September 2015 Archives

Check out Kanya the lingerie model born without legs

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lingerie-model-without-legs-kanya.jpgKanya Sesser, of Los Angeles, is breaking through the boundaries of the modelling industry by posing in bras and underwear in revealing photos that display her missing legs, but not a disability.

The aspiring model, who is of mixed origin, was abandoned on the steps of a Buddhist temple in Thailand when she was just one week old and brought to Portland, Oregon at age five by her adoptive parents, is hoping to use her career to show that different is sexy.

Kanya shared: 'It's something fun and it shows my story - I'm different and that is sexy. I don't need legs to feel sexy.'

The beauty said she has modeled for big brands like Nike and many others in her budding career.

After beginning her modelling career at age 15 by posing for a number of sports brands, Kanya said she was then scouted by underwear brands.

She revealed: 'I enjoy making money from it and I love showing people what beauty can look like.'

And she isn't lying. Despite her missing limbs, she is not missing out on any money. As a lingerie model, Kanya is averaging about $1,000 a day doing shoots for magazines, online web portals and print

"These images show my strength," Kanya said of her modelling shots, which show her posing in lace thongs and bras in range of seductive positions.

Kanya, who loves extreme sports and hopes to compete in mono-ski competition at the 2018 Winter Paralympics South Korea, said she never intended to be a model, but 'it just happened' for her.





 

arrested -photo-1.jpgAnother medical doctor has been thrown behind bars for performing an abortion on a 15-year-old girl.

He was arrested by officers from the Centre for the Investigation of Sexual Offences and Child abuse on Monday.

The St Ann-based doctor is set to appear in court later this week. The child is said be in serious condition in hospital.

Two weeks ago, Kingston-based doctor Lloyd Brooks was arrested after a complaint was made to police that he had performed an abortion on a 15-year-old girl.

Brooks was arrested and charged. His case is now before the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate's Court.





Sub-10 King Asafa Powell signs deal with Puma

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asafa-powell-photo-2.jpgFormer world 100 metres record holder Asafa Powell has signed an endorsement deal with top global sports brand Puma.

The reigning sub-10 king joins the global sports brand's growing portfolio of athletes preparing for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. This portfolio of Puma also includes the Triple world record holder Usain Bolt.

Powell who has dipped below 10 seconds over 100 metres some 100 times will feature in both global marketing activations, promoting running and training product lines in the lead up to the 2016 Olympics.

This partnership will also see Puma working with Powell to design a 'sub-10 king' line of sportswear and spikes.

Puma also outfits the Jamaica track and field and Olympic teams.





Alia Atkinson strikes gold in Beijing

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alia-atkinson-photo-2.jpgJamaica's Alia Atkinson struck gold in the 100 metre breaststroke final at the FINA World Cup series meet in Beijing, China on Tuesday.

Atkinson clocked a minute, 07.39 seconds to turn back the challenge of local hopeful Jinglin Shi who came across the line in 1 minute, 08.25 seconds and American Micah Lawrence 1:08.81.

It was a rematch of sorts between Atkinson and Shi who had finished 5th when Atkinson took bronze in the event at the World Championship in August.





In the fight for reparations, entertainer Bongo Herman will be among of group of people seeking justice for the crimes against humanity committed by the British state.

The group's meeting at Liberty Hall Tuesday evening was triggered by the arrival of British Prime Minister David Cameron.

Bongo Herman says that the fight for reparations is something he is passionate about and has lobbied for, for many years.

On Tuesday evening, the National Commission on Reparations, Liberty Hall and the Legacy of Marcus Garvey staged an evening of Reparation Education titled 'Dear Prime Minister Cameron, Princess Anne and the Jamaican People - Reparation Time Is Now'.

The event was held at Liberty Hall, 76 Kings Street Downtown Kingston.

The British Prime Minister will address a joint sitting of the Houses of Parliament at Gordon House on Duke Street in Kingston today.





david-cameron-british-pm.jpgDavid Cameron is facing calls for Britain to pay billions of pounds in reparations for slavery ahead of his first official visit to Jamaica on Tuesday.

Downing Street said the prime minister does not believe reparations or apologies for slavery are the right approach, but the issue is set to overshadow his trade trip to the island, where he will address the Jamaican parliament.

Ahead of his trip, Sir Hilary Beckles, chair of the Caricom Reparations Commission, has led calls for Cameron to start talks on making amends for slavery and referenced the prime minister's ancestral links to the trade in the 1700s through his cousin six times removed, General Sir James Duff.

In an open letter in the Jamaica Observer, the academic wrote: "You are a grandson of the Jamaican soil who has been privileged and enriched by your forebears' sins of the enslavement of our ancestors ... You are, Sir, a prized product of this land and the bonanza benefits reaped by your family and inherited by you continue to bind us together like birds of a feather.

"We ask not for handouts or any such acts of indecent submission. We merely ask that you acknowledge responsibility for your share of this situation and move to contribute in a joint programme of rehabilitation and renewal. The continuing suffering of our people, Sir, is as much your nation's duty to alleviate as it is ours to resolve in steadfast acts of self-responsibility."

Professor Verene Shepherd, chair of the National Commission on Reparation, told the Jamaica Gleaner that nothing short of an unambiguous apology from Cameron would do, while a Jamaican MP, Mike Henry, called on fellow parliamentarians to turn their back on Cameron if reparations are not on the agenda, noting that the Jamaican parliament has approved a motion for the country to seek reparation from Britain.

"If it is not on the agenda, I will not attend any functions involving the visiting prime minister, and I will cry shame on those who do, considering that there was not a dissenting voice in the debate in parliament," he told the newspaper.

Jamaica's prime minister Portia Simpson Miller called for non-confrontational discussions at the UN in 2013, but Britain has never accepted the case for any compensation payments.

A Number 10 official said: "This is a longstanding concern of theirs and there is a longstanding UK position, true of successive governments in the UK, that we don't think reparations are the right approach.

"The PM's point will be he wants to focus on the future. We are talking about issues that are centuries old and taken under a different government when he was not even born. He wants to look at the future and how can the UK play a part now in stronger growing economies in the Caribbean."

The official said Cameron's purpose in visiting Jamaica and Grenada was to reinvigorate their relationship with the UK.

"He looks at that kind of relationship and who the Caribbean see as their major partners and sees them looking to China and Venezuela and thinks Britain should be in there. Britain has long historical ties with these countries," she said.





usain-bolt-stops-interview-for-us-national-anthem.jpgA true sportsman transcends nationalism; sportsmen respect each other no matter what. This is a glorious example of that kind of sportsmanship--Usain Bolt, the fastest man ever, stops an interview to pay respect a national anthem.





hand-foot-mouth-disease.jpgThe outbreak of the Hand, Foot and Mouth rash in schools may be more widespread than originally reported.

The South East Regional Authority (SERHA) on Monday disclosed that it is closely monitoring cases that have been found in at least three schools in Kingston and St. Andrew and six schools in St. Catherine.

SERHA says the Health Departments in the respective parishes have been working closely with the schools to minimise the spread. It says guidelines for the management of Hand, Foot and Mouth disease have been issued and Public Health Inspectors have been deployed to assess the situation.

According to SERHA, Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease is a viral illness common in infants and children. The symptoms of the disease are fever and blister-like eruptions on the tongue, inside the cheek and on the skin .

Poor appetite and a sore throat are other symptoms.

SERHA says it can be spread through direct contact with mucus in the throat and nose, saliva, fluid from blisters and the stool of infected persons.The health authorities say there is no vaccine to protect against the viruses that cause Hand, Foot, and Mouth Disease.

The Ministry of Education in a bulletin issued on Monday did not name the affected institutions. According to the Education officials, students suspected of having the disease should be immediately separated from the general school population and sent home. It says fthe requent disinfection of schools is crucial in order to prevent the spread of the disease.

The Education Ministry says the Parish Health Department should be notified if there is any increase in the number of cases of Hand, Foot and Mouth disease at the institution.





david-cameron-pig.jpgThe Office of the Prime Minister has confirmed that Prime Minister of the United Kingdom David Cameron will arrive on the island tomorrow while the Japanese prime minister and Princess Anne, daughter of Queen Elizabeth are scheduled to arrive later in the week and next week.

Last week the government said it was expecting two special guests to the island between September 29 and October 1. It did not name the guests. However, in a release Monday morning, the OPM said Cameron will arrive on Tuesday afternoon and depart the island Wednesday.

Jamaica's parliament has confirmed that Cameron will address a joint sitting of the Upper and Lower Houses of Parliament Wednesday morning. He is expected to make his presentation to the 84 members of both the House of Representatives and the Senate in an uncharacteristically early sitting, beginning at 8:25 a.m.

The British Prime Minister will also participate in a floral tribute in honour of soldiers of World Wars I and II and bilateral discussions with Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller.

OPM has also confirmed that the Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will arrive in Jamaica on Wednesday.He is scheduled to depart on Thursday. He will join Cameron in the floral tribute in honour of soldiers of World Wars I and II and will also hold bilateral discussions with Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller, and participate in a Dinner Reception with representatives of the Jamaican Government, business community and civil society.





The South East Regional Health Authority (SERHA) is urging the public to only purchase eggs from reputable sources.

In a release today, SERHA said the Kingston and St Andrew Health Department has noted with concern reports that eggs that were improperly disposed over the weekend at the Riverton landfill are being scavenged by members of the public.

It said the consumption of unsafe eggs can result in food borne illnesses, including salmonellosis.

Symptoms of salmonellosis include diarrhoea, fever and abdominal cramps. They develop 12 to 72 hours after infection, and the illness usually lasts for between four and seven days. Most people recover without treatment, but diarrhoea and dehydration may be so severe that it is necessary to seek treatment at hospital, SERHA said.

The 1998 Public Health (Food Handling) Regulation states that "high risk foods", such as eggs, requires the application and maintenance of specified temperatures at various stages of its preparation in order to ensure product safety.

In addition, perishable foods, including eggs, must be stored and refrigerated at a temperature not higher than 4.4 degrees celsius.

SERHA said the Health Department is working in collaboration with the police to locate and destroy the eggs.





Possible Zik-V case being probed by health ministry

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zika-virus.jpgAn investigation is being carried out into what the Health Ministry has described as a potential mosquito-borne viral illness.

In a statement on Monday Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Marion Bullock DuCasse said a sample was taken from an individual and sent to the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) for confirmation.

Executive Director of CARPHA, Dr. James Hospedales, says the sample was received on Monday will be processed by Tuesday and the results available by Friday. The sample will be tested for viruses, including dengue, chikungunya and zika.

The Health Ministry says it's taking the precaution to rule out these diseases, in particular the zika virus which has been identified in Brazil.

The Ministry has heightened its response given that there has been an increase in mosquito borne illnesses.

Meanwhile, Health Minister Dr. Fenton Ferguson has discussed the matter with CARPHA and PAHO both of which have pledged support of if the sample is positive.

The patient has been interviewed by the Health Team and contact investigation is in progress.

The Health Ministry says the vector control team has increased fogging activities in and around the areas that may be affected. Household visits will also be done by the Health Department and public education activities will be increased.





Barrington Levy hospitalised with dengue

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barrington-levy.jpgReggae superstar Barrington Levy has missed two shows after being hospitalised over the weekend with a serious case of dengue fever.

He had been slated to perform at a show on Friday in Santa Barbara, California, and then he was also booked to perform at the Greek Theatre in Los Angeles, California.

"He has another show in Trinidad and Tobago on October 3rd, so he might miss that as well because this is a serious disease. There is no cure for dengue fever," General Daddy Biggs of Platinum Camp, the official booking agent of Barrington Levy, said.

Dengue fever is a debilitating viral disease of the tropics, transmitted by mosquitoes, causing sudden fever and acute pains in the joints.

"He had hit me up earlier in the week saying he was ill and running a fever. He began throwing up, going to the bathroom often, and he was procrastinating about seeing a doctor, until I convinced him to go. He did some tests, and his white blood cells were low, his doctor said they should be 150 but was actually 86," he said.

Eventually, Levy collapsed and had to be hospitalised in a private institution.

"The doctors said his white blood cells had fallen to 36 when he collapsed. They wanted to do a blood transfusion but I told them no, that was too dangerous, so right now, he is resting, and they are monitoring him closely. The doctors say this is the third case diagnosed in that part of Clarendon," General Daddy Biggs said.





Jah Cure arrested in Trinidad

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jah-cure-photo-1.jpgJamaican reggae artiste Jah Cure was arrested by marshals of the Port -of-Spain High Court shortly after completing his performance at a show at the O2 Park in Chaguaramas on Sunday night.

He is facing the Trinidad legal system as a result of performance fees paid over for a concert which did not materialise.

Jah Cure, just like Busy Signal and Anthony B, was brought to the Hall of Justice around 1 am.

After lengthy discussions between his lawyer Mario Merritt and attorneys for the local promoter who he owes over TT $83,000 in performance fees for a concert that did not materialise, Alcock was allowed to go free.

Alcock reportedly was able to pay US$6,000 in cash to the court and agreed to pay the remainder by this evening.

Alcock is expected to return to court tomorrow morning to report to Justice James Aboud.

Jah Cure is known for the huge reggae anthems, True Reflections, Longing For, Call on Me, and Unconditional Love featuring Phyllisia.





whos-the-boss.jpgOn Saturday night's episode of "Oprah: Where Are They Now?", former child star Danny Pintauro revealed that he has been living with a big secret for more than a decade: He is HIV-positive.

Everyone remembers the young, blond-haired Pintauro as Jonathan on the family sitcom "Who's the Boss?" For eight years, Pintauro played the son of a driven single mother, winning over audiences with his nerdy charm. But, in the years after "Who's the Boss?" ended, the once-lighthearted little boy grew into a complicated young man trying to live a private life in the public eye.

In his sit-down with Oprah, Pintauro -- who goes by "Daniel" now -- begins the interview by sharing his long-held secret.

"I wanted to tell you this a long time ago, but I wasn't ready. I'm ready now," Pintauro says. "I'm HIV-positive, and I have been for 12 years."

Part of why Pintauro hadn't spoken publicly about his health before, he says, is because he wasn't sure if people were ready for a conversation of this magnitude. "It's just a big deal, you know? It's not something that people are really talking about right now," Pintauro says.

This isn't the first time Pintauro has revealed a private detail about his personal life. In 1997, when he was a college student, Pintauro came out as gay -- but he hadn't exactly planned to. "I was outed," Pintauro says. "It wasn't by choice."

The actor says that a tabloid reporter called him back then saying the paper was going to out him whether he cooperated or not. His former "Who's the Boss?" co-star, Judith Light, encouraged Pintauro to participate as a way of controlling the conversation. "It was the best thing," Pintauro says now. "'They can't misquote you,' she said. 'And as long as you give really responsible and mature answers, it can't be a bad article.'"

And, as Pintauro realized, it wasn't. "Believe it or not, the 'National Enquirer' actually did a really fantastic, heartwarming article about it," he says. "I was shocked."

Pintauro says he regularly underwent routine HIV testing every six months. Then, in March of 2003, his whole world changed.

"I was living in New York at the time and completely clueless to the idea that I was positive. I went in for a regular checkup," Pintauro says. "It was just regular blood work. You go in, and you sort of waited two weeks on pins and needles -- or at least I did, because I was just terrified of the idea of getting HIV."

Having come out of a two-year relationship, Pintauro admits later in the interview that he had been looking to explore more sexually and began using crystal meth as a means to that end. "I was doing crystal meth, which completely ruins your immune system. I'd been doing it at that point very briefly, but it was three weeks or so, off and on," he explains. "I had just come out of a two-year relationship, and I discovered in that relationship that there was more I wanted to explore sexually. Crystal meth takes away your inhibitions... And if you want to explore that adventurous side, taking the drug is going to put you there.

"I was experimenting," he continues. "And believe it or not, I thought that I was being safe in that encounter. I know exactly when it happened."

Though Pintauro doesn't go into those details, he does say that he doesn't remember the man's name. "I regret not knowing that, because that person has completely changed my life," he says.





Nyah Bless Music features Nastassaja

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nyah-bless-music-features-nastassaja.jpgNyah Bless Music continues to feature the music of new singing sensation, Nastassaja.

This time, the label reaches out to Nastassaja and delivers the remake of the Celine Dion classic "If That's What It Takes". The track was released on May 5th and is available on ITunes and on all major digital platform.

"I am thankful Nyah Bless Music gave me the opportunity to collaborate on Feelings", states Nastassaja. "I always knew I had it in me. To tell you the truth, everyone has always told me I was born to sing".!!!"

If That's What It Takes

Born Nastassaja Burke, she currently resides in St Kitts where she is working diligently on perfecting her artistic skills. The single "If That's What It Takes" has been an inspiration to Nastassaja. She has used the song as a motivational force for her to overcome life's challenges..

"If That's What It Takes" was produced by Hopeton Brown of Nyah Bless Music and recorded in St Kitts at Chabo Productions Recording Studio.





kymani-marley-photo-1.jpgSt. Ann, JAMAICA:- A short and impressive list of reggae/dancehall acts has been signed to entertain fans at the second staging of Mawch Out to be held on October 24 at Pearly Beach in Ocho Rios, St Ann

Headlining the reggae aggregation will be Marley scion, Ky-mani alongside one of reggae's sweetest singers, Coco Tea, and the man from Judgement Yard, Sizzla Kalonji, while the dancehall side will be upheld by stalwarts, Beenie Man and Bounty Killer. These five top acts will be ably supported by Military Man, Dimon Treajah, Promisin, Dilly Chris, Innovata and Devin Di Dakta. The award-winning Ruff Kut is the official backing band and Stone Love will provide intense juggling.

Mawch Out had its inaugural staging last year at the Turtle River Park in Ocho Rios, and according to the promoters, Gangstar Promotions, the response from reggae and dancehall fans was so overwhelming that they have decided to make it an annual event. The plan is also to brand Mawch Out globally as a St Ann-based concert and list it as one of the events that tourists and locals alike will eagerly add to their entertainment calendar.

"We had a great show last year with over 3,000 patrons, many of whom were tourists. We have analysed the findings and have done some re-organising, including a change of venue to Pearly Beach which has all the parking facilities and accommodation we could ever need for the size crowd that we anticipate. Mawch Out is definitely coming back bigger and better for 2015," a very upbeat Grizzly Wilson, one of the four brothers who have partnered for the production of the concert outlined.

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"Sizzla, Bounty Killer and Beenie Man performed last year and they were awesome so we decided to work with the formula and bring them back again this year. They, too are very happy to return to St Ann for this show. Ky-mani hasn't performed in Jamaica in a minute and, as we all know, Coco Tea is a perennial favourite, so there we have the 'Big Five'," the promoter and businessman explained.

According to Wilson, Ky-mani - the second youngest son of Bob Marley - is thrilled at performing at home in Jamaica. Now promoting his recently released, critically acclaimed sixth studio album, Maestro, Ky-mani will be flying in over a week prior to the event and has already started a soft promotion of the CD, which the Wall Street Journal says "balances a roots-reggae feel with latter-day touches, mixing deep dub rhythms and elements drawn from hip-hop and R&B..."

Mawch Out is presented by Gangstar Promotions in association with Liquid Nitro. Admission is pre-sold $1,500 regular entry, $2000 at the gate, while VIP, which includes food (but not drinks) is $4,000 pre-sold and $5,000 at the gate. Ticket outlets are: Blingers Jewellery Store, Total and Pet Com gas stations in Ocho Rios, Johncrow's Sports Bar and David & Subs in Burger King Plaza, Ocho Rios. The Stewart Town Basic School and TCA Academy have been selected as beneficiaries of the event.

Emcees for Mawch Out are Ron Muschette, Beekie Bailey and Sample Man.





Bobbi Kristina Brown's autopsy report sealed

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bobbi-kristina-brown-photo-6.jpgTwo months after Bobbi Kristina Brown died under a cloud of suspicion that led to accusations of wrongdoing, authorities in Georgia say they now know how she died -- but they aren't saying.

"The Fulton County Medical Examiner has classified the cause and manner of Bobbi Kristina Brown's death," the office said in a September 25 press release. "However, a Fulton County Superior Court Order dated September 25, 2015 has been received Sealing the Autopsy Report and ordering the Medical Examiner to not release any further information to the public."

The only child of Whitney Houston and Bobby Brown died in July, six months after being placed in a medically induced coma for injuries sustained at her suburban Atlanta home.

The 22-year-old was found January 31 in an eerily similar manner to how her music legend mother was discovered dead three years before: facedown and unresponsive in a bathtub full of water.

Speculation about what had happened began immediately, much of it swirling around boyfriend Nick Gordon.

Brown's estate has filed a $10 million wrongful death lawsuit against Gordon, alleging he beat her after an all-night "cocaine and drinking binge," before giving her a "toxic cocktail" that knocked her out, according to the suit.

Gordon has never been charged in relation to Brown's death, and his legal team called the lawsuit "slanderous and meritless."

In his first public remarks since his daughter's death, Bobby Brown said in a talk show appearance this month that he is creating a center for victims of domestic violence in Bobbi Kistina's memory.





Jody Kay wins Digicel Rising Stars 2015

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jody-kay-digicel-rising-stars-photo-1.jpgJody-Kay, a biology teacher at the St Andrew Technical High School, is the winner of season 12 of local talent competition, Digicel Rising Stars.

Jody Kay featured in the final showdown with top contender, Marsha K, in the 'Battle of the K's'. She walked away with $1 million cash and an album distribution deal. A front-runner known for her dramatic and well-rehearsed performances, Jody Kay entered the final night confident.

Marsha Kay, the wild card entrant of Rising Stars judge, Conroy Wilson, said her confidence had steadily built going into the final night. She received the second-place prize of $600,000.

The 26-year-old St Elizabeth Technical High School old girl was born and raised in the community of Crawford in the parish.

Following last week's renditions of three songs each by the two finalists, the Rising Stars judges had given Jody-Kay the edge 2-1.

PAST RISING STARS WINNERS:
Cavan - 2004
Christopher Martin - 2005
One-Third - 2006
Romain Virgo - 2007
Cameal Davis - 2008
Brown Shuga - 2009
Dalton Harris - 2010
Tash - 2011
Sharona Jonas - 2012
Verlando Small - 2013
T Rizzy - 2014





no-change-to-buggery-law.jpgLocal Christian group, Jamaica Churches Action Uniting Society for Emancipation (CAUSE), is urging Jamaicans to vote for political representatives who are in favour of retaining the country's anti-buggery legislation.

The group made the call to a large crowd which turned up at its rally in Half-Way-Tree, St Andrew yesterday. Chairman of Jamaica CAUSE, Dr Stevenson Samuels, is encouraging Jamaicans to get enumerated and vote for the sustainability of the society.

He says the Group os not being political but is defending Jamaica, not a party. Dr. Samuels says citizens have a right to vote and should do so along the line of morality and argues that if you take that away then you don't have a nation.





school-closed.jpgIt has been revealed that an outbreak of hand-foot-and-mouth disease is the cause of the temporary closure of Bridgeport Infant School in Portmore, St. Catherine.

Hand-foot-and-mouth disease is an illness that causes sores in or on the mouth and on the hands, feet, and sometimes the buttocks and legs. The sores may be painful and the illness usually does not last more than a week.

Education Minister, Ronald Thwaites says that the Health Ministry is taking steps to contain the outbreak which he described as mild. It's not known how many students were affected.

A decision has not been made when the school will reopen. Mr. Thwaites said, before such a decision is made, the levels of the impact should be known, and it will be guided by the recommendation of the Health Ministry.

The Ministry of Education ordered the closure of the school on the advice of the Health Ministry. It said the school is being sanitised.

A team from the Portmore Municipal Council is scheduled to visit the school today. Leon Thomas, acting Mayor of Portmore, has announced that an the municipality will conduct an investigation of the factors behind the outbreak.





Cops probe death of Titchfield student

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titchfield-high-school.jpgThe Portland Police have launched an investigation into the circumstances which led to the death of an 18 year old student of the Titchfield High School on Sunday morning.

Roxanne Davies died after she was reportedly run over by a vehicle, driven by one of her relatives.The incident occurred at a wake in Manchioneal.

Another person was injured and has been hospitalised in serious condition.

Head of the Highway and Traffic Division, Senior Superintendent Calvin Allen, said the incident occurred during a dispute among relatives at the wake.

The police have launched a manhunt for the driver who fled the scene. He is Anthony James, a resident of Montego Bay, St James. James is being urged to surrender to the police.

Allen said investigators are trying to determine whether it was a deliberate act.





congressman-steals-pope-water.jpgA congressman stole the water glass Pope Francis was drinking out of during his address at the White House on Thursday.

Representative Bob Brady, a devout Catholic and Democrat from Pennsylvania immediately made his way to the podium after Pope Francis finished speaking and grabbed the glass that was still filled with water.

He then drank the water, gave some of the water to his wife Debra, and saved the rest for his grandchildren.

Representative Brady took photos as well, and had his staff send them out to the press.

He also shared some of the water with members of his staff and assistant, also a devout Catholic.

As for the saved water, he plans to sprinkle it on his grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

Representative Brady may also get the chance to nab another one of Pope Francis' water glasses too, as he will be heading to Brady's district of Philadelphia over the weekend.

The congressman plans to attend Holy Mass and hear the Pope Francis speak in the city.

This is not the first time Brady has pulled a stunt like this, with the Philadelphia Daily News reporting he did the same thing after President Obama's inauguration, though he just saved that glass and did not drink from it.

They also spoke to Representative Brady who said he had saved the cup and would have police dust it for fingerprints to prove it was used by Pope Francis.

He also had police dust President Obama's glass as well.





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This is the shocking moment a disabled man in a wheelchair was shot dead in a street by Delaware police

Shocking moment US cops shoot and kill wheelchair-bound black man

This is the shocking moment a disabled man in a wheelchair was shot dead in the street by Delaware police.

Officers had been responding to a 911 call that someone had attempted to shoot themselves, when they arrived to find Jeremy McDole 'still armed with a handgun.'

Cops opened fire on McDole, who was paralyzed from the waist down after being shot by a friend aged 18, after repeated requests for him to 'drop the gun.'

McDole's mother, Phyllis, has criticized the shooting as 'unjust' during a police news conference.

The incident, which took place in a Wilmington street, Delaware on Wednesday afternoon was caught on camera by stunned witnesses who uploaded it to You Tube.

The 1-minute-and-19-second-long clip opened with an officer, armed with a shotgun, shouting for the wheelchair-bound McDole to 'show his hands.'

A shot is fired just seconds later, before more cops move in shouting at the 28-year-old: 'Show me your hands! Drop the gun! Drop the gun!'

McDole appeared to be bleeding although the footage does not make clear if this was from the officer's first shot or if he had been previously injured in the alleged suicide attempt. His handgun is not easily identifiable in the video.

He is then seen putting his hands into his pockets at which point he in gunned down in a flurry of bullets with around ten shots fired.

McDole slumps over and falls to ground, dead. Cops said a .38-caliber handgun was recovered at the scene.

Police Chief Bobby Cummings said during a news conference that none of the officers involved 'intended to take anyone's life that day.'

He said that police had told him repeatedly to put his gun down but had 'engaged him' after he went to remove the weapon from his waist.

But Mrs McDole disputed the cops' version of events and interrupted the conference to demand answers.

'He was in a wheelchair, paralyzed from the waist down. There's video showing that he didn't pull a weapon, she said.

McDole's sister Letesha Green also criticized the cops for not attempting to use non-lethal force before opening fire.

'Why couldn't you taser this man out of his wheelchair,' she asked, reported NBC Philadelphia. 'Why couldn't you use rubber bullets to get him out of the wheelchair?'

However, Cummings said he had also viewed the video and believed the four officers involved - who have all been placed on administrative duty - acted correctly.

'The officers perceived what was a threat and they responded and they engaged,' he said, adding that only a 'thorough investigation' would reveal if they should have taken a different course of action.

Wilmington Police Department's criminal investigation and professional standards unit is now investigating the incident as is the Delaware Department of Justice's Office of Civil Rights and Public Trust which investigates all police fatal shootings.

The findings will determine whether the officers involved are to be charged.

Witnesses claim that McDole may have been trying to kill himself.





vashawn-mitchell-twitter.jpgAmerican gospel artiste Vashawn Mitchell is booked to headline the fourth staging of Come Celebrate Jesus gospel concert to be held at the Montego Bay Convention Centre on Saturday, October 3.

The "Nobody Greater" singer should score well with his string of hits which includes His Blood Still Works, My Worship Is for Real, Chasing After You, Turning Around for Me, God My God, Greatest Man, and You Reign.

In 2011, Mitchell received 11 Stellar Award nominations and won six trophies. He was also nominated for two Grammy Awards and two GMA Dove Awards. Mitchell follows another American gospel act, Ron Kenoly, who performed at last year's event at the same venue.

This year's event will also feature local acts such as Kevin Downswell, Adrian Cunningham, Sandra Brooks, Kay Morris, Joshua Generation, Ramone Watson and Anique Morris. Emcees include Markland "Action" Edwards, Nadine Blair and Rick Joyner.

Part proceeds from Come Celebrate Jesus, which is the brainchild of siblings, Donald and Rev Talsey Brooks, will go towards the Committee for the Upliftment of the Mentally Ill (CUMI), the New Vision Children's Home and the Women's Centre.





Merritone Goes 'Pon Di Rio Grande'

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merritone-winston-blake.jpgSunday, September 27 will be celebrated as International Tourism Day and it is a good time to spend the day in Portland, which is often considered the cradle of tourism in Jamaica.

Errol Flynn is said to have started rafting on the Rio Grande in the 1940s when he began to organise raft races. The rafters' pavilion in St Margaraet's Bay built by The Earl of Mansfield, known as Rafter's Rest, will be the venue for yet another party on Sunday, dubbed Merritone Pon Di Rio Grande Again, organised by The Country Hoppers.

Merritone Music celebrates its 65th anniversary this year with a week of activities scheduled for mid-October, and the owners have included this day in Portland as part of the celebratory activities.

The Country Hoppers, a group of five friends, is fulfilling its mandate to enhance entertainment for mature people in the parish and increase the amount of local tourists who spend at least one day per month in the area. It is hoped that eventually, through their efforts, persons will overnight in Portland.

Additional features have been added to the afternoon's activities, as patrons will be able to shop, at their leisure, from Sandra with a wide array of agricultural produce, Rockbottom with his craft items, and Phine Line the artist, fresh from his tours in Guyana.

True Brew Coffee is a staple at the party. Other sponsors of the event are ARD2K, National Pure Ice, Braham's Texaco Station (which will also be providing a spot prize) and media partners are KoolFM and StylzFM.

Part proceeds from the parties are given to The Shelton Project, a programme of Healthy Lifestyle Network, which is an organisation teaching children from infant and basic schools about planting trees, flowers, fruits and vegetables.It also informs them about healthy food choices and encourages them to eat what they plant.

Tickets are $800 presold and $1,000 at the gate. Food on sale will be by Bachelor Chef Shea Stewart.





jutc-buses-photo-1.jpgYet another arrest has been made in the ticket racket at the Jamaica Urban Transit Company (JUTC).

A 52-year-old driver, employed to the state-run bus company, was held yesterday in connection with the racket which was uncovered by revenue protection officials. The driver is being questioned by Fraud Squad investigators, after he was nabbed with more than six hundred JUTC tickets.

Radcliffe Lewis, Manager of Franchise Protection and Inspection at the JUTC, provided details on the sting operation carried out by his team. He said the driver was part of a syndicate of operators who are syphoning off tickets, and intelligence was gathered about activities along Marcus Garvey Drive. He said the driver failed to stop and was chased. He was finally stopped downtown and more than 600 fraudulent taken from him.





A Jamaican woman living in the United States, with alleged deep connections to local politicians, pleaded guilty today to pocketing millions of dollars in false income-tax refunds from the US government.

An online report in the Miami Herald newspaper says 60-year-old Pamella Watson, who has been detained since her arrest in May, was convicted of a single wire-fraud offense in a plea agreement filed in Fort Lauderdale federal court.

The report says she faces up to 20 years in prison when she returns to court on December four for sentencing by US District Judge James Cohn.

Meanwhile, a slew of other charges, from filing fictitious tax returns to laundering ill-gotten refunds, will be dropped as part of the deal with the US attorney's office.

The Miami Herald reports that court records say the Jamaican woman exploited hundreds of unwitting clients, many of whom are members of Jamaica's Diaspora in South Florida. It's reported she changed her clients' actual tax returns and filed inflated refund claims without their knowledge.

Watson deceived the US tax authorities by keeping US$3.4 million in "excessive" tax refunds for herself and giving the clients their actual refunds between 2011 and 2014.

It's reported that she avoided detection by splitting the refund deposits into bank accounts that she controlled through her tax preparation business.Watson, who is a naturalised US citizen, worked as a certified public accountant at her tax preparation office in Miami and lived in Davie.

The Miami Herald said she has hosted fundraisers for leaders of both political parties. Watson was involved in numerous South Florida organisations and served on several boards, including the Jamaican Women of South Florida.

As part of her plea agreement, Watson has agreed to repay the US' Internal Revenue Service.

Following her arrest in May, the board of directors of the Jamaican Women of Florida, Inc. voted to suspend Watson who was elected earlier as treasurer of the group.





Deputy Director of Public Prosecutions robbed

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Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP), Paula Llewellyn, is calling for security arrangements to be put in place at all courts across the island to protect prosecutors and support staff.

Her appeal comes against the background of an attack on a prosecutor at the Spanish Town courthouse in St Catherine on Wednesday.

It is reported that the female Deputy Director of Public Prosecutions arrived at court about 8:30 in the morning and was taking files from her car when she was pounced upon by a man.

The man reportedly accosted her and demanded money.

The prosecutor reportedly gave him money and the man then ran away.

The DPP says the ordeal left the prosecutor shaken.

She says the prosecutor has been given the necessary support by her office.

However, Llewellyn says the incident raises concerns about the security of prosecutors who have to travel across the country to handle cases in various courts.

She says she will be seeking to raise the matter with the Court Management Services in the Ministry of Justice and the leadership of the Jamaica Constabulary Force.





Two pastors charged with lottery scamming

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court.jpgTwo pastors were among seven people charged in Westmoreland this week over their involvement in the lottery scam.

The men of the cloth were taken into custody during an operation on the weekend. They were arrested after police raided a building on Cooke Street, Little London and found several documents used in the lottery scam.

Two vehicles and a certificate of deposit, valued at 8-point-5-million-dollars, were also seized during the raid.

One of them has been charged with breaches of the Proceeds of Crime Act. He's been identified as Roy Foster, of Little London, in the parish. Foster was charged after it was discovered that a vehicle belonging to him was bought with proceeds of the lottery scam.

He's been released on station bail and is will appear in the Montego Bay Resident Magistrate's Court next week.

The other pastor is still in custody.





foundation-usain-bolt.jpgOlympic legend Usain Bolt has announced that his foundation is to become part of 'Athletics for a Better World', powered by the IAAF. The Usain Bolt Foundation will join forces with Athletics for a Better World to inspire positive social change through education, cultural development and sport.

Athletics for a Better World is the IAAF's social responsibility programme, which provides organisations and people with a platform to use the universality of Athletics to make a positive difference around the world. As part of Athletics for a Better World, the Usain Bolt Foundation will be able to utilise the IAAF's global reach, marketing channels and sporting credibility to spread their message and reach more young people than ever before. Bolt will also add his name to the 12 athlete patrons currently involved in the campaign who include Jackie Joyner-Kersee, Marie-José Pérec, Paula Radcliffe and Wilson Kipketer.

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Bolt said, "I am very proud that the Usain Bolt Foundation is officially partnered with the IAAF's 'Athletics for a Better World'. Since the foundation was formed I, along with all the staff and volunteers, have worked very hard to inspire kids to become anything that their heart desires. So to be given this accolade by the

IAAF is a reward for all the hard work we have put in, and also a great opportunity for us to develop the foundation further and inspire more young people around the world."

Sebastian Coe, President of the IAAF noted, "I'm thrilled that the Usain Bolt Foundation is partnering with 'Athletics for a Better World'. Together, the IAAF and Usain Bolt will not only help reach and change the lives of thousands of children through athletics but also inspire lasting social change. I know the positive impact Athletics can have and what a strong role model Usain Bolt is to millions of people around the world. The combination of the two is a very powerful force and we look forward to working together and making a real difference."





Cops kill two in Vineyard Town

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crime-scene-7.jpgThe Independent Commission of Investigations (INDECOM) has been called in to investigate the shooting death of two men during a police operation in Vineyard Town, Kingston Thursday morning.

The police say two firearms were also seized during the pre-dawn ?operation.

According to police reports, a team of officers went to the area about 1:30am and while there, they were attacked by gunmen.

"While in the area, men in the area opened fire at the police, the fire was returned and two men were later found suffering from gunshot wounds," said a senior officer.

The men were later pronounced dead at hospital.

A large contingent of police officers is still maintaining a presence in the area.





hands-behind-bars.jpgBertram Jenkins, who was recently deported from Canada, in connection with last year's shooting death of car dealer Robert Mendez at his business place in St. Andrew, has been charged with murder.

Jenkins and another man were allegedly caught on camera shooting Mendez.

Assistant Commissioner Ealan Powell, who is in charge of the Criminal Investigation Branch, reported that Jenkins has appeared in court.

Mendez was the operator of Payless Car Mart off Maxfield Avenue.

Video footage of the killing was shown on TVJ in May last year.

Forty-three year-old John Jarrett, Jenkins' co-accused, has already been charged with murder.





Ishawna really pregnant... or nah?

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ishawna-bike.jpgDancehall artiste Ishawna posted what appeared to be a pregnancy announce on Instagram Wednesday night and had all her fnas and detractors wondering if she were pregnant for her manager, Joe Bogdanovich.

The announcement came in the form of a sonogram with a foetus along with the words: "12 weeks and 4 days'.

Fans immediately sent their congratulations at the announcement calling the baby "a blessing". Others speculated as to who was the father of the baby.

The controversial Ishawna dominated news headlines for the better part of six months with revelations of a love triangle between herself, her estranged baby father, Oneil 'Foota Hype' Thomas and producer 'Skatta' Burrell. Then months later, she made headlines again when she was captured on video cameras posing provocatively with Down Sound Records CEO Joseph Bogdanovich, just a day after Toya, his common-law wife died after suffering complications with diabetes.





Vnitta Glanville collabs with Gully Bop on 'Tell Me'

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vnitta-glanville.jpgVnitta Glanville, a Jamaican residing in Brooklyn, New York, is a soulful and passionate singer/songwriter who has teamed up with sensation, Gully Bop on a new single entitled 'Tell Me'.

'Tell Me', which relates the story of a woman who wants to know if the guy she has fallen in love with really loves her, is an recorded on an authentic reggae riddim and appeals to music lovers of all generations. Local radio in Jamaica has been showing the song much love and, according to Vnitta, she is pleased with the response in the US and other parts of the world.

The Delroy "Doc Marshall" Harrison-produced single has also been making waves on social media and has been doing the rounds on sound systems around the world. There is also video accompanying the song which is currently on rotation on RETV and all social media sites.

According to Vnitta, "I am just so overwhelmed by all the support that I have been receiving. A big shout out to Gully Bop who was gracious enough to be a part of this music project and thanks to all my fans who have been there for me throughout the years.

The combination "Tell Me" with Gully Bop is another dimension to Vnitta's artistry and her ability to create great music. Vnitta has performed to sold-out crowds in the USA, but has upped her game with the remix of the new single "Tell Me". The music video can be viewed on national television, social media sites, such as Reggaeville, Vevo, YouTube, Wicked Hype and soon to be seen on international television, like MTV, VH1, and BET.

While promoting "Tell Me," Vnitta is also busy in the studio doing what she does best - making great music. She also noted that an American pop superstar has reached out to her to collaborate on a Billboard topping track.





real.jpgExciting, upcoming dancehall act, Real Image,is intent on living his dream. The artiste, who signed a publishing, recording and booking deal with the Mark Pinnock-led, Natural Bridge Records in 2014 is commanding major attention with his breakout single, 'My Dream'.

According to the 21-year-old singjay "My Dream is a reflection of what I want to achieve in life."

He added that it is also the heartfelt cry of many who are aspiring for financial independence and visioning the day when they "will be free from the landlord because they now own their own home".

Quite happy with the effort that his management team is putting into his single and his career, Real Image is working hard promoting a number of new singles. He has recorded 'Pray Fi Dem' by Shams for the B Rich label, and the soon-to-be-released 'Bread Alone' on Natural Bridge Records

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The artiste's label also recently shot a video for 'My Dream' at locations in the Corporate Area. This video will be released in the fall of 2015.

Real Image, as his bio states, is not your typical 21 year old. When he just started out in music, he first gravitated towards the regular gun-and-girls fare that dominate most dancehall songs, but soon, he began to laser in on reality songs with radio-friendly hooks, and bubbly songs with inspirational, uplifting themes.

Born Steven Brown on January 14, 1994, he grew up in the community of James Hill in Clarendon. He grew up with his mother, Georgia Meredith, grandmother and two sisters, attended James Hill Primary before moving to live in Mandeville at the age of 9.

He attended the Mandeville Primary and Junior High before entering the Mayday High school in Manchester where he discovered his love for music during informal dancehall clashes in between subjects.

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"When I was 15, I used to clash with a friend of mine, Junior, during break. We would sing the Kartel-Mavado songs, then Junior asked me to write my own songs and build our own vibes, and that is how I started writing my own songs," Real Image said.

"In class, I found myself writing songs even when the teacher a teach," he added, laughing.

Even though he spent his sessions daydreaming of recording success, he still was able to focus long enough to gain five subjects at the CXC level.

At age 19, he visited the town of Springfield, Massachusettes where he began to hone his nascent deejaying skills in a small studio.

"A great friend of mine, Danny Stewart made all this possible when he introduced me to Mark Pinnock and the rest, as they say, is history," he said.





busy-signal-photo-12.jpgArtiste Busy Signal has redefined the word 'busy' with an active summer tour schedule, new music releases and the Busy 2020 Helping Hands Foundation.

Performing across the Caribbean, the Middle East and Europe, Busy connected with a record number of fans via live performances and extensive media interviews. His August, 2015 appearance in Uganda for the Pepsi Music UG concert saw a record number of fans sell out the Lugogo Cricket Oval in Kampala to hear music from the star. "Being in Uganda, and performing for all those fans was one of the greatest experiences of my career. The people, the fans - everyone showed such love, and that is something I will never forget" said Busy from his recording studio in Jamaica.

Musically, Busy has released a record number of singles which have charted in markets around the world. Songs such as "Text Message" (available on VP Records Reggae Gold 2015 compilation), "What If" and "That's How We Do It" have been radio mainstays, and fan favorites. The artists independent production of the Reggae Rock Riddim on his Turf Music label saw exceptional success especially in Canada, receiving large support from the #1 Reggae radio show, the Delroy G Show heard on G98 FM. "Since the riddim came out in June of this year, there hasn't been a week that I haven't played singles from it. Busy Signal is making good music that everyone loves" said the radio host when contacted at the radio station.

Near and dear to Busy's heart is his foundation, the Busy 2020 Helping Hands Foundation. The aim of the organization is to reach children and young people with the aim to tackle issues such as violence, poverty and lack of health care access. Launched in April, 2015, the Foundation has worked with and donated much needed medical equipment to the St. Ann's Bay Regional Hospital in an effort to make medical access readily available for people in that area of Jamaica.

On Saturday September 26th, 2015 at 7pm, Busy signal will host the Busy 2020 Helping Hands Foundation Ball being held at the Grand Bahia Principe Resort in Runaway Bay, St. Ann. The ball will be attended by members of the Entertainment fraternity, Politicians and supporters of the foundation; the minimum donation to attend is $10,000 JA. For additional information visit http://www.busy2020helpinghands.com/

Coming up for Busy Signal are new music releases, as well as a return to Africa in October. Stay up to date with all things Busy Signal via Social Media: www.Facebook.com/OneBusySignal





bounty-killer-photo-6.jpgBounty Killer and selector Tony Matterhorn have had an ongoing feud over the years.

Nos the Killer has accused Matterhorn and his friends of hacking into his official Instgram account.

In a lengthy Instagram post which reads "Bulletin to all my fans"... Bounty warns social media users about Tony Matterhorn before accusing the selector and his friends of hacking into his account and using his profile to like pictures of a questionable female.

Bounty Killer is putting Tony Matterhorn on blast after the pics were liked from Bounty's account, screen shot and reposted to the social media site. The War Lord has denied liking the pictures.

According to the post, Bounty Killer is convinced Matterhorn is seeking revenge after he was photographed with two questionable females some months ago which sparked chatter all over social media.

Tony Matterhorn has responded to Bounty Killa via the same medium laughing at the deejay saying "I don't even know your email/she-mail and if my clan hacked any page they would do terrible things.





'Mi nah lef Gully Bop,' sings Chin in new single

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gully-bop-and-shauna-chin-photo-1.jpg'Gwaan chat mi cause mi nah lef Gully Bop,' sings his fiancee Shauna Chin in a new single aimed at her "ugly", "duppy bat" detractors.

The fiancée of internet sensation Gully Bop has released a new song vowing never to leave the 50 year old dancehall deejay.

Chin who has been criticized for being a gold digger who just wants "The Bop's" money, has received much love from social media with many Youtube users giving her thumbs up for the song, while others are shocked by her vocal ability.

In the track titled Can't Stop Mi released by Gully Bop's Bop Dem Records, Chin sings the lines "you ugly, nuh touch mi - duppy bat - mi nah lef Gully Bop."

And trus us when we say that she sounds really good.

Do yuh ting Miss Chin!





david-cameron-pig.jpgBrith Prime Minster David Cameron, who incidentally is still smarting from a "Pigsgate Scandal" after a tell-all book reported that he once placed his genitals in the mouth of a dead pig, wis coming to Jamaica next week.

His imminent visit to the island was confirmed by a Government source, however no reason was given for the visit, leading to much speculation.

Cameron's visit comes a few months after United States President Barack Obama's visit to Jamaica in April this year. Obama met with Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller, members of her Cabinet as well as with CARICOM heads of state during his brief visit to the island.

Well, whatever the reason for the visit, we hope that it was plainly communicated to Cameron that he must not come to Jamaica without the reparation cheque.One suggestion is that Cameron must stop by Buckingham Palace and have the queen herself signed it. The value of the cheque should be about 10 billion pounds

Please and thank you Mr Cameron.





Rev Al Miller's trial to resume November 4

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rev-al-miller-and-dudus.jpgThe trial of Reverend Al Miller for harbouring a fugitive and attempting to pervert the course of justice after Christopher "Dudus" Coke was found in his vehicle in 2010 resumed Monday morning, however, his attorneys requested more time to present his defence.

The attorneys declared that they are now in receipt of the transcript of the testimony given to the West Kingston Commission of Enquiry by former Police Commissioner Owen Ellington.The attorneys say they want more time to review the material.

Miller has maintained that he held meetings with Ellington and other members of the Police High Command about bringing in Coke during the islandwide manhunt for him.

Miller's attorney Jacqueline Samuels Brown had questioned Ellington at length about the meetings at the West Kingston Commission of Enquiry.

The attorney is expected to submit the transcript into evidence at the trial which will resume on November 4.





The police are reporting the seizure of approximately two pounds of cocaine in Drewsland, Kingston 11 on Monday.

Reports are that about 7:50 pm, the officers were on a special operation in the area when a Honda CRV motorcar was searched and a plastic bag containing one parcel of cocaine valuing approximately J$498,000 was reportedly found. A man was arrested and charged in connection with the seizure.

He is 73-year-old Lionel Turner of Twickenham Drive, Spanish Town, St Catherine. Turner was charged with illegal possession of cocaine, dealing in cocaine and conveyance.

He was taken to the Corporate Area Criminal Court today where he pleaded guilty on all counts. He was subsequently fined $95,000 or six months imprisonment for possession; $95,000 or six months imprisonment for dealing and $100,000 or six months imprisonment for conveyance.





pnp-angry-domain-name.jpgThe PNP charged on Tuesday that the aquisition of the domain name portiasimpsonmiller.com was a cowardly act of desperation to drive traffic to the JLP website www.jamaicalabourparty.com.

Attempts to visit portiasimpsonmiller.com redirect the user to the JLP's website.

The PNP said it views the JLP's actions as immoral and unethical.

The JLP said this was in response to what it said was the PNP's use of the party's tag line Poverty to Prosperity.

In its own statement on Tuesday, the JLP said the PNP had been using the tag line as part of a domain name purchased on August 24.

The Party has characterised the actions of the PNP as a cowardly act of.

The JLP said the tag line was first used by Prime Minister Bruce Golding in 2011 and thereafter by Opposition Leader Andrew Holness in his budget presentation, and by other Party members as well.





Advice to Lovelorn's Janet Sinclair dies suddenly

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janet-sinclair.jpgJanet Sinclair, newspaper columnist and promoter of competitions for Jamaican females, ranging from infants to grandmothers, died suddenly today.

According to dub poet Keith Shepherd, who was driving Sinclair to Old Harbour in St Catherine, she died shortly after noon.

"I just heard her saying, 'me dead, dead, me dead'. Those were her last words," Shepherd said.

He said he turned around her Honda Integra and drove back to the Spanish Town hospital. But, when they reached there, she was pronounced dead.

Sinclair, a former member of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF), started out in journalism as author of the weekly column in the Star, "Advice to Lovelorn", probably the first of its kind in Jamaica, offering advice to persons suffering lifestyle problems, including broken relationships and family feuds.

The column became so popular she left the police force and focused on writing it which, he admitted, paid her well.

However, in 1980 she launched the Miss Jamaica Grandmother for elderly women who had not lost their zest for life. The success of that contest, which has since folded, led her to create more lucrative ones such as Mini Miss Jamaica and Miss Jamaica Teenager, which later became the Miss Teen Jamaica contest.

Sinclair, who is often referred to as "Auntie Janett" by her contestants, is survived by three daughters -Roxanne, Peta Gaye and Courtney.

Courtney Foster, her youngest daughter, recently graduated as an attorney-at-law from the UWI, after becoming a household name in Jamaica for her fundraising activities as a child which won her numerous awards for her charity work.





BARBADOS: JMMB to strengthen ties with Jamaicans

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sharon-gibson-jmmb-money.jpgSharon Gibson, general manager, Reggae Money Express (RME), the remittance arm of the Jamaica Money Market Brokers (JMMB) Group, during a recent courtesy call on Patrick Hanlan, Jamaican consul general in The Bahamas, expressed a desire to strengthen ties between Jamaican residents in that country and at home, through community outreach programmes.

Currently, a portion of the fees charged to send remittances from The Bahamas to Jamaica, using Omni Money Transfers, is donated to community outreach efforts, namely capacity building and equipment donations to health facilities in Jamaica, Gibson noted.

She added that RME is now in discussion with Omni and other key Jamaican/Bahamian stakeholders to establish outreach projects in The Bahamas that will also benefit Jamaicans in that country. Plans are also being made to establish a scholarship fund with Omni, RME, and other key stakeholders Gibson revealed.

In speaking to the impact of outreach efforts, Harvey Morris, managing director of Omni Money Transfers, said, "Outreach programmes provide a helping hand to our clients and their families, are essential to strengthening the fabric of our Bahamian/Jamaican communities."

Reggae Money Express services the Jamaican remittance corridor in The Bahamas, through its partnership with Omni, acts as a bridge in uplifting and enriching the lives of many persons in Jamaica and the Bahamas, who rely on injections of funds to sustain their livelihood.





TRINIDAD: Extradition waarant for Jack Warner signed

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jack-warner-photo-1.jpgTrinidad's Attorney General Faris Al-Rawi has signed the documents to allow the extradition of embattled former FIFA vice-president Jack Warner.

Warner was told of the development in court today.

However, Warner's attorneys are challenging the decision, stating that Al-Rawi missed the September 16 date for signing off on the documents.

They say Warner should be discharged.

However, the state countered that the documents were now signed, making way for the extradition matter to proceed and there should be no discharge.

Deputy Chief Magistrate Mark Wellington asked for time to go through the documents and adjourned until Friday.

Warner is one of 14 people indicted on a series of criminal charges in the United States, including racketeering, fraud, and money laundering, related to their time at FIFA.





david-cameron-and-lord-ashcroft.jpgBritish Prime Minster David Cameron is trending on Twitter, but not for a good reason.

The hashtag #piggate has gone viral because of a new biography about Cameron, which says he once put his genitals in the mouth of a dead pig.

The inflammatory book titled Call Me Dave, was written by Lord Anthony Ashcroft, a former friend and treasurer of David Cameron's ruling Conservative Party.

The book says while Cameron, 48, was a student at the prestigious Oxford University, he took part in an "outrageous" initiation ceremony to join a debauched group called the Piers Gaveston Society which required him to place his genitals in the mouth of a dead pig.

The book says the severed head of the dead pig was sitting on a club member's lap and Mr Cameron "inserted a private part of his anatomy into the animal's mouth".

The book also alleges among other things,that Mr. Cameron smoked cannabis as a student, joining a "dope smoking group" called the Flam Club, and cocaine was allowed to circulate at the London home of him and wife Samantha.

The author, Lord Ashcroft, who is also the 37th richest man in the UK, made it clear in the book that he has "beef" with Cameron because he did not receive a top job in Cameron's government back in 2010 though he was promised that he would.

The biography is therefore seen as revenge by many Brits including Cameron's spokeswoman who said she's "not intending to dignify this book by offering any comment or any PM reaction to it."

She added that the author "has set out his reasons for writing it."





Nuffy and Ce'cile in social media squabble

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nuffy.jpgJust a few days after clearing up issues surrounding a post she made on social media, Bad Gyal CeCile is putting MC Nuffy on blast for statements he made regarding the situation between herself and Christopher Martin, statements she said were unwarranted.

Last week, Ce'cile sought to get the attention of her baby-father Christopher Martin by reaching out to him on Instagram but her post was viewed by many including Nuffy as a desperate attention to get back into Martin's life.

Nuffy aired his opinions over the weekend via a social media stating that CeCile's post was an attempt at gaining the Big Deal singer's attention.

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"CeCile a look you a look back di man but di man nuh want yuh," the post read. His opinions clearly did not go down well with CeCile who minced no words in her reply to Nuffy's comment.

"Clearly you are a gyal," she replied. "Nuffy nobody nuh invite you over here so. I invite and laugh at people's comments but you too faas and behave like a gyal too much. Mi nah laugh wid you."

In an interview, Ce'cile stated: "I was surprised. Being an entertainer Nuffy and I are in the same circle. We see each other and exchange words, say hi and bye so this wasn't expected," she said. "Nuffy jus nuff," she continued. "Everything him comment pan like a likle b**ch. Leave that to the girls man. You're a man and you need to behave as such."





Heavy D no longer managing Tommy Lee

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heavy-d.jpgHeavy D is no longer managing dancehall deejay Tommy Lee Sparta.

According to Heavy D, the split is a mutual agreement. Heavy D further explained that certain aspects became difficult due to legal troubles.

Months ago, Heavy D and Internet sensation deejay, Gully Bop, severed in a squabble that played out in the public with the two hurling all sorts of accusiations against each other.

Heavy D is currently managing Khago and is the exclusive Booking Agent for Future Fambo and Etana.

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Chino and Yendi's daughter Israel turns three

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israel.jpgIsrael Naomi, the daughter of former Miss Universe Jamaica, Yendi Phillipps Big Ship's Daniel 'Chino' McGregor turned three over the weekend and both parents took to social media to wish her the best.

Chino share his joy on his daughter's birthday: "Time really flies. Birthday love & blessings to my lil one," he captioned a sweet video of Israel.

"My Israel Naomi...the little girl with a big soul and an undeniable light...it is impossible to love you more than I do!" Yendi posted on social media to celebrate her baby's third birthday.

Happy birthday Israel!





tracy-morgan-flashes-belly-on-the-carpet-with-wife-at-emmy-awards.jpgIt was some night for Tracy Morgan.

He got raves for his emotional and funny speech at the Emmy Awards, held on Sunday at the Microsoft Theater in downtown LA.

But the funnyman also got a bit silly on the red carpet when he lifted his shirt to show off his belly and kissed his date - new wife Megan Wollover, 28 - on the lips.

Morgan made a triumphant appearance at the Emmy Awards to present the evening's most prestigious award - 15 months after suffering horrendous injuries in a car crash.

After stepping on to the stage to a standing ovation, the 46-year-old comedian told the crowd: 'Thank you so much. I miss you guys so much.'

And in a speech littered with touching anecdotes and risque quips, he joked: 'Only recently I've started to feel like myself again, which means a whole lot of y'all women gonna get pregnant at the after-party!'

The former Saturday Night Live funnyman suffered a traumatic brain injury and several broken bones when his limousine was struck by a Wal-Mart truck in June last year. His friend, James McNair, 62, was killed in the crash.





Viola Davis makes historic win and speech at Emmy's

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viola-davis-receives-a-kiss-on-the-cheek-from-her-husband-julius-tennon.jpgIn one of the most emotional moments from this year's Emmy Awards, Viola Davis gave an outstanding speech after becoming the first African-American woman to win the award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a drama.

Davis, who plays powerful law professor Annalise Keating on ABC's hit series 'How to Get Away with Murder,' has already won a SAG Award for her performance on the show.

She was also previously nominated for a Golden Globe for the role in the Shonda Rhimes' executive produced series created by Peter Nowalk.

While accepting the prestigious award, Davis' powerful speech moved audience members, including actress Kerry Washington, to tears.

'In my dreams and visions, I seemed to see a line, and on the other side of that line were green fields, and lovely flowers, and beautiful white ladies, who stretched out their arms to me over the line, but I couldn't reach them no-how,' Davis said, quoting Harriet Tubman in her acceptance speech.

'Let me tell you something: the only thing that separates women of color from anyone else is opportunity. You cannot win an Emmy for roles that are simply not there.'

An emotional Davis continued by thanking the other actresses of color, including Washington, Halle Berry, Meagan Good, Gabrielle Union and fellow nominee Taraji P. Henson.

'Thank you for taking us over that line. Thank you to the Television Academy.' Davis, who is a graduate from the prestigious Juilliard School, concluded.

Her speech was a highlight from the show and also drew a standing ovation from Henson in the crowd.

'There is a difference when it comes to actors of color in this business,' the 50-year-old actress said.

'If it's been 67 years since an actress of color has won an Emmy then there is certainly a line.'

She and her husband, Julius Tennon, have started a production company to try to continue erasing that line.

'My story doesn't end here,' she said.

'There is so much work that needs to be done in so many areas in the business with actors of color, so many narratives that need to be seen by people, so many stories that need to be seen and felt.'

Before taking home the big win on Sunday, Davis told Variety that she is happy that 'a lot of artists of color are being acknowledged.'

'I've gone through my entire career and I've worked with so many brilliants artist of color who are completely anonymous to people because they haven't had the role that pops them,' Davis explained to Variety.

'And now here are all these black artists who have roles, people who are writing for them, and they're popping - you know who they are, they're in the public mindset.

In a separate interview with PEOPLE, Davis said that 'it's my mission in life to make women of color a part of the narrative.'

A number of celebrities took to social media congratulating Davis on her historical win.

Talk show host Ellen DeGeneres, actress Sanaa Lathan, Sherri Shepard, Oprah, Andy Cohen, Sean 'Diddy' Combs, Laverne Cox and Idris Elba were among those who tweeted Davis well wishes.





judi-blair-clarendon.jpgCome Tuesday 9 pm, Clarendon-born Judi Blair, will be making her debut on the Tyler Perry drama, If Loving You Is Wrong,

Blair, who hails from Hayes and migrated at age 10, auditioned for the role 11 months prior, and the call from casting director Rhavynn Drummer saw her going into the studio to audition for him once more.

"I then met with the producers, and it was a match made in Heaven. The role was mine. I started working the next day," she said.

"I am playing the character called Faun. She is the daughter of the successful business owner, played by William Stanford Davis. Faun is a young college student who has taken a liking to Joey, played by Matt Cook, and finds herself at odds with her father as she decides to go against his wishes of dating a troubled young man," said Blair of her role.

Breaking into mainstream is no easy task, but the secret for Blair is keeping focused, as for her, "there are no blueprints". Her plan must be working, as she is presently playing the lead in an original Indie film directed by Harold Jackson III called Last Night.

The film is now making its way through the Indie Film Festival circuit.

Blair's other acting credits include Mike XXL, alongside Channing Tatum and Jada Pinkett Smith. She has enjoyed speaking roles on series such as BET's The Game, CW's Vampire Diaries and MTV's Single Ladies.

Blair said her love for acting and entertainment developed as a young girl watching her sister compete in the Miss Jamaica pageant that fuelled her desire to become a model, and at age 14 she started doing just that. She was even featured in The Caribbean Magazine as a rising Jamaican model. It was shortly after she turned her attention to acting, getting the lessons she needed to develop her craft.

Looking ahead, Blair says she is prayerful as she asks God to continue to lead her.





Novelist Anthony Winkler of 'The Lunatic' fame passes

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anthony-winkler-novelist.jpgOn Friday, September 18, 2015, the region lost a literary legend in Jamaica-born novelist Anthony Winkler.

Winkler, renowned for his work The Lunatic, died at his Atlanta home in the United States. He is survived by his wife, Cathy. Winkler was born in Kingston in 1942, before migrating to the United States when he was 21 to pursue a Bachelor of Arts degree.

The Lunatic became Winkler's most popular work, and was such a success that it spawned a film adaptation in 1991, starring Paul Campbell. Although The Lunatic became Winkler's most well-known work, another of his novels, The Annihilation of Fish, published in 2004, was also adapted for the screen. It was also critically acclaimed. The distinguished author was also the co-author of a number of English grammar textbooks, and published numerous works of non-fiction and fiction that were sold worldwide.

Winkler's last published book was The Family Mansion, in 2013, and in 2014, he was awarded a Musgrave Gold Medal for his contribution to literature.





Lobby group, Transport Operators Development Sustainable Services, is calling for Transport Minister, Dr Omar Davies, to take strong action against the Transport Authority after a boy was injured in an alleged vehicle chase on Friday.

The group's president, Egeton Newman, says he condemns the action of inspectors who chased and rammed into a motor vehicle in downtown Kingston.

The 10-year-old boy had to be taken to hospital for medical treatment.

The Transport Authority has said that it is investigating the matter.

Newman says Friday's incident is another example of the abusive and unprofessional conduct of Transport Authority inspectors. He says the government should intervene as there could be serious consequences if nothing is done to put a stop to this kind of behaviour.

For years, public passenger operators have been complaining about Transport Authority inspectors chasing and crashing into their vehicles.

The Authority has stated that this kind of conduct is in breach of its policies.





us-embassy-jamaica-kingston.jpgThere was a security scare, this morning at the United States Embassy in Kingston.

Joshua Polacheck, IRC Associate/Education USA Advisor, at the embassy confirmed that an occupant from a motor vehicle placed a plastic bag at the entrance in Liguanea.

The incident took place at approximately 11 o'clock.

Polacheck said the necessary precautionary measures were instituted but nothing damaging was found in the bag.

He said the embassy later reopened for normal business.





Gun, ammo seized on Pt Henderson Road

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gun-shooting.jpgPolice attached to the St Catherine South Division seized a firearm and three rounds of ammunition along Port Henderson Road in Portmore, St Catherine on Sunday.

Reports are that about 10:30am, lawmen acting on information, conducted a snap raid at a premise when a Taurus revolver with the ammunition was found.

While no arrests were made in connection to the seizure, the find comes on the heels of the recent launch of the 'Get the Guns Initiative' by the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF).





A double murder in the district of Georgia in Hanover on Saturday has brought to seven the number of murders committed in the parish in five days.

Police report that two men were at a shop when a group of men entered and peppered them with bullets.

They both died on the spot.

Two men were also killed in separate incidents on Friday. Hours before dawn 28-year-old Orane Scott a bus driver, was sleeping at home in Rock Spring when a group of men knocked on his door and shouted police. He opened the door and the men shot him dead before fleeing.

Two hours later a farmer was shot and killed as he walked to his farm.

On Thursday three men were killed at a shop in St Simon. The three were all related.

Police say the recent spate of killings are related and has its genesis in the lotto scam.





Brazilian tourist dies after being hit by minivan

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brazilian-tourist.jpgA Brazilian tourist who was hit by a Toyota minibus while walking along Knutsford Boulevard in New Kingston, has died.

The dead man has been identified as Hugo Leandro Drancha Salvatori.

Accoring to reports, the minibus was travelling down Knutsford Boulevard, at around 9:45 pm, when it collided with a Toyota motorcar at the entrance of the New Kingston Golf Club. It is believed that the driver lost control of the vehicle which swerved across the road and hit Salvatori in the vicinity of the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel.

Salvatori arrived on the island last week and was staying at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel.





gun-crime.jpgThe police are leaving no stones unturned as they search for the killers of two men, in separate incidents, in Clarendon over the weekend.

In the first incident, which happened shortly after 7 p.m. Saturday, a lone gunman reportedly walked up and shot a man in the head, killing him on the spot. The police have identified him as Howard Rowe, a 29-year-old taxi operator from Denbigh Kraal in the parish. Preliminary investigations revealed that he was also shot and injured in an attack three months ago.

Rowe's mother, 50-year-old Hilda Shand and his brother 23-year-old Christopher Rowe, were killed in a similar gun attack on May 5 last year when members of the Bucknor gang descended on their dwelling demanding guns.

The police later reported that Christopher Rowe, who is said to be associated with the gang, was the intended target of that attack. The police are said to be following strong leads.

In the second incident, one man died and another hospitalised after they were attacked by gunmen in Lionel Town.

The dead man has been identified as 23-year-old Okeime Martin, otherwise known as 'Sub Zero' or 'Helen Boy', of Young Street in Lionel Town. The other man, whose injuries are not considered life threatening, is reportedly undergoing treatment in hospital.





Time to heal, PJ Patterson tells PNP Conference

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pj-patterson-pnp-conference.jpgP.J. Patterson, former Prime Minister of Jamaica, and former President of the People's National Party, on Sunday issued a plea for unity in the governing Party, as it seeks to consolidate its position and win the next election, expected to be called shortly.

"This is a time to heal," he declared, while appealing to the Party delegates to "ensure that the good health of our Party is restored."

Mr. Patterson was speaking against the background of an outbreak of disunity in several constituencies, where incumbents are being challenged for the right to represent the Party in the upcoming election.

"This is not a time to break down; it is a time to rise up and build!" he said, in his address at the Annual Conference of the PNP at Kingston's National Arena.

"Let us remember the good seeds that our Party sowed, so that we can reap when the time of harvest comes," he added.

Mr. Patterson, who led the PNP, while being Prime Minister, from 1992 to 2006, told thousands of delegates and supporters that it was important for the Party to remain in government, in order to maintain Jamaica's good name in the international community.

"We cannot afford to run the risk of having the reputation that we have developed, for living according to our word, to be undermined by any Administration in the years to come," he declared.





Prime Minister comes out strongly against rapists

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prime-minister-portia-simpson-miller-against-rapists.jpgPrime Minister Portia Simpson Miller on Sunday declared her revulsion against rapists, as she declared a new determination on the part of her Administration to bring them to justice.

Delivering the main address at the Annual Conference of her People's National Party, on Sunday afternoon, the Prime Minister highlighted rape and other forms of sexual abuse of children, as being among her primary concerns.

"Stop it! Stop it!" she declared, as she warned that the authorities will be coming after the perpetrators and will be seeking to have the harshest possible penalties imposed for such crimes.

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Hollywood actor Danny Glover to visit Jamaica

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danny-glover.jpgHollywood actor, producer and humanitarian Danny Glover is expected to arrive in the island on October 3 as a guest of the National Reparation Commission (NCR).

The reparations advocate, who will be on the island until October 7, is expected to speak at the NCR breakfast forum at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel on October 6.

The forum is expected to be attended former PJ Patterson by and Youth and Culture Minister Lisa Hanna.

Glover's participation in this forum is a significant step in the integration of Reparation movements that have been gathering momentum in recent months across the US, Europe and the Caribbean, including Jamaica.





Shooting in Southside leaves 'Kettle' dead

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kettle-fleet-sept-18.jpgOne man was shot and killed by the Kingston Central police and a firearm recovered during an early Friday morning operation along Fleet Street in southside, Central Kingston.

The dead man has been identified as Andre Foreman o/c" Kettle" 24 yrs old of fleet Street Kingston.

Reports are that the police went in search of Foreman, who they say was wanted for several crimes committed in the area,

A team from the INDECOM are currently processing the scene.





crime-scene-7.jpgThe latest murder on police blotters is that of 29-year-old Garfield Williams, also called 'Hustler', of Point District in Hanover.

Police report that Williams was asleep, with relatives at his home in Point, when gunmen gained entry to the premises.

The hoodlums opened fire hitting 'Hustler' several times before making their escape.

He was taken to hospital where he died while undergoing treatment.

No other person in the house was harmed.





Cops kill 'Jesus' during shoot-out in Clarendon

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crime-scene-7.jpgA man listed as a person of interest by the Clarendon Police was last night killed in a reported shoot out with an off-duty cop.

The police say 26-year-old Lushane Jones otherwise called 'Jesus' or 'Boysie' was shot dead when he and another man challenged the policeman during an attempted robbery.

It is reported that about 8:30 last night Jones and his accomplice held up a group of residents in the Glenmuir Housing Scheme.

According to the police, the off-duty Clarendon cop identified himself as a policeman and the gunmen fired at him. The cop returned the fire fatally wounding 'Jesus'.

A Smith & Wesson 9 mm pistol with a magazine containing three rounds of ammunition was reportedly taken from him. The police say the other gunman escaped on foot in the area.

'Jesus' was wanted for questioning in relation to two gun-related incidents.





What is human trafficking?

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human-trafficking-photo-1.jpgAs the rape charges against socialite and businessman, Don Creary, mushrooms and evolves into a possible human trafficking charge, YardFlex shares with our reader a little bit about human trafficking:

Human trafficking is defined as "the illegal movement of people, typically for the purposes of forced labour or commercial sexual exploitation."

Human trafficking impacts people of all backgrounds, and people are trafficked for a variety of purposes. Men are often trafficked into hard labor jobs, while children are trafficked into labor positions in textile, agriculture and fishing industries. Women and girls are typically trafficked into the commercial sex industry, i.e. prostitution or other forms of sexual exploitation.

What is sex slavery/trafficking?

Sex trafficking or slavery is the exploitation of women and children, within national or across international borders, for the purposes of forced sex work. Commercial sexual exploitation includes pornography, prostitution and sex trafficking of women and girls, and is characterized by the exploitation of a human being in exchange for goods or money. Each year, an estimated 800,000 women and children are trafficked across international borders-though additional numbers of women and girls are trafficked within countries.

Some sex trafficking is highly visible, such as street prostitution. But many trafficking victims remain unseen, operating out of unmarked brothels in unsuspecting-and sometimes suburban-neighborhoods. Sex traffickers may also operate out of a variety of public and private locations, such as massage parlors, spas and strip clubs.

Adult women make up the largest group of sex trafficking victims, followed by girl children, although a small percentage of men and boys are trafficked into the sex industry as well.

How are women trafficked?

Women and girls are ensnared in sex trafficking in a variety of ways. Some are lured with offers of legitimate and legal work as shop assistants or waitresses. Others are promised marriage, educational opportunities and a better life. Still others are sold into trafficking by boyfriends, friends, neighbors or even parents.

Trafficking victims often pass among multiple traffickers, moving further and further from their home countries. Women often travel through multiple countries before ending at their final destination. For example, a woman from the Ukraine may be sold to a human trafficker in Turkey, who then passes her on to a trafficker in Thailand. Along the way she becomes confused and disoriented.

Typically, once in the custody of traffickers, a victim's passport and official papers are confiscated and held. Victims are told they are in the destination country illegally, which increases victims' dependence on their traffickers. Victims are often kept in captivity and also trapped into debt bondage, whereby they are obliged to pay back large recruitment and transportation fees before being released from their traffickers. Many victims report being charged additional fines or fees while under bondage, requiring them to work longer to pay off their debts.

What is the impact of sex trafficking?

Trafficking has a harrowing effect on the mental, emotional and physical well being of the women and girls ensnared in its web. Beyond the physical abuse, trafficked women suffer extreme emotional stress, including shame, grief, fear, distrust and suicidal thoughts. Victims often experience post-traumatic stress disorder, and with that, acute anxiety, depression and insomnia. Many victims turn to drugs and alcohol to numb the pain.





50 pounds of ganja wash ashore in Florida

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ganja-seized.jpgAbout 50 pounds of marijuana have washed ashore near the Martin and Palm Beach County boundary line.

US Border Patrol authorities tell the South Florida Sun Sentinel that at least eight bales of the drug were found Thursday. Two bales were spotted in Jupiter Island, while the rest of the bales washed ashore in Jupiter.

Frank Miller, assistant chief patrol agent for the Border Patrol, says the drugs likely were part of a narcotics-smuggling event, and authorities are searching for the smugglers.

Miller says he believes the drugs could be coming from a few areas in the Caribbean.

Investigators are not sure if the drugs were thrown overboard from a boat, dropped from a plane or discarded another way.





clock-boy-ahmed.jpgPresident Barack Obama has extended a personal White House invitation to a 14-year-old Muslim boy from Texas who was detained by police after bringing in a homemade, beeping clock, which teachers had mistaken for a bomb.

No charges were filed. The story of the student, Ahmed Mohamed, spurred accusations of Islamophobia and the hashtag #IStandWithAhmed to trend on Twitter, while his older sisters set up an account for him, @istandwithahmed, which has collected more than 26,000 followers within hours.

"Cool clock, Ahmed," Obama said on Twitter on Wednesday. "Want to bring it to the White House? We should inspire more kids like you to like science. It's what makes America great."

According to The Dallas Morning News, Ahmed, who likes to invent things, brought a homemade digital clock, made out of a circuit board covered by a pencil case that resembles a metal briefcase, to MacArthur High School in Irving on Monday. He showed it to his engineering teacher and kept the clock inside his bag in another class, but his clock's alarm started beeping, the newspaper said. He then showed it to its teacher, who told him "Well it looks like a bomb. Don't show it to anyone else," and took it from him, NBCFW.com reported.

"I closed it with a cable, 'cause I didn't want to lock it to make it seem like a threat, so I just used a simple cable so it won't look that much suspicious." Ahmed said in a video posted by the outlet.

The school phoned police. Ahmed was suspended for three days. Irving police said in a report on Tuesday that cited three complaints from MacArthur High School teachers against the teen on the charge of bringing a "hoax bomb" and said Ahmed said it was a clock but offered no further explanation.

Ahmed told The Dallas Morning News that he was "interrogated" by several officers, who searched through his belongings, confiscated his tablet and took his fingerprints and mug shots before releasing him, after which he was able to talk to his parents. They believe race played a factor in their son being detained, while school officials say the reaction to the clock would have been the same regardless of his religion, NBCFD.com reported.

"It made me feel like I wasn't human," Ahmed told the newspaper. "It made me feel like a criminal."

Irving Police Chief Larry Boyd said in a press conference that the student was handcuffed "for his safety and for the safety of the officers," taken to a juvenile detention center and then released. He said a follow-up investigation revealed the device was a homemade experiment and there's no evidence to support the perception he intended to create alarm.

"No charges will be filed and the case is considered closed," he said.

Leading Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg also expressed their support for Ahmed.

"Assumptions and fear don't keep us safe-they hold us back," Clinton tweeted. "Ahmed, stay curious and keep building."

"Having the skill and ambition to build something cool should lead to applause, not arrest," Zuckerberg said on Facebook. "The future belongs to people like Ahmed. Ahmed, if you ever want to come by Facebook, I'd love to meet you. Keep building."

"Thank you for your support!" Ahmed wrote on Twitter. "I really didn't think people would care about a Muslim boy. #Thankyouforstandingwithme #IStandWithAhmed."

"We can ban together to stop this racial inequality and prevent this from happening again," he added.





super-cat-don-dada.jpgReggae/Dancehall legend Super Cat has been confirmed for the inaugural Bay Area Vibez Festival lineup. Bay Area Vibez Music and Arts Festival will be held at Middle Harbor Shoreline Park on September 26 and 27 in Oakland, CA.

Internationally known as "Don Dada," the godfather of dancehall, Super Cat was perhaps the first artist to merge reggae and hip hop in the eighties and nineties with hits such as "Si Boops Deh," "Dolly My Baby," "Ghetto Red Hot," and his signature track "Don Dada." With his contemporaries Shabba Ranks, Red Dragon, Chaka Demus and Pliers and others, Super Cat was on the forefront of a style called Ragga, reggae played entirely or mostly using digital instrumentation.

Born William Anthony Maragh in Kingston, JA, Super Cat literally put the word "dance" into the term dancehall. Rapping over infectious beats produced by King Jammy, Winston Riley, Early B and the Killamanjaro sound system and Steely and Clevie, Supercat's lyrics were sexy, edgy and rebellious and fun. Countless Jamaican DJs including Grammy winners Sean Paul and Shaggy have emulated super Cat's style.

Bay Area Vibez' diverse lineup also includes neo-soul singer/songwriter producer Aloe Blacc, known for his international hits "I Need a Dollar," "Wake Me Up" and "The Man."

Egbert Nathaniel Dawkins III, aka Aloe Blacc, was born to Panamanian parents in Orange, County, CA. Blacc's 2014 release "Lift Your Spirit" received a Grammy nomination for Best R&B album. Blacc's style is reminiscent of classic soul singers such as Bill Withers and Marvin Gaye as well as folk singers such as Bob Dylan. He will perform with Sankofa Sound on Saturday, Sept. 26, along with Bay Area Vibez festival headliners, multiple Grammy winners Damian "Jr. Gong" Marley and Stephen "Ragga" Marley. Sankofa Sound is a collection of musicians that align themselves with a-list artists, who gather through Sankofa.org, a non-profit founded by Harry Belafonte. The foundation works to shape society's culture through their stature and music with a common goal to promote social justice.

Also performing Saturday are a full-bodied genre-bending infusion of EDM, Ska, hip-hop, alternative rock and reggae acts, as Morgan Heritage, The Grouch & Eligh, Tarrus Riley, Fishbone, Cut Chemist, Mod Sun, Queen Omega, I-Live, Skip Marley, Forrest Day, I-Wayne and Black Am-I.

Bay Area Vibez Sunday, Sept. 27 headliners include wildly popular electronic dance music DJ Lorin Ashton, aka Bassnectar, Grammy winning rapper, Nas and Grammy nominated singer/songwriter/producer Meshell Ndegeocello, best known for her acclaimed breakthrough album "Plantation Lullabies." Sunday's lineup also includes acts from the Pacific Islands, Belize, Jamaica and the states. Those artists will include, Fiji, Paper Diamond, Z-Trip, Dimond Saints, trending reggae-rock artists, Krooked Treez, Richie Spice, The Courtney John Project and Rick Haze.

The mission of this "urban lifestyle music festival" is to celebrate the diversity of the Bay Area through live music and the arts. Bay Area Vibez embodies the true essence of the San Francisco Bay Area, while supporting regional youth and music programs.





After 15 years, Tony 'Paleface' Hendricks returns

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tony-paleface-hendriks-ricky-rowe-as-samson-earsring.jpgPopular Jamaican actor, writer, comedian and producer Tony "Paleface" Hendriks has returned to the local stage after a 15 year break.

Hendricks is promoting "Samson & Di Liar" which is a comedy about 2 homeless men living in a bus stop in New Kingston who aspire to be musicians, one classical, the other dancehall. Tony "Paleface" Hendriks gives us the 411.

Tony Hendriks is working on television projects which will be aired in the New Year. He continues to work as a stand-up comedian, actor, writer, producer and resides between the USA and Jamaica.





Get the Guns campaign officially launched

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police-commissioner.jpgMore than two months after Police Commissioner Carl Williams announced the "Get the Guns" campaign, the initiative, aimed at reducing the number of illegal guns, was officially launched on Thursday morning.

Dr Carl Williams said, apart from increased cordons and searches as well as police patrols, there will be a targeted approach to stemming the guns-for-drugs trade.

"We will introduce coastal watches for towns and communities along the seacoast.... arrangements are being made to dispatch police officers to Haiti."

Meanwhile, police personnel have been reassigned to various divisions as the High Command moves to stem the upsurge in crime. The Commissioner made the announcement at the launch of the "Get the Guns" campaign.

Superintendent Steve Brown, commanding Officer for the St. Ann Police, will join Senior Superintendent Fitz Bailey as operations officer for Clarendon.

Special attention will be placed on Area One, which comprises St. James, Hanover, Westmoreland and Trelawny, where the lottery scam remains a challenge for the police.





Reports are that a well known medical doctor is now in police custody, where he will be questioned in connection with reports that he conducted an abortion on a 13-year-old girl.

It's understood that the Corporate Area-based doctor was held by the police on Tuesday afternoon, after a complaint was filed by relatives of the teenager.





shanique-williams-ribbiz-diplo.jpgA house belonging to a relative of Shaneke Williams who is charged with former Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) Councillor Don Creary in a case of sexual assault of a minor, was fire-bombed early Wednesday, in Richmond, St. Mary.

A car belonging to the relative was also destroyed.

The Richmond police have confirmed the incident which occurred about 1:30am.

The woman said the family had just gone to bed when she heard an explosion outside, she said a second molotov cocktail damaged sections of the house and its contents.

No one was hurt.

Williams' relative believes the attack is linked to the court case. Williams, 23, does not live at the house, but was reportedly staying there during the time of the fire-bombing.

Williams, whose profile shows her as the social media manager at Ribbiz, is also likely to face human trafficking charges, along with Creary, has since been placed in protective custody.





Grace Kennedy CEO Don Wehby for CIN Lecture in New York

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don-wehby.jpgDon Wehby the Chief Executive Officer at Grace Kennedy Ltd. and a former senator and cabinet minister, will deliver the Eleventh Caribbean International Network Lecture on Thursday, October 29, 2015 at Harlem's Schomburg Center For Research in Black Culture.

Wehby, as this year's presenter, follows in the footsteps of several outstanding Jamaicans who have spoken at the CIN Lecture Series, including last year's presenter Minister of Finance and Planning Dr. Peter Phillips who spoke to a standing room only audience.

His presentation, "Jamaica to the World...The Grace Kennedy Story" will trace the history of Grace and outline their strategy to become a global company with revenues of more than 50 per cent originating from overseas markets. Grace Kennedy's 2014 acquisition of La Fe Foods is a testimony to this global strategy, as La Fe - a significant New York manufacturer and distributor of Hispanic foods - has opened the door for the Jamaican firm to enter the US$6-billion Hispanic food market.

This year CIN will again stream the lecture live for worldwide audiences. The event commenceS with a cocktail reception at 6:00 pm with light refreshments and finger foods and the lecture will start promptly at 7:00 pm. Admission is free.





Flippa Mafia's trial could start next week

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flippa-mafia.jpgIt is reported that the narcotics trial for deejay Flippa Mafa, also known as Flippa Mogglea, could start as early as next week. the trial for Andrew Davis, more popularly known as Flippa Mafia, may begin as early as next week.

Flippa, who up to Thursday had not taken a plea deal, is scheduled to appear in the Camden County Superior Court in New Jersey. Prominent Attorney and Professor David Rowe reportedly told a popular muisc programme that Flippa and his attorney did not apply for a continuance.A continuance is a formal request to the judge to delay the case for more time to prepare the defendant's case.

Flippa's brothers, however, accepted plea deals from the US government to narcotics Charges. The two pleaded guilty to first-degree possession, with intent to distribute cocaine and leading a narcotics trafficking network.

The state is recommending that Kemar and Roger Davis be sentenced to 20 years and 10 years respectively.

Flippa Mafia's pending charges include a first-degree charge of leading a narcotics trafficking network, which carries a sentence of 25 years to life in prison.

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Gully Bop entertains New York

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gully-bop-photo-2.jpgDancehall sensation Gully Bop delivered his first outdoor performance in New York last week at Irie Jam Radio's 22nd Anniversary party.

The artiste who was recently at the centre of a controversy with his booking agency Heavy D Promotions, told an interviewee after his performance that he is proud of his achievements thus far.

"A di last artiste dis weh buss inna di business and mi a gwaan good so far because a mi an God a walk," said Gully Bop who who appeared to be in high spirits after his performance which he said everyone enjoyed.

Never one to back down from controversy, Gully Bop also took the opportunity to address his detractors.

"At the end of the day some people a run in like dem waan control mi ting and teck ova mi ting. Mi neva si dem when mi inna di gully a suffer ynuh.

All of a sudden people all a send out lawsuit pon mi, people a do all type a tings just to try stop me, but God a back me and dem caan stop mi," said the deejay still known for his most popular song Every Gal Want A Wuk Offa Mi.

Just last week popular emcee Nuffy lashed Gully Bop and his fiancee Shauna Chin, labelling them both as 'ginnals''.





attorney-of-jamaican-parentage-carey-gabay.jpgAn attorney in New York Governor Andrew Cuomo's administration who was critically wounded by a stray bullet in Brooklyn earlier this month died yesterday evening.

43 year old Carey Gabay, who is of Jamaican parentage, was struck in the head at a pre-dawn outdoor celebration on September 7 before the annual West Indian Day parade, which has been plagued by violence in recent years.

Mr. Gabay was a bystander caught in a shootout in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, that the police believe to have been between gangs. Mr. Gabay was taken to Kings County Hospital Center, where he was in critical condition in a coma. He was declared brain-dead on Tuesday night, and then taken off a respirator. Governor Cuomo expressed sadness at his passing.

Last week, police released a sketch of a suspect who is wanted for questioning in connection with the shooting. The suspect was described as a 19 to 20-year-old black man wearing a white T-shirt, black pants and a Jamaican flag around his neck. A Harvard-educated lawyer who was raised in public housing in the Bronx by Jamaican immigrant parents, Mr. Gabay became an assistant counsel for Governor Cuomo in 2011 after working in finance.





crime-scene-demo.jpgAs the violence continues unabated, rampaginig gunmen struck in the quiet community of St Simon in Hanover and slaughtered three men on Wednesday night.

The three men, who are reportedly cousins, have been identified as 39 year-old Nicholas Spence, 27 year-old Nerrick Dias and Dalton Haughton, 41.

The three were inside a shop in the community when three armed hoodlums walked in and opened fire, hitting them.

All three died on the spot.

Police recovered more than 40 spent shells at the murder scene.





Manchester pastor shoots and kills armed robber

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pastor-kills.jpgA pastor from Manchester is being hailed as a hero after he shot and killed a robber who attacked and shot him during a robbery attempt at his home on Tuesday evening.

The pastor had arrived at his home when three armed men approached and attempted to rob him. One of the men opened fire and shot the pastor.

The man of the cloth drew a weapon and it was not the word of God but his licensed firearm. The pastor fired back and one of the gunmen was hit. The other two fled the scene.

A search was conducted and the gunman was found dead. He has been identified as Alvin Green, also called 'Butter.

Police said 'Butter' was arrested and charged for the murder of former People's National Party Member of Parliament for Western St Mary, Neil McGill, but was later acquitted.

McGill was killed at Hillside in the parish in August, 2010. He was about to visit a friend and was shot as he drove up on a dirt track. His licensed firearm was found between his legs and money was found in his wallet.





Don Creary on $4-million bail on two rape charges

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don-creary-handcuffed.jpgBusinessman and former Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) councillor Don Creary has been granted $2 million bail on each of his two rape charges.

Bail was granted when Creary reappeared in the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate's Court today.

In applying for bail, attorney-at-law Tom Tavares-Finson argued that the businessman is not a flight risk and does not have a criminal record.

Creary was ordered to return to court on October 16.

He is being accused of the rape of a 15-year-old girl in 2013 in St Mary and the rape of a 19-year-old woman at an apartment in Meadowbrook, St Andrew in June this year.

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Twenty-two-year-old Shaneke Williams, is charged with aiding and abetting and sexual touching in connection with the first case.

She was previously granted bail in the sum of $1.5 million.However, reports are that Williams is in protective custody.

Her' family home in Richmond, St. Mary was fire bombed earlier this week.





don-creary-and-shaneke-williams-photo-1.jpgPolice investigators are preparing to charge former Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) councillor, Don Creary, with human trafficking and another criminal charge.

Creary's co-accused Shaneke Williams, is also expected to face human trafficking charges.

Defence lawyers, Tom Tavares-Finson and Nadine Atkinson Flowers, disclosed the new developments following Creary's appearance before the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate's Court on Thursday.

In court Thursdday Creary was offered bail on two counts of rape.

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Williams who was earlier this week offered bail is charged with aiding and abetting and sexual touching in connection with the first count of rape.

Both Williams and Creary are expected to return to court on October 16 and it is expected that the new charges will be laid against the two by that time.

Creary is likely to be charged with procuring violation of a person by administering drugs.

In the first rape case, prosecutors allege that in 2013, Creary and Williams took a 15-year-old girl to an apartment in St Mary, where she was allegedly given alcoholic beverages and sexually assaulted.

On Tuesday, Creary was charged with a second case of rape following complaints by a 19-year-old woman who has admitted that she and the former politician had a relationship.





'A God send mi inna the studio,' Ele says of new song

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elephant-man-photos-4.jpgWord on the streets is that it's Elephant Man's time again, and the flamboyant dancehall deejay is crediting the Almighty with placing him in the right place at the right time to voice what is being touted as his next mega single. The song, Dance 'N' Move, was recorded at Kings of Kings studio two weeks ago, the same studio where producer Skatta recorded Ele's huge hit, Sweep, in 2009.

"Imagine, a right here mi haffi come back and find mi big tune," the boisterous Ele said during the recording session at the Iley Dread-owned Kings of Kings studio in St Andrew.

From the moment Ele drove into the studio and heard the bouncy Double Up riddim, the acknowledged Energy God was spiralled into motion. "This riddim just mek me want to dance and move," he declared with his infectious excitement.

And that is exactly what he did, from 9pm until 4:00 the following morning when he completed the song and exited the studio with a sense of accomplishment. Naturally, there was no other name for this Kings of Kings single which highlights three of the current dancehall dance moves and their creators but Dance 'N' Move. Early predictions are that the entire dancehall will soon be vibrating topsy turvy with this Elephant Man dance classic.

According to co-producer Damian 'Tef' Forbes, Elephant Man knew exactly what he wanted and how he wanted this song to play out. "We brought in Jiggy Ras to show the dance moves while Ele looked at him a filled in the lyrics. It was creativity at its best. Positive energy just took over in the studio from Ele drove in and heard the riddim," Forbes explained.

He also noted that instead of using the regular six tracks, which is the standard for recording a dancehall song, they ended up using 30 tracks, because that was the level of production that Ele demanded. "Four to six is standard, but people like Beenie Man and Sean Paul use 30 tracks for their recordings and Caution and I were only too willing to go along with what Elephant demanded because at the end of the day, we want the best possible product that will stand the test of time," Forbes explained

Dance 'N' Move is already endorsed by two of dancehall's leading selectors - Foota Hype, who was in studio for part of the recording session and Boom Boom.

Plans are in the pipeline to shoot the accompanying music video which will showcase the creativity of the dancers who play such an integral role in dancehall music.





fitz-bailey.jpgEffective September 16, Senior Superintendent Fitz Bailey will be in charge of the police division in the hot-spot parish of Clarendon.

Bailey, the former Commander of the St Andrew Central Division, The Fraud Squad and Area 4 Headquarters has been mandated by Police Commissioner Dr Carl Williams to organise operational activities geared at curtailing the recent upsurge of violence in the parish and to institute programmes aimed at boosting the morale of the men and women of the Division.

He will be supported by an additional Senior Officer who will be shortly transferred to the parish.

The no nonsense Bailey is a firm believer in community policing and was instrumental in bringing down crime figures in the volatile August Town and Nanyville communities during his tenure at the St Andrew Central division, using this approach.

He was also credited with removing the menace of the homeless men from the Shoemaker Gully in New Kingston, making life in the business district and its environs more bearable.

Bailey replaces Superintendent Maurice Robinson.





Minister of Education Ronald Thwaites is not pleased by the decision made by Meadowbrook High School principal, Michael Peart, to send home lower sixth form students due to non-payment of school fees. He has described the move as callous.

On Monday, the students were gathered and asked to provide proof that they had paid their tuition. When they could not provide proof, some 20 students were escorted off the school compound and told that if their school fees were not paid by the end of the week, they would not be allowed to attend school.

It costs $42,000 per term to attend lower sixth form at the Meadowbrook High School.

Thwaites, who had earlier said no child should be barred from school due to non-payment of fees, called on the authorities to rethink their position and allow the students and their parents some latitude to come up with the money.

One parent has complained that, even though she had paid a portion of the fee, her child was still chased out of the institution. The move, she said, embarrassed her daughter.

"She was so embarrassed. Why did they have to do it like that? My daughter is devastated," the woman said.





Alton 'Putty Wet' Maxwell, a two-time escapee and murder convict on the run, one of Jamaica's most wanted men, was killed Sunday morning in a shooting incident involving the St Catherine South police in Caymanas Gardens.

Reports are that a team from the St Catherine South Division went to premises in Caymanas Gardens in search of Maxwell, who was convicted last year for the murder of a pregnant woman in Watson Grove.

Police sources said the wanted man, when confronted by the police, pointed a gun in the direction of the lawmen. The police team took action, firing at Watson, who was shot during the confrontation. He was pronounced dead at hospital.

An Intratec Tec-9 submachine gun was recovered during the incident.

Superintendent Terrence Sancko, operations officer, St Catherine South, described Watson, who had escaped the Portmore lock-up in March while awaiting sentencing for murder, as "a major violence producer".

"He is a man who was in the court on charges of murder and shooting. He was convicted and awaiting sentencing when he escaped. He was held in Westmoreland with a firearm, a charge to which he pleaded guilty before escaping custody again.

"We had him down as a major violence producer based on the number of crimes attributed to him, him being a known gunman, having pleaded guilty to illegal possession of firearm. These are things that were all proven," Sancko pointed out.

"It's always regretful in the event of death, but sometimes we are not too sad when these things happen. We knew he had a propensity to shoot at will. Any confrontation with him would have ended in a gunfight," he added.

Maxwell was among seven men who had escaped from the Portmore police lock-up in March. After being recaptured in Westmoreland, he was among eight men who broke out of the Savanna-la-Mar lock-up in June.





Raymond Pryce is out!

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portia-hugs-pryce.jpgMember of Parliament for St. Elizabeth North East, Raymond Pryce, will not seek re-election in the next general election.

Pryce, who was being challenged by Santa Cruz businessman, Evon Redman, for the right to context the next election on the ticket of the governing People's National Party (PNP), announced his withdrawal from the selection process on Monday night.

In a statement released, following a meeting at the PNP's headquarters in Kingston, Pryce confirmed that "in light of recent developments within the political organization of the Constituency of North Eastern St Elizabeth and the serious implications that have arisen, I have decided to withdraw my name from the selection process."

Accordingly, he said, "I will... not be available to stand as a candidate for the People's National Party when the next General Elections are called."

The selection of the candidate for the constituency had been scheduled for last Saturday, but Daphne Holmes, a former mayor, who supports Mr. Pryce, secured a court injunction, barring the Party from proceeding with the exercise.

There is no official word yet from the PNP regarding whether there will still be a formal selection process, and who the candidates might be, if one is to be held. Nor is there any word as to the status of Mr. Redman, whose supporters blocked several roads in the constituency on the weekend, in protest against the court injunction.

Pryce, in his statement, stressed that he remained "a loyal member of the People's National Party and subscribe to its principles and ideals," adding that he will continue to represent the interests of the people of the constituency until a new MP is elected.





The Cross Roads Police in St. Andrew are seeking the public's assistance in locating the parents or relatives of a newborn baby boy who was left at Bustamante Hospital for Children on September 6.

A statement from the police says, about 5:30 p.m., staff members found the child in a section of the hospital.

The baby was medically examined and appears to be in good health.

Investigators are appealing to anyone who may have information on the whereabouts of his parents or relatives to contact the Cross Roads Police at 926-6657, Police 119 emergency number, or the nearest police station.





Flippa Mafia's brothers accept plea deal

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flippa-mafia.jpgTwo more persons who were arrested with Jamaican deejay Andrew Davis, whose performing name is "Flippa Mafia" have accepted plea deals from the US Government, and pleaded guilty to narcotics charges. Flippa Mafia however is reported to have other charges pending, and is scheduled to go on trial soon.

The two, Kemar and Roger Davis, are both brothers of the deejay. They pleaded guilty yesterday to first-degree possession, with intent to distribute cocaine, and leading a narcotics trafficking network. Based on their plea deal, the state will recommend that Kemar Davis be given a 20 year sentence in state prison, while for Roger Davis, the state is recommending he be sentenced to 10 years in prison. Sentencing is scheduled for November 6.

For Flippa Mafia, he faces pending charges, including a first-degree charge of leading a narcotics trafficking network, which carries a sentence of life in state prison. He and another co-accused, Marsha Bernard, are scheduled for trial later this month.

Flippa Mafia was among eight persons arrested in 2014 under a massive anti-narcotics drive called "Operation Next Day Air" by the US authorities. Prosecutors say the syndicate shipped large quantities of cocaine through parcel delivery services to New Jersey for bulk distribution to other narcotics suppliers and dealers. Flippa Mafia is accused of leading these activities from various locations in Jamaica, California and New Jersey, along with his brother Kemar.





Don Creary slapped with second rape charge

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don-creary-second-rape-charge.jpgSocialite and former Jamaica Labour Party councillor, Don Creary, has been charged with a second case of rape.

Creary, who is also a businessman was charged following a question-and-answer session Tuesday in the presence of his lawyer, Tom Tavares-Finson. Allegations are that in June this year, Creary raped the 19-year-old woman at an apartment in Meadowbrook, St Andrew.

The woman reported the matter to investigators in July.

The married 48-year-old former politician has denied the allegation.

It is reported that both Creary and the woman admitted to police investigators that they were in a relationship.

Last week, Creary was charged with another case of rape.





Another rape charge for Don Creary? What a prekeh!

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don-creary-again.jpgReliable sources had confirmed to YardFlex last week that socialite, and former Jamaica Labour Party Councillor, Don Creary, was about to face a second rape charge in less than a week.

"Is a Bill Cosby ting it look like," the YardFlex source stated, adding thatanother woman had come forward with a new set of accusations against the married socialite and father of four.

One online portal has also revealed that their law enforcement sources had confirmed that a woman with whom Don Creary reportedly had a relationship has given a statement alleging that she was raped by him.

Now, this is really what you call, "What a prekeh!"

We have 'observed' (pun intended) also that a particular media house has caried the first story on the rape charge and has not carried any subsequent reports on the matter. We are told that it's called "having friends in high places".

Resident Magistrate Simone Wolfe- Reece was told by Police investigators that Don Creary is likely to have another matter to address before Wednesday.





don-creary-and-shaneke-williams.jpgMout say that socialite businessman and former Jamaica Labour Party councillor, Don Creary was not in jail, as he was supposed to be last weekend.

According to the rumour mill, the married father of four, who is on a rape charge, was actually relaxing at a private home, rather than in a jail cell, where the judge ordered him to be.

There were reports that on the weekend, police personnel took the rape accused from his jail cell at the Constant Spring Police lock up to his St. Andrew house.

However, Creary's lawyer has dismissed these claims as rumour.

Well, what can we say.





Bodies of newborn twins found on the beach

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crime-scene-7.jpgThe bodies newborn twins were discovered on the shore of a beach in Prospect, St. Thomas yesterday.

Reports from the Constabulary Communications Unit CCU, are that the Yallahs Police were summoned to the beach between 1 and 5 p.m, where they saw the bodies of the infants.

They appeared to have been born recently, as the umbilical cord was still attached.

A post mortem examination is to be done on the bodies of the twins.

The police are also asking anyone with information to contact the Yallahs Police at 982-5075, Police 119, emergency number or the nearest police station. Investigations continue.





Cops name 14 wanted men in western Jamaica

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The Area One Police say they are still searching for 14 men listed as wanted in western Jamaica and are renewing the call for them to turn themselves in to the nearest police station immediately.

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

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. 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, Police 119 emergency 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.





don-creary-handcuffed.jpgDon Creary was further remanded when he reappeared in the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate's Court today.

Resident Magistrate Simone Wolfe Reece denied him bail as the court was told that the police are investigating another matter involving the businessman.

The businessman and former JLP councillor was ordered to return to court on Wednesday to answer to rape charges.

Meanwhile, Creary is being transferred from the Constant Spring lock-up to the South Camp Juvenile Remand & Correctional Centre.

His lawyer, Tom Tavares Finson explained that the police decided to move him because the popular businessman is getting too many visitors at Constant Spring.

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Meanwhile, Creary's co-accused, Shaneke Williams, was granted bail in the sum of $1.5 million.

She was ordered to report weekly to the Constant Spring Police Station and to surrender her travel documents.

A stop order was also placed against her.

Forty-eight-year-old Creary has been charged with rape while Williams is charged with aiding and abetting and sexual touching. Allegations are that the pair took a 15-year-old girl to an apartment in St Mary, gave her alcoholic beverages and sexually assaulted her.

The teen reportedly told her mother about the act and a report was made to the police.





gun-shooting.jpgIt was a bloody weekend in May Pen, Clarendon, after three shooting incidents left three men dead and one nursing gunshot wounds.

Among the dead is a man residents say is a former member of the Jamaica Constabulary Force, 37-year-old Christopher Ricketts also known as Rico.

He was killed in the company of his two children.

Police reports are that around 10:15 Saturday night, Ricketts was in the town centre with his children when explosions were heard.Residents summoned the police and on their arrival he was found with gunshot wounds.

He was taken to hospital where he died while undergoing surgery.

A few hours later, gunmen struck again.

Police reports are that around 1:15am on Sunday, residents on Bryant Crescent, located just metres away from the town center, heard explosions and soon after saw a man stumbling along the road way. The Police were summoned and the man, Romario Fearon, was found with several gunshot wounds.

Police say he died before he reached hospital.

Residents say they believe Fearon's killing was a reprisal for Ricketts' death.

The bloodletting did not end there. In another incident, one man was shot dead and another injured on Church Street in May Pen.

The dead man has been identified as 22-year old Travis Clarke of Nelson Street in the parish.

Reports from the May Pen Police are that about 7:30pm on Sunday, Clarke and a friend were sitting at a shop when armed men approached and opened fire. Clarke was pronounced dead at hospital. The injured man has been admitted in serious condition.





don-creary-again.jpgThe head of the Centre for the Investigation of Sexual Offences and Child Abuse (CISOCA), Enid Ross-Stewart, has explained the reason for the 18-month period between the initial report against former politician Don Creary and the preferring of charges against him.

Ross-Stewart was summoned to court today by Resident Magistrate Simone Wolf-Reece.

The CISOCA boss explained that since the matter originated in St Mary, police investigators had to do investigations in that parish as well as St Andrew.

Ross-Stewart also said there was nothing untoward in the course of the investigation.

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On Friday, Wolfe Reece demanded that Ross-Stewart appear in court to explain the delay in bringing the matter before the court after hearing that in 2013 Creary and co-accused Shaneke Williams took a 15-year-old female complainant to an apartment in St Mary, where she was allegedly given alcoholic beverages and sexually assaulted.

The court was told that the complainant first gave a statement to the police in March 2014 and a second on September 3 this year.





16 Jamaicans arrested for prostitution in The Bahamas

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jamaican-women-in-bahamas.jpgSome 16 Jamaican women were arrested during a Police Anti-Crime Operation, The Bahamas Weekly is reporting.

According to the report, seven of the sixteen women were arrested at a nightclub on Madeira Street and the other nine were arrested at a nightclub on Robinson Road.

Police reportedly suspected the women to be at the nightclubs to facilitate prostitution activities which is a breach of the Immigration Act.

Police also confiscated a large amount of cash from women believed to be from the proceeds of crime.

The Bahamas police also arrested the club owner of both clubs where the women were reportedly working, for breach of the Business License Act and solicitation for prostitution.





Hollywood glamour for Black & White 2015

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black-and-white.jpgWith just three months to go, the promoters of hugely popular gliyzy bash, Black & White, are busy putting top-notch plans in place for the December 26 soiree at Valerie Lawn in Trelawny.

This year, the party 'tun all the way up' as the event celebrates its milestone tenth anniversary. The theme is Hollywood Glam and the competition will be fierce, as the ladies make preparations to oudo the men. The glamour stakes are high and the glam squads are already out in full force securing that perfect outfit and accessories for the not-to-be-mssed edition of Black & White.

"Our patrons have waited for this all year ...and for many the countdown actually started from January, so now that we are counting in weeks, it's an exhilarating feeling. We want to make this year special for everybody and already our sponsors are helping us to make this the event which closes 2015 with a bang," the promoters said.

Music will be provided by the sound which has consistently won Sound System of the Year for decades, the immortal Stone Love, with special appearances by "Mr Singy Singy" himself, Tarrus Riley, along with his father, reggae veteran Jimmy Riley.

Tickets for the Hollywood Glam Edition of Black & White 10 are $400 pre-sold and $500 at the gate.





braata.jpgKevin 'Ray' Owens, the lead singer from the legendary R&B group Ray, Goodman & Brown will headline a Jamaican fundraising gala, concert and awards ceremony in New York City on Saturday September 19 at the Jamaica Performing Arts Center in Queens. The black-tie event is being hosted by New York-based Braata Productions company.

Owens will be the evening's entertainment with a live performance of #1 smash singles 'Special Lady,' 'Happy Anniversary' and 'Love on a Two Way Street'. Other performances will come from Braata Folk Singers, Braata Theatre Workshop, Braata Educational Outreach with an artistic demonstration, and Everton Bailey & ISOP.

There will also be an awards ceremony paying tribute to those who have impacted the lives of Jamaican and Caribbean residents in New York City. This year's awardees include the Immaculate Conception High School Alumnae Association New York Chapter, Jimmy Van Bramer, NYC council majority leader and community radio icon Carl B Moxie. Other awardees are Gloria Messam, Sophia Walsh-Newman and Merrick Dammer, Esq.

Braata Productions has consistently generated rave reviews for their year-round performances in New York City and the company is committed to preserving the cultures of the Caribbean region.

"Our mission and our driving passion at Braata Productions is to deliver first class performances," founder and executive director of Braata Productions Andrew Clarke declared. "All our performers give of their many talents out of a deep love for their craft, so in order to continue this fine tradition, it is important for us to have a successful fundraising gala and concert", he added.

Contributions for the event are $50 for concert and awards gala starting at 8 PM, and $75 including VIP reception and silent auction starting at 6 PM. Tickets are available at Braata.Eventbrite.com or at BraataProductions.org.





reggae-singer-oriel.jpgAs reggae artiste ORieL gears up for his first European tour, his heart aches for his birthplace of Dominica as Tropical Storm Erika wreaked havoc on the Caribbean island.

The artiste took to his facebook to express his sentiments: "Greetings and Blessings Jah children, My sincere condolences goes out to everyone that has been affected by the tropical storm that's going through the Caribbean. Some lost their lives in my birth land of Dominica and my heart goes out to all those families. Let the aged be cared for and the young ones be protected..JAH Guide and Protect Us All."

ORieL and his label Afar Music Group urges all who wish to help to use reputable vessels such as the Red Cross as unfortunately many scrupulous foundations scam giving hearts amid tragedy.

As ORieL readies for his anticipated first European tour with non stop rehearsals, the artist expresses humbleness and gratitude at the positive feedback for his recently released "Cruise" video which has garnered an impressive number of views both on Afar Music Group youtube channel and on popular platform ReggaeVille.

"Cruise" is the lead single from the recently released "Love SoulJah" EP. It was filmed on location at the breathtaking scenery of Falmouth and Montego Bay on the beautiful island of Jamaica, "Cruise" video was directed and edited by acclaimed Magix and co- directed by Crawba Genus and Afar Music Group.

While in Europe, ORieL will treat his fans and music lovers to selections from "Love SoulJah" and "Confidence 2.0". The recently released EPs both display a different prolific side of the artist and are available on iTunes.

ORieL hit single "Get Me High" remix done by popular U.S based DJ Phiness breathes new air in the hit single with it's dancehall flair. "Since the song has been so successful, we thought that we would reintroduce it to a new audience, so far the response has been positive as it premiered last week on Ron Muschette popular radio show" stated Afar Music Group.





european-reggae-propmoter-andrew-mcmanus.jpgFifty-four-year-old Andrew McManus, promoter of the Ragamuffin Music Festival in Australia and New Zealand is among five persons arrested in Australia and the United States for alleged cocaine trafficking and money laundering.

The arrests took place Thursday, the Sydney Morning Herald reports.McManus was arrested at Melbourne Airport.Others arrested in Australia are Craig Haeusler, described as a 'crime figure', solicitor Michael Croke and pastry shop owner Zeki Atilgan.

Owen Hanson Junior, an American businessman, was also arrested in San Diego, California.

According to the Herald, the investigation started with the discovery of a suitcase with AUS$700,000 cash at Sydney's Hilton Hotel in August 2011. The joint investigation involved the US Federal Bureau of Investigation, the NSW Organised Crime Squad and the Australian Crime Commission.

Police are expected to charge McManus with attempting to pervert the course of justice in relation to the funds.Croke, 65, and Haeusler, 55, were charged with similar offences Thursday.

McManus started the festival in 2008 with shows in the Australian cities of Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth, and Sydney. It was last held in Australia four years ago. New Zealand, which co-hosted the event since its inception, is the sole host now.

Some of the biggest names in reggae and hip hop have played the 'Raggamuffin' including Ziggy Marley, the Original Wailers, Sly and Robbie, Maxi Priest, Steel Pulse, Wyclef Jean and Lauryn Hill.

Sly and Robbie and Inner Circle are scheduled for the 2016 show.





Ambassador Ralph Thomas assumes duties in Washington

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ambassador-ralph-thomas.jpgJamaica's new Ambassador to the United States Ralph Thomas has assumed duties in Washington, DC.

Thomas arrived in the US capital on September 4 and has already delivered accreditation letters to the US Department of State.

He will officially present his credentials to US President, Barack Obama, on September 17.

Thomas was appointed on August 21 as Jamaica's 12th Ambassador to the US.

He succeeded Professor Stephen Vasciannie, whose tour of duty concluded in July.





police-photo-1.jpgThe Head of the Police Chaplaincy Unit is reporting that the force has seen a record number of cops committing suicide this year, compared to previous years.

ACP Gary Welsh, who was addressing a suicide prevention forum in Kingston on Thursday, disclosed that so far this year four members of the JCF have taken their own lives. This is a significant jump, considering that between 2005 and 2014, the force recorded 10 police suicide incidents.

CP Welsh says policing is a tough job and many persons have gone into panic mode. He encouraged cops to find ways to work with those members they come in contact with who are facing various social challenges.

ACP Welsh says the Chaplaincy Unit has about 450 counsellors and chaplins who work with troubled cops across the island. He noted that the police suicide figure could have been worse, had it not been for the intervention of the volunteer counsellors and chaplins.He is encouraging officers to seek help from the Chaplincy Unit.

According to him, last year, over 6,000 officers sought the aid of the Chaplincy Unit, with issues ranging from work related, to family and other personal problems.

ACP Welsh adds that last year, over 7,000 cops benefitted from services offered at the clinic, to treat depression and other emotional issues.





Date rape drugs: THE FACTS

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What are date rape drugs?

date-rape-drugs-photo-1.jpgThese are drugs that are sometimes used to assist a sexual assault. Sexual assault is any type of sexual activity that a person does not agree to. It can include touching that is not okay; putting something into the vagina; sexual intercourse; rape; and attempted rape. These drugs are powerful and dangerous. They can be slipped into your drink when you are not looking. The drugs often have no color, smell, or taste, so you can't tell if you are being drugged. The drugs can make you become weak and confused - or even pass out - so that you are unable to refuse sex or defend yourself. If you are drugged, you might not remember what happened while you were drugged. Date rape drugs are used on both females and males.

The three most common date rape drugs are:

date-rape-drugs-photo-2.jpgRohypnol (roh-HIP-nol). Rohypnol is the trade name for flunitrazepam (FLOO-neye-TRAZ-uh-pam). Abuse of two similar drugs appears to have replaced Rohypnol abuse in some parts of the United States. These are: clonazepam (marketed as Klonopin in the U.S.and Rivotril in Mexico) and alprazolam (marketed as Xanax). Rohypnol is also known as: CircleS, Forget Pill, Lunch Money, Mexican Valium, Mind Erasers, Poor Man's Quaalude, Easy Lay, Energy Drink and Salt Water.

These drugs also are known as "club drugs" because they tend to be used at dance clubs, concerts, and "raves."

The term "date rape" is widely used. But most experts prefer the term "drug-facilitated sexual assault." These drugs also are used to help people commit other crimes, like robbery and physical assault. They are used on both men and women. The term "date rape" also can be misleading because the person who commits the crime might not be dating the victim. Rather, it could be an acquaintance or stranger.

What do the drugs look like?

date-rape-drugs-photo-3.jpgRohypnol comes as a pill that dissolves in liquids. Some are small, round, and white. Newer pills are oval and green-gray in color. When slipped into a drink, a dye in these new pills makes clear liquids turn bright blue and dark drinks turn cloudy. But this color change might be hard to see in a dark drink, like cola or dark beer, or in a dark room. Also, the pills with no dye are still available. The pills may be ground up into a powder.

GHB has a few forms: a liquid with no odor or color, white powder, and pill. It might give your drink a slightly salty taste. Mixing it with a sweet drink, such as fruit juice, can mask the salty taste.

Ketamine comes as a liquid and a white powder.

What effects do these drugs have on the body?

date-rape-drugs-photo-4.jpgThese drugs are very powerful. They can affect you very quickly and without your knowing. The length of time that the effects last varies. It depends on how much of the drug is taken and if the drug is mixed with other drugs or alcohol. Alcohol makes the drugs even stronger and can cause serious health problems - even death.

Rohypnol
The effects of Rohypnol can be felt within 30 minutes of being drugged and can last for several hours. If you are drugged, you might look and act like someone who is drunk. You might have trouble standing. Your speech might be slurred. Or you might pass out. Rohypnol can cause these problems:

Muscle relaxation or loss of muscle control
Difficulty with motor movements
Drunk feeling
Problems talking
Nausea
Can't remember what happened while drugged
Loss of consciousness (black out)
Confusion
Problems seeing
Dizziness
Sleepiness
Lower blood pressure
Stomach problems
Death

GHB
GHB takes effect in about 15 minutes and can last 3 or 4 hours. It is very potent: A very small amount can have a big effect. So it's easy to overdose on GHB. Most GHB is made by people in home or street "labs." So, you don't know what's in it or how it will affect you. GHB can cause these problems:
Relaxation
Drowsiness
Dizziness
Nausea
Problems seeing
Loss of consciousness (black out)
Seizures
Can't remember what happened while drugged
Problems breathing
Tremors
Sweating
Vomiting
Slow heart rate
Dream-like feeling
Coma
Death

Ketamine
Ketamine is very fast-acting. You might be aware of what is happening to you, but unable to move. It also causes memory problems. Later, you might not be able to remember what happened while you were drugged. Ketamine can cause these problems:
Distorted perceptions of sight and sound
Lost sense of time and identity
Out of body experiences
Dream-like feeling
Feeling out of control
Impaired motor function
Problems breathing
Convulsions
Vomiting
Memory problems
Numbness
Loss of coordination
Aggressive or violent behavior
Depression
High blood pressure
Slurred speech

Are these drugs legal?

Some of these drugs are legal when lawfully used for medical purposes. But that doesn't mean they are safe. These drugs are powerful and can hurt you. They should only be used under a doctor's care and order.

Is alcohol a date rape drug? What about other drugs?

date-rape-drugs-photo-5.jpgAny drug that can affect judgment and behavior can put a person at risk for unwanted or risky sexual activity. Alcohol is one such drug. In fact, alcohol is the drug most commonly used to help commit sexual assault. When a person drinks too much alcohol:

It's harder to think clearly.
It's harder to set limits and make good choices.
It's harder to tell when a situation could be dangerous.
It's harder to say "no" to sexual advances.
It's harder to fight back if a sexual assault occurs.
It's possible to blackout and to have memory loss.
The club drug "ecstasy" (MDMA) has been used to commit sexual assault. It can be slipped into someone's drink without the person's knowledge. Also, a person who willingly takes ecstasy is at greater risk of sexual assault. Ecstasy can make a person feel "lovey-dovey" towards others. It also can lower a person's ability to give reasoned consent. Once under the drug's influence, a person is less able to sense danger or to resist a sexual assault.

Even if a victim of sexual assault drank alcohol or willingly took drugs, the victim is not at fault for being assaulted. You cannot "ask for it" or cause it to happen.

Are there ways to tell if I might have been drugged and raped?
It is often hard to tell. Most victims don't remember being drugged or assaulted. The victim might not be aware of the attack until 8 or 12 hours after it occurred. These drugs also leave the body very quickly. Once a victim gets help, there might be no proof that drugs were involved in the attack. But there are some signs that you might have been drugged:

You feel drunk and haven't drunk any alcohol - or, you feel like the effects of drinking alcohol are stronger than usual.
You wake up feeling very hung over and disoriented or having no memory of a period of time.
You remember having a drink, but cannot recall anything after that.
You find that your clothes are torn or not on right.
You feel like you had sex, but you cannot remember it.





date-rape-drugs-photo-1.jpgUnfortunately, more and more young girls are falling prey to influential 'society' men who favourite indulgence is spiking young girls' drinks with date rape drugs and then carting them off for threesome and four somes and even fivesomes.

This is no joke.

This is how it operates. The wives and girlfriends of these low life men who are featured on the social pages of many tabloids befriend the girls, gain thier trust and then bed their prey. Of course, these unsuspecting girls are only too thrilled to be a part of 'high society' and and are totally blinded by the so-called 'privilege' of hanging out and rubbing shoulders with A-listers at hot-spot night clubs and restaurants.

They can even claim that Mr So And So's wife/girlfriend is their BFF.

But at what cost? R-A-P-E. Pain and simple. That is what happens increadingly to these nubile, impressionable young girls. If they are up to it, and are too charmed by the lifestyle, they will quietly acept it as continue with the illicit liaisons with these older men and their female partner(s).

Or, if they have any sense of self, they will run straight back from whence they came and try to put the experience behind them. Very few have the courage to report it to the police.

Young girls, BEWARE!





Kim K squeezes into her worst pregnancy outfit yet!

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kim-kardasian-horrible-outfit.jpgWhat on earth was Kim Kardasian thinking when she squeezed her pregnant belly in this too-tight, extremely hot and unflatterng leather skirt and ripped top?

While the outfit was typical of Kim's Kanye-influenced style, it did not look as well fitted as some of her other recent choices.

The mother-to-be wore a wrap around black leather skirt, over an artfully torn beige T-shirt.

A black coat was draped over her shoulders so as not to hide her outfit - a favourite pose of Kim's - while over the knee boots provided some coverage on her legs.

Comments from bloggers have expressed sheer amazement and total bemusement at her fashion choice. "It's at times like this, I really miss Joan Rivers," commented one blogger, who received over five thousand likes for the comment.

Other much appreciated comments included: "Nothing in the English language can explain this hot mess..... LMAO!!! This is her worst outfit ever. She broke her own record. That skirt? I mean... Wtf?!.... Honey, you need a new mirror and friends. Both of them are telling you that you look good and they are lying!.... She is the Witch in Snow White....If one looked closely they would probably see the baby's head popping out and gasping for air.

Kim is in New York for the city's fashion week, and has worn a series of daring outfits, including a sheer lace one to Givenchy's show on Saturday with her husband.





Justus says Ryno is still contracted to him

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ryno-and-justus.jpgJustus Arison of JA Productions has rubbished claims which have emerged on the Internet that Blak Ryno has terminated his contract and is now signed to a new overseas-based company.

In a release sent to Music News, Justus said "The man beg fi mi terminate him contract and when me ask him why him say him done with music, and then few days later me hear seh him sign to a different entity which legally is not possible."

The release further states that Ryno is still signed to the JA productions label until further notice and that his album will be released in the next 30 days.

Blakk Ryno signed a four year album deal with JA Productions over a year ago.





Billlboard names 'Cheerleader' Song of the Summer

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cheerleader-top-summer-song.jpgThere is no slowing down for Jamaican pop sensation Omi who continues to excel.

Billboard has named the Clarendon born entertainer's breakout single Cheerleader the song of the summer for 2015. In an interview Omi expresses how grateful he is for the recognition.

Billboard made the announcement on Tuesday that the Louder Than Life/Ultra/Columbia Records single top the annual chart after spending six weeks at No. 1 on Billboard Hot 100.

In relating news, OMI is gearing up to release his debut album Me 4 U on October 16. He also recently released a new single "Hula Hoop".





whitney-houstons-hologram.jpgThe late Whitney Houston will return to the stage as a hologram next year. The project is being organized by Hologram USA in conjunction with Pat Houston, the singer's sister and president of her estate.

The virtual recreation of Houston will be a multimedia endeavor. Not only will the hologram premiere at a U.S. venue and tour the world, but the content created by FilmOn Studios will be syndicated across all digital and cable platforms. The show will be interactive and feature the singer's greatest hits alongside as-yet-unannounced special guests.

"I was heartbroken when Whitney passed away in 2012," Hologram USA and FilmOn CEO Alki David said in a statement. "The opportunity to share her spectacular gifts with the world again is exactly what I hoped for when I built the hologram business. I'm confident we'll create the ultimate celebration of Whitney's amazing artistry."

"It's a great opportunity for her fans to see a reinvention of one the most celebrated female artists in history and to continue a legacy of performances that will not be forgotten in years to come," Houston's sister Pat, who serves as president of Houston's estate, added in a statement.

Hologram USA recently partnered with the Apollo Theater in Harlem and will help host a series of hologram performances. The partnership will kick off with a "performance" from Billie Holiday and will debut around Thanksgiving. The company was also behind the Chief Keef hologram, which performed only one song at a Chicago concert before police pulled the plug.

Houston passed away in February 2012 at the age of 48. In July, her only child, Bobbi Kristina Brown, died at the age of 22 after spending months in a medically-induced coma.





Cayman Islands authorities are yet to release the identities of two decomposing bodies, found last month in a small fishing boat registered in Jamaica.

They have also not been able to determine the cause of death.

According to the online edition of the Cayman Compass newspaper, post mortems have been completed on the two bodies which were discovered by the Royal Cayman Islands Police Marine Unit.

The boat was found floating 13 miles southwest of Little Cayman. One of the men was estimated to be 35-to-40 years old. The other was thought to be over 50. The bodies were decomposed to the extent that a coroner, who was brought to Cayman to perform the post mortems, could not immediately determine the cause of death.

Police did not state whether they believed the circumstances of the deaths were suspicious.

Investigators say formal identification of the men is pending from another jurisdiction.





american-contractor-killed-halfwat-tree-road-accident.jpgMichael Mullane, a 63-year-old contractor from the US was mowed down at a bus stop on Half Way Tree Road on Saturday morning.

Mullane was standing at a bus stop in the vicinity of Cecelio Avenue when the driver of a Toyota Coaster public passenger vehicle swerved left to avoid ramming into the back of a Honda CRV and ploughed into Mullane, seriously injuring him. Mullane was rushed to hospital where he died hours later.

The bus damaged the Honda CRV and a Toyota Prado in the incident. The driver has been taken into custody and is being questioned by the police.





Ananda Alert for missing girls

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missing-teens-ananda-alert.jpgAn Ananda Alerts has been activated for two girls who went missing earlier this week.

Missing are Georgia Whyte, 14, George Mason Drive, Lawrence Tavern, St Andrew - as well as Morriah McKenzie,13, of Meadows Vale Granville , St James.

According to the police, Georgia Whyte, who has been missing since Thursday, September 10, was last seen at home about 5:15 pm, wearing a pink shorts, pink blouse and a pair of black slippers; she has not been heard from since.

Whyte is of dark complexion, slim build and is about 122 centimetres (4 feet) tall.

Meanwhile, Morriah McKenzie, who has been missing since Wednesday, September 9, was last seen at home about 9am, wearing a white merino and a pair of black tights; she has not been heard from since.

Young McKenzie is of dark complexion, slim build and is about 155 centimetres (5 feet 1 inch) tall.

The police have urged anyone knowing the whereabouts of Georgia Whyte and/or to contact the Lawrence Tavern Police at 942-6322, the Granville Police at 952-3337, the police's emergency 119 number or the nearest police station.





No bail for Don Creary and alleged accomplice

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don-creary-and-shaneke-williams-photo-1.jpgFormer Jamaica Labour Party councillor Don Creary and his alleged accomplice, 22-year-old Shaneke Williams, have been remanded on rape charges at least until Monday.

At that time, Resident Magistrate Simone Wolfe Reece will make a decision on the bail application which was made this afternoon by Creary's attorney, Tom Tavares-Finson.

The prosecution opposed bail.

Creary, 48, is charged with rape while Williams is charged with aiding and abetting and sexual touching.

The police reported that in 2013 Creary and Williams took the 15-year-old female complainant to an apartment in St. Mary where she was allegedly given alcoholic beverages and sexually assaulted.

They further said following the incident, the teen told her mother what happened and a report was made to the police.

Subsequent investigations led to the arrest of the two.

This morning, the court was told that the complainant first gave a statement to the police in March 2014.

It was further reported that the teen gave a second statement to the police on September 3 this year.

The Magistrate expressed concern about the long delay before the matter was brought before the court.

The Head of Centre for the Investigation of Sexual Offences and Child Abuse has been summoned to appear before the court to explain the delay.





Foota Hype suffers minor stroke

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foota-hype-stroke.jpgPopular dancehall selector, Foota Hype, is thanking God that he is alive following a minor stroke on Wednesday night.

Foota Hype, who split from his longtime baby-mother, Downsound Records artiste, Ishawna, last year, was released from the University Hospital of the West Indies (UHWI), Friday morning.

The father of two posted a picture of himself sitting in a wheelchair with intravenous medications on Instagram with the following caption: "People don't really realize that we are not here alone. There are angels here, there are demons here, there are people on the bright side and people on the dark side. I was in the middle of highlighting that and it was shortly after that, that I started feeling my lips get twisted to the other side."

"Stroke beat mi bad but God have MI lock so unu gwaan pray fimi - dem can't shut mi up," he added.

Foota Hype, in an interview, thanked God that he was still alive.

"I am very grateful and thankful to God that I am not worse. I am still able to talk, still able to walk. I was in the hospital and saw a lot of persons who cannot talk, who cannot walk and they have the same illness as me."

He also said that he is thankful for all the support he has received since his predicament.

"Thanks to everybody who wish me a speedy recovery and send out prayers because life is unpredictable. You could be here this minute and the next minute you gone." he added.





mosque-deaths-moment-fatal-crane-struck-by-lightning.jpgAt least 87 people were killed and more than 180 injured when a crane crashed through the ceiling of the Grand Mosque of Mecca amid high winds and thunderstorms today.

Dramatic footage shows the moment the crane toppled in heavy rain, with another video capturing the chaos and confusion inside the building after impact.

Upsetting photos posted on social media shows the polished tiled floor of the mosque covered in rubble, bodies and pools of blood, and people fleeing the area bleeding and covered in soot.

The tragic incident in Saudi Arabia occurred shortly before the 6:30pm Friday evening prayer session - one of the busiest times of the week - causing devastation to what is the largest mosque in the world.

Hundreds of thousands of Muslims are gathering at the holy site from all over the world for the annual hajj pilgrimage set to begin later this month.

A massive project is currently under way to increase the area of the mosque by 4.3million sq ft - so that it can accommodate up to 2.2 million people at once.

Pictures taken before today's disaster show the fatal crane being struck by a bolt of lightning and authorities are in little doubt that extreme weather was to blame.

Earlier, the Civil Defense had issued thunderstorm, heavy rain and wind warnings in the area. Authorities say search and rescue teams and medical workers from the Saudi Red Crescent are now working at the scene.

The Grand Mosque, or Great Mosque of Mecca, surrounds Islam's holiest place, the Kaaba, in the city of Mecca.

The mosque is usually at its most crowded on Fridays as it is the Muslim weekly day of prayer, when Muslims face in the direction of the Kaaba while performing their obligatory daily prayers.

One of the five pillars of Islam requires every Muslim to perform the Hajj pilgrimage at least once in their lifetime.

Muslim faithful from about 160 countries converge on the Islamic city and other locations in western Saudi Arabia to complete the holy journey.





Fabian Marley ready to buss?

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fabian-marley.jpgFabian Marley, the man who is reportedly the eldest son of Reggae icon, Bob Marley, seems ready to make his name internationally.

Word is that the singer, who has DNA proof of being a Marley, is in studio with big-name producers and is signed to a label based in the States.

"Fabian is doing some great work, he is authentic. We are getting things together to put him in his right space, musically. Look out for him," a source told YardFlex.

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





Serena's Instagram post about Venus is heartwarming

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serena-and-venus.jpgTuesday night at the U.S. Open was an instant classic Venus and Serena match. It was an emotionally charged night for both sisters, as it would potentially be the last time we ever see them face off.

The match brought out everyone from Oprah and Kim K to Kendrick Lamar and Donald Trump. And if last night didn't have you feeling all of the feels, Serena's Instagram today post surely will.

"She has my heart. ? Memories make my heart filled with more joy than I can express. A lifetime with @venuswilliams will not be enough."





418 years in prison for Trinidadian family!

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trinidadian-family-sentenced.jpgA Trinidadian couple and their daughter, accused of conning 19 Caribbean immigrants in the United States of more than US$1.8 million, have been sentenced to a total of 418 years in prison.

In the sentence handed down on Wednesday, Shane Ramsundar, 52, his 48-year-old wife Gomatee Ramsundar and daughter Shantal, 23, were described by the judge as "the most despicable gang of criminals to ever sit in front of me."

Shane Ramsundar received the maximum 235-year sentence. His wife was sentenced to 153 years and daughter 30 years.

The three were found guilty last November of grand larceny.

Prosecutors said Shane Ramsundar told immigrants that he could get their names on terror watch lists, or prevent their deportation by getting them green cards.

Assistant District Attorney Catherine Kane said: "They stole from their own people afraid of reporting to the police, terrified of being deported back to a place where they had no one to go home to".

One of the victims was an immigrant suffering with multiple sclerosis who gave the family of con artists US$43,000 after being told that at he was about to be deported.

Ramsundar also fooled immigrants into believing that he could get them cheap housing.

Prosecutors said that the family used some of the money to buy cars, expensive hand bags, and go on shopping sprees.





Huge increases on Mount Rosser toll kicks in Friday

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mount-rosser-toll.jpgMotorists will pay more to use the Mount Rosser toll road starting today.

The toll rate for Class one vehicle is now $360, up from $160.

Drivers of Class two vehicles will see their toll rate moving from $295 to $715.

The Class three toll rate has been increased by $75 to one thousand and $75.

Meanwhile, the toll for motorbikes goes up by $10 to $180.

In applying for the toll increase, the Jamaica North South Highway Company Limited had said the adjustment was needed because of a significant increase in maintenance costs.

The Mount Rosser toll road, which connects St Catherine and St Ann, opened last year August.





American law enforcement authorities say a woman swallowed 68 cocaine pellets before flying from Jamaica to Fort Lauderdale, in an unsuccessful smuggling scheme.

Court documents show 30-year-old Venesya Oldacre was arrested August 31 when she arrived at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport and was interviewed by U.S Customs and Border Patrol agents.

The Sun Sentinel newspaper reports that Miss Oldacre told agents she planned to go to a hotel in Fort Lauderdale and pass the pellets. She was to receive US$3,000.

Miss Oldacre was taken to a hospital where she excreted pellets containing 1.5 lbs of cocaine.

She has been charged with possession of a controlled substance, with intent to distribute, and remains in jail.





Don Creary and co-accused for court today

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don-creary-and-shaneke-williams.jpgFormer Jamaica Labour Party councillor for the Castleton Division Don Creary and his alleged accomplice, Shaneke Williams, are to appear in court today in relation to rape allegations.

Their attorney, Tom Tavares-Finson, says he will be making a bail application when his clients appear in the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate's Court.

Creary is charged with rape while Williams is charged with aiding and abetting and sexual touching.

They were both arrested and charged on Tuesday.

Tavares Finson says his clients deny any wrongdoing.

The police say in 2013 Creary and Williams took a 15-year-old girl to an apartment in St Mary where she was allegedly given alcoholic beverages and sexually assaulted.

They further say following the incident the teen told her mother what happened and a report was made to the Police.

Subsequent investigations led to the arrest of the two.





The second suspect who was allegedly caught on camera killing car dealer Robert Mendez at his business place in St. Andrew in April last year is in police custody.

Head of the Criminal Investigation Branch, Assistant Commissioner Ealan Powell, says Bertram Jenkins was deported from Canada early yesterday morning.

Mr. Jenkins, who was held in Canada nearly a month after Mr Mendez was killed, appeared in a Canadian Court for immigration violations. Mr Mendez, who operated Payless Car Mart off Maxfield Avenue was shot dead in his office. Video footage of the killing was shown on TVJ in May last year.

Another suspect, 43 year old John Jarrett, was charged in the case.





former-trini-pm-bissessar.jpgFormer Trinidad and Tobago Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar is challenging the result of Monday's general election and asking that it be declared null and void.

She has also chastised the Elections and Boundaries Commission (EBC) for what she claimed was a sudden change in the regulations, resulting in the entire process being sabotaged. In a letter issued yesterday, Mrs. Persad-Bissessar described the People's National Movement's 23-18 victory as unfair.

She blamed the extended hour granted to voters as playing a key role in what she maintained was a biased result. The former Prime Minister said the challenge is based on the sudden decision of the EBC to extend the time for voting without any official notification to the People's Partnership.

She said the rules which govern a general election were quite clear, adding that strict adherence was absolutely necessary to minimise and avoid irregularities.





twin-of-twins-photo-1.jpgDancehall artistes Twin of Twins - Curly Locs and Tu Locs - were recently invited to a sit-down with security minister, Peter Bunting to share ideas on how to stem crime and violence in the garrisons.

However, the duo, who are very vocal about the crime crisis that plagues the country, left the meeting with the knowledge that "classism is alive and well in Jamaica".

The brothers were able to share their ideas on how to stem the high crime rate through their craft, but noted that their "ideas were pushed aside" leaving them feeling that the class bias in Jamaica would never change.

Curly Locs noted, however, that they appreciated the Minister for taking the time to meet with them.





14 incredible facts about 9/11

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9-11-facts.jpgAs the 14th anniversary of 9/11 is here, it's important to remind people that we still don't know what happened that day.

What is known about 9/11 is that there are many incredible facts that continue to be ignored by the government and the mainstream media. Here are fourteen.

An outline of what was to become the 9/11 Commission Report was produced before the investigation began. The outline was kept secret from the Commission's staff and appears to have determined the outcome of the investigation.

The 9/11 Commission claimed sixty-three (63) times in its Report that itcould find "no evidence" related to important aspects of the crimes.

One person, Shayna Steiger, issued 12 visas to the alleged hijackers in Saudi Arabia. Steiger issued some of the visas without interviewing the applicants and fought with another employee at the embassy who tried to prevent her lax approach.

Before 9/11, the nation's leading counter-terrorism expert repeatedly notified his friends in the United Arab Emirates of top-secret U.S. plans to capture Osama bin Laden. These treasonous leaks prevented Bin Laden's capture on at least two separate occasions.

Former National Security Advisor Sandy Berger was caught stealing documents from the National Archives that had been requested by the 9/11 Commission. The Commission had previously been denied access to the documents but the White House reluctantly agreed to turn them over just as Berger was trying to steal them..

The official story of the failed air defenses on 9/11 was changed several times and, in the end, paradoxically exonerated the military by saying that the military had lied many times about its response. The man who was behind several of the changing accounts was a specialist in political warfare (i.e. propaganda).

Military exercises being conducted on the day of 9/11 mimicked the attacks as they were occurring and obstructed the response to the attacks. NORAD commander Ralph Eberhart sponsored those exercises, failed to do his job that day, and later lied to Congress about it (if the 9/11 Commission account is true).

A third skyscraper collapsed late in the afternoon on 9/11. This was WTC 7, a 47-story building that the government's final report says fell into its own footprint due to office fires. The building's tenants included U.S. intelligence agencies and a company led in part by Donald Rumsfeld and Dick Cheney.Meetings were scheduled there to discuss terrorism and explosives on the morning of 9/11.

News agencies, including BBC and CNN, announced the destruction of WTC 7 long before it happened. One BBC reporter announced the collapse while viewers could see the still-standing building right behind her in the video. Years later, after claiming that it had lost the tapes and then found them again, BBC's answer to this astonishing report was that everything was just "confusing and chaotic" that day. Of course, one problem with this is that the news agencies predicted the exact building, of the many damaged in the area, that would collapse. Another big problem is that no one could have possibly predicted the collapse of WTC 7 given the unprecedented and unbelievable official account for how that happened.

Construction of the new, 52-story WTC 7 was completed two years before the government knew what happened to the first WTC 7. In fact, when the new building was completed in 2006, the spokesman for the government investigation said, "We've had trouble getting a handle on building No. 7." The construction of the new building, without regard for how the first one was destroyed, indicates that building construction professionals in New York City did not believe it could ever happen again.

Ultimately, building construction codes were not changed as a result of the root causes cited by the National Institute for Standards and Technology for destruction of the World Trade Center (WTC) buildings. This fact shows that the international building construction community does not believe that the WTC buildings were destroyed as stated in the official account.

AMEC, the company that just finished rebuilding the exact spot where Flight 77 was said to hit, was put in charge of cleanup at the WTC and the Pentagon. The man who ran the company, Peter Janson, was a long-time business associate of Donald Rumsfeld.

The response of the U.S. Secret Service to the 9/11 attacks suggests foreknowledge of the events in that the agency failed to protect the presidentfrom the obvious danger posed by terrorists.

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission notified the FBI of suspected 9/11 insider trading transactions. That evidence was ignored and the suspects were not even questioned by the FBI or the 9/11 Commission.





Clarendon couple shot dead

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crime-scene-7.jpgClarendon couple was shot dead at their home in Gully Back, Canaan Heights, last evening.

Dead are 61-year-old Errol Beckford and his common law wife 54-year-old Jane Jones.

Reports from the May Pen Police are that about 8:30 p.m., Beckford and Jones were at home when residents heard explosions.

The police were summoned and on their arrival, the two were seen with gunshot wounds.

They were pronounced dead at hospital.





vendor-audrey-gordon.jpgA vendor who sells in downtown, Kingston has filed a lawsuit against a Chinese man who assaulted her during a dispute in the busy metropolis.

The woman, Audrey Gordon, was attacked and beaten by the Chinese businessman at his Orange Street wholesale and was forced to flee to the City Centre Police Station to make a report.

The matter ended up in the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate's Court and the man, Guo Xing Xiao, was found guilty of assault occasioning bodily harm. He was fined $150,000.

But Gordon is not satisfied and is taking the civil route to make sure Xiao learns his lesson.

The dispute, she said, developed after she had purchased slippers from his wholesale and found that they were of inferior quality and demanded a refund. He came and started boxing and kicking her. Gordon escaped and fled to the City Centre police station and filed a report.

Gordon's attorney, Miguel Lorne said his client was severely abused by Xiao as two of her ribs were fractured and her left knee was damaged. He also had high praise for the police who he said resisted serious efforts by Chinese businessmen to get the case dropped.





ricardo-williams-canadian-teen.jpgThe man charged for the shooting death of his cousin, Canadian teenager Ricardo Williams, says the incident was a mistake.

The accused, Omar James, popularly known as 'Judge', admitted to police that an illegal gun that he had in his possession was hid under his pillow and went off accidentally, killing his cousin at White Lane in Olympic Gardens. Williams, 14, was on vacation from Toronto, Canada for the summer holidays.

James appeared in the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate's Court on Wednesday to answer to the murder charge.

He was remanded in custody until October 14.





don-creary-and-shaneke-williams.jpgSocialite and businessman, Don Creary and his co-accused Shaneke Williams were present at the Half Way Tree Resident Magistrate's Court on Thursday to face sex charges, but the matter was not called up because the case was not properly listed.

Resident Magistrate Simone Wolf-Reece, who spoke to some of the lawyers and clerk in private, said the matter would be mentioned on Friday at 10 am.

The Centre for the Investigation of Sexual Offences and Child Abuse (CISOCA) arrested and charged Creary for rape, and Williams for aiding and abetting and sexual touching, on Tuesday.

Allegations are that the pair took a 15-year-old girl to an apartment in St Mary, gave her alcoholic beverages and sexually assaulted her.

The teen reportedly told her mother about the act and a report was made to the police.





Shanique Myrie to run in Olympic Gardens

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shanique-myrie-photo-1.jpgShanique Myrie, the Jamaican woman who won her free movement case against Barbados has now been approved by the People's National Party (PNP) to represent the Olympic Gardens Division in St Andrew in the next local government elections.

PNP General Secretary Paul Burke says Myrie was approved by the PNP's National Executive Committee following a recommendation by the leadership of the political division.

"The Regional Executive Committee came with the name and there was no objection," said Burke.

However, he notes that all positions will be under review until the day of nomination for the elections.

In June, when she submitted her application, Myrie stated that she has always wanted to enter representational politics to make a change in the lives of residents "neglected" by their political representatives.

"It's a Labourite seat and in my community, the people hardly get anything and many kids, older people need help. I want to make a change", said Myrie.

The Jamaica Labour Party's Christopher Townsend currently represents the Olympic Garden's Division in the Kingston and St Andrew Corporation.





digicel-photo-1.jpgDigicel is completing work on the largest data centre in Trinidad & Tobago.

The facility, which will be one of the largest in the Caribbean, will focus on business processes and the security of customers' data.

Through the use of ISMS, a systematic approach to managing sensitive company information so that it remains secure, Digicel will help small, medium, and large businesses in any sector keep information assets secure.

The data centre will offer a full range of cloud & managed services, including off-site data storage, which can be backed-up on island or in one of Digicel's other data centres across the Caribbean, or a combination of both.





TRINIDAD: Jamaica's PM congratulates Dr Keith Rowley

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trinidad-pm-keith-rowley-microphones.jpgJamaica's Prime Minister, Portia Simpson Miller, has congratulated Dr. Keith Rowley, Prime Minister-elect of Trinidad & Tobago, on his Party's win in Monday's general election.

In a statement on Tuesday, Mrs Simpson Miller said the people of Trinidad & Tobago had displayed their confidence in Dr. Rowley and his team to provide the leadership required at this time in the nation's history and development.

She said her Administration looks forward to working with the new government.

Dr Rowley will be sworn in as Prime Minister of the twin island republic on today.





'A me look Chin, not Chin look me,' says Gullly Bop

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gully-bop-and-shauna-chin-photo-1.jpgGully Bop has come out in support of his fiancee, Shauna 'Miss Chin' Chin, following an attempt by MC Nuffy to mix dem and blend dem. Nuffy has acused Chin of being a gold-digger.

According to Gully Bop, Miss Chin is with him because of love. Gully Bop explains that he was the one who pursued a relationship with Chin and not the other way around.

The fast rising internet sensation further explained that life on the road can be ugly. Gully Bop shares an incident which took place on Monday night with a promoter who refused to pay him.

Gully Bop who bitterly parted with his Heavy D led management team early last month, is currently doing a string of events in the United States.





Gully Bop swears off elevators

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gully-bop-us-visa.jpg"No more elevators for me" says Gully Bop after news broke that the 50 year old internet sensation was stuck in an elevator for about an hour on Sunday.

In an interview, Gully Bop says constant worry and cold sweat are two deadly combinations especially when trapped in an elevator.

After kicking, screaming and yelling fire units, the cops and all sorts of emergency rescue showed up. Gully Bop is currently in New York Queens, New York.





Asafa Powell creates history at IAAF meet in Croatia

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asafa-powell-photo-1.jpgJamaican sprinter Asafa Powell has become the first athlete in history to run sub-10 seconds in a 100-metre race over 100 times.

Powell, a former 100 metres world record holder, achieved the historic feat by posting 9.96 seconds to win the event at the IAAF World Challenge meeting in Zagreb, Croatia, yesterday.

He ran sub 10 seconds for the 101st time, to finish ahead of American Mike Rodgers, who was timed at 10.10 seconds, and Ramil Guliyev of Turkey, who was third in 10.18 seconds. Veteran Caribbean sprinter Kim Collins of St Kitts & Nevis was fourth in 10.31.

Powell was the most outstanding Caribbean athlete on display as the region bagged a number of bronze medals from field and track events.

In the women's 100 metres, Jamaica's Simone Facey clocked 11.25 seconds to finish third behind American Candyce McGrone (11.10). CUte d'Ivoire's Marie-Josse Ta Lou was second in 11:17. Sherone Simpson, also from Jamaica, placed fifth in 11.37 seconds, while Trinidad and Tobago's Semoy Hackett was seventh.

Jamaica also picked up another two bronze medals, as Novlene Williams-Mills placed third in the women's 400 metres, posting a time of 51.81, while Andrew Riley was also third in the 110 metres hurdles, in 13.52, behind Sergey Shubenkov of Russia, who won in 13.11 and Pascal Martinot-Lagarde of France (13.50).





Reggae Boyz move up to CONCACAF semi final round

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reggae-boyz.jpgJamaica's Reggae Boyz are through to the CONCACAF semi final round of the World Cup qualifiers but had to do it the hard way after squeezing out a two nil win over Nicaragua in Managua on Tuesday night.

Jamaica who needed to have won by two clear goals, saw Darren Mattocks opening the scoring in the thirteenth minute.

The Jamaicans had to wait a further seventy five minutes before getting an insurance goal as substitute Simon Dawkins struck with a spectacular volley from just outside the 18 yard box in the eighty ninth minute.

Dawkins came on in minute number eighty to replace Chris Humphrey.

Jamaica ended Tuesday night's game with ten players after substitute Lance Laing was sent off in the ninetieth minute.

Jamaica advanced 4 - 3 on aggregate and will now join seeded teams Costa Rica and Panama along with Haiti in Group "B" of the semi final round starting November 13.





Missing 2-year-old found dead in back of car

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A two-year-old bay who went missing in White Horses, St Thomas on Tuesday has been found dead in the back of a car.

The baby, identified as Paul Saxton, went missing after his mother lost sight of him. A search was conducted and hours later the boy was found dead in the back of a parked vehicle.

The St Thomas police have launched a probe into the incident.





don-creary-and-wife-ayesha.jpgFormer Jamaica Labour Party councillor, socialite and father of four, Don Creary, is being investigated for sexual activity with minors.

The 48 year old businessman was charged on Wednesday afternoon by the Centre for the Investigation of Sexual Offences and Child abuse CISOCA) after being questioned in the presence of his attorney, Tom Tavares Finson.

Creary is accused of raping a 15 year girl in Havendale, St Andrew in 2013. His friend, Shaneke Williams, has also been charged with aiding and abetting rape and sexual touching. It's alleged that the teen, who is from St Mary, was taken to an apartment in St Andrew where she was sexually assaulted by the two.

The complainant told investigators that she was drugged.

In a statement on Wednesday, the Constabulary Communication Unit (CCU) reported that the teenager was given alcoholic beverages and sexually assaulted. She reported the matter to her mother who filed a complaint with the St Mary police.

Creary, who has denied the allegations, was taken into custody on Wednesday, following a two-year investigation.He subsequently issued a statement, maintaining that he is innocent of the charges. He said he was working to have the matter cleared up "in the shortest possible time."

Creary added that he will be taking leave of absence from his business activities.

Meanwhile, twenty-two year-old Shaneke Williams has been charged with aiding and abetting in connection with the rape charge against

Their attorney, Tom Tavares Finson, says he will be making a bail application when his clients Don Creary and Shaneke Williams appear in court.The two are expected to appear before the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate's Court by Friday.

CISOCA reported that since the start of 2015 they have received a total of 278 cases of adults having sexual intercourse with children under the age of 16 in the Corporate Area.

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gully-bop-and-miss-chin.jpgThe one Nuffy a chat a bag a tingz bout Gully Bop and Shauna Chin and dem affair and how Chin deh wid Bop fi him money.

Nuffy bawl out some real personal conversations and tell di werl who say whoofa teeth did have on junjo and how much colour Gully Bop teeth dem have and how anybody coulda want kiss Gully Bop.

But Nuffy, how Chin fi say Gully Bop teeth full up a junjo when Gully Bop doan have no teeth?

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And why Nuffy acting like a big gal and a talk out all these personal stuff in an interview with an evening tabloid.

According to the report this is what Nuffy said: "She tell me say him have 'junjo' pon him teeth, so she nuh want him. But because she realise say she can make a money off a him, she run go start kiss him up. Gully Bop teeth have three colour - brown up a the top, yellow inna the middle and brown a the end. Which sensible woman wudda kiss a man like that?"

Nuffy added: "She come and tell me say him impotent, say him sum'n caan lift up. She say it big, but it dead. A me haffi show her which pill fi buy. A me tell her bout Viagra and Stud 100."

In her response, Chin declared: ""Nuffy a gwaan like him inna bed wid me when me and Bop a dweet. Nuffy too lie. A publicity him a look. Stop worry bout me and Bop relationship because we nah worry bout you. Nuffy is the one hooked on sex pills, not Bop."





comedian-kevin-heart-and-eniko.jpgWedding Bells are ringing for US comedian and actor Kevin Hart and his Jamaican sweetheart, Eniko Parrish.

During his charity weekend in Las Vegas, the comedian revealed to ET's Kevin Frazier that he and Eniko Parrish will tie the knot on Aug. 8, 2016.

"We're gonna go August 8th, next year man," said Hart. "That's right ladies. I've got to put this chocolate in the freezer," Hart said.

Thirty-six-year-old Hart proposed to Parrish at her 30th birthday bash last August. He stated that he doesn't want to help with planning the wedding.

"To be honest with you, I don't know what the hell is going on," Hart told Entertainment Weekly when if a location had been set. "I told her, 'Do what you want to do, and just come back to me with a finished product.'"

However, Hart disclosed that he is being very strict with the budget for his second wedding.

"She has a number, if she goes above this number it's not happening. That's all I did, I gave her a budget," he said.

Kevin Hart was previously married to Reality TV star Torrei Hart. The couple share two children.





outoing-trini-pm-kamla-persad-bissessar-keith-rowley.jpgAs if ushering a new era in the political life of Trinidad and Tobago, the rain poured heavily in the streets of the twin island republic as the people cast their votes against the ruling coalition, People's Partnership, led by outgoing Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar.

The opposition People's National Movement (PNM) party led by 65-year old geologist, Keith Rowley, won Monday's general elections with 22 of the 41 parliamentary seats and leaving only 19 for the ruling party.

According to reports from The Gleaner, after the polls, Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar took a long time to deliver her concession speech.

She finally delivered her speech after midnight at her constituency office in the town of Penal, where she uttered that she is "proud to be citizen Kamla" .

But just as nature seemed to have predicted the the Opposition's win when the rains poured during the day, it seemed to have mirrored Kamla's defeat as the Prime Minster's car could not start when she was ready to leave after delivering her speech.

According to Trinidad Express Online, "The Prime Minister's official car, PM 1, could not start, and had to be towed from the scene shortly after midnight. Persad-Bissessar accepted a ride home with a supporter driving a sub-compact."

The Trinidad Express also said, "Persad-Bissessar, who decided not to go to the party's headquarters at Rienzi Complex, Couva, spoke with members of the media surrounded by a small group of supporters. None were members of her government."





trinidad-election-rowley-new-government.jpgThe People's National Movement (PNM) has won the general election in Trinidad & Tobago, defeating the coalition People's Partnership (PP) of Prime Minister Kamla Persad Bissessar.

Preliminary figures show the PNM won 23 of the 41 seats with the remaining 18 going to the People's Partnership that had won 29 seats in the 2010 general election.

Dr Keith Rowley, the 66 year-old PNM Leader, addressed supporters after the Party was declared the winner.

He attributed his Party's success to the fact that it "allowed itself to be modernized," and accepted "new ways of doing things... new people... and new responsibilities."

The value of the PNM, he said, was "to be available to the people of Trinidad & Tobago" whenever it was called on.





murdered-police-constable-lynden-barrett.jpgThe members of the police force have stepped up their search for the escaped suspect linked to the murder of Constable Lynden Barrett.

Police say the suspect, identified as Nicholas Drummond, otherwise called 'Titty Dollar', who was on the run for more than a month, was finally apprehended on Saturday but managed to escape a day later when he was taken to the Kingston Public Hospital for medical treatment.

Drummond, it was reported, ran into a nearby community after leaving the hospital and was chased by policemen. However, a policeman was shot and injured by gunmen who police said assisted in the escape of the accused. The injured policeman was admitted to hospital.

Investigators have already charged two suspects who they believe were involved in the murder of Constable Barrett on July 21. They are Horatio Livine, otherwise called 'Ratio' and Gratiano Green, otherwise called 'Beh Beh'. They were arrested in August during operations in Manchester and Red Hills, St Andrew.

Barrett, who was assigned to the Kingston Western Police Division, was shot dead near Wellington Street in Denham Town.





Cops search for missing Nigerian woman

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Twenty-three-year-old Oghosase Iyare of a Nigerian address, and Norbrook Drive, Kingston 8, has been missing since Thursday, June 4.

She is of dark complexion, stout build and is about 163 centimetres (5 feet 4 inches) tall.

Reports from the Constant Spring police are that about 3:40 p.m., Oghosase was last seen at home dressed in a cream blouse, grey jeans pants, and a pair of dark brown shoes.

She has not been seen or heard from since. Efforts to contact her have proven futile.

Anyone knowing the whereabouts of Oghosase Iyare is being asked to contact the Constant Spring police at 924-1421-2, police 119 emergency number, or the nearest police station.





Usain Bolt ends 2015 season

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usain-bolt-wins-gold-beijing-2015-photo-1.jpgSix time Olympic champion Usain Bolt has cut his season short for a second straight year.

He has decided to skip Friday's Diamond League meet in Brussels, Belgium.

The 29 year old wrote on his facebook page that "after the excitement of the past few weeks...

I have decided not to race again in 2015."

In his post, he also said: "I am already thinking about next year and the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio where I will attempt to defend my titles."

Bolt dominated the recent IAAF World Athletics Championships in Beijing, China, capturing the men's sprint double and anchoring Jamaica to victory in the 4 x 100 metres to increase his World Championships tally of gold medals to eleven.





asafa-and-sheone.jpgSprinters Asafa Powell and Sherone Simpson have reached an out-of-court settlement with Dynamic Life Nutrition LLC, the company that sold the supplement Epiphany D1 which contained the banned substance oxilofrine.

The settlement amount has not been disclosed.

Powell and Simpson had sued the company earlier this year after discovering that the supplement included ingredients that were not listed on the label.

The sprinters took Epiphany D1 as part of their training programme but later found out that the supplement contained oxilofrine, a stimulant which the company did not declare. As a result, the two Jamaicans were suspended from the sport for six months after the stimulant was found in their system.

"There is no way to really explain the kind of damage a ban has on an athlete's reputation. For us it was especially painful, because we really let down our countrymen. There's no doubt that we're going to continue fight to repair it and regain the trust of my fans and fans of the sport," Powell said.

Powell had Epiphany D1 tested by three independent labs, including the World Anti-Doping Administration (WADA) and the US Federal Anti-Doping Agency (USADA).

Both companies found that oxilofrine was present in the supplement. It has since been placed on the USADA's high risk supplement list, warning athletes to avoid the product. Epiphany D1 was also independently tested by Italian law enforcement, who also found the supplement to contain oxilofrine. Dynamic Life Nutrition has stopped selling the product.

"Both Asafa and I are happy that we were able to settle this out of court. The legal process is tedious, but we don't think about it when we are on the track. We have a very capable team, and both of us are now extra careful about our diets and supplement regimen," Simpson said.

Sherone Simpson is a three-time Olympian, winning the 4X100M relay gold and silver medals, as well as the 100M silver medal. She is also a World Champion silver medallist in the 4X100M relay and a Commonwealth 200M gold medallist.

Asafa Powell has run the most sub-10 100M times in the recorded history of track and field. The Commonwealth, World Championship and Olympic medallist has dipped below the 10-second mark 92 times and is also the first Jamaican to win the IAAF Sportsman of the Year.





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Brothers Accused of Trying to Kill Parents at Georgia Home (ABC News)

Two brothers are in jail after they were accused of trying to kill their parents at the family's Georgia home, police said.

Just before 8 a.m. Saturday, a woman called 911 "stating her children were trying to kill her and her husband," the Gwinnett County Police Department said in a news release.

"She told the 911 operator that it was their two sons, one 17 and the other 22 years old, trying to kill them both. She stated that her husband was distracting them so she was able to call for help. The call eventually went silent," the police said.

Officers responded to the Snellville, Georgia, home, about 30 miles outside of Atlanta, where they found the father bleeding and seriously injured, police said.

The mother was also seriously injured, police said. Both parents were hospitalized.

"A strong odor of natural gas" was also detected in the house, police said. The sons were arrested and taken to the Gwinnett County Detention Center, police said.

The brothers were identified as Cameron Ervin, 17, and Christopher Ervin, 22, the Gwinnett County Police told ABC News.

"You would never even expect that," neighbor Clint Miller said, according to ABC affiliate WSB-TV in Atlanta. "They're just an everyday normal family in the neighborhood."

Both brothers were charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and arson in the first degree to endanger human life, the police told ABC News. In Georgia, 17 is considered an adult for prosecution of criminal offenses.

Possible motives have not been fully determined, the police said.

Police said it was not clear whether the brothers had lawyers.





Usain Bolt gives pep talk to Irish Rugby team

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usain-bolt-ireland-rugby-team-player.jpgTrack legend, Usain Bolt, after winning three more gold medals at the World Championships, paid a very special visit to the Ireland rugby team ahead of their appearance at the 2015 Rugby World Cup in England.

The group of 40 players and management were thrilled as they entered the team room to find Bolt waiting to meet everyone and share his thoughts on preparation and performance at major championships.

Bolt delivered a strong message to the team and left them with one fundamental piece of advice - "It's the sport you love, so enjoy the moment."

He added: "When you enjoy what you do, you perform to the best of your ability."

Ireland team members clearly enjoyed the moment with Bolt and even joined the charismatic Jamaican to perform his signature pose. The runner was also presented with a signed Ireland rugby jersey and an engraved piece of Irish silver.

The 2015 Rugby World Cup in England gets underway on Friday, September 18. Ireland kicks off their campaign against Canada at the Millenium Stadium in Cardiff.

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Obscure artistes like Red Rat must not hype

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Remember a deejay named Red Rat? Can anybody recall the last time they heard a Red Rat song. Does anybody really even care?

Well Red Rat is accused of dissing Vegas at an Irie Jam concert on the weekend.

Acording to the report, Red Rat was singing on stage and appeared to be enjoying the love from audience members when Mr Vegas sought to collect the microphone for his performance. However, when Mr Vegas reached out for the mic, Rat didn't seem too amused and pulled the mic away from the singjay before inviting a female artiste on stage much to the annoyance of Mr Vegas.

"Red Rat you ah gwaan like seh a nuh music you come to do," Mr Vegas said. "You ah gwaan like seh you come for war."

Still smarting from the incident, Mr Vegas on Monday took a jab at Red Rat's current status in the dancehall scene. He posted a promotional poster of the Irie Jam concert on his social media page. The poster, which boasted many artistes, ddid not include an image of Red Rat.

"Irie Jam Flyer yesterday. Look if unu see nuh rat on this," said Mr Vegas.





kelita-francis-wandering.jpgThe police are seeking the public's assistance in locating the relatives of an elderly woman who was found wandering on the Portmore leg of Highway 2000 in St Catherine at about 2:00 am on Monday.

She gave her name as Kelita Francis of Lincoln Crescent, Kingston and is believed to be in her late 70s. She is of brown complexion, slim build and is about 147 centimetres (4 feet 10 inches) tall and was clad in a red hat and a green-and-white dress.

Anyone who is able to assist the Police in reuniting Kelita Francis with her family is being asked to contact the Ferry Police at 705-8349, Police 119 emergency number or the nearest Police Station.





One of several persons who robbed two wholesale establishments on Heywood Street downtown Kingston was shot and killed by security personnel early Sunday, shortly after 4 o'clock.

Reports are that the man and his cronies stole money and goods from the establishments and were escaping.

The man was running on the roofs of buildings on neighbouring Princess Street when he became entangled in barb wires, he was then spotted by security personnel..

It's not clear if the man challenged the security guards, but he was shot and died at the scene.

His accomplices escaped.





shelly-ann-fraser-pryce-photo-1.jpgWorld Champion Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce today broke a 25-year-old meet record set by former compatriot Merlene Ottey, after she clocked 10.98 seconds (-0.8m/s) to win the women's 100m at the XXIX Meeting Citta di Padova in Italy.

Jamaica's Natasha Morrison finished fourth in a time of 11.50 seconds while second and third went to Brazil's Rosangela Santos (11.42) and American Shalonda Solomon (11.50).

Fraser-Pryce, who ended her season after winning two gold medals, retaining the women's 100m and was part of the winning Jamaican women's 4x100m team at the World Championships in Beijing, China, erased the 10.99 seconds which was set by Ottey on September 16, 1990.

The video of the race was posted to Fraser-Pryce's Facebook page a short while ago and was captioned: "Citta Di Padova is a small meet that started in 1987. It was not a full stadium and it does not get worldwide coverage but Italy is SFP's second home so when they invited, SFP was not going to disappoint."





police-car-gully.jpgA police service vehicle crashed into a Toyota Mark X before ending up in a gully along Collie Smith Drive in Kingston on Monday afternoon.

According to alleged eyewitnesses, the police pick up van was speeding along Collie Smith Drive towards Spanish Town Road when it crashed into the parked Mark X and careened off the road and into the gully. The two lawmen who were traveling in the police service vehicle reportedly sustained minor injuries and were taken to hospital along with a man who was seated in the Mark X when the accident occurred. The condition of the man who was in the Mark X is unknown.

The accident occurred just hours after a police shooting claimed the life of an alleged inncocent man in the community, and some residents rejoiced at what they described as a stange twist of fate.

"Yeah man, is so it must go, it should have been worse," one resident told Loop News at the accident scene.

Twenty-four-year-old Andrew Gayle was allegedly shot by the cops while he was picking ackees at around 6:15 am. After the shooting, residents took to the steets in protest, demanding justice for Gayle, who they claim was killed in a case of mistaken identity by cops who were searching for a wanted man.

The Independent Commission of Investigations has since launched a probe into the shooting.





West Indian Day Parade again marred by violence

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west-indian-day-parade.jpgThe West Indian Day Parade, a rollicking, colorful celebration of Caribbean culture, music, style and food, rolled through New York City's streets Monday but, once again, was marred by predawn violence.

The violence left one man dead and an aide to Gov. Andrew Cuomo in critical condition.

Cuomo identified his wounded staffer as Carey Gabay, a first deputy general counsel at the Empire State Development Corporation. Gabay was walking with his brother near the Brooklyn parade route at 3:40 a.m. when he was caught in the crossfire between two gangs, according to police officials.

A bullet struck Gabay, 43, in the head. Cuomo said Gabay, a Harvard-educated lawyer who had worked as an assistant counsel to the governor, and his wife are expecting their first child.

"I'm the governor of the state of New York, and there's not a thing I can do," Cuomo told reporters after he visited his staffer's family at Kings County Hospital. "There's not a thing I can say, and there's nothing I can do. And sometimes it just hurts."

No arrests have made been, police said. The shooting was one of several outbursts of violence in the neighborhoods surrounding the parade, which included the stabbing death of a 24-year-old man at 2 a.m. near Grand Army Plaza.

Bloodshed before or after the West Indian Day celebration has become a sadly familiar part of the parade routine. Last year, a recent parolee opened fire into a crowd of revelers, killing one man and wounding several others. And in 2013, a 1-year-old boy sitting in his stroller was killed by a bullet meant for his father.

Mayor Bill de Blasio and Police Commissioner William Bratton dismissed talk of scuttling the pre-parade festivities - which center on a surreal midnight march known as J'Ouvert - and said the New York Police Department was working with local leaders to make the event safer. There was a heavy police presence along the route, and several NYPD helicopters hovered overhead.

The parade went on as scheduled and drew hundreds of thousands of people to the stretch along Eastern Parkway. Throbbing basslines pulsated along the route, propelling outlandishly clad revelers to dance and those along the sidelines to bob their heads as they ate indigenous foods.

"This is our heritage. It means so much to me to see all these colors and music," said Alicia Jackson of Brooklyn. "It's one of my favorite days of the year."

Politicians dotted the route, with de Blasio and his wife, Chirlane McCray, who is of Caribbean descent, drawing cheers as they waved flags and periodically dashed to the sidelines to shake hands and pose for selfies.

But the parade was also the latest venue for New York's most high-profile political feud. The march and an official preparade breakfast were the first public events since July in which Cuomo and de Blasio, who are locked in a simmering dispute, were both supposed to attend.

But their paths never crossed. Cuomo left the breakfast about 10 minutes before de Blasio arrived, and the two men, both Democrats, marched separately.

At the breakfast, Cuomo was asked if he planned to speak to the mayor. The governor responded by asking, "Is he here?" and when told no, Cuomo glared and bluntly said, "There's your answer."





Ishawna gets IRAWMA nod

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ishawna-bike.jpgDancehall's 'Miss Legendary' Ishawna has been nominated in the Best Female Dancehall Artiste category of the 2015 International Reggae and World Music Awards (IRAWMA).

The award ceremony is scheduled to take place in Fort Lauderdale on October 4.

"It's an honour to receive a nomination acknowledging your hard work and I'm very grateful for the support of my fans worldwide and the team around me. Congratulations to all IRAWMA nominees and I'm looking forward to attending this event and having a good time." Ishawna said.

The songstress, who has been making huge strides in her career, this week released her new single, Try My Love, a collaboration with Nicki Minaj's ex, Safaree. Ishawna has also been receiving international airplay for her Dancefloor single with American rapper Pitbull.

Her singles Vroom Vroom, Oola La la, Cheerful Giver, Restraining Order continue to top local and regional charts.





tessanne-at-unc-rally.jpgSeason five winner of The Voice, Tessanne Chin, will star at tomorrow's mass rally for the People's Partnership in Trinidad & Tobago.

Chin has been advertised as the performer for what is billed as a rally and concert at Aranguez Savannah.

The rally marks the last big push for the incumbents who are seeking another five-year reign.

Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar will address the mass rally which is expected to draw thousands of supporters from all corners of the country.

The General Election takes place on Monday.





Ska great Rico Rodriguez dead at 80

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rico-rodriguez.jpgSka and reggae trombonist Rico Rodriguez better known as Rico has died at the age of 80.

He died on Friday following a short stay in hospital.

Rico who was one of the early musicians who helped to set the foundation will be missed.

Rico Roddriguez was known as one of the first and most distinguished Ska artists.

He was awarded an MBE (Member of the Order of the British Empire) at Buckingham Palace on July 12, 2007, for services to music. In October 2012 he was awarded the Silver Musgrave Medal by the Institute of Jamaica in recognition of his contribution to Jamaican music.





venezuelan-president-arrives-in-jamaica.jpgVenezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has arrived in the island ahead of the 10th Anniversary Commemorative Summit of the PetroCaribe Agreement.

Maduro landed Saturday at the Donald Sangster International Airport in Montego Bay.

He was welcomed by Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller and other members of her delegation.

Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller and President Maduro, will co-chair the two-day meeting, which got underway Saturday in the second city, where the agreement was signed in 2005.

Several Heads of Government and State, Energy Ministers and other Ministers of Government will participate in the Summit meeting, which will take place at the Montego Bay Convention Centre (MBCC).

They include: President of the Republic of Haiti , His Excellency Machel Martelly; President of Nicaragua, His Excellency Daniel Ortega; Prime Minister of St Kitts and Nevis, Dr Timothy Harris; Prime Minister of St Vincent and the Grenadines, Dr Ralph Gonsalves; Prime Minister of St Lucia, Dr Kenny Anthony, Prime Minister of Antigua Barbuda, Gaston Brown; and Deputy Prime Minister of Belize, Margarito Gasper Vega.

Other high level representatives from the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations and the Latin American Energy Organization, will also be in attendance.

The Summit includes a Commemorative Ceremony and a Plenary Session, which will examine the activities and achievements of PetroCaribe over the past decade, while agreeing on decisions going forward.

Prime Minister Simpson Miller and President Maduro will lead a delegation of Heads of Government and other delegates to the official opening of the Simón Bolivar Cultural Centre in downtown Kingston tomorrow.





crime-scene-7.jpgThree Jamaicans have been taken into custody in connection with the stabbing of a 21-year-old student from Uzbekistan at a Walmart parking lot in Lake Delton, Wisconsin.

The student is in stable condition at the University of Wisconsin's trauma unit.

According to the Lake Delton Police Department, the Jamaicans, also international students, had an altercation with the Uzbekistani student. The Jamaicans - Felix Headly,18, Orlando Williams,22 and Shaquille McDonald were arrested and booked in Sauk County Jail after fleeing the scene.

The altercation followed a collision Tuesday evening involving a cyclist later identified as Williams.

According a police report, two Uzbekistanis were walking when one of them was struck by the cyclist and there was a dispute.

The two men encountered Williams and two other Jamaicans who turned up at the parking lot.

There was a fight during which the student from Uzbekistan was stabbed.

The three Jamaicans fled but were later held by the police.





katrina-girl-found.jpgAir Force Pararescue Jumper Mike Maroney had just returned from a devastating rescue mission in Afghanistan when he was called to New Orleans in September 2005 in the wake of Hurricane Katrina.

Maroney and his team spent seven days descending on rooftop after rooftop, rescuing stranded residents around the city, a grim task that left him wondering how many would actually survive.

One of the few bright spots was an adorable, pigtailed three-year-old girl, who greeted the soldier with a big, joyous hug after she and her family landed in his helicopter.

That hug "recharged me and gave me a little bit of a silver lining and some hope...that kept me going through rough times," Maroney, 40, now an Air Force Reservist who teaches people how to become pararescue jumpers in San Antonio, Texas, tells PEOPLE exclusively. "It couldn't have come at a more important moment."

Maroney, who never got the little girl or her family's names, has been searching for her ever since - and he's finally found her, he tells PEOPLE.

Her name is LeShay Brown, she's now 13 years old and she lives with her family in Waveland, Mississipi. The two will reunite in New Orleans later this month.

"I can't wait to meet her to tell her how important she is," he says.

"In my line of work, it doesn't usually turn out happily," he says. "This hug, this moment, was like - everybody I've ever saved, that was the thank you."

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The hug soon became an iconic image of the rescue efforts in the hurricane-ravaged town, thanks to a military photographer who snapped a photo of the heartwarming moment captured when Maroney dropped them off at the New Orleans airport.

"It was everywhere, on Burger King placemats and AT&T phone cards," Maroney told the Air Force Times, which first broke the story of his hunt for the little girl in March 2015. "A foundation for fallen rescue airmen - That Others May Live - used it on their brochures."

While LeShay doesn't remember the hug herself (she was too little), her mom remembers every moment of that meeting - as ironically, LeShay was comforting her as well.

"I was crying because I was scared...that was the first time I was on a helicopter, the first time I was on a plane and the first time I ever left New Orleans" Shawntrell Brown, who works at a local Dollar Store in Mississippi, tells PEOPLE.

"The helicopter had open doors, so I looked out and you could just see all the water over everything," she says, "and it was just too much for me, so she was comforting me."

Shawntrell, who says her three-year-old was "so smart, and always talking" knew the hug had been captured on film, but never found out what happened with it.

"They told me the picture might be in a magazine, but after all that time, I forgot about it," she explains. She had other things on her mind.

After Maroney brought the Browns to the airport, they were transferred to Tennessee.

"We didn't even know where we were going, but at that point, it didn't matter," she says. "Someone was there to help us."

Neither of them were aware of Maroney's search until recently - which was not surprising to Maroney, who said he knew the chances of finding her were slim.

"I figured one in a trillion," he says. "I thought it never would have happened."

And it almost didn't.

Through the years, Maroney kept posting about his efforts to find the little girl on his personal Facebook and Instagram pages.

But it wasn't until a high school student in Waterford, Michigan got involved that his search gained traction.

16-year-old Andrew Goard - whose grandfather was in the military police in Vietnam - has a fascination with pararescue jumpers and even launched an Instagram page to honor them.

After being alerted to Maroney's search by other jumpers on his page, Goard decided to take on the cause himself "because Mike had 18 years of service and he had never really been thanked for his service," he tells PEOPLE.

The high schooler used his page (which at the time had roughly 3,000 followers) to launch the #FindKatrinaGirl campaign in February 2015, which was then seen and written about by the Air Force Times, and picked up by hundreds of news outlets.

One of those was near where LeShay now lives - and so the #FindKatrinaGirl campaign finally made its way to the little girl herself.

"The whole neighborhood told us they saw LeShay on the news and everybody told us someone was looking for her," Shawntrell says.

After she saw the picture herself, "I knew that it was her," she says. "I didn't know he still remembered it, that he was that moved by her."

She reached out to Maroney and, later this month, he will finally meet up with the little girl who started it all.

And LeShay (who plans to be a lawyer or basketball player when she grows up), is ready for the big reunion herself.

"I was excited that he was looking for me for such a long time," she tells PEOPLE. After all, she exclaims, "I've barely seen any of the pictures!"





Jamaican Actor Johnoy Williams Enjoys a Superb 2015

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johnoy-williams.jpgJamaican actor Johnoy Williams continues to dominate the film industry.

The upcoming star is looking forward to the 8th season of the Ity and Fancy Cat Show where he isan avid team member."Ity and Fancy Cat have been my two mentors and I am looking forward to another great season."

Earlier in the year Williams landed a supporting role in international superstar Nick Cannon's "King of the Dancehall" movie.In addition, Williams has made appearances in quite a number of popular music videos. Currently he is working on a new music video for Sean Paul on the Justus Life Support Riddim which will be available for viewing soon.

You can also see the actor in music videos such as Stephen Marley "Rockstone," Busy Signal "That's How We Do It "Beenie Man "Million Gyal" and I Octane "Hurt By Friends"

"I am very happy with the level at which my career is. I am a very sought after actor and it is a great feeling. I just know that it can only get better from here."

If you watch local TV, you can see Williams in the new Mother's Patty commercial.





Ninjaman to open Studio off Red Hills Road

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ninjaman.jpgVeteran dancehall deejay Ninja Man is opening his recording studio on Monday.

Ninja Man who parted ways with Downsound Records several months ago, says he has joined forces with his nephew Stephen to open the new studio, for the sole purpose of facilitating young entertainers.

The lcation is off Red Hills Road, acros from Crystal Plaza, which is near to Price Rite.

According to Ninja Man says the plan is to host a talent show in the upcoming weeks to find artistes. He also says fans can expect his new single, his first song to be recorded in his studio by the end of 2015.





A female police officer is being praised by her colleagues after she handed over a wallet, containing a large sum of money and identification cards, to her superiors after it was found on Harbour Street on Wednesday.

According to a police news release, the identification cards in the wallet bear the name Anthony Royston Bruce of a Regent Street, Kingston 14 address. Several checks were made at the address which has proven futile.

Anthony Royston Bruce or anyone knowing his whereabouts is being asked to contact the Corporate Communications Unit at 978-2214, 978-2729, Police 119 emergency number or the nearest Police Station.

The action by the cop is welcomed news against the background of a series of incidents that have placed Jamaican police in a negative light.

On Monday, a rogue cop was beaten after being held in a house robbery. Earlier last month, a cop camouflaged as a Rastafarian was shot by a security guard after he attempted to pull off a heist at a bank in Black River, St Elizabeth.





A man was shot dead near the Ocho Rios bus stop in Linstead, St Catherine this morning while his female partner was injured in the incident.

The dead man has been identified as 33-year-old Terique Hall.

Reports are that Hall and the woman were walking along the roadway when they were pounced upon by gunmen.

Police say the woman is currently being treated at hospital. Her condition is not known.





JUTC extends $100 summer special again

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jutc-buses-photo-1.jpgFor the second time in a week the Jamaica Urban Transit Company (JUTC) has announced an extension of its special summer fare for adult passengers.

JUTC Managing Director Colin Campbell says the $100 fare will be further extended to October 31.

On November 1, the State run bus company will return to the $120 dollar .

Campbell says the decision to extend the special summer fare beyond the September 26 date was due to feedback from commuters.

The JUTC has seen an increase in the number of adult passengers since the introduction of the special summer fare on July 5.





A man accused of a violent attack on his ex-girlfriend has been arrested in Jamaica after more than 20 years on the run.Massachusetts State Police say Arnold Gabbidon was arrested in Jamaica on August 3 and returned to Boston Wednesday.

He is accused of stabbing and slashing his ex-girlfriend as she slept in 1994.She survived the attack.

Mr. Gabbidon will be arraigned on charges of armed assault with intent to murder, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, mayhem, threats to commit a crime, armed burglary, stalking as well as malicious destruction of property. After fleeing the US, Mr. Gabbidon was living with a relative in Clarendon, until he was arrested in August.





Four men including two Colombians were convicted of drug trafficking and sentenced to 15 months in prison when they appeared before the St Mary Criminal Court on Thursday.

Juan Jiminez and Milieth Arreyalos along with Jamaicans, Dwight Whyte and Norman Brown, were convicted more than three years after they were arrested for major drug trafficking in Jamaican waters.

The authorities seized more than 200 pounds of cocaine worth more than J$130 million in their possession. The Colombians and Jamaicans were arrested on December 18, 2011, by members of the Jamaica Defence Force Coast Guard.

Prosecutors say Coast Guard personnel were conducting an operation off the coast of Port Maria, St. Mary when they intercepted two vessels.The four men, who were on board a disabled vessel, were seen throwing a barrel into the sea.The barrel was retrieved and 90 packages with 204 pounds of cocaine seized.

In addition to jail time, the men were each fined J$500-thousand .They will serve an additional year behind bars if the fines are not paid.





A Jamaican woman has been arrested in Florida for trying to import cocaine.

She was held at the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport on Wednesday after more than two and a half pounds of cocaine was allegedly found in her brassiere.

The US Customs and Border Protection agency says its officers noticed what it called abnormalities and found the substance in the woman's bra which later tested positive as cocaine.

The drug has been turned over to the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement and Homeland Security Investigations.





Double gold for Shelly-Ann in Switzerland

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shelly-ann-fraser-pryce-photo-1.jpgShelly Ann Fraser-Pryce continued her great for as she performed on the track in Switzerland on Thursday showing the world that the double gold at the just concluded IAAF World Championship in China was no joke.

It was double victory for Fraser- Pryce as she won the women's 100 meters and the 4×100 meters at the Zurich diamond league meeting in Switzerland. The former Wolmerian bshe won the women's 100 meters in 10.93 seconds, thereby walking away with the Diamond trophy this season for the second time in her career, along with a cash prize of US$40,000.

Second in the event was blessing Ogkabare of Nigeria 10.98 seconds, Torie Bowie of the united states was third in 11.06 seconds, while Veronica Campbell-Brown finished sixth 11.22 seconds, and another Jamaican Natasha Morrison who stopped the clock at 11.30 seconds was good enough for seventh.

Less than two hours later Fraser -Pryce joined Sherone Simpson, Natasha Morrison and Elaine Thompson in setting a Diamond League and a meet record 41. 60 seconds to win the women's 4×100 meters relay, ahead of who .........the USA 41.83 seconds and Trinidad 42.94 seconds.

Meanwhile Kaliese Spencer struggled and finished fourth in the women's 400 meters hurdles in a time of 55.29 seconds, while the other Jamaican Janeive Russell was seventh in 55.98 seconds, the race was won by Zuzana Hejnova of the Czech Republic 54.47 seconds.





Kris Kelli finally get 'a buss'?

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rick-ross-photo-1.jpgEntertainer Kris Kelli has teamed up with rapper Rick Ross on the remake of Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell's 1968 track "You're All I Need To Get By.

In a Youtube video, both Rick Ross and Kris Kelli are hyping fans about the track that has already been released digitally.

Kris Kelli who has been around for a decade and a half, is still trying for that elusive hit song. She is trying to get her musical break on the international scene has been noticeable absent locally.





macka-diamond-photos-3.jpgMacka Diamond has says her road manager, Howard Kennedy, was in the 'wrong place at the wrong time'" after reports surfaced that he and well-known booking agent, Karl Larmond, were charged for stealing a laptop in St. Kitts.

They were fined when they appeared in a St Kitts court on Monday to answer a charge of stealing a laptop computer.

Allegations are that Larmond stole a laptop computer and placed it in the room of Howard Kennedy. Surveillance footage captured the act and both men were arrested by police authorities.

Reports are that a member of Macka Diamond's entourage and a male booking agent were arrested for the theft of a laptop in a hotel lobby.

Macka is however accusing the booking agent of the theft indicating that her road manger Howie Don was at the wrong place at the wrong time.

The two men appeared in court Monday and were fined $2,200US dollars each. They will remain on the island until there is an available flight out of the country.

Spice, Vanessa Bling and Pamputae who were also in St. Kitts on the weekend were forced to disassociate themselves from the men involved.

This comes weeks after Bounty Killa's brother was arrested and charged for stealing a phone at the airport in St. Kitts.





may-pen-driveby-shooting.jpgTwo businessmen from Clarendon, Ray Rodgers, owner of Regency Plaza in Mineral Heights and technician Trevor Roache, are now in the May Pen Hospital undergoing treatment after being shot on Wednesday morning.

According to police reports, the two were leaving a quarry in the Hunts Pen area of Clarendon at around 8:45 am when men traveling in a white motor vehicle opened fire on them.

Both men were rushed to the May Pen Hospital. Several spent shells were seen at the location.

It's believed that one of the attackers was shot by one of the businessmen whom returned fire.

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police-mentally-ill-man-hunts-bay.jpgOn Thursday an alleged mentally-ill man, who sneaked into the barracks at Hunts' Bay was found dressed in police gear.

The unidentified man also reportedly slept, woke up and 'reported for duty' almost fully dressed as an officer the following morning.

An officer stationed at Hunts' Bay, said that the man had gone mostly unnoticed, up until he asked for $20.

Personnel at the station suspected something was amiss after the fake cop was seen wearing a police vest, back-to-front, on his bare skin.

Things almost got out of hand when the man then proceeded to the guardroom to sign out a firearm for use. Fortunately, he was unsuccessful and resorted to begging for money - which led to his discovery.

Other officers explained that the man has slept on the police barracks multiple time before without being noticed - expressing their concern for the safety and security of lawmen working there.

The man seemed to have disappeared as strangely as he was found, as searches for him have turned up nothing.

The Inspectorate of the Constabulary has launched an internal investigation into the incident.





Zeeks' son Zeekie shot by police

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zeeks-son-shooting-downtown-photo-1.jpgTension grips downtown Kingston after news surfaced that the son of jailed gangster and area leader, Donald 'Zeeks' Phipps was shot by the police.

The man, Renardo Phipps, also known as 'Zeekie' was reportedly rushed to the Kingston Public Hospital moments ago after the shooting.

A massive police presence is being maintained in the area. The circumstances behind the younger Phipps' shooting are unclear, however residents have claimed that he was shot on his way to collect his daughter's birthday cake.

"Dem shot him in him back, and they ran into dem car and drive off fast," one resident said.

Renardo Phipps, whose condition is unknown at this time, was transported via public passenger vehicle to the KPH - where it is understood he is under heavy police guard at the Accident and Emergency department.

When contacted, the Corporate Communications Unit (CCU) said their investigations into the matter are incomplete and have no further comment until such time.

Phipps was shot around 4:30pm.

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Lock out all paedophile entertainer out the business

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The big talk on social media is about a member of the entertainment industry who is being accused of child molestation. Please note that this is not a new phenomenon by any means.

Okay, so let's continue. Said entertainer is being accused of repeated sexual activities with minors. The issue came to light allegedly after two underage females were said to be fighting over the mature entertainer.

This sparked the calling by several social media users for the Child Development Agency (CDA) and the Center for Investigation of Sexual Offences and Child Abuse (CISOCA) to investigate the celebrity.

Not surprisingly, entertainer Mr. Vegas has since posted a video on Youtube bashing pedophiles. Vegas is urging individuals to step up and speak out.





couple-replace-alcohol-with-marry-juana.jpgFor their recent wedding in Oregon, California-based marijuana grower John Ellege and his bride-to-be Whitney Alexander made a decision - the big day would be all about the bud, and not the beer.

Eschewing the free-for-all liquor custom - and the drunken guests that come with it - the teetotaler couple, who were married on a Christmas tree farm in West Linn, south of Portland, on August 8, instead set up a tent with an open weed bar - or 'cannibar' - complete with a 'budtender' to serve up the stash to those who cared to toke.

On the menu? A selection of 13 strands of 'marry-juana', and a very chill time.

'The tent was set well away from the rest of the reception, and facing away from the crowd to control where the smoke went,' the bride told The Huffington Post.

'There were actually guests that had no idea it was there until after the fact.'

Besides keeping the weed bar separate from the actual reception, the couple researched the legalities of serving marijuana.

According to the state's Oregon Measure 91, such an event was legal so long as they were on private property and there was no alcohol being served.

They also could not have more than the legal limit of eight ounces of pot on the premises.

Both were doable, they determined, and well worth it.

'The oldest person in the tent was an 81-year-old woman who hadn't smoked weed since the '60s,' Ellidge told The Huff Post.

'She loved it.'

But extra measures also had to be taken. It was the responsibility of the 'budtender' to ensure guests didn't smoke too much, and transportation to and from the wedding was provided for all guests.

Wedding planners Nora Sheils and Elizabeth Corr of Bridal Bliss said it was the first green wedding they had ever been involved with.

"We were worried that the tent might take away from the reception but it did the exact opposite,' Sheils told The Huff Post.

'Guests had a fun time and ended up dancing the night away, just like any other wedding.'

As the reception drew to a close, trays of french fries and pastries were brought out for people who suddenly found themselves hungry.

For more photos, visit the website of the wedding photographer, Jessica Hill Photography.





A man sentenced to life in prison without parole on a marijuana-related charge was freed yesterday from a Missouri prison after being behind bars for two decades - a period in which the nation's attitudes towards pot have steadily softened.

Family, friends, supporters, and reporters flocked to meet Jeff Mizanskey as he stepped out of the Jefferson City Correctional Center into a sunny morning, wearing a new pair of white tennis shoes and a shirt that read 'I'm Jeff & I'm free'.

"I spent a third of my life in prison," said Mizanskey, now 62, who was greeted by his infant great-granddaughter. "It's a shame."

After a breakfast of steak and eggs with family, Mizanskey said he planned to spend his post-prison life seeking a job and advocating for the legalisation of marijuana. He criticised sentencing for some drug-related crimes as unfair and described his time behind bars as "hell".

His release followed years of lobbying by relatives, lawmakers and others, who argued that the sentence was too stiff and that marijuana should not be forbidden.

Mizanskey was sentenced in 1996 - the same year California became the first state to legalise marijuana for medical purposes. Medical marijuana is now legal in 23 states, and recreational marijuana has been legalised in Alaska, Colorado, Oregon, Washington state, and Washington, DC.

"The reason he's getting out is because the public clearly has changed its opinion about marijuana, and it's just one of many ways in which that has been reflected in recent years," said Mizankey's attorney, Dan Viets.





Mi hear seh: Facts on Miss Lou

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mi-heari-seh.jpgSeptember 7, 2015 will mark the 96th anniversary of the birth of Jamaican cultural icon, the Hon. Louise Bennett-Coverley.

As a part of this year's Miss Lou birthday celebrations the JCDC will be posting interesting, little-known facts about Miss Lou called "Mi Heari Seh", on our various social media pages and website on the days leading up to and on her birthday.

We here at YardFlex join JCDC in this celebratory activity by sharing them with you..

Below is the first "Mi Heari Seh". Walk Good!





Life's Journey continues for reggae singer

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nature.jpgCalifornia relled with the force of Nature during the month of August as the reggae singer promoted his album, Life's Journey, and was a force to be reckoned with. The singer flattened audiences from Northern California where he opened for Stephen Marley at Reggae on the River, the biggest Reggae Festival in America, to Southern California where he opened for Steel Pulse in San Diego.

Nature was the only artiste to perform on both days at Reggae on the River in Northern California, and at Reggae on the Mountain in exotic Malibu, California where he played with Kymani Marley and the Easy Star All Stars.

During his visit, Nature worked with British reggae don Pato Banton in San Diego and performed at the prestigious Roxy in Los Angeles with veteran rockers, the English Beat, and had the sold out crowd in the palm of his hands.

The artiste then blew into trendy Huntington Beach to demolish the Beachcomber with Peter Tosh's band (the Soul Syndicate/ Fully Fullwood band). Another great voice of Jamaican music, Tarrus Riley (with Dean Fraser) invited Nature onstage to perform a duet at the Observatory in Santa Ana and introduced him as the next superstar from Jamaica.

Not forgetting his Jamaican fans, Nature crushed the LA Yard clubs of Jamaica Gold, Medusa, Zanzibar and the Dub Club where he played to a sold out crowd with Warrior King and Sister Nancy.

Nature says the trip was a magical experience and he's looking forward to revisiting California soon . "It was simply amazing, I was invited by Magic! to hang out backstage at their show with rock reggae stars the Dirty Heads and I also met with superstar producer Don Was (Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan) who gave me some serious insight into the music business. I've learned so much from these great musicians in a short period of time and I'm even more motivated to spread reggae across the globe."

Nature's album, Life's Journey was released in June and contains fifteen tracks, including Love You, Trying Man, World Peace and Love is Everywhere.





Junior Reid in promotion mode for new album

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junior-reid.jpgJunior Reid's long-awaited studio album, 'Junior Reid: The Living Legend' was officially launched in Kingston last week at Reid's Lindsay Crescent property, Crescent Court. The album has been in stores since August 25.

The 20-track album, Reid's first in over a decade, features songs like the pop-influenced 'Love You Back', 'Never Let You Go', 'This Generation' featuring Sizzla Kalonji, Wanted featuring Buju Banton & Never Too Rough featuring Julian Marley.

Some of the producers who have worked on the album includes son Adoney Reid, Lynford 'Fatta' Marshall, King Jammy, 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 was released a week before the album was released," a press release from the singer stated.

The post-launch concert showcased performances from Isha Bel, Bongo Herman and Wild Life. Veterans Johnny Osbourne and Capleton ignited the growing crowd with outstanding sets. But the finishing touch was provided by Reid, who wowed with a masterful 90-minute performance that included singles such as Foreign Mind, Fit Yuh Haffi Fit (from his Black Uhuru days), Love You Back ,and Glory from the new album, as well as the signature One Blood.

Reid starts promotion of The Living Legend in late September with shows in France and the UK. Junior Reid: The Living Legend, is the artiste's 17th album and is available online for sale on platforms such as CD Baby, iTunes and his website.





kymani-marley.jpgAs part of their celebration for 22 years of unbroken service to the Jamaica Diaspora community, New York based Irie Jam Radio, 93.5 FM will host a mammoth anniversary concert on Labor Day Sunday, September 6th at Roy Wilkins Park in Queens, NY. Among the acts slated to perform are free style DJ Gully Bop, who will deliver his very first outdoor concert performance in New York. Other acts slated to perform are Kymani Marley, Assassin, Bugle, Chi Ching Ching, Dexta Daps, Christopher Martin, Tifa, Edwin Yearwood, Ding Dong and Kranium.

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"22 years on NY radio is a milestone and a major accomplishment for us and we plan to celebrate in a big way with our headline reggae and dancehall stars" Bobby Clarke, CEO of Irie Jam radio said.

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It was in 1993 that Clarke and his partners met with the top brass of IRIE FM in Ocho Rios. Within months Irie Jam radio was on air in the tri-state area and Clarke and his team were able to mastermind the historic first radio simulcast between Jamaica and New York.

"We are the voice that reports to the community daily on what is happening in Jamaica. So whether it is hard news or information about the the Reggae Boyz, Usain Bolt, Shelly Ann Fraiser-Pryce or the rest of the Jamaican contingent representing Jamaica at the World Games in Beijing we keep our listeners informed. We also support our local businesses, churches, local elections, schools here in the Jamaica Diaspora" he said.





Angels were watching me, says Munga

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munga.jpg"I'm making a CD with 34 tracks and I got a chop with 34 stitiches, an inch from my neck, nuh muss angel a watch (over) me," dancehall deejay Munga says of his near-death experience last weekend..

A very thankful Munga says he was attacked by a "madman with a machete...who feel say my blood must run that day".

"I was in the lane ...nonchalant.. preparing a mix tape when this bredda just attack me and chopped me over the left shoulder. He came at me a second time but a friend of mine held him off. I just want to thank the police who rushed me to the doctor, big up Dr Ford who stitched me up and big up the people on the lane and all my fans and well-wishers," Munga said

The dancehall deejay received 34 stitches after being chopped with a machete on his shoulder inches away from his neck. Munga explains to Music News that he was chopped by a man of unsound mind.





The basketball court where Ricardo Williams used to play won't be the same.

"Here without him, it just feels like something's missing," Keyshon Martin said of Ricardo, the 14-year-old Toronto boy who was killed in Jamaica early Sunday morning.

Keyshon, also 14, met Ricardo on the court at Alexander Stirling Public School, near where he lived in West Hill, a neighbourhood of Scarborough in Toronto's east end. On Monday afternoon Keyshon and four other boys shot hoops in Ricardo's honour. They described him as competitive but goofy player. "Like a Jennifer Lawrence, but guy version," said another boy, 11-year-old Kersi Buaksa.

He made everybody laugh, but stood up for friends when they needed him. Justin Humphrey, 14, experienced both those qualities on the court, where he played with Ricardo and another friend, 14-year-old Shaunae Brown.

"There was one time, me, him and Shaunae were playing basketball and these other two 20-year-olds came and ... they started being rude, so Ricardo stood up for all of us and told the guy to move on," Justin told The Globe and Mail over Facebook messages.

"He was always there for me. Even though we weren't that close ... he would stick up for me and defend me," Shaunae said on the phone.

Shaunae learned about Ricardo's death while her mother was watching the news Sunday night.

The boy was at a wake in Kingston, Jamaica, when shots rang out at 1:51 a.m. Sunday. He was found by police "suffering from gunshot wounds," Inspector Ishmale Williams (no relation) of the Jamaican Constabulary Force said over the phone Monday. "He was taken to the hospital, where he was pronounced dead."

Insp. Williams couldn't say how many people were at the scene when officers arrived or if Ricardo's parents were also in Jamaica at the time. He said police have identified a person of interest, Omar James, who is also known as "Judge" and is from the area where the incident happened. He was asked to present himself to police Monday to provide information, the officer explained. He couldn't say what relation Mr. James had to Ricardo, but the two are connected on Facebook.

Friends paid their online tributes to Ricardo in statuses, doting RIPs and fond memories. Nikolas Asuad called losing his best friend "the hardest thing ever" in a status posted to his timeline. He recalled listening to music, playing basketball together and hanging out at each other's houses - even getting arrested together for stealing pizza once.

But he "wasn't a bad kid," Kae Smith, 16, a friend from school told The Globe on Facebook. "Yeah, he got into trouble but it wasn't anything serious."

Ricardo moved to Canada with his father, Dane, in Grade 7 and attended Military Trail Public School. He was an only child and would visit Jamaica often to see his mother, family friends said in Scarborough on Monday.

"I'm still in shock. I don't understand why. What would convince anybody to want to kill this little 14-year-old kid? What could he have said? What could he have done?" Shannon Dorsey, a friend of Ricardo's father, said on her stoop.

"Everybody that he came across, they loved him after the first moment of meeting him."

Ms. Dorsey said she hadn't heard back from the father, who was in Jamaica as well. She read a status he posted 23 days ago about his son: "Just me and my son. I love him. He has my back for life and God is guiding me." She is organizing a vigil in his honour Saturday evening.

Ricardo switched schools over the winter from West Hill Collegiate Institute to Lester B. Pearson Collegiate Institute, where Kae says he immediately made many friends. Junaid Chandler, 15, is one of them. He met Ricardo - "one of the funniest bruthas I've ever met" - in drama class and would see him every day at school.

"This guy was loud and fun, and seriously enthusiastic. And, at times, he would play extremely loud music out of the computer," Junaid said. Despite being a "handful" to teachers, even they laughed at some of Ricardo's jokes, he added.

Sean Green, 15, met him in Grade 7 and kept playing basketball with him after moving to Oshawa, when he'd come visit his grandmother in Scarborough. Monday evening, he played on another court nearby in West Hill.

"When I'd come back here, I'd always see him at the courts over there. Now he's not here no more. ... I can't believe he's gone."

A spokeswoman with the Department of Foreign Affairs said Canadian consular officials in Kingston are in contact with local authorities to gather additional information. "[They] are providing consular assistance to the family as required," Diana Khaddaj said.





A Portland family is now living in fear after three armed thugs reportedly entered their residence at Fruitful Vale in the parish Friday night and robbed them of a firearm and other personal items.

The robbery reportedly took place about 9 p.m. after a businessman left his family at home.

According to the police, the thugs invaded the house, which was occupied by the businessman's mother and daughter and allegedly tied them up. The police say that the thugs demanded from the two females the whereabouts of a safe. Their demands were met, and the men removed a safe containing a licensed firearm belonging to the businessman.

The men also stole several rounds of ammunition, which was found under a bed. They then proceeded to ransack the house - stealing also five cases of white overproof rum, computer tablets, and several pairs of shoes.

There was no report of cash stolen from the premises. The Portland police are investigating the matter.





ricardo-williams-canadian-teen.jpgOmar James otherwise called 'Judge' is to be charged with the murder of his cousin, 14-year-old, Ricardo Williams, who was in Olympic Gardens, Jamaica on vacation from Canada.

According to reports, a senior investigator said James has confessed that a homemade gun he was hiding in the house was used to shoot Ricardo who was his cousin.

Investigators are searching for the weapon.

James turned himself into the Hunts Bay Police on Monday after being listed as a Person of Interest.

Ricardo who was visiting from Scarborough, Ontario, died after being shot in the head.





The 29-year-old policeman who was hospitalised after he was badly beaten by residents at Morgans district near Spaldings in Clarendon was discharged from the Percy Junor Hospital in Spaldings yesterday.

The constable from St Catherine North Division was discharged into police custody, after spending a night in hospital under police guard. He was taken to the Alligator Pond police lockup in Manchester.

Information is that the rogue cop and his cronies attempted to force open a window at a house owned by a small farmer who was awakened by strange sounds. It is reported that when the farmer went to investigate, the men were seen, and he made an alarm.

They ran and were chased by residents. The constable was held, but his cronies escaped. He was beaten and chopped all over his body. He was rescued by the police.

A white 1995 Nissan Sunny motor car, which is believed to be the vehicle used by the men, was seized by the police. A registration plate which was assigned to the car was found in the trunk. The registration plate which was seen on the car is said to be one registered to a 1997 Mitsubishi Libero owned by a man from Spanish Town, St Catherine.

One Glock magazine with five rounds of 9mm cartridges, one cellular phone and a carry all vest were also found.

Detectives from the Manchester CIB are to question the rogue cop for a file to be prepared for the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions.





2 gunned down in Mandeville bus park

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Pandemonium erupted Tuesday evening in Mandeville, Manchester after gunmen opened fire on three persons at a transport centre, killing two and leaving the other battling for life. The incident took place about 7:15.

Two men reportedly fired on persons said to be members of a rival gang. Commuters had to scamper for cover as the gunmen sprayed bullets. The police recovered 18 spent shells.

Head of the Manchester Police, Superintendent Melvin Brown, said it was difficult for members of his team to nab the gunmen due to the large crowd.





Popular medical doctor from Sav dies in car crash

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dr-clarke-s-car.jpgPopular Westmoreland medical doctor, Barrigton Clarke, 57, died early Tuesday morning in a motor vehicle accident on the Montpelier main road in St James.

Police reported that about 4:00 am Clarke was driving his blue Toyota Axio motor car towards Savanna-la-mar when he lost control of the vehicle, which veered across the road, rode an embankment and overturned into a citrus field.

The doctor, who was trapped in the mangled vehicle, had to be cut from the wreckage by the Fire Brigade. He was taken to the Cornwall Regional Hospital where he was pronounced dead by his colleagues.

Scores of mourners who gathered at the doctor's office yesterday expressed disbelief at his death.

"I can't believe say Dr Clarke dead. Good people always dead," a man was overheard saying. "A so life go," added a teary-eyed woman.

Clarke's death comes on the heels of the death in August of Montego Bay attorney-at-law, George Thomas, 68, a former president of the Cornwall Bar Association. Thomas died as a result of injuries sustained in a two-vehicle crash along Montego Bay's Elegant Corridor on Thursday, August 20.

The deadly crash, which involved Thomas's Mercedes Benz and a Nissan Tiida motor car, reportedly occurred at the traffic lights at the Providence Heights/ Whitehouse intersection.





dexta-daps-photo-2.jpgWell-known booking agent, Karl Larmond, along with Howard Kennedy, a member of dancehall artiste Macka Diamond's entourage, were fined when they appeared in a St Kitts court on Monday to answer a charge of stealing a laptop computer.

Allegations are that Larmond stole a laptop computer and placed it in the room of Howard Kennedy. Surveillance footage captured the act and both men were arrested by police authorities.

"The case is before the court and I don't want to comment before it is resolved, but I can confirm that the incident happened and that lawyers are dealing with it," Macka Diamond said in a statement issued through her publicity team.

Both men were fined US$2,200 each, or 18 months imprisonment if the money is not paid by midday on Tuesday.

Larmond reportedly booked the show for Macka Diamond, Vanessa Bling, Pamputtae and Spice. According to a source close to the artistes, the deejays are all feeling embarrassed over the incident, especially against the background that the promoter of the show had given them "red carpet" treatment that included the chartering of a private jet for the entertainers.

macka-diamond-photos-2.jpg "We are all embarassed, not just Macka Diamond, because it is a fellow Jamaican and the booking agent for all the artistes," said the source.

This is the second such incident involving members of an artiste's entourage in St Kitts. Only weeks before, Bounty Killer's brother was arrested by authorities after stealing a phone in the airport. He was heavily fined and then released.





tropical-storm-erika.jpgThe Government of Dominica has ordered the evacuation of the entire village of Petite Savanne where five more bodies were discovered on Sunday, following the passage of Tropical Storm Erika on Thursday.

It said 14 others are feared dead in the village that bore the brunt of Erika's fury as it passed across the island.

Twenty-five persons are now confirmed dead, but the authorities say they expect the death toll to rise as more areas which are cut off by the storm become accessible.

The first of what is expected to be a number of sailing missions from Barbados landed on Monday morning in Dominica.

The Barbados Coast Guard vessel, the HMBS Trident, brought medical supplies, electrical equipment and personnel who will helping in to restore the country's electrical and telecommunications capacity.





Tessanne collabs with TI on upcoming album

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tessanne-chin-photo-9.jpgTessanne Chin, inner of the fifth season of American talent show The Voice, has collaborated with American rapper T.I for two songs on her upcoming album.

According to the songbird, although she is currently working on a new album and traveling to record and perform, fans can still expect at least one more single before the year ends.

While advising artistes to make the best of each opportunity they get, she confesses that performing in Jamaica is one of her most difficult challenges to date.

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Gun violence in Spanish Town leaves 5 dead

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crime-scene-7.jpgFive persons are now dead after gun violence flared up in sections of St Catherine on Sunday.

The violence is said to be linked to a feud between members of the notorious Clansman gang which is based in the parish.

Police report that, at about 8:30 am, the Lakes Pen Community was rocked by gunfire which resulted in the murder of two men and a woman.

In the same incident, a four-year-old boy was also found with a bullet wound to his foot.

About 30 minutes later, a man was shot dead at a Plaza in the old capital of Spanish Town.

Then about an hour later, a man was fatally shot on Old Market Street.





A police constable is among a group of men who were this morning mobbed by residents of a Clarendon community after the men attempted to rob a woman.

It is alleged that the policeman was one of three men who were attempting to break into a house in Morgan's District near Spaldings, Clarendon about 3 o'clock.

Two of the men escaped, but the constable was held and beaten by residents before being handed over to the police.

The cop who received several blows has since been admitted in hospital in serious condition.

The police are yet to release a statement on the matter.





September 30 deadline for voters' list registration

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vote.jpgThe Electoral Office of Jamaica (EOJ) is reminding Jamaicans that they have one month to register for their names to appear on the Voters' List to be published in November.

September 30 is the deadline for registration.

Deputy director of elections, Earl Simpson, issued the advisory as he reiterated that the entity would be ready if a general election is called in December this year. He noted that the voter's list to be published on November 30, would be the same one used if an election is called in December.

The voters' list is printed every six months, May 31 and November 30 of each year.

Earlier this month, chairperson of the Electoral Commission of Jamaica (ECJ), Dorothy Pine-McLarty, said the EOJ has started its electoral preparations.

However, she said the body would need three months and more than $1 billion more.

Members of the governing People's National Party, including president Portia Simpson Miller and campaign manager, Peter Phillips have given clear indications that an early election could be called this year.





Coaster bus crashes into Moby Dick Restaurant

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bus-crrashes-into-moby-dick-restauarant.jpgA privately-operated coaster bus crashed into the Moby Dick Restaurant in downtown Kingston Monday morning.

The police say the bus was travelling in the right lane along Port Royal Street when the driver of a Honda CR-V travelling in the middle lane attempted to turn right on to Orange Street.

The bus driver then crashed into the right side of the CR-V before he lost control of the coaster which then ploughed into the restaurant.

The police say two passengers who were travelling in the Coaster bus were still getting medical treatment up to late Monday afternoon.





The Hunts Bay police have listed one man as a person of interest, in relation to the shooting death of a Canadian national, this morning (August 30).

The man being sought is Omar James, otherwise called 'Judge' of White Lane in Olympic Gardens, Kingston 11.

Detectives believe that he can assist them in their investigations, into the shooting death of 14-year-old Ricardo Williams of Ontario, Canada.

James is being asked to report to the Hunts Bay police station by midday August 31.

Information received is that about 1:51 a.m., residents at a wake reportedly heard explosions and discovered that the Canadian teenager was shot.

Williams was taken to hospital, where he was pronounced dead.





Police inspector stabbed in the neck

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A police Inspector is now battling for life in hospital with a stab wound to the neck.

His identity is being withheld, but law enforcement sources say he is attached to the Kingston West Division.

According to one source, the knife was lodged in the policeman's neck and he was taken to the University Hospital of the West Indies for a cat scan

Law enforcement sources say the Inspector went to resolve a family dispute when he was stabbed by a 17-year-old male.

It's not known if the teen has been taken into custody.

In recent weeks the Kingston West Division has lost two members, Constables Crystal Thomas and Lynden Barrett, who were shot and killed by gunmen in separate incidents.





Earlier this year, a member of Bounty Killer's entourage stole a worker's phone while leaving St. Kitts; last weekend, a member of Macka Diamond's entourage is alleged to have stolen a computer while in Dominica.

Come on now, this tiefin behaviour needs to stop. This is the kind of behaviour that will tarnish dancehall music and stop the artistes from eating a food. You are getting paid to travel - all expenses are paid for by the promoter and all that the entourage members do is have a good time. How does stealing factor into this?

At the end of the day, it is the artistes themselves who will suffer so they have a responsibility to rein in their entourage and warn them not to steal or else they will be locked up and bring shame on themselves, their families, the artistes, the music and the country.

According to Macka Diamond, she was sleeping at the time of the incident. She, however, said it was a case of being at the wrong place at the wrong time.

"I don't have a clue what is going on, I was the last to leave the hotel because I was sleeping. I am just working off hearsay right now, but I cant say much because I havn't received the real details as yet. One person is my road manager, but it wasn't him as far as I know," she said.





 

Sub-10 King Asafa Powell signs deal with Puma

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asafa-powell-photo-2.jpgFormer world 100 metres record holder Asafa Powell has signed an endorsement deal with top global sports brand Puma.

The reigning sub-10 king joins the global sports brand's growing portfolio of athletes preparing for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. This portfolio of Puma also includes the Triple world record holder Usain Bolt.

Powell who has dipped below 10 seconds over 100 metres some 100 times will feature in both global marketing activations, promoting running and training product lines in the lead up to the 2016 Olympics.

This partnership will also see Puma working with Powell to design a 'sub-10 king' line of sportswear and spikes.

Puma also outfits the Jamaica track and field and Olympic teams.





Alia Atkinson strikes gold in Beijing

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alia-atkinson-photo-2.jpgJamaica's Alia Atkinson struck gold in the 100 metre breaststroke final at the FINA World Cup series meet in Beijing, China on Tuesday.

Atkinson clocked a minute, 07.39 seconds to turn back the challenge of local hopeful Jinglin Shi who came across the line in 1 minute, 08.25 seconds and American Micah Lawrence 1:08.81.

It was a rematch of sorts between Atkinson and Shi who had finished 5th when Atkinson took bronze in the event at the World Championship in August.





In the fight for reparations, entertainer Bongo Herman will be among of group of people seeking justice for the crimes against humanity committed by the British state.

The group's meeting at Liberty Hall Tuesday evening was triggered by the arrival of British Prime Minister David Cameron.

Bongo Herman says that the fight for reparations is something he is passionate about and has lobbied for, for many years.

On Tuesday evening, the National Commission on Reparations, Liberty Hall and the Legacy of Marcus Garvey staged an evening of Reparation Education titled 'Dear Prime Minister Cameron, Princess Anne and the Jamaican People - Reparation Time Is Now'.

The event was held at Liberty Hall, 76 Kings Street Downtown Kingston.

The British Prime Minister will address a joint sitting of the Houses of Parliament at Gordon House on Duke Street in Kingston today.





david-cameron-british-pm.jpgDavid Cameron is facing calls for Britain to pay billions of pounds in reparations for slavery ahead of his first official visit to Jamaica on Tuesday.

Downing Street said the prime minister does not believe reparations or apologies for slavery are the right approach, but the issue is set to overshadow his trade trip to the island, where he will address the Jamaican parliament.

Ahead of his trip, Sir Hilary Beckles, chair of the Caricom Reparations Commission, has led calls for Cameron to start talks on making amends for slavery and referenced the prime minister's ancestral links to the trade in the 1700s through his cousin six times removed, General Sir James Duff.

In an open letter in the Jamaica Observer, the academic wrote: "You are a grandson of the Jamaican soil who has been privileged and enriched by your forebears' sins of the enslavement of our ancestors ... You are, Sir, a prized product of this land and the bonanza benefits reaped by your family and inherited by you continue to bind us together like birds of a feather.

"We ask not for handouts or any such acts of indecent submission. We merely ask that you acknowledge responsibility for your share of this situation and move to contribute in a joint programme of rehabilitation and renewal. The continuing suffering of our people, Sir, is as much your nation's duty to alleviate as it is ours to resolve in steadfast acts of self-responsibility."

Professor Verene Shepherd, chair of the National Commission on Reparation, told the Jamaica Gleaner that nothing short of an unambiguous apology from Cameron would do, while a Jamaican MP, Mike Henry, called on fellow parliamentarians to turn their back on Cameron if reparations are not on the agenda, noting that the Jamaican parliament has approved a motion for the country to seek reparation from Britain.

"If it is not on the agenda, I will not attend any functions involving the visiting prime minister, and I will cry shame on those who do, considering that there was not a dissenting voice in the debate in parliament," he told the newspaper.

Jamaica's prime minister Portia Simpson Miller called for non-confrontational discussions at the UN in 2013, but Britain has never accepted the case for any compensation payments.

A Number 10 official said: "This is a longstanding concern of theirs and there is a longstanding UK position, true of successive governments in the UK, that we don't think reparations are the right approach.

"The PM's point will be he wants to focus on the future. We are talking about issues that are centuries old and taken under a different government when he was not even born. He wants to look at the future and how can the UK play a part now in stronger growing economies in the Caribbean."

The official said Cameron's purpose in visiting Jamaica and Grenada was to reinvigorate their relationship with the UK.

"He looks at that kind of relationship and who the Caribbean see as their major partners and sees them looking to China and Venezuela and thinks Britain should be in there. Britain has long historical ties with these countries," she said.





usain-bolt-stops-interview-for-us-national-anthem.jpgA true sportsman transcends nationalism; sportsmen respect each other no matter what. This is a glorious example of that kind of sportsmanship--Usain Bolt, the fastest man ever, stops an interview to pay respect a national anthem.





hand-foot-mouth-disease.jpgThe outbreak of the Hand, Foot and Mouth rash in schools may be more widespread than originally reported.

The South East Regional Authority (SERHA) on Monday disclosed that it is closely monitoring cases that have been found in at least three schools in Kingston and St. Andrew and six schools in St. Catherine.

SERHA says the Health Departments in the respective parishes have been working closely with the schools to minimise the spread. It says guidelines for the management of Hand, Foot and Mouth disease have been issued and Public Health Inspectors have been deployed to assess the situation.

According to SERHA, Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease is a viral illness common in infants and children. The symptoms of the disease are fever and blister-like eruptions on the tongue, inside the cheek and on the skin .

Poor appetite and a sore throat are other symptoms.

SERHA says it can be spread through direct contact with mucus in the throat and nose, saliva, fluid from blisters and the stool of infected persons.The health authorities say there is no vaccine to protect against the viruses that cause Hand, Foot, and Mouth Disease.

The Ministry of Education in a bulletin issued on Monday did not name the affected institutions. According to the Education officials, students suspected of having the disease should be immediately separated from the general school population and sent home. It says fthe requent disinfection of schools is crucial in order to prevent the spread of the disease.

The Education Ministry says the Parish Health Department should be notified if there is any increase in the number of cases of Hand, Foot and Mouth disease at the institution.





david-cameron-pig.jpgThe Office of the Prime Minister has confirmed that Prime Minister of the United Kingdom David Cameron will arrive on the island tomorrow while the Japanese prime minister and Princess Anne, daughter of Queen Elizabeth are scheduled to arrive later in the week and next week.

Last week the government said it was expecting two special guests to the island between September 29 and October 1. It did not name the guests. However, in a release Monday morning, the OPM said Cameron will arrive on Tuesday afternoon and depart the island Wednesday.

Jamaica's parliament has confirmed that Cameron will address a joint sitting of the Upper and Lower Houses of Parliament Wednesday morning. He is expected to make his presentation to the 84 members of both the House of Representatives and the Senate in an uncharacteristically early sitting, beginning at 8:25 a.m.

The British Prime Minister will also participate in a floral tribute in honour of soldiers of World Wars I and II and bilateral discussions with Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller.

OPM has also confirmed that the Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will arrive in Jamaica on Wednesday.He is scheduled to depart on Thursday. He will join Cameron in the floral tribute in honour of soldiers of World Wars I and II and will also hold bilateral discussions with Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller, and participate in a Dinner Reception with representatives of the Jamaican Government, business community and civil society.





The South East Regional Health Authority (SERHA) is urging the public to only purchase eggs from reputable sources.

In a release today, SERHA said the Kingston and St Andrew Health Department has noted with concern reports that eggs that were improperly disposed over the weekend at the Riverton landfill are being scavenged by members of the public.

It said the consumption of unsafe eggs can result in food borne illnesses, including salmonellosis.

Symptoms of salmonellosis include diarrhoea, fever and abdominal cramps. They develop 12 to 72 hours after infection, and the illness usually lasts for between four and seven days. Most people recover without treatment, but diarrhoea and dehydration may be so severe that it is necessary to seek treatment at hospital, SERHA said.

The 1998 Public Health (Food Handling) Regulation states that "high risk foods", such as eggs, requires the application and maintenance of specified temperatures at various stages of its preparation in order to ensure product safety.

In addition, perishable foods, including eggs, must be stored and refrigerated at a temperature not higher than 4.4 degrees celsius.

SERHA said the Health Department is working in collaboration with the police to locate and destroy the eggs.





Possible Zik-V case being probed by health ministry

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zika-virus.jpgAn investigation is being carried out into what the Health Ministry has described as a potential mosquito-borne viral illness.

In a statement on Monday Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Marion Bullock DuCasse said a sample was taken from an individual and sent to the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) for confirmation.

Executive Director of CARPHA, Dr. James Hospedales, says the sample was received on Monday will be processed by Tuesday and the results available by Friday. The sample will be tested for viruses, including dengue, chikungunya and zika.

The Health Ministry says it's taking the precaution to rule out these diseases, in particular the zika virus which has been identified in Brazil.

The Ministry has heightened its response given that there has been an increase in mosquito borne illnesses.

Meanwhile, Health Minister Dr. Fenton Ferguson has discussed the matter with CARPHA and PAHO both of which have pledged support of if the sample is positive.

The patient has been interviewed by the Health Team and contact investigation is in progress.

The Health Ministry says the vector control team has increased fogging activities in and around the areas that may be affected. Household visits will also be done by the Health Department and public education activities will be increased.





Barrington Levy hospitalised with dengue

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barrington-levy.jpgReggae superstar Barrington Levy has missed two shows after being hospitalised over the weekend with a serious case of dengue fever.

He had been slated to perform at a show on Friday in Santa Barbara, California, and then he was also booked to perform at the Greek Theatre in Los Angeles, California.

"He has another show in Trinidad and Tobago on October 3rd, so he might miss that as well because this is a serious disease. There is no cure for dengue fever," General Daddy Biggs of Platinum Camp, the official booking agent of Barrington Levy, said.

Dengue fever is a debilitating viral disease of the tropics, transmitted by mosquitoes, causing sudden fever and acute pains in the joints.

"He had hit me up earlier in the week saying he was ill and running a fever. He began throwing up, going to the bathroom often, and he was procrastinating about seeing a doctor, until I convinced him to go. He did some tests, and his white blood cells were low, his doctor said they should be 150 but was actually 86," he said.

Eventually, Levy collapsed and had to be hospitalised in a private institution.

"The doctors said his white blood cells had fallen to 36 when he collapsed. They wanted to do a blood transfusion but I told them no, that was too dangerous, so right now, he is resting, and they are monitoring him closely. The doctors say this is the third case diagnosed in that part of Clarendon," General Daddy Biggs said.





Jah Cure arrested in Trinidad

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jah-cure-photo-1.jpgJamaican reggae artiste Jah Cure was arrested by marshals of the Port -of-Spain High Court shortly after completing his performance at a show at the O2 Park in Chaguaramas on Sunday night.

He is facing the Trinidad legal system as a result of performance fees paid over for a concert which did not materialise.

Jah Cure, just like Busy Signal and Anthony B, was brought to the Hall of Justice around 1 am.

After lengthy discussions between his lawyer Mario Merritt and attorneys for the local promoter who he owes over TT $83,000 in performance fees for a concert that did not materialise, Alcock was allowed to go free.

Alcock reportedly was able to pay US$6,000 in cash to the court and agreed to pay the remainder by this evening.

Alcock is expected to return to court tomorrow morning to report to Justice James Aboud.

Jah Cure is known for the huge reggae anthems, True Reflections, Longing For, Call on Me, and Unconditional Love featuring Phyllisia.





whos-the-boss.jpgOn Saturday night's episode of "Oprah: Where Are They Now?", former child star Danny Pintauro revealed that he has been living with a big secret for more than a decade: He is HIV-positive.

Everyone remembers the young, blond-haired Pintauro as Jonathan on the family sitcom "Who's the Boss?" For eight years, Pintauro played the son of a driven single mother, winning over audiences with his nerdy charm. But, in the years after "Who's the Boss?" ended, the once-lighthearted little boy grew into a complicated young man trying to live a private life in the public eye.

In his sit-down with Oprah, Pintauro -- who goes by "Daniel" now -- begins the interview by sharing his long-held secret.

"I wanted to tell you this a long time ago, but I wasn't ready. I'm ready now," Pintauro says. "I'm HIV-positive, and I have been for 12 years."

Part of why Pintauro hadn't spoken publicly about his health before, he says, is because he wasn't sure if people were ready for a conversation of this magnitude. "It's just a big deal, you know? It's not something that people are really talking about right now," Pintauro says.

This isn't the first time Pintauro has revealed a private detail about his personal life. In 1997, when he was a college student, Pintauro came out as gay -- but he hadn't exactly planned to. "I was outed," Pintauro says. "It wasn't by choice."

The actor says that a tabloid reporter called him back then saying the paper was going to out him whether he cooperated or not. His former "Who's the Boss?" co-star, Judith Light, encouraged Pintauro to participate as a way of controlling the conversation. "It was the best thing," Pintauro says now. "'They can't misquote you,' she said. 'And as long as you give really responsible and mature answers, it can't be a bad article.'"

And, as Pintauro realized, it wasn't. "Believe it or not, the 'National Enquirer' actually did a really fantastic, heartwarming article about it," he says. "I was shocked."

Pintauro says he regularly underwent routine HIV testing every six months. Then, in March of 2003, his whole world changed.

"I was living in New York at the time and completely clueless to the idea that I was positive. I went in for a regular checkup," Pintauro says. "It was just regular blood work. You go in, and you sort of waited two weeks on pins and needles -- or at least I did, because I was just terrified of the idea of getting HIV."

Having come out of a two-year relationship, Pintauro admits later in the interview that he had been looking to explore more sexually and began using crystal meth as a means to that end. "I was doing crystal meth, which completely ruins your immune system. I'd been doing it at that point very briefly, but it was three weeks or so, off and on," he explains. "I had just come out of a two-year relationship, and I discovered in that relationship that there was more I wanted to explore sexually. Crystal meth takes away your inhibitions... And if you want to explore that adventurous side, taking the drug is going to put you there.

"I was experimenting," he continues. "And believe it or not, I thought that I was being safe in that encounter. I know exactly when it happened."

Though Pintauro doesn't go into those details, he does say that he doesn't remember the man's name. "I regret not knowing that, because that person has completely changed my life," he says.





Nyah Bless Music features Nastassaja

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nyah-bless-music-features-nastassaja.jpgNyah Bless Music continues to feature the music of new singing sensation, Nastassaja.

This time, the label reaches out to Nastassaja and delivers the remake of the Celine Dion classic "If That's What It Takes". The track was released on May 5th and is available on ITunes and on all major digital platform.

"I am thankful Nyah Bless Music gave me the opportunity to collaborate on Feelings", states Nastassaja. "I always knew I had it in me. To tell you the truth, everyone has always told me I was born to sing".!!!"

If That's What It Takes

Born Nastassaja Burke, she currently resides in St Kitts where she is working diligently on perfecting her artistic skills. The single "If That's What It Takes" has been an inspiration to Nastassaja. She has used the song as a motivational force for her to overcome life's challenges..

"If That's What It Takes" was produced by Hopeton Brown of Nyah Bless Music and recorded in St Kitts at Chabo Productions Recording Studio.





kymani-marley-photo-1.jpgSt. Ann, JAMAICA:- A short and impressive list of reggae/dancehall acts has been signed to entertain fans at the second staging of Mawch Out to be held on October 24 at Pearly Beach in Ocho Rios, St Ann

Headlining the reggae aggregation will be Marley scion, Ky-mani alongside one of reggae's sweetest singers, Coco Tea, and the man from Judgement Yard, Sizzla Kalonji, while the dancehall side will be upheld by stalwarts, Beenie Man and Bounty Killer. These five top acts will be ably supported by Military Man, Dimon Treajah, Promisin, Dilly Chris, Innovata and Devin Di Dakta. The award-winning Ruff Kut is the official backing band and Stone Love will provide intense juggling.

Mawch Out had its inaugural staging last year at the Turtle River Park in Ocho Rios, and according to the promoters, Gangstar Promotions, the response from reggae and dancehall fans was so overwhelming that they have decided to make it an annual event. The plan is also to brand Mawch Out globally as a St Ann-based concert and list it as one of the events that tourists and locals alike will eagerly add to their entertainment calendar.

"We had a great show last year with over 3,000 patrons, many of whom were tourists. We have analysed the findings and have done some re-organising, including a change of venue to Pearly Beach which has all the parking facilities and accommodation we could ever need for the size crowd that we anticipate. Mawch Out is definitely coming back bigger and better for 2015," a very upbeat Grizzly Wilson, one of the four brothers who have partnered for the production of the concert outlined.

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"Sizzla, Bounty Killer and Beenie Man performed last year and they were awesome so we decided to work with the formula and bring them back again this year. They, too are very happy to return to St Ann for this show. Ky-mani hasn't performed in Jamaica in a minute and, as we all know, Coco Tea is a perennial favourite, so there we have the 'Big Five'," the promoter and businessman explained.

According to Wilson, Ky-mani - the second youngest son of Bob Marley - is thrilled at performing at home in Jamaica. Now promoting his recently released, critically acclaimed sixth studio album, Maestro, Ky-mani will be flying in over a week prior to the event and has already started a soft promotion of the CD, which the Wall Street Journal says "balances a roots-reggae feel with latter-day touches, mixing deep dub rhythms and elements drawn from hip-hop and R&B..."

Mawch Out is presented by Gangstar Promotions in association with Liquid Nitro. Admission is pre-sold $1,500 regular entry, $2000 at the gate, while VIP, which includes food (but not drinks) is $4,000 pre-sold and $5,000 at the gate. Ticket outlets are: Blingers Jewellery Store, Total and Pet Com gas stations in Ocho Rios, Johncrow's Sports Bar and David & Subs in Burger King Plaza, Ocho Rios. The Stewart Town Basic School and TCA Academy have been selected as beneficiaries of the event.

Emcees for Mawch Out are Ron Muschette, Beekie Bailey and Sample Man.





Bobbi Kristina Brown's autopsy report sealed

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bobbi-kristina-brown-photo-6.jpgTwo months after Bobbi Kristina Brown died under a cloud of suspicion that led to accusations of wrongdoing, authorities in Georgia say they now know how she died -- but they aren't saying.

"The Fulton County Medical Examiner has classified the cause and manner of Bobbi Kristina Brown's death," the office said in a September 25 press release. "However, a Fulton County Superior Court Order dated September 25, 2015 has been received Sealing the Autopsy Report and ordering the Medical Examiner to not release any further information to the public."

The only child of Whitney Houston and Bobby Brown died in July, six months after being placed in a medically induced coma for injuries sustained at her suburban Atlanta home.

The 22-year-old was found January 31 in an eerily similar manner to how her music legend mother was discovered dead three years before: facedown and unresponsive in a bathtub full of water.

Speculation about what had happened began immediately, much of it swirling around boyfriend Nick Gordon.

Brown's estate has filed a $10 million wrongful death lawsuit against Gordon, alleging he beat her after an all-night "cocaine and drinking binge," before giving her a "toxic cocktail" that knocked her out, according to the suit.

Gordon has never been charged in relation to Brown's death, and his legal team called the lawsuit "slanderous and meritless."

In his first public remarks since his daughter's death, Bobby Brown said in a talk show appearance this month that he is creating a center for victims of domestic violence in Bobbi Kistina's memory.





Jody Kay wins Digicel Rising Stars 2015

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jody-kay-digicel-rising-stars-photo-1.jpgJody-Kay, a biology teacher at the St Andrew Technical High School, is the winner of season 12 of local talent competition, Digicel Rising Stars.

Jody Kay featured in the final showdown with top contender, Marsha K, in the 'Battle of the K's'. She walked away with $1 million cash and an album distribution deal. A front-runner known for her dramatic and well-rehearsed performances, Jody Kay entered the final night confident.

Marsha Kay, the wild card entrant of Rising Stars judge, Conroy Wilson, said her confidence had steadily built going into the final night. She received the second-place prize of $600,000.

The 26-year-old St Elizabeth Technical High School old girl was born and raised in the community of Crawford in the parish.

Following last week's renditions of three songs each by the two finalists, the Rising Stars judges had given Jody-Kay the edge 2-1.

PAST RISING STARS WINNERS:
Cavan - 2004
Christopher Martin - 2005
One-Third - 2006
Romain Virgo - 2007
Cameal Davis - 2008
Brown Shuga - 2009
Dalton Harris - 2010
Tash - 2011
Sharona Jonas - 2012
Verlando Small - 2013
T Rizzy - 2014





no-change-to-buggery-law.jpgLocal Christian group, Jamaica Churches Action Uniting Society for Emancipation (CAUSE), is urging Jamaicans to vote for political representatives who are in favour of retaining the country's anti-buggery legislation.

The group made the call to a large crowd which turned up at its rally in Half-Way-Tree, St Andrew yesterday. Chairman of Jamaica CAUSE, Dr Stevenson Samuels, is encouraging Jamaicans to get enumerated and vote for the sustainability of the society.

He says the Group os not being political but is defending Jamaica, not a party. Dr. Samuels says citizens have a right to vote and should do so along the line of morality and argues that if you take that away then you don't have a nation.





school-closed.jpgIt has been revealed that an outbreak of hand-foot-and-mouth disease is the cause of the temporary closure of Bridgeport Infant School in Portmore, St. Catherine.

Hand-foot-and-mouth disease is an illness that causes sores in or on the mouth and on the hands, feet, and sometimes the buttocks and legs. The sores may be painful and the illness usually does not last more than a week.

Education Minister, Ronald Thwaites says that the Health Ministry is taking steps to contain the outbreak which he described as mild. It's not known how many students were affected.

A decision has not been made when the school will reopen. Mr. Thwaites said, before such a decision is made, the levels of the impact should be known, and it will be guided by the recommendation of the Health Ministry.

The Ministry of Education ordered the closure of the school on the advice of the Health Ministry. It said the school is being sanitised.

A team from the Portmore Municipal Council is scheduled to visit the school today. Leon Thomas, acting Mayor of Portmore, has announced that an the municipality will conduct an investigation of the factors behind the outbreak.





Cops probe death of Titchfield student

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titchfield-high-school.jpgThe Portland Police have launched an investigation into the circumstances which led to the death of an 18 year old student of the Titchfield High School on Sunday morning.

Roxanne Davies died after she was reportedly run over by a vehicle, driven by one of her relatives.The incident occurred at a wake in Manchioneal.

Another person was injured and has been hospitalised in serious condition.

Head of the Highway and Traffic Division, Senior Superintendent Calvin Allen, said the incident occurred during a dispute among relatives at the wake.

The police have launched a manhunt for the driver who fled the scene. He is Anthony James, a resident of Montego Bay, St James. James is being urged to surrender to the police.

Allen said investigators are trying to determine whether it was a deliberate act.





congressman-steals-pope-water.jpgA congressman stole the water glass Pope Francis was drinking out of during his address at the White House on Thursday.

Representative Bob Brady, a devout Catholic and Democrat from Pennsylvania immediately made his way to the podium after Pope Francis finished speaking and grabbed the glass that was still filled with water.

He then drank the water, gave some of the water to his wife Debra, and saved the rest for his grandchildren.

Representative Brady took photos as well, and had his staff send them out to the press.

He also shared some of the water with members of his staff and assistant, also a devout Catholic.

As for the saved water, he plans to sprinkle it on his grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

Representative Brady may also get the chance to nab another one of Pope Francis' water glasses too, as he will be heading to Brady's district of Philadelphia over the weekend.

The congressman plans to attend Holy Mass and hear the Pope Francis speak in the city.

This is not the first time Brady has pulled a stunt like this, with the Philadelphia Daily News reporting he did the same thing after President Obama's inauguration, though he just saved that glass and did not drink from it.

They also spoke to Representative Brady who said he had saved the cup and would have police dust it for fingerprints to prove it was used by Pope Francis.

He also had police dust President Obama's glass as well.





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This is the shocking moment a disabled man in a wheelchair was shot dead in a street by Delaware police

Shocking moment US cops shoot and kill wheelchair-bound black man

This is the shocking moment a disabled man in a wheelchair was shot dead in the street by Delaware police.

Officers had been responding to a 911 call that someone had attempted to shoot themselves, when they arrived to find Jeremy McDole 'still armed with a handgun.'

Cops opened fire on McDole, who was paralyzed from the waist down after being shot by a friend aged 18, after repeated requests for him to 'drop the gun.'

McDole's mother, Phyllis, has criticized the shooting as 'unjust' during a police news conference.

The incident, which took place in a Wilmington street, Delaware on Wednesday afternoon was caught on camera by stunned witnesses who uploaded it to You Tube.

The 1-minute-and-19-second-long clip opened with an officer, armed with a shotgun, shouting for the wheelchair-bound McDole to 'show his hands.'

A shot is fired just seconds later, before more cops move in shouting at the 28-year-old: 'Show me your hands! Drop the gun! Drop the gun!'

McDole appeared to be bleeding although the footage does not make clear if this was from the officer's first shot or if he had been previously injured in the alleged suicide attempt. His handgun is not easily identifiable in the video.

He is then seen putting his hands into his pockets at which point he in gunned down in a flurry of bullets with around ten shots fired.

McDole slumps over and falls to ground, dead. Cops said a .38-caliber handgun was recovered at the scene.

Police Chief Bobby Cummings said during a news conference that none of the officers involved 'intended to take anyone's life that day.'

He said that police had told him repeatedly to put his gun down but had 'engaged him' after he went to remove the weapon from his waist.

But Mrs McDole disputed the cops' version of events and interrupted the conference to demand answers.

'He was in a wheelchair, paralyzed from the waist down. There's video showing that he didn't pull a weapon, she said.

McDole's sister Letesha Green also criticized the cops for not attempting to use non-lethal force before opening fire.

'Why couldn't you taser this man out of his wheelchair,' she asked, reported NBC Philadelphia. 'Why couldn't you use rubber bullets to get him out of the wheelchair?'

However, Cummings said he had also viewed the video and believed the four officers involved - who have all been placed on administrative duty - acted correctly.

'The officers perceived what was a threat and they responded and they engaged,' he said, adding that only a 'thorough investigation' would reveal if they should have taken a different course of action.

Wilmington Police Department's criminal investigation and professional standards unit is now investigating the incident as is the Delaware Department of Justice's Office of Civil Rights and Public Trust which investigates all police fatal shootings.

The findings will determine whether the officers involved are to be charged.

Witnesses claim that McDole may have been trying to kill himself.





vashawn-mitchell-twitter.jpgAmerican gospel artiste Vashawn Mitchell is booked to headline the fourth staging of Come Celebrate Jesus gospel concert to be held at the Montego Bay Convention Centre on Saturday, October 3.

The "Nobody Greater" singer should score well with his string of hits which includes His Blood Still Works, My Worship Is for Real, Chasing After You, Turning Around for Me, God My God, Greatest Man, and You Reign.

In 2011, Mitchell received 11 Stellar Award nominations and won six trophies. He was also nominated for two Grammy Awards and two GMA Dove Awards. Mitchell follows another American gospel act, Ron Kenoly, who performed at last year's event at the same venue.

This year's event will also feature local acts such as Kevin Downswell, Adrian Cunningham, Sandra Brooks, Kay Morris, Joshua Generation, Ramone Watson and Anique Morris. Emcees include Markland "Action" Edwards, Nadine Blair and Rick Joyner.

Part proceeds from Come Celebrate Jesus, which is the brainchild of siblings, Donald and Rev Talsey Brooks, will go towards the Committee for the Upliftment of the Mentally Ill (CUMI), the New Vision Children's Home and the Women's Centre.





Merritone Goes 'Pon Di Rio Grande'

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merritone-winston-blake.jpgSunday, September 27 will be celebrated as International Tourism Day and it is a good time to spend the day in Portland, which is often considered the cradle of tourism in Jamaica.

Errol Flynn is said to have started rafting on the Rio Grande in the 1940s when he began to organise raft races. The rafters' pavilion in St Margaraet's Bay built by The Earl of Mansfield, known as Rafter's Rest, will be the venue for yet another party on Sunday, dubbed Merritone Pon Di Rio Grande Again, organised by The Country Hoppers.

Merritone Music celebrates its 65th anniversary this year with a week of activities scheduled for mid-October, and the owners have included this day in Portland as part of the celebratory activities.

The Country Hoppers, a group of five friends, is fulfilling its mandate to enhance entertainment for mature people in the parish and increase the amount of local tourists who spend at least one day per month in the area. It is hoped that eventually, through their efforts, persons will overnight in Portland.

Additional features have been added to the afternoon's activities, as patrons will be able to shop, at their leisure, from Sandra with a wide array of agricultural produce, Rockbottom with his craft items, and Phine Line the artist, fresh from his tours in Guyana.

True Brew Coffee is a staple at the party. Other sponsors of the event are ARD2K, National Pure Ice, Braham's Texaco Station (which will also be providing a spot prize) and media partners are KoolFM and StylzFM.

Part proceeds from the parties are given to The Shelton Project, a programme of Healthy Lifestyle Network, which is an organisation teaching children from infant and basic schools about planting trees, flowers, fruits and vegetables.It also informs them about healthy food choices and encourages them to eat what they plant.

Tickets are $800 presold and $1,000 at the gate. Food on sale will be by Bachelor Chef Shea Stewart.





jutc-buses-photo-1.jpgYet another arrest has been made in the ticket racket at the Jamaica Urban Transit Company (JUTC).

A 52-year-old driver, employed to the state-run bus company, was held yesterday in connection with the racket which was uncovered by revenue protection officials. The driver is being questioned by Fraud Squad investigators, after he was nabbed with more than six hundred JUTC tickets.

Radcliffe Lewis, Manager of Franchise Protection and Inspection at the JUTC, provided details on the sting operation carried out by his team. He said the driver was part of a syndicate of operators who are syphoning off tickets, and intelligence was gathered about activities along Marcus Garvey Drive. He said the driver failed to stop and was chased. He was finally stopped downtown and more than 600 fraudulent taken from him.





A Jamaican woman living in the United States, with alleged deep connections to local politicians, pleaded guilty today to pocketing millions of dollars in false income-tax refunds from the US government.

An online report in the Miami Herald newspaper says 60-year-old Pamella Watson, who has been detained since her arrest in May, was convicted of a single wire-fraud offense in a plea agreement filed in Fort Lauderdale federal court.

The report says she faces up to 20 years in prison when she returns to court on December four for sentencing by US District Judge James Cohn.

Meanwhile, a slew of other charges, from filing fictitious tax returns to laundering ill-gotten refunds, will be dropped as part of the deal with the US attorney's office.

The Miami Herald reports that court records say the Jamaican woman exploited hundreds of unwitting clients, many of whom are members of Jamaica's Diaspora in South Florida. It's reported she changed her clients' actual tax returns and filed inflated refund claims without their knowledge.

Watson deceived the US tax authorities by keeping US$3.4 million in "excessive" tax refunds for herself and giving the clients their actual refunds between 2011 and 2014.

It's reported that she avoided detection by splitting the refund deposits into bank accounts that she controlled through her tax preparation business.Watson, who is a naturalised US citizen, worked as a certified public accountant at her tax preparation office in Miami and lived in Davie.

The Miami Herald said she has hosted fundraisers for leaders of both political parties. Watson was involved in numerous South Florida organisations and served on several boards, including the Jamaican Women of South Florida.

As part of her plea agreement, Watson has agreed to repay the US' Internal Revenue Service.

Following her arrest in May, the board of directors of the Jamaican Women of Florida, Inc. voted to suspend Watson who was elected earlier as treasurer of the group.





Deputy Director of Public Prosecutions robbed

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Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP), Paula Llewellyn, is calling for security arrangements to be put in place at all courts across the island to protect prosecutors and support staff.

Her appeal comes against the background of an attack on a prosecutor at the Spanish Town courthouse in St Catherine on Wednesday.

It is reported that the female Deputy Director of Public Prosecutions arrived at court about 8:30 in the morning and was taking files from her car when she was pounced upon by a man.

The man reportedly accosted her and demanded money.

The prosecutor reportedly gave him money and the man then ran away.

The DPP says the ordeal left the prosecutor shaken.

She says the prosecutor has been given the necessary support by her office.

However, Llewellyn says the incident raises concerns about the security of prosecutors who have to travel across the country to handle cases in various courts.

She says she will be seeking to raise the matter with the Court Management Services in the Ministry of Justice and the leadership of the Jamaica Constabulary Force.





Two pastors charged with lottery scamming

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court.jpgTwo pastors were among seven people charged in Westmoreland this week over their involvement in the lottery scam.

The men of the cloth were taken into custody during an operation on the weekend. They were arrested after police raided a building on Cooke Street, Little London and found several documents used in the lottery scam.

Two vehicles and a certificate of deposit, valued at 8-point-5-million-dollars, were also seized during the raid.

One of them has been charged with breaches of the Proceeds of Crime Act. He's been identified as Roy Foster, of Little London, in the parish. Foster was charged after it was discovered that a vehicle belonging to him was bought with proceeds of the lottery scam.

He's been released on station bail and is will appear in the Montego Bay Resident Magistrate's Court next week.

The other pastor is still in custody.





foundation-usain-bolt.jpgOlympic legend Usain Bolt has announced that his foundation is to become part of 'Athletics for a Better World', powered by the IAAF. The Usain Bolt Foundation will join forces with Athletics for a Better World to inspire positive social change through education, cultural development and sport.

Athletics for a Better World is the IAAF's social responsibility programme, which provides organisations and people with a platform to use the universality of Athletics to make a positive difference around the world. As part of Athletics for a Better World, the Usain Bolt Foundation will be able to utilise the IAAF's global reach, marketing channels and sporting credibility to spread their message and reach more young people than ever before. Bolt will also add his name to the 12 athlete patrons currently involved in the campaign who include Jackie Joyner-Kersee, Marie-José Pérec, Paula Radcliffe and Wilson Kipketer.

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Bolt said, "I am very proud that the Usain Bolt Foundation is officially partnered with the IAAF's 'Athletics for a Better World'. Since the foundation was formed I, along with all the staff and volunteers, have worked very hard to inspire kids to become anything that their heart desires. So to be given this accolade by the

IAAF is a reward for all the hard work we have put in, and also a great opportunity for us to develop the foundation further and inspire more young people around the world."

Sebastian Coe, President of the IAAF noted, "I'm thrilled that the Usain Bolt Foundation is partnering with 'Athletics for a Better World'. Together, the IAAF and Usain Bolt will not only help reach and change the lives of thousands of children through athletics but also inspire lasting social change. I know the positive impact Athletics can have and what a strong role model Usain Bolt is to millions of people around the world. The combination of the two is a very powerful force and we look forward to working together and making a real difference."





Cops kill two in Vineyard Town

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crime-scene-7.jpgThe Independent Commission of Investigations (INDECOM) has been called in to investigate the shooting death of two men during a police operation in Vineyard Town, Kingston Thursday morning.

The police say two firearms were also seized during the pre-dawn ?operation.

According to police reports, a team of officers went to the area about 1:30am and while there, they were attacked by gunmen.

"While in the area, men in the area opened fire at the police, the fire was returned and two men were later found suffering from gunshot wounds," said a senior officer.

The men were later pronounced dead at hospital.

A large contingent of police officers is still maintaining a presence in the area.





hands-behind-bars.jpgBertram Jenkins, who was recently deported from Canada, in connection with last year's shooting death of car dealer Robert Mendez at his business place in St. Andrew, has been charged with murder.

Jenkins and another man were allegedly caught on camera shooting Mendez.

Assistant Commissioner Ealan Powell, who is in charge of the Criminal Investigation Branch, reported that Jenkins has appeared in court.

Mendez was the operator of Payless Car Mart off Maxfield Avenue.

Video footage of the killing was shown on TVJ in May last year.

Forty-three year-old John Jarrett, Jenkins' co-accused, has already been charged with murder.





Ishawna really pregnant... or nah?

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ishawna-bike.jpgDancehall artiste Ishawna posted what appeared to be a pregnancy announce on Instagram Wednesday night and had all her fnas and detractors wondering if she were pregnant for her manager, Joe Bogdanovich.

The announcement came in the form of a sonogram with a foetus along with the words: "12 weeks and 4 days'.

Fans immediately sent their congratulations at the announcement calling the baby "a blessing". Others speculated as to who was the father of the baby.

The controversial Ishawna dominated news headlines for the better part of six months with revelations of a love triangle between herself, her estranged baby father, Oneil 'Foota Hype' Thomas and producer 'Skatta' Burrell. Then months later, she made headlines again when she was captured on video cameras posing provocatively with Down Sound Records CEO Joseph Bogdanovich, just a day after Toya, his common-law wife died after suffering complications with diabetes.





Vnitta Glanville collabs with Gully Bop on 'Tell Me'

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vnitta-glanville.jpgVnitta Glanville, a Jamaican residing in Brooklyn, New York, is a soulful and passionate singer/songwriter who has teamed up with sensation, Gully Bop on a new single entitled 'Tell Me'.

'Tell Me', which relates the story of a woman who wants to know if the guy she has fallen in love with really loves her, is an recorded on an authentic reggae riddim and appeals to music lovers of all generations. Local radio in Jamaica has been showing the song much love and, according to Vnitta, she is pleased with the response in the US and other parts of the world.

The Delroy "Doc Marshall" Harrison-produced single has also been making waves on social media and has been doing the rounds on sound systems around the world. There is also video accompanying the song which is currently on rotation on RETV and all social media sites.

According to Vnitta, "I am just so overwhelmed by all the support that I have been receiving. A big shout out to Gully Bop who was gracious enough to be a part of this music project and thanks to all my fans who have been there for me throughout the years.

The combination "Tell Me" with Gully Bop is another dimension to Vnitta's artistry and her ability to create great music. Vnitta has performed to sold-out crowds in the USA, but has upped her game with the remix of the new single "Tell Me". The music video can be viewed on national television, social media sites, such as Reggaeville, Vevo, YouTube, Wicked Hype and soon to be seen on international television, like MTV, VH1, and BET.

While promoting "Tell Me," Vnitta is also busy in the studio doing what she does best - making great music. She also noted that an American pop superstar has reached out to her to collaborate on a Billboard topping track.





real.jpgExciting, upcoming dancehall act, Real Image,is intent on living his dream. The artiste, who signed a publishing, recording and booking deal with the Mark Pinnock-led, Natural Bridge Records in 2014 is commanding major attention with his breakout single, 'My Dream'.

According to the 21-year-old singjay "My Dream is a reflection of what I want to achieve in life."

He added that it is also the heartfelt cry of many who are aspiring for financial independence and visioning the day when they "will be free from the landlord because they now own their own home".

Quite happy with the effort that his management team is putting into his single and his career, Real Image is working hard promoting a number of new singles. He has recorded 'Pray Fi Dem' by Shams for the B Rich label, and the soon-to-be-released 'Bread Alone' on Natural Bridge Records

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The artiste's label also recently shot a video for 'My Dream' at locations in the Corporate Area. This video will be released in the fall of 2015.

Real Image, as his bio states, is not your typical 21 year old. When he just started out in music, he first gravitated towards the regular gun-and-girls fare that dominate most dancehall songs, but soon, he began to laser in on reality songs with radio-friendly hooks, and bubbly songs with inspirational, uplifting themes.

Born Steven Brown on January 14, 1994, he grew up in the community of James Hill in Clarendon. He grew up with his mother, Georgia Meredith, grandmother and two sisters, attended James Hill Primary before moving to live in Mandeville at the age of 9.

He attended the Mandeville Primary and Junior High before entering the Mayday High school in Manchester where he discovered his love for music during informal dancehall clashes in between subjects.

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"When I was 15, I used to clash with a friend of mine, Junior, during break. We would sing the Kartel-Mavado songs, then Junior asked me to write my own songs and build our own vibes, and that is how I started writing my own songs," Real Image said.

"In class, I found myself writing songs even when the teacher a teach," he added, laughing.

Even though he spent his sessions daydreaming of recording success, he still was able to focus long enough to gain five subjects at the CXC level.

At age 19, he visited the town of Springfield, Massachusettes where he began to hone his nascent deejaying skills in a small studio.

"A great friend of mine, Danny Stewart made all this possible when he introduced me to Mark Pinnock and the rest, as they say, is history," he said.





busy-signal-photo-12.jpgArtiste Busy Signal has redefined the word 'busy' with an active summer tour schedule, new music releases and the Busy 2020 Helping Hands Foundation.

Performing across the Caribbean, the Middle East and Europe, Busy connected with a record number of fans via live performances and extensive media interviews. His August, 2015 appearance in Uganda for the Pepsi Music UG concert saw a record number of fans sell out the Lugogo Cricket Oval in Kampala to hear music from the star. "Being in Uganda, and performing for all those fans was one of the greatest experiences of my career. The people, the fans - everyone showed such love, and that is something I will never forget" said Busy from his recording studio in Jamaica.

Musically, Busy has released a record number of singles which have charted in markets around the world. Songs such as "Text Message" (available on VP Records Reggae Gold 2015 compilation), "What If" and "That's How We Do It" have been radio mainstays, and fan favorites. The artists independent production of the Reggae Rock Riddim on his Turf Music label saw exceptional success especially in Canada, receiving large support from the #1 Reggae radio show, the Delroy G Show heard on G98 FM. "Since the riddim came out in June of this year, there hasn't been a week that I haven't played singles from it. Busy Signal is making good music that everyone loves" said the radio host when contacted at the radio station.

Near and dear to Busy's heart is his foundation, the Busy 2020 Helping Hands Foundation. The aim of the organization is to reach children and young people with the aim to tackle issues such as violence, poverty and lack of health care access. Launched in April, 2015, the Foundation has worked with and donated much needed medical equipment to the St. Ann's Bay Regional Hospital in an effort to make medical access readily available for people in that area of Jamaica.

On Saturday September 26th, 2015 at 7pm, Busy signal will host the Busy 2020 Helping Hands Foundation Ball being held at the Grand Bahia Principe Resort in Runaway Bay, St. Ann. The ball will be attended by members of the Entertainment fraternity, Politicians and supporters of the foundation; the minimum donation to attend is $10,000 JA. For additional information visit http://www.busy2020helpinghands.com/

Coming up for Busy Signal are new music releases, as well as a return to Africa in October. Stay up to date with all things Busy Signal via Social Media: www.Facebook.com/OneBusySignal





bounty-killer-photo-6.jpgBounty Killer and selector Tony Matterhorn have had an ongoing feud over the years.

Nos the Killer has accused Matterhorn and his friends of hacking into his official Instgram account.

In a lengthy Instagram post which reads "Bulletin to all my fans"... Bounty warns social media users about Tony Matterhorn before accusing the selector and his friends of hacking into his account and using his profile to like pictures of a questionable female.

Bounty Killer is putting Tony Matterhorn on blast after the pics were liked from Bounty's account, screen shot and reposted to the social media site. The War Lord has denied liking the pictures.

According to the post, Bounty Killer is convinced Matterhorn is seeking revenge after he was photographed with two questionable females some months ago which sparked chatter all over social media.

Tony Matterhorn has responded to Bounty Killa via the same medium laughing at the deejay saying "I don't even know your email/she-mail and if my clan hacked any page they would do terrible things.





'Mi nah lef Gully Bop,' sings Chin in new single

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gully-bop-and-shauna-chin-photo-1.jpg'Gwaan chat mi cause mi nah lef Gully Bop,' sings his fiancee Shauna Chin in a new single aimed at her "ugly", "duppy bat" detractors.

The fiancée of internet sensation Gully Bop has released a new song vowing never to leave the 50 year old dancehall deejay.

Chin who has been criticized for being a gold digger who just wants "The Bop's" money, has received much love from social media with many Youtube users giving her thumbs up for the song, while others are shocked by her vocal ability.

In the track titled Can't Stop Mi released by Gully Bop's Bop Dem Records, Chin sings the lines "you ugly, nuh touch mi - duppy bat - mi nah lef Gully Bop."

And trus us when we say that she sounds really good.

Do yuh ting Miss Chin!





david-cameron-pig.jpgBrith Prime Minster David Cameron, who incidentally is still smarting from a "Pigsgate Scandal" after a tell-all book reported that he once placed his genitals in the mouth of a dead pig, wis coming to Jamaica next week.

His imminent visit to the island was confirmed by a Government source, however no reason was given for the visit, leading to much speculation.

Cameron's visit comes a few months after United States President Barack Obama's visit to Jamaica in April this year. Obama met with Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller, members of her Cabinet as well as with CARICOM heads of state during his brief visit to the island.

Well, whatever the reason for the visit, we hope that it was plainly communicated to Cameron that he must not come to Jamaica without the reparation cheque.One suggestion is that Cameron must stop by Buckingham Palace and have the queen herself signed it. The value of the cheque should be about 10 billion pounds

Please and thank you Mr Cameron.





Rev Al Miller's trial to resume November 4

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rev-al-miller-and-dudus.jpgThe trial of Reverend Al Miller for harbouring a fugitive and attempting to pervert the course of justice after Christopher "Dudus" Coke was found in his vehicle in 2010 resumed Monday morning, however, his attorneys requested more time to present his defence.

The attorneys declared that they are now in receipt of the transcript of the testimony given to the West Kingston Commission of Enquiry by former Police Commissioner Owen Ellington.The attorneys say they want more time to review the material.

Miller has maintained that he held meetings with Ellington and other members of the Police High Command about bringing in Coke during the islandwide manhunt for him.

Miller's attorney Jacqueline Samuels Brown had questioned Ellington at length about the meetings at the West Kingston Commission of Enquiry.

The attorney is expected to submit the transcript into evidence at the trial which will resume on November 4.





The police are reporting the seizure of approximately two pounds of cocaine in Drewsland, Kingston 11 on Monday.

Reports are that about 7:50 pm, the officers were on a special operation in the area when a Honda CRV motorcar was searched and a plastic bag containing one parcel of cocaine valuing approximately J$498,000 was reportedly found. A man was arrested and charged in connection with the seizure.

He is 73-year-old Lionel Turner of Twickenham Drive, Spanish Town, St Catherine. Turner was charged with illegal possession of cocaine, dealing in cocaine and conveyance.

He was taken to the Corporate Area Criminal Court today where he pleaded guilty on all counts. He was subsequently fined $95,000 or six months imprisonment for possession; $95,000 or six months imprisonment for dealing and $100,000 or six months imprisonment for conveyance.





pnp-angry-domain-name.jpgThe PNP charged on Tuesday that the aquisition of the domain name portiasimpsonmiller.com was a cowardly act of desperation to drive traffic to the JLP website www.jamaicalabourparty.com.

Attempts to visit portiasimpsonmiller.com redirect the user to the JLP's website.

The PNP said it views the JLP's actions as immoral and unethical.

The JLP said this was in response to what it said was the PNP's use of the party's tag line Poverty to Prosperity.

In its own statement on Tuesday, the JLP said the PNP had been using the tag line as part of a domain name purchased on August 24.

The Party has characterised the actions of the PNP as a cowardly act of.

The JLP said the tag line was first used by Prime Minister Bruce Golding in 2011 and thereafter by Opposition Leader Andrew Holness in his budget presentation, and by other Party members as well.





Advice to Lovelorn's Janet Sinclair dies suddenly

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janet-sinclair.jpgJanet Sinclair, newspaper columnist and promoter of competitions for Jamaican females, ranging from infants to grandmothers, died suddenly today.

According to dub poet Keith Shepherd, who was driving Sinclair to Old Harbour in St Catherine, she died shortly after noon.

"I just heard her saying, 'me dead, dead, me dead'. Those were her last words," Shepherd said.

He said he turned around her Honda Integra and drove back to the Spanish Town hospital. But, when they reached there, she was pronounced dead.

Sinclair, a former member of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF), started out in journalism as author of the weekly column in the Star, "Advice to Lovelorn", probably the first of its kind in Jamaica, offering advice to persons suffering lifestyle problems, including broken relationships and family feuds.

The column became so popular she left the police force and focused on writing it which, he admitted, paid her well.

However, in 1980 she launched the Miss Jamaica Grandmother for elderly women who had not lost their zest for life. The success of that contest, which has since folded, led her to create more lucrative ones such as Mini Miss Jamaica and Miss Jamaica Teenager, which later became the Miss Teen Jamaica contest.

Sinclair, who is often referred to as "Auntie Janett" by her contestants, is survived by three daughters -Roxanne, Peta Gaye and Courtney.

Courtney Foster, her youngest daughter, recently graduated as an attorney-at-law from the UWI, after becoming a household name in Jamaica for her fundraising activities as a child which won her numerous awards for her charity work.





BARBADOS: JMMB to strengthen ties with Jamaicans

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sharon-gibson-jmmb-money.jpgSharon Gibson, general manager, Reggae Money Express (RME), the remittance arm of the Jamaica Money Market Brokers (JMMB) Group, during a recent courtesy call on Patrick Hanlan, Jamaican consul general in The Bahamas, expressed a desire to strengthen ties between Jamaican residents in that country and at home, through community outreach programmes.

Currently, a portion of the fees charged to send remittances from The Bahamas to Jamaica, using Omni Money Transfers, is donated to community outreach efforts, namely capacity building and equipment donations to health facilities in Jamaica, Gibson noted.

She added that RME is now in discussion with Omni and other key Jamaican/Bahamian stakeholders to establish outreach projects in The Bahamas that will also benefit Jamaicans in that country. Plans are also being made to establish a scholarship fund with Omni, RME, and other key stakeholders Gibson revealed.

In speaking to the impact of outreach efforts, Harvey Morris, managing director of Omni Money Transfers, said, "Outreach programmes provide a helping hand to our clients and their families, are essential to strengthening the fabric of our Bahamian/Jamaican communities."

Reggae Money Express services the Jamaican remittance corridor in The Bahamas, through its partnership with Omni, acts as a bridge in uplifting and enriching the lives of many persons in Jamaica and the Bahamas, who rely on injections of funds to sustain their livelihood.





TRINIDAD: Extradition waarant for Jack Warner signed

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jack-warner-photo-1.jpgTrinidad's Attorney General Faris Al-Rawi has signed the documents to allow the extradition of embattled former FIFA vice-president Jack Warner.

Warner was told of the development in court today.

However, Warner's attorneys are challenging the decision, stating that Al-Rawi missed the September 16 date for signing off on the documents.

They say Warner should be discharged.

However, the state countered that the documents were now signed, making way for the extradition matter to proceed and there should be no discharge.

Deputy Chief Magistrate Mark Wellington asked for time to go through the documents and adjourned until Friday.

Warner is one of 14 people indicted on a series of criminal charges in the United States, including racketeering, fraud, and money laundering, related to their time at FIFA.





david-cameron-and-lord-ashcroft.jpgBritish Prime Minster David Cameron is trending on Twitter, but not for a good reason.

The hashtag #piggate has gone viral because of a new biography about Cameron, which says he once put his genitals in the mouth of a dead pig.

The inflammatory book titled Call Me Dave, was written by Lord Anthony Ashcroft, a former friend and treasurer of David Cameron's ruling Conservative Party.

The book says while Cameron, 48, was a student at the prestigious Oxford University, he took part in an "outrageous" initiation ceremony to join a debauched group called the Piers Gaveston Society which required him to place his genitals in the mouth of a dead pig.

The book says the severed head of the dead pig was sitting on a club member's lap and Mr Cameron "inserted a private part of his anatomy into the animal's mouth".

The book also alleges among other things,that Mr. Cameron smoked cannabis as a student, joining a "dope smoking group" called the Flam Club, and cocaine was allowed to circulate at the London home of him and wife Samantha.

The author, Lord Ashcroft, who is also the 37th richest man in the UK, made it clear in the book that he has "beef" with Cameron because he did not receive a top job in Cameron's government back in 2010 though he was promised that he would.

The biography is therefore seen as revenge by many Brits including Cameron's spokeswoman who said she's "not intending to dignify this book by offering any comment or any PM reaction to it."

She added that the author "has set out his reasons for writing it."





Nuffy and Ce'cile in social media squabble

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nuffy.jpgJust a few days after clearing up issues surrounding a post she made on social media, Bad Gyal CeCile is putting MC Nuffy on blast for statements he made regarding the situation between herself and Christopher Martin, statements she said were unwarranted.

Last week, Ce'cile sought to get the attention of her baby-father Christopher Martin by reaching out to him on Instagram but her post was viewed by many including Nuffy as a desperate attention to get back into Martin's life.

Nuffy aired his opinions over the weekend via a social media stating that CeCile's post was an attempt at gaining the Big Deal singer's attention.

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"CeCile a look you a look back di man but di man nuh want yuh," the post read. His opinions clearly did not go down well with CeCile who minced no words in her reply to Nuffy's comment.

"Clearly you are a gyal," she replied. "Nuffy nobody nuh invite you over here so. I invite and laugh at people's comments but you too faas and behave like a gyal too much. Mi nah laugh wid you."

In an interview, Ce'cile stated: "I was surprised. Being an entertainer Nuffy and I are in the same circle. We see each other and exchange words, say hi and bye so this wasn't expected," she said. "Nuffy jus nuff," she continued. "Everything him comment pan like a likle b**ch. Leave that to the girls man. You're a man and you need to behave as such."





Heavy D no longer managing Tommy Lee

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heavy-d.jpgHeavy D is no longer managing dancehall deejay Tommy Lee Sparta.

According to Heavy D, the split is a mutual agreement. Heavy D further explained that certain aspects became difficult due to legal troubles.

Months ago, Heavy D and Internet sensation deejay, Gully Bop, severed in a squabble that played out in the public with the two hurling all sorts of accusiations against each other.

Heavy D is currently managing Khago and is the exclusive Booking Agent for Future Fambo and Etana.

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Chino and Yendi's daughter Israel turns three

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israel.jpgIsrael Naomi, the daughter of former Miss Universe Jamaica, Yendi Phillipps Big Ship's Daniel 'Chino' McGregor turned three over the weekend and both parents took to social media to wish her the best.

Chino share his joy on his daughter's birthday: "Time really flies. Birthday love & blessings to my lil one," he captioned a sweet video of Israel.

"My Israel Naomi...the little girl with a big soul and an undeniable light...it is impossible to love you more than I do!" Yendi posted on social media to celebrate her baby's third birthday.

Happy birthday Israel!





tracy-morgan-flashes-belly-on-the-carpet-with-wife-at-emmy-awards.jpgIt was some night for Tracy Morgan.

He got raves for his emotional and funny speech at the Emmy Awards, held on Sunday at the Microsoft Theater in downtown LA.

But the funnyman also got a bit silly on the red carpet when he lifted his shirt to show off his belly and kissed his date - new wife Megan Wollover, 28 - on the lips.

Morgan made a triumphant appearance at the Emmy Awards to present the evening's most prestigious award - 15 months after suffering horrendous injuries in a car crash.

After stepping on to the stage to a standing ovation, the 46-year-old comedian told the crowd: 'Thank you so much. I miss you guys so much.'

And in a speech littered with touching anecdotes and risque quips, he joked: 'Only recently I've started to feel like myself again, which means a whole lot of y'all women gonna get pregnant at the after-party!'

The former Saturday Night Live funnyman suffered a traumatic brain injury and several broken bones when his limousine was struck by a Wal-Mart truck in June last year. His friend, James McNair, 62, was killed in the crash.





Viola Davis makes historic win and speech at Emmy's

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viola-davis-receives-a-kiss-on-the-cheek-from-her-husband-julius-tennon.jpgIn one of the most emotional moments from this year's Emmy Awards, Viola Davis gave an outstanding speech after becoming the first African-American woman to win the award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a drama.

Davis, who plays powerful law professor Annalise Keating on ABC's hit series 'How to Get Away with Murder,' has already won a SAG Award for her performance on the show.

She was also previously nominated for a Golden Globe for the role in the Shonda Rhimes' executive produced series created by Peter Nowalk.

While accepting the prestigious award, Davis' powerful speech moved audience members, including actress Kerry Washington, to tears.

'In my dreams and visions, I seemed to see a line, and on the other side of that line were green fields, and lovely flowers, and beautiful white ladies, who stretched out their arms to me over the line, but I couldn't reach them no-how,' Davis said, quoting Harriet Tubman in her acceptance speech.

'Let me tell you something: the only thing that separates women of color from anyone else is opportunity. You cannot win an Emmy for roles that are simply not there.'

An emotional Davis continued by thanking the other actresses of color, including Washington, Halle Berry, Meagan Good, Gabrielle Union and fellow nominee Taraji P. Henson.

'Thank you for taking us over that line. Thank you to the Television Academy.' Davis, who is a graduate from the prestigious Juilliard School, concluded.

Her speech was a highlight from the show and also drew a standing ovation from Henson in the crowd.

'There is a difference when it comes to actors of color in this business,' the 50-year-old actress said.

'If it's been 67 years since an actress of color has won an Emmy then there is certainly a line.'

She and her husband, Julius Tennon, have started a production company to try to continue erasing that line.

'My story doesn't end here,' she said.

'There is so much work that needs to be done in so many areas in the business with actors of color, so many narratives that need to be seen by people, so many stories that need to be seen and felt.'

Before taking home the big win on Sunday, Davis told Variety that she is happy that 'a lot of artists of color are being acknowledged.'

'I've gone through my entire career and I've worked with so many brilliants artist of color who are completely anonymous to people because they haven't had the role that pops them,' Davis explained to Variety.

'And now here are all these black artists who have roles, people who are writing for them, and they're popping - you know who they are, they're in the public mindset.

In a separate interview with PEOPLE, Davis said that 'it's my mission in life to make women of color a part of the narrative.'

A number of celebrities took to social media congratulating Davis on her historical win.

Talk show host Ellen DeGeneres, actress Sanaa Lathan, Sherri Shepard, Oprah, Andy Cohen, Sean 'Diddy' Combs, Laverne Cox and Idris Elba were among those who tweeted Davis well wishes.





judi-blair-clarendon.jpgCome Tuesday 9 pm, Clarendon-born Judi Blair, will be making her debut on the Tyler Perry drama, If Loving You Is Wrong,

Blair, who hails from Hayes and migrated at age 10, auditioned for the role 11 months prior, and the call from casting director Rhavynn Drummer saw her going into the studio to audition for him once more.

"I then met with the producers, and it was a match made in Heaven. The role was mine. I started working the next day," she said.

"I am playing the character called Faun. She is the daughter of the successful business owner, played by William Stanford Davis. Faun is a young college student who has taken a liking to Joey, played by Matt Cook, and finds herself at odds with her father as she decides to go against his wishes of dating a troubled young man," said Blair of her role.

Breaking into mainstream is no easy task, but the secret for Blair is keeping focused, as for her, "there are no blueprints". Her plan must be working, as she is presently playing the lead in an original Indie film directed by Harold Jackson III called Last Night.

The film is now making its way through the Indie Film Festival circuit.

Blair's other acting credits include Mike XXL, alongside Channing Tatum and Jada Pinkett Smith. She has enjoyed speaking roles on series such as BET's The Game, CW's Vampire Diaries and MTV's Single Ladies.

Blair said her love for acting and entertainment developed as a young girl watching her sister compete in the Miss Jamaica pageant that fuelled her desire to become a model, and at age 14 she started doing just that. She was even featured in The Caribbean Magazine as a rising Jamaican model. It was shortly after she turned her attention to acting, getting the lessons she needed to develop her craft.

Looking ahead, Blair says she is prayerful as she asks God to continue to lead her.





Novelist Anthony Winkler of 'The Lunatic' fame passes

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anthony-winkler-novelist.jpgOn Friday, September 18, 2015, the region lost a literary legend in Jamaica-born novelist Anthony Winkler.

Winkler, renowned for his work The Lunatic, died at his Atlanta home in the United States. He is survived by his wife, Cathy. Winkler was born in Kingston in 1942, before migrating to the United States when he was 21 to pursue a Bachelor of Arts degree.

The Lunatic became Winkler's most popular work, and was such a success that it spawned a film adaptation in 1991, starring Paul Campbell. Although The Lunatic became Winkler's most well-known work, another of his novels, The Annihilation of Fish, published in 2004, was also adapted for the screen. It was also critically acclaimed. The distinguished author was also the co-author of a number of English grammar textbooks, and published numerous works of non-fiction and fiction that were sold worldwide.

Winkler's last published book was The Family Mansion, in 2013, and in 2014, he was awarded a Musgrave Gold Medal for his contribution to literature.





Lobby group, Transport Operators Development Sustainable Services, is calling for Transport Minister, Dr Omar Davies, to take strong action against the Transport Authority after a boy was injured in an alleged vehicle chase on Friday.

The group's president, Egeton Newman, says he condemns the action of inspectors who chased and rammed into a motor vehicle in downtown Kingston.

The 10-year-old boy had to be taken to hospital for medical treatment.

The Transport Authority has said that it is investigating the matter.

Newman says Friday's incident is another example of the abusive and unprofessional conduct of Transport Authority inspectors. He says the government should intervene as there could be serious consequences if nothing is done to put a stop to this kind of behaviour.

For years, public passenger operators have been complaining about Transport Authority inspectors chasing and crashing into their vehicles.

The Authority has stated that this kind of conduct is in breach of its policies.





us-embassy-jamaica-kingston.jpgThere was a security scare, this morning at the United States Embassy in Kingston.

Joshua Polacheck, IRC Associate/Education USA Advisor, at the embassy confirmed that an occupant from a motor vehicle placed a plastic bag at the entrance in Liguanea.

The incident took place at approximately 11 o'clock.

Polacheck said the necessary precautionary measures were instituted but nothing damaging was found in the bag.

He said the embassy later reopened for normal business.





Gun, ammo seized on Pt Henderson Road

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gun-shooting.jpgPolice attached to the St Catherine South Division seized a firearm and three rounds of ammunition along Port Henderson Road in Portmore, St Catherine on Sunday.

Reports are that about 10:30am, lawmen acting on information, conducted a snap raid at a premise when a Taurus revolver with the ammunition was found.

While no arrests were made in connection to the seizure, the find comes on the heels of the recent launch of the 'Get the Guns Initiative' by the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF).





A double murder in the district of Georgia in Hanover on Saturday has brought to seven the number of murders committed in the parish in five days.

Police report that two men were at a shop when a group of men entered and peppered them with bullets.

They both died on the spot.

Two men were also killed in separate incidents on Friday. Hours before dawn 28-year-old Orane Scott a bus driver, was sleeping at home in Rock Spring when a group of men knocked on his door and shouted police. He opened the door and the men shot him dead before fleeing.

Two hours later a farmer was shot and killed as he walked to his farm.

On Thursday three men were killed at a shop in St Simon. The three were all related.

Police say the recent spate of killings are related and has its genesis in the lotto scam.





Brazilian tourist dies after being hit by minivan

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brazilian-tourist.jpgA Brazilian tourist who was hit by a Toyota minibus while walking along Knutsford Boulevard in New Kingston, has died.

The dead man has been identified as Hugo Leandro Drancha Salvatori.

Accoring to reports, the minibus was travelling down Knutsford Boulevard, at around 9:45 pm, when it collided with a Toyota motorcar at the entrance of the New Kingston Golf Club. It is believed that the driver lost control of the vehicle which swerved across the road and hit Salvatori in the vicinity of the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel.

Salvatori arrived on the island last week and was staying at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel.





gun-crime.jpgThe police are leaving no stones unturned as they search for the killers of two men, in separate incidents, in Clarendon over the weekend.

In the first incident, which happened shortly after 7 p.m. Saturday, a lone gunman reportedly walked up and shot a man in the head, killing him on the spot. The police have identified him as Howard Rowe, a 29-year-old taxi operator from Denbigh Kraal in the parish. Preliminary investigations revealed that he was also shot and injured in an attack three months ago.

Rowe's mother, 50-year-old Hilda Shand and his brother 23-year-old Christopher Rowe, were killed in a similar gun attack on May 5 last year when members of the Bucknor gang descended on their dwelling demanding guns.

The police later reported that Christopher Rowe, who is said to be associated with the gang, was the intended target of that attack. The police are said to be following strong leads.

In the second incident, one man died and another hospitalised after they were attacked by gunmen in Lionel Town.

The dead man has been identified as 23-year-old Okeime Martin, otherwise known as 'Sub Zero' or 'Helen Boy', of Young Street in Lionel Town. The other man, whose injuries are not considered life threatening, is reportedly undergoing treatment in hospital.





Time to heal, PJ Patterson tells PNP Conference

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pj-patterson-pnp-conference.jpgP.J. Patterson, former Prime Minister of Jamaica, and former President of the People's National Party, on Sunday issued a plea for unity in the governing Party, as it seeks to consolidate its position and win the next election, expected to be called shortly.

"This is a time to heal," he declared, while appealing to the Party delegates to "ensure that the good health of our Party is restored."

Mr. Patterson was speaking against the background of an outbreak of disunity in several constituencies, where incumbents are being challenged for the right to represent the Party in the upcoming election.

"This is not a time to break down; it is a time to rise up and build!" he said, in his address at the Annual Conference of the PNP at Kingston's National Arena.

"Let us remember the good seeds that our Party sowed, so that we can reap when the time of harvest comes," he added.

Mr. Patterson, who led the PNP, while being Prime Minister, from 1992 to 2006, told thousands of delegates and supporters that it was important for the Party to remain in government, in order to maintain Jamaica's good name in the international community.

"We cannot afford to run the risk of having the reputation that we have developed, for living according to our word, to be undermined by any Administration in the years to come," he declared.





Prime Minister comes out strongly against rapists

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prime-minister-portia-simpson-miller-against-rapists.jpgPrime Minister Portia Simpson Miller on Sunday declared her revulsion against rapists, as she declared a new determination on the part of her Administration to bring them to justice.

Delivering the main address at the Annual Conference of her People's National Party, on Sunday afternoon, the Prime Minister highlighted rape and other forms of sexual abuse of children, as being among her primary concerns.

"Stop it! Stop it!" she declared, as she warned that the authorities will be coming after the perpetrators and will be seeking to have the harshest possible penalties imposed for such crimes.

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Hollywood actor Danny Glover to visit Jamaica

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danny-glover.jpgHollywood actor, producer and humanitarian Danny Glover is expected to arrive in the island on October 3 as a guest of the National Reparation Commission (NCR).

The reparations advocate, who will be on the island until October 7, is expected to speak at the NCR breakfast forum at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel on October 6.

The forum is expected to be attended former PJ Patterson by and Youth and Culture Minister Lisa Hanna.

Glover's participation in this forum is a significant step in the integration of Reparation movements that have been gathering momentum in recent months across the US, Europe and the Caribbean, including Jamaica.





Shooting in Southside leaves 'Kettle' dead

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kettle-fleet-sept-18.jpgOne man was shot and killed by the Kingston Central police and a firearm recovered during an early Friday morning operation along Fleet Street in southside, Central Kingston.

The dead man has been identified as Andre Foreman o/c" Kettle" 24 yrs old of fleet Street Kingston.

Reports are that the police went in search of Foreman, who they say was wanted for several crimes committed in the area,

A team from the INDECOM are currently processing the scene.





crime-scene-7.jpgThe latest murder on police blotters is that of 29-year-old Garfield Williams, also called 'Hustler', of Point District in Hanover.

Police report that Williams was asleep, with relatives at his home in Point, when gunmen gained entry to the premises.

The hoodlums opened fire hitting 'Hustler' several times before making their escape.

He was taken to hospital where he died while undergoing treatment.

No other person in the house was harmed.





Cops kill 'Jesus' during shoot-out in Clarendon

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crime-scene-7.jpgA man listed as a person of interest by the Clarendon Police was last night killed in a reported shoot out with an off-duty cop.

The police say 26-year-old Lushane Jones otherwise called 'Jesus' or 'Boysie' was shot dead when he and another man challenged the policeman during an attempted robbery.

It is reported that about 8:30 last night Jones and his accomplice held up a group of residents in the Glenmuir Housing Scheme.

According to the police, the off-duty Clarendon cop identified himself as a policeman and the gunmen fired at him. The cop returned the fire fatally wounding 'Jesus'.

A Smith & Wesson 9 mm pistol with a magazine containing three rounds of ammunition was reportedly taken from him. The police say the other gunman escaped on foot in the area.

'Jesus' was wanted for questioning in relation to two gun-related incidents.





What is human trafficking?

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human-trafficking-photo-1.jpgAs the rape charges against socialite and businessman, Don Creary, mushrooms and evolves into a possible human trafficking charge, YardFlex shares with our reader a little bit about human trafficking:

Human trafficking is defined as "the illegal movement of people, typically for the purposes of forced labour or commercial sexual exploitation."

Human trafficking impacts people of all backgrounds, and people are trafficked for a variety of purposes. Men are often trafficked into hard labor jobs, while children are trafficked into labor positions in textile, agriculture and fishing industries. Women and girls are typically trafficked into the commercial sex industry, i.e. prostitution or other forms of sexual exploitation.

What is sex slavery/trafficking?

Sex trafficking or slavery is the exploitation of women and children, within national or across international borders, for the purposes of forced sex work. Commercial sexual exploitation includes pornography, prostitution and sex trafficking of women and girls, and is characterized by the exploitation of a human being in exchange for goods or money. Each year, an estimated 800,000 women and children are trafficked across international borders-though additional numbers of women and girls are trafficked within countries.

Some sex trafficking is highly visible, such as street prostitution. But many trafficking victims remain unseen, operating out of unmarked brothels in unsuspecting-and sometimes suburban-neighborhoods. Sex traffickers may also operate out of a variety of public and private locations, such as massage parlors, spas and strip clubs.

Adult women make up the largest group of sex trafficking victims, followed by girl children, although a small percentage of men and boys are trafficked into the sex industry as well.

How are women trafficked?

Women and girls are ensnared in sex trafficking in a variety of ways. Some are lured with offers of legitimate and legal work as shop assistants or waitresses. Others are promised marriage, educational opportunities and a better life. Still others are sold into trafficking by boyfriends, friends, neighbors or even parents.

Trafficking victims often pass among multiple traffickers, moving further and further from their home countries. Women often travel through multiple countries before ending at their final destination. For example, a woman from the Ukraine may be sold to a human trafficker in Turkey, who then passes her on to a trafficker in Thailand. Along the way she becomes confused and disoriented.

Typically, once in the custody of traffickers, a victim's passport and official papers are confiscated and held. Victims are told they are in the destination country illegally, which increases victims' dependence on their traffickers. Victims are often kept in captivity and also trapped into debt bondage, whereby they are obliged to pay back large recruitment and transportation fees before being released from their traffickers. Many victims report being charged additional fines or fees while under bondage, requiring them to work longer to pay off their debts.

What is the impact of sex trafficking?

Trafficking has a harrowing effect on the mental, emotional and physical well being of the women and girls ensnared in its web. Beyond the physical abuse, trafficked women suffer extreme emotional stress, including shame, grief, fear, distrust and suicidal thoughts. Victims often experience post-traumatic stress disorder, and with that, acute anxiety, depression and insomnia. Many victims turn to drugs and alcohol to numb the pain.





50 pounds of ganja wash ashore in Florida

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ganja-seized.jpgAbout 50 pounds of marijuana have washed ashore near the Martin and Palm Beach County boundary line.

US Border Patrol authorities tell the South Florida Sun Sentinel that at least eight bales of the drug were found Thursday. Two bales were spotted in Jupiter Island, while the rest of the bales washed ashore in Jupiter.

Frank Miller, assistant chief patrol agent for the Border Patrol, says the drugs likely were part of a narcotics-smuggling event, and authorities are searching for the smugglers.

Miller says he believes the drugs could be coming from a few areas in the Caribbean.

Investigators are not sure if the drugs were thrown overboard from a boat, dropped from a plane or discarded another way.





clock-boy-ahmed.jpgPresident Barack Obama has extended a personal White House invitation to a 14-year-old Muslim boy from Texas who was detained by police after bringing in a homemade, beeping clock, which teachers had mistaken for a bomb.

No charges were filed. The story of the student, Ahmed Mohamed, spurred accusations of Islamophobia and the hashtag #IStandWithAhmed to trend on Twitter, while his older sisters set up an account for him, @istandwithahmed, which has collected more than 26,000 followers within hours.

"Cool clock, Ahmed," Obama said on Twitter on Wednesday. "Want to bring it to the White House? We should inspire more kids like you to like science. It's what makes America great."

According to The Dallas Morning News, Ahmed, who likes to invent things, brought a homemade digital clock, made out of a circuit board covered by a pencil case that resembles a metal briefcase, to MacArthur High School in Irving on Monday. He showed it to his engineering teacher and kept the clock inside his bag in another class, but his clock's alarm started beeping, the newspaper said. He then showed it to its teacher, who told him "Well it looks like a bomb. Don't show it to anyone else," and took it from him, NBCFW.com reported.

"I closed it with a cable, 'cause I didn't want to lock it to make it seem like a threat, so I just used a simple cable so it won't look that much suspicious." Ahmed said in a video posted by the outlet.

The school phoned police. Ahmed was suspended for three days. Irving police said in a report on Tuesday that cited three complaints from MacArthur High School teachers against the teen on the charge of bringing a "hoax bomb" and said Ahmed said it was a clock but offered no further explanation.

Ahmed told The Dallas Morning News that he was "interrogated" by several officers, who searched through his belongings, confiscated his tablet and took his fingerprints and mug shots before releasing him, after which he was able to talk to his parents. They believe race played a factor in their son being detained, while school officials say the reaction to the clock would have been the same regardless of his religion, NBCFD.com reported.

"It made me feel like I wasn't human," Ahmed told the newspaper. "It made me feel like a criminal."

Irving Police Chief Larry Boyd said in a press conference that the student was handcuffed "for his safety and for the safety of the officers," taken to a juvenile detention center and then released. He said a follow-up investigation revealed the device was a homemade experiment and there's no evidence to support the perception he intended to create alarm.

"No charges will be filed and the case is considered closed," he said.

Leading Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg also expressed their support for Ahmed.

"Assumptions and fear don't keep us safe-they hold us back," Clinton tweeted. "Ahmed, stay curious and keep building."

"Having the skill and ambition to build something cool should lead to applause, not arrest," Zuckerberg said on Facebook. "The future belongs to people like Ahmed. Ahmed, if you ever want to come by Facebook, I'd love to meet you. Keep building."

"Thank you for your support!" Ahmed wrote on Twitter. "I really didn't think people would care about a Muslim boy. #Thankyouforstandingwithme #IStandWithAhmed."

"We can ban together to stop this racial inequality and prevent this from happening again," he added.





super-cat-don-dada.jpgReggae/Dancehall legend Super Cat has been confirmed for the inaugural Bay Area Vibez Festival lineup. Bay Area Vibez Music and Arts Festival will be held at Middle Harbor Shoreline Park on September 26 and 27 in Oakland, CA.

Internationally known as "Don Dada," the godfather of dancehall, Super Cat was perhaps the first artist to merge reggae and hip hop in the eighties and nineties with hits such as "Si Boops Deh," "Dolly My Baby," "Ghetto Red Hot," and his signature track "Don Dada." With his contemporaries Shabba Ranks, Red Dragon, Chaka Demus and Pliers and others, Super Cat was on the forefront of a style called Ragga, reggae played entirely or mostly using digital instrumentation.

Born William Anthony Maragh in Kingston, JA, Super Cat literally put the word "dance" into the term dancehall. Rapping over infectious beats produced by King Jammy, Winston Riley, Early B and the Killamanjaro sound system and Steely and Clevie, Supercat's lyrics were sexy, edgy and rebellious and fun. Countless Jamaican DJs including Grammy winners Sean Paul and Shaggy have emulated super Cat's style.

Bay Area Vibez' diverse lineup also includes neo-soul singer/songwriter producer Aloe Blacc, known for his international hits "I Need a Dollar," "Wake Me Up" and "The Man."

Egbert Nathaniel Dawkins III, aka Aloe Blacc, was born to Panamanian parents in Orange, County, CA. Blacc's 2014 release "Lift Your Spirit" received a Grammy nomination for Best R&B album. Blacc's style is reminiscent of classic soul singers such as Bill Withers and Marvin Gaye as well as folk singers such as Bob Dylan. He will perform with Sankofa Sound on Saturday, Sept. 26, along with Bay Area Vibez festival headliners, multiple Grammy winners Damian "Jr. Gong" Marley and Stephen "Ragga" Marley. Sankofa Sound is a collection of musicians that align themselves with a-list artists, who gather through Sankofa.org, a non-profit founded by Harry Belafonte. The foundation works to shape society's culture through their stature and music with a common goal to promote social justice.

Also performing Saturday are a full-bodied genre-bending infusion of EDM, Ska, hip-hop, alternative rock and reggae acts, as Morgan Heritage, The Grouch & Eligh, Tarrus Riley, Fishbone, Cut Chemist, Mod Sun, Queen Omega, I-Live, Skip Marley, Forrest Day, I-Wayne and Black Am-I.

Bay Area Vibez Sunday, Sept. 27 headliners include wildly popular electronic dance music DJ Lorin Ashton, aka Bassnectar, Grammy winning rapper, Nas and Grammy nominated singer/songwriter/producer Meshell Ndegeocello, best known for her acclaimed breakthrough album "Plantation Lullabies." Sunday's lineup also includes acts from the Pacific Islands, Belize, Jamaica and the states. Those artists will include, Fiji, Paper Diamond, Z-Trip, Dimond Saints, trending reggae-rock artists, Krooked Treez, Richie Spice, The Courtney John Project and Rick Haze.

The mission of this "urban lifestyle music festival" is to celebrate the diversity of the Bay Area through live music and the arts. Bay Area Vibez embodies the true essence of the San Francisco Bay Area, while supporting regional youth and music programs.





After 15 years, Tony 'Paleface' Hendricks returns

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tony-paleface-hendriks-ricky-rowe-as-samson-earsring.jpgPopular Jamaican actor, writer, comedian and producer Tony "Paleface" Hendriks has returned to the local stage after a 15 year break.

Hendricks is promoting "Samson & Di Liar" which is a comedy about 2 homeless men living in a bus stop in New Kingston who aspire to be musicians, one classical, the other dancehall. Tony "Paleface" Hendriks gives us the 411.

Tony Hendriks is working on television projects which will be aired in the New Year. He continues to work as a stand-up comedian, actor, writer, producer and resides between the USA and Jamaica.





Get the Guns campaign officially launched

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police-commissioner.jpgMore than two months after Police Commissioner Carl Williams announced the "Get the Guns" campaign, the initiative, aimed at reducing the number of illegal guns, was officially launched on Thursday morning.

Dr Carl Williams said, apart from increased cordons and searches as well as police patrols, there will be a targeted approach to stemming the guns-for-drugs trade.

"We will introduce coastal watches for towns and communities along the seacoast.... arrangements are being made to dispatch police officers to Haiti."

Meanwhile, police personnel have been reassigned to various divisions as the High Command moves to stem the upsurge in crime. The Commissioner made the announcement at the launch of the "Get the Guns" campaign.

Superintendent Steve Brown, commanding Officer for the St. Ann Police, will join Senior Superintendent Fitz Bailey as operations officer for Clarendon.

Special attention will be placed on Area One, which comprises St. James, Hanover, Westmoreland and Trelawny, where the lottery scam remains a challenge for the police.





Reports are that a well known medical doctor is now in police custody, where he will be questioned in connection with reports that he conducted an abortion on a 13-year-old girl.

It's understood that the Corporate Area-based doctor was held by the police on Tuesday afternoon, after a complaint was filed by relatives of the teenager.





shanique-williams-ribbiz-diplo.jpgA house belonging to a relative of Shaneke Williams who is charged with former Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) Councillor Don Creary in a case of sexual assault of a minor, was fire-bombed early Wednesday, in Richmond, St. Mary.

A car belonging to the relative was also destroyed.

The Richmond police have confirmed the incident which occurred about 1:30am.

The woman said the family had just gone to bed when she heard an explosion outside, she said a second molotov cocktail damaged sections of the house and its contents.

No one was hurt.

Williams' relative believes the attack is linked to the court case. Williams, 23, does not live at the house, but was reportedly staying there during the time of the fire-bombing.

Williams, whose profile shows her as the social media manager at Ribbiz, is also likely to face human trafficking charges, along with Creary, has since been placed in protective custody.





Grace Kennedy CEO Don Wehby for CIN Lecture in New York

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don-wehby.jpgDon Wehby the Chief Executive Officer at Grace Kennedy Ltd. and a former senator and cabinet minister, will deliver the Eleventh Caribbean International Network Lecture on Thursday, October 29, 2015 at Harlem's Schomburg Center For Research in Black Culture.

Wehby, as this year's presenter, follows in the footsteps of several outstanding Jamaicans who have spoken at the CIN Lecture Series, including last year's presenter Minister of Finance and Planning Dr. Peter Phillips who spoke to a standing room only audience.

His presentation, "Jamaica to the World...The Grace Kennedy Story" will trace the history of Grace and outline their strategy to become a global company with revenues of more than 50 per cent originating from overseas markets. Grace Kennedy's 2014 acquisition of La Fe Foods is a testimony to this global strategy, as La Fe - a significant New York manufacturer and distributor of Hispanic foods - has opened the door for the Jamaican firm to enter the US$6-billion Hispanic food market.

This year CIN will again stream the lecture live for worldwide audiences. The event commenceS with a cocktail reception at 6:00 pm with light refreshments and finger foods and the lecture will start promptly at 7:00 pm. Admission is free.





Flippa Mafia's trial could start next week

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flippa-mafia.jpgIt is reported that the narcotics trial for deejay Flippa Mafa, also known as Flippa Mogglea, could start as early as next week. the trial for Andrew Davis, more popularly known as Flippa Mafia, may begin as early as next week.

Flippa, who up to Thursday had not taken a plea deal, is scheduled to appear in the Camden County Superior Court in New Jersey. Prominent Attorney and Professor David Rowe reportedly told a popular muisc programme that Flippa and his attorney did not apply for a continuance.A continuance is a formal request to the judge to delay the case for more time to prepare the defendant's case.

Flippa's brothers, however, accepted plea deals from the US government to narcotics Charges. The two pleaded guilty to first-degree possession, with intent to distribute cocaine and leading a narcotics trafficking network.

The state is recommending that Kemar and Roger Davis be sentenced to 20 years and 10 years respectively.

Flippa Mafia's pending charges include a first-degree charge of leading a narcotics trafficking network, which carries a sentence of 25 years to life in prison.

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Gully Bop entertains New York

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gully-bop-photo-2.jpgDancehall sensation Gully Bop delivered his first outdoor performance in New York last week at Irie Jam Radio's 22nd Anniversary party.

The artiste who was recently at the centre of a controversy with his booking agency Heavy D Promotions, told an interviewee after his performance that he is proud of his achievements thus far.

"A di last artiste dis weh buss inna di business and mi a gwaan good so far because a mi an God a walk," said Gully Bop who who appeared to be in high spirits after his performance which he said everyone enjoyed.

Never one to back down from controversy, Gully Bop also took the opportunity to address his detractors.

"At the end of the day some people a run in like dem waan control mi ting and teck ova mi ting. Mi neva si dem when mi inna di gully a suffer ynuh.

All of a sudden people all a send out lawsuit pon mi, people a do all type a tings just to try stop me, but God a back me and dem caan stop mi," said the deejay still known for his most popular song Every Gal Want A Wuk Offa Mi.

Just last week popular emcee Nuffy lashed Gully Bop and his fiancee Shauna Chin, labelling them both as 'ginnals''.





attorney-of-jamaican-parentage-carey-gabay.jpgAn attorney in New York Governor Andrew Cuomo's administration who was critically wounded by a stray bullet in Brooklyn earlier this month died yesterday evening.

43 year old Carey Gabay, who is of Jamaican parentage, was struck in the head at a pre-dawn outdoor celebration on September 7 before the annual West Indian Day parade, which has been plagued by violence in recent years.

Mr. Gabay was a bystander caught in a shootout in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, that the police believe to have been between gangs. Mr. Gabay was taken to Kings County Hospital Center, where he was in critical condition in a coma. He was declared brain-dead on Tuesday night, and then taken off a respirator. Governor Cuomo expressed sadness at his passing.

Last week, police released a sketch of a suspect who is wanted for questioning in connection with the shooting. The suspect was described as a 19 to 20-year-old black man wearing a white T-shirt, black pants and a Jamaican flag around his neck. A Harvard-educated lawyer who was raised in public housing in the Bronx by Jamaican immigrant parents, Mr. Gabay became an assistant counsel for Governor Cuomo in 2011 after working in finance.





crime-scene-demo.jpgAs the violence continues unabated, rampaginig gunmen struck in the quiet community of St Simon in Hanover and slaughtered three men on Wednesday night.

The three men, who are reportedly cousins, have been identified as 39 year-old Nicholas Spence, 27 year-old Nerrick Dias and Dalton Haughton, 41.

The three were inside a shop in the community when three armed hoodlums walked in and opened fire, hitting them.

All three died on the spot.

Police recovered more than 40 spent shells at the murder scene.





Manchester pastor shoots and kills armed robber

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pastor-kills.jpgA pastor from Manchester is being hailed as a hero after he shot and killed a robber who attacked and shot him during a robbery attempt at his home on Tuesday evening.

The pastor had arrived at his home when three armed men approached and attempted to rob him. One of the men opened fire and shot the pastor.

The man of the cloth drew a weapon and it was not the word of God but his licensed firearm. The pastor fired back and one of the gunmen was hit. The other two fled the scene.

A search was conducted and the gunman was found dead. He has been identified as Alvin Green, also called 'Butter.

Police said 'Butter' was arrested and charged for the murder of former People's National Party Member of Parliament for Western St Mary, Neil McGill, but was later acquitted.

McGill was killed at Hillside in the parish in August, 2010. He was about to visit a friend and was shot as he drove up on a dirt track. His licensed firearm was found between his legs and money was found in his wallet.





Don Creary on $4-million bail on two rape charges

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don-creary-handcuffed.jpgBusinessman and former Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) councillor Don Creary has been granted $2 million bail on each of his two rape charges.

Bail was granted when Creary reappeared in the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate's Court today.

In applying for bail, attorney-at-law Tom Tavares-Finson argued that the businessman is not a flight risk and does not have a criminal record.

Creary was ordered to return to court on October 16.

He is being accused of the rape of a 15-year-old girl in 2013 in St Mary and the rape of a 19-year-old woman at an apartment in Meadowbrook, St Andrew in June this year.

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Twenty-two-year-old Shaneke Williams, is charged with aiding and abetting and sexual touching in connection with the first case.

She was previously granted bail in the sum of $1.5 million.However, reports are that Williams is in protective custody.

Her' family home in Richmond, St. Mary was fire bombed earlier this week.





don-creary-and-shaneke-williams-photo-1.jpgPolice investigators are preparing to charge former Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) councillor, Don Creary, with human trafficking and another criminal charge.

Creary's co-accused Shaneke Williams, is also expected to face human trafficking charges.

Defence lawyers, Tom Tavares-Finson and Nadine Atkinson Flowers, disclosed the new developments following Creary's appearance before the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate's Court on Thursday.

In court Thursdday Creary was offered bail on two counts of rape.

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Williams who was earlier this week offered bail is charged with aiding and abetting and sexual touching in connection with the first count of rape.

Both Williams and Creary are expected to return to court on October 16 and it is expected that the new charges will be laid against the two by that time.

Creary is likely to be charged with procuring violation of a person by administering drugs.

In the first rape case, prosecutors allege that in 2013, Creary and Williams took a 15-year-old girl to an apartment in St Mary, where she was allegedly given alcoholic beverages and sexually assaulted.

On Tuesday, Creary was charged with a second case of rape following complaints by a 19-year-old woman who has admitted that she and the former politician had a relationship.





'A God send mi inna the studio,' Ele says of new song

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elephant-man-photos-4.jpgWord on the streets is that it's Elephant Man's time again, and the flamboyant dancehall deejay is crediting the Almighty with placing him in the right place at the right time to voice what is being touted as his next mega single. The song, Dance 'N' Move, was recorded at Kings of Kings studio two weeks ago, the same studio where producer Skatta recorded Ele's huge hit, Sweep, in 2009.

"Imagine, a right here mi haffi come back and find mi big tune," the boisterous Ele said during the recording session at the Iley Dread-owned Kings of Kings studio in St Andrew.

From the moment Ele drove into the studio and heard the bouncy Double Up riddim, the acknowledged Energy God was spiralled into motion. "This riddim just mek me want to dance and move," he declared with his infectious excitement.

And that is exactly what he did, from 9pm until 4:00 the following morning when he completed the song and exited the studio with a sense of accomplishment. Naturally, there was no other name for this Kings of Kings single which highlights three of the current dancehall dance moves and their creators but Dance 'N' Move. Early predictions are that the entire dancehall will soon be vibrating topsy turvy with this Elephant Man dance classic.

According to co-producer Damian 'Tef' Forbes, Elephant Man knew exactly what he wanted and how he wanted this song to play out. "We brought in Jiggy Ras to show the dance moves while Ele looked at him a filled in the lyrics. It was creativity at its best. Positive energy just took over in the studio from Ele drove in and heard the riddim," Forbes explained.

He also noted that instead of using the regular six tracks, which is the standard for recording a dancehall song, they ended up using 30 tracks, because that was the level of production that Ele demanded. "Four to six is standard, but people like Beenie Man and Sean Paul use 30 tracks for their recordings and Caution and I were only too willing to go along with what Elephant demanded because at the end of the day, we want the best possible product that will stand the test of time," Forbes explained

Dance 'N' Move is already endorsed by two of dancehall's leading selectors - Foota Hype, who was in studio for part of the recording session and Boom Boom.

Plans are in the pipeline to shoot the accompanying music video which will showcase the creativity of the dancers who play such an integral role in dancehall music.





fitz-bailey.jpgEffective September 16, Senior Superintendent Fitz Bailey will be in charge of the police division in the hot-spot parish of Clarendon.

Bailey, the former Commander of the St Andrew Central Division, The Fraud Squad and Area 4 Headquarters has been mandated by Police Commissioner Dr Carl Williams to organise operational activities geared at curtailing the recent upsurge of violence in the parish and to institute programmes aimed at boosting the morale of the men and women of the Division.

He will be supported by an additional Senior Officer who will be shortly transferred to the parish.

The no nonsense Bailey is a firm believer in community policing and was instrumental in bringing down crime figures in the volatile August Town and Nanyville communities during his tenure at the St Andrew Central division, using this approach.

He was also credited with removing the menace of the homeless men from the Shoemaker Gully in New Kingston, making life in the business district and its environs more bearable.

Bailey replaces Superintendent Maurice Robinson.





Minister of Education Ronald Thwaites is not pleased by the decision made by Meadowbrook High School principal, Michael Peart, to send home lower sixth form students due to non-payment of school fees. He has described the move as callous.

On Monday, the students were gathered and asked to provide proof that they had paid their tuition. When they could not provide proof, some 20 students were escorted off the school compound and told that if their school fees were not paid by the end of the week, they would not be allowed to attend school.

It costs $42,000 per term to attend lower sixth form at the Meadowbrook High School.

Thwaites, who had earlier said no child should be barred from school due to non-payment of fees, called on the authorities to rethink their position and allow the students and their parents some latitude to come up with the money.

One parent has complained that, even though she had paid a portion of the fee, her child was still chased out of the institution. The move, she said, embarrassed her daughter.

"She was so embarrassed. Why did they have to do it like that? My daughter is devastated," the woman said.





Alton 'Putty Wet' Maxwell, a two-time escapee and murder convict on the run, one of Jamaica's most wanted men, was killed Sunday morning in a shooting incident involving the St Catherine South police in Caymanas Gardens.

Reports are that a team from the St Catherine South Division went to premises in Caymanas Gardens in search of Maxwell, who was convicted last year for the murder of a pregnant woman in Watson Grove.

Police sources said the wanted man, when confronted by the police, pointed a gun in the direction of the lawmen. The police team took action, firing at Watson, who was shot during the confrontation. He was pronounced dead at hospital.

An Intratec Tec-9 submachine gun was recovered during the incident.

Superintendent Terrence Sancko, operations officer, St Catherine South, described Watson, who had escaped the Portmore lock-up in March while awaiting sentencing for murder, as "a major violence producer".

"He is a man who was in the court on charges of murder and shooting. He was convicted and awaiting sentencing when he escaped. He was held in Westmoreland with a firearm, a charge to which he pleaded guilty before escaping custody again.

"We had him down as a major violence producer based on the number of crimes attributed to him, him being a known gunman, having pleaded guilty to illegal possession of firearm. These are things that were all proven," Sancko pointed out.

"It's always regretful in the event of death, but sometimes we are not too sad when these things happen. We knew he had a propensity to shoot at will. Any confrontation with him would have ended in a gunfight," he added.

Maxwell was among seven men who had escaped from the Portmore police lock-up in March. After being recaptured in Westmoreland, he was among eight men who broke out of the Savanna-la-Mar lock-up in June.





Raymond Pryce is out!

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portia-hugs-pryce.jpgMember of Parliament for St. Elizabeth North East, Raymond Pryce, will not seek re-election in the next general election.

Pryce, who was being challenged by Santa Cruz businessman, Evon Redman, for the right to context the next election on the ticket of the governing People's National Party (PNP), announced his withdrawal from the selection process on Monday night.

In a statement released, following a meeting at the PNP's headquarters in Kingston, Pryce confirmed that "in light of recent developments within the political organization of the Constituency of North Eastern St Elizabeth and the serious implications that have arisen, I have decided to withdraw my name from the selection process."

Accordingly, he said, "I will... not be available to stand as a candidate for the People's National Party when the next General Elections are called."

The selection of the candidate for the constituency had been scheduled for last Saturday, but Daphne Holmes, a former mayor, who supports Mr. Pryce, secured a court injunction, barring the Party from proceeding with the exercise.

There is no official word yet from the PNP regarding whether there will still be a formal selection process, and who the candidates might be, if one is to be held. Nor is there any word as to the status of Mr. Redman, whose supporters blocked several roads in the constituency on the weekend, in protest against the court injunction.

Pryce, in his statement, stressed that he remained "a loyal member of the People's National Party and subscribe to its principles and ideals," adding that he will continue to represent the interests of the people of the constituency until a new MP is elected.





The Cross Roads Police in St. Andrew are seeking the public's assistance in locating the parents or relatives of a newborn baby boy who was left at Bustamante Hospital for Children on September 6.

A statement from the police says, about 5:30 p.m., staff members found the child in a section of the hospital.

The baby was medically examined and appears to be in good health.

Investigators are appealing to anyone who may have information on the whereabouts of his parents or relatives to contact the Cross Roads Police at 926-6657, Police 119 emergency number, or the nearest police station.





Flippa Mafia's brothers accept plea deal

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flippa-mafia.jpgTwo more persons who were arrested with Jamaican deejay Andrew Davis, whose performing name is "Flippa Mafia" have accepted plea deals from the US Government, and pleaded guilty to narcotics charges. Flippa Mafia however is reported to have other charges pending, and is scheduled to go on trial soon.

The two, Kemar and Roger Davis, are both brothers of the deejay. They pleaded guilty yesterday to first-degree possession, with intent to distribute cocaine, and leading a narcotics trafficking network. Based on their plea deal, the state will recommend that Kemar Davis be given a 20 year sentence in state prison, while for Roger Davis, the state is recommending he be sentenced to 10 years in prison. Sentencing is scheduled for November 6.

For Flippa Mafia, he faces pending charges, including a first-degree charge of leading a narcotics trafficking network, which carries a sentence of life in state prison. He and another co-accused, Marsha Bernard, are scheduled for trial later this month.

Flippa Mafia was among eight persons arrested in 2014 under a massive anti-narcotics drive called "Operation Next Day Air" by the US authorities. Prosecutors say the syndicate shipped large quantities of cocaine through parcel delivery services to New Jersey for bulk distribution to other narcotics suppliers and dealers. Flippa Mafia is accused of leading these activities from various locations in Jamaica, California and New Jersey, along with his brother Kemar.





Don Creary slapped with second rape charge

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don-creary-second-rape-charge.jpgSocialite and former Jamaica Labour Party councillor, Don Creary, has been charged with a second case of rape.

Creary, who is also a businessman was charged following a question-and-answer session Tuesday in the presence of his lawyer, Tom Tavares-Finson. Allegations are that in June this year, Creary raped the 19-year-old woman at an apartment in Meadowbrook, St Andrew.

The woman reported the matter to investigators in July.

The married 48-year-old former politician has denied the allegation.

It is reported that both Creary and the woman admitted to police investigators that they were in a relationship.

Last week, Creary was charged with another case of rape.





Another rape charge for Don Creary? What a prekeh!

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don-creary-again.jpgReliable sources had confirmed to YardFlex last week that socialite, and former Jamaica Labour Party Councillor, Don Creary, was about to face a second rape charge in less than a week.

"Is a Bill Cosby ting it look like," the YardFlex source stated, adding thatanother woman had come forward with a new set of accusations against the married socialite and father of four.

One online portal has also revealed that their law enforcement sources had confirmed that a woman with whom Don Creary reportedly had a relationship has given a statement alleging that she was raped by him.

Now, this is really what you call, "What a prekeh!"

We have 'observed' (pun intended) also that a particular media house has caried the first story on the rape charge and has not carried any subsequent reports on the matter. We are told that it's called "having friends in high places".

Resident Magistrate Simone Wolfe- Reece was told by Police investigators that Don Creary is likely to have another matter to address before Wednesday.





don-creary-and-shaneke-williams.jpgMout say that socialite businessman and former Jamaica Labour Party councillor, Don Creary was not in jail, as he was supposed to be last weekend.

According to the rumour mill, the married father of four, who is on a rape charge, was actually relaxing at a private home, rather than in a jail cell, where the judge ordered him to be.

There were reports that on the weekend, police personnel took the rape accused from his jail cell at the Constant Spring Police lock up to his St. Andrew house.

However, Creary's lawyer has dismissed these claims as rumour.

Well, what can we say.





Bodies of newborn twins found on the beach

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crime-scene-7.jpgThe bodies newborn twins were discovered on the shore of a beach in Prospect, St. Thomas yesterday.

Reports from the Constabulary Communications Unit CCU, are that the Yallahs Police were summoned to the beach between 1 and 5 p.m, where they saw the bodies of the infants.

They appeared to have been born recently, as the umbilical cord was still attached.

A post mortem examination is to be done on the bodies of the twins.

The police are also asking anyone with information to contact the Yallahs Police at 982-5075, Police 119, emergency number or the nearest police station. Investigations continue.





Cops name 14 wanted men in western Jamaica

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The Area One Police say they are still searching for 14 men listed as wanted in western Jamaica and are renewing the call for them to turn themselves in to the nearest police station immediately.

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

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. 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, Police 119 emergency 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.





don-creary-handcuffed.jpgDon Creary was further remanded when he reappeared in the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate's Court today.

Resident Magistrate Simone Wolfe Reece denied him bail as the court was told that the police are investigating another matter involving the businessman.

The businessman and former JLP councillor was ordered to return to court on Wednesday to answer to rape charges.

Meanwhile, Creary is being transferred from the Constant Spring lock-up to the South Camp Juvenile Remand & Correctional Centre.

His lawyer, Tom Tavares Finson explained that the police decided to move him because the popular businessman is getting too many visitors at Constant Spring.

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Meanwhile, Creary's co-accused, Shaneke Williams, was granted bail in the sum of $1.5 million.

She was ordered to report weekly to the Constant Spring Police Station and to surrender her travel documents.

A stop order was also placed against her.

Forty-eight-year-old Creary has been charged with rape while Williams is charged with aiding and abetting and sexual touching. Allegations are that the pair took a 15-year-old girl to an apartment in St Mary, gave her alcoholic beverages and sexually assaulted her.

The teen reportedly told her mother about the act and a report was made to the police.





gun-shooting.jpgIt was a bloody weekend in May Pen, Clarendon, after three shooting incidents left three men dead and one nursing gunshot wounds.

Among the dead is a man residents say is a former member of the Jamaica Constabulary Force, 37-year-old Christopher Ricketts also known as Rico.

He was killed in the company of his two children.

Police reports are that around 10:15 Saturday night, Ricketts was in the town centre with his children when explosions were heard.Residents summoned the police and on their arrival he was found with gunshot wounds.

He was taken to hospital where he died while undergoing surgery.

A few hours later, gunmen struck again.

Police reports are that around 1:15am on Sunday, residents on Bryant Crescent, located just metres away from the town center, heard explosions and soon after saw a man stumbling along the road way. The Police were summoned and the man, Romario Fearon, was found with several gunshot wounds.

Police say he died before he reached hospital.

Residents say they believe Fearon's killing was a reprisal for Ricketts' death.

The bloodletting did not end there. In another incident, one man was shot dead and another injured on Church Street in May Pen.

The dead man has been identified as 22-year old Travis Clarke of Nelson Street in the parish.

Reports from the May Pen Police are that about 7:30pm on Sunday, Clarke and a friend were sitting at a shop when armed men approached and opened fire. Clarke was pronounced dead at hospital. The injured man has been admitted in serious condition.





don-creary-again.jpgThe head of the Centre for the Investigation of Sexual Offences and Child Abuse (CISOCA), Enid Ross-Stewart, has explained the reason for the 18-month period between the initial report against former politician Don Creary and the preferring of charges against him.

Ross-Stewart was summoned to court today by Resident Magistrate Simone Wolf-Reece.

The CISOCA boss explained that since the matter originated in St Mary, police investigators had to do investigations in that parish as well as St Andrew.

Ross-Stewart also said there was nothing untoward in the course of the investigation.

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On Friday, Wolfe Reece demanded that Ross-Stewart appear in court to explain the delay in bringing the matter before the court after hearing that in 2013 Creary and co-accused Shaneke Williams took a 15-year-old female complainant to an apartment in St Mary, where she was allegedly given alcoholic beverages and sexually assaulted.

The court was told that the complainant first gave a statement to the police in March 2014 and a second on September 3 this year.





16 Jamaicans arrested for prostitution in The Bahamas

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jamaican-women-in-bahamas.jpgSome 16 Jamaican women were arrested during a Police Anti-Crime Operation, The Bahamas Weekly is reporting.

According to the report, seven of the sixteen women were arrested at a nightclub on Madeira Street and the other nine were arrested at a nightclub on Robinson Road.

Police reportedly suspected the women to be at the nightclubs to facilitate prostitution activities which is a breach of the Immigration Act.

Police also confiscated a large amount of cash from women believed to be from the proceeds of crime.

The Bahamas police also arrested the club owner of both clubs where the women were reportedly working, for breach of the Business License Act and solicitation for prostitution.





Hollywood glamour for Black & White 2015

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black-and-white.jpgWith just three months to go, the promoters of hugely popular gliyzy bash, Black & White, are busy putting top-notch plans in place for the December 26 soiree at Valerie Lawn in Trelawny.

This year, the party 'tun all the way up' as the event celebrates its milestone tenth anniversary. The theme is Hollywood Glam and the competition will be fierce, as the ladies make preparations to oudo the men. The glamour stakes are high and the glam squads are already out in full force securing that perfect outfit and accessories for the not-to-be-mssed edition of Black & White.

"Our patrons have waited for this all year ...and for many the countdown actually started from January, so now that we are counting in weeks, it's an exhilarating feeling. We want to make this year special for everybody and already our sponsors are helping us to make this the event which closes 2015 with a bang," the promoters said.

Music will be provided by the sound which has consistently won Sound System of the Year for decades, the immortal Stone Love, with special appearances by "Mr Singy Singy" himself, Tarrus Riley, along with his father, reggae veteran Jimmy Riley.

Tickets for the Hollywood Glam Edition of Black & White 10 are $400 pre-sold and $500 at the gate.





braata.jpgKevin 'Ray' Owens, the lead singer from the legendary R&B group Ray, Goodman & Brown will headline a Jamaican fundraising gala, concert and awards ceremony in New York City on Saturday September 19 at the Jamaica Performing Arts Center in Queens. The black-tie event is being hosted by New York-based Braata Productions company.

Owens will be the evening's entertainment with a live performance of #1 smash singles 'Special Lady,' 'Happy Anniversary' and 'Love on a Two Way Street'. Other performances will come from Braata Folk Singers, Braata Theatre Workshop, Braata Educational Outreach with an artistic demonstration, and Everton Bailey & ISOP.

There will also be an awards ceremony paying tribute to those who have impacted the lives of Jamaican and Caribbean residents in New York City. This year's awardees include the Immaculate Conception High School Alumnae Association New York Chapter, Jimmy Van Bramer, NYC council majority leader and community radio icon Carl B Moxie. Other awardees are Gloria Messam, Sophia Walsh-Newman and Merrick Dammer, Esq.

Braata Productions has consistently generated rave reviews for their year-round performances in New York City and the company is committed to preserving the cultures of the Caribbean region.

"Our mission and our driving passion at Braata Productions is to deliver first class performances," founder and executive director of Braata Productions Andrew Clarke declared. "All our performers give of their many talents out of a deep love for their craft, so in order to continue this fine tradition, it is important for us to have a successful fundraising gala and concert", he added.

Contributions for the event are $50 for concert and awards gala starting at 8 PM, and $75 including VIP reception and silent auction starting at 6 PM. Tickets are available at Braata.Eventbrite.com or at BraataProductions.org.





reggae-singer-oriel.jpgAs reggae artiste ORieL gears up for his first European tour, his heart aches for his birthplace of Dominica as Tropical Storm Erika wreaked havoc on the Caribbean island.

The artiste took to his facebook to express his sentiments: "Greetings and Blessings Jah children, My sincere condolences goes out to everyone that has been affected by the tropical storm that's going through the Caribbean. Some lost their lives in my birth land of Dominica and my heart goes out to all those families. Let the aged be cared for and the young ones be protected..JAH Guide and Protect Us All."

ORieL and his label Afar Music Group urges all who wish to help to use reputable vessels such as the Red Cross as unfortunately many scrupulous foundations scam giving hearts amid tragedy.

As ORieL readies for his anticipated first European tour with non stop rehearsals, the artist expresses humbleness and gratitude at the positive feedback for his recently released "Cruise" video which has garnered an impressive number of views both on Afar Music Group youtube channel and on popular platform ReggaeVille.

"Cruise" is the lead single from the recently released "Love SoulJah" EP. It was filmed on location at the breathtaking scenery of Falmouth and Montego Bay on the beautiful island of Jamaica, "Cruise" video was directed and edited by acclaimed Magix and co- directed by Crawba Genus and Afar Music Group.

While in Europe, ORieL will treat his fans and music lovers to selections from "Love SoulJah" and "Confidence 2.0". The recently released EPs both display a different prolific side of the artist and are available on iTunes.

ORieL hit single "Get Me High" remix done by popular U.S based DJ Phiness breathes new air in the hit single with it's dancehall flair. "Since the song has been so successful, we thought that we would reintroduce it to a new audience, so far the response has been positive as it premiered last week on Ron Muschette popular radio show" stated Afar Music Group.





european-reggae-propmoter-andrew-mcmanus.jpgFifty-four-year-old Andrew McManus, promoter of the Ragamuffin Music Festival in Australia and New Zealand is among five persons arrested in Australia and the United States for alleged cocaine trafficking and money laundering.

The arrests took place Thursday, the Sydney Morning Herald reports.McManus was arrested at Melbourne Airport.Others arrested in Australia are Craig Haeusler, described as a 'crime figure', solicitor Michael Croke and pastry shop owner Zeki Atilgan.

Owen Hanson Junior, an American businessman, was also arrested in San Diego, California.

According to the Herald, the investigation started with the discovery of a suitcase with AUS$700,000 cash at Sydney's Hilton Hotel in August 2011. The joint investigation involved the US Federal Bureau of Investigation, the NSW Organised Crime Squad and the Australian Crime Commission.

Police are expected to charge McManus with attempting to pervert the course of justice in relation to the funds.Croke, 65, and Haeusler, 55, were charged with similar offences Thursday.

McManus started the festival in 2008 with shows in the Australian cities of Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth, and Sydney. It was last held in Australia four years ago. New Zealand, which co-hosted the event since its inception, is the sole host now.

Some of the biggest names in reggae and hip hop have played the 'Raggamuffin' including Ziggy Marley, the Original Wailers, Sly and Robbie, Maxi Priest, Steel Pulse, Wyclef Jean and Lauryn Hill.

Sly and Robbie and Inner Circle are scheduled for the 2016 show.





Ambassador Ralph Thomas assumes duties in Washington

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ambassador-ralph-thomas.jpgJamaica's new Ambassador to the United States Ralph Thomas has assumed duties in Washington, DC.

Thomas arrived in the US capital on September 4 and has already delivered accreditation letters to the US Department of State.

He will officially present his credentials to US President, Barack Obama, on September 17.

Thomas was appointed on August 21 as Jamaica's 12th Ambassador to the US.

He succeeded Professor Stephen Vasciannie, whose tour of duty concluded in July.





police-photo-1.jpgThe Head of the Police Chaplaincy Unit is reporting that the force has seen a record number of cops committing suicide this year, compared to previous years.

ACP Gary Welsh, who was addressing a suicide prevention forum in Kingston on Thursday, disclosed that so far this year four members of the JCF have taken their own lives. This is a significant jump, considering that between 2005 and 2014, the force recorded 10 police suicide incidents.

CP Welsh says policing is a tough job and many persons have gone into panic mode. He encouraged cops to find ways to work with those members they come in contact with who are facing various social challenges.

ACP Welsh says the Chaplaincy Unit has about 450 counsellors and chaplins who work with troubled cops across the island. He noted that the police suicide figure could have been worse, had it not been for the intervention of the volunteer counsellors and chaplins.He is encouraging officers to seek help from the Chaplincy Unit.

According to him, last year, over 6,000 officers sought the aid of the Chaplincy Unit, with issues ranging from work related, to family and other personal problems.

ACP Welsh adds that last year, over 7,000 cops benefitted from services offered at the clinic, to treat depression and other emotional issues.





Date rape drugs: THE FACTS

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What are date rape drugs?

date-rape-drugs-photo-1.jpgThese are drugs that are sometimes used to assist a sexual assault. Sexual assault is any type of sexual activity that a person does not agree to. It can include touching that is not okay; putting something into the vagina; sexual intercourse; rape; and attempted rape. These drugs are powerful and dangerous. They can be slipped into your drink when you are not looking. The drugs often have no color, smell, or taste, so you can't tell if you are being drugged. The drugs can make you become weak and confused - or even pass out - so that you are unable to refuse sex or defend yourself. If you are drugged, you might not remember what happened while you were drugged. Date rape drugs are used on both females and males.

The three most common date rape drugs are:

date-rape-drugs-photo-2.jpgRohypnol (roh-HIP-nol). Rohypnol is the trade name for flunitrazepam (FLOO-neye-TRAZ-uh-pam). Abuse of two similar drugs appears to have replaced Rohypnol abuse in some parts of the United States. These are: clonazepam (marketed as Klonopin in the U.S.and Rivotril in Mexico) and alprazolam (marketed as Xanax). Rohypnol is also known as: CircleS, Forget Pill, Lunch Money, Mexican Valium, Mind Erasers, Poor Man's Quaalude, Easy Lay, Energy Drink and Salt Water.

These drugs also are known as "club drugs" because they tend to be used at dance clubs, concerts, and "raves."

The term "date rape" is widely used. But most experts prefer the term "drug-facilitated sexual assault." These drugs also are used to help people commit other crimes, like robbery and physical assault. They are used on both men and women. The term "date rape" also can be misleading because the person who commits the crime might not be dating the victim. Rather, it could be an acquaintance or stranger.

What do the drugs look like?

date-rape-drugs-photo-3.jpgRohypnol comes as a pill that dissolves in liquids. Some are small, round, and white. Newer pills are oval and green-gray in color. When slipped into a drink, a dye in these new pills makes clear liquids turn bright blue and dark drinks turn cloudy. But this color change might be hard to see in a dark drink, like cola or dark beer, or in a dark room. Also, the pills with no dye are still available. The pills may be ground up into a powder.

GHB has a few forms: a liquid with no odor or color, white powder, and pill. It might give your drink a slightly salty taste. Mixing it with a sweet drink, such as fruit juice, can mask the salty taste.

Ketamine comes as a liquid and a white powder.

What effects do these drugs have on the body?

date-rape-drugs-photo-4.jpgThese drugs are very powerful. They can affect you very quickly and without your knowing. The length of time that the effects last varies. It depends on how much of the drug is taken and if the drug is mixed with other drugs or alcohol. Alcohol makes the drugs even stronger and can cause serious health problems - even death.

Rohypnol
The effects of Rohypnol can be felt within 30 minutes of being drugged and can last for several hours. If you are drugged, you might look and act like someone who is drunk. You might have trouble standing. Your speech might be slurred. Or you might pass out. Rohypnol can cause these problems:

Muscle relaxation or loss of muscle control
Difficulty with motor movements
Drunk feeling
Problems talking
Nausea
Can't remember what happened while drugged
Loss of consciousness (black out)
Confusion
Problems seeing
Dizziness
Sleepiness
Lower blood pressure
Stomach problems
Death

GHB
GHB takes effect in about 15 minutes and can last 3 or 4 hours. It is very potent: A very small amount can have a big effect. So it's easy to overdose on GHB. Most GHB is made by people in home or street "labs." So, you don't know what's in it or how it will affect you. GHB can cause these problems:
Relaxation
Drowsiness
Dizziness
Nausea
Problems seeing
Loss of consciousness (black out)
Seizures
Can't remember what happened while drugged
Problems breathing
Tremors
Sweating
Vomiting
Slow heart rate
Dream-like feeling
Coma
Death

Ketamine
Ketamine is very fast-acting. You might be aware of what is happening to you, but unable to move. It also causes memory problems. Later, you might not be able to remember what happened while you were drugged. Ketamine can cause these problems:
Distorted perceptions of sight and sound
Lost sense of time and identity
Out of body experiences
Dream-like feeling
Feeling out of control
Impaired motor function
Problems breathing
Convulsions
Vomiting
Memory problems
Numbness
Loss of coordination
Aggressive or violent behavior
Depression
High blood pressure
Slurred speech

Are these drugs legal?

Some of these drugs are legal when lawfully used for medical purposes. But that doesn't mean they are safe. These drugs are powerful and can hurt you. They should only be used under a doctor's care and order.

Is alcohol a date rape drug? What about other drugs?

date-rape-drugs-photo-5.jpgAny drug that can affect judgment and behavior can put a person at risk for unwanted or risky sexual activity. Alcohol is one such drug. In fact, alcohol is the drug most commonly used to help commit sexual assault. When a person drinks too much alcohol:

It's harder to think clearly.
It's harder to set limits and make good choices.
It's harder to tell when a situation could be dangerous.
It's harder to say "no" to sexual advances.
It's harder to fight back if a sexual assault occurs.
It's possible to blackout and to have memory loss.
The club drug "ecstasy" (MDMA) has been used to commit sexual assault. It can be slipped into someone's drink without the person's knowledge. Also, a person who willingly takes ecstasy is at greater risk of sexual assault. Ecstasy can make a person feel "lovey-dovey" towards others. It also can lower a person's ability to give reasoned consent. Once under the drug's influence, a person is less able to sense danger or to resist a sexual assault.

Even if a victim of sexual assault drank alcohol or willingly took drugs, the victim is not at fault for being assaulted. You cannot "ask for it" or cause it to happen.

Are there ways to tell if I might have been drugged and raped?
It is often hard to tell. Most victims don't remember being drugged or assaulted. The victim might not be aware of the attack until 8 or 12 hours after it occurred. These drugs also leave the body very quickly. Once a victim gets help, there might be no proof that drugs were involved in the attack. But there are some signs that you might have been drugged:

You feel drunk and haven't drunk any alcohol - or, you feel like the effects of drinking alcohol are stronger than usual.
You wake up feeling very hung over and disoriented or having no memory of a period of time.
You remember having a drink, but cannot recall anything after that.
You find that your clothes are torn or not on right.
You feel like you had sex, but you cannot remember it.





date-rape-drugs-photo-1.jpgUnfortunately, more and more young girls are falling prey to influential 'society' men who favourite indulgence is spiking young girls' drinks with date rape drugs and then carting them off for threesome and four somes and even fivesomes.

This is no joke.

This is how it operates. The wives and girlfriends of these low life men who are featured on the social pages of many tabloids befriend the girls, gain thier trust and then bed their prey. Of course, these unsuspecting girls are only too thrilled to be a part of 'high society' and and are totally blinded by the so-called 'privilege' of hanging out and rubbing shoulders with A-listers at hot-spot night clubs and restaurants.

They can even claim that Mr So And So's wife/girlfriend is their BFF.

But at what cost? R-A-P-E. Pain and simple. That is what happens increadingly to these nubile, impressionable young girls. If they are up to it, and are too charmed by the lifestyle, they will quietly acept it as continue with the illicit liaisons with these older men and their female partner(s).

Or, if they have any sense of self, they will run straight back from whence they came and try to put the experience behind them. Very few have the courage to report it to the police.

Young girls, BEWARE!





Kim K squeezes into her worst pregnancy outfit yet!

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kim-kardasian-horrible-outfit.jpgWhat on earth was Kim Kardasian thinking when she squeezed her pregnant belly in this too-tight, extremely hot and unflatterng leather skirt and ripped top?

While the outfit was typical of Kim's Kanye-influenced style, it did not look as well fitted as some of her other recent choices.

The mother-to-be wore a wrap around black leather skirt, over an artfully torn beige T-shirt.

A black coat was draped over her shoulders so as not to hide her outfit - a favourite pose of Kim's - while over the knee boots provided some coverage on her legs.

Comments from bloggers have expressed sheer amazement and total bemusement at her fashion choice. "It's at times like this, I really miss Joan Rivers," commented one blogger, who received over five thousand likes for the comment.

Other much appreciated comments included: "Nothing in the English language can explain this hot mess..... LMAO!!! This is her worst outfit ever. She broke her own record. That skirt? I mean... Wtf?!.... Honey, you need a new mirror and friends. Both of them are telling you that you look good and they are lying!.... She is the Witch in Snow White....If one looked closely they would probably see the baby's head popping out and gasping for air.

Kim is in New York for the city's fashion week, and has worn a series of daring outfits, including a sheer lace one to Givenchy's show on Saturday with her husband.





Justus says Ryno is still contracted to him

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ryno-and-justus.jpgJustus Arison of JA Productions has rubbished claims which have emerged on the Internet that Blak Ryno has terminated his contract and is now signed to a new overseas-based company.

In a release sent to Music News, Justus said "The man beg fi mi terminate him contract and when me ask him why him say him done with music, and then few days later me hear seh him sign to a different entity which legally is not possible."

The release further states that Ryno is still signed to the JA productions label until further notice and that his album will be released in the next 30 days.

Blakk Ryno signed a four year album deal with JA Productions over a year ago.





Billlboard names 'Cheerleader' Song of the Summer

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cheerleader-top-summer-song.jpgThere is no slowing down for Jamaican pop sensation Omi who continues to excel.

Billboard has named the Clarendon born entertainer's breakout single Cheerleader the song of the summer for 2015. In an interview Omi expresses how grateful he is for the recognition.

Billboard made the announcement on Tuesday that the Louder Than Life/Ultra/Columbia Records single top the annual chart after spending six weeks at No. 1 on Billboard Hot 100.

In relating news, OMI is gearing up to release his debut album Me 4 U on October 16. He also recently released a new single "Hula Hoop".





whitney-houstons-hologram.jpgThe late Whitney Houston will return to the stage as a hologram next year. The project is being organized by Hologram USA in conjunction with Pat Houston, the singer's sister and president of her estate.

The virtual recreation of Houston will be a multimedia endeavor. Not only will the hologram premiere at a U.S. venue and tour the world, but the content created by FilmOn Studios will be syndicated across all digital and cable platforms. The show will be interactive and feature the singer's greatest hits alongside as-yet-unannounced special guests.

"I was heartbroken when Whitney passed away in 2012," Hologram USA and FilmOn CEO Alki David said in a statement. "The opportunity to share her spectacular gifts with the world again is exactly what I hoped for when I built the hologram business. I'm confident we'll create the ultimate celebration of Whitney's amazing artistry."

"It's a great opportunity for her fans to see a reinvention of one the most celebrated female artists in history and to continue a legacy of performances that will not be forgotten in years to come," Houston's sister Pat, who serves as president of Houston's estate, added in a statement.

Hologram USA recently partnered with the Apollo Theater in Harlem and will help host a series of hologram performances. The partnership will kick off with a "performance" from Billie Holiday and will debut around Thanksgiving. The company was also behind the Chief Keef hologram, which performed only one song at a Chicago concert before police pulled the plug.

Houston passed away in February 2012 at the age of 48. In July, her only child, Bobbi Kristina Brown, died at the age of 22 after spending months in a medically-induced coma.





Cayman Islands authorities are yet to release the identities of two decomposing bodies, found last month in a small fishing boat registered in Jamaica.

They have also not been able to determine the cause of death.

According to the online edition of the Cayman Compass newspaper, post mortems have been completed on the two bodies which were discovered by the Royal Cayman Islands Police Marine Unit.

The boat was found floating 13 miles southwest of Little Cayman. One of the men was estimated to be 35-to-40 years old. The other was thought to be over 50. The bodies were decomposed to the extent that a coroner, who was brought to Cayman to perform the post mortems, could not immediately determine the cause of death.

Police did not state whether they believed the circumstances of the deaths were suspicious.

Investigators say formal identification of the men is pending from another jurisdiction.