August 2012 Archives
Dancehall superstar Vybz Kartel and his Portmore Empire protégé Gaza Slim and Pim-Pim, returned to court earlier this week to answer charges of perverting the course of justice.
According to reports, Gaza Slim filed a false report at the Constant Spring police station claiming that she was robbed by a man name Clive Williams.
Clive Williams, also known as Lizard, is the same person Vybz Kartel is charged with murdering.
With his murder trials set to begin on October 29 and November 5 respectively, Kartel was ordered to appear in court in November 12 where he faces a charge of perverting the course of justice.
Reports are that the case was pushed back due to the absence of the presiding judge as well as the non-disclosure of statements to the defense.
Trinidad achieved their independence on august 31, 1962 and today they celebrate approximately 50 years of Independence. This milestone has been commemorated with a series of events that highlights and recognize some of the important people and places that helped to shape the country's rich and diverse culture.
Our very own Prime Minister Simpson Miller is already in Trinidad, waiting to participate in their independence celebrations. She is expected to participate in a number of celebratory activities, including the Independence Day Military Parade, the President's Toast to the Nation on the 50th anniversary of Independence, and a private luncheon hosted by the prime minister Gala.
Jamaica and Trinidad are the first two countries in the Caribbean to gain political independence from Britain in 1962 following the collapse of the West Indies Federation, both celebrate their golden jubilee of independence this month.
It has been a year of celebration; they will have their Independence Parade today and their big cultural extravaganza. Events celebrating their 50th year of independence are expected to continue throughout the rest of the year.
Usain Bolt was asked to pose nude for the 2012 ESPN Magazine. Bolt may be comfortable doing all sorts of gimmicks in front millions of people but he doesn't seem to be comfortable to bear it all, as he turned down the request to pose nude for the magazine. This year's edition of the magazine had a lot of people talking, as it featured semi nude United States athletes Carmelita Jeter and Walter Dix.
This is not the first time they have approached Bolt, however he is the only Jamaican athlete they have eyes on. Neely Lohmann, senior deputy editor of the magazine said that they focus on American athletes but because Bolt is such a superstar they had to try for him, but Bolt is not comfortable posing nude. His publicist Carole Beckford said that Bolt is one of the finest athletes and his marketing team feels that posing nude wont enhance or grow his brand.
The Chief of security at the Jamaica Postal service, 43 year old Barrington Davis and a his female companion identified as Patricia Lurmot-Barnswell, 53, were abducted from his St John's Heights home in St Catherine shortly before 11 on Wednesday night and had not been seen or heard from since. Spanish Town police reports that both Barnswell and Davis were last seen together in St. John's Heights about 9:05pm but have not been seen or heard from since.
The Family believes that they were abducted from home, one family member said they got information that Davis and Lurmot-Barnswell were at home when they "heard intruders". Davis is believd to have triggered the alarm system installed at the house which was linked to a private security company. When the security company arrived they found the house was ransacked, the car was missing and they were nowhere to be found.
Investigators have since then collected statements from family members and dusted the house for fingerprints and have already begun their investigations into the case.
Former manager for 50 cent and P. Diddy,Chris Lighty was found dead outside his home in Bronx. New York city police say the hip hop mogul, 44 years old, was pronounced dead on the scene and a .9mm handgun was found close to his body. The medical examiners will still have to determine the cause of death but the authorities say the wound seems to be self inflicted.
Reports are that Lighty had been in an argument earlier with his soon to be ex-wife (she filed for a divorce last year), he stepped outside and later a single gunshot was heard. Chris lighty was found face-up suffering from a gunshot wound.
Lighty was instrumental in getting some of raps leading figures hit songs and achieving a career outside of music.
Curfews have been imposed in the Admiral Town and Denham Town communities of the Kingston western Division. The curfews began at 7 p.m. yesterday and will remain in effect until 6 p.m. tomorrow. In the Admiral Town community, the curfew boundaries run along Rousseau Road, William Road, Lincoln Crescent and Lincoln Avenue.
In Denham Town, the boundaries run along Race Course Lane, Wellington Street, Blount Street, Bond Street and North Street. All persons within the boundaries are required to stay within their premises unless they are given permission to do otherwise by the member of security forces who is in charge of enforcing the measure.
Jamaica Labour Party senator Dr. Christopher Tufton has become the latest victim in the case of identity theft. Scammers hacked into his email and tried to fleece his contacts of money. He only found out about the hacking after he started getting calls from friends who had received an email from his account stating that he was robbed during a 'family vacation' in Madrid, Spain and needed cash to clear his hotel bills.
A number of his contacts responded to the email out of curiosity, and they were instructed by the scammers to send the money through Western Union to a particular account. They are aware that it is a scam and as such no money was sent to the account. Dr. Tufton has not reported the matter to the police and he is not sure if any of his contacts did either.
Identity theft costs millions of dollars every year, It takes a lot of money and time to recover ones identity.
A 74-year-old farmer of Hill Top District in the parish, who allegedly caught his woman in bed with another man is suspected to have committed suicide in St Thomas on Monday. Jonathan Brown is believed to have caught his common-law wife in bed with another man when an argument ensued; Brown left the house and was later found by neighbors hanging from a guinep tree.
The police were summoned and the body removed to the morgue.
Another Tropical storm developed in the Atlantic last night. The centre of the storm was located near Latitude 24.3 degrees North and Longitude 45.3 degrees west or about 1,965 kilometres east-northeast of the northern Lesser Antilles, the Meteorological Service reported this morning.
Kirk is moving towards the west-northwest near 15 km/h. A turn to the northwest is expected during the next couple of days.
Kirk is not a threat to Jamaica at this time, however some strengthening is forecast during the next 48 hours.
Mark Myrie more popularly known as Buju, has changed his attorney David Oscar Markus, who has been representing him since his arrest in 2009 in Florida, USA. Buju will now be represented by Chokwe Lumumba, a 40-year legal veteran from Mississippi, USA. Markus has confirmed the change and he still holds tight to the notion that they are brothers and there is no hard feelings as he hopes to see the best for the imprisoned DJ.
Buju was convicted in February 2011 on gun and drug-related charges and later sentenced to 10 years' imprisonment, however during sentencing last year June, the judge threw out the gun conviction.
Buju, had appealed his conviction and applied for a new trial but he lost his appeal and the appellate court reinstated the gun conviction. he is to be sentenced October 30 on the gun matter for which he could pick up an additional five years.
Yardflex understands that Singer Cecile has given birth to a beautiful baby girl, one week ahead of the scheduled due date. The artiste who is known for songs such as 'COFFEE', 'TEK U MAN SO EASY' and 'MATERIAL GIRL' is said to have been pregnant for fellow artiste Chris Martin but the two have remained tight lipped about their relationship.
Congratulations Ce'cile and we wish you and 'Baby' all the best!
Member of Parliament for East Rural St. Andrew, and Minister of State for Tourism and Entertainment, Hon. Damion Crawford, says the second phase of his constituency's 3-2-1 Education Plan will commence next week.
Under Minister Crawford's 3-2-1 plan, persons within the constituency will be able to access a greater level of education at a reduced rate and in some cases, free of cost.
"The second phase of the 3-2-1 plan will comprise of Homework Centers and 22 Night Schools across the constituency. Therefore, students can sit at a homework centre closest to them and complete their tasks with supervised help, and those adults attending the night schools will be able to pay for CXC classes and access one free of cost," he says.
"The aim of 3-2-1 is to ensure that the constituents who need to improve their educational qualifications will be able to afford it. Therefore, in five years each household should have at least one person with three CXCs, in ten years at least one with 2 A-Levels and in 15 years at least one with a Degree, because with educational mobility comes economic mobility," says Crawford.
The first phase of the 3-2-1 plan which was launched in July, comprised of a Mathematics camp for 412 fifth grade GSAT and tenth grade CXC students from across the constituency.
Crawford says, "The camp went extremely well. Not only were the students taught the syllabus by some of the best Math teachers and University students, but they were also housed on UWI's campus and fed, all of which were free of cost to them and were made available by the Constituency Development Fund, (CDF) and corporate Jamaica."
Crawford also noted that this year's CXC Mathematics passes among students across the region, have been noticeably low - declining from a 39.5 percent pass rate in 2010 to 31.7 percent this year.
Despite some criticisms about the prioritizing of resources since winning the constituency seat in December 2011, Crawford who recently returned from London as the guest speaker at the CARIFORUM--EU Business Forum - a Carib-Export funded trip - says one of his chief areas of focus in the constituency will remain, education.
On Friday, R&B Grammy winning singer Usher Raymond ended a long legal fight with his ex-wife Tameka Foster Raymond. The singer was granted custody of his two sons. The Fulton County Superior Court Judge Bensonetta Tipton Lane ruled that the 33-year-old singer will have primary custody of Usher Raymond V and Naviyd Ely Raymond, according to court clerk's office spokeswoman Cherrise Boone. His custody will start September 1.
The singer whose real name is Usher Raymond IV, and Tameka Raymond tied the knot in 2007, they got separated in July 2008 and claimed there was no hope of reconciliation. They have been locked in a custody battle since and the judge finally ruled in his favor after the death of Tameka Raymond's 11-year-old son Kile Glove last month after he was critically injured in a boating accident.
Michael Rochester, 27 year old, was found with his throat slashed along the Spur Tree main road. It is believed that his throat was slashed by men pretending to want to purchase the Toyota Carolla car that he had advertised for sale. Michael met the potential buyers and took them for a test drive as a precondition for sale, while driving along Spur Tree they slashed his throat and threw him from the car.
The Area three police were quick in their response and as such the suspect were apprehended. As news of the murder spread, the police coordinated their resources and went on the hunt for those responsible for the brutal murder of the St. Elizabeth Used Car dealer, Michael Rochester. The police held one of the suspects in Spur Tree and the other two were held in a car in Toll Gate, Clarendon.
Two cars and the firearm found in one of the vehicles are now in police custody and the men are being questioned.
A woman from Westmoreland is currently in custody after she bludgeoned her common-law husband at their home.
The deceased has been identified as 39-year-old Clayton Smith.
Reports are that about 3 a.m.
Saturday, an argument developed between Mr Smith and his common-law wife at home.
During the quarrel, the woman reportedly used a sledge hammer to hit Mr Smith in the head.
He was taken to the Savanna-la-mar hospital where he was pronounced dead, and the woman was taken into custody.
Two employees of the Caymanas Track Limited (CTL) were questioned by the St Catherine South police yesterday evening on what the lawmen described as "reasonable suspicion" of staging Saturday night's $7-million robbery at Caymanas Park racetrack.
According to reports, after 8pm on Saturday night, two men held up two CTL employees at knife and gunpoint in the cash-processing room before making off with the loot.
The last attempt to rob Caymanas Park was on April 30, 1978, resulting in the death of notorious gangster Dennis 'Copper' Barth of the Hot Steppers gang from east Kingston.
Caymanas Park has been in the news since Friday when trainer Tony Kirlew was shot and killed near his barn in the stable area, which was stripped of its security detail earlier this year due to financial constraints.
A section of the Bog Walk Gorge remains blocked after yesterday's flooding and landslides.
Motorists are therefore urged to use the alternative routes of Barry or Sligoville.
Yard Flex will provide you with further updates when the road is cleared.
As moves closer in Jamaica's direction, The Meteorological Services has issued a Tropical Storm Watch for Jamaica. This means that conditions associated with the storm pose a possible threat to the island within the next 48 hours. Experts say the storm has moved slightly south of the original prediction and as such it seems Isaac could now pass closer to Jamaica's northeast coastline before Saturday morning.
At 4:00 a.m. the centre of Tropical Storm Isaac was located near Latitude 16.1 degrees North, Longitude 70.0 degrees West, or about 685 kilometres (423 miles) east-southeast of Morant Point, Jamaica or 370 kilometres (230 miles) southeast of Port-au-Prince, Haiti.
Fishers on the cays and banks, as well as small craft operators in the island's coastal waters are strongly advised to evacuate immediately and start returning to the mainland.
The Officer at the centre of the alleged bribery case involving Senior Superintendent of Police James Forbes, Member of Parliament Daryl Vaz and businessman Bruce Bicknell is undergoing psychological counseling for the trauma associated with the series of events that has taken place in the past few days.
Chairman of the Police Confederation, Sargeant Raymond Wilson said the head of the Jamaica constabulary Force Chaplain unit, Bishop Gary Welch was asked to provide counseling for Llewellyn and his family. Sargeant Wilson did not say whether or not Lllewellyn and his family were in fear of their lives, he did make it clear however that he has the support of the federation legal and otherwise if it is necessary.
Kerrie Bayliss, who represented Jamaica in the Miss International Jamzone 2012 competition, was crowned the queen of the pack. The 23 year old who just graduated from the University of Surrey with a degree in law and is currently working in insurance, went to Guyana earlier in the summer to represent Jamaica in the Miss Jamzone competition. The competition, held annually in Guyana, is part of the country's premier festival, Jamzone Summer Break. Her cultural presentation was described as the highlight of the entire show. First runner-up was Louise Victor of St Lucia, and second runner-up, Trevicia Adams of St Kitts and Nevis.
According to the National hurricane centre in Miami, Isaac is located near latitude 15.5 north, longitude 57.3 west, is moving towards the west near 18 mph. Tropical storm warnings are now in effect for Martinique, Dominica, Guadeloupe and the surrounding islands of St Martin, St Kitts-Nevis, Antigua and Barbuda, Montserrat, Anguilla, Saba, St Eustace, St Maarten, British Virgin Islands.
These Caribbean countries have issued warnings for their residents and Dominica's Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit said he was appealing to employers to allow their workers to remain home to ride the storm out. Up to late yesterday the storm was located 280 miles of Guadeloupe.
The National Hurricane Centre stated that tropical storm conditions are expected to reach the Leeward Islands later on Wednesday and rainfall accumulations of four to eight inches are possible over the Northern Windward Islands and the Leeward Islands.
Jamaica's sprint legend, Usain Bolt has made it very clear that he will be at the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. He said as long as he is fit and ready he will be in Brazil, but while his coach wants him to do the 400metres he wants to try the long jump event. Bolt further went on to explain that there are a lot of things he can do in the sport and they will decide what he wants to do when this season ends and work on it for the next season.
After the London Olympics, Bolt announced that he was considering playing cricket in Australia's domestic Twenty20 Big Bash League. He played junior cricket before turning to the track and has always had a love for the game.
The sprinter has also said he would gladly play football for Manchester United, if the money's right.
West Portland MP Daryl Vaz and the other persons charged with attempting to pervert the course of justice and breaches of the corruption prevention Act, were each granted bail in the sum of $250,000. Vaz, businessman Bruce Bicknell and Superintendent James Forbes appeared in the Corporate Area resident Magistrate's Court this morning to answer to the charges brought against them.
They have been ordered not to make contact with the witnesses, submit their travel documents and a stop order has been placed on the trio.
The magistrate has ordered that the three return to court on September 5.
Daryl Vaz cabinet minister and member of parliament for West Portland is expected to face the court today where he is likely to be charged with perverting the court of justice. It is understand that a business man (Vaz's close friend) was stopped by police on the Sir Florizel Glaspole Boulevard in Kingston on April 9th for speeding. The business man was taking family members to the airport. He was asked for his car documents, when the sergeant opened the papers he found $2000 amongst them. The sergeant was of the belief that the money was being used to bribe him and he went on to inform his colleague, who was a member of the team at the time. The businessman was subsequently accused of trying to bribe a police officer and was taken to a police station where he was arrested, then offered station bail. It was during this time that the police sergeant is said to have received a number of phone calls from various persons, including Vaz, enquiring about the arrest. A number of senior police officers were among those who tried to assist the businessman. The Sergeant sought the advice of a former police officer, who told him to approach a serving officer that should be able to solve the issue. That serving police officer turned out to be the senior superintendent who, after being approached by the sergeant, sought to assist by getting the businessman to change his initial decision to take legal action against the police.
Vaz said he categorically deny doing anything wrong and he through his attorney, Mr George Soutar QC.
Corey Todd and Vybz Kartel had a publicized and bitter fall out before the latter was jailed, however they have recently rekindled the friendship and is planning to go back into business together. Last year Todd claimed that Kartel threatened his life and he refused to be bossed around and that brought an end to the friendship as well as the popular street Vybz rum. Sources say Vybz Kartel was the one who reached out to Todd, he wrote a letter and expressed his desire to re-enter a business relationship. Sources also say Corey Todd has always been a close friend of Vybz Kartel so the reunion came easy. They formed a very popular and successful business partnership in 2008, it gave birth to Street Vybz Rum, Daggering Condom, and The Building nightclub Club. When the partnership came to an end Todd formed a management and product partnerships with dancehall artistes Beenie Man, Aidonia, Khago, Jah Vinci and producer NotNice. Those partnerships saw the birth of Yaad Swag Rum and Yaad Stout. Corey Todd later part ways with all the artistes and ended the distribution of yaad stout and yaad swag rum.
We are all waiting to see how this 'Renewed Partnership' is going to work out for both parties involved.
Today marks a very special day for the fastest man in the world; Tuesday August 21 2012 is Usain Bolt's 26th birthday!
Usain is the first man to hold both the 100 meters and 200 meters world records since the start of automatic time measurements. Usain and his teammates also set the world record in the 4×100 meters relay. He is the current Olympic champion in these three events, the first man to ever win 6 Olympic gold medals in sprinting, and a five-time World champion. He was the first to achieve a "double double" by winning 100 m and 200 m titles at consecutive Olympics (2008 and 2012), and topped this through the first "double triple" (including 4x100m relays).
We don't know how The LEGENDARY Bolt plans to spend his birthday but YARDFLEX wants to wish him a HAPPY BIRTHDAY and hopes he enjoys every minute of it.
Fly Jamaica Airways is the new Jamaican airline which will begin operations next month.
Captain Lloyd Tai, a former Air Jamaica pilot and Chief Executive Officer of Fly Jamaica Airways says he expects the certification process to be completed by late September.
Reports are that certification for Fly Jamaica is in progress and should be completed within the stipulated period.
The 198 seater, which comprises 186 Economy seats and 12 First Class seats, is seeking to have its first flight out of Jamaica by early October.
The airline's confirmed routes are New York in the United States and Toronto, Canada.
21 year old Miss Jamaica World, Deanna Robins placed in the top seven in the Miss World pageant.
Miss China won the coveted title of Miss World, triumphing on home soil. Miss Wales, Sophie Moulds, came in second, while Miss Australia, Jessica Kahawaty, finished third.
Deanna was in the top five of the Talent Competition and top 10 of the Top Model Challenge.
Deanna Robins was also a finalist in the Miss World Sports competition.
The body of a woman, believed to be that of missing attorney-at-law Clover Graham, was this morning found in the Caymanas area of St Catherine.
Reports are that passers-by stumbled upon the body this morning. Police say the body was found with its throat slashed.
Mrs Graham was employed to the Legal Aid Clinic in Kingston. She also lectured at the University of Technology and the Norman Law School on the Mona campus of The University of the West Indies.
A District Constable attached to the Gordon Town Police Station is now in custody facing gun related charges.
He was arrested after a gun which was stolen from a case file at the station three years ago was found in his possession on Saturday.
Reports are that after completing his duty on Saturday, he turned in his service pistol issued to him. However, an officer observed a bulge in his waistband and requested a search.
It was then discovered that he had in his possession a gun which was stolen from the station in 2009. The gun which was seized in an incident in 2008, went missing before the matter went to trial.
A file will be submitted to the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) for a ruling on the matter.
The authorities are reporting another successful lottery scam bust in Montego Bay this morning. The lottery scam task force detained 8 persons yesterday, seizing more than US$13,000, J$250,000, three motor vehicles, two high-power motorcycles, computers, cellular phones and 2,319 uncustomed cigars. Sargeant Camille Tracey confirmed that the detainees are now being processed.
Yardflex understands that the operation was conducted just before dawn simultaneously across three communities in St. James; Lilliput, Red Ground and Bogue Village. In Lilliput, an unfinished three-storey building was searched and the three cars, two 600 CBR motorcycles, the cigars and the cash were found. Six persons, including three women, were detained.
The lottery scam task force has been working overtime to catch persons implicated in the scamming of scores of persons in the United States, conning them out of millions of dollars and they seem to be making headways.
The Western Union branches in Montego Bay remains close as they try to tighten security in order to stop the lottery scam.
Scores of taxi drivers parked their cars in protest against clapdown on illegal operators.
These taxi drivers ply the Downtown to Papine, Mountain View to Half Way Tree and Half Way Tree to Papine routes.
Senior Superintendent Radcliffe Lewis stated that some illegal taxi operators were plying routes held exclusively by the JUTC conpany.
He said 109 vehicles were seized and 62 persons were arrested for operating contrary to their licenses.
The Kingston and St. Andrew Corporation (KSAC) will present the keys to the City of Kingston to Jamaica's first National Hero, the Right Excellent Marcus Garvey, posthumously this month. The presentation will be made during a civic ceremony to mark the 125th anniversary of his birth, on August 17 starting at 4pm at Emancipation Park. The keys will be presented to his son, Dr. Julius Garvey.
Dr. Garvey is expected to be in the island between August 16 and 19 to participate in activities commemorating the anniversary of his father's birth.
The resolution to make the presentation of the keys, was passed during the council's monthly meeting on August 14 at its Downtown Chambers.
The Resolution further states that August 17 be recognised and celebrated as Marcus Garvey Day.
Thirty-six-year old Ryan Edwards, a Jamaican national, is now facing the possibility of extradition to the Cayman Islands in connection with a bank robbery.
Police said that he was held in St. Thomas last weekend, with cash totaling US$5,000 and CI$35,000, he has been remanded in custody until August 20th.
The Royal Caymanian Police confirmed that several of the currency notes found in Edwards' possession matched those stolen from the bank.
Police theorized that he left the Cayman Islands via boat. The necessary arrangements are now being made to extradite Edwards to face prosecution in Cayman.
Eight time Grammy winner Lauryn Hill faces up to three years behind bars after admitting that she failed to file tax returns between 2005 and 2007, during the years she earned $1.8 million. The 39 year old mother of six is set to be sentenced on November 27, she is currently out on a $150,000 unsecured bond.
Her attorney Nathan Hochman said Hill planned to pay back the $818,000 from 2005, $222,000 from 2006, and $761,000 from 2007. Hill, who rose to fame and millions of dollars as the lead singer of The Fugees, also faces $75,000 in fines. She made it clear that she has always had the intention to rectify the situation, she is not one to hide from paying her taxes as she use to file her tax returns while she was working (before her self imposed exile).
It may seem a bit ironic though, Hill had cited the safety and well-being of her family was the reason she failed to pay up but little Zion, 15, Selah, 13, Joshua, 10, John, 9, Sarah, 4, and one-year-old Micah will surely suffer if their mother goes jail.
Some of California's medical marijuana dispensaries are selling a strain of weed called 'Usain Lightning Bolt O.G'.
Dealers claim that the new cannabis grain is in honour of the legend.
It is reported that since the Olympics began, multiple dispensaries were selling the product.
From lottery scam to impersonation, the scamming doesn't seem to end. Reggae singer Lutan Fyah is the latest victim and he is furious; the artiste says that someone is going around pretending to be him and defrauding producers from all over the world. Lutan said he employed someone to control his Facebook and twitter accounts and he now believes that the same person may have helped to carry out the act.
According to the reggae singer, the person uses the social networking sites to talk to producers and promoters and pretending to be him. He has been approached by producers from Sweden, Finland, Africa, Germany etc accusing him of taking money for shows that he knows nothing about. The artiste believes that his name was being used to scam people for sometime now.
The artiste has since shut down his Facebook and twitter pages, and has asked that persons interested in booking him should contact his booking agent Chris 'Icey Jace' Campbell, at 396-7965.
The Dancehall diva T-I-F-A is set to deliver a very special performance at the Weekly Behind the Screens series held at Usain Bolt's Tracks & Records on Tuesday August 14. She is set to deliver a number of her well known hits along with some new materials from her upcoming album.
The video for her hot new single Hold On will also be launched at the series.
The video, directed by Ruption from the RD Studios camp, was shot at the Sunshine Amusement Complex in New Kingston. The song is produced by Conroy Forte for Washroom Entertainment and is featured on the Poolside rhythm.
A number of her friends from the entertainment industry makes cameo appearances in the video.
Behind the Screens series has already seen performances from Professor Nuts, Beenie Man, Queen Ifrica, Romain Virgo and Tanya Stephens among others.
The Jamaica Public Service (JPS) customers will this month see a 10 per cent decrease in their bills because of the significant drop in fuel charges.
According to the utility company fuel and IPP charge on August bill will be $16.75 per kilowatt-hour, as opposed to $20.44 in July.
Customers who use 200 Kilo Watt hour per month will be paying a little less than $700 for their electricity Bill this month. The reduction in the fuel and IPP charge is attributed to the Petrojam rebate for the overcharge on fuel purchased by the Jamaica Power Company coupled with the new efficiency heat rate target set by the Office of the Utilities Regulation (OUR).
The new heat rate target which takes effect this month is a measurement of the efficiency with which fuel is converted to electricity.
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Jamaica finished second in the women's 4x1 relay race with a finish time of 41.41s, a national record for Jamaica.
USA won the race with a World Record of 40.82.
Ukraine's 42.04s for third is a new national record too!
Jamaica's team consisted of Shelly Ann Fraser-Pryce, Sherone Simpson, Veronica Campbell-Brown and Kerron Stewart.
Jamaica has qualified for the final of the men's 4x100m in 37.39 seconds. This is the fourth fastest qualifying time in history.
Great Britain was second behind Jamaica, but was disqualified because the third leg baton change was outside the zone.
The USA won Heat 2 of the men's 4x100m in a time of 37.38 a US national record.
Jamaica's 4X400m women's team is through to the final slated for tomorrow at 2:25 p.m.
The team consisted of Christine Day, Shereefa Lloyd, Shericka Williams and Rosemarie Whyte, who won their heat in 3:25.13.
The country is now on course to equal or better its best medal-haul at the Olympics.
Snoop Dogg who recently converted to Snoop Lion says he chose reggae because it is the genre of love, happiness and struggle, said the rapper during the Reincarnated Documentary Press Conference, he also said he wants to expand his musical influence through positive messages.
"I have always wanted to perform for kids, my grandmother and people around the world who really love me and can't accept the music that I make, and this reggae music is music of love, happiness and struggle, and now I get a chance to perform for kids and grandparents. Not that the music in the past never felt good at all; it felt good because it was who I was and it is who I am. But now, as a 40-year-old man in the music industry, the younger artistes call me Uncle Snoop. I gotta give them something now. I can't just keep taking them to the dead-end street and drop-em off," Snoop Lion said.
One of the Marley's (Rohan Marley) was present at the conference and he happily welcomed Snoop Lion to the reggae fraternity. Rohan said music is universal and Jamaica is a part of music, so they really don't separate themselves and they embrace snoop not only through the music but through divine order. He continued to say once people profess a positive vibration and give back to earth and the land and the people and be an instrument of good then they will be well received.
Snoop Lion affirmed that he would give back to Jamaica by initiating developmental projects, because Jamaicans are not lazy and once given the opportunity they will make it happen.
Usain Bolt blazed to 19.32 seconds to lead a clean sweep for Jamaica in the men's 200m final.
Fellow Jamaican Yohan Blake 19.44 was second and Warren Weir third in 19.84 This has pushed Jamaica's medal tally to nine.
This means Bolt has claimed the historic double at the London 2012 Olympics.
After a scare with the second baton change, the Jamaicans finished second in the 4X100m semi finals in 42.37 seconds.
The race was won by the Ukranian.
It seems as though they will never be completely rid of the controversial website 'Jamaican Girls Exposed'. Sources say they have exposed the sexually explicit video of yet another popular person. The video is believed to show sexual act being carried out between a former Miss Jamaica World Contestant and her male partner. The video is accompanied by pictures of the young lady fully clothed.
In the video, the woman's face is not very clear because of the sexual position, making it difficult to identify her as the former Miss Jamaica contestant. However, there is one instance where she can be identified. The website warned that this is only the first part of the video and there is more to come.
A few months ago naked pictures of recording artiste Denyque were posted on the website .The singer had said that she was asked to pay $50,000 to have her nude photographs removed, however, she reported the matter to the police and the website was later shut down.
It later resurfaced in June and exposed nude pictures of persons alleged to work at large corporate institutions as well as university students.
They made it very clear that exposing Jamaican girls would not stop and now that it has resurfaced (in the earlier part of August) it appears that the culprits have kept their promise.
The police, says that the persons behind the website can be charged with breaches of the Anti-Piracy Act, and extortion for making demands to have the images removed from the website.
Some say it was long overdue, Reggae icon Peter Tosh was on Monday (Independence Day) awarded with the National honour of the Order of Merit, during the Grand Gala celebration at the National Stadium.
Tosh, whose real name is Winston Hubert McIntosh, was honoured for his contribution to the evolution of Jamaican popular music. Some other entertainment personalities honoured with the Order of Jamaica were Bunny Wailer and Toots Hibbert. Peter Asbourne was also honoured with the Order of Distinction.
A founding member of The Wailers group - whose core comprised Bob Marley and Bunny 'Wailer' Livingston - Tosh heads a list of outstanding Jamaicans being bestowed National Honours and Awards.
The official ceremony is held at the governor general's residence at King's House in St Andrew in October.
Ranking Trevor whose real name is Maxwell Grant, Rap Reggae pioneer is dead. He died in the Olympic Gardens area of Kingston yesterday. Reports are that he was returning home from a dance when he collided with a car and was thrown from his motorcycle and another vehicle ran over. The 60 year old pioneer died just nine days after Brooklyn based Jamaican singjay Sluggy Ranks lost his life in a car crash in Kingston.
Ranking was best known for his late 1970s recordings at Kingston's Channel One label, which introduced the disco mix to the Jamaican market. This was an essential component of reggae in that era. Ranking Trevor contributed a spiritedly toasted verse to the debut Jamaican 12'' single "Truly", a romantic pledge sweetly harmonized by The Jays.
He released several solid albums throughout his career, however much of his work can be found on 12" single format, these include Trod On and War/Jah give us life with harmony group The Wailing Souls, the latter serving as the inaugural release for Greensleeves 12" vinyl reissue series.
Among those mourning his death is colleague and friend Wade Trinity Bammer. He remembers Ranking Trevor as a cool youth and his death signifies another musical soldier gone from the battle field.
A 17 year old is now in custody following the stabbing incident that left his 29 year old girlfriend and mother of six, Natasha Dixon dead in Grey Hound Manchester. Head of the Manchester Police, Superintendent Lascelles Taylor, confirmed that the 17 year old was charged with murder hours after Natasha succumbed to stab wounds.
Reports are that both were at a nightclub when an argument developed between them, as Ms Dixon was dancing with another man. The confrontation became so boisterous they had to be removed from the club.
After leaving the venue the argument continued and Kevin Mignott stabbed Ms. Dixon repeatedly in the vicinity of Mandeville Square. She tried to get help at the Mandeville police station, but she collapsed and died on arrival.
The teenager was then taken into custody.
The lawyer for reggae superstar Buju Banton has vowed to continue fighting for his friend. David Oscar Markus says he will be appealing the decision of federal judge, James Moody, to deny the request for a retrial of the artiste on drug charges. The artiste, whose real name is Mark Myrie filed for a new trial after he lost the appeal against the 10-year prison sentence that he is currently serving. Mr Markus said he plans on appealing again and he will take it to the Supreme Court if he must but he will never stop fighting for his friend and brother.
In June, the United States Court of Appeal rejected all the claims in the Grammy-winning entertainer's appeal and sided with prosecutors. The appeals court did say the trial judge could possibly consider retrying the matter, but it did agree with the jury's decision to find the entertainer guilty on the firearm charge.
Now that the Atlanta Appeals Court has ruled that there is sufficient evidence to convict Buju on gun charge, he will now go back to court for a new sentencing hearing where he faces the possibility of an additional five years in prison.
In 2011 a jury found Buju guilty of drugs and gun charges but Judge Moody did not sentence him on the gun charge because the Buju had never met or spoken with James Mack, his co-accused who was held with the gun.
Buju's lawyer challenged the ruling but the Appeals Court upheld the decision while sending the matter back to the lower court to decide if Buju should be retried.
According to reports, a member of a very popular entertainer's entourage was arrested for rape over the weekend.
A source told YARDFLEX that the incident took place at ATI in Negril. The entertainer's messenger accompanied the US native female to buy food and reportedly held her at gunpoint in the car and sexually assaulted her.
The entertainer reportedly offered to pay to compensate the victim for the crime to keep it 'hush hush' but apparantly changed his mind later on.
The matter was reported to the Negril Police Station.
Everyone that turned out to the Grand 50th Birthday celebration at the national stadium yesterday evening had on a piece of black, green, gold or a combination of all three. Thousands crammed inside the national stadium to be entertained and reminded just how rich our culture is.
Governor General Sir Patrick Allen, Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller and Opposition Leader Andrew Holness were all in attendance. Among the special guests last evening were President of the Republic of South Africa Jacob Zuma; General Colin Powell, former Secretary of State of the United States of America, representing President Barack Obama; Yvette Clarke, United States Congresswoman, representing New York's 11th Congressional District, which includes Brooklyn, a focal point of the Jamaican Diaspora; and Ambassador Irwin LaRocque, secretary general of the Caribbean Community. Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago Kamla Persad-Bissessar; Prime Minister of Guyana Samuel Hinds; Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice of the United Kingdom Kenneth Clarke; and Minister of the Nation of Islam Louis Farrakhan.
Some would have thought that with Ernesto looming over our heads then the stadium would not see a full capacity turn out, but they thought wrong. That did not deter men, women and children from turning up to celebrate Jamaica's 50th in fine style.
Western Union International has ordered all their St. James offices temporarily closed until the proper security measures can be put in place to hinder the flourishing lottery scamming industry. The 14 locations in Montego Bay were given closure notice last weekend, and are set to remain close for at least two weeks. GraceKennedy Money Services is the operator of the Western Union franchise for the Caribbean. Customers are being advised that they may use other Western Unions in the neighbouring parishes of Hanover and Trelawny.
The multibillion dollar illegal lottery industry has placed not only the second city but the entire Jamaica in the spotlight as thousands report being fleeced by the operations masterminds based here. The scammers are known to use western union as their main money transfer company.
The United States embassy estimates that scammers has fleeced J$2.5 billion from their victims in 2008 (alone), several murders have been linked to the industry and this has the business community worried. This step by Western Union is one of many being taken by the necessary authorities to put a stop to the lottery scamming industry.
Affected customers may contact the customer centre in Jamaica at 1888-991-2056 or in the US at 1800-325-6000.
Usain Bolt, Yohan Blake and Asafa Powell have all qualified to be in the 100m FINALS.
Bolt and Blake both won their heats, while Asafa came third in his. He went through on the next fastest qualifying time
The finals is slated to take place at 3:50pm local time.
Jamaica's three athletes in the women's 400m hurdles have all advanced to the semis slated for tomorrow at 2:15 p.m.
The athletes all placed second in their heats.
They are: Kaliese Spencer who clocked 54.02, Nickiesha Wilson clocked 55.53s, while Melaine Walker booked her spot after clocking 54.78.
Hope you're as excited as we are.
Kicking off the Weekend with the SPF :: Cat-Cruise on Friday?
Well then, make sure to:
- Reach the SPF Redemption Centre at The Jewel Dunn's River Resort by 12noon. We're boarding at 12:30p.m. and sailing out at 1:00p.m.
- Wear you swim gears and prepare to get wet. We'll be partying in the water.
- Forget the fancy footwear. No shoes allowed on deck so you'll have to remove them before you board the SPF :: Cat.
- Carry a towel, sunglasses, and maybe a hat. Australian Gold Sunblock will be on tap. It's gonna be a SCORCHer!
Dynamic Duo RDX has always managed to keep their fans and music lovers breathless with their high tempo music and energy filled entertainment. Since their explosion on the scene with mega hit "Bend Over", they instantly followed with more hits such as "Dance", "Everybody Dance", "Daggering" and summer party anthem "Summer Slap Weh" amongst others, the group has always gone beyond the call of their musical duties to not just deliver music but also entertain.
RDX has added another hit song to their collection. Their single JUMP released a little over two months ago has been in heavy rotation and with the release of the video has only added more fuel to the top of the charts. (view video below)
JUMP has become RDX's 6th chart topping single and is now according to several of Jamaica's entertainment charts, the number one song and video. The "Jump" video has collectively acquired over 1 million views on YouTube and is also climbing the international charts. The single jump distributed by digital giants 21st Hapilos is available on itunes.
RDX "Summa Slap Weh Tour" will be heading to Europe this August with stops in Italy, France and Germany and gracing festivals such as Ostrada (Poland), Rototom (Spain) and Sodueste (Portugal).
Stay updated for more dates and venues by logging on to their various social network sites.
Reggae singer Etana is pregnant. The singer got married in 2010 to model/actor Andre Morris.
In a facebook post, Morris stated that he is excited about the birth of his daughter. Etana also stated that her husband will be a good father.
She is due to give birth in October or early November.
Mi sey Dream Weekend is off to a good start! So laas night Aidonia and Tommy Lee shell out Negril. Aidonia show dem sey him bad anyweh but Negril a did definitely fi him laas night. Den mi waan know a wah mek Tommy Lee did affi mash up the people dem place suh? Is like the artiste waan dem know sey him can shell anyweh nuh ongle Mo-Bay........maaaaaddddd!!
Papi look like him reign soon over cause people a complain sey dem tiad fi see him cum pon stage and just a point inna the crowd like him blind. Him management team cyaah teach him how fi perform and find him a proper hair dresser?
It sad sey Octane sick out, but it seem like a did good news fi Khago cuase a him dem affi call fi come fill the space. Khago neva so bad either. All in All Dream Live shellllllll............Happy 18th Anniversary Coppershot!