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Jamaica is home, Damian Marley tells NY Times

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marley-damian.jpgAs a celebrated musician and bearer of the most recognizable name in reggae, Damian Marley is often on tour.

"Jamaica is still home in terms of my heart, though," said Mr. Marley, 37, who is to perform on the Welcome to Jamrock Reggae Cruise in November. "I was born and raised in Kingston, where my mom still lives, and even though I also live in Miami, when I talk about home, I'm always talking about Jamaica."

Below are excerpts from a conversation with Damian, a son of Bob Marley, about traveling abroad and coming home.

Q. When you return to Kingston, how do you get that sense of being back?

A. I often go to the Bob Marley Museum. It's like a home base. But other than that it's the people and the culture. I love going to Hellshire Beach. They serve fried fish and what we call festival, which is like cornmeal mixed with flour. They make it into a fried cake that is unique to Jamaica. Every weekend as kids we used to go to the beach to swim and afterward get fried fish and festival and bammy [a traditional flatbread made with cassava].

Your father said he was first exposed to music in Kingston. What types of music were you exposed to there?

I grew up listening to a lot of dance hall music. In those years, it was people like Shabba Ranks and Ninjaman and Peter Metro. Kingston is still very much the hub for music. It's the capital and most of the runnings and happenings in the country in terms of TV promotion happen there.

In 2005 your album "Welcome to Jamrock" contrasted Jamaica's image as a sandy paradise for tourists with the struggles faced by citizens who were living amid poverty and violence in its slums. Has the last decade brought any positive changes?

With the Internet becoming so popular, there are more opportunities for people to be exposed to and reach out to the world. When it comes down to government programs that help build a critical foundation for young people, I don't think there has been that much change. However, there is probably more awareness and more conversations about the need for change.

You once said you were lucky to be on the frontier of the resurrection of roots music. Where is the audience for reggae today?

I think for a long time Jamaica wasn't producing much roots music, but over the past three or four years it's becoming very popular again, not only here but also in places like India and Europe. I just came back from a tour in South America and we got a great reception in Colombia. The world over embraces it and they know Bob Marley. You could always sing "One Love" to people in places like China and they'll enjoy that.

Which countries inspire you the most?

Every place has something special about it. I had a good time in California when I went to the redwood forest, where they have trees that cars can drive through and these great rock formations that remind you of the life span of that place, versus the lifetime of a human being. Redwoods have been around longer than any person walking the Earth, so in that way it was very humbling and shows you the awesomeness of nature.

It's also very interesting when you go to a place where English is not their primary language and you see how they respond to the music. Where you have a conversation with people who can't respond in English and yet they're able to sing the songs back to you. When people are breaking language barriers to come see you, that means a lot.





 

andrea-mundell-bowen.jpgAndrea Mundell-Bowen, the sister of late Reggae pioneer, Hugh Mundell, was killed on her coffee farm in Golden Spring, St Andrew on Thursday night.

Early reports are that she was raped before she was brutally murdered and her body hidden under bushes. The Constant Spring Police is investigating.

Mundell-Bowen was the principal of Andreafay Blue Mountain Coffee. Her good friend, Philip Mascoll, paid tribute to her on Facebook.

"Condolences to this beautiful lady and her family! Sad! Sad! Sad! Sorry," an emotional Mascoll said.

According to Mascoll, Mundell Bowen was determined to build her small Blue Mountain Coffee business into a World-wide brand.

"She was on her way to doing this when some piece of garbage who will never have a scintilla of use to this World and Jamaica visited this abomination on this lovely human," he said, adding that Mundell-Bowen was self-financing the coffee farm and "invested heavily, every cent she had."

The company website states that Mundell Bowen was born in London, England and moved to Jamaica with her father (Barrister at Law) Alvin Mundell and mother Teresa Mundell (health care) when she was just two years old. She went back to London when she was 18 years old to study interior design, before turning to farming.

"Andrea has always had a passion for farming, agriculture and interior design and followed her dream in having a coffee farm and her own coffee label supplying great coffee to the world," the company website said.

In October 1983, her brother Hugh Mundell was shot and killed while sitting in a car along Grants Pen Avenue. Also in the vehicle were Mundell's wife and his protégé, Junior Reid, who survived the attack.





george-thomas-car-crash-montego-bay.jpgAn 18-year-old man who was one of the persons involved in the car accident which claimed the life of prominent attorney George Thompson, has succumbed to his injuries.

The 18-year-old male had been in a coma since the accident two weeks ago.

Police report that Thompson and his son were travelling towards Montego Bay, St James when the car Thompson's son was driving collided with a Nissan motor vehicle.

The elder Thompson died on the spot while his son was injured and admitted to hospital. The 18-year-old man was a passenger in the Nissan motorcar.

He died on Wednesday.





Two off-duty policemen from the Kingston Eastern Division seized a Taurus 9mm pistol along with a magazine loaded with seventeen rounds of ammunition on Sunday.

Two men were arrested in connection with the seizure at the intersection of Dunoon Road and Windward Road, Kingston 2.

Reports from the Elletson Road Police are that about 3:10am, the lawmen who were travelling in a private motor vehicle, on route from work, observed two men who were coming from a dance in the area.

The men aroused the suspicion of the police, when one of them pulled a firearm from his waistband and discharged a round. It is alleged that the man then handed the weapon to another man, who put it in his waistband.

The lawmen exited the vehicle in a tactful manner and both men were accosted, searched and the firearm and ammunition seized.

The identities of both men have been withheld pending further investigations.





Police list reveals 'Most Wanted' in Area One

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The Area One Police have listed the fifteen most wanted men in western Jamaica, advising them to turn themselves in to the nearest police station immediately.

The men, who are wanted in connection with murders and shootings, are namely:

1. Philbert Anderson

2. Nigel White

3. Carlington Godfrey , otherwise called 'Tommy'

4. David Stewart, otherwise called 'Coolie'

5. Desmond Bennie, otherwise called 'Dennie'

6. Eric Clarke, otherwise called 'Legacy'

7. George Miller otherwise called 'Lobster'

8. Joshua Anderson, otherwise called 'German'

9. Renaldo Richards, otherwise called 'Ren' or 'Mad Rass'

10. Romaine Esson, otherwise called 'Shenko'

11. Steve Vassell, otherwise called 'Buss Mi Strength'

12. Xavian Brisco, otherwise called 'Brisco'

13. Yasser James, otherwise called 'Fry Eye'

14. Rowandre Reid, otherwise called 'Blacks' and 'Rowan'

15. Kevon Smith, otherwise called 'Tito'

Anyone with information on their whereabouts is being asked to call the Criminal Investigation Branch at 922-5076, Crime Stop at 311 or 811, the police's emergency 119 number or the nearest police station.

Meanwhile, the public is being advised that anyone found harbouring these individuals will be prosecuted, as it is a criminal offence.





women-4x400-winners-jamaica-worlds.jpgJamaica's women delivered another historic performance to cop the country's seventh gold when they beat the rest of the world in the 2015 IAAF World Championships 4X400m final.

In the men's equivalent, Javon Francis ran a brilliant race to bring back the Jamaican into contention, even leading at one time, but could not hold and was eventually overtaken by the Americans who ended first.

Trinidad and Tobago was second and Great Britain third with similar time as Jamaica in the men's 4X400.

The women, however, took the early lead through Shericka Jackson on the second leg and maintained it until the third leg when America's Allyson Felix chopped down Jamaica's 20 metre lead to hand over the baton first to Francena McCrory on anchor.

When Jamaica's Novelene Williams Mills took the baton she saved the energy for the late surge to take Jamaica home in a world leading time of 3.19.13.

The Americans were placed second and Great Britain, third.

The Jamaican quartet comprised Christine Day, Shericka Jackson,Stephenie McPherson and Novlene Williams-Mills.

This is only the second time that Jamaica has won the event, the first being in Edmonton in 2001.

The golden run by the 4X400m women has pushed Jamaica's medal tally to 12 - seven gold, two silver and three bronze.





ricardo-williams-canadian-teen.jpgRicardo Williams, a teenager visiting Jamaica for the summer holidays was shot dead by unknown assailants along White Lane in the community of Olympic Gardens, St Andrew early Sunday morning.

Williams, 14, also known as 'Shangu' is reportedly from Scarborough, Ontatrio, Cananda.

According to a report from the Hunts' Bay Police, residents discovered Williams' body with gunshot wounds about 1:51 am and rushed him to hospital.

He was pronounced dead.

The police were unable to provide any further details, but indicated that their probe into the teen's death has been launched.





bad-from-mi-born-munga.jpgDancehall artiste Damian Rhoden, popularly known as Munga Honorable is currently being treated at the Kingston Public Hospital (KPH) for a chop wound he suffered last night.

TPolice reports are that the 'Bad From Mi Born' deejay received over 30 stitches for the wound he received in his shoulder area.

The circumstances are not yet known but he was expected to have been released from hospital on Saturday.





DOMINICA: Hurricane Erika leaves four dead

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erika-damage-in-dominica.jpgSreets across Dominica turned into fast-flowing rivers that swept up cars as Tropical Storm Erika pummeled the eastern Caribbean island, unleashing landslides and killing at least four people.

The storm, which forecasters said could reach Florida as a hurricane on Monday, knocked out power and water supplies on Dominica as it dumped 15 inches (38 centimeters) of rain on the small island and headed west into the Caribbean Sea.

An elderly blind man and two children were killed when a mudslide crashed into their home in the southeast of the island, said Police Superintendent Daniel Carbon. Another man was found dead near his home in the capital of Roseau after a mudslide, but the cause of death was could not be immediately determined, Carbon told The Associated Press.

Police said another 20 people have been reported missing.

Erika was centered about 175 miles (280 kilometers) west of Guadeloupe, and was moving west at 15 mph (24 kph) with maximum sustained winds that had slipped slightly to 45 mph (75 kph), according to the U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami.

Erika was expected to move near Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands on Thursday and be near or just north of the Dominican Republic on Friday as it heads toward Florida early next week, possibly as a hurricane.

Chris Landsea, a meteorologist at the hurricane center, said the storm could dissipate if it passed over Hispaniola or Puerto Rico or it could gather and pose a potential threat to Florida next week. "The uncertainties are very high," he said.

As the storm entered the Caribbean, it did the heaviest damage to Dominica, an island of about 72,000 people of lush forests and steep terrain. Authorities were still conducting a full damage assessment after rivers surged over their banks and walls of mud surged into homes.

About 80 per cent of the island was without electricity, and water supply was cut off, authorities said. Trees and light poles were strewn across streets as water rushed over parked cars and ripped the scaffolding off some buildings. The main airport was closed due to flooding, with water rushing over at least one small plane.

The main river that cuts through the capital overflowed its banks and surging water crashed into the principal bridge that leads into Roseau.

"The capital city is a wreck," policewoman Teesha Alfred said. "It is a sight to behold. It's a disaster."

Erika was likely to hit the island of Hispaniola, which is shared by Haiti and the Dominican Republic, said chief forecaster James Franklin at the National Hurricane Center.

"That would certainly not be good news for Hispaniola," he said. "They're very vulnerable to flooding. And even if Erika is a weak system that could be very bad there."

Officials shuttered schools, government offices and businesses across the region and warned of flash flooding because of dry conditions caused by the worst drought to hit the Caribbean in recent years. Authorities warned power and water service might be temporarily cut off.

Erika is expected to dump between 4 to 8 inches of rain across the region, with up to 12 inches in some areas.

Dozens of flights were canceled in the region, and the U.S. Coast Guard closed all ports in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.





george-nooks.jpgIn response to repeated requests, Alternative Music Limited will stage the next edition of its KeesingLIVE! series on Saturday, September 19.

Members of the audience will be serenaded by singing sensation Romain Virgo and crooner par excellence, George Nooks. Patrons will likewise enjoy performances by 2012 Grammy nominee Prophecy, 2012 Rising Stars winner Sharona Jonas, and refreshing new singer/songwriter Kenny Smith.

KeesingLIVE! will be held at the headquarters of its home, Alternative Music Ltd, located at 5 Keesing Avenue (off Hagley Park Road), Kingston 10. Complimentary secure parking and shuttle service to the nearby venue is available at Tyre Warehouse located at 83B Hagley Park Road. The

KeesingLIVE! concert series was created with a view to presenting and preserving good, clean LIVE music by renowned artistes and new talent in beautiful, safe and relaxed surroundings. In pursuing its aims to enhance and uplift the community to which it belongs,

Alternative Music Ltd., will donate part proceeds from KeesingLIVE! to the Eve for Life non-governmental group, this provides vital support to young (mainly female) survivors of abuse. Additional information on EVE for Life will be available on Saturday, September 19. Gates open at 6.30 p.m. and showtime is 8.00 p.m. sharp. Tickets are $1,200, pre-sold, and $1,500 at the gate. Special rates apply for groups and students with valid I.D. Tickets are already on sale at Alternative Music Ltd. and at The Music Mart, 8 South Avenue, Kingston 10.





rdx-dancehall-duo-photo.jpgDancehall duo RDX had their show-stopping performance at Island Rave in San Fernando, Trinidad marred by an unpleasant encounter with the Trinidadian authorities, on Saturday.

Travelling with Road Manager Kirk Wright, ZJ Dymond and video directors Xtreme Arts, the duo arrived at the venue and were searched by security at the entrance. The security personal however alerted the police to what they claimed to be a firearm in RDX's Road Manager's bag.

"They surrounded our vehicle with guns out, we were told that we had to exit our vehicle for them to search for the firearm inside and proceeded to conduct a thorough search of everyone as well," Renigade explained

The suspected firearm however turned out to be a stack of promotional CDs. The duo received no apology from the police or security personal for this obvious violation.

"Our Road Manager only had promo CDs in his bag. I don't know how someone could mistake CDs for a firearm. Guess it was a new gun only they know exist." Renigade added

This is the first time the duo has faced this kind of negative attention in the twin-island republic which they visit at least twice a year.

"Everyone knows RDX a di girl dem artist, betta dem did sey they feel a girl hidden in we Road Manager bag, that would have made more sense!" Delomar admonished.

The duo, however, didn't let this incident affect their performance however and delivered a high energy set to close the show.They also took the opportunity to shoot the video for their Baile Funk infused 'Push Back' single as they always wanted to shoot a music video in Trinidad, and this song fits the location concept nicely.





hansle-parchment-silver.jpgHansle Parchment delivered Jamaica's eighth medal at the IAAF World Championship when he won silver in the 110m hurdles.

Recovering fast from his usual sluggish start, Parchment finished like a train on the tracks to run a season best 13.03 behind Russian Sergey Shubenkov who won the event in a national record of 12.98 seconds.

The Racer's track club athlete has now added a World Championship medal to his Olympic bronze medal .

"I'm happy for this medal but not so much about the performance. I think I can still do a lot better at the start," he is quoted as saying.

In a final that was a sprint from start to finish, National Champion McLeod hit some of the barriers in his lane and finished sixth in a time of 13.18.

Parchment is the first Jamaican to win a silver medal in the 110m hurdles.





silver-for-thompson.jpgJamaica's Elaine Thompson was passed on the final as she finished second to Dafne Schippers of Netherlands in the final of the women's 200 metres at the World Championships in Beijing, China on Friday.

Thompson, coming off the turn behind, battled gallantly to lead with about 70 metres to go, but Schippers' strength had her doing likewise to out dip the Jamaican to take it in a Championship record of 21.63.

Thomspon did 21.66 with veteran compatriot Veronica Campbell-Brown taking the bronze in 21.97.





danielle-williams-gold-hurdles.jpgDanielle Williams produced a surprise gold medal in the IAAF World Championships 100m to deliver Jamaica's ninth medal.

The 22-year-old Williams, ran a personal best 12.57 to beat a fast field. Her older sister, Shermaine, finished seventh with a time of 12.95.

German Cindy Roleder was second in a time of 12.58 seconds.

Williams lowered her personal best for the second time in two hours after posting a time of 12.58 in the semi-final.

In her second World Championship, Williams now joins Brigitte Foster Hylton as the only other Jamaican to win the event.





Six women and a man were nabbed by the police and a large quantity of ganja was seized during an operation in St. Elizabeth on Thursday morning.

About 9 o'clock, the police went to a property in Knoxwood, where the suspects were reportedly seen harvesting ganja. Other persons reportedly fled on the arrival of the police.

The police seized about 2,500 lbs of ganja during the operation.





jutc-buses-photo-1.jpgThe Jamaica Urban Transit Company (JUTC) is to extend by a month the special summer fare for adult passengers.

Passengers will continue paying $100 until September 26. The following day, the JUTC will return to the 120 dollar fare.

JUTC Managing Director, Colin Campbell, says since the introduction of the special fare on July 5 the State-run bus company has recorded an increase in adult passengers.

The $100 'Bills Summer Special' promoted by the bus company should have ended this weekend.





Friends of Mustard Seed Communities will host its 25th annual luncheon benefiting Mustard Seed Communities on Sunday, September 20, 2015, 12:30 pm, at the New York Hilton and Towers, 1335 Avenue of the Americas (Sixth Avenue at 54th Street), New York City. Tickets are $140.00 each and are tax deductible to the extent permitted by law with proceeds benefiting Mustard Seed Communities' initiatives supporting orphans, children with special needs, families with HIV/AIDS, and other vulnerable persons in the Caribbean, Central America and Africa.

This year's event honors three individuals for their philanthropic activities and in particular their dedicated support for children in need and community empowerment.

Andrea Bullens

Andrea Bullens, Marketing Professional and community activist will be honored for her relentless support of community causes and specifically for her years of ardent support of Mustard Seed Communities. Andrea has forged a career as a successful marketing and promotion executive. After college she spent several years working with advertising powerhouses like Young and Rubicam, Lockhart & Pettus and companies such as McGraw Hill and Diageo. She left corporate America in 2003, to open her own Marketing and promotion company - BullZii Marketing LLC. This firm creates and executes marketing, publicity, advertising and promotion campaigns particularly for Caribbean-based companies wishing to promote their products and services in North America. Today, BullZii's client list boasts some of the most known Caribbean brands including LIME (Cable & Wireless), GRACE Foods USA, XOOM.com, Jamaica Biscuit Company, LASCO, West Indian Biscuit Company, Bermudez, Wisynco/Bigga, TRU Juice, Caribbean International Network (CIN TV), Linstead Market Foods, Tastee Cheese, Foska Oats, Spur Tree Spices, National Bakery and more.

A cultural activist, Andrea has been an integral part of several major cultural initiatives. She co-founded and co-produced Caribbean Lifestyle TV which was aired on various cable channels in the New York area and U.S. Virgin Island between 2007-2011 and covered social and political issues, sports, music, theatre, business and entrepreneurship, and community events of interest to the Caribbean and its Diaspora.

Sabrina Hosang-Jordan

Sabrina Antoinette HoSang is the Chief Operating Officer (COO) Caribbean Food Delights (CFD) and a director of the Vincent HoSang Family Foundation (VHFF). HoSang is an award winning young professional entrepreneur and business strategist who is recognized for her superb leadership ability from the business community and numerous civic and community organizations. Some of her accolades include the 2014 Outstanding 50 Asian Americans in Business Award, the Caribbean Life 20 Under 40 Award, Rockland Economic Development Corporation (REDC) 40 Under 40 Award, Women of Great Esteem (WGE) Award from Q-Kingdom Ministries, Jamaica's Consul General's Award, Community Leadership Award from Jamaica College Old Boy's Association of NY and the Dynamic Woman Award by Assemblyman Nick Perry. For being a model team builder and motivator, she was inducted as a Business Visionary by Caribbean American Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CACCI). She is an active board member of the Lehman College and Rockland Community Foundations and Rockland County's largest food pantry, People to People.

Louis Carr

Louis Carr is President of Broadcast Media Sales for BET Networks, a unit of Viacom Inc. and the leading provider of entertainment for the African-American audience and consumers of Black culture globally. Mr. Carr is responsible for the strategic plans to generate revenue for BET Networks, the company's flagship; CENTRIC, their flanker network for a mature audience and BET.com, the largest portal for African-American content online. In 2003, he launched BET's Black College Tour for Historically Black Colleges and Universities. Currently it is the largest Black college tour in the country. Mr. Carr is also President and CEO of TV, LLC which is a real estate company that owns, manages and invests in multi-family apartment buildings in Chicago. He started this company in part to help redevelop inner city neighborhoods in the Chicagoland area. Additionally, he is Chairman of the Louis Carr Internship Foundation which provides paid internships for students of color at some of the leading media and marketing companies.

The 25th Annual Benefit Luncheon attendees will be hosted with an array of music and lifestyle entertainment. Performers from Jamaica's "Powerful Women and Men Perform for Charity" will entertain with a selection from the 2014 edition of its highly acclaimed annual performance. Fashion expert and author, Walter Greene, once again curates a celebration of this year's fashion must-haves in, A New Wave of Elegance, a showcase of designers from the Caribbean. Other highlights of this year's event will be a book signing for "Island Reliquaries: Voices From a Jamaican Past" authored by Margaret Reckord -Bernal, and a benefit exhibition of paintings by noted Jamaican artist Michael Escoffery.

This year the organizers are pleased to announce the Friends of Mustard Seed Raffle Grand Prize is a trip for two to Jamaica with three nights at Sandals Resort, donated by Caribbean Airlines and Sandals Resort. The contribution for raffle tickets is $5.00 each and $25.00 for a book of six tickets.

To book your seat at this year's luncheon, visit the Mustard Seed Communities website [http://bit.ly/MustardSeedBenefit] or contact the benefit chairperson Daphne Mahoney at 212-477-2848.





crime-scene-7.jpgThe Manchester police confirmed that a customer was shot and injured during a robbery at a supermarket in the town of Mandeville today.

Reports are that at about 3:30 pm a gunman entered the supermarket at Levy Plaza on Caledonia Road and proceeded to rob the store.

A customer who reportedly walked in during the robbery was ordered to lie down.

He was then shot in his right arm and right side.

Police say that the gunman left the store with phone cards and a sum of money and escaped on a waiting motorbike.

The customer is reportedly in hospital but his condition is not considered as life-threatening.





Baby shot and injured during gang warfare

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crime-scene-7.jpgA 16-month-old child has been hospitalised after being shot and injured during a gun battle between gunmen at Columbus Street in Trench town on Wednesday morning.

Head of the Kingston West Police Division, Superintendent Cornwall 'Bigga' Ford said rival gangs have been shooting at each other for weeks and despite the best efforts of the police they seem thirsty for blood.

He said the police have identified two suspects in Wednesday morning's incident.

"We have received the names of two men and we are going after them to arrest them and proffer charges against them. We have gone in there and spoken to them. One set says men from outside the community have come in and are robbing people on Spanish Town Road. We rae carrying out proactive policing in the community," Ford said.





crime-scene-7.jpgA teenager is among two men whose bodies were dumped in Duhaney Park, St Andrew on Tuesday night.

Police report that residents summoned them after they saw men dumping a blue tarpaulin in Duhaney Park.

When the cops arrived on the scene, the bodies of the two males were found wrapped in the tarpaulin. Both bodies had multiple gunshot wounds.

One of the bodies was that of a teenager - of dark complexion and about five feet long. The other body was clad in a black merino and jeans pants.





Cop found dead at barracks in Vineyard Town

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police-station.jpgA policeman was reportedly found dead at the Vineyard Town Police Station Barracks in Kingston this morning.

He has been identified as Constable Garnett Taylor who was stationed at the Hunts Bay Police Station.

Taylor, who usually stayed on the barracks, was found by colleagues who noticed he was not moving. Efforts were made to wake him but they were futile. Taylor's colleagues rushed him to hospital where he was pronounced dead at 5:55 am.

The cause of death is still unknown. Police are investigating.





uwi-students-killed in-car-crash.jpguwi-students-killed-car-crash-vehicle.jpgTwo students of the University of the West Indies, Mona died in a motor vehicle collision on the Drax Hall main road in St Ann last night.

They have been identified as Oshane Reid, vice president of the University of the West Indies (UWI) Guild of Students and Shanice Simmonds, both 22 years old.

Reports are that Simmonds was driving a Suzuki Swift motorcar along the roadway when the vehicle collided with an oncoming Toyota Coaster bus. Simmonds was reportedly thrown from the vehicle and suffered head injuries.

They were taken to hospital where both were pronounced dead.





Bronze for Shericka Jackson

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shericka-jackson-bronze.jpgShericka Jackson has claimed Jamaica's fourth medal at the ongoing 15th IAAF World Championships.

The 21-year-old claimed bronze in a new personal best of 49.99 seconds.

The event was won by America's Allyson Felix in world leading 49.26 for a record ninth World Championship gold.Shaunae Miller of The Bahamas took the silverin a personal best 49.67.

Jamaica had a record four women in the final with Christine Day placing fourth in a new PB of 50.14.

Stephenie McPherson was fifth in 50.42 with 2007 bronze medallist, Novlene Williams-Mills running a season best 50.47 for sixth place.





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Usain St Leo Bolt is the sprint double champion at a senior global championship for the fifth time.

Bolt added the World Championships 200m gold to his 100m title at the 2015 games in superb form to silence Justin Gatlin.

Bolt landed home in a season best 19.55 seconds.Gatlin, as he did in the 100m final, had to settle for silver.South Africa's Anaso Jobodwana took the bronze.

The 29-year-old Bolt was winning his fourth straight 200m World Championship title. Having won a silver medal at the 2007 World Championships, he is now within one medal of Merlene Ottey as the Jamaican athlete with the most medals of all time in the 200m at the World Championships.





reporters-killer.jpgA disgruntled former news reporter who shot dead two of his ex-coworkers during a live TV segment this morning is in very critical condition after attempting to kill himself.

It was previously reported that Lester Lee Flanigan had died after shooting himself, but authorities are now saying that they have found him in Fauquier County, Virginia and he still has a pulse.

Viewers of WDBJ, a small CBS affiliate in Moneta, Virginia, watched in horror this morning as the employee shot dead 24-year-old reporter Alison Parker and cameraman Adam Ward, 27, as the two were filming a light-hearted live segment just before 7am.

Flanigan fled the scene after the shooting and then took to Twitter to explain his reasons for killing his former coworkers, all while being pursued closely by police.

Via his Twitter account, Lester Lee Flanigan posted a chilling video of the moment he first approached Ward and Parker as they filmed a segment. Then a gun is drawn and two WDBJ7 were left dead, while their interview subject, local chamber of commerce chief Vicki Gardner, was rushed to surgery.

WDBJ viewers watched in horror this morning as gun shots rang out during the interview, which was being broadcast live.

WDBJ viewers watched in horror this morning as gun shots rang out during the interview, which was being broadcast live. Above, a grab from the station's live video.

After cameraman Ward dropped to the ground, his camera kept rolling and the shooter is seen in the background leveling a gun at him.

Flanigan, who is African American, wrote that Parker made 'racist comments' and that a complaint was filed against her through the equal employment opportunity commission, but his station chose to hire her anyway.

As for Ward, Flanigan says that after working with the cameraman once, Ward complained to HR about the former general assignment reporter. It's unclear what exactly happened between the two men.

The station manager of WDBJ says that Flanigan left the station about two years ago, but that he still lived in the community. He did not go into detail about whether Flanigan was fired or quit on his own accord.

But the most shocking post of all was a video Flanigan took of the attack, which he shared on his Twitter.The chilling clip is taken from Flanigan's point of view and shows him approaching the two journalists as they were interviewing Vicki Gardner, the local chamber of commerce.

He opens fire first on Ward and then turns to kill Parker. Parker and Ward died at the scene while Gardner was rushed to Roanoke Memorial Hospital for emergency surgery.

After posting the graphic video of the attack, Flanigan's Twitter account was suspended.

Police tracked down Flanigan to Fauquier County, Virginia where he attempted to shoot himself. However, he did not die and is in critical condition.





reporters-killed.jpgA gunman killed two members of a news crew and injured one more in Moneta, Virginia, in a shooting that was partially captured on video on Wednesday morning.

Police are investigating the shooting at the Bridgewater Plaza near Smith Mountain Lake that took place at about 6.45am ET. A news crew from WDBJ7 local news was on the scene to film a segment for the morning news when several shots rang out. Screams followed and the camera recording the feature fell, as producers cut to the shocked studio news team.

The station later announced that two of their team, Alison Parker, 24, and Adam Ward, 27, had been shot dead.

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"Today was just like any other day," anchor Kim McBroom said on the morning broadcast. "They did great work every day and put their all into everything they did. "They were special people. They would lighten up a room."

With crying on the set of the studio audible, another anchor, Jean Jadhon, described Parker as "a rock star. She was a professional, so much fun and so kind".

Jeff Marks, general manager, recounted what police had told the station. "Someone with a gun, we believe it was a man, barged into where they were and fired several shots, six or seven, it sounded like. We heard screaming, and then we heard nothing, the camera fell.

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"The scene was described to us as chaos."

He expressed disbelief at the shooting: "How can this individual have robbed these families of Adam and Alison of their happiness and their love, for whatever reason."

Parker originally joined the station as an intern, and had graduated from James Madison University in 2012. According to her profile on the site, she enjoyed kayaking and local theater.

Ward was described as a gregarious, hardworking photojournalist, an avid fan of Virginia Tech and longtime employee of the station. He was engaged to Melissa Ott, a producer on the station who was celebrating her last day on Wednesday before going to a new job in Charlotte. He had planned to join her there and find a new job with her.

Parker had recently celebrated a birthday and was dating WDBJ7 reporter Chris Hurst.The station chief said the news team would hold a memorial on Wednesday afternoon.

Police from Franklin and Bedford counties as well as Virginia state police are searching for a suspect at the scene. They have not described the extent of the third victim's injuries.

Schools in the area have been locked down until further notice, the Bedford County superintendent announced.





Legends Award for Rita Marley

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rita-marley.jpgAfrica's first global TV network, Africa Network Television (ANTV), will honour Rita Marley for astounding impact on Africa and people of African descent. The selection based on unparalleled works and commitment to improving health, education and nutrition of infants, youth and the elderly through the Rita Marley Foundation in Jamaica and Ghana.

In a letter addressed to Marley, Theresa Okorochukwu, administrator and president of ANTV, extolled, "You have made Africa proud both on a National and global level, a role model and compassionate leader, an ambassador of love and of reggae music, you are an ANTV Legend."

Florida Ceremony

The awards ceremony will be held on August 29 at the University of Florida, Gainesville, USA, during the multi-nation launching ceremony of ANTV. Four other distinguished persons will be conferred Legends Awards: Dr Emmanuel Voado, neurosurgeon and founder/president of Cosmopolitan Aid; African Union (AU) Ambassador Dr Erieka Bennett, head of mission, AU Diaspora Forum; Dr Fatoumata Ceesay, former national speaker, The Gambia National Assembly, former deputy speaker of ECOWAS, former president of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA), and founder of Family Rights Advancement and Protection; Pharmacist Stella-Maris Patcha Adamu, president/owner, Empire Hotel /The Savoy Palm Hotels in Cameroon and founder/president of Mauritia Patcha Foundation.

On September 12, Rita Marley will be bestowed the Living Legends Award by the United Nations Women and the AUDAF.





mr-vegas-photo-12.jpgNot much has been heard from him since he was sentenced for murder in 2014; however, Mr Vegas is getting ready to drop a new single recorded by Shawn Storm before his incarceration.

The song, Sardine and Crackers, was produced by Mr Vegas on his Tables Turn rhythm.

"This song was recorded before Shawn Storm was arrested. He is an artiste that the people love, and it's been a very long time since he's had a new song out. Many people have been asking, 'What's happening with Shawn Storm?'

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"Despite being in prison, he still has his fans, and they want to hear him. I've decided to put out Sardine and Crackers for his fans," Mr Vegas said.

Vegas said he hopes that the song will help to boost Shawn Storm's spirits in prison. "I just want to uplift the deejay's spirit. As long as you have breath, you have hope. No one is perfect, so just rise above all negative energy, Shawn Storm. Always remember that your talent is greatly appreciated by a lot of people."

Sardine and Crackers is slated to be released before the end of August. The Tables Turn rhythm also features songs from artistes such as Mr Vegas with Tables Turn, Bugle with Work Hard, Latty J with No Abuse, Natel with I Love Them All, Vershon with I Can Be That, and Beego with Lie Dem A Tell.





judy-mowatt-groovin-2014.jpgGrammy-nominated reggae singer Judy Mowatt is reported in a recent interview with Britain's The Voice newspaper posted online on Tuesday, that she believes that if reggae legend Bob Marley was alive today, he would have converted to Christianity, just like she has been.

Now a devoted Christian, Mowatt was part of the reggae group, The I-Three, which rose to fame as a member of Marley's backing group. She was a Rastafarian for 22 years before making the transition.

In the interview, Mowatt said that a conversation she had with Marley's widow Rita, led her to believe that the late singer may have been converting to Christianity before his death.

"I think Bob Marley would be at the same place (as me)," she said. "I say this because I remember when he was in his transition (when he was leaving this Earth), he was in such excruciating pain. I remember his wife telling me that she went to the hospital and he (Marley) said, 'Jesus, take me.' At the time, I wondered: 'What is the meaning of that?' I didn't mention to Rita that I was curious, but I knew I would get the answer someday."

Mowatt continued: "Years later, a friend of mine, Bunny Brown from The Chosen Few (reggae/soul vocal group), said to me that his sister was a nurse at the hospital where Bob was and he told me that his sister had led him (Marley) to the Lord. She told him about Jesus and she led him to the Lord. So when Rita heard him say, 'Jesus, take me', it made sense. You cannot call on the name of Jesus without knowing Him."

When asked if she had ever shared her thoughts with Rita (who was also a member of The I-Threes, along with singer Marcia Griffiths), Mowatt said she used to remind her (Rita) of their conversation when she (Rita) mentioned that Marley had been calling on the name of Jesus before he died.

"I think I've reminded her of that [conversation we had] and she said she didn't remember saying it. But that is something that I will never forget. Sometimes, people might say something to you, but they say it in passing, not realising the impact of what they're saying is having on you."

Following her conversion, Mowatt, who earned a Grammy nomination for her 1985 solo album, Working Wonders, took a break from the music industry so she could become a more devoted Christian. Still committed to the faith, serving as the worship leader at her church, Mowatt recently returned to the music scene. She will embark on a UK tour this week alongside her former I-Threes group member Marcia Griffiths and fellow reggae stars Bob Andy, Richie Spice and Tanya. Stephens.





Thugs posing as goat sellers slaughter butchers

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Thugs posing as goat sellers accompanied two butchers into bushes in the vicinity of Dyke Road in Portmore, St Catherine on Sunday, where they robbed and killed them, the police have confirmed.

The men have been identified as 39-year-old Martin Coleman and 26-year old Kadian Richards both of King Weston district in Lawrence Tavern.

Residents reported hearing explosions about 10:05 am and summoned the police.

On the arrival of the lawmen, Coleman and Richards were seen with multiple gunshot wounds, CCU said.They were pronounced dead at hospital.

The butchers were in the area to purchase goats at the time of the incident.

A 13-year-old male relative of the victims who accompanied them was unharmed.

The police are investigating.





775 persons killed since the start of 2015

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According to the latest statistics from the police, 775 persons were reported killed up to Monday.

This represents a 20-per cent increase when compared with the 643 murders reported over the corresponding period last year.

The Jamaica Constabulary Force recorded 1,005 murders last year and did not record the 700th murder until mid-September. Last year's figures represented a 16 per cent decline when compared with the 1,197 recorded in 2013.

The figures are also showing that 12 of the 19 police divisions across the island have reported increases in murders.

Notably, murders in St. James have jumped by 60 per cent while Clarendon has seen a 42 per cent increase in murders.Both parishes have seen a wave of killings in recent weeks.

According to the data, 139 persons were reported killed in St James, compared with 87 over the corresponding period last year.

Eighty-one persons were reported killed in Clarendon, compared to 57 for the similar period last year.





arrested -photo-1.jpgTHE Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade says its is aware of the arrests of the three women who were found working as security officers without the relevant work permits in the Republic of Trinidad & Tobago recently.

The ministry, in a release yesterday, said the Jamaican High Commission in that country last week ascertained the whereabouts of the Jamaicans and will visit the Immigration Detention Centre (IDC) where the women were being housed.

Such visits in which diplomatic representatives routinely check on the welfare of Jamaican nationals in detention, are part of the consular duties performed by the Jamaican Missions, the ministry said.

However, it said: "The ministry wishes to remind the public that there are currently 10 categories that can move freely under the Revised Treaty of Chaguaramus which set the rules of establishment and procedures for the Caribbean Community (Caricom). These, however, do not at the moment include the security profession for which work permits have to be sought."

The categories allowed free movement across the region are:

* University graduates

* Media Workers

* Sportspersons

* Artistes

* Musicians

* Registered nurses

* Trained teachers

* Artisans with a Caribbean Vocational Qualification (CVQ)

* Holders of associate degrees or equivalent qualifications such as two CAPE/"A" Levels and National Technician Certificates

* Household domestics with a Caribbean Vocational Qualifications (CVQ) or equivalent qualification.

Said the ministry: "It is important to note, however, that a skills certificate, officially known as the Certificate of Recognition of Caricom Skills Qualification, which can be obtained from the Ministry of Labour in Jamaica or the designated ministry in your host country is a prerequisite for employment."

It added: The ministry wishes to remind Jamaicans that the freedom of movement provision under the Treaty does not by itself automatically confer permission to work. In order to take up employment of any nature, persons falling outside of the ten agreed categories will require work permits or work permit exemptions. It should also be noted that those who are not in any of the categories of skilled persons, are not temporary service providers or who are not exercising the right of establishment, will require work permit approvals in the respective Caricom territories, in advance of travel."

The ministry said, too, that Jamaicans travelling to Caricom countries for business, study, tourism, or personal affairs, must be in possession of the following:

* A valid passport with at least six (6) months validity;

* A return airline ticket as appropriate to the purpose of the visit;

* An adequate amount of money to meet living expenses during the visit;

* Information (name, complete address and contact details) for their accommodation, whether hotel or private residence;

* The name and full details of their host or sponsor;

* Where possible, documentation confirming the purpose of the visit; and

* The name and telephone number, preferably the mobile number, of anyone meeting them at the airport.

"The ministry wishes to also inform the public that the immigration authorities in that country routinely conduct spot checks and persons found to be working without a permit, or illegally are placed in the immigration detention centre pending removal or deportation."





Tropical Storm Erika forms overnight

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tropical-storm-erika.jpgTropical Storm Erika is approaching the Leeward Islands from the Atlantic, and forecasters say it may gain strength.

The storm's maximum sustained winds Tuesday are 45 mph (75 kph).

Tropical storm watches have been issued for portions of the Leeward Islands including Montserrat, Antigua, Barbuda, St Kitts and Nevis, Anguilla, Saba, St Eustatius, St Maarten, Guadeloupe, St Martin, and St Barthelemy.

A tropical storm watch means tropical storm conditions are possible within 48 hours.

Erika is centered about 730 miles (1,170 kilometers) east of the Leeward Islands and is moving west near 20 mph (31 kph).

Meanwhile in the Pacific, a tropical depression is forecast to become a tropical storm later in the day.The depression has maximum sustained winds near 35 mph (55 kph).

It's centered about 1,565 miles (2,520 kilometers) east-southeast of Hilo, Hawaii, and is moving west.





Building inspector caught in sting operation

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A twenty-eight-year-old building inspector employed to the Kingston and St. Andrew Corporation (KSAC) was arrested on Monday in a sting operation by detectives from the Major Organised Crime and Anti-Corruption Agency, (MOCA).

It's alleged that in May this year, the inspector visited a location in Kingston where a building was being constructed.

He reportedly informed the proprietor that the building permit had expired and then solicited J$500-thousand in order to expedite the renewal of the permit.

A report was made to MOCA which led to his arrest.

Meanwhile, the KSAC says there is no wide scale corruption in the processing of building permits.

"We continue to provide a professional service to the public and we do not charge anything over and above that which is regulated by the Kingston and St. Andrew Corporation . This is absolutely a one off incident and we will be working with the police to investigate ...." said Town Clerk, Robert Hill.





usain-bolt-wins-gold-beijing-2015.jpgEight Jamaicans - four men and four women - qualified for the 200 and 400 metres events at the World Campionships now being held in Beijing, China.

World record holder Usain Bolt remained on course to retain the sprint double title, after winning his heat in the men's 200 meters stopping the clock at 20.28 seconds, just ahead of Roberto Skyers of Cuba.

In other semi-finals, Olympic 200 metres bronze medalist Warren Weir finished second in heat 6 in a season best 20.24 seconds, Julian Forte also advanced after finishing second in heat five in 20.16 seconds, behind Britain's Zharnel Hughes 20.13 seconds, while Nickel Ashmeade was third in heat 4, in a time of 20.40 seconds, behind winner Justin Gatlin 20.19 seconds.

Meanwhile four Jamaican ladies made progress to the final of the women's 400 meters on Thursday morning, after qualifying in their respective semi-finals this morning. National champion Christine Day made progress from semi-final one, after clocking 50.82 seconds behind winner Shaunae miller of the Bahamas 50.12. Stephanie Ann McPherson qualified for the final as well as he finished second in semi-final two in a season best 50.32 seconds.

While Shericka Jackson and Novelene Williams-Mills finished second and third respectively in semi-final three behind Alyson Felix of the United States. Jackson posted a personal best 50.03 seconds for the runner up spot, while mills made progress after crossing the line in a season best 50.47 seconds.

Jamaica lies in third place in the medal standings, with 2 gold and bronze, below leaders Kenya with 9 medals and Great Britain in second place with 3. The United States lies in sixth place with six medals 1 gold, 1 silver and 4 bronze.





Police bank robber linked to 4 other robberies

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bank-robber-cop-oshane.jpgThe Police High Command is reporting that the policeman who attempted to rob a bank in St Elizabeth last week has been linked to four more robberies in Central Jamaica.

The cop, Constable Oshane Anderson, is still in hospital after he was shot when he tried to rob a customer that was entering a bank in Santa Cruz. He was challenged by a security guard.

Anderson was wearing sister locks (fake locks) during the robbery attempt - checks afterwards unveiled that he was in fact a cop.

The police said his description has led them to link him to four other robberies in Clarendon and St Elizabeth. Anderson is already facing charges of illegal possession of a firearm and robbery with aggravation.





16-year-old found dead on housetop

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The body of a teenager was this morning found on top of a house in Mackville Terrace, close to the Queensbourough community in St Andrew.

Police report that approximately 7:30 am friends of 18-year-old Rasheed Campbell became concerned after he failed to turn up at his regular hangout spot.

A search was carried out and the body of the youth, who family members say was suffering from a mental condition, was found.

Police investigating the matter say they are at this time exploring several angles including that the matter is a case of sudden death.





safree-samuels.jpgNikki Minaj's ex, Safaree Samuels, arrived in Jamaica on a American Airlines flight from Miami on August 19 at the Norman Manley airport in Kingston.

Since arriving in the island the rapper has been updating his Instagram account constantly, keeping fans up to date with his movements in and around the island .

When Samuels arrived in the island he wrote on his Instagram, "Jamaica mi deya STRAIIITTT!!!! feels surreal to be back"

The rapper, who has Jamaican roots, made his 1st stop at Shorty's Jerk chicken on Red Hills Rd, which he called the "best jerk chicken" he has had in his life.

Samuels next stop was to hang out with ZJ liquid, then he had the opportunity of meeting one of his musical idols, Bounty Killer.

"Anyone that knows me knows that @grunggaadzilla aka Bounty killer" is my favourite artist of all time in any genre of music.. Up to this day I listen to this man's music every day and have been for as long as I've been alive. My bounty playlist is Mad," said Samuels on Instagram.

He also bragged to his fans that he didn't even need an introduction as Bounty Killer was already aware of who he was.

"Maddddd!! God knows what he's doing cuz its crazy the time when I finally meet him he knows me by name and I didnt even need to be introduced.. I could go on forever about this but ill keep it short!! Humbling experience," added an ecstatic Samuels on Instagram.

Samuels has been touring all across Jamaica he's visited studios, radio shows, televisions, and shows and even spent some time vibing in uptown, Kingston.

"Kingston, Uptown..., "said Samuels on Instagram.

Samuels is expected to depart the island next week.





beenie-man-and-crystal.jpgToday is the birthday of the dancehall doctor, Beenie Man and his daughter Crystal (her mom is Dancehall Queen Carlene) has written a tribute to her dad.

"Happy birthday to the world's greatest father. I would not want anyone else to be my dad except for you.

You have always treated me like a princess, and I will forever honour that. You are my life, my heart and my soul. Daddy, I love you unconditionally.

Your loving daughter,

Crystal"

It's definitely heart-warming to see a deejay being such a good father that his daughter is hailing him publicly.

YardFlex also wishes Beenie Man all the very best and God's richest blessings on his birthday.





Ralph Thomas is Jamaica's new Ambassador to USA

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ambassador-ralph-thomas.jpgRalph Thomas has been appointed Jamaica's new Ambassador to the United States. He is expected to assume duties early next month.

Ambassador Thomas, who is currently Jamaica's Ambassador to the People's Republic of China, replaces Ambassador Stephen Vascianne.

Foreign Affairs Minister Senator A. J. Nicholson, in announcing the appointment, said Ambassador Thomas served in China during an important time for Jamaica/China relations, especially in the area of economic development.

Senator Nicholson said he expects Ambassador Thomas to bring this level of critical thinking and creative energy to the relationship with the US, one of Jamaica's major international partners.





Digicel seeking to raise more funds

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digicel-photo-1.jpgA report in Ireland's Independent newspaper paper says Digicel is likely to raise US$1.5 billion in its upcoming initial public offering. An investor road show is expected to start shortly.

The Independent said a Digicel spokesman declined to comment on the fundraising reports.

Digicel is in the process of evolving from a pure mobile telecoms company into a communications and entertainment provider.

In June, the company filed a prospectus with the US Securities Exchange Commission, announcing an intention to list shares on the New York Stock Exchange. It intends to use the proceeds for general corporate purposes, including capital expenditures and acquisitions, as well as repay debt.

According to the documents, Digicel's debt was around US$6.5 billion at the end of March.





stolen-car-theft.jpgA resident in Chancery Hall whose car was stolen over a month ago tells YardFlex that a policeman is behind the theft of his vehicle.

Reports are that the resident, whose two cars have always been parked outside his gate, woke up one morning in July to find only one car. A neighbour reported that she had heard strange noises and seen questionable movements in the wee hours of the morning, but admitted that she had not thought to call the police.

The man's house is located in a valley, below road level, and with his driveway still under construction, he has no option but to park his cars (his and his wife's) on the sidewalk, as close to his entrance as possible. He said that as soon as he realised his cr had been stole, he made a report to the Constant Spring Police Station. However, shortly after the incident, an acquaintance who did not know that his vehicle had been stolen, asked him what was his car doing in Portmore.

He told the man that his car had been stolen and the man reportedly took him to the location, where he identified the vehicle as his and called the cops. The car did not have on any licence plates.

Investigations revealed that a policeman was behind the theft and could possibly be involved in a car-stealing ring. The car is at the police station.





Rogue cop charged for bribing coaster bus owner

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Forty-one-year-old Constable Dudley Lewin of the St Catherine North Division was yesterday charged by MOCA for Breaches of the Corruption Prevention Act.

It is alleged that on August 15, Lewin seized a coaster bus and solicited $30,000 in exchange for the release of the motor vehicle.A report was made to MOCA, resulting in the execution of an operation.

On Monday, Lewin collected $16,000 from the complainant and was arrested by detectives from MOCA during the operation. During the process to apprehend him, a struggle ensued. A firearm was discharged, resulting in the accused receiving injuries to his right arm. He later received medical attention and was released into police custody.

Lewin was offered bail in the sum of $400,000 with one or two sureties, reporting conditions and to surrender all travel documents. He will appear in the Spanish Town Resident Magistrate's Court on October 13.





shelly-ann-fraser-pryce-photo-1.jpgShelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce took a mere 10.76 seconds to write her name in the history books again, as she left her closest competitor a braid's length behind to win an unprecedented third IAAF World Championships 100m title.

The five-feet tall sprinter, who competed with braided black and green hair topped off with a garland of yellow flowers, brought her impressive individual senior championship medal collection to seven - three 100m World Championships gold, two Olympics 100m gold, 200m World Championships gold and an Olympic 200m silver.

The silver medal was won by Dafne Schippers of The Netherlands in 10.81 with America's Tori Bowie taking the bronze in 10.86. Jamaica's Veronica Campbell Brown (10.91) placed fourth and Natasha Morrison (11.02) seventh.

Campbell-Brown, despite not medalling said she was "grateful and thankful" for the result. "I'm blessed, I don't like to dwell on the past and I've already moved on. My mind is on the 200m," VCB said.

Fraser-Pryce's victory brought Jamaica's medal tally to three after three days of competition. Usain Bolt won gold in the men's equivalent on the second day in 9.79 and O'Dayne Richards bronze in the men's shot put.





The police in Clarendon are probing the murder of two men on Friday night when gunmen opened fire on patrons at an event in the town of May Pen.fourth double murder in recent weeks.

The police report that 22-year-old Leroy Hutchinson, of Woodside district, and 21-year-old Leroy White, of a Cardage Avenue address, died from gunshot wounds sustained during the shooting.

According to the police, the two were among a group of persons attending a fish fry at premises along Howard Avenue when a motorcar approached.

It is reported that a number of men alighted from the car and opened fire, hitting several persons before escaping in the vehicle.





The police have thwarted a robbery and led to the seizure of several firearms-including a high powered rifle-and the arrest of three gangsters.

The investigations, which were led by the Counter-Terrorism and Organized Crime Investigation Branch (C-TOC), revealed that a gang operating out of Arnette Gardens was planning to rob an armoured vehicle in the Kingston 5 area.

The plan was however dashed on Thursday, August 20, when C-TOC conducted an operation in the area.

In a release on Friday, the police reported that one 9mm Glock 17 pistol with a magazine containing thirteen 9mm rounds and one Colt .45 pistol with a magazine containing three .45 rounds of ammunition were seized in the operation and two men arrested.

Deputy Commissioner of Police in charge of Crime, Glenmore Hinds, noted that the operation ended without any major incident and without the use of deadly force.

"This is an indication of the high level professionalism and respect for human rights that members of the Constabulary displayed. The Police High Command continues to appeal to criminals not to challenge the police when confronted but to surrender peacefully," he said.





connstable-kills-girlfriend-shoots-himself.jpgThe police constable who is alleged to have shot and killed his girlfriend at her St Andrew home early this morning before shooting himself has now died.

He has only been identified as Constable Stephens, a detective attached to the Hunt's Bay Police Station in St Andrew.

His girlfriend was Kayden Hunter of Duhaney Park, St Andrew.

According to police sources, the constable went to his girlfriend's home in Duhaney Park this morning, called her to the gate and shot her to death.

It's reported that he then travelled to his home in St Mary where he shot himself.

The cop was rushed to hospital where he later died.

Stephens' young daughter was living with Hunter in Duhaney Park.





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bolt-wins-gold-beijing-2015-photo-2.jpgUsain Bolt beat Justin Gatlin to win the 100-meter world title in 9.79 seconds at the Bird's Nest, where he shot to fame at the 2008 Beijing Olympics with his victories in world-record times in the 100 and 200.

The only time Bolt has failed to win gold in a sprint at a major championship since the 2008 Games was when he was disqualified for a false start at the 2011 worlds.

Doubts over his ability to beat Gatlin intensified after he tumbled and then recovered to win his semifinal heat in 9.96 seconds.

Gatlin, who won the 100 at the 2004 Olympics before serving a four-year suspension for doping, had been unbeaten in 2015 and had the season-leading time of 9.74 but placed second in 9.80.

The 33-year-old American took bronze behind Bolt at the 2012 Olympics and silver at the 2013 world championships in Moscow.





Usain Bolt 'floured' in Beijing on his birthday

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usain-bolt-floured-on-b-day.jpgHappy Birthday Usain! Track star Usain Bolt had a typical Jamaican celebration of his 29th birthday on Friday.

The Trelawny native was dusted with flour in Beijing, China, where he and other Jamaican athletes are awaiting the start of the 15th IAAF World Championships inside the Bird's Next Stadium.

Bolt tweeted a picture of himself covered in flour.

"Ni Hao from Beijing-China on my Birthday," he posted on Twitter.

"Can u believe the youth them flour me? Only Jamaicans #GiveThanks #Blesssed."

The last time Bolt competed in China in 2008, the birthday song was played in the stadium as he took to the track.





Dominican Reggae singer, Nelly Stharrre is dead

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nelly-stharre.jpgNelly Rafoul, a Dominican reggae artiste who uses the stage name "Nelly Stharre" is dead.

She was found dead in the parish of Saint Paul, Dominica yesterday. Rafoul was 41 years old. It has been confirmed that Stharre's burnt remains were among two bodies discovered.

Stharre who is Rastafarian, was married to a Jamaican national with whom she has children. She also lived in Kingston, Jamaica for several years.

Stharre comes from the school of other notable Dominican reggae artistes such as Nasio Fontaine and Reggae Cowboy and her musical message is shaped by the circumstances resulting from The Dread Act.

She performed on the talent stage of the festival, an alternate stage which provides entertainment during band changes on the main stage - where she delivered her original, Moon Men and Life Goes On, and a critically well received version of Peter Tosh's Old Vampire.





Medical marijuana industry grows

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ganja-licence.jpgNearly a year after the state's six medical-marijuana dispensaries opened, patients are changing their habits.

For quick relief, they are smoking marijuana less and inhaling its vapours and therapeutic oils more, those in the industry say. Others are eating cookies or placing strips with the various active ingredients into their mouths to alleviate pain, nausea and seizures associated with the growing list of ailments.

Prices that a year ago were markedly more expensive than the underground market have dropped sharply and are now competitive, according to dispensaries, state officials and market analysts.

"When I started having success, I took the oil," said William McDonald, 42, of Monroe, referring to CBD extract, which does not induce a high.

McDonald has had cancer as well as complications from a 2008 bite of a brown recluse spider that included a staph infection and heart failure. His daily regimen starts with a strip of marijuana oil under his tongue first thing in the morning. He will inhale the vapours of a Cannabis Sativa strain during the day to elevate his mood, then the Cannabis Indica strain to relax and help bring on sleep in the evening.

"I was giving up because none of the medicine was working," McDonald said, noting marijuana has helped him. "My depression stopped," he said. "My anxiety about death has stopped."

Angela D'Amico, owner of the Compassionate Care of Connecticut dispensary in Bethel, said the shift away from smoking is the result of a widening array of treatment options.

"The absorption is that much greater when you vaporise rather than burn with a match, with the puff of a joint or smoking a pipe," D'Amico said.

A pharmacist at the dispensary recommends treatment depending on the patient's condition.

Cancer patients vaporise marijuana with high percentages of THC, the psychoactive ingredient in the plant, for quick relief of the nausea that accompanies motherapy.





NHT to sell Outameni. Any buyers?

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nht-to-sell-outameni.jpgGood luck to the National Housing Trust on their decision to sell the controversial Outameni property which many are labelling a white elephant.

Ten months after controversy erupted over its acquisition by the NHT, the Board agreed to the sale at a meeting last week. In April, Dr. Carlton Davis, Chairman of the Housing Trust, indicated that the entity was considering leasing or divesting Outameni.

In his latest comment on the issue, Dr. Davis said that the property could be advertised for sale as early as this weekend. He said bids will be accepted from local and overseas investors.

The NHT was rocked late last year by controversy over the purchase of the Orange Grove lands. Various groups described the decision to purchase the property as a significant departure from the core business of the National Housing Trust.





Assistant Commissioner Ealan Powell, head of the Criminal Investigation Branch, believes former members of criminal networks in Tivoli Gardens are terrorising sections of the Kingston West Police Division.

The police are investigating reports that gunmen from Tivoli Gardens invaded Tulip Lane on Wednesday and were responsible for the fatal shooting of a 14 year old girl.Powell noted that members of the gang, which was led by former drug kingpin, Christopher "Dudus" Coke, are behind the crime wave.

"They are remnants of the Tivoli gang that are still in Tivoli, and are bent on creating mayhem. They are people there who are willing to take on their neighbours, security forces and anybody who shows different views from them. The killing of the little girl is just a continuation of criminality in that area," Powell said.

It's reported that a section of Denham Town has been tense since the fatal shooting of the teenager.

In neighbouring Trench Town, two persons were also shot and injured on Wednesday afternoon in what police sources say was a gang feud in the area.





A historic hotel's rooftop air-conditioning unit is the source of a Legionnaires' disease outbreak that has killed 12 people and sickened more than 100 in the Bronx, city Health Commissioner Mary Bassett said yesterday.

After extensive sampling and testing of Legionnaires'-causing bacteria, laboratories have matched the strain found in the hotel's rooftop unit - also called a cooling tower with the strain found in 25 patients, some of whom died, Bassett said.

"The outbreak is over," Bassett said, noting the maximum incubation period has passed since the last new report of someone coming down with symptoms.

Dr Jay K. Varma, a deputy health commissioner for disease control, said health officials investigating the outbreak learned nine days into their probe, on July 29, that a guest who had stayed at the hotel had become ill.

In all, there have been 128 cases and almost all patients hospitalised with the disease have been discharged, officials said.

The outbreak has become the city's most significant public health crisis since last fall's Ebola scare. For more than a month, cases of Legionnaires' - a form of pneumonia especially dangerous for the elderly and for people with underlying health issues - have been reported throughout a section of the South Bronx, the city's poorest neighbourhood.





Man linked to murder of Police Constable charged

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One of the men linked to the violence in West Kingston has been charged.

Gratiano Green otherwise called "Beh Beh", was charged on Thursday with the murder of Constable Lynden Barrett.

Green, a resident of Regent Street, and Tulip Lane in Denham Town, Kingston 14, is booked to appear before the Corporate Area Gun Court next week. The cops say he was a major player in the violence in West Kingston.

Another suspect, Horatio Livine, alias 'Ratio", is still being processed.

Powell said Livine will be questioned next week.

Both men were captured during police operations on Tuesday and Thursday in Silent Hill, Manchester and Red Hills, St. Andrew.

Barrett, who was attached to the Kingston Western Police Division was shot dead near Wellington Street, Denham Town on July 21. The Constable was visiting the area when he was ambushed and shot.





george-thomas-car-crash-montego-bay.jpgAn 18-year-old man is still in a coma following the deadly crash which claimed the life of President of the St James Bar Association George Thomas in Montego Bay on Thursday.

Thomas was being driven by his son when their vehicle collided with a Nissan motorcar.

The injured man was a passenger in the Nissan motorcar. He was badly injured and fell into a coma. Thomas' son, who was driving his father at the time of the accident, is also reportedly in hospital.

Thomas' passing has caused sadness in legal circles and has drawn tributes from Justice Minister Mark Golding and other prominent legal luminaries. The Traffic Police In St James are probing the evidence to ascertain the cause of the crash.





Musicians in Guyana are seeking modern copyright laws and a 50 percent quota for local music on the state-owned radio station.

The Guyana Music Network (GMN) made its intentions clear at a meeting on Tuesday evening where GMN founder, Burchmore Simon, said he would seek a meeting with President David Granger and ask for an increase in the number of hours that Guyanese music is played on the radio stations run by the National Communications Network (NCN).

Eddy Grant, who was born in Guyana, was also in attendance and called on musicians to picket NCN to pressure the company into giving airplay to locally produced music and to persuade the Minister of Culture to support the playing of Guyanese music.

He urged the musicians to see themselves as a powerful and influential constituency who can decide the outcome of a general election.





100 policemen charged for corruption in 2014

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police-cars.jpgThe Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions' annual report has stated that some 100 cops were charged for corruption in 2014.

The figure is worrying to the police High Command who has been wringing its hands over the amount of corrupt acts cops have been accused of in recent times.

This week, an off-duty cop was arrested after he attempted to rob a Chinese businessman of $5 million at a financial institution in Black River, St Elizabeth.

Another cop was shot and injured during a sting operation where he was caught shaking down a motorist in St Catherine.

The report stated that some 35 cops were charged in 2013 and four have already been charged this year for breaches of the Anti-Corruption Act.





14-y-o girl gunned down in Denham Town

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gun-shooting.jpgA section of Denham Town in Kingston is tense, following the fatal shooting of a 14-year-old girl yesterday afternoon. The teenager was killed on Tulip Lane, shortly after four o'clock. She was pronounced dead at Kingston Public Hospital.

A senior investigator last night told RJR News that the teenager was killed during a shootout between rival gangs. He said detectives have collected information on the incident.

Over in neighbouring Trench Town, two persons were shot and injured yesterday afternoon, in what police sources say was a gang feud in the community.





attorney-andjustice-minister-mark-golding.jpgMembers of the legal fraternity have been left in shock following the death of the president of the Cornwall Bar Association, George Thomas.

Thomas died Thursday afternoon following a car crash in Montego Bay, St James.

According to Justice Minister, Mark Golding,he was profoundly saddened at the tragic passing of Thomas, who was president of Cornwall Bar Association.

"Mr Thomas has made a significant contribution to the legal professional and community in Western Jamaica, which was acknowledged in 2010 when he was conferred with the Order of Distinction," Golding said in a statement Thursday.?

He said it was his expertise and record of service at the private bar which led to his election in March as president of the Cornwall Bar Association.

Golding also expressed condolences on behalf of the Government to Thomas' family, colleagues and friends.

Meanwhile, the president of the Jamaican Bar Association, Donovan Walker says the legal profession has lost a valuable member who was at the height of his career.

Attorney, Bert Samuels, hailed Thomas for his efforts to uplift legal practise in western Jamaica saying he was friendly and polite.





george-thomas.jpgProminent Montego Bay lawyer George Thomas succumbed to his injuries following a fatal car crash Thursday afternoon.

The vehicle was reportedly hit by a car at the traffic light along the Elegant Corridor in the vicinity of Ironshore, St James.

Thomas later died from injuries he received in a traffic collision, while the driver, his son, Maurice received minor injuries.

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Danny upgraded to hurricane status

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hurricane-danny.jpgTropical Storm Danny is now Hurricane Danny, with maximum winds now at 75 miles per hour.

With the rapid strengthening of the weather system, it has become a hurricane one day ahead of the projection that this would have happened on Friday.

Meanwhile the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA) has announced that it is in contact with national disaster offices across the region and that they are currently monitoring the system.

Danny is expected to reach the eastern Caribbean on Monday.

The people of the Lesser Antilles, the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico are being advised to monitor the progress of Danny.





skip-marley-photo credit-victoria-stevens.jpgSkip Marley has confirmed he will be making his North American live debut as part of the 13-date Catch A Fire Tour with fellow Marley's Damian and Stephen.

The tour starts on August 1st in Garberville, California and will be making stops in Los Angeles, New York and 9 other states throughout August and into September. On August 16th, Skip will be joining Stephen and Ziggy Marley for a very special "family affair" one-off show to celebrate Bob Marley's 70th birthday as part of KCRW's World Festival at The Hollywood Bowl. Tickets for all dates can be found here. Full list of tour dates below.

Earlier this summer, the teenage multi-instrumentalist and songwriter released his debut single "Cry To Me." The single is a refreshing reminder of the incredible talent and strong story telling sensibility that runs deep within the Marley blood. Recently Skip entered the studio with the legendary Jamaican rhythm section and production duo Sly and Robbie and plans to release more material later this year.

In other news, Skip Marley signed an exciting new publishing deal to Blue Mountain Music Ltd. This worldwide publishing agreement will cover all works from Skip's upcoming release for Tuff Gong International, including the debut single "Cry To Me" which has topped the EDM.com chart.

Chris Blackwell (who famously signed Skip's grandfather Bob Marley to Island Records in the 1970s) commented; 'I am really excited to be working with Bob's grandson, Skip. He has so much to offer.' 'I want to spread positivity through music,' avows 18-year-old Skip Marley, like a mission statement for his life.

Soon to be known solely by his single first name, Skip is an abbreviation of 'Skipper', by which his grandfather was frequently known. 'My mother, Cedella,' he explains, referencing the reggae king's eldest daughter, 'was fond of this name and I guess thought it was the right fit for I.'

Skip's husky singing and speaking voice draws up memories of his grandfather's lilting tones. Does he feel the weight of his legacy? 'It's not something you think about too much: we're just family and the understandings are passed on.'

Since the age of five, Skip has played piano, adding guitar and drums and ultimately songwriting as time passed. First recorded as a demo on his phone, the haunting love ballad "Cry to Me", only the second song he ever wrote, concerns 'a personal situation with a young woman I was dealing with. The words and the rhythm came to me all at the same time. It's a love song, but I like to write about everything: ups and downs of life, poverty, girlfriends, God.'

"Cry To Me" is available now on iTunes.





Three Jamaicans held in US on drug charges

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Three Jamaicans are said to be among a group of alleged criminals arrested by the Vermont police in the United States for trafficking heroin, cocaine and other illicit substances with intent to sell.

According to authorities, a vehicle transporting two Vermont residents and two from Connecticut was pulled over on Monday for an expired inspection sticker. The occupants included Kwesi Wilson, 30, Tanya Parker, 26, Kenil Forrester, 24, and Melinda Forbes, 24.

Vermont State Troopers say they searched the vehicle after they smelled the odour of burnt marijuana.The search revealed approximately 480 bags of heroin, 50 grams of crack, 15 grams of cocaine, and 10 milligrams of marijuana. The police also seized US$833 and J$1,500.

The occupants were arrested and charged with felony trafficking of heroin and cocaine with intent to distribute.

It is suspected that the drugs were being transported from Hartford, Connecticut to Vermont.





missing-teens-photos.jpgThe police seek the general public's assistance in finding four teens who have high level Ananda alerts activated this week.

Missing are:

1) Jevaun McPherson, 17, of Foster Lane in Kingston, who has been missing since Saturday, August 15.

Jevuan is of dark complexion, medium build and is about 157 centimetres (5 feet) tall. Reports from the Kingston Central Police are that about 11:30am, Jevaun was last seen at home dressed in a green merino, black shorts, and pair of blue slippers. All efforts to contact him on his cellular phone have proven futile.

Anyone knowing the whereabouts of Jevaun McPherson has been urged to contact the Kingston Central Police at 922-9273, the police's emergency 119 number, or Crime Stop on 311.

2) Moesha Osbourne, 16, of Shortwood district in Cambridge, St James has been missing since Saturday, August 8.

Moesha, otherwise called 'muck muck,' is of dark complexion, stout build and is about 160 centimetres (5 feet 3 inches) tall. Reports from the Cambridge Police are that about 9:30pm, Moesha was last seen at home dressed in a black blouse, black denim shorts and a pair of black slippers. It is understood that when last seen, she had her cell-phone in her possession, however all efforts to contact her have proven futile.

Anyone knowing the whereabouts of Moesha Osbourne is being asked to contact the Cambridge Police at 912-2266, the police's emergency 119 number, or Crime Stop on 311

3.) Shaniqua Rose, 15, of Mountain View Avenue in Kingston, has been missing since Sunday, July 26.

The teen is of dark complexion, slim build and is about 163 centimetres (5 feet 4 inches) tall. Reports from the Mountain View Police are that Shaniqua was last seen at home about 12:30pm, and has not been seen or heard from since.

Her family has been unable to detail what her mode of dress at the time she went missing.

Anyone knowing the whereabouts of young Shaniqua is being asked to contact the Mountain View Police at 930-3207, the police's emergency 119 number, or Crime Stop on 311

4.) Aleyah Parker, 16, of Mile Gully District in Manchester, was last seen on Sunday, August 16.

Young Parker is of brown complexion, medium build and is about 173 centimetres (5 feet 8 inches) tall. According to reports from the Mandeville Police, Aleyah left home about 2:10pm for an undisclosed location wearing a floral dress and a pair of black slippers.

All efforts to contact her have since proven futile. Anyone knowing the whereabouts of Aleyah is being asked to contact the Mandeville Police at 961-5538, the police's emergency 119 number, or Crime Stop on 311.





norris-deedo-nembhard.jpgConvicted Jamaican drug lord Norris 'Deedo' Nembhard is back home.

After serving a nine year sentence in a Florida penal facility, Nembhard returned to the island on Tuesday.

In July 2008, Nembhard along with Robroy 'Spy' Williams, his bother Glenford Williams, Vivian Dalley and former police corporal Herbert 'Scarry' Henry were airlifted by helicopter from the New Horizon Remand Centre in Kingston and handed over to the Americans at the Norman Manley International Airport, after being ordered extradited by a local court.

Nembhard pled guilty upon reaching the United States and was initially sentenced to 13 years but that sentence was reduced to nine years.

He fought extradition for four years and was locked up inside the New Horizon Remand Centre for the duration of his local court battle.

The case drew national attention.





bank-robber-cop-oshane.jpgAlthough his colleagues, the police, have not officially released his name, the bank robber who tried to steal J$%-Million from a customer on Tuesday has been identified as Oshane Anderson. He is attached to the police sation in Clarendon.

According to reports, Police Constable Oshane Anderson, who was moonlighting as robber, was legitimately earning at two different locations. Anderson is said to be the owner of a very large house in Mandeville.

However, friends of the bank robber cop, say that Anderson vowed "not to end up like the officer in Clarendon and a different medz me a pree" . That officer being the young one who committed suicide about 3 weeks ago. It's also alleged that Anderson complained about not having any money to buy gas about two days prior. Yet somehow found the money to fill his tank and drive to Black River, St. Elizabeth to rob a bank, dressed as a Rastaman.

According to reports, the victim quickly realized what was about to take place and switched the bag of money, from his left to right arm, then proceeded reach for his service revolver. Once Anderson noticed that Mr D was reaching for his gun, a tussle ensued & Mr D was whipped in his elbow by Anderson's gun. The bag of money & Mr D then both fell to the ground. It's alleged that it was at this point security was alerted about the robbery in progress and came to Mr D's rescue. Anderson was then shot once in the leg, preventing him from fleeing the scene.





BERMUDA: Jamaican prisoner wins landmark case

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A Jamaican prisoner, who claimed his constitutional rights were infringed because he was not allowed to apply for parole after serving a third of his sentence, has won a landmark victory in the Bermuda Supreme Court .

Leighton Griffiths was convicted in 2007 of importing 480 grammes of cocaine that was hidden inside an air compressor.

He was initially sentenced to 14 years in prison, but this was later reduced to 12 years by the Court of Appeal.

Earlier this year, Griffiths, who is married to a Bermudian, launched legal action because, as a foreign national, he was denied the opportunity to be released on licence. This after serving a third of his sentence, even though he was otherwise qualified for such early release.

Griffiths claimed that the provisions of the Prison Act 1979, which set down the rules surrounding prisoners' access to parole, breached Section 12, which prevents discrimination on the ground of place of origin, of the Bermuda Constitution.

In a written judgment, released at the end of last week, Chief Justice Ian Kawaley ruled in favour of Griffiths, saying his constitutional rights had been infringed.

"The provisions of the Prisons Act 1979 relating to parole as applied to the applicant as a Jamaican national, who presently has no opportunity to apply for any form of early release, discriminate against him on the grounds of his place of origin, in contravention of his rights under section 12 of the Bermuda Constitution," Chief Justice Kawaley said.

Bermudians, and people with an unrestricted right to reside and work in Bermuda, are able to apply for release on licence in Bermuda after serving a third of their sentence. Nationals originating in some countries, including the United Kingdom, are also able to obtain an early release on licence because their governments have agreed to supervise them on their return to their countries of origin. However, Jamaica has not agreed to accept prisoners released on licence.

As a result Griffiths was required to remain in prison for twice as long as those prisoners who were able to obtain parole.





marcus-garvey-photo-2.jpgThe house in which National Hero Marcus Garvey grew up, in St. Ann's Bay, St. Ann, will be refurbished and transformed into a heritage site.

This was confirmed by Lisa Hanna, Minister of Youth & Culture Minister, during a ceremony to commemorate the 128th birthday of Garvey, Jamaica's first National Hero, held on the compound of the St. Ann Parish Library, in St. Ann's Bay, on Monday, August 17.

Read by Councillor Ian Bell of the Beecher Town Division of the St. Ann Parish Council, the message noted that the property on which the house is located, was declared a protected site in 1992, as the Government moved to ensure that the legacy and history of Marcus Garvey was preserved.

"The Ministry of Youth and Culture remains committed to preserving the legacy of this outstanding Jamaican, as we are ready to start plans to refurbish the house of Jamaica's first National Hero and transforming it into a heritage site," Miss Hanna said.

"We want to create an environment where Jamaicans at home and abroad can visit and pay tribute to a man who left a great legacy. It was he who said that 'a people without knowledge of their past history, origin and culture is like a tree without roots'. Let us continue to embrace our rich cultural heritage and pass on the memories and traditions to the next generation," she added.

Miss Hanna said the celebration of Marcus Garvey's 128th birthday and the 51st year of him being named a National Hero presents an opportunity for the sharing of cultural heritage among the youth.





matisyahu.jpgMADRID (Reuters) - Jewish groups protested on Monday after a Spanish reggae festival canceled a concert by an American Jewish reggae singer Matisyahu when he failed to reply to a demand to clarify his position on Palestinian statehood. Reports are that he will be replaced by reggae singer, Etana

Matisyahu, who fuses reggae, hip-hop and rock with Jewish influences in his songs, had been due to perform next Saturday at the week-long Rototom Sunsplash reggae festival at Benicassim near Valencia in eastern Spain.

But after pressure from the local supporters of the movement to boycott and back sanctions against Israel over its policies towards Palestinians, the organizers announced over the weekend that they were cancelling his appearance.

etana-photo-3.jpg"Rototom Sunsplash, after having repeatedly sought dialogue in the face of the artist's unavailability to give a clear statement against war and on the right of the Palestinian people to their own state, has decided to cancel the concert," they said in a statement.

The Spanish Federation of Jewish Communities condemned the decision as cowardly, unjust and discriminatory, saying that Matisyahu had been asked to take a political position because he was Jewish when this was not required of other performers.

World Jewish Congress President Ronald Lauder expressed outrage at the decision, urging Spanish authorities "to take appropriate action against those responsible for it."

Matisyahu, whose real name is Matthew Miller, made no comment on the controversy on his Twitter or Facebook sites and the organizers said there had been no reaction from the musician, who had a concert scheduled in Brussels on Monday.

The Valencia section of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) campaign had launched a public campaign for Matisyahu's performance to be canceled, saying he was a "lover of Israel" and demanding he make a public statement on his stance on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

The BDS movement, which objects to Israel's 48-year-old occupation of territories where Palestinians seek an independent state, has campaigned against groups and individuals over their links to Israel.

The moves against Matisyahu had led some other participants to cancel their appearances at the festival, according to press reports.





Men held wth over 100 M-16 rounds in car

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police-cars.jpgPolice in St Elizabeth seized more than 100 M16 rounds of ammunition and took two men into custody in Santa Cruz, Tuesday afternoon.

Reports say police were conducting a spot check on Institution Drive (referred to locally Back Street), when they stopped a white Toyota Corolla with two men in the vehicle.

A search of the car uncovered the ammunition in the trunk.

The police are investigating.





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The hurricane season in Jamaica, officially runs from June 1 to November 30. The Caribbean and the Atlantic region generally experience few or no storms during the first two months (June and July) of the season. However, the latter portion of the season is regarded as the most active part of the season. The most active months are September and October.

This is also Jamaica's primary rainy season, with month average rainfall generally exceeding 200mm. During the hurricane season, we provided accurate and early forecasting of storms and their impact on the region.





tropical-depression.jpgTropical Depression Four has formed in the eastern Atlantic, and is forecast to strengthen into Tropical Storm Danny over the next 24 hours, approximately.

The National Hurricane Center says Danny could become a hurricane by late Thursday or Friday.

This is the first active tropical depression or named storm in the Atlantic since for more than a month.

According to the Weather Channel, it will take at least a week for the weather system to reach the Leeward Islands, but "over the next couple of days, it's actually moving into a pretty favourable area for development," and could become "at least a tropical storm, if not a low end hurricane, before we get to this weekend."





Rogue cop caught in sting

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An alleged corrupt cop who engaged undercover detectives in a struggle while being apprehended has been shot and injured in Willowdene, St Catherine.

It's reported that about 6 p.m yesterday, the sting operation was set up to catch the policeman collecting money from a man whose car he had seized.

According to reports, after the policeman was caught accepting the money, detectives from the Major Organised Crime Investigation Agency approached him and identified themselves.The policeman then attempted to escape. He was pursued and a tussle reportedly ensued during which he was shot.

The policeman managed to escape but later turned up at hospital with a gunshot wound where he was treated and released into the custody of the police.

The Independent Commission of Investigations (INDECOM) is now probing the shooting.





police-cars.jpgAs more details have emerged about Monday afternoon's foiled robbery outside National Commercial Bank in Black River St. Elizabeth, by a policeman, voices are crying shame and disgrace on the constable.

Senior detectives assigned to the St. Elizabeth Police Division have widened their probe, as it has now been confirmed that the suspect involved in the robbery is one of their own - a police constable assigned to a Corporate Area police division.

According to official police reports, about 1:50 yesterday afternoon the constable attempted to rob a Chinese businessman of a bag containing five million dollars in cash. The businessman was about to enter the bank make a lodgement when he was pounced on by a man armed with a gun.

A security guard at the bank intervened shortly after and shot the man in the right knee. Police were quick on the scene and accosted the man who was wearing false locks. YardFlex was on the scene and captured video footage of the cop as he was bundled into a police pick-up.

At the time of the attempted robbery the lawman was on sick leave.

Investigators are trying to determine the origin of the two weapons seized in the aftermath of the foiled robbery. A pistol fell from the would-be robber, and during a search of his person, a revolver, believed to be a police service pistol, was found in his waist band.

According to DSP Wade, investigations are ongoing to determine if there were other accomplices, and whether the constable was linked to similar crimes.





morgan-freeman-and-granddaughter-edena-hines.jpgActor Morgan Freeman on Sunday announced the death of his granddaughter, Edena Hines, 33, who New York City police said was found fatally stabbed near her residence.

Police responded to a 911 call just before 3 a.m. EDT on Sunday and found a woman later identified as Hines lying in the street in the Harlem section of New York, said police spokesman George Tsourovakas. She had suffered multiple stab wounds to the torso and was taken by ambulance to a hospital and then pronounced dead, he said.

Police took a man, 30, into custody and he was also transferred to a hospital, Tsourovakas said. His name, condition and any relationship to Hines was not released and the stabbing remains under investigation, he said.

The stabbing occurred on West 162nd Street on the same block where Hines lived, according to the police report on the incident.

Hines was an actor, writer and acting instructor in New York, according to her website.

"I want to acknowledge the tremendous outpouring of love and support my family has received regarding the tragic and senseless passing of my granddaughter Edena Hines," Freeman said in a posting on his Facebook page. "Thank you from the bottom of my heart."

Hines was Freeman's step-granddaughter but he never referred to her as that, Freeman publicist Stan Rosenfield said in an email.





Rihanna puts NBA player on blast

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rihanna-and-matt-barnes.jpgRihanna straight out put NBA player Matt Barnes on blast for all of her 24.5 million followers to see after the athlete said some things that she wasn't down with.

Dating rumors between the two sparked a while ago after the Memphis Grizzlies player made it clear that he was feelin' the Barbados beauty. He made her his #WCW (Woman Crush Wednesday) on Instagram a few months ago, and would flirted with her over Twitter a couple years ago when she sat courtside at his Lakers games.

His ex-wife Gloria Govan even reportedly gave her stamp of approval-as long as she got hooked up with concert tickets-so when asked about what's really going on with him and RiRi, Barnes told TMZ that they're "just past the crush stage."

Rihanna seems to disagree.

The singer posted a screenshot of Barnes from the TMZ video and included a caption full of hashtags that not only dissed him, but claimed he was lying about everything.

"#bishwhere #thedevilisaliar #shesnotthatintoyou #shesnotintoyouatall #shesneverevenmetyou #thisactuallyhurtmyfeelings #defamationofcharacter," she wrote.

Weeks ago, she was linked romantically to soccer star Karim Benzema, however, a source recently told E! News that "Karim is fading out and it looks like Rihanna has only one guy on her mind, and that's Lewis [Hamilton]," adding that she is taking it slow and has not put a "label" on them yet.

The two sparked romance rumors earlier this month when they were seen together at the annual Grand Kadooment Day carnival in her native Barbados.





Blue-haired Shebada says he's 'beautiful'

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shebada-beautiful.jpg'"He's so beautifulllll..."

Beautiful' is an adjective normally used to describe females. But that was the word male actor Shebada used to describe himself on Facebook, as he posed up in a plaid shirt dress, blue hair and shades.

"Don't hate me because I am beautiful. Hate your man cuz him will neva be me," actor, Keith 'Shebada' Ramsay posted

The actor's very successful theatrical production, 'Bashment Granny 3' is currently playing at the Green Gables theatre in Kingston and he has a new clothing line on the horizon





Artiste apologises to fans for missing show

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aidonia-photo-3.jpgThe management team for Dancehall artiste, Aidonia, has issued an apology to the organisers, sponsors, and patrons of the Digicel Pagee Fisherman Beach in Port Maria.

The apology says the dancehall entertainer who was booked as the headline entertainer for the event on August 12, was present at the venue but was unable to perform due circumstances beyond his control after he fell ill.

It further states that Aidonia was taken to the hospital after efforts to assist him were unsuccessful.

The promoter, Mr. Anderson confirmed that he was refunded of all monies paid to the artiste. Aidonia is currently at home recovering.





Reggae singer films music video in Brazil

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dj-waldiney-and-richie-stephens-in-brazil.jpgAward winning reggae singer Richie Stephens has just wrapped production of a new music video for his single 'Knock Knock Knock' in Sao Luis, the capital and largest city of the Brazilian state of Maranhao.

The success of the song in Brazil inspired the singer to shoot the video with a local production crew. The video is currently being edited and will be available soon.

Prior to embarking on a mini tour of Brazil, Stephens got word that 'Knock Knock Knock' was a massive hit there. But as the old Chinese proverb says 'Hearing a hundred times is not as good as seeing once' and the proof was revealed when he arrived in Sao Luis for the first time on August 6th.

"I was pleasantly surprised by the popularity of the song and how it had taken off on its out strength" the singer gushed.

"I could not believe fans recognized me everywhere I went. They obviously had heard the song but only seen my picture on Facebook and youtube. I went to a couple of parties and when they played the song, oh my...everybody start dancing and singing word for word. The response was amazing" he said.

He later confessed that he was so overwhelmed by the experience that when he got to the hotel he shed a few tears.

"These things don't happen to you everyday so I thanked father God for my blessings. Tears came to my eyes" he said.

On his arrival in Brazil, he was whisked off to Rádio Mirante, FM 96.1 in Sao Luis to do an interview with radio jock Waldiney who was the first to play the song on the radio.

"I have to thank DJ Waldiney from Reggae Point radio for making the song a massive hit in Brazil. He is one of the top radio jocks and the first to play it on radio here. I have to big him up in a special way" the singer noted.

While in Brazil, Stephens headlined four shows - two in Sao Luis and two in Belem, the capital and largest city of the state of Para.

"It's a very big song here in Brazil and that's the reason we booked him for this tour" concert promoter Maria Riana said.

"The turnout for the shows was much better than expected. In some places we were able to pull 3,000 patrons. In other places, 4,000 people came to see Richie alone. Its really worked for every one involved" she reiterated.

Asked about the success of 'Knock Knock Knock' in Brazil, when it is hardly played in Jamaica, Stephen explained, "For what I have observed, reggae music from the 70's is what they love here in Brazil. They are into singers like Gregory Issacs, John Holt, Jimmy Cliff and Dennis Brown. 'Knock Knock Knock' has a taste of that smooth 70's sound. In fact it was recorded on that 70's rhythm that Horace Andy recorded 'Love Of A Woman' which is popular here. It may creep up on Jamaica like what OMI did with 'Cheerleader'" he said.





crime-scene-7.jpgThe Clarendon Police are keeping a close watch on sections of the parish, following an upsurge of violence on the weekend. Four persons were killed in the parish in a series of shootings which began on Saturday night.

In the most recent incident one person was killed and another was hospitalised, following a shooting Sunday evening in May Pen. Details on the shooting were not readily available.

In Frankfield one man was shot dead, after ten Saturday night. Investigators responded to reports of gunfire in section of the community, known as Railway, where they saw the body of a man.

A short time later, while processing that scene, gunmen struck again, leaving one man dead in Osbourne Store. The victim was among a group of men playing dominoes when armed men opened fire on them.

Another man was shot and injured in Content while having a drink with his friends on Sunday night. He's in critical condition.

In yet another incident, a businessman is battling for life, after he was shot in the head on Sunday, while opening his store in Effortville.

On Sunday morning the police were called to the Halse Hall main road where the body of a man was found with stab wounds.





Jamaican team feted by Japan

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japan-send-off-for-team-jamaica.jpgThe Jamaican team for the 2015 World Championships in Beijing, China, was today feted by the Japanese during a send-off ceremony at the Tottori Civic Hall in Tottori, Japan.

The team, which has been in Japan for a 10-day pre-World Championship training camp, received tokens and were entertained by their hosts.

Special-needs children presented team members with token paper medals, which they made, and they were entertained by World number one karate expert, Rika Usami.

Tottori High school band also played Jamaica's National Anthem during the send-off.

The training camp is slated to end on August 18, ahead of the August 22 start to the World Championships.





Jamaican pilot jailed in Quatar heads home

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pilot-in-jail-quatar-paul-stephens.jpgPaul Stephens, the Jamaican pilot who has been serving a five-year prison sentence in the Middle Eastern country of Qatar, is on his way home.

Judie O'Sullivan, a Jamaican who has been assisting Stephens, saidhe left Qatar yesterday and would be travelling to Jamaica through London, England.O'Sullivan said the west Kingston resident sent her a message as he made his way to the airport, saying he was happy to be leaving Qatar.

"When he was ready to go to the airport, his emergency travel documents were not there as yet. What Qatar Airways did was that they just revalidated the ticket," she explained.

"He said he is going to fight his cause because he is innocent," she said.

According to the official judgment, in the Primary Court of Qatar, Stephens was convicted for having sexual intercourse with a female knowing that she was under the age of 16 and sentenced to five years' imprisonment to be followed by deportation.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade said Stephens was arrested in Qatar in November 2008 and charged for a serious offence.

"He confessed to the charge and was found guilty by the Primary Court (court of first instance) in November 2012 and sentenced to five years' imprisonment, to be followed by deportation," the foreign ministry said.

"Following his conviction on 28th November 2012, he was taken into custody in January 2013 to begin his custodial sentence. He filed an appeal ... . His conviction was upheld by the appeal court in April 2013. A further appeal to the Court of Cassation (final court) was denied in December 2013," the ministry said.

Stephens recently received a pardon after spending more than three years in prison. O'Sullivan claimed to have visited Qatar and collected court records indicating discrepancies in the case.

"It is a false accusation because they could not convict him, and what they were saying were all lies against him. The judges kept changing and they decided to put something on him," O'Sullivan asserted.





Antiguan businessman missing in Jamaica

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Forty seven-year-old businessman Raphael Hendricks, who is a citizen of St Kitts, has been missing since Friday, July 24, 2015.

He is of dark complexion, stout build, about 170 centimetres (5 feet 7 inches) tall, and sports a low-cut hairstyle.

Reports are that Hendricks has been in the island since May 2015 and gave Four Paths, Clarendon, as his temporary residence. Efforts by relatives to contact him have proven futile.

Anyone knowing the whereabouts of Raphael Hendricks is being asked to contact the May Pen police at 902-9850, police 119 emergency number, or the nearest police station.





Over 1000 pounds of ganja seized at wharf

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ganja-seized.jpgOver 1000 pounds of ganja valued at $2.7 million have been seized by the police.

The contraband was seized at the Kingston Wharves, Newport West, on Saturday morning.

The police say about 9 a.m., security personnel called the Narcotics police to assist in the search for a container that they were unable to find. The container was subsequently found with six parcels containing nearly 74 pounds of ganja.

Investigators say the container, which arrived in the island on August 7 from the United States, was destined for The Netherlands.

The discovery led the police to another container, which had 10 large duffle bags. A search of the bags revealed 262 parcels containing approximately 1,000 and 22 pounds of ganja. The container had arrived in Jamaica on July 26 from China and was scheduled to depart for Suriname.

The police did not say whether any arrests were made in connection with the drug finds.





peter-phillips-photo-1.jpgFinance Minister Dr. Peter Phillips definitely hinted that a general election could be called sometime this year, as he reminded the faithfuls to "put a little oil in your lamp".

Speaking at St. Mary High School on Sunday at the Central St. Mary constituency conference in Highgate, he reminided Party supporters that the constitution requires an election of a new government every five years .

"Coming in September will mark the fourth Conference since the last general election, and I would say to anyone with a lamp, put a little oil in your lamp," he stressed.

He used that anticipated milestone to stir the enthusiasm of Party members and supporters: " Get ready! Are you ready, for Comrade Portia SImpson Miller to call the trumpet once again?" he asked.





JPS to reduce electricity bills this month

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jps-bill.jpgWhat with back-to-school and the sky high cost of books, not to mention the price of food at the market, the JPS announcement that there will be a decrease in light bills for August is definitely our pick for YardFlex's 'Good News' Feature.

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Jamaica Public Service (JPS) announced on Monday that customers will benefit from a seven per cent drop in their bills this month. This is due to the company passing on savings from reduced fuel prices to customers.

The Fuel and IPP charge for August is J$14.47, doiwn from the J$16.76 per kilowatt hour applied to July bills.

Winsome Callum, JPS Corporate Communication Manager, explained that the fuel charge on electricity bills changes each month, depending on the cost of oil purchased to produce electricity.

"We are actually seeing savings that result in a seven per cent reduction on the average residential customer's elecricity bill. This is very good news for us because we do know that the cost of electricity is at the top of our customers' minds," she said.





ANTIGUA: Ban on importation of plastic bags

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plastic-bags.jpgThe Antigua and Barbuda government has announced a ban on the importation of plastic bags into the country.

Health Minster Molwyn Joseph said the ban would come into effect on January 1 next year and would involve all plastic bags, except for those used for garbage collection and disposal.

"January 1, 2016 was established as a ban to allow for further consultation across the board and to give the business establishments the opportunity to prepare for the transition," Joseph said.

He said the Ministry of Health would further prohibit the use of plastic bags by mid 2016 and during the period, the authorities will be working with partners in the private sector to find alternatives. Joseph said that the government would be willing to waive duties and other taxes to assist the private sector as they seek alternatives to the use of plastic bags.





Ganja brownies anyone?

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ganja-brownies.jpgBaker of the ganja brownies, Yah I is thankful for the "liberation" of the marijuana, with recent amendments to the law allowing persons to carry a small amount of the herb without being arrested.

The baker, artist, community motivator, and herbalist who hails from Lodge in St Ann is now seeking to make his ganja brownies into a profitable business venture.

"We have a recipe (just like how Kentucky has their secret recipe) wha we naa give to nobody until we set up an entity with a licence and labelled name. We're in the process of working on it," Yahi I said of his marijuana-flavoured brownies.

"Brownie is a cake that is made from the manifestation of the marijuana, which is transformed into oil, and we combine the oil with the chocolate. We buy Danish chocolate, or French vanilla, or cherry, and we integrate those and make an awesome taste," Yah I explained to Rural Xpress.

Yah I describes the brownie as a "happy cake" that is marketed for adults 18 years and over and which is good for the body.

"We have been eating all our lives just to fill our stomach. Now, the brownie cake is also for filling, but it leaves the internal atmosphere with a happy feeling. We're now having a happy food, so we call it the happy cake."

"We have elders with epilepsy, elders with chronic pain, elders with asthma, who are endorsing the cake and having release (relief) full time. So we give thanks that we could represent these things in this time and represent Rastafari."

Most of his support, however, reportedly comes from visitors who travel through Lodge to reach White River Valley, where attractions such as Wata Land and Blue Hole are located.





Little Hero set to score with new song

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little-hero.jpgMany people know Little Hero as a hardcore deejay who has been on the scene from the days of Courney Cole and the Roof talent show in Ocho Rios,St Ann.

Well since over 20 years now Little Hero have charted several hits to his credit.One thing for sure is that he wanted to have a few hits by the end of 2015. So far he have recently released three songs which look likely to put him in the limelight.

The songs are Born as a Husler,Hold On,and Love Life. All these songs are getting heavy rotation on all major radio stations across Jamaica.Over the years he has released songs such as Inna De Ghetto,No More War and Prayer Time, all popular songs which caused him to tour England,USA and several Caribbean islands.

Christened Paul Gayle ,he hails from Farm Town in St Ann and is loved by many due to his easy going style.





yahba-jus-wicked.jpgThe year 2015 marks 40 years since legendary keyboard king, Jackie Mittoo wrote the single Everyday Sunshine, the lead track from the Tony Stines-produced album, Yahba - Jus' Wicked. Mittoo must surely be smiling in keyboard heaven to see that the single, now recorded by Orville 'Bagga' Case, is steadily gaining traction on the Jamaica Music Countdown chart.

Now in its seventh week on the chart, Everyday Sunshine is sitting at number 15, up one place from the previous week. All indications are that this single is headed for a Top 5 slot. The album, not to be outdone, stormed the Jamaica Music Countdown Album Chart, where it peaked at # 3 after nine weeks.

The 13-track album includes love songs, a wedding song and more for the music palate. Pam Hall's background vocals make a great blend with lead singer, Orville 'Bagga' Case on most of the tracks. The talent that was brought together for the album is second to none, including the noted creativity of engineer Stephen Stewart.

The tracks for Yahba - Jus' Wicked were recorded at Harry J Studio, Fab 5 Studio and Mixing Lab in Kingston.

The 'Jus Wicked' album is recommended for music lovers who enjoy relaxing to groovy melodies. It highlights the talent and energy of Jamaicans who made the reggae music industry great, giving it the accent it needs right now.





gully-bop-and-shauna-chin-photo-3.jpgShauna Chin, manager and fiancee of dancehall artiste Gully Bop says she didn't even know when or where or how an interview during which Bop makes a plea to the US for the return of her visa came about.

"Is so Bop stay," she told YardFlex in an exclusive interview. "I guess he was just feeling dejected because I have a situation and am unable to travel to the US. And he knows that if I were there with when he goes on those shows then things would be much better for him," Chin explained.

Bop wants the US to forgive her wrongdoings. "Mi waah ask the government inna di country, weh mi deh right now, fi just forgive her fi anything weh she do inna America," he said in the interview.

"She neva kill nuh body a America, she neva shoot nuh body, she nah sell nuh crocos bag a drugs. She young, man, so mi a beg America government fi even give her a chance."

However, social-media users have put the entertainer on blast for making such a request.

"He sounded like an uneducated fool, I swear, mi lose awfa him," said one user.

Others attacked Chin, stating that she was only using Bop's spotlight to gain attention. Other users were angry with Bop for making what many dubbed a 'stupid request'. Their anger was further fueled when Bop made mention of reggae artiste Chronixx during the interview.

Bop called the Here Comes Trouble singer a "careless artiste". He made reference to Chronixx allegedly calling Obama a 'wasteman' earlier this year.

"Yuh come inna my country and one likkle careless artiste a go seh sup'n bout yuh," he said. "Mek Jamaica people tell yuh how mi deal wid him. Mi deal wid him wicked cuz him bright and outta order."





Inner Circle To Tour US West Coast

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inner-circle.jpgDays after the end of a three-week European tour, Inner Circle band will tour the US West Coast, starting at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas today. Inner Circle will kick off a short string of performances called the One Love Reggae Revolution tour.

The tour, which ends on August 23, will include stops in Nevada, Arizona, California, Oregon, Canada, and Washington. Highlights include select dates with Gonzo of Tribal Seeds and a performance at Los Angeles' famed Hollywood Bowl for a celebration of Bob Marley's 70th birthday alongside Ziggy Marley, Stephen 'Ragga' Marley, The Skatalites, and others.

"I really wish the tour would not be so little, but since we are not Slightly Stoopid or Rebelution, or SOJA, we can only make it little. The baton has been passed to these new reggae soldiers and they are doing very well," Roger Lewis of Inner Circle said.

Lewis pointed out the importance of mentorship, and passing on knowledge to these younger artistes.

"Like the old Chinese proverb says, 'If you want to know what's going on down the road, ask a man who is coming from down there and he can tell you'. And after that you can make your assessment of what the vibe and the climate is. Everything is vibes and climate. In telling of the past, you may not feel what the climate was ... . I can tell you about Bob Marley, but you had to be there to feel the climate and the electricity. However, you can still feel the echo of it today," he said.

"Now Inner Circle is vibing with the Kabaka Pyramids and the Jesse Royals and the Bambaatas, you know, the youths coming up. We learn and they learn. They like to hear some of the old vibe of where Jamaica came from and where reggae music comes from," Lewis said.





Reasoning, Dance For Garvey Lecture

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marcus-garvey-photo-1.jpgOn Monday, August 17, Liberty Hall will host the annual Marcus Garvey Lecture, in collaboration with the Jamaica Music Museum. It takes the form of a reasoning session and dance named Reviving the Beat: Liberty Hall as Blues Dance Hall. It will be held at 76 King Street, downtown Kingston, beginning at 9:30 a.m.

Research reveals that 76 King Street was a venue for dances from as early as 1939 and well into the 1960s and '70s, as well as a venue for boxing.

Niney the Observer, John Bird and many others, including women, will tell their stories about dances they attended at Liberty Hall, as well as the professional boxing matches that were held there.

The reasoning session will be moderated by director/curator of the Jamaica Music Museum, Herbie Miller and Dr Carolyn Cooper from the UWI, Mona campus.

Director/curator of Liberty Hall, Dr Donna McFarlane, is urging everyone who remembers coming to Liberty Hall 'back in the day' to come back and share stories of their time at the venue, in particular the music they came to hear, how long the dances lasted and their preparation to attend.

She said it is important for the archives to have information about what Liberty Hall was like as a dance venue; the connection between Garvey, Liberty Hall, and reggae's development; and the important role 76 King Street played in the life of downtown Kingston, even after Garvey's death in 1940. The reasoning will be professionally recorded and made available to users of the library.





4 funeral homes burnt in downtown

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funeral-home-burns.jpgFour funeral homes were burnt down in downtown Kingston just before dawn on Thursday.

The cause of the fire has not yet been officially ascertained by the fire brigade but early indications are that arson may have been a factor.

The four homes are House of Love, Davis Funeral Home, Norman's Funeral Home and Twilight Funeral Home.

All four are located close to the intersection of North and King Streets.

Firefighters said they received a distress call about 2:51 am and sped to the scene. However, despite their efforts, the fire badly destroyed the buildings. The extent of the loss has not yet been tallied.





JUTC bus crashes in gully

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jutc-bus-grants-pen-gully.jpgThe big question is how on earth did the bus end up in the gully.

lice and curious onlookers were open-mouthed after a Jamaica Urban Transit Company bus ended up in a gully at Grants Pen in St Andrew on Thursday morning.

The bus, which was on its way to pick up JUTC staff members, ended up in a section of the gully close to the intersection of Barbican Road and Grants Pen Road, at sometime after 2am.

"IT is very mysterious how the bus could have ended up in the gully. It is very strange. I cannot work out how the bus got there," one cop who was on the scene told Loop News.

The driver of the bus sustained head and shoulder injuries, and was taken to hospital with the help of members of the Grants Pen community.

One resident suggested that JUTC drivers aren't getting enough rest. Earlier this week, a JUTC bus mowed down and killed a vendor in downtown Kingston.





Brave cop shoots attacker in downtown ambush

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The brave action of a cop in downtown, Kingston resulted in him fending off two attackers who attempted to ambush him as he made his way to work.

The cop was walking along Barry Street at around 7:00 pm to start his duties at the Darling Street Police Station when the two men attacked him. A shootout ensued and the cop shot one of his attackers.

Police then flooded the area and one of the attackers was found with a gunshot wound on Matthews Lane. He was taken in to custody.

The police are now searching for the other attacker.





The police in Clarendon, have launched a manhunt for a group of men who abducted and killed a St Catherine businessman, Glendon Rose, 49, in the parish late Thursday.

It's reported that Rose travelled to Clarendon to evaluate a piece of property in Hopefield district. However, shortly after nine o'clock, he was attacked by four armed men. The men forced him into his Black Toyota Fortuna motor vehicle and drove off. Shortly after 11pm. the police received a call that a body was seen lying along the Sandy Bay main road.

Eyewitnesses reportedly told the cops that they saw Rose jump from the vehicle.

However, the gunmen also alighted and shot him several times.

The police are asking anyone who has seen the Black Toyota Fortuna vehicle with the licence plate 9372 GH to contact them.





US reopens embassy in Cuba

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us-reopens-embassy-in-cuba.jpgThe United States on Friday reopened its embassy in Cuba more than 54 years after it was closed, in a symbolic step underlining the warming of relations between both countries.

John Kerry, the first US Secretary of State to visit Cuba in 70 years, presided over the ceremony in Havana. The US flag was presented by the same US marines who brought it down in 1961.

Cuba reopened its embassy in Washington last month. But issues remain, with Cuban leader Fidel Castro blasting the US for not lifting its trade embargo.

In an open letter on Thursday, in state newspaper Granma to mark his 89th birthday, Mr Castro said the US owed Cuba millions of dollars because of its 53-year-long embargo.

Kerry, speaking during the ceremony, described the hoisting of the flag as a "historic moment." He stressed, however, that the US would not stop pressing for political change in Cuba. "The people of Cuba would be best served by a genuine democracy, where people are free to choose their leaders," he told a crowd of hundreds gathered outside the embassy building.

He conceded nevertheless that US policies have not always led to democracy. "Cuba's future is for Cubans to shape," he stressed.

Three retired marines who lowered the American flag for the last time on 4 January 1961 handed it over to marines to raise it once again in Havana as the American national anthem played.

Cuban leader Raul Castro and US President Barack Obama agreed to restore ties in December last year. While trade and travel restrictions have been relaxed, the Republican-led US Congress has not lifted the trade embargo the US imposed on Cuba in 1960.Cuba has long maintained that the embargo - which it calls a blockade - is hugely damaging to its economy.

In his open letter, Fidel Castro said Cuba was committed to "good will and peace in our hemisphere" but added: "We will never stop fighting for the peace and welfare of all human beings, regardless of the colour of their skin and which country they come from."

Fidel Castro led his country from the Cuban Revolution, in 1959, until 2006, when he stood down because of undisclosed health problems. He passed on power to his younger brother, Raul, who embarked on a number of economic reforms.





West Kingston cops dig out two AK 47s from yard

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west-kingston-police-recover.jpgThe West Kingston Police on Friday, seized two high powered rifles that were found buried on premises along Regent Street in Denham Town.

Head of the West Kingston Police Division, Superintendent Cornwall "Bigga" Ford reported that the cops used a backhoe to dig up the weapons - two AK47s.

ak-47-stock.jpgSeveral rounds of ammunition were also found in the operation.

He said over the past two weeks the police have been using the backhoe to search for weapons believed to be buried in the Denham Town area and surrounding communities.





Big shooting in Cross Roads market; 1 killed

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Vendors and shoppers had to scamper for cover as guns blazed in the Cross Roads Market on Wednesday evening.

One man was killed in the incident. He has been identified as 21-year-old Akeem Rose.

Police report that two men on a motorcycle rode up to the market and shot two vendors. Rose died on the spot while the other man was shot in the leg.

The Cross Roads Market is mere metres away from the Cross Roads police station.





boil-advisory.jpgIn light of the continuing drought, Director of Health Promotion and Protection in the Ministry of Health, Dr. Sonia Copeland, has issued a public health advisory.

Dr. Copeland is urging everyone to treat water before use, especially water collected from untreated sources, such as rivers, streams and other waterways. She warns that, due to the drought, several persons are now collecting and storing water for domestic use from various sources.

She is therefore advising members of the public to ensure all the necessary precautions are followed before consuming the water from untreated sources, as it may not be safe for consumption. Treatment includes adding bleach, and boiling.

The Ministry warns that water should also be treated before making drinks, washing fruits and vegetables, making ice, preparing food and washing dishes and utensils.





Man was killed and three others, including two female foreign nationals, were injured during a shooting incident in Bitwell, Hanover early Thursday morning.

The dead man has been identified as 22-year-old Vinton Campbell, who resides in Bitwell.

The other three injured persons were admitted to hospital in critical condition and doctors are now battling to save their lives.

Police report that the four were travelling in a Mini Cooper motorcar when it blocked the path of a white car on a narrow section of road.

A male passenger alighted from the white vehicle and opened fire shooting all four, killing Campbell on the spot.





















TRINIDAD & TOBAGO: Greater fire power for cops

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greater-fire-power-for-trini-cops.jpgThe Trinidad & Tobago Police Service (TTPS) is beefing up the fire power of its personnel.

The Police Service recently signed a multi-million dollar deal with a firm to equip all police officers with some of the latest hi-tech guns to match the fire power of some of the criminals they are now confronting.

The Trinidad Guardian has reported that two of the main guns to be purchased include the SIG (Zig )PRO and the SIG (ZIG) Sauer P226 Pistol.

The latter-will be assigned to every "ordinary" police officer in the Trinidad & Tobago Police Service, while the SIG PRO will be assigned to officers in the Special Branch Unit.

According to the newspaper, Special Branch has already been issued with new firearms. That particular weapon is used by counter-terrorism specialist firearms officers

Social and Welfare Association President Anand Ramesar said the acquisition of new guns for officers was long overdue.

Mr. Ramesar told the Trinidad Guardian that the Association has been clamouring for this change for a long time, and gave his total endorsement and support to the Commissioner of Police on the initiative.

He said some of the guns being used by the TTPS date as far back as the early 1970s.





human-trafficking.jpgA third staff member at Cayman Airways has been arrested for human smuggling.

Police say the 30 year-old woman, from Georgetown, was taken into custody on Monday, and is being questioned by detectives.

Last week, two other employees of the airline were arrested, in a joint operation, involving police, immigration and international agencies.

The allegations concern foreign nationals, legitimately living in Cayman, using false documents to leave the country.

On Friday, Cayman Airways said it was fully cooperating with the authorities, adding operations were not affected in anyway.





Karamanti has just been added to the 'World A Reggae' show which is being hosted by Sizzla's Youth Foundation in August Town on Sunday, August 16th, 2015. The event is a live band show which will feature several emerging and established acts.

This show will be the second stop for Karamanti who is now a part of the Conscious Reggae Party Summer Tour. Her first appearance on the tour was Jamaica's Independence Celebration in Morant Bay, St.Thomas on August 6th. Karamanti was added to the tour as a means of campaigning and promoting her latest song/video 'Fake Rasta.' After completing the Conscious Reggae Party Summer Tour in early September, Karamanti will then head off to Denmark to kick off her 2015 Europe Winter Tour. Anyone wanting to work with her should send an email to bookings@karamantimusic.com.

Watch the official video for 'Fake Rasta'





mello-vibes.jpgZen Enterprise Incorporated partnered with GLK Entertainment the promoters for old hits parties, popularly known in Jamaica as 'Mello Vibes' to host the stalwart event in New York City. Mello Vibes NYC was launched at the Zen Hibachi Lounge in Queens on Tuesday August 4, 2015. The oldies theme could not go unnoticed as it was markedly presented on entrance through a number of hostesses clad in Afro coiffures, bell-sleeved dresses, metallic shorts and marvelously lit eyeglasses.

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The night was spectacular as the colors worn by the females complemented the Bartenura "out of the blue" experience. Companies such as Hair Exquisite highlighted their products and hair brand, knowingly as hairstyles were a highlight of the 80s and 90s style era. The accentuating flavors of the sweet sparkling ethereal of Bartenura Moscato, and Exclusiv Vodca spoiled the guests with satiating mixes. The lounge was filled with media houses, media personalities and special invited guests awaiting a night as scintillating as the mixes.

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As the launch kicked off DJ Noah the host for the night played popular Jamaican musical hits, held the attention of all present with his contagious personality and gave the audience more than they bargained for when he performed his own tracks. Spragga Benz the main act for the night, stirred the audience into a frenzy during his performance of his songs from the 90's and 2000's but not before Briggy Benz set the stage with his new hit single, "Get Gal Easy" a Notnice and Zen Enterprise Production. DJ Norie continued with his musical assault "shellin" musical bombs from the 90's and 2000's paying homage to the 90's forerunner Spragga Benz during his set.

The promoters promise that the launch was just a preview of what to expect inside the Amazura Concert Hall on Saturday, August 29th. The patrons would have yet to experience a Mello Vibes like this before. With assistance from sponsors Bartenura, Exclusiv Vodca, Rose Chiropractic, HOS Images, Irie Jam Media, Hair Exquisite, Caution Events and The Door Restaurant the energy will not only be mello but memorable.





Cops hold man in Portmore fuel seizure

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A man has been taken into custody following Tuesday's seizure of several containers of fuel by the Marine Police in Edgewater, Portmore in St. Catherine.

Reports indicate that about 5:50 pm, a team from the Marine police was on patrol when they saw a group of men loading drums onto a fishing vessel at the Causeway Fishing Village.

During a search of the vessel, five 50 gallon drums of gasoline; seventeen 15 gallon drums of gasoline and five buckets of two stroke oil - a special type of motor oil were found.

The police say a compartment on the 33 foot fibre glass fishing boat was also reconfigured to carry approximately 2,000 litres of gasoline.





emil-george.jpgEmil George, the Queen's Counsel, who became most popular as the chairman of the Manatt-Dudus Commission of Enquiry has died.

George, also a former Senator, died this morning at the Medical Associates Hospital in St. Andrew.

It's understood he had been battling cancer for some time.

Christopher Bovell, a partner at DunnCox where George had been a senior partner and consultant, said the company regrets his passing.

Bovell says George had been a great asset to the firm and to the legal fraternity.





NWC customers to receive water every third day

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water-restrictions-photo-1.jpgSome customers in the Corporate Area will begin to experience further water restrictions starting Wednesday.

As announced on Monday, customers supplied by the Mona and Hope filter systems will now receive water every third day.The National Water Commission (NWC) says the restrictions will continue until there is an improvement in the supply.

The decision to implement further restrictions is due to corporate area water levels heading to critically lower levels.

The affected areas are - Mona, Mona Heights, Mountain View, Old Hope Road, New Kingston, Liguanea, August Town, Hope Flats, Papine, Gordon Town, Hope Road, Hope Pastures and its environs.





Sean Paul makes impressive return to Japan

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sean-paul-photo-6.jpgSean Paul successfully returned to Japan after a years long hiatus from the island nation.

Armed with a catalogue of hits from three albums never yet performed live in Japan, new dancers, a new band, a new set and a new lease on life, Sean stormed the shores of Japan with schedule of four live concerts in Osaka and Tokyo.

To the delight of his fans eager to see their star up close and personal, Sean Paul performed classics like Gimme The Light, We Be Burning and Get Busy. He also ignited the audiences with international hits like Give It To Me, Want Dem All and Come To Me.

Sean has also reinvented and reintroduced himself as a producer. His most recent effort, the Full Speed Riddim, is generating buzz in dancehalls from Kingston to Osaka thanks to strong cuts like Cut an Guh Tru by Bounty Killer, Ring the Alarm by Denyque and his very own Take it Low.

A travel lover to his core, Sean has taking the opportunity to have fun off stage as well. Social media delights in posting images of the Jamaican born toaster with fans at sightseeing locations around the cities in which he performs.





Reggae singer critiques his own performance

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Iley Dread (Chardavid) in performance at the JAMBANA™ One World Festival held August 2 and 3 in Toronto, Canada.

It's certainly not the norm for artistes to admit that they are disappointed with their own performance on stage and give themselves a "scrape through" grade without blaming everybody but themselves. However, reggae singer Iley Dread (Chardavid) gave an honest assessment after his performance at the international JAMBANA™ One World Festival held August 2 and 3 in Toronto, Canada.

Speaking with the press after his much anticipated debut at the Markham Fair Grounds, Ontario, the "Lovers Holiday" singer said, "I was disappointed in my performance." He added, "And I have no-one to blame but myself. The fact is that owing to logistics a rehearsal with the backing band was not scheduled, but I should have insisted or work out an alternative with the producers of the event. Although I was backed by what is undoubtedly one of the best bands out of Jamaica, it's imperative to have a rehearsal, especially if you have not worked with that particular band for many years," he explained.

There was no doubt in anybody's mind that Iley Dread (Chardavid) was on a mission to make his debut an impressive one. Armed with three back-up singers and nattily attired, the dreadlocked entertainer admitted that he was still on a high from a great performance two weeks prior at Toronto's Polson Pier, where he shared stage with the Messenjah, Luciano. The Jambana stage was set, the fans were ready and added to that senior reps from his New York-based record company, VP Records, were in attendance. However, once he touched the stage he was challenged with technical issues. He and his backup singers were unable to hear their vocals on the stage monitors added to which the synergy with the band was not at its optimum. Experience dictated that he cut his set short and make his stage exit while the crowd was still showing appreciation.

Undaunted, the singer, whose next performance is at 'JAMAICA DAY' in Ontario August 29, says there'ss a "lesson to be learned here" and wants to share with other Reggae performers. "It is very important not only to rehearse your show but also have your own sound engineer on your team who does a proper sound check and knows Reggae music performed on a live stage very well.," he advised, noting that his next concert will see him backed by his own Hard Core Band.

Iley Dread (Chardavid) thanked show promoters to Jones & Jones and VP Records for keeping the reggae fire blazing. He concluded, "The weekend was full of good music, good people and good food."





Gregory Isaacs' mother to be buried on Saturday

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gregory-isaacs-mother-enid-murray.jpgThe mother of late reggae crooner Gregory Isaacs will be laid to rest on Saturday, August 15.

Miss Enid Murray who had diabetes died some two weeks ago at the University hospital, after suffering two from strokes. She was 85 years.

The funeral service for Gregory Isaacs' mom will be held at 10 am on Saturday, at the St. Mary of the Virgin Anglican Church at the corner of Washington Boulevard and Moylnes Road.

Interment will follow at the Dovecot Memorial Park and Crematorium.





gully-bop-and-shauna-chin.jpgIn an interview with YardFlex, Shauna "Miss Chin" Chin, the fiancee of danehall sensation Gully Bop, admitted that someone could possibly be trying to "obeah" her.

This after she was in a car accident last weekend and, Mysteriously, she was the only person injured, but she was also the only one wearing a sea belt.

"How that look? Anything can go suh?" she questioned. After waking up with neck injuries, a gash in her head and other cuts and bruises, Gully Bop's fiancée and manager, Shauna Chin, now believes that someone may be trying to 'obeah' her.

Chin was involved in a serious car accident in Duncans, Trelawny, on Saturday while returning to Kingston. According to her, the other three passengers were left unscathed.

"Four of us in the car, and I was the only one wearing a seat belt. The road was dry, and just that one wet spot in the corner. I tried to press the brakes, but nothing happened. Me haffi bawl out fi the blood of Jesus. The car spin three times and flip three times. Everybody else good; is just me one injured. It make a think all type of things," she told THE STAR.

Chin added that she is one of the few individuals with Gully Bop's best interest at heart, which is why someone is deliberately trying to get rid of her.

"I have been getting a fight. This could definitely be obeah because they want to get rid of me so that Bop won't have anyone to look out for his best interests. They don't want me around Gully Bop. Me nah call no name, but some people a try get rid of me," she said.

According to Chin, she checked herself out of the hospital this morning, because she needed to get Gully Bop's affairs in order.

"They did this to slow me down, but I have to get things going for Bop. I have everything in the car, and everything flip out and the car write-off. Me caan make Bop thing drop. Me haffi make sure him good," she said.

Chin also had a few choice words for the persons she believes are responsible for her accident.

"Unuh caan stop me. Good try, but I'm covered by the blood of Jesus. Me cudda dead, but God spared me for a purpose. You can't stop what is meant to be. Me always say Jesus," she said.





Investigators in Westmoreland have launched a probe around the fatal shooting of Josephine Wolfe, a third-form student of the Manning's school, who was found yesterday morning at home with a gunshot wound to the head.

The 15-year-old was shot and killed at her home in West End Negril, Westmoreland, between Sunday night and yesterday morning.The child's mother last saw her alive sometime close to 11 pm Sunday before she went to bed. However, at about 8 am yesterday family members went to the young girls' room and saw her lying in a pool of blood.

On close observation, a gunshot wound was spotted in her head. Reports are that window blades were missing from a window to her room and that nobody else was harmed.

Josephine lived with her mother and stepfather, who according to reports had to be hospitalised following the gruesome discovery at their home.

The Manning's School community is also saddened and expressed regret at the murder of the grade-nine student. The Negril police say their investigation is ongoing and are asking anyone with information on the murder to contact them.





warmington.jpgWill the JLP please rein in parliamentarian Everald Warmington. "Mr Crude" flashed his middle finger to members of the media and party supporters as he arrived at the party's Belmont Road headquarters on Tuesday.

His disrespectful action comes just days after he publicly apologised after he was rude to a Gleaner intern and other media members. Warmington objected to his picture being taken and used his note book to shove the camera of the young journalist. He also verbally abused another reporter.

But Warmington extended the olive branch and apologised for his crass actions.

"I was in a very groggy state and I apologise to her and you all," he said on Monday.

Warmington has had constant run ins with the media and is known for his outspoken style.

The Jamaica Labour Party had expressed regret for Warmington's behaviour.





frank-gifford-and-wife-kathy-lee.jpgLegendary Monday Night Football broadcaster Frank Gifford, the husband of Today co-host Kathie Lee Gifford, died Sunday of natural causes. He was 84.

"It is with deepest sadness that we announce the passing of our beloved husband, father and friend Frank Gifford," said the Gifford Family in a statement. "Frank died suddenly on this beautiful Sunday morning of natural causes at his Connecticut home. We rejoice in the extraordinary life he was privileged to live, and we feel grateful and blessed to have been loved by such an amazing human being. We ask that our privacy be respected at this difficult time and we thank you for your prayers."

Before launching his sport casting career, Gifford spent 12 seasons with the New York Giants, making eight pro Bowl appearances and winning the MVP award in 1956.

Gifford earned an Emmy nod in 1976 (for Outstanding Sports Personality), and in '97 was a recipient of the Sports Emmys' Lifetime Achievement Award.

He played himself in a number of sports-themed sitcoms, including Spin City and Coach.





texas-man-shoots-8-dead-murderer.jpgA Texas man has been charged with capital murder after a family of six children, one of them his own son, and two adults were found shot to death in a house in Houston, officials said on Sunday.

The children ranged in age from 6 to 13. The bodies of all eight victims, some of them handcuffed, were found in three bedrooms of the house, Craig Clopton, a homicide detective with the Harris County Sheriff's office, told a news conference.

David Conley, 48, surrendered to police after a standoff at the house on Saturday night that lasted several hours, said Harris County Chief Deputy Sheriff Tim Cannon.

The dead included married couple, Valerie and Dwayne Jackson, and six children, one of them Conley's 13 year-old son Nathaniel. Conley had a prior relationship with the dead woman, and the shootings are believed to have stemmed from a domestic dispute, Cannon said.

"The mass killing and the taking of the entire family are tragic realities our community has been forced to confront all too often," Cannon said. "We do not and cannot fully comprehend the motivation of an individual that would take the lives of so many innocent people, especially the lives of the young people."

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Sheriff's deputies went to the house after a relative of one of the victims asked for a check on the family's welfare, Cannon said. They called for backup after learning that there was a man inside the home wanted for a prior aggravated assault.

When the deputies spotted the body of child through a window, they tried to force their way inside the home and were shot at before pulling back and calling for help.

Conley is being held without bond on three counts of capital murder, but each count can cover multiple offenses, officials said.

Authorities identified the children as Nathaniel Conley, 13, Honesty Jackson, 11, Dwayne Jackson, 10, Caleb Jackson, 9,

Trinity Jackson, 7, and Jonah Jackson, 6.





Chalice mourns founder Robi Peart

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chalice.jpgRobi Peart, the founder of reggae band, Chalice paswed away last week.

On August 5, the band posted the following on their Facebook page:

"Sad news today as we learned of the passing of the founder of CHALICE,...Robi Peart ...once the dynamic show man and front man of our beloved band is now on a higher plain...we will always have the music you gave us and the many adventures we shared together to keep you always in our hearts and minds..Strength and Blessings to his family."





sister-carol.jpgFoundation deejay Sister Carol is thankful and excited about her cameo role in a new Hollywood film, which also features her song, Milk N Honey, from her 1997 Grammy-nominated album Lyrically Potent,

The Tri-Star Pictures-distributed Ricki and the Flash, stars big name Hollywood actress Meryl Streep and opened across theatres in the United State on August 7

"Sister Carol has a few songs in movies like Mighty Quinn (Principle), Failure To Launch (Original Drum) and Rachel Getting Married (Dread Natty Congo), but this is the first time that they've used her song three times in a movie," said her manager, Dean Wauchope.

Sister Carol, born Carole East, described the opening day as "a good day for me". For her though, it's a bittersweet experience as it's also the day her mother was born. "My mom would have been so happy for me," she said.

Commenting on the cameo and her song being featured, she said, "All I can say is that I am thankful to the Divine Creator for it."

On IMDb website, her role is listed as 'waiting woman'. The deejay plays a small role interacting with Meryl Streep.

Ricki and The Flash is about a woman who gave up her family to become a rock star and then gets a chance to get everything back where it was. Other stars in the film are Kevin Kline and Rick Springfield.

Sister Carol, who is now in her mid-50s, hails from the west Kingston community of Denham Town. She migrated to New York at age 14 and it was there that she got involved in the thriving world of dancehall.

Among her many releases are Liberation for Africa, Black Cinderella, Oh Jah Jah, and Dread Natty Congo.





Junior Reid to release new 'Living Legend' album

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jr-reid-album-cover-2.jpgReggae singer, Junior Reid will be releasing his long-awaited studio album, 'Junior Reid: The Living Legend' on August 25.

A listening party launch complete with a live band and performances from Junior Reid and his superstar friends will be held at a venue to be announced, a release stated..

"We plan to stream the album release party, it's going to be a great night of entertainment," Junior Reid said.

Junior Reid: The Living Legend, will be the artiste's 17th album and is set to be released online for sale on platforms such as CD Baby, iTunes and his website, www.juniorreid.com.

The 19-track album will feature songs like the pop-influenced 'Love You Back', 'Never Let You Go', 'This Generation' featuring Sizzla, 'Same Boat', 'Lonely Girl' and Never Too Rough featuring Julian Marley .

Some of the producers who have worked on the album include his son Adoney Reid, Lynford 'Fatta' Marshall, James of Machete Records, producer Jervis 'Spugy' Clarke, 'Prekeh' and Junior Reid himself.

"We went for an original roots rock feel to the album, however, the lead single, 'Love You Back' has a pop-commercial feel, that is why we shot a video for the international market. The video will be released a week before the album is officially released," Reid said.





Andrew Holness big on unity

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andrew-holness-photo-3.jpg"U-N-I-T-Y ...that a unity."

In the hot seat once again and possibly fearing for his political future, Oposition Leader Andrew Holness on Sunday urged unity in his embattled Jamaica Labour Party.

Holness, whose leadership is being challenged, was speaking at a party meeting in St Elizabeth.

"Now is the time to hold hands," Holness said.

Andrew Holness has been under fire from Labourites for his laid back leadership style.

He successfully fended a challenge from Audley Shaw and effectively silenced his critics.

However he has been under constant pressure in recent times to prove his worth.





gully-bop-and-shauna-chin-photo-2.jpgGully Bop's fiancee, Shauna Chin, aka Miss Chin, is giving thanks for life after being involved in a motor vehicle accident along the Duncans Main Road in Trelawny on Saturday.

In a Youtube post, the manager of internet sensation turned -full-fledged artiste, Gully Bop, said the car got out of control lipped a few times and ended up in a ditch. She says she suffered broken bones and other injuries.

YardFlex spotted her chilling out at a private resort in Montego Bay wearing a neck brace. Get well soon.





etana-vprecords.jpgReggae singer, Etana, is stoutly defending Heavy D after the renowned artiste manager and promoter was accused by Gully Bop of being ripped off.

According to a post on Twitter, Etana said she has worked with Heavy D for years and was never robbed. In the post on her official Twitter page the strong one said "@heavyd_59 been working with you all these years never been robbed by you yet! Wouldn't lie bout that either. You a general."

Gully Bop and Heavy D have severed ties. The 50 year old entertainer in a video posted on social media made the revelation that he wants nothing to do with Heavy D or Emcee Nuffy. According to Gully Bop he has toured Europe, Canada and America and is yet to see what he has worked for.

Heavy D in his defense, issued a press release calling the Bop's claims untrue warning that legal action will be taken if Gully Bop continues to make such statements. He also suggested that we may have another Whitney Huston situation on our hands hinting that Gully Bop needs rehab.

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However, Gully Bop's fiance' Shauna Chin has since dismissed those statements saying "I am Bop's rehab. He has no drug problem. They want people to think he is a coke head, and that's not true. They are only trying to take the heat off themselves. This can affect his visa, damage his career, etc.. It's a lie and it hurt me really bad. Bop knows the type of person I am, he knows I don't condone those things. He doesn't wanna lose me, so he would not do that."





alicia-keys-and-sintra-split-aug-8.jpgAmerican R&B singer Alicia Keys looked stunning on the weekend posing in a 'Jamaica' T-shirt in a fabulous re-creation of the classic 1972 Jamaica poster girl marketing campaign run by the Jamaica Tourist Board.

The talented singer and mother of two shared a photo of herself on Instagram doing a pose captured in arguably Jamaica's most famous promotional poster.

Alicia appears in the picture standing in water and wearing a wet orange t-shirt emblazoned with the word "Jamaica" printed on it - in a similar fashion to the Trinidadian Sintra Arunte-Bronte in the popular Jamaica Tourist Board promotional poster done in 1972.

"I always wanted to redo this 1972 classic," Keys said in the caption that accompanied the photo.

The post has racked up nearly 60,000 likes since the American star shared it a few hours ago. The overwhelming majority of the comments from Jamaicans have been positive, with many expressing amazement at how stunning Keys looks.

It is unclear whether Keys is in Jamaica.





Spanking new white Benz for Ishawna from Joe

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ishawna-reggae-sumfest.jpgWhat a treat!

Joe Bogdanovich, CEO of Downsound Records, has bought a criss white Mercedes Benz for his artiste, Ishawna.

Joe note, "When girls do well, they get treates."

Same way so, Joe.

Ishawna, make sure all the papers for the Benz are in your name and that everything else PROPER.





US fugitive caught in Clarendon

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An American fugitive was arrested during a police operation in Rhoden Hall district, Clarendon on Wednesday.

He is 59-year-old Arnold Gabbidon, a farmer in the district.

Gabbidon is wanted in the United States for a host of charges including assault with intent to murder; burglary with an assault on a lawful occupant; mayhem; assault and battery by means of a dangerous weapon; and threat to commit the crime of murder.

Reports are that in 1994, Gabbidon attempted to kill his common-law wife by using a knife to cut her throat and stabbing her several times. He then allegedly left her in the house to die, she however survived the ordeal.

A warrant was then issued for his arrest on January 14, 1994, by the Superior Court for Middlesex County, within the Jurisdiction of the USA. Gabbidon however, fled to Jamaica where he has been hiding until his capture.





Wanted man held at club in Mo Bay

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A wanted man is now in custody following a special operation at a nightclub on Gloucester Avenue in Montego Bay, St. James on Friday.

Reports from the Montego Bay Police are that the accused was wanted in connection with the murder of Jermaine Jackson who was shot and killed along Gloucester Avenue, in the parish on Sunday, June 28.

It is alleged that Jackson was with friends on the road and left to purchase food at a nearby shop, when his car was intercepted by another motorcar. Unknown assailant/s allegedly alighted from that vehicle and opened fire at Jackson's motorcar. He was found with multiple gun shot wounds and was taken to hospital where he was pronounced dead.

The identity of the man in custody is being withheld pending further investigations.





Police find loaded AK 47 in yard

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ak-47-stock.jpgAn AK-47 Assault Rifle loaded with a magazine containing ten 7.62 rounds of ammunition was seized by the St. Andrew South Police on Largie Road, Kingston 11 on Friday.

Reports from the Hunts Bay Police are that, at about 10:30 pm, lawmen conducted a snap raid at a premises in the area where the weapon and ammunition were found to the rear of a building covered under bushes. The gun was subsequently seized.

No arrest was made in connection with the incident. Investigations continue.





bride.jpgHe may have agreed to t ake her for better and for worse, but for one Algerian groom, seeing his new wife without make-up was a step too far.

The husband was so shocked after seeing his bride's face the morning after their wedding that he failed to even recognise her.

He even accused her of being a thief that had broken into his house.

After realising it was in fact the woman he had married only yesterday, he decided to take her to court - accusing her inflicting 'psychological suffering' by 'cheating' him with her make-up.

The groom is now seeking $20,000 (L13,000) damages.

Newspapers in the North African Arab country said the groom swore in court that he even mistook his wife for a 'thief who came to steal his apartment', Emirates 24/7 reports.

'He said he was deceived by her as she used to fill up her face with make up before their marriage,' the papers said, quoting a court source.

'He said she looked very beautiful and attractive before marriage, but when he woke up in the morning and found that she had washed the make-up off her face, he was frightened as he thought she was a thief.





joe-jackson.jpgAccording to International Business Times on Wednesday, Joe Jackson reportedly suffered three heart attacks and a stroke after taking three Viagra pills. It was reported that while he was in Brazil to celebrate his birthday he was hospitalized the day before his $200,000 birthday party, which he did not attend. However, the party went on based on his request.

The 87-year-old patriarch of the Jackson family reportedly arrived in Brazil two weeks before his scheduled birthday party. He had been partying at numerous bars and restaurants since his arrival and was seen drinking and being with young Brazilian women. Mercury News reported that Jackson was also spotted in a part of the city known for low-rent prostitution.

On July 26, the night before his party, he mixed three Viagra pills with Brazilian sugarcane rum and other cocktails and ended up in the Albert Einstein hospital in Sao Paulo, Brazil. His doctors determined he had suffered three heart attacks. The first one lasted 10 seconds, and the other two were four seconds each. He also suffered a stroke associated with cardiac arrhythmia. Jackson was fitted with a pacemaker. His health had improved enough for him to be released from the hospital on Tuesday, Aug. 4. He is recovering in Sao Paulo.





RJR and Gleaner merge in historic media move

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gleaner-rjr-merge.jpgJamaica's two largest news entities - 180-year-old Gleaner Company and the 65-year-old Radio Jamaica - on Wednesday announced that they would combine their media operations to create the most powerful multimedia outlet in the Caribbean.

"Survival of Jamaican media in what is a very challenging local climate is the dominant reason" for the decision to combine operations, the companies said. "The local media landscape is dominated by numerous small entities operating from weakened and inefficient financial bases, which threaten the long-term sustainability of the industry."

The transaction will be a stock-for-stock deal, in which Radio Jamaica Limited will issue and exchange 1.2 billion shares on a one-for-one basis to shareholders of The Gleaner Company Limited for 100 per cent of a newly formed subsidiary, Gleaner Company (Media) Limited (GCML), which will hold the assets of the media entities of The Gleaner Company.

The transaction will require the approval of shareholders. Hence, both companies will be required to hold extraordinary general meetings. The process could take up to six months to be finalised.

After the transaction, The Gleaner Company, with its non-media activities, will undergo a name change to avoid future confusion with the media brand to be operated by the merged group.

Radio Jamaica Limited will be the parent company.

The two multimedia companies said "the aim of the merged company is to use the combined strengths of each company's respective credible and award-winning journalism and other content to better inform, educate and entertain the Jamaican public on things relative to Jamaicans everywhere.

The merged company will be led by Lester Spaulding as chairman, with Oliver Clarke as deputy chairman. Gary Allen will be the chief executive officer (CEO) and Christopher Barnes, the chief operating officer (COO). The entity will initially have a 14-member board, seven from Radio Jamaica and seven from The Gleaner Company.

"This is the most exciting development for media in over 50 years," said Allen, who is currently managing director of Radio Jamaica Ltd.





peter-bunting-married.jpgReports are that Minister of National Security Peter Bunting married his long-time girlfriend, Anushca-Mai Walton, in a private ceremony last weekend.

According to sources the couple is expecting their first child.

Bunting was formerly married to Janine Ewart and has two children,Brent and Emma Bunting.

Walton, a former media personality, is now an educator.

YardFlex congratulates the happy couple.





stop-human-trafficking.jpgThe top Republican and top Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee are raising questions about the integrity of the State Department's annual report on human trafficking, pointing to the upgraded status of Cuba and Malaysia as cause for concern.

The report...lifted both Cuba and Malaysia from Tier 3, considered the worst offenders, to the Tier 2 Watch List. It said both countries are making progress in battling sex trafficking and various forms of forced labor...But the upgrade for Cuba comes as the Obama administration has renewed diplomatic ties and is pursuing more cooperation with the communist-led island nation.

The upgrade for Malaysia, where mass graves of migrant workers have recently spurred alarm, also makes it legally easier to include the country in a massive Asia-Pacific trade pact...The State Department did not immediately respond to a request for comment, but officials have previously insisted political considerations were not a factor in ranking the countries in the report. The TIP rankings can have tangible effects on the countries named by leading to a reduction in certain forms of U.S. assistance for the poor performers.





human-trafficking-awareness-training.jpgThe Malaysian Bar is perturbed by recent news reports suggesting that Malaysia will be upgraded from Tier 3 to Tier 2 Watch List status in the rankings in the...2015 Trafficking in Persons ("TIP") report...It is inconceivable that Malaysia should receive an upgrade in 2015 based on the recent amendments to the Anti-Trafficking in Persons and Anti-Smuggling of Migrants Act 2007, which, in any event, have yet to come into force.

If there is any lesson to be learnt from recent experience, it must be that the Government has an excellent record of drafting written plans, but a less than satisfactory record of implementing them. As such, the upgrade of Malaysia, if it were to occur, would be premature and undeserved. Further, the gruesome discovery of the "death camps" and mass graves of victims of human trafficking in May 2015 must necessarily be taken into consideration in the decision concerning Malaysia's current ranking, despite the cut-off date of March 2015 for the report. Such a discovery is irrefutable proof that human trafficking has been ongoing, on a large scale and for a considerable period of time, on Malaysian soil.

The Malaysian Government's alleged ignorance of this atrocity, which is incredulous, must not be disregarded or rewarded.





human-trafficking.jpgJamaica's Ministry of Justice has vowed to have a review done of the country's placement on America's Tier 2 Watch list for Human Trafficking.

Carol Palmer, Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Justice, outlined the Ministry's plan on Tuesday morning, following a Reuters news report that several US lawmakers are threatening to call for a Senate hearing on the 2015 Report.

The Jamaican Government raised questions recently about the methodology used to arrive at the country's ranking. It insisted that Jamaica was not being judged fairly, and argued that different standards were being used to judge different countries.

A U.S. State Department representative has denied that claim.

But, according to Ms Palmer, a reading of the Report will show that it is strategic to American interests.

This observation is in keeping with the Reuters report, in the news agency raised doubts about the merits of the upgrades for Malaysia and Cuba from Tier 3 to Tier 2, despite questions about improvements in their human trafficking records.

US lawmakers are themselves questioning whether some of the ratings are given with a political motive.





3 firemen injured on the job remain in hospital

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firemen.jpgThree firemen remain in hospital after sustaining injuries in the line of duty on Monday.

According to reports, the men responded to a fire at a residence on Olympic Way in Kingston, and were moving a gas cylinder after extinguishing the blaze. The cylinder exploded, injuring the firefighters.

"They have all received first and second decgree burns to different areas of their bodies, but the three areas of concern are the areas below the wrist, the legs and their faces. All three of them have received burns to their faces, their arms and their legs. We are satisfied with the treatment they are receiving at hospital and we are praying for a speedy recovery," said Director of Public Relations for the Fire Brigade, Emelio Ebanks.





Goat thieves set police car ablaze

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police-car-on-fire.jpgA police operation on Tuesday afternoon in St. Elizabeth to recover stolen goats has resulted in the loss of a police service vehicle and another car privately owned by a police officer.

It's reported that the police were conducting an operation in Brighton, on the outskirts of Santa Cruz, after receiving reports that several goats in the community were stolen overnight.

Residents and the police went in search of the animals and came upon four men who were seen slaughtering them. The men ran; however, one was subsequently captured.

The police found ten carcasses, ten live goats and a large area of land under ganja cultivation.

However, when the law officers returned to their vehicles, they discovered that they were ablaze.

The police service unit had been assigned to the Lacovia police station while the other car belonged to the head of the St. Elizabeth Praedial Larceny Unit.





The police are investigating the circumstances surrounding the killing of a man, the abduction of a woman and the robbery of patrons at a bar in Cousins Cove, Hanover this morning.

The dead man has been identified as 30-year-old Conray Brackett of New Town, Cousins Cove in the parish.

The police say about 12:15 this morning, Brackett and the woman were among a group of patrons at a bar when four armed men entered the premises and proceeded to rob them of cellular phones and cash.

The police say the gunmen then opened fire, hitting Brackett several times before they took the woman into a motor vehicle and fled the scene.

The Police were summoned and Brackett was taken to hospital where he was pronounced dead.

The woman was later found in the Esher area of Lucea, Hanover.

Anyone with information that can assist in the investigation is being asked to contact the Lucea Police, Crime Stop, the police 119 emergency number or the nearest Police Station.





Gully Bop and Heavy D part ways over money!!!

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gully-bop-us-visa.jpgInternet sensation Gully Bop and artiste manager, Heavy have officially dropped each other. Heavy D sent out a press release to explain he decision, while Gully Bop has made a Youtube video explaining why he fired Heavy D.

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In a media release, Heavy-D Promotions stated:

"Gully Bop is out of control and is making it impossible to work with. He is not listening to me, Chin or anybody else. He does not want any agent fees or expenses to be deducted from income received," Promoter Heavy D stated.

"Bop doesn't understand the business at all and believes that whatever he makes is for him, his woman and to give away to poor people in the street. How the bills are gonna be paid then? There are expenses for every tour," Heavy D added.

Heavy-D continued to explain that he has to be working overtime to cover seriously damaging statements and actions by the artiste.

"He must cease and desist from making all damaging remarks. We collect only 20% as agreed for bookings and management. Legal action will be taken to ensure that this behavior does not continue," he said adding that he recommends that Gully Bop seeks professional help.

"I wish nothing but the best for Bop. I try my best to help him and resolve all issues, but it seems to make no sense. Sometimes I feel like we have another Whitney Houston case on our hands. Bop needs rehab and this is no joke."

Heavy-D Promotions would like to assure all promoters and the public that all engagements that they booked for Gully Bop should be honored by the artiste as all deposits have already been paid over to his fiancée, Miss Shauna Chin.

"Every show we book we take our agent fees and pay over the balance to Chin so all shows should be still on. She is also in a very sticky position, but I understand that she have to stand beside him cause they live together right now."

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Dancehall Queen 2015

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Promoter Bighead stands besides the 2015 dancehall Queen finalist. First place Keisha Rodney aka Kiki seated, from St Ann, Second place Boom Boom (left) from Japan and 3rd place Joan from Guyana at rig.





TRINIDAD: More trouble for Jack Warner

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jack-warner-photo-1.jpgEmbattled former FIFA vice president Austin Jack Warner continues to find himself in more 'hot water' after he was ordered by a high court judge to pay 900 thousand dollars for defamation.

The court ruled that Warn er a politician in Trinidad and Tobago should pay compensation to former cabinet colleague Anand Ramlogan for defaming him.

The judge ordered Warner to pay the money for alleging on a political platform in October 2013 that the former attorney general had corruptly obtained 51 properties.

In a 57-page judgment, Justice Mohammed ruled that Warner had failed to provide proof of his allegation.

However attorneys for Warner who is facing corruption charges for his role in the latest FIFA scandal say they will appeal the decision.





Three members of the Georgetown City Constabulary in Guyana have been dismissed for becoming pregnant.

The dismissals took place, in apparent violation of the Constitution and the Prevention of Discrimination Act in Guyana expressly prohibiting discrimination on the ground of pregnancy.

The dismissal letters state that the pregnancies were a violation of a department policy that prohibits female constabulary officers from becoming pregnant during the first two years.

Several female constabulary officers told Stabroek News that the prohibition against pregnancy in the first two years of service has always been the policy of the constabulary.





Despite calls from the Barbados police for an incident-free Crop Over Carnival, three men had to be rushed for medical attention, after two shootings and a stabbing incident took place during Monday's festivities.

All three injured men have been hospitalized.

The most severe of the incidents occurred late in the afternoon, when a 29-year-old man was shot several times. He remains in serious condition.

Police reports also said emergency services responded to 31 medical reports.





gyptian-photo-1.jpgOn the heels of giving Meek Mill a musical beat down, Canadian rapper Drake belted out tracks by Sizzla and Gyptian while at a concert.

In the clip making the rounds on the internet, Drake in the middle of his set began injected some reggae singing Sizzla's classic "Just one of those days" and Gytian's "Serious Times" which were greeted by loud cheers, screams and a big sing-along.

Drake was reportedly performing at a show in Australia.

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Teflon happy at getting back US work permit

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reggae-singer-teflon.jpgEntertainer Teflon has gotten the green light to fly to the United States after being unable to travel to the country for over 3 years.

The entertainer, who has had a troubling weekend following a motor vehicle accident in Montego Bay on Saturday, tells Music News he's excited about the new development.

Following the motor vehicle accident, Teflon has been advised by his doctors to rest, but the deejay tells Music News he's having issues complying as he did a show subsequent the crash.

Telfon is currently awaiting the release date of his 4th album Young King which will be distributed by Tuff Gong. Young King is expected to hit stores in September.





drake-performance-billboard.jpgA shooting that started at a Toronto nightclub event hosted by rapper Drake and then spilled onto the streets outside early Tuesday left at least two people dead and three others wounded, police said.

It wasn't clear if Drake was present during the shooting.

Police said they responded to a call about shots being fired at the Muzik nightclub on the grounds of Exhibition Place at approximately 3:30 a.m.

The nightclub was hosting the official OVO Fest after-party featuring Toronto rapper Drake. It wasn't immediately clear if he was present during the attacks.

Supt. Frank Bergen said the victims were a man and woman in their 20s and 30s. He said three other people were hospitalized with various injuries.

Police believe there could be more victims at other locations and urged citizens to contact authorities.

It wasn't immediately clear if police had any suspects or made arrests, or what led to the shooting.

A similar incident occurred in front of Muzik last year when a 28-year-old man was shot after OVO Fest on Aug. 5, 2014.





$1200 to watch Reggae Boyz World Cup opener

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reggae-boyz.jpgFans of Jamaica's national senior football team who wish to see the Reggae Boyz begin the journey to secure qualification to the 2018 FIFA World Cup finals in Russia can do so at a cost of $1200 dollars.

That's the word from the Jamaica Football Federation who issued the ticket prices for the three seating categories - Grandstand 1, Grandstand 2 and Bleachers.

The Reggae Boyz, who lost Mexico in the CONCACAF Gold Cup final, are due to open their World Cup campaign against Nicaragua on September 4 at the National Stadium.

Prices for Grandstand One tickets will be $6500 dollars with Grandstand Two tickets going for $5500 dollars.

Patrons wishing to use the Bleachers will be asked to fork out $1200 while fans who purchase Bleachers tickets under the Early Boyz discount package will pay just $1000.

Bleachers category tickets can be bought up to end of day Wednesday September 2 or as long as stocks at that price last.

Tickets will go on sale on Friday, August 28.

The Reggae Boyz after the game on September 4 will journey to Nicaragua where they will face the home team on September 8.

The winner of that two-way playoff will advance to Group B in the 4th round of the CONCACAF qualifying tournament where they will face Costa Rica, Panama and the winner of the playoff between Haiti and Grenada.

The top two teams from each of the three groups will play in a six-team mini-league from which the top three will advance to the 2018 World Cup finals while the fourth placed team will go into an inter-continental play-off.





Anjuu Blaxx finally gets bail

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anju-blaxx-photo-1.jpgUIM CEO and music producer Anju Blaxx is out on bail after spending six months in a North Dakota prison on charges relating to lottery scamming.

He was released last week.

Anju Blaxx was nabbed in Florida on February 7 and later transported on Con Air to North Dakota, after radio disc jockey Wah Wah who is currently in a North Dakota prison allegedly signed a plea agreement.

Disc jock Wah Wah was arrested at the Sangster International Airport in Kingston in November 2013 on telemarketing fraud charges.





JFJ Chairman Dr. Barry Wade is dead

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dr-barry-wade.jpgChairman of Jamaicans for Justice (JFJ) Dr Barry Wade, is dead.

Wade who died Saturday, took over the leadership of JFJ in July last year.

He assumed the Chairmanship during the period in which the organisation was grappling with the controversy over its sex education programme in children's home.

Wade was a founding member of JFJ and served on the organisation's board of directors on several occasions including as Deputy Chairman from 2003 to 2006.





17-year-old found with $500,000 cash on bus

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The police in Trelawny say a 17-year-old boy was apprehended on a coaster bus on the Wiltshire main road in the parish Friday, after he was found with more than J$500,000 in cash.

Reports are that about 6:45 pm, lawmen signalled the driver of the coaster bus to stop, he complied and the vehicle was searched. During the process, the teenager - who is from Fletchersland and Allman Town addresses in Kingston - was searched and J$530,000 found in his possession, for which he could not satisfactorily account.

He was subsequently taken into custody on reasonable suspicion of breaches of the Proceeds of Crime Act and the cash seized.





Cops quiz guard after theft of 8 guns, ammo

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ak-47-assault-rifle-ammo.jpgA female security guard employed to Knightsman Security is being questioned by the police in connection with a robbery at the company's head office on Lyndhurst Road in St. Andrew early Saturday.

It's alleged that eight firearms and ammunition were stolen.

It's reported that sometime after 1 o'clock, three men gained access to the office and held up the security guard.

The men then took the weapons along with cash and escaped.





11 guns, ammunition seized

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ak-47-assault-rifle-ammo.jpgThe police are reporting the seizure of eleven firearms and more than 200 rounds of ammunition across the island in the past 48 hours.

The firearms and ammunition seized include:

One AK 47 rifle

One M-16 rifle

One Strum Ruger mini-14 rifle

One Taurus semi-auto pistol

One Heckler and Koch 9mm pistol

One Chrome Smith and Wesson revolver

Five 9mm pistols

Fifty-one 5.56 rounds of ammunition

Seventy-six 7.62 rounds of ammunition

Sixty-two .357 rounds of ammunition

Four .45 rounds of ammunition

Five .38 rounds of ammunition

Thirty-three 9mm rounds of ammunition along with

Five magazines

The lawmen are appealing to the public to share information on illegal/suspicious activities in their communities with the police by calling Crime Stop at 311, police 119 emergency number or their nearest police station.





Education minister Ronnie Thwaites in hospital

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ronald-thwaites.jpgEducation Minister Ronald Thwaites was in hospital following a fall at his farm on Saturday.

A media release from the Office of the Prime Minister (OPM) said, however, that preliminary assessments indicate that Thwaites did not suffer any serious injury.

Updates on his condition will be provided if the need arises the OPM release said.

"Minister Thwaites thanks everyone for their concern and well wishes," the release added.





Legendary deejay Red Dragon is dead

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red-dragon-yardflex-photo-1.jpgLeroy Anthony May, the veteran deejay more popularly known as Red Dragon has died.

"All who nuh bathe from morning, run go hol a FRESH" were words many Jamaicans, both young and old would cheerfully recite in the late 80s and early 90s.

'Hol a Fresh', released in 1987 was his first major hit.

May deejayed with numerous sound systems in the 1980s such as Stone Love, People's Choice and his own Rambo

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california-college-will-now-ask-students-to-pick-from-6-genders.jpgStudents at a California college weighed in on a change in the application process, and a decision has been made.

Beginning this fall, students at UC Irvine will have the option to self-identify about their sexual orientation on all university admissions forms, reports CBS Los Angeles.

The new form will ask students to pick one gender from six different choices. Prospective students will be asked to choose between male, female, trans male, trans female, gender queer/gender non-conforming and different identity.

CBS Los Angeles spoke to students at UC Irvine about the change.

"I feel like this is just a way of including everyone," said Augustine Pimentel.

"I don't mind; everybody do what they want. I don't want to judge people," says Nizar Hakim.

"I feel like people should have their freedom to be called what they want to be called," said Donna Taqawi.

Beyond the political or social reasons, some saw the financial reasons too.

"A lot of those questions when you're applying to graduate school or any sort of school are important for financial aid opportunities you can have," said Joanna Laird to CBS Los Angeles.

In a statement, Janet Napolitano, the president of the UC system said: "UC is working hard to ensure our campuses model inclusiveness and understanding. I'm proud of the work we've done so far, but it doesn't stop there. We must continue to look at where we can improve so everyone at UC feels respected and supported."

It wasn't the question itself that concerned one UC Irvine mom, but the reason why it was being asked.

"I don't know why they're asking it. I'd like to know their reason for asking it," said Elane Streets.

School officials told CBS Los Angeles the answers will be voluntary and not impact on the decision-making process for admissions.





CUJ Gosplash for Sugarman's Beach Saturday

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gosplash.jpgThe Credit Unions of Jamaica (CUJ) Gosplash 2015, set to take place at Sugarman's Beach, Portmore, St Catherine on August 1.

The event, conceptualised by radio personality Markland Edwards, was first staged in 2013 to fill a demand for a family-oriented Christian event on the local entertainment calendar. The Credit Unions of Jamaica Gosplash 2015: Double Praise will feature two gospel concerts on one family fun day.

The one-day affair will feature performances from Papa San, DJ Nicholas, Ryan Mark, Omari, Chozenn, Katalyst Crew, Jodian Pantry, Dawn Martin and Bishop Everton Thomas. Part proceeds of the event will be donated to the Braeton Primary and Junior High School's computer lab.

Advocacy and communications manager at CUJ, Claudette Christie, said among other factors, the help being given to the school is what encouraged CUJ to support the event in a much bigger way.

Gosplash 2015 has also attracted a like-minded programme aimed at reaching the youth with wholesome gospel music. Danny Brownie, CEO of Main Street Music and the Jesus Party Movement, said he felt it would be a good synergy to have the movement on show at the festival since they had already planned to have a similar event on August 1. The movement began back in 2004 but lost momentum. However, it will be revived as part of Gosplash.

Other sponsors include RJR Communications Group, Nationwide News Network, Pepsi, Flow and Singer.





mackie-conscious.jpgIt is definitely not the norm for Jamaican artistes to do covers of songs by other Jamaicans, but they will eagerly jump and do covers of songs from R&B and other genres.

Well, it seems like singer Mackie Conscious is about to change all of that.

He has teamed up with DJ Ignite from Montego Bay to cover the OMI Bilboard number one song Cheerleader.

According to Mackie: "So many times artist we in Jamaica cover the big Foreign songs. To date there are several covers of the Sam Smith Song Thinking out loud by Jamaican artistes. I think it is time we start covering our own."

So Mackie did just that. So far the response has been encouraging, even though there are some persons who believe that it's somehow wrong.

Hop Mackie will get the airplay and the support that he deserves.





Coronation Market Comes Uptown August 1

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More 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 a.m. 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 July 24, 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.

Mr. 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 organized by the JCDC, an agency of the Ministry of Youth and Culture.





independence-feature-delroy-gordon-executive-director-jcdc.jpgThe Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC) is making additional arrangements for persons who cannot get in the National Stadium to view the Independence Grand Gala on Independence Day, August 6.

Large screens will be set up at the Ranny Williams Entertainment Centre (RWEC), Hope Road, in Kingston for viewing of the Grand Gala, the culmination of Emancipation and Independence Celebrations. The live streaming will begin at 6:00 p.m.

Executive Director of the JCDC, Delroy Gordon, said a decision has been taken to set up the screens to allow the public to share in the festivities.

"We recognise that the National Stadium is not going to be able to hold all the persons who want to go inside, so we have this year made special preparation to accommodate some of those who will not be able to make it, by creating a viewing site in the Independence village," he told JIS News.

The RWEC will be transformed into the Independence Village being established to feature daily and nightly events, ranging from stage shows and concerts to exhibitions and expositions. It will be opened from August 1 to 6.

"We are going to have big screens. There will be adequate seating. We will be having food and drinks," Mr. Gordon said.

The Executive Director said that persons can go to the centre anytime during the day (August 6) and remain for the viewing of the Gala.

Additionally, he said there will be an after-Gala party which will end at approximately mid-night.

"There is no cost, you just come; your best behavior is what is required," he added.





Emancipation and Independence Feature

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'Link Up and Labrish' Added to Celebrations

The Ministry of Youth and Culture is encouraging all Jamaicans to participate in the emancipation and independence celebrations that will be taking place across the island. This year, a major highlight of the 2015 Festival activities, being celebrated under the theme 'Proud and Free...Jamaica 53', is the 'Link Up and Labrish' discussion forum that will be held at the Independence Village, Ranny Williams Entertainment Centre, 36 Hope Road, Kingston 10, from August 1-5, 2015, 3:00 p.m.-4:30 p.m. daily.

The discussions will be presented as 'conversations' that will be managed by a moderator who will place in context, the sub-theme and issues or questions that are to be examined. Each session carries five panellists who will each present his or her view in an opening statement, and thereafter, the conversations will unfold with the active participation of audience members. Relevant Audio-visual presentations and performances will be included at strategic points in the conversations. The discussions will focus on issues relating to Jamaica's rich culture and seek to generate meaningful debate around the country's achievements and vision for the future of its diverse culture and heritage.

Some thirty Jamaicans, representing a cross section of cultural sectors and backgrounds, including youth have been recruited to moderate and sit as panellists. They include Ainsley Henriques, Amina Blackwood Meeks, Lesley-Ann Welsh, Chelsea Wallace, Dane Byrd, Dr. Dennis Howard, Miguel 'Steppa' Lewis, Nadeen Spence, Nickesha Lindsay, Laura Lee Jones, Aundre Rowe, Dr. Shelley Morgan, Orville Hall, Jennifer Small, Kerry Ann Henry and Dr. Donna Hope.

According to the Minister of Youth and Culture, Honourable Lisa Hanna, "Everyone should come out and be a part of these conversations. Our Emancipation/Independence observance is the perfect time for us to Link Up and Labrish, our youth and older persons in one space having a frank exchange about how we see ourselves and what is our value as a people. It is about sharing, learning and finding solutions on how to make our cultural heritage assets stronger and more viable on the world stage".

The opening panel scheduled for August 1 is dedicated to the 150th anniversary of the Morant Bay Rebellion. This special forum will be hosted by the Planning Committee, 150th Anniversary of the Morant Bay Rebellion at Rudolph Elder Park, Morant Bay in St. Thomas. The remaining sessions will be held at the Independence Village, Ranny Williams Entertainment Centre to include "Exploring the 'Culture' in Agriculture: Plant It, Use It, Sell It" on August 2; August 3 the session will be held under the sub-theme, "I Am Who I Am, But Who Am I?", while on Tuesday August 4 the local fashion industry takes center stage with the sub-theme "Behind the Cloth: Seamstress to Runway. The final session of Link Up and Labrish coincides fittingly with the staging of the World Reggae Dance Championship on August 5 with a conversation around the sub-theme "Folk form of Ramping? Dancehall: Movement of a People".





$250 million worth of counterfeit goods seized

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The Jamaica Customs Department is reporting that it confiscated more than $250 million worth of counterfeit goods at the island's ports of entry from January last year to April this year.

The items include more than 20,000 pairs of footwear, valued at $80 million, 1,920 bottles of perfume worth nearly $4 million, and four million sticks of cigarette valued at $120 million, according to Commissioner of Customs Major Richard Reese.

The other confiscated items include handbags, clothing, belts, hats, disposable razors and pharmaceuticals.

Some of the products were intended for the local market while others were destined for other countries.

Major Reese made the disclosure at the opening ceremony for Jamaica Customs' five-day intellectual property rights training seminar for 28 customs officers.





The Major Investigation Taskforce (MIT) has released the names of three suspects wanted for the murder of Constable Lynden Barrett.

They are Gratiano Green, otherwise called 'Beh Beh', of Regent Street and Tulip Lane in Denham Town; Nicholas Drummond also known as 'Ticki Dollar', of Christopher Road and Horatio Livine, alias 'Ratio', of Bread Lane, Denham Town, Kingston.

Barrett, who was attached to the Kingston Western Division was shot and killed in the vicinity of Wellington Street downtown Kingston on July 21.

Residents claim he was killed by the police after being mistaken for a gunman.

However, the High Command dismissed the claim and argued that forensic and ballistics tests revealed that the Constable was killed by hoodlums.





winston-sill.jpgGleaner photographer, Sill died in hospital on Friday after a period of illness.

He was 73.

"Sill's passing is a real loss to The Gleaner's editorial department and by extension the thousands of people who would have waited daily to see his images in print and online," Editor-in-Chief Garfield Grandison is quoted as saying.

Sill, who joined The Gleaner as a Freelance Photographer on August 1, 1991, primarily shot social pictures for The Gleaner and was the man behind the camera for THE STAR's poster girl feature.

"During his 24 years working with The Gleaner, Sill became very well known on the social circuit and earned the respect of many, including his peers," Grandison added.

One of Sill's nieces, Astrid Cooper, recalled how much he lived for the moment when he could capture an arresting image.

Sill was the father of three children: Winsome, Irvin and Garth.





If the contents of a video now doing the rounds on social media are to be believed then an innocent donkey was slaughtered recently for its meat.

The video shows a black man and an Asian pulling a donkey by a long rope, while persons standing by are making comments. The Asian man look tired and is seen taking a break and breathing deeply, even as some women discuss the situation and another Asian man in a chef's uniform stand by..

The donkey is tied to a post and then the grisly scene unfolds as one of them uses a knife to slaughter the animal.

The women sound shocked when they realise that the poor donkey is actually being slaughtered and that the animal will quite likely end up in the pot of a restaurant.

Is donkey meat safe to eat and is it legal in Jamaica?

Actually, there are many reports that donkey meat is safe for human consumption and there are persons who think it's time to add donkey meat to our menu.Those who have eaten donkey meat say it tastes "just like beef".

Donkey stew anyone?





 

george-thomas-car-crash-montego-bay.jpgAn 18-year-old man who was one of the persons involved in the car accident which claimed the life of prominent attorney George Thompson, has succumbed to his injuries.

The 18-year-old male had been in a coma since the accident two weeks ago.

Police report that Thompson and his son were travelling towards Montego Bay, St James when the car Thompson's son was driving collided with a Nissan motor vehicle.

The elder Thompson died on the spot while his son was injured and admitted to hospital. The 18-year-old man was a passenger in the Nissan motorcar.

He died on Wednesday.





Two off-duty policemen from the Kingston Eastern Division seized a Taurus 9mm pistol along with a magazine loaded with seventeen rounds of ammunition on Sunday.

Two men were arrested in connection with the seizure at the intersection of Dunoon Road and Windward Road, Kingston 2.

Reports from the Elletson Road Police are that about 3:10am, the lawmen who were travelling in a private motor vehicle, on route from work, observed two men who were coming from a dance in the area.

The men aroused the suspicion of the police, when one of them pulled a firearm from his waistband and discharged a round. It is alleged that the man then handed the weapon to another man, who put it in his waistband.

The lawmen exited the vehicle in a tactful manner and both men were accosted, searched and the firearm and ammunition seized.

The identities of both men have been withheld pending further investigations.





Police list reveals 'Most Wanted' in Area One

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The Area One Police have listed the fifteen most wanted men in western Jamaica, advising them to turn themselves in to the nearest police station immediately.

The men, who are wanted in connection with murders and shootings, are namely:

1. Philbert Anderson

2. Nigel White

3. Carlington Godfrey , otherwise called 'Tommy'

4. David Stewart, otherwise called 'Coolie'

5. Desmond Bennie, otherwise called 'Dennie'

6. Eric Clarke, otherwise called 'Legacy'

7. George Miller otherwise called 'Lobster'

8. Joshua Anderson, otherwise called 'German'

9. Renaldo Richards, otherwise called 'Ren' or 'Mad Rass'

10. Romaine Esson, otherwise called 'Shenko'

11. Steve Vassell, otherwise called 'Buss Mi Strength'

12. Xavian Brisco, otherwise called 'Brisco'

13. Yasser James, otherwise called 'Fry Eye'

14. Rowandre Reid, otherwise called 'Blacks' and 'Rowan'

15. Kevon Smith, otherwise called 'Tito'

Anyone with information on their whereabouts is being asked to call the Criminal Investigation Branch at 922-5076, Crime Stop at 311 or 811, the police's emergency 119 number or the nearest police station.

Meanwhile, the public is being advised that anyone found harbouring these individuals will be prosecuted, as it is a criminal offence.





women-4x400-winners-jamaica-worlds.jpgJamaica's women delivered another historic performance to cop the country's seventh gold when they beat the rest of the world in the 2015 IAAF World Championships 4X400m final.

In the men's equivalent, Javon Francis ran a brilliant race to bring back the Jamaican into contention, even leading at one time, but could not hold and was eventually overtaken by the Americans who ended first.

Trinidad and Tobago was second and Great Britain third with similar time as Jamaica in the men's 4X400.

The women, however, took the early lead through Shericka Jackson on the second leg and maintained it until the third leg when America's Allyson Felix chopped down Jamaica's 20 metre lead to hand over the baton first to Francena McCrory on anchor.

When Jamaica's Novelene Williams Mills took the baton she saved the energy for the late surge to take Jamaica home in a world leading time of 3.19.13.

The Americans were placed second and Great Britain, third.

The Jamaican quartet comprised Christine Day, Shericka Jackson,Stephenie McPherson and Novlene Williams-Mills.

This is only the second time that Jamaica has won the event, the first being in Edmonton in 2001.

The golden run by the 4X400m women has pushed Jamaica's medal tally to 12 - seven gold, two silver and three bronze.





ricardo-williams-canadian-teen.jpgRicardo Williams, a teenager visiting Jamaica for the summer holidays was shot dead by unknown assailants along White Lane in the community of Olympic Gardens, St Andrew early Sunday morning.

Williams, 14, also known as 'Shangu' is reportedly from Scarborough, Ontatrio, Cananda.

According to a report from the Hunts' Bay Police, residents discovered Williams' body with gunshot wounds about 1:51 am and rushed him to hospital.

He was pronounced dead.

The police were unable to provide any further details, but indicated that their probe into the teen's death has been launched.





bad-from-mi-born-munga.jpgDancehall artiste Damian Rhoden, popularly known as Munga Honorable is currently being treated at the Kingston Public Hospital (KPH) for a chop wound he suffered last night.

TPolice reports are that the 'Bad From Mi Born' deejay received over 30 stitches for the wound he received in his shoulder area.

The circumstances are not yet known but he was expected to have been released from hospital on Saturday.





DOMINICA: Hurricane Erika leaves four dead

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erika-damage-in-dominica.jpgSreets across Dominica turned into fast-flowing rivers that swept up cars as Tropical Storm Erika pummeled the eastern Caribbean island, unleashing landslides and killing at least four people.

The storm, which forecasters said could reach Florida as a hurricane on Monday, knocked out power and water supplies on Dominica as it dumped 15 inches (38 centimeters) of rain on the small island and headed west into the Caribbean Sea.

An elderly blind man and two children were killed when a mudslide crashed into their home in the southeast of the island, said Police Superintendent Daniel Carbon. Another man was found dead near his home in the capital of Roseau after a mudslide, but the cause of death was could not be immediately determined, Carbon told The Associated Press.

Police said another 20 people have been reported missing.

Erika was centered about 175 miles (280 kilometers) west of Guadeloupe, and was moving west at 15 mph (24 kph) with maximum sustained winds that had slipped slightly to 45 mph (75 kph), according to the U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami.

Erika was expected to move near Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands on Thursday and be near or just north of the Dominican Republic on Friday as it heads toward Florida early next week, possibly as a hurricane.

Chris Landsea, a meteorologist at the hurricane center, said the storm could dissipate if it passed over Hispaniola or Puerto Rico or it could gather and pose a potential threat to Florida next week. "The uncertainties are very high," he said.

As the storm entered the Caribbean, it did the heaviest damage to Dominica, an island of about 72,000 people of lush forests and steep terrain. Authorities were still conducting a full damage assessment after rivers surged over their banks and walls of mud surged into homes.

About 80 per cent of the island was without electricity, and water supply was cut off, authorities said. Trees and light poles were strewn across streets as water rushed over parked cars and ripped the scaffolding off some buildings. The main airport was closed due to flooding, with water rushing over at least one small plane.

The main river that cuts through the capital overflowed its banks and surging water crashed into the principal bridge that leads into Roseau.

"The capital city is a wreck," policewoman Teesha Alfred said. "It is a sight to behold. It's a disaster."

Erika was likely to hit the island of Hispaniola, which is shared by Haiti and the Dominican Republic, said chief forecaster James Franklin at the National Hurricane Center.

"That would certainly not be good news for Hispaniola," he said. "They're very vulnerable to flooding. And even if Erika is a weak system that could be very bad there."

Officials shuttered schools, government offices and businesses across the region and warned of flash flooding because of dry conditions caused by the worst drought to hit the Caribbean in recent years. Authorities warned power and water service might be temporarily cut off.

Erika is expected to dump between 4 to 8 inches of rain across the region, with up to 12 inches in some areas.

Dozens of flights were canceled in the region, and the U.S. Coast Guard closed all ports in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.





george-nooks.jpgIn response to repeated requests, Alternative Music Limited will stage the next edition of its KeesingLIVE! series on Saturday, September 19.

Members of the audience will be serenaded by singing sensation Romain Virgo and crooner par excellence, George Nooks. Patrons will likewise enjoy performances by 2012 Grammy nominee Prophecy, 2012 Rising Stars winner Sharona Jonas, and refreshing new singer/songwriter Kenny Smith.

KeesingLIVE! will be held at the headquarters of its home, Alternative Music Ltd, located at 5 Keesing Avenue (off Hagley Park Road), Kingston 10. Complimentary secure parking and shuttle service to the nearby venue is available at Tyre Warehouse located at 83B Hagley Park Road. The

KeesingLIVE! concert series was created with a view to presenting and preserving good, clean LIVE music by renowned artistes and new talent in beautiful, safe and relaxed surroundings. In pursuing its aims to enhance and uplift the community to which it belongs,

Alternative Music Ltd., will donate part proceeds from KeesingLIVE! to the Eve for Life non-governmental group, this provides vital support to young (mainly female) survivors of abuse. Additional information on EVE for Life will be available on Saturday, September 19. Gates open at 6.30 p.m. and showtime is 8.00 p.m. sharp. Tickets are $1,200, pre-sold, and $1,500 at the gate. Special rates apply for groups and students with valid I.D. Tickets are already on sale at Alternative Music Ltd. and at The Music Mart, 8 South Avenue, Kingston 10.





rdx-dancehall-duo-photo.jpgDancehall duo RDX had their show-stopping performance at Island Rave in San Fernando, Trinidad marred by an unpleasant encounter with the Trinidadian authorities, on Saturday.

Travelling with Road Manager Kirk Wright, ZJ Dymond and video directors Xtreme Arts, the duo arrived at the venue and were searched by security at the entrance. The security personal however alerted the police to what they claimed to be a firearm in RDX's Road Manager's bag.

"They surrounded our vehicle with guns out, we were told that we had to exit our vehicle for them to search for the firearm inside and proceeded to conduct a thorough search of everyone as well," Renigade explained

The suspected firearm however turned out to be a stack of promotional CDs. The duo received no apology from the police or security personal for this obvious violation.

"Our Road Manager only had promo CDs in his bag. I don't know how someone could mistake CDs for a firearm. Guess it was a new gun only they know exist." Renigade added

This is the first time the duo has faced this kind of negative attention in the twin-island republic which they visit at least twice a year.

"Everyone knows RDX a di girl dem artist, betta dem did sey they feel a girl hidden in we Road Manager bag, that would have made more sense!" Delomar admonished.

The duo, however, didn't let this incident affect their performance however and delivered a high energy set to close the show.They also took the opportunity to shoot the video for their Baile Funk infused 'Push Back' single as they always wanted to shoot a music video in Trinidad, and this song fits the location concept nicely.





hansle-parchment-silver.jpgHansle Parchment delivered Jamaica's eighth medal at the IAAF World Championship when he won silver in the 110m hurdles.

Recovering fast from his usual sluggish start, Parchment finished like a train on the tracks to run a season best 13.03 behind Russian Sergey Shubenkov who won the event in a national record of 12.98 seconds.

The Racer's track club athlete has now added a World Championship medal to his Olympic bronze medal .

"I'm happy for this medal but not so much about the performance. I think I can still do a lot better at the start," he is quoted as saying.

In a final that was a sprint from start to finish, National Champion McLeod hit some of the barriers in his lane and finished sixth in a time of 13.18.

Parchment is the first Jamaican to win a silver medal in the 110m hurdles.





silver-for-thompson.jpgJamaica's Elaine Thompson was passed on the final as she finished second to Dafne Schippers of Netherlands in the final of the women's 200 metres at the World Championships in Beijing, China on Friday.

Thompson, coming off the turn behind, battled gallantly to lead with about 70 metres to go, but Schippers' strength had her doing likewise to out dip the Jamaican to take it in a Championship record of 21.63.

Thomspon did 21.66 with veteran compatriot Veronica Campbell-Brown taking the bronze in 21.97.





danielle-williams-gold-hurdles.jpgDanielle Williams produced a surprise gold medal in the IAAF World Championships 100m to deliver Jamaica's ninth medal.

The 22-year-old Williams, ran a personal best 12.57 to beat a fast field. Her older sister, Shermaine, finished seventh with a time of 12.95.

German Cindy Roleder was second in a time of 12.58 seconds.

Williams lowered her personal best for the second time in two hours after posting a time of 12.58 in the semi-final.

In her second World Championship, Williams now joins Brigitte Foster Hylton as the only other Jamaican to win the event.





Six women and a man were nabbed by the police and a large quantity of ganja was seized during an operation in St. Elizabeth on Thursday morning.

About 9 o'clock, the police went to a property in Knoxwood, where the suspects were reportedly seen harvesting ganja. Other persons reportedly fled on the arrival of the police.

The police seized about 2,500 lbs of ganja during the operation.





jutc-buses-photo-1.jpgThe Jamaica Urban Transit Company (JUTC) is to extend by a month the special summer fare for adult passengers.

Passengers will continue paying $100 until September 26. The following day, the JUTC will return to the 120 dollar fare.

JUTC Managing Director, Colin Campbell, says since the introduction of the special fare on July 5 the State-run bus company has recorded an increase in adult passengers.

The $100 'Bills Summer Special' promoted by the bus company should have ended this weekend.





Friends of Mustard Seed Communities will host its 25th annual luncheon benefiting Mustard Seed Communities on Sunday, September 20, 2015, 12:30 pm, at the New York Hilton and Towers, 1335 Avenue of the Americas (Sixth Avenue at 54th Street), New York City. Tickets are $140.00 each and are tax deductible to the extent permitted by law with proceeds benefiting Mustard Seed Communities' initiatives supporting orphans, children with special needs, families with HIV/AIDS, and other vulnerable persons in the Caribbean, Central America and Africa.

This year's event honors three individuals for their philanthropic activities and in particular their dedicated support for children in need and community empowerment.

Andrea Bullens

Andrea Bullens, Marketing Professional and community activist will be honored for her relentless support of community causes and specifically for her years of ardent support of Mustard Seed Communities. Andrea has forged a career as a successful marketing and promotion executive. After college she spent several years working with advertising powerhouses like Young and Rubicam, Lockhart & Pettus and companies such as McGraw Hill and Diageo. She left corporate America in 2003, to open her own Marketing and promotion company - BullZii Marketing LLC. This firm creates and executes marketing, publicity, advertising and promotion campaigns particularly for Caribbean-based companies wishing to promote their products and services in North America. Today, BullZii's client list boasts some of the most known Caribbean brands including LIME (Cable & Wireless), GRACE Foods USA, XOOM.com, Jamaica Biscuit Company, LASCO, West Indian Biscuit Company, Bermudez, Wisynco/Bigga, TRU Juice, Caribbean International Network (CIN TV), Linstead Market Foods, Tastee Cheese, Foska Oats, Spur Tree Spices, National Bakery and more.

A cultural activist, Andrea has been an integral part of several major cultural initiatives. She co-founded and co-produced Caribbean Lifestyle TV which was aired on various cable channels in the New York area and U.S. Virgin Island between 2007-2011 and covered social and political issues, sports, music, theatre, business and entrepreneurship, and community events of interest to the Caribbean and its Diaspora.

Sabrina Hosang-Jordan

Sabrina Antoinette HoSang is the Chief Operating Officer (COO) Caribbean Food Delights (CFD) and a director of the Vincent HoSang Family Foundation (VHFF). HoSang is an award winning young professional entrepreneur and business strategist who is recognized for her superb leadership ability from the business community and numerous civic and community organizations. Some of her accolades include the 2014 Outstanding 50 Asian Americans in Business Award, the Caribbean Life 20 Under 40 Award, Rockland Economic Development Corporation (REDC) 40 Under 40 Award, Women of Great Esteem (WGE) Award from Q-Kingdom Ministries, Jamaica's Consul General's Award, Community Leadership Award from Jamaica College Old Boy's Association of NY and the Dynamic Woman Award by Assemblyman Nick Perry. For being a model team builder and motivator, she was inducted as a Business Visionary by Caribbean American Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CACCI). She is an active board member of the Lehman College and Rockland Community Foundations and Rockland County's largest food pantry, People to People.

Louis Carr

Louis Carr is President of Broadcast Media Sales for BET Networks, a unit of Viacom Inc. and the leading provider of entertainment for the African-American audience and consumers of Black culture globally. Mr. Carr is responsible for the strategic plans to generate revenue for BET Networks, the company's flagship; CENTRIC, their flanker network for a mature audience and BET.com, the largest portal for African-American content online. In 2003, he launched BET's Black College Tour for Historically Black Colleges and Universities. Currently it is the largest Black college tour in the country. Mr. Carr is also President and CEO of TV, LLC which is a real estate company that owns, manages and invests in multi-family apartment buildings in Chicago. He started this company in part to help redevelop inner city neighborhoods in the Chicagoland area. Additionally, he is Chairman of the Louis Carr Internship Foundation which provides paid internships for students of color at some of the leading media and marketing companies.

The 25th Annual Benefit Luncheon attendees will be hosted with an array of music and lifestyle entertainment. Performers from Jamaica's "Powerful Women and Men Perform for Charity" will entertain with a selection from the 2014 edition of its highly acclaimed annual performance. Fashion expert and author, Walter Greene, once again curates a celebration of this year's fashion must-haves in, A New Wave of Elegance, a showcase of designers from the Caribbean. Other highlights of this year's event will be a book signing for "Island Reliquaries: Voices From a Jamaican Past" authored by Margaret Reckord -Bernal, and a benefit exhibition of paintings by noted Jamaican artist Michael Escoffery.

This year the organizers are pleased to announce the Friends of Mustard Seed Raffle Grand Prize is a trip for two to Jamaica with three nights at Sandals Resort, donated by Caribbean Airlines and Sandals Resort. The contribution for raffle tickets is $5.00 each and $25.00 for a book of six tickets.

To book your seat at this year's luncheon, visit the Mustard Seed Communities website [http://bit.ly/MustardSeedBenefit] or contact the benefit chairperson Daphne Mahoney at 212-477-2848.





crime-scene-7.jpgThe Manchester police confirmed that a customer was shot and injured during a robbery at a supermarket in the town of Mandeville today.

Reports are that at about 3:30 pm a gunman entered the supermarket at Levy Plaza on Caledonia Road and proceeded to rob the store.

A customer who reportedly walked in during the robbery was ordered to lie down.

He was then shot in his right arm and right side.

Police say that the gunman left the store with phone cards and a sum of money and escaped on a waiting motorbike.

The customer is reportedly in hospital but his condition is not considered as life-threatening.





Baby shot and injured during gang warfare

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crime-scene-7.jpgA 16-month-old child has been hospitalised after being shot and injured during a gun battle between gunmen at Columbus Street in Trench town on Wednesday morning.

Head of the Kingston West Police Division, Superintendent Cornwall 'Bigga' Ford said rival gangs have been shooting at each other for weeks and despite the best efforts of the police they seem thirsty for blood.

He said the police have identified two suspects in Wednesday morning's incident.

"We have received the names of two men and we are going after them to arrest them and proffer charges against them. We have gone in there and spoken to them. One set says men from outside the community have come in and are robbing people on Spanish Town Road. We rae carrying out proactive policing in the community," Ford said.





crime-scene-7.jpgA teenager is among two men whose bodies were dumped in Duhaney Park, St Andrew on Tuesday night.

Police report that residents summoned them after they saw men dumping a blue tarpaulin in Duhaney Park.

When the cops arrived on the scene, the bodies of the two males were found wrapped in the tarpaulin. Both bodies had multiple gunshot wounds.

One of the bodies was that of a teenager - of dark complexion and about five feet long. The other body was clad in a black merino and jeans pants.





Cop found dead at barracks in Vineyard Town

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police-station.jpgA policeman was reportedly found dead at the Vineyard Town Police Station Barracks in Kingston this morning.

He has been identified as Constable Garnett Taylor who was stationed at the Hunts Bay Police Station.

Taylor, who usually stayed on the barracks, was found by colleagues who noticed he was not moving. Efforts were made to wake him but they were futile. Taylor's colleagues rushed him to hospital where he was pronounced dead at 5:55 am.

The cause of death is still unknown. Police are investigating.





uwi-students-killed in-car-crash.jpguwi-students-killed-car-crash-vehicle.jpgTwo students of the University of the West Indies, Mona died in a motor vehicle collision on the Drax Hall main road in St Ann last night.

They have been identified as Oshane Reid, vice president of the University of the West Indies (UWI) Guild of Students and Shanice Simmonds, both 22 years old.

Reports are that Simmonds was driving a Suzuki Swift motorcar along the roadway when the vehicle collided with an oncoming Toyota Coaster bus. Simmonds was reportedly thrown from the vehicle and suffered head injuries.

They were taken to hospital where both were pronounced dead.





Bronze for Shericka Jackson

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shericka-jackson-bronze.jpgShericka Jackson has claimed Jamaica's fourth medal at the ongoing 15th IAAF World Championships.

The 21-year-old claimed bronze in a new personal best of 49.99 seconds.

The event was won by America's Allyson Felix in world leading 49.26 for a record ninth World Championship gold.Shaunae Miller of The Bahamas took the silverin a personal best 49.67.

Jamaica had a record four women in the final with Christine Day placing fourth in a new PB of 50.14.

Stephenie McPherson was fifth in 50.42 with 2007 bronze medallist, Novlene Williams-Mills running a season best 50.47 for sixth place.





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Usain St Leo Bolt is the sprint double champion at a senior global championship for the fifth time.

Bolt added the World Championships 200m gold to his 100m title at the 2015 games in superb form to silence Justin Gatlin.

Bolt landed home in a season best 19.55 seconds.Gatlin, as he did in the 100m final, had to settle for silver.South Africa's Anaso Jobodwana took the bronze.

The 29-year-old Bolt was winning his fourth straight 200m World Championship title. Having won a silver medal at the 2007 World Championships, he is now within one medal of Merlene Ottey as the Jamaican athlete with the most medals of all time in the 200m at the World Championships.





reporters-killer.jpgA disgruntled former news reporter who shot dead two of his ex-coworkers during a live TV segment this morning is in very critical condition after attempting to kill himself.

It was previously reported that Lester Lee Flanigan had died after shooting himself, but authorities are now saying that they have found him in Fauquier County, Virginia and he still has a pulse.

Viewers of WDBJ, a small CBS affiliate in Moneta, Virginia, watched in horror this morning as the employee shot dead 24-year-old reporter Alison Parker and cameraman Adam Ward, 27, as the two were filming a light-hearted live segment just before 7am.

Flanigan fled the scene after the shooting and then took to Twitter to explain his reasons for killing his former coworkers, all while being pursued closely by police.

Via his Twitter account, Lester Lee Flanigan posted a chilling video of the moment he first approached Ward and Parker as they filmed a segment. Then a gun is drawn and two WDBJ7 were left dead, while their interview subject, local chamber of commerce chief Vicki Gardner, was rushed to surgery.

WDBJ viewers watched in horror this morning as gun shots rang out during the interview, which was being broadcast live.

WDBJ viewers watched in horror this morning as gun shots rang out during the interview, which was being broadcast live. Above, a grab from the station's live video.

After cameraman Ward dropped to the ground, his camera kept rolling and the shooter is seen in the background leveling a gun at him.

Flanigan, who is African American, wrote that Parker made 'racist comments' and that a complaint was filed against her through the equal employment opportunity commission, but his station chose to hire her anyway.

As for Ward, Flanigan says that after working with the cameraman once, Ward complained to HR about the former general assignment reporter. It's unclear what exactly happened between the two men.

The station manager of WDBJ says that Flanigan left the station about two years ago, but that he still lived in the community. He did not go into detail about whether Flanigan was fired or quit on his own accord.

But the most shocking post of all was a video Flanigan took of the attack, which he shared on his Twitter.The chilling clip is taken from Flanigan's point of view and shows him approaching the two journalists as they were interviewing Vicki Gardner, the local chamber of commerce.

He opens fire first on Ward and then turns to kill Parker. Parker and Ward died at the scene while Gardner was rushed to Roanoke Memorial Hospital for emergency surgery.

After posting the graphic video of the attack, Flanigan's Twitter account was suspended.

Police tracked down Flanigan to Fauquier County, Virginia where he attempted to shoot himself. However, he did not die and is in critical condition.





reporters-killed.jpgA gunman killed two members of a news crew and injured one more in Moneta, Virginia, in a shooting that was partially captured on video on Wednesday morning.

Police are investigating the shooting at the Bridgewater Plaza near Smith Mountain Lake that took place at about 6.45am ET. A news crew from WDBJ7 local news was on the scene to film a segment for the morning news when several shots rang out. Screams followed and the camera recording the feature fell, as producers cut to the shocked studio news team.

The station later announced that two of their team, Alison Parker, 24, and Adam Ward, 27, had been shot dead.

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"Today was just like any other day," anchor Kim McBroom said on the morning broadcast. "They did great work every day and put their all into everything they did. "They were special people. They would lighten up a room."

With crying on the set of the studio audible, another anchor, Jean Jadhon, described Parker as "a rock star. She was a professional, so much fun and so kind".

Jeff Marks, general manager, recounted what police had told the station. "Someone with a gun, we believe it was a man, barged into where they were and fired several shots, six or seven, it sounded like. We heard screaming, and then we heard nothing, the camera fell.

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"The scene was described to us as chaos."

He expressed disbelief at the shooting: "How can this individual have robbed these families of Adam and Alison of their happiness and their love, for whatever reason."

Parker originally joined the station as an intern, and had graduated from James Madison University in 2012. According to her profile on the site, she enjoyed kayaking and local theater.

Ward was described as a gregarious, hardworking photojournalist, an avid fan of Virginia Tech and longtime employee of the station. He was engaged to Melissa Ott, a producer on the station who was celebrating her last day on Wednesday before going to a new job in Charlotte. He had planned to join her there and find a new job with her.

Parker had recently celebrated a birthday and was dating WDBJ7 reporter Chris Hurst.The station chief said the news team would hold a memorial on Wednesday afternoon.

Police from Franklin and Bedford counties as well as Virginia state police are searching for a suspect at the scene. They have not described the extent of the third victim's injuries.

Schools in the area have been locked down until further notice, the Bedford County superintendent announced.





Legends Award for Rita Marley

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rita-marley.jpgAfrica's first global TV network, Africa Network Television (ANTV), will honour Rita Marley for astounding impact on Africa and people of African descent. The selection based on unparalleled works and commitment to improving health, education and nutrition of infants, youth and the elderly through the Rita Marley Foundation in Jamaica and Ghana.

In a letter addressed to Marley, Theresa Okorochukwu, administrator and president of ANTV, extolled, "You have made Africa proud both on a National and global level, a role model and compassionate leader, an ambassador of love and of reggae music, you are an ANTV Legend."

Florida Ceremony

The awards ceremony will be held on August 29 at the University of Florida, Gainesville, USA, during the multi-nation launching ceremony of ANTV. Four other distinguished persons will be conferred Legends Awards: Dr Emmanuel Voado, neurosurgeon and founder/president of Cosmopolitan Aid; African Union (AU) Ambassador Dr Erieka Bennett, head of mission, AU Diaspora Forum; Dr Fatoumata Ceesay, former national speaker, The Gambia National Assembly, former deputy speaker of ECOWAS, former president of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA), and founder of Family Rights Advancement and Protection; Pharmacist Stella-Maris Patcha Adamu, president/owner, Empire Hotel /The Savoy Palm Hotels in Cameroon and founder/president of Mauritia Patcha Foundation.

On September 12, Rita Marley will be bestowed the Living Legends Award by the United Nations Women and the AUDAF.





mr-vegas-photo-12.jpgNot much has been heard from him since he was sentenced for murder in 2014; however, Mr Vegas is getting ready to drop a new single recorded by Shawn Storm before his incarceration.

The song, Sardine and Crackers, was produced by Mr Vegas on his Tables Turn rhythm.

"This song was recorded before Shawn Storm was arrested. He is an artiste that the people love, and it's been a very long time since he's had a new song out. Many people have been asking, 'What's happening with Shawn Storm?'

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"Despite being in prison, he still has his fans, and they want to hear him. I've decided to put out Sardine and Crackers for his fans," Mr Vegas said.

Vegas said he hopes that the song will help to boost Shawn Storm's spirits in prison. "I just want to uplift the deejay's spirit. As long as you have breath, you have hope. No one is perfect, so just rise above all negative energy, Shawn Storm. Always remember that your talent is greatly appreciated by a lot of people."

Sardine and Crackers is slated to be released before the end of August. The Tables Turn rhythm also features songs from artistes such as Mr Vegas with Tables Turn, Bugle with Work Hard, Latty J with No Abuse, Natel with I Love Them All, Vershon with I Can Be That, and Beego with Lie Dem A Tell.





judy-mowatt-groovin-2014.jpgGrammy-nominated reggae singer Judy Mowatt is reported in a recent interview with Britain's The Voice newspaper posted online on Tuesday, that she believes that if reggae legend Bob Marley was alive today, he would have converted to Christianity, just like she has been.

Now a devoted Christian, Mowatt was part of the reggae group, The I-Three, which rose to fame as a member of Marley's backing group. She was a Rastafarian for 22 years before making the transition.

In the interview, Mowatt said that a conversation she had with Marley's widow Rita, led her to believe that the late singer may have been converting to Christianity before his death.

"I think Bob Marley would be at the same place (as me)," she said. "I say this because I remember when he was in his transition (when he was leaving this Earth), he was in such excruciating pain. I remember his wife telling me that she went to the hospital and he (Marley) said, 'Jesus, take me.' At the time, I wondered: 'What is the meaning of that?' I didn't mention to Rita that I was curious, but I knew I would get the answer someday."

Mowatt continued: "Years later, a friend of mine, Bunny Brown from The Chosen Few (reggae/soul vocal group), said to me that his sister was a nurse at the hospital where Bob was and he told me that his sister had led him (Marley) to the Lord. She told him about Jesus and she led him to the Lord. So when Rita heard him say, 'Jesus, take me', it made sense. You cannot call on the name of Jesus without knowing Him."

When asked if she had ever shared her thoughts with Rita (who was also a member of The I-Threes, along with singer Marcia Griffiths), Mowatt said she used to remind her (Rita) of their conversation when she (Rita) mentioned that Marley had been calling on the name of Jesus before he died.

"I think I've reminded her of that [conversation we had] and she said she didn't remember saying it. But that is something that I will never forget. Sometimes, people might say something to you, but they say it in passing, not realising the impact of what they're saying is having on you."

Following her conversion, Mowatt, who earned a Grammy nomination for her 1985 solo album, Working Wonders, took a break from the music industry so she could become a more devoted Christian. Still committed to the faith, serving as the worship leader at her church, Mowatt recently returned to the music scene. She will embark on a UK tour this week alongside her former I-Threes group member Marcia Griffiths and fellow reggae stars Bob Andy, Richie Spice and Tanya. Stephens.





Thugs posing as goat sellers slaughter butchers

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Thugs posing as goat sellers accompanied two butchers into bushes in the vicinity of Dyke Road in Portmore, St Catherine on Sunday, where they robbed and killed them, the police have confirmed.

The men have been identified as 39-year-old Martin Coleman and 26-year old Kadian Richards both of King Weston district in Lawrence Tavern.

Residents reported hearing explosions about 10:05 am and summoned the police.

On the arrival of the lawmen, Coleman and Richards were seen with multiple gunshot wounds, CCU said.They were pronounced dead at hospital.

The butchers were in the area to purchase goats at the time of the incident.

A 13-year-old male relative of the victims who accompanied them was unharmed.

The police are investigating.





775 persons killed since the start of 2015

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According to the latest statistics from the police, 775 persons were reported killed up to Monday.

This represents a 20-per cent increase when compared with the 643 murders reported over the corresponding period last year.

The Jamaica Constabulary Force recorded 1,005 murders last year and did not record the 700th murder until mid-September. Last year's figures represented a 16 per cent decline when compared with the 1,197 recorded in 2013.

The figures are also showing that 12 of the 19 police divisions across the island have reported increases in murders.

Notably, murders in St. James have jumped by 60 per cent while Clarendon has seen a 42 per cent increase in murders.Both parishes have seen a wave of killings in recent weeks.

According to the data, 139 persons were reported killed in St James, compared with 87 over the corresponding period last year.

Eighty-one persons were reported killed in Clarendon, compared to 57 for the similar period last year.





arrested -photo-1.jpgTHE Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade says its is aware of the arrests of the three women who were found working as security officers without the relevant work permits in the Republic of Trinidad & Tobago recently.

The ministry, in a release yesterday, said the Jamaican High Commission in that country last week ascertained the whereabouts of the Jamaicans and will visit the Immigration Detention Centre (IDC) where the women were being housed.

Such visits in which diplomatic representatives routinely check on the welfare of Jamaican nationals in detention, are part of the consular duties performed by the Jamaican Missions, the ministry said.

However, it said: "The ministry wishes to remind the public that there are currently 10 categories that can move freely under the Revised Treaty of Chaguaramus which set the rules of establishment and procedures for the Caribbean Community (Caricom). These, however, do not at the moment include the security profession for which work permits have to be sought."

The categories allowed free movement across the region are:

* University graduates

* Media Workers

* Sportspersons

* Artistes

* Musicians

* Registered nurses

* Trained teachers

* Artisans with a Caribbean Vocational Qualification (CVQ)

* Holders of associate degrees or equivalent qualifications such as two CAPE/"A" Levels and National Technician Certificates

* Household domestics with a Caribbean Vocational Qualifications (CVQ) or equivalent qualification.

Said the ministry: "It is important to note, however, that a skills certificate, officially known as the Certificate of Recognition of Caricom Skills Qualification, which can be obtained from the Ministry of Labour in Jamaica or the designated ministry in your host country is a prerequisite for employment."

It added: The ministry wishes to remind Jamaicans that the freedom of movement provision under the Treaty does not by itself automatically confer permission to work. In order to take up employment of any nature, persons falling outside of the ten agreed categories will require work permits or work permit exemptions. It should also be noted that those who are not in any of the categories of skilled persons, are not temporary service providers or who are not exercising the right of establishment, will require work permit approvals in the respective Caricom territories, in advance of travel."

The ministry said, too, that Jamaicans travelling to Caricom countries for business, study, tourism, or personal affairs, must be in possession of the following:

* A valid passport with at least six (6) months validity;

* A return airline ticket as appropriate to the purpose of the visit;

* An adequate amount of money to meet living expenses during the visit;

* Information (name, complete address and contact details) for their accommodation, whether hotel or private residence;

* The name and full details of their host or sponsor;

* Where possible, documentation confirming the purpose of the visit; and

* The name and telephone number, preferably the mobile number, of anyone meeting them at the airport.

"The ministry wishes to also inform the public that the immigration authorities in that country routinely conduct spot checks and persons found to be working without a permit, or illegally are placed in the immigration detention centre pending removal or deportation."





Tropical Storm Erika forms overnight

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tropical-storm-erika.jpgTropical Storm Erika is approaching the Leeward Islands from the Atlantic, and forecasters say it may gain strength.

The storm's maximum sustained winds Tuesday are 45 mph (75 kph).

Tropical storm watches have been issued for portions of the Leeward Islands including Montserrat, Antigua, Barbuda, St Kitts and Nevis, Anguilla, Saba, St Eustatius, St Maarten, Guadeloupe, St Martin, and St Barthelemy.

A tropical storm watch means tropical storm conditions are possible within 48 hours.

Erika is centered about 730 miles (1,170 kilometers) east of the Leeward Islands and is moving west near 20 mph (31 kph).

Meanwhile in the Pacific, a tropical depression is forecast to become a tropical storm later in the day.The depression has maximum sustained winds near 35 mph (55 kph).

It's centered about 1,565 miles (2,520 kilometers) east-southeast of Hilo, Hawaii, and is moving west.





Building inspector caught in sting operation

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A twenty-eight-year-old building inspector employed to the Kingston and St. Andrew Corporation (KSAC) was arrested on Monday in a sting operation by detectives from the Major Organised Crime and Anti-Corruption Agency, (MOCA).

It's alleged that in May this year, the inspector visited a location in Kingston where a building was being constructed.

He reportedly informed the proprietor that the building permit had expired and then solicited J$500-thousand in order to expedite the renewal of the permit.

A report was made to MOCA which led to his arrest.

Meanwhile, the KSAC says there is no wide scale corruption in the processing of building permits.

"We continue to provide a professional service to the public and we do not charge anything over and above that which is regulated by the Kingston and St. Andrew Corporation . This is absolutely a one off incident and we will be working with the police to investigate ...." said Town Clerk, Robert Hill.





usain-bolt-wins-gold-beijing-2015.jpgEight Jamaicans - four men and four women - qualified for the 200 and 400 metres events at the World Campionships now being held in Beijing, China.

World record holder Usain Bolt remained on course to retain the sprint double title, after winning his heat in the men's 200 meters stopping the clock at 20.28 seconds, just ahead of Roberto Skyers of Cuba.

In other semi-finals, Olympic 200 metres bronze medalist Warren Weir finished second in heat 6 in a season best 20.24 seconds, Julian Forte also advanced after finishing second in heat five in 20.16 seconds, behind Britain's Zharnel Hughes 20.13 seconds, while Nickel Ashmeade was third in heat 4, in a time of 20.40 seconds, behind winner Justin Gatlin 20.19 seconds.

Meanwhile four Jamaican ladies made progress to the final of the women's 400 meters on Thursday morning, after qualifying in their respective semi-finals this morning. National champion Christine Day made progress from semi-final one, after clocking 50.82 seconds behind winner Shaunae miller of the Bahamas 50.12. Stephanie Ann McPherson qualified for the final as well as he finished second in semi-final two in a season best 50.32 seconds.

While Shericka Jackson and Novelene Williams-Mills finished second and third respectively in semi-final three behind Alyson Felix of the United States. Jackson posted a personal best 50.03 seconds for the runner up spot, while mills made progress after crossing the line in a season best 50.47 seconds.

Jamaica lies in third place in the medal standings, with 2 gold and bronze, below leaders Kenya with 9 medals and Great Britain in second place with 3. The United States lies in sixth place with six medals 1 gold, 1 silver and 4 bronze.





Police bank robber linked to 4 other robberies

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bank-robber-cop-oshane.jpgThe Police High Command is reporting that the policeman who attempted to rob a bank in St Elizabeth last week has been linked to four more robberies in Central Jamaica.

The cop, Constable Oshane Anderson, is still in hospital after he was shot when he tried to rob a customer that was entering a bank in Santa Cruz. He was challenged by a security guard.

Anderson was wearing sister locks (fake locks) during the robbery attempt - checks afterwards unveiled that he was in fact a cop.

The police said his description has led them to link him to four other robberies in Clarendon and St Elizabeth. Anderson is already facing charges of illegal possession of a firearm and robbery with aggravation.





16-year-old found dead on housetop

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The body of a teenager was this morning found on top of a house in Mackville Terrace, close to the Queensbourough community in St Andrew.

Police report that approximately 7:30 am friends of 18-year-old Rasheed Campbell became concerned after he failed to turn up at his regular hangout spot.

A search was carried out and the body of the youth, who family members say was suffering from a mental condition, was found.

Police investigating the matter say they are at this time exploring several angles including that the matter is a case of sudden death.





safree-samuels.jpgNikki Minaj's ex, Safaree Samuels, arrived in Jamaica on a American Airlines flight from Miami on August 19 at the Norman Manley airport in Kingston.

Since arriving in the island the rapper has been updating his Instagram account constantly, keeping fans up to date with his movements in and around the island .

When Samuels arrived in the island he wrote on his Instagram, "Jamaica mi deya STRAIIITTT!!!! feels surreal to be back"

The rapper, who has Jamaican roots, made his 1st stop at Shorty's Jerk chicken on Red Hills Rd, which he called the "best jerk chicken" he has had in his life.

Samuels next stop was to hang out with ZJ liquid, then he had the opportunity of meeting one of his musical idols, Bounty Killer.

"Anyone that knows me knows that @grunggaadzilla aka Bounty killer" is my favourite artist of all time in any genre of music.. Up to this day I listen to this man's music every day and have been for as long as I've been alive. My bounty playlist is Mad," said Samuels on Instagram.

He also bragged to his fans that he didn't even need an introduction as Bounty Killer was already aware of who he was.

"Maddddd!! God knows what he's doing cuz its crazy the time when I finally meet him he knows me by name and I didnt even need to be introduced.. I could go on forever about this but ill keep it short!! Humbling experience," added an ecstatic Samuels on Instagram.

Samuels has been touring all across Jamaica he's visited studios, radio shows, televisions, and shows and even spent some time vibing in uptown, Kingston.

"Kingston, Uptown..., "said Samuels on Instagram.

Samuels is expected to depart the island next week.





beenie-man-and-crystal.jpgToday is the birthday of the dancehall doctor, Beenie Man and his daughter Crystal (her mom is Dancehall Queen Carlene) has written a tribute to her dad.

"Happy birthday to the world's greatest father. I would not want anyone else to be my dad except for you.

You have always treated me like a princess, and I will forever honour that. You are my life, my heart and my soul. Daddy, I love you unconditionally.

Your loving daughter,

Crystal"

It's definitely heart-warming to see a deejay being such a good father that his daughter is hailing him publicly.

YardFlex also wishes Beenie Man all the very best and God's richest blessings on his birthday.





Ralph Thomas is Jamaica's new Ambassador to USA

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ambassador-ralph-thomas.jpgRalph Thomas has been appointed Jamaica's new Ambassador to the United States. He is expected to assume duties early next month.

Ambassador Thomas, who is currently Jamaica's Ambassador to the People's Republic of China, replaces Ambassador Stephen Vascianne.

Foreign Affairs Minister Senator A. J. Nicholson, in announcing the appointment, said Ambassador Thomas served in China during an important time for Jamaica/China relations, especially in the area of economic development.

Senator Nicholson said he expects Ambassador Thomas to bring this level of critical thinking and creative energy to the relationship with the US, one of Jamaica's major international partners.





Digicel seeking to raise more funds

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digicel-photo-1.jpgA report in Ireland's Independent newspaper paper says Digicel is likely to raise US$1.5 billion in its upcoming initial public offering. An investor road show is expected to start shortly.

The Independent said a Digicel spokesman declined to comment on the fundraising reports.

Digicel is in the process of evolving from a pure mobile telecoms company into a communications and entertainment provider.

In June, the company filed a prospectus with the US Securities Exchange Commission, announcing an intention to list shares on the New York Stock Exchange. It intends to use the proceeds for general corporate purposes, including capital expenditures and acquisitions, as well as repay debt.

According to the documents, Digicel's debt was around US$6.5 billion at the end of March.





stolen-car-theft.jpgA resident in Chancery Hall whose car was stolen over a month ago tells YardFlex that a policeman is behind the theft of his vehicle.

Reports are that the resident, whose two cars have always been parked outside his gate, woke up one morning in July to find only one car. A neighbour reported that she had heard strange noises and seen questionable movements in the wee hours of the morning, but admitted that she had not thought to call the police.

The man's house is located in a valley, below road level, and with his driveway still under construction, he has no option but to park his cars (his and his wife's) on the sidewalk, as close to his entrance as possible. He said that as soon as he realised his cr had been stole, he made a report to the Constant Spring Police Station. However, shortly after the incident, an acquaintance who did not know that his vehicle had been stolen, asked him what was his car doing in Portmore.

He told the man that his car had been stolen and the man reportedly took him to the location, where he identified the vehicle as his and called the cops. The car did not have on any licence plates.

Investigations revealed that a policeman was behind the theft and could possibly be involved in a car-stealing ring. The car is at the police station.





Rogue cop charged for bribing coaster bus owner

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Forty-one-year-old Constable Dudley Lewin of the St Catherine North Division was yesterday charged by MOCA for Breaches of the Corruption Prevention Act.

It is alleged that on August 15, Lewin seized a coaster bus and solicited $30,000 in exchange for the release of the motor vehicle.A report was made to MOCA, resulting in the execution of an operation.

On Monday, Lewin collected $16,000 from the complainant and was arrested by detectives from MOCA during the operation. During the process to apprehend him, a struggle ensued. A firearm was discharged, resulting in the accused receiving injuries to his right arm. He later received medical attention and was released into police custody.

Lewin was offered bail in the sum of $400,000 with one or two sureties, reporting conditions and to surrender all travel documents. He will appear in the Spanish Town Resident Magistrate's Court on October 13.





shelly-ann-fraser-pryce-photo-1.jpgShelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce took a mere 10.76 seconds to write her name in the history books again, as she left her closest competitor a braid's length behind to win an unprecedented third IAAF World Championships 100m title.

The five-feet tall sprinter, who competed with braided black and green hair topped off with a garland of yellow flowers, brought her impressive individual senior championship medal collection to seven - three 100m World Championships gold, two Olympics 100m gold, 200m World Championships gold and an Olympic 200m silver.

The silver medal was won by Dafne Schippers of The Netherlands in 10.81 with America's Tori Bowie taking the bronze in 10.86. Jamaica's Veronica Campbell Brown (10.91) placed fourth and Natasha Morrison (11.02) seventh.

Campbell-Brown, despite not medalling said she was "grateful and thankful" for the result. "I'm blessed, I don't like to dwell on the past and I've already moved on. My mind is on the 200m," VCB said.

Fraser-Pryce's victory brought Jamaica's medal tally to three after three days of competition. Usain Bolt won gold in the men's equivalent on the second day in 9.79 and O'Dayne Richards bronze in the men's shot put.





The police in Clarendon are probing the murder of two men on Friday night when gunmen opened fire on patrons at an event in the town of May Pen.fourth double murder in recent weeks.

The police report that 22-year-old Leroy Hutchinson, of Woodside district, and 21-year-old Leroy White, of a Cardage Avenue address, died from gunshot wounds sustained during the shooting.

According to the police, the two were among a group of persons attending a fish fry at premises along Howard Avenue when a motorcar approached.

It is reported that a number of men alighted from the car and opened fire, hitting several persons before escaping in the vehicle.





The police have thwarted a robbery and led to the seizure of several firearms-including a high powered rifle-and the arrest of three gangsters.

The investigations, which were led by the Counter-Terrorism and Organized Crime Investigation Branch (C-TOC), revealed that a gang operating out of Arnette Gardens was planning to rob an armoured vehicle in the Kingston 5 area.

The plan was however dashed on Thursday, August 20, when C-TOC conducted an operation in the area.

In a release on Friday, the police reported that one 9mm Glock 17 pistol with a magazine containing thirteen 9mm rounds and one Colt .45 pistol with a magazine containing three .45 rounds of ammunition were seized in the operation and two men arrested.

Deputy Commissioner of Police in charge of Crime, Glenmore Hinds, noted that the operation ended without any major incident and without the use of deadly force.

"This is an indication of the high level professionalism and respect for human rights that members of the Constabulary displayed. The Police High Command continues to appeal to criminals not to challenge the police when confronted but to surrender peacefully," he said.





connstable-kills-girlfriend-shoots-himself.jpgThe police constable who is alleged to have shot and killed his girlfriend at her St Andrew home early this morning before shooting himself has now died.

He has only been identified as Constable Stephens, a detective attached to the Hunt's Bay Police Station in St Andrew.

His girlfriend was Kayden Hunter of Duhaney Park, St Andrew.

According to police sources, the constable went to his girlfriend's home in Duhaney Park this morning, called her to the gate and shot her to death.

It's reported that he then travelled to his home in St Mary where he shot himself.

The cop was rushed to hospital where he later died.

Stephens' young daughter was living with Hunter in Duhaney Park.





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bolt-wins-gold-beijing-2015-photo-2.jpgUsain Bolt beat Justin Gatlin to win the 100-meter world title in 9.79 seconds at the Bird's Nest, where he shot to fame at the 2008 Beijing Olympics with his victories in world-record times in the 100 and 200.

The only time Bolt has failed to win gold in a sprint at a major championship since the 2008 Games was when he was disqualified for a false start at the 2011 worlds.

Doubts over his ability to beat Gatlin intensified after he tumbled and then recovered to win his semifinal heat in 9.96 seconds.

Gatlin, who won the 100 at the 2004 Olympics before serving a four-year suspension for doping, had been unbeaten in 2015 and had the season-leading time of 9.74 but placed second in 9.80.

The 33-year-old American took bronze behind Bolt at the 2012 Olympics and silver at the 2013 world championships in Moscow.





Usain Bolt 'floured' in Beijing on his birthday

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usain-bolt-floured-on-b-day.jpgHappy Birthday Usain! Track star Usain Bolt had a typical Jamaican celebration of his 29th birthday on Friday.

The Trelawny native was dusted with flour in Beijing, China, where he and other Jamaican athletes are awaiting the start of the 15th IAAF World Championships inside the Bird's Next Stadium.

Bolt tweeted a picture of himself covered in flour.

"Ni Hao from Beijing-China on my Birthday," he posted on Twitter.

"Can u believe the youth them flour me? Only Jamaicans #GiveThanks #Blesssed."

The last time Bolt competed in China in 2008, the birthday song was played in the stadium as he took to the track.





Dominican Reggae singer, Nelly Stharrre is dead

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nelly-stharre.jpgNelly Rafoul, a Dominican reggae artiste who uses the stage name "Nelly Stharre" is dead.

She was found dead in the parish of Saint Paul, Dominica yesterday. Rafoul was 41 years old. It has been confirmed that Stharre's burnt remains were among two bodies discovered.

Stharre who is Rastafarian, was married to a Jamaican national with whom she has children. She also lived in Kingston, Jamaica for several years.

Stharre comes from the school of other notable Dominican reggae artistes such as Nasio Fontaine and Reggae Cowboy and her musical message is shaped by the circumstances resulting from The Dread Act.

She performed on the talent stage of the festival, an alternate stage which provides entertainment during band changes on the main stage - where she delivered her original, Moon Men and Life Goes On, and a critically well received version of Peter Tosh's Old Vampire.





Medical marijuana industry grows

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ganja-licence.jpgNearly a year after the state's six medical-marijuana dispensaries opened, patients are changing their habits.

For quick relief, they are smoking marijuana less and inhaling its vapours and therapeutic oils more, those in the industry say. Others are eating cookies or placing strips with the various active ingredients into their mouths to alleviate pain, nausea and seizures associated with the growing list of ailments.

Prices that a year ago were markedly more expensive than the underground market have dropped sharply and are now competitive, according to dispensaries, state officials and market analysts.

"When I started having success, I took the oil," said William McDonald, 42, of Monroe, referring to CBD extract, which does not induce a high.

McDonald has had cancer as well as complications from a 2008 bite of a brown recluse spider that included a staph infection and heart failure. His daily regimen starts with a strip of marijuana oil under his tongue first thing in the morning. He will inhale the vapours of a Cannabis Sativa strain during the day to elevate his mood, then the Cannabis Indica strain to relax and help bring on sleep in the evening.

"I was giving up because none of the medicine was working," McDonald said, noting marijuana has helped him. "My depression stopped," he said. "My anxiety about death has stopped."

Angela D'Amico, owner of the Compassionate Care of Connecticut dispensary in Bethel, said the shift away from smoking is the result of a widening array of treatment options.

"The absorption is that much greater when you vaporise rather than burn with a match, with the puff of a joint or smoking a pipe," D'Amico said.

A pharmacist at the dispensary recommends treatment depending on the patient's condition.

Cancer patients vaporise marijuana with high percentages of THC, the psychoactive ingredient in the plant, for quick relief of the nausea that accompanies motherapy.





NHT to sell Outameni. Any buyers?

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nht-to-sell-outameni.jpgGood luck to the National Housing Trust on their decision to sell the controversial Outameni property which many are labelling a white elephant.

Ten months after controversy erupted over its acquisition by the NHT, the Board agreed to the sale at a meeting last week. In April, Dr. Carlton Davis, Chairman of the Housing Trust, indicated that the entity was considering leasing or divesting Outameni.

In his latest comment on the issue, Dr. Davis said that the property could be advertised for sale as early as this weekend. He said bids will be accepted from local and overseas investors.

The NHT was rocked late last year by controversy over the purchase of the Orange Grove lands. Various groups described the decision to purchase the property as a significant departure from the core business of the National Housing Trust.





Assistant Commissioner Ealan Powell, head of the Criminal Investigation Branch, believes former members of criminal networks in Tivoli Gardens are terrorising sections of the Kingston West Police Division.

The police are investigating reports that gunmen from Tivoli Gardens invaded Tulip Lane on Wednesday and were responsible for the fatal shooting of a 14 year old girl.Powell noted that members of the gang, which was led by former drug kingpin, Christopher "Dudus" Coke, are behind the crime wave.

"They are remnants of the Tivoli gang that are still in Tivoli, and are bent on creating mayhem. They are people there who are willing to take on their neighbours, security forces and anybody who shows different views from them. The killing of the little girl is just a continuation of criminality in that area," Powell said.

It's reported that a section of Denham Town has been tense since the fatal shooting of the teenager.

In neighbouring Trench Town, two persons were also shot and injured on Wednesday afternoon in what police sources say was a gang feud in the area.





A historic hotel's rooftop air-conditioning unit is the source of a Legionnaires' disease outbreak that has killed 12 people and sickened more than 100 in the Bronx, city Health Commissioner Mary Bassett said yesterday.

After extensive sampling and testing of Legionnaires'-causing bacteria, laboratories have matched the strain found in the hotel's rooftop unit - also called a cooling tower with the strain found in 25 patients, some of whom died, Bassett said.

"The outbreak is over," Bassett said, noting the maximum incubation period has passed since the last new report of someone coming down with symptoms.

Dr Jay K. Varma, a deputy health commissioner for disease control, said health officials investigating the outbreak learned nine days into their probe, on July 29, that a guest who had stayed at the hotel had become ill.

In all, there have been 128 cases and almost all patients hospitalised with the disease have been discharged, officials said.

The outbreak has become the city's most significant public health crisis since last fall's Ebola scare. For more than a month, cases of Legionnaires' - a form of pneumonia especially dangerous for the elderly and for people with underlying health issues - have been reported throughout a section of the South Bronx, the city's poorest neighbourhood.





Man linked to murder of Police Constable charged

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One of the men linked to the violence in West Kingston has been charged.

Gratiano Green otherwise called "Beh Beh", was charged on Thursday with the murder of Constable Lynden Barrett.

Green, a resident of Regent Street, and Tulip Lane in Denham Town, Kingston 14, is booked to appear before the Corporate Area Gun Court next week. The cops say he was a major player in the violence in West Kingston.

Another suspect, Horatio Livine, alias 'Ratio", is still being processed.

Powell said Livine will be questioned next week.

Both men were captured during police operations on Tuesday and Thursday in Silent Hill, Manchester and Red Hills, St. Andrew.

Barrett, who was attached to the Kingston Western Police Division was shot dead near Wellington Street, Denham Town on July 21. The Constable was visiting the area when he was ambushed and shot.





george-thomas-car-crash-montego-bay.jpgAn 18-year-old man is still in a coma following the deadly crash which claimed the life of President of the St James Bar Association George Thomas in Montego Bay on Thursday.

Thomas was being driven by his son when their vehicle collided with a Nissan motorcar.

The injured man was a passenger in the Nissan motorcar. He was badly injured and fell into a coma. Thomas' son, who was driving his father at the time of the accident, is also reportedly in hospital.

Thomas' passing has caused sadness in legal circles and has drawn tributes from Justice Minister Mark Golding and other prominent legal luminaries. The Traffic Police In St James are probing the evidence to ascertain the cause of the crash.





Musicians in Guyana are seeking modern copyright laws and a 50 percent quota for local music on the state-owned radio station.

The Guyana Music Network (GMN) made its intentions clear at a meeting on Tuesday evening where GMN founder, Burchmore Simon, said he would seek a meeting with President David Granger and ask for an increase in the number of hours that Guyanese music is played on the radio stations run by the National Communications Network (NCN).

Eddy Grant, who was born in Guyana, was also in attendance and called on musicians to picket NCN to pressure the company into giving airplay to locally produced music and to persuade the Minister of Culture to support the playing of Guyanese music.

He urged the musicians to see themselves as a powerful and influential constituency who can decide the outcome of a general election.





100 policemen charged for corruption in 2014

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police-cars.jpgThe Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions' annual report has stated that some 100 cops were charged for corruption in 2014.

The figure is worrying to the police High Command who has been wringing its hands over the amount of corrupt acts cops have been accused of in recent times.

This week, an off-duty cop was arrested after he attempted to rob a Chinese businessman of $5 million at a financial institution in Black River, St Elizabeth.

Another cop was shot and injured during a sting operation where he was caught shaking down a motorist in St Catherine.

The report stated that some 35 cops were charged in 2013 and four have already been charged this year for breaches of the Anti-Corruption Act.





14-y-o girl gunned down in Denham Town

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gun-shooting.jpgA section of Denham Town in Kingston is tense, following the fatal shooting of a 14-year-old girl yesterday afternoon. The teenager was killed on Tulip Lane, shortly after four o'clock. She was pronounced dead at Kingston Public Hospital.

A senior investigator last night told RJR News that the teenager was killed during a shootout between rival gangs. He said detectives have collected information on the incident.

Over in neighbouring Trench Town, two persons were shot and injured yesterday afternoon, in what police sources say was a gang feud in the community.





attorney-andjustice-minister-mark-golding.jpgMembers of the legal fraternity have been left in shock following the death of the president of the Cornwall Bar Association, George Thomas.

Thomas died Thursday afternoon following a car crash in Montego Bay, St James.

According to Justice Minister, Mark Golding,he was profoundly saddened at the tragic passing of Thomas, who was president of Cornwall Bar Association.

"Mr Thomas has made a significant contribution to the legal professional and community in Western Jamaica, which was acknowledged in 2010 when he was conferred with the Order of Distinction," Golding said in a statement Thursday.?

He said it was his expertise and record of service at the private bar which led to his election in March as president of the Cornwall Bar Association.

Golding also expressed condolences on behalf of the Government to Thomas' family, colleagues and friends.

Meanwhile, the president of the Jamaican Bar Association, Donovan Walker says the legal profession has lost a valuable member who was at the height of his career.

Attorney, Bert Samuels, hailed Thomas for his efforts to uplift legal practise in western Jamaica saying he was friendly and polite.





george-thomas.jpgProminent Montego Bay lawyer George Thomas succumbed to his injuries following a fatal car crash Thursday afternoon.

The vehicle was reportedly hit by a car at the traffic light along the Elegant Corridor in the vicinity of Ironshore, St James.

Thomas later died from injuries he received in a traffic collision, while the driver, his son, Maurice received minor injuries.

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Danny upgraded to hurricane status

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hurricane-danny.jpgTropical Storm Danny is now Hurricane Danny, with maximum winds now at 75 miles per hour.

With the rapid strengthening of the weather system, it has become a hurricane one day ahead of the projection that this would have happened on Friday.

Meanwhile the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA) has announced that it is in contact with national disaster offices across the region and that they are currently monitoring the system.

Danny is expected to reach the eastern Caribbean on Monday.

The people of the Lesser Antilles, the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico are being advised to monitor the progress of Danny.





skip-marley-photo credit-victoria-stevens.jpgSkip Marley has confirmed he will be making his North American live debut as part of the 13-date Catch A Fire Tour with fellow Marley's Damian and Stephen.

The tour starts on August 1st in Garberville, California and will be making stops in Los Angeles, New York and 9 other states throughout August and into September. On August 16th, Skip will be joining Stephen and Ziggy Marley for a very special "family affair" one-off show to celebrate Bob Marley's 70th birthday as part of KCRW's World Festival at The Hollywood Bowl. Tickets for all dates can be found here. Full list of tour dates below.

Earlier this summer, the teenage multi-instrumentalist and songwriter released his debut single "Cry To Me." The single is a refreshing reminder of the incredible talent and strong story telling sensibility that runs deep within the Marley blood. Recently Skip entered the studio with the legendary Jamaican rhythm section and production duo Sly and Robbie and plans to release more material later this year.

In other news, Skip Marley signed an exciting new publishing deal to Blue Mountain Music Ltd. This worldwide publishing agreement will cover all works from Skip's upcoming release for Tuff Gong International, including the debut single "Cry To Me" which has topped the EDM.com chart.

Chris Blackwell (who famously signed Skip's grandfather Bob Marley to Island Records in the 1970s) commented; 'I am really excited to be working with Bob's grandson, Skip. He has so much to offer.' 'I want to spread positivity through music,' avows 18-year-old Skip Marley, like a mission statement for his life.

Soon to be known solely by his single first name, Skip is an abbreviation of 'Skipper', by which his grandfather was frequently known. 'My mother, Cedella,' he explains, referencing the reggae king's eldest daughter, 'was fond of this name and I guess thought it was the right fit for I.'

Skip's husky singing and speaking voice draws up memories of his grandfather's lilting tones. Does he feel the weight of his legacy? 'It's not something you think about too much: we're just family and the understandings are passed on.'

Since the age of five, Skip has played piano, adding guitar and drums and ultimately songwriting as time passed. First recorded as a demo on his phone, the haunting love ballad "Cry to Me", only the second song he ever wrote, concerns 'a personal situation with a young woman I was dealing with. The words and the rhythm came to me all at the same time. It's a love song, but I like to write about everything: ups and downs of life, poverty, girlfriends, God.'

"Cry To Me" is available now on iTunes.





Three Jamaicans held in US on drug charges

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Three Jamaicans are said to be among a group of alleged criminals arrested by the Vermont police in the United States for trafficking heroin, cocaine and other illicit substances with intent to sell.

According to authorities, a vehicle transporting two Vermont residents and two from Connecticut was pulled over on Monday for an expired inspection sticker. The occupants included Kwesi Wilson, 30, Tanya Parker, 26, Kenil Forrester, 24, and Melinda Forbes, 24.

Vermont State Troopers say they searched the vehicle after they smelled the odour of burnt marijuana.The search revealed approximately 480 bags of heroin, 50 grams of crack, 15 grams of cocaine, and 10 milligrams of marijuana. The police also seized US$833 and J$1,500.

The occupants were arrested and charged with felony trafficking of heroin and cocaine with intent to distribute.

It is suspected that the drugs were being transported from Hartford, Connecticut to Vermont.





missing-teens-photos.jpgThe police seek the general public's assistance in finding four teens who have high level Ananda alerts activated this week.

Missing are:

1) Jevaun McPherson, 17, of Foster Lane in Kingston, who has been missing since Saturday, August 15.

Jevuan is of dark complexion, medium build and is about 157 centimetres (5 feet) tall. Reports from the Kingston Central Police are that about 11:30am, Jevaun was last seen at home dressed in a green merino, black shorts, and pair of blue slippers. All efforts to contact him on his cellular phone have proven futile.

Anyone knowing the whereabouts of Jevaun McPherson has been urged to contact the Kingston Central Police at 922-9273, the police's emergency 119 number, or Crime Stop on 311.

2) Moesha Osbourne, 16, of Shortwood district in Cambridge, St James has been missing since Saturday, August 8.

Moesha, otherwise called 'muck muck,' is of dark complexion, stout build and is about 160 centimetres (5 feet 3 inches) tall. Reports from the Cambridge Police are that about 9:30pm, Moesha was last seen at home dressed in a black blouse, black denim shorts and a pair of black slippers. It is understood that when last seen, she had her cell-phone in her possession, however all efforts to contact her have proven futile.

Anyone knowing the whereabouts of Moesha Osbourne is being asked to contact the Cambridge Police at 912-2266, the police's emergency 119 number, or Crime Stop on 311

3.) Shaniqua Rose, 15, of Mountain View Avenue in Kingston, has been missing since Sunday, July 26.

The teen is of dark complexion, slim build and is about 163 centimetres (5 feet 4 inches) tall. Reports from the Mountain View Police are that Shaniqua was last seen at home about 12:30pm, and has not been seen or heard from since.

Her family has been unable to detail what her mode of dress at the time she went missing.

Anyone knowing the whereabouts of young Shaniqua is being asked to contact the Mountain View Police at 930-3207, the police's emergency 119 number, or Crime Stop on 311

4.) Aleyah Parker, 16, of Mile Gully District in Manchester, was last seen on Sunday, August 16.

Young Parker is of brown complexion, medium build and is about 173 centimetres (5 feet 8 inches) tall. According to reports from the Mandeville Police, Aleyah left home about 2:10pm for an undisclosed location wearing a floral dress and a pair of black slippers.

All efforts to contact her have since proven futile. Anyone knowing the whereabouts of Aleyah is being asked to contact the Mandeville Police at 961-5538, the police's emergency 119 number, or Crime Stop on 311.





norris-deedo-nembhard.jpgConvicted Jamaican drug lord Norris 'Deedo' Nembhard is back home.

After serving a nine year sentence in a Florida penal facility, Nembhard returned to the island on Tuesday.

In July 2008, Nembhard along with Robroy 'Spy' Williams, his bother Glenford Williams, Vivian Dalley and former police corporal Herbert 'Scarry' Henry were airlifted by helicopter from the New Horizon Remand Centre in Kingston and handed over to the Americans at the Norman Manley International Airport, after being ordered extradited by a local court.

Nembhard pled guilty upon reaching the United States and was initially sentenced to 13 years but that sentence was reduced to nine years.

He fought extradition for four years and was locked up inside the New Horizon Remand Centre for the duration of his local court battle.

The case drew national attention.





bank-robber-cop-oshane.jpgAlthough his colleagues, the police, have not officially released his name, the bank robber who tried to steal J$%-Million from a customer on Tuesday has been identified as Oshane Anderson. He is attached to the police sation in Clarendon.

According to reports, Police Constable Oshane Anderson, who was moonlighting as robber, was legitimately earning at two different locations. Anderson is said to be the owner of a very large house in Mandeville.

However, friends of the bank robber cop, say that Anderson vowed "not to end up like the officer in Clarendon and a different medz me a pree" . That officer being the young one who committed suicide about 3 weeks ago. It's also alleged that Anderson complained about not having any money to buy gas about two days prior. Yet somehow found the money to fill his tank and drive to Black River, St. Elizabeth to rob a bank, dressed as a Rastaman.

According to reports, the victim quickly realized what was about to take place and switched the bag of money, from his left to right arm, then proceeded reach for his service revolver. Once Anderson noticed that Mr D was reaching for his gun, a tussle ensued & Mr D was whipped in his elbow by Anderson's gun. The bag of money & Mr D then both fell to the ground. It's alleged that it was at this point security was alerted about the robbery in progress and came to Mr D's rescue. Anderson was then shot once in the leg, preventing him from fleeing the scene.





BERMUDA: Jamaican prisoner wins landmark case

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A Jamaican prisoner, who claimed his constitutional rights were infringed because he was not allowed to apply for parole after serving a third of his sentence, has won a landmark victory in the Bermuda Supreme Court .

Leighton Griffiths was convicted in 2007 of importing 480 grammes of cocaine that was hidden inside an air compressor.

He was initially sentenced to 14 years in prison, but this was later reduced to 12 years by the Court of Appeal.

Earlier this year, Griffiths, who is married to a Bermudian, launched legal action because, as a foreign national, he was denied the opportunity to be released on licence. This after serving a third of his sentence, even though he was otherwise qualified for such early release.

Griffiths claimed that the provisions of the Prison Act 1979, which set down the rules surrounding prisoners' access to parole, breached Section 12, which prevents discrimination on the ground of place of origin, of the Bermuda Constitution.

In a written judgment, released at the end of last week, Chief Justice Ian Kawaley ruled in favour of Griffiths, saying his constitutional rights had been infringed.

"The provisions of the Prisons Act 1979 relating to parole as applied to the applicant as a Jamaican national, who presently has no opportunity to apply for any form of early release, discriminate against him on the grounds of his place of origin, in contravention of his rights under section 12 of the Bermuda Constitution," Chief Justice Kawaley said.

Bermudians, and people with an unrestricted right to reside and work in Bermuda, are able to apply for release on licence in Bermuda after serving a third of their sentence. Nationals originating in some countries, including the United Kingdom, are also able to obtain an early release on licence because their governments have agreed to supervise them on their return to their countries of origin. However, Jamaica has not agreed to accept prisoners released on licence.

As a result Griffiths was required to remain in prison for twice as long as those prisoners who were able to obtain parole.





marcus-garvey-photo-2.jpgThe house in which National Hero Marcus Garvey grew up, in St. Ann's Bay, St. Ann, will be refurbished and transformed into a heritage site.

This was confirmed by Lisa Hanna, Minister of Youth & Culture Minister, during a ceremony to commemorate the 128th birthday of Garvey, Jamaica's first National Hero, held on the compound of the St. Ann Parish Library, in St. Ann's Bay, on Monday, August 17.

Read by Councillor Ian Bell of the Beecher Town Division of the St. Ann Parish Council, the message noted that the property on which the house is located, was declared a protected site in 1992, as the Government moved to ensure that the legacy and history of Marcus Garvey was preserved.

"The Ministry of Youth and Culture remains committed to preserving the legacy of this outstanding Jamaican, as we are ready to start plans to refurbish the house of Jamaica's first National Hero and transforming it into a heritage site," Miss Hanna said.

"We want to create an environment where Jamaicans at home and abroad can visit and pay tribute to a man who left a great legacy. It was he who said that 'a people without knowledge of their past history, origin and culture is like a tree without roots'. Let us continue to embrace our rich cultural heritage and pass on the memories and traditions to the next generation," she added.

Miss Hanna said the celebration of Marcus Garvey's 128th birthday and the 51st year of him being named a National Hero presents an opportunity for the sharing of cultural heritage among the youth.





matisyahu.jpgMADRID (Reuters) - Jewish groups protested on Monday after a Spanish reggae festival canceled a concert by an American Jewish reggae singer Matisyahu when he failed to reply to a demand to clarify his position on Palestinian statehood. Reports are that he will be replaced by reggae singer, Etana

Matisyahu, who fuses reggae, hip-hop and rock with Jewish influences in his songs, had been due to perform next Saturday at the week-long Rototom Sunsplash reggae festival at Benicassim near Valencia in eastern Spain.

But after pressure from the local supporters of the movement to boycott and back sanctions against Israel over its policies towards Palestinians, the organizers announced over the weekend that they were cancelling his appearance.

etana-photo-3.jpg"Rototom Sunsplash, after having repeatedly sought dialogue in the face of the artist's unavailability to give a clear statement against war and on the right of the Palestinian people to their own state, has decided to cancel the concert," they said in a statement.

The Spanish Federation of Jewish Communities condemned the decision as cowardly, unjust and discriminatory, saying that Matisyahu had been asked to take a political position because he was Jewish when this was not required of other performers.

World Jewish Congress President Ronald Lauder expressed outrage at the decision, urging Spanish authorities "to take appropriate action against those responsible for it."

Matisyahu, whose real name is Matthew Miller, made no comment on the controversy on his Twitter or Facebook sites and the organizers said there had been no reaction from the musician, who had a concert scheduled in Brussels on Monday.

The Valencia section of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) campaign had launched a public campaign for Matisyahu's performance to be canceled, saying he was a "lover of Israel" and demanding he make a public statement on his stance on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

The BDS movement, which objects to Israel's 48-year-old occupation of territories where Palestinians seek an independent state, has campaigned against groups and individuals over their links to Israel.

The moves against Matisyahu had led some other participants to cancel their appearances at the festival, according to press reports.





Men held wth over 100 M-16 rounds in car

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police-cars.jpgPolice in St Elizabeth seized more than 100 M16 rounds of ammunition and took two men into custody in Santa Cruz, Tuesday afternoon.

Reports say police were conducting a spot check on Institution Drive (referred to locally Back Street), when they stopped a white Toyota Corolla with two men in the vehicle.

A search of the car uncovered the ammunition in the trunk.

The police are investigating.





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The hurricane season in Jamaica, officially runs from June 1 to November 30. The Caribbean and the Atlantic region generally experience few or no storms during the first two months (June and July) of the season. However, the latter portion of the season is regarded as the most active part of the season. The most active months are September and October.

This is also Jamaica's primary rainy season, with month average rainfall generally exceeding 200mm. During the hurricane season, we provided accurate and early forecasting of storms and their impact on the region.





tropical-depression.jpgTropical Depression Four has formed in the eastern Atlantic, and is forecast to strengthen into Tropical Storm Danny over the next 24 hours, approximately.

The National Hurricane Center says Danny could become a hurricane by late Thursday or Friday.

This is the first active tropical depression or named storm in the Atlantic since for more than a month.

According to the Weather Channel, it will take at least a week for the weather system to reach the Leeward Islands, but "over the next couple of days, it's actually moving into a pretty favourable area for development," and could become "at least a tropical storm, if not a low end hurricane, before we get to this weekend."





Rogue cop caught in sting

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An alleged corrupt cop who engaged undercover detectives in a struggle while being apprehended has been shot and injured in Willowdene, St Catherine.

It's reported that about 6 p.m yesterday, the sting operation was set up to catch the policeman collecting money from a man whose car he had seized.

According to reports, after the policeman was caught accepting the money, detectives from the Major Organised Crime Investigation Agency approached him and identified themselves.The policeman then attempted to escape. He was pursued and a tussle reportedly ensued during which he was shot.

The policeman managed to escape but later turned up at hospital with a gunshot wound where he was treated and released into the custody of the police.

The Independent Commission of Investigations (INDECOM) is now probing the shooting.





police-cars.jpgAs more details have emerged about Monday afternoon's foiled robbery outside National Commercial Bank in Black River St. Elizabeth, by a policeman, voices are crying shame and disgrace on the constable.

Senior detectives assigned to the St. Elizabeth Police Division have widened their probe, as it has now been confirmed that the suspect involved in the robbery is one of their own - a police constable assigned to a Corporate Area police division.

According to official police reports, about 1:50 yesterday afternoon the constable attempted to rob a Chinese businessman of a bag containing five million dollars in cash. The businessman was about to enter the bank make a lodgement when he was pounced on by a man armed with a gun.

A security guard at the bank intervened shortly after and shot the man in the right knee. Police were quick on the scene and accosted the man who was wearing false locks. YardFlex was on the scene and captured video footage of the cop as he was bundled into a police pick-up.

At the time of the attempted robbery the lawman was on sick leave.

Investigators are trying to determine the origin of the two weapons seized in the aftermath of the foiled robbery. A pistol fell from the would-be robber, and during a search of his person, a revolver, believed to be a police service pistol, was found in his waist band.

According to DSP Wade, investigations are ongoing to determine if there were other accomplices, and whether the constable was linked to similar crimes.





morgan-freeman-and-granddaughter-edena-hines.jpgActor Morgan Freeman on Sunday announced the death of his granddaughter, Edena Hines, 33, who New York City police said was found fatally stabbed near her residence.

Police responded to a 911 call just before 3 a.m. EDT on Sunday and found a woman later identified as Hines lying in the street in the Harlem section of New York, said police spokesman George Tsourovakas. She had suffered multiple stab wounds to the torso and was taken by ambulance to a hospital and then pronounced dead, he said.

Police took a man, 30, into custody and he was also transferred to a hospital, Tsourovakas said. His name, condition and any relationship to Hines was not released and the stabbing remains under investigation, he said.

The stabbing occurred on West 162nd Street on the same block where Hines lived, according to the police report on the incident.

Hines was an actor, writer and acting instructor in New York, according to her website.

"I want to acknowledge the tremendous outpouring of love and support my family has received regarding the tragic and senseless passing of my granddaughter Edena Hines," Freeman said in a posting on his Facebook page. "Thank you from the bottom of my heart."

Hines was Freeman's step-granddaughter but he never referred to her as that, Freeman publicist Stan Rosenfield said in an email.





Rihanna puts NBA player on blast

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rihanna-and-matt-barnes.jpgRihanna straight out put NBA player Matt Barnes on blast for all of her 24.5 million followers to see after the athlete said some things that she wasn't down with.

Dating rumors between the two sparked a while ago after the Memphis Grizzlies player made it clear that he was feelin' the Barbados beauty. He made her his #WCW (Woman Crush Wednesday) on Instagram a few months ago, and would flirted with her over Twitter a couple years ago when she sat courtside at his Lakers games.

His ex-wife Gloria Govan even reportedly gave her stamp of approval-as long as she got hooked up with concert tickets-so when asked about what's really going on with him and RiRi, Barnes told TMZ that they're "just past the crush stage."

Rihanna seems to disagree.

The singer posted a screenshot of Barnes from the TMZ video and included a caption full of hashtags that not only dissed him, but claimed he was lying about everything.

"#bishwhere #thedevilisaliar #shesnotthatintoyou #shesnotintoyouatall #shesneverevenmetyou #thisactuallyhurtmyfeelings #defamationofcharacter," she wrote.

Weeks ago, she was linked romantically to soccer star Karim Benzema, however, a source recently told E! News that "Karim is fading out and it looks like Rihanna has only one guy on her mind, and that's Lewis [Hamilton]," adding that she is taking it slow and has not put a "label" on them yet.

The two sparked romance rumors earlier this month when they were seen together at the annual Grand Kadooment Day carnival in her native Barbados.





Blue-haired Shebada says he's 'beautiful'

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shebada-beautiful.jpg'"He's so beautifulllll..."

Beautiful' is an adjective normally used to describe females. But that was the word male actor Shebada used to describe himself on Facebook, as he posed up in a plaid shirt dress, blue hair and shades.

"Don't hate me because I am beautiful. Hate your man cuz him will neva be me," actor, Keith 'Shebada' Ramsay posted

The actor's very successful theatrical production, 'Bashment Granny 3' is currently playing at the Green Gables theatre in Kingston and he has a new clothing line on the horizon





Artiste apologises to fans for missing show

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aidonia-photo-3.jpgThe management team for Dancehall artiste, Aidonia, has issued an apology to the organisers, sponsors, and patrons of the Digicel Pagee Fisherman Beach in Port Maria.

The apology says the dancehall entertainer who was booked as the headline entertainer for the event on August 12, was present at the venue but was unable to perform due circumstances beyond his control after he fell ill.

It further states that Aidonia was taken to the hospital after efforts to assist him were unsuccessful.

The promoter, Mr. Anderson confirmed that he was refunded of all monies paid to the artiste. Aidonia is currently at home recovering.





Reggae singer films music video in Brazil

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dj-waldiney-and-richie-stephens-in-brazil.jpgAward winning reggae singer Richie Stephens has just wrapped production of a new music video for his single 'Knock Knock Knock' in Sao Luis, the capital and largest city of the Brazilian state of Maranhao.

The success of the song in Brazil inspired the singer to shoot the video with a local production crew. The video is currently being edited and will be available soon.

Prior to embarking on a mini tour of Brazil, Stephens got word that 'Knock Knock Knock' was a massive hit there. But as the old Chinese proverb says 'Hearing a hundred times is not as good as seeing once' and the proof was revealed when he arrived in Sao Luis for the first time on August 6th.

"I was pleasantly surprised by the popularity of the song and how it had taken off on its out strength" the singer gushed.

"I could not believe fans recognized me everywhere I went. They obviously had heard the song but only seen my picture on Facebook and youtube. I went to a couple of parties and when they played the song, oh my...everybody start dancing and singing word for word. The response was amazing" he said.

He later confessed that he was so overwhelmed by the experience that when he got to the hotel he shed a few tears.

"These things don't happen to you everyday so I thanked father God for my blessings. Tears came to my eyes" he said.

On his arrival in Brazil, he was whisked off to Rádio Mirante, FM 96.1 in Sao Luis to do an interview with radio jock Waldiney who was the first to play the song on the radio.

"I have to thank DJ Waldiney from Reggae Point radio for making the song a massive hit in Brazil. He is one of the top radio jocks and the first to play it on radio here. I have to big him up in a special way" the singer noted.

While in Brazil, Stephens headlined four shows - two in Sao Luis and two in Belem, the capital and largest city of the state of Para.

"It's a very big song here in Brazil and that's the reason we booked him for this tour" concert promoter Maria Riana said.

"The turnout for the shows was much better than expected. In some places we were able to pull 3,000 patrons. In other places, 4,000 people came to see Richie alone. Its really worked for every one involved" she reiterated.

Asked about the success of 'Knock Knock Knock' in Brazil, when it is hardly played in Jamaica, Stephen explained, "For what I have observed, reggae music from the 70's is what they love here in Brazil. They are into singers like Gregory Issacs, John Holt, Jimmy Cliff and Dennis Brown. 'Knock Knock Knock' has a taste of that smooth 70's sound. In fact it was recorded on that 70's rhythm that Horace Andy recorded 'Love Of A Woman' which is popular here. It may creep up on Jamaica like what OMI did with 'Cheerleader'" he said.





crime-scene-7.jpgThe Clarendon Police are keeping a close watch on sections of the parish, following an upsurge of violence on the weekend. Four persons were killed in the parish in a series of shootings which began on Saturday night.

In the most recent incident one person was killed and another was hospitalised, following a shooting Sunday evening in May Pen. Details on the shooting were not readily available.

In Frankfield one man was shot dead, after ten Saturday night. Investigators responded to reports of gunfire in section of the community, known as Railway, where they saw the body of a man.

A short time later, while processing that scene, gunmen struck again, leaving one man dead in Osbourne Store. The victim was among a group of men playing dominoes when armed men opened fire on them.

Another man was shot and injured in Content while having a drink with his friends on Sunday night. He's in critical condition.

In yet another incident, a businessman is battling for life, after he was shot in the head on Sunday, while opening his store in Effortville.

On Sunday morning the police were called to the Halse Hall main road where the body of a man was found with stab wounds.





Jamaican team feted by Japan

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japan-send-off-for-team-jamaica.jpgThe Jamaican team for the 2015 World Championships in Beijing, China, was today feted by the Japanese during a send-off ceremony at the Tottori Civic Hall in Tottori, Japan.

The team, which has been in Japan for a 10-day pre-World Championship training camp, received tokens and were entertained by their hosts.

Special-needs children presented team members with token paper medals, which they made, and they were entertained by World number one karate expert, Rika Usami.

Tottori High school band also played Jamaica's National Anthem during the send-off.

The training camp is slated to end on August 18, ahead of the August 22 start to the World Championships.





Jamaican pilot jailed in Quatar heads home

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pilot-in-jail-quatar-paul-stephens.jpgPaul Stephens, the Jamaican pilot who has been serving a five-year prison sentence in the Middle Eastern country of Qatar, is on his way home.

Judie O'Sullivan, a Jamaican who has been assisting Stephens, saidhe left Qatar yesterday and would be travelling to Jamaica through London, England.O'Sullivan said the west Kingston resident sent her a message as he made his way to the airport, saying he was happy to be leaving Qatar.

"When he was ready to go to the airport, his emergency travel documents were not there as yet. What Qatar Airways did was that they just revalidated the ticket," she explained.

"He said he is going to fight his cause because he is innocent," she said.

According to the official judgment, in the Primary Court of Qatar, Stephens was convicted for having sexual intercourse with a female knowing that she was under the age of 16 and sentenced to five years' imprisonment to be followed by deportation.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade said Stephens was arrested in Qatar in November 2008 and charged for a serious offence.

"He confessed to the charge and was found guilty by the Primary Court (court of first instance) in November 2012 and sentenced to five years' imprisonment, to be followed by deportation," the foreign ministry said.

"Following his conviction on 28th November 2012, he was taken into custody in January 2013 to begin his custodial sentence. He filed an appeal ... . His conviction was upheld by the appeal court in April 2013. A further appeal to the Court of Cassation (final court) was denied in December 2013," the ministry said.

Stephens recently received a pardon after spending more than three years in prison. O'Sullivan claimed to have visited Qatar and collected court records indicating discrepancies in the case.

"It is a false accusation because they could not convict him, and what they were saying were all lies against him. The judges kept changing and they decided to put something on him," O'Sullivan asserted.





Antiguan businessman missing in Jamaica

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Forty seven-year-old businessman Raphael Hendricks, who is a citizen of St Kitts, has been missing since Friday, July 24, 2015.

He is of dark complexion, stout build, about 170 centimetres (5 feet 7 inches) tall, and sports a low-cut hairstyle.

Reports are that Hendricks has been in the island since May 2015 and gave Four Paths, Clarendon, as his temporary residence. Efforts by relatives to contact him have proven futile.

Anyone knowing the whereabouts of Raphael Hendricks is being asked to contact the May Pen police at 902-9850, police 119 emergency number, or the nearest police station.





Over 1000 pounds of ganja seized at wharf

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ganja-seized.jpgOver 1000 pounds of ganja valued at $2.7 million have been seized by the police.

The contraband was seized at the Kingston Wharves, Newport West, on Saturday morning.

The police say about 9 a.m., security personnel called the Narcotics police to assist in the search for a container that they were unable to find. The container was subsequently found with six parcels containing nearly 74 pounds of ganja.

Investigators say the container, which arrived in the island on August 7 from the United States, was destined for The Netherlands.

The discovery led the police to another container, which had 10 large duffle bags. A search of the bags revealed 262 parcels containing approximately 1,000 and 22 pounds of ganja. The container had arrived in Jamaica on July 26 from China and was scheduled to depart for Suriname.

The police did not say whether any arrests were made in connection with the drug finds.





peter-phillips-photo-1.jpgFinance Minister Dr. Peter Phillips definitely hinted that a general election could be called sometime this year, as he reminded the faithfuls to "put a little oil in your lamp".

Speaking at St. Mary High School on Sunday at the Central St. Mary constituency conference in Highgate, he reminided Party supporters that the constitution requires an election of a new government every five years .

"Coming in September will mark the fourth Conference since the last general election, and I would say to anyone with a lamp, put a little oil in your lamp," he stressed.

He used that anticipated milestone to stir the enthusiasm of Party members and supporters: " Get ready! Are you ready, for Comrade Portia SImpson Miller to call the trumpet once again?" he asked.





JPS to reduce electricity bills this month

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jps-bill.jpgWhat with back-to-school and the sky high cost of books, not to mention the price of food at the market, the JPS announcement that there will be a decrease in light bills for August is definitely our pick for YardFlex's 'Good News' Feature.

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Jamaica Public Service (JPS) announced on Monday that customers will benefit from a seven per cent drop in their bills this month. This is due to the company passing on savings from reduced fuel prices to customers.

The Fuel and IPP charge for August is J$14.47, doiwn from the J$16.76 per kilowatt hour applied to July bills.

Winsome Callum, JPS Corporate Communication Manager, explained that the fuel charge on electricity bills changes each month, depending on the cost of oil purchased to produce electricity.

"We are actually seeing savings that result in a seven per cent reduction on the average residential customer's elecricity bill. This is very good news for us because we do know that the cost of electricity is at the top of our customers' minds," she said.





ANTIGUA: Ban on importation of plastic bags

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plastic-bags.jpgThe Antigua and Barbuda government has announced a ban on the importation of plastic bags into the country.

Health Minster Molwyn Joseph said the ban would come into effect on January 1 next year and would involve all plastic bags, except for those used for garbage collection and disposal.

"January 1, 2016 was established as a ban to allow for further consultation across the board and to give the business establishments the opportunity to prepare for the transition," Joseph said.

He said the Ministry of Health would further prohibit the use of plastic bags by mid 2016 and during the period, the authorities will be working with partners in the private sector to find alternatives. Joseph said that the government would be willing to waive duties and other taxes to assist the private sector as they seek alternatives to the use of plastic bags.





Ganja brownies anyone?

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ganja-brownies.jpgBaker of the ganja brownies, Yah I is thankful for the "liberation" of the marijuana, with recent amendments to the law allowing persons to carry a small amount of the herb without being arrested.

The baker, artist, community motivator, and herbalist who hails from Lodge in St Ann is now seeking to make his ganja brownies into a profitable business venture.

"We have a recipe (just like how Kentucky has their secret recipe) wha we naa give to nobody until we set up an entity with a licence and labelled name. We're in the process of working on it," Yahi I said of his marijuana-flavoured brownies.

"Brownie is a cake that is made from the manifestation of the marijuana, which is transformed into oil, and we combine the oil with the chocolate. We buy Danish chocolate, or French vanilla, or cherry, and we integrate those and make an awesome taste," Yah I explained to Rural Xpress.

Yah I describes the brownie as a "happy cake" that is marketed for adults 18 years and over and which is good for the body.

"We have been eating all our lives just to fill our stomach. Now, the brownie cake is also for filling, but it leaves the internal atmosphere with a happy feeling. We're now having a happy food, so we call it the happy cake."

"We have elders with epilepsy, elders with chronic pain, elders with asthma, who are endorsing the cake and having release (relief) full time. So we give thanks that we could represent these things in this time and represent Rastafari."

Most of his support, however, reportedly comes from visitors who travel through Lodge to reach White River Valley, where attractions such as Wata Land and Blue Hole are located.





Little Hero set to score with new song

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little-hero.jpgMany people know Little Hero as a hardcore deejay who has been on the scene from the days of Courney Cole and the Roof talent show in Ocho Rios,St Ann.

Well since over 20 years now Little Hero have charted several hits to his credit.One thing for sure is that he wanted to have a few hits by the end of 2015. So far he have recently released three songs which look likely to put him in the limelight.

The songs are Born as a Husler,Hold On,and Love Life. All these songs are getting heavy rotation on all major radio stations across Jamaica.Over the years he has released songs such as Inna De Ghetto,No More War and Prayer Time, all popular songs which caused him to tour England,USA and several Caribbean islands.

Christened Paul Gayle ,he hails from Farm Town in St Ann and is loved by many due to his easy going style.





yahba-jus-wicked.jpgThe year 2015 marks 40 years since legendary keyboard king, Jackie Mittoo wrote the single Everyday Sunshine, the lead track from the Tony Stines-produced album, Yahba - Jus' Wicked. Mittoo must surely be smiling in keyboard heaven to see that the single, now recorded by Orville 'Bagga' Case, is steadily gaining traction on the Jamaica Music Countdown chart.

Now in its seventh week on the chart, Everyday Sunshine is sitting at number 15, up one place from the previous week. All indications are that this single is headed for a Top 5 slot. The album, not to be outdone, stormed the Jamaica Music Countdown Album Chart, where it peaked at # 3 after nine weeks.

The 13-track album includes love songs, a wedding song and more for the music palate. Pam Hall's background vocals make a great blend with lead singer, Orville 'Bagga' Case on most of the tracks. The talent that was brought together for the album is second to none, including the noted creativity of engineer Stephen Stewart.

The tracks for Yahba - Jus' Wicked were recorded at Harry J Studio, Fab 5 Studio and Mixing Lab in Kingston.

The 'Jus Wicked' album is recommended for music lovers who enjoy relaxing to groovy melodies. It highlights the talent and energy of Jamaicans who made the reggae music industry great, giving it the accent it needs right now.





gully-bop-and-shauna-chin-photo-3.jpgShauna Chin, manager and fiancee of dancehall artiste Gully Bop says she didn't even know when or where or how an interview during which Bop makes a plea to the US for the return of her visa came about.

"Is so Bop stay," she told YardFlex in an exclusive interview. "I guess he was just feeling dejected because I have a situation and am unable to travel to the US. And he knows that if I were there with when he goes on those shows then things would be much better for him," Chin explained.

Bop wants the US to forgive her wrongdoings. "Mi waah ask the government inna di country, weh mi deh right now, fi just forgive her fi anything weh she do inna America," he said in the interview.

"She neva kill nuh body a America, she neva shoot nuh body, she nah sell nuh crocos bag a drugs. She young, man, so mi a beg America government fi even give her a chance."

However, social-media users have put the entertainer on blast for making such a request.

"He sounded like an uneducated fool, I swear, mi lose awfa him," said one user.

Others attacked Chin, stating that she was only using Bop's spotlight to gain attention. Other users were angry with Bop for making what many dubbed a 'stupid request'. Their anger was further fueled when Bop made mention of reggae artiste Chronixx during the interview.

Bop called the Here Comes Trouble singer a "careless artiste". He made reference to Chronixx allegedly calling Obama a 'wasteman' earlier this year.

"Yuh come inna my country and one likkle careless artiste a go seh sup'n bout yuh," he said. "Mek Jamaica people tell yuh how mi deal wid him. Mi deal wid him wicked cuz him bright and outta order."





Inner Circle To Tour US West Coast

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inner-circle.jpgDays after the end of a three-week European tour, Inner Circle band will tour the US West Coast, starting at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas today. Inner Circle will kick off a short string of performances called the One Love Reggae Revolution tour.

The tour, which ends on August 23, will include stops in Nevada, Arizona, California, Oregon, Canada, and Washington. Highlights include select dates with Gonzo of Tribal Seeds and a performance at Los Angeles' famed Hollywood Bowl for a celebration of Bob Marley's 70th birthday alongside Ziggy Marley, Stephen 'Ragga' Marley, The Skatalites, and others.

"I really wish the tour would not be so little, but since we are not Slightly Stoopid or Rebelution, or SOJA, we can only make it little. The baton has been passed to these new reggae soldiers and they are doing very well," Roger Lewis of Inner Circle said.

Lewis pointed out the importance of mentorship, and passing on knowledge to these younger artistes.

"Like the old Chinese proverb says, 'If you want to know what's going on down the road, ask a man who is coming from down there and he can tell you'. And after that you can make your assessment of what the vibe and the climate is. Everything is vibes and climate. In telling of the past, you may not feel what the climate was ... . I can tell you about Bob Marley, but you had to be there to feel the climate and the electricity. However, you can still feel the echo of it today," he said.

"Now Inner Circle is vibing with the Kabaka Pyramids and the Jesse Royals and the Bambaatas, you know, the youths coming up. We learn and they learn. They like to hear some of the old vibe of where Jamaica came from and where reggae music comes from," Lewis said.





Reasoning, Dance For Garvey Lecture

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marcus-garvey-photo-1.jpgOn Monday, August 17, Liberty Hall will host the annual Marcus Garvey Lecture, in collaboration with the Jamaica Music Museum. It takes the form of a reasoning session and dance named Reviving the Beat: Liberty Hall as Blues Dance Hall. It will be held at 76 King Street, downtown Kingston, beginning at 9:30 a.m.

Research reveals that 76 King Street was a venue for dances from as early as 1939 and well into the 1960s and '70s, as well as a venue for boxing.

Niney the Observer, John Bird and many others, including women, will tell their stories about dances they attended at Liberty Hall, as well as the professional boxing matches that were held there.

The reasoning session will be moderated by director/curator of the Jamaica Music Museum, Herbie Miller and Dr Carolyn Cooper from the UWI, Mona campus.

Director/curator of Liberty Hall, Dr Donna McFarlane, is urging everyone who remembers coming to Liberty Hall 'back in the day' to come back and share stories of their time at the venue, in particular the music they came to hear, how long the dances lasted and their preparation to attend.

She said it is important for the archives to have information about what Liberty Hall was like as a dance venue; the connection between Garvey, Liberty Hall, and reggae's development; and the important role 76 King Street played in the life of downtown Kingston, even after Garvey's death in 1940. The reasoning will be professionally recorded and made available to users of the library.





4 funeral homes burnt in downtown

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funeral-home-burns.jpgFour funeral homes were burnt down in downtown Kingston just before dawn on Thursday.

The cause of the fire has not yet been officially ascertained by the fire brigade but early indications are that arson may have been a factor.

The four homes are House of Love, Davis Funeral Home, Norman's Funeral Home and Twilight Funeral Home.

All four are located close to the intersection of North and King Streets.

Firefighters said they received a distress call about 2:51 am and sped to the scene. However, despite their efforts, the fire badly destroyed the buildings. The extent of the loss has not yet been tallied.





JUTC bus crashes in gully

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jutc-bus-grants-pen-gully.jpgThe big question is how on earth did the bus end up in the gully.

lice and curious onlookers were open-mouthed after a Jamaica Urban Transit Company bus ended up in a gully at Grants Pen in St Andrew on Thursday morning.

The bus, which was on its way to pick up JUTC staff members, ended up in a section of the gully close to the intersection of Barbican Road and Grants Pen Road, at sometime after 2am.

"IT is very mysterious how the bus could have ended up in the gully. It is very strange. I cannot work out how the bus got there," one cop who was on the scene told Loop News.

The driver of the bus sustained head and shoulder injuries, and was taken to hospital with the help of members of the Grants Pen community.

One resident suggested that JUTC drivers aren't getting enough rest. Earlier this week, a JUTC bus mowed down and killed a vendor in downtown Kingston.





Brave cop shoots attacker in downtown ambush

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The brave action of a cop in downtown, Kingston resulted in him fending off two attackers who attempted to ambush him as he made his way to work.

The cop was walking along Barry Street at around 7:00 pm to start his duties at the Darling Street Police Station when the two men attacked him. A shootout ensued and the cop shot one of his attackers.

Police then flooded the area and one of the attackers was found with a gunshot wound on Matthews Lane. He was taken in to custody.

The police are now searching for the other attacker.





The police in Clarendon, have launched a manhunt for a group of men who abducted and killed a St Catherine businessman, Glendon Rose, 49, in the parish late Thursday.

It's reported that Rose travelled to Clarendon to evaluate a piece of property in Hopefield district. However, shortly after nine o'clock, he was attacked by four armed men. The men forced him into his Black Toyota Fortuna motor vehicle and drove off. Shortly after 11pm. the police received a call that a body was seen lying along the Sandy Bay main road.

Eyewitnesses reportedly told the cops that they saw Rose jump from the vehicle.

However, the gunmen also alighted and shot him several times.

The police are asking anyone who has seen the Black Toyota Fortuna vehicle with the licence plate 9372 GH to contact them.





US reopens embassy in Cuba

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us-reopens-embassy-in-cuba.jpgThe United States on Friday reopened its embassy in Cuba more than 54 years after it was closed, in a symbolic step underlining the warming of relations between both countries.

John Kerry, the first US Secretary of State to visit Cuba in 70 years, presided over the ceremony in Havana. The US flag was presented by the same US marines who brought it down in 1961.

Cuba reopened its embassy in Washington last month. But issues remain, with Cuban leader Fidel Castro blasting the US for not lifting its trade embargo.

In an open letter on Thursday, in state newspaper Granma to mark his 89th birthday, Mr Castro said the US owed Cuba millions of dollars because of its 53-year-long embargo.

Kerry, speaking during the ceremony, described the hoisting of the flag as a "historic moment." He stressed, however, that the US would not stop pressing for political change in Cuba. "The people of Cuba would be best served by a genuine democracy, where people are free to choose their leaders," he told a crowd of hundreds gathered outside the embassy building.

He conceded nevertheless that US policies have not always led to democracy. "Cuba's future is for Cubans to shape," he stressed.

Three retired marines who lowered the American flag for the last time on 4 January 1961 handed it over to marines to raise it once again in Havana as the American national anthem played.

Cuban leader Raul Castro and US President Barack Obama agreed to restore ties in December last year. While trade and travel restrictions have been relaxed, the Republican-led US Congress has not lifted the trade embargo the US imposed on Cuba in 1960.Cuba has long maintained that the embargo - which it calls a blockade - is hugely damaging to its economy.

In his open letter, Fidel Castro said Cuba was committed to "good will and peace in our hemisphere" but added: "We will never stop fighting for the peace and welfare of all human beings, regardless of the colour of their skin and which country they come from."

Fidel Castro led his country from the Cuban Revolution, in 1959, until 2006, when he stood down because of undisclosed health problems. He passed on power to his younger brother, Raul, who embarked on a number of economic reforms.





West Kingston cops dig out two AK 47s from yard

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west-kingston-police-recover.jpgThe West Kingston Police on Friday, seized two high powered rifles that were found buried on premises along Regent Street in Denham Town.

Head of the West Kingston Police Division, Superintendent Cornwall "Bigga" Ford reported that the cops used a backhoe to dig up the weapons - two AK47s.

ak-47-stock.jpgSeveral rounds of ammunition were also found in the operation.

He said over the past two weeks the police have been using the backhoe to search for weapons believed to be buried in the Denham Town area and surrounding communities.





Big shooting in Cross Roads market; 1 killed

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Vendors and shoppers had to scamper for cover as guns blazed in the Cross Roads Market on Wednesday evening.

One man was killed in the incident. He has been identified as 21-year-old Akeem Rose.

Police report that two men on a motorcycle rode up to the market and shot two vendors. Rose died on the spot while the other man was shot in the leg.

The Cross Roads Market is mere metres away from the Cross Roads police station.





boil-advisory.jpgIn light of the continuing drought, Director of Health Promotion and Protection in the Ministry of Health, Dr. Sonia Copeland, has issued a public health advisory.

Dr. Copeland is urging everyone to treat water before use, especially water collected from untreated sources, such as rivers, streams and other waterways. She warns that, due to the drought, several persons are now collecting and storing water for domestic use from various sources.

She is therefore advising members of the public to ensure all the necessary precautions are followed before consuming the water from untreated sources, as it may not be safe for consumption. Treatment includes adding bleach, and boiling.

The Ministry warns that water should also be treated before making drinks, washing fruits and vegetables, making ice, preparing food and washing dishes and utensils.





Man was killed and three others, including two female foreign nationals, were injured during a shooting incident in Bitwell, Hanover early Thursday morning.

The dead man has been identified as 22-year-old Vinton Campbell, who resides in Bitwell.

The other three injured persons were admitted to hospital in critical condition and doctors are now battling to save their lives.

Police report that the four were travelling in a Mini Cooper motorcar when it blocked the path of a white car on a narrow section of road.

A male passenger alighted from the white vehicle and opened fire shooting all four, killing Campbell on the spot.





















TRINIDAD & TOBAGO: Greater fire power for cops

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greater-fire-power-for-trini-cops.jpgThe Trinidad & Tobago Police Service (TTPS) is beefing up the fire power of its personnel.

The Police Service recently signed a multi-million dollar deal with a firm to equip all police officers with some of the latest hi-tech guns to match the fire power of some of the criminals they are now confronting.

The Trinidad Guardian has reported that two of the main guns to be purchased include the SIG (Zig )PRO and the SIG (ZIG) Sauer P226 Pistol.

The latter-will be assigned to every "ordinary" police officer in the Trinidad & Tobago Police Service, while the SIG PRO will be assigned to officers in the Special Branch Unit.

According to the newspaper, Special Branch has already been issued with new firearms. That particular weapon is used by counter-terrorism specialist firearms officers

Social and Welfare Association President Anand Ramesar said the acquisition of new guns for officers was long overdue.

Mr. Ramesar told the Trinidad Guardian that the Association has been clamouring for this change for a long time, and gave his total endorsement and support to the Commissioner of Police on the initiative.

He said some of the guns being used by the TTPS date as far back as the early 1970s.





human-trafficking.jpgA third staff member at Cayman Airways has been arrested for human smuggling.

Police say the 30 year-old woman, from Georgetown, was taken into custody on Monday, and is being questioned by detectives.

Last week, two other employees of the airline were arrested, in a joint operation, involving police, immigration and international agencies.

The allegations concern foreign nationals, legitimately living in Cayman, using false documents to leave the country.

On Friday, Cayman Airways said it was fully cooperating with the authorities, adding operations were not affected in anyway.





Karamanti has just been added to the 'World A Reggae' show which is being hosted by Sizzla's Youth Foundation in August Town on Sunday, August 16th, 2015. The event is a live band show which will feature several emerging and established acts.

This show will be the second stop for Karamanti who is now a part of the Conscious Reggae Party Summer Tour. Her first appearance on the tour was Jamaica's Independence Celebration in Morant Bay, St.Thomas on August 6th. Karamanti was added to the tour as a means of campaigning and promoting her latest song/video 'Fake Rasta.' After completing the Conscious Reggae Party Summer Tour in early September, Karamanti will then head off to Denmark to kick off her 2015 Europe Winter Tour. Anyone wanting to work with her should send an email to bookings@karamantimusic.com.

Watch the official video for 'Fake Rasta'





mello-vibes.jpgZen Enterprise Incorporated partnered with GLK Entertainment the promoters for old hits parties, popularly known in Jamaica as 'Mello Vibes' to host the stalwart event in New York City. Mello Vibes NYC was launched at the Zen Hibachi Lounge in Queens on Tuesday August 4, 2015. The oldies theme could not go unnoticed as it was markedly presented on entrance through a number of hostesses clad in Afro coiffures, bell-sleeved dresses, metallic shorts and marvelously lit eyeglasses.

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The night was spectacular as the colors worn by the females complemented the Bartenura "out of the blue" experience. Companies such as Hair Exquisite highlighted their products and hair brand, knowingly as hairstyles were a highlight of the 80s and 90s style era. The accentuating flavors of the sweet sparkling ethereal of Bartenura Moscato, and Exclusiv Vodca spoiled the guests with satiating mixes. The lounge was filled with media houses, media personalities and special invited guests awaiting a night as scintillating as the mixes.

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As the launch kicked off DJ Noah the host for the night played popular Jamaican musical hits, held the attention of all present with his contagious personality and gave the audience more than they bargained for when he performed his own tracks. Spragga Benz the main act for the night, stirred the audience into a frenzy during his performance of his songs from the 90's and 2000's but not before Briggy Benz set the stage with his new hit single, "Get Gal Easy" a Notnice and Zen Enterprise Production. DJ Norie continued with his musical assault "shellin" musical bombs from the 90's and 2000's paying homage to the 90's forerunner Spragga Benz during his set.

The promoters promise that the launch was just a preview of what to expect inside the Amazura Concert Hall on Saturday, August 29th. The patrons would have yet to experience a Mello Vibes like this before. With assistance from sponsors Bartenura, Exclusiv Vodca, Rose Chiropractic, HOS Images, Irie Jam Media, Hair Exquisite, Caution Events and The Door Restaurant the energy will not only be mello but memorable.





Cops hold man in Portmore fuel seizure

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A man has been taken into custody following Tuesday's seizure of several containers of fuel by the Marine Police in Edgewater, Portmore in St. Catherine.

Reports indicate that about 5:50 pm, a team from the Marine police was on patrol when they saw a group of men loading drums onto a fishing vessel at the Causeway Fishing Village.

During a search of the vessel, five 50 gallon drums of gasoline; seventeen 15 gallon drums of gasoline and five buckets of two stroke oil - a special type of motor oil were found.

The police say a compartment on the 33 foot fibre glass fishing boat was also reconfigured to carry approximately 2,000 litres of gasoline.





emil-george.jpgEmil George, the Queen's Counsel, who became most popular as the chairman of the Manatt-Dudus Commission of Enquiry has died.

George, also a former Senator, died this morning at the Medical Associates Hospital in St. Andrew.

It's understood he had been battling cancer for some time.

Christopher Bovell, a partner at DunnCox where George had been a senior partner and consultant, said the company regrets his passing.

Bovell says George had been a great asset to the firm and to the legal fraternity.





NWC customers to receive water every third day

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water-restrictions-photo-1.jpgSome customers in the Corporate Area will begin to experience further water restrictions starting Wednesday.

As announced on Monday, customers supplied by the Mona and Hope filter systems will now receive water every third day.The National Water Commission (NWC) says the restrictions will continue until there is an improvement in the supply.

The decision to implement further restrictions is due to corporate area water levels heading to critically lower levels.

The affected areas are - Mona, Mona Heights, Mountain View, Old Hope Road, New Kingston, Liguanea, August Town, Hope Flats, Papine, Gordon Town, Hope Road, Hope Pastures and its environs.





Sean Paul makes impressive return to Japan

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sean-paul-photo-6.jpgSean Paul successfully returned to Japan after a years long hiatus from the island nation.

Armed with a catalogue of hits from three albums never yet performed live in Japan, new dancers, a new band, a new set and a new lease on life, Sean stormed the shores of Japan with schedule of four live concerts in Osaka and Tokyo.

To the delight of his fans eager to see their star up close and personal, Sean Paul performed classics like Gimme The Light, We Be Burning and Get Busy. He also ignited the audiences with international hits like Give It To Me, Want Dem All and Come To Me.

Sean has also reinvented and reintroduced himself as a producer. His most recent effort, the Full Speed Riddim, is generating buzz in dancehalls from Kingston to Osaka thanks to strong cuts like Cut an Guh Tru by Bounty Killer, Ring the Alarm by Denyque and his very own Take it Low.

A travel lover to his core, Sean has taking the opportunity to have fun off stage as well. Social media delights in posting images of the Jamaican born toaster with fans at sightseeing locations around the cities in which he performs.





Reggae singer critiques his own performance

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Iley Dread (Chardavid) in performance at the JAMBANA™ One World Festival held August 2 and 3 in Toronto, Canada.

It's certainly not the norm for artistes to admit that they are disappointed with their own performance on stage and give themselves a "scrape through" grade without blaming everybody but themselves. However, reggae singer Iley Dread (Chardavid) gave an honest assessment after his performance at the international JAMBANA™ One World Festival held August 2 and 3 in Toronto, Canada.

Speaking with the press after his much anticipated debut at the Markham Fair Grounds, Ontario, the "Lovers Holiday" singer said, "I was disappointed in my performance." He added, "And I have no-one to blame but myself. The fact is that owing to logistics a rehearsal with the backing band was not scheduled, but I should have insisted or work out an alternative with the producers of the event. Although I was backed by what is undoubtedly one of the best bands out of Jamaica, it's imperative to have a rehearsal, especially if you have not worked with that particular band for many years," he explained.

There was no doubt in anybody's mind that Iley Dread (Chardavid) was on a mission to make his debut an impressive one. Armed with three back-up singers and nattily attired, the dreadlocked entertainer admitted that he was still on a high from a great performance two weeks prior at Toronto's Polson Pier, where he shared stage with the Messenjah, Luciano. The Jambana stage was set, the fans were ready and added to that senior reps from his New York-based record company, VP Records, were in attendance. However, once he touched the stage he was challenged with technical issues. He and his backup singers were unable to hear their vocals on the stage monitors added to which the synergy with the band was not at its optimum. Experience dictated that he cut his set short and make his stage exit while the crowd was still showing appreciation.

Undaunted, the singer, whose next performance is at 'JAMAICA DAY' in Ontario August 29, says there'ss a "lesson to be learned here" and wants to share with other Reggae performers. "It is very important not only to rehearse your show but also have your own sound engineer on your team who does a proper sound check and knows Reggae music performed on a live stage very well.," he advised, noting that his next concert will see him backed by his own Hard Core Band.

Iley Dread (Chardavid) thanked show promoters to Jones & Jones and VP Records for keeping the reggae fire blazing. He concluded, "The weekend was full of good music, good people and good food."





Gregory Isaacs' mother to be buried on Saturday

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gregory-isaacs-mother-enid-murray.jpgThe mother of late reggae crooner Gregory Isaacs will be laid to rest on Saturday, August 15.

Miss Enid Murray who had diabetes died some two weeks ago at the University hospital, after suffering two from strokes. She was 85 years.

The funeral service for Gregory Isaacs' mom will be held at 10 am on Saturday, at the St. Mary of the Virgin Anglican Church at the corner of Washington Boulevard and Moylnes Road.

Interment will follow at the Dovecot Memorial Park and Crematorium.





gully-bop-and-shauna-chin.jpgIn an interview with YardFlex, Shauna "Miss Chin" Chin, the fiancee of danehall sensation Gully Bop, admitted that someone could possibly be trying to "obeah" her.

This after she was in a car accident last weekend and, Mysteriously, she was the only person injured, but she was also the only one wearing a sea belt.

"How that look? Anything can go suh?" she questioned. After waking up with neck injuries, a gash in her head and other cuts and bruises, Gully Bop's fiancée and manager, Shauna Chin, now believes that someone may be trying to 'obeah' her.

Chin was involved in a serious car accident in Duncans, Trelawny, on Saturday while returning to Kingston. According to her, the other three passengers were left unscathed.

"Four of us in the car, and I was the only one wearing a seat belt. The road was dry, and just that one wet spot in the corner. I tried to press the brakes, but nothing happened. Me haffi bawl out fi the blood of Jesus. The car spin three times and flip three times. Everybody else good; is just me one injured. It make a think all type of things," she told THE STAR.

Chin added that she is one of the few individuals with Gully Bop's best interest at heart, which is why someone is deliberately trying to get rid of her.

"I have been getting a fight. This could definitely be obeah because they want to get rid of me so that Bop won't have anyone to look out for his best interests. They don't want me around Gully Bop. Me nah call no name, but some people a try get rid of me," she said.

According to Chin, she checked herself out of the hospital this morning, because she needed to get Gully Bop's affairs in order.

"They did this to slow me down, but I have to get things going for Bop. I have everything in the car, and everything flip out and the car write-off. Me caan make Bop thing drop. Me haffi make sure him good," she said.

Chin also had a few choice words for the persons she believes are responsible for her accident.

"Unuh caan stop me. Good try, but I'm covered by the blood of Jesus. Me cudda dead, but God spared me for a purpose. You can't stop what is meant to be. Me always say Jesus," she said.





Investigators in Westmoreland have launched a probe around the fatal shooting of Josephine Wolfe, a third-form student of the Manning's school, who was found yesterday morning at home with a gunshot wound to the head.

The 15-year-old was shot and killed at her home in West End Negril, Westmoreland, between Sunday night and yesterday morning.The child's mother last saw her alive sometime close to 11 pm Sunday before she went to bed. However, at about 8 am yesterday family members went to the young girls' room and saw her lying in a pool of blood.

On close observation, a gunshot wound was spotted in her head. Reports are that window blades were missing from a window to her room and that nobody else was harmed.

Josephine lived with her mother and stepfather, who according to reports had to be hospitalised following the gruesome discovery at their home.

The Manning's School community is also saddened and expressed regret at the murder of the grade-nine student. The Negril police say their investigation is ongoing and are asking anyone with information on the murder to contact them.





warmington.jpgWill the JLP please rein in parliamentarian Everald Warmington. "Mr Crude" flashed his middle finger to members of the media and party supporters as he arrived at the party's Belmont Road headquarters on Tuesday.

His disrespectful action comes just days after he publicly apologised after he was rude to a Gleaner intern and other media members. Warmington objected to his picture being taken and used his note book to shove the camera of the young journalist. He also verbally abused another reporter.

But Warmington extended the olive branch and apologised for his crass actions.

"I was in a very groggy state and I apologise to her and you all," he said on Monday.

Warmington has had constant run ins with the media and is known for his outspoken style.

The Jamaica Labour Party had expressed regret for Warmington's behaviour.





frank-gifford-and-wife-kathy-lee.jpgLegendary Monday Night Football broadcaster Frank Gifford, the husband of Today co-host Kathie Lee Gifford, died Sunday of natural causes. He was 84.

"It is with deepest sadness that we announce the passing of our beloved husband, father and friend Frank Gifford," said the Gifford Family in a statement. "Frank died suddenly on this beautiful Sunday morning of natural causes at his Connecticut home. We rejoice in the extraordinary life he was privileged to live, and we feel grateful and blessed to have been loved by such an amazing human being. We ask that our privacy be respected at this difficult time and we thank you for your prayers."

Before launching his sport casting career, Gifford spent 12 seasons with the New York Giants, making eight pro Bowl appearances and winning the MVP award in 1956.

Gifford earned an Emmy nod in 1976 (for Outstanding Sports Personality), and in '97 was a recipient of the Sports Emmys' Lifetime Achievement Award.

He played himself in a number of sports-themed sitcoms, including Spin City and Coach.





texas-man-shoots-8-dead-murderer.jpgA Texas man has been charged with capital murder after a family of six children, one of them his own son, and two adults were found shot to death in a house in Houston, officials said on Sunday.

The children ranged in age from 6 to 13. The bodies of all eight victims, some of them handcuffed, were found in three bedrooms of the house, Craig Clopton, a homicide detective with the Harris County Sheriff's office, told a news conference.

David Conley, 48, surrendered to police after a standoff at the house on Saturday night that lasted several hours, said Harris County Chief Deputy Sheriff Tim Cannon.

The dead included married couple, Valerie and Dwayne Jackson, and six children, one of them Conley's 13 year-old son Nathaniel. Conley had a prior relationship with the dead woman, and the shootings are believed to have stemmed from a domestic dispute, Cannon said.

"The mass killing and the taking of the entire family are tragic realities our community has been forced to confront all too often," Cannon said. "We do not and cannot fully comprehend the motivation of an individual that would take the lives of so many innocent people, especially the lives of the young people."

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Sheriff's deputies went to the house after a relative of one of the victims asked for a check on the family's welfare, Cannon said. They called for backup after learning that there was a man inside the home wanted for a prior aggravated assault.

When the deputies spotted the body of child through a window, they tried to force their way inside the home and were shot at before pulling back and calling for help.

Conley is being held without bond on three counts of capital murder, but each count can cover multiple offenses, officials said.

Authorities identified the children as Nathaniel Conley, 13, Honesty Jackson, 11, Dwayne Jackson, 10, Caleb Jackson, 9,

Trinity Jackson, 7, and Jonah Jackson, 6.





Chalice mourns founder Robi Peart

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chalice.jpgRobi Peart, the founder of reggae band, Chalice paswed away last week.

On August 5, the band posted the following on their Facebook page:

"Sad news today as we learned of the passing of the founder of CHALICE,...Robi Peart ...once the dynamic show man and front man of our beloved band is now on a higher plain...we will always have the music you gave us and the many adventures we shared together to keep you always in our hearts and minds..Strength and Blessings to his family."





sister-carol.jpgFoundation deejay Sister Carol is thankful and excited about her cameo role in a new Hollywood film, which also features her song, Milk N Honey, from her 1997 Grammy-nominated album Lyrically Potent,

The Tri-Star Pictures-distributed Ricki and the Flash, stars big name Hollywood actress Meryl Streep and opened across theatres in the United State on August 7

"Sister Carol has a few songs in movies like Mighty Quinn (Principle), Failure To Launch (Original Drum) and Rachel Getting Married (Dread Natty Congo), but this is the first time that they've used her song three times in a movie," said her manager, Dean Wauchope.

Sister Carol, born Carole East, described the opening day as "a good day for me". For her though, it's a bittersweet experience as it's also the day her mother was born. "My mom would have been so happy for me," she said.

Commenting on the cameo and her song being featured, she said, "All I can say is that I am thankful to the Divine Creator for it."

On IMDb website, her role is listed as 'waiting woman'. The deejay plays a small role interacting with Meryl Streep.

Ricki and The Flash is about a woman who gave up her family to become a rock star and then gets a chance to get everything back where it was. Other stars in the film are Kevin Kline and Rick Springfield.

Sister Carol, who is now in her mid-50s, hails from the west Kingston community of Denham Town. She migrated to New York at age 14 and it was there that she got involved in the thriving world of dancehall.

Among her many releases are Liberation for Africa, Black Cinderella, Oh Jah Jah, and Dread Natty Congo.





Junior Reid to release new 'Living Legend' album

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jr-reid-album-cover-2.jpgReggae singer, Junior Reid will be releasing his long-awaited studio album, 'Junior Reid: The Living Legend' on August 25.

A listening party launch complete with a live band and performances from Junior Reid and his superstar friends will be held at a venue to be announced, a release stated..

"We plan to stream the album release party, it's going to be a great night of entertainment," Junior Reid said.

Junior Reid: The Living Legend, will be the artiste's 17th album and is set to be released online for sale on platforms such as CD Baby, iTunes and his website, www.juniorreid.com.

The 19-track album will feature songs like the pop-influenced 'Love You Back', 'Never Let You Go', 'This Generation' featuring Sizzla, 'Same Boat', 'Lonely Girl' and Never Too Rough featuring Julian Marley .

Some of the producers who have worked on the album include his son Adoney Reid, Lynford 'Fatta' Marshall, James of Machete Records, producer Jervis 'Spugy' Clarke, 'Prekeh' and Junior Reid himself.

"We went for an original roots rock feel to the album, however, the lead single, 'Love You Back' has a pop-commercial feel, that is why we shot a video for the international market. The video will be released a week before the album is officially released," Reid said.





Andrew Holness big on unity

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andrew-holness-photo-3.jpg"U-N-I-T-Y ...that a unity."

In the hot seat once again and possibly fearing for his political future, Oposition Leader Andrew Holness on Sunday urged unity in his embattled Jamaica Labour Party.

Holness, whose leadership is being challenged, was speaking at a party meeting in St Elizabeth.

"Now is the time to hold hands," Holness said.

Andrew Holness has been under fire from Labourites for his laid back leadership style.

He successfully fended a challenge from Audley Shaw and effectively silenced his critics.

However he has been under constant pressure in recent times to prove his worth.





gully-bop-and-shauna-chin-photo-2.jpgGully Bop's fiancee, Shauna Chin, aka Miss Chin, is giving thanks for life after being involved in a motor vehicle accident along the Duncans Main Road in Trelawny on Saturday.

In a Youtube post, the manager of internet sensation turned -full-fledged artiste, Gully Bop, said the car got out of control lipped a few times and ended up in a ditch. She says she suffered broken bones and other injuries.

YardFlex spotted her chilling out at a private resort in Montego Bay wearing a neck brace. Get well soon.





etana-vprecords.jpgReggae singer, Etana, is stoutly defending Heavy D after the renowned artiste manager and promoter was accused by Gully Bop of being ripped off.

According to a post on Twitter, Etana said she has worked with Heavy D for years and was never robbed. In the post on her official Twitter page the strong one said "@heavyd_59 been working with you all these years never been robbed by you yet! Wouldn't lie bout that either. You a general."

Gully Bop and Heavy D have severed ties. The 50 year old entertainer in a video posted on social media made the revelation that he wants nothing to do with Heavy D or Emcee Nuffy. According to Gully Bop he has toured Europe, Canada and America and is yet to see what he has worked for.

Heavy D in his defense, issued a press release calling the Bop's claims untrue warning that legal action will be taken if Gully Bop continues to make such statements. He also suggested that we may have another Whitney Huston situation on our hands hinting that Gully Bop needs rehab.

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However, Gully Bop's fiance' Shauna Chin has since dismissed those statements saying "I am Bop's rehab. He has no drug problem. They want people to think he is a coke head, and that's not true. They are only trying to take the heat off themselves. This can affect his visa, damage his career, etc.. It's a lie and it hurt me really bad. Bop knows the type of person I am, he knows I don't condone those things. He doesn't wanna lose me, so he would not do that."





alicia-keys-and-sintra-split-aug-8.jpgAmerican R&B singer Alicia Keys looked stunning on the weekend posing in a 'Jamaica' T-shirt in a fabulous re-creation of the classic 1972 Jamaica poster girl marketing campaign run by the Jamaica Tourist Board.

The talented singer and mother of two shared a photo of herself on Instagram doing a pose captured in arguably Jamaica's most famous promotional poster.

Alicia appears in the picture standing in water and wearing a wet orange t-shirt emblazoned with the word "Jamaica" printed on it - in a similar fashion to the Trinidadian Sintra Arunte-Bronte in the popular Jamaica Tourist Board promotional poster done in 1972.

"I always wanted to redo this 1972 classic," Keys said in the caption that accompanied the photo.

The post has racked up nearly 60,000 likes since the American star shared it a few hours ago. The overwhelming majority of the comments from Jamaicans have been positive, with many expressing amazement at how stunning Keys looks.

It is unclear whether Keys is in Jamaica.





Spanking new white Benz for Ishawna from Joe

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ishawna-reggae-sumfest.jpgWhat a treat!

Joe Bogdanovich, CEO of Downsound Records, has bought a criss white Mercedes Benz for his artiste, Ishawna.

Joe note, "When girls do well, they get treates."

Same way so, Joe.

Ishawna, make sure all the papers for the Benz are in your name and that everything else PROPER.





US fugitive caught in Clarendon

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An American fugitive was arrested during a police operation in Rhoden Hall district, Clarendon on Wednesday.

He is 59-year-old Arnold Gabbidon, a farmer in the district.

Gabbidon is wanted in the United States for a host of charges including assault with intent to murder; burglary with an assault on a lawful occupant; mayhem; assault and battery by means of a dangerous weapon; and threat to commit the crime of murder.

Reports are that in 1994, Gabbidon attempted to kill his common-law wife by using a knife to cut her throat and stabbing her several times. He then allegedly left her in the house to die, she however survived the ordeal.

A warrant was then issued for his arrest on January 14, 1994, by the Superior Court for Middlesex County, within the Jurisdiction of the USA. Gabbidon however, fled to Jamaica where he has been hiding until his capture.





Wanted man held at club in Mo Bay

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A wanted man is now in custody following a special operation at a nightclub on Gloucester Avenue in Montego Bay, St. James on Friday.

Reports from the Montego Bay Police are that the accused was wanted in connection with the murder of Jermaine Jackson who was shot and killed along Gloucester Avenue, in the parish on Sunday, June 28.

It is alleged that Jackson was with friends on the road and left to purchase food at a nearby shop, when his car was intercepted by another motorcar. Unknown assailant/s allegedly alighted from that vehicle and opened fire at Jackson's motorcar. He was found with multiple gun shot wounds and was taken to hospital where he was pronounced dead.

The identity of the man in custody is being withheld pending further investigations.





Police find loaded AK 47 in yard

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ak-47-stock.jpgAn AK-47 Assault Rifle loaded with a magazine containing ten 7.62 rounds of ammunition was seized by the St. Andrew South Police on Largie Road, Kingston 11 on Friday.

Reports from the Hunts Bay Police are that, at about 10:30 pm, lawmen conducted a snap raid at a premises in the area where the weapon and ammunition were found to the rear of a building covered under bushes. The gun was subsequently seized.

No arrest was made in connection with the incident. Investigations continue.





bride.jpgHe may have agreed to t ake her for better and for worse, but for one Algerian groom, seeing his new wife without make-up was a step too far.

The husband was so shocked after seeing his bride's face the morning after their wedding that he failed to even recognise her.

He even accused her of being a thief that had broken into his house.

After realising it was in fact the woman he had married only yesterday, he decided to take her to court - accusing her inflicting 'psychological suffering' by 'cheating' him with her make-up.

The groom is now seeking $20,000 (L13,000) damages.

Newspapers in the North African Arab country said the groom swore in court that he even mistook his wife for a 'thief who came to steal his apartment', Emirates 24/7 reports.

'He said he was deceived by her as she used to fill up her face with make up before their marriage,' the papers said, quoting a court source.

'He said she looked very beautiful and attractive before marriage, but when he woke up in the morning and found that she had washed the make-up off her face, he was frightened as he thought she was a thief.





joe-jackson.jpgAccording to International Business Times on Wednesday, Joe Jackson reportedly suffered three heart attacks and a stroke after taking three Viagra pills. It was reported that while he was in Brazil to celebrate his birthday he was hospitalized the day before his $200,000 birthday party, which he did not attend. However, the party went on based on his request.

The 87-year-old patriarch of the Jackson family reportedly arrived in Brazil two weeks before his scheduled birthday party. He had been partying at numerous bars and restaurants since his arrival and was seen drinking and being with young Brazilian women. Mercury News reported that Jackson was also spotted in a part of the city known for low-rent prostitution.

On July 26, the night before his party, he mixed three Viagra pills with Brazilian sugarcane rum and other cocktails and ended up in the Albert Einstein hospital in Sao Paulo, Brazil. His doctors determined he had suffered three heart attacks. The first one lasted 10 seconds, and the other two were four seconds each. He also suffered a stroke associated with cardiac arrhythmia. Jackson was fitted with a pacemaker. His health had improved enough for him to be released from the hospital on Tuesday, Aug. 4. He is recovering in Sao Paulo.





RJR and Gleaner merge in historic media move

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gleaner-rjr-merge.jpgJamaica's two largest news entities - 180-year-old Gleaner Company and the 65-year-old Radio Jamaica - on Wednesday announced that they would combine their media operations to create the most powerful multimedia outlet in the Caribbean.

"Survival of Jamaican media in what is a very challenging local climate is the dominant reason" for the decision to combine operations, the companies said. "The local media landscape is dominated by numerous small entities operating from weakened and inefficient financial bases, which threaten the long-term sustainability of the industry."

The transaction will be a stock-for-stock deal, in which Radio Jamaica Limited will issue and exchange 1.2 billion shares on a one-for-one basis to shareholders of The Gleaner Company Limited for 100 per cent of a newly formed subsidiary, Gleaner Company (Media) Limited (GCML), which will hold the assets of the media entities of The Gleaner Company.

The transaction will require the approval of shareholders. Hence, both companies will be required to hold extraordinary general meetings. The process could take up to six months to be finalised.

After the transaction, The Gleaner Company, with its non-media activities, will undergo a name change to avoid future confusion with the media brand to be operated by the merged group.

Radio Jamaica Limited will be the parent company.

The two multimedia companies said "the aim of the merged company is to use the combined strengths of each company's respective credible and award-winning journalism and other content to better inform, educate and entertain the Jamaican public on things relative to Jamaicans everywhere.

The merged company will be led by Lester Spaulding as chairman, with Oliver Clarke as deputy chairman. Gary Allen will be the chief executive officer (CEO) and Christopher Barnes, the chief operating officer (COO). The entity will initially have a 14-member board, seven from Radio Jamaica and seven from The Gleaner Company.

"This is the most exciting development for media in over 50 years," said Allen, who is currently managing director of Radio Jamaica Ltd.





peter-bunting-married.jpgReports are that Minister of National Security Peter Bunting married his long-time girlfriend, Anushca-Mai Walton, in a private ceremony last weekend.

According to sources the couple is expecting their first child.

Bunting was formerly married to Janine Ewart and has two children,Brent and Emma Bunting.

Walton, a former media personality, is now an educator.

YardFlex congratulates the happy couple.





stop-human-trafficking.jpgThe top Republican and top Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee are raising questions about the integrity of the State Department's annual report on human trafficking, pointing to the upgraded status of Cuba and Malaysia as cause for concern.

The report...lifted both Cuba and Malaysia from Tier 3, considered the worst offenders, to the Tier 2 Watch List. It said both countries are making progress in battling sex trafficking and various forms of forced labor...But the upgrade for Cuba comes as the Obama administration has renewed diplomatic ties and is pursuing more cooperation with the communist-led island nation.

The upgrade for Malaysia, where mass graves of migrant workers have recently spurred alarm, also makes it legally easier to include the country in a massive Asia-Pacific trade pact...The State Department did not immediately respond to a request for comment, but officials have previously insisted political considerations were not a factor in ranking the countries in the report. The TIP rankings can have tangible effects on the countries named by leading to a reduction in certain forms of U.S. assistance for the poor performers.





human-trafficking-awareness-training.jpgThe Malaysian Bar is perturbed by recent news reports suggesting that Malaysia will be upgraded from Tier 3 to Tier 2 Watch List status in the rankings in the...2015 Trafficking in Persons ("TIP") report...It is inconceivable that Malaysia should receive an upgrade in 2015 based on the recent amendments to the Anti-Trafficking in Persons and Anti-Smuggling of Migrants Act 2007, which, in any event, have yet to come into force.

If there is any lesson to be learnt from recent experience, it must be that the Government has an excellent record of drafting written plans, but a less than satisfactory record of implementing them. As such, the upgrade of Malaysia, if it were to occur, would be premature and undeserved. Further, the gruesome discovery of the "death camps" and mass graves of victims of human trafficking in May 2015 must necessarily be taken into consideration in the decision concerning Malaysia's current ranking, despite the cut-off date of March 2015 for the report. Such a discovery is irrefutable proof that human trafficking has been ongoing, on a large scale and for a considerable period of time, on Malaysian soil.

The Malaysian Government's alleged ignorance of this atrocity, which is incredulous, must not be disregarded or rewarded.





human-trafficking.jpgJamaica's Ministry of Justice has vowed to have a review done of the country's placement on America's Tier 2 Watch list for Human Trafficking.

Carol Palmer, Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Justice, outlined the Ministry's plan on Tuesday morning, following a Reuters news report that several US lawmakers are threatening to call for a Senate hearing on the 2015 Report.

The Jamaican Government raised questions recently about the methodology used to arrive at the country's ranking. It insisted that Jamaica was not being judged fairly, and argued that different standards were being used to judge different countries.

A U.S. State Department representative has denied that claim.

But, according to Ms Palmer, a reading of the Report will show that it is strategic to American interests.

This observation is in keeping with the Reuters report, in the news agency raised doubts about the merits of the upgrades for Malaysia and Cuba from Tier 3 to Tier 2, despite questions about improvements in their human trafficking records.

US lawmakers are themselves questioning whether some of the ratings are given with a political motive.





3 firemen injured on the job remain in hospital

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firemen.jpgThree firemen remain in hospital after sustaining injuries in the line of duty on Monday.

According to reports, the men responded to a fire at a residence on Olympic Way in Kingston, and were moving a gas cylinder after extinguishing the blaze. The cylinder exploded, injuring the firefighters.

"They have all received first and second decgree burns to different areas of their bodies, but the three areas of concern are the areas below the wrist, the legs and their faces. All three of them have received burns to their faces, their arms and their legs. We are satisfied with the treatment they are receiving at hospital and we are praying for a speedy recovery," said Director of Public Relations for the Fire Brigade, Emelio Ebanks.





Goat thieves set police car ablaze

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police-car-on-fire.jpgA police operation on Tuesday afternoon in St. Elizabeth to recover stolen goats has resulted in the loss of a police service vehicle and another car privately owned by a police officer.

It's reported that the police were conducting an operation in Brighton, on the outskirts of Santa Cruz, after receiving reports that several goats in the community were stolen overnight.

Residents and the police went in search of the animals and came upon four men who were seen slaughtering them. The men ran; however, one was subsequently captured.

The police found ten carcasses, ten live goats and a large area of land under ganja cultivation.

However, when the law officers returned to their vehicles, they discovered that they were ablaze.

The police service unit had been assigned to the Lacovia police station while the other car belonged to the head of the St. Elizabeth Praedial Larceny Unit.





The police are investigating the circumstances surrounding the killing of a man, the abduction of a woman and the robbery of patrons at a bar in Cousins Cove, Hanover this morning.

The dead man has been identified as 30-year-old Conray Brackett of New Town, Cousins Cove in the parish.

The police say about 12:15 this morning, Brackett and the woman were among a group of patrons at a bar when four armed men entered the premises and proceeded to rob them of cellular phones and cash.

The police say the gunmen then opened fire, hitting Brackett several times before they took the woman into a motor vehicle and fled the scene.

The Police were summoned and Brackett was taken to hospital where he was pronounced dead.

The woman was later found in the Esher area of Lucea, Hanover.

Anyone with information that can assist in the investigation is being asked to contact the Lucea Police, Crime Stop, the police 119 emergency number or the nearest Police Station.





Gully Bop and Heavy D part ways over money!!!

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gully-bop-us-visa.jpgInternet sensation Gully Bop and artiste manager, Heavy have officially dropped each other. Heavy D sent out a press release to explain he decision, while Gully Bop has made a Youtube video explaining why he fired Heavy D.

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In a media release, Heavy-D Promotions stated:

"Gully Bop is out of control and is making it impossible to work with. He is not listening to me, Chin or anybody else. He does not want any agent fees or expenses to be deducted from income received," Promoter Heavy D stated.

"Bop doesn't understand the business at all and believes that whatever he makes is for him, his woman and to give away to poor people in the street. How the bills are gonna be paid then? There are expenses for every tour," Heavy D added.

Heavy-D continued to explain that he has to be working overtime to cover seriously damaging statements and actions by the artiste.

"He must cease and desist from making all damaging remarks. We collect only 20% as agreed for bookings and management. Legal action will be taken to ensure that this behavior does not continue," he said adding that he recommends that Gully Bop seeks professional help.

"I wish nothing but the best for Bop. I try my best to help him and resolve all issues, but it seems to make no sense. Sometimes I feel like we have another Whitney Houston case on our hands. Bop needs rehab and this is no joke."

Heavy-D Promotions would like to assure all promoters and the public that all engagements that they booked for Gully Bop should be honored by the artiste as all deposits have already been paid over to his fiancée, Miss Shauna Chin.

"Every show we book we take our agent fees and pay over the balance to Chin so all shows should be still on. She is also in a very sticky position, but I understand that she have to stand beside him cause they live together right now."

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Dancehall Queen 2015

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Promoter Bighead stands besides the 2015 dancehall Queen finalist. First place Keisha Rodney aka Kiki seated, from St Ann, Second place Boom Boom (left) from Japan and 3rd place Joan from Guyana at rig.





TRINIDAD: More trouble for Jack Warner

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jack-warner-photo-1.jpgEmbattled former FIFA vice president Austin Jack Warner continues to find himself in more 'hot water' after he was ordered by a high court judge to pay 900 thousand dollars for defamation.

The court ruled that Warn er a politician in Trinidad and Tobago should pay compensation to former cabinet colleague Anand Ramlogan for defaming him.

The judge ordered Warner to pay the money for alleging on a political platform in October 2013 that the former attorney general had corruptly obtained 51 properties.

In a 57-page judgment, Justice Mohammed ruled that Warner had failed to provide proof of his allegation.

However attorneys for Warner who is facing corruption charges for his role in the latest FIFA scandal say they will appeal the decision.





Three members of the Georgetown City Constabulary in Guyana have been dismissed for becoming pregnant.

The dismissals took place, in apparent violation of the Constitution and the Prevention of Discrimination Act in Guyana expressly prohibiting discrimination on the ground of pregnancy.

The dismissal letters state that the pregnancies were a violation of a department policy that prohibits female constabulary officers from becoming pregnant during the first two years.

Several female constabulary officers told Stabroek News that the prohibition against pregnancy in the first two years of service has always been the policy of the constabulary.





Despite calls from the Barbados police for an incident-free Crop Over Carnival, three men had to be rushed for medical attention, after two shootings and a stabbing incident took place during Monday's festivities.

All three injured men have been hospitalized.

The most severe of the incidents occurred late in the afternoon, when a 29-year-old man was shot several times. He remains in serious condition.

Police reports also said emergency services responded to 31 medical reports.





gyptian-photo-1.jpgOn the heels of giving Meek Mill a musical beat down, Canadian rapper Drake belted out tracks by Sizzla and Gyptian while at a concert.

In the clip making the rounds on the internet, Drake in the middle of his set began injected some reggae singing Sizzla's classic "Just one of those days" and Gytian's "Serious Times" which were greeted by loud cheers, screams and a big sing-along.

Drake was reportedly performing at a show in Australia.

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Teflon happy at getting back US work permit

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reggae-singer-teflon.jpgEntertainer Teflon has gotten the green light to fly to the United States after being unable to travel to the country for over 3 years.

The entertainer, who has had a troubling weekend following a motor vehicle accident in Montego Bay on Saturday, tells Music News he's excited about the new development.

Following the motor vehicle accident, Teflon has been advised by his doctors to rest, but the deejay tells Music News he's having issues complying as he did a show subsequent the crash.

Telfon is currently awaiting the release date of his 4th album Young King which will be distributed by Tuff Gong. Young King is expected to hit stores in September.





drake-performance-billboard.jpgA shooting that started at a Toronto nightclub event hosted by rapper Drake and then spilled onto the streets outside early Tuesday left at least two people dead and three others wounded, police said.

It wasn't clear if Drake was present during the shooting.

Police said they responded to a call about shots being fired at the Muzik nightclub on the grounds of Exhibition Place at approximately 3:30 a.m.

The nightclub was hosting the official OVO Fest after-party featuring Toronto rapper Drake. It wasn't immediately clear if he was present during the attacks.

Supt. Frank Bergen said the victims were a man and woman in their 20s and 30s. He said three other people were hospitalized with various injuries.

Police believe there could be more victims at other locations and urged citizens to contact authorities.

It wasn't immediately clear if police had any suspects or made arrests, or what led to the shooting.

A similar incident occurred in front of Muzik last year when a 28-year-old man was shot after OVO Fest on Aug. 5, 2014.





$1200 to watch Reggae Boyz World Cup opener

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reggae-boyz.jpgFans of Jamaica's national senior football team who wish to see the Reggae Boyz begin the journey to secure qualification to the 2018 FIFA World Cup finals in Russia can do so at a cost of $1200 dollars.

That's the word from the Jamaica Football Federation who issued the ticket prices for the three seating categories - Grandstand 1, Grandstand 2 and Bleachers.

The Reggae Boyz, who lost Mexico in the CONCACAF Gold Cup final, are due to open their World Cup campaign against Nicaragua on September 4 at the National Stadium.

Prices for Grandstand One tickets will be $6500 dollars with Grandstand Two tickets going for $5500 dollars.

Patrons wishing to use the Bleachers will be asked to fork out $1200 while fans who purchase Bleachers tickets under the Early Boyz discount package will pay just $1000.

Bleachers category tickets can be bought up to end of day Wednesday September 2 or as long as stocks at that price last.

Tickets will go on sale on Friday, August 28.

The Reggae Boyz after the game on September 4 will journey to Nicaragua where they will face the home team on September 8.

The winner of that two-way playoff will advance to Group B in the 4th round of the CONCACAF qualifying tournament where they will face Costa Rica, Panama and the winner of the playoff between Haiti and Grenada.

The top two teams from each of the three groups will play in a six-team mini-league from which the top three will advance to the 2018 World Cup finals while the fourth placed team will go into an inter-continental play-off.





Anjuu Blaxx finally gets bail

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anju-blaxx-photo-1.jpgUIM CEO and music producer Anju Blaxx is out on bail after spending six months in a North Dakota prison on charges relating to lottery scamming.

He was released last week.

Anju Blaxx was nabbed in Florida on February 7 and later transported on Con Air to North Dakota, after radio disc jockey Wah Wah who is currently in a North Dakota prison allegedly signed a plea agreement.

Disc jock Wah Wah was arrested at the Sangster International Airport in Kingston in November 2013 on telemarketing fraud charges.





JFJ Chairman Dr. Barry Wade is dead

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dr-barry-wade.jpgChairman of Jamaicans for Justice (JFJ) Dr Barry Wade, is dead.

Wade who died Saturday, took over the leadership of JFJ in July last year.

He assumed the Chairmanship during the period in which the organisation was grappling with the controversy over its sex education programme in children's home.

Wade was a founding member of JFJ and served on the organisation's board of directors on several occasions including as Deputy Chairman from 2003 to 2006.





17-year-old found with $500,000 cash on bus

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The police in Trelawny say a 17-year-old boy was apprehended on a coaster bus on the Wiltshire main road in the parish Friday, after he was found with more than J$500,000 in cash.

Reports are that about 6:45 pm, lawmen signalled the driver of the coaster bus to stop, he complied and the vehicle was searched. During the process, the teenager - who is from Fletchersland and Allman Town addresses in Kingston - was searched and J$530,000 found in his possession, for which he could not satisfactorily account.

He was subsequently taken into custody on reasonable suspicion of breaches of the Proceeds of Crime Act and the cash seized.





Cops quiz guard after theft of 8 guns, ammo

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ak-47-assault-rifle-ammo.jpgA female security guard employed to Knightsman Security is being questioned by the police in connection with a robbery at the company's head office on Lyndhurst Road in St. Andrew early Saturday.

It's alleged that eight firearms and ammunition were stolen.

It's reported that sometime after 1 o'clock, three men gained access to the office and held up the security guard.

The men then took the weapons along with cash and escaped.





11 guns, ammunition seized

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ak-47-assault-rifle-ammo.jpgThe police are reporting the seizure of eleven firearms and more than 200 rounds of ammunition across the island in the past 48 hours.

The firearms and ammunition seized include:

One AK 47 rifle

One M-16 rifle

One Strum Ruger mini-14 rifle

One Taurus semi-auto pistol

One Heckler and Koch 9mm pistol

One Chrome Smith and Wesson revolver

Five 9mm pistols

Fifty-one 5.56 rounds of ammunition

Seventy-six 7.62 rounds of ammunition

Sixty-two .357 rounds of ammunition

Four .45 rounds of ammunition

Five .38 rounds of ammunition

Thirty-three 9mm rounds of ammunition along with

Five magazines

The lawmen are appealing to the public to share information on illegal/suspicious activities in their communities with the police by calling Crime Stop at 311, police 119 emergency number or their nearest police station.





Education minister Ronnie Thwaites in hospital

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ronald-thwaites.jpgEducation Minister Ronald Thwaites was in hospital following a fall at his farm on Saturday.

A media release from the Office of the Prime Minister (OPM) said, however, that preliminary assessments indicate that Thwaites did not suffer any serious injury.

Updates on his condition will be provided if the need arises the OPM release said.

"Minister Thwaites thanks everyone for their concern and well wishes," the release added.