I reflect on my past--what I have learned, and what I have created.
As this year ends and a new one begins, I reflect on the events of my past, the lessons learned and the wisdom gained. I see life from a different perspective today than I did a decade, a year or even a month ago. My circumstances have changed, and so have I.
I am continually honing my skills at living a life of purpose and meaning. I think before I speak, knowing my words have power. My actions are deliberate, hopeful and positive.
I reflect on my past and what I have created. As I move forward, I bring with me the best of what was, and I create the best from what is. Thoughtfully, prayerfully and purposefully, I am ready for a new beginning.
See, the former things have come to pass, and new things I now declare. --Isaiah 42:9 --Isaiah 42:9
The Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) is reporting that one of its soldiers has been abducted.
He has been identified as 27-year-old private Davir Marston.
According to the JDF Headquarters, Private Marston was at home Wednesday evening, when he was called out by a man. He left and did not return. A report was subsequently made to the police and the JDF.
In a statement, the JDF says it does not think the abduction has anything to do with Thursday's General Election and is pursuing strong leads to have him returned safely.
The JDF added that it is vigorously pursuing the perpetrators and is making every effort to have Private Marston returned to his family safely.
It is asking anyone with information on his whereabouts to contact the JDF Headquarters at 960-8776; the Hunts Bay Police at 923-7111; the Police 119 emergency number, or the nearest Police station.
One man was killed in Rosemont in Linstead, St Catherine Thursday morning [December 29].
The man, who is yet to be identified, is believed to be about 18 years old.
The police say the incident was not politically motivated.
Instead they believe the issues surround a gang encounter.
The police are reporting that one man died, after he cast his ballot in Portland on Thursday [December 29].
Seventy year old Sylvester Nugent a farmer of Mullet Hall in West Portland collapsed about 10:15 a.m. and was taken to the Annotto Bay Hospital.
It is reported that Mr. Nugent voted at the Avocot Primary and Junior High School, PD 93 and after voting, said he had voted for the wrong person.
He then collapsed and was taken to the hospital where he was pronounced dead.
The opposition People's National Party, led by former premier Portia Simpson Miller, won the Jamaica's general elections, preliminary results showed late Thursday.
The party had already won more than half the 63 seats up for grabs in Thursday's elections.
Karl Samuda, the campaign director of the governing Jamaica Labour Party, conceded defeat on national television.
The win for the Centre-Left People's National Party means Ms. Miller would return to office after a gap of four years.
Prime MinisterAndrew Holness called the snap election after taking office when Bruce Golding resigned in October.
Final results are expected Saturday.
About 1.6 million citizens were eligible to vote.
A key election issue was the Caribbean island's high national debt of about 130 per cent of its gross domestic product. High unemployment and crime were also key issues in the campaign.
Persons wishing to donate to The Shaggy Make A Difference Foundation can now do so via text message, thanks to telecommunications firms Digicel and LIME. By sending a text message to Digicel 488-4175, anyone can donate $20 to the charity and for LIME text the number 444-4248 for a donation of $50 per sms, both will benefit the Bustamante Hospital for Children.
The Shaggy Make a Difference Foundation are the producers of the annual Shaggy & Friends benefit concert, which also raises well-needed money for the Bustamante Hospital -- the only Children's hospital in the English-speaking Caribbean.
Reggae superstar Shaggy, who is also the executive director of the foundation, said that the donation line helps people to be heroes in their own way.
"Not every superhero wears a cape you know. People can donate to a fantastic cause and help save the lives of the countless children that need services at the Bustamante Children's Hosptial," he said.
The diamond-selling artiste is reminding the public that all the proceeds from the donation line and the Shaggy & Friends Benefit Concert go directly to address the glaring needs of the Bustamante Children's Hospital.
"Anyone with a phone on any network can just simply send a text to 488-4175 for Digicel donations of $20 and 444-4248 for LIME donations of $50 and help us continue the work that we have started. This year, our focus is on the cardiac unit of the hospital which is where needs the most help," Shaggy said.
Now in its third year, the Shaggy & Friends benefit concert will see the likes of Shaggy, Lauryn Hill, Eve, Half-Pint, Coco Tea, Maxi Priest, I-Octane, Gyptian, Mr Vegas, Wayne Marshall, Tami Chynn, Deniece Williams, Assassin and Romain Virgo.
Set for Saturday January 7, the concert will be held on the grounds of Jamaica House.
Music is one of the strongest elements of Jamaican culture, and in recognition of this, the JAMAICA Jazz and Blues Festival - The Art of Music 2012 edition will feature a sterling tribute to the dynamic, energetic and riveting genres that have made up Jamaican popular music. Art of Music Productions (AMP), the producers of the Festival, have dedicated Thursday night, January 26, 2012 to Jamaica 50, when they will present an exciting journey through Jamaican music.
The production company has co-opted a slew of Jamaica's best artistes to make an excellent event that will kickstart the celebration of the important anniversary. "Jazz is the first major event for Jamaica 50 and will therefore set the tone for the celebrations," explained Junior Taylor, Associate Producer with Art of Music Productions.
"The idea is to showcase the music from the time we gained our independence to now," he said. Thursday night's tribute to the golden jubilee will therefore present a musical tapestry featuring some of Jamaican music's greatest from the different eras, showcasing the best of Ska, Rocksteady, Reggae and Dancehall.
The impressive roster is a diverse mix that will surely sate the wishes of fans of all Jamaican genres. The multiple-platinum recording artiste and international sensation Shaggy, is sure to whet appetites with his magnetism, gravelly voice, and catchy witty tunes that will send waves of excitement through the audience. Dancehall's first king, Yellowman as well as the original raggamuffin, Half Pint, will have original dancehall fans rocking to the beat.
Reggae's first empress Marcia Griffiths and the young lioness Etana, the poetic philosopher Luciano and Mykal Rose will delve into Reggae's more mystical and prophetic side. For those who wish to immerse themselves in the sounds of lovers rock, the timeless Freddie McGregor and the inimitable John Holt are guaranteed to please. The line-up will also feature George Nooks, Chris Martin, AJ Brown, Pluto Shervington, Lloyd Parks and the We the People Band and the Dragonaires.
The extensive, solid line-up will deliver short, energetic performances that will create a visual kaleidoscope of Jamaican music, drawing from their own hits as well as other iconic songs. Additionally, the night's musical fare will be held together by a narrative that will guide the musical journey.
Mr. Taylor explained that the JAMAICA Jazz and Blues' Thursday night leg has traditionally enjoyed the lowest turn-out of the three-night Festival. He noted that the lower attendance results from fewer people being able to take off from work to attend, on Thursday. It is however anticipated that this year's special line-up and other incentives will have more patrons flocking to the venue.
Indeed, as though the fabulous line-up wasn't enough, Art of Music Productions is sweetening the incentives by lowering the ticket price for general admission. So, in tribute to Jamaica 50, general admission tickets for Thursday night will be only US$50.00. VIP tickets are priced at US$120.
The JAMAICA Jazz and Blues Festival - The Art of Music 2012 is a historic 16th staging and will also feature international artistes Celine Dion, Cee-Lo Green, the Temptations, Richie Stephens, Gentleman, Jully Black, Nicole Henry, Tami and Tessanne Chin and Destra Garcia. The Festival takes place at the Greenfield Stadium, Trelawny, January 26 - 28, 2011.
The party led by Portia Simpson Miller has returned to government after taking the majority of the 63 seats. The PNP have taken 41 and the JLP 22 of the 63 seats.
It had been expected to be a close race, but in the end the PNP secured a strong win. The economy was key to the campaign, with unemployment running at over 12% - many of the PNP's core supporters are those who have been directly affected by the downturn.
Mrs Simpson Miller, also known as Sister P by supporters, was seen to appeal to the working class and mobilised their vote. The Jamaican Labour Party is more conservative, and more closely-linked to Jamaica's business community.
The JLP leader, Andrew Holness, was only sworn in a couple of months ago after Bruce Golding stepped down due to his lack of popularity. At 39, Mr Holness was Jamaica's youngest PM and the second shortest serving.
Meanwhile, several newcomers from the PNP are set to take seats in Parliament.
They include Damion Crawford, Lloyd B. Smith, Arnaldo Brown, Dr. Lynvale Bloomfield, Patrick Atkinson, Andre Hylton, Sharon Ffolkes Abrahams, Denise Daley, Mickael Phillips, Paul Buchanan, Dayton Campbell, Keith Walford, Richard Parchment and Joylan Silvera.
Some former PNP Parliamentarians are back.
They include Horace Dalley and Richard Azan. Among the well known JLP candidates who were defeated are Robert Montague, Clive Mullings, Ernest Smith, Andrew Gallimore, Laurie Broderick, Sharon Hay-Webster, Othneil Lawrence and Michael Stern.
The People's National Party has won the December 20, 2011 general elections.
In terms of declared seats, the PNP managed to take 36 while the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) claimed 19 seats.
The third parties did not claim any seats.
THE Electoral Office, however, has not yet officially called the elections for the opposition. As soon as this is done, the party leader, Portia Simpson Miller will deliver her acceptance speech.
She concealed her pregnancy for months before revealing her baby bump at the MTV Music Awards in August.
But now Beyoncé is said to be moments away from giving birth to her first child.
And the appearance of the star's mother Tina, 57, sister Solange, 25, and nephew Julez in the city has certainly added weight to the report.
Nurses at New York's St Luke's Roosevelt hospital have allegedly been told to prepare the labour suite for the arrival of a celebrity VIP.
And designer Tina and sister Solange, were spotted leaving vintage store Stella Dallas in New York City yesterday, which means they are clearly keen to be on hand should the star go into labour.
The singer lives in a multi-million pound penthouse apartment in the city with rapper husband Jay Z.
It is thought the 30-year-old singer and husband Jay Z could be welcoming a child as early as today according to MediaTakeOut.com.
The website reports that the half the floor of the hospital's Labor and Delivery Suite has been booked by the singer, although the hospital has not confirmed the claims.
Beyoncé is thought to have reached the nine month mark in her pregnancy.
And in a clip from her Live at Roseland DVD she said: 'Hello! It's September 23rd ... Right now I'm actually shooting the video for 'Countdown' and I'm six months pregnant, pretending that my stomach is flat in body suits.'
A spokesperson for the singer was unavailable for comment earlier today.
Beyoncé's baby may not have been born just yet but it has been the source of speculation for months.
In October the singer sparked rumours that she was wearing a prosthetic belly after her stomach appeared to collapse as she sat down during a live TV appearance in Australia.
Earlier this month the Love On Top singer labelled the reports 'ridiculous', and told Katie Couric that she didn't let the rumours effect her.
KINGSTON, Jamaica(AP) -- Jamaica's two main political parties are in a neck-and-neck race to capture a majority of the country's 63 parliamentary seats and win control of the government for the next five years.
Both sides were predicting victory after a hard-fought lead-up to Thursday's general elections pitting Jamaica's youngest prime minister and his center-right party against a veteran opponent who hopes to return her center-left faction to power and take a second lap as leader.
With most opinion polls putting the two parties in a virtual dead heat, candidates have scrambled for traction with undecided voters across the Caribbean island known as the birthplace of reggae and a hothouse for big-time sprinters.
Andrew Holness, a 39-year-old lawmaker who was unanimously chosen to be prime minister by his party just two months ago when predecessor Bruce Golding resigned amid anemic public backing, has tried to woo swing voters by promising new jobs in a debt-wracked nation with roughly 13 percent unemployment.
"Jamaicans are now safer, our economy is stable with a solid foundation for job creation," Holness said in a last-minute national address touting Labor's record.
Holness, largely seen as an unexciting but calm, pragmatic leader, said his party has started to reverse economic stagnation and effectively battled criminal gangs that have long been the scourge of the country. He has also pledged to modernize the bloated public sector without massive layoffs.
He argues that the PNP severely mismanaged the economy over its 18-year-tenure until its 2007 election loss, leading to a steady devaluation of the Jamaican dollar that cut deeply into the purchasing power of most wage earners and caused the standard of living to fall.
Meanwhile, 66-year-old opposition chief Portia Simpson Miller, a stalwart of the People's National Party since its days as a democratic socialist faction in the 1970s, has dismissed Holness as an indecisive leader and painted his party as hopelessly corrupt and unsympathetic to the plight of Jamaica's many poor inhabitants.
"It is not only going to be a victory but a wipeout of the Jamaica Labor Party," she told a crowd of cheering supporters dressed in the party's color of orange.
Simpson Miller was born in rural poverty and grew up in a Kingston ghetto, not far from the crumbling concrete jungle made famous by Bob Marley. Also referred to as "Sista P" and "Comrade Leader," she is known for her plain speaking style and warm interactions with supporters.
But detractors say her political style is largely superficial and she was out of her depth during her brief tenure as Jamaica's first female prime minister between March 2006 to September 2007, when her party was narrowly voted out of power.
The winner of Thursday's vote will face deep economic problems on this island of 2.8 million people. Jamaica's punishing debt stands at roughly $18.6 billion, or 130 per cent of gross domestic product, a rate about 10 percentage points higher than Italy's and 20 points lower than Greece's.
Jamaica's economy has been on a meager upswing, but roughly 60 percent of government spending still goes to debt and another 30 percent pays wages. That leaves just 10 percent for education, health, security and other parts of the budget.
Still, the monthlong campaign often bristled with a festive feel as cheering, horn-honking caravans of partisans attended packed rallies, waving banners and dancing to reggae tunes pounding out of big speakers.
But the campaign has also stirred some anxiety during the Christmas season as scattered incidents of violence and vandalism have been reported. Thousands of police officers and soldiers have been deployed to maintain security.
Political Ombudsman Bishop Herro Blair said Wednesday that the campaign was one of the "best we've ever had" in Jamaica, with just three deaths and about a half dozen woundings that he says investigators might eventually determine to be politically motivated.
In the lead-up to the 1980 elections, more than 800 people were killed in political clashes. Since then, large-scale political violence has dissipated and most killings are blamed on the drug and extortion trade.
Although most recent polls show a dead heat, the political team at the Jamaica Gleaner, the island's largest newspaper, has predicted that Labor will capture 34 of the 63 seats, while the PNP will claim 29.
Omar Wright, a 23-year-old unemployed man voting in his first election, said a lack of jobs convinced him to vote for the opposition.
"It's hard out here," Douglas said on a packed corner in downtown Kingston, where vendors were selling flip flops, towels and phone cards. "I don't think any of these politicians really know how hard it is, but we need a change."
Nearby, Reiza Davies, a 29-year-old clothes vendor, said she was voting Labor because people in her community always do.
"Anything is better than the PNP," she said, making a sour face.
A Jamaican man who was found with a sex toy filled with cocaine in his underwear was arrested last Friday in Trinidad.
According to a report in the Trinidad Express, about 2:30 p.m., officers of the Organised Crime, Narcotics and Firearms Bureau went to a hotel in Port-of-Spain and searched the room of the Jamaican.
Following that, his underwear was searched and a sex toy filled with 342 grams (12.06oz) of cocaine was allegedly found.
The police believe the man was awaiting the arrival of a female drug mule who would have taken the drug out of the country.
The Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) youth affiliate Generation 2000 (G2K) made a big blunder this afternoon telling its contacts on BlackBerry messenger to put their 'X' beside the head.
The head is the symbol for the People's National Party.
The JLP's symbol is the bell.
"JLP victory is here. Get every last voter out now. Put ur X beside the head," the G2K broadcast via Blackberry messenger at 3:41 p.m.
Thirteen minutes later, the G2K issued a correction: "LOL. Gotcha!! JLP Victory is here. Get every last voter out now. Put ur X beside the BELL!!
Earlier the G2K had told its Blackberry contacts: "The PNP is in a state of panic. They plan to have a surge of voters later. Labourites do not ease up every vote counts. Get everyone out! JLP".
St Catherine voters of the two major political parties turned out in their numbers to cast their ballots at the more than 300 polling stations covering the three constituencies.
In the South St Catherine constituency where the incumbent PNP candidate Fitz Jackson is being challenged by the JLP's Keith Hinds, voters streamed in and out of the 122 polling divisions from early this morning.
Election officials report that the process went smoothly throughout the day with minor glitches. Some complained that they were barred from voting because their names were not on the presiding officer's list. Voter turn out was heavy at the Braeton Primary and Junior School and the Ascott High School in the constituency.
RJR News caught up with Mr Hinds and Mr Jackson and both expressed confidence of victory. Mr Hinds argued that the redrawing of the boundary of the constituency gives him a chance of victory. Mr Jackson dismissed his claim and countered that he will be returned as MP.
Voters also turned out in their numbers to cast their ballots in the newly created East Central St Catherine constituency where the PNP's Arnaldo Brown is battling the JLP's Camille Buchanan.
Ms Buchanan was confident she would be the new MP when the polls close.
In the South East St Catherine constituency where the PNP's Colin Fagan is up against the JLP's Keith Blake, there was a high voter turn out.
Throughout the day, there were scenes of friendly embrace between supporters of the two main parties in the three constituencies
While crossing the street one day a Jamaican MP is tragically hit by a truck and dies.
His soul arrives in heaven and is met by St. Peter at the entrance.
"Welcome to heaven," says St. Peter. "Before you settle in, it seems there is a problem. We have never had a Jamaican high official around these parts, you see, so we're not sure what to do with you."
"No problem, just let me in," says the man.
"Well, I'd like to, but I have orders from higher up.
What we'll do is have you spend one day in hell and one in heaven. Then you can choose where to spend eternity."
"Really, I've made up my mind. I want to be in heaven," says the senator.
"I'm sorry, but we have our rules."
And with that, St. Peter escorts him to the elevator and he goes down, down, down to hell. The doors open and he finds himself in the middle of a green golf course. In the distance is a clubhouse and standing in front of it are all his friends and other politicians who had worked with him.
Everyone is shaking his hand, and reminiscing about the good times they had while getting rich at the expense of the people.
They play a friendly game of golf and then dine on lobster, caviar and champagne. Also present is the devil, who really is a very friendly guy who has a good time dancing and telling jokes. They are having such a good time that before he realizes it, it is time to go.
Everyone gives him a hearty farewell and waves while the elevator rises to heaven where St. Peter is waiting for him.
"Now it's time to visit heaven."
So, 24 hours pass with the senator joining a group of contented souls moving from cloud to cloud, playing the harp and singing. They have a good time and, before he realizes it, the 24 hours have gone by and St. Peter returns.
"Well, then, you've spent a day in hell and another in heaven. Now choose your eternity."
The senator reflects for a minute, then he answers: "Well, I would never have said it before, I mean heaven has been delightful, but I think I would be better off in hell."
So St. Peter escorts him to the elevator and he goes down, down, down to hell.
Now the doors of the elevator open and he's in the middle of a barren land covered with waste and garbage. He sees all his friends, dressed in rags, picking up the trash and putting it in black bags as more trash falls from above.
The devil comes over to him and puts his arm around his shoulder.
"I don't understand," stammers the senator. "Yesterday I was here and there was a golf course and clubhouse, and we ate lobster and caviar, drank champagne, and danced and had a great time. Now there's just a wasteland full of garbage and my friends look miserable.
The devil looks at him, smiles and says, "Yesterday we were campaigning ... Today you voted!
Freddie McGregor, Tarrus Riley, Duane Stephenson, Etana and Ce'cile were among the reggae/dancehall artistes who performed at a wrap-up campaign and concert staged by the Peoples National Party on Tuesday night.
Clearly showing their solidarity and not just doing a job, the artistes selected songs from their repertoire which were most befitting of the occasion to strengthen PNP party leader Portia Simpson Miller. At the end of his performance, veteran Freddie McGregor, who represented Big Ship, had kind words of encouragement for Mama P. The las' lap was aired live on CVM TV and also included an impassioned speech from Mrs Simpson Miller.
Tarrus Riley sang his blockbuster hit She's Royal, with new meaning and also scored bulls eye with Congagious, and of course, the popular Lion Paw, for which the crowd of PNP supporters added their voices as if singing on a mass choir.
"No evil can bring me harm, tell them to go back where they came from; No demonic works performed can prosper; I tell the obeah and science man calm, cause dem cyaan touch di lion paw:"
Declaring, "A woman time now, you see it. Where are all my independent ladies I want oonu mek some noise," female artiste Ce'cile took the mic from Tarrus and did her thing. Her performance came after Etana and Duane Stephenson's, two of the acts who were fully dressed in PNP red.
For her part, party leader Portia Simpson Miller looked overwhelmed as Tarrus led the crowd in singing She's Royal. Like a true debater who is ready to give the summation, the PNP leader quoted from party founder, Norman Manley and noted that, "Thursday will be a defining day in the history of Jamaica and the Jamaican people
"I implore you to vote for a government you can trust, a leader with experience - both local and international, rather than someone who needs a learning curve. We have a blend of wisdom, experience, youth, brilliance, energy and fresh thinking," Simpson Miller said.
She added, "The bell can take you nowhere, the only thing u can do with a bell is ring it - your head can take you wherever you want to go in life," the woman who hopes to be the Prime Minister of Jamaica for the second time around stated.
Even before she said it, everyone could hear the words, "Put your 'X' beside the head."
The clock is ticking away to Thursday December 29, 2011.
Kim Kardashian started a trend. Sinead O'Conner just pulled a Kim K and ended her marriage after just 18 days. Okay so maybe it wasn't entirely her decision, but either way, it's ova.
Sinead married Barry Herridge a few weeks ago in Vegas after complaining about being super lonely and super horny. Just two weeks after getting hitched, he left her following all the media attention surrounding their wedding. Shocking.
"Dear friends," O'Connor 45, writes, "I had for reasons u will all understand, wished to keep this private but have been told today it is to be leaked in the next few days despite my best efforts."
As Jamaicans get ready to go to the polls in another 72 hours to elect a new government, the Jamaica Labour Party and the Peoples National Party are locked in a near dead heat in their favourability rating.
That's the findings of the latest RJR/TVJ/Boxill Poll.We asked 1482 enumerated Jamaicans in 216 communities to rate the parties.
47 percent of the respondents had a favourable view of the JLP...this compares to the 44 point 7 percent for the PNP.
But with a margin of error of plus or minus 3 percent, both parties could actually be dead even.
This latest poll was conducted between December 21 and 24 and the result differs mildly from the similar poll we did two weeks earlier on December 10.
At that time 46 percent had a favourable view of the JLP and 43 point 8 percent for the PNP. both parties grew by a percentage point.
On the flip side...fewer persons now have an unfavourable view of the JLP.
44 percent sees the JLP as unfavourable compared to 45 percent earlier in December. The figures for the PNP hardly budged with 46 point 9 percent now and 47 percent on December 10.
So which party do Jamaicans trust more?
The parties were even at 41 percent in the December 10 poll. They both gained the trust from more people this time around...albeit a small increase.
The JLP is ahead with 43 point 6 percent with the PNP closely behind with 42 point percent. Meanwhile, 3 point 2 percent of those we poll said there no difference , while close to 11 percent didn't or didn't respond.
The Dr Lloyd Barnett-chaired Citizens Action for Free and Fair Election
Two more overseas groups have accepted invitations from the Electoral Commission of Jamaica, (ECJ), to monitor Thursday's General Election.
This increases to three the number of international teams that will be observing voting activities.
Chairman of the Electoral Commission, Professor Errol Miller, says the two groups are based in the region.
Members of the teams are scheduled to arrive in the island on Tuesday.
Earlier this month the Organization of American States, (OAS), said it would send an observer team for the election.
And although the parties have all but wrapped up their campaigns for the General Election, Political Ombudsman Bishop Herro Blair says his office remains on high alert.
Bishop Blair says arrangements have been made for his office to continue monitoring political activities during the holiday period.
A campaign free period will be introduced come Monday
Effective midnight, the parties have agreed to stop political broadcasts and campaign commercials on radio and television.
No new campaign ads should be posted on the internet during the period.The black out will continue until 7am election day.
As it relates to print media, no ads will appear in the December 28 and 29 publications.
Two illegal guns and several rounds of ammunition were taken from a man after he attempted to carry out a robbery at Haughton Grove in Hanover on Sunday.
Reports from the Ramble Police are that about 12.10 am two men were standing in Haughton Grove when they were approached by a masked man armed with guns. The man attempted to rob them of cash and their cellular phones.
A struggle ensued during which the men disarmed the robber of the firearms.
The weapons - a 9 millimetre Browning pistol containing 10 rounds and a 9 millimetre Desert Eagle pistol with a magazine containing 10 rounds were taken from him.
The gunman managed to escape.
The weapons were later handed over to the police.
Four days after notorious break away member of the Clansman Gang Navardo Hodges was beheaded in St. Catherine one of his cronies was on Sunday morning shot and injured by police, on March Pen Road in St. Catherine.
It's reported about 10 o'clock police received reports of strange men in the area and went in search of them.
Reports are that after the police entered the area the man was shot.
He is 23 year old Anthony Richards otherwise called "Ganja." He was wanted by the police for a string of murders, he was wanted for the death of a business man at a car wash in November.
Richards and Hodges reportedly became close allies when they broke away from the Clansman gang.
On Wednesday, Reputed gang leader, Navardo Hodges, also known as DJ, was found dead this morning in Spanish Town.
Hodges' head was found in one location before what is believed to be his torso was discovered in another section of the town.
A police constable remains hospitalised after he was stabbed in Browns Town, St. Ann.
About 3:30 Sunday morning the policeman, who is stationed at Mobile Reserve in Kingston, was at a nightclub when there was an altercation between him and another man.
It's reported that the other man stabbed the policeman before escaping.
The cop was rushed to hospital where he was admitted.
Reports are that his condition is serious but stable.
Kip Rich was the last man standing in the Sting war between him and Merciless on Tuesday morning.
It appeared as if Merciless underestimated Kip Rich's ability as a clash artiste and therefore Leonard had no strong comeback when Kippo unleashed his venom.
As to the anticipated Beenie/Bounty clash, it was obviously put on hold.
Bounty was in his killa suit ready for war and Beenie Man was supposed to be in the venue, but if he was, then him hide it out.
Bounty Killer, still managed to make an impact, and closed the show.
The general feeling however, is that Sting has lost its Sting.
Our news centre has learnt that a female student of the University of the West Indies Mona Campus, became ill and died after attending a social event on campus this week.
Another student is said to be in Hospital as well, after also becoming ill.
The student who died is said to be a Bahamianmedical student. It's widely believed they got sick after eating specially baked brownies, while consuming alcohol.
Reports are that she was at the event with friends when she and a companion ate the brownies while drinking alcohol.
They reportedly collapsed afterwards and were taken to Hospital.
The Police have not yet confirmed the incident, and the death has also not yet been reported to the public by the University administration, pending notification to the deceased student's family.
Former Prime Minister and People's National Party President, P.J. Patterson, has come out in defence of PNP leader, Portia Simpson Miller's plans for providing jobs for thousands of unemployedJamaicans.
Mrs Simpson-Miller has come under fire since her announcement of the Jamaica Emergency Employment Programme-JEEP.
The governing Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) says JEEP is similar to the PNP's 'crash programme' established by the Manley Government in the 1970's.
Mr. Patterson who has been providing major support on the PNP's campaign trail over the past few weeks says contrary to what some critics are saying, the much touted (JEEP) is not intended to be a long term project.
"We are going to insert projects which are vital to the country but offer high levels of providing jobs, it is an emergency programme, it is not intended to be a permanent solution for unemployment....." said Mr Patterson.
He said the project is Mrs. Simpson's Miller direct response to the job crisis.
In his address to a crowd of party supporters at the PNP's political meeting in Naggo Head, St. Catherine, on Thursday Mr. Patterson argued that Jamaicans want a government they can trust.
The former PNP President who also highlighted what he described as the open display of partisan politics at a road work project. called for a government that is participatory and inclusive.
The Warlord Bounty Killer was at his best at Diamond Splash in Negril last night. The killer was armed and dangerous and wasted no time in annihilating his long-time rival Beenie Man.
The Doctor was outclassed and left the stage right after his whipping.
With Bounty Killer on such a high, can Beenie Man make a comeback in time for Sting?
JAMAICAN reggae icon, Luciano, was on Saturday night pelted with empty water bottles by some youths that attended the closing of the 2011 Rivers State Carnival popularly known as CARNIRIV at the Liberation Stadium.
Luciano, whose real name is Jepther McClymont, was invited by the consultant handling this year's cultural festival as the star artiste to perform at the event.
Though the music fans, who streamed to the stadium, had earlier been entertained by some Nigerian artistes that included Ras Kimono, Maleke and I Go Save, a few of them were, however, not comfortable with Luciano's reggae music.
Not ready to listen to the lyrics and rhythm of the Jamaican-born reggae idol, they resorted to throwing empty water bottles at him.
Luciano, who was shocked at the hostile attitude of the crowd, asked, "What is happening? You don't want me? I was told that CARNIRIV is an event to showcase African Culture and that is why I am here for you.
"I am a messenger of God; don't you want the message. I was in Ethiopia, they (Ethiopians) received me. I was in Gambia, they received me. Why won't you receive your brother?"
The reggae maestro immediately sang his popular track, One way Ticket to Africa, to appease the crowd. But those who appeared not to be in love with the Luciano's reggae genre of music continued to pelt him with objects.
He eventually left the stage after the rendition of another track, Sweep Over My Soul, before the Nigeria twin artistes, P-Square, were welcomed to the stage with an ovation.
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People's National Party (PNP) President Portia Simpson-Miller has said there is no doubt that she was the clear winner in Tuesday night's televised leadership debate against Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) Leader Andrew Holness.
She also said the criticisms of her stance on the replacement of the British Monarch with a Jamaican Queen is a distraction.
Speaking to thousands of jubilant party supporters in Falmouth, Trelawny on Tuesday, Simpson Miller in a wide-ranging address, hit back at her detractors, who have criticised her for the answer she gave regarding the British Westminster model of Government.
She said some time ago when another minister said he wanted a Jamaican Queen everyone was silent on the matter.
The assertion was made by former Prime MinisterBruce Golding.
"Let me allay the fears of all who want to take me on for something as simple as that, I think I have proven myself, just give me a break and let me carry on the nation's business," the PNP president charged. "All who want to take me on I am black woman and I am strong," she continued to thunderous shouts from the sea of orange-clad supporters in Water Square.
Turning to the issue of the agreement with the International Monetary Fund that was raised in the debate, Simpson Miller said there is nothing to renegotiate as the present deal is dead.
Meanwhile, the PNP president has expressed concern about a comment she said was made by JLP Leader Andrew Holness suggesting that the Government should not be the one to provide jobs but instead the private sector.
"Any sensible Government would want to put forward a programme to create employment for the people of Jamaica," Simpson Miller said adding that jobs were never the central part of the JLP programme for the past four years.
A St. Elizabeth based attorney, who was earlier this year barred from practicing, has found himself in more trouble.
Conrod Powell, who was barred by the General Legal Council, has been taken into custody on a charge of fraudulent conversion.
Powell is in custody at the Black River Police Lockup awaiting a court appearance.
It is reported that prior to being disbarred, Mr. Powell was given $450,000 by a client to deal with a court matter.
After it was revealed that the attorney was no longer authorised to practice the client allegedly tried to get back his money.
However, after several failed attempts, a report was made to the Junction Police and following investigations Mr. Powell was taken into custody on the weekend and charged.
Earlier this year Powell was found guilty of corruption charges in the May Pen Resident Magistrate's Court and fined $100,000.
In that matter it was reported that he attempted to bribe a police officer with $20,000 to drop charges against two of his clients.
Following Wednesday's killing of wanted man and Clansman Gang member, Navardo Hodges, the police in St. Catherine have gone on high alert.
Hodges, who was said to have been the leader of a breakaway faction within the Gang, was found beheaded.
The police believe his followers could launch an attack on other gang members to avenge his death.
Members of the St. Catherine North and South Police Divisions were also told to be extremely careful.
In the meantime, detectives are seeking a member of Hodges' breakaway gang, said to be operating in the March Pen Road area.
Meanwhile, RJR News has been informed that hours after Hodges' death, an autopsy was performed.
Police sources say it showed he died of multiple gunshot wounds, one of which was to his forehead.
His head was then severed.
It is reported that his body has been released to his family.
A number of women's organisations have blasted recent statements made on the campaign trail on the weekend by Darly Vaz, the West Portland candidate for the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP).
In a release on Wednesday [December 21], the women's groups described the utterances from the JLP platform as demeaning.
They also say they undermine Jamaican women.
The groups said they have noted, with disgust, recent statements in the print and electronic media attributed to Mr. Vaz and other top JLP leaders concerning the participation of women in the 2011 general election.
They say the statements coming from the JLP platform suggest that women candidates are not celebrated for their intelligence but only valued for their looks, and are valued primarily as objects of men's love, without a focus on their multiple competencies.
These, they say, include strong management and leadership skills, as well as commitment to their families.
They argued that the language used suggests that women have been selected by the JLP solely for their physical attributes, and as a strategy to pull the female vote to the party.
This, they say, is demeaning to female candidates, and to all Jamaican women. Vaz and other leaders of the party were speaking at a meeting in St Elizabeth, on the weekend.
The polls will open on Thursday for members of the security forces and Election Day workers to cast their ballots ahead of the December 29 General Election.
The Electoral Commission of Jamaica (ECJ) says more than 30,000 persons are eligible to vote.
Voting will begin at 8 o'clock and end at 4 o'clock.
A total of 25,396 Election Day workers, 8,211 policemen and women, and 2,098 soldiers can cast their votes on Thursday in 225 locations islandwide.
Under the Representation of the People Act, provisions are made for the military and police, as well as Election Day Workers, to vote three clear days before the general election, to ensure that they are available for duty on that day.
Their names have therefore been separated from the official Voters' List to be used on Election Day.
Christin Senior, Public Education Officer at the ECJ, explains that they will vote in locations in which they are based, and the ballots later transferred.
"The voting procedure for them is the same as regular procedure except that they place their ballots in sealed envelopes that we don't open. When the envelopes come back to us on Thursday night what we will do is sort those ballots and place them in boxes for the respective constituencies. Come regular Election Day next week, these ballots will be delivered to the respective Returning Officers and there is a designated polling station with a ballot box that these ballots will be deposited in," Ms Senior said.
She warned that if they do not get to vote on Thursday, they will be barred from doing so on December 29.
"Police, military and Election Day workers names have been removed from the civilian list. The civilian list is the list that will be used on December 29, so if they turn up on December 29 and they go to the polling station their names will not be on that list, they must vote today, there is no other choice, no other option," she said.
She encouraged those who are unsure, or who have not received notices to call the EOJ toll free helpline at 1-888-991-VOTE to find out their voting locations.
In a recent issue of the Police Force Order, Commissioner Owen Ellington, cautioned members of the force, to exercise their democratic rights in a responsible manner, displaying the utmost respect for the electoral process, and maintaining the highest level of professionalism.
He instructed divisional commanders, islandwide, to ensure that members are facilitated in casting their ballots and returning to duties.
AMSTERDAM (AP) -- The editor of a Dutch fashion magazine has been fired after the publication used a racial slur to refer to Barbados-born Rihanna, setting off a social media furor and prompting an outraged response from the singer.
Eva Hoeke, editor of "Jackie," and the magazine's publisher said in a joint statement on Facebook that the misuse of a racial slur -- "although without malicious intentions" -- was cause for Hoeke's departure after eight years on the job.
The slur was used in an article about how to dress your daughter like a pop star. Responding to criticism that flashed across the ocean, Hoeke said at first that her use of the term was meant as a joke.
She then put out a Twitter item with a more explicit apology, saying she learned, "1. Don't publish bad jokes in the magazine 2. Don't pretend bad jokes to be funny. Sorry guys. My bad."
On Tuesday, Rihanna responded herself via Twitter: "Your magazine is a poor representation of the evolution of human rights! I find you disrespectful, and rather desperate!!"
Rather than a positive article useful to Dutch girls, Rihanna said Jackie chose to print an item "degrading to an entire race. That's your contribution to this world!" She also ended her tweet with an indelicate phrase.
Hoeke said she was unaware the word she used was so loaded because "you hear it all the time on radio and TV."
By Wednesday, the Facebook apology had attracted hundreds of comments, many condemning Hoeke but some saying the reaction was overblown.
Mystery candidate, Damion O. Crawford is now on leave from his job at the Council of Voluntary Social Services, CVSS, on Tower Street in downtown Kingston.
Crawford has been facing a firestorm of criticism ever since he mysteriously turned up at the polling station last week and registered to contest the December 29 general elections against the PNP's Damion O. Crawford and the JLP's Joan Gordon-Webley.
Known loosely as 'the other Damion Crawford', the young man is currently employed to the CVSS, but is on leave until January 2012. It is said that Crawford suffers from epilepsy (fits) and is subject to severe seizures. "Sometimes when he comes out of them he can't even remember his own name or where he lives in the lane."
The source confirmed that Crawford does have a Bachelors degree, "but he is not pursuing a Masters".
"He is a poor youth who just wants to go back into obscurity. He didn't think about this and clearly whoever put him up to it didn't realize that there would be such repercussions. They even created a Facebook page that he knew nothing about and then said it was "other persons". It is a mess. He doesn't want to see it through to the end, but he is terrified of what could happen if he decides that he is going to withdraw," the source said.
The reopening of school for the Easter term has been pushed back by almost a week, due to the general election.
The date for the resumption, which was originally scheduled for January 3, is now set for January 9.
Acting Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Education Grace McLean said the delay would not affect students, as plans have been put in place to accommodate them for the stipulated time for the school year.
The Education Regulation mandates that students should be given 190 days for the school year.
"The election will be the 29th and most of the schools are going to be used and we can't say if everything is going to be restored for school to begin on the 3rd, so we tried to identify within the school year, those four days that we had for the Easter term so we have actually placed them elsewhere on the school calendar so that we will still maintain the 190 days," McLean said.
Plans for the country's 50th anniversary celebrations next year are well advanced, with the activities set to begin on January 1, with fireworks on the waterfront, downtown Kingston, and at various locations across the island.
The celebrations, with the slogan 'Jamaica 50: Feel the heart and soul of a nation', will culminate in a similar manner on December 31, 2012.
Jamaica 50 is being led by a National Planning Committee, chaired by Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture, Olivia Grange, with membership from various sectors, including culture, tourism and other government groups; the Opposition, the private sector, youth organisations; religious and civic groups and other sectors. The committee is supported by the Jamaica 50 Secretariat, which is co-ordinating and implementing the programme of activities.
Salmon said a series of entertainment activities would take place at the waterfront event, including a praise and worship session at midnight.
He pointed out that the main highlights of the year-long celebrations will be in August 2012, the month Jamaica gained independence from Great Britain in 1962.
Keecia Ellis, daughter of the late musical icon Alton Ellis, is Miss Jamaica UK 2011-12.
Miss Ellis captured the title at the 22nd staging of Miss Jamaica UK a in London over the weekend.
Hosted under the distinguished patronage of High Commissioner to London, Miss Ellis told RJR News that among her priorities during her reign is to initiate a greater awareness of laws relating to copyright issues within the reggae music industry.
She said that such is her passion as too many reggae artists are having problems surrounding such legislation and their ability to access royalties.
She also pledged to take centre stage in many Jamaican communities across Britain during 50th year of independence celebrations next year, promoting the values and cultural legacy that makes Jamaica and its people proud.
Chief organizer, June Daley, highlighted the significance of Jamaica's independence celebrations in Britain next year, stating that Miss Jamaica UK will play a vital role in helping to fly the flag high. Proceeds from the pageant will go to Jamaica's Inner city Foundation and the East Africa Famine appeal.
Political analysts have declared that Tuesday night's leadership debate involving Prime MinisterAndrew Holness and Opposition LeaderPortia Simpson-Miller did little to sway undecided voters with a week to go before the General Election.
As assessments come in on the face-off between the two leaders and the impact it will have on electors the general view is that neither Mr. Holness nor Mrs. Simpson-Miller offered anything new.
At the same time, both received passing grades for their responses during the one hour event staged by the Jamaica Debates Commission.
Jamaicans at home and abroad closely monitored the much publicised debate to determine which of the leaders would outdo the other in taking on the questions posed to them.
They ranged from topics such as tackling the country's debt, the Dudus extradition matter, corruption, to the issue of homosexuals holding Cabinet positions.
Political Analyst, Shalman Scott, says based on the responses to the questions there was no clear top debater.
Social Commentator Judith Wedderburn gave a more critical response.
She believes both leaders were lacking in some areas.
UWI Professor Rupert Lewis, who says Mrs. Simpson-Miller performed better than she has in past debates, gave her the edge over Mr. Holness.
"On the realistic side of politics I think Andrew was very good in terms of his idealism, but given the crisis that we have I think there was more realism and more political appreciation of our situation [from Simpson Miller] than I got from Holness. I give Simpson Miller the edge," Professor Lewis said.
And during the debate the two leaders were asked their opinion on homosexuals serving in the Cabinet.
Former Prime Minister Bruce Golding had declared that gays would not be included in his team of Ministers.
In his response, Mr. Holness gave no firm position on the issue.
"My sentiments reflect the sentiments of the country. The Prime Minister has discretion but that discretion cannot be exercised in a vacuum," Mr. Holness said.
For her part the Opposition Leader said persons should be appointed to the Cabinet based on their ability to serve and not on their sexual orientation.
Sections of Dela Vega City in Spanish Town are now tense after the police found the severed head of a male believed to be that of Navardo Hodges, a leading member of the Clansman gang.
The police acting on intelligence, went to the Sagicor Shopping Centre on Burke Road Spanish Town about 4:00 this morning, where the head of a male later identified as Hodges was found on a step.
The police party then went to the Spanish Town By-Pass, where a body dressed in a pair of black jeans was seen.
The police say Navardo Hodges was beheaded some time last night.
Residents in the area say that they fear reprisals may take place because of the killing. This they claim against the background of Hodges falling out with the hierarchy of the Clansman gang.
At the time of his death the police had a reward of $500,000 for Hodges. He was wanted for several murders in the St Catherine North Division, especially Spanish Town.
Hundreds of residents converged in Spanish Town to get a glimpse of the remains.
The police had to work very hard to cordon off roads and redirect traffic.
Vybz Kartel, will return to the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate's Court today, in relation to the murder of Clive "Lizard" Williams.
Williams was reportedly beaten and stabbed in Havendale, St Andrew, on August 16, but the police have not located his body.
Our news centre understands that a bail application could be made today in the case. Kartel was offered $3 million bail in relation to another murder case against him but he cannot make use of it because he has not been granted bail in the Williams case.
Kartel, whose real name is Adidja Palmer, and five other men are charged jointly for Williams' killing.
They are fellow deejay Shawn Campbell more popularly known as Shawn Storm, fashion designer Calvin 'Moonie' Haye, Kiro Jones, Shane Williams and Andre St. John, otherwise called Mad Suss.
The police have told the court that they have video and audio recordings linking Vybz Kartel, and the other men to the killing.
The investigating officer said the police also have eye witness statements connecting the men to the murder.
In the meantime, Kartel is also to appear in court today in relation to an alleged plot to undermine the Police's investigation into Clive Williams' murder case.
Kartel and fellow Portmore-empire artiste Vanessa Saddler alias Gaza Slim are charged jointly with conspiracy to pervert the course of justice and attempting to pervert the course of justice.
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The country's political parties are on Monday morning preparing for the final week of active campaigning for the December 29 General Election.
Campaign activities will start winding down between Thursday and Friday ahead of Christmas celebrations.
This follows several weeks of tours, public meetings and door to door campaigning by candidates in the 63 constituencies.
The Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) says its team campaign will end on Thursday night.
Karl Samuda, Campaign Director, told RJR News that the final event will be a public meeting in St. James.
"Our campaign essentially ends on the 22nd when we have a wrap up meeting in Montego Bay. Although the 23rd is a day on which activities can take place that kind of activity you will find will more relate to minor tours if there are any but essentially our campaign comes to an end on the night of the 22nd," Mr. Samuda said.
And, the People's National Party (PNP) says its campaign machinery will remain in high gear until Friday.
Tension is mounting in West Portland among supporters of the two major political party's following the stabbing death of a resident on Sunday, in the Charlestown community of Buff Bay.
The killing of 32- year- old tour guide and Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) supporter, Omar Hernandez, took place shortly after 2.30 p.m. yesterday, at a bar.
Hernandez was reportedly putting up posters of incumbent Member of Parliament Daryl Vaz, when an argument developed between him and a group of men.
The argument got heated, and some of the posters were reportedly taken from Hernandez and torn.
Residents report that during a struggle, a knife was used to stab Hernandez in the neck.
Joan Charles, the mother of the deceased said it was only on Saturday that she had warned her son to be careful, as it was approaching the elections.
NEW YORK (AP) -- Lady Gaga has been voted The Associated Press Entertainer of the Year.
There were 135 ballots submitted by U.S. news organizations that make up the AP's membership. Editors and broadcasters were asked to cast their ballots for who had the most influence on entertainment and culture in 2011.
Lady Gaga narrowly edged out the late Apple founder Steve Jobs by three votes. Her year was dominated by the release of her second studio album, "Born This Way."
Previous winners of the AP Entertainer of the Year include Betty White, Taylor Swift, Tina Fey and Stephen Colbert.
Jailed entertainer Vybz Kartel faced questioning Friday on allegations that he conspired with Gaza Slim, a member of his Portmore Empire to try and deceive the police.
Kartel is facing a charge of attempting to pervert the course of justice.
His attorney, Christian Tavares-Finson told RJR News the defence team is ready. "It's very simple. The police have contacted us in relation to the questioning of Adidja Palmer in relation to perverting the course of justice. We will be following the usual procedures and we will be cooperating with the police to the fullest extent of our abilities," Mr. Tavares-Finson said.
Gaza Slim, whose given name is Venessa Sadler, was charged last week after she reportedly made a false report to the police.
She reportedly told the police on October 29, that she had just been robbed by Clive Williams in Havendale, St. Andrew.
However, the cops say this was a move to disrupt their investigation into Mr. William's murder.
Detectives say they intercepted a text message, instructing her to give the false report.
Internationally-acclaimed Reggae superstar, Gyptian, will perform at the upcoming New Year's Eve celebrations at Times Square in New York City.
The popular singjay is one of the headliners slated to perform on MTV's coverage of the New Year's celebrations on December 31.
This is regarded as one of the largest New Year's celebrations worldwide, with over two million viewers on average to view the Billboard screen in Manhattan for all the performances during the celebration preluding the traditional dropping of the ball at midnight.
Gyptian expressed his gratitude for the honour; relaying the notion that a Reggae artiste's ability to make it upon this kind of international stage shows how far Jamaica and the genre have come.
"For Reggae and for us as a little island to be far, it's a good look."
MIAMI (AP) -- Grammy-winning reggae star Buju Banton claims in an appeal of his federal drug conviction there was not enough evidence to prove he was involved in a cocaine conspiracy.
The appeal filed Friday by attorney David O. Markus also says Banton was relentlessly pursued by a federal informant seeking a $50,000 government payday. Markus says that resulted in improper entrapment.
Banton, whose real name is Mark Myrie, is serving a 10-year prison sentence following his February conviction on cocaine conspiracy and trafficking charges. A related gun charge was tossed out by a judge.
Banton is extremely popular in his native Jamaica and won a Grammy for his latest album shortly before his drug conviction.
It will likely be months before the Atlanta-based 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals issues a decision.
The service to celebrate the life of legendary music producerPhilip Burrell, more popularly known as Fattis, is scheduled for Saturday, December 17, 2011.
The church service will be held at the Holy Trinity Cathedral in Kingston and will begin promptly at 10 o'clock in the morning.
Mr Burrell, the CEO of Xterminator Records, passed away on December 3, while a patient at the University Hospital of the West Indies (UHWI), Mona, St Andrew.
Following the 10:00 am service, the funeral procession will move to the Dovecot Memorial Park.
Show promoter GT Taylor has remained upbeat about this year's staging of the annual Jagra GT Taylor Christmas Extravaganza. The Christmas Day event comes four days before the country goes to the poll to elect a new government and some are predicting that this will surely put a damper on the season's festivities.
Although Taylor says he has some concerns, he emphasizes that the plusses outweigh the potential negatives. He is confident, for example, that all 40 acts will turn up to the Independence Park venue in Black River and deliver excellent performances. Taylor is almost bursting with enthusiasm about the high production quality of the show and the newly-introduced 'Party Zone'. He is happy with the unwavering commitment of the sponsors and, as a result, has been able to keep ticket prices 'reasonable'.
"Currently we are looking into starting rehearsals and production manager Worrell King is expertly overseeing that aspect of the show," GT said.
He added,"We are a bit excited about the Party Zone concept which will see us creating a dancefloor with a disco in the middle of the park. This will provide an option for those who prefer to chill out near a bar and just listen to music. Based on our observations over the years, we took a decision to experiment with this concept and depending on the response we will know whether or not to make a regular feature of Extravaganza."
But is the promoter experiencing any nervousness with regard to the event being so close to Elections?
"Initially, we were very concerned. We had been hoping for more breathing space, but we have accepted the things we cannot change and have moved full speed ahead with our plans. The bottom line is that it is Christmas and elections or no elections, people will want somewhere to go and enjoy themselves. Jagra GT Taylor Christmas Extravaganza will be that perfect place," the Dancehall Master declared.
Taylor also emphasized that security will be tight and that there will be adequate and safe parking for all patrons..
He noted that the police in Black River, under the supervision of Superintendent Robinson, have given the assurance that patrons will be able to come out and enjoy the event without fear.
In an interview, Superintendent Robinson stated: "This is an annual event, which is always very well organized. Mr Taylor has always complied with our suggestions and we have never had any negative report. This year, we expect the same professionalism that we are used to."
The Supe added, "Our only little concern is the elections, but we think that this event will actually unite the people. The people this side are hungry for entertainment and they know how to have a good time. We anticipate that it will be another incident-free event, but at the same time we are well prepared for the unexpected."
Asked if he personally will be present, Superintendent Robinson admitted that he doesn't usually attend functions on Christmas Day. However, he noted that this year "things could be a little different. You could very well see me there".
Jagra GT Taylor Christmas Extravaganza takes place on December 25 at Independence Park, Black River, St Elizabeth. Among the artistes on the lineup are Bounty Killer, I-Octane, Coco Tea, John Holt, Romain Virgo, Khago, Hezron, Chuck Fenda, Twin of Twins, Wayne Marshall, Iley Dread, Lutan Fyah, Professor Nuts, Warrior King, Villa Dutch, Specialist and a host of others. Leading the charge for the females will be Spice, Macka Diamond, D'Angel and Toya.
Sponsors of the event include Jagra, Irie FM, CVM, On Stage, Zip FM, Linkz FM, Downsound Records, Five Star Recording, Best of Jamaica TV, Spendless Night Club, Allen's Texaco, Lynch Auto Parts, Ward's Power Tools and Supplies, Bari Enterprise, Vision, Eezy Ice, Sealand Foods, Rum Cream, Red Label, Stone's Ginger Wine, Outaroad.com, one876entertainment.com and Stampede Street Charts.
The St. Catherine Parish Council postponed its tree-lighting ceremony this evening after a man was killed in Spanish Town.
"I was in Spanish Town, when I received information that gunmen killed a man on Hanover Street and were moving about with guns," Dr. Andrew Wheatley, Mayor of Spanish Town said.
He said the police advised that the lighting ceremony be postponed.
The Gleaner also understands that the police killed the man who was involved in the shooting.
Elsewhere investigators were kept very busy in the St. Catherine North Division, with four murders within a 24-hour period.
A man known as "Movie Star" was shot and killed in Sydenham, Spanish Town St. Catherine today.
Police reports are that residents reportedly heard explosions. "Movie Star" was then found suffering from gunshot wounds.
His murder followed the killings of Alecia Grant, 24 and Gladston Stone 17, both of 97 St. Johns Road this morning.
Dave Thomas, 45, otherwise called Bumpy was shot and killed about 9:00 pm on Wednesday at the intersection of French and Manchester Street.
"He was shot and injured earlier this year when two sisters were shot and killed while vending at the same spot by gunmen," a policeman said.
Shock and awe greeted some passengers and motorists on a section of the Highway 2000 Wednesday morning [December 14] when a driver was shot dead by a trio of armed robbers during mid-morning traffic on the major thoroughfare.
According to a report carried by RJR News, what would have been a regular trip to Kingston from Clarendon for the minibus driver, identified only by the alias "Super", turned deadly about 8:45 a.m., just meters away from the exit of the Spanish Town Leg of the highway.
On reaching as section of the eastbound lane the driver's vehicle developed a puncture.
Another minibus stopped and that driver was assisting him in changing the tyre.
It was at that time the three men, who were lurking in the bushes, emerged and started robbing passengers.
The driver on realising what was happening ran and was chased by one of the gunmen. He was shot several times and died on the spot.
The other driver, who noticed the robbery, ran to his vehicle and sped off.
Passengers of the ill-fated bus were robbed by the other gunmen, who took cash, jewellery and cellular phones.
The driver was also robbed while he lay dead.
The gunmen then escaped over the perimeter fencing into bushes.
Stunned by Wednesday morning's, incident irate persons called for security personnel to patrol sections of the highway.
The motorists and the passengers of the bus bemoaned the lack of security personnel. They say the toll authorities should also insist on security for the commuting public.
Late Wednesday afternoon TransJamaican Highway (TJH) and the Jamaican Infrastructure Operator (JIO), responded saying they have been working closely with the police for the purposes of increased police presence on the highway.
TJH and JIO are also imploring the public to maintain a high level of vigilance during the holiday season and beyond.
They said persons should report any suspicious vehicles or persons to the authorities.
It is that time of year again; and as Jamaican households prepare for the festive celebrations of Christmas, the kitchens invariably harbor a lingering and pleasant scent of sugar and spice and everything nice.
The food part of Christmas is oh so important and getting the flavors just right is an art envied by many, but the final products are always enjoyed by all.
There are Christmas 'food customs' that are strictly adhered to as the season springs, and this tradition of fixing plenty food with beverages to match, follows Jamaicans wherever their chosen adventurous roads lead them, throughout the world.
Christmas is not a one day celebration in Jamaica, as the yuletide spirit starts at the top of December and lingers through till the first week of January, with non-stop rolling out of delectable eats. Sharing the tasty dishes with friends and neighbors is a must and some folk look at it as showing off the culinary expertise of each household in a pleasant and joyful way.
There has been an unspoken rule however, when it comes to the Jamaican Christmas cake. Everyone bakes the same kind of cake, but no-one likes to pass the recipe on. All Christmas cake bakers tend to like their own unique flavor, but that buck stops here this year.
One hundred and fifty candidates were nominated to contest the election. The day's activities were incident-free. The governing Jamaica Labour Party and the Opposition People's National party each nominated 63 candidates. Forming an alliance, the National Democratic Movement and the Marcus Garvey Peoples' Progressive Party nominated 17 candidates.
Birthday girl, People's National Party president Portia Simpson Miller has thanked Prime MinisterAndrew Holness for giving her what she says is the best birthday gift she has ever had. Simpson Miller turned 66 on Nomination Day. She will lead her party into the December 29 election against the Jamaica Labour Party's 39-year old Holness. On her way to hand in her nomination form in South West St Andrew, Simpson Miller engaged supporters in a race from Spanish Town Road to the Greenwich Town All Age School where the nomination centre is located. The persons who signed her nomination sang 'happy birthday' and gave best wishes to Simpson Miller. Earlier, jubilant Comrades filled Simpson Miller's constituency office and spilled on to the streets causing traffic to be reduced to a crawl. Orange-clad PNP supporters were kept busy dancing to party songs which blared from a 'People Power' truck. "Michael I am going to do it for the Jamaican people," Simpson Miller said as she placed three $1,000 notes on the table. The $1,000 note bears the image of former PNP president the late Michael Manley.
Dr Peter Phillips, the campaign director for the People's National Party is today celebrating his 24th wedding anniversary. It is also the birthday of PNP president Portia Simpson Miller. Shortly after handing in his nomination documents at the Tarrant Baptist Church, Molynes Road in his St Andrew East Central constituency, Phillips said he expects the PNP to win the December 29 general election by a comfortable majority. "Today is a wonderful day and I have a good feeling about today. It is not only the party leader's birthday, it happens to be my wedding anniversary and it really marks another phase in the relationship between myself and this constituency," Phillips said. He added: "Whatever the symbolism is, it is a good day for me, it's a good day for the People's National Party. And of course, election day is one day after my birthday so we have a good feeling about it all." Phillips is seeking to be returned as MP for East Central St Andrew for the fifth consecutive time. He faces the Jamaica Labour Party's Beverley Prince, the councillor for the Cassia Park Division in his constituency.
Innovators in producing reggae-pop-urban fusions Marcus Ras'I Thompson and Loren Chin grew up together
in Jamaica surrounded by musical inspirations. They shared a vision - to bring Jamaican Reggae Dancehall music to the international market by creating new crossover rhythms. Marcus was born in Brooklyn to two musical groundbreakers: reggae empress, Marcia Griffiths, and radio personality, Errol "ET" Thompson.
Loren Chin's uncle is Ronnie Burke, a production mastermind who united the biggest names in Jamaican music
history for Reggae Sunsplash.
With this rock-solid reggae foundation, Thompson and Chin launched their own studio in Kingston 6.
Freezing you in your tracks in the Icycle Riddim you can hear the individual strengths
and how well it translates to big performances from more than
a few artists and highlighting the piece are the likes of Ward 21
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Icycle Riddim is their latest, soon-to-be club-banger,
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We have to ... MUST... could not make another day pass and we don't send a special shout out to the Chin sisters, Rosie and Shantelle. We spy them over Wyndham on Saturday and from all indications, them ready to run road and hot up entertainer and athlete head again.
But one thing we are please asking the two of you, Don't breed again. We know this sounds coarse and vulgar, but we really can't put it any other way. You each have a child now, so please, in the midst of the partying, remember to spend some quality time with the kids. Whatever you do now, will have an impact on that child's life. We have nothing more to say.
Not telling any lie, Tifa party did hot!!!
Everybody who is anybody and all those wanting to be somebody did deh dere pon dem eyelash.
Tifa, your thing is turned all the way up girl. Know you must have a had a great time. It was bare tingz!!! Mad up!
The Jamaica Labour Party's candidate for East Rural St. Andrew Joan Gordon-Webley has said she will not accept a private apology from her People's National Party counterpart Damion Crawford.
Last week, Crawford called Gordon Webley "a solid waste of time."
In an interview with journalists this afternoon Gordon-Webley said Crawford made his remarks on a public platform and in that regard she is demanding a public apology.
Earlier today Crawford said he has sent a letter to Gordon-Webley to withdraw and apologise for making the comments.
Mrs. Gordon-Webley says she has not received the letter and is insisting that she gets a public apology.
Dancehall entertainer, Gaza Slim, was due in the Corporate Area Criminal Court on Monday.
Gaza Slim, whose real name is Vanessa Sadler, was charged on Thursday with conspiracy to pervert the course of justice.
Gaza Slim, a member of Vybz Kartel's Portmore Empire, is accused of making a false report to the police.
She surrendered to the police a week ago after being named a person of interest.
The artiste found herself in trouble with the law when she went to the Constant Spring Police on October 29 and reported that she had just been robbed by Clive Williams, the man Vybz Kartel is accused of killing.
The cops say they seized a cell phone containing a message instructing Gaza Slim to make the false report.
The words I speak have power, and I have the power to choose them wisely. Choosing words hastily or in anger may cause another to feel demoralized or discouraged. By contrast, loving words can heal and uplift.
I think of how words affect me. In prayer, I ask the Christ within to guide my words to be encouraging and uplifting for others as well as myself. I set an intention to speak in positive ways throughout the day. My words and tone of voice make a difference.
I acknowledge the Christ Spirit in each person and myself, and I naturally choose words of grace, love, peace and appreciation.
Let no evil talk come out of your mouths, but only what is useful for building up, as there is need, so that your words may give grace to those who hear.--Ephesians 4:29
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Alec Baldwin issued an apology Wednesday to fellow passengers on an American Airlines flight that was delayed by his refusal to stop playing a cellphone game.
The "30 Rock" actor's note, posted to the Huffington Post, didn't apologize to the airline or the flight attendant involved in the Tuesday incident.
Instead, Baldwin said he's aware that airlines struggle financially but the result is that air travel has devolved into an inelegant experience post-9/11.
Baldwin's dustup with American Airlines continued for a second day Wednesday, with the airline taking to social media to maintain it was following federal regulations when it booted an "extremely vocal customer" from a flight for refusing to shut off his cellphone.
The airline, which earlier cited passenger privacy in declining to discuss the matter, said on its Facebook page it decided "to provide the actual facts of the matter" after Baldwin stated publicly he had gotten kicked off the flight.
The company never cited the "30 Rock" TV star by name.
Baldwin took to Twitter after Tuesday's incident at Los Angeles International Airport, saying he was asked to leave a New York-bound plane after a "flight attendant on American reamed me out" for playing a game on his cellphone. Baldwin said he was playing "Words With Friends" while the plane sat at a gate.
American said on Facebook Wednesday that Federal Aviation Administration regulations require that cellphones and other electronic devices be turned off as soon as the airliner's door has been closed. The company said Baldwin refused to comply.
"The passenger ultimately stood up (with the seat belt light still on for departure) and took his phone into the plane's lavatory," American Airlines said. "He slammed the lavatory door so hard, the cockpit crew heard it and became alarmed, even with the cockpit door closed and locked. They immediately contacted the cabin crew to check on the situation."
The airline added that Baldwin was "extremely rude" to the flight crew, calling people "inappropriate names" and using offensive language
New York, NY (December 8, 2011): New York City is in for a treat on Wednesday, December 13, 2011 when Actor/singer, LEON will remove his acting hat and replace it with that of "Artist." Known for his roles in movies such as "Cool Runnings," "Above the Rim," "Waiting to Exhale," "The Temptations," "Little Richard," "The Five Heartbeats," along with television series "OZ" and "Resurrection Boulevard," LEON will perform live, for a worthy cause, with his band "Leon & the Peoples" at Sullivan Hall.
LEON became lead singer of his own band, Leon & the Peoples in 2005 and went on to release their debut album, "The Road Less Traveled" in 2006. In 2007, the band received a nomination for the album from the International Reggae and World Music Award. Later that year, the band joined Beres Hammond and Marcia Griffiths on their thirty six city US tour, For The Love Of It Tour. Leon was also a frequent surprise guest on Beres' 2008 A Moment in Time US tour. In 2010, the band headlined at NYC's Aids Walk Concert in Central Park, Jazz Aspen Festival and more.
The Actor remarks, "I am never too busy to do something charity related. I am more than happy to lend assistance because the work is so important. I am urging everyone to come out and support this cause. Give A Gift, Change A Life, Make A Difference. This is what Christmas is about, giving to those who cannot afford to do so otherwise."
The Holiday concert, which will also feature performances by Curtis Bailey & The Clinic and Alexis Layne, is held in conjunction with The American Friends of Jamaica, who will host a Toy and Book Drive during the event. Concert goers are asked to bring a toy or book unwrapped to benefit one of the children's homes supported by the AFJ in Jamaica.
A Press reception will be held at 7:00 pm, followed by performances at 8:00pm.
Attorney-at-law Harold Brady was on Wednesday morning found guilty of breaching the Commission of Enquiry Act.
Mr. Brady was found guilty by Senior Magistrate Georgiana Fraser who found that he was duly summoned to testify at the Manatt/Coke Commission of Enquiry.
The attorney had refused to respond to questions at the Enquiry citing lawyer/client privileges.
Mr. Brady was fined the maximum $500 or 10 days.
His attorneys have given notice of appeal.
Representing the entire bread basket parish of St. Elizabeth, though only hailing from the small town of Balaclava, this adorable youngster, who is actually 16 is an upper ninth grade student at the Holmwood Technical High School in Manchester.
A member of his school's Table Tennis team, and the choir, Delando has a passion for singing and has sung in local school concerts. He hopes to one day become a popular recording artiste, or find some other career in music which he will equally enjoy.
"I just hope that I make it far and I wish the best to my competitors," was his simple, yet heartfelt reply when asked what he hoped to gain from the competition.
When asked about his family support he replied genuinely: "My mother especially has always been there from the beginning, and my father helps me out when he can, but I give thanks same way."
One of two gunmen, who held up and robbed a teacher at the St. John's Road Primary School in St. Catherine on Wednesday afternoon, was later shot and killed.
However, the circumstances surrounding the shooting are unclear.
Shortly before 2 o'clock the teacher drove onto the school compound.
While exiting the vehicle two men drove up on a bike. They stole her handbag and then escaped.
Shortly after the men were shot close to the school. One of them succumbed to his injuries at hospital while the other was admitted.
The dead man's identity has not been ascertained.
The police have charged a fifth man in connection with the murder of Clive Williams otherwise called "Lizard".
The accused Shane Williams was charged on Wednesday night.
He is now charged along with dancehall entertainers, Vybz Kartel and Shawn Storm, fashion designer Calvin Haye, also known as Moonie, and Cayro Jones.
Chrstian Tavares- Finson Speaks with Shawty Vybez Kartels Common Law Wife on TvJ Prime Time News
Dancehall star Vybz Kartel's bail application was stalled when the deejay appeared in the Corporate Magistrate's Court on Friday (December 2).
According to the the Portmore Empire deejay's attorney Christian Tavares-Finson, they took the decision not to apply for bail because of some outstanding documents. "We are not entirely surprise at what happened today because there was an indication that something should have been served on us in a previous occasion and to date we have not received those documents," Tavares-Finson said.
The lawyer disclosed that they knew that police officers would be asking for more time to hand over the documents. However, the judge instructed the prosecution to turn over those documents by December 15th, ahead of a December 19th court date.
Vybz Kartel was granted a $3 million bail on one of two murder charges last week in the Supreme Court. The deejay is hoping to be release before Christmas.
Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) activist Kayon 'Treasure' Campbell is to return to the Yallahs Resident Magistrate's Court today, in relation to one of the two murder cases against him.
Campbell, who is also described as a St Thomas businessman, is charged jointly with JLP supporter Rameish Simpson.
Simpson is the JLP activist, who was reportedly rescued from the police under controversial circumstances by Western St. Thomas MP James Robertson in 2008.
The men are charged in relation to the shooting death of a Germaine Jones.
Jones was attacked by gunmen in the parish last year and was taken to the Princess Margaret Hospital.
While he was a patient there, men invaded the hospital and fired shots at Jones.
Jazz & Blues launched in fine style
The Jamaica Jazz & Blues Festival was launched in fine style last night inside the ballroom of the Wyndham Kingston Hotel in New Kingston.
AMP (Art of Music Productions), the new entity which has taken over from TurnKey Productions, managed to bring out everybody and had a packed house at the Wyndham, including government ministers, corporate sponsors, the media, the entertainment fraternity and a host of well-wishers.
Minister of Tourism, Ed Bartlett was quite upbeat about plans for next year's festival, which will see international artiste, Celine Dion as the headliner on Friday night. Other confirmed international acts include Cee Lo Greene, the Temptations and Shaggy. With the Jamaica Tourist Board on board again as one of the headline sponsors, the minister has a vested interest in the success of the event and was bursting with confidence that the festival will bring in the visitors in droves.
It was announced that the hoteliers have already indicated their pleasure at the bookings and it is anticipated that the Trelawny Stadium will witness a crowd never seen before when the 2012 Jazz & Blues Festival unfolds January 26-28.
Jamaica's morning paper, the Gleaner, is reporting that the Andrew Holness-led government is today expected to provide answers to a report out of the United States, which has contradicted information provided by the government, in the aftermath of the West Kingston operation last year.
When quizzed about the issue last year, then information minister, Daryl Vaz, had denied Jamaica had received any external help, however, the Department of Homeland Security incident report and the US Drug Enforcement Authority have confirmed that the plane assisted the Jamaican government during the Tivoli operation.
The Gleaner/Power 106 News centre say they were unable to reach security minister, Dwight Nelson last night for a comment.
However information minister, Senator Arthur Williams, said Nelson would be attending today's post-Cabinet press briefing and therefore would be available to address the matter.
According to the article in the Gleaner, an investigative piece in the American magazine, The New Yorker has revealed that despite the Jamaican government saying otherwise, a US spy plane did in fact take surveillance imagery of Tivoli Gardens on May 24, 2010 during the security operation.
It also said that the P-3 Orion passed information to U.S law-enforcement officers stationed at the Embassy, who provided that information to Jamaican authorities.
The Tivoli operation which happened from May 24 to 25 in 2010 was designed to capture convicted drug dealer Christopher 'Dudus' Coke and resulted in the deaths of 74 persons.
A Jamaican man has been remanded by a judge in Trinidad and Tobago on drug trafficking charges.
The accused, who has been identified as Junior Reid, was arrested at the Piarco International Airport on Saturday.
He was denied bail after facing an Arima Court on Monday.
Mr. Reid was not called upon to plead when he appeared before Magistrate Adrian Darmanie on charges of drug possession for the purpose of trafficking.
He was remanded because criminal tracing was not available at the time of his court appearance.
Mr. Reid, who was arrested while preparing to board a flight bound for Kingston, is to return to court on December 12.
The police have reason to believe that a member of the notorious Clansman gang who was murdered Monday was the mastermind behind recent beheadings in St. Catherine.
The man identified as Jerome 'Crab' Williams was reportedly killed yesterday by gunmen in the Olympic gardens area of St. Andrew.
Williams was previously listed as a major person of interest by the police. They believe he was the main perpetrator of the multi beheadings in Lauriston, St. Catherine, earlier this year.
Williams is also a suspect in the recent murder of a young man in Tryall Heights, located off the Sligoville main road in St. Catherine.
The police have not yet questioned Portmore Empire artiste, Gaza Slim, who is spending her third day in custody.
The police had sent out a call last week for the entertainer, who is a protege of incarcerated deejay Vybz Kartel, to report to them by Sunday.
Reports are that Gaza Slim, was scheduled to face a question-and-answer session on Tuesday however her attorney said it has been rescheduled to Wednesday.
The entertainer turned herself in to the Constant Spring Police on Monday, four days after she was named as a person of interest.
Gaza Slim, whose real name is Vanessa Sadler, accused of making a false report to the police.
It is alleged that she went to the police on October 29, to report that she had been robbed by Clive Williams, one of the men whose murder fellow entertainer Vybz Kartel has been charged with.
The police believe this was in an attempt to prove that Williams, more popularly known as Lizard, was not dead.
Investigators claim they have a cellular phone with a text message proving she made up the story.
Recent instances of verbal attacks and the publication of email addresses for senior media managers have gained the attention of the Press Association of Jamaica (PAJ).
On Wednesday, the PAJ responded to statements from the political platform as well as acts of intimidation directed at media workers covering political rallies.
The PAJ has written to Prime Minister and Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) Leader Andrew Holness expressing concern about recent verbal attacks from his party.
The PAJ says it has taken note of the negative public utterances from the JLP's political platform against journalists.
The organisation says this is accompanied by veiled threats against media workers by JLP supporters at public meetings.
In the letter the PAJ also drew attention to instances in the not too distant past where platform comments have resulted in attacks on journalists.
It said while it respects the right of every individual to criticise the media, the vitriol that has come from the JLP platform in Portland and Manchester is unacceptable.
The PAJ says those actions put media workers at risk as they perform a legitimate and necessary function of providing the public with information.
The journalists group says it wishes to state clearly that if this pattern should continue or if a single journalist is attacked, the PAJ will swiftly seek the assistance of its regional and international partners, including the International Press Institute, the International Federation of Journalists, the Inter-American Press Association and the Association of Caribbean Media Workers.
The PAJ says this is to ensure that the Holness administration is reminded of Jamaica's enviable record of press freedom and the sanctions which can be brought against a government which threatens the safety of media workers.
The PAJ says it is making the letter public in the interest of openness and transparency.
NEW YORK, CMC - Caribbean legislators here have expressed outraged over racist comments posted on the social network, Facebook, by some New York City police officers after being assigned to work at the West Indian American Day Carnival Parade in Brooklyn in early September.
On Monday, the New York Times reported that officers maligned paradegoers at the annual event, calling them "animals" and "savages," among other names.
"I am outraged by the Facebook posts from some of New York City's police officers regarding the West Indian American Day Parade," US Congresswoman Yvette D. Clarke, the daughter of Jamaican immigrants, told the Caribbean Media Corporation (CMC).
Clarke, who represents the predominantly Caribbean 11th Congressional District in Brooklyn, said the Facebook posts "illustrate that, unfortunately, some NYPD (New York Police Department) officers harbour a sick, disdainful and bigoted perception of the very communities they are sworn to protect and serve.
Bloomberg's spokesman, Stu Loeser, in a statement said, the "Police Department is investigating and will handle the matter appropriately, as they always do.
If the comments reported are accurate and from the officers, they are completely unacceptable."
Grenadian American New York City Councilman Jumaane D. Williams, who was unlawfully arrested at the parade, said the report does not surprise him, "based on the growing avalanche of these stories coming from every corner of New York City.
"Yet, Mayor (Michael) Bloomberg and Commissioner Kelly have maintained their deafening silence towards this issue. Neither of them is willing to admit there is a systemic problem with the culture of the NYPD," he said.
"They both have insisted that each case is a bad apple here or there; what we now have is a bumper crop of bad apples. We have a bushel of bad apples," added Williams, who represents the 45th Council District in Brooklyn.
"What concerns me is that the racist language used here matches up with racist NYPD policies, such as stop, question and frisk. It really underscores the crisis facing communities of more color in this city. They have every right to express their concern that they are not being defended by local police officers, but rather are under attack," Williams said.
Williams' Caribbean colleague in the City Council, Haitian Councilman Dr. Mathieu Eugene said he was "deeply disappointed" by the police's postings.
New York State Assemblyman Jamaican Nick Perry said he, too, was outraged by the remarks.
"What is shocking is that the officers are callous enough to post publicly on social networking sites," said the representative for the 58th Assembly District in Brooklyn, who is also Deputy Majority Leader of the New York State Assembly and Chairman of the New York State Association of Black and Puerto Rican Legislators.
The NYPD said it is conducting an investigation into the matter.
Opposition Leader Portia Simpson Miller has called for the securing of all government documents in light of Sunday's fire at the National Solid Waste Management Authority head office.
Speaking on a political platform in Black River, St. Elizabeth on Monday night, she questioned whether attempts were being made to hide sensitive information.
Mrs. Simpson-Miller said while she cannot instruct Permanent Secretaries in the various ministries, she is hoping that the Prime Minister gives that instruction.
"He must instruct all government ministries and agencies that their files and documents be secured. We are not joking because when we take office in a few weeks we want to find the documents intact," Mrs. Simpson Miller said.
She has also issued a call to the Offices of the Contractor General and the Auditor General to ensure that all government documents are placed in safe keeping.
The police had sent out an advisory for Portmore Empire artiste, Gaza Slim to report to them last week, but the date has gone and we have not heard any word about it.
Gaza Slim had reported to the Star that Lizard, one of the men whose murder her boss Kartel is charged, had robbed her.
The cops say they have the phone with the text sent to Gaza Slim telling her to make the report to the police.
We await the outcome of this one eagerly.
The police have not yet released the identities nor the circumstances behind Monday night's killing of three men in New Haven in St. Andrew.
The men's bodies were found in a vehicle near the community off Washington Boulevard.
The bodies, which all had what appeared to be bullet wounds, were discovered about 10 o'clock in the back of a white Toyota van.
It is believed that the men and a fourth person were shot along Weymouth Drive. The injured men were then placed in the van which was later abandoned in New Haven.
However, one of the men managed to escape despite sustaining serious injuries.
Reports are that the men were killed in relation to a car stealing ring.
The Constabulary Communications Network had not yet released a statement on the killings.
Sunday night in Manchester was the night for bold, peppery statements from Audley Shaw.
According to Shaw's predictions, "Collin Virgo will retire Michael Peart in South Manchester because him tired and needs a little rest. Timothy Scarlet in North West Manchester is going to take care of little Peter Phillips (Mikael Phillips, son of PNP campaign director, Dr Peter Phillips). We gwine send him back to town to him daddy.
"And when it comes to the little one from Central Manchester, you know who mi a talk, im so brite, him say him going to sue Man-A-Yard, and him call upon Man-A-Yard to resign. An a seh to him, a gwine to make Danville Walker pepper him," Shaw said.
He continued, "And a seh to him tonight, him retired one time from South East Clarendon. And when Danville Walker done wid him, him going to retire permanently from politics. Because Danville Walker is going to give him a political castration that he will never, ever forget," Shaw told the labourites.
Shaw also vowed to demolish Dr Peter Phillips in the upcoming national debates. "An Peter Phillips seh him want to debate mi, a caan wait to debate Peter Phillips. A gwine to fix him business. When I catch him, when de day come when you hear that Man-A-Yard to debate Peter Phillips, go home early. Get out yuh hot beer, get out yuh white rum an Pepsi, get out yuh cranberry juice, and watch Man-A-Yard tek out Peter Phillips," he said.
A Kingston based real estate developer, who was taken into custody on Sunday night in connection with the shooting death of a Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) supporter in Manchester, has been released.
He was taken into custody shortly after the killing.
The man was shot on Sunday night at a hotel in the parish following the JLP's mass rally.
The incident occurred at a cocktail reception which was attended by several JLP activists as well as its candidate for Central Manchester, Danville Walker.
Mr. Walker's campaign management in a statement on Tuesday confirmed that the party's candidate in the upcoming general election was not at the scene when the shooting occurred.
The real estate developer, who sources say is a self professed JLP supporter, was questioned for several hours in the presence of an attorney.
He was released late Monday evening pending further investigations.
The Mandeville Police reported that a group of persons was at the hotel when an argument developed and the man was shot dead.
Reports are that reggae producer Fattis has died. Sources have told YardFlex that the renowned producer and artiste manager died early this morning. Fattis, whose real name is Phillip Burrell, was admitted to the University Hospital of the West Indies two weeks ago suffering from breathing problems. Yardflex sends their condolences to his family and friends
Jennifer Lopez's new boyfriend took some time off of his Moroccan trip with the star to take to Twitter and discuss their relationship. Smart says he finds people's discussion of his romance with Jennifer Lopez confusing. He Tweeted:
"I don't understand how people can speak on other people or things they know nothing of??!!! #CRAZY."
Uh...here's why. Because it's J.Lo, man! Have you heard? People love J.Lo. And the only thing people love more than J.Lo is J.Lo's love life.
But he's not letting the Hollywood chatter overwhelm him. He added: "Off to Morocco!!!!"
And yes, it needed that many exclamation points.
Actually, Casper Smart doesn't mind people "speaking on other people or things they know nothing of," as long as those people are speaking favorably. He's retweeted a couple of Tweets from J.Lo fans. For example, @Prettyboymiguel wrote:
"I think @Caspersmart and @JLo make a really good couple but you know everyones gonna hate cuz when your happy or successful ppl have to hate. Why are ppl judging @Caspersmart no 1 knows how long @JLo was separated be4 she announced the divorce ppl need 2 stop being so quick 2 judge."
A pal of Jennifer's says that the relationship is still very young, and right now, Lopez isn't taking it too seriously.
"Casper said J.Lo has an amazing body and she's in better shape than any other girl he's ever been with. He said she's got the body of a 20-year-old."
Yeah, you can't argue with that. Recently, Britney Spears praised J.Lo's looks, saying:
"Jennifer Lopez is my idol, she's so beautiful and even though she's gotten older, she hasn't aged at all. She looks more amazing than ever and I really admire and respect that."
Yes, forget all of J.Lo's career highlights, the most admirable thing she's done in this industry is stay attractive.
The source continues of Lopez's relationship with Smart:
"They're inseparable right now. It's just about sex - and no one's sure if it has much of a future. But he's having a good time finding out."
Well, it's at least a little bit more than sex. Casper has been hanging out with Jennifer's twins, Max and Emme. He was first photographed leaving a Los Angeles studio along with the famous family, and then they all spent time playing together in Hawaii.
MIAMI (AP) -- A feud has erupted within the first family of reggae, with the widow and nine children of Bob Marley suing his half brother to stop use of the Marley name to promote an annual Miami music festival and profit from other businesses in his native Jamaica.
The lawsuit filed Thursday in federal court contends the half brother, businessman Richard Booker, and several affiliated companies are violating copyright and trademark laws by using Marley's name, photographs, lyrics, symbols and other intellectual property without authorization.
The lawsuit says people could be deceived into thinking those uses are officially endorsed by Marley's widow, Rita Marley, and their children. Booker and Bob Marley shared the same mother.
The entities include the Bob Marley Movement of Jah People Inc., which promotes the music festival, a restaurant in Jamaica called Mama Marley's and several businesses with the name Nine Mile -- the part of Jamaica where Marley grew up and is now buried. One Nine Mile business offers a tour of the area, and the music event is known as the Nine Mile Music Festival.
In addition, a recent press release about the music festival included this headline: "All For The Love Of Bob Marley." The 19th annual festival is scheduled for March of next year on Virginia Key, near Miami. Three of Marley's kids -- Stephen, Damien and Julian Marley -- are scheduled to perform.
Marley, a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, died of cancer in 1981 at age 36. Some of his best-known songs are "I Shot The Sheriff," ''Jamming," ''No Woman, No Cry," ''Get Up, Stand Up" and "Exodus."
The lawsuit, filed by Fort Lauderdale attorney Bruce Hemerlee, seeks unspecified damages and also asks a judge to stop Booker and the companies from using any Marley-related references in the various ventures. Hemerlee represents Rita Marley and the children through a Bahamas-based entity called Fifty-Six Hope Road Music Ltd.
Booker, whose home and businesses are in Miami, did not immediately return a telephone call Friday seeking comment. A spokeswoman at his business said a statement may be issued later.
According to the festival's website, the event's roots date to a Bob Marley fan club begun in 1981. That gradually grew into the music festival and related food drive that has collected more than 2 million canned goods for shelters in Miami and Jamaica.
The lawsuit says that Rita Marley and her children have long opposed Booker's attempts to trademark Marley-related business names and that at one point they reached a licensing deal, but Booker reneged on the deal.
Ziggy and Stephen Marley will go head to head against Shaggy, Monty Alexander and Israel Vibrations, for the Best Reggae album at next year's Grammy Awards.
The nominees were announced at Wednesday's Nomination Concert in Los Angeles.
Stephen Marley got the nomination for his album Revelation Part One: The Root of Life, while his brother Ziggy received his nomination for Wild and Free.
Dancehall star Shaggy got nominated for his album Summer in Kingston, Monty Alexander for Harlem-Kingston Express Live and Israel Vibrations for Reggae Knights.
The Grammy Awards ceremony will be aired live from L.A.'s Staples Center on February 12.
The US media is reporting another case of Jamaicanlotteryscammers targeting an unsuspecting elderly victim.
A resident of Renton in Washington has been swindled out of more than US$16,000 after receiving a telephone call from Jamaica informing her that she had won the lottery.
The woman paid over the money during a four month period.
She said a man first called in July claiming that he was from an organization known as "Winners International" and that the widow had won a US$2.5 million lottery.
After dozens of phone calls and at least 31 wire transfers, the woman sent more than US$16,000 from her bank accounts and her late husband's retirement plan.
She even sold jewelry in order to meet the demands of the Jamaican scammers.
The woman is now broke.
The South East Regional Health Authority (SERHA) and the police have confirmed reports that a 44-year-old man is suspected to have committed suicide on the compound of the Kingston Public Hospital on Thursday night.
The man has been identified as Christopher Adams of Moore Street, Kingston 13.
Mr. Adams, who was patient at the hospital, is believed to have jumped from the balcony of a ward.
According to reports, about 9:25, he was seen wandering around the compound.
Shortly after, he was found by hospital staff lying on the ground.
He was later pronounced dead.
SERHA says it has since launched an investigation into the incident.
Oral White, 20 of Rocky Point, Clarendon, who was reportedly wanted by the Clarendon Police for almost six months, was captured in Lionel Town on Thursday night in the parish.
White is accused of committing three murders in the parish, including the killing of a businesswoman in Rocky Point.
Police reports are that White was picked up along with two other men just after 11 o'clock.
The men were also arrested as two illegal guns were allegedly found in their possession.
Despite being offered bail in relation to one murder case on Thursday, dancehallentertainer Vbyz Kartel was remanded on Friday morning when he returned to the Corporate Area Criminal Court.
Kartel, whose given name is Adidjah Palmer, and three members of his Empire Music network are charged for the murder of Clive Williams otherwise called Lizard.
In court on Friday morning, government prosecutors declared that they are now in possession of video material of the alleged incident.
The material is to be submitted to the defence team before December 16. The case is to be mentioned on December 19.
Kartel and the other accused were charged more than a month ago following investigations into Mr. Williams' murder.
It is alleged that in August, he was taken to a house in Havendale where he was beaten and stabbed to death. The cops say they seized a cellular telephone which was used to record the killing.
Kartel is charged along with deejay Shawn Campbell, also known as Shawn Storm, fashion designer Calvin Haye, also known as Moonie, and Cayro Jones.
Vybz Kartel was offered bail on Thursday, in relation to the murder charge for St. Catherine businessman, Barrington 'Bossy' Burton.
In the meantime, there are more problems facing the controversial artiste.
Investigators are reportedly contemplating other charges to be placed against Kartel following allegations that he attempted to pervert the course of justice.
He is expected to be charged with dancehall artiste Gaza Slim.
On Thursday night the police named Gaza Slim, whose given name is Vanessa Sadler, as a person of interest.
She reportedly went to the police on October 29 to report that she had been robbed by Clive Williams, the man whose murder Kartel have been charged with.
The police say this was an attempt to prove that Mr. Williams was not dead.
It is understood that the police seized a cellular phone with a text message to her to fabricate the story.
Meanwhile entertainer Vanessa Saddler more popularly known as "Vanessa Bling" and "Gaza Slim" has been asked to report to the Constant Spring Station by noon Friday.
She was named as a person of interest Thursday.
Detectives say they have made several unsuccessful attempts to contact her.
Popular Dj Vybez Kartel was in pending this afternoon after waiting to hear if he would be granted bail for his second murder charge held against him in relation to the murder of St. Catherine-based businessman/promoter, Barrington "Bossie" Burton this past July. Kartel was granted bail in the sum of JA$3 million on Thursday.
However, Kartel did'nt receive bail because of his other murder case, where he's accused of killing St. Catherine-based dancer, Clive "Lizard" Williams was still pending. A recent hearing took place on Friday at the Corporate Area Resident Magistrates Court where a bail application in the Williams matter would reportedly be presented. More so, during Friday's hearing, it was revealed that no bail application for Vybz Kartel was made given that documents that should have been served to the deejay's defense team weren't made available. Senior Magistrate Judith Pusey ruled that the prosecution must produce video and voice evidence to the defense no later than December 15. As a result, Kartel must report to court on December 19 for another bail hearing .
Dancehall artiste Vybz Kartel was granted $3 million bail in the Supreme Court today.
The bail was in relation to his alleged murder earlier this year of Barrington 'Bossie' Bryan.
The bail application was made by defence attorney Tom Tavares-Finson, who appeared in chambers with Michael Deans and Chris Tavares-Finson.
The attorney took the matter to the High Court after Kartel was refused bail in the Corporate AreaResident Magistrate's Court last month.
This, however, does not mean that Kartel will be released from jail, as he is currently facing another murder charge.
The entertainer, along with three other men -- fellow deejay Shawn 'Shawn Storm' Campbell; fashion designer Calvin Haye; and Cayro Jones -- are charged with the August 16 murder of Clive 'Lizard' Williams.
The men are to appear in the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate's Court tomorrow, where bail applications are expected to be made.
A top level probe has been launched into the killing of the Jamaica Labour Party Councillor/Caretaker for the Claremont Division in St. Ann, Ryan Beatle.
Mr. Beatle was stabbed to death on Wednesday night in the community of Crescent Park in Golden Grove, Claremont.
About 11 o'clock the Councillor/Caretaker's body was found lying face down outside his Toyota Corolla motorcar which had the engine running.
The body had several stab wounds and the throat was slashed.
Details were not available as up to early Thursday morning detectives were still processing the scene.
It could not be ascertained whether a motive has been established for the killing of the JLP representative.
And JLP candidate for South East St. Ann, Oneil Esteen, has condemned the deadly attack on the Councillor/Caretaker.
He called for Mr. Beatle's killer to be brought to justice.
"I really regret this cruel act and I condemn this act and I pray that the Lord will find the culprit and bring the person to justice. We need to promote peace and love at this time. I am against what took place tonight. He was a strong, vibrant, industrious man, decent, honest, not a man with any criminal background," Mr. Esteen said.
Controversial dancehall entertainer Vybz Kartel, whose real name is Adidja Palmer, was ordered to return to court on December 21, when he appeared in court on Wednesday.
At that time the prosecution is expected to furnish all relevant documents to the defence.
Kartel has been accused of conspiring with other men to murder businessman and promoter Barrington Burton otherwise called 'Bossie'.
He is facing the additional charges of conspiracy to murder and illegal possession of a firearm.
The police say Burton was murdered while he was standing with friends along Walkers Avenue in Gregory Park, St. Catherine.
A Jamaican man who pleaded guilty to cocaine trafficking and failing to comply with court orders will have to spend seven years in a Canadian prison.
Courtney Ottey, 34, admitted that he sold cocaine while out on bail on drug charges.
Ottey pleaded guilty in Ontario Superior Court to seven charges.
Justice John McMahon on Wednesday sentenced him to 10 years in prison, minus three years for pre-trial custody.
Toronto police arrested the father of three in 2009 as part of a massive gang offensive called Project Fusion.
Released on bail in November that year, Ottey resumed his drug trafficking ways while under house arrest.
While a condition of his release was not to be in possession of a cellular phone, police intercepted more than 100 calls relating to drug transactions.
Last year, when 1,000 police officers executed 105 search warrants across Canada, Ottey was among those picked up and charged with drug offences.
At the time, police were targeting 10 persons who supplied cocaine imported from Jamaica and Panama to street gangs operating in Toronto.
International dancehall star Beenie Man is ticked off at the organisers of the annual Stingconcert and has announced publicly via a statement to the press that he will not be doing the show this year unless he gets "an explanation" regarding disparaging remarks made by Isaiah Laing during a TV interview few weeks ago.
"How (Isaiah) Laing fi go pon TV and mek dem speech de say we ah old artistes and caan do nothing fi him show? Him no respect the dancehall veterans who help to build the industry in no way. Every year, him attempt fi disrespect we in some way, and mi not doing Sting this year unless Laing come explain to me what him mean by 'old artiste'. If Bounty waan a clash, him haffi link me at some other show," Beenie Man said in a statement.
Laing is the CEO of Supreme Promotions, the company which hosts the Sting concert each year.
Beenie Man also revealed that in the wake of Laing's interview, he was approached by both Elephant Man and Bounty Killer to do a show which they would organize.
"Killer and Ele come to me up at Suzie's and say which part we ah go keep our show. Mi check it out and did a plan fi use Jamalco inna Clarendon and do the show on December 31st. And now mi hear Killer ah say mi a run from clash but mi fraida Killer, mi nah run, and mi will clash him at another show apart from Sting. Killer bow too much, look how easy him mek Laing bring him in and ah use him fi bring mi in," Beenie Man said.
Beenie Man explained that he is not attempting to fight against the Sting concert which is held on Boxing Day in Jamworld in Portmore.
"Sting is a good show and we need it fi continue fi help buss the next generation of artistes, but mi just no like how dem treat the artistes who inna the industry. Look how me and Killer ah do clash song and ah build a vibes and him come pon TV and just kill the clash song dem right inna the middle of the promotion, and den him ah come draw back fi we after him dun diss we. Mi caan deal wid it no more," Beenie Man said.
Beenie Man left the island on Wednesday to do a two week European tour. The official launch of the Sting concert was held at the Wyndham Hotel on Wednesday.