October 2015 Archives

jamie-foxx-sister.jpgJamie Foxx has always looked after his kid sister DeOndra Dixon, who has Down's syndrome.

The 47-year-old Django Unchained star lent his power presence to help her and others who suffer from the genetic chromosome disorder as he attended a gala to benefit the Global Down Syndrome Foundation in Denver, Colorado.

Jamie and DeOndra practically stole the spotlight at Saturday's festivity as they smiled for the cameras posing back-to-back in that stance that had 'I got your back' written all over it.

Foxx couldn't resist giving his 31-year-old sibling a warm hug on the red carpet as they strolled to the festivity entitled Be Beautiful, Be Yourself Fashion Show.

The actor, who has also turned out a string of hit songs including this year's You Changed Me and Fall For Your Type from 2011, displayed his entertaining talents at the show too.

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At one point, Jamie brought out his six-year-old daughter Annalise and DeOndra for a chat on stage.

The event raised a record $2 million - in the past seven years the annual show has brought in a total $12 million.

'Global really gets down to business when it comes to bringing awareness to Down syndrome,' Jamie said in a statement.

At the 2011 gala, Jamie and his sister DeOndra - who is all of 4 ft 11 in - danced on stage to the delight of the crowd.

'I always lose the dance battle because she's got the good moves,' Jamie said after that show.

Foxx has always had a soft spot for DeOndra, who is the daughter of the actor's mother Annette and his stepfather George Dixon.

When DeOndra was born, the then-16-year-old held her in his arms adoringly.

'We weren't trippin' on the fact that she had Down syndrome,' Jamie previously told People of DeOndra's chromosomal disorder. 'We were trippin' on the fact that she was cute.'

After Foxx became a star in the early 2000s, he invited his family including DeOndra to live with him in Los Angeles.

'I'm happy to have a big brother to count on, who I love every day,' DeOndra told People.





morant-bay-courthouse.jpgOn Saturday, the National Museum Jamaica, a Division of the Institute of Jamaica, an agency of the Ministry of Youth and Culture, opens its exhibition UPRISING: Morant Bay, 1865 and Its Afterlives

The exhibition explores the history of the events in St Thomas from the post-Emancipation period through the tragic events of October 1865. It will also examine the various implications of the uprising, especially for the history of Jamaica.

Using original artefacts, newspapers, contemporary artwork, social media and the remarkable images from Princeton University, visitors can come face to face with the historical persons and events that have shaped Jamaica today.

The launch will also include a lecture, The Significance of Morant Bay, by Dr Swithin Wilmot of the University of the West Indies (UWI). The launch starts at 1:00 pm. Visitors are encouraged to attend the museum's Saturday openings, at which entry is free from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

In the years following the Emancipation from slavery, a new class of ambitious black Jamaicans rose up to challenge the status quo and the colonial elite. This led almost inevitably to the Uprising in St Thomas in 1865, known as the Morant Bay Rebellion. The Uprising and its savage suppression were to rock the foundations of Jamaican society and cause international controversy.

Most of the leaders of the Uprising in Morant Bay were freehold farmers, shopkeepers/traders, school teachers, preachers and skilled tradesmen.

Black intellectuals and activists emerged from among a new black freeholding class. They read, listened, reflected, formulated and distributed ideas directly opposed to those of the plantocracy and colonial elite.

They were greatly feared by the plantocracy and its allies. They were also the social group who lost the most after the Uprising in Morant Bay.





Walcott documentary for film festival

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Ida Does' award-winning documentary, Poetry Is an Island, Derek Walcott, will be shown at the Neville Hall Lecture Theatre, UWI, Mona, on Sunday, November 8, at 6:30 p.m.

The film presents an intimate portrait of Walcott set in St Lucia and is one of the offerings of the E. Desmond Lee Africa World Documentary Film Festival which will run at UWI, Mona, from November 5 - 8. The festival is sponsored by the E. Desmond Lee Professorship, University of Missouri, St Louis, USA, and is held annually at venues around the globe.

At UWI, Mona, the festival is organised by the Department of Literatures in English, the Department of Language, Linguistics and Philosophy, and CARIMAC. Now in its third staging at Mona, the festival seeks to promote knowledge of the life and culture of the people of Africa worldwide through the art of documentary filmmaking. Poetry Is An Island is being screened as a special initiative by the local organisers to bring Caribbean films to local audiences.

The festival is free and open to the public. Screenings begin everyday at 2:00 p.m. except on Thursday, when the festival is being launched with an opening ceremony that begins at 5:45 p.m.

Poetry is an Island has received a number of awards, including Best Documentary Feature at the Piton International Film festival (2014); the Jury Award for Best Documentary Feature at Caribbean Tales International Film Festival, Toronto (2014); The Golden Award for best editing at the Documentary & Short International and Movie Awards Festival in Jakarta (2015); and Best Documentary Feature, Honolulu Film Awards (2015).





Pulse Million Dollar Model Search finals Sunday

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pulse-search-sashuana.jpgThe finals of the Pulse Million Dollar Model Search takes place Sunday at Pulse Centre, 38a Trafalgar Road, New Kingston.

Pulse's Sashauna Robinson, Asoya Smith and Davina Bennett are back in Jamaica for the live finals. All three models are products of the model search, Robinson being a winner in 2012.

Close to 200 new faces will compete for Male Face, Petite and Full Figure titles.

Sashauna, Asoya and Davina will be joined on the runway by Alicia Burke, winner of the recently concluded 2015 reality TV show for the event. Alicia returns to London on November 2.

pulse-search-asoya-smith.jpgIn 2014, Pulse launched The Pulse Search For The Million Dollar Girl. One girl deemed to have the perfect face, body and spirit will be selected Pulse's Million Dollar Girl at the conclusion of the Pulse CMS Reality TV show early next year.

This year's show was aired on TVJ and followed the Live CMS event last summer. The winner received $1 million in cash and prizes, including $600,000 cash. This year will be no different.

Popular dancehall entertainer Ding Dong will perform at Sunday's finals.

pulse-search-davina.jpgSince 1980, The Pulse Search has produced Kimberly Mais, Angela Neil, Carla Campbell, Romae Gordon, Althea Laing, Lincoln Wynter, Nicola Vassell, Justine Willoughby, Sunna Gottshalk and Lois Samuels. More recently there have been Jeneil Williams, Sedene Blake, Oraine Barrett, Jaunel McKenzie, Nell Robinson, Gaye McDonald and Nadine Willis.





judi-emanuel.jpgSunday's Jazz in the Garden, the penultimate concert in the series, presents a line-up of female acts at The Jamaica Pegasus on Sunday, starting at 6:00 p.m. They are Myrna Hague-Bradshaw, Althea Hewitt, Judi Immanuel, Diamara Neil-Walker, Orisha Sound, Slavic and Azuri. Pianist Dr Kathy Brown is musical director for the show.

The concert is endorsed by Power 106/Music 99 and Kool 97 FM, with co-sponsors Clear Sound Productions and The Jamaica Pegasus.

According to executive producer Nancy McLean, the final concert in the series will bring together many of the exciting acts who performed throughout 2015. Entitled The Best of Jazz in the Gardens 2015, it is scheduled to take place on Sunday, December 27.

On Sunday there will be beverages and other items courtesy of sponsors O'Jays Premium, Splenda and Voortman.

Tickets for Jazz in the Gardens ... A Feast for the Senses are $2,500 presold and $3,000 at the gate. Presold tickets are available at Supermed Mall Pharmacy, Mall Plaza and at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel.

The Jazz in the Gardens series continues to support the Best Care Foundation and Elsie Bemand Home for Girls.





harry-belafonte.jpgCivil rights activist Harry Belafonte made headlines last weekend following discussions he had with American R&B artiste Usher about popular culture and activism.

Last Friday evening, scores of young people turned up at the Kaufmann Concert Hall in New York City to listen to both men speak on issues surrounding the need to be involved in activism. The discussion, under the theme 'Breaking the Chains of Social Injustice', was moderated by former CNN anchorwoman Soledad O'Brien.

usher-photo-1.jpgBelafonte, 88, suffered a seizure the evening before but was well enough to engage the audience in a riveting discussion, according to online sources. The entertainer charged his fellow musicians to remember that they have a social responsibility, a message he has been preaching for several years and which led to a falling out between himself and hip-hop mogul Jay Z.

Belafonte and Jay Z have been at loggerheads since 2012 when Belafonte said that one of the great abuses of modern times is having high-profile artistes and powerful celebrities who have turned their back on social responsibility, citing Jay Z and his wife, BeyoncE, as examples.

Jay Z responded to Belafonte's reasoning in 2013 by stating that his presence as an artiste-entertainer was better felt in charity. It is also widely believed that Jay Z took a hit at Belafonte in one of his songs, where he said, "Mr Day-O, major fail."

However, on Friday, the two seemed to have put their differences aside as Jay Z was a member of the audience at the discussion. It was also reported that the two had been engaged in conversations backstage before the discussion started.

Belafonte, who was born to Jamaican parents in Harlem, but who was sent to live with his grandmother in Jamaica for eight years, has been critical of popular artistes for not doing enough to address social injustice. "Artists are the gatekeepers of truth," he said during the discussion on Friday, while heaping praises on director Steve McQueen for the film 12 Years a Slave. He said the film functions as a strong rebuttal to those who would whitewash slavery in history books.

Usher spoke about the need to vote and the need for education. He shrugged off the term "activist" to describe himself, preferring to reserve it for people like Belafonte, who fought for civil rights with Martin Luther King Jr in the 1960s and has been a prominent voice demanding social justice for more than half a century. Coining a term for himself, the singer described himself as an "actionist" and said he hoped his new video would move people to get involved in various organisations like Belafonte's group, Sankofa.





Sparkles to launch 'silent disco'

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Sparkles Productions, One of Jamaica's largest and loudest sound/PA providers, is about to launch a 'silent disco'. The experience begins with entering a venue and hearing the deafening sound of silence. No music, no earth-shaking vibrations, no sound pollution. Only the discreet conversations between humans can be heard. Each patron or guest receives a set of high-quality headphones as they enter the venue and the party begins. The headphones are equipped with channel selection for different music source and volume control. The concept involves the transmission of sound to each individual headphone in high fidelity, using the most advanced technology in audio engineering.

Conversation can be achieved by just removing the headphone - not shouting over the music to get your message across.

Society and entertainment can now exist in harmony, literally side by side, with positive results all around.

Sparkles Productions is a full-service high-quality event production company that offers everything for corporate, private and public events, weddings, conferences, parties and concerts.





world-cannabis-cup.jpgJustice Minister Mark Golding has urged persons attending the Rastafari RootzFest, which will see local growers of ganja competing for the coveted World Cannabis Cup, to be responsible during the four day event which will be held in Negril next month.

In endorsing the event, which will be held November 12 - 15, Golding said the Fest was a great concept and hoped that it will grow into an annual event.

He was speaking at the launch of the event at the Bob Marley Museum on Hope Road in St Andrew.

"As Minister of Justice, I must encourage all to be responsible in their approach to herb. I know that the Rastafari approach to herb is a responsoible approach. We don't encourage smoking amongst kids, we don't encourage any form of abuse of this plant, but at the same time we acknowledge that this is a powerful plant than can be used as a force for good," Golding said.

The Fest will host High Times magazine's annual World Cannabis Cup and will also feature nightly reggae concerts with, according to organisers, "homegrown Jamaican Rastafari artistes".

The Cannabis Cup is the world's leading marijuana trade show, celebrating the world of ganja through competitions, instructional seminars, expositions, celebrity appearances, concerts and product showcases.





kingston-college-student-matthew-nesbeth.jpgA student of Kingston College, who helped an elderly woman with her bag, has been getting praised all across social media platforms for his act of kindness.

Matthew Nesbeth's good deed was highlighted by former beauty queen Kaci Fennell, who shared the note-worthy event on her Facebook page.

Fennell, who shared the photo of Nesbeth and the elderly woman, thanked the Kingston College student for "reminding us all that the Jamaican future is not all lost."

The beauty queen then asked her large social media following, "What was your last good deed?"

Very well done, Matthew.





gun-shooting.jpgEducation Minister Ronald Thwaites today commended the administration of Papine High School in St Andrew after a gun was allegedly found in a 13-year-old male student's bag on Thursday.

Thwaites said the presence of the gun in the student's school bag was detected using a metal detector provided by the ministry during routine security checks on Thursday.

The police were summoned and upon investigation they identified the gun as a nine mm firearm with 12 live rounds.

Thwaites in a press release today, noted that this incident, along with the recent finding of ammunitions on a school boy at Brimmervale High in St Mary, underscores the importance of school administrators utilising the metal detectors provided.

At the start of the new school year the Ministry of Education distributed more than 130 metal detectors to high schools.

The ministry's Safety and Security Unit also distributed revised policy guidelines and several safety and security manuals to schools.





busy-signal.jpgPopular dancehall artiste, Busy Signal, has been cleared of defrauding a Zimbabwean promoter. He was cleared by the high court yesterday (28/10/15) after allegedly failing to fulfill a contractual agreement to perform in Zimbabwe in August last year.

He was accused of defrauding the promoter, Long Cash Entertainment Limited of approximately thirty thousand dollars.

According to African news outlet, All Africa, Justice Loyce Moyo dismissed the application that was made by one of the directors of the entertainment group, Patrick Hundu.

Busy Signal's lawyer, Ms. Venge, says the judge noted that, in the contract of engagement, both parties agreed that any dispute would be held before arbitration in Kingston.

It was also noted that Long Cash Entertainment, breached the contract when they failed to pay a non-refundable deposit of twenty seven thousand five hundred dollars.

Last Friday after Busy Signal's arrival in Zimbabwe, Mr Hundu reported the entertainer to the police.





crime-scene-gun.jpgThe husband of murdered Mandeville businesswoman Norma Coleman, has turned himself in to the police.

Colemean on Wednesday reported to the Criminal Investigation Branch HQ along with his lawyer. He will be questioned in the presence of his lawyer after being listed as a person of interest in the killing of his wife last Friday.

On Friday, at about 1:30 pm, the 61-year-old businesswoman of Begonia Drive, Mandeville was shot and killed on Confidence Avenue in the town. Preliminary investigation indicates that Coleman's death was a contract killing involving person/s closely associated with her.

Two cops were arrested on Monday in connection with the murder.





crime-scene-gun.jpgThe Manchester police say that a third cop was held today in relation to the alleged contract killing of 61-year-old Norma Henry-Coleman last Friday.

Reports are that residents heard an explosion about 1:30 pm in the vicinity Confidence Avenue in Mandeville and summoned the police.

When the lawmen got to the area the lifeless body of Henry-Coleman was reportedly found and later removed to the morgue.

The constable, who was reportedly held in Kingston, now makes four suspects in custody. Another constable, a district constable, a female civilian and the deceased woman's husband Vincent Coleman are the other suspects.

Police say Vincent Coleman turned himself in at the Criminal Investigation Bureau headquarters today accompanied by his attorney.

A Marshall Small of a Mandeville address, who is believed to be "critical" to the case, is still being sought.





Who are the Saint models to watch?

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saint-models-tami-dwight-kai.jpgOver the past year, Jamaica has proved to be an undeniable influence on the modeling industry. You'll find Jamaican faces on the runway for nearly every major designer and posing for fashion's leading photographers, and the latest generation of talent has been racking up work with the industry's power players. Tami Williams and Kai Newman appeared side by side in the pages of Vogue and made waves on the runway for Alexander McQueen and Valentino, while newcomers Brandon Bailey and Andre Doyley were among Spring's most talked about boys, snagging coveted exclusives at Prada and Calvin Klein Collection, respectively. Williams, Newman, Bailey, and Doyley are indicative of the wealth of beauty to be found on the island and the keen eye of Deiwght Peters, founder of Saint International, the agency responsible for the discovery and development of many of Jamaica's rising stars.

There is a new batch simmering under the radar-watch out for, says CEO Deight Peters:

1. Alexion McDonald, who is with Next Models worldwide
2. Christina Knight, Milk Models London, Muse Models NYC, Special Milan, MP Paris
3. Aneita Moore, Models 1 London, Monster Milan, Premium Paris, Fusion(NY)C
4. Shane Guyher, FM London, Monster Milan, Premium Paris
5. TJ (Tiffany Johnson), Elite New York, Why Not Milan, WM Paris
6. Kim Martin, Why Not Milan, New Madison Paris
7. Wayne, Direct Booking by Saint
8. Aurelie, Marilyn NYC . . . she was scouted from Martinique

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Skip Marley talks family, and music with Vogue

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skip-marley-interview.jpgSkip Marley, 18, grandson of Bob and Rita; son of their first child, Cedella, of Melody Makers renown; and grand-nephew of Queen of Reggae, Marcia Griffiths, recently chatted with Vogue about his family, his muisc and his love for Jamaica.

"Music has always been a part of me, even from when I was born, from my mother, Cedella, to my uncles, all the way back to my grandfather," says Marley, who bears more than a passing resemblance to his grandfather. "I've never been without music. I just took a chance on making my own."

Marley is referring to his debut single, "Cry to Me," which was released in April on Tuff Gong and coproduced by Paul Fakhourie (who has also produced Stephen Marley, Damian Marley, Nas, and Lauryn Hill). "It's a message for this girl-well, all girls who have insecurities and don't think they're good enough," Marley says of the song, a kind of love ballad delivered over soul-inflected guitar. "I just say, 'Let it all go, drop it all, and cry to me if you want.' "

Though the song marks his first official release, Marley is no newcomer to music, having taught himself the piano 10 years ago, later adding guitar, drums, and bass to his repertoire. He was only 15 when he first performed live onstage, while on tour with his uncle Stephen. "I was on tour with him three summers ago, and my uncle was like, 'Tonight you're going to sing,' " Marley remembers. "I was like, 'What?' Because I never sang in front of anybody before. But he trusted me, and said, 'Here you go, sing One Love, sing the chorus.' So I got onstage, hoping I could get all the lyrics right, and from then I was like, 'Wow, this is my thing, this is what I love to do.' "

Marley maintains a close connection to his birthplace, traveling to the island regularly from Miami, where he lives. "I love Jamaica," he says. "It's where I was born and it's my home. So the energy and the good vibes are a natural extension of who I am." One of his first stops, he says, is usually his grandfather's place at 56 Hope Road. "It's a great honor to be a part of that," he says of his family's musical heritage. "We have something to carry forward, a legacy and a message. I just want to make sure that I'm on the right track, and I have my uncles and my mother to guide me."

He also keeps close ties with his fellow Jamaican recording artists, including the singers behind the current roots renaissance. "Me and Jesse Royal are really good friends from six or seven years ago," Marley says. "We haven't talked about recording a track together yet, but that would be easy. Just like, 'You want to drop a song? Boom.' "

When he's not recording music, Marley can often be found playing soccer, a pastime his grandfather also famously enjoyed.





student-arrest.jpgCOLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - A girl who refused to surrender her phone after texting in math class was flipped backward and tossed across the classroom floor by a sheriff's deputy, prompting a federal civil rights probe on Tuesday.

The sheriff said the girl "may have had a rug burn" but was not injured, and said the teacher and vice principal felt the officer acted appropriately. Still, videos of the confrontation between a white officer and black girl stirred such outrage that he called the FBI and Justice Department for help.

Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott suspended Senior Deputy Ben Fields without pay, and said what he did at Spring Valley High School in Columbia made him want to "throw up."

"Literally, it just makes you sick to your stomach when you see that initial video. But again, that's a snapshot," he said.

Videos taken by students and posted online show Fields warning the girl to leave her seat or be forcibly removed on Monday. The officer then wraps a forearm around her neck, flips her and the desk backward onto the floor, tosses her toward the front of the classroom and handcuffs her.

Lott pointed out at a news conference that the girl can also be seen trying to strike the officer as she was being taken down, but said he's focused on the deputy's actions as he decides within 24 hours whether Fields should remain on the force.

"I think sometimes our officers are put in uncomfortable positions when a teacher can't control a student," the sheriff said, promising to be fair.

Email, phone and text messages for Fields were not returned.

The deputy also arrested a second student who verbally objected to his actions. Both girls were charged with disturbing schools and released to their parents. Their names were not officially released.

The second student, Niya Kenny, told WLTX-TV that she felt she had to say something. Doris Kenny said she's proud her daughter was "brave enough to speak out against what was going on."

Appearing on MSNBC Tuesday night, Niya Kenny said an administrator told her to sit down, be quiet and to put her cellphone away. She refused.

"'This is not right. This is not right,'" Kenny recalled saying in the classroom. "'I can't believe y'all are doing this to her.'"

Kenny said Fields arrested her and handcuffed her inside the classroom.

Lt. Curtis Wilson told The Associated Press in an email to "keep in mind this is not a race issue."

"Race is indeed a factor," countered South Carolina's NAACP president, Lonnie Randolph Jr., who praised the Justice Department for agreeing to investigate.

"To be thrown out of her seat as she was thrown, and dumped on the floor ... I don't ever recall a female student who is not of color (being treated this way). It doesn't affect white students," Randolph said.

The sheriff, for his part, said race won't factor into his evaluation: "It really doesn't matter to me whether that child had been purple," Lott said.

Tony Robinson Jr., who recorded the final moments, said it all began when the teacher asked the girl to hand over her phone during class. She refused, so he called an administrator, who summoned the officer.

"The administrator tried to get her to move and pleaded with her to get out of her seat," Robinson told WLTX. "She said she really hadn't done anything wrong. She said she took her phone out, but it was only for a quick second, you know, please, she was begging, apologetic."

"Next, the administrator called Deputy Fields in. ... He asked, 'Will you move?' and she said 'No, I haven't done anything wrong,'" Robinson said.

"When I saw what was going to happen, my immediate first thing to think was, let me get this on camera. This was going to be something ... that everyone else needs to see, something that we can't just let this pass by."

Districts across the country put officers in schools after teenagers massacred fellow students at Columbine High School in Colorado in 1999. Schools now routinely summon police to discipline students, experts say.

"Kids are not criminals, by the way. When they won't get up, when they won't put up the phone, they're silly, disobedient kids - not criminals," said John Whitehead, founder of the Rutherford Institute, a nonprofit civil liberties and human rights organization.

Police should guard doors to "stop the crazies from getting in these schools," Whitehead said, but "when you have police in the schools, you're going to run into this - having police do what teachers and parents should do."

The National Association of School Resource Officers recommends that schools and police agree to prohibit officers "from becoming involved in formal school discipline situations that are the responsibility of school administrators."

At a school board meeting Tuesday night, parents spoke out about the arrest.

"This is not a race issue," said Rebekah Woodford, a white mother of two Spring Valley graduates and one current student. "This is, 'I want to be defiant and not do what I'm told.' ... The child is the one who can choose what to do."

School Superintendent Debbie Hamm said "the district will not tolerate any actions that jeopardize the safety of our students." School Board Chairman Jim Manning called the deputy's actions "shamefully shocking."

Fields, who also coaches football at the high school, has prevailed against accusations of excessive force and racial bias before.

Trial is set for January in the case of an expelled student who claims Fields targeted blacks and falsely accused him of being a gang member in 2013. In another case, a federal jury sided with Fields after a black couple accused him of excessive force and battery during a noise complaint arrest in 2005. A third lawsuit, dismissed in 2009, involved a woman who accused him of battery and violating her rights during a 2006 arrest.





south-carolina-student-arrest-officer-assault.jpgFootage of a female student being dragged from her desk in a South Carolina classroom by a school resource officer went viral on Monday. The disturbing video should serve as a stark reminder that schools aren't always the safe places they should be, especially for black girls.

Cell phone video captured by several of the high school student's peers show officer Ben Fields of the Richland County Sheriff's Office standing over her desk asking her to stand up. When she remains seated, Fields puts his forearm around her neck, flips her desk over, and drags her toward the front of the classroom before handcuffing her.

The deputy, who has been placed on administrative leave, has previously faced accusations of excessive force and racial bias, according to The Post and Courier. Fields is white; the student is black.

Students say the girl had her cell phone out in math class and refused to hand it over to her teacher. Niya Kenny, another student, was also arrested for crying and yelling at the officer during the incident and charged under South Carolina's disturbing schools law. The law, which has been in place since the 1970s, allows school resource officers to arrest students who disrupt, disturb, or interfere with school classes or functions.

"The horrific incident is not about one bad officer, but also about larger policies that criminalize students in schools in South Carolina and across the country," Mishi Faruqee, the national field director for juvenile justice reform group Youth First Initiative, told TakePart. "Under South Carolina's Disturbing Schools law, even routine disciplinary problems are treated as crimes."

Students of color in particular bear the brunt of the criminalization Faruqee describes. Nationally, black boys are the most harshly punished group of students in U.S. schools, and black girls are suspended at six times the rate of their white female peers, according to a study released last year by the African American Policy Forum.

They are also at increased risk of expulsion, making it less likely for black girls to graduate from high school on time or ultimately attend college. Expulsion can set students on a path to criminal justice system that advocates call the school-to-prison pipeline.

Police have been present in schools for decades-particularly in low-income communities of color-but some experts also tie their increased presence to the rise in school shootings. After Columbine, the Department of Justice invested $876 million to fund the presence of nearly 7,000 school resource officers like Fields. During the 2013-2014 school year, there were more than 82,000 officers working in public schools.

The increased presence of these officers in schools has proved counterproductive in terms of public safety, and increases the likelihood that normal teenage behavior will be classified as criminal and reported to the police, according to The Sentencing Project, a criminal justice reform advocacy group.

Tony Robinson Jr., one of the students who filmed the incident, described it to local news channel WLTX19.

"That [officer is] supposed to be somebody that's going to protect us," Robinson said. "Not somebody that we need to be scared of, or afraid."

On Tuesday, following the request of the Richland County Sheriff, federal authorities announced they had opened a civil rights investigation into the incident at Spring Valley High School.





JPS embarks on islandwide Debt Amnesty Programme

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jps-building-photo-1.jpgThe Jamaica Public Service Company (JPS) has announced that it will embark on an islandwide Debt Amnesty Programme, which will offer delinquent customers an opportunity to negotiate up to 70 per cent off debts owed.

The JPS said it will seek to assist residential and small commercial customers who are indebted to the Company, to regain active status and power supply in time for Christmas and become debt free to the company by the New Year.

"Customers may opt for telephone negotiations which run from November 4 to December 19 or face-to-face negotiations during the '12 Days of Amnesty Road Show' at JPS Parish Offices on Wednesdays and Saturdays between November 11 and December 19, 2015. During the Road Show, independent lenders will be on site to facilitate persons who would like to explore debt financing options," the company said in a release to the media.

Customers in the residential and small commercial categories, who owe in excess of $50,000 as at August 31 and have had their service disconnected, will qualify to apply for amnesty. Also, residential and small commercial customers with active accounts who owe more than $100,000 as at August 31, 2015may apply for the amnesty.

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Calm restored to Negril

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Calm has been restored in the resort town of Negril, Westmoreland, which was the scene of a massive protest following the death of a biker who was involved in a traffic collision with a Police service vehicle on the Nampriel main road in the parish on Wednesday.

The dead man has been identified as 26-year-old Noval McInnis of Red Ground in Negril, Westmoreland.

The police are reporting that members of the Divisional Command have met with family members of McInnis, and have assured them that the incident will be thoroughly investigated, without prejudice or impartiality.

The police also report that the scene of the crash was thoroughly examined by the Accident Investigation and Reconstruction Unit (AIRU) and the findings will be submitted to the office of the Director of Public Prosecutions for a determination to be made.

Reports are that, at about 1:40 AM on Wednesday, McInnis was driving a Suzuki Accent scooter motorcycle, which collided with a Toyota Hilux pick-up truck being driven by the police.

The service vehicle, which was responding to an assignment of an intruder on premises, subsequently crashed into an embankment on the right side of the road and damaged both tyres on that side. McInnis was taken to hospital, where he later died.

The Police officers were not injured. Investigators are now probing reports of the involvement of a second motorcyclist in the incident, and are appealing to anyone who may have witnessed the incident to contact them at 957-4268.





jordan-foote-trinity-edited-oct-28.jpgHoly Trinity High School's football team took to the field in the Manning Cup on Monday without one of their star players - Jordan Foote.

Foote, an influential central midfielder on the Central Kingston school's team that made the Flow Super Cup final last season, was diagnosed with bone cancer after visiting a doctor to seek treatment for a foot injury he sustained during pre-season.

The illness has reportedly taken a toll on Foote's body and the 17-year-old was hospitalized on Sunday, according to Yardie Sports, which first reported the story.

The school has rallied around the student.

Holy Trinity coach Devon Anderson reportedly described Foote as a "brave boy" and said that the team was "playing for him". On Monday, the team took to the field wearing pink ribbons before fighting valiantly to earn a draw against defending champions Jamaica College.

Foote, who has not been able to attend school, urgently requires surgery that will cost up to $800,000. Persons wishing to donate to the cause can contact Holy Trinity High School at 876-922-3395,876-922-5727,876-922-7104 or 876-967-7010.





police-station.jpgThe Police High Command has admitted that there is a worrying increase in murders suspected to be contract killings involving family members who are hiring others to kill relatives.

Assistant Commissioner of Police Ealan Powell said the High Command is now probing a number of contract killings. He has given the assurance that the requisite resources will be allocated to this and similar investigations to speedily bring all involved to justice.

Meanwhile, the Police High Command has confirmed a story first reported by RJR News that two cops have been taken into custody as investigators probe the suspected contract killing of a Manchester businesswoman.

Norma Henry Coleman,61, was killed in Mandeville on Friday when gunmen opened fire on the vehicle she was driving.

According to Powell, the police are searching for the suspects.





police-station.jpgTwo policemen were arrested on Monday in connection with the murder of Manchester businesswoman Norma Coleman who was killed in the parish on Friday.

Detectives from the Criminal Investigation Branch (CIB) who are reporting significant progress in their probe of the incident, are now spearheading the investigation.

On Friday, at about 1:30 pm, the 61-year-old businesswoman of Begonia Drive, Mandeville was shot and killed on Confidence Avenue in the town. Preliminary investigation indicates that Coleman's death was a contract killing involving person/s closely associated with her.

"There is a worrying increase in murders suspected to be contract killings involving family members who are hiring others to kill relatives," Head of the CIB, Assistant Commissioner of Police, Ealan Powell said.

Powell is assuring the public that the requisite resources will be allocated to this and similar investigations to speedily bring all involved to justice.

The police are also appealing to Coleman's husband, Vincent Coleman, and Marshall Small, both of Mandeville addresses, to report to the Mandeville Police Station by midday tomorrow as the Police believe these men can assist the investigations.





trial-of-governor-eyre.jpgExactly 150 years after Paul Bogle was hanged, Governor Edward John Eyre was yesterday found guilty of conspiracy to murder Bogle, George William Gordon, Leticia Geohagen, and Mary Ward.

In a two-hour-long re-enactment of the trial, including a less-than-five-minute jury deliberation, Eyre was lifted from the pages of the history books and dragged to the Morant Bay Resident Magistrate's Court to be tried by the people for the hangings which he ordered in response to the Morant Bay Uprising, led by Paul Bogle.

Bogle and his friend, George William Gordon, were hanged on October 24 and 25, respectively.

on Sunday, Eyre, described as a wilful, stiff, austere, puritanical son of a Yorkshire clergyman, took responsibility for hanging George William Gordon, who, he claimed, was responsible for the uprising. He was a bitter enemy of Gordon.

A Royal Commission found that Gordon was "illegally tried and wantonly hanged". Governor Eyre was recalled to England, where he was prosecuted before a grand jury, but was acquitted. In 1872, he was refunded the cost of his defence by the English government, and in 1901 he died.

Eyre was resurrected by attorney-at-law Bert Samuels and others who felt that justice was not served when he was acquitted and not tried for the deaths of the other martyrs. So Samuels wrote The Trial of Governor Edward John Eyre on behalf of the National Commission on Reparations, so that justice could, in fact, be served.

In a production directed by Michael Holgate, six witnesses took the stand to recount the atrocities of 1865.

Eyre, played by Bob Kerr, was defended by attorney-at-law Carlisle (Able-Don Foote), but also spoke in his own defence, declaring his innocence.

He rejected responsibility for the deaths of the four people, in the process referring to Paul Bogle as a ringleader and troublemaker. "In my role as governor of this island, I took the steps necessary for the protection of the colony," Eyre said, making reference to the martial law that he declared.

In summing up, prosecutor John Gorrie (Peter Abrikian) said, among other things, to the jury, "The declaration of martial law against the people was premature, brutal, and unwarranted ... . This indecent haste, where people lost their lives, must be corrected by you in your verdict."

In comparing the trial to the court martial, Eyre's attorney declared, "This trial is unfair. It's an unfair process ... and if you are fair, send a message of justice, a verdict of not guilty."

It was a message of justice, from the perspective of the people, that the jury sent when the foreman, played by Dennis Brown, found Governor Eyre guilty on all four counts. He was then led reluctantly from the docks, a dejected man, back into the annals of Jamaican history.





Justin Bieber samples Dancehall music

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justin-bieber-photo-1.jpgInternational pop sensation Justin Bieber has released a song that is sampling the dancehall music genre.

Justin Bieber collaborated with Skrillex for Sorry.

Skrillex, an Electronic Dance Music producer is known for collaborating with reggae entertainer Damian Junior Gong Marley on the track Mek It Bun Dem. It currently has more than 160 million views on Youtube.

Justin's song which was released last Thursday currently has more than 30 million Youtube views.

Justin also worked with producer Blood Diamond on the track. Sorry is from Bieber's new album, Purpose, which is scheduled for release on November 13.





Fabian Marley heads to France on promotional tour

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fabian-marley-photo-1.jpgConscious reggae singer, Fabian Marley, is heading to France this week to officially kick off the European leg of an exciting promotional campaign for his new single, Nah Say We Poor, on the Massive Entertainment Group label.

This will be Marley's first time in Paris, France and the singer is overflowing with enthusiasm and positive vibes as he sets out on this all-important journey. He is keen on moving away from the drama associated with his bombshell announcement two years ago that he is the first son of Reggae icon Bob Marley, and instead wants to focus on making a name for himself. According to Fabian, who wears many hats, including those of singer, song-writer, composer, arranger, producer and accomplished musician, he is ready to put his career forward and let the public judge him based solely on his talent.

"I know that the media will want to pursue a particular line of questioning," Marley said quietly, "but the truth is that this is now a family matter and such matters are best discussed behind closed doors. I want the world to appreciate and love 'Fabian' for the talent that I was born with instead of who my father or mother is.

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"However, I am also very aware that a man's past is a crucial part in deciding his own, individual destiny therefore in that sense, you will never leave your past behind," added Marley, who describes himself as "a loving youth who cares for people regardless of race, colour or creed".

He will be accompanied to France by his manager, Clayton Thomas, CEO of Massive Ent Group, which is based in the US. Quite understandably, Thomas is Marley's staunchest supporter, and although he admits that he heard of the singer through music industry links, who were eager to include information on Fabian's heritage, Thomas says that it was the artiste's own raw talent that was the ultimate factor in making the management decision.

Thomas, too, is anticipating hitting the promotional trail and feels that Europe in particular will prove a great place to expose Fabian's artistry. Nah Sey Wi Poor, along with another single Through the Fire, both of which were produced by legendary producer, Clive Hunt, were recently released by Massive Entertainment. However, Thomas pointed that the focus is on the former, which is playing on several radio stations in Jamaica, the wider Caribbeanand and within the US. He noted that the feedback has been "very positive and encouraging" and added that the accompanying music video has already been packaged. Thomas also explained that the Paris trip had been set back by one week, owing to the late granting of the required visas.

"But everything is good now and we will be leaving on Wednesday night," Thomas assured.

According to Fabian, who was taught music by two legends, Johnny "Dizzy Moore and Roland Alphonso of the Skatalites, Nah Say We Poor, is an inspirational song which he wrote during period of "drought" when he was made to realize that even in rough times, it is important not to complain, but to always give thanks.





asafa-and-lewis-hamilton.jpgSub-10 second king Asafa Powell was a member of the presentation party after Lewis Hamilton claimed his third Formula One title with victory at a dramatic US Grand Prix in Austin, Texas.

Mercedes driver Hamilton ultimately pipped team-mate Nico Rosberg to glory at the Circuit of the Americas, following an incident-packed race featuring several safety-car periods, enthralling strategic battles and a host of overtaking manoeuvres.

The 30-year-old became the first British driver to win back-to-back titles and also the first to win 10 or more races in successive seasons.He made contact with Rosberg as he initially passed the pole-sitting German at the first corner, but the latter worked his way back to the front and looked set to keep both himself and Sebastian Vettel in mathematical contention for the title by winning the race.

However, a Rosberg mistake on lap 49 of 56 allowed Hamilton to snatch a 10th victory of the season and join the likes of Jackie Stewart and Ayrton Senna in becoming a three-time world champion.

A dramatic finish saw Vettel, the closest challenger heading into this weekend, threaten to claim second from Rosberg and keep Hamilton waiting for at least another week. Rosberg ensured a Mercedes one-two was secured, though, and Hamilton now holds an unassailable advantage with three rounds of the season remaining.Vettel, who started down the grid following an engine-related penalty, had to settle for third, ahead of Max Verstappen and Sergio Perez.

Powell the former world 100m record holder, who shared Hamilton's company on the weekend ahead of his championship run, presented the Constructors' title trophy to the Mercedes team.





Two causalties of dead baby scandal at UHWI

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dr-cecil-white.jpgTwo senior members of the Board of Management at the University Hospital of the West Indies (UHWI) have resigned on the heels of the revelation that some premature newborns died from bacterial infections.

The Hospital's Chief Executive Officer, Dr. Cecil White and Senior Director of Medical Services, Professor Trevor McCartney submitted letters of resignation yesterday.

Chairman of the University Hospital, Sterling Soares, says Professor McCartney submitted his resignation on Monday morning prior to a meeting with him on developments at the hospital as well as other weaknesses identified.

Dr. White submitted his resignation in the afternoon following a similar meeting.

His resignation is effective January 31, 2016 while Professor McCartney's is effective October 31.

Mr. Soares says he met with the two men based on the request of the Board following its emergency meeting last Saturday.

He outlined that Dr. White's contract expired on July 31 and was being renewed monthly until it could be discussed by the Board.

Mr. Soares says no reasons were given by the two senior managers for their decision to resign.

However, Mr. Soares says both men expressed concern about the developments.

Meanwhile, Mr. Soares has given more information on what was discussed with Dr. White and Professor McCartney during yesterday's meeting with the Board of the University Hospital.

One of the issues was the breakdown in the reporting process following the deaths of the babies.

Newborns also died at the Cornwall Regional Hospital from bacterial infections.

The Ministry of Health is leading a team conducting probes at all hospitals to determine the extent and cause of the infections.

The assessments are to be finalised this week.





minister-of-health-ferguson-fenton.jpgAnother new born baby has died as a result of bacterial infection at the Cornwall Regional Hospital in St. James, thus bringing the total deaths to 19.

This was revealed by Health Minister Dr. Fenton Ferguson this afternoon (October 27) in a statement to Parliament.

Reports emerged last week that premature newborns were infected by klebsiella and serratia bacteria, with some cases dating as far back as June.

Today, Dr. Ferguson insisted, that infection outbreaks occurred from time to time at hospitals, and that the affected babies were susceptible to the infection because their immune systems were compromised.

The health minister also reiterated that there was a breakdown in the reporting protocol at the hospitals, in informing the ministry about the situation in a timely manner.

Dr. Ferguson says among the actions taken is the establishment of a special unit in the ministry to monitor new born babies at hospitals.





A Trinidadian man accused of abusing an infant girl because she did not want to be force fed was granted bail following his court appearance in the country.

The event, which was captured on tape and posted on social media, also inadvertently implicated his 21-year-old Jamaican wife, who is now detained in the country.

In the video, the toddler, clad in only a diaper, is seen being slapped repeatedly by Gobin who held a bottle of milk that the child was reluctant to drink.

Charged with abusing a child is Dexter Gobin and his wife Yanique Taylor-Gobin. He was granted conditional bail in the sum of TT$150,000 (approximately J$2.8 million). Taylor-Gobin, however, was detained.

According to the Trinidad Guardian, Gobin's wife, who is originally from Brown's Town, St Ann, was denied bail because she reportedly overstayed her time in the country. A detention order was taken out against her as a result.

Both Gobin and Taylor-Gobin are accused of allegedly beating the child at their home in Maracas, Trinidad, earlier this month.

As part of his bail conditions, Gobin was ordered to report to the St Joseph Police Station on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays, and should not go within 100 metres from the child.

Both Gobin and his wife are scheduled to reappear in court on November 16.





55 Jamaican brown dogs get visas!

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jamaican-brown-dog.jpgIt's definitely a dogs world.

Fifty-five Jamaican dogs, from two locally based animal rights organizations, have been re-homed to families abroad since the start of 2015.

The Jamaica Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (JSPCA) has successfully helped the dogs to migrate, with the bulk of dogs finding new homes abroad facilitated through the Montego Bay Animal Haven.

"The vast majority of the dogs who find homes abroad are street dogs that didn't have homes and in many cases were disabled or mistreated, having broken limbs and missing bits," said Tammy Browne of the Montego Bay Animal Haven.

"Several times during the year foreigners visit Jamaica with their sole objective being to rescue a dog," added Browne.

According to Browne her organization, which caters almost exclusively to dogs in need of care or disabled animals, recently partnered with the Brown Dog Coalition which makes finding a home for the animals abroad much easier.

Browne notes that every fortnight approximately ten dogs migrate and are placed in a safe and clean environment.

The process of helping a dog to be re-homed is a serious matter, as Browne made it clear that individuals interested in adopting a 'Jamaican brown dog' have to go through a rigorous background check, with most individuals required to send quarterly reports on the dog's readjustment and progress.

Though the JSPCA makes its priority finding stray cats and dogs homes locally, they have also helped a few animals to migrate, including one cat.

According to the organization's senior veterinary surgeon, Paul Turner, the vast majority of animals migrate to The Cayman Islands, Canada, The United Kingdom and the USA.

Turner told Loop News that the adoption and migration process is a simple one and most people "fall in love with the animals".

Once an animal is selected, the JSPCA generates a health report, the report is verified and an export permit is granted.

Though following up with some animals after migration has proved difficult, according to the JSPCA's senior veterinary surgeon, Dr. Paul Turner, he has heard wonderful follow-up stories.

Turner shared the story of a Jamaican street dog that was adopted by a woman in the UK.

The dog was picked up from the airport's quarantine in an S-class convertible, Mercedes-Benz and taken to its new air-conditioned room, complete with a doggy bed in London.

"From the streets to luxury," said Turner.





lewis-hamilton-wins-world-championship.jpgNewly crowned three-time world champion Lewis Hamilton basked in the glory of emulating childhood hero Ayrton Senna on Sunday, describing his United States Grand Prix triumph as his "greatest moment".

As his Mercedes team celebrated all around him, soaking him in champagne, the 30-year-old Briton reflected on his role-model status and his hopes and inspirations in the aftermath of an astonishing race and achievement.

"This is the greatest moment of my life," Hamilton told his team in the emotional moments after he crossed the line to add the 2015 title to those of 2008 and 2014.

Later, he said he felt moved to have realised a dream in matching Senna's achievement in winning three championships.

"For me, that was the target," he said. "I wanted to get the three that Ayrton had. He wasn't from the same country as me, but he was the guy who inspired me as a youngster.

"Now, I don't know what is going to come next. There is nobody else I look to who I want to emulate, and I feel like I've got the baton for myself and Ayrton, and I will carry that on and see how far I can take it."

After feeling deeply emotional after the race, he told a news conference: "I'm so overwhelmed right now. I remember my first British Championship and when my dad drove me home.

"We were singing 'We Are The Champions' in the car as we drove home. I owe so much to them -- my mum, my dad, my family -- for all that they sacrificed for me."

Hamilton's father Anthony and family were not in Austin to see him win the race and take his third title, an absence that the champion addressed by sending messages to them at every opportunity.

Asked about his dreams and his role, he said: "I want to encourage young kids. It is about the self-belief they have.

"Hopefully this will inspire parents. I wanted to be Ayrton Senna or Superman when I was younger, and I hope that they feel the same and don't give up on their dreams.

"I can't believe I am here now, and I thank my fans for supporting me all over the world and I know that this is a platform to inspire people, young people -- never give up on your dreams hopes and desires."

Hamilton snatched victory when Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg ran wide on lap 49 to open the door to his third title.

"Today, so many times, I thought I'd lost the race. With the Safety Car and Nico was so quick, but I just never gave up," said Hamilton.

The champion said the crazy nature of the race was emotionally draining.

"The last 10-15 laps were the tough ones," he said.

"Those last laps, the world championship is right there, and I'm thinking 'am I going to get it?'

"Everything I have got from these years, everything I have built up, I was so close, I could smell it, so I was pushing.

"I'm just overwhelmed. It's difficult to find the words. It's crazy to think I'm a three-time Formula One world champion, but I am."





St Hilda's reinstates Jade Bascoe as head girl

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The board of St Hilda's Diocesan High School for Girls has reinstated Jade Bascoe as head girl.

This follows a meeting of the school board on Thursday to review the recent decision to rescind her appointment

The Board said the review was in response to requests from the Ministry of Education and the Office of the Public Defender, and in a desire "to continue to uphold the tradition which has characterized the institution and the Office of Head Girl."

The meeting of the Board was attended by the principal, the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Education and its regional director.

The board and ministry officials held discussions with Jade and her mother, Rhonda Clarke, both of whom indicated that they would welcome Jade's reinstatement to the position of Head Girl.

The board said its investigation revealed a series of miscommunication and misunderstandings occurred amongst all parties concerned, and that there was no attempt to discriminate, harm or embarrass the student, or to bring the name of the school into disrepute.

Public Defender Arlene Harrison Henry, in her report on the matter, had concluded that the school discriminated against the student because of her religion.





road-closed.jpgThere were hours of painful traffic delay on Sunday, as motorists travelling from Portmore, Spanish Town and parishes including St Ann and St. James were stuck in traffic on Mandela Highway.

One section of the Highway was scheduled to be closed on Sunday to facilitate a road fixing exercise by the National Works Agency (NWA).

The NWA said the section of the road is located between the Hydel Group of Schools and the Six Miles overhead bridge.

The road was scheduled to be closed, between the hours of 7:00 AM and 4:00 PM, to allow NWA staff to complete a road patching exercise.





crime-scene-moony-oct-25.jpgPopular promoter Wayne Morris, also known as Moony British, succumbed to injuries sustained in a gun attack at a bar Satuday night on Molynes Road, St Andrew.

Morris was a leading member of the British Link Up crew.

e Half-Way-Tree police are reporting that The promoter was shot multiple times while sitting outside the Khalil's Sports Bar and Grill at close to midnight.

"I was asleep and heard about 10 loud explosions," one person at the crime scene said.

A patron took Morris to hospital where he reportedly succumbed to his injuries.

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4 policemen to be charged with murder

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police-cars.jpgIt has been disclosed that the Coroner's Court has ruled that four members of the Jamaica Constabulary Force, including a Senior Superintendent, be charged with murder.

The ruling was handed down last week.

According to a source, the Senior Policeman who is assigned to Area Five and the three rank and file members are to be served with arrest warrants shortly.

It's understood that the case involves a shooting more than ten years ago in which two brothers were killed during an alleged gun battle in St. Andrew.





richard-and-grace-wheeler-couple-killed-in-tobago.jpgThree persons have been detained in connection with the double murder of US-born attorney Richard Wheeler and his Trinidad-born wife, Grace.

One suspect is a national of St Vincent and two are Trinidad and Tobago citizens.

This was revealed at a press briefing by the Tobago Division of the T&T Police Service, held at Scarborough Police Station, Young Street, Scarborough, at 4 p.m on Thursday.

The press conference was led by ACP (Homicide) Vincel Edwards and included ACP (Tobago) Garfield Moore and Senior Superintendent Joanne Archie.

The suspects were arrested on Thursday.

Wheeler, 73, was found hacked to death, while his 67-year-old wife was found with her throat slashed.

The couple lived at Riseland Gardens, Carnbee, where they spent the last 16 years.





Fade Away with Romain Virgo & Agent Sasco

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romain-virgo-agent-sasco-fade-away.jpgRomain Virgo and Assassin have linked up for an extra-large collaboration in Fade Away. The track has a different vibe to the soulful Lover's Rock and Rub-A-Dub material Virgo is known for, serving as a testament to the young singer's malleability and ever-expanding scope. With Sasco's rugged rhymes in the mix, you have yourself a well put together, catchy tune.

This is allegorical music; much like the Junior Byles classic which shares the same name, Fade Away counsels listeners about placing trust in the wrong people.

Most appropriately, the video was shot in the streets of Kingston, offering snapshots of various scenarios which share themes of mutiny and betrayal, which most people can relate to at some point or other.





kymani-marley-maestro.jpgKINGSTON, Jamaica - Propped over his seat with eyes closed, Ky-Mani Marley nods approvingly at his band's rock-infused take on Redemption Song, his father's acoustic classic.

The burly singer was rehearsing Thursday at Big Yard Studio in Kingston for the Mawch Out show Saturday at Pearly Beach in Ocho Rios.

It will be a rare Jamaican appearance for Marley who last performed here in February during celebrations to mark the 70th birthday of his father, reggae legend Bob Marley.The 39-year-old said he would not mind doing more shows in Jamaica outside the 'February season' when there are multiple events commemorating the Marley legacy.

"We'd like to change that, after all this is my home an' you'd love to show your talent more. Hopefully, with this new album we'll get more shows," he said.

Marley has kept busy this year, performing to sold-out venues in Chile and Europe, especially France, as he promotes Maestro, his sixth album which was released in June.

The South American country is one of his most receptive bases. Since he first went there in the late 1990s with Lauryn Hill, Marley has established a large following in that growing reggae market, touring for as long as a month.

Released through Universal Music, Maestro is Marley's first album since 2007 and the first for his Konfrontation Muzic label. It contains 11 tracks, all of which he wrote.

junior-gong-photo-1.jpgHe also produced several of them including Rasmantic and The Chant. There are a few collaborations such as Keepers Of The Light with his brother Damian 'Junior Gong' Marley and We Are, done with Jewish-American rapper Matisyahu and German singer Gentleman.

Mawch Out, a reggae and dancehall concert, features heavyweight acts including Ky-mani Marley, Coco Tea, Sizzla Kalonji, Beenie Man, Bounty Killer, alongside 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.

Liquid Herbal Nitro, Jewels Paradise Cove Beach Resort and Spa, On Stage TV, Irie FM, Rum Bar Rum, Prestige Management Solutions, Dolphin's Cove and Eyeland Eyewear, are all sponsors of the event to be held on Saturday, October 24 at Pearly Beach in St. Ann.

Producers of Mawch Out are Gangstarr Promotions, which comprises four brothers who all hail from St. Ann.





g-t-taylor.jpgAlthough BOOM energy drink has returned as major sponsor, disc jockey and show promoter, GT Taylor, says GT Taylor Christmas Extravaganza could benefit from more corporate support.

"I don't know what is happening these days where sponsors are concerned. I have to give nuff thanks to Wisynco (BOOM producers) for being on board and sticking with it. But, where stage shows are concerned, I think sponsors are drifting. No matter how good the event is, they are not supporting," Taylor said.

It is a vastly different situation from the middle of the previous decade, when a number of stage shows in Jamaica enjoyed significant corporate support. A number of noted events, including East Fest, Reggae Campfire and Follow Di Arrow, have since faded.

Taylor is not the only stage show organiser to complain about lack of corporate support. Supreme Promotions, organiser of Sting, held on Boxing Day, also recently pointed out it is facing a similar situation.

Taylor has identified what he believes to be a major issue in the changing corporate stance.

"There is a new trend where these brand managers are concerned. The older brand managers used to be in the streets more, so they know what events the people are going at. But, these brand managers these days, I am seeing they are more gravitating to parties," Taylor said.

Already signed on for this year's event are Sizzla, Bounty Killer, Beenie Man, Ninja Man, I-Octane, Freddie McGregor, Eek-a-Mouse, Popcaan, Khago, Bugle, Ken Boothe, Ikaya, Romain Virgo, and the California-based Bobby Tenor, with other names to be announced. The sound systems are Bass Odyssey, Renaissance and GT Aggregation, with Ruff Kut as the backing band.





Akon and Beenie Man to make 'Unstoppable' video

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akon-and-beenie-man-unstoppable.jpgDancehall superstar Beenie Man is stacking all his chips on the future success of the track, Unstoppable, featuring Akon. The song is the title-track on his album, which will be released November 19.

"The single was to originally feature John Legend, but John was on an extensive tour, so I linked up with Akon and the result was great. This song is one for the streets, and I will be flying Akon to Jamaica to shoot the video. Right now, plans are in between Jamaica and Africa to shoot the video, but mi a bet Jamaica," Beenie Man said.

The official artwork for the soulful track was released yesterday, and the song will be added to the playlists of major US radio stations this weekend.

Beenie Man had last collaborated with Akon on the successful single, Girls, which hit pop charts in Portugal, New Zealand and the UK.

"The early response has been phenomenal so far. Unstoppable is for the streets, and the second single, Ready Fi Party, is for the clubs, and that will represent the party side of the album. The promotion ah go buck, starting this weekend," Beenie Man said.

The new 14-track album, produced by Beenie and his MD Entertainment Music label, will be the deejay's first LP in almost eight years.





Sean Paul to rock Mexico & Latin America

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sean-paul-photo-6.jpgInternational Dancehall superstar Sean Paul is gearing up to rock the Revolution Fest in Puebla, Mexico on Saturday, October 31. The Grammy-winning artiste will be headlining the show which features a host of Latin American stars such as Ximena Sarinana and Spanish-Rock Band, Caifanes.

Sean Paul will then travel to Santiago Chile on November 7 to once again be a headline act this time alongside Shaggy and Black Uhuru for the staging of GondFest.

"The Latin audience has always been close to my heart because they have embraced my music from the very beginning, so I want to continue to make music with some of the best in that market", he stated.

Sean Paul has been doing several collaborations with Latin American artistes hence a building fan base is emerging in the Latin American space. The Full Speed Riddim mastermind has worked with Enrique Iglesias on the hit track Bailando and has recently collaborated with Dominican Republic native, Mozart La Para for the remix to his latest single, Take It Low.





Damian Marley joins Tidal as a co-owner

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marley-damian.jpgReggae mainstay Damian Marley has become the latest big name to sign on to Tidal as a co-owner. The news was announced on Tuesday, October 20 at the streaming service's massive Tidalx1020 concert, which took place in Brooklyn.

As Marley was set to take the stage, the audience was told that this was to be his first performance as a co-owner, which was met with a round of applause.

The show, which helped raise money for the concert was also a celebration, as the streaming service can now claim one million paying subscribers, which is up a few hundred thousand from several months ago.

Marley was one of more than twenty well-known musicians that performed at the Tidalx1020 show, including superstars like Jay Z, Beyoncé, Nicki Minaj, Lil Wayne, and surprise guests like Nas and DJ Khaled.

Marley is one of the best-known reggae acts since, well, his father, the legendary Bob Marley. The Jamaican-born musician has charted two top ten albums, and he was even in a supergroup with Mick Jagger, Joss Stone, and Oscar-winning composer A. R. Rahman.





don-wehby-photo-1.jpgNY: Caribbean International Network (CIN) TV is proud to announce the 11th annual CIN Lecture Series with presenter Don Wehby which be held on Thursday, October 29, 2015 at the Schomburg Centre for Research in Black Culture.

Don Wehby CEO of GraceKennedy is looking forward to speaking at the annual Lecture Series. Don's presentation "Jamiaca to the world...... the GraceKennedy story" will be an interesting and informative speech which traces Graces' history from a small entrepreneurial company to its present growth as one of the Caribbean's largest conglomerates. His talk will also focus on Graces' challenges in entering the Hispanic market, one of the fastest growing food segments in the U.S.A.

Over the years the, CIN Caribbean Lecture Series has presented individuals of unique achievement and superior commitment to the political, economic and social advancement of the Caribbean region. Past presenters include two former Prime Ministers, P.J. Patterson and Edward Seaga, UCLA Professor Robert Hill, the late UWI distinguished Professor, Rex Nettleford, Lowell Hawthorne, CEO of Golden Krust Restaurants and R.G. Thwaites author, attorney and broadcaster.

The CIN Lecture Series also includes last year's presenter Minister of Finance and Planning Dr. Peter Phillips who spoke to a standing room only audience.

Each year the Lecture Series attracts large audiences with each presentation rebroadcast on CINTV, reaching the over two million Caribbean-Americans in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut. This year CIN will again stream the lecture live for worldwide audiences.

It will be a wonderful evening as the lecture will be preceded by a one hour cocktail reception in the foyer of the Schomburg.





nick-foto-works.jpgA reward of five hundred thousand Jamaican dollars is being offered by Crime Stop for any information that leads to the safe return of 37-year-old popular photographer Niketa 'Nick' Thomas and his cousin Dwight Brown, 42.

Both men were last seen on October 5 in Cassia Park, St Andrew.

Crime Stop is appealing to anyone with information to assist the family of these two missing persons to find their loved ones. Persons are urged to call Crime Stop at 311 or toll free at 1-888-991-4000 FREE. Full confidentiality will be maintained.

It has been weeks since both men have been missing, and the police have yet to find any strong leads.

Brother of the missing photographer, Everton Thomas, has since made heartfelt posts to his personal Facebook page. In one such post, Thomas wrote "It's been very hard on the family amid all the distractions and all the investigations taking place", adding that "His son, his mom, everybody are all hurting". Thomas concluded the post by requesting "a timely positive end [to] this situation".





Court Tuesday for men charged In Hanover murders

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crime-scene-7.jpgThe two men charged in relation to the deaths of six persons in Hanover recently are to appear in court next Tuesday.

Forty-eight-year-old Errol Clarke, otherwise called 'Scarcher', of Green Island and 24-year-old Mikhail Campbell, otherwise called 'Troy', of Mountain Side, March Town were charged yesterday.

The police say both men have been charged jointly with six counts of murder, six counts of conspiracy to commit murder, four counts of attempted murder, arson and illegal possession of firearm and ammunition.

They say the men were charged following a question-and-answer session in the presence of their attorney.

Meanwhile, the police are asking a man known only by the alias 'Wingie', to report to the Lucea Police immediately.

The police say the man, who is said to frequent Green Island and Negril, may be able to assist them with their investigations.





Bolt, blind mice and Kartel

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usain-bolt-in-rio.jpgUsain Bolt recently lashed out against artistes who are trying to imitate incarcerated deejay Vybz Kartel.

During his stint on the turntables at the recently concluded Uptown Mondays anniversary, sprinting legent, Usain Bolt dissed the Vybz Kartel impersonators by calling them "3 blind mice' blind mice.

'DJ Usain', who selected a few songs alongside popular selectors Boom Boom and Foota Hype, said the copycat artistes have failed to surpass Vybz Kartel's dominance on the dancehall scene.

"One likkle youth a try imitate the Gaza youth, mi nah call nuh name ... three blind mice, three blind mice. All when him incarcerate and a easy himself. When the boss come a road, hear mi a seh? I will be downtown for the Gaza Boss, hear mi seh," Bolt belted over the microphone.

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The selectors sharing the stage with Bolt tried to get the athlete to call the names of the artistes who he regarded as impersonators. However, Bolt took the high road and continued to throw subliminal shots.

This is not the first time that the athlete has shown his respect for Vybz Kartel's musical skills. Bolt also gave a quick shout-out to Vybz Kartel, during the World Championships in 2009.

In a follow-up documentary, Why Do Jamaicans Run So Fast, also released in 2009, Bolt again noted to interviewers that his favourite dancehall artiste was Vybz Kartel.

Vybz Kartel later told a tabloid that he had mutual respect for the all-time great athlete.

"Bolt is my dupes from morning. Remember Bolt is a youth who used to train up a Mona - dem time deh Vybz Kartel a wear jersey. He has been a fan from long time. Usain is a man who respect Kartel. Vybz Kartel is a man who respects Usain Bolt. He has seen the growth that Vybz Kartel has made and right now a just straight Gaza him a sey. A man in Africa knows who Usain is, they don't necessarily know about Gaza or the Portmore Empire. He's a big personality, and he gave a big-time big-up, and it was on one of the biggest stages," Vybz Kartel said.





viral-video-accused-couple.jpgA Trinidadian man and his Jamaican-born common-law wife have been held by the police in Trinidad after a video of them abusing a 2-year-old child went viral.

A tweet from the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service (TTPS) says the couple was held at 1.25pm on Thursday.

"Two suspects, a male and a female Jamaican national, were held at 1:25pm today relative to the viral video depicting abuse of a 2 year-old child," the tweet said.

A release from the TTPS says a 32 year-old Trinidadian male and his 21 year-old common-law Jamaican born wife have been held by police in connection with the abuse of a minor depicted in a video that went viral on social media and subsequently aired on television on Wednesday 22nd October, 2015.

The suspects were held today, Thursday 22, October, 2015, at around 1:25pm, by officers of the Southern Divison CID, Operational Unit under Inspector Don Gajadhar, in a room on the second floor of an apartment building, located at No. 26 Manjack Street, Vistabella.

The couple of Hutton Street, St Joseph, face charges related to cruelty as provided for under the new Childrens' Act.

The police acting on information had the two-storey apartment building under surveillance. The officers raided the apartment after a male matching the description of one of the suspect's was seen exiting an outer door of the apartment.

Both suspects were held and are now detained at the San Fernando Police Station for subsequent transfer to the Child Protection Unit of the Northern Division.





lisa-hanna-photo-2.jpgThe Office of the Contractor General (OCG) has intensified the investigation into the award of government contracts for work carried out in the St Ann South Eastern constituency of Member of Parliament, Lisa Hanna.

The OCG on Thursday questioned the Assistant Superintendent of Works in St. Ann, Alwyne Brown inn the presence of his attorney, Oswest Senior Smith.He will be questioned further on November 11 The OCG is trying to determine whether there was any impropriety in the award of the contracts.Hanna is expected to be questioned about expenditure relating to the constituency development fund.

Councillor for the Bensonton Division Lydia Richards had raised questions about spending on projects under the fund.

Following which, a team from the OCG visited the constituency office in June and seized documents.

Meanwhile, Hanna was scheduled to be questioned by the OCG on Thursday, however, the question and answer session was adjourned until next week.

Lawyers for the St Ann MP requested the postponement.





A leaked report on the infections that killed eighteen babies at the University Hospital of the West Indies has revealed that the hospital management let two months elapse before telling the Ministry of Health about the infections.

The report also states that the ministry took three weeks to reply to the hospital about the problem -- during which time babies died.

The report that was prepared on Thursday and presented to the chairman of the hospital board, states that the first time that the hospital administration knew about an outbreak of Serratia in the Neo-Natal Intensive Care Unit was on June 25.

That's when the chair of the infectious disease committee, Dr Allison Nicholson, made a report of the outbreak which it said was isolated from four babies over an eleven day period starting on June 4.

But the report of a Serratia outbreak came ten days after the first baby diagnosed with the infection died. That baby was also diagnosed with Klebsiella.

But a report about a Klebsiella outbreak wasn't made then.

This was followed by the death of the second baby on August 14 - that baby was diagnosed with Serratia, Klebsiella and Enterobacter Aerogenes (which are pathogens responsible for various infections).

A week later, a report of a Klebsiella outbreak was first made.

At that time, the hospital said control measures were reviewed and augmented.

On August 27, the fourth baby died - the diagnosis included Klebsiella.

On September 5 - the fifth baby died - the diagnosis was Serratia and Slebsiella.

On September 7, the hospital informed the chief medical officer, Dr. Marion Bullock Ducasse about the outbreaks .

Thirteen days later, before a response came from Bullock Ducasse, a sixth baby died . On September 21, the chief medical officer replied and appointed two officers to follow up to ensure appropriate infection control procedures are in place.

The next correspondence mentioned in the report was received on October 5, (dated September 28) when the hospital got a letter from the Kingston and St Andrew health department saying it was coming to assess Neo-Natal Care unit.

Following that three more babies died on October 5, 13 and 15. They were all diagnosed with Klebsiella.





Chicken Pox hits UWI Hospital staff and patients

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There are more health issues at the University Hospital of the West Indies.

Over the past week there have been nine cases of chicken pox among staff and patients at the hospital.

Six doctors, a nurse and two patients have contracted the virus.

The Ministry of Health has offered to assist in procuring vaccines to stem the spread of the virus.





hand-foot-mouth-disease.jpgHard on the heels of the scandal about 18 babies dying due to deadly infections at the nursery at the University Hospital of the West Indies, reports have surfaced that an outbreak of Hand Foot and Mouth Disease at the nearby day care centre.

Repoorts are that a day care centre at the hospital had to be closed for sanitation due to an outbreak of Hand Foot and Mouth Disease.

In what is now looking like a triple tragedy of diseases, there is a reported outbreak of Chicken Pox at the University Hospital of the West Indies.

It has been disclosed that six doctors, two nurses and a patient at the premium health care facility are now suffering from the effects of the disease.

News of Chicken Pox affecting persons at the hospital could not come at a worst time after the hospital maternity staff has come under fire for not reporting the deaths of new born infants to the health ministry in a reasonable time.





'This is Garfield Burford for CVM News'....NOT!

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garfield-burford-cvm-tv-jamaica-newswatch.jpgSo Garfield Burford FINALLY lef CVM. A long time dat fi happen still.

The man just hand in him resignation Friday and cut. What a ting!!!

Everybody a aks a where him deh go, but as dem say inna media "everybody is tight-lipped".

Well, Garfield, we wish you all di best and mek sure say we can still tun on we TV and look pon yuh.





april-jackson-and-bolt.jpgApril Jackson 26, or Miss Jamaica Universe 2008 reportedly had a secret relationship with the world's fastest man Usain Bolt.

Jackson and Bolt 29, are said to have dated back in 2013 after meeting through a mutual friend.

"They were introduced in 2012 but it wasn't until the following year they got closer and started to date," a friend told popular UK tabloid The Sun.

"It was more than a fling and they developed feelings for each other. It was tricky because of Usain's busy schedule.Whenever he was in London they enjoyed going to clubs and having fun," the source reportedly told the Sun.

The pair reportedly ended their relationship because of Bolt's busy schedule.

Apirl Jackson represented Jamaica at the 2008 Miss Universe pageant in Nha Trang, Vietnam. She now owns her own boutique in the UK where she resides.

She is also a competitor on this season of The Apprentice, a popular UK reality show aired on BBC 1 in which a group of aspiring businessmen and women compete for the chance to win a L250,000 investment from British business magnate, Alan Sugar.

During her audition, Jackson made it clear that she has what it takes to win this season of The Apprentice.

"I'm Jamaican. We come first, we win on the track and we will win in the boardroom," Jackson said.





Karamanti to perform in Vienna on October 30

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Dancehall artist Karamanti will make her debut appearance in Vienna, Austria on Friday, October 30th. She will join Nigerian Reggae artist Teddy Ziggy at Tembo Bar Club for a show called 'Stand United' (which is also the title of their collaboration released last year; see link to the official video: www.youtube.com/watch?v=DemfCyJdxSo).

Teddy Ziggy ft. @Karamanti - Stand United (Official Video)

Vienna will be the first stop on Karamanti's 2015 European tour, which is scheduled to run from October 28th through December 20th. So far she has confirmed appearances in Austria, Denmark, Germany and Czech Republic, with dates in Italy and Budapest a strong possibility, as negotiations with promoters in both regions are in progress. The tour is being hosted by Jam Link Intl. and coordinated by Karamanti's record label, Blakkwuman22 Music (for bookings send an email to bookings@karamantimusic.com).

Karamanti is currently in Ontario shooting scenes for her soon to be released music video for the single, 'don't give up.' The song is a part of the 'Missing Piece Riddim' compilation by Rhome Records which also features Khago and Teflon. Persons may stream the song via Karamanti's YouTube channel: www.youtube.com/watch?v=PgEadqbgf-0 and DJs can send an email to mariajacksonent@gmail.com for the mp3.





Dario breaks free from Subkonshus

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dario-and-konshens.jpgDancehall artiste Darrio has confirmed that he has parted ways with the Konshens-led Subkonshus record label.

According to Darrio, his contract officially ended in November of 2014, but he stayed on due to situation surrounding the camp at that time.

"I'm no longer a part of Subkonshus. My contract ended last year, but during that time, Konshens was being attacked by Masicka and Demarco, so me never really want to leave during that time," he said.

Currently signed to a new label, Darrio said that while he and Konshens did not always see eye to eye, the split was amicable.

"I officially parted ways with them about three to four weeks now. Working with Konshens was a good vibe for the most part, he is all about business. We didn't always agree on all things," he said.

Earlier this year, Konshens' band also parted ways with him because they did not feel they were being given the respect they deserved.

Fresh off some recent performances in Africa, Darrio is currently promoting his latest single, Explode.





Yard 1 Promote will be putting on a unity concert in Huntsville, Alabama. The event will take place on Saturday, November 14th, and will feature trending artists Likkle Lightning and Dane Jah as well as Reggae/Dancehall veterans Mega Banton and Turbulence. The One Unity Root Rock Reggae Party, which is the official name of the event, will take place at Club Envy, located at 200 Oakwood Avenue N.E. in Huntsville, Alabama.

Advanced tickets are now available online for $15USD and can be purchased via the following link: www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2412459. Patrons will be asked to pay $20USD at the door before midnight, and more after. Doors will open at 9 P.M. For more information, persons may email MJE at mariajacksonent@gmail.com





Trinidad pulls out of Miss Universe

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trinidad-pulls-out-miss-universe.jpgTrinidad and Tobago yesterday announced that the country will not be sending a representative to the 2015 staging of the Miss Universe pageant.

In a statement released via Facebook yesterday, the franchise holder in Trinidad & Tobago, Tribe, stated that the decision to stay out of the pageant is partly due to offensive statements made earlier this year by former Miss Universe owner Donald Trump as well as other local factors.

"Following the public utterances by the former owner of Miss Universe Donald Trump (that many viewed as insensitive and very offensive to the Mexican and Latin community) there were calls from several quarters for Trinidad and Tobago to not participate in the next edition of the competition," the statement said.

This infamous statement being referred to, was made by US real estate tycoon Donald Trump, during one of his 2016 presidential campaigns.

Answering questions about securing the United States' border, Trump called Mexicans rapists, drug lords and said most of them aren't good people.

The statement has negatively affected the Miss Universe pageant. Many major sponsors like NBC Television (usual broadcasters) have withdrawn their support as 3 Latin American countries, Mexico, Costa Rica and Panama have withdrawn from this year's pageant.

The Trinidad and Tobago Miss Universe franchise holder also said the country's general election held in September hampered their efforts to choose a candidate for the pageant.

However, they have also stated that Trump's comments scared sponsors away, noting that the franchise saw "several of their sponsors preferring to defer commitment until that situation was resolved..."

The statement also said though Donald Trump severed ties with the Miss Universe pageant in September, it was already late to start their local campaign to choose a Miss Trinidad Universe 2015.

The date for Miss Universe 2015 is set for December 20. However, a new city to host the pageant has not been decided as Bogota in Colombia has withdrawn its aspirations to be the host city of the next pageant.





omi-today-show-hula-hoop-performance-2015.jpgOMI's debut Me 4 U album is officially out now, and the rising Jamaican artist is kicking in his mainstream promo run. The singer's latest stop was early Monday morning (October 19), where he performed for the NYC audience.

A sharply-dressed OMI sung his latest single "Hula Hoop" while the Today hosts showed off their hip-swiveling hoop skills and also performed the ubiquitous "Cheerleader" tune. He also chatted with Al Roker on his rapid success: "I'm doing what I love and being successful at it. It's more than you can ask for."

Me 4 U was released on October 19 via Ultra/Louder Than Life/Columbia Records and features "Hula Hoop," "Cheerleader" and "Stir It." Watch OMI's Today performances below.Jamaican born international pop singer OMI continues to grace his presence on TV Stations in the United States.

On Monday morning, the Cheerleader singer performed on the Wendy Williams Show aired on Fox and WWOR. Tuesday, he made a stop at the NBC World Headquarters at 30 Rockefeller Plaza in New York City where he made an appearance on the Today show.

OMI also performed last night on The Best Show Ever hosted by actor Neil Patrick Harris.

His debut album Me 4 U is now out, it features his new single Hoola Hoop and his number 1 billboard hit Cheerleader.





UHWI regrets loss of lives in its nursery

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The University Hospital of the West Indies (UHWI) in a media release Wednesday said its board, management and staff "deeply regret the loss of lives in our nurseries".

The health institution said the chairman of its board Sterling Soares, on October 16, at approximately 5:00 pm, advised the minister of health of the development after being informed by the press about a mystery bug in the UHWI nursery.

The minister then summoned members of the board to an emergency meeting at 7:00 pm, the release continued.

"Further to this meeting, at 9:00am on Saturday, October 17 the minister convened a meeting with representatives of the board, Ministry of Health, SERHA, the management and the technical staff at UHWI. The infection control team explained to the meeting the cause of the infection and the management protocol instituted," the UHWI said. "Our international partners were notified as prescribed by established guidelines. In addition, the minister committed all resources necessary to assist with the management of the cluster of cases. He mandated a press briefing be held on Tuesday, October 20th at 10:00 am, immediately following the holiday to allay public fears, and to clarify that there was no mystery bug in our nurseries as was earlier reported by the press."

The release said that at a meeting of the UHWI Board of Management on Wednesday, October 21st at 2:00 pm, the board recognised a breach in the MOH/UHWI reporting protocol.

"Professor John Lindo, Acting Head of the Department of Microbiology, UHWI reported that the situation was not brought to the attention of the MOH and by extension the minister in a timely manner," the release continued. "A timely report would have triggered a series of actions by the MOH and our international partners, including CARPHA and PAHO. However, the infection control team at UHWI who identified the agents were confident that the cluster of cases could have been controlled as on many previous occasions."

Dr Winston Dela Haye, Consultant psychiatrist stated that the board recognised the traumatic experience that the parents and families have undergone as a result of the loss of their loved ones, the release continued. The hospital said it continues to provide counselling and other psychological support to the affected families.

According to Dr Carl Bruce, consultant neurosurgeon, the UHWI and its hardworking and caring staff and professionals will continue to provide all services to the public in a safe and comfortable environment.

The chairman of the board of management has, according to the release, mandated that a detailed report on the breech of protocols be delivered to him by midday on Thursday, October 22, 2015.





dr-alfred-dawes.jpgAfter 14 months in the post, Dr. Alfred Dawes, President of the Jamaica Medical Doctors' Association (JMDA) has resigned.

In a letter to the Association's members on Tuesday, Dr. Dawes said his resignation was with immediate effect.

Dr. Dawes, who had been employed as Senior Registrar at Spanish Town Hospital, said he opted not to renew his contract with the South East Regional Health Authority.

He said he was therefore not constitutionally allowed to continue in the capacity as JMDA President.





2 policemen shot in Westmoreland

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crime-scene-gun.jpgTwo policemen have been shot and injured in Westmoreland while responding to a report that a break in was in progress at a business place in Grange Hill in the parish at about 2:00 am on Tuesday.

The two constables were greeted with a round of heavy gunfire as they approached the establishment.

One cop was shot in the face, both feet and hands while the other was hit in both feet and right hand. They were both taken to the Savanna-la-mar Hospital where they were admitted.

The incident occurred a day after a policewoman was shot by a gunman during a spot check in Falmouth Trelawny. The policewoman is still hospitalised. The gunman also killed Eric Lee Anderson, a taxi driver who was involved in an argument with the gunman who refused to pay his fare.

Anderson had stopped the car at the feet of two police officers but was shot in the head by the gunman who opened fire at the cops hitting the policewoman.

A motorist was also injured in the incident.





A radical call for governments around the world to decriminalise the use and possession of 'all drugs' has been foiled, after at least one country has blocked the move.

The UN's Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) had called for governments to legalise all drugs for 'personal consumption', according to Sir Richard Branson.

The Virgin boss claimed the 'shift' in policy from the UN could 'end the needless criminalistion of millions of drug users'.

But it is not to be, as the paper has been withdrawn.

According to a statement released by the UNODC the document was 'neither final nor formal', but it added that the topic is still under review.

The statement continued: 'There has been an unfortunate misunderstanding about the nature and intent of this briefing paper.'

It added, however, that the office is still investigating an alternative to a jail sentence in cases of drug use.

Sir Richard, who sits on the Global Commission on Drug Policy, revealed in a blog that he had seen a copy of an unreleased document from the agency, describing its contents as 'refreshing'.

He wrote: 'In an as-yet unreleased statement... the UN Office on Drugs and Crime, which has shaped much of global drug policy for decades, call on governments around the world to decriminalise drug use and possession for personal consumption for all drugs.

'This is a refreshing shift that could go a long way to finally end the needless criminalisation of millions of drug users around the world.

'My colleagues on the Global Commission on Drug Policy and I could not be more delighted.

'Together with countless other tireless advocates, I've for years argued that we should treat drug use as a health issue, not as a crime.

'While the vast majority of recreational drug users never experience any problems, people who struggle with drug addiction deserve access to treatment, not a prison cell.'

The 65-year-old tycoon said it was 'exciting' that UNODC had now 'unequivocally stated that criminalisation is harmful, unnecessary and disproportionate'.

He said that countries like Portugal where decriminalisation had been tried had seen a 'significant reduction in drug-related deaths.

People who struggle with drug addiction deserve access to treatment, not a prison cell

'I hope this groundbreaking news will empower and embolden governments everywhere, including the UK, to do the right thing and consider a different course in drug policy,' he added.

In an update, after it was confirmed that the call would not go ahead, the tycoon added: 'Drugs should be treated as a health issue. My great hope is that today's actions bring that day a little bit closer to reality, so that the millions who continue to be harmed by current policies can be helped instead.'

According to the Daily Telegraph the billionaire businessman said that the document had originally been earmarked for release on Sunday at the International Harm Reduction conference in Kuala Lumpur on Sunday.

But without naming the nation involved, he said that 'at least one government is putting an inordinate amount of pressure on the UNODC.'

Ending his statement, Sir Richard called for an end to the war on drugs adding that it 'has done too much damage to too many people already.'

A UNODC spokesman described the paper as 'neither a final nor formal document from the UN Office on Drugs and Crime, and cannot be read as a statement of UNODC policy'.

The statement added: 'It remains under review and UNODC regrets that, on this occasion, there has been an unfortunate misunderstanding about the nature and intent of this briefing paper.

'UNODC emphatically denies reports that there has been pressure on UNODC to withdraw the document. But, it is not possible to withdraw what is not yet ready.

'Overall, UNODC remains committed to the balanced approach that, in particular, promotes alternatives to incarceration in line with international human rights standards.'





Sponsors ready to Mawch Out in Ocho Rios Saturday

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kymani-marley-facebook.jpgWith Liquid Herbal Nitro coming on board as their main sponsor, and having formed great partnerships with other powerful entities including Jewels Paradise Cove Beach Resort and Spa, On Stage TV, Irie FM, Rum Bar Rum, Prestige Management Solutions, Dolphin's Cove and Eyeland Eyewear, the promoters of Mawch Out, scheduled to be held on Saturday at Pearly Beach in St. Ann, are extremely upbeat and thankful.

Mawch Out, a reggae and dancehall concert, features heavyweight acts including Ky-mani Marley, Coco Tea, Sizzla Kalonji, Beenie Man, Bounty Killer, alongside 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.

Producers of Mawch Out are Gangstarr Promotions, which comprises four brothers who all hail from St. Ann. Emphasising that their intention is to build Mawch Out into a world renowned one-day reggae festival, Gangstarr Promotions, was full of praise for their sponsors, who they hope will be with them for the next decade.

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"Liquid Nitro came on board with us as soon as we reached out to them; it was the same with all the others who are supporting this venture. We salute the St Ann-based sponsors which include Jewel Paradise Cove Beach Resort and Spa in Runaway Bay, Dolphin's Cove, Eyeland Eyewear and Irie FM, all of whom have been extremely accommodating. OnStage has been spreading the word to their viewers and already we are benefitting from this; and with the full strngth of Rum Bar Rum we can't go wrong," said Grizzly Wilson, one of the four brothers involved in staging the event.

He added, "We have a very professional team spearheading this project and we are confident that Mawch Out 2015 will be bigger abnd better than our inaugural staging last year, which saw over 3,000 patrons turning up to support the event."

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 is in the island 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..."

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He noted that Beenie Man, Bounty Killer and Sizzla all performed last year and are pleased to be back on the line-up this year. Reggae singer Coco Tea, he noted, "is incomparable" and the younger acts, such as Devin Di Dakta an Innovata have budding fan bases which are really appreciate their undeniable talent.

"Rehearsals are going well ... we are putting everything in its right place and we just want patrons to come out and enjoy a great show at a comfortable, secure venue. Just Mawch Out to Ocho Rios on Saturday and support this event which will definitely be staying right here in St Ann," Wilson said.

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.





New adults-only show-girl club opens in Ochi

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havana-club-ocho-rios.jpgThe adult entertainment scene in Ocho Rios received a boost recently with the opening of the Havana Showgirls Club, at the former Falcon Crest Hotel, near the centre of the resort town.

Boasting one of the tallest dance poles in Jamaica and dancers who can thrill an audience, the adults-only club opened around two weeks ago and has been receiving favourable support according to Patrick Hyatt, marketing and promotions manager.

"We offer adult entertainment, we have different themes each night," Hyatt explained.

"We have club nights that you come and party, we have a night when we do bikini boxing, with the girls boxing in bikinis; we have the regular freaky night; and we have the pool party Sundays.

Mondays will be Havana Live Karaoke Style, when the feature will be karaoke with singers from Kingston journeying to the north coast to compete against singers from Ocho Rios.There is something for everybody at Havana Club, even for tourists, as the club will soon introduce a daily show for cruise-ship passengers when ships dock in the town.

The opening of the club is a boost for night life in Ocho Rios, and patrons seem to appreciate this.

"Honestly, the response has been a bit tremendous so far," Hyatt explained. "We haven't done any great promotion as yet, we're basically testing the waters, and Ocho Rios seems to love the concept and [is] willing to work with us, so we're just here to deliver."

Hyatt says Havana Club is not here to compete but to fit into the entertainment scene in Ocho Rios and make their patrons happy. In addition to planning shows for tourists, there are several other events in the works for Havana Club, including shows featuring international pole dancer. There's also a round-robin event coming up at the venue in the near future.

Meanwhile, expectations are high that the club will maintain and maybe even surpass the level of support it has seen over the past couple of weeks since it opened.

According to a positive Hyatt, "It's not only for Ocho Rios but further afield, like Kingston and so on, everybody can come and be entertained at the Havana Club, Ochi."





Mona Law School stages Open Ear Concert Wednesday

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open-ear-concert-oct-18.jpgOn Wednesday the Mona Law School will stage its second annual Open Ear Concert at the Faculty of Law on the grounds of the University of the West Indies.

The concert is purely acoustic and will offer quality entertainment geared at young professionals between the 18-35 age group.They will showcase Jamaica's young and fresh talent currently on the scene. g.

Among the featured artistes at the event will be Raging Fyah and Ras-I. Tickets are $1,200 presold, $1,500 at the gate and $2,000 VIP. The organisers of the event say they plan to keep a strict time schedule and the Open Ear Concert is expected to begin at 7 PM and end at midnight.

Proceeds from the event will be used to assist law students with scholarships and bursaries.





Bogdanovich to appeal $15-million judgement

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joe-bogdanovich-skatta.jpgDownsound Records head honcho,Josef Bogdanovich says he will appeal the court's decision to award producer Andre 'Rookie' Tyrell close to $15 million in damages for use of Tyrell's 'Superstar' rhythm on Specialist's 2011 song 'Street Hustle'.

"My lawyers are dealing with it, he didn't win anything. The matter is still before the courts, they didn't win anything, all this is just trying to make him look good," Bogdanovich declared.

"The judgment was made, but we have appealed, and we will be sitting in front of a judge very soon, so that the court can hear our side of the story. It's self-explanatory really, there is just no money in the game. We submitted all the receipts, we showed them the receipts that came in, just USD$100 came in...there is no money in the game. And if this is the result, who wants to do business in this sort of environment."

The multimillion-dollar award was made in a breach of copyright suit filed against Bogdanovich and producer Cordel 'Skatta' Burrell by fellow music producer André 'Rookie' Tyrell, who claims that he was not compensated after "the whole or a substantial part" of his 'Superstar Rhythm' was used on the song, as well as for a major advertising campaign.

Skatta and Downsound Records have been ordered by a High Court judge to pay Tyrell $9.5 million for statutory damages under the Copyright Act; $2.5 million for breach of moral rights and US$15,000 (J$1,785,000)for general or compensatory damages.

The awards for general damages and breach of moral rights will attract interest at 14.99 per cent annually from June 2012, when Tyrell filed his legal motion to October this year when the ruling was made.

Tyrell charged, in court documents, that in 2011, Skatta and Downsound Records created a beat they named the 'Street Hustle' rhythm, which was "a reproduction or adaptation and or derivative work of the whole or a substantial part" of his 'Super Star' rhythm.

Tyrell later approached the United Kingdom-based Performing Rights Society for Music to register his interest in the song only to discover that Downsound "apparently registered the infringing song under different names."





crime-scene-gun.jpgThe police are on the hunt for a gunman who fatally shot a taxi operator and seriously injured a policewoman in Duncans,Trelawny Saturday evening.

The name of the deceased has not yet been released. The policewoman is said to be in serious but stable condition after being shot in the upper body.

Head of the Criminal Investigation Branch, Assistant Commissioner Ealan Powell, said shortly after seven o'clock, the police were conducting a spot check along the Carey Main Road in Duncans, when they signalled a taxi to stop. Shots were fired when it was discovered that the taxi, which plied the Montego Bay to Ocho Rios route, had been hijacked.

The other passengers escaped injuries.





ronald-thwaites.jpgEducation Minister Ronald Thwaites says he will be leaving the matter of the reinstatement of Jade Bascoe as head girl at St. Hilda's Diocesan High in the hands of the school's board, for the moment.

Public Defender Arlene Harrison Henry recommended that Bascoe be reinstated, revealing that her investigation found that the school's action to strip the student of her post on the basis of religious beliefs breached her constitutional rights.

Thwaites said, after reading the Public's Defender's report, he made the decision to allow the school's board to respond.

"I am relying on the school board, which has the autonomy in matters of this nature, to take it into full consideration when they meet this week," he said.

The school board is scheduled to meet on Thursday, at which time the Public Defender wants a decision made on the matter.The Education Minister also commented on the Public Defender's statement that the student was discriminated against.

"We haven't done the kind of investigation that the Public Defender has; the important thing is for the school board to take into full consideration what the public defender has said. The ministry is not anxious to overreach school boards and we have every confidence that they will apply best judgement in this matter. After that, if it is necessary, we will have something to say, "Thwaites said.

Meanwhile, Rhonda Clarke, mother of Jade Bascoe, has said that if St. Hilda's offers her daughter the position of head girl again, it will be left to her daughter to decide.

"If she wants it back, its her decision and not mine; anything she decides I will gladly accept it," Clarke said.

She said she hopes St. Hilda's and other religious schools will take note of the recommendation in dealing with students on the basis of religion in the future.

"This has set the trend that all these church based schools can look into things. They need to exercise caution when they are dealing with children. Jade is not a Jehovah's Witness, but she was ruined because she was believed to be a Jehovah's Witness," she said.

St Hilda's is an Anglican institution.





3 guns, ammo seized in Hanover

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ak-47-assault-rifle-ammo.jpgThe police seized three guns over the past 24 hours in Hanover, the western parish now the site of a strong police presence.

No one has been arrested.

The Corporate Communications Unit of the police force says two guns were seized at a premises in Cascade, where a team of officers was carrying out special operations.

During the search of the premises, the police reportedly found a Parabellum pistol and one Browning nine millimeter pistol along with 58 rounds of ammunition.

Another team of officers seized a homemade firearm in Cold Spring, Sandy Bay, also in Hanover.The police say the team was conducting special operations in the area when they came across a group of men that reportedly aroused their suspicion.

It is reported that when the police team approached, the men ran leaving behind a knapsack bag which contained the homemade handgun.

A strong police team has been in Hanover since the murder two weeks ago of six members of one family and the injuring of four others.





10 murdered last weekend

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crime-scene-7.jpgA total of 10 persons were brutally murdered between Friday and Saturday last week.

On Friday 51-old Nicholas Reid of Duffus district, Manchester, was stabbed to death along the Port Kaiser main road. The Mandeville Police report that about 9:30am, Reid was involved in an altercation with another man, when he was stabbed several times in the upper body and killed.

Also on Friday gunmen pounced on 25-year old Delvin Martin, a carpenter at Nugent Street in Spanish Town, St Catherineand peppered him with bullets. He was taken to hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Also killed on Friday are: Audley Gilling, 51, a farmer of Rent Land district, Mount Carey who was chopped to death in his community. Gilling's body was found at his mother's house with multiple chop wounds. He was transported to hospital where he was pronounced dead;

21-year-old Romaria Richardson, who was cut down by lawmen's bullets in Mount Salem, St James during what police report to be an armed confrontation.

Police say an illegal pistol was recovered and the matter is being probed by the Independent Commission of Investigations (INDECOM);

33-year-old Marlon Clarke, otherwise called 'Shoe Shoe', of Espeut Avenue, Waltham Park Road, Kingston. Clarke was attacked by two men travelling in a motorcar while he was at an establishment in the area and shot several times. He died on the spot.

In the wee hours of Saturday morning 38-year-old Oral Campbell, taxi operator of Beeston Spring, Westmoreland was stabbed to death.

Reports from the Bluefields Police are that about 1:25am, Oral and another man had a dispute, during which he was stabbed in his chest with a knife

Then about five hours later about 6am Leon Grant of Seaview Heights, Flankers in St James, was chopped and shot to death.

Reports from the Spring Mount Police are that residents summoned them after hearing explosions and seeing smoke coming from a section of the community. The police responded to the alert and upon their arrival, Grant's partially burnt body was seen. The body was decapitated. The burnt out shell of his Toyota Corolla motorcar was also seen some distance away.

Jason Stewart, taxi operator of Long Hill, Goshen in St Elizabeth was shot dead as he operated his taxi between Goshen and Pepper in the Parish. He was shot as he stopped to let off a passenger.

Tanisha McCool, a gas station supervisor from Seaforth, St Thomas is the last person listed as being killed on police blotters over the period.

McCool was sitting at her place of work at Morant Bay on Saturday night when a gunmen walked up to her and shot her dead. Reports are that the gunman calmly walked away after slaughtering the woman in the presence of her co-workers and other members of the public.





blue-ivy-janet-jackson-concert.jpgBeyonce and Blue Ivy were spotted at Janet Jackson's concert last night! Bey and Blue posed with some fans backstage. Really cute! #Beyoncé and #BlueIvy spotted at #JanetJackson's concert last night A photo posted by The Shade Room (@theshaderoominc) on Oct 17, 2015 at 10:07am PDT.





Sasha Obama pses with homecoming date

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sasha-obama-date.jpgSasha Obama is glowing as she poses with her date to homecoming this weekend. I hope they had fun! Nice to see that President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama's kids are busy being teenagers and doing normal things. They are growing up so fast! #SashaObama heading to homecoming tonight. I wonder what sort of background check this guy had to go through. A photo posted by HOLLYWOOD UNLOCKED (@hollywoodunlocked) on Oct 17, 2015 at 7:39pm PDT.





janet-jackson-unbreakable-tour-2015-billboard-photo-2.jpgJanet Jackson got a big surprise at the end of her sold out concert at the Forum in Inglewood, Calif., on Oct. 16.

At the show -- which boasted a crowd filled with celebrities including Beyonce, Queen Latifah and Channing Tatum -- Jackson thanked the audience for helping make her new album, Unbreakable, No. 1. The set debuted atop the Billboard 200 chart last week, giving the diva her seventh chart-topper, and making her only the third act with No. 1s in each of the past four decades.

"I want to thank you for making the Unbreakable album No. 1," Jackson told the audience. (Watch a fan-shot video of the moment below.) She went on to thank her fans for their continued support, specifically noting how her "family has been in the entertainment business for 50 years."

Then, she turned around, and the show seemingly went off-script. Jackson's eyes widened and her mouth fell open when she saw that her longtime collaborators, Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, had joined her on stage. (Jam and Lewis co-produced and co-wrote Unbreakable with Jackson, along with the bulk of her earlier catalog.) Jam embraced Jackson as a huge framed blowup of the Unbreakable album cover was rolled out on to the stage behind them.

"Oh my gosh, Terry!" Jackson exclaimed when she saw Lewis armed with a huge bouquet of white flowers. "What are you guys doing?" Jackson said, giggling. "Jimmy?"

Jam took to the mic and said, "So if you ever wanted to know what Janet Jackson looks like when she's totally surprised, this is it, L.A. This is it. So, I just want to say real quick, first of all, I want to congratulate each and every one in this arena right now, because a No. 1 does not happen without all of you."

Jackson nodded in agreement, looked out at the audience, and then pointed to the sky.

Jam continued, "But tonight is a very special night because it was around 30 years ago -- if you can believe that -- that we first got together in a little town called Minneapolis, Minnesota. And we had the first chance to work with Janet."

Jackson interjected, "But we knew each other before then. We first met when I was 14." Jam agreed, "Yeah, that's true!"

"So, we're not only celebrating the history," Jam went on, "but the best part about it is we're celebrating the right now, the right here tonight. So listen, we just wanted to celebrate with everybody here in L.A. tonight. It's very special, because, trust me -- she says it in the song -- you don't know what you got 'til it's gone. We waited seven years for a new project, and guess what? She's back! We love you, Janet."





jimmy-jam-janet-jackson-terry-lewis-forum-2015-billboard-photo-1.jpgJanet Jackson debuts at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart with her new album, Unbreakable. It marks her seventh chart-topper and makes her just the third act to achieve No. 1 albums in each of the last four decades.

The Billboard 200 chart ranks the most popular albums of the week based on multi-metric consumption, which includes traditional album sales, track equivalent albums (TEA) and streaming equivalent albums (SEA). The new Oct. 24-dated chart (where Jackson is No. 1) will be posted in full to Billboard's Web sites on Tuesday, Oct. 13.

Unbreakable -- which was released on Oct. 2 -- arrives atop the chart with 116,000 equivalent album units earned in the week ending Oct. 8, according to Nielsen Music. Of that sum, the set sold 109,000 in pure album sales.

Unbreakable is Jackson's first studio album since 2008's Discipline, which also debuted at No. 1. Jackson previously led the list with All For You (2001), The Velvet Rope (1997), janet. (1993), Janet Jackson's Rhythm Nation 1814 (1989) and Control (1986).

Among women with the most No. 1 albums, Jackson has the third-most leaders. Only Barbra Streisand (with 10) and Madonna (eight) have more.Streisand and Jackson are also in rare company: along with Bruce Springsteen, the three performers are the only acts with No. 1 albums in the last four decades: '10s, '00s, '90s and '80s.

Streisand most recently topped the tally in 2014 with Partners, and also collected leaders in the '00s, '90s, '80s, '70s and '60s. Springsteen, like Jackson, has claimed No. 1s in the '10s, '00s, '90s and '80s. Springsteen has a total of 11 No. 1s. (Notably, Streisand is the only act with No. 1s in the last five and six decades.)

Unbreakable is also Jackson's first independently distributed album, and it was released on her own Rhythm Nation label through BMG. The set also starts at No. 1 on the Independent Albums chart.

Jackson's new album was led by the single "No Sleeep," featuring J. Cole. The track became her 40th hit on the Billboard Hot 100 chart (peaking at No. 63), and has spent seven weeks at No. 1 on the Adult R&B Songs chart.

Somewhat unusually, Unbreakable hit No. 1 without the benefit of a single press interview by Jackson to promote the album. Although Jackson been quiet with the media, she's been on the road with her Unbreakable World Tour since Aug. 31, released a music video for "No Sleeep," and made an appearance on the BET Awards to accept the Ultimate Icon Award (June 28).

Unbreakable leads a relatively quiet top 10 on the Billboard 200, where only three new albums bow in the region. The calm comes after two straight weeks where the top 10 saw seven debuts.





Jerk and Gospel Festival on Heroes Day

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Gospel artiste-event organiser Chozenn is gearing up to host the first staging of Kingston Jerk and Gospel Festival on Heroes Day at the Ranny Williams Entertainment Centre.

The event was previously postponed, however, this time, the promoter promises strong performances from some of Jamaica's finest gospel artistes as well as a variety of food.

Kingston Jerk and Gospel Festival is the only gospel festival in Kingston and will feature performances from Jodian Pantry, Rondel Postitve, Chozenn, St Matthew, Omari, D Murphy, Positive, Jermaine Gordon, Katalys Crew, Sean Lypher, and Kimola Brown-Lowe among others.

Children under 12 enter free, while adults pay $700 pre-sold and $1,000 at the gate. The event features a food court, a shopping strip, a celebrity grill-off, a JCDC Cultural Expo, and a family fun land.

The event starts at 10 a.m.





witty-uptown-mondays.jpguptown-mondays.jpgProducer and promoter, Whitfield 'Witty' Henry and his Uptown Mondays team will celebrate their 14th anniversary on Heroes' Day, and according to the promoter, it will be something special.

Scheduled to take place at Uptown Mondays' Headquarters on Monday, the popular party will boast an impressive artiste line-up of some of the biggest names in dancehall. Bounty Killer, Chi Ching Ching, Ding Dong, I-Octane, Beenie Man, Spice, and Macka Diamond are among the artistes expected to put on great performances.

In an interview, Witty revealed that although he expects a big turnout this year, the grounds will be safe. "Security will be tight," he said. "We have contracted persons from King Alarm to man the grounds, and we will also get assistance from the Half-Way Tree Police Station."

Over the past few weeks, Jamaica has been experiencing an increase in rainfall, which has affected several events on the entertainment circuit, but Witty believes that even if the rain falls on Monday, it will not stop persons from turning up at the event.

In addition to the exciting entertainment package to be delivered by the artistes, music will be provided by Foota Hype, Boom Boom and Harry Hype, Teacha, Cigar, Soul Tone, and Stone Love.





public-defender-arlene-henry.jpgThe Office of the Public Defender has recommended that the Board of St Hilda's High School restore the Head Girl to the position claiming her removal was due to discrimination.

Arlene Harrison Henry wants the school board to make a decision at a meeting scheduled for Thursday. The board chairman has reportedly promised that the student and her mother will be represented at the meeting.The recommendations follow an investigation into the Head Girl being relieved of the position due to religious beliefs.

The public defender recommended that there be a guarantee by the board, the principal and school that there be no further acts of discrimination or retribution against the student on her reappointment.

She also recommended that acts of discrimination by virtue of religious denomination be investigated by the School Board.The public defender launched the investigation against the Charter of Fundamental Rights and Freedoms.This includes the right to freedom from discrimination on the ground of race, social class, colour, religion or political opinions.

The Office of the Public Defender is mandated to investigate situations where a citizen has suffered, is suffering or is likely to suffer an infringement of his constitutional rights due to action by an authority.

Meanwhile, the public defender made several findings following interviews with the mother of the St. Hilda's High student, the teenager as well as the principal and chairman of the school board on Wednesday.

Harrison Henry, in a release on Saturday, stated that the Principal attended the meeting with an attorney who advised her not to give evidence under oath.

The public defender found that the exclusion or disqualification of students from leadership positions based on their denomination is a discriminatory practice and has no place in schools and democracy.

The school said the student was stripped of the position because of potential conflicts with her denomination as a Jehovah's Witness. The public defender also found that the actions of the principal infringed the child's rights.





Taxi driver killed in St. Elizabeth

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Thirty-one year-old Jason Stewart, a taxi driver, was shot and killed by a gunman in Goshen, St. Elizabeth on Saturday afternoon.

Stewart, who plied the Santa Cruz to Pepper route, was reportedly en route from Santa Cruz when, about 2.15 p.m., while letting off a passenger, he was shot several times.

The police are investigating.





The Ministry of Health is debunking rumours that a mystery bug has been infecting newborns at the University Hospital of the West Indies.

Health Minister Dr Fenton Ferguson along with a team from the Ministry, met with officials of the hospital and the South East Regional Health Authority on the matter . In a release late Saturday, the Ministry said Ferguson was informed that the agent causing the infection has been identified and is being treated.

It said health officials will be working throughout the weekend to ensure all necessary steps are in place to control the spread of the infection and contain the problem in the shortest possible time.

While the cause of the infection was not publicised, the Minister has been in contact with the Pan American Health Organization and the Caribbean Public Health Agency which are on standby to provide additional assistance that may be required.

Ferguson will host a media briefing on Tuesday to provide an update on the issues faced by Neonatal Intensive Care Units which treat very ill babies.





woman-murdered-at-work.jpgThirty-two-year-old Tanisha McCool, who is described as a loving mother, and the only chold for her own mother, was gunned down as she sat on a stool on the grounds of the Petvom Gas Station in Morant Bay, St Thomas on Saturday night.

Reports are that a gunman approached the assistant manager and shot her several times killing her on the spot.

A report from the Morant Bay police indicated that McCool was sitting on a stool at the gas station at around 9;20 pm when she was approached by the lone gunman.

Loud explosions were heard and McCool was found lying on the floor with gunshot wounds on her upper body. The unknown assailant escaped on foot in the area.

She was rushed to hospital where she died while undergoing treatment. No motive has been established for the killing.

However, while the police's investigations into the shooting death of McCool begin, family and close friends were devastated when news spread of her untimely demise on Sunday.

A close friend has described Tanisha as a star. "She was loving, kind, loved her kids more than anything, she values friendship and she was never afraid to speak her mind, she was a fashionista. She was really cool, down to earth and never hype at all always remained grounded, she was a hard worker and she loved life...sad as hell cause she is her mother's only child...her death is untimely and sad."





Spice fi stop tek her man, Nicholas, mek poppyshow

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spice-nicholas-son.jpgWhy Spice love use her man Nicholas fi grab attention so? We tiad a it now. In January last year, Spice said the relationship was over after she did claim how poor Nicholas posted suggestive pictures with she and man on Instagram."Mi nuh know if we will get back together, but for now, it's over. Mi still inna shock and mi still disappointed. Mi neva think that necessary 'cause him know seh a mi work mi a do...After work, mi go back to Grace Hamilton. Him know him nuh have nutten fi worry bout. Mi nah cheat pon him and I am a very loyal person, so mi nuh know weh him a get jealous fa."

But mout did say that a Spice did post the picture fi stir up controversy and grab media attention.

So here is Spice using Nicholas again and grabbing a front page headline: "My man did not cheat - says Spice"

According to the story: Dancehall artiste Spice has rubbished claims made by some of her social media followers that her financé, Nicholas, has been cheating with one of her Japanese female dancers. According to Spice, the rumours all started after she decided to post a teaser photo from her upcoming video for the song Needle Eye.

"People are even teasing the girl, saying she is dating Spice man, but I want the people to know that the photo is directly taken from the video shoot. So leave the girl alone, because she and my man were only playing a role," she is quoted as saying.

The sometimes controversial deejay also denied fuelling the rumours deliberately. She says her only intention was to tease her fans with scenes from her video.

"I put up the photo to tease fans leading up to the video. My fans, however, took it out of context. I heard that the girl was recently provoked at a party, and I just want people to leave her alone because it was just for the video," she said.





Rockhouse Foundation annual dinner October 21

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rockhouse-foundation.jpgThe Rockhouse Foundaation will host their annual dinner and performance at Joe's Pub at The Public 425 Lafayette Street, New York City on October 21 with
Performance by Grammy nominated Reggae artist Luciano

Dinner will be prepared by Chef Andrew Carmellini's Kitchen collaborating with Chef Adam Schop of Miss Lily's.Tickets $250 per person
For further inquires email topaz@rockhouse.com
Limited seating is available.

All expenses related to the auction and event are fully underwritten by the
Rockhouse Hotel. Every cent supports Jamaicans in need.
If you are unable to attend please consider making a donation
by visiting our secure website:
www.rockhousefoundation.org/donate


Rockhouse Projects in Jamaica

With US$3 million invested in improving education for Negril's young people, the Rockhouse Foundation has transformed and modernized five schools: Moreland Hill Primary and Infant Schools, Negril All Age School, Negril Basic School, Little Bay All Age and Infant Schools, Bunch of Stars ECI, along with the complete renovation and expansion of the Negril Community Library.

The Foundation preserves its donors' investment through an ongoing commitment to facilities maintenance at all the schools. The Foundation's current project establishes the region's first Special Needs Inclusion Model Early Childhood School. The Torrington Inclusive Infant Academy is a two-year project creating a unique center of excellence for regular learners, children with special needs, and a center for training parents and teachers in assessing and managing students across the spectrum of special needs.





9 short-listed for Lignum Vitae award

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Nine writers have been selected for the Lignum Vitae Writing Awards 2015 shortlist. The shortlist features writers from different stages in their careers, from award winners to debut novelists.

Staged by the Jamaican Writers Society in collaboration with the Jamaican Copyright Licensing Agency, the inaugural Lignum Vitae Awards received a total of 43 entries from writers in Jamaica as well as the Diaspora.

The Una Marson Award for adult literature received the largest number of entries, attracting an impressive 24 novels and short story collections. The Vic Reid Award for young adult literature attracted the second highest number of entries, 12, while the Jean D'Costa Award for children's literature received seven entries.

The winner of the Una Marson Award will receive $500,000 while winners for the Vic Reid and Jean D'Costa prizes each receive $250,000.00. The combined purse is the largest prize for literature in Jamaica.

An impressive team of writers, critics and academics comprised the adjudication panels that selected the shortlist and will ultimately determine the winners. Novelist and academic Dr. Erna Brodber (chair), academic Dr. Kezia Page and National Librarian Winsome Hudson comprise the three-member panel for the Una Marson Award.

Novelists A-dZiko Simba Gegele, Cherrell Shelley Robinson and academic Carolyn Allen are the adjudicators for the Vic Reid Award. Jean D'Costa the iconic writer for whom the award is named, chairs the final panel, which is completed by writers Rebecca Tortello and Hazel Campbell.

The winners will be announced at a reception at the National Gallery of Jamaican, Sunday, November 8, 2015.

The Lignum Vitae Awards are sponsored by JAMCOPY, the HEART Trust/NTA, Nucleus Creative and Scarlette Beharie. The Broadcasting Commission of Jamaica has also sponsored the Jean D'Costa Award.


The 2015 Shortlist is:


The Una Marson Award

The Cherry Picker - Patrick Brown

The Angel's Share - Garfield Ellis

The Road to Timnath - Sylvia Gilfillian

Tea By the Sea - Donna Hemans

Augustown - Kei Miller


The Vic Reid Award

The Titchfield Turnabout - Paula Lennon

Gone to Drift - Diana Macaulay


The Jean D'Costa Award

A Different Me: A Better You - Janet Morrison

Duppy in the Wardrobe - Helen Williams





Another suspect in Hanover killings arrested

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arrested -photo-1.jpgThe police have arrested a second suspect in connection with the recent gun slaying of a family of six in Green Island, Hanover.

Assistant Commissioner Ealan Powell, head of the Criminal Investigation Branch (CIB), said that the suspect was picked up on Friday morning during a police operation in Hanover.

He said the cops are still searching for two other suspects in the case.





Six shot and injured in St James

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crime-scene-gun.jpgThursday night gunmen shot and injured six men on the Tucker main road in Gramp Hill in St James.

Reports from the Montego Bay Police are that about 8:45 persons were at a bar when a Toyota Corolla motorcar with three men aboard drove up. The occupants exited the vehicle and opened gunfire on the group.

They subsequently fled the scene.

The police say the injured men were taken to hospital where two were admitted in serious condition while the others were treated and released.

Thursday night's shooting in St James came one week after the shooting deaths of six persons in Logwood, Hanover. Four other persons were shot and injured in the attack. All 10 victims are members of one family. It is reported that they were at home when gunmen shot up their house and set it on fire.





Body found in gully is NOT Nick's

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nick-foto-works.jpgThe family of Nicketa 'Nick' Thomas, the owner-operator of Nickfotoworks.com, have said that the decomposing body found earlier this week is not the photographer.

"It is not Nick, we are glad that it wasn't him and we continue to make an appeal to the public for information on his whereabouts," Everton Thomas, brother of the photographer,is quoted as saying.

Speculation was rife yesterday on social media that the body of Nicketa Thomas had been found. The rumours were sparked by news that police had discovered a decomposing body of a male under the bridge between Riverton and Seaview Gardens in Kingston. The body is about 177 centimetres (5 feet 10 inches) long and was clad in a green T-shirt, grey under shirt, grey underpants and a pair of white Adidas sneaker. A post-mortem will be conducted to determine the cause of death.

Nick has been missing for eleven days. Nick reportedly disappeared at about 5 p.m. last Monday. Relatives last saw Thomas on Sunday, but his neighbours said they saw him on Monday about 5 p.m. A family member said that missing person report was filed with the Half-Way Tree police on Wednesday. His car was discovered in Cassia Park with the car in second gear and all the windows down. He is presumed to have been abducted by persons unknown.

Family members and friends assembled at a football field on Cassiadene Road in Kingston on Monday to pray and search for the missing men.





jamaican-locked-up-illegally-bahamas.jpgNASSAU, Bahamas (CMC): The Supreme Court of The Bahamas has ordered the immediate release of a Jamaican national who had been jailed there for the past nine years illegally under immigration laws that his lawyers said do not exist.

President of the Grand Bahama Human Rights Association (GBHA), Fred Smith, Q.C. had urged the Court to free Mathew Sewell and recognise that there is "no Guantánamo Bay" in The Bahamas, where individuals can be held in secret and outside the scope of the law.

A beaming Sewell (center) and his attorney Fred Smith (left).

Sewell was 18 years old when he first legally came to The Bahamas to visit his father, who lives here.

At the time he was preparing to join the Jamaica Defence Force.

Now, 28, he said he plans to renew that dream upon his return home.

Smith called on the Bahamas authorities to respect the fundamental rights of every individual, regardless of their nationality.

Smith said the Immigration Department cannot continue to act as "judge, jury and executioner" when it comes to people whom they have detained since the Court is the only entity that can decide if a person is guilty of any offence under the Immigration Act.

The human rights group said that Sewell was repeatedly detained in connection with a series of alleged and trumped up charges over the better part of the last decade. It said this included a trumped up murder and a house break-in which happened while he was already in prison.

The human rights group said that all the allegations against Sewell proved to be false and he was released from prison an innocent man about a year ago. However, shortly thereafter, he was detained by immigration.

Appearing before Senior Justice Stephen Isaacs, Smith successfully argued that the committal order under which his client was being held at the Carmichael Road Detention Center was defective, having been granted under a section of the Immigration Act that does not even exist.

He said the order also listed the period of detention as "unknown."

Smith pointed out that indefinite detention is illegal in The Bahamas "as we are not a dictatorship", and those awaiting deportation from The Bahamas can only he held for a reasonable period of time.

"Mr. Sewell has been detained at the Carmichael Road Detention Centre since 3 November 2014. He has therefore been in administrative detention for almost a year. This is not a reasonable period of time. Indeed, on the Immigration Department's own case, they appear to blame the delay in large part on Mr. Sewell's father's failure to buy a ticket to effect his son's deportation.

"This argument is absurd. It is for the Immigration Department to ensure that detention is only required for a reasonable period of time. They cannot attempt to shift the financial burden for deportation on to the family members of those detained and then blame delays on those family members' inability to pay."

Smith also criticised the existing methods of enforcing immigration laws generally, noting that a number of the department's tactics continue to be inhumane and unlawful.

He said based on previous decisions of the courts in The Bahamas dating back to 1980s, every person detained by an immigration official or other peace officer must be brought before a court within 48 hours.

He referred to the Bahamas Court of Appeal case concerning Japanese detainee Atain Takitota, who was wrongfully held at HMP and the Detention Center for more than eight years, before being released and awarded substantial damages by the court.

Smith also argued that nowhere in the Immigration Act, or Bahamian law, does the offence of having "no status" exist. He noted that there are only three immigration offences: entering without permission, overstaying or working without a permit.

Therefore, the practise of conducting raids and roadblocks in which proof of status is demanded are illegal, Smith said, referring to his own case; Smith vs Commissioner of Police in the 1980s when the Supreme Court declared arbitrary roadblocks by the Police unconstitutional.

In response to a suggestion by the Attorney General's office that if released, Sewell would likely be detained again under a legitimate detention order, Smith warned that his client plans to sue the government for considerable damages and any further attempts to interfere with his liberty would be treated as aggravating circumstances and increasing punitive damages in that suit.

Senior Justice Isaacs accepted Smith's arguments and granted Sewell his freedom, instructed the authorities to return his passport which they had held for the last nine years, and ordered that they find some form status for him during the next 60 days so he has time to get his travel documents in order and return to Jamaica unmolested.





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Businessman, socialite and former Jamaica Labour Party councillor, Don Creary, and his co-accused, Shaneke Williams, are to return to court on December 11 to answer to sex charges.

The mention date was set when the two appeared in the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate's Court Friday.

They will remain on bail until their reappearance.

The prosecution is to make disclosures to the defence before the next court date.

Creary, who is 48 years old, 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.

Creary is on a second rape charge.

It's alleged that in June this year, he raped a 19-year-old woman at an apartment in Meadowbrook, St Andrew.

The woman reported the matter to police investigators in July.

Creary and Williams have denied the allegations.





mavado-photo-12.jpgFor weeks many dancehall supporters have speculated if the Gully/Gaza war has been reignited.

In the song "Hide and Seek", the Gully Gad seemed to subliminally diss Vybz Kartel. The song is produced by Studio Vibes Entertainment who also produced Vybz Kartel's "Who trick him" on the hard-hitting Pandora Riddim. In the 1st verse of his song, Mavado says:

"Mi thing a knock a pu**y better stay down
The place hotter than the devil play ground
Ninja kid ride out pon the bike back
Kill who fi kill, then wi kill who nuh like that

Devil or Daddy Devil is a well known moniker that ihas been used by Kartel on more than one occasions and the "Devil Play Ground" is the actual name of play-field in Waterford, Vybz Kartel's home town.

For years Kartel and Mavado and lyrical feuds, which even turn into fan warfare. It got so bad than the Jamaican government got involve. The war was later put aside for the betterment of the nation.

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Early this year, we saw Vybz jumping on Mavado's "Going Back Broke" Remix. Which for such a huge collaboration, we thought there would be way more promotions behind it. It was an epic, flop. However, Alkaline, Mavado and I-Octane seem to have been parring real thick now a days, and in a song titled "Above Dem" Mavado refers to the trio as "The Family". In the song they stated they were above everyone, which may or may not include Vybz Kartel.

Over a week ago TJ Records released a brand new single from 'The World Boss' Vybz Kartel titled "Which League".

The song which seemed to be aim at Vybz's longtime rival dancehall international superstar Mavado, who in June released a song called "My League."

In the song, Kartel also threw shade and fast rising star Alkaline, who had for a link with Mavado called "The Family"

The single is already receiving a lot of reviews from dancehall music insiders and critics, some saying this is another chart topper.





Beenie Man and Shabba Ranks still at odds

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beenie-jazz.jpgAfter a very questionable explanation about why Beenie Man was not allowed to perform at a show in Trinidad earlier this month, it has come to light that the Dancehall Doctor and the Grammy Kid, Shabba Ranks, are still at odds.

Shabba reportedly told the promoter of the event that Beenie Man could not perform. The Doc was added to the roster of the "Unplugged" concert after Barrington Levy fell ill a few weeks ago with Dengue Fever.

But seems Shabba Ranks remembered those old comments made about him by Beenie Man back in 2012 and went ham on the promoter to take the dancehall king off the stage.

In the end Beenie did not performed but his manager is saying that the whole melee is over the band Ruff Cut who was booked by Shabba.

"He was to perform with Ruff Kutt, but when we got there, there were issues," Blue said. "It turned out that Shabba Ranks was the one who hired them and therefore he could not work with them. He (Beenie Man) did not perform, but was not barred from performing."

But that statement was just a cover-up of the real issue. So why didn't Beenie Man perform with a differnt band if that was the case?





joe-bogdanovich-skatta.jpgDownsound Records and popular music producer Cordell 'Skatta' Burrell have been ordered to pay close to $15 million in damages for use of the rhythm on Specialist's 2011 song 'Street Hustle', a street anthem that paid tribute to phonecard and banana chips vendors.

The multimillion dollar award was made in a breach of copyright suit filed against them by fellow music producer André 'Rookie' Tyrell, who claims that he was not compensated after "the whole or a substantial part" of his 'Superstar Rhythm' was used on the song, as well as for a major advertising campaign.

Skatta and Downsound Records have been ordered by a High Court judge to pay Tyrell $9.5 million for statutory damages under the Copyright Act; $2.5 million for breach of moral rights and US$15,000 (J$1,785,000)for general or compensatory damages.

The awards for general damages and breach of moral rights will attract interest at 14.99 per cent annually from June 2012, when Tyrell filed his legal motion to October this year when the ruling was made.

Tyrell charged, in court documents, that in 2011, Skatta and Downsound Records created a beat they named the 'Street Hustle' rhythm, which was "a reproduction or adaptation and or derivative work of the whole or a substantial part" of his 'Super Star' rhythm.

"This is not a case of mistake, but of a blatant and unapologetic use of the claimant's (Tyrell) copyrights," Justice Audre Lindo wrote in her ruling handed down last month.

Tyrell asserted that all of this was done without his authorisation and charged that in October 2011, Skatta and his publishing company "falsely lodged and claimed 100 per cent share in the musical composition for the song with the American Society of Composers Authors and Publishers."

Skatta and Downsound did not contest the suit or the assessment of damages even though court documents indicate that they were properly served with papers.

The documents also show that in October 2012, the court declared Tyrell owner of the 'Superstar Rhythm' and ordered, among other things, Skatta and Downsound desist from using it.

They were also ordered to "immediately rectify any and all accreditation information, including with collecting societies ... to reflect the claimant (Tyrell) as the writer/composer of his portion of the musical work contained in the said Street Hustle song and 'Street Hustle' rhythm."

But Tyrell said, armed with the court order, he later approached the United Kingdom-based Performing Rights Society for Music to register his interest in the song only to discover that Downsound "apparently registered the infringing song under different names."

As a result, the presiding judge had some very strong words for Skatta and Downsound Records.

I agree with the submission of counsel (Tyrell's attorney) that the evidence before the court demonstrates that the actions and/or inactions of the defendants have been nothing but contemptuous and/or calculated for their own selfish gain," Lindo wrote.

"And that they demonstrate a gross disregard and lack of remorse of the infringements they committed."





alkaline-dancehall-artiste.jpgThe Women's Parliament Forum (VPF) in Suriname wants Jamaican dancehall artiste, Alkaline, to face the music for mistreating a dancer in that island during a performance there. The now viral video of the incident has been racking up a thousands of views and comments.

Alkaline performed in Flamboyant Park in Paramaribo on September 26, headlining the Back to School concert.

During his performance, he attempted to dance with a Surinamese dancer who was onstage. She moved away, prompting the artiste to forcefully grab her for a second attempt. The dancer again moved away, after which Alkaline demanded her removal from the stage, encouraging the crowd to chant for her dismissal. You can see video of the incident here.

The VPF finds it unfortunate that Alkaline has yet to offer a public apology for the incident. They believe that he has treated the young woman with great disrespect. The lack of action following the incident displeases the group. The public silence resounds loudly as approval for the disrespectful behaviour.

The VPF believes that the boundaries that women set need to be respected and that violent responses to such boundaries are very troubling. They say that Alkaline behaved as if the woman had violated him by refusing a dance when it is he that actually violated her with his brutish response.

They call upon the Minister of Justice and Police, Jennifer van Dijk-Silos, to instruct police to react forcefully in such cases. They also want the unrepentant Alkaline banned from the country.





nick-foto-works.jpgThere has been heavy speculation that a body that was fished from the Sandy Gully in Seaview Gardens in St Andrew yesterday may be that of missing photographer and operator of Nickfotoworks, Niketa 'Nick' Thomas.

Though no confirmation has been provided by family or the police, a photograph of the body has been making the rounds on social media and there are fears it is the missing photographer.

The police have confirmed that a body was found.

Persons are claiming that the deceased male in the picture was clad in a jersey similar to the one Thomas was wearig when he went missing. Residents said they stumbled on the body and summoned the police.

According to eyewitnesses the body was spotted shortly after 3 p.m. The body, which was reportedly in a state of decomposition, was removed to the morgue.

It's understood that a post mortem is to be conducted later today.

The missing photographer's brother, Everton Thomas says the family has been in contact with the police. He says the family is preparing to view the body to ascertain if it belongs to their brother.

Niketa Thomas and his cousin, Dwight Brown, have been missing since Monday October 5.





No bail for 15-y-o student on murder charge

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hands-behind-bars.jpgThe 15-year-olde student who is accused of the stabbing death of a fellow pupil on the grounds of the Browns Town High School last week, was remanded when he appeared in court on Tuesday.

He is accused of stabbing to death 17-year-old Jamala Barnaby after both were involved in a fight and was charged with murder after being questioned by police investigators

The student will be held at a juvenile facility until he returns to court on October 26 when bail will be considered by the presiding magistrate.





racist-white-man-little-black-boy.jpgSome of the Facebook commenters who posted racist remarks about a three-year-old Black child have released apologies after being terminated from their jobs.

The story of the trending hashtag #HisNameIsCayden began last week, when Facebook user Gerod Roth (Geris Hilton on the site) posted a photo of himself with Cayden Jenkins, the son of his co-worker, Sydney Shelton.

After making the photo his profile picture, many of his friends wrote racist comments about the child, calling him "Kunta Kinte" and using slave jokes. Roth did little to extinguish the raced-based jokes, adding himself that the child "was feral."

"A person said, 'Oh, you mean to tell me that you just have wild kids running through your office building?' And that's when I said 'he was feral.' That was interpreted as racist and that, honestly, was not my intention whatsoever," Roth told Fox 5 Atlanta.

Earlier this week, Roth was fired from his position at Polaris Marketing Group in Atlanta. In addition to Roth's firing, another commenter who goes by the name Emily Irene Red was reportedly terminated from her position at The Conch Republic restaurant.

@tyriquex Just spoke to the manager of The Conch Republic Grill. Emily Irene was fired today. He says they were "appalled" by her remarks.

- DavidGrapeJuice (@DavidGrapeJuice) October 1, 2015

Tim Zheng, the Facebook user who called the toddler "Kunta Kinte" in Roth's comments, also apologized for his actions. Sharing a story about his immigrant parents and the racism they faced, Zheng now claims he's learned from his actions. But Cayden's supporters weren't buying his apology, especially after old posts of Zheng's mocking the Black Lives Matter movement were uncovered.

Shelton is grateful for the support she's received since the hashtag's inception. Speaking with Fox 5 Atlanta, the mother stated Roth never mentioned the comments to her, or even asked to take a photo with her son weeks before it caught attention online.

"He is not a deaf child. He is not mute. He has never been abandoned. He is a well-loved, fun-loving, hyper-active and typical three-year-old," Shelton said in response to comments made on the post.

Roth emailed Shelton an apology, but she doesn't believe it's sincere.





nick-foto-works.jpgFollowing the disappearance of popular photographer Niketa "Nick" Thomas and his cousin, Dwight Brown, their family members are disputing a voice note that has emerged claiming that the men were killed by a family member.

The 37-second audio is authored by an unidentified male.

"A him family kill him ... . Me hear say a some money thing dem kill him ova ... And me hear say drugs mussi involved," an excerpt said.

Everton Thomas, the brother of Niketa Thomas, said he is aware of the voice note and is deeply disturbed by it.

"I have no knowledge of the information in that voice note being true. But if someone has that much information, then they should bring that info to the powers that be [police]. Social media is not the place for it," he said.

On Monday, the family of the missing men staged a sensitisation exercise on Cassiadence Road, St Andrew, to encourage persons with information to come forward.

Thomas said the event was well supported by friends and family, despite the rain. However, he said no one has contacted him with information on his missing family members.

In the meantime, Thomas is urging persons to respect the fact that the family is still grieving for their relatives who have been missing since October 5.





flow-garfield-sinclair.jpgFlow Jamaica says it will not be following Digicel in its recent move to block ads of internet companies such as Facebook, Google and Yahoo.

Digicel last month started to block the ads of the companies as part of a plan to force the entities to pay to access their customers.

It is the first telecoms company in the world to employ the tactic.

Managing Director of Flow Jamaica, Garfield Sinclair, says his company will not be going this route at this time. The technology used to block the ads is new.

Meanwhile, Sinclair called the move by Digicel, symbolic, adding that it will not bear fruit if Digicel is the only one blocking the ads of the internet giants.

Digicel, in blocking the ads of those internet companies and others, suggested that if they want to unblock their ads, they should contribute to the costs of the mobile telecoms infrastructure required to deliver them.

According to the company, ads use up to a tenth of a customer's data plan allowance.Eliminating them would save customers money.





man-booker-prize-winner-marlon-and-camella.jpgMarlon James became the first Jamaican winner of the prestigious Booker Prize for fiction today with a vivid, violent, exuberant and expletive-laden novel based on the attempted assassination of Bob Marley.

Michael Wood, chairman of the judging panel, said A Brief History of Seven Killings was "the most exciting book on the list" and a novel full of the "sheer pleasure" of language.

"One of the pleasures of reading it is you turn the page and you are not sure who the next narrator will be," said Wood, a professor emeritus of English at Princeton University. He said the book had been the unanimous choice of the five judges.

James, 44, was awarded the L50,000 (US$77,000) prize during a black-tie dinner at London's medieval Guildhall.

A Brief History of Seven Killings is the third novel from the writer, who now lives in Minneapolis.

The book charts political violence in Jamaica and the spread of crack cocaine in the US, and hinges on a 1976 attempt on the life of reggae superstar Marley - identified in the book only as The Singer. The story is told in a cacophony of voices - from gangsters to ghosts, drug dealers to CIA agents - and in dialects ranging from American English to Jamaican patois.

Critics have compared it to the stream-of-consciousness novels of William Faulkner and the hyper-violent movies of Quentin Tarantino, while James himself has cited Charles Dickens as an influence on his multi-character depiction of society.

Wood acknowledged that the book's plentiful sex, violence and swearing might put off buyers who "like to give the Booker winners to their mother to read."

But he said the novel's verve and humor would win over readers.

Wood said although much of the subject matter is grim, "a lot of it is very, very funny."





The Police High Command is expressing shock at the murder of District Constable Ashley Howard.

Reports are that Howard was shot by gunmen on Slipe Road, Cross Roads in Kingston about 8:30 a.m. He later died at hospital.

Commissioner of Police Dr Carl Williams has strongly condemned the actions of those responsible and warned that the Police will do everything in their powers to bring his killer/s to justice.

Williams extended condolences to the relatives, friends and colleagues of the District Constable.

"Criminals seem to feel empowered as they snuffed out the lives of innocent Jamaican citizens and launch repeated violent attacks on the members of the Jamaica Constabulary Force," said Williams.





A policeman is now nursing injuries he received following an attack by six prisoners today in the lock up at the Supreme Court building in Kingston.

It is reported that the prisoners were taken to court and were being processed when one of them was seen with a marijuana cigarette, commonly called a ganja spliff, in his mouth.

The policeman, who was alone inside the cell with the prisoners, instructed the prisoner to hand over the spliff.

Another prisoner reportedly grabbed the spliff and all six prisoners attacked the policeman.

The policeman used his baton to fend off the attack.

One of the prisoners reportedly suffered injuries to his face after being hit by the baton.

The situation was eventually brought under control and the injured policeman and prisoner were taken away for medical attention.





Twitter to cut up to 8 percent of global workforce

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Twitter Inc said it would lay off up to 336 employees, or cut about 8 percent of its global workforce, as part of an overall plan to streamline operations.

The layoffs come about a week after the microblogging service provider appointed its co-founder Jack Dorsey its permanent CEO. (http://1.usa.gov/1Gbb31A)

Twitter shares rose 2.3 percent to US$29.41 in premarket trading on Tuesday.

Twitter said it expected to incur about US$10 million-US$20 million in severance costs and US$5 million-US$15 million in restructuring costs.

The company said it expected to record most of these pretax restructuring charges in the quarter ended Dec. 31.

Twitter is working to rekindle growth after its latest quarterly results in July revealed the slowest rise in monthly average users since it went public in 2013.

The company will report its third-quarter results on Oct. 27 after the market closes.





Spragga is 'the only man me love', says Foxy Brown

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foxy-brown-and-spragga-benz.jpgRastafarian dancehall artiste,Spragga Benz, is the "only man" that American rapper Foxy Brown ever truly loved. . In fact, she has described the Jamaican dancehall veteran as the only man to have ever stolen her heart.

The Brooklyn emcee bared her soul in a lengthy post on social media last night, revealing intimate details of her relationship with Spragga, whose birth name is Carlton Grant.

"(Sixteen) years ago in Trinidad, God sent me the only man who ever owned my heart. Love at first sight he said 'Ing (you are) gonna be my wife'," Foxy Brown (real name Inga Marchand) said in the caption under a photo of Spragga on Instagram.

Foxy, who is of Trinidadian descent, said her mother was with the pair when they met in the twin island republic and had described them as "inseparable". It was the beginning of a long romance between the two, who got engaged in 2001 and also collaborated on several songs including Oh Yeah off Foxy's third album, Broken Silence.

"He made sure prayer, whether Yah or Jah, was at the helm of our home," Foxy said of Spragga, jokingly adding that "Beenie Man always said 'Peanut Butter weh Jelly deh' LOL!"

She said they also shared difficult times with one another, including the death of Spragga's 17-year-old son, Carlton 'Carlyle' Grant Jr, who was killed by cops under questionable circumstances in Kingston.

"From the moment his beautiful son Carlyle was murdered, rushing to his side... to him right by my side. My year in prison. Thank you God. My sassiness, flaws, scars all the pain he loved away and tamed the fire in me with one look! The night my Range Rover flipped over and crashed he beat me to the hospital," Foxy revealed in the heartfelt post.

Foxy, who had a very public realationship that turned sour with rapper Kurupt prior to her romance with Spragga, noted the fact that there were no "public drama" and "disrespect" between herself and the Jamaican entertainer who became an underground star in the US with his lead role in the cult classic Shottas.

"Grown ass man love!" Foxy said about her relationship with the deejay.

"My king, my soulmate, my protector and best friend. A man of principle, miltance, intelligence and couth but straight shotta!!" she added.

Foxy concluded with the following message to women: "Ladies, when you are loved and respected by a King, no (expletive) bwoy can compare!"

Spragga Benz and Foxy Brown were engaged for two years before it was called off in 2003.





Una Morgan suffers cardiac arrest on tour

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una-morgan.jpgUna Morgan, member of the sibling group Morgan Heritage, has issued a statement after she fell ill while on the Catch A Fire tour in the United States.

According to a press release, the 43 year old singer left the tour after suffering cardiac arrest.

It is understood that she was suffering from a pre-existing thyroid disease which caused the her to have congestive heart failure and an abnormal heart rhythm.

According to the release, Una's heart had stopped beating while she was receiving medical care.

She was subsequently resuscitated and spent a week in the hospital.

Responding to the many queries on her health the singer has issued a statement urging persons to take their health seriously.

The Catch A Fire Tour tour of the United States, which ended on September 27 featured members of the Marley family and Morgan Heritage as well as Taurus Riley and other reggae.





Paradise Lost to reclaim EDM for Jamaica

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paradise-lost-jason-newman.jpgMembers of the Isaiah Laing-led Supreme Promotion have bonded into Caribbean Trans Media limited and are collaborating with HMRA, NBBL inc., to stage Jamaica's first EDM (electronic dance music) festival entitled Paradise Lost.

At a press conference at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel in New Kingston last Thursday, the team outlined that festival will run from March 10-12, 2016 at Grizzly's Plantation Cove in St Ann.

It was emphasised at the launch that the aim of Paradise Lost is to reclaim EDM as a truly Jamaican genre and and dispel the myth that EDM is foreign. EDM was started in Jamaica by King Tubby and rightfully belongs to the Jamaican people..

Team member Jason Newman noted the festival is called Paradise Lost because the main goal is to reintroduce EDM to its rightful birthplace... Jamaica. He also pointed to a recent Billboard article which also handpicked Jamaica as the birthplace of EDM.

"Some Jamaicans don't know that the genre started here, and some of the foreign markets don't know either. This is going to educate them to learn about Jamaica and appreciate our music all over again. Who would think Bob Marley was one of the first EDM artistes? That is something we should think about," he said.

The team noted that EDM events have become quite popular in Jamaica in recent times through parties like Color Fest, Electric Butterfly Music Festival and noted that Paradise Lost Festival seeks to build strategically on what already exists.

"Lets reclaim EDM, lets teach our artistes how to put their music out there, too. This is not about closing doors on Jamaican entertainers, this is about restructuring how we look at our music and how we treat it," he said. EDM music is currently estimated as being worth billions. However, there are no notable Jamaican artistes who practice the genre, aside from collaborations with Major Lazer.

Now that light has been shed on the roots of EDM by Billboard.com, production legend King Jammys, who missed the launch of Paradise Lost due to an emergency, says Jamaican artistes should capitalise on the EDM genre.

He also blames historians for not properly documenting the history of Jamaican music. "I don't just go out and play, people have to book me, and every year I go out and play this genre. Jamaicans don't cherish the history of the music and what we did. The historians only cherish politicians and not the hard work we put in - so the people don't know. I would encourage all youth to spread their wings and experiment. Is experiment I experiment with the Sleng Teng, and it ended up becoming a special thing in the world. EDM is ours, so experiment, man," he said.

Paradise Lost is expected to pull over 15,000 spring breakers to the island. The festival is expected to provide more than 2,300 jobs and 200 internship opportunities. The organisers also estimated that a successful staging can generate 5 billion Jamaican dollars for the economy in its first year.





Ananda Alert for missing St Andrew teen

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missing-teen-talia-tapper-photo.jpgAnanda Alert has been activated for 16-year-old Talia Tapper who has been missing since Friday, October 9.

Talia, who hails from a Hagley Park Road, Kingston 10 address, is of dark complexion, medium build and is about 135 centimetres (5 feet 3 inches) tall.

According to the Half Way Tree Police, Talia was last seen at the home around 10pm. Family members are unclear what her mode of dress was at the time of her disappearance, however she has not been seen or heard from since.

The police urge anyone knowing the whereabouts of Talia Tapper to contact the Half Way Tree Police at 926-8184, the police's emergency 119 number or the nearest police station.





mosquitoes.jpgDespite a serious attack from some really big, black mosquitoes, residents in mmosquito-infested Portmore and other places will have to wait until the rain is over for any relief.

The Health Ministry says that despite the increase in the mosquito population it cannot do any fogging until the current rains stop.The Meteorological Service has forecast another three days of rain being induced by a trough affecting parts of the Caribbean.

In a release late Monday, the Health Ministry urged people to destroy mosquito breeding sites and protect themselves from bites as the rainfall now being experienced is expected to result in increased mosquito breeding.

"Mosquitoes can lay their eggs during the dry season and these will hatch as soon as enough water is available," said Dr Marion Bullock DuCasse, chief medical officer, adding that the current rainfall has facilitated that environment.

She says keeping the surroundings free of potential mosquito breeding sites would reduce the likelihood of an environment for the Aedes aegypti mosquito which spreads the dengue and chikungunya viruses.

In the meantime, the Ministry of Health says through its Parish Health Departments, it continues to routinely fog selected areas to eliminate adult mosquitoes.

It's encouraging people to contact the health department in their parish to report any area that they believe needs fogging.





7 illegal guns seized over the weekend

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Seven illegal guns and 33 assorted rounds of ammunition were seized across Jamaica on Friday and Saturday.

Three of the weapons were seized in the St.Catherine South Police Division. Two men were arrested in connection with these seizures.

In another incident, along Molynes Road on Friday, one Heckler and Koch 9 milimetre pistol, with a magazine containing eleven rounds, was seized during a robbery attempt at a plaza.

It's reported that three gunmen attempted to rob a licensed firearm holder when one of them was fatally shot and the weapon seized.

On Saturday morning, the Constant Spring Police seized a Beretta pistol during a spot check on Whitehall Avenue. Two men were taken into custody during that operation.

Two other illegal guns, two magazines and more than ten rounds of ammunition were seized in Frome, Westmoreland on Saturday. Three persons were taken into custody in connection with that seizure.





Unidentified body found in St James

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unidentified-body.jpgThe police in St James seek the public's assistance in identifying the body of a male found in Long Bay district in the parish on Sunday, October 11.

The male, believed to be in its twenties, is of brown complexion, slim build, about 173 centimetres (5 feet 8 inches) long and a tattoo of three stars on the right hand.

The body was discovered clad in a khaki shirt, black jeans pants and a pair of red and blue sneakers.

According to reports from the Barrett Town Police, around 6am residents discovered the body and summoned the lawmen.

Upon their arrival, the man was seen lying on the roadway with multiple gunshot wounds.

The scene was processed and the body was removed to the morgue.

The police urge anyone who may be able to identify the body is being asked to contact the Barrett Town Police at 953-7899, the police's emergency 119 number or the nearest police station.





runway-reopened.jpgThe runway at the Sangster International Airport has now been reopened following a fire on board Delta Airlines flight 304 Monday afternoon .

The runway was reopened approximately 6:15 pm - three hours after it was closed.

The runway was closed, after the flight crew of the Boeing 737 aircraft reported a fire warning indication from its cargo bay, as the aircraft taxiing for take-off.

It is reported that the 160 passengers and six crew members were safely evacuated.

The Jamaica Civil Aviation Authority says investigators from its Flight Safety Division are probing the incident.





nick-foto-cassia-park-gathering.jpgThe family of popular photographer Niketa Thomas, the operator of Nickfotoworks.com, are not happy with the police's investigations into his disappearance. They therefore organised a search party on Monday and spread out acros the Cassia Park area with flyers and T-shirts bearing Nick's image.

Nick and his cousin went missing last week.

A missing persons report was filed at the Half-Way Tree Police Station on October 5, however, the family say they have largely been left in the dark as the police have not kept them abreast of their probe.

Monday's team of family, friends and well-wishers gathered at Cassiadene Road in Kingston at 10:30 a.m. at the football field in the community.

"Maybe I am impatient or I expect the police to come with information faster, but I am not comfortable," said Everton Thomas, brother of the missing photographer. "We are planning to go into the area where my brother was last seen with some flyers with a group of people and to see if we can get something from the community. Just to sensitise the people."

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The sensitisation exercise is an effort in which he hopes will encourage persons with information to come forward as the search for the photographer continues.

"We need people to see that he has family and he has friends and if anybody knows anything, we want them to feel free to call the police. If they don't want to call the police, they can contact us," he said. "There are several people who have been affected by the disappearance of these two persons."

The family remains overwrought as they wait. Niketa's brother told THE STAR that this past week has been a nightmare.

"Everyday that goes by, it has been trials and tribulations. My mom is totally devastated right now," he said. "My mom has broken down so many times and every time I see her in that state I wonder what next to do. Sometimes she begs for a corpse because she can't deal with the unknown feeling."

A policeman involved in the investigations said the police have been working to ensure that no stone is left unturned in their probe, he said.





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bobbi-kristina-and-nick-gordon-photo-1.jpgAccording to new court documents, which is in response to Gordon's legal team's efforts to stay the ongoing wrongful death lawsuit filed by Brown's conservator Bedelia Hargrove, "Ms. Brown died due to a violent altercation with Defendant (Gordon) after which he placed her in a bathtub, unconscious, after he injected her with a toxic mixture."

The lawsuit, which was amended after Brown's death and seeks $10 million in damages, accuses Gordon of giving Bobby Brown and the late Whiteny Houston's daughter a "toxic cocktail rendering her unconscious." There was no mention of an injection.

Kristina died on July 26 at the age of 22 after being placed in a medically induced comma for nearly six months after she was found facedown and unconscious in a bathtub full of water in her home on Jan. 31.Hargrove's case also accuses Gordon of verbally and physically abusing [his girlfriend, as well as withdrawing funds from her accounts after her hospitalization.

The new documents note that "Bobbi Kristina Brown was physically abused by the Defendant on numerous occasions and later died following a particularly violent altercation with the Defendant which left her battered and bruised, with a tooth knocked out," and that she was ultimately "fatally injured" at their shared Atlanta home.

Gordon's lawyers have denied the claims of the alleged toxic cocktail and that he abused and stole from her. "The recent lawsuit against Nick is slanderous and meritless," his attorney Jose Baez told USA Today at the time.

Following Hargrove's lawsuit, Gordon's team filed a stay of motion with the intent of ending of the civil case following news that the district attorney in Georgia was reportedly convening a secret grand jury with the intention of charging Gordon with murder.

Gordon's team argues that while he potentially simultaneously faces criminal murder charges, "any statements made by Mr. Gordon in the civil case may incriminate Mr. Gordon in a criminal investigation," and that since a judge has sealed the cause of Bobbi Kristina's death, he's "precluded and denied the use of exculpatory evidence that will come forward as a result of the criminal investigation."

Gordon's team also argues that because of Bobbi Kristina's parents' fame, "Mr. Gordon will be unfairly, legally, and financially prejudiced should he be subject to parallel criminal and civil proceedings."

Gordon has maintained his innocence since Bobbi Kristina's hospitalization, and following a bizarre interview with Dr. Phil prior to her death, checked into rehab.





police-commissioner-dr-carl-williams.jpgPolice Commissioner Dr Carl Williams says the police have established the motive behind Thursday night's attack on a family that left six people dead and four in hospital.

Williams and National Security Minister Peter Bunting on Friday visited Campbellton Road in March Town Hanover where the killings took place.

Following a tour of the house, the Commissioner said the police have been making progress.

"We know who they are; e have intelligence, we have strong leads. We are going to bring them to justice," he asserted.

The killings arose from a dispute "from several weeks ago," he said, but declined to provide details immediately, only adding that "we have a very good sense of what led up to this killing last night."

He said additional police and military resources will be sent to the community.

"We are going to get a team of operational people here in Hanover and they will not leave the parish until they (the killers) are found," he said.

The family was attacked after 11pm when the house was shot up and fire bombed. Four others who were injured in the attack, remain in hospital in serious condition .

National Security Minister Peter Bunting disclosed over the last month the parish has been placed under close surveilance by police in the Area One Division.

He disclosed that Hanover has had more murders than Kingston and St Andrew combined since the start of the year.

"I would appeal to the ladies, stay away from these gangsters, they come to visit and they will put the rest of your family at risk. As we have seen, when you get into this reprisal and counter reprisal violence, they don't care who is the target," Bunting said.

He added that Ian Heyles, Member of Parliament for the constituency, is off the island on government business and will visit the community when he returns.





Murder rate up in western parishes

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Figures show a sharp rise in murders in St James, Westmoreland and Hanover since January.

So far this year, there have been 169 murders in St James, compared to 110 over the equivalent period last year.

Fifty four persons have been murdered in Hanover, compared to 29 last year, a 90 per cent increase, while Westmoreland has seen a 100 percent jump in murders.

The parish has so far recorded 78 murders compared to 34 last year.

The High Command has attributed the rise to disputes over lottery scamming.

Since the start of the year, 957 people have been murdered, a 25 per cent increase over the similar period last year. Fifty children are among the victims.





hanover-murder-victims.jpgA major manhunt has been launched for the men behind Friday's gunslaying of a family of six in Hanover.

National Security Minister Peter Bunting who visited the scene Friday afternoon said senior personnel from the Jamaica Constabulary Force and Jamaica Defence Force have been assigned to find the men.

Four other persons injured in the attack have been hospitalised.

Police Commissioner Dr Carl Williams said the police have strong leads on the killers. Early Friday, gunmen shot ten members of the family and set fire to their house on Campbellton Road in March Town Hanover.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller is appealing to members of the public to assist the police with information so those responsible for the attack to be brought swiftly to justice.

In a statement late Friday, Simpson Miller condemned the attack saying that such acts defy comprehension especially when carried out against a family and children.

She adds that this robs them of the opportunity to contribute to the development of their community and country.





hands-behind-bars.jpgThree Jamaican men charged with stealing over J$37-thousand from several accounts from various banks across Antigua and Barbuda, have been remanded in that country.

The men, David Thomas, Damian Tomlinson and Nicholas Grant, all of Jolly Harbour in the twin island state, have been slapped with 75 charges related to a massive ATM fraud, which spanned nearly a week.

It is alleged the men installed electronic recording devices on several ATM's, in order to capture critical information from users.

It is further alleged that the information was used to hack into customers' accounts to steal the money between September 28 and October 3.

Police searched the apartment shared by the men and seized cash, bank cards and electronic devices.





ganja-image-1.jpgCITIVA, a medical research company specializing in safe and effective cannabinoid products, has partnered with the University of the West Indies, Mona (UWI) to establish a world class institution for the research and development of ganja.

Both institutions are seeking to gain insights into the application of marijuana in the field of medicine.The goal of the partnership is to identify which combinations of cannabinoids are effective at treating specific diseases and symptoms.

"Hopefully, with the help of UWI, CITIVA can begin to understand how and why cannabis has been effective at treating the various disease states we've seen success with," said Josh Stanley, founder and CEO of CITIVA.

The partnership was made possible by recent changes in Jamaican law, with overwhelming support from the Jamaican public, which makes cannabis a legally recognized therapeutic agent as well as a legal focus of study.

The partnership with UWI will "impact the research and academic communities at UWI," according to David Palmieri of CITIVA.

Stanley introduced CITIVA's expert team at an information session held over the summer; the team includes Jack D'Angelo MD, Chief Medical Officer, David Rothman, head of the continuing medical education program, and Shaun Crew, chief agronomist. The team will also be hosting a medical education seminar at UWI entitled 'Cannabinoids and the Management of Multiple Disease States'. This two part seminar takes place on October 15th and is one of many that the company will host for local stakeholders and medical practitioners.





crime-scene-7.jpgA Jamaican man believed to be a major supplier of guns and ammunition to the local criminal underworld was reportedly killed during a confrontation with police in Haiti yesterday, local law enforcement officials have revealed.

Top local investigators say he is known as 'Mention' and was part of a gang that operated in the Old Harbour Bay area before he fled to Haiti to run a lucrative guns-for-drugs syndicate. Reports are that several Jamaican men were taken into custody during the incident.

They are also believed to be from the Old Harbour Bay area and major players in the guns-for-drug trade.

"We believe they are from the Old Harbour Bay area but have been resident in Haiti for some time. And we know them to be major suppliers of guns and ammunition to the criminal underworld in Jamaica," the official said on condition of anonymity.

The incident comes days after Haitian Police, with assistance from the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF), seized 13 illegal firearms, assorted ammunition and 2,500 pounds of ganja.

It also comes days before Deputy Commissioner of Police Glenmore Hinds is scheduled to lead a JCF delegation to Haiti for consultation with the Haitian Police on measures to tackle the guns-for-drug trade.





Four Costa Ricans held in anti-narcotics operation

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ganja-seized.jpgFour Costa Ricans have been taken into custody in connection with a large seizure of ganja in an anti-narcotics operation in St Elizabeth early Friday.

The Costa Ricans where scheduled to be questioned on Friday

The operation involved members of the JDF Coastguard, MOCA and Narcotics Police.

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A boat with the foreign nationals was intercepted at sea by members of the JDF Coast guard and during a search of the vessel a large quantity of compressed ganja was found.

The vessel has since been towed to the wharf in Black River where the ganja was unloaded.

Police theorize that the marijuana was destined for a location in Central America and is part of the drugs for guns trade.





hanover-murder-victims.jpgPolice Commissioner Dr Carl Williams says the police have established the motive behind last night's attack on a family that left six people dead and four in hospital.

Williams along with National Security Minister Peter Bunting on Friday visited Campbellton Road in March Town Hanover where the killings took place.

Following a tour of the house where the attack took place, the Commissioner said the police have been making progress.

"We know who they are, we have intelligence, we have strong leads... .we are going to bring them to justice.... (it's) a dispute from several weeks ago I am not going to speak on the details now, but we have a very good sense of what led up to this killing last night."

He said additional police and military resources will be sent to the community.

"We are going to get a team of say operational people here in Hanover and they will not leave the parish until they are found," he said.

The family was attacked after 11pm when the house was shot up and fire bombed. Four others who were injured in the attack, remain in hospital in serious condition .

Meanwhile, National Security Minister Peter Bunting says over the last month the parish has been placed under the radar in the Area One Division.

He says Hanover has more murders than Kingston and St Andrew combined.

"I would appeal to the ladies, stay away from these gangsters, they come to visit and they will put the rest of your family at risk. As we have seen, when you get into this reprisal and counter reprisal violence, they don't care who is the target......" Bunting said.

He added that Member of Parliament, Ian Hayles is off the island on government business and will visit the community when he returns.





arrested.jpgPopular attorney at law Earl Melhado has landed in problems with the law again.

Melhado,65 was arrested on Friday in the precincts of the Supreme Court by MOCA Detectives.

He was charged with Fraudulent Conversion.

MOCA's Director of Investigation Senior Superintendent Cleon March says Melhado's arrest was the culmination of months of investigations.

"He has been under investigation for several months concerning the sale of a property in 2012 and since then the complainant is having serious challenges in recouping the funds from the sale," he said.

Melhado is scheduled to appear in the Corporate Area Criminal Court next week.

Meanwhile, Lawyers who were at the Supreme Court building in downtown Kingston raised concerns about the way in which Melhado was taken into custody by the MOCA investigators.

The attorney was reportedly nabbed as he was leaving a courtroom after representing a client.

However March defended MOCA's action.

"At the culmination of the investigation a few weeks ago, the attorney was approached and we gave him an opportunity to come in an talk with is ...he gave us a date, he has given us probably four or five undertakings that he would come in an discuss the matter with us. All attempts for the matter to be sorted out failed," March said.





hanover-murder-victims.jpgOne of the suspects in the multiple murder of members of one family at Green Island in Hanover on Thursday night, has turned himself in.

Hanover police had sent out word that they suspected the man of being involved in the incident.

At about 11 PM on Thursday, gunmen travelling in a white motorcar entered the Mark Town community in Green Island, kicked in the door to a five-bedroom board dwelling and fired a volley of shots. The hoodlums torched the house before leaving.

The house was burnt to cinder and, after cooling down operations, the six family members were all found charred and with gunshot wounds. Four other family members escaped.

They were severely burnt and have been admitted to the Noel Holmes Hospital.

The police are searching for at least three more men who are suspects in the gruesome act.

Police are looking into two motives, lotto scamming and a family dispute.





Hanover community in shock over murders

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hanover-commissioner-peter-bunting.jpgResidents of Logwood in Hanover are still in disbelief after news came that six residents of the community were brutally murdered Thursday night in an attack which has been described as a massacre.

According to reports, at about 11 Thursday night four men in a Toyota Corolla motorcar, popularly referred to as a Kingfish, entered the community and kicked open the door of a five apartment dwelling.

The men reportedly opened fire and set the house ablaze.

When the smoke cleared the six, who are all from the same family, were dead.

The dead have been identified as 63-year-old Linnette Bloomfield, her 40 year old son Mark Bloomfield, her 36-year-old daughter Kerry- Ann Bloomfield and her nephew 30-year-old Byron Mangaroo.

Kerry-Ann Bloomfield's two children 15-year-old Davian Mahabee and 18-year-old Alia Mahabee were also killed in the attack.

Four other members of the family managed to escape and have been taken to hospital.

Relatives of the deceased insist the family was not involved in any wrong doing.

Meanwhile, Assistant Commissioner of Police Wichroy Badoo vowed to find those responsible for the crime.





Victims in Hanover arson and gun attack identified

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hanover-murder-victims.jpgThe identities of the six persons slaughtered in the gruesome gun and arson attack in Mark Town, Green Island, Hanover have been released.

They are 63-year-old Linette Bloomfield; Kerry-Ann Bloomfield, 36; Mark Bloomfield, 40; Alliah Mahabee, 17; Avion Mahabee, 15; and Brian Mangaroo, 19.

The burnt remains of the six were found among the completely destroyed five bedroom board house, which was the scene of the attack which occurred about 11pm Thursday.

Police report that residents heard loud explosions and realised that the building was on fire.

Four others who occupied the building managed to escape with severe burns and have been admitted to the Noel Holmes Hospital.





hanover-murder-victims.jpgSix members of one family are now dead following a gruesome attack at the five-roon house in Mark Town, Green Island, Hanover on Thursday night.

The police report that at about 11 PM, gunmen shot up the house before setting the premises ablaze. Four of the occupants managed to escape the blaze, but six others were not so lucky.

The dead are reported to be three males and three females ages ranging from teenagers to 73-years.

Police report that, when they were summoned to the scene, the heat from the inferno was so intense that they had to stand 50 feet away while firefighters battled the blaze.

Green Island a once peaceful district, has become a hell-hole with rival gangs taking the law into their own hands and in the community and have law-abiding citizens trembling in fear. A number of lives have been taken and others shot and injured as the hoodlums rule with an iron fist.

Police said investigations are at an early stage.





Grade 10 boy stabs school-mate to death

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shocked.jpgThe Brown's Town High School student who Thursday morning allegedly stabbed his schoolmate to death has been taken into custody.

Reports are that the Grade 10 student was involved in a dispute with Grade 11 student Jamala Barnaby when a knife was brought into play. Barnaby was reportedly stabbed.

The incident has left students and teachers at the institution shocked.

The police are investigating.





nick-foto-works.jpgThe Half-Way-Tree police is reporting that photographer, Nicketa 'Nick' Thomas is not dead and is still listed as a missing person. Yardflex sources have also revealed that Nick's cousin, who flew into the island recently, is also missing.

Social media was sent into a frenzy on Thursday, after numerous reports indicated that Nick had been found dead in Spanish Town.

However the police, through its release have stated that there is no confirmation that either of the two bodies found in the town belong to Thomas.

Thomas, who hails from an Aintree Road, (off Molynes Road) Kingston 10 address, has been missing since Monday, October 5. He is of brown complexion, medium build and is about 175 centimetres (5 feet 9 inches) tall.

The popular photographer and operator of party website nickfotoworks.com, was last seen on Monday, in the Three Miles area in Kingston 11 and has not been heard from since.

At the time he went missing, he was dressed in a Brazil football jersey and blue jeans pants. Efforts by his relatives to contact him have proven futile.

"His cell phone has been off. He was last seen on Whatsapp Monday afternoon. He made no mention that he had been threatened. He went on the road with his cousin to conduct some business after 5pm on Monday and then there was nothing after that," one family member told Loop News.

The police urge anyone knowing the whereabouts of Nicketa Thomas to contact the Half Way Tree Police at 926-8184, the police's emergency 119 number or the nearest police station.





ganja-smoking.jpgJustice Minister, Senator Mark Golding says the reform of Jamaica's ganja laws has already seen arrests reduced by about 1,000 per month.

He says the authorities expect that 15,000 fewer ganja-related cases will be before the courts each year.

Senator Golding says this will significantly lessen the number of young men who are introduced into Jamaica's criminal justice system.

The amendment to the Dangerous Drugs Act, came into force earlier this year, with the primary goal of reducing the arrest and incarceration of young people for minor ganja offences.

Possession of less than two ounces of ganja and smoking of the weed in public are now non-arrestable infractions for which a ticket may be issued.

The penalty is $500 and payable at any tax collectorate.





megamart-waterloo.jpgNot much is being said about the sudden closure of MegaMart's Waterloo Road supermarket and department store.

MegaMart posted on its Facebook page around 3 o'clock this afternoon that entity was being closed for "emergency maintenance".

It did not offer any further details.

MegaMart's CEO, Gassan Azan, however, insisted that the supermarket was being closed for maintenance reasons. In the meantime, the South East Regional Health Authority says MegaMart voluntarily decided to close.

MegaMart says it will reopen at 10 a.m tomorrow .

On Tuesday afternoon, more than a dozen workers were seen making their way home, however, they were tight-lipped about the reason for leaving work.

Customers who turned up also said they found the notice of closure very strange.





pj-patterson-prime-minister.jpgPatterson ... "the most noble intentions were jarred by those portions of your address which asserted that slavery was a long time ago, in the historical past and "as friends we can move on together to build for the future."

Former Prime Minister PJ Patterson has penned an open letter to British Prime Minister David Cameron telling him that Jamaica deserves an apology from Britain for slavery.

"You have refused to apologise," Patterson said. "Yet your government has apologised to everyone else for horrid crimes. Are we not worthy of an apology or less deserving?" he questioned.

According to Patterson, Cameron's "most noble intentions" were jarred by portions of his address to the Parliament in which asserted that slavery was a long time ago, in the historical past and "as friends we can move on together to build for the future."

SEE MR PATTERSON'S OPEN LETTER TO CAMERON:

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Dear Prime Minister Cameron,

We who belong to the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association and cherish the value of the Westminster tradition should seek continually to foster rather than diminish it.

Given the honour which you were afforded to address the Joint Sitting of Jamaica's Parliament on Tuesday, September 30, 2015, the traditional Parliamentary right of debate and reply could not be exercised by any of our Members who were in attendance. As I watched your presentation, knowing them on both sides of the aisle as I do, their good behaviour which you commended ought not to be interpreted as acquiescence in everything you said.

The gifts you presented in Gordon House were both welcome and timely. Only the shrewdest observers of Parliamentary custom would have noticed that the package you offered there discreetly omitted any mention of a Ł25 million contribution for the building of a prison.

That was understandable, as what exists constitutes no more than a Non-binding Memorandum of Understanding. You rightfully appreciated that its inclusion would have been premature as the framework Agreement has to be followed by further intensive negotiations and then the requisite legislation.

You wisely chose instead to add there the announcement of Ł30 million to make our hospitals more resilient to natural disasters. Given our vulnerability and the danger of climate change, this donation was highly appreciated.

Despite your recognition of not being "the only show in town", the words of strengthening the bonds of friendship and the down-payment you brought would have been well received throughout the entire Caribbean.

Prime Minister, the most noble intentions were jarred by those portions of your address which asserted that slavery was a long time ago, in the historical past and "as friends we can move on together to build for the future."

Your host, The Most Hon. Portia Simpson-Miller, in her gracious welcome referred to the difficult issue of reparation which should be discussed in "a spirit of mutual respect, openness and understanding as we seek to actively engage the U.K. on the matter."

You chose instead to throw down the gauntlet.

Mere acknowledgement of its horror will not suffice.

It was and still is a most heinous crime against humanity - a stain which cannot be removed merely by the passage of time.

Those who perished in the Middle Passage and the fatal victims on the sugar plantations were the victims of genocide. This is a crime in accordance with International Law.

The attempt to trivialise and diminish the significance of 300 years of British enslavement of Africans and the trade in their bodies reflect the continued ethnic targeting of our ancestors and their progeny for discriminatory treatment in both the annals of history and in the present.

The 180 years of slavery in Jamaica remain fresh in living memory. There are people alive in Jamaica today whose great grandparents were a part of the slavery system and the memory of slavery still lingers in these households and communities.

Those 180 years were followed by another 100 years of imposed racial apartheid in which these families were racially oppressed by British armies and colonial machinery. The scars of this oppression are still alive in the minds and hearts of million Jamaicans.

To speak of slavery as something from the Middle Ages is insufficient. For our communities its legacies are still present in their memory and emotions. To reject this living experience is to repudiate the very meaning and existence of these people's lives.
How can we simply forget it and move on to the future? If there is no explicit admission of guilt now, when will be the proper time?

You argue that Britain abolished the slave system and the credit for this resonates in the British Parliament today and shows British compassion and diplomacy.

Where is the prior confession that Britain fashioned, legalised, perpetuated and prospered from the slave trade?

Indeed, the facts speak to a different explanation. In Jamaica the enslaved led by Sam Sharpe tried to abolish slavery themselves three years before your Parliament acted. The British army destroyed these freedom fighters and executed their leaders.

This attempt to destroy the seed of freedom and justice in Jamaica continued for another hundred years. In 1865 the peasants sought to occupy Crown lands in order to survive widespread hunger. The British government sent in the army and massacred those people, executing Paul Bogle, George William Gordon and other Leaders.

Furthermore, the British Act of Emancipation reflected that the enslaved people of Jamaica were not human but property. The 800,000 Africans in the Caribbean and elsewhere were valued at Ł47 million. The government agreed to compensate the slave owners Ł20 million, and passed an Emancipation Act in which the enslaved had to work free for another four to six years in order to work off the Ł27 million promised slave owners. It was they who paid for their eventual freedom.

The enslaved paid more than 50 per cent of the cost of their market value in compensation to slave owners. This is what your Emancipation Act did. The enslaved got nothing by way of compensation. The Act of Emancipation was self serving and was designed to support British national commercial interests alone.

You have refused to apologise. Yet your government has apologised to everyone else for horrid crimes. Are we not worthy of an apology or less deserving?

Mere acknowledgement of the crime is insufficient. The international community and international law call for formal apologies when crimes against humanity are committed. The UN has deemed slave trading and slavery as crimes against humanity. The refusal to apologise is a refusal to take responsibility for the crime. In a law abiding world this is not acceptable.

Contrary to your view, the Caribbean people will never emerge completely from the "long, dark shadow" of slavery until there is a full confession of guilt by those who committed this evil atrocity.

"The resilience and spirit of its people" is no ground to impair the solemnity of a privileged Parliamentary occasion and allow the memory of our ancestors to be offended once again.

The Caribbean people have long been looking to the future. This is what we do in our development visions, but these legacies are like millstones around our necks. We look to reparatory justice as the beginning of shaping a new future. We invite Britain to engage in removing this blot on human civilisation so that together we can create a new and secure future.

ONE LOVE.

Yours sincerely,

P.J. Patterson

Former Prime Minister,
Jamaica (1992-2006)





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pj-patterson.jpgThis is why we haffi love Percival Noel James "PJ" Patterson,ON, PC, QC, OE.

The man tek pen to paper and write a open letter to British PM David Cameron properly chastising Cameron bout him a refuse fi apologise fi slavery. Cameron neva know a who name PJ? It did tink sey a Sista P ongle him did haffi deal wid? Well, Missa CAmeron, if yuh neva did do yuh homework, know this. We former PM is a QC (that means Queen's Counsel) a high ranking member of the legal fraternity. PJ a nun nuh lickle squabs squabs. PJ neva put him genital inna dead pig mout, like the British media teased you about Mr Cameron, after a book was released saying that you, Mr Cameron did just that. And yuh see like how we not even eat pork and doan even go near dem debbil meat deh. Cho!!!!

Anyway, low Cameron and him 'Pigsgate', right now we just love how PJ diss up Cameron inna the nicest way. Bare intelligence and facts PJ use pon Cameron when him a chasten him.Just like when principal a discipline outta order pickney.

PJ just tell it like it is. So wah, we a nuh smaddy to? Britain apologise to everybody else fi all kind of atrocity, but him nah apologise fi slavery. Bout we must Move on because that was a long time ago".

We a beg oonu fi read PJ Letter below.





Shorty produces song with Kartel and their son

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kartel-and-wife-shorty-palmer.jpgDancehall artiste Vtbz Kartel may be locked away in a prison cell, but as far as his other half, Shorty, is concerned, it's still all about family.

Vybz Kartel has featured his 4 year old son Addi-Aiko aka Worl Boss Jr or Aiko Don on a track called "Family".

The track is produced or Shorty's Shortboss label.

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Foota Hype rambling about aliens...is Foota okay?

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foota-hype.jpgPopular dancehall selector Foota Hype has been the subject of much ridicule, with some even questioning his sanity after his recent social media posts proclaiming the existence of extra terrestrial beings.

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In the most recent instance, the controversial selector posted an image on Instagram last Saturday showing what seems to be a cloud formation resembling a spacecraft that he says was spotted in Montego Bay, St James.

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"This is for all u brainwashed, no knowledge, stupid fools, who ready to talk s... about mi because I spoke of aliens and other beings coming to earth and living among us. This was yesterday in Mobay in plain sight y'all better wake the f... up," his caption said.





Bogle's babymother shot in Atlanta

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bogle-baby-mother-tanya.jpgTanya Levy, the baby mother of popular deceased dancer Bogle, was reportedly shot in Atlanta, Georgia, on Monday night.

Although details surrounding the incident are sketchy, various online sources say the woman was shot at a party in Atlanta and was hospitalized following the incident.

Since then, several persons took to social media to wish the woman a speedy recovery, while offering some insight into the incident. One user confirmed that Levy was indeed shot at a party and was at the hospital preparing to undergo surgery.

Other users expressed anger at persons on the scene who failed to help Levy, while she laid on the ground unconscious.

"Manners and respect to everyone who stayed and helped Tanya after the incident occurred," one person said. "Di rest of unuh Georgia people weh just stand up and a watch her and nuh do nutten need fi go s... unu madda."

Some persons also offered prayer as Levy goes through the recovery process.

"Whatever it is that lead to this sad situation, right now, we put it in God's hands. Just asking all my FB (Facebook) prayer warrior to put Tanya at the altar right now in prayers. We know there is nothing too hard for God to do and prayers work so pray her healing right now and safe recovery my friends in Jesus name," expressed one user.

Although most persons asked for a speedy recovery, some accused Levy of being a trouble maker.

Persons also speculated about the identity of the possible shooter, but this was not confirmed up to news time.

In 2005 Levy's babyfather, Bogle was shot dead at a gas station along Constant Spring Road, St Andrew.





Heineken Buys Red Stripe From Diageo

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red-stripe-beer.jpgHeineken NV has bought Jamaica's Red Stripe beer from Diageo Plc reportedly for US$421 million.

It will bring Heineken's stake in Desnoes & Geddes Limited, the operating company for Red Stripe, to just over 73 per cent. Diageo held a 57.9 per cent stake.

Under Jamaica's stock market rules, it means that Heineken will have to make a buy-out offer for all other D&G shares.

The deal with Heineken prices D&G/Red Stripe at just under US$727 million or more than J$86 billion - which is four times its current value on the Jamaica Stock Exchange.

Heineken is also buying other Diageo assets under deals worth US$781 million, including Red Stripe.

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Prayers going up for Nick's safe return

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mr-vegas-photo-12.jpgDancehall artiste, Mr Vegas has joined scores of others in sending up prayers for the safe return of popular and well-love photographer, Nick Thomas of Nick Fotoworks.com.

According to Mr Vegas: "The youth yah a good yute! Please if Unu see him or know where he is, let us know! He has been missing since Monday! Him is all of us photographer! @Nicksphotaworks Lord if he is in danger, protect him please."

Other comments coming from fans also called on the Lord:

Lord what is this now...Father be with him where ever he is...keep him safe.

nick-foto-works.jpgI Pray you make it home safe Nick, You're such a nice person. I Pray the Lord will cover you under his blood.

We can only pray for his safe return. Lord have mercy.

PRAYER,FOR YOUR SAFETY NICK, LORD I PRAY HE'S OK, VERY GOOD PERSON...I REALLY HOPE HE'S OK..HE TOOK MY WEDDING PICTURES...

My prayers goes out for my friend nick come home safe.

Mi feel so sad inside smh I pray he is safe.





nick-foto-works.jpgPopular photographer and operator of Nickfotoworks.com Nicketa Thomas has reportedly been missing since Monday.

Reports are that relatives last saw Thomas on Sunday. However, neighbours last saw him on Monday at about 5 p.m

A family member disclosed that a missing persons report was filed with the Half Way Tree police on Wednesday.

Social media has been in a frenzy since news broke that the photographer is missing.





12-year-old-black-boy-suspended-for-staring-at-classmate.jpgLast week, an Ohio judge refused to erase the suspension of a 12-year-old black boy who was punished for staring at his classmate last year.

The boy was suspended several days after participating in a staring contest with a white female classmate at St. Gabriel Consolidated School, and allegedly made her feel "fearful." School officials were notified by the girl's parents the day after the contest, claiming she felt intimidated by the boy. But the boy, who was forced to write an apology letter and subsequently suspended for a day, maintained he was unaware that his classmate was feeling uncomfortable.

"I never knew she was scared because she was laughing," he wrote. "I understand I done the wrong thing that will never happen again. I will start to think before I do so I am not in this situation."

The 12-year-old's mother, Candice Tolbert, said her son was suspended because of a "perception [that] he intimidated her." The family filed a lawsuit to have the punishment dismissed from his record, but Judge Patrick Dinkelacker declined the request. The ruling could be appealed in the future.

Studies show that black children are far more likely to be suspended than their white peers. According to the ACLU, 31 percent of school arrests involve black youth. Roughly one-third of all black boys in middle school and high school are suspended.

Zero-tolerance school policies that lead to student suspensions or entry into the justice system have long-term consequences. They pave the way for future arrests or stints in juvenile detention - known as the school-to-prison pipeline. Suspended students are also more likely to drop out of school.

While cops were not involved in this particular case, the boy's suspension highlights how students of color are slapped with egregious punishments for minor offenses by school administrators. In the past, students have been arrested for violating dress codes, being late to school, initiating food fights, swearing and throwing skittles, and throwing peanuts. Others like Ahmed Mohamed and Kiera Wilmot are disciplined for their intellectual curiosity. Oftentimes, those students are denied due process.

Under former Attorney General Eric Holder, the DOJ issued guidance to reduce harsh school punishments in schools.

"Too often, so-called "zero-tolerance" policies - however well-intentioned - make students feel unwelcome in their own schools. They disrupt the learning process. And they can have significant and lasting negative effects on the long-term well-being of our young people - increasing their likelihood of future contact with juvenile and criminal justice systems," he said.

The DOJ guidance emphasized additional staff training, specific methods to create a positive school climate with multiple avenues for student support, and how to establish a clear set of disciplinary guidelines with the help of community stakeholders.





jim-kelly.jpgAs he continues his fast rise to the top, Jim Kelly once again shows why he will be a force to be reckoned with in the dancehall industry as he releases his new single, 'set trend.' Already well respected as a producer and songwriter, he is now earning his ratings as an artist.

Unlike his previous track where he tackled the issue of hypocrisy and phony friendships, 'set trend' is what many would consider a typical dancehall song, in that it is about women, and supposedly for women. What makes it unique however, is Jim's ability to deliver it in such a way that captives the listener. Even Reggae lovers who are not necessarily into the dancehall genre are enjoying this one. After listening to 'set trend,' an ardent music critic said; "it is guaranteed to become a regular amongst dancehall selectors and DJs worldwide."

'Set Trend' was mixed by Ricardo 'Red Boom' Reid who is currently among the top five dancehall mixing engineers on the island (Jamaica). Production credits goes to Jay Crazy and the song is on Jim Kelly's own label, Real Linx Records. Persons may stream the song via MJE YouTube channel: www.youtube.com/mariajackson2007 and DJs can send an email to mariajacksonent@gmail.com for a promo download link.





Busy Signal thrills at 2020 Gala

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busy-signal-photos-2.jpgBusy Signal was all smiles and shining with the success of the 2020 Gala held at the Grand Bahia Principe in Jamaica.

Raising money for the Busy 2020 Helping Hands Foundation, a foundation dedicated to reaching children and young people to tackle issues such as violence, poverty and lack of health care access, Busy Signal brought together entertainers as well as community stakeholders who collectively agreed that together, they can make a difference.

Performances by Christopher Martin, DMajor, Exco Levi, and Ikaya demonstrated the will of younger generation artists to make a difference in the lives of the youth. This project will not only benefit people from St. Ann's Bay, but the entire Parish of St. Ann and neighboring Parishes (Trelawny and St. Mary) as citizens from neighboring Parishes visit the St. Ann's Hospital as well.

Speaking to media, Busy said "it is important that the youth and the community know and understand that yes we are doing well in our careers, but we haven't forgotten where we come from, and we are determined to give back to our community ... to make it a better place for those coming up after us." Echoing Busy's sentiment is Ikaya who added "some of the kids from this community are going to be doctors in the future. A small gesture from us today will go a long way tomorrow!"

Launched in April, 2015, the Busy 2020 Helping Hands 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.

Donors outside of Jamaica who wish to make a contribution can do so via the website http://www.busy2020helpinghands.com/





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Golden Krust Caribbean Bakery & Grill executive Omar Hawthorne (l) presenting 'Distinguished Alumnus Award' to Reggae Ambassadors Third World co-founder Michael "Ibo" Cooper.

NYC: Several music stalwarts and contributors to the entertainment industry including Miss Pat Chin, founder of VP Records; Jazz Great Monty Alexander; Michael "Ibo" Cooper and Ian & Roger Lewis were recently honored by the Jamaica College Old Boys Association, NY (JCOBANY) at their Silver Anniversary Awards Gala in Queens, New York at the posh LaGuardia Plaza Hotel.

Ian and Roger Lewis, co-founders of Grammy Award winning Inner Circle, best known their crossover hit 'Bad Boys,' the theme song of the long running Fox TV reality series Cops were honored with the 'Distinguished Alumnus Award.' Bad Boys was a #1 Billboard hit song that has sold over 7 million copies worldwide.

Ibo Cooper, co-founder of Reggae Ambassadors Third World and Monty Alexander, who has built a career exploring and bridging the worlds of American Jazz, popular song and the music of Jamaica were also the recipients of 'Distinguished Alumnus Awards.'

Miss Pat Chin, who helped to create a reggae empire at VP Records and contributed to the careers of countless Jamaican superstars including Shabba Ranks, Sean Paul, Maxi Priest, Gyptian, Beenieman, Lady Saw, Mavado, Lady Saw and others was presented with the 'Community Leadership Award,' while Stephen Hill, co-founder and CEO of Caribbean International Network (CIN TV), which offers a full slate of programs including news, sports, drama and music shows in the ti-state area was presented with the 'Trailblazer Award.'

"We celebrate the amazing stories of our eminent honorees, whose lives and achievements are a well of inspiration, a beacon of light, hope and joy in these unsettled times" Michael McDonald, President of the JCOBANY said in his remarks.

The crowd was entertained by Ibo Cooper, who along with cello musician Gjilberta Lucaj, did a special musical tribute to former Deputy Prime Minister of Jamaica and JC Alumnus Seymour "Foggy" Mullings, who passed away in 2013. Foggy, as he was called in music circles, was not just an exemplary politician but was a pianist and a classical jazz musician who in the 1960's, frequently performed with other jazz groups of the day including Wilton Gaynair All Stars which featured the legendary Don Drummond.

Among those attending the sold out event were Keynote speaker Hon. Lisa Hanna; Consulate General of Jamaica, New York Herman LaMont; Michael McDonald, President of the JCOBANY; Board Member Dr Dwight Williams and Randy & Chris Chin, executives of VP Records.





shabba-ranks-photo-1.jpgReports out of Trinidad suggest that dancehall icon, Shabba Ranks refused to perform on a show there last weekend if the promoters decided to use Beenie Man to replace dengue-affested, Barrington Levy.

Reports are that Beenie Man was contacted by the promoters to cover for Barrington Levy who was forced to cancel the event due to illness. Shabba, who was originally billed for the event dubbed Unplugged, allegedly demanded Beenie Man's removal from the event.

Other entertainers who were billed for Trinidad's Unplugged held on Saturday include Cobra, Tanya Stephens, Maxi Priest, Chakka Demus and Pliers among others.

The major reason that Beenie and Shabba could have beef could stem from a television interview where Beenie Man was asked if anybody else could get the massive turnout that greeted Shabba at the airport in 2012 before Reggae Sumfest. At the time, Beenie Man replied "of course, anybody can get that, you haffi just pay for it."

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Beenie Man believes that his comment may have been taken out of context.

"I was saying that to do a motorcade costs money because you have to pay for transportation to take persons to the location and back home. It takes money to organise that. I was not saying that people were paid to go see Shabba," Beenie Man said.





Buju Banton juror found guilty of misconduct

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buju-banton-photo-8.jpgFox news is reporting that a federal juror in the trial of Reggae music star Buju Banton has been found guilty of misconduct.

Terri Wright was today sentenced to five months of probation and 40 hours of community service.

Judge James S. Moody has reportedly assigned her to write a research paper on how much a six-day trial costs taxpayers and the impact juror misconduct has on the system.

In 2011, Wright was part of a federal jury in Tampa that found Banton guilty of drug conspiracy and firearms charges.

The same judge who sentenced Banton to 10 years in prison told Wright today that she willfully violated his order not to research the case.

The allegation that Wright had researched the case first came to light following the trial, when she was interviewed by a newspaper reporter.

Wright told the reporter that when testimony ended each day, she returned to her car, wrote down notes to keep things fresh in her mind, then went home and researched the case.

An audio recording of that interview was played in court.





prime-minister-portia-simpson-miller-photo-3.jpgPrime Minister Portia Simpson Miller will be unable to keep speaking engagements this week as a result of laryngitis.

A statement from her office on Tuesday said her hectic schedule, including weeks of public speaking activities ,has led to an irritation of her vocal cords.

The Prime Minister has been advised by her doctor to rest her voice.

While she remains on the job, she will not be in attendance at several events at which she was scheduled to be the keynote speaker.

Arrangements have been made, where possible, for other Ministers to represent her.





Jamaicans can stay longer in the Cayman Islands

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Jamaicans can now remain in the Cayman Islands for longer periods, following changes to that territory's visa regime.

The Cabinet of the Cayman Islands has announced that Jamaican repeat visitors will be given special treatment under the country's Immigration Law, with the option to obtain a 10-year visitor visa. Currently, all other nationalities which require a visa prior to visiting Cayman can obtain only single-entry permission, or permission to enter multiple times within a one-year, three-year or five-year fixed period.

The Chief Officer in the Ministry of Home Affairs, Eric Bush, said the initiative is aimed at facilitating legitimate visitor travel for qualified Jamaicans.

The change in visitor visa rules does not affect the 30-day limit in place for most visitors who do not own property in Cayman. It will also not affect requirements for non-Caymanians, Jamaican or otherwise, to obtain work permits before they can be gainfully employed in the islands.

This year marks the first time since 2009 that the number of Jamaican work permit holders in the Cayman Islands has exceeded 9,000.





A driver was burnt to death and three others injured during a two vehicle collision in Font Hill, St Elizabeth on Monday night.

Police report that the vehicles, a Toyota Success and a Toyota Caldina, collided. Two of the passengers in the Toyota Success were pulled to safety but the driver was not so lucky. The vehicle exploded and he was burnt to death.

The driver of the Toyota Caldina and the two passengers in the car were taken to hospital and admitted.





Search on for missing 7-year-old

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missing-child-ajani-brown-photo.jpgThe Runaway Bay Police continue to have a high-level Ananda Alert activated for 7-year-old Ajani Brown, who disappeared on Friday, August 21.

Ajani, who is affectionately called 'AJ', hails from of Ricketts Drive in the parish, and is of brown complexion, slim build and about 104 centimetres (3 feet 5 inches) tall.

Reports from the Runaway Bay Police are that Ajani was last seen at home.

His mode of dress at the time he went missing is unknown, however the boy has not been seen or heard from since.

The police have urged anyone knowing the whereabouts of Ajani Brown to contact the Runaway Bay Police at 973-7057, the police's emergency 119 number or the nearest police station.





The Clarendon Police are still searching for clues to the suspect in the murder of a Vere Technical High School student and her sister on the weekend.

The bodies of 18 year old, Feleisha Bryan, who was an upper 6th form student and her 23 year old sister, Janelle Howell were found with stab wounds in the community of Landlease.

Head of the Clarendon Police, Senior Superintendent Fitz Bailey, told RJR News that statements have been collected and persons interviewed as the cops intensify their manhunt for the killer.

The cops believe Janelle may have been the target and her sibling was killed trying to help her.





Sisters shot dead in Manchester

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crime-scene-7.jpgTwo sisters, 31 year-old Tashi Foster and 28-year-old Dionne Foster were on Tuesday shot dead in Comfort District, Manchester.

Police reports are that after 1:00 pm, residents heard explosions and alerted them.

The bodies of the two women were reportedly seen in a house when they arrived on the scene.

Police say that four children and another adult were at the house a the time, but they were not harmed.

The women were reportedly killed after a discussion with a man who came to the premises.

No motive has yet been established for the incident.





mother-in-coma.jpgMarshae Paul, a past student of the University of the West Indies, has been in a coma for more than a week after giving birth to a baby boy at a hospital in Massachusetts, USA.

She celebrated the joyous occasion on Facebook, posting a picture on September 18 of her son under the caption, "When a woman is giving birth, she has sorrow because her hour has come, but when she has delivered the baby, she no longer remembers the anguish, for joy that a human being has been born into the world #myhappiness #mybiggestblessing #myprincekameron."

Friends and family celebrated with her through congratulatory messages on the social media platform. However, joy soon turned to pain when it was announced, by a brother in law a little over a week later, that Marshae had slipped into "a coma and may not survive".

She has remained in a coma since. Scores of well wishers, including many of her former classmates from UWI, have taken to social media to offer their support to Marshae.

"Still prayingShae! Everyday! Jus gwan rest. I know God is working! Ull be up in no time:) still waiting on u," said one social media user.

Added another: "We are still praying for your healing Prettiigurl Shae, continue to fight as we go to Calvary on your behalf."

One person, in expressing confidence of a recovery, declared that "God is in control," adding that "He will fight our battles, that's his promise!...Hold on babygirl....all is not lost."





Usain Bolt to appear on Ellen DeGeneres Show

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usain-bolt-iaaf.jpgWorld fastest man, Usain St. Leo Bolt announced via Twitter that he will be appearing on the Ellen DeGeneres Show tomorrow.

He took to Twitter on Tuesday saying: "Big deal business... check me out tomorrow on @theellenshow."

The Ellen DeGeneres Show is an hour-long, five-days-a-week, talk-variety show. It is currently ranked number 16 in the United States television programming with over three million viewers per episode.

The show has been in existence since 2003 and has featured numerous celebrities such as Justin Timberlake, Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, Matt Damon, Kanye West, and Beyonce.





missing-cargo-ship.jpgJACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) - The captain of the 790-foot El Faro planned to bypass Hurricane Joaquin, but some kind of mechanical failure left the U.S. container ship with 33 people aboard helplessly - and tragically - adrift in the path of the powerful storm, the vessel's owners say.

On Monday, four days after the ship vanished, the Coast Guard concluded it sank near the Bahamas in about 15,000 feet of water. One unidentified body in a survival suit was spotted, and the search went on for any trace of the other crew members. Survival suits help mariners float and stay warm. But even with the water temperature at 85 degrees, hypothermia can set in quickly, Coast Guard Capt. Mark Fedor said. He noted that the hurricane had winds of about 140 mph and waves topping 50 feet.

"These are trained mariners. They know how to abandon ship," Fedor said. But "those are challenging conditions to survive."

The ship, carrying cars and other products, had 28 crew members from the U.S. and five from Poland. Coast Guard and Navy planes, helicopters, cutters and tugboats searched across a 300-square-mile expanse of Atlantic Ocean near Crooked Island in the Bahamas, where the ship was last heard from while on its way from Jacksonville to Puerto Rico.

A heavily damaged lifeboat from the El Faro was discovered, no one aboard, Fedor said. The ship had two lifeboats capable of holding 43 people each.

"We are still looking for survivors or any sign of life," he said.

Also spotted were an oil sheen, cargo containers, a partly submerged life raft - the ship carried five rafts, each capable of holding 17 people - life jackets and life rings, authorities said.

Phil Greene, president and CEO of ship owner Tote Services Inc., said the captain had a plan to sail ahead of the hurricane with room to spare. Greene said the captain, whose name has not been released, had conferred with the El Faro's sister ship - which was returning to Jacksonville along a similar route - and determined the weather was good enough to go forward.

"Regrettably he suffered a mechanical problem with his main propulsion system, which left him in the path of the storm," Greene said. "We do not know when his engine problems began to occur, nor the reasons for his engine problems."

The last message from the ship came Thursday morning, when the captain reported the El Faro was listing slightly at 15 degrees in strong winds and heavy seas. Some water had entered through a hatch that popped open. The captain, who has 20 years' experience on cargo ships, calmly told company officials the crew was removing the water.

The Coast Guard was unable to fly into the ship's last known position until Sunday, because of the fierce hurricane winds. Steven Werse, a ship captain with 31 years' experience on the seas, said merchant vessels have access to up-to-date weather forecasting and technology that allow them to avoid most storms. If the El Faro had not lost engine power, he added, it would probably still have been powerful enough to make it through Joaquin. Without power, it was a sitting duck.

"The ship really is at the mercy of the sea. You have no means of maneuvering the ship. You would be rolling with the seas," said Werse, secretary-treasurer of the Master Mates and Pilots Union in Linthicum Heights, Maryland. The union has no connection to the El Faro or its crew.

Abandoning ship would be difficult, he added, because the lifeboats might not be accessible on a listing ship and life rafts could be torn apart or blown away.

"Sometimes circumstances overwhelm you. You can do all the planning you want," Werse said.

Bernard Ferguson, a commercial fisherman who was at his home on Crooked Island during the hurricane, said it must have been a nightmare for the crew.

"It's impossible for any kind of vessel to take that kind of beating for that length of time, maybe an hour or two, yes," Ferguson said. "But taking 36 hours of beating, there's no way."

Anxious family members, gathered at the Seafarers union hall in Jacksonville, tried to remain optimistic, but some wondered why the ship sailed into such a potent storm.

"What we've all questioned from the very start is why the captain would take them through a hurricane of this magnitude, or any hurricane," said Barry Young, uncle of crew member Shaun Riviera.

Terrence Meadows, a junior engineer and union member, said the captain and company made a poor decision to go to sea. He added there is often pressure for captains to stay on schedule.

"I personally believe that should not have happened," Meadows said. "We are the most important cargo on that vessel, not the cars" and other cargo.

Fedor said the National Transportation Safety Board and Coast Guard will investigate the sinking. The Coast Guard did not immediately release safety records requested by The Associated Press for the ship and its compa





Air France execs beaten by staff; forced to flee

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air-france-execs-beaten-up-by staff.jpgManagers of the French airline, Air France, were forced to flee an angry mob of staffers on Monday, after announcing plans to slash the size of the workforce.

Pictures from the protest show senior managers with their shirts torn off climbing over a fence to escape.

Security officials were forced to usher the managers to safety.

According to a Sky News report, the airline's parent company, Air France-KLM, said it planned to take legal action over what it described as "aggravated violence" towards its senior staff.

"This violence was carried out by particularly violent, isolated individuals, whereas the protest by striking personnel was taking place calmly up until then," a spokesman said.

Hundreds of staff took part in the protest at the company's headquarters near Paris.

Air France managers had been outlining plans to cut 2,900 jobs, after failing to convince the airline's pilots to work longer hours.The company also intends to reduce its long-haul business by 10%, and cut 14 planes from its long-haul fleet.





racist-white-man-little-black-boy.jpgA white US marketing whizz was fired after posting selfie with the son of his black co-worker on Facebook with 'hurtful, racist' caption calling the little boy his 'slave' - and his friends just joined in the abuse

Gerod Roth, who goes by Geris Hilton on Facebook, posted the photo to Facebook (left) and wrote hurtful and bigoted comments with his friends that referred to the little boy that was pictured as 'starving' and 'feral', among other things. After the photo went viral, Roth was fired from Polaris Marketing Group in Altanta, who described his behavior as disgusting and slanderous. Roth's colleague Sydney then came forward identifying her son as Cayden Jace (together-right), and said they are 'above this nonsense'.





An American Airlines flight from Phoenix to Boston was forced to make an emergency landing in Syracuse, New York after the pilot suddenly died mid-flight, though the exact nature of the pilot's illness has not been confirmed. The pilot, whose name and age is currently being withheld, was reportedly treated in the air by a flight attendant with a nursing background but all such efforts ultimately proved unsuccessful.

American Airlines says they are "incredibly saddened" by the pilot's passing and are currently focusing on "taking are of the family members and crew," according to ABC News. Cockpit recordings reveal at least one member crew confirming that the captain was "incapacitated," before eventually stating that he has become "unresponsive [and is] not breathing."

The flight, an Airbus A320 which reportedly housed 147 passengers, landed safely in Syracuse shortly after 7 a.m., thanks to the flight's co-pilot. Per a requirement in the United States, all airlines must have two pilots aboard any given flight. "We're certainly well qualified to handle situations like these," a spokesperson tells BBC News. "That's why you've got more than one pilot in a cockpit."





crime-scene-gun.jpgThe Police High Command has ordered a probe into the theft of six licensed firearms from a house in Mandeville, Manchester on the weekend.

Five Glock pistols, a shotgun along with several rounds of ammunition were stolen from the property in Ingleside.

A police investigator told RJR News that the thieves gained access to the house between Saturday night and Sunday morning. The businessman, who owns the property, is overseas.

It's understood that the men disabled the security system, including surveillance cameras and the alarm, and were not detected by pit bulls in the yard.

The police believe an organised group of criminals is behind the theft.

The men, who are from St Elizabeth and Spanish Town, St Catherine, have been involved in a series of break-ins in Manchester.





Student hospitalised after fire at his home

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A forth form male student from the Morant Bay High school in St Thomas is now in hospital following a fire which destroyed his home in York this morning.

According to police reports, about 4:30 a.m. residents saw fire coming from the building and alerted the fire department.

One unit from the Morant Bay fire department responded.

Residents of the York community said that the fire was allegedly started by a man who resides at the house following an argument with his wife.

The man who is being sought by the police has since fled the area.

Police say damage to the seven apartment house is valued at $8 million.





online-petition.jpgJamaicans in New York have started an online petition to raise objection to Britain's offer to give a L25-million grant to Jamaica to build a new prison.

The money will cover 40 per cent of the cost of the prison with Jamaican taxpayers being asked to fund the remainder. The prison is to house 300 Jamaicans convicted in the United Kingdom to complete their sentences here.

The offer was announced by Britain's Prime Minister, David Cameron while on an official visit to the island last week.

The online petition is urging Jamaicans in New York to reject the prison offer and to make their objection known to Jamaica's Consulate General in New York as well as Jamaica's Ambassador to the United States.The petition argues that there are other important things in Jamaica that needs more attention than a prison. It cites the need for more hospital equipment, educational supplies and resources and jobs.

At home, the British prison offer has received strong objection from Jamaicans despite the government's insistence that the proposed facility is good for Jamaica.





Hurricane Joaquin barrels down on Bermuda

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Hurricane Joaquin is barreling down on Bermuda as the weekend comes to an end, posing hazards to residents and vacationers.

Despite undergoing some weakening and no longer near Category 5 hurricane status, Joaquin is a Category 2 hurricane as it tracks northeastward through the western Atlantic Ocean.

Such a track will spare the United States of a direct hit, though historic flooding has still unfolded in South Carolina. Joaquin, on the other hand, will come within 120 km (75 miles) of Bermuda Sunday evening.

Rain and wind will pound the island nation into Sunday night with the heaviest rain and strongest winds expected through the first part of the night. Rain totals will average 50 to 100 mm (2 to 4 inches), which may lead to some flash flooding.

"Wind gusts of 95 to 130 kph (60 to 80 mph) may cause sporadic power outages on the island," AccuWeather Meteorologist Edward Vallee said.

Minor damage to structures may also ensue. Additional damage or bodily harm can result from any trees or limbs that get knocked down by the winds.

"In addition, a storm surge of 30 to 90 cm (1 to 3 feet) to locally as much as 2 meters (6 feet) may cause some flooding issues in coastal sections of the island," added Vallee. That is especially true on the eastern coast.

The weather will improve across Bermuda on Monday as Joaquin departs away to the northeast, heading into the open waters of the northern Atlantic and posing hazards to only shipping interests.

Joaquin will transition to a non-tropical system by midweek and will be monitored by AccuWeather meteorologists for any potential impacts on the British Isles late in the week.





joaquin-bermuda.jpgIncoming flights have been cancelled as well as church services at the Anglican Church as powerful Hurricane Joaquin bore down on Bermuda packing 115 miles per hour winds after earlier causing death and destruction in The Bahamas.

In its 8 a.m. EDT bulletin, the Miami-based National Hurricane Centre (NHC) said Joaquin remained a Category Three storm, down from a strong Category Four storm on Saturday when it had sustained winds of 155 mph.The NHC added that further weakening is forecast during the next 48 hours.Conditions were already deteriorating in Bermuda with three to five inches of rain expected through Sunday.

The hurricane was located 160 nautical miles southwest of Bermuda moving to the northeast at around 21 mph.

The Bermuda Weather Service said Joaquin's closest point of approach to the island is forecast to be 62 nautical miles to the west-northwest at 9 p.m. local time.

The Ministry of Transport late Saturday said all flights to the island on Sunday - with the exception of Delta Air Lines which had yet to confirm its position -- had been cancelled although American Airlines' early-morning flights to Miami and New York were expected to go ahead.

Sunday's ferry services were scrapped and bus service was due to be suspended at 10 a.m. local time.

Two cruise ships -- the Carnival Sunshine and Royal Caribbean's Liberty of the Seas -- earlier announced the cancellation of scheduled visits to the island.

Hardware stores on Saturday reported brisk business as homeowners made last-minute preparations for Joaquin -- 12 months after two hurricanes, Fay and Gonzalo, struck the island within five days of each other, causing widespread power outages.

Michele Trott, a clerk at one store, said: "We've been really, really busy. People were lined up outside the gate before we opened this morning."

She added: "People are mostly buying lumber, batteries, flashlights, ropes and tarpaulins to get ready for the weather that's coming."





thump.jpgTHUMP just released a brand-new THUMP Special titled Family, Faygo, and Flosstradamus. Hosted by THUMP Editor David Garber, the episode follows trap heavyweights Flosstradamus as they perform for the first time at the 2015 Gathering of the Juggalos, marking the first-time ever an EDM act has ever graced the stage at The Gathering.

Watch it here: http://thump.vice.com/en_us/video/heres-what-happened-when-flosstradamus-brought-trap-music-to-the-gathering-of-the-juggalos

When Flosstradamus first announced they were playing The Gathering earlier this year, it was unclear whether the famed EDM duo would be greeted by Juggalo community as kindred spirits or rejected as outsiders. In THUMP's new documentary, Garber and Flosstradamus tour the festival grounds, talking with Juggalos and uncovering the unique kinship between rave and Juggalo culture along the way.

Watch previous THUMP Specials here: https://thump.vice.com/en_us/topic/thump-special

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THUMP is the electronic music and culture channel from VICE. Launched in 2013 with a focus on the full range of electronic music and culture, from massive festival stages to renegade warehouse parties, from platinum-selling artists to DIY bedroom wunderkinds.THUMP chronicles every aspect of global dance music culture: the music, the artists, the fans, the experience. Through original videos from the most electrifying events around the globe, breaking news, exclusive mixes by the world's best DJs, and an engaging slate of editorial features and premieres, THUMP offers a unique and authoritative portal into the culture of electronic music.





the-alibi-oct-2.jpgEating and entertainment nightlife of the Corporate Area received a boost on Friday with the relaunch of The Alibi Restaurant and Cafe at the old Peppers venue on Waterloo Road.

Situated in the safe and secure Gore Business Complex, The Alibi is expected to give patrons casual elegant dining without the huge price tag and will also offer nightly entertainment packages, to suite the discerning individuals.

According to proprietor Mark Nelson, The Alibi will feature some of Jamaica's traditional dishes, all seasoned with local herbs and spices. He said powdered seasoning will not be used to prepare any of the dishes on the menu.

Among the entertainment plans for The Alibi is a fusion night in which two different genre of music will be joined to present one entertainment package for that particular night. So a possible fusion night could see an entertainer that specialises in jazz, sharing the stage with a cultural artiste.

Also, at the launch,was the first of the regular Friday Bounce, in which popular DJs will bring the party vibes to The Alibi.

Nelson said that the entertainment package will neither be "hyped or snobbish" and will give patrons an authentic Caribbean experience "at an affordable cost".

The Alibi opens its door each day at 11:00 am, with the departure of the last patron dictating when it closes. The venue is open air with modern facilities and provides adequate parking for the patrons.





omi-cheerleader.jpgThe nominees for the annual Music of Black Origin (MOBO) awards were announcemed last Wednesday at the Ronnie Scott's Jazz Club in England. Five Jamaicans made the list of nominees, including Cheerleader singer OMI.

OMI has been nominated in the category Best Reggae Act and will go up against the likes of Popcaan, Chronixx, Protoje, and last year's winner, Stylo G. This is the first nomination for both OMI and Protoje, the second for Chronixx, the third for Stylo G, and the fourth for the 'Unruly Boss', Popcaan.

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Music from all the nominees in the category have been doing well in the UK throughout 2015. OMI topped the British pop charts with his mega-hit, Cheerleader, which sold more than five million copies worldwide. His debut studio album, Me 4 U, is set for release on Ultra Music label later this month.

Stylo G is riding the British pop chart with My Number 1(Love Me, Love Me, Love Me) featuring Gyptian and Protoje. Stylo G has also topped the Billboard Reggae Album Chart this year with Ancient Future, while Chronixx gained huge attention in the country with his singles Ghetto People and Light it Up. This year, Popcaan made strides in the UK with songs such as Where We come From and Bad Inna Real Life.

The MOBO Awards recognises artistes of any ethnicity or nationality performing black music. Former dancehall artiste Bugsy Malone is also a nominee, gaining nods in the Best Grime Artiste and Best Newcomer categories. British singer FKA Twigs (real name Tahliah Debrett Barnett), whose father is Jamaican, is also a double nominee after being listed in the Best Female and Best Video categories.

Hip-hop duo Krept and Konan, which comprises Casyo Johnson and Karl Wilson - son of reggae singer Delroy Wilson - leads the pack with four nominations. They scored a surprise UK Top 10 hit in the summer with Freak of the Week.

The single samples producer Jeremy Harding's 'Playground' rhythm, which was first released in 1997 and featured Beenie Man's Billboard hit single, Who Am I (Zim Zimma). Krept and Konan are also nominated in the categories Best Hip Hop Act, Best Album, Best Male Act, and Best Song.

The MOBO Awards will take place on November 4 at the Leeds First Direct Arena in the United Kingdom.





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Miriam Goessner, Dr Hans-Wilhelm Mueller-Wohlfahrt, skier Felix Neureuther and Bolt pose for a picture

He might not have a race scheduled for the rest of the year, but Usain Bolt showed no signs of slowing down as he partied the night away at Oktoberfest in Munich on Saturday.

The sprint star, who won three gold medals at the World Championships in Beijing last month, announced he would be taking the rest of 2015 off after his success in China.

And with no competitions to prepare for, the colourful Jamaican made his third successive visit to one of Germany's most famous annual celebrations.

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Dressed in traditional lederhosen, Bolt was pictured drinking beer out of a German stein and chatting with friends in the Schuetzen Tent.

The 29-year-old also joined one of the traditional folk bands performing at the event and played up to the crowds by pulling off his trademark celebration for the cameras.

Returning to Germany will have brought back happy memories for Bolt, who shattered both the 100m and 200m world records during the 2009 World Championships held in Berlin.

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His trip to Europe followed a break to Miami, Florida, where he attended the birthday party of rapper Lil Wayne at a glitzy nightclub.

Bolt was also in London last month as he continued his celebrations after winning a trio of gold medals at the National Stadium in Beijing. The six-times Olympic champion finished first in the 100m, 200m and 4x100m relay - the fifth time he had won all three sprint titles at a major championships.





hand-foot-mouth-disease.jpgThe Ministry of Health says cases of hand, foot and mouth disease are expected to increase over the next few weeks.

Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Marion Bullock-DuCasse, says investigation revealed there were cases of the disease in some St. Catherine schools in early September but these were not reported.

"We are trying to determine the exact proportion but it is just to alert you that the figures will chanege, but they are not all current."

Bullock DuCasse who made the disclosure at a media briefing involving the Ministries of Health and Education also advised the public of the specific course of action they should take if they suspect a case of hand foot and mouth disease.

Bullock Ducasse, says there is a central channel of information which flows to the Health Department of each parish. However, the first step is for parents to be vigilant.

"If the child is ill enough and the fever had not abated, then they can go to their doctor. Then the report will go to the health department in the parish. Apart from that any member of the public can call the Ministry of Health, to say that they are concerned......." she said.





ODPEM issues warning

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The Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management (ODPEM) is urging persons living in flood prone areas to prepare to evacuate if water rises to dangerous levels.

ODPEM issued the advisory in the wake of heavy rains which affected the island Saturday and into this morning.

ODPEM is urging the public to avoid flooded waterways and said no one should attempt to cross rivers, gullies and fords at this time.

People should also secure vital records in water-proof plastic containers and acquaint themselves with evacuation routes between their house and the nearest shelter as well as monitor the radio and television for weather updates.

Meanwhile, communication manager at the National Works Agency (NWA) Stephen Shaw, says teams are on standby to respond to calls to clear roadblocks due to land slippage and falling rocks.

"Overnight, we understand that the road from Papine to Hardware Gap is impassible.....we will continue to advice persons to exercise caution when traversing certain area....there is the possibility of further slippages taking place in areas that are vulnerable," Shaw said.





fatal-crash.jpgA woman is dead following a motor vehicle crash on the Washington Boulevard early Sunday.

The circumstances which led to the crash are unclear, however it is reported that the woman was a passenger in a BMW motorcar being driven by a man in the southbound lane of Dunrobin Avenue.

On reaching the vicinity of the Jamaica Baptist Union, the motorcar mounted the sidewalk, hit a wall and then flipped.

The woman who was not wearing a seat belt was thrown from the vehicle.She died at the scene.

The male driver was taken to hospital.





damian-crawford.jpgMember of Parliament for East Rural St Andrew, Damion Crawford, has lost his bid to represent the People's National Party (PNP) in the next general election.

Crawford was beaten by the former constituency chairman, businessman, Peter Blake who received 218 votes to Crawford's 166 votes in a selection exercise at the PNP's headquarters in St Andrew.There was only one spoilt ballot.

Crawford's leadership style has led to a testy relationship with some of his constituents since his election in 2011 when the PNP had selected him to be its standard bearer over Blake.

Some of Crawford's programmes have also not been well received by constituents. His strong focus on education of children, for instance, was not met generally accepted.





Henzel Clarke, CEO/owner of Jam Link Intl. formerly Jam Yard, changed the name of the company in August, after splitting with his former partner. Under the banner of Jam Yard, Henzel planned and executed some of the biggest Reggae events in the city of Aarhus, Denmark. He is responsible for promoting events with artists such as Capleton, Beenie Man, Karamanti, Yasus Afari, Omar Perry, and that is just to name a few.

Now that he is working under the new name; Jam Link Intl. he is planning a brand launch on October 30th which will feature a host of Reggae acts performing live. Regretfully, we cannot mention the names of the artists that are slated to be on the show as they are all listed as 'surprise guest artists.' The event has been sub-titled, 'Reggae Night,' and everyone, members of the media and public alike, are anticipating live bands, sound systems and artists presenting Reggae at its best.

Jam Link Intl. launch party will take place on Friday, October 30th at Gyngen, located at Mejlgade 53 in Aarhus, Denmark. Doors will be opened at 9:30 P.M. and closing time will be 2 A.M. There will be special Reggae cocktails to compliment the brand's Jamaica theme. All are invited as entrance is absolutely free.

Please forward all media inquiries to Maria Jackson Entertainment, Jam Link International's publicist, at mariajacksonent@gmail.com





justin-bieber-photo-1.jpgFollowing a series of run-ins with the law and much negative publicity, Justin Bieber has apparently turned to Jesus for redemption.

The 21-year-old Canadian-born superstar, has told a popular overseas magazine, "I just wanna honestly live like Jesus."

The "Baby" singer claimed that Jesus has transformed his troubled life. "We have the greatest healer of all, and his name is Jesus Christ," he said. "And he really heals. This is it. It's time that we all share our voice. Whatever you believe. Share it. I'm at a point where I'm not going to hold this in."

Before his new found redemption, Bieber was no saint. Over the past three years, the youngster has got himself into serious trouble, some of which earned him

April 24, 2013: Swedish police reportedly find drugs and a stun gun on board one of the Biebs' tour buses

Nov. 8, 2013: Bieber is charged with vandalism after spray-painting graffiti in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Dec. 30, 2013: Toronto police allege that Bieber hit a limo driver on the back of the head on this date after he was picked up with five other people.

Jan. 14, 2014: Bieber is detained after being accused of throwing about 24 eggs at his neighbour's house in Calabasas on Jan. 9, causing around $2,000 in damage.

Jan. 23, 2014: On the night that inspired a thousand mugshot memes, Bieber is arrested in Miami Beach for an alleged DUI while drag racing.

Aug. 29, 2014: Bieber is arrested in Stratford, Ont. on charges of dangerous driving while on his ATV.





richie-stephens-photo-1.jpgAward winning reggae crooner Richie Stephens, fresh from his successful tour of Brazil in early September decided to pay tribute to the country with a sizzling new single titled 'I Love Brazil.'

The catchy song was recorded on the 'Silver Words' riddim (made popular by Ken Boothe) and was produced by Clive Hunt. The track was recorded at Mixing Lab in Kingston and was officially released in Brazil on September 14th on the Pot of Gold Record label.

While in Brazil, Stephens headlined four shows - two in Sao Luis and two in Belem. He also shot a music video for his hit single 'Knock, Knock, Knock' in Sao Luis, the largest city of the Brazilian state of Maranhao with an all Brazilian cast and production team.

"My tour of Brazil in September went extremely well" the singer said in a recent TV interview.

"Jamaicans have had a long, love affair with Brazil because of our love for football, Pele, Ronaldinho and Neymar. The song 'I Love Brazil' was inspired by the similarity in both cultures (Jamaica & Brazil) and to express my gratitude for the warmth and the abundance of love and support I got from the people of Brazil on my first tour there."

Stephens said since the song was released, it has been embraced by radio in Brazil and is racing up the charts.

"The song is already one of the most requested songs on radio in Sao Luis and is a sure shot at parties. The popularity is growing amazingly fast!" he gushed.

Stephens, who is back in Jamaica said he is excited about the possibility of doing another, more expanded tour of Brazil and South America in 2016, to capitalize on his new found fame in that market and to coincide with the 2016 summer Olympics which takes place in Rio de Janeiro from August 5 -21.

"Coming off the heels of 'Knock, Knock, Knock,' my first number 1# song in Brazil, everybody is predicting 'I Love Brazil' will be another hit. With all the love and popularity I am currently getting, things are definitely looking great for the 2016 Olympics for me in Brazil, in terms of embarking on a major tour' he noted.





mystic-dancer.jpgPopular dancer Mystic has been certified gold with her Major Lazer's 'Bubble Butt' collaboration and is now the first local dancer to be featured on a gold-selling track.

Bubble Butt, also featuring Bruno Mars, Tyga and 2 Chains, has garnered over 40 million views on YouTube.

Mystic told a newspaper she was grateful for the success, and also highlighted that Jamaican talents only need the right opportunity to be successful.

"Being a part of the creative process with Major Lazer and making this track has been a privilege, and I will continue to celebrate the songs success," said Mystic, who has been featured in several local and international music videos, and currently teaches dance classes.

"I have not received my copy of the plaque as yet, but I am so excited about this accomplishment. I think everyone has potential and if they are dedicated to their craft and given the opportunity, they will succeed."

Major Lazer also recruited Jamaican reggae artiste Tarrus Riley for a new collaboration called Powerful. That song has been viewed 29 million times collectively on YouTube. However, the single which also features pop artiste Ellie Goulding is yet to chart on the highly competitive Billboard chart.





jack-radics.jpgSinger Jack Radics is enjoying a career revival thanks to the song Make You Mine which is number nine on Billboard's Hot Singles Sales Chart. The table ranks the top-selling singles (CD and vinyl) in the United States.

Make You Mine is featured on Radics' latest album Way 2 Long. It is a joint production between Radics' Sound Faculty label and producer Ruediger Nieschmidt.Released in August last year, Way 2 Long is the 15th album for the big-voiced Radics. It features production from the likes of Geoffrey Forrest, Andy Livingston and Fat Eyes.

"The big surprise was we put out this song, essentially without the help of a major label and we hardly did much promotion. But to see this kind of result, it is very encouraging," he said. "So far it has been very good. It hasn't been picked up by the mainstream as yet but the college circuit has been responding very well to it," Radics, who is in his 50s, explained.

Way 2 Long has 12 tracks including five covers: Macy Gray's Fireplace, Paul Young's Every Time You go Away, Lou Rawls' Lady Love, the Zutons' Valerie and Lucky Dube's The Other Side.

Radics, whose real name is Balfour Bailey, emerged on the music scene in the late 1980s. His self-titled debut album was released in 1991. In Jamaica, he is best known for the songs This Time I'll be Sweeter and You Sexy Thing.

Radics was signed to five established labels: Island Records, Sony, Jive, EMI and RCA. In 1994, he teamed with Chaka Demus and Pliers on the single Twist and Shout which topped the British pop charts. In 1995 he scored another British chart entry when My Girl Josephine featuring Super Cat reached number 22.

Radics has had success in Europe where most of his albums are released. Songs such as No Matter and That's Life were chart-toppers in Germany, Austria and Switzerland, as well as South Africa.

A video for Make You Mine is scheduled to be filmed in Atlanta next month. It will have a cameo by Roger Redding, son of soul legend Otis Redding.





Japan's PM heads to Bob Marley Museum

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japanese-pm-at-bob-marley-museum.jpgJapan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has put a trip to the Bob Marley Museum on his agenda for his visit to Jamaica.

Abe arrived at Kingston's Norman Manley International Airport tWednesday afternoon for a two-day visit. He headed to the museum after bilateral talks with Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller.

Earlier in the afternoon, Abe was met at the airport by Simpson Miller; Chief of Defence Staff, Major General Antony Anderson, and Commissioner of Police, Dr. Carl Williams. Following the playing of the Japanese national anthem, Prime Minister Abe also met Leader of the Opposition, Andrew Holness; President of the Senate, Floyd Morris, and other Jamaican and Japanese officials.

After leaving the airport, he laid a wreath at the Cenotaph in National Heroes Park, in honour of soldiers who fought in World Wars I and II.

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Usain Bolt keeps his promise to upcoming artiste

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sagitar-bolt-young-ras.jpgJamaican sprinter and fastest man in the world, Usain St Leo Bolt made upcoming entertainer Sagitar and Young Ras popular back in August when he posted a song they did in his honour.

"Jamaican producers link up..Put Sagitar on a track right now and me cover the bill.. ?#?kickout? ?#?JamaicansMostTalented?," Bolt posted on his Facebook page.

Immediately the Sagitar and the drummer Young Ras won the hearts of many Jamaicans who found them to be extremely talented.

Now Bolt is back in Jamaica and as promised, he has connected with the two talented Jamaicans.

"My peeps you'll remember Sagitar & YoungRas who did the #UsainBoltAthem song this summer..making good on my promise," Bolt tweeted.

Bolt presided over a special function being held at the Usain Bolt Tracks and Records restaurant on Constant Spring road where he is handing over a full drum set to Young Ras who in the video was only using a knife and a chopper as musical accompaniment to Sagitar.





HIGH TIMES heads to Jamaica

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Rastafari Rootzfest will host the HIGH TIMES 2015 Jamaican World Cannabis Cup in Negril from Nov. 12 through 15. Rastafari Rootzfest is a comprehensive, educational and experiential event that highlights Rastafari ideology, livity and culture, tells the story of the Rastafari struggle for the legalization of ganja and celebrates the decriminalization of ganja in Jamaica. Rastafari Rootzfest is the first ganja-exempt event since the Jamaican government legally recognized Rastafari Sacramental and Religious rights in the Dangerous Drugs (Amendment) Act earlier this year.

"It's time to get up and stand up, stand up for what is right! Let's get up and stand up, time we all unite!" said Rastafarian elder and event organizer Ras Iyah V of Rastafari In Inity Limited. "It is good that this government can recognize that I & I do have the right and are able to enjoy that right of herb as I & I Sacrament. Hail RasTafari!"

Earlier this year, the Jamaican Government amended its Dangerous Drugs Act to finally recognize Rastafarian religious and sacramental rights to use ganja and also decriminalized the possession of up to two ounces of marijuana for adults including tourists.

The event will be held in Long Bay Beach Park along the popular Seven Mile Beach in Negril. Persons under 18-years-old will not be permitted to enter the event. This is a strictly adult event. Tickets and travel packages are on sale at cannabiscup.com.

The HIGH TIMES Cannabis Cup

The HIGH TIMES Cannabis Cup is the world's leading marijuana trade show, celebrating the world of ganja through competitions, instructional seminars, expositions, celebrity appearances, concerts and product showcases. Hosted in states that have legalized medical and recreational marijuana, the Cannabis Cup stands as the foremost gathering place for the cannabis community to network and celebrate. Going strong for nearly three decades, HIGH TIMES Cannabis Cups are the most established and trusted in the marijuana industry, continually fighting for the political legitimacy of the plant.

For more information on HIGH TIMES 2015 Jamaican World Cannabis Cup, visit:
http://www.cannabiscup.com/jamaica





missing-teen-brithania-gordon-photo.jpgAn Ananda Alert has been activated for 16-year-old Brithania Gordon, Rodwood Way, Waterford in St Catherine who has been missing since Wednesday, September 16.

Gordon, who also goes by the name 'Jodi', is of dark complexion, slim build and is about 152 centimetres (5 feet) tall.

Reports from the Waterford Police have indicated that around 11am, Brithania was last seen at home - however, her mode of dress at the time she went missing is unclear.

Efforts to contact her since her disappearance have proven futile.

The police have urged anyone knowing the whereabouts of Brithania Gordon is being asked to contact the Waterford Police at 988-1763, the police's emergency 119 number or the nearest police station.





david-cameron-portia-andrew-holness.jpgBritish Prime Minister David Cameron has announced that Britain will spend 25 million British pounds to build a prison in Jamaica.

According to the BBC, the new prison will house hundreds of Jamaicans serving time in Britain.

"It is absolutely right that foreign criminals who break our laws are properly punished but this shouldn't be at the expense of the hardworking British taxpayer," Cameron is quoted as saying.

"That's why this agreement is so important. It will mean Jamaican criminals are sent back home to serve their sentences, saving the British taxpayer millions of pounds but still ensuring justice is done."

More than 600 Jamaicans are said to be behind bars in Britain - the third most from any country. The BBC says the Jamaicans cannot be repatriated because of fears that poor jail conditions here would allow a successful challenge under human rights law.

It's reported that the deal could save British taxpayers 10 million British pounds a year when prisoner transfers begin in 2020.


Here's what people have to say:

valdano

These leaders insult peoples intelligence. We know its all about taking back the rotten apples in the form of those 700 prisoners. They will keep the good migrants to build their nation but they don't want to deal with the bad ones so now they will unleash them on poor struggling Jamaica that is already burdened with poverty and crime. Wow. Such hypocrites.


Yardman

Mr. Cameron came to Jamaica to arrange the building of a prison in Jamaica so that he can deport Jamaicans who have became harden prisoners in Britain and serving time in British prisons. This move will save the British tax payers 10 million pounds per year.

This does not sound like he is here to help Jamaica or the Caribbean region. He really came here to save the British tax payers 10 million pounds per year because of Jamaicans whose the British system has in prisons in that country.

I hope he will address the issue of reparation fulsomely. He and his generation have benefitted from the blood and tears of our fore parents. They worked approximately 200 years to build Britian without any pay.


Verona

Jamaica wants infrastructure and development, I hope this bilateral relationship from the British to the jamaican people can build schools hospital, playground, parks , proper communities for the people but most of all Free EDUCATION to level for the lest and vulnerable people in the jamaican society today, I don't just want to hear that we are going to have growth in five years, don't sounds good at all lets go back to the beginning of the socalled independence 53 years ago, this money should have given to us to build a nation that can complete with the rest of the world. mr Cameron sometimes we have to rewrite the history books and set things right in an orderly manner





Walcott documentary for film festival

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Ida Does' award-winning documentary, Poetry Is an Island, Derek Walcott, will be shown at the Neville Hall Lecture Theatre, UWI, Mona, on Sunday, November 8, at 6:30 p.m.

The film presents an intimate portrait of Walcott set in St Lucia and is one of the offerings of the E. Desmond Lee Africa World Documentary Film Festival which will run at UWI, Mona, from November 5 - 8. The festival is sponsored by the E. Desmond Lee Professorship, University of Missouri, St Louis, USA, and is held annually at venues around the globe.

At UWI, Mona, the festival is organised by the Department of Literatures in English, the Department of Language, Linguistics and Philosophy, and CARIMAC. Now in its third staging at Mona, the festival seeks to promote knowledge of the life and culture of the people of Africa worldwide through the art of documentary filmmaking. Poetry Is An Island is being screened as a special initiative by the local organisers to bring Caribbean films to local audiences.

The festival is free and open to the public. Screenings begin everyday at 2:00 p.m. except on Thursday, when the festival is being launched with an opening ceremony that begins at 5:45 p.m.

Poetry is an Island has received a number of awards, including Best Documentary Feature at the Piton International Film festival (2014); the Jury Award for Best Documentary Feature at Caribbean Tales International Film Festival, Toronto (2014); The Golden Award for best editing at the Documentary & Short International and Movie Awards Festival in Jakarta (2015); and Best Documentary Feature, Honolulu Film Awards (2015).





Pulse Million Dollar Model Search finals Sunday

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pulse-search-sashuana.jpgThe finals of the Pulse Million Dollar Model Search takes place Sunday at Pulse Centre, 38a Trafalgar Road, New Kingston.

Pulse's Sashauna Robinson, Asoya Smith and Davina Bennett are back in Jamaica for the live finals. All three models are products of the model search, Robinson being a winner in 2012.

Close to 200 new faces will compete for Male Face, Petite and Full Figure titles.

Sashauna, Asoya and Davina will be joined on the runway by Alicia Burke, winner of the recently concluded 2015 reality TV show for the event. Alicia returns to London on November 2.

pulse-search-asoya-smith.jpgIn 2014, Pulse launched The Pulse Search For The Million Dollar Girl. One girl deemed to have the perfect face, body and spirit will be selected Pulse's Million Dollar Girl at the conclusion of the Pulse CMS Reality TV show early next year.

This year's show was aired on TVJ and followed the Live CMS event last summer. The winner received $1 million in cash and prizes, including $600,000 cash. This year will be no different.

Popular dancehall entertainer Ding Dong will perform at Sunday's finals.

pulse-search-davina.jpgSince 1980, The Pulse Search has produced Kimberly Mais, Angela Neil, Carla Campbell, Romae Gordon, Althea Laing, Lincoln Wynter, Nicola Vassell, Justine Willoughby, Sunna Gottshalk and Lois Samuels. More recently there have been Jeneil Williams, Sedene Blake, Oraine Barrett, Jaunel McKenzie, Nell Robinson, Gaye McDonald and Nadine Willis.





judi-emanuel.jpgSunday's Jazz in the Garden, the penultimate concert in the series, presents a line-up of female acts at The Jamaica Pegasus on Sunday, starting at 6:00 p.m. They are Myrna Hague-Bradshaw, Althea Hewitt, Judi Immanuel, Diamara Neil-Walker, Orisha Sound, Slavic and Azuri. Pianist Dr Kathy Brown is musical director for the show.

The concert is endorsed by Power 106/Music 99 and Kool 97 FM, with co-sponsors Clear Sound Productions and The Jamaica Pegasus.

According to executive producer Nancy McLean, the final concert in the series will bring together many of the exciting acts who performed throughout 2015. Entitled The Best of Jazz in the Gardens 2015, it is scheduled to take place on Sunday, December 27.

On Sunday there will be beverages and other items courtesy of sponsors O'Jays Premium, Splenda and Voortman.

Tickets for Jazz in the Gardens ... A Feast for the Senses are $2,500 presold and $3,000 at the gate. Presold tickets are available at Supermed Mall Pharmacy, Mall Plaza and at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel.

The Jazz in the Gardens series continues to support the Best Care Foundation and Elsie Bemand Home for Girls.





harry-belafonte.jpgCivil rights activist Harry Belafonte made headlines last weekend following discussions he had with American R&B artiste Usher about popular culture and activism.

Last Friday evening, scores of young people turned up at the Kaufmann Concert Hall in New York City to listen to both men speak on issues surrounding the need to be involved in activism. The discussion, under the theme 'Breaking the Chains of Social Injustice', was moderated by former CNN anchorwoman Soledad O'Brien.

usher-photo-1.jpgBelafonte, 88, suffered a seizure the evening before but was well enough to engage the audience in a riveting discussion, according to online sources. The entertainer charged his fellow musicians to remember that they have a social responsibility, a message he has been preaching for several years and which led to a falling out between himself and hip-hop mogul Jay Z.

Belafonte and Jay Z have been at loggerheads since 2012 when Belafonte said that one of the great abuses of modern times is having high-profile artistes and powerful celebrities who have turned their back on social responsibility, citing Jay Z and his wife, BeyoncE, as examples.

Jay Z responded to Belafonte's reasoning in 2013 by stating that his presence as an artiste-entertainer was better felt in charity. It is also widely believed that Jay Z took a hit at Belafonte in one of his songs, where he said, "Mr Day-O, major fail."

However, on Friday, the two seemed to have put their differences aside as Jay Z was a member of the audience at the discussion. It was also reported that the two had been engaged in conversations backstage before the discussion started.

Belafonte, who was born to Jamaican parents in Harlem, but who was sent to live with his grandmother in Jamaica for eight years, has been critical of popular artistes for not doing enough to address social injustice. "Artists are the gatekeepers of truth," he said during the discussion on Friday, while heaping praises on director Steve McQueen for the film 12 Years a Slave. He said the film functions as a strong rebuttal to those who would whitewash slavery in history books.

Usher spoke about the need to vote and the need for education. He shrugged off the term "activist" to describe himself, preferring to reserve it for people like Belafonte, who fought for civil rights with Martin Luther King Jr in the 1960s and has been a prominent voice demanding social justice for more than half a century. Coining a term for himself, the singer described himself as an "actionist" and said he hoped his new video would move people to get involved in various organisations like Belafonte's group, Sankofa.





Sparkles to launch 'silent disco'

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Sparkles Productions, One of Jamaica's largest and loudest sound/PA providers, is about to launch a 'silent disco'. The experience begins with entering a venue and hearing the deafening sound of silence. No music, no earth-shaking vibrations, no sound pollution. Only the discreet conversations between humans can be heard. Each patron or guest receives a set of high-quality headphones as they enter the venue and the party begins. The headphones are equipped with channel selection for different music source and volume control. The concept involves the transmission of sound to each individual headphone in high fidelity, using the most advanced technology in audio engineering.

Conversation can be achieved by just removing the headphone - not shouting over the music to get your message across.

Society and entertainment can now exist in harmony, literally side by side, with positive results all around.

Sparkles Productions is a full-service high-quality event production company that offers everything for corporate, private and public events, weddings, conferences, parties and concerts.





world-cannabis-cup.jpgJustice Minister Mark Golding has urged persons attending the Rastafari RootzFest, which will see local growers of ganja competing for the coveted World Cannabis Cup, to be responsible during the four day event which will be held in Negril next month.

In endorsing the event, which will be held November 12 - 15, Golding said the Fest was a great concept and hoped that it will grow into an annual event.

He was speaking at the launch of the event at the Bob Marley Museum on Hope Road in St Andrew.

"As Minister of Justice, I must encourage all to be responsible in their approach to herb. I know that the Rastafari approach to herb is a responsoible approach. We don't encourage smoking amongst kids, we don't encourage any form of abuse of this plant, but at the same time we acknowledge that this is a powerful plant than can be used as a force for good," Golding said.

The Fest will host High Times magazine's annual World Cannabis Cup and will also feature nightly reggae concerts with, according to organisers, "homegrown Jamaican Rastafari artistes".

The Cannabis Cup is the world's leading marijuana trade show, celebrating the world of ganja through competitions, instructional seminars, expositions, celebrity appearances, concerts and product showcases.





kingston-college-student-matthew-nesbeth.jpgA student of Kingston College, who helped an elderly woman with her bag, has been getting praised all across social media platforms for his act of kindness.

Matthew Nesbeth's good deed was highlighted by former beauty queen Kaci Fennell, who shared the note-worthy event on her Facebook page.

Fennell, who shared the photo of Nesbeth and the elderly woman, thanked the Kingston College student for "reminding us all that the Jamaican future is not all lost."

The beauty queen then asked her large social media following, "What was your last good deed?"

Very well done, Matthew.





gun-shooting.jpgEducation Minister Ronald Thwaites today commended the administration of Papine High School in St Andrew after a gun was allegedly found in a 13-year-old male student's bag on Thursday.

Thwaites said the presence of the gun in the student's school bag was detected using a metal detector provided by the ministry during routine security checks on Thursday.

The police were summoned and upon investigation they identified the gun as a nine mm firearm with 12 live rounds.

Thwaites in a press release today, noted that this incident, along with the recent finding of ammunitions on a school boy at Brimmervale High in St Mary, underscores the importance of school administrators utilising the metal detectors provided.

At the start of the new school year the Ministry of Education distributed more than 130 metal detectors to high schools.

The ministry's Safety and Security Unit also distributed revised policy guidelines and several safety and security manuals to schools.





busy-signal.jpgPopular dancehall artiste, Busy Signal, has been cleared of defrauding a Zimbabwean promoter. He was cleared by the high court yesterday (28/10/15) after allegedly failing to fulfill a contractual agreement to perform in Zimbabwe in August last year.

He was accused of defrauding the promoter, Long Cash Entertainment Limited of approximately thirty thousand dollars.

According to African news outlet, All Africa, Justice Loyce Moyo dismissed the application that was made by one of the directors of the entertainment group, Patrick Hundu.

Busy Signal's lawyer, Ms. Venge, says the judge noted that, in the contract of engagement, both parties agreed that any dispute would be held before arbitration in Kingston.

It was also noted that Long Cash Entertainment, breached the contract when they failed to pay a non-refundable deposit of twenty seven thousand five hundred dollars.

Last Friday after Busy Signal's arrival in Zimbabwe, Mr Hundu reported the entertainer to the police.





crime-scene-gun.jpgThe husband of murdered Mandeville businesswoman Norma Coleman, has turned himself in to the police.

Colemean on Wednesday reported to the Criminal Investigation Branch HQ along with his lawyer. He will be questioned in the presence of his lawyer after being listed as a person of interest in the killing of his wife last Friday.

On Friday, at about 1:30 pm, the 61-year-old businesswoman of Begonia Drive, Mandeville was shot and killed on Confidence Avenue in the town. Preliminary investigation indicates that Coleman's death was a contract killing involving person/s closely associated with her.

Two cops were arrested on Monday in connection with the murder.





crime-scene-gun.jpgThe Manchester police say that a third cop was held today in relation to the alleged contract killing of 61-year-old Norma Henry-Coleman last Friday.

Reports are that residents heard an explosion about 1:30 pm in the vicinity Confidence Avenue in Mandeville and summoned the police.

When the lawmen got to the area the lifeless body of Henry-Coleman was reportedly found and later removed to the morgue.

The constable, who was reportedly held in Kingston, now makes four suspects in custody. Another constable, a district constable, a female civilian and the deceased woman's husband Vincent Coleman are the other suspects.

Police say Vincent Coleman turned himself in at the Criminal Investigation Bureau headquarters today accompanied by his attorney.

A Marshall Small of a Mandeville address, who is believed to be "critical" to the case, is still being sought.





Who are the Saint models to watch?

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saint-models-tami-dwight-kai.jpgOver the past year, Jamaica has proved to be an undeniable influence on the modeling industry. You'll find Jamaican faces on the runway for nearly every major designer and posing for fashion's leading photographers, and the latest generation of talent has been racking up work with the industry's power players. Tami Williams and Kai Newman appeared side by side in the pages of Vogue and made waves on the runway for Alexander McQueen and Valentino, while newcomers Brandon Bailey and Andre Doyley were among Spring's most talked about boys, snagging coveted exclusives at Prada and Calvin Klein Collection, respectively. Williams, Newman, Bailey, and Doyley are indicative of the wealth of beauty to be found on the island and the keen eye of Deiwght Peters, founder of Saint International, the agency responsible for the discovery and development of many of Jamaica's rising stars.

There is a new batch simmering under the radar-watch out for, says CEO Deight Peters:

1. Alexion McDonald, who is with Next Models worldwide
2. Christina Knight, Milk Models London, Muse Models NYC, Special Milan, MP Paris
3. Aneita Moore, Models 1 London, Monster Milan, Premium Paris, Fusion(NY)C
4. Shane Guyher, FM London, Monster Milan, Premium Paris
5. TJ (Tiffany Johnson), Elite New York, Why Not Milan, WM Paris
6. Kim Martin, Why Not Milan, New Madison Paris
7. Wayne, Direct Booking by Saint
8. Aurelie, Marilyn NYC . . . she was scouted from Martinique

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Skip Marley talks family, and music with Vogue

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skip-marley-interview.jpgSkip Marley, 18, grandson of Bob and Rita; son of their first child, Cedella, of Melody Makers renown; and grand-nephew of Queen of Reggae, Marcia Griffiths, recently chatted with Vogue about his family, his muisc and his love for Jamaica.

"Music has always been a part of me, even from when I was born, from my mother, Cedella, to my uncles, all the way back to my grandfather," says Marley, who bears more than a passing resemblance to his grandfather. "I've never been without music. I just took a chance on making my own."

Marley is referring to his debut single, "Cry to Me," which was released in April on Tuff Gong and coproduced by Paul Fakhourie (who has also produced Stephen Marley, Damian Marley, Nas, and Lauryn Hill). "It's a message for this girl-well, all girls who have insecurities and don't think they're good enough," Marley says of the song, a kind of love ballad delivered over soul-inflected guitar. "I just say, 'Let it all go, drop it all, and cry to me if you want.' "

Though the song marks his first official release, Marley is no newcomer to music, having taught himself the piano 10 years ago, later adding guitar, drums, and bass to his repertoire. He was only 15 when he first performed live onstage, while on tour with his uncle Stephen. "I was on tour with him three summers ago, and my uncle was like, 'Tonight you're going to sing,' " Marley remembers. "I was like, 'What?' Because I never sang in front of anybody before. But he trusted me, and said, 'Here you go, sing One Love, sing the chorus.' So I got onstage, hoping I could get all the lyrics right, and from then I was like, 'Wow, this is my thing, this is what I love to do.' "

Marley maintains a close connection to his birthplace, traveling to the island regularly from Miami, where he lives. "I love Jamaica," he says. "It's where I was born and it's my home. So the energy and the good vibes are a natural extension of who I am." One of his first stops, he says, is usually his grandfather's place at 56 Hope Road. "It's a great honor to be a part of that," he says of his family's musical heritage. "We have something to carry forward, a legacy and a message. I just want to make sure that I'm on the right track, and I have my uncles and my mother to guide me."

He also keeps close ties with his fellow Jamaican recording artists, including the singers behind the current roots renaissance. "Me and Jesse Royal are really good friends from six or seven years ago," Marley says. "We haven't talked about recording a track together yet, but that would be easy. Just like, 'You want to drop a song? Boom.' "

When he's not recording music, Marley can often be found playing soccer, a pastime his grandfather also famously enjoyed.





student-arrest.jpgCOLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - A girl who refused to surrender her phone after texting in math class was flipped backward and tossed across the classroom floor by a sheriff's deputy, prompting a federal civil rights probe on Tuesday.

The sheriff said the girl "may have had a rug burn" but was not injured, and said the teacher and vice principal felt the officer acted appropriately. Still, videos of the confrontation between a white officer and black girl stirred such outrage that he called the FBI and Justice Department for help.

Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott suspended Senior Deputy Ben Fields without pay, and said what he did at Spring Valley High School in Columbia made him want to "throw up."

"Literally, it just makes you sick to your stomach when you see that initial video. But again, that's a snapshot," he said.

Videos taken by students and posted online show Fields warning the girl to leave her seat or be forcibly removed on Monday. The officer then wraps a forearm around her neck, flips her and the desk backward onto the floor, tosses her toward the front of the classroom and handcuffs her.

Lott pointed out at a news conference that the girl can also be seen trying to strike the officer as she was being taken down, but said he's focused on the deputy's actions as he decides within 24 hours whether Fields should remain on the force.

"I think sometimes our officers are put in uncomfortable positions when a teacher can't control a student," the sheriff said, promising to be fair.

Email, phone and text messages for Fields were not returned.

The deputy also arrested a second student who verbally objected to his actions. Both girls were charged with disturbing schools and released to their parents. Their names were not officially released.

The second student, Niya Kenny, told WLTX-TV that she felt she had to say something. Doris Kenny said she's proud her daughter was "brave enough to speak out against what was going on."

Appearing on MSNBC Tuesday night, Niya Kenny said an administrator told her to sit down, be quiet and to put her cellphone away. She refused.

"'This is not right. This is not right,'" Kenny recalled saying in the classroom. "'I can't believe y'all are doing this to her.'"

Kenny said Fields arrested her and handcuffed her inside the classroom.

Lt. Curtis Wilson told The Associated Press in an email to "keep in mind this is not a race issue."

"Race is indeed a factor," countered South Carolina's NAACP president, Lonnie Randolph Jr., who praised the Justice Department for agreeing to investigate.

"To be thrown out of her seat as she was thrown, and dumped on the floor ... I don't ever recall a female student who is not of color (being treated this way). It doesn't affect white students," Randolph said.

The sheriff, for his part, said race won't factor into his evaluation: "It really doesn't matter to me whether that child had been purple," Lott said.

Tony Robinson Jr., who recorded the final moments, said it all began when the teacher asked the girl to hand over her phone during class. She refused, so he called an administrator, who summoned the officer.

"The administrator tried to get her to move and pleaded with her to get out of her seat," Robinson told WLTX. "She said she really hadn't done anything wrong. She said she took her phone out, but it was only for a quick second, you know, please, she was begging, apologetic."

"Next, the administrator called Deputy Fields in. ... He asked, 'Will you move?' and she said 'No, I haven't done anything wrong,'" Robinson said.

"When I saw what was going to happen, my immediate first thing to think was, let me get this on camera. This was going to be something ... that everyone else needs to see, something that we can't just let this pass by."

Districts across the country put officers in schools after teenagers massacred fellow students at Columbine High School in Colorado in 1999. Schools now routinely summon police to discipline students, experts say.

"Kids are not criminals, by the way. When they won't get up, when they won't put up the phone, they're silly, disobedient kids - not criminals," said John Whitehead, founder of the Rutherford Institute, a nonprofit civil liberties and human rights organization.

Police should guard doors to "stop the crazies from getting in these schools," Whitehead said, but "when you have police in the schools, you're going to run into this - having police do what teachers and parents should do."

The National Association of School Resource Officers recommends that schools and police agree to prohibit officers "from becoming involved in formal school discipline situations that are the responsibility of school administrators."

At a school board meeting Tuesday night, parents spoke out about the arrest.

"This is not a race issue," said Rebekah Woodford, a white mother of two Spring Valley graduates and one current student. "This is, 'I want to be defiant and not do what I'm told.' ... The child is the one who can choose what to do."

School Superintendent Debbie Hamm said "the district will not tolerate any actions that jeopardize the safety of our students." School Board Chairman Jim Manning called the deputy's actions "shamefully shocking."

Fields, who also coaches football at the high school, has prevailed against accusations of excessive force and racial bias before.

Trial is set for January in the case of an expelled student who claims Fields targeted blacks and falsely accused him of being a gang member in 2013. In another case, a federal jury sided with Fields after a black couple accused him of excessive force and battery during a noise complaint arrest in 2005. A third lawsuit, dismissed in 2009, involved a woman who accused him of battery and violating her rights during a 2006 arrest.





south-carolina-student-arrest-officer-assault.jpgFootage of a female student being dragged from her desk in a South Carolina classroom by a school resource officer went viral on Monday. The disturbing video should serve as a stark reminder that schools aren't always the safe places they should be, especially for black girls.

Cell phone video captured by several of the high school student's peers show officer Ben Fields of the Richland County Sheriff's Office standing over her desk asking her to stand up. When she remains seated, Fields puts his forearm around her neck, flips her desk over, and drags her toward the front of the classroom before handcuffing her.

The deputy, who has been placed on administrative leave, has previously faced accusations of excessive force and racial bias, according to The Post and Courier. Fields is white; the student is black.

Students say the girl had her cell phone out in math class and refused to hand it over to her teacher. Niya Kenny, another student, was also arrested for crying and yelling at the officer during the incident and charged under South Carolina's disturbing schools law. The law, which has been in place since the 1970s, allows school resource officers to arrest students who disrupt, disturb, or interfere with school classes or functions.

"The horrific incident is not about one bad officer, but also about larger policies that criminalize students in schools in South Carolina and across the country," Mishi Faruqee, the national field director for juvenile justice reform group Youth First Initiative, told TakePart. "Under South Carolina's Disturbing Schools law, even routine disciplinary problems are treated as crimes."

Students of color in particular bear the brunt of the criminalization Faruqee describes. Nationally, black boys are the most harshly punished group of students in U.S. schools, and black girls are suspended at six times the rate of their white female peers, according to a study released last year by the African American Policy Forum.

They are also at increased risk of expulsion, making it less likely for black girls to graduate from high school on time or ultimately attend college. Expulsion can set students on a path to criminal justice system that advocates call the school-to-prison pipeline.

Police have been present in schools for decades-particularly in low-income communities of color-but some experts also tie their increased presence to the rise in school shootings. After Columbine, the Department of Justice invested $876 million to fund the presence of nearly 7,000 school resource officers like Fields. During the 2013-2014 school year, there were more than 82,000 officers working in public schools.

The increased presence of these officers in schools has proved counterproductive in terms of public safety, and increases the likelihood that normal teenage behavior will be classified as criminal and reported to the police, according to The Sentencing Project, a criminal justice reform advocacy group.

Tony Robinson Jr., one of the students who filmed the incident, described it to local news channel WLTX19.

"That [officer is] supposed to be somebody that's going to protect us," Robinson said. "Not somebody that we need to be scared of, or afraid."

On Tuesday, following the request of the Richland County Sheriff, federal authorities announced they had opened a civil rights investigation into the incident at Spring Valley High School.





JPS embarks on islandwide Debt Amnesty Programme

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jps-building-photo-1.jpgThe Jamaica Public Service Company (JPS) has announced that it will embark on an islandwide Debt Amnesty Programme, which will offer delinquent customers an opportunity to negotiate up to 70 per cent off debts owed.

The JPS said it will seek to assist residential and small commercial customers who are indebted to the Company, to regain active status and power supply in time for Christmas and become debt free to the company by the New Year.

"Customers may opt for telephone negotiations which run from November 4 to December 19 or face-to-face negotiations during the '12 Days of Amnesty Road Show' at JPS Parish Offices on Wednesdays and Saturdays between November 11 and December 19, 2015. During the Road Show, independent lenders will be on site to facilitate persons who would like to explore debt financing options," the company said in a release to the media.

Customers in the residential and small commercial categories, who owe in excess of $50,000 as at August 31 and have had their service disconnected, will qualify to apply for amnesty. Also, residential and small commercial customers with active accounts who owe more than $100,000 as at August 31, 2015may apply for the amnesty.

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Calm restored to Negril

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Calm has been restored in the resort town of Negril, Westmoreland, which was the scene of a massive protest following the death of a biker who was involved in a traffic collision with a Police service vehicle on the Nampriel main road in the parish on Wednesday.

The dead man has been identified as 26-year-old Noval McInnis of Red Ground in Negril, Westmoreland.

The police are reporting that members of the Divisional Command have met with family members of McInnis, and have assured them that the incident will be thoroughly investigated, without prejudice or impartiality.

The police also report that the scene of the crash was thoroughly examined by the Accident Investigation and Reconstruction Unit (AIRU) and the findings will be submitted to the office of the Director of Public Prosecutions for a determination to be made.

Reports are that, at about 1:40 AM on Wednesday, McInnis was driving a Suzuki Accent scooter motorcycle, which collided with a Toyota Hilux pick-up truck being driven by the police.

The service vehicle, which was responding to an assignment of an intruder on premises, subsequently crashed into an embankment on the right side of the road and damaged both tyres on that side. McInnis was taken to hospital, where he later died.

The Police officers were not injured. Investigators are now probing reports of the involvement of a second motorcyclist in the incident, and are appealing to anyone who may have witnessed the incident to contact them at 957-4268.





jordan-foote-trinity-edited-oct-28.jpgHoly Trinity High School's football team took to the field in the Manning Cup on Monday without one of their star players - Jordan Foote.

Foote, an influential central midfielder on the Central Kingston school's team that made the Flow Super Cup final last season, was diagnosed with bone cancer after visiting a doctor to seek treatment for a foot injury he sustained during pre-season.

The illness has reportedly taken a toll on Foote's body and the 17-year-old was hospitalized on Sunday, according to Yardie Sports, which first reported the story.

The school has rallied around the student.

Holy Trinity coach Devon Anderson reportedly described Foote as a "brave boy" and said that the team was "playing for him". On Monday, the team took to the field wearing pink ribbons before fighting valiantly to earn a draw against defending champions Jamaica College.

Foote, who has not been able to attend school, urgently requires surgery that will cost up to $800,000. Persons wishing to donate to the cause can contact Holy Trinity High School at 876-922-3395,876-922-5727,876-922-7104 or 876-967-7010.





police-station.jpgThe Police High Command has admitted that there is a worrying increase in murders suspected to be contract killings involving family members who are hiring others to kill relatives.

Assistant Commissioner of Police Ealan Powell said the High Command is now probing a number of contract killings. He has given the assurance that the requisite resources will be allocated to this and similar investigations to speedily bring all involved to justice.

Meanwhile, the Police High Command has confirmed a story first reported by RJR News that two cops have been taken into custody as investigators probe the suspected contract killing of a Manchester businesswoman.

Norma Henry Coleman,61, was killed in Mandeville on Friday when gunmen opened fire on the vehicle she was driving.

According to Powell, the police are searching for the suspects.





police-station.jpgTwo policemen were arrested on Monday in connection with the murder of Manchester businesswoman Norma Coleman who was killed in the parish on Friday.

Detectives from the Criminal Investigation Branch (CIB) who are reporting significant progress in their probe of the incident, are now spearheading the investigation.

On Friday, at about 1:30 pm, the 61-year-old businesswoman of Begonia Drive, Mandeville was shot and killed on Confidence Avenue in the town. Preliminary investigation indicates that Coleman's death was a contract killing involving person/s closely associated with her.

"There is a worrying increase in murders suspected to be contract killings involving family members who are hiring others to kill relatives," Head of the CIB, Assistant Commissioner of Police, Ealan Powell said.

Powell is assuring the public that the requisite resources will be allocated to this and similar investigations to speedily bring all involved to justice.

The police are also appealing to Coleman's husband, Vincent Coleman, and Marshall Small, both of Mandeville addresses, to report to the Mandeville Police Station by midday tomorrow as the Police believe these men can assist the investigations.





trial-of-governor-eyre.jpgExactly 150 years after Paul Bogle was hanged, Governor Edward John Eyre was yesterday found guilty of conspiracy to murder Bogle, George William Gordon, Leticia Geohagen, and Mary Ward.

In a two-hour-long re-enactment of the trial, including a less-than-five-minute jury deliberation, Eyre was lifted from the pages of the history books and dragged to the Morant Bay Resident Magistrate's Court to be tried by the people for the hangings which he ordered in response to the Morant Bay Uprising, led by Paul Bogle.

Bogle and his friend, George William Gordon, were hanged on October 24 and 25, respectively.

on Sunday, Eyre, described as a wilful, stiff, austere, puritanical son of a Yorkshire clergyman, took responsibility for hanging George William Gordon, who, he claimed, was responsible for the uprising. He was a bitter enemy of Gordon.

A Royal Commission found that Gordon was "illegally tried and wantonly hanged". Governor Eyre was recalled to England, where he was prosecuted before a grand jury, but was acquitted. In 1872, he was refunded the cost of his defence by the English government, and in 1901 he died.

Eyre was resurrected by attorney-at-law Bert Samuels and others who felt that justice was not served when he was acquitted and not tried for the deaths of the other martyrs. So Samuels wrote The Trial of Governor Edward John Eyre on behalf of the National Commission on Reparations, so that justice could, in fact, be served.

In a production directed by Michael Holgate, six witnesses took the stand to recount the atrocities of 1865.

Eyre, played by Bob Kerr, was defended by attorney-at-law Carlisle (Able-Don Foote), but also spoke in his own defence, declaring his innocence.

He rejected responsibility for the deaths of the four people, in the process referring to Paul Bogle as a ringleader and troublemaker. "In my role as governor of this island, I took the steps necessary for the protection of the colony," Eyre said, making reference to the martial law that he declared.

In summing up, prosecutor John Gorrie (Peter Abrikian) said, among other things, to the jury, "The declaration of martial law against the people was premature, brutal, and unwarranted ... . This indecent haste, where people lost their lives, must be corrected by you in your verdict."

In comparing the trial to the court martial, Eyre's attorney declared, "This trial is unfair. It's an unfair process ... and if you are fair, send a message of justice, a verdict of not guilty."

It was a message of justice, from the perspective of the people, that the jury sent when the foreman, played by Dennis Brown, found Governor Eyre guilty on all four counts. He was then led reluctantly from the docks, a dejected man, back into the annals of Jamaican history.





Justin Bieber samples Dancehall music

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justin-bieber-photo-1.jpgInternational pop sensation Justin Bieber has released a song that is sampling the dancehall music genre.

Justin Bieber collaborated with Skrillex for Sorry.

Skrillex, an Electronic Dance Music producer is known for collaborating with reggae entertainer Damian Junior Gong Marley on the track Mek It Bun Dem. It currently has more than 160 million views on Youtube.

Justin's song which was released last Thursday currently has more than 30 million Youtube views.

Justin also worked with producer Blood Diamond on the track. Sorry is from Bieber's new album, Purpose, which is scheduled for release on November 13.





Fabian Marley heads to France on promotional tour

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fabian-marley-photo-1.jpgConscious reggae singer, Fabian Marley, is heading to France this week to officially kick off the European leg of an exciting promotional campaign for his new single, Nah Say We Poor, on the Massive Entertainment Group label.

This will be Marley's first time in Paris, France and the singer is overflowing with enthusiasm and positive vibes as he sets out on this all-important journey. He is keen on moving away from the drama associated with his bombshell announcement two years ago that he is the first son of Reggae icon Bob Marley, and instead wants to focus on making a name for himself. According to Fabian, who wears many hats, including those of singer, song-writer, composer, arranger, producer and accomplished musician, he is ready to put his career forward and let the public judge him based solely on his talent.

"I know that the media will want to pursue a particular line of questioning," Marley said quietly, "but the truth is that this is now a family matter and such matters are best discussed behind closed doors. I want the world to appreciate and love 'Fabian' for the talent that I was born with instead of who my father or mother is.

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"However, I am also very aware that a man's past is a crucial part in deciding his own, individual destiny therefore in that sense, you will never leave your past behind," added Marley, who describes himself as "a loving youth who cares for people regardless of race, colour or creed".

He will be accompanied to France by his manager, Clayton Thomas, CEO of Massive Ent Group, which is based in the US. Quite understandably, Thomas is Marley's staunchest supporter, and although he admits that he heard of the singer through music industry links, who were eager to include information on Fabian's heritage, Thomas says that it was the artiste's own raw talent that was the ultimate factor in making the management decision.

Thomas, too, is anticipating hitting the promotional trail and feels that Europe in particular will prove a great place to expose Fabian's artistry. Nah Sey Wi Poor, along with another single Through the Fire, both of which were produced by legendary producer, Clive Hunt, were recently released by Massive Entertainment. However, Thomas pointed that the focus is on the former, which is playing on several radio stations in Jamaica, the wider Caribbeanand and within the US. He noted that the feedback has been "very positive and encouraging" and added that the accompanying music video has already been packaged. Thomas also explained that the Paris trip had been set back by one week, owing to the late granting of the required visas.

"But everything is good now and we will be leaving on Wednesday night," Thomas assured.

According to Fabian, who was taught music by two legends, Johnny "Dizzy Moore and Roland Alphonso of the Skatalites, Nah Say We Poor, is an inspirational song which he wrote during period of "drought" when he was made to realize that even in rough times, it is important not to complain, but to always give thanks.





asafa-and-lewis-hamilton.jpgSub-10 second king Asafa Powell was a member of the presentation party after Lewis Hamilton claimed his third Formula One title with victory at a dramatic US Grand Prix in Austin, Texas.

Mercedes driver Hamilton ultimately pipped team-mate Nico Rosberg to glory at the Circuit of the Americas, following an incident-packed race featuring several safety-car periods, enthralling strategic battles and a host of overtaking manoeuvres.

The 30-year-old became the first British driver to win back-to-back titles and also the first to win 10 or more races in successive seasons.He made contact with Rosberg as he initially passed the pole-sitting German at the first corner, but the latter worked his way back to the front and looked set to keep both himself and Sebastian Vettel in mathematical contention for the title by winning the race.

However, a Rosberg mistake on lap 49 of 56 allowed Hamilton to snatch a 10th victory of the season and join the likes of Jackie Stewart and Ayrton Senna in becoming a three-time world champion.

A dramatic finish saw Vettel, the closest challenger heading into this weekend, threaten to claim second from Rosberg and keep Hamilton waiting for at least another week. Rosberg ensured a Mercedes one-two was secured, though, and Hamilton now holds an unassailable advantage with three rounds of the season remaining.Vettel, who started down the grid following an engine-related penalty, had to settle for third, ahead of Max Verstappen and Sergio Perez.

Powell the former world 100m record holder, who shared Hamilton's company on the weekend ahead of his championship run, presented the Constructors' title trophy to the Mercedes team.





Two causalties of dead baby scandal at UHWI

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dr-cecil-white.jpgTwo senior members of the Board of Management at the University Hospital of the West Indies (UHWI) have resigned on the heels of the revelation that some premature newborns died from bacterial infections.

The Hospital's Chief Executive Officer, Dr. Cecil White and Senior Director of Medical Services, Professor Trevor McCartney submitted letters of resignation yesterday.

Chairman of the University Hospital, Sterling Soares, says Professor McCartney submitted his resignation on Monday morning prior to a meeting with him on developments at the hospital as well as other weaknesses identified.

Dr. White submitted his resignation in the afternoon following a similar meeting.

His resignation is effective January 31, 2016 while Professor McCartney's is effective October 31.

Mr. Soares says he met with the two men based on the request of the Board following its emergency meeting last Saturday.

He outlined that Dr. White's contract expired on July 31 and was being renewed monthly until it could be discussed by the Board.

Mr. Soares says no reasons were given by the two senior managers for their decision to resign.

However, Mr. Soares says both men expressed concern about the developments.

Meanwhile, Mr. Soares has given more information on what was discussed with Dr. White and Professor McCartney during yesterday's meeting with the Board of the University Hospital.

One of the issues was the breakdown in the reporting process following the deaths of the babies.

Newborns also died at the Cornwall Regional Hospital from bacterial infections.

The Ministry of Health is leading a team conducting probes at all hospitals to determine the extent and cause of the infections.

The assessments are to be finalised this week.





minister-of-health-ferguson-fenton.jpgAnother new born baby has died as a result of bacterial infection at the Cornwall Regional Hospital in St. James, thus bringing the total deaths to 19.

This was revealed by Health Minister Dr. Fenton Ferguson this afternoon (October 27) in a statement to Parliament.

Reports emerged last week that premature newborns were infected by klebsiella and serratia bacteria, with some cases dating as far back as June.

Today, Dr. Ferguson insisted, that infection outbreaks occurred from time to time at hospitals, and that the affected babies were susceptible to the infection because their immune systems were compromised.

The health minister also reiterated that there was a breakdown in the reporting protocol at the hospitals, in informing the ministry about the situation in a timely manner.

Dr. Ferguson says among the actions taken is the establishment of a special unit in the ministry to monitor new born babies at hospitals.





A Trinidadian man accused of abusing an infant girl because she did not want to be force fed was granted bail following his court appearance in the country.

The event, which was captured on tape and posted on social media, also inadvertently implicated his 21-year-old Jamaican wife, who is now detained in the country.

In the video, the toddler, clad in only a diaper, is seen being slapped repeatedly by Gobin who held a bottle of milk that the child was reluctant to drink.

Charged with abusing a child is Dexter Gobin and his wife Yanique Taylor-Gobin. He was granted conditional bail in the sum of TT$150,000 (approximately J$2.8 million). Taylor-Gobin, however, was detained.

According to the Trinidad Guardian, Gobin's wife, who is originally from Brown's Town, St Ann, was denied bail because she reportedly overstayed her time in the country. A detention order was taken out against her as a result.

Both Gobin and Taylor-Gobin are accused of allegedly beating the child at their home in Maracas, Trinidad, earlier this month.

As part of his bail conditions, Gobin was ordered to report to the St Joseph Police Station on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays, and should not go within 100 metres from the child.

Both Gobin and his wife are scheduled to reappear in court on November 16.





55 Jamaican brown dogs get visas!

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jamaican-brown-dog.jpgIt's definitely a dogs world.

Fifty-five Jamaican dogs, from two locally based animal rights organizations, have been re-homed to families abroad since the start of 2015.

The Jamaica Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (JSPCA) has successfully helped the dogs to migrate, with the bulk of dogs finding new homes abroad facilitated through the Montego Bay Animal Haven.

"The vast majority of the dogs who find homes abroad are street dogs that didn't have homes and in many cases were disabled or mistreated, having broken limbs and missing bits," said Tammy Browne of the Montego Bay Animal Haven.

"Several times during the year foreigners visit Jamaica with their sole objective being to rescue a dog," added Browne.

According to Browne her organization, which caters almost exclusively to dogs in need of care or disabled animals, recently partnered with the Brown Dog Coalition which makes finding a home for the animals abroad much easier.

Browne notes that every fortnight approximately ten dogs migrate and are placed in a safe and clean environment.

The process of helping a dog to be re-homed is a serious matter, as Browne made it clear that individuals interested in adopting a 'Jamaican brown dog' have to go through a rigorous background check, with most individuals required to send quarterly reports on the dog's readjustment and progress.

Though the JSPCA makes its priority finding stray cats and dogs homes locally, they have also helped a few animals to migrate, including one cat.

According to the organization's senior veterinary surgeon, Paul Turner, the vast majority of animals migrate to The Cayman Islands, Canada, The United Kingdom and the USA.

Turner told Loop News that the adoption and migration process is a simple one and most people "fall in love with the animals".

Once an animal is selected, the JSPCA generates a health report, the report is verified and an export permit is granted.

Though following up with some animals after migration has proved difficult, according to the JSPCA's senior veterinary surgeon, Dr. Paul Turner, he has heard wonderful follow-up stories.

Turner shared the story of a Jamaican street dog that was adopted by a woman in the UK.

The dog was picked up from the airport's quarantine in an S-class convertible, Mercedes-Benz and taken to its new air-conditioned room, complete with a doggy bed in London.

"From the streets to luxury," said Turner.





lewis-hamilton-wins-world-championship.jpgNewly crowned three-time world champion Lewis Hamilton basked in the glory of emulating childhood hero Ayrton Senna on Sunday, describing his United States Grand Prix triumph as his "greatest moment".

As his Mercedes team celebrated all around him, soaking him in champagne, the 30-year-old Briton reflected on his role-model status and his hopes and inspirations in the aftermath of an astonishing race and achievement.

"This is the greatest moment of my life," Hamilton told his team in the emotional moments after he crossed the line to add the 2015 title to those of 2008 and 2014.

Later, he said he felt moved to have realised a dream in matching Senna's achievement in winning three championships.

"For me, that was the target," he said. "I wanted to get the three that Ayrton had. He wasn't from the same country as me, but he was the guy who inspired me as a youngster.

"Now, I don't know what is going to come next. There is nobody else I look to who I want to emulate, and I feel like I've got the baton for myself and Ayrton, and I will carry that on and see how far I can take it."

After feeling deeply emotional after the race, he told a news conference: "I'm so overwhelmed right now. I remember my first British Championship and when my dad drove me home.

"We were singing 'We Are The Champions' in the car as we drove home. I owe so much to them -- my mum, my dad, my family -- for all that they sacrificed for me."

Hamilton's father Anthony and family were not in Austin to see him win the race and take his third title, an absence that the champion addressed by sending messages to them at every opportunity.

Asked about his dreams and his role, he said: "I want to encourage young kids. It is about the self-belief they have.

"Hopefully this will inspire parents. I wanted to be Ayrton Senna or Superman when I was younger, and I hope that they feel the same and don't give up on their dreams.

"I can't believe I am here now, and I thank my fans for supporting me all over the world and I know that this is a platform to inspire people, young people -- never give up on your dreams hopes and desires."

Hamilton snatched victory when Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg ran wide on lap 49 to open the door to his third title.

"Today, so many times, I thought I'd lost the race. With the Safety Car and Nico was so quick, but I just never gave up," said Hamilton.

The champion said the crazy nature of the race was emotionally draining.

"The last 10-15 laps were the tough ones," he said.

"Those last laps, the world championship is right there, and I'm thinking 'am I going to get it?'

"Everything I have got from these years, everything I have built up, I was so close, I could smell it, so I was pushing.

"I'm just overwhelmed. It's difficult to find the words. It's crazy to think I'm a three-time Formula One world champion, but I am."





St Hilda's reinstates Jade Bascoe as head girl

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The board of St Hilda's Diocesan High School for Girls has reinstated Jade Bascoe as head girl.

This follows a meeting of the school board on Thursday to review the recent decision to rescind her appointment

The Board said the review was in response to requests from the Ministry of Education and the Office of the Public Defender, and in a desire "to continue to uphold the tradition which has characterized the institution and the Office of Head Girl."

The meeting of the Board was attended by the principal, the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Education and its regional director.

The board and ministry officials held discussions with Jade and her mother, Rhonda Clarke, both of whom indicated that they would welcome Jade's reinstatement to the position of Head Girl.

The board said its investigation revealed a series of miscommunication and misunderstandings occurred amongst all parties concerned, and that there was no attempt to discriminate, harm or embarrass the student, or to bring the name of the school into disrepute.

Public Defender Arlene Harrison Henry, in her report on the matter, had concluded that the school discriminated against the student because of her religion.





road-closed.jpgThere were hours of painful traffic delay on Sunday, as motorists travelling from Portmore, Spanish Town and parishes including St Ann and St. James were stuck in traffic on Mandela Highway.

One section of the Highway was scheduled to be closed on Sunday to facilitate a road fixing exercise by the National Works Agency (NWA).

The NWA said the section of the road is located between the Hydel Group of Schools and the Six Miles overhead bridge.

The road was scheduled to be closed, between the hours of 7:00 AM and 4:00 PM, to allow NWA staff to complete a road patching exercise.





crime-scene-moony-oct-25.jpgPopular promoter Wayne Morris, also known as Moony British, succumbed to injuries sustained in a gun attack at a bar Satuday night on Molynes Road, St Andrew.

Morris was a leading member of the British Link Up crew.

e Half-Way-Tree police are reporting that The promoter was shot multiple times while sitting outside the Khalil's Sports Bar and Grill at close to midnight.

"I was asleep and heard about 10 loud explosions," one person at the crime scene said.

A patron took Morris to hospital where he reportedly succumbed to his injuries.

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4 policemen to be charged with murder

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police-cars.jpgIt has been disclosed that the Coroner's Court has ruled that four members of the Jamaica Constabulary Force, including a Senior Superintendent, be charged with murder.

The ruling was handed down last week.

According to a source, the Senior Policeman who is assigned to Area Five and the three rank and file members are to be served with arrest warrants shortly.

It's understood that the case involves a shooting more than ten years ago in which two brothers were killed during an alleged gun battle in St. Andrew.





richard-and-grace-wheeler-couple-killed-in-tobago.jpgThree persons have been detained in connection with the double murder of US-born attorney Richard Wheeler and his Trinidad-born wife, Grace.

One suspect is a national of St Vincent and two are Trinidad and Tobago citizens.

This was revealed at a press briefing by the Tobago Division of the T&T Police Service, held at Scarborough Police Station, Young Street, Scarborough, at 4 p.m on Thursday.

The press conference was led by ACP (Homicide) Vincel Edwards and included ACP (Tobago) Garfield Moore and Senior Superintendent Joanne Archie.

The suspects were arrested on Thursday.

Wheeler, 73, was found hacked to death, while his 67-year-old wife was found with her throat slashed.

The couple lived at Riseland Gardens, Carnbee, where they spent the last 16 years.





Fade Away with Romain Virgo & Agent Sasco

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romain-virgo-agent-sasco-fade-away.jpgRomain Virgo and Assassin have linked up for an extra-large collaboration in Fade Away. The track has a different vibe to the soulful Lover's Rock and Rub-A-Dub material Virgo is known for, serving as a testament to the young singer's malleability and ever-expanding scope. With Sasco's rugged rhymes in the mix, you have yourself a well put together, catchy tune.

This is allegorical music; much like the Junior Byles classic which shares the same name, Fade Away counsels listeners about placing trust in the wrong people.

Most appropriately, the video was shot in the streets of Kingston, offering snapshots of various scenarios which share themes of mutiny and betrayal, which most people can relate to at some point or other.





kymani-marley-maestro.jpgKINGSTON, Jamaica - Propped over his seat with eyes closed, Ky-Mani Marley nods approvingly at his band's rock-infused take on Redemption Song, his father's acoustic classic.

The burly singer was rehearsing Thursday at Big Yard Studio in Kingston for the Mawch Out show Saturday at Pearly Beach in Ocho Rios.

It will be a rare Jamaican appearance for Marley who last performed here in February during celebrations to mark the 70th birthday of his father, reggae legend Bob Marley.The 39-year-old said he would not mind doing more shows in Jamaica outside the 'February season' when there are multiple events commemorating the Marley legacy.

"We'd like to change that, after all this is my home an' you'd love to show your talent more. Hopefully, with this new album we'll get more shows," he said.

Marley has kept busy this year, performing to sold-out venues in Chile and Europe, especially France, as he promotes Maestro, his sixth album which was released in June.

The South American country is one of his most receptive bases. Since he first went there in the late 1990s with Lauryn Hill, Marley has established a large following in that growing reggae market, touring for as long as a month.

Released through Universal Music, Maestro is Marley's first album since 2007 and the first for his Konfrontation Muzic label. It contains 11 tracks, all of which he wrote.

junior-gong-photo-1.jpgHe also produced several of them including Rasmantic and The Chant. There are a few collaborations such as Keepers Of The Light with his brother Damian 'Junior Gong' Marley and We Are, done with Jewish-American rapper Matisyahu and German singer Gentleman.

Mawch Out, a reggae and dancehall concert, features heavyweight acts including Ky-mani Marley, Coco Tea, Sizzla Kalonji, Beenie Man, Bounty Killer, alongside 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.

Liquid Herbal Nitro, Jewels Paradise Cove Beach Resort and Spa, On Stage TV, Irie FM, Rum Bar Rum, Prestige Management Solutions, Dolphin's Cove and Eyeland Eyewear, are all sponsors of the event to be held on Saturday, October 24 at Pearly Beach in St. Ann.

Producers of Mawch Out are Gangstarr Promotions, which comprises four brothers who all hail from St. Ann.





g-t-taylor.jpgAlthough BOOM energy drink has returned as major sponsor, disc jockey and show promoter, GT Taylor, says GT Taylor Christmas Extravaganza could benefit from more corporate support.

"I don't know what is happening these days where sponsors are concerned. I have to give nuff thanks to Wisynco (BOOM producers) for being on board and sticking with it. But, where stage shows are concerned, I think sponsors are drifting. No matter how good the event is, they are not supporting," Taylor said.

It is a vastly different situation from the middle of the previous decade, when a number of stage shows in Jamaica enjoyed significant corporate support. A number of noted events, including East Fest, Reggae Campfire and Follow Di Arrow, have since faded.

Taylor is not the only stage show organiser to complain about lack of corporate support. Supreme Promotions, organiser of Sting, held on Boxing Day, also recently pointed out it is facing a similar situation.

Taylor has identified what he believes to be a major issue in the changing corporate stance.

"There is a new trend where these brand managers are concerned. The older brand managers used to be in the streets more, so they know what events the people are going at. But, these brand managers these days, I am seeing they are more gravitating to parties," Taylor said.

Already signed on for this year's event are Sizzla, Bounty Killer, Beenie Man, Ninja Man, I-Octane, Freddie McGregor, Eek-a-Mouse, Popcaan, Khago, Bugle, Ken Boothe, Ikaya, Romain Virgo, and the California-based Bobby Tenor, with other names to be announced. The sound systems are Bass Odyssey, Renaissance and GT Aggregation, with Ruff Kut as the backing band.





Akon and Beenie Man to make 'Unstoppable' video

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akon-and-beenie-man-unstoppable.jpgDancehall superstar Beenie Man is stacking all his chips on the future success of the track, Unstoppable, featuring Akon. The song is the title-track on his album, which will be released November 19.

"The single was to originally feature John Legend, but John was on an extensive tour, so I linked up with Akon and the result was great. This song is one for the streets, and I will be flying Akon to Jamaica to shoot the video. Right now, plans are in between Jamaica and Africa to shoot the video, but mi a bet Jamaica," Beenie Man said.

The official artwork for the soulful track was released yesterday, and the song will be added to the playlists of major US radio stations this weekend.

Beenie Man had last collaborated with Akon on the successful single, Girls, which hit pop charts in Portugal, New Zealand and the UK.

"The early response has been phenomenal so far. Unstoppable is for the streets, and the second single, Ready Fi Party, is for the clubs, and that will represent the party side of the album. The promotion ah go buck, starting this weekend," Beenie Man said.

The new 14-track album, produced by Beenie and his MD Entertainment Music label, will be the deejay's first LP in almost eight years.





Sean Paul to rock Mexico & Latin America

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sean-paul-photo-6.jpgInternational Dancehall superstar Sean Paul is gearing up to rock the Revolution Fest in Puebla, Mexico on Saturday, October 31. The Grammy-winning artiste will be headlining the show which features a host of Latin American stars such as Ximena Sarinana and Spanish-Rock Band, Caifanes.

Sean Paul will then travel to Santiago Chile on November 7 to once again be a headline act this time alongside Shaggy and Black Uhuru for the staging of GondFest.

"The Latin audience has always been close to my heart because they have embraced my music from the very beginning, so I want to continue to make music with some of the best in that market", he stated.

Sean Paul has been doing several collaborations with Latin American artistes hence a building fan base is emerging in the Latin American space. The Full Speed Riddim mastermind has worked with Enrique Iglesias on the hit track Bailando and has recently collaborated with Dominican Republic native, Mozart La Para for the remix to his latest single, Take It Low.





Damian Marley joins Tidal as a co-owner

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marley-damian.jpgReggae mainstay Damian Marley has become the latest big name to sign on to Tidal as a co-owner. The news was announced on Tuesday, October 20 at the streaming service's massive Tidalx1020 concert, which took place in Brooklyn.

As Marley was set to take the stage, the audience was told that this was to be his first performance as a co-owner, which was met with a round of applause.

The show, which helped raise money for the concert was also a celebration, as the streaming service can now claim one million paying subscribers, which is up a few hundred thousand from several months ago.

Marley was one of more than twenty well-known musicians that performed at the Tidalx1020 show, including superstars like Jay Z, Beyoncé, Nicki Minaj, Lil Wayne, and surprise guests like Nas and DJ Khaled.

Marley is one of the best-known reggae acts since, well, his father, the legendary Bob Marley. The Jamaican-born musician has charted two top ten albums, and he was even in a supergroup with Mick Jagger, Joss Stone, and Oscar-winning composer A. R. Rahman.





don-wehby-photo-1.jpgNY: Caribbean International Network (CIN) TV is proud to announce the 11th annual CIN Lecture Series with presenter Don Wehby which be held on Thursday, October 29, 2015 at the Schomburg Centre for Research in Black Culture.

Don Wehby CEO of GraceKennedy is looking forward to speaking at the annual Lecture Series. Don's presentation "Jamiaca to the world...... the GraceKennedy story" will be an interesting and informative speech which traces Graces' history from a small entrepreneurial company to its present growth as one of the Caribbean's largest conglomerates. His talk will also focus on Graces' challenges in entering the Hispanic market, one of the fastest growing food segments in the U.S.A.

Over the years the, CIN Caribbean Lecture Series has presented individuals of unique achievement and superior commitment to the political, economic and social advancement of the Caribbean region. Past presenters include two former Prime Ministers, P.J. Patterson and Edward Seaga, UCLA Professor Robert Hill, the late UWI distinguished Professor, Rex Nettleford, Lowell Hawthorne, CEO of Golden Krust Restaurants and R.G. Thwaites author, attorney and broadcaster.

The CIN Lecture Series also includes last year's presenter Minister of Finance and Planning Dr. Peter Phillips who spoke to a standing room only audience.

Each year the Lecture Series attracts large audiences with each presentation rebroadcast on CINTV, reaching the over two million Caribbean-Americans in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut. This year CIN will again stream the lecture live for worldwide audiences.

It will be a wonderful evening as the lecture will be preceded by a one hour cocktail reception in the foyer of the Schomburg.





nick-foto-works.jpgA reward of five hundred thousand Jamaican dollars is being offered by Crime Stop for any information that leads to the safe return of 37-year-old popular photographer Niketa 'Nick' Thomas and his cousin Dwight Brown, 42.

Both men were last seen on October 5 in Cassia Park, St Andrew.

Crime Stop is appealing to anyone with information to assist the family of these two missing persons to find their loved ones. Persons are urged to call Crime Stop at 311 or toll free at 1-888-991-4000 FREE. Full confidentiality will be maintained.

It has been weeks since both men have been missing, and the police have yet to find any strong leads.

Brother of the missing photographer, Everton Thomas, has since made heartfelt posts to his personal Facebook page. In one such post, Thomas wrote "It's been very hard on the family amid all the distractions and all the investigations taking place", adding that "His son, his mom, everybody are all hurting". Thomas concluded the post by requesting "a timely positive end [to] this situation".





Court Tuesday for men charged In Hanover murders

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crime-scene-7.jpgThe two men charged in relation to the deaths of six persons in Hanover recently are to appear in court next Tuesday.

Forty-eight-year-old Errol Clarke, otherwise called 'Scarcher', of Green Island and 24-year-old Mikhail Campbell, otherwise called 'Troy', of Mountain Side, March Town were charged yesterday.

The police say both men have been charged jointly with six counts of murder, six counts of conspiracy to commit murder, four counts of attempted murder, arson and illegal possession of firearm and ammunition.

They say the men were charged following a question-and-answer session in the presence of their attorney.

Meanwhile, the police are asking a man known only by the alias 'Wingie', to report to the Lucea Police immediately.

The police say the man, who is said to frequent Green Island and Negril, may be able to assist them with their investigations.





Bolt, blind mice and Kartel

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usain-bolt-in-rio.jpgUsain Bolt recently lashed out against artistes who are trying to imitate incarcerated deejay Vybz Kartel.

During his stint on the turntables at the recently concluded Uptown Mondays anniversary, sprinting legent, Usain Bolt dissed the Vybz Kartel impersonators by calling them "3 blind mice' blind mice.

'DJ Usain', who selected a few songs alongside popular selectors Boom Boom and Foota Hype, said the copycat artistes have failed to surpass Vybz Kartel's dominance on the dancehall scene.

"One likkle youth a try imitate the Gaza youth, mi nah call nuh name ... three blind mice, three blind mice. All when him incarcerate and a easy himself. When the boss come a road, hear mi a seh? I will be downtown for the Gaza Boss, hear mi seh," Bolt belted over the microphone.

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The selectors sharing the stage with Bolt tried to get the athlete to call the names of the artistes who he regarded as impersonators. However, Bolt took the high road and continued to throw subliminal shots.

This is not the first time that the athlete has shown his respect for Vybz Kartel's musical skills. Bolt also gave a quick shout-out to Vybz Kartel, during the World Championships in 2009.

In a follow-up documentary, Why Do Jamaicans Run So Fast, also released in 2009, Bolt again noted to interviewers that his favourite dancehall artiste was Vybz Kartel.

Vybz Kartel later told a tabloid that he had mutual respect for the all-time great athlete.

"Bolt is my dupes from morning. Remember Bolt is a youth who used to train up a Mona - dem time deh Vybz Kartel a wear jersey. He has been a fan from long time. Usain is a man who respect Kartel. Vybz Kartel is a man who respects Usain Bolt. He has seen the growth that Vybz Kartel has made and right now a just straight Gaza him a sey. A man in Africa knows who Usain is, they don't necessarily know about Gaza or the Portmore Empire. He's a big personality, and he gave a big-time big-up, and it was on one of the biggest stages," Vybz Kartel said.





viral-video-accused-couple.jpgA Trinidadian man and his Jamaican-born common-law wife have been held by the police in Trinidad after a video of them abusing a 2-year-old child went viral.

A tweet from the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service (TTPS) says the couple was held at 1.25pm on Thursday.

"Two suspects, a male and a female Jamaican national, were held at 1:25pm today relative to the viral video depicting abuse of a 2 year-old child," the tweet said.

A release from the TTPS says a 32 year-old Trinidadian male and his 21 year-old common-law Jamaican born wife have been held by police in connection with the abuse of a minor depicted in a video that went viral on social media and subsequently aired on television on Wednesday 22nd October, 2015.

The suspects were held today, Thursday 22, October, 2015, at around 1:25pm, by officers of the Southern Divison CID, Operational Unit under Inspector Don Gajadhar, in a room on the second floor of an apartment building, located at No. 26 Manjack Street, Vistabella.

The couple of Hutton Street, St Joseph, face charges related to cruelty as provided for under the new Childrens' Act.

The police acting on information had the two-storey apartment building under surveillance. The officers raided the apartment after a male matching the description of one of the suspect's was seen exiting an outer door of the apartment.

Both suspects were held and are now detained at the San Fernando Police Station for subsequent transfer to the Child Protection Unit of the Northern Division.





lisa-hanna-photo-2.jpgThe Office of the Contractor General (OCG) has intensified the investigation into the award of government contracts for work carried out in the St Ann South Eastern constituency of Member of Parliament, Lisa Hanna.

The OCG on Thursday questioned the Assistant Superintendent of Works in St. Ann, Alwyne Brown inn the presence of his attorney, Oswest Senior Smith.He will be questioned further on November 11 The OCG is trying to determine whether there was any impropriety in the award of the contracts.Hanna is expected to be questioned about expenditure relating to the constituency development fund.

Councillor for the Bensonton Division Lydia Richards had raised questions about spending on projects under the fund.

Following which, a team from the OCG visited the constituency office in June and seized documents.

Meanwhile, Hanna was scheduled to be questioned by the OCG on Thursday, however, the question and answer session was adjourned until next week.

Lawyers for the St Ann MP requested the postponement.





A leaked report on the infections that killed eighteen babies at the University Hospital of the West Indies has revealed that the hospital management let two months elapse before telling the Ministry of Health about the infections.

The report also states that the ministry took three weeks to reply to the hospital about the problem -- during which time babies died.

The report that was prepared on Thursday and presented to the chairman of the hospital board, states that the first time that the hospital administration knew about an outbreak of Serratia in the Neo-Natal Intensive Care Unit was on June 25.

That's when the chair of the infectious disease committee, Dr Allison Nicholson, made a report of the outbreak which it said was isolated from four babies over an eleven day period starting on June 4.

But the report of a Serratia outbreak came ten days after the first baby diagnosed with the infection died. That baby was also diagnosed with Klebsiella.

But a report about a Klebsiella outbreak wasn't made then.

This was followed by the death of the second baby on August 14 - that baby was diagnosed with Serratia, Klebsiella and Enterobacter Aerogenes (which are pathogens responsible for various infections).

A week later, a report of a Klebsiella outbreak was first made.

At that time, the hospital said control measures were reviewed and augmented.

On August 27, the fourth baby died - the diagnosis included Klebsiella.

On September 5 - the fifth baby died - the diagnosis was Serratia and Slebsiella.

On September 7, the hospital informed the chief medical officer, Dr. Marion Bullock Ducasse about the outbreaks .

Thirteen days later, before a response came from Bullock Ducasse, a sixth baby died . On September 21, the chief medical officer replied and appointed two officers to follow up to ensure appropriate infection control procedures are in place.

The next correspondence mentioned in the report was received on October 5, (dated September 28) when the hospital got a letter from the Kingston and St Andrew health department saying it was coming to assess Neo-Natal Care unit.

Following that three more babies died on October 5, 13 and 15. They were all diagnosed with Klebsiella.





Chicken Pox hits UWI Hospital staff and patients

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There are more health issues at the University Hospital of the West Indies.

Over the past week there have been nine cases of chicken pox among staff and patients at the hospital.

Six doctors, a nurse and two patients have contracted the virus.

The Ministry of Health has offered to assist in procuring vaccines to stem the spread of the virus.





hand-foot-mouth-disease.jpgHard on the heels of the scandal about 18 babies dying due to deadly infections at the nursery at the University Hospital of the West Indies, reports have surfaced that an outbreak of Hand Foot and Mouth Disease at the nearby day care centre.

Repoorts are that a day care centre at the hospital had to be closed for sanitation due to an outbreak of Hand Foot and Mouth Disease.

In what is now looking like a triple tragedy of diseases, there is a reported outbreak of Chicken Pox at the University Hospital of the West Indies.

It has been disclosed that six doctors, two nurses and a patient at the premium health care facility are now suffering from the effects of the disease.

News of Chicken Pox affecting persons at the hospital could not come at a worst time after the hospital maternity staff has come under fire for not reporting the deaths of new born infants to the health ministry in a reasonable time.





'This is Garfield Burford for CVM News'....NOT!

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garfield-burford-cvm-tv-jamaica-newswatch.jpgSo Garfield Burford FINALLY lef CVM. A long time dat fi happen still.

The man just hand in him resignation Friday and cut. What a ting!!!

Everybody a aks a where him deh go, but as dem say inna media "everybody is tight-lipped".

Well, Garfield, we wish you all di best and mek sure say we can still tun on we TV and look pon yuh.





april-jackson-and-bolt.jpgApril Jackson 26, or Miss Jamaica Universe 2008 reportedly had a secret relationship with the world's fastest man Usain Bolt.

Jackson and Bolt 29, are said to have dated back in 2013 after meeting through a mutual friend.

"They were introduced in 2012 but it wasn't until the following year they got closer and started to date," a friend told popular UK tabloid The Sun.

"It was more than a fling and they developed feelings for each other. It was tricky because of Usain's busy schedule.Whenever he was in London they enjoyed going to clubs and having fun," the source reportedly told the Sun.

The pair reportedly ended their relationship because of Bolt's busy schedule.

Apirl Jackson represented Jamaica at the 2008 Miss Universe pageant in Nha Trang, Vietnam. She now owns her own boutique in the UK where she resides.

She is also a competitor on this season of The Apprentice, a popular UK reality show aired on BBC 1 in which a group of aspiring businessmen and women compete for the chance to win a L250,000 investment from British business magnate, Alan Sugar.

During her audition, Jackson made it clear that she has what it takes to win this season of The Apprentice.

"I'm Jamaican. We come first, we win on the track and we will win in the boardroom," Jackson said.





Karamanti to perform in Vienna on October 30

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Dancehall artist Karamanti will make her debut appearance in Vienna, Austria on Friday, October 30th. She will join Nigerian Reggae artist Teddy Ziggy at Tembo Bar Club for a show called 'Stand United' (which is also the title of their collaboration released last year; see link to the official video: www.youtube.com/watch?v=DemfCyJdxSo).

Teddy Ziggy ft. @Karamanti - Stand United (Official Video)

Vienna will be the first stop on Karamanti's 2015 European tour, which is scheduled to run from October 28th through December 20th. So far she has confirmed appearances in Austria, Denmark, Germany and Czech Republic, with dates in Italy and Budapest a strong possibility, as negotiations with promoters in both regions are in progress. The tour is being hosted by Jam Link Intl. and coordinated by Karamanti's record label, Blakkwuman22 Music (for bookings send an email to bookings@karamantimusic.com).

Karamanti is currently in Ontario shooting scenes for her soon to be released music video for the single, 'don't give up.' The song is a part of the 'Missing Piece Riddim' compilation by Rhome Records which also features Khago and Teflon. Persons may stream the song via Karamanti's YouTube channel: www.youtube.com/watch?v=PgEadqbgf-0 and DJs can send an email to mariajacksonent@gmail.com for the mp3.





Dario breaks free from Subkonshus

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dario-and-konshens.jpgDancehall artiste Darrio has confirmed that he has parted ways with the Konshens-led Subkonshus record label.

According to Darrio, his contract officially ended in November of 2014, but he stayed on due to situation surrounding the camp at that time.

"I'm no longer a part of Subkonshus. My contract ended last year, but during that time, Konshens was being attacked by Masicka and Demarco, so me never really want to leave during that time," he said.

Currently signed to a new label, Darrio said that while he and Konshens did not always see eye to eye, the split was amicable.

"I officially parted ways with them about three to four weeks now. Working with Konshens was a good vibe for the most part, he is all about business. We didn't always agree on all things," he said.

Earlier this year, Konshens' band also parted ways with him because they did not feel they were being given the respect they deserved.

Fresh off some recent performances in Africa, Darrio is currently promoting his latest single, Explode.





Yard 1 Promote will be putting on a unity concert in Huntsville, Alabama. The event will take place on Saturday, November 14th, and will feature trending artists Likkle Lightning and Dane Jah as well as Reggae/Dancehall veterans Mega Banton and Turbulence. The One Unity Root Rock Reggae Party, which is the official name of the event, will take place at Club Envy, located at 200 Oakwood Avenue N.E. in Huntsville, Alabama.

Advanced tickets are now available online for $15USD and can be purchased via the following link: www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2412459. Patrons will be asked to pay $20USD at the door before midnight, and more after. Doors will open at 9 P.M. For more information, persons may email MJE at mariajacksonent@gmail.com





Trinidad pulls out of Miss Universe

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trinidad-pulls-out-miss-universe.jpgTrinidad and Tobago yesterday announced that the country will not be sending a representative to the 2015 staging of the Miss Universe pageant.

In a statement released via Facebook yesterday, the franchise holder in Trinidad & Tobago, Tribe, stated that the decision to stay out of the pageant is partly due to offensive statements made earlier this year by former Miss Universe owner Donald Trump as well as other local factors.

"Following the public utterances by the former owner of Miss Universe Donald Trump (that many viewed as insensitive and very offensive to the Mexican and Latin community) there were calls from several quarters for Trinidad and Tobago to not participate in the next edition of the competition," the statement said.

This infamous statement being referred to, was made by US real estate tycoon Donald Trump, during one of his 2016 presidential campaigns.

Answering questions about securing the United States' border, Trump called Mexicans rapists, drug lords and said most of them aren't good people.

The statement has negatively affected the Miss Universe pageant. Many major sponsors like NBC Television (usual broadcasters) have withdrawn their support as 3 Latin American countries, Mexico, Costa Rica and Panama have withdrawn from this year's pageant.

The Trinidad and Tobago Miss Universe franchise holder also said the country's general election held in September hampered their efforts to choose a candidate for the pageant.

However, they have also stated that Trump's comments scared sponsors away, noting that the franchise saw "several of their sponsors preferring to defer commitment until that situation was resolved..."

The statement also said though Donald Trump severed ties with the Miss Universe pageant in September, it was already late to start their local campaign to choose a Miss Trinidad Universe 2015.

The date for Miss Universe 2015 is set for December 20. However, a new city to host the pageant has not been decided as Bogota in Colombia has withdrawn its aspirations to be the host city of the next pageant.





omi-today-show-hula-hoop-performance-2015.jpgOMI's debut Me 4 U album is officially out now, and the rising Jamaican artist is kicking in his mainstream promo run. The singer's latest stop was early Monday morning (October 19), where he performed for the NYC audience.

A sharply-dressed OMI sung his latest single "Hula Hoop" while the Today hosts showed off their hip-swiveling hoop skills and also performed the ubiquitous "Cheerleader" tune. He also chatted with Al Roker on his rapid success: "I'm doing what I love and being successful at it. It's more than you can ask for."

Me 4 U was released on October 19 via Ultra/Louder Than Life/Columbia Records and features "Hula Hoop," "Cheerleader" and "Stir It." Watch OMI's Today performances below.Jamaican born international pop singer OMI continues to grace his presence on TV Stations in the United States.

On Monday morning, the Cheerleader singer performed on the Wendy Williams Show aired on Fox and WWOR. Tuesday, he made a stop at the NBC World Headquarters at 30 Rockefeller Plaza in New York City where he made an appearance on the Today show.

OMI also performed last night on The Best Show Ever hosted by actor Neil Patrick Harris.

His debut album Me 4 U is now out, it features his new single Hoola Hoop and his number 1 billboard hit Cheerleader.





UHWI regrets loss of lives in its nursery

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The University Hospital of the West Indies (UHWI) in a media release Wednesday said its board, management and staff "deeply regret the loss of lives in our nurseries".

The health institution said the chairman of its board Sterling Soares, on October 16, at approximately 5:00 pm, advised the minister of health of the development after being informed by the press about a mystery bug in the UHWI nursery.

The minister then summoned members of the board to an emergency meeting at 7:00 pm, the release continued.

"Further to this meeting, at 9:00am on Saturday, October 17 the minister convened a meeting with representatives of the board, Ministry of Health, SERHA, the management and the technical staff at UHWI. The infection control team explained to the meeting the cause of the infection and the management protocol instituted," the UHWI said. "Our international partners were notified as prescribed by established guidelines. In addition, the minister committed all resources necessary to assist with the management of the cluster of cases. He mandated a press briefing be held on Tuesday, October 20th at 10:00 am, immediately following the holiday to allay public fears, and to clarify that there was no mystery bug in our nurseries as was earlier reported by the press."

The release said that at a meeting of the UHWI Board of Management on Wednesday, October 21st at 2:00 pm, the board recognised a breach in the MOH/UHWI reporting protocol.

"Professor John Lindo, Acting Head of the Department of Microbiology, UHWI reported that the situation was not brought to the attention of the MOH and by extension the minister in a timely manner," the release continued. "A timely report would have triggered a series of actions by the MOH and our international partners, including CARPHA and PAHO. However, the infection control team at UHWI who identified the agents were confident that the cluster of cases could have been controlled as on many previous occasions."

Dr Winston Dela Haye, Consultant psychiatrist stated that the board recognised the traumatic experience that the parents and families have undergone as a result of the loss of their loved ones, the release continued. The hospital said it continues to provide counselling and other psychological support to the affected families.

According to Dr Carl Bruce, consultant neurosurgeon, the UHWI and its hardworking and caring staff and professionals will continue to provide all services to the public in a safe and comfortable environment.

The chairman of the board of management has, according to the release, mandated that a detailed report on the breech of protocols be delivered to him by midday on Thursday, October 22, 2015.





dr-alfred-dawes.jpgAfter 14 months in the post, Dr. Alfred Dawes, President of the Jamaica Medical Doctors' Association (JMDA) has resigned.

In a letter to the Association's members on Tuesday, Dr. Dawes said his resignation was with immediate effect.

Dr. Dawes, who had been employed as Senior Registrar at Spanish Town Hospital, said he opted not to renew his contract with the South East Regional Health Authority.

He said he was therefore not constitutionally allowed to continue in the capacity as JMDA President.





2 policemen shot in Westmoreland

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crime-scene-gun.jpgTwo policemen have been shot and injured in Westmoreland while responding to a report that a break in was in progress at a business place in Grange Hill in the parish at about 2:00 am on Tuesday.

The two constables were greeted with a round of heavy gunfire as they approached the establishment.

One cop was shot in the face, both feet and hands while the other was hit in both feet and right hand. They were both taken to the Savanna-la-mar Hospital where they were admitted.

The incident occurred a day after a policewoman was shot by a gunman during a spot check in Falmouth Trelawny. The policewoman is still hospitalised. The gunman also killed Eric Lee Anderson, a taxi driver who was involved in an argument with the gunman who refused to pay his fare.

Anderson had stopped the car at the feet of two police officers but was shot in the head by the gunman who opened fire at the cops hitting the policewoman.

A motorist was also injured in the incident.





A radical call for governments around the world to decriminalise the use and possession of 'all drugs' has been foiled, after at least one country has blocked the move.

The UN's Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) had called for governments to legalise all drugs for 'personal consumption', according to Sir Richard Branson.

The Virgin boss claimed the 'shift' in policy from the UN could 'end the needless criminalistion of millions of drug users'.

But it is not to be, as the paper has been withdrawn.

According to a statement released by the UNODC the document was 'neither final nor formal', but it added that the topic is still under review.

The statement continued: 'There has been an unfortunate misunderstanding about the nature and intent of this briefing paper.'

It added, however, that the office is still investigating an alternative to a jail sentence in cases of drug use.

Sir Richard, who sits on the Global Commission on Drug Policy, revealed in a blog that he had seen a copy of an unreleased document from the agency, describing its contents as 'refreshing'.

He wrote: 'In an as-yet unreleased statement... the UN Office on Drugs and Crime, which has shaped much of global drug policy for decades, call on governments around the world to decriminalise drug use and possession for personal consumption for all drugs.

'This is a refreshing shift that could go a long way to finally end the needless criminalisation of millions of drug users around the world.

'My colleagues on the Global Commission on Drug Policy and I could not be more delighted.

'Together with countless other tireless advocates, I've for years argued that we should treat drug use as a health issue, not as a crime.

'While the vast majority of recreational drug users never experience any problems, people who struggle with drug addiction deserve access to treatment, not a prison cell.'

The 65-year-old tycoon said it was 'exciting' that UNODC had now 'unequivocally stated that criminalisation is harmful, unnecessary and disproportionate'.

He said that countries like Portugal where decriminalisation had been tried had seen a 'significant reduction in drug-related deaths.

People who struggle with drug addiction deserve access to treatment, not a prison cell

'I hope this groundbreaking news will empower and embolden governments everywhere, including the UK, to do the right thing and consider a different course in drug policy,' he added.

In an update, after it was confirmed that the call would not go ahead, the tycoon added: 'Drugs should be treated as a health issue. My great hope is that today's actions bring that day a little bit closer to reality, so that the millions who continue to be harmed by current policies can be helped instead.'

According to the Daily Telegraph the billionaire businessman said that the document had originally been earmarked for release on Sunday at the International Harm Reduction conference in Kuala Lumpur on Sunday.

But without naming the nation involved, he said that 'at least one government is putting an inordinate amount of pressure on the UNODC.'

Ending his statement, Sir Richard called for an end to the war on drugs adding that it 'has done too much damage to too many people already.'

A UNODC spokesman described the paper as 'neither a final nor formal document from the UN Office on Drugs and Crime, and cannot be read as a statement of UNODC policy'.

The statement added: 'It remains under review and UNODC regrets that, on this occasion, there has been an unfortunate misunderstanding about the nature and intent of this briefing paper.

'UNODC emphatically denies reports that there has been pressure on UNODC to withdraw the document. But, it is not possible to withdraw what is not yet ready.

'Overall, UNODC remains committed to the balanced approach that, in particular, promotes alternatives to incarceration in line with international human rights standards.'





Sponsors ready to Mawch Out in Ocho Rios Saturday

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kymani-marley-facebook.jpgWith Liquid Herbal Nitro coming on board as their main sponsor, and having formed great partnerships with other powerful entities including Jewels Paradise Cove Beach Resort and Spa, On Stage TV, Irie FM, Rum Bar Rum, Prestige Management Solutions, Dolphin's Cove and Eyeland Eyewear, the promoters of Mawch Out, scheduled to be held on Saturday at Pearly Beach in St. Ann, are extremely upbeat and thankful.

Mawch Out, a reggae and dancehall concert, features heavyweight acts including Ky-mani Marley, Coco Tea, Sizzla Kalonji, Beenie Man, Bounty Killer, alongside 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.

Producers of Mawch Out are Gangstarr Promotions, which comprises four brothers who all hail from St. Ann. Emphasising that their intention is to build Mawch Out into a world renowned one-day reggae festival, Gangstarr Promotions, was full of praise for their sponsors, who they hope will be with them for the next decade.

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"Liquid Nitro came on board with us as soon as we reached out to them; it was the same with all the others who are supporting this venture. We salute the St Ann-based sponsors which include Jewel Paradise Cove Beach Resort and Spa in Runaway Bay, Dolphin's Cove, Eyeland Eyewear and Irie FM, all of whom have been extremely accommodating. OnStage has been spreading the word to their viewers and already we are benefitting from this; and with the full strngth of Rum Bar Rum we can't go wrong," said Grizzly Wilson, one of the four brothers involved in staging the event.

He added, "We have a very professional team spearheading this project and we are confident that Mawch Out 2015 will be bigger abnd better than our inaugural staging last year, which saw over 3,000 patrons turning up to support the event."

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 is in the island 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..."

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He noted that Beenie Man, Bounty Killer and Sizzla all performed last year and are pleased to be back on the line-up this year. Reggae singer Coco Tea, he noted, "is incomparable" and the younger acts, such as Devin Di Dakta an Innovata have budding fan bases which are really appreciate their undeniable talent.

"Rehearsals are going well ... we are putting everything in its right place and we just want patrons to come out and enjoy a great show at a comfortable, secure venue. Just Mawch Out to Ocho Rios on Saturday and support this event which will definitely be staying right here in St Ann," Wilson said.

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.





New adults-only show-girl club opens in Ochi

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havana-club-ocho-rios.jpgThe adult entertainment scene in Ocho Rios received a boost recently with the opening of the Havana Showgirls Club, at the former Falcon Crest Hotel, near the centre of the resort town.

Boasting one of the tallest dance poles in Jamaica and dancers who can thrill an audience, the adults-only club opened around two weeks ago and has been receiving favourable support according to Patrick Hyatt, marketing and promotions manager.

"We offer adult entertainment, we have different themes each night," Hyatt explained.

"We have club nights that you come and party, we have a night when we do bikini boxing, with the girls boxing in bikinis; we have the regular freaky night; and we have the pool party Sundays.

Mondays will be Havana Live Karaoke Style, when the feature will be karaoke with singers from Kingston journeying to the north coast to compete against singers from Ocho Rios.There is something for everybody at Havana Club, even for tourists, as the club will soon introduce a daily show for cruise-ship passengers when ships dock in the town.

The opening of the club is a boost for night life in Ocho Rios, and patrons seem to appreciate this.

"Honestly, the response has been a bit tremendous so far," Hyatt explained. "We haven't done any great promotion as yet, we're basically testing the waters, and Ocho Rios seems to love the concept and [is] willing to work with us, so we're just here to deliver."

Hyatt says Havana Club is not here to compete but to fit into the entertainment scene in Ocho Rios and make their patrons happy. In addition to planning shows for tourists, there are several other events in the works for Havana Club, including shows featuring international pole dancer. There's also a round-robin event coming up at the venue in the near future.

Meanwhile, expectations are high that the club will maintain and maybe even surpass the level of support it has seen over the past couple of weeks since it opened.

According to a positive Hyatt, "It's not only for Ocho Rios but further afield, like Kingston and so on, everybody can come and be entertained at the Havana Club, Ochi."





Mona Law School stages Open Ear Concert Wednesday

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open-ear-concert-oct-18.jpgOn Wednesday the Mona Law School will stage its second annual Open Ear Concert at the Faculty of Law on the grounds of the University of the West Indies.

The concert is purely acoustic and will offer quality entertainment geared at young professionals between the 18-35 age group.They will showcase Jamaica's young and fresh talent currently on the scene. g.

Among the featured artistes at the event will be Raging Fyah and Ras-I. Tickets are $1,200 presold, $1,500 at the gate and $2,000 VIP. The organisers of the event say they plan to keep a strict time schedule and the Open Ear Concert is expected to begin at 7 PM and end at midnight.

Proceeds from the event will be used to assist law students with scholarships and bursaries.





Bogdanovich to appeal $15-million judgement

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joe-bogdanovich-skatta.jpgDownsound Records head honcho,Josef Bogdanovich says he will appeal the court's decision to award producer Andre 'Rookie' Tyrell close to $15 million in damages for use of Tyrell's 'Superstar' rhythm on Specialist's 2011 song 'Street Hustle'.

"My lawyers are dealing with it, he didn't win anything. The matter is still before the courts, they didn't win anything, all this is just trying to make him look good," Bogdanovich declared.

"The judgment was made, but we have appealed, and we will be sitting in front of a judge very soon, so that the court can hear our side of the story. It's self-explanatory really, there is just no money in the game. We submitted all the receipts, we showed them the receipts that came in, just USD$100 came in...there is no money in the game. And if this is the result, who wants to do business in this sort of environment."

The multimillion-dollar award was made in a breach of copyright suit filed against Bogdanovich and producer Cordel 'Skatta' Burrell by fellow music producer André 'Rookie' Tyrell, who claims that he was not compensated after "the whole or a substantial part" of his 'Superstar Rhythm' was used on the song, as well as for a major advertising campaign.

Skatta and Downsound Records have been ordered by a High Court judge to pay Tyrell $9.5 million for statutory damages under the Copyright Act; $2.5 million for breach of moral rights and US$15,000 (J$1,785,000)for general or compensatory damages.

The awards for general damages and breach of moral rights will attract interest at 14.99 per cent annually from June 2012, when Tyrell filed his legal motion to October this year when the ruling was made.

Tyrell charged, in court documents, that in 2011, Skatta and Downsound Records created a beat they named the 'Street Hustle' rhythm, which was "a reproduction or adaptation and or derivative work of the whole or a substantial part" of his 'Super Star' rhythm.

Tyrell later approached the United Kingdom-based Performing Rights Society for Music to register his interest in the song only to discover that Downsound "apparently registered the infringing song under different names."





crime-scene-gun.jpgThe police are on the hunt for a gunman who fatally shot a taxi operator and seriously injured a policewoman in Duncans,Trelawny Saturday evening.

The name of the deceased has not yet been released. The policewoman is said to be in serious but stable condition after being shot in the upper body.

Head of the Criminal Investigation Branch, Assistant Commissioner Ealan Powell, said shortly after seven o'clock, the police were conducting a spot check along the Carey Main Road in Duncans, when they signalled a taxi to stop. Shots were fired when it was discovered that the taxi, which plied the Montego Bay to Ocho Rios route, had been hijacked.

The other passengers escaped injuries.





ronald-thwaites.jpgEducation Minister Ronald Thwaites says he will be leaving the matter of the reinstatement of Jade Bascoe as head girl at St. Hilda's Diocesan High in the hands of the school's board, for the moment.

Public Defender Arlene Harrison Henry recommended that Bascoe be reinstated, revealing that her investigation found that the school's action to strip the student of her post on the basis of religious beliefs breached her constitutional rights.

Thwaites said, after reading the Public's Defender's report, he made the decision to allow the school's board to respond.

"I am relying on the school board, which has the autonomy in matters of this nature, to take it into full consideration when they meet this week," he said.

The school board is scheduled to meet on Thursday, at which time the Public Defender wants a decision made on the matter.The Education Minister also commented on the Public Defender's statement that the student was discriminated against.

"We haven't done the kind of investigation that the Public Defender has; the important thing is for the school board to take into full consideration what the public defender has said. The ministry is not anxious to overreach school boards and we have every confidence that they will apply best judgement in this matter. After that, if it is necessary, we will have something to say, "Thwaites said.

Meanwhile, Rhonda Clarke, mother of Jade Bascoe, has said that if St. Hilda's offers her daughter the position of head girl again, it will be left to her daughter to decide.

"If she wants it back, its her decision and not mine; anything she decides I will gladly accept it," Clarke said.

She said she hopes St. Hilda's and other religious schools will take note of the recommendation in dealing with students on the basis of religion in the future.

"This has set the trend that all these church based schools can look into things. They need to exercise caution when they are dealing with children. Jade is not a Jehovah's Witness, but she was ruined because she was believed to be a Jehovah's Witness," she said.

St Hilda's is an Anglican institution.





3 guns, ammo seized in Hanover

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ak-47-assault-rifle-ammo.jpgThe police seized three guns over the past 24 hours in Hanover, the western parish now the site of a strong police presence.

No one has been arrested.

The Corporate Communications Unit of the police force says two guns were seized at a premises in Cascade, where a team of officers was carrying out special operations.

During the search of the premises, the police reportedly found a Parabellum pistol and one Browning nine millimeter pistol along with 58 rounds of ammunition.

Another team of officers seized a homemade firearm in Cold Spring, Sandy Bay, also in Hanover.The police say the team was conducting special operations in the area when they came across a group of men that reportedly aroused their suspicion.

It is reported that when the police team approached, the men ran leaving behind a knapsack bag which contained the homemade handgun.

A strong police team has been in Hanover since the murder two weeks ago of six members of one family and the injuring of four others.





10 murdered last weekend

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crime-scene-7.jpgA total of 10 persons were brutally murdered between Friday and Saturday last week.

On Friday 51-old Nicholas Reid of Duffus district, Manchester, was stabbed to death along the Port Kaiser main road. The Mandeville Police report that about 9:30am, Reid was involved in an altercation with another man, when he was stabbed several times in the upper body and killed.

Also on Friday gunmen pounced on 25-year old Delvin Martin, a carpenter at Nugent Street in Spanish Town, St Catherineand peppered him with bullets. He was taken to hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Also killed on Friday are: Audley Gilling, 51, a farmer of Rent Land district, Mount Carey who was chopped to death in his community. Gilling's body was found at his mother's house with multiple chop wounds. He was transported to hospital where he was pronounced dead;

21-year-old Romaria Richardson, who was cut down by lawmen's bullets in Mount Salem, St James during what police report to be an armed confrontation.

Police say an illegal pistol was recovered and the matter is being probed by the Independent Commission of Investigations (INDECOM);

33-year-old Marlon Clarke, otherwise called 'Shoe Shoe', of Espeut Avenue, Waltham Park Road, Kingston. Clarke was attacked by two men travelling in a motorcar while he was at an establishment in the area and shot several times. He died on the spot.

In the wee hours of Saturday morning 38-year-old Oral Campbell, taxi operator of Beeston Spring, Westmoreland was stabbed to death.

Reports from the Bluefields Police are that about 1:25am, Oral and another man had a dispute, during which he was stabbed in his chest with a knife

Then about five hours later about 6am Leon Grant of Seaview Heights, Flankers in St James, was chopped and shot to death.

Reports from the Spring Mount Police are that residents summoned them after hearing explosions and seeing smoke coming from a section of the community. The police responded to the alert and upon their arrival, Grant's partially burnt body was seen. The body was decapitated. The burnt out shell of his Toyota Corolla motorcar was also seen some distance away.

Jason Stewart, taxi operator of Long Hill, Goshen in St Elizabeth was shot dead as he operated his taxi between Goshen and Pepper in the Parish. He was shot as he stopped to let off a passenger.

Tanisha McCool, a gas station supervisor from Seaforth, St Thomas is the last person listed as being killed on police blotters over the period.

McCool was sitting at her place of work at Morant Bay on Saturday night when a gunmen walked up to her and shot her dead. Reports are that the gunman calmly walked away after slaughtering the woman in the presence of her co-workers and other members of the public.





blue-ivy-janet-jackson-concert.jpgBeyonce and Blue Ivy were spotted at Janet Jackson's concert last night! Bey and Blue posed with some fans backstage. Really cute! #Beyoncé and #BlueIvy spotted at #JanetJackson's concert last night A photo posted by The Shade Room (@theshaderoominc) on Oct 17, 2015 at 10:07am PDT.





Sasha Obama pses with homecoming date

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sasha-obama-date.jpgSasha Obama is glowing as she poses with her date to homecoming this weekend. I hope they had fun! Nice to see that President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama's kids are busy being teenagers and doing normal things. They are growing up so fast! #SashaObama heading to homecoming tonight. I wonder what sort of background check this guy had to go through. A photo posted by HOLLYWOOD UNLOCKED (@hollywoodunlocked) on Oct 17, 2015 at 7:39pm PDT.





janet-jackson-unbreakable-tour-2015-billboard-photo-2.jpgJanet Jackson got a big surprise at the end of her sold out concert at the Forum in Inglewood, Calif., on Oct. 16.

At the show -- which boasted a crowd filled with celebrities including Beyonce, Queen Latifah and Channing Tatum -- Jackson thanked the audience for helping make her new album, Unbreakable, No. 1. The set debuted atop the Billboard 200 chart last week, giving the diva her seventh chart-topper, and making her only the third act with No. 1s in each of the past four decades.

"I want to thank you for making the Unbreakable album No. 1," Jackson told the audience. (Watch a fan-shot video of the moment below.) She went on to thank her fans for their continued support, specifically noting how her "family has been in the entertainment business for 50 years."

Then, she turned around, and the show seemingly went off-script. Jackson's eyes widened and her mouth fell open when she saw that her longtime collaborators, Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, had joined her on stage. (Jam and Lewis co-produced and co-wrote Unbreakable with Jackson, along with the bulk of her earlier catalog.) Jam embraced Jackson as a huge framed blowup of the Unbreakable album cover was rolled out on to the stage behind them.

"Oh my gosh, Terry!" Jackson exclaimed when she saw Lewis armed with a huge bouquet of white flowers. "What are you guys doing?" Jackson said, giggling. "Jimmy?"

Jam took to the mic and said, "So if you ever wanted to know what Janet Jackson looks like when she's totally surprised, this is it, L.A. This is it. So, I just want to say real quick, first of all, I want to congratulate each and every one in this arena right now, because a No. 1 does not happen without all of you."

Jackson nodded in agreement, looked out at the audience, and then pointed to the sky.

Jam continued, "But tonight is a very special night because it was around 30 years ago -- if you can believe that -- that we first got together in a little town called Minneapolis, Minnesota. And we had the first chance to work with Janet."

Jackson interjected, "But we knew each other before then. We first met when I was 14." Jam agreed, "Yeah, that's true!"

"So, we're not only celebrating the history," Jam went on, "but the best part about it is we're celebrating the right now, the right here tonight. So listen, we just wanted to celebrate with everybody here in L.A. tonight. It's very special, because, trust me -- she says it in the song -- you don't know what you got 'til it's gone. We waited seven years for a new project, and guess what? She's back! We love you, Janet."





jimmy-jam-janet-jackson-terry-lewis-forum-2015-billboard-photo-1.jpgJanet Jackson debuts at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart with her new album, Unbreakable. It marks her seventh chart-topper and makes her just the third act to achieve No. 1 albums in each of the last four decades.

The Billboard 200 chart ranks the most popular albums of the week based on multi-metric consumption, which includes traditional album sales, track equivalent albums (TEA) and streaming equivalent albums (SEA). The new Oct. 24-dated chart (where Jackson is No. 1) will be posted in full to Billboard's Web sites on Tuesday, Oct. 13.

Unbreakable -- which was released on Oct. 2 -- arrives atop the chart with 116,000 equivalent album units earned in the week ending Oct. 8, according to Nielsen Music. Of that sum, the set sold 109,000 in pure album sales.

Unbreakable is Jackson's first studio album since 2008's Discipline, which also debuted at No. 1. Jackson previously led the list with All For You (2001), The Velvet Rope (1997), janet. (1993), Janet Jackson's Rhythm Nation 1814 (1989) and Control (1986).

Among women with the most No. 1 albums, Jackson has the third-most leaders. Only Barbra Streisand (with 10) and Madonna (eight) have more.Streisand and Jackson are also in rare company: along with Bruce Springsteen, the three performers are the only acts with No. 1 albums in the last four decades: '10s, '00s, '90s and '80s.

Streisand most recently topped the tally in 2014 with Partners, and also collected leaders in the '00s, '90s, '80s, '70s and '60s. Springsteen, like Jackson, has claimed No. 1s in the '10s, '00s, '90s and '80s. Springsteen has a total of 11 No. 1s. (Notably, Streisand is the only act with No. 1s in the last five and six decades.)

Unbreakable is also Jackson's first independently distributed album, and it was released on her own Rhythm Nation label through BMG. The set also starts at No. 1 on the Independent Albums chart.

Jackson's new album was led by the single "No Sleeep," featuring J. Cole. The track became her 40th hit on the Billboard Hot 100 chart (peaking at No. 63), and has spent seven weeks at No. 1 on the Adult R&B Songs chart.

Somewhat unusually, Unbreakable hit No. 1 without the benefit of a single press interview by Jackson to promote the album. Although Jackson been quiet with the media, she's been on the road with her Unbreakable World Tour since Aug. 31, released a music video for "No Sleeep," and made an appearance on the BET Awards to accept the Ultimate Icon Award (June 28).

Unbreakable leads a relatively quiet top 10 on the Billboard 200, where only three new albums bow in the region. The calm comes after two straight weeks where the top 10 saw seven debuts.





Jerk and Gospel Festival on Heroes Day

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Gospel artiste-event organiser Chozenn is gearing up to host the first staging of Kingston Jerk and Gospel Festival on Heroes Day at the Ranny Williams Entertainment Centre.

The event was previously postponed, however, this time, the promoter promises strong performances from some of Jamaica's finest gospel artistes as well as a variety of food.

Kingston Jerk and Gospel Festival is the only gospel festival in Kingston and will feature performances from Jodian Pantry, Rondel Postitve, Chozenn, St Matthew, Omari, D Murphy, Positive, Jermaine Gordon, Katalys Crew, Sean Lypher, and Kimola Brown-Lowe among others.

Children under 12 enter free, while adults pay $700 pre-sold and $1,000 at the gate. The event features a food court, a shopping strip, a celebrity grill-off, a JCDC Cultural Expo, and a family fun land.

The event starts at 10 a.m.





witty-uptown-mondays.jpguptown-mondays.jpgProducer and promoter, Whitfield 'Witty' Henry and his Uptown Mondays team will celebrate their 14th anniversary on Heroes' Day, and according to the promoter, it will be something special.

Scheduled to take place at Uptown Mondays' Headquarters on Monday, the popular party will boast an impressive artiste line-up of some of the biggest names in dancehall. Bounty Killer, Chi Ching Ching, Ding Dong, I-Octane, Beenie Man, Spice, and Macka Diamond are among the artistes expected to put on great performances.

In an interview, Witty revealed that although he expects a big turnout this year, the grounds will be safe. "Security will be tight," he said. "We have contracted persons from King Alarm to man the grounds, and we will also get assistance from the Half-Way Tree Police Station."

Over the past few weeks, Jamaica has been experiencing an increase in rainfall, which has affected several events on the entertainment circuit, but Witty believes that even if the rain falls on Monday, it will not stop persons from turning up at the event.

In addition to the exciting entertainment package to be delivered by the artistes, music will be provided by Foota Hype, Boom Boom and Harry Hype, Teacha, Cigar, Soul Tone, and Stone Love.





public-defender-arlene-henry.jpgThe Office of the Public Defender has recommended that the Board of St Hilda's High School restore the Head Girl to the position claiming her removal was due to discrimination.

Arlene Harrison Henry wants the school board to make a decision at a meeting scheduled for Thursday. The board chairman has reportedly promised that the student and her mother will be represented at the meeting.The recommendations follow an investigation into the Head Girl being relieved of the position due to religious beliefs.

The public defender recommended that there be a guarantee by the board, the principal and school that there be no further acts of discrimination or retribution against the student on her reappointment.

She also recommended that acts of discrimination by virtue of religious denomination be investigated by the School Board.The public defender launched the investigation against the Charter of Fundamental Rights and Freedoms.This includes the right to freedom from discrimination on the ground of race, social class, colour, religion or political opinions.

The Office of the Public Defender is mandated to investigate situations where a citizen has suffered, is suffering or is likely to suffer an infringement of his constitutional rights due to action by an authority.

Meanwhile, the public defender made several findings following interviews with the mother of the St. Hilda's High student, the teenager as well as the principal and chairman of the school board on Wednesday.

Harrison Henry, in a release on Saturday, stated that the Principal attended the meeting with an attorney who advised her not to give evidence under oath.

The public defender found that the exclusion or disqualification of students from leadership positions based on their denomination is a discriminatory practice and has no place in schools and democracy.

The school said the student was stripped of the position because of potential conflicts with her denomination as a Jehovah's Witness. The public defender also found that the actions of the principal infringed the child's rights.





Taxi driver killed in St. Elizabeth

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Thirty-one year-old Jason Stewart, a taxi driver, was shot and killed by a gunman in Goshen, St. Elizabeth on Saturday afternoon.

Stewart, who plied the Santa Cruz to Pepper route, was reportedly en route from Santa Cruz when, about 2.15 p.m., while letting off a passenger, he was shot several times.

The police are investigating.





The Ministry of Health is debunking rumours that a mystery bug has been infecting newborns at the University Hospital of the West Indies.

Health Minister Dr Fenton Ferguson along with a team from the Ministry, met with officials of the hospital and the South East Regional Health Authority on the matter . In a release late Saturday, the Ministry said Ferguson was informed that the agent causing the infection has been identified and is being treated.

It said health officials will be working throughout the weekend to ensure all necessary steps are in place to control the spread of the infection and contain the problem in the shortest possible time.

While the cause of the infection was not publicised, the Minister has been in contact with the Pan American Health Organization and the Caribbean Public Health Agency which are on standby to provide additional assistance that may be required.

Ferguson will host a media briefing on Tuesday to provide an update on the issues faced by Neonatal Intensive Care Units which treat very ill babies.





woman-murdered-at-work.jpgThirty-two-year-old Tanisha McCool, who is described as a loving mother, and the only chold for her own mother, was gunned down as she sat on a stool on the grounds of the Petvom Gas Station in Morant Bay, St Thomas on Saturday night.

Reports are that a gunman approached the assistant manager and shot her several times killing her on the spot.

A report from the Morant Bay police indicated that McCool was sitting on a stool at the gas station at around 9;20 pm when she was approached by the lone gunman.

Loud explosions were heard and McCool was found lying on the floor with gunshot wounds on her upper body. The unknown assailant escaped on foot in the area.

She was rushed to hospital where she died while undergoing treatment. No motive has been established for the killing.

However, while the police's investigations into the shooting death of McCool begin, family and close friends were devastated when news spread of her untimely demise on Sunday.

A close friend has described Tanisha as a star. "She was loving, kind, loved her kids more than anything, she values friendship and she was never afraid to speak her mind, she was a fashionista. She was really cool, down to earth and never hype at all always remained grounded, she was a hard worker and she loved life...sad as hell cause she is her mother's only child...her death is untimely and sad."





Spice fi stop tek her man, Nicholas, mek poppyshow

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spice-nicholas-son.jpgWhy Spice love use her man Nicholas fi grab attention so? We tiad a it now. In January last year, Spice said the relationship was over after she did claim how poor Nicholas posted suggestive pictures with she and man on Instagram."Mi nuh know if we will get back together, but for now, it's over. Mi still inna shock and mi still disappointed. Mi neva think that necessary 'cause him know seh a mi work mi a do...After work, mi go back to Grace Hamilton. Him know him nuh have nutten fi worry bout. Mi nah cheat pon him and I am a very loyal person, so mi nuh know weh him a get jealous fa."

But mout did say that a Spice did post the picture fi stir up controversy and grab media attention.

So here is Spice using Nicholas again and grabbing a front page headline: "My man did not cheat - says Spice"

According to the story: Dancehall artiste Spice has rubbished claims made by some of her social media followers that her financé, Nicholas, has been cheating with one of her Japanese female dancers. According to Spice, the rumours all started after she decided to post a teaser photo from her upcoming video for the song Needle Eye.

"People are even teasing the girl, saying she is dating Spice man, but I want the people to know that the photo is directly taken from the video shoot. So leave the girl alone, because she and my man were only playing a role," she is quoted as saying.

The sometimes controversial deejay also denied fuelling the rumours deliberately. She says her only intention was to tease her fans with scenes from her video.

"I put up the photo to tease fans leading up to the video. My fans, however, took it out of context. I heard that the girl was recently provoked at a party, and I just want people to leave her alone because it was just for the video," she said.





Rockhouse Foundation annual dinner October 21

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rockhouse-foundation.jpgThe Rockhouse Foundaation will host their annual dinner and performance at Joe's Pub at The Public 425 Lafayette Street, New York City on October 21 with
Performance by Grammy nominated Reggae artist Luciano

Dinner will be prepared by Chef Andrew Carmellini's Kitchen collaborating with Chef Adam Schop of Miss Lily's.Tickets $250 per person
For further inquires email topaz@rockhouse.com
Limited seating is available.

All expenses related to the auction and event are fully underwritten by the
Rockhouse Hotel. Every cent supports Jamaicans in need.
If you are unable to attend please consider making a donation
by visiting our secure website:
www.rockhousefoundation.org/donate


Rockhouse Projects in Jamaica

With US$3 million invested in improving education for Negril's young people, the Rockhouse Foundation has transformed and modernized five schools: Moreland Hill Primary and Infant Schools, Negril All Age School, Negril Basic School, Little Bay All Age and Infant Schools, Bunch of Stars ECI, along with the complete renovation and expansion of the Negril Community Library.

The Foundation preserves its donors' investment through an ongoing commitment to facilities maintenance at all the schools. The Foundation's current project establishes the region's first Special Needs Inclusion Model Early Childhood School. The Torrington Inclusive Infant Academy is a two-year project creating a unique center of excellence for regular learners, children with special needs, and a center for training parents and teachers in assessing and managing students across the spectrum of special needs.





9 short-listed for Lignum Vitae award

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Nine writers have been selected for the Lignum Vitae Writing Awards 2015 shortlist. The shortlist features writers from different stages in their careers, from award winners to debut novelists.

Staged by the Jamaican Writers Society in collaboration with the Jamaican Copyright Licensing Agency, the inaugural Lignum Vitae Awards received a total of 43 entries from writers in Jamaica as well as the Diaspora.

The Una Marson Award for adult literature received the largest number of entries, attracting an impressive 24 novels and short story collections. The Vic Reid Award for young adult literature attracted the second highest number of entries, 12, while the Jean D'Costa Award for children's literature received seven entries.

The winner of the Una Marson Award will receive $500,000 while winners for the Vic Reid and Jean D'Costa prizes each receive $250,000.00. The combined purse is the largest prize for literature in Jamaica.

An impressive team of writers, critics and academics comprised the adjudication panels that selected the shortlist and will ultimately determine the winners. Novelist and academic Dr. Erna Brodber (chair), academic Dr. Kezia Page and National Librarian Winsome Hudson comprise the three-member panel for the Una Marson Award.

Novelists A-dZiko Simba Gegele, Cherrell Shelley Robinson and academic Carolyn Allen are the adjudicators for the Vic Reid Award. Jean D'Costa the iconic writer for whom the award is named, chairs the final panel, which is completed by writers Rebecca Tortello and Hazel Campbell.

The winners will be announced at a reception at the National Gallery of Jamaican, Sunday, November 8, 2015.

The Lignum Vitae Awards are sponsored by JAMCOPY, the HEART Trust/NTA, Nucleus Creative and Scarlette Beharie. The Broadcasting Commission of Jamaica has also sponsored the Jean D'Costa Award.


The 2015 Shortlist is:


The Una Marson Award

The Cherry Picker - Patrick Brown

The Angel's Share - Garfield Ellis

The Road to Timnath - Sylvia Gilfillian

Tea By the Sea - Donna Hemans

Augustown - Kei Miller


The Vic Reid Award

The Titchfield Turnabout - Paula Lennon

Gone to Drift - Diana Macaulay


The Jean D'Costa Award

A Different Me: A Better You - Janet Morrison

Duppy in the Wardrobe - Helen Williams





Another suspect in Hanover killings arrested

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arrested -photo-1.jpgThe police have arrested a second suspect in connection with the recent gun slaying of a family of six in Green Island, Hanover.

Assistant Commissioner Ealan Powell, head of the Criminal Investigation Branch (CIB), said that the suspect was picked up on Friday morning during a police operation in Hanover.

He said the cops are still searching for two other suspects in the case.





Six shot and injured in St James

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crime-scene-gun.jpgThursday night gunmen shot and injured six men on the Tucker main road in Gramp Hill in St James.

Reports from the Montego Bay Police are that about 8:45 persons were at a bar when a Toyota Corolla motorcar with three men aboard drove up. The occupants exited the vehicle and opened gunfire on the group.

They subsequently fled the scene.

The police say the injured men were taken to hospital where two were admitted in serious condition while the others were treated and released.

Thursday night's shooting in St James came one week after the shooting deaths of six persons in Logwood, Hanover. Four other persons were shot and injured in the attack. All 10 victims are members of one family. It is reported that they were at home when gunmen shot up their house and set it on fire.





Body found in gully is NOT Nick's

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nick-foto-works.jpgThe family of Nicketa 'Nick' Thomas, the owner-operator of Nickfotoworks.com, have said that the decomposing body found earlier this week is not the photographer.

"It is not Nick, we are glad that it wasn't him and we continue to make an appeal to the public for information on his whereabouts," Everton Thomas, brother of the photographer,is quoted as saying.

Speculation was rife yesterday on social media that the body of Nicketa Thomas had been found. The rumours were sparked by news that police had discovered a decomposing body of a male under the bridge between Riverton and Seaview Gardens in Kingston. The body is about 177 centimetres (5 feet 10 inches) long and was clad in a green T-shirt, grey under shirt, grey underpants and a pair of white Adidas sneaker. A post-mortem will be conducted to determine the cause of death.

Nick has been missing for eleven days. Nick reportedly disappeared at about 5 p.m. last Monday. Relatives last saw Thomas on Sunday, but his neighbours said they saw him on Monday about 5 p.m. A family member said that missing person report was filed with the Half-Way Tree police on Wednesday. His car was discovered in Cassia Park with the car in second gear and all the windows down. He is presumed to have been abducted by persons unknown.

Family members and friends assembled at a football field on Cassiadene Road in Kingston on Monday to pray and search for the missing men.





jamaican-locked-up-illegally-bahamas.jpgNASSAU, Bahamas (CMC): The Supreme Court of The Bahamas has ordered the immediate release of a Jamaican national who had been jailed there for the past nine years illegally under immigration laws that his lawyers said do not exist.

President of the Grand Bahama Human Rights Association (GBHA), Fred Smith, Q.C. had urged the Court to free Mathew Sewell and recognise that there is "no Guantánamo Bay" in The Bahamas, where individuals can be held in secret and outside the scope of the law.

A beaming Sewell (center) and his attorney Fred Smith (left).

Sewell was 18 years old when he first legally came to The Bahamas to visit his father, who lives here.

At the time he was preparing to join the Jamaica Defence Force.

Now, 28, he said he plans to renew that dream upon his return home.

Smith called on the Bahamas authorities to respect the fundamental rights of every individual, regardless of their nationality.

Smith said the Immigration Department cannot continue to act as "judge, jury and executioner" when it comes to people whom they have detained since the Court is the only entity that can decide if a person is guilty of any offence under the Immigration Act.

The human rights group said that Sewell was repeatedly detained in connection with a series of alleged and trumped up charges over the better part of the last decade. It said this included a trumped up murder and a house break-in which happened while he was already in prison.

The human rights group said that all the allegations against Sewell proved to be false and he was released from prison an innocent man about a year ago. However, shortly thereafter, he was detained by immigration.

Appearing before Senior Justice Stephen Isaacs, Smith successfully argued that the committal order under which his client was being held at the Carmichael Road Detention Center was defective, having been granted under a section of the Immigration Act that does not even exist.

He said the order also listed the period of detention as "unknown."

Smith pointed out that indefinite detention is illegal in The Bahamas "as we are not a dictatorship", and those awaiting deportation from The Bahamas can only he held for a reasonable period of time.

"Mr. Sewell has been detained at the Carmichael Road Detention Centre since 3 November 2014. He has therefore been in administrative detention for almost a year. This is not a reasonable period of time. Indeed, on the Immigration Department's own case, they appear to blame the delay in large part on Mr. Sewell's father's failure to buy a ticket to effect his son's deportation.

"This argument is absurd. It is for the Immigration Department to ensure that detention is only required for a reasonable period of time. They cannot attempt to shift the financial burden for deportation on to the family members of those detained and then blame delays on those family members' inability to pay."

Smith also criticised the existing methods of enforcing immigration laws generally, noting that a number of the department's tactics continue to be inhumane and unlawful.

He said based on previous decisions of the courts in The Bahamas dating back to 1980s, every person detained by an immigration official or other peace officer must be brought before a court within 48 hours.

He referred to the Bahamas Court of Appeal case concerning Japanese detainee Atain Takitota, who was wrongfully held at HMP and the Detention Center for more than eight years, before being released and awarded substantial damages by the court.

Smith also argued that nowhere in the Immigration Act, or Bahamian law, does the offence of having "no status" exist. He noted that there are only three immigration offences: entering without permission, overstaying or working without a permit.

Therefore, the practise of conducting raids and roadblocks in which proof of status is demanded are illegal, Smith said, referring to his own case; Smith vs Commissioner of Police in the 1980s when the Supreme Court declared arbitrary roadblocks by the Police unconstitutional.

In response to a suggestion by the Attorney General's office that if released, Sewell would likely be detained again under a legitimate detention order, Smith warned that his client plans to sue the government for considerable damages and any further attempts to interfere with his liberty would be treated as aggravating circumstances and increasing punitive damages in that suit.

Senior Justice Isaacs accepted Smith's arguments and granted Sewell his freedom, instructed the authorities to return his passport which they had held for the last nine years, and ordered that they find some form status for him during the next 60 days so he has time to get his travel documents in order and return to Jamaica unmolested.





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Businessman, socialite and former Jamaica Labour Party councillor, Don Creary, and his co-accused, Shaneke Williams, are to return to court on December 11 to answer to sex charges.

The mention date was set when the two appeared in the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate's Court Friday.

They will remain on bail until their reappearance.

The prosecution is to make disclosures to the defence before the next court date.

Creary, who is 48 years old, 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.

Creary is on a second rape charge.

It's alleged that in June this year, he raped a 19-year-old woman at an apartment in Meadowbrook, St Andrew.

The woman reported the matter to police investigators in July.

Creary and Williams have denied the allegations.





mavado-photo-12.jpgFor weeks many dancehall supporters have speculated if the Gully/Gaza war has been reignited.

In the song "Hide and Seek", the Gully Gad seemed to subliminally diss Vybz Kartel. The song is produced by Studio Vibes Entertainment who also produced Vybz Kartel's "Who trick him" on the hard-hitting Pandora Riddim. In the 1st verse of his song, Mavado says:

"Mi thing a knock a pu**y better stay down
The place hotter than the devil play ground
Ninja kid ride out pon the bike back
Kill who fi kill, then wi kill who nuh like that

Devil or Daddy Devil is a well known moniker that ihas been used by Kartel on more than one occasions and the "Devil Play Ground" is the actual name of play-field in Waterford, Vybz Kartel's home town.

For years Kartel and Mavado and lyrical feuds, which even turn into fan warfare. It got so bad than the Jamaican government got involve. The war was later put aside for the betterment of the nation.

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Early this year, we saw Vybz jumping on Mavado's "Going Back Broke" Remix. Which for such a huge collaboration, we thought there would be way more promotions behind it. It was an epic, flop. However, Alkaline, Mavado and I-Octane seem to have been parring real thick now a days, and in a song titled "Above Dem" Mavado refers to the trio as "The Family". In the song they stated they were above everyone, which may or may not include Vybz Kartel.

Over a week ago TJ Records released a brand new single from 'The World Boss' Vybz Kartel titled "Which League".

The song which seemed to be aim at Vybz's longtime rival dancehall international superstar Mavado, who in June released a song called "My League."

In the song, Kartel also threw shade and fast rising star Alkaline, who had for a link with Mavado called "The Family"

The single is already receiving a lot of reviews from dancehall music insiders and critics, some saying this is another chart topper.





Beenie Man and Shabba Ranks still at odds

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beenie-jazz.jpgAfter a very questionable explanation about why Beenie Man was not allowed to perform at a show in Trinidad earlier this month, it has come to light that the Dancehall Doctor and the Grammy Kid, Shabba Ranks, are still at odds.

Shabba reportedly told the promoter of the event that Beenie Man could not perform. The Doc was added to the roster of the "Unplugged" concert after Barrington Levy fell ill a few weeks ago with Dengue Fever.

But seems Shabba Ranks remembered those old comments made about him by Beenie Man back in 2012 and went ham on the promoter to take the dancehall king off the stage.

In the end Beenie did not performed but his manager is saying that the whole melee is over the band Ruff Cut who was booked by Shabba.

"He was to perform with Ruff Kutt, but when we got there, there were issues," Blue said. "It turned out that Shabba Ranks was the one who hired them and therefore he could not work with them. He (Beenie Man) did not perform, but was not barred from performing."

But that statement was just a cover-up of the real issue. So why didn't Beenie Man perform with a differnt band if that was the case?





joe-bogdanovich-skatta.jpgDownsound Records and popular music producer Cordell 'Skatta' Burrell have been ordered to pay close to $15 million in damages for use of the rhythm on Specialist's 2011 song 'Street Hustle', a street anthem that paid tribute to phonecard and banana chips vendors.

The multimillion dollar award was made in a breach of copyright suit filed against them by fellow music producer André 'Rookie' Tyrell, who claims that he was not compensated after "the whole or a substantial part" of his 'Superstar Rhythm' was used on the song, as well as for a major advertising campaign.

Skatta and Downsound Records have been ordered by a High Court judge to pay Tyrell $9.5 million for statutory damages under the Copyright Act; $2.5 million for breach of moral rights and US$15,000 (J$1,785,000)for general or compensatory damages.

The awards for general damages and breach of moral rights will attract interest at 14.99 per cent annually from June 2012, when Tyrell filed his legal motion to October this year when the ruling was made.

Tyrell charged, in court documents, that in 2011, Skatta and Downsound Records created a beat they named the 'Street Hustle' rhythm, which was "a reproduction or adaptation and or derivative work of the whole or a substantial part" of his 'Super Star' rhythm.

"This is not a case of mistake, but of a blatant and unapologetic use of the claimant's (Tyrell) copyrights," Justice Audre Lindo wrote in her ruling handed down last month.

Tyrell asserted that all of this was done without his authorisation and charged that in October 2011, Skatta and his publishing company "falsely lodged and claimed 100 per cent share in the musical composition for the song with the American Society of Composers Authors and Publishers."

Skatta and Downsound did not contest the suit or the assessment of damages even though court documents indicate that they were properly served with papers.

The documents also show that in October 2012, the court declared Tyrell owner of the 'Superstar Rhythm' and ordered, among other things, Skatta and Downsound desist from using it.

They were also ordered to "immediately rectify any and all accreditation information, including with collecting societies ... to reflect the claimant (Tyrell) as the writer/composer of his portion of the musical work contained in the said Street Hustle song and 'Street Hustle' rhythm."

But Tyrell said, armed with the court order, he later approached the United Kingdom-based Performing Rights Society for Music to register his interest in the song only to discover that Downsound "apparently registered the infringing song under different names."

As a result, the presiding judge had some very strong words for Skatta and Downsound Records.

I agree with the submission of counsel (Tyrell's attorney) that the evidence before the court demonstrates that the actions and/or inactions of the defendants have been nothing but contemptuous and/or calculated for their own selfish gain," Lindo wrote.

"And that they demonstrate a gross disregard and lack of remorse of the infringements they committed."





alkaline-dancehall-artiste.jpgThe Women's Parliament Forum (VPF) in Suriname wants Jamaican dancehall artiste, Alkaline, to face the music for mistreating a dancer in that island during a performance there. The now viral video of the incident has been racking up a thousands of views and comments.

Alkaline performed in Flamboyant Park in Paramaribo on September 26, headlining the Back to School concert.

During his performance, he attempted to dance with a Surinamese dancer who was onstage. She moved away, prompting the artiste to forcefully grab her for a second attempt. The dancer again moved away, after which Alkaline demanded her removal from the stage, encouraging the crowd to chant for her dismissal. You can see video of the incident here.

The VPF finds it unfortunate that Alkaline has yet to offer a public apology for the incident. They believe that he has treated the young woman with great disrespect. The lack of action following the incident displeases the group. The public silence resounds loudly as approval for the disrespectful behaviour.

The VPF believes that the boundaries that women set need to be respected and that violent responses to such boundaries are very troubling. They say that Alkaline behaved as if the woman had violated him by refusing a dance when it is he that actually violated her with his brutish response.

They call upon the Minister of Justice and Police, Jennifer van Dijk-Silos, to instruct police to react forcefully in such cases. They also want the unrepentant Alkaline banned from the country.





nick-foto-works.jpgThere has been heavy speculation that a body that was fished from the Sandy Gully in Seaview Gardens in St Andrew yesterday may be that of missing photographer and operator of Nickfotoworks, Niketa 'Nick' Thomas.

Though no confirmation has been provided by family or the police, a photograph of the body has been making the rounds on social media and there are fears it is the missing photographer.

The police have confirmed that a body was found.

Persons are claiming that the deceased male in the picture was clad in a jersey similar to the one Thomas was wearig when he went missing. Residents said they stumbled on the body and summoned the police.

According to eyewitnesses the body was spotted shortly after 3 p.m. The body, which was reportedly in a state of decomposition, was removed to the morgue.

It's understood that a post mortem is to be conducted later today.

The missing photographer's brother, Everton Thomas says the family has been in contact with the police. He says the family is preparing to view the body to ascertain if it belongs to their brother.

Niketa Thomas and his cousin, Dwight Brown, have been missing since Monday October 5.





No bail for 15-y-o student on murder charge

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hands-behind-bars.jpgThe 15-year-olde student who is accused of the stabbing death of a fellow pupil on the grounds of the Browns Town High School last week, was remanded when he appeared in court on Tuesday.

He is accused of stabbing to death 17-year-old Jamala Barnaby after both were involved in a fight and was charged with murder after being questioned by police investigators

The student will be held at a juvenile facility until he returns to court on October 26 when bail will be considered by the presiding magistrate.





racist-white-man-little-black-boy.jpgSome of the Facebook commenters who posted racist remarks about a three-year-old Black child have released apologies after being terminated from their jobs.

The story of the trending hashtag #HisNameIsCayden began last week, when Facebook user Gerod Roth (Geris Hilton on the site) posted a photo of himself with Cayden Jenkins, the son of his co-worker, Sydney Shelton.

After making the photo his profile picture, many of his friends wrote racist comments about the child, calling him "Kunta Kinte" and using slave jokes. Roth did little to extinguish the raced-based jokes, adding himself that the child "was feral."

"A person said, 'Oh, you mean to tell me that you just have wild kids running through your office building?' And that's when I said 'he was feral.' That was interpreted as racist and that, honestly, was not my intention whatsoever," Roth told Fox 5 Atlanta.

Earlier this week, Roth was fired from his position at Polaris Marketing Group in Atlanta. In addition to Roth's firing, another commenter who goes by the name Emily Irene Red was reportedly terminated from her position at The Conch Republic restaurant.

@tyriquex Just spoke to the manager of The Conch Republic Grill. Emily Irene was fired today. He says they were "appalled" by her remarks.

- DavidGrapeJuice (@DavidGrapeJuice) October 1, 2015

Tim Zheng, the Facebook user who called the toddler "Kunta Kinte" in Roth's comments, also apologized for his actions. Sharing a story about his immigrant parents and the racism they faced, Zheng now claims he's learned from his actions. But Cayden's supporters weren't buying his apology, especially after old posts of Zheng's mocking the Black Lives Matter movement were uncovered.

Shelton is grateful for the support she's received since the hashtag's inception. Speaking with Fox 5 Atlanta, the mother stated Roth never mentioned the comments to her, or even asked to take a photo with her son weeks before it caught attention online.

"He is not a deaf child. He is not mute. He has never been abandoned. He is a well-loved, fun-loving, hyper-active and typical three-year-old," Shelton said in response to comments made on the post.

Roth emailed Shelton an apology, but she doesn't believe it's sincere.





nick-foto-works.jpgFollowing the disappearance of popular photographer Niketa "Nick" Thomas and his cousin, Dwight Brown, their family members are disputing a voice note that has emerged claiming that the men were killed by a family member.

The 37-second audio is authored by an unidentified male.

"A him family kill him ... . Me hear say a some money thing dem kill him ova ... And me hear say drugs mussi involved," an excerpt said.

Everton Thomas, the brother of Niketa Thomas, said he is aware of the voice note and is deeply disturbed by it.

"I have no knowledge of the information in that voice note being true. But if someone has that much information, then they should bring that info to the powers that be [police]. Social media is not the place for it," he said.

On Monday, the family of the missing men staged a sensitisation exercise on Cassiadence Road, St Andrew, to encourage persons with information to come forward.

Thomas said the event was well supported by friends and family, despite the rain. However, he said no one has contacted him with information on his missing family members.

In the meantime, Thomas is urging persons to respect the fact that the family is still grieving for their relatives who have been missing since October 5.





flow-garfield-sinclair.jpgFlow Jamaica says it will not be following Digicel in its recent move to block ads of internet companies such as Facebook, Google and Yahoo.

Digicel last month started to block the ads of the companies as part of a plan to force the entities to pay to access their customers.

It is the first telecoms company in the world to employ the tactic.

Managing Director of Flow Jamaica, Garfield Sinclair, says his company will not be going this route at this time. The technology used to block the ads is new.

Meanwhile, Sinclair called the move by Digicel, symbolic, adding that it will not bear fruit if Digicel is the only one blocking the ads of the internet giants.

Digicel, in blocking the ads of those internet companies and others, suggested that if they want to unblock their ads, they should contribute to the costs of the mobile telecoms infrastructure required to deliver them.

According to the company, ads use up to a tenth of a customer's data plan allowance.Eliminating them would save customers money.





man-booker-prize-winner-marlon-and-camella.jpgMarlon James became the first Jamaican winner of the prestigious Booker Prize for fiction today with a vivid, violent, exuberant and expletive-laden novel based on the attempted assassination of Bob Marley.

Michael Wood, chairman of the judging panel, said A Brief History of Seven Killings was "the most exciting book on the list" and a novel full of the "sheer pleasure" of language.

"One of the pleasures of reading it is you turn the page and you are not sure who the next narrator will be," said Wood, a professor emeritus of English at Princeton University. He said the book had been the unanimous choice of the five judges.

James, 44, was awarded the L50,000 (US$77,000) prize during a black-tie dinner at London's medieval Guildhall.

A Brief History of Seven Killings is the third novel from the writer, who now lives in Minneapolis.

The book charts political violence in Jamaica and the spread of crack cocaine in the US, and hinges on a 1976 attempt on the life of reggae superstar Marley - identified in the book only as The Singer. The story is told in a cacophony of voices - from gangsters to ghosts, drug dealers to CIA agents - and in dialects ranging from American English to Jamaican patois.

Critics have compared it to the stream-of-consciousness novels of William Faulkner and the hyper-violent movies of Quentin Tarantino, while James himself has cited Charles Dickens as an influence on his multi-character depiction of society.

Wood acknowledged that the book's plentiful sex, violence and swearing might put off buyers who "like to give the Booker winners to their mother to read."

But he said the novel's verve and humor would win over readers.

Wood said although much of the subject matter is grim, "a lot of it is very, very funny."





The Police High Command is expressing shock at the murder of District Constable Ashley Howard.

Reports are that Howard was shot by gunmen on Slipe Road, Cross Roads in Kingston about 8:30 a.m. He later died at hospital.

Commissioner of Police Dr Carl Williams has strongly condemned the actions of those responsible and warned that the Police will do everything in their powers to bring his killer/s to justice.

Williams extended condolences to the relatives, friends and colleagues of the District Constable.

"Criminals seem to feel empowered as they snuffed out the lives of innocent Jamaican citizens and launch repeated violent attacks on the members of the Jamaica Constabulary Force," said Williams.





A policeman is now nursing injuries he received following an attack by six prisoners today in the lock up at the Supreme Court building in Kingston.

It is reported that the prisoners were taken to court and were being processed when one of them was seen with a marijuana cigarette, commonly called a ganja spliff, in his mouth.

The policeman, who was alone inside the cell with the prisoners, instructed the prisoner to hand over the spliff.

Another prisoner reportedly grabbed the spliff and all six prisoners attacked the policeman.

The policeman used his baton to fend off the attack.

One of the prisoners reportedly suffered injuries to his face after being hit by the baton.

The situation was eventually brought under control and the injured policeman and prisoner were taken away for medical attention.





Twitter to cut up to 8 percent of global workforce

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Twitter Inc said it would lay off up to 336 employees, or cut about 8 percent of its global workforce, as part of an overall plan to streamline operations.

The layoffs come about a week after the microblogging service provider appointed its co-founder Jack Dorsey its permanent CEO. (http://1.usa.gov/1Gbb31A)

Twitter shares rose 2.3 percent to US$29.41 in premarket trading on Tuesday.

Twitter said it expected to incur about US$10 million-US$20 million in severance costs and US$5 million-US$15 million in restructuring costs.

The company said it expected to record most of these pretax restructuring charges in the quarter ended Dec. 31.

Twitter is working to rekindle growth after its latest quarterly results in July revealed the slowest rise in monthly average users since it went public in 2013.

The company will report its third-quarter results on Oct. 27 after the market closes.





Spragga is 'the only man me love', says Foxy Brown

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foxy-brown-and-spragga-benz.jpgRastafarian dancehall artiste,Spragga Benz, is the "only man" that American rapper Foxy Brown ever truly loved. . In fact, she has described the Jamaican dancehall veteran as the only man to have ever stolen her heart.

The Brooklyn emcee bared her soul in a lengthy post on social media last night, revealing intimate details of her relationship with Spragga, whose birth name is Carlton Grant.

"(Sixteen) years ago in Trinidad, God sent me the only man who ever owned my heart. Love at first sight he said 'Ing (you are) gonna be my wife'," Foxy Brown (real name Inga Marchand) said in the caption under a photo of Spragga on Instagram.

Foxy, who is of Trinidadian descent, said her mother was with the pair when they met in the twin island republic and had described them as "inseparable". It was the beginning of a long romance between the two, who got engaged in 2001 and also collaborated on several songs including Oh Yeah off Foxy's third album, Broken Silence.

"He made sure prayer, whether Yah or Jah, was at the helm of our home," Foxy said of Spragga, jokingly adding that "Beenie Man always said 'Peanut Butter weh Jelly deh' LOL!"

She said they also shared difficult times with one another, including the death of Spragga's 17-year-old son, Carlton 'Carlyle' Grant Jr, who was killed by cops under questionable circumstances in Kingston.

"From the moment his beautiful son Carlyle was murdered, rushing to his side... to him right by my side. My year in prison. Thank you God. My sassiness, flaws, scars all the pain he loved away and tamed the fire in me with one look! The night my Range Rover flipped over and crashed he beat me to the hospital," Foxy revealed in the heartfelt post.

Foxy, who had a very public realationship that turned sour with rapper Kurupt prior to her romance with Spragga, noted the fact that there were no "public drama" and "disrespect" between herself and the Jamaican entertainer who became an underground star in the US with his lead role in the cult classic Shottas.

"Grown ass man love!" Foxy said about her relationship with the deejay.

"My king, my soulmate, my protector and best friend. A man of principle, miltance, intelligence and couth but straight shotta!!" she added.

Foxy concluded with the following message to women: "Ladies, when you are loved and respected by a King, no (expletive) bwoy can compare!"

Spragga Benz and Foxy Brown were engaged for two years before it was called off in 2003.





Una Morgan suffers cardiac arrest on tour

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una-morgan.jpgUna Morgan, member of the sibling group Morgan Heritage, has issued a statement after she fell ill while on the Catch A Fire tour in the United States.

According to a press release, the 43 year old singer left the tour after suffering cardiac arrest.

It is understood that she was suffering from a pre-existing thyroid disease which caused the her to have congestive heart failure and an abnormal heart rhythm.

According to the release, Una's heart had stopped beating while she was receiving medical care.

She was subsequently resuscitated and spent a week in the hospital.

Responding to the many queries on her health the singer has issued a statement urging persons to take their health seriously.

The Catch A Fire Tour tour of the United States, which ended on September 27 featured members of the Marley family and Morgan Heritage as well as Taurus Riley and other reggae.





Paradise Lost to reclaim EDM for Jamaica

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paradise-lost-jason-newman.jpgMembers of the Isaiah Laing-led Supreme Promotion have bonded into Caribbean Trans Media limited and are collaborating with HMRA, NBBL inc., to stage Jamaica's first EDM (electronic dance music) festival entitled Paradise Lost.

At a press conference at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel in New Kingston last Thursday, the team outlined that festival will run from March 10-12, 2016 at Grizzly's Plantation Cove in St Ann.

It was emphasised at the launch that the aim of Paradise Lost is to reclaim EDM as a truly Jamaican genre and and dispel the myth that EDM is foreign. EDM was started in Jamaica by King Tubby and rightfully belongs to the Jamaican people..

Team member Jason Newman noted the festival is called Paradise Lost because the main goal is to reintroduce EDM to its rightful birthplace... Jamaica. He also pointed to a recent Billboard article which also handpicked Jamaica as the birthplace of EDM.

"Some Jamaicans don't know that the genre started here, and some of the foreign markets don't know either. This is going to educate them to learn about Jamaica and appreciate our music all over again. Who would think Bob Marley was one of the first EDM artistes? That is something we should think about," he said.

The team noted that EDM events have become quite popular in Jamaica in recent times through parties like Color Fest, Electric Butterfly Music Festival and noted that Paradise Lost Festival seeks to build strategically on what already exists.

"Lets reclaim EDM, lets teach our artistes how to put their music out there, too. This is not about closing doors on Jamaican entertainers, this is about restructuring how we look at our music and how we treat it," he said. EDM music is currently estimated as being worth billions. However, there are no notable Jamaican artistes who practice the genre, aside from collaborations with Major Lazer.

Now that light has been shed on the roots of EDM by Billboard.com, production legend King Jammys, who missed the launch of Paradise Lost due to an emergency, says Jamaican artistes should capitalise on the EDM genre.

He also blames historians for not properly documenting the history of Jamaican music. "I don't just go out and play, people have to book me, and every year I go out and play this genre. Jamaicans don't cherish the history of the music and what we did. The historians only cherish politicians and not the hard work we put in - so the people don't know. I would encourage all youth to spread their wings and experiment. Is experiment I experiment with the Sleng Teng, and it ended up becoming a special thing in the world. EDM is ours, so experiment, man," he said.

Paradise Lost is expected to pull over 15,000 spring breakers to the island. The festival is expected to provide more than 2,300 jobs and 200 internship opportunities. The organisers also estimated that a successful staging can generate 5 billion Jamaican dollars for the economy in its first year.





Ananda Alert for missing St Andrew teen

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missing-teen-talia-tapper-photo.jpgAnanda Alert has been activated for 16-year-old Talia Tapper who has been missing since Friday, October 9.

Talia, who hails from a Hagley Park Road, Kingston 10 address, is of dark complexion, medium build and is about 135 centimetres (5 feet 3 inches) tall.

According to the Half Way Tree Police, Talia was last seen at the home around 10pm. Family members are unclear what her mode of dress was at the time of her disappearance, however she has not been seen or heard from since.

The police urge anyone knowing the whereabouts of Talia Tapper to contact the Half Way Tree Police at 926-8184, the police's emergency 119 number or the nearest police station.





mosquitoes.jpgDespite a serious attack from some really big, black mosquitoes, residents in mmosquito-infested Portmore and other places will have to wait until the rain is over for any relief.

The Health Ministry says that despite the increase in the mosquito population it cannot do any fogging until the current rains stop.The Meteorological Service has forecast another three days of rain being induced by a trough affecting parts of the Caribbean.

In a release late Monday, the Health Ministry urged people to destroy mosquito breeding sites and protect themselves from bites as the rainfall now being experienced is expected to result in increased mosquito breeding.

"Mosquitoes can lay their eggs during the dry season and these will hatch as soon as enough water is available," said Dr Marion Bullock DuCasse, chief medical officer, adding that the current rainfall has facilitated that environment.

She says keeping the surroundings free of potential mosquito breeding sites would reduce the likelihood of an environment for the Aedes aegypti mosquito which spreads the dengue and chikungunya viruses.

In the meantime, the Ministry of Health says through its Parish Health Departments, it continues to routinely fog selected areas to eliminate adult mosquitoes.

It's encouraging people to contact the health department in their parish to report any area that they believe needs fogging.





7 illegal guns seized over the weekend

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Seven illegal guns and 33 assorted rounds of ammunition were seized across Jamaica on Friday and Saturday.

Three of the weapons were seized in the St.Catherine South Police Division. Two men were arrested in connection with these seizures.

In another incident, along Molynes Road on Friday, one Heckler and Koch 9 milimetre pistol, with a magazine containing eleven rounds, was seized during a robbery attempt at a plaza.

It's reported that three gunmen attempted to rob a licensed firearm holder when one of them was fatally shot and the weapon seized.

On Saturday morning, the Constant Spring Police seized a Beretta pistol during a spot check on Whitehall Avenue. Two men were taken into custody during that operation.

Two other illegal guns, two magazines and more than ten rounds of ammunition were seized in Frome, Westmoreland on Saturday. Three persons were taken into custody in connection with that seizure.





Unidentified body found in St James

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unidentified-body.jpgThe police in St James seek the public's assistance in identifying the body of a male found in Long Bay district in the parish on Sunday, October 11.

The male, believed to be in its twenties, is of brown complexion, slim build, about 173 centimetres (5 feet 8 inches) long and a tattoo of three stars on the right hand.

The body was discovered clad in a khaki shirt, black jeans pants and a pair of red and blue sneakers.

According to reports from the Barrett Town Police, around 6am residents discovered the body and summoned the lawmen.

Upon their arrival, the man was seen lying on the roadway with multiple gunshot wounds.

The scene was processed and the body was removed to the morgue.

The police urge anyone who may be able to identify the body is being asked to contact the Barrett Town Police at 953-7899, the police's emergency 119 number or the nearest police station.





runway-reopened.jpgThe runway at the Sangster International Airport has now been reopened following a fire on board Delta Airlines flight 304 Monday afternoon .

The runway was reopened approximately 6:15 pm - three hours after it was closed.

The runway was closed, after the flight crew of the Boeing 737 aircraft reported a fire warning indication from its cargo bay, as the aircraft taxiing for take-off.

It is reported that the 160 passengers and six crew members were safely evacuated.

The Jamaica Civil Aviation Authority says investigators from its Flight Safety Division are probing the incident.





nick-foto-cassia-park-gathering.jpgThe family of popular photographer Niketa Thomas, the operator of Nickfotoworks.com, are not happy with the police's investigations into his disappearance. They therefore organised a search party on Monday and spread out acros the Cassia Park area with flyers and T-shirts bearing Nick's image.

Nick and his cousin went missing last week.

A missing persons report was filed at the Half-Way Tree Police Station on October 5, however, the family say they have largely been left in the dark as the police have not kept them abreast of their probe.

Monday's team of family, friends and well-wishers gathered at Cassiadene Road in Kingston at 10:30 a.m. at the football field in the community.

"Maybe I am impatient or I expect the police to come with information faster, but I am not comfortable," said Everton Thomas, brother of the missing photographer. "We are planning to go into the area where my brother was last seen with some flyers with a group of people and to see if we can get something from the community. Just to sensitise the people."

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The sensitisation exercise is an effort in which he hopes will encourage persons with information to come forward as the search for the photographer continues.

"We need people to see that he has family and he has friends and if anybody knows anything, we want them to feel free to call the police. If they don't want to call the police, they can contact us," he said. "There are several people who have been affected by the disappearance of these two persons."

The family remains overwrought as they wait. Niketa's brother told THE STAR that this past week has been a nightmare.

"Everyday that goes by, it has been trials and tribulations. My mom is totally devastated right now," he said. "My mom has broken down so many times and every time I see her in that state I wonder what next to do. Sometimes she begs for a corpse because she can't deal with the unknown feeling."

A policeman involved in the investigations said the police have been working to ensure that no stone is left unturned in their probe, he said.





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bobbi-kristina-and-nick-gordon-photo-1.jpgAccording to new court documents, which is in response to Gordon's legal team's efforts to stay the ongoing wrongful death lawsuit filed by Brown's conservator Bedelia Hargrove, "Ms. Brown died due to a violent altercation with Defendant (Gordon) after which he placed her in a bathtub, unconscious, after he injected her with a toxic mixture."

The lawsuit, which was amended after Brown's death and seeks $10 million in damages, accuses Gordon of giving Bobby Brown and the late Whiteny Houston's daughter a "toxic cocktail rendering her unconscious." There was no mention of an injection.

Kristina died on July 26 at the age of 22 after being placed in a medically induced comma for nearly six months after she was found facedown and unconscious in a bathtub full of water in her home on Jan. 31.Hargrove's case also accuses Gordon of verbally and physically abusing [his girlfriend, as well as withdrawing funds from her accounts after her hospitalization.

The new documents note that "Bobbi Kristina Brown was physically abused by the Defendant on numerous occasions and later died following a particularly violent altercation with the Defendant which left her battered and bruised, with a tooth knocked out," and that she was ultimately "fatally injured" at their shared Atlanta home.

Gordon's lawyers have denied the claims of the alleged toxic cocktail and that he abused and stole from her. "The recent lawsuit against Nick is slanderous and meritless," his attorney Jose Baez told USA Today at the time.

Following Hargrove's lawsuit, Gordon's team filed a stay of motion with the intent of ending of the civil case following news that the district attorney in Georgia was reportedly convening a secret grand jury with the intention of charging Gordon with murder.

Gordon's team argues that while he potentially simultaneously faces criminal murder charges, "any statements made by Mr. Gordon in the civil case may incriminate Mr. Gordon in a criminal investigation," and that since a judge has sealed the cause of Bobbi Kristina's death, he's "precluded and denied the use of exculpatory evidence that will come forward as a result of the criminal investigation."

Gordon's team also argues that because of Bobbi Kristina's parents' fame, "Mr. Gordon will be unfairly, legally, and financially prejudiced should he be subject to parallel criminal and civil proceedings."

Gordon has maintained his innocence since Bobbi Kristina's hospitalization, and following a bizarre interview with Dr. Phil prior to her death, checked into rehab.





police-commissioner-dr-carl-williams.jpgPolice Commissioner Dr Carl Williams says the police have established the motive behind Thursday night's attack on a family that left six people dead and four in hospital.

Williams and National Security Minister Peter Bunting on Friday visited Cam