January 2015 Archives









Reggae artiste on rape charge; bail denied

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A reggae artiste/producer charged with two counts of rape and assault had his bail application denied on Friday and was further remanded in the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate's court until February 9.

The musician, 39, is charged with rape, grievous sexual assault and assault occasioning bodily harm.

According to his attorney, the allegations stem from a failed extortion attempt, though not stating whom it involved.

She also made mention of his shows being affected by the ongoing issue.

The court heard that the accused met the complainant on social media website Facebook and that a photo suggesting to be an individual was uploaded, which later turned out otherwise.

The investigating officer in the matter objected to bail on the grounds that the accused man's identity was not verified.

Resident Magistrate Maxine Ellis told the investigators to look carefully at all material based on the allegations.

The accused man's wife was in court at the time of the proceedings. However, she was not called, even though the attorney told the court that she had her husband's passport available to hand over to the court as part of any bail condition.

The matter will again be mentioned on February 9th.




Pinchers shot in drive-by

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Veteran Reggae Artiste Pinchers was shot Saturday night, by gun men on Molynes Road, Kingston 10, but the artiste told Yardflex that he is doing fine.

Two men were killed in the incident and another man was also injured.

The Constant Spring Police report that about 11:20 p.m., all four men were among a group of people at a shop when they were pounced upon by armed men driving in a motor car who opened fire hitting them.

The Police were summoned and all four were taken to hospital where two were pronounced dead and the other two including Pinchers are being treated at hospital.

Pinchers said his arm was badly broken due to the impact of the bullet, but he has been treated at hospital and is resting comfortably at home.




Home Depot shooter was Jamaican

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An employee at a Home Depot in Chelsea, New York who shot and killed a supervisor and then turned the gun on himself inside the store on Sunday afternoon has been identified as a Jamaican.

The 31-year-old employee shot the 38-year-old supervisor three times and then shot himself in the face.

A police source identified the shooter as Calvin Esdaile, Jr.

Police said the two men had a conversation before the shooting.

Witnesses said the shooter was looking for revenge against the supervisor.

Mr. Esdaile's father said his son arrived in the US from Jamaica in 2006 and lived in Brooklyn.




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Miss Colombia Paulina Vega was crowned Miss Universe 2015. The 22-year-old beauty beat out runner up Miss USA Nia Sanchez and finalists Miss Jamaica Kaci Fennell, Miss Ukraine Diana Harkusha and Miss Netherlands Yasmin Verheijen.

"It will be a dream come true to represent the woman of today," Vega said prior to winning the crown at the 63rd annual pageant, broadcast live on NBC from the FIU Arena in Doral, Miami. "A woman that not only cares about being beautiful and being glamorous, but also cares about being a professional, intelligent, hard-working person."

During the Q&A portion of the competition, Vega impressed the judges when asked what she thinks women can learn from men. "I believe there's still men that do believe in equality," she said through a translator. "I believe that's what women should learn from men."

While Vega's win was celebrated, many fans in the audience weren't thrilled when Miss Jamaica came in 4th. In fact, an audible portion of the audience could be heard booing as the judges announced their decision.

"Yow #MissJamaica shoulda been #MissUniverse2015 STILL!," one fan of Fennell tweeted, while another added, "Jamaica should've got 2nd runner up at least. Like c'mon now, she was the best there! smh #MissUniverse2015."




Man charged fo shooting at relative in church

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Dwayne Barrett, otherwise called "Nooksie", a resident of Rockfort, was charged on Thursday evening with illegal possession of a firearm and shooting with intent, this after opening gunfire on one of his relatives while she worshipped at a church in Rockfort, St Andrew last month.

Barrett, who was placed on the police Most Wanted list, following the incident, was captured on Monday. He is also an alleged gang leader in Rockfort and is under investigation in the guns-for-drugs trade. He's scheduled to appear before the Gun Court next week.

It's reported that on December 4, the woman was among worshippers at a church on D'Aguillar Road when he pointed a gun through the window and fired at her. Frightened worshippers scampered for cover under a hail of bullets. It's further alleged that Barrett again fired on the woman when she fled from the building.

Investigators say the incident stemmed from a family feud.




Not an easy road for Buju

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Imprisoned reggae/dancehall artiste, Mark Myrie, better known as Buju Banton will not be able to get a new trial on two of the offences for which he was found guilty.

US Court of Appeals judges, sitting in Atlanta Georgia on Wednesday ruled that they did not have the jurisdiction to hear the matter as they are without the power to dispose of the issues.

This means, that for now, Buju Banton, whose given name is Mark Myrie, will have to continue to serve his ten-year prison sentence.

Buju Banton was arrested in the US on drug charges in 2009 and convicted in 2011 on a charge of conspiracy to distribute cocaine. He is scheduled to be released in 2019.

He had filed a motion in court, in an attempt to secure an earlier release date, under a recent change in federal drug sentencing guidelines.




David Smith released from prison

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Former Olint boss, David Smith, Smith was released from jail in Grand Turk yesterday. Law enforcement officials in the Turks and Caicos are getting ready to have Smith extradited to the US. According to the TCI SUN newspaper.

His 30-year sentence will run concurrent to the prison time in Turks and Caicos, which means he will spend 24 years in a US prison. Smith was sentenced in August 2011 to six years in TCI prison. Sources said his early release from jail was due to good behaviour.

The 47-year-old Smith, who was accused of defrauding thousands of persons of more than US$220 million dollar, was convicted after pleading guilty to 18 counts of money laundering, four counts of wire fraud and one count of conspiracy to commit money laundering.

Well-placed sources told The SUN that Smith, who appeared before Chief Magistrate Clifton Warner in Grand Turk yesterday, was later seen at Margaritaville with his wife and lawyer Oliver Smith, who is of no relation.




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The wreckage of the small private air craft carrying US citizens, Larry and Jane Glazer, which crashed off the coast or Portland four months ago has been found.

With the cooperation and collaboration of the Government of Jamaica, through the services of the Maritime Authority of Jamaica (MAJ) and the Jamaica Civil Aviation Authority, the Managing Director of the ECLIPSE Group mobilized a highly specialized, technical and sophisticated team, utilising the platform of the specially adapted ship, the MV OCEAN PIONEER.

The salvage operation was conducted to identify and recover the remains and aircraft wreckage from the seabed, at a position 19 miles north of Port Antonio.

The operation commenced on January 13with technologically-advanced, underwater detection and recovery equipment from the vessel MV OCEAN PIONEER.

The debris from the aircraft along with human remains was recovered unto the OCEAN PIONEER, where the ECLIPSE Group team carried out post-recovery and preservation arrangements.

On Monday, the operation was terminated and the MV OCEAN POWER is now on passage to the USA, where the various authorities will observe the necessary post-incident protocols consistent with the national requirements of the USA.

The private aircraft with the Glazers onboard was reported to be unresponsive to air traffic control directions, while in flight from Rochester, New York, to Naples, Florida, USA, last year October.




JAMAICA Jazz and Blues Honoring a Musical Legend

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Organisers of the Jamaica Jazz and Blues Festival have tapped some of the best roots rock Reggae stalwarts to present a Tribute to the Late John Holt. Few singers have influenced generations of reggae acts than John Holt, the consummate lovers rock artiste. The tribute features nine acts is a pulsating Reggae party on Thursday, January 29 at the Trelawny Stadium.

Holt died in October in London at age 69, leaving a remarkable catalogue of music. That legacy will be recognised on opening night of the Jamaica Jazz and Blues Festival on January 29. The lineup includes singers Errol Dunkley, George Nooks, Judy Mowatt, Cornell Campbell, vocal group The Tamlins and deejay Josey Wales all backed by Lloyd Parks and We The People Band, each artiste will dedicate part of their set to Holt. Also on Thursday night is soca artiste Oscar B with his band Oscar B and Vibes, promising an energetic, fun-filled performance.

According to the Jazz team, Holt's enduring career and massive cache of hit songs influenced the selection of acts on opening night.

Holt hailed from Greenwich Town, a fishing community in Kingston with a rich music heritage. He set the pace for other singers from the area by winning the Vere Johns Opportunity Hour contest multiple times in the 1950s while still a student at Calabar High School.

He had numerous hits in the rocksteady era with harmony trio, The Paragons (On the Beach, The Tide is High and Danger in Your Eyes), before going on to an even more successful solo career.

As a solo act, Holt racked up hits such as Stick by Me, A Love I Can Feel, Ali Baba and Police in Helicopter. The latter announced Holt as a dancehall performer in 1981. John Holt inspired a generation of reggae singers who emerged during the 1970s, including Dennis Brown, Gregory Isaacs, Johnny Clarke and Freddie McGregor.

The 2015 staging of the JAMAICA Jazz and Blues Festival, The Art of Music is slated to take place from January 29 - January 31 at the Trelawny Multi-purpose Stadium. This year's Festival will feature extraordinary acts such as the multi Grammy-Award winning vocalist Mariah Carey, the energetic sibling group The Pointer Sisters, 2014 Billboard Chart toppers Magic, former lead singer of Chicago and soloist Peter Cetera, R&B Soul icon Charlie Wilson, North American based Reggae band, Soja, Bajan Saxophonist, Arturo Tappin, Roots Reggae group Morgan Heritage Reggae Crooner and Richie 'Ska Teck' Stephens.

The Festival is proudly sponsored by the Jamaica Observer, Half Moon Hotel, Jet Blue, Flow, First Global Bank, Knutsford Express, Sea Board Marine, Intelligent Media Ltd., Sunset Beach Resort and Spa, Charmin and more.
 
Tickets available at Bill Express Locations island-wide.

Visit their website at www.jamaicajazzandblues.com.

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John Holt - Stick By Me - (Holt)





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The Bill outlining the proposed changes to the Dangerous Drugs (Amendment) Act has been approved by the Cabinet and will be taken to the Senate on Friday, Justice Minister, Senator Mark Golding, has stated.

Among the recommendations are: the removal of the possession two ounces or less of ganja as a criminal offence and allowing for the cultivation of five or less ganja plants on any premises which will be regarded as being for medical or therapeutic use of the leaves or horticultural purposes.

It will also permit the possession of ganja for religious purposes as a sacrament in adherence to the Rastafarian faith.

Some events where the use of ganja is prevalent will also be exempt from prosecution.

Patients will also be allowed to use ganja for medical or therapeutic purposes as prescribed or recommended in writing from a medical or health practitioner approved by the Minister of Health.

Visitors to Jamaica will also be allowed to possess up to two pounds of ganja, once they are able to provide satisfactory evidence, along with a permit from their jurisdiction proving they use ganja for medical or therapeutic purposes.

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Clansman members will have to wait another 12 months before seeing former boss, Tesha Miller, the police are now saying. This, after the police had reported that Miller had completed his sentence would be sent back to Jamaica next week Monday.

A senior policeman confirmed to Yardflex that the Clansman gangster will be released from the Coleman penal institution in the United States on January 16, 2016.

The 35-year-old Miller, who is still a force within the Spanish Town based Clansman Gang, was convicted in the US last year on a charge of illegal entry and possessing false documents.

The police were on high alert about Miller's impending return, especially in light of the fact that another rival gangster from Spanish Town is also set to be released from prison next week. The gun slaying of Tesha's brother Craig "Gizzarda" Miller less than a week ago and reports of another brother being killed last week, were cause for great concern from the police and many residents in and around Spanish Town.




Big story of the weekend: Plot to kill Kartel in prison uncovered.

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It is being reported all over the place that prison personnel uncovered the plot to kill Kartel that involved an ancillary worker and a fellow inmate at the Horizon Adult Remand Centre. The ancillary worker confessed that she was directed by the inmate to pick up two bottles of lotion (bleaching cream perhaps?) and three ratchet knives. The bottles are reported to have contained poison which is said to be able to penetrate the skin. She managed to smuggle the items into the high-security institution. Following investigations the items were supposedly discovered in a section of the facility. The ancillary worker confessed to being involved in the plot to pass the items to the inmate who was allegedly planning to attack Kartel when both would be released from their cells. The ancillary worker is in custody and will be questioned.

Meanwhile on the streets it is being said that this story is just a ploy to keep Kartel in the news and keep him current so that he continues to dominate the music scene.

"A new single or a album soon drop... so that's why them a come with this story. Whe man a go kill man inna prison nobody nah know til it happen."

Did Kartel switch from Tesha to Blackman?

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Amid reports of a plot to kill the so called Worl Boss, Vybz Kartel in prison, there has been much talk of him switching allegiance from one Clansman gangster to another.

According to informed sources, Kartel is "protected by the Klansman (Clansman) gang which runs Spanish Town", so it is unlikely that anybody would try to put a hit on him. 

However, there are also reports that Kartel has switched allegiance from soon-to-be-deported former Klans boss, Tesha Miller to Blackman. According to one blogger: "Clansman ah get rid ah him. Dem nuh play informing businss mek bwoy dissapear dem nah protect yuh no more. From you switch from Tesha to Blackman."

Kartel and three co-accused were convicted last year and sentenced to life imprisonment for the murder of Clive Lizard Williams.








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American Trudy Brown starts petition to deport Gully Gad Mavado

A concerned United States citizen named Trudy A. Brown from Gapland, Maryland, has created an online petition to the United States president Barak Obama requesting that dancehall artiste David "Mavado" Brooks be deported from the country because of his past convictions.

The petition, which was created on Sunday, January 11, was posted on a section of the White House's website called 'We the People.' It states: "Reggae artist David Brooks is a non-citizen felon residing in the USA. He was convicted in May 2012 in Jamaica for serious assault ... It is grossly unfair that undocumented immigrants with NO serious criminal records are deported daily while a convicted felon, such as Mavado, has carte blanche to live and work here."

The petition also included two links to stories about US State Department Law Enforcement Officer, David Rainsberger, who admitted to accepting expensive gifts and back stage passes to concerts and events while stationed at the US Embassy in Kingston from an entertainer known as 'D.B.' Other reports are that Mavado has asked for voluntary deportation following his alleged failure to convince immigation that his newest marriage is real.

'We the People' was created by the Obama administration to give Americans the opportunity to petition the administration's policy experts. It states that the petitions must meet a quota of approximately 10,000 signatures for it to be reviewed by the officials in the administration and then an official response would be issued.

Petition to revoke Justin Bieber's visa last year

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Mavado is not the first artiste to face this dilemma. Last year January, a petition requesting that President Obama deport Canadian pop sensation,Justin Bieber, and revoke his visa was also created.

"We the people of the United States feel that we are being wrongly represented in the world of pop culture. We would like to see the dangerous, reckless, destructive and drug abusing, Justin Bieber deported and his green card revoked," read the petition that was placed on the White House's "We The People" site.

At that time, legal expert Leo Terrell says Bieber's visa status would only come into play if he is convicted of a felony. But if Bieber wasn't Bieber, Terrell said he might not be so fortunate.

"If it was a regular Joe, the prosecution would most likely not cut a deal and seek to impose the greatest possible criminal penalty upon the person," continued Terrell. "Also, the government would also likely use the incident against the person, such as revoking his visa."




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Former boss of the notorious Spanish Town-based Klansman (also spelled Clansman) gang, Tesha Miller, is to be deported from the United States on Monday.

Miller, 35, was convicted in the US in 2014 for attempting to enter the country illegally. He has been languishing at an immigration centre awaiting his deportation to Jamaica, while reportedly still attempting to run the Klans' operation in Jamaica.

The Klansman former top man was detained in September 2013 by US immigration authorities shortly after his arrival in Miami, Florida. He was reportedly held for re-entering the US without valid papers after he allegedly travelled by boat from The Bahamas.

Miller was handed a 28-month sentence at his court appearance on June 6, 2014.

Meanwhile, well placed sources confirmed to Yardflex that Teesha Miller had applied for asylum in the United States, but his request was denied.

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Cops on high alert as Spanish Town gangstas say soon-to-be deportee Teesha Miller is 'not welcome'.

Police in St Catherine are on high alert as Teesha Miller, the former head of the feared Klansman Gang, is set to arrive in Jamaica on Monday, amid reports that he is no longer welcome in that city.

Reports reaching Yardflex are that Miller, who wielded significant influence in Spanish Town, has been usurped by another high-ranking member, who has no intention of letting go of that power. This has reportedly caused a rift in the Klans' operation as few have remained loyal to Teesha and many have switched allegiance to the rival boss.

Word on the street is that the red carpet will certainly not be rolled out in Spanish Town when Teesha returns to Jamaica on Monday. It is believed that a strong message was sent to him through the brazen killing of his brother, Craig "Gizzarda" Miller on January 6 and another brother who was allegedly gunned down on Monday.

Informed sources say that the police have been having high level meetings in preparation of possible reprisal attacks and an all-out turf war in Spanish Town come next week. Reports are that the police are also concerned that Teesha Miller's return will coincide with the release of a rival gangster from a prison in Jamaica.

"Any way you tek it, war a go bruk out," an insider told Yardflex.




Cocaine Seized at JFK on Flight from Jamaica

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Bloodlines to lead Reggae Month

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The Reggae music baton is passing.

"Reggae Music is now more then 52-years-old and one of the unique features of this genre is the passion. It is so strong that once it catches a fire in a family it passes on to succeeding generations and creates concurrent careers," Director of Reggae Month said.

Campbell, who has played a pivotal role in the growth of the Jamaica ReggaeIndustry Association's (JaRIA) flagship product Reggae Month, said special emphasis will be devoted to bringing to the fore this unique aspect of Reggae's contribution to world culture inside the Ranny Williams Entertainment Centre of Wednesday, February 4.

The first JaRIA Chairman, Freddy McGregor, will appear alongside Judy Mowatt and their daughter Yashemabeth.`

Reggae royalty, Marcia Griffiths, will be joined on stage by her son Johance, who is also the son of late radio disc jockey, Errol 'E.T.' Thompson.

The popular Zinc Fence Redemption Band, which backs Reggae star Chronixx, will also be on hand with their fathers.

The band features the sons of trombonist Ronald 'Nambo' Robinson, Stephen 'Cat' Coore, master drummer Desi Jones and late Gospel artiste, Barbara Jones.

Pioneer Rastafarian drummer Ras Michael, will also appear in tandem with his granddaughter, Kamsha Morris, while veteran bass player and band leader Lloyd Parkes will perform alongside his son Leftside.

The Reggae Wednesday's series of concerts will also see performances from Third World, Rootz Radics, Pentateuch and Black as Cole on the following week in a concert entitled' Aggregations' on Wednesday, February 11.

JaRIA has expressed its commitment to continue to highlight the prowess of local musicians who have had foreigners clamouring to visit the island to record and has afforded the island's entertainment sector to sharpen its competitive edge.

The 'Progressions' concert - highlighting the branches of Reggae including Dancehall, Rock, Rap, Hip Hop and Poetry - will feature King Stitchie, Nature, the Nigerian-born Nneka who has been carving her own niche on the international Reggae circuit, Ikaya and Exco Levi. This concert will be held inside the Reggae Village at the Ranny Williams Entertainment Centre onFebruary 18.

To highlight the impact of Reggae music on other art forms, the 'Reggae Run Weh' concert will showcase troubadour Richie Stephens, who will be accompanied by his dance troupe. Stephens has broken uncharted ground with his modern Ska Tech style which has proven to be a hit with audiences worldwide.

Performances from Chris Martin and Jah 9 as well as fashion and dance will also be featured on the 'Reggae Run Weh' concert.

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Another man said to be the brother of reputed Klansman boss, Tesha Miller, has been killed

Reports reaching Yardflex are that the man was shot and killed in Spanish Town a short while ago.

It was only last week Tuesday night that another of Tesha's brothers, 33-year-old Craig 'Gizzarda' Mille was gunned down by criminals in March Pen Road, St Catherine. Reports are that Gizzarda was at home about 9:00 pm when gunmen invaded the premises and opened fire.

Spanish Town gangster and area leader Tesha Miller was sentenced in the United States last year to two years' imprisonment for illegally entering the country.

Miller fled the island late last year and was apprehended by US authorities after arriving in the country en route from The Bahamas.

Miller was sentenced in April 2011, in Jamaica, to 15 years for robbery with aggravation and seven years for illegal possession of firearm. However, he was freed by the Court of Appeal in March 2013.




Gospel strengthens Reggae Month

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The genre of Gospel music will inject spiritual energy into this year's roster of Reggae Month activities.

The month begins with an ecumenical service at the Ranny Williams Entertainment Centre on February 1.

As has been a feature of all previous editions of Reggae Month, the service is designed to highlight different aspects of Jamaica's vibrant entertainment industry, including choir music and creative dancing.

The Reggae Praise concert will be held a week later on February 8, and will see performances from Kevin Downswell, Katalys Krew, Urim 7, Jermaine Edwards and Yahnii Righteous inside the Ranny Williams Entertainment Centre.

Several Gospel acts will also be presented during the Jamaica Reggae Industry Association's (JaRIA) Reggae Wednesday series including, Judy Mowatt on the Bloodlines concert to be held February 4, and King Stitchie who will appear on the Progressions concert on February 18.

Gospel acts have long clamoured to be included in the flagship Reggae Wednesday's series of concerts and not be pigeon-holed into an exclusive Gospel concert.

This bears testament to the popularity of the Reggae Wednesday's series which has grown exponentially over the last six years.

Most of Reggae music's top names began their vocal and musical practice in the church.

The church has, without doubt, always acted as an incubator and played a huge role in the development of Jamaica's popular music culture.

According to JaRIA Director of Reggae Month, Charles Campbell the plan is to keep the focus on Gospel and the positive messages that are transmitted especially from this sector of Reggae music.

"JaRIA has always used the word Reggae in its generic form, Reggae is all-encompassing. That means Gospel, Dancehall, Roots Reggae, Mento, Ska, Rock Steady and all other genres of Jamaican Reggae music will be on offer. We all know that nothing works without the Creator's input and our Gospel has come into its own over the last 20 years," Campbell said.

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Rebel Salute 2015 "The Preservation of Reggae"

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A Reggae King is Dead!

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THE REGGAE WORLD HAS LOST A LEGEND AND A GIANT! Best known for his song "Buffalo Soldiers", which was written for Bob Marley, Noel Williams, aka King Sporty, made his transition today, with his wife R&B Legend, Betty Wright at his bedside.

King Sporty was the Recipient of the International Reggae and World Music Awards (IRAWMA) Lifetime honor in 2010 in New York and was a sponsor and presenter at the recently held 33rd IRAWMA in South Florida last October, 2014.

King Sporty was a 30 year friend of IRAWMA's producer, Ephraim Martin.

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Reggae artiste on rape charge; bail denied

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A reggae artiste/producer charged with two counts of rape and assault had his bail application denied on Friday and was further remanded in the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate's court until February 9.

The musician, 39, is charged with rape, grievous sexual assault and assault occasioning bodily harm.

According to his attorney, the allegations stem from a failed extortion attempt, though not stating whom it involved.

She also made mention of his shows being affected by the ongoing issue.

The court heard that the accused met the complainant on social media website Facebook and that a photo suggesting to be an individual was uploaded, which later turned out otherwise.

The investigating officer in the matter objected to bail on the grounds that the accused man's identity was not verified.

Resident Magistrate Maxine Ellis told the investigators to look carefully at all material based on the allegations.

The accused man's wife was in court at the time of the proceedings. However, she was not called, even though the attorney told the court that she had her husband's passport available to hand over to the court as part of any bail condition.

The matter will again be mentioned on February 9th.




Pinchers shot in drive-by

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Veteran Reggae Artiste Pinchers was shot Saturday night, by gun men on Molynes Road, Kingston 10, but the artiste told Yardflex that he is doing fine.

Two men were killed in the incident and another man was also injured.

The Constant Spring Police report that about 11:20 p.m., all four men were among a group of people at a shop when they were pounced upon by armed men driving in a motor car who opened fire hitting them.

The Police were summoned and all four were taken to hospital where two were pronounced dead and the other two including Pinchers are being treated at hospital.

Pinchers said his arm was badly broken due to the impact of the bullet, but he has been treated at hospital and is resting comfortably at home.




Home Depot shooter was Jamaican

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An employee at a Home Depot in Chelsea, New York who shot and killed a supervisor and then turned the gun on himself inside the store on Sunday afternoon has been identified as a Jamaican.

The 31-year-old employee shot the 38-year-old supervisor three times and then shot himself in the face.

A police source identified the shooter as Calvin Esdaile, Jr.

Police said the two men had a conversation before the shooting.

Witnesses said the shooter was looking for revenge against the supervisor.

Mr. Esdaile's father said his son arrived in the US from Jamaica in 2006 and lived in Brooklyn.




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Miss Colombia Paulina Vega was crowned Miss Universe 2015. The 22-year-old beauty beat out runner up Miss USA Nia Sanchez and finalists Miss Jamaica Kaci Fennell, Miss Ukraine Diana Harkusha and Miss Netherlands Yasmin Verheijen.

"It will be a dream come true to represent the woman of today," Vega said prior to winning the crown at the 63rd annual pageant, broadcast live on NBC from the FIU Arena in Doral, Miami. "A woman that not only cares about being beautiful and being glamorous, but also cares about being a professional, intelligent, hard-working person."

During the Q&A portion of the competition, Vega impressed the judges when asked what she thinks women can learn from men. "I believe there's still men that do believe in equality," she said through a translator. "I believe that's what women should learn from men."

While Vega's win was celebrated, many fans in the audience weren't thrilled when Miss Jamaica came in 4th. In fact, an audible portion of the audience could be heard booing as the judges announced their decision.

"Yow #MissJamaica shoulda been #MissUniverse2015 STILL!," one fan of Fennell tweeted, while another added, "Jamaica should've got 2nd runner up at least. Like c'mon now, she was the best there! smh #MissUniverse2015."




Man charged fo shooting at relative in church

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Dwayne Barrett, otherwise called "Nooksie", a resident of Rockfort, was charged on Thursday evening with illegal possession of a firearm and shooting with intent, this after opening gunfire on one of his relatives while she worshipped at a church in Rockfort, St Andrew last month.

Barrett, who was placed on the police Most Wanted list, following the incident, was captured on Monday. He is also an alleged gang leader in Rockfort and is under investigation in the guns-for-drugs trade. He's scheduled to appear before the Gun Court next week.

It's reported that on December 4, the woman was among worshippers at a church on D'Aguillar Road when he pointed a gun through the window and fired at her. Frightened worshippers scampered for cover under a hail of bullets. It's further alleged that Barrett again fired on the woman when she fled from the building.

Investigators say the incident stemmed from a family feud.




Not an easy road for Buju

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Imprisoned reggae/dancehall artiste, Mark Myrie, better known as Buju Banton will not be able to get a new trial on two of the offences for which he was found guilty.

US Court of Appeals judges, sitting in Atlanta Georgia on Wednesday ruled that they did not have the jurisdiction to hear the matter as they are without the power to dispose of the issues.

This means, that for now, Buju Banton, whose given name is Mark Myrie, will have to continue to serve his ten-year prison sentence.

Buju Banton was arrested in the US on drug charges in 2009 and convicted in 2011 on a charge of conspiracy to distribute cocaine. He is scheduled to be released in 2019.

He had filed a motion in court, in an attempt to secure an earlier release date, under a recent change in federal drug sentencing guidelines.




David Smith released from prison

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Former Olint boss, David Smith, Smith was released from jail in Grand Turk yesterday. Law enforcement officials in the Turks and Caicos are getting ready to have Smith extradited to the US. According to the TCI SUN newspaper.

His 30-year sentence will run concurrent to the prison time in Turks and Caicos, which means he will spend 24 years in a US prison. Smith was sentenced in August 2011 to six years in TCI prison. Sources said his early release from jail was due to good behaviour.

The 47-year-old Smith, who was accused of defrauding thousands of persons of more than US$220 million dollar, was convicted after pleading guilty to 18 counts of money laundering, four counts of wire fraud and one count of conspiracy to commit money laundering.

Well-placed sources told The SUN that Smith, who appeared before Chief Magistrate Clifton Warner in Grand Turk yesterday, was later seen at Margaritaville with his wife and lawyer Oliver Smith, who is of no relation.




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The wreckage of the small private air craft carrying US citizens, Larry and Jane Glazer, which crashed off the coast or Portland four months ago has been found.

With the cooperation and collaboration of the Government of Jamaica, through the services of the Maritime Authority of Jamaica (MAJ) and the Jamaica Civil Aviation Authority, the Managing Director of the ECLIPSE Group mobilized a highly specialized, technical and sophisticated team, utilising the platform of the specially adapted ship, the MV OCEAN PIONEER.

The salvage operation was conducted to identify and recover the remains and aircraft wreckage from the seabed, at a position 19 miles north of Port Antonio.

The operation commenced on January 13with technologically-advanced, underwater detection and recovery equipment from the vessel MV OCEAN PIONEER.

The debris from the aircraft along with human remains was recovered unto the OCEAN PIONEER, where the ECLIPSE Group team carried out post-recovery and preservation arrangements.

On Monday, the operation was terminated and the MV OCEAN POWER is now on passage to the USA, where the various authorities will observe the necessary post-incident protocols consistent with the national requirements of the USA.

The private aircraft with the Glazers onboard was reported to be unresponsive to air traffic control directions, while in flight from Rochester, New York, to Naples, Florida, USA, last year October.




JAMAICA Jazz and Blues Honoring a Musical Legend

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Organisers of the Jamaica Jazz and Blues Festival have tapped some of the best roots rock Reggae stalwarts to present a Tribute to the Late John Holt. Few singers have influenced generations of reggae acts than John Holt, the consummate lovers rock artiste. The tribute features nine acts is a pulsating Reggae party on Thursday, January 29 at the Trelawny Stadium.

Holt died in October in London at age 69, leaving a remarkable catalogue of music. That legacy will be recognised on opening night of the Jamaica Jazz and Blues Festival on January 29. The lineup includes singers Errol Dunkley, George Nooks, Judy Mowatt, Cornell Campbell, vocal group The Tamlins and deejay Josey Wales all backed by Lloyd Parks and We The People Band, each artiste will dedicate part of their set to Holt. Also on Thursday night is soca artiste Oscar B with his band Oscar B and Vibes, promising an energetic, fun-filled performance.

According to the Jazz team, Holt's enduring career and massive cache of hit songs influenced the selection of acts on opening night.

Holt hailed from Greenwich Town, a fishing community in Kingston with a rich music heritage. He set the pace for other singers from the area by winning the Vere Johns Opportunity Hour contest multiple times in the 1950s while still a student at Calabar High School.

He had numerous hits in the rocksteady era with harmony trio, The Paragons (On the Beach, The Tide is High and Danger in Your Eyes), before going on to an even more successful solo career.

As a solo act, Holt racked up hits such as Stick by Me, A Love I Can Feel, Ali Baba and Police in Helicopter. The latter announced Holt as a dancehall performer in 1981. John Holt inspired a generation of reggae singers who emerged during the 1970s, including Dennis Brown, Gregory Isaacs, Johnny Clarke and Freddie McGregor.

The 2015 staging of the JAMAICA Jazz and Blues Festival, The Art of Music is slated to take place from January 29 - January 31 at the Trelawny Multi-purpose Stadium. This year's Festival will feature extraordinary acts such as the multi Grammy-Award winning vocalist Mariah Carey, the energetic sibling group The Pointer Sisters, 2014 Billboard Chart toppers Magic, former lead singer of Chicago and soloist Peter Cetera, R&B Soul icon Charlie Wilson, North American based Reggae band, Soja, Bajan Saxophonist, Arturo Tappin, Roots Reggae group Morgan Heritage Reggae Crooner and Richie 'Ska Teck' Stephens.

The Festival is proudly sponsored by the Jamaica Observer, Half Moon Hotel, Jet Blue, Flow, First Global Bank, Knutsford Express, Sea Board Marine, Intelligent Media Ltd., Sunset Beach Resort and Spa, Charmin and more.
 
Tickets available at Bill Express Locations island-wide.

Visit their website at www.jamaicajazzandblues.com.

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The Bill outlining the proposed changes to the Dangerous Drugs (Amendment) Act has been approved by the Cabinet and will be taken to the Senate on Friday, Justice Minister, Senator Mark Golding, has stated.

Among the recommendations are: the removal of the possession two ounces or less of ganja as a criminal offence and allowing for the cultivation of five or less ganja plants on any premises which will be regarded as being for medical or therapeutic use of the leaves or horticultural purposes.

It will also permit the possession of ganja for religious purposes as a sacrament in adherence to the Rastafarian faith.

Some events where the use of ganja is prevalent will also be exempt from prosecution.

Patients will also be allowed to use ganja for medical or therapeutic purposes as prescribed or recommended in writing from a medical or health practitioner approved by the Minister of Health.

Visitors to Jamaica will also be allowed to possess up to two pounds of ganja, once they are able to provide satisfactory evidence, along with a permit from their jurisdiction proving they use ganja for medical or therapeutic purposes.

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Clansman members will have to wait another 12 months before seeing former boss, Tesha Miller, the police are now saying. This, after the police had reported that Miller had completed his sentence would be sent back to Jamaica next week Monday.

A senior policeman confirmed to Yardflex that the Clansman gangster will be released from the Coleman penal institution in the United States on January 16, 2016.

The 35-year-old Miller, who is still a force within the Spanish Town based Clansman Gang, was convicted in the US last year on a charge of illegal entry and possessing false documents.

The police were on high alert about Miller's impending return, especially in light of the fact that another rival gangster from Spanish Town is also set to be released from prison next week. The gun slaying of Tesha's brother Craig "Gizzarda" Miller less than a week ago and reports of another brother being killed last week, were cause for great concern from the police and many residents in and around Spanish Town.




Big story of the weekend: Plot to kill Kartel in prison uncovered.

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It is being reported all over the place that prison personnel uncovered the plot to kill Kartel that involved an ancillary worker and a fellow inmate at the Horizon Adult Remand Centre. The ancillary worker confessed that she was directed by the inmate to pick up two bottles of lotion (bleaching cream perhaps?) and three ratchet knives. The bottles are reported to have contained poison which is said to be able to penetrate the skin. She managed to smuggle the items into the high-security institution. Following investigations the items were supposedly discovered in a section of the facility. The ancillary worker confessed to being involved in the plot to pass the items to the inmate who was allegedly planning to attack Kartel when both would be released from their cells. The ancillary worker is in custody and will be questioned.

Meanwhile on the streets it is being said that this story is just a ploy to keep Kartel in the news and keep him current so that he continues to dominate the music scene.

"A new single or a album soon drop... so that's why them a come with this story. Whe man a go kill man inna prison nobody nah know til it happen."

Did Kartel switch from Tesha to Blackman?

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Amid reports of a plot to kill the so called Worl Boss, Vybz Kartel in prison, there has been much talk of him switching allegiance from one Clansman gangster to another.

According to informed sources, Kartel is "protected by the Klansman (Clansman) gang which runs Spanish Town", so it is unlikely that anybody would try to put a hit on him. 

However, there are also reports that Kartel has switched allegiance from soon-to-be-deported former Klans boss, Tesha Miller to Blackman. According to one blogger: "Clansman ah get rid ah him. Dem nuh play informing businss mek bwoy dissapear dem nah protect yuh no more. From you switch from Tesha to Blackman."

Kartel and three co-accused were convicted last year and sentenced to life imprisonment for the murder of Clive Lizard Williams.








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American Trudy Brown starts petition to deport Gully Gad Mavado

A concerned United States citizen named Trudy A. Brown from Gapland, Maryland, has created an online petition to the United States president Barak Obama requesting that dancehall artiste David "Mavado" Brooks be deported from the country because of his past convictions.

The petition, which was created on Sunday, January 11, was posted on a section of the White House's website called 'We the People.' It states: "Reggae artist David Brooks is a non-citizen felon residing in the USA. He was convicted in May 2012 in Jamaica for serious assault ... It is grossly unfair that undocumented immigrants with NO serious criminal records are deported daily while a convicted felon, such as Mavado, has carte blanche to live and work here."

The petition also included two links to stories about US State Department Law Enforcement Officer, David Rainsberger, who admitted to accepting expensive gifts and back stage passes to concerts and events while stationed at the US Embassy in Kingston from an entertainer known as 'D.B.' Other reports are that Mavado has asked for voluntary deportation following his alleged failure to convince immigation that his newest marriage is real.

'We the People' was created by the Obama administration to give Americans the opportunity to petition the administration's policy experts. It states that the petitions must meet a quota of approximately 10,000 signatures for it to be reviewed by the officials in the administration and then an official response would be issued.

Petition to revoke Justin Bieber's visa last year

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Mavado is not the first artiste to face this dilemma. Last year January, a petition requesting that President Obama deport Canadian pop sensation,Justin Bieber, and revoke his visa was also created.

"We the people of the United States feel that we are being wrongly represented in the world of pop culture. We would like to see the dangerous, reckless, destructive and drug abusing, Justin Bieber deported and his green card revoked," read the petition that was placed on the White House's "We The People" site.

At that time, legal expert Leo Terrell says Bieber's visa status would only come into play if he is convicted of a felony. But if Bieber wasn't Bieber, Terrell said he might not be so fortunate.

"If it was a regular Joe, the prosecution would most likely not cut a deal and seek to impose the greatest possible criminal penalty upon the person," continued Terrell. "Also, the government would also likely use the incident against the person, such as revoking his visa."




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Former boss of the notorious Spanish Town-based Klansman (also spelled Clansman) gang, Tesha Miller, is to be deported from the United States on Monday.

Miller, 35, was convicted in the US in 2014 for attempting to enter the country illegally. He has been languishing at an immigration centre awaiting his deportation to Jamaica, while reportedly still attempting to run the Klans' operation in Jamaica.

The Klansman former top man was detained in September 2013 by US immigration authorities shortly after his arrival in Miami, Florida. He was reportedly held for re-entering the US without valid papers after he allegedly travelled by boat from The Bahamas.

Miller was handed a 28-month sentence at his court appearance on June 6, 2014.

Meanwhile, well placed sources confirmed to Yardflex that Teesha Miller had applied for asylum in the United States, but his request was denied.

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Cops on high alert as Spanish Town gangstas say soon-to-be deportee Teesha Miller is 'not welcome'.

Police in St Catherine are on high alert as Teesha Miller, the former head of the feared Klansman Gang, is set to arrive in Jamaica on Monday, amid reports that he is no longer welcome in that city.

Reports reaching Yardflex are that Miller, who wielded significant influence in Spanish Town, has been usurped by another high-ranking member, who has no intention of letting go of that power. This has reportedly caused a rift in the Klans' operation as few have remained loyal to Teesha and many have switched allegiance to the rival boss.

Word on the street is that the red carpet will certainly not be rolled out in Spanish Town when Teesha returns to Jamaica on Monday. It is believed that a strong message was sent to him through the brazen killing of his brother, Craig "Gizzarda" Miller on January 6 and another brother who was allegedly gunned down on Monday.

Informed sources say that the police have been having high level meetings in preparation of possible reprisal attacks and an all-out turf war in Spanish Town come next week. Reports are that the police are also concerned that Teesha Miller's return will coincide with the release of a rival gangster from a prison in Jamaica.

"Any way you tek it, war a go bruk out," an insider told Yardflex.




Cocaine Seized at JFK on Flight from Jamaica

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Bloodlines to lead Reggae Month

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The Reggae music baton is passing.

"Reggae Music is now more then 52-years-old and one of the unique features of this genre is the passion. It is so strong that once it catches a fire in a family it passes on to succeeding generations and creates concurrent careers," Director of Reggae Month said.

Campbell, who has played a pivotal role in the growth of the Jamaica ReggaeIndustry Association's (JaRIA) flagship product Reggae Month, said special emphasis will be devoted to bringing to the fore this unique aspect of Reggae's contribution to world culture inside the Ranny Williams Entertainment Centre of Wednesday, February 4.

The first JaRIA Chairman, Freddy McGregor, will appear alongside Judy Mowatt and their daughter Yashemabeth.`

Reggae royalty, Marcia Griffiths, will be joined on stage by her son Johance, who is also the son of late radio disc jockey, Errol 'E.T.' Thompson.

The popular Zinc Fence Redemption Band, which backs Reggae star Chronixx, will also be on hand with their fathers.

The band features the sons of trombonist Ronald 'Nambo' Robinson, Stephen 'Cat' Coore, master drummer Desi Jones and late Gospel artiste, Barbara Jones.

Pioneer Rastafarian drummer Ras Michael, will also appear in tandem with his granddaughter, Kamsha Morris, while veteran bass player and band leader Lloyd Parkes will perform alongside his son Leftside.

The Reggae Wednesday's series of concerts will also see performances from Third World, Rootz Radics, Pentateuch and Black as Cole on the following week in a concert entitled' Aggregations' on Wednesday, February 11.

JaRIA has expressed its commitment to continue to highlight the prowess of local musicians who have had foreigners clamouring to visit the island to record and has afforded the island's entertainment sector to sharpen its competitive edge.

The 'Progressions' concert - highlighting the branches of Reggae including Dancehall, Rock, Rap, Hip Hop and Poetry - will feature King Stitchie, Nature, the Nigerian-born Nneka who has been carving her own niche on the international Reggae circuit, Ikaya and Exco Levi. This concert will be held inside the Reggae Village at the Ranny Williams Entertainment Centre onFebruary 18.

To highlight the impact of Reggae music on other art forms, the 'Reggae Run Weh' concert will showcase troubadour Richie Stephens, who will be accompanied by his dance troupe. Stephens has broken uncharted ground with his modern Ska Tech style which has proven to be a hit with audiences worldwide.

Performances from Chris Martin and Jah 9 as well as fashion and dance will also be featured on the 'Reggae Run Weh' concert.

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Another man said to be the brother of reputed Klansman boss, Tesha Miller, has been killed

Reports reaching Yardflex are that the man was shot and killed in Spanish Town a short while ago.

It was only last week Tuesday night that another of Tesha's brothers, 33-year-old Craig 'Gizzarda' Mille was gunned down by criminals in March Pen Road, St Catherine. Reports are that Gizzarda was at home about 9:00 pm when gunmen invaded the premises and opened fire.

Spanish Town gangster and area leader Tesha Miller was sentenced in the United States last year to two years' imprisonment for illegally entering the country.

Miller fled the island late last year and was apprehended by US authorities after arriving in the country en route from The Bahamas.

Miller was sentenced in April 2011, in Jamaica, to 15 years for robbery with aggravation and seven years for illegal possession of firearm. However, he was freed by the Court of Appeal in March 2013.




Gospel strengthens Reggae Month

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The genre of Gospel music will inject spiritual energy into this year's roster of Reggae Month activities.

The month begins with an ecumenical service at the Ranny Williams Entertainment Centre on February 1.

As has been a feature of all previous editions of Reggae Month, the service is designed to highlight different aspects of Jamaica's vibrant entertainment industry, including choir music and creative dancing.

The Reggae Praise concert will be held a week later on February 8, and will see performances from Kevin Downswell, Katalys Krew, Urim 7, Jermaine Edwards and Yahnii Righteous inside the Ranny Williams Entertainment Centre.

Several Gospel acts will also be presented during the Jamaica Reggae Industry Association's (JaRIA) Reggae Wednesday series including, Judy Mowatt on the Bloodlines concert to be held February 4, and King Stitchie who will appear on the Progressions concert on February 18.

Gospel acts have long clamoured to be included in the flagship Reggae Wednesday's series of concerts and not be pigeon-holed into an exclusive Gospel concert.

This bears testament to the popularity of the Reggae Wednesday's series which has grown exponentially over the last six years.

Most of Reggae music's top names began their vocal and musical practice in the church.

The church has, without doubt, always acted as an incubator and played a huge role in the development of Jamaica's popular music culture.

According to JaRIA Director of Reggae Month, Charles Campbell the plan is to keep the focus on Gospel and the positive messages that are transmitted especially from this sector of Reggae music.

"JaRIA has always used the word Reggae in its generic form, Reggae is all-encompassing. That means Gospel, Dancehall, Roots Reggae, Mento, Ska, Rock Steady and all other genres of Jamaican Reggae music will be on offer. We all know that nothing works without the Creator's input and our Gospel has come into its own over the last 20 years," Campbell said.

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Rebel Salute 2015 "The Preservation of Reggae"

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Rebel Salute is undeniably a masterpiece, which is now hailed today as a spiritual renaissance, it has become the bedrock for the exposure and celebration of Jamaican roots music.

These two nights you don't want to miss. Watch Rebel Salute live with the likes of Tony Rebel, Alborosie, Capleton, Tarrus Riley, Etana, Johnny Clarke, Junior Kelly, Third World, Cocoa Tea, Sizzla, Luciano, Freddie McGregor, Inner Circle, Queen Ifrica, Richie Spice and more.

NIGHT 1 SHOW DATE: Friday January 16, 2015 @8:00pm until the show ends.

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A Reggae King is Dead!

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THE REGGAE WORLD HAS LOST A LEGEND AND A GIANT! Best known for his song "Buffalo Soldiers", which was written for Bob Marley, Noel Williams, aka King Sporty, made his transition today, with his wife R&B Legend, Betty Wright at his bedside.

King Sporty was the Recipient of the International Reggae and World Music Awards (IRAWMA) Lifetime honor in 2010 in New York and was a sponsor and presenter at the recently held 33rd IRAWMA in South Florida last October, 2014.

King Sporty was a 30 year friend of IRAWMA's producer, Ephraim Martin.

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Pinchers shot in drive-by

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Veteran Reggae Artiste Pinchers was shot Saturday night, by gun men on Molynes Road, Kingston 10, but the artiste told Yardflex that he is doing fine.

Two men were killed in the incident and another man was also injured.

The Constant Spring Police report that about 11:20 p.m., all four men were among a group of people at a shop when they were pounced upon by armed men driving in a motor car who opened fire hitting them.

The Police were summoned and all four were taken to hospital where two were pronounced dead and the other two including Pinchers are being treated at hospital.

Pinchers said his arm was badly broken due to the impact of the bullet, but he has been treated at hospital and is resting comfortably at home.




Home Depot shooter was Jamaican

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An employee at a Home Depot in Chelsea, New York who shot and killed a supervisor and then turned the gun on himself inside the store on Sunday afternoon has been identified as a Jamaican.

The 31-year-old employee shot the 38-year-old supervisor three times and then shot himself in the face.

A police source identified the shooter as Calvin Esdaile, Jr.

Police said the two men had a conversation before the shooting.

Witnesses said the shooter was looking for revenge against the supervisor.

Mr. Esdaile's father said his son arrived in the US from Jamaica in 2006 and lived in Brooklyn.




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Miss Colombia Paulina Vega was crowned Miss Universe 2015. The 22-year-old beauty beat out runner up Miss USA Nia Sanchez and finalists Miss Jamaica Kaci Fennell, Miss Ukraine Diana Harkusha and Miss Netherlands Yasmin Verheijen.

"It will be a dream come true to represent the woman of today," Vega said prior to winning the crown at the 63rd annual pageant, broadcast live on NBC from the FIU Arena in Doral, Miami. "A woman that not only cares about being beautiful and being glamorous, but also cares about being a professional, intelligent, hard-working person."

During the Q&A portion of the competition, Vega impressed the judges when asked what she thinks women can learn from men. "I believe there's still men that do believe in equality," she said through a translator. "I believe that's what women should learn from men."

While Vega's win was celebrated, many fans in the audience weren't thrilled when Miss Jamaica came in 4th. In fact, an audible portion of the audience could be heard booing as the judges announced their decision.

"Yow #MissJamaica shoulda been #MissUniverse2015 STILL!," one fan of Fennell tweeted, while another added, "Jamaica should've got 2nd runner up at least. Like c'mon now, she was the best there! smh #MissUniverse2015."




Man charged fo shooting at relative in church

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Dwayne Barrett, otherwise called "Nooksie", a resident of Rockfort, was charged on Thursday evening with illegal possession of a firearm and shooting with intent, this after opening gunfire on one of his relatives while she worshipped at a church in Rockfort, St Andrew last month.

Barrett, who was placed on the police Most Wanted list, following the incident, was captured on Monday. He is also an alleged gang leader in Rockfort and is under investigation in the guns-for-drugs trade. He's scheduled to appear before the Gun Court next week.

It's reported that on December 4, the woman was among worshippers at a church on D'Aguillar Road when he pointed a gun through the window and fired at her. Frightened worshippers scampered for cover under a hail of bullets. It's further alleged that Barrett again fired on the woman when she fled from the building.

Investigators say the incident stemmed from a family feud.




Not an easy road for Buju

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Imprisoned reggae/dancehall artiste, Mark Myrie, better known as Buju Banton will not be able to get a new trial on two of the offences for which he was found guilty.

US Court of Appeals judges, sitting in Atlanta Georgia on Wednesday ruled that they did not have the jurisdiction to hear the matter as they are without the power to dispose of the issues.

This means, that for now, Buju Banton, whose given name is Mark Myrie, will have to continue to serve his ten-year prison sentence.

Buju Banton was arrested in the US on drug charges in 2009 and convicted in 2011 on a charge of conspiracy to distribute cocaine. He is scheduled to be released in 2019.

He had filed a motion in court, in an attempt to secure an earlier release date, under a recent change in federal drug sentencing guidelines.




David Smith released from prison

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Former Olint boss, David Smith, Smith was released from jail in Grand Turk yesterday. Law enforcement officials in the Turks and Caicos are getting ready to have Smith extradited to the US. According to the TCI SUN newspaper.

His 30-year sentence will run concurrent to the prison time in Turks and Caicos, which means he will spend 24 years in a US prison. Smith was sentenced in August 2011 to six years in TCI prison. Sources said his early release from jail was due to good behaviour.

The 47-year-old Smith, who was accused of defrauding thousands of persons of more than US$220 million dollar, was convicted after pleading guilty to 18 counts of money laundering, four counts of wire fraud and one count of conspiracy to commit money laundering.

Well-placed sources told The SUN that Smith, who appeared before Chief Magistrate Clifton Warner in Grand Turk yesterday, was later seen at Margaritaville with his wife and lawyer Oliver Smith, who is of no relation.




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The wreckage of the small private air craft carrying US citizens, Larry and Jane Glazer, which crashed off the coast or Portland four months ago has been found.

With the cooperation and collaboration of the Government of Jamaica, through the services of the Maritime Authority of Jamaica (MAJ) and the Jamaica Civil Aviation Authority, the Managing Director of the ECLIPSE Group mobilized a highly specialized, technical and sophisticated team, utilising the platform of the specially adapted ship, the MV OCEAN PIONEER.

The salvage operation was conducted to identify and recover the remains and aircraft wreckage from the seabed, at a position 19 miles north of Port Antonio.

The operation commenced on January 13with technologically-advanced, underwater detection and recovery equipment from the vessel MV OCEAN PIONEER.

The debris from the aircraft along with human remains was recovered unto the OCEAN PIONEER, where the ECLIPSE Group team carried out post-recovery and preservation arrangements.

On Monday, the operation was terminated and the MV OCEAN POWER is now on passage to the USA, where the various authorities will observe the necessary post-incident protocols consistent with the national requirements of the USA.

The private aircraft with the Glazers onboard was reported to be unresponsive to air traffic control directions, while in flight from Rochester, New York, to Naples, Florida, USA, last year October.




JAMAICA Jazz and Blues Honoring a Musical Legend

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Organisers of the Jamaica Jazz and Blues Festival have tapped some of the best roots rock Reggae stalwarts to present a Tribute to the Late John Holt. Few singers have influenced generations of reggae acts than John Holt, the consummate lovers rock artiste. The tribute features nine acts is a pulsating Reggae party on Thursday, January 29 at the Trelawny Stadium.

Holt died in October in London at age 69, leaving a remarkable catalogue of music. That legacy will be recognised on opening night of the Jamaica Jazz and Blues Festival on January 29. The lineup includes singers Errol Dunkley, George Nooks, Judy Mowatt, Cornell Campbell, vocal group The Tamlins and deejay Josey Wales all backed by Lloyd Parks and We The People Band, each artiste will dedicate part of their set to Holt. Also on Thursday night is soca artiste Oscar B with his band Oscar B and Vibes, promising an energetic, fun-filled performance.

According to the Jazz team, Holt's enduring career and massive cache of hit songs influenced the selection of acts on opening night.

Holt hailed from Greenwich Town, a fishing community in Kingston with a rich music heritage. He set the pace for other singers from the area by winning the Vere Johns Opportunity Hour contest multiple times in the 1950s while still a student at Calabar High School.

He had numerous hits in the rocksteady era with harmony trio, The Paragons (On the Beach, The Tide is High and Danger in Your Eyes), before going on to an even more successful solo career.

As a solo act, Holt racked up hits such as Stick by Me, A Love I Can Feel, Ali Baba and Police in Helicopter. The latter announced Holt as a dancehall performer in 1981. John Holt inspired a generation of reggae singers who emerged during the 1970s, including Dennis Brown, Gregory Isaacs, Johnny Clarke and Freddie McGregor.

The 2015 staging of the JAMAICA Jazz and Blues Festival, The Art of Music is slated to take place from January 29 - January 31 at the Trelawny Multi-purpose Stadium. This year's Festival will feature extraordinary acts such as the multi Grammy-Award winning vocalist Mariah Carey, the energetic sibling group The Pointer Sisters, 2014 Billboard Chart toppers Magic, former lead singer of Chicago and soloist Peter Cetera, R&B Soul icon Charlie Wilson, North American based Reggae band, Soja, Bajan Saxophonist, Arturo Tappin, Roots Reggae group Morgan Heritage Reggae Crooner and Richie 'Ska Teck' Stephens.

The Festival is proudly sponsored by the Jamaica Observer, Half Moon Hotel, Jet Blue, Flow, First Global Bank, Knutsford Express, Sea Board Marine, Intelligent Media Ltd., Sunset Beach Resort and Spa, Charmin and more.
 
Tickets available at Bill Express Locations island-wide.

Visit their website at www.jamaicajazzandblues.com.

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The Bill outlining the proposed changes to the Dangerous Drugs (Amendment) Act has been approved by the Cabinet and will be taken to the Senate on Friday, Justice Minister, Senator Mark Golding, has stated.

Among the recommendations are: the removal of the possession two ounces or less of ganja as a criminal offence and allowing for the cultivation of five or less ganja plants on any premises which will be regarded as being for medical or therapeutic use of the leaves or horticultural purposes.

It will also permit the possession of ganja for religious purposes as a sacrament in adherence to the Rastafarian faith.

Some events where the use of ganja is prevalent will also be exempt from prosecution.

Patients will also be allowed to use ganja for medical or therapeutic purposes as prescribed or recommended in writing from a medical or health practitioner approved by the Minister of Health.

Visitors to Jamaica will also be allowed to possess up to two pounds of ganja, once they are able to provide satisfactory evidence, along with a permit from their jurisdiction proving they use ganja for medical or therapeutic purposes.

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Clansman members will have to wait another 12 months before seeing former boss, Tesha Miller, the police are now saying. This, after the police had reported that Miller had completed his sentence would be sent back to Jamaica next week Monday.

A senior policeman confirmed to Yardflex that the Clansman gangster will be released from the Coleman penal institution in the United States on January 16, 2016.

The 35-year-old Miller, who is still a force within the Spanish Town based Clansman Gang, was convicted in the US last year on a charge of illegal entry and possessing false documents.

The police were on high alert about Miller's impending return, especially in light of the fact that another rival gangster from Spanish Town is also set to be released from prison next week. The gun slaying of Tesha's brother Craig "Gizzarda" Miller less than a week ago and reports of another brother being killed last week, were cause for great concern from the police and many residents in and around Spanish Town.




Big story of the weekend: Plot to kill Kartel in prison uncovered.

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It is being reported all over the place that prison personnel uncovered the plot to kill Kartel that involved an ancillary worker and a fellow inmate at the Horizon Adult Remand Centre. The ancillary worker confessed that she was directed by the inmate to pick up two bottles of lotion (bleaching cream perhaps?) and three ratchet knives. The bottles are reported to have contained poison which is said to be able to penetrate the skin. She managed to smuggle the items into the high-security institution. Following investigations the items were supposedly discovered in a section of the facility. The ancillary worker confessed to being involved in the plot to pass the items to the inmate who was allegedly planning to attack Kartel when both would be released from their cells. The ancillary worker is in custody and will be questioned.

Meanwhile on the streets it is being said that this story is just a ploy to keep Kartel in the news and keep him current so that he continues to dominate the music scene.

"A new single or a album soon drop... so that's why them a come with this story. Whe man a go kill man inna prison nobody nah know til it happen."

Did Kartel switch from Tesha to Blackman?

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Amid reports of a plot to kill the so called Worl Boss, Vybz Kartel in prison, there has been much talk of him switching allegiance from one Clansman gangster to another.

According to informed sources, Kartel is "protected by the Klansman (Clansman) gang which runs Spanish Town", so it is unlikely that anybody would try to put a hit on him. 

However, there are also reports that Kartel has switched allegiance from soon-to-be-deported former Klans boss, Tesha Miller to Blackman. According to one blogger: "Clansman ah get rid ah him. Dem nuh play informing businss mek bwoy dissapear dem nah protect yuh no more. From you switch from Tesha to Blackman."

Kartel and three co-accused were convicted last year and sentenced to life imprisonment for the murder of Clive Lizard Williams.








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American Trudy Brown starts petition to deport Gully Gad Mavado

A concerned United States citizen named Trudy A. Brown from Gapland, Maryland, has created an online petition to the United States president Barak Obama requesting that dancehall artiste David "Mavado" Brooks be deported from the country because of his past convictions.

The petition, which was created on Sunday, January 11, was posted on a section of the White House's website called 'We the People.' It states: "Reggae artist David Brooks is a non-citizen felon residing in the USA. He was convicted in May 2012 in Jamaica for serious assault ... It is grossly unfair that undocumented immigrants with NO serious criminal records are deported daily while a convicted felon, such as Mavado, has carte blanche to live and work here."

The petition also included two links to stories about US State Department Law Enforcement Officer, David Rainsberger, who admitted to accepting expensive gifts and back stage passes to concerts and events while stationed at the US Embassy in Kingston from an entertainer known as 'D.B.' Other reports are that Mavado has asked for voluntary deportation following his alleged failure to convince immigation that his newest marriage is real.

'We the People' was created by the Obama administration to give Americans the opportunity to petition the administration's policy experts. It states that the petitions must meet a quota of approximately 10,000 signatures for it to be reviewed by the officials in the administration and then an official response would be issued.

Petition to revoke Justin Bieber's visa last year

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Mavado is not the first artiste to face this dilemma. Last year January, a petition requesting that President Obama deport Canadian pop sensation,Justin Bieber, and revoke his visa was also created.

"We the people of the United States feel that we are being wrongly represented in the world of pop culture. We would like to see the dangerous, reckless, destructive and drug abusing, Justin Bieber deported and his green card revoked," read the petition that was placed on the White House's "We The People" site.

At that time, legal expert Leo Terrell says Bieber's visa status would only come into play if he is convicted of a felony. But if Bieber wasn't Bieber, Terrell said he might not be so fortunate.

"If it was a regular Joe, the prosecution would most likely not cut a deal and seek to impose the greatest possible criminal penalty upon the person," continued Terrell. "Also, the government would also likely use the incident against the person, such as revoking his visa."




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Former boss of the notorious Spanish Town-based Klansman (also spelled Clansman) gang, Tesha Miller, is to be deported from the United States on Monday.

Miller, 35, was convicted in the US in 2014 for attempting to enter the country illegally. He has been languishing at an immigration centre awaiting his deportation to Jamaica, while reportedly still attempting to run the Klans' operation in Jamaica.

The Klansman former top man was detained in September 2013 by US immigration authorities shortly after his arrival in Miami, Florida. He was reportedly held for re-entering the US without valid papers after he allegedly travelled by boat from The Bahamas.

Miller was handed a 28-month sentence at his court appearance on June 6, 2014.

Meanwhile, well placed sources confirmed to Yardflex that Teesha Miller had applied for asylum in the United States, but his request was denied.

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Cops on high alert as Spanish Town gangstas say soon-to-be deportee Teesha Miller is 'not welcome'.

Police in St Catherine are on high alert as Teesha Miller, the former head of the feared Klansman Gang, is set to arrive in Jamaica on Monday, amid reports that he is no longer welcome in that city.

Reports reaching Yardflex are that Miller, who wielded significant influence in Spanish Town, has been usurped by another high-ranking member, who has no intention of letting go of that power. This has reportedly caused a rift in the Klans' operation as few have remained loyal to Teesha and many have switched allegiance to the rival boss.

Word on the street is that the red carpet will certainly not be rolled out in Spanish Town when Teesha returns to Jamaica on Monday. It is believed that a strong message was sent to him through the brazen killing of his brother, Craig "Gizzarda" Miller on January 6 and another brother who was allegedly gunned down on Monday.

Informed sources say that the police have been having high level meetings in preparation of possible reprisal attacks and an all-out turf war in Spanish Town come next week. Reports are that the police are also concerned that Teesha Miller's return will coincide with the release of a rival gangster from a prison in Jamaica.

"Any way you tek it, war a go bruk out," an insider told Yardflex.




Cocaine Seized at JFK on Flight from Jamaica

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Bloodlines to lead Reggae Month

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The Reggae music baton is passing.

"Reggae Music is now more then 52-years-old and one of the unique features of this genre is the passion. It is so strong that once it catches a fire in a family it passes on to succeeding generations and creates concurrent careers," Director of Reggae Month said.

Campbell, who has played a pivotal role in the growth of the Jamaica ReggaeIndustry Association's (JaRIA) flagship product Reggae Month, said special emphasis will be devoted to bringing to the fore this unique aspect of Reggae's contribution to world culture inside the Ranny Williams Entertainment Centre of Wednesday, February 4.

The first JaRIA Chairman, Freddy McGregor, will appear alongside Judy Mowatt and their daughter Yashemabeth.`

Reggae royalty, Marcia Griffiths, will be joined on stage by her son Johance, who is also the son of late radio disc jockey, Errol 'E.T.' Thompson.

The popular Zinc Fence Redemption Band, which backs Reggae star Chronixx, will also be on hand with their fathers.

The band features the sons of trombonist Ronald 'Nambo' Robinson, Stephen 'Cat' Coore, master drummer Desi Jones and late Gospel artiste, Barbara Jones.

Pioneer Rastafarian drummer Ras Michael, will also appear in tandem with his granddaughter, Kamsha Morris, while veteran bass player and band leader Lloyd Parkes will perform alongside his son Leftside.

The Reggae Wednesday's series of concerts will also see performances from Third World, Rootz Radics, Pentateuch and Black as Cole on the following week in a concert entitled' Aggregations' on Wednesday, February 11.

JaRIA has expressed its commitment to continue to highlight the prowess of local musicians who have had foreigners clamouring to visit the island to record and has afforded the island's entertainment sector to sharpen its competitive edge.

The 'Progressions' concert - highlighting the branches of Reggae including Dancehall, Rock, Rap, Hip Hop and Poetry - will feature King Stitchie, Nature, the Nigerian-born Nneka who has been carving her own niche on the international Reggae circuit, Ikaya and Exco Levi. This concert will be held inside the Reggae Village at the Ranny Williams Entertainment Centre onFebruary 18.

To highlight the impact of Reggae music on other art forms, the 'Reggae Run Weh' concert will showcase troubadour Richie Stephens, who will be accompanied by his dance troupe. Stephens has broken uncharted ground with his modern Ska Tech style which has proven to be a hit with audiences worldwide.

Performances from Chris Martin and Jah 9 as well as fashion and dance will also be featured on the 'Reggae Run Weh' concert.

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Another man said to be the brother of reputed Klansman boss, Tesha Miller, has been killed

Reports reaching Yardflex are that the man was shot and killed in Spanish Town a short while ago.

It was only last week Tuesday night that another of Tesha's brothers, 33-year-old Craig 'Gizzarda' Mille was gunned down by criminals in March Pen Road, St Catherine. Reports are that Gizzarda was at home about 9:00 pm when gunmen invaded the premises and opened fire.

Spanish Town gangster and area leader Tesha Miller was sentenced in the United States last year to two years' imprisonment for illegally entering the country.

Miller fled the island late last year and was apprehended by US authorities after arriving in the country en route from The Bahamas.

Miller was sentenced in April 2011, in Jamaica, to 15 years for robbery with aggravation and seven years for illegal possession of firearm. However, he was freed by the Court of Appeal in March 2013.




Gospel strengthens Reggae Month

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The genre of Gospel music will inject spiritual energy into this year's roster of Reggae Month activities.

The month begins with an ecumenical service at the Ranny Williams Entertainment Centre on February 1.

As has been a feature of all previous editions of Reggae Month, the service is designed to highlight different aspects of Jamaica's vibrant entertainment industry, including choir music and creative dancing.

The Reggae Praise concert will be held a week later on February 8, and will see performances from Kevin Downswell, Katalys Krew, Urim 7, Jermaine Edwards and Yahnii Righteous inside the Ranny Williams Entertainment Centre.

Several Gospel acts will also be presented during the Jamaica Reggae Industry Association's (JaRIA) Reggae Wednesday series including, Judy Mowatt on the Bloodlines concert to be held February 4, and King Stitchie who will appear on the Progressions concert on February 18.

Gospel acts have long clamoured to be included in the flagship Reggae Wednesday's series of concerts and not be pigeon-holed into an exclusive Gospel concert.

This bears testament to the popularity of the Reggae Wednesday's series which has grown exponentially over the last six years.

Most of Reggae music's top names began their vocal and musical practice in the church.

The church has, without doubt, always acted as an incubator and played a huge role in the development of Jamaica's popular music culture.

According to JaRIA Director of Reggae Month, Charles Campbell the plan is to keep the focus on Gospel and the positive messages that are transmitted especially from this sector of Reggae music.

"JaRIA has always used the word Reggae in its generic form, Reggae is all-encompassing. That means Gospel, Dancehall, Roots Reggae, Mento, Ska, Rock Steady and all other genres of Jamaican Reggae music will be on offer. We all know that nothing works without the Creator's input and our Gospel has come into its own over the last 20 years," Campbell said.

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Rebel Salute 2015 "The Preservation of Reggae"

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Rebel Salute is undeniably a masterpiece, which is now hailed today as a spiritual renaissance, it has become the bedrock for the exposure and celebration of Jamaican roots music.

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A Reggae King is Dead!

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THE REGGAE WORLD HAS LOST A LEGEND AND A GIANT! Best known for his song "Buffalo Soldiers", which was written for Bob Marley, Noel Williams, aka King Sporty, made his transition today, with his wife R&B Legend, Betty Wright at his bedside.

King Sporty was the Recipient of the International Reggae and World Music Awards (IRAWMA) Lifetime honor in 2010 in New York and was a sponsor and presenter at the recently held 33rd IRAWMA in South Florida last October, 2014.

King Sporty was a 30 year friend of IRAWMA's producer, Ephraim Martin.

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