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The bullet-riddled bodies of two men, who were reported missing, were found in a parked car in Frome, Westmoreland on Tuesday.

They have been identified as 40-year-old Carlton Crooks of Lucea, Hanover, and 27-year-old phone technician Denton Hall of Esher Housing Scheme, also in Hanover.

Reports from the Savanna-la-Mar police are that missing person reports were filed for the two men at the Lucea Police Station on Saturday, after the men reportedly left their homes on Thursday, July 23, and had not been seen since.

On Tuesday afternoon, residents reported seeing a motor car that appeared to have been abandoned and summoned the police.

The bodies were found inside the car.





vybz-kartel-photo-24.jpgIdents of Swallowfield Avenue in Havendale, St Andrew say the demolition of incarcerated dancehall deejay Vybz Kartel's house on Tuesday has allowed them to breathe easier.

The house was demolished after an order by the Kingston and St Andrew Corporation (KSAC) approved a request from prosecutors during the now infamous trial, conviction and 35 year-sentencing of the deejay whose real name is Adidjah Palmer.

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"Vagrants had taken up occupancy in the building and they were living in filth. We are so pleased that the house is no more and the terrible blot on our community is gone forever," one resident told Loop News.

Another resident said the vagrants would steal fruits and other items from their properties and made their lives a living hell.

"They would steal on a daily basis and it's like they perfected their craft to a T. It was very hard to catch them in the act. The place was very nasty and garbage was strewn all over. Now we can finally live in peace," the resident said.

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The property was the scene of the brutal mauling death of Clive 'Lizard' Williams who was killed because he lost an illegal firearm belonging to Palmer, the prosecution argued successfully.

Their case was bolstered by the testimony of chief witness Leonard Chow, who told the court that he managed to escape death by scaling a high gate and hightailing it out of the area.

Chow said he too was marked for death. He has been in protective custody for years.

After the incident, the house was mysteriously torched and prosecutors claimed this was an attempt by Kartel and his cronies to hide forensic evidence.





Deportee jumps wall at US embassy stark naked

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A deportee last week breached security at the United States Embassy in Liguanea, St Andrew and scaled the walls of the well-fortified building in the nude.

The security breach came to light in the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate's Court on Tuesday when 43-year-old Lenroy Wiggins was brought before the court to answer to charges of trespassing and illegal exposure.

The court was told that Wiggins had made some threatening calls to the embassy on previous occasions and his photograph was posted on the Embassy's notice board for security officials to watch out for him.

He claimed he was unfairly deported from the United States and did not want to stay in Jamaica.

Wiggins plead not guilty to the charges and was remanded in custody until August 5.





missing-brothers-photo.jpgIt's been one week since twin brothers Tyrique and Talrique Arthurs went missing while visiting a relative in St James.

The boys, who reported 'disappeared' around 12:26 am last Wednesday, reside in Exchange, Ocho Rios and were promptly reported missing by their parents a few hours after.The police are still on high alert and that the family is stricken with grief over the whereabouts of the twins.

The police are urging members of the public to assist as much as they can to return the Arthurs twins safely home. Both boys are of slim build and about 107 centimetres (3 feet 6 inches) tall, however Talrique is of dark complexion while Tyrique is of brown complexion.

When last seen Talrique was dressed in a blue shirt and multi-coloured boxers and Tyrique was wearing a green shirt and blue boxers with green stripes.

Anyone knowing the whereabouts of Tyrique Arthurs and Talrique Arthurs is being asked to contact the Ocho Rios Police at 974-2533, the police's 119 emergency number or the nearest police station.





Vendor stabbed to death in daylight attack

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shocked.jpgYet another murder has occurred in the troubled community of West Kingston

This time the victim is an elderly woman. Police confirmed that the woman was stabbed to death on Wednesday morning.

The killing appeared to have robbery as its motive.

West Kingston has been under the gun for months resulting in a number of murders and shootings.





bruck-up-bet-awards.jpgYears after originating the wildly popular "Bruck Up" dance and becoming an international sensation, songwriter and recording artist George "Bruck Up" Adams is focused on moving masses in an exciting way.

He leads off summer 2015 with his single "Cry", born out of a personal moment for the artiste. "It was a moment that I think many men can relate to. The moment when you see that certain woman...you see beauty, head to toe, that's out of this world, and she's yours? You have to cry. I knew I had to put that in a song."

To bring it to life, Bruck Up teamed up with leading Jamaican producer Teetimus, who has worked with artistes including Damian "Jr. Gong" Marley, Mr. Vegas and Trey Songz. The collaboration yielded a club-ready electronic dance sound with an intimate, reggae-night vibe-perfect for the sexy, lyrical banter he had in mind.

"Cry fi yuh body/Mek me see you bus' a wine", Bruck Up flows on the chorus of the single which has been described by music critics as "authentic dancehall bubbling with salacious appeal". Recognising the need to keep the single radio-friendly, the team has found the right balance and has come up with a song that is merely borderline edgy and which is already being embraced by radio, both in the US and in Jamaica.

Bruck Up, who has been doing the rounds in the US, attending award functions, including the recent BET Awards, says he is quite confident that dancehall fans will be moved in a huge way by this single. "Dancehall is the link that keeps me grounded, wherever I am," says Bruck Up, who is just as comfortable hanging out with the Gully Gad, Mavado, as he is with Nicki Minaj.

Bruck Up, who is confirmed alongside a slew of big name dancehall acts for the Anything Goes concert at Club Amazura in Quens, NY on September 5, is prepared to treat fans to a performance they will not soon forget.





Richie Stephens' Knock Knock Knock #1 in Brazil

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richie-stephens.jpgWith Richie Stephens' single 'Knock, Knock, Knock' from the album 'Real Reggae Music' currently the #1 song in Brazil, it is not surprising that the award winning singer is confirmed to perform there for a series of concerts.

"I was shocked when I got the news that 'Knock, Knock, Knock' was a massive hit in Brazil since we never did any special promotions there. Radio started playing the song, fans embraced it and now it has found its way to the top" Stephens explained in a recent radio interview.

The success of the song has generated tremendous interest from promoters looking to book him to perform there.

"I am excited about my first performance in Brazil which happens in August. I hope to be invited back next year to perform when Usain Bolt will compete at the 2016 summer Olympics" he said.

Aside from Brazil, Stephens said he has club and festival dates in the Bahamas, Germany, Poland, Italy, Switzerland and England. The European tour will last three months, six weeks of which will be spent in England.

"Europe is such a huge market for reggae. It is always a pleasure to perform there" he said.

While in Europe, Stephens will link up with his good friend Gentleman to perform at some of the big summer festivals. The two will promote their soon to be released single titled 'Fly Away.'

"I feel honored to have the opportunity to tour with Gentleman again. He is a mega star in Europe. He is known for selling out big venues and playing gigs that a lot of reggae stars do not normally get to play. I will be carrying the reggae flag for Jamaica and taking the message directly to the people" the 'Live Your Life' singer noted.

Stephens three recent singles 'Everybody Dance,' 'Mama' and 'Hall of Fame' are doing well in Europe. They are hits in Jamaica and have charted in Japan, the USA and Canada as well.





Shaggy to get a role in X-Factor?

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shaggy-x-factor.jpgPeter Dickson, the legendary X Factor live shows voiceover star, only revealed his departure from the programme after 11 years on Tuesday, but the judges already have a replacement in mind.

New addition to the panel Nick Grimshaw has suggested platinum-selling reggae artiste, Shaggy, who is best known for his hits Boombastic, It Wasn't Me and Angel, to fills Peter's shoes and two out of three of his co-judges are on board with the idea.

Talking to Lorraine Kelly on her early-morning ITV show on Wednesday, the BBC Radio 1 host said: 'I thought Shaggy could replace him, I thought that'd be nice don't you think?'

Cheryl Fernandez-Versini offered Nick's proposal her full support and said: 'It's a great idea!'

Fellow new judge Rita Ora was also keen and added: 'Shaggy would be great.'

However, head of the panel Simon Cowell is yet to offer an opinion on Nick's idea.





iley-dread.jpgReggae singer Iley Dread, who also goes by the stage name Chardavid, is excited at performing for the very first time on the internationally acclaimed JAMBANA™ One World Festival, which takes place at the Markham Fair Grounds, Ontario, Canada on Sunday August 2 and Monday August 3, 2015.

The 7th annual JAMBANA™ One World Festival, presented by Jones & Jones Productions Ltd, sees an incredible fusion of world cultures over two fantastic days. Iley Dread's (Chardavid) performance is courtesy of mega reggae label, VP Records and is presented by telecoms giant, Digicel.

According to VP Records head honcho, Chris Chin, "Jones & Jones is known to produce some of the most widely recognized events in Canada. JAMBANA™ One World Festival is known around the world for being festive and a great platform for showcasing amazing talent in all genres. Iley Dread is a hometown favorite so you know him taking the stage is a must!"

And, truth be told, Iley Dread (Chardavid) is itching to take the stage. Still on a high from an exhilarating performance at 'Reggae 'til Sundown' alongside the Messenjah, Luciano, the Dread had words of praise for the organisers of the event and also the President of VP Records. The Lovers Holiday singer was also quick to announce to his fans that they should expect nothing but the best.

"It's a wonderful feeling to be performing on the JAMBANA™ One World Festival and I want to personally thank the organisers and of course, VP Records for this opportunity. Chris Chin, the president (of VP) and I go back a long way and I can always count on VP for support over the years, whether I am doing work as a producer, a promoter or an artiste," Iley Dread (Chardavid) declared.

Meanwhile, the conscious reggae singer is working on two albums simultaneously, one of which is a gospel offering, tentatively entitled Jordan River. He is also confirmed for the Caribbean in December when he heads to the twin island Republic of Trinidad & Tobago.

The JAMBANA™ One World Festival runs from 1:00 pm to 9:30 pm both days. This year's festival is supported by long-time television partner, Global Toronto and new addition for 2015, the Toronto Sun. This year's festival will be covered by official sponsors Global Toronto (TV) and the Toronto Sun (Newspaper).

Other artistes on the impressive line-up include Alison Hinds, Kabaka Pyramid, Exco Levi, Australian born artiste Natali Rize & Notis, Ernie Smith, Nana McLean, Majah Hype, Steele, George Banton, Kiprich, Fab 5, Hip Hop Queen Michie Mee, Ikaya and Dalton Harris, to name a few. Patrons also have a host of pavilions to visit such as the Food Village, Children's Village, Health Village, Education Village, VIP Village, Domino Village, Travel & Trade Village, and the Global Village.

Iley Dread (Chardavid) will be backed by the Fab 5 band.





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gully-bop-photo-3.jpgSelector Tony Matterhorn has suffered a serious meltdown on social media, proclaiming that he is ready to give up his life, as a war of word rages between him and Gully Bop/MC Nuffy.

Matterhorn is fuming in response to a video posted on social media.

The angry response from Tony Matterhorn came after Gully Bop and Nuffy in a video shot in New York took a shot at Tony Matterhorn over a photograph he took with what appeared to be two males dressed as females.

An upset Tony Matterhorn said a bit too much in his response to Gully Bop and Emcee Nuffy.

Several industry players have since offered advice to Tony Matterhorn while others are just amused.





mexico-coach-miguel-herrera.jpgThe coach of Mexico's national soccer team is known for his histrionic displays of emotion during games.

Now Miguel Herrera's off-field composure is being questioned after a television sports anchor claimed the coach punched him at the Philadelphia airport following Mexico's 3-1 victory over Jamaica to take the Gold Cup.

Television Azteca sports anchor Christian Martinoli described the incident Monday on a Television Azteca program. He said Herrera apparently wanted to hit him again but fellow sports commentator Luis Garcia got between them.

Martinoli has criticized Herrera's performance as coach as have many Mexicans.

The Mexican Soccer Federation did not immediately confirm the Sunday incident.

The short, stocky Herrera gained notoriety for his effusive celebrations at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.





Businesses, offices and towns have an opportunity to showcase their creativity and decorative skills by adorning their space with the national colours, during the period of celebrations to mark Jamaica's Emancipation and Independence.

Public and private sector organisations all have the chance to vie for prizes and gain the prestige of having the best dressed window; and the best decorated office or business complex.

Director of Marketing and Public Relations, Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC), Stephen Davidson, said the competitions are new features that have been added to the list of celebratory activities for this year.

He noted that the idea is to get persons excited about their culture and to give everyone an opportunity to participate in the festivities.

Davidson said companies are encouraged to decorate their office or buildings using the national colours. They are also asked to use the fashion theme, which has been reintroduced this year - 'Bandana wid Denim, Ketch di Fashion Riddim' - in their decor.

"There is a prize given for the best business that incorporates the fashion theme and the national colours. Also, towns/parish councils are encouraged to decorate their town squares using the same national colours and the fashion theme and a prize will be given for the best decorated town," he said.

Media houses are not to be left out. An award will also be bestowed on the media house that best displays the spirit of independence in their programming, music and features.

"We are encouraging them to incorporate the theme for our Independence and Emancipation celebrations, 'Proud and Free...Jamaica 53'," Davidson said.





gregory-isaacs-mother-enid-murray.jpgThe mother of late great reggae singer, Gregory Isaacs, has died.

Enid Murray passed away on July 24 at the University Hospital of the West Indies. She was 85.

Ms Murray, who was diabetic, suffered a stroke early last week and was admitted to hospital.

Enid Murray was born in Kingston and earned a living as a hairdresser. Gregory Isaacs, the older of her two sons, is hailed as one of the chief exponents of lovers' rock reggae.

Known for hits such as Soon Forward and Night Nurse, the Cool Ruler died in October 2010.. Enid Murray is survived by 22 grandchildren as well as several great-grandchildren.





kanye-west-pan-am-games.jpgKanye West has given new meaning to 'drop the mic'. The rapper, 38, was headlining the closing ceremony at the Pan Am Games in Toronto, Canada on Sunday when his microphone cut out due to technical issues.

The malfunction caused perfectionist West to throw his mic into the air and leave the stage just 13 minutes into his set at the Rogers Centre.

West was in the middle of an energetic performance when his microphone sound cut out at exactly 10pm, just as he launched into The Good Life, reports Billboard. The frustrated musician then hurled his mic into the air and left the stage without a word. His sudden exit confused the stadium crowd, who couldn't hear anything due to the technical issues.

However, the TV audience watching at home had a different experience, as they were still able to hear the sound up until the point he walked off stage, reports The Huffington Post. CBC, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, later tweeted the problem was due to 'technical issues'.

Despite the troublesome microphone, West thrilled the audience with a short-but-electric performance, jumping and leaping into the air and giving his all to the 40,000-strong crowd. Although the critically-acclaimed rapper performed just half of his set, he still made it through his hits Power, Stronger and Black Skinhead.The All Day rapper then launched into Touch The Sky, imploring the crowd to 'jump, jump, jump' and leaping high into the air in his trademark Adidas Yeezy 350 Boost sneakers.

Yeezy was a controversial choice for the Pan Am Games closing ceremony, with 20,000 people signing an online petition calling for a Toronto musician - like rapper Drake - to get the high-profile gig.

The Pan Am Games brings together athletes from the across the Americas to compete in summer sports, and is held every four years in the year before the Summer Olympics.





Popular UWI lecturer Charmaine Henry is dead

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charmaine-henry-carimac.jpgUniversity of the West Indies lecturer Charmaine Henry has died following a long illness. Her death on Monday has come as a shock to may of her students for whom she was a "favourite".

Henry taught public relations and communications at the Caribbean Institute for Media and Communication. (CARIMAC).

President of the Press Association of Jamaica, Dionne Jackson-Miller described Henry as a bright spirited individual.

"Charmaine had a beautiful, bright spirit. I visited her several times during one of her hospital stays and even when it was clear that she was very ill, she was still so energetic and full of life! She would talk about the nurses, and say how good everyone was to her, talk about her friends and colleagues and how much she valued their visits and caring. And she could be so funny! You'd laugh for half of the time you were with her. Hard to believe such a bright light has been snuffed out!" Jackson-Miller said.

A former student, Corey Robinson, who writes for the Daily Gleaner, was shaken by news of Henry's death and took to social media to express his sadness.

"Corey, is not how yuh start; is how yuh finish. I write this statement and tears come to eyes as I can still hear you say it. My motivator, my teacher, my friend, a wonderful spirit.

RIP Charmaine A Henry. No more pain," Robinson wrote on his Facebook page.





Cops probe double murder in Westmoreland

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The Whithorn police in Westmoreland are probing a double murder in Waterworks in the parish on Sunday

The deceased have been identified Rameish White, 24 of Waterworks and Jovaine Green, 27 of Old Road.

The police that shortly before 8pm White and Green were sitting under a tree in the community when a motorbike with two men aboard drove up. The men opened fire at both men who were later pronounced dead at hospital.

It's reported that White's mother was shot and killed last year.

Another relative was also shot.





gun-crime.jpgThe Kingston West Police were kept busy over the weekend responding to several shootings which left one man dead and four persons injured.

Police sources say there were at least seven shootings between Friday and Saturday.

Detectives have linked the incidents to feuds involving rival gangs from Tivoli Gardens, Denham Town and Torrington Park.

On Saturday, police were called to investigate an incident where gunmen went to premises on Metcalfe Street and opened fire.One man was shot.

A few hours later gunmen went to Third Street in Trench Town and carried out another shooting, leaving a man injured.

Meanwhile, Horace Cespedes,26 was shot and killed Saturday afternoon in Torrington Park.

Residents heard explosions and later found Cespedes body with bullet wounds.

In Tivoli Gardens in a section of the community known as 'Bumps' a man was shot and injured about 2 o'clock Saturday afternoon.

He was shot when gunmen traded bullets in the May Pen Cemetery.

Detectives say the man was among a group of persons preparing a grave for a gang member recently shot and killed, when they were attacked by rival gang members.

The police also reported a shooting in Golden Heights, Denham Town in which a man was shot and injured.





sangster-international-airport.jpgPolice attached to the Sangster International Airport in Montego Bay,on Sunday arrested and charged an American woman with breaches of the Firearms Act.

It's reported that shortly before 11a.m. the woman was about to board a flight for Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

While going through the security check point her handbag was searched and an undeclared 9 millimetre round of ammunition was allegedly found.

She was taken in custody.





elaine-thompson-breaks-record.jpgNational champion Elaine Thompson underlined her medal credentials for next month's World Championships in Beijing by producing a big victory over 200 meters on the second day of the Sainsbury Anniversary Games in the London Olympic Stadium.

Thompson the second fastest Jamaican this year led home a host of Americans to capture the event in a personal best of 22.10 seconds which broke the 24 year record of 22.24 by Jamaican Great Merlene Ottey.

Meanwhile Kimberly Williams took the silver in the women's triple jump with a leap of 14.15 meters. Olga Rypakova of Kazakstan won with a jump of 14.33 meters.

Commonwealth champion Stephanie McPherson was third in the women's 400 meters in 50.91 seconds behind Natasha Hastings of the US 50.24 seconds.





monty-and-beres.jpgBrooklyn, NY - With Festival season in full effect Jammins Events has planned a fest of their own, "Reggae Jazz Fest". A two day, two city festival for all jazz and classic reggae lovers alike. The "Reggae Jazz Fest" will include a live performance from Reggae Legend, Beres Hammond and his House of Harmony band along with the performance of a lifetime from Reggae-Jazz pianist Monty Alexander. The first show will take place at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC) in downtown Newark,NJ on Friday, July 31st and the second show will take place at the newly renovated Kings Theatre in Brooklyn,NY on Saturday, August 1st.

Hugh Beresford Hammond musical career spans over 40 years and has had a remarkable uphill climb both on the musical charts and in the hearts of reggae lovers around the globe with chart topping hits and noteworthy collaborations. Throughout each era, Beres Hammond's music has been the anthem for the reggae generation starting in the 70's with songs like "One Step Ahead" and continuing in the 80's with tunes like "Groovy Little Thing", "What One Dance Can Do," "Settling Down" and the unforgettable duet with Maxi Priest "How Can We Ease the Pain". In the 90's Beres topped the charts with songs like "Tempting to Touch", "Is This a Sign" and "Respect to You Baby". Within this decade, Beres Hammond has outdone himself releasing several albums including with hits such as "Putting up Resistance", "No Disturb Sign" and the nostalgic melody of "Rockaway".

Self-taught Pianist Monty Alexander has built a reputation exploring and fusing the worlds of American jazz, popular song with the music of his native home Jamaica. To date Alexander has recorded over 70 albums as a leader. Alexander has performed and recorded with artistes from every corner of the musical universe and entertainment world: Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Ray Brown, Dizzy Gillespie, Sonny Rollins, Clark Terry, Quincy Jones, Ernest Ranglin, Barbara Hendricks, Bobby McFerrin, Sly Dunbar, and Robbie Shakespeare, among others. Alexander has toured worldwide including historic NYC music venues: Lincoln Center, Blue Note, and Carnegie Hall.

Jammins Events possess a historic 28 years of experience in concert promotion and production in the US and on an international platform. Led by George Crooks, founder and president, Jammins has successfully evolved into one of the premier event management and marketing companies based in New York.

Seats for Reggae Jazz Fest are selling quickly. Doors open on Friday, July 31 at NJPAC at 7pm and on Saturday, August 1st at Kings Theatre at 8pm, Showtime is one (1) hour after doors are opened. Tickets for the #ReggaeJazzFest range from $69-$125 and are available for purchase now online on www.ticketmaster.com / www.njpac.org / www.kingstheatre.com or through your local ticket outlets.





Chris Brown triumphs; ready to live positive

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chris-brown-royalty-billboard-awards-2015.jpgSinger, Chris Brown is finding himself and God in the midst of adversity.

Brown, who believes close friends were responsible for holding his aunt at gunpoint while robbing his house in Los Angeles last week Wednesday, is tired of being misunderstood and says most people in his situation "wouldn't hesitate" to commit suicide.

The Loyal hitmaker vented his frustration on Instagram Tuesday, writing: "When u tired of the devil ruining your life and u hear God speak for the first time. No one knows what I deal with on a day to day. The average man wouldn't hesitate to blow his brains out but that's the coward's way out ... Most won't understand the genius and beauty in change and learning and the people who have devilish intentions will win in the short term."

Chris also claims he is desperately looking for "help and guidance" so he can focus on his music career and raising his 13-month-old daughter, Royalty.

He wrote: "My soul will always be pure of heart. What's on the surface always looks like one big party, but inside there is a little boy looking for help and guidance. People say 'be a man'. Yeah, that's right, but it doesn't take away any pain you really go through."

But the Fine China singer insists he is cutting the bad influences out of his life. He added: "I just wanna stay, out the way and do music, most importantly, and be a great father. I don't have any more patience for anything that will cause me to self-destruct!!"





Weddy Weddy anniversary Wednesday

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weddy-weddy.jpgOn Wednesday, the popular weekly party known as Weddy Weddy will create history when it celebrates its 11th anniversary.

A special anniversary party to commemorate the momentous occasion is in the works.

Set for the Stone Love Headquarters on Burlington Avenue in Kingston, the celebration will be hosted by Stone Love's selector Geefus and will feature the 'Immortal Sound' Stone Love, along with Digital Chris, Boom Boom and the legendary Bass Odyssey, who will celebrate their 26th anniversary on August 8.

Not only will patrons enjoy the musical selections when veteran DJs Rory and Billy Slaughter hit the turntables, but they will also be treated to a live show which will feature several guest artistes, including the 'energy god' Elephant Man.

This year's event will also boast an awards ceremony. "The awards are really Stone Love's way of saying thanks to our loyal patrons who have supported Weddy Weddy over the years. At this year's anniversary, we will be presenting even more awards," said Stone Love boss Winston 'Wee Pow' Powell.

Among the awards to be presented are the Best Supporter Award, sponsored by Cheap Monday Promotions, Male Dancer of the Year, Female Dancer of the Year, Best Slang Award, Best Dance Moves, Selector of the Year, the Bogle Award, Best New Selector and Most Improved Selector. Miss Weddy Weddy will also be crowned at the event.

Weddy Weddy is now the only street dance to pass the 10-year mark in the Corporate Area. The event was started by Elephant Man, Wee Pow and iconic dancer Bogle and has managed to survive all the trials which faced the hard-core dancehall scene in recent times.





Cops say island-wide operation successful

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police-cars.jpgThe police say recent island-wide security forces operations have had the desired result, and more will be implemented.

The police-military operations were part of a major effort to curtail crime, and in particular murders, which are on the increase.

Scores of persons were arrested in the operations, which occurred in the 19 police geographic divisions.

Head of the Criminal Investigation Branch, Assistant Commissioner Ealan Powell, says the police saw a lull in criminal activities, over the period of the operations.

Two police officers killed a week apart over the past two weeks, and a number of killings in western parishes, have seen the number of murders gone pass 6 hundred, since the start of the year.





More water restriction in the pipeline

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water-restrictions.jpgReports are that water restrictions in the Corporate Area are currently under review and this could result in a further cut back in supplies by the National Water Commission, NWC. A decision is expected this week.

Some communities are now receiving water on alternate days.

Acting President of the NWC, Mark Barnett, says while the restrictions have slowed the decline in levels at the Hermitage Dam and Mona Reservoir, the situation is precarious. The Mona Reservoir is now at 24.5% of capacity and the Hermitage Dam 36.9%.

In the meantime, the NWC will be investigating reports that water is being purchased for car wash establishments. This is a breach of the Prohibition Notice.





police-station.jpgFour policemen, including a Superintendent, were questioned in relation to the beating of an inmate inside the Hunts Bay lock up last weekend.

The 29-year-old inmate is accused in connection with the murder of woman constable Crystal Thomas.

Thomas was killed as she stepped into a robbery on a public passenger vehicle on her way home from work. She was shot at point blank range in the head.

The suspect was found with severe head injuries inside a cell. He is hospitalised in critical condition.





nfl-player.jpgOver the weekend, Brandon Marshall found himself in a bit of a hazy situation. In Jamaica for his sister's wedding, Marshall wasn't necessarily partaking in any sort of activities that could get him suspended, but that didn't stop him from worrying about his next drug test.

According to Marshall, Jamaica smells like Denver, where smoking marijuana is legal. Naturally, Marshall got worried about being in the presence of all that marijuana, because if it were to show up in his next drug test, he'd most likely be facing a suspension. And let's face it, Geno Smith and the Jets are kind of in need of Marshall's services.

So, of course, Marshall tweeted about it to keep us all in the loop.

And then, perhaps getting paranoid, Marshall decided he didn't want to hide anything from the NFL. So, he then tweeted at the league and asked for its help in dealing with his situation.

The NFL did not, however, reply to Marshall's tweet, leaving Marshall's situation hazier than ever.





tasha-t.jpgOn Sunday, August 2, 2015 hosted by the Jamaican Caribbean Cultural Association of British Columbia (JCCABC), Tasha T has been honored with an invitation to headline their 14th Annual Jamaica Cultural Festival in Vancouver, Surrey BC hosted in celebration of Jamaican Independence.

Gates open for the free admission Festival beginning at 11:30 AM at the Holland Park in Surrey, BC. As a non-profit organization, part of the mission statement of the JCCABC involves organizing high-quality special events and working in cooperation with various Canadian based grass-roots organizations to highlight and support Jamaican lifestyles and culture from social and economic perspectives.

Tasha T is expected to to perform several popular selections from her most recent album "Real Talk" (Ras Vibe/VP Records). The album has been hailed as a timely assemblage of musical narratives set to Reggae music that comes at a time when the world needs positive sensitive music relevant to current social issues.

"Real Talk" has been on the rise on major Reggae charts in Canada with favorable responses in the US and Italy too.

In other great news, Tasha T has recently been nominated to receive the International Indigenous Release Award for her "Real Talk " album. Winners are presented at a Black Tie Gala taking place on September 11, 2015 in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. Voting polls are currently open and friends and fans are encouraged to stop by, register and vote for Tasha T via the site IndigenousMusicAwards.com http://www.indigenousmusicawards.ca/.../best-international-in...

The nomination is Tasha T's fourth in 2015 including the prestigious JUNO Award, International Indigenous Release, Best Caribbean Style and the International Deejay/Singjay Award.





new-yorks-mayor-bill-deblasio-and-first-lady-chirlane-mccray-at-the-grace-jerk-fest-ny-2015.jpgNew York's largest Caribbean food event, the Grace Jamaican Jerk festival was jam-packed with entertainment for everyone including New York's Mayor Bill de Blasio and First Lady Chirlane de Blasio who attended the event (July 19) at Roy Wilkins Park in Queens. Mayor de Blasio defended the Celebrity Quick-Fire Challenge title he won in 2013. He impressed the crowd with his culinary competency swaying the judges with his New York Jerk Chicken "Swagga" Sandwich.

"We are delighted that Mayor Bill de Blasio was able to attend this year's Grace Jamaican Jerk Festival," stated Eddy Edwards, CEO of Jamaican Jerk Festival USA Inc. "Mayor de Blasio is a huge fan of the annual Festival and we welcome his participation in the Celebrity Quick-Fire Challenge. We look forward to his continued support in the future."

Among the other dignitaries attending the festival were The Hon. Una S.T. Clarke, the first Caribbean-born woman elected to the New York City's legislature; Miss Universe Jamaica Kaci Fennell; Courtenay Rattray, Jamaica's Ambassador to the U.S.; Scherie Murray, NY State Committee Woman District Leader among others.

This year's festival showcased an exciting assortment of jerk delights served by some of New York's top Caribbean restaurants and chefs, popular cooking competitions and demonstrations as well as informative and entertaining cultural presentations on the Western Union Cultural Stage. The main stage featured exciting performances by the popular Fab 5 Band, Carlene Davis, Baby Cham, Romain Virgo and Major Hype.





Bobbi Kristina Brown dead at 22

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bobbi-kristina-brown-pictured-is-dead.jpgNearly six months after being found face down and unresponsive in a bathtub in her Georgia home - and a month after being moved to hospice - Bobbi Kristina Brown, the only child of Whitney Houston and Bobby Brown, has died at the age of 22.

The Associated Press reported her death on Sunday night. "Bobbi Kristina Brown passed away July 26, 2015, surrounded by her family," a rep for the Houston family said. "She is finally at peace in the arms of God. We want to again thank everyone for their tremendous amount of love and support during these last few months."

Bobbi Kristina was discovered by friend Max Lomas and the man she referred to as her husband, Nick Gordon, on Jan. 31, and was transferred to an Atlanta-area hospital. Though no drugs were found at her home when medics arrived, a criminal investigation was eventually opened; however, no arrests have been made.

Upon arrival at the hospital, she continued breathing with the aid of a ventilator as friends and relatives flocked by her side. Within days, she had very little brain activity and was moved to Emory University Hospital, which is considered a top facility for neurological problems.

For weeks, conflicting reports surfaced about Bobbi Kristina's progress and the severity of her condition, all while she was still in a medically induced coma. However, on Feb. 10 the Brown family felt the need to speak out and address stories that claimed she would be taken off of life support the following day on the third anniversary of her mother's death.

Doctors eventually removed her breathing tube, allowing Brown to be ventilated through a hole in her throat, but she suffered a major setback when her medical team attempted to take her off medications and rouse her from her coma. Bobbi Kristina had violent seizures and had to be placed back on the drugs.

In March, she was relocated to a rehabilitation center. At the time, her grandmother Cissy Houston told Entertainment Tonight, "I'd like to thank everybody who was praying. Who really knows the worth of prayer and I'm sure it'll get through. I'm just waiting for whatever happens. We go to the hospital every day and pray and I talk to her because she can still hear and I rub her hand," she said. "We do what we can do. The rest is... all up to Him. We know nothing about His plan... All I can do is hope for the best."





US$2000 award for top Kingston College boys

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stephen-vasciannie-accepts-us2000-from-erna-radifera-donor-of-the-frank-subaran-awards.jpgThe top two students at Kingston College in the 2015 CSEC examinations will each benefit from a US$1,000 prize dubbed the Frank Subaran Awards for Academic Excellence.

At that start of this month, Erna Radifera, a Jamaican living in Washington DC, presented a cheque for US$2,000 to Jamaica's Ambassador to the United States of America and former Kingston College head boy Professor Stephen Vasciannie.

This money is to be used to fund two awards at KC in the memory of Dr Frank Subaran, a Kingston College old boy and brother of Radifera.

Subaran left Kingston College in 1959 with academic honours leading to an engineering scholarship. After leaving Kingston College, he read for a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering and then a doctorate in telecommunications from the University of Edinburgh in 1970.

In his professional life, he worked at JAMINTEL, the Commonwealth Telecommunications Organisation, London, and INTELSAT, Washington DC.

In presenting the money to the Jamaican ambassador, Radifera noted her late brother's commitment to education and his willingness to support his alma mater.

Vasciannie thanked Radifera for her contribution and acknowledged that contributions such as this help to advance education in the country.





Spanish Town nurse is Nurse of the Year

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nurse-of-the-year-2015.jpgTreveen Palmer-Miller, a nurse who works at the Spanish Town Hospital in St. Catherine, is the new Lasco/Nurses Association of Jamaica (NAJ) Nurse of the Year.

Palmer-Miller topped six finalists to cop the prestigious award at a ceremony in Kingston yesterday.

The award comes with a cheque for J$200,000 among a host of other prizes.

The runner up was Tashia Wedderburn-Harris of the South East Regional Health Authority.

Dr Adella Campbell, Programme Director and Lecturer at the Caribbean School of Nursing at the University of Technology, was awarded the third place trophy.





mex-wins-jamaica-2015.jpgJamaica's Reggae Boyz surrendered to Mexico 3-1 in the final of the CONCACAF Gold Cup at Lincoln Financial Field here today, giving the Central American their seventh title.

Mexico captain Andres Gaurdado opened the scoring in the 31st minute, with follow-up goals from Jesus Corona (47th) and Oribe Peralta (61st) to break Jamaican hearts.

Substitute Darren Mattocks, a scorer in the 2-1 semi-final win against the USA in Atlanta last Wednesday, restored Jamaican pride with an individual goal in the 80th minute.

Jamaica made a confident start to the contest, spreading the Mexicans thin by using the flanks to good effect, but the Central Americans got into their slick-passing game and it was finished as a contest.

Mexico will collect US$1 million for lifting the crown, while Jamaica will pocket US$500,000 for being runners-up.

Jamaica had created history becoming the first Caribbean team to contest the Gold Cup final.





trinidad-jailbreak-jul-24.jpgA police officer was killed in a shootout with escaped prisoners in Port of Spain, Trinidad & Tobago on Friday.

Police constable Maynard was fatally shot in the shootout outside the Port of Spain General Hospital. Health Minister Dr Fuad Khan says the hospital is still on lock down.

The hospital shooting occurred after three inmates escaped from the Port of Spain Royal Gaol prison. At about 12:30 pm, there was a rapid exchange of gunfire between police officers and the escaped prisoners outside the casualty area.

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Police spokesman ASP Michael Pierre explained that the prisoners - Allan "Scanni" Martin, Hassan Atwell and Christopher Selby aka Monster - were assisted in their escape by a van which crashed in front of the jail.

Police sources confirmed that Scanni was shot and killed and police are searching around Port-of-Spain and environs for the other two.

The streets surrounding the hospital have since been cordoned off.

Pierre appealed for calm from the public, stating that police has the situation under control.





Georgie Porgie and the $15-Million 'nookie'

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What a price fi pay fi nookie?! Fifteen million dollars! WOW!

Then you mean to tell me that the singer did not realise that his bank account was being drained to the tune of fifteen mil? Or is it that the nookie did so sweet?

And Georgie never realise that the girl was a vampire and she was just out for his money?

Come on now. This band teller obviously friend up Georgie because she see say him bank book fat. Whether or not they had an intimate relationship is yet to be decided, but what is sure is that Georgie is $15 million dollars poorer, the bank teller no longer has a job at the bank and the bank does not want to pay back Georgie his money

A song going to haffi write bout this. And it can't be God Is Standing By.





Big blow for singer George Nooks

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george-nooks.jpgGeorge Nooks has suffered a blow in his lawsuit which he brought against FirstCaribbean International after an employee there reportedly drained his account of $15 million.

Nooks' setback came as Supreme Court judge Justice Bryan Sykes recently denied his application to strike out the bank's defence against his lawsuit.

Had Nooks been successful in having the defence struck out, he would have won the case by default.

The entertainer had filed the suit after the money, which was deposited in the account in 2013, went missing.

The bank employee -- Abbey-Gaye Thompson from the Half-Way-Tree Branch of the bank -- has since been charged with larceny as a servant, forgery, uttering forged documents and falsification of accounts and is currently before the court.

Nooks tried to have the bank's defence struck out on the following grounds:

* That there are no reasonable grounds for defending the claim;

* That the defence is an abuse of the process of the court; and

* That the mere denial that an employee of the defendant was not acting as servant and/or agent of the defendant does not amount to a defence.

The bank had said in its defence that Nooks and the employee were involved in an intimate relationship and that any money she drew from the account was within the context of this relationship, making it a personal matter. Nooks has, however, denied this.

With Nooks' application being denied, the matter will proceed to trial.





coronation-market.jpgMore than 50 vendors who usually sell their produce at the Coronation Market in downtown Kingston, will do so at the Ranny Williams Entertainment Centre, on Hope Road, in Kingston, on Saturday, August 1.

A section of the centre will be transformed into a marketplace, showcasing the rich offerings of Jamaica's farmers. Push carts will also be available to carry bags to shoppers' cars.

The Farmers' Market is one of the first activities of the 'Independence Village', being established to feature daily and nightly events ranging from stage shows and concerts to exhibitions and expositions.

The market, which opens at 6:00 am is one of the new initiatives of this year's Emancipation and Independence celebrations, being held under the theme: 'Proud and Free...Jamaica 53'.

Speaking at a JIS 'Think Tank' on Friday, executive director of the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC), Delroy Gordon, said that discussions are ongoing with farmers.

"We are working closely with the Rural Agricultural Development Authority (RADA). We are also working closely with the higglers themselves at the Coronation Market, and Sweet Wood market, so we are expecting well over 50 vendors to be participating," he said.

Gordon is urging citizens to support the market and to "avoid the traffic to go all the way downtown".

"You will be able to get good farm products, good quality, and at a good price," he added.

The event is being organised by the JCDC, an agency of the Ministry of Youth and Culture.





court.jpgThe police in Savanna-la-Mar, Westmoreland have charged Jevaughn Flemmings in connection with the quadruple murder in Whithorn in the parish, which took place on June 12

Flemmings, 19, is charged with four counts of murder and is scheduled to appear before the Savanna-la-Mar Resident Magistrate's Court on Tuesday, July 28.

Meanwhile, detectives say they are continuing to follow every lead as they continue their investigation into the incident.

Information received is that about 4:40pm, Theodore Tenant, 21; Romario Drummond, 20; Demar Doeman,16; and 15-year-old Shawn Clayton all of Old Road District, Westmoreland were shot dead while they were at a shop in Whithorn in the parish.





Denham Town Health Centre to re-open on Monday

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The Denham Town Health Centre in Kingston is to re-open on Monday.

The facility was temporarily closed on Wednesday following concern about the safety of staff and patients, due to violence affecting the community.

Chairman of the South East Regional Health Authority, Dr. Andrei Cooke, says the decision to reopen the facility follows meetings with stakeholders including the police.

"We had consultations with the police high command and we had some discussions, and decided to resume normal clinical activities on Monday. The police have also assured us that they will be on patrol in the area ....." he said.





3 more held in aviation fuel theft

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aviation-fuel.jpgThree persons are in custody, in relation to the theft of fuel from Jamaica Aircraft Refueling Services (JARS) in Montego Bay, St. James.

They were arrested on Friday morning, on suspicion of breaching the Petroleum Quality Control Act and the Larceny Act.

This increases to five, the number of persons held.

Two employees were nabbed last month during an operation by security personnel at the Sangster International Airport in Montego Bay.

Friday's pre-dawn operations were carried out by members of the Major Organized Crime and Anti-Corruption Agency (MOCA), the Financial Investigation Division, and Mobile Reserve.

The operation targeted three houses and a business place, where it is alleged that the occupants and owner were involved in the theft of the aviation fuel.

More than $2 million in cash was seized, along with documents, as well as electronic devices, including cellular phones and laptop computers.

On May 10 this year a fuel tanker was seen refueling at the JARS plant at Sangster International Airport. This aroused the suspicion of airport officials. A search was conducted and 4,000 litres of stolen fuel was found.





Millions lost in Arcade fire in Mo Bay

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fire.jpgFirefighters have estimated losses in a fire early Friday, at the Shoes Market on the corner of St. James and Strand Streets in Montego Bay at J$75 million do. About 35 shops were destroyed.

Four units responded to the blaze.

Vendor, Rosemary Miller, said she lost all her goods, "We got a phone call that the arcade was on fire and when we came - this is what we saw. I don't know how we will manage" she said.

The fire is believed to have started from a candle.

An operation was conducted in the market on Tuesday in which Jamaica Public Service personnel removed illegal connections.





A top level probe is in progress to determine the circumstances under which a suspect linked to the murder of Constable Crystal Thomas was found unconscious in a Corporate Area Police lockup.

The 29-year-old suspect, who is from Kidd Lane in Kingston 11, is in serious condition in hospital.

Sources say the incident may have occurred sometime on Saturday afternoon but were tightlipped.

According to a well placed police source between 3pm and 4pm on Saturday, the suspect was being housed in a cell at the Hunts Bay lockup when he reportedly requested to use the bathroom.

The detainee was later found lying face down in a cell with head wounds.He was taken to hospital where he underwent emergency treatment and is now reportedly on life support..

Questions are being raised about the length of time which elapsed between the alleged beating of the suspect and the time it took to transport him to hospital.

Allegations have surfaced that police personnel are linked to the beating of the suspect, however this has been denied by senior police personnel assigned to the St. Andrew South Police Division.

Meanwhile, Acting Commanding Officer for the St. Andrew South Police Superintendent Lennox Harper revealed that three state agencies are involved in the probe into the detainee being injured.Several statements have already been collected.'

"The prisoner was found on Saturday in the lockup at Hunts Bay in a state of unconciousness. We are not sure what happened. But what I can tell you is that it is being investigated at the highest level," said Harper.





Man hid under ex-girlfriend's bed for 3 days

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A man who police say sneaked into a central New Jersey home and hid under a bed for three days before he was found was the ex-boyfriend of the homeowners' daughter.

Spotswood police announced late Tuesday that Jason Hubbard was charged with burglary in the incident, which occurred in May. He also was charged with theft of services because he allegedly charged his four cellphones in an electrical outlet under the bed.

Margaret Adamcewicz told WABC-TV (http://7ny.tv/1GHd4fa) on Wednesday that Hubbard was hiding upstairs underneath the bed in her daughter's bedroom. She said the two had dated five years ago.

"It didn't end well," Adamcewicz said. "He didn't say why he came back. He just picked our house to hide out in. He didn't have a home to live in.

"I haven't heard from him in five years," Adamcewicz said. "I wasn't scared, I was just angry."

Hubbard entered the home May 7, when the homeowner took out the garbage, authorities said. He remained jailed on $50,000 bail. It's not known if he has an attorney.





International Recording artist Zhavea has dropped her latest single entitled Johnny on the L.A. based independent label J'ouvert Records. The single was produced by Rohan 'Snow Cone' Fuller.

Zhavea continues to deliver music with a powerful Pop - Dancehall fusion and has teamed with Snow Cone to create this hot new record. The lyrics speak to the experience of having a steamy relationship with a great guy, who unfortunately can't step up to the responsibilities of having a sexy high maintenance woman. With the catchy hook of "Johnny can't pay my bills", this will have all the ladies singing along and the men fixing up their game.

This American/Grenadian pop princess, has stayed true to her roots and currently holds the #1 spot for the third week on the Cross Caribbean Countdown on MTV TEMPO NETWORKS with GIMMI THAT LOVE ft BEENIE MAN. The new single is expected to take on a bigger and more successful identity of its own, with major marketing activities planned globally.





Tanya Stephens to perform at Girlfrienz Sunday

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tanya-stephens-jul-21.jpgThe monthly Girlfriendz - Cocktailz & Conversationz series will feature its first Live performance edition on Sunday, July 26, with singer/songwriter Tanya Stephens.

This staging of the event, which will be held at the ABAR Restaurant and Lounge in Springs Plaza, is themed "Wifey Versus Matey". Promoter and host, Shelly-Ann 'Dr Sexy-Ann' Weeks says that the wifey-matey discussion is usually had in isolation based on one party's perspective but this conversation will address what she believes is the real issue about this dynamic.

"The "Wifey""Matey" title is all about the man and it's time for women to stop defining themselves base on how men see them", she said. "Men have been allowed to betray women and get away with it long enough and it's time for ladies to hold them accountable and stop fighting each other."

She continued, "Tanya Stephens is the perfect fit for this staging because she has addressed the love triangle relationship brilliantly in her music. With songs like "Tek Im Back", "Still ago Loose Him", "To the Rescue" "It's a Pity" among others, she will be an excellent boost to the event".

The conversation will take place in the Ask Him Segment that usually includes men on the panel.

In addition to Stephen's performance and the panel discussion, Girlfriendz will feature its usual segments including Seduction, Self Defense Classes, games and giveaways.

Admission for entry is $1000 (Buy 3 tickets get 1 free - Presold only) and $1,500. The event gets started at 6:30pm. Tickets are available at www.yardticket.com and Abar Restaurant & Lounge or call 798-0820 for more information.

Girlfriendz - Cocktails and Conversations is sponsored by LIME, Smirnoff Vodka, and Baileys Irish Cream.





haile-selassie.jpgRastafarians across the globe on Thursday celebrated the 123rd birthday or "earthstrong' of his His Imperial Majesty Haile Selassie I, the former Emperor of Ethiopa who is revered by the Rastafari movement as the returned messiah of the Bible.

Jamaican recording artiste Queen Ifrica was among the many Rastafarian celebrities to recognise the milestone on social media.

"Today we as Rastafarians Celebrate The Earth Day of HIM ,all hail the king of creation," Queen Ifrica said.

Another reggae artiste, Tarrus Riley added: "Highest Salute To King Rastafari on 123Earthstrong Haile Selassie 1 Conquering Lion of the Tribe of Judah Power of the Trinity Prince of Peace Defender of the Faith Never b4 has the world seen a King like HIM."

Businessman Rohan Marley, known for his early "Jah Rastafari Morning" posts on Selassie each day, on Thursday said: "123rd EARTHSTRONG OF HIS IMPERIAL MAJESTY HAILE SELASSIE I ' It is he who will build the temple of the LORD, and he will be clothed with majesty and will sit and rule on his throne. And he will be a priest on his throne. And there will be harmony between the two. #LIONORDER"

Marley's legendary father, Bob Marley, is credited with making Rastafaian culture and Selassie much better known across the world.

Haile Selassie, who ruled for 45 years and was Ethiopia's last imperial leader, died in 1975 at the age of 83 while held in solitary confinement in his Grand Palace for about a year by Marxist dictator Mengistu Haile Mariam.

To his supporters, Haile Selassie's rule was a time of peace and stability, a period when modern education was introduced and Ethiopia, the oldest independent state in Africa, became the headquarters of the Organization of African Unity.

But his detractors say he failed to introduce much needed reforms, and this failure to dismantle the feudal system led to his downfall.

Rastafarianism's many sects worship Haile Selassie even though he paid little heed to his adulation.





lady-saw-reggae-sumfest-2015.jpgChairman of Summerfest Productions, Robert Russell, says more persons stayed for Lady Saw's closing performance at Reggae Sumfest than I-Octane's debut in 2013 and his follow-up in 2014.

According to Russell, not many dancehall acts have managed to hold the audience on Dancehall Night like Lady Saw. He believes fans of the festival were excited to see what a female artiste had to offer as the closing act.

"In the history of Dancehall Night, I have never seen the entire crowd wait on the closing act as they did for Lady Saw, and they also stayed until the entire performance was over. That too was history. They hadn't seen her in a while and the anticipation was high ... yes, more people did stay to see her than I-Octane," Russell said.

Russell also says with next year's staging, the organisers will continue to set new standards in reggae/dancehall music.

"The decision to make Lady Saw close took a lot of thought, but we had confidence that her popularity would have pulled through. Everybody was happy about her performance and anything is possible for next year. It's early days, but expect the unexpected," he said.

Reggae Sumfest 2015 also saw performances from Common, Jennifer Hudson, T.I, Spice and Beenie Man.





aidonia-photo-4.jpgRecording artiste Aidonia continues to break new ground, riding a musical high as one of dancehall's hottest tickets.

Following a fiery performance at the 23rd staging of Reggae Sumfest last week Thursday at Catherine Hall Entertainment Complex, Montego Bay, the entertainer has something else to smile about after his single, Pon Di Pole, was featured in a promotional video for the 2015 staging of the Hip Hop World Championship.

The competition, considered the 'Olympics of Hip Hop', is slated to draw more than 3,500 dancers from 50 nations. The prestigious competition is scheduled to unfold at San Diego State University's Viejas Arena, August 1 and conclude at Harrah's Resort, August 9.

Meanwhile, Aidonia is also gearing up to release his highly anticipated compilation, Project Sweat. He said the inclusion of his song in the promotional video is definitely something of value.

"Pon Di Pole was always one of those songs that people loved, so it's no surprise to see it getting this kind of attention in different markets. It's a great look for the career and we have to say respect to the organisers of that championship, and to all the people who were responsible for that video," he said.

The competition was previously held in Las Vegas for seven years. However, Hip Hop international, the organisation responsible for the event, announced last year that the World Championship finals would take place at Harrah's Resort.





shaggy-celebrate.jpgShaggy was in high spirits last week as he celebrated his 1st wedding anniversary in the Bahamas

The Grammy winning artiste and his wife, Rebecca Packer Burrell took to the pink sands of The Bahamas with glasses of white wine, where Shaggy made a toast to his beautiful wife.

"Looking forward to many more with my lovely wife!!!," said Shaggy who shared a photo of the joyous occasion.

The photo which was posted on Instagram show the two leaning in for a close-up selfie, as the touched their wine glasses -clink clink

"Anniversary turn up!!!,"said a clearly happy Shaggy on Instagram.

Shaggy and wife Rebecca share twin daughters together.

Congrats, Shaggy and Rebecca!





vybz-kartel-doctor-visit-photo.jpgA photo surfaced this week of jailed deejay Vybz Kartel sitting in what appears to be the waiting room of a medical office. Speculation spread like wild fire that the entertainer had fallen sick again and had been complaining of chest pains.

However, checks by some news outlets with the Correctional Services to ascertain information about the deejay's health status proved futile.

"We are not privileged to give out that type of information," a member of the public relations department of Correctional Services, said.

In June 2013, Kartel was rushed to the Kingston Public Hospital (KPH) after complaining of chest pains. His presence at KPH drew a massive crowd of fans who flocked the medical facility to view the 'World Boss'.

Medical personnel routinely visit prisons to check up on inmates. In more serious cases, prisoners are taken to external health facilities under police guard.

Vybz Kartel is serving a life sentence for the murder of Clive "Lizard" Williams.

The latest picture depicts a pensive-looking Kartel, seated with hands clasped and shackled by handcuffs - seemingly penitent in prayer. He is decked out in a red, round-neck t-shirt and jeans.

His physical appearance has not changed since his 2014 conviction of murder, but Portmore Empire fans are delighted for the glimpse of the artiste beyond prison.





Condolences pour in for Flossie Hazel Salmon

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The Consulate General of Jamaica joins with other fried and well-wishers in expressing condolences on the passing of Ms. Flossie Hazel Salmon.

Ms. Salmon who was 105 years of age, is the mother of Mr. Patrick Jolly, President of Tower Isles Foods

In a release, the Consulate General stated: "The Consul General wishes to express condolences to the family, other relatives and loved ones of Ms. Salmon and may their wonderful memories of her serve to comfort and strengthen them during this challenging time."





Jamaica has forged a deal to retire $3 billion in oil debts to Venezuela thanks to bond sales.

In a Friday statement, Jamaica said it has issued roughly $2 billion in bonds on the international capital market that will pay down the debt it accumulated through Petrocaribe, a Venezuelan program that provides fuel to countries at market prices but under generous credit terms.

Officials say a negotiated settlement with Caracas will dismiss about $3 billion in long-term debt in exchange for $1.5 billion. It was not immediately clear Friday if Jamaica's deal will retire all of its Petrocaribe debt.

The finance ministry said this week's bond issue transaction was "the largest capital markets fundraising ever undertaken by the government of Jamaica."

Jamaica's Petrocaribe settlement is similar to one the Dominican Republic negotiated with Venezuela earlier this year. That Caribbean country dismissed $4 billion in Petrocaribe debt in exchange for $2 billion.

On Thursday, IMF Communications Director Gerry Rice said the organization supports Jamaica's debt buyback.

"It's an important step in reducing the value of the country's public debt and will help to put debt firmly on a downward trajectory," Rice told reporters.

Jamaica is in the third year of a four-year $930 million loan package with the International Monetary Fund and it has passed consecutive tests without shortfalls.





Gun, ammunition seized at Faith's Pen

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ak-47-assault-rifle-ammo.jpgA man and a woman have been arrested as the Moneague Police seized one firearm and several rounds of ammunition on Spencer Road, Faith's Pen in St Ann on Thursday

Reports are that between 4am and 6am, the lawmen carried out an operation in the community where a house was searched.

One Mossberg shotgun along with six rounds of ammunition was seized.

The pair, who was taken into custody in relation to this incident, have their identities withheld pending further investigations.





The police have confirmed that a former national athlete has lodged a report that he was attacked by a female at an event.

Reports are that the former national athlete, who was a patron at 'Chill', an all-inclusive party held at Caymanas Polo Club in St Catherine last week, got into an altercation with a female patron.

The report said that the former national athlete was standing at the event talking to a girl when another woman attacked in a drunken rage, hitting the girl and slapping the athlete who was forced to take evasive action and defend himself.

During the altercation, it is said that the female patron was physically assaulted as the athlete pushed her to the ground. The athlete also received minor injuries in the tussle.

The female filed a report at the Central Village Police Station while the former athlete filed his report at the Duhaney Park police station.

Sources say the girl is not romantically or sexually involved with the former athlete so reasons for the attack remain unclear.

"The athlete said he was attacked by the girl who was drunk. She approached her, and he told her he didn't want to talk to her, and walked over to another girl. Then the girl attacked, slapping at him and the other girl, and in defending himself, he pushed her, and she fell," the officer explained in the report.

The girl, however, has filed a separate report at the Central Village police station, where she is alleging that the former athlete was the aggressor and she, the victim.





Deadly love triangle in St Catherine

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A love triangle turned deadly recently when a woman stabbed another woman who was found in a compromising position with her male lover at her home in St Catherine.

The deceased female has been identified as Dianne Brackenridge. Brackenridge, who is said to be in her early 40s, was with a male companion at his home when they were surprised by the return of the man's spouse.

Police confirmed that the main suspect, the man's spouse, reportedly returned home unannounced at around 12 midnight on Wednesday, and flew into a rage.

An argument reportedly developed between both women, during which a knife was used, allegedly by the spouse, to stab Brackenbridge several times.

She reportedly died at hospital.





Usain Bolt is back!

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usain-bolt-strikes-his-trademark-celebratory-pose-with-the-jamaican-flag.jpgOlympic champion and world record holder Usain Bolt blasted out a world championship warning with victory in the 100m at the London Diamond League meeting on Friday.

The Jamaican sprint king won in 9.87sec, the same time he set in winning his heat earlier in the evening, on a cool, damp night at the London Olympic Stadium.

Friday was his first appearance in six weeks with his only previous 100m race this year seeing him struggle to a modest 10.12sec in Brazil.

Justin Gatlin of the United States still leads the way with 9.74sec in the 100m this season, setting up an intriguing world championship showdown with Bolt in Beijing next month.

"Overall, it was a good run. I wanted to run faster but my start was very poor and that threw me off. It was all downhill from there," said Bolt whose season has been plagued by a pelvic injury.

"I feel like I am getting there and that's the good thing."

Michael Rodgers was second in the final in 9.90sec with Kemar Bailey-Cole of Jamaica taking second in 9.92sec.

"I need to work hard ahead of Beijing. I have to keep pushing myself," added 28-year-old Bolt who was running on the track where he won the 100m, 200m and 4x100m relay gold at the 2012 Olympics.

"I feel pretty good. If I work on my start I will be fine. I need to be more consistent."

Bolt announced his return to form in the heats an hour and 20 minutes before the final on Friday.

After Britain's world indoor 60m champion Richard Kilty had been disqualified for a false start, Bolt made a hesitant start when the race got underway at the second time of asking.

But he overhauled Rodgers as he eased across the line in 9.87sec, the American finishing runner-up in 9.92sec.





abu-bakr.jpgYasin Abu Bakr, the leader of the Jamaat Al Mulimeen group that staged an unsuccessful coup in 1990, has been detained in connection with the murder of prominent attorney Dana Seetahal, according to media reports here on Monday.

The reports said that Bakr, 73, had been taken from his home on Monday morning, by police as they continue their probe into the assassination of Seeathal on May 4, last year.

One radio station reported that Bakr had questioned the police who staged the pre-dawn raid on his home in search of guns and ammunition and was told that his detention is in relation to the murder of the former president of the Law Association of Trinidad and Tobago.

Seeathal was killed as she drove to her apartment in the capital. Two vehicles are reported to have pulled alongside her causing her to come to a stop and the occupants fired several bullets at her, hitting her in the head and chest.

The police have so far issued no statement regarding the arrest of Bakr, who in 1990 led more than 100 men in an attack on the Trinidad and Tobago parliament in a bid to unseat the then ANR Robinson administration. Bakr also refused to appear before a Commission of Inquiry that probed the circumstances surrounding the failed coup.

In February this year, the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service (TTPS) distanced itself from media reports that at least six people would have been charged in connection with her murder. In a statement, the TTPS said that the reports in the media 'are inconsistent with the progress of the investigation thus far and manifest obvious distortions with material facts of the case".

The TTPS said it "considers it extremely irresponsible the naming of any officer/individual from any agency or organisation who may or may not be assisting with the investigation".





bruck-up-illuminated.jpgRemember the charismatic dancer/contortionist/comedian from the era of the nineties who went by the fascinating name Bruck Up? Yes, the same one who was also known as Mr. Puff-Up Face and whose amazingly original antics introduced loads of genuine entertainment and a bag of laughter into the Jamaican dancehall.

Well, believe it or not, Bruck Up - who is credited with creating the dance move of the same name which snaked its way into the States and found much favour there - has returned. And this time around, he's not only dancing his way into the hearts of his fans, he's doing more ... much more. Songwriter and recording artiste George "Bruck Up" Adams is now focused on moving the masses as he leads off summer 2015 with his scorching hot single "Cry", a dancehall anthem produced by Teetimus and which features Fr3e. The song is already getting much love in the States and disc jocks in Jamaica have shown their appreciation for this authentic, edgy, dancehall single which praises the female body.

Admittedly, Bruck Up has been off the local scene in Jamaica for a minute, but don't be fooled into thinking that this ever evolving bundle of creativity and talent has been silent. He has been on a wonderful journey of exploration and creativity, honing his talents amongst hip hop and dancehall royalty and patiently carving out his own particular niche in the US.

The celebrated entertainer, who is the nephew of Professor Nuts, has strategically expanded his horizons and is now a full fledged performing and recording artiste, skillfully crossing that invisible iron barrier into a variety of genres and fusing them into an entity that can perhaps best be described as 'world music'. Now signed to Gone Green Entertainment, a multi-cultural outfit based in the States, Bruck Up is finally on his way to unearthing and sharing his full potential.

"The truth is that Bruck Up has been dancing around his talent - literally and figuratively - and the time has come for him to own up to his singjaying and song-writing skills in a bigger way," a member of his management team, Gone Green Entertainment, explained.

With over 600 songs already written and a dozen or two releases that have made music critics stop in their tracks and pay keen attention - including the collaborative single with Shaggy Sunglasses (Keep Your Shades On) - Bruck Up, who has worked with talents like Crystal Waters, Arrow, Jerry Wunda, Lil' Kim, Scott Storch, Rockwilder, Teddy Riley, Jay Marty, TrainLine, Raekwon, Louie Rankin, Mavado, Melanie Fiona, Rupee, and Lumidee, is ready to rumble.

As Bruck Up declares, "I started in dancehall. The only thing that makes sense is to bring it back to where it started, and take it into the future. I've always been different-and my music is too. I've got no limitations. To Da Moon, baby!"





arrested.jpgAt least 20 children who were arrested at a party in the St Andrew South area early Sunday morning have been charged.

Police say the operation is part of its national co-ordinated crime reduction strategy.

Commanding officer of police in charge of operation for St Andrew South, Deputy Superintendent Aaron Fletcher says the parents and children were charged and are on bail.

The operation was carried out sometime after 3:00 a.m.

The children were arrested at a party in Seaview Gardens at around 5:00 a.m.

In the meantime, DSP Fletcher says three persons from the Sherlock Crescent area of Duhaney Park, were arrested and charged for illegal possession of firearm.

Commanding officer in charge of operations for St Andrew South, Deputy Superintendent Aaron Fletcher.

DSP Fletcher says a woman and her daughter were also arrested and charged at that same venue for breaches of the Child Care and Protection Act.





foota-hype-daughter.jpgDancehall selector Oneil 'Foota Hype' Thomas and his girlfriend celebrated a joyous occasion as they welcomed their newborn daughter into the world on Sunday.

Foota introduced his daughter to the world on Sunday morning via social media.

He shared a photo of the baby girl with the caption: "Gm, let me introduce u to my queen sent to me by God almighty himself he took my mom and sent me a speedy replacement a woman to love and cherish for the rest of my life."

The message was greeted by scores of "congratulations" as social media users marvelled at the child's beauty.

It's Foota Hype's second child. The controversial selector already has a son - Oshawn - with ex fiance Ishawna.





tommy-lee-photo-10-simplified.jpgThe police have stated that dancehall deejay Tommy Lee poses a threat to the lives of persons attending stage shows because there are elements out there who want to kill the artiste. Tommy Le, the cops say, is a gangsta and as a result they are not giving permission for him to perform on shows in certain parishes.

The authorities believe that the presence of Tommy Lee Sparta may bring violence to any venue in which he makes an appearance, which could have grim consequences for unsuspecting persons.

"We told the promoters of the event that we are not prepared to police the event with Tommy Lee on it because of the danger that he brings to the whole event and what can happen if he is associated," said Senior superintendent of police (SSP) in charge of the St James Division, Steve McGregor. "Not only performing, but being in the parish, because other gangs are after him to kill him."

McGregor further stated that as a result of the nature of the event, the police where forced to ask Reggae Sumfest organisers to pull the artiste from the line-up. Tommy Lee Sparta is expected to be questioned by authorities sometime this week.

"With the amount of people, the movement of the people also, we told the organisers to pull him from the event," SSP McGregor said. "His management called us, and we told them about the danger that he faces to be in the parish, as also the event. He is slated to come in to see us next week. He is told to come in with his lawyer."

SSP McGregor explained, "There are two gangs in Flankers that are at each other: the Sparta and the Rebel Gang. It's serious, because eight people have been murdered and numerous shootings have occurred relative to that issue. We told him that it is very dangerous to him to be anywhere in Area One."

On Thursday, Tommy Lee Sparta apologised to fans because he would not be taking the Sumfest stage.

"To my loyal Fans and Friends! I regret to inform you that I will not be performing at Reggae Sumfest tonight because the Police High Command has refused me permission on stage! This act is in breach of the Charter of Rights and Constitution of Jamaica. How can the police prevent a citizen from engaging legitimate employment! My Attorney-at-law will be filing action in the Supreme Court for financial compensation! I was ready to explode tonight," he said in the Instagram post.





constable-crystal-thomas-photo-1.jpgThe University College of the Caribbean (UCC) on Sunday conferred Police Constable Crystal Thomas posthumously with her associate degree.

The document was presented to her mother at the graduation ceremony, held at the National Indoor Sports Centre.

There was also a moment of silence by the graduating class for the slain constable, who had attended the institution.

The 24 year old policewoman, who was attached to the Denham Town police station, was shot dead last Tuesday night during a robbery on a bus on Spanish Town Road.

Members of the Central Executive of the Police Federation were in attendance at the graduation ceremony.

Three suspects have been held for her murder.





200 extra policemen sent to Montego Bay

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In a major push to curtail the crime wave in St James, the Police High Command has ordered the deployment of 200 additional police personnel to the parish this week.

The new batch of cops should arrive on Tuesday.

More than 120 people have been murdered in St James since January - the highest figure of all 19 police divisions.

The High Command imposed nightly curfews in several communities, following last week's slaying of six persons over a 24 hour period.

Senior Superintendent Steve McGregor, head of the St James Police, said the curfews, imposed on Friday, have been instrumental in curtail the violence in his Division since then.

He said the police will continue their manhunt for those involved in the violence.

Since the start of the year, 652 people have been murdered in Jamaica, up from 525 during the corresponding period last year.





American woman missing; last seen in HWT

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american-woman-missing.jpgThe police are looking for an American woman who they say has been missing since last Thursday.

She is 41-year-old Lori Sexon, a Caucasian of medium build and is about 163 centimetres (5 feet 4 inches) tall.

Sexon was last seen in Half-Way-Tree, St Andrew about 9:30 pm on the day in mention and has not been heard from since. Her mode of dress at the time is unknown.

Anyone knowing her whereabouts is being asked to contact the Matilda's Corner Police at 978-6003, police 119 emergency number or the nearest police station.





304 persons arrested for stealing electricity

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electricity-theft.jpgJamaica Public Service (JPS) is reporting that operations carried out in collaboration with members of the security forces, have resulted in the arrest of 304 people for the illegal abstraction of electricity, since the start of the year, to July 15.

In a release Sunday, JPS said crews have also pulled down 9,512 throw-up lines for the same period. The company has said they have been relentless in pursuing the perpetrators of electricity theft.

On Tuesday, July 14, the teams' latest move saw the St Catherine community of Windsor Heights in Central Village, being rid of 850 throw-up lines. One man was reportedly arrested, but several others fled from their residences to avoid being associated with the illegal connections.

On June 30, nine people were brought before the Spanish Town Resident Magistrate's Court for the illegal abstraction of electricity. The JPS said six of them pleaded guilty and were fined an average of J$150,000 each or six months in prison.

Following that, on July 1, five people were brought before the Linstead Resident Magistrate's Court for the same charge. Four pleaded guilty and were also reportedly fined an average of J$150,000 each.

JPS, in the release, also reminded non-paying users of electricity that regularisation is a straightforward process. The company also said it is anticipating that its Community Renewal programme in seven communities in Kingston, will assist in creating sustained regularisation through public education and practical assistance (such as house wiring), among other measures.





constable-crystal-thomas.jpgThe police are on the hunt for two females who were accomplices in a robbery which ended in the murder of a woman constable last week.

The cops have now launched a hunt for the women who they say are crucial to the probe into the death of Constable Crystal Thomas.

Three men have already been taken into custody and the cop's service weapon has been recovered by the police.

Thomas was shot at point blank range in the head after she was identified by one of the robbers as a police officer.

She had boarded a Toyota Coaster bus on her way to Portmore, St Catherine after she had completed her shift at the Denham Town Police station. Unfortunately the bus she boarded was being robbed by a gang of highway men.

She was shot and her gun stolen.





video-tape.jpgThe males were ruthless. There was about seven of them and they took turns on an allegedly mentally ill teenage girl in Zion, Trelawny last week.

Luckily for the girl they were foolish enough to tape the demented act. The video found its way on social media and went viral on the internet.

Now two males are in custody and police are on the trail of the other five.

The sexually disturbing assault includes the men urinating in the girl's face - despite her desperate plea for mercy - and repeated acts of forced entry into her private parts.

They also branded the girl an "idiot gal" and laughed merrily as they violated her and further scarred her mentally for the rest of her life.

The Office of the Children's Advocate has ordered an immediate probe into the matter and the Centre for the Investigation Sexual Offenses and Child Abuse (CISOCA) has reported that no stone will be left unturned in bringing the callous, uncouth perpetrators of this crime to justice.





bullying.jpgThe Inner-city Teachers Coalition (ICTC) says the move by the Ministry of Education to address the issue of bullyism should not be confined to gay students, as they gay students are more often the perpetrators of bullyism..

According to a press release from ICTC Saturday, "Statements that have been reported in the media that have been attributed to the minister has singled out the fact that students who practice or appear to be practicing alternative lifestyles are being bullied and that measures are now being put in place to reduce these incidents in our schools."

However, based on reports from the membership, the coalition is of the view that bullying of heterosexual students by groups practicing alternative lifestyles is much more widespread.

"These groups are known to prey on weaker students and intimidate them with a view to pressure them to join the alternative lifestyle that is being practiced by the group. Whenever the advances of members of the group is resisted, oftentimes the students are assaulted physically and sometimes even sexually," the release stated.

Chairman of the coalition Mark Malabver said the occurrence of weaker students being preyed on is most prevalent in all-girl's institutions.

The release also contended that many of these "critical" incidents go unreported for various reasons, including the fact that administrators are keen to ensure that the image of the schools in which these incidents take place is not tarnished.

In addition to this, many of the victims of this type of bullyism fail to report these matters for fear of reprisal from the group, as well as the stigma that is attached to attacks of this nature, the release said.

The ICTC is therefore calling on the Education Ministry to either offer clarity on the new policy initiative of bullyism or to redesign this new initiative to ensure that it deals with all aspects of bullyism in schools.

ICTC, according to Malabver, is a group of teachers that are primarily from inner-city schools who have decided to advocate on behalf of schools in the inner-city and rural areas.





Ganja proven to be good for the bones

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ganja-use.jpgCannabis-marijuana, hashish-was used as a go-to medical remedy by societies around the world for centuries. But the therapeutic use of marijuana was banned in most countries in the 1930s and '40s due to a growing awareness of the dangers of addiction. The significant medical benefits of marijuana in alleviating symptoms of such diseases as Parkinson's, cancer, and multiple sclerosis have only recently been reinvestigated.

A new study published in the Journal of Bone and Mineral Research by Tel Aviv University and Hebrew University researchers explores another promising new medical application for marijuana. According to the research, the administration of the non-psychotropic component cannabinoid cannabidiol (CBD) significantly helps heal bone fractures. The study, conducted on rats with mid-femoral fractures, found that CBD-even when isolated from tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the major psychoactive component of cannabis-markedly enhanced the healing process of the femora after just eight weeks.

The research was led jointly by Dr. Yankel Gabet of the Bone Research Laboratory at the Department of Anatomy and Anthropology at TAU's Sackler Faculty of Medicine and the late Prof. Itai Bab of Hebrew University's Bone Laboratory.

Undeniable clinical potential

The same team, in earlier research, discovered that cannabinoid receptors within our bodies stimulated bone formation and inhibited bone loss. This paves the way for the future use of cannabinoid drugs to combat osteoporosis and other bone-related diseases.

"The clinical potential of cannabinoid-related compounds is simply undeniable at this point," said Dr. Gabet. "While there is still a lot of work to be done to develop appropriate therapies, it is clear that it is possible to detach a clinical therapy objective from the psychoactivity of cannabis. CBD, the principal agent in our study, is primarily anti-inflammatory and has no psychoactivity."

According to Dr. Gabet, our bodies are equipped with a cannabinoid system, which regulates both vital and non-vital systems. "We only respond to cannabis because we are built with intrinsic compounds and receptors that can also be activated by compounds in the cannabis plant," he said. The researchers found that the skeleton itself is regulated by cannabinoids. Even the addition of a non-psychogenic compound acting outside of the brain can affect the skeleton.





Aidonia sweating on new project

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aidonia-photo-4.jpgDancehall artiste Aidonia has been busy in the studio adding the final touches to his album, Project Sweat, slated for release by the end of this month. But the artiste cannot wait to hit the stage in Catherine Hall, Montego Bay, on Thursday, July 16, to showcase some of his new material.

"The album has a great vibe and we love it. There are 10 songs for the ladies on three different types of tempos on it - the slow and sexy tempo, medium tempo and the fast tempo. Boring Gyalis the first single then Pretty Please, one old song and seven new tracks. The album is actually ready. We are just waiting on the release date," Aidonia said.

He explains that he is grateful for the opportunity to perform at Reggae Sumfest, as that stage is a platform for artistes to promote their talent.





kymani-marley.jpgMaestro, the sixth album from Ky-Mani Marley, is number one on the Billboard Reggae Album Chart this week. It is his second chart-topper.

Maestro was released by Konfrontation Muzic and has 17 tracks which includes collaborations with Damian Marley, Gentleman, Matisyahu and Kreesha Turner.

The 39-year-old Marley was born in Falmouth, but moved to South Florida as a youngster. His debut album, Like Father, Like Son was released in 1996 by Shang Music.

Marley has had four albums on the Billboard Reggae Album Chart. 2000's The Journey stalled at number seven, while 2001's Grammy-nominated Many More Roads peaked at number eight. 2007's Radio topped the chart and stalled at number 38 on Billboard's R&B/Hip Hop Albums Chart.





Gaza Slim, Ishawna thrill Sumfest

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ishawna-reggae-sumfest.jpgBack-to-back performances by dancehall divas Gaza Slim and Ishawna kept the energy going at Dancehall Night of the 23rd staging of Reggae Sumfest now under way at the Catherine Hall Entertainment Centre in St James.

The fast-rising Ishawna delivered 'Naw Tek him Back', 'Cheerful Giver', 'I Need Love', among others, much to the delight of her fans.

Before her performance, Gaza Slim had set the pace with songs like 'Me a enjoy Myself', 'You a My Man', 'No More than Me' and more, which went over well with the audience.

Meanwhile, Konfydence, Sashae and J Capri are the other female artistes that have performed already.





bamson-guh-tell-yuh-muma-official.jpgInternet sensation Bamson is poised to collect his first set of royalties. His controversial single, 'Guh Tell Yu Madda', has been added to the BBC 1Xtra's playlist.

Guh Tell Yu Madda, in its explicit form, went viral on social media after comedian Trabass posted a video of Bamson performing the song.

The video showed the artiste harmonising a popular Jamaican curse phrase, using a bucket to provide a beat.

The video was shared over 100,000 times on Facebook and was later brought to the attention of local producer Gutty Bling of Claims Records, also credited for discovering Gully Bop.

Impressed by the footage, Claims Records swiftly signed the artiste and officially produced the song.

According to Gutty Bling, Guh Tell Yu Madda's addition to BBC 1Xtra's playlist means the artiste and record label will stand to benefit financially from airplay.

"Dem love di song overseas, I blasted it and dem just decide to add it to the library and run wid it. It is a good look for us because that means royalties will come from that. It's not like out here, those people work with strict music libraries," he said.

The producer also said the label plans to amp up promotions for the song, locally, in an attempt to capitalise on summer festivities.

"We have been getting several dubplate requests, and we are on local radio stations comfortably. We have also been performing at events and we are looking to do much more to increase the reach of the song," he told THE weekend STAR.

With requests coming in from the Caribbean and Canada, Bamson says he is thankful for the overnight success.





Screams for Dexta Daps at Reggae Sumfest

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daxta-dops.jpgDexta Daps was greeted with wild screams from the women during his maiden performance on Thursday night the Sumfest stage at the Catherine Hall Entertainment Centre in St James.

The newcomer maintained connection with especially his female fans with songs like 'Morning Love', 'Jealous Ova', 'Miss You Love', and his smash hit '7 Eleven'.

Dexta Daps hit the stage following an electrifying performance from Ding Dong and Ravers Clavers who kept the patrons entertained with a plethora of dance moves.

The group prompted patrons to 'Do the Right Thing', 'Low Me', 'Siva', 'Willie Bounce', 'Dancehall moves Gas', 'Bad Man Forward' and more.

Meanwhile, dancehall lyricist Bugle delivered a satisfying set using conscious lyrics to songs such as 'We Naw Work With That', 'Proud a who me is',' Anointed and No Compatible', which resonated with the audience.

Among the highlight of his act was his use of the Answer riddin to perform versions of Beenie Man, Buju Banton and Bounti Killa tunes.

He made way for Konshens.





sanchez.jpgReggae veteran Sanchez, one of the headline acts billed to perform at the fifth annual Grace Jamaican Jerk Festival, Roy Wilkins Park, Queens, New York, next Sunday, will not appear as scheduled.

According to a release, Eddy Edwards, chairman, Jamaican Jerk Festival USA Inc, said having spoken to Sanchez's manager, the entertainer would not be able to perform because of personal reasons.

"I spoke with his manager and was told he will not be able to perform, as scheduled, because of personal circumstances beyond his control. Sanchez apologises to his fans and will make it up to them in the future," he said.

Sanchez, will be replaced by international reggae/dancehall superstar Cham.

"Cham is a respected artiste, who has recorded hits like Ghetto Story, Vitamin S, Many Many and Babylon Bwoy, and has collaborated with international superstars such as Alicia Keys and Sean Paul. We are delighted he was able to accept our invitation at such short notice," Edwards said.

Cham will join other acts such as Fab 5 Band, Romain Virgo, Carlene Davis and Kokodoo.





Huge forwards for Gully Bop at Sumfest

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gully-bop-reggae-sumfest.jpgGully Bop had his audience in stitches throughout his debut performance at Reggae Sumfest's Dancehall Night, and copped the biggest forwards at the event.

He was as charismatic as he was engaging and entertaining, pausing to introduce upcoming artistes to do short stints and invited the audience to shoo them off stage if they floundered

gully-bop-and-shauna-chin-photo-1.jpgNo sooner had he entered centerstage when he called his lady love Miss Chin to perform several duets with him, which was well received.

Of course his nemesis Ninja Man was not spared Bop's lyrical onslaught as he claimed he saw Ninjaman hiding from him in Half-Way Tree.

Gully Bop scored big on his debut Reggae Sumfest appearance delivering a sensational set which delighted the appreciative patrons at Dancehall Night here at Catherine Hall Entertainment Centre.

The exciting performer connected with 'Dem no Bad like Me', 'Wuck offa Me' and more.

But it was his freestyle lyrics, laced with humour, which had the audience in stitches.

He was followed by Spice whose performance was coloured by her usual sexually suggestive moves and lyrics.

She made way for Aidonia.





Lady Saw closes Reggae Sumfest in fine style

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lady-saw-reggae-sumfest-dancehall-night-2015.jpgIt is fair to say that dancehall star, Lady Saw was an excellent choice to bring the curtains down on Reggae Sumfest Dancehall Night 2015 and in so doing created history as the first female artiste to close the show since its inception.

Unlike years gone by when patrons would file out of the venue by the time they had caught a glimpse of, or viewed a few minutes into the performance of the closing act, patrons remained inside for the performance of the Queen of the Dancehall,

Lady Saw delivered, proving why she is the undisputed queen of the dancehall. Her performance was engaging and humourous as it was naughty.

She also came prepared with new lyrics which made jabs as those female artistes whom she said were giving her a fight, including several innuendoes aimed at fellow dancehall artiste Spice.

It was only when she announced that she would be doing her last song "heels On" that some patrons began to file slowly out of the venue, to beat the Montego Bay morning traffic.





Why do some men wear jackets?

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wear-jacket.jpgIn Jamaica, a 'jacket' is a child who is given to a man who is not the biological father. Please note that in most cases, the man genuinely believes that the child is his, even though his relatives and friends may be suspicious and point out their feelings to him.

Of note too is that men are known to wear 'jackets' with immense pride, even to the extent of loving the jackets even more than they love the children who are rightfully theirs.

Statistics show that up to seventy percent of Jamaican men are wearing 'jackets' and with the availability of DNA, more and more men are finding out for sure that the kids aren't theirs.

But, it is interesting that court records also show that many of these fathers, after the devastation of finding out that the child they have loved and nurtured for so long is a jacket, simply bounce back and go through the legal system and legally adopt the children.

So big up to all Jamaican man who love up dem jacket pickney. After all, it's not the child's fault.

If the jacket fits, wear it.After all, it takes more than the donation of some sper to be a great dad.





The bloodletting continues in the parish of St James where a total of six people, including a woman, were gunned down in four different incidents between last night and early this morning.

Over the period, the police recorded two double murders, one in Norwood and the other in Rose Heights; while one murder was reported in Roehampton and another on Harbour Street, Montego Bay.

This week has been one of the bloodiest in the St James Police Division, which has so far recorded more than 120 murders since the start of the year.





Government owes NHT $45-billion

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nht-arrears.jpgThe Jamaican Governent owes the NHT some $45-billion in arrears.

Acting managing director of the trust, Martin Miller, made the revelation to the Public Administration and Appropriations Committee (PAAC) of Parliament on Wednesday.

He explained that the trust has been in discussions with the Ministry of Finance over the roughly $48 billion owed. "It is something that we are likely to hear some more on, shortly," he said.





Manhunt launched for 3 escaped prisoners

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manhunt-launched.jpgThe police have launched a manhunt for three prisoners who escaped from the Linstead lock-up in St Catherine on Wednesday.

They are Steven Burke, who is charged with robbery with aggravation, Odane Walker, charged with house breaking and larceny, and Clayton Williams who is charged for robbery.

Persons with information that can lead to their capture are being asked to contact the Portmore Police, 119 emergency number or the nearest Police Station.





Third suspect held in murder of policewoman

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constable-crystal-thomas.jpgA third suspect has been held for the murder of Constable Crystal Thomas who was killed on Tuesday night when gunmen hijacked a bus in which she was a passenger along Spanish Town Road in Kingston.

Meanwhile, US Ambassador Luis Moreno has expressed condolences to the family and colleagues of Thomas.

In a statement on Thursday, the Ambassador said Constable Thomas' bravery and quick action saved many lives and demonstrated her dedication to Jamaica and protecting her fellow citizens.

He said the Constable exemplified the code of the Jamaica Constabulary Force: Serve, Protect and Reassure.





Sections of the Eastern Caribbean and Guyana were rocked by earthquakes shortly before noon on Thursday.

The Seismic Research Center at the University of the West Indies confirmed that tremors occurred in St Lucia, Barbados and Martinique.

The first that measured 5.7 while the second, felt in the same region four hours later at 11:16 am, measured 6.4 occurred at 7:01am.

In St Lucia, the earthquakes were particularly heavy in the north, but there have been no reports of damage.

In Guyana, the tremor was rocked sections of the Essequibo Coast and the villages of Bartica, Buck Hall and Mabaruma.





TRINIDAD: 4 members of one family murdered

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Four members of a family were shot and killed in Chatam in south Trinidad on Wednesday night, police said.

While they have not given details about the incident, the father of one of those killed, has been on radio providing details.

Patrick Joba has identified them as his daughter Grace Toussaint Baptiste 55, her mother, Lena Toussaint, 75, his grandson, Jeremie Toussaint Baptiste 24, and his son in law Peter Baptiste 59.

"I found the bodies this morning. I had been calling them to attend a prayer meeting for somebody that was killed and I got no answer. I went to their house and I saw the door open and my grandson lying on the ground," he told radio listeners.

He said a threat had earlier been made on the lives of the family. He gave no further details.





Fifa official extradited to United States

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fifa-jeffrey-webb.jpgOne of seven Fifa official detained in a raid in Switzerland, widely believed to be Caymanian Jeffrey Webb, has been extradited to the US, Swiss authorities say.

Webb and the other six Fifa officials were held on corruption charges in Switzerland on May 27.

The unnamed official was taken to New York by a three-man police escort on Wednesday, the Swiss Justice Department says.

The person was not named, but earlier reports said Jeffrey Webb had waived his right to fight the American extradition request.

Mr Webb, 50, is the former president of the Central and North American football federation, Concacaf, and is a Fifa vice-president.

He is accused of accepting bribes worth millions of dollars in connection with the sale of marketing rights.





lady-saw-photos-6.jpgDancehall mainstay, Lady Saw is in a happy place and couldn't care less about reports that fellow female entertainer Macka Diamond had rejected her offer to perform alongside her at this year's staging of Reggae Sumfest.

"My life is too beautiful right now and I have no time for distractions," she said. "Right now, I am only focused on Marion."

The entertainer is expected to make history as the first female artiste to close the show at Reggae Sumfest Dancehall Night.

macka-diamond-photos-3.jpgSaw had made the offer to Macka in an interview last month, but in an article published on Monday, Macka Diamond said she is yet to hear from Saw herself.

"Lady Saw has been directing various persons to call me to perform alongside her at Dancehall Night on Reggae Sumfest in the name of solidarity and unity, but she has yet to call me herself," she said.

She also revealed that she believed Saw's offer to share the stage was part of a publicity stunt to boost her performance set for Thursday.

Meanwhile, Lady Saw is upbeat about closing Reggae Sumfest Dancehall Night.

"I feel very excited to be closing the show. Who best to close it, than me? A female has never closed Reggae Sumfest Dancehall Night ever, so I'm very honoured, she said. "I'm creating history. What I normally do, whenever I'll be closing a major show, is to write new lyrics. I always come original and always energetic. I'm planning something special for Sumfest."





Representatives of transgender Bruce Jenner, now living as Caitlyn, reportedly negotiated the ESPYs award in exchange for PR plugs in Jenner's upcoming TV series and threatened to pull out of the 20/20 interview with Diane Sawyers.

ESPN has come under fire on social media for choosing Jenner for the Arthur Ashe Courage Award, with some claiming there were more worthy recipients.

One name that surfaced was the late Lauren Hill, the former Division III women's college basketball player. She raised $1.5 million for cancer research before succumbing to the disease.

Reports have emerged that Jenner's team approached ESPN with the idea that Bruce (now using the name Caitlyn) win the Arthur Ashe Courage Award just as details were being finalized for the 20/20 interview with Diane Sawyer on ABC.

ABC and ESPN are both owned by Disney, and ABC aired Wednesday's awards ceremony.

'It was a brilliant move because the executives at ESPN loved the idea, and immediately began making sure it got done,' a source familiar with the negotiations told RadarOnline.

The talks hit a stumbling block, and Jenner's agents were reportedly prepared to pull out of the interview with Sawyer.

'It was ironed out, and ABC owns one of the biggest stories of the year.'

The build up to Jenner accepting the award will be featured in his upcoming reality show, "I am Cait", generating a great deal of publicity for both ESPN and the awards.

However, there is some dispute as to the timeline of the negotiations.

The Sawyer interview took place in April, and ESPYs producer Maura Mandt has told Sports Illustrated that the final decision was not reached until May after consultation with the Ashe Foundation.





beenie-jazz.jpgpopcaan-photo-3.jpgDancehall artistes Popcaan and Beenie Man have collaborated with American singer Jeremih and British rappers Konan and Krept for the remix of their single, 'Freak Of The Week'.

The video for the single was released in May and has already received more than six million views on YouTube.

Jeremih is known for his singles Birthday Sex and Don't Tell Em. He has also collaborated with recording artistes including Chris Brown, 50 Cent, French Montana, Fabolous, Wale and August Alsina.

Konan and Krept are popular England-based rappers. Their first major release was the mixtape Young Kingz released on September 2, 2013. The duo is known for their strong impact in the UK underground hip-hop scene.

Freak of The Week sees the Def Jam-signed artistes sampling Beenie Man's Who Am I dancehall instrumental that was produced by Jeremy Harding.

jeremih.jpgOne half of the duo Konan - the son of ska, rocksteady and reggae icon Delroy Wilson - recently told UK's SBTV that he plans to show dancehall and reggae's influence in his music.

"The first single is a sample of a Beenie Man song, so it goes hands in hand. My father knew Beenie Man, so it is a good coincidence," Konan said.

The original version of Who Am I was released in 1997 and went to No.40 on the Billboard Hot 100, No.15 on the Billboard Hot R&B singles chart and No. 6 on the Billboard Hot Rap singles chart. It was also sampled by American rapper Rock City earlier this year for his effort called I'm That.

Popcaan, who is currently unable to travel to the US, has collaborated with American artistes like Snoop Lion, Pusha T and Acehood in recent times.





lady-saw-photos-4.jpgLady Saw is set to create history at Reggae Sumfest in Catherine Hall, Montego Bay, tonight.

She'll be the first female to close Dancehall Night at the festival's 23rd staging.

"This year is the 23rd staging of Sumfest and for the promoters to choose me as the closer of dancehall night. I am humbled... women have come a far way in this industry, so I'm gonna show that women can do it as well as the men and even better," she said.

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Saw, 46, first graced the Sumfest stage in 1994. She said she loves working on that show.

"It is a great platform to show fans around the world how much our music is rich and entertaining. I love seeing my fans come out in their numbers and making them happy because once they are happy my job is accomplished," she said.

"My swag is going to be up up as my local designer out did himself... can't wait for you all to see my outfit" Lady Saw continued.

Included on tonight's show are Capleton, Konshens, I Octane, Popcaan, Gully Bop, Spice, Tommy Lee, Aidonia, Dexta Daps, and Bugle.





licence-plate.jpgPersons who have applied for motor vehicle licence plates are facing a delay in getting them.

Tax Administration Jamaica (TAJ) confirmed on Wednesday that it is experiencing a shortage of the plates at revenue service centres and tax offices islandwide.

This is due to a delay in the delivery of supplies, as well as an unusual increase in the demand for plates in recent months.

TAJ said it was working with its suppliers to have the matter speedily resolved.





The Centre for the Investigation for Sexual Offences and Child Abuse (CISOCA) has secured the conviction of a male teacher, Randean Raymond, for Indecent Assault.

CISOCA indicated that Raymond pleaded guilty to the offence of indecent assault when he appeared before the Half Way Tree Resident Magistrate's Court on Wednesday, July 8.

He was sentenced to six months in prison at hard labour, with the option of paying a fine of $100,000 and opted to pay his fine.

On Wednesday, May 17, a report was made at CISOCA that a female student was in a classroom with Raymond when he summoned her to sit beside him and laid his palm on her left thigh and rubbed it. He stopped when other students walked in the classroom.

Statements were recorded from the complainant and her mother. A member of the school community also gave a statement to the fact that the suspect admitted that he had committed the offence.

Members of the investigative team have been lauded by Assistant Commissioner of Police in charge of the Criminal Investigations Branch (CIB) Headquarters, Ealan Powell, for their comprehensive investigation of the matter and their duteous preparation of a strong case file.

He also had high commendations for the victim, her mother and other persons who came forward and gave statements.

"It is not always an easy thing to do. I commend the young woman for her bravery, as also her mother and other caregivers who supported her in her quest for justice," said ACP Powell.





The Kingston Western Police detained approximately 20 individuals during an early morning police military operation in the Division.

Similar operations are being conducted across several crime hot spots in the 19 Police Geographic Divisions.

Head of the Kingston Western Police Division, Senior Superintendent Cornwall 'Bigga' Ford, disclosed that a man investigators describe as a person of interest, as well as a small number of women, are among the detainees

SSP Ford said the operation, which got underway at midnight, will last for two days, and aims to penetrate the backbone of several criminal enterprises islandwide.

Up to newstime the detainees were undergoing processing by Kingston Western Detectives.





Asafa Powell has another sub-10 clocking

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asafa-powell-photo-1.jpgFormer world record holder Asafa Powell continued his warm up for the IAAF World Championship in Beijing by delivering another sub-10 time to win the men's 100m at the Spitzen Leichtathletik meet in Luzern, Switzerland.

Powell, who finished second behind Justin Gatlin in his last outing, clocked 9.87 - his sixth sub-10 clocking of the season - to finish ahead of fellow Jamaicans Nesta Carter 10.06s, and Kemar Bailey-Cole who was third in 10.08 seconds.

2011 World champion Yohan Blake, making a return from injury was second in the men's 100m B race in 10.20s. The race was won by former Jamaican athlete Jak Ali Harvey, who now represents Turkey, in 10.15 seconds.

Action in the women's 100m saw Natasha Morrison running 11.17s to finish behind Charonda Williams who clocked 11.14s while Christania Williams was third in her heat in 11.40s.





bobbi-kristina-and-nick-gordon-photo-1.jpgBobbi Kristina Brown's boyfriend, Nick Gordon, was officially served with a $10 million lawsuit on Sunday in Florida. The civil lawsuit, filed on behalf of the only daughter of the late Whitney Houston and Bobbi Brown, accuses him of both physically assaulting and stealing thousands from her.

Gordon, 25, was served at a Starbucks in Longwood, Florida. In a video obtained by The New York Daily News, a process server can be seen giving him a manila envelope, to which he simply replies, "Thank you." When a bystander inquires about the envelope, Gordon says, "I have no idea." He then starts scrolling through his cellphone.

Gordon has rarely been seen since news broke that 22-year-old Bobbi Kristina was transferred to a hospice in Atlanta last month, as her condition continues to deteriorate. Bobbi Kristina's court-appointed conservator, Bedelia Hargrove, filed the lawsuit against Gordon in Fulton County Superior Court on June 24, which means it's taken almost three weeks to serve Gordon. His last sighting was on June 28 in Florida.

ET learned last month that Gordon has assembled a very well-known legal team to face the lawsuit. Atlanta criminal defense attorney Joe Habachy, Gordon's lead lawyer, was preparing to bring in famous attorney Jose Baez --- who's best-known for serving as the lead defense attorney for Casey Anthony -- as well as TJ Ward, one of the private investigators who worked on the disappearance of Natalee Holloway, sources close to Gordon's legal team told ET.

In addition to the domestic violence claims, the lawsuit alleges that Bobbi Kristina set up a meeting with an unnamed person on Jan. 31 to discuss that Gordon was "not the man she thought he was," and was later found unresponsive in a bathtub on the same day, "face down, with her mouth swollen and another tooth knocked out."

No criminal charges have been filed against Gordon.





Shane Brown could sue Busy Signal

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busy-signal-dancehall-artiste.jpgShane Brown through his Juke Boxx Productions is threatening legal action following claims made by dancehall deejay, Busy Signal, last week. Busy Signal says he was unaware of the monies owed and is requesting a copy of the contractual agreement between Juke Boxx Production and Trinidad's Peppers Entertainment after he was arrested in that Caribbean country recently.

In the mild threat of a defamation lawsuit Juke Boxx Production states that "invalidated accusations can be defamatory for which individual/s can be held liable through the courts as a consequence."

In the release, Juke Boxx Production claims that "after the separation of Busy Signal from the Shane Brown led company, all documents relating to Busy's business affairs, and future contractual obligations were turned over to his new management, including the deposit from Peppers Entertainment."

The release further states that "it is rather strange, that Busy Signal and his new management team claim ignorance of this issue, when all details and amounts collected on their behalf were handed over to them. It is also our understanding that they chose to refund a portion of the deposit collected to the Promoter."

Meanwhile, Busy Signal says he stands by his initial statement that he was unaware of any contractual agreement with Peppers Entertainment and is requesting that Juke Boxx Productions provide all the documents of the contractual agreement.





Maricopa County Sheriff's Deputies say they have arrested a man on bestiality charges.

Deputies say 68-year-old Michael Crawford posted an ad on a popular website that caught the attention of a detective from the MCSO Animal Crimes unit.

The detective and Crawford communicated several times via telephone and e-mail. During those taped recordings and e-mail exchanges, deputies say that Crawford admitted to traveling the country to find horse owners willing to allow him to commit sexual acts with the animals.

"In one conversation, Crawford asked the detective what kind of horses and ponies he had, how large they were and if they are used to human sexual play. He later told the deputy that he purchased a non-refundable plane ticket to Phoenix adding, 'If you can really help with what I am seeking, I am definitely interested in traveling out to meet you.' Crawford said he would be bringing five shirts on which he wanted the horse to urinate. He told detectives he would mail them back to his home in Pennsylvania where he will wear them for arousal purposes."

According to MCSO, Crawford purchased a round-trip ticket to Phoenix with the intent to commit bestiality. Deputies say Crawford arrived at an airport in the Valley on Friday evening, July 10th. Video footage that was secretly recorded by MCSO detectives shows Crawford meeting with the planned horses.

"Perversion has reached a new level," said Sheriff Joe Arpaio in response to this latest bestiality investigation conducted by his animal crimes unit.

Deputies also say the suspect told them he's been performing sex acts on animals since the 1970s and he allegedly told them he is now retired after having worked for the government for more than 40 years.

The Sheriff said, "When he was arrested, he was shocked. He said I didn't do anything. Well, he did. He committed conspiracy. We are not going to let him go through the act.. of course, that's what he's thinking. He didn't do it, but we sure have enough to charge him."

Deputies arrested Crawford, who is now facing charges of bestiality, which is a class 6 felony. He has been booked into the Fourth Avenue jail.

"I take this crime seriously," stated Arpaio. "It is part of my office's fight against animal abuse. These animals are not meant to be sex toys for the perverted."

Arpaio says in the past five years, his deputies have made eight arrests for bestiality.





peter-bunting-photo-2.jpgNational Security Minister, Peter Bunting on Tuesday outlined the government's three-pronged approach to combat the current murder spike and the challenge of violent crime over the long term.

Mr. Bunting says government intends to strengthen the operational capabilities of the security forces; address the root causes of violence in the society, with various social intervention strategies; and bring important legislation to the House of Representatives to support the investigation and prosecution of criminals.

Speaking in Parliament, Mr. Bunting outlined that last year the country recorded the lowest number of murders in several years, at one thousand and five.

However, he says 12 hundred murders could be recorded by the end of this year. Mr. Bunting outlined that the figures for other categories of serious and violent crimes are all down.These include shootings, down by 8%, rape down by 25%, aggravated assault down by 14% and robberies down by 16%.

The National Security Minister said what the country is experiencing this year is not a general surge in crime, but rather a spike in murders. He revealed that Area One, which comprises St. James, Hanover and Westmoreland has the highest murder rate, with St. James having a murder rate of two and a half times higher than the rest of Jamaica.

Mr. Bunting attributed a third of all the murders in area one to the illegal lottery scam, and says half of the murders committed across the island are gang-related.





father-killed.jpgA father who went to collect his daughter at a medical facility in Albion, Montego Bay St. James this afternoon was shot and killed.

Dead is 27-year-old Kenroy Colquhoun also called Nardo of Felicity Road in the parish.

Reports are that shortly after Colquhoun drove his motorcar onto the premises of the medical centre to pick up his child, he was pounced upon by a group of gunmen who opened fire hitting him all over his body.

He ran from the car and collapsed on the ground.

The police, who were summoned, removed several spent shells from the scene.

No motive has yet been established for the killing.





constable-crystal-thomas.jpgThe motorcyclist involved in Monday's crash, which claimed the life of a policeman attached to the Westmoreland Division, has been charged.

Head of the Westmoreland Police, Superintendent Beau Rigabie, disclosed that the man was charged yesterday with manslaughter. It's not yet known when he will appear in court.

Constable Curtis Lewis, 21, died after being mowed down while on traffic duty in Negril. The policeman and a colleague were on the Bowens road in Sheffield when they signaled the motorcyclist to stop. It's alleged that he disobeyed and continued driving. Constable Lewis was hit down and later died at hospital.





constable-crystal-thomas.jpgThe Area 4 Police are reporting that two of the main suspects in last night's murder of policewoman Constable Crystal Thomas were captured early this morning and are now in police custody.

"This is indeed a sad time for the Constabulary losing such a young member of the organisation under such tragic circumstances. The men and women of the JCF have however responded well and our work late last night and early this morning has led to the capture of two men who we believe were part of the group which murdered the young Constable. At this time we are not naming the suspects as interviews have to be done and also identification parades," Quallo said.

Reports are that Constable Thomas had just left work at the Denham Town Police Station and boarded a bus for home. It is further reported that a robbery was taking place on the bus. The gunmen held up the driver at gunpoint and while the bus was traveling along Spanish Town Road, ?ordered the driver to turn off the main road.

The brave female police officer, realising what was happening challenged the men and was fatally shot.

ACP Quallo said that during the course of today, he will be meeting with the staff of the Denham Town Police Station and that counsellors from the JCF will be on hand to assist.





OMI hits the #1 spot on Billboard Top 100

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omi-cheerleader-photo-1.jpgOMI does not need much motivation after this. His hit single "Cheerleader" is number one on the Billboard Hot 100. The buoyant reggae/pop song dethrones Wiz Khalifa's "See You Again," featuring Charlie Puth, after 12 weeks.

The singer who is managed by Clifton 'Specialist' Dillon, is currently on a US promotional tour. He now joins the few elite Jamaicans to have been ranked number one on the Billboard Hot 100.

OMI will be making an appearance on Good Morning America on ABC and the Tonight Show on NBC on Tuesday.





50 Cent files for bankruptcy

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50-cent-in-mobay.jpgRapper 50 Cent, whose real name is Curtis Jackson III, has declared bankruptcy. He filed the papers on Monday.

According to reports from the Wall Street Journal, "In court papers filed in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Hartford, Conn., Mr. Jackson reported assets and debts each in the range of $10 million to $50 million."

Jackson filed papers days after he was ordered to pay $5 million in compensation to a woman who sued for him for an online sex tape.

50 Cent is reportedly worth approximately $270 million. This comes mainly from his minority stake in Vitamin Water, which the Coca Cola company bought for $4.1 billion in 2007. The Washington Post said at that time, "50 Cent was thought to have walked away with a figure somewhere between $60 million and $100 million, putting his net worth at nearly a half billion dollars."

His net worth would also come as a result of album sales and starring in films and TV.





court-case.jpgA jury has just freed one of Jamaica's most feared gangsters, Uriel James, of the 1999 murder of security guard, Errol McGeachy. The 12-member jury returned the 9-3 not guilty verdict after more than five hours of deliberation.

Trial judge, Bertram Morrison, told James he was free to go. However, James will remain in custody because he has two other murder cases pending before the court.

James, popularly known as Rooksie, had given an unsworn statement denying any involvement in the beating death of McGeachy. He is the reputed gang leader of the Rose Town-based Discipline Gang in Kingston.

The trial started in the Home Circuit Court on June 18 after the court accepted a statement given by the main witness who has died. James is represented by Queen's Counsel, Jacqueline Samuels Brown and attorneys-at-law, Patrick Bailey and Linda Wright.

Attorney-at-law, Kathy Pike led the case for the Crown.





Two men were shot and killed early Sunday by a licensed firearm holder in Huddersfield St. Mary when they reportedly attempted to rob a taxi operator and his passengers.

Their identities have not been released.

Deputy Superintendent of the St. Mary Police, Gary Flash, says about 5am, five persons including a taxi operator were en route to Huddersfield when the incident occurred.

The men ordered the passengers out of the vehicle and proceeded to rob the taxi-operator. A licenced firearm holder, who was nearby, was alerted and responded.It's alleged that one of the robbers pointed a weapon at the licenced firearm holder who opened fire.

Both men were shot.They fled and their bodies were later found.





jamaican-jeron-perkins-shot-dead.jpgPolice in Miami, Florida are probing the shooting death of a Jamaican man on Tuesday afternoon.

The dead man has been identified as 25-year-old Jeron Perkins

Police in Plantation County reported that Perkins' body was found beneath a large tree just feet from a Del Oro apartment complex's parking lot.

The cops said a neighbor informed them that Perkins lived in the complex and had recently moved there from Jamaica where he has two children.

Residents reportedly told police that they heard six to seven loud explosions after a car pulled up. The car then drove away.

Police in the county say they are looking for a four-door white Kia motorcar.





2 held in gruesome murder of 15-y-o girl

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The police have taken two persons in custody following the brutal slaying of a teenaged girl in Westmoreland on Thursday.

The child has been identified as 15-year-old Camella Ledgister, also known as 'Princess'.

Police report that Camella's body was found by her father with its throat slashed and head bashed at about 6:30 AM Friday.





kimani-ffriend-basketball.jpgJamaica's basketball star Kimani Ffriend is expected to stand trial today for a second time in Serbia on a vehicular manslaughter charge.

Ffriend was incarcerated in the European country after the car he was driving struck and killed 30-year-old account executive Nevena Dragutinovic on November 3, 2012.

He was ordered to stand trial after a high court judge accepted weaknesses were in the first trial.

The Jamaican was in custody for two years before being found guilty in September 2014 and sentenced to three years.

The story made headlines across Serbia because of the Jamaican star's status in that country and the fact that Novena was the girlfriend of a popular singer.





gun-shooting.jpgA young couple was murdered in the Middle Road area of Glendevon, in St James, shortly after four Monday morning.

Armed thugs barged into their house and open fire on them, killing them on the spot. The house was then set on fire.

The deceased couple was identified by neighbours as 'Shandel' and 'Bev'.

It is believed that their killing is related to a recent outbreak of violence in that part of the once volatile Glendevon community.

According to reports, residents heard heavy gunfire shortly after four and soon after, the couple's house was seen on fire.

The police and the St James fire brigade were alerted.

Upon their arrival at the scene, the bodies of the couple were seen inside the burnt out building.

Initial investigations revealed that the two suffered multiple gunshot wounds.





man-killed-in-quadruple-murder-drummond.jpgCommissioner of Police, Dr Carl Williams has condemned the brutal killing of four males, including two juveniles in Old Road district, Whithorn, Westmoreland on Sunday.

The police have identified them as: 21-year-old Theodore Tenant, 20-year-old Romario Drummond, 16-year-old Demar Doeman and 15-year-old Shawn Clayton all of Old road district in the parish.

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According to the police, about 4:40 pm, the four males were at a shop, when three armed men barged into the premises and opened gunfire at them. The police were summoned and on their arrival the males were seen with gunshot wounds. They were taken to hospital where two were confirmed dead, while the other two males died while undergoing treatment.

"As I extend my deepest condolences to the families and friends of the four victims, I want them to be assured that the killers will find no rest until they are found and brought to justice," said Williams

"We (The JCF) have just concluded a relentless manhunt for the principal murderer of the four men in St Elizabeth in May this year and we will not rest until the killers in this latest incident are caught. Citizens please cooperate with the police, tell us what you know, let us put an end to the senseless killings," he added.

Anyone with information that can assist the police in their investigations is being asked to contact the Jamaica Constabulary Force Criminal Investigations Branch (CIB) headquarters at 922-4487 or 922-4741, police 119 emergency number, Crime Stop at 311, the nearest police station or utilize the Stay Alert App which can be downloaded from the Google Play Store on all Android devices.





Serena wins 6th Wimbledon title

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serena-williams-wimbledon-champ.jpgSerena Williams continued her unrelenting dominance of women's tennis on Saturday, defeating Garbine Muguruza 6-4 6-4 to win her sixth Wimbledon singles title and her 21st Grand Slam crown.

This makes it the second time that she has won all four Grand Slam titles consecutively (as distinct from winning them all in the same calendar year) - the so-called "Serena Slam."

Williams was overjoyed as she reflected on yet another triumph: "I can't believe I am standing here with another Serena Slam. It is so cool. It has been a pleasure and an honour to give so many years in this unbelievable place."





outlawz-rapper-and-tupac.jpgA founding member of hip hop group The Outlawz and a collaborator of Tupac Shakur has been killed in a car accident, his friends have confirmed.

Hussein Fatal passed away on Saturday. He was 38.

While tributes have been flowing in fast for the rapper, details of his death remain unclear.

TMZ first reported the death on Sunday.

An announcement was made on Twitter by The Outlawz.

'Rest in Paradise our brother Hussein Fatal,' the post said.

'He passed away in a car accident. Pray for his family & kids at this time!'

Fatal featured on numerous songs with Tupac.

His claim to fame was singing the second verse on 'Hit 'Em Up', with the lyrics: 'Get out the way, yo, get out the way, yo. Biggie Smalls just got dropped.'

Fellow Outlawz member Napoleon went to Facebook to remember his friend ... writing, "He was my old group member and friend for over 20 years and he will be missed."

Fatal was born Bruce Washington in New Jersey.

After the release of his debut album, In The Line Of Fire, in 1998, Fatal left The Outlawz, Vibe reported.

During that time he worked with Ja Rule on the 2003 album Blood In My Eye, before reunitied.

He then reunited with the band in 2010.

Ja Rule was also among Fatal's peers to pay tribute to the artist on Sunday

He posted to Instagram: 'Damn I'm gonna miss my nigga all them late night talks about industry bullshit all the city's we tore down real nigga we had a lot of good times my brother Rip soldier I'm gonna miss u!!! #RipFatal.'





delroy-thompson.jpgRenowned sound engineer Delroy 'Spider' Thompson is dead. Thompson reportedly died Wednesday morning at the Annotto Bay Hospital in St Mary of complications from a heart attack and stroke. He was 63.

In a Facebook post, music producer and owner of anchor Recording STudios, Gussie Clarke said Thompson was 'the master of mastering and his experience is irreplaceable and invaluable'. Thompson was employed at Anchor since 2009. He had previously worked at Dynamic Sounds and Tuff Gong in Kingston.

During his long career, Thompson worked with countless brand artistes led by Bob Marley, Peter Tosh, Burning Spear, Dennis Brown and Alton Ellis.

His feel can also be heard on songs by Marcia Griffiths, the Heptones, Third World, Lovindeer, The Mighty Diamonds, Shabba Ranks, Byron Lee and the Dragonaires, The Mighty Sparrow, Shaggy, Grace Jones, Fab Five, Mad Cobra (his nephew), The Congos, Yellowman, Beres Hammond, Prince Buster, Ken Boothe, Johnny Osbourne and Gregory Isaacs.

Delroy 'Spider' Thompson is survived by two children, his fiancée Angella and two brothers.





rapper-ti-photo-1.jpgSummerfest Productions have confirmed that American rapper T.I. will replace Rick Ross as one of the show's headline acts on Friday, July 17. This comes a week after it was disclosed that Ross would not be able to leave the United States because he is currently on bail for a kidnapping charge.

With this new addition, Summerfest Productions says they are now in the process of changing all newspaper, radio and television commercials to reflect this change.

Despite the last-minute switch, Robert Russell, chairman of Summerfest Productions, says they are happy with T.I.

"He is a great addition to line-up, and everybody has been responding quite well since the announcement was made. I now think we have a complete and fantastic line-up, and the show will be equally fantastic," he said.

"We know all the agents for the international artistes, and we have a good track record with them, so they made every effort to get us a strong act for the night. A lot of the artistes are booked for this period, so we are happy that T.I was available."

T.I. is one of four international acts slated to perform on the show. He joins the likes of Common, Jennifer Hudson and actor-turned-rapper Yazz.

The addition of T.I. to Reggae Sumfest also ties in with the 'Summer Blockbuster' concept for the show, as T.I. has played roles in films like ATL, Takers and Identity Thief. He also produces his own reality series called TI & Tiny: The Family Hustle.





Man held in murder of Grade 9 student

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The police have detained a suspect in connection with Thursday's murder of fifteen year old Camila Legister at her home in Hartfield, Westmoreland.

The body of Camila, a Grade 9 student at Williamsfield All Age School, was found with the throat slashed and the head bashed in at her home in the community on Thursday evening.

According to the police, Camila's father came home about 6:45 and found her body.

Head of the Criminal Investigation Branch, Assistant Commissioner Ealan Powell, said the suspect was picked up on Friday.

A postmortem will be conducted Monday.





Pablo's Exotic Club burns

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pablos-fire.jpgPablo's Exotic night club in Kingston was gutted by fire on Saturday afternoon.

The building was completely razed after a blaze broke out at minutes after 2:00 PM.

With water restrictions on in full force, water trucks had to be used until firefighters arrived on the scene with the precious liquid to douse the inferno but by that time the building was completely gutted.

The incident caused a traffic snarl on Eastwood Park Road as motorists had to be diverted unto Burlington Avenue as the fire was being put out.

There was also a build-up of traffic on Constant Spring Road as the firefighters fought the blaze from two sides. At one point owners of adjacent buildings were concerned as the fire threatened to spread to their properties.But the fire was eventually brought under control.

The cause of the fire is unknown.





ricky-chin.jpgWaterhouse Football Club is to appoint a new president within the next two weeks and undergo major restructuring following the resignation of club president Ricky Chin on Thursday. Club Chairman Bruce Bicknell confirmed last week that Chin had tendered his resignation, and it has been accepted.

"Ricky has served the club well, and he worked hard," Bicknell said, emphasising that the parting has been amicable.

"There is no bad blood. He did a lot of good for the club, but now we have to move on. A new president has already been selected, and we will announce that in the next two weeks. We will also be undergoing major restructuring, hoping to start the new season on a good note."

Chin resigned after being in charge of the club for more than six years as president of the 2013 Premier League Champions. He said the pressures that came with running one of the country's most successful football clubs was too much for him alone to bear.

"I have stepped down as president," he confirmed on Thursday night on Nationwide Radio.

"I no longer can deal with it. I think I have given six extremely good years. When I came to Waterhouse, I said after the first year I wanted Waterhouse to move away from being not known, to being one of the top clubs in the Caribbean. I did a little better than that. We became the top club in the Caribbean."

Waterhouse is a three-time Champions Cup winner and three-time Premier League champion. The club campaigned successfully at the Caribbean Football Union Club Championships last year, winning their zone. However, financial challenges forced the club to withdraw from this year's competition. They were subsequently fined by the CFU.

Chin said he alone could not sustain the club along its path to growth, suggesting that he was not getting enough support.

"Its whole heap of work, and the organization can't operate off one person's vision or one person's personality," he said. "It has to be a collective thing. It has to be people all sitting together and weigh the pros and cons of all conversations; and coming from that, we arrive at a decision."

Chin said his shoulders had started to wilt under the pressure of running the club.

"I had not smiled since perhaps the week before the Red Stripe Premier League semi-finals," he said.





Legendary actor Omar Sharif dead at 83

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omar-sharif.jpgOmar Sharif, the dashing, Egyptian-born actor who was one of the biggest movie stars in the world in the 1960s, with memorable roles in Dr. Zhivago, Lawrence of Arabia and Funny Girl, has died. He was 83.

Sharif suffered a heart attack on Friday afternoon in a hospital in Cairo, his agent said.

It was announced in May 2015 that he was suffering from Alzheimer's disease.

With the global success of David Lean's Lawrence of Arabia, starring Peter O'Toole, in 1962, Sharif became the first Arab actor to achieve worldwide fame, thanks to his charismatic presence in the epic film - and the Oscar nomination he drew because of it.

In its wake he very quickly became a busy Hollywood actor: Sharif made three films in 1964, including Behold a Pale Horse and The Yellow Rolls Royce, and three in 1965, including his first lead role in an English-language production, as the title character in Lean's Dr. Zhivago," for which he won a Golden Globe.

Thanks to his gentle continental accent and dark but hard-to-place good looks, the actor was not ethnically typecast: In "Behold a Pale Horse" he played a Spaniard, in "Zhivago" a Russian, in "Genghis Khan" a Mongol, in "Funny Girl" a New York Jewish gambler and in "The Night of the Generals," a German major during WWII.

Nevertheless, there was no little controversy about his role in "Funny Girl": When 1967's Six Day War between Israel and Arab countries including Egypt occurred, Columbia execs considered replacing Sharif; later, when a still depicting a love scene between the actor and Barbra Streisand was published, the Egyptian press began a movement to revoke Sharif's citizenship.





serena-and-drake-wimbeldon.jpgThe rapper Drake has taken flack for appearing to be a front-runner when it comes to choosing sides in sports. So maybe it's fitting that he's in Serena Williams' corner at Wimbledon.

Drake has been sitting in or near Williams' guest box during her matches at the All England Club this year as she has made her way to the final.

On Thursday, when Williams beat Maria Sharapova in the semifinals, Drake was at Centre Court. Then he showed up at Williams' news conference, too.

So a reporter asked Williams whether Drake might be a "lucky mascot."

Williams rolled her eyes. Drake laughed, leaned forward and covered his face.

"We've been friends for, like, so many years," Williams said. "Just like family."





chris-brown-baby-royalty.jpgChris Brown has set the record straight on his support for his daughter Royalty on social media.

Royalty's maternal grandmother made statements that suggested that he was not doing enough for his daughter on her Instagram page.

"She needs security even when she's with Nia, she needs to go to private school and she needs to live in a gated community for his own daughter's safety," she posted.

Brown made a passionate response to her statements: "Obviously you aren't looking out for my daughter by putting personal issues up on Instagram. I'm not gonna be disrespectful and rude about this becuz I know and they know I provide and take care of my daughter equally," he began.

He then went on to speak about himself as a parent.

"I work and have a job and so will the mother. I actually stepped up to the plate to be a father and haven't complained once. And deep down you know y'all on some bs. Not here to bash anyone nor be confrontational. I filed for joint custody. "EQUAL" custody," he stressed.

"No kid needs $4k a week. Especially when I have her 2weeks out of the month. So this is the last time I'm ever saying my peace on this issue. Let the courts handle everything else so we can handle the matter as civil adults. Telling all your business is childish and is not setting a good loving environment for ROYALTY. I have no ill intentions and I love my daughter. #godbless," Brown ended.





rihanna-2015-dior-campaign-shoot.jpgRihanna continues to create history in the music after she became the first ever artist to surpass 100 million digital music certifications by the Recording Industry Association of America's (RIAA), meaning she has over a hundred million gold & platinum song certifications.

The Bajan pop singer has been struggling this year to score a major radio hit, but that isn't stopping her music from selling on iTunes and other digital platforms.

Rihanna also celebrated the achievement via her Instagram.

The achievement elevated Rihanna to the number one spot on the RIAA's list of artists with the most digital single awards, according to Billboard.





Capleton ready for return to Reggae Sumfest

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capleton-airborne.jpgDancehall artiste Capleton is ready to blaze the Reggae Sumfest stage at Catherine Hall Entertainment Complex, Montego Bay, next Thursday night, after being absent from the show for six years.

The 'Fire man' has a large catalogue of hits such as Jah Jah City, Or Wah, Toppa Tings and Baby Don't Cry No More and St Mary Me Come From. He has promised to deliver a stellar performance, high energy and positivity.

"It's been six years since I've blazed the Sumfest stage, so this year I'm coming full force. Capleton is on a mission of uplifting the people so I'll be sending positive messages through my music," he said.

Johnny Gourzong, executive director, Summerfest Productions, is happy to have Capleton on the show.

"As a truly Jamaican event, Reggae Sumfest would not be complete without Capleton, who has contributed so much to the development of the music over the years," Gourzong said.

Highly anticipated

"Everyone is anticipating my return to the Sumfest festival, as always I will deliver. My fans will be singing, word for word, to my hit singles and catching on to the new lyrics. I'm currently working on my new album and I'll be sharing tracks from it," he said.

Under the theme 'Dancehall Explosion', Thursday night at Reggae Sumfest will also have performances by Lady Saw, Spice, Ishawna, I-Octane, Konshens, Gully Bop, Aidonia and Ding Dong.





OMI's Cheerleader is #2 on Billboard

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omi-cheerleader-photo-1.jpgJamaican singer OMI has reached the number two position on the Billboard Hot 100 Chart!

Within a week, OMI has moved up one place to the second position after 11 weeks on the chart.

jhnBillboard.com says the Jamaican reggae artist's breakout hit Cherleader, remixed by Felix Jaehn, has found global success; the song also led the Official UK Singles chart for four weeks.

Other Jamaican acts who have been on the Billboard Hot 100 include Shaggy in with It Wasn't Me and Angel both in 2001 as well as Sean Paul with Get Busy in 2003.





crime-scene-7.jpgDetectives are trying to ascertain the circumstances which led to the death of a fifteen year old girl in Hartfield, Westmoreland.

The body of Camila Legister , a Grade 9 student at Williamsfield All Age School, was found with the throat slashed and the head bashed in at her home in the community on Thursday evening.

According to the police, Camila's father came home about 6:45 and found her body.

In another incident, two men were shot one fatally in White Hall on Thursday.

Dead is 27 year old Omar Hillman otherwise called Silver Bigs. It's reported that about 1:00 pm, Hillman, who was a mechanic, was repairing a bike when two men drove up on a motorcycle and opened fire.

Hillman and another man were shot.

The other man ran off and managed to reach the police station to report the shooting.

He was taken to hospital and admitted.

Hillman died on the spot.





Jamaican pilot still in prison in Quatar

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pilot-in-jail-quatar-paul-stephens.jpgJamaican pilot Paul Stephens has not been released from prison in Qatar. The authorities say they have now received official word from the Qatari government that the Jamaican is still behind bars.

It appears that Stephens may soon be freed, however, as according to the foreign affairs ministry, at the end of last month Stephens would have spent a total of three years and nine months of his five-year sentence.

"The ministry understands that there is provision in the Qatari legal system for the remission of three months' sentence for each year to be served," the ministry explained in a release yesterday.

On Tuesday Opposition Spokesman on Foreign Affairs Edmund Bartlett had issued a release claiming that Stephens had been freed from prison. But at that time Nicholson said he had received no such news from Jamaican embassy officials in Kuwait.

On Wednesday, Nicholson questioned what he said was unwarranted interest in the case, stating that he would not comment any further on the matter. Persons close to the case have accused the ministry of not doing enough to press the Qatari Government to pardon Stephens, but some have cautioned against Jamaica appearing to take a particular posture in a case in which a person has been convicted of sexual molestation of a minor.





Taximan killed while passengers in the car

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crime-scene-7.jpgThe Clarendon police have launched a man hunt for two men who allegedly held up and murdered a taxi man last night.

The dead man has been identified as Anthony Morgan otherwise called 'Fatta' of Wood Hall district in the parish.

It is reported that about 7:30 p.m. yesterday, the two men boarded the taxi at Guinep Tree in May Pen with three other passengers, destined for Wood Hall. About five minutes into the journey on reaching an area called Bucknor, the men attacked the driver, slashed his throat and shot him twice.

The men escaped on foot into nearby bushes. The three passengers were unharmed.

It is alleged that he was killed in a dispute over a female.

Investigations continue.





Some employees of the National Workers Union (NWU) are on go slow, even as the major bank accounts of the union reportedly remain frozen pending a quiet dispute still in court..

Reports are that the workers are upset about delays in receiving their salaries. They say they are yet to be paid for last month and only received part of May's salary.

The workers say there has also been a delay in the payment of salary deductions, resulting in a backlog.

According to reliable YardFlex sources, the bank account of the union was frozen some three months ago by the court because payments were not made to a worker who had taken the NWU to court and won.

"They refused to pay the man because they were too busy giving themselves big salary increase and big Christmas bonus. The big wig even collect him vacation pay already and him don't gone on vacation yet. And is not now them not paying over people's decductions. Is long time, even before the freeze. Plent people have tales of woe about them credit union deduction that the NWU take out of the workers' salary and don't pay over. Not to mention the statutory deductions. That is a whole 'nother story," the worker told YardFLex on condition of anonymity.

Calls to the NWU went unanswered.





Ganja education campaign launched

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ganja-image-1.jpgNational Council on Drug Abuse (NCDA) says it is taking action to stem the prevalence of drug use among young people by educating them.

This comes on the heels of reports that students were ingesting marijuana in candies and the recent legislative amendment to the Dangerous Drugs Act, which created several opportunities for the use of marijuana in Jamaica because of the decriminalisation of small amounts of the weed.

The NCDA, with the support of the Ministry of Health, yesterday launched a public education campaign themed "Ganja: Know the Facts, Know How to Act".

Speaking at a press conference yesterday, Tucker told journalists that the campaign is expected to inform the public on the boundaries of the legislation, an individual's rights and liabilities under the Act, behavioural responsibilities in the new legislative environment and the NCDA's role in supporting and protecting vulnerable populations.

He said that through the campaign, the council is hoping to reduce by 30 per cent the number of persons arrested for the possession of more than two ounces of ganja in public places and the caseload of criminal courts for ganja possession. He said the council was also hoping to see a decrease in the number of students ages 13-18 who start smoking ganja while still in school.

The director said that the NCDA was working outside of the public education programme to inform the youth.

"There is also work being done with the Ministry of Education to infuse the messaging into the health and family life education programme; and also there is a lot of work being done on the ground in the community. We're actually in communities doing town hall meetings [and] interacting with the people on the ground; meeting with the youngsters on the corner, just having discussions about what the reality is," he said.

According to the Jamaica Secondary School Survey of 2013, the overall lifetime prevalence of marijuana use in the youth population is 20 per cent, with the average age of marijuana first use being 13 years.





serena-wimbledon.jpgSerena Williams is just one win away from another Grand Slam milestone.

The top-ranked Williams maintained her 11-year dominance over Maria Sharapova, beating the Russian 6-2, 6-4 on Thursday to reach her eighth Wimbledon championship match and 25th career Grand Slam final.

In beating Sharapova for the 17th straight time, the five-time Wimbledon champion won her 26th consecutive Grand Slam match. She's going for a fourth straight major title - a "Serena Slam" - and the third-leg of a calendar-year Grand Slam.

Williams' opponent in Saturday's final will be 21-year-old Garbine Muguruza, who beat Agnieszka Radwanska 6-2, 3-6, 6-3 in the first semifinal. She's the first Spanish woman to advance to the Wimbledon final since Arantxa Sanchez Vicario in 1996.





ganja-image-5.jpgThe report, prepared by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, summarizes data on various illegal drugs around the globe, including marijuana. Along with drug trafficking updates, the UN also provides a breakdown of annual drug use by country.

According to the UN's latest data, here are the top 10 weed-consuming countries in 2014:

10. Jamaica
Use: 9.86% of the population
Decriminalized

9. Australia
Use: 10.3% of the population
Status: Illegal

8. Spain
Use: 10.6% of the population
Status: Legal for personal use. Illegal to produce, sell or use in public

7. Canada
Use: 12.2% of the population
Status: Illegal for recreational use. Legal for medical use

6. Nigeria
Use: 14.3% of the population
Status: Illegal

5. New Zealand
Use: 14.6% of the population
Status: Illegal

4. Italy
Use: 14.6% of the population
Status: Illegal to produce or sell. Decriminalized for personal possession

3. United States
Use: 14.8% of the population
Status: Legal in 22 states and D.C. for medical use. Legal in Colorado and Washington for recreational use

2. Zambia
Use: 17.7% of the population
Status: Illegal

1. Iceland
Use: 18.3% of the population
Status: Illegal

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What on 'dirt' was Kim thinking!

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kim-kardashian-bodysuit-dirt.jpgkim-k-dirt.jpgShe is all for pushing the frontiers of fashion.

And Kim Kardashian has taken it to yet another level in her latest daring photo shoot.

The 34-year-old mother of one was styled by husband Kanye West for the pictures and can be seen in a nude bodysuit and black stockings.

Daring! Kim Kardashian has pushed the fashion frontiers yet again in her latest photo shoot

The shoot, which was done in France as the star is showing off her peroxide blonde hair, see's Kim reclining seductively on a mountain of earth.

The pictures were taken by famed photographer Juergen Teller for System Magazine.

Kim, who is expecting her second child, can be seen in a champagne bra and nude body stocking, her feet clad in black stiletto boots.





Taylor Swift's album reaches elite status

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taylor-swift-billboard-music-awards-show.jpgTaylor Swift's mega-selling 1989 album continues to be unstoppable. The set has now surpassed 5 million in U.S. sales, according to Nielsen Music, making it the fastest seller to reach that plateau in more than 10 years.

1989 crossed the 5 million mark in the week ending July 5, with another 26,000 sold (its total now stands at 5.015 million). The album reaches the milestone in only its 36th week of release - the speediest climb to 5 million since the week ending Aug. 1, 2004, when Usher's Confessions hit 5 million in only its 19th week on sale.

1989 is Swift's third album to sell 5 million copies, following Fearless (released in 2008) and her self-titled debut (released in 2006). They've sold 6.95 million and 5.52 million, respectively, to-date.

This is also the most recently released album to sell 5 million since Adele's 21 powered through 5 million in its 42nd week (Dec. 11, 2011); 21 has sold 11.1 million.

When are we going to get sales figures of even 10 percent of this from reggae/dancehall artistes?





DownSound Records reggae artiste , Nature, will bring his signature and highly energetic set to the United Kingdom this weekend.

Nature, who is promoting his new album, Life's Journey, will be supporting Ali Campbell's UB40 at the prestigious Kew The Music Festival at Kew Gardens in London on Saturday, July 11, 2015.

The already sold out show will see over 10,000 fans in attendance to see Britain's most popular reggae group and their supporting acts. UB40 has clocked up more than 70 million record sales worldwide with songs like Kingston Town, Red Red Wine, and Can't Help Falling In Love. According to Nature, this is the opportunity of a lifetime : " I am very excited about this opportunity and I'm thankful to the DownSound Records Force and UB40 for allowing me to be a part of this historical moment."

This is Nature's second trip to the UK within a month. He returned to Jamaica last week after a brief tour , that included him performing at the Koko London as a supporting act for junglist, Congo Natty.

Nature's single Love You is getting increasing daily airplay across mainstream stations in the UK, including BBC London. The station's popular presenter, Robert Elms, has invited Nature to perform a live acoustic set during his long -running midday show next week.

CEO of DownSound Records, Joseph Bogdanovich has accompanied Nature on his trip and is looking forward to his performances. Nature's visit to the UK coincides with the launch of DownSound Records (DSR) International. The office is based out of London's iconic Metropolis Studios, where all major global artistes , including The Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin and Rihanna have recorded over the last 25 years.





reggae-sumfest-2015-07.jpgThe 23rd staging of Reggae Sumfest kicks off this weekend with the Ultimate Beach Party, Beachfest.

Set for the Aquasol Theme Park, Montego Bay, on Sunday July 12th, the highly anticipated event is expected to attract partygoers from near and far to rave to mixes from Jamaica's finest disc jocks.

These will include Chromatic, ZJ Liquid, Crazy Neil, Black Chiney, Mario C & Bishop Escobar.

Organizers are pleased with how things are developing and are giving their assurance that everything will be in place for the event. Robert Russell Chairman of Summerfest Productions is excited to get the ball rolling.

"Everything is coming along really well, things are looking fantastic. The team is in the final mode of preparation, staff-wise everyone is ready, shuttle buses, food, liquor, security are all in place. We have some of the best DJs on our line up, so the music is sure to be great," Russell said.

"The venue is being prepared now so come Sunday we will be ready to welcome the many patrons who will attend the event. It is going to be an exciting beach party, let's kick off our 23rd staging in fine style!" Russell explained.

The 'fluffy diva' Ms. Kitty will host the event and, no doubt, add her own excitement and energy to the days' activities.

A strict ID required entry system is being enforced, admission to the event is J$1,300/US$11 presold and J$1,500/US$13 at the gate. The gates open at 3pm. Reggae Sumfest is being presented in association with Digicel, JTB, Iberostar, Secrets, Pepsi and Red Stripe.





$2-billion owed in arrears to the NHT

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nht-arrears.jpgThe National Housing Trust (NHT) is reporting that borrowers now owe $2 billion in arrears.

The figure was disclosed at a meeting of the Public Administration and Appropriations Committee (PAC) on Wednesday.

When asked about the collection of arrears, acting Managing Director of the NHT, Martin Miller, said the entity determines whether the reason for non-payment is deliberate delinquency or the borrower facing financial challenges.

He said that the NHT has started to use debt collectors to help reduce arrears.

It was also revealed that the Housing Trust suffered a $100 million shortfall in inflows from its contributors during the last financial year.





top-cop-carl-williams.jpgPolice Commissioner Carl Williams has expressed regret at a statement made at a media briefing earlier this week where he rated his performance as head of the Jamaica Constabulary Force.

Commissioner Williams has stated that giving himself a performance rating of ten out of ten was not meant to be taken seriously. Speaking last night on TVJ's All Angles he acknowledged the uproar it has caused.

"I am sorry that I said it," he said, adding that "it clearly was not intended to be taken seriously."

The issue has triggered heated responses and tremendous public debate since it arose on Monday. It's argued by many that the Commissioner should not be rating his performance in that manner with the country seeing an increase in murders.

Acknowledging the validity of that criticism, the Commissioner said "I wouldn't rate myself... I would leave it to you to rate me."

The Police Commissioner sought to explain the context of the comments and his reasons for answering in that manner. He said it was a flppant response given to a flippant question and was not meant to be taken seriously.





A Constable who was a part of Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller's security detail is now being investigated by the High Command for alleged involvement in the guns-for-drugs trade between Haiti and Jamaica.

Constable Kenneth Reid, who is attached to the Protective Service Unit, appeared before the Corporate Area Criminal Court on Wednesday.

Reid was charged in May after allegedly being involved in the Spanish Town based Klansman Gang.

The 23 year old cop was assigned to protect the Prime Minister's residence at the time of his arrest. His girlfriend, Kerry-Ann Smith, and another accused gang member, Sheldon Walters otherwise called "Termite," have also been charged. The three have been charged under the anti-gang legislation.

The Constable is also accused of providing information to the gang.

In court on Wednesday , investigators from the Communications and Forensic Cyber Crime Unit reported that they have recovered text messages from the constable's phone showing him receiving money transfers from Haiti. C-TOC investigators theorised that the transfers were part of the guns for drugs trade.

They requested more time to provide additional information to the court.

Defence attorney Peter Champaignie applied for bail, claiming that the authorities have failed to provide evidence linking his client to gang activity. Senior Magistrate Judith Pusey ordered that investigators provide the additional statements by next Wednesday when a bail hearing is to be held.

Intelligence sources confirmed that Reid was arrested in May, while on duty at the Prime Minister's private residence. It's understood that the requisite background checks were conducted on the policeman. However, the report did not identify anything that would have raised suspicions about Reid's antecedents.





Le Festival International Reggae de Montréal

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Du 14 au 16 août 2015 - Vieux Port de Montréal

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suge-knight-photo-1.jpgLOS ANGELES (AP) -- A judge on Tuesday ruled that Marion "Suge" Knight should stand trial for murder despite the fact that a key witness -- one of the men he's accused of running over -- refused to identify him in court.

Cle "Bone" Sloan told detectives it was Knight who ran over him and another man outside a Compton burger stand in January, killing the other man and seriously injuring Sloan. But when Sloan later testified about the incident at Knight's preliminary hearing in April, he refused to say Knight ran him over.

Knight's attorney Thomas Mesereau said the judge should reject Sloan's testimony because his changing story showed he wasn't credible.

But Superior Court Judge Stephen A. Marcus said he could not evaluate the credibility of witnesses at a preliminary hearing. The judge noted, "He doesn't say that it's not him."

He also cited evidence that Sloan and Knight had bad blood between them for years, calling the fight that led to the fatal confrontation part of an ongoing "soap opera" between the men.

"The only person who had a motive was Suge Knight," Marcus said.

Sloan told detectives he repeatedly punched Knight through the window of his pickup moments before he was run over. After running over Sloan, Knight ran over and killed Terry Carter, 55, investigators said.

Knight's attorneys have said their client was ambushed and fleeing an attack when he ran over the men.

Mesereau said after the hearing that the case was in its early stages and he wouldn't comment further.

Knight is being held on $10 million bail, which Mesereau said Tuesday he would seek to have reduced.

Knight was a key player in the gangster rap scene that flourished in the 1990s, and his Death Row Records label once listed Dr. Dre, Tupac Shakur and Snoop Dogg among its artists. He lost control of the company after it was forced into bankruptcy.

Knight has prior felony convictions for armed robbery and assault with a gun. He was driving the car when Shakur was shot and killed in Las Vegas, a crime that has gone unsolved.





Agent Sasco, Shaggy 'Mix Up' set to sizzle

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agent-sasco-and-shaggy.jpgDeejays Agent Sasco and Shaggy, have teamed up for what is anticipated to be a summer hit, Mix up.

Agent Sasco has been sharing several photos from the video shoot on his Instagram.

Of note is a photo from the shoot that shows the entertainer driving a luxury hybrid car, according to Agent Sasco the car is a Rolls Royce mixed with a Bugatti.

The video which was shot in New York City also features, Nelly, a Jamaican dancehall dancer.

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Shaggy performs live on the Today show

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today-show-shaggy.jpgThe Today show got a very special visit from Grammy winning reggae artist, Shaggy this week.

He performed on set his single; I need your love, which was well received by the TV audience and co-hosts.

Mr. Bombastic shared photos from his television appearance on his Instagram.

"Thanks to the team at the #TodayShow for a wonderful time this morning, you guys showed us so much love! Much appreciated!,"said Shaggy on Instagram.

The Today Show is a daily live broadcast provides current domestic and international news, weather reports and interviews with newsmakers from the worlds of politics, business, media, entertainment and sports.





After 40 years, Gully Bop gets US visa

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gully-bop-us-visa.jpgBop! Bop! Bop!

After waiting for more than 40 years, dancehall artiste Gully Bop has finally received a US visa.

The artiste, who rose to instant fame in 2014 via social media, recently performed at several events in Europe and the Caribbean. However, fans in the United States will finally get a chance to see him in action.

His manager, Heavy D says Gully Bop's visa is an opportunity to expand his brand.

"He is on a world tour and the United States is the next stop. A US visa makes it easier to travel to certain places, and at present people are begging for him in Canada and the UK," he said.

Several US-based shows are already being advertised with the artiste. However, Heavy D says Gully Bop will not be travelling until he has performed at Reggae Sumfest's Dancehall Explosion on July 16 at the Catherine Hall Entertainment Complex in St James.

Gully Bop is promoting a new collaboration with Boosh Kash called Summer Rave.





alcohol.jpgJamaica is said to have as many bars as churches - one on every corner. When it comes to spending big bucks on advertising and marketing and the sponsorship of events targetting the 18-35 age group, alcohol companies are the big spenders.

So it's no surprise that Jamaicans are imbibing more and starting at a younger age too.

Now, the Ministry of Health has outlined plans to reduce the harmful consumption of alcohol by three per cent over the next three years.

The National Strategic and Action Plan for the Prevention and Control of non-communicable diseases has been approved by Cabinet. This was disclosed by Health Minister, Dr. Fenton Ferguson, at a National Alcohol Policy Workshop yesterday.

Quoting statistics, Dr. Ferguson said alcohol remains the most widely used substance among adolescents. Ten percent of students interviewed reported getting drunk an average three times and 12% reported consuming five or more alcoholic beverages

The Ministry plans to implement World Health Organisation (WHO) recommendations for the reduction of the harmful use of alcohol. There will also be a social marketing campaign, designed to discourage harmful use and raise public awareness, especially among the youth, about alcohol-related health risks, including cancer.





Illegal radio station owner charged

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A Kingston businessman accused of operating an illegal radio station in downtown Kingston has been charged.

Christopher Hooper,37, was charged this afternoon by C-TOC with breaches of the Radio and Telegraph Control Act.

Hooper surrendered to the police on Monday, three weeks after they shut down the radio station on Tower Street. He's to appear in court on July 22.

On June 25, members of C-TOC, along with representatives from the Broadcasting Commission of Jamaica and the Spectrum Management Authority, raided a building where the station, Jam Air 88.7 FM, was transmitting.

The police found the station broadcasting on automation.

It's reported that the Broadcasting Commission and the Spectrum Management Authority called in the police after the operator allegedly refused to obtain a broadcast licence.





us-50-dollar-note.jpgThe police have arrested four people in connection with the use of counterfeit US$50 notes in Highgate, Port Maria, Oracabessa, and Gayle in St Mary.

The notes bear the serial number MB25837080A and are being used mainly in supermarkets, petrol stations, and at places of entertainment in the parish, the police said.

The public has been urged to be cautious of people who attempt to use US$50 notes to carry out transactions and to make proper checks to ensure that the notes are legitimate.

At the same time, the police have appealed to people with information that can lead to the apprehension of other perpetrators in the counterfeit scheme to contact the St Mary police at 994-2452, 994-9873, police 119 emergency number or the nearest police station.





Joan Gordon-Welby switches from JLP to PNP

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joan-gordon-webley.jpgFormer Jamaica Labour Party Member of Parliament for East Rural St Andrew Joan Gordon-Webley has walked the floor. Gordon-Welby has switched allegiances and is now a member of the ruling People's National Party (PNP).

Speculation has been rife for almost a year that Gordon-Webley had been at loggerheads with her former political colleagues and reports emerged on Tuesday that the strong-willed politician had grabbed up her marbles and left the opposition ranks.

On Wednesday, Gordon-Webley confirmed the speculations.

"Yes I have applied for membership and have been accepted," she told Loop News.

Gordon-Webley was not sure if she would put up herself for candidacy in the representational arena.

"I am prepared to serve the party and do not necessarily have to run in a seat. We are in discussions now," she said.

As a matter of course, persons who switch from one party to the next are not assured of being automatically shoved into the representational side of party politics. Gordon-Webley was also the JLP caretaker for the South East St Andrew constituency soon after she returned to the island from abroad.





pilot-in-jail-quatar-paul-stephens.jpgAn unofficial report has emerged that 40-year-old Jamaican pilot, Paul Stephens, who had been locked up in a Qatari prison for close to three years for alleged sexual molestation of a minor, has been released.

Opposition spokesman on foreign affairs Edmund Bartlett issued a release yesterday, saying that Stephens has been freed, but up to late afternoon the foreign affairs ministry did not have any official news on this development.

Foreign Minister Senator AJ Nicholson noted that officials at the Jamaican Embassy in Kuwait had earlier this year indicated that Stephens could soon be released. Nicholson, however, explained that he would not be able to get any official word, until today, due to the time zone difference between Jamaica and Kuwait.

Bartlett, who has in recent months accused the foreign affairs ministry of not being strident enough in its submissions for Stephens's release, said it was his constant dialogue with the Qatari ambassador in the United States, Mohammed Jahan Al-Kuwari, and the diplomat's own efforts that had helped to drive the appeal.

The Opposition spokesman noted that by the time he intervened, the Government had missed two opportunities to ask for pardon for Stephens. Those opportunities would have been presented during the observance of Muslim celebrations such as Ramadan which, under Qatari customs, allow for amnesties.





Bob Marley 70th Birthday Celebration

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bob-marley-70th-birthday-celebration.jpgSunday 9th August, 10 AM to 6 PM, Fairmount Park

4300 Avenue of the Republic, Philadelphia, PA 19131
(Avenue of the Republic & West Memorial Hall Road)





TRINIDAD: No guns allowed in court

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gun-crime.jpgThe Trinidadian Judiciary says it is baffled that police officers on Monday refused to enter the Arima Magistrates' Court because they were not allowed to take their service weapons inside.

In a media release yesterday, representatives of the judiciary said the practice was not new and was implemented in accordance with international best practice years ago.

However, police officers, who had matters at the court on Monday, queried the procedure and eventually refused to enter the court after they were told they would have to be subjected to scans and could not go in with their weapons.

This reportedly led to confrontations between the officers and court security personnel.





causion.jpgAtiguan singer Causion says his next album is the most heartfelt he has done since he began recording over 20 years ago.

To be released late this year, The Mission in Progress will be the artiste's fifth album. The set contains the song Faith, which Fort Lauderdale-based Causion wrote and recorded two years ago when he was going through 'traumatic times'.

"My mother died in New York from cancer and it was a very tough time. Faith is saying, 'no matter what the grief we have to move on'," he said.

Causion lost his father one year earlier, also to cancer. Faith, like most of The Mission in Progress, is co-produced by Causion and Maurice Gregory, keyboardist with Third World.

That band's guitarist Stephen 'Cat' Coore and bass player Richie Daley, also contributed to The Mission in Progress. Causion opened for Third World on their recent tour of the United States West Coast.

Known as 'Antigua's Reggae Ambassador', Causion is from the English Harbour area of Antigua. His previous album, Stella's Kid, was released in 2010.





vegas-featured.jpgDancehall artiste Mr. Vegas took to social media to express outrage, as he reacted to news that a boy in the Fort Lauderdale community was told that he was not allowed to read his bible in school.

"Now this is when you know seh people no have no respect for the creator anymore!!!," said a clearly upset Mr. Vegas on Facebook.

"It is ok to teach kids about what you think is right and not what the father said! May God help us all!" he added.

According to FOX news a South Florida fifth grader's bible was confiscated, after he pulled out the holy book to read during free reading time at Park Lakes Elementary School on April 8.

A voicemail sent from the teacher to the parent of the fifth graded recorded the teacher as saying, "I noticed that he has a book, a religious book, in the classroom. He is not permitted to read those books in my classroom".





bill-cosby.jpgBill Cosby admitted in 2005 that he secured quaaludes with the intent of giving them to young women he wanted to have sex with and that he gave the sedative to at least one woman and other people, according to documents obtained Monday by The Associated Press.

Bill Cosby's lawyer says revealing court documents would cause 'embarrassment' Reuters

Bill Cosby's lawyers ask judge to toss out defamation suit Associated Press

Cosby's lawyers insisted that two of the accusers knew they were taking quaaludes from the comedian, according to the unsealed documents.

Nevertheless, attorneys for some of the numerous women suing Cosby seized on the testimony as powerful corroboration of what they have been saying all along: that he drugged and raped women.

The AP had gone to court to compel the release of a deposition in a sexual-abuse case filed by former Temple University employee Andrea Constand, the first of a cascade of lawsuits against him that have severely damaged his good-guy image.

Cosby's lawyers had objected to the release of the material, arguing it would embarrass him. Ultimately, a judge unsealed just a small portion of the deposition.

"The stark contrast between Bill Cosby, the public moralist and Bill Cosby, the subject of serious allegations concerning improper (and perhaps criminal) conduct is a matter as to which the AP - and by extension the public - has a significant interest," U.S. District Judge Eduardo Robreno wrote.

Cosby, with his oft-espoused views on topics including childrearing, family life, education and crime, "has voluntarily narrowed the zone of privacy that he is entitled to claim," the judge wrote.

Cosby, who starred as Dr. Cliff Huxtable on "The Cosby Show" from 1984 to 1992, settled Constand's lawsuit under confidential terms in 2006. His lawyers in the Philadelphia case did not immediately return telephone calls seeking comment on Monday. Constand consented to be identified but did not want to comment, her lawyer said.

"This evidence shows a pattern in which defendant 'mentored' naive young women and introduced drugs into the relationship, with and without the woman's knowledge, in order for him to achieve sexual satisfaction," Constand's lawyer, Dolores M. Troiani, argued in court papers.

Cosby, 77, has been accused by more than two dozen women of sexual misconduct in episodes dating back more than four decades. Cosby has never been charged with a crime, and the statute of limitations on most of the accusations has expired.

"If today's report is true, Mr. Cosby admitted under oath 10 years ago sedating women for sexual purposes," said Lisa Bloom, attorney for model Janice Dickinson, who says she was drugged and raped.





Ancient Priest is Festival Song winner

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ancient-priest.jpgLee-Roy 'Ancient Priest' Johnson won the top spot at Saturday's staging of Jamaica Cultural Development Commission's (JCDC) Jamaica Festival Song Competition.

During the performance of his single Celebration Time, almost everyone stood and danced to the lyrics. The cheers grew even louder when he was announced the winner. Besides the JCDC trophy, Ancient Priest walked away with $500,000 and a consolation prize of $30,000 for Best Performer.

"I entered this competition very confident. Being a Christian, I prayed a lot and knew that I had the song Jamaica needs now," an elated Ancient Priest told the Jamaica Observer, after being announced winner.

A music teacher by profession and enrolled at Northern Caribbean University in Manchester, the singer said he is working on his debut gospel album entitled I Am Ancient Priest, slated to be released in October.

This is not the entertainer's first entry in the JCDC song finals as he was also a finalist in 2010 and 2012. Both years, he copped prizes including Best Performance, Best Lyrics and Best Arrangement.

Another crowd favourite, Oniel 'Nazzleman' Scott earned the second-place title and $250,000 for the single Little But We Tallawah, while third place went to Sherlette 'Princess' Black. The visually impaired Princess warmed the hearts of the audience and judges with her single Sweet Festival Sound.

Marsha Marie Campbell cropped the Online Voters Award and $20,000.

Former winners Heather 'Brown Sugar' Grant and four-time winner Roy Rayon.





nikki-z-photo-2.jpgA morning slot on FAME FM is possible Nikki Z's next stop on radio in Jamaica.

Nikki Z is heading to Fame FM.

"She'll work the 5:00 am to 9:00 am shift," the source said.

Nikki Z (given name Nicole Duhaney) would neither confirm nor deny the move.

Up to a few weeks ago, however, she hosted the weekday morning programme called The Mawning Show at Hot 102 FM.

A former member of the US Army, she also did a three-year stint at ZIP 103 FM. She started her own imprint, Goldie Lox Productions, and produced the hit single Don't Cry by Mavado. The single was featured on his Billboard charting album Gangsta for Life.

Fame FM is a radio brand under the RJR Communications Group.





Vegas Heats up BET Experience

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vegas-world-unity-reggae.jpgMr Vegas was on fire during his performance at the BTX Carnival, held at the Los Angeles Convention Center, downtown Los Angeles, California, on Sunday.

Vegas stole the hearts of the fans inside the venue for the free concert, staged as part of the BET Experience.

The seasoned dancehall artiste delivered a high-energy set which included many of his popular hits. He kept patrons jumping and singing along to songs from his vast catalogue, including Nike Air, I Am Blessed, Party Tun Up, Heads High, Hot Wuk, Bruk It Dung, and the recently released My Jam.

Vegas also showed off his vocal range by singing several popular reggae numbers which went over well with the crowd.

Mr Vegas said he was overwhelmed by the response he received at the event.

"The response I got at the BTX Carnival was awesome. I delivered a very strong performance and the fans showed me a lot of appreciation. The comments I've been getting on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram are overwhelming," he said.

Meanwhile, Vegas is getting ready to embark on a month-long European tour with his MV Music charges Latty J and Natel.

"I'm very excited about this tour, I love touring and performing for my fans. Tours are very important and it is one of the best ways to ensure the growth of your fan base as an artiste," Vegas added.





world-bank.jpgThe World Bank is warning that the current warm weather around the world could push up global food prices in coming months.

The warning came even as the World Bank said bumper crops for certain agricultural produce and cheap oil drove global food prices to a five-year low at the end of May. But it said the El Nino phenomenon, rising oil prices and a stronger U.S. dollar were threatening global food prices.

The world has already seen an 18 per cent decline in the price of wheat over the eight months to the end of May.

The price of rice fell 14 per cent in the same period, while corn price declined by six per cent.





Water restriction tightened again

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In the face of a continuing rapid decline in inflows into the major Corporate Areas Water Supply Systems, the

National Water Commission (NWC) is now forced to increase its water supply restrictions to customers in the

Kingston Metropolitan Area (KMA) served by the Hermitage/Constant Spring, Mona, Hope and Seaview water supply systems with immediate effect.

The new water supply regime will see most areas receiving water on alternating days in a bid by the water utility to both serve as many customers as possible and stretch the dwindling supplies.

The new Water Management plan means that areas which are supplied on a Tuesday will then be supplied again on the subsequent Thursday and Saturday, and so on while the areas supplied on the Wednesday of that week will be supplied again on the subsequent Friday and Sunday. While some areas in the Corporate Area will continue to receive supplies daily either based on the system that serves them or where they are located on the network, most areas will now receive every other day. Regrettably, despite our best efforts, some areas may still encounter challenges in being supplied. The Commission will seek to serve these areas via trucks.

MAJOR KMA WATER SUPPLY SCHEDULE

Rio Cobre and Constant Spring Supply

Day 1 4am to 8pm
Eastwood Park
Moreton Park
Dumbarton
Red Hills Rd
Patrick City
Duhaney Park
Meadowbrook Estate
Dunrobin
Central Ave
Roehampton
Sullivan Ave
White Hall
Havendale
Chancery Hall
Tunbridge
Queensbury
Mannings Hill road

Mona Filter Plant
Day 1 4am to 8pm
New Kingston
Cross Rds
Slipe Rd
Marescaux Rd
Downtown
Glenmore Rd
Kingston Public Hospital
Marcus Garvey
Trench Town
West Kingston
South Camp Rd
Oxford Rd
Arthur Wint Dr

Hope Filter Plant
Day 1 4am to 8pm
Hope Pastures
Gordon Town
Papine
University Hospital
University of the West Indies
University of Technology
Upper sections of Old Hope Rd

Rio Cobre and Constant Spring Supply
Day 2 4am to 8pm
Washington Gardens
Cooreville Gardens
Red Hills, Forrest Hills, Belvedere, Kirkland
Chisholm Ave
Maxfield Ave
Seaward Dr
Cargill Ave
Balmoral Ave
Kencot
Ballater Ave
Molynes Rd
Sundown Cres
Olympic Gardens
Washington Gardens
Bay Farm Rd
Seaview Gardens
Majestic
Hagley Park Rd
Richmond Park
Delacree Park
Whitfield
Norbrook
Cherry Gardens

Mona Filter Plant
Day 2 4am to 8pm
East Kings House Rd
West Kings House Rd
Mountain View Ave
Deanery Rd
Norman Gardens
Rollington Town
Franklyn Town
Windward Rd
Harbour View
Port Royal
Hopefield
Hope Rd
Sandhurst

Hope Filter Plant
Day 2 4am to 8pm
Liguanea
Mona Heights
August Town
Old Hope Rd
Beverly Hills
College Common
Standpipe
Ravina
Widcombe
Barbican





3 shot dead in Central Village

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gun-crime.jpgFive men were shot, three fatally, last night in Zion Hill, Central Village, St. Catherine. The attack by gunmen took place about 9 o'clock.

It's reported that the men were near a shop when they came under attack. No motive has been established for the attack.

The shooting took place hours after the police announced that financial rewards will now be provided for persons who provide information about illegal guns in their community.

The initiative, dubbed "Get the Gun", was announced by Police Commissioner, Dr. Carl Williams.

Dr. Williams said the campaign is to combat the increased availability and use of illegal guns in Jamaica.





gun-crime.jpgPersons will soon receive financial rewards for informing the police about illegal guns in their community.

The initiative entitled the "Get the Gun" Campaign was announced by Police Commissioner, Dr. Carl Williams on Monday afternoon.

The Commissioner said the campaign is to combat the increased use and availability of illegal guns in Jamaica. It will also help the police tackle the guns for drugs trade.

"This campaign is designed to intercept illegal guns coming into our country, to seize illegal guns from the hands of criminals and to ultimately to reduce the number of guns available for daily use in murders

The Get the Gun Campaign will feature a rewards scheme to encourage members of the public to provide information, systematically reducing the number of guns in murders."

He said the details of the campaign will be released in coming weeks.

Guns for Drugs trade

The Police Commissioner says the police have identified 39 syndicates involved in the guns for drugs trade between Jamaica and Haiti.

He said in the past two weeks, one of the syndicates was dismantled following the arrest of the leader who was found with a shipment of guns.

The Police Commissioner said those linked to the networks are operating in certain parishes.

"They are mostly in southern parts of Jamaica, Clarendon, St. Elizabeth , Manchester and St. Catherine but they are also present in the eastern parts of the country," he added.





Things not so IRIE

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irie-fm-logo.jpgWife: Ziekel

Ziekel: Irie

Enquiring minds are asking if everything all right over at Mass Ziekel place in St. Ann. Word on the street is that things really not so Irie.

According to reliable YardFlex sources, the managing director and a relative of late owner, Mr Young, are now involved in a court battle over ownership of the Irie place.

The woman has been removed from her post as Managing Director, while the relative has been in stalled, pending the outcome. AS our source explained: "When Chad (Mr Young's son) passed away, this person came forward with papers to prove that Chad had followed his father's instructions and had will 50% of the entity to her. She then set up herself and had a team of people who she rewarded for their loyalty by putting them in key positions. She even promoted an accounting clerk from the department where she worked previously to a very senior position and also made him a Board member."

However, it looks like her deck of cards have come tumbling down. The GM has been ousted while the law takes time to scrutinise the will and then will decide, if Chad, who had been diagnosed with a brain tumor, was in a sound mind when the will was written.

They are also seeking to determine of the will is a true and valid copy.

YardFlex will keep you posted.





The alleged beating of a visually impaired man in Barbuda, has prompted the president of the Antigua and Barbuda Association of Persons with Disabilities to call for the suspension of the police officers who were involved in the incident.

In June, Malcom Cephas, 21, alleged that he was beaten all over the body by the police with what he believed to be the butt of a gun.

Cephas said he was accosted by an officer during a night out and because he couldn't see who was manhandling him, he defended himself. The next morning the officers came to his home and took him to the police station where the beating occurred.

According to Bernard Warner, president of the Antigua & Barbuda Association of Persons with Disabilities (APAPD), the alleged incident should be seen as a human rights violation.

"How could you beat a blind person so severely that his face was so badly bruised?"

Warner told the Antigua Observer that he is also calling on the public and the relevant authorities, including the Caribbean Council of the Blind, the commissioner of police, and Attorney General Steadroy "Cutie" Benjamin to take action against this type of police brutality.

"We need to now enact the policy of the UN on the rights of persons with disabilities. It protects and ensures that this does not happen. I'm calling on the Government to suspend the officers who have been alleged in this matter."

Police have said that the incident is under investigation.





The two Jamaicans and the Vincentian who were held earlier this week in Antigua and Barbuda in connection with a major drug seizure have been released.

Following 48 hours in custody, the three were released on Thursday after being questioned in relation to the seizure of more than EC$4 million worth of drugs.

According to the Antigua Observer newspaper, although the men were released, the probe will continue. It's reported that in the early morning hours of June 30, the police found more than 230 pounds of marijuana valued at EC$2.3 million and 49 kilograms of cocaine worth over $1.7 million in a house.

The drugs, which were packed in crocus bags, were confiscated, while two of the three men who were allegedly at the premises were detained.

The third man was picked up elsewhere.





dustin-brown-wimbledon.jpgDustin Brown's first match since beating Rafael Nadal ended in defeat.The German qualifier, who used to represent Jamaica followed up his surprising win over the two-time Wimbledon champion with a 6-4, 7-6 (3), 4-6, 6-3 loss to 22nd-seeded Viktor Troicki of Serbia on Saturday in the third round.

Brown was again playing his serve-and-volley game on Court 3 against Troicki, but it didn't work as well as it did against Nadal on Thursday. Brown, whose father is Jamaican and mother is German, reached the third round at the All England Club for the second time in his career, but he has never been any further. He also made it that far in 2013. It was this year that he made a name for himself in the tennis world, however.

Although Nadal has been struggling this season and was eliminated from the French Open in the quarterfinals for only his second loss ever at Roland Garros, he was still expected to get past the 30-year-old Brown at Wimbledon. But Brown's play at the net troubled Nadal throughout their match, and sent the Spaniard home early for the fourth year in a row.

Beating Nadal at Wimbledon doesn't necessarily lead to greatness, however. All four players that beat Nadal have failed to win their next match.

Also on Day 6 at Wimbledon, Roger Federer was first up on Centre Court facing Sam Groth of Australia. Federer has won the Wimbledon title seven times, and one more would give him the record for most men's singles titles at the grass-court Grand Slam tournament.





Rick Ross dropped from Reggae Sumfest

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rick-ross-photo-2.jpgAmerican bad boy rapper, Rick Ross, will not be appearing at international reggae festival, Reggae Sumfest, as was previously announced by the organisers, Summerfest Productions.

Rick Ross is currently facing kidnapping and assault charges in the United States and has been dropped from the festival due to circumstances beyond the control of the organisers. He is accused of kidnapping and pistol whipping a grounds keeper at his property. He was arrested on June 24 and released on US$2-million bail on Thursday.

According to a release from Summerfest Productions, "Rick Ross is unable to travel at this time and his management has said that Ross is saddened that he cannot be in Jamaica to perform for his fans on July 17 but he looks forward to coming back to Jamaica in the near future."

Summerfest Productions is reportedly working assiduously to find a suitable replacement and says that they will make an announcement in the coming days.

Rick Ross was scheduled to perform on July 17 as the headliner for International Night I. Reggae Sumfest runs from July 12- 18.





gully-bop-and-shauna-chin.jpgDancehall star Gully Bop is eagerly anticipating his first performance on t at Reggae Sumfest on Dancehall Night, Thursday July 16. He is promising a memorable performance; one that everyone will love, enjoy and remember for years.

"One thousand new things me have fe go drop, Miss Hottie Hottie wid me and Dutch, the big bad summer song Rave wid me and Boosh Kash and me have new tune wid me and Chin, a sample off O' Shabba name Twice My Age weh a rip up Europe and it a come rip up Sumfest worst!" Gully Bop said.

"Me a come nice up the place, Montego Bay not going forget this ya one ya, real block buster. A different side dem ago see, upgraded side. The hit song dem weh dem know and the new freestyle dem a go turn Catherine Hall upside down," he added.

In attendance at the recent Kingston launch of Reggae Sumfest 2015 at Ribbiz Ultra Lounge, Gully Bop shared, "it look good me a tell yuh, people in the streets a talk bout it (Reggae Sumfest) and fans tell me pan Facebook say dem a come a Sumfest come see Gully Bop perform pon di real big stage so it up to the time".

Robert Russell Chairman Summerfest Productions, says that they are happy to have Gully Bop on the show stating that "he will add some amount of excitement to the event!"

After his Sumfest performance Gully Bop heads to Amazura, New York, the first stop on his US tour which ends in October. His EP Rags to Riches will be released later down in the summer.





raheem-sterling-photo-1.jpgLiverpool's Jamaican born football star, Raheem Sterling, may possess great ball management skills but on Saturday he didn't get it quite right with the local police.

The footballer is currently in the island during the premier league off season and had planned a Summer Splash party at a park at Reapers Road in his hometown of Marverly.

However, the splash became a trickle as police from the St Andrew South Division descended on the affair and stopped the party before the first decibel came through the speaker boxes.

It was reported that Sterling and his party organisers had not applied for a permit from the cops and they would have none of it.

When reporters arrived at the venue after midnight, it was empty and only the strains of Little Lenny's 'Gun Inna Baggy' could be heard coming a car stereo.

When questioned as to the reason the party was not in full swing, one resident replied,

"Bad management. Police come lock it off."





chris-brown-photo-1.jpgOrganisers of Reggae Sumfest have renewed their efforts to get American R&B singer Chris Brown to perform at this year's staging of the festival, as a replacement for hip hop artiste, Rick Ross, who is also an American.

Late last week, Summerfest Promotions, organisers of the annual event, reported that Ross, who is currently facing kidnapping and assault charges in the United States, has been dropped from the festival's line-up due to "circumstances beyond the control of [the] organisers".

But yesterday, chairman of Summerfest Promotions Johnny Gourzong noted that "we are trying to get Chris Brown", emphasising that they believe he would be a good replacement for Ross.

Gourzong added that if organisers fail to sign Brown, then "we will be looking to get TI", who is also an American hip hop recording artiste.

rapper-ti.jpgAn announcement on the outcome of the negotiations, he added, would be made by Tuesday of this week.

Last month, organisers of the event said efforts to sign Brown, who last performed on the Sumfest stage in 2010, fell through because he had landed an Australian tour that clashed with the Sumfest dates. It is not clear if the Australian tour is still on.

Sumfest is scheduled for July 12-18 in the resort city of Montego Bay.





Busy Signal arrested in Trinidad

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busy-signal-photo-11.jpgDancehall entertainer Reanno Gordon better known as "Busy Signal" was arrested Saturday night before his performance at the Queen's Park Savannah in Trinidad and Tobago.

According to reports, police executed a search warrant and arrested the artiste around 7:30 pm at the Hilton Trinidad hotel where he was a guest. He was taken to the Port of Spain High Court and appeared before Justice Ricky Rahim.

PEPPERS Entertainment Limited were the Claimants who sought his arrest in order to retrieve the sum of $37,088.

Defence Attorney Fareed Ali representing Busy Signal says a consent order was entered into and the artiste was discharged and allowed to complete his appearance at the Queen's Park Savannah concert around 10:45 pm.

The effect of the consent order meant the debt was admitted and a deposit towards servicing its final total will be paid within a stipulated time.

Busy Signal maintains that he was unaware of this financial debt because his former manager would have entered into business relations on his behalf as agent usually handles his financial affairs.

He had no material knowledge whatsoever of this apparent infraction, as his manager had parted company for some time.

Busy Signal described the entire ordeal as unfortunate.





adventist-logo.jpgThe mother of a fifth form student at a Seventh Day Adventist High school in Kingston is greatly concerned over the fact that her son was cheated out of prizes at the school's graduation on Sunday.

According to a YardFlex source, the youngster, who held a prominent position within the school body and has been receiving Principal's Awards continuously during his time there, was expected to receive several top prizes at graduation. However, the only prize he got was for 'most improved' in one of the sciences.

"But how him must get most improved and he always comes first in that particular subject?" the Yardflex source asked. "How him must top himself?"

According to the source, whose child also attended the school years ago, the Christian institution is "anything but". One teacher, who is now the principal of the prep school, was notorious for beating the children mercilessly when he was the Grade 6 teacher. The former prep school principal has since fled the institution to join the police force.

"They show favourtism to kids of Adventist pastors and Adventists in general. So much so, that it was a daughter of a pastor who received all the science awards. And to think that she transferred from Wolmer's Girls to that school in fifth form but was still allowed to scrape up all the science accolades. And she wasn't even at the graduation to collect the awards. What a damn shame!" she declared.

She noted that all the other top prizes were awarded to a girl who received a 2.7 GPA two years ago and has not made the honour roll since.

"That girl was selected as the valedictorian; out of nowhere she was called up to receive all the top awards, including a scholarship to the Adventist institution, NCU. As expected, that girl's family is deep in Adventism, so it's not surprising that she was chosen," the source added.

"I know that my son was cheated. I have all the proof and I intend to get justice. It's too late for my son, but I hope that nobody else's child will be a victim of this system," the mother is reported as saying.

The school is run by the East Jamaica Conference of Seventh Day Adventists in Jamaica and has a reputation for frequent visitations by demons who come in and possess students from time to time.





Warrior King compared to Bob Marley

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warrior-king-europe.jpgOne of the secrets to a successful career in show business is the degree of care and respect that the artiste shows for the main body of people who can make or break his concert - the audience. And reggae singer Warrior King is only too well aware of this. So much so that his manager, Mark Miller, the man who was also reggae icon Bob Marley's stage manager and ex-Wailers Band business manager, has had huge words of praise for Warrior King's treatment of his audience.

Speaking about the just-concluded tour of Europe, Miller noted, "The reaction from the music fans to Warrior King has been absolutely phenomenal. Everywhere we performed on this run had people singing along with the Warrior King tracks, encouraging King in his performance, and letting us know how much they love their hero, Warrior King. His command of the stage and the audience is amazing. Not since I worked with Bob Marley have I seen an artiste who cares as much as King about his audience."

However, as Warior King pointed out, "it's just a natural flow". He added, "I have to let every person in that audience know how grateful I am that they chose to spend their hard-earned euro/dollar to pay for a ticket to see me perform. When you stand on stage and look out and see a sea of people, it is a humbling experience. Not everybody out there came to see me, but they all bought a ticket to see an entertainer. They could have spent their money on something else. So I have to give thanks and give the best show that I can possible give every single time I hold a mic and jump on a stage."

The tour, which kicked off on June 12, included stops in France. Austria, Germany and the UK.





bobbi-kristina-brown-photo-5.jpgIt was just a matter of time before some graveyard hound got a picture of tragic daughter of Whitney Houston, Bobbi Kristina and sold it to some sleazy magazine. Reports are that a photo of Bobbi Kristina lying in her bed at the hospice care in Georgia has emerged, TMZ reported late Thursday. The news comes after reports surfaced that the 22-year-old's family is making preparations for her funeral.

In the photo, a woman -- believed to be a family member, is seen "hovering" over Bobbi Kristina, TMZ reported, adding that sources said that the picture was taken by "an extended family member." The photo is now being allegedly sold to some magazines by an unidentified person.

Bobbi Kristina's family is facing a difficult time as hope for the only daughter of Bobby Brown and the late Whitney Houston fades.The family is in the process of picking out a burial plot in a Westfield, New Jersey cemetery -- the same one where Whitney was buried more than three years ago, a report from Extra claimed. A source had suggested that Bobbi Kristina's body "could be placed atop Whitney's coffin," allowing the two to be "together into eternity."

Bobbi Kristina was found unresponsive in a bathtub at her Atlanta home on Jan. 31. She was placed in a medically-induced coma and has shown no signs of improvement since. Her family placed her in a hospice care last week after her condition deteriorated despite receiving treatment at several medical facilities.

A criminal investigation into the incident is currently underway while a lawsuit has also been filed against her boyfriend Nick Gordon alleging that he had abused her girlfriend and stolen money from her.

On Wednesday, Bobbi Kristina's friend Alex Reid revealed that she was upset about her relationship with Gordon.

"She was sobbing. Nick had hit her and she was scared," Reid told E! News while recalling his conversation with Bobbi Kristina. "She was very upset. She didn't know what to do. It was as if, she didn't have anyone else to turn to. It was heartbreaking.





The government is on a quest to establish entertainment zones island-wide. This, as it seeks to address the issue of noise disturbances in and around residential areas.

The ministry says experts will conduct sound level tests in key locations in downtown, Kingston, to guide the development of the first in a series of entertainment zones. State Minister for Entertainment, Damion Crawford says this forms part of an overall initiative to tackle the issue of night noises.

He says his ministry is working along with partner ministries and agencies such as the ministry of local government, the Urban Development Corporation and the Kingston and St. Andrew Corporation, to establish these entertainment zones.

The pilot project, if successful, it will be replicated in key locations across the island.

According to Mr Crawford, the tests will be conducted from 8:00 this evening to 12 midnight in six parking lots and open spaces in downtown Kingston, which have been identified as potential entertainment zones.

The venues include the Pechon Street parking lot; lot 20 located along the Kingston Waterfront, the bus terminus located on Darling Street, and the Water Lane Transportation Centre.

Residents of communities in the area will be given the opportunity to contact ministry representatives, to report noise disturbances caused during the exercise.The Ministry of Entertainment will on Friday begin testing sound levels at five sites in downtown, Kingston in a bid to set up entertainment zones.





epic-fail-swin-suits-photo-1.jpgFrom a woman wearing a bikini made from sweets, to overweight men attempting to pull of a mankini, be sure to take heed of the snaps before making your beach debut.

epic-fail-swin-suits-photo-2.jpgThe vast majority of the snaps show men wearing bikinis as they bask in the summer rays.

epic-fail-swin-suits-photo-3.jpgOne man can be seen nonchalantly strolling along the beach in a bold pink two-piece, whilst another man appears to be styling himself as a woman in a rainbow striped bikini.

epic-fail-swin-suits-photo-4.jpgTwo male holidaymakers showcase their rippling abs and honed arms in triangle bikini tops teamed with boxer shorts. One man can be seen enthusiastically twirling wearing a string bikini teamed with a yellow sarong.

epic-fail-swin-suits-photo-5.jpgElsewhere on the page, a well-endowed woman can be seen fashioning a bikini out of sweets, whilst another has seemingly constructed swimwear using her old CDs.

There's also plenty of shots of women in thongs and a picture of a woman wearing a bikini top made somewhat distastefully with two hands.

The page, which as a total of 17 pins, has accumulated 36 followers so far.





lisa-hanna-son-airport-jul-3.jpgYouth and Culture Minister, Lisa Hanna is in Germany attending the 39th Session of UNESCO's World Heritage Committee, along with her son Alex.

She shared a photo of herself with an obviously happy Alex in Germany with the caption, "No we still haven't got our luggage so we have been in the same clothes haven't had the time to go and get anything. This was not how I imagined it... But I have my biggest supporter with me so happy he is here we are keeping hope alive and Before anyone comes to any conclusions... I PAID FOR MY SON'S TICKET and other expenses to come with me to Germany not the GOJ!!!"

The two witnessed the historic moment of the Blue and John Crow Mountains being placed on the prestigIous UNESCO World Heritage List.





Festival Song Finals July 4

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festival-song.jpgThe Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC) will stage the grand finals of its annual Jamaica Festival Song Competition this Saturday, July 4, at the Ranny Williams Entertainment Centre in Kingston.

Ten finalists will face off at 8:00 p.m. in the contest the JCDC says is aimed at identifying a new and original song that reflects the spirit of the Jamaican people.

Speaking in an interview with JIS News, Director of Marketing and Public Relations at the JCDC, Stephen Davidson, said the finals will be an evening of music, culture and celebration.

"The Festival Song is the longest running song competition. We're actually in the 50th year of the competition and so each year we try to find a song that provides the musical backdrop to our Emancipation and Independence celebrations and that's what we're looking for this year, a song that will drive our 53rd Independence celebrations," he said.

Mr. Davidson informed that close to 80 entries were received for this year's competition and the JCDC is quite pleased with the top selections.

"We are extremely pleased with the top 10. We have a mix of persons with an old festival sound or traditional festival sound as opposed to a new sound. And, we are pleased that we've received a mix of what we call modern festival sound and the old traditional sound," he said.

Along with the 10 finalists, patrons will be treated to a performance from special guest artiste and multiple-time Jamaica Festival Song Competition winner, Roy Rayon.

"Roy Rayon is many-time winner of the Festival Song competition. Of course, he'll bring a nostalgic performance of those old favourites and of course some modern, contemporary songs. It will be a wonderful family entertainment show on Saturday as we kick-start the Emancipation and Independence celebrations," Mr. Davidson said.

Persons wishing to attend the live finals on Saturday can purchase tickets at Sangster's Book Stores in Sovereign, King Street, Portmore Mall, or Mall Plaza in Half- Way Tree. Tickets can also be purchased at the JCDC Head Office in Kingston and online, at ww.jcdc.gov.jm. Admission is $800 pre-sold, $1,000 at the gate for adults and $400 for children.





Politics and music merge on Int'l Reggae Day

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Government officials, lawyers and artists participated in a conference Wednesday to hash over ways of giving Jamaica a competitive advantage from reggae, the homegrown music that long ago went global.

Industry Minister Anthony Hylton described reggae as "part of the heart and soul" of Jamaica. But he acknowledged that the island's struggling music industry needs to be better protected and monetized.

"Reggae has given Jamaica much in the way of international prestige but there remains more that we can achieve on the economic side of things," Hylton said at the "international reggae day" gathering.

Starting in the late 1960s, Jamaica's exuberant music scene helped transform the Caribbean island into a cultural powerhouse. Reggae's global popularity exploded in the 1970s with the rise of Bob Marley, Peter Tosh and other charismatic Rastafarian reggae stars.

But in recent years, international music festivals celebrating sounds developed in Jamaica are more likely to be headlined by bands from places like California or France than by native-born Jamaicans. Aside from albums by the late Marley or his progeny, few of the top-selling reggae CDs or downloads come from Jamaican artists.

Hylton says Jamaica's government is increasingly viewing the music and other cultural enterprises as a potential economic engine for the island.

In recent days, Parliament authorized amendments to extend local copyright terms from 50 to 95 years. The government has also applied to UNESCO to add reggae to a global list of "intangible cultural heritage" to potentially help defend Jamaican music. It is also seeking to amend an act to allow the registration of Jamaican trademarks in other countries.

But some reggae insiders worry the government has achieved little to protect the local music industry.

"Truth be told, the Jamaican music industry has not been fortunate as elsewhere in the world" with getting government help, said Haldane Browne, chairman of the Jamaica Music Society.





Are Alkaline's tattooed eyes real or fake?

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alkaline-eyes-tattoo.jpgThis week, a number of photos showing dancehall artiste Alkaline minus his tattooed eyes started making the rounds on the Internet, prompting a return to the speculation that the tattoos were really a fake.

In one of the photos, Alkaline is seen posing, a towel over his head, with a young boy, presumably a family member.

YardFlex was unable to get a comment from Alkaline, but according to his management, the pictures were "photoshopped".

"If you look closely on the photo, you will realise that they were taken over a year ago, Alkaline's image looks nothing like that, that picture was taken long before his transformation...the hairstyle was from sometime last year, if you look on his Instagram, he was just on a show in St Lucia, his hair is locked now, him ras up. The new photos going around are obviously photoshopped by malicious people trying to hurt his image," a member of Alkaline's management team said.





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#1 Self-made Jamaican cook Joy Powell presides over the delicate perfection of jerk chicken at the popular Pit Stop Barbeque and Restaurant on Central Avenue in Orange, NJ

NY: The start of summer is literally days away. Barbeques, picnics and cookouts will be taking place in every community across the country by the thousands But there is something special, mysterious and magical about the mouthwatering flavors of the Jamaican jerk and barbeque seasonings and spices. People from many ethnicities are hunting for that Jamaica aroma for their grill, and to celebrate the wonderful spices of our island, Grace Foods, the home of the finest spices of the Caribbean is hosting a grilling contest that will run over several week where food lovers will have a chance to win a dazzling charcoal grill.

"Jerk, a 300-year old outdoor culinary tradition in Jamaica, has become a globally renowned concept" said Kimberley Lue Lim Assistant Global Category Manager, Grace Kennedy.

Over the course of several weeks this summer, Grace will be doing grilling demonstrations in a number of stores across the New York tri-state region. The stores will include Western Beef and Farmbria, and those who love to cook can add new excitement to their favorite dishes by utilizing any of the tantalizing seasonings, sauces and spices offered by Grace Foods while at the same time registering for a chance to win the de-luxe charcoal grill.

"Grace has worked to capture the authentic Jerk experience in our range of delectable seasonings and sauces and for the past 5 years, Grilling with Grace has sought to expose the delight of our Jerk recipes as the ultimate way to spice up American summer cookouts" Lue Lim said.

Shoppers who come out to the participating stores also have a chance to win an array of several other prizes too, including a bountiful Grace basket loaded with handy, useful and delicious food products that turn a home-cooked meal into an amazing gourmet treat. Please watch the press for upcoming dates and details.





groovin-in-the-park-leonard-mckenzie-pic-barry-judy-ras-clem.jpgGroovin' In The Park is now five yeas old, and a stellar line up and sensational performances have become the hallmark for the greatest reggae and R&B concert in New York . This year was no different and promoters went above and beyond the call of duty to ensure that the 20,000 plus patrons who attended the festival got their money's worth.

Despite the threat of rain darkening the skies, Stitchie was a brilliant ray of sunshine as he dominated the stage, thrilling fans with old favorites like 'Wear Yuh Size', 'Natty Dread', 'Great Ambition' and 'Bun It Down' to his recent hit 'Letter To Dad'. From he entered the stage wearing the national colours of Jamaica, Stitchie immediately engaged the audience, unleashing a powerful, clever and compelling barrage of lyrics that whipped the audience in a frenzy. Stitchie defied gravity with his leaps and somersaults in between dancehall and gospel lyrics. He left the stage with a sea of new fans as the excited audience screamed for more and more.

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For the second consecutive year, Judy Mowatt performed at Groovin In The Park, blessing the audience with songs such as I Shall Sing and Many Are Called. As it neared the end of her performance, she invited Groovin executives Chris Robert and Clement 'Ras Clem' Hume to the stage, presenting them a plaque for their efforts and contribution in advancing Jamaican culture in New York.

Messenger Luciano high kicks and fancy footwork had patrons scampering to the front of the stage. Appeasing the masses, Luciano jumped into the crowd, belting out hits such as 'Sweep Over My Soul', 'Your World and Mine' and 'Give Praise'. 'It's Me Again Jah' also proved to be popular with revelers, who sang along word for word. Coco Tea sweetened the day bringing his unique blend of wit and charm to the stage. He dazzled patrons with a brilliant performance, kicking off his set with 'Babylon Throne' and 'Kette Drum', that immediately sent fans into a dancing mood.

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"Hold up yuh hand if you love Coco Tea style," he shouted, as a sea of hands reached to the sky. After a 25 minute set, he came back for an encore during which time he serenaded the ladies with 'Good Life, and Sanchez's 'Never Gonna Let You Down'.

'The Fire Man' Capleton worked hard to create a spark with 'Jah Jah City' and 'That Day Will Come' before instructing patrons to 'thumb the sky' as he blazed a fire on 'immorality, racism, ebola, chickungunya, incest and pedophilia.' His set was interrupted by MC Barry G, who broke the news of a special surprise guest in the park. Six time Grammy winner Stephen Marley joined Capleton, the two performing 'Rockstone' and 'It Was Written'. Marley effortlessly connected with the audience with the passion of his father's legacy. Luciano and Coco Tea once again made their way to the stage and together, all four belted out the lyrics to Bob Marley's 'Three Little Birds'. Inspiration filled the air, reminiscent of Bob Marley's performances.

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The royal family of reggae, Morgan Heritage also gave a good showing, paying tribute to reggae greats Toots Hibbert and Buju Banton. After a brief intermission, that showcased the musical styling of DJ Inferno, the penultimate act, Billy Ocean, waltzed onto the stage and immediately created waves of excitement in the park. Working through an impressive catalogue that included 'Get Out Of My Dreams', 'Love Zone' and 'When The Going Gets Tough The Tough Get Going', Ocean showed why he is still the consummate performer.

"I wanna take you to a place where we drink pina coladas," he told the ecstatic audience, who by now, were eagerly awaiting Caribbean Queen. Fans joined him in the chorus, often times drowning out his own voice as they grooved to the music.

There is no denying that Grammy Award winning superstar Michael Bolton, who millions have come to love, is a very dynamic performer. Songs such as 'To Love Somebody' and 'Said I Loved You But I Lied', had lovers in the audience wrapped up in each other's arms. He was later joined on stage by Amanda Brown and together they had patrons crooning 'How Am I Supposed To Live Without You' and 'Ain't No Mountain High Enough. He ended his set on a musical high with a tribute to the late Percy Sledge by covering his hit single 'When A Man Loves A Woman'.

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"We are very pleased and happy with the outcome of this year's presentation. The vibe was amazing and the music was superlative. I am thankful that the weather cooperated and that everyone enjoyed the show. I must also thanks our sponsors for their support again this year" Christopher Roberts, CEO of Groovin' Inc. said. He also made special mention of Groovin Idol performers Vision, Pres Fyah, Taj Manchan and Iyata Safari who all delivered fine performances in the opening segment of the concert.

Presenting sponsor of Groovin' In The Park was the Door Restaurant. Supporting sponsors included The Smoke House, TD Bank, SQPA, Nutrament, Caribbean Foods Delight Inc, BullZii Marketing, Groovin' Radio, Laparkin Shipping, Tower Isle Patties and VP Records. Log on to www.groovininthepark.com or www.groovinradiony.com for more information.





dustin-brown-wimbledon-rafael-nadal.jpgRafael Nadal was knocked out of Wimbledon in the first week for the third time in four years, bamboozled by the wild but often brilliant game of the qualifier Dustin Brown, a man who spent three years living in a camper van as he travelled Europe trying to earn a living. The German hit numerous drop shots, some unbelievable returns and generally kept the 10th seed off balance and out of kilter, clinching a 7-5, 3-6, 6-4, 6-4 victory.

Remarkably, it was Nadal's fourth straight Wimbledon loss to an opponent ranked outside the top 100 and, after losing his hold on the French Open title last month, he must now find a way to pick himself up on the North American hard courts later this summer.

"I'm happy I got to play him on that court win or lose," said Brown. "All the kids that play tennis dream about being able to play on that Centre Court. Playing against him there is special. Also being able to put that performance together, it was definitely very difficult and I'm very happy that I held it together for the whole match."

It was not quite the shock it would have been a few years ago - Nadal lost in the second round in 2012 and the first round a year later, and also lost to Brown on grass in Halle last year. But it was still a surprise for the man who has won 14 grand slams and picked up the title here in 2008 and 2010 to lose to a someone ranked 102, who had lost in the first round in each of his past five grand slam events. But the 30-year-old Brown has a playing style all of his own and for once he put it together on the biggest stage to record the best win of his career, slamming 58 winners in the process.

Born in Germany but raised in Jamaica before switching his nationality back to that of his native land in 2010, the dreadlocked, athletic Brown has the kind of unorthodox game that can infuriate many a better player, causing them to lose rhythm.





Cops bust car-stealing ring

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The police made a bust on a car stealing ring in St James on Wednesday.

The bust was made in the district of Roehampton.

Five vehicles, including one which was reported stolen on Tuesday night, were seized.

Police report that motor vehicle parts valued at thousands of dollars were found in bushes nearby.

No one was arrested.





US admits that it was wrong

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us-logo.jpgThe US State Department has admitted that it was incorrect with the claim that the Jamaican government monitored private online activities without appropriate legal authority.

A statement on Thursday from the US Embassy in Kingston said an inaccuracy was published in the Internet Freedom subsection of the 2014 Jamaica Country Report on Human Rights Practices.

The U.S State Department said it has corrected the report.

It said as part of the process to develop reports, the U.S government accommodates robust exchange between civil society, the media, and government leaders.

It said it welcomes feedback on the report with the objective of maintaining the most authoritative, comprehensive and factual review of the global state of human rights.

When there are inaccuracies, the Department of State said it documents the errors online and issues corrections to ensure the integrity of the reports.





Reggae Sumfest headliner Rick Ross gets bail

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rick-ross-bail.jpgReggae Sumfest headliner Rick Ross has been released after spending 7 days in jail.

The American rapper, who is expected to perform on Night 1 at the greatest reggae show on earth on July 17, was released once he paid a $2 million bond at a hearing in Fayette County, GA.

Rick Ross was arrested last Wednesday for kidnapping and aggravated assault.

According to reports, the victim claims the rapper pistol-whipped him, injuring his jaw and neck and chipping two teeth, and that the injuries were so bad, he's been forced to go on a liquid diet.

The 2015 staging of Reggae Sumfest will be held on July 12 - 18 in Montego Bay, Jamaica.





No weed at weed church

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no-weed-at-weed-church.jpgThe First Church of Cannabis announced that its first service Wednesday will not include marijuana due to an advanced warning from police.Church founder Bill Levin, who anointed himself the Grand Pooh-bah and Minister of Love, asked his followers on Facebook to refrain from bringing pot, which they intended to smoke as a sacrament, to their inaugural meeting.

"The Police dept has wagged [sic] a display of shameless misconceptions and voluntary ignorance. We will do our first service without the use of any cannabis," he wrote.

Levin, a 59-year-old carpenter, said that his Indianapolis-based house of worship would have a better chance securing its right to get high for spiritual purposes if his congregants were not dragged to criminal court.

"We will meet them in a civil court where the laws are clear about religious persecution," he continued. "We do not start fights. We Finish Them!"

In May, the First Church of Cannabis, which Levin had founded two months earlier, was designated a nonprofit organization by the Internal Revenue Service.

Cannabis is currently illegal in Indiana for both recreational and medicinal use. But Levin argues that the state's controversial Religious Freedom Restoration Act should protect them from legal consequences for smoking the plant for religious purposes.

Several supporters expressed disappointment with the church's decision not to proceed with using the drug at its inaugural service as an act of civil disobedience.

"Make them arrest everyone/anyone, and make the state waste tax dollars blatantly in the open to see how much cannabis prohibition really costs," one supporter posted to the group's Facebook wall.

The church responded to many of these complaints with a quote from attorney Abdul-Hakim Shabazz, who thinks the decision is a brilliant move from a "tactical perspective."

"You avoid the hassle of criminal charges, but instead you go to civil court to challenge the law. For standing to sue, generally speaking, you need an injury or threat of injury, causation and redress. The ... threat of arrest and prosecution is enough to get you there. Bill Levin is not stupid."





bobbi-kristina-and-nick-gordon-photo-2.jpgThree weeks before she was found unconscious in the bath, Bobbi Kristina Brown phoned one of her best friends, Alex Reid.

She was distraught and scared, and was hiding from her live-in boyfriend, Nick Gordon. Her refuge of choice-inside her deceased mother's closet.

"She was sobbing. Nick had hit her and she was scared," explains Alex, recalling the conversation with Krissi in an exclusive interview with E! News. "She was very upset. She didn't know what to do. It was as if, she didn't have anyone else to turn to. It was heartbreaking."

This is the first time Bobbi Kristina's best friend has spoken. California-based Alex would speak to Whitney Houston's daughter often, sometimes daily. The two girls first met during Grammys week two years ago and immediately bonded.

"I love her. I would never have betrayed her and spoken out before now, " says Alex through tears. "But as she lies there, I feel there is no one else to speak on her behalf. I feel like I have to be a voice for her now."

Hiding from Gordon was just one of the heartbreaking incidents that Bobbi Kristina confided in her friend about: "Krissi was physically abused by Nick on a number of occasions and she told me about some of them," Alex says. "I never witnessed anything...she would FaceTime me every time she was distraught, when something has just happened or show me a bruise."

Meanwhile, there are still a number of unanswered questions about what really went on in those final hours before the 911 call from Bobbi Kristina's Atlanta home on Jan. 31. A police investigation is still ongoing. And Alex is determined to find out what happened to her best friend: "There are things that I know that no one else does," she tells us. "And I hope that by speaking out I can help the investigation in some way."

According to Alex, Bobbi Kristina was hiding a lot, having felt isolated and stuck in an abusive relationship. Here are the heartbreaking details E! has uncovered about the past year of her life (reps for Gordon have not responded to numerous requests for comment):

1. Bobbi Kristina was not close to the rest of her family:

Things changed dramatically after Whitney Houston died. The cause: money issues.

According to a source who had knowledge of the family dynamics, when Houston was alive, she often helped out friends and family and some people relied on her generosity.

"But after her death, everything changed, and some of that had to do with Nick," says our insider. "Nick had always been the man of the house, even when Whitney was around. He might have been young but he felt like their protector. And so when Whitney passed, as Bobbi Kristina mourned her mother, Nick took his role even more seriously."

He started to have a say in who would continue to benefit from the financial estate Krissi inherited, says a source, claiming Nick worried the money might run out. "He wanted to help her protect the fortune," the source adds.

His involvement helped contribute to a rift between Bobbi Kristina and Whitney's once-close circle-and they especially resented Nick. They didn't understand why he was helping control everything.

The divide brought Bobbi Kristina and Nick closer together and helps explain a lie that they perpetuated until earlier this year, when reps for dad Bobby Brown and the Houston family shut the rumor down.

"That was why they told people they were married. They put on a united front," Alex explains. "According to a source, Krissi felt torn between choosing her mom's family and friends or the man she loved; A man who had been by her side in those heartbreaking months after her mother's death. Alex says, "He was the closest thing she had, and together they ended up feeling like it was them against the world."

2. Bobbi Kristina became isolated:

The relationship between Nick and some of the Houston family got so bad that in April 2014 Pat Houston ended up getting a restraining order against him.

And after that, then there was no going back.

"Krissi felt isolated from the whole family and that left her completely dependent on Nick for everything," explains Alex. "It was just her and Nick and that was it."

Without Whitney's immediate family there, Nick seemed to have more control than ever. "In the end, Krissi would talk about how Nick had access to all the credit cards," says another source. Bobbi Kristina ultimately felt that "she couldn't buy something without Nick's permission."

3. Nick started physically abusing Bobbi Kristina:

"I don't know when he started hitting her," says Alex. "But I know of at least four occasions when he struck her. She also told me about how he had tried to choke her once. She was definitely scared. She had some friends, but not many.

"One time I remember she called me for three hours. She was hyperventilating. I could barely understand what she was saying because she was so distraught. When she could finally get the words out she told me he had been physically abusive. He had hit her in the face and thrown her against a wall.

"There were things I knew that she couldn't tell anyone else. She didn't feel comfortable confiding in her family because she loved him and she didn't want them turning against him, more than they already had. She loved him and was loyal to him despite the abuse."

Alex tried to persuade her to leave him multiple times but she wouldn't listen. "It was a desperate love," she says. "She felt like she couldn't do anything without him."

And Bobbi Kristina would make excuses for his behavior. "She said she didn't blame Nick," Alex recalls. "She blamed his temper. It was just that he couldn't control it. She didn't think it was his fault."

4. Bobbi Kristina and Bobby Brown's relationship was strained:

Whitney and Bobby's only child together didn't feel like she could turn to her dad for help.

"They barely saw each other, " says another source. "She felt he was too busy. All Bobbi Kristina wanted was to be taken care of, and all everyone seemed to do was the opposite.

"Meanwhile it seemed to give Nick more and more control."

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5. There were times when she wanted to leave Nick:

According to an insider, Krissi would sometimes daydream about a new life, a life without Nick. She would fantasize about starting over again.

Alex says, "She would have moments of strength, where she would talk about having a happy, productive life. And then she would slip back and think she couldn't do anything without him."

6. Underlying everything, Bobbi Kristina was still haunted by her mother's untimely death:

Houston, who died in 2012, was never far from the young woman's mind.

She talked about her constantly, "as if she was still alive," says a source.

Four days after she was found unconscious, Krissi had been due to fly to Los Angeles to record some music. Alex says, "She really wanted to make a name for herself in the music world. She was really excited about it. She wanted to continue the legacy of her mom. She had spent the past year writing and singing new songs and would often make little videos of herself happily singing as she sat around her swimming pool in the afternoon. She was really keen to be known not just as Whitney Houston's daughter but also as herself. She wanted to make her mother's proud."

In those final weeks, Alex became increasingly worried about her. "I felt she was in danger. I didn't know what to do. She had sworn me to secrecy; she didn't want anyone to know the truth. All I wanted to do was to help her and yet I couldn't betray her. It didn't matter what I said to her, she wouldn't listen. And I couldn't speak publicly and upset her. I didn't know how to get through to her," says Alex.

And on that final fateful week in January, things started to get very strange: "She was texting me from two different cell phone numbers," Alex remembers.

"We didn't speak as much that week as Nick wasn't happy at her for confiding in me. I was finding it hard to get a hold of her. On the Thursday, before the 911 call, I texted with her and she seemed fine. But on the Friday when I texted again, I didn't hear back. Then at around 3 p.m., I tried to call her and she didn't return my call, which never happened. She would always call me back. I tried her again at around 9 p.m. Atlanta time. And still no answer.

"When I heard the news on the Saturday I just screamed, I couldn't believe it. "

So what did happen in those final days in the Atlanta house? The police are still investigating. But we do know this: Her husband was not her husband, but rather Bobbi Kristina and Nick's "marriage" was a lie made up as a way to create a protective union.

Bobbi Kristina was barely speaking to her dad, and her relationship with her mom's family was limited. She was living in a big house and seemingly being controlled by her boyfriend. She was scared but helpless to change her situation. She was a motherless 21-year-old in charge of a huge legacy. And the truth is, she felt all alone.

"Krissi was just a teenager when she lost her mom," says Alex. "She did not get proper therapy, and instead was just living alone with her older boyfriend struggling to heal. "She needed support and unconditional love, so she desperately clung to Nick in the hopes of finding that in him. Instead, she got physically abused, emotionally abused, disrespected and taken advantage of."





$1 million reward for quadruple murderer

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Head of the St Elizabeth Police Division Superintendent Lanford Salmon says that a J$1-million reward is still being offered to anyone who assists in the arrest of Anward Hinds, otherwise called 'Kirkie'.

Hinds is said to be linked to at least seven murders in the parish from October 2014 to present, the latest being a quadruple murder in May. News of the brutal murder of four farmers - Archibald Brown, 60; his brother George Brown, 57; Maurice Sanderson, 40; and Ezra Wright, 73, in the remote community of Claremont in North West St Elizabeth, rocked the nation on May 27.

Police reports say that about eight o'clock that night, during a power outage, three of the four victims - Archibald Brown, Sanderson and Wright - were playing dominoes by candlelight at a small shop operated by Wright's granddaughter, when three armed men entered.

They are said to have pushed the young woman away and opened fire on the three men, shooting them multiple times. They died on the spot. The men reportedly encountered George Brown some distance away, shot him and slit his throat. The tragedy is suspected to have been triggered by a dispute between Wright and criminal elements, believed to be remnants of the Stone Crusher gang, operating in the mountainous terrain on the St Elizabeth/St James border.

Salmon disclosed that a joint police/military operation has been ongoing in sections of the parish, including Claremont, since last Thursday.

"We won't relent until he is captured," he said.

Salmon said that 'Kirkie', who is from Claremont and frequents St James and places in St Elizabeth such as Pisgah, Breadnut Walk and Ginger Hill, is believed to be the leader of the gang creating the unease among residents. He said that he is about 26-years-old, five feet four inches tall, may be sporting cornrows, has "duck" legs, has a wart on his left cheek, and is a bit darker than the photograph of him.

Salmon said that the two other men who were involved in the Claremont incident are still at large and even they and others of his "cronies" are "eligible" to be rewarded with the J$1 million if they assist in having the gang leader arrested.

People with information can contact 119, Crime Stop at 311, Kingfish at 811, the Black River Criminal Investigation Branch at 965-2026, or the nearest police station.





Two Jamaicans and a Vincentian were nabbed by law enforcement officials in Antigua and Barbuda with over 230 pounds of ganja and more than 49 kilos of cocaine.

The men were reportedly held early Tuesday morning, June 30, when personnel from the Office of National Drug and Money Laundering Control Policy conducted an operation in a rural community.

According to Caribbean360, an online source for Caribbean news, the ganja, which was found in crocus bags, has an estimated street value of over EC$2.3 million (US$851,851) while the wholesale value of the sealed packages of cocaine is over EC$1.7 million (US$629,629).

According to reports, the Jamaicans have been in Antigua for a while and the Vincentian recently travelled to the island. They are now facing drug charges.





Ban on the smoking of ganja while driving

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ganja-smoking.jpgMinister without portfolio in the Ministry of Transport, Dr Morais Guy, said a provision is to be added to the Road Traffic Act to prohibit smoking of ganja while driving.

He said if a person smokes ganja while driving or in charge of a motor vehicle on a road or other public place, he or she would be fined J$10,000.

"We feel that we have the obligation and the responsibility to ensure that people who are driving should not be smoking at the same time," Dr Guy said in the House of Representatives on Tuesday (June 30).

He was closing the debate on the report of the Joint Select Committee of Parliament on the Road Traffic Act, which was adopted. The Act seeks to, among other things, implement more stringent regulations to govern the use of the nation's roadways.

In his contribution to the debate, Minister of Health, Dr Fenton Ferguson, noted that impaired driving due to alcohol, and other drugs, such as ganja, must be addressed under the Bill.

"Research shows that cannabis impairs cognitive and psychomotor skills and a zero tolerance level should be adopted that prohibits the presence of any amount of drugs in the blood while driving," he said.

He noted that many countries, such as the United States of America (USA), have adopted such measures. Dr Ferguson said the passage of an improved road safety Bill is a significant step towards the protection of road users.





man-hangs-himself.jpgThe grand-daughter of a 95-year-old man from Clarendon who hanged himself says her grand-father was in agony and complained of constant pain as a result of a goiter on his neck.

"He always said he wanted to die to get relief from the pain, but none of us believed that he would do it," explained Anita Hamil. "He may be 95 but my grandfather was a strong strong man do not look are act 95 he had the best memory he was strong so I do believe he's capable of hanging himself."

Reports are that about 8:00 pm, 95-year-old Leslie Davis of Prospect Drive, Osbourne Store was found hanging by an extension cord from a tree at the back of his yard. The police were summoned and the body removed to the morgue for postmortem.

Responding to comments online that the police should investigate thoroughly to make sure that there was no foul play, Hamil said, "They are investigating it and that's my grandfather and he has a loving family that would not do such thing to him. He was sick; he was in a lot of pain days up on days he kept saying he wants to die no one knew he would do such thing; he didn't wanna suffer anymore so he ended his suffering hanging his self wasn't the right way to go about it but when he realized he might live much longer he just took his own life."





Deportee jumps wall at US embassy stark naked

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A deportee last week breached security at the United States Embassy in Liguanea, St Andrew and scaled the walls of the well-fortified building in the nude.

The security breach came to light in the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate's Court on Tuesday when 43-year-old Lenroy Wiggins was brought before the court to answer to charges of trespassing and illegal exposure.

The court was told that Wiggins had made some threatening calls to the embassy on previous occasions and his photograph was posted on the Embassy's notice board for security officials to watch out for him.

He claimed he was unfairly deported from the United States and did not want to stay in Jamaica.

Wiggins plead not guilty to the charges and was remanded in custody until August 5.





missing-brothers-photo.jpgIt's been one week since twin brothers Tyrique and Talrique Arthurs went missing while visiting a relative in St James.

The boys, who reported 'disappeared' around 12:26 am last Wednesday, reside in Exchange, Ocho Rios and were promptly reported missing by their parents a few hours after.The police are still on high alert and that the family is stricken with grief over the whereabouts of the twins.

The police are urging members of the public to assist as much as they can to return the Arthurs twins safely home. Both boys are of slim build and about 107 centimetres (3 feet 6 inches) tall, however Talrique is of dark complexion while Tyrique is of brown complexion.

When last seen Talrique was dressed in a blue shirt and multi-coloured boxers and Tyrique was wearing a green shirt and blue boxers with green stripes.

Anyone knowing the whereabouts of Tyrique Arthurs and Talrique Arthurs is being asked to contact the Ocho Rios Police at 974-2533, the police's 119 emergency number or the nearest police station.





Vendor stabbed to death in daylight attack

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shocked.jpgYet another murder has occurred in the troubled community of West Kingston

This time the victim is an elderly woman. Police confirmed that the woman was stabbed to death on Wednesday morning.

The killing appeared to have robbery as its motive.

West Kingston has been under the gun for months resulting in a number of murders and shootings.





bruck-up-bet-awards.jpgYears after originating the wildly popular "Bruck Up" dance and becoming an international sensation, songwriter and recording artist George "Bruck Up" Adams is focused on moving masses in an exciting way.

He leads off summer 2015 with his single "Cry", born out of a personal moment for the artiste. "It was a moment that I think many men can relate to. The moment when you see that certain woman...you see beauty, head to toe, that's out of this world, and she's yours? You have to cry. I knew I had to put that in a song."

To bring it to life, Bruck Up teamed up with leading Jamaican producer Teetimus, who has worked with artistes including Damian "Jr. Gong" Marley, Mr. Vegas and Trey Songz. The collaboration yielded a club-ready electronic dance sound with an intimate, reggae-night vibe-perfect for the sexy, lyrical banter he had in mind.

"Cry fi yuh body/Mek me see you bus' a wine", Bruck Up flows on the chorus of the single which has been described by music critics as "authentic dancehall bubbling with salacious appeal". Recognising the need to keep the single radio-friendly, the team has found the right balance and has come up with a song that is merely borderline edgy and which is already being embraced by radio, both in the US and in Jamaica.

Bruck Up, who has been doing the rounds in the US, attending award functions, including the recent BET Awards, says he is quite confident that dancehall fans will be moved in a huge way by this single. "Dancehall is the link that keeps me grounded, wherever I am," says Bruck Up, who is just as comfortable hanging out with the Gully Gad, Mavado, as he is with Nicki Minaj.

Bruck Up, who is confirmed alongside a slew of big name dancehall acts for the Anything Goes concert at Club Amazura in Quens, NY on September 5, is prepared to treat fans to a performance they will not soon forget.





Richie Stephens' Knock Knock Knock #1 in Brazil

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richie-stephens.jpgWith Richie Stephens' single 'Knock, Knock, Knock' from the album 'Real Reggae Music' currently the #1 song in Brazil, it is not surprising that the award winning singer is confirmed to perform there for a series of concerts.

"I was shocked when I got the news that 'Knock, Knock, Knock' was a massive hit in Brazil since we never did any special promotions there. Radio started playing the song, fans embraced it and now it has found its way to the top" Stephens explained in a recent radio interview.

The success of the song has generated tremendous interest from promoters looking to book him to perform there.

"I am excited about my first performance in Brazil which happens in August. I hope to be invited back next year to perform when Usain Bolt will compete at the 2016 summer Olympics" he said.

Aside from Brazil, Stephens said he has club and festival dates in the Bahamas, Germany, Poland, Italy, Switzerland and England. The European tour will last three months, six weeks of which will be spent in England.

"Europe is such a huge market for reggae. It is always a pleasure to perform there" he said.

While in Europe, Stephens will link up with his good friend Gentleman to perform at some of the big summer festivals. The two will promote their soon to be released single titled 'Fly Away.'

"I feel honored to have the opportunity to tour with Gentleman again. He is a mega star in Europe. He is known for selling out big venues and playing gigs that a lot of reggae stars do not normally get to play. I will be carrying the reggae flag for Jamaica and taking the message directly to the people" the 'Live Your Life' singer noted.

Stephens three recent singles 'Everybody Dance,' 'Mama' and 'Hall of Fame' are doing well in Europe. They are hits in Jamaica and have charted in Japan, the USA and Canada as well.





Shaggy to get a role in X-Factor?

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shaggy-x-factor.jpgPeter Dickson, the legendary X Factor live shows voiceover star, only revealed his departure from the programme after 11 years on Tuesday, but the judges already have a replacement in mind.

New addition to the panel Nick Grimshaw has suggested platinum-selling reggae artiste, Shaggy, who is best known for his hits Boombastic, It Wasn't Me and Angel, to fills Peter's shoes and two out of three of his co-judges are on board with the idea.

Talking to Lorraine Kelly on her early-morning ITV show on Wednesday, the BBC Radio 1 host said: 'I thought Shaggy could replace him, I thought that'd be nice don't you think?'

Cheryl Fernandez-Versini offered Nick's proposal her full support and said: 'It's a great idea!'

Fellow new judge Rita Ora was also keen and added: 'Shaggy would be great.'

However, head of the panel Simon Cowell is yet to offer an opinion on Nick's idea.





iley-dread.jpgReggae singer Iley Dread, who also goes by the stage name Chardavid, is excited at performing for the very first time on the internationally acclaimed JAMBANA™ One World Festival, which takes place at the Markham Fair Grounds, Ontario, Canada on Sunday August 2 and Monday August 3, 2015.

The 7th annual JAMBANA™ One World Festival, presented by Jones & Jones Productions Ltd, sees an incredible fusion of world cultures over two fantastic days. Iley Dread's (Chardavid) performance is courtesy of mega reggae label, VP Records and is presented by telecoms giant, Digicel.

According to VP Records head honcho, Chris Chin, "Jones & Jones is known to produce some of the most widely recognized events in Canada. JAMBANA™ One World Festival is known around the world for being festive and a great platform for showcasing amazing talent in all genres. Iley Dread is a hometown favorite so you know him taking the stage is a must!"

And, truth be told, Iley Dread (Chardavid) is itching to take the stage. Still on a high from an exhilarating performance at 'Reggae 'til Sundown' alongside the Messenjah, Luciano, the Dread had words of praise for the organisers of the event and also the President of VP Records. The Lovers Holiday singer was also quick to announce to his fans that they should expect nothing but the best.

"It's a wonderful feeling to be performing on the JAMBANA™ One World Festival and I want to personally thank the organisers and of course, VP Records for this opportunity. Chris Chin, the president (of VP) and I go back a long way and I can always count on VP for support over the years, whether I am doing work as a producer, a promoter or an artiste," Iley Dread (Chardavid) declared.

Meanwhile, the conscious reggae singer is working on two albums simultaneously, one of which is a gospel offering, tentatively entitled Jordan River. He is also confirmed for the Caribbean in December when he heads to the twin island Republic of Trinidad & Tobago.

The JAMBANA™ One World Festival runs from 1:00 pm to 9:30 pm both days. This year's festival is supported by long-time television partner, Global Toronto and new addition for 2015, the Toronto Sun. This year's festival will be covered by official sponsors Global Toronto (TV) and the Toronto Sun (Newspaper).

Other artistes on the impressive line-up include Alison Hinds, Kabaka Pyramid, Exco Levi, Australian born artiste Natali Rize & Notis, Ernie Smith, Nana McLean, Majah Hype, Steele, George Banton, Kiprich, Fab 5, Hip Hop Queen Michie Mee, Ikaya and Dalton Harris, to name a few. Patrons also have a host of pavilions to visit such as the Food Village, Children's Village, Health Village, Education Village, VIP Village, Domino Village, Travel & Trade Village, and the Global Village.

Iley Dread (Chardavid) will be backed by the Fab 5 band.





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gully-bop-photo-3.jpgSelector Tony Matterhorn has suffered a serious meltdown on social media, proclaiming that he is ready to give up his life, as a war of word rages between him and Gully Bop/MC Nuffy.

Matterhorn is fuming in response to a video posted on social media.

The angry response from Tony Matterhorn came after Gully Bop and Nuffy in a video shot in New York took a shot at Tony Matterhorn over a photograph he took with what appeared to be two males dressed as females.

An upset Tony Matterhorn said a bit too much in his response to Gully Bop and Emcee Nuffy.

Several industry players have since offered advice to Tony Matterhorn while others are just amused.





mexico-coach-miguel-herrera.jpgThe coach of Mexico's national soccer team is known for his histrionic displays of emotion during games.

Now Miguel Herrera's off-field composure is being questioned after a television sports anchor claimed the coach punched him at the Philadelphia airport following Mexico's 3-1 victory over Jamaica to take the Gold Cup.

Television Azteca sports anchor Christian Martinoli described the incident Monday on a Television Azteca program. He said Herrera apparently wanted to hit him again but fellow sports commentator Luis Garcia got between them.

Martinoli has criticized Herrera's performance as coach as have many Mexicans.

The Mexican Soccer Federation did not immediately confirm the Sunday incident.

The short, stocky Herrera gained notoriety for his effusive celebrations at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.





Businesses, offices and towns have an opportunity to showcase their creativity and decorative skills by adorning their space with the national colours, during the period of celebrations to mark Jamaica's Emancipation and Independence.

Public and private sector organisations all have the chance to vie for prizes and gain the prestige of having the best dressed window; and the best decorated office or business complex.

Director of Marketing and Public Relations, Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC), Stephen Davidson, said the competitions are new features that have been added to the list of celebratory activities for this year.

He noted that the idea is to get persons excited about their culture and to give everyone an opportunity to participate in the festivities.

Davidson said companies are encouraged to decorate their office or buildings using the national colours. They are also asked to use the fashion theme, which has been reintroduced this year - 'Bandana wid Denim, Ketch di Fashion Riddim' - in their decor.

"There is a prize given for the best business that incorporates the fashion theme and the national colours. Also, towns/parish councils are encouraged to decorate their town squares using the same national colours and the fashion theme and a prize will be given for the best decorated town," he said.

Media houses are not to be left out. An award will also be bestowed on the media house that best displays the spirit of independence in their programming, music and features.

"We are encouraging them to incorporate the theme for our Independence and Emancipation celebrations, 'Proud and Free...Jamaica 53'," Davidson said.





gregory-isaacs-mother-enid-murray.jpgThe mother of late great reggae singer, Gregory Isaacs, has died.

Enid Murray passed away on July 24 at the University Hospital of the West Indies. She was 85.

Ms Murray, who was diabetic, suffered a stroke early last week and was admitted to hospital.

Enid Murray was born in Kingston and earned a living as a hairdresser. Gregory Isaacs, the older of her two sons, is hailed as one of the chief exponents of lovers' rock reggae.

Known for hits such as Soon Forward and Night Nurse, the Cool Ruler died in October 2010.. Enid Murray is survived by 22 grandchildren as well as several great-grandchildren.





kanye-west-pan-am-games.jpgKanye West has given new meaning to 'drop the mic'. The rapper, 38, was headlining the closing ceremony at the Pan Am Games in Toronto, Canada on Sunday when his microphone cut out due to technical issues.

The malfunction caused perfectionist West to throw his mic into the air and leave the stage just 13 minutes into his set at the Rogers Centre.

West was in the middle of an energetic performance when his microphone sound cut out at exactly 10pm, just as he launched into The Good Life, reports Billboard. The frustrated musician then hurled his mic into the air and left the stage without a word. His sudden exit confused the stadium crowd, who couldn't hear anything due to the technical issues.

However, the TV audience watching at home had a different experience, as they were still able to hear the sound up until the point he walked off stage, reports The Huffington Post. CBC, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, later tweeted the problem was due to 'technical issues'.

Despite the troublesome microphone, West thrilled the audience with a short-but-electric performance, jumping and leaping into the air and giving his all to the 40,000-strong crowd. Although the critically-acclaimed rapper performed just half of his set, he still made it through his hits Power, Stronger and Black Skinhead.The All Day rapper then launched into Touch The Sky, imploring the crowd to 'jump, jump, jump' and leaping high into the air in his trademark Adidas Yeezy 350 Boost sneakers.

Yeezy was a controversial choice for the Pan Am Games closing ceremony, with 20,000 people signing an online petition calling for a Toronto musician - like rapper Drake - to get the high-profile gig.

The Pan Am Games brings together athletes from the across the Americas to compete in summer sports, and is held every four years in the year before the Summer Olympics.





Popular UWI lecturer Charmaine Henry is dead

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charmaine-henry-carimac.jpgUniversity of the West Indies lecturer Charmaine Henry has died following a long illness. Her death on Monday has come as a shock to may of her students for whom she was a "favourite".

Henry taught public relations and communications at the Caribbean Institute for Media and Communication. (CARIMAC).

President of the Press Association of Jamaica, Dionne Jackson-Miller described Henry as a bright spirited individual.

"Charmaine had a beautiful, bright spirit. I visited her several times during one of her hospital stays and even when it was clear that she was very ill, she was still so energetic and full of life! She would talk about the nurses, and say how good everyone was to her, talk about her friends and colleagues and how much she valued their visits and caring. And she could be so funny! You'd laugh for half of the time you were with her. Hard to believe such a bright light has been snuffed out!" Jackson-Miller said.

A former student, Corey Robinson, who writes for the Daily Gleaner, was shaken by news of Henry's death and took to social media to express his sadness.

"Corey, is not how yuh start; is how yuh finish. I write this statement and tears come to eyes as I can still hear you say it. My motivator, my teacher, my friend, a wonderful spirit.

RIP Charmaine A Henry. No more pain," Robinson wrote on his Facebook page.





Cops probe double murder in Westmoreland

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The Whithorn police in Westmoreland are probing a double murder in Waterworks in the parish on Sunday

The deceased have been identified Rameish White, 24 of Waterworks and Jovaine Green, 27 of Old Road.

The police that shortly before 8pm White and Green were sitting under a tree in the community when a motorbike with two men aboard drove up. The men opened fire at both men who were later pronounced dead at hospital.

It's reported that White's mother was shot and killed last year.

Another relative was also shot.





gun-crime.jpgThe Kingston West Police were kept busy over the weekend responding to several shootings which left one man dead and four persons injured.

Police sources say there were at least seven shootings between Friday and Saturday.

Detectives have linked the incidents to feuds involving rival gangs from Tivoli Gardens, Denham Town and Torrington Park.

On Saturday, police were called to investigate an incident where gunmen went to premises on Metcalfe Street and opened fire.One man was shot.

A few hours later gunmen went to Third Street in Trench Town and carried out another shooting, leaving a man injured.

Meanwhile, Horace Cespedes,26 was shot and killed Saturday afternoon in Torrington Park.

Residents heard explosions and later found Cespedes body with bullet wounds.

In Tivoli Gardens in a section of the community known as 'Bumps' a man was shot and injured about 2 o'clock Saturday afternoon.

He was shot when gunmen traded bullets in the May Pen Cemetery.

Detectives say the man was among a group of persons preparing a grave for a gang member recently shot and killed, when they were attacked by rival gang members.

The police also reported a shooting in Golden Heights, Denham Town in which a man was shot and injured.





sangster-international-airport.jpgPolice attached to the Sangster International Airport in Montego Bay,on Sunday arrested and charged an American woman with breaches of the Firearms Act.

It's reported that shortly before 11a.m. the woman was about to board a flight for Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

While going through the security check point her handbag was searched and an undeclared 9 millimetre round of ammunition was allegedly found.

She was taken in custody.





elaine-thompson-breaks-record.jpgNational champion Elaine Thompson underlined her medal credentials for next month's World Championships in Beijing by producing a big victory over 200 meters on the second day of the Sainsbury Anniversary Games in the London Olympic Stadium.

Thompson the second fastest Jamaican this year led home a host of Americans to capture the event in a personal best of 22.10 seconds which broke the 24 year record of 22.24 by Jamaican Great Merlene Ottey.

Meanwhile Kimberly Williams took the silver in the women's triple jump with a leap of 14.15 meters. Olga Rypakova of Kazakstan won with a jump of 14.33 meters.

Commonwealth champion Stephanie McPherson was third in the women's 400 meters in 50.91 seconds behind Natasha Hastings of the US 50.24 seconds.





monty-and-beres.jpgBrooklyn, NY - With Festival season in full effect Jammins Events has planned a fest of their own, "Reggae Jazz Fest". A two day, two city festival for all jazz and classic reggae lovers alike. The "Reggae Jazz Fest" will include a live performance from Reggae Legend, Beres Hammond and his House of Harmony band along with the performance of a lifetime from Reggae-Jazz pianist Monty Alexander. The first show will take place at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC) in downtown Newark,NJ on Friday, July 31st and the second show will take place at the newly renovated Kings Theatre in Brooklyn,NY on Saturday, August 1st.

Hugh Beresford Hammond musical career spans over 40 years and has had a remarkable uphill climb both on the musical charts and in the hearts of reggae lovers around the globe with chart topping hits and noteworthy collaborations. Throughout each era, Beres Hammond's music has been the anthem for the reggae generation starting in the 70's with songs like "One Step Ahead" and continuing in the 80's with tunes like "Groovy Little Thing", "What One Dance Can Do," "Settling Down" and the unforgettable duet with Maxi Priest "How Can We Ease the Pain". In the 90's Beres topped the charts with songs like "Tempting to Touch", "Is This a Sign" and "Respect to You Baby". Within this decade, Beres Hammond has outdone himself releasing several albums including with hits such as "Putting up Resistance", "No Disturb Sign" and the nostalgic melody of "Rockaway".

Self-taught Pianist Monty Alexander has built a reputation exploring and fusing the worlds of American jazz, popular song with the music of his native home Jamaica. To date Alexander has recorded over 70 albums as a leader. Alexander has performed and recorded with artistes from every corner of the musical universe and entertainment world: Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Ray Brown, Dizzy Gillespie, Sonny Rollins, Clark Terry, Quincy Jones, Ernest Ranglin, Barbara Hendricks, Bobby McFerrin, Sly Dunbar, and Robbie Shakespeare, among others. Alexander has toured worldwide including historic NYC music venues: Lincoln Center, Blue Note, and Carnegie Hall.

Jammins Events possess a historic 28 years of experience in concert promotion and production in the US and on an international platform. Led by George Crooks, founder and president, Jammins has successfully evolved into one of the premier event management and marketing companies based in New York.

Seats for Reggae Jazz Fest are selling quickly. Doors open on Friday, July 31 at NJPAC at 7pm and on Saturday, August 1st at Kings Theatre at 8pm, Showtime is one (1) hour after doors are opened. Tickets for the #ReggaeJazzFest range from $69-$125 and are available for purchase now online on www.ticketmaster.com / www.njpac.org / www.kingstheatre.com or through your local ticket outlets.





Chris Brown triumphs; ready to live positive

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chris-brown-royalty-billboard-awards-2015.jpgSinger, Chris Brown is finding himself and God in the midst of adversity.

Brown, who believes close friends were responsible for holding his aunt at gunpoint while robbing his house in Los Angeles last week Wednesday, is tired of being misunderstood and says most people in his situation "wouldn't hesitate" to commit suicide.

The Loyal hitmaker vented his frustration on Instagram Tuesday, writing: "When u tired of the devil ruining your life and u hear God speak for the first time. No one knows what I deal with on a day to day. The average man wouldn't hesitate to blow his brains out but that's the coward's way out ... Most won't understand the genius and beauty in change and learning and the people who have devilish intentions will win in the short term."

Chris also claims he is desperately looking for "help and guidance" so he can focus on his music career and raising his 13-month-old daughter, Royalty.

He wrote: "My soul will always be pure of heart. What's on the surface always looks like one big party, but inside there is a little boy looking for help and guidance. People say 'be a man'. Yeah, that's right, but it doesn't take away any pain you really go through."

But the Fine China singer insists he is cutting the bad influences out of his life. He added: "I just wanna stay, out the way and do music, most importantly, and be a great father. I don't have any more patience for anything that will cause me to self-destruct!!"





Weddy Weddy anniversary Wednesday

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weddy-weddy.jpgOn Wednesday, the popular weekly party known as Weddy Weddy will create history when it celebrates its 11th anniversary.

A special anniversary party to commemorate the momentous occasion is in the works.

Set for the Stone Love Headquarters on Burlington Avenue in Kingston, the celebration will be hosted by Stone Love's selector Geefus and will feature the 'Immortal Sound' Stone Love, along with Digital Chris, Boom Boom and the legendary Bass Odyssey, who will celebrate their 26th anniversary on August 8.

Not only will patrons enjoy the musical selections when veteran DJs Rory and Billy Slaughter hit the turntables, but they will also be treated to a live show which will feature several guest artistes, including the 'energy god' Elephant Man.

This year's event will also boast an awards ceremony. "The awards are really Stone Love's way of saying thanks to our loyal patrons who have supported Weddy Weddy over the years. At this year's anniversary, we will be presenting even more awards," said Stone Love boss Winston 'Wee Pow' Powell.

Among the awards to be presented are the Best Supporter Award, sponsored by Cheap Monday Promotions, Male Dancer of the Year, Female Dancer of the Year, Best Slang Award, Best Dance Moves, Selector of the Year, the Bogle Award, Best New Selector and Most Improved Selector. Miss Weddy Weddy will also be crowned at the event.

Weddy Weddy is now the only street dance to pass the 10-year mark in the Corporate Area. The event was started by Elephant Man, Wee Pow and iconic dancer Bogle and has managed to survive all the trials which faced the hard-core dancehall scene in recent times.





Cops say island-wide operation successful

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police-cars.jpgThe police say recent island-wide security forces operations have had the desired result, and more will be implemented.

The police-military operations were part of a major effort to curtail crime, and in particular murders, which are on the increase.

Scores of persons were arrested in the operations, which occurred in the 19 police geographic divisions.

Head of the Criminal Investigation Branch, Assistant Commissioner Ealan Powell, says the police saw a lull in criminal activities, over the period of the operations.

Two police officers killed a week apart over the past two weeks, and a number of killings in western parishes, have seen the number of murders gone pass 6 hundred, since the start of the year.





More water restriction in the pipeline

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water-restrictions.jpgReports are that water restrictions in the Corporate Area are currently under review and this could result in a further cut back in supplies by the National Water Commission, NWC. A decision is expected this week.

Some communities are now receiving water on alternate days.

Acting President of the NWC, Mark Barnett, says while the restrictions have slowed the decline in levels at the Hermitage Dam and Mona Reservoir, the situation is precarious. The Mona Reservoir is now at 24.5% of capacity and the Hermitage Dam 36.9%.

In the meantime, the NWC will be investigating reports that water is being purchased for car wash establishments. This is a breach of the Prohibition Notice.





police-station.jpgFour policemen, including a Superintendent, were questioned in relation to the beating of an inmate inside the Hunts Bay lock up last weekend.

The 29-year-old inmate is accused in connection with the murder of woman constable Crystal Thomas.

Thomas was killed as she stepped into a robbery on a public passenger vehicle on her way home from work. She was shot at point blank range in the head.

The suspect was found with severe head injuries inside a cell. He is hospitalised in critical condition.





nfl-player.jpgOver the weekend, Brandon Marshall found himself in a bit of a hazy situation. In Jamaica for his sister's wedding, Marshall wasn't necessarily partaking in any sort of activities that could get him suspended, but that didn't stop him from worrying about his next drug test.

According to Marshall, Jamaica smells like Denver, where smoking marijuana is legal. Naturally, Marshall got worried about being in the presence of all that marijuana, because if it were to show up in his next drug test, he'd most likely be facing a suspension. And let's face it, Geno Smith and the Jets are kind of in need of Marshall's services.

So, of course, Marshall tweeted about it to keep us all in the loop.

And then, perhaps getting paranoid, Marshall decided he didn't want to hide anything from the NFL. So, he then tweeted at the league and asked for its help in dealing with his situation.

The NFL did not, however, reply to Marshall's tweet, leaving Marshall's situation hazier than ever.





tasha-t.jpgOn Sunday, August 2, 2015 hosted by the Jamaican Caribbean Cultural Association of British Columbia (JCCABC), Tasha T has been honored with an invitation to headline their 14th Annual Jamaica Cultural Festival in Vancouver, Surrey BC hosted in celebration of Jamaican Independence.

Gates open for the free admission Festival beginning at 11:30 AM at the Holland Park in Surrey, BC. As a non-profit organization, part of the mission statement of the JCCABC involves organizing high-quality special events and working in cooperation with various Canadian based grass-roots organizations to highlight and support Jamaican lifestyles and culture from social and economic perspectives.

Tasha T is expected to to perform several popular selections from her most recent album "Real Talk" (Ras Vibe/VP Records). The album has been hailed as a timely assemblage of musical narratives set to Reggae music that comes at a time when the world needs positive sensitive music relevant to current social issues.

"Real Talk" has been on the rise on major Reggae charts in Canada with favorable responses in the US and Italy too.

In other great news, Tasha T has recently been nominated to receive the International Indigenous Release Award for her "Real Talk " album. Winners are presented at a Black Tie Gala taking place on September 11, 2015 in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. Voting polls are currently open and friends and fans are encouraged to stop by, register and vote for Tasha T via the site IndigenousMusicAwards.com http://www.indigenousmusicawards.ca/.../best-international-in...

The nomination is Tasha T's fourth in 2015 including the prestigious JUNO Award, International Indigenous Release, Best Caribbean Style and the International Deejay/Singjay Award.





new-yorks-mayor-bill-deblasio-and-first-lady-chirlane-mccray-at-the-grace-jerk-fest-ny-2015.jpgNew York's largest Caribbean food event, the Grace Jamaican Jerk festival was jam-packed with entertainment for everyone including New York's Mayor Bill de Blasio and First Lady Chirlane de Blasio who attended the event (July 19) at Roy Wilkins Park in Queens. Mayor de Blasio defended the Celebrity Quick-Fire Challenge title he won in 2013. He impressed the crowd with his culinary competency swaying the judges with his New York Jerk Chicken "Swagga" Sandwich.

"We are delighted that Mayor Bill de Blasio was able to attend this year's Grace Jamaican Jerk Festival," stated Eddy Edwards, CEO of Jamaican Jerk Festival USA Inc. "Mayor de Blasio is a huge fan of the annual Festival and we welcome his participation in the Celebrity Quick-Fire Challenge. We look forward to his continued support in the future."

Among the other dignitaries attending the festival were The Hon. Una S.T. Clarke, the first Caribbean-born woman elected to the New York City's legislature; Miss Universe Jamaica Kaci Fennell; Courtenay Rattray, Jamaica's Ambassador to the U.S.; Scherie Murray, NY State Committee Woman District Leader among others.

This year's festival showcased an exciting assortment of jerk delights served by some of New York's top Caribbean restaurants and chefs, popular cooking competitions and demonstrations as well as informative and entertaining cultural presentations on the Western Union Cultural Stage. The main stage featured exciting performances by the popular Fab 5 Band, Carlene Davis, Baby Cham, Romain Virgo and Major Hype.





Bobbi Kristina Brown dead at 22

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bobbi-kristina-brown-pictured-is-dead.jpgNearly six months after being found face down and unresponsive in a bathtub in her Georgia home - and a month after being moved to hospice - Bobbi Kristina Brown, the only child of Whitney Houston and Bobby Brown, has died at the age of 22.

The Associated Press reported her death on Sunday night. "Bobbi Kristina Brown passed away July 26, 2015, surrounded by her family," a rep for the Houston family said. "She is finally at peace in the arms of God. We want to again thank everyone for their tremendous amount of love and support during these last few months."

Bobbi Kristina was discovered by friend Max Lomas and the man she referred to as her husband, Nick Gordon, on Jan. 31, and was transferred to an Atlanta-area hospital. Though no drugs were found at her home when medics arrived, a criminal investigation was eventually opened; however, no arrests have been made.

Upon arrival at the hospital, she continued breathing with the aid of a ventilator as friends and relatives flocked by her side. Within days, she had very little brain activity and was moved to Emory University Hospital, which is considered a top facility for neurological problems.

For weeks, conflicting reports surfaced about Bobbi Kristina's progress and the severity of her condition, all while she was still in a medically induced coma. However, on Feb. 10 the Brown family felt the need to speak out and address stories that claimed she would be taken off of life support the following day on the third anniversary of her mother's death.

Doctors eventually removed her breathing tube, allowing Brown to be ventilated through a hole in her throat, but she suffered a major setback when her medical team attempted to take her off medications and rouse her from her coma. Bobbi Kristina had violent seizures and had to be placed back on the drugs.

In March, she was relocated to a rehabilitation center. At the time, her grandmother Cissy Houston told Entertainment Tonight, "I'd like to thank everybody who was praying. Who really knows the worth of prayer and I'm sure it'll get through. I'm just waiting for whatever happens. We go to the hospital every day and pray and I talk to her because she can still hear and I rub her hand," she said. "We do what we can do. The rest is... all up to Him. We know nothing about His plan... All I can do is hope for the best."





US$2000 award for top Kingston College boys

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stephen-vasciannie-accepts-us2000-from-erna-radifera-donor-of-the-frank-subaran-awards.jpgThe top two students at Kingston College in the 2015 CSEC examinations will each benefit from a US$1,000 prize dubbed the Frank Subaran Awards for Academic Excellence.

At that start of this month, Erna Radifera, a Jamaican living in Washington DC, presented a cheque for US$2,000 to Jamaica's Ambassador to the United States of America and former Kingston College head boy Professor Stephen Vasciannie.

This money is to be used to fund two awards at KC in the memory of Dr Frank Subaran, a Kingston College old boy and brother of Radifera.

Subaran left Kingston College in 1959 with academic honours leading to an engineering scholarship. After leaving Kingston College, he read for a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering and then a doctorate in telecommunications from the University of Edinburgh in 1970.

In his professional life, he worked at JAMINTEL, the Commonwealth Telecommunications Organisation, London, and INTELSAT, Washington DC.

In presenting the money to the Jamaican ambassador, Radifera noted her late brother's commitment to education and his willingness to support his alma mater.

Vasciannie thanked Radifera for her contribution and acknowledged that contributions such as this help to advance education in the country.





Spanish Town nurse is Nurse of the Year

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nurse-of-the-year-2015.jpgTreveen Palmer-Miller, a nurse who works at the Spanish Town Hospital in St. Catherine, is the new Lasco/Nurses Association of Jamaica (NAJ) Nurse of the Year.

Palmer-Miller topped six finalists to cop the prestigious award at a ceremony in Kingston yesterday.

The award comes with a cheque for J$200,000 among a host of other prizes.

The runner up was Tashia Wedderburn-Harris of the South East Regional Health Authority.

Dr Adella Campbell, Programme Director and Lecturer at the Caribbean School of Nursing at the University of Technology, was awarded the third place trophy.





mex-wins-jamaica-2015.jpgJamaica's Reggae Boyz surrendered to Mexico 3-1 in the final of the CONCACAF Gold Cup at Lincoln Financial Field here today, giving the Central American their seventh title.

Mexico captain Andres Gaurdado opened the scoring in the 31st minute, with follow-up goals from Jesus Corona (47th) and Oribe Peralta (61st) to break Jamaican hearts.

Substitute Darren Mattocks, a scorer in the 2-1 semi-final win against the USA in Atlanta last Wednesday, restored Jamaican pride with an individual goal in the 80th minute.

Jamaica made a confident start to the contest, spreading the Mexicans thin by using the flanks to good effect, but the Central Americans got into their slick-passing game and it was finished as a contest.

Mexico will collect US$1 million for lifting the crown, while Jamaica will pocket US$500,000 for being runners-up.

Jamaica had created history becoming the first Caribbean team to contest the Gold Cup final.





trinidad-jailbreak-jul-24.jpgA police officer was killed in a shootout with escaped prisoners in Port of Spain, Trinidad & Tobago on Friday.

Police constable Maynard was fatally shot in the shootout outside the Port of Spain General Hospital. Health Minister Dr Fuad Khan says the hospital is still on lock down.

The hospital shooting occurred after three inmates escaped from the Port of Spain Royal Gaol prison. At about 12:30 pm, there was a rapid exchange of gunfire between police officers and the escaped prisoners outside the casualty area.

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Police spokesman ASP Michael Pierre explained that the prisoners - Allan "Scanni" Martin, Hassan Atwell and Christopher Selby aka Monster - were assisted in their escape by a van which crashed in front of the jail.

Police sources confirmed that Scanni was shot and killed and police are searching around Port-of-Spain and environs for the other two.

The streets surrounding the hospital have since been cordoned off.

Pierre appealed for calm from the public, stating that police has the situation under control.





Georgie Porgie and the $15-Million 'nookie'

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What a price fi pay fi nookie?! Fifteen million dollars! WOW!

Then you mean to tell me that the singer did not realise that his bank account was being drained to the tune of fifteen mil? Or is it that the nookie did so sweet?

And Georgie never realise that the girl was a vampire and she was just out for his money?

Come on now. This band teller obviously friend up Georgie because she see say him bank book fat. Whether or not they had an intimate relationship is yet to be decided, but what is sure is that Georgie is $15 million dollars poorer, the bank teller no longer has a job at the bank and the bank does not want to pay back Georgie his money

A song going to haffi write bout this. And it can't be God Is Standing By.





Big blow for singer George Nooks

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george-nooks.jpgGeorge Nooks has suffered a blow in his lawsuit which he brought against FirstCaribbean International after an employee there reportedly drained his account of $15 million.

Nooks' setback came as Supreme Court judge Justice Bryan Sykes recently denied his application to strike out the bank's defence against his lawsuit.

Had Nooks been successful in having the defence struck out, he would have won the case by default.

The entertainer had filed the suit after the money, which was deposited in the account in 2013, went missing.

The bank employee -- Abbey-Gaye Thompson from the Half-Way-Tree Branch of the bank -- has since been charged with larceny as a servant, forgery, uttering forged documents and falsification of accounts and is currently before the court.

Nooks tried to have the bank's defence struck out on the following grounds:

* That there are no reasonable grounds for defending the claim;

* That the defence is an abuse of the process of the court; and

* That the mere denial that an employee of the defendant was not acting as servant and/or agent of the defendant does not amount to a defence.

The bank had said in its defence that Nooks and the employee were involved in an intimate relationship and that any money she drew from the account was within the context of this relationship, making it a personal matter. Nooks has, however, denied this.

With Nooks' application being denied, the matter will proceed to trial.





coronation-market.jpgMore than 50 vendors who usually sell their produce at the Coronation Market in downtown Kingston, will do so at the Ranny Williams Entertainment Centre, on Hope Road, in Kingston, on Saturday, August 1.

A section of the centre will be transformed into a marketplace, showcasing the rich offerings of Jamaica's farmers. Push carts will also be available to carry bags to shoppers' cars.

The Farmers' Market is one of the first activities of the 'Independence Village', being established to feature daily and nightly events ranging from stage shows and concerts to exhibitions and expositions.

The market, which opens at 6:00 am is one of the new initiatives of this year's Emancipation and Independence celebrations, being held under the theme: 'Proud and Free...Jamaica 53'.

Speaking at a JIS 'Think Tank' on Friday, executive director of the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC), Delroy Gordon, said that discussions are ongoing with farmers.

"We are working closely with the Rural Agricultural Development Authority (RADA). We are also working closely with the higglers themselves at the Coronation Market, and Sweet Wood market, so we are expecting well over 50 vendors to be participating," he said.

Gordon is urging citizens to support the market and to "avoid the traffic to go all the way downtown".

"You will be able to get good farm products, good quality, and at a good price," he added.

The event is being organised by the JCDC, an agency of the Ministry of Youth and Culture.





court.jpgThe police in Savanna-la-Mar, Westmoreland have charged Jevaughn Flemmings in connection with the quadruple murder in Whithorn in the parish, which took place on June 12

Flemmings, 19, is charged with four counts of murder and is scheduled to appear before the Savanna-la-Mar Resident Magistrate's Court on Tuesday, July 28.

Meanwhile, detectives say they are continuing to follow every lead as they continue their investigation into the incident.

Information received is that about 4:40pm, Theodore Tenant, 21; Romario Drummond, 20; Demar Doeman,16; and 15-year-old Shawn Clayton all of Old Road District, Westmoreland were shot dead while they were at a shop in Whithorn in the parish.





Denham Town Health Centre to re-open on Monday

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The Denham Town Health Centre in Kingston is to re-open on Monday.

The facility was temporarily closed on Wednesday following concern about the safety of staff and patients, due to violence affecting the community.

Chairman of the South East Regional Health Authority, Dr. Andrei Cooke, says the decision to reopen the facility follows meetings with stakeholders including the police.

"We had consultations with the police high command and we had some discussions, and decided to resume normal clinical activities on Monday. The police have also assured us that they will be on patrol in the area ....." he said.





3 more held in aviation fuel theft

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aviation-fuel.jpgThree persons are in custody, in relation to the theft of fuel from Jamaica Aircraft Refueling Services (JARS) in Montego Bay, St. James.

They were arrested on Friday morning, on suspicion of breaching the Petroleum Quality Control Act and the Larceny Act.

This increases to five, the number of persons held.

Two employees were nabbed last month during an operation by security personnel at the Sangster International Airport in Montego Bay.

Friday's pre-dawn operations were carried out by members of the Major Organized Crime and Anti-Corruption Agency (MOCA), the Financial Investigation Division, and Mobile Reserve.

The operation targeted three houses and a business place, where it is alleged that the occupants and owner were involved in the theft of the aviation fuel.

More than $2 million in cash was seized, along with documents, as well as electronic devices, including cellular phones and laptop computers.

On May 10 this year a fuel tanker was seen refueling at the JARS plant at Sangster International Airport. This aroused the suspicion of airport officials. A search was conducted and 4,000 litres of stolen fuel was found.





Millions lost in Arcade fire in Mo Bay

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fire.jpgFirefighters have estimated losses in a fire early Friday, at the Shoes Market on the corner of St. James and Strand Streets in Montego Bay at J$75 million do. About 35 shops were destroyed.

Four units responded to the blaze.

Vendor, Rosemary Miller, said she lost all her goods, "We got a phone call that the arcade was on fire and when we came - this is what we saw. I don't know how we will manage" she said.

The fire is believed to have started from a candle.

An operation was conducted in the market on Tuesday in which Jamaica Public Service personnel removed illegal connections.





A top level probe is in progress to determine the circumstances under which a suspect linked to the murder of Constable Crystal Thomas was found unconscious in a Corporate Area Police lockup.

The 29-year-old suspect, who is from Kidd Lane in Kingston 11, is in serious condition in hospital.

Sources say the incident may have occurred sometime on Saturday afternoon but were tightlipped.

According to a well placed police source between 3pm and 4pm on Saturday, the suspect was being housed in a cell at the Hunts Bay lockup when he reportedly requested to use the bathroom.

The detainee was later found lying face down in a cell with head wounds.He was taken to hospital where he underwent emergency treatment and is now reportedly on life support..

Questions are being raised about the length of time which elapsed between the alleged beating of the suspect and the time it took to transport him to hospital.

Allegations have surfaced that police personnel are linked to the beating of the suspect, however this has been denied by senior police personnel assigned to the St. Andrew South Police Division.

Meanwhile, Acting Commanding Officer for the St. Andrew South Police Superintendent Lennox Harper revealed that three state agencies are involved in the probe into the detainee being injured.Several statements have already been collected.'

"The prisoner was found on Saturday in the lockup at Hunts Bay in a state of unconciousness. We are not sure what happened. But what I can tell you is that it is being investigated at the highest level," said Harper.





Man hid under ex-girlfriend's bed for 3 days

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A man who police say sneaked into a central New Jersey home and hid under a bed for three days before he was found was the ex-boyfriend of the homeowners' daughter.

Spotswood police announced late Tuesday that Jason Hubbard was charged with burglary in the incident, which occurred in May. He also was charged with theft of services because he allegedly charged his four cellphones in an electrical outlet under the bed.

Margaret Adamcewicz told WABC-TV (http://7ny.tv/1GHd4fa) on Wednesday that Hubbard was hiding upstairs underneath the bed in her daughter's bedroom. She said the two had dated five years ago.

"It didn't end well," Adamcewicz said. "He didn't say why he came back. He just picked our house to hide out in. He didn't have a home to live in.

"I haven't heard from him in five years," Adamcewicz said. "I wasn't scared, I was just angry."

Hubbard entered the home May 7, when the homeowner took out the garbage, authorities said. He remained jailed on $50,000 bail. It's not known if he has an attorney.





International Recording artist Zhavea has dropped her latest single entitled Johnny on the L.A. based independent label J'ouvert Records. The single was produced by Rohan 'Snow Cone' Fuller.

Zhavea continues to deliver music with a powerful Pop - Dancehall fusion and has teamed with Snow Cone to create this hot new record. The lyrics speak to the experience of having a steamy relationship with a great guy, who unfortunately can't step up to the responsibilities of having a sexy high maintenance woman. With the catchy hook of "Johnny can't pay my bills", this will have all the ladies singing along and the men fixing up their game.

This American/Grenadian pop princess, has stayed true to her roots and currently holds the #1 spot for the third week on the Cross Caribbean Countdown on MTV TEMPO NETWORKS with GIMMI THAT LOVE ft BEENIE MAN. The new single is expected to take on a bigger and more successful identity of its own, with major marketing activities planned globally.





Tanya Stephens to perform at Girlfrienz Sunday

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tanya-stephens-jul-21.jpgThe monthly Girlfriendz - Cocktailz & Conversationz series will feature its first Live performance edition on Sunday, July 26, with singer/songwriter Tanya Stephens.

This staging of the event, which will be held at the ABAR Restaurant and Lounge in Springs Plaza, is themed "Wifey Versus Matey". Promoter and host, Shelly-Ann 'Dr Sexy-Ann' Weeks says that the wifey-matey discussion is usually had in isolation based on one party's perspective but this conversation will address what she believes is the real issue about this dynamic.

"The "Wifey""Matey" title is all about the man and it's time for women to stop defining themselves base on how men see them", she said. "Men have been allowed to betray women and get away with it long enough and it's time for ladies to hold them accountable and stop fighting each other."

She continued, "Tanya Stephens is the perfect fit for this staging because she has addressed the love triangle relationship brilliantly in her music. With songs like "Tek Im Back", "Still ago Loose Him", "To the Rescue" "It's a Pity" among others, she will be an excellent boost to the event".

The conversation will take place in the Ask Him Segment that usually includes men on the panel.

In addition to Stephen's performance and the panel discussion, Girlfriendz will feature its usual segments including Seduction, Self Defense Classes, games and giveaways.

Admission for entry is $1000 (Buy 3 tickets get 1 free - Presold only) and $1,500. The event gets started at 6:30pm. Tickets are available at www.yardticket.com and Abar Restaurant & Lounge or call 798-0820 for more information.

Girlfriendz - Cocktails and Conversations is sponsored by LIME, Smirnoff Vodka, and Baileys Irish Cream.





haile-selassie.jpgRastafarians across the globe on Thursday celebrated the 123rd birthday or "earthstrong' of his His Imperial Majesty Haile Selassie I, the former Emperor of Ethiopa who is revered by the Rastafari movement as the returned messiah of the Bible.

Jamaican recording artiste Queen Ifrica was among the many Rastafarian celebrities to recognise the milestone on social media.

"Today we as Rastafarians Celebrate The Earth Day of HIM ,all hail the king of creation," Queen Ifrica said.

Another reggae artiste, Tarrus Riley added: "Highest Salute To King Rastafari on 123Earthstrong Haile Selassie 1 Conquering Lion of the Tribe of Judah Power of the Trinity Prince of Peace Defender of the Faith Never b4 has the world seen a King like HIM."

Businessman Rohan Marley, known for his early "Jah Rastafari Morning" posts on Selassie each day, on Thursday said: "123rd EARTHSTRONG OF HIS IMPERIAL MAJESTY HAILE SELASSIE I ' It is he who will build the temple of the LORD, and he will be clothed with majesty and will sit and rule on his throne. And he will be a priest on his throne. And there will be harmony between the two. #LIONORDER"

Marley's legendary father, Bob Marley, is credited with making Rastafaian culture and Selassie much better known across the world.

Haile Selassie, who ruled for 45 years and was Ethiopia's last imperial leader, died in 1975 at the age of 83 while held in solitary confinement in his Grand Palace for about a year by Marxist dictator Mengistu Haile Mariam.

To his supporters, Haile Selassie's rule was a time of peace and stability, a period when modern education was introduced and Ethiopia, the oldest independent state in Africa, became the headquarters of the Organization of African Unity.

But his detractors say he failed to introduce much needed reforms, and this failure to dismantle the feudal system led to his downfall.

Rastafarianism's many sects worship Haile Selassie even though he paid little heed to his adulation.





lady-saw-reggae-sumfest-2015.jpgChairman of Summerfest Productions, Robert Russell, says more persons stayed for Lady Saw's closing performance at Reggae Sumfest than I-Octane's debut in 2013 and his follow-up in 2014.

According to Russell, not many dancehall acts have managed to hold the audience on Dancehall Night like Lady Saw. He believes fans of the festival were excited to see what a female artiste had to offer as the closing act.

"In the history of Dancehall Night, I have never seen the entire crowd wait on the closing act as they did for Lady Saw, and they also stayed until the entire performance was over. That too was history. They hadn't seen her in a while and the anticipation was high ... yes, more people did stay to see her than I-Octane," Russell said.

Russell also says with next year's staging, the organisers will continue to set new standards in reggae/dancehall music.

"The decision to make Lady Saw close took a lot of thought, but we had confidence that her popularity would have pulled through. Everybody was happy about her performance and anything is possible for next year. It's early days, but expect the unexpected," he said.

Reggae Sumfest 2015 also saw performances from Common, Jennifer Hudson, T.I, Spice and Beenie Man.





aidonia-photo-4.jpgRecording artiste Aidonia continues to break new ground, riding a musical high as one of dancehall's hottest tickets.

Following a fiery performance at the 23rd staging of Reggae Sumfest last week Thursday at Catherine Hall Entertainment Complex, Montego Bay, the entertainer has something else to smile about after his single, Pon Di Pole, was featured in a promotional video for the 2015 staging of the Hip Hop World Championship.

The competition, considered the 'Olympics of Hip Hop', is slated to draw more than 3,500 dancers from 50 nations. The prestigious competition is scheduled to unfold at San Diego State University's Viejas Arena, August 1 and conclude at Harrah's Resort, August 9.

Meanwhile, Aidonia is also gearing up to release his highly anticipated compilation, Project Sweat. He said the inclusion of his song in the promotional video is definitely something of value.

"Pon Di Pole was always one of those songs that people loved, so it's no surprise to see it getting this kind of attention in different markets. It's a great look for the career and we have to say respect to the organisers of that championship, and to all the people who were responsible for that video," he said.

The competition was previously held in Las Vegas for seven years. However, Hip Hop international, the organisation responsible for the event, announced last year that the World Championship finals would take place at Harrah's Resort.





shaggy-celebrate.jpgShaggy was in high spirits last week as he celebrated his 1st wedding anniversary in the Bahamas

The Grammy winning artiste and his wife, Rebecca Packer Burrell took to the pink sands of The Bahamas with glasses of white wine, where Shaggy made a toast to his beautiful wife.

"Looking forward to many more with my lovely wife!!!," said Shaggy who shared a photo of the joyous occasion.

The photo which was posted on Instagram show the two leaning in for a close-up selfie, as the touched their wine glasses -clink clink

"Anniversary turn up!!!,"said a clearly happy Shaggy on Instagram.

Shaggy and wife Rebecca share twin daughters together.

Congrats, Shaggy and Rebecca!





vybz-kartel-doctor-visit-photo.jpgA photo surfaced this week of jailed deejay Vybz Kartel sitting in what appears to be the waiting room of a medical office. Speculation spread like wild fire that the entertainer had fallen sick again and had been complaining of chest pains.

However, checks by some news outlets with the Correctional Services to ascertain information about the deejay's health status proved futile.

"We are not privileged to give out that type of information," a member of the public relations department of Correctional Services, said.

In June 2013, Kartel was rushed to the Kingston Public Hospital (KPH) after complaining of chest pains. His presence at KPH drew a massive crowd of fans who flocked the medical facility to view the 'World Boss'.

Medical personnel routinely visit prisons to check up on inmates. In more serious cases, prisoners are taken to external health facilities under police guard.

Vybz Kartel is serving a life sentence for the murder of Clive "Lizard" Williams.

The latest picture depicts a pensive-looking Kartel, seated with hands clasped and shackled by handcuffs - seemingly penitent in prayer. He is decked out in a red, round-neck t-shirt and jeans.

His physical appearance has not changed since his 2014 conviction of murder, but Portmore Empire fans are delighted for the glimpse of the artiste beyond prison.





Condolences pour in for Flossie Hazel Salmon

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The Consulate General of Jamaica joins with other fried and well-wishers in expressing condolences on the passing of Ms. Flossie Hazel Salmon.

Ms. Salmon who was 105 years of age, is the mother of Mr. Patrick Jolly, President of Tower Isles Foods

In a release, the Consulate General stated: "The Consul General wishes to express condolences to the family, other relatives and loved ones of Ms. Salmon and may their wonderful memories of her serve to comfort and strengthen them during this challenging time."





Jamaica has forged a deal to retire $3 billion in oil debts to Venezuela thanks to bond sales.

In a Friday statement, Jamaica said it has issued roughly $2 billion in bonds on the international capital market that will pay down the debt it accumulated through Petrocaribe, a Venezuelan program that provides fuel to countries at market prices but under generous credit terms.

Officials say a negotiated settlement with Caracas will dismiss about $3 billion in long-term debt in exchange for $1.5 billion. It was not immediately clear Friday if Jamaica's deal will retire all of its Petrocaribe debt.

The finance ministry said this week's bond issue transaction was "the largest capital markets fundraising ever undertaken by the government of Jamaica."

Jamaica's Petrocaribe settlement is similar to one the Dominican Republic negotiated with Venezuela earlier this year. That Caribbean country dismissed $4 billion in Petrocaribe debt in exchange for $2 billion.

On Thursday, IMF Communications Director Gerry Rice said the organization supports Jamaica's debt buyback.

"It's an important step in reducing the value of the country's public debt and will help to put debt firmly on a downward trajectory," Rice told reporters.

Jamaica is in the third year of a four-year $930 million loan package with the International Monetary Fund and it has passed consecutive tests without shortfalls.





Gun, ammunition seized at Faith's Pen

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ak-47-assault-rifle-ammo.jpgA man and a woman have been arrested as the Moneague Police seized one firearm and several rounds of ammunition on Spencer Road, Faith's Pen in St Ann on Thursday

Reports are that between 4am and 6am, the lawmen carried out an operation in the community where a house was searched.

One Mossberg shotgun along with six rounds of ammunition was seized.

The pair, who was taken into custody in relation to this incident, have their identities withheld pending further investigations.





The police have confirmed that a former national athlete has lodged a report that he was attacked by a female at an event.

Reports are that the former national athlete, who was a patron at 'Chill', an all-inclusive party held at Caymanas Polo Club in St Catherine last week, got into an altercation with a female patron.

The report said that the former national athlete was standing at the event talking to a girl when another woman attacked in a drunken rage, hitting the girl and slapping the athlete who was forced to take evasive action and defend himself.

During the altercation, it is said that the female patron was physically assaulted as the athlete pushed her to the ground. The athlete also received minor injuries in the tussle.

The female filed a report at the Central Village Police Station while the former athlete filed his report at the Duhaney Park police station.

Sources say the girl is not romantically or sexually involved with the former athlete so reasons for the attack remain unclear.

"The athlete said he was attacked by the girl who was drunk. She approached her, and he told her he didn't want to talk to her, and walked over to another girl. Then the girl attacked, slapping at him and the other girl, and in defending himself, he pushed her, and she fell," the officer explained in the report.

The girl, however, has filed a separate report at the Central Village police station, where she is alleging that the former athlete was the aggressor and she, the victim.





Deadly love triangle in St Catherine

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A love triangle turned deadly recently when a woman stabbed another woman who was found in a compromising position with her male lover at her home in St Catherine.

The deceased female has been identified as Dianne Brackenridge. Brackenridge, who is said to be in her early 40s, was with a male companion at his home when they were surprised by the return of the man's spouse.

Police confirmed that the main suspect, the man's spouse, reportedly returned home unannounced at around 12 midnight on Wednesday, and flew into a rage.

An argument reportedly developed between both women, during which a knife was used, allegedly by the spouse, to stab Brackenbridge several times.

She reportedly died at hospital.





Usain Bolt is back!

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usain-bolt-strikes-his-trademark-celebratory-pose-with-the-jamaican-flag.jpgOlympic champion and world record holder Usain Bolt blasted out a world championship warning with victory in the 100m at the London Diamond League meeting on Friday.

The Jamaican sprint king won in 9.87sec, the same time he set in winning his heat earlier in the evening, on a cool, damp night at the London Olympic Stadium.

Friday was his first appearance in six weeks with his only previous 100m race this year seeing him struggle to a modest 10.12sec in Brazil.

Justin Gatlin of the United States still leads the way with 9.74sec in the 100m this season, setting up an intriguing world championship showdown with Bolt in Beijing next month.

"Overall, it was a good run. I wanted to run faster but my start was very poor and that threw me off. It was all downhill from there," said Bolt whose season has been plagued by a pelvic injury.

"I feel like I am getting there and that's the good thing."

Michael Rodgers was second in the final in 9.90sec with Kemar Bailey-Cole of Jamaica taking second in 9.92sec.

"I need to work hard ahead of Beijing. I have to keep pushing myself," added 28-year-old Bolt who was running on the track where he won the 100m, 200m and 4x100m relay gold at the 2012 Olympics.

"I feel pretty good. If I work on my start I will be fine. I need to be more consistent."

Bolt announced his return to form in the heats an hour and 20 minutes before the final on Friday.

After Britain's world indoor 60m champion Richard Kilty had been disqualified for a false start, Bolt made a hesitant start when the race got underway at the second time of asking.

But he overhauled Rodgers as he eased across the line in 9.87sec, the American finishing runner-up in 9.92sec.





abu-bakr.jpgYasin Abu Bakr, the leader of the Jamaat Al Mulimeen group that staged an unsuccessful coup in 1990, has been detained in connection with the murder of prominent attorney Dana Seetahal, according to media reports here on Monday.

The reports said that Bakr, 73, had been taken from his home on Monday morning, by police as they continue their probe into the assassination of Seeathal on May 4, last year.

One radio station reported that Bakr had questioned the police who staged the pre-dawn raid on his home in search of guns and ammunition and was told that his detention is in relation to the murder of the former president of the Law Association of Trinidad and Tobago.

Seeathal was killed as she drove to her apartment in the capital. Two vehicles are reported to have pulled alongside her causing her to come to a stop and the occupants fired several bullets at her, hitting her in the head and chest.

The police have so far issued no statement regarding the arrest of Bakr, who in 1990 led more than 100 men in an attack on the Trinidad and Tobago parliament in a bid to unseat the then ANR Robinson administration. Bakr also refused to appear before a Commission of Inquiry that probed the circumstances surrounding the failed coup.

In February this year, the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service (TTPS) distanced itself from media reports that at least six people would have been charged in connection with her murder. In a statement, the TTPS said that the reports in the media 'are inconsistent with the progress of the investigation thus far and manifest obvious distortions with material facts of the case".

The TTPS said it "considers it extremely irresponsible the naming of any officer/individual from any agency or organisation who may or may not be assisting with the investigation".





bruck-up-illuminated.jpgRemember the charismatic dancer/contortionist/comedian from the era of the nineties who went by the fascinating name Bruck Up? Yes, the same one who was also known as Mr. Puff-Up Face and whose amazingly original antics introduced loads of genuine entertainment and a bag of laughter into the Jamaican dancehall.

Well, believe it or not, Bruck Up - who is credited with creating the dance move of the same name which snaked its way into the States and found much favour there - has returned. And this time around, he's not only dancing his way into the hearts of his fans, he's doing more ... much more. Songwriter and recording artiste George "Bruck Up" Adams is now focused on moving the masses as he leads off summer 2015 with his scorching hot single "Cry", a dancehall anthem produced by Teetimus and which features Fr3e. The song is already getting much love in the States and disc jocks in Jamaica have shown their appreciation for this authentic, edgy, dancehall single which praises the female body.

Admittedly, Bruck Up has been off the local scene in Jamaica for a minute, but don't be fooled into thinking that this ever evolving bundle of creativity and talent has been silent. He has been on a wonderful journey of exploration and creativity, honing his talents amongst hip hop and dancehall royalty and patiently carving out his own particular niche in the US.

The celebrated entertainer, who is the nephew of Professor Nuts, has strategically expanded his horizons and is now a full fledged performing and recording artiste, skillfully crossing that invisible iron barrier into a variety of genres and fusing them into an entity that can perhaps best be described as 'world music'. Now signed to Gone Green Entertainment, a multi-cultural outfit based in the States, Bruck Up is finally on his way to unearthing and sharing his full potential.

"The truth is that Bruck Up has been dancing around his talent - literally and figuratively - and the time has come for him to own up to his singjaying and song-writing skills in a bigger way," a member of his management team, Gone Green Entertainment, explained.

With over 600 songs already written and a dozen or two releases that have made music critics stop in their tracks and pay keen attention - including the collaborative single with Shaggy Sunglasses (Keep Your Shades On) - Bruck Up, who has worked with talents like Crystal Waters, Arrow, Jerry Wunda, Lil' Kim, Scott Storch, Rockwilder, Teddy Riley, Jay Marty, TrainLine, Raekwon, Louie Rankin, Mavado, Melanie Fiona, Rupee, and Lumidee, is ready to rumble.

As Bruck Up declares, "I started in dancehall. The only thing that makes sense is to bring it back to where it started, and take it into the future. I've always been different-and my music is too. I've got no limitations. To Da Moon, baby!"





arrested.jpgAt least 20 children who were arrested at a party in the St Andrew South area early Sunday morning have been charged.

Police say the operation is part of its national co-ordinated crime reduction strategy.

Commanding officer of police in charge of operation for St Andrew South, Deputy Superintendent Aaron Fletcher says the parents and children were charged and are on bail.

The operation was carried out sometime after 3:00 a.m.

The children were arrested at a party in Seaview Gardens at around 5:00 a.m.

In the meantime, DSP Fletcher says three persons from the Sherlock Crescent area of Duhaney Park, were arrested and charged for illegal possession of firearm.

Commanding officer in charge of operations for St Andrew South, Deputy Superintendent Aaron Fletcher.

DSP Fletcher says a woman and her daughter were also arrested and charged at that same venue for breaches of the Child Care and Protection Act.





foota-hype-daughter.jpgDancehall selector Oneil 'Foota Hype' Thomas and his girlfriend celebrated a joyous occasion as they welcomed their newborn daughter into the world on Sunday.

Foota introduced his daughter to the world on Sunday morning via social media.

He shared a photo of the baby girl with the caption: "Gm, let me introduce u to my queen sent to me by God almighty himself he took my mom and sent me a speedy replacement a woman to love and cherish for the rest of my life."

The message was greeted by scores of "congratulations" as social media users marvelled at the child's beauty.

It's Foota Hype's second child. The controversial selector already has a son - Oshawn - with ex fiance Ishawna.





tommy-lee-photo-10-simplified.jpgThe police have stated that dancehall deejay Tommy Lee poses a threat to the lives of persons attending stage shows because there are elements out there who want to kill the artiste. Tommy Le, the cops say, is a gangsta and as a result they are not giving permission for him to perform on shows in certain parishes.

The authorities believe that the presence of Tommy Lee Sparta may bring violence to any venue in which he makes an appearance, which could have grim consequences for unsuspecting persons.

"We told the promoters of the event that we are not prepared to police the event with Tommy Lee on it because of the danger that he brings to the whole event and what can happen if he is associated," said Senior superintendent of police (SSP) in charge of the St James Division, Steve McGregor. "Not only performing, but being in the parish, because other gangs are after him to kill him."

McGregor further stated that as a result of the nature of the event, the police where forced to ask Reggae Sumfest organisers to pull the artiste from the line-up. Tommy Lee Sparta is expected to be questioned by authorities sometime this week.

"With the amount of people, the movement of the people also, we told the organisers to pull him from the event," SSP McGregor said. "His management called us, and we told them about the danger that he faces to be in the parish, as also the event. He is slated to come in to see us next week. He is told to come in with his lawyer."

SSP McGregor explained, "There are two gangs in Flankers that are at each other: the Sparta and the Rebel Gang. It's serious, because eight people have been murdered and numerous shootings have occurred relative to that issue. We told him that it is very dangerous to him to be anywhere in Area One."

On Thursday, Tommy Lee Sparta apologised to fans because he would not be taking the Sumfest stage.

"To my loyal Fans and Friends! I regret to inform you that I will not be performing at Reggae Sumfest tonight because the Police High Command has refused me permission on stage! This act is in breach of the Charter of Rights and Constitution of Jamaica. How can the police prevent a citizen from engaging legitimate employment! My Attorney-at-law will be filing action in the Supreme Court for financial compensation! I was ready to explode tonight," he said in the Instagram post.





constable-crystal-thomas-photo-1.jpgThe University College of the Caribbean (UCC) on Sunday conferred Police Constable Crystal Thomas posthumously with her associate degree.

The document was presented to her mother at the graduation ceremony, held at the National Indoor Sports Centre.

There was also a moment of silence by the graduating class for the slain constable, who had attended the institution.

The 24 year old policewoman, who was attached to the Denham Town police station, was shot dead last Tuesday night during a robbery on a bus on Spanish Town Road.

Members of the Central Executive of the Police Federation were in attendance at the graduation ceremony.

Three suspects have been held for her murder.





200 extra policemen sent to Montego Bay

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In a major push to curtail the crime wave in St James, the Police High Command has ordered the deployment of 200 additional police personnel to the parish this week.

The new batch of cops should arrive on Tuesday.

More than 120 people have been murdered in St James since January - the highest figure of all 19 police divisions.

The High Command imposed nightly curfews in several communities, following last week's slaying of six persons over a 24 hour period.

Senior Superintendent Steve McGregor, head of the St James Police, said the curfews, imposed on Friday, have been instrumental in curtail the violence in his Division since then.

He said the police will continue their manhunt for those involved in the violence.

Since the start of the year, 652 people have been murdered in Jamaica, up from 525 during the corresponding period last year.





American woman missing; last seen in HWT

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american-woman-missing.jpgThe police are looking for an American woman who they say has been missing since last Thursday.

She is 41-year-old Lori Sexon, a Caucasian of medium build and is about 163 centimetres (5 feet 4 inches) tall.

Sexon was last seen in Half-Way-Tree, St Andrew about 9:30 pm on the day in mention and has not been heard from since. Her mode of dress at the time is unknown.

Anyone knowing her whereabouts is being asked to contact the Matilda's Corner Police at 978-6003, police 119 emergency number or the nearest police station.





304 persons arrested for stealing electricity

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electricity-theft.jpgJamaica Public Service (JPS) is reporting that operations carried out in collaboration with members of the security forces, have resulted in the arrest of 304 people for the illegal abstraction of electricity, since the start of the year, to July 15.

In a release Sunday, JPS said crews have also pulled down 9,512 throw-up lines for the same period. The company has said they have been relentless in pursuing the perpetrators of electricity theft.

On Tuesday, July 14, the teams' latest move saw the St Catherine community of Windsor Heights in Central Village, being rid of 850 throw-up lines. One man was reportedly arrested, but several others fled from their residences to avoid being associated with the illegal connections.

On June 30, nine people were brought before the Spanish Town Resident Magistrate's Court for the illegal abstraction of electricity. The JPS said six of them pleaded guilty and were fined an average of J$150,000 each or six months in prison.

Following that, on July 1, five people were brought before the Linstead Resident Magistrate's Court for the same charge. Four pleaded guilty and were also reportedly fined an average of J$150,000 each.

JPS, in the release, also reminded non-paying users of electricity that regularisation is a straightforward process. The company also said it is anticipating that its Community Renewal programme in seven communities in Kingston, will assist in creating sustained regularisation through public education and practical assistance (such as house wiring), among other measures.





constable-crystal-thomas.jpgThe police are on the hunt for two females who were accomplices in a robbery which ended in the murder of a woman constable last week.

The cops have now launched a hunt for the women who they say are crucial to the probe into the death of Constable Crystal Thomas.

Three men have already been taken into custody and the cop's service weapon has been recovered by the police.

Thomas was shot at point blank range in the head after she was identified by one of the robbers as a police officer.

She had boarded a Toyota Coaster bus on her way to Portmore, St Catherine after she had completed her shift at the Denham Town Police station. Unfortunately the bus she boarded was being robbed by a gang of highway men.

She was shot and her gun stolen.





video-tape.jpgThe males were ruthless. There was about seven of them and they took turns on an allegedly mentally ill teenage girl in Zion, Trelawny last week.

Luckily for the girl they were foolish enough to tape the demented act. The video found its way on social media and went viral on the internet.

Now two males are in custody and police are on the trail of the other five.

The sexually disturbing assault includes the men urinating in the girl's face - despite her desperate plea for mercy - and repeated acts of forced entry into her private parts.

They also branded the girl an "idiot gal" and laughed merrily as they violated her and further scarred her mentally for the rest of her life.

The Office of the Children's Advocate has ordered an immediate probe into the matter and the Centre for the Investigation Sexual Offenses and Child Abuse (CISOCA) has reported that no stone will be left unturned in bringing the callous, uncouth perpetrators of this crime to justice.





bullying.jpgThe Inner-city Teachers Coalition (ICTC) says the move by the Ministry of Education to address the issue of bullyism should not be confined to gay students, as they gay students are more often the perpetrators of bullyism..

According to a press release from ICTC Saturday, "Statements that have been reported in the media that have been attributed to the minister has singled out the fact that students who practice or appear to be practicing alternative lifestyles are being bullied and that measures are now being put in place to reduce these incidents in our schools."

However, based on reports from the membership, the coalition is of the view that bullying of heterosexual students by groups practicing alternative lifestyles is much more widespread.

"These groups are known to prey on weaker students and intimidate them with a view to pressure them to join the alternative lifestyle that is being practiced by the group. Whenever the advances of members of the group is resisted, oftentimes the students are assaulted physically and sometimes even sexually," the release stated.

Chairman of the coalition Mark Malabver said the occurrence of weaker students being preyed on is most prevalent in all-girl's institutions.

The release also contended that many of these "critical" incidents go unreported for various reasons, including the fact that administrators are keen to ensure that the image of the schools in which these incidents take place is not tarnished.

In addition to this, many of the victims of this type of bullyism fail to report these matters for fear of reprisal from the group, as well as the stigma that is attached to attacks of this nature, the release said.

The ICTC is therefore calling on the Education Ministry to either offer clarity on the new policy initiative of bullyism or to redesign this new initiative to ensure that it deals with all aspects of bullyism in schools.

ICTC, according to Malabver, is a group of teachers that are primarily from inner-city schools who have decided to advocate on behalf of schools in the inner-city and rural areas.





Ganja proven to be good for the bones

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ganja-use.jpgCannabis-marijuana, hashish-was used as a go-to medical remedy by societies around the world for centuries. But the therapeutic use of marijuana was banned in most countries in the 1930s and '40s due to a growing awareness of the dangers of addiction. The significant medical benefits of marijuana in alleviating symptoms of such diseases as Parkinson's, cancer, and multiple sclerosis have only recently been reinvestigated.

A new study published in the Journal of Bone and Mineral Research by Tel Aviv University and Hebrew University researchers explores another promising new medical application for marijuana. According to the research, the administration of the non-psychotropic component cannabinoid cannabidiol (CBD) significantly helps heal bone fractures. The study, conducted on rats with mid-femoral fractures, found that CBD-even when isolated from tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the major psychoactive component of cannabis-markedly enhanced the healing process of the femora after just eight weeks.

The research was led jointly by Dr. Yankel Gabet of the Bone Research Laboratory at the Department of Anatomy and Anthropology at TAU's Sackler Faculty of Medicine and the late Prof. Itai Bab of Hebrew University's Bone Laboratory.

Undeniable clinical potential

The same team, in earlier research, discovered that cannabinoid receptors within our bodies stimulated bone formation and inhibited bone loss. This paves the way for the future use of cannabinoid drugs to combat osteoporosis and other bone-related diseases.

"The clinical potential of cannabinoid-related compounds is simply undeniable at this point," said Dr. Gabet. "While there is still a lot of work to be done to develop appropriate therapies, it is clear that it is possible to detach a clinical therapy objective from the psychoactivity of cannabis. CBD, the principal agent in our study, is primarily anti-inflammatory and has no psychoactivity."

According to Dr. Gabet, our bodies are equipped with a cannabinoid system, which regulates both vital and non-vital systems. "We only respond to cannabis because we are built with intrinsic compounds and receptors that can also be activated by compounds in the cannabis plant," he said. The researchers found that the skeleton itself is regulated by cannabinoids. Even the addition of a non-psychogenic compound acting outside of the brain can affect the skeleton.





Aidonia sweating on new project

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aidonia-photo-4.jpgDancehall artiste Aidonia has been busy in the studio adding the final touches to his album, Project Sweat, slated for release by the end of this month. But the artiste cannot wait to hit the stage in Catherine Hall, Montego Bay, on Thursday, July 16, to showcase some of his new material.

"The album has a great vibe and we love it. There are 10 songs for the ladies on three different types of tempos on it - the slow and sexy tempo, medium tempo and the fast tempo. Boring Gyalis the first single then Pretty Please, one old song and seven new tracks. The album is actually ready. We are just waiting on the release date," Aidonia said.

He explains that he is grateful for the opportunity to perform at Reggae Sumfest, as that stage is a platform for artistes to promote their talent.





kymani-marley.jpgMaestro, the sixth album from Ky-Mani Marley, is number one on the Billboard Reggae Album Chart this week. It is his second chart-topper.

Maestro was released by Konfrontation Muzic and has 17 tracks which includes collaborations with Damian Marley, Gentleman, Matisyahu and Kreesha Turner.

The 39-year-old Marley was born in Falmouth, but moved to South Florida as a youngster. His debut album, Like Father, Like Son was released in 1996 by Shang Music.

Marley has had four albums on the Billboard Reggae Album Chart. 2000's The Journey stalled at number seven, while 2001's Grammy-nominated Many More Roads peaked at number eight. 2007's Radio topped the chart and stalled at number 38 on Billboard's R&B/Hip Hop Albums Chart.





Gaza Slim, Ishawna thrill Sumfest

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ishawna-reggae-sumfest.jpgBack-to-back performances by dancehall divas Gaza Slim and Ishawna kept the energy going at Dancehall Night of the 23rd staging of Reggae Sumfest now under way at the Catherine Hall Entertainment Centre in St James.

The fast-rising Ishawna delivered 'Naw Tek him Back', 'Cheerful Giver', 'I Need Love', among others, much to the delight of her fans.

Before her performance, Gaza Slim had set the pace with songs like 'Me a enjoy Myself', 'You a My Man', 'No More than Me' and more, which went over well with the audience.

Meanwhile, Konfydence, Sashae and J Capri are the other female artistes that have performed already.





bamson-guh-tell-yuh-muma-official.jpgInternet sensation Bamson is poised to collect his first set of royalties. His controversial single, 'Guh Tell Yu Madda', has been added to the BBC 1Xtra's playlist.

Guh Tell Yu Madda, in its explicit form, went viral on social media after comedian Trabass posted a video of Bamson performing the song.

The video showed the artiste harmonising a popular Jamaican curse phrase, using a bucket to provide a beat.

The video was shared over 100,000 times on Facebook and was later brought to the attention of local producer Gutty Bling of Claims Records, also credited for discovering Gully Bop.

Impressed by the footage, Claims Records swiftly signed the artiste and officially produced the song.

According to Gutty Bling, Guh Tell Yu Madda's addition to BBC 1Xtra's playlist means the artiste and record label will stand to benefit financially from airplay.

"Dem love di song overseas, I blasted it and dem just decide to add it to the library and run wid it. It is a good look for us because that means royalties will come from that. It's not like out here, those people work with strict music libraries," he said.

The producer also said the label plans to amp up promotions for the song, locally, in an attempt to capitalise on summer festivities.

"We have been getting several dubplate requests, and we are on local radio stations comfortably. We have also been performing at events and we are looking to do much more to increase the reach of the song," he told THE weekend STAR.

With requests coming in from the Caribbean and Canada, Bamson says he is thankful for the overnight success.





Screams for Dexta Daps at Reggae Sumfest

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daxta-dops.jpgDexta Daps was greeted with wild screams from the women during his maiden performance on Thursday night the Sumfest stage at the Catherine Hall Entertainment Centre in St James.

The newcomer maintained connection with especially his female fans with songs like 'Morning Love', 'Jealous Ova', 'Miss You Love', and his smash hit '7 Eleven'.

Dexta Daps hit the stage following an electrifying performance from Ding Dong and Ravers Clavers who kept the patrons entertained with a plethora of dance moves.

The group prompted patrons to 'Do the Right Thing', 'Low Me', 'Siva', 'Willie Bounce', 'Dancehall moves Gas', 'Bad Man Forward' and more.

Meanwhile, dancehall lyricist Bugle delivered a satisfying set using conscious lyrics to songs such as 'We Naw Work With That', 'Proud a who me is',' Anointed and No Compatible', which resonated with the audience.

Among the highlight of his act was his use of the Answer riddin to perform versions of Beenie Man, Buju Banton and Bounti Killa tunes.

He made way for Konshens.





sanchez.jpgReggae veteran Sanchez, one of the headline acts billed to perform at the fifth annual Grace Jamaican Jerk Festival, Roy Wilkins Park, Queens, New York, next Sunday, will not appear as scheduled.

According to a release, Eddy Edwards, chairman, Jamaican Jerk Festival USA Inc, said having spoken to Sanchez's manager, the entertainer would not be able to perform because of personal reasons.

"I spoke with his manager and was told he will not be able to perform, as scheduled, because of personal circumstances beyond his control. Sanchez apologises to his fans and will make it up to them in the future," he said.

Sanchez, will be replaced by international reggae/dancehall superstar Cham.

"Cham is a respected artiste, who has recorded hits like Ghetto Story, Vitamin S, Many Many and Babylon Bwoy, and has collaborated with international superstars such as Alicia Keys and Sean Paul. We are delighted he was able to accept our invitation at such short notice," Edwards said.

Cham will join other acts such as Fab 5 Band, Romain Virgo, Carlene Davis and Kokodoo.





Huge forwards for Gully Bop at Sumfest

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gully-bop-reggae-sumfest.jpgGully Bop had his audience in stitches throughout his debut performance at Reggae Sumfest's Dancehall Night, and copped the biggest forwards at the event.

He was as charismatic as he was engaging and entertaining, pausing to introduce upcoming artistes to do short stints and invited the audience to shoo them off stage if they floundered

gully-bop-and-shauna-chin-photo-1.jpgNo sooner had he entered centerstage when he called his lady love Miss Chin to perform several duets with him, which was well received.

Of course his nemesis Ninja Man was not spared Bop's lyrical onslaught as he claimed he saw Ninjaman hiding from him in Half-Way Tree.

Gully Bop scored big on his debut Reggae Sumfest appearance delivering a sensational set which delighted the appreciative patrons at Dancehall Night here at Catherine Hall Entertainment Centre.

The exciting performer connected with 'Dem no Bad like Me', 'Wuck offa Me' and more.

But it was his freestyle lyrics, laced with humour, which had the audience in stitches.

He was followed by Spice whose performance was coloured by her usual sexually suggestive moves and lyrics.

She made way for Aidonia.





Lady Saw closes Reggae Sumfest in fine style

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lady-saw-reggae-sumfest-dancehall-night-2015.jpgIt is fair to say that dancehall star, Lady Saw was an excellent choice to bring the curtains down on Reggae Sumfest Dancehall Night 2015 and in so doing created history as the first female artiste to close the show since its inception.

Unlike years gone by when patrons would file out of the venue by the time they had caught a glimpse of, or viewed a few minutes into the performance of the closing act, patrons remained inside for the performance of the Queen of the Dancehall,

Lady Saw delivered, proving why she is the undisputed queen of the dancehall. Her performance was engaging and humourous as it was naughty.

She also came prepared with new lyrics which made jabs as those female artistes whom she said were giving her a fight, including several innuendoes aimed at fellow dancehall artiste Spice.

It was only when she announced that she would be doing her last song "heels On" that some patrons began to file slowly out of the venue, to beat the Montego Bay morning traffic.





Why do some men wear jackets?

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wear-jacket.jpgIn Jamaica, a 'jacket' is a child who is given to a man who is not the biological father. Please note that in most cases, the man genuinely believes that the child is his, even though his relatives and friends may be suspicious and point out their feelings to him.

Of note too is that men are known to wear 'jackets' with immense pride, even to the extent of loving the jackets even more than they love the children who are rightfully theirs.

Statistics show that up to seventy percent of Jamaican men are wearing 'jackets' and with the availability of DNA, more and more men are finding out for sure that the kids aren't theirs.

But, it is interesting that court records also show that many of these fathers, after the devastation of finding out that the child they have loved and nurtured for so long is a jacket, simply bounce back and go through the legal system and legally adopt the children.

So big up to all Jamaican man who love up dem jacket pickney. After all, it's not the child's fault.

If the jacket fits, wear it.After all, it takes more than the donation of some sper to be a great dad.





The bloodletting continues in the parish of St James where a total of six people, including a woman, were gunned down in four different incidents between last night and early this morning.

Over the period, the police recorded two double murders, one in Norwood and the other in Rose Heights; while one murder was reported in Roehampton and another on Harbour Street, Montego Bay.

This week has been one of the bloodiest in the St James Police Division, which has so far recorded more than 120 murders since the start of the year.





Government owes NHT $45-billion

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nht-arrears.jpgThe Jamaican Governent owes the NHT some $45-billion in arrears.

Acting managing director of the trust, Martin Miller, made the revelation to the Public Administration and Appropriations Committee (PAAC) of Parliament on Wednesday.

He explained that the trust has been in discussions with the Ministry of Finance over the roughly $48 billion owed. "It is something that we are likely to hear some more on, shortly," he said.





Manhunt launched for 3 escaped prisoners

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manhunt-launched.jpgThe police have launched a manhunt for three prisoners who escaped from the Linstead lock-up in St Catherine on Wednesday.

They are Steven Burke, who is charged with robbery with aggravation, Odane Walker, charged with house breaking and larceny, and Clayton Williams who is charged for robbery.

Persons with information that can lead to their capture are being asked to contact the Portmore Police, 119 emergency number or the nearest Police Station.





Third suspect held in murder of policewoman

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constable-crystal-thomas.jpgA third suspect has been held for the murder of Constable Crystal Thomas who was killed on Tuesday night when gunmen hijacked a bus in which she was a passenger along Spanish Town Road in Kingston.

Meanwhile, US Ambassador Luis Moreno has expressed condolences to the family and colleagues of Thomas.

In a statement on Thursday, the Ambassador said Constable Thomas' bravery and quick action saved many lives and demonstrated her dedication to Jamaica and protecting her fellow citizens.

He said the Constable exemplified the code of the Jamaica Constabulary Force: Serve, Protect and Reassure.





Sections of the Eastern Caribbean and Guyana were rocked by earthquakes shortly before noon on Thursday.

The Seismic Research Center at the University of the West Indies confirmed that tremors occurred in St Lucia, Barbados and Martinique.

The first that measured 5.7 while the second, felt in the same region four hours later at 11:16 am, measured 6.4 occurred at 7:01am.

In St Lucia, the earthquakes were particularly heavy in the north, but there have been no reports of damage.

In Guyana, the tremor was rocked sections of the Essequibo Coast and the villages of Bartica, Buck Hall and Mabaruma.





TRINIDAD: 4 members of one family murdered

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Four members of a family were shot and killed in Chatam in south Trinidad on Wednesday night, police said.

While they have not given details about the incident, the father of one of those killed, has been on radio providing details.

Patrick Joba has identified them as his daughter Grace Toussaint Baptiste 55, her mother, Lena Toussaint, 75, his grandson, Jeremie Toussaint Baptiste 24, and his son in law Peter Baptiste 59.

"I found the bodies this morning. I had been calling them to attend a prayer meeting for somebody that was killed and I got no answer. I went to their house and I saw the door open and my grandson lying on the ground," he told radio listeners.

He said a threat had earlier been made on the lives of the family. He gave no further details.





Fifa official extradited to United States

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fifa-jeffrey-webb.jpgOne of seven Fifa official detained in a raid in Switzerland, widely believed to be Caymanian Jeffrey Webb, has been extradited to the US, Swiss authorities say.

Webb and the other six Fifa officials were held on corruption charges in Switzerland on May 27.

The unnamed official was taken to New York by a three-man police escort on Wednesday, the Swiss Justice Department says.

The person was not named, but earlier reports said Jeffrey Webb had waived his right to fight the American extradition request.

Mr Webb, 50, is the former president of the Central and North American football federation, Concacaf, and is a Fifa vice-president.

He is accused of accepting bribes worth millions of dollars in connection with the sale of marketing rights.





lady-saw-photos-6.jpgDancehall mainstay, Lady Saw is in a happy place and couldn't care less about reports that fellow female entertainer Macka Diamond had rejected her offer to perform alongside her at this year's staging of Reggae Sumfest.

"My life is too beautiful right now and I have no time for distractions," she said. "Right now, I am only focused on Marion."

The entertainer is expected to make history as the first female artiste to close the show at Reggae Sumfest Dancehall Night.

macka-diamond-photos-3.jpgSaw had made the offer to Macka in an interview last month, but in an article published on Monday, Macka Diamond said she is yet to hear from Saw herself.

"Lady Saw has been directing various persons to call me to perform alongside her at Dancehall Night on Reggae Sumfest in the name of solidarity and unity, but she has yet to call me herself," she said.

She also revealed that she believed Saw's offer to share the stage was part of a publicity stunt to boost her performance set for Thursday.

Meanwhile, Lady Saw is upbeat about closing Reggae Sumfest Dancehall Night.

"I feel very excited to be closing the show. Who best to close it, than me? A female has never closed Reggae Sumfest Dancehall Night ever, so I'm very honoured, she said. "I'm creating history. What I normally do, whenever I'll be closing a major show, is to write new lyrics. I always come original and always energetic. I'm planning something special for Sumfest."





Representatives of transgender Bruce Jenner, now living as Caitlyn, reportedly negotiated the ESPYs award in exchange for PR plugs in Jenner's upcoming TV series and threatened to pull out of the 20/20 interview with Diane Sawyers.

ESPN has come under fire on social media for choosing Jenner for the Arthur Ashe Courage Award, with some claiming there were more worthy recipients.

One name that surfaced was the late Lauren Hill, the former Division III women's college basketball player. She raised $1.5 million for cancer research before succumbing to the disease.

Reports have emerged that Jenner's team approached ESPN with the idea that Bruce (now using the name Caitlyn) win the Arthur Ashe Courage Award just as details were being finalized for the 20/20 interview with Diane Sawyer on ABC.

ABC and ESPN are both owned by Disney, and ABC aired Wednesday's awards ceremony.

'It was a brilliant move because the executives at ESPN loved the idea, and immediately began making sure it got done,' a source familiar with the negotiations told RadarOnline.

The talks hit a stumbling block, and Jenner's agents were reportedly prepared to pull out of the interview with Sawyer.

'It was ironed out, and ABC owns one of the biggest stories of the year.'

The build up to Jenner accepting the award will be featured in his upcoming reality show, "I am Cait", generating a great deal of publicity for both ESPN and the awards.

However, there is some dispute as to the timeline of the negotiations.

The Sawyer interview took place in April, and ESPYs producer Maura Mandt has told Sports Illustrated that the final decision was not reached until May after consultation with the Ashe Foundation.





beenie-jazz.jpgpopcaan-photo-3.jpgDancehall artistes Popcaan and Beenie Man have collaborated with American singer Jeremih and British rappers Konan and Krept for the remix of their single, 'Freak Of The Week'.

The video for the single was released in May and has already received more than six million views on YouTube.

Jeremih is known for his singles Birthday Sex and Don't Tell Em. He has also collaborated with recording artistes including Chris Brown, 50 Cent, French Montana, Fabolous, Wale and August Alsina.

Konan and Krept are popular England-based rappers. Their first major release was the mixtape Young Kingz released on September 2, 2013. The duo is known for their strong impact in the UK underground hip-hop scene.

Freak of The Week sees the Def Jam-signed artistes sampling Beenie Man's Who Am I dancehall instrumental that was produced by Jeremy Harding.

jeremih.jpgOne half of the duo Konan - the son of ska, rocksteady and reggae icon Delroy Wilson - recently told UK's SBTV that he plans to show dancehall and reggae's influence in his music.

"The first single is a sample of a Beenie Man song, so it goes hands in hand. My father knew Beenie Man, so it is a good coincidence," Konan said.

The original version of Who Am I was released in 1997 and went to No.40 on the Billboard Hot 100, No.15 on the Billboard Hot R&B singles chart and No. 6 on the Billboard Hot Rap singles chart. It was also sampled by American rapper Rock City earlier this year for his effort called I'm That.

Popcaan, who is currently unable to travel to the US, has collaborated with American artistes like Snoop Lion, Pusha T and Acehood in recent times.





lady-saw-photos-4.jpgLady Saw is set to create history at Reggae Sumfest in Catherine Hall, Montego Bay, tonight.

She'll be the first female to close Dancehall Night at the festival's 23rd staging.

"This year is the 23rd staging of Sumfest and for the promoters to choose me as the closer of dancehall night. I am humbled... women have come a far way in this industry, so I'm gonna show that women can do it as well as the men and even better," she said.

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Saw, 46, first graced the Sumfest stage in 1994. She said she loves working on that show.

"It is a great platform to show fans around the world how much our music is rich and entertaining. I love seeing my fans come out in their numbers and making them happy because once they are happy my job is accomplished," she said.

"My swag is going to be up up as my local designer out did himself... can't wait for you all to see my outfit" Lady Saw continued.

Included on tonight's show are Capleton, Konshens, I Octane, Popcaan, Gully Bop, Spice, Tommy Lee, Aidonia, Dexta Daps, and Bugle.





licence-plate.jpgPersons who have applied for motor vehicle licence plates are facing a delay in getting them.

Tax Administration Jamaica (TAJ) confirmed on Wednesday that it is experiencing a shortage of the plates at revenue service centres and tax offices islandwide.

This is due to a delay in the delivery of supplies, as well as an unusual increase in the demand for plates in recent months.

TAJ said it was working with its suppliers to have the matter speedily resolved.





The Centre for the Investigation for Sexual Offences and Child Abuse (CISOCA) has secured the conviction of a male teacher, Randean Raymond, for Indecent Assault.

CISOCA indicated that Raymond pleaded guilty to the offence of indecent assault when he appeared before the Half Way Tree Resident Magistrate's Court on Wednesday, July 8.

He was sentenced to six months in prison at hard labour, with the option of paying a fine of $100,000 and opted to pay his fine.

On Wednesday, May 17, a report was made at CISOCA that a female student was in a classroom with Raymond when he summoned her to sit beside him and laid his palm on her left thigh and rubbed it. He stopped when other students walked in the classroom.

Statements were recorded from the complainant and her mother. A member of the school community also gave a statement to the fact that the suspect admitted that he had committed the offence.

Members of the investigative team have been lauded by Assistant Commissioner of Police in charge of the Criminal Investigations Branch (CIB) Headquarters, Ealan Powell, for their comprehensive investigation of the matter and their duteous preparation of a strong case file.

He also had high commendations for the victim, her mother and other persons who came forward and gave statements.

"It is not always an easy thing to do. I commend the young woman for her bravery, as also her mother and other caregivers who supported her in her quest for justice," said ACP Powell.





The Kingston Western Police detained approximately 20 individuals during an early morning police military operation in the Division.

Similar operations are being conducted across several crime hot spots in the 19 Police Geographic Divisions.

Head of the Kingston Western Police Division, Senior Superintendent Cornwall 'Bigga' Ford, disclosed that a man investigators describe as a person of interest, as well as a small number of women, are among the detainees

SSP Ford said the operation, which got underway at midnight, will last for two days, and aims to penetrate the backbone of several criminal enterprises islandwide.

Up to newstime the detainees were undergoing processing by Kingston Western Detectives.





Asafa Powell has another sub-10 clocking

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asafa-powell-photo-1.jpgFormer world record holder Asafa Powell continued his warm up for the IAAF World Championship in Beijing by delivering another sub-10 time to win the men's 100m at the Spitzen Leichtathletik meet in Luzern, Switzerland.

Powell, who finished second behind Justin Gatlin in his last outing, clocked 9.87 - his sixth sub-10 clocking of the season - to finish ahead of fellow Jamaicans Nesta Carter 10.06s, and Kemar Bailey-Cole who was third in 10.08 seconds.

2011 World champion Yohan Blake, making a return from injury was second in the men's 100m B race in 10.20s. The race was won by former Jamaican athlete Jak Ali Harvey, who now represents Turkey, in 10.15 seconds.

Action in the women's 100m saw Natasha Morrison running 11.17s to finish behind Charonda Williams who clocked 11.14s while Christania Williams was third in her heat in 11.40s.





bobbi-kristina-and-nick-gordon-photo-1.jpgBobbi Kristina Brown's boyfriend, Nick Gordon, was officially served with a $10 million lawsuit on Sunday in Florida. The civil lawsuit, filed on behalf of the only daughter of the late Whitney Houston and Bobbi Brown, accuses him of both physically assaulting and stealing thousands from her.

Gordon, 25, was served at a Starbucks in Longwood, Florida. In a video obtained by The New York Daily News, a process server can be seen giving him a manila envelope, to which he simply replies, "Thank you." When a bystander inquires about the envelope, Gordon says, "I have no idea." He then starts scrolling through his cellphone.

Gordon has rarely been seen since news broke that 22-year-old Bobbi Kristina was transferred to a hospice in Atlanta last month, as her condition continues to deteriorate. Bobbi Kristina's court-appointed conservator, Bedelia Hargrove, filed the lawsuit against Gordon in Fulton County Superior Court on June 24, which means it's taken almost three weeks to serve Gordon. His last sighting was on June 28 in Florida.

ET learned last month that Gordon has assembled a very well-known legal team to face the lawsuit. Atlanta criminal defense attorney Joe Habachy, Gordon's lead lawyer, was preparing to bring in famous attorney Jose Baez --- who's best-known for serving as the lead defense attorney for Casey Anthony -- as well as TJ Ward, one of the private investigators who worked on the disappearance of Natalee Holloway, sources close to Gordon's legal team told ET.

In addition to the domestic violence claims, the lawsuit alleges that Bobbi Kristina set up a meeting with an unnamed person on Jan. 31 to discuss that Gordon was "not the man she thought he was," and was later found unresponsive in a bathtub on the same day, "face down, with her mouth swollen and another tooth knocked out."

No criminal charges have been filed against Gordon.





Shane Brown could sue Busy Signal

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busy-signal-dancehall-artiste.jpgShane Brown through his Juke Boxx Productions is threatening legal action following claims made by dancehall deejay, Busy Signal, last week. Busy Signal says he was unaware of the monies owed and is requesting a copy of the contractual agreement between Juke Boxx Production and Trinidad's Peppers Entertainment after he was arrested in that Caribbean country recently.

In the mild threat of a defamation lawsuit Juke Boxx Production states that "invalidated accusations can be defamatory for which individual/s can be held liable through the courts as a consequence."

In the release, Juke Boxx Production claims that "after the separation of Busy Signal from the Shane Brown led company, all documents relating to Busy's business affairs, and future contractual obligations were turned over to his new management, including the deposit from Peppers Entertainment."

The release further states that "it is rather strange, that Busy Signal and his new management team claim ignorance of this issue, when all details and amounts collected on their behalf were handed over to them. It is also our understanding that they chose to refund a portion of the deposit collected to the Promoter."

Meanwhile, Busy Signal says he stands by his initial statement that he was unaware of any contractual agreement with Peppers Entertainment and is requesting that Juke Boxx Productions provide all the documents of the contractual agreement.





Maricopa County Sheriff's Deputies say they have arrested a man on bestiality charges.

Deputies say 68-year-old Michael Crawford posted an ad on a popular website that caught the attention of a detective from the MCSO Animal Crimes unit.

The detective and Crawford communicated several times via telephone and e-mail. During those taped recordings and e-mail exchanges, deputies say that Crawford admitted to traveling the country to find horse owners willing to allow him to commit sexual acts with the animals.

"In one conversation, Crawford asked the detective what kind of horses and ponies he had, how large they were and if they are used to human sexual play. He later told the deputy that he purchased a non-refundable plane ticket to Phoenix adding, 'If you can really help with what I am seeking, I am definitely interested in traveling out to meet you.' Crawford said he would be bringing five shirts on which he wanted the horse to urinate. He told detectives he would mail them back to his home in Pennsylvania where he will wear them for arousal purposes."

According to MCSO, Crawford purchased a round-trip ticket to Phoenix with the intent to commit bestiality. Deputies say Crawford arrived at an airport in the Valley on Friday evening, July 10th. Video footage that was secretly recorded by MCSO detectives shows Crawford meeting with the planned horses.

"Perversion has reached a new level," said Sheriff Joe Arpaio in response to this latest bestiality investigation conducted by his animal crimes unit.

Deputies also say the suspect told them he's been performing sex acts on animals since the 1970s and he allegedly told them he is now retired after having worked for the government for more than 40 years.

The Sheriff said, "When he was arrested, he was shocked. He said I didn't do anything. Well, he did. He committed conspiracy. We are not going to let him go through the act.. of course, that's what he's thinking. He didn't do it, but we sure have enough to charge him."

Deputies arrested Crawford, who is now facing charges of bestiality, which is a class 6 felony. He has been booked into the Fourth Avenue jail.

"I take this crime seriously," stated Arpaio. "It is part of my office's fight against animal abuse. These animals are not meant to be sex toys for the perverted."

Arpaio says in the past five years, his deputies have made eight arrests for bestiality.





peter-bunting-photo-2.jpgNational Security Minister, Peter Bunting on Tuesday outlined the government's three-pronged approach to combat the current murder spike and the challenge of violent crime over the long term.

Mr. Bunting says government intends to strengthen the operational capabilities of the security forces; address the root causes of violence in the society, with various social intervention strategies; and bring important legislation to the House of Representatives to support the investigation and prosecution of criminals.

Speaking in Parliament, Mr. Bunting outlined that last year the country recorded the lowest number of murders in several years, at one thousand and five.

However, he says 12 hundred murders could be recorded by the end of this year. Mr. Bunting outlined that the figures for other categories of serious and violent crimes are all down.These include shootings, down by 8%, rape down by 25%, aggravated assault down by 14% and robberies down by 16%.

The National Security Minister said what the country is experiencing this year is not a general surge in crime, but rather a spike in murders. He revealed that Area One, which comprises St. James, Hanover and Westmoreland has the highest murder rate, with St. James having a murder rate of two and a half times higher than the rest of Jamaica.

Mr. Bunting attributed a third of all the murders in area one to the illegal lottery scam, and says half of the murders committed across the island are gang-related.





father-killed.jpgA father who went to collect his daughter at a medical facility in Albion, Montego Bay St. James this afternoon was shot and killed.

Dead is 27-year-old Kenroy Colquhoun also called Nardo of Felicity Road in the parish.

Reports are that shortly after Colquhoun drove his motorcar onto the premises of the medical centre to pick up his child, he was pounced upon by a group of gunmen who opened fire hitting him all over his body.

He ran from the car and collapsed on the ground.

The police, who were summoned, removed several spent shells from the scene.

No motive has yet been established for the killing.





constable-crystal-thomas.jpgThe motorcyclist involved in Monday's crash, which claimed the life of a policeman attached to the Westmoreland Division, has been charged.

Head of the Westmoreland Police, Superintendent Beau Rigabie, disclosed that the man was charged yesterday with manslaughter. It's not yet known when he will appear in court.

Constable Curtis Lewis, 21, died after being mowed down while on traffic duty in Negril. The policeman and a colleague were on the Bowens road in Sheffield when they signaled the motorcyclist to stop. It's alleged that he disobeyed and continued driving. Constable Lewis was hit down and later died at hospital.





constable-crystal-thomas.jpgThe Area 4 Police are reporting that two of the main suspects in last night's murder of policewoman Constable Crystal Thomas were captured early this morning and are now in police custody.

"This is indeed a sad time for the Constabulary losing such a young member of the organisation under such tragic circumstances. The men and women of the JCF have however responded well and our work late last night and early this morning has led to the capture of two men who we believe were part of the group which murdered the young Constable. At this time we are not naming the suspects as interviews have to be done and also identification parades," Quallo said.

Reports are that Constable Thomas had just left work at the Denham Town Police Station and boarded a bus for home. It is further reported that a robbery was taking place on the bus. The gunmen held up the driver at gunpoint and while the bus was traveling along Spanish Town Road, ?ordered the driver to turn off the main road.

The brave female police officer, realising what was happening challenged the men and was fatally shot.

ACP Quallo said that during the course of today, he will be meeting with the staff of the Denham Town Police Station and that counsellors from the JCF will be on hand to assist.





OMI hits the #1 spot on Billboard Top 100

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omi-cheerleader-photo-1.jpgOMI does not need much motivation after this. His hit single "Cheerleader" is number one on the Billboard Hot 100. The buoyant reggae/pop song dethrones Wiz Khalifa's "See You Again," featuring Charlie Puth, after 12 weeks.

The singer who is managed by Clifton 'Specialist' Dillon, is currently on a US promotional tour. He now joins the few elite Jamaicans to have been ranked number one on the Billboard Hot 100.

OMI will be making an appearance on Good Morning America on ABC and the Tonight Show on NBC on Tuesday.





50 Cent files for bankruptcy

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50-cent-in-mobay.jpgRapper 50 Cent, whose real name is Curtis Jackson III, has declared bankruptcy. He filed the papers on Monday.

According to reports from the Wall Street Journal, "In court papers filed in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Hartford, Conn., Mr. Jackson reported assets and debts each in the range of $10 million to $50 million."

Jackson filed papers days after he was ordered to pay $5 million in compensation to a woman who sued for him for an online sex tape.

50 Cent is reportedly worth approximately $270 million. This comes mainly from his minority stake in Vitamin Water, which the Coca Cola company bought for $4.1 billion in 2007. The Washington Post said at that time, "50 Cent was thought to have walked away with a figure somewhere between $60 million and $100 million, putting his net worth at nearly a half billion dollars."

His net worth would also come as a result of album sales and starring in films and TV.





court-case.jpgA jury has just freed one of Jamaica's most feared gangsters, Uriel James, of the 1999 murder of security guard, Errol McGeachy. The 12-member jury returned the 9-3 not guilty verdict after more than five hours of deliberation.

Trial judge, Bertram Morrison, told James he was free to go. However, James will remain in custody because he has two other murder cases pending before the court.

James, popularly known as Rooksie, had given an unsworn statement denying any involvement in the beating death of McGeachy. He is the reputed gang leader of the Rose Town-based Discipline Gang in Kingston.

The trial started in the Home Circuit Court on June 18 after the court accepted a statement given by the main witness who has died. James is represented by Queen's Counsel, Jacqueline Samuels Brown and attorneys-at-law, Patrick Bailey and Linda Wright.

Attorney-at-law, Kathy Pike led the case for the Crown.





Two men were shot and killed early Sunday by a licensed firearm holder in Huddersfield St. Mary when they reportedly attempted to rob a taxi operator and his passengers.

Their identities have not been released.

Deputy Superintendent of the St. Mary Police, Gary Flash, says about 5am, five persons including a taxi operator were en route to Huddersfield when the incident occurred.

The men ordered the passengers out of the vehicle and proceeded to rob the taxi-operator. A licenced firearm holder, who was nearby, was alerted and responded.It's alleged that one of the robbers pointed a weapon at the licenced firearm holder who opened fire.

Both men were shot.They fled and their bodies were later found.





jamaican-jeron-perkins-shot-dead.jpgPolice in Miami, Florida are probing the shooting death of a Jamaican man on Tuesday afternoon.

The dead man has been identified as 25-year-old Jeron Perkins

Police in Plantation County reported that Perkins' body was found beneath a large tree just feet from a Del Oro apartment complex's parking lot.

The cops said a neighbor informed them that Perkins lived in the complex and had recently moved there from Jamaica where he has two children.

Residents reportedly told police that they heard six to seven loud explosions after a car pulled up. The car then drove away.

Police in the county say they are looking for a four-door white Kia motorcar.





2 held in gruesome murder of 15-y-o girl

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The police have taken two persons in custody following the brutal slaying of a teenaged girl in Westmoreland on Thursday.

The child has been identified as 15-year-old Camella Ledgister, also known as 'Princess'.

Police report that Camella's body was found by her father with its throat slashed and head bashed at about 6:30 AM Friday.





kimani-ffriend-basketball.jpgJamaica's basketball star Kimani Ffriend is expected to stand trial today for a second time in Serbia on a vehicular manslaughter charge.

Ffriend was incarcerated in the European country after the car he was driving struck and killed 30-year-old account executive Nevena Dragutinovic on November 3, 2012.

He was ordered to stand trial after a high court judge accepted weaknesses were in the first trial.

The Jamaican was in custody for two years before being found guilty in September 2014 and sentenced to three years.

The story made headlines across Serbia because of the Jamaican star's status in that country and the fact that Novena was the girlfriend of a popular singer.





gun-shooting.jpgA young couple was murdered in the Middle Road area of Glendevon, in St James, shortly after four Monday morning.

Armed thugs barged into their house and open fire on them, killing them on the spot. The house was then set on fire.

The deceased couple was identified by neighbours as 'Shandel' and 'Bev'.

It is believed that their killing is related to a recent outbreak of violence in that part of the once volatile Glendevon community.

According to reports, residents heard heavy gunfire shortly after four and soon after, the couple's house was seen on fire.

The police and the St James fire brigade were alerted.

Upon their arrival at the scene, the bodies of the couple were seen inside the burnt out building.

Initial investigations revealed that the two suffered multiple gunshot wounds.





man-killed-in-quadruple-murder-drummond.jpgCommissioner of Police, Dr Carl Williams has condemned the brutal killing of four males, including two juveniles in Old Road district, Whithorn, Westmoreland on Sunday.

The police have identified them as: 21-year-old Theodore Tenant, 20-year-old Romario Drummond, 16-year-old Demar Doeman and 15-year-old Shawn Clayton all of Old road district in the parish.

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According to the police, about 4:40 pm, the four males were at a shop, when three armed men barged into the premises and opened gunfire at them. The police were summoned and on their arrival the males were seen with gunshot wounds. They were taken to hospital where two were confirmed dead, while the other two males died while undergoing treatment.

"As I extend my deepest condolences to the families and friends of the four victims, I want them to be assured that the killers will find no rest until they are found and brought to justice," said Williams

"We (The JCF) have just concluded a relentless manhunt for the principal murderer of the four men in St Elizabeth in May this year and we will not rest until the killers in this latest incident are caught. Citizens please cooperate with the police, tell us what you know, let us put an end to the senseless killings," he added.

Anyone with information that can assist the police in their investigations is being asked to contact the Jamaica Constabulary Force Criminal Investigations Branch (CIB) headquarters at 922-4487 or 922-4741, police 119 emergency number, Crime Stop at 311, the nearest police station or utilize the Stay Alert App which can be downloaded from the Google Play Store on all Android devices.





Serena wins 6th Wimbledon title

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serena-williams-wimbledon-champ.jpgSerena Williams continued her unrelenting dominance of women's tennis on Saturday, defeating Garbine Muguruza 6-4 6-4 to win her sixth Wimbledon singles title and her 21st Grand Slam crown.

This makes it the second time that she has won all four Grand Slam titles consecutively (as distinct from winning them all in the same calendar year) - the so-called "Serena Slam."

Williams was overjoyed as she reflected on yet another triumph: "I can't believe I am standing here with another Serena Slam. It is so cool. It has been a pleasure and an honour to give so many years in this unbelievable place."





outlawz-rapper-and-tupac.jpgA founding member of hip hop group The Outlawz and a collaborator of Tupac Shakur has been killed in a car accident, his friends have confirmed.

Hussein Fatal passed away on Saturday. He was 38.

While tributes have been flowing in fast for the rapper, details of his death remain unclear.

TMZ first reported the death on Sunday.

An announcement was made on Twitter by The Outlawz.

'Rest in Paradise our brother Hussein Fatal,' the post said.

'He passed away in a car accident. Pray for his family & kids at this time!'

Fatal featured on numerous songs with Tupac.

His claim to fame was singing the second verse on 'Hit 'Em Up', with the lyrics: 'Get out the way, yo, get out the way, yo. Biggie Smalls just got dropped.'

Fellow Outlawz member Napoleon went to Facebook to remember his friend ... writing, "He was my old group member and friend for over 20 years and he will be missed."

Fatal was born Bruce Washington in New Jersey.

After the release of his debut album, In The Line Of Fire, in 1998, Fatal left The Outlawz, Vibe reported.

During that time he worked with Ja Rule on the 2003 album Blood In My Eye, before reunitied.

He then reunited with the band in 2010.

Ja Rule was also among Fatal's peers to pay tribute to the artist on Sunday

He posted to Instagram: 'Damn I'm gonna miss my nigga all them late night talks about industry bullshit all the city's we tore down real nigga we had a lot of good times my brother Rip soldier I'm gonna miss u!!! #RipFatal.'





delroy-thompson.jpgRenowned sound engineer Delroy 'Spider' Thompson is dead. Thompson reportedly died Wednesday morning at the Annotto Bay Hospital in St Mary of complications from a heart attack and stroke. He was 63.

In a Facebook post, music producer and owner of anchor Recording STudios, Gussie Clarke said Thompson was 'the master of mastering and his experience is irreplaceable and invaluable'. Thompson was employed at Anchor since 2009. He had previously worked at Dynamic Sounds and Tuff Gong in Kingston.

During his long career, Thompson worked with countless brand artistes led by Bob Marley, Peter Tosh, Burning Spear, Dennis Brown and Alton Ellis.

His feel can also be heard on songs by Marcia Griffiths, the Heptones, Third World, Lovindeer, The Mighty Diamonds, Shabba Ranks, Byron Lee and the Dragonaires, The Mighty Sparrow, Shaggy, Grace Jones, Fab Five, Mad Cobra (his nephew), The Congos, Yellowman, Beres Hammond, Prince Buster, Ken Boothe, Johnny Osbourne and Gregory Isaacs.

Delroy 'Spider' Thompson is survived by two children, his fiancée Angella and two brothers.





rapper-ti-photo-1.jpgSummerfest Productions have confirmed that American rapper T.I. will replace Rick Ross as one of the show's headline acts on Friday, July 17. This comes a week after it was disclosed that Ross would not be able to leave the United States because he is currently on bail for a kidnapping charge.

With this new addition, Summerfest Productions says they are now in the process of changing all newspaper, radio and television commercials to reflect this change.

Despite the last-minute switch, Robert Russell, chairman of Summerfest Productions, says they are happy with T.I.

"He is a great addition to line-up, and everybody has been responding quite well since the announcement was made. I now think we have a complete and fantastic line-up, and the show will be equally fantastic," he said.

"We know all the agents for the international artistes, and we have a good track record with them, so they made every effort to get us a strong act for the night. A lot of the artistes are booked for this period, so we are happy that T.I was available."

T.I. is one of four international acts slated to perform on the show. He joins the likes of Common, Jennifer Hudson and actor-turned-rapper Yazz.

The addition of T.I. to Reggae Sumfest also ties in with the 'Summer Blockbuster' concept for the show, as T.I. has played roles in films like ATL, Takers and Identity Thief. He also produces his own reality series called TI & Tiny: The Family Hustle.





Man held in murder of Grade 9 student

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The police have detained a suspect in connection with Thursday's murder of fifteen year old Camila Legister at her home in Hartfield, Westmoreland.

The body of Camila, a Grade 9 student at Williamsfield All Age School, was found with the throat slashed and the head bashed in at her home in the community on Thursday evening.

According to the police, Camila's father came home about 6:45 and found her body.

Head of the Criminal Investigation Branch, Assistant Commissioner Ealan Powell, said the suspect was picked up on Friday.

A postmortem will be conducted Monday.





Pablo's Exotic Club burns

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pablos-fire.jpgPablo's Exotic night club in Kingston was gutted by fire on Saturday afternoon.

The building was completely razed after a blaze broke out at minutes after 2:00 PM.

With water restrictions on in full force, water trucks had to be used until firefighters arrived on the scene with the precious liquid to douse the inferno but by that time the building was completely gutted.

The incident caused a traffic snarl on Eastwood Park Road as motorists had to be diverted unto Burlington Avenue as the fire was being put out.

There was also a build-up of traffic on Constant Spring Road as the firefighters fought the blaze from two sides. At one point owners of adjacent buildings were concerned as the fire threatened to spread to their properties.But the fire was eventually brought under control.

The cause of the fire is unknown.





ricky-chin.jpgWaterhouse Football Club is to appoint a new president within the next two weeks and undergo major restructuring following the resignation of club president Ricky Chin on Thursday. Club Chairman Bruce Bicknell confirmed last week that Chin had tendered his resignation, and it has been accepted.

"Ricky has served the club well, and he worked hard," Bicknell said, emphasising that the parting has been amicable.

"There is no bad blood. He did a lot of good for the club, but now we have to move on. A new president has already been selected, and we will announce that in the next two weeks. We will also be undergoing major restructuring, hoping to start the new season on a good note."

Chin resigned after being in charge of the club for more than six years as president of the 2013 Premier League Champions. He said the pressures that came with running one of the country's most successful football clubs was too much for him alone to bear.

"I have stepped down as president," he confirmed on Thursday night on Nationwide Radio.

"I no longer can deal with it. I think I have given six extremely good years. When I came to Waterhouse, I said after the first year I wanted Waterhouse to move away from being not known, to being one of the top clubs in the Caribbean. I did a little better than that. We became the top club in the Caribbean."

Waterhouse is a three-time Champions Cup winner and three-time Premier League champion. The club campaigned successfully at the Caribbean Football Union Club Championships last year, winning their zone. However, financial challenges forced the club to withdraw from this year's competition. They were subsequently fined by the CFU.

Chin said he alone could not sustain the club along its path to growth, suggesting that he was not getting enough support.

"Its whole heap of work, and the organization can't operate off one person's vision or one person's personality," he said. "It has to be a collective thing. It has to be people all sitting together and weigh the pros and cons of all conversations; and coming from that, we arrive at a decision."

Chin said his shoulders had started to wilt under the pressure of running the club.

"I had not smiled since perhaps the week before the Red Stripe Premier League semi-finals," he said.





Legendary actor Omar Sharif dead at 83

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omar-sharif.jpgOmar Sharif, the dashing, Egyptian-born actor who was one of the biggest movie stars in the world in the 1960s, with memorable roles in Dr. Zhivago, Lawrence of Arabia and Funny Girl, has died. He was 83.

Sharif suffered a heart attack on Friday afternoon in a hospital in Cairo, his agent said.

It was announced in May 2015 that he was suffering from Alzheimer's disease.

With the global success of David Lean's Lawrence of Arabia, starring Peter O'Toole, in 1962, Sharif became the first Arab actor to achieve worldwide fame, thanks to his charismatic presence in the epic film - and the Oscar nomination he drew because of it.

In its wake he very quickly became a busy Hollywood actor: Sharif made three films in 1964, including Behold a Pale Horse and The Yellow Rolls Royce, and three in 1965, including his first lead role in an English-language production, as the title character in Lean's Dr. Zhivago," for which he won a Golden Globe.

Thanks to his gentle continental accent and dark but hard-to-place good looks, the actor was not ethnically typecast: In "Behold a Pale Horse" he played a Spaniard, in "Zhivago" a Russian, in "Genghis Khan" a Mongol, in "Funny Girl" a New York Jewish gambler and in "The Night of the Generals," a German major during WWII.

Nevertheless, there was no little controversy about his role in "Funny Girl": When 1967's Six Day War between Israel and Arab countries including Egypt occurred, Columbia execs considered replacing Sharif; later, when a still depicting a love scene between the actor and Barbra Streisand was published, the Egyptian press began a movement to revoke Sharif's citizenship.





serena-and-drake-wimbeldon.jpgThe rapper Drake has taken flack for appearing to be a front-runner when it comes to choosing sides in sports. So maybe it's fitting that he's in Serena Williams' corner at Wimbledon.

Drake has been sitting in or near Williams' guest box during her matches at the All England Club this year as she has made her way to the final.

On Thursday, when Williams beat Maria Sharapova in the semifinals, Drake was at Centre Court. Then he showed up at Williams' news conference, too.

So a reporter asked Williams whether Drake might be a "lucky mascot."

Williams rolled her eyes. Drake laughed, leaned forward and covered his face.

"We've been friends for, like, so many years," Williams said. "Just like family."





chris-brown-baby-royalty.jpgChris Brown has set the record straight on his support for his daughter Royalty on social media.

Royalty's maternal grandmother made statements that suggested that he was not doing enough for his daughter on her Instagram page.

"She needs security even when she's with Nia, she needs to go to private school and she needs to live in a gated community for his own daughter's safety," she posted.

Brown made a passionate response to her statements: "Obviously you aren't looking out for my daughter by putting personal issues up on Instagram. I'm not gonna be disrespectful and rude about this becuz I know and they know I provide and take care of my daughter equally," he began.

He then went on to speak about himself as a parent.

"I work and have a job and so will the mother. I actually stepped up to the plate to be a father and haven't complained once. And deep down you know y'all on some bs. Not here to bash anyone nor be confrontational. I filed for joint custody. "EQUAL" custody," he stressed.

"No kid needs $4k a week. Especially when I have her 2weeks out of the month. So this is the last time I'm ever saying my peace on this issue. Let the courts handle everything else so we can handle the matter as civil adults. Telling all your business is childish and is not setting a good loving environment for ROYALTY. I have no ill intentions and I love my daughter. #godbless," Brown ended.





rihanna-2015-dior-campaign-shoot.jpgRihanna continues to create history in the music after she became the first ever artist to surpass 100 million digital music certifications by the Recording Industry Association of America's (RIAA), meaning she has over a hundred million gold & platinum song certifications.

The Bajan pop singer has been struggling this year to score a major radio hit, but that isn't stopping her music from selling on iTunes and other digital platforms.

Rihanna also celebrated the achievement via her Instagram.

The achievement elevated Rihanna to the number one spot on the RIAA's list of artists with the most digital single awards, according to Billboard.





Capleton ready for return to Reggae Sumfest

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capleton-airborne.jpgDancehall artiste Capleton is ready to blaze the Reggae Sumfest stage at Catherine Hall Entertainment Complex, Montego Bay, next Thursday night, after being absent from the show for six years.

The 'Fire man' has a large catalogue of hits such as Jah Jah City, Or Wah, Toppa Tings and Baby Don't Cry No More and St Mary Me Come From. He has promised to deliver a stellar performance, high energy and positivity.

"It's been six years since I've blazed the Sumfest stage, so this year I'm coming full force. Capleton is on a mission of uplifting the people so I'll be sending positive messages through my music," he said.

Johnny Gourzong, executive director, Summerfest Productions, is happy to have Capleton on the show.

"As a truly Jamaican event, Reggae Sumfest would not be complete without Capleton, who has contributed so much to the development of the music over the years," Gourzong said.

Highly anticipated

"Everyone is anticipating my return to the Sumfest festival, as always I will deliver. My fans will be singing, word for word, to my hit singles and catching on to the new lyrics. I'm currently working on my new album and I'll be sharing tracks from it," he said.

Under the theme 'Dancehall Explosion', Thursday night at Reggae Sumfest will also have performances by Lady Saw, Spice, Ishawna, I-Octane, Konshens, Gully Bop, Aidonia and Ding Dong.





OMI's Cheerleader is #2 on Billboard

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omi-cheerleader-photo-1.jpgJamaican singer OMI has reached the number two position on the Billboard Hot 100 Chart!

Within a week, OMI has moved up one place to the second position after 11 weeks on the chart.

jhnBillboard.com says the Jamaican reggae artist's breakout hit Cherleader, remixed by Felix Jaehn, has found global success; the song also led the Official UK Singles chart for four weeks.

Other Jamaican acts who have been on the Billboard Hot 100 include Shaggy in with It Wasn't Me and Angel both in 2001 as well as Sean Paul with Get Busy in 2003.





crime-scene-7.jpgDetectives are trying to ascertain the circumstances which led to the death of a fifteen year old girl in Hartfield, Westmoreland.

The body of Camila Legister , a Grade 9 student at Williamsfield All Age School, was found with the throat slashed and the head bashed in at her home in the community on Thursday evening.

According to the police, Camila's father came home about 6:45 and found her body.

In another incident, two men were shot one fatally in White Hall on Thursday.

Dead is 27 year old Omar Hillman otherwise called Silver Bigs. It's reported that about 1:00 pm, Hillman, who was a mechanic, was repairing a bike when two men drove up on a motorcycle and opened fire.

Hillman and another man were shot.

The other man ran off and managed to reach the police station to report the shooting.

He was taken to hospital and admitted.

Hillman died on the spot.





Jamaican pilot still in prison in Quatar

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pilot-in-jail-quatar-paul-stephens.jpgJamaican pilot Paul Stephens has not been released from prison in Qatar. The authorities say they have now received official word from the Qatari government that the Jamaican is still behind bars.

It appears that Stephens may soon be freed, however, as according to the foreign affairs ministry, at the end of last month Stephens would have spent a total of three years and nine months of his five-year sentence.

"The ministry understands that there is provision in the Qatari legal system for the remission of three months' sentence for each year to be served," the ministry explained in a release yesterday.

On Tuesday Opposition Spokesman on Foreign Affairs Edmund Bartlett had issued a release claiming that Stephens had been freed from prison. But at that time Nicholson said he had received no such news from Jamaican embassy officials in Kuwait.

On Wednesday, Nicholson questioned what he said was unwarranted interest in the case, stating that he would not comment any further on the matter. Persons close to the case have accused the ministry of not doing enough to press the Qatari Government to pardon Stephens, but some have cautioned against Jamaica appearing to take a particular posture in a case in which a person has been convicted of sexual molestation of a minor.





Taximan killed while passengers in the car

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crime-scene-7.jpgThe Clarendon police have launched a man hunt for two men who allegedly held up and murdered a taxi man last night.

The dead man has been identified as Anthony Morgan otherwise called 'Fatta' of Wood Hall district in the parish.

It is reported that about 7:30 p.m. yesterday, the two men boarded the taxi at Guinep Tree in May Pen with three other passengers, destined for Wood Hall. About five minutes into the journey on reaching an area called Bucknor, the men attacked the driver, slashed his throat and shot him twice.

The men escaped on foot into nearby bushes. The three passengers were unharmed.

It is alleged that he was killed in a dispute over a female.

Investigations continue.





Some employees of the National Workers Union (NWU) are on go slow, even as the major bank accounts of the union reportedly remain frozen pending a quiet dispute still in court..

Reports are that the workers are upset about delays in receiving their salaries. They say they are yet to be paid for last month and only received part of May's salary.

The workers say there has also been a delay in the payment of salary deductions, resulting in a backlog.

According to reliable YardFlex sources, the bank account of the union was frozen some three months ago by the court because payments were not made to a worker who had taken the NWU to court and won.

"They refused to pay the man because they were too busy giving themselves big salary increase and big Christmas bonus. The big wig even collect him vacation pay already and him don't gone on vacation yet. And is not now them not paying over people's decductions. Is long time, even before the freeze. Plent people have tales of woe about them credit union deduction that the NWU take out of the workers' salary and don't pay over. Not to mention the statutory deductions. That is a whole 'nother story," the worker told YardFLex on condition of anonymity.

Calls to the NWU went unanswered.





Ganja education campaign launched

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ganja-image-1.jpgNational Council on Drug Abuse (NCDA) says it is taking action to stem the prevalence of drug use among young people by educating them.

This comes on the heels of reports that students were ingesting marijuana in candies and the recent legislative amendment to the Dangerous Drugs Act, which created several opportunities for the use of marijuana in Jamaica because of the decriminalisation of small amounts of the weed.

The NCDA, with the support of the Ministry of Health, yesterday launched a public education campaign themed "Ganja: Know the Facts, Know How to Act".

Speaking at a press conference yesterday, Tucker told journalists that the campaign is expected to inform the public on the boundaries of the legislation, an individual's rights and liabilities under the Act, behavioural responsibilities in the new legislative environment and the NCDA's role in supporting and protecting vulnerable populations.

He said that through the campaign, the council is hoping to reduce by 30 per cent the number of persons arrested for the possession of more than two ounces of ganja in public places and the caseload of criminal courts for ganja possession. He said the council was also hoping to see a decrease in the number of students ages 13-18 who start smoking ganja while still in school.

The director said that the NCDA was working outside of the public education programme to inform the youth.

"There is also work being done with the Ministry of Education to infuse the messaging into the health and family life education programme; and also there is a lot of work being done on the ground in the community. We're actually in communities doing town hall meetings [and] interacting with the people on the ground; meeting with the youngsters on the corner, just having discussions about what the reality is," he said.

According to the Jamaica Secondary School Survey of 2013, the overall lifetime prevalence of marijuana use in the youth population is 20 per cent, with the average age of marijuana first use being 13 years.





serena-wimbledon.jpgSerena Williams is just one win away from another Grand Slam milestone.

The top-ranked Williams maintained her 11-year dominance over Maria Sharapova, beating the Russian 6-2, 6-4 on Thursday to reach her eighth Wimbledon championship match and 25th career Grand Slam final.

In beating Sharapova for the 17th straight time, the five-time Wimbledon champion won her 26th consecutive Grand Slam match. She's going for a fourth straight major title - a "Serena Slam" - and the third-leg of a calendar-year Grand Slam.

Williams' opponent in Saturday's final will be 21-year-old Garbine Muguruza, who beat Agnieszka Radwanska 6-2, 3-6, 6-3 in the first semifinal. She's the first Spanish woman to advance to the Wimbledon final since Arantxa Sanchez Vicario in 1996.





ganja-image-5.jpgThe report, prepared by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, summarizes data on various illegal drugs around the globe, including marijuana. Along with drug trafficking updates, the UN also provides a breakdown of annual drug use by country.

According to the UN's latest data, here are the top 10 weed-consuming countries in 2014:

10. Jamaica
Use: 9.86% of the population
Decriminalized

9. Australia
Use: 10.3% of the population
Status: Illegal

8. Spain
Use: 10.6% of the population
Status: Legal for personal use. Illegal to produce, sell or use in public

7. Canada
Use: 12.2% of the population
Status: Illegal for recreational use. Legal for medical use

6. Nigeria
Use: 14.3% of the population
Status: Illegal

5. New Zealand
Use: 14.6% of the population
Status: Illegal

4. Italy
Use: 14.6% of the population
Status: Illegal to produce or sell. Decriminalized for personal possession

3. United States
Use: 14.8% of the population
Status: Legal in 22 states and D.C. for medical use. Legal in Colorado and Washington for recreational use

2. Zambia
Use: 17.7% of the population
Status: Illegal

1. Iceland
Use: 18.3% of the population
Status: Illegal

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What on 'dirt' was Kim thinking!

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kim-kardashian-bodysuit-dirt.jpgkim-k-dirt.jpgShe is all for pushing the frontiers of fashion.

And Kim Kardashian has taken it to yet another level in her latest daring photo shoot.

The 34-year-old mother of one was styled by husband Kanye West for the pictures and can be seen in a nude bodysuit and black stockings.

Daring! Kim Kardashian has pushed the fashion frontiers yet again in her latest photo shoot

The shoot, which was done in France as the star is showing off her peroxide blonde hair, see's Kim reclining seductively on a mountain of earth.

The pictures were taken by famed photographer Juergen Teller for System Magazine.

Kim, who is expecting her second child, can be seen in a champagne bra and nude body stocking, her feet clad in black stiletto boots.





Taylor Swift's album reaches elite status

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taylor-swift-billboard-music-awards-show.jpgTaylor Swift's mega-selling 1989 album continues to be unstoppable. The set has now surpassed 5 million in U.S. sales, according to Nielsen Music, making it the fastest seller to reach that plateau in more than 10 years.

1989 crossed the 5 million mark in the week ending July 5, with another 26,000 sold (its total now stands at 5.015 million). The album reaches the milestone in only its 36th week of release - the speediest climb to 5 million since the week ending Aug. 1, 2004, when Usher's Confessions hit 5 million in only its 19th week on sale.

1989 is Swift's third album to sell 5 million copies, following Fearless (released in 2008) and her self-titled debut (released in 2006). They've sold 6.95 million and 5.52 million, respectively, to-date.

This is also the most recently released album to sell 5 million since Adele's 21 powered through 5 million in its 42nd week (Dec. 11, 2011); 21 has sold 11.1 million.

When are we going to get sales figures of even 10 percent of this from reggae/dancehall artistes?





DownSound Records reggae artiste , Nature, will bring his signature and highly energetic set to the United Kingdom this weekend.

Nature, who is promoting his new album, Life's Journey, will be supporting Ali Campbell's UB40 at the prestigious Kew The Music Festival at Kew Gardens in London on Saturday, July 11, 2015.

The already sold out show will see over 10,000 fans in attendance to see Britain's most popular reggae group and their supporting acts. UB40 has clocked up more than 70 million record sales worldwide with songs like Kingston Town, Red Red Wine, and Can't Help Falling In Love. According to Nature, this is the opportunity of a lifetime : " I am very excited about this opportunity and I'm thankful to the DownSound Records Force and UB40 for allowing me to be a part of this historical moment."

This is Nature's second trip to the UK within a month. He returned to Jamaica last week after a brief tour , that included him performing at the Koko London as a supporting act for junglist, Congo Natty.

Nature's single Love You is getting increasing daily airplay