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Dancehall artiste Kalado detained in the USA

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Dancehall artiste Kalado has been detained in the United States.

Sources say the 'Good Good Bring Life' singer has been detained on immigration issues since October 18, although it is said that his "papers are straight".

It is not clear at this time if charges have been laid against the artiste.




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Yardflex understands that Downsound records is currently watching Sting from the sidelines this year, as producer and business man Joe, has ended working relations with veteran promoter Isiah Laing.

Allegations are that Joe wanted to purchase a substantial percentage of the brand from Laing, however the veteran told the business man that the brand was not up for sale and all hell broke loose.

Joe claims he invested millions in Sting and he wanted to know that his investment was profitable. He also told the media recently that he will not be investing in outdoor events for the rest of the year.

So far nothing has been said this year about promotions of Sting, there are no ads nor an artiste lineup.

Yardflex was told that Isiah Laing felt as if he was being blackmailed to sell his lifetime work for Joe's sponsorship.




Kalado detained in U.S by Immigration

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Following his mishaps in Zimbabwe Africa last month, it seems dancehall artiste Kalado's bad luck steak continues in 2014 as Yardflex understands that the entertainer is currently being detained in Florida.

According to our Music industry players, Kalado has been in holding for approximately ten days since arriving into the country.

It's unclear if any charges have been laid but it's alleged there are some issues with Kalado's immigration papers.

When Music News contacted the deejay's manager Nancy Davis she said she was locked in a meeting. Subsequent efforts to get details were futile as her numbers went to voice mail.

Kalado publicist Ray Alexander maintains that the artiste had the correct documents.




Ishawna performs at Full Black in no Panties

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The Downsound recording artiste wore no underwear to the recent staging of Full Black. The sinjay who recently admitted to having sexual intercourse with Skatta Burrel, who was a friend and business associate of her exboyfriend Foota Hype, may have gotten strong attention at Full Black for all the wrong reasons. However her songs like Restraining Order and Need Love got favorable responses.




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Iconic reggae artiste Eek-a-Mouse has been rambling about the Marleys for quite some time. However the singer, who is known for singles like Wa Do Dem and Police in Helicopter, has finally decided to take his ranting to social media to express his grouse.

In a three-minute video posted by Lyric DVD, the artiste says Bob Marley would have preferred if more support was given to Trench Town.

"This is not reggae music, it's Marley music controlled by a family, Bob sey Trench Town Rock I will never turn my back on you. But Rita Marley run to Ghana and left us a suffa on ya," he said among other things.

The veteran also claims that his collaboration with Junior Gong and Bounty Killer, which was featured on the Welcome to Jamrock album, is one of Junior Gong's most successful songs world-wide. The effort, called Khaki Suit, was part of a Grammy award winning project and Eek-a-Mouse believes he should have benefited more for his role in the record.

The artiste also revealed that he has plans to approach Junior Gong so as to secure a better pay cheque for Khaki Suit.

"I went on the Internet a few months ago and speak mi mind," Eek-a-Mouse told the interviewer. The veteran also expressed that other reggae artistes are not necessarily in support of the Marleys, however they are afraid to speak against them because of their connections in the industry.

Eek-a-Mouse delivers a shocking accusation of intimidation and threats from the Marley brothers.





Blak Ryno receives U.S visa

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"Mi just have to give thanks to God first for this opportunity. I cannot tell you how many times mi pray about this. Last year, mi ask God for three million dollars, I never knew where it would come from, and mi go Sting and beat Kiprich in the clash and get it, and this year, many times, I asked Him to clear the path for me to get back my visa, and through all the obstacles, mi hold the faith and now mi get it back," an elated Blak Ryno said.

Blak Ryno admitted that he had to go through a lot of tribulations before he got his heart's desire.

"God is slow, but He is sure, that's all mi can say. Special big-ups to my management, Justus Arison, and my publicity and street team for everything that they are doing," he said.

Other dancehall artistes still without U.S visas include Aidonia, Munga Honorable, Bounty Killer, Popcaan, Jah Cure, Tommy Lee Sparta, Busy Signal, Flexxx among others. Alkaline and Iyara recently received visas.




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Unconfirmed reports are that the deejay was denied his U.S documents which would make him a legal citizen. Stay tuned for more updates.

The deejay recently released a collaboration with LL Cool J and is expected to perform in NY on December 19.





I Wayne says Make clean music and play clean music

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Reggae artiste I Wayne is asking the local music industry to promote more music with positive content in order to reduce the rate at which society is drifting into a path of immorality.

According to the reggae artiste, known to be an advocate against prostitution, violence and other ills in society, though reggae music is regaining popularity, smut is still overpromoted in the media.

When accused of using music to influence negativity, many artistes are known to use the popular excuse that music is art imitating life and is not a causal factor in the prevalence of crime, violence and immorality.

However, I Wayne believes artistes who use that excuse to defend their production of music with lewd content are hypocritical.

According to I Wayne, the same artistes who argue that songs with violent content do not influence society, will also tell you that positive music will influence positive behaviour whenever that excuse suits the promotion of a song with positive content.

I Wayne says if positive music can influence positive behaviour, then negative music is just as influential.

"When they do a positive song they say it is to influence the youth. Yet when they do a negative song they say it doesn't have any negative influence and how they are not responsible for parenting, and that is filth and hypocrisy. So mi a try mi best fi keep the vibes clean and sort out what mi can," the reggae artiste said.




Roman Catholic woman attacks Chronixx in Open letter

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Reggae artiste Chronixx is known for his strong social commentary in his lyrics, the singer who has dedicated much of his music speaking against slavery and racism has come under fire from a Catholic supporter who claims that the artiste is wrong for chanting in his lyrics "A nuh nutting fi mi walk inna Rome and start a fyah". The open letter reads.

"This is an open letter to the artiste known as Chronixx.Chronixx, have you ever visited Rome? On Saturday, October 18, the Catholic Youth Movement of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Kingston hosted Jamaica Day, where everything Jamaican was celebrated by the youths of the six deaneries.

Deanery 4, of which I am member, won the competition and so I was in a great mood driving home. That mood was quickly changed when I heard the lyrics of a very catchy and well-produced reggae song, by you, Sir. It started with: "Ah love I an' I preaching, so every land of hate will burn," but then started to chant that "Today Rome will burn!" In what I assume to be an attempt not to implicate any specific place, the lyricist stated "When I say Rome it nuh geographic..." But then immediately goes on to say "Dem a ask how a little African, ah go burn down di whole ah inna Vatican?" Then the chorus repeated "Listen to the voice of di people, today Rome will burn!"

Now I appreciate that Jamaica is a land of contradictions, where free speech is celebrated but accountability is subjective. So, it does not surprise me that two Muslim leaders are refused entry into Jamaica, while our radio stations play songs which could incite attacks on one religious group.

Some may say I am an alarmist, and that I am taking the song too literally, but look at Boko Haram and ISIS and you can see that my concern is valid.

So Chronixx, before you burn down Rome, please pay the country a visit so that you will be fully cognizant of what you are igniting. In the event that you are not able to make such a visit, maybe a visit to Jamaican Roman-related organizations such as Brothers of the Poor, Mustard Seed Communities, Alpha Boys' Home, and all the Roman Catholic schools might make you change your mind about destroying Rome -- unless, of course, you and your religion are ready and willing to take over and continue or better the work that Rome has germinated.

"Do unto others as you would have them do unto you," Jesus Christ said in the Gospel of St Luke, chapter 6, verse 31," the writer said.

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Chronixx is yet to respond. However dancehall artiste Garrizon took to his Facebook to state that Chronixx is free to speak on social issues. He also says the artiste does not literally want to start conflict but to remind others of their history.

"Revolutionary music is not intended to start war or conflict its supposed to educate and that is exactly what Chronixx is doing. Am sure the artiste goes to Rome on a regular to sing the same song and is not placed under scrutiny...much of his fans are from Europe and other places. If this writer knew her history and respected it she would think different and be able to digest the song with more objectivity," he said.




Demarco and Gangoolie feud over 'Puppy Tail' dance

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Ever since the dance move known as Puppy Tail gained popularity within the dancehall space, several artistes have come out claiming rights to the dance with songs bearing the same name, with some demanding credit from the other artiste for being the originator.

The most popular version of the Puppy Tail song to date is from dancehall artiste Demarco, but another artiste, Ganggoolie, has come forward, claiming that Demarco pirated his work.

"Mi did av a song name Tremble Tremble weh come out from last year and did a gwaan good, so a dat dem see and copy di ting and a claim it as dem own," he told THE STAR.

Pure politics

Making specific reference to Demarco, Ganggoolie said, "Mi nah put my mouth a grung an talk. Mi a di first man come out wid da song deh, but a pure politics inna di business, and when a man av a bigger name dan you and more money fi throw around. Fi dem material will always be more popular."

Drawing on one of his earlier hits, the deejay said that this wasn't the first time other artistes had copied his work. "A di same ting di man dem do wid Muscle Wine but mi nah watch nuh face because from you have talent, you will make it in the business," he said.

He had this advice for the more established artistes: "Leave the younger youth dem mek dem strive man and stop gi dem a fight."

Demarco's publicist, who had been made aware of the allegations over the past few weeks, says he knew this would happen sooner or later.




Black Ryno and Popcaan make peace!

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Dancehall artistes Popcaan and Black Ryno have rekindled their friendship following a public feud, which started in 2010 after Black Ryno announced that he was leaving Vybz Kartel's Gaza camp.

Black Ryno had released a song called Mi Lef, produced by Supa Blunt, in which he explained his experience in the camp and the reason for his exit. However, Popcaan, who was still a member of the Gaza camp at the time, decided to also release songs such as Dem Sell Wi Out ...

"Everything between me and Popcaan always been good, a just the people never see me and the artiste. But everything good else I wouldn't have turned out at his album launch recently and performed," Black Ryno said.




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FABIAN Marley, the 44-year-old Jamaican who claims to be the eldest child of reggae legend Bob Marley, is moving ahead with his musical career.

This, despite a written request from the family of the late reggae king in August last year, that he "cease and desist" proporting to be a Marley and using the name, or prove through DNA testing that he is who he claims to be.

"Dem ask me for my DNA and me do that long time and give dem, and up to now, I can't hear nothing from dem. So me just a go through with my music career," Marley told the Jamaica Observer.

He, however, said he had received some word indicating he should redo the DNA test at a lab prescribed by the family.

"Me nuh in that with them. Me do my test at Carigen at UWI and give them the result. Don't it up to them, one of the other Marley children, to do their test to match with mine? Something not right, why they don't want to do it? What them 'fraid of?" Fabian Marley questioned.

Fabian Marley claims Bunny Wailer, more popularly known as Jah B, supports his claim. Wailer was a member of The Wailers, which comprised Marley and Peter Tosh.

"Jah B a man who me know fi years. That man send me to school and he has no doubt that I am Robert's son," said Marley.

While he waits on word, Fabian Marley said he is in not arguing with the family, noting that "nothing can be done before the time, and the right time is now".

He continues his move to get his musical career off the ground and is working on material for his first album, Nature's Valentine, for which a December release is projected.

"All the tracks are ready and we have finished mixing, right now a the mastering is being done in New York and then we are ready to hit the market," he said.

"We nuh feel threatened by the family. We do what they ask us to do and provide them with my DNA result. It up to them if they want to provide somebody, another Marley, to match with mine. So right now, I just putting out my tunes and going ahead and promoting my music. Them can't stop me," he said.




Iyara and Alkaline U.S visa Nod

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After years of being sidelined by the U.S immigration service, it would appear that the pressure is slowly being lifted off the shoulders of Jamaica's dancehall artistes.

Several of the islands most popular and marketable artistes are currently without visas for unclear reasons as artistes like Aidonia, Bounty Killer. Beenie Man, Mavado, Vybz kartel, Munga Honorable among others saw their visas been revoked.

Mavado and Beenie are the only two artistes from a long list to have made it into the good books of the U.S immigration and saw them being reissued their visas. However today two more dancehjall artistes have a cause to celebrate as Alkaline and Iyara were both issued USA visas recently.

Iyara is currently advertising himself for bookings, while Alkaline is expected to perform at an event alongside Mavado in coming weeks.




Veteran Reggae artiste John Holt is dead

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John Holt, the former lead singer of The Paragons and a pioneering reggae solo artist, has died at the age of 69.

The musician, famed for singing the original version of "The Tide Is High" in 1967, which was later covered by Blondie and Gregory Isaacs, passed away yesterday.

He joined The Paragons in 1964 in Kingston, Jamaica, replacing original frontman Leroy Stamp, after making a name for himself on the talent show circuit.

His track, "Stick By Me", was one of the biggest-selling Jamaican records of 1972.

He released his last solo album, Peacemaker, in 1993.

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The Jamaican Government has issued an immediate travel ban against certain persons travelling directly or indirectly from or through the Ebola-affected West African countries of Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.

A statement from the National Security Ministry says the ban extends to persons ordinarily resident in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone as well as persons who have travelled to or transited through the countries in the past 28 days.

The travel ban also extends to Commonwealth citizens, not citizens of Jamaica, who have travelled to or transited through Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone within 28 days of their arrival to Jamaica.

The Ministry says CARICOM nationals benefitting from the free movement regime are also subject to this landing restriction which is a temporary measure necessary for the protection of human and animal health.

Jamaican citizens and residents, who have travelled to Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone within 28 days of their arrival to Jamaica, will be quarantined in the interest of public health and national security upon their arrival in Jamaica.

This applies equally to any person having a right of entry pursuant to Jamaica's obligations under international organization head quarters agreements.

Jamaican citizens who have travelled to Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone within 28 days of their arrival to Jamaica, will be quarantined in the interest of public health and national security upon their arrival in Jamaica. The general public is advised that the Government of Jamaica reserves the right to screen all Jamaican nationals.

According to the World Health Organization the present Ebola outbreak is the largest and most complex since the discovery of the disease in 1976; hence this decision has been made against the background of the outbreak in West Africa since March 2014, and its continued increasing threat to world health and security of Jamaican citizens.

**Source: JAMAICA GLEANER***




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The National Security Ministry is to issue a statement shortly following reports that protocols were not observed in processing a visitor who recently travelled to Liberia.

Liberia is among a trio of West African countries hardest-hit by the deadly Ebola virus.

A security official told The Gleaner/Power 106 News Centre that the male visitor travelled to Jamaica from the United States yesterday.

Our sources say there was a high-level meeting a short while ago involving the national security ministry and immigration officials.




Gaza Slim denies sleeping with I Octane

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Gaza Slim denies I-Octane dating rumours. Says Vybz Kartel didn't warn her either (Websites are lying she says).

"People too wicked first and foremost. I have not received any message from Vybz Kartel complaining about me being in a relationship with I-Octane and the world done know sey me and I-Octane nuh inna nothing, even Vybz Kartel know that," she said.




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Suzie Q speaks out. Video Ally host opens up about ex-husband and his alleged grudge.

Through her public relations officer, Shuzzr Smith, the Video Alley host, in a promotional video of her show which was posted on YouTube, said she decided to speak out because the situation has intensified and has been taking a toll on her life.

"Suzie Q decided to go public because not only was the situation escalating but it was affecting her family and livelihood. It has taken a toll on her not just financially but emotionally and thus she felt compelled to use her platform to share with others and clear the air," he said.

The show was expected to be aired yesterday in the United States and Europe. In the 57-seconds promotional video, Suzie Q said her heart was full and began mentioning a few things she would talk about in the show.

"You have slept with over 20 ladies that I know about. You even slept with a 17-year-old girl you met on the plane and we were married. I have death threats with you, with your voice," the Video Alley host alleged in the promotional video.

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In another video, which lasted for 12 minutes, Suzie Q revealed an e-mail she got alleged to be coming from one of her ex-husband's women cursing her out for trying to derail his career. There are even threats of Haitian obeah and head chopping off posted in the video.




Dancehall artiste Zumjay joins the Feds

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Dancehall deejay Zumjay has successfully graduated from the Federal Law Enforcement Training Centre (FLETC) in the United States. The ceremony was held near the port of Brunswick in the state of Georgia.

"Special Thanks to LTC Tracey Williams-Staten, SSG Edward Sibaja and my wonderful family for attending my graduation. LTC Williams has been such a huge supporter from the very beginning and I am extremely appreciative. SSG Sibaja has my utmost respect for traveling all the way to Georgia to show his support. Last but not least, I am truly blessed to have an amazing wife Avi Stephens and kids who without them none of this would be possible," Zumjay said in a post on Facebook.

Zumjay moved to the US in 2007 because he wanted to be close to his wife.

The stated mission of FLETC is to "...train those who protect our homeland". It also provides training to state, local, campus, tribal, and international law enforcement agencies.

The deejay, whose real name is Rohan Stephens, joined the army reserves in 2008 because of the benefits and the solid future it would provide for himself and his family, which now includes his daughter, who is six years old.

"I joined the army to do music how I want to do music. I don't want my life to be determined by whether or not a selector or disc jock want to play my songs or if someone wants to put me on a show," Zumjay said at that time.

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Drummer 'Style' Scott KILLED

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LINCOLN 'Style' Scott, an original member of the influential Roots Radics Band, was killed at his Manchester home last Thursday evening.

The police were told that explosions were heard from Scott's home at about 10:10 pm.

No arrests have been made in the case.

Born in Chapelton, Clarendon, Scott was a member of the Jamaica Military Band who also played the north coast hotel circuit before joining the 'Radics'.

In 1979, the fledgling band also included bass player Errol 'Flabba' Holt, rhythm guitarist Eric 'Bingy Bunny' Lamont, lead guitarist Noel 'Sowell' Bailey, and keyboardist Wycliffe 'Steely' Johnson.

They were, arguably, the hottest reggae band of the late 1970s to the mid-1980s, playing on numerous hit songs by Barrington Levy Looking my Love, Bunny Wailer Rock 'N' Groove and Gregory Isaacs Night Nurse.

Along with the Radics, Scott recorded and toured with Isaacs, Wailer and roots group Israel Vibration. He is the fourth member of the band to die; Lamont, Johnson and Bailey preceded him.

In recent years, Scott toured Europe frequently as leader of the Dub Syndicate Band, which he coordinated with British reggae historian/producer Adrian Sherwood.




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(CNN) -- A second health care worker who cared for an Ebola patient at a Dallas hospital has contracted the virus herself.

The worker, a woman who lives alone, was quickly moved into isolation at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital, authorities said Wednesday.

The news cast further doubt on the hospital's ability to handle Ebola and protect employees. It's the same hospital that initially sent Thomas Eric Duncan home, even though he had a fever and had traveled from West Africa. By the time he returned to the hospital, his symptoms had worsened. He died while being treated by medical staff, including the two women who have now contracted the disease.

"I don't think we have a systematic institutional problem," Dr. Daniel Varga, chief clinical officer of Texas Health Resources, told reporters Wednesday, facing questions about the hospital's actions.

Medical staff "may have done some things differently with the benefit of what we know today," he said, adding, "no one wants to get this right more than our hospital."

People in the health care worker's office building were informed when officials went door to door, and also through early morning reverse 911 calls, officials said.

The health care worker had no pets, authorities said.

Seventy-five health care workers in Dallas are being monitored for any Ebola symptoms, Varga said.

Separately, Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins, who is overseeing the response efforts, said 48 other people in the community still are being monitored after having contact with Duncan, who was Dallas' first Ebola patient. Those 48 are asymptomatic, and Sunday will mark the end of the window in which they could get sick.

The second worker reported a fever Tuesday and was immediately isolated, health department spokeswoman Carrie Williams said. The virus is not contagious before there are symptoms.

A preliminary Ebola test was done late Tuesday at the state public health laboratory in Austin, and the results came back around midnight. A second test will be conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta.

"Health officials have interviewed the latest patient to quickly identify any contacts or potential exposures, and those people will be monitored," the health department said.

The worker's apartment and car will be cleaned Wednesday, Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings said.

An official close to the situation says that in hindsight, Duncan should have been transferred immediately to either Emory University Hospital in Atlanta or Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha.

Those hospitals are among only four in the country that have biocontainment units and have been preparing for years to treat a highly infectious disease like Ebola.

"If we knew then what we know now about this hospital's ability to safely care for these patients, then we would have transferred him to Emory or Nebraska," the official told CNN senior medical correspondent Elizabeth Cohen.

"I think there are hospitals that are more than ready, but I think there are some that are not."

The latest infection marks the second-ever transmission of Ebola in the United States. Both stemmed from Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital.

Late last week, nurse Nina Pham tested positive for Ebola. She also took care of Duncan, the first person to be diagnosed with Ebola in the United States. Duncan died last week.

On Tuesday, Pham said she was doing well.

"I am blessed by the support of family and friends, and am blessed to be cared for by the best team of doctors and nurses in the world," she said.

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Lorraine & Thandi Klaasen

From Sount Africa

Unite in Songs for Charity

Sount Africa Celebrates 20 Years of Freedom

Sunday Oct. 12, 2014

Pegasus Hotel

Proceeds in aid of Women's Charity




Global Renaissance Entertainment Group, Rose Hall Estate, and the creator of the $650 million Final Destination franchise will bring the legendary story of the White Witch of Rose Hall to the silver screen.

LOS ANGELES and MONTEGO BAY, Jamaica, Oct. 3, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Arthur Wylie of Global Renaissance Entertainment Group and Michael Rollins, Director of Rose Hall Developments, Ltd., announced that they will partner with the island of Jamaica to produce an epic trilogy of films based on the legend of Annie Palmer - The White Witch Of Rose Hall. Details were announced Friday, September 26th at a press conference in Montego Bay, Jamaica. The fact-based supernatural thrillers will be written and Executive Produced by Jeffrey Reddick, creator of the $650 million "Final Destination" franchise. The trilogy will be produced by CEO, Arthur Wylie and COO, Dale Godboldo for Global Renaissance Entertainment Group, Inc., and Co-Executive Produced by Michael Rollins, owner of the Rose Hall Estate in Montego Bay. Stephanie Denton, former President of International Sales and Distribution for Lionsgate, will handle worldwide distribution for the films, leveraging her success with "Underworld," "Saw," and "Hostel." The first film in the planned trilogy is in development with an estimated production budget of $20 million to $30 million, and will begin shooting next year in Jamaica. The trilogy adds to the catalogue of Global's multi-picture deal with Reddick, which includes the upcoming "Superstition" franchise.


"White Witch of Rose Hall" is based on a well known story in Jamaica about "Annie Palmer" - an English-Irish woman born in Haiti in the early 1800s. When her parents died of yellow fever, she was adopted by a nanny who taught her to practice witchcraft and voodoo. She moved to Jamaica and married John Palmer, owner of Rose Hall Plantation. Annie murdered Palmer along with two subsequent husbands and numerous male plantation slaves. Annie's spirit is believed to haunt the Great House of Rose Hall to this day.

"I am honored to collaborate with Michael and his family on a project that pulls from such a rich culture and vivid history," says Arthur Wylie. "We not only share a love for Jamaica and commitment to paying homage to this extraordinary tale, the Rollins also bring an unparalleled level of enthusiasm and business acumen that stems from building a billion dollar empire from industries as varied as real estate, casinos, and hotels."

"Jamaica has been near and dear to my heart," said Michael Rollins. "To have a project like this, from Jamaica, filmed in Jamaica, is something that our family has been working to realize for over fifty years now. I'm excited to be working with Arthur, Jeffrey, and Dale to finally make it a reality."

The Producers are working hand in hand with JAMPRO, an organization that works closely with local and global entrepreneurs seeking to tap into the many investment and trade opportunities in Jamaica. Global's goal is to bring additional film opportunities to Jamaica while providing employment opportunities for its residents.

"JAMPRO is pleased to be associated with a project of this magnitude," says Carole Beckford, Film Commissioner at JAMPRO. "The impact it can have on the local industry is incredible, and we anticipate a great working relationship with the team. We look forward to the end result."

To mark the announcement of the films, Global Renaissance invited both US and local media, business associates, investors, and other VIPs to a weekend filled with activities centered on the celebration of Jamaica. Guests were hosted at Iberostar Grand Hotel Rose Hall in Montego Bay, led on island excursions by Chukka Tours, and treated to an exclusive finale party called "The Destination Experience: A Global Renaissance" at Goldeneye Resort. Sponsors included Visa Signature, Range Rover, Jaguar, Virgin Atlantic, and Magellan Jets. Transportation throughout the weekend was provided by JTL Tours.

For more information on Global Renaissance Entertainment Group, Inc.: www.theglobalrenaissance.com. For media inquiries, contact: Shehawnee Prescod of Earth Angel PR at sprecod@earthangelpr.com or 404-889-1248. Connect with us on Facebook: facebook.com/GlobalRenaissanceEntertainmentGroup and facebook.com/White-Witch-Of-Rose-Hall.

Additional pictures are available upon request.

About Global Renaissance Entertainment Group, Inc.

Global Renaissance Entertainment Group (an Arthur Wylie Enterprises company) is a film and television production company joint ventured with the principals of Cherokee Investment Partners - a $2B investment firm. Managers attached to our upcoming projects have generated over $9B in worldwide sales. GR recently partnered with Lionsgate Films' Codeblack division to launch movies adapted from Global's catalog of novels by NY Times Best Selling author, Omar Tyree (8 million readers, and $30 million generated for Simon & Schuster).





Stacious goes semi-nude to promote new mixtape

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Dancehall artiste Stacious, has raised eyebrows on social media after she decided to go almost fully topless for the promotion of her latest mixtape called Bad 45.

But despite the negative comments of some fans, Stacious says that she is not bothered, because her cover photo reflects the concept of the project.

"A lot of people shocked, but persons who know me knows that a suh mi stay. Mi head come and guh, so anything is possible. To go topless goes with the Bad 45 concept, I have 45 bad songs on the mixtape and I am just being a bad girl musically," she said.

Iyara Ft. Stacious - Fuck Me (RAW) [Morning Ride Riddim] Mar 2012





Ebola threat for Jamaica?

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News of the first confirmed case in the US come less than a week after the Jamaican government was forced to dispel rumours of a suspected case of the deadly virus in the island. Acting Permanent Secretary in the Ministry, Dr Kevin Harvey said no suspected case of the disease is being investigated in Jamaica. He said rumours started when a doctor, who had recently returned to the island from Trinidad and Tobago, was admitted to the University Hospital of the West Indies last Thursday with a reported case of bleeding.




I-Wayne prepares for US tour

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After what seems like a deliberate hiatus from the forefront of the music industry, Reggae crooner, I-Wayne as re-emerged with nothing short of his usual dominance; and any one in attendance at either his recent cameo alongside Kabaka Pyramid at Usian Bolt's Tracks & Records, or at the Roots FM event held recently at Ashanti's restaurant in New Kingston, will attest to the fact without reservation that fya Wayne as not lost a step, but may've even mastered a few new ones; but be that what it is, the questions remain, what's new, where as he been and what as I- Wayne been up to?

"Well Fya Wayne been up to what I am normally up to, creating music and preserving life," declares I- Wayne in his no-nonsense attitude, as he instructs his band in a rehearsal for his upcoming US Tour, set to kick off in late October.

According his publicist, Karl Larmond, "the tour, (The I & I Tour) which consists of over thirty-six stops, kicks off in California on October the 22nd and ends in Florida on the 29th of November, and at the same time is also a prelude to I-Wayne's upcoming acoustic album."

"The I & I tour, is mostly a west coast, mid-west tour," explains Larmond, "which is predominantly the Reggae market in the United States, so we are focusing carefully on our target audience."

The tour will also feature upcoming Reggae act, Black-Am-I from the Ghetto Youths Camp, who has been creating waves recently with his single, Sampson Strength, which was featured on Junior Gong's Set Up Shop Volume 1 compilation.

Fans can catch I-Wayne locally at Olympia Crown Hotel in concert on October 4th, or check out his new singles on youtube or on his facebook page - Reggae Music, Versitile, featuring Kabaka Pyramid, and Love and Honour for Mama.






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Kalado detained in U.S by Immigration

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Following his mishaps in Zimbabwe Africa last month, it seems dancehall artiste Kalado's bad luck steak continues in 2014 as Yardflex understands that the entertainer is currently being detained in Florida.

According to our Music industry players, Kalado has been in holding for approximately ten days since arriving into the country.

It's unclear if any charges have been laid but it's alleged there are some issues with Kalado's immigration papers.

When Music News contacted the deejay's manager Nancy Davis she said she was locked in a meeting. Subsequent efforts to get details were futile as her numbers went to voice mail.

Kalado publicist Ray Alexander maintains that the artiste had the correct documents.




Ishawna performs at Full Black in no Panties

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The Downsound recording artiste wore no underwear to the recent staging of Full Black. The sinjay who recently admitted to having sexual intercourse with Skatta Burrel, who was a friend and business associate of her exboyfriend Foota Hype, may have gotten strong attention at Full Black for all the wrong reasons. However her songs like Restraining Order and Need Love got favorable responses.




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Iconic reggae artiste Eek-a-Mouse has been rambling about the Marleys for quite some time. However the singer, who is known for singles like Wa Do Dem and Police in Helicopter, has finally decided to take his ranting to social media to express his grouse.

In a three-minute video posted by Lyric DVD, the artiste says Bob Marley would have preferred if more support was given to Trench Town.

"This is not reggae music, it's Marley music controlled by a family, Bob sey Trench Town Rock I will never turn my back on you. But Rita Marley run to Ghana and left us a suffa on ya," he said among other things.

The veteran also claims that his collaboration with Junior Gong and Bounty Killer, which was featured on the Welcome to Jamrock album, is one of Junior Gong's most successful songs world-wide. The effort, called Khaki Suit, was part of a Grammy award winning project and Eek-a-Mouse believes he should have benefited more for his role in the record.

The artiste also revealed that he has plans to approach Junior Gong so as to secure a better pay cheque for Khaki Suit.

"I went on the Internet a few months ago and speak mi mind," Eek-a-Mouse told the interviewer. The veteran also expressed that other reggae artistes are not necessarily in support of the Marleys, however they are afraid to speak against them because of their connections in the industry.

Eek-a-Mouse delivers a shocking accusation of intimidation and threats from the Marley brothers.





Blak Ryno receives U.S visa

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"Mi just have to give thanks to God first for this opportunity. I cannot tell you how many times mi pray about this. Last year, mi ask God for three million dollars, I never knew where it would come from, and mi go Sting and beat Kiprich in the clash and get it, and this year, many times, I asked Him to clear the path for me to get back my visa, and through all the obstacles, mi hold the faith and now mi get it back," an elated Blak Ryno said.

Blak Ryno admitted that he had to go through a lot of tribulations before he got his heart's desire.

"God is slow, but He is sure, that's all mi can say. Special big-ups to my management, Justus Arison, and my publicity and street team for everything that they are doing," he said.

Other dancehall artistes still without U.S visas include Aidonia, Munga Honorable, Bounty Killer, Popcaan, Jah Cure, Tommy Lee Sparta, Busy Signal, Flexxx among others. Alkaline and Iyara recently received visas.




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Unconfirmed reports are that the deejay was denied his U.S documents which would make him a legal citizen. Stay tuned for more updates.

The deejay recently released a collaboration with LL Cool J and is expected to perform in NY on December 19.





I Wayne says Make clean music and play clean music

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Reggae artiste I Wayne is asking the local music industry to promote more music with positive content in order to reduce the rate at which society is drifting into a path of immorality.

According to the reggae artiste, known to be an advocate against prostitution, violence and other ills in society, though reggae music is regaining popularity, smut is still overpromoted in the media.

When accused of using music to influence negativity, many artistes are known to use the popular excuse that music is art imitating life and is not a causal factor in the prevalence of crime, violence and immorality.

However, I Wayne believes artistes who use that excuse to defend their production of music with lewd content are hypocritical.

According to I Wayne, the same artistes who argue that songs with violent content do not influence society, will also tell you that positive music will influence positive behaviour whenever that excuse suits the promotion of a song with positive content.

I Wayne says if positive music can influence positive behaviour, then negative music is just as influential.

"When they do a positive song they say it is to influence the youth. Yet when they do a negative song they say it doesn't have any negative influence and how they are not responsible for parenting, and that is filth and hypocrisy. So mi a try mi best fi keep the vibes clean and sort out what mi can," the reggae artiste said.




Roman Catholic woman attacks Chronixx in Open letter

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Reggae artiste Chronixx is known for his strong social commentary in his lyrics, the singer who has dedicated much of his music speaking against slavery and racism has come under fire from a Catholic supporter who claims that the artiste is wrong for chanting in his lyrics "A nuh nutting fi mi walk inna Rome and start a fyah". The open letter reads.

"This is an open letter to the artiste known as Chronixx.Chronixx, have you ever visited Rome? On Saturday, October 18, the Catholic Youth Movement of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Kingston hosted Jamaica Day, where everything Jamaican was celebrated by the youths of the six deaneries.

Deanery 4, of which I am member, won the competition and so I was in a great mood driving home. That mood was quickly changed when I heard the lyrics of a very catchy and well-produced reggae song, by you, Sir. It started with: "Ah love I an' I preaching, so every land of hate will burn," but then started to chant that "Today Rome will burn!" In what I assume to be an attempt not to implicate any specific place, the lyricist stated "When I say Rome it nuh geographic..." But then immediately goes on to say "Dem a ask how a little African, ah go burn down di whole ah inna Vatican?" Then the chorus repeated "Listen to the voice of di people, today Rome will burn!"

Now I appreciate that Jamaica is a land of contradictions, where free speech is celebrated but accountability is subjective. So, it does not surprise me that two Muslim leaders are refused entry into Jamaica, while our radio stations play songs which could incite attacks on one religious group.

Some may say I am an alarmist, and that I am taking the song too literally, but look at Boko Haram and ISIS and you can see that my concern is valid.

So Chronixx, before you burn down Rome, please pay the country a visit so that you will be fully cognizant of what you are igniting. In the event that you are not able to make such a visit, maybe a visit to Jamaican Roman-related organizations such as Brothers of the Poor, Mustard Seed Communities, Alpha Boys' Home, and all the Roman Catholic schools might make you change your mind about destroying Rome -- unless, of course, you and your religion are ready and willing to take over and continue or better the work that Rome has germinated.

"Do unto others as you would have them do unto you," Jesus Christ said in the Gospel of St Luke, chapter 6, verse 31," the writer said.

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Chronixx is yet to respond. However dancehall artiste Garrizon took to his Facebook to state that Chronixx is free to speak on social issues. He also says the artiste does not literally want to start conflict but to remind others of their history.

"Revolutionary music is not intended to start war or conflict its supposed to educate and that is exactly what Chronixx is doing. Am sure the artiste goes to Rome on a regular to sing the same song and is not placed under scrutiny...much of his fans are from Europe and other places. If this writer knew her history and respected it she would think different and be able to digest the song with more objectivity," he said.




Demarco and Gangoolie feud over 'Puppy Tail' dance

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Ever since the dance move known as Puppy Tail gained popularity within the dancehall space, several artistes have come out claiming rights to the dance with songs bearing the same name, with some demanding credit from the other artiste for being the originator.

The most popular version of the Puppy Tail song to date is from dancehall artiste Demarco, but another artiste, Ganggoolie, has come forward, claiming that Demarco pirated his work.

"Mi did av a song name Tremble Tremble weh come out from last year and did a gwaan good, so a dat dem see and copy di ting and a claim it as dem own," he told THE STAR.

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Making specific reference to Demarco, Ganggoolie said, "Mi nah put my mouth a grung an talk. Mi a di first man come out wid da song deh, but a pure politics inna di business, and when a man av a bigger name dan you and more money fi throw around. Fi dem material will always be more popular."

Drawing on one of his earlier hits, the deejay said that this wasn't the first time other artistes had copied his work. "A di same ting di man dem do wid Muscle Wine but mi nah watch nuh face because from you have talent, you will make it in the business," he said.

He had this advice for the more established artistes: "Leave the younger youth dem mek dem strive man and stop gi dem a fight."

Demarco's publicist, who had been made aware of the allegations over the past few weeks, says he knew this would happen sooner or later.




Black Ryno and Popcaan make peace!

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Dancehall artistes Popcaan and Black Ryno have rekindled their friendship following a public feud, which started in 2010 after Black Ryno announced that he was leaving Vybz Kartel's Gaza camp.

Black Ryno had released a song called Mi Lef, produced by Supa Blunt, in which he explained his experience in the camp and the reason for his exit. However, Popcaan, who was still a member of the Gaza camp at the time, decided to also release songs such as Dem Sell Wi Out ...

"Everything between me and Popcaan always been good, a just the people never see me and the artiste. But everything good else I wouldn't have turned out at his album launch recently and performed," Black Ryno said.




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FABIAN Marley, the 44-year-old Jamaican who claims to be the eldest child of reggae legend Bob Marley, is moving ahead with his musical career.

This, despite a written request from the family of the late reggae king in August last year, that he "cease and desist" proporting to be a Marley and using the name, or prove through DNA testing that he is who he claims to be.

"Dem ask me for my DNA and me do that long time and give dem, and up to now, I can't hear nothing from dem. So me just a go through with my music career," Marley told the Jamaica Observer.

He, however, said he had received some word indicating he should redo the DNA test at a lab prescribed by the family.

"Me nuh in that with them. Me do my test at Carigen at UWI and give them the result. Don't it up to them, one of the other Marley children, to do their test to match with mine? Something not right, why they don't want to do it? What them 'fraid of?" Fabian Marley questioned.

Fabian Marley claims Bunny Wailer, more popularly known as Jah B, supports his claim. Wailer was a member of The Wailers, which comprised Marley and Peter Tosh.

"Jah B a man who me know fi years. That man send me to school and he has no doubt that I am Robert's son," said Marley.

While he waits on word, Fabian Marley said he is in not arguing with the family, noting that "nothing can be done before the time, and the right time is now".

He continues his move to get his musical career off the ground and is working on material for his first album, Nature's Valentine, for which a December release is projected.

"All the tracks are ready and we have finished mixing, right now a the mastering is being done in New York and then we are ready to hit the market," he said.

"We nuh feel threatened by the family. We do what they ask us to do and provide them with my DNA result. It up to them if they want to provide somebody, another Marley, to match with mine. So right now, I just putting out my tunes and going ahead and promoting my music. Them can't stop me," he said.




Iyara and Alkaline U.S visa Nod

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After years of being sidelined by the U.S immigration service, it would appear that the pressure is slowly being lifted off the shoulders of Jamaica's dancehall artistes.

Several of the islands most popular and marketable artistes are currently without visas for unclear reasons as artistes like Aidonia, Bounty Killer. Beenie Man, Mavado, Vybz kartel, Munga Honorable among others saw their visas been revoked.

Mavado and Beenie are the only two artistes from a long list to have made it into the good books of the U.S immigration and saw them being reissued their visas. However today two more dancehjall artistes have a cause to celebrate as Alkaline and Iyara were both issued USA visas recently.

Iyara is currently advertising himself for bookings, while Alkaline is expected to perform at an event alongside Mavado in coming weeks.




Veteran Reggae artiste John Holt is dead

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John Holt, the former lead singer of The Paragons and a pioneering reggae solo artist, has died at the age of 69.

The musician, famed for singing the original version of "The Tide Is High" in 1967, which was later covered by Blondie and Gregory Isaacs, passed away yesterday.

He joined The Paragons in 1964 in Kingston, Jamaica, replacing original frontman Leroy Stamp, after making a name for himself on the talent show circuit.

His track, "Stick By Me", was one of the biggest-selling Jamaican records of 1972.

He released his last solo album, Peacemaker, in 1993.

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The Jamaican Government has issued an immediate travel ban against certain persons travelling directly or indirectly from or through the Ebola-affected West African countries of Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.

A statement from the National Security Ministry says the ban extends to persons ordinarily resident in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone as well as persons who have travelled to or transited through the countries in the past 28 days.

The travel ban also extends to Commonwealth citizens, not citizens of Jamaica, who have travelled to or transited through Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone within 28 days of their arrival to Jamaica.

The Ministry says CARICOM nationals benefitting from the free movement regime are also subject to this landing restriction which is a temporary measure necessary for the protection of human and animal health.

Jamaican citizens and residents, who have travelled to Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone within 28 days of their arrival to Jamaica, will be quarantined in the interest of public health and national security upon their arrival in Jamaica.

This applies equally to any person having a right of entry pursuant to Jamaica's obligations under international organization head quarters agreements.

Jamaican citizens who have travelled to Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone within 28 days of their arrival to Jamaica, will be quarantined in the interest of public health and national security upon their arrival in Jamaica. The general public is advised that the Government of Jamaica reserves the right to screen all Jamaican nationals.

According to the World Health Organization the present Ebola outbreak is the largest and most complex since the discovery of the disease in 1976; hence this decision has been made against the background of the outbreak in West Africa since March 2014, and its continued increasing threat to world health and security of Jamaican citizens.

**Source: JAMAICA GLEANER***




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The National Security Ministry is to issue a statement shortly following reports that protocols were not observed in processing a visitor who recently travelled to Liberia.

Liberia is among a trio of West African countries hardest-hit by the deadly Ebola virus.

A security official told The Gleaner/Power 106 News Centre that the male visitor travelled to Jamaica from the United States yesterday.

Our sources say there was a high-level meeting a short while ago involving the national security ministry and immigration officials.




Gaza Slim denies sleeping with I Octane

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Gaza Slim denies I-Octane dating rumours. Says Vybz Kartel didn't warn her either (Websites are lying she says).

"People too wicked first and foremost. I have not received any message from Vybz Kartel complaining about me being in a relationship with I-Octane and the world done know sey me and I-Octane nuh inna nothing, even Vybz Kartel know that," she said.




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Suzie Q speaks out. Video Ally host opens up about ex-husband and his alleged grudge.

Through her public relations officer, Shuzzr Smith, the Video Alley host, in a promotional video of her show which was posted on YouTube, said she decided to speak out because the situation has intensified and has been taking a toll on her life.

"Suzie Q decided to go public because not only was the situation escalating but it was affecting her family and livelihood. It has taken a toll on her not just financially but emotionally and thus she felt compelled to use her platform to share with others and clear the air," he said.

The show was expected to be aired yesterday in the United States and Europe. In the 57-seconds promotional video, Suzie Q said her heart was full and began mentioning a few things she would talk about in the show.

"You have slept with over 20 ladies that I know about. You even slept with a 17-year-old girl you met on the plane and we were married. I have death threats with you, with your voice," the Video Alley host alleged in the promotional video.

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In another video, which lasted for 12 minutes, Suzie Q revealed an e-mail she got alleged to be coming from one of her ex-husband's women cursing her out for trying to derail his career. There are even threats of Haitian obeah and head chopping off posted in the video.




Dancehall artiste Zumjay joins the Feds

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Dancehall deejay Zumjay has successfully graduated from the Federal Law Enforcement Training Centre (FLETC) in the United States. The ceremony was held near the port of Brunswick in the state of Georgia.

"Special Thanks to LTC Tracey Williams-Staten, SSG Edward Sibaja and my wonderful family for attending my graduation. LTC Williams has been such a huge supporter from the very beginning and I am extremely appreciative. SSG Sibaja has my utmost respect for traveling all the way to Georgia to show his support. Last but not least, I am truly blessed to have an amazing wife Avi Stephens and kids who without them none of this would be possible," Zumjay said in a post on Facebook.

Zumjay moved to the US in 2007 because he wanted to be close to his wife.

The stated mission of FLETC is to "...train those who protect our homeland". It also provides training to state, local, campus, tribal, and international law enforcement agencies.

The deejay, whose real name is Rohan Stephens, joined the army reserves in 2008 because of the benefits and the solid future it would provide for himself and his family, which now includes his daughter, who is six years old.

"I joined the army to do music how I want to do music. I don't want my life to be determined by whether or not a selector or disc jock want to play my songs or if someone wants to put me on a show," Zumjay said at that time.

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Drummer 'Style' Scott KILLED

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LINCOLN 'Style' Scott, an original member of the influential Roots Radics Band, was killed at his Manchester home last Thursday evening.

The police were told that explosions were heard from Scott's home at about 10:10 pm.

No arrests have been made in the case.

Born in Chapelton, Clarendon, Scott was a member of the Jamaica Military Band who also played the north coast hotel circuit before joining the 'Radics'.

In 1979, the fledgling band also included bass player Errol 'Flabba' Holt, rhythm guitarist Eric 'Bingy Bunny' Lamont, lead guitarist Noel 'Sowell' Bailey, and keyboardist Wycliffe 'Steely' Johnson.

They were, arguably, the hottest reggae band of the late 1970s to the mid-1980s, playing on numerous hit songs by Barrington Levy Looking my Love, Bunny Wailer Rock 'N' Groove and Gregory Isaacs Night Nurse.

Along with the Radics, Scott recorded and toured with Isaacs, Wailer and roots group Israel Vibration. He is the fourth member of the band to die; Lamont, Johnson and Bailey preceded him.

In recent years, Scott toured Europe frequently as leader of the Dub Syndicate Band, which he coordinated with British reggae historian/producer Adrian Sherwood.




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(CNN) -- A second health care worker who cared for an Ebola patient at a Dallas hospital has contracted the virus herself.

The worker, a woman who lives alone, was quickly moved into isolation at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital, authorities said Wednesday.

The news cast further doubt on the hospital's ability to handle Ebola and protect employees. It's the same hospital that initially sent Thomas Eric Duncan home, even though he had a fever and had traveled from West Africa. By the time he returned to the hospital, his symptoms had worsened. He died while being treated by medical staff, including the two women who have now contracted the disease.

"I don't think we have a systematic institutional problem," Dr. Daniel Varga, chief clinical officer of Texas Health Resources, told reporters Wednesday, facing questions about the hospital's actions.

Medical staff "may have done some things differently with the benefit of what we know today," he said, adding, "no one wants to get this right more than our hospital."

People in the health care worker's office building were informed when officials went door to door, and also through early morning reverse 911 calls, officials said.

The health care worker had no pets, authorities said.

Seventy-five health care workers in Dallas are being monitored for any Ebola symptoms, Varga said.

Separately, Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins, who is overseeing the response efforts, said 48 other people in the community still are being monitored after having contact with Duncan, who was Dallas' first Ebola patient. Those 48 are asymptomatic, and Sunday will mark the end of the window in which they could get sick.

The second worker reported a fever Tuesday and was immediately isolated, health department spokeswoman Carrie Williams said. The virus is not contagious before there are symptoms.

A preliminary Ebola test was done late Tuesday at the state public health laboratory in Austin, and the results came back around midnight. A second test will be conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta.

"Health officials have interviewed the latest patient to quickly identify any contacts or potential exposures, and those people will be monitored," the health department said.

The worker's apartment and car will be cleaned Wednesday, Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings said.

An official close to the situation says that in hindsight, Duncan should have been transferred immediately to either Emory University Hospital in Atlanta or Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha.

Those hospitals are among only four in the country that have biocontainment units and have been preparing for years to treat a highly infectious disease like Ebola.

"If we knew then what we know now about this hospital's ability to safely care for these patients, then we would have transferred him to Emory or Nebraska," the official told CNN senior medical correspondent Elizabeth Cohen.

"I think there are hospitals that are more than ready, but I think there are some that are not."

The latest infection marks the second-ever transmission of Ebola in the United States. Both stemmed from Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital.

Late last week, nurse Nina Pham tested positive for Ebola. She also took care of Duncan, the first person to be diagnosed with Ebola in the United States. Duncan died last week.

On Tuesday, Pham said she was doing well.

"I am blessed by the support of family and friends, and am blessed to be cared for by the best team of doctors and nurses in the world," she said.

***SOURCE: CNN***
















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Lorraine & Thandi Klaasen

From Sount Africa

Unite in Songs for Charity

Sount Africa Celebrates 20 Years of Freedom

Sunday Oct. 12, 2014

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Proceeds in aid of Women's Charity




Global Renaissance Entertainment Group, Rose Hall Estate, and the creator of the $650 million Final Destination franchise will bring the legendary story of the White Witch of Rose Hall to the silver screen.

LOS ANGELES and MONTEGO BAY, Jamaica, Oct. 3, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Arthur Wylie of Global Renaissance Entertainment Group and Michael Rollins, Director of Rose Hall Developments, Ltd., announced that they will partner with the island of Jamaica to produce an epic trilogy of films based on the legend of Annie Palmer - The White Witch Of Rose Hall. Details were announced Friday, September 26th at a press conference in Montego Bay, Jamaica. The fact-based supernatural thrillers will be written and Executive Produced by Jeffrey Reddick, creator of the $650 million "Final Destination" franchise. The trilogy will be produced by CEO, Arthur Wylie and COO, Dale Godboldo for Global Renaissance Entertainment Group, Inc., and Co-Executive Produced by Michael Rollins, owner of the Rose Hall Estate in Montego Bay. Stephanie Denton, former President of International Sales and Distribution for Lionsgate, will handle worldwide distribution for the films, leveraging her success with "Underworld," "Saw," and "Hostel." The first film in the planned trilogy is in development with an estimated production budget of $20 million to $30 million, and will begin shooting next year in Jamaica. The trilogy adds to the catalogue of Global's multi-picture deal with Reddick, which includes the upcoming "Superstition" franchise.


"White Witch of Rose Hall" is based on a well known story in Jamaica about "Annie Palmer" - an English-Irish woman born in Haiti in the early 1800s. When her parents died of yellow fever, she was adopted by a nanny who taught her to practice witchcraft and voodoo. She moved to Jamaica and married John Palmer, owner of Rose Hall Plantation. Annie murdered Palmer along with two subsequent husbands and numerous male plantation slaves. Annie's spirit is believed to haunt the Great House of Rose Hall to this day.

"I am honored to collaborate with Michael and his family on a project that pulls from such a rich culture and vivid history," says Arthur Wylie. "We not only share a love for Jamaica and commitment to paying homage to this extraordinary tale, the Rollins also bring an unparalleled level of enthusiasm and business acumen that stems from building a billion dollar empire from industries as varied as real estate, casinos, and hotels."

"Jamaica has been near and dear to my heart," said Michael Rollins. "To have a project like this, from Jamaica, filmed in Jamaica, is something that our family has been working to realize for over fifty years now. I'm excited to be working with Arthur, Jeffrey, and Dale to finally make it a reality."

The Producers are working hand in hand with JAMPRO, an organization that works closely with local and global entrepreneurs seeking to tap into the many investment and trade opportunities in Jamaica. Global's goal is to bring additional film opportunities to Jamaica while providing employment opportunities for its residents.

"JAMPRO is pleased to be associated with a project of this magnitude," says Carole Beckford, Film Commissioner at JAMPRO. "The impact it can have on the local industry is incredible, and we anticipate a great working relationship with the team. We look forward to the end result."

To mark the announcement of the films, Global Renaissance invited both US and local media, business associates, investors, and other VIPs to a weekend filled with activities centered on the celebration of Jamaica. Guests were hosted at Iberostar Grand Hotel Rose Hall in Montego Bay, led on island excursions by Chukka Tours, and treated to an exclusive finale party called "The Destination Experience: A Global Renaissance" at Goldeneye Resort. Sponsors included Visa Signature, Range Rover, Jaguar, Virgin Atlantic, and Magellan Jets. Transportation throughout the weekend was provided by JTL Tours.

For more information on Global Renaissance Entertainment Group, Inc.: www.theglobalrenaissance.com. For media inquiries, contact: Shehawnee Prescod of Earth Angel PR at sprecod@earthangelpr.com or 404-889-1248. Connect with us on Facebook: facebook.com/GlobalRenaissanceEntertainmentGroup and facebook.com/White-Witch-Of-Rose-Hall.

Additional pictures are available upon request.

About Global Renaissance Entertainment Group, Inc.

Global Renaissance Entertainment Group (an Arthur Wylie Enterprises company) is a film and television production company joint ventured with the principals of Cherokee Investment Partners - a $2B investment firm. Managers attached to our upcoming projects have generated over $9B in worldwide sales. GR recently partnered with Lionsgate Films' Codeblack division to launch movies adapted from Global's catalog of novels by NY Times Best Selling author, Omar Tyree (8 million readers, and $30 million generated for Simon & Schuster).





Stacious goes semi-nude to promote new mixtape

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Dancehall artiste Stacious, has raised eyebrows on social media after she decided to go almost fully topless for the promotion of her latest mixtape called Bad 45.

But despite the negative comments of some fans, Stacious says that she is not bothered, because her cover photo reflects the concept of the project.

"A lot of people shocked, but persons who know me knows that a suh mi stay. Mi head come and guh, so anything is possible. To go topless goes with the Bad 45 concept, I have 45 bad songs on the mixtape and I am just being a bad girl musically," she said.

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Ebola threat for Jamaica?

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News of the first confirmed case in the US come less than a week after the Jamaican government was forced to dispel rumours of a suspected case of the deadly virus in the island. Acting Permanent Secretary in the Ministry, Dr Kevin Harvey said no suspected case of the disease is being investigated in Jamaica. He said rumours started when a doctor, who had recently returned to the island from Trinidad and Tobago, was admitted to the University Hospital of the West Indies last Thursday with a reported case of bleeding.




I-Wayne prepares for US tour

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After what seems like a deliberate hiatus from the forefront of the music industry, Reggae crooner, I-Wayne as re-emerged with nothing short of his usual dominance; and any one in attendance at either his recent cameo alongside Kabaka Pyramid at Usian Bolt's Tracks & Records, or at the Roots FM event held recently at Ashanti's restaurant in New Kingston, will attest to the fact without reservation that fya Wayne as not lost a step, but may've even mastered a few new ones; but be that what it is, the questions remain, what's new, where as he been and what as I- Wayne been up to?

"Well Fya Wayne been up to what I am normally up to, creating music and preserving life," declares I- Wayne in his no-nonsense attitude, as he instructs his band in a rehearsal for his upcoming US Tour, set to kick off in late October.

According his publicist, Karl Larmond, "the tour, (The I & I Tour) which consists of over thirty-six stops, kicks off in California on October the 22nd and ends in Florida on the 29th of November, and at the same time is also a prelude to I-Wayne's upcoming acoustic album."

"The I & I tour, is mostly a west coast, mid-west tour," explains Larmond, "which is predominantly the Reggae market in the United States, so we are focusing carefully on our target audience."

The tour will also feature upcoming Reggae act, Black-Am-I from the Ghetto Youths Camp, who has been creating waves recently with his single, Sampson Strength, which was featured on Junior Gong's Set Up Shop Volume 1 compilation.

Fans can catch I-Wayne locally at Olympia Crown Hotel in concert on October 4th, or check out his new singles on youtube or on his facebook page - Reggae Music, Versitile, featuring Kabaka Pyramid, and Love and Honour for Mama.






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Ishawna performs at Full Black in no Panties

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The Downsound recording artiste wore no underwear to the recent staging of Full Black. The sinjay who recently admitted to having sexual intercourse with Skatta Burrel, who was a friend and business associate of her exboyfriend Foota Hype, may have gotten strong attention at Full Black for all the wrong reasons. However her songs like Restraining Order and Need Love got favorable responses.




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Iconic reggae artiste Eek-a-Mouse has been rambling about the Marleys for quite some time. However the singer, who is known for singles like Wa Do Dem and Police in Helicopter, has finally decided to take his ranting to social media to express his grouse.

In a three-minute video posted by Lyric DVD, the artiste says Bob Marley would have preferred if more support was given to Trench Town.

"This is not reggae music, it's Marley music controlled by a family, Bob sey Trench Town Rock I will never turn my back on you. But Rita Marley run to Ghana and left us a suffa on ya," he said among other things.

The veteran also claims that his collaboration with Junior Gong and Bounty Killer, which was featured on the Welcome to Jamrock album, is one of Junior Gong's most successful songs world-wide. The effort, called Khaki Suit, was part of a Grammy award winning project and Eek-a-Mouse believes he should have benefited more for his role in the record.

The artiste also revealed that he has plans to approach Junior Gong so as to secure a better pay cheque for Khaki Suit.

"I went on the Internet a few months ago and speak mi mind," Eek-a-Mouse told the interviewer. The veteran also expressed that other reggae artistes are not necessarily in support of the Marleys, however they are afraid to speak against them because of their connections in the industry.

Eek-a-Mouse delivers a shocking accusation of intimidation and threats from the Marley brothers.





Blak Ryno receives U.S visa

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"Mi just have to give thanks to God first for this opportunity. I cannot tell you how many times mi pray about this. Last year, mi ask God for three million dollars, I never knew where it would come from, and mi go Sting and beat Kiprich in the clash and get it, and this year, many times, I asked Him to clear the path for me to get back my visa, and through all the obstacles, mi hold the faith and now mi get it back," an elated Blak Ryno said.

Blak Ryno admitted that he had to go through a lot of tribulations before he got his heart's desire.

"God is slow, but He is sure, that's all mi can say. Special big-ups to my management, Justus Arison, and my publicity and street team for everything that they are doing," he said.

Other dancehall artistes still without U.S visas include Aidonia, Munga Honorable, Bounty Killer, Popcaan, Jah Cure, Tommy Lee Sparta, Busy Signal, Flexxx among others. Alkaline and Iyara recently received visas.




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Unconfirmed reports are that the deejay was denied his U.S documents which would make him a legal citizen. Stay tuned for more updates.

The deejay recently released a collaboration with LL Cool J and is expected to perform in NY on December 19.





I Wayne says Make clean music and play clean music

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Reggae artiste I Wayne is asking the local music industry to promote more music with positive content in order to reduce the rate at which society is drifting into a path of immorality.

According to the reggae artiste, known to be an advocate against prostitution, violence and other ills in society, though reggae music is regaining popularity, smut is still overpromoted in the media.

When accused of using music to influence negativity, many artistes are known to use the popular excuse that music is art imitating life and is not a causal factor in the prevalence of crime, violence and immorality.

However, I Wayne believes artistes who use that excuse to defend their production of music with lewd content are hypocritical.

According to I Wayne, the same artistes who argue that songs with violent content do not influence society, will also tell you that positive music will influence positive behaviour whenever that excuse suits the promotion of a song with positive content.

I Wayne says if positive music can influence positive behaviour, then negative music is just as influential.

"When they do a positive song they say it is to influence the youth. Yet when they do a negative song they say it doesn't have any negative influence and how they are not responsible for parenting, and that is filth and hypocrisy. So mi a try mi best fi keep the vibes clean and sort out what mi can," the reggae artiste said.




Roman Catholic woman attacks Chronixx in Open letter

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Reggae artiste Chronixx is known for his strong social commentary in his lyrics, the singer who has dedicated much of his music speaking against slavery and racism has come under fire from a Catholic supporter who claims that the artiste is wrong for chanting in his lyrics "A nuh nutting fi mi walk inna Rome and start a fyah". The open letter reads.

"This is an open letter to the artiste known as Chronixx.Chronixx, have you ever visited Rome? On Saturday, October 18, the Catholic Youth Movement of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Kingston hosted Jamaica Day, where everything Jamaican was celebrated by the youths of the six deaneries.

Deanery 4, of which I am member, won the competition and so I was in a great mood driving home. That mood was quickly changed when I heard the lyrics of a very catchy and well-produced reggae song, by you, Sir. It started with: "Ah love I an' I preaching, so every land of hate will burn," but then started to chant that "Today Rome will burn!" In what I assume to be an attempt not to implicate any specific place, the lyricist stated "When I say Rome it nuh geographic..." But then immediately goes on to say "Dem a ask how a little African, ah go burn down di whole ah inna Vatican?" Then the chorus repeated "Listen to the voice of di people, today Rome will burn!"

Now I appreciate that Jamaica is a land of contradictions, where free speech is celebrated but accountability is subjective. So, it does not surprise me that two Muslim leaders are refused entry into Jamaica, while our radio stations play songs which could incite attacks on one religious group.

Some may say I am an alarmist, and that I am taking the song too literally, but look at Boko Haram and ISIS and you can see that my concern is valid.

So Chronixx, before you burn down Rome, please pay the country a visit so that you will be fully cognizant of what you are igniting. In the event that you are not able to make such a visit, maybe a visit to Jamaican Roman-related organizations such as Brothers of the Poor, Mustard Seed Communities, Alpha Boys' Home, and all the Roman Catholic schools might make you change your mind about destroying Rome -- unless, of course, you and your religion are ready and willing to take over and continue or better the work that Rome has germinated.

"Do unto others as you would have them do unto you," Jesus Christ said in the Gospel of St Luke, chapter 6, verse 31," the writer said.

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Chronixx is yet to respond. However dancehall artiste Garrizon took to his Facebook to state that Chronixx is free to speak on social issues. He also says the artiste does not literally want to start conflict but to remind others of their history.

"Revolutionary music is not intended to start war or conflict its supposed to educate and that is exactly what Chronixx is doing. Am sure the artiste goes to Rome on a regular to sing the same song and is not placed under scrutiny...much of his fans are from Europe and other places. If this writer knew her history and respected it she would think different and be able to digest the song with more objectivity," he said.




Demarco and Gangoolie feud over 'Puppy Tail' dance

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Ever since the dance move known as Puppy Tail gained popularity within the dancehall space, several artistes have come out claiming rights to the dance with songs bearing the same name, with some demanding credit from the other artiste for being the originator.

The most popular version of the Puppy Tail song to date is from dancehall artiste Demarco, but another artiste, Ganggoolie, has come forward, claiming that Demarco pirated his work.

"Mi did av a song name Tremble Tremble weh come out from last year and did a gwaan good, so a dat dem see and copy di ting and a claim it as dem own," he told THE STAR.

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Making specific reference to Demarco, Ganggoolie said, "Mi nah put my mouth a grung an talk. Mi a di first man come out wid da song deh, but a pure politics inna di business, and when a man av a bigger name dan you and more money fi throw around. Fi dem material will always be more popular."

Drawing on one of his earlier hits, the deejay said that this wasn't the first time other artistes had copied his work. "A di same ting di man dem do wid Muscle Wine but mi nah watch nuh face because from you have talent, you will make it in the business," he said.

He had this advice for the more established artistes: "Leave the younger youth dem mek dem strive man and stop gi dem a fight."

Demarco's publicist, who had been made aware of the allegations over the past few weeks, says he knew this would happen sooner or later.




Black Ryno and Popcaan make peace!

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Dancehall artistes Popcaan and Black Ryno have rekindled their friendship following a public feud, which started in 2010 after Black Ryno announced that he was leaving Vybz Kartel's Gaza camp.

Black Ryno had released a song called Mi Lef, produced by Supa Blunt, in which he explained his experience in the camp and the reason for his exit. However, Popcaan, who was still a member of the Gaza camp at the time, decided to also release songs such as Dem Sell Wi Out ...

"Everything between me and Popcaan always been good, a just the people never see me and the artiste. But everything good else I wouldn't have turned out at his album launch recently and performed," Black Ryno said.




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FABIAN Marley, the 44-year-old Jamaican who claims to be the eldest child of reggae legend Bob Marley, is moving ahead with his musical career.

This, despite a written request from the family of the late reggae king in August last year, that he "cease and desist" proporting to be a Marley and using the name, or prove through DNA testing that he is who he claims to be.

"Dem ask me for my DNA and me do that long time and give dem, and up to now, I can't hear nothing from dem. So me just a go through with my music career," Marley told the Jamaica Observer.

He, however, said he had received some word indicating he should redo the DNA test at a lab prescribed by the family.

"Me nuh in that with them. Me do my test at Carigen at UWI and give them the result. Don't it up to them, one of the other Marley children, to do their test to match with mine? Something not right, why they don't want to do it? What them 'fraid of?" Fabian Marley questioned.

Fabian Marley claims Bunny Wailer, more popularly known as Jah B, supports his claim. Wailer was a member of The Wailers, which comprised Marley and Peter Tosh.

"Jah B a man who me know fi years. That man send me to school and he has no doubt that I am Robert's son," said Marley.

While he waits on word, Fabian Marley said he is in not arguing with the family, noting that "nothing can be done before the time, and the right time is now".

He continues his move to get his musical career off the ground and is working on material for his first album, Nature's Valentine, for which a December release is projected.

"All the tracks are ready and we have finished mixing, right now a the mastering is being done in New York and then we are ready to hit the market," he said.

"We nuh feel threatened by the family. We do what they ask us to do and provide them with my DNA result. It up to them if they want to provide somebody, another Marley, to match with mine. So right now, I just putting out my tunes and going ahead and promoting my music. Them can't stop me," he said.




Iyara and Alkaline U.S visa Nod

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After years of being sidelined by the U.S immigration service, it would appear that the pressure is slowly being lifted off the shoulders of Jamaica's dancehall artistes.

Several of the islands most popular and marketable artistes are currently without visas for unclear reasons as artistes like Aidonia, Bounty Killer. Beenie Man, Mavado, Vybz kartel, Munga Honorable among others saw their visas been revoked.

Mavado and Beenie are the only two artistes from a long list to have made it into the good books of the U.S immigration and saw them being reissued their visas. However today two more dancehjall artistes have a cause to celebrate as Alkaline and Iyara were both issued USA visas recently.

Iyara is currently advertising himself for bookings, while Alkaline is expected to perform at an event alongside Mavado in coming weeks.




Veteran Reggae artiste John Holt is dead

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John Holt, the former lead singer of The Paragons and a pioneering reggae solo artist, has died at the age of 69.

The musician, famed for singing the original version of "The Tide Is High" in 1967, which was later covered by Blondie and Gregory Isaacs, passed away yesterday.

He joined The Paragons in 1964 in Kingston, Jamaica, replacing original frontman Leroy Stamp, after making a name for himself on the talent show circuit.

His track, "Stick By Me", was one of the biggest-selling Jamaican records of 1972.

He released his last solo album, Peacemaker, in 1993.

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The Jamaican Government has issued an immediate travel ban against certain persons travelling directly or indirectly from or through the Ebola-affected West African countries of Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.

A statement from the National Security Ministry says the ban extends to persons ordinarily resident in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone as well as persons who have travelled to or transited through the countries in the past 28 days.

The travel ban also extends to Commonwealth citizens, not citizens of Jamaica, who have travelled to or transited through Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone within 28 days of their arrival to Jamaica.

The Ministry says CARICOM nationals benefitting from the free movement regime are also subject to this landing restriction which is a temporary measure necessary for the protection of human and animal health.

Jamaican citizens and residents, who have travelled to Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone within 28 days of their arrival to Jamaica, will be quarantined in the interest of public health and national security upon their arrival in Jamaica.

This applies equally to any person having a right of entry pursuant to Jamaica's obligations under international organization head quarters agreements.

Jamaican citizens who have travelled to Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone within 28 days of their arrival to Jamaica, will be quarantined in the interest of public health and national security upon their arrival in Jamaica. The general public is advised that the Government of Jamaica reserves the right to screen all Jamaican nationals.

According to the World Health Organization the present Ebola outbreak is the largest and most complex since the discovery of the disease in 1976; hence this decision has been made against the background of the outbreak in West Africa since March 2014, and its continued increasing threat to world health and security of Jamaican citizens.

**Source: JAMAICA GLEANER***




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The National Security Ministry is to issue a statement shortly following reports that protocols were not observed in processing a visitor who recently travelled to Liberia.

Liberia is among a trio of West African countries hardest-hit by the deadly Ebola virus.

A security official told The Gleaner/Power 106 News Centre that the male visitor travelled to Jamaica from the United States yesterday.

Our sources say there was a high-level meeting a short while ago involving the national security ministry and immigration officials.




Gaza Slim denies sleeping with I Octane

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Gaza Slim denies I-Octane dating rumours. Says Vybz Kartel didn't warn her either (Websites are lying she says).

"People too wicked first and foremost. I have not received any message from Vybz Kartel complaining about me being in a relationship with I-Octane and the world done know sey me and I-Octane nuh inna nothing, even Vybz Kartel know that," she said.




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Suzie Q speaks out. Video Ally host opens up about ex-husband and his alleged grudge.

Through her public relations officer, Shuzzr Smith, the Video Alley host, in a promotional video of her show which was posted on YouTube, said she decided to speak out because the situation has intensified and has been taking a toll on her life.

"Suzie Q decided to go public because not only was the situation escalating but it was affecting her family and livelihood. It has taken a toll on her not just financially but emotionally and thus she felt compelled to use her platform to share with others and clear the air," he said.

The show was expected to be aired yesterday in the United States and Europe. In the 57-seconds promotional video, Suzie Q said her heart was full and began mentioning a few things she would talk about in the show.

"You have slept with over 20 ladies that I know about. You even slept with a 17-year-old girl you met on the plane and we were married. I have death threats with you, with your voice," the Video Alley host alleged in the promotional video.

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In another video, which lasted for 12 minutes, Suzie Q revealed an e-mail she got alleged to be coming from one of her ex-husband's women cursing her out for trying to derail his career. There are even threats of Haitian obeah and head chopping off posted in the video.




Dancehall artiste Zumjay joins the Feds

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Dancehall deejay Zumjay has successfully graduated from the Federal Law Enforcement Training Centre (FLETC) in the United States. The ceremony was held near the port of Brunswick in the state of Georgia.

"Special Thanks to LTC Tracey Williams-Staten, SSG Edward Sibaja and my wonderful family for attending my graduation. LTC Williams has been such a huge supporter from the very beginning and I am extremely appreciative. SSG Sibaja has my utmost respect for traveling all the way to Georgia to show his support. Last but not least, I am truly blessed to have an amazing wife Avi Stephens and kids who without them none of this would be possible," Zumjay said in a post on Facebook.

Zumjay moved to the US in 2007 because he wanted to be close to his wife.

The stated mission of FLETC is to "...train those who protect our homeland". It also provides training to state, local, campus, tribal, and international law enforcement agencies.

The deejay, whose real name is Rohan Stephens, joined the army reserves in 2008 because of the benefits and the solid future it would provide for himself and his family, which now includes his daughter, who is six years old.

"I joined the army to do music how I want to do music. I don't want my life to be determined by whether or not a selector or disc jock want to play my songs or if someone wants to put me on a show," Zumjay said at that time.

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Drummer 'Style' Scott KILLED

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LINCOLN 'Style' Scott, an original member of the influential Roots Radics Band, was killed at his Manchester home last Thursday evening.

The police were told that explosions were heard from Scott's home at about 10:10 pm.

No arrests have been made in the case.

Born in Chapelton, Clarendon, Scott was a member of the Jamaica Military Band who also played the north coast hotel circuit before joining the 'Radics'.

In 1979, the fledgling band also included bass player Errol 'Flabba' Holt, rhythm guitarist Eric 'Bingy Bunny' Lamont, lead guitarist Noel 'Sowell' Bailey, and keyboardist Wycliffe 'Steely' Johnson.

They were, arguably, the hottest reggae band of the late 1970s to the mid-1980s, playing on numerous hit songs by Barrington Levy Looking my Love, Bunny Wailer Rock 'N' Groove and Gregory Isaacs Night Nurse.

Along with the Radics, Scott recorded and toured with Isaacs, Wailer and roots group Israel Vibration. He is the fourth member of the band to die; Lamont, Johnson and Bailey preceded him.

In recent years, Scott toured Europe frequently as leader of the Dub Syndicate Band, which he coordinated with British reggae historian/producer Adrian Sherwood.




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(CNN) -- A second health care worker who cared for an Ebola patient at a Dallas hospital has contracted the virus herself.

The worker, a woman who lives alone, was quickly moved into isolation at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital, authorities said Wednesday.

The news cast further doubt on the hospital's ability to handle Ebola and protect employees. It's the same hospital that initially sent Thomas Eric Duncan home, even though he had a fever and had traveled from West Africa. By the time he returned to the hospital, his symptoms had worsened. He died while being treated by medical staff, including the two women who have now contracted the disease.

"I don't think we have a systematic institutional problem," Dr. Daniel Varga, chief clinical officer of Texas Health Resources, told reporters Wednesday, facing questions about the hospital's actions.

Medical staff "may have done some things differently with the benefit of what we know today," he said, adding, "no one wants to get this right more than our hospital."

People in the health care worker's office building were informed when officials went door to door, and also through early morning reverse 911 calls, officials said.

The health care worker had no pets, authorities said.

Seventy-five health care workers in Dallas are being monitored for any Ebola symptoms, Varga said.

Separately, Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins, who is overseeing the response efforts, said 48 other people in the community still are being monitored after having contact with Duncan, who was Dallas' first Ebola patient. Those 48 are asymptomatic, and Sunday will mark the end of the window in which they could get sick.

The second worker reported a fever Tuesday and was immediately isolated, health department spokeswoman Carrie Williams said. The virus is not contagious before there are symptoms.

A preliminary Ebola test was done late Tuesday at the state public health laboratory in Austin, and the results came back around midnight. A second test will be conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta.

"Health officials have interviewed the latest patient to quickly identify any contacts or potential exposures, and those people will be monitored," the health department said.

The worker's apartment and car will be cleaned Wednesday, Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings said.

An official close to the situation says that in hindsight, Duncan should have been transferred immediately to either Emory University Hospital in Atlanta or Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha.

Those hospitals are among only four in the country that have biocontainment units and have been preparing for years to treat a highly infectious disease like Ebola.

"If we knew then what we know now about this hospital's ability to safely care for these patients, then we would have transferred him to Emory or Nebraska," the official told CNN senior medical correspondent Elizabeth Cohen.

"I think there are hospitals that are more than ready, but I think there are some that are not."

The latest infection marks the second-ever transmission of Ebola in the United States. Both stemmed from Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital.

Late last week, nurse Nina Pham tested positive for Ebola. She also took care of Duncan, the first person to be diagnosed with Ebola in the United States. Duncan died last week.

On Tuesday, Pham said she was doing well.

"I am blessed by the support of family and friends, and am blessed to be cared for by the best team of doctors and nurses in the world," she said.

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Lorraine & Thandi Klaasen

From Sount Africa

Unite in Songs for Charity

Sount Africa Celebrates 20 Years of Freedom

Sunday Oct. 12, 2014

Pegasus Hotel

Proceeds in aid of Women's Charity




Global Renaissance Entertainment Group, Rose Hall Estate, and the creator of the $650 million Final Destination franchise will bring the legendary story of the White Witch of Rose Hall to the silver screen.

LOS ANGELES and MONTEGO BAY, Jamaica, Oct. 3, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Arthur Wylie of Global Renaissance Entertainment Group and Michael Rollins, Director of Rose Hall Developments, Ltd., announced that they will partner with the island of Jamaica to produce an epic trilogy of films based on the legend of Annie Palmer - The White Witch Of Rose Hall. Details were announced Friday, September 26th at a press conference in Montego Bay, Jamaica. The fact-based supernatural thrillers will be written and Executive Produced by Jeffrey Reddick, creator of the $650 million "Final Destination" franchise. The trilogy will be produced by CEO, Arthur Wylie and COO, Dale Godboldo for Global Renaissance Entertainment Group, Inc., and Co-Executive Produced by Michael Rollins, owner of the Rose Hall Estate in Montego Bay. Stephanie Denton, former President of International Sales and Distribution for Lionsgate, will handle worldwide distribution for the films, leveraging her success with "Underworld," "Saw," and "Hostel." The first film in the planned trilogy is in development with an estimated production budget of $20 million to $30 million, and will begin shooting next year in Jamaica. The trilogy adds to the catalogue of Global's multi-picture deal with Reddick, which includes the upcoming "Superstition" franchise.


"White Witch of Rose Hall" is based on a well known story in Jamaica about "Annie Palmer" - an English-Irish woman born in Haiti in the early 1800s. When her parents died of yellow fever, she was adopted by a nanny who taught her to practice witchcraft and voodoo. She moved to Jamaica and married John Palmer, owner of Rose Hall Plantation. Annie murdered Palmer along with two subsequent husbands and numerous male plantation slaves. Annie's spirit is believed to haunt the Great House of Rose Hall to this day.

"I am honored to collaborate with Michael and his family on a project that pulls from such a rich culture and vivid history," says Arthur Wylie. "We not only share a love for Jamaica and commitment to paying homage to this extraordinary tale, the Rollins also bring an unparalleled level of enthusiasm and business acumen that stems from building a billion dollar empire from industries as varied as real estate, casinos, and hotels."

"Jamaica has been near and dear to my heart," said Michael Rollins. "To have a project like this, from Jamaica, filmed in Jamaica, is something that our family has been working to realize for over fifty years now. I'm excited to be working with Arthur, Jeffrey, and Dale to finally make it a reality."

The Producers are working hand in hand with JAMPRO, an organization that works closely with local and global entrepreneurs seeking to tap into the many investment and trade opportunities in Jamaica. Global's goal is to bring additional film opportunities to Jamaica while providing employment opportunities for its residents.

"JAMPRO is pleased to be associated with a project of this magnitude," says Carole Beckford, Film Commissioner at JAMPRO. "The impact it can have on the local industry is incredible, and we anticipate a great working relationship with the team. We look forward to the end result."

To mark the announcement of the films, Global Renaissance invited both US and local media, business associates, investors, and other VIPs to a weekend filled with activities centered on the celebration of Jamaica. Guests were hosted at Iberostar Grand Hotel Rose Hall in Montego Bay, led on island excursions by Chukka Tours, and treated to an exclusive finale party called "The Destination Experience: A Global Renaissance" at Goldeneye Resort. Sponsors included Visa Signature, Range Rover, Jaguar, Virgin Atlantic, and Magellan Jets. Transportation throughout the weekend was provided by JTL Tours.

For more information on Global Renaissance Entertainment Group, Inc.: www.theglobalrenaissance.com. For media inquiries, contact: Shehawnee Prescod of Earth Angel PR at sprecod@earthangelpr.com or 404-889-1248. Connect with us on Facebook: facebook.com/GlobalRenaissanceEntertainmentGroup and facebook.com/White-Witch-Of-Rose-Hall.

Additional pictures are available upon request.

About Global Renaissance Entertainment Group, Inc.

Global Renaissance Entertainment Group (an Arthur Wylie Enterprises company) is a film and television production company joint ventured with the principals of Cherokee Investment Partners - a $2B investment firm. Managers attached to our upcoming projects have generated over $9B in worldwide sales. GR recently partnered with Lionsgate Films' Codeblack division to launch movies adapted from Global's catalog of novels by NY Times Best Selling author, Omar Tyree (8 million readers, and $30 million generated for Simon & Schuster).





Stacious goes semi-nude to promote new mixtape

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Dancehall artiste Stacious, has raised eyebrows on social media after she decided to go almost fully topless for the promotion of her latest mixtape called Bad 45.

But despite the negative comments of some fans, Stacious says that she is not bothered, because her cover photo reflects the concept of the project.

"A lot of people shocked, but persons who know me knows that a suh mi stay. Mi head come and guh, so anything is possible. To go topless goes with the Bad 45 concept, I have 45 bad songs on the mixtape and I am just being a bad girl musically," she said.

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Ebola threat for Jamaica?

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News of the first confirmed case in the US come less than a week after the Jamaican government was forced to dispel rumours of a suspected case of the deadly virus in the island. Acting Permanent Secretary in the Ministry, Dr Kevin Harvey said no suspected case of the disease is being investigated in Jamaica. He said rumours started when a doctor, who had recently returned to the island from Trinidad and Tobago, was admitted to the University Hospital of the West Indies last Thursday with a reported case of bleeding.




I-Wayne prepares for US tour

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After what seems like a deliberate hiatus from the forefront of the music industry, Reggae crooner, I-Wayne as re-emerged with nothing short of his usual dominance; and any one in attendance at either his recent cameo alongside Kabaka Pyramid at Usian Bolt's Tracks & Records, or at the Roots FM event held recently at Ashanti's restaurant in New Kingston, will attest to the fact without reservation that fya Wayne as not lost a step, but may've even mastered a few new ones; but be that what it is, the questions remain, what's new, where as he been and what as I- Wayne been up to?

"Well Fya Wayne been up to what I am normally up to, creating music and preserving life," declares I- Wayne in his no-nonsense attitude, as he instructs his band in a rehearsal for his upcoming US Tour, set to kick off in late October.

According his publicist, Karl Larmond, "the tour, (The I & I Tour) which consists of over thirty-six stops, kicks off in California on October the 22nd and ends in Florida on the 29th of November, and at the same time is also a prelude to I-Wayne's upcoming acoustic album."

"The I & I tour, is mostly a west coast, mid-west tour," explains Larmond, "which is predominantly the Reggae market in the United States, so we are focusing carefully on our target audience."

The tour will also feature upcoming Reggae act, Black-Am-I from the Ghetto Youths Camp, who has been creating waves recently with his single, Sampson Strength, which was featured on Junior Gong's Set Up Shop Volume 1 compilation.

Fans can catch I-Wayne locally at Olympia Crown Hotel in concert on October 4th, or check out his new singles on youtube or on his facebook page - Reggae Music, Versitile, featuring Kabaka Pyramid, and Love and Honour for Mama.






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