed by citizens cornered Angell and were in the process of beating him when he was rescued by police. A police spokesman said yesterday that he was likely to be charged with murder.
The band walked away with the trophy, a cheque for US$100,000 and the title of best new band in the world, after they competed against 24 other bands from various parts of the world.
Screams erupted from the audience after Dubtonic Kru was crowned the winner.
The Jamaica Civil Aviation Authority (JCAA) says the lifting of the suspension means that cargo and duty free items will now be allowed to leave Jamaica for these two countries.
However, the ban on cargo from Jamaica to the United States remains in effect until further notice.
The United States Transport Security Administration (TSA) imposed the ban Sunday night after it received a threat that an explosive device could be placed on a flight from Jamaica.
The ban was expanded to include the transportation of cargo to Canada and the Bahamas as these flights utilize US airspace.
Two of the policemen accused of the gang rape of an exotic dancer will have to wait a while longer to hear if they will be released from custody.
The court, which on Monday heard an application seeking their release, gave investigators until the end of the week to complete their probe of the allegations against them.
"What happened is that the Resident Magistrate (RM) heard the application in respect of the policemen being held in St. Andrew and she has given the investigators until Friday to complete their investigation and submit a file to the Director of Public Prosecutions for a ruling and then on Friday we'll know exactly what the situation is with them," said Peter Champagnie, attorney-at-law representing the accused policemen.
The other two accused cops are being held in St. Catherine.
Mr. Champagnie believes there is no basis for their continued detention.
"That is in a different jurisdiction so it all depends on what sort of evidence they have, if any, in relation to the other two in St. Catherine RM Court. But my view is that if it is that there is no other evidence linking any of them to any offence that is being alleged then there is no basis for their continued detention," Mr. Champagnie added.
Buju Banton's lawyer David Oscar Markus has filed a motion in the United States middle district court, Florida division, requesting a new trial for the Jamaican reggae superstar.
The attorney, David Oscar Markus, in a motion for judgment of acquittal pursuant to rules 29 and 33 of the federal rules of criminal procedure, respectfully moves for the entry of a judgment of acquittal or, in the alternative, requests that the court grant him a new trial.
Buju, whose real name is Mark Myrie, was last week convicted of three cocaine-related charges in the United States.
However, in the motion recently filed, Markus said "Mark Myrie respectfully submits that the interest of justice can only be achieved if the guilty verdicts obtained at trial are vacated and a judgment of acquittal entered or, alternatively, new trial ordered."
In the motion, Markus argued that " Myrie reiterates and incorporates by reference his motions for judgment of acquittal made at the close of the government's case and at the close of all the evidence based on the absence of substantial credible evidence sufficient to prove the allegations beyond a reasonable doubt."
Markus has argued that the Court must consider whether it is in the interest of justice to let the verdicts stand.
He also pointed to what he said were issues of insufficient evidence presented by the United States Government.