February 2015 Archives





 

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Several persons are in hospital following a collision involving two public passenger buses on the Christian Pen main road, in Portmore, St Catherine on Thursday.

According to the Highway and Traffic Police, the collision occurred while a JUTC bus was travelling from Christian Pen to Kingston and a sub franchise minibus was heading to Spanish Town.

The minibus reportedly made a sharp left turn to avoid a pothole when it collided with the JUTC bus.

Several passengers in the minibus, including school children, were seriously injured.

"On collision the Haice (minibus) overturned, the driver and some of the passengers were taken to the Spanish Town Hospital..." said JUTC's Communications Manager, Clinton Clarke.

The driver of the minibus and the front passenger were trapped in the vehicle and had to be removed by fire personnel.





J$247 million cocaine bust

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Members of the Jamaica Customs Contraband Enforcement Team, the police and port security seized a 251 pounds of cocaine in a shipment on Tuesday.

The drug,valued at more than J$247 million was found in three traveling bags.

No one was arrested.





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The Brown family is asking for prayers.

On Wednesday, doctors treating Bobbi Kristina Brown attempted to rouse her from a medically induced coma, but, according to CNN and People, she began having seizures when taken off the medications, and she was put back into the coma.

"Bobby [Brown] is beside himself," a source tells People of the latest development.

Bobbi Kristina, the 21-year-old daughter of Whitney Houston and Bobby Brown, had remained in a medically induced coma since she was found unresponsive in a bathtub on Jan. 31. Last week, doctors removed her breathing tube, allowing Brown to be ventilated through a hole in her throat.

"This is a horrible setback. Everyone was hopeful that this was the sign that she'd turned the corner. We were so optimistic," People's source continues. "Bobby is taking this so hard; he was sure this was going to be a good day. But please, everyone needs to pray for Krissi. I don't care what religion you are, or if you have no religion at all. Send your thoughts, your prayers, your well-wishes. Send everything you've got. Please."





Look out for the Vanessa Bling Lipstick

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Dancehall artiste Vanessa Bling, formerly called Gaza Slim, is gearing up to launch a line of lipstick called Vanessa Bling lipstick. According to the artiste, the product will be available for purchase online and in selected stores islandwide.

Vanessa Bling, who is known for singles like Independent Ladies and One Man, says it is only inevitable that she should invest in products, since her mentor Vybz Kartel was also a business person.

"I love lipsticks, I am a businesswoman and I love to try different things. Sometimes the music business is very slow, so you have to try different things to back it up," Vanessa Bling said.

She further explained: "It will be distributed world-wide. I am very proud to follow in Vybz Kartel's footstep because he had his rum line and his condom line as well. It's good to know that I am the first female from his camp to be doing something like this. I am very proud of myself and I know he would be proud as well," she said.

The singer also operates her own record label called VB Records and has produced some of her own singles.

"I am also a designer, I designed the dress I wore to YVAs and it received a lot of credit from persons who saw it," she added.





etana-photo-2.jpgReggae veteran, Ibo Cooper, announced on stage at the Ranny Williams Centre last night that songbird Etana, known as 'The Strong One' would not be performing as advertised as she was not only sick, she had been hospitalised.

YardFlex understands that the singer had been complaining about dizziness and pains in the side. She fell unconscious yesterday and was rushed to the hospital where she was put on IV. Her management says that Etana is now undergoing a series of tests and they will give an update on her condition later.

Etana, who just completed a three-week tour in Europe, was one of the headline acts for JaRIA's Reggae Month celebrations last night. Also absent was Richie Stephens.

Christopher Martin, however, put on an energetic performance and proved an amazing show closer.





Unease as 2 senior cops lose their US visas

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Two high-ranking police officers have reportedly joined the list of members of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) whose visas have been revoked by the United States government.

Reports are that the visas were taken away recently.

These two senior officers are said to be attached to two sensitive areas of the JCF. One climbed up the ranks of the Criminal Investigation Branch (CIB) over the years, before he was recently reassigned. The other has been very active in the operational arm of the police force.

A top law-enforcement officer, who spoke with one Jamaican newspaper on condition of anonymity, confirmed yesterday that the visas of the two well-known lawmen were revoked.

While not disclosing much, the officer further stressed that more members of the JCF are likely to have their visas revoked soon.

As is protocol, the US Embassy refused to confirm the reports.

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Chris Gayle says he felt pressured to perform

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Canberra (AFP) - West Indies opener Chris Gayle became the first batsman to score a World Cup double century on Tuesday and admitted he had never felt such pressure to perform.

His double ton came off just 138 balls -- the quickest 200 in all ODI cricket -- including nine fours and 16 sixes as he surpassed the previous World Cup best of 188 not out by South Africa's Gary Kirsten against the United Arab Emirates at Rawalpindi in 1996.

Gayle was eventually out off the last delivery of the innings, having faced 147 balls, with 10 fours and 16 sixes taking his team to an imposing 372 for two in the company of Marlon Samuels, whose 133 not out was reduced to a support act.Zimbabwe were bowled out for 289 in reply to give West Indies a 73-run win on the Duckworth/Lewis method.

Left-hander Gayle's record blast meant he has now completed a career sweep of a triple century in Tests, double century in ODIs and a century in Twenty20 internationals.

"I got a bit of cramp and I was feeling a bit tired," said Gayle, fortunate to be given not out after an lbw appeal to the first ball he faced went to a review. "I didn't want to be out with the first ball -- I said 'you can't be serious?'," he said. "I was under pressure to score runs, and I kept getting messages from Twitter and on my cell phone from fans. I have never known so many people wanting Chris Gayle to do so well."

Gayle's record-shattering innings came just days after he was inadvertently caught up in an embarrassing Twitter gaffe by West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) president Dave Cameron, who retweeted a post from a spectator calling for the batsman to be pensioned off.

"I have never felt this kind of pressure, but in the end, I am sure I gave them something to talk about," said Gayle. "A lot of time people don't know what you are going through as I had some issues with injuries. I am also not getting any younger so age is definitely catching up on me."

His innings was only the fifth double century in all one-day international cricket and the first by a non-Indian, with Rohit Sharma (two), Sachin Tendulkar and Virender Sehwag the only other batsmen to achieve the feat.

Gayle and Samuels also set a new partnership record for any ODI wicket. Their unbroken stand of 372 surpassed the 331 shared by India's Rahul Dravid and Tendulkar against New Zealand at Hyderabad (Deccan) in 1999.

"Ever since Rohit got two, I have been hounded to get one as well," smiled Gayle, who even took two wickets with his gentle off-spin when Zimbabwe batted.

After collecting the man-of-the-match award, Gayle said it was key that his side now focused on Friday's crucial clash against South Africa in Sydney. "It was a fantastic day from a personal point of view, but now we have another tough game coming up against South Africa who have just beaten us 4-1 so we'll be concentrating on that," he added.

West Indies captain Jason Holder praised Gayle. "Chris is an outstanding player, it's great to have him back in form and hopefully he can carry it through to the finals," said Holder.

Zimbabwe skipper Elton Chigumbura said his side had been unfortunate with the lbw review when Gayle was on nought. "We were unlucky with the Gayle lbw but he played a massive innings today," said Chigumbura. "Gayle is the kind of player who is destructive but we just have to forget about what happened."

Gayle's innings sparked a stream of plaudits on Twitter: "Finally he's got a double hundred in one day cricket ! That doesn't surprise me who else than @henrygale what a stage to get it tho," tweeted India's Yuvraj Singh.

His boss at Indian Premier League outfit Royal Challengers, Vijay Mallya said the innings was a perfect response to those who wanted him dropped.

"@henrygale silences his critics and gives a fitting answer to all the recent comments on Twitter. Our big maan creates even more records," wrote Mallya, who also owns the Force India F1 team.

The record also did not go unnoticed in Japan, hardly a hotbed of international cricket.

"Japan Cricket must reluctantly admit that @henrygale is making it quite difficult for us to get any work done this afternoon #WIvZIM," tweeted the Japanese Cricket Association.





ncb-employee-alicia-prince-collapses-sigma.jpgAn autopsy conducted on the body of Alicia Prince, who collapsed and died during the Sigma run for charity last Sunday, has revealed that she died of cardiac failure.

The post mortem examination was conducted on Tuesday.

Prince, who was employed as a customer service representative at the National Commercial Bank at the time of her passing, collapsed on West Kings House Road during the Sigma run.

Her death has shaken former colleagues who hailed her lively spirit and charming personality.

She has also been hailed as a 'Live Wire' by government senator Lambert Brown.

The event organisers had targeted $25 million for the Jamaica Kidney Kids Foundation and the Neonatal Unit at Cornwall Regional Hospital. The event raised just over $26 million.





$100,000 Crime Stop reward

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crime-stop-errol-osborne.jpgCrime Stop is offering a reward of $100,000 for information, leading to the arrest of the killer of Errol Osborne.

Reports are that on Friday, January 2, Mr Osborne had just arrived home in Fontabelle, St. Mary when a man armed with a gun ran into his yard and pointed his gun at him.

Two workmen who were with Mr Osborne ran for cover then several explosions were heard.

Police later found Mr. Osborne inside his car with gunshot wounds all over his body.

Crime Stop says it is anxious to help the family and friends of Mr. Osborne find closure to this murder.

Anyone with information that can help the police solve this case is being asked to call Crime Stop at 311.





Technician extradited to face sex offence charges

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Homer Bishop, technician of Margarete Villa Road, Kingston 10, who is wanted in the state of New Jersey, United States of America, for aggravated sexual assault and having sexual intercourse with a minor, younger than 13, was extradited yesterday.

Reports are that on January 13, detectives from the Counter Terrorism and Organised Crime Investigation Branch's (C-TOC) Fugitive Apprehension Team arrested the 41 -year-old Bishop on an extradition warrant. On Thursday, January 15, Bishop appeared in the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate's Court where he was ordered extradited, after waiving his right to an extradition hearing.

He was yesterday escorted off the island to the United States of America where he will answer to the charges.





Ganja decriminalised in Jamaica

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Parliament has given the go ahead for long-awaited changes to be made to the law governing marijuana as part of plans to decriminalise the use and cultivation of the drug.

Parliamentarians last evening passed the bill to amend The Dangerous Drugs Act.

The ill, which was amended in The Senate earlier this month, will seek to decriminalise small quantities of marijuana for personal use as well as allow for the use of hemp for manufacturing purposes.

Additionally, the bill will allow for the use of marijuana for religious, therapeutic and medical purposes.

In opening the debate yesterday, Minister of National Security, Peter Bunting stated that the decriminalisation of marijuana would remove the monopoly organised gangs would have on the drug, thereby reducing the value and ultimately dismantling the drug ring.

Meanwhile, Opposition Member, Delroy Chuck stated that with the passage of this bill, Jamaica should seek to find out why the international community has made this a prohibited drug.





Michael Sharpe's assault case dismissed

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Journalist and District Constable Michael Sharpe walked free from the St. Catherine Resident Magistrate's Court Tuesday morning.

Sharpe was scheduled to answer charges of assault concerning a May 2013 incident on the Hellshire Main Road in St. Catherine.

According to reports, Sharpe went to assist the complainant in a domestic dispute, however, six months after the incident the complainant filed a report with the St. Catherine South Police. Following investigations the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions ruled that Sharpe should be charged with assault.

He pleaded not guilty in court and shortly after a submission from the Clerk of Courts the Magistrate ruled that Sharpe had no case to answer and the case was dismissed.





Video of school-girl beating vendor being probed

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A fight between a schoolgirl and a vendor, whose child was slapped repeatedly in the face in Sam Sharpe Square, Montego Bay, has left the vendor seriously injured and has attracted the attention of the police.

A three-minute video of the incident, which has gained traction on Facebook, shows the vendor and the schoolgirl having a heated argument over why the student hit the woman's child.The video was posted on February 17 and it is unclear how recent the fight was.

"Weh you box him fah if him even do nothing?" The vendor asked. The student in full view of the camera then stated, "mi never box him." Prompting the child, who is a female and who appears to attend an early childhood institution, to state, "you box mi three times."

The mother then demanded to know what her child did that would warrant her being slapped in the face three times, to which another schoolgirl said there was an incident involving the child's lunch pan.

After this exchange, the irate mother then pushed the schoolgirl in the face leading to both of them wrestling in the square, commonly referred to as 'Parade', in front of a number of persons who had gathered. Several blows were then exchanged between the vendor and the student.

After a few seconds, the vendor was seen wiping blood pouring from her face, which ended the scuffle. Persons could be heard telling the woman to go to hospital.

The Barnett Street police confirmed the incident. No charges have been laid against the student as interviews are still ongoing and the student, who is a minor, has to be interviewed in the presence of a parent or guardian.





Scammers target Tifa and Dexta Daps

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dexta-daps-tifa-jealous-ova.jpgWith their song 'Jealous Ova' gaining traction since its video release recently, dancehall artistes Tifa and Dexta Daps have become the target of scammers.

The music video was released about a week ago and already unscrupulous persons have come out of the woodworks trying to profit from their work. Reports are that persons have set up fake Facebook accounts and have been trying to collect money on behalf of both parties.

According to Craig Harrisingh of Daseca Productions, "People have created fake Facebook pages and email accounts presenting themself as Dexta Daps or as his management. They are taking people's money for dub plates and deposits for shows."

He continued, "Dexta Daps does not conduct any business whatsoever via social media. If his business doesn't go through DASECA Productions it's not real. This has been going on for about a month. In the past two weeks or so these people have started to include Tifa in their scamming deal. They are now telling promoters that they can get Dexta Daps and Tifa as a package at a ridiculous price. Daseca Productions is the sole booking agent for Dexta Daps, and Solid Agency handles all of Tifa's bookings."

Both Tifa and Dexta Daps have since made posts on their social media informing the public of the scam.

Meanwhile, Jealous Ova continues to do well having debuted at number 17 on Ernie B's Top 20 reggae chart in the UK which airs on Capital Extra, a mainstream R&B/hip-hop station in the UK.

The Daseca-produced single has been impacting radio over the past few months, and the accompanying music video, which was directed by Short Films Ja and shot on location at Lime Cay, has been getting online views and airplay.





The police in Westmoreland theorise that Monday's attack at a shop in Negril that led to the death of an 18 year old girl and injured four others was linked to lottery scammers.

Dead is Ombretta Jackson, of Lime Tree Lane in West End, Negril.

Investigators way Jackson acted as a courier for men linked to the lottery scam in Negril. It's understood that the masterminds behind the scam accused her of withholding funds.

The police report that shortly after 8pm, Jackson and others were at a shop when they were approached by two men who opened fire. A 15 year old boy is among the injured.

The gunmen escaped on a motorbike.

Two of the injured are listed in critical condition.





Dennis Brown tribute concert postponed

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The tribute concert set for Sunday, February 22, to celebrate the life and music of reggae's crown prince, Dennis Emmanuel Brown, has been postponed.

The show, which was scheduled to be held at the Kingston Waterfront has become a principal showcase in the celebration of Reggae Month during February.Brown's daughter, Marla, who was scheduled to perform, confirmed the postponement.

"I was called to a meeting yesterday (Thursday) where I was informed that the show is off. They are looking at something in July around the anniversary of dad's death," the British-born Brown said.

When pressed for a reason for the shifting in the date she offered: "I think they were coming up short on funds."

Brown died in July 1999 of pneumonia complications. He was 42.





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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. homeland security chief said on Sunday he takes seriously an apparent threat by Somali-based Islamist militants against prominent shopping sites in the West including the Mall of America in Minnesota and urged people there to be careful.

Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson was reacting to a video attributed to al Shabaab appearing to call for attacks on Western shopping areas, specifically mentioning Mall of America, the West Edmonton Mall in Canada, London's Oxford Street and sites in Paris.

"This latest statement from al Shabaab reflects the new phase we've evolved to in the global terrorist threat, in that you have groups such as al Shabaab and ISIL publicly calling for independent actors in their homelands to carry out attacks," Johnson told the CNN program "State of the Union," using an acronym for the militant group Islamic State.

Asked about the threat to Mall of America, which is one of the world's largest shopping areas, Johnson said: "Anytime a terrorist organization calls for an attack on a specific place, we've got to take that seriously." He advised people going to the Mall of America to be particularly careful.

One U.S. intelligence official said security officials indeed are worried about the risk of an attack on U.S. soil by a solitary militant, but al Shabaab as a group has not appeared to gain much traction with most Somalis in the West, including in Minneapolis.

"In balance, I don't think this video adds much on top of the ubiquitous 'lone offender' threat," said the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity.

Staff Sergeant Brent Meyer of Canada's Royal Canadian Mounted Police said "there is no evidence at this time of any specific or imminent threat to Canadians." In Britain, a spokesman said London police were aware of the video and were assessing it.

Mall of America and West Edmonton Mall issued statements saying they were implementing extra security measures.





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Dancehall artiste, Moses 'Beenie Man' Davis was the guest lecturer at Belmont Academy in Westmoreland which kicked off its three-day black history celebrations on Friday with a panel discussion ‎on the importance of Black History Month and a lecture.

Beenie Man's lecture, under the headline 'Life and Work of a Home Grown Hero', was centred on Peter Tosh, who grew up in the community of Belmont.

According to Beenie Man, Tosh's 1976 hit Legalize it is now a catalyst for the now fervent calls for the legalization of marijuana in Jamaica. He also hailed Tosh as one of the icons of reggae music and attributed him with some of the most powerful and potent songs ever recorded.

Panelist included Iyah V, a member of the Westmoreland Hemp and Ganja Farmers Association; Belmont community leader, Wolde Kristos; Daniela Woodbine, the deputy head girl of Belmont Academy; Shane Clarke and Lady Renae, both of Irie FM.

The discussion was centred ‎around the importance of the celebrations of black history as well as how to improve the methods of celebrations in order to engage more of the nation's youth.





Jamaican extradited on drugs charges

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Juel Dunn, who also goes by the names "Dalton Stephenson", "Dalton Calvin" and "Shortman" of Top Hill in St Elizabeth and Chambers Avenue, Granville, St James, has been extradited to the United States to face charges relating to narcotics trafficking.

He was extradited to Florida on Thursday following his arrest by the Fugitive Apprehension Team FAT, with the support of other local and international law enforcement agencies.
Dunn, who has a 14-year warrant for cocaine possession in Florida, was taken into custody by FAT in St Thomas on January 9.

He was taken before the Corporate Area Criminal Court on January 15 where he waived his right for an extradition hearing.

The Police High Command has congratulated law enforcement agents in bringing Dunn to face the courts.





NCB employee collapses and dies at Sigma Run

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ncb-employee-alicia-prince.jpg Thirty-six year-old Alicia Prince, an employee of the National Commercial Bank, died this morning during the staging of the Sagicor Sigma Corporate Run in Kingston.

Sagicor Group Jamaica Limited has extended condolences to the family, co-workers and friends of Alicia Prince.

"Our deepest sympathies are with Ms Prince's family," said Richard Byles, President and CEO of Sagicor Group Jamaica.

Sagicor explained in a release today that 36-year-old Prince, an employee at the National Commercial Bank, was this morning treated by doctors in the vicinity of West King's House Road.

"She received immediate medical treatment from a medical team including a medical doctor, two Emergency Medical Technicians (EMT) and a nurse in one of several medical vehicles deployed along the route and was taken to Andrews Memorial Hospital where she received additional treatment," the release added.





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Cops assigned to the Narcotics Division have arrested and charged 29-year-old Jermaine Brown of a Kingston 12 address, after ganja weighing over 2000 pounds was seized on Second Street in Newport West.

The police reported that on February 6 at about 8:00 pm, a Toyota Hiace bus with three men aboard drove up to the main entrance of the Kingston Container Terminal and attempted to gain access.

However, the security guards became suspicious and while making further enquiries, the bus sped away. The police were alerted and the bus was later found abandoned in the area.

During a search of the vehicle, 19 knitted bags were found with a total of 398 parcels of compressed ganja. The ganja has an estimated street value of $15 million. Cops probing the find uncovered that the bus was rented from a company by Brown. He was subsequently held and charged with the offences of possession of and dealing in ganja, taking preparatory steps to and conspiracy to export ganja, as well as using vehicle as a conveyance.

Brown appeared before the Corporate Area Criminal Court on Friday, and is scheduled to reappear on Monday, March 9.





Hundreds mark 50 years since Malcolm X assassination

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Activists, actors, and politicians attended a ceremony in New York City at the place where civil rights leader Malcolm X was shot to death 50 years ago.

About 300 people gathered Saturday in Harlem to hear remarks from officials and one of Malcolm X's daughters, Ilyasah Shabazz.

The ceremony was held at the Malcolm X & Dr. Betty Shabazz Memorial and Educational Center, previously known as the Audubon Ballroom.

A blue light shone onto the floor in the exact spot where he was killed. A mural with images of Malcolm X adorns a wall.

Malcolm X was shot Feb. 21, 1965, as he was preparing to address his followers. By then, the Muslim leader had moderated his militant message of black separatism but remained a passionate advocate of self-respect and self-reliance.





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Bobbi Kristina Brown was allegedly under the influence of drugs on the morning she was found facedown and unresponsive in a bathtub, People reports.

Sources close to the 21-year-old claim Brown had been regularly using heroin, cocaine and Xanax in the past few months, as well as drinking excessively. No official toxicology report has been released.

Another source says Brown has been "in and out" of rehab during the last three years since her mother, Whitney Houston, died. On Feb. 11, 2012, Houston was found dead in a hotel bathtub. Though the singer had died from drowning, an autopsy confirmed that she had drugs in her system at the time.

It has now been 22 days since Brown was discovered and hospitalized. She has been on life support ever since and recently underwent a tracheotomy to prevent an infection from her breathing tube.





Ward of the state hangs himself

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A male ward who was found hanging in a bathroom at the Rio Cobre Juvenile Correctional Centre in Tredegar Park, Spanish Town on Friday, was pronounced dead at the Spanish Town Hospital in the afternoon.

The Department of Correctional Services has not provided further details. His parents have been informed of his death, however, his name has not been released as he was below age 16.

The Department of Correctional Services says the Ministry of National Security Inspectorate Unit and the police are conducting investigations.





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CEO of UIM Records, and one of dancehall's leading producers, Andrew 'Anju Blaxx' Myrie, has been ordered detained pending trial. The 30-year-old, who is charged with conspiracy, wire fraud, and money laundering in the District of North Dakota, had his bail decision overturned by a North Dakota judge last Wednesday.

According to a court order from North Dakota District Judge Daniel L Hovland, Blaxxx "poses a substantial flight risk".

He added: "The court has conducted a de novo review of the record, including the transcript of the pre-trial detention/removal hearing, and finds the Government [North Dakota Federal prosecutors] has demonstrated the defendant [Myrie] poses a substantial flight risk and no condition or combination of conditions will reasonably assure [his] appearance in the District of North Dakota," the order, read in part.

"The court notes the defendant [Myrie] is subject to an immigration detainer and possible removal to Jamaica," the order continued.

The producer was arrested by American law enforcement officers in Florida on February 6. He was ordered released at his second detention/removal hearing in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Miami, on February 11. However, that move was "stayed" pending an appeal by North Dakota prosecutors.

The UIM producer, whose hits include Bugle's No Compatible as well as the Punjabi, Purge, Sanction, Journey, Beach Bunx, Coolie Gal, Nymphomaniac, and Klappaz rhythms, is up for a YVA Producer of the Year award.

Myrie, who is being represented by attorney Nathan P Diamond, will be transported to North Dakota for arraignment in a matter of weeks and a trial date will be set in that state.





'Masicka Fi Mine Him Son' Facebook attack on deejay

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masicka-photo-2.jpgOn February 5, 2014, a Facebook group, 'Masicka Fi Mine Him Son' was created and already has 145 members. The description on the group says, "Encourage unu DJ fi mine him son" and there are several pictures of a little boy posted on the profile.

That same day, someone commented in the group and said, "go to court and tell them you want to take out a summons for him and them will deal with it from there ..., but how I don't see any pic with you and him?" To that the person who created the group responded, "He is never around so you won't see a pic of me and him."

Masicka, who recently broke ties with the Konshens-led Sunkonshus Music and has been focusing on his career, recently released the singles General A Road, Just Can't Do It and Waiting. He has not commented on any of this drama, although he has pictures of the same little boy posted on his own personal Instagram page.

The woman also took her rant to Instagram earlier this week, where she launched an attack on the artiste, but deleted the post some hours later. In that post, the woman accuses him of being a homosexual, as well as someone who engages in oral sex.

"Him buss before him. Oh wow! Waste a everything. Si mi and rush mi nuh dawg a dat yuh fi do. Loud and proud ...; defend it and mek people dead now," she said, in the Instagram post that was made on Monday.





Delacree tense after cops kill area don

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There are reports of tension in the Delacree area of the Corporate Area, following a fatal shooting by the police late Friday.

Reports are that a community leader was killed by the police during a confrontation about 9pm. Some residents who are upset about the incident, mounted a demonstration in the community.





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Devontae Sparks, the 18 year-old Holmwood student accused of killing his schoolmate, Stephan Hanson, 16, was offered bail when he appeared in the Mandeville Resident Magistrate's Court on Thursday. His bail set at J$800,000 with surety.

The court was told that Sparks and another student were involved in an altercation when Hanson intervened. He was reportedly stabbed by Sparks and was rushed to hospital where he was pronounced dead. Sparks was taken into custody and following questioning was charged with murder.

He is scheduled to return to the Mandeville Resident Magistrate's Court onApril 16 when his case will again be mentioned.





Budget for West Kingston Enquiry now $250 million

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The Jamaican Government has allocated J$200 million in the 2015/2016 Estimates of Expenditure to cover the cost of the West Kingston Commission of Enquiry.

This is in addition to $50 million dollars set aside in the 201/2015 Budget.

Last month, a breakdown of the budget for the Commission of Enquiry via the Access to Information Act, found that the salary of the Chairman Sir David Simmons exceeded the $50 million expenditure.

The salaries for the other two commissioners - Justice Hazel Harris and Professor Anthony Harriott; legal counsel Garth McBean; junior counsel Symone Mayhew and secretary to the Commission, Maria Jones, totalled $208.7 million.





The Senior Immigration Officer charged with the rape of a 28 year old Jamaican woman at his house in December in the Bahamas was denied bail when he appeared in court on Thursday afternoon.

Norman Bastian,53, appeared before Magistrate Andrew Forbes.

It is expected that the matter will proceed by way of a voluntary bill of indictment which means that a preliminary inquiry will be by-passed and the matter will be fast tracked to the supreme court for trial.

The incident happened when the woman was detained and released after an immigration raid on a bar in Nassau.

It's alleged the immigration officer then took the Jamaican woman to his house where he raped her before releasing her two days later.

Bastian is expected back to court on February 23.





Police walk for peace in Cassava Piece

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peace.jpgAssistant Commissioner of Police Derrick 'Cowboy' Knight, who heads the police Area 3, will lead a contingent of police on a peace walk through the community of Cassava Piece in St Andrew on Friday.

The community has been tense this week since a man was shot and injured.

For several months the community has been relatively quiet, but in recent times tensions have been flaring up between rivals based in the community.

Acting head of the St Andrew North Division, Superintendent Clive Blair, will also take part in the peace walk.





J$641 billion budget

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Finance Minister Dr. Peter Phillips has tabled a budget of J$641 billion budget for the upcoming fiscal year.

The budget was tabled in Parliament on Tuesday, following which Phillips held a press briefing to outline his plans.The budget is a big jump from that of J$ 539 billion that is expected to be spent this year.Of this amount J$310 billion will go to debt servicing - that's roughly 48 cents out of every dollar.

The next biggest expenditure will be the public sector wage bill - J$165 billion has been set aside to pay public sector workers representing an increase of 3.4 percent. The rest of the money goes to programmes and capital expenditure.

Phillips said the authorities will be going after compliance initiatives more aggressively this year but at the end he is still expecting a financing gap of J$8 billion, an indication that new taxes to that amount will be sought.

The Finance Minister said the details will be revealed on March 12 but the early indication is that companies will be targeted heavily for the money with the public bearing less of the cost.Robinson, 37, broke down in tears on Thursday after he was sentenced to life in prison for killing Santoya Campbell.





Bobbi Kristina's breathing tube removed

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Almost three weeks after she was found unresponsive in a bathtub, Bobbi Kristina Brown is still fighting for her life. Doctors have removed her breathing tube, two sources close to the family told CNN on Thursday, one day after the procedure supposedly took place.

Brown, daughter of late singing star Whitney Houston, will now be ventilated through a hole in her throat.

"This is an indication that the patient will need this for weeks and months to come, as opposed to hours and days," said CNN's chief medical correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta.

He said the move lowers the risk of infection and is standard procedure.

Brown, 21, remains in a medically induced coma at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta. Doctors are attempting to slowly lift her coma, according to sources close to the family. The extent of her injuries is not known.

Police have said they're treating Brown's case as a criminal investigation. She was found in a bathtub full of water on January 31 at her Roswell, Georgia, residence.





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santoya-killer-cornelius-robinson.jpgCornelius Robinson,37, has been sentenced to life in prison for the murder of 14 year old Frome Technical High School student Santoya Campbell.

Robinson who was sentenced on Thursday in the Savanna-la-Mar resident magistrate's court, will be eligible for parole in 25 years. Robinson, who operated a photo studio in Westmoreland, was charged days after the teen's body was found near her school. He was also charged with having sex with a person under 16 years old. However, that charge was withdrawn when he pleaded guilty to murder.

Robinson confessed to killing 14-year-old Santoya Campbell in Westmoreland two weeks ago. After strangling her to death, he stuffed the body of the girl in a garbage bag. The child's body was found close to the Frome Technical High School where she attended.

Justice Marvin Gayle, who presided over the case, gave Robinson the opportunity to speak at the sentencing. Robinson cried and issued an apology to the school girl's family and to those who thought highly of him.

The Family members of Campbell wept in court while the killer was being sentenced.









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A source tells ET that Bobbi Kristina Brown's family has no plans as of now to take her off life support.

The family met yesterday to decide whether the 21-year-old daughter of Whitney Houston and Bobby Brown should remain on a ventilator in a medically-induced coma. Legally, the final decision is up to Bobby and a source told ET that he was the most upbeat that they've heard him sound in a while -- and gave no indication that he's even thinking of removing his daughter from life support.

According to the source, Bobbi Kristina is making improvements, her vital signs are stable and her organs are not failing. The family did not, however, address the possibility of brain damage.

It's been almost three weeks since Bobbi Kristina was discovered unresponsive in her bathtub on Jan. 31, and was rushed to a hospital in Rosewell, Georgia. The incident came just days prior to the third anniversary of Houston's death.

While the family continues to hold out hope for Bobbi Kristina's recovery, Dr. Julian Bragg, a neurologist at Midtown Neurology in Atlanta, who is not one of Bobbi Kristina's doctors, tells ET that patients in her condition may have significant brain damage.





digicel.jpg With Bacchanal Fridays starting tomorrow at Mas Camp, telecommunications leader and title sponsor of Bacchanal, Digicel, is promising bigger, better things for socaphiles this season.

To give patrons a taste of what to expect each week, during the recent Bacchanal launch, the company featured the now popular 'selfie' sticks, which attendees used to capture their most memorable Bacchanal launch moments to share on social media using the hashtag, #SharediMoment.

"Starting this weekend with Bacchanal Fridays, we will be having loads of giveaways of smartphones and data plans so that our customers can chronicle their experience on social media while spreading the soca fever to their family and friends," said Kamal Powell, senior sponsorship and development manager at Digicel.

Digicel is also getting ready to unveil its overall campaign for the Carnival season, with its brand ambassador Yendi Phillipps as the lead. The campaign will give customers a chance to win even more prizes and take advantage of amazing phone deals.

"We know that our customers love the buzz and energy that the soca season brings, so look out for our Carnival campaign offers, which will also give customers a chance to win tickets to soca parties, plus Digicel Lijuan costumes to chip down the road with us on Road March day on April 12," Powell shared.

Patrons can also secure their costumes now to join the Digicel Lijuan band. Costumes range from US$280 for male costumes up to US$429 for female costumes.

The first stop in the Bacchanal series is scheduled for Friday with Bacchanal Fridays and will climax with Digicel Night on Friday, March 27.





Actor Boy Awards nominees announced

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The Actor Boy Awards will be held on March 30 at Courtleigh Auditorium. and with just about a month lto go the event organizers announced the nominees in each category at a brief ceremony on Sunday evening at Jampro's business auditorium in Kingston.

The year 2014 saw one of the most varied and exciting years in Jamaican theatre, with 19 productions qualifying for nomination. These plays span a range of genres and categories, including children's theatre, musical, drama, and comedy, and featured some of the best that Jamaica had to offer throughout the year.

Patrick Brown's Caught in the Net and Trevor Nairne's Saving Alligator High earned the highest number of nominations, with 11. For Best Leading Actor, Glen Campbell received two nominations for his role in Saving Alligator High and Funny Kind of Love. Other nominees in this category included Alwyn Scott, Christopher MacFarlane, and Tesfa Edwards.Nominnees for Best Leading Actress are Leonie Forbes, Suzette Barrett, Sharee-McDonald Russell, Rosie Murray and Ruth Ho-shing.

The award categories also feature those behind the scenes, including directors, choreographers, music directors, costumers and set designers, lighting and sound designers and overall technical management.





Turbo Blacks hits the spot with 'Gully Bop Attack'

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Dancehall artiste Turbo Blacks is creating quite a stir with the release of his new single titled 'Gully Bop Attack' which calls up the names of a few artites, including the man himself, Gully Bop. However, according to the Mandeville-based artiste, whose real name is Ricardo Green, he did not record the song to diss Gully Bop.

The song was produced by Turbo Blacks and released on his R&G label. Firing off lyrical shots, Turbo Blacks chants "Dem sey mad man a run di business, mash mouth new way fi have di business. Mi hear sey Ele a go pull front teeth fi run di business", in the punchline of the song.

Since its release two weeks ago, Gully Bop Attack has enjoyed heavy rotation on a number of top local radio stations. The song is also doing well online. So far, it has received several thousand hits on various YouTube channels.

"I've been in the business for a while and I've recorded a lot of positive cultural dancehall and reggae songs, but none of them has ever gotten the response Gully Bop Attack is getting. The people love it in the streets. My phone has been ringing off the hook, selectors are calling me like crazy to record dub plates for them," Turbo Blacks said.

"My song is not dissing Gully Bop or any of the other artistes mentioned it. I'm just singing about what's going on in the music business right now. When Gully Bop got his break on the net they said he was a madman. Since then, we've seen a lot of other so-called 'madmen' coming into the music business. My song is just highlighting what's happening in a humorous way," he said.





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Montego Bay will host the sixth staging of the BritJam Spring Break Festival from March 11 to 17. The seven fun-filled day and night event will feature a slew of parties across the western city, among them: Spring Rave at the Whitter Village; I Will Be There beach party; We Love The 90s at Pier One; All White Bikini Pool Party, Millbrook Villa in Spring Farm; Glamorous at Aquasol Tennis Court; Flesh at the Aqueduct, Rose Hall; Fire in the City, Cook Out at Mespow Park and Kinky Lingerie Party at Club Kokonutz.

Hundreds of spring breakers from the US, Britain and Japan are expected to fly into Montego Bay for the much-anticipated event, which will feature a number of local acts including Beenie Man, D'Angel, I-Octane, Konshens, Tifa, Spice, Aidonia, Pop Caan, RickyTeetz, Chi Ching Ching, Chilando and G-Whizz. Japanese artistes Ackee and Salt Fish and DJ Rio King Star will also appear at some of the parties.

According to Andrae 'P'Nut' Brown, a member of the event's organising committee, not only is BritJam a source of fun-filled entertainment, but it contributes to the local economy.

"What we are doing is to put ourselves out there to build Montego Bay. Everybody has it that Kingston is the entertainment capital of Jamaica, but that should not be so. How we are positioned in Montego Bay, the resources that we have to offer... Montego Bay, by right, should be the entertainment capital of Jamaica. With that said, we see that vision and we are on a mission to establish that and to bring that to life," Brown said.

Red Stripe Brand Ambassador Teika Samuda, who announced that her company this year has increased its sponsorship of the event by 50 per cent over the previous year, cited "the hard work and dedication of the BritJam team" for such a significant increase.

"They have really established the event, which is now a staple on the entertainment calendar. Jamaicans locally as well as persons internationally, are looking forward to the event," she stated.





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The Bahamas police have charged a Senior Immigration Officer with rape after a Jamaican woman alleged that he took her to his home and assaulted her. The incident happened last December when the woman was detained and released after an immigration raid on a bar in Nassau.

It's alleged the immigration officer then took the Jamaican woman to his house where he raped her before releasing her two days later.

An investigation was launched by the Bahamas Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Immigration with the Foreign Minister Fred Mitchell, declaring at the time "the chips will fall where they may".

The Officer was charged and brought before the Criminal Court in capital Nassau earlier Thursday afternoon.





16 killed in Haiti carnival parade tragedy

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haiti-carnival-tragedy.jpg At least 16 people were killed during Haiti's national Carnival parade in an accident involving an electrical shock on a float, government officials said. An "accident following an electrical shock" happened on a parade float in Port-au-Prince at 2:48 a.m. ET Tuesday, Haitian Communications Minister Rothschild Francis Junior said.

The government spokesman did not elaborate on the accident. Seventy-eight other people were injured, the office of Haiti's Prime Minister said. Video from the scene appeared to show a power line striking a man atop a float. Chaos erupted and revelers ran in all directions.

"My sincerest sympathies (are) with the victims of the grave incident this morning at the Champ de Mars celebrating Mardi Gras Carnaval," Haitian President Michel Martelly said on Twitter.





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The man held by the police in connection with fabricated death threats against Opposition Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) leader Andrew Holness and JLP General Secretary Dr. Horace Chang, was remanded yesterday when he appeared in court.

Maxie Robinson,47, was charged last week with creating public mischief, after an investigation revealed that his claim that a contract had been taken out on the lives of the two men was a hoax.When he appeared before the Corporate Area Criminal Court, Robinson's attorney requested copies of statements in the case.

The attorney told the court he wants the statements to determine whether to go to trial.

The Police High Command says Robinson has a long rap sheet for fraud and was recently released from prison. He is scheduled to return to court on March 10.





90 pounds of ganja seized

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Police seized about 90 pounds of ganja during an operation in Manchester and St. Elizabeth on the weekend.

The operation was carried out by officers attached to the Area Three, Transnational Crime and Narcotics Division (TCND).

Reports received are that during the operation a total of 90 pounds of ganja was seized with an estimated street value of $450 thousand. Five pounds of ganja seeds and 10 thousand seedlings were also destroyed.

No one was taken into custody in connection with the seizure.





Negarsh Dawkins, the 18-year-old a labourer of Spanish Town, who is charged for the murder of his father was offered bail when he appeared in court yesterday..

Dawkins is accused of fatally stabbing his 42-year-old father Gary Dawkins, a cabinet maker also of Old Harbour Road.

The accused was offered bail in the sum of $200 thousand with surety in The Spanish Town RM Court. As a condition of his bail, Dawkins is to report to The Portmore Police twice weekly. He is to return to court on June 9, 2015.

It is alleged that on Sunday February 8, about 4:00 a.m., the senior Dawkins was reportedly beaten by his son. The father died at hospital.





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The Jamaica Public Service (JPS) is fuming after being directed by the Office of Utilities Regulation (OUR), to refund customers close to one billion dollars in foreign exchange adjustments it imposed on fuel supplied by Petrojam.

The adjustments were for the period March to December 2013.

In response, the JPS said the directive has come at a bad time and will also have financial implications for the company.

"This comes at a very very bad time. No one can afford not to be able to include the legitimate cost in the price of the goods or service sold to customers. You have to be able to include your cost or eventually you go bankrupt and that's the fundamental disagreement we are having with this regulator," said JPS CEO, Kelly Tomblin.

According to a statement from the OUR, the collection of J$973. 3 million from customers, was in contravention of the All-Island Electric Licence. JPS has seven days to provide details of how it proposes to repay, including the commencement date by which the refund will be made to customers.Customers are to be fully refunded within six months.

OUR says the decision by the JPS to pass through to customers, foreign exchange adjustments on fuel payments, was done without approval from the utilities regulator. The OUR requested clarification from the JPS regarding the inclusion of a line item in the fuel oil statements for March to December 2013. During the period, this impacted the fuel and IPP charge, which appears as a line item on customers' bills.

The OUR, having received the JPS' explanation for making the adjustments, concluded that the company had no authority to impose the additional costs on customers. The OUR says it will continue to be vigilant in safeguarding the interest of consumers, while ensuring an equitable environment for investors in utility services.





Bob Marley One Love football extravaganza today

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The Bob Marley 'One Love football extravaganza' and fun day takes place today, Ash Wednesday, at the Harbour View Mini Stadium.

The event, which is now in its 34th year, will continue to donate proceeds to basic schools and children's homes across the island.

The fun day will also see entertainers, masters and celebrities, referees while for the first time, the Tuff Gong Invitational team will face off with entertainers for the new Bob Marley One Love trophy,

Organiser of the extravaganza and fun day Clive 'Busy' Campbell says, Walter Boyd, Byron Earl, Ricardo 'Bibby' Gardener , I-Octane, Wayne Marshal, Sizzla, are all expected to be in action.

Action gets underway at 4:30 PM.





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With a bumper backside that measures 8ft around, Mikel Ruffinelli is the owner of a bottom that is large enough to make even Kim Kardashian's pale in comparison.

Yet despite being just 5ft 4" and tipping the scales at 30st, Mrs Ruffinelli, 39, from Los Angeles, says she is healthy and has a shape that other women envy.

'I have an extreme physique,' explains the mother-of-four, who has a proportionally small 40-inch waist. 'I love my curves, I love my hips, I love my attributes.

'I love my shape and I see no reason to diet because I don't have health problems. Men don't fancy skinny girls, they like an hourglass figure.'

Now she is to appear on a new documentary, World's Biggest Hips, alongside three other women who boast supersized rear ends.

Among them is Austrian Claudia Floraunce, 40, who also lives in Los Angeles and tips the scales at 23st, and Las Vegas native, Denise Souder, a 56-year-old grandmother-of-two with 74-inch hips - and who, like Mrs Ruffinelli, has turned her 'curves' into cold, hard cash.

'Growing up, I was the chubby girl,' explains Mrs Souder. 'I was always the chubbiest girl in the class but I never let it stop me from doing whatever I wanted to do.

'There are challenges - I can't get on a rollercoaster. You learn to get around your hips, you learn to embrace your hips, you learn to shop for your hips.

'If someone wants to make a comment about my hips or my size, I don't care what your opinion is.'

Mrs Ruffinelli is a relative newcomer to a supersized shape, having only gained the extra weight after having children.

'There was a time before I had kids when I had a flat stomach,' she reveals. 'I got this large because genetically, whatever happens with weight gain, goes here [hips].' Mrs Ruffinelli, for all her exhortations of love for her hips, also admits that hers cause her problems and force her to take a reinforced chair with her wherever she goes.

'Fitting in, fitting on, sitting down... Those are some of my challenges,' she says. But rather than lose weight to fit in with society, she says it's time society started fitting in with her.

'I just think that society hasn't learned that it needs to make things a bit bigger,' she says. 'It's OK to make things bigger. What's the problem?'





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Sam Smith's unrequited love is one of his three managers, Elvin Smith.

The 22-year-old singer recently revealed his Grammy-winning album - In the Lonely Hour - was inspired by a man he fell in love with but who didn't feel the same way, and the guy is believed to be the married music executive, according to The Sun newspaper.

Sam said: 'I feel nothing towards him now. I'll always love him but I'm not in love with him any more. I definitely don't crease on the floor in pain any more.

'I was the only one in the relationship. It was in my mind and was something I had to get over. I also made the record so that this doesn't happen again.

'I don't want to fall in love again with someone who doesn't love me back.'

Sam and Elvin are now said to be good pals and the 'Stay With Me' hit-maker recently admitted he would never publicly release the mystery man's name out of respect.

At the Grammy Awards earlier this month, Sam picked up four awards, Best New Artist, Record of the Year and Song of the Year for his hit 'Stay with Me' and Best Pop Vocal Album for 'In the Lonely Hour', and thanked his unrequited love in his acceptance speech.

He told the Los Angeles Staples Center audience: 'I want to thank the man who this record is about.

'Thank you so much for breaking my heart because you got me four Grammys.'

The British soul singer's million-selling debut, which climbed from four back to the top of the rankings, has yet to leave the top 10 since it was released in May 2014.

Ed Sheeran's 'X' was in second place, while the third and fourth spots were new entries: "If You're Reading This You're Too Late", a surprise release by Canadian rapper Drake on Friday, and the Irish quartet Kodaline's second studio album, 'Coming Up For Air'.





JCDC gospel song semi-final Ash Wednesday

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The Jamaica Gospel Song Competition semi-final is set for Ash Wednesday, February 18, at the Eastwood Park New Testament Church of God in Kingston 10, commencing at 6:00 p.m. This competition, organised by the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC), will see the 35 semi-finalists from across the island compete for a top-10 spot.

After four highly competitive auditions and eliminations that were held across the four regions from February 3-6, 2015, the participants are now eager to move on to the next phase of making the finals and entering the studios to have their original song recorded. Entries were receive from across the island from persons who wanted to become the next JCDC Gospel Ambassador.

According to Stephen Davidson, director of marketing and public relations: "The JCDC Jamaica Gospel Song competition continues to provide opportunities, both locally and internationally, for a lot persons who have entered this competition even those who were not the winner on the final night."

Davidson also stated that another aspect of the programme includes the finalists participating in an outreach programme; he is therefore encouraging the public to take non-perishable food, clothes, toys and books to the semifinal. He noted that the items collected will be donated to children in state- care facilities.

Along with the 35 semi-finalists, the evening will feature guest performances by Kimiela Issacs and Nickette Morgan, who were past finalists in Gospel Song Competition.





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Former National Security Minister, Dwight Nelson said it was not expected that anyone would have been killed during the security operation in West Kingston.

Over seventy persons died during the event.

Responding to questions from attorney representing the Tivoli Committee, Carol DaCosta,on Monday, Nelson said the operation was generally in keeping with what was expected. "It was expected that the law enforcement agencies would protect the lives and property of innocent persons.........it was expected that not one person (would have) been killed."

When asked about a comment in which he said post analyses of the operation led him to believe that there were questionable aspects - he said this was in relation to the way residents were treated and the killings.

"There were complaints from residents of Tivoli Gardens of objections to how they were treated. It has already been established that a number of persons were killed.....these were questionable areas of the operations."





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Veteran educator and longstanding Returning Officer for the Kingston Western constituency Clover Thompson is dead. Thompson who migrated to Miami in 2004, was ailing for sometime.

According to a source close to the educator, she was suffering from kidney related problems and underwent an operation in January. She was hospitalised up to the time of her passing late Sunday.

Clover Thompson was Principal of Denham Town Primary from 1968 to 1990 and left for the Denham Town High School where she led the charge from 1990 to 2003 where she went off on pre-retirement leave.She was succeeded by current Principal Audrey Williams. She was Lasco Teacher of the Year in 2003 and served as a member of the Lay Magistrates Association for many year including in the capacity of President. She also served as Returning Officer for the Kingston Western constituency during turbulent 70's and 80s.





Rita Marley recovering from secret ailment

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Rita Marley is said to be recovering from an undisclosed illness.

The widow of reggae legend Bob Marley faced some health challenges last year, but, according to her son, Ziggy, she is doing good. Describing her illness as "physical challenges", ZZiggy said that his mother is at the stage now where she's slowing down and taking things easy, but she's doing good.

Rita was noticeably absent from the celebrations to mark Marley's 70th birthday in Kingston last week.

Rita and Bob Marley were married on February 10, 1966.

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Stars were scattered throughout the Saturday Night Live 40th Anniversary Special, but the greatest concentration may have come during a skit called The Californians.

The soap opera parody featured Taylor Swift, Bradley Cooper, Kerry Washington, and Betty White - in addition to several SNL actors.

Not only that, but Betty and Bradley finished off the number with a passionate kiss between their characters.

Extremely over-dramatic, the skit revolved around a group of Los Angeles natives who spoke with exaggerated accents and had major drama.

Kristen Wiig's character, for example, was told (by Kerry, playing a doctor) she had been impregnated by the pool boy, Greg (played by Bradley). There was also Alison (Taylor), an actress who had just been cast in some sort of science-fiction show.

'Captain, the Zargons are in pursuit, and there's aliens everywhere!' Taylor garbled as the air-headed Alison.

It wasn't until the end of the skit that Betty arrived, playing the supposedly dead character of Aunt Lana.

That character had been in a hot-air balloon accident and was only saved with the help of Greg, the pool boy.

To show her gratitude, Betty's character then locked lips with Bradley's in a rather passionate moment.

Because this was a Saturday Night Live skit, many of which don't really have a satisfying ending, The Californians simply segued into the show's famous 'buh-bye' flight attendants.

Other guest stars to appear on the special included Robert De Niro, Paul McCartney, Emma Stone, Tom Hanks, Jack Nicholson, Chevy Chase, Edward Norton, Paul Simon, Keith Richards, Melissa McCarthy, and more.





Usain Bolt is still the King of Cool

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Usain Bolt's injury-plagued 2014 may have allowed American Justin Gatlin to slip in and take advantage to become the world's top sprinter, but the Jamaican speedster showed he is still the sport's undisputed king of cool.

In a week that has seen him strike his famed 'lightning bolt' pose in front of a packed Times Square in New York, Bolt was in a more relaxed mood on Monday morning whilst sharing some downtime with fellow athlete and close friend Edino Steele.

In a one-take shot the pair were filmed showing off their latest handshake, which consisted of around 30 combinations.

Posting the video to his Instagram, the six-time Olympic gold medalist wrote: 'Friendship is different hand shake is on point @edinosteele credit to the camera lady @miss_gabymolina #greatness #happiness #manofsteele #ForeverFaster.'

After announcing that he plans to retire in 2017, with the World Championship 100 metres final in London pencilled in as his last individual race, Bolt is relishing the prospect of a fightback as he declared himself fit for the new season.

'I live for competition. I thrive on competition. I live to compete against the best,' he told Sportsmail's Matt Lawton in an exclusive interview on Friday.

'My main aim now is to stay injury free this season so I go into Rio in peak form; at my best. Because in the past I've suffered these [injury] setbacks.'





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New York: The multi award winning play 'The Black That I Am' by Jamaican actor and playwright Karl O' Brian Williams, will have its New York premiere as part of the city's Black History month cultural celebrations, with a limited run in Queens as well as Off Broadway, from February 25 to March 8.

The production will run at The Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning, Queens, from February 25 through March 1, before moving Off Broadway to the Roy Arias Studio Theater in Manhattan, from March 4 through March 8.

'The Black That I Am' is a dramatic exploration of black identity seen from a Caribbean perspective. The 90 minute production unfolds through a series of monologues, woven together with movement and music, and addresses issues such as race, gender, sexuality, and nationalism. The dynamic cast- comprised of seven established and upcoming New York actors - will create nearly two dozen characters bringing the monologues to life, and includes Andrew Clarke, Shayne Powell, Ilana Warner, Jovaun Black, Shykia Fields, Christopher Bazemore, and Alana Barrett Adkins.

The show is directed by Kelly Thomas co-founder of the Akoma Newark Sister Circle, a network of women producing socially and politically relevant programming around Newark, NJ. While this will be the New York premiere of Williams' critically acclaimed work, The Black That I Am has had a highly successful production history dating back nearly a decade.

The production earned three International Theater Institute 'Actor Boy' Awards including Best New Jamaican Play. Following a highly successful 2011 New York reading directed by Kelly Thomas, the world famous National Theater of Scotland selected four monologues from the piece for one of their major theatrical production series in 2014, earning excellent reviews and giving the play its first international exposure.





Spelling Bee coach, Glen Archer, is dead

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One of Jamaica's most celebrated educators, Glen Archer is dead. The educator, spelling bee and schools challenge quiz coach died early Sunday at the University Hospital of the West Indies, where he was admitted late last year, due to kidney failure and its related complications.

Since his illness became public, friends, colleagues, formers students and associates had established an account for donations to be made to offset his medical expenses.A Facebook page had also been created called Friends of Glen Archer, to celebrate his achievements and to laud his work.

Archer,61, was a dedicated academic in Jamaica's education system, and rose to national prominence for recruiting several youngers to the World Scripps Howard Spelling Bee Championships.





Mom's lover found guilty of raping 7 year-old

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A St Catherine man is to sentenced in the St Catherine Circuit Court next month after he was found guilty last Thursday of seven counts of raping a seven-year-old child.The jury retired for one hour and returned an unanimous verdict of guilty.

The accused man was then ordered remanded by Justice Vivene Harris until March 6, 2015 when he is to be sentenced.

It was revealed that the complainant, who is now 10 years old, was being sexually molested by the accused since she was seven. Reports are that it was observed that the child' was behaving strangely and, upon enquiries, it was discovered that she was being molested. A report was made to the police who carried out investigations and and arrested the accused. He was charged with seven counts of rape.





2 Jamaicans admit to passport fraud in the US

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Two Jamaicans who tried to fraudulently acquire U.S. passports in Houston, Texas by working with rogue federal employees have admitted to their roles in the scheme.

Theodore Fox,33, and Eric Gardener,42, each pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit passport fraud when they appeared in Houston federal court on Friday. They are the last defendants to be convicted in a case that ensnared five people, including a former Houston Passport Agency manager and a former Internal Revenue Service tax examiner.

Fox, who is undocumented, is in custody under an immigration hold. Gardener, who is on bail, holds a green card. Attorney Suzanne Elmilady said the government was prepared to prove that Fox tried to use another person's birth certificate and Texas driver's license to obtain a passport in April 2010.

Gardener attempted to get a passport using documents that did not belong to him the same month.





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Former Security Minister Dwight Nelson tolf the Tivoli Enquiry that he didn't initiate an investigation into who may have tipped off Christopher 'Dudus' Coke to the fact that the police were on their way to get him, when he was observed "heading fast" into Tivoli.

"Did you try to find out who may have tipped him off?" asked Michael Lorne, one of the lawyers appearing for the Office of the Public Defender.

"No sah," Nelson said.

"Did you initiate any proceedings to find out if any official tipped off Coke?" Lorne asked.

"No I did not," Nelson responded.

Asked by Lorne if he didn't find it important to try and find out, Nelson said that he didn't initiate an investigation because he got no formal report that Coke was tipped off.

"Had I received a formal report, I would have acted accordingly," Nelson said, adding that without a formal report, talks about a tip-off would only have been rumours.





Daryl Vaz walks free; case dismissed

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KINGSTON, Jamaica - Opposition Member of Parliament Daryl Vaz was declared free to go when he appeared in the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate's Court today, after the prosecution offered no further evidence against him.

Vaz, who was facing corruption charges, today pleased not guilty and the witness in the case, Sergeant Jubert Llewellyn said he couldn't recall everything and would not be able to assist the prosecution.Vaz, Senior Superintendent of Police James Forbes, and businessman Bruce Bicknell were charged with breaches of the Corruption Prevention Act.

Forbes was convicted on a charge of attempting to pervert the course of justice in May last year, while Bicknell was freed earlier in the year on a no-case submission at the end of the Crown's case.

It was alleged that Vaz approached Forbes to assist Bicknell, after the businessman was stopped for a traffic offence and accused of attempting to bribe a police officer.





HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY!

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TODAY is the most awaited day in the month of February - Valentine's Day. We have a list of Valentine Day messages that you could send across to your loved ones through SMS, WhatsApp and Facebook messages. Mostly people express their love whenever they want to but some require a special day to do so. Happy Valentine Day to all out there!

Whatsapp reads: Love is like playing the piano. First you must learn to play by the rules, then you must forget the rules and lay from your heart. HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY

Whatsapp reads: I love you more today than I did yesterday, But not as much as I will tomorow. Happy Valentine's Day!

Whatsapp reads: V....is for Valentine ; you are my only Valentine A.....is for I will Always be yours L.....is for Love at its most extreme E.....is for Everlasting love ; Ecstatic love. N.....is for Never-ending love T.....is for we will Always be Together forever I.....is for you being Intelligent and Innocent; N....is 4 Natures naughty way of saying I luv you to E.....is for Eternity our love is so ever lasting

Whatsapp reads: Valentine's Day is the most easiest day to say "I love you" in a wonderful way

Whatsapp reads: I searched through books & leafed through cards, For words that wud convey, what I had in my heart, But when I sat down to write, all I can write was.... I Love You! Happy Valentine's Day!

Whatsapp reads: Wherever I may go; Whatever I do; On Valentine's Day I'd like to say I love you & I care for you more than you do

Whatsapp reads: No poems no fancy words I just want the world to know that I LOVE YOU my Princess with all my heart. Happy Valentines Day

Whatsapp reads: We fight. .! We seprate. . ! And then we miss each other

Whatsapp reads: My Heart To You Is Given, Oh Dear, Do Give Yours To Me, We'll Lock Them Up Together And Throw Away The Key

Whatsapp reads: Meeting you was fate, becoming your friend was choice, but falling in love with you was completely out of my control

Whatsapp reads: However Long You Live I Want To Live A Year Less. So There Is Not One Day That I Have To Live Without You. I Never Want To Feel That Pain That Others Feel Because You Are The Only One I Need. Happy Valentine's Day.

Whatsapp reads: This Is The Day Where All Confess Their Love. A Day Where You Tell That Special Someone What They Mean To Them. So Today I Will Confess To You. How Much I Have Always Loved You. Happy Valentines Day

Whatsapp reads: We Began As Strangerssms4smile And Then Became Friends. We Started To Love Each Other And Now I Want You To Know. I Will Love You Forever

Whatsapp reads: I Never Knew What Love Was Before You. I Was In The Dark And You Were The Light That Shined Its Way Into My Life My Sweet. My Love. I Want You To Know. Happy Valentine's Day

Whatsapp reads: Ever Since I First Laid Eyes On You. It Was As If My Whole World Was Turned Upside Down. Finally Today I Have The Courage To Say. Will You Be My Valentine Today?

Whatsapp reads: The Things I Feel I Can Not Express, So I Will Write Them To You In This Sweet Text. You Are Dear And You Are Mine You Are What Makes Me Shine. I Love You And Happy Valentine's Day

Whatsapp reads: My Valentine, All That I Desire Is To Be Next To You. So That I Can Provide A Shoulder For You To Lean On When You Need Me. You Are My True Love My Valentine. Happy Valentine Dear Love!

Whatsapp reads: My Valentine, I Have Seen Many Another Month, Another Tear, Another Smile. Another Summer And Another Winter. I Thank God There Will Be Another You

Whatsapp reads: We Protect Each Other Like Married Couples We Fight Together Like Siblings, We Need Each Other's Company Like First Loves, You Make My Heart Yearn For You. We Are Perfect My Valentine. Happy Valentine!

Whatsapp reads: Happy Valentines Day, How About We Take Off From Work Early, Take A Needed One Day Vacation, Get A Room, Do What We Do Best And Think About Calling In Sick Tomorrow

Whatsapp reads: My Valentine, You Kill Me That Your Soft Voice. Every Time I Hear You Whispering In My Ears, I Feel Heavens Open Up For Me. Your Soft Voice Is A Charm To My Heart. Happy Valentines Day My Love!

Whatsapp reads: My Valentine, I Love You From Deep My Heart. Its True Love Is A Crime, You Steal My Heart, And I Steal Yours. All That I Need Is To Kiss Your Lips Forever. Happy Valentines Month!

Whatsapp reads: Always Know That In My Heart Your Name Is Deeply Embedded And Not Even The Years That Come Will Ever Erase It.





SIPP online search disabled

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sipp-anthony-hylton.jpg Following concerns about public disclosure of personal information on the Security Interests in Personal Property, SIPP, Registry, Commerce Minister Anthony Hylton has instructed that the search facility be suspended until further notice.

In a release on Friday, Hylton said the suspension is to facilitate further consultations with stakeholders. A decision will be made to safeguard the accessing of information on the Registry. He said the issue is not about the information available as it is specified in the SIPP Act but who accesses it.

According to Hylton, the information was always in the public domain but has been accessed by more people since it has gone electronic. The information is uploaded to the Registry by financial institutions and not the Ministry. However, it is maintained by the Companies Office of Jamaica.

The Minister says the notice can only be registered with the authorization of the debtor.





Kidnapped UWI student rescued by police in St Ann

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Quick action by the St. Ann Police on Friday morning resulted in the rescue of a 20 year old Student of the University of the West Indies who was kidnapped by a man in Kingston earlier in the day.

According to police reports, shortly after 8:00 a.m., the young woman was in a Honda CRV, driven by her mother, who stopped at a school in downtown Kingston with a child. The culprit then jumped into the vehicle and drove off.

That triggered an all-points-bulletin issued by the police 1-1-9. The St. Ann police then activated their police officers to immediately monitor all points in and out of the parish.

The vehicle was spotted in Ocho Rios and the driver attempted to elude the police but reinforcements from other police personnel in the parish resulted in the vehicle being intercepted in the vicinity of St. Ann's Bay.

The young lady was rescued, unharmed. The suspect is now in police custody.





mundo-ravers.jpgA fundraiser to assist with the funeral expenses for late Ravers Clavers member, Mundo Ravers, will be held at Ravers Corner in Nannyville on February 27.

Mundo Ravers, one of the group's best dancers, died on January 31 following a long kidney-related illness. The thanksgiving service will be held March 1 at the Whitehall Seventh Day Adventist Church in Kingston.

Mundo, whose given name was Ricardo Gordon, first experienced kidney problems in 2007, but it got progressively worse. He lost a lot of blood when one of his veins burst, but according to family members, he was responding well to treatment.

Mundo is the creator of dance moves such as Duh Di Right Ting and Follow Thru. In December, he filmed his part in Elephant Man's video for the song Duh Di Right Ting.





denyque-photo-1.jpgA Westmoreland businessman is accused of defrauding dancehall singer Denyque of J$1 million.

He is Andre Poorman, 38, of Chantilly district in the parish. He was remanded when he appeared before Senior Magistrate Judith Pusey in the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate's Court on Monday and is scheduled to return to court on February 19.

The court was told that Denyque (given name Denyque Dontre) paid a manager's cheque of $1 million on behalf of her father to Poorman, who had advertisted an investment opportunity with Ideal Car Rental Services.

Poorman told the artiste that he had bought Ideal Car Rentals and would be merging it with his company, Whitavon Tours and Shuttle Services. As result, he was seeking investors. It is alleged Poorman told her that he had a fleet of seven cars and wanted to increase it to 10. The singer was presented with a contract, which she reviewed and signed. The contract stated she would receive $80,000 monthly on her investment. Failing that, she could request a refund of the money. Poorman, however, failed to honour his obligations.

When the matter was mentioned on Monday, the prosecutor informed the court that Poorman had similar cases in St James.





Ninjaman welcomes Snow to Jamaica

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snow-ninjaman-driving.jpgAcclaimed dancehall deejay, Ninja Man, was at the airport to welcome recording artiste Snow to Jamaica earlier this week.

Ninja is a long-time friend of the Caucasian artiste, who, since his arrival in the island has been doing a number of media interviews promoting his latest single, Shame, featuring reggae legend Mykal Rose. The song is produced by Florida-based Kent Jones and Kool & Dre.

While in Jamaica, he will be shooting videos for singles from his work-in-progress EP, and he will also be recording singles with his superstar reggae and dancehall friends.

Snow got a personal and professional boost, recently when he acquired a United States visa in 2014, 11 years after his previous visa to that country was revoked in 1993.

Snow (given name Darrin O'Brien) came to prominence in 1993 after releasing his debut album, 12 Inches Of Snow which contained the mega-hit Informer, which spent seven weeks at number one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.





Black History Month Feature - Zora Neale Hurston

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zora-neale-hurston.jpgBorn on January 7, 1891, in Notasulga, Alabama, writer Zora Neale Hurston created several acclaimed works of fiction, including the novel Their Eyes Were Watching God. She was also an outstanding folklorist and anthropologist who worked to record the stories and tales of many cultures, including her own African-American heritage.

Her birthplace has been the subject of some debate since Hurston herself wrote in her autobiography, Dust Tracks on a Road, that Eatonville, Florida was where she was born. But, according to many other sources, she took some creative license with that fact. She probably had no memories of Notasulga, having move to Florida as a toddler. Hurston was also known to adjust her birth year from time to time as well, according to the Zora Neale Hurston Digital Archive. Her birth day, according to Zora Neale Hurston: A Life in Letters, may not be January 7, but January 15.

Hurston was the daughter of two former slaves. Her father, John Hurston, was a pastor, and he moved the family to Florida when Hurston was very young. Following the death of her mother, Lucy Ann (Potts) Hurston, in 1904, and her father's subsequent remarriage, Hurston lived with an assortment of family members for the next few years.

To support herself and finance her efforts to get an education, Hurston worked a variety of jobs, including as a maid for an actress in a touring Gilbert and Sullivan group. In 1920, Hurston earned an associate degree from Howard University. She published one of her earliest works in the university's newspaper. A few years later, she moved to New York City's Harlem neighborhood, where she became a fixture in the area's thriving art scene.

Writing Career

Living in Harlem in the 1920s, Hurston befriended the likes of Langston Hughes and Countee Cullen, among several others. Her apartment, according to some accounts, was a popular spot for social gatherings. Around this time, Hurston experienced a few early literary successes, including placing in short-story and playwriting contests in Opportunity magazine.

Hurston also had serious academic interests. She landed a scholarship to Barnard College, where she pursued the subject of anthropology and studied with Franz Boas. In 1927, Hurston returned to Florida to collect African-American folk tales. She would later publish a collection of these stories, entitled Mules and Men (1935). Hurston also contributed articles to magazines, including the Journal of American Folklore.

Also in the mid-1930s, Hurston explored the fine arts through a number of different projects. She worked with Langston Hughes on a play called Mule-Bone: A Comedy of Negro Life--disputes over the work would eventually lead to a falling out between the two writers--and wrote several other plays, including The Great Day and From Sun to Sun.

Hurston released her first novel, Jonah's Gourd Vine, in 1934. Two years later, she received a Guggenheim fellowship, which allowed her to work on what would become her most famous work: Their Eyes Were Watching God (1937). She wrote the novel while traveling in Haiti, where she also studied local voodoo practices. That same year, Hurston spent time in Jamaica conducting anthropological research.

In 1942, Hurston published her autobiography, Dust Tracks on a Road. This personal work was well-received by critics, but her life and career soon began to falter. Hurston was charged with molesting a 10-year-old boy in 1948; despite being able to prove that she was out of the country at the time of the incident, she suffered greatly from this false accusation.

Death and Legacy

Despite all of her accomplishments, Hurston struggled financially and personally during her final decade. She kept writing, but she had difficulty getting her work published. Additionally, she experienced some backlash for her criticism of the 1955 U.S. Supreme Court decision in Brown v. Board of Education, which called for the end of school segregation.

A few years later, Hurston had suffered several strokes and was living in the St. Lucie County Welfare Home. The once-famous writer and folklorist died poor and alone on January 28, 1960, and was buried in an unmarked grave in Fort Pierce, Florida.

More than a decade later, another great talent helped to revive interest in Hurston and her work: Alice Walker wrote about Hurston in the essay "In Search of Zora Neale Hurston," published in Ms. magazine in 1975. Walker's essay helped introduce Hurston to a new generation of readers, and encouraged publishers to print new editions of Hurston's long-out-of-print novels and other writings. In addition to Walker, Hurston heavily influenced Toni Morrison and Ralph Ellison, among other writers.





stone-love-for-lovers-feb-14-2015.jpgThe immortal Stone Love, featuring CEO and selector extraordinaire, Winston "Wee Pow" Powell, will take charge of the the Ranny Williams Entertainment Centre on Valentine's Night, February 14, as JaRIA continues its Reggae Month series.

Also spinning classic love songs will be Mikey T from Kool FM.

As they say: "To miss is to dis."





fifty-shades-of-grey.jpgValentine's Day is less than 24 hours away. And what better why to celebrate the romantic holiday than by channeling your inner "Fifty Shades of Grey" on Saturday, Feb. 14? So, grab a pen or a pencil -- and maybe a whip -- because we've rounded up the sexiest quotes from E.L. James' erotic novel-turned-movie, Fifty Shades of Grey, which will premiere over Valentine's Day weekend. These excerpts are so hot they'll leave your loved one speechless as you recite the sassy and sensual passages:

1. "Even a pain in the a-- needs someone to care about them."

2. "You are not just a pretty face. You've had six orgasms so far and all of them belong to me."

3. "Do you want a regular vanilla relationship with no kinky f--kery at all?"

4. "I want you sore, baby."

5. "I want my world to start and end with you."

6. "Every time you move tomorrow, I want you to be reminded that I've been here. Only me. You are mine."

7. "It's taking all my self-control not to f--k you on the hood of this car, just to show you that you're mine, and if I want to buy you a f--king car, I'll buy you a f--king car."

8. "Firstly, I don't make love. I f--k... hard. Secondly, there's a lot more paperwork to do, and thirdly, you don't yet know what you're in for. You could still run for the hills. Come, I want to show you my playroom."

9. "You have to kiss a lot of frogs before you find your prince."

10. "Never trust a man who can dance."

11. "I want you. And the thought of anyone else having you is like a knife twist in my dark soul."

12. "We aim to please."

13. "I don't remember reading about nipple clamps in the Bible."

14. "I thought it was chocolate hot fudge brownie sex that we had, with a cherry on top. But hey, what do I know?"

15. "I found some baby oil. Let me rub it on your behind."

16. "I don't know whether to worship at your feet or spank the living s--t out of you."

17. "I like your kinky f--kery"

18. "I like my women sentient and receptive."

19. "You beguile me, Christian. Completely overwhelm me. I feel like Icarus flying too close to the sun."





UWI condemns attack on female student

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uwi-students-protesting.jpgThe University of the West Indies (UWI), Mona campus has condemned Tuesday's incident in which a female student was injured during an altercation involving a male student on the campus. The student was treated at hospital and released.

The male student - Stetson Rodney, 20, has been charged with assault occasioning grievous bodily harm.

In a statement the UWI said it is conducting investigations to determine what steps need to be taken. The University said it takes a zero tolerance approach to any act of violence by staff or students, and said investigations into the matter began yesterday when the report was first received.

The UWI is also consulting internal and external experts on violence and conflict resolution to determine the extent and nature of the problem and develop measures to address underlying issues.





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dudus.jpgFormer Prime Minister of Jamaica, Bruce Golding, testified at the West Kingston Commission of Enquiry, that he was shocked when he heard that Christopher 'Dudus' Coke was allegedly tipped off about the the US extradition request in 2009.

Golding says he learnt about it in a May 2010 television interview, given by then Police Commissioner, Rear Admiral Hardley Lewin, after which he discussed it with then Minister of National Security, Dwight Nelson.

He says he considered it a very serious allegation that demanded an investigation. He noted that, to date, there's been no evidence to corroborate the claim that Coke was tipped off.

The former prime minister denied a suggestion by attorney for the Office of the Public Defender, Lord Anthony Gifford that only he, Mr. Nelson, Rear Admiral Lewin and Major General Saunders would've known of the pending request.

He says a senior Prosecutor in the DPP's Office, Jeremy Taylor, testified at the 2011 Manatt Enquiry that the United States contacted him about the request before the alleged tip off.





Usain Bolt back in Paris

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usain-bolt-photo-12.jpgPARIS, France (CMC) - Jamaica sprint star Usain Bolt will run the 100 metres for the first time in five years here after confirming his appearance at the Areva Diamond League Meeting in July.

The news comes as a huge boon for organisers after Bolt was forced to pull out of last year's meet due to a foot injury.

A six-time Olympic champion and double sprint world record holder, Bolt will be making his fifth appearance at Stade de France. The 28-year-old holds the meet record of 9.79 seconds. He set the mark in 2009 and followed up in 2010 with a time of 9.84. He contested the 200 metres in 2011, winning in 20.03 and also took victory in 2013 with a time of 19.73.

The Paris meet is the eighth of the 2015 Diamond League season, which opens in Qatar in May.

Bolt was forced to pull out of last year's meet due to a foot injury.





Extradited 'scammer' faces Florida court today

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Damion Barrett, the 28 year-old man who on Thursday became the first Jamaican extradited to the US for alleged involvement in the lottery scam, is to face a court in Florida on Friday.

According to the US Justice Department, Barrett is charged in a 38-count indictment in the Southern District of Florida. The charges include conspiracy and various counts of wire fraud. The indictment states that Barrett and his co-conspirators fraudulently induced elderly victims in the US to send them thousands of dollars to pay purported fees for fake lottery winnings.

Barrett was indicted by a federal grand jury in Fort Lauderdale on August 9, 2012, and arrested last month in Jamaica, based on the US request that he be extradited.













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The Government is increasing protection for the creative works of Jamaicans under the amendments to the Copyright Act being undertaken. Minister of State in Ministry of Industry, Investment and Commerce, Sharon Ffolkes Abrahams, said the amendments will extend copyright protection 95 years beyond the author's death.

The existing legislation in literary, dramatic, musical and artistic works lasts for the lifetime of the author, with an additional 50 years after the death of the author.

The Government is working to complete the amendments, which will result in Jamaica being compliant with its treaty obligations, having signed the World Intellectual Property Organization's (WIPO) Copyright Treaty and the WIPO Performance and Phonograms Treaty.

These treaties, commonly known as the Internet Treaties, allow for the protection of works disseminated over digital networks, including but not limited to the Internet.





5 Movies to Watch on Valentine's Day

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Valentine's Day is just around the corner and we decided to share with you some movies that are perfect to watch on this day that is dedicated to love.The list is not even nearly what you can call the perfect list of five films to watch with the love of your life while you snuggle in bed, watching the romantic films but these films can get you a new perspective on love. You can always watch the classics like The Notebook, Titanic, P.S. I Love You and the list goes on but these films will surprise you.

10 Things I Hate About You: Patrick Verona (Heath Ledger) is a high school brat who is quite moody but has a way with the ladies. He is given money by the new kid, Cameron (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) in the school to try and win over Kat (one of the outcast girls) because the new boy wants to date her sister. He has to do it because of the father of the girls has a set condition about his daughters dating. At first Patrick pursues Kat (Julia Stiles) just to make some extra cash but his forced pursuit of Kat eventually makes him fall for her and even Kat, the uptight know-it-all, starts to drop her guard with him. Everything goes south when she knows that Patrick was just pretending to love her for money but he had genuinely fallen in love with her and how he wins her back is worth watching the movie which can give quite a few one-liners that can get you out of a sticky spot.

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The Proposal: What do you do when the person who has made your life a living hell asks a favour and you finally have them by the balls? Suddenly, something changes and you end up falling for the person who you thought was just the worst. This interesting flick about the fake marriage caught by a sly immigration officer and the real marriage following the fiasco is a road trip down the reel lane that you can enjoy with your loved one as Andrew becomes the solution to Margaret's problem and his family is taken for a ride.

The Ugly Truth: Abby has a lot of qualities that she wants in her ideal man but sadly no man can measure up to her standards. Mike is rude, he is confident; he knows what men want and has a special power on how to deal with situations in a relationship to his advantage. Mike helps Abby get the man of her dreams, at least the man she thought she knew but soon Mike, the womanizer and Abby, the uptight producer at a local TV channel fall for each other on a business trip. What follows is pure bliss for lovers to watch together.

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The Vow: What happens when your wife forgets who you are after a car accident? You are still married, well legally, but you are just a strange man who shares the same space as you. What if five years of your life just disappeared due to a nasty bang on the head? Her last memory is of being engaged to her high school sweetheart who she broke off with but in her mind, she is still engaged to him. The things he has to endure are heartbreaking but he cannot give up on the love of his life. If her memory can't come back, he has to make her fall in love with him all over again. It did once right, why can't he do it again?

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Wall-E : They say opposites attract but two robots wildly different are just too cute to handle. Wall-E is a modest robot with the sole purpose of cleaning after humans who are roaming the galaxy ensuring the survival of their species. Wall-E makes piles of landfill with junk he gets but one day an angel, Eva is sent to Earth to check if there are signs of sustainable life present after 700 years of human beings leaving planet Earth. From there starts a love story that knows no interplanetary limits. Despite his primitive functions, Wall-E does everything he can to win Eva's heart and finally live happily together.





bob-simon-60-minutes.jpg60 Minutes' veteran reporter Bob Simon was killed in a car crash in New York City on Wednesday evening.

Simon, 73, was travelling in a Lincoln town car that rear-ended a Mercedes-Benz stopped at a red light on 12th Avenue near West 30th Street around 6.45pm, and then slammed into the metal barriers separating the lanes.

The CBS reporter was unconscious with head and torso injuries when he was rushed to Mount Sinai-Roosevelt Hospital in the city. He was later pronounced dead.

Investigators were planning to interview the livery cab driver to work out whether speed may have been a factor in the crash.

No arrests have been made so far. The NYPD refused to comment further to Daily Mail Online on Thursday, citing an ongoing investigation.

Police on the scene cut off the roof off the Lincoln to free Simon and the driver.

The driver of the Lincoln, a 44-year-old man, suffered two broken legs and a broken arm and was taken to Bellevue Hospital where he was in stable condition.

The 23-year-old driver of the Mercedes, who was not injured, claimed the accident was the fault of the livery cab driver.

'He swerved into me,' the driver of the Mercedes told the New York Post. 'He hit me and he looked like he lost control of the car.'





10 persons arrested in the west for lottery scamming

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Ten persons have been arrested in Westmoreland over the past seven days on suspicion of lottery scamming.

The police report that J$100 thousand and lead lists were also found during raids at premises in Bethel Town and Sterling in Grange Hill. In addition, investigators seized letters sent to victims claiming they had won large sums of money.

The police say St James and Westmoreland account for most arrests for lottery scamming.





WI cricketer caught up in revenge porn drama

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West Indies and Trinidad and Tobago batsman Lendl Simmons is being sued by a woman for posting intimate photographs of her on social networking sites. This lawsuit will be considered a landmark case as it is the first time an act of internet "revenge porn" has been litigated in Trinidad and Tobago. Revenge porn is defined as the distribution of a sexual image of someone without their permission with the intent to cause them distress.

The woman, an account executive, is seeking compensation from Simmons for breaching the confidentiality of their relationship by broadcasting the images without her permission. The breach of confidence lawsuit, came up for hearing in Port of Spain on Tuesday.

On June 5, last year, she had an injunction granted preventing Simmons from sharing any further photographs or information about her. Simmons, is arguing that they never shared a relationship and as such he does not owe her any confidentiality. The matter is set for trial on March 23.





mavado-sister-joey-brooks.jpgHer brother, David 'Mavado' Brooks, is one of the biggest stars in dancehall music and Joey Brooks is determined to follow in his footsteps.

The 28-year-old singer made her first appearance on the music scene back in 2008 with a soulful love ballad titled Heart Beat, produced by Ariff Butler and released on the Bloozic imprint.

In the ensuing years, she recorded a handful of singles that enjoyed strong rotation on local radio stations.

"After I released my first single, I recorded several other songs that were well received. Songs such as Emotions, Faraway and Waiting for You, featuring Flexxx, got a lot of airplay," she said, adding that in 2013 she went back to school to study nursing.

"Since I was a little girl I always wanted to be a nurse, but I also loved singing, too. I guess you could say that music and nursing are two of my greatest passions. When I decided to back to school and study nursing a lot people were shocked, but I just had to do it. Now that I am a certified nurse, I'm ready to pursue my music career full-time again and I am confident that if I ever decided to quit music, I have something else to fall back on."

Signed to Live MB Music Productions under the management of Michael Barracks, Brooks is confident that it won't be long before she becomes a household name. "I plan to release a lot of songs this year and I will also be doing a lot of shows," she said.

Brooks is promoting her new single, Your Love.





Was producer Anju BLaxxx a 'victim' of ZJ Wah Wa?

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anju-blaxx.jpgJA Productions head Justus Arison is warning members of the music industry who had any business dealings with ZJ Wah Wa to exercise due diligence before they travel to the United States.

Arison made the declaration after news broke that dancehall producer Andrew Sayeed Myrie, who is also known as Anju Blaxxx, will be facing lottery scamming charges in the United States.

"When ZJ Wah Wa was free, Andrew had music dealings with him. When Wah Wa got incarcerated, he started calling up Andrew's name, I am guessing to try and make himself look more legitimate saying he works with Andrew Myrie and UIM records," Arison said.

Jamaican radio disc jock ZJ Wah Wa (given name Deon-Ville O'Hara) was arrested on lottery scamming charges in Florida in May 2014. He pleaded guilty and his sentencing is scheduled for February 23, in North Dakota. "I would suggest anyone in Jamaica who has had dealings with Wah Wa of any kind to get themselves checked out and make sure that if they travel to the states, they will not be detained. Andrew is innocent, there is no evidence and he has not been charged yet. He is being victimized but by the grace of God he will make it through this nightmare as soon as possible."





Mavado uploads picture of his mansion

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singjay-mavado-mansion.jpgSingjay Mavado, who recently filed a lawsuit against MP Paul Buchanan due to an unfinished house contract being held by the MP since 2010, is now showing off his mansion to all his friends and foes.

In answer to speculations that he is back home in Jamaica (was he deported voluntarily?) the deejay posted a picture of his Jamaican crib. Sources say that the Gully deejay is currently in his home country enjoying his hard earned success and riches.

The We The Best signed artiste showed Jamaica and the rest of the world a section of his beautiful house located in the hills.





anju-blaxx.jpg An American law enforcement official has confirmed that a Jamaican, Andrew Sayeed Myrie, who is also known as Anju Blaxxx, is scheduled to appear in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Miami at 1:30 pm Wednesday on charges relating to lottery scamming.

Myrie was arrested by American law enforcement officers in Florida last Friday and is charged in North Dakota with mail and wire fraud in connection with telemarketing fraud.

This is Myrie's second appearance in court since his arrest. His first was on Monday.

Blaxxx is a music producer and CEO of UIM records and is also popularly known as Andrew Blaxxin. Interestingly, in a press release last year, he hit out at scammers who have plagued his music career.

According to UIM, "There has been a pervasive scam being done by unscrupulous persons, that has been ongoing for several months. This started since summer of last year, when Anju Blaxxx was contacted by friends that someone was soliciting cash and call credit from a fake Facebook account." The release also stated that the producer also disclosed that clients have been contacted and generally told by scammers using the Facebook page, that they are working on a rhythm and that persons should send money via Western Union. "However, Anju Blaxxx wants to make it clear that, he does not have an actual Anju Blaxxx personal Facebook account, only a Fan Page which is under UIM, also he further emphasizes that he does not use Facebook to conduct business."

Anju Blaxxx shares the same federal prosecutor working on the case involving Jamaican radio disc jock ZJ Wah Wa (given name Deon-Ville O'Hara). He was arrested on lottery scamming charges in Florida in May 2014. He pleaded guilty and his sentencing is scheduled for February 23, in North Dakota.





frome-killer.jpgThe businessman charged with the death 14-year-old Santoya Campbell, 14 of Shrewsbury, Westmoreland and Frome Technical High School, appeared in the Savanna-la-mar Resident Magistrate's Court on Tuesday.

However, the matter was put off until Wednesday because of the high volume of cases.

Cornelius Mark Robinson,30, was charged last week with the death of the Frome Technical High School student. Allegations are that Robinson murdered the little girl because he was having an affair with her and got her pregnant. He reportedly didn't want his wife to find out.

An autopsy revealed she was suffocated.Her body was found near the school on January 27.





Death threat lies!

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It has been revealed that the alleged death threats against leader of the opposition Jamaica Labour Party (JLP), Andrew Holness and JLP General Secretary Dr. Horace Chang were all fabricated.

According to the Jamaica Constabulary Force, between January 28 and February 9, the Major Investigation Task Force (MIT) conducted a probe into the matter and concluded that it was nothing but lies. A man who was arrested in connection with the false report is expected to be charged with public mischief.

However, West Portland Member of Parliament Daryl Vaz wants a further probe into the matter. According to Vaz, he and other JLP colleagues were accused of being behind the threats and this was reportedly included in the witness statement.

He says despite the police statement that the threats were fabricated the matter is not yet over.

Vaz plans to ask for a copy of the witness statement so that it can be referred to his attorney.





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Former Prime Minister Bruce Golding testified yesterday morning that he personally knew Christopher 'Dudus' Coke and had spoken with him on several occasions.

He says the last time he communicated with him was in December, 2007, when the Jamaica Constabulary Force told him that it was concerned about the presence of members of the St. James-based Stone Crusher Gang in Tivoli.

He said he surmised the police were apprehensive about going after the men in Tivoli, fearing the outcome of an operation. Mr. Golding said he sent a messenger to Coke, who sent back a message that there were no such persons in the community.

According to the former prime minister, the police insisted that their intelligence suggested suspects were in the area and carried out an operation in the area in January 2008 but the prime targets were not captured.

He said the circumstances affected his relationship with Coke.





Health Department warns against the purchase of beef

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Public Health officials in St Ann are warning citizens to be careful about the meat they purchase following reports that several heads of cattle were stolen from a farm last week.

The cows were recently treated with a substance that is poisonous to humans. Regional environmental health officer, Karen Brown, says while her office has not yet received an official report of the incident, the health department will be making the necessary checks. Ms Brown says consumers should exercise caution when purchasing beef and report any suspicious meat to the health authority.

Ms Brown says beef that is unfit for human consumption could show some signs of contamination and consumers should look out for these signs. These include changes in colour and anything that detracts from what is normal. Ms Brown is also advising consumers to only buy meat that has been certified by the health department, from licensed butchers.

Last Friday, the management of the Windalco Bauxite Plant in Ewarton, St. Catherine issued a warning to residents of Rio Hoe in St Ann and its environs to beware when purchasing beef.





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Decked in a red top and matching New York Yankees headgear, dancehall's overnight sensation, Gully Bop, was the headline act to open the 2015 McKay Security Caymanas Live Entertainment Series at Caymanas Park.

His single Wuk Offa Mi proved a hit with what has been described as the biggest crowd ever seen at Caymanas Park. Gully Bop's 20-minute performance after the last race had everybody in the Park riveted to their seats, even people in the upscale North Lounge.

Gully Bop, 50, whose freestyle went viral on YouTube in November, leading to him headlining Sting on Boxing Day, has been basking in his overnight fame.

At Caymanas Park, he doled out cash to children and the elderly. He gave away about $12,000 to $15,000. He called up five children, seven came up and he gave them $1,000 each. He also gave an old woman, who was singing his songs, word for word, $3,000.

Jason McKay, chief executive officer, McKay Security, said he knew Gully Bop would have been a winner with race fans and others curious to get a glimpse of dancehall's hot new act.





Jimmy Cliff back as Ivan in Harder They Come Part 2

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Reggae legend Jimmy Cliff says he will again play the role of Ivan in a sequel to the 1972 Jamaican cult classic The Harder They Come.

Cliff, 66, says it is on the cards for later this year.

"We don't know what we'll be calling it yet. But as with the first movie, we had called it Hard Road To Travel and somewhere along the way we called it The Harder They Come. Right now, we're calling it Many Rivers to Cross," he revealed in an interview with a local newspaper.

According to the artiste, who was inducted in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, production is slated to begin this winter and scenes will be shot in Britain and Jamaica.

Cliff said the storyline is being put together by an established Broadway writer in New York. Directed by Perry Henzell and co-written by Trevor Rhone, the low-budget film The Harder They Come made its debut in Britain in 1972. It made its American run the following year and was shown in New York City, New England and California. The flick introduced Jamaican pop culture to a rock and college audience.

Cliff starred as Ivan, a youth from rural Jamaica who moves to Kingston in search of his big break as a singer. When that fails, he turns to a life of crime.

The film is based on Ivanhoe 'Rhygin' Martin, a criminal who terrorised sections of west Kingston in the late 1940s.

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The St Andrew South Police are probing the shooting death of a Cuban national in Seaview Gardens, St Andrew.

He has been identified as Aleris Ramieres Acosta, a Contractor of a Greater Portmore address.

Shortly after 8 am on Monday, Acosta was found in his car along Artic Boulevard.

The body had a bullet wound to the right ear.





Avon terminates all Jamaican contracts

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Jamaican women who earn extra income selling Avon products no longer have that outlet to earn.

Avon recently terminated all contracts in the country.

Avon terminated the contracts on January 29 and said all recruiting for new sales representatives must stop immediately.

It also said any unsold products must be returned to Avon.





Family preparing to pull the plug on Bobbi Kristina

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Relatives of Bobbi Kristina Brown, who has been in a medically induced coma for more than 10 days, have reportedly agreed to let her die tomorrow - the same date as her mother.

The daughter of the late Whitney Houston, and singer Bobby Brown, was found face down in a bath tub and was later discovered with bruises over her body and face.

She has been in a medically induced coma ever since and relatives are now thought to be discussing allowing her to die tomorrow, Page Six reported.

Cissy Houston, grandmother to Miss Brown, suggested the family turn off the machine so that the 21-year-old could be allowed to die on Wednesday, which will be the same date as her late mother.

Whitney Houston died on February 11, 2012, after being found in a bath at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.

The news that Miss Brown's family may be preparing for her death come after around 500 family members and fans gathered for an emotional candelit vigil to pray for the recovery of Miss Brown in a Shining a Light for Healing vigil, held in Georgia, on Monday evening.

Since Miss Brown was admitted to hospital the Brown and Houston families have reportedly been at loggerheads.

'This is the only thing they can agree on -- that she's gone, and there's nothing more than can be done for her,' a source told pagesix.

Bruises were discovered on Miss Brown after she was admitted into hospital, sparking a police investigation into possible domestic abuse. But friends of the 21-year-old's boyfriend, Nick Gordon, claimed the marks on her chest were made as he tried to revive her.

Miss Brown was found face down in a bathtub of a home in the 9000 block of Riverbend Manor in Roswell, Georgia, more than a week ago.

The 21-year-old has been in a medically induced coma since January 31.

No charges have been filed in the case, but police are investigating suspected abuse and drug use.





Black History Month Feature

ralph-waldo-ellison.jpgRalph Waldo Ellison was born on March 1, 1914, in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, and named after journalist and poet Ralph Waldo Emerson. Ellison's doting father, Lewis, who loved children and read books voraciously, worked as an ice and coal deliverer. He died from a work-related accident when Ellison was only three years old. His mother Ida then raised Ralph and younger brother Herbert by herself, working a variety of jobs to make ends meet.

In his future book of essays Shadow and Act, Ellison described himself and several of his friends growing up as young Renaissance Men, people who looked to culture and intellectualism as a source of identity. A budding instrumentalist, Ellison took up the cornet at the age of eight and years later, as a trumpeter, attended Tuskegee Institute in Alabama, where he studied music with his eye on becoming a symphony composer.

In 1936, Ellison went to New York over the summer with the intent of earning enough money to pay for his college expenses, but ended up relocating. He started to work as a researcher and writer for the New York Federal Writers Program, and was befriended by writers Richard Wright, Langston Hughes and Alan Locke, who all mentored the fledgling scribe. During this period, Ellison began to publish some of his essays and short stories, and worked as managing editor for The Negro Quarterly.

Ellison later enlisted as a Merchant Marine cook during World War II. Married briefly before, in 1946 he wed Fanny McConnell, and the two would remain together for the rest of Ellison's life.

Writing 'Invisible Man'

Ellison started writing what would become The Invisible Man while at a friend's farm in Vermont. The existential novel, published in 1952, focused on an African-American civil rights worker from the South who, upon his move to New York, becomes increasingly alienated due to the racism he encounters. Upon its release, Invisible Man became a runaway hit, remaining on bestseller lists for weeks and winning the National Book Award the following year. With millions of copies eventually printed, the novel would be regarded as a groundbreaking meditation on race and marginalized communities in America, influencing future generations of writers and thinkers.

Ellison traveled throughout Europe in the mid-1950s, and lived in Rome for two years after becoming an American Academy fellow. He continued writing--publishing a collection of essays in 1964, Shadow and Act--and taught at colleges and universities, including Bard College and New York University. He published his second collection of essays, Going to the Territory, in 1986, yet was stalled over the decades from completing his second novel, which he envisioned as a great American saga.

Literary Legacy

Ellison died from pancreatic cancer in New York City on April 16, 1994. The novel that had been working on prior to his death was released posthumously in 1999 and titled Juneteenth, with final shaping done by his literary executor, John Callahan, at the behest of McConnell. Three Days Before the Shooting, released in 2010, offered a more comprehensive look at how the novel was shaped along with a look at Ellison's full manuscript.

Ellison's literary legacy continues to be highly pronounced. A massive collection of his essays was released in the fall of 1995 and Flying Home, a collection of short stories, was released in the fall of 1996. Years later, scholar Arnold Rampersad wrote a well-received, critical biography on Ellison that was published in 2007.

Invisible Man continues to be held up as one of the most highly regarded works in the American literary canon.





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Nick Gordon was 'jealous' of Bobbi Kristina's fame and 'couldn't understand why Whitney's daughter was offered more money than him for a reality TV deal,' according to reports.

The only daughter of Whitney Houston, Bobbi Kristina Brown, 21, remains comatose at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta over a week after being found face down in the bathtub at her home - in a scene that echoed the untimely death of her mother in 2012.

It has now been claimed that the couple's fights were almost always triggered by 'Nick's jealousy over Bobbi Kristina's fame'.

While Bobbi Kristina and Gordon's violent relationship was well known among their friends, it was fueled by his jealousy of her fame, a source told TMZ.

Gordon felt he was also Whitney Houston's child and so could not understand why people focused more on Bobbi, the source claimed.

Bobbi Kristina and Gordon were brought up as brother and sister after Houston took Gordon in when he was 12. But following her death the duo announced they were in a relationship.

Whitney Houston raised him as her own son at her home outside Atlanta but never legally adopted him.

Bobbi Kristina's parents Whitney and Bobby Brown (pictured) had an famously turbulent marriage

Now sources claim he is jealous of his partner and cited a recent incident in which the couple were trying to get their own reality TV show, but Gordon wasn't offered the same deal as Bobbi Kristina so they turned it down.

Gordon has been summoned to appear in court today to answer charges of reckless driving.

A warrant for his immediate arrest will be issued if he does not turn up at Fulton County State Court in Atlanta at 9am.

Gordon, 25, was caught driving at over twice the speed limit along a suburban road in November 2012.

Suspicious injuries found on Bobbi when she was taken to hospital made them suspect foul play may have been involved, according to TMZ.

Reports have suggested Gordon will also be the focus of a police investigation into how Bobbi Kristina ended up in hospital.





JLP leader, Andrew Holness, says sorry

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Leader of the opposition Jamaica Labour Party (JLP), Andrew Holness has publicly apologised to Arthur Williams and Dr. Christopher Tufton in the wake of Friday's ruling by the Constitutional Court that their removal from the Senate was unconstitutional as well as null and void.

Holness issued the apology this morning.

This was confirmed by the party's Media Liaison Officer, Sharon Hay Webster.

"He issued what could be regarded as a public apology to Arthury Williams and Dr. Christopher Tufton. He said these are matters that clearly have to be handled as the ruling has been made. Given that the church is the moral conscience, he used the opportunity of being in church and asking for prayers and guidance..." she said.

On the weekend, Holness disclosed t hat he asked a team of lawyers to research and advise him on the implications on the ruling handed down by the Constitutional Court on Friday in the matter of revoking senate appointments.

The court ruled that Holness was wrong when he used pre-signed, undated, resignation letters to remove two opposition Senators from the upper house.





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Youth Minister, Lisa Hanna is facing a challenge from Councillor to the Bensonton Division, Lydia Richards, for the right to be the governing PNP's candidate for South East St. Ann in the next General Election.

Hanna is the incumbent MP for the area.

Reports are that Councillor Richards told a delegates meeting in her division that she intends to offer herself to be selected as the PNP's candidate in South East St. Ann.

Richards, who has been Councillor for the Bensonton Division since 2003, says she'll write the party secretariat and formally indicate her intentions.





No visa or world tour for Gully Bop... yet

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Internet sensation, Gully Bop, has denied rumours being carried in certain newspapers and online that he has been granted visas and will be embarking on a world tour.

In an interview with OnSTage, the 50-year-old artiste said he had not yet been given a visa but his management team is working on it.

Gully Bop is reportedly in demand in parts of the US, Canada and england. He says he is "ready to fly out" and it doesn't matter where he goes first.





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Marley, 46, was nominated for his album Fly Rasta.

The other nominees were Sean Paul for Full Frequency; Lee 'Scratch' Perry's Back On the Controls; Shaggy's Out of Many, One Music; Sly and Robbie's the Reggae Power; and Soja for Spicy Chocolate Amid the Noise and Haste.

YardFlex congratulates Ziggy on this achievement.









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Twenty-eight inmates escaped from a Brazilian jail after three women in sexy police costumes 'seduced' the prison wardens.

Police found three wardens naked and handcuffed inside the morning after the mass breakout at Nova Mutum public jail near Cuiaba.

Investigators say the women drugged the guards with spiked whisky after convincing them to take part in an orgy.

They arrived at around 3am on Thursday morning and asked if they could come inside to 'chat and drink', police say.

The prison guards obliged and were soon persuaded to leave their posts, before heading to the sleeping quarters with the scantily clad women.

After drugging and handcuffing the wardens, they took their keys and unlocked all the prison's cells according to police chief Angelina de Andrades Ferreira.

She told a news conference: 'The plan was to seduce them. They served them cheap whisky with some substance to knock them out, then unlocked the central gate which accesses the internal cells.

'Whoever wanted to escape left by the front door. From the moment they drank the whisky the agents don't remember a thing.

'One was found dizzy, trying to wake up. Another slept for the whole afternoon and couldn't even be questioned.'

Dozens of prisoners walked straight out the main door carrying guns and ammunition they took from the prison caches.

The inmates took three 12-calibre rifles, shotguns, two 38-calibre revolvers and munition, she said.

Police later discovered a bag of lingerie and skimpy leather police uniforms which they believe the temptresses wore to distract the wardens.




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Rihanna is reportedly worried about former boyfriend, Chris Brown's presence during the 57th annual Grammy Awards on 8 February in Los Angeles.

The 26-year-old Barbadian beauty will be joined by Kanye West and Sir Paul McCartney to perform Rihanna's new song, FourFiveSeconds, during the ceremony.

According to a report in Hollywood Life, the We Found Love singer "doesn't want Chris there."

"She has a big performance and she wants it to be her night," a source said.

"She doesn't want it to be dominated by everyone leaving the show talking about Chris and Rihanna in the same building. The Grammys are about the celebration of music and Rihanna has a job to do, she wants it to be drama free so she wants Chris not to be there."

"She will not tell him personally but feelers have been sent out that she doesn't want him there and hopefully he will listen," the insider added.

Meanwhile, Rihanna's fans are waiting to see if she will grace the red carpet with rumoured boyfriend American actor/film producer Leonardo DiCaprio.

It was previously reported that the Diamonds singer and the 40-year-old Wolf Of Wall Street star, have been spending a lot of time together, after his relationship with German model Toni Garrn officially ended.

"After his breakup, Leo started texting Rihanna again. They decided to have some fun," a source told Us Weekly. "Neither one is looking to make this anything more than fun. He's into her, and they're enjoying it.".




Who will take home the Reggae Grammy?

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At tonight's Grammy Awards presentation, Ziggy Marley's Fly Rasta will go up against the likes of Full Frequency by Sean Paul; Out of Many, One Music by Shaggy; Back on the Controls by Lee 'Scratch' Perry; The Reggae Power by Sly & Robbie and Spicy Chocolate and Amid the Noise and The Haste by acclaimed American reggae band, SOJA.

While the others have won this category in the past, SOJA has earned their very first nomination.

Amid the Noise and The Haste is one of the highest selling reggae albums of the last year, with 12,000 first-week copies sold and over 22,000 copies sold overall after initially topping the Billboard Reggae Albums chart.

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A 62 year old Jamaican man on Friday pleaded guilty to several drug offences in Barbados.

Lincoln Dennis Barnes. was charged with possession of cannabis, possession with intent to supply, trafficking and importation.

Following his guilty plea, Barnes was fined 10,000 for importation or 12 months in prison; and was convicted, reprimanded and discharged on the remaining charges.

He was arrested on Wednesday when he arrived at the Grantley Adams International Airport from Jamaica.

Barnes was interviewed by Police and taken to a hospital where he subsequently passed out 47 packages containing ganja. Should Marley win the award, not only would he be the first reggae or dancehall artist since Shabba Ranks (1992 and 1993) to win back-to-back Grammy awards, he would be the first ever to win back-to-back honours twice, having done so in 1990 and 1991 with his Melody Makers band. Marley has six in total to date.




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The police in The Bahamas say they foiled an attempt to smuggle drugs into the country after seizing US$10,000 worth of drugs at Linden Pindling International Airport (LIPA) on Thursday.

The police say they intercepted "suspicious luggage that came in on board a Caribbean Airline flight from Jamaica".

According to the authorities, 10 pounds of marijuana was discovered, but no one has been arrested in connection with the seizure.




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The married man held in connection with the killing of 14 year old school girl, Santoya Campbell in Savanna-la-mar, Westmoreland, has still not been named by the police. However, Yardflex can report that he was charged on Friday evening by the Westmoreland Police.

The accused is said to be 37 year old business operator and he will be taken to court early this week. Unconfirmed reports are that the married man was having a sexual relationship with the little 14 year-old school-girl and she became pregnant. In a desperate attempt to hide the relationship from his wife, the man carried out the heinous act.

According to the police, due to security reasons the married man's name has not been released.

Santoya, a grade eight student of Frome Technical High School, was strangled and her body placed in a garbage bag near her school two weeks ago.




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Freddy McGregor mourns the loss of his beloved mother; Sir Coxsone's son has passed.

Veteran reggae artiste and captain of the Big Ship, Freddie McGregor is mourning the loss of his mother, Miss Tiny.

Reports are that Miss Tiny, who was in her nineties and lived with her son, passed away on Thursday.

According to YardFlex sources, Freddie's mother was rushed to hospital on Thursday after family members realized that she wasn't looking well. She subsequently died in hospital.

"Freddie not taking it good. He and Miss Tiny had a special bond and it was his pleasure to care for her. She wasn't sick or anything and even though she was in her nineties, she was in good health," the source confirmed to YardFlex.

Meanwhile, reports out of New York are that Junior Dodd, the son of late record producer, Coxsone "Studio One" Dodd, has died. Junior Dodd was reportedly battling cancer.




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Bobbi Kristina's cousin has revealed that doctors do not believe her condition will improve, saying: 'The odds are against her.'

Jerod Brown took to his Instagram page on Thursday to call for prayers for the 21-year-old as her father Bobby Brown denied reports that the family is preparing for the worst.

'Though it seems the odds are against her,' Jerod Brown wrote, 'though doctors don't see any hope for change, though we might want to play detective and find out how she got there, though it looks impossible for her to stand again STILL PRAY FOR BK.'

His message is one of the first family insights into Bobbi's condition since she was found face-down in a bathtub on Saturday and put in a medically-induced coma. She is now at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta.

On Thursday, there were news reports that that Bobbi's life-support machine was switched off. 'The plug on Bobbi Kristina has been pulled,' a police source said.

It is possible for a patient to survive despite artificial assistance being withdrawn.

Bobby Brown did not respond directly to the claims but slammed reports saying that the family were preparing to say goodbye to his youngest daughter.

Brown later denied the reports.

In a statement, he said: 'If we issued a statement every time the media published a false report regarding this matter, that's all we would be doing 24 hours a day.

'This is false, just as is the vast majority of the other reporting that is currently taking place.'

Bobbi's 'devastated' grandmother, gospel singer Cissy Houston, mother of Whitney, was also seen arriving at the hospital, according to Radar Online, having flown in from her New Jersey home.

'Cissy was so traumatized losing Whitney and the pain is still raw from that,' a source told the website.

'Watching Krissy in the hospital and in the coma is almost more than she can handle. This is almost too much sadness for her to bear.'

Meanwhile, Houston's mentor Clive Davis says he's been in touch the family and is praying for Bobbi.

Davis said he's offered his support and and 'they're so grateful.'

'Of course it's heartbreaking to see the family go through this pain once again,' Davis said at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, where Houston died in 2012 and where he will hold his pre-Grammy gala Saturday.

'They just ask that the public respect their privacy.'

Bobbi was moved to the Atlanta hospital from North Fulton Hospital on Monday. She had been placed in a medically-induced coma and was reported to be breathing with the help of a ventilator.

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Beware of the 'black money' scam!

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Detectives from Jamaica's Major Organized Crime and Anti-Corruption Agency (MOCA) are probing a fraudulent scheme which has resulted in the arrest of a Cameroon national and a Jamaican.

Steeve Logmo and David Gregory of a St. Thomas address were remanded when they appeared recently in the Corporate Area Criminal Court.

Investigators have linked both accused to what is being described as a "black money" scam.

The scam, also known as the "black dollar" scam or "wash wash" scam, involves a scam artist persuading the victim that piles of banknote-sized paper in a trunk or a safe are really monetary notes which has been dyed black or another colour to avoid detection by Customs.

The victim is persuaded to pay for chemicals to wash the "money" with a promise that he will share in the proceeds. The black scam is a variation of what is known as an advance fee fraud.

Logmo and Gregory were arrested by MOCA detectives during an operation at a hotel in Kingston on January 20. It is alleged that both men conspired to fleece a businessman of more than US$100,000. It is understood that the businessman, after being informed of the process to effect the scam, became suspicious and reported the matter to MOCA.

Both accused are scheduled to return to court on Friday.




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News Americas, NEW YORK, NY, Fri. Feb. 6, 2015: Former Jamaican-American New York State Senator, Malcolm Smith, was convicted Thursday in a failed $200,000 bribery scheme to fix the Republican line in the 2013 mayoral election.

Smith, a former senator in Queens, NY, now faces up to 45 years in jail.

A White Plains federal jury took a little over two hours deliberating before convicting Smith and his accomplice, former Queens Republican Vice Chairman Vincent Tabone, on bribery charges.

Smith was once one of the state's top Democrats.

The charges arose from an undercover investigation of three distinct but related bribery schemes involving public corruption. In the first scheme, Smith arranged for cash bribes totaling $40,000 to be paid to Vincent Tabone and Joseph Savino, two New York City Republican county leaders, as part of an effort by Smith to appear on the Republican primary ballot as a mayoral candidate in the 2013 election.

Halloran received approximately $20,500 in cash bribes to act as an intermediary with Tabone and Savino on Smith's behalf. In the second scheme, Halloran received approximately $18,300 in cash bribes and $6,500 in straw donor campaign contribution checks in exchange for agreeing to steer up to $80,000 of New York City Council discretionary funding to a company he believed was controlled by those who paid him the bribes.

Under New York State law, a person seeking to run for a citywide position in New York City may not have his or her name listed as a candidate on the ballot if he or she is not a registered member of the party having the primary contest unless he or she receives the approval of at least three of the five chairmen of the county committees for that party. The approval is given in the form of what are known as Wilson Pakula certificates, which are signed by the approving chairmen.




A delivery man dressed like a woman who allegedly assaulted a policeman and ended up in the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate's Court, told the court that the cop madr a mockery of him as he was dressed in female garments.

Charged with assault occasioning bodily harm, disorderly conduct, assaulting constable, malicious destruction of property, escaping custody and resisting arrest is Michael Evans, whose fingerprints were taken.

The court heard from the accused who was apprehended by the police while in female clothing and a wig. He told the court that he was doing a delivery for his mother when upon reaching Devon House, St Andrew, he was spotted by windshield wipers, who he claimed threatened him.

He was rescued by the police and taken to the New Kingston Police Post. Evans said that while there, he fled the police's custody twice. He said he ran to a location nearby and was brought back to the station by the police.

It is said that the cross-dresser hit a policeman and tore his clothing.




A man has been sentenced to life in prison in Athens, Georgia in the death of a 76-year-old Jamaican man.

The convict, 18 year-old Anthony Jermaine Fuller, told a county court on Thursday that he shot Edward Davidson during a November 2012 burglary.

Fuller pleaded guilty to malice murder and additional charges linked to several burglaries in the weeks before Mr. Davidson's death.

The victim's son, Troy Davidson, said his father was a hard worker who moved to Georgia from Jamaica in hopes of providing a better life for his family.

Fuller apologised to Mr. Davidson's family and told the court he was not looking for sympathy.

Two other men who were arrested in Mr. Davidson's death are expected to go on trial next week.




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The first of four weekly concerts in observance of Reggae Month was held at the Ranny Williams Entertainment Complex on Wednesday. However, although the line-up was first class and the concert was free, there were too few takers.

The show, dubbed Bloodlines, celebrated the generations of singers and musicians who were keeping reggae music alive.

Reggae queen Marcia Griffiths and son Taffe offered the duets All My Life, which she originally recorded with Da'Ville and Young, Gifted and Black, which she originally recorded with Bob Andy. Going solo, Sister Marcia performed hits including Dreamland, I Shall Sing, Closer to You, Fire Burning and Land of Love.

The young members of Zinc Fence Redemption band, which includes the sons of senior musicians Desi Jones, Stephen 'Cat' Coore and singer Barbara Jones, incorporated elders Nambo Robinson and Desi Jones into their aggregation and gave a great showing. So did the night's openers Sons of Negus.

Vintage artiste BB Seaton also put in a special appearance and dropped hits including the popular My Jamaican Girl.

Queen Ifrica did not show up, but her father, reggae pioneer Derrick Morgan kept that bloodline flowing. Morgan delivered a string of reggae classics, both of his own as well as his contemporaries.

Leftside left his dad almost in rut by his absence, but the professional Lloyd Parks rose to the occasion and let his bass do the talking.

Freddie McGregor, who was the night's closing act, shared the stage with his son, Chino, daughter Yeshemabeth, and her mother reggae songstress Judy Mowatt.

The 'Captain of the Big Ship' delivered a string of hits including To be Poor, Africa Here I Come, Let Them Try, Loving Pauper and Winner were among the tracks in his set. Chino incorporated his hit Never Change within the set, while the trio of McGregor, Mowatt and Yeshemabeth delivered the touching So Much of Me.




Queen Ifrica's mother is dead

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The Rastafarian community of St James is in mourning following news that Queen Ita passed away on Wednesday. She is the mother of Dancehall artiste Queen Ifrica, whose father is singer Derrick Morgan.

Queen Ita was a promoter for several years, promoting an annual show called 'In the Valley Of Decision' that was being held in her community of Belmont in St James.

She was one of the first Rastafarian lady who visits Ron Muschett at Mello Fm on January 5,as the disc Jockey made his radio debut at that station hosting the perfect mix.

Queen Ita is pictured here with Ron just outside the Mello Fm Studio on Barnett Street.




(Below is the full text of the Prime Minister's message)

"I join all Jamaicans, and many persons from around the world in celebrating the 70th anniversary of the birth of the Honourable Robert Nesta Marley, OM.

It is fitting that Jamaica is celebrating Bob Marley's 70th birthday at the same time that we are observing Reggae Month under the theme: "The Journey is the Destination."

As we reflect on the amazing journey of Reggae Music over the years, we are mindful that, in keeping with our history, we must Get Up, Stand Up for our rights. Bob Marley was a musical giant whose voice in the wilderness rang out loud and strong during a very difficult time in our national and global journey.

* He encouraged us be strong as a people, singing the well-known anthem of resilience, No Woman No Cry.

* He assured the peoples of the world that Every Little Thing is Gonna Be Alright!

The 'legendary' Bob Marley represents us as a people of great strength, endless talent, creative genius, and advocates against oppression and injustice.

Bob Marley's philosophies live on among us.His music has remained the eternal conscience of our nation and the world:

* teaching us the glorious history of the Black race,

* encouraging us to overcome our struggles,

* making us uncomfortable with poverty and injustice, and

* urging us to correct these ills.

So much of Bob Marley's work continues to carry the profound message of National Hero, the Right Excellent Marcus Mosiah Garvey who taught us that "A people without the knowledge of their past history, origin and culture is like a tree without roots."

As a global icon, Bob Marley transcended local issues. He was a global 'buffalo soldier, but one rooted in what has come to be known as Jamaican 'livity'; that uplifting way of being which is uniquely Jamaican, and had always been the inspiration for his positive message-music.

Voices of the world continue to sing Marley's prolific workuntil this very day. This demonstrates Reggae music's role as:

* a balm that heals our souls as a people;

* the pulsating beat in the fight against oppression and poverty; and

* the sweet drum, bass and melody that enrich our culture and give global prominence to our language and our way of life.

Today, I pay tribute to Bob Marley, his family and all our Reggae ambassadors.

Let us remember the foundation message of the music in the immortal words of Robert NestaMarley:

"One love! One heart! Let's get together and feel alright."

"Happy Birthday to the Gong! Happy 'earth strong', Bob Marley."

One Love!




Happy Birthday Bob!

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From Kingston to Tel Aviv, fans around the world of will celebrate reggae legend Bob Marley's 70th birthday today. The dreadlocked entertainer performed in many countries during his heyday, spreading his message of One Love. Marley died from cancer in May 1981 at age 36.

Wellington, New Zealand

Marley made his only appearance in New Zealand in 1979 at the Western Springs Stadium in the city of Auckland. Today, the city of Wellington celebrates his 70th with the event, Birthday with The Original Wailers. Guitarist Al Anderson and keyboardist Tyrone Downie, members of Marley's band, are special guests.

London

The British capitol was the scene of several highs for the reggae king, including his triumphant concert at the Lyceum Theatre in 1975. LEGEND: A Tribute to Bob Marley will be held at the Brooklyn Bowl tomorrow.

Bermuda

Yami Bolo and Junior Reid will perform at a Marley tribute show tomorrow at the Bermuda Athletic Association Gymnasium in Hamilton, the country's capitol.

The roots singers are headliners for the event which will also feature local singers Mitchell Trott, Ramon Clark and Rivah.

Bolo, who will be making his third appearance in the British dependent, cited Marley's impact on his career.

"Brother Bob had a tremendous influence on me. He was a great leader of humanity," said Bolo, who lists his favourite Marley songs as Jah Will be Waiting There, I Know a Place and Survival.

Dubai

The Bob Marley 70th Birthday Bash takes place at XL Beach Club tomorrow with singjay Mr Vegas as headliner.

The oil-rich Middle East country has a growing expatriate community (including Jamaicans) who are big into dancehall/reggae.

Most of the 'Jamaican' events are held at XL Beach Club. Mr Vegas (and sound systems) will do tributes to the reggae legend.

Toronto

The ninth annual Bob Marley Birthday Tribute takes place at Lee's Palace tomorrow. This is the longest running Marley tribute in the Greater Toronto Area. It features the city's upcoming reggae acts and raises 'food donations' for the Parkdale Food Bank.




Black History Month Feature

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Claude McKay - Poet, Author, Journalist (1890-1948)

Claude McKay was a Jamaican poet best known for his novels and poems, including "If We Must Die," which contributed to the Harlem Renaissance. He moved to Harlem, New York, after publishing his first books of poetry, and established himself as a literary voice for social justice during the Harlem Renaissance. He is known for his novels, essays and poems, including "If We Must Die" and "Harlem Shadows."

Early Life

Festus Claudius McKay was born in Sunny Ville, Clarendon Parish, Jamaica, on September 15, 1890. His mother and father spoke proudly of their respective Malagasy and Ashanti heritage. McKay blended his African pride with his love of British poetry. He studied poetry and philosophy with Englishman Walter Jekyll, who encouraged the young man to begin producing poetry in his own Jamaican dialect.

Literary Career

A London publishing house produced McKay's first books of verse, Songs of Jamaica and Constab Ballads, in 1912. McKay used award money that he received from the Jamaican Institute of Arts and Sciences to move to the United States. He studied at the Tuskegee Institute (now Tuskegee University) and Kansas State College for a total of two years. In 1914, he moved to New York City, settling in Harlem.

McKay published his next poems in 1917 under the pseudonym Eli Edwards. More poems appeared in Pearson's Magazine and the radical magazine Liberator. The Liberator poems included If We Must Die, which threatened retaliation for racial prejudice and abuse; this quickly became McKay's best-known piece of work. McKay then left the United States for two years of European travel. In 1920, he published a new collection of poems, Spring in New Hampshire, containing "Harlem Shadows."

McKay returned to the United States in 1921 and involved himself in various social and political causes. He worked with the Universal Negro Improvement Association and continued to explore Communism--even traveling to the Soviet Union to attend the Communist Party's Fourth Congress. After spending some time in the United States, McKay again left the country, spending what would prove to be 11 extremely productive years in Europe and North Africa; he wrote three novels--Home to Harlem, Banjo and Banana Bottom--and a short story collection during this period. Home to Harlem was the most popular of the three, though all were well received by critics.

Returning to Harlem, McKay began work on an autobiography entitled A Long Way from Home, which focuses on his experiences as an oppressed minority and agitates for a broad movement against colonialism and segregation. The book has been criticized for its less-than-candid treatment of some of McKay's more controversial interests and beliefs. His consistent denial of having joined the Communist Party, despite multiple trips to the Soviet Union, is a point of particular contention.

McKay went through several changes toward the end of his life. He embraced Catholicism, retreating from Communism entirely, and officially became an American citizen in 1940. His experiences working with Catholic relief organizations in New York inspired a new essay collection, Harlem: Negro Metropolis, which offers observations and analysis of the African-American community in Harlem at the time. McKay died of a heart attack in Chicago, Illinois, on May 22, 1948.

In 2012, a researcher discovered an unpublished Claude McKay novel, Amiable with Big Teeth, in the Columbia University archives.




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The Police are intensifying their efforts to determine the credibility of an informant who accused members of the JLP of taking out a hit on the life of Opposition Leader, Andrew Holness.

In his statement to the Police, the informant accused members of the Labour party of paying money and supplying guns to kill the JLP leader and General Secretary. The complainant also stated that he was in the company of men who he accused of being contract killers when they picked up the money and guns at a location in St. Andrew.

The statement given to the Police by the Informant has resulted in security being boosted around Mr. Holness and JLP General Secretary, Dr. Horace Chang.

Checks by the Police have disclosed that the person who gave the statement has in the past been found guilty of obtaining money by false pretence.

It's understood that a few years ago he was also convicted in relation to an allegation that a dangerous substance was in a public building in Downtown Kingston. That allegation turned out to be untrue.

Police sources say the informant was to be subjected to a polygraph test on Tuesday but it was postponed.

It's understood that the Police High Command is preparing to issue a statement which will raise doubt about the credibility of the informant.




53 police officers on murder charge

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The Independent Commission of Investigations (INDECOM), the agency that probes abuse allegations against the island's security forces, says 53 police officers are charged with murder.

INDECOM disclosed the number of officers facing murder charges at a press conference Wednesday. Jamaican officers accused of unlawfully taking a life make up the large majority of the 84 officers before the courts.

The commission says it recorded 129 fatalities by security forces last year on the island of 2.7 million. That's a 50 per cent drop in fatalities from 2013, when 258 people were slain, and the fewest deaths at the hands of law enforcement in years.




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Former Commissioner of Police Owen Ellington is part of the probe by the Independent Commission of Investigations (INDECOM) into allegations of a police hit squad that operated in Clarendon.

However, head of communications at INDECOM, Kahmile Reid, says that the probe is a formality, because Ellington was the commissioner at the time the incidents reportedly occurred.

Reid said the investigations had to do with the reporting chain at the time...




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Dwight Coleman, the father of 3-year-old Crystal Coleman, the child who was found dead at her Frontier Heights home in Port Maria, St. Mary, last month, has been charged with her murder.

Coleman is to appear in the Port Maria Resident Magistrate's Court today.

A post-mortem revealed that little Crystal died from brain haemorrhage as a result of beatings she received.

The post-mortem also revealed injuries all over the child's body.

Coleman turned himself in to the police days after his daughter's body was discovered by a relative.




Tivoli high School student shot and killed

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A 16-year-old student of Tivoli High School is dead and an elderly man injured, following a shooting near Heroes Circle in Kingston on Wednesday afternoon.

The teenager Jamieke Smith, was a resident of Kingston Lane, Fletchers Land.

The 73 year old man has been hospitalised with bullet wounds.

Shortly after mid-day on Wednesday, about five men reportedly approached a group of persons standing at the intersection of Kingston Lane and New Cross Street.

The men reportedly opened fire, hitting Jameike and the man.

Sources say the shooting stemmed from a feud involving the teenager and men from another section of the community. It is understood that friends of Jameike on Tuesday hurled threats at another set of youngsters in a bar in the community, and guns were pulled.

The police were informed of the incident and stepped up patrols in the community.

Superintendent Michael Scott, head of the Kingston Central Division, said the police were following strong leads in relation to the shooting.




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Investigators expect to lay charges this week against the male suspect taken into custody in connection with the death of 14 year old Santoya Campbell, a grade eight student of Frome Technical High in Westmoreland, who body was found in a bag.

The suspect is scheduled to be questioned on Thursday. A police source said charges should be laid shortly after.

Unconfirmed reports are that the man, who is married, was in a relationship with the teenager and reportedly impregnated her. He then allegedly killed her in an effort to hide the relationship from his wife. There is also speculation that the killer in a policeman.

The suspect was picked up last Wednesday, one day after Santoya was strangled and her body stuffed in a garbage bag near her school.




RM arrests woman Constable in court

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Some members of the Jamaica Constabulary Force are reportedly upset over an incident in the Browns Town Resident Magistrate's Court in St. Ann on Monday in which a woman Corporal was ordered arrested and placed in the holding area in her uniform among male prisoners.

The corporal who was one of two investigating officers in an assault case, was offering an explanation when it is alleged that Senior Resident Magistrate Andrea Thomas said she did not like her tone.

The corporal was later placed in the dock of the court room where she was told she was being charged for misbehaving in court. She reportedly offered an apology to Resident Magistrate Thomas who then dropped the charge and ordered the officer to leave the court.

Meanwhile, the Police Federation which represents rank and file members of the Police Force is conducting an investigation into the incident.




Police report 97 murders in January

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There has been a 31 per cent increase in the number of reported murders for the first month of the year. Data contained in the Jamaica Constabulary Force's Periodic Serious and Violent Crimes Review for January shows that 97 murders were recorded.

This was up from 74 during the corresponding period in 2014, a trend reflecting an average of more than three murders per day.

Investigators say 55 of the murders last year were listed as gang related.

The upsurge at the start of 2015 followed a 16 per cent reduction in murders during 2014.

However, while murders continue to pose a challenge for the police the data show a double digit reduction in shootings and rapes last month.




Man in custody over murder of 14-y-o student

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A man has been taken into custody in connection with the death of 14-year-old student of Frome Technical High, Santoya Campbell.

Homicide investigators in Westmoreland say that Campbell was strangled and sexually assaulted.

The teenager's body was found in a garbage bag at a river close to the Frome Technical, which she attended.

The incident has cast a shadow of gloom over the school and the wider community.TV.




Did Kranium really steal Eklypse's style?

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Up and coming dancehall act Eklypse is adamant that deejay Kranium pinched his style of delivery for the song 'History', but Kranium and his management are strongly denying this claim.

Kranium's manager, Pee Wee, says that his artiste doesn't know who Eklypse is and furthermore, Kranium would be more likely to be influenced by Mavado and Vybz Kartel.

Reports are that Eklypse said he had a conversation with Kranium's producer last year, during which he played some of his songs for the producer to hear. He claims from that encounter, Kranium may have been exposed to his style of music.

"I reached out to his producer to voice for him because I realise that his tracks have my sound. He listened to my songs and said he liked the sound of the tracks and that I must continue the great works. Kranium release this new song. Now, when I listened to the song, I noticed that it had my sound and my style written all over it.

"I am not saying it has to be my thing, but when I heard even my slang in it and then people started to tell me that Kranium's song sounds exactly like me, I know that he bite my style," he said.

Eklypse says he has been using the words 'wow wow wow' as his slang for many years, and Kranium also used it in History. Eklypse also recorded a song called Real Talk, in which he addresses the issue. That effort was produced by Senshighj, based in France.

Eklypse is gearing up to release a music video next week for a song called Get Rich, as well as a collaboration with Kalado. His video for Voice of the People is being aired on Hype.




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Reports are that Vybz Kartel's fellow convict Shawn Campbell, alias Shawn Storm was also a target of the reported plot which was uncovered on January 17.

According to a source, about a month ago, a fellow inmate who was hurriedly transferred from the maximum-security facility after the plot was uncovered was involved in an altercation with Kartel.

Things got heated and Kartel reportedly threw water from his toilet in the face of the inmate.

Correctional Officers managed to defuse the tension however the inmate involved in the altercation with Kartel vowed that he would exact revenge.

Allegations are that the inmate was able to convince a female casual worker assigned to the maximum facility to smuggle a bottle of lotion containing two ratchet knives, and a poisonous substance.

That substance that has the ability to penetrate the skin was supposed to be used in the attack and Shawn Storm was the target.

Kartel would have been the subject of the knife attack.




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Opposition leader, Andrew Holness, Andrew Holness has shrugged of news about a million-dollar hit on his life as a probable case of classic bad mind.

Holness was speaking recently at a political event in Papine when he admitted that security forces are currently investigating information surrounding the alleged 'hit'. He confessed to being a man who prays each night and assured the crowd that he was confident, calm and unafraid.

He told the audience, "When you have a family as big as the Jamaica Labour Party nobody can trouble you," Holness joked.

The JLP leader speculated that the alleged plot to assassinate him may be linked to his favourable poll numbers.




Bodies of two children pulled from hole

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Tragedy struck on Waltham Drive in Brown's Town, St. Ann on Friday when two children drowned in a large hole at their house.

Jason Parke, 6 a grade one student of the Servite Primary School in Brown's Town and his sister Dana Lawrence, 11 a student of a special care institution in St. Anns Bay.

The police report that shortly 1pm water began gathering in the hole following heavy rain. The children were reportedly playing near the hole when they either fell in or jumped in. They were pulled from the water after an alarm was raised.

A policewoman tried to revive the children but her efforts failed.

The Office of The Children's Advocate (OCA) has extended its sympathies to the family of the two children. It has also expressed condolences to the families of the 5 year old girl found dead at her home in St. Mary last week and 14 year old Frome Technical High School student, Santoya Campbell, whose dismembered body was found near her school early this week.

The OCA is calling on Jamaicans to join forces to end atrocities against children. It says the constant reports of children being killed, raped or attacked must stop.




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A 3-year-old boy found a handgun in his mother's purse and fired just one shot that wounded both his parents at an Albuquerque motel on Saturday, police said.

According to investigators, the toddler apparently reached for an iPod but found the loaded weapon. Police believe the shooting to be accidental. The bullet first struck his father in the buttock and then hit the right shoulder of his mother, who is eight months pregnant, police said. His 2-year-old sister was present but unhurt.

Both injuries are non-life threatening, authorities said.

Justin Reynolds told KOB-TV (http://goo.gl/gRCXe0) that he and his girlfriend, Monique Villescas, were getting ready to order pizza when the toddler fired the shot.

"It was like if I was to get up shake your hand and sat back down. That's how fast it happened," Reynolds said." All of a sudden we heard a gun go off and the next minute I realized my girlfriend was bleeding. Then, I sat down and realized I was shot, too."

Reynolds said he called 911 and grabbed some towels to try to stop her bleeding.

"I was more worried about my girlfriend than myself and anything else that was going on. And my son because I didn't know if he had shot himself or not," said Reynolds. "He was shocked and crying. It was traumatizing."

Police said in a statement that the father was treated and released, while the mother was hospitalized in stable condition.

"This case will be forwarded to the DA's office and pending charges of felony criminal negligence will be reviewed on both parents," Albuquerque police Simon Drobik spokesman said.




Vybz Kartel is ahead of his peers, says Konshens

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During an interview with United States based hip-hop website VLADTV.com, dancehall artiste Konshens stated that he believes that incarcerated deejay Vybz Kartel is the most lyrical Jamaican artiste.

According to the singjay, Kartel is ahead of his peers. Konshens during the interview also disagreed with the interviewer, who said that reggae/dancehall artistes are not usually discussed in conversations based on lyrical capability. The artiste stated that Jamaican language might not be understood by a lot of countries, however, reggae/dancehall acts are very skilled with their word play.

"I think that's unfair. I think if people don't bring up dancehall and reggae acts in discussions about lyrics that is unfair. I think it's a case where most people don't understand what they are saying. But, if you really listen to some of the artistes over the years, you will be surprised. But, Vybz Kartel is definitely the most lyrical dancehall artiste ever ... for me. I don't speak for just one style of lyrics and I would say Beres Hammond is the second and I would put myself in it," Konshens said.

The singjay also said reggae music is going through a tough period commercially. However, the genre would bounce back. He also highlighted Chronixx, Javada, Darrio and Delus as promising acts.

Vybz Kartel is serving a life sentence in prison, however, the artiste has still managed to shine ahead of most of his peers in the music industry with a long list of hits including Do Di Maths, Nuh TrustPeople, Cya Test We, Ignite The World, Business and Without Money.




The police say an investigation will be conducted into complaints that Jamaican who viited the island recently from the United States was harassed and robbed by members of the Jamaica Constabulary Force.

The visitor had reportedly just landed at the Norman Manley International Airport and, while passing Caribbean Cement Company, was ordered to stop by the police who say that they were conducting random checks. The man claimed that the police ordered them out of the car and asked him if he had anything to declare.

"I told them no. I told them I just came into the island," he said.

It was at this point, the man claimed, that he was ordered to take his suitcase from the vehicle and put it in the pickup the policemen were driving. The gentleman refused and the police took the suitcase and put it in the pickup and took the car keys from him and placed him, along with his female friend, in their vehicle. The cops drove around them before taking them to a street unfamiliar to him and ordered them out of the vehicle in the crudest manner possible.

He claimed that relief came when a broadcast came through the police radio that there was a shoot-out in downtown, which caused the lawmen to leave them. However, the lawmen are said to have relieved the man and his friend of $US40 each.

The incident was reported to an Inspector of police and the visitors were scheduled to attend an identification parade but was unable to attend because the documents were not prepared and he had to leave the island.

The inspector of police confirmed that he was familiar with incident and stated that an investigation will be conducted into the matter. He also added that the lawmen had acted unprofessionally.




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The daughter of the late Whitney Houston remains in medically-induced coma today after she was found face down in a bath tub in a scene tragically reminiscent of her own mother's 'accidental' drug-overdose death.

And now sources close to Bobbi Kristina Brown are expressing little hope of a recovery.

'It doesn't look good,' a source told Entertainment Tonight.

That same source revealed to the TV show that it's 'no coincidence' that the 21-year-old was rushed to the hospital so close to the third anniversary of her mother's death and that her troubles are 'a lot deeper than everyone can see'.

'We don't think Bobbi Kristina is going to pull through,' another source told Hollywood Life.

Bobbi's father Bobby Brown is currently by her side, praying for her recovery with family friend Tyler Perry among others.

Her husband Nick Gordon discovered her unconscious in a bathtub at their Roswell, Georgia home around 10:25am Saturday morning - in the same home they shared with Houston.

Gordon performed CPR on his struggling wife until paramedics arrived on the scene and rushed her to North Fulton Hospital.

In an eerie co-incidence, her mother was found dead almost three years ago when she accidentally drowned in a bath tub at the Beverly Hills Hilton Hotel - she too was face down.

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Freddie McGregor headlines Musical Delights

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Freddie McGregor will lead an impressive line-up of Jamaica's finest entertainers at Musical Delights, the annual fund-raiser for the Lions Club of Kingston, scheduled for the Gardens of the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel on Sunday, February 8, beginning 6:00 pm.

Among the acts are Maria Myrie, Keisha Patterson, Everton Pessoa and the Bare Essentials Band. The hilarious Professor Nuts and Leroy 'Heptone' Sibbles will make their debut this year. The MC will be Dr Michael Abrahams.

The event was conceptualised and stage by the Lions Club of Kingston in February 2008 as a tribute to music teacher and pianist extraordinaire, Lion Iris Whittaker.

"Lion Iris had faithfully provided live piano music at all Lions functions up to late 2007 when failing health prevented her from continuing to perform," said Errol Lee, member of the Lions Club of Kingston and chief organiser of the annual event.

Musical Delights has been held in the Gardens of the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel on the first or second Sunday in February each year, with the proceeds going to the Sight Foundation of Jamaica and the Lions Eye Clinic at 30 Beechwood Avenue, Kingston.

Lee said that at the Lions Eye Clinic people are screened for eye defects and fitted with glasses (based on availability), or referred to an eye specialist for further treatment.




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FLORENCE HALL, (Trelawny), Jamaica - Former I-Three member, Judy Mowatt, stamped her class on the 2015 opener of the Jamaica Jazz and Blues Festival at the Trelawny Multi Purpose Stadium.

Belting out her smooth vocals with disarming ease, Judy Mowatt upped the tempo as Jazz and Blues 2015 started to move to a higher musical ground at the Trelawny Stadium.

Mowatt had the several hundred patrons in a trance as she delivered Black Woman, Many Are Called, Thank You Lord and a quality rendition of We Will Sing Our Own Song by the I Threes, of which she was a part. Mowatt also paid tribute to Holt by performing his Tide Is High.

Sister Judy, once a part of the I-Threes blessed the venue with 'Thank you Lord' and 'Want to be More', before moving on to 'Unconditional Love' and 'Free'.

In tribute to John Holt, she performed her rendition of the late singer's biggest hit, 'The Tide is High. Again patrons at the festival showed their appreciation for the Jamaican songbird by singing aloud. She rounded off her act with the well loved 'Black Woman' and 'Many Are Called'.




Jay Z buys music streaming company for $56 million

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Hip-hop star Jay-Z is buying a Scandinavian music streaming company for $56 million to take on Spotify and Apple and add to a business empire that has spanned clothing and sports bars.

Project Panther Bidco Ltd, a company controlled by the 45-year-old rapper, said on Friday it had agreed to buy Sweden-listed Aspiro, which runs streaming service Tidal and Wimp, for 464 million Swedish crowns ($56 million) in cash.

The deal will pit Jay-Z against Spotify, and also Dr Dre after his streaming service, Beats Music, was bought by Apple.

Jay-Z, real name Shawn Corey Carter, is one of the world's best-selling music artists of all time, having sold more than 100 million records. Forbes estimated last year that his net worth was $520 million. He has had a number of business interests, including 40/40 Club sports bars and Rocawear clothing.

His mix of music and entrepeneurial interests mirrors that of other rappers, including De Dre, who sold his Beats headphones business to Apple, and 50 Cent, who sold his vitamin water business to Coca-Cola.

Project Panther said it had followed the development of Aspiro for some time, believing it to be 'an innovative high-quality company with strong future growth potential'.

Norwegian media house Schibsted, Aspiro's main shareholder, said it had accepted the offer, while Aspiro's board said it was united in recommending the bid, virtually ensuring its success.




Suge Knight arrested for murder

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Marion 'Suge' Knight is being questioned over the alleged murder of a friend today after turning himself into police in the early hours of this morning.

The hip hop mogul was named as a wanted man after he was involved in a fatal hit-and-run incident in California that left one man dead and another injured. Police believe Knight and some other men were involved in an argument on the set of the upcoming N.W.A. biopic Straight Outta Compton on Thursday afternoon.

When the men went to lunch at Tam's Burger's in Compton 20 minutes later, Knight, 49, is believed to have followed the men in his red pickup truck. The incident ended with him reversing over one man and hitting another. Both were friends of Knight and police named the dead man as Terry Carter, 55. The injured man is actor Cle Shaheed 'Bone' Sloan, 51. Mr Carter, a businessman, was a married father of two daughters. He lived with his wife Lillian, 55, near Inglewood, in Los Angeles.

Knight's lawyer said his client 'accidentally' hit the men but the incident is being treated as a homicide by police. Knight was declared to be wanted on suspicion of murder by police in Los Angeles on Thursday afternoon. A bulletin issued to all police in California said he should be considered armed and dangerous, TMZ reported.

Around 3am this morning he was seen arriving at the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department West Hollywood station with his attorney, James Blatt. Homicide detectives interviewed the Death Row Records founder for about three hours, the Los Angeles Times reported. Detectives formally 'arrested Marion 'Suge' Knight for murder'. Bail was set at $2million bail, according to a police statement.

Blatt admitted Knight was driving the truck but said he was 'confident that once the investigation is completed, he will be totally exonerated'. 'He was in the process of being physically assaulted by two men and in an effort to escape he unfortunately hit two (other) individuals. 'He was in his car trying to escape.'

Blatt said the dead man was Knight's friend, 55-year-old Terry Carter. The second victim, actor Cle Shaheed 'Bone' Sloan, 51, was not seriously hurt, ABC 7 Los Angeles reported.

Knight's empty truck was found late Thursday night in a West Los Angeles parking lot.




4 Negril cops under investigation

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Four police officers attached the Negril police station are being investigated by INDECOM, for their alleged role in the death of 23-year-old Kemar Powell.

Powell died early Thursday morning, reportedly after being beaten by police. Residents of Westmoreland mounted a major protest along the Negril Main Road. They claim Powell was hit from his bike by police officers, and then beaten near the gates of the St. Paul's Anglican Church.

Powell's aunt, Nadine Clarke, says a CT scan has revealed that his skull was cracked. Clarke claims that after the Police beat Kemar, they threw him in the back of a police van and threw his motor bike on top of his body.

However, police have said he died after crashing into a utility pole.

INDECOM's Senior Public Relations Officer Kahmeile Reid says they're also investigating reports that shots were fired by the police.

INDECOM is also appealing to anyone who witnessed the incident to call their toll-free numbers, 1-888-935-5550 or 1-888-991-5555.




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Oh Jah Jah the reggae song by actor Eddie Murphy, has topped the iTunes Reggae Top 100 Chart. The single was released two days ago by VPAL Classic, digital arm of VP Records.

Oh Jah Jah replaced Sister Nancy's resurgent 1982 hit single Bam Bam, which now holds second spot. Also in the top five are Do You Wanna by Shifta and Che'Nelle, Three Little Birds by Bob Marley and the Wailers and Matisyahu's One Day.

Oh Jah Jah is Murphy's second reggae number in 18 months. In the summer of 2013, he teamed with rapper Snoop Dogg on the song Red Light.

In an interview with the website www.voiceonline.co.uk, Murphy spoke about his love for reggae.

"My favourite [Jamaican artiste] right now is Chronixx. I also like Beenie Man and I like old stuff too. I like Garnet Silk and of course, I love Bob Marley," he said.

In 1993, Murphy collaborated with Grammy-winning deejay Shabba Ranks for the single, I Was A King. A video for that song was filmed in Portland.




Jah Cure signs deal with VP Records

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Reggae singer, Jah Cure, this week signed a two-album deal with VP Records.

According to the singer, he should have released his Ghetto Life album with VP many years ago, and that should have been his first album if someone did not release a compilation album before that time. He said he has always kept in contact with VP "even when I was down and out".

He disclosed that the album will be released in March and noted that he was pleased with the work done by persons including Llamar 'Riff Raff' Brown, Clive Hunt and Handel Tucker, who played a major role in the album. "These are the persons I chose to work with. I am trying to get the best that I know of and I am not trying to compromise on the product," he said, adding that.

Upon release of the album, he said he will be travelling to places like Russia, Slovenia, Slovakia, Israel, New Caledonia, Australia, New Zealand, Japan and parts of Africa where the album will be promoted heavily, "until I step into the US and Canada that is the biggest market," he said.




Tax dodgers BEWARE!

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Finance Minister Dr. Peter Phillips has served notice that the Jamaican tax authorities will be aggressively pursuig tax dodgers in the upcoming fiscal year.

The Minister disclosed at a special media briefing on Monday that Tax Administration Jamaica (TAJ) will be intensifying collections, due to the decline in revenue inflows this fiscal year.

He said the TAJ will use the increased powers available to it, legislatively, "such as the access to third-party information, the publication of offenders..." and will "undertake efforts to improve taxpayer information and education."




No bail for Scare Dem gang leader

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Leader of the Denham Town-based Scare Dem gang, Omar Spaulding, 31 and seven members of his posse were denied bail when they appeared before the Corporate Area Criminal Court Friday. They were charged two weeks ago under the Criminal Justice Suppression of Criminal Organisations Act or Anti-gang Act.

Investigators say the men - 22 year old Leon Williams: 54 year old taxi operator Anthony Wright; 22 year old Derval Findley from Buff Bay, Portland; Orlando Harris; Adrian Smith; Gerald Simpson and San Sebastian Allen - are linked to murders, shootings and extortion in the Kingston West Police Division. The Scare Dem gang was also linked to the abduction and murder of a Scotia Bank employee last year.

Spaulding was charged last year when three illegal guns were allegedly found at his house in Denham Town. He was out on bail at the time of his latest arrest.

In rejecting the bail application, Senior magistrate Judith Pusey, said she could not grant the men bail based on the nature of the allegations and the possible threat to witnesses.

Court documents reveal that Spaulding took control of the "Scare Dem" Gang last year from its original leader Omar Miller. Since then there have been violent clashes with other gangs in Denham Town and surrounding communities, leading to several murders and shootings in West Kingston.

Investigators say the Scare Dem gang, broke off from the Presidential Click Gang led by former Tivoli Gardens strongman Christopher "Dudus" Coke, following his extradition.




Ganja debate begins in the Senate

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The Jamaican Senate on Friday morning opened the debate on the Dangerous Drugs (Amendment) Act with an overview of the Bill and the rationale behind Cabinet's approval of the changes to the Dangerous Drugs Act presented by Justice Minister, Senator Mark Golding.

He said it was a significant step in ensuring that persons found in possession of small quantities of ganja are subjected only to a fine and no longer attract a criminal record.

Senator Golding said the Bill will also ensure the formulation of a penalty framework for such offenses.

He also touched on how the legislative changes will aid in the development of a viable ganja industry, saying "with the increased recognition of the medicinal advantages of ganja, not only locally, but also internationally, the Bill provides for a legal regulated system for the medical, scientific and therapeutic production and use of ganja."




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Two persons of interest have been identified as the police continue to probe reports of death threats on the lives of leader of the opposition Jamaica Labour Party (JLP)Andrew Holness and JLP General Secretary, Horace Chang.

According to informed sources, one of the persons was reportedly picked up between Wednesday and Thursday and is in police custody.

Investigators also allegedly uncovered a planned attack last Sunday on either Holness or Chang.

It is believed that the hit men agreed to be paid J$ 7 million, of that amount, close to half was handed over to them.

Chang confirmed the threats but declined to give details.




 

J$247 million cocaine bust

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Members of the Jamaica Customs Contraband Enforcement Team, the police and port security seized a 251 pounds of cocaine in a shipment on Tuesday.

The drug,valued at more than J$247 million was found in three traveling bags.

No one was arrested.





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The Brown family is asking for prayers.

On Wednesday, doctors treating Bobbi Kristina Brown attempted to rouse her from a medically induced coma, but, according to CNN and People, she began having seizures when taken off the medications, and she was put back into the coma.

"Bobby [Brown] is beside himself," a source tells People of the latest development.

Bobbi Kristina, the 21-year-old daughter of Whitney Houston and Bobby Brown, had remained in a medically induced coma since she was found unresponsive in a bathtub on Jan. 31. Last week, doctors removed her breathing tube, allowing Brown to be ventilated through a hole in her throat.

"This is a horrible setback. Everyone was hopeful that this was the sign that she'd turned the corner. We were so optimistic," People's source continues. "Bobby is taking this so hard; he was sure this was going to be a good day. But please, everyone needs to pray for Krissi. I don't care what religion you are, or if you have no religion at all. Send your thoughts, your prayers, your well-wishes. Send everything you've got. Please."





Look out for the Vanessa Bling Lipstick

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Dancehall artiste Vanessa Bling, formerly called Gaza Slim, is gearing up to launch a line of lipstick called Vanessa Bling lipstick. According to the artiste, the product will be available for purchase online and in selected stores islandwide.

Vanessa Bling, who is known for singles like Independent Ladies and One Man, says it is only inevitable that she should invest in products, since her mentor Vybz Kartel was also a business person.

"I love lipsticks, I am a businesswoman and I love to try different things. Sometimes the music business is very slow, so you have to try different things to back it up," Vanessa Bling said.

She further explained: "It will be distributed world-wide. I am very proud to follow in Vybz Kartel's footstep because he had his rum line and his condom line as well. It's good to know that I am the first female from his camp to be doing something like this. I am very proud of myself and I know he would be proud as well," she said.

The singer also operates her own record label called VB Records and has produced some of her own singles.

"I am also a designer, I designed the dress I wore to YVAs and it received a lot of credit from persons who saw it," she added.





etana-photo-2.jpgReggae veteran, Ibo Cooper, announced on stage at the Ranny Williams Centre last night that songbird Etana, known as 'The Strong One' would not be performing as advertised as she was not only sick, she had been hospitalised.

YardFlex understands that the singer had been complaining about dizziness and pains in the side. She fell unconscious yesterday and was rushed to the hospital where she was put on IV. Her management says that Etana is now undergoing a series of tests and they will give an update on her condition later.

Etana, who just completed a three-week tour in Europe, was one of the headline acts for JaRIA's Reggae Month celebrations last night. Also absent was Richie Stephens.

Christopher Martin, however, put on an energetic performance and proved an amazing show closer.





Unease as 2 senior cops lose their US visas

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Two high-ranking police officers have reportedly joined the list of members of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) whose visas have been revoked by the United States government.

Reports are that the visas were taken away recently.

These two senior officers are said to be attached to two sensitive areas of the JCF. One climbed up the ranks of the Criminal Investigation Branch (CIB) over the years, before he was recently reassigned. The other has been very active in the operational arm of the police force.

A top law-enforcement officer, who spoke with one Jamaican newspaper on condition of anonymity, confirmed yesterday that the visas of the two well-known lawmen were revoked.

While not disclosing much, the officer further stressed that more members of the JCF are likely to have their visas revoked soon.

As is protocol, the US Embassy refused to confirm the reports.

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Chris Gayle says he felt pressured to perform

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Canberra (AFP) - West Indies opener Chris Gayle became the first batsman to score a World Cup double century on Tuesday and admitted he had never felt such pressure to perform.

His double ton came off just 138 balls -- the quickest 200 in all ODI cricket -- including nine fours and 16 sixes as he surpassed the previous World Cup best of 188 not out by South Africa's Gary Kirsten against the United Arab Emirates at Rawalpindi in 1996.

Gayle was eventually out off the last delivery of the innings, having faced 147 balls, with 10 fours and 16 sixes taking his team to an imposing 372 for two in the company of Marlon Samuels, whose 133 not out was reduced to a support act.Zimbabwe were bowled out for 289 in reply to give West Indies a 73-run win on the Duckworth/Lewis method.

Left-hander Gayle's record blast meant he has now completed a career sweep of a triple century in Tests, double century in ODIs and a century in Twenty20 internationals.

"I got a bit of cramp and I was feeling a bit tired," said Gayle, fortunate to be given not out after an lbw appeal to the first ball he faced went to a review. "I didn't want to be out with the first ball -- I said 'you can't be serious?'," he said. "I was under pressure to score runs, and I kept getting messages from Twitter and on my cell phone from fans. I have never known so many people wanting Chris Gayle to do so well."

Gayle's record-shattering innings came just days after he was inadvertently caught up in an embarrassing Twitter gaffe by West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) president Dave Cameron, who retweeted a post from a spectator calling for the batsman to be pensioned off.

"I have never felt this kind of pressure, but in the end, I am sure I gave them something to talk about," said Gayle. "A lot of time people don't know what you are going through as I had some issues with injuries. I am also not getting any younger so age is definitely catching up on me."

His innings was only the fifth double century in all one-day international cricket and the first by a non-Indian, with Rohit Sharma (two), Sachin Tendulkar and Virender Sehwag the only other batsmen to achieve the feat.

Gayle and Samuels also set a new partnership record for any ODI wicket. Their unbroken stand of 372 surpassed the 331 shared by India's Rahul Dravid and Tendulkar against New Zealand at Hyderabad (Deccan) in 1999.

"Ever since Rohit got two, I have been hounded to get one as well," smiled Gayle, who even took two wickets with his gentle off-spin when Zimbabwe batted.

After collecting the man-of-the-match award, Gayle said it was key that his side now focused on Friday's crucial clash against South Africa in Sydney. "It was a fantastic day from a personal point of view, but now we have another tough game coming up against South Africa who have just beaten us 4-1 so we'll be concentrating on that," he added.

West Indies captain Jason Holder praised Gayle. "Chris is an outstanding player, it's great to have him back in form and hopefully he can carry it through to the finals," said Holder.

Zimbabwe skipper Elton Chigumbura said his side had been unfortunate with the lbw review when Gayle was on nought. "We were unlucky with the Gayle lbw but he played a massive innings today," said Chigumbura. "Gayle is the kind of player who is destructive but we just have to forget about what happened."

Gayle's innings sparked a stream of plaudits on Twitter: "Finally he's got a double hundred in one day cricket ! That doesn't surprise me who else than @henrygale what a stage to get it tho," tweeted India's Yuvraj Singh.

His boss at Indian Premier League outfit Royal Challengers, Vijay Mallya said the innings was a perfect response to those who wanted him dropped.

"@henrygale silences his critics and gives a fitting answer to all the recent comments on Twitter. Our big maan creates even more records," wrote Mallya, who also owns the Force India F1 team.

The record also did not go unnoticed in Japan, hardly a hotbed of international cricket.

"Japan Cricket must reluctantly admit that @henrygale is making it quite difficult for us to get any work done this afternoon #WIvZIM," tweeted the Japanese Cricket Association.





ncb-employee-alicia-prince-collapses-sigma.jpgAn autopsy conducted on the body of Alicia Prince, who collapsed and died during the Sigma run for charity last Sunday, has revealed that she died of cardiac failure.

The post mortem examination was conducted on Tuesday.

Prince, who was employed as a customer service representative at the National Commercial Bank at the time of her passing, collapsed on West Kings House Road during the Sigma run.

Her death has shaken former colleagues who hailed her lively spirit and charming personality.

She has also been hailed as a 'Live Wire' by government senator Lambert Brown.

The event organisers had targeted $25 million for the Jamaica Kidney Kids Foundation and the Neonatal Unit at Cornwall Regional Hospital. The event raised just over $26 million.





$100,000 Crime Stop reward

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crime-stop-errol-osborne.jpgCrime Stop is offering a reward of $100,000 for information, leading to the arrest of the killer of Errol Osborne.

Reports are that on Friday, January 2, Mr Osborne had just arrived home in Fontabelle, St. Mary when a man armed with a gun ran into his yard and pointed his gun at him.

Two workmen who were with Mr Osborne ran for cover then several explosions were heard.

Police later found Mr. Osborne inside his car with gunshot wounds all over his body.

Crime Stop says it is anxious to help the family and friends of Mr. Osborne find closure to this murder.

Anyone with information that can help the police solve this case is being asked to call Crime Stop at 311.





Technician extradited to face sex offence charges

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Homer Bishop, technician of Margarete Villa Road, Kingston 10, who is wanted in the state of New Jersey, United States of America, for aggravated sexual assault and having sexual intercourse with a minor, younger than 13, was extradited yesterday.

Reports are that on January 13, detectives from the Counter Terrorism and Organised Crime Investigation Branch's (C-TOC) Fugitive Apprehension Team arrested the 41 -year-old Bishop on an extradition warrant. On Thursday, January 15, Bishop appeared in the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate's Court where he was ordered extradited, after waiving his right to an extradition hearing.

He was yesterday escorted off the island to the United States of America where he will answer to the charges.





Ganja decriminalised in Jamaica

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Parliament has given the go ahead for long-awaited changes to be made to the law governing marijuana as part of plans to decriminalise the use and cultivation of the drug.

Parliamentarians last evening passed the bill to amend The Dangerous Drugs Act.

The ill, which was amended in The Senate earlier this month, will seek to decriminalise small quantities of marijuana for personal use as well as allow for the use of hemp for manufacturing purposes.

Additionally, the bill will allow for the use of marijuana for religious, therapeutic and medical purposes.

In opening the debate yesterday, Minister of National Security, Peter Bunting stated that the decriminalisation of marijuana would remove the monopoly organised gangs would have on the drug, thereby reducing the value and ultimately dismantling the drug ring.

Meanwhile, Opposition Member, Delroy Chuck stated that with the passage of this bill, Jamaica should seek to find out why the international community has made this a prohibited drug.





Michael Sharpe's assault case dismissed

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Journalist and District Constable Michael Sharpe walked free from the St. Catherine Resident Magistrate's Court Tuesday morning.

Sharpe was scheduled to answer charges of assault concerning a May 2013 incident on the Hellshire Main Road in St. Catherine.

According to reports, Sharpe went to assist the complainant in a domestic dispute, however, six months after the incident the complainant filed a report with the St. Catherine South Police. Following investigations the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions ruled that Sharpe should be charged with assault.

He pleaded not guilty in court and shortly after a submission from the Clerk of Courts the Magistrate ruled that Sharpe had no case to answer and the case was dismissed.





Video of school-girl beating vendor being probed

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A fight between a schoolgirl and a vendor, whose child was slapped repeatedly in the face in Sam Sharpe Square, Montego Bay, has left the vendor seriously injured and has attracted the attention of the police.

A three-minute video of the incident, which has gained traction on Facebook, shows the vendor and the schoolgirl having a heated argument over why the student hit the woman's child.The video was posted on February 17 and it is unclear how recent the fight was.

"Weh you box him fah if him even do nothing?" The vendor asked. The student in full view of the camera then stated, "mi never box him." Prompting the child, who is a female and who appears to attend an early childhood institution, to state, "you box mi three times."

The mother then demanded to know what her child did that would warrant her being slapped in the face three times, to which another schoolgirl said there was an incident involving the child's lunch pan.

After this exchange, the irate mother then pushed the schoolgirl in the face leading to both of them wrestling in the square, commonly referred to as 'Parade', in front of a number of persons who had gathered. Several blows were then exchanged between the vendor and the student.

After a few seconds, the vendor was seen wiping blood pouring from her face, which ended the scuffle. Persons could be heard telling the woman to go to hospital.

The Barnett Street police confirmed the incident. No charges have been laid against the student as interviews are still ongoing and the student, who is a minor, has to be interviewed in the presence of a parent or guardian.





Scammers target Tifa and Dexta Daps

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dexta-daps-tifa-jealous-ova.jpgWith their song 'Jealous Ova' gaining traction since its video release recently, dancehall artistes Tifa and Dexta Daps have become the target of scammers.

The music video was released about a week ago and already unscrupulous persons have come out of the woodworks trying to profit from their work. Reports are that persons have set up fake Facebook accounts and have been trying to collect money on behalf of both parties.

According to Craig Harrisingh of Daseca Productions, "People have created fake Facebook pages and email accounts presenting themself as Dexta Daps or as his management. They are taking people's money for dub plates and deposits for shows."

He continued, "Dexta Daps does not conduct any business whatsoever via social media. If his business doesn't go through DASECA Productions it's not real. This has been going on for about a month. In the past two weeks or so these people have started to include Tifa in their scamming deal. They are now telling promoters that they can get Dexta Daps and Tifa as a package at a ridiculous price. Daseca Productions is the sole booking agent for Dexta Daps, and Solid Agency handles all of Tifa's bookings."

Both Tifa and Dexta Daps have since made posts on their social media informing the public of the scam.

Meanwhile, Jealous Ova continues to do well having debuted at number 17 on Ernie B's Top 20 reggae chart in the UK which airs on Capital Extra, a mainstream R&B/hip-hop station in the UK.

The Daseca-produced single has been impacting radio over the past few months, and the accompanying music video, which was directed by Short Films Ja and shot on location at Lime Cay, has been getting online views and airplay.





The police in Westmoreland theorise that Monday's attack at a shop in Negril that led to the death of an 18 year old girl and injured four others was linked to lottery scammers.

Dead is Ombretta Jackson, of Lime Tree Lane in West End, Negril.

Investigators way Jackson acted as a courier for men linked to the lottery scam in Negril. It's understood that the masterminds behind the scam accused her of withholding funds.

The police report that shortly after 8pm, Jackson and others were at a shop when they were approached by two men who opened fire. A 15 year old boy is among the injured.

The gunmen escaped on a motorbike.

Two of the injured are listed in critical condition.





Dennis Brown tribute concert postponed

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The tribute concert set for Sunday, February 22, to celebrate the life and music of reggae's crown prince, Dennis Emmanuel Brown, has been postponed.

The show, which was scheduled to be held at the Kingston Waterfront has become a principal showcase in the celebration of Reggae Month during February.Brown's daughter, Marla, who was scheduled to perform, confirmed the postponement.

"I was called to a meeting yesterday (Thursday) where I was informed that the show is off. They are looking at something in July around the anniversary of dad's death," the British-born Brown said.

When pressed for a reason for the shifting in the date she offered: "I think they were coming up short on funds."

Brown died in July 1999 of pneumonia complications. He was 42.





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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. homeland security chief said on Sunday he takes seriously an apparent threat by Somali-based Islamist militants against prominent shopping sites in the West including the Mall of America in Minnesota and urged people there to be careful.

Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson was reacting to a video attributed to al Shabaab appearing to call for attacks on Western shopping areas, specifically mentioning Mall of America, the West Edmonton Mall in Canada, London's Oxford Street and sites in Paris.

"This latest statement from al Shabaab reflects the new phase we've evolved to in the global terrorist threat, in that you have groups such as al Shabaab and ISIL publicly calling for independent actors in their homelands to carry out attacks," Johnson told the CNN program "State of the Union," using an acronym for the militant group Islamic State.

Asked about the threat to Mall of America, which is one of the world's largest shopping areas, Johnson said: "Anytime a terrorist organization calls for an attack on a specific place, we've got to take that seriously." He advised people going to the Mall of America to be particularly careful.

One U.S. intelligence official said security officials indeed are worried about the risk of an attack on U.S. soil by a solitary militant, but al Shabaab as a group has not appeared to gain much traction with most Somalis in the West, including in Minneapolis.

"In balance, I don't think this video adds much on top of the ubiquitous 'lone offender' threat," said the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity.

Staff Sergeant Brent Meyer of Canada's Royal Canadian Mounted Police said "there is no evidence at this time of any specific or imminent threat to Canadians." In Britain, a spokesman said London police were aware of the video and were assessing it.

Mall of America and West Edmonton Mall issued statements saying they were implementing extra security measures.





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Dancehall artiste, Moses 'Beenie Man' Davis was the guest lecturer at Belmont Academy in Westmoreland which kicked off its three-day black history celebrations on Friday with a panel discussion ‎on the importance of Black History Month and a lecture.

Beenie Man's lecture, under the headline 'Life and Work of a Home Grown Hero', was centred on Peter Tosh, who grew up in the community of Belmont.

According to Beenie Man, Tosh's 1976 hit Legalize it is now a catalyst for the now fervent calls for the legalization of marijuana in Jamaica. He also hailed Tosh as one of the icons of reggae music and attributed him with some of the most powerful and potent songs ever recorded.

Panelist included Iyah V, a member of the Westmoreland Hemp and Ganja Farmers Association; Belmont community leader, Wolde Kristos; Daniela Woodbine, the deputy head girl of Belmont Academy; Shane Clarke and Lady Renae, both of Irie FM.

The discussion was centred ‎around the importance of the celebrations of black history as well as how to improve the methods of celebrations in order to engage more of the nation's youth.





Jamaican extradited on drugs charges

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Juel Dunn, who also goes by the names "Dalton Stephenson", "Dalton Calvin" and "Shortman" of Top Hill in St Elizabeth and Chambers Avenue, Granville, St James, has been extradited to the United States to face charges relating to narcotics trafficking.

He was extradited to Florida on Thursday following his arrest by the Fugitive Apprehension Team FAT, with the support of other local and international law enforcement agencies.
Dunn, who has a 14-year warrant for cocaine possession in Florida, was taken into custody by FAT in St Thomas on January 9.

He was taken before the Corporate Area Criminal Court on January 15 where he waived his right for an extradition hearing.

The Police High Command has congratulated law enforcement agents in bringing Dunn to face the courts.





NCB employee collapses and dies at Sigma Run

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ncb-employee-alicia-prince.jpg Thirty-six year-old Alicia Prince, an employee of the National Commercial Bank, died this morning during the staging of the Sagicor Sigma Corporate Run in Kingston.

Sagicor Group Jamaica Limited has extended condolences to the family, co-workers and friends of Alicia Prince.

"Our deepest sympathies are with Ms Prince's family," said Richard Byles, President and CEO of Sagicor Group Jamaica.

Sagicor explained in a release today that 36-year-old Prince, an employee at the National Commercial Bank, was this morning treated by doctors in the vicinity of West King's House Road.

"She received immediate medical treatment from a medical team including a medical doctor, two Emergency Medical Technicians (EMT) and a nurse in one of several medical vehicles deployed along the route and was taken to Andrews Memorial Hospital where she received additional treatment," the release added.





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Cops assigned to the Narcotics Division have arrested and charged 29-year-old Jermaine Brown of a Kingston 12 address, after ganja weighing over 2000 pounds was seized on Second Street in Newport West.

The police reported that on February 6 at about 8:00 pm, a Toyota Hiace bus with three men aboard drove up to the main entrance of the Kingston Container Terminal and attempted to gain access.

However, the security guards became suspicious and while making further enquiries, the bus sped away. The police were alerted and the bus was later found abandoned in the area.

During a search of the vehicle, 19 knitted bags were found with a total of 398 parcels of compressed ganja. The ganja has an estimated street value of $15 million. Cops probing the find uncovered that the bus was rented from a company by Brown. He was subsequently held and charged with the offences of possession of and dealing in ganja, taking preparatory steps to and conspiracy to export ganja, as well as using vehicle as a conveyance.

Brown appeared before the Corporate Area Criminal Court on Friday, and is scheduled to reappear on Monday, March 9.





Hundreds mark 50 years since Malcolm X assassination

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Activists, actors, and politicians attended a ceremony in New York City at the place where civil rights leader Malcolm X was shot to death 50 years ago.

About 300 people gathered Saturday in Harlem to hear remarks from officials and one of Malcolm X's daughters, Ilyasah Shabazz.

The ceremony was held at the Malcolm X & Dr. Betty Shabazz Memorial and Educational Center, previously known as the Audubon Ballroom.

A blue light shone onto the floor in the exact spot where he was killed. A mural with images of Malcolm X adorns a wall.

Malcolm X was shot Feb. 21, 1965, as he was preparing to address his followers. By then, the Muslim leader had moderated his militant message of black separatism but remained a passionate advocate of self-respect and self-reliance.





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Bobbi Kristina Brown was allegedly under the influence of drugs on the morning she was found facedown and unresponsive in a bathtub, People reports.

Sources close to the 21-year-old claim Brown had been regularly using heroin, cocaine and Xanax in the past few months, as well as drinking excessively. No official toxicology report has been released.

Another source says Brown has been "in and out" of rehab during the last three years since her mother, Whitney Houston, died. On Feb. 11, 2012, Houston was found dead in a hotel bathtub. Though the singer had died from drowning, an autopsy confirmed that she had drugs in her system at the time.

It has now been 22 days since Brown was discovered and hospitalized. She has been on life support ever since and recently underwent a tracheotomy to prevent an infection from her breathing tube.





Ward of the state hangs himself

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A male ward who was found hanging in a bathroom at the Rio Cobre Juvenile Correctional Centre in Tredegar Park, Spanish Town on Friday, was pronounced dead at the Spanish Town Hospital in the afternoon.

The Department of Correctional Services has not provided further details. His parents have been informed of his death, however, his name has not been released as he was below age 16.

The Department of Correctional Services says the Ministry of National Security Inspectorate Unit and the police are conducting investigations.





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CEO of UIM Records, and one of dancehall's leading producers, Andrew 'Anju Blaxx' Myrie, has been ordered detained pending trial. The 30-year-old, who is charged with conspiracy, wire fraud, and money laundering in the District of North Dakota, had his bail decision overturned by a North Dakota judge last Wednesday.

According to a court order from North Dakota District Judge Daniel L Hovland, Blaxxx "poses a substantial flight risk".

He added: "The court has conducted a de novo review of the record, including the transcript of the pre-trial detention/removal hearing, and finds the Government [North Dakota Federal prosecutors] has demonstrated the defendant [Myrie] poses a substantial flight risk and no condition or combination of conditions will reasonably assure [his] appearance in the District of North Dakota," the order, read in part.

"The court notes the defendant [Myrie] is subject to an immigration detainer and possible removal to Jamaica," the order continued.

The producer was arrested by American law enforcement officers in Florida on February 6. He was ordered released at his second detention/removal hearing in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Miami, on February 11. However, that move was "stayed" pending an appeal by North Dakota prosecutors.

The UIM producer, whose hits include Bugle's No Compatible as well as the Punjabi, Purge, Sanction, Journey, Beach Bunx, Coolie Gal, Nymphomaniac, and Klappaz rhythms, is up for a YVA Producer of the Year award.

Myrie, who is being represented by attorney Nathan P Diamond, will be transported to North Dakota for arraignment in a matter of weeks and a trial date will be set in that state.





'Masicka Fi Mine Him Son' Facebook attack on deejay

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masicka-photo-2.jpgOn February 5, 2014, a Facebook group, 'Masicka Fi Mine Him Son' was created and already has 145 members. The description on the group says, "Encourage unu DJ fi mine him son" and there are several pictures of a little boy posted on the profile.

That same day, someone commented in the group and said, "go to court and tell them you want to take out a summons for him and them will deal with it from there ..., but how I don't see any pic with you and him?" To that the person who created the group responded, "He is never around so you won't see a pic of me and him."

Masicka, who recently broke ties with the Konshens-led Sunkonshus Music and has been focusing on his career, recently released the singles General A Road, Just Can't Do It and Waiting. He has not commented on any of this drama, although he has pictures of the same little boy posted on his own personal Instagram page.

The woman also took her rant to Instagram earlier this week, where she launched an attack on the artiste, but deleted the post some hours later. In that post, the woman accuses him of being a homosexual, as well as someone who engages in oral sex.

"Him buss before him. Oh wow! Waste a everything. Si mi and rush mi nuh dawg a dat yuh fi do. Loud and proud ...; defend it and mek people dead now," she said, in the Instagram post that was made on Monday.





Delacree tense after cops kill area don

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There are reports of tension in the Delacree area of the Corporate Area, following a fatal shooting by the police late Friday.

Reports are that a community leader was killed by the police during a confrontation about 9pm. Some residents who are upset about the incident, mounted a demonstration in the community.





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Devontae Sparks, the 18 year-old Holmwood student accused of killing his schoolmate, Stephan Hanson, 16, was offered bail when he appeared in the Mandeville Resident Magistrate's Court on Thursday. His bail set at J$800,000 with surety.

The court was told that Sparks and another student were involved in an altercation when Hanson intervened. He was reportedly stabbed by Sparks and was rushed to hospital where he was pronounced dead. Sparks was taken into custody and following questioning was charged with murder.

He is scheduled to return to the Mandeville Resident Magistrate's Court onApril 16 when his case will again be mentioned.





Budget for West Kingston Enquiry now $250 million

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The Jamaican Government has allocated J$200 million in the 2015/2016 Estimates of Expenditure to cover the cost of the West Kingston Commission of Enquiry.

This is in addition to $50 million dollars set aside in the 201/2015 Budget.

Last month, a breakdown of the budget for the Commission of Enquiry via the Access to Information Act, found that the salary of the Chairman Sir David Simmons exceeded the $50 million expenditure.

The salaries for the other two commissioners - Justice Hazel Harris and Professor Anthony Harriott; legal counsel Garth McBean; junior counsel Symone Mayhew and secretary to the Commission, Maria Jones, totalled $208.7 million.





The Senior Immigration Officer charged with the rape of a 28 year old Jamaican woman at his house in December in the Bahamas was denied bail when he appeared in court on Thursday afternoon.

Norman Bastian,53, appeared before Magistrate Andrew Forbes.

It is expected that the matter will proceed by way of a voluntary bill of indictment which means that a preliminary inquiry will be by-passed and the matter will be fast tracked to the supreme court for trial.

The incident happened when the woman was detained and released after an immigration raid on a bar in Nassau.

It's alleged the immigration officer then took the Jamaican woman to his house where he raped her before releasing her two days later.

Bastian is expected back to court on February 23.





Police walk for peace in Cassava Piece

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peace.jpgAssistant Commissioner of Police Derrick 'Cowboy' Knight, who heads the police Area 3, will lead a contingent of police on a peace walk through the community of Cassava Piece in St Andrew on Friday.

The community has been tense this week since a man was shot and injured.

For several months the community has been relatively quiet, but in recent times tensions have been flaring up between rivals based in the community.

Acting head of the St Andrew North Division, Superintendent Clive Blair, will also take part in the peace walk.





J$641 billion budget

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Finance Minister Dr. Peter Phillips has tabled a budget of J$641 billion budget for the upcoming fiscal year.

The budget was tabled in Parliament on Tuesday, following which Phillips held a press briefing to outline his plans.The budget is a big jump from that of J$ 539 billion that is expected to be spent this year.Of this amount J$310 billion will go to debt servicing - that's roughly 48 cents out of every dollar.

The next biggest expenditure will be the public sector wage bill - J$165 billion has been set aside to pay public sector workers representing an increase of 3.4 percent. The rest of the money goes to programmes and capital expenditure.

Phillips said the authorities will be going after compliance initiatives more aggressively this year but at the end he is still expecting a financing gap of J$8 billion, an indication that new taxes to that amount will be sought.

The Finance Minister said the details will be revealed on March 12 but the early indication is that companies will be targeted heavily for the money with the public bearing less of the cost.Robinson, 37, broke down in tears on Thursday after he was sentenced to life in prison for killing Santoya Campbell.





Bobbi Kristina's breathing tube removed

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Almost three weeks after she was found unresponsive in a bathtub, Bobbi Kristina Brown is still fighting for her life. Doctors have removed her breathing tube, two sources close to the family told CNN on Thursday, one day after the procedure supposedly took place.

Brown, daughter of late singing star Whitney Houston, will now be ventilated through a hole in her throat.

"This is an indication that the patient will need this for weeks and months to come, as opposed to hours and days," said CNN's chief medical correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta.

He said the move lowers the risk of infection and is standard procedure.

Brown, 21, remains in a medically induced coma at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta. Doctors are attempting to slowly lift her coma, according to sources close to the family. The extent of her injuries is not known.

Police have said they're treating Brown's case as a criminal investigation. She was found in a bathtub full of water on January 31 at her Roswell, Georgia, residence.





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santoya-killer-cornelius-robinson.jpgCornelius Robinson,37, has been sentenced to life in prison for the murder of 14 year old Frome Technical High School student Santoya Campbell.

Robinson who was sentenced on Thursday in the Savanna-la-Mar resident magistrate's court, will be eligible for parole in 25 years. Robinson, who operated a photo studio in Westmoreland, was charged days after the teen's body was found near her school. He was also charged with having sex with a person under 16 years old. However, that charge was withdrawn when he pleaded guilty to murder.

Robinson confessed to killing 14-year-old Santoya Campbell in Westmoreland two weeks ago. After strangling her to death, he stuffed the body of the girl in a garbage bag. The child's body was found close to the Frome Technical High School where she attended.

Justice Marvin Gayle, who presided over the case, gave Robinson the opportunity to speak at the sentencing. Robinson cried and issued an apology to the school girl's family and to those who thought highly of him.

The Family members of Campbell wept in court while the killer was being sentenced.









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A source tells ET that Bobbi Kristina Brown's family has no plans as of now to take her off life support.

The family met yesterday to decide whether the 21-year-old daughter of Whitney Houston and Bobby Brown should remain on a ventilator in a medically-induced coma. Legally, the final decision is up to Bobby and a source told ET that he was the most upbeat that they've heard him sound in a while -- and gave no indication that he's even thinking of removing his daughter from life support.

According to the source, Bobbi Kristina is making improvements, her vital signs are stable and her organs are not failing. The family did not, however, address the possibility of brain damage.

It's been almost three weeks since Bobbi Kristina was discovered unresponsive in her bathtub on Jan. 31, and was rushed to a hospital in Rosewell, Georgia. The incident came just days prior to the third anniversary of Houston's death.

While the family continues to hold out hope for Bobbi Kristina's recovery, Dr. Julian Bragg, a neurologist at Midtown Neurology in Atlanta, who is not one of Bobbi Kristina's doctors, tells ET that patients in her condition may have significant brain damage.





digicel.jpg With Bacchanal Fridays starting tomorrow at Mas Camp, telecommunications leader and title sponsor of Bacchanal, Digicel, is promising bigger, better things for socaphiles this season.

To give patrons a taste of what to expect each week, during the recent Bacchanal launch, the company featured the now popular 'selfie' sticks, which attendees used to capture their most memorable Bacchanal launch moments to share on social media using the hashtag, #SharediMoment.

"Starting this weekend with Bacchanal Fridays, we will be having loads of giveaways of smartphones and data plans so that our customers can chronicle their experience on social media while spreading the soca fever to their family and friends," said Kamal Powell, senior sponsorship and development manager at Digicel.

Digicel is also getting ready to unveil its overall campaign for the Carnival season, with its brand ambassador Yendi Phillipps as the lead. The campaign will give customers a chance to win even more prizes and take advantage of amazing phone deals.

"We know that our customers love the buzz and energy that the soca season brings, so look out for our Carnival campaign offers, which will also give customers a chance to win tickets to soca parties, plus Digicel Lijuan costumes to chip down the road with us on Road March day on April 12," Powell shared.

Patrons can also secure their costumes now to join the Digicel Lijuan band. Costumes range from US$280 for male costumes up to US$429 for female costumes.

The first stop in the Bacchanal series is scheduled for Friday with Bacchanal Fridays and will climax with Digicel Night on Friday, March 27.





Actor Boy Awards nominees announced

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The Actor Boy Awards will be held on March 30 at Courtleigh Auditorium. and with just about a month lto go the event organizers announced the nominees in each category at a brief ceremony on Sunday evening at Jampro's business auditorium in Kingston.

The year 2014 saw one of the most varied and exciting years in Jamaican theatre, with 19 productions qualifying for nomination. These plays span a range of genres and categories, including children's theatre, musical, drama, and comedy, and featured some of the best that Jamaica had to offer throughout the year.

Patrick Brown's Caught in the Net and Trevor Nairne's Saving Alligator High earned the highest number of nominations, with 11. For Best Leading Actor, Glen Campbell received two nominations for his role in Saving Alligator High and Funny Kind of Love. Other nominees in this category included Alwyn Scott, Christopher MacFarlane, and Tesfa Edwards.Nominnees for Best Leading Actress are Leonie Forbes, Suzette Barrett, Sharee-McDonald Russell, Rosie Murray and Ruth Ho-shing.

The award categories also feature those behind the scenes, including directors, choreographers, music directors, costumers and set designers, lighting and sound designers and overall technical management.





Turbo Blacks hits the spot with 'Gully Bop Attack'

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Dancehall artiste Turbo Blacks is creating quite a stir with the release of his new single titled 'Gully Bop Attack' which calls up the names of a few artites, including the man himself, Gully Bop. However, according to the Mandeville-based artiste, whose real name is Ricardo Green, he did not record the song to diss Gully Bop.

The song was produced by Turbo Blacks and released on his R&G label. Firing off lyrical shots, Turbo Blacks chants "Dem sey mad man a run di business, mash mouth new way fi have di business. Mi hear sey Ele a go pull front teeth fi run di business", in the punchline of the song.

Since its release two weeks ago, Gully Bop Attack has enjoyed heavy rotation on a number of top local radio stations. The song is also doing well online. So far, it has received several thousand hits on various YouTube channels.

"I've been in the business for a while and I've recorded a lot of positive cultural dancehall and reggae songs, but none of them has ever gotten the response Gully Bop Attack is getting. The people love it in the streets. My phone has been ringing off the hook, selectors are calling me like crazy to record dub plates for them," Turbo Blacks said.

"My song is not dissing Gully Bop or any of the other artistes mentioned it. I'm just singing about what's going on in the music business right now. When Gully Bop got his break on the net they said he was a madman. Since then, we've seen a lot of other so-called 'madmen' coming into the music business. My song is just highlighting what's happening in a humorous way," he said.





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Montego Bay will host the sixth staging of the BritJam Spring Break Festival from March 11 to 17. The seven fun-filled day and night event will feature a slew of parties across the western city, among them: Spring Rave at the Whitter Village; I Will Be There beach party; We Love The 90s at Pier One; All White Bikini Pool Party, Millbrook Villa in Spring Farm; Glamorous at Aquasol Tennis Court; Flesh at the Aqueduct, Rose Hall; Fire in the City, Cook Out at Mespow Park and Kinky Lingerie Party at Club Kokonutz.

Hundreds of spring breakers from the US, Britain and Japan are expected to fly into Montego Bay for the much-anticipated event, which will feature a number of local acts including Beenie Man, D'Angel, I-Octane, Konshens, Tifa, Spice, Aidonia, Pop Caan, RickyTeetz, Chi Ching Ching, Chilando and G-Whizz. Japanese artistes Ackee and Salt Fish and DJ Rio King Star will also appear at some of the parties.

According to Andrae 'P'Nut' Brown, a member of the event's organising committee, not only is BritJam a source of fun-filled entertainment, but it contributes to the local economy.

"What we are doing is to put ourselves out there to build Montego Bay. Everybody has it that Kingston is the entertainment capital of Jamaica, but that should not be so. How we are positioned in Montego Bay, the resources that we have to offer... Montego Bay, by right, should be the entertainment capital of Jamaica. With that said, we see that vision and we are on a mission to establish that and to bring that to life," Brown said.

Red Stripe Brand Ambassador Teika Samuda, who announced that her company this year has increased its sponsorship of the event by 50 per cent over the previous year, cited "the hard work and dedication of the BritJam team" for such a significant increase.

"They have really established the event, which is now a staple on the entertainment calendar. Jamaicans locally as well as persons internationally, are looking forward to the event," she stated.





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The Bahamas police have charged a Senior Immigration Officer with rape after a Jamaican woman alleged that he took her to his home and assaulted her. The incident happened last December when the woman was detained and released after an immigration raid on a bar in Nassau.

It's alleged the immigration officer then took the Jamaican woman to his house where he raped her before releasing her two days later.

An investigation was launched by the Bahamas Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Immigration with the Foreign Minister Fred Mitchell, declaring at the time "the chips will fall where they may".

The Officer was charged and brought before the Criminal Court in capital Nassau earlier Thursday afternoon.





16 killed in Haiti carnival parade tragedy

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haiti-carnival-tragedy.jpg At least 16 people were killed during Haiti's national Carnival parade in an accident involving an electrical shock on a float, government officials said. An "accident following an electrical shock" happened on a parade float in Port-au-Prince at 2:48 a.m. ET Tuesday, Haitian Communications Minister Rothschild Francis Junior said.

The government spokesman did not elaborate on the accident. Seventy-eight other people were injured, the office of Haiti's Prime Minister said. Video from the scene appeared to show a power line striking a man atop a float. Chaos erupted and revelers ran in all directions.

"My sincerest sympathies (are) with the victims of the grave incident this morning at the Champ de Mars celebrating Mardi Gras Carnaval," Haitian President Michel Martelly said on Twitter.





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The man held by the police in connection with fabricated death threats against Opposition Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) leader Andrew Holness and JLP General Secretary Dr. Horace Chang, was remanded yesterday when he appeared in court.

Maxie Robinson,47, was charged last week with creating public mischief, after an investigation revealed that his claim that a contract had been taken out on the lives of the two men was a hoax.When he appeared before the Corporate Area Criminal Court, Robinson's attorney requested copies of statements in the case.

The attorney told the court he wants the statements to determine whether to go to trial.

The Police High Command says Robinson has a long rap sheet for fraud and was recently released from prison. He is scheduled to return to court on March 10.





90 pounds of ganja seized

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Police seized about 90 pounds of ganja during an operation in Manchester and St. Elizabeth on the weekend.

The operation was carried out by officers attached to the Area Three, Transnational Crime and Narcotics Division (TCND).

Reports received are that during the operation a total of 90 pounds of ganja was seized with an estimated street value of $450 thousand. Five pounds of ganja seeds and 10 thousand seedlings were also destroyed.

No one was taken into custody in connection with the seizure.





Negarsh Dawkins, the 18-year-old a labourer of Spanish Town, who is charged for the murder of his father was offered bail when he appeared in court yesterday..

Dawkins is accused of fatally stabbing his 42-year-old father Gary Dawkins, a cabinet maker also of Old Harbour Road.

The accused was offered bail in the sum of $200 thousand with surety in The Spanish Town RM Court. As a condition of his bail, Dawkins is to report to The Portmore Police twice weekly. He is to return to court on June 9, 2015.

It is alleged that on Sunday February 8, about 4:00 a.m., the senior Dawkins was reportedly beaten by his son. The father died at hospital.





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The Jamaica Public Service (JPS) is fuming after being directed by the Office of Utilities Regulation (OUR), to refund customers close to one billion dollars in foreign exchange adjustments it imposed on fuel supplied by Petrojam.

The adjustments were for the period March to December 2013.

In response, the JPS said the directive has come at a bad time and will also have financial implications for the company.

"This comes at a very very bad time. No one can afford not to be able to include the legitimate cost in the price of the goods or service sold to customers. You have to be able to include your cost or eventually you go bankrupt and that's the fundamental disagreement we are having with this regulator," said JPS CEO, Kelly Tomblin.

According to a statement from the OUR, the collection of J$973. 3 million from customers, was in contravention of the All-Island Electric Licence. JPS has seven days to provide details of how it proposes to repay, including the commencement date by which the refund will be made to customers.Customers are to be fully refunded within six months.

OUR says the decision by the JPS to pass through to customers, foreign exchange adjustments on fuel payments, was done without approval from the utilities regulator. The OUR requested clarification from the JPS regarding the inclusion of a line item in the fuel oil statements for March to December 2013. During the period, this impacted the fuel and IPP charge, which appears as a line item on customers' bills.

The OUR, having received the JPS' explanation for making the adjustments, concluded that the company had no authority to impose the additional costs on customers. The OUR says it will continue to be vigilant in safeguarding the interest of consumers, while ensuring an equitable environment for investors in utility services.





Bob Marley One Love football extravaganza today

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The Bob Marley 'One Love football extravaganza' and fun day takes place today, Ash Wednesday, at the Harbour View Mini Stadium.

The event, which is now in its 34th year, will continue to donate proceeds to basic schools and children's homes across the island.

The fun day will also see entertainers, masters and celebrities, referees while for the first time, the Tuff Gong Invitational team will face off with entertainers for the new Bob Marley One Love trophy,

Organiser of the extravaganza and fun day Clive 'Busy' Campbell says, Walter Boyd, Byron Earl, Ricardo 'Bibby' Gardener , I-Octane, Wayne Marshal, Sizzla, are all expected to be in action.

Action gets underway at 4:30 PM.





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With a bumper backside that measures 8ft around, Mikel Ruffinelli is the owner of a bottom that is large enough to make even Kim Kardashian's pale in comparison.

Yet despite being just 5ft 4" and tipping the scales at 30st, Mrs Ruffinelli, 39, from Los Angeles, says she is healthy and has a shape that other women envy.

'I have an extreme physique,' explains the mother-of-four, who has a proportionally small 40-inch waist. 'I love my curves, I love my hips, I love my attributes.

'I love my shape and I see no reason to diet because I don't have health problems. Men don't fancy skinny girls, they like an hourglass figure.'

Now she is to appear on a new documentary, World's Biggest Hips, alongside three other women who boast supersized rear ends.

Among them is Austrian Claudia Floraunce, 40, who also lives in Los Angeles and tips the scales at 23st, and Las Vegas native, Denise Souder, a 56-year-old grandmother-of-two with 74-inch hips - and who, like Mrs Ruffinelli, has turned her 'curves' into cold, hard cash.

'Growing up, I was the chubby girl,' explains Mrs Souder. 'I was always the chubbiest girl in the class but I never let it stop me from doing whatever I wanted to do.

'There are challenges - I can't get on a rollercoaster. You learn to get around your hips, you learn to embrace your hips, you learn to shop for your hips.

'If someone wants to make a comment about my hips or my size, I don't care what your opinion is.'

Mrs Ruffinelli is a relative newcomer to a supersized shape, having only gained the extra weight after having children.

'There was a time before I had kids when I had a flat stomach,' she reveals. 'I got this large because genetically, whatever happens with weight gain, goes here [hips].' Mrs Ruffinelli, for all her exhortations of love for her hips, also admits that hers cause her problems and force her to take a reinforced chair with her wherever she goes.

'Fitting in, fitting on, sitting down... Those are some of my challenges,' she says. But rather than lose weight to fit in with society, she says it's time society started fitting in with her.

'I just think that society hasn't learned that it needs to make things a bit bigger,' she says. 'It's OK to make things bigger. What's the problem?'





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Sam Smith's unrequited love is one of his three managers, Elvin Smith.

The 22-year-old singer recently revealed his Grammy-winning album - In the Lonely Hour - was inspired by a man he fell in love with but who didn't feel the same way, and the guy is believed to be the married music executive, according to The Sun newspaper.

Sam said: 'I feel nothing towards him now. I'll always love him but I'm not in love with him any more. I definitely don't crease on the floor in pain any more.

'I was the only one in the relationship. It was in my mind and was something I had to get over. I also made the record so that this doesn't happen again.

'I don't want to fall in love again with someone who doesn't love me back.'

Sam and Elvin are now said to be good pals and the 'Stay With Me' hit-maker recently admitted he would never publicly release the mystery man's name out of respect.

At the Grammy Awards earlier this month, Sam picked up four awards, Best New Artist, Record of the Year and Song of the Year for his hit 'Stay with Me' and Best Pop Vocal Album for 'In the Lonely Hour', and thanked his unrequited love in his acceptance speech.

He told the Los Angeles Staples Center audience: 'I want to thank the man who this record is about.

'Thank you so much for breaking my heart because you got me four Grammys.'

The British soul singer's million-selling debut, which climbed from four back to the top of the rankings, has yet to leave the top 10 since it was released in May 2014.

Ed Sheeran's 'X' was in second place, while the third and fourth spots were new entries: "If You're Reading This You're Too Late", a surprise release by Canadian rapper Drake on Friday, and the Irish quartet Kodaline's second studio album, 'Coming Up For Air'.





JCDC gospel song semi-final Ash Wednesday

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The Jamaica Gospel Song Competition semi-final is set for Ash Wednesday, February 18, at the Eastwood Park New Testament Church of God in Kingston 10, commencing at 6:00 p.m. This competition, organised by the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC), will see the 35 semi-finalists from across the island compete for a top-10 spot.

After four highly competitive auditions and eliminations that were held across the four regions from February 3-6, 2015, the participants are now eager to move on to the next phase of making the finals and entering the studios to have their original song recorded. Entries were receive from across the island from persons who wanted to become the next JCDC Gospel Ambassador.

According to Stephen Davidson, director of marketing and public relations: "The JCDC Jamaica Gospel Song competition continues to provide opportunities, both locally and internationally, for a lot persons who have entered this competition even those who were not the winner on the final night."

Davidson also stated that another aspect of the programme includes the finalists participating in an outreach programme; he is therefore encouraging the public to take non-perishable food, clothes, toys and books to the semifinal. He noted that the items collected will be donated to children in state- care facilities.

Along with the 35 semi-finalists, the evening will feature guest performances by Kimiela Issacs and Nickette Morgan, who were past finalists in Gospel Song Competition.





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Former National Security Minister, Dwight Nelson said it was not expected that anyone would have been killed during the security operation in West Kingston.

Over seventy persons died during the event.

Responding to questions from attorney representing the Tivoli Committee, Carol DaCosta,on Monday, Nelson said the operation was generally in keeping with what was expected. "It was expected that the law enforcement agencies would protect the lives and property of innocent persons.........it was expected that not one person (would have) been killed."

When asked about a comment in which he said post analyses of the operation led him to believe that there were questionable aspects - he said this was in relation to the way residents were treated and the killings.

"There were complaints from residents of Tivoli Gardens of objections to how they were treated. It has already been established that a number of persons were killed.....these were questionable areas of the operations."





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Veteran educator and longstanding Returning Officer for the Kingston Western constituency Clover Thompson is dead. Thompson who migrated to Miami in 2004, was ailing for sometime.

According to a source close to the educator, she was suffering from kidney related problems and underwent an operation in January. She was hospitalised up to the time of her passing late Sunday.

Clover Thompson was Principal of Denham Town Primary from 1968 to 1990 and left for the Denham Town High School where she led the charge from 1990 to 2003 where she went off on pre-retirement leave.She was succeeded by current Principal Audrey Williams. She was Lasco Teacher of the Year in 2003 and served as a member of the Lay Magistrates Association for many year including in the capacity of President. She also served as Returning Officer for the Kingston Western constituency during turbulent 70's and 80s.





Rita Marley recovering from secret ailment

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Rita Marley is said to be recovering from an undisclosed illness.

The widow of reggae legend Bob Marley faced some health challenges last year, but, according to her son, Ziggy, she is doing good. Describing her illness as "physical challenges", ZZiggy said that his mother is at the stage now where she's slowing down and taking things easy, but she's doing good.

Rita was noticeably absent from the celebrations to mark Marley's 70th birthday in Kingston last week.

Rita and Bob Marley were married on February 10, 1966.

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Stars were scattered throughout the Saturday Night Live 40th Anniversary Special, but the greatest concentration may have come during a skit called The Californians.

The soap opera parody featured Taylor Swift, Bradley Cooper, Kerry Washington, and Betty White - in addition to several SNL actors.

Not only that, but Betty and Bradley finished off the number with a passionate kiss between their characters.

Extremely over-dramatic, the skit revolved around a group of Los Angeles natives who spoke with exaggerated accents and had major drama.

Kristen Wiig's character, for example, was told (by Kerry, playing a doctor) she had been impregnated by the pool boy, Greg (played by Bradley). There was also Alison (Taylor), an actress who had just been cast in some sort of science-fiction show.

'Captain, the Zargons are in pursuit, and there's aliens everywhere!' Taylor garbled as the air-headed Alison.

It wasn't until the end of the skit that Betty arrived, playing the supposedly dead character of Aunt Lana.

That character had been in a hot-air balloon accident and was only saved with the help of Greg, the pool boy.

To show her gratitude, Betty's character then locked lips with Bradley's in a rather passionate moment.

Because this was a Saturday Night Live skit, many of which don't really have a satisfying ending, The Californians simply segued into the show's famous 'buh-bye' flight attendants.

Other guest stars to appear on the special included Robert De Niro, Paul McCartney, Emma Stone, Tom Hanks, Jack Nicholson, Chevy Chase, Edward Norton, Paul Simon, Keith Richards, Melissa McCarthy, and more.





Usain Bolt is still the King of Cool

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Usain Bolt's injury-plagued 2014 may have allowed American Justin Gatlin to slip in and take advantage to become the world's top sprinter, but the Jamaican speedster showed he is still the sport's undisputed king of cool.

In a week that has seen him strike his famed 'lightning bolt' pose in front of a packed Times Square in New York, Bolt was in a more relaxed mood on Monday morning whilst sharing some downtime with fellow athlete and close friend Edino Steele.

In a one-take shot the pair were filmed showing off their latest handshake, which consisted of around 30 combinations.

Posting the video to his Instagram, the six-time Olympic gold medalist wrote: 'Friendship is different hand shake is on point @edinosteele credit to the camera lady @miss_gabymolina #greatness #happiness #manofsteele #ForeverFaster.'

After announcing that he plans to retire in 2017, with the World Championship 100 metres final in London pencilled in as his last individual race, Bolt is relishing the prospect of a fightback as he declared himself fit for the new season.

'I live for competition. I thrive on competition. I live to compete against the best,' he told Sportsmail's Matt Lawton in an exclusive interview on Friday.

'My main aim now is to stay injury free this season so I go into Rio in peak form; at my best. Because in the past I've suffered these [injury] setbacks.'





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New York: The multi award winning play 'The Black That I Am' by Jamaican actor and playwright Karl O' Brian Williams, will have its New York premiere as part of the city's Black History month cultural celebrations, with a limited run in Queens as well as Off Broadway, from February 25 to March 8.

The production will run at The Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning, Queens, from February 25 through March 1, before moving Off Broadway to the Roy Arias Studio Theater in Manhattan, from March 4 through March 8.

'The Black That I Am' is a dramatic exploration of black identity seen from a Caribbean perspective. The 90 minute production unfolds through a series of monologues, woven together with movement and music, and addresses issues such as race, gender, sexuality, and nationalism. The dynamic cast- comprised of seven established and upcoming New York actors - will create nearly two dozen characters bringing the monologues to life, and includes Andrew Clarke, Shayne Powell, Ilana Warner, Jovaun Black, Shykia Fields, Christopher Bazemore, and Alana Barrett Adkins.

The show is directed by Kelly Thomas co-founder of the Akoma Newark Sister Circle, a network of women producing socially and politically relevant programming around Newark, NJ. While this will be the New York premiere of Williams' critically acclaimed work, The Black That I Am has had a highly successful production history dating back nearly a decade.

The production earned three International Theater Institute 'Actor Boy' Awards including Best New Jamaican Play. Following a highly successful 2011 New York reading directed by Kelly Thomas, the world famous National Theater of Scotland selected four monologues from the piece for one of their major theatrical production series in 2014, earning excellent reviews and giving the play its first international exposure.





Spelling Bee coach, Glen Archer, is dead

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One of Jamaica's most celebrated educators, Glen Archer is dead. The educator, spelling bee and schools challenge quiz coach died early Sunday at the University Hospital of the West Indies, where he was admitted late last year, due to kidney failure and its related complications.

Since his illness became public, friends, colleagues, formers students and associates had established an account for donations to be made to offset his medical expenses.A Facebook page had also been created called Friends of Glen Archer, to celebrate his achievements and to laud his work.

Archer,61, was a dedicated academic in Jamaica's education system, and rose to national prominence for recruiting several youngers to the World Scripps Howard Spelling Bee Championships.





Mom's lover found guilty of raping 7 year-old

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A St Catherine man is to sentenced in the St Catherine Circuit Court next month after he was found guilty last Thursday of seven counts of raping a seven-year-old child.The jury retired for one hour and returned an unanimous verdict of guilty.

The accused man was then ordered remanded by Justice Vivene Harris until March 6, 2015 when he is to be sentenced.

It was revealed that the complainant, who is now 10 years old, was being sexually molested by the accused since she was seven. Reports are that it was observed that the child' was behaving strangely and, upon enquiries, it was discovered that she was being molested. A report was made to the police who carried out investigations and and arrested the accused. He was charged with seven counts of rape.





2 Jamaicans admit to passport fraud in the US

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Two Jamaicans who tried to fraudulently acquire U.S. passports in Houston, Texas by working with rogue federal employees have admitted to their roles in the scheme.

Theodore Fox,33, and Eric Gardener,42, each pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit passport fraud when they appeared in Houston federal court on Friday. They are the last defendants to be convicted in a case that ensnared five people, including a former Houston Passport Agency manager and a former Internal Revenue Service tax examiner.

Fox, who is undocumented, is in custody under an immigration hold. Gardener, who is on bail, holds a green card. Attorney Suzanne Elmilady said the government was prepared to prove that Fox tried to use another person's birth certificate and Texas driver's license to obtain a passport in April 2010.

Gardener attempted to get a passport using documents that did not belong to him the same month.





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Former Security Minister Dwight Nelson tolf the Tivoli Enquiry that he didn't initiate an investigation into who may have tipped off Christopher 'Dudus' Coke to the fact that the police were on their way to get him, when he was observed "heading fast" into Tivoli.

"Did you try to find out who may have tipped him off?" asked Michael Lorne, one of the lawyers appearing for the Office of the Public Defender.

"No sah," Nelson said.

"Did you initiate any proceedings to find out if any official tipped off Coke?" Lorne asked.

"No I did not," Nelson responded.

Asked by Lorne if he didn't find it important to try and find out, Nelson said that he didn't initiate an investigation because he got no formal report that Coke was tipped off.

"Had I received a formal report, I would have acted accordingly," Nelson said, adding that without a formal report, talks about a tip-off would only have been rumours.





Daryl Vaz walks free; case dismissed

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KINGSTON, Jamaica - Opposition Member of Parliament Daryl Vaz was declared free to go when he appeared in the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate's Court today, after the prosecution offered no further evidence against him.

Vaz, who was facing corruption charges, today pleased not guilty and the witness in the case, Sergeant Jubert Llewellyn said he couldn't recall everything and would not be able to assist the prosecution.Vaz, Senior Superintendent of Police James Forbes, and businessman Bruce Bicknell were charged with breaches of the Corruption Prevention Act.

Forbes was convicted on a charge of attempting to pervert the course of justice in May last year, while Bicknell was freed earlier in the year on a no-case submission at the end of the Crown's case.

It was alleged that Vaz approached Forbes to assist Bicknell, after the businessman was stopped for a traffic offence and accused of attempting to bribe a police officer.





HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY!

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TODAY is the most awaited day in the month of February - Valentine's Day. We have a list of Valentine Day messages that you could send across to your loved ones through SMS, WhatsApp and Facebook messages. Mostly people express their love whenever they want to but some require a special day to do so. Happy Valentine Day to all out there!

Whatsapp reads: Love is like playing the piano. First you must learn to play by the rules, then you must forget the rules and lay from your heart. HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY

Whatsapp reads: I love you more today than I did yesterday, But not as much as I will tomorow. Happy Valentine's Day!

Whatsapp reads: V....is for Valentine ; you are my only Valentine A.....is for I will Always be yours L.....is for Love at its most extreme E.....is for Everlasting love ; Ecstatic love. N.....is for Never-ending love T.....is for we will Always be Together forever I.....is for you being Intelligent and Innocent; N....is 4 Natures naughty way of saying I luv you to E.....is for Eternity our love is so ever lasting

Whatsapp reads: Valentine's Day is the most easiest day to say "I love you" in a wonderful way

Whatsapp reads: I searched through books & leafed through cards, For words that wud convey, what I had in my heart, But when I sat down to write, all I can write was.... I Love You! Happy Valentine's Day!

Whatsapp reads: Wherever I may go; Whatever I do; On Valentine's Day I'd like to say I love you & I care for you more than you do

Whatsapp reads: No poems no fancy words I just want the world to know that I LOVE YOU my Princess with all my heart. Happy Valentines Day

Whatsapp reads: We fight. .! We seprate. . ! And then we miss each other

Whatsapp reads: My Heart To You Is Given, Oh Dear, Do Give Yours To Me, We'll Lock Them Up Together And Throw Away The Key

Whatsapp reads: Meeting you was fate, becoming your friend was choice, but falling in love with you was completely out of my control

Whatsapp reads: However Long You Live I Want To Live A Year Less. So There Is Not One Day That I Have To Live Without You. I Never Want To Feel That Pain That Others Feel Because You Are The Only One I Need. Happy Valentine's Day.

Whatsapp reads: This Is The Day Where All Confess Their Love. A Day Where You Tell That Special Someone What They Mean To Them. So Today I Will Confess To You. How Much I Have Always Loved You. Happy Valentines Day

Whatsapp reads: We Began As Strangerssms4smile And Then Became Friends. We Started To Love Each Other And Now I Want You To Know. I Will Love You Forever

Whatsapp reads: I Never Knew What Love Was Before You. I Was In The Dark And You Were The Light That Shined Its Way Into My Life My Sweet. My Love. I Want You To Know. Happy Valentine's Day

Whatsapp reads: Ever Since I First Laid Eyes On You. It Was As If My Whole World Was Turned Upside Down. Finally Today I Have The Courage To Say. Will You Be My Valentine Today?

Whatsapp reads: The Things I Feel I Can Not Express, So I Will Write Them To You In This Sweet Text. You Are Dear And You Are Mine You Are What Makes Me Shine. I Love You And Happy Valentine's Day

Whatsapp reads: My Valentine, All That I Desire Is To Be Next To You. So That I Can Provide A Shoulder For You To Lean On When You Need Me. You Are My True Love My Valentine. Happy Valentine Dear Love!

Whatsapp reads: My Valentine, I Have Seen Many Another Month, Another Tear, Another Smile. Another Summer And Another Winter. I Thank God There Will Be Another You

Whatsapp reads: We Protect Each Other Like Married Couples We Fight Together Like Siblings, We Need Each Other's Company Like First Loves, You Make My Heart Yearn For You. We Are Perfect My Valentine. Happy Valentine!

Whatsapp reads: Happy Valentines Day, How About We Take Off From Work Early, Take A Needed One Day Vacation, Get A Room, Do What We Do Best And Think About Calling In Sick Tomorrow

Whatsapp reads: My Valentine, You Kill Me That Your Soft Voice. Every Time I Hear You Whispering In My Ears, I Feel Heavens Open Up For Me. Your Soft Voice Is A Charm To My Heart. Happy Valentines Day My Love!

Whatsapp reads: My Valentine, I Love You From Deep My Heart. Its True Love Is A Crime, You Steal My Heart, And I Steal Yours. All That I Need Is To Kiss Your Lips Forever. Happy Valentines Month!

Whatsapp reads: Always Know That In My Heart Your Name Is Deeply Embedded And Not Even The Years That Come Will Ever Erase It.





SIPP online search disabled

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sipp-anthony-hylton.jpg Following concerns about public disclosure of personal information on the Security Interests in Personal Property, SIPP, Registry, Commerce Minister Anthony Hylton has instructed that the search facility be suspended until further notice.

In a release on Friday, Hylton said the suspension is to facilitate further consultations with stakeholders. A decision will be made to safeguard the accessing of information on the Registry. He said the issue is not about the information available as it is specified in the SIPP Act but who accesses it.

According to Hylton, the information was always in the public domain but has been accessed by more people since it has gone electronic. The information is uploaded to the Registry by financial institutions and not the Ministry. However, it is maintained by the Companies Office of Jamaica.

The Minister says the notice can only be registered with the authorization of the debtor.





Kidnapped UWI student rescued by police in St Ann

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Quick action by the St. Ann Police on Friday morning resulted in the rescue of a 20 year old Student of the University of the West Indies who was kidnapped by a man in Kingston earlier in the day.

According to police reports, shortly after 8:00 a.m., the young woman was in a Honda CRV, driven by her mother, who stopped at a school in downtown Kingston with a child. The culprit then jumped into the vehicle and drove off.

That triggered an all-points-bulletin issued by the police 1-1-9. The St. Ann police then activated their police officers to immediately monitor all points in and out of the parish.

The vehicle was spotted in Ocho Rios and the driver attempted to elude the police but reinforcements from other police personnel in the parish resulted in the vehicle being intercepted in the vicinity of St. Ann's Bay.

The young lady was rescued, unharmed. The suspect is now in police custody.





mundo-ravers.jpgA fundraiser to assist with the funeral expenses for late Ravers Clavers member, Mundo Ravers, will be held at Ravers Corner in Nannyville on February 27.

Mundo Ravers, one of the group's best dancers, died on January 31 following a long kidney-related illness. The thanksgiving service will be held March 1 at the Whitehall Seventh Day Adventist Church in Kingston.

Mundo, whose given name was Ricardo Gordon, first experienced kidney problems in 2007, but it got progressively worse. He lost a lot of blood when one of his veins burst, but according to family members, he was responding well to treatment.

Mundo is the creator of dance moves such as Duh Di Right Ting and Follow Thru. In December, he filmed his part in Elephant Man's video for the song Duh Di Right Ting.





denyque-photo-1.jpgA Westmoreland businessman is accused of defrauding dancehall singer Denyque of J$1 million.

He is Andre Poorman, 38, of Chantilly district in the parish. He was remanded when he appeared before Senior Magistrate Judith Pusey in the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate's Court on Monday and is scheduled to return to court on February 19.

The court was told that Denyque (given name Denyque Dontre) paid a manager's cheque of $1 million on behalf of her father to Poorman, who had advertisted an investment opportunity with Ideal Car Rental Services.

Poorman told the artiste that he had bought Ideal Car Rentals and would be merging it with his company, Whitavon Tours and Shuttle Services. As result, he was seeking investors. It is alleged Poorman told her that he had a fleet of seven cars and wanted to increase it to 10. The singer was presented with a contract, which she reviewed and signed. The contract stated she would receive $80,000 monthly on her investment. Failing that, she could request a refund of the money. Poorman, however, failed to honour his obligations.

When the matter was mentioned on Monday, the prosecutor informed the court that Poorman had similar cases in St James.





Ninjaman welcomes Snow to Jamaica

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snow-ninjaman-driving.jpgAcclaimed dancehall deejay, Ninja Man, was at the airport to welcome recording artiste Snow to Jamaica earlier this week.

Ninja is a long-time friend of the Caucasian artiste, who, since his arrival in the island has been doing a number of media interviews promoting his latest single, Shame, featuring reggae legend Mykal Rose. The song is produced by Florida-based Kent Jones and Kool & Dre.

While in Jamaica, he will be shooting videos for singles from his work-in-progress EP, and he will also be recording singles with his superstar reggae and dancehall friends.

Snow got a personal and professional boost, recently when he acquired a United States visa in 2014, 11 years after his previous visa to that country was revoked in 1993.

Snow (given name Darrin O'Brien) came to prominence in 1993 after releasing his debut album, 12 Inches Of Snow which contained the mega-hit Informer, which spent seven weeks at number one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.





Black History Month Feature - Zora Neale Hurston

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zora-neale-hurston.jpgBorn on January 7, 1891, in Notasulga, Alabama, writer Zora Neale Hurston created several acclaimed works of fiction, including the novel Their Eyes Were Watching God. She was also an outstanding folklorist and anthropologist who worked to record the stories and tales of many cultures, including her own African-American heritage.

Her birthplace has been the subject of some debate since Hurston herself wrote in her autobiography, Dust Tracks on a Road, that Eatonville, Florida was where she was born. But, according to many other sources, she took some creative license with that fact. She probably had no memories of Notasulga, having move to Florida as a toddler. Hurston was also known to adjust her birth year from time to time as well, according to the Zora Neale Hurston Digital Archive. Her birth day, according to Zora Neale Hurston: A Life in Letters, may not be January 7, but January 15.

Hurston was the daughter of two former slaves. Her father, John Hurston, was a pastor, and he moved the family to Florida when Hurston was very young. Following the death of her mother, Lucy Ann (Potts) Hurston, in 1904, and her father's subsequent remarriage, Hurston lived with an assortment of family members for the next few years.

To support herself and finance her efforts to get an education, Hurston worked a variety of jobs, including as a maid for an actress in a touring Gilbert and Sullivan group. In 1920, Hurston earned an associate degree from Howard University. She published one of her earliest works in the university's newspaper. A few years later, she moved to New York City's Harlem neighborhood, where she became a fixture in the area's thriving art scene.

Writing Career

Living in Harlem in the 1920s, Hurston befriended the likes of Langston Hughes and Countee Cullen, among several others. Her apartment, according to some accounts, was a popular spot for social gatherings. Around this time, Hurston experienced a few early literary successes, including placing in short-story and playwriting contests in Opportunity magazine.

Hurston also had serious academic interests. She landed a scholarship to Barnard College, where she pursued the subject of anthropology and studied with Franz Boas. In 1927, Hurston returned to Florida to collect African-American folk tales. She would later publish a collection of these stories, entitled Mules and Men (1935). Hurston also contributed articles to magazines, including the Journal of American Folklore.

Also in the mid-1930s, Hurston explored the fine arts through a number of different projects. She worked with Langston Hughes on a play called Mule-Bone: A Comedy of Negro Life--disputes over the work would eventually lead to a falling out between the two writers--and wrote several other plays, including The Great Day and From Sun to Sun.

Hurston released her first novel, Jonah's Gourd Vine, in 1934. Two years later, she received a Guggenheim fellowship, which allowed her to work on what would become her most famous work: Their Eyes Were Watching God (1937). She wrote the novel while traveling in Haiti, where she also studied local voodoo practices. That same year, Hurston spent time in Jamaica conducting anthropological research.

In 1942, Hurston published her autobiography, Dust Tracks on a Road. This personal work was well-received by critics, but her life and career soon began to falter. Hurston was charged with molesting a 10-year-old boy in 1948; despite being able to prove that she was out of the country at the time of the incident, she suffered greatly from this false accusation.

Death and Legacy

Despite all of her accomplishments, Hurston struggled financially and personally during her final decade. She kept writing, but she had difficulty getting her work published. Additionally, she experienced some backlash for her criticism of the 1955 U.S. Supreme Court decision in Brown v. Board of Education, which called for the end of school segregation.

A few years later, Hurston had suffered several strokes and was living in the St. Lucie County Welfare Home. The once-famous writer and folklorist died poor and alone on January 28, 1960, and was buried in an unmarked grave in Fort Pierce, Florida.

More than a decade later, another great talent helped to revive interest in Hurston and her work: Alice Walker wrote about Hurston in the essay "In Search of Zora Neale Hurston," published in Ms. magazine in 1975. Walker's essay helped introduce Hurston to a new generation of readers, and encouraged publishers to print new editions of Hurston's long-out-of-print novels and other writings. In addition to Walker, Hurston heavily influenced Toni Morrison and Ralph Ellison, among other writers.





stone-love-for-lovers-feb-14-2015.jpgThe immortal Stone Love, featuring CEO and selector extraordinaire, Winston "Wee Pow" Powell, will take charge of the the Ranny Williams Entertainment Centre on Valentine's Night, February 14, as JaRIA continues its Reggae Month series.

Also spinning classic love songs will be Mikey T from Kool FM.

As they say: "To miss is to dis."





fifty-shades-of-grey.jpgValentine's Day is less than 24 hours away. And what better why to celebrate the romantic holiday than by channeling your inner "Fifty Shades of Grey" on Saturday, Feb. 14? So, grab a pen or a pencil -- and maybe a whip -- because we've rounded up the sexiest quotes from E.L. James' erotic novel-turned-movie, Fifty Shades of Grey, which will premiere over Valentine's Day weekend. These excerpts are so hot they'll leave your loved one speechless as you recite the sassy and sensual passages:

1. "Even a pain in the a-- needs someone to care about them."

2. "You are not just a pretty face. You've had six orgasms so far and all of them belong to me."

3. "Do you want a regular vanilla relationship with no kinky f--kery at all?"

4. "I want you sore, baby."

5. "I want my world to start and end with you."

6. "Every time you move tomorrow, I want you to be reminded that I've been here. Only me. You are mine."

7. "It's taking all my self-control not to f--k you on the hood of this car, just to show you that you're mine, and if I want to buy you a f--king car, I'll buy you a f--king car."

8. "Firstly, I don't make love. I f--k... hard. Secondly, there's a lot more paperwork to do, and thirdly, you don't yet know what you're in for. You could still run for the hills. Come, I want to show you my playroom."

9. "You have to kiss a lot of frogs before you find your prince."

10. "Never trust a man who can dance."

11. "I want you. And the thought of anyone else having you is like a knife twist in my dark soul."

12. "We aim to please."

13. "I don't remember reading about nipple clamps in the Bible."

14. "I thought it was chocolate hot fudge brownie sex that we had, with a cherry on top. But hey, what do I know?"

15. "I found some baby oil. Let me rub it on your behind."

16. "I don't know whether to worship at your feet or spank the living s--t out of you."

17. "I like your kinky f--kery"

18. "I like my women sentient and receptive."

19. "You beguile me, Christian. Completely overwhelm me. I feel like Icarus flying too close to the sun."





UWI condemns attack on female student

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uwi-students-protesting.jpgThe University of the West Indies (UWI), Mona campus has condemned Tuesday's incident in which a female student was injured during an altercation involving a male student on the campus. The student was treated at hospital and released.

The male student - Stetson Rodney, 20, has been charged with assault occasioning grievous bodily harm.

In a statement the UWI said it is conducting investigations to determine what steps need to be taken. The University said it takes a zero tolerance approach to any act of violence by staff or students, and said investigations into the matter began yesterday when the report was first received.

The UWI is also consulting internal and external experts on violence and conflict resolution to determine the extent and nature of the problem and develop measures to address underlying issues.





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dudus.jpgFormer Prime Minister of Jamaica, Bruce Golding, testified at the West Kingston Commission of Enquiry, that he was shocked when he heard that Christopher 'Dudus' Coke was allegedly tipped off about the the US extradition request in 2009.

Golding says he learnt about it in a May 2010 television interview, given by then Police Commissioner, Rear Admiral Hardley Lewin, after which he discussed it with then Minister of National Security, Dwight Nelson.

He says he considered it a very serious allegation that demanded an investigation. He noted that, to date, there's been no evidence to corroborate the claim that Coke was tipped off.

The former prime minister denied a suggestion by attorney for the Office of the Public Defender, Lord Anthony Gifford that only he, Mr. Nelson, Rear Admiral Lewin and Major General Saunders would've known of the pending request.

He says a senior Prosecutor in the DPP's Office, Jeremy Taylor, testified at the 2011 Manatt Enquiry that the United States contacted him about the request before the alleged tip off.





Usain Bolt back in Paris

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usain-bolt-photo-12.jpgPARIS, France (CMC) - Jamaica sprint star Usain Bolt will run the 100 metres for the first time in five years here after confirming his appearance at the Areva Diamond League Meeting in July.

The news comes as a huge boon for organisers after Bolt was forced to pull out of last year's meet due to a foot injury.

A six-time Olympic champion and double sprint world record holder, Bolt will be making his fifth appearance at Stade de France. The 28-year-old holds the meet record of 9.79 seconds. He set the mark in 2009 and followed up in 2010 with a time of 9.84. He contested the 200 metres in 2011, winning in 20.03 and also took victory in 2013 with a time of 19.73.

The Paris meet is the eighth of the 2015 Diamond League season, which opens in Qatar in May.

Bolt was forced to pull out of last year's meet due to a foot injury.





Extradited 'scammer' faces Florida court today

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Damion Barrett, the 28 year-old man who on Thursday became the first Jamaican extradited to the US for alleged involvement in the lottery scam, is to face a court in Florida on Friday.

According to the US Justice Department, Barrett is charged in a 38-count indictment in the Southern District of Florida. The charges include conspiracy and various counts of wire fraud. The indictment states that Barrett and his co-conspirators fraudulently induced elderly victims in the US to send them thousands of dollars to pay purported fees for fake lottery winnings.

Barrett was indicted by a federal grand jury in Fort Lauderdale on August 9, 2012, and arrested last month in Jamaica, based on the US request that he be extradited.













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The Government is increasing protection for the creative works of Jamaicans under the amendments to the Copyright Act being undertaken. Minister of State in Ministry of Industry, Investment and Commerce, Sharon Ffolkes Abrahams, said the amendments will extend copyright protection 95 years beyond the author's death.

The existing legislation in literary, dramatic, musical and artistic works lasts for the lifetime of the author, with an additional 50 years after the death of the author.

The Government is working to complete the amendments, which will result in Jamaica being compliant with its treaty obligations, having signed the World Intellectual Property Organization's (WIPO) Copyright Treaty and the WIPO Performance and Phonograms Treaty.

These treaties, commonly known as the Internet Treaties, allow for the protection of works disseminated over digital networks, including but not limited to the Internet.





5 Movies to Watch on Valentine's Day

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Valentine's Day is just around the corner and we decided to share with you some movies that are perfect to watch on this day that is dedicated to love.The list is not even nearly what you can call the perfect list of five films to watch with the love of your life while you snuggle in bed, watching the romantic films but these films can get you a new perspective on love. You can always watch the classics like The Notebook, Titanic, P.S. I Love You and the list goes on but these films will surprise you.

10 Things I Hate About You: Patrick Verona (Heath Ledger) is a high school brat who is quite moody but has a way with the ladies. He is given money by the new kid, Cameron (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) in the school to try and win over Kat (one of the outcast girls) because the new boy wants to date her sister. He has to do it because of the father of the girls has a set condition about his daughters dating. At first Patrick pursues Kat (Julia Stiles) just to make some extra cash but his forced pursuit of Kat eventually makes him fall for her and even Kat, the uptight know-it-all, starts to drop her guard with him. Everything goes south when she knows that Patrick was just pretending to love her for money but he had genuinely fallen in love with her and how he wins her back is worth watching the movie which can give quite a few one-liners that can get you out of a sticky spot.

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The Proposal: What do you do when the person who has made your life a living hell asks a favour and you finally have them by the balls? Suddenly, something changes and you end up falling for the person who you thought was just the worst. This interesting flick about the fake marriage caught by a sly immigration officer and the real marriage following the fiasco is a road trip down the reel lane that you can enjoy with your loved one as Andrew becomes the solution to Margaret's problem and his family is taken for a ride.

The Ugly Truth: Abby has a lot of qualities that she wants in her ideal man but sadly no man can measure up to her standards. Mike is rude, he is confident; he knows what men want and has a special power on how to deal with situations in a relationship to his advantage. Mike helps Abby get the man of her dreams, at least the man she thought she knew but soon Mike, the womanizer and Abby, the uptight producer at a local TV channel fall for each other on a business trip. What follows is pure bliss for lovers to watch together.

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The Vow: What happens when your wife forgets who you are after a car accident? You are still married, well legally, but you are just a strange man who shares the same space as you. What if five years of your life just disappeared due to a nasty bang on the head? Her last memory is of being engaged to her high school sweetheart who she broke off with but in her mind, she is still engaged to him. The things he has to endure are heartbreaking but he cannot give up on the love of his life. If her memory can't come back, he has to make her fall in love with him all over again. It did once right, why can't he do it again?

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Wall-E : They say opposites attract but two robots wildly different are just too cute to handle. Wall-E is a modest robot with the sole purpose of cleaning after humans who are roaming the galaxy ensuring the survival of their species. Wall-E makes piles of landfill with junk he gets but one day an angel, Eva is sent to Earth to check if there are signs of sustainable life present after 700 years of human beings leaving planet Earth. From there starts a love story that knows no interplanetary limits. Despite his primitive functions, Wall-E does everything he can to win Eva's heart and finally live happily together.





bob-simon-60-minutes.jpg60 Minutes' veteran reporter Bob Simon was killed in a car crash in New York City on Wednesday evening.

Simon, 73, was travelling in a Lincoln town car that rear-ended a Mercedes-Benz stopped at a red light on 12th Avenue near West 30th Street around 6.45pm, and then slammed into the metal barriers separating the lanes.

The CBS reporter was unconscious with head and torso injuries when he was rushed to Mount Sinai-Roosevelt Hospital in the city. He was later pronounced dead.

Investigators were planning to interview the livery cab driver to work out whether speed may have been a factor in the crash.

No arrests have been made so far. The NYPD refused to comment further to Daily Mail Online on Thursday, citing an ongoing investigation.

Police on the scene cut off the roof off the Lincoln to free Simon and the driver.

The driver of the Lincoln, a 44-year-old man, suffered two broken legs and a broken arm and was taken to Bellevue Hospital where he was in stable condition.

The 23-year-old driver of the Mercedes, who was not injured, claimed the accident was the fault of the livery cab driver.

'He swerved into me,' the driver of the Mercedes told the New York Post. 'He hit me and he looked like he lost control of the car.'





10 persons arrested in the west for lottery scamming

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Ten persons have been arrested in Westmoreland over the past seven days on suspicion of lottery scamming.

The police report that J$100 thousand and lead lists were also found during raids at premises in Bethel Town and Sterling in Grange Hill. In addition, investigators seized letters sent to victims claiming they had won large sums of money.

The police say St James and Westmoreland account for most arrests for lottery scamming.





WI cricketer caught up in revenge porn drama

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West Indies and Trinidad and Tobago batsman Lendl Simmons is being sued by a woman for posting intimate photographs of her on social networking sites. This lawsuit will be considered a landmark case as it is the first time an act of internet "revenge porn" has been litigated in Trinidad and Tobago. Revenge porn is defined as the distribution of a sexual image of someone without their permission with the intent to cause them distress.

The woman, an account executive, is seeking compensation from Simmons for breaching the confidentiality of their relationship by broadcasting the images without her permission. The breach of confidence lawsuit, came up for hearing in Port of Spain on Tuesday.

On June 5, last year, she had an injunction granted preventing Simmons from sharing any further photographs or information about her. Simmons, is arguing that they never shared a relationship and as such he does not owe her any confidentiality. The matter is set for trial on March 23.





mavado-sister-joey-brooks.jpgHer brother, David 'Mavado' Brooks, is one of the biggest stars in dancehall music and Joey Brooks is determined to follow in his footsteps.

The 28-year-old singer made her first appearance on the music scene back in 2008 with a soulful love ballad titled Heart Beat, produced by Ariff Butler and released on the Bloozic imprint.

In the ensuing years, she recorded a handful of singles that enjoyed strong rotation on local radio stations.

"After I released my first single, I recorded several other songs that were well received. Songs such as Emotions, Faraway and Waiting for You, featuring Flexxx, got a lot of airplay," she said, adding that in 2013 she went back to school to study nursing.

"Since I was a little girl I always wanted to be a nurse, but I also loved singing, too. I guess you could say that music and nursing are two of my greatest passions. When I decided to back to school and study nursing a lot people were shocked, but I just had to do it. Now that I am a certified nurse, I'm ready to pursue my music career full-time again and I am confident that if I ever decided to quit music, I have something else to fall back on."

Signed to Live MB Music Productions under the management of Michael Barracks, Brooks is confident that it won't be long before she becomes a household name. "I plan to release a lot of songs this year and I will also be doing a lot of shows," she said.

Brooks is promoting her new single, Your Love.





Was producer Anju BLaxxx a 'victim' of ZJ Wah Wa?

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anju-blaxx.jpgJA Productions head Justus Arison is warning members of the music industry who had any business dealings with ZJ Wah Wa to exercise due diligence before they travel to the United States.

Arison made the declaration after news broke that dancehall producer Andrew Sayeed Myrie, who is also known as Anju Blaxxx, will be facing lottery scamming charges in the United States.

"When ZJ Wah Wa was free, Andrew had music dealings with him. When Wah Wa got incarcerated, he started calling up Andrew's name, I am guessing to try and make himself look more legitimate saying he works with Andrew Myrie and UIM records," Arison said.

Jamaican radio disc jock ZJ Wah Wa (given name Deon-Ville O'Hara) was arrested on lottery scamming charges in Florida in May 2014. He pleaded guilty and his sentencing is scheduled for February 23, in North Dakota. "I would suggest anyone in Jamaica who has had dealings with Wah Wa of any kind to get themselves checked out and make sure that if they travel to the states, they will not be detained. Andrew is innocent, there is no evidence and he has not been charged yet. He is being victimized but by the grace of God he will make it through this nightmare as soon as possible."





Mavado uploads picture of his mansion

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singjay-mavado-mansion.jpgSingjay Mavado, who recently filed a lawsuit against MP Paul Buchanan due to an unfinished house contract being held by the MP since 2010, is now showing off his mansion to all his friends and foes.

In answer to speculations that he is back home in Jamaica (was he deported voluntarily?) the deejay posted a picture of his Jamaican crib. Sources say that the Gully deejay is currently in his home country enjoying his hard earned success and riches.

The We The Best signed artiste showed Jamaica and the rest of the world a section of his beautiful house located in the hills.





anju-blaxx.jpg An American law enforcement official has confirmed that a Jamaican, Andrew Sayeed Myrie, who is also known as Anju Blaxxx, is scheduled to appear in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Miami at 1:30 pm Wednesday on charges relating to lottery scamming.

Myrie was arrested by American law enforcement officers in Florida last Friday and is charged in North Dakota with mail and wire fraud in connection with telemarketing fraud.

This is Myrie's second appearance in court since his arrest. His first was on Monday.

Blaxxx is a music producer and CEO of UIM records and is also popularly known as Andrew Blaxxin. Interestingly, in a press release last year, he hit out at scammers who have plagued his music career.

According to UIM, "There has been a pervasive scam being done by unscrupulous persons, that has been ongoing for several months. This started since summer of last year, when Anju Blaxxx was contacted by friends that someone was soliciting cash and call credit from a fake Facebook account." The release also stated that the producer also disclosed that clients have been contacted and generally told by scammers using the Facebook page, that they are working on a rhythm and that persons should send money via Western Union. "However, Anju Blaxxx wants to make it clear that, he does not have an actual Anju Blaxxx personal Facebook account, only a Fan Page which is under UIM, also he further emphasizes that he does not use Facebook to conduct business."

Anju Blaxxx shares the same federal prosecutor working on the case involving Jamaican radio disc jock ZJ Wah Wa (given name Deon-Ville O'Hara). He was arrested on lottery scamming charges in Florida in May 2014. He pleaded guilty and his sentencing is scheduled for February 23, in North Dakota.





frome-killer.jpgThe businessman charged with the death 14-year-old Santoya Campbell, 14 of Shrewsbury, Westmoreland and Frome Technical High School, appeared in the Savanna-la-mar Resident Magistrate's Court on Tuesday.

However, the matter was put off until Wednesday because of the high volume of cases.

Cornelius Mark Robinson,30, was charged last week with the death of the Frome Technical High School student. Allegations are that Robinson murdered the little girl because he was having an affair with her and got her pregnant. He reportedly didn't want his wife to find out.

An autopsy revealed she was suffocated.Her body was found near the school on January 27.





Death threat lies!

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It has been revealed that the alleged death threats against leader of the opposition Jamaica Labour Party (JLP), Andrew Holness and JLP General Secretary Dr. Horace Chang were all fabricated.

According to the Jamaica Constabulary Force, between January 28 and February 9, the Major Investigation Task Force (MIT) conducted a probe into the matter and concluded that it was nothing but lies. A man who was arrested in connection with the false report is expected to be charged with public mischief.

However, West Portland Member of Parliament Daryl Vaz wants a further probe into the matter. According to Vaz, he and other JLP colleagues were accused of being behind the threats and this was reportedly included in the witness statement.

He says despite the police statement that the threats were fabricated the matter is not yet over.

Vaz plans to ask for a copy of the witness statement so that it can be referred to his attorney.





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Former Prime Minister Bruce Golding testified yesterday morning that he personally knew Christopher 'Dudus' Coke and had spoken with him on several occasions.

He says the last time he communicated with him was in December, 2007, when the Jamaica Constabulary Force told him that it was concerned about the presence of members of the St. James-based Stone Crusher Gang in Tivoli.

He said he surmised the police were apprehensive about going after the men in Tivoli, fearing the outcome of an operation. Mr. Golding said he sent a messenger to Coke, who sent back a message that there were no such persons in the community.

According to the former prime minister, the police insisted that their intelligence suggested suspects were in the area and carried out an operation in the area in January 2008 but the prime targets were not captured.

He said the circumstances affected his relationship with Coke.





Health Department warns against the purchase of beef

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Public Health officials in St Ann are warning citizens to be careful about the meat they purchase following reports that several heads of cattle were stolen from a farm last week.

The cows were recently treated with a substance that is poisonous to humans. Regional environmental health officer, Karen Brown, says while her office has not yet received an official report of the incident, the health department will be making the necessary checks. Ms Brown says consumers should exercise caution when purchasing beef and report any suspicious meat to the health authority.

Ms Brown says beef that is unfit for human consumption could show some signs of contamination and consumers should look out for these signs. These include changes in colour and anything that detracts from what is normal. Ms Brown is also advising consumers to only buy meat that has been certified by the health department, from licensed butchers.

Last Friday, the management of the Windalco Bauxite Plant in Ewarton, St. Catherine issued a warning to residents of Rio Hoe in St Ann and its environs to beware when purchasing beef.





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Decked in a red top and matching New York Yankees headgear, dancehall's overnight sensation, Gully Bop, was the headline act to open the 2015 McKay Security Caymanas Live Entertainment Series at Caymanas Park.

His single Wuk Offa Mi proved a hit with what has been described as the biggest crowd ever seen at Caymanas Park. Gully Bop's 20-minute performance after the last race had everybody in the Park riveted to their seats, even people in the upscale North Lounge.

Gully Bop, 50, whose freestyle went viral on YouTube in November, leading to him headlining Sting on Boxing Day, has been basking in his overnight fame.

At Caymanas Park, he doled out cash to children and the elderly. He gave away about $12,000 to $15,000. He called up five children, seven came up and he gave them $1,000 each. He also gave an old woman, who was singing his songs, word for word, $3,000.

Jason McKay, chief executive officer, McKay Security, said he knew Gully Bop would have been a winner with race fans and others curious to get a glimpse of dancehall's hot new act.





Jimmy Cliff back as Ivan in Harder They Come Part 2

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Reggae legend Jimmy Cliff says he will again play the role of Ivan in a sequel to the 1972 Jamaican cult classic The Harder They Come.

Cliff, 66, says it is on the cards for later this year.

"We don't know what we'll be calling it yet. But as with the first movie, we had called it Hard Road To Travel and somewhere along the way we called it The Harder They Come. Right now, we're calling it Many Rivers to Cross," he revealed in an interview with a local newspaper.

According to the artiste, who was inducted in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, production is slated to begin this winter and scenes will be shot in Britain and Jamaica.

Cliff said the storyline is being put together by an established Broadway writer in New York. Directed by Perry Henzell and co-written by Trevor Rhone, the low-budget film The Harder They Come made its debut in Britain in 1972. It made its American run the following year and was shown in New York City, New England and California. The flick introduced Jamaican pop culture to a rock and college audience.

Cliff starred as Ivan, a youth from rural Jamaica who moves to Kingston in search of his big break as a singer. When that fails, he turns to a life of crime.

The film is based on Ivanhoe 'Rhygin' Martin, a criminal who terrorised sections of west Kingston in the late 1940s.

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The St Andrew South Police are probing the shooting death of a Cuban national in Seaview Gardens, St Andrew.

He has been identified as Aleris Ramieres Acosta, a Contractor of a Greater Portmore address.

Shortly after 8 am on Monday, Acosta was found in his car along Artic Boulevard.

The body had a bullet wound to the right ear.





Avon terminates all Jamaican contracts

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Jamaican women who earn extra income selling Avon products no longer have that outlet to earn.

Avon recently terminated all contracts in the country.

Avon terminated the contracts on January 29 and said all recruiting for new sales representatives must stop immediately.

It also said any unsold products must be returned to Avon.





Family preparing to pull the plug on Bobbi Kristina

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Relatives of Bobbi Kristina Brown, who has been in a medically induced coma for more than 10 days, have reportedly agreed to let her die tomorrow - the same date as her mother.

The daughter of the late Whitney Houston, and singer Bobby Brown, was found face down in a bath tub and was later discovered with bruises over her body and face.

She has been in a medically induced coma ever since and relatives are now thought to be discussing allowing her to die tomorrow, Page Six reported.

Cissy Houston, grandmother to Miss Brown, suggested the family turn off the machine so that the 21-year-old could be allowed to die on Wednesday, which will be the same date as her late mother.

Whitney Houston died on February 11, 2012, after being found in a bath at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.

The news that Miss Brown's family may be preparing for her death come after around 500 family members and fans gathered for an emotional candelit vigil to pray for the recovery of Miss Brown in a Shining a Light for Healing vigil, held in Georgia, on Monday evening.

Since Miss Brown was admitted to hospital the Brown and Houston families have reportedly been at loggerheads.

'This is the only thing they can agree on -- that she's gone, and there's nothing more than can be done for her,' a source told pagesix.

Bruises were discovered on Miss Brown after she was admitted into hospital, sparking a police investigation into possible domestic abuse. But friends of the 21-year-old's boyfriend, Nick Gordon, claimed the marks on her chest were made as he tried to revive her.

Miss Brown was found face down in a bathtub of a home in the 9000 block of Riverbend Manor in Roswell, Georgia, more than a week ago.

The 21-year-old has been in a medically induced coma since January 31.

No charges have been filed in the case, but police are investigating suspected abuse and drug use.





Black History Month Feature

ralph-waldo-ellison.jpgRalph Waldo Ellison was born on March 1, 1914, in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, and named after journalist and poet Ralph Waldo Emerson. Ellison's doting father, Lewis, who loved children and read books voraciously, worked as an ice and coal deliverer. He died from a work-related accident when Ellison was only three years old. His mother Ida then raised Ralph and younger brother Herbert by herself, working a variety of jobs to make ends meet.

In his future book of essays Shadow and Act, Ellison described himself and several of his friends growing up as young Renaissance Men, people who looked to culture and intellectualism as a source of identity. A budding instrumentalist, Ellison took up the cornet at the age of eight and years later, as a trumpeter, attended Tuskegee Institute in Alabama, where he studied music with his eye on becoming a symphony composer.

In 1936, Ellison went to New York over the summer with the intent of earning enough money to pay for his college expenses, but ended up relocating. He started to work as a researcher and writer for the New York Federal Writers Program, and was befriended by writers Richard Wright, Langston Hughes and Alan Locke, who all mentored the fledgling scribe. During this period, Ellison began to publish some of his essays and short stories, and worked as managing editor for The Negro Quarterly.

Ellison later enlisted as a Merchant Marine cook during World War II. Married briefly before, in 1946 he wed Fanny McConnell, and the two would remain together for the rest of Ellison's life.

Writing 'Invisible Man'

Ellison started writing what would become The Invisible Man while at a friend's farm in Vermont. The existential novel, published in 1952, focused on an African-American civil rights worker from the South who, upon his move to New York, becomes increasingly alienated due to the racism he encounters. Upon its release, Invisible Man became a runaway hit, remaining on bestseller lists for weeks and winning the National Book Award the following year. With millions of copies eventually printed, the novel would be regarded as a groundbreaking meditation on race and marginalized communities in America, influencing future generations of writers and thinkers.

Ellison traveled throughout Europe in the mid-1950s, and lived in Rome for two years after becoming an American Academy fellow. He continued writing--publishing a collection of essays in 1964, Shadow and Act--and taught at colleges and universities, including Bard College and New York University. He published his second collection of essays, Going to the Territory, in 1986, yet was stalled over the decades from completing his second novel, which he envisioned as a great American saga.

Literary Legacy

Ellison died from pancreatic cancer in New York City on April 16, 1994. The novel that had been working on prior to his death was released posthumously in 1999 and titled Juneteenth, with final shaping done by his literary executor, John Callahan, at the behest of McConnell. Three Days Before the Shooting, released in 2010, offered a more comprehensive look at how the novel was shaped along with a look at Ellison's full manuscript.

Ellison's literary legacy continues to be highly pronounced. A massive collection of his essays was released in the fall of 1995 and Flying Home, a collection of short stories, was released in the fall of 1996. Years later, scholar Arnold Rampersad wrote a well-received, critical biography on Ellison that was published in 2007.

Invisible Man continues to be held up as one of the most highly regarded works in the American literary canon.





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Nick Gordon was 'jealous' of Bobbi Kristina's fame and 'couldn't understand why Whitney's daughter was offered more money than him for a reality TV deal,' according to reports.

The only daughter of Whitney Houston, Bobbi Kristina Brown, 21, remains comatose at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta over a week after being found face down in the bathtub at her home - in a scene that echoed the untimely death of her mother in 2012.

It has now been claimed that the couple's fights were almost always triggered by 'Nick's jealousy over Bobbi Kristina's fame'.

While Bobbi Kristina and Gordon's violent relationship was well known among their friends, it was fueled by his jealousy of her fame, a source told TMZ.

Gordon felt he was also Whitney Houston's child and so could not understand why people focused more on Bobbi, the source claimed.

Bobbi Kristina and Gordon were brought up as brother and sister after Houston took Gordon in when he was 12. But following her death the duo announced they were in a relationship.

Whitney Houston raised him as her own son at her home outside Atlanta but never legally adopted him.

Bobbi Kristina's parents Whitney and Bobby Brown (pictured) had an famously turbulent marriage

Now sources claim he is jealous of his partner and cited a recent incident in which the couple were trying to get their own reality TV show, but Gordon wasn't offered the same deal as Bobbi Kristina so they turned it down.

Gordon has been summoned to appear in court today to answer charges of reckless driving.

A warrant for his immediate arrest will be issued if he does not turn up at Fulton County State Court in Atlanta at 9am.

Gordon, 25, was caught driving at over twice the speed limit along a suburban road in November 2012.

Suspicious injuries found on Bobbi when she was taken to hospital made them suspect foul play may have been involved, according to TMZ.

Reports have suggested Gordon will also be the focus of a police investigation into how Bobbi Kristina ended up in hospital.





JLP leader, Andrew Holness, says sorry

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Leader of the opposition Jamaica Labour Party (JLP), Andrew Holness has publicly apologised to Arthur Williams and Dr. Christopher Tufton in the wake of Friday's ruling by the Constitutional Court that their removal from the Senate was unconstitutional as well as null and void.

Holness issued the apology this morning.

This was confirmed by the party's Media Liaison Officer, Sharon Hay Webster.

"He issued what could be regarded as a public apology to Arthury Williams and Dr. Christopher Tufton. He said these are matters that clearly have to be handled as the ruling has been made. Given that the church is the moral conscience, he used the opportunity of being in church and asking for prayers and guidance..." she said.

On the weekend, Holness disclosed t hat he asked a team of lawyers to research and advise him on the implications on the ruling handed down by the Constitutional Court on Friday in the matter of revoking senate appointments.

The court ruled that Holness was wrong when he used pre-signed, undated, resignation letters to remove two opposition Senators from the upper house.





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Youth Minister, Lisa Hanna is facing a challenge from Councillor to the Bensonton Division, Lydia Richards, for the right to be the governing PNP's candidate for South East St. Ann in the next General Election.

Hanna is the incumbent MP for the area.

Reports are that Councillor Richards told a delegates meeting in her division that she intends to offer herself to be selected as the PNP's candidate in South East St. Ann.

Richards, who has been Councillor for the Bensonton Division since 2003, says she'll write the party secretariat and formally indicate her intentions.





No visa or world tour for Gully Bop... yet

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Internet sensation, Gully Bop, has denied rumours being carried in certain newspapers and online that he has been granted visas and will be embarking on a world tour.

In an interview with OnSTage, the 50-year-old artiste said he had not yet been given a visa but his management team is working on it.

Gully Bop is reportedly in demand in parts of the US, Canada and england. He says he is "ready to fly out" and it doesn't matter where he goes first.





ziggy-marley-fly-rasta.jpgZiggy Marley, son of Reggae King, Bob Marley, won his third solo Grammy award in the reggae category at the 57th Grammy Awards held in Los Angeles on Sunday.

Marley, 46, was nominated for his album Fly Rasta.

The other nominees were Sean Paul for Full Frequency; Lee 'Scratch' Perry's Back On the Controls; Shaggy's Out of Many, One Music; Sly and Robbie's the Reggae Power; and Soja for Spicy Chocolate Amid the Noise and Haste.

YardFlex congratulates Ziggy on this achievement.









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Twenty-eight inmates escaped from a Brazilian jail after three women in sexy police costumes 'seduced' the prison wardens.

Police found three wardens naked and handcuffed inside the morning after the mass breakout at Nova Mutum public jail near Cuiaba.

Investigators say the women drugged the guards with spiked whisky after convincing them to take part in an orgy.

They arrived at around 3am on Thursday morning and asked if they could come inside to 'chat and drink', police say.

The prison guards obliged and were soon persuaded to leave their posts, before heading to the sleeping quarters with the scantily clad women.

After drugging and handcuffing the wardens, they took their keys and unlocked all the prison's cells according to police chief Angelina de Andrades Ferreira.

She told a news conference: 'The plan was to seduce them. They served them cheap whisky with some substance to knock them out, then unlocked the central gate which accesses the internal cells.

'Whoever wanted to escape left by the front door. From the moment they drank the whisky the agents don't remember a thing.

'One was found dizzy, trying to wake up. Another slept for the whole afternoon and couldn't even be questioned.'

Dozens of prisoners walked straight out the main door carrying guns and ammunition they took from the prison caches.

The inmates took three 12-calibre rifles, shotguns, two 38-calibre revolvers and munition, she said.

Police later discovered a bag of lingerie and skimpy leather police uniforms which they believe the temptresses wore to distract the wardens.




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Rihanna is reportedly worried about former boyfriend, Chris Brown's presence during the 57th annual Grammy Awards on 8 February in Los Angeles.

The 26-year-old Barbadian beauty will be joined by Kanye West and Sir Paul McCartney to perform Rihanna's new song, FourFiveSeconds, during the ceremony.

According to a report in Hollywood Life, the We Found Love singer "doesn't want Chris there."

"She has a big performance and she wants it to be her night," a source said.

"She doesn't want it to be dominated by everyone leaving the show talking about Chris and Rihanna in the same building. The Grammys are about the celebration of music and Rihanna has a job to do, she wants it to be drama free so she wants Chris not to be there."

"She will not tell him personally but feelers have been sent out that she doesn't want him there and hopefully he will listen," the insider added.

Meanwhile, Rihanna's fans are waiting to see if she will grace the red carpet with rumoured boyfriend American actor/film producer Leonardo DiCaprio.

It was previously reported that the Diamonds singer and the 40-year-old Wolf Of Wall Street star, have been spending a lot of time together, after his relationship with German model Toni Garrn officially ended.

"After his breakup, Leo started texting Rihanna again. They decided to have some fun," a source told Us Weekly. "Neither one is looking to make this anything more than fun. He's into her, and they're enjoying it.".




Who will take home the Reggae Grammy?

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At tonight's Grammy Awards presentation, Ziggy Marley's Fly Rasta will go up against the likes of Full Frequency by Sean Paul; Out of Many, One Music by Shaggy; Back on the Controls by Lee 'Scratch' Perry; The Reggae Power by Sly & Robbie and Spicy Chocolate and Amid the Noise and The Haste by acclaimed American reggae band, SOJA.

While the others have won this category in the past, SOJA has earned their very first nomination.

Amid the Noise and The Haste is one of the highest selling reggae albums of the last year, with 12,000 first-week copies sold and over 22,000 copies sold overall after initially topping the Billboard Reggae Albums chart.

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A 62 year old Jamaican man on Friday pleaded guilty to several drug offences in Barbados.

Lincoln Dennis Barnes. was charged with possession of cannabis, possession with intent to supply, trafficking and importation.

Following his guilty plea, Barnes was fined 10,000 for importation or 12 months in prison; and was convicted, reprimanded and discharged on the remaining charges.

He was arrested on Wednesday when he arrived at the Grantley Adams International Airport from Jamaica.

Barnes was interviewed by Police and taken to a hospital where he subsequently passed out 47 packages containing ganja. Should Marley win the award, not only would he be the first reggae or dancehall artist since Shabba Ranks (1992 and 1993) to win back-to-back Grammy awards, he would be the first ever to win back-to-back honours twice, having done so in 1990 and 1991 with his Melody Makers band. Marley has six in total to date.




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The police in The Bahamas say they foiled an attempt to smuggle drugs into the country after seizing US$10,000 worth of drugs at Linden Pindling International Airport (LIPA) on Thursday.

The police say they intercepted "suspicious luggage that came in on board a Caribbean Airline flight from Jamaica".

According to the authorities, 10 pounds of marijuana was discovered, but no one has been arrested in connection with the seizure.




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The married man held in connection with the killing of 14 year old school girl, Santoya Campbell in Savanna-la-mar, Westmoreland, has still not been named by the police. However, Yardflex can report that he was charged on Friday evening by the Westmoreland Police.

The accused is said to be 37 year old business operator and he will be taken to court early this week. Unconfirmed reports are that the married man was having a sexual relationship with the little 14 year-old school-girl and she became pregnant. In a desperate attempt to hide the relationship from his wife, the man carried out the heinous act.

According to the police, due to security reasons the married man's name has not been released.

Santoya, a grade eight student of Frome Technical High School, was strangled and her body placed in a garbage bag near her school two weeks ago.




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Freddy McGregor mourns the loss of his beloved mother; Sir Coxsone's son has passed.

Veteran reggae artiste and captain of the Big Ship, Freddie McGregor is mourning the loss of his mother, Miss Tiny.

Reports are that Miss Tiny, who was in her nineties and lived with her son, passed away on Thursday.

According to YardFlex sources, Freddie's mother was rushed to hospital on Thursday after family members realized that she wasn't looking well. She subsequently died in hospital.

"Freddie not taking it good. He and Miss Tiny had a special bond and it was his pleasure to care for her. She wasn't sick or anything and even though she was in her nineties, she was in good health," the source confirmed to YardFlex.

Meanwhile, reports out of New York are that Junior Dodd, the son of late record producer, Coxsone "Studio One" Dodd, has died. Junior Dodd was reportedly battling cancer.




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Bobbi Kristina's cousin has revealed that doctors do not believe her condition will improve, saying: 'The odds are against her.'

Jerod Brown took to his Instagram page on Thursday to call for prayers for the 21-year-old as her father Bobby Brown denied reports that the family is preparing for the worst.

'Though it seems the odds are against her,' Jerod Brown wrote, 'though doctors don't see any hope for change, though we might want to play detective and find out how she got there, though it looks impossible for her to stand again STILL PRAY FOR BK.'

His message is one of the first family insights into Bobbi's condition since she was found face-down in a bathtub on Saturday and put in a medically-induced coma. She is now at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta.

On Thursday, there were news reports that that Bobbi's life-support machine was switched off. 'The plug on Bobbi Kristina has been pulled,' a police source said.

It is possible for a patient to survive despite artificial assistance being withdrawn.

Bobby Brown did not respond directly to the claims but slammed reports saying that the family were preparing to say goodbye to his youngest daughter.

Brown later denied the reports.

In a statement, he said: 'If we issued a statement every time the media published a false report regarding this matter, that's all we would be doing 24 hours a day.

'This is false, just as is the vast majority of the other reporting that is currently taking place.'

Bobbi's 'devastated' grandmother, gospel singer Cissy Houston, mother of Whitney, was also seen arriving at the hospital, according to Radar Online, having flown in from her New Jersey home.

'Cissy was so traumatized losing Whitney and the pain is still raw from that,' a source told the website.

'Watching Krissy in the hospital and in the coma is almost more than she can handle. This is almost too much sadness for her to bear.'

Meanwhile, Houston's mentor Clive Davis says he's been in touch the family and is praying for Bobbi.

Davis said he's offered his support and and 'they're so grateful.'

'Of course it's heartbreaking to see the family go through this pain once again,' Davis said at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, where Houston died in 2012 and where he will hold his pre-Grammy gala Saturday.

'They just ask that the public respect their privacy.'

Bobbi was moved to the Atlanta hospital from North Fulton Hospital on Monday. She had been placed in a medically-induced coma and was reported to be breathing with the help of a ventilator.

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Beware of the 'black money' scam!

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Detectives from Jamaica's Major Organized Crime and Anti-Corruption Agency (MOCA) are probing a fraudulent scheme which has resulted in the arrest of a Cameroon national and a Jamaican.

Steeve Logmo and David Gregory of a St. Thomas address were remanded when they appeared recently in the Corporate Area Criminal Court.

Investigators have linked both accused to what is being described as a "black money" scam.

The scam, also known as the "black dollar" scam or "wash wash" scam, involves a scam artist persuading the victim that piles of banknote-sized paper in a trunk or a safe are really monetary notes which has been dyed black or another colour to avoid detection by Customs.

The victim is persuaded to pay for chemicals to wash the "money" with a promise that he will share in the proceeds. The black scam is a variation of what is known as an advance fee fraud.

Logmo and Gregory were arrested by MOCA detectives during an operation at a hotel in Kingston on January 20. It is alleged that both men conspired to fleece a businessman of more than US$100,000. It is understood that the businessman, after being informed of the process to effect the scam, became suspicious and reported the matter to MOCA.

Both accused are scheduled to return to court on Friday.




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News Americas, NEW YORK, NY, Fri. Feb. 6, 2015: Former Jamaican-American New York State Senator, Malcolm Smith, was convicted Thursday in a failed $200,000 bribery scheme to fix the Republican line in the 2013 mayoral election.

Smith, a former senator in Queens, NY, now faces up to 45 years in jail.

A White Plains federal jury took a little over two hours deliberating before convicting Smith and his accomplice, former Queens Republican Vice Chairman Vincent Tabone, on bribery charges.

Smith was once one of the state's top Democrats.

The charges arose from an undercover investigation of three distinct but related bribery schemes involving public corruption. In the first scheme, Smith arranged for cash bribes totaling $40,000 to be paid to Vincent Tabone and Joseph Savino, two New York City Republican county leaders, as part of an effort by Smith to appear on the Republican primary ballot as a mayoral candidate in the 2013 election.

Halloran received approximately $20,500 in cash bribes to act as an intermediary with Tabone and Savino on Smith's behalf. In the second scheme, Halloran received approximately $18,300 in cash bribes and $6,500 in straw donor campaign contribution checks in exchange for agreeing to steer up to $80,000 of New York City Council discretionary funding to a company he believed was controlled by those who paid him the bribes.

Under New York State law, a person seeking to run for a citywide position in New York City may not have his or her name listed as a candidate on the ballot if he or she is not a registered member of the party having the primary contest unless he or she receives the approval of at least three of the five chairmen of the county committees for that party. The approval is given in the form of what are known as Wilson Pakula certificates, which are signed by the approving chairmen.




A delivery man dressed like a woman who allegedly assaulted a policeman and ended up in the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate's Court, told the court that the cop madr a mockery of him as he was dressed in female garments.

Charged with assault occasioning bodily harm, disorderly conduct, assaulting constable, malicious destruction of property, escaping custody and resisting arrest is Michael Evans, whose fingerprints were taken.

The court heard from the accused who was apprehended by the police while in female clothing and a wig. He told the court that he was doing a delivery for his mother when upon reaching Devon House, St Andrew, he was spotted by windshield wipers, who he claimed threatened him.

He was rescued by the police and taken to the New Kingston Police Post. Evans said that while there, he fled the police's custody twice. He said he ran to a location nearby and was brought back to the station by the police.

It is said that the cross-dresser hit a policeman and tore his clothing.




A man has been sentenced to life in prison in Athens, Georgia in the death of a 76-year-old Jamaican man.

The convict, 18 year-old Anthony Jermaine Fuller, told a county court on Thursday that he shot Edward Davidson during a November 2012 burglary.

Fuller pleaded guilty to malice murder and additional charges linked to several burglaries in the weeks before Mr. Davidson's death.

The victim's son, Troy Davidson, said his father was a hard worker who moved to Georgia from Jamaica in hopes of providing a better life for his family.

Fuller apologised to Mr. Davidson's family and told the court he was not looking for sympathy.

Two other men who were arrested in Mr. Davidson's death are expected to go on trial next week.




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The first of four weekly concerts in observance of Reggae Month was held at the Ranny Williams Entertainment Complex on Wednesday. However, although the line-up was first class and the concert was free, there were too few takers.

The show, dubbed Bloodlines, celebrated the generations of singers and musicians who were keeping reggae music alive.

Reggae queen Marcia Griffiths and son Taffe offered the duets All My Life, which she originally recorded with Da'Ville and Young, Gifted and Black, which she originally recorded with Bob Andy. Going solo, Sister Marcia performed hits including Dreamland, I Shall Sing, Closer to You, Fire Burning and Land of Love.

The young members of Zinc Fence Redemption band, which includes the sons of senior musicians Desi Jones, Stephen 'Cat' Coore and singer Barbara Jones, incorporated elders Nambo Robinson and Desi Jones into their aggregation and gave a great showing. So did the night's openers Sons of Negus.

Vintage artiste BB Seaton also put in a special appearance and dropped hits including the popular My Jamaican Girl.

Queen Ifrica did not show up, but her father, reggae pioneer Derrick Morgan kept that bloodline flowing. Morgan delivered a string of reggae classics, both of his own as well as his contemporaries.

Leftside left his dad almost in rut by his absence, but the professional Lloyd Parks rose to the occasion and let his bass do the talking.

Freddie McGregor, who was the night's closing act, shared the stage with his son, Chino, daughter Yeshemabeth, and her mother reggae songstress Judy Mowatt.

The 'Captain of the Big Ship' delivered a string of hits including To be Poor, Africa Here I Come, Let Them Try, Loving Pauper and Winner were among the tracks in his set. Chino incorporated his hit Never Change within the set, while the trio of McGregor, Mowatt and Yeshemabeth delivered the touching So Much of Me.




Queen Ifrica's mother is dead

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The Rastafarian community of St James is in mourning following news that Queen Ita passed away on Wednesday. She is the mother of Dancehall artiste Queen Ifrica, whose father is singer Derrick Morgan.

Queen Ita was a promoter for several years, promoting an annual show called 'In the Valley Of Decision' that was being held in her community of Belmont in St James.

She was one of the first Rastafarian lady who visits Ron Muschett at Mello Fm on January 5,as the disc Jockey made his radio debut at that station hosting the perfect mix.

Queen Ita is pictured here with Ron just outside the Mello Fm Studio on Barnett Street.




(Below is the full text of the Prime Minister's message)

"I join all Jamaicans, and many persons from around the world in celebrating the 70th anniversary of the birth of the Honourable Robert Nesta Marley, OM.

It is fitting that Jamaica is celebrating Bob Marley's 70th birthday at the same time that we are observing Reggae Month under the theme: "The Journey is the Destination."

As we reflect on the amazing journey of Reggae Music over the years, we are mindful that, in keeping with our history, we must Get Up, Stand Up for our rights. Bob Marley was a musical giant whose voice in the wilderness rang out loud and strong during a very difficult time in our national and global journey.

* He encouraged us be strong as a people, singing the well-known anthem of resilience, No Woman No Cry.

* He assured the peoples of the world that Every Little Thing is Gonna Be Alright!

The 'legendary' Bob Marley represents us as a people of great strength, endless talent, creative genius, and advocates against oppression and injustice.

Bob Marley's philosophies live on among us.His music has remained the eternal conscience of our nation and the world:

* teaching us the glorious history of the Black race,

* encouraging us to overcome our struggles,

* making us uncomfortable with poverty and injustice, and

* urging us to correct these ills.

So much of Bob Marley's work continues to carry the profound message of National Hero, the Right Excellent Marcus Mosiah Garvey who taught us that "A people without the knowledge of their past history, origin and culture is like a tree without roots."

As a global icon, Bob Marley transcended local issues. He was a global 'buffalo soldier, but one rooted in what has come to be known as Jamaican 'livity'; that uplifting way of being which is uniquely Jamaican, and had always been the inspiration for his positive message-music.

Voices of the world continue to sing Marley's prolific workuntil this very day. This demonstrates Reggae music's role as:

* a balm that heals our souls as a people;

* the pulsating beat in the fight against oppression and poverty; and

* the sweet drum, bass and melody that enrich our culture and give global prominence to our language and our way of life.

Today, I pay tribute to Bob Marley, his family and all our Reggae ambassadors.

Let us remember the foundation message of the music in the immortal words of Robert NestaMarley:

"One love! One heart! Let's get together and feel alright."

"Happy Birthday to the Gong! Happy 'earth strong', Bob Marley."

One Love!




Happy Birthday Bob!

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From Kingston to Tel Aviv, fans around the world of will celebrate reggae legend Bob Marley's 70th birthday today. The dreadlocked entertainer performed in many countries during his heyday, spreading his message of One Love. Marley died from cancer in May 1981 at age 36.

Wellington, New Zealand

Marley made his only appearance in New Zealand in 1979 at the Western Springs Stadium in the city of Auckland. Today, the city of Wellington celebrates his 70th with the event, Birthday with The Original Wailers. Guitarist Al Anderson and keyboardist Tyrone Downie, members of Marley's band, are special guests.

London

The British capitol was the scene of several highs for the reggae king, including his triumphant concert at the Lyceum Theatre in 1975. LEGEND: A Tribute to Bob Marley will be held at the Brooklyn Bowl tomorrow.

Bermuda

Yami Bolo and Junior Reid will perform at a Marley tribute show tomorrow at the Bermuda Athletic Association Gymnasium in Hamilton, the country's capitol.

The roots singers are headliners for the event which will also feature local singers Mitchell Trott, Ramon Clark and Rivah.

Bolo, who will be making his third appearance in the British dependent, cited Marley's impact on his career.

"Brother Bob had a tremendous influence on me. He was a great leader of humanity," said Bolo, who lists his favourite Marley songs as Jah Will be Waiting There, I Know a Place and Survival.

Dubai

The Bob Marley 70th Birthday Bash takes place at XL Beach Club tomorrow with singjay Mr Vegas as headliner.

The oil-rich Middle East country has a growing expatriate community (including Jamaicans) who are big into dancehall/reggae.

Most of the 'Jamaican' events are held at XL Beach Club. Mr Vegas (and sound systems) will do tributes to the reggae legend.

Toronto

The ninth annual Bob Marley Birthday Tribute takes place at Lee's Palace tomorrow. This is the longest running Marley tribute in the Greater Toronto Area. It features the city's upcoming reggae acts and raises 'food donations' for the Parkdale Food Bank.




Black History Month Feature

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Claude McKay - Poet, Author, Journalist (1890-1948)

Claude McKay was a Jamaican poet best known for his novels and poems, including "If We Must Die," which contributed to the Harlem Renaissance. He moved to Harlem, New York, after publishing his first books of poetry, and established himself as a literary voice for social justice during the Harlem Renaissance. He is known for his novels, essays and poems, including "If We Must Die" and "Harlem Shadows."

Early Life

Festus Claudius McKay was born in Sunny Ville, Clarendon Parish, Jamaica, on September 15, 1890. His mother and father spoke proudly of their respective Malagasy and Ashanti heritage. McKay blended his African pride with his love of British poetry. He studied poetry and philosophy with Englishman Walter Jekyll, who encouraged the young man to begin producing poetry in his own Jamaican dialect.

Literary Career

A London publishing house produced McKay's first books of verse, Songs of Jamaica and Constab Ballads, in 1912. McKay used award money that he received from the Jamaican Institute of Arts and Sciences to move to the United States. He studied at the Tuskegee Institute (now Tuskegee University) and Kansas State College for a total of two years. In 1914, he moved to New York City, settling in Harlem.

McKay published his next poems in 1917 under the pseudonym Eli Edwards. More poems appeared in Pearson's Magazine and the radical magazine Liberator. The Liberator poems included If We Must Die, which threatened retaliation for racial prejudice and abuse; this quickly became McKay's best-known piece of work. McKay then left the United States for two years of European travel. In 1920, he published a new collection of poems, Spring in New Hampshire, containing "Harlem Shadows."

McKay returned to the United States in 1921 and involved himself in various social and political causes. He worked with the Universal Negro Improvement Association and continued to explore Communism--even traveling to the Soviet Union to attend the Communist Party's Fourth Congress. After spending some time in the United States, McKay again left the country, spending what would prove to be 11 extremely productive years in Europe and North Africa; he wrote three novels--Home to Harlem, Banjo and Banana Bottom--and a short story collection during this period. Home to Harlem was the most popular of the three, though all were well received by critics.

Returning to Harlem, McKay began work on an autobiography entitled A Long Way from Home, which focuses on his experiences as an oppressed minority and agitates for a broad movement against colonialism and segregation. The book has been criticized for its less-than-candid treatment of some of McKay's more controversial interests and beliefs. His consistent denial of having joined the Communist Party, despite multiple trips to the Soviet Union, is a point of particular contention.

McKay went through several changes toward the end of his life. He embraced Catholicism, retreating from Communism entirely, and officially became an American citizen in 1940. His experiences working with Catholic relief organizations in New York inspired a new essay collection, Harlem: Negro Metropolis, which offers observations and analysis of the African-American community in Harlem at the time. McKay died of a heart attack in Chicago, Illinois, on May 22, 1948.

In 2012, a researcher discovered an unpublished Claude McKay novel, Amiable with Big Teeth, in the Columbia University archives.




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The Police are intensifying their efforts to determine the credibility of an informant who accused members of the JLP of taking out a hit on the life of Opposition Leader, Andrew Holness.

In his statement to the Police, the informant accused members of the Labour party of paying money and supplying guns to kill the JLP leader and General Secretary. The complainant also stated that he was in the company of men who he accused of being contract killers when they picked up the money and guns at a location in St. Andrew.

The statement given to the Police by the Informant has resulted in security being boosted around Mr. Holness and JLP General Secretary, Dr. Horace Chang.

Checks by the Police have disclosed that the person who gave the statement has in the past been found guilty of obtaining money by false pretence.

It's understood that a few years ago he was also convicted in relation to an allegation that a dangerous substance was in a public building in Downtown Kingston. That allegation turned out to be untrue.

Police sources say the informant was to be subjected to a polygraph test on Tuesday but it was postponed.

It's understood that the Police High Command is preparing to issue a statement which will raise doubt about the credibility of the informant.




53 police officers on murder charge

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The Independent Commission of Investigations (INDECOM), the agency that probes abuse allegations against the island's security forces, says 53 police officers are charged with murder.

INDECOM disclosed the number of officers facing murder charges at a press conference Wednesday. Jamaican officers accused of unlawfully taking a life make up the large majority of the 84 officers before the courts.

The commission says it recorded 129 fatalities by security forces last year on the island of 2.7 million. That's a 50 per cent drop in fatalities from 2013, when 258 people were slain, and the fewest deaths at the hands of law enforcement in years.




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Former Commissioner of Police Owen Ellington is part of the probe by the Independent Commission of Investigations (INDECOM) into allegations of a police hit squad that operated in Clarendon.

However, head of communications at INDECOM, Kahmile Reid, says that the probe is a formality, because Ellington was the commissioner at the time the incidents reportedly occurred.

Reid said the investigations had to do with the reporting chain at the time...




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Dwight Coleman, the father of 3-year-old Crystal Coleman, the child who was found dead at her Frontier Heights home in Port Maria, St. Mary, last month, has been charged with her murder.

Coleman is to appear in the Port Maria Resident Magistrate's Court today.

A post-mortem revealed that little Crystal died from brain haemorrhage as a result of beatings she received.

The post-mortem also revealed injuries all over the child's body.

Coleman turned himself in to the police days after his daughter's body was discovered by a relative.




Tivoli high School student shot and killed

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A 16-year-old student of Tivoli High School is dead and an elderly man injured, following a shooting near Heroes Circle in Kingston on Wednesday afternoon.

The teenager Jamieke Smith, was a resident of Kingston Lane, Fletchers Land.

The 73 year old man has been hospitalised with bullet wounds.

Shortly after mid-day on Wednesday, about five men reportedly approached a group of persons standing at the intersection of Kingston Lane and New Cross Street.

The men reportedly opened fire, hitting Jameike and the man.

Sources say the shooting stemmed from a feud involving the teenager and men from another section of the community. It is understood that friends of Jameike on Tuesday hurled threats at another set of youngsters in a bar in the community, and guns were pulled.

The police were informed of the incident and stepped up patrols in the community.

Superintendent Michael Scott, head of the Kingston Central Division, said the police were following strong leads in relation to the shooting.




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Investigators expect to lay charges this week against the male suspect taken into custody in connection with the death of 14 year old Santoya Campbell, a grade eight student of Frome Technical High in Westmoreland, who body was found in a bag.

The suspect is scheduled to be questioned on Thursday. A police source said charges should be laid shortly after.

Unconfirmed reports are that the man, who is married, was in a relationship with the teenager and reportedly impregnated her. He then allegedly killed her in an effort to hide the relationship from his wife. There is also speculation that the killer in a policeman.

The suspect was picked up last Wednesday, one day after Santoya was strangled and her body stuffed in a garbage bag near her school.




RM arrests woman Constable in court

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Some members of the Jamaica Constabulary Force are reportedly upset over an incident in the Browns Town Resident Magistrate's Court in St. Ann on Monday in which a woman Corporal was ordered arrested and placed in the holding area in her uniform among male prisoners.

The corporal who was one of two investigating officers in an assault case, was offering an explanation when it is alleged that Senior Resident Magistrate Andrea Thomas said she did not like her tone.

The corporal was later placed in the dock of the court room where she was told she was being charged for misbehaving in court. She reportedly offered an apology to Resident Magistrate Thomas who then dropped the charge and ordered the officer to leave the court.

Meanwhile, the Police Federation which represents rank and file members of the Police Force is conducting an investigation into the incident.




Police report 97 murders in January

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There has been a 31 per cent increase in the number of reported murders for the first month of the year. Data contained in the Jamaica Constabulary Force's Periodic Serious and Violent Crimes Review for January shows that 97 murders were recorded.

This was up from 74 during the corresponding period in 2014, a trend reflecting an average of more than three murders per day.

Investigators say 55 of the murders last year were listed as gang related.

The upsurge at the start of 2015 followed a 16 per cent reduction in murders during 2014.

However, while murders continue to pose a challenge for the police the data show a double digit reduction in shootings and rapes last month.




Man in custody over murder of 14-y-o student

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A man has been taken into custody in connection with the death of 14-year-old student of Frome Technical High, Santoya Campbell.

Homicide investigators in Westmoreland say that Campbell was strangled and sexually assaulted.

The teenager's body was found in a garbage bag at a river close to the Frome Technical, which she attended.

The incident has cast a shadow of gloom over the school and the wider community.TV.




Did Kranium really steal Eklypse's style?

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Up and coming dancehall act Eklypse is adamant that deejay Kranium pinched his style of delivery for the song 'History', but Kranium and his management are strongly denying this claim.

Kranium's manager, Pee Wee, says that his artiste doesn't know who Eklypse is and furthermore, Kranium would be more likely to be influenced by Mavado and Vybz Kartel.

Reports are that Eklypse said he had a conversation with Kranium's producer last year, during which he played some of his songs for the producer to hear. He claims from that encounter, Kranium may have been exposed to his style of music.

"I reached out to his producer to voice for him because I realise that his tracks have my sound. He listened to my songs and said he liked the sound of the tracks and that I must continue the great works. Kranium release this new song. Now, when I listened to the song, I noticed that it had my sound and my style written all over it.

"I am not saying it has to be my thing, but when I heard even my slang in it and then people started to tell me that Kranium's song sounds exactly like me, I know that he bite my style," he said.

Eklypse says he has been using the words 'wow wow wow' as his slang for many years, and Kranium also used it in History. Eklypse also recorded a song called Real Talk, in which he addresses the issue. That effort was produced by Senshighj, based in France.

Eklypse is gearing up to release a music video next week for a song called Get Rich, as well as a collaboration with Kalado. His video for Voice of the People is being aired on Hype.




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Reports are that Vybz Kartel's fellow convict Shawn Campbell, alias Shawn Storm was also a target of the reported plot which was uncovered on January 17.

According to a source, about a month ago, a fellow inmate who was hurriedly transferred from the maximum-security facility after the plot was uncovered was involved in an altercation with Kartel.

Things got heated and Kartel reportedly threw water from his toilet in the face of the inmate.

Correctional Officers managed to defuse the tension however the inmate involved in the altercation with Kartel vowed that he would exact revenge.

Allegations are that the inmate was able to convince a female casual worker assigned to the maximum facility to smuggle a bottle of lotion containing two ratchet knives, and a poisonous substance.

That substance that has the ability to penetrate the skin was supposed to be used in the attack and Shawn Storm was the target.

Kartel would have been the subject of the knife attack.




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Opposition leader, Andrew Holness, Andrew Holness has shrugged of news about a million-dollar hit on his life as a probable case of classic bad mind.

Holness was speaking recently at a political event in Papine when he admitted that security forces are currently investigating information surrounding the alleged 'hit'. He confessed to being a man who prays each night and assured the crowd that he was confident, calm and unafraid.

He told the audience, "When you have a family as big as the Jamaica Labour Party nobody can trouble you," Holness joked.

The JLP leader speculated that the alleged plot to assassinate him may be linked to his favourable poll numbers.




Bodies of two children pulled from hole

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Tragedy struck on Waltham Drive in Brown's Town, St. Ann on Friday when two children drowned in a large hole at their house.

Jason Parke, 6 a grade one student of the Servite Primary School in Brown's Town and his sister Dana Lawrence, 11 a student of a special care institution in St. Anns Bay.

The police report that shortly 1pm water began gathering in the hole following heavy rain. The children were reportedly playing near the hole when they either fell in or jumped in. They were pulled from the water after an alarm was raised.

A policewoman tried to revive the children but her efforts failed.

The Office of The Children's Advocate (OCA) has extended its sympathies to the family of the two children. It has also expressed condolences to the families of the 5 year old girl found dead at her home in St. Mary last week and 14 year old Frome Technical High School student, Santoya Campbell, whose dismembered body was found near her school early this week.

The OCA is calling on Jamaicans to join forces to end atrocities against children. It says the constant reports of children being killed, raped or attacked must stop.




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A 3-year-old boy found a handgun in his mother's purse and fired just one shot that wounded both his parents at an Albuquerque motel on Saturday, police said.

According to investigators, the toddler apparently reached for an iPod but found the loaded weapon. Police believe the shooting to be accidental. The bullet first struck his father in the buttock and then hit the right shoulder of his mother, who is eight months pregnant, police said. His 2-year-old sister was present but unhurt.

Both injuries are non-life threatening, authorities said.

Justin Reynolds told KOB-TV (http://goo.gl/gRCXe0) that he and his girlfriend, Monique Villescas, were getting ready to order pizza when the toddler fired the shot.

"It was like if I was to get up shake your hand and sat back down. That's how fast it happened," Reynolds said." All of a sudden we heard a gun go off and the next minute I realized my girlfriend was bleeding. Then, I sat down and realized I was shot, too."

Reynolds said he called 911 and grabbed some towels to try to stop her bleeding.

"I was more worried about my girlfriend than myself and anything else that was going on. And my son because I didn't know if he had shot himself or not," said Reynolds. "He was shocked and crying. It was traumatizing."

Police said in a statement that the father was treated and released, while the mother was hospitalized in stable condition.

"This case will be forwarded to the DA's office and pending charges of felony criminal negligence will be reviewed on both parents," Albuquerque police Simon Drobik spokesman said.




Vybz Kartel is ahead of his peers, says Konshens

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During an interview with United States based hip-hop website VLADTV.com, dancehall artiste Konshens stated that he believes that incarcerated deejay Vybz Kartel is the most lyrical Jamaican artiste.

According to the singjay, Kartel is ahead of his peers. Konshens during the interview also disagreed with the interviewer, who said that reggae/dancehall artistes are not usually discussed in conversations based on lyrical capability. The artiste stated that Jamaican language might not be understood by a lot of countries, however, reggae/dancehall acts are very skilled with their word play.

"I think that's unfair. I think if people don't bring up dancehall and reggae acts in discussions about lyrics that is unfair. I think it's a case where most people don't understand what they are saying. But, if you really listen to some of the artistes over the years, you will be surprised. But, Vybz Kartel is definitely the most lyrical dancehall artiste ever ... for me. I don't speak for just one style of lyrics and I would say Beres Hammond is the second and I would put myself in it," Konshens said.

The singjay also said reggae music is going through a tough period commercially. However, the genre would bounce back. He also highlighted Chronixx, Javada, Darrio and Delus as promising acts.

Vybz Kartel is serving a life sentence in prison, however, the artiste has still managed to shine ahead of most of his peers in the music industry with a long list of hits including Do Di Maths, Nuh TrustPeople, Cya Test We, Ignite The World, Business and Without Money.




The police say an investigation will be conducted into complaints that Jamaican who viited the island recently from the United States was harassed and robbed by members of the Jamaica Constabulary Force.

The visitor had reportedly just landed at the Norman Manley International Airport and, while passing Caribbean Cement Company, was ordered to stop by the police who say that they were conducting random checks. The man claimed that the police ordered them out of the car and asked him if he had anything to declare.

"I told them no. I told them I just came into the island," he said.

It was at this point, the man claimed, that he was ordered to take his suitcase from the vehicle and put it in the pickup the policemen were driving. The gentleman refused and the police took the suitcase and put it in the pickup and took the car keys from him and placed him, along with his female friend, in their vehicle. The cops drove around them before taking them to a street unfamiliar to him and ordered them out of the vehicle in the crudest manner possible.

He claimed that relief came when a broadcast came through the police radio that there was a shoot-out in downtown, which caused the lawmen to leave them. However, the lawmen are said to have relieved the man and his friend of $US40 each.

The incident was reported to an Inspector of police and the visitors were scheduled to attend an identification parade but was unable to attend because the documents were not prepared and he had to leave the island.

The inspector of police confirmed that he was familiar with incident and stated that an investigation will be conducted into the matter. He also added that the lawmen had acted unprofessionally.




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The daughter of the late Whitney Houston remains in medically-induced coma today after she was found face down in a bath tub in a scene tragically reminiscent of her own mother's 'accidental' drug-overdose death.

And now sources close to Bobbi Kristina Brown are expressing little hope of a recovery.

'It doesn't look good,' a source told Entertainment Tonight.

That same source revealed to the TV show that it's 'no coincidence' that the 21-year-old was rushed to the hospital so close to the third anniversary of her mother's death and that her troubles are 'a lot deeper than everyone can see'.

'We don't think Bobbi Kristina is going to pull through,' another source told Hollywood Life.

Bobbi's father Bobby Brown is currently by her side, praying for her recovery with family friend Tyler Perry among others.

Her husband Nick Gordon discovered her unconscious in a bathtub at their Roswell, Georgia home around 10:25am Saturday morning - in the same home they shared with Houston.

Gordon performed CPR on his struggling wife until paramedics arrived on the scene and rushed her to North Fulton Hospital.

In an eerie co-incidence, her mother was found dead almost three years ago when she accidentally drowned in a bath tub at the Beverly Hills Hilton Hotel - she too was face down.

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Freddie McGregor headlines Musical Delights

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Freddie McGregor will lead an impressive line-up of Jamaica's finest entertainers at Musical Delights, the annual fund-raiser for the Lions Club of Kingston, scheduled for the Gardens of the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel on Sunday, February 8, beginning 6:00 pm.

Among the acts are Maria Myrie, Keisha Patterson, Everton Pessoa and the Bare Essentials Band. The hilarious Professor Nuts and Leroy 'Heptone' Sibbles will make their debut this year. The MC will be Dr Michael Abrahams.

The event was conceptualised and stage by the Lions Club of Kingston in February 2008 as a tribute to music teacher and pianist extraordinaire, Lion Iris Whittaker.

"Lion Iris had faithfully provided live piano music at all Lions functions up to late 2007 when failing health prevented her from continuing to perform," said Errol Lee, member of the Lions Club of Kingston and chief organiser of the annual event.

Musical Delights has been held in the Gardens of the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel on the first or second Sunday in February each year, with the proceeds going to the Sight Foundation of Jamaica and the Lions Eye Clinic at 30 Beechwood Avenue, Kingston.

Lee said that at the Lions Eye Clinic people are screened for eye defects and fitted with glasses (based on availability), or referred to an eye specialist for further treatment.




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FLORENCE HALL, (Trelawny), Jamaica - Former I-Three member, Judy Mowatt, stamped her class on the 2015 opener of the Jamaica Jazz and Blues Festival at the Trelawny Multi Purpose Stadium.

Belting out her smooth vocals with disarming ease, Judy Mowatt upped the tempo as Jazz and Blues 2015 started to move to a higher musical ground at the Trelawny Stadium.

Mowatt had the several hundred patrons in a trance as she delivered Black Woman, Many Are Called, Thank You Lord and a quality rendition of We Will Sing Our Own Song by the I Threes, of which she was a part. Mowatt also paid tribute to Holt by performing his Tide Is High.

Sister Judy, once a part of the I-Threes blessed the venue with 'Thank you Lord' and 'Want to be More', before moving on to 'Unconditional Love' and 'Free'.

In tribute to John Holt, she performed her rendition of the late singer's biggest hit, 'The Tide is High. Again patrons at the festival showed their appreciation for the Jamaican songbird by singing aloud. She rounded off her act with the well loved 'Black Woman' and 'Many Are Called'.




Jay Z buys music streaming company for $56 million

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Hip-hop star Jay-Z is buying a Scandinavian music streaming company for $56 million to take on Spotify and Apple and add to a business empire that has spanned clothing and sports bars.

Project Panther Bidco Ltd, a company controlled by the 45-year-old rapper, said on Friday it had agreed to buy Sweden-listed Aspiro, which runs streaming service Tidal and Wimp, for 464 million Swedish crowns ($56 million) in cash.

The deal will pit Jay-Z against Spotify, and also Dr Dre after his streaming service, Beats Music, was bought by Apple.

Jay-Z, real name Shawn Corey Carter, is one of the world's best-selling music artists of all time, having sold more than 100 million records. Forbes estimated last year that his net worth was $520 million. He has had a number of business interests, including 40/40 Club sports bars and Rocawear clothing.

His mix of music and entrepeneurial interests mirrors that of other rappers, including De Dre, who sold his Beats headphones business to Apple, and 50 Cent, who sold his vitamin water business to Coca-Cola.

Project Panther said it had followed the development of Aspiro for some time, believing it to be 'an innovative high-quality company with strong future growth potential'.

Norwegian media house Schibsted, Aspiro's main shareholder, said it had accepted the offer, while Aspiro's board said it was united in recommending the bid, virtually ensuring its success.




Suge Knight arrested for murder

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Marion 'Suge' Knight is being questioned over the alleged murder of a friend today after turning himself into police in the early hours of this morning.

The hip hop mogul was named as a wanted man after he was involved in a fatal hit-and-run incident in California that left one man dead and another injured. Police believe Knight and some other men were involved in an argument on the set of the upcoming N.W.A. biopic Straight Outta Compton on Thursday afternoon.

When the men went to lunch at Tam's Burger's in Compton 20 minutes later, Knight, 49, is believed to have followed the men in his red pickup truck. The incident ended with him reversing over one man and hitting another. Both were friends of Knight and police named the dead man as Terry Carter, 55. The injured man is actor Cle Shaheed 'Bone' Sloan, 51. Mr Carter, a businessman, was a married father of two daughters. He lived with his wife Lillian, 55, near Inglewood, in Los Angeles.

Knight's lawyer said his client 'accidentally' hit the men but the incident is being treated as a homicide by police. Knight was declared to be wanted on suspicion of murder by police in Los Angeles on Thursday afternoon. A bulletin issued to all police in California said he should be considered armed and dangerous, TMZ reported.

Around 3am this morning he was seen arriving at the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department West Hollywood station with his attorney, James Blatt. Homicide detectives interviewed the Death Row Records founder for about three hours, the Los Angeles Times reported. Detectives formally 'arrested Marion 'Suge' Knight for murder'. Bail was set at $2million bail, according to a police statement.

Blatt admitted Knight was driving the truck but said he was 'confident that once the investigation is completed, he will be totally exonerated'. 'He was in the process of being physically assaulted by two men and in an effort to escape he unfortunately hit two (other) individuals. 'He was in his car trying to escape.'

Blatt said the dead man was Knight's friend, 55-year-old Terry Carter. The second victim, actor Cle Shaheed 'Bone' Sloan, 51, was not seriously hurt, ABC 7 Los Angeles reported.

Knight's empty truck was found late Thursday night in a West Los Angeles parking lot.




4 Negril cops under investigation

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Four police officers attached the Negril police station are being investigated by INDECOM, for their alleged role in the death of 23-year-old Kemar Powell.

Powell died early Thursday morning, reportedly after being beaten by police. Residents of Westmoreland mounted a major protest along the Negril Main Road. They claim Powell was hit from his bike by police officers, and then beaten near the gates of the St. Paul's Anglican Church.

Powell's aunt, Nadine Clarke, says a CT scan has revealed that his skull was cracked. Clarke claims that after the Police beat Kemar, they threw him in the back of a police van and threw his motor bike on top of his body.

However, police have said he died after crashing into a utility pole.

INDECOM's Senior Public Relations Officer Kahmeile Reid says they're also investigating reports that shots were fired by the police.

INDECOM is also appealing to anyone who witnessed the incident to call their toll-free numbers, 1-888-935-5550 or 1-888-991-5555.




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Oh Jah Jah the reggae song by actor Eddie Murphy, has topped the iTunes Reggae Top 100 Chart. The single was released two days ago by VPAL Classic, digital arm of VP Records.

Oh Jah Jah replaced Sister Nancy's resurgent 1982 hit single Bam Bam, which now holds second spot. Also in the top five are Do You Wanna by Shifta and Che'Nelle, Three Little Birds by Bob Marley and the Wailers and Matisyahu's One Day.

Oh Jah Jah is Murphy's second reggae number in 18 months. In the summer of 2013, he teamed with rapper Snoop Dogg on the song Red Light.

In an interview with the website www.voiceonline.co.uk, Murphy spoke about his love for reggae.

"My favourite [Jamaican artiste] right now is Chronixx. I also like Beenie Man and I like old stuff too. I like Garnet Silk and of course, I love Bob Marley," he said.

In 1993, Murphy collaborated with Grammy-winning deejay Shabba Ranks for the single, I Was A King. A video for that song was filmed in Portland.




Jah Cure signs deal with VP Records

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Reggae singer, Jah Cure, this week signed a two-album deal with VP Records.

According to the singer, he should have released his Ghetto Life album with VP many years ago, and that should have been his first album if someone did not release a compilation album before that time. He said he has always kept in contact with VP "even when I was down and out".

He disclosed that the album will be released in March and noted that he was pleased with the work done by persons including Llamar 'Riff Raff' Brown, Clive Hunt and Handel Tucker, who played a major role in the album. "These are the persons I chose to work with. I am trying to get the best that I know of and I am not trying to compromise on the product," he said, adding that.

Upon release of the album, he said he will be travelling to places like Russia, Slovenia, Slovakia, Israel, New Caledonia, Australia, New Zealand, Japan and parts of Africa where the album will be promoted heavily, "until I step into the US and Canada that is the biggest market," he said.




Tax dodgers BEWARE!

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Finance Minister Dr. Peter Phillips has served notice that the Jamaican tax authorities will be aggressively pursuig tax dodgers in the upcoming fiscal year.

The Minister disclosed at a special media briefing on Monday that Tax Administration Jamaica (TAJ) will be intensifying collections, due to the decline in revenue inflows this fiscal year.

He said the TAJ will use the increased powers available to it, legislatively, "such as the access to third-party information, the publication of offenders..." and will "undertake efforts to improve taxpayer information and education."




No bail for Scare Dem gang leader

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Leader of the Denham Town-based Scare Dem gang, Omar Spaulding, 31 and seven members of his posse were denied bail when they appeared before the Corporate Area Criminal Court Friday. They were charged two weeks ago under the Criminal Justice Suppression of Criminal Organisations Act or Anti-gang Act.

Investigators say the men - 22 year old Leon Williams: 54 year old taxi operator Anthony Wright; 22 year old Derval Findley from Buff Bay, Portland; Orlando Harris; Adrian Smith; Gerald Simpson and San Sebastian Allen - are linked to murders, shootings and extortion in the Kingston West Police Division. The Scare Dem gang was also linked to the abduction and murder of a Scotia Bank employee last year.

Spaulding was charged last year when three illegal guns were allegedly found at his house in Denham Town. He was out on bail at the time of his latest arrest.

In rejecting the bail application, Senior magistrate Judith Pusey, said she could not grant the men bail based on the nature of the allegations and the possible threat to witnesses.

Court documents reveal that Spaulding took control of the "Scare Dem" Gang last year from its original leader Omar Miller. Since then there have been violent clashes with other gangs in Denham Town and surrounding communities, leading to several murders and shootings in West Kingston.

Investigators say the Scare Dem gang, broke off from the Presidential Click Gang led by former Tivoli Gardens strongman Christopher "Dudus" Coke, following his extradition.




Ganja debate begins in the Senate

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The Jamaican Senate on Friday morning opened the debate on the Dangerous Drugs (Amendment) Act with an overview of the Bill and the rationale behind Cabinet's approval of the changes to the Dangerous Drugs Act presented by Justice Minister, Senator Mark Golding.

He said it was a significant step in ensuring that persons found in possession of small quantities of ganja are subjected only to a fine and no longer attract a criminal record.

Senator Golding said the Bill will also ensure the formulation of a penalty framework for such offenses.

He also touched on how the legislative changes will aid in the development of a viable ganja industry, saying "with the increased recognition of the medicinal advantages of ganja, not only locally, but also internationally, the Bill provides for a legal regulated system for the medical, scientific and therapeutic production and use of ganja."




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Two persons of interest have been identified as the police continue to probe reports of death threats on the lives of leader of the opposition Jamaica Labour Party (JLP)Andrew Holness and JLP General Secretary, Horace Chang.

According to informed sources, one of the persons was reportedly picked up between Wednesday and Thursday and is in police custody.

Investigators also allegedly uncovered a planned attack last Sunday on either Holness or Chang.

It is believed that the hit men agreed to be paid J$ 7 million, of that amount, close to half was handed over to them.

Chang confirmed the threats but declined to give details.




 

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The Brown family is asking for prayers.

On Wednesday, doctors treating Bobbi Kristina Brown attempted to rouse her from a medically induced coma, but, according to CNN and People, she began having seizures when taken off the medications, and she was put back into the coma.

"Bobby [Brown] is beside himself," a source tells People of the latest development.

Bobbi Kristina, the 21-year-old daughter of Whitney Houston and Bobby Brown, had remained in a medically induced coma since she was found unresponsive in a bathtub on Jan. 31. Last week, doctors removed her breathing tube, allowing Brown to be ventilated through a hole in her throat.

"This is a horrible setback. Everyone was hopeful that this was the sign that she'd turned the corner. We were so optimistic," People's source continues. "Bobby is taking this so hard; he was sure this was going to be a good day. But please, everyone needs to pray for Krissi. I don't care what religion you are, or if you have no religion at all. Send your thoughts, your prayers, your well-wishes. Send everything you've got. Please."





Look out for the Vanessa Bling Lipstick

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Dancehall artiste Vanessa Bling, formerly called Gaza Slim, is gearing up to launch a line of lipstick called Vanessa Bling lipstick. According to the artiste, the product will be available for purchase online and in selected stores islandwide.

Vanessa Bling, who is known for singles like Independent Ladies and One Man, says it is only inevitable that she should invest in products, since her mentor Vybz Kartel was also a business person.

"I love lipsticks, I am a businesswoman and I love to try different things. Sometimes the music business is very slow, so you have to try different things to back it up," Vanessa Bling said.

She further explained: "It will be distributed world-wide. I am very proud to follow in Vybz Kartel's footstep because he had his rum line and his condom line as well. It's good to know that I am the first female from his camp to be doing something like this. I am very proud of myself and I know he would be proud as well," she said.

The singer also operates her own record label called VB Records and has produced some of her own singles.

"I am also a designer, I designed the dress I wore to YVAs and it received a lot of credit from persons who saw it," she added.





etana-photo-2.jpgReggae veteran, Ibo Cooper, announced on stage at the Ranny Williams Centre last night that songbird Etana, known as 'The Strong One' would not be performing as advertised as she was not only sick, she had been hospitalised.

YardFlex understands that the singer had been complaining about dizziness and pains in the side. She fell unconscious yesterday and was rushed to the hospital where she was put on IV. Her management says that Etana is now undergoing a series of tests and they will give an update on her condition later.

Etana, who just completed a three-week tour in Europe, was one of the headline acts for JaRIA's Reggae Month celebrations last night. Also absent was Richie Stephens.

Christopher Martin, however, put on an energetic performance and proved an amazing show closer.





Unease as 2 senior cops lose their US visas

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Two high-ranking police officers have reportedly joined the list of members of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) whose visas have been revoked by the United States government.

Reports are that the visas were taken away recently.

These two senior officers are said to be attached to two sensitive areas of the JCF. One climbed up the ranks of the Criminal Investigation Branch (CIB) over the years, before he was recently reassigned. The other has been very active in the operational arm of the police force.

A top law-enforcement officer, who spoke with one Jamaican newspaper on condition of anonymity, confirmed yesterday that the visas of the two well-known lawmen were revoked.

While not disclosing much, the officer further stressed that more members of the JCF are likely to have their visas revoked soon.

As is protocol, the US Embassy refused to confirm the reports.

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Chris Gayle says he felt pressured to perform

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Canberra (AFP) - West Indies opener Chris Gayle became the first batsman to score a World Cup double century on Tuesday and admitted he had never felt such pressure to perform.

His double ton came off just 138 balls -- the quickest 200 in all ODI cricket -- including nine fours and 16 sixes as he surpassed the previous World Cup best of 188 not out by South Africa's Gary Kirsten against the United Arab Emirates at Rawalpindi in 1996.

Gayle was eventually out off the last delivery of the innings, having faced 147 balls, with 10 fours and 16 sixes taking his team to an imposing 372 for two in the company of Marlon Samuels, whose 133 not out was reduced to a support act.Zimbabwe were bowled out for 289 in reply to give West Indies a 73-run win on the Duckworth/Lewis method.

Left-hander Gayle's record blast meant he has now completed a career sweep of a triple century in Tests, double century in ODIs and a century in Twenty20 internationals.

"I got a bit of cramp and I was feeling a bit tired," said Gayle, fortunate to be given not out after an lbw appeal to the first ball he faced went to a review. "I didn't want to be out with the first ball -- I said 'you can't be serious?'," he said. "I was under pressure to score runs, and I kept getting messages from Twitter and on my cell phone from fans. I have never known so many people wanting Chris Gayle to do so well."

Gayle's record-shattering innings came just days after he was inadvertently caught up in an embarrassing Twitter gaffe by West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) president Dave Cameron, who retweeted a post from a spectator calling for the batsman to be pensioned off.

"I have never felt this kind of pressure, but in the end, I am sure I gave them something to talk about," said Gayle. "A lot of time people don't know what you are going through as I had some issues with injuries. I am also not getting any younger so age is definitely catching up on me."

His innings was only the fifth double century in all one-day international cricket and the first by a non-Indian, with Rohit Sharma (two), Sachin Tendulkar and Virender Sehwag the only other batsmen to achieve the feat.

Gayle and Samuels also set a new partnership record for any ODI wicket. Their unbroken stand of 372 surpassed the 331 shared by India's Rahul Dravid and Tendulkar against New Zealand at Hyderabad (Deccan) in 1999.

"Ever since Rohit got two, I have been hounded to get one as well," smiled Gayle, who even took two wickets with his gentle off-spin when Zimbabwe batted.

After collecting the man-of-the-match award, Gayle said it was key that his side now focused on Friday's crucial clash against South Africa in Sydney. "It was a fantastic day from a personal point of view, but now we have another tough game coming up against South Africa who have just beaten us 4-1 so we'll be concentrating on that," he added.

West Indies captain Jason Holder praised Gayle. "Chris is an outstanding player, it's great to have him back in form and hopefully he can carry it through to the finals," said Holder.

Zimbabwe skipper Elton Chigumbura said his side had been unfortunate with the lbw review when Gayle was on nought. "We were unlucky with the Gayle lbw but he played a massive innings today," said Chigumbura. "Gayle is the kind of player who is destructive but we just have to forget about what happened."

Gayle's innings sparked a stream of plaudits on Twitter: "Finally he's got a double hundred in one day cricket ! That doesn't surprise me who else than @henrygale what a stage to get it tho," tweeted India's Yuvraj Singh.

His boss at Indian Premier League outfit Royal Challengers, Vijay Mallya said the innings was a perfect response to those who wanted him dropped.

"@henrygale silences his critics and gives a fitting answer to all the recent comments on Twitter. Our big maan creates even more records," wrote Mallya, who also owns the Force India F1 team.

The record also did not go unnoticed in Japan, hardly a hotbed of international cricket.

"Japan Cricket must reluctantly admit that @henrygale is making it quite difficult for us to get any work done this afternoon #WIvZIM," tweeted the Japanese Cricket Association.





ncb-employee-alicia-prince-collapses-sigma.jpgAn autopsy conducted on the body of Alicia Prince, who collapsed and died during the Sigma run for charity last Sunday, has revealed that she died of cardiac failure.

The post mortem examination was conducted on Tuesday.

Prince, who was employed as a customer service representative at the National Commercial Bank at the time of her passing, collapsed on West Kings House Road during the Sigma run.

Her death has shaken former colleagues who hailed her lively spirit and charming personality.

She has also been hailed as a 'Live Wire' by government senator Lambert Brown.

The event organisers had targeted $25 million for the Jamaica Kidney Kids Foundation and the Neonatal Unit at Cornwall Regional Hospital. The event raised just over $26 million.





$100,000 Crime Stop reward

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crime-stop-errol-osborne.jpgCrime Stop is offering a reward of $100,000 for information, leading to the arrest of the killer of Errol Osborne.

Reports are that on Friday, January 2, Mr Osborne had just arrived home in Fontabelle, St. Mary when a man armed with a gun ran into his yard and pointed his gun at him.

Two workmen who were with Mr Osborne ran for cover then several explosions were heard.

Police later found Mr. Osborne inside his car with gunshot wounds all over his body.

Crime Stop says it is anxious to help the family and friends of Mr. Osborne find closure to this murder.

Anyone with information that can help the police solve this case is being asked to call Crime Stop at 311.





Technician extradited to face sex offence charges

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Homer Bishop, technician of Margarete Villa Road, Kingston 10, who is wanted in the state of New Jersey, United States of America, for aggravated sexual assault and having sexual intercourse with a minor, younger than 13, was extradited yesterday.

Reports are that on January 13, detectives from the Counter Terrorism and Organised Crime Investigation Branch's (C-TOC) Fugitive Apprehension Team arrested the 41 -year-old Bishop on an extradition warrant. On Thursday, January 15, Bishop appeared in the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate's Court where he was ordered extradited, after waiving his right to an extradition hearing.

He was yesterday escorted off the island to the United States of America where he will answer to the charges.





Ganja decriminalised in Jamaica

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Parliament has given the go ahead for long-awaited changes to be made to the law governing marijuana as part of plans to decriminalise the use and cultivation of the drug.

Parliamentarians last evening passed the bill to amend The Dangerous Drugs Act.

The ill, which was amended in The Senate earlier this month, will seek to decriminalise small quantities of marijuana for personal use as well as allow for the use of hemp for manufacturing purposes.

Additionally, the bill will allow for the use of marijuana for religious, therapeutic and medical purposes.

In opening the debate yesterday, Minister of National Security, Peter Bunting stated that the decriminalisation of marijuana would remove the monopoly organised gangs would have on the drug, thereby reducing the value and ultimately dismantling the drug ring.

Meanwhile, Opposition Member, Delroy Chuck stated that with the passage of this bill, Jamaica should seek to find out why the international community has made this a prohibited drug.





Michael Sharpe's assault case dismissed

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Journalist and District Constable Michael Sharpe walked free from the St. Catherine Resident Magistrate's Court Tuesday morning.

Sharpe was scheduled to answer charges of assault concerning a May 2013 incident on the Hellshire Main Road in St. Catherine.

According to reports, Sharpe went to assist the complainant in a domestic dispute, however, six months after the incident the complainant filed a report with the St. Catherine South Police. Following investigations the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions ruled that Sharpe should be charged with assault.

He pleaded not guilty in court and shortly after a submission from the Clerk of Courts the Magistrate ruled that Sharpe had no case to answer and the case was dismissed.





Video of school-girl beating vendor being probed

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A fight between a schoolgirl and a vendor, whose child was slapped repeatedly in the face in Sam Sharpe Square, Montego Bay, has left the vendor seriously injured and has attracted the attention of the police.

A three-minute video of the incident, which has gained traction on Facebook, shows the vendor and the schoolgirl having a heated argument over why the student hit the woman's child.The video was posted on February 17 and it is unclear how recent the fight was.

"Weh you box him fah if him even do nothing?" The vendor asked. The student in full view of the camera then stated, "mi never box him." Prompting the child, who is a female and who appears to attend an early childhood institution, to state, "you box mi three times."

The mother then demanded to know what her child did that would warrant her being slapped in the face three times, to which another schoolgirl said there was an incident involving the child's lunch pan.

After this exchange, the irate mother then pushed the schoolgirl in the face leading to both of them wrestling in the square, commonly referred to as 'Parade', in front of a number of persons who had gathered. Several blows were then exchanged between the vendor and the student.

After a few seconds, the vendor was seen wiping blood pouring from her face, which ended the scuffle. Persons could be heard telling the woman to go to hospital.

The Barnett Street police confirmed the incident. No charges have been laid against the student as interviews are still ongoing and the student, who is a minor, has to be interviewed in the presence of a parent or guardian.





Scammers target Tifa and Dexta Daps

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dexta-daps-tifa-jealous-ova.jpgWith their song 'Jealous Ova' gaining traction since its video release recently, dancehall artistes Tifa and Dexta Daps have become the target of scammers.

The music video was released about a week ago and already unscrupulous persons have come out of the woodworks trying to profit from their work. Reports are that persons have set up fake Facebook accounts and have been trying to collect money on behalf of both parties.

According to Craig Harrisingh of Daseca Productions, "People have created fake Facebook pages and email accounts presenting themself as Dexta Daps or as his management. They are taking people's money for dub plates and deposits for shows."

He continued, "Dexta Daps does not conduct any business whatsoever via social media. If his business doesn't go through DASECA Productions it's not real. This has been going on for about a month. In the past two weeks or so these people have started to include Tifa in their scamming deal. They are now telling promoters that they can get Dexta Daps and Tifa as a package at a ridiculous price. Daseca Productions is the sole booking agent for Dexta Daps, and Solid Agency handles all of Tifa's bookings."

Both Tifa and Dexta Daps have since made posts on their social media informing the public of the scam.

Meanwhile, Jealous Ova continues to do well having debuted at number 17 on Ernie B's Top 20 reggae chart in the UK which airs on Capital Extra, a mainstream R&B/hip-hop station in the UK.

The Daseca-produced single has been impacting radio over the past few months, and the accompanying music video, which was directed by Short Films Ja and shot on location at Lime Cay, has been getting online views and airplay.





The police in Westmoreland theorise that Monday's attack at a shop in Negril that led to the death of an 18 year old girl and injured four others was linked to lottery scammers.

Dead is Ombretta Jackson, of Lime Tree Lane in West End, Negril.

Investigators way Jackson acted as a courier for men linked to the lottery scam in Negril. It's understood that the masterminds behind the scam accused her of withholding funds.

The police report that shortly after 8pm, Jackson and others were at a shop when they were approached by two men who opened fire. A 15 year old boy is among the injured.

The gunmen escaped on a motorbike.

Two of the injured are listed in critical condition.





Dennis Brown tribute concert postponed

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The tribute concert set for Sunday, February 22, to celebrate the life and music of reggae's crown prince, Dennis Emmanuel Brown, has been postponed.

The show, which was scheduled to be held at the Kingston Waterfront has become a principal showcase in the celebration of Reggae Month during February.Brown's daughter, Marla, who was scheduled to perform, confirmed the postponement.

"I was called to a meeting yesterday (Thursday) where I was informed that the show is off. They are looking at something in July around the anniversary of dad's death," the British-born Brown said.

When pressed for a reason for the shifting in the date she offered: "I think they were coming up short on funds."

Brown died in July 1999 of pneumonia complications. He was 42.





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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. homeland security chief said on Sunday he takes seriously an apparent threat by Somali-based Islamist militants against prominent shopping sites in the West including the Mall of America in Minnesota and urged people there to be careful.

Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson was reacting to a video attributed to al Shabaab appearing to call for attacks on Western shopping areas, specifically mentioning Mall of America, the West Edmonton Mall in Canada, London's Oxford Street and sites in Paris.

"This latest statement from al Shabaab reflects the new phase we've evolved to in the global terrorist threat, in that you have groups such as al Shabaab and ISIL publicly calling for independent actors in their homelands to carry out attacks," Johnson told the CNN program "State of the Union," using an acronym for the militant group Islamic State.

Asked about the threat to Mall of America, which is one of the world's largest shopping areas, Johnson said: "Anytime a terrorist organization calls for an attack on a specific place, we've got to take that seriously." He advised people going to the Mall of America to be particularly careful.

One U.S. intelligence official said security officials indeed are worried about the risk of an attack on U.S. soil by a solitary militant, but al Shabaab as a group has not appeared to gain much traction with most Somalis in the West, including in Minneapolis.

"In balance, I don't think this video adds much on top of the ubiquitous 'lone offender' threat," said the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity.

Staff Sergeant Brent Meyer of Canada's Royal Canadian Mounted Police said "there is no evidence at this time of any specific or imminent threat to Canadians." In Britain, a spokesman said London police were aware of the video and were assessing it.

Mall of America and West Edmonton Mall issued statements saying they were implementing extra security measures.





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Dancehall artiste, Moses 'Beenie Man' Davis was the guest lecturer at Belmont Academy in Westmoreland which kicked off its three-day black history celebrations on Friday with a panel discussion ‎on the importance of Black History Month and a lecture.

Beenie Man's lecture, under the headline 'Life and Work of a Home Grown Hero', was centred on Peter Tosh, who grew up in the community of Belmont.

According to Beenie Man, Tosh's 1976 hit Legalize it is now a catalyst for the now fervent calls for the legalization of marijuana in Jamaica. He also hailed Tosh as one of the icons of reggae music and attributed him with some of the most powerful and potent songs ever recorded.

Panelist included Iyah V, a member of the Westmoreland Hemp and Ganja Farmers Association; Belmont community leader, Wolde Kristos; Daniela Woodbine, the deputy head girl of Belmont Academy; Shane Clarke and Lady Renae, both of Irie FM.

The discussion was centred ‎around the importance of the celebrations of black history as well as how to improve the methods of celebrations in order to engage more of the nation's youth.





Jamaican extradited on drugs charges

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Juel Dunn, who also goes by the names "Dalton Stephenson", "Dalton Calvin" and "Shortman" of Top Hill in St Elizabeth and Chambers Avenue, Granville, St James, has been extradited to the United States to face charges relating to narcotics trafficking.

He was extradited to Florida on Thursday following his arrest by the Fugitive Apprehension Team FAT, with the support of other local and international law enforcement agencies.
Dunn, who has a 14-year warrant for cocaine possession in Florida, was taken into custody by FAT in St Thomas on January 9.

He was taken before the Corporate Area Criminal Court on January 15 where he waived his right for an extradition hearing.

The Police High Command has congratulated law enforcement agents in bringing Dunn to face the courts.





NCB employee collapses and dies at Sigma Run

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ncb-employee-alicia-prince.jpg Thirty-six year-old Alicia Prince, an employee of the National Commercial Bank, died this morning during the staging of the Sagicor Sigma Corporate Run in Kingston.

Sagicor Group Jamaica Limited has extended condolences to the family, co-workers and friends of Alicia Prince.

"Our deepest sympathies are with Ms Prince's family," said Richard Byles, President and CEO of Sagicor Group Jamaica.

Sagicor explained in a release today that 36-year-old Prince, an employee at the National Commercial Bank, was this morning treated by doctors in the vicinity of West King's House Road.

"She received immediate medical treatment from a medical team including a medical doctor, two Emergency Medical Technicians (EMT) and a nurse in one of several medical vehicles deployed along the route and was taken to Andrews Memorial Hospital where she received additional treatment," the release added.





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Cops assigned to the Narcotics Division have arrested and charged 29-year-old Jermaine Brown of a Kingston 12 address, after ganja weighing over 2000 pounds was seized on Second Street in Newport West.

The police reported that on February 6 at about 8:00 pm, a Toyota Hiace bus with three men aboard drove up to the main entrance of the Kingston Container Terminal and attempted to gain access.

However, the security guards became suspicious and while making further enquiries, the bus sped away. The police were alerted and the bus was later found abandoned in the area.

During a search of the vehicle, 19 knitted bags were found with a total of 398 parcels of compressed ganja. The ganja has an estimated street value of $15 million. Cops probing the find uncovered that the bus was rented from a company by Brown. He was subsequently held and charged with the offences of possession of and dealing in ganja, taking preparatory steps to and conspiracy to export ganja, as well as using vehicle as a conveyance.

Brown appeared before the Corporate Area Criminal Court on Friday, and is scheduled to reappear on Monday, March 9.





Hundreds mark 50 years since Malcolm X assassination

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Activists, actors, and politicians attended a ceremony in New York City at the place where civil rights leader Malcolm X was shot to death 50 years ago.

About 300 people gathered Saturday in Harlem to hear remarks from officials and one of Malcolm X's daughters, Ilyasah Shabazz.

The ceremony was held at the Malcolm X & Dr. Betty Shabazz Memorial and Educational Center, previously known as the Audubon Ballroom.

A blue light shone onto the floor in the exact spot where he was killed. A mural with images of Malcolm X adorns a wall.

Malcolm X was shot Feb. 21, 1965, as he was preparing to address his followers. By then, the Muslim leader had moderated his militant message of black separatism but remained a passionate advocate of self-respect and self-reliance.





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Bobbi Kristina Brown was allegedly under the influence of drugs on the morning she was found facedown and unresponsive in a bathtub, People reports.

Sources close to the 21-year-old claim Brown had been regularly using heroin, cocaine and Xanax in the past few months, as well as drinking excessively. No official toxicology report has been released.

Another source says Brown has been "in and out" of rehab during the last three years since her mother, Whitney Houston, died. On Feb. 11, 2012, Houston was found dead in a hotel bathtub. Though the singer had died from drowning, an autopsy confirmed that she had drugs in her system at the time.

It has now been 22 days since Brown was discovered and hospitalized. She has been on life support ever since and recently underwent a tracheotomy to prevent an infection from her breathing tube.