Reggae Sumfest 2018

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pope-francis.jpgPope Francis, the leader of the Catholic Church, which is worth billions of dollars and owns some of the most expensive art collections in this world, lashed out at wealthy minorities who hoard resources at the expense of the poor as he visited a crowded Nairobi slum today during his three-day tour of Kenya.

The 78-year-old pontiff was given a rapturous welcome as he arrived in Kangemi, which is home to more than 100,000 people who live in shacks without sewerage, including 20,000 who belong to the local Catholic parish.

Residents of the slum lined the mud streets to welcome him, standing alongside goats and hens outside the corrugated tin-roofed shacks where the shantytown's many small businesses operate: beauty parlours, cellphone 'top-up' shops and storefront evangelical churches.

Speaking at the local Catholic church, Francis condemned the 'dreadful injustice of urban exclusion' that has forced some 60 per cent of Nairobi's population to move to slums that cover just 6 per cent of the city's residential land, according to 2014 figures from the UN Habitat programme.

However, even as the Pope slammed the wealthy, online readers made it their point of duty to slam the Vatican: "Last time I checked the Vatican was worth billions.... Pot and kettle?," on reader commented.

Says the guy who lives in his own private city!!

This is a man who sits on a solid gold throne.

I recently walked around the Vatican and was amazed at the priceless works or art, anyway what what the Pope saying again?





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kapri-dark-glasses.jpgOn-the-rise dancehall artiste Kapri is fit and ready to turn up the excitement level of dancehall quite a few notches.

Armed with a couple of new scorching hot singles and a pen that never runs out of ink, this "lyrical lunatic" is on the loose and eager to lock the city. Kapri is being skillfully led in the right direction by his Massive Entertainment team, headed by CEO Clayton Thomas, and which also includes Samuel "Bossie" Doman. Totally focused on getting the attention of the massives on the artiste, they have drawn for successful Billboard-topping producer Rohan 'Jah Snow Cone' Fuller, who has produced the riveting single Dark Glass.

"Kapri is obviously a very talented and versatile youth and those are not terms that I use loosely," Snow Cone emphasized. "He has some mad, crazy lyrics, he takes command of the riddim, he has a great image and most important of all, his attitude is right," says Snow Cone, who distinguished himself with the production of Sean Paul's Billboard number one single, Temperature.

Chockfull of the type of imagery which makes it real potent dancehall, Dark Glass is a gritty, infectious tune which fans can easily gravitate towards, as it exposes the difference between the real deal and the wannabes. Set on a bouncy, no-nonsense riddim, the the lyrics and the tone of the deejay are in total harmony, giving Dark Glass a credible boost.

According to Kapri, this is a gangsta tune, but it takes it from a different angle.

"It is a tale about the gangsta who doesn't really know how to be a true gangsta...it is not bigging up thug life or anything. If you listen to the lyrics, you will see that some of it is actually comical," the Pembroke Hall High past student explained.

Dark Glass, which is already being played on radio in the States, is getting much positive feedback from scores of fans, many of whom have been following Kapri's career since he burst on the scene in 2008 with the single entitled Dear Mama produced by Seanizzle. The song was featured on Chris Gold Finger's UK Chart and received heavy play in the Cayman Islands and several endorsements on mix CD's worldwide.

Dwayne Wallace more popularly known as Kapri, is one of the young fresh talents in the new generation of dancehall. Born and raised in the community of Pembroke Hall in Kingston, Wallace always had a knack for music and was encouraged by family and friends. One friend in particular, Sean 'Seanizzle' Reid, who had worked with many top Jamaican artistes noticed Kapri's talent and introduced him to producer/ artiste Mr. G, who invited Kapri to a DJ competition called Battle Thursdays. This event was created to find new talent and, as expected, Kapri won the battle twice in a row.

This was the boost that he was looking for and since then the deejay with the flowing songs rhymes has been positioning himself to make it big on the international stage.





Going on the Jamrock Cruise? Here are 8 must haves

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As you get ready to sail across the Caribbean Sea, there are a few essential items you just cannot do without on the Welcome to Jamrock Reggae Cruise which sets sail on Monday, November 30. Surrounded with some of reggae's finest artistes, a whirlwind of international cruisers and some of the best Jamaican dishes you can think of, the Welcome to Jamrock Reggae Cruise is ready to offer you an exhilarating experience at sea.

However, in order to make it the experience of a lifetime, there are a few essential items you cannot afford to leave behind.


1. Your passport

Whether boarding from a local or international port, your passport is your ticket on and off the ship. As with flying, your passport along with your boarding pass allows you access onto the ship so be sure to safely secure both items before boarding.


2. Money (whether cash/credit card)

Food, shopping for souvenirs, tips, drinks; these are just some of the things you will need money for while being on this cruise. It's always good to have cash in hand as well as your credit card as back up. You never know when either might come in handy.


3. Camera

The best way to capture your memories is by making videos and taking photos. Whether it is vlogging or having a photo shoot, your camera is your next best thing along with your friends to create and capture memories to share for years to come.


4. Sun glasses

Every good outfit deserves a cool pair of sunglasses to go along with it. So whether you are at port, by the pool or even on the tennis court, be sure to pack a pair or two of sunglasses to shade your eyes from the sun in style.


5. Swimsuits

You've been waiting for the perfect opportunity to show off your hard work at the gym, it's now time. Take a dip in the pool, or visit the local beach nearby once the ship docks but whatever the case, for a cruise a pair or two is a must have.


6. Shorts & tank tops/t-shirts

Daytime wear should be easy and comfortable. Ditch the heavy jeans pants and oxford shirts for comfortable shorts and shirts for daytime fun. You want to be able to move about freely as well.


7. Flag

Represent your country while onboard as you take in some of reggae's finest. While you're at it, make a foreign friend or two for the next trip.


8. A friend/loved one

In order to make it more memorable, be sure to bring along a friend or loved one. Where you forget, they surely won't because two heads are always better than one.


The two part Welcome to Jamrock Reggae Cruise is expected to depart Miami on Monday, November 30 with stops in Montego Bay, Falmouth and Ocho Rios before heading back to Miami on Thursday, December 10.





bonner-brothers.jpgFor the first time ever, the Bonner Brothers; Richie Spice, Spanner Banner, Pliers and Snatcha will be sharing the same stage for an epic concert series. The series, 'All Spice' Reggae In The City' will see the Bonner Brothers performing their extensive individual catalogues for a one night live show.

Executed by Bonner Cornerstone Music, the event itself is not a new one and was staged as recently as 2007 with many performers to take the stage including; Capelton, Coco Tea, Anthony B , I-Wayne, Gyptian, Queen Ifrica, Sizzla , Chuck Fenda, Etana and the Bonner brothers individually.

For the rebranded 'All Spice' series though the Bonner brothers will all be performing together for the first time in history and will be taking this series to the Caribbean, Europe, parts of the US and Canada in 2016.

"This is the first time ever that the entire Bonner brothers will be performing on the same event, promoting family unity and strength in this here Reggae music which is a great look, the world will get to experience this powerful series very soon!" CEO of Bonner Cornerstone Music, Fontano Thompson shared.





popcaan-photo-4.jpg'Good Times' recorded by dancehall artiste Popcaan and controversial American rapper Young Thug, has been added to UK's MTV playlist.

The song, which was produced by UK-based producer Jamie XX, currently has more than three million views on Jamie XX's YouTube page and has received positive reviews.The video features cameos from both Popcaan and Young Thug.

Good Times' addition to MTV's playlist, means the single will be exposed to a wider audience since the channel is aired in over 10 million homes in the UK and Ireland.The song is yet to chart on the Billboard Hot 100. However the esteemed chart recently described the song as one of the best records released in 2015.

Popcaan who has been without a US visa for quite sometime, is unable to maximise his potential overseas despite being noted as Jamaica's next recording artiste with the potential to cross over into the foreign market.

Popcaan last tasted real Billboard success in 2012 with the single Only Man She Want that debuted at number 89 on the R&B/HipHop Billboard charts.





beenie-jazz.jpgKing of the Dancehall, Beenie Man has been removed from the line up of the Ragamuffin Festival and replaced with another King -- Diana King -- this after gay activists objected to him appearing.

The concert is slated for February 20 in Auckland, New Zealand. Beenie Man, like many other Jamaican dancehall acts, has been targeted for perceived homophobic lyrics.

He has been replaced by lesbian reggae singer Diana King, the first Jamaican artist to publicly come out as gay.

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Already, the response has been critical of the promoters and the homosexual activits who continue to give dancehall acts a big fight because they have been vocal about their feelings about "battyman", as they are called.

"That's really unfortunate and unfair. These homosexuals are destroying the lives of people who do not support their lifestyles. I understand the issue, and it is wrong for any musical artiste to write and sing songs with homophobic lyrics. But it is also wrong for Gays to be targeting those who believe their lifestyle is wrong, and be vocal about it. Beenie man has apologized to the LGBT community, he did this under immense pressure from fans and local culture, begging and telling him not to do such a thing. Now this is how they show their gratitude. This DJ has not song, one Single track containing homophobic lyrics, since his apology to the Gay community worldwide. This is unjust, unfair and a attack on Beenie mans personal freedoms and his right to his livelihood.Beenie has since admitted to the New Zealand press that his homophobic lyrics were wrong and that he is a changed man," one reader posted.





January 13 court date for soldier on rape charge

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court-case.jpgA Jamaica Defence Force soldier, accused of raping a 17 year old girl, is scheduled to return to court on January 13 when a trial date will be set.

The accused, Oral Bourne, was released on $100,000 bond when he appeared in the Corporate Area Criminal Court on Wednesday.

The soldier was charged last week, following a probe by the Centre for the Investigation of Sexual Offences and Child Abuse (CISOCA) into allegations that he had molested the teenager.

Mr Bourne has denied the allegations.

Meanwhile, a source confirmed that CISOCA is investigating several complaints filed over the last three weeks against members of the Jamaica Defence Force.

One of the soldiers was charged last week after he was placed on an identification parade. He is scheduled to appear in court this week.

In recent months CISOCA has laid charges against several members of the security forces for alleged breaches of the Sexual Offences Act.

A policeman was charged two weeks ago with various sexual offences as part of the crack down.





hands-behind-bars.jpgA teenager is now behind bars for the mauling death of a man in Annotto Bay, St Mary on Friday.

The victim has been identified as 21-year-old Odane Walters.

Police report that Walters was walking along the Annotto Bay Main Road about 8:30 AM when he was attacked by a group of males.

He was stabbed and chopped several times and was taken to hospital.

Walters succumbed to his injuries about 9:30 pm Friday.

The teenager was subsequently taken into custody.





crime-scene-gun.jpgA downtown Kingston venodor who goes by the alias is 'Rasta' is now dead after a plainclothes policeman pumped three wild bullets into him, in a stupid attempt at trying to shoot a fleeing chain-grabber, last Friday.

The incident took place shortly after 2:00 pm in the busy market district when scores of children were on their way from school. Persons on the scene told Yardflex that a chain-grabber when making his escape in the crowd near to the Captains Bakers when a policeman popped off his firearm and shot straight through the crowd. The bullet, the woman told YadFlex, ripped through the chest of the vendor, who is known for selling escallion, thyme and other vegetables.

"Him a the breadwinner and hve him pickney dem fi look after. How them a go take this news. A mash up down yah mash up now," a seller wailed.

Look there now.. the thief get 'way; the chain not recovered and the man lose him life. How dem police ya so irresponsible? Dem can a fire inna crowd just so?" she complained to the YardFlex crew.

One woman said that the man had been taken to the hospital, but sometime later, the body was seen lying on the sidewalk. The area was subsequently cordoned off with yellow tape and policemen in khaki uniforms were seen processing the scene.

Head of the Kingston Central police, Superintendent Micheal Scott, said he had limited information regarding the incident.

Supt Scott said, "I am just coming from a meeting, however I was briefed that a policeman was being robbed by two men and he challenged the two robbers and a vendor was shot. That's all the information I have at this point."





Mr Vegas fi stop play wid Massa God

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vegas-world-unity-reggae.jpgBut a what reaaly do Mr Vegas? Why dat man won't stop play wid God? Couple years aback Vegas di shout out loud loud how him a go finnish wid dancehall and serve Massa God. All now!

Then him start do one whole heap a gosple song inna him set and talk like him a Christian. Now, we a hear say Vegas drop gospel single and him a go do gospel album next year.

Of course, inquiring minds are asking if Vegas a go turn Christian like Papa San and Stitchie.

This is what Vegas had to say:"I am Man of God, I'm a very spiritual person and Gospel music is something I enjoy a lot. Over the years, I've put out a lot of songs that are popular among the Christian community like I Am Blessed, Up Deh Up Deh and Give Thanks For Life."

"As to whether or not I am going to become a Gospel act, we'll just have to wait and see what God has planned for me. In the meantime, I want my fans to enjoy Jesus Train."

Jesus Train, the song that was released on his MV Music label, is currently enjoying rotation on popular Gospel radio stations.





native-american-indian.jpgThe celebration of Thanksgiving may be a beloved tradition, but one group of Native Americans has revealed what the holiday really means to them in a moving video series that dispels the historical inaccuracies and stereotypes associated with their culture.

As part of Cut.com's One Word video series, a group of men and women from the Native American community have shared their thoughts on the words: Thanksgiving, Christopher Columbus, reservation and redskins.

And while many of the men and women agree that the 'redskins' is an 'offensive' and 'racist' term, the group shared different opinions about what it means to celebrate Thanksgiving as a Native American.

Columbus, however, the reactions were across-the-board negative. Some branded the Italian explorer 'pure evil' or 'a murderer' and even 'the first terrorist in America'.

Some uttered expletives or raised their middle fingers in response to the man's name.

'It always was weird to me to have that day off in celebration of somebody, like, we don't have a day for Hitler, but it's the same thing,' said one man.

Others seemed simply bewildered at why he's considered an important figure in history at all, given he 'didn't discover anything, and instead got lost'.

The reactions to the word 'redskin' were similarly negative, save for one woman who declared she was 'proud' to call herself a redskin.

'Derogatory', 'racist' and 'offensive' were the most common responses to the word, with many comparing it to the n-word or various other racist terms used to belittle people of certain races.

Some told the disturbing story behind the word.

'Redskin is interesting, because we call ourselves the cinnamon people, but redskin turned very ugly,' explained one woman. 'It was settlers collecting basically scalps and skins of Indians.'

The participants' reaction to the idea of Thanksgiving in another one of the Cut.com videos was much more mixed, including quick word associations with everything from 'inaccurate' to 'slaughter'.

'Ugh, lies,' said one man, simply.

'Sadness. Total sadness,' said another. 'Thanksgiving is a time when my family gets together and tells stories about our creation myths and who we were and who we are and really what we lost.'

'Turkey and white pilgrims,' added one man. 'I don't know what the first Thanksgiving was, but I highly doubt it was a group of happy Pilgrims and a group of happy Indians cooking turkey together.'

For many, the feelings themselves were mixed, as they enjoyed celebrating the 'overall idea' of Thanksgiving, but 'not where it actually comes from'.

'I don't really celebrate the holiday for what it actually is, more of like just getting to have family over and eat,' said one interviewee.

'Thanksgiving to me just means a day of football and good eating - and trying not to think about what it really represents,' echoed another.

However, some glossed over the negativity, with three women in a row in the clip saying they associate Thanksgiving with 'family'.

Others were all negative, with some even becoming riled up over the idea.

'It was a massacre. Puritans came and slaughtered them,' one man explained. They didn't want to eat with a savage. They slaughtered millions of us. I don't know why they call themselves Puritans.'

Another video from the series sees the same interviewees respond to the word 'reservation', which had many of the men and women become emotional.

One man described the word as synonymous to 'damnation' while others compared it to 'prison' or 'concentration camp'.

'There are no good reservations,' added one woman, who herself grew up on a Navajo reservation. 'We were one of the few lucky peoples that got to remain where our homelands are, but there are other reservations where people were forced there, and they can't fend for themselves like they used to in the old days. You can't hunt anymore, you can't fish anymore.

'You're just stuck on this reservation with substandard housing, living in third country conditions. Youths killing themselves because there is no future, no hope!' she added, tearing up. 'That's a reservation to me.'





Alkaline's eyes not infected says rep

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alkaline-eyes-tattoo.jpgA representative for Alkaline is dismissing reports that dancehall deejay's eyes are infected.

Reports circulating on the net are that, Alkaline is going blind as a result of his eye tattoos which allegedly cause the deejay's eyeballs to be infected.

However, checks made by Music News reveal that the claims are untrue. According to a rep for the artiste, the deejay is not going blind and his eyes are fine.

In relating news, Alkaline is presently working on his debut album with DJ Frass.





pray-for-jcapri.jpgDancehall artiste J Capri is still in an induced coma, but doing better after suffering setbacks on Wednesday, according to her father.

J Capri, whose given name is Jordan Phillips, reportedly lost control of her Mercedes-Benz which hit a wall before overturning along Barbican Road in St Andrew, early Monday morning.

She did emergency surgery at the University Hospital of the West Indies in Kingston on the same day.





ganja-smoking.jpgIt's okay, I have doctor's note.

Under new Ontario regulations, that's what people puffing on medical marijuana - in a joint or an e-cigarette - can now say in any public place where smoking is otherwise banned.

The exemption includes everything from movie theatres to restaurants, offices, stadiums, playgrounds full of children and more - even the legislature, Dipika Damerla, Ontario's associate health minister, acknowledged Wednesday.

She was peppered with questions about the new rules, which leave gray areas in which bystanders - particularly kids - could be exposed to potentially dangerous second-hand pot smoke and how to prove the smoking is a legitimate medical use for cancer, severe epilepsy or other conditions.

But employers, restaurant owners and other proprietors have the right to overrule any medical marijuana smoking, Damerla said.

"As an employer or a restaurant owner you can say 'there's no vaping, no smoking of medical marijuana here," she told reporters. If a person were to continue smoking "they are breaking the law."

A restaurant owner "could ask for some kind of verification," Damerla added when pressed on what constitutes proof the pot is medically prescribed.

"This is about the fact that somebody who's very ill, maybe in a lot of pain, wants to use. There are many ways to take marijuana. This is one way."

NDP Leader Andrea Horwath said she's concerned about people being exposed to second-hand marijuana smoke or vapour, although she wants to take a closer look at the regulations.

"That's something we need to keep in mind...we need to take a closer look," she said, joking that if someone was smoking medical pot beside her in a restaurant that "I'll probably eat more."

Progressive Conservative Leader Patrick Brown didn't quarrel with the regulations and said he wouldn't make "political hay" of the issue.

"If it's for medical purposes, it's for medical purposes," he said. "There's not going to be an overwhelming amount of people in Ontario running out to parks to have their medical marijuana."

The Canadian Cancer Society warns on its website that "people exposed to second-hand marijuana smoke may have many of the same health problems as people exposed to cigarette smoke, including an increased risk of cancer."

Other studies have found medical marijuana significantly improves quality of life and pain control for patients who need it.

Damerla tried to downplay any controversy, saying there are a "very, very limited" number of people in Ontario taking medical marijuana and that allowing them to do so in public is an issue of "balancing" rights.

The government consulted "very broadly with the medical community" before approving the new regulations, she said.

A group called Canadians for Fair Access to Medical Marijuana called the policy an "important milestone in the recognition of the legitimacy of the use of cannabis as a medicine."





ashton-eaton-and-genzebe-dibaba.jpgDespite winning the prestigious title five times previously, in 2008, 2009, 2011, 2012 and 2013 Jamaica's sprint sensation Usain Bolt was beaten in the race for male athlete of the year.

The International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) announced USA's Ashton Eaton and Ethiopia's Genzebe Dibaba as the male and female IAAF World Athletes of the Year for 2015 on today.

Both athletes set world records during 2015, Eaton in the decathlon and Dibaba in the 1500m, and won gold medals in these events at the IAAF World Championships Beijing 2015.

Ashton Eaton became the first decathlete to win the male World Athlete of the Year award after his stellar performance Beijing, China where he set a world record of 9045 and improved his own three-year-old mark by nine points.

"While I'm honoured that I am considered the 'artist' of the year, I did not beat Usain and Christian; my work simply differed in design. They are some of the most talented and beautiful performers of all time. I'm flattered to be among them.

Meanwhile, Dibaba, who set a world indoor 5000m record of 14:18.86, was unbeaten in her 1500m races during the summer. At the World Championships in Beijing, she was no less formidable. She won all three rounds of the 1500m comfortably. She also took a 5000m bronze medal.

"I am humbled and honoured to receive this award from the IAAF," said Dibaba. "It feels so good to be the World Athlete of the Year.





Hurricane Sandra strengthens

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hurricane-sandra-category-4-storm.jpgHurricane Sandra has strengthened to a powerful Category 4 storm in the eastern Pacific off Mexico's coast.

The hurricane's maximum sustained winds increased early Thursday to near 145 mph (230 kph). The US National Hurricane Center says no significant change in strength is expected but weakening should begin Friday.

Sandra is centered about 500 miles (810 kilometers) southwest of Cabo Corrientes, Mexico, and is moving north near 12 mph (19 kph).

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Skeng Don paid $72-million to out Riverton fire!

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riverton-city-fire.jpgBlack Brothers Inc, led by Kenneth "Skeng Don" Black, gained a $72.5 million contract to transport dirt to out the massive Riverton City fire earlier this year, according to latest government figures.

The value of Black's contract represents several times that of all other contracts to extinguish the fire combined.

The Office of the Contractor General (OCG) shows which companies earned the largest contracts during one of the largest fires in the country's history. It lists the National Solid Waste Management Authority issuing contracts in March 2015 directly related to extinguishing the fire valued at $91.6 million.

These contractors included:

--Black Brothers at $72.5 million for fire: to transport dirt from a quarry to fire site to aid in the cooling of fire at Riverton.

--L&D Trucking at $5.9 million to transport dirt from Quarry to fire site to aid in the cooling of fire at the Riverton Landfill.

--Mavrick Haulage at $1.12 million for fire:To transport dirt from Quarry to fire site to aid in the cooling of fire at the Riverton Landfill.

--Parkes Trucking at $555,000 for fire:To transport dirt from Quarry to fire site to aid in the cooling of fire at the Riverton Landfill.

--Estrime Trucking at $1.6 million for fire:To transport dirt from Quarry to fire site to aid in the cooling of fire at the Riverton Landfill.

--S. Green & Associates at $1.7 million for Fire:To transport dirt from Quarry to fire site to aid in the cooling of fire at the Riverton Landfill.

--All Trucking Co Ltd at $658,000 for fire:To transport dirt from Quarry to fire site to aid in the cooling of fire at the Riverton Landfill.

--National Works Agency at $5.48 million for fire:To provide Komatsu Wa380 to load dirt from Quarry to fire site to aid in the cooling of fire at the Riverton Landfill.

--General Construction & Power Line Services for fire: To provide a DC tractor to push and spread waste at Riverton related to the fire at $2.17 million.

Other contractors gained contracts in the month of March including Incomparable Enterprise to provide a DC tractor to push spread and cover and compact waste at Riverton Landfill at $12.8 million. However, that contract was not explicitly stated as related to the fire.





A rare parasitic infection called Chagas disease has been gaining headlines in recent weeks after cases of the infection were reported in at least five states, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Chagas disease, which can cause long-term cardiac damage, is mainly found in rural Central and South America, but some experts are concerned that cases are beginning to rise in southern U.S. states. Infections have been reported in Arkansas, Arizona, Massachusetts, Tennessee and Texas, according to the CDC.

The disease is caused by the Trypanosoma cruzi parasite and is spread almost exclusively through bites from the triatomine insect, also called the "kissing bug," since it usually bites around the eyes and mouth, usually when they come out to feed at night. In rural Central and South America, the bugs are often found in the walls of homes made from mud, adobe or straw. The insect has also been found in other U.S. states but that does not necessarily mean the bugs carry the parasite, experts said.

Once in the body, the parasite can remain hidden for years, or even decades, eventually resulting in serious heart disease, including stretching of the heart muscle called cardiomyopathy or irregular heartbeat. Other early acute symptoms include fever, fatigue, body aches, headache and rash.





To God Be The Glory set for Friday

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GLW recording artiste Rohan Lee has joined forces with the Mandeville Evangelistic Centre to put on a gospel concert called To God Be The Glory on Friday at the centre in Mandeville.

It is in aid of the church's renovation fund.

The line-up for the concert will feature a host of popular gospel acts, including the JCDC 2015 Gospel Festival winner Ancient Priest, Glen Graham, Clive Warren, Rohan Lee, Minister Fabian Wright, Living Praisers, Bredda G, Kriss Klass, Omar Stewart, Clive Warren, DJ Donnette, Minister LRJ, Gospel Warriors, Sushan Holmes, Denever Scott and the D'Mensions Band.

"Several sections of the church was damaged by fire in July of 2013. since then, repairs have been done, but we are still in need of funds to fix the roof. We are putting on this fantastic event to raise some funds so we can repair it. We would like to invite the people in Mandeville and surrounding areas to come out and support our event; it's for a worthy cause," said Lee.

The MCs for the event are George Bailey and Pastor Kennedy.

Showtime is 7 p.m., admission is $700 presold and $800 at the gate. Tickets are available at Johnson's Pharmacy and the Mandeville Evangelistic Centre.





milk-facebook-image.jpgPopular media personality Amelia 'Milk' Sewell is imploring members of the public not to fall victim to a scam perpetrated by unscrupulous persons who are trying to solicit funds to pay for her medical expenses.

"I now have two reports of people giving $20,000 each to these wicked people. One saw a member of my family in Megamart recently and asked if I had received the cash, and another person called to say he had been seeing emails from people claiming to be from a Gaza Foundation trying to raise money to cover my medical bills," an outraged Milk said.

Milk was recently hospitalised, and is at home convalescing after her surgical procedure.

"I just want people to know that I never sent that information out, and if they want to support me, they can come to my party, 'Milky Way - The Recovery'. Come and support life. My real and true fans are always there for me."

She was particularly upset about the scammers' use of a 'Gaza Foundation' to solicit the funds online.

"They need to stop using Kartel's brand to do almshouse. Unless Kartel keep a press conference stating that a body by the name of Gaza Foundation will be assisting Milk, nutten nuh go so, people, don't be fooled!"





Soldier on rape charge released on bond

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court-case.jpgA Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) soldier accused of raping a 17 year old girl was released on bond on Wednesday when he appeared before the Corporate Area Criminal Court.

Oral Bourne was offered bail in the sum of J$100-thousand with surety during a bail hearing.

Bourne, who is scheduled to return on January 13, was charged last week following a probe by the Centre for the Investigation of Sexual Offences and Child Abuse (CISOCA) into allegations that he molested the teen.

He has denied the allegations.

Reports are that several members of the JDF are being investigated by CISOCA, which is probing complaints filed over the past three weeks. One of the soldiers was charged last week after he was placed on an identification parade.

He is scheduled to appear in court this week.

Over the past several months CISOCA has laid charges against members of the security forces for alleged breaches of the Sexual Offences Act.

Two weeks ago, a St Elizabeth-based attorney and a policeman were charged with various sexual offences as part of the crack down.





court.jpgAttorney and lecturer at the Norman Manley Law School, Laverne George, who is accused of defrauding two of her clients of nearly J$20 million had her bail extended when she appeared in court on Tuesday.

George, who was charged last week by the Counter Terrorism and Organized Crime Investigation Branch (C-TOC), pleaded not guilty.

Investigators say in 2010, the attorney sold a property for one of her clients for J$10 million but only handed over one million dollars from the sale.

It's alleged that she sold another property in 2013 for J$8 million but fraudulently converted the money to her personal use.

George is scheduled to return to court month.





ak-47-assault-rifle-ammo.jpgThe three foreigners arrested in Sunday's arms and ammunition bust in Manchester, have been charged.

They were charged on Wednesday with illegal possession of a firearm and ammunition as well as drug trafficking.

They are Costa Ricans, Carlos Rodriquez Sanabrias and Angel Calixto Merin as well as Nicaraguan, Dane Hains Cuthbert.

The men were arrested after the Manchester police seized four illegal guns and 150 rounds of ammunition along the Alligator Pond beach on Sunday.

Three kilogrammes of cocaine and the vessel used to transport the men were also seized.

Investigators say the men are linked to the guns for drugs trade.





former-boxing-champion-o-neil-supernova-bell-has-died-aged-41.jpgFormer Jamaican boxing champion O'Neil 'Supernova' Bell has died in a robbery in Atlanta on Wednesday.

Bell, 40, of Atlanta, was one of two people shot in the 1800 block of Harbin Road in the southwest part of the city at around 12.30am, police said.

Officers found him lying in the street with a gunshot wound and he had also been stabbed, WSB-TV reported. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Officers also found a bag containing wads of cash in the middle of the street.

The other victim - a man who was dressed as a woman, according to the station - was shot once in the hip and is recovering in hospital. He told officers his purse and cell phone had been taken.

The pair were not known to each other, but were both getting off the same bus and walking together when they were robbed, police said.

Authorities said the victims had been gunned down by two suspects driving a red PT Cruiser. Police are still searching for the shooter.

Bell, who born in Jamaica, moved to Delaware at the age of five with his parents. He moved to Atlanta in 1995, where he worked as a UPS driver before becoming a professional boxer, AJC.com reported.

He first fought under the name 'Give 'Em Hell' Bell before changing his moniker to 'Supernova'.

He was the former undisputed cruiserweight champion - and held WBA, WBC and IBF cruiserweight titles before retiring in 2011.

In a career spanning 13 years, he recorded 27 wins (including 25 knockouts), four losses and one draw, according to BoxRec.com.

Anyone with information is asked to call Atlanta police.





missing-children-cornell-and-johanna-hasting.jpgAn Ananda Alert has been activated for 5-year-old Cornell Hasting and 3-year-old Johanna Hasting both of Windsor heights, St Ann, who have been missing since Friday, November 20.

Cornell Hasting and Johanna Hasting are both dark complexion slim build.

Reports from the St Ann's Bay Police are that about 7am, both children were last seen at home, at which time it is unclear what transpired, however they have not been seen or heard from since.

Cornell was dressed in an orange merino and red shorts while Johanna was dressed in a brown merino, black tights.

Speaking with Loop News on Wednesday, a representative from the Corporate Communications Unit (CCU) indicated that the whereabouts of both Cornell and Johanna are still unknown, however the police are using all resources available to them to bring the children home safely.

The police have urged anyone knowing the whereabouts of Cornell Hasting and Johanna Hasting to contact the St Ann's Bay Police 972-2211, the police's emergency 119 number or the nearest police station.





vladimir-putin-russia.jpgTurkey shooting down a Russian jet on Tuesday morning is just proof of the 'toxic cocktail' of dangers in the region which could erupt into crisis with devastating effect, an expert has warned.

Middle East expert Shashank Joshi, from the Royal United Services Institute, said the skies over Syria and Turkey are an 'incredibly crowded airspace', with planes from both nations and members of the US-led coalition against IS - including the UK - operating.

Turkey, a Nato member, has already complained about Russian incursions into its skies and last month the alliance condemned the 'unacceptable violations of Turkish airspace by Russian combat aircraft'.

Mr Joshi said: 'The situation is dangerous because Russia is quite probably deliberately probing Turkish airspace both for military reasons and political reasons.'

The Russians will be testing the military responses of the Nato member, but also carrying out the same 'psychological intimidation' tactics used in the Baltic and North Atlantic, he suggested.

The combination of the crowded airspace, Russian probing tactics and the diplomatic tensions create a 'real toxic cocktail that can easily erupt into crisis', he warned.

Ankara will be 'furious' at the incursion and Russia can expect Nato to strike a 'tough' note, but behind the scenes there will be intense diplomatic efforts to calm tensions.

But if Moscow responds in a provocative way, there is a risk of the crisis escalating.

Mr Joshi warned: 'These things always proceed in a very unpredictable fashion. We have seen how conflicts can begin when there are large alliances.'





Kartel, Ishawna get busy on Farr Out

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vybz-kartel-photo-25.jpgSingjay Ishawna and jailed dancehall star Vybz Kartel feature on the label's new rhythm, Farr Out.

According to DownSound producer Cordel Skatta Burrell, "We found an opportunity to put some real vibes back into the dancehall with a high energy rhythm that the streets can relate to."

Kartel features on How Mi Grow; Ishwana on Long Fingernail; Chi Ching Ching, Weh Dat Aguh; and veteran DJ artiste Harry Toddler's appears on Use To.

Toddler explained in a press release that "the rhythm a run the road hot."

Burrell added: "The women are really loving the Ishawna's "long fingernail" track, they are identifying with it in a big way and the men also like it . 'Weh Dat Aguh' featuring Chi Ching Ching, who understands the streets, is really working on the ground. Ching gives us what the street wants."

He continued: "Harry Toddler did a great job and has always supported DownSound Records and of course you know Vybz is the master of any rhythm."

A medley video was shot last week.

"The video is fashion driven and you will see Ishwana with a brand new look. The video also highlights some of the real social issues confronting this country like when Kartel says "Poverty is a prison" and more importantly, 'Bun di devil, Jah totally,'" DownSounds CEO, Josef Bogdanovich, said.





pray-for-jcapri.jpgDancehall artiste J Capri is still in an induced coma, but her vital signs have improved significantly in the last 24 hours after emergency surgery was performed on Monday.

"We are really grateful to the donors who came in to give blood, but we are asking others to please contribute as her blood count is extremely low. She really lost a lot of blood, when she came in her blood was at 2 when it should have been 12, now it is up to 8," Kenneth Phillips, father of singer J Capri, explained.

He also thanked the young man who was first on the scene of his daughter's accident and who made the initial calls to the family and to the emergency services.

J Capri, whose given name is Jordan Phillips, reportedly lost control of her Mercedes-Benz which hit a wall before overturning along Barbican Road in St Andrew, early Monday morning. She did emergency surgery at the University Hospital of the West Indies in Kingston and is in an induced coma.

"Her vital signs are good, her blood pressure is good, her breathing is good. She is still in an induced coma so that her brain is less active. It is good that she is so strong but there must be less activity so there is nothing to interrupt the healing process. She suffered serious head trauma, but the doctors will be doing a CAT scan tomorrow to see if the swelling on her brain has decreased," he said.

J Capri, who is signed to Head Concussion Records, is known for songs such as Pull Up to Mi Bumper, Wine and Kotch and Reverse It.





maxi-priest-ics-award-ceremony-official-op-photo.jpgThree Jamaicans are among eight outstanding Caribbean Americans honoured by the Washington-based Institute of Caribbean Studies (ICS) for contribution to the American society in various fields.

They are: international Reggae Artiste Maxi Priest, who received the Luminary award for his outstanding contribution to Reggae music; Forensic Document Examiner, Beverley East, received the Forerunner award for her expertise and work in document forensics; and Graphic Designer Michael Thompson, who was presented with the Outstanding Community Service award for pioneering the International Reggae Poster contest.

The presentations were made at the 22nd Caribbean American Heritage Awards Gala held at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Washington on Friday

Jamaica's Ambassador to the United States, Ralph Thomas, in his remarks, lauded the awardees who, he said, have demonstrated excellence in their various fields. He had special commendations for the Jamaicans, noting that they are ambassadors in their own right, who continue to fly Jamaica's flag high.

"For this awards ceremony to be celebrating 22 years is a testimony to the high esteem in which the ICS is held. It also demonstrates the determination of the institute to bestow recognition upon members of the Caribbean community in the United States," he said.

In a Facebook post on Tuesday, Maxi Priest expressed his heartfelt gratitude to the ICS for considering and ultimately awarding him for the 2015 Luminary Award.

"I truly have to give a very BIG THANK YOU to the Caribbean American Heritage Awards, for bestowing upon me with [the] 2015 Luminary Award. It was truly an honour and a pleasure to be amongst all of the great honourees. It truly touches my heart the way you show your appreciation for all of our journeys...I accept this award on behalf of all those who came before me. I travel this road with the greatest respect and appreciation, for the heroes, icons, and legends that created it. I only hope that I have helped to create an extension to this road, for those that come after. Once again, thank you all for giving me this award, and thank you for inviting me to share this memorable experience with you."

The other persons honoured were musician Glendon Henderson who received the Trailblazer Award; Dr Brenda Hutchinson, the Excellence in Medicine award; Lt Colonel Shawna Kimbrell, the Vanguard award for her contribution in the field of aviation; Magdalah Silva, the Outstanding Entrepreneur award; while the Outstanding Public Service award went to Miguel Southwell also in the field of aviation.





Jamaica wins five of 6 CASJA awards

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shelly-ann.jpgWorld sprint champion's Usain Bolt and Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce copped the major titles as Jamaica won five of the six categories in the second annual Caribbean Sports journalists' Association (CASJA) awards.

Bolt who successfully defended his world championships sprint titles in Beijing was unanimously chosen as the sportsman of the year, beating Paralympic athlete Akeem Stewart of Trinidad and Tobago fellow Jamaican O'dayne Richards of Jamaica.

Fraser- Pryce who retained her 100 meters title and anchored Jamaica to the 4×100 meters title at the world championships copped the sportswoman of the year ahead Yarisley Silva of Cuba and fellow Jamaican Alia Atkinson

Jamaica's world 100 meters hurdles champion Danielle Williams and Jeffrey Gibson of the Bahamas were voted the top rising stars in the Caribbean.

Jamaican relay teams dominated the team of the year categories with the quartet of Nesta Carter, Asafa Powell, Nickel Ashmeade, Usain Bolt taking the male team of year for the 4x100m gold at the IAAF World Championships.

Trinidad & Tobago's 4x400m relay team which won the gold medal at the Pan American games and the silver at the World Championships settled for the runners-up spot followed by Jamaica's 'Reggae boyz' who finished as the beaten finalist at the Concacaf Gold Cup tournamentt.

The 4x100m championship record team of Veronica Campbell-Brown, Natasha Morrison, Elaine Thompson and Fraser- Pryce copped the female team of the year.





usain-bolt-wins-gold-200m-beijing-2015-photo-1.jpgUsain Bolt, the fastest man alive has teamed up with South Africa's national telecommunications operator Telkom to promote fibre technology, which delivers high speed internet service.

Telkom has not revealed the amount that the Jamaican superstar will be paid for the deal but revealed that Bolt was perfect for their fibre optic roll-out as they are aiming to convince people of the technology's speed.

"We believe that Bolt‚ as the fastest person in the world‚ will assist us in creating awareness of the speed‚ consistency and reliability that fibre technology offers‚" Telkom's Chief Marketing Officer‚ Enzo Scarcella‚ said in a statement announcing the partnership.

Telkom says it hopes to reach one million homes with fibre by 2018 to expand what it says is already the largest fibre network in the country.

Fibre technology can transfer more data over longer distances than copper wire and permits Internet connections equalling 100 Mbps in downstream speeds.

Portland teacher and daughter stabbed by attacker who then takes them to hospital

Shock has gripped the Fair Prospect community in Portland, after a high school Vice Principal and her daughter were stabbed multiple times in the wee hours of this morning (November 24) and then taken to the hospital, allegedly by their attacker.

The mother, Andrea Moore who is Vice Principal at the Fair Prospect High School received 17 stabs, while her 18 year old daughter was allegedly stabbed some 9 times.

Both are in serious, but stable condition at hospital. It is understood that Mrs. Moore's husband was not at home, at the time of the incident.

The brazen attack occurred about 12:15 this morning, when Mrs. Moore reportedly heard screams coming from her daughter's room. She went to investigate and both females were attacked allegedly by a man armed with a knife. Police say the intruder gained entry to the Vice Principal's house through a window.

Reports are that the man repeatedly enquired about guns about which the high school Vice Principal and her daughter had no information. The educator and her daughter were stabbed repeatedly, all over their bodies.

And, in a strange twist of fate, the alleged attacker reportedly took the two wounded females to hospital in the Vice Principal's car.

The women were left outside the hospital, and vehicle taken by the alleged attacker.

In the meantime, gloom hung over the Fair Prospect High School today, as staff and students reacted to the gruesome news. Principal at Fair Prospect High, Godfrey Flemmings, who visited with Mrs. Moore in hospital says she is in good spirits. He says counselling was offered to staff and students, some of whom cried openly.

Crime Officer for Portland, DSP Richard Hilton says a motor car believed to be the stolen vehicle was recovered in Yallahs, St. Thomas on Tuesday.





UTech student dies in car crash in Hellshire

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utech-student-kaestner-jackson.jpgThe University of Technology (UTECH) family is mourning the loss of another student. This time it is due to the death of an engineering student, Kaestner Jackson.

Jackson, 23, died after a Daihatsu Terios sports utility vehicle crashed into another car head on. The accident happened on Sunday night on the Hellshire Main Road in St Catherine.

Jackson's photo was posted on social media with several friends and colleagues expressing their condolences.

Last Saturday, slain student, Shanique Walters was laid to rest in an emotional ceremony in Old Harbour, St Catherine. She was shot in the face earlier this month after she made her way home with a friend.

No one has been arrested for Walters' murder which sent shock waves through the college community and prompted police to beef up security on the school campus in communities surrounding UTECH.

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hands-behind-bars.jpgDays after it was reported that another attorney has been charged with fraud, the police have revealed that a doctor has also been implicated in the case.

A statement from the police says the Counter Terrorism and Organised Crime (C-TOC) branch charged 67 year old attorney Peter Millingen, of Braywrick Road Kingston 6, and 58 year old Dr. Dane Levy, of White Wing Avenue, Portmore, St. Catherine with breaches of the Larceny Act. They reportedly forged a Will.

According to the police, in 2013 a relative of a deceased man requested a copy of the Will from Mr. Millingen, who was his lawyer, but the request was denied. The relative retained another attorney who obtained a copy of the document. After examining the Will; the relative discovered discrepancies with the document, including the deceased's signature. A report was made to C-TOC.

The document was sent to the JCF's Questioned Document Examination Department, along with several specimen handwritings. The investigation revealed that Mr. Millingen, who prepared the document, had filed an Affidavit of Feeble Handwriting in the Supreme Court, which stated that he was present at the date when the deceased and the two purported witnesses signed the document. However, forensic evidence allegedly revealed that it was Dr. Levy who forged the signatures of the witnesses.

Mr. Milligen was arrested and charged with conspiracy to defraud, uttering forged document, and demanding property by means of forged document, while Dr. Levy is to face charges of conspiracy to defraud, and forgery.

They are scheduled to appear in the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate's Court on Friday.





Anthony Cruz preps for Kingston Music Week

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anthony-cruz.jpgReggae singer, Anthony Cruz, who is now following in the footsteps of his late uncle Garnet Silk by embracing the Rastafari faith, is equally eager to embrace his fans at Stone Love HQ on Burlington Avenueduring the upcoming Kingston Music Week.

The week of activities runs from December 1-7 with the official Stone Love Night set for December 2 at arguably the hottest Wednesday night spot in City Kingston - Weddy Weddy.

The Half-Way-Tree singer, who is now sprouting his locks and a new "livity", is anticipating performing in this authentic dancehall setting in which the juggling is intense and patrons have little patience for anything but an 'A' game from artistes.

"I love the concept of Kingston Music Week and I'm really happy to be a part of it. Performing with Stone Love is always a treat because we all know the importance of the sound system in driving reggae/dancehall music," said Cruz who is currently promoting songs such as Money Worries, A Pound A Day, Another Lonely Day and Mother And Daughter, which can be found on his new Tads Records EP, Cruzing.

He noted that although he has always been known for his "girls tunes" and songs anyone can listen to, he will be adding some socially conscious ones to the mix as he continues to take up his social responsibility as an artiste. He has been "mixing it up" during his live performances, the most recent of which was the Mello FM show at Sam Sharpe Square in Montego Bay.

"Fans are still getting used to seeing Anthony Cruz with a tam on his head and hair on his face, which is a sharp contrast from the smooth face, bald head Anthony Cruz which they are used to," admitted Cruz, who emphasized that his conversion is real.

Born Rowan Smith, Anthony Cruz grew up in Mandeville. A past student of Holmwood Technical High school made his entrance on the reggae stage in the early 90s with an original single entitled Tell Me What's Up produced by Willie Lindo. He soon followed up with other recordings such as Just Call My Name, When You Get Lonely and Love Will Never all from the same producer.

Come December 2, Anthony Cruz will unleash his 'A' game at Kingston Music Week alongside the immortal, multi-award-winning sound, Stone Love.





Cannabis Cup a resounding success

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cannabis-cup-2015-photo-1.jpgMatt Stang, director of advertising and sponsorships at High Times magazine, co-promoter of the Cannabis Cup held November 12-15 in Negril, described the event as a resounding success.

"It was a fantastic experience and greatly exceeded all expectations. Jamaica is an incredible and welcoming country. We can't wait for another year in paradise," said Stang.

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He listed the performances of I Wayne, Luciano and Tarrus Riley among the highlights of the 'Cup', which took place at Long Bay Beach Park.

"Having the minister of justice (senator Mark Golding) deliver a fantastic seminar on the future of Cannabis in Jamaica, and presenting the awards to the best ganja farmers in Jamaica" was another plus for Stang.

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The four-day weed fest drew thousands of Jamaicans and foreigners. On closing day, a panel of judges presided over competition in various 'best ganja' categories.

High Times, a monthly publication that covers the global ganja scene, started the Cannabis Cup in 1988. It has been held mainly in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, maybe the most liberal centre for ganja.

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The Negril show was co-promoted by Rasta Rootzfest, an organisation in Westmoreland committed to legalisation of ganja in Jamaica.





Manchester woman fined for ganja

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ganja-image-1.jpgFifty-three-year-old farmer Patsy Ferguson, of a Manchester address, pleaded guilty to possession of, and dealing in one pound and two ounces of ganja and was fined $13,500 when she appeared in the Montego Bay Resident Magistrate's Court last Wednesday.

Co-accused Abigail Ferguson pleaded not guilty to the charges.

The court was told that on October 30, at 1:00 p.m., the police, acting on information, carried out a raid at a house in Salt Spring. During the raid, the ganja was found in two separate parcels, one hidden in a couch in the living room and the other in the bedroom. Nine hundred and fifty dollars was also found with one of the parcels.

The two women, who were at the premises, were taken into custody and subsequently charged.

Wong-Small subsequently ordered Ferguson to pay a fine of $4,500, or spend 30 days in jail on the possession charge, and $9,000, or 30 days, on the dealing charge.

Meanwhile, the court was told that clarity was needed concerning a police statement in the matter against Abigail Ferguson. She had her bail extended until January 7, 2016.

Both women were ordered to submit their fingerprints to the police.





pray-for-jcapri.jpgjcapri-give-blood-alert.jpgDancehall artiste J Capri was involved in what appears to be a serious car accident earlier this morning.

Her Personal Assistant, Danielle Francis has since advised that she is in surgery. Various posts on social media suggests that the accident happened on Barbican Road, and that her car flipped-over on impact. She was taken to the hospital immediately. She is currently in serious condition and is in need of blood.





meadbrook-high-school.jpgThe drama unfolded last Friday evening along a lonely stretch of road on Meadowbrook Avenue in the residential middle class community.

A taxi-man who was going about his usual business, was about to make a left turn onto Meadowbrook Ave when he spotted what appeared to be the student and a man playing. However, he watched the action for about 15 seconds and then realised that the young girl was thrown to the ground and "all her underclothes were exposed".

"When I saw that, I realised that it was a robbery. So I turned right instead and drove fast down the road, blowing my horn as loud as it could go," the cabbie told YardFlex.

He said that when the thug heard the noise and saw the car, he made a great pull and took the horrified female student's phone and jumped onto a waiting bike.

The quick-thinking taximan memorised the licence plate of the bike and hurriedly called the police to make a report, while assisting the terrified school-girl.





Elections will NOT be called this year

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prime-minister-portia-simpson-miller-photo-3.jpgPrime Minister Portia Simpson Miller has signalled that the general election will not be called this year, confirming that she will only set the date after the November 30 Voter's List is published.

With the Christmas period already ruled out for holding the election, this essentially confirms that the election will be held in 2016, instead of late 2015, as had been suggested earlier.

Mrs. Simpson, addressing a rally of the governing People's National Party (of which she is president), in Black River, St. Elizabeth, said she took account of the fact that thousands of people were enumerated ahead of the September 30 deadline, and she had listened to calls for those persons to be allowed to vote in the next election.

Mrs. Simpson Miller said she wanted Jamaicans to have a peaceful Christmas, and expressed confidence that her Party will win the next election.

In response, the Jamaica Labour Party said it had no problem with the election being called after the publication of the November 30 Voter's List.





us-ambassador-luis-moreno.jpgUS ambassador to Jamaica Luis G Moreno is reported to have lashed those who do not condemn the Paris massacre as reprehensible.

"It's about community.. It's what we are...When someone hurts our community including what occurred in Paris it affects us all...And those (in Jamaica and abroad) that openly refuse to condemn such acts are reprehensible," he said.

However, no sooner was the story reported than a slew of online comments have lashed Moreno for his "schoolyard bully" behaviour and remided him that much of the mess in the Middle East was created by America.

"Mr Moreno should look at the entire picture because it's there for all to see. We don't want to be dragged into this mess like France. Jamaicans want to travel freely. The world suffers under both America and the Islamists. They are two faces of the same coin. They both push imperialism.".

Online readers demand to know why Paris should get special attention and condemnation when other atrocities by Boko Haram, the Palestine/Israli terrorists, the bombings in Mali, and countless others are treated lightly.

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"I do not condone or agree with terrorism i believe that all terrorists should be found and be killed. the Negro race has being terrorised and killed for centuries,that's where my sympathy lies first. i do extend what is left for others ,neither do i agree with some powerful countries politician using their position to manipulate ,and try to shame others into sympathising with them.that type of behaviour is no better than a school yard bully,and that's what being done here,shame on you"

"I didn't see any worldwide outrage when Boko Haram killed thousands of Nigerians nor any outrage for the million or so innocent Iraqis/ Afgans/Syrians killed by bombings. Isn't that terror too? Most of the victims of bombings were non-white, so I am guessing they must not be seen as humans beings. Why not instead focus on the American policies which made this mess possible? Mr Moreno should focus on US continued support of apartheid states such as Israel and Saudi Arabia. Why did his govt and the CIA train Bin Laden in terror tactics to fight the Russians? I am sure the Russians troops didn't mind the American technology behind the bombings from Bin Laden. . This is the same terrorist who then turned on the US after the US refused Bin Ladens request for US troops to exit their Saudi Arabian army base. Yes, how soon we forget?!. . The US turned Iraq, Libya, Afghanistan, Egypt, Tunisia, Syria and a host of countries into terror states by getting rid of their leaders. Those leaders were all against the Islamists and ISIS... The US then supported ISIS and other terror groups against Assad then pulled out and left ISIS to grow from strength to strength in these countries. Why? Yes, I do condemn the actions of the misguided Islamic fools, but we can't forget the policies of the other fools across the lake. Mr Moreno should look at the entire picture because it's there for all to see. We don't want to be dragged into this mess like France. Jamaicans want to travel freely. The world suffers under both America and the Islamists. They are two faces of the same coin. They both push imperialism."

The Paris attacks were reprehensible. So are the numerous attacks on innocent lives by Boko Haram in Nigeria and ISIS attacks in Beirut. I wonder if the ambassador considers anyone who hasn't condemned the latter 2 equally reprehensible?

What does he mean by "our community"?

All deaths are regrettable including those killed in Africa. Even those killed in Jamaica at the hands of gunmen (1000 and counting.....).

Also the 19 babies that died in the recent bacteria outbreak, plus the nearly 100 that were killed as a result of chick-v related illnesses, plus those who have died through some form of neglect, mismanagement and maybe slavishly following the dictates of the IMF at the expense of providing vital services for the citizens in need.

Need I say more...you all have expressed my sentiments....Boko Haram attacked the Mall in Kenya and of course there were outrage but not of the magnitude of the Paris attack and nobody was calling for the world to stand still. For the record, the attack in France should be condemned to the nth degree so should all the others.

U.S. Big Stick Policy in action....even though freedom of speech or not to speak is part of what they embrace...

Meanwhile the same thing happens in Africa in like half a dozen countries and no one cares. But oh because its Paris its an outrage?





Friend kills pregnant woman, rips baby from her womb

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crime-scene-7.jpgA woman in New York was fatally strangled and stabbed on Friday before the killer ripped her baby from her womb.

Police arrested a woman at the scene who they believe murdered the Bronx 22-year-old before taking the child in the bloody altercation and allegedly claiming it as her own.

The child survived the attack and investigators were working over the weekend to determine how far along in her pregnancy the victim was.

According to the Associated Press, police arrived to the scene on Friday afternoon to find the victim stabbed multiple times in the abdomen.

Authorities said the suspect, who is also 22, tried to claim the child was hers.

"When the cops arrived, the perp claimed it was her child and that she gave birth during the struggle," New York City Councilman Andy King told NBC New York.

The victim was taken to an area hospital, where she was pronounced dead.

The suspect is now under arrest on a murder charge.





jamaica-mafia.jpgJamaican Mafia the hardcore Jamaican Film will make its debut in Jamaican Cinema on Friday November 27 at the Carib 5 Cinema in Cross Roads,

Jamaican Mafia was filmed in New York City. Actor Paul Campbell, whose film credits include Dancehall Queen and Third World Cop, heads the cast. He is supported by dancehall artiste Michelle D'angel' Downer.

The Jamaican Mafia movie is about the chronicles of the life of Zoolian Anderson (fax) as he moves from life as a regular citizen to criminality when he takes over the family business, led by his uncle (Campbell). The film has encountered several distribution hurdles.

At one stage, the Producers had considered releasing it online.





harold-brady-photo-1.jpgEight months after he was charged with fraud, attorney Harold Brady was freed on Friday in the Corporate Area Criminal Court.

Mr. Brady's legal team reported to the court that he had paid over more than $30 million owed to businessman Jeffery Panton and Panton's wife, Sue-Ann.

He handed over four cheques to the Pantons and their attorney Peter Champaignie, in court on Friday. One of the cheques was for US$250,000, while the others were in Jamaican currency.

After the cheques were presented, the prosecutor withdrew the charges against him, with the Pantons having accepted the settlement.

Mr Brady was charged in March, after he was accused of defrauding the Pantons of J$37 million in a real estate deal. Investigators reported that Mr Brady sold a house for the couple in Stony Hill, St Andrew, for J$51 million. He reportedly paid them US$165,000, initially, but failed to pay the balance.





Another lawyer on fraud charge

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Attorney-at-law, Laverne George, of Diamond Road, Stony Hill, St. Andrew has been charged with fraud.

Detectives attached to the counter terrorism and organized crime investigation branch, c-toc arrested and charged Ms. George with fraudulent conversion this week.

Reports are that in 2013, Ms. George was contracted to conduct transactions involving the sale of land on behalf of the complainant.

It is alleged that Ms. George failed to pay over the total sum of money from the sale, to the complainant.

A report was made to the police, an investigation launched and Ms. George was arrested and charged.

She is expected to appear before the Half Way Tree Resident Magistrate's Court next Tuesday, November 24.

In October, attorneys Miguel Lorne and Harold Brady were also charged with fraud.





money-hidden-in-shampoo-bottle.jpgA Venezuelan man has been arrested after he was allegedly found with more than US$80,000 in his luggage while trying to board a flight at Kingston's Norman Manley International Airport.

According to a police report, about 10:30 Wednesday morning the 42-year-old man was about to check in for a flight to Curacao when he was stopped.

His suitcase was searched and US$83,900 reportedly found concealed in several items including shampoo bottles.





Nigerian R&B singer tun up!

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pauk-akujor.jpgPAUL AKUJOR is a African R&b singer and songwriter. Born in Lagos, Nigeria and raised in Austin, Texas.

Paul Akujor has been motivated since 2009. His passion for music and the love of Hiphop has blessed him with exposure in multiple house stages and showcases.

His talent has allowed him openings for many popular artists and media including Chalie boy and staring in kazi 88.7 radio station.





US rapper Lupe Fiasco chillin' in Jamaica

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lupe-fiasco-nov-18.jpgUS rapper Lupe Fiasco is in Jamaica, chilling and making links but avoiding to smoke ganja.

He told his 1.3 million Twitter followers on Wednesday that he's experiencing food on the rock.

"Eat Jerk Chicken & Kola Champagne actually in #Jamaica," he tweeted 19 hours ago.

Later the rapper, most known for his Touch The Sky collab with rapper Kanye West, denied smoking ganja in response to a fan.

"No man...Babylon presence was too strong ya ear mi star...mi no smoke no ganja anyway," he indicated.

Born Wasalu Muhammad Jaco the rapper rose to fame in 2006 with his debut album, Lupe Fiasco's Food & Liquor. He released his latest album, Tetsuo & Youth, this year.





beenie-man-photo-8.jpgDespite the recent bombings and shootings in Paris, France by terror group Isis, some entertainers still have to carry out prior obligations which will see them making stops in that country.

Last week, Isis killed at least 127 people in Paris.

King of the dancehall Beenie Man who is currently on European tour to promote his first LP in almost 8 years is expected to play at a concert in France in December.

The tour dubbed the Unstoppable Promo tour will see Beenie in Europe from November 19 to December 15 making stops Germany, France, Switzerland and other countries.

Beenie Man's new album Unstoppable, which he compares with his 1997 album, Many Moods of Moses was released on November 19.

Unstoppable, the title song off the 14 track album produced by Beenie and his MD Entertainment Music label features international entertainer Akon.





The Boxing Day event intends to bring back the rulers of the 1980s in true rub-a-dub style. The Jamworld audience will witness an unforgettable three the hard way, a combined performance from Josie Wales, Charlie Chaplain, and Brigadier Jerry.

josey-wales.jpgJosey Wales aka The Outlaw, was arguably the top deejay of the 1980s. He is ready to show Sting 2015 the skills of a founding father of dancehall. The respected pioneer's powerful melodies and lyrics are still borrowed today by many modern-day recording stars.

His past hits include Leggo Mi Hand (Gateman), It a Fi Bun (Jah know), Undercover Lover, Bobbo Dread, (Wrong Move) Right Move, and Water Come a Mi Eye.

Brigadier Jerry, a maestro of the live-show experience, intends to deliver his signature comedic, yet conscious, style of rhyming. He should generate waves of forwards with his immensely popular "stage show lyrics" which laud positive living and condemn immoral behaviour. Jerry's onstage raw talent is so phenomenal he has earned more recognition for spitting lyrics live opposed to his mega-hit recordings. His hits include Jamaica, Jamaica, Gwaan a School and Pain.

Charlie Chaplin will round up the highly anticipated, three the hard way of the '80s masters. Chaplin is known for hits such as Mad Chaplin, New Door fe Shut, Chalice Affi Burn, Throw Some Corn, Press Along, and Obeah Business.

The stalwart is expected to turn the heat up on December 26 at Jamworld in Portmore, the home of the greatest reggae and dancehall show on earth.

For more details, follow #Sting2015 and @reggaesting on Instagram, Twiiter, or Facebook.





reggae-girl-rhodes-scholar-photo-1.jpgPresident of the Jamaica Football Federation (JFF), Captain Horace Burrell has congratulated Jamaica's 2016 recipient of the prestigious Rhodes Scholarship, Sherona Forrester.

In an official release, Forrester was described as an active member of the Senior Reggae Girls squad and a regular starter on behalf of Jamaica in the CONCACAF Women's World Cup Qualifying Tournament in the USA.

The release also said the technical staff remembers Forrester, a part-time lecturer at UWI, as one of the main players who assists the younger players with school work.

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Captain Burrell calls Forrester's achievement a unique achievement for Jamaican players.

"It is a shining example to other sports athletes that academics and sports can be combined and both achieved to the highest level with discipline and determination.

It is for this reason why in recent years the JFF has included tutors with our national youth teams when they travel to represent the country," Burrell said.





French Caribbean islands have been included in the state of emergency declared in France by President Francois Hollande following the terrorist attacks in Paris.

The islands which are overseas territories of France are Guadeloupe, French Guiana, Martinique, Mayotte, Reunion Island, and St Martin and St Barths.

Hollande declared the state of emergency last weekend after the terrorist group, the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), claimed responsibility for the Friday night attacks that killed more than 129 people and injured in excess of 350 others.

According to the Ministry of Overseas Territories, the decision to include the Caribbean countries was justified by the necessity to reinforce security in all territories during the state of emergency that has since been extended by three months.





Stop carrying children in car trunks! taximen warned

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The Transport Authority has issued a stern warning to route taxi operators transporting children in the trunk of motorcars, to immediately discontinue the practice or face prosecution.

The Authority has received reports that operators have been placing children in the cargo compartment of sedans, in a bid to increase their earnings on each trip.

Its Operations Division has been instructed to intensify activities to stamp out the practice, which compromises the safety and comfort of passengers. Donald Foster, Managing Director of the Authority, on Friday said the reports originate primarily from western parishes.

"We are currently carrying out further investigations to look into the problem because we shall be taking appropriate action to stop the illegal activity," Foster said.

He added that operators found violating the rights of passengers to a safe and comfortable ride by overloading the vehicles will be prosecuted under the Road Traffic Regulations. He said the Transport Authority will be engaging the police to implement strategies to prosecute offenders for cruelty to children under the Child Care and Protection Act.

"We will be meeting with them soon , we have made arrangements about the problem and they will be planning our operations along with the polce to address this concern," he sad.





No bail for man who posted rape video on Facebook

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odane-greyson-rape-victim-demo-photo.jpgTwenty-six year old Odain Grayson, the man who was arrested in connection with a video posted on Facebook, was refused bail on Friday when he appeared in the Spanish Town Criminal Court.

Prosecutors and the police opposed bail during a hearing.

Grayson, who is charged with rape and abduction, was remanded until December 9 when there will be another bail hearing.

He was charged last Friday by the Centre for the Investigation of Sexual Offences and Child Abuse, and is facing other charges under the Cybercrimes Act.

Grayson sparked an uproar on social media last week Tuesday when he posted a video on his Facebook page, apparently having sexual intercourse with a female who was pleading with him to stop.

He surrendered to the police last Thursday.





Jamaica Jazz & Blues Festival cancelled for 2016

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jamaica-jazz-and-blues.jpgThe highly-anticipated Jamaica Jazz and Blues festival, which each year boasts the biggest name in music internationally, has been cancelled for 2016.

According to the event's website, the festival is postponed until 2017 when the festival will celebrate its 20th anniversary.

Event organizers used Facebook to apologize to fans explaining why the festival wasn't being held in 2016.

"We really tried to make 2016 a reality, however, things just did not work out," read a post from Jamaica Jazz and Blues on Facebook.

"Therefore, instead of trying to push and stage a festival that would not be of our usual standard, we decided to postpone it," they added.

However, the event organizers promised patrons that they would not disappoint when they returned in 2017.

The Jamaica Jazz and Blues Festival usually attracts an audience of 15,000t o 20,000 and was originally established to boost visitor arrivals to the island during the tourism slow season.

The festival was formerly known as the Air Jamaica Jazz and Blues Festival.





Did Laing offer Alkaline $2.5M for Sting? Hell no!

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alkaline-photo-9.jpgSupreme Promotions, promoters of Sting, are stoutly denying reports that they offered dancehall artiste Alkaline $2.5 million to perform on the show in December.

isaiah-laing-polka-dots.jpgIn fact, Isaiah Laing CEO of Supreme Promotions, told Irie FM that "Alkaline a look attention."

After news began to circulate online Wednesday,Laing sought to clear the air, stating that the story is nothing but a rumour.

Laing told a tabloid that he has not been in contact with either Alkaline or any member of his management team.

According to Laing, he had contacted Alkaline two years in a row to perform on Sting and the tatoo-eye deejay never responded. Laing says he is certainly not reaching out to Alkaline a thrd time. However, if Alkaline wants to do Sting, then he knows where to find Laing.

Laing says he has no idea where these stories about Alkaline refusing an offer to perform on Sting 2015 are coming from.

Well, it IS the silly season and Alkaline IS an attention seeker.





leave-the-crumbs-alone-album-cover.jpgMulti-talented song writer, singer, musician, and producer, Mackie Conscious will release his latest album November 20 2015 on Cdbay, ITunes, Amazon and all major download sites. "Leave the Crumbs Alone" is the title track for the album.

This is his second album following "What If" which was released in 2009.

This 16-track album has five collaborations; "Leave the Crumbs Alone" featuring international bass player/Artist Taddy P. This song won Best Collaboration music Video on Carivibes Tv Awards in 2010. "Nobody no Business" and "Two Many Broken Homes" featuring his 10-year-old daughter and piano prodigy Bliss McKay. "Wonderful World" features Jamaican born Australian Reggae artist Jimmy Trenchtown. "Put a little love in your heart", features one of Jamaica best DJ Mikeylous.

There are three covers: "You'll Never Find Another" the Lou Rawls 1976 classic, "Wonderful world" the Sam Cook 1960 classics and "Put a little love in your heart" the Al Green's 1988 all-time favorite of many.

The original songs include, Plant Some Trees, More Reality, Real King, Reggae Music Rise Again, We Live Fi See It, One Day Down, Sing a Happy Song, No Body No Business, Rebel, Too Many Broken Homes ,Leave The Crumbs Alone, Its All Good and Jamaica This Is Paradise.

Plant Some Trees and Reggae Music Rise again, made number 1 in USA. Plant Some Trees is currently used as an inspiration for climate change and prevention of deforestation by many organizations including Eco Solutions in Zimbabwe in their Tree planting campaign.

Jamaica This Is Paradise was his 2015 entry in the JCDC festival song competition. This made it to the top 10 in the finals.

This album is another on his own Conscious Production record label, but Mackie teamed up with some of the best producers and hit makers in the music business. They are Barry O'Hare, Hugh Miller (Bunny Don), Othneil Campbell (Taddy P.), Richard Burgess, Byron Murray, Paul Elliott and Peter Waithera (selector King Rebel).





Injunction lifted against the Gladiators in France

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droop-lion-and-the-gladiators-demo-photo.jpgReggae band Droop Lion and the Gladiators, were successful in getting a Supreme Court injunction lifted against their performances in Europe.

Local booking agent Jeffrey Stephenson, and the core of the band - guitarists Clinton Rufus and Gallimore Sutherland, keyboardist Veron Sutherland and harmony singer/percussionist Ludlow Robinson - were recently embroiled in legal wranglings with Al Griffiths, son of the legendary Albert Griffiths in Jamaica.

In October, Griffiths, the former leader of the The Gladiators had been granted an order by the Supreme Court barring Stephenson and Cartel Concert, a French booking company from using the name 'The Gladiators'.

"It was most upsetting because we were hit with an injunction in Jamaica filed by Al and Anthony Griffiths on October 2, and then we went to Europe, we were hit with an injunction in France filed by Michel Jovanovic. They were fighting the war on two fronts to stop our tour, but we eventually won in France, and the tour was successful," Stephenson said.

French booking agent Michel Jovanovic, had attempted to block the band's performances in Europe. Jovanovic allegedly registered The Gladiators' name in March 2015 for use in Europe. This, Stephenson claims, would allow him to assemble a unit called The Gladiators to perform in that continent.

Jovanovic operates the Paris-based Mediacom which has booked shows for The Gladiators since 1996.

"However, the Supreme Court in France ruled that the musicians have the right to use the name anytime and anywhere without interference from anyone. We are taking that ruling now, and will be approaching the Supreme Court in Jamaica to get the injunction lifted in Jamaica," he said.

The band recently did 35 gigs across Europe, namely France, the United Kingdom, Austria, Spain, Belgium and Czech Republic with singer Droop Lion as Droop Lion and The Gladiators Band.

"This is a landmark ruling, and it has ramifications for other musicians who have been abused by artistes and their relatives over the years. Musicians have the right to earn, once they build a brand, it is like a company that they have helped to build and they have the right to earn from their work in establishing that brand," Stephenson said.

Reggae singer Albert Griffiths started The Gladiators in 1967 while he was a session guitarist at Studio One. Errol Grandison, David Webber, Clinton Fearon, Sutherland and Rufus are some of the band's early members.

Best known for the song Hello Carol, The Gladiators recorded a number of roots songs in the 1970s such as Bongo Red and Roots Natty. The toured extensively throughout Europe, the United States, South America and the Pacific and soon they became made a top draw. In 2005 illness forced Griffiths permanently off the road.

He was replaced on vocals by his son Albert Jnr. Other sons, Anthony on drums and Rory, who died in 2011, also joined the band. Stephenson said Albert Jnr left in 2013 after a falling-out with band members.





judy-mowatt-ingathering-concert.jpgKencot Christian Fellowship will host their their annual fund-raising event, Ingathering, on Sunday November 29.

Among those scheduled to perform at the event are veteran Reggae Gospel singer Judy Mowatt, Dawn Martin, Remnant Worshippers, Kimiela Candy Issacs and Karl Brown from Praise Break/Glory Carrier!

Admission is FREE! Bring a love offering...





pepita-praise-the-lord.jpg"I don't proclaim religion. I proclaim Jesus! He is my only reason.

The God of love, peace and everything pure, the only wise God, my Savior. The God of a second, third, fourth, whole heep of chances that we don't deserve. The God who loves us even when we don't love Him. The God who sent His son to die for our sins. Sins that date back to the beginning of time when Cain killed Able that faithful day. The God that made the heaven and the earth and all that is within.

"Adonai. Master. King of Kings and Lord of Lords. The Prince of Peace. I proclaim Jesus!", popular gospel site Gospel Link-Up reports Pepita as saying.

The former television show host, who is currently employed at a financial institution, has been using Instagram to promote Gospel Link Up.

Little is also good friends with Kerie-Ann Lewis, popularly known as Kiki. Kiki, who was baptised in 2014, is a follower of the Christian faith.





No breakthrough in murder of 6-year-old

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The police have not yet established a motive for the deadly attack on a six-year-old boy whose body was found in a gully in Mount Edgecombe, Runaway Bay, St Ann on Monday.

The body of Daniel Anderson, which had chop wounds, was found a day after he was reported missing.

"We have contacted al the persons connected with this child..... statements are being collected. We are giving it full attention and we are continuing with the probe into this homicide," said head of the St. Ann Police, Superintendent Wayne Cameron.

Daniel, who was a student of the Runaway Bay All-Age School, was reportedly sent on an errand by his father on Sunday afternoon.

His body was discovered on Monday afternoon by a passerby.

Fifty seven children have been murdere v d so far this year up from 41 during the same period in 2014.





The St. Anns Bay Police are seeking the public's assistance in locating 57-year-old Joseph Lynch, 43-year-old Lascelle Lynch, 50-year-old Ruth Lawrence and 7-year-old Rimeka Haynes all of Authurs Mount, Lime Hall, St. Ann who were reported missing on Monday, November 16.

Joseph is of dark complexion, slim build and about 175 centimetres (5 feet 9 inches) tall, Lascelle is of dark complexion, slim build and about 175 centimeters (5 feet 9 inches) Ruth is of dark complexion, slim build and about 91 centimetres (3 feet) tall. No description of Rimeka was given.

Reports are that about 3:30 a.m., residents reportedly saw their house on fire and alerted both the fire brigade and the police. Since then, the family has not been seen or hear from.

Anyone knowing the whereabouts of Joseph Lynch, Lascelle Lynch, Ruth Lawrence and Rimeka Haynes is being asked to contact the St Anns Bay Police at 972-2211, the Police 119 emergency number or the nearest Police.





A wha kinda magic dem a wuk pon Fabian Marley?

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fabian-marley-photo-2.jpgBwoy...da one yah deep.We doan know if is black magic, white magic or just plain magic, but hear dis.

Everybody suppose to know by know that Fabian Marley has come forward to say that he is the firstborn son of Reggae legend Bob Marley, and that the Marley family refuses to have Fabian's DNA tested with that of Bob Marley.

Well Fabian a work pon him career and just as things a heat up, boops, him tek sick. And a nun no ordinary sickness, him manager say the doctor dem say that Fabian was poisoned.

And foul play is suspected. Hear wha the manager, Clayton Thomas of Massive Entertainment Group, tell gosip tabloid out of Jamaica, the Star, "We believe he was poisoned deliberately and that it was done by someone very close to him. I think the person that did it was paid off by someone else, and it's all happening because people are bad mind."

So a who coulda a pay off people fi do tings to Fabian? More questions than answers. Anyway Fabian, get well soon and gwaan do yuh ting cause it massive.





Pamputtae a look a hype offa marriage

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pamputtae.jpgOn-again-off-again dancehall deejay, Pamputtae obviously a boost for her new single and so she post up picture pon Instagram with wedding band and all these tings.

She all post picture inna black boots, jeans shirt and shorts with the caption "the baddest wife in town, mi husband love mi" with three purple hearts followed by music symbols.

Still, she get a lickle feedback from faas people who waan find out if she married, and of course, what dem really want fi know is: "A which man married to Pamputtae?"

Oonu fi hear Pamputtae a do radio interview and a galang all coy like she is Miss Virgin.

Anyway, Pamputtae say she nah let di puss outta di bag just yet. So she and her fans'still a play di guessing game.

Oh, by the way, Pamputtae new song name "Money We Seh" on the Life Support Riddim.





Portland cop shoots relative dead

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crime-scene-7.jpgThe Independent Commission of Investigations is probing the death of a man in Portland on Sunday in an alleged confrontation with police.

Dead is 45 year old Rohan Hamilton, also called Cliffy, of Long Bay.

The police in confirming the incident gave no detail saying only that Hamilton was killed in a confrontation with police in Long Bay.

CCU says no firearm or ammunition was seized.

INDECOM has reported that the officer involved is related to the man who was killed.





PNP candidate on larceny charge withdraw from race

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hands-behind-bars.jpgThe People's National Party (PNP) is scrambling to find a replacement candidate in St Andrew North Eastern following Monday's resignation of Gregory Sutherland who had been selected to represent the Party in the constituency.

Sutherland is facing charges of simple larceny, submitting forged documents and impersonation.

The criminal charges against Sutherland were confirmed by the party. He has since resigned.

It is expected that the election date will soon be announced by Prime Minister Protia Simpson Miller.

St Andrew North Eastern is represented in parliament by the JLP's Delroy Chuck.





ganja-ras-Iyah.jpgPresident of the Westmoreland Hemp and Ganja Farmers Association Ras Iyah is urging the Government to "align" with other countries to secure a slice of the international marijuana market.

"I think the Government of Jamaica has a duty and responsibility to align themselves with other countries, because I know there are other countries, here in the Caribbean, in Latin America...that are against this big stick that America has over our heads that says 'you can do what I say but not what I do'," he argued.

According to Ras Iyah: "Unity is strength, and as such whether from a regional bloc or from a point of view, that we...make sure that we become strengthen in such a way that we have a say on the international political field," Ras Iyah stated. "Otherwise we will always have to succumb to the big stick that America has over our heads."

He accused the US of using state laws as a smokescreen to stifle the emerging ganja industry in Third World countries while promoting theirs.

"I know that the United States of America is using state laws as a guise to develop their cannabis industry and at the same time to fight against Third World countries development. I don't think the State would have been doing what they want if the Federal Government was not in league with it...without some form of backing," the veteran ganja advocate charged.

He was speaking on day one of the two-day Beckley Foundation Conference on Jamaica's Cannabis Reforms at the Swept Away Resort in Negril, Westmoreland, last Friday.





Missing 6-y-o boy found dead in St Ann

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police-station.jpgThe police have reported that the body of a six-year-old St Ann boy who was reported missing on Sunday was found in a gully in Mount Edgecombe district in the parish yesterday.

He is Daniel Anderson of Bellaire in Runaway Bay.

Reports from the Runaway Bay police are that about 4:15 pm, residents discovered the mutilated body and summoned them.

On their arrival, the police say the body was seen with a wound to the head.

The scene was processed and it was removed to the morgue pending a post-mortem examination.





Jamaican woman jailed in US for distributing drugs

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A 35 year old Jamaican woman is to spend ten years behind bars in the US for distributing methamphetamine disguised as the drug ecstasy in Pittsburgh.

On Monday, U.S District Judge David Cercone imposed the term, the mandatory minimum, on Racquel Sanchez, who has been living in Tucson.

Sanchez, who also has a home in Tampa, Florida was convicted at trial in June for her role in supplying methamphetamine through an intermediary in Cleveland.

The FBI was able to piece together the case against her through taps on the phones used by two co-conspirators.

Although she was never intercepted on the calls, trial testimony and transcripts showed that the others often made reference to her, sometimes imitating her Jamaican accent, indicating she was the supplier.





rohan-marley-and-shane-wittle-ceo.jpgShane Whittle, the former chief executive of a coffee company built on the name of late reggae star Bob Marley has been charged in the US with running a stock scheme that netted US$78 million in illegal trading profits.

The US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) filed fraud charges on Tuesday, against Shane Whittle, the former CEO of Jammin' Java Corporation, a company he co-founded in Los Angeles with Rohan Marley, the late singer's son.

Marley, who is still involved with the company, was not accused of wrongdoing.

The SEC said Whittle, helped by eight outside accomplices, illegally profited by secretly taking control of millions of shares of Jammin' Java, inflating their value and later dumping them on unsuspecting investors.

The scheme allegedly involved setting up a front company to make it appear that Jammin' Java had a financial backer and making various promotional announcements that helped boost the share price.

The alleged accomplices , none of who are affiliated with the company -- are accused of various promotional activities, including publishing false stock reports and facilitating illegal stock transactions through offshore holding companies.

The company was founded in 2008.The alleged illegal activity occurred in 2010 and 2011.

According to public filings, in May 2011, shares of Jammin' Java, which also does business under the name Marley Coffee, surged to $6.35 cents, a price that valued the company at more than $400 million d though its revenue the previous year was a little over $1,000.

Soon after reaching that peak, the defendants sold the shares, which later nose-dived to less than one dollar.

The dramatic rise and fall of the share price prompted the SEC's investigation.





Jamaica's Reggae Girlz need your support

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reggae-girls-u-17.jpgThe Reggae Girlz are Jamaica's National Women's Soccer Program. All three national women's teams- the U-17, U-20, and Senior squads- recently topped their groups at the Caribbean Football Union level as they compete for spots in the upcoming international competitions:

  • FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup 2016 (Jordan)
  • FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup 2016 (Papua New Guinea)
  • 2016 Summer Olympics (Rio)

In spring of 2014, Cedella Marley became Global Ambassador for the Jamaica Women's Football Program. Recognizing that football can be a conduit to social change in Jamaica and other emerging countries by providing education and opportunity to its young women, Marley spearheaded an international fundraising campaign that got the team to the FIFA Women's World Cup qualifers in the United States. After coming within a hairs-breath of making the FIFA women's world cup last fall, the senior Reggae Girlz now train under the direction of a top-notch technical staff in Orlando headed by Hue Menzies. The comeback story continues as they compete for a spot in next year's summer Olympics....but money is still the biggest opponent on the road to Rio.

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Even after last year's great return to competition (after a six-year hiatus caused by lack of funding) it has been a struggle to get sponsors for the national team. Most corporations in Jamaica are throwing their financial weight behind track and field because it's a proven winner for the country. The others just continue to believe that female football is not a big enough marquee for them. Also, there is now the added expenses of the younger female teams that are currently in their world cup qualifiers.

Upcoming Tournament Dates:

  • U-17 Women's CFU Finals (ConCaCaf/FIFA WWC Pre-Qualifier): Nov. 13-18 in Puerto Rico
  • Senior Women's CFU Finals (Olympic Pre-qualifier): Nov. 16- 21 in Trinidad
  • U-20 Women's ConCaCaf/ FIFA WWC Qualifier: Dec. 3-13 in Honduras

Because of financial constraints the players have not been able to train consistently in preparation for these important tournaments. One week of camp in Orlando costs approximately $50,000.00 for housing, transportation (including airfare), meals, and medical care. An itemized budget for camp that narrows it down to an exact figure, but is approximated here because the travel expenses fluctuate based on how far in advance flights can be booked.

This is your chance to support the Reggae Girlz training camps with either cash donations or by sponsoring a specific budget item (as in pay the hotel, restaurant, or travel agency/airline). The Mister Mister Foundation in Miami (a 501c3 non profit that helps at risk young men and women through sports and art, run by R&B icon Betty Wright) sponsors the camps by acting as a fiscal agent for all U.S. based donors. Any checks should be made payable to that foundation.





Caribbean leaders condemn Paris attack

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trinidad-pm-keith-rowley-microphones.jpgLeaders across the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) have condemned Friday's terrorist attack in Paris that led to the deaths of over one hundred people.

France has since declared a state of emergency with President Francois Holland describing the attack as an "act of war" organised by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) group.

In Trinidad and Tobago, Prime Minister Tobago, Dr. Keith Rowley described the attacks as "unspeakable" adding that "the rest of the world is also gripped by shock, sadness and outrage.

The Perry Christie Government in The Bahamas says it stands with the international community in expressing its deep regrets over the loss of life from the horrific shootings in Paris.

"We condemn these barbaric acts in the strongest terms. We extend our condolences to the families of the victims," said Christie adding that Nassau stands "ready to work with our CARICOM allies and the international community to combat this problem".

In Paris, all public demonstrations have been banned until Thursday.Sports events have also been cancelled.The city's hospital officials say they have treated 300 people after the attacks, 80 of who remain in critical condition.

In London,one of two terminals at London's Gatwick Airport has been evacuated as a precaution following the discovery of a suspicious article. Sussex Police said one person was arrested on Saturday and an army bomb disposal team was on the scene. A police spokeswoman said officers were called to the terminal about 9:30am after passengers saw a man discarding a suspicious item.

The police are investigating the circumstances of the incident adding that it's too early to say what the item may be, however, given the events in Paris last night, there is heightened awareness.





utech-student-shanique-walters.jpgThe police continues to maintain a heightened presence in the Mona and Papine communities of St Andrew, with special focus on the tertiary institutions in the area.

It follows the brutal murder of 22-year-old University of Technology (UTech) student, Shanique Walters, who was shot dead in the nearby community of Hope Pastures after she refused to hand over her handbag to armed robbers.

The lawmen have also visited UTech as part of the continued dialogue and support to them and to ensure that the area remains safe.

Superintendent Velma Thomas Gayle and her team met with the Acting President of UTech, Professor Colin Gyles and members of his team and provided an update on the investigation.

"Crime is not just for the Police, it is everybody's business. Security begins with each of us and I encourage especially the students to be alert and aware of their surroundings," said Superintendent Thomas Gayle.

UTech students have complained that they have been targets of robbers and many have been held up at gunpoint and relieved of cellular phones and other belongings by hoodlums.

In addition, the University authorities have decided to implement a shuttle service to take students, who live in communities close to the university, home at nights.





21-year-old kidnapped; family sent death threats

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kidnapped-junior-patterson-spanish-town.jpgA 21-year-old St Catherine entrepreneur, Junior Patterson was reportedly abducted by a group of men laying-in wait in a car in his community of Ellerslie Pen, Spanish Town last Wednesday, November 4.

According to reports, members of the community witnessed Patterson's abduction around 10am. Patterson, friends in the community and a man with whom Patterson was doing business all got into a vehicle.

"The car drove off and later came back; all the men came out but Junior was not with them," an eyewitness is reported as saying added.

When Patterson failed to show up in the morning [Thursday], his sister reported him missing. The men immediately contacted her with death threats and she got cold feet and refused to return to the Spanish Town Police station with Junior's passport.

Patterson's brother also received death threats after he started to ask around in Spanish Town seeking information on his brother, which he has reported to the police.

Patterson operated a bustling meat and grocery store in Spanish Town, which was allegedly being set upon by extortionists.

The Spanish Town Police are aware of the situation and their investigations are still ongoing.





go-fund-me-campaign-childbirth-death.jpgA GoFundMe campaign has been set up to pay for the flight home and burial of a Montego Bay woman who died after childbirth and falling into a coma, while at a hospital in the United States.

University of the West Indies graduate, Marshae "Kimmy" Paul, died on Thursday, more than a month after falling into a coma following childbirth at a Massachusetts hospital. She leaves behind her almost two month old son, Kameron.

According to the GoFundMe campaign, Marshae suffered a series of cardiac arrests beginning on September 20 and she was admitted in an ICU at Massachus General Hospital.

"Having been admitted to this hospital since September, the doctors tried repeatedly to administer medical treatment but to no avail. Her condition disintegrated and her vital organs started failing," read the message.

"Kimmy succumbed to her ailments on November 12, 2015 at 5.30 pm leaving behind her almost two month old son Kameron.""Her family needs your help to take her home and lay her to rest. We need help for air fare and to cover her burial expenses in her homeland," read the campaign message.

"Please help us to set a foundation also for Little Kameron who will never meet his loving Mom taken home at such an early stage of his life. Your support no matter how small will be greatly appreciated.Thanks for your Support. God Bless."

The campaign has so far raised US$2,250 of a targeted US$30,000.

Paul had celebrated the joyous occasion of her child's birth 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".





spice-reggae-sumfest.jpgWhy them artiste here stay so. After Spice know say her work permit for the States soon expire, she still go and take promoter money, knowing full well that it is a big chance she taking.

After the promoter spend up him whole head a money buy plane ticket, book hotel pay Spie her deposit, only to hear that she cannot make the show because her documents are still at the embassy being renewed.

And then Spice a go bawl out to the media that promoter threatening her.Come on Spice, any normal, hard-working person woulda threaten you for something like that. It's time to get your act together and stop acting like a hustler: be professional for a change, Spice.

According to the story Spice claims she has been receiving threats to her life from a promoter in Chicago, Donoran Beckford, and is now living in fear. The promoter has reportedly threatened to kill her several times on the phone because she would not be able to perform at a show he had booked her for.

But Beckford is denying Spice's allegations. "Spice has no proof of that (threats). I didn't threaten, I am not stupid to threaten her," said Beckford.

Spice told a gossip paper that she is unable to attend the show because she does not have the required documents to fly to the United States.

""My visa expired and my travel documents are currently at the embassy and I just got a date last week," Spice explained.

Spice said she explained to Beckford, prior to being officially booked for the show, that her visa would expire soon, but she had hoped to get an appointment at the United States Embassy before the date of show.

But Beckford claims that it wasn't until Wednesday that he was told Spice would not be able to perform at his show which was scheduled to be held last Saturday.

"I can't get any body to replace her this late. My whole promotion is going to get messed up because of this," said an obviously upset Beckford.

The promoter said that he will be suing Spice because he had paid her a deposit and he had already made payments for accommodation and travelling.





secret-service-officer-arrested-in-child-sexting-sting.jpgA US Secret Service officer assigned to the White House was arrested this week after he sent naked pictures of himself to someone he thought was a 14-year-old girl, according to a criminal complaint.

Lee Robert Moore, 37, of Church Hill, Maryland, turned himself in to Maryland State Police on Monday and faces charges including solicitation of a minor, according to the complaint filed in U.S. District Court in Delaware. Federal authorities say Moore, a Secret Service agent from Maryland, sent obscene images and texts to someone he thought was a young Delaware girl, sometimes doing it while on duty at the White House.

The complaint details a series of pornographic online chats starting in late August between Moore and a Delaware State Police detective posing as a 14-year-old girl. Moore sent naked photos of himself to the undercover officer and asked to meet in person to have sex, according to the complaint.

In an interview with police, Moore admitted to communicating with the person while he was working at the White House, the complaint said.

The Secret Service, the agency that protects the president, has placed Moore on administrative leave, according to the complaint. The Secret Service did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

It was not clear from the complaint whether Moore has retained an attorney.

Moore's arrest is the latest blow to the Secret Service after a series of scandals and security lapses.

In March, two senior agents, after a night of drinking, drove into a White House barricade inches away from a suspicious package that was being investigated as a possible bomb.

Last year, agents failed to stop a knife-carrying man from jumping a fence and running into the White House in one of the worst security breaches since President Barack Obama took office in 2009. (Caption: This booking photo provided by the Delaware Department of Justice shows Lee Robert Moore. Federal authorities say Moore, a Secret Service agent from Maryland, sent obscene images and texts to someone he thought was a young Delaware girl, sometimes doing it while on duty at the White House. (Delaware Department of Justice via AP)





Alkaline buys house for his mother

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alkaline-dancehall-artiste.jpgTattooed eye dancehall artiste Alkaline has been given the thumbs up on Instagram, as he is reported to have recently bought his mother a house.

After sharing a photo of Alkaline's newly purchase house on his Instagram page, artiste Konshens said, "Some money come in a big contract like sports contracts or record deal".

Konshens went on to say that even if you didn't like the controversial artiste, it was undeniable that he was a good hustler.





High Times Festival is smoking hot!

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world-cannabis-cup.jpgHIGH TIMES, The Jamaican World Cannabis Cup got off to a great start in Negril on Thursday.

Scores of people including dignitaries and media from all over the world gathered at the Long Bay Beach Park for the four day festival. Justice Minister Mark Golding and Tourism Minister Wykeham McNeill are in the resort town for the festivity.

The venue which is a sea of red, green and gold is separated in two sections. One section captures a Rastafarian village with a food court while the other section has a global international flair.

Last night got off to a great start. Some of the outstanding happenings involved music from as far back as the 1960's about the legalization of marijuana which was played by Mutabaruka, Gabre Selassie and Gary I.

Beach yoga, seminars, exhibitions, ital food and a stage showing featuring Tarrus Riley, Luciano, Jah Bouks and others are slated to perform later this evening.

HIGH TIMES, The Jamaican World Cannabis Cup will culminate on Sunday.





Popular gospel singer Sister Scully dies suddenly

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sister-scully.jpgWell-loved Jamaican gospel singer ,Audrey McCrowder, better known as Sister Scully, has passed away suddenly

Reports are that the singer passed away peacefully at her home in Spanish Town on Thursday night.

According to best friend and fellow gospel singer Joan Flemmings, Sister Scully was found unresponsive by her husband.

She was best known for the very popular Southern gospel cover Hurry Up.

Sister Scully who is one of the foundation of traditional gospel music in Jamaica has been dubbed a powerhouse by those who have seen her in action.

She was a regular headliner of local and international Jamaican gospel shows.

Sister Scully has other songs such as No Other Blood, He Rolled The Sea Away and Hard Road To Travel.

She was 57 years old.





BEWARE! Zika virus found in the Caribbean

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zika-virus.jpgChief Medical Officer, Dr. Marion Bullock Ducasse, says persons need to be more vigilant, and take their responsibility in cleaning up their environment and destroying mosquito breeding sites.

This comes in light of the announcement by the Caribbean Public Health Agency on Thursday (November 12) that the Zika Virus has been detected in a Caribbean country, which has not been named. Dr. Bullock Ducasse says the Ministry of Health is continuing its preparedness for any possible introduction of the Zika Virus in Jamaica. She says focus is being placed on destroying breeding sites of the Aedes Aegypti mosquito which carries the virus.

She is urging Jamaicans to protect themselves from mosquito bites by using insect repellent containing deet. Dr Bullock-Ducasse says the health teams will continue to work in parishes to assist in reducing breeding sites. She is calling on members of the public to destroy mosquito breeding sites by looking for anything around the home, school, churches and business places that may collect water and either cover it, keep it dry or dispose of it.

Repair leaking pipes and outdoor faucets, cut the grass short and trim shrubbery, clear roof gutters and eaves to prevent water from settling and fill in and drain any low places in the yard such as areas where there are usually puddles when it rains.

The ministry says regional health authorities increased the frequency of fogging in several areas and will continue to pay close attention to high risk communities, pointing out that however that fogging is a temporary solution and cannot by itself solve the problem of mosquito breeding.

The virus has previously been reported in Brazil, Colombia and suspected in the Dominican Republic. The Pan American Health Organization has indicated that it has been confirmed in Suriname.

The Zika virus is a viral disease, transmitted by the Aedes Aegypti mosquito, which also transmits dengue and Chik V. Symptoms include fever, muscle and joint pain, headache, nausea, and rash.





maria-borges-victorias-secret-fashion-show-hair.jpgHair history has just been made.

Three-time Victoria's Secret Fashion Show veteran Maria Borges hit the sexy labels' catwalk last night in her usual exquisite lingerie, however there was one thing noticeably missing from her normal getup: A foot-and-a-half of perfectly quaffed extensions. Yep, instead of sporting the Angel's angelic long beach waves, the Angolan-born model opted to celebrate her natural, short hair this year.

And the result? Absolutely stunning-just look for yourself!

"Are you ready for the 2015 @VictoriasSecret fashion show?! I'll be rocking my Afro hair this year for THE show!," the 23-year-old model shared on Twitter on Nov. 6, followed by this Instagram caption on Nov. 8: " Tomorrow, this Angolan-born dreamer will be walking her 3rd #VSFS in a row, whilst rocking her Afro natural hair. All I can say is THANK YOU, I don't take it for granted!'

Don't get us wrong-we adored Maria's extensions before too-but her "afro natural hair" is just the thing the VS runway was missing. Recall, Victoria's Secret bombshell waves are practically mandated for the models at the show. Plus, it wasn't all too long ago (three years, to be exact) that Karlie Kloss made Angel history for being the first of the brand's supermodels to chop off her waist-length tresses into a flirty bob.

Note: We already mentioned that Maria's rocked long extensions in the past, but she did in fact have longer hair up until this past New York Fashion week, during which time she chopped her hair short at the request of Riccardo Tisci for the Givenchy show.

While Maria isn't technically the first gal to rock natural hair on the VS runway-considering Ajuma Nasenyana rocked a fully shaved head back in 2006 - we're still giving this supermodel major, groundbreaking props.

India Arie was singing "I am not my hair" years ago, but the stigma of natural Afro-textured hair still prevails in some arenas. Which is exactly why Maria Borges' Victoria's Secret Fashion Show appearance was so monumental. On a runway visibly dominated by straight-haired models, Borges ditched her extensions for her natural kinks.

"I told my agent I wanted to walk in the Victoria's Secret show with my natural hair," Borges told Essence in a recent interview. "I was nervous, but I had to do it. When they said 'yes,' I didn't expect it, but I was so happy!"

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Borges also shared words of wisdom for those who are still hesitant about wearing their natural hair.

"Be strong," she said. "If you say you're beautiful without hair and makeup, then they will believe you. It's about being confident and always being yourself."





Milk asks for prayer as she undergoes major surgery

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milk-facebook-image.jpgSocial butterfly and media personality Amelia 'Milk' Sewell is asking for prayers even as she awaits major surgery at the University Hospital of the West Indies.

"She was doing an EKG on her heart to see if she is strong enough to do surgery. She is going to do a major operation soon and she is asking her fans to pray for her," a close friend of the media personality, said.

A few months ago, she tweeted the message: "The blood bank on slipe road is where the donation should be made in my name AMELIA SEWELL..keep receipt for me ..to take with me to surgery".

Now, it appears that the surgery date is fast approaching.

"She is a bit worried, but Milk is a real trooper. She will be doing a major surgery, I can't say any more than that for now," the friend said.

'Milk' returned to the media earlier this year, landing a job at FAME FM, after her three-year boss-lady' stint managing the Famous nightclub in Portmore.





PNP mass rally for Portmore Sunday

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pnp-gen-sec-paul-burke.jpgThe People's National Party has called a mass rally for this Sunday in Portmore, St. Catherine.

According to General Secretary Paul Burke, the Prime Minister had not made up her mind about announcing the date for a general election.

"We will have a rally in the Corporate Area when we think it is right," Burke said.

As speculation mounts as the date of a general election, the opposition Jamaica Labour Party (JLP), on Wednesday announced that it has canceled its annual conference to focus on preparing for an upcoming general election.

JLP General Secretary, Dr. Horace Chang, however stressed that there should be no fall out as a result of the cancellation of the conference that was scheduled for November 22.

Meanwhile the Electoral Office of Jamaica (EOJ) is on high alert. According to Director of Elections, Orrette Fisher, training is in progress and the recruitment of temporary personnel is underway.

"If the election is announced, we will just move to the next phase. In terms of preparedness we are at the level where we would need to be, so nothing will change unless the election is announced.

Ahead of a general election the two political parties on Wednesday agreed to the stating of three political debates.





Forum bridge to be closed for 3 months

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Work is to continue this week on the Forum Bridge in Portmore, St. Catherine, that will be closed on Friday for three months.

A detour road has been constructed adjacent to the bridge construction site to allow for the movement of traffic and pedestrians during the closure.

The detour road will be opened on Friday however operators of heavy duty vehicles will not be allowed to use it.

Traffic will be allowed on the bridge during peak hours.

One way flow will be facilitated for motorists travelling northbound in the direction of the Toll Plaza during 5am-9am and 4pm - 8pm

The project commenced in September and is scheduled to be completed in six months.





odane-greyson-rape-victim-demo-photo.jpgThe Police have confirmed that 25-year-old Odane Anthony Greyson, the person who shared on Facebook a purported recording of sexual intercourse with him and a seemingly unwilling female participant begging him to stop hurting her, is in custody.

The caption that accompanied the video was "DWL...fool". The video was subsequently deleted, but not before thousands of Facebook users had seen and heard the contents, and became enraged by the horrific details.

The man in the alleged rape video circulating on social media has been identified.

Greyson will be interviewed in the presence of his attorney on Friday.

The Centre for the Investigation of Sexual Offences and Child Abuse is investigating the matter.

In a post on his Facebook profile the man attempted to justify his interaction with the young woman and his decision to post it.

He claims it was not rape but several people who viewed the video say it was and have been threatening him.





Apple employee asks black students to leave store

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black-boys-racism-apple-store-photo-1.jpgSix black students have been asked to leave a store over concerns they 'might steal something', in an incident which appears to have racist motivations.

The incident at an Apple store in Highpoint shopping centre, north-west Melbourne, was caught on video and uploaded to Facebook on Tuesday night.

The footage has since been viewed almost 47,000 times, sparking outrage at what most viewers are calling 'blatant racism'.

'These guys are just a bit worried about your presence in our store,' security at the Apple store is heard saying in the footage.

When the boys, taken aback, asked for what reason they were being asked to leave, security responded: 'They're just a bit worried you might steal something.'

'Guys, end of discussion, I need to ask you to leave our store.'

In the Facebook post, one of the boys said the argument between them lasted 15 minutes.

'He was circling us for 10 minutes while we were in the store,' one of the boys wrote on the Facebook post.

black-boys-racism-apple-store-photo-2.jpg'These guys are just a bit worried about your presence in our store,' security at the Apple store is heard saying in the footage. When the boys asked for what reason, security responded: 'They're just a bit worried you might steal something'

The boys, who are Year 10 students at Maribyrnong College, in inner-west Melbourne, according to Sydney Morning Herald, later got an apology from the store.

'They called security but the guy ended up apologising to us,' one wrote, with Apple security calling security at Highpoint shopping centre.

'The Highpoint guards were nice as, it was just the Apple employees & security that were acting up,' another posted in the comment thread.

When many were understandably outraged at the video footage and suggested taking complaints further, the six boys appeared to be in good spirits.

'They apologised so we're chilling no need to take this further,' one commented.

Another joked: 'I'm not in the financial status to take Apple to court.'

'We just wanted to show people the prejudice we went through and the racial profiling of the Apple staff and security.'

black-boys-racism-apple-store-photo-3.jpgAccording to SMH, Maribyrnong College principal Nick Scott accompanied the six boys to the Apple store on Wednesday afternoon, and a senior manager apologised.

It was reportedly a private security guard hired by Apple who first raised concerns about the teenagers, and an Apple employee shown in the video speaking with the boys.

An Apple spokesperson told SMH they were committed to cultural diversity and inclusion, and said they were looking into the situation.





Shaggy links with int'l entities for charity concert

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shaggy-n-friends-2016.jpgDancehall artiste Shaggy has teamed up with international companies iHeartMedia and FIAT Brand for Shaggy & Friends Benefit Concert on January 2, 2016.

The event will be held on the lawns of Jamaica House and according to Shaggy, his new friends will expose the show to over 200 million viewers through delayed streaming.

iHeartMedia has the largest reach of any television or radio outlet in the US with over 245 million listeners each month. The company also has more than 700 million downloads and reached 70 million users faster than any other radio or digital music service including popular social network site Facebook.

The event will carry Sliver, Gold and Platinum bands. Each will cost $5,000, $10,000 and $20,000 respectively. Recording artistes Popcaan, Busy Signal and Kevin Downswell were in attendance.





Cabbie, passenger shot dead; another hospitalised

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crime-scene-gun.jpgReports are that a taxi operator and a female passenger were shot dead when a group of men travelling in a motor car opened gunfire at the cab this morning.

Another female who was travelling in the taxi is now in hospital with gunshot wounds.

The deceased have been identified as 43-year-old taxi operator Garfield Allen of Hartford, in the parish and Onecka Samuels.





The Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) has ruled that two policemen and the husband of Manchester businesswoman Norma Henry Coleman be charged with her October 23 murder.

Constables Leroy Curtis and Denrick Thomas have been charged with conspiracy to commit murder; while her husband, Vincent Coleman, has been charged with murder. Mrs. Henry Coleman was shot dead while driving on Begonia Drive in Mandeville.

Investigators claimed persons were paid one million dollars to have her killed.





Taximan, school-girl reported missing

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taximan-teen-missing.jpgA taxi operator and a schoolgirl, both of Whitehall, St Thomas addresses, have been reported missing since Monday.

They are 15-year-old Sherisa Bailey of Ridge district and 26-year-old Wilton Phillips of Clunie Road.

Police say the fair-complexioned teen was last seen when she left home for school about 6:30 am. She was dressed in her school uniform - a blue skirt, a white blouse, a pair of white socks, and a pair of black shoes.

She is of medium build and is about four-foot-nine-inch tall.

When she did not return home at the usual time, calls were made to her cellular phone but went unanswered. A report was subsequently made to the police.

Meanwhile, Phillips, who is of dark complexion, slim build and is about five-foot-seven-inch tall, last spoke to relatives via cellular phone about 3:00 pm the day he went missing.

The police say subsequent calls to his phone went unanswered. His mode of dress at the time he went missing is unknown.

Phillips plies the Morant Bay to Whitehall route.

The police did not indicate whether or not the two cases are connected.

Anyone knowing the whereabouts of Sherisa Bailey or Wilton Phillips is being asked to contact the Seaforth police at 982-4280/2255, police 119 emergency number or the nearest police station.





A lawyer charged with sexual offences in relation to a six-year-old boy was yesterday offered $150,000 bail when he appeared in the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate's Court.

The 34-year-old St Elizabeth attorney was offered bail by Senior Magistrate Judith Pusey, following a bail application by Queen's Counsel K Churchill Neita.

The accused, who is charged with grievous sexual assault, indecent assault and sexual touching, is scheduled to return to court on January 26, 2016, for a preliminary hearing.





buju-banton-photo-9.jpgAccording to a news report from BET, Grammy-winning reggae artiste Buju Banton could be among 6,000 prisoners to be released during November as part of a reform from the US Sentencing Commission.

In its report, BET directly named the entertainer as one of the many prisoners who could be released.

Banton's release date is set for February 2019, but if his name makes the list of 6,000 he could be released sometime in November after only serving half of his sentence.

According to the report, inmates became eligible for release on Sunday, November 1. Around 16,000 inmates are expected to be freed within the first year, and 45,000 over the next several years.

The reggae singer, whose real name is Mark Myrie, was convicted in 2011 on three counts of drug trafficking charges. He was given the minimum 10 years sentencing, and is currently serving that time in a Georgia, Atlanta prison.





Jamaica Jazz & Blues Festival 2016 postponed?

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jamaica-jazz-and-blues.jpgThe organizers of the Jamaica Jazz and Blues Festival have allegedly pulled the plug on the January 2016 staging of the annual event. A check of the festival's website revealed that 2016 information was "coming soon". Normally, by now, the festival would already have been releasing names of their top acts, in anticipation of a mid to end of January staging.

Significantly, no dates have yet been announced for 2016.

The details surrounding the reason for the reported postponement are unclear. However, checks made by one entity reveal that the Jamaica Jazz and Blues Festival organizer Walter Elmore is currently not accepting calls.

When his assistant was contacted, she reportedly told the callers that she was not his assistant and recommend we send an email to info@jamaicajazzandblues.com. Meanwhile, the Jamaica Jazz and Blues Festival's official website has listed its 2016 dates for the festival as unconfirmed.

The three day event suffered greatly at the beginning of this year as a result of its top headliner Mariah Carey. Carey, who delivered a dismal performance in January 2015, is arguably the festival's biggest disappointment.





Ras Minimum taking Reggae to the maximum

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ras-minimum.jpgTalented musician, Ras Minimum, is heeding the persistent call to make that all-important quantum leap and take his career even further by entering centrestage as a conscious reggae singer with his debut EP and full-length album.

A member of the acclaimed Harmomy House Band, which is the official backing band of iconic reggae singer, Beres Hammond, Ras Minimum, whose real name is Errol Graham, is passionate about the music and the role that he is destined to play as an all-round ambassador of the genre. A percussion player whose dream is to take Reggae music to the four corners of the earth, Ras Minimum is continuing that mission by releasing his very first EP, which is entitled Hold Your Head Up High.

The seven-track EP is produced by EJ Records and is the debut project for the label. An enthusiastic Ras Minimum noted that after putting out a number of songs over the past couple of years, he finally feels that his career is moving forward on the right path. Although he has received favourable airplay with songs such as the 1989 single One Love Me Brother on Derrick Harriott's label and in successive years with the singles including Real Love, Mama Love, Strong Woman, Reggae Music Lives On and Every Woman is a Gift in 2014 on the GC One Drop Productions Label, this is Ras Minimum's first complete project.

"I have to give thanks to the people who have encouraged me over the years. Big up to Beres Hammond and the Harmony House crew, all the producers who I have worked with, EJ Records and my team which always gives me the vibes to make great music," the singing percussionist said.

The single which he is promoting, Hold Your Head Up High ,has been getting much love from radio in Jamaica and for that, Ras Minimum is grateful. He and his manager/producer, Charmaine Curtis, have been forging ahead, determined to ensure that the singer/song-writer/musician gets his well-deserved breakthrough in the music business.

The accompanying music video for Hold Your Head Up High has already been packaged and, as Ras Minimum recalls, "the video shoot was amazing".

"This song is dedicated to all the hard working women who have to face the everyday struggles in life," he stated.

The EP is the fore-runner for the album, which is aptly entitled Reggae Music Nice Again. The 16-track album - 14 plus two bonus tracks - will be released in February of 2016.

Ras Minimum was born in Montego Bay, St. James where he spent most of his early childhood. He moved to Kingston at the age of 16 where he attended the Donald Quarry Secondary School and the Edna Manley School of Music.

His earlier years in the music industry were spent at the High Times Studio where he met two great men -- Mutabaruka and Earl "Chinna" Smith-- both of whom encouraged him to pursue and develop skills in playing percussion instruments.

It was while at the at High Times Studio his musical journey took an interesting turn when he joined the Lloyd Parks and We The People Band. Ras Minimum has played and toured the world with many legends including Jimmy Cliff, the late Dennis Brown, Sugar Minot, Beresford Hammond, Sizzla Kalonji, lni Kamoze, Queen lfrica and Richie Spice. Ras Minimum is currently a member of the Harmony House Band.





beenie-man-photo-8.jpgIs a lyrical war ready to break out betwee the Dancehall Doctor Beenie Man and the Gully's Mavado?

Social media has been abuzz with news that there is an ongoing feud between Beenie Man and Mavado due to the lyrical jabs being thrown by the two artistes in recently released songs.

This comes after Beenie Man released a song titled, Think Me A Simma, which is said to be in response to Mavado's Money A Di Right Thing on DJ Frass' 'Wild Wild West' Rhythm.

In his song Mavado says, "Gully throw stone pon the glass house dem inna. Better if dem go chill like the doc and simmer."

This clearly did not go down well with Beenie Man, who believed Mavado was being disrespectful.

In his song, which was not officially released on the rhythm, Beenie Man refers to Mavado as a 'rapper groupie'.

"A who da bredda deh a chat / A couldn't me, but him say Doc / A weh do blacks, barber boy mi can tell yo something ... Dancehall a my empire, dancehall a my empire ... A weh do rapper groupie mi a shooty shooty / Informer works that a no mi duty / My war no sweet like tutti frutti / unleash the beast yo no see no beauty," Beenie Man says in his song.

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Mavado, however, clearly did not take too kindly to this song as he followed up with several posts on his Instagram account.

"All dem a talk a to the wall dem a talk and my fans dem know it ... Don't worry about fools that waste time in this industry and now trying to make them last bread. Dem must be sick in them head," he said.

Beenie Man later followed up with a video, stating that he has been one of the top 10 artistes in Jamaica for the last 23 years and that he has no time to war with Mavado.

"If you call mi name the wrong way, I am going to answer you. No disrespect. The song nuh release because a find me find the rhythm pon Internet and do it. Unuh nuh tek it so serious," Beenie Man said in the video. "Me have a album a release, me nuh have no time fi war wid Mavado. Me just a make you know say you caan call me name inna the wrong way, cause me a go answer you. No disrespect."





Cops kill man who pulled gun from his crotch

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crime-scene-gun.jpgReporte aew that a man was shot dead at the Spanish Town Police Station after pulling a gun on a police officer.

The incident is said to have occurred around 4:45 pm on Tuesday, in the Criminal Investigation Branch (CIB) area of the police station.

Information is that the man was taken to the station on a road traffic offence when he allegedly pulled a gun from his crotch, pointed it at a police officer and was shot.





jps-truck-lands-in-house.jpgIt was a very near tragedy on Monday afternoon as a Jamaica Public Service truck got out of control and slammed into a townhouse at Cornwall Court in Montego Bay, St. James.

Reports are that a utility truck contracted by the Jamaica Public Service Company (JPS) slammed into the side of an apartment off Ramtallie Boulevard in the second city.A JPS crew was reportedly conducting a routine maintenance along the roadway around 3pm, when the truck unexpectedly started rolling down the hill with the driver still inside.The truck slammed into a section of a house, creating a huge hole.

Fortunatey, house owner - known in the community as 'Anthony' - escaped fatal injuries.

According to reports,"Anthony was upstairs sleeping when he got a call from his common-law wife to pick up their daughter from school. He was about to leave when he decided to step out onto the veranda - suddenly he saw the truck heading downhill in the direction of his house," the woman added.

"He said he was so shocked that he couldn't move... he just stood there, watching the truck coming straight toward him," a member of the community reported.

The driver of the vehicle reportedly suffered minor injury and was rushed to the Cornwall Regional Hospital by his colleagues.





Bloody murder as JP's throat slashed at home

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crime-scene-gun.jpgA St Catherine Justice of the Peace (JP) was killed at his home in Knollis in Bog Walk ,St Catherine, Sunday night police have reported.

He has been identified as Ernest Dunbar, a 58-year-old contractor.

Police report that sometime before 10 p.m., Dunbar and a female were at his home when hoodlums broke a window and entered the house.

They reportedly tied up the woman. Dunbar's throat was then slashed by the criminals who also stole his licensed firearm.

The Bog area has been under attack from criminals in the last month, the police said.





JLP chairman Robert Montague denies rape allegations

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robert-montague.jpgChairman of the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) Senator Robert Montague, today released a statement to the press, denying claims appearing on a certain web log of sexual misconduct.

According to Montague, on Friday, August 28th he received a private message on his Facebook account that contained the allegations.

Montague said that the e-mails attempted to extort money from him.

According to the Senator, he immediately contacted the police and was advised that no reply was to be given.

The police units of the Counter-Terrorism and Organized Crime and the Major Organized Crime Agency, (MOCA), have been made aware of the matter.





cisoca-launches-investigation.jpgThe Centre for Investigations of Sexual Offences and Child Abuse (CISOCA) has launched an investigation into the viral video recording of a male and a seemingly hesitant female having sex.

Though the faces were not clearly shown, the female could be heard crying and begging the man she referred to as, "Odane", to stop.

This video has caught the attention of a number of persons who have since been posting that the man, Odane Greyson, should face the full extent of the law.

"Somebody needs to put this b.... where he belongs in prison with animals," one social media user posted.

But a post from Greyson's Facebook page which has since been deactivated, is denying the rape allegations.





odane-greyson-rape-victim-demo-photo.jpgThe video, which 25-year-old Odane Anthony Greyson shared with a viral Facebook group, Speak Your Mind Jamaica, depicted a purported recording of sexual intercourse with him and a seemingly unwilling female participant begging him to stop hurting her.

The caption that accompanied the video was "DWL...fool". The video was subsequently deleted, but not before thousands of Facebook users had seen and heard the contents, and became enraged by the horrific details.

The conversation seemed to revolve around some dispute in which Greyson felt the girl had disrespected him and was 'teaching her a lesson'.

The two-minute long video was mostly obscured as he attempted to record having sex with the girl, but her constant struggle to free herself rendered those who watched to listen to the girl's pleas for him to stop.

Greyson's profile page has since been flooded with expressions of anger, pain, disbelief, death threats and promises to exact justice.

The Centre for the Investigation of Sexual Offences and Child Abuse (CISOCA) is aware of the viral video and arranged an interview with the distraught victim for 6:30 Tuesday evening.

Several Jamaicans have shared Greyson's personal details and contact information with Crime Stop's Facebook page.





first-african-to-win-world-scrabble-champion.jpgA Nigerian in a cowboy hat beat an English opponent to become Africa's first World Scrabble champion.

Wellington Jighere crushed Lewis MacKay 4-0 in a best of seven final in Perth, Australia. Jighere, 32, used high-scoring words such as fahlores, avouched and mentored. Fahlores is another spelling of fahlerz, a grey crystalline mineral.

His victory over more than 120 rivals at the World English-language Scrabble Players' Association Championship won praise from Nigerian president Muhammadu Buhari who said he had 'done the country proud'.

Mr Jighere won a L6,600 prize but now needs a job, having completed his national service after graduating from university.

He and the five other members of the Nigerian team arrived in Australia just a day before the tournament started. They had little chance to get over the 20-hour flight or the seven-hour time difference.

Mr Jighere said on his Facebook page that he felt he was playing with the 'whole continent' behind him.

He added that it 'still baffles' him that he managed to win, given how tired he felt as he had 'not slept well in about a week'.

New Zealander Nigel Richards stunned the francophone world in July when he won the game's French version. He doesn't speak the language and spent only nine weeks studying the official Scrabble dictionary.

Mr MacKay put down words including: yex, an old English word for sobbing; Wemb, an obsolete alternative spelling for womb and Onely, an obsolete alternative spelling of only.

In return Mr Jighere put down: dacoit, a member of a class of robbers in India and Burma; yow - Australian slang for keeping a look-out and Katti - an alternative spelling for a weight used in China.

Adam Kretschmer, one of the organisers of the event, said: 'He had to battle for four days to emerge on top but once he got there - maybe he was a little fresher, or got a bit of luck - everything fell into place for him and he won four-nil.'





rev-runs-around-the-world.jpgRun-DMC founding member Joseph 'Rev Run' Simmons and his family travel to Jamaica and rap at Tuff Gong Studio in the premiere episode of 'Rev Runs Around the World' airing next month on the Travel Channel.

In the premiere episode, airing on December 2nd, Rev Run along with his wife Justine and their kids, 18-year-old Russy and 7-year-old Miley, visit the top sights in Kingston.

"The family meets up with Tami, a local [who] Rev met through mutual friends in the music industry. She welcomes the Simmons to Jamaica with a special fried fish lunch - eyes and all - on Hellshire Beach, followed by an impromptu jam session at Tuff Gong, Bob Marley's famous recording studio. Justine manages to bring a begrudging Rev along on a trip in the rain to the Jamaican Blue Mountains for some of the world's richest coffee," stated the release on the show.

The next few days also include a visit to Jamaica's biggest football facility, Boardwalk Beach and a homemade Sunday supper with friends.

"Shooting 'Rev Runs Around the World' with my family was one of the best experiences of my life," said Rev Run. "Justine, Russy and Miley dragged me along on their adventures - and I wouldn't trade those experiences with my family for anything. Whether we were riding elephants in Thailand or learning how to be ninjas in Tokyo, I'll cherish those moments forever."

The family will then jet off to 16 other cities around the world including Tokyo, Bali, Hong Kong, Dubai, Istanbul, Geneva, Reykjavik, Copenhagen and Rio de Janeiro.

Rev Runs Around the World is produced by Departure Films and Simmons Lehman Productions. For Departure Films, the executive producers are Max Weissman, Matt Levine and Timothy Robbins. For Simmons Lehman Productions, the executive producers are Joseph Rev Run Simmons and Michael Lehman. For Travel Channel, the executive producer is Dale Roy Robinson.





Anthony Cruz converted to Rastafari Religion

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anthony-cruz-ep-cruzing.jpgReggae singer Anthony Cruz is now following in the footsteps of his late uncle Garnet Silk by embracing the Rastafari faith.

For Cruz it is a natural progression after "doing some inner searchings and wanting to set out on a new path".

For detractors who might want to think he is doing it "as a means to push his career" he quickly shot down that notion.

"I have been around Rastafarians all my life - my uncle, Fifth Element and I never saw the need, it is just the right time now," said the artiste who said he came under conviction after some deep soul searching. He feels now is the right time to embrace Rastafari.

For the singer nothing much will change in his music as he said his songs have always been "girls tune" and songs anyone can listen to. He will, however, be adding some socially conscious ones to the mix as he takes up his social responsibility as an artiste.

Born Rowan Smith, Anthony Cruz grew up in Mandeville. A past student of Holmwood Technical High school made his entrance on the reggae stage in the early 90s with an original single entitled Tell Me What's Up produced by Willie Lindo. He soon followed up with other recordings such as Just Call My Name, When You Get Lonely and Love Will Never all from the same producer.

Now sprouting his locks and a new way of life Anthony Cruz is currently promoting songs such as Money Worries, A Pound A Day, Another Lonely Day and Mother And Daughter, which can be found on his new Tads Records EP, Cruzing.





shaggy-n-friends-2016.jpgDancehall entertainer Shaggy today launched his highly anticipated charity concert Shaggy & Friends.

The event that was postponed this year will make its return on January 2, 2016.

Shaggy has secured new partnerships with FIAT USA, and iHeartRadio who will together provide a live broadcast of the show. This partnership will amplify across the U.S with iHeartRadio promoting donation avenues reaching over 245 million people.

The launch took place in the conference room at the Bustamante Hospital for Children.





Major changes for Sting 2015

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The countdown has begun for Sting, arguably one of the most anticipated annual events, and this year Supreme Promotions, the event's organizer, is planning on a brand-new structure.

Sting 2015, under the theme 'From Then 'Til Now', will mark a revolution for the historic event.

This year's staging will be centered on honoring the major contributors to Jamaica's music industry's longest-running entertainment event. "We have been doing this since 1984 at Cinema II. Our posters are hot tickets.

"Year to year, people would try to get one to place on their walls at home, which indicates the impact of this event.

"It's not we alone who do this, so we want to take some time to highlight the ones that help us make Sting what it is today," said Sting creative director Dimario McDowell.

To accommodate the best of what the over 50 acts have to offer, gone are the days of lengthy full sets. A new wave of tighter sets, laced with only hit records from each performer, is the new order.

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"We have to create a way to facilitate a large magnitude of artistes - constricted to the same time period, from dusk to dawn - where everybody gets to see who they want and hear what they want, the big tunes," Sting founder and CEO Isaiah Laing added.

The brand-new structure will also see a mega midnight attraction with two of dancehall's most sought-after hit makers already secured for the event, which will be held on December 26 at Jamworld.

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"Every year, we try to book them, and they always have shows in other parts of the world. They are in high demand 'cause they already cross over into the international market. We reach out to them from early, and they are excited to return," said Sting conceptualizer Junior 'Heavy-D' Fraser.

In a few weeks, a press conference will be used to announce the top giants planned for the event.

Sting is renowned for having its audience witness one-of-a- kind entertainment. There have been memorable clashes involving Titans Shabba Ranks, Ninja Man, Super Cat, Mad Cobra, Beenie Man, and Bounty Killer, as well as outstanding performances from hip-hop greats Notorious BIG, DMX, and Foxy Brown, as well as iconic reggae acts Buju Banton, Freddie McGregor, Patra, and Maxi Priest.

Next month's event will be no different as ticket purchasers will continue to get the best of reggae and dancehall at the same great price.

The greatest one-night reggae and dancehall show in the world, Sting is already the hot topic on showgoers' lips.





PNP prepares to unveil election date

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pnp-gen-sec-paul-burke.jpgThe People's National Party (PNP) will this week decide on the venue for its next rally amid speculation that Jamaicans could hear as early as next Sunday the date for the general election.

On Saturday, a PNP source said a rally is being planned for Sunday in Half-Way -Tree at which the date is expected to be announced by the Prime Minister.

The expectation is that the election will be early next month.

"No decision has been taken as yet about any rally at any place whatsoever. Bur we will meet this week and by Tuesday (or) Wednesday we will determine where the next rally ought to be," said PNP General Secretary, Paul Burke.

Preparing for a general election

Both political parties on Sunday evening staged rallies in St. Ann and St. Catherine .

PNP Campaign Manager Dr Peter Phillips said the PNP has been using the rallies to deliver its message to the electorate.

"All across the country, I think we are carrying the message not only to the membership of the PNP but the other members of the public and explaining that progress has been made in the country over the years....we have seen a pickup in jobs in particular, a pickup in investments and a lowering of interest rates - that's the message that we have been carrying," he said.

For its part, the Jamaica Labour Party says its election preparations are in high gear. General Secretary, Dr Horace Chang, says the party is ready for the election, despite concerns about the Voters' List.

"The preparation is going well ....we do feel that they should have written the new list.." Chang said.





fabian-marley-photo-2.jpgThere has been a huge outcry online as news of the Marley's offer to have one of the Marley siblings provide DNA sample to compare with that of Fabian Marley, the 47-year-old singer who is claiming to be the first-born son of reggae icon Robert Nesta 'Bob' Marley.

News sources disclosed on Sunday that the Marley family is to make children of the late reggae icon available to compare DNA samples with that of singer Fabian Marley. On November 4, Marley family attorney Kevin Powell, a partner in the law firm Hylton Powell, responded to a letter from Keachea Dixon, the attorney for Fabian Marley.

"...we will make available one or more of Bob Marley's children to complete the comparative DNA tests...," the letter said.

"Your client's request for his DNA to be matched with that of the deceased Robert Nesta Marley is unreasonable and not at all rational," the letter continued. "It is completely out of the question and our clients will not even consider it."

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In response, Fabian Marley, who is managed by Clayton Thomas of Massive Entertainment Group, says he will be taking legal action to obtain Bob Marley's DNA sample to conduct the relevant comparative test.

"I'm taking this to the court. I know I am a Marley. I never went to any of them for anything ... I'm not going to match up DNA with any of the siblings. When I was ready to do this three years ago they turned me down. Mi nuh inna this," he said.

Not surprisingly, the online backlash has been swift an very much in favour of Fabian MArley.

According to one reader, "I got the funny feeling that his claim to be Bob Marley's first born son dethrones Ziggy Marley's status to that honour. There lies the problem, he is not just one of Bob's children but a pivotal one in the chain food order."

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Others stated the following in their comments to the story posted online: Why are they not using the DNA from the source. Maybe the children whose DNA they are using are Not that of Bob Marley hence the reason for this decision to disqualify Fabian from being his child. Fabian has no connection to those who are supposed to be Bob Marley's children. I hope he does not agree to that

Rasta stands for truth and love!!!! Truth swims like oil on water.

Truth should not be feared. PEACE.

What are they afraid of? DNA don't lie, it makes no sense you want to match his DNA with siblings he wants to prove Bob is his dad not that his siblings are his brothers. Why are you blocking him if he is not then every one will at least know the truth. I wish you luck, Fabian. This is not the family's greatest moment. Why would they want to withhold Bob Marley's DNA? Chances are he is Fabian's father.

What are they afraid of, it's not like he is hounding them for anything. Who are the children whose DNA sample would be used, the ones that Bob said aren't his? The man is a clone of Bob.

Agreed. Make Bob Marley's DNA available to test against Fabian's DNA...this should settle this matter once and for all! Why should it take 3 years for this DNA test to come about, especially when Fabian should be made to pay for the test, to verify his claim? RIDICULOUS!!!

If the man and his mother said Bob Marley is the father, all the Marley family needs to do is to do a DNA test and put him out of his misery. He has a right to know or prove that this particular person is his father.

Whether you like it or not, they have no rights to stop him from knowning what he wants to know. In any other civilised country he would get that done.

Anyway, we all know the Marley family is a greedy bunch and this kind of behaviour was expected of them.





St. Vincent PM announces December 9 election date

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Dr. Ralph Gonsalves and Arnhim Eustace

Vincentians will head to the polls in a general election on December 9.

Prime Minister Dr. Ralph Gonsalves who made the announcement on Saturday night, said Nomination Day is November 20.

The ruling Unity Labour Party (ULP ) will face a challenge from the main opposition New Democratic Party (NDP) headed by Arnhim Eustace, a former prime minister, twho lost the 2010 general election.

The ULP was swept into office in March 2001 in an early election following political unrest one year earlier. In that poll, voters overwhelming rejected the NDP, which had been in office for 17 years.

The ULP won 56.5 per cent of the votes in the 2001 poll and 12 of the 15 seats in Parliament, compared to 40.9 per cent to the NDP, which took the remaining three seats.

In 2005, the ULP was returned to office by the same number of seats as 2001, and in the 2010 polls, the party captured 53 per cent of the popular votes, 2.4 percentage points than in 2005.





hardweares-singing-melody-ruby.jpgReggae singer Singing Melody who has been a major performer on reggae's global stage for decades is bringing his life to TV.

He and his effervescent wife Ruby will feature in a new television series starting on CVM TV and CEEN TV on November 21. The show called The Hardweares is a reality series where family and music meet home and garden.The series is built around veteran singer, songwriter, producer and promoter and his wife Ruby Robinson-Hardweare who is an IT and telecommunications executive.

The Hardweares aren't your typical couple. It's a celebrity living with a hardnosed business woman who is trying to live a somewhat normal live. But what Ruby considers normal is very different from what Everton "Singing Melody" Hardweare is accustomed to. They are both passionate about their individual careers and despite having diverse viewpoints their love for each other has kept them going. The show follows the couple across the US, Canada and the Caribbean as Singing Melody further builds his career with Ruby's unwavering support.

The series is built around the romance between Everton and Ruby;

Everton's music career and the dream house which they've been building over the past few years.

"What fans will see is the various sides of me. They'll get more than just a sneak peek into the ins and outs of my daily routine. They'll get a front row seat to see how Ruby and I make tough decisions about the house and my career, even though most times it's a tussle," said Singing Melody with a sly chuckle.

The Hardweares has a powerhouse award winning production team, Panache Entertainment, which is headed by Emmy-winning senior producer Angela Thame who has won awards working on the Oprah show. She is supported by multi award winning producer Sonya Stewart who has many accolades and award winning videographer and editor Dorian Clarke.

The Hardweares makes its television debut with simulcasts airing in Jamaica, New York, Los Angeles, Dallas, Tampa, Boston, New Jersey, Toronto, Philadelphia, Connecticut, Baltimore, Palm Springs Florida and several other markets. The show airs on CVM TV in Jamaica and on CEEN TV in the USA and Canada on Saturdays at 10 PM. The season runs 13 weeks from November 21, 2016 to February 13, 2015.





ishawna-benz-and-joe.jpgThe Joe Bogdanovich-led Downsound Records (DSR) has released a statement regarding the case between producer Andre 'Rookie' Tyrell, DownSound Records and its music producer Skatta Burrell.

According to the release, "The court ruled that the use of Tyrell's rhythm on Specialist's 2011 song 'Street Hustle' was "a reproduction or adaptation of Rookie's rhythm titled 'Super Star.'

"DSR was absent from several court hearings because the record company was going through several transitions at the time. As a result, assets were seized today.

"It is a legal matter which is currently before the Courts and is being addressed by our attorneys who will comment further at the appropriate time." states DSR CEO Joe Bogdanovich.

Meanwhile, reports are that the Benz which Joe had given to his female star artiste, Ishawna, was among the assets seized by the courts.

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Cops probe double murder in Porus

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The police in Manchester are investigating the circumstances that lead to the death of two unidentified men.

The two men were reportedly found in pools of blood in Porus, Manchester on Friday morning.

According to initial reports from the Corporate Communications Unit (CCU) a pedestrian travelling on the Melrose Main Road in the parish around 9:15am discovered a body along the roadway, when the police were summoned.

Upon their arrival, the man, believed to be in his late 20s, was seen lying face-down with his throat slashed.

The man found was said to be of a dark complexion, slim build, about 5 feet 8 inches tall and dressed in a red, white and blue stripped Polo shirt, khaki pants, black socks and red sneakers.

Upon further inspection of the area, another man was discovered in a nearby storm drain.

The second unidentified body was riddled with gunshot wounds and was clad in a beige Polo shirt, stripped brown pants and black shoes.

According to the police, the second victim is of dark complexion, slim build and about 5 feet 8 inches tall.

The bodies were removed to the morgue for post mortem examinations and the scene processed.





No motive established for deaths of homeless men in downtown Kingston 8:04 pm, Fri November 6, 2015

Detectives have not established a motive for the deaths of two homeless men whose bodies were found on Orange Street in downtown Kingston early Friday with their heads bashed in.

The police who were alerted shortly after 6am, report that two stones were found nearby.

In the past, homeless men have been targeted for attacks in downtown Kingston.





prime-minister-portia-simpson-miller-photo-3.jpgJamaicans could know as early as next Sunday the date on which a general election could be held

A People's National Party (PNP) source said a rally is being planned for Sunday in Half-Way -Tree at which the date is expected to be announced by the Prime Minister. It is believed that a general election could be held early in December.

The source said the Electoral Office of Jamaica (EOJ) has advised governments to stay clear of elections on a Wednesday or Thursday. The EOJ has reportedly indicated that it prefers to work on preparing for an election over the weekend and would rather an election on a Monday or Tuesday.

It is expected that at the rally, the Prime Minister will announce nomination day with the election day to be 16 days after.The election must be held between 16 and 23 days after nomination day while nomination day must be held five days after the announcement.That means nomination day could be as early as November 20.

Meanwhile, PNP General Secretary Paul Burke says all is set for the last of three mass rallies being held by the party to assess its readiness for the general election. The last rally is scheduled for Browns Town, St Ann on Sunday. This follows rallies in Westmoreland and St Mary over the past three weeks. The St Ann rally will bring together PNP supporters from Trelawny and St Ann.

Burke says the leadership of the party will meet on Wednesday to assess the state of the Party's preparedness.

The opposition Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) will be holding a rally on Sunday evening, in Munamar Square in Spanish Town, St Catherine. The rally will be addressed by Party Leader Andrew Holness and Campaign Chairman, Mike Henry.





cop-attack-hope-road.jpgA member of the Jamaica Constabulary Force was beaten to a pulp and is now listed as in a serious condition following a proper beating on Saturday night along West Kings House Road by an enraged motorist, who fled on foot, armed with the policeman's gun.

Sergeant Bruce Williams of Protective Services was reportedly travelling along Hope Road close to midnight when he witnessed a motor vehicle accident in which one car - a white Nissan Sunny - refused to stop.

Williams is said to have followed the Nissan Sunny and managed to intercept the vehicle at West King's House Road. An altercation reportedly developed between Williams and the rogue driver, during which the Sergeant was punched and kicked several times, and one if his ears bitten off.

Shots were reportedly fired and the man managed to escape on foot with Sgt Williams' service Glock pistol.

The abandoned white Nissan Sunny AD wagon is registered #6674 GP. It is believed that the vehicle is owned by an ex-member of the Jamaica Defence Force.

Williams, who also suffered fractured ribs, is said to be in serious condition.





Jah Cure and wife Kamila split?

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jah-cure-wedding.jpgRumours are widespread that reggae singer Jah Cure and his media personality wife, Kamila McDonald, are now separated.

The two met along Constant Spring Road, St Andrew in 2009 and got married two years later in a fairy-tale wedding at the upscale Tryall Club in Hanover. Less than nine months later, they welcomed a baby girl Kailani Belle Alcock and rode off into the sunset to enjoy a blissful married life.

However it now seems that all the icing has melted off the fabulous wedding cake, and with that, the love has seemingly changed to something else.

According to one gossip outlet, "a close family friend recently confirmed the split, stating that Kamila has moved out of the home she shared with Jah Cure".

"She moved out of the marital home and back into her family home over a month now. So by the looks of it, it seems to be over," the anonymous source said.

The source also mentioned that neither party has been wearing their wedding rings for months.

Speculations were also ripe earlier this week when Kamila posted a picture showing off her nails on her Instagram page. Many persons had questions about the state of the marriage because her wedding ring was not seen on her finger.

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A same-sex Pennsylvania couple who are technically father and son are now trying to annul the arrangement in order to legally marry.

Nino Esposito adopted his partner Roland "Drew" Bosee in 2012 after 40 years of being a couple, because they thought they would never be able to marry.

Some same-sex couples used adoption laws as a way to gain legal recognition as a family along with related benefits such as inheritance and hospital visitation rights.

However with the Supreme Court decision in May which allowed for same-sex marriages, the couple is now trying to undo the adoption in order to legally marry.

Speaking to CNN, Esposito said he never thought that he and his partner would be able to see the day that they could be properly married.

"We never thought we'd see the day" said Esposito, 78.

The adoption "gave us the most legitimate thing available to us" at the time, said Bosee, 68.

However Judge Lawrence J. O'Toole, of the Court of Common Pleas of Allegheny County, ruled against the couple.

He said the primary purpose of the adoption was to reduce the Pennsylvania inheritance tax payable upon the death of one of the men from 15% to 4%, "as the two men would now be in a parent-child relationship instead of a third party relationship."

O'Toole said he was "sensitive to the situation" but noted that despite the fact Esposito and Bosee desire to marry, "they cannot do so because they are legally father and son."

"This Court welcomes direction from our appellate courts in handling parallel cases," O'Toole wrote.

"We don't believe the Pennsylvania judge who refused to annul this adoption was unsympathetic," said Witold Walczak, the Legal Director of the ACLU Pennsylvania, "he simply felt that the legal path to doing so should be forged by an appellate court."





JLP caretaker outraged at murder of UTech stuent

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utech-student-shanique-walters.jpgJLP caretaker for St Andrew Eastern Fayval Williams says she is shocked and outraged at what she describes as "a gruesome attack on the future of Jamaica" following the shooting death of a female university student on Tuesday night in Hope Pastures.

Health Science student Shanique Walters was shot dead in the St Andrew community after she refused to hand over her handbag which gunmen, who were travelling in a car, demanded from her and another female student as the two walked home from school.

Williams says the attacks on students in and around the university community have become too frequent and has called for stakeholders to review how the entire geographic zone is treated.

"It is really heartbreaking that a student could meet her death in such a dreadful way. The heartless criminals are preying on our students and this latest incident goes to show that the moral fabric of the society has been so significantly deteriorated that not even students are safe anymore," she stated.

Williams says she condemns in the strongest of ways the murder of the female student and has urged the police to spare no resources in finding the criminals responsible for snuffing out the life of the student. She says the criminals must not be pitied and they must bear the full brunt of the law.

The JLP caretaker recalled that, since this year, a male student was stabbed and seriously injured on the campus of the University of the West Indies Mona Campus.

"Since year, a student was stabbed and seriously injured at UWI and luckily he was able to survive with the help of the Guild and all the students of the UWI who were able to donate blood. This promising young lady wasn't so lucky. I also recall that students at UWI's back gate were robbed of their gadgets and cash. There is an organised and sustained attack on our university students and it must stop. We have to work together to ensure that it ceases. If we truly believe in the growth and development of our constituency and our country then we must all commit to that," Williams said.

Williams says it is regrettable that so close to end of term examinations, coldblooded killers would be so thoughtless to rob and kill the University of Technology student.

"This is a situation that we must give priority. We must ensure that we have a peaceful university environment because our students cannot learn and be the best that they can be if they have to live in fear. In and around our universities must be the safest at all times and certainly this latest incident has exposed that we are not doing enough to protect our students. Time and time again they have complained about the harassments and threats they face on a daily basis and it had to come to this," Williams lamented.

Williams says the Member of Parliament has not adequately addressed the residents' calls over the years to have a comprehensive approach to the increased occurrences of robberies and other serious crimes that have been taking place in Mona and Hope Pastures area of the constituency.





Spineless, dog-hearted criminals continue to target students in their never-ending quest for cell-phones, lap-tops and money to fund their lazy, worthless lifestyle.

It was brought to the attention of Yardflex.com that many students who go to school in the downtown area are preyed upon by these vile criminals.

Students of Kingston College and ST Georges College on North Street are subjected to this kind of thuggery every sigle day of the week. The students are held up at knife point and are relieved of their bus fares and bag juice money, their phones, school-bags, shoes and laptops.

Over at Kingston College, the members of the track team who train late are fodder for these villains. On Wednesday evening, yet another track team member was stabbed as he made hisway home using a road off North Street to walk to his bus stop downtown.

According to reports, a thug on a bicycle roe up behind him and demanded his cell phone. The student did not immediately give in to the demand and was stabbed twice by the ruthless criminal.

Residents on Elleston Road, where KC has it Melbourne Campus, tell tales of having to stand on the sidewalks in the evenings when school is dismissed in order to ensure that the criminal, anti-social elements in their midst do not "rob the students blind".

It must be pointed out too, that many of these thugs walking around with ratchet knives are students themselves and they have learnt quickly how to identify the vulnerable in their midst and bully them.

The schools are only too aware of these issues and encourage students to walk in groups and go home if they do not have extra-curricular activities. But more needs to be done. Schools need to ensure that those students who have to stay back for lef=gitimate reasons can at least reach their bus stop safely. Perhaps the school bus could be used to take students downtown, for example, or even Cross Roads.

There are just too many thugs, too many ratchet knives and far too many vile, vicious, dog-hearted low-lifes wandering around seeking their next prey.





missing-man-fitzroy-thompson.jpgThe police are seeking the public's assistance in locating 51-year-old Fitzroy Thompson, a correctional officer of Boone Hall Estate in Stony Hill, St Andrew who has been missing since Monday, October 26.

He is of brown complexion, slim build and is about 173 centimetres (5 feet 8 inches) tall.

According to reports, Thompson was last seen on Forsythe Drive, Kingston 6 about 2pm, wearing a white Polo shirt, black-and-white plaid shorts and a pair of slippers. Efforts to contact him have failed.

Member of the public have been urged to come forward with any information regarding the whereabouts of Fitzroy Thompson.

Persons may contact the Matilda's Corner Police at 978-6003, the police's emergency 119 number or the nearest police station.





sheldon-mcdonald.jpgJamaican-born Sheldon McDonald, the head of the University of Guyana's Law Department has succumbed to injuries he received in a car crash in the East Coast Demerara on Friday.

McDonald, 64, died on Wednesday.

The Jamaican who was a former employee of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretariat received serious injuries to his chest and one of his lungs and was being treated at the Georgetown Public Hospital, where he succumbed to his injuries.

Students, family and friends have been plunged into shock and grief at the passing of McDonald, regarded as very outspoken.

"It is a terrible, terrible thing, all now I'm still asking if it's true, and I still can't believe," Sibert McDonald, the oldest brother told The Gleaner from his home in Portmore, St. Catherine.

"The whole family in shock and bawling. Practically all his family is here in Jamaica, and he would come home often. We need him to come home now."

A long standing member of the People's National Party (PNP), in August McDonald was honoured by the Party's Youth Organisation 70s fraternity for his outstanding contribution.

McDonald was a member of the Inter-Governmental Task Force charged with revising the constituent instrument of the Community, the Treaty of Chaguaramas.

His brother said the family is making arrangements to have him buried in Jamaica.

McDonald leaves behind two sons, three brothers, several relatives and friends.

SEE STATEMENT BELOW FROM THE PRESIDENT CCJ:

The Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) notes with sadness the passing of Mr. Sheldon McDonald, Head of the Department of Law, University of Guyana.

Mr. McDonald was a firm believer in Caribbean integration and played a pivotal role in the genesis of the Court as a member of the CARICOM Preparatory Committee, which, contributed to the development of the CCJ and Caribbean jurisprudence.

The Court wishes to profess its deep conviction that Mr. McDonald's integral and sterling contribution to its creation is now, and will permanently be, incontrovertible evidence of his unwavering faith in and unstinting contribution to Caribbean integration, jurisprudence and development.

Weeks before his passing, Mr. McDonald had contributed a chapter to a publication being developed to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the Court.

The Caribbean Court of Justice mourns the loss of a true Caribbean man and I express my personal condolences to his family, colleagues and legions of friends throughout the region.

The path he blazed with such dedication and assiduity will be forever testimony to his commitment to regional social transformation.





us-rep-louie-gohmert.jpgRep. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas), who previously compared the treatment of marriage equality opponents to how Nazis persecuted Jews during World War II, argued that even Americans who don't believe in God should be able to see that same-sex relationships aren't natural, Right Wing Watch reports.

He went on to suggest conducting a "totally secular" congressional study that would prove it, too.

"How about if we take four heterosexual couples, and put them on an island where they have everything they need to live and exist, and we take four couples of just men and put them on an island where they have all they need to survive," he said. "And then let's take four couples of just women and put them on an island, and then let's come back in 100 years and see which one nature favors."

It isn't the first time Gohmert has made the deserted island suggestion. In July, he slammed the Supreme Court's June 26 ruling on same-sex marriage, arguing that Justices Elena Kagan and Ruth Bader Ginsburg "ought to be impeached" for participating in the case.

Outlining the deserted island plan in more detail, Gohmert suggested a 100- to 200-year waiting period to determine "which one nature says is the preferred marriage."





hands-behind-bars.jpgTwo men are now in custody following a double murder in Westmoreland on Tuesday afternoon.

According to police reports the men were gunned down at a shop in Little London, Westmoreland. They have been identified as Leonard Nanco, 70, a pensioner, and Fabian Allen, 33, unemployed, both of Little London.

Reports are that the men were sitting at the front of a grocery shop when a car drove up from which two men alighted and opened fire at them about 2:07 p.m. They was later pronounced dead at hospital.

The police were alerted and a car fitting the description of the one used in the shooting was intercepted with two men aboard in Hanover.Those men are now in custody.

The Little London police say they have not yet established a motive for the killings.





utech-building.jpgStudents of the University of Technology (UTech) will be wearing black today as they mourn the untimely death of Health Science student Shanique Walters.

Walters was shot by a gunman on Hope Boulevard in Hope Pastures, St Andrew minutes after 6:00 PM on Wednesday after gunmen travelling in a silver motorcar accosted her and another female student of the tertiary institution as they walked home from school.

They demanded that the women hand over their belongings and, while Walters' friend complied, she did not and tried to run.

One of the gunmen got out of the car and gave chase. He fired a single shot which caught her in the head, killing the promising youngster on the spot.

Her colleague was not harmed as the gunmen left the scene.

The unharmed student has been severely traumatised and is now in protective custody.

Hope Pastures has been plagued by robbers and vandals for several months despite the efforts of the police to keep a lid on the escalating situation.





gun-crime.jpgA 22-year-old female medical student of the University of Technology was this evening shot dead in Hope Pastures, St Andrew during a reported robbery while on her way home from school.

She has been identified as 22-year-old Shanique Walters of Darlington Drive in Old Harbour, St Catherine. She was a student of the College of Health Sciences.

Commanding Officer for the St Andrew Central Division, Senior Superintendent Millicent Sproul-Thomas, says the deceased and another female student were walking on Hope Boulevard shortly before 7 pm when a silver motorcar with two men aboard drove up and demanded that the women hand over their bags.

It's reported that the friend handed over her bag but the deceased refused and instead ran off.

That's when one of the men reportedly got out of the car and shot her in the head as she ran, killing her on the spot.

SSP Sproul-Thomas says the unharmed female is now in police custody and was unable to ascertain information on the model or make of the car.

She is appealing for residents of Hope Pastures to be careful when traveling in the community.





serena-williams.jpgYou can still call her on her cell phone. Serena Williams was not messing around when a man tried to snatch her phone from the seat next to her at a Chinese restaurant where she was having dinner on Tuesday, Nov. 3.

The tennis pro recounted how she used her "superhero" speed and agility to stop the would-be phone thief in an epic post on Facebook one day later, and the tale is definitely of superhuman proportions.

"Soooooo yesterday at dinner the CRAZIEST THING happened to me," she began the story (Williams didn't disclose what city she was in at the time.) "I was sitting enjoying some Chinese food (delicious may I add) and this guy stands next to me. It was only 2 of us sitting at a 4 person table just chatting like we have not seen each other in years."

The 34-year-old athlete noted that she could sense that something "didn't feel right" about a man who standing next to her, so her "SUPERHERO sense" told her to keep an eye on the shifty character.

"Then when least expected lo and behold this common petty thief grabbed my phone and swiftly left," Williams wrote. "I looked at the chair, then shouted, 'Omg that dude took my phone!!' Not thinking I reacted (hence the superwoman photo) I jumped up, weaved my way in and out of the cozy restaurant (leaping over a chair or two) and chased him down."

Williams hilariously noted that her "sprints came in handy" as she overtook the phone snatcher and then asked him in "the most menacing yet calm no nonsense voice" whether he had accidentally picked up the wrong phone.

At that moment, she wrote, her "superhero sidekick quailman" Facetimed her, making it impossible for the thief to lie his way out of his dubious deed. The tennis champ then turned around, phone in hand, and was greeted by a standing ovation upon her return into the restaurant.

"Superhero? Maybe? Or HELL YEA!!" Williams concluded. "I've got the speed the jumps, the power, the body, the seduction, the sex appeal, the strength, the leadership and yet the calm to weather the storm. Always listen to your superhero inner voice. Always keep your things close! Fight for what's right. Stand for what you believe in! Be a superhero!"





Raheem Sterling has been subjected to vile racist abuse on Instagram after sharing a photograph of himself with his young daughter and his look-alike niece.

The England international, of Jamaican parentage, who joined Manchester City from Liverpool for L49million in July, uploaded the selfie with the caption: 'Perfect Sunday with my niece and my daughter #LaFam.'

But the 20-year-old's post was hijacked by rival supporters with one user labelling him a 'black c***' and 'disgraceful money grabbing b******' before adding: 'F*** your stupid family hope they burn.'

Sterling received similar abuse five weeks ago after uploading another Instagram snap.

The photograph showed himself and his three-year-old daughter, Melody, in a child's play pen and one user wrote: 'N*****. How much can I buy her for????? 200k? F****** snake. F****** disgrace to mankind. I hope a lion tears her to shreds. Snake b****.'

Another user posted banana emoticons and wrote: 'You arrogant money grabbing b******. I hate this money grabbing monkey. Just blow up yourself and your daughter.'

As some supporters criticised Sterling over his move from Merseyside to Manchester, others took to Instagram to defend the forward and show their outrage towards those posting vile abuse.

The angry backlash from Sterling's move to City during the summer also left his girlfriend, Paige Milian, on the receiving end of vile abuse previously. Milian was reportedly bombarded with 5,000 hate-filled messages on her public Instagram account, which subsequently went private.





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chris-gayle-photo-3.jpgStar cricketer Chris Gayle and his brother/business partner, Fada Bulla, have purchased a nightclub in Mandeville.

According to Fada Bulla who spoke on behalf of Chris Gayle, the club will be officially launched on November 27. It will be hosted by Chris Gayle, who also owns the popular Triple Century Sports Bar in New Kingston.

The businessman/record producer says the club will carry different attractions each day, such as karaoke night, ladies night and after-work sessions. The venue will also be open to the public from Wednesday to Sunday.

"Mandeville is good for a club so we expect business to be good up that side. We already have word on the street and the response has been good thus far. We are always supportive so we expect strong support in return from the people," Fada Bulla said.

Chris Gayle and Fada Bulla also co-own the record label Dutty Fridayz Promotion. The label is responsible for the careers of dancehall artistes Savage and Gage.





Bunny Diamond suffers minor stroke

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mighty-diamonds.jpgFitzroy 'Bunny Diamond' Simpson, of legendary reggae group, The Diamonds, reportedly suffered a minor stroke while driving in Kingston last week Monday (October 26).

According to his wife Sylvia, the 64-year-old singer did a Cat Scan last week and an MRI on Monday, Sylvia Simpson said.

She said doctors have told him to rest, which means he will likely miss the Diamonds' gig at the November 12-15 Rasta Rootzfest/Cannabis Cup in Negril.

Formed in 1969, the Diamonds are one of reggae's greatest groups. Africa, Right Time, Have Mercy, I Need A Roof and Pass The Kutchie are numbered among their strong catalogue of hit songs.





Tappa Zukie hospitalised after diabetic episode

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tappa-zukie.jpgVeteran deejay Tappa Zukie, whose real name is David Sinclair, is a patient at the University Hospitl of the West Indies after suffering amajor health scares last week.

He was rushed to hospital after suffering what his son Daniel termed a "diabetic episode" on October 27 while relaxing at home.

The younger Sinclair denied rumours that his father went into a coma. He said he became disoriented, began vomiting blood and was unresponsive after being admitted to hospital.

However, the toaster is reportedly doing much better and according to Daniel "he's out of the danger zone."

Tappa Zukie is best known for songs like MPLA, Oh Lord and Natty Dread a Weh She Want (with Horace Andy).





popcaan-photo-3.jpgCongratulations are in order for dancehall artiste Popcaan who walked away with the MOBO Award in the Reggae category Wednesday evening.

The awards ceremony took place at the Leeds' First Direct Arena in London.

Popcaan, who was not present at the event, beat out other nominees, including Chronixx, Stylo G, Protégé, and OMI. This was Popcaan's fourth nomination.

Popcaan impacted the UK music scene this year with hits including 'Where We come From' and 'Bad Inna Real Life'. His 2014 collaborative single 'Kisses for Breakfast' with British singer Melissa Steel reached number 10 on the British pop chart.

The MOBO Awards (Music of Black Origin) 'recognises artistes of any ethnicity or nationality performing black music'.





kabaka-pyramid-photo-1.jpgKingston: Roots-rock reggae singer Kabaka Pyramid, one of the stand out performers at this year's reggae Reggae Sumfest and Jah Bouks who shot to fame with his reggae anthem "Call Angola" in 2013 are confirmed participants at the third annual Jamaica Music Conference 2015 which takes place at the University of the West Indies, Haile Selassie 1 High School and Nonook Enterprises on November 20- 22. Bouks will perform at the Welcome Reception on November 20 while Kabaka Pyramid will be a Panelist at the three day conference.

"We are excited to have these young reggae ambassadors join us for this year's annual Jamaica Music Conference. They are two of a growing list of reggae revival acts who are breathing new life into the roots reggae movement", Kwasi Bonsu, CEO of the Jamaica Music Conference said.

The Jamaica Music Conference will feature other reggae music industry luminaries including Kendall Minter, noted New York City entertainment attorney; Ibo Cooper, Edna Manley School of the Visual & Performing Arts; Winford Williams, On Stage/ CVM TV; the Hon. Olivia "Babsy" Grange, Abi Reggae Fest; Barbara Blake-Hannah, Rasta Radio; Delroy Thompson, Juice TV; Joan Webley, Rototom and Rayven Amani.

The conference will be a springboard for panel discussions on a number of hot button topics, issues and challenges relating to reggae across the Jamaican Diaspora and will celebrate the many successes that the reggae music industry has enjoyed over the past year.

Some of the highlights of the conference are as relevant as they are fascinating: the 360 deal and the latest trends in entertainment law, the role of education in creating music professionals, the challenges of attracting sponsorship dollars for events, promoting reggae events in the United States, the role of the Edna Manley Mission 2015, the importance of high school music programs, and the women of the Jamaican music industry.





franklyn-graham-and-obama.jpgDuring a trip to Moscow last week where he participated in a forum on the persecution of Christians, Rev. Franklin Graham said that President Barack Obama supports abortion, homosexuality, and gay marriage, which are "sins against God," and that Obama is "taking a stand against God."

In an Oct. 30 interview with the Moskoviskij Komsomolets newspaper, Rev. Graham was asked, "I heard that you called Barack Obama 'the leader of the anti-Christ movement.' Is that true? What do you think about the current president of the United States?"

Rev. Graham, the son of world-renowned evangelist Billy Graham, said, "I have met the president on several occasions. He's a very nice person. But he supports and promotes policies that contradict the teachings of God."

"As a Christian, I believe that abortion is murder -- he supports it," said Graham. "Homosexuality and same-sex marriage - those are sins against God, and the president is promoting them."

"I'm not against homosexuals as people," said the reverend. "But God commanded that marriage should be between a man and a woman. And I very much appreciate that President Putin is protecting Russian young people against homosexual propaganda, if only to give them the opportunity to grow up and make a decision for themselves. Again, homosexuals cannot have children, they can take other people's children."

"I believe that President Obama (and I'll repeat, he's a very nice person) is leading America down the wrong road," said Rev. Graham. "He's taking a stand against God."

In response to a question about religious freedom in America, Graham said, "[T]he situation in the United States regarding religion is in decline. Secularism, which is almost no different from communism, is an atheistic movement."

"Our country is becoming more and more secular, more atheist, taking God out of government, taking God out of schools," said the reverend. "We are witnessing America losing many religious freedoms. In your country over the past 30 years, we have seen positive changes. But over this same period of time in the United States, the changes have been negative."

Franklin Graham, 62, is president and CEO of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association and he also runs the international Christian relief group Samaritan's Purse. He is married and has five children. Franklin Graham regularly preaches in the United States and overseas.





Jay-Z and Beyonce'd daughter, Blue, a genius?

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blue-ivy-carter-school-jayz-beyonce-genius-grades-preschool.jpgBlue Ivy Carter has definitely made her mark at her school, with her daily motorcade which has left other parents of the elite preschool upset, but she's also got the brains! An insider told OKMagazine.com exclusively that proud parents Beyonce and Jay Z have been boasting loudly about their daughter's very impressive intellect and believe she's a genius!





bobbi-kristina-brown-photo-5.jpgMore upsetting news in the Bobbi Kristina Brown saga.

A woman who was working at the same hospice Whitney Houston and Bobby Brown's late daughter Bobbi Kristina Brown was in has been arrested for allegedly impersonating a nurse, the Duluth Police Department confirmed to ET.

Taiwo Sobamowo was arrested in North Carolina in connection with identity fraud. Police say that they learned she was employed at Peachtree Christian Hospice, where Bobbi Kristina stayed but it is unclear if she provided care for her before she died. Despite Sobamowo's employment at Peachtree, police say that Sobamowo was not a licensed nurse.

If this is true, this could be an upsetting development for a family still grieving after the death of Bobbi Kristina in July, six months after the then-21-year-old was found unconscious in the bathtub at her home in Atlanta, Georgia. In a wrongful death lawsuit obtained by ET, Bobbi Kristina's conservator, Bedelia C. Hargrove, alleges that her ex, Nick Gordon, injected her with a "toxic mixture."

In a statement to ET, Nick Gordon's lawyers slammed the lawsuit filed against their client, claiming it is both "slanderous and meritless."

"Nick has been heartbroken and destroyed over the loss of his love and it's shameful that such baseless allegations have been presented publicly," the statement reads. "Nick has engaged civil counsel and intends to defend the lawsuit vigorously and expose it for what it is: a fictitious assault against the person who loved Krissy most."

Meanwhile, Bobbi Kristina's aunt, Pat Houston, opened up exclusively to ET this week about Gordon.





tessanne-chin-fire-video.jpgTessanne Chin's latest release, Fire aired on AXS TV's Nothing But Videos programme on Tuesday, November 3 at 12pmEST.

The Jamaican artiste's Fire video joined Brandi Carlile's Wherever Your Heart, Montgomery Gentry's Folks Like Us, Fritz Kalbrenner's Back Home, Corey Smith's Feet Wet and Billy Idol's Save Me Now on today's music video playlist.

AXS TV (national outlet, AXS.tv) is an American digital cable and satellite television network that is owned by a consortium consisting of HDNet, Inc. (a company founded by investor Mark Cuban in 2001), Ryan Seacrest (through Ryan Seacrest Media), Anschutz Entertainment Group, Creative Artists Agency and CBS Corporation.

Programming on the network includes music, comedy and news programming. It is seen on DirectTV, Dish Network, Verizon Fios, and more cable providers.

Currently it can be seen in over 40 million homes across America.





Elephant Man's bail on rape charge extended

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elephant-man-photos-4.jpgDancehall artiste Elephant Man had his bail extended when his rape trial failed to get under way in the Home Circuit Court yesterday.

The trial could not begin because there was another court case taking place. As a result, the case has been rescheduled to February 8, 2016.

Elephant Man, whose real name is Oneil Bryan, was charged with rape in 2012 after being accused of sexually assaulting a woman at his Hillcrest Avenue home in St Andrew.





hands-behind-bars.jpgA Mandeville man, who is accused of plotting the assassination of his wife, will seek bail on his behalf today.

Attorney Oswest Senior-Smith is expected to argue in the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate's Court that his client, Vincent Coleman, has been behind bars since last Thursday and has not been charged by the police.

Coleman was arrested by police after their investigations led them to accuse him of offering a million dollars for the killing of his wife, Norma Henry Coleman.

Three members of the constabulary and a civilian has also been arrested in connection with the businesswoman's murder.

She was shot to death after hoodlums ambushed her as she drove in Mandeville, Manchester last month.





gun-crime.jpgA courageous woman, with the aid of a licensed firearm holder, overpowered a gunman, relieved him of an illegal gun and handed him over to the police in Montego Bay, St James on Monday.

The Montego Bay Police report that the incident took place in Bay West, in the resort town.

Reports are that, at about 10:15 pm, the woman was walking along the roadway when she was pounced upon by the gunman, who robbed her of a cellular phone, valued at $9,800.

But the woman was determined to defend her possessions and struggled with the hoodlum. During the tussle, she managed to stab the armed thief and retrieve her cell phone.

A licensed firearm holder subsequently intervened and disarmed the gunman.

The man was handed over to the police and a Smith and Wesson semi-automatic pistol with 11 rounds of 9mm cartridges were handed over to the cops who also took the woman's cell phone as evidence.

The identity of the gunman has not been released.





bob-marley-photo-2.jpgA US Supreme Court has rejected an appeal from some of the biggest clothing entities in the country that claimed they have legal rights to sell shirts bearing the image of reggae icon Bob Marley.

"The justices on Monday let stand a lower court ruling that said the merchandisers had used his likeness to sell clothing at Walmart, Target and other stores without permission from Marley's children," the Associated Press reports.

Marley's children control the rights to the musician's image through a company called Fifty-Six Hope Road Music.

Fifty-Six Hope Road Music sued rivals A.V.E.L.A. and others in 2008, arguing that their sales of Marley merchandise violated federal trademark law.

A federal court ordered the companies to pay more than $1m in profits and damages, citing evidence that consumers were confused as to who endorsed the merchandise.





Top Ten Table Manners Tips

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napkin-with-proper-table-etiquette-step-5.jpg1. Place your napkin in your lap

2. Turn off your phone

3. Wait for everyone to be served before eating

4. Use a knife and fork to cut meat

5. Cut your food one piece at a time

6. Chew with your mouth closed

7. Don't reach across the table

8. Don't talk with your mouth full

9. Don't pick your teeth at the table

10. Say "excuse me" when leaving the table





Table Etiquette 101: Handling Utensils

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napkin-with-proper-table-etiquette.jpgAfter watching the video with a certain female deejay happily enjoying a spice meal onboard an aircraft and holding her utnsils - knife and fork -- in the wrong hands, we here at YardFlex decided to do a little feature on table etiquette:

The continental table manners style prevails at all meals, formal and informal, because it is a natural, non-disruptive way to eat.

Hold your fork in your left hand, tines downward.

Hold your knife in your right hand, an inch or two above the plate.

Extend your index finger along the top of the blade.

Use your fork to spear and lift food to your mouth.

If your knife is not needed, it remains on the table.

At informal meals the dinner fork may be held tines upward, American table manners style.





luciano-messenjah.jpgWell, so says the Messenjah, Luciano.

Acording to the rggae singer, he bought a supposedly haunted house and prior to him occupying it. all kinds of ghost busters had tried to run away the duppies, to no avail. Hover, once he entered with a big head spliff, all duppies fled.

"I happened to buy a house one time. They said evil spirits or duppy was in the house. Them call all kind of spiritualists, who turn them roll and chant all kind of things, but the duppy never move. You see when I step in and light a big one, the place get calm. Nothing. Then why you think Babylon hate this herb and fight it so hard? Then if it run duppy. It must be the healing of the nation," Luciano said.

All the people involved in the ghost-busting, duppy-running business, please take note. Stock up on the weed when journeying on these assignments and oonu good.





knife-and-fork.jpgWhat a real embarrassment this. Imagine the big big female deejay deh pon plane a eat up her spicy food with the knife and fork inna the wrong hand.

And oonu waan see her a pose up and a smile inna camera with her knife inna the left hand and her fork inna the right hand.

Come on man, nobody never teach her bout grace and etiquette. And she go good school and love talk di Queen's English and galang like she's all that, true she a no country bumpkin.

But, di truth is that nuff country girl have the ting pat and coulda teach her a ting or two bout the spicier things in life.





viola-davis.jpgIt is often said that flattery will get you everywhere.

And Viola Davis' adorable daughter Genesis seems to have already learned this well after she rejected the idea of being a Disney princess and instead insisted that she dress up as her award-winning mother for Halloween.

The only flaw in her outfit was the fact she was holding an Oscar statue as she went trick or treating, which is one of the few golden gongs her mother has yet to win, despite two separate nominations.

Otherwise the four-year-old looked almost identical to her mother when she picked up her Emmy Award back in September.

Little Genesis was wearing a white dress and red lipstick, gleefully holding up the statuette.

Proud as punch Viola, 50, posted the picture on her Instagram page, telling her fans: 'So.....the Elsa costume? Didn't work for her.

'The Pirate? A no go. So she finally said, "I just want to be YOU mommy!" So... uhh.....this is ME.'

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It certainly proved to be a popular image among her gaggle of supporters, as it had soon been liked by an impressive 18,200 people.

While she has yet to win that elusive Oscar she has plenty of prestigious paperweights in her collection for her work on both stage and screen.

Back in 2001 she won the Tony Award for best featured actress in a play for her turn in the original production of King Hedley II, and the 2010 Tony Award for best actress in a play for her performance as Rose Maxon in the revival of Fences.

Her pride and joy: Viola adopted Genesis as a newborn in October 2011. They are pictured here at the Home premiere in March

Earlier this year she became the first black woman to win the Emmy Award for outstanding lead actress in a drama series for her work as Annalise Keating in How to Get Away with Murder.

In addition she was nominated for the Academy Award for best supporting actress for 2008's Doubt, and for the best actress gong for her turn in 2011's The Help.

Viola can next be seen in drama Custody, and also has a role in the hotly anticipated Suicide Squad movie, due for release next year.





sean-paul-photo-5-more-details.jpgReggae dancehall artistes Damian 'Jr Gong' Marley and Sean Paul have had their music is now featured as a soundtrack in the popular movie, 'The Perfect Guy', starring American actors Sanaa Lathan, Michael Ealy and Morris Chestnut.

The film which was released last month received negative reviews from movie critics. However, the effort went on to gross more than US$57 million at the box office, unlike several movies released over the same period with better reviews.

Damian Marley's Welcome to Jamrock could be heard blaring from the speakers during a club scene, while the actors drank Jamaica's Red Stripe Beer. Sean Paul's recently-released single, Bust It, is played during a bathroom sex scene featuring actors Michael Ealy and Sanaa Lathan.

Meanwhile, Marley made headlines last week when it was announced by forbes.com that the reggae act had signed on to Jay Z's music streaming service, Tidal, as a co-owner.

Sean Paul, on the other hand, has been dabbling with production and has released a new music video for his single, Take It Low. The song has already received close to a million views on YouTube and was produced by Sean Paul's own label, Dutty Rock Productions.





Jamaican female umpire to create history

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jamaica-female-umpire-jacqueline-williams-right.jpgJacqueline Williams

Jamaican Jacqueline Williams will later this year make history when she becomes the first female umpire to officiate in the WICB Regional FOUR-day competition.

The 39 year old from Westmoreland, will stand in the middle with Peter Nero, for the fifth round match in the WICB PCL competition between Jamaica Scorpions and Guyana Jaguars at Sabina Park from December 11 to 14.

Williams recently made her international debut when she stood in the first ODI and first T20 game in the ongoing Pakistan Women's tour of the West Indies.





metal-detectors.jpgThe Ministry of Education is considering extending the metal detectors programme to include schools at the primary and secondary level.

Currently metal detectors are distributed only in high schools.

However, in light of the incident at Papine High on Thursday in which an illegal gun and ammunition were allegedly taken from a 13 year old boy, Education Minister, Ronald Thwaites says more schools could also receive metal detectors

The presence of a metallic object in the Papine High student's knapsack was reportedly detected by security personnel at the school while conducting routine security checks.

The teenager, who is said to be the son of a convicted gang leader, was charged with illegal possession of a firearm and ammunition. He was remanded when he appeared in court on Friday.The boy's mother was also taken into custody and is facing charges under the Child Care and Protection Act.

Meanwhile, Thwaites says the incident at Papine High highlights the importance of the metal detectors and disclosed that a student at Brimmervale High School in St Mary was also recently found with ammunition.





university-hospital-entrance.jpgReports are that the The University Hospital of the West Indies now has an acting Chief Executive Officer in the wake of last week's announcement that Dr. Cecil White had resigned.

Senior Director/Finance at the hospital, Kevin Allen, assumed the post effective yesterday.He was appointed despite Dr. White's resignation taking effect on January 31, 2016. The hospital also has an acting Senior Director of Clinical Services after Professor Trevor McCartney's resignation took effect on Saturday. He is Dr. Karl Bruce.

News came last week that Dr. White and Professor McCartney had tendered their resignation. Chairman of the Hospital, Sterling Soares, met with the two men based on a request by the Board following an emergency meeting.

Mr. Soares said both men expressed concern about developments at the University Hospital following the deaths of some newborns due to infections at the neonatal intensive care unit.





biddersingh-court.jpgA teenage girl who came to Canada dreaming of a better life was starved and abused by her own family before her charred body was found in a burning suitcase 21 years ago, a Toronto jury was told Wednesday as the trial of her father got underway.

Everton Biddersingh, 60, has been charged with first-degree murder in the death of his 17-year-old daughter Melonie. He has pleaded not guilty.

Crown prosecutor Anna Tenhouse detailed Melonie's troubled life after she came to Canada from Jamaica in 1991 to live with her father and stepmother.

"Instead of going to school, she was treated like a slave. She was beaten. She was starved. She was drowned or nearly drowned, inhaling water shortly before her death. She was stuffed into a suitcase and driven to an isolated area where she was set on fire," Tenhouse said in her opening statement.

"Three years after she had come to Canada, Melonie was killed."

The case has taken two decades to get to trial because police weren't able to identify Melonie's remains for years until they received a tip that eventually led to the arrest of Everton Biddersingh and Melonie's stepmother, Elaine Biddersingh, in March 2012.

Elaine Biddersingh's trial on first-degree murder is set to begin in April 2016. A confession she made to a pastor years after Melonie's death led to the break in the case.

Court heard that when Melonie first came to Canada at the age of 13 with two brothers, her father and stepmother promised her a life "full of hope."

"Melonie was pretty and a happy girl. However that did not last long. After living in the Biddersingh home, Melonie's appearance changed," Tenhouse said. "Everton's attitude towards Melonie changed."

Melonie was made responsible for one of Everton Biddersingh's other children, who was a baby, was responsible for keeping the family's small apartment clean and was often not allowed to leave the home, court heard.

She was subjected to all kinds of abuse that included being kept in a closet, being placed in a barrel, having her head placed in a toilet which was flushed as punishment, being chained to the furniture at times, being kicked and punched and being deprived of food, Tenhouse said.

The girl was also called "the devil" and told she brought evil to the family, Tenhouse said.

"Melonie became thinner and weaker as a result of the abuse and food deprivation," Tenhouse said, adding that the teen, who was not given medical attention, told her older brother Cleon she wished she was dead.

Melonie died on Sept. 1, 1994, but Tenhouse told the jury they would be hearing two different versions of just how the teen died.

In Elaine Biddersingh's version of events, Everton Biddersingh said his daughter was dead and showed his wife the teen's lifeless body in a hall closet, Tenhouse said.

"Elaine assumed Melonie died of malnourishment because Everton was restricting her food and she looked thin," Tenhouse said. "Elaine suggested that they get a suitcase and put Melonie's body in the suitcase."

Elaine Biddersingh said her husband and Cleon set the suitcase on fire after she drove with them to an isolated area, court heard.

Cleon, however, has said he was woken by his father and told Melonie ran away from home, Tenhouse said.

"Cleon did not understand because Melonie was weak and sick," Tenhouse said. "Melonie had tried to run away on one prior occasion. She only made it to the stairwell next to their apartment."

Jurors heard that expert evidence expected in the case will indicate Melonie had 21 "healing fractures" involving her ribs, spine, pelvis, right knee and left ankle which were caused three weeks to six months before her death.

A post mortem also found that Melonie was starved and had inhaled water shortly before her death, Tenhouse said.

"She weighed only 50 pounds post-fire, even though she was 17 years old - the weight of an average eight-year-old," Tenhouse said.

"Given Melonie's fractures and her poor health, she was weak and in a great amount of pain at the time of her death."

"After hearing all the evidence, we will be asking you to find Mr. Biddersingh guilty of first-degree murder."

The Crown said Melonie's biological mother, Opal Austin, searched for her daughter for 17 years because Everton Biddersingh told her she had run away. She was flown in from Jamaica, where she lives, to testify on Thursday.





suitcase-death-melonnie.jpgThe mother of a 17-year-old girl whose body was found inside a burning suitcase more than two decades ago never stopped looking for her daughter after being told the teen had run away from her father's home, a Toronto court heard Friday.

Opal Austin struggled to contain her emotions at times as she testified at the trial of Everton Biddersingh, who has pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder in the death of his 17-year-old daughter Melonie.

Crown prosecutors have said Melonie, who lived with her father for three years before she died, was starved and abused by him.

The case has taken 21 years to get to trial because police weren't able to identify Melonie's frail, charred remains for years until they received a tip that eventually led to Biddersingh's arrest in 2012.

Austin told jurors that Melonie was born in Jamaica, and was the oldest of two children she had with Biddersingh when they were living together. When Melonie was about two years old, Biddersingh left for Canada, court heard.

Melonie's early years were spent with her mother, who had a total of seven children, court heard.

"She was a quiet person, she didn't give no problems," Austin said of her daughter. "She loved drawing...She loved to read."

Despite living in a one-room house with dirt floors and a leaky roof, Austin said her children never went hungry and noted that Melonie was a healthy child.

"I do odd jobs, like domestic work, wash people's clothes...them never left hungry," Austin said. "I provide."

In 1991, when Melonie was 13, an opportunity arose to have her, her younger brother and an older half-brother sent to Canada to live with Biddersingh and his new wife, court heard.

Austin believed the move would give her children a chance at a better life and she took comfort in the fact that their new stepmother had children of her own, court heard.

"I was confident. I put my trust (in her), as a mother with children," Austin said, choking back tears. "They would be going to school. They would be big man and big woman, working."

Not long after her children left, Austin said she would make collect calls from a roadside payphone to check on them but she was often told they were at school or at the gym.

A Crown prosecutor has told the jury that Melonie was never sent to school in Toronto and was instead "treated like a slave."

After a time, Biddersingh said he couldn't afford to pay for Austin's calls and urged her to write letters instead, court heard.

In one letter from Biddersingh sent in November 1993, which Austin read in court, he indicated the teen wasn't listening to him. Biddersingh also wrote that when he asked Melonie to write to her mother, "she say she just want to live her life."

"He tell Melonie to write me and Melonie say she don't have any time, she can't deal with ... the ghetto, where she came from," Austin said.

Melonie died on Sept. 1, 1994, but Austin said Biddersingh only told her about three years later -- when she ran into him and his wife in Jamaica -- that her daughter had run away from home.

"I ask him, 'where is Melonie?' Him said Melonie run down to America," Austin said, adding that Biddersingh said her daughter had made friends in the U.S.

"He say she steal away his wife's clothes and jewelry," Austin said, noting, however, that Biddersingh's wife was "a stout person" and Melonie had always been slender.

Biddersingh also told Austin he did not go looking for his daughter, court heard.

Austin told jurors she began trying to track Melonie down. She told friends about her situation, asked the Red Cross for help, and even filled out missing person's forms and contacted people she knew in the U.S.

Her efforts led to numerous false leads over the years until she was contacted by Jamaican police in 2012.

Police obtained a DNA sample from Austin which allowed them to identify Melonie's body, court heard.

Biddersingh and Melonie's stepmother, Elaine Biddersingh were arrested in March 2012 and charge with first-degree murder.

Elaine Biddersingh's trial is set to begin in April 2016.





fabian-marley-photo-1.jpgThe music video for Naw Go Say We Poor, the new hit single from Massive Entertainment Group artiste, Fabian Marley, has received over 1.5 million hits following its world premiere on popular video sharing portal worldstarhiphop last week Monday.

The music video for the rising reggae singer was premiered on Monday, October 26 at 12 noon. According to Marley's management, within the first five minutes of its debut, Naw Go Say We Poor had amassed over 40 thousand views.

"It was just amazing," said Massive Entertainment Group CEO, Clayton Thomas. "We were tracking it and the views just skyrocketed. We never expected to gain 42 thousand views in the first five minutes. Naturally, we are quite delighted at this impressive debut and it is definitely a good look for the artiste," the CEO said.

Naw Go Say We Poor was directed by film-maker Donovan Howard, who works with Massive Entertainment Group and who has been involved in the film industry since the mid-1990s. The video was shot in sections of downtown Kingston, Standpipe and Papine.





deejay-red-fox.jpgVeteran deejay Red Fox says fans can expect something different on his next album which he expects to be released in early 2016.

"The album has a lot of live instruments and is more on the musical tip. It's different from the previous ones, not as hardcore as I normally would deliver," said Red Fox.

The set is being produced by Musical Masquerade, a top figure in New York dancehall circles.

Red Fox added that after years of being a leading light on the New York City reggae scene, he wants to appeal to a broader audience.

"I bare in mind that patois (Jamaican dialect) is still something the listeners are learning and I must be conscious of making them understand me more."

His previous albums are As A Matter of Fox for Elektra Records in 1993 and Face The Fox, co-produced by Howie Walker Phillip Smart in 1998.

Red Fox was born in St Andrew but has lived in Brooklyn, New York for 30 years. He initially made his name as an artiste there alongside Shaggy and Barbadian singer Rayvon.

His latest song, a cover of Horace Andy's Skylarking, is done with deejay Screechy Dan. It has topped charts in New York City and South Florida.





flippa-mafia.jpgAs the trial for Flippa Mafia continues, the United States Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and the prosecution in the case are trying to prove that he was the head of an international narcotics distribution organization.

The state is now using witnesses to testify in an effort to prove that Flippa along with his seven co-accused, used various carrier services to distribute the illegal drug. It is alleged that Flippa used a well-known international carrier to transfer cocaine from California to Camden in New Jersey.

Several weeks ago, his brothers accepted plea deals and pleaded guilty to the charges.

Flippa has been in lockup since 2013.

He is facing conspiracy to distribute cocaine, leading a narcotics organisation, possession with intent to distribute cocaine and money-laundering charges.





hands-behind-bars.jpgHaitian investigators are looking into new allegations of child sex abuse against a American man who founded an orphanage for boys in Haiti's capital decades ago.

Police with an arrest warrant searched unsuccessfully last Friday for Michael Geilenfeld at a modest private residence in a mountainside community above Port-au-Prince and the nearby Wings of Hope home for about 30 physically and mentally disabled children and young adults.

The American is already the subject of another criminal case in Haiti that accused him of sexually abusing boys in his care.

He spent 237 days in detention before being released in April by a Haitian judge who dismissed the charges in a brief trial that was not attended by the accusers, now adults.

But the country's justice minister granted a re-examination of the case and it is now in court again on appeal.

Geilenfeld has argued that the false accusations of sexual abuse linger against him in impoverished Haiti because he was a gay man in what he described as a homophobic country.





Opposition wants details of passport contract

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The opposition wants the government to provide details about the contracting process for the procurement of 750 thousand blank passports and the specifications of the documents.

The call from spokesman on national security derrick smith follows an announcement last week that cabinet has approved a contract for 3 point 7 million u-s dollars for the acquisition of the passports from the Canadian bank note company limited.

The government says the order is expected to satisfy the local and overseas demand for Jamaican passports for the next 3 and a half to 4 years.

Mr. Smith says the government must assure taxpayers that the investment it is seeking to make is one that is worthwhile.

According to him, there is need for a clear indication as to whether this awarded contract was subjected to the open tender process, and whether the passports being procured meet the criteria for modern passports in terms of compatibility with the technology and direction other countries are moving in.

He states that this would have implications for the smooth and seamless flow of holders of these passports through immigration and customs around the world.

The opposition spokesman says the government needs to be forthcoming with answers regarding details of the procurement, as the matter has far-reaching implications for Jamaican passport holders and is of interest to the general public.

Mr. Smith states that failure to do so, will see the opposition asking pertinent questions in parliament and inviting the Contractor General to take active interest in the matter.





gun-school-bag-oct-31.jpgThe 13-year-old boy was arrested and charged after a 9mm semi-automatic pistol was found in his knapsack is the son of an area don who is in prison.The boy was remanded in custody when he appeared in Gun Court on Friday.

His mother was also taken into custody and is facing charges under the Child Care and Protection Act.

According to reports, the fully loaded gun was detected through the use of a metal detector used by security guards on Wednesday at the Papine High School where the boy attends school.

Meanwhile, Education Minister Ronald Thwaites is commending the administration of Papine High for finding the weapon using the metal detector provided by the Ministry.

Thwaites 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.

Fake cop with police ID among three arrested and charged.

Police impersonator was among three men arrested by the Half Way Tree Police on Friday.

An illegal firearm and several rounds of ammunition were seized during the incident on Melrose Avenue in Kingston. Charged are: 49-year-old Donovan Howard, otherwise called 'Nick' and 34-year-old Horace Brown both of Golden Spring Road, St. Andrew and 29-year-old David Sang, otherwise called 'Management', of Stock Farm Road in the parish.

Reports are that, at about 8:00 pm, while on patrol duty in the area, Police came upon three men abroad a grey Honda motorcar parked along the roadway. Upon seeing the lawmen, the men began to act in a suspicious manner. As a result, they were accosted; Howard then identified himself as an undercover Police officer and produced an identification card (ID).

Detailed checks revealed that the ID was forged. As a result, Howard and the other two men were searched. One 9mm Smith and Wesson firearm along with sixteen 9mm rounds of ammunition was found in Howard's possession.

The men were subsequently arrested and charged. Howard has been charged with illegal possession of firearm and ammunition; impersonating a Police officer; possession of forged document; uttering forged documents; being a member of a criminal gang; and participating in a criminal gang while Brown and Sang were charged with being a member of a criminal gang and participating in a criminal gang. They are scheduled to appear in the Corporate Area Gun Court on Wednesday, November 4.

This seizure brings to 94 the number of firearms removed from the nation's streets under the 'Get The Guns' Initiative just six weeks after its launch.





16-year-old girl shot dead while playing with gun

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gun-school-bag-oct-31.jpgA 16-year old girl is now dead after she was reportedly shot in the abdomen in Rose Town, Kingston, on Saturday.

She has been identified as Shadae Allen.

Reports are that Shadae and another teen were playing with a gun about 11:00 am when she was shot.

The police have reported that a firearm - a .38 Smith and Wesson revolver with the serial number erased - was seized during an operation on Bethune Avenue in Rose Town, Kingston, about 8:30 pm.

Police suspect that the weapon may be the one that was used in Shadae's killing. The police say they are following several leads.

Allen was reportedly shot in the abdomen while playing with a firearm with another teen about 11:00 am on Saturday.

Detectives from the Denham Town police are investigating the incident.





Reggae Sumfest 2018

Going on the Jamrock Cruise? Here are 8 must haves

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As you get ready to sail across the Caribbean Sea, there are a few essential items you just cannot do without on the Welcome to Jamrock Reggae Cruise which sets sail on Monday, November 30. Surrounded with some of reggae's finest artistes, a whirlwind of international cruisers and some of the best Jamaican dishes you can think of, the Welcome to Jamrock Reggae Cruise is ready to offer you an exhilarating experience at sea.

However, in order to make it the experience of a lifetime, there are a few essential items you cannot afford to leave behind.


1. Your passport

Whether boarding from a local or international port, your passport is your ticket on and off the ship. As with flying, your passport along with your boarding pass allows you access onto the ship so be sure to safely secure both items before boarding.


2. Money (whether cash/credit card)

Food, shopping for souvenirs, tips, drinks; these are just some of the things you will need money for while being on this cruise. It's always good to have cash in hand as well as your credit card as back up. You never know when either might come in handy.


3. Camera

The best way to capture your memories is by making videos and taking photos. Whether it is vlogging or having a photo shoot, your camera is your next best thing along with your friends to create and capture memories to share for years to come.


4. Sun glasses

Every good outfit deserves a cool pair of sunglasses to go along with it. So whether you are at port, by the pool or even on the tennis court, be sure to pack a pair or two of sunglasses to shade your eyes from the sun in style.


5. Swimsuits

You've been waiting for the perfect opportunity to show off your hard work at the gym, it's now time. Take a dip in the pool, or visit the local beach nearby once the ship docks but whatever the case, for a cruise a pair or two is a must have.


6. Shorts & tank tops/t-shirts

Daytime wear should be easy and comfortable. Ditch the heavy jeans pants and oxford shirts for comfortable shorts and shirts for daytime fun. You want to be able to move about freely as well.


7. Flag

Represent your country while onboard as you take in some of reggae's finest. While you're at it, make a foreign friend or two for the next trip.


8. A friend/loved one

In order to make it more memorable, be sure to bring along a friend or loved one. Where you forget, they surely won't because two heads are always better than one.


The two part Welcome to Jamrock Reggae Cruise is expected to depart Miami on Monday, November 30 with stops in Montego Bay, Falmouth and Ocho Rios before heading back to Miami on Thursday, December 10.





bonner-brothers.jpgFor the first time ever, the Bonner Brothers; Richie Spice, Spanner Banner, Pliers and Snatcha will be sharing the same stage for an epic concert series. The series, 'All Spice' Reggae In The City' will see the Bonner Brothers performing their extensive individual catalogues for a one night live show.

Executed by Bonner Cornerstone Music, the event itself is not a new one and was staged as recently as 2007 with many performers to take the stage including; Capelton, Coco Tea, Anthony B , I-Wayne, Gyptian, Queen Ifrica, Sizzla , Chuck Fenda, Etana and the Bonner brothers individually.

For the rebranded 'All Spice' series though the Bonner brothers will all be performing together for the first time in history and will be taking this series to the Caribbean, Europe, parts of the US and Canada in 2016.

"This is the first time ever that the entire Bonner brothers will be performing on the same event, promoting family unity and strength in this here Reggae music which is a great look, the world will get to experience this powerful series very soon!" CEO of Bonner Cornerstone Music, Fontano Thompson shared.





popcaan-photo-4.jpg'Good Times' recorded by dancehall artiste Popcaan and controversial American rapper Young Thug, has been added to UK's MTV playlist.

The song, which was produced by UK-based producer Jamie XX, currently has more than three million views on Jamie XX's YouTube page and has received positive reviews.The video features cameos from both Popcaan and Young Thug.

Good Times' addition to MTV's playlist, means the single will be exposed to a wider audience since the channel is aired in over 10 million homes in the UK and Ireland.The song is yet to chart on the Billboard Hot 100. However the esteemed chart recently described the song as one of the best records released in 2015.

Popcaan who has been without a US visa for quite sometime, is unable to maximise his potential overseas despite being noted as Jamaica's next recording artiste with the potential to cross over into the foreign market.

Popcaan last tasted real Billboard success in 2012 with the single Only Man She Want that debuted at number 89 on the R&B/HipHop Billboard charts.





beenie-jazz.jpgKing of the Dancehall, Beenie Man has been removed from the line up of the Ragamuffin Festival and replaced with another King -- Diana King -- this after gay activists objected to him appearing.

The concert is slated for February 20 in Auckland, New Zealand. Beenie Man, like many other Jamaican dancehall acts, has been targeted for perceived homophobic lyrics.

He has been replaced by lesbian reggae singer Diana King, the first Jamaican artist to publicly come out as gay.

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Already, the response has been critical of the promoters and the homosexual activits who continue to give dancehall acts a big fight because they have been vocal about their feelings about "battyman", as they are called.

"That's really unfortunate and unfair. These homosexuals are destroying the lives of people who do not support their lifestyles. I understand the issue, and it is wrong for any musical artiste to write and sing songs with homophobic lyrics. But it is also wrong for Gays to be targeting those who believe their lifestyle is wrong, and be vocal about it. Beenie man has apologized to the LGBT community, he did this under immense pressure from fans and local culture, begging and telling him not to do such a thing. Now this is how they show their gratitude. This DJ has not song, one Single track containing homophobic lyrics, since his apology to the Gay community worldwide. This is unjust, unfair and a attack on Beenie mans personal freedoms and his right to his livelihood.Beenie has since admitted to the New Zealand press that his homophobic lyrics were wrong and that he is a changed man," one reader posted.





January 13 court date for soldier on rape charge

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court-case.jpgA Jamaica Defence Force soldier, accused of raping a 17 year old girl, is scheduled to return to court on January 13 when a trial date will be set.

The accused, Oral Bourne, was released on $100,000 bond when he appeared in the Corporate Area Criminal Court on Wednesday.

The soldier was charged last week, following a probe by the Centre for the Investigation of Sexual Offences and Child Abuse (CISOCA) into allegations that he had molested the teenager.

Mr Bourne has denied the allegations.

Meanwhile, a source confirmed that CISOCA is investigating several complaints filed over the last three weeks against members of the Jamaica Defence Force.

One of the soldiers was charged last week after he was placed on an identification parade. He is scheduled to appear in court this week.

In recent months CISOCA has laid charges against several members of the security forces for alleged breaches of the Sexual Offences Act.

A policeman was charged two weeks ago with various sexual offences as part of the crack down.





hands-behind-bars.jpgA teenager is now behind bars for the mauling death of a man in Annotto Bay, St Mary on Friday.

The victim has been identified as 21-year-old Odane Walters.

Police report that Walters was walking along the Annotto Bay Main Road about 8:30 AM when he was attacked by a group of males.

He was stabbed and chopped several times and was taken to hospital.

Walters succumbed to his injuries about 9:30 pm Friday.

The teenager was subsequently taken into custody.





crime-scene-gun.jpgA downtown Kingston venodor who goes by the alias is 'Rasta' is now dead after a plainclothes policeman pumped three wild bullets into him, in a stupid attempt at trying to shoot a fleeing chain-grabber, last Friday.

The incident took place shortly after 2:00 pm in the busy market district when scores of children were on their way from school. Persons on the scene told Yardflex that a chain-grabber when making his escape in the crowd near to the Captains Bakers when a policeman popped off his firearm and shot straight through the crowd. The bullet, the woman told YadFlex, ripped through the chest of the vendor, who is known for selling escallion, thyme and other vegetables.

"Him a the breadwinner and hve him pickney dem fi look after. How them a go take this news. A mash up down yah mash up now," a seller wailed.

Look there now.. the thief get 'way; the chain not recovered and the man lose him life. How dem police ya so irresponsible? Dem can a fire inna crowd just so?" she complained to the YardFlex crew.

One woman said that the man had been taken to the hospital, but sometime later, the body was seen lying on the sidewalk. The area was subsequently cordoned off with yellow tape and policemen in khaki uniforms were seen processing the scene.

Head of the Kingston Central police, Superintendent Micheal Scott, said he had limited information regarding the incident.

Supt Scott said, "I am just coming from a meeting, however I was briefed that a policeman was being robbed by two men and he challenged the two robbers and a vendor was shot. That's all the information I have at this point."





Mr Vegas fi stop play wid Massa God

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vegas-world-unity-reggae.jpgBut a what reaaly do Mr Vegas? Why dat man won't stop play wid God? Couple years aback Vegas di shout out loud loud how him a go finnish wid dancehall and serve Massa God. All now!

Then him start do one whole heap a gosple song inna him set and talk like him a Christian. Now, we a hear say Vegas drop gospel single and him a go do gospel album next year.

Of course, inquiring minds are asking if Vegas a go turn Christian like Papa San and Stitchie.

This is what Vegas had to say:"I am Man of God, I'm a very spiritual person and Gospel music is something I enjoy a lot. Over the years, I've put out a lot of songs that are popular among the Christian community like I Am Blessed, Up Deh Up Deh and Give Thanks For Life."

"As to whether or not I am going to become a Gospel act, we'll just have to wait and see what God has planned for me. In the meantime, I want my fans to enjoy Jesus Train."

Jesus Train, the song that was released on his MV Music label, is currently enjoying rotation on popular Gospel radio stations.





native-american-indian.jpgThe celebration of Thanksgiving may be a beloved tradition, but one group of Native Americans has revealed what the holiday really means to them in a moving video series that dispels the historical inaccuracies and stereotypes associated with their culture.

As part of Cut.com's One Word video series, a group of men and women from the Native American community have shared their thoughts on the words: Thanksgiving, Christopher Columbus, reservation and redskins.

And while many of the men and women agree that the 'redskins' is an 'offensive' and 'racist' term, the group shared different opinions about what it means to celebrate Thanksgiving as a Native American.

Columbus, however, the reactions were across-the-board negative. Some branded the Italian explorer 'pure evil' or 'a murderer' and even 'the first terrorist in America'.

Some uttered expletives or raised their middle fingers in response to the man's name.

'It always was weird to me to have that day off in celebration of somebody, like, we don't have a day for Hitler, but it's the same thing,' said one man.

Others seemed simply bewildered at why he's considered an important figure in history at all, given he 'didn't discover anything, and instead got lost'.

The reactions to the word 'redskin' were similarly negative, save for one woman who declared she was 'proud' to call herself a redskin.

'Derogatory', 'racist' and 'offensive' were the most common responses to the word, with many comparing it to the n-word or various other racist terms used to belittle people of certain races.

Some told the disturbing story behind the word.

'Redskin is interesting, because we call ourselves the cinnamon people, but redskin turned very ugly,' explained one woman. 'It was settlers collecting basically scalps and skins of Indians.'

The participants' reaction to the idea of Thanksgiving in another one of the Cut.com videos was much more mixed, including quick word associations with everything from 'inaccurate' to 'slaughter'.

'Ugh, lies,' said one man, simply.

'Sadness. Total sadness,' said another. 'Thanksgiving is a time when my family gets together and tells stories about our creation myths and who we were and who we are and really what we lost.'

'Turkey and white pilgrims,' added one man. 'I don't know what the first Thanksgiving was, but I highly doubt it was a group of happy Pilgrims and a group of happy Indians cooking turkey together.'

For many, the feelings themselves were mixed, as they enjoyed celebrating the 'overall idea' of Thanksgiving, but 'not where it actually comes from'.

'I don't really celebrate the holiday for what it actually is, more of like just getting to have family over and eat,' said one interviewee.

'Thanksgiving to me just means a day of football and good eating - and trying not to think about what it really represents,' echoed another.

However, some glossed over the negativity, with three women in a row in the clip saying they associate Thanksgiving with 'family'.

Others were all negative, with some even becoming riled up over the idea.

'It was a massacre. Puritans came and slaughtered them,' one man explained. They didn't want to eat with a savage. They slaughtered millions of us. I don't know why they call themselves Puritans.'

Another video from the series sees the same interviewees respond to the word 'reservation', which had many of the men and women become emotional.

One man described the word as synonymous to 'damnation' while others compared it to 'prison' or 'concentration camp'.

'There are no good reservations,' added one woman, who herself grew up on a Navajo reservation. 'We were one of the few lucky peoples that got to remain where our homelands are, but there are other reservations where people were forced there, and they can't fend for themselves like they used to in the old days. You can't hunt anymore, you can't fish anymore.

'You're just stuck on this reservation with substandard housing, living in third country conditions. Youths killing themselves because there is no future, no hope!' she added, tearing up. 'That's a reservation to me.'





Alkaline's eyes not infected says rep

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alkaline-eyes-tattoo.jpgA representative for Alkaline is dismissing reports that dancehall deejay's eyes are infected.

Reports circulating on the net are that, Alkaline is going blind as a result of his eye tattoos which allegedly cause the deejay's eyeballs to be infected.

However, checks made by Music News reveal that the claims are untrue. According to a rep for the artiste, the deejay is not going blind and his eyes are fine.

In relating news, Alkaline is presently working on his debut album with DJ Frass.





pray-for-jcapri.jpgDancehall artiste J Capri is still in an induced coma, but doing better after suffering setbacks on Wednesday, according to her father.

J Capri, whose given name is Jordan Phillips, reportedly lost control of her Mercedes-Benz which hit a wall before overturning along Barbican Road in St Andrew, early Monday morning.

She did emergency surgery at the University Hospital of the West Indies in Kingston on the same day.





ganja-smoking.jpgIt's okay, I have doctor's note.

Under new Ontario regulations, that's what people puffing on medical marijuana - in a joint or an e-cigarette - can now say in any public place where smoking is otherwise banned.

The exemption includes everything from movie theatres to restaurants, offices, stadiums, playgrounds full of children and more - even the legislature, Dipika Damerla, Ontario's associate health minister, acknowledged Wednesday.

She was peppered with questions about the new rules, which leave gray areas in which bystanders - particularly kids - could be exposed to potentially dangerous second-hand pot smoke and how to prove the smoking is a legitimate medical use for cancer, severe epilepsy or other conditions.

But employers, restaurant owners and other proprietors have the right to overrule any medical marijuana smoking, Damerla said.

"As an employer or a restaurant owner you can say 'there's no vaping, no smoking of medical marijuana here," she told reporters. If a person were to continue smoking "they are breaking the law."

A restaurant owner "could ask for some kind of verification," Damerla added when pressed on what constitutes proof the pot is medically prescribed.

"This is about the fact that somebody who's very ill, maybe in a lot of pain, wants to use. There are many ways to take marijuana. This is one way."

NDP Leader Andrea Horwath said she's concerned about people being exposed to second-hand marijuana smoke or vapour, although she wants to take a closer look at the regulations.

"That's something we need to keep in mind...we need to take a closer look," she said, joking that if someone was smoking medical pot beside her in a restaurant that "I'll probably eat more."

Progressive Conservative Leader Patrick Brown didn't quarrel with the regulations and said he wouldn't make "political hay" of the issue.

"If it's for medical purposes, it's for medical purposes," he said. "There's not going to be an overwhelming amount of people in Ontario running out to parks to have their medical marijuana."

The Canadian Cancer Society warns on its website that "people exposed to second-hand marijuana smoke may have many of the same health problems as people exposed to cigarette smoke, including an increased risk of cancer."

Other studies have found medical marijuana significantly improves quality of life and pain control for patients who need it.

Damerla tried to downplay any controversy, saying there are a "very, very limited" number of people in Ontario taking medical marijuana and that allowing them to do so in public is an issue of "balancing" rights.

The government consulted "very broadly with the medical community" before approving the new regulations, she said.

A group called Canadians for Fair Access to Medical Marijuana called the policy an "important milestone in the recognition of the legitimacy of the use of cannabis as a medicine."





ashton-eaton-and-genzebe-dibaba.jpgDespite winning the prestigious title five times previously, in 2008, 2009, 2011, 2012 and 2013 Jamaica's sprint sensation Usain Bolt was beaten in the race for male athlete of the year.

The International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) announced USA's Ashton Eaton and Ethiopia's Genzebe Dibaba as the male and female IAAF World Athletes of the Year for 2015 on today.

Both athletes set world records during 2015, Eaton in the decathlon and Dibaba in the 1500m, and won gold medals in these events at the IAAF World Championships Beijing 2015.

Ashton Eaton became the first decathlete to win the male World Athlete of the Year award after his stellar performance Beijing, China where he set a world record of 9045 and improved his own three-year-old mark by nine points.

"While I'm honoured that I am considered the 'artist' of the year, I did not beat Usain and Christian; my work simply differed in design. They are some of the most talented and beautiful performers of all time. I'm flattered to be among them.

Meanwhile, Dibaba, who set a world indoor 5000m record of 14:18.86, was unbeaten in her 1500m races during the summer. At the World Championships in Beijing, she was no less formidable. She won all three rounds of the 1500m comfortably. She also took a 5000m bronze medal.

"I am humbled and honoured to receive this award from the IAAF," said Dibaba. "It feels so good to be the World Athlete of the Year.





Hurricane Sandra strengthens

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hurricane-sandra-category-4-storm.jpgHurricane Sandra has strengthened to a powerful Category 4 storm in the eastern Pacific off Mexico's coast.

The hurricane's maximum sustained winds increased early Thursday to near 145 mph (230 kph). The US National Hurricane Center says no significant change in strength is expected but weakening should begin Friday.

Sandra is centered about 500 miles (810 kilometers) southwest of Cabo Corrientes, Mexico, and is moving north near 12 mph (19 kph).

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Skeng Don paid $72-million to out Riverton fire!

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riverton-city-fire.jpgBlack Brothers Inc, led by Kenneth "Skeng Don" Black, gained a $72.5 million contract to transport dirt to out the massive Riverton City fire earlier this year, according to latest government figures.

The value of Black's contract represents several times that of all other contracts to extinguish the fire combined.

The Office of the Contractor General (OCG) shows which companies earned the largest contracts during one of the largest fires in the country's history. It lists the National Solid Waste Management Authority issuing contracts in March 2015 directly related to extinguishing the fire valued at $91.6 million.

These contractors included:

--Black Brothers at $72.5 million for fire: to transport dirt from a quarry to fire site to aid in the cooling of fire at Riverton.

--L&D Trucking at $5.9 million to transport dirt from Quarry to fire site to aid in the cooling of fire at the Riverton Landfill.

--Mavrick Haulage at $1.12 million for fire:To transport dirt from Quarry to fire site to aid in the cooling of fire at the Riverton Landfill.

--Parkes Trucking at $555,000 for fire:To transport dirt from Quarry to fire site to aid in the cooling of fire at the Riverton Landfill.

--Estrime Trucking at $1.6 million for fire:To transport dirt from Quarry to fire site to aid in the cooling of fire at the Riverton Landfill.

--S. Green & Associates at $1.7 million for Fire:To transport dirt from Quarry to fire site to aid in the cooling of fire at the Riverton Landfill.

--All Trucking Co Ltd at $658,000 for fire:To transport dirt from Quarry to fire site to aid in the cooling of fire at the Riverton Landfill.

--National Works Agency at $5.48 million for fire:To provide Komatsu Wa380 to load dirt from Quarry to fire site to aid in the cooling of fire at the Riverton Landfill.

--General Construction & Power Line Services for fire: To provide a DC tractor to push and spread waste at Riverton related to the fire at $2.17 million.

Other contractors gained contracts in the month of March including Incomparable Enterprise to provide a DC tractor to push spread and cover and compact waste at Riverton Landfill at $12.8 million. However, that contract was not explicitly stated as related to the fire.





A rare parasitic infection called Chagas disease has been gaining headlines in recent weeks after cases of the infection were reported in at least five states, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Chagas disease, which can cause long-term cardiac damage, is mainly found in rural Central and South America, but some experts are concerned that cases are beginning to rise in southern U.S. states. Infections have been reported in Arkansas, Arizona, Massachusetts, Tennessee and Texas, according to the CDC.

The disease is caused by the Trypanosoma cruzi parasite and is spread almost exclusively through bites from the triatomine insect, also called the "kissing bug," since it usually bites around the eyes and mouth, usually when they come out to feed at night. In rural Central and South America, the bugs are often found in the walls of homes made from mud, adobe or straw. The insect has also been found in other U.S. states but that does not necessarily mean the bugs carry the parasite, experts said.

Once in the body, the parasite can remain hidden for years, or even decades, eventually resulting in serious heart disease, including stretching of the heart muscle called cardiomyopathy or irregular heartbeat. Other early acute symptoms include fever, fatigue, body aches, headache and rash.





To God Be The Glory set for Friday

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GLW recording artiste Rohan Lee has joined forces with the Mandeville Evangelistic Centre to put on a gospel concert called To God Be The Glory on Friday at the centre in Mandeville.

It is in aid of the church's renovation fund.

The line-up for the concert will feature a host of popular gospel acts, including the JCDC 2015 Gospel Festival winner Ancient Priest, Glen Graham, Clive Warren, Rohan Lee, Minister Fabian Wright, Living Praisers, Bredda G, Kriss Klass, Omar Stewart, Clive Warren, DJ Donnette, Minister LRJ, Gospel Warriors, Sushan Holmes, Denever Scott and the D'Mensions Band.

"Several sections of the church was damaged by fire in July of 2013. since then, repairs have been done, but we are still in need of funds to fix the roof. We are putting on this fantastic event to raise some funds so we can repair it. We would like to invite the people in Mandeville and surrounding areas to come out and support our event; it's for a worthy cause," said Lee.

The MCs for the event are George Bailey and Pastor Kennedy.

Showtime is 7 p.m., admission is $700 presold and $800 at the gate. Tickets are available at Johnson's Pharmacy and the Mandeville Evangelistic Centre.





milk-facebook-image.jpgPopular media personality Amelia 'Milk' Sewell is imploring members of the public not to fall victim to a scam perpetrated by unscrupulous persons who are trying to solicit funds to pay for her medical expenses.

"I now have two reports of people giving $20,000 each to these wicked people. One saw a member of my family in Megamart recently and asked if I had received the cash, and another person called to say he had been seeing emails from people claiming to be from a Gaza Foundation trying to raise money to cover my medical bills," an outraged Milk said.

Milk was recently hospitalised, and is at home convalescing after her surgical procedure.

"I just want people to know that I never sent that information out, and if they want to support me, they can come to my party, 'Milky Way - The Recovery'. Come and support life. My real and true fans are always there for me."

She was particularly upset about the scammers' use of a 'Gaza Foundation' to solicit the funds online.

"They need to stop using Kartel's brand to do almshouse. Unless Kartel keep a press conference stating that a body by the name of Gaza Foundation will be assisting Milk, nutten nuh go so, people, don't be fooled!"





Soldier on rape charge released on bond

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court-case.jpgA Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) soldier accused of raping a 17 year old girl was released on bond on Wednesday when he appeared before the Corporate Area Criminal Court.

Oral Bourne was offered bail in the sum of J$100-thousand with surety during a bail hearing.

Bourne, who is scheduled to return on January 13, was charged last week following a probe by the Centre for the Investigation of Sexual Offences and Child Abuse (CISOCA) into allegations that he molested the teen.

He has denied the allegations.

Reports are that several members of the JDF are being investigated by CISOCA, which is probing complaints filed over the past three weeks. One of the soldiers was charged last week after he was placed on an identification parade.

He is scheduled to appear in court this week.

Over the past several months CISOCA has laid charges against members of the security forces for alleged breaches of the Sexual Offences Act.

Two weeks ago, a St Elizabeth-based attorney and a policeman were charged with various sexual offences as part of the crack down.





court.jpgAttorney and lecturer at the Norman Manley Law School, Laverne George, who is accused of defrauding two of her clients of nearly J$20 million had her bail extended when she appeared in court on Tuesday.

George, who was charged last week by the Counter Terrorism and Organized Crime Investigation Branch (C-TOC), pleaded not guilty.

Investigators say in 2010, the attorney sold a property for one of her clients for J$10 million but only handed over one million dollars from the sale.

It's alleged that she sold another property in 2013 for J$8 million but fraudulently converted the money to her personal use.

George is scheduled to return to court month.





ak-47-assault-rifle-ammo.jpgThe three foreigners arrested in Sunday's arms and ammunition bust in Manchester, have been charged.

They were charged on Wednesday with illegal possession of a firearm and ammunition as well as drug trafficking.

They are Costa Ricans, Carlos Rodriquez Sanabrias and Angel Calixto Merin as well as Nicaraguan, Dane Hains Cuthbert.

The men were arrested after the Manchester police seized four illegal guns and 150 rounds of ammunition along the Alligator Pond beach on Sunday.

Three kilogrammes of cocaine and the vessel used to transport the men were also seized.

Investigators say the men are linked to the guns for drugs trade.





former-boxing-champion-o-neil-supernova-bell-has-died-aged-41.jpgFormer Jamaican boxing champion O'Neil 'Supernova' Bell has died in a robbery in Atlanta on Wednesday.

Bell, 40, of Atlanta, was one of two people shot in the 1800 block of Harbin Road in the southwest part of the city at around 12.30am, police said.

Officers found him lying in the street with a gunshot wound and he had also been stabbed, WSB-TV reported. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Officers also found a bag containing wads of cash in the middle of the street.

The other victim - a man who was dressed as a woman, according to the station - was shot once in the hip and is recovering in hospital. He told officers his purse and cell phone had been taken.

The pair were not known to each other, but were both getting off the same bus and walking together when they were robbed, police said.

Authorities said the victims had been gunned down by two suspects driving a red PT Cruiser. Police are still searching for the shooter.

Bell, who born in Jamaica, moved to Delaware at the age of five with his parents. He moved to Atlanta in 1995, where he worked as a UPS driver before becoming a professional boxer, AJC.com reported.

He first fought under the name 'Give 'Em Hell' Bell before changing his moniker to 'Supernova'.

He was the former undisputed cruiserweight champion - and held WBA, WBC and IBF cruiserweight titles before retiring in 2011.

In a career spanning 13 years, he recorded 27 wins (including 25 knockouts), four losses and one draw, according to BoxRec.com.

Anyone with information is asked to call Atlanta police.





missing-children-cornell-and-johanna-hasting.jpgAn Ananda Alert has been activated for 5-year-old Cornell Hasting and 3-year-old Johanna Hasting both of Windsor heights, St Ann, who have been missing since Friday, November 20.

Cornell Hasting and Johanna Hasting are both dark complexion slim build.

Reports from the St Ann's Bay Police are that about 7am, both children were last seen at home, at which time it is unclear what transpired, however they have not been seen or heard from since.

Cornell was dressed in an orange merino and red shorts while Johanna was dressed in a brown merino, black tights.

Speaking with Loop News on Wednesday, a representative from the Corporate Communications Unit (CCU) indicated that the whereabouts of both Cornell and Johanna are still unknown, however the police are using all resources available to them to bring the children home safely.

The police have urged anyone knowing the whereabouts of Cornell Hasting and Johanna Hasting to contact the St Ann's Bay Police 972-2211, the police's emergency 119 number or the nearest police station.





vladimir-putin-russia.jpgTurkey shooting down a Russian jet on Tuesday morning is just proof of the 'toxic cocktail' of dangers in the region which could erupt into crisis with devastating effect, an expert has warned.

Middle East expert Shashank Joshi, from the Royal United Services Institute, said the skies over Syria and Turkey are an 'incredibly crowded airspace', with planes from both nations and members of the US-led coalition against IS - including the UK - operating.

Turkey, a Nato member, has already complained about Russian incursions into its skies and last month the alliance condemned the 'unacceptable violations of Turkish airspace by Russian combat aircraft'.

Mr Joshi said: 'The situation is dangerous because Russia is quite probably deliberately probing Turkish airspace both for military reasons and political reasons.'

The Russians will be testing the military responses of the Nato member, but also carrying out the same 'psychological intimidation' tactics used in the Baltic and North Atlantic, he suggested.

The combination of the crowded airspace, Russian probing tactics and the diplomatic tensions create a 'real toxic cocktail that can easily erupt into crisis', he warned.

Ankara will be 'furious' at the incursion and Russia can expect Nato to strike a 'tough' note, but behind the scenes there will be intense diplomatic efforts to calm tensions.

But if Moscow responds in a provocative way, there is a risk of the crisis escalating.

Mr Joshi warned: 'These things always proceed in a very unpredictable fashion. We have seen how conflicts can begin when there are large alliances.'





Kartel, Ishawna get busy on Farr Out

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vybz-kartel-photo-25.jpgSingjay Ishawna and jailed dancehall star Vybz Kartel feature on the label's new rhythm, Farr Out.

According to DownSound producer Cordel Skatta Burrell, "We found an opportunity to put some real vibes back into the dancehall with a high energy rhythm that the streets can relate to."

Kartel features on How Mi Grow; Ishwana on Long Fingernail; Chi Ching Ching, Weh Dat Aguh; and veteran DJ artiste Harry Toddler's appears on Use To.

Toddler explained in a press release that "the rhythm a run the road hot."

Burrell added: "The women are really loving the Ishawna's "long fingernail" track, they are identifying with it in a big way and the men also like it . 'Weh Dat Aguh' featuring Chi Ching Ching, who understands the streets, is really working on the ground. Ching gives us what the street wants."

He continued: "Harry Toddler did a great job and has always supported DownSound Records and of course you know Vybz is the master of any rhythm."

A medley video was shot last week.

"The video is fashion driven and you will see Ishwana with a brand new look. The video also highlights some of the real social issues confronting this country like when Kartel says "Poverty is a prison" and more importantly, 'Bun di devil, Jah totally,'" DownSounds CEO, Josef Bogdanovich, said.





pray-for-jcapri.jpgDancehall artiste J Capri is still in an induced coma, but her vital signs have improved significantly in the last 24 hours after emergency surgery was performed on Monday.

"We are really grateful to the donors who came in to give blood, but we are asking others to please contribute as her blood count is extremely low. She really lost a lot of blood, when she came in her blood was at 2 when it should have been 12, now it is up to 8," Kenneth Phillips, father of singer J Capri, explained.

He also thanked the young man who was first on the scene of his daughter's accident and who made the initial calls to the family and to the emergency services.

J Capri, whose given name is Jordan Phillips, reportedly lost control of her Mercedes-Benz which hit a wall before overturning along Barbican Road in St Andrew, early Monday morning. She did emergency surgery at the University Hospital of the West Indies in Kingston and is in an induced coma.

"Her vital signs are good, her blood pressure is good, her breathing is good. She is still in an induced coma so that her brain is less active. It is good that she is so strong but there must be less activity so there is nothing to interrupt the healing process. She suffered serious head trauma, but the doctors will be doing a CAT scan tomorrow to see if the swelling on her brain has decreased," he said.

J Capri, who is signed to Head Concussion Records, is known for songs such as Pull Up to Mi Bumper, Wine and Kotch and Reverse It.





maxi-priest-ics-award-ceremony-official-op-photo.jpgThree Jamaicans are among eight outstanding Caribbean Americans honoured by the Washington-based Institute of Caribbean Studies (ICS) for contribution to the American society in various fields.

They are: international Reggae Artiste Maxi Priest, who received the Luminary award for his outstanding contribution to Reggae music; Forensic Document Examiner, Beverley East, received the Forerunner award for her expertise and work in document forensics; and Graphic Designer Michael Thompson, who was presented with the Outstanding Community Service award for pioneering the International Reggae Poster contest.

The presentations were made at the 22nd Caribbean American Heritage Awards Gala held at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Washington on Friday

Jamaica's Ambassador to the United States, Ralph Thomas, in his remarks, lauded the awardees who, he said, have demonstrated excellence in their various fields. He had special commendations for the Jamaicans, noting that they are ambassadors in their own right, who continue to fly Jamaica's flag high.

"For this awards ceremony to be celebrating 22 years is a testimony to the high esteem in which the ICS is held. It also demonstrates the determination of the institute to bestow recognition upon members of the Caribbean community in the United States," he said.

In a Facebook post on Tuesday, Maxi Priest expressed his heartfelt gratitude to the ICS for considering and ultimately awarding him for the 2015 Luminary Award.

"I truly have to give a very BIG THANK YOU to the Caribbean American Heritage Awards, for bestowing upon me with [the] 2015 Luminary Award. It was truly an honour and a pleasure to be amongst all of the great honourees. It truly touches my heart the way you show your appreciation for all of our journeys...I accept this award on behalf of all those who came before me. I travel this road with the greatest respect and appreciation, for the heroes, icons, and legends that created it. I only hope that I have helped to create an extension to this road, for those that come after. Once again, thank you all for giving me this award, and thank you for inviting me to share this memorable experience with you."

The other persons honoured were musician Glendon Henderson who received the Trailblazer Award; Dr Brenda Hutchinson, the Excellence in Medicine award; Lt Colonel Shawna Kimbrell, the Vanguard award for her contribution in the field of aviation; Magdalah Silva, the Outstanding Entrepreneur award; while the Outstanding Public Service award went to Miguel Southwell also in the field of aviation.





Jamaica wins five of 6 CASJA awards

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shelly-ann.jpgWorld sprint champion's Usain Bolt and Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce copped the major titles as Jamaica won five of the six categories in the second annual Caribbean Sports journalists' Association (CASJA) awards.

Bolt who successfully defended his world championships sprint titles in Beijing was unanimously chosen as the sportsman of the year, beating Paralympic athlete Akeem Stewart of Trinidad and Tobago fellow Jamaican O'dayne Richards of Jamaica.

Fraser- Pryce who retained her 100 meters title and anchored Jamaica to the 4×100 meters title at the world championships copped the sportswoman of the year ahead Yarisley Silva of Cuba and fellow Jamaican Alia Atkinson

Jamaica's world 100 meters hurdles champion Danielle Williams and Jeffrey Gibson of the Bahamas were voted the top rising stars in the Caribbean.

Jamaican relay teams dominated the team of the year categories with the quartet of Nesta Carter, Asafa Powell, Nickel Ashmeade, Usain Bolt taking the male team of year for the 4x100m gold at the IAAF World Championships.

Trinidad & Tobago's 4x400m relay team which won the gold medal at the Pan American games and the silver at the World Championships settled for the runners-up spot followed by Jamaica's 'Reggae boyz' who finished as the beaten finalist at the Concacaf Gold Cup tournamentt.

The 4x100m championship record team of Veronica Campbell-Brown, Natasha Morrison, Elaine Thompson and Fraser- Pryce copped the female team of the year.





usain-bolt-wins-gold-200m-beijing-2015-photo-1.jpgUsain Bolt, the fastest man alive has teamed up with South Africa's national telecommunications operator Telkom to promote fibre technology, which delivers high speed internet service.

Telkom has not revealed the amount that the Jamaican superstar will be paid for the deal but revealed that Bolt was perfect for their fibre optic roll-out as they are aiming to convince people of the technology's speed.

"We believe that Bolt‚ as the fastest person in the world‚ will assist us in creating awareness of the speed‚ consistency and reliability that fibre technology offers‚" Telkom's Chief Marketing Officer‚ Enzo Scarcella‚ said in a statement announcing the partnership.

Telkom says it hopes to reach one million homes with fibre by 2018 to expand what it says is already the largest fibre network in the country.

Fibre technology can transfer more data over longer distances than copper wire and permits Internet connections equalling 100 Mbps in downstream speeds.

Portland teacher and daughter stabbed by attacker who then takes them to hospital

Shock has gripped the Fair Prospect community in Portland, after a high school Vice Principal and her daughter were stabbed multiple times in the wee hours of this morning (November 24) and then taken to the hospital, allegedly by their attacker.

The mother, Andrea Moore who is Vice Principal at the Fair Prospect High School received 17 stabs, while her 18 year old daughter was allegedly stabbed some 9 times.

Both are in serious, but stable condition at hospital. It is understood that Mrs. Moore's husband was not at home, at the time of the incident.

The brazen attack occurred about 12:15 this morning, when Mrs. Moore reportedly heard screams coming from her daughter's room. She went to investigate and both females were attacked allegedly by a man armed with a knife. Police say the intruder gained entry to the Vice Principal's house through a window.

Reports are that the man repeatedly enquired about guns about which the high school Vice Principal and her daughter had no information. The educator and her daughter were stabbed repeatedly, all over their bodies.

And, in a strange twist of fate, the alleged attacker reportedly took the two wounded females to hospital in the Vice Principal's car.

The women were left outside the hospital, and vehicle taken by the alleged attacker.

In the meantime, gloom hung over the Fair Prospect High School today, as staff and students reacted to the gruesome news. Principal at Fair Prospect High, Godfrey Flemmings, who visited with Mrs. Moore in hospital says she is in good spirits. He says counselling was offered to staff and students, some of whom cried openly.

Crime Officer for Portland, DSP Richard Hilton says a motor car believed to be the stolen vehicle was recovered in Yallahs, St. Thomas on Tuesday.





UTech student dies in car crash in Hellshire

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utech-student-kaestner-jackson.jpgThe University of Technology (UTECH) family is mourning the loss of another student. This time it is due to the death of an engineering student, Kaestner Jackson.

Jackson, 23, died after a Daihatsu Terios sports utility vehicle crashed into another car head on. The accident happened on Sunday night on the Hellshire Main Road in St Catherine.

Jackson's photo was posted on social media with several friends and colleagues expressing their condolences.

Last Saturday, slain student, Shanique Walters was laid to rest in an emotional ceremony in Old Harbour, St Catherine. She was shot in the face earlier this month after she made her way home with a friend.

No one has been arrested for Walters' murder which sent shock waves through the college community and prompted police to beef up security on the school campus in communities surrounding UTECH.

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hands-behind-bars.jpgDays after it was reported that another attorney has been charged with fraud, the police have revealed that a doctor has also been implicated in the case.

A statement from the police says the Counter Terrorism and Organised Crime (C-TOC) branch charged 67 year old attorney Peter Millingen, of Braywrick Road Kingston 6, and 58 year old Dr. Dane Levy, of White Wing Avenue, Portmore, St. Catherine with breaches of the Larceny Act. They reportedly forged a Will.

According to the police, in 2013 a relative of a deceased man requested a copy of the Will from Mr. Millingen, who was his lawyer, but the request was denied. The relative retained another attorney who obtained a copy of the document. After examining the Will; the relative discovered discrepancies with the document, including the deceased's signature. A report was made to C-TOC.

The document was sent to the JCF's Questioned Document Examination Department, along with several specimen handwritings. The investigation revealed that Mr. Millingen, who prepared the document, had filed an Affidavit of Feeble Handwriting in the Supreme Court, which stated that he was present at the date when the deceased and the two purported witnesses signed the document. However, forensic evidence allegedly revealed that it was Dr. Levy who forged the signatures of the witnesses.

Mr. Milligen was arrested and charged with conspiracy to defraud, uttering forged document, and demanding property by means of forged document, while Dr. Levy is to face charges of conspiracy to defraud, and forgery.

They are scheduled to appear in the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate's Court on Friday.





Anthony Cruz preps for Kingston Music Week

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anthony-cruz.jpgReggae singer, Anthony Cruz, who is now following in the footsteps of his late uncle Garnet Silk by embracing the Rastafari faith, is equally eager to embrace his fans at Stone Love HQ on Burlington Avenueduring the upcoming Kingston Music Week.

The week of activities runs from December 1-7 with the official Stone Love Night set for December 2 at arguably the hottest Wednesday night spot in City Kingston - Weddy Weddy.

The Half-Way-Tree singer, who is now sprouting his locks and a new "livity", is anticipating performing in this authentic dancehall setting in which the juggling is intense and patrons have little patience for anything but an 'A' game from artistes.

"I love the concept of Kingston Music Week and I'm really happy to be a part of it. Performing with Stone Love is always a treat because we all know the importance of the sound system in driving reggae/dancehall music," said Cruz who is currently promoting songs such as Money Worries, A Pound A Day, Another Lonely Day and Mother And Daughter, which can be found on his new Tads Records EP, Cruzing.

He noted that although he has always been known for his "girls tunes" and songs anyone can listen to, he will be adding some socially conscious ones to the mix as he continues to take up his social responsibility as an artiste. He has been "mixing it up" during his live performances, the most recent of which was the Mello FM show at Sam Sharpe Square in Montego Bay.

"Fans are still getting used to seeing Anthony Cruz with a tam on his head and hair on his face, which is a sharp contrast from the smooth face, bald head Anthony Cruz which they are used to," admitted Cruz, who emphasized that his conversion is real.

Born Rowan Smith, Anthony Cruz grew up in Mandeville. A past student of Holmwood Technical High school made his entrance on the reggae stage in the early 90s with an original single entitled Tell Me What's Up produced by Willie Lindo. He soon followed up with other recordings such as Just Call My Name, When You Get Lonely and Love Will Never all from the same producer.

Come December 2, Anthony Cruz will unleash his 'A' game at Kingston Music Week alongside the immortal, multi-award-winning sound, Stone Love.





Cannabis Cup a resounding success

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cannabis-cup-2015-photo-1.jpgMatt Stang, director of advertising and sponsorships at High Times magazine, co-promoter of the Cannabis Cup held November 12-15 in Negril, described the event as a resounding success.

"It was a fantastic experience and greatly exceeded all expectations. Jamaica is an incredible and welcoming country. We can't wait for another year in paradise," said Stang.

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He listed the performances of I Wayne, Luciano and Tarrus Riley among the highlights of the 'Cup', which took place at Long Bay Beach Park.

"Having the minister of justice (senator Mark Golding) deliver a fantastic seminar on the future of Cannabis in Jamaica, and presenting the awards to the best ganja farmers in Jamaica" was another plus for Stang.

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The four-day weed fest drew thousands of Jamaicans and foreigners. On closing day, a panel of judges presided over competition in various 'best ganja' categories.

High Times, a monthly publication that covers the global ganja scene, started the Cannabis Cup in 1988. It has been held mainly in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, maybe the most liberal centre for ganja.

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The Negril show was co-promoted by Rasta Rootzfest, an organisation in Westmoreland committed to legalisation of ganja in Jamaica.





Manchester woman fined for ganja

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ganja-image-1.jpgFifty-three-year-old farmer Patsy Ferguson, of a Manchester address, pleaded guilty to possession of, and dealing in one pound and two ounces of ganja and was fined $13,500 when she appeared in the Montego Bay Resident Magistrate's Court last Wednesday.

Co-accused Abigail Ferguson pleaded not guilty to the charges.

The court was told that on October 30, at 1:00 p.m., the police, acting on information, carried out a raid at a house in Salt Spring. During the raid, the ganja was found in two separate parcels, one hidden in a couch in the living room and the other in the bedroom. Nine hundred and fifty dollars was also found with one of the parcels.

The two women, who were at the premises, were taken into custody and subsequently charged.

Wong-Small subsequently ordered Ferguson to pay a fine of $4,500, or spend 30 days in jail on the possession charge, and $9,000, or 30 days, on the dealing charge.

Meanwhile, the court was told that clarity was needed concerning a police statement in the matter against Abigail Ferguson. She had her bail extended until January 7, 2016.

Both women were ordered to submit their fingerprints to the police.





pray-for-jcapri.jpgjcapri-give-blood-alert.jpgDancehall artiste J Capri was involved in what appears to be a serious car accident earlier this morning.

Her Personal Assistant, Danielle Francis has since advised that she is in surgery. Various posts on social media suggests that the accident happened on Barbican Road, and that her car flipped-over on impact. She was taken to the hospital immediately. She is currently in serious condition and is in need of blood.





meadbrook-high-school.jpgThe drama unfolded last Friday evening along a lonely stretch of road on Meadowbrook Avenue in the residential middle class community.

A taxi-man who was going about his usual business, was about to make a left turn onto Meadowbrook Ave when he spotted what appeared to be the student and a man playing. However, he watched the action for about 15 seconds and then realised that the young girl was thrown to the ground and "all her underclothes were exposed".

"When I saw that, I realised that it was a robbery. So I turned right instead and drove fast down the road, blowing my horn as loud as it could go," the cabbie told YardFlex.

He said that when the thug heard the noise and saw the car, he made a great pull and took the horrified female student's phone and jumped onto a waiting bike.

The quick-thinking taximan memorised the licence plate of the bike and hurriedly called the police to make a report, while assisting the terrified school-girl.





Elections will NOT be called this year

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prime-minister-portia-simpson-miller-photo-3.jpgPrime Minister Portia Simpson Miller has signalled that the general election will not be called this year, confirming that she will only set the date after the November 30 Voter's List is published.

With the Christmas period already ruled out for holding the election, this essentially confirms that the election will be held in 2016, instead of late 2015, as had been suggested earlier.

Mrs. Simpson, addressing a rally of the governing People's National Party (of which she is president), in Black River, St. Elizabeth, said she took account of the fact that thousands of people were enumerated ahead of the September 30 deadline, and she had listened to calls for those persons to be allowed to vote in the next election.

Mrs. Simpson Miller said she wanted Jamaicans to have a peaceful Christmas, and expressed confidence that her Party will win the next election.

In response, the Jamaica Labour Party said it had no problem with the election being called after the publication of the November 30 Voter's List.





us-ambassador-luis-moreno.jpgUS ambassador to Jamaica Luis G Moreno is reported to have lashed those who do not condemn the Paris massacre as reprehensible.

"It's about community.. It's what we are...When someone hurts our community including what occurred in Paris it affects us all...And those (in Jamaica and abroad) that openly refuse to condemn such acts are reprehensible," he said.

However, no sooner was the story reported than a slew of online comments have lashed Moreno for his "schoolyard bully" behaviour and remided him that much of the mess in the Middle East was created by America.

"Mr Moreno should look at the entire picture because it's there for all to see. We don't want to be dragged into this mess like France. Jamaicans want to travel freely. The world suffers under both America and the Islamists. They are two faces of the same coin. They both push imperialism.".

Online readers demand to know why Paris should get special attention and condemnation when other atrocities by Boko Haram, the Palestine/Israli terrorists, the bombings in Mali, and countless others are treated lightly.

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"I do not condone or agree with terrorism i believe that all terrorists should be found and be killed. the Negro race has being terrorised and killed for centuries,that's where my sympathy lies first. i do extend what is left for others ,neither do i agree with some powerful countries politician using their position to manipulate ,and try to shame others into sympathising with them.that type of behaviour is no better than a school yard bully,and that's what being done here,shame on you"

"I didn't see any worldwide outrage when Boko Haram killed thousands of Nigerians nor any outrage for the million or so innocent Iraqis/ Afgans/Syrians killed by bombings. Isn't that terror too? Most of the victims of bombings were non-white, so I am guessing they must not be seen as humans beings. Why not instead focus on the American policies which made this mess possible? Mr Moreno should focus on US continued support of apartheid states such as Israel and Saudi Arabia. Why did his govt and the CIA train Bin Laden in terror tactics to fight the Russians? I am sure the Russians troops didn't mind the American technology behind the bombings from Bin Laden. . This is the same terrorist who then turned on the US after the US refused Bin Ladens request for US troops to exit their Saudi Arabian army base. Yes, how soon we forget?!. . The US turned Iraq, Libya, Afghanistan, Egypt, Tunisia, Syria and a host of countries into terror states by getting rid of their leaders. Those leaders were all against the Islamists and ISIS... The US then supported ISIS and other terror groups against Assad then pulled out and left ISIS to grow from strength to strength in these countries. Why? Yes, I do condemn the actions of the misguided Islamic fools, but we can't forget the policies of the other fools across the lake. Mr Moreno should look at the entire picture because it's there for all to see. We don't want to be dragged into this mess like France. Jamaicans want to travel freely. The world suffers under both America and the Islamists. They are two faces of the same coin. They both push imperialism."

The Paris attacks were reprehensible. So are the numerous attacks on innocent lives by Boko Haram in Nigeria and ISIS attacks in Beirut. I wonder if the ambassador considers anyone who hasn't condemned the latter 2 equally reprehensible?

What does he mean by "our community"?

All deaths are regrettable including those killed in Africa. Even those killed in Jamaica at the hands of gunmen (1000 and counting.....).

Also the 19 babies that died in the recent bacteria outbreak, plus the nearly 100 that were killed as a result of chick-v related illnesses, plus those who have died through some form of neglect, mismanagement and maybe slavishly following the dictates of the IMF at the expense of providing vital services for the citizens in need.

Need I say more...you all have expressed my sentiments....Boko Haram attacked the Mall in Kenya and of course there were outrage but not of the magnitude of the Paris attack and nobody was calling for the world to stand still. For the record, the attack in France should be condemned to the nth degree so should all the others.

U.S. Big Stick Policy in action....even though freedom of speech or not to speak is part of what they embrace...

Meanwhile the same thing happens in Africa in like half a dozen countries and no one cares. But oh because its Paris its an outrage?





Friend kills pregnant woman, rips baby from her womb

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crime-scene-7.jpgA woman in New York was fatally strangled and stabbed on Friday before the killer ripped her baby from her womb.

Police arrested a woman at the scene who they believe murdered the Bronx 22-year-old before taking the child in the bloody altercation and allegedly claiming it as her own.

The child survived the attack and investigators were working over the weekend to determine how far along in her pregnancy the victim was.

According to the Associated Press, police arrived to the scene on Friday afternoon to find the victim stabbed multiple times in the abdomen.

Authorities said the suspect, who is also 22, tried to claim the child was hers.

"When the cops arrived, the perp claimed it was her child and that she gave birth during the struggle," New York City Councilman Andy King told NBC New York.

The victim was taken to an area hospital, where she was pronounced dead.

The suspect is now under arrest on a murder charge.





jamaica-mafia.jpgJamaican Mafia the hardcore Jamaican Film will make its debut in Jamaican Cinema on Friday November 27 at the Carib 5 Cinema in Cross Roads,

Jamaican Mafia was filmed in New York City. Actor Paul Campbell, whose film credits include Dancehall Queen and Third World Cop, heads the cast. He is supported by dancehall artiste Michelle D'angel' Downer.

The Jamaican Mafia movie is about the chronicles of the life of Zoolian Anderson (fax) as he moves from life as a regular citizen to criminality when he takes over the family business, led by his uncle (Campbell). The film has encountered several distribution hurdles.

At one stage, the Producers had considered releasing it online.





harold-brady-photo-1.jpgEight months after he was charged with fraud, attorney Harold Brady was freed on Friday in the Corporate Area Criminal Court.

Mr. Brady's legal team reported to the court that he had paid over more than $30 million owed to businessman Jeffery Panton and Panton's wife, Sue-Ann.

He handed over four cheques to the Pantons and their attorney Peter Champaignie, in court on Friday. One of the cheques was for US$250,000, while the others were in Jamaican currency.

After the cheques were presented, the prosecutor withdrew the charges against him, with the Pantons having accepted the settlement.

Mr Brady was charged in March, after he was accused of defrauding the Pantons of J$37 million in a real estate deal. Investigators reported that Mr Brady sold a house for the couple in Stony Hill, St Andrew, for J$51 million. He reportedly paid them US$165,000, initially, but failed to pay the balance.





Another lawyer on fraud charge

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Attorney-at-law, Laverne George, of Diamond Road, Stony Hill, St. Andrew has been charged with fraud.

Detectives attached to the counter terrorism and organized crime investigation branch, c-toc arrested and charged Ms. George with fraudulent conversion this week.

Reports are that in 2013, Ms. George was contracted to conduct transactions involving the sale of land on behalf of the complainant.

It is alleged that Ms. George failed to pay over the total sum of money from the sale, to the complainant.

A report was made to the police, an investigation launched and Ms. George was arrested and charged.

She is expected to appear before the Half Way Tree Resident Magistrate's Court next Tuesday, November 24.

In October, attorneys Miguel Lorne and Harold Brady were also charged with fraud.





money-hidden-in-shampoo-bottle.jpgA Venezuelan man has been arrested after he was allegedly found with more than US$80,000 in his luggage while trying to board a flight at Kingston's Norman Manley International Airport.

According to a police report, about 10:30 Wednesday morning the 42-year-old man was about to check in for a flight to Curacao when he was stopped.

His suitcase was searched and US$83,900 reportedly found concealed in several items including shampoo bottles.





Nigerian R&B singer tun up!

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pauk-akujor.jpgPAUL AKUJOR is a African R&b singer and songwriter. Born in Lagos, Nigeria and raised in Austin, Texas.

Paul Akujor has been motivated since 2009. His passion for music and the love of Hiphop has blessed him with exposure in multiple house stages and showcases.

His talent has allowed him openings for many popular artists and media including Chalie boy and staring in kazi 88.7 radio station.





US rapper Lupe Fiasco chillin' in Jamaica

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lupe-fiasco-nov-18.jpgUS rapper Lupe Fiasco is in Jamaica, chilling and making links but avoiding to smoke ganja.

He told his 1.3 million Twitter followers on Wednesday that he's experiencing food on the rock.

"Eat Jerk Chicken & Kola Champagne actually in #Jamaica," he tweeted 19 hours ago.

Later the rapper, most known for his Touch The Sky collab with rapper Kanye West, denied smoking ganja in response to a fan.

"No man...Babylon presence was too strong ya ear mi star...mi no smoke no ganja anyway," he indicated.

Born Wasalu Muhammad Jaco the rapper rose to fame in 2006 with his debut album, Lupe Fiasco's Food & Liquor. He released his latest album, Tetsuo & Youth, this year.





beenie-man-photo-8.jpgDespite the recent bombings and shootings in Paris, France by terror group Isis, some entertainers still have to carry out prior obligations which will see them making stops in that country.

Last week, Isis killed at least 127 people in Paris.

King of the dancehall Beenie Man who is currently on European tour to promote his first LP in almost 8 years is expected to play at a concert in France in December.

The tour dubbed the Unstoppable Promo tour will see Beenie in Europe from November 19 to December 15 making stops Germany, France, Switzerland and other countries.

Beenie Man's new album Unstoppable, which he compares with his 1997 album, Many Moods of Moses was released on November 19.

Unstoppable, the title song off the 14 track album produced by Beenie and his MD Entertainment Music label features international entertainer Akon.





The Boxing Day event intends to bring back the rulers of the 1980s in true rub-a-dub style. The Jamworld audience will witness an unforgettable three the hard way, a combined performance from Josie Wales, Charlie Chaplain, and Brigadier Jerry.

josey-wales.jpgJosey Wales aka The Outlaw, was arguably the top deejay of the 1980s. He is ready to show Sting 2015 the skills of a founding father of dancehall. The respected pioneer's powerful melodies and lyrics are still borrowed today by many modern-day recording stars.

His past hits include Leggo Mi Hand (Gateman), It a Fi Bun (Jah know), Undercover Lover, Bobbo Dread, (Wrong Move) Right Move, and Water Come a Mi Eye.

Brigadier Jerry, a maestro of the live-show experience, intends to deliver his signature comedic, yet conscious, style of rhyming. He should generate waves of forwards with his immensely popular "stage show lyrics" which laud positive living and condemn immoral behaviour. Jerry's onstage raw talent is so phenomenal he has earned more recognition for spitting lyrics live opposed to his mega-hit recordings. His hits include Jamaica, Jamaica, Gwaan a School and Pain.

Charlie Chaplin will round up the highly anticipated, three the hard way of the '80s masters. Chaplin is known for hits such as Mad Chaplin, New Door fe Shut, Chalice Affi Burn, Throw Some Corn, Press Along, and Obeah Business.

The stalwart is expected to turn the heat up on December 26 at Jamworld in Portmore, the home of the greatest reggae and dancehall show on earth.

For more details, follow #Sting2015 and @reggaesting on Instagram, Twiiter, or Facebook.





reggae-girl-rhodes-scholar-photo-1.jpgPresident of the Jamaica Football Federation (JFF), Captain Horace Burrell has congratulated Jamaica's 2016 recipient of the prestigious Rhodes Scholarship, Sherona Forrester.

In an official release, Forrester was described as an active member of the Senior Reggae Girls squad and a regular starter on behalf of Jamaica in the CONCACAF Women's World Cup Qualifying Tournament in the USA.

The release also said the technical staff remembers Forrester, a part-time lecturer at UWI, as one of the main players who assists the younger players with school work.

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Captain Burrell calls Forrester's achievement a unique achievement for Jamaican players.

"It is a shining example to other sports athletes that academics and sports can be combined and both achieved to the highest level with discipline and determination.

It is for this reason why in recent years the JFF has included tutors with our national youth teams when they travel to represent the country," Burrell said.





French Caribbean islands have been included in the state of emergency declared in France by President Francois Hollande following the terrorist attacks in Paris.

The islands which are overseas territories of France are Guadeloupe, French Guiana, Martinique, Mayotte, Reunion Island, and St Martin and St Barths.

Hollande declared the state of emergency last weekend after the terrorist group, the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), claimed responsibility for the Friday night attacks that killed more than 129 people and injured in excess of 350 others.

According to the Ministry of Overseas Territories, the decision to include the Caribbean countries was justified by the necessity to reinforce security in all territories during the state of emergency that has since been extended by three months.





Stop carrying children in car trunks! taximen warned

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The Transport Authority has issued a stern warning to route taxi operators transporting children in the trunk of motorcars, to immediately discontinue the practice or face prosecution.

The Authority has received reports that operators have been placing children in the cargo compartment of sedans, in a bid to increase their earnings on each trip.

Its Operations Division has been instructed to intensify activities to stamp out the practice, which compromises the safety and comfort of passengers. Donald Foster, Managing Director of the Authority, on Friday said the reports originate primarily from western parishes.

"We are currently carrying out further investigations to look into the problem because we shall be taking appropriate action to stop the illegal activity," Foster said.

He added that operators found violating the rights of passengers to a safe and comfortable ride by overloading the vehicles will be prosecuted under the Road Traffic Regulations. He said the Transport Authority will be engaging the police to implement strategies to prosecute offenders for cruelty to children under the Child Care and Protection Act.

"We will be meeting with them soon , we have made arrangements about the problem and they will be planning our operations along with the polce to address this concern," he sad.





No bail for man who posted rape video on Facebook

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odane-greyson-rape-victim-demo-photo.jpgTwenty-six year old Odain Grayson, the man who was arrested in connection with a video posted on Facebook, was refused bail on Friday when he appeared in the Spanish Town Criminal Court.

Prosecutors and the police opposed bail during a hearing.

Grayson, who is charged with rape and abduction, was remanded until December 9 when there will be another bail hearing.

He was charged last Friday by the Centre for the Investigation of Sexual Offences and Child Abuse, and is facing other charges under the Cybercrimes Act.

Grayson sparked an uproar on social media last week Tuesday when he posted a video on his Facebook page, apparently having sexual intercourse with a female who was pleading with him to stop.

He surrendered to the police last Thursday.





Jamaica Jazz & Blues Festival cancelled for 2016

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jamaica-jazz-and-blues.jpgThe highly-anticipated Jamaica Jazz and Blues festival, which each year boasts the biggest name in music internationally, has been cancelled for 2016.

According to the event's website, the festival is postponed until 2017 when the festival will celebrate its 20th anniversary.

Event organizers used Facebook to apologize to fans explaining why the festival wasn't being held in 2016.

"We really tried to make 2016 a reality, however, things just did not work out," read a post from Jamaica Jazz and Blues on Facebook.

"Therefore, instead of trying to push and stage a festival that would not be of our usual standard, we decided to postpone it," they added.

However, the event organizers promised patrons that they would not disappoint when they returned in 2017.

The Jamaica Jazz and Blues Festival usually attracts an audience of 15,000t o 20,000 and was originally established to boost visitor arrivals to the island during the tourism slow season.

The festival was formerly known as the Air Jamaica Jazz and Blues Festival.





Did Laing offer Alkaline $2.5M for Sting? Hell no!

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alkaline-photo-9.jpgSupreme Promotions, promoters of Sting, are stoutly denying reports that they offered dancehall artiste Alkaline $2.5 million to perform on the show in December.

isaiah-laing-polka-dots.jpgIn fact, Isaiah Laing CEO of Supreme Promotions, told Irie FM that "Alkaline a look attention."

After news began to circulate online Wednesday,Laing sought to clear the air, stating that the story is nothing but a rumour.

Laing told a tabloid that he has not been in contact with either Alkaline or any member of his management team.

According to Laing, he had contacted Alkaline two years in a row to perform on Sting and the tatoo-eye deejay never responded. Laing says he is certainly not reaching out to Alkaline a thrd time. However, if Alkaline wants to do Sting, then he knows where to find Laing.

Laing says he has no idea where these stories about Alkaline refusing an offer to perform on Sting 2015 are coming from.

Well, it IS the silly season and Alkaline IS an attention seeker.





leave-the-crumbs-alone-album-cover.jpgMulti-talented song writer, singer, musician, and producer, Mackie Conscious will release his latest album November 20 2015 on Cdbay, ITunes, Amazon and all major download sites. "Leave the Crumbs Alone" is the title track for the album.

This is his second album following "What If" which was released in 2009.

This 16-track album has five collaborations; "Leave the Crumbs Alone" featuring international bass player/Artist Taddy P. This song won Best Collaboration music Video on Carivibes Tv Awards in 2010. "Nobody no Business" and "Two Many Broken Homes" featuring his 10-year-old daughter and piano prodigy Bliss McKay. "Wonderful World" features Jamaican born Australian Reggae artist Jimmy Trenchtown. "Put a little love in your heart", features one of Jamaica best DJ Mikeylous.

There are three covers: "You'll Never Find Another" the Lou Rawls 1976 classic, "Wonderful world" the Sam Cook 1960 classics and "Put a little love in your heart" the Al Green's 1988 all-time favorite of many.

The original songs include, Plant Some Trees, More Reality, Real King, Reggae Music Rise Again, We Live Fi See It, One Day Down, Sing a Happy Song, No Body No Business, Rebel, Too Many Broken Homes ,Leave The Crumbs Alone, Its All Good and Jamaica This Is Paradise.

Plant Some Trees and Reggae Music Rise again, made number 1 in USA. Plant Some Trees is currently used as an inspiration for climate change and prevention of deforestation by many organizations including Eco Solutions in Zimbabwe in their Tree planting campaign.

Jamaica This Is Paradise was his 2015 entry in the JCDC festival song competition. This made it to the top 10 in the finals.

This album is another on his own Conscious Production record label, but Mackie teamed up with some of the best producers and hit makers in the music business. They are Barry O'Hare, Hugh Miller (Bunny Don), Othneil Campbell (Taddy P.), Richard Burgess, Byron Murray, Paul Elliott and Peter Waithera (selector King Rebel).





Injunction lifted against the Gladiators in France

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droop-lion-and-the-gladiators-demo-photo.jpgReggae band Droop Lion and the Gladiators, were successful in getting a Supreme Court injunction lifted against their performances in Europe.

Local booking agent Jeffrey Stephenson, and the core of the band - guitarists Clinton Rufus and Gallimore Sutherland, keyboardist Veron Sutherland and harmony singer/percussionist Ludlow Robinson - were recently embroiled in legal wranglings with Al Griffiths, son of the legendary Albert Griffiths in Jamaica.

In October, Griffiths, the former leader of the The Gladiators had been granted an order by the Supreme Court barring Stephenson and Cartel Concert, a French booking company from using the name 'The Gladiators'.

"It was most upsetting because we were hit with an injunction in Jamaica filed by Al and Anthony Griffiths on October 2, and then we went to Europe, we were hit with an injunction in France filed by Michel Jovanovic. They were fighting the war on two fronts to stop our tour, but we eventually won in France, and the tour was successful," Stephenson said.

French booking agent Michel Jovanovic, had attempted to block the band's performances in Europe. Jovanovic allegedly registered The Gladiators' name in March 2015 for use in Europe. This, Stephenson claims, would allow him to assemble a unit called The Gladiators to perform in that continent.

Jovanovic operates the Paris-based Mediacom which has booked shows for The Gladiators since 1996.

"However, the Supreme Court in France ruled that the musicians have the right to use the name anytime and anywhere without interference from anyone. We are taking that ruling now, and will be approaching the Supreme Court in Jamaica to get the injunction lifted in Jamaica," he said.

The band recently did 35 gigs across Europe, namely France, the United Kingdom, Austria, Spain, Belgium and Czech Republic with singer Droop Lion as Droop Lion and The Gladiators Band.

"This is a landmark ruling, and it has ramifications for other musicians who have been abused by artistes and their relatives over the years. Musicians have the right to earn, once they build a brand, it is like a company that they have helped to build and they have the right to earn from their work in establishing that brand," Stephenson said.

Reggae singer Albert Griffiths started The Gladiators in 1967 while he was a session guitarist at Studio One. Errol Grandison, David Webber, Clinton Fearon, Sutherland and Rufus are some of the band's early members.

Best known for the song Hello Carol, The Gladiators recorded a number of roots songs in the 1970s such as Bongo Red and Roots Natty. The toured extensively throughout Europe, the United States, South America and the Pacific and soon they became made a top draw. In 2005 illness forced Griffiths permanently off the road.

He was replaced on vocals by his son Albert Jnr. Other sons, Anthony on drums and Rory, who died in 2011, also joined the band. Stephenson said Albert Jnr left in 2013 after a falling-out with band members.





judy-mowatt-ingathering-concert.jpgKencot Christian Fellowship will host their their annual fund-raising event, Ingathering, on Sunday November 29.

Among those scheduled to perform at the event are veteran Reggae Gospel singer Judy Mowatt, Dawn Martin, Remnant Worshippers, Kimiela Candy Issacs and Karl Brown from Praise Break/Glory Carrier!

Admission is FREE! Bring a love offering...





pepita-praise-the-lord.jpg"I don't proclaim religion. I proclaim Jesus! He is my only reason.

The God of love, peace and everything pure, the only wise God, my Savior. The God of a second, third, fourth, whole heep of chances that we don't deserve. The God who loves us even when we don't love Him. The God who sent His son to die for our sins. Sins that date back to the beginning of time when Cain killed Able that faithful day. The God that made the heaven and the earth and all that is within.

"Adonai. Master. King of Kings and Lord of Lords. The Prince of Peace. I proclaim Jesus!", popular gospel site Gospel Link-Up reports Pepita as saying.

The former television show host, who is currently employed at a financial institution, has been using Instagram to promote Gospel Link Up.

Little is also good friends with Kerie-Ann Lewis, popularly known as Kiki. Kiki, who was baptised in 2014, is a follower of the Christian faith.





No breakthrough in murder of 6-year-old

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The police have not yet established a motive for the deadly attack on a six-year-old boy whose body was found in a gully in Mount Edgecombe, Runaway Bay, St Ann on Monday.

The body of Daniel Anderson, which had chop wounds, was found a day after he was reported missing.

"We have contacted al the persons connected with this child..... statements are being collected. We are giving it full attention and we are continuing with the probe into this homicide," said head of the St. Ann Police, Superintendent Wayne Cameron.

Daniel, who was a student of the Runaway Bay All-Age School, was reportedly sent on an errand by his father on Sunday afternoon.

His body was discovered on Monday afternoon by a passerby.

Fifty seven children have been murdere v d so far this year up from 41 during the same period in 2014.





The St. Anns Bay Police are seeking the public's assistance in locating 57-year-old Joseph Lynch, 43-year-old Lascelle Lynch, 50-year-old Ruth Lawrence and 7-year-old Rimeka Haynes all of Authurs Mount, Lime Hall, St. Ann who were reported missing on Monday, November 16.

Joseph is of dark complexion, slim build and about 175 centimetres (5 feet 9 inches) tall, Lascelle is of dark complexion, slim build and about 175 centimeters (5 feet 9 inches) Ruth is of dark complexion, slim build and about 91 centimetres (3 feet) tall. No description of Rimeka was given.

Reports are that about 3:30 a.m., residents reportedly saw their house on fire and alerted both the fire brigade and the police. Since then, the family has not been seen or hear from.

Anyone knowing the whereabouts of Joseph Lynch, Lascelle Lynch, Ruth Lawrence and Rimeka Haynes is being asked to contact the St Anns Bay Police at 972-2211, the Police 119 emergency number or the nearest Police.





A wha kinda magic dem a wuk pon Fabian Marley?

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fabian-marley-photo-2.jpgBwoy...da one yah deep.We doan know if is black magic, white magic or just plain magic, but hear dis.

Everybody suppose to know by know that Fabian Marley has come forward to say that he is the firstborn son of Reggae legend Bob Marley, and that the Marley family refuses to have Fabian's DNA tested with that of Bob Marley.

Well Fabian a work pon him career and just as things a heat up, boops, him tek sick. And a nun no ordinary sickness, him manager say the doctor dem say that Fabian was poisoned.

And foul play is suspected. Hear wha the manager, Clayton Thomas of Massive Entertainment Group, tell gosip tabloid out of Jamaica, the Star, "We believe he was poisoned deliberately and that it was done by someone very close to him. I think the person that did it was paid off by someone else, and it's all happening because people are bad mind."

So a who coulda a pay off people fi do tings to Fabian? More questions than answers. Anyway Fabian, get well soon and gwaan do yuh ting cause it massive.





Pamputtae a look a hype offa marriage

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pamputtae.jpgOn-again-off-again dancehall deejay, Pamputtae obviously a boost for her new single and so she post up picture pon Instagram with wedding band and all these tings.

She all post picture inna black boots, jeans shirt and shorts with the caption "the baddest wife in town, mi husband love mi" with three purple hearts followed by music symbols.

Still, she get a lickle feedback from faas people who waan find out if she married, and of course, what dem really want fi know is: "A which man married to Pamputtae?"

Oonu fi hear Pamputtae a do radio interview and a galang all coy like she is Miss Virgin.

Anyway, Pamputtae say she nah let di puss outta di bag just yet. So she and her fans'still a play di guessing game.

Oh, by the way, Pamputtae new song name "Money We Seh" on the Life Support Riddim.





Portland cop shoots relative dead

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crime-scene-7.jpgThe Independent Commission of Investigations is probing the death of a man in Portland on Sunday in an alleged confrontation with police.

Dead is 45 year old Rohan Hamilton, also called Cliffy, of Long Bay.

The police in confirming the incident gave no detail saying only that Hamilton was killed in a confrontation with police in Long Bay.

CCU says no firearm or ammunition was seized.

INDECOM has reported that the officer involved is related to the man who was killed.





PNP candidate on larceny charge withdraw from race

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hands-behind-bars.jpgThe People's National Party (PNP) is scrambling to find a replacement candidate in St Andrew North Eastern following Monday's resignation of Gregory Sutherland who had been selected to represent the Party in the constituency.

Sutherland is facing charges of simple larceny, submitting forged documents and impersonation.

The criminal charges against Sutherland were confirmed by the party. He has since resigned.

It is expected that the election date will soon be announced by Prime Minister Protia Simpson Miller.

St Andrew North Eastern is represented in parliament by the JLP's Delroy Chuck.





ganja-ras-Iyah.jpgPresident of the Westmoreland Hemp and Ganja Farmers Association Ras Iyah is urging the Government to "align" with other countries to secure a slice of the international marijuana market.

"I think the Government of Jamaica has a duty and responsibility to align themselves with other countries, because I know there are other countries, here in the Caribbean, in Latin America...that are against this big stick that America has over our heads that says 'you can do what I say but not what I do'," he argued.

According to Ras Iyah: "Unity is strength, and as such whether from a regional bloc or from a point of view, that we...make sure that we become strengthen in such a way that we have a say on the international political field," Ras Iyah stated. "Otherwise we will always have to succumb to the big stick that America has over our heads."

He accused the US of using state laws as a smokescreen to stifle the emerging ganja industry in Third World countries while promoting theirs.

"I know that the United States of America is using state laws as a guise to develop their cannabis industry and at the same time to fight against Third World countries development. I don't think the State would have been doing what they want if the Federal Government was not in league with it...without some form of backing," the veteran ganja advocate charged.

He was speaking on day one of the two-day Beckley Foundation Conference on Jamaica's Cannabis Reforms at the Swept Away Resort in Negril, Westmoreland, last Friday.





Missing 6-y-o boy found dead in St Ann

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police-station.jpgThe police have reported that the body of a six-year-old St Ann boy who was reported missing on Sunday was found in a gully in Mount Edgecombe district in the parish yesterday.

He is Daniel Anderson of Bellaire in Runaway Bay.

Reports from the Runaway Bay police are that about 4:15 pm, residents discovered the mutilated body and summoned them.

On their arrival, the police say the body was seen with a wound to the head.

The scene was processed and it was removed to the morgue pending a post-mortem examination.





Jamaican woman jailed in US for distributing drugs

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A 35 year old Jamaican woman is to spend ten years behind bars in the US for distributing methamphetamine disguised as the drug ecstasy in Pittsburgh.

On Monday, U.S District Judge David Cercone imposed the term, the mandatory minimum, on Racquel Sanchez, who has been living in Tucson.

Sanchez, who also has a home in Tampa, Florida was convicted at trial in June for her role in supplying methamphetamine through an intermediary in Cleveland.

The FBI was able to piece together the case against her through taps on the phones used by two co-conspirators.

Although she was never intercepted on the calls, trial testimony and transcripts showed that the others often made reference to her, sometimes imitating her Jamaican accent, indicating she was the supplier.





rohan-marley-and-shane-wittle-ceo.jpgShane Whittle, the former chief executive of a coffee company built on the name of late reggae star Bob Marley has been charged in the US with running a stock scheme that netted US$78 million in illegal trading profits.

The US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) filed fraud charges on Tuesday, against Shane Whittle, the former CEO of Jammin' Java Corporation, a company he co-founded in Los Angeles with Rohan Marley, the late singer's son.

Marley, who is still involved with the company, was not accused of wrongdoing.

The SEC said Whittle, helped by eight outside accomplices, illegally profited by secretly taking control of millions of shares of Jammin' Java, inflating their value and later dumping them on unsuspecting investors.

The scheme allegedly involved setting up a front company to make it appear that Jammin' Java had a financial backer and making various promotional announcements that helped boost the share price.

The alleged accomplices , none of who are affiliated with the company -- are accused of various promotional activities, including publishing false stock reports and facilitating illegal stock transactions through offshore holding companies.

The company was founded in 2008.The alleged illegal activity occurred in 2010 and 2011.

According to public filings, in May 2011, shares of Jammin' Java, which also does business under the name Marley Coffee, surged to $6.35 cents, a price that valued the company at more than $400 million d though its revenue the previous year was a little over $1,000.

Soon after reaching that peak, the defendants sold the shares, which later nose-dived to less than one dollar.

The dramatic rise and fall of the share price prompted the SEC's investigation.





Jamaica's Reggae Girlz need your support

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reggae-girls-u-17.jpgThe Reggae Girlz are Jamaica's National Women's Soccer Program. All three national women's teams- the U-17, U-20, and Senior squads- recently topped their groups at the Caribbean Football Union level as they compete for spots in the upcoming international competitions:

  • FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup 2016 (Jordan)
  • FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup 2016 (Papua New Guinea)
  • 2016 Summer Olympics (Rio)

In spring of 2014, Cedella Marley became Global Ambassador for the Jamaica Women's Football Program. Recognizing that football can be a conduit to social change in Jamaica and other emerging countries by providing education and opportunity to its young women, Marley spearheaded an international fundraising campaign that got the team to the FIFA Women's World Cup qualifers in the United States. After coming within a hairs-breath of making the FIFA women's world cup last fall, the senior Reggae Girlz now train under the direction of a top-notch technical staff in Orlando headed by Hue Menzies. The comeback story continues as they compete for a spot in next year's summer Olympics....but money is still the biggest opponent on the road to Rio.

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Even after last year's great return to competition (after a six-year hiatus caused by lack of funding) it has been a struggle to get sponsors for the national team. Most corporations in Jamaica are throwing their financial weight behind track and field because it's a proven winner for the country. The others just continue to believe that female football is not a big enough marquee for them. Also, there is now the added expenses of the younger female teams that are currently in their world cup qualifiers.

Upcoming Tournament Dates:

  • U-17 Women's CFU Finals (ConCaCaf/FIFA WWC Pre-Qualifier): Nov. 13-18 in Puerto Rico
  • Senior Women's CFU Finals (Olympic Pre-qualifier): Nov. 16- 21 in Trinidad
  • U-20 Women's ConCaCaf/ FIFA WWC Qualifier: Dec. 3-13 in Honduras

Because of financial constraints the players have not been able to train consistently in preparation for these important tournaments. One week of camp in Orlando costs approximately $50,000.00 for housing, transportation (including airfare), meals, and medical care. An itemized budget for camp that narrows it down to an exact figure, but is approximated here because the travel expenses fluctuate based on how far in advance flights can be booked.

This is your chance to support the Reggae Girlz training camps with either cash donations or by sponsoring a specific budget item (as in pay the hotel, restaurant, or travel agency/airline). The Mister Mister Foundation in Miami (a 501c3 non profit that helps at risk young men and women through sports and art, run by R&B icon Betty Wright) sponsors the camps by acting as a fiscal agent for all U.S. based donors. Any checks should be made payable to that foundation.





Caribbean leaders condemn Paris attack

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trinidad-pm-keith-rowley-microphones.jpgLeaders across the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) have condemned Friday's terrorist attack in Paris that led to the deaths of over one hundred people.

France has since declared a state of emergency with President Francois Holland describing the attack as an "act of war" organised by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) group.

In Trinidad and Tobago, Prime Minister Tobago, Dr. Keith Rowley described the attacks as "unspeakable" adding that "the rest of the world is also gripped by shock, sadness and outrage.

The Perry Christie Government in The Bahamas says it stands with the international community in expressing its deep regrets over the loss of life from the horrific shootings in Paris.

"We condemn these barbaric acts in the strongest terms. We extend our condolences to the families of the victims," said Christie adding that Nassau stands "ready to work with our CARICOM allies and the international community to combat this problem".

In Paris, all public demonstrations have been banned until Thursday.Sports events have also been cancelled.The city's hospital officials say they have treated 300 people after the attacks, 80 of who remain in critical condition.

In London,one of two terminals at London's Gatwick Airport has been evacuated as a precaution following the discovery of a suspicious article. Sussex Police said one person was arrested on Saturday and an army bomb disposal team was on the scene. A police spokeswoman said officers were called to the terminal about 9:30am after passengers saw a man discarding a suspicious item.

The police are investigating the circumstances of the incident adding that it's too early to say what the item may be, however, given the events in Paris last night, there is heightened awareness.





utech-student-shanique-walters.jpgThe police continues to maintain a heightened presence in the Mona and Papine communities of St Andrew, with special focus on the tertiary institutions in the area.

It follows the brutal murder of 22-year-old University of Technology (UTech) student, Shanique Walters, who was shot dead in the nearby community of Hope Pastures after she refused to hand over her handbag to armed robbers.

The lawmen have also visited UTech as part of the continued dialogue and support to them and to ensure that the area remains safe.

Superintendent Velma Thomas Gayle and her team met with the Acting President of UTech, Professor Colin Gyles and members of his team and provided an update on the investigation.

"Crime is not just for the Police, it is everybody's business. Security begins with each of us and I encourage especially the students to be alert and aware of their surroundings," said Superintendent Thomas Gayle.

UTech students have complained that they have been targets of robbers and many have been held up at gunpoint and relieved of cellular phones and other belongings by hoodlums.

In addition, the University authorities have decided to implement a shuttle service to take students, who live in communities close to the university, home at nights.





21-year-old kidnapped; family sent death threats

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kidnapped-junior-patterson-spanish-town.jpgA 21-year-old St Catherine entrepreneur, Junior Patterson was reportedly abducted by a group of men laying-in wait in a car in his community of Ellerslie Pen, Spanish Town last Wednesday, November 4.

According to reports, members of the community witnessed Patterson's abduction around 10am. Patterson, friends in the community and a man with whom Patterson was doing business all got into a vehicle.

"The car drove off and later came back; all the men came out but Junior was not with them," an eyewitness is reported as saying added.

When Patterson failed to show up in the morning [Thursday], his sister reported him missing. The men immediately contacted her with death threats and she got cold feet and refused to return to the Spanish Town Police station with Junior's passport.

Patterson's brother also received death threats after he started to ask around in Spanish Town seeking information on his brother, which he has reported to the police.

Patterson operated a bustling meat and grocery store in Spanish Town, which was allegedly being set upon by extortionists.

The Spanish Town Police are aware of the situation and their investigations are still ongoing.





go-fund-me-campaign-childbirth-death.jpgA GoFundMe campaign has been set up to pay for the flight home and burial of a Montego Bay woman who died after childbirth and falling into a coma, while at a hospital in the United States.

University of the West Indies graduate, Marshae "Kimmy" Paul, died on Thursday, more than a month after falling into a coma following childbirth at a Massachusetts hospital. She leaves behind her almost two month old son, Kameron.

According to the GoFundMe campaign, Marshae suffered a series of cardiac arrests beginning on September 20 and she was admitted in an ICU at Massachus General Hospital.

"Having been admitted to this hospital since September, the doctors tried repeatedly to administer medical treatment but to no avail. Her condition disintegrated and her vital organs started failing," read the message.

"Kimmy succumbed to her ailments on November 12, 2015 at 5.30 pm leaving behind her almost two month old son Kameron.""Her family needs your help to take her home and lay her to rest. We need help for air fare and to cover her burial expenses in her homeland," read the campaign message.

"Please help us to set a foundation also for Little Kameron who will never meet his loving Mom taken home at such an early stage of his life. Your support no matter how small will be greatly appreciated.Thanks for your Support. God Bless."

The campaign has so far raised US$2,250 of a targeted US$30,000.

Paul had celebrated the joyous occasion of her child's birth 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".





spice-reggae-sumfest.jpgWhy them artiste here stay so. After Spice know say her work permit for the States soon expire, she still go and take promoter money, knowing full well that it is a big chance she taking.

After the promoter spend up him whole head a money buy plane ticket, book hotel pay Spie her deposit, only to hear that she cannot make the show because her documents are still at the embassy being renewed.

And then Spice a go bawl out to the media that promoter threatening her.Come on Spice, any normal, hard-working person woulda threaten you for something like that. It's time to get your act together and stop acting like a hustler: be professional for a change, Spice.

According to the story Spice claims she has been receiving threats to her life from a promoter in Chicago, Donoran Beckford, and is now living in fear. The promoter has reportedly threatened to kill her several times on the phone because she would not be able to perform at a show he had booked her for.

But Beckford is denying Spice's allegations. "Spice has no proof of that (threats). I didn't threaten, I am not stupid to threaten her," said Beckford.

Spice told a gossip paper that she is unable to attend the show because she does not have the required documents to fly to the United States.

""My visa expired and my travel documents are currently at the embassy and I just got a date last week," Spice explained.

Spice said she explained to Beckford, prior to being officially booked for the show, that her visa would expire soon, but she had hoped to get an appointment at the United States Embassy before the date of show.

But Beckford claims that it wasn't until Wednesday that he was told Spice would not be able to perform at his show which was scheduled to be held last Saturday.

"I can't get any body to replace her this late. My whole promotion is going to get messed up because of this," said an obviously upset Beckford.

The promoter said that he will be suing Spice because he had paid her a deposit and he had already made payments for accommodation and travelling.





secret-service-officer-arrested-in-child-sexting-sting.jpgA US Secret Service officer assigned to the White House was arrested this week after he sent naked pictures of himself to someone he thought was a 14-year-old girl, according to a criminal complaint.

Lee Robert Moore, 37, of Church Hill, Maryland, turned himself in to Maryland State Police on Monday and faces charges including solicitation of a minor, according to the complaint filed in U.S. District Court in Delaware. Federal authorities say Moore, a Secret Service agent from Maryland, sent obscene images and texts to someone he thought was a young Delaware girl, sometimes doing it while on duty at the White House.

The complaint details a series of pornographic online chats starting in late August between Moore and a Delaware State Police detective posing as a 14-year-old girl. Moore sent naked photos of himself to the undercover officer and asked to meet in person to have sex, according to the complaint.

In an interview with police, Moore admitted to communicating with the person while he was working at the White House, the complaint said.

The Secret Service, the agency that protects the president, has placed Moore on administrative leave, according to the complaint. The Secret Service did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

It was not clear from the complaint whether Moore has retained an attorney.

Moore's arrest is the latest blow to the Secret Service after a series of scandals and security lapses.

In March, two senior agents, after a night of drinking, drove into a White House barricade inches away from a suspicious package that was being investigated as a possible bomb.

Last year, agents failed to stop a knife-carrying man from jumping a fence and running into the White House in one of the worst security breaches since President Barack Obama took office in 2009. (Caption: This booking photo provided by the Delaware Department of Justice shows Lee Robert Moore. Federal authorities say Moore, a Secret Service agent from Maryland, sent obscene images and texts to someone he thought was a young Delaware girl, sometimes doing it while on duty at the White House. (Delaware Department of Justice via AP)





Alkaline buys house for his mother

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alkaline-dancehall-artiste.jpgTattooed eye dancehall artiste Alkaline has been given the thumbs up on Instagram, as he is reported to have recently bought his mother a house.

After sharing a photo of Alkaline's newly purchase house on his Instagram page, artiste Konshens said, "Some money come in a big contract like sports contracts or record deal".

Konshens went on to say that even if you didn't like the controversial artiste, it was undeniable that he was a good hustler.





High Times Festival is smoking hot!

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world-cannabis-cup.jpgHIGH TIMES, The Jamaican World Cannabis Cup got off to a great start in Negril on Thursday.

Scores of people including dignitaries and media from all over the world gathered at the Long Bay Beach Park for the four day festival. Justice Minister Mark Golding and Tourism Minister Wykeham McNeill are in the resort town for the festivity.

The venue which is a sea of red, green and gold is separated in two sections. One section captures a Rastafarian village with a food court while the other section has a global international flair.

Last night got off to a great start. Some of the outstanding happenings involved music from as far back as the 1960's about the legalization of marijuana which was played by Mutabaruka, Gabre Selassie and Gary I.

Beach yoga, seminars, exhibitions, ital food and a stage showing featuring Tarrus Riley, Luciano, Jah Bouks and others are slated to perform later this evening.

HIGH TIMES, The Jamaican World Cannabis Cup will culminate on Sunday.





Popular gospel singer Sister Scully dies suddenly

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sister-scully.jpgWell-loved Jamaican gospel singer ,Audrey McCrowder, better known as Sister Scully, has passed away suddenly

Reports are that the singer passed away peacefully at her home in Spanish Town on Thursday night.

According to best friend and fellow gospel singer Joan Flemmings, Sister Scully was found unresponsive by her husband.

She was best known for the very popular Southern gospel cover Hurry Up.

Sister Scully who is one of the foundation of traditional gospel music in Jamaica has been dubbed a powerhouse by those who have seen her in action.

She was a regular headliner of local and international Jamaican gospel shows.

Sister Scully has other songs such as No Other Blood, He Rolled The Sea Away and Hard Road To Travel.

She was 57 years old.





BEWARE! Zika virus found in the Caribbean

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zika-virus.jpgChief Medical Officer, Dr. Marion Bullock Ducasse, says persons need to be more vigilant, and take their responsibility in cleaning up their environment and destroying mosquito breeding sites.

This comes in light of the announcement by the Caribbean Public Health Agency on Thursday (November 12) that the Zika Virus has been detected in a Caribbean country, which has not been named. Dr. Bullock Ducasse says the Ministry of Health is continuing its preparedness for any possible introduction of the Zika Virus in Jamaica. She says focus is being placed on destroying breeding sites of the Aedes Aegypti mosquito which carries the virus.

She is urging Jamaicans to protect themselves from mosquito bites by using insect repellent containing deet. Dr Bullock-Ducasse says the health teams will continue to work in parishes to assist in reducing breeding sites. She is calling on members of the public to destroy mosquito breeding sites by looking for anything around the home, school, churches and business places that may collect water and either cover it, keep it dry or dispose of it.

Repair leaking pipes and outdoor faucets, cut the grass short and trim shrubbery, clear roof gutters and eaves to prevent water from settling and fill in and drain any low places in the yard such as areas where there are usually puddles when it rains.

The ministry says regional health authorities increased the frequency of fogging in several areas and will continue to pay close attention to high risk communities, pointing out that however that fogging is a temporary solution and cannot by itself solve the problem of mosquito breeding.

The virus has previously been reported in Brazil, Colombia and suspected in the Dominican Republic. The Pan American Health Organization has indicated that it has been confirmed in Suriname.

The Zika virus is a viral disease, transmitted by the Aedes Aegypti mosquito, which also transmits dengue and Chik V. Symptoms include fever, muscle and joint pain, headache, nausea, and rash.





maria-borges-victorias-secret-fashion-show-hair.jpgHair history has just been made.

Three-time Victoria's Secret Fashion Show veteran Maria Borges hit the sexy labels' catwalk last night in her usual exquisite lingerie, however there was one thing noticeably missing from her normal getup: A foot-and-a-half of perfectly quaffed extensions. Yep, instead of sporting the Angel's angelic long beach waves, the Angolan-born model opted to celebrate her natural, short hair this year.

And the result? Absolutely stunning-just look for yourself!

"Are you ready for the 2015 @VictoriasSecret fashion show?! I'll be rocking my Afro hair this year for THE show!," the 23-year-old model shared on Twitter on Nov. 6, followed by this Instagram caption on Nov. 8: " Tomorrow, this Angolan-born dreamer will be walking her 3rd #VSFS in a row, whilst rocking her Afro natural hair. All I can say is THANK YOU, I don't take it for granted!'

Don't get us wrong-we adored Maria's extensions before too-but her "afro natural hair" is just the thing the VS runway was missing. Recall, Victoria's Secret bombshell waves are practically mandated for the models at the show. Plus, it wasn't all too long ago (three years, to be exact) that Karlie Kloss made Angel history for being the first of the brand's supermodels to chop off her waist-length tresses into a flirty bob.

Note: We already mentioned that Maria's rocked long extensions in the past, but she did in fact have longer hair up until this past New York Fashion week, during which time she chopped her hair short at the request of Riccardo Tisci for the Givenchy show.

While Maria isn't technically the first gal to rock natural hair on the VS runway-considering Ajuma Nasenyana rocked a fully shaved head back in 2006 - we're still giving this supermodel major, groundbreaking props.

India Arie was singing "I am not my hair" years ago, but the stigma of natural Afro-textured hair still prevails in some arenas. Which is exactly why Maria Borges' Victoria's Secret Fashion Show appearance was so monumental. On a runway visibly dominated by straight-haired models, Borges ditched her extensions for her natural kinks.

"I told my agent I wanted to walk in the Victoria's Secret show with my natural hair," Borges told Essence in a recent interview. "I was nervous, but I had to do it. When they said 'yes,' I didn't expect it, but I was so happy!"

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Borges also shared words of wisdom for those who are still hesitant about wearing their natural hair.

"Be strong," she said. "If you say you're beautiful without hair and makeup, then they will believe you. It's about being confident and always being yourself."





Milk asks for prayer as she undergoes major surgery

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milk-facebook-image.jpgSocial butterfly and media personality Amelia 'Milk' Sewell is asking for prayers even as she awaits major surgery at the University Hospital of the West Indies.

"She was doing an EKG on her heart to see if she is strong enough to do surgery. She is going to do a major operation soon and she is asking her fans to pray for her," a close friend of the media personality, said.

A few months ago, she tweeted the message: "The blood bank on slipe road is where the donation should be made in my name AMELIA SEWELL..keep receipt for me ..to take with me to surgery".

Now, it appears that the surgery date is fast approaching.

"She is a bit worried, but Milk is a real trooper. She will be doing a major surgery, I can't say any more than that for now," the friend said.

'Milk' returned to the media earlier this year, landing a job at FAME FM, after her three-year boss-lady' stint managing the Famous nightclub in Portmore.





PNP mass rally for Portmore Sunday

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pnp-gen-sec-paul-burke.jpgThe People's National Party has called a mass rally for this Sunday in Portmore, St. Catherine.

According to General Secretary Paul Burke, the Prime Minister had not made up her mind about announcing the date for a general election.

"We will have a rally in the Corporate Area when we think it is right," Burke said.

As speculation mounts as the date of a general election, the opposition Jamaica Labour Party (JLP), on Wednesday announced that it has canceled its annual conference to focus on preparing for an upcoming general election.

JLP General Secretary, Dr. Horace Chang, however stressed that there should be no fall out as a result of the cancellation of the conference that was scheduled for November 22.

Meanwhile the Electoral Office of Jamaica (EOJ) is on high alert. According to Director of Elections, Orrette Fisher, training is in progress and the recruitment of temporary personnel is underway.

"If the election is announced, we will just move to the next phase. In terms of preparedness we are at the level where we would need to be, so nothing will change unless the election is announced.

Ahead of a general election the two political parties on Wednesday agreed to the stating of three political debates.





Forum bridge to be closed for 3 months

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Work is to continue this week on the Forum Bridge in Portmore, St. Catherine, that will be closed on Friday for three months.

A detour road has been constructed adjacent to the bridge construction site to allow for the movement of traffic and pedestrians during the closure.

The detour road will be opened on Friday however operators of heavy duty vehicles will not be allowed to use it.

Traffic will be allowed on the bridge during peak hours.

One way flow will be facilitated for motorists travelling northbound in the direction of the Toll Plaza during 5am-9am and 4pm - 8pm

The project commenced in September and is scheduled to be completed in six months.





odane-greyson-rape-victim-demo-photo.jpgThe Police have confirmed that 25-year-old Odane Anthony Greyson, the person who shared on Facebook a purported recording of sexual intercourse with him and a seemingly unwilling female participant begging him to stop hurting her, is in custody.

The caption that accompanied the video was "DWL...fool". The video was subsequently deleted, but not before thousands of Facebook users had seen and heard the contents, and became enraged by the horrific details.

The man in the alleged rape video circulating on social media has been identified.

Greyson will be interviewed in the presence of his attorney on Friday.

The Centre for the Investigation of Sexual Offences and Child Abuse is investigating the matter.

In a post on his Facebook profile the man attempted to justify his interaction with the young woman and his decision to post it.

He claims it was not rape but several people who viewed the video say it was and have been threatening him.





Apple employee asks black students to leave store

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black-boys-racism-apple-store-photo-1.jpgSix black students have been asked to leave a store over concerns they 'might steal something', in an incident which appears to have racist motivations.

The incident at an Apple store in Highpoint shopping centre, north-west Melbourne, was caught on video and uploaded to Facebook on Tuesday night.

The footage has since been viewed almost 47,000 times, sparking outrage at what most viewers are calling 'blatant racism'.

'These guys are just a bit worried about your presence in our store,' security at the Apple store is heard saying in the footage.

When the boys, taken aback, asked for what reason they were being asked to leave, security responded: 'They're just a bit worried you might steal something.'

'Guys, end of discussion, I need to ask you to leave our store.'

In the Facebook post, one of the boys said the argument between them lasted 15 minutes.

'He was circling us for 10 minutes while we were in the store,' one of the boys wrote on the Facebook post.

black-boys-racism-apple-store-photo-2.jpg'These guys are just a bit worried about your presence in our store,' security at the Apple store is heard saying in the footage. When the boys asked for what reason, security responded: 'They're just a bit worried you might steal something'

The boys, who are Year 10 students at Maribyrnong College, in inner-west Melbourne, according to Sydney Morning Herald, later got an apology from the store.

'They called security but the guy ended up apologising to us,' one wrote, with Apple security calling security at Highpoint shopping centre.

'The Highpoint guards were nice as, it was just the Apple employees & security that were acting up,' another posted in the comment thread.

When many were understandably outraged at the video footage and suggested taking complaints further, the six boys appeared to be in good spirits.

'They apologised so we're chilling no need to take this further,' one commented.

Another joked: 'I'm not in the financial status to take Apple to court.'

'We just wanted to show people the prejudice we went through and the racial profiling of the Apple staff and security.'

black-boys-racism-apple-store-photo-3.jpgAccording to SMH, Maribyrnong College principal Nick Scott accompanied the six boys to the Apple store on Wednesday afternoon, and a senior manager apologised.

It was reportedly a private security guard hired by Apple who first raised concerns about the teenagers, and an Apple employee shown in the video speaking with the boys.

An Apple spokesperson told SMH they were committed to cultural diversity and inclusion, and said they were looking into the situation.





Shaggy links with int'l entities for charity concert

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shaggy-n-friends-2016.jpgDancehall artiste Shaggy has teamed up with international companies iHeartMedia and FIAT Brand for Shaggy & Friends Benefit Concert on January 2, 2016.

The event will be held on the lawns of Jamaica House and according to Shaggy, his new friends will expose the show to over 200 million viewers through delayed streaming.

iHeartMedia has the largest reach of any television or radio outlet in the US with over 245 million listeners each month. The company also has more than 700 million downloads and reached 70 million users faster than any other radio or digital music service including popular social network site Facebook.

The event will carry Sliver, Gold and Platinum bands. Each will cost $5,000, $10,000 and $20,000 respectively. Recording artistes Popcaan, Busy Signal and Kevin Downswell were in attendance.





Cabbie, passenger shot dead; another hospitalised

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crime-scene-gun.jpgReports are that a taxi operator and a female passenger were shot dead when a group of men travelling in a motor car opened gunfire at the cab this morning.

Another female who was travelling in the taxi is now in hospital with gunshot wounds.

The deceased have been identified as 43-year-old taxi operator Garfield Allen of Hartford, in the parish and Onecka Samuels.





The Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) has ruled that two policemen and the husband of Manchester businesswoman Norma Henry Coleman be charged with her October 23 murder.

Constables Leroy Curtis and Denrick Thomas have been charged with conspiracy to commit murder; while her husband, Vincent Coleman, has been charged with murder. Mrs. Henry Coleman was shot dead while driving on Begonia Drive in Mandeville.

Investigators claimed persons were paid one million dollars to have her killed.





Taximan, school-girl reported missing

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taximan-teen-missing.jpgA taxi operator and a schoolgirl, both of Whitehall, St Thomas addresses, have been reported missing since Monday.

They are 15-year-old Sherisa Bailey of Ridge district and 26-year-old Wilton Phillips of Clunie Road.

Police say the fair-complexioned teen was last seen when she left home for school about 6:30 am. She was dressed in her school uniform - a blue skirt, a white blouse, a pair of white socks, and a pair of black shoes.

She is of medium build and is about four-foot-nine-inch tall.

When she did not return home at the usual time, calls were made to her cellular phone but went unanswered. A report was subsequently made to the police.

Meanwhile, Phillips, who is of dark complexion, slim build and is about five-foot-seven-inch tall, last spoke to relatives via cellular phone about 3:00 pm the day he went missing.

The police say subsequent calls to his phone went unanswered. His mode of dress at the time he went missing is unknown.

Phillips plies the Morant Bay to Whitehall route.

The police did not indicate whether or not the two cases are connected.

Anyone knowing the whereabouts of Sherisa Bailey or Wilton Phillips is being asked to contact the Seaforth police at 982-4280/2255, police 119 emergency number or the nearest police station.





A lawyer charged with sexual offences in relation to a six-year-old boy was yesterday offered $150,000 bail when he appeared in the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate's Court.

The 34-year-old St Elizabeth attorney was offered bail by Senior Magistrate Judith Pusey, following a bail application by Queen's Counsel K Churchill Neita.

The accused, who is charged with grievous sexual assault, indecent assault and sexual touching, is scheduled to return to court on January 26, 2016, for a preliminary hearing.





buju-banton-photo-9.jpgAccording to a news report from BET, Grammy-winning reggae artiste Buju Banton could be among 6,000 prisoners to be released during November as part of a reform from the US Sentencing Commission.

In its report, BET directly named the entertainer as one of the many prisoners who could be released.

Banton's release date is set for February 2019, but if his name makes the list of 6,000 he could be released sometime in November after only serving half of his sentence.

According to the report, inmates became eligible for release on Sunday, November 1. Around 16,000 inmates are expected to be freed within the first year, and 45,000 over the next several years.

The reggae singer, whose real name is Mark Myrie, was convicted in 2011 on three counts of drug trafficking charges. He was given the minimum 10 years sentencing, and is currently serving that time in a Georgia, Atlanta prison.





Jamaica Jazz & Blues Festival 2016 postponed?

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jamaica-jazz-and-blues.jpgThe organizers of the Jamaica Jazz and Blues Festival have allegedly pulled the plug on the January 2016 staging of the annual event. A check of the festival's website revealed that 2016 information was "coming soon". Normally, by now, the festival would already have been releasing names of their top acts, in anticipation of a mid to end of January staging.

Significantly, no dates have yet been announced for 2016.

The details surrounding the reason for the reported postponement are unclear. However, checks made by one entity reveal that the Jamaica Jazz and Blues Festival organizer Walter Elmore is currently not accepting calls.

When his assistant was contacted, she reportedly told the callers that she was not his assistant and recommend we send an email to info@jamaicajazzandblues.com. Meanwhile, the Jamaica Jazz and Blues Festival's official website has listed its 2016 dates for the festival as unconfirmed.

The three day event suffered greatly at the beginning of this year as a result of its top headliner Mariah Carey. Carey, who delivered a dismal performance in January 2015, is arguably the festival's biggest disappointment.





Ras Minimum taking Reggae to the maximum

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ras-minimum.jpgTalented musician, Ras Minimum, is heeding the persistent call to make that all-important quantum leap and take his career even further by entering centrestage as a conscious reggae singer with his debut EP and full-length album.

A member of the acclaimed Harmomy House Band, which is the official backing band of iconic reggae singer, Beres Hammond, Ras Minimum, whose real name is Errol Graham, is passionate about the music and the role that he is destined to play as an all-round ambassador of the genre. A percussion player whose dream is to take Reggae music to the four corners of the earth, Ras Minimum is continuing that mission by releasing his very first EP, which is entitled Hold Your Head Up High.

The seven-track EP is produced by EJ Records and is the debut project for the label. An enthusiastic Ras Minimum noted that after putting out a number of songs over the past couple of years, he finally feels that his career is moving forward on the right path. Although he has received favourable airplay with songs such as the 1989 single One Love Me Brother on Derrick Harriott's label and in successive years with the singles including Real Love, Mama Love, Strong Woman, Reggae Music Lives On and Every Woman is a Gift in 2014 on the GC One Drop Productions Label, this is Ras Minimum's first complete project.

"I have to give thanks to the people who have encouraged me over the years. Big up to Beres Hammond and the Harmony House crew, all the producers who I have worked with, EJ Records and my team which always gives me the vibes to make great music," the singing percussionist said.

The single which he is promoting, Hold Your Head Up High ,has been getting much love from radio in Jamaica and for that, Ras Minimum is grateful. He and his manager/producer, Charmaine Curtis, have been forging ahead, determined to ensure that the singer/song-writer/musician gets his well-deserved breakthrough in the music business.

The accompanying music video for Hold Your Head Up High has already been packaged and, as Ras Minimum recalls, "the video shoot was amazing".

"This song is dedicated to all the hard working women who have to face the everyday struggles in life," he stated.

The EP is the fore-runner for the album, which is aptly entitled Reggae Music Nice Again. The 16-track album - 14 plus two bonus tracks - will be released in February of 2016.

Ras Minimum was born in Montego Bay, St. James where he spent most of his early childhood. He moved to Kingston at the age of 16 where he attended the Donald Quarry Secondary School and the Edna Manley School of Music.

His earlier years in the music industry were spent at the High Times Studio where he met two great men -- Mutabaruka and Earl "Chinna" Smith-- both of whom encouraged him to pursue and develop skills in playing percussion instruments.

It was while at the at High Times Studio his musical journey took an interesting turn when he joined the Lloyd Parks and We The People Band. Ras Minimum has played and toured the world with many legends including Jimmy Cliff, the late Dennis Brown, Sugar Minot, Beresford Hammond, Sizzla Kalonji, lni Kamoze, Queen lfrica and Richie Spice. Ras Minimum is currently a member of the Harmony House Band.





beenie-man-photo-8.jpgIs a lyrical war ready to break out betwee the Dancehall Doctor Beenie Man and the Gully's Mavado?

Social media has been abuzz with news that there is an ongoing feud between Beenie Man and Mavado due to the lyrical jabs being thrown by the two artistes in recently released songs.

This comes after Beenie Man released a song titled, Think Me A Simma, which is said to be in response to Mavado's Money A Di Right Thing on DJ Frass' 'Wild Wild West' Rhythm.

In his song Mavado says, "Gully throw stone pon the glass house dem inna. Better if dem go chill like the doc and simmer."

This clearly did not go down well with Beenie Man, who believed Mavado was being disrespectful.

In his song, which was not officially released on the rhythm, Beenie Man refers to Mavado as a 'rapper groupie'.

"A who da bredda deh a chat / A couldn't me, but him say Doc / A weh do blacks, barber boy mi can tell yo something ... Dancehall a my empire, dancehall a my empire ... A weh do rapper groupie mi a shooty shooty / Informer works that a no mi duty / My war no sweet like tutti frutti / unleash the beast yo no see no beauty," Beenie Man says in his song.

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Mavado, however, clearly did not take too kindly to this song as he followed up with several posts on his Instagram account.

"All dem a talk a to the wall dem a talk and my fans dem know it ... Don't worry about fools that waste time in this industry and now trying to make them last bread. Dem must be sick in them head," he said.

Beenie Man later followed up with a video, stating that he has been one of the top 10 artistes in Jamaica for the last 23 years and that he has no time to war with Mavado.

"If you call mi name the wrong way, I am going to answer you. No disrespect. The song nuh release because a find me find the rhythm pon Internet and do it. Unuh nuh tek it so serious," Beenie Man said in the video. "Me have a album a release, me nuh have no time fi war wid Mavado. Me just a make you know say you caan call me name inna the wrong way, cause me a go answer you. No disrespect."





Cops kill man who pulled gun from his crotch

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crime-scene-gun.jpgReporte aew that a man was shot dead at the Spanish Town Police Station after pulling a gun on a police officer.

The incident is said to have occurred around 4:45 pm on Tuesday, in the Criminal Investigation Branch (CIB) area of the police station.

Information is that the man was taken to the station on a road traffic offence when he allegedly pulled a gun from his crotch, pointed it at a police officer and was shot.





jps-truck-lands-in-house.jpgIt was a very near tragedy on Monday afternoon as a Jamaica Public Service truck got out of control and slammed into a townhouse at Cornwall Court in Montego Bay, St. James.

Reports are that a utility truck contracted by the Jamaica Public Service Company (JPS) slammed into the side of an apartment off Ramtallie Boulevard in the second city.A JPS crew was reportedly conducting a routine maintenance along the roadway around 3pm, when the truck unexpectedly started rolling down the hill with the driver still inside.The truck slammed into a section of a house, creating a huge hole.

Fortunatey, house owner - known in the community as 'Anthony' - escaped fatal injuries.

According to reports,"Anthony was upstairs sleeping when he got a call from his common-law wife to pick up their daughter from school. He was about to leave when he decided to step out onto the veranda - suddenly he saw the truck heading downhill in the direction of his house," the woman added.

"He said he was so shocked that he couldn't move... he just stood there, watching the truck coming straight toward him," a member of the community reported.

The driver of the vehicle reportedly suffered minor injury and was rushed to the Cornwall Regional Hospital by his colleagues.





Bloody murder as JP's throat slashed at home

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crime-scene-gun.jpgA St Catherine Justice of the Peace (JP) was killed at his home in Knollis in Bog Walk ,St Catherine, Sunday night police have reported.

He has been identified as Ernest Dunbar, a 58-year-old contractor.

Police report that sometime before 10 p.m., Dunbar and a female were at his home when hoodlums broke a window and entered the house.

They reportedly tied up the woman. Dunbar's throat was then slashed by the criminals who also stole his licensed firearm.

The Bog area has been under attack from criminals in the last month, the police said.





JLP chairman Robert Montague denies rape allegations

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robert-montague.jpgChairman of the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) Senator Robert Montague, today released a statement to the press, denying claims appearing on a certain web log of sexual misconduct.

According to Montague, on Friday, August 28th he received a private message on his Facebook account that contained the allegations.

Montague said that the e-mails attempted to extort money from him.

According to the Senator, he immediately contacted the police and was advised that no reply was to be given.

The police units of the Counter-Terrorism and Organized Crime and the Major Organized Crime Agency, (MOCA), have been made aware of the matter.





cisoca-launches-investigation.jpgThe Centre for Investigations of Sexual Offences and Child Abuse (CISOCA) has launched an investigation into the viral video recording of a male and a seemingly hesitant female having sex.

Though the faces were not clearly shown, the female could be heard crying and begging the man she referred to as, "Odane", to stop.

This video has caught the attention of a number of persons who have since been posting that the man, Odane Greyson, should face the full extent of the law.

"Somebody needs to put this b.... where he belongs in prison with animals," one social media user posted.

But a post from Greyson's Facebook page which has since been deactivated, is denying the rape allegations.





odane-greyson-rape-victim-demo-photo.jpgThe video, which 25-year-old Odane Anthony Greyson shared with a viral Facebook group, Speak Your Mind Jamaica, depicted a purported recording of sexual intercourse with him and a seemingly unwilling female participant begging him to stop hurting her.

The caption that accompanied the video was "DWL...fool". The video was subsequently deleted, but not before thousands of Facebook users had seen and heard the contents, and became enraged by the horrific details.

The conversation seemed to revolve around some dispute in which Greyson felt the girl had disrespected him and was 'teaching her a lesson'.

The two-minute long video was mostly obscured as he attempted to record having sex with the girl, but her constant struggle to free herself rendered those who watched to listen to the girl's pleas for him to stop.

Greyson's profile page has since been flooded with expressions of anger, pain, disbelief, death threats and promises to exact justice.

The Centre for the Investigation of Sexual Offences and Child Abuse (CISOCA) is aware of the viral video and arranged an interview with the distraught victim for 6:30 Tuesday evening.

Several Jamaicans have shared Greyson's personal details and contact information with Crime Stop's Facebook page.





first-african-to-win-world-scrabble-champion.jpgA Nigerian in a cowboy hat beat an English opponent to become Africa's first World Scrabble champion.

Wellington Jighere crushed Lewis MacKay 4-0 in a best of seven final in Perth, Australia. Jighere, 32, used high-scoring words such as fahlores, avouched and mentored. Fahlores is another spelling of fahlerz, a grey crystalline mineral.

His victory over more than 120 rivals at the World English-language Scrabble Players' Association Championship won praise from Nigerian president Muhammadu Buhari who said he had 'done the country proud'.

Mr Jighere won a L6,600 prize but now needs a job, having completed his national service after graduating from university.

He and the five other members of the Nigerian team arrived in Australia just a day before the tournament started. They had little chance to get over the 20-hour flight or the seven-hour time difference.

Mr Jighere said on his Facebook page that he felt he was playing with the 'whole continent' behind him.

He added that it 'still baffles' him that he managed to win, given how tired he felt as he had 'not slept well in about a week'.

New Zealander Nigel Richards stunned the francophone world in July when he won the game's French version. He doesn't speak the language and spent only nine weeks studying the official Scrabble dictionary.

Mr MacKay put down words including: yex, an old English word for sobbing; Wemb, an obsolete alternative spelling for womb and Onely, an obsolete alternative spelling of only.

In return Mr Jighere put down: dacoit, a member of a class of robbers in India and Burma; yow - Australian slang for keeping a look-out and Katti - an alternative spelling for a weight used in China.

Adam Kretschmer, one of the organisers of the event, said: 'He had to battle for four days to emerge on top but once he got there - maybe he was a little fresher, or got a bit of luck - everything fell into place for him and he won four-nil.'





rev-runs-around-the-world.jpgRun-DMC founding member Joseph 'Rev Run' Simmons and his family travel to Jamaica and rap at Tuff Gong Studio in the premiere episode of 'Rev Runs Around the World' airing next month on the Travel Channel.

In the premiere episode, airing on December 2nd, Rev Run along with his wife Justine and their kids, 18-year-old Russy and 7-year-old Miley, visit the top sights in Kingston.

"The family meets up with Tami, a local [who] Rev met through mutual friends in the music industry. She welcomes the Simmons to Jamaica with a special fried fish lunch - eyes and all - on Hellshire Beach, followed by an impromptu jam session at Tuff Gong, Bob Marley's famous recording studio. Justine manages to bring a begrudging Rev along on a trip in the rain to the Jamaican Blue Mountains for some of the world's richest coffee," stated the release on the show.

The next few days also include a visit to Jamaica's biggest football facility, Boardwalk Beach and a homemade Sunday supper with friends.

"Shooting 'Rev Runs Around the World' with my family was one of the best experiences of my life," said Rev Run. "Justine, Russy and Miley dragged me along on their adventures - and I wouldn't trade those experiences with my family for anything. Whether we were riding elephants in Thailand or learning how to be ninjas in Tokyo, I'll cherish those moments forever."

The family will then jet off to 16 other cities around the world including Tokyo, Bali, Hong Kong, Dubai, Istanbul, Geneva, Reykjavik, Copenhagen and Rio de Janeiro.

Rev Runs Around the World is produced by Departure Films and Simmons Lehman Productions. For Departure Films, the executive producers are Max Weissman, Matt Levine and Timothy Robbins. For Simmons Lehman Productions, the executive producers are Joseph Rev Run Simmons and Michael Lehman. For Travel Channel, the executive producer is Dale Roy Robinson.





Anthony Cruz converted to Rastafari Religion

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anthony-cruz-ep-cruzing.jpgReggae singer Anthony Cruz is now following in the footsteps of his late uncle Garnet Silk by embracing the Rastafari faith.

For Cruz it is a natural progression after "doing some inner searchings and wanting to set out on a new path".

For detractors who might want to think he is doing it "as a means to push his career" he quickly shot down that notion.

"I have been around Rastafarians all my life - my uncle, Fifth Element and I never saw the need, it is just the right time now," said the artiste who said he came under conviction after some deep soul searching. He feels now is the right time to embrace Rastafari.

For the singer nothing much will change in his music as he said his songs have always been "girls tune" and songs anyone can listen to. He will, however, be adding some socially conscious ones to the mix as he takes up his social responsibility as an artiste.

Born Rowan Smith, Anthony Cruz grew up in Mandeville. A past student of Holmwood Technical High school made his entrance on the reggae stage in the early 90s with an original single entitled Tell Me What's Up produced by Willie Lindo. He soon followed up with other recordings such as Just Call My Name, When You Get Lonely and Love Will Never all from the same producer.

Now sprouting his locks and a new way of life Anthony Cruz is currently promoting songs such as Money Worries, A Pound A Day, Another Lonely Day and Mother And Daughter, which can be found on his new Tads Records EP, Cruzing.





shaggy-n-friends-2016.jpgDancehall entertainer Shaggy today launched his highly anticipated charity concert Shaggy & Friends.

The event that was postponed this year will make its return on January 2, 2016.

Shaggy has secured new partnerships with FIAT USA, and iHeartRadio who will together provide a live broadcast of the show. This partnership will amplify across the U.S with iHeartRadio promoting donation avenues reaching over 245 million people.

The launch took place in the conference room at the Bustamante Hospital for Children.





Major changes for Sting 2015

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The countdown has begun for Sting, arguably one of the most anticipated annual events, and this year Supreme Promotions, the event's organizer, is planning on a brand-new structure.

Sting 2015, under the theme 'From Then 'Til Now', will mark a revolution for the historic event.

This year's staging will be centered on honoring the major contributors to Jamaica's music industry's longest-running entertainment event. "We have been doing this since 1984 at Cinema II. Our posters are hot tickets.

"Year to year, people would try to get one to place on their walls at home, which indicates the impact of this event.

"It's not we alone who do this, so we want to take some time to highlight the ones that help us make Sting what it is today," said Sting creative director Dimario McDowell.

To accommodate the best of what the over 50 acts have to offer, gone are the days of lengthy full sets. A new wave of tighter sets, laced with only hit records from each performer, is the new order.

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"We have to create a way to facilitate a large magnitude of artistes - constricted to the same time period, from dusk to dawn - where everybody gets to see who they want and hear what they want, the big tunes," Sting founder and CEO Isaiah Laing added.

The brand-new structure will also see a mega midnight attraction with two of dancehall's most sought-after hit makers already secured for the event, which will be held on December 26 at Jamworld.

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"Every year, we try to book them, and they always have shows in other parts of the world. They are in high demand 'cause they already cross over into the international market. We reach out to them from early, and they are excited to return," said Sting conceptualizer Junior 'Heavy-D' Fraser.

In a few weeks, a press conference will be used to announce the top giants planned for the event.

Sting is renowned for having its audience witness one-of-a- kind entertainment. There have been memorable clashes involving Titans Shabba Ranks, Ninja Man, Super Cat, Mad Cobra, Beenie Man, and Bounty Killer, as well as outstanding performances from hip-hop greats Notorious BIG, DMX, and Foxy Brown, as well as iconic reggae acts Buju Banton, Freddie McGregor, Patra, and Maxi Priest.

Next month's event will be no different as ticket purchasers will continue to get the best of reggae and dancehall at the same great price.

The greatest one-night reggae and dancehall show in the world, Sting is already the hot topic on showgoers' lips.





PNP prepares to unveil election date

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pnp-gen-sec-paul-burke.jpgThe People's National Party (PNP) will this week decide on the venue for its next rally amid speculation that Jamaicans could hear as early as next Sunday the date for the general election.

On Saturday, a PNP source said a rally is being planned for Sunday in Half-Way -Tree at which the date is expected to be announced by the Prime Minister.

The expectation is that the election will be early next month.

"No decision has been taken as yet about any rally at any place whatsoever. Bur we will meet this week and by Tuesday (or) Wednesday we will determine where the next rally ought to be," said PNP General Secretary, Paul Burke.

Preparing for a general election

Both political parties on Sunday evening staged rallies in St. Ann and St. Catherine .

PNP Campaign Manager Dr Peter Phillips said the PNP has been using the rallies to deliver its message to the electorate.

"All across the country, I think we are carrying the message not only to the membership of the PNP but the other members of the public and explaining that progress has been made in the country over the years....we have seen a pickup in jobs in particular, a pickup in investments and a lowering of interest rates - that's the message that we have been carrying," he said.

For its part, the Jamaica Labour Party says its election preparations are in high gear. General Secretary, Dr Horace Chang, says the party is ready for the election, despite concerns about the Voters' List.

"The preparation is going well ....we do feel that they should have written the new list.." Chang said.





fabian-marley-photo-2.jpgThere has been a huge outcry online as news of the Marley's offer to have one of the Marley siblings provide DNA sample to compare with that of Fabian Marley, the 47-year-old singer who is claiming to be the first-born son of reggae icon Robert Nesta 'Bob' Marley.

News sources disclosed on Sunday that the Marley family is to make children of the late reggae icon available to compare DNA samples with that of singer Fabian Marley. On November 4, Marley family attorney Kevin Powell, a partner in the law firm Hylton Powell, responded to a letter from Keachea Dixon, the attorney for Fabian Marley.

"...we will make available one or more of Bob Marley's children to complete the comparative DNA tests...," the letter said.

"Your client's request for his DNA to be matched with that of the deceased Robert Nesta Marley is unreasonable and not at all rational," the letter continued. "It is completely out of the question and our clients will not even consider it."

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In response, Fabian Marley, who is managed by Clayton Thomas of Massive Entertainment Group, says he will be taking legal action to obtain Bob Marley's DNA sample to conduct the relevant comparative test.

"I'm taking this to the court. I know I am a Marley. I never went to any of them for anything ... I'm not going to match up DNA with any of the siblings. When I was ready to do this three years ago they turned me down. Mi nuh inna this," he said.

Not surprisingly, the online backlash has been swift an very much in favour of Fabian MArley.

According to one reader, "I got the funny feeling that his claim to be Bob Marley's first born son dethrones Ziggy Marley's status to that honour. There lies the problem, he is not just one of Bob's children but a pivotal one in the chain food order."

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Others stated the following in their comments to the story posted online: Why are they not using the DNA from the source. Maybe the children whose DNA they are using are Not that of Bob Marley hence the reason for this decision to disqualify Fabian from being his child. Fabian has no connection to those who are supposed to be Bob Marley's children. I hope he does not agree to that

Rasta stands for truth and love!!!! Truth swims like oil on water.

Truth should not be feared. PEACE.

What are they afraid of? DNA don't lie, it makes no sense you want to match his DNA with siblings he wants to prove Bob is his dad not that his siblings are his brothers. Why are you blocking him if he is not then every one will at least know the truth. I wish you luck, Fabian. This is not the family's greatest moment. Why would they want to withhold Bob Marley's DNA? Chances are he is Fabian's father.

What are they afraid of, it's not like he is hounding them for anything. Who are the children whose DNA sample would be used, the ones that Bob said aren't his? The man is a clone of Bob.

Agreed. Make Bob Marley's DNA available to test against Fabian's DNA...this should settle this matter once and for all! Why should it take 3 years for this DNA test to come about, especially when Fabian should be made to pay for the test, to verify his claim? RIDICULOUS!!!

If the man and his mother said Bob Marley is the father, all the Marley family needs to do is to do a DNA test and put him out of his misery. He has a right to know or prove that this particular person is his father.

Whether you like it or not, they have no rights to stop him from knowning what he wants to know. In any other civilised country he would get that done.

Anyway, we all know the Marley family is a greedy bunch and this kind of behaviour was expected of them.





St. Vincent PM announces December 9 election date

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Dr. Ralph Gonsalves and Arnhim Eustace

Vincentians will head to the polls in a general election on December 9.

Prime Minister Dr. Ralph Gonsalves who made the announcement on Saturday night, said Nomination Day is November 20.

The ruling Unity Labour Party (ULP ) will face a challenge from the main opposition New Democratic Party (NDP) headed by Arnhim Eustace, a former prime minister, twho lost the 2010 general election.

The ULP was swept into office in March 2001 in an early election following political unrest one year earlier. In that poll, voters overwhelming rejected the NDP, which had been in office for 17 years.

The ULP won 56.5 per cent of the votes in the 2001 poll and 12 of the 15 seats in Parliament, compared to 40.9 per cent to the NDP, which took the remaining three seats.

In 2005, the ULP was returned to office by the same number of seats as 2001, and in the 2010 polls, the party captured 53 per cent of the popular votes, 2.4 percentage points than in 2005.





hardweares-singing-melody-ruby.jpgReggae singer Singing Melody who has been a major performer on reggae's global stage for decades is bringing his life to TV.

He and his effervescent wife Ruby will feature in a new television series starting on CVM TV and CEEN TV on November 21. The show called The Hardweares is a reality series where family and music meet home and garden.The series is built around veteran singer, songwriter, producer and promoter and his wife Ruby Robinson-Hardweare who is an IT and telecommunications executive.

The Hardweares aren't your typical couple. It's a celebrity living with a hardnosed business woman who is trying to live a somewhat normal live. But what Ruby considers normal is very different from what Everton "Singing Melody" Hardweare is accustomed to. They are both passionate about their individual careers and despite having diverse viewpoints their love for each other has kept them going. The show follows the couple across the US, Canada and the Caribbean as Singing Melody further builds his career with Ruby's unwavering support.

The series is built around the romance between Everton and Ruby;

Everton's music career and the dream house which they've been building over the past few years.

"What fans will see is the various sides of me. They'll get more than just a sneak peek into the ins and outs of my daily routine. They'll get a front row seat to see how Ruby and I make tough decisions about the house and my career, even though most times it's a tussle," said Singing Melody with a sly chuckle.

The Hardweares has a powerhouse award winning production team, Panache Entertainment, which is headed by Emmy-winning senior producer Angela Thame who has won awards working on the Oprah show. She is supported by multi award winning producer Sonya Stewart who has many accolades and award winning videographer and editor Dorian Clarke.

The Hardweares makes its television debut with simulcasts airing in Jamaica, New York, Los Angeles, Dallas, Tampa, Boston, New Jersey, Toronto, Philadelphia, Connecticut, Baltimore, Palm Springs Florida and several other markets. The show airs on CVM TV in Jamaica and on CEEN TV in the USA and Canada on Saturdays at 10 PM. The season runs 13 weeks from November 21, 2016 to February 13, 2015.





ishawna-benz-and-joe.jpgThe Joe Bogdanovich-led Downsound Records (DSR) has released a statement regarding the case between producer Andre 'Rookie' Tyrell, DownSound Records and its music producer Skatta Burrell.

According to the release, "The court ruled that the use of Tyrell's rhythm on Specialist's 2011 song 'Street Hustle' was "a reproduction or adaptation of Rookie's rhythm titled 'Super Star.'

"DSR was absent from several court hearings because the record company was going through several transitions at the time. As a result, assets were seized today.

"It is a legal matter which is currently before the Courts and is being addressed by our attorneys who will comment further at the appropriate time." states DSR CEO Joe Bogdanovich.

Meanwhile, reports are that the Benz which Joe had given to his female star artiste, Ishawna, was among the assets seized by the courts.

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Cops probe double murder in Porus

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The police in Manchester are investigating the circumstances that lead to the death of two unidentified men.

The two men were reportedly found in pools of blood in Porus, Manchester on Friday morning.

According to initial reports from the Corporate Communications Unit (CCU) a pedestrian travelling on the Melrose Main Road in the parish around 9:15am discovered a body along the roadway, when the police were summoned.

Upon their arrival, the man, believed to be in his late 20s, was seen lying face-down with his throat slashed.

The man found was said to be of a dark complexion, slim build, about 5 feet 8 inches tall and dressed in a red, white and blue stripped Polo shirt, khaki pants, black socks and red sneakers.

Upon further inspection of the area, another man was discovered in a nearby storm drain.

The second unidentified body was riddled with gunshot wounds and was clad in a beige Polo shirt, stripped brown pants and black shoes.

According to the police, the second victim is of dark complexion, slim build and about 5 feet 8 inches tall.

The bodies were removed to the morgue for post mortem examinations and the scene processed.





No motive established for deaths of homeless men in downtown Kingston 8:04 pm, Fri November 6, 2015

Detectives have not established a motive for the deaths of two homeless men whose bodies were found on Orange Street in downtown Kingston early Friday with their heads bashed in.

The police who were alerted shortly after 6am, report that two stones were found nearby.

In the past, homeless men have been targeted for attacks in downtown Kingston.





prime-minister-portia-simpson-miller-photo-3.jpgJamaicans could know as early as next Sunday the date on which a general election could be held

A People's National Party (PNP) source said a rally is being planned for Sunday in Half-Way -Tree at which the date is expected to be announced by the Prime Minister. It is believed that a general election could be held early in December.

The source said the Electoral Office of Jamaica (EOJ) has advised governments to stay clear of elections on a Wednesday or Thursday. The EOJ has reportedly indicated that it prefers to work on preparing for an election over the weekend and would rather an election on a Monday or Tuesday.

It is expected that at the rally, the Prime Minister will announce nomination day with the election day to be 16 days after.The election must be held between 16 and 23 days after nomination day while nomination day must be held five days after the announcement.That means nomination day could be as early as November 20.

Meanwhile, PNP General Secretary Paul Burke says all is set for the last of three mass rallies being held by the party to assess its readiness for the general election. The last rally is scheduled for Browns Town, St Ann on Sunday. This follows rallies in Westmoreland and St Mary over the past three weeks. The St Ann rally will bring together PNP supporters from Trelawny and St Ann.

Burke says the leadership of the party will meet on Wednesday to assess the state of the Party's preparedness.

The opposition Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) will be holding a rally on Sunday evening, in Munamar Square in Spanish Town, St Catherine. The rally will be addressed by Party Leader Andrew Holness and Campaign Chairman, Mike Henry.





cop-attack-hope-road.jpgA member of the Jamaica Constabulary Force was beaten to a pulp and is now listed as in a serious condition following a proper beating on Saturday night along West Kings House Road by an enraged motorist, who fled on foot, armed with the policeman's gun.

Sergeant Bruce Williams of Protective Services was reportedly travelling along Hope Road close to midnight when he witnessed a motor vehicle accident in which one car - a white Nissan Sunny - refused to stop.

Williams is said to have followed the Nissan Sunny and managed to intercept the vehicle at West King's House Road. An altercation reportedly developed between Williams and the rogue driver, during which the Sergeant was punched and kicked several times, and one if his ears bitten off.

Shots were reportedly fired and the man managed to escape on foot with Sgt Williams' service Glock pistol.

The abandoned white Nissan Sunny AD wagon is registered #6674 GP. It is believed that the vehicle is owned by an ex-member of the Jamaica Defence Force.

Williams, who also suffered fractured ribs, is said to be in serious condition.





Jah Cure and wife Kamila split?

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jah-cure-wedding.jpgRumours are widespread that reggae singer Jah Cure and his media personality wife, Kamila McDonald, are now separated.

The two met along Constant Spring Road, St Andrew in 2009 and got married two years later in a fairy-tale wedding at the upscale Tryall Club in Hanover. Less than nine months later, they welcomed a baby girl Kailani Belle Alcock and rode off into the sunset to enjoy a blissful married life.

However it now seems that all the icing has melted off the fabulous wedding cake, and with that, the love has seemingly changed to something else.

According to one gossip outlet, "a close family friend recently confirmed the split, stating that Kamila has moved out of the home she shared with Jah Cure".

"She moved out of the marital home and back into her family home over a month now. So by the looks of it, it seems to be over," the anonymous source said.

The source also mentioned that neither party has been wearing their wedding rings for months.

Speculations were also ripe earlier this week when Kamila posted a picture showing off her nails on her Instagram page. Many persons had questions about the state of the marriage because her wedding ring was not seen on her finger.

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A same-sex Pennsylvania couple who are technically father and son are now trying to annul the arrangement in order to legally marry.

Nino Esposito adopted his partner Roland "Drew" Bosee in 2012 after 40 years of being a couple, because they thought they would never be able to marry.

Some same-sex couples used adoption laws as a way to gain legal recognition as a family along with related benefits such as inheritance and hospital visitation rights.

However with the Supreme Court decision in May which allowed for same-sex marriages, the couple is now trying to undo the adoption in order to legally marry.

Speaking to CNN, Esposito said he never thought that he and his partner would be able to see the day that they could be properly married.

"We never thought we'd see the day" said Esposito, 78.

The adoption "gave us the most legitimate thing available to us" at the time, said Bosee, 68.

However Judge Lawrence J. O'Toole, of the Court of Common Pleas of Allegheny County, ruled against the couple.

He said the primary purpose of the adoption was to reduce the Pennsylvania inheritance tax payable upon the death of one of the men from 15% to 4%, "as the two men would now be in a parent-child relationship instead of a third party relationship."

O'Toole said he was "sensitive to the situation" but noted that despite the fact Esposito and Bosee desire to marry, "they cannot do so because they are legally father and son."

"This Court welcomes direction from our appellate courts in handling parallel cases," O'Toole wrote.

"We don't believe the Pennsylvania judge who refused to annul this adoption was unsympathetic," said Witold Walczak, the Legal Director of the ACLU Pennsylvania, "he simply felt that the legal path to doing so should be forged by an appellate court."





JLP caretaker outraged at murder of UTech stuent

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utech-student-shanique-walters.jpgJLP caretaker for St Andrew Eastern Fayval Williams says she is shocked and outraged at what she describes as "a gruesome attack on the future of Jamaica" following the shooting death of a female university student on Tuesday night in Hope Pastures.

Health Science student Shanique Walters was shot dead in the St Andrew community after she refused to hand over her handbag which gunmen, who were travelling in a car, demanded from her and another female student as the two walked home from school.

Williams says the attacks on students in and around the university community have become too frequent and has called for stakeholders to review how the entire geographic zone is treated.

"It is really heartbreaking that a student could meet her death in such a dreadful way. The heartless criminals are preying on our students and this latest incident goes to show that the moral fabric of the society has been so significantly deteriorated that not even students are safe anymore," she stated.

Williams says she condemns in the strongest of ways the murder of the female student and has urged the police to spare no resources in finding the criminals responsible for snuffing out the life of the student. She says the criminals must not be pitied and they must bear the full brunt of the law.

The JLP caretaker recalled that, since this year, a male student was stabbed and seriously injured on the campus of the University of the West Indies Mona Campus.

"Since year, a student was stabbed and seriously injured at UWI and luckily he was able to survive with the help of the Guild and all the students of the UWI who were able to donate blood. This promising young lady wasn't so lucky. I also recall that students at UWI's back gate were robbed of their gadgets and cash. There is an organised and sustained attack on our university students and it must stop. We have to work together to ensure that it ceases. If we truly believe in the growth and development of our constituency and our country then we must all commit to that," Williams said.

Williams says it is regrettable that so close to end of term examinations, coldblooded killers would be so thoughtless to rob and kill the University of Technology student.

"This is a situation that we must give priority. We must ensure that we have a peaceful university environment because our students cannot learn and be the best that they can be if they have to live in fear. In and around our universities must be the safest at all times and certainly this latest incident has exposed that we are not doing enough to protect our students. Time and time again they have complained about the harassments and threats they face on a daily basis and it had to come to this," Williams lamented.

Williams says the Member of Parliament has not adequately addressed the residents' calls over the years to have a comprehensive approach to the increased occurrences of robberies and other serious crimes that have been taking place in Mona and Hope Pastures area of the constituency.





Spineless, dog-hearted criminals continue to target students in their never-ending quest for cell-phones, lap-tops and money to fund their lazy, worthless lifestyle.

It was brought to the attention of Yardflex.com that many students who go to school in the downtown area are preyed upon by these vile criminals.

Students of Kingston College and ST Georges College on North Street are subjected to this kind of thuggery every sigle day of the week. The students are held up at knife point and are relieved of their bus fares and bag juice money, their phones, school-bags, shoes and laptops.

Over at Kingston College, the members of the track team who train late are fodder for these villains. On Wednesday evening, yet another track team member was stabbed as he made hisway home using a road off North Street to walk to his bus stop downtown.

According to reports, a thug on a bicycle roe up behind him and demanded his cell phone. The student did not immediately give in to the demand and was stabbed twice by the ruthless criminal.

Residents on Elleston Road, where KC has it Melbourne Campus, tell tales of having to stand on the sidewalks in the evenings when school is dismissed in order to ensure that the criminal, anti-social elements in their midst do not "rob the students blind".

It must be pointed out too, that many of these thugs walking around with ratchet knives are students themselves and they have learnt quickly how to identify the vulnerable in their midst and bully them.

The schools are only too aware of these issues and encourage students to walk in groups and go home if they do not have extra-curricular activities. But more needs to be done. Schools need to ensure that those students who have to stay back for lef=gitimate reasons can at least reach their bus stop safely. Perhaps the school bus could be used to take students downtown, for example, or even Cross Roads.

There are just too many thugs, too many ratchet knives and far too many vile, vicious, dog-hearted low-lifes wandering around seeking their next prey.





missing-man-fitzroy-thompson.jpgThe police are seeking the public's assistance in locating 51-year-old Fitzroy Thompson, a correctional officer of Boone Hall Estate in Stony Hill, St Andrew who has been missing since Monday, October 26.

He is of brown complexion, slim build and is about 173 centimetres (5 feet 8 inches) tall.

According to reports, Thompson was last seen on Forsythe Drive, Kingston 6 about 2pm, wearing a white Polo shirt, black-and-white plaid shorts and a pair of slippers. Efforts to contact him have failed.

Member of the public have been urged to come forward with any information regarding the whereabouts of Fitzroy Thompson.

Persons may contact the Matilda's Corner Police at 978-6003, the police's emergency 119 number or the nearest police station.





sheldon-mcdonald.jpgJamaican-born Sheldon McDonald, the head of the University of Guyana's Law Department has succumbed to injuries he received in a car crash in the East Coast Demerara on Friday.

McDonald, 64, died on Wednesday.

The Jamaican who was a former employee of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretariat received serious injuries to his chest and one of his lungs and was being treated at the Georgetown Public Hospital, where he succumbed to his injuries.

Students, family and friends have been plunged into shock and grief at the passing of McDonald, regarded as very outspoken.

"It is a terrible, terrible thing, all now I'm still asking if it's true, and I still can't believe," Sibert McDonald, the oldest brother told The Gleaner from his home in Portmore, St. Catherine.

"The whole family in shock and bawling. Practically all his family is here in Jamaica, and he would come home often. We need him to come home now."

A long standing member of the People's National Party (PNP), in August McDonald was honoured by the Party's Youth Organisation 70s fraternity for his outstanding contribution.

McDonald was a member of the Inter-Governmental Task Force charged with revising the constituent instrument of the Community, the Treaty of Chaguaramas.

His brother said the family is making arrangements to have him buried in Jamaica.

McDonald leaves behind two sons, three brothers, several relatives and friends.

SEE STATEMENT BELOW FROM THE PRESIDENT CCJ:

The Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) notes with sadness the passing of Mr. Sheldon McDonald, Head of the Department of Law, University of Guyana.

Mr. McDonald was a firm believer in Caribbean integration and played a pivotal role in the genesis of the Court as a member of the CARICOM Preparatory Committee, which, contributed to the development of the CCJ and Caribbean jurisprudence.

The Court wishes to profess its deep conviction that Mr. McDonald's integral and sterling contribution to its creation is now, and will permanently be, incontrovertible evidence of his unwavering faith in and unstinting contribution to Caribbean integration, jurisprudence and development.

Weeks before his passing, Mr. McDonald had contributed a chapter to a publication being developed to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the Court.

The Caribbean Court of Justice mourns the loss of a true Caribbean man and I express my personal condolences to his family, colleagues and legions of friends throughout the region.

The path he blazed with such dedication and assiduity will be forever testimony to his commitment to regional social transformation.





us-rep-louie-gohmert.jpgRep. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas), who previously compared the treatment of marriage equality opponents to how Nazis persecuted Jews during World War II, argued that even Americans who don't believe in God should be able to see that same-sex relationships aren't natural, Right Wing Watch reports.

He went on to suggest conducting a "totally secular" congressional study that would prove it, too.

"How about if we take four heterosexual couples, and put them on an island where they have everything they need to live and exist, and we take four couples of just men and put them on an island where they have all they need to survive," he said. "And then let's take four couples of just women and put them on an island, and then let's come back in 100 years and see which one nature favors."

It isn't the first time Gohmert has made the deserted island suggestion. In July, he slammed the Supreme Court's June 26 ruling on same-sex marriage, arguing that Justices Elena Kagan and Ruth Bader Ginsburg "ought to be impeached" for participating in the case.

Outlining the deserted island plan in more detail, Gohmert suggested a 100- to 200-year waiting period to determine "which one nature says is the preferred marriage."





hands-behind-bars.jpgTwo men are now in custody following a double murder in Westmoreland on Tuesday afternoon.

According to police reports the men were gunned down at a shop in Little London, Westmoreland. They have been identified as Leonard Nanco, 70, a pensioner, and Fabian Allen, 33, unemployed, both of Little London.

Reports are that the men were sitting at the front of a grocery shop when a car drove up from which two men alighted and opened fire at them about 2:07 p.m. They was later pronounced dead at hospital.

The police were alerted and a car fitting the description of the one used in the shooting was intercepted with two men aboard in Hanover.Those men are now in custody.

The Little London police say they have not yet established a motive for the killings.





utech-building.jpgStudents of the University of Technology (UTech) will be wearing black today as they mourn the untimely death of Health Science student Shanique Walters.

Walters was shot by a gunman on Hope Boulevard in Hope Pastures, St Andrew minutes after 6:00 PM on Wednesday after gunmen travelling in a silver motorcar accosted her and another female student of the tertiary institution as they walked home from school.

They demanded that the women hand over their belongings and, while Walters' friend complied, she did not and tried to run.

One of the gunmen got out of the car and gave chase. He fired a single shot which caught her in the head, killing the promising youngster on the spot.

Her colleague was not harmed as the gunmen left the scene.

The unharmed student has been severely traumatised and is now in protective custody.

Hope Pastures has been plagued by robbers and vandals for several months despite the efforts of the police to keep a lid on the escalating situation.





gun-crime.jpgA 22-year-old female medical student of the University of Technology was this evening shot dead in Hope Pastures, St Andrew during a reported robbery while on her way home from school.

She has been identified as 22-year-old Shanique Walters of Darlington Drive in Old Harbour, St Catherine. She was a student of the College of Health Sciences.

Commanding Officer for the St Andrew Central Division, Senior Superintendent Millicent Sproul-Thomas, says the deceased and another female student were walking on Hope Boulevard shortly before 7 pm when a silver motorcar with two men aboard drove up and demanded that the women hand over their bags.

It's reported that the friend handed over her bag but the deceased refused and instead ran off.

That's when one of the men reportedly got out of the car and shot her in the head as she ran, killing her on the spot.

SSP Sproul-Thomas says the unharmed female is now in police custody and was unable to ascertain information on the model or make of the car.

She is appealing for residents of Hope Pastures to be careful when traveling in the community.





serena-williams.jpgYou can still call her on her cell phone. Serena Williams was not messing around when a man tried to snatch her phone from the seat next to her at a Chinese restaurant where she was having dinner on Tuesday, Nov. 3.

The tennis pro recounted how she used her "superhero" speed and agility to stop the would-be phone thief in an epic post on Facebook one day later, and the tale is definitely of superhuman proportions.

"Soooooo yesterday at dinner the CRAZIEST THING happened to me," she began the story (Williams didn't disclose what city she was in at the time.) "I was sitting enjoying some Chinese food (delicious may I add) and this guy stands next to me. It was only 2 of us sitting at a 4 person table just chatting like we have not seen each other in years."

The 34-year-old athlete noted that she could sense that something "didn't feel right" about a man who standing next to her, so her "SUPERHERO sense" told her to keep an eye on the shifty character.

"Then when least expected lo and behold this common petty thief grabbed my phone and swiftly left," Williams wrote. "I looked at the chair, then shouted, 'Omg that dude took my phone!!' Not thinking I reacted (hence the superwoman photo) I jumped up, weaved my way in and out of the cozy restaurant (leaping over a chair or two) and chased him down."

Williams hilariously noted that her "sprints came in handy" as she overtook the phone snatcher and then asked him in "the most menacing yet calm no nonsense voice" whether he had accidentally picked up the wrong phone.

At that moment, she wrote, her "superhero sidekick quailman" Facetimed her, making it impossible for the thief to lie his way out of his dubious deed. The tennis champ then turned around, phone in hand, and was greeted by a standing ovation upon her return into the restaurant.

"Superhero? Maybe? Or HELL YEA!!" Williams concluded. "I've got the speed the jumps, the power, the body, the seduction, the sex appeal, the strength, the leadership and yet the calm to weather the storm. Always listen to your superhero inner voice. Always keep your things close! Fight for what's right. Stand for what you believe in! Be a superhero!"





Raheem Sterling has been subjected to vile racist abuse on Instagram after sharing a photograph of himself with his young daughter and his look-alike niece.

The England international, of Jamaican parentage, who joined Manchester City from Liverpool for L49million in July, uploaded the selfie with the caption: 'Perfect Sunday with my niece and my daughter #LaFam.'

But the 20-year-old's post was hijacked by rival supporters with one user labelling him a 'black c***' and 'disgraceful money grabbing b******' before adding: 'F*** your stupid family hope they burn.'

Sterling received similar abuse five weeks ago after uploading another Instagram snap.

The photograph showed himself and his three-year-old daughter, Melody, in a child's play pen and one user wrote: 'N*****. How much can I buy her for????? 200k? F****** snake. F****** disgrace to mankind. I hope a lion tears her to shreds. Snake b****.'

Another user posted banana emoticons and wrote: 'You arrogant money grabbing b******. I hate this money grabbing monkey. Just blow up yourself and your daughter.'

As some supporters criticised Sterling over his move from Merseyside to Manchester, others took to Instagram to defend the forward and show their outrage towards those posting vile abuse.

The angry backlash from Sterling's move to City during the summer also left his girlfriend, Paige Milian, on the receiving end of vile abuse previously. Milian was reportedly bombarded with 5,000 hate-filled messages on her public Instagram account, which subsequently went private.





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chris-gayle-photo-3.jpgStar cricketer Chris Gayle and his brother/business partner, Fada Bulla, have purchased a nightclub in Mandeville.

According to Fada Bulla who spoke on behalf of Chris Gayle, the club will be officially launched on November 27. It will be hosted by Chris Gayle, who also owns the popular Triple Century Sports Bar in New Kingston.

The businessman/record producer says the club will carry different attractions each day, such as karaoke night, ladies night and after-work sessions. The venue will also be open to the public from Wednesday to Sunday.

"Mandeville is good for a club so we expect business to be good up that side. We already have word on the street and the response has been good thus far. We are always supportive so we expect strong support in return from the people," Fada Bulla said.

Chris Gayle and Fada Bulla also co-own the record label Dutty Fridayz Promotion. The label is responsible for the careers of dancehall artistes Savage and Gage.





Bunny Diamond suffers minor stroke

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mighty-diamonds.jpgFitzroy 'Bunny Diamond' Simpson, of legendary reggae group, The Diamonds, reportedly suffered a minor stroke while driving in Kingston last week Monday (October 26).

According to his wife Sylvia, the 64-year-old singer did a Cat Scan last week and an MRI on Monday, Sylvia Simpson said.

She said doctors have told him to rest, which means he will likely miss the Diamonds' gig at the November 12-15 Rasta Rootzfest/Cannabis Cup in Negril.

Formed in 1969, the Diamonds are one of reggae's greatest groups. Africa, Right Time, Have Mercy, I Need A Roof and Pass The Kutchie are numbered among their strong catalogue of hit songs.





Tappa Zukie hospitalised after diabetic episode

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tappa-zukie.jpgVeteran deejay Tappa Zukie, whose real name is David Sinclair, is a patient at the University Hospitl of the West Indies after suffering amajor health scares last week.

He was rushed to hospital after suffering what his son Daniel termed a "diabetic episode" on October 27 while relaxing at home.

The younger Sinclair denied rumours that his father went into a coma. He said he became disoriented, began vomiting blood and was unresponsive after being admitted to hospital.

However, the toaster is reportedly doing much better and according to Daniel "he's out of the danger zone."

Tappa Zukie is best known for songs like MPLA, Oh Lord and Natty Dread a Weh She Want (with Horace Andy).





popcaan-photo-3.jpgCongratulations are in order for dancehall artiste Popcaan who walked away with the MOBO Award in the Reggae category Wednesday evening.

The awards ceremony took place at the Leeds' First Direct Arena in London.

Popcaan, who was not present at the event, beat out other nominees, including Chronixx, Stylo G, Protégé, and OMI. This was Popcaan's fourth nomination.

Popcaan impacted the UK music scene this year with hits including 'Where We come From' and 'Bad Inna Real Life'. His 2014 collaborative single 'Kisses for Breakfast' with British singer Melissa Steel reached number 10 on the British pop chart.

The MOBO Awards (Music of Black Origin) 'recognises artistes of any ethnicity or nationality performing black music'.





kabaka-pyramid-photo-1.jpgKingston: Roots-rock reggae singer Kabaka Pyramid, one of the stand out performers at this year's reggae Reggae Sumfest and Jah Bouks who shot to fame with his reggae anthem "Call Angola" in 2013 are confirmed participants at the third annual Jamaica Music Conference 2015 which takes place at the University of the West Indies, Haile Selassie 1 High School and Nonook Enterprises on November 20- 22. Bouks will perform at the Welcome Reception on November 20 while Kabaka Pyramid will be a Panelist at the three day conference.

"We are excited to have these young reggae ambassadors join us for this year's annual Jamaica Music Conference. They are two of a growing list of reggae revival acts who are breathing new life into the roots reggae movement", Kwasi Bonsu, CEO of the Jamaica Music Conference said.

The Jamaica Music Conference will feature other reggae music industry luminaries including Kendall Minter, noted New York City entertainment attorney; Ibo Cooper, Edna Manley School of the Visual & Performing Arts; Winford Williams, On Stage/ CVM TV; the Hon. Olivia "Babsy" Grange, Abi Reggae Fest; Barbara Blake-Hannah, Rasta Radio; Delroy Thompson, Juice TV; Joan Webley, Rototom and Rayven Amani.

The conference will be a springboard for panel discussions on a number of hot button topics, issues and challenges relating to reggae across the Jamaican Diaspora and will celebrate the many successes that the reggae music industry has enjoyed over the past year.

Some of the highlights of the conference are as relevant as they are fascinating: the 360 deal and the latest trends in entertainment law, the role of education in creating music professionals, the challenges of attracting sponsorship dollars for events, promoting reggae events in the United States, the role of the Edna Manley Mission 2015, the importance of high school music programs, and the women of the Jamaican music industry.





franklyn-graham-and-obama.jpgDuring a trip to Moscow last week where he participated in a forum on the persecution of Christians, Rev. Franklin Graham said that President Barack Obama supports abortion, homosexuality, and gay marriage, which are "sins against God," and that Obama is "taking a stand against God."

In an Oct. 30 interview with the Moskoviskij Komsomolets newspaper, Rev. Graham was asked, "I heard that you called Barack Obama 'the leader of the anti-Christ movement.' Is that true? What do you think about the current president of the United States?"

Rev. Graham, the son of world-renowned evangelist Billy Graham, said, "I have met the president on several occasions. He's a very nice person. But he supports and promotes policies that contradict the teachings of God."

"As a Christian, I believe that abortion is murder -- he supports it," said Graham. "Homosexuality and same-sex marriage - those are sins against God, and the president is promoting them."

"I'm not against homosexuals as people," said the reverend. "But God commanded that marriage should be between a man and a woman. And I very much appreciate that President Putin is protecting Russian young people against homosexual propaganda, if only to give them the opportunity to grow up and make a decision for themselves. Again, homosexuals cannot have children, they can take other people's children."

"I believe that President Obama (and I'll repeat, he's a very nice person) is leading America down the wrong road," said Rev. Graham. "He's taking a stand against God."

In response to a question about religious freedom in America, Graham said, "[T]he situation in the United States regarding religion is in decline. Secularism, which is almost no different from communism, is an atheistic movement."

"Our country is becoming more and more secular, more atheist, taking God out of government, taking God out of schools," said the reverend. "We are witnessing America losing many religious freedoms. In your country over the past 30 years, we have seen positive changes. But over this same period of time in the United States, the changes have been negative."

Franklin Graham, 62, is president and CEO of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association and he also runs the international Christian relief group Samaritan's Purse. He is married and has five children. Franklin Graham regularly preaches in the United States and overseas.





Jay-Z and Beyonce'd daughter, Blue, a genius?

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blue-ivy-carter-school-jayz-beyonce-genius-grades-preschool.jpgBlue Ivy Carter has definitely made her mark at her school, with her daily motorcade which has left other parents of the elite preschool upset, but she's also got the brains! An insider told OKMagazine.com exclusively that proud parents Beyonce and Jay Z have been boasting loudly about their daughter's very impressive intellect and believe she's a genius!





bobbi-kristina-brown-photo-5.jpgMore upsetting news in the Bobbi Kristina Brown saga.

A woman who was working at the same hospice Whitney Houston and Bobby Brown's late daughter Bobbi Kristina Brown was in has been arrested for allegedly impersonating a nurse, the Duluth Police Department confirmed to ET.

Taiwo Sobamowo was arrested in North Carolina in connection with identity fraud. Police say that they learned she was employed at Peachtree Christian Hospice, where Bobbi Kristina stayed but it is unclear if she provided care for her before she died. Despite Sobamowo's employment at Peachtree, police say that Sobamowo was not a licensed nurse.

If this is true, this could be an upsetting development for a family still grieving after the death of Bobbi Kristina in July, six months after the then-21-year-old was found unconscious in the bathtub at her home in Atlanta, Georgia. In a wrongful death lawsuit obtained by ET, Bobbi Kristina's conservator, Bedelia C. Hargrove, alleges that her ex, Nick Gordon, injected her with a "toxic mixture."

In a statement to ET, Nick Gordon's lawyers slammed the lawsuit filed against their client, claiming it is both "slanderous and meritless."

"Nick has been heartbroken and destroyed over the loss of his love and it's shameful that such baseless allegations have been presented publicly," the statement reads. "Nick has engaged civil counsel and intends to defend the lawsuit vigorously and expose it for what it is: a fictitious assault against the person who loved Krissy most."

Meanwhile, Bobbi Kristina's aunt, Pat Houston, opened up exclusively to ET this week about Gordon.





tessanne-chin-fire-video.jpgTessanne Chin's latest release, Fire aired on AXS TV's Nothing But Videos programme on Tuesday, November 3 at 12pmEST.

The Jamaican artiste's Fire video joined Brandi Carlile's Wherever Your Heart, Montgomery Gentry's Folks Like Us, Fritz Kalbrenner's Back Home, Corey Smith's Feet Wet and Billy Idol's Save Me Now on today's music video playlist.

AXS TV (national outlet, AXS.tv) is an American digital cable and satellite television network that is owned by a consortium consisting of HDNet, Inc. (a company founded by investor Mark Cuban in 2001), Ryan Seacrest (through Ryan Seacrest Media), Anschutz Entertainment Group, Creative Artists Agency and CBS Corporation.

Programming on the network includes music, comedy and news programming. It is seen on DirectTV, Dish Network, Verizon Fios, and more cable providers.

Currently it can be seen in over 40 million homes across America.





Elephant Man's bail on rape charge extended

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elephant-man-photos-4.jpgDancehall artiste Elephant Man had his bail extended when his rape trial failed to get under way in the Home Circuit Court yesterday.

The trial could not begin because there was another court case taking place. As a result, the case has been rescheduled to February 8, 2016.

Elephant Man, whose real name is Oneil Bryan, was charged with rape in 2012 after being accused of sexually assaulting a woman at his Hillcrest Avenue home in St Andrew.





hands-behind-bars.jpgA Mandeville man, who is accused of plotting the assassination of his wife, will seek bail on his behalf today.

Attorney Oswest Senior-Smith is expected to argue in the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate's Court that his client, Vincent Coleman, has been behind bars since last Thursday and has not been charged by the police.

Coleman was arrested by police after their investigations led them to accuse him of offering a million dollars for the killing of his wife, Norma Henry Coleman.

Three members of the constabulary and a civilian has also been arrested in connection with the businesswoman's murder.

She was shot to death after hoodlums ambushed her as she drove in Mandeville, Manchester last month.





gun-crime.jpgA courageous woman, with the aid of a licensed firearm holder, overpowered a gunman, relieved him of an illegal gun and handed him over to the police in Montego Bay, St James on Monday.

The Montego Bay Police report that the incident took place in Bay West, in the resort town.

Reports are that, at about 10:15 pm, the woman was walking along the roadway when she was pounced upon by the gunman, who robbed her of a cellular phone, valued at $9,800.

But the woman was determined to defend her possessions and struggled with the hoodlum. During the tussle, she managed to stab the armed thief and retrieve her cell phone.

A licensed firearm holder subsequently intervened and disarmed the gunman.

The man was handed over to the police and a Smith and Wesson semi-automatic pistol with 11 rounds of 9mm cartridges were handed over to the cops who also took the woman's cell phone as evidence.

The identity of the gunman has not been released.





bob-marley-photo-2.jpgA US Supreme Court has rejected an appeal from some of the biggest clothing entities in the country that claimed they have legal rights to sell shirts bearing the image of reggae icon Bob Marley.

"The justices on Monday let stand a lower court ruling that said the merchandisers had used his likeness to sell clothing at Walmart, Target and other stores without permission from Marley's children," the Associated Press reports.

Marley's children control the rights to the musician's image through a company called Fifty-Six Hope Road Music.

Fifty-Six Hope Road Music sued rivals A.V.E.L.A. and others in 2008, arguing that their sales of Marley merchandise violated federal trademark law.

A federal court ordered the companies to pay more than $1m in profits and damages, citing evidence that consumers were confused as to who endorsed the merchandise.





Top Ten Table Manners Tips

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napkin-with-proper-table-etiquette-step-5.jpg1. Place your napkin in your lap

2. Turn off your phone

3. Wait for everyone to be served before eating

4. Use a knife and fork to cut meat

5. Cut your food one piece at a time

6. Chew with your mouth closed

7. Don't reach across the table

8. Don't talk with your mouth full

9. Don't pick your teeth at the table

10. Say "excuse me" when leaving the table





Table Etiquette 101: Handling Utensils

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napkin-with-proper-table-etiquette.jpgAfter watching the video with a certain female deejay happily enjoying a spice meal onboard an aircraft and holding her utnsils - knife and fork -- in the wrong hands, we here at YardFlex decided to do a little feature on table etiquette:

The continental table manners style prevails at all meals, formal and informal, because it is a natural, non-disruptive way to eat.

Hold your fork in your left hand, tines downward.

Hold your knife in your right hand, an inch or two above the plate.

Extend your index finger along the top of the blade.

Use your fork to spear and lift food to your mouth.

If your knife is not needed, it remains on the table.

At informal meals the dinner fork may be held tines upward, American table manners style.